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Clothes Call, Recycled Bikes, Geauga Lake Revamp

New Life for Yesterday’s Meals

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Better Living After 50

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learned two things in the past year: I like art, and I’m not an artist. Profound? Absolutely not. Humbling? Absolutely. A year of weekends with nothing to do, long evenings and insomnia-driven early mornings have meant I’ve had time on my hands. Lots of it. Worse yet, I don’t feel like doing anything I should be doing, and I’m restless — a condition I blame on Living Through a Major Historical Time (LTAMHT).So I did what millions of others have done: I ordered art supplies on Amazon.

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CREATIVELY AVERAGE I started with origami. My YouTube instructors led me through complicated-looking lessons until I found Editor Marie Elium as seen one designed for kids. In a few short hours I made by artist Barb Walker. an origami chicken, progressed to Christmas trees (harder than it looks on the videos), and finally gave up after a star-folding failure. Conclusion: I’m a BelowAverage Origami Artist. Let’s say D+. Next up: Watercolor painting. I consulted my YouTube instructors and soon realized that mixing pigments and managing brushstrokes, combined with a lack of artistic talent, A painstakingly had all the makings of a setup. crafted origami Undeterred, I bought cheap watercolor pencils, paper and a chicken. pack of $5 brushes. I’m committed to art; my wallet isn’t. The result? A few (shamelessly copied) paintings, good enough for a solid C. During this LTAMHT, I’ve also tackled silk scarf painting and, briefly and inexpertly, calligraphy. Again, C work. I’m reluctant to call it art. My artistic friends are making better use of their LTAMHT. One is a quilter who, not content with that impressive talent, made paper caricatures. Another is spinning wool, and a third is assembling art screens. All this creativity is exhausting. I need a break. I need to see people. I need the vaccine. I’m not sure of their artistic aptitude, but Mike and Sharon Hargrove’s baseball experience is a solid A+. No couple is more linked to Cleveland baseball than the Hargroves and we thought they’d be the perfect face of springtime. Turns out the Hargroves have been navigating LTAMHT much like the rest of us: Zooming with far-flung family members, scrambling for vaccine appointments and looking forward to promising new seasons of both baseball and life in general. In our “Second Chances” section we’ve got stories about work, home and love to inspire you to take another chance (or two). None of them mentions art, but don’t let my experience discourage you if you want to take a shot. With the weather warming, I’ll direct my art skills to the outdoors. A TikTok video gave me a few ideas, starting with scrap metal garden art. I’ll keep you posted. First on the agenda: extra Band-Aids and a tetanus booster. This LTAMHT is getting old. Stay safe,




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Mindi Axner Executive Director National Council of Jewish Women/Cleveland

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Sharon Dundee Director of Marketing & Communications Cleveland Hearing & Speech Center

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Dr. Ardeshir Z. Hashmi Cleveland Clinic Director - Center for Geriatric Medicine Kathy M. Hirko Owner KAZ Company Jeanne Hoban Marketing Communications Director Benjamin Rose Institute Kathryn Kilpatrick President Memory Fitness Matters, LLC Susan Lieberman Director of Marketing & Public Relations Montefiore and The Weils


Kelsey Loushin President Eldercare Professionals of Ohio

Bob Pontius Director of External Relations Danbury Senior Living

Laurie G. Steiner Partner, Solomon, Steiner & Peck, Ltd.

Stephanie Manning The American Heart Association, Cleveland

Leslie Royce Resnik President Royce Public Relations

Candyce Traci Vice President All Media Design Group

Steven Marsh Dr. Steve Marsh, DDS

Beth Silver Director of Public Relations and Marketing Menorah Park

Nancy Udelson Former President and CEO Alzheimer’s Association Cleveland Area Chapter

Fatima Perkins Director of Community Outreach Western Reserve Area Agency on Aging

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WORTH NOTING Compiled by Marie Elium

Used Bikes, New Uses

If you’re looking for a new home for your old bike, we’ve got just the place; #BikeMatch Cleveland. Bike Cleveland matches people who have bikes with people who need bikes. Their website has a checklist for donating ready-to-ride bikes as well as a request form to receive a bike. They require no-contact, socially distant exchanges. Bike Cleveland is a private, non-profit group that promotes bike safety and bike-friendly public policies. To learn more, go to


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Centennial Celebrations HEALTHY BIRTHDAY TO THEM As one of the world’s preeminent healthcare systems, Cleveland Clinic has been a vital part of Northeast Ohio for a long time; 100 years, to be exact. The Clinic is marking its centennial with a documentary, a detailed timeline and other events. Learn more at Also celebrating its centennial is Cleveland Hearing & Speech Center. Read about the organization’s evolution and expansion throughout the decades at

Clothes Call




f you’ve ever tried to help an older loved one (or yourself, for that matter) put together an outfit and struggled to keep everything together in one easy-to-assemble spot, then you’ll appreciate this creative solution from Brecksville’s Erin Naso: The Hanger Valet. Launched last year, The Hanger Valet is a daily outfit organizer that simplifies getting dressed, a task that can be especially frustrating for people who are trying to maintain independence and the people who help them. But honestly, who couldn’t benefit from an organizer with pockets that drape over a clothes hanger? Think about it: socks, shoes, undergarments, jewelry and anything else necessary, all in one, handy spot. “This was something I wish I had when my grandma was alive and aging at home with the help of inhome care and family support,” Naso says in a press release. “Even though we helped pick out my grandmother’s clothes for the week when she lived at home, there was never a place to organize all the undergarments, socks, accessories and other items that went with her outfit. This product would have helped her understand everything she needed to wear with an outfit to be fully dressed and appropriate for the weather conditions when she left the house for appointments.” The product, sold in two sizes, also is handy for developing kids’ independence, she notes. The Hanger Valet is manufactured here in Cleveland (just off Broadway in the Midtown area) by a woman-owned, cut-and-sew manufacturer. It’s available at

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A Generation’s Touchstone

Geauga Lake’s New Amusements SHOPPING, OFFICES AND HOMES



leveland rock-nroll singer and songwriter Michael Stanley was part of our lives throughout the ‘70s and ‘80s. His death earlier this month was bittersweet. Stanley stayed here and played here, but the Michael Stanley Band didn’t. We packed up our MSB albums in milk crates and carted them off to dorm rooms and first apartments, where Stanley’s lyrics and rhythms time-stamped our memories. Stanley reminded us of our younger years and hometowns in all the very best ways. That’s a great way to be remembered.

