Why? Halloween Events!

There are plenty of Halloween events coming up with scary fun for all ages. Check ‘em out:

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Where: Cedar Point

When: Fridays (6pm-12am), Saturdays (11am-12am), and Sundays (11am-8pm) until Saturday, November 1

How much: Starting at $39.99 for adults

More info and tickets: Click here

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Halloween Town

Where: Playhouse Square Connor Palace lobby

When: Saturday, October 18 from 10am-12pm

How much: Family four-pack $40, $14 for children, $8 for adults, discounted admission for PALS members

More info and tickets: Click here

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Boo at the Zoo

Where: Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

When: October 16-19 and 23-26 from 6pm-9pm

How much: $8 for non-members, $7 for members, free for children 2 and under

More info and tickets: Click here

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Trick or Treat Street

Where: I-X Center

When: October 18-19 and 25-26 from 11am-8pm on Saturdays and 11am-7pm on Sundays

How much: $13.99 for general admission, $9.99 for 60+, free for children 2 and under

More info and tickets: Click here

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Where: Greater Cleveland Aquarium

When: October 17-18 and 24-25 from 6pm-9pm

How much: $11 for non-pass holders, $10 for pass-holders, free for children 2 and under

More info and tickets: Click here

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Halloween Extravaganza 

Where: Westgate Shopping Center, sponsored by Inland Real Estate Corporation

When: Saturday, October 25 from 1pm-3pm

How much: Free

More info: Click here

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Q104 Boo Bash 18

Where: Dave & Buster’s

When: Friday, October 31 at 8pm

How much: $10 in advance, $15 at the door

More info and tickets: Click here

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Supper Club Halloween with Lounge Kitty

Where: Prosperity Social Club

When: Friday, October 31 at 8pm

How much: Admission is free, drinks and food on your own

More info and reservations: Click here

Have a spooky and fun Halloween!

***Disclosure: I am a board member of Playhouse Square Partners, which sponsors Halloween Town. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***


Why? Playhouse Square Partners Wine and Canvas!

I’m not a very artistic person, but sometimes it’s really fun to step outside your comfort zone and try something different. Which is just what I did on Monday night with my friend Jennifer at Playhouse Square Partners‘ Wine and Canvas event.

We all started out with our blank canvases and an example painting to aspire to create. Under the step-by-step instructions from our teacher, a rather abstract image began to take shape.

Assured that our paintings would ultimately look like something, we continued to sip our wine for artistic inspiration and follow along.

By the end of the evening, everyone had their own unique interpretation of the fall scene we were creating.

Our instructors for the evening were from Wine & Canvas, which puts on both public and private events where you can get creative (and tipsy, if you want). I think our finished products look pretty good, from a distance…

One of the great things about Playhouse Square Partners is that we not only have theater-centered events, but also fun evenings like this one too!

***Disclosure: I am a board member of Playhouse Square Partners. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***


Why? Weekends!

It was absolutely perfect fall weather this weekend! All of Cleveland was either in a pumpkin patch or an apple orchard (or a tailgate lot) and that’s exactly how it should be!

Speaking of pumpkin patches, on Saturday afternoon, Matthew, Jeffrey and I attended Pumpkins in the Park, put on by the John Carroll University Cleveland Alumni Chapter.


There were fun crafts for the kids, along with apple cider, candy, and tons of delicious cupcakes from Main Street Cupcakes (it’s good to have alums who own cupcake shops!).

PicMonkey Collage

It was a fun afternoon, enjoying some beautiful fall foliage and seasonal treats and activities, as well as catching up with JCU friends and their families.

Saturday evening, Matthew and I had a Playhouse Square date night planned. We started out at the brand new Hofbrauhaus, which just opened on Friday. More accurately, we were in line for the brand new Hofbrauhaus. The place was packed and, with only an hour before our show, we decided to save getting in for another day and just enjoy beer and hot pretzels on the patio.


From what we could see of the inside, the German beer garden feel has been replicated, with long tables packed with people enjoying traditional food and beer. There is live music, dancing on the tables is encouraged, and the whole place was just alive with patrons of all ages!

