Why? Eton Explorers!

I’m always on the hunt for fun new experiences with Jeffrey, which led us to Eton Explorers, a fun, carnival-like event put on by Northeast Ohio Parent and held once a month in the summer at Eton Chagrin Boulevard.

The theme for this month’s Eton Explorers was Superheroes and Princesses, so capes and frilly dresses were everywhere!

There was lots of fun to experience, from a balloon tent manned by The Twister Girl

…to police cars and fire trucks from the City of Woodmere…

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…frozen yogurt treats from Menchie’s

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…to games and crafts from the Cuyahoga County Public LibraryThe Ratner School, the Cleveland Gladiators and Cleveland Monsters, and more.

It was a true community event, with lots of participation from various family-friendly businesses. And while it was a bit crowded, the lines moved quickly and we were easily able to participate in all the activities.

The next Eton Explorers are scheduled for July 18 (Splash Pad) and August 15 (Scavenger Hunt.) The events are free and open to the public. And if you live on the West side, you can check out Crocker Park Kids, scheduled for July 11, August 8, and September 12.

I’m proud to be blogging for Northeast Ohio Parent (check out my posts here), but I’m also happy to share this event because it was honestly a great time with a fun theme! We’re excited for the next two Eton Explorers!

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Why? Etna Ristorante!

There are so many amazing restaurants packed into the relatively small area of Little Italy that it can be tough to get to them all. But when pasta is involved, I can make the commitment! Last night, I tried a new-to-me restaurant in Little Italy with some of my fellow Playhouse Square Partners.

Etna Ristorante is located near the west end of Little Italy, on the corner of West 120th and Mayfield Road. It can be easy to miss this cozy spot, but trust me, you don’t want to overlook it!

The menu at Etna features a nice selection of pasta and meat dishes, with an emphasis on seafood. The specials for the evening were all fish and seafood-based as well, including rainbow trout, cod, salmon, and cioppino.

I started my meal with a summer favorite: caprese salad. The tomatoes were fresh and the clean flavors of this classic dish really popped.

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For my entrée, I chose the penne with scampi, served with a very light tomato cream sauce (seriously, just a touch of cream), mushrooms, and basil.

The size of the pasta dishes allowed everyone to clear their plates and feel happily and comfortably full.

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I loved that the sauce wasn’t overly heavy and the flavors of tomato, basil, and mushroom all came through distinctly. The scampi were large and cooked well. All in all, a spot on dish for classic Italian flavors.

From a nice wine list to an intimate atmosphere to a menu filled with Italian standards done to perfection, Etna Ristorante is a Little Italy location not to be missed! Also not to be missed is the annual Feast of the Assumption in Little Italy, a celebration of faith, food, and tradition, happening Saturday, August 12 through Tuesday, August 15.

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Why? Little Legacy and Meet the Machines!

I’ve been sharing a lot with you about the great goings-on at Legacy Village and now I have two more to share that are specifically focused on your kiddos.

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Three Wednesdays this summer, the green at Legacy Village will be filled with fun activities specifically geared for children pre-K and older. There will be on-stage entertainment from Jungle Terry, The Real Pop Fusion, South Euclid-Lyndhurst Library, Mercury Theatre Co., and more.

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There will also be crafts and games provided by Cuyahoga County Animal Shelter, Cleveland Cavaliers, Lake County Captains, L.L. Bean, Playhouse Square, and more.

Little Legacy is free, open to the public, and takes place Wednesday, June 14; Wednesday, July 12; and Wednesday, August 9 from 10:30am-12pm.

Meet the Machines

On Saturday, June 17 from 11am-3pm, Legacy Village will host a monster-sized touch-a-truck event that will allow children to get hands on with safety vehicles, construction equipment, service vehicles, and more.

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This event that is perfect for the whole family will also feature live entertainment, giveaways, and safety information. Jeffrey loves these types of events and it’s always fun to see your child sit in a fire truck, interact with safety officers, and just generally have a wonderful time!

We have found Legacy Village to be the perfect spot for fun for the whole family and these two events certainly adds to that feeling. Hope to see you out and about at Little Legacy and Meet the Machines!

***Disclosure: I have an ongoing relationship with Legacy Village to promote their events. In exchange, I will receive compensation in the form of Legacy Village gift cards. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? Weekends!

