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 Putting It Out There…..Free summer camp for kids!


Cuyahoga County - Public Library

It’s that time of year again!  And we parents, are asking ourselves…”What to do with our children for the summer?”

We want them enjoy fun and memorable activities.   We want those activities to be educational but also engage them.   And if possible, we would like those activities to be FREE!

So I have begun the hunt!  One of the first places I go to is my county library! They offer a host of services and activities throughout the year for children, but especially in the summer, when children become their main client…LOL!

At my county library, here in Cuyahoga County… you have to register for these summer camps and space is very limited.  The registration period begins on May 14, 2014 @ 9am!!!   I post this information because if you start looking to register your child(ren) for camps @ 10am…you are likely to be shut out of many.  So do your research now…many camps have age restrictions.  There are several camps which are repeated at different branch locations and at different dates!!!!

IMAG00173   So far, I have found 17 different camps that my girls would love!!  Now there are many different camps out there that are just as engaging, but with many of them running at $200+ per child…..these ones that are offered are just as engaging and promote educational growth……and they are FREE!!!!!

I know many of my followers do not live within the wonderful confines of Cuyahoga County…here in Ohio.  I did manage to search out a few county libraries in Salt Lake City, Utah and in San Diego, CA and where I did not find free summer camps I did find some interesting FREE programs that you might want to take advantage of. I am going to post about those tomorrow, stay tuned!



Free Day at the Cleveland International Film Festival….posted on Carly’z Corner


CIFF is celebrating its’ 38th year!!!  

The Cleveland International Film Festival promotes artistically and culturally significant film arts through education and exhibition to enrich the life of the community.

(In other words, we present the newest and best films from around the world, and we do everything in our power to make sure that our audience learns something along the way – about other cultures, about the topic at hand, about the experience from the filmmakers themselves.) taken directly from CIFF website

Enjoy a FREE day at the Festival, courtesy of The Cleveland Foundation and in celebration of their centennial, on Monday, March 24th! Choose from more than 40+ screenings beginning at 9:15 a.m. with the last screening taking place at 9:30 p.m.


This Friday, March 7th….@ 11am for the public, free tickets can be ordered online @ www.clevelandfilm.org, by telephone (1.877.304.FILM), in-person at the Film Festival Box Office in the lobby of Tower City Cinemas, or by mail using the Program Guide order form (which can be downloaded directly from the CIFF website).  Each person can get two free tickets per film, up to four films!

What’s playing for free on March 24th?
Check out the full day’s schedule here.

Stay tuned for more free events…….HAPPY FREEEE  HUNTING!!!!!

FREE Weekend ………to the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame and Science Center @ Carly’z Corner

Photo: We’re celebrating our 100th birthday in 2014 by giving monthly gifts to the Greater #Cleveland community. Enjoy FREE admission to two great attractions: Great Lakes Science Center on Saturday, Feb. 22, and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum on Sunday, Feb. 23. Details: http://ow.ly/tdS4t

The Cleveland Foundation is the world’s first community foundation. It is celebrating its 100th year in service to the Cleveland community.   It was created on January 2, 1914 by banker and lawyer Frederick H. Goff.  Who was a “mover and shaker” in Cleveland long before that phrase became part of the American lexicon.   His vision was to pool the charitable resources of Cleveland’s philanthropists, living and dead, into a single, great, and permanent endowment for the betterment of the city. Community leaders would then forever distribute the interest that the trust’s resources would accrue to fund “such charitable purposes as will best make for the mental, moral, and physical improvement of the inhabitants of Cleveland,” says the foundation’s website.

They are providing two ‘Cleveland Foundation Days’ in February because they want to showcase North Coast Harbor and make these Cleveland landmarks accessible to the entire community, reported Robert E. Eckardt, executive vice president of the Cleveland Foundation. The Cleveland Foundation is proud of the role the organization and the donors have played in developing North Coast Harbor into the destination it is today.  They hope Greater Clevelanders spend the weekend on the North Coast celebrating what their generosity has created for the world to enjoy. (extracted from the Cleveland Foundation website)

The Cleveland Foundation today announced the second in a series of monthly “Cleveland Foundation Day” centennial gifts to the community.  The foundation is creating a “North Coast Harbor Weekend” by inviting the community to visit Great Lakes Science Center on Saturday, Feb. 22 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame & Museum on Sunday, Feb. 23, for free.

This is the first time the Rock Hall will host a free weekend day and it is also the first time Great Lakes Science Center has opened its weekend doors for both free admission and OMNIMAX films in its 18-year history.

The Science Center will be open for free admission from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Feb. 22. Free OMNIMAX films will be shown all day;  seating will be available for the first 1,800 people. The Rock Hall will have free admission from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 23.  Details on special family programming for the free weekend will be released on Feb. 17.

