- the opportunity to craft your own pirate accessories (11am-3pm),
- appearances by friendly land shark Finn (11:30am & 2pm),
- a chance to win prizes or a year-long family pass by embarking on a scavenger hunt and
- searching for “hidden treasure” in the exhibits (10am-5pm).
Jason Mraz and the Good Vibes Tribe were in Cleveland last week on their second night of the Good Vibes Tour. Before the show, however, they made a stop at the Greater Cleveland Food Bank to help volunteer and to offer some visibility to this amazing organization.
According to Mraz, “What’s the point of spreading good vibes if we’re not actually out in the community spreading good vibes?” He also said that he would rather be of service than just standing around doing autographs. “I could just do a meet and greet, but I would rather it mean something.” To do this, he reaches out to the local promoters and radio stations to find out what organization they are already working with to see how they might offer some hands, some time, some support, and some visibility.
When asked why he felt this was important, Mraz stated, “If I didn’t do that, I would just be a musician who’s taking… like, you pull into town, you smile and wave, and you take. You take tickets and you leave. So this is a way for us to hopefully leave a trail of goodness on our tour path and I think it also is a way for fans to find out what’s actually happening in their community because they’re always asking us, ‘How can I be a better person?’”
Q104 Cleveland hosted a radio contest for fans. 10 contest winners along with their guests joined Q104’s The Jeremiah show’s Jeremiah, Morgan, and Jack along with Mraz to volunteer at the Cleveland Food Bank. Joining Jason Mraz to help out were some other members of the Good Vibes Tour band including; Toca Rivera (percussion and vocals), Mona Tavakoli (drums), and Eric Hinojosa (keyboard).
The event began with an introduction from President and CEO of the Cleveland Food Bank, Kristin Warzocha. Mraz told Warzocha that the Cleveland Food Bank was his first experience volunteering at a food bank. She explained in her introduction that hundreds of volunteers are needed daily to help the facility run. She expressed her gratitude that they were able to join them and the local media in hopes that it might help inspire others to volunteer and give some lasting power for the hungry in our community.
After the introduction, came a tour of the 120,000 square ft. facility that helps provide about 55 million meals a year to around 300,000 people in Northeast Ohio who struggle to get nutritious meals on the table.
Following the tour, all the volunteers got right to work in the repacking room busily sorting and repacking donated non-perishable food to be distributed to local food pantries, soup kitchens, and shelters. Many of the volunteers that day were first-time volunteers who expressed that before that event, they didn’t realize how fun and easy volunteering can be.
You can find out for yourself! Almost anyone can volunteer at the Greater Cleveland Food Bank and hundreds of volunteers are needed every day, all year around! Even the kiddos can play a major role in helping the hungry of Northeast Ohio with their volunteer efforts!
Volunteers aged 12-15 can volunteer with an adult. Volunteers 16 and older can volunteer unaccompanied by an adult. And what about younger volunteers? They can join in on the Greater Cleveland Food Bank’s Family Night! Families with children ages 6-11 can help out in the repack room on the second Thursday and the third Monday of each month from 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM.
Signing up is easy too. Follow this link to register as a volunteer: https://www.greaterclevelandfoodbank.org/give-help/volunteer
From there you can easily sign up as an individual or a group for the date(s) and area you would like to help out in. If you have any questions, you can call volunteer services at 216-738-2069.
Also, be sure to get social with The Greater Cleveland Food Bank by following them on social media! You can learn a lot just by following and reading their feeds!
(An additional note from the Greater Cleveland Food Bank’s Volunteer page):
Special thanks to Jason Mraz and the Good Vibes Tribe for volunteering at the Food Bank on Friday, July 27. Additional thanks to Live Nation Cleveland and Q104 for helping make this happen and for allowing us to collect food and funds during the show! Watch the video below for more about this amazing experience.
For more fun moments caught on video, check out Cleveland Kiddos YouTube Playlist: Jason Mraz at the Greater Cleveland Food Bank
WELL, BLOW ME DOWN! TALKING LIKE A PIRATE ON SEPT. 19 TRANSLATES TO $5 OFF AQUARIUM ADMISSION
Ahoy, me hearties! Save your doubloons by celebrating International Talk Like a Pirate Day (ITLAPD).
In 1995 John Bauer (Ol’ Chumbucket) and Mark Summers (Cap’n Slappy) proclaimed September 19th the day when we should all talk like pirates and that’s what is happening at the Greater Cleveland Aquarium on September 19th, because who wants to be thought of as a boring, bilge-sucking son-of-a-biscuit-eater who’d rather swab the deck than embark on an aquatic adventure?
On Tuesday, September 19, read a randomly selected phrase while doing your best pirate impression and receive $5 off of your admission that day.
The first 200 brave buccaneers receive an eyepatch.