Hofbrauhaus is open from 5pm to midnight Sunday through Thursday, and from 5pm to 2:30am on Friday and Saturday. There is a grand opening event scheduled for October 22 and the restaurant starts taking reservations as of November 1. This is definitely a fun new spot to check out!

From there, we went to see Motown the Musical.


We were lucky enough to win loge tickets to the show when our team won the Playhouse Square Partners Trivia Night. So, we had great seats for a show filled with classic Motown songs that had the audience singing (and, by the end, dancing) along. Motown the Musical runs through Sunday, October 19 at the State Theatre and tickets are still available.

On Sunday, we attended a Texas-themed birthday party for Matthew’s dad, who grew up in Texas and attended the University of Texas. We of course busted out our authentic Texas cowboy boots and even Jeffrey got into the theme.


There was also Tex Mex food and Shiner Bock beer to complete the Texas theme. It was a relaxing afternoon with family and the perfect way to wrap-up a wonderful weekend (including an amazing Brown win!). How was your weekend?

***Disclosure: I am a member of the boards of the John Carroll University Cleveland Alumni Chapter and Playhouse Square Partners. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***


Why? L’Amour du Vin!

Last night, Matthew and I attend the Arthritis Foundation‘s L’Amour du Vin fundraiser. We met up with these fine folks for an evening of wining and small-bite dining.


I seem to always find a new must-try restaurant at this event. Last year, it was Bistro 83 (who kept it up this year with some tasty spicy salmon cakes). This year, it was 41 North. Offering food in both VIP and the main room, 41 North brought delicious dishes that were as good to eat as they were nicely plated.


In the VIP room, 41 North offered pork belly and swordfish. In the main room, they offered shrimp and grits and short ribs served on top apple risotto. After all these bites, I’m convinced I need to head out to Vermilion for a full meal there!

Other favorites of the evening was the gnocchi from Gatherings Kitchen, the smoked trout salad with apples and pumpkin seeds from AMP 150, the pulled pork sliders from Parker’s Grille and Tavern (loved the added jalapeno slices), and the lamb from Taki’s Greek Kitchen.

PicMonkey Collage

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the wonderful desserts, including oodles of Snoogles (and other pastries) from Kiedrowksi’s Simply Delicious Bakery and decadent chocolates from Sweet Designs (the cocoa nib truffle was my fave).


There were plenty of delicious red and white wines to go with all the great food, along with Brown-Forman bourbon cocktails in the VIP room.


We also entered the wine pull raffle, which not only scored us a great bottle for home, but a chance to win a Caribbean cruise (we didn’t).

I also have to take a moment to give a lot of praise to the planner of last night’s event, Alicia. L’Amour du Vin was Alicia’s last event for the Arthritis Foundation, as she is leaving her current role for a new, exciting, and perfectly-suited position at Evolution Yoga. You can read all about her upcoming new professional adventure here.

Alicia doing her thing

Alicia doing her thing

I am so proud of all that Alicia accomplished at the Arthritis Foundation and for following her heart to this new job! And what a way to go out, with one incredible party!

***Disclosure: I was asked by the Arthritis Foundation to help promote L’Amour du Vin. In exchange, I received two complimentary VIP tickets to the event. As always, all opinions (on events and career decisions alike) are 100% my own.***



Why? St. Jude Give Thanks Walk!

You have to love when fitness and a good cause combine! The St. Jude Give Thanks. Walk. is returning to Great Northern Mall in North Olmsted on Saturday, November 22.


The walk is a 5K that laps the mall 4 times and steps off at 10am. Strollers and wagons are welcome. There will be family fun activities and food lasting beyond the walk and participants are encouraged to stay and enjoy.

You can register as a team or as an individual. Registration is free and there is no fundraising minimum. However, there are fun incentives at different fundraising levels, including a t-shirt for the $35-$99 level, a tumbler for the $100-$249 level, and a tote bag for the $250+ level.

All proceeds benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, which advances cures and prevention for catastrophic pediatric diseases through research and treatment. As a new mom, even typing the phrase catastrophic pediatric diseases makes me shudder, but thank goodness for places like St. Jude that step in to help when things like that happen.

Click here to register for the St. Jude Give Thanks. Walk. and start your fundraising for this wonderful organization! Last year’s walk saw 600 participants raise over $65,000 and the hopes are that this year’s walk will bring even larger totals.


