Friday, August 21, 2015

Back To School in CLE!

Summer is the best season in Cleveland with all the metroparks, Lake Erie, outdoor sporting events, festivals, markets, etc.  And now that it's back to school in the Cleveland area there are many awesome events to look forward to before officially saying "See you next year", to summer.  As a teacher, I will miss summer for more reasons than most.  The last few weeks I have been getting my classroom ready for the kids and attending meetings for professional development.  I have not be able to be a part of all the fun activities that our great city has to offer.  Well, I am making sure to summer doesn't leave me before attending some of these awesome events!

Here is a list of events and activities to check out in the next couple of days:

Friday, August 21 - 78th Street Studios Third Friday Art Walk - 5:00-10:00PM  Art, live music, local food.

Friday, August 21 - Sunday, August 23: Greek Festival Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Cathedral - Friday 4:00-11:00PM, Saturday Noon-11:00PM, Sunday Noon-9:00PM  Greek dinners and pastries, free cooking classes, live music and folk dancing, flea market, and kid's corner.

Friday, August 21 - Sunday, August 23: St. Mary Romanian Festival - Friday 4:30-11:00PM, Saturday 2:00-11:00PM, Sunday Noon-10:00PM   Free to attend. Music, folk dancing, games and activities for kids, Eastern European food, and a wine and beer garden.

Saturday, August 22: 2nd Annual Whiskey Island Standup Paddleboard Race and Festival - Races begin at 8:30AM, River Dog Cafe Food Truck 11:00AM-3:00PM, Inner Bliss Yoga 1:00PM, Free SUP Demos 1:00-3:00PM, 1:00-4:00PM Live Music

Saturday, August 22: Take a Hike Historic Warehouse District Tour - 10:00-11:30AM  Meet in front of Constantino's Market

Saturday, August 22: 2015 Cleveland Health Festival at Crocker Park - 11:00AM-4:00PM  Meet what is cool and healthy about Cleveland - sample some delicious treats, take part in free workouts (11AM-12PM Yoga, 12:30-1:00PM Bad Girl Boot Camp), and learn about new healthy products, cafes and restaurants.

Saturday, August 22 - Sunday, August 23: Cleveland International Kite Festival - 11:00AM-5:00PM  Kite fliers from the U.S. and Canada. The Windjammers International Performance Sport Kite Team will perform twice daily.  $3 kites or BYO kites for special competitions, games, and sky ballet demos.

Sunday, August 23: Take a Hike Canal Basin Park Tour - 10:00-11:30AM   Meet at Settlers Landing RTA Station

Sunday, August 23: 70th One World Day - 11:00AM-8:30PM  Activities in all 37 gardens, an expanded Parade of Flags will begin the festival, ethnic performers and foods relating to the culture of each garden.  There will be performers on six main stages, a naturalization ceremony, and each child can get a passport stamped at each garden.  Opening ceremonies will take place in the Chinese Garden.  Free parking at Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center with free shuttle service.  Lolly the Trolley will provide free transportation among the gardens.

Sunday, August 23: Medina International Fest - 9:00AM-6:00PM  2015 Bistros on Broadway featuring foods from around the world.  Live entertainment and kids parade.  An International Emporium teamed with Medina County Farmers Market.  Kids activities and photo booth.

Tuesday, August 25: Take a Hike Playhouse Square Tour - 6:00-7:30PM  Meet in Playhouse Square's State Theatre lobby.

Wednesday, August 26: Wade Oval Wednesday (WOW) - 6:00-9:00PM  Free concert, local business and food booths, and food trucks.

Wednesday, August 26: Take a Hike Gateway District Tour - 6:00-7:30PM  Meet at the Arcade

Have some fun this week! 

I will be updating the list as the days move along and will post a new list of events at the end of next week!

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Take a Hike in CLE!

Hey Clevelanders and Out-of-Towners!  You still have exactly one month from today (August, 16) to take a guided hike in Cleveland.  The Take a Hike tours are sponsored by Dollar Bank and cover different neighborhoods that make up Downtown Cleveland.  Along each hike you will meet one or two important people that helped shape Cleveland in the past and is still present today.  These hikes are great for everyone - the outdoor enthusiast, the urban lover, the foodie, the art enthusiast, the history buff, the Cleveland proud, and the tourist.  I have been on every single Take a Hike tour and have loved each one!  

