Akron Zoo to host tailgate party for its Brew at the Zoo


AKRON, Ohio – The Akron Zoo will hold their third of four Brew at the Zoo events on Wednesday, September 10, from 6 – 9 p.m. The event will have a football tailgate party theme. Visitors are encouraged to wear their favorite football team jersey and gear.

During the event visitors can sample beer from 12 breweries, including four new ones to the September event and the food truck, The Beachcomber, will be selling food. Music will be provided by DJ Kenny Kidd and the entire zoo will be open.

Visitors will get to taste a variety of beers from Thirsty Dog Brewing Co., Ohio Brewing Company, Elevator Brewing & Draught Haus, Black Box Brewing, The Brew Kettle, Alltech Lexington Brewing & Distilling Company, MadCap Brewing Co. and Tramonte Distributing. For the September event the zoo has added Brew Dog Beer, Dogfish Head Brewery and Hoppin’ Frog Brewery and 5 Rabbit Cerveceria. Attendees will receive six free beer samples and full-sized beers will be available for $4. Additional tasting cards are available for $10.

Tickets are $17 for Akron Zoo members and $23 for non Akron Zoo members. During Brew at the Zoo, Max & Erma’s will be on-hand with free samples from their menu. For more information or to register call (330) 375-2550 ext. 7231 or visit online at www.akronzoo.org. Only guests 21 and older are permitted.

akronzoo175The Akron Zoo is open 361 days a year. Zoo hours are 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and admission is $11 for adults, $9 for senior citizens, $8 for children (ages 2-14). Children under two are free and parking is $3.00. For more information visit www.akronzoo.org or call (330) 375-2550.

Founded in 1953, the Akron Zoo is a non-profit, world conservation Zoo with over 700 animals from around the world. Located just west of Downtown Akron, the Zoo strives to provide a dynamic, financially responsible, guest centered animal experience that is energized by innovation and fun. The Akron Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). With its more than 200 accredited members, AZA is a leader in global wildlife conservation, and your link to helping animals in their native habitats.

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Walk with History during Medina’s 19th Annual “Spirits of the Past”


Fascinating characters from local history will be waiting to greet you during a walk around Medina’s Public Square area on September 11, 12 and 13, 2014.  Audiences will be guided to different locations around the Medina Square where actors will entertain them with lively stories about early Medina.

Audiences will learn about Captain Wolf, a Native American who lived in the Medina area in the early 1800’s; and will hear four gentlemen “toasting the virtues of Medina” during a July 4th celebration in 1821.  Three temperance ladies, who lead the charge for a “dry Medina”, tell what they did in 1874 to pass an ordinance against the evils of alcohol.  Additional scenes involve O. N. Leach, proprietor of a local haberdasher, and the humorous story of a price war involving another retail merchant; learn about the experiences of a free black man, a popular barber at the American Hotel on the square; and an early telephone operator will share the “sneaky things going on” in 1901 as telephone lines were just being installed.

A special highlight of the event is a performance and Afternoon Tea at Miss Molly’s Tea Room on Sunday afternoon, September 14 at 2 p.m. The cost of this event is $23. and reservations are required: 330-725-6830.
Thurs., Sept. 11, 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Fri. & Sat., Sept. 12 & 13, 7 to 9 p.m.
Advanced Purchase: Adults- $5., children 12 and under- $2.  Purchase from Ormandy’s, 10 Public Square.
Event Day: Adults- $6., Children 12 and under- $3.  Purchase at the beginning point of the walk at the Medina County Administration Building, 144 N. Broadway in Medina.
Sun., Sept.14, 2 p.m.,
Afternoon Tea and Performance is $23.
Reservations required: 330-725-6830
This year’s presentations are directed by Donna Bica and Marcia Aguiar.  The annual walk is cooperatively staged by the Medina County Arts Council, the Medina County Historical Society, and the Medina County Show Biz Company.  For information, please visitwww.medinacountyartscouncil.org or call 330-723-7649.
Photo credit: Allyson Voller



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Ghoulish Fun Returns: Project: LEARN’s Third Annual 5K Run for Your Life Zombie Run Coming in October…Let’s Get Ready to Stumble!

