Browns Release Their 2017 Training Camp Schedule

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In addition to an upgraded training camp layout that includes more than twice as many seats as previous years, the Browns have modified the ticketing process to ensure as many fans as possible are able to receive an up-close and personal view of the team’s preparations for the 2017 season.

Browns fans may secure prioritized access by registering for tickets online and downloading the Browns Mobile App. Once registered, fans will receive their tickets through the Browns Mobile App to access practice. While registering for tickets is strongly recommended, the team will also grant Cleveland fans admittance to practice sessions on a walk-up basis, as space permits.

Browns 2017 season ticket members will have an exclusive window to register for open practices from June 20-21 prior to public availability opening at 10 a.m. on Thursday, June 22.

All tickets to training camp will be accessible through the Browns Mobile App. Printed tickets will not be available for training camp in 2017.

On Friday, Aug. 4, FirstEnergy Stadium will host the Orange & Brown Scrimmage, offering fans a unique chance to enjoy practice in the heart of downtown Cleveland. The stadium practice will be a full-pads scrimmage format in 2017.

The Browns’ largest open session returns to Cleveland after extending opportunities to fans in nearby regions through the Orange & Brown Scrimmage in Columbus the past two seasons and the 2014 Family Day at University of Akron’s InfoCision Stadium.

Free registration for the Orange & Brown Scrimmage opens to season ticket members on June 27 and to all fans on June 29. The practice will begin at 5 p.m. and will conclude with select autograph opportunities.

Fans will have the opportunity to register for prioritized access for up to three practices in Berea, along with a maximum of four guests, as space permits. Parties wishing to attend more than three practices or book for groups of six-or-more people are encouraged to contact the Browns ticket office directly (440-824-3434).

When arriving to open practices, fans can access the Browns training facility through the Beech Street entrance, with gates opening one hour before each session starts. Membership-services stations will also be available to all visitors inside and outside the complex to assist fans.

Parking is available on the campus of Baldwin Wallace University, near the intersection of Beech Street and Bagley Road.

Source: Cleveland Browns

 

Arbor Day 2017 In Northeast Ohio!

 

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Cleveland is in the midst of citywide revitalization to improve the quality of life for all citizens, and improving tree canopy is an important element in that transformation. Trees are a critical piece of our community: trees make us healthier and safer, add economic value to our homes and businesses, help us meet environmental challenges, and improve our natural world.

 

Cleveland was once nicknamed The Forest City, but over the last several decades the city has lost about half its tree canopy. Average tree canopy cover across the city is low at 19%, only one quarter of what is possible. Each year an estimated 97 acres of tree canopy is lost. At this rate, canopy will drop to 14% by 2040 unless we act now. The Cleveland Tree Plan is built on the need rebuild the urban forest, together.

 

This Arbor Day, do your part to reforest the Forest City at one of the following fantastic #ArborDayCLE events organized by the Cleveland Tree Coalition or one of its institutional members.

 

If you know of another Arbor Day event taking place in Northeast Ohio, please email sustainability@city.cleveland.oh.us and we will help spread the word.

 

SELECT EARTH DAY AND ARBOR DAY EVENTS in NORTHEAST OHIO

For more details and to learn about many more events click here

 

Wednesday, April 19th

Tree Steward Training Part I

Date of event: April 19th from 5:30-9:00pm

Location: Third Federal Auditorium, 7007 Broadway Avenue, Cleveland, 44105

Website: https://www.wrlandconservancy.org/event/treesteward-041917/

 

Saturday, April 22nd (EARTH DAY)

Celebrations/Festivals

EarthFest

Date of event: April 22nd from 10am-7pm

Location: Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds, 19021 Bagley Rd, Middleburg Heights, OH

Website: http://earthdaycoalition.org/

 

Tree Planting

Slavic Village Tree Planting Event

Date of event: April 22 at 8am

Location: Boys and Girls Club, 6114 Broadway Avenue, Cleveland, OH

Website: http://www.wrlandconservancy.org

 

Thursday, April 27th

Fundraiser

Toast to Trees

Date of event: April 27 from 5:30-7:30pm

Location: Nano Brew, 1859 West 25th Street, Cleveland, OH

Website: http://www.wrlandconservancy.org

 

Friday, April 28th (Arbor Day)

Tree Giveaways

Cleveland Metroparks-Ohio Native Tree Seedling Giveaway

Date of Event: April 28th  at various times (see below)

