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Giveaway! L’Amour du Vin Wine and Food Event

Oct. 18 at Avon Oaks Country Club

After last weekend’s trip to the Put-in-Bay Island Wine Festival, I thought I’d be all wined out. Ha! What am i talking about? I could never be tired of wine.

Good thing, since next Thursday, Oct. 18, there’s a local event whose name is literally all about embracing our love for the grape. And I have a pair of tickets to give away for it:

L’Amour du Vin is Lorain County’s premier wine and food tasting event featuring not just wines from around the world, but also some of the best restaurants from Cleveland’s western suburbs – my side of town!

From 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at Avon Oaks Country Club, guests can taste their way through 15 local eateries including AMP150, 87 West at Crocker Park, Oberlin Inn, Wood & Wine, Aladdin’s, and Kiedrowski’s Bakery (among many, many others).

A recent addition to the list of restaurants includes Tom’s Country Place; plus Wood Fire Grille and Flavor The Town Catering just announced they’ll be hosting a tasting table on the main floor in addition to L’Amour du Vin’s VIP Lounge.

Bonus! Whiskey, bourbon and vodka tastings in the VIP Lounge

Speaking of the VIP Lounge, if you need a break from wine tasting, check out that ticket option because besides exclusive dishes and specialty drinks, VIP ticketholders will be able to enjoy whiskey, bourbon and vodka tastings from Brown-Forman and  Watershed Distillery.

I’ve always found that great food and wine can only be made better when paired with good music, which will be provided throughout the evening by the Jazz Ensemble at the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music.

Celebrating its 15th year, L’Amour du Vin – presented by EMH Healthcare – is one of the key fundraisers for the Arthritis Foundation of Northeastern Ohio.

In our region alone more than 1.5 million people suffer with arthritis. But because of the funds raised through events like this, the Arthritis Foundation is able to support research and educate the public about the prevention, early diagnosis and treatment of this disease which affects one in five Americans and nearly 300,000 children.

The Arthritis Foundation has made it their mission to empower people to Take Control of their arthritis and lessen its impact through such efforts as the Arthritis Answers help-line and Aquatic and Walk with Ease fitness programs.  Here’s a bit more about the Arthritis Foundation’s impact across the country:

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Tickets for L’Amour du Vin are $60 for general admission and $90 for VIP admission. You can purchase tickets by clicking here.

In addition to the funds raised through ticket sales, L’Amour du Vin’s silent auction and raffle will go to support the Arthritis Foundation of Northeastern Ohio.

Auction highlights include a number of spa and vacation getaways and packages for local restaurants and entertainment. I think the wine bottle raffle is what’s calling my name the most, though:

For $40, guests have a chance to win a five-night/four-day Western Caribbean cruise out of Miami, FL. However, no one goes home empty handed as each person who enters will win a bottle of white wine.

With L’Amour du Vin being only one week away, I’m excited to give away a pair of tickets to one lucky reader:

There are 4 Easy Ways to Enter the Giveaway

**You must leave a separate comment on this post for each entry**

1) I’m allergic to red wine (I know – worst Italian ever!) so I’m always in the market for a new white wine to try. For one entry in the giveaway, leave a comment on this post sharing your favorite white wine (type + winery or brand if you know it).

2) Facebook users: Share this link http://wp.me/pPIgG-1yF on Facebook then leave a comment letting me know you did (good for one entry).

3) Follow @ADHicken and @ArthritisFouNEO on Twitter and leave a comment letting me know you did both (good for one entry).

4) Twitter users can also get an extra entry each day for tweeting the giveaway with a link to this post. Sample tweet you can use: “I want to raise a glass to @ArthritisFouNEO at #LAmourduVin. Enter @ADHicken’s giveaway for your chance to win: http://wp.me/pPIgG-1yF”  (Each day you do this, you must leave a new comment.)

You have until Tuesday, Oct. 16 at 11:59PM to enter. On Wednesday, Oct. 17, I will select a winner using Random.org and will announce the winner’s name on my blog.  Remember to leave a separate comment for each entry – good luck!

