PCU (Portable Camera Unit) Locations 05/01/2014 – 05/22/2014

Flashing Lights! The following is the most updated list of active locations for the City’s Portable Camera Units (PCUs) beginning Thursday, May 1, 2014. Legislation passed in May, 2013 increased the number of fixed camera sites from 24 to 49 and increased portable sites from 6 to 15. These locations will be active from May 1 to May 22, 2014.

Less money spent on tickets = More money spent on tees from us!

•West 104th Street & Madison Avenue
•1500 Block of West 25th Street
•7000 Block of Bessermer Avenue
•12500 Berea Road
•2600 Block of N. Moreland Boulevard
•7600 Clark Avenue
•15900 Lorain Avenue
•East 177 Block of Villaview Road
•2300 Block of St. Clair Avenue
•2200 Prospect Avenue
•6600 Block of Fleet Avenue
•4100 Block of Pearl Road
•800 Block of East 140th Street
•2400 Block of East 55th Street
•3200 Block of West 65th Street

Thanks Straight from City Hall!

Photo Recap Of Talk & Taste’s Wine-Tasting/Networking Event Featuring Karen Civil

As usual, last night’s Talk & Taste event was full of good people, good times and information! Here’s a small photo recap.

4/26: Cleveland Foundation Day at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo


The Cleveland Foundation’s April centennial gift to the community – free admission to Cleveland Metroparks Zoo and The RainForest from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 26 – will include just-announced activities and entertainment in honor of Earth Day. As the first free weekend day for all Zoo visitors in almost 20 years, the Park District, the Zoo and the Cleveland Zoological Society are collaborating to make it a day to remember for local families.

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Radio Disney will be stationed at the Welcome Plaza from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to get the party started, and special Zoo tours will be offered throughout the day.  Animal enrichment demonstrations, Meet the Keeper sessions, live animal shows, costumed mascot characters, Cleveland Metroparks NatureTracks, crafts and hands-on, interactive programs are just some of the special activities planned every hour for visitors.

Guests are encouraged to bring their used cellphones and aluminum cans for recycling at a collection area on the Zoo’s Welcome Plaza.  Visitors will also be invited to join the Zoo Team in creating a replica of the Earth using recycled plastic bags.

The Zoo is encouraging guests to stop by the Rising Waters Camp in the African Savanna area to leave a commemorative message in a Cleveland Foundation Memory Book created for the special day.

Visit  or www.clevelandmetroparks.com/zoo to see the full schedule of activities planned for Cleveland Foundation Day at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo.

Cleveland Foundation Day highlights:

10 a.m. Official start of Cleveland Foundation Day by Cleveland Metroparks CEO Brian Zimmerman, Cleveland Foundation President & CEO Ronn Richard, Executive Zoo Director Dr. Chris Kuhar and Cleveland Zoological Society Executive Director Liz Fowler at the main entrance

10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Radio Disney on the Zoo’s Welcome Plaza

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cleveland Museum of Art performers on the Welcome Plaza

10:30 a.m. Animal enrichment demonstration at the lion exhibit in the African Savanna

11 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Meet the elephant keeper at African Elephant Crossing

11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Elephant Crossing (weather permitting)

11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Professor Wylde Live Animal Show in the Savanna Theater

11:30 a.m. Browse Garden tour at the Sarah Allison Steffee Center for Zoological Medicine

11:30 a.m. Meet the gorilla keeper at Primate, Cat and Aquatics Building

Noon Animal enrichment demonstration at the fossa exhibit in the Primate, Cat and Aquatics Building

12:30 p.m. Meet the koala keeper at GumLeaf Hideout in Australian Adventure

1 p.m. Animal enrichment demonstration at the grizzly bear exhibit in Northern Trek

1 p.m. Browse Garden tour at the Primate, Cat and Aquatics Building

1:30 p.m. Meet the keeper of the Puerto Rican crested toad at The RainForest

2 p.m. Animal enrichment demonstration at the shark exhibit in the Primate, Cat and Aquatics Building

2:30 p.m. Meet the cheetah keeper at Primate, Cat and Aquatics Building

3 p.m. Animal enrichment demonstration at the sea lion exhibit in Northern Trek

4 p.m. Animal enrichment demonstration at the swamp monkey exhibit in the Primate, Cat and Aquatics Building 

Cleveland Clinic’s 12th Annual Minority Men’s Health Fair


12th Annual Minority Men’s Health Fair Thursday, April 24, 2014 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. Cleveland Clinic – Glickman Tower/Miller Pavilion

The Minority Men’s Health Fair offers free screenings and information on topics including*:

  • Blood Pressure
  • Body Mass Index
  • Bone Density
  • Cholesterol
  • Diabetes
  • Dental Screening
  • Glaucoma
  • Heart Disease
  • Hepatitis C
  • HIV
  • Lung Health
  • Kidney Function
  • Oral Cancer
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Sickle Cell
  • Skin Cancer
  • Stress/Depression
  • Vision Screenings
  • Wellness

Online registration for the Minority Men’s Health Fair is closed.  However, you can register in person at the event. For more information about the Minority Men’s Health Fair, please visit clevelandclinic.org/mmhc or contact by email.

The Minority Men’s Health Center of Cleveland Clinic’s Glickman Urological & Kidney Institute, one of the first in the country, addresses the challenges of healthcare disparities among minorities.