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Michael Stanley


Keeps his Heartland Roots

GLAMOUR CAMPING Style Under the Stars


THE KEY ISSUE When a Loved One Shouldn't Drive

Michael Stanley on the May/ June 2017 cover of Northeast Ohio Boomer and Beyond.


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The Wildcat and Raging Wolf Bobs are long gone from Geauga Lake Amusement Park. The park’s been empty for 12 years now, its concrete parking lot dotted with shrubs, small trees and a few scattered remnants of its fun-filled heyday. Work is scheduled to begin this spring for the first phase of the park’s latest incarnation. A retail store followed by offices and homes will eventually be constructed on the amusement park property. Developers say they’ll find ways to honor the park’s gloried past with homages to its rides and attractions. You can watch the progress from state Route 43, just north of Aurora.

Wanted: Gardens


It’s happening. GardenWalk 2021 will feature nine city neighborhoods, including Detroit Shoreway, Little Italy, West Park, Fairfax, Old Brooklyn, Broadway, Slavic Village, Collinwood and Glenville. GardenWalk is July 10 and 11. If you have a garden in one of the participating neighborhoods and want to be on GardenWalk, sign up at or email

A Shot in the Arm If you’ve been looking for a Covid-19 vaccination, you’re in good company. With limited supplies and clunky websites, it’s been an exercise in frustration for many of us. Whether we’re helping older family members or trying to score a vaccination for ourselves, the process has proven to be


time-consuming and confusing. Ugh! One place to start is the state website — — which lists vaccine providers by county and zip code. Supplies should be increasing throughout the spring as production ramps up and new vaccines get emergency approval. The end, at last, is in sight.

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WE’LL READ WHAT THEY’RE READING Want a restaurant recommendation? Ask a foodie. Looking for a good book? Ask a librarian. That's what we did. This time, the Akron-Summit County Public Library staff tells us what they’re reading (or want to read) and why we may like it, too. Let us know what you think.

Cutting Back: My Apprenticeship in the Gardens of Kyoto By Leslie Buck “This is a memoir written by the first American woman to join one of the oldest landscape companies in Japan. She learns about garden design and the care needed to develop and maintain an exceptional garden. Her experiences in helping to connect gardens to those who visit take the reader to many of Japan’s exquisite properties, along with sharing her personal musings and growth as a gardener.” — Patrick Manning, Neighborhood Services

Keep Moving, and Other Tips and Truths About Aging By Dick Van Dyke “Who does not love Dick Van Dyke? The dancing, the acting, the humor... he is a character we all love, a part of many of our childhood memories. I am looking forward to reading about his life and insights into the world of show business. His energy and enthusiasm cannot help but rub off onto you, bringing joy and laughter. I am eager to delve into his autobiography and learn how to embrace my own passions in life just like Dick Van Dyke.” — Stephanie Jolliff, Culture/Audio Visual

Sway: Unravelling Unconscious Bias By Pragya Agarwal “(This is) my most anticipated read of the spring. In our world today, most people like to think that bias is a “thing of the past,” and that they simply don’t have any biases. Pragya’s book tries to sway those beliefs and helps reveal that we all carry some sort of biases, most which we are not even aware of. At a time when race, politics, diversity and inclusivity in the workplace are dominating our conversations, understanding how unconscious bias functions within all of us is more important than ever. The book encourages us to think, understand, and evaluate our own biases in a scientific and nonjudgmental way.” — Mike Acklin, Children’s Library & Teen


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Living a Life You Love: Embracing the Adventure of Being Led by the Holy Spirit By Joyce Meyer ”Meyer talks about the frustrations of daily life and obstacles that many of us face. Living in a COVID world, some of those obstacles have been very challenging for us this year. Despite these challenges, you can rise above them and be hopeful. Don’t let the situations you are in dictate how you feel and act. Continue to be loving, kind and helpful to others, looking forward to the future and keeping your joy. I have found this book to be inspiring, full of wisdom and peace.” — Stephanie Jolliff, Culture/Audio Visual

Social Chemistry: Decoding the Patterns of Human Connection By Marissa King “In this age of social interactions through technology, I was very excited to read this book. The author discusses how to build an online social network that will greatly improve our relationships in all of our social circles: on our jobs, with our families, and even with people from around the world. Understanding our social network can improve personal relationships, work life, and even your global impact. Are you an Expansionist, a Broker or a Convener? The answer matters more than you think.” — Mike Acklin, Children’s Library & Teen


Leftovers LOVE ‘EM & EAT ‘EM By John Selick


y family likes to make fun of me whenever I bring out the oversized six-quart Dutch oven to make dinner on the weekends; they know whatever I’m making that day means they’re going to be eating a version of that dish over the next couple of days. They’ll say things like, “Welcome to Leftover Lounge” or “Are we feeding the neighborhood again?” The fact is, I love leftovers. Secretly, they do, too.

A REPEAT REPAST One of my favorite winter weekend dishes is some form of pot roast. Chuck roast is one of the most affordable cuts of meat in the butcher section. You can prepare it in multiple ways and then prepare different dishes with the leftovers. The traditional way is to braise it slowly with vegetables and broth, with the resulting dish being a family favorite. The next day is when you can have some fun. Sauté mushrooms and garlic, add the leftover pot roast and bring to a simmer. Then stir in a couple spoonfuls of sour cream and serve over egg noodles for a poor man’s beef stroganoff. You can also shred the meat, add cumin and a dash of hot sauce for quick barbacoa-style taco meat. Instead of braising a chuck roast in broth, try a couple cans of crushed tomatoes for an Italian-inspired dinner that’s also perfect for the cold weather. The resulting dish is incredibly indulgent when served over pasta or polenta. The next day, add garlic and chili powder along with a can of kidney beans for quick and satisfying chili.