It was a busy, fun, summery weekend in the CLE! On Friday night, my friend Melissa and I met up for Zippity Zoo Doo, a fabulous fundraiser for the Cleveland Zoological Society.

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This year, the Cleveland Zoological Society is celebrating 60 years of supporting the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo‘s conservation efforts and educational programs. The event raised an impressive $300,000 through ticket sales, a Wild Side Silent Auction (I scored a great package of gift cards and tickets for summer fun), and the Giving Tree donations.

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The Driftwood Group provided delicious food, from passed appetizers (the coconut chicken was my favorite) to small bites (the beet and goat cheese pasta was to die for) to mixology drinks, including a special and yummy Zootini, served in a souvenir martini glass.

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There were also fun giant games to play, like Jenga, Scrabble, and Connect 4.

Melissa and I got to take on some of the Cleveland Gladiators in Connect 4! And how’s this for symbiotic content: I have a Gladiators ticket giveaway going on now!

We also got the chance to meet the Zoo’s new Amur tiger, Hector, who was enjoying his first night in the Roseborough Tiger Passage.

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From delicious food and drinks to games and music to majestic creatures to benefiting a great cause, Zippity Zoo Doo had everything that makes an event truly spectacular! There are two more great events to benefit the Cleveland Zoological Society scheduled this summer: Twilight at the Zoo and Date Night at the Zoovies.

On Saturday morning, Jeffrey, my mom, and I went to the Macedonia Funfest because we love summer festivals with rides, games, and fun!

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Plus, it gave us an excuse to stop by Rosati’s Frozen Custard, which is just so yummy on a hot day!

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Then on Sunday, we decided to beat the heat at the newly-opened Cedar Point Shores Water Park.

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From the brand new kids area with tons of slides and fun critters for the kids to great new thrill rides for the grown ups, Cedar Point Shores expanded the water park fun and the access to and views of Lake Erie.

There are also expanded food selections, updated seating and cabanas, and more. This will definitely be a summer destination for us!

So, that was almost all of the weekend…stay tuned tomorrow for my recap of the Cleveland American Heart Association Heart Ball! How was your weekend?

***Disclosure: I was asked by the Cleveland Zoological Society to help promote their events. In exchange, I received one complimentary ticket and one discounted ticket to Zippity Zoo Doo and I will receive complimentary tickets to Twilight at the Zoo and Date Night at the Zoovies. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? Cleveland Gladiators Tailgate Zone and Ticket Giveaway!

We love our sports in Cleveland and we’re lucky to have so many options to watch great teams play. The Cleveland Gladiators have earned a reputation for fun, high-energy, affordable, family-friendly games.

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And now the Gladiators have increased the excitement with the addition of a “Gladiators Tailgate Zone” for the remainder of the 2017 season.

Gladiators Announce Tailgate Zone to Debut June 16th Against Baltimore

Admission to the Gladiators Tailgate Zone gets you up close and personal with the players and the game. Plus, you’ll have access to an unlimited buffet with concession-stand favorites, as well as beer, wine, and Pepsi products.

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The Tailgate Zone debuts at the game on Friday, June 16 against the Baltimore Brigade with a “Summer Picnic at the Q.”  The first 10,000 fans to arrive that night will receive a Gladiators Tumbler presented by Phantom Fireworks.

There will be two other opportunities to experience the Gladiators Tailgate Zone during the remaining home games of the 2017 regular season as the team hosts “Go Pink Night” on Saturday, June 24th and “Fan Salute Night Presented by The Brew Kettle” on Saturday, July 8th.

Tailgate Zone tickets are $49 per person and can be purchased online. You can also enter to win a family four-pack of tickets (not Tailgate Zone tickets) to the Gladiators game on Saturday, July 8 right here! Here’s how to enter (you can do one, two, three, four, or all five entries, just leave a separate comment here for each):

1.Leave a comment here telling me who you would take to the game.

2. Visit Cleveland Gladiators and Why CLE? on Facebook and leave a comment here letting me know you visited both pages.

3. Follow @clevelandgladiators and @whycle on Instagram and leave a comment here letting me know you’re following both.

4. Follow @clegladiators and @WhyCLE on Twitter and leave a comment here letting me know you’re following both.

5. Tweet the following phrase and leave a comment here letting me know you tweeted:

I want to win a 4-pack of tickets to @clegladiators thanks to @WhyCLE: https://whycle.com/2017/06/10/why-cleveland-gladiators-tailgate-zone-and-ticket-giveaway #giveaway

You can tweet once per day for additional entries, just leave a separate comment here each time you tweet.

