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Marie Elium spent 10 years as a newspaper reporter in Virginia and Ohio before switching to freelance writing when her two children were young. The kids are now Millennials, but writing continues to be one of her favorite endeavors. Marie was named editor of Northeast Ohio Boomer and Beyond magazine in November 2015 and is a graduate of Miami University. Marie can be reached at [email protected]

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Northeast Ohio Boomer and Beyond Joins Publishing Association

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Northeast Ohio Boomer and Beyond has been accepted as a member of NAMPA – the North American Mature Publishers Association.

NAMPA is the non-profit association for publishers of local/regional senior publications. Members publish magazines and newspapers with a combined circulation of over 1.8 million in the United States and Canada. Membership is by invitation.

“This will give Boomer a great opportunity to exchange ideas and share best practices with people from magazines across the country,” said Brad Mitchell, of Mitchell Media, which publishes Northeast Ohio Boomer and Beyond and Northeast Ohio Parent magazines.

Northeast Ohio Boomer and Beyond is published bimonthly and is distributed free at more than 700 retail outlets, libraries, recreation centers and medical facilities. It has a readership of 70,000 throughout a seven-county region. Electronic issues are available at

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May 4 Kent State

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The anniversary of the May 4 shootings at Kent State University is a good opportunity to take a walking tour of the campus and reflect on the events that changesd ur country.

The May 4 Visitors Center will be temporarily open in Taylor Hall Monday, May 1 through Friday, May 5 for the annual commemoration.  Visitors can enter through the doors nearest the May 4 Memorial, facing the Victory Bell. Go to for information about the self-guided walking tours and other May 4 information.

Commemoration Week Hours: 
Monday, May 1:            9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Tuesday, May 2:           9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Wednesday, May 3:     9:00 am – 3:30 pm  (closed for programming)
Thursday, May 4:         9:00 am – 12:00 pm  and  2:00 pm  – 3:30 pm   (closed for programming)
Friday, May 5:               9:00 am –  5:00 pm

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Barn Quilt Trail

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If you’re looking for an excuse to ramble around the countryside, consider a trip along the  Geauga County Quilt Trail.

The trail promotes the historic beauty and cultural significance of quilt making through the exhibition of hand painted historically accurate quilt squares affixed to highly visible barns and buildings in Geauga County. It’s an agricultural and tourism project designed to promote and celebrate our community pride.

Barn Quilts are designed like cloth quilts, except that they are created of wood and mounted on barns, businesses or displayed on stands in your yard. There are specifications and requirements needed to create an authentic barn quilt. So far, Geauga County has just a few installed, with more to come. Find more information on the history  of Barn Quilts, creating a Barn Quilt or following the Barn Quilt Trail as it evolves at the official Geauga Barn Quilt Trail or by becoming a friend on the Geauga Barn Quilt Trail Facebook Page.

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Walk with Ease Program in Hudson

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Hudson Community Education and Recreation (HCER) will soon be offering adults ages 50+ a new way to stay fit – even if they have arthritis. Thanks to an instructor training grant from the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, HCER will offer the Walk With Ease (WWE) program to the Hudson community. HCER is one of 71 park and recreation agencies to receive the WWE instructor training grant.

HCER’s community education and recreation programs have long been centers of health and wellness in the community. The WWE program, developed by the Arthritis Foundation, is scientifically proven to help reduce pain and stiffness associated with arthritis. Studies by the Thurston Arthritis Research Center and the Institute on Aging at the University of North Carolina have shown that participation in Walk With Ease contributes to reduced pain, increased balance and strength, and improved overall health.

“Arthritis affects more than 52 million adults  in the United States — including people who live right here in Hudson,” said Meredith Zaffrann, HCER Director. “This grant from NRPA and the CDC allows us to help the older adults in our community, and adds a new way for Hudson residents to work to achieve a healthy lifestyle.”

The Walk With Ease program will be offered three times per week for six weeks by certified and trained HCER Walk With Ease instructors.  Classes will meet at Barlow Community Center on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9am to 10am, May 15th – June 23rd.  An informational meeting and registration will take place on Monday, April 24th at Barlow Community Center, 41 S. Oviatt Street, Hudson.  Cost for the six week program is just $5.

The Walk with Ease classes are ideally suited for anyone that is interested in preventing or managing arthritis, but also for those looking for a regular, low-impact exercise program in their local community.

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Cleveland Public Theatre Station Hope

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A Beacon of Freedom. A Convening of Community. A Celebration of Hope.


Cleveland Public Theatre (CPT) is proud to announce CPT’s fourth annual Station Hope event on Saturday, April 29th, from 6:30 – 10:30pm on the grounds of St. John’s Episcopal Church, 2600 Church Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio.