Through a multidisciplinary approach of culturally sensitive clinical care, community outreach, community health literacy education, health provider health disparity education, mentorship for future health care providers and health disparities research, the Minority Men’s Health Center takes on some of the nation’s current greatest challenges. In cooperation with the Cleveland Clinic Medicine Institute and other Cleveland Clinic clinicians and researchers at Cleveland Clinic’s Lerner Research Institute, the Center pursues a wide variety of studies such as immunology, molecular genetics, behavioral research and clinical trials of new therapies and diagnostics all designed to address the elimination of health disparities.

The Minority Men’s Health Center, established in 2003, provides an opportunity for minority males to undergo complete comprehensive medical evaluations to promote health & wellness and undergo health screenings for the early detection, prevention and/or treatment of a vast number of medical conditions which disproportionately afflict minority male populations, including urologic and male health concerns such as prostate cancer, benign prostatic disease, erectile dysfunction and kidney disease. The Minority Men’s Health Center also serves as a primary medical center home for men through collaboration with the Medicine Institute and Kidney Transplant Center for the early diagnosis, prevention and treatment of primary medical conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, kidney disease and access to kidney transplantation.

Thrive, Engage! Cleveland, and SCENE Magazine present: LUNCH BEAT (a noontime dance party)


Why wait ’til 2 AM to get your groove on??

The good people at Thrive, Engage! Cleveland, and SCENE Magazine are inviting to put those work shoes to work at noon!


Tuesday, May 6th from noon – 1PM
House of Blues
308 Euclid Avenue
$10 advance / $15 at the door


LUNCH BEAT is a 1-hour healthy daytime club movement, founded in Stockholm, Sweden. It has spread to dozens of cities around the world with thousands of participants. Lunch Beat sessions feature a live DJ set with healthy snacks and water. On May 6, Lunch Beat goes GLOBAL, with dozens of cities around the world hosting Lunch Beat dance parties as one.

SILENT DISCO is a unique way of experiencing live music. Guests wear wireless headphones and a silent atmosphere instantly transforms into a connected, high energy musical performance. DJ Steph Floss will be on stage, transmitting his music into each headphone while the lights are dim and mystical. The difference: When you take your headphones off, you see high energy without the beat.

Happy Dyngus Day Cleveland!!


The weather is great and the fun begins around noon..

But wait, do you want to party but, still wondering what Dyngus Day is?? Have no fear, here’s a brief explanation of the local celebration and the history of the celebration:

Dyngus Day, or Wet Monday (Polish Śmigus-Dingus or lany poniedziałek) is the name for Easter Monday. Historically a Polish tradition, Dyngus Day celebrates the end of the observance of Lent and the joy of Easter. Over the decades, Dyngus Day has become a wonderful holiday to celebrate Polish-American culture, heritage and traditions. In Cleveland specifically, the goal is to not only make this a Polish Cultural festival; organizers also want their Polka Heritage as well as the other Eastern European cultures still thriving in Cleveland celebrated.

2014 marks the festival’s 4th year here in Cleveland. The celebration is growing and according to the excitement surrounding the celebration, all involved are excited to share this day with the city. During the festival in 2012, it is estimated that roughly 5,000 people were in attendance in the Detroit Shoreway Neighborhood, celebrating at over 7 venues as well as an Accordion Parade.

Going back to Dyngus roots… In Poland, Hungary, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic traditionally, early in the morning boys awoke girls by pouring a bucket of water on their head and striking them about the legs with long thin twigs or switches made from willow, birch or decorated tree branches.

One theory is that Dingus originates from the baptism on Easter Monday of Mieszko I (Duke of the Polans, c. 935–992) in 966 AD, uniting all of Poland under the banner of Christianity. Dingus and Śmigus were twin pagan gods; the former representing water and the moist earth (Dingus from din gus – thin soup or dingen – nature); and the latter representing thunder and lightning (Śmigus from śmigać or to make a whooshing sound). In this theory, the water tradition is the transformation of the pagan water god into the Christian baptism. The custom of pouring water was an ancient spring rite of cleansing, purification, and fertility. It is alleged that the pagan Poles bickered with nature/Dingus by means of pouring water and switching with willows to make themselves pure and worthy of the coming year. Others have suggested that the striking tradition is the transformation of the ritual “slap” of Christian confirmation. However, still others suggest that the Śmigus tradition is actually simply a youthful recapitulation of a Good Friday Polish tradition, in which parents wake their children with switches from twigs, saying the words of a Lenten prayer “God’s wounds” – “Boże rany”.

Lolly the Trolly will shuttle Dyngus Day folks between all venues in Detroit-Shoreway, Ohio City, and Tremont. Trollys will run from 12:30 – 8:30pm. Look for the red and white ballons outside of official Dyngus Day venues.

For any additional info, check out the Cleveland Dyngus Day website!


Another Saturday At The West Side Market..

I can’t think of a better place to get a “taste” (pun intended) of Cleveland. This place of full of history and serves as a constant reminder of what makes the city great (we’ll save that for another post ;-P). Aside from that, if you’re one of the newbie foodies enjoying the local “Restaurant Renaissance,” this place is a must-visit just to grasp how many cultures come together to make this place (the city, it’s dining scene and the market) special.. Happy Easter everyone!

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