In addition to regularly scheduled full facemask dive shows and stingray feeds, other Talk Like a Pirate Day Aquarium activities for kids include:
- a dress-up chest and paper plate pirate craft
- a swashbuckling story for the wee ones told by our own Lake Erie Monster-seeking Captain NEO
- an appearance by land shark mascot Finn
- a target shark feed and
- a chance to search for treasure in the exhibits.
Where: Greater Cleveland Aquarium West Bank of the Flats, First Energy Powerhouse, 2000 Sycamore Street, Cleveland, Ohio 441113 216.862.8803 greaterclevelandaquarium.com
When: Tuesday, September 19, 10am – 5pm (last admission ticket sold at 4pm)
For more information, visit greaterclevelandaquarium.com.
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Last year we discovered how easy it is to enjoy some family fun away from, but still pretty close to home!
Miller Ferry to the island of Put-in-Bay is just a short drive from Cleveland but even just a day there felt like a perfect getaway vacation!
The kids loved it so much last year, they decided that it would become a new summer tradition. And this time, we brought some friends!
When you arrive at the Miller Ferry port, there is plenty of free parking nearby. Getting your ferry tickets involves a short wait in line and during summer hours, there’s a ferry ready to take you away every half hour.
After a relaxing ferry ride to the island, we were ready to check out Put-In-Bay’s new FREE family-friendly music festival. Some of us brought our own transportation (my daughter was so excited to see that longboarding IS allowed on the island) but the rest of us needed a ride!
E’s Put-In-Bay Carts and other places to rent a golf cart or other transportation, are just a short stroll ahead after you step off the ferry. I would definitely recommend reserving your cart ahead of time. You’ll receive a discount if you book online, plus on busy days, you’ll be sure you have a cart before they sell out!
Trust me, you want to have a cart ready for you so you can start your island adventure as soon as possible!
There’s so many fun things to do on the island, but honestly, for this busy mom, I love that you don’t have to do anything at all and still have an amazing day!
Because we were really looking forward to the music fest, we headed straight to Perry’s Monument where the music fest stage was set up. We found the perfect shady spot under a tree, with a great view of the lake and of the music fest stage.
The girls rode their longboards and the boys enjoyed yard games like cornhole, while the adults enjoyed lazily lounging around to good music, food and drink.
Finding downtime for myself is a luxury and so I could have stayed under that tree the entire day enjoying the breeze off the lake and the variety of music, but since our friends hadn’t been to Put-In-Bay and there are plenty of things we didn’t do on our last visit, we eventually picked up our things and headed out on the carts to check out the island.
One of the places you know the kids are going to want to spend some time at is Perry’s Cave Family Fun Center for a friendly game of putt-putt.
Put-In-Bay has so many other things to do such as lakefront restaurants, playgrounds, water activities, wineries, a campground and lots of fun events happening all season long. You can easily visit the island as a spontaneous day trip, but better yet, you can check out Miller Ferry’s website for all the latest updates and offerings so you can plan the perfect trip for your family too!
Also, check out Miller’s Ferry’s coupon page for lots of great offers for various places on the island.
There’s still plenty of great weather left to visit Put-In-Bay this season via Miller Ferry so make sure you put it in your calendar for 2017 and while you’re at it, don’t forget to save the date for the 2nd Annual Put-In-Bay MUSIC FEST on Saturday, June 9, 2018!
One more thing, check out this gorgeous sunset on our ferry trip back to the mainland. Lake Erie was a little choppy this trip and we discovered that standing near the front of the ferry was more like the splash zone and made for an even more fun ride back!
Many thanks to Miller Ferry for the invitation to visit the island with my family for the music fest, and for the complimentary golf cart and ferry ride to Put-In-Bay! All opinions in this post were genuinely 100% mine.
- Onboard the Steamship William G. Mather
- Tickets are $19 per person ($15 for Science Center members)
- Includes access to adjacent beer garden
- Out on the Science Center terrace overlooking the harbor
- Access to family games such as corn hole, stomp rockets, bubble station and more
- Includes food voucher redeemable for a hot dog, hamburger or bratwurst as well as chips and a soft drink
- Tickets are $29 for adults, $27 for children and $19 for Science Center members
Summit Mall is making shopping for the new school year easier and fun with a back to school event for families in the area. Mall shoppers can enjoy live music from a DJ from noon to 2 p.m. or capture the moment in a photo booth and have a caricature created by a caricature artist from 2 to 4 p.m.
Mall shoppers can also visit with Bryant & Stratton College, Laser Quest, Mustard Seed Market and Romp’N Stomp from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Attendees of the event can also enroll in the Retailer Passport Program. Shoppers can get a passport stamped by a minimum of six participating retailers to be entered in a drawing for a grand prize package, including a set of four tires from Goodyear. Retailers participating include Vera Bradley, The Limited, American Eagle, Banana Republic, Finish Line, Macy’s, GAP, Rue 21, Teavana, Villa and many more. The winner will be announced at 7 p.m. at Center Court.
WHEN: Saturday, August 6, 2016 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
WHERE: Summit Mall
3265 W Market St
Fairlawn, OH 44333