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Mother says special needs son forcibly baptized; robber calls judge 'slave master'; infant dies at homeless shelter: Overnight News Links
Also, Donald Trump leads Hillary Clinton in latest Ohio poll; Cleveland Beer Week director accused of stealing $40,000 in scholarship money; Avon police sergeant admits having one beer before drunken-driving arrest Featured stories Mother says special needs son was forcibly baptized at Geauga County church (WKYC Channel 3) Bank robber who acted as own attorney calls Lake County judge 'slave master' at sentencing (News-Herald) Infant who died at Dayton homeless shelter was a twin (Dayton Daily News) Crime Cleveland Beer Week director accused of stealing $40,000 in scholarship money (cleveland.com) 'Extremely delusional' North Olmsted youth pastor sentenced for sexual relationship with teen (cleveland.com) Two accused of causing crash while fleeing Eastlake police (photos) (cleveland.com) Berea man sentenced for rape of Soviet-era labor camp survivor (cleveland.com) Garfield Heights detectives arrest suspect in restaurant robberies (video) (cleveland.com) North Ridgeville abduction case may be linked to Elyria, Cleveland (WKYC Channel 3) Lorain County couple arrested in connection with alleged child abuse case (Lorain Morning Journal) Cleveland / Cuyahoga County Cleveland police's proposed use-of-force policy designed to address past issues (cleveland.com) Donald Trump proposes expanded 'school choice' during visit to Cleveland charter school (cleveland.com) No water in a hot Cleveland school? Depends who you ask (cleveland.com) Cleveland artist to live inside giant wooden sphere made from demolished houses (cleveland.com) 10 Cuyahoga County school districts have new taxes on the November ballot: Here's the list (cleveland.com) Local news East 20 Lake County restaurants, other food places with most health inspection violations (cleveland.com) Man worth millions says he needed food stamps (WKYC Channel 3) Vietnam Veterans Memorial traveling wall comes to Geauga County (News-Herald) Local news West Avon police sergeant admits having one beer before drunken-driving arrest (video) (cleveland.com) Florida man dies after crash on Ohio Turnpike (Lorain Morning Journal) Willard man struck, killed on Ohio 61 (Sandusky Register) Akron / Canton area Death of man at Brandywine Falls in Cuyahoga Valley National Park ruled suicide by medical examiner (cleveland.com) Akron awarded $5 million to reimagine civic spaces, bring diverse communities together (cleveland.com) State Donald Trump leads Hillary Clinton in latest Ohio poll (cleveland.com) Retired generals from Ohio stress their support for Hillary Clinton ahead of Donald Trump's Cleveland appearance (cleveland.com) Medical marijuana is now legal in Ohio but not much changes for patients (cleveland.com) Ohio lawmaker urges cities not to ban medical marijuana before state sets rules (cleveland.com)  Ohio mine workers seek pension relief on Capitol Hill (photos and video) (cleveland.com) How to build a highway: A tour of an Ohio Turnpike construction zone (cleveland.com)
1 points by The Plain Dealer | Cuyahoga County Ohio Greater Cleveland Lorain County Ohio Summit County Ohio Akron Ohio Ohio Lake County Ohio Elyria Ohio
Izzie through Jobu: See photos of kitties entered in Cutest Cat contest 2017
Check out this photo gallery to see the cutest cat contenders named Izzie to Jobu. CLEVELAND, Ohio -- It's time to meet the cats named Izzie to Jobu in cleveland.com's contest to find the Cutest Cat in Greater Cleveland. With about 3,500 kitties entered in the contest by their owners, cleveland.com is publishing all the pictures over a 5-week period, organized in alphabetical order by the cats' first names. In the photo gallery above are cats named Izzie to Jobu. One photo gallery will be posted daily at cleveland.com/best through March 14. The Top 100 Cutest Cat finalists will be announced on March 15. The galleries contain one photo of each feline entered in the contest through email or by attending the free photo shoot that was held at cleveland.com's office in January. Meanwhile, a five-person selection committee from cleveland.com is pouring over the photos to decide the 100 finalists. From there, readers will determine the Top 10 -- as well as the order of the Top 10 finish -- through voting in online polls. Here's links to all the other cat photo galleries that have been published: Aaloo through Azusa: See contest photos of cats named Aaloo-Asusa Photo gallery #1 BaBa through Bellah: See contest photos of cats named BaBa-Bellah Photo gallery #2 Bellatrix through Boo: See contest photos of cats named Bellatrix-Boo Photo gallery #3 Boo Boo Beefcake through Buttons: See contest photos of cats named Boo Boo Beefcake-Buttons Photo gallery #4 C.C. through Charley: See contest photos of cats named C.C.