Announcing the Medina County Renovation Tour

Get your thinking caps on, bring your ideas, and enjoy the first self-guided driving tour to the Premier Home Renovation Experts in Medina on Saturday, April 2, 2016 from 10am to 5pm.  Visit locally owned companies and talk to their experts.  These are all premium home improvement companies with A+ Better Business ratings; contractors and suppliers you can trust!  Buy Local for the best overall deal and experience.

            See the newest products and ideas for your home; full selections, not a 10 x 10 booth sampling!  Bring your questions because experts will be on hand for free personal consultations and 20 minute mini-seminars.  There is no entrance fee and seminars are all free!  Lunch and dinner available for purchase **as noted below.  Special promotions will be available during the tour day. The tour stops and mini-seminars include:

The Place  2377 Medina Road, Medina  330-239-4000

**Fire Truck Pizza Company- Brick Oven Pizzas

            Fireplace Makeovers:  What’s possible?  10:15am, 1:15pm, and 4:15pm

            Swim Spas – the 9 month Ohio Pool!  11am and 3pm

Swim Spa Demonstrations  11:20 and 3:20

            New Skin Renovation Hot Tub Demo 12 noon

Home Appliance  1997 Pearl Road, Medina  330-225-5807

Tech Talk- dryer & refrigerator cleaning and maintenance tips 10 am and 3 pm

Kamado style grilling demo – 12 noon

Unlocking the Mystery of Steam Cooks-Thermador Steam/Convection Oven Demo  4 pm

Scratch and Dent Appliances – Ask us about the savings!

Architectural Justice 2462 Pearl Road 330-225-6000

**Smokin Rock-n-Roll BBQ  with entertainment

Top Ten Tips for a Successful Remodel  1 pm

            Countertop Materials:  An Insightful Comparison  3pm

            Tours of showroom plus granite, wood, metal, and cast shops all day 

Cabinet-S-Top 1977 Medina Road, Medina  330-239-3630

Give your Kitchen Cabinets a Facelift With Re-facing   11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Counter top and Backsplash Options   1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.

 Showroom tours all day plus a Free home gift for every visitor!

Medina Lighting  3983 Pearl Road, Medina  330-721-1441

Update with Lighting for a Whole New Look!   11:15pm and 3:15pm

            Relamping with LED for Energy Savings 12:30

            Coolest New National Lighting Trends on Display in Expanded Showroom

            Lighting Design Experts available for free consultations– Bring in your floor plan! 

The Mulch Barn    5528 Lafayette Road, Medina  330-721-0958

**Tuffy’s BBQ

Tips & Tricks to Easily Beautify Outdoor Living Spaces  10:30 am

            BBQ Basics –Traeger Pellet Grill Demo 11:30 am

            Care for Paver Patios  12:30am

            Mulching Basics 1:30am

            Pruning & Shaping of Shrubs & Trees  2:30pm

            Improve Your Home’s Curb Appeal 3:30pm

            The Green Effect-Proper Lawn Maintenance Techniques 4:30pm

Maibach’s Home Furnishings  5001 Grande Shoppes Ave. Medina  1-800-465-1905

2016 Decorating Trends Worth Trying! 10:30am, 2:00pm

Design a Room Like a Pro in 6 Easy Steps! 11:45pm, 3:30pm

Interior Design Consultants available – Bring in photos of your space!

Valley City Supply  6745 School Street, Valley City  330-483-3400

Curb Appeal:  How to Install Stone Veneer  10 am

Building a Fire Pit in Your Backyard  1pm and 3 pm

Light Up Your Home With Landscape Lighting  4 pm

For a map and details, contact the Medina County Visitors Bureau at 330.722.5502 or 800.860.2943.



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Cupid’s arrow points directly to Northern Ohio for delicious chocolates.

chocolate_GTime to plan your romantic Valentine’s Day! With only a few more days to make your Valentine’s Day plans, Northern Ohio couldn’t be a more perfect place to celebrate this romantic holiday. From romatic getaways to elegant and award winning restaurants to delicious “Made In Ohio” gifts Northern Ohio has so much to offer.