Station Hope is a jubilant community event that celebrates Cleveland’s social justice heritage and explores contemporary struggles for freedom and equity. Engage with over 250 artists and 50+ community and professional arts & culture organizations from across Northeast Ohio as they envision, interrogate and seek out hope on the grounds of Cleveland’s first authenticated Underground Railroad site, St. John’s Episcopal Church. Audiences explore the historic properties while viewing works of theatre, music, storytelling and dance inspired by the most important issues of our time. Station Hope is free, family-friendly and open to all.


Last year, over 3,000 people attended the third annual Station Hope event, which featured art and performance staged in and around St. John’s Church, one of the most historically significant sites in Greater Cleveland. Audiences tour St. John’s sanctuary, parish hall and basement to view an array of short performances of dance, theatre, spoken word, storytelling and music. Visual art displays and interactive art activities permeate the event while choral performances set the atmosphere of the outdoor spaces in and around the historic church.



Station Hope 2017 will feature both new and returning artists, celebrating hope and tackling such contemporary topics as immigration, education, police brutality, human trafficking, gun violence, income inequality, racism and gender discrimination—alongside historically-based original works that celebrate the people and stories comprising Northeast Ohio’s Underground Railroad history. Station Hope is diverse in types of performances, but also in the different groups from our community gathering together – residents of the nearby public housing estate at Lakeview Terrace join long-time and new residents of the Ohio City neighborhood, along with real-estate developers, arts-lovers, business owners and politicians, to make up a highly economically diverse crowd.

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Hall of Fame

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Cleveland, OH – The 8th Class of the Cleveland International Hall of Fame (CIHF) will be inducted in front of 500 people at a ceremony at the Marriot at Key Center on April 18, 2017 at 6PM.

Nominees were required to have made significant and long-lasting contributions to one or more of the ethnic communities in Cleveland or to the overall ethnic community. Over 120 nominations were submitted for the 2017 Class and the class was selected with input from the members of the previous 7 classes of the Cleveland International Hall of Fame. (Complete list at

The 2017 Class consists of (alphabetical order):

1.           Mona Alag (Indian community)
2.           Jim Craciun (Romanian)
3.           Wael Khoury MD (Syrian)
4.           Seung (Sam) Kim (Korean)
5.           Bill Miller (Plain Dealer ethnic reporter, posthumous)
6.           Basil Russo (Italian)

“Syria, Korea, Russia and so on.  The current world situation is frenetic to say the least,” said Dan Hanson, co-founder of the CIHF. “The CIHF is a platform to show the world how immigrants built Cleveland and to showcase the major contributions of those who love America but also take great pride in their ethnic heritage.  Their stories need to be shared and will be on the 18th.”

About the Cleveland International Hall of Fame

The Cleveland International Hall of Fame was established by ClevelandPeople.Com in 2010, to permanently recognize those individuals who have made a valuable and lasting contribution to our multicultural city and region and to inspire a new generation of leaders. The 2017 Cleveland International Hall of Fame induction will be Tuesday April 18, 2017 at 5:30PM in the Grand Ballroom of the Marriott at Key Center downtown.  Bios and accomplishments of inductees at

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Canton Odd Mall

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Canton Parks and Recreation will host Oddmall’s “Riverside Ramble” at Stadium Park on Saturday, May 20, 2017. The event will host art vendors, live entertainment, food trucks, games, activities and the Ohio Kubb Championship. The event will take place from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. The Oddmall website describes their event as “the Emporium of the Weird…a celebration of uniqueness, creativity, imagination, and wonder where artists, crafters, and like-minded sorts gather to offer their unusual creations for public consumption.” The event is free and open to the public with a suggested $5 donation. Stadium Park is located between 12th Street Nw and Fulton Rd in Canton, Ohio. Interested vendors are encouraged to register on the Oddmall website at: Vendors may sell art, handmade crafts, games, toys and collectibles. The Ohio KUBB Championship will be held in conjunction with the Oddmall at the softball field in Stadium Park. Neil Weakland, President of Burning River Kubb , describes Kubb as “a strategic lawn game where the object is to knock over wooden blocks, known as ‘kubbs’, by throwing wooden batons at them.” 20 – 30 teams are expected the day of the tournament. The Canton Parks and Recreation will also be hosting a plant sale at the Canton Garden Center during the Oddmall event. A portion of the funds raised at the plant sale will benefit the Canton Garden Center. “We are very grateful for the opportunity to partner with Kubb and Oddmall. While we will continue to offer traditional athletic programs and special events, these events exemplify the type of progressive and outside-the-box programs that we want to showcase in our parks. We hope the community takes advantage of the opportunity to experience something new and exciting in Canton in an outdoor setting,” says Derek Gordon, Director of Canton Parks and Recreation.

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Amphibian Migration

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One of Northeast Ohio’s coolest events is the annual amphibian migration. On a relatively warm (+45 degree) night each spring – usually in March – salamanders migrate to vernal pools and lay their eggs. Most of our surrounding park districts invite the public to watch. The problem this year is that the migrations took place earlier than normal because of  unusually warm weather. Here’s a look at a video posted by ClevelandMetroparks in case you missed it (like I did).

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