-Charley Photo gallery #5 Charlie through Chumbee: See contest photos of cats named Charlie-Chumbee Photo gallery #6 Chumly through Cuddles: See contest photos of cats named Chumly-Cuddles Photo gallery #7 Cupcake through Dolly: See contest photos of cats named Cupcake-Dolly Photo gallery #8 Domino through Ethel: See contest photos of cats named Domino-Ethel Photo gallery #9 Eva through Frankie: See contest photos of cats named Eva-Frankie Photo gallery #10 Frankie through Gio: See contest photos of cats Frankie-Gio Photo gallery #11 Giorgio through Harriet Tubman: See contest photos of cats Giorgio-Harriet Tubman Photo gallery #12 Harry through Ivy: See contest photos of cats Harry-Ivy Photo gallery #13 Throughout February and March we will also publish special category winners such as the cats with the Prettiest Eyes, Best Mustaches and Cats We Most Want to Cuddle With. Look for lots more content throughout the contest at cleveland.com/best, including videos and features. Remember, if you don't see your cat pictured yet, please be patient and watch for the alphabetical galleries to roll out daily through March 14. Notable: To be eligible for the Top 10, the cat must reside in Northeast Ohio (Cuyahoga, Lorain, Medina, Summit, Portage, Lake and Geauga counties). Note to dog lovers: cleveland.com will once again conduct a contest to find the Cutest Dog in Northeast Ohio. It will be conducted during the summertime. More details will be announced at cleveland.com/best in the coming months.
90 points by The Plain Dealer | Cat Greater Cleveland Akron Ohio Cuyahoga County Ohio Lorain Ohio Ohio Cleveland Elyria Ohio
Elyria's Midway Mall hoping for a renaissance, property still up for sale (photos)
Elyria Mayor Holly Brinda said the mall owners are in negotiations with a buyer for the property, which could mean a business and financial windfall for the city. ELYRIA, Ohio -- Midway Mall, with its 1.1 million square feet of enclosed space, is still looking for a buyer. Elyria Mayor Holly Brinda said negotiations are under way "right now" to sell the property. The mall has been a major economic driver for the county since it opened in 1965, Brinda said. And recent upgrades to local highways leading to the mall that were completed in November have helped, she said. "The restructuring of Ohio 57 and the elimination of the 49th Street Bridge freed up 140 acres of new land for development, which is spread out between Interstate 90 and the Ohio Turnpike," said Brinda. See a timeline of Midway Mall over the years that accompanies this story. Consultants Jeff Green Partners and the Hoffman Group of Phoenix, Arizona, were hired last year by the City of Elyria to study the mall and come up with ways to save it. Chase Bank owns the mall. The asking price has not been disclosed. In their study of the mall, the consultants said the best way to save it is to knock down most of the 92-acre site and turn it into a more modern, mixed-use shopping center with stores, restaurants and a condominium or apartment complex. If the city doesn't do anything, the mall will continue to lose money, the consultants say. The study said the mall is too big. "It should be about 530,000 square feet," said consulting partner Jerry Hoffman. "Since the loss of Dillard's and Macy's, there is a lot of vacant space. Also, Sears is closing its second floor, meaning even more open space." Of the more than 100 stores in the mall and on the grounds, about 30 spaces are vacant, mostly in the areas near the now-closed anchor stores, Macy's and Dillard's. Anchors J.C. Penney and Best Buy at still at the mall. Economic conditions at Midway and other malls across the country have changed dramatically because the more convenient shopping centers and increase in Internet shopping. But Brinda said Midway Mall's location off Ohio 57 between Interstate 90 and the Ohio Turnpike is still ideal for attracting customers. The consultants say with the right mix of businesses, a reconfigured shopping center would be a success. Luring businesses like T.J. Maxx, an Alamo Draft House, an eBay