And to help you plan this special holiday, has put together our list of area chocolatiers.

OneDayTrip1_6Ben Heggy’s Candies
743 Cleveland Ave., N.W.
Canton, OH 447020

Brandt’s Candy
1238 Lost Nation Road
Willoughby, Ohio 44094

Buckeye Chocolate Companybuc_chocolate
14646 Ravenna Rd.
Burton, OH 44021

Coblentz Chocolate Company
coblentzx1754917 State Route 515
Walnut Creek, OH 44687

Giannios Candy Company
Plant Location:
430 Youngstown-Poland Rd.
Struthers, OH 44471
Phone: 330-755-5727

Harry London Gourmet Chocolates
5353 Lauby Rd.
North Canton, OH

Malley’s Chocolates
Various locations throughout Northern Ohio.

Maumee Valley Chocolate and Candy
101 E Wayne St.
Maumee, OH 43537

Suzin L. Chocolatier
230 Broad St.,
Elyria, OH 44035

Sweet Designs Chocolates
16100 Detroit Avenue
Lakewood, OH  44107

Tre Sorelle Cioccolato
634 Columbus Avenue
Sandusky, Ohio 44870

White House Chocolates 
14607 Kinsman Rd
Burton, OH 440621


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Rabbit Run Theater and Lake Erie College present “The Elephant Man”


Actors are (L to R) Josh Dean as Joseph (John) Merrick and Dan Grgic as Dr. Frederick Treves. Photo credit Hannah Sandham.

PAINESVILLE, Ohio—Bernard Pomerance’s drama “The Elephant Man” opens Friday, Feb. 26, at Lake Erie College’s C. K. Rickel Theatre. This show is the third production in The Studio Series, a four-part collaborative theatrical season between Rabbit Run Community Arts Association (RRCAA) and Lake Erie College. The Studio Series is funded in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and an additional grant from the Lake County Visitors Bureau.

Directed by Brint Learned, executive director of RRCAA, “The Elephant Man” is based on the life of Joseph Merrick and explores Merrick’s struggles to lead a normal life in the face of severe physical deformity, due to a rare skin and bone disease.

The show is set in Victorian London, where Merrick is exploited as a freak in a traveling sideshow and eventually left destitute in London. Dr. Frederick Treves takes an interest in Merrick and agrees to take care of him. Merrick quickly becomes a favorite among the British elite, but it is an acceptance that comes with a heavy price.

Merrick is played by Josh Dean. Dean has a long history with Rabbit Run that dates back to 2001 when he first performed in “South Pacific” at the theater. Since that time he has appeared in a number of shows at Rabbit Run in between spending four years in the Army, studying martial arts extensively and became a Screen Actor Guild (SAG)-eligible stunt man. Playing the role of Dr. Treves is Dan Grgic, who has performed locally at The Beck Center for the Arts, the Hanna Theatre and Porthouse Theatre. The role of Mrs. Kendal is played by Evie Koh.

The Elephant Man” runs Feb. 26, 27 and Mar. 3, 4 and 5 at 7:30 p.m. and Feb. 28 and Mar. 6 at 2:00 p.m. in the C.K. Rickel Theatre in Royce Hall for the Fine and Performing Arts off of Gillett St. on the Lake Erie College campus, 391 W. Washington St., Painesville, OH.

The Sunday, Mar. 6, performance will be signed for the hearing-impaired.

On Saturday, Mar. 5, guests may add on a pre-show stop at the Steele Mansion in Painesville. A sit down dinner featuring recipes that were popular with the social elite in 19th century England will be served followed by a self-guided tour of the mansion. The entrée includes chicken fricessee, a favorite among British aristocracy. The meal starts with salad greens along with dinner rolls with sweet cream butter and finishes with Blancmange for dessert. Cash bar is available. Doors open at 5:00 p.m., and dinner will be served at 5:45 p.m. Tickets including dinner and the show and are $58/person. Reservations are required for this event and may be made at

The Steele Mansion is located at 348 Mentor Ave., directly across from Lake Erie College.