Location: various locations (see below)

Website: www.clevelandmetroparks.com

  • Rocky River Nature Center (9:30am – 5pm)
  • North Chagrin Nature Center (9:30am – 5pm)
  • Brecksville Nature Center (9:30am – 5pm)
  • CanalWay Center (9:00am – 5pm)
  • Watershed Stewardship Center (Fri&Sat 10am-4:30pm, Sun 12-4:30pm)
  • Cleveland Metroparks Zoo (10am – 5pm)

 

Great Sapling Giveaway

Date of event: April 28 from 10 am – 4 pm

Location: Cleveland Botanical Garden, 11030 East Blvd, Cleveland, OH and

Holden Arboretum, 9500 Sperry Rd, Kirtland, OH

Website: www.cbgarden.org and www.holdenarb.org

 

Arbor Day Tree Giveaway with Mitchell’s Ice Cream

Date of event: April 28th from 11am-11pm

Location: Mitchell’s Ice Cream

Website: http://mitchellshomemade.com/shops/ and http://www.wrlandconservancy.org

 

Lecture/Tour

Cultivating Plant Conservation for the Future

Date of event: Apr 28, 7 PM

Location: Holden Arboretum, 9500 Sperry Rd, Kirtland, Oh

Website: www.holdenarb.org

 

Healthy Trees: Five Steps to a Thriving Urban Forest with Alan Siewert, ODNR Urban Forester

Date of event: April 28 at 10am

Location: Kendal at Oberlin Heiser Auditorium, 600 Kendal Dr., Oberlin, OH 44074

Website: http://kao.kendal.org/event/2017/03/17/arbor-day-event/

 

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CLEVELAND 2016 HOST COMMITTEE ANNOUNCES “A COMMUNITY THANK YOU PARTY” FOR NORTHEAST OHIO RESIDENTS AND VOLUNTEERS

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The Cleveland 2016 Host Committee recently announced that it will host a post-Convention community-wide weekend celebration July 29-31 on the newly renovated Public Square and throughout Downtown Cleveland to recognize Northeast Ohio residents and volunteers for their contributions to Cleveland’s hosting of the 2016 Republican National Convention. The primary elements of the weekend programming will be “A Community Thank You Party,” on Saturday, July 30, from 12 p.m. – 6 p.m. on Public Square, as well as free admission to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame from 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. for residents of Northeast Ohio.

The party and the free admission to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame are made possible through the generous support of JobsOhio, The City of Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, The Kulas Foundation and theJohn P. Murphy Foundation.

Those who attend the party, which is open to all, can enjoy family-friendly live entertainment, kid’s activities, giveaways, including Mitchell’s Ice Cream, and snacks for purchase from many of Cleveland’s great food trucks. Local visitors can also enjoy live music at the Rock Hall’s new outdoor beer garden and experience the museum’s featured summer exhibit “Louder Than Words: Rock, Power & Politics” – an experience of exclusive video interviews, interactives, photography and never-before-seen artifacts that explore how music has shaped and reflected our culture through the lens of rock music. Rock Hall admission on July 30 is free for Northeast Ohio residents who live in ZIP codes beginning with 440, 441, 442 or 443 and have a valid ID.

“Hosting this Convention requires an immense amount of collaboration, support from our community leaders, thousands of man hours from the Host Committee’s 8,000 volunteers and cooperation and patience from the residents of Northeast Ohio,” said David Gilbert, president and CEO, Cleveland 2016 Host Committee. “We hope people from across Northeast Ohio will come Downtown throughout the weekend to commemorate the unprecedented effort that is going into hosting this Convention. Its impact far exceeds the economic benefits. It validates the strength of this community and what we can achieve when we come together in support of our beloved city.”

In addition to the Host Committee’s party, another highlight of the weekend celebration includes the return of The Cleveland Orchestra’s Star Spangled Spectacular concert to Public Square, which is scheduled to kick off the weekend of festivities on Friday, July 29, at 9 p.m. The Orchestra’s annual, free community concert in Downtown Cleveland will mark the first major activation of the restored space and is emblematic of the future programming that will occur in the heart of Downtown Cleveland.