Disclosure: I was invited by the Arthritis Foundation of Northeastern Ohio to help promote L’Amour du Vin. In exchange, I will receive 2 complimentary VIP tickets for myself and 2 general admission tickets to give away. As always, though, the choice of events and opinions I share are my own.

Pandemonium Celebrates Cleveland Public Theatre Season

Blogkeeping Note: You have until 11:59 pm on Sept. 4 to enter the Taste of the Browns giveaway – good luck!

Celebrate the start of the 2012-2013 theatre season with Cleveland Public Theatre on Sept. 8

Cleveland theatre fans, rejoice! The summer break is over and many of our local theatres are ready to premiere their new seasons. A few quick bits of note:

  • Football and theatre enthusiasts alike will love Cleveland Playhouse‘s Lombardi.
  • The thought-provoking, but comedic Milk Milk Lemonade is currently playing through Sept. 8 at the often-off-the-wall, boundary-pushing convergence continuum.
  • Beck Center for the Arts mounts the first locally produced run of Xanadu.
  • And community auditions for Near West Theatre‘s November production of Children of Eden just wrapped (they’re still seeking volunteers for backstage crew and front-of-house work — call 216-961-9750 if interested).

If you want to keep up-to-date on what’s onstage, Cleveland.com’s theatre page and BroadwayWorld Cleveland are my favorite sites to bookmark.

CPT’s Pandemonium features dozens of local theatre, dance, visual and performance artists

Cleveland Public Theatre, in particular, knows this time of year is one to celebrate. So before they roll out their 2012-2013 shows in October, they’re throwing their 10th annual Pandemonium bash on September 8.

At Pandemonium: House of Dreams, CPT invites you to “choose your own adventure” with an extravaganza that features dozens of local theatre, dance, visual and performance artists and fabulous food and drink.

At Pandemonium, performances will pop up (or drop in) in the most-unexpected places

Check-in starts at 7pm, where guests will receive a performance schedule for the night. From there the evening is up to you as innovative performances will be popping up in surprise spots throughout CPT’s campus:

  • Dance performances will feature Verb ballets, Inlet Dance Theatre, Wind and Sand Dance Company, Double-Edge Dance, Kevin Marr, Antaeus Dance and MorrisonDance.
  • Live music by We the People, Queue Up, Last Call Cleveland, and Bobby Williams.
  • Stand-up comedy by Ramon Rivas’ Accidental Comedy Feast.
  • Original work by CPT’s The Dark Room, Eric Schmiedl, Holly Holsinger, Greg Vovos, Opera Per Tutti, Theater Ninjas and dozens more.
  • Wandering performances by Talespinners Children’s Theatre, Ray McNeice, Robin VanLear, and Mark Zust.
  • Cabaret Acts featuring Paul Hoffman and Alison Garrigan.
  • Original performances by Raymond Bobgan.
  • And installations by Jeon Francis and mother/daughter team Faye & Joan Hargate.

Meanwhile, chefs from BonBon Bake Shop, Latitude 41 N, Luxe Kitchen and Lounge, Root Café, Touch Food Truck and XYZ Grill and Tavern will be cooking up an outdoor feast. Treats from Sweet Moses and tastings from AMP 150, Players, Light Bistro, Fat Cats, Vento La Trattoria and Tartine will also be available.

The evening culminates with music and dancing til midnight.

Pandemonium supports CPT’s mission of developing new, adventurous works and education programs that speak to contemporary issues and empower positive change in the community

Tickets can be purchased in advance for $135 ($75 of which is tax-deductible) and valet parking, unlimited food, drinks and entertainment are included – so indulge yourself as much as you’d like with no regrets (at least til the next morning ;) )!

Purchase Pandemonium tickets online or call 216.631.2727 x 212.

Still need convincing? Catch a glimpse of last year’s Pandemonium experience then go get your tickets:


Pandemonium 2011 from Ted Sikora on Vimeo.

Photo Credits and Disclosure: Photos credited to Steve Wagner. Graphic provided by Cleveland Public Theatre.  A guest and I were invited to attend Pandemonium in exchange for sharing about it on my blog.

