1. Local
Send to a Friend via Email
Sandy Mitchell

Sandy's Cleveland Blog


Follow me on:

Ohio FREE Fishing Days 2014

Thursday April 10, 2014
Residents can fish Lake Erie or the many rivers and streams in the state on May 5 and May 6 for FREE (without having to get a license) in 2014. Non-residents and those wishing to fish the rest of the season will still need to obtain an Ohio fishing license.

(Photo courtesy of Ohio Dept of Travel and Tourism)

This Weekend: Free Admission to Great Lakes Science Center for Bank of America Cardholders

Monday March 31, 2014
great lakes science center It's back again. Bank of America/Merrill Lynch is offering free admission this weekend to more than 150 museums around the United States. In Cleveland, that means free admission to the Great Lakes Science Center Saturday, April 5 and Sunday, April 6. The museum, located downtown along the shores of Lake Erie, is open both days from 10am to 5pm. One free admission is given per cardholder. You must show ID and your BOA credit or debit card.

The Great Lakes Science Center features more than 165,000-square feet of exhibit space and more than 400 hands-on exhibits. For more information on the Bank of America offer, see their Web site.

(photo courtesy of the Great Lakes Science Center)

It's Almost Gardening Season in NE Ohio

Monday March 31, 2014
Today's warm weather has many of us thinking about gardening and getting our lawns in shape for the spring and summer. Although the last frost date in Northeast Ohio is not until mid to late May (depending on whom you consult), there are many garden tasks you can do right now. Here are some articles from around the About network to help you get started with this season's gardening tasks:(Photo of my May garden © 2006 S. Mitchell; Licensed to About, Inc.)

I-X Indoor Amusement Park--A Cleveland Spring Break Favorite

Thursday March 20, 2014

The I-X Indoor Amusement Park, held each spring in Cleveland's I-X Center, is 20 acres of indoor fun for the whole family. There are dozens of rides (including the permanent indoor Ferris wheel), live entertainment, fair food, and special events and celebrity appearances. The 2014 dates are March 21 to April 20.

Admission is $21.99 for adults and and $18.99 for those under 48". That's lower than last year. Discounted tickets are available online and at Marc's Stores.

(photo courtesy of the I-X Indoor Amusement Park.)

The Cleveland International Film Festival

Sunday March 9, 2014

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.

For more about the Cleveland International Film Festival, see:

(Photo istockphoto)

Set Your Clocks Ahead for Daylight Saving Time

Saturday March 8, 2014
Daylight Saving Time in OhioIt's time to "spring ahead" tonight. That's right: Daylight Saving Time begins at 2am tomorrow, March 9. Be sure to set your clocks ahead before you go to bed at night.

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.

For more information on Daylight Saving Time, see these related articles around the About system:(photo © Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Blossom Orchestra Schedule Announced

Sunday March 2, 2014

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)

Celebrating the 2014 Oscars in Northeast Ohio

Saturday March 1, 2014

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:

(Photo courtesy of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences)

Harvest for Hunger Helps Feed Cleveland

Friday February 28, 2014

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)

Welcoming the Buzzards for 2014

Thursday February 27, 2014

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.

(Photo © istockphoto; licensed to About, Inc.)

©2014 About.com. All rights reserved.