distribution warehouse as well as medical offices would be crucial. Brinda said perhaps the center also could lure nearby businesses like PetsMart or Marc's. "Consultants determined if their formula is followed, a new shopping center could generate $100 million a year in new sales," said Brinda. "That's a big selling point." The consultants' recommended: Tearing down the mall except for the J.C. Penney building and turn the remaining part into a shopping center Attracting more, high-profile stores, more restaurants and entertainment and recreational businesses Building an upscale condominium or apartment complex on the site that could include about 240 units and building offices for financial, medical and professional firms Stamford properties of Beachwood owns a strip of land on Midway Boulevard on the northern border of the mall parking lot. Stamford spokesman Dave Bruening said construction of new buildings along the boulevard could begin as soon as this spring. Neither the mall's local management or corporate managers, The Woodmont Company of Dallas, Texas, returned repeated telephone calls for this story. However, the mayor said things are moving along and the city would provide tax incentives to help the new owners. "Stores, restaurants and entertainment would bring people into the area, which means a healthy economy of the city," said Brinda. "The study determined that $892 million in sales leave the county every year and is spent at other malls and stores in places like Crocker Park and the Great Northern Mall. We want to keep that money here."
10 points by The Plain Dealer | Shopping mall Retailing Ohio Turnpike Interstate 90 Ohio Elyria Ohio Ohio State Route 57 Toledo Ohio
Eva through Frankie: See photos of kitties entered in Cutest Cat contest 2017
Check out this photo gallery to see the cutest cat contenders named Eva through Frankie. CLEVELAND, Ohio -- It's time to meet the cats named Eva through Frankie in cleveland.com's contest to find the Cutest Cat in Greater Cleveland. With about 3,500 kitties entered in the contest by their owners, cleveland.com is publishing all the pictures over a 5-week period, organized in alphabetical order by the cats' first names. In the photo gallery above are cats named Eva through Frankie. One photo gallery will be posted daily at cleveland.com/best through March 14. The Top 100 Cutest Cat finalists will be announced on March 15. The galleries contain one photo of each feline entered in the contest through email or by attending the free photo shoot that was held at cleveland.com's office in January. Meanwhile, a five-person selection committee from cleveland.com is pouring over the photos to decide the 100 finalists. From there, readers will determine the Top 10 -- as well as the order of the Top 10 finish -- through voting in online polls. Here's links to all the other cat photo galleries that have been published: Aaloo through Azusa: See contest photos of cats named Aaloo-Asusa Photo gallery #1 BaBa through Bellah: See contest photos of cats named BaBa-Bellah Photo gallery #2 Bellatrix through Boo: See contest photos of cats named Bellatrix-Boo Photo gallery #3 Boo Boo Beefcake through Buttons: See contest photos of cats named Boo Boo Beefcake-Buttons Photo gallery #4 C.C. through Charley: See contest photos of cats named C.C.-Charley Photo gallery #5 Charlie through Chumbee: See contest photos of cats named Charlie-Chumbee Photo gallery #6 Chumly through Cuddles: See contest photos of cats named Chumly-Cuddles Photo gallery #7 Cupcake through Dolly: See contest photos of cats named Cupcake-Dolly Photo gallery #8 Domino through Ethel: See contest photos of cats named Domino-Ethel Photo gallery #9 Throughout February and March we will also publish special category winners such as the cats with the Prettiest Eyes, Best Mustaches and Cats We Most Want to Cuddle With. Look for lots more content throughout the contest at cleveland.com/best, including videos and features. Remember, if you don't see your cat pictured yet, please be patient and watch for the alphabetical galleries to roll out daily through March 14. Notable: To be eligible for the Top 10, the cat must reside in Northeast Ohio (Cuyahoga, Lorain, Medina, Summit, Portage, Lake and Geauga counties). Note to dog lovers: cleveland.com will once again conduct a contest to find the Cutest Dog in Northeast Ohio. It will be conducted during the summertime. More details will be announced at cleveland.com/best in the coming months.