In addition to The Cleveland Orchestra’s performance, many other activities will bring a vibrancy and excitement to the city’s core following the Convention:

  • Friday, July 29:
    • VeloSano Kickoff Party on Mall B, 4 p.m. – 9 p.m.
    • Cleveland Indians vs. Oakland Athletics, 7:10 p.m. (with post-game fireworks)
    • The Cleveland Orchestra Concert on Public Square, 9 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 30:
    • Rock & Roll Hall of Fame open to public for FREE, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
    • Cleveland 2016 Host Committee’s “A Community Thank You Party” on Public Square, 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.
    • Cleveland Indians vs. Oakland Athletics, 7:10 p.m. (with post-game fireworks)
  • Sunday, July 31:
    • Cleveland Indians vs. Oakland Athletics, 1:10 p.m.

Those attending each of these events Downtown during the celebration weekend are encouraged to take the RTA Rapid; trips can be planned using www.riderta.com. Riders can park for free and buy a $5 All-Day Pass.

The Host Committee would like to thank The Cleveland Orchestra, the Group Plan Commission,Cleveland Clinic, RTA, the Cleveland Indians and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame for their partnership in creating a cohesive and exciting weekend for Clevelanders.


To learn more about Cleveland 2016 Host Committee or to keep up-to-date on new developments, please visit www.2016cle.com or follow us on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.

GIVEAWAY: Win Two Tickets To The 37th Annual Tri-C JazzFest! + Giveaway

his year marks the 37th for Tri-C JazzFest, presented by KeyBank. Over that time, the festival has seen its share of luminary performers, from Miles Davis to Aretha Franklin, from Ella Fitzgerald to Dave Brubeck. This year is no exception. Look for Diana Krall, Dr. John, Leon Russell and Chick Corea, among many others, on the stages of Playhouse Square. Combine that with performances by local musicians on the outdoor Strassman Insurance Services Stage, food and family-friendly activities, and you have one of Northeast Ohio’s premier summer destinations. Get your tickets and passes while you still can!


37th annual festival offers nine ticketed concerts June 23-25

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Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C®) has announced that individual tickets will go on saleApril 8 for the full lineup of power-packed shows at this year’s Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland, presented by KeyBank.

The 37th annual Tri-C JazzFest will be held June 23-25 at Playhouse Square, with nine ticketed concerts inside the theater district’s historic venues. Musical offerings range from traditional jazz to sounds grounded in urban funk, blues and Latin flair.

The shows promise to build on the energy created at last year’s festival, which brought more than 28,000 people to Euclid Avenue at East 14th Street.

“That number says it all: Tri-C JazzFest has grown into a true downtown destination for music fans,” said Terri Pontremoli, the festival’s director. “Whatever your taste, there’s a must-see show in the lineup.”

Concerts, show times, locations and ticketing information is as follows:

Thursday, June 23
Tommy LiPuma’s Big Birthday Bash — 7:30 p.m., Connor Palace, $125/$95/$75/$45
Legendary music producer Tommy LiPuma, a Cleveland native, will celebrate his 80th birthday with performances from acclaimed artists whose careers he helped shape. Taking the stage will be Diana Krall, Al Jarreau, Dr. John and Leon Russell. The Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra will back the all-star lineup. Look for special guest appearances, too.

Friday, June 24
Chick Corea — 6 p.m., Ohio Theatre, $60/$50/$32
Pianist Chick Corea is the fourth-most-nominated artist in Grammy Award history with 63 nominations and 22 wins. He has performed with Miles Davis, Bela Fleck, Herbie Hancock and others in a celebrated career spanning half a century.

David Sanborn/Maceo Parker — 8 p.m., Connor Palace, $60/$50/$30
Saxophone players David Sanborn and Maceo Parker bring notable pedigree to the stage they’ll share. Sanborn is a six-time Grammy winner, while Parker helped shape the history of funk through collaborations with James Brown, George Clinton and Prince.

Big Sam’s Funky Nation — 10:15 p.m., Outcalt Theatre, $25
The funk force that is Big Sam’s Funky Nation is led by trombonist Big Sam Williams, who refuses to let the audience sit still. That’s why this show is in the Outcalt Theatre, where dancing is not only allowed; it’s encouraged.

Saturday, June 25
Melissa Aldana/Somi — 1 p.m., Hanna Theatre, $25
At age 24, Melissa Aldana became the first female instrumentalist to win the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition. Often referred to as a modern-day Miriam Makeba, JazzTimes magazine describes Somi’s live performance as “the earthy gutsiness of Nina Simone blended with the vocal beauty of Dianne Reeves.”

