Thursday, March 26, 2015

Donate To My VeloSano Ride

VeloSano, Latin for “swift cure,” is an annual community fundraiser for cancer research. At its core, it’s a cycling event where riders commit to raise a pre-determined dollar amount by requesting support from personal contacts. Rides start and finish in downtown Cleveland. Whether you ride, volunteer or donate, 100% of the dollars raised by participants benefits cancer research at Cleveland Clinic.

VeloSano is more than a fundraising event. It’s more than simply a bike ride. VeloSano is a movement with the goal of bringing an entire community together to help one another.

The biking event will take place over the weekend of July 17-19, 2015. A kickoff party will take place Friday, July 17, and bicyclists will begin their treks the following morning. There are various distances one can choose to ride - Whether you’re an avid cyclist or a casual biker, VeloSano has an option for you. There is a 12-mile fun ride, 25-mile fun ride, 50-mile Challenge, 100-mile Challenge, 179-mile Two-Day Ultimate Challenge, and a 207-mile Two-Day Ultimate Challenge.

You can register today by visiting the VeloSano site. Registration includes 2 Kickoff Party tickets, all you can eat/drink during event weekend, goodie bag, VeloSano bike jersey for 25-mile Riders and above (12-mile Riders receive a VeloSano Sports Performance Shirt), support along the routes, overnight accommodations for Two-Day Riders and more!

I have chosen to ride the 50-Mile Challenge. Heading east from downtown Cleveland, this ride takes you past Cleveland Clinic Main Campus to Fairmount Boulevard and beautiful Shaker Heights, through South Chagrin Reservation, and climbing out of the Chagrin River Valley before it loops back and ends at Mall B with a Finish Line Celebration.

I’ve joined the movement in VeloSano, and I need your help to raise money for the cause. Any amount, big or small, from $5 to $25 to $100 to even more would be so much appreciated! Again, 100% of the money I raise will support lifesaving cancer research at Cleveland Clinic. The goal is to bring sustainable funding to cancer research by enlisting the passion and energy of thousands of people who wish to give back…including YOU! How far will you go for the cure?

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Torchbearers AkRun & Crawl 5K

Torchbearers of Akron is in year #9 of AkRun & Crawl & they’re mixing it up a little!

The 5K run follows the scenic Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail through the Merriman Valley before joining your friends for a pub crawl to celebrate your finish in style with adult beverages at a handful of nearby watering holes. You will receive a special-made customized mug to fill up with $2 draught specials during the crawl, along with free food and other goodies.

Pre-register for $25 (run & crawl) or $15 (crawl only) by visiting the official event page

For participants who register by Wednesday, May 27, 2015, a special race bag pick-up will be held at Second Sole Akron on Friday, May 29 from 5-7 PM, 1466 North Portage Path, Akron, OH 44313. Shirt sizes cannot be guaranteed. No refunds available for race registration.Last day to register online is Wednesday, May 27, 2015 by 4:00 PM!

Day-of race registration begins at 3:30 PM, with a 5:00 PM race start in front of BCG & Co., located at 1735 Merriman Road in Akron. The pub crawl will kick off directly after the race, around 6:00 PM at Johnny J's Pub, located in the Liberty Commons Shopping Plaza at 1282 Weathervane Lane, Akron, OH 44313. Race results and prizes will also be announced at this location. Additional crawl stops include Shots Bar and Woody's Tavern.
Planning on posting about this event? Use the hashtag #AkRunRemix and help us get the word out!

Ohio's Greatest Hits

Hear Northeast Ohio’s hottest singers perform songs by Ohio’s biggest music legends, as the Music Box Supper Club presents “Ohio’s Greatest Hits” on Thursday, April 16, 2015. This special  event is part of the Music Box’s “Rock Week: Decade by Decade,” celebrating the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction coming back to Cleveland!

“Ohio’s Greatest Hits” will feature songs made famous by Dean Martin, The Foo Fighters, The Pretenders, Eric Carmen, The James Gang, John Legend, The Isley Brothers, Nine Inch Nails, Boz Scaggs, Dwight Yoakam, The Dead Boys, Tracy Chapman, Devo, The Walker Brothers, Macy Gray and many more.

Special guest vocalists for the evening include Ryan Humbert, Emily Bates, Carlos Jones, Shanna Delaney (By Light We Loom), Sam Getz (Welshly Arms), Sarah Benn (Shivering Timbers), Wesley Bright (Wesley Bright & The Hi-Lites), Cody J. Martin, Erin Kufel (The Fat Tuesday Big Band), Greg Miller (The Whiskey Daredevils), JD Eicher, Nancy Redd, Nathan Hedges (Cities & Coasts), Brian Lisik and other surprise guests to be announced soon!

“Ohio has a long, rich history of producing talented musicians, and the list of hits songs from those artists is incredibly diverse. I was thrilled to be asked to put this show together for my friends at The Music Box,” said event curator Ryan Humbert. “We have a fantastic line-up of guest singers from all over Northeast Ohio. It’s going to be a great show – and we might even have few surprises in store! ”

“Ohio’s Greatest Hits” is presented in partnership with The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Harvest For Hunger, The Cleveland Scene, The Cleveland Metroparks and The Great Lakes Brewing Co.

The Music Box Supper Club is located in The Flats (next to Shooters and the Greater Cleveland Aquarium) at 1148 Main Ave. in downtown Cleveland. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. with an 8:00 p.m. show time.

Tickets are $20 in advance / $22 the day of the show and are available at the Music Box Supper Club Box Office at 216-242-1250 or online at

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Discover The Soap Box Derby

Photo by OHventures

The All-American Soap Box Derby is truly an all-American pastime. Every July since 1934 (except for the years of World War II), hundreds of youth have flocked to the Derby Downs racetrack in Akron (except for the first year in which is was located in Dayton) to compete in the iconic race.

The All-American Soap Box Derby has in recent years added many other events and programs that allow for other folks to experience the splendor and excitement of Derby Downs.

Some of the events and programs include:
  • May 15-16: Gravity Racing Challenge STEM Team Competition, presented by Time Warner Cable - Designed to provide K-12 educators and students with meaningful, project- and standards-based, intercurricular learning opportunities in classroom setting.
  • June 8–19: Soap Box Derby Summer Camps: High schoolers in STEM schools have the chance to design, construct, race, and showcase their own creations!
  • June 24: Grandparents Day, presented by The City of Akron
  • July 19-25: 78th FirstEnergy All-American Soap Box Derby World Championship
  • September 3: Senior Day, presented by Akron General and The City of Akron - Seniors enjoy lunch, health information booths, health screenings and a trip down Derby Downs in an adult Soap Box Derby car.
Keep an eye out for these events and more ways you might be able to experience Derby Downs. If you are unable to ride, spectators are always welcome!