Visitors are encouraged to take the Greater Cleveland RTA, which has a stop at the Science Center and Rock Hall on its Waterfront line. Details on various parking options are available at www.greatscience.com and www.rockhall.com.

You know how we love free right! Well let me put it to you this way, for my family the cost for admission into the Science Center and Omnimax Theater would cost me $53 plus tax!  But on February 22, we can attend for FRREEEE!

So come out and enjoy! Two Great Cleveland Landmarks for frrrreeeee!!!

Happy Frreeee  Hunting!

“I Have A Dream….” celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. @ Carly’z Corner


This post is for Tisha and all the other parents at Warner Girls Leadership Academy!

University Circle and Wade Oval are two of the biggest supporters, in Cleveland, who celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  The institutions that make up this amazing neighborhood of arts and culture have come together to commemorate  the life of this amazing man!

Just alone today, I have listed organizations offering FREE admission to their facility or discounted admission to their specials programming.  However, check these institutions as many have free events planned all week!!
University Circle Inc. will provide a FREE shuttle bus to take visitors to the participating organizations in University Circle. The shuttle will run from 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.  :

Cleveland Botanical GardenMartin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration

Monday, January 20  from 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

FREE Admission
From 1:00-3:00 p.m., the Garden will have a special program where children will learn about seeds and plants important to African-American Culture. The kids will then use the seeds and plants to make a craft.

Cleveland Museum of Art
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Monday, January 20
11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
FREE Admission
Visitors of all ages are invited to take part in a day filled with activities honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Enjoy hands-on family art projects, gallery activities, Art Stories, the museum’s Art Cart, and live performances in the atrium.

Cleveland Museum of Natural History
Winter Discovery Day
Monday, January 20
10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
FREE Admission

The Museum will host a variety of exciting programs during Martin Luther King, Jr. Day!
– Meet their curators and see specimens from their collections
– Activities and demonstrations with scientists and students from Case Western Reserve University
– Mini shows in the Shafran Planetarium – just $1 per person
– Visit our new exhibit Nature’s Mating Games: Beyond the Birds and the Bees, $3 for members and $5 for non-members.
(Recommended for those 13 & older.)
– Hands-on activities in the Smead Discovery Center
– Live animal shows
– Movies in Murch Auditorium
– Information from Diabetes Partnership of Cleveland

Cleveland Orchestra
Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Open House
Monday, January 20
Noon-5:00 p.m.
FREE Admission
Severance Hall joins the city-wide celebration of Dr. King’s life with an open house offering instrumental, vocal, and dance performances.  Spend the day or spend an hour at Severance Hall, during this free day of music featuring performances by community musical ensembles and the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra and the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Chorus.

Cleveland Public Library, Martin Luther King, Jr. Branch
29th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Commemorative Celebration: Drum Major for Change
Monday, January 20
1:00 p.m.
Free Admission
The Cleveland Public Library honors Dr. King’s life and legacy at our annual commemorative celebration. Distinguished guests include keynote speaker Rev. Dr. Blanton Harper, Jr. of the New Cornerstone Missionary Baptist Church, the Delta Alpha Lambda Chapter of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., the Distinguished Gentlemen of the Spoken Word, and the Cleveland Municipal School District’s All City Arts Drumline. All are welcome to join the celebration. A community reception follows the event.

Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration
Monday, January 20
11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
FREE Admission
Honor the spirit of Martin Luther King Jr. Day at our annual free admission day.  The celebration begins at 11:30am with The Honorable Louis Stokes, U.S. Congressman from Ohio (retired).  He will be interviewed by The Plain Dealer‘s Brent Larkin with a Q & A session to follow.  At 2pm follow us next door to The Temple-Tifereth Israel for a performance of A Conversation Among Icons: Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks and Gandhi.  The one-act play portrays the conversations that ensue when Dr. King is visited by Rosa Parks and Gandhi in prison.  Guided tours of our permanent collections – An American Story and The Temple-Tifereth Israel Gallery – and our special exhibition, TRAITOR! Spies, Lies and Justice Denied: The Dreyfus Affair, will be available throughout the day.

MOCA Cleveland
Monday, January 20
11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
FREE Admission
Spend your day off engaging with the exhibitions on view while exploring Cleveland’s newest cultural icon. Special activities planned for this day include community mobile making, fabric weaving, video projections, ArtSquad crafts, and guided tours at 1:00, 2:00, and 3:00 p.m.

Western Reserve Historical Society
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration
Monday, January 20
10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
FREE Admission
Guests can tour the exhibits, get a preview of the carousel, enjoy a hands-on kids activity, and shop great deals in the museum store. Snacks and beverages will be available for purchase. Parking will be $8. For a full description of the activities, download the PDF on the right-hand side of the page.

