Just Putting It out there……FREE Kit from your electricity carrier!

This was emailed to me by a friend and fellow follower.  

“Hey Carly:

I learned about this from a recent article in the Akron Beacon Journal.  Any one with a CEI or Ohio Edison account can get a FREE kit.  (Well it’s not free because you paid for it as part of your light bill).  However the utility companies don’t advertise it (for obvious reasons, they can keep the money if you don’t ask for the kit).”

This link was included in the email: https://www.ohioenergykit.com/EnrollmentRequest.aspx#

I went to the website and pulled the information below for you guys.  On this same page is the enrollment form.  

“FirstEnergy Energy Conservation Kit Program

FirstEnergy has contracted with Power Direct Energy to administer this program. Power Direct Energy maintains this site and its content. For additional information or questions, please contact a Power Direct Energy program representative at 1-888-225-8996, Monday – Friday between the hours of 9am – 7pm EST.

Ohio residential customers of The Illuminating Company, Ohio Edison and Toledo Edison are now eligible to receive an energy conservation kit.You will not be charged separately for this kit. The kit includes nine compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs), a smart strip/surge protector, a furnace filter whistle, and two LED night lights.** Click here to learn more about the cost of this kit.

To complete your enrollment in the Energy Conservation Kit program and receive your kit, please complete the fields below. If you received a postcard, you can use the invitation code listed above your name to enroll. If you do not have an invitation code, you will need to provide your 12 digit account number, which can be found on the upper right hand corner of your electric bill.”

Happy Frreeeee Hunting!


Cleveland Metroparks…..Finale @ Carly’z Corner

Many visitors may know Brookside Reservation as the park next to Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, but do not realize that it once WAS the zoo!  The first zoo was moved from Wade Park (to make way for the Cleveland Museum of Art) to Brookside Park in 1907 and was called the Brookside Zoo.  It expanded through the years and later known as the Cleveland Zoological Park and Cleveland Zoological Gardens.  In the 1970’s, Cleveland Metroparks acquired ownership and administration of the zoo.  Brookside Park to the west remained a recreation park owned by the City of Cleveland, and was later leased by Cleveland Metroparks in 1993 becoming Brookside Reservation.

Brookside Park Zoo, Cleveland, Ohio        


Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is a fascinating place.  In 2012, the new Elephant Crossing opened and houses 3 African elephants.  The zoo offers events all year round, such as Earthfest – Party for the Planet, Mother’s Day at the Zoo, Photo Safari, Wild Ride at the Zoo, Boo at the Zoo and Noon Year’s Eve.  The Zoo also is having a huge fundraiser called TWILIGHT AT THE ZOO!

Twilight at the Zoo

Presented by Scene Magazine, the 20th annual Twilight at the Zoo spotlights 17 local bands, and offers a large variety of music that ranges from funk to folk, rock to reggae. Admission for all partygoers includes cover charge, small bites, complimentary Samuel Adams beer and Jacob’s Creek wine, Twisted Tea and soda. Food stations located throughout the Zoo allow guests to graze as they enjoy the summer’s largest fundraising event. The event is not FREE, but what a great way to spend an evening at the zoo!

Twilight at the Zoo

Date & Time: August 02, 2013 from 7:00PM to 12:00AM

Happy Frrreeee Hunting!


PSST! Read on for a great story about Balto, the Siberian Husky that saved the children of Nome, Alaska and lived out the rest of his days at the Brookside Park Zoo, here in Cleveland!!!!!

One famous resident of the Brookside Zoo was Balto, a Siberian Husky who lived there from 1927 until his death in 1933. Balto was the lead sled dog on a team that traveled 53 miles over frozen tundra on the final leg of a 674-mile run to deliver diphtheria anti-toxin to the people of Nome, Alaska.  During the winter, no trains or ships could get to the town and telegraph was the only means of communication.  When a diphtheria outbreak was reported in January 1925, mushers and dog teams raced to complete what was usually a 25 day journey in just 5 days and save the children of Nome.

Balto and his team became international celebrities. They, along with musher Gunnar Kassen, were featured in movies and made appearances all over the country.  By 1927 however, their fame was fading and a Cleveland businessman named George Kimball found the dog team living in a tourist museum in Los Angeles. He was given 2 weeks to find the $2,000 needed to purchase the neglected dogs and take them to the Brookside Zoo. Through a subscription drive he was able to raise the money with the help of generous Clevelanders and animal lovers from all over the country. It is estimated that 15,000 people visited Balto and his team on their first day at the Brookside Zoo in March 1927. (These are the kind people who are the face of Cleveland)

Balto outlived the rest of his canine companions and died at age 11.  His body was moved to the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. A bronze statue of Balto commemorating his bravery and triumph can now be found outside of Wolf Lodge at Cleveland Metoparks Zoo.   I always wondered what the bronze statute was all about.  I thought that it was just a wolf.

What an awesome story in history!

Cleveland Metroparks….Day 4 @Carly’z Corner

Once again, the Cleveland Metroparks takes me by surprise!  Square dancin’!

Okay guys and gals, I need you to get those two left feet…. along with your dancing shoes over to the Rocky River Reservation for a Friday evening of square and line dancing.

For more than 30 years, free community square dances in Rocky River Reservation have delighted young and old. Come to dance, to watch or just to visit with friends as Caller Frank Koenig continues the tradition, leading circle, line and square dances. Koenig teaches each easy move before he calls the dance, so come prepared to learn and move. This old-fashioned activity provides fun and gentle exercise, rain or shine. Olmsted Historical Society volunteers open their refreshment stand so you can wet your whistle between dances. Every other Friday evening, beginning June 14. (June 14 and 28, July 12 and 26, August 9).