12 points by The Plain Dealer | Cat Greater Cleveland Cuyahoga County Ohio Lorain Ohio Akron Ohio Ohio Cleveland Elyria Ohio
3 Cuyahoga County juvenile prosecutors resign; proposal would require teachers to job shadow: Overnight News Links
Also, FBI raids Strongsville-based international adoption agency as part of criminal probe; Opponents, some supporters, of Q renovation plan pack Cuyahoga County Council meeting; Chardon police looking for woman missing since Feb. 5 Watch video Featured stories Three Cuyahoga County juvenile division prosecutors resign as more rape cases go unnoticed (cleveland.com) Ohio teachers would have to job shadow at a business to renew licenses under Gov. John Kasich's budget (cleveland.com) Accused drug dealer locks keys in car, busted after calling police (WJW Channel 8) Crime FBI raids Strongsville-based international adoption agency as part of criminal probe (cleveland.com) Cleveland teen Alianna DeFreeze died of stab wounds, blunt force trauma (cleveland.com) Brooklyn High School employee possibly in inappropriate conduct with students (cleveland.com) Man accused of shooting two teens in crowd watching fight in Cleveland (cleveland.com) Man injured in shooting in Cleveland's Central neighborhood (cleveland.com) Reward offered for capture of Cleveland woman who killed puppy, skipped sentencing (cleveland.com) Brook Park man accused of kicking his pregnant girlfriend (cleveland.com) Garfield Heights man wounded by pellet gun in drive-by shooting (cleveland.com) Eastlake police arrest woman in connection with theft of $2,000 worth of baby formula (News-Herald) Akron man pleads guilty to raping 71-year-old woman (cleveland.com) Teens accused of arranging attempted robbery in Cleveland Heights (cleveland.com) Two pedestrians struck in hit-and-run crashes in Cleveland (cleveland.com) Girl left home alone in Parma Heights while mother went to work, police say (cleveland.com) Cleveland Heights High School student recorded special needs classmate using bathroom, posted it online, police say (WEWS Channel 5) Elyria mom with extradition warrant facing child endangering charge (Lorain Morning Journal) Police: Lorain man resists arrest; faces several charges (Lorain Morning Journal) Sandusky police seize two kilograms of cocaine, three pounds of marijuana (Sandusky Register) Cleveland / Cuyahoga County Head Start board insists it legally fired agency CEO -- who remains on the job (cleveland.com) Opponents, some supporters, of Q renovation plan pack Cuyahoga County Council meeting (cleveland.com) Mayor Jackson says city will need another extension from the FTA on Public Square (cleveland.com) Ed FitzGerald still has money in his campaign account. Here's how he has been spending it (cleveland.com) Missing 12-year-old girl found safe in Cleveland (cleveland.com) Cleveland Humanities Festival illustrates how immigration has affected America (cleveland.com) For 9th year, Cleveland Municipal Judges officiate weddings in Tower City on Valentine's Day (cleveland.com) City's pavement management strategy will be 'worst first' (WOIO Channel 19) Northeast Ohio mom who lost daughter hears her little girl's heart beating in another child (WJW Channel 8) Local news East Chardon police looking for woman missing since Feb. 5 (News-Herald) Immigrants in Painesville and elsewhere can take steps to protect themselves, leaders say (photos) (cleveland.com) Two possible cases of voter fraud being examined in Lorain County (Elyria Chronicle-Telegram) Local news West Oberlin College president takes job at Pace University (Lorain Morning Journal) Brecksville, Independence