Tickets for “The Elephant Man” are $15 for adults and $13 for seniors. Tickets may be purchased at the door or in advance at Lake Erie College students, faculty and staff are admitted free of charge. All seats are general seating. Parking is free.

“The Elephant Man” is made possible in part by funding through the National Endowment for the Arts, the Lake County Visitors Bureau, the Ohio Arts Council and ideastream.

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RRCAA_Theater_logo_no_tagx175Rabbit Run Community Arts Association, in Madison, Ohio, is a fine arts association offering year-round instruction in all the major disciplines of the fine and performing arts. RRCAA also operates the historic Rabbit Run Theater, one of the few barn theaters still in operation.

lakeeriecollegeLake Erie College, founded in 1856, provides distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs grounded in the liberal arts. Lake Erie College empowers students to deal with the diversity, complexity and change necessary to excel in the 21st century. The College offers 33 undergraduate majors and master’s programs in business administration, education and physician assistant studies. Its students compete in 19 NCAA Division II varsity sports.

For more information:

Michelle Kolk Marketing Communications Associate Lake Erie College 440.375.7230 (office)

Karen Ziegler Director of Marketing Rabbit Run Theater 440.428.5913 (office)

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WINTER WINE AFFAIR: Who says that February has to be boring?


It may be cold and dreary outside but don’t let the winter blahs get you down! Lift your mood and your wine glass at the Winter Wine Affair in Youngstown. This one day wine festival will be held at the Stambaugh Auditorium on Saturday, February 20th.

Since 1926 he Stambaugh Auditorium has been a historic landmark in Youngstown and is the ideal setting for a wine event. It is noted as one of the most beautiful buildings in northeastern Ohio. In keeping with its original Greco-Roman architectural style, this magnificent structure has been renovated and is the perfect facility to enjoy fine wines and conversation with the winemakers.

The event is broken out into two separate tasting sessions. The first session will be from 1:00-4:00 and the second session will be from 6:00-9:00pm. This is your opportunity to beat the winter blues with some reds, blushes and whites too! Come taste some of Ohio’s finest wines, sample gourmet cheese and fare from local restaurants all while enjoying the elegant sounds of local musicians.

Session 1

1:00-4:00 VIP ticket holders $35 per person (An extra hour! VIP ticket holders will have an additional hour to access the winemakers and their wines.)

2:00-4:00 Tasting ticket holders $25 per person

Session 2

6:00-9:00 VIP ticket holders $35 per person (An extra hour! VIP ticket holders will have an additional hour to access the winemakers and their wines.)

7:00-9:00 Tasting ticket holders $25 per person

To assure a very special experience, only A LIMITED NUMBER OF VIP TICKETS WILL BE SOLD.

For additional information or to purchase tickets, call the Ohio Wine Producers Association at

1-800-277-6972 or visit

Ohio Wine Producers Association




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It’s Bridal Show Time

flowersJanuary marks the beginning of Bridal Shows in Ohio.


JANUARY 16-17, 2016
I-X Center
One I-X Center Dr.
Cleveland, OH
Time:  Saturday 2pm – 8pm
Sunday 10am – 5pm
General Admission: $10.00
Parking $10

JANUARY 23 – 24, 2016
Saturday 10:00 – 9:00p, Fashion Show at 2:00p
Sunday 11:00 – 5:00p, Fashion Show at 2:00p
South Park Mall
500 SouthPark Center
Strongsville, OH  44316


JANUARY 10, 2016
Hilton Polaris
Time:  11am – 4pm
8700 Lyra Dr.
Columbus, OH  43240