Terence Blanchard’s E-Collective — 3 p.m., Ohio Theatre, $32/$25
Trumpeter Terence Blanchard has scored more than 50 soundtracks and recorded more than 30 albums, covering everything from traditional acoustic jazz to Champion: An Opera in Jazz. With the E-Collective, he makes his first foray into straight groove-land. Blanchard is also the JazzFest artist-in-residence for 2016-17.

Dominick Farinacci album release concert — 4:45 p.m., Hanna Theatre, $32
Trumpeter Dominick Farinacci, a former Tri-C music student, returned to campus last year with LiPuma and a star-studded group of musicians to record his newest album, Short Stories. Celebrate the album’s release by Mack Avenue Records and hear the music that will soon have the jazz world buzzing.

Lalah Hathaway, BWB and Brian Culbertson — 7:15 p.m., Connor Palace, $75/$65.50/$55/$35
This “Contemporary Jazz Extravaganza” features three acts. Vocalist Lalah Hathaway is the two-time Grammy-winning daughter of soul singer Donny Hathaway. Established solo artists Rick Braun, Kirk Whalum and Norman Brown form BWB, a group whose groove defines contemporary jazz. Brian Culbertson is a funk, R&B and jazz musician who has released more than 15 albums.

¡Cubanismo! — 10:30 p.m., Outcalt Theatre, $30
Dancing is encouraged at this performance by ¡Cubanismo!, an Afro-Cuban jazz band led by Jesús Alemañy. The band’s powerful percussion section is uniquely and authentically Cuban.

Individual tickets will be available through the Playhouse Square Box Office at 216-241-6000

Festival passes — which offer VIP seating to all nine ticketed concerts, plus other perks — are also available. Cost is $250. Call 216-640-8800 or visit www.tri-cjazzfest.com to purchase.

Tri-C JazzFest is made possible by Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C®), the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ohio Arts Council, Strassman Insurance Services Inc. and a growing list of donors and members.


Eighteen bands will play on two outdoor stages at this summer’s hottest downtown music festival, the 37th annual Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland, presented by KeyBank.

Tri-C JazzFest Outdoor Stage“The streets at Playhouse Square will feature wall-to-wall music for nearly 24 hours over two days,” said Terri Pontremoli, festival director. “I know the dance floor under the chandelier will be jumping.”

The free performances will take place between 1 p.m. and 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday, June 24-25, at U.S. Bank Plaza at Playhouse Square. The artists will play on the Scene Stage and Strassman Insurance Stage.

Festival organizers expanded the number of performers and hours of music this year. A jury of music industry experts considered a variety of genres while vetting more than 100 bands.

Look for the following acts on the stages, listed by day of performance. A full schedule with performance times will be posted on the JazzFest page closer to the event.

Friday, June 24

TCJF SoundWorks: Founded by Tri-C JazzFest in 2009, this collective of Northeast Ohio musicians reimagine the jazz of our time. This year they celebrate the music of Chick Corea.

International Orange: From the slide guitar of the American South to the rhythms of India, Africa and Brazil, the band marries a jazz sensibility to innovative, funky originals.

Witness Protection: The band is an eclectic, acoustic trio that plays memorable cover tunes audiences aren’t sick of hearing.

One World Tribe: Considered by many critics to be one of North America’s premier world music groups, the band combines world music with funk and jazz that makes dancing a must.

Blue Lunch: This band of eight is a blues/jump/swing band with tight horn arrangements.

Ernie Krivda’s Fat Tuesday Big Band: The 19-piece group and its legendary front man have a well-earned reputation as one of the region’s hardest-swinging big bands.

Red Light Roxy: With veteran musicians from Cleveland’s jazz scene, the band plays a mix of swing, jump blues and boogie-woogie that makes it a favorite among the swing dancing scene.

Wesley Bright: This Akron performer brings freshness to the timeless R&B sound of the ‘60s.

Saturday, June 25
Paul VornHagen Quartet: The quartet led by Paul VornHagen — a saxophonist, flutist and vocalist — has been a fixture on the Detroit-area jazz scene for more than two decades.

Sam Blakeslee Quintet: The experienced group led by trombonist and composer Sam Blakeslee recently toured the Midwest and plans to record its debut album in the fall.