will hire administrator to run regional dispatch center (cleveland.com) Akron / Canton area City of Akron partners with Salvation Army to bring hot meals to Summit Lake (cleveland.com) State Suspect in killing of Ohio State student was being monitored by GPS, reports say (cleveland.com) Ex-Rep. Dennis Kucinich says intelligence community schemed against Michael Flynn (cleveland.com) Sen. Rob Portman says he listened to fierce critics of Betsy DeVos but 'did my own research' (cleveland.com) Josh Mandel's Senate campaign names Portage County chairwoman -- but it's news to her (cleveland.com) Ohio GOP targets clean energy standards, efficiency rules (cleveland.com) Cursive handwriting back in schools? Some legislators want to require it (cleveland.com) 2-year-old at center of Dayton felonious assault case has died (Dayton Daily News)
3 points by The Plain Dealer | Cuyahoga County Ohio Greater Cleveland Lorain County Ohio Cleveland Ohio Cities in Ohio Akron Ohio Elyria Ohio
Chumly through Cuddles: See photos of kitties entered in the Cutest Cat contest 2017
Check out this photo gallery to see the cutest cat contenders named Chumly through Cuddles. CLEVELAND, Ohio -- It's time to meet the cats named Chumly through Cuddles in cleveland.com's contest to find the Cutest Cat in Greater Cleveland. With about 3,500 kitties entered in the contest by their owners, cleveland.com is publishing all the pictures over a 5-week period, organized in alphabetical order by the cats' first names. In the photo gallery above are cats named Chumly through Cuddles. One photo gallery will be posted daily at cleveland.com/best through March 14. The Top 100 Cutest Cat finalists will be announced on March 15. The galleries contain one photo of each feline entered in the contest through email or by attending the free photo shoot that was held at cleveland.com's office in January. Meanwhile, a five-person selection committee from cleveland.com is pouring over the photos to decide the 100 finalists. From there, readers will determine the Top 10 -- as well as the order of the Top 10 finish -- through voting in online polls. Here's links to all the other cat photo galleries that have been published: Aaloo through Azusa: See contest photos of cats named Aaloo-Asusa Photo gallery #1 BaBa through Bellah: See contest photos of cats named BaBa-Bellah Photo gallery #2 Bellatrix through Boo: See contest photos of cats named Bellatrix-Boo Photo gallery #3 Boo Boo Beefcake through Buttons: See contest photos of cats named Boo Boo Beefcake-Buttons Photo gallery #4 C.C. through Charley: See contest photos of cats named C.C.-Charley Photo gallery #5 Charlie through Chumbee: See contest photos of cats named Charlie - Chumbee Photo gallery #6 Monday's photo gallery will feature cats named Cupcake through Dolly. Throughout February and March we will also publish special category winners such as the cats with the Prettiest Eyes, Best Mustaches and Cats We Most Want to Cuddle With. Look for lots more content throughout the contest at cleveland.com/best, including videos and features. Remember, if you don't see your cat pictured yet, please be patient and watch for the alphabetical galleries to roll out daily through March 14. Notable: To be eligible for the Top 10, the cat must reside in Northeast Ohio (Cuyahoga, Lorain, Medina, Summit, Portage, Lake and Geauga counties). Note to dog lovers: cleveland.com will once again conduct a contest to find the Cutest Dog in Northeast Ohio. It will be conducted during the summertime. More details will be announced at cleveland.com/best in the coming months.