Case Western Reserve University
Film Screening and Discussion – Lee Daniels’ The Butler
Tuesday, January 21
6:00 p.m.
Wolstein Building Auditorium (2103 Cornell Road)
Free Admission
A 2013 American historical fiction drama film directed by Lee Daniels is loosely inspired by the real-life of Eugene Allen, an African-American who eyewitnesses notable events of the 20th century during his 34-year tenure serving as a White House butler to eight presidents over three decades. The film traces the dramatic changes that swept American society during this time, from the civil rights movement to Vietnam and beyond, and how those changes affected this man’s life and family.  A discussion will follow the screening.  This event – part of the 2014 Martin Luther King Week programming –  is co-sponsored by The Office of Inclusion, Diversity & Equal Opportunity.

Case Western Reserve University
Martin Luther King, Jr. Convocation featuring Washington Post reporter and author of The Butler: A Witness to History, Wil Haygood
Friday, January 24
12:30 p.m.
Amasa Stone Chapel (10940 Euclid Avenue)
Free Admission 
For more information, go to www.case.edu/events/mlk

Those institutions charging a fee:

Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque
King: A Filmed Record…Montgomery to Memphis
Sunday, January 19
7:15 p.m.
The film, produced by Ely Landau and recently restored to its long unseen, complete and uncut 185-minute version, uses extensive archival news footage to paint a sweeping, detailed picture of the years 1955 to 1968. The movie includes some complete speeches by Dr. King, as well as stirring testimonials by movie stars of the era (Harry Belafonte, Ruby Dee, Paul Newman, Burt Lancaster, et al.).

University Circle Inc.
The Rink at Wade Oval
Monday, January 20
Noon-5:00 p.m.
Free Admission; $3 Skate Rentals
The Rink at Wade Oval will be open special hours in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Stop by and find out what makes The Rink one of the most popular locations in the city!

Children’s Museum of Cleveland
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration
Monday, January 20
10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Half-Price Admission ($4)
Celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with your community at The Children’s Museum of Cleveland. The museum will be honoring Dr. King with a special “I Have a Dream” Cloud Collage that visitors can add to from 11:00am- 4:00pm.  Children can write or draw their dream for a better world on special cloud paper then add it to the Cloud collage.  Also, enjoy SANDstruction and the museum’s 3 permanent exhibits; Big Red BarnBridges to Our Community and Splish! Splash!.

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University Circle Inc.
10831 Magnolia Drive
Cleveland, OH 44106

So get out today and enjoy these free events as the world reflects on the life, dream and ultimate  sacrifice of a man who wanted something better for all of humanity.


Happy Frrrreeeeee Hunting!

Just Putting it Out There…..$1 Movie tickets

I happened upon a monthly magazine calender called “Cleveland Family Fun Directory“.  In their July 2013 calendar they featured $1 movies for participating Cleveland cinemas, so I thought that I would put it out there for you guys to take advantage of.

Okay, so the $1 movie deals are:

$1 Family Films this Summer at Select Locations

The Capitol Theatre, Chagrin Cinemas and Shaker Square Cinemas will be hosting a summer family film series. Admission to these films will be $1.

THE MUPPET MOVIE (1979 original)

Chagrin Cinemas, June 18th at 10 AM

Shaker Square Cinemas, June 19th at 10 AM

Capitol Theatre, June 20th at 10 AM


Chagrin Cinemas, June 25th at 10 AM

Shaker Square Cinemas, June 26th at 10 AM

Capitol Theatre, June 27th at 10 AM


Chagrin Cinemas, July 2nd at 10 AM

Shaker Square Cinemaa, July 3rd at 10 AM

Capitol Theatre, July 4th at 10 AM


Chagrin Cinemas, July 9th at 10 AM

Shaker Square Cinemas, July 10th at 10 AM

Capitol Theatre, July 11th at 10 AM


Chagrin Cinemas, July 16th at 10 AM

Shaker Square Cinemas, July 17th at 10 AM

Capitol Theatre, July 18th at 10 AM


Chagrin Cinemas, July 23rd at 10 AM

Shaker Square Cinemas, July 24th at 10 AM

Capitol Theatre, July 25th at 10 AM

All seats for the films in this series are $1. Tickets will be on sale at the theatre box office only. Doors open at 9:30 AM. One adult guardian is required for every 10 children. No outside food or drinks are permitted.

Capitol Theatre is located at 1390 West 65th st, Cleveland Oh 44102

Shaker Square Cinemas is located at 13116 Shaker Square, Cleveland Oh 44120

Chagrin Cinemas is located at 8200 East Washington St,  Chagrin Falls OH 44023


Happy Frrreeee Hunting!