Review of …..Free Day @ the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

So….. on April 26th, The Cleveland Foundation gave for the month of APRIL the gift of free admission into the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo!

There was a record-breaking 35, 701 people that took advantage of the FREE day at the Zoo.  Although we have to park and walk a country mile, it was worth the trek.  The animals were active and engaging.

Here are a few pictures for you to enjoy!


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Just Putting it Out There….”Dancing Under the Stars” FREE dance lessons


When & Where

May 1 at 6:30 – 8 p.m.


Price: Free
latin dance : Lovely young couple dancing and having fun. Focus on the boy face. More images with the same models.

Join the party as we explore the rhythm of the night!  This unique three night series will get your heart beating as we explore the night sky.  Enjoy free dance instruction and then dance to Latin rhythms.

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Just Putting It Out There……”DAZZLE THE DISTRICT” free lighting ceremony @ Playhouse Square

As part of a $16 million transformation of Downtown Cleveland’s Theater District, GE designed, engineered and constructed the world’s largest outdoor chandelier!

The project, which is inspired by our 1920’s era includes dramatic lighting, video signage and elegant gateways.

The unveiling of this elegant addition to the Cleveland Theater District happens in a lighting ceremony, deemed “DAZZLE THE DISTRICT”!  

All of the public are invited to join in this FREE historic celebration which occurs on May 2, 2014.  The celebration includes a FREE CONCERT!  The group “Hot Chelle Rae” will be the featured music act gracing the main stage, right before the Lighting Ceremony finale.

So check it out!!! If you need more details just click on the links above.


Just a Reminder…April 26, 2014……FREE Gift to all of Cleveland!

April Centennial Gift: Cleveland

Foundation Day@Cleveland Metro

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The Cleveland Foundation announced on April 2, 2014, that its April centennial gift to the community – Cleveland Foundation Day at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo – celebrates the special role the foundation, through its donors, has played in the creation and longevity of Cleveland Metroparks. On Saturday, Apr. 26, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, including The RainForest, will be open for free admission from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the first free weekend day for all visitors to Cleveland Metroparks Zoo in nearly 20 years.

So for a family of four it would cost $44 but if you plan to attend of April 26, 2014….it will not cost you a penny!



Just Putting It Out There…..Maple Sugaring Festival

Are you looking for a way to celebrate Earth Day! What better way, than showing  our appreciation for something amazing and sweet that the Earth provides for us…..Maple Syrup!!!!

Maple syrup was first collected and used by the indigenous peoples of North America. The practice was adopted by European settlers, who gradually refined production methods.  The Canadian province of Quebec is by far the largest producer, responsible for about three-quarters of the world’s output. Vermont is the largest producer in the United States, generating about 5.5 percent of the global supply-“Wikipedia“.

Did you know that Ohio is a large producer of  Maple syrup?  Ohio doesn’t have the sweet reputation of, say, Vermont, but it’s still one of the leading producers of maple syrup.  Few promises of the coming spring are as sweet as that of maple syrup.  And Ohio is one of the few places that can make that promise.

Maple syrup is produced in North America, and only in the northeastern and Great Lakes regions, where conditions are perfect for turning the sap of sugar maple trees into golden deliciousness-(Columbus, Dispatch)

“The Maple Festival was founded in 1926 in an attempt to market Ohio syrup in competition with Vermont syrup. The Geauga County News announced that Chardon was “Going to treat the general public to a good old fashioned maple sugar eat.” The Even featured free dishes of maple syrup, a sugar camp, tapped trees, and ox team gathering sap, and a maple products display. Festival Planners expected 5,000 vistors and worried over the April ice storm. Over 15,000 people attended, and now the festival is an annual tradition.-Geauga County, Maple Festival Official Website”

The 85th Annual Maple Festival begins today!

  April 24-27th

This annual event is FREE to the public and the only cost is for the rides given for family enjoyment, listed below:

Maple Festival Ride Info

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Wristbands and individual ticket sales are available every day.

The cost for a wristband is:

• Thursday $15: 4pm to 10pm.
• Friday / Saturday: $15: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and then $15: 4 p.m. to 11pm.
• Sunday: $20: 11 a.m. to 7pm.