JANUARY 8, 2016
5:30 pm – 11:00 pm
5783 Heisley Road
Mentor, OH  44060

JANUARY 31, 2016 @ 11:00 AM
Quail Hollow Resort
11080 Concord-Hambden Road , Painesville, OH 44077
ph: 440-497-1100
Join us for our exclusive, invitation-only Bridal Show!
Doors Open at 11 AM * Door Prizes Drawn at 2 PM
Speak one-on-one with area vendors
Enjoy live entertainment while indulging in delicious menu offerings and exclusive show samples


JANUARY 10, 2016
Admission $10.00
Special Appearance by Chris Higbee
Covelli Center


JANUARY 23-24, 2016
Time: 10 AM-6PM
Belden Village Mall
4230 Belden Village St NW
Canton, OH


JANUARY 10, 2016
Today’s Bride Magazine & Bridal Shows
Time 10AM – 5PM
John S. Knight Center
77 East Mill Street, Akron, OH

bridalshow2016lgWAYNE COUNTY

JANUARY 10, 2016
Get acquainted with all sorts of wedding resources under one roof. Fashion show, door prizes and food samples. Shisler Conference Center, OARDC 11:00 AM 330-263-5501

JANUARY 31, 2016
Bridal Event brings wedding professionals together under one roof to assist you in planning the perfect wedding. Fashion Show with the latest wedding styles. Enjoy tasting various samples and getting new ideas for your special day. Door prizes. Greenbriar Conference & Party Centre 1 PM-4 PM 330-345-8333






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Akron Zoo expands events for 2016 season


AKRON, Ohio – The Akron Zoo will host 35 scheduled events in 2016 and have made sure there is something for everyone. In addition to traditional special events, the zoo has also added several promotional events. The promotional events include fun things to do at the zoo and are free with regular zoo admission.

The zoo will host 11 promotional events including Penguin Palooza on weekends in January that include the option of feeding the zoo’s penguins and Some Like It Cold on weekends in February that focus on zoo animals that don’t mind the cold weather like the snow leopards and red panda. February 14-20 the zoo will celebrate Random Acts of Kindness week and giveaway a prize randomly to a lucky visitor. On March 27, which is Easter, the first 100 people that show up will be given a plastic egg with a prize inside as part of Egg Zooprise. The zoo will be celebrating the last year of its Journey to the Reef exhibit by hosting a Reef Bon Voyage party on November 19.

They zoo will offer several days throughout the year where admission is discounted. On January 18, the zoo will celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with free admission. March 21-27 the zoo will offer college students a buy one, get one free admission as part of College ID days. In honor of Canal Park hosting the Eastern League All-Star game the zoo will offering 50% off admission to anyone wearing Akron RubberDucks paraphernalia on July 12 & 13. Moms and Dads will get 50% off admission on their respective holidays and veterans will get free admission in honor of Veterans Day November 5-11. The zoo will host an event on November 12 to celebrate National Teddy Bear Day. Anybody bringing in a teddy bear will get 50% off admission and the zoo’s veterinary staff will be on hand to provide check-ups for teddy bears in the teddy bear clinc.

Back by popular demand are several of the zoo’s special events. These events generally have a separate admission charge and are not during regular zoo hours like Breakfast with the Bunny in March, a photography workshop on April 16, Pancakes with the Penguins on June 18, Boo at the Zoo in October and Snack with Santa in December. The zoo once again will host four Brew at the Zoo events including a 1980’s theme on Thursday, June 9, Christmas is July on Thursday, July 14, a football tailgate party on Saturday, August 27 and a costume party on October 1. New this year the zoo will also be able to serve wine at these events thanks to the passage of Issues 23 & 24 in the November election.

The zoo will host two fundraising events in 2016. On Saturday, January 30, Snow Bowl, which is held at Stonehedge Place in Akron, returns for its 30th year and companies and individuals can bowl to help raise money for the zoo’s animals and programs. On Friday, August 5, the zoo will once again be holding its annual Summer Safari fundraiser. The entire park is open and people can enjoy live music, food from the area’s finest restaurants and raffles and auctions.