POULTRY POWER The rotisserie chickens at every grocery store provide not only a dish that’s ready to eat, but also a great ingredient that can be used to make dinner that’s healthier, faster and cheaper than anything you can get at a drive-thru. Shredding the chicken and serving it over a simple salad is a dinner that you can feel good about, but using the shredded chicken is great in pasta, tacos or quesadillas is fantastic, too. The prize is not only the leftover shredded meat but the leftover carcass. Place the leftover bones in a pot and cover with cold water. If you happen to have any onions, carrots and celery to add, it does help flavor the broth, but you could just simmer the bones

to make a great “bone broth.” The resulting broth is healthier than any of the cartons of broth they sell at the stores that are loaded with chemicals to help with preservation. Even better? It’s free since you’re using a part of the chicken that’s usually discarded. Creamy chicken and dumpling soup was the dish I made today with the leftover rotisserie chicken from yesterday. I have no suggestions for dishes made from leftover chicken and dumpling soup — my family didn’t leave any leftovers. John Selick is a Certified Executive Chef and President of the American Culinary Federation Cleveland Chapter.

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Don’t open/answer unsolicited emails, texts, social media messages or phone calls.



Verify senders’ email addresses instead of relying on the name displayed.



Don’t participate in chain emails or social media messages. l

Pay attention to the language, grammar, spelling and other nuances, even in solicited messages, to spot imposters pretending to be someone else.

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One Click at a Time



Update operating systems and applications promptly, including the Swiss Army Knife of the digital world — browsers — when updates become available.



Use unique passwords for each online account.



Use encrypted messaging apps like the free Signal to communicate sensitive information.



Review credit card statements and credit reports for accuracy and signs of identity misuse (



Immediately change email passwords and check for email forwarding rules if you are notified that your email address is sending spam or phishing email.



Don’t send cash, checks, gift cards or other valuables without discussing the matter with trusted family members or close friends.



Be aware of common scam tactics such as threats, fear of embarrassment, false empathy and other emotions.



Use websites such as or to keep tabs on email and password data breaches


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By Tak Sato


hether you live in the suburbs or a city center, Boomers and seniors are likely to possess “The experience and knowledge necessary to deal with the potential difficulties or dangers of life in an urban environment.” In other words, street smarts. If street smarts are essential for living safely in our real world, is there an equivalent for the digital world since we spend more time there these days? You bet there is. DON’T BE A VICTIM Years ago, I coined the phrase, “internet street smarts,” which represents a set of ever-evolving habits and daily practices when using products and services in the digital world. There is an underlying concept that drives Internet Street SmartsSM habits. Contrary to popular myth, most nefarious actors are not at your digital world door, trying to break in by brute force or guessing your passwords. Rather, they come in through emails, texts, social media and phone calls. You invite them in. But how can that happen? Who rolls out the red carpet for a conman? Many of us inadvertently enable internet crooks through simple actions: We open an unsolicited or impersonated email or message that has a malware-infected attachment, or we click a link that opens a malicious website. The above technique is called “phishing.” Anyone, including internet crooks, can send hundreds of messages with a click of the

“send” button, similar to a fisherman casting a wide net to catch a lot of fish in a short time. Then they sit back and wait to see who will take the bait by downloading a message or clicking a link. Remember that con artists use this phishing technique with other communication mediums, like robocalls: “This is an apology call from your utility company. You have been paying more than your consumption. Please press one to get your reimbursement.” Sound familiar? If you had picked up the call and followed the instructions, eventually you would be connected to a live person who would ask for your credit card number so they could issue a credit. It’s game over at the point you give up your credit card numbers because they will charge your credit card for a phantom service instead of the promised credit. Another variation arrives through a text message that can trick you into buying something you didn’t request. That’s why it’s important to build good habits, your Internet Street SmartsSM, so not only will you minimize the risk of being victimized, but also maximize your energy on what is important: enjoying life. Tak Sato is a founder of the Cleveland-area nonprofit, Center for Aging in the Digital World (, that teaches digital literacy to people 50+ through the free Discover Digital Literacy program.

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Cheer W e play with them. We read to them. Sometimes we raise them. Grandparents can and often do play a big role in their grandkids’ lives. One of the most important may be something that doesn’t get much attention: our support of their organized sports. Young people should get at least 60 minutes of physical activity per day, according to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. As generations have changed, only 24 percent of youth ages 6 to 17 meet that goal today, reports the National Survey of Children’s Health. These numbers are frightening because of long-term health implications. Kids who are physically active are more likely to have healthy weight and are less likely to suffer chronic disease as adults.

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Grandparents, Grander Fans By Paris Wolfe

Two, Four, Six, Eight! Who Do We Appreciate? G R A N D PA R E N T S! GAME-TIME ETIQUETTE •B e comfortable. Bring chairs or bleacher cushions. Prepare for the weather with coats, umbrellas, blankets, etc. as needed. Pack a beverage (or two). • Let the coaches coach. Children need one voice — the coach’s — telling them where to focus and what to do. If a child’s performance needs to be corrected, the coach will do it. If you want to coach, the YMCA needs volunteers.

Organized sports have benefits that reach beyond physical health. “Sports teach so many valuable lessons to young people,” says Sean McDonnell, director of athletics and varsity basketball coach at University School in Chagrin Falls. “The fulfillment that an athlete gets from practicing a new skill (a flip turn in the pool, a tennis backhand) and ultimately mastering it, can be invigorating. Likewise, when athletes experience setbacks through sports (losing a close game, giving up a home run) they begin to form resilience that can carry them through hard times later in life.” Ana Thomas, vice president of youth development at the YMCA of Greater Cleveland, says “Most of us aren’t going to raise NBA or NHL stars, but sports are important. They help build the skills people need to be successful in life such as working on a team, working on a skill, working hard toward a goal. They teach how to bounce back from defeat.”