3 points by The Plain Dealer | Cat Greater Cleveland Cuyahoga County Ohio Lorain Ohio Akron Ohio Ohio Cleveland Elyria Ohio
Charlie through Chumbee: See photos of kitties entered in Cutest Cat contest 2017
Check out this photo gallery to see the Cutest Cat contenders named Charlie through Chumbee. CLEVELAND, Ohio -- It's time to meet the cats named Charlie through Chumbee in cleveland.com's contest to find the Cutest Cat in Greater Cleveland. With about 3,500 kitties entered in the contest by their owners, cleveland.com is publishing all the pictures over a 5-week period, organized in alphabetical order by the cats' first names. In the photo gallery above are cats named Charlie through Chumbee. One photo gallery will be posted daily at cleveland.com/best through March 14. The Top 100 Cutest Cat finalists will be announced on March 15. The galleries contain one photo of each feline entered in the contest through email or by attending the free photo shoot that was held at cleveland.com's office in January. Meanwhile, a five-person selection committee from cleveland.com is pouring over the photos to decide the 100 finalists. From there, readers will determine the Top 10 -- as well as the order of the Top 10 finish -- through voting in online polls. Here's links to all the other cat photo galleries that have been published: Aaloo through Azusa: See contest photos of cats named Aaloo-Asusa Photo gallery #1 BaBa through Bellah: See contest photos of cats named BaBa-Bellah Photo gallery #2 Bellatrix through Boo: See contest photos of cats named Bellatrix-Boo Photo gallery #3 Boo Boo Beefcake through Buttons: See contest photos of cats named Boo Boo Beefcake-Buttons Photo gallery #4 C.C. through Charley: See contest photos of cats named C.C.-Charley Photo gallery #5 Sunday's photo gallery will feature cats named Chumly through Cuddles. Throughout February and March we will also publish special category winners such as the cats with the Prettiest Eyes, Best Mustaches and Cats We Most Want to Cuddle With. Look for lots more content throughout the contest at cleveland.com/best, including videos and features. Remember, if you don't see your cat pictured yet, please be patient and watch for the alphabetical galleries to roll out daily through March 14. Notable: To be eligible for the Top 10, the cat must reside in Northeast Ohio (Cuyahoga, Lorain, Medina, Summit, Portage, Lake and Geauga counties). Note to dog lovers: cleveland.com will once again conduct a contest to find the Cutest Dog in Northeast Ohio. It will be conducted during the summertime. More details will be announced at cleveland.com/best in the coming months.
65 points by The Plain Dealer | Cat Greater Cleveland Cuyahoga County Ohio Lorain Ohio Akron Ohio Ohio Cleveland Elyria Ohio
C.C. through Charley: See photos of kitties entered in Cutest Cat contest 2017
Check out this photo gallery to see the Cutest Cat contenders named C.C. through Charley. CLEVELAND, Ohio -- It's time to meet the cats named C.C. through Charley in cleveland.com's contest to find the Cutest Cat in Greater Cleveland. With about 3,500 kitties entered in the contest by their owners, cleveland.com is publishing all the pictures over a 5-week period, organized in alphabetical order by the cats' first names. In the photo gallery above are cats named C.C. through Charley. One photo gallery will be posted daily at cleveland.com/best through March 14. The Top 100 Cutest Cat finalists will be announced on March 15. The galleries contain one photo of each feline entered in the contest through email or by attending the free photo shoot that was held at cleveland.com's office in January. Meanwhile, a five-person selection committee from cleveland.com is pouring over the photos to decide the 100 finalists. From there, readers will determine the Top 10 -- as well as the order of the Top 10 finish -- through voting in online polls. Here's links to all the other cat photo galleries that have been published: Aaloo through Azusa: See contest photos of cats named Aaloo-Asusa Photo gallery #1 BaBa through Bellah: See contest photos of cats named BaBa-Bellah Photo gallery #2 Bellatrix through Boo: See contest photos of cats named Bellatrix-Boo Photo gallery #3 Boo Boo Beefcake through Buttons: See contest photos of cats named Boo Boo Beefcake-Buttons Photo gallery #4 Saturday's photo gallery will feature cats named Charlie through Chumbee. Throughout February and March we will also publish special category winners such as the cats with the Prettiest Eyes, Best Mustaches and Cats We Most Want to Cuddle With. Look for lots more content throughout the contest at cleveland.com/best, including videos and features. Remember, if you don't see your cat pictured yet, please be patient and watch for the alphabetical galleries to roll out daily through March 14. Notable: To be eligible for the Top 10, the cat must reside in Northeast Ohio (Cuyahoga, Lorain, Medina, Summit, Portage, Lake and Geauga counties). Note to dog lovers: cleveland.com will once again conduct a contest to find the Cutest Dog in Northeast Ohio. It will be conducted during the summertime. More details will be announced at cleveland.com/best in the coming months.