Why? Weekends!

***A bit of blogkeeping: Congratulations to Abby DelaMotte, winner of 2 tickets to see The House Jacks. Tickets are still available online for tomorrow night’s concert.***

The fall weather really hit this weekend, didn’t it? I’m in denial that it’s October, but I think it’s time to face facts: this year is flying by!

On Friday night, Matthew, Jeffrey and I went out to dinner to celebrate Matthew’s dad’s birthday. We went to Bravo!, which has solidly good Italian offerings and is an easy place to take the wee one. It was a nice evening celebrating a wonderful man. Here’s hoping this year brings you lots of love and happiness, Alan!


Saturday proved that I will eat ice cream no matter the temperature, as I met up with Kimberly for the soft opening of Mason’s Creamery in Ohio City.


Mason’s has a great selection of ice cream, from traditional flavors like chocolate and vanilla to more inventive offerings like peanut butter s’more and Nutella. I enjoyed the Rising Star Coffee ice cream. I also snagged a sip of Kimberly’s hot chocolate, which is some of the best I’ve ever had. Not only does Mason’s offer tasty treats, but the folks who run it are super sweet too.


Follow @masonscreamery on Twitter to stay up-to-date as they work out their winter schedule.

From there, it was off to my friend Samantha’s surprise birthday party at LockKeeper’s.


Her husband Dave pulled off a total surprise gathering of family and friends to fete the birthday girl. It was a really nice afternoon, with good food, wine, and conversation.


LockKeeper’s has private party rooms upstairs and the menu choices ranged from short ribs to salmon. It was a great spot for a party!

Sunday was a day to catch up around the house, play with Jeffrey, and just relax. I also tried my hand at pork schnitzel, which turned out really well (not as good as Sterle’s, but still good).


Also, Alton Brown’s roasted broccoli recipe may be my new favorite way to eat those particular greens.

All in all, it was a great weekend! How was your’s?


Why? Joe’s Deli!

***A bit of blogkeeping: Today is your last day to enter to win 2 tickets to see the a cappella group The House Jacks. Check it out!***

As fall sets in and the weather gets cooler, a girl just wants some comfort food. It doesn’t have to be fancy or trendy, it just has to be good, traditional food, served in an atmosphere where the clientele range from the very young to the senior citizens. Enter Joe’s Deli.


Joe’s is a longstanding west side favorite. I went to high school with a girl whose family owns the restaurant and I can attest that this is a family-owned, Cleveland-hometown spot. Jeffrey and I met up with my friend Michelle for dinner at Joe’s last night.


So, this picture is from her bachelorette party, not from last night. But who knew then that we’d be switching spots as to who was pregnant?! I’m so happy for Michelle’s upcoming addition and it was great to get together and chat about everything from babies to jobs.

Anyway, back to Joe’s…a must-order item is the matzoh ball soup.


It is chock full of chicken, veggies, and matzoh balls and is a perfect comfort food. For my dinner, I chose the liver, topped with onions and bacon and served with mashed potatoes.


From tasty traditional hot plates to deli sandwiches to a ridiculous dessert counter with chocolate chip cookies as big as your head, Joe’s is a great spot for a not fussy, solidly good meal. All the grandmas oohing and ahhing over Jeffrey didn’t hurt either!

Where is your favorite comfort food spot?


Why? Namaste, One Night for One World!

***A bit of blogkeeping: Have you entered to win 2 tickets to see the a cappella group The House Jacks at Shaker Heights High School? Check it out!***

Namaste means, “I bow to the divine in you.” It means showing respect to that which is special and sacred in each of us. International Partners in Mission is hosting its 12th annual Namaste! One Night for One World Cultural Celebration Benefit on Thursday, October 16, giving attendees a chance to show the respect of Namaste to those who work so hard for this wonderful organization.

At the Namaste Benefit, you can enjoy stunning views of the Cleveland skyline from the Ariel International Center, while nibbling on international cuisine, sipping wine, listening to live music including jazz guitarist Lee Bush, and perusing crafts and silent auction items from around the world.

More than ten of IPM’s Project Partners from around the world will also be on hand that evening to share stories about their countries and the work of IPM.