August 29, 2014:  Project: LEARN of Medina County is pleased to announce the zombies are returning to Medina County!  Buckeye Woods will be taken over by zombies on Saturday, October 18th at 4pm (new spookier time for 2014!) for a different kind of 5k run. Each registered runner or walker will have 3 flags attached to them. These flags represent “lives.” Runners and walkers will traverse a 5k course through Buckeye Woods but will have to watch out for the zombies who might capture a flag and thus infect the runner. The winners will be the first to cross the finish line with at least one life still intact.  Medals will be awarded to the top finishers.

For those who are not runners (zombies stumble along rather than run) but can get into zombie character, this is your chance.  We welcome zombie brides, zombie cheerleaders, zombie prom dates, celebrity zombies, zombie lawyers, and zombies from all walks (or stumbles) of life!

Executive director of Project: LEARN, Karla Robinson, notes: “Local runners tell us this is one of their favorite events of the year.  Zombies love getting into costume and haunting the course, and the runners have a great time dodging the zombies.  Some of our runners even got into costume last year!”

Registration costs $20 for runners ($25 day of race); $10 for zombies  ($15 if the zombie wants a t-shirt). All proceeds benefit Project: LEARN’s adult and family literacy and tutoring programs in Medina County.  Project: LEARN helps adult students to change their lives by providing free tutoring in reading, math, and English as a second language. 

Runners and zombies can register in advance of October 10th by visiting www.active.com.  On-site registration will be available the day of the event at Buckeye Woods Park, 6335 Wedgewood Road in Medina.    

EVENT:           Project: LEARN’s 3rd Annual Run for Your Life 5K Zombie Run

LOCATION:    Buckeye Woods Park, 6335 Wedgewood Road, Medina

DATE:             Saturday, October 18th, 4:00pm

TIME:              Race time:  4pm; registration opens at 3pm; zombies arrive at 3pm for makeup, 3:30pm for

zombie training


COST:           Runners/walkers:  registration fee is $20; $25 day of race;

Zombies:  $10, $15 if the zombie wants a t-shirt (optional free makeup assistance available)


Contact:           Karla Robinson, Executive Director, Project: LEARN 
105 West Liberty Street
Medina, OH  44256                

330-723-1314 or projectlearn.medina@gmail.com or visit projectlearnmedina.org

If you would like 2013 Zombie Run photos to run with a story, please contact Karla.

(Press contacts on day of event, reach Karla Robinson by cell phone:  330/990-7369)


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5th Annual Liverpool Historical Spirit Walk

Liverpool Township Historical Society and Buckeye Community Theatre announce the 5th Annual Liverpool Historical Spirit Walk on Saturday, September 20, 2014. Step back into time and spirits from Myrtle Hill Cemetery will bring to life their tales of early Liverpool Township. Six new stories will be reenacted as you are led from gravestone to gravestone. Two of the stories focus on the 19th Century and four on the 20thcentury. This event is excellent for the entire family. Children, parents and grandparents will enjoy hearing of times past and learn some history while having fun! The stories are suitable for all ages and not scary. The park is handicapped accessible and some seating is available at each gravestone. This event will be held rain or shine. In the event of rain, all stories will be held under cover and seated. For more information go to www.valleycity.org; or call 330-483-3038 or 330-242-1541.

The Spirit Walk will be at Mill Steam Park, 1258 Maple Street, Valley City. On Rt 303 turn north at the Valley City Fire Station. Tours will commence every 15 minutes starting at 6pm with the last tour at 8:30pm. Tickets are $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for children 12 and under; free for 5 and under. Tickets will be available at the Park with advance sales at Buehlers/ Brunswick/Forest Meadows/River Styx; PNC Bank/Valley City.

For more fun things to do in Medina County:
Medina County Visitor’s Bureau
Medina’s Square
32 Public Square
Medina, OH 44256

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Homecoming Weekend at Rabbit Run Theater


An exciting celebration awaits all who attend Rabbit Run Theater’s Homecoming Weekend Friday, Sept. 5 and 6.

Two special events make up the weekend: an Alumni Evening on Friday, Sept. 5, and The Homecoming Gala on Saturday evening, Sept. 6.  Both events include a performance of Back to the Barn, an Evening with Eric and Matt,featuring original works by Eric Grapatin and Matt Gehring.

Grapatin and Gehring cut their acting teeth performing at Rabbit Run Theater and are currently performing in New York City, and they have written a sketch comedy show performed especially for the Homecoming Weekend.