Individual Tickets are sold for $1 each and are valid every day

From the ‘Sheetz Plaza’ to the Square
Saturday – 9am to 9pm and Sunday – 9am to 6pm

Maple Festival Schedule of Events : 2014
    **Schedule is Weather Permitting**  
  12:00 PM Official Opening Of Concessions Chardon Square
  4:00 PM Rides Open Chardon Square
  7:00 PM Barbershop Quartet & Cowboy Poetry Preston Superstore Stage
  10:00 PM Festival Closed  
  8:00 AM Pancakes In The Park
Pancake Tent on Chardon Square
  10:00 AM Rides And Concessions Open Chardon Square
  10:00 AM Loretta Mae Holmes Maple Celebration  
  1:00 PM Paul Kovac And Friends
Pancake Tent on Chardon Square
  7:00 PM Big In Japan Preston Superstore Stage
  11:00 PM Festival Closed  
  8:00 AM Pancakes In The Park
Pancake Tent on Chardon Square
  10:00 AM Rides And Concessions Open Chardon Square
  10:00 AM Arts & Crafts Show Park Elementary School
  10:00 AM Invitational Lumberjack Competition North end of Chardon Square
  11:00 AM Swifty The Clown Roaming Entertainment
  11:00 AM Kiddie Tractor Pull
Main Street/Preston Superstore Stage
  11:00 AM Jasmine Dragons
Main Street/Preston Superstore Stage
  1:00 PM Chardon Polka Band Preston Superstore Stage
  3:00 PM
Grand Parade Grand Marshal: Aggie Sojka Sperry
Chardon Square
  4:00 PM
Introduction Of Visiting Queens & Dignitaries
Preston Superstore Stage
  5:00 PM Pancake Eating Contest Preston Superstore Stage
  7:00 PM Karaoke Contest Preston Superstore Stage
  11:00 PM Festival Closed  
  8:00 AM Pancakes In The Park
Pancake Tent on Chardon Square
  8:00 AM One Mile Sap Run Chardon Square
  8:30 AM Five Mile Sap Run Chardon Square
  10:00 AM Tug ‘O War South end of Chardon Square
  11:00 AM Rides And Concessions Open Chardon Square
  11:00 AM Arts & Crafts Show Park Elementary School
  11:00 AM Bathtub Races
Main Street/Preston Superstore Stage
  12:00 PM Invitational Lumberjack Competition/Finals North end of Chardon Square
  12:30 PM Maple Syrup Auction Preston Superstore Stage
  1:45 PM Photo Contest Winners Preston Superstore Stage
  2:30 PM Beard & Mustache Contest Preston Superstore Stage
  3:00 PM
Grand Parade – Grand Marshal: Jeff Tanchak
Chardon Square
  4:30 PM Introduction Of Queens & Dignitaries Preston Superstore Stage
  7:00 PM
Festival Ends, See You On April 23rd, 2015!



Just Putting It Out There…..El Dia El Los Ninos!

So, I was researching some different county libraries to see if they offered FREE summer camps like the ones here in Cuyahoga County and I happened upon two libraries (1) Salt Lake City, Utah county library and (2) the San Diego, CA county library which both advertised the festival, El Dia El Los Ninos (The Day of the Children or Children’s Day)!

I had never heard of it and so I Googled it….and Wikipedia gave this history:

“Children’s Day is recognized on various days in many places around the world, to honor children globally. It was first proclaimed by the World Conference for the Well-being of Children in 1925 and then established universally in 1954 to protect an “appropriate” day.

Día de los Niños

El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day), commonly known as Día, is a celebration every day of children, families, and reading that culminates yearly on April 30. The celebration emphasizes the importance of literacy for children of all linguistic and cultural backgrounds.  

The common goals of all Día programming are to:

  • Celebrate children and connect them to the world of learning through books, stories and libraries.
  • Nurture cognitive and literacy development in ways that honor and embrace a child’s home language and culture.
  • Introduce families to community resources that provide opportunities for learning through multiple literacies.
  • Recognize and respect culture, heritage and language as powerful tools for strengthening families and communities.                                                                                                                                                                                        I guess, I am posting this to show that our local libraries are an amazing FREE resource that share the same goals that we have for our children, making them well-rounded individuals by giving them an appreciation for all who make up the world we live in!