55 points by The Plain Dealer | Cat Greater Cleveland Cuyahoga County Ohio Akron Ohio Lorain Ohio Ohio Cleveland Elyria Ohio
Lorain County Volunteer Connection: Opportunities for November 17-29, 2016,
Lorain County Volunteer Connection is a strategic partnership between United Way of Greater Lorain County and HandsOn Northeast Ohio that values volunteerism as a powerful force for change. CLEVELAND, Ohio --  Lorain County Volunteer Connection is a strategic partnership between United Way of Greater Lorain County and HandsOn Northeast Ohio that values volunteerism as a powerful force for change. We offer an easy and flexible way for individuals and families to volunteer at projects while providing non-profit organizations a vehicle to further their missions. HandsOn Northeast Ohio strives to make it easy for people of all ages to volunteer in meaningful projects, led by fellow volunteers that build stronger communities. We make it simple for volunteers to choose from a variety of projects that connect community needs with their time and interests. Participants are screened and trained to ensure a capable, informed direct service volunteer force, and through this network of individuals, we build the capacity of area nonprofits, schools and municipal agencies. There is no commitment and all projects are led by a trained Volunteer Leader, so you will never be alone or confused at a project. Any age restrictions for projects are noted on our website prior to signing up. Engage with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and our website, HandsOnNEO.org. Volunteers must attend a 1-hour orientation prior to their first project, unless otherwise specified. Below are some of our upcoming opportunities, please click on the title to sign up. Upcoming Opportunities: Learn and Play the Healthy Way at Boys and Girls Club Thursday, November 17th, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm Volunteers will help support the educational, social, emotional, and physical goals of youth in south Elyria. Tasks include participating in reading or tutoring to support academic education, social time through conversation and companionship, emotional strength through encouraging positive relationships, and physical exercise through games and sports. National Family Volunteer Day at Columbia Library Saturday, November 19th, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm In celebration National Family Volunteer Day, Lorain County Volunteer Connection will be at the Columbia Library branch of the Lorain Public Library System where volunteers will create holiday crafts that will be donated to Keystone Pointe, a rehab and nursing facility, and the Hospice of the Western Reserve. This project does not require sign up or an orientation. All families are invited! New Volunteer Orientation (Lorain County) Sunday, November 27th, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm This is a quick one-hour session for people who want be part of the HandsOn and Lorain County Volunteer Connection (LCVC!) community. Come and learn about our history, our programs, and to get involved in our monthly volunteer projects. You will be able to sign up for a project immediately after the orientation. All volunteers must attend an orientation before volunteering for their first Lorain County Volunteer Connection project, unless otherwise specified. Volunteering with HandsOn Northeast Ohio is free. You can access all of our projects listed on the calendar for free at HandsOnNEO.org Calling all Cooks! At Grace's Kitchen for #GivingTuesday Tuesday, November 29th, 3:00 pm - 5:15 pm Volunteers help prepare dinner for individuals and families in need at Grace's Kitchen at Trinity Lutheran Church in Vermillion. Once dinner is prepared, a second shift of volunteers will help serve the meal. Modifications to the project may be made to accommodate volunteers with limited mobility. Grace's Kitchen is a community wide grassroots endeavor to provide hot nutritious meals and companionship for those in need in the area. #GivingTuesday connects individuals, communities and organizations around the world for one common purpose: to celebrate and encourage giving during the holiday season. Get Serving at Grace's Kitchen for #GivingTuesday Tuesday, November 29th, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm Volunteers help serve dinner for individuals and families in need at Grace's Kitchen at Trinity Lutheran Church in Vermillion. Once dinner is prepared by the first shift of volunteers, this group of volunteers will help serve the meal. Volunteers are welcome to sign-up for both shifts but it is not required. Modifications to the project may be made to accommodate volunteers with limited mobility. Grace's Kitchen is a community wide grassroots endeavor to provide hot nutritous meals and companionship for those in need in the area. #GivingTuesday connects individuals, communities and organizations around the world for one common purpose: to celebrate and encourage giving during the holiday season.