When & Where

August 9 @ 7:30 – 9 p.m.

Cedar Point Road, North Olmsted, OH 44070
What a great way to spend an evening….. exercising and making new friends!
Come on out an enjoy! It’s FFFRRRREEEEE!
Happy Frreeeee Hunting!

Cleveland Metroparks……. Day 3 @ Carly’z Corner

I betcha didn’t know that you could take a FREE swing dance lesson at the Cleveland Metroparks!!!  On August 4, 2013, Look About Lodge is wrapping up it’s summer concert series with the Dan Zola Orchestra!

The orchestra features music from the 30’s and 40’s.  The event is FREE, but if you would like to give a $1 donation, it would be much appreciated.

Also, if you bring a white or light-colored t-shirt you can create a one of a kind silk screened t-shirt, commemorating their 75th Anniversary!

The concert begins at 6pm and runs thru until 8pm, but if you arrive at 5pm, you can participate in a FREE swing dance lesson!


Look About Lodge is located at 37374 Miles Rd, Bentleyville, OH at the South Chagrin Reservation of the Metropark system.  This link takes you directly to the Cleveland Metroparks website, where you can get directions to the South Chagrin Reservation.

So come on out and enjoy!

Happy Frreeee Hunting!

Cleveland Metroparks Day 2……@ Carly’z Corner

Hello friends!  I wanted to write today about another FREE concert @ The Cleveland Metroparks.  This metropark is call Stinchcomb-Groth Memorial Scenic Overlook.

Rocky River, Metropark, Cleveland, Ohio - Click for photographer information and full size photo.

Stinchcomb-Groth Memorial Scenic Overlook is located off Hogsback Lane in Rocky River Reservation, between Valley Parkway and Riverside Drive in Cleveland.  Stinchcomb-Groth Memorial, has a 30-foot tower made of cinder block and sandstone, was dedicated in 1958 to the first two directors of Cleveland Metroparks, William Stinchcomb and Harold Groth. Together, these two men were responsible for establishing 18,000 acres of parkland and 84 miles of parkway.

Bridge View - South 2 - Click for photographer information and full size photo.

Well, Stinchcomb-Groth offers a FREE  music concert series.  I apologize for just writing about this so short notice, as tomorrow July 25, 2013 closes out this concert summer series.  The concert features  – Brigid’s Cross (Irish blues and rock & roll) tomorrow from 6pm-8pm.

Photo: Come enjoy some free music tomorrow!!!</p>
<p>Look About Lodge Summer Concert Series!!<br />
Featuring Nightbreeze<br />
Sun, July 14 @ 6-8 p.m.<br />
Look About Lodge, South Chagrin Reservation<br />
37374 Miles Rd., Bentleyville, OH 44022</p>
<p>Celebrate the 75th anniversary of Look About Lodge at a special summer concert series. Bring a blanket or chair and a picnic to spread out on the lawn, and enjoy music through the generations. Nightbreeze will entertain with music of the 70s.<br />
Price: Free<br />
Food Provided: Girls Scouts will be selling snack items.</p>
<p>Parking will be available at Look About Lodge until full.  Additional parking available at Shelterhouse Picnic Area off Hawthorn Parkway with shuttle service to Lodge. </p>
<p>For more information, call 440-247-7075 or visit http://www.clevelandmetroparks.com/Main/EventsProgramsCalendar/Look-About-Lodge-Summer-Concert-Series-Nightbreeze-1279.aspx

So bring a blanket or a lawn chair and enjoy!

Happy Frrreeeee Hunting!

Cleveland Metroparks Week….Day 1 @ Carly’z Corner

This week on Carly’z Corner we are going to focus on the Cleveland Metroparks.  The Metroparks offer more than just scenic views and walking and bike paths…they offer many free or low cost events for you to engage in.

Cleveland Metroparks is an extensive system of nature preserves in Greater ClevelandOhio. The various reservations, which largely encircle the city of  Cleveland, tend to follow the rivers and creeks that flow through the region. Wikipedia.

History and Heritage

There are things to do all year round at the Metroparks.  For example, early this year, in January, I took my girls to the Brecksville Nature Center (off of Chippewa Creek Drive) and we were able to feed the chickadees by hand!  The event was free to all, and even the sunflower seeds were FREE!

The Metroparks offers events across many venues….theater, music, education on farming, swimming, they have day camps for the kids,…..how about a BugFest! They offer great golf courses and golf lessons for the amateur!

:)…..:)…….:)…..I wanted to make my viewers aware of a FREE concert at the Garfield Reservation which is located at 11350 Broadway Ave., Garfield Heights, OH 44125.

On, July 24th, the park will host a free concert from 6:30pm – 8pm.The Raybans are playing and they are a steel drums band.  

The history of Garfield Park dates back almost a century. In 1894, the city of Cleveland purchased three farms, a half mile south of the city limits as a site for a new south side park. It was officially opened in 1895, as  Newburgh Park, and soon thereafter re-named Garfield Park.

Do you know what Garfield Park and Central Park in New York City have in common?  No, it is not horseback riding!

Well Enjoy! Stay Tuned, there are some great free things going-on in the Metroparks!

Happy Frrreeee Hunting!

Leisure Activities

The Chagrin River as viewed from The South Chagrin Reservation