The Friday night Alumni Evening includes not only a performance of Back to the Barn” but also provides a great opportunity for alumni to catch up with friends and exchange memories.  Alumni include anyone who has acted, worked or volunteered at the theater as well as anyone who has enjoyed performances at the barn.

On Friday there will be a meet and greet with Grapatin and Gehring after the performance and seasonal refreshments will be available for purchase.  Guests are welcome to bring a picnic dinner to enjoy on the theater’s picnic grounds prior to the show.  Doors open at 6:30 p.m.  The show begins at 8 p.m.  Tickets are $15/person.

Saturday evening is the Back to the Barn Homecoming Gala Benefit.  Under the twinkle lights in the theater’s courtyard, guests will partake of food provided by Fahrenheit and East Coast Custard food trucks.  Fahrenheit has been praised by the likes of Rachel Ray and Gourmet Magazine who dubbed Fahrenheit as “The Darling of the Bohemian Tremont District”.

Saturday evening’s events include both live and silent auctions with unique auction items and a performance of Back to the Barn, an Evening with Eric and Matt. 

RRCAA_Theater_logo_no_tagx175While bidding on auction items, guests may spend time chatting with Eric and Matt in the theater’s courtyard prior to the show.

Tickets for the Gala are $50/person or $400 for a picnic pavilion table of 8.  Doors open at 6 p.m.

Reservations for both evenings may be made by calling the box office at 440-428-7092, Wednesday through Sunday, 3 to 7 p.m.  Cash bar will be available both evenings.

Proceeds from the weekend will be allocated to the theater’s capital fund.  Rabbit Run Theater is located at 5648 W. Chapel Rd.  Rabbit Run Theater operates under the auspices of Rabbit Run Community Arts Association in Madison and receives partial funding from the Ohio Arts Council.

Karen Ziegler
Director of Marketing/Group Sales
Rabbit Run Theater
P. O. Box 235, 49 Park St
Madison, OH  44057

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New Expanded Dance Program at Rabbit Run


Pictured above from left to right: Nick Carlisle,  Maggie Runyon, and Emily Schiemann.

Pictured above from left to right: Nick Carlisle, Maggie Runyon, and Emily Schiemann.

Not just one but three new dance instructors have been added to the roster in a much expanded dance curriculum beginning this fall at Rabbit Run Community Arts Association. 

Nick Carlisle, Maggie Runyon and Emily Schiemann have come on board to teach dance at Rabbit Run this September with Heather Hoffman continuing to serve as dance director. 

Carlisle, formerly of Carlisle School of Dance, holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in dance performance and choreography. His professional performing career spans 30 years and includes appearances with the Tom Evert Dance Company, Cleveland Ballet Dancing Wheels, the Cleveland Opera, the Repertory Project, Lakeland Civic Dance Company, and Morrison Dance.  

Carlisle has been teaching dance classes continually since 1986 at numerous universities, schools and studios throughout the region. Currently he is the professor of dance at Lake Erie College. His diverse repertoire of original choreography has been presented locally, regionally and abroad.  He will serve as instructor for the Hip Hop and Contemporary dance classes at RRCAA. 

Runyon has been dancing since the age of 5.   She studied dance at the Fine Arts Association in Willoughby and Fred Astaire.  She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts with a Concentration in Dance from Lake Erie College and has created choreography for area high school musicals.  At RRCAA Runyon will be teaching Creative Movement, Ballet I, Pointe, Adult Ballet, Beginning Tap/Jazz and Ballroom Dancing. 

Schiemann studied dance for 15 years at Fordu School of Dance in Madison and at Carlisle School of Dance.   She has experience with tap, jazz, hip hop, ballet, and lyrical dance.  Schiemann will work primarily with younger dancers at Rabbit Run teaching Creative Movement, Pre-Ballet and Pre-Tap/Jazz. 

Dance Director Heather Hoffman will continue to offer instruction for Pre-Ballet, Ballet I and II, Tap/Jazz I, II and III and Adult Tap Fitness. 

RRCAA offers a comprehensive dance curriculum for all ages.  Creative Movement for children 3 to 4 years old is an introductory dance which utilizes imaginations, props and play to teach young dancers concepts of space, tempo and movement quality. 

