Worth Noting

Worth Noting

Worth Noting: Night Lights, An Artful Life, It’s a Woman Thing

One display that you won’t want to miss is the Crown Point Parkway Festival of Lights in Strongsville. Drive or walk through the displays (they’re free) and enjoy the moving decorations, over-the-top lights and a visit from Santa (Fridays and Saturdays). The display is open Thanksgiving night through Jan. 1. ...
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A Film Fest, Rock Music and Kate

Movie Magic

Grab a Seat at Cleveland International Film Festival


Provocative. Profound. Poignant.

Sure, amid all the kid flicks, superhero fare and romcoms, you can still see a few movies for grownups at your local cineplex. But if you want to see a bunch of terrific and — go ahead and say it — sometimes funky films, don’t miss the 42nd Cleveland International Film Festival.

More than 100,000 people are expected this year for CIFF April 4-15 at Tower City Cinemas.

With 200 feature films and 200 short subject films representing 70 countries, you’re bound to find something that inspires, confuses and entertains you. Ticket sales begin March 23. Go to clevelandfilm.org.


A Hall of Fame for Cool People

If You Can’t Get a Ticket, At Least Get a T-Shirt

The 33rd annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony is back in Cleveland April 14, and with it comes a week of special events for those of us (almost everyone) who won’t be hobnobbing with rock royalty and uber-connected folks at Public Auditorium for the actual event.

Visit the hall of fame website, rockhall.com, for details. You can catch the ceremony on HBO later this spring.

The inductees are Bon Jovi, The Cars, Dire Straits, The Moody Blues and Nina Simone, and receiving the Award for Early Influence is Sister Rosetta Tharpe.

Oh, and about that T-shirt: You can order a 2018 inductee shirt at rockhallstore.com or buy one at the hall of fame gift shop.


Tackle Technology

(It Won’t Hurt a Bit)

Do you butt dial your grandkids? Have your Facebook skills turned you into a social media pariah? Fear not, tech-challenged friends. It’s almost time for the second annual Living in the Digital World Senior Expo at the Don Umerley Civic Center in Rocky River.

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Looking for Love, Cool Art, a Home & Garden Show


Looking for Love (or Maybe Just Like)

Are Your Dating Moves Out of Date?


Valentine’s Day can be an opportunity for angst, especially if you’ve been out of the dating pool. Consider these dating suggestions for those of us 50 and older from Tracy Sorboro, regional director of Real Cleveland Singles (realclevelandsingles.com).


  • Identify what it is you want. Marriage, a long-term relationship, casual dating or companionship? Time is precious; don’t date someone who wants something far different than you do.


  • With age comes experience and knowledge. Trust your instincts. They’re more refined as we age.


  • Age is just a number. Age matters in our younger years when considering marriage and a family; it’s less important as we get older. It’s common for someone 50 or older to date someone eight to 10 years older or younger.


  • Make safety a priority. Use caution when meeting someone new. It is fine to suggest that you meet in a public place rather than having someone pick you up at home, especially if you hardly know the person.


  • Find a partner with shared interests and hobbies. Think about the things you really enjoy doing and attend those types of events. You may meet someone there.


  • Be very cautious using online dating sites that do not screen potential members. Who you think you are communicating with might not be a reality. Online dating sites can be deceptive.


  • Have a positive attitude. We attract the kind of energy we put out.


  • Be open to new possibilities. Don’t be afraid to try something new.


  • Appearance matters less, and compatibility and shared interests much more.





A Great & Big Garden Show


Do you …

Scroll through Pinterest looking for garden inspiration?

Dream of visiting Waco, Texas, to get a glance at Chip and Joanna?

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Boomer Magazine Takes Home “Best of Show” and 11 Other Honors

Northeast Ohio Boomer and Beyond earned Best of Show and 11 other awards for writing, layout and general excellence at the North American Mature Publishers Association annual convention in Oak Brook, Ill., on Sept. 25.

Northeast Ohio Boomer and Beyond magazine is a lifestyle publication for active people in their 50s, 60s, and 70s. It has a distribution of 35,000 at more than 550 locations throughout Greater Cleveland.

The magazine’s editor is Marie Elium. Laura Chadwick is the art director and designer.

“Just two short years ago we developed Boomer & Beyond for the local market to educate, inspire and entertain readers with the theme of ‘Better Living After 50,’” said Brad Mitchell, Northeast Ohio Boomer and Beyond publisher and owner of parent company Mitchell Media, LLC. “The early positive response from readers and advertisers helped affirm that we were on the right track. We are thrilled to receive national awards for our magazine and we can’t wait to take it to the next level.”

The School of Journalism of the University of Missouri in Columbia judged the entries submitted by the magazines. Northeast Ohio Boomer and Beyond competed in the B Division, which represents magazines with a circulation of 25,001-50,000.

