Wednesday, February 26, 2014

What's up, CLE Weekend?

Happy hump day!   I am sure excited that there are only two more days left until the weekend!  It has been such a crazy week - my internet and phone was out the entire weekend and I have been getting ready for my pre-conference and observation (which occurred today and I feel good about it)!   I also had a farewell dinner with a family friend after school Monday and an amazing barre workout last night.

Anyway, how was your weekend?  I am hoping you enjoyed one or some of the awesome things that went on in Cleveland this past weekend.  I attended the Cleveland State vs Milwaukee game Saturday - well, I cheered in it!  The cheerleading alumni game took place Saturday and it was a blast!  I was able to pull my round-off back handspring and liberty stunt (hoping to share pictures soon - they are on actual cameras that do not belong to me)!  Unfortunately, I wasn't able to take part in any other fun event because of make-up high school basketball games (I coach cheer) and preparing for my observation.

Now, here is your Get-Out-Of-The-House To-Do List for the weekend!

RESTAURANT WEEK ENDS SUNDAY MARCH 2ND!!  I will be taking part in this amazing event this weekend for my mom's birthday!  Click here for participating restaurants and menus!

Whiskey Business - Friday, February 28 at the Greater Cleveland Aquarium - 7:00PM.  A Mardi Gras themed whiskey and bourbon tasting plus light hors d'oeuvres.  Cost: $42.00, $22.00 for designated drivers (please take one or a cab)!  Admission includes 20 sampling tickets and a souvenir glass.

Cleveland Cavaliers vs Utah Jazz - Friday, February 28 at Quicken Loans Arena - 7:30PM.  Go enjoy some basketball!  Cost: $10.00-$206.00.

North Union Farmers Market Indoor Market at Crocker Park - Saturday, March 1 - 9:00AM-12:00PM.  Shop local, eat local!  Free parking and a short walk to get in the warmth and support local! The food is so fresh you will forget it is winter!  Cost: varies based on purchase(s).  Click here for more info.

North Union Farmers Market Indoor Market at Shaker Square - Saturday, March 1 located indoors at Shaker Square's Northeast Quadrant - 9:00AM-12:00PM.  Shop local, eat local!  It is never too cold for a farmer's market, especially when it is indoors!  Enjoy some delicious local food without worrying about catching a cold or worse!  Cost: varies based on purchase(s).  Click here for more info.

Cleveland Arctic Plunge 2014 - Saturday, March 1 at Edgewater State Park - Registration: 10:30AM and Plunge Time: 12:00PM.  Someone thinks it's a good idea to jump into Edgewater when it is freezing outside!  I won't argue that it is for a good cause - raise money and awareness for The JDRF and Team Fox.   Cost: $25 in advance, $30 day of; for students $20 fin advance, $25 day of.  Click here for more info.

Gala Benefit for The Conservatory For Performing Arts - Saturday, March 1 at Mayfield Village Civic Center - 6:45PM-11:00PM.  Enjoy an evening of events, entertainment, "Taste of the Village" featuring local vendors, a silent auction, raffles and giveaways throughout the evening - all while supporting The Conservatory For Performing Arts.  Cost: $22.00 in advance and $25.00 at the door (cash only).  Click here for more info and to reserve tickets.

Cleveland Auto Show - Saturday, March 1-Sunday, March 9 at the IX Center - 11:00AM-10:00PM (Mon-Sat), 11:00-8:00PM (Sun).  Ride N' Drives, Car Giveaways, Classic Car Competition, and Millionaire's Row.  Special appearances and autograph sessions: Kyrie Irving, Browns Head Coach Mike Pettine, QBs Brian Hoyer and Bernie Kosar, T-shirt Tuesday, Family Day, Cleveland Football Legends autograph session featuring Hanford Dixon, Doug Dieken, Kevin Mack, Dick Ambrose, and Al "Bubba" Baker, Cleveland Browns: Mingo and Hughes, and Richard Rawlings.  Cost: GA: $13.00, Seniors (62+): $11.00,  Preteen (7-12): $11.00, Kids (6 and under): Free.  FREE PARKING.  Click here for more info and appearance/autograph session dates, times and locations.

Some Like It Spicy: Mardi Gras - Sunday, March 2 at Indigo Perfumery - 2:00PM-4:00PM.  Celebrate Mardi Gras with spicy fragrances, gumbo and jambalaya -all inspired by New Orleans!  I am always game for some jambalaya!  Cost: $10 (which goes toward a future perfume purchase made by March 9).  Click here for more info and to RSVP.

Enjoy your weekend and please consider partaking in one, some or all events listed above!  You won't be disappointed - get out and enjoy your city!

I will be enjoying a spa weekend at an area spa and cannot wait to fill you in on my experience!  I definitely need this weekend with the demanding job I have!

Sunday, February 23, 2014

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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Your CLE Weekend To-Do!