Giveaway Day! Be a Big Kahuna at Luau on the Lake

Enter to win a pair of VIP tickets to Luau on the Lake, a fundraiser for Shoes and Clothes for Kids

With all of the fireworks and Fourth of July parties this week, I thought the fun would start slowing down. After glancing at next weekend’s calendar, I realized how wrong I was – the month of July is just starting to heat up (and I’m not even talking about the temps)!

Next weekend kicks off early with Grapes and Ales on Friday the 13th (check out last week’s post for more on Our Lady of the Wayside’s fundraiser).

But the party doesn’t stop there — continuing on Saturday, July 14 when the 7th annual Luau on the Lake  takes over Whiskey Island’s Wendy Park.

From 4-9 pm on July 14, the Hawaiian-themed event will feature food and drinks, as well as sand volleyball, giveaways, music and beautiful views of the lake fit for a tiki god.

A catered menu, including Caribbean Jerk-Spiced Roast Potatoes, Citrus Glazed Chicken, Sweet & Sour Brined and Slow Roasted Pork Loin and Island-inspired Sorbet, will be served until 7:30, with snacks available throughout the rest of the evening.

VIP tickets include all General Admission benefits plus early entry at 3:30pm, 3 Specialty Island Cocktail tickets, a Hawaiian lei and tote.

Luau on the Lake is one of the largest fundraisers for the local non-profit Shoes and Clothes for Kids. Proceeds from tickets and the event’s giveaways and raffle will benefit their mission of distributing new shoes, clothing, and items to income-eligible families throughout Greater Cleveland.

Tickets cost only $40 if you buy before July 11th ($50 after and at the door) and include food, beer, wine, music, sand volleyball and a souvenir cup.

For only $10 more, you can purchase a Big Kahuna VIP ticket which gets you the ultimate Luau experience at the best value. VIP tickets include all General Admission benefits plus early entry at 3:30pm, 3 Specialty Island Cocktail tickets, a Hawaiian lei and tote. VIP tickets are only on sale until July 11, so get those tickets now.

But wait, there’s more: You and a guest can be Big Kahunas by entering the Clue Into Cleveland giveaway for a pair of VIP Luau tickets!

There are 3 Easy Ways to Enter the Giveaway

**You must leave a separate comment on this blog post for each entry**

1) Follow @SC4K and @ADHicken on Twitter and leave me a comment on this blog post letting me know you did both.

2) Tweet the following (must include event hashtag and SC4K twitter handle): “I want to win VIP tickets to #SC4KLuau12 and you can too! Enter Clue Into CLE’s @SC4K giveaway: http://ow.ly/c1T25”  (Additional entries are available each day you do this – you must leave a new comment on this blog post for every time you tweet)

3) Bonus Facebook entry! Like “Shoes and Clothes for Kids” and “Clue Into Cleveland” on Facebook and leave a comment on this blog post letting me know you did both.

You have until Monday, July 9 at 11:59PM to enter. On Tuesday, July 10, I will select a winner using Random.org and will announce the winner’s name on my blog. Remember to leave a separate comment for each entry – good luck!

Disclosure: Photos courtesy of Shoes and Clothes for Kids. In exchange for posting about the event and hosting a giveaway, I was invited to attend Luau on the Lake with a guest. However, as with any event I post about, I am sharing this event because I think it is something that would also interest other Clevelanders.

PlayhouseSquare Partners' Bartending for Buses

PlayhouseSquare Partners Presents Bartending for Buses, May 17 at Around the Corner

Although Jump Back Ball may be the first thing that comes to mind when PlayhouseSquare Partners is mentioned, the young professionals group also organizes a number of other programs year-round to support Cleveland’s downtown theatre district.

From helping out at the International Children’s Festival to Neighborhood Dine-Arounds and the recent Mini-Golf Par-Tee, Partners offers a broad spectrum of volunteer opportunities and social events for the community to enjoy.

Whenever we have an upcoming event I think you guys might enjoy, I like to share it.  And our next event on May 17 will give you an opportunity to not just eat, drink and be merry, but also help raise money for a great arts cause – PlayhouseSquare’s Bus Fund.

Next Thursday from 7-10, join PlayhouseSquare Partners at Around the Corner (18616 Detroit Ave., Lakewood) for Bartending for Buses.