-2 points by The Plain Dealer | Elyria Ohio Greater Cleveland Shift work Lorain Ohio Volunteering Lorain County Ohio Ohio Cuyahoga County Ohio
1st Bottle & Bottega wine-art location to open in NE Ohio
Ohio's first Bottle & Bottega art-painting studio will open in October. It will start as a pop-up and eventually move to brick-and-mortar location. CLEVELAND, Ohio - A Northeast Ohio businesswoman is opening the state's first Bottle & Bottega, a painting and wine studio, this fall. The seven-year-old Chicago-based business has more than 20 locations throughout the country, but Vicki Prete's is going to be the first in Ohio. A computer programmer for 13 years, Prete said she wanted to do something that was more directly involved in business, and Bottle & Bottega "caught my eye." "I am interested in both art and wine, but I never thought I had a creative bone in my body," she said. "I went to a wine-painting party. It was fun and therapeutic and it took a lot of the stress away." Bottle & Bottega is based in Chicago.Bottle & Bottega Prete, who lives in Amherst and who grew up in Elyria, is planning on starting the art-wine-painting business in the Westlake-Avon-Rocky River area first through a pop-up approach before settling on a brick-and-mortar business. Introductory classes begin in October. "It's more of a party than a class," she said. "It's a new entertainment option instead of going to dinner or the movies. We call it one part artistic adventure and one part cocktail party." While this is the first Bottle & Bottega in Ohio, the region has similar businesses. Going to bars for a glass of wine has been elevated to going out and painting a glass while you drink. Pinot's Palette has locations in Olmsted Falls and Woodmere. Louisiana-based Painting with a Twist has spots in Avon, Hudson, Fairlawn and Green, with ones opening soon in Beachwood and Strongsville. And many wine bars - The Wine Spot and Cle Urban Winery in Cleveland Heights, for instance - hold regular wine-bottle painting classes. Prete said classes will involve different mediums, offering a chance for amateur artists to pull out their inner Picassos to paint glasses, ornaments and other creative canvases. A nude-model painting night is in the works. Professional instructors are employed for the classes, which will target a range of groups: Baby showers, bachelorette parties and team-building corporate events in "chic and colorful" settings. Prete added she is hoping businesses can come in and create artwork that will wind up hanging in their buildings. Pop-ups will be either BYOB or wine will be provided via a partner venue. Prices probably will be $35 for the public, $40 for private parties, and the number of people per class varies quite a bit. Prete said she is hoping to partner with area wineries, and the pop-up locations will travel to homes, bars and restaurants. More info Those interested in Bottle & Bottega classes can go to bottleandbottega.com/Cleveland-west or call 216-333-1223.
61 points by The Plain Dealer | Cuyahoga County Ohio Party Parties Greater Cleveland Cities in Ohio Wine Elyria Ohio Cleveland