Bluelight: Vocalist and keyboardist Phil Anderson sets the tone for this Akron-based experimental quintet, which has strong roots roots in jazz, R&B and hip hop.

Moises Borges Brazilian Jazz: This Brazilian-born guitarist and singer brings the real deal samba and bossa nova from his native land to Cleveland.

Tribe of Eli: Cleveland-based drummer Elijah Gilmore — who leads this funky jazz group — has toured and shared the stage with some of the biggest names in jazz.

Forecast: This Cleveland-based contemporary jazz band celebrates its 35th anniversary with a blend of instrumental jazz, funk, rock, reggae and pop.

Humbly Submitted: The artists in this gospel group have spent more than 20 years composing and arranging music that speaks directly to the souls of listeners.

The Admirables: This soul band is fronted by alto saxophonist Nathan Paul Davis, who engages the crowd like a southern Baptist preacher and gets them up on their feet.

Funkyard X: The band’s groove-loaded performances feature powerful horns and a mighty rhythm section.

Sammy DeLeon y su Orquesta: Percussionist Sammy DeLeon — recipient of the 2016 Cleveland Jazz Legend Award — has performed with some of the world’s greatest Latin musicians and promises to rock the stage with his bandmates.


In addition to the outdoor performances, JazzFest features nine ticketed concerts over three days — June 23-25 — inside Playhouse Square’s historic venues. A full festival schedule can be found here.

Tickets for the indoor shows are available through the Playhouse Square Box Office at 216-241-6000.

Other festival activities include the KidBop children’s tent with crafts, balloons, face painting and appearances by jazz musicians; cooking demonstrations by local chefs and Tri-C culinary instructors; food trucks; and a Saturday morning yoga session.

A special event — Keyed Up for JazzFest – will kick off the first full day of activities on Friday, June 24, with the festivities beginning at 12:30 p.m.

Last year’s festival brought more than 28,000 people downtown.

Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland is presented by KeyBank and made possible by Cuyahoga Community College, the National Endowment for the Arts, Ohio Arts Council and a growing list of donors and members.

The outdoor musical showcase is made possible in part by the George Gund Foundation. Special thanks to Strassman Insurance Services and the Cleveland Federation of Musicians.


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2016 Wade Oval Wednesday Schedule!

 

From a few hundred people the first year, WOW has gone on to attract more than 5,000 people on popular band nights.

2016’s WOW series will include food trucks, and you can also bring a picnic and enjoy a night on the lawn at no cost.

There are three movie nights this year, including “Tomorrowland,” “Zootopia” and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” and with the museums also open late, it’s safe to say Wednesdays are the new unofficial start of the weekend in Cleveland. WOW!
2016 WOW schedule:

  • June 15: Justo Saborit – Latin Jazz

Theme: Donate Life / Transplant Games; recognition for Transplant House

  • June 22: Seafair – Indie Rock

Theme: Buy Local / WOW! Neighborhood Connections & Uptown Business Association Night

Plus Bubblepalooza, a tribute to Dr. UR Awesome and his Guinness World Record last June at Cleveland Botanical Garden

  • June 29: Carlos Jones & The PLUS Band – Reggae

Theme: Wear Your Tie-Dyed T-Shirt Night

Nehemiah Project’s dance performance at intermission

  • July 6: Forecast – Jazz, Funk, Rock

Theme: Family Picnic Night 

NuLife Fitness will get the crowd moving at Iitermission

  • July 13: Spazmatics – Dance Party 

Theme: Thank You Night for UCI Donor/Sponsor Night

NudgeFitness and Masala Bhangra Dance will continue the dance party through intermission

  • July 20: Rock (Special Act To Be Announced)

Theme: All American City — Red, White & Blue Night

Motorcars Solar Car Day for kids, chalk art, ice cream and hot dogs

  • July 27: Mo Mojo – Zydeco

Theme: Healthy WOW! Night; enjoy activities from University Hospitals, the Cleveland Clinic and ADA Cleveland

Huge zumba party at intermission

Movie Night: “Tomorrowland,” 9 p.m.

  • Aug. 3: Son Gitano – Latin/ Salsa

Theme: Summer Olympics and the vibe of Rio de Janiero

Intermission features salsa dancing

  • Aug. 10: Councilman Conwell & The Footprints – Motown Jazz/Blues

Catch up with the Cleveland Indians’ Hot Dog mascots

The PNC Grow Up Great Mobile Learning Adventure returns

  • Aug. 17: SpYder Stompers and Sugar Pie & Hot Djang – Roots Rock

Theme: Roots Of American Music Night

  • Aug. 24: Honey Bucket – NewGrass Pop

Theme: Welcome Back Students Night!