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Before Namaste, there will also be a unique immersion experience and VIP reception with Peter and Dorothy Nyong’o, who are active in Kenyan politics and non-profits and are also the parents of Oscar-winner Lupita Nyong’o, as well as Joseph Cistone, the CEO of IPM.

Namaste is sure to be a fun evening to benefit IPM’s wonderful work around the globe and it is a great way to show Cleveland’s support for this organization that calls our city home. Tickets are $100 for Patron VIP level, $40 for general admission, and $15 for students and can be purchased online.

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***Disclosure: I was asked by International Partners in Mission to help promote Namaste. In exchange, I was offered complimentary tickets to Namaste. I declined due to scheduling conflicts. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***


Why? The House Jacks Giveaway!

***A bit of blogkeeping: Congratulations to cshillz (Comment #27), randomly-selected winner of 2 general admission tickets to the Arthritis Foundation’s L’Amour du Vin fundraiser. Please check your email for details. If you didn’t win, you can still purchase tickets online.***

I love me some a cappella  music. When I was in college, a friend had an all a cappella show on John Carroll radio that I listened to religiously. More recently, Matthew and I took in the Straight No Chaser show at Playhouse Square and loved every note.

Now, The House Jacks, a five-man a cappella group who have performed on The Sing-Off and Pitch Perfect, are bringing their harmonies to Shaker Heights High School for a public concert on Tuesday, October 7. The concert is part of Shaker Heights Schools’ commitment to performing arts education.


Group member Austin Willacy can attest to this commitment, as he is an alumnus of Shaker Heights High School. Aside from the public concert, The House Jacks will be artists-in-residence for two days, hosting private workshops for choir students.

Tickets for The House Jacks’ concert are $25 for general admission, $15 for seniors and Shaker staff, and $10 for students and can be purchased online. Or you can enter to win two tickets right here!

Here’s how to enter (you can do one, two, three or all four entries, just leave a separate comment for each):

1. Leave a comment letting me know what song you’d most like to hear The House Jacks cover in their concert.

2. Leave a comment if you like Shaker Heights Schools and Why CLE? on Facebook, letting me know you like both pages.

3. Follow @ShakerSchools and @WhyCLE on Twitter and leave a comment letting me know you’re following both.

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

I want to win tickets to see @thehousejacks at @ShakerSchools thanks to @WhyCLE: http://wp.me/p1fb9r-288

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

The giveaway will close on Friday, October 3 at 11:59pm and the winner will be notified the following day. Good luck!

***Disclosure: I was asked by Shaker Heights Schools to help promote The House Jacks concert. In exchange, I was offered 2 tickets for myself and 2 tickets to give away. I declined my tickets due to scheduling conflicts. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***



Why? Weekends!

***A bit of blogkeeping: Have you entered to win 2 tickets to the L’Amour du Vin fundraiser? Today is your last chance, so check it out! Remember, you can tweet daily for additional entries.***

It was another fun weekend in Cleveland! On Saturday, Jeffrey turned 4 months old, which meant another series of pictures. I can’t believe how much he is changing!

PicMonkey Collage

Saturday evening, we met up with our friends Chrissy and Mike for dinner at one of our favorite downtown Willoughby casual spots: The Wild Goose. From a great beer selection to tasty stone oven pizzas, The Wild Goose has everything you need for a relaxed dinner.


Matthew and I split the Dirty Sanchez pizza, with chorizo, BBQ sauce, green and jalapeno peppers, and a blend of cheeses. We also enjoyed the spinach, artichoke, and sundried tomato dip to start. It was a fun evening catching up with good friends!

On Sunday, we went up to my alma mater, John Carroll University. It was Homecoming Weekend and we attended the Mass and Brunch as part of the weekend of festivities. We also got to see the beautiful new St. Ignatius Plaza that was completed this summer.


While I don’t necessarily miss eating in the dining hall (where we had brunch), I always love being up on campus. It’s especially fun to take Jeffrey up there and imagine him being in college someday! He’s already been passed out on campus!


How was your weekend? Did you enjoy the fabulous weather?

***Disclosure: I am a member of the board of the John Carroll University Cleveland Alumni Chapter. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***