TEAM PLAYERS Grandparents can play a role by supporting youth activity and development through sports participation. That may mean buying something during a fund

• Be a good sport. Don’t criticize other players or competitors. Look for positive actions to validate and reinforce in your sideline conversations. Remember these are kids, not professionals. • Don’t dis coaches and referees in front of children. Don’t embarrass your grandchild or their team with outbursts at the referees or other teams. It’s just a game. If you have issues, sit with your concerns then determine whether they need to

drive or covering the pay-to-play fees for a grandchild. It might mean participating in the carpool to practices, cheering on a grandchild or even coaching their team. “First and foremost, showing up to a game is a huge deal,” says Thomas. “It is important to give your time and energy to the sport they are working so hard to master.” For those engaged as fans, simple etiquette will make the experience more enjoyable and rewarding for all involved. Kindness and good sportsmanship go a long way. Sports are supposed to be fun and healthful. Pressure to perform can defeat both goals and cause even the best athlete to “retire” while still in their single digits. “Whether they’re attending youth sports’ contests or a varsity competition, adults should be mindful that the words they say and the tone they use have an impact on athletes during competition,” says McDonnell. “During competition, the most helpful language that spectators provide has an encouraging and/or celebratory tone.” Cheering is a big part of sporting events and should stay positive. “We know from educational psychology

be addressed with the child’s parents or sports officials. • Get into the spirit. Wear your athlete’s team colors. Take them out for pizza or ice cream to celebrate or commiserate.

it’s important to focus on the effort, not the outcome,” notes Thomas. For example, she says to tell a child, “I saw that you worked really hard to develop that skill” or “I saw that you were being a good teammate when so-and-so needed help.” The focus shouldn’t be on winning. “Talk about how hard they tried to be on the team and to play well,” she advises. “Grandparents can commend good sportsmanship and the importance of being a great teammate,” says McDonnell. “These reinforcements will help young people grow more than when adults comment on an athlete’s performance after a contest. When kids hear how much they please their grandparents by being a good teammate, it can only boost their self-esteem.” When the game ends, he says keep your comments simple. “Whether they win or lose, it is always appropriate to tell a young athlete ‘I loved watching you play.’”

Paris Wolfe is a Northeast Ohio freelance writer.

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n early spring in Northeast Ohio, our large snowfalls finally come to an end, yet there’s still a definite chill in the air. This is when I think: Ugh...I need to need to escape to a warmer place! If you feel the same way but can’t jump on an airplane to fly South for a while, then take your grandkids to enjoy a warm adventure right here in Cleveland. THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE… The first warm escape is the RainForest, which is a part of the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo and has reopened after ongoing construction and COVID-19 restrictions. Its iconic glass dome was replaced this past summer. The RainForest’s twoacre, two-level habitat is one of the largest of its kind in the country. As soon as you enter the door, you are transported into a rainforest environment, complete with a beautiful 25-foot waterfall and lush green plants.. The grandkids love to walk along the path which eventually ends at a tree which you can climb and takes you up to the second-floor level. (An elevator is available.) This takes you to a jungle research facility and a huge room of tropical birds and other creatures in the rainforest. It storms approximately every 20 minutes, producing heavy rain, thunder and lightning followed by a thick mist; the grandkids are enthralled. We usually have to stay through two storms to see and experience everything. The rainforest has a cafeteria area, which is a nice place to rest and have a snack or eat lunch. Next up is Cleveland Botanical Garden, where you can travel both


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to the spiny desert of Madagascar and the Costa Rican rainforest in their Glasshouses. Here, you can find restorative peace, quiet and warmth. Special meet-and-greets with different rainforest creatures are hosted Fridays through Sundays at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. The Costa Rican rainforest, usually filled with butterflies, has a new addition this year: dart frogs.

FLOWER POWER The annual Orchids Forever exhibit runs through April 11. There are thousands of beautiful orchids filling the hallways, all galleries and the Glasshouse. Orchids are for sale in the garden store. Take one home for yourself and the grandkids so that they can learn to care for it and watch it grow. If the weather is nice outside, take a walk into the Hershey Children’s Garden and let the kids play in the treehouse and explore the many little gardens and mazes. If your grandchildren enjoy swimming, there is another option to escape into a warm environment. Take them to an indoor pool or

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waterpark. These facilities are open under limited restrictions, (which make for fewer crowds) and have temperatures of 80 degrees inside. Kalahari and Great Wolf Lodge, both located in Sandusky, sell one-day admission tickets. Of course, you could always stay overnight in one of their themed rooms and enjoy two days of warmth and water fun. Lastly, check your community recreation centers for their indoor pool schedules. Most are open and take reservations to limit the number of people in their pools. Visitors are assigned a specific time to enter and exit the facility. We have done this several times already, and the children love to have the opportunity to swim before summer. Treat yourself and your grandkids soon for a day of fun and warmth. Karen Shadrach is a Northeast Ohio on-the-go, in-the-know grandmother of two sets of twins. Read her grandparenting blog at

Fun With the Grandkids 3/24 Grandparents in the Park: Spring Break. Grandparents and their grandchildren are invited out for a day of fun indoor and outdoor Nature activities.1:30-3 p.m. Big Creek Park, Meyer Center, 9160 Robinson Rd., Chardon, FREE 4/2-3 The Tale of Peter Rabbit at Miller Garden. Follow the trail for our version of the Beatrix Potter story. Easter Bunny will be here for pictures and treat bags will be available for children ages 2-10. 2739 Center Rd., Avon, 440-9370764, loraincountymetroparks. com. $2 4/3 Easter Breakfast & Egg Hunt. The Easter Egg Hunt at Stan Hywet is a beloved tradition. Children up to age 9 may participate in “the hunt,” but the entire family may visit with the Easter Bunny and enjoy a beautiful spring day on the estate. Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens, 714 N. Portage Path, Akron, 330-863-5533, $20-27 4/17 Let’s Go to the Fishing Hole. Kids ages 15 and younger can learn the basics of fishing, then drop a line in Tinkers Creek Lake. Some rods and reels will be available for use. Bait is provided. Adults must supervise their children and if they want to fish, must have a current Ohio fishing license. 10 a.m.-noon. Tinkers Creek, Tinkers Creek Area, 10303 Aurora-Hudson Rd., Streetsboro,

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Crocker Kids Returns: Animal Fun with Jungle Terry. Fun-filled family event ideal for kids ages 2-9, brought to you by Northeast Ohio Parent and Lake Ridge Academy. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. West Park at Crocker Park, 177 Market St., Westlake, FREE