The giveaway will close on Thursday, June 15 at 11:59pm and the winner will be notified the following day. Good luck!

***Disclosure: I was asked to help promote the new Gladiators Tailgate Zone. I will receive a four-pack of tickets to give away. I declined my own tickets due to scheduling conflicts. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? The Container Store!

I’ve been watching The Container Store being built at La Place in Beachwood and I could just envision myself becoming more organized and color-coded and sleek. Yesterday, I got a tour of the beautiful new store in advance of the Grand Opening weekend.

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The Container Store is based on the principle that if the store itself is organized, then you will trust the folks in there to organize you and you’ll feel calm and organized while shopping.

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The store is divided by section of your world you’ll need to organize…

Closets (including these gorgeous custom closets…)

Travel/packing (there’s a travel sale on now too!)

Kitchen (including organizing your lunches, picnic baskets, and more)

Bathroom

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and home office

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I was also surprised to learn The Container Store is the perfect destination for all your gift wrap/pretty packaging needs…

…and the store is pet-friendly and has all you need to get your fuzzes on the organization bandwagon too!

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The Container Store has been in business for 39 years and has 87 stores around the country. The Container Store has been on the Fortune 100 list of best places to work and believes in putting their employees first with a great work environment, fun culture, lots of training, and more.

The Container Store also believes in a commitment to the local community. The store has partnered with the Ronald McDonald House of Cleveland. Ten percent of all sales from the Grand Opening weekend will be donated to the Ronald McDonald House of Cleveland (and if you can’t make it out to the store, just choose “click and pick-up” with online shopping before Sunday and your purchase will still count!) The Container Store is also redoing a storage room at Ronald McDonald House with their products and expertise!

Aside from the chance to get yourself organized and support a wonderful local organization, The Container Store Grand Opening weekend will feature hourly prizes, including space makeovers and design services, treats from Mitchell’s Homemade Ice Cream and Nervous Dog Coffee Shop, and lots more fun! The store is open 10am-9pm on Saturday and 11am-6pm on Sunday.

The Container Store prides itself on cultivating an “air of excitement” in their stores and if the tour we received is any indication, that air of excitement will be pulsing this weekend. Don’t miss out!

***Disclosure: I was invited to attend a blogger preview of The Container Store, featuring a store tour, lunch, and gift card. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? North Union Farmers Market at Legacy Village!

I absolutely love strolling through a Farmers Market! Not only can I find fresh, local produce and meats, but I can also usually find something not on my list to try.

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Which is why I’m so excited about North Union Farmers Market bringing their market to Legacy Village every Sunday, starting June 11 through September 3. The market will run on Sundays from 10am-1pm.

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Not only will you have access an awesome selection of fruits and vegetables, but also dairy and meat products, honey and maple syrup, breads and pastries, cheese, sauces, pasta, and more.

The North Union Farmers Market at Legacy Village will also feature live music every Sunday and will take place rain or shine. This market takes place during the height of Ohio growing season, so you’re sure to get the freshest and best every week!

I hope to see you at the North Union Farmers Market at Legacy Village every Sunday starting this Sunday, June 11!

***Disclosure: I have an ongoing relationship with Legacy Village to promote their events. In exchange, I will receive compensation in the form of Legacy Village gift cards. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? Recovery Resources Run for Recovery!

You’ve got to love when the chance to do a fun activity in a great location for a good cause all come together. That’s why I’m excited to again partner with Recovery Resources for the Run for Recovery.

Held on Saturday, August 19 at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, Run for Recovery offers a 5K run, 1.5 mile walk, and kids’ fun run. There will also be family-friendly activities and free admission to the Zoo for the entire day following the Run.

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Run for Recovery proceeds benefit Recovery Resources, which has been providing education and prevention, outpatient treatment, and supportive services to those dealing with mental illness and drug, alcohol, and other addictions in Northeast Ohio for 61 years.

According to the Cuyahoga County Coroner’s Office, the number of confirmed overdoses in 2016 has increased from 517 to at least 666 as of today. To represent, remember, and honor those whose lives were lost, Recovery Resources is launching Stories of Loss, Hope & Recovery.