For First Place General Excellence, the judges said, “Northeast Ohio Boomer and Beyond offers readers a wide variety of topics, ranging from personality profiles of the 1970s regional musician to glamping and social media how-to tips. It also has a raft of columnists offering both amusement and practical advice – legal, dental, fitness, health, retirement time and money, among others. Kudos also go to a feature about a special friendship between a 25-year-old college student renting a room in a senior citizen housing center and an 81-year-old resident of the center. It’s a touching story.”

The judges’ comments referred to a cover profile of Cleveland rock legend Michael Stanley and a cover story about multi-generational housing at Judson Manor near University Circle.

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Pumpkin Beer, School Time & A Volunteer Salute


The Ultimate Fall Treat

Beer on the Vine

Pumpkin turns up in everything this time of year — and truthfully, some of the items are a bit weird.

Air fresheners. Coffee. Hand soaps. Cheerios. Not in the category of weird (at least in my book): beer.

My favorite beer store started stocking pumpkin ales at the end of summer. Please don’t judge, but it never occurred to me that they used real pumpkins. I thought they used pumpkin-ish spices like cinnamon and ginger and moved on to their next beer, letting the consumer’s imagination take it from there. Not true.

Great Lakes Brewing Company last year harvested somewhere in the range of 200 to 250 pumpkins grown organically at their Pint Size Farm. Located half an hour from the brewery on a historic farm in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Pint Size Farm’s half-acre plot produces pumpkins using traditional farming methods.

The completely organic, pesticide-free and artificial fertilizer-free produce is used seasonally in their brewpub for their Pumpkin Ale. Last year they also brewed a small batch Specter Detector, an experimental Belgian white ale using roasted white pumpkins.

Sure beats breakfast cereal.


Do You Know a Giver?

Give Him Up

Volunteers hate attention. Most are happy to go about their good deed doing without a lot of fuss from the rest of us. Too bad.

Shining a light on these good people reminds us that there’s plenty of generosity and positive things going on in Northeast Ohio. Learning about how others give sometimes results in a gentle nudge to the rest of us. Their kindheartedness has a ripple effect.

We’re again saluting local volunteers in Boomer’s November/December issue. Go ahead, let us know about a giver you’ve discovered. Send a description (150 words), contact information and a photo, if available, to [email protected] by Oct.

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Kindness Rocks & More

Kindness Rocks

And Sometimes It Rolls

Have you found one?

Kindness Rocks are turning up along sidewalks, on park benches, under trees — everywhere. The movement started on social media and has taken a rock-solid hold in Northeast Ohio.

Painted and shellacked, the colorful rocks usually sport a label with a hashtag so finders can see where their rocks have traveled. The biggest group is #NortheastOhioRocks! — with 175,000 members and about 3 million rocks that have been painted and hidden — but there are plenty of others here and around the country, including the Kindness Rocks Project with a more national scope.

All the groups encourage people to paint small rocks — with or without a message — and hide them as a random act of kindness.

Rock finders often snap a photo of their rock, list the location, and post it to Twitter, Facebook or another social media account. They then re-hide the rock and see where it ends up.

To get started, prepare your rock surface with a layer of paint. Use oil-based Sharpie markers to decorate the rock. If you feel like it, add a hashtag on the back such as #THEKINDNESSROCKSPROJECT, or #NortheastOhioRocks!

Here’s to a rockin’ — and kind — summer.


A Fairly Good Time

Groomed Cows & Elephant Ears

July marks the start of county fair season, and Ohio has nearly perfected the art of canned food judging, giant vegetable growing and corn dog eating.

The Summit and Lake county fairs are the week of July 25-30, the Medina County Fair is July 31-Aug. 6, the Cuyahoga County Fair (Berea) is Aug. 7-13 and the Portage County Randolph Fair is Aug. 22-27.

The oldest continuous fair in the state — and one of the very best — is the Great Geauga County Fair, scheduled for Labor Day weekend in Burton.

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Nature for Everyone

Can’t Hike? No Problem.

The Great Outdoors isn’t all that great for people who can’t hike to the area’s scenic vistas, meadows or quiet woods.

Lake Metroparks has a solution. If you’d like to help an aging loved one enjoy the parks (or your own cranky knees or a bad back keep you from exploring the outdoors), try a trail cart tour.

Register for one of the scheduled tours that takes visitors to Chapin Forest Reservation, Lake Erie Bluffs or one of the other parks in the sprawling Lake Metroparks system. Or request a custom group tour for your family and friends who aren’t able to explore on their own.

For pricing and other details, go to lakemetroparks.com and search for trail cart tours, or call 440-358-7275.

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