4/18 Family Fun: Let’s Make Music! This family-friendly program, inspired by the Maltz Museum’s special exhibition, Notorious: RBG, presented locally by PNC Bank, is a celebration of Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s love of music and family values. 1:30 p.m. Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage, 2929 Richmond Rd., Beachwood, 216-593-0575, 5/1-6/6 Art in Bloom. Immerse yourself in color and fragrance featuring unique outdoor artwork intermixed with thousands of beautiful spring flowers. Explore the gardens and trails and create your own art project at this fantastic event for the whole family. Beech Creek Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve, 11929 Beech St. NE, Alliance, FREE-$6 5/8-9 Shearing Weekend. Watch border collies herd sheep with skill and precision, then observe how winter wool coats are shorn from sheep to keep them cooler in warmer weather. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Lake Metroparks Farmpark, 8800 Euclid Chardon Rd., Kirtland, 440256-2122, FREE-$8 THROUGH 4/11 Spring Discovery Days at the Greater Cleveland Aquarium. Have you seen the suction cups on a poison dart frog’s toes? Ever watched a garden eel stretch to snatch passing prey? When did you last count the suckers on an octopus’s arm or a sandtiger shark’s teeth? The beauty is in the details, so don’t let aquatic life pass you by. 2000 Sycamore St., Cleveland, 216-862-8803, FREE-$19.95

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Mike & Sharon Hargrove A SEASON LIKE NO OTHER By Marie Elium Photo by Kim Stahnke

It’s baseball season, or 2021’s version of it, and Mike and Sharon Hargrove will soon make their way back to Northeast Ohio, human harbingers of spring.


heir cross-country trek from Arizona to their warm-weather home in Richfield is part of a baseball tradition for a couple whose lives have been longintertwined with professional baseball, at least until the pandemic. The former Indians player and manager and his wife had a year that was like no other in their 50-year marriage. They traded professional ballparks for the dusty confines of community ballfields, watching their grandkids play. They approached 2021 like many of us, eager for life to return to normal, and wondering exactly what that might mean. It turns out that the Hargroves have had a COVID year much like the rest of us. They’ve spent too much time away from their five children and soon-to-be 15 grandkids. (A grandbaby is due in April). They lost a beloved family member to COVID-19, celebrated Christmas via video chat, and marked their golden anniversary with just the two of them at a resort down the street from their Tucson home. They watched “Designated Survivor” and “Schitt’s Creek.”


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Vintage Mike Hargrove baseball cards. Cards courtesy Rick Heflin.

Mike and Sharon Hargrove on the front porch of their Richfield home last fall.

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More recently, the Hargroves grappled with balky websites to snag COVID vaccines, not entirely sure if they were successful until they showed up for the appointments. The pandemic’s inconveniences, disruptions and losses — big and small — have played out for this Major League couple in very familiar ways.

LIFE, INTERRUPTED When we first caught up with Mike and Sharon Hargrove last year, they had just finished a baseball season without professional baseball for the first time in their marriage. The year’s impact had not yet come into full focus. A baseball season put on hold is one thing, spending holidays and milestone events away from their kids and families was another. A long marriage entwined with spring training camps, Major League Baseball schedules and larger-thanlife professional athletes (and egos), in a way, prepared the Hargroves for the pandemic. The world, baseball and otherwise, is unpredictable. This couple proves that the bounces are easier to navigate with a strong family at the core.

Grade-school sweethearts from Perryton, Texas, the Hargroves have a long baseball resume. Through Mike’s moves as a player for the Texas Rangers, San Diego Padres and Cleveland Indians, Sharon was at his side. With a growing family, Sharon became adept at packing up and moving, taking care of details while her husband focused on baseball. They followed the example of successful baseball families who seemed to thrive despite the pressures of professional sports. When Mike left for spring training, Sharon came along with the kids, communicating with teachers over the phone and managing schoolwork through the mail. Keeping the family together, even when the logistics made it difficult, was the key to a happy home life, even if home was a rental in another city for a couple of months. Sharon chronicled life in baseball with her 1979 book, “Safe at Home: A Baseball Wife’s Story.”


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The Hargroves in their baseball memorabilia room.

Refreshingly open, delightfully breezy, Sharon recalls being a small-town girl living a big-league life. An example: “We weren’t in San Diego even long enough for me to get breast implants,” she says with a laugh.

ON THE ROAD Hargrove played professional baseball for 12 years — from 1979-85 as a Cleveland Indian — and was later inducted into the Indians Hall of Fame. He went on to manage for 16 years, first the Indians, then Baltimore Orioles and finally the Seattle Mariners. During Mike’s career, the family moved more than 100 times, living in 23 cities and 13 states. When Mike left Seattle, the couple realized, for the first time in their marriage, they could live anywhere they wanted. Baseball no longer had a



“We’ve always known we’re blessed and we appreciate it. It’s going to be a new normal.”

— Sharon Hargrove

say in the decision. They chose Northeast Ohio. It felt like home and their kids (most of them) were relatively nearby. It fit. Hargrove started work as a senior advisor for the Indians. The couple noted that last year, the only family member who got laid off because of the pandemic was Mike, when the Indians temporarily shut down the organization. Following their first year without professional baseball, returning to a COVID-era ball season this year will be an adjustment. Fan attendance will be limited to 30 percent capacity at Progressive Field for all April home games, with safety protocols expected to change as the season continues. Hargrove says don’t underestimate the value of playing with fans in the stands. “You can tell when a club is flat. The energy (comes) from the crowd; it’s like they roll their energy up in a ball and throw it at the players and the players throw it right back at them.” The Hargroves are looking forward to returning to the ballpark, however that looks and feels. Says Sharon, “You can go down there and relax. Baseball lends itself to not only doing something that you enjoy but being with people you enjoy, visiting with people you like. You can catch up.” As more people become vaccinated, the summer looks like it might be better than a year ago, both for Major League Baseball and for the Hargrove family. Accustomed to gathering several times a year, the Hargroves, their kids and grandkids are planning a beach vacation this summer. Eventually, slowly, life will start feeling familiar again. Maybe that’s what we all need from baseball this season, whether we find it in a Major League ballpark or on a sandlot down the street. Normal.

Marie Elium is editor of Northeast Ohio Boomer and Beyond.

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Wild , Whimsical & Wonderful We can’t think of a better way to celebrate the promise of spring than a stroll through one of Northeast Ohio’s public gardens. If you’re eager to find inspiration for your own back yard, or want to enjoy and appreciate someone else’s hard work, then a visit to a public garden is in order. The best part? The gardens are pandemic-friendly with expansive outdoor areas and protocols that keep safety first with timed visits, mask requirements and other measures. Call or go to the website for details.


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• CLEVELAND BOTANICAL GARDEN 11030 East Blvd., Cleveland 216-721-1600 Don’t Miss: Orchids Forever through April 11. The orchid show has timed admission. The large herb garden is managed by Western Reserve Herb Society. Admission fee.