Exclusively for Akron Zoo members, the zoo will host three members’ events this summer in the evenings. The dates for these events are Friday, June 24, Thursday, July 21 and Friday, August 19.

For a complete list of events for 2016 people can visit

akronzoo175The Akron Zoo is open 361 days a year. Winter hours are 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. and admission is $7.00 per person. Children under two are free. The parking fee is $3. For more information visit 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.

Press Release submitted by
David Barnhardt
Director of Marketing & Guest Services
Akron Zoo
500 Edgewood Ave.,  Akron, Ohio 44307
P: (330) 375-2550 ext. 7238
F: (330) 375-2575


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Winter in Mohican


Yes, it is winter. It is supposed to be cold. That is even more reason to get out and enjoy all life has to offer. A lot of studies have shown that in order to help fight off those winter blues is to be active. Be involved. In other words, get outside and have some fun.  Get the coat on, grab friends and family and head out to the world. It is exciting and it is warm. Actually, it is on fire! Yes, there is fun to be had in winter, and not just sled riding.

winterfest_5lgOne way to get out and start the year is to visit Mohican. It may be the “off season,” but that does not mean Mohican is off. Make plans now to stay and play in Mohican. It is just beginning.

January 8th – 10th, 2016, Mohican is kicking off the year with Mohican Winterfest with new and exciting attractions. Participating Independent stores and restaurants will feature extended hours to help everyone appreciate all that the area has to offer. Enjoy ice sculpting, with demonstrations, by Aaron Costic of Elegant Ice Creations. His award winning displays will bring the imagination to life. Audience participation is encouraged during live demonstrations. Children can enjoy seeing their names written in ice.

winterfest_4lgKeep that smartphone at the ready and use #MWF. There will be a social media scavenger hunt taking place on Saturday. The winner will receive one free overnight stay at the luxurious Landoll’s Mohican Castle. More details to follow on Discover Mohican’s Facebook and Twitter.

winterfest_3lgNew attractions include “Fire & Ice.” That is right. Fire Poi, featuring Mohican artists, will be performing with fire in front of the ice sculptures. Stand in awe as fire is whirled in front of the eyes and senses. Get warm and enjoy the fun with fire and ice.

Also new this year is a vintage snowmobile show. Look around and enjoy how far snowmobiles have come. Another hint about the show is that the Mohican-Memorial State Forest have snowmobile trails. Enjoy the rush, with two inches or more of snow, on the trails of Mohican. Whether hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, or on a snowmobile-the trails never close. That’s right. The trails of Mohican are open 365 days of the year.

Enjoy a FREE family-friendly movie and magic shows at The Ohio Theatre. Now equipped with digital projection and sound. Take a look and go back in time gazing at vintage toy-train expo. Get up close and personal and look at the collections people have kept in their basement. The Model Train Expo is a little kid’s dream.

Mohican is proud to be the home of a future Junior Olympian. That is correct, Kylie Snively, will showcase her talents, along with her teammate, at the ice rink; located at the Loudonville Public Pool. Watch as they dance on ice. Free and open to the public. Kylie and her teammate have agreed to hang around after their performances to skate with whoever wants to join them on the ice.

The first hike of the year will happen on Sunday. The first Winter Hike is hosted by the Mohican State Park and the Mohican Trails Club. Free and open to the public, get out and learn how winter and nature work hand-in-hand. This hike will give a view of the trails rarely seen.

Discover the fun for adults during a wine tasting with local wineries followed by a Snowball Dance. End the day with fun, wine, food and dancing. Winter does not mean to stay inside, it is all the more reason to get out and have some fun. Enjoy the season, enjoy life, and enjoy Mohican!

Media Contact: Georgia Kauffman
Phone: 419-994-2519


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