There are so many awesome things going on every weekend in Cleveland.  As promised, I will provide you with your weekend to-do in the CLE!


Friday

Lake Erie Monsters vs Iowa Wild - Quicken Loans Arena - 7:30PM  Cost: $10-$67.  Neon Night - 90's night.  Neon Sunglasses giveaway.  Players to wear specialty jerseys and jersey auction.  Dollar Dog & Dollar Soda Night.  Post-game skate.  Click here for more details.

Greater Cleveland Golf Show - IX Center - Friday, 2/21-Sunday, 2/23 - Fri. 12:00PM-8:00PM, Sat. 10:00AM-6:00PM, Sun. 10:00AM-5:00PM.  Cost: $10.  Golf related exhibit booths, displays, activities, challenges, presentations, competitions, and more!  Click here for more details.

7th Annual Downtown Cleveland Restaurant Week - Friday, 2/21-Sunday, 3/2 - experience awesome food with $30 3-course dinner menus and $15 lunch specials at select restaurants!  Cost: $15-30 per meal + tip  Click here for participating restaurants.  One of the best weeks in Cleveland!  

Saturday

Great Lakes Science Center - Everyone gets in free!  Presented by the Cleveland Foundation.  Cost: Free.  Click here for more details.  

Beauty Bash @ Landerhaven - 9:30AM-12:30PM - enjoy pampering with complimentary pastries and mimosas!  Cost: Free. Click here for more details

North Union Farmers Market Winter Indoor Market at Crocker Park - 9:00AM-12:00PM - Cost: varies depending on purchases.  Click here for more details.  The best apples from Woolfs Farm!  Try the Melrose :)  I also get my pasta, meats, lettuce, almond butter, and cheese here!

North Union Farmers Market Winter Indoor Market at Shaker Square - 9:00AM - 12:00PM - Cost: varies depending on purchases.  Click here for more details.  This is the bigger of the two markets.

Cleveland State Vikings vs Milwaukee Panthers - 2:00PM - Cost: $10-$20.  Cleveland State Athletics Hall of Fame Induction.  Family Value Weekend - free kidzone with inflatables, balloon artist, magician and more!  Plus $1 hotdogs!  The alumni cheerleaders will be performing!  Click here for more details.

Lake Erie Monsters vs Iowa Wild - Quicken Loans Arena - 7:00PM.  Cost: $10-$67.  Football Night.  Hoe Haden Bobblehead Giveaway.  Click here for more details.

Short.Sweet.Film.Fest - The Market Garden Brewery - Saturday, 2/22-Sunday, 2/23 - Showcase up and coming local, national, and international filmmakers. 12:00PM-5:00PM doors open at 11:00AM - Cost: $12.  Click here for more details.

Sunday

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame - Everyone gets in free!  Presented by the Cleveland Foundation.  Click here for more details.

The Winter Jam 2014 Tour Spectacular - CSU Wolstein Center - 6:00PM  Doors: 5:00PM.  Cost: $10 at the door.  10 Artists: Newsboys, Lecrae, Tenth Avenue North, Thousand Foot Krutch, Plumb, Newsong and Colton Dixon and the iDisciple App Pre-Jam Party: Love & The Outcome,  Everfound and Derek Minor.  Plus, a special message from leading young evangelist Nick Hall.  Click here for more details.

Cleveland Cavaliers vs Washington Wizards - Quicken Loans Arena - 6:00PM. Cost: $10-$145.  EveryFAN celebrating Local Heroes Night. Fan Free Throw.  Click here for more details.

I hope you find something on this list you are going to attend or participate in!  I know I will be partaking in 1-3 of these for sure!  Have a great weekend :)

Keep me in your thoughts and prayers - I have a full day ahead beginning with teaching all day, an interview right after (for a part-time homework center coordinator position), and then coaching right after that!  I cannot wait to get some sleep tomorrow night!! 

Monday, February 17, 2014

New Day, New Blog!

Welcome to the first day of Jess In CLE!  I decided to change things up a bit for my blog.  Here are the reasons:  I have not been able to keep up with posts because with being so busy I do not always have meaningful posts about fitness and recipes - which is sad.  I have missed posting so much that I decided a change was in order.  Also, I realized that my love for this city grows by the day and I am always finding new and exciting things to eat and do here and want to share it with everyone - locals or not!

Jess In CLE will be about my adventures in the city - my love for local restaurants, farmer's markets. different events and festivals going on throughout the year.  I will make sure to keep you in the know of what is going on in YOUR city, so you can enjoy everything this great NEO has to offer!  And if you do not live here, well, now you have a reason to visit and maybe you will plan a long weekend trip around the different events going on around here!  I am so excited for this new blogging adventure!

Please stay tuned for my first new post - I have some exciting news for this weekend and that you may want to take advantage of!

Happy President's Day!!

Watch out for a possible SNOW day or delay tomorrow morning!  I am praying for one of these :)