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CWRU Book Sale Begins Today

Saturday May 31, 2014
If you're a book fan, especially a fan of reasonably-priced books, there's no better sale in Cleveland than the annual book sale at Case Western Reserve University.

The Case sale is a four-day event held this year at the university's Adelbert Gym on Adelbert Rd. in University Circle. This year, so far, they have collected more than 70,000 titles, including some first editions and other collectibles. The sale, sponsored by the Case Adult Continuing Education Department, has something for everyone, including paperbacks, records, a large children's section, and a host of other subjects.

The pre-sale (early admission for $20) is Saturday May 31st from 10am - Noon. Otherwise the sale is free and open Saturday from noon to 5pm, noon to 5pm on Sunday and Monday, and from 10am - 1pm on Tuesday. Monday is "reduced price" day and Tuesday is "box day", where you can fill a box full of books for just $5. For more information, see the Case website. Happy Hunting!

WOW Means Wade Oval Wednesdays

Saturday May 31, 2014
Wade Oval Wednesdays return to University Circle on June 11. The weekly events include free concerts by local artists with sounds from jazz to rock to reggae as well as food from local restaurants and local craft vendors. There are even free open air movies some weeks.

The area museums, including the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, the Cleveland Botanical Garden, and the Western Reserve Historical Society are open late and have reduced admission prices. Wade Oval Wednesdays are scheduled each week from June 11 through August 27.

(photo courtesy of University Circle, Inc.)

Where to Pick Berries in NE Ohio

Saturday May 31, 2014
June is berry month in Northeast (actually all over) Ohio. One of the delights of the season is going out to one of the "pick your own" farms for a pint, quart, or bushel of berries.

I just got an email from Secor's Nursery in Lake County that they will have berries ready to pick around June 7. Areas further in from Lake Erie will probably have berries a couple of days earlier. In fact, the berries are just starting to ripen all over the Buckeye state. For a comprehensive, by county, list of the area "pick your own" farms, click here. I'm making buckets of strawberry freezer jam with mine.

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

Escape to Geneva-on-the-Lake

Thursday May 22, 2014

Just an hour's drive east of Cleveland is a quirky little lakeside resort with wineries, sunsets and bed and breakfast inns that rival anything California can throw at you--at a fraction of the cost. Geneva-on-the-Lake, developed in the early 20th century features lakeside cottages, sand beaches, excellent restaurants, antique shops--and wineries.

Highlights include the beach at the Geneva State Park, the charming lakefront Lakehouse Inn and Winery and a chili dog at Eddie's Grill (pictured above.) If you haven't been to Geneva-on-the-Lake (or if you haven't been lately), you owe yourself a trip this summer or fall.

(© Flickr user: brainbutko/cc license)

Vote Today!

Tuesday May 6, 2014

Today is election day in Ohio. The polls are open from 630am to 730pm. If you have to walk, beg a ride, or borrow a car, make sure that you get to your precinct today and cast your vote. Below are a few resources to help you vote:

(photo © JD Pooley/Getty Images)

A Walk through Cleveland's Botanical Garden

Wednesday April 30, 2014
Cleveland's Botanical Garden, located in University Circle, was founded in 1930, primarily as a library of gardening books.

Today, the Garden's exhibits includes a Costa Rica Cloud Forest, a Lily Pond (pictured at right), a Rose Garden, and a Children's Gardens, complete with a tree house and watery bog, one of the few such gardens in the United States. The Garden's exhibits are particularly lovely this time of year.

Join me for a spring walk through Cleveland's Botanical Garden.

(Photo © 2006 S. Mitchell; Licensed to About, Inc.)

Cleveland Browns Announce 2014 Schedule

Wednesday April 30, 2014
The Cleveland Browns have announced their 2014 schedule. It includes match-ups with the New England Patriots, New York Jets, and Buffalo Bills as well as contests against division rivals Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, and Baltimore. See the entire 2014 Cleveland Browns Schedule.

(photo of First Energy Stadium © 2006 S. Mitchell; licensed to About, Inc.)

Cinco de Mayo in Cleveland 2014

Wednesday April 30, 2014
Cinco de Mayo (the 5th of May) is a day of celebration for Mexicans all over the world. Contrary to popular belief, it's not the Mexican Independence Day (that's September 16). Rather it commemorates the brave Mexican soldiers that fought against Napoleon's French troops in the mid-19th century.

These days, Cinco de Mayo is an occasion for a feast, music, and dance. In Cleveland, try Luchita's on W. 117th St. or in Elyria, Mentor, and Hudson; Zocalo on Cleveland's East Fourth Street; or Momocho on Fulton Avenue in Ohio City.

To Learn More About Cinco de Mayo, read:(Photo © J. Former/istockphoto)

Ohio's Indian Mounds

Tuesday April 29, 2014
serpent moundOhio has more than 70 Indian mounds, burial sites of the Adena and Hopewell tribes--the "mound builders"--who inhabited central and southern Ohio from roughly 3000 BC until the 16th century.

Many of these sites are open to the public, including the dramatic and fascinating Serpent Mound (pictured above). Some even have museums and visitors centers accompanying them. Visiting Ohio's Indian mounds makes an interesting and educational summer weekend sidetrip from Cleveland.

(US Gov't Photo)

Lake Erie Beaches

Tuesday April 29, 2014
It's almost May and that means it's almost beach time! Escape to one of the scenic and sandy beaches along Lake Erie this summer. From the mile-long Headlands Beach, just outside of Mentor, to the sandy resort strip along the Cedar Point Peninsula, Lake Erie has a number of affordable waterfront spots.

Particularly convenient is Edgewater Park (pictured at left), just west of downtown. Not only does it have 900 feet of white sand, it offers one of the city's best views of the downtown Cleveland skyline.

(Photo Courtesy of Ohio Dept of Travel and Tourism.)

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