2739 Center Rd, Avon


714 N. Portage Path, Akron

Don’t Miss: Conservatory plants, scenic gardens, wooded areas. Free.

Don’t Miss: The restored Japanese garden, 70 acres of formal and themed gardens, and the Birch Tree Allee, which was featured on a postage stamp last year. Admission fee.



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Don’t Miss: A springtime stroll through the 33 gardens, each a tribute to a different country, culture or nationality. Wear your walking shoes; the gardens stretch along Martin Luther King Boulevard and East Boulevard in Rockefeller Park. Free.

Don’t Miss: The 70-acre botanical garden and woods bordered by the Vermillion River, collections of rhododendron, roses, lilies, hostas, and other plants in the 70-acre garden and woods.

Marie Elium grows flowers and raises chickens. She’s visited hundreds of gardens and would love to go on a coop tour — if she can find one.

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• DAFFODIL TRAIL 3100 Brush Rd., Richfield 330-867-5511 Don’t Miss: Celebrate the park system’s centennial with a visit to the Daffodil Trail and its 40,000+ cheery blooms. Free.

• HEMLOCK CREEK PICNIC AREA/BEDFORD RESERVATION – CLEVELAND METROPARKS 14800 Button Road., Walton Hills Don’t Miss: The native wildflowers along the Tinkers Creek Trail. Free.

• HOLDEN ARBORETUM 9550 Sperry Road, Kirtland 440-946-4400 Don’t Miss: The extraordinary collection of rhododendrons and azaleas in June. Admission Fee.

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Chances SECOND

Home, Work, Love Revamp, Reboot & Reclaim

A second chance doesn’t mean second best. No longer tethered by expectations or insecurities, a second chance — or another chance — has a different feel this time around. It means casting a fresh eye at where we live, how we work, and ways to look for love (or like). So what’s holding you back? Maybe you know your house could use an update, but you’re not sure where to begin. Or you’ve hit a career rut or a job loss and need to sharpen your job-hunting skills. Perhaps the update you need is an actual date or two. We’ve called on a few experts to broaden our perspectives in three big areas: home, career and romance. Read on for tips to get started; the rest is up to you. Have fun with your second chance.


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A Joy-filled Space on Any Budget Refresh & Create By Traci McBride

How’s it working for you? We’re talking about your space. Spending an entire year mostly homebound, working, relaxing, teaching and cooking, we learned what is and isn’t working for us. As we slide into spring 2021, many of us are more motivated than ever to improve our spaces to better reflect our personalities, activities and families. It’s not about perfect magazine spaces but curated joyful spaces. I’m a fan of starting where we are by shopping our own homes to use what we already have and create a plan to implement over time. Make a list with the following questions to help you turn your home into your Happy Place.

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Choosing the Space to Begin Assess What You Have Start Here: Understanding the function of each space and how it makes you feel is the key. • How do you feel now in your space and how do you want to feel? • What do you love about your space and what drives you crazy?

•A small space will be a manageable starting point or select a place where you spend a lot of time •C onsider the space you avoid or a space that affects the most people in your family •P erhaps you dread using the laundry room. It’s dated, disorganized and filled with odds and ends that don’t belong. Even if it is in the basement, it can be much more pleasurable to use. It might need only to be cleaned, organized, painted, or it would be better with a

Doable 2021 Trends

•N avy: use it on a chair or couch. Paint a piece of furniture; for drama, paint an interior door •P lants: Real or faux will liven things up

cabinet or shelf with a few baskets to store the detergents. • After you’ve picked your project, clean and declutter the area. If something looks dated but still works perfectly, consider an inexpensive spray paint transformation. It’s the perfect revamp for lamps, vases, baskets, frames and furniture. Remember, there is always a product or YouTube video to help you fix or update anything – someone with zero experience can paint Formica countertops.

• Monochromatic walls and furniture • Wall texture and dimension with wallpaper • Mix metals with wood and stone

• Outdoor spaces are key to expanding living space for summer • Less is more. Minimalism.

BUDGET IDEAS $0 Investment: Just Elbow Grease

$50- $200

• Organize the pantry or junk drawer

• New shower curtain

• Rearrange art or furniture

• Real or faux greenery

• Declutter everything

• Pillows

• Fill vases or baskets with spring branches from the yard

• Rug

• Put away winter: bedding, coats, snow-related items • Restyle what you have: bookshelves, dressers, coffee tables, countertops • Use leftover paint to freshen the trim

•S tylish mirror that reflects the space •R aise your ceiling with new rods hung higher for curtains •P eel-and-stick wallpaper or paint •S pray paint door knobs instead of replacing them • Update the ceiling light fixture


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$201- $500 • New nightstands (or paint the ones you have) • New cabinet hardware • Accent chair in your favorite material • Replace front door • Change the kitchen sink

A Stylist’s Words to Live By • Mixing styles creates personality while sharing your story. When you curate your selections over the years, your home becomes more timeless. • Form and function will always serve you. Everything needs to be attractive and serve a purpose. • Creating a functional and visually exciting patio space for everyday eating, entertaining, or working from home is perfect for maximizing every inch you have. • Avoid anything that is overdone and can be seen everywhere you turn. Example: word art signage, framed sayings: Bless This Mess (or coffee bar, bathroom, laundry room). Save your money – skip this fad. • Speaking of fads: They come and go very quickly, usually in one season. • Trends: don’t do any of them unless you love it, can afford it, and work with what you are already doing in your space.

Shopping Décor

• Don’t do all your shopping at box stores. Consider local vintage, consignment and resale for an eclectic mix that brings you joy.

Local Stores: • Home Goods $$ • Target $$ • Marshalls $$ • World Market $$ • Hobby Lobby $$ • At Home $$ • Ikea $$-$$$

• Thrifting & reworking items can save you a bundle while creating a joyful home. • Your home is a living, breathing space that evolves just as you and your needs evolve.