While the theatre can help introduce students to the arts by providing discounted and free tickets, many schools are still unable to afford the cost of busing students to and from the theatre. Through fundraisers like next week’s “celebrity bartending night,” PlayhouseSquare Partners helps overcome this roadblock by raising money for the bus fund.

Longtime Partners like my Jump Back Ball co-chair Meredith will be doing their best Tom Cruise impersonation and slinging drinks behind the bar. Tip them well because all tips from the evening will go towards the Bus Fund.

School trips are many children’s first introduction to the arts and local theatres, especially for those who may not otherwise be able to afford it. So stop by Around the Corner next Thursday, let us pour you a beer or shot, and drink up — for the kids!

Disclosure: I serve on the board of PlayhouseSquare Partners, but – as with any event I post about – am sharing this event because I think it is something that would interest people who read my blog.

Cleveland Events Making a Global Impact: IPM's Namaste! and MedWish's Band Aid Bash

A bit of blog-keeping:  Thanks to you, Cleveland made it to the Final Four of the Social Media Tourism Symposium’s 2012 contestTo get us to the finals, visit facebook.com/SoMeTourism on Tuesday, April 10 between 12:00 and 8:00 pm and vote for Cleveland.

On April 27 and 28, Cleveland will have two chances to reach beyond our community and make a global impact with locally-based organizations International Partners in Mission and MedWish

Thanks to our day-to-day routines, it can be easy to lose sight of what happens outside of our own backyard.

I do this all of the time…getting completely absorbed in what’s happening in my life and missing the challenges faced by others. This month, two locally-based organizations are hosting events where Clevelanders can learn more about and support international causes.

During the last weekend of April, we’ll have not one – but two – chances to reach beyond our community and help on a global scale with the 10th Annual Namaste! One Night for One World and 8th Annual Band Aid Bash.

IPM’s Namaste! One Night for One World

On Friday, April 27 from 6:30-9:30 pm, International Partners in Mission (IPM) is celebrating their 11th year in Cleveland with Namaste! One Night for One World at Trinity Commons (2230 Euclid Avenue, downtown Cleveland).

IPM works across borders of faith and culture on behalf of children, women, and youth to create partnerships that build justice, peace, and hope throughout the world.

They partner with over 70 community-based social service projects and micro-enterprise businesses on 5 continents – providing financial support, technical assistance and training opportunities to serve the needs of children, women, and youth.

One Night for One World invites guests to immerse themselves in the various cultural identities of global communities through live music, authentic food and beverages, decorations and education.  The event will also provide a snapshot of IPM’s unique immersion experience trips and will highlight the work of their Project Partners.

Tickets for individuals cost only $50 or you can contribute at the Patron level for $100.  High school and college students can purchase a ticket for $20 (with valid high school or college ID).  All proceeds from the ticket sales and silent auction will benefit IPM’s Project Partners in the United States and across the globe.

Visit namaste.ettend.com or call 216.932.4082 to order tickets.

MedWish’s Band Aid Bash

The very next night on Saturday, April 28, MedWish International will host their annual Band Aid Bash at 7pm in the MedWish Warehouse (Cleveland Clinic Parker Building, 17325 Euclid Ave., Cleveland).

MedWish is a not-for-profit organization committed to repurposing medical supplies and equipment discarded by the healthcare industry with the objectives of providing humanitarian aid in developing countries, while reducing waste to save our environment.

Since 1993, they have recovered, repackaged and redistributed 2.2 million pounds of life-saving medical supplies to 90 countries across the globe – supplies that would have otherwise been placed into local landfills.

The Band Aid Bash features Chef Chris Hodgson, who will be bringing three trucks – Dim and Den Sum, Hodge Podge, and The Nosh Box – to the party. In addition to cuisine from India, China and the U.S., guests will enjoy a live band and four full bars.

Prices range from $150 for one general admission ticket to $2,000 for two VIP tickets, reserved seating and Platinum-level recognition.

Learn more and purchase tickets at medwish.org/2012-band-aid-bash-party-for-the-planet.


So whether you can attend either – or better yet, both – events, the last weekend of April is the perfect time to support two local organizations and make a difference on a global level.

(Note: Namaste! graphics and photos provided by International Partners in Mission. Band Aid Bash images from medwish.org.)