The Cleveland International Film Festival begins March 19 and runs through March 30, 2014. The Festival, now in its 38th year, screens more than 300 feature films, documentaries, shorts, and animated films from more than 50 countries.
The CIFF screenings are held throughout the day at Tower City Cinemas on the Avenue. There are also midnight screenings on Fridays and Saturdays. Tickets to most films are $14 each and are on sale now via the CIFF Web site and the Tower City Cinemas box office. It's a great way to see well-made, independent films that normally wouldn't play in Cleveland. For the film schedule, visit the CIFF Web site.
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The beginning of Daylight Saving Time is also a perfect time to replace the batteries in your home's life-saving devices, including smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.
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The Cleveland Orchestra has announced its summer schedule for Blossom Music Center in Cuyahoga Falls. The line-up includes the traditional fourth of July concerts with fireworks and Tchaikovsky's "1812 Overture" as well as programs of music by the Beatles and Broadway standards.
Individual tickets for the concerts go on sale June 1.
(photo © R. Mastroianni/courtesy of the Cleveland Orchestra)
Sunday is the 86th annual Academy Awards presentation. The glamor, the excitement, the fashion, the "bling" -- it's all there. Plan to watch the show curled up on your couch, or attend
"...And the Award Goes to" to benefit the Greater Cleveland Film Commission at House of Blues; 730pm; casual; tickets are $50
If you'd rather stay home and host your own Oscar Party, here are some resources from around the About.com network:
No child should have to go hungry...or adult either. Yet, each year more than 300,000 people in the 19 counties surrounding Cleveland seek meals from one of the area's food pantries and kitchens. More than 36 percent of them are children. According to Harvest for Hunger, one in six Ohioans struggles to put food on the table.
The Cleveland Food Bank's Harvest for Hunger Campaign has already begun and runs for the through mid-April. Why not donate that $1 or $2 that you save giving up chocolate, coffee, or cigarettes for Lent and let it make a difference in the community? Harvest for Hunger makes it easy. You can add a donation to your grocery bill at Heinens, Giant Eagle, or Dave's Supermarkets throughout the month.
If you can't spare a $1, consider volunteering your time at the Cleveland Food Bank or other area food pantry. The Cleveland Food Bank welcomes workers to sort and repack food as well as to bag food at supermarkets for charity events. Visit the Food Bank's Web site for more information.
Don't forget, also, as you plan your spring and summer garden to "Plant a Row for the Hungry." Food pantries welcome fresh produce and it's a great way to use those extra zucchini, peppers, or tomatoes.
(photo © N. Louie/istockphoto)
The buzzards are due to return back to Buzzard Roost in the Hinckley Reservation at the Cleveland Metroparks on March 15, just as they have every year since 1957. The sighting begins at dawn, around 630am, when hearty souls with their binoculars comb the sky for the sleek, black birds.
Less hearty buzzard enthusiasts can help celebrate the return of the buzzards at Buzzard Sunday , March 16, between 9am and 230pm at Buzzard Roost. The festivities include wildlife demonstrations, arts and crafts, refreshments, live music, and kid's activities. It's fun and it's FREE. There's even a Buzzard beer tent. Buzzard Roost is located at the Hinckley Reservation at the intersection of Ohio routes 303 and 3. Let's just hope the weather warms up for the buzzards' arrival.
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If you need a little bit of spring in the middle of all of the snow and cold weather, make plans to attend the Akron Home and Flower Show, held at Akron's J.S. Knight Center February 28 to March 2.
The Akron Home and Flower Show features more than 4,900-square feet of showcase gardens, including a large demonstration garden created by Pettiti Garden Centers and celebrities, including HGTV's John Giddings.
The Akron Home and Flower Show is open from 10am to 8pm Friday and Saturday and 10am - 5pm on Sunday. Admission is $8 per adult and free for children under 12. $1 discount coupons are printable from the link below. Parking is free in Akron city lots beginning at 6pm on Friday.
Click here for a printable discount coupon.
(Photo courtesy of the Akron Home and Flower Show)
Mardi Gras is Tuesday, March 4, and restaurants and clubs all over the city are gearing up for a celebration. Unfortunately, Fat Fish Blue is no longer with us, but that doesn't mean the party is over. You can find Mardi Gras parties this year at Paladar on Chagrin Boulevard and Salmon Daves.
Read all about these and other Mardi Gras parties in "Top Picks for Mardi Gras Parties".
Laissez les bons temps roulez!
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Among those participating are The Greenhouse Tavern, Lola Bistro, Cowell and Hubbard, Flannery's, Sans Souci and Zocalo Mexican Grill. For a complete list of restaurants and to make reservations, visit the Downtown Cleveland Alliance Web site. Downtown Cleveland Restaurant Week is a great opportunity to support local businesses.
February is Black History Month, and it's only fitting to mention Carl B. Stokes, Mayor of Cleveland from 1967 to 1971. Stokes is widely held to be the first Black mayor of a major American city (although Flint, MI had a black mayor in 1966.)
Stokes didn't stop with politics. After his term as mayor, he moved to New York City, where he became the first Black television anchor in that city. After 11 years in broadcasting, Stokes returned to Cleveland, where he became a municipal judge. In 1993, President Clinton appointed Carl Stokes as ambassador to the Seychelles. He passed away in 1996 and is buried in Cleveland's Lake View Cemetery (Public Domain Photo)