Donate Your Old Stuff & Shop for New-to-You Stuff

DATED TO UPDATED • Old, heavy drapes with fringe and tassels Update with light curtains or panels

• Goodwill $ • Salvation Army $ • Volunteers of America Thrift $

• Vinyl roller shades – Update with fresh blinds or shades with a button, not strings • Popcorn ceilings - Update with fresh drywall for a clean line • Old wall paneling – Update with paint after filling the grooves with filler

Shop & Sell or Consign:

• 20+-year-old linoleum - Update by replacing it with luxury vinyl plank

• Transitional Design (Broadview Heights) $$ • VNTG Home (Cleveland) $$ • Consign Home Couture (Westlake) $$ shop. consignhomecouture. com

• Dated colors: Hunter green, mauve, olive and golden harvest - Update with light and fresh greys, tans and off-whites • Matchy-matchy bedroom or living room sets – Update by breaking up the groups by painting or moving pieces into another room • Mirrors attached to dressers - Update by removing or use in another room

Shop Online: • Amazon $-$$ • Wayfair $$-$$$ • Birch Lane $$-$$$ • Ballard Designs $$$

• Carpeted bathrooms - Update with tile or planking • Tiled countertops from the ’80s – Update & modernize with marble, granite, etc.

Get Inspired • Instagram • Pinterest • Catalogs & Magazines • Local Model Homes • YouTube

Northeast Ohio Life Stylist Traci McBride of TeeMcBee Consulting Ventures has elevated others to embrace their style in closets and has expanded to include home design. Learn more at

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After-50 Job Hunting R

alph Dise understands the highs and lows in the world of work — both finding it and keeping it. Following a rewarding career in Ohio politics and human resources, the Shaker Heights resident founded Dise & Company in 1991 ( The firm specializes in outplacement services for hard-to-place individuals, as well as assisting companies with recruiting new talent — and treating those who’ve lost their jobs with the empathy and dignity they deserve. “I’ve been there,” says Dise, 68. “The two luckiest days of my life were when I got rejected from law school and got laid off from LTV Steel.” DETAILS COUNT Whether you’re an employed Boomer ready for a career change, or need a job-search refresher course after being downsized due to COVID, Dise asserts it’s never too late to begin a new chapter. “Here’s the thing about people in our age range in the workforce,” Dise says. “We already know what the mistakes are because we’ve made them. We already know what’s coming over the horizon


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because we’ve been over it many times. We already know when something looks fishy. We already know when a plan isn’t going to work, and we know how to improve it. Why? Because we’re highly experienced and can get the job done in one-third the time of anyone else — and that’s an asset.” He shares six steps for success...

DO: 1) REFRESH YOUR RESUME “So many resumes lead off by stating the job seeker’s years of experience, or with descriptive words like ‘awardwinning’ and ‘successful,’” Dise says. “But the employer wants to know the specific value you’ll bring to the company, and what the return on the investment you will be. So, for example, if you’re a fundraiser, you should focus on the fact that during your last three assignments, you increased annual giving by 30%. Or, administrative assistants can list the exact duties they performed that their boss never had to worry about after they started working there.”

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2) TAP INTO THE HIDDEN JOB MARKET “The Northeast Ohio marketplace is full of mid-sized companies, and you need to connect with the people who are providing services to them,” he says. “Talk with friends and acquaintances, and be specific about the kind of position you’re looking for. Ask them if they can refer you to a CEO or department head there you can contact. “It’s fine to go online to answer ads,” Dise adds. “But don’t do it during the day when you could be calling somebody and introducing yourself.”

3) SET THE SCENE “If a company asks you to do a Zoom interview, you need to practice preparing for it,” Dise says. “Make sure the lighting flatters your face. You also need to set up the room you’ll be in so that it doesn’t look like your bedroom or your child’s playroom. You may be wearing an open-collared shirt, but make sure it’s a nice one. Remember, it may be wrong to judge a book by its cover, but that’s what people do.”

ENCORE NEO — REIMAGINING 50+ By Marie Elium What’s your plan? It’s one of the toughest jobs in an over-50 job hunt. Tim Lybarger learned that during his long career in professional and organizational development. Seven years ago, he founded a group to help older adults make a plan and progress beyond their plan: Encore NEO. Combining peer support, practical advice and one-on-one career counseling, Encore NEO fills an important gap in the often overlooked and underserved 50+ market. After successful careers, people who want or need to make a change or find another job can have a difficult time making a plan and finding their place. Lybarger’s group aims to provide an anchor in a supportive, positive environment. Online sessions throughout the pandemic have been free (donations accepted), offering weekly job search and job transition discussions, website links to career resources, and job coaching. Learn more at

4) DRESS THE PART “The point is to look like a pro, so you need to look like what the company’s picture of success is — whether it’s formal or casual or something in-between,” Dise says. “If you’re not sure, there’s no harm in asking the recruiter or scheduler how they’d like you to be attired for the interview. You’re not only judged by how you answer the questions, but also by the intelligent ones you ask.”

5) FOLLOW UP “If you apply for the job through HR, take the time to figure out who the hiring manager is for that job,” Dise says. “Go on LinkedIn to see if any of your connections work there. Then, ask for suggestions on who to follow up with. If you get an interview, ask the person you’re interviewing with when they expect to make a hiring decision. Tell them you’ll follow up on that day if you do not hear from them.”

6) IT’S NATURAL TO HAVE THE JITTERS “You’re not the only one who’s afraid — everybody is afraid,” he says. “Even the most impressive-looking person is afraid — that’s why they work so hard to look impressive.” FRESH START Greg Reynolds, founder of North Coast Job Seekers, a Solon-based support group for professionals in transition and those seeking a new career, explains there’s no such thing as a perfect job search.

“There isn’t a silver bullet or secret sauce for finding the right next job. It’s just simple block and tackle and consistent steady effort,” says Reynolds, 72, who directed Dise & Company’s client development division until he retired in 2018. “You’ll encounter a lot of dead ends and blind alleys. But your search will also take you to places you never would have dreamed of before you started your journey.” “So much of our identity is tied around our work,” he adds. “I’ve been honored to be with people during some of the toughest points in their lives” Here, he shares insight into some of the mistakes job seekers make — and six easy ways to avoid them.

Don’t: 1) DON’T FALL INTO THE MENTAL TRAP OF, “I’M TOO OLD” “The irony is that I hear the same thing from young people on the other end of the spectrum,” Reynolds says. ‘They won’t hire me because I’m too young’ or ‘They won’t hire me because I don’t have any experience yet.’ Networking is always important, but I think it’s equally important to overcome the real or perceived barriers that might be out there.”

networking, you’re really taking a lot of the pressure off the networkee if you only ask for advice and guidance. That’s a little more subtle than asking, ‘You know anybody who’s got any jobs?’”