Enjoy the Cleveland Zoo Street Team and stay for 

Movie Night: “Zootopia,” 9 p.m.

  • Aug. 31: Brent Kirby & His Luck – Rock/Pop/Jazz 

Theme: Bike Cleveland Night/NeoCycle 
Wear your “Star Wars” costume and stay for the movie!
Movie Night: “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” 9 p.m.

See http://www.universitycircle.org/ for more details.

Hey Cleveland, It’s Restaurant Week!!

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Start making reservations. Cleveland Restaurant Week has officially kicked-off and runs through Saturday, Nov. 14.

Translation: You’ll find three-course fixed-price meal deals at most of Northeast Ohio’s best restaurants.

For $33 per person (exclusive of tax and tip) you can dine at splashy spots. This year they’ll include all of Zack Bruell’s fine dining establishments (Alley Cat, Chinato, Cowell & Hubbard, L’Albatros, Parallax and Table 45)… Don’s Pomeroy House and Don’s Lighthouse… popular Hospitality Restaurants group destinations such as Delmonico’s, Salmon Dave’s, Cabin Club and Blue Point Grille… and chef Doug Katz properties, including Fire Food & Drink andProvenance at Cleveland Museum of Art.

Those are just a few. In all, more than 50 Cleveland area eateries, from casual to fine dining, will offer special menus geared to the annual promotion.

If you’re a “collector” who aims to eat at the region’s most-noted restaurants, Restaurant Week is a prime opportunity. The custom menus may not feature the dishes for which top area chefs are best known, but they’re a sampling of specialties and imaginative creations.

Note that prices for the two-week promotion may vary by restaurant. (At Creekside Restaurant in Brecksville, for instance, the price for three courses is $25 per person.) Follow the clickable links to each individual spot’s website to scope out complete menus and prices.

Some restaurants have a single three-course set menu option. That’s the case at Marotta’s in Cleveland Heights, Oak Grove Eatery in Wooster, and Cha Spirits & Pizza Kitchen in Cleveland’s Battery Park area.

Some offers are very flexible. At Bac Asian American Bistro & Bar in Tremont, for example, the $33 offer includes your choice of any soup or salad on the menu, along with any appetizer, any entree, and your choice of dessert or an alcoholic beverage.

At Flying Fig in Ohio City you can choose from entrees such as a Grilled Faroe Island Salmon Salad Nicoise; Killibuck Valley mushroom risotto stuffed into acorn squash, or Tea Hills Farm pan-roasted chicken thighs — plus several appetizer and dessert options.

Unless specifically noted, alcohol and other beverages are not included among the Restaurant Week offerings. Visit the clevelandindependents.com website for more information and all participating 2015 restaurants.

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After Nearly 40 Years, Get Ready For The Groundbreaking of the African American Cultural Garden!

The African American Cultural Garden was dedicated in 1977 by the late Booker T. Tall, a Cuyahoga Community College black studies teacher, and almost 40 years later, the African American Cultural Garden’s construction has lain mostly dormant as the organizers have most recently attempted to shake off the ineptness and inaction.

After a 2011 unveiling of the Garden’s design, vigorous fundraising began so that the garden, which will include a black granite map of the slave trade, a cascading hillside stream and a fountain designed by architect W. Daniel Bickerstaff, can blossom at last.

Although the garden is finally breaking ground (again),the project is not void of issues. Organizers have raised less than $200,000 of the $550,000 needed for the first phase that will feature that black granite map, says Natoya Walker Minor, chief of public affairs for the city of Cleveland, who is a member of the garden’s task force in charge of safeguarding $250,000 of seed money set aside more than a decade ago by then-Cleveland Mayor Michael White.

Regardless of existing hurdles, I am sure that this groundbreaking will shine a spotlight on this project and hopefully generate strong sponsorship. The type of sponsorship that enabled the other 28 ethnic gardens to conduct successful fundraising drives.

For now, we can keep our fingers crossed and at least enjoy the progress being made with the groundbreaking (details below).. After all, it’s not the size of the step that matters most, but it’s direction..

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