Great Lakes Burning River Fest highlights Week 2 of Creating Cleveland

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Events of the Week(end)

Burning River Fest '07
Join the Great Lakes Brewing Company this Saturday in their yearly festival of promoting environmental awareness at Wendy Park on Whiskey Island (just off the Edgewater Park exit on Route 2). Whiskey Island features scenic views of Lake Erie and the Cuyahoga. There will be live music, plenty of eco-friendly displays and exhibits, performances and demonstrations, tons of food to sample, educational discussions, and the ability to sail on Lake Erie on the Tall Ship Appledore V Schooner (reservation needed for this), including a sunset trip, as well as the ability to cruise around the Coast Guard station. Tickets are $5 in advance (through TOMORROW (8/9) only!), $7 on the day of. Kids 10 and under are free. Click here for all the details. Coolers and pets are prohibited. The festival runs from 1-9:30 PM.

Important Travel Advisory regarding the Riverfest:
For the first time, RTA will also be providing shuttle service from the West Blvd. Red Line station from 12:30 to 10 PM, as parking will be limited at the park, though it is free. Parking is also limited at the station, so you should arrive by RTA or park at one of the bigger RTA park-n-ride lots (Triskett, Brookpark, W. 150th on the red line, or Green Road in Shaker Heights on the Green Line). Other shuttle buses will run from Edgewater Park to the festival, and from Max Hayes HS (4600 Detroit Road) to the festival.

Wednesday
Wade Oval Wednesdays
Come experience the heart of University Circle with Wade Oval Wednesdays. WOW consists of free outdoor concerts each Wednesday evening on Wade Oval, along with other various food vendors, activities, and artisans which have booths throughout the summer (until Aug. 29). In conjunction with WOW, the Botanical Gardens hold Gourmet in the Garden, which is a cooking demonstration from 6-7 PM free with Garden admission (which is free one time for all Case students each year). This Wednesday will feature the Baricelli Inn. The Cleveland Museum of Art will be the featured institution this week. Click here for details.

Thursday
Coventry Street Fair
The Fair returns on Thursday 8/9 from 6-9 PM. The street will be closed to feature music, art, a farmer’s market, vendors, jugglers, etc. Something Dada, one of Cleveland’s improv comedy groups will be performing on the main stage at 6, andReuben’s Train plays on the main stage from 7-9. There will also be hands-on projects sponsored by the Cleveland Museum of Art.

Friday
Muddling Mojitos 101
If credit was only offered for this class... Rumbar, the new patio bar and grill next to the InterContinental Suites is teaching the traditional Cuban art of making mojitos. Enrollment is $25, and includes creating and enjoying 3 mojitos (traditional, raspberry, and peach) with appetizers, and you get to keep your own muddler (the instrument used to mash the lime, sugar, and mint leaves) to boot.
Group discounts available. Call 216-707-4053 for details. Classes are 5 to 7 on Friday evenings.

Midwest Reggae Fest
This event returns for their 16th year starting, running from Friday through the weekend. Features Lucky Dube, Morgan Heritage, Ken Boothe and the Meditations; also many local acts performing. Details are here.

Saturday
Perseid Meteor Watch
Cleveland Metroparks will host an event from 10 PM to midnight on Saturday 8/11 at the Meadows Picnic area. Naturalists John Miller and Sharon Hosko will be available to answer questions. Registration is required. Call 440-526-1012 for more information.

Sunday
Walk and Roll Cleveland
Every Sunday in August, MLK Drive will be closed from University Circle to the Lakefront so that people can enjoy Rockefeller Park and the many Cultural Gardens. It will also take place on Sunday September 23, to coincide with Sparx in the City’s big end of the summer celebration. Get details here.

Monday
Science Café Cleveland
A lively informal monthly scientific discussion on the second Monday of each month at Great Lakes Brewing Company. This month will cover the debate of human evolution, and will feature Case’s very own Dr. Simpson (Dept. of Anatomy) and Dr. Bruce Latimer from the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. Appetizers are provided.
Monday 8/13 at 6:30 PM. Click here for more info.