A four-tiered ballet curriculum starts with the basics of classical ballet in Pre-Ballet for ages 4 through 6 and culminates with the dancer advancing to pointe in high school.  Adults are also welcome to step up to the barre in the Adult Ballet Fitness class on Thursday evenings. 

Tap and Jazz dance classes are also available in a four-tiered program beginning with Pre-Tap/Jazz for 5 and 6 year olds up to Jazz III for high school students.  Adult Tap Fitness on Wednesday evenings is available for both beginning adult dancers as well as those looking to hone tap dancing skills. 

A welcome addition the curriculum this fall are four new classes in Hip Hop and Contemporary dance.  Hip Hop II is for beginning dancers or those who have some experience with hip hop.  Hip Hop III, for 13 to 18-year-old dancers, continues to develop the skills learned in Hip Hop II. 

Contemporary II for students in the fourth through the seventh grade incorporates elements of modern dance and ballet as well as contemporary jazz.  No dance experience is necessary for this class.  Contemporary III for ages 13 through 18 refines and further develops skills learned in Contemporary II.

“We are excited about these new additions to our dance curriculum”, said Brint Learned, executive director of RRCAA.  “We have built a very solid dance program that has grown steadily over the years.  Adding new instructors and courses this fall continues to add to the depth of our program and will enhance the quality of the dance curriculum for our students.” 

RRCAA_Theater_logo_no_tagx175All dance classes are offered at RRCAA, 49 Park St., Madison.  Most classes begin the week of Sept. 8.  To register or for more information call RRCAA at 440-428-5913 or visit www.rabbitrunonline.org. 

RRCAA is a non-profit organization and receives partial funding from the Ohio Arts Council.

Karen Ziegler
Director of Marketing/Group Sales
Rabbit Run Theater
P. O. Box 235, 49 Park St.
Madison, OH  44057


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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum to Host 15th Annual Latino Heritage Festival


Annual festival celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month with free live and visual performances by local Latin artists

CLEVELAND (August 19, 2014) - The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is pleased to welcome back the Latino Heritage Festival, an annual event that celebrates the rich Latin American culture and its musical traditions. This event will take place on the outside plaza of the Rock Hall on Saturday, September 13 from Noon to 4 p.m. and includes live performances by local musical acts and special representation from local Latino organizations. Cleveland Latin music radio station La Mega 87.7fm will emcee this event and broadcast live from the Museum. The Latino Heritage Festival is FREE, however paid admission is necessary to tour the Rock Hall exhibits.

The Latino Heritage Festival is a kick-off to National Hispanic Heritage Month, celebrated September 15 – October 15 every year. The festival will feature local musical talent and will highlight Latino Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees including Carlos Santana, Linda Ronstadt and Ritchie Valens.

Acts performing at the annual Latino Heritage Festival include:

 The Ivan Ruiz Band is a salsa band from Cleveland, performing at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum’s Latino Heritage Festival for the first time. They’ll be bringing dancers to show attendees the steps to really groove.

DJ Flaco Flash is a regular DJ on La Mega 87.7 and will be spinning the hottest Latin radio favorites.

La Mega 87.7fm, Cleveland’s “Latino and Proud” radio station, will be onsite and emceeing the event with giveaways and more.

 More acts TBA.

The Museum’s community festivals, sponsored by KeyBank, offer opportunities for Cleveland’s diverse ethnic communities to become more acquainted with the Rock Hall and the range of music styles and cultures it celebrates.

For more information on the Latino Heritage Festival, please visit rockhall.com/events.

About the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum

 The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Inc. is the nonprofit organization that exists to educate visitors, fans and scholars from around the world about the history and continuing significance of rock and roll music. It carries out this mission through its operation of a world-class museum that collects, preserves, exhibits and interprets this art form and through its library and archives as well as its educational activities.

 The Museum is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. On Wednesdays (and Saturdays through Labor Day), the Museum is open until 9 p.m. Museum admission is $22 for adults, $18 for adult residents of Greater Cleveland, $17 for seniors (65+), $13 for youth (9-12), children under 8 and Museum Members are always free, for information or to join the membership program call 216. 515.8425. For general inquiries, please call 216.781.ROCK (7625) or visit www.rockhall.com.  The Museum is generously funded by Cuyahoga County residents through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture.

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