Each tour is about 1.5 hours long and is filled with interesting information.  The guide(s) are very knowledgeable and easy to talk to - a complete love of sharing Cleveland history.  The walk is at a comfortable pace and covers a good amount of ground - wear comfortable walking shoes.  The tour guide(s) also have great restaurant recommendations - don't eat right before and try one of the many delicious, local restaurants in Cleveland after the tour!  Make sure to take your camera to capture the amazing art and architecture along the tour.  Also, take the survey at the end of the tour and be entered to win one of many prizes!

There are five tours offered:
Sunday, 10:00AM - Canal Basin Park in the Flats
Tuesday, 6:00PM - Playhouse Square
Wednesday, 6:00PM - Gateway District
Thursday, 6:00PM - Civic Center
Saturday, 10:00AM - Warehouse District

I recently attended the Civic Center Tour with my mom and sister.  We met the guides and other participants at the Old Stone Church in Public Square.  We learned about the history of the Old Stone Church, the Free Stamp, Veterans Memorial Plaza.  We also learned about the new green spaces and I am amazed at how much I just want to picnic and play there!  I enjoyed taking in the architecture of the beautiful buildings in the area.  We even met architect Daniel Burnham and Cleveland Browns Coach Paul Brown.  Daniel Burnham spoke to us about the different buildings in Cleveland he designed and Coach Paul Brown excitedly told us about how he turned the Browns into a winning team!

 Paul Brown
 Beautiful architecture

I can't wait to attend the other four to see who I will meet and what I will learn this year!

Information taken from the Take A Hike website.  Click here for more information and meeting spots for the Take a Hike tours!  Have fun!

Friday, August 14, 2015

I'm Baaackk partly because of #HireMeVue!

I am back and happy to be posting again!  My posts became less and less frequent when I was working in the most stressful environment ever and soon after I began a new job, coaching cheer, and teaching nightly workouts - I never had a moment to myself.  I am back for two reasons: 1. People keep asking me to posts my fitness/nutrition tips and updates on Cleveland/free events. 2. The Vue in Beachwood has a search for an ambassador to live in their luxury apartments rent free for six months that will post about their experience and the wonderful place the entire time!  And I want it!  I love posting about the coolest experiences and most wonderful places in Cleveland and based upon the pictures and descriptions of The Vue, I would not have a single issue with that :)

This is the first photo/detail that caught my attention! This pool is calling my name!*

I will gladly cue you in on why The Vue is so wonderful without ever stepping foot into these luxury apartments.  Not only is there an outdoor pool, but it is resort-style surrounded by lovely chaises and areas to hang out and relax with friends and family.  There is a relaxation courtyard that would be the best place to go after a long day at work.  The lounge has a fireplace, which is perfect for our Cleveland winters!  The Vue also has a two-story fitness room - a very important room to have!  I would definitely enjoy going for a stroll along the sculptural pathways and spending time in the secluded gardens.  I also cannot help but being super happy about the heated, underground parking (what a plus)!

The apartments also sound just as amazing! Each apartment kitchen comes with a granite counter in the kitchen - I have always wanted one for cooking!  The kitchen also comes with beautiful appliances - the premium and penthouse have stainless steel!!  The bathrooms also come with granite counter tops and ceramic flooring.  The bedrooms are carpeted.  It seems that each apartment type - signature, premium, and penthouse - are done in neutral with beautiful, complimenting colors.  The floor plans are impressive and the square footing seems generous.  I love the openness of the layouts, especially in the kitchen area.

Pet Policy (this is important):  $250 up front Pet Fee + $25/mo pet rent. Pet Restrictions: 35 pound weight restriction. You can read about which breeds are not permitted on the site.

You can check out the other amenities here.
You can check out the floor plans here.
You can check out more photos of The Vue here.
*Hopefully, if I win, you will see a lot more of my own photos of The Vue!
You can apply to become a resident here.

I know I would love living here and having many gatherings with friends and family!  If I don't get the chance to become the ambassador of The Vue, I would definitely love to look into living there, anyway.  BUT....PLEASE #HIREMEVUE!

The Vue is located 23220 Chagrin Blvd. Beachwood, OH 44122.
Contact number: (855) 971-1087
*The beautiful pool picture was copied from The Vue website.