To mark this tragically high number, Recovery Resources hopes to include over 600 participants at the 5th Annual Run for Recovery. The lives lost will be remembered with a special ceremony before the run.

You can register for Run for Recovery as an individual or a fundraising team. Registration prices are as follows:

  • $30 for 5K Run
  • $15 for the 1.5 mile Walk
  • $15 for the Kids’ Fun Run (up to age 10)

You can also purchase additional Zoo passes at a discount for family and friends to join you after the Run for Recovery at $6 for those 12 and up and $4 for those ages 2 to 11. You can register for the Run for Recovery online.

Or you can enter to win a single registration for the Run for Recovery event of your choice right here! Here’s how to enter (you can do one, two, three, or all four entries, just leave a separate comment here for each):

1.Leave a comment here telling me why you want to participate in the Run for Recovery.

2. Visit Recovery Resources and Why CLE? on Facebook and leave a comment here telling me you visited both pages.

3. Follow @recrescleveland and @WhyCLE on Twitter and leave a comment here telling me you’re following both.

4. Tweet the following phrase and leave a comment here letting me know you tweeted:

I want to #RunforRecovery with @recrescleveland and @WhyCLE: https://whycle.com/2017/06/02/why-recovery-resources-run-for-recovery-2 #giveaway

You can tweet once per day for additional entries, just leave a separate comment here each time you tweet.

The giveaway will close on Wednesday, June 14 at 11:59pm and the winner will be notified the following day. Good luck!

***Disclosure: I was asked to help promote the Run for Recovery. In exchange, I will receive 1 complimentary race registration for myself and 1 race registration to give away. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? Cleveland Metroparks Edgewater Beach House!

The newest centerpiece of summer fun in Cleveland opens tomorrow (Friday, June 2) and it is incredible! Of course, I’m talking about the new Cleveland Metroparks Edgewater Beach House.

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The brand new Beach House is an expansive 12,000 square foot two-story structure with beautiful views of both Lake Erie…

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…and downtown Cleveland.

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The second story is open-air and features a dual-sided outdoor fireplace, seasonal bar, and comfortable seating for enjoying the views and a summer sipper.

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The Edgewater Beach House also has an open-air grove with trees, sand, picnic tables, and swings; an elevated walkway that connects the Beach House to the nearby Detroit Shoreway neighborhood; expanded changing and shower areas; and an updated and improved concession area, with tasty options like chicken quesadilla, turkey Rueben sandwiches, pierogi, and even a specially-created Cleveland Metroparks Centennial ice cream flavor from Honey Hut Ice Cream.

The Centennial Plaza (pictured above with the Cleveland Metroparks seal) overlooks the beach and is the perfect spot for live music and special events, such as Edgewater Live, a free summer concert series at Edgewater Beach.

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The Cleveland Metroparks has made amazing improvements to Edgewater Beach and the stunning new Beach House is another fabulous way to enjoy our great lake and magnificent beach front!

***Disclosure: I was invited to attend a preview of the Cleveland Metroparks Edgewater Beach House. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? Art in the Village!

As Matthew’s and my anniversary is just around the corner, I find myself reminiscing about a lot of things, including our first date. After an obnoxiously long time chatting over coffee at La Place, we decided to walk through Art in the Village at Legacy Village. It was the perfect event to extend our time together, plus spark some more conversation (a painting of Florence started a talk about Matthew’s time abroad).

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Which is why visiting the 27th annual Art in the Village with Craft Marketplace this coming June 3-4 is definitely on our weekend agenda! The show will feature over 100 artists with works from display art to jewelry to apparel to decor.

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There will also be a full craft market featuring live plants, organic soaps, and delicious edibles. Art in the Village is put on by Howard Alan Events, which produces national art shows and ensures a wide array of mediums, artists, and price ranges. There will also be strolling music, a children’s art area, and lots of fun to be had.

Art in the Village is open Saturday, June 3 from 10am-8pm and Sunday, June 4 from 10am-6pm. Admission is free! Don’t miss this great event at Legacy Village. Maybe you’ll make a lifetime memory, just like we did seven years ago!

***Disclosure: I have an ongoing relationship with Legacy Village to promote their events. In exchange, I will receive compensation in the form of Legacy Village gift cards. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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