Ongoing Events

Cinema at the Square
This annual film series returns as Playhouse Square shows all-time classics for $5. Get info on all the films here.

StoryCorps
Mark your place in history as this award-winning exhibit featured on NPR comes to Cleveland for 3 weeks (Aug. 2-25). They are here to capture personal stories of America, whether sweet, sad, funny, or touching. Select stories will air on NPR. The Booth is inside an Airstream trailer parked at the Rock Hall. Call 1-800-850-4406 to schedule an interview, and bring a loved one to interview or to interview you! You will receive a CD after your interview. Click here for more info.

Dining Gems Around Town

Sokolowski's University Inn
This long time city establishment has been a staple of Tremont, and the entire city of Cleveland. Established in 1923, Sokolowski’s is a 3rd generation family business that is famous for its pierogies, kielbasa, and other Polish-American delicacies. Recently featured on the Early Show’s broadcast from Cleveland, it has also been on several other network food spots. Don’t let the cafeteria style-serving fool you; this is a can’t miss when it comes to pierogies. Get information on their hours of operation and menu here.

India Garden
With its new outdoor patio and 5/$10 Corona specials this month celebrating its one-year anniversary, India Garden is anything but the ordinary Indian restaurant that you find elsewhere in Cleveland. The 7 day a week $7.95 lunch buffet is a great deal, and sometimes features their Indo-Chinese specialty dishes, something that is new to the Northeast Ohio area. You can call ahead (216-221-0676) to find out what’s on the buffet menu. India Garden is located at 18405 Detroit Avenue in Lakewood, just off of the McKinley Avenue exit. For more information, click here.

PREVIOUSLY FEATURED:
8/1/2007 – Tea House Noodles, Dish Global Deli, Wunderbar

Free Movie Screenings of the Week
Remember to sign up and show up early! (usually about 30-45 minutes before the show)

For the kids:
Arctic Tale free screening - from the producers of "March of the Penguins" following Seela the Walrus and Nanu the polar bear from birth to parenthood in the Arctic North. Click here. Showing remains at Ridge Park Square on 8/16.

Dealin' around the city

Get a FREE round of glow-in-the-dark mini-golf here!

Coming Soon
August 18 - Three Stooges Festival
August 23 - Silk Nightclub Grand Opening Celebration
August 31 - September 3 - Taste of Cleveland, Cleveland Air Show
September 6 - Zocalo Mexican Grill and Tequileria
October 6 – Lake Erie Monsters

Many other things to do at the following page:
CoolCleveland

More things to win:
Cleveland.com (includes concert tickets, trip to Vegas, rounds of golf, Air show tickets and more)
Cleveland Scene (includes Dave Matthews tickets, Taste of Cleveland tickets, Porthouse Theater tickets, Goo Goo Dolls tickets, Cedar Point tickets, and more)

Permanent deals/specials around the area worth a try

Momocho - While pricy at other times of the day, happy hour at one of the best Mexican restaurants in the city offers half price margaritas (golden only) and filling half-price taquitos. Tuesdays through Fridays from 5-6:30, but Fridays are usually busy, so reservations are recommended. Try their variety of freshly made guacamole. Downstairs bar only. Click here for their menu and other details. Located at 1835 Fulton Road in Ohio City. Call (216) 694-2122 for reservations.

Lolita’s - This otherwise pricy restaurant run by nationally renowned chef Michael Symon features a great happy hour deal from 5-6:30 and 9:30-close Tues-Th., 10-close on Fri-Sat, and 4-9 on Sun. $5 gets you Oysters with Love Sauce, Mussels, Prosciutto Flat Bread, a combo of fired smelt and fries, a half order of Mac and Cheese (full portion normally $17) or their famous Kobe Beef Burger (normally $15). Also features $4 glasses of wine and $2 Sierra Nevadas. Located at 900 Literary Road in Tremont. Click here for their menu and other details.

The Dealfinder is a Case grad student that is continuously exploring to "create" more of this city by the day.

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