3) DON’T WAIT TO HAVE THE PERFECT RESUME “There’s no such thing,” Reynolds says. “You shouldn’t wait to have the resume before starting to look for a job, or spend an inordinate amount of time trying to create one.”

4) DON’T FAIL TO REACH OUT TO NETWORKING REFERRALS BECAUSE YOU’RE AFRAID YOU’LL BE SEEN AS A NUISANCE “If you don’t risk bothering them, you’ll never know whether they would have been a successful contact or not,” Reynolds says.

5) DON’T FORGET TO LET THE PERSON YOU’RE INTERVIEWING WITH KNOW YOU WANT THE JOB “You can define the next steps and set up the expectation,” he says. “When the interview ends, you can say, ‘Based on what I’ve heard so far, I’m really interested in pursuing this opportunity, and feel we might have a good fit. What do you think?’ If the answer is that you have X and Y but not Z, your reply could be, “I realize I don’t have Z, but if you go back and take a look at my resume, you’ll see I did something very similar — and then describe it.”

6) DON’T LET ALL THE THINGS THAT WEREN’T FUN BEFORE THE JOB SEARCH BECOME MORE FUN THAN LOOKING FOR A JOB “There are a lot of intangibles involved in the job search, and you don’t know if they’ve been effective until you land the job. I encourage job seekers to look at their search as a series of small building blocks that lead up to the bigger goal. Put your search on the front end, and use the other activities to reward yourself at the end of the day.”

2) DON’T VIEW NETWORKING AS BEGGING FOR A JOB “One of the key mistakes job seekers make is thinking of networking in the wrong context,” he says. “When you’re

Linda Feagler is a Northeast Ohio freelance writer.

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Virtual Matchmaking B

efore the internet, matchmaking likely involved a friend setting you up with a cousin, or a coworker introducing you to someone who’s “perfect for you.” That still happens, but it's also now respectable to fish in a much larger pool by using dating websites. For those of us 50+, it’s nearly a requirement. SINGLE BUT LOOKING About one-third of the estimated 85 million Baby Boomers in North America are single, according to AARP. Many have already experienced marriage, parenthood, divorce or death of a spouse. With longer-than-ever life expectancies and financial security, many are also looking for a relationship. They’re ready to jump — or at least tiptoe — into the dating pool. The good news is that online dating has gotten a jumpstart amid the pandemic, quarantine and


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Dipping Your Toe in the Online Dating Pool By Margaret Briller

initial vaccine rollout. As COVID-19 lingered, people got creative in finding ways to connect. Even as older daters await the coronavirus vaccine, they’re still navigating dating sites to find romantic partners who are active and vibrant and who share a sense of adventure. There are many dating sites available (fee-based or free) to look for a love — or at least a like — match. One online site that brings older singles together is, specifically designed for 50+ dating. Others include SilverSingles, Christian Mingle, eHarmony, Match. com and Elite Singles. Regardless of the site you settle on, you’ll need to create an online profile that both accurately reflects who you are and who you want to date. WRITING YOUR PROFILE Where do you start? First, create an online dating profile to help “sell” your looks, interests and personality to total strangers. Here are some

tips from for creating that standout profile: • Post interesting photos. Include one

with you smiling, and participating in a favorite activity or travel photos. A full-length body photo gets more incoming messages than without. • Grab the spotlight. Avoid group

pictures or a photo with animals; those get fewer messages than the average. • Post your unique side. Highlight the

real, authentic you to show off what makes you different. • Keep your profile positive. Don’t

include a laundry list of what you want and don’t want in a romantic partner. It makes you appear negative. • Add engaging tidbits. Everyone

loves to take beach walks, so leave it off your profile. Instead, share an interesting detail or name your favorite Chinese restaurant.

FOR SAFETY’S SAKE Online dating might be a new adventure for you if you’re over 50, so here are tips to help navigate the online dating terrain while keeping yourself, and your money, safe from romance scams: 1. D o meet in a public place 2. Don’t disclose any personal information such as your address or personal email 3. D on’t post any photos that offer clues to where you live or work 4. Don’t give money to anyone 5. D on’t be afraid to walk away For more information on avoiding romance scams, go to fraudwatchnetwork.

MEET YOUR DATE Hi, I’m … How do you navigate dating during a pandemic? recommends chatting online or video chatting prospective dates on its dating site platform. These sites have safety message filters to keep you safe. Asking questions helps screen any red flags or personal deal-breakers. When you feel more comfortable, proceed to exchanging phone numbers, but don’t be in a rush. Take your time to get to know the other person. believes using video as the new “first date” is a good way to test the chemistry and to get to know each other better before you meet in real life (IRL). Be sure to remove any personal or identifying information that could show up in the background while you chat. Every site will have liars and scammers as well as those who post misleading photos and fudge their age. Research more with your head than your heart because there are also those who are genuine, honest and looking for love. Every site has success stories.

• Start the conversation. At the end

of your profile, offer up an opening line, such as “Ask me about the last book I read,” or “If you're not sure what to message me about, just ask about my dog.” It makes it easier for someone to send you a message.

Margaret Briller is a freelance writer in Northeast Ohio.

• Be truthful. Resist the urge to

lie about age, height, body type or absolutely anything else. You don’t want the foundation for a relationship based on a lie. • Enlist an editor. Ask a friend with

good judgment to give you candid feedback on your grammar, spelling and tone. • Post your masterpiece. Now your

profile becomes the best version of yourself. Good luck!

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have worked with older adults my entire professional career and for the past decade as an Aging Life Care Professional, also known as a geriatric care manager. An ALCP acts as a guide and advocate for families who are caring for older relatives and/or disabled adults. ALCPs require specific education, background and experience to help clients reach their maximum, functional potential. We have extensive knowledge about the costs, quality and availability of community resources. Clients pay a fee for the service; sometimes the cost is covered under long-term care insurance. We adhere to a code of ethics and standards of practice.

MANY CHOICES, MANY DECISIONS One of the most common questions I am asked both professionally and personally is, “Jennifer, in your opinion and experience, what is the best facility?” Whether it is a skilled rehabilitation, long-term care, assisted living and/or memory care facility, everyone wants to know the inside scoop on the best place to help care for and assist their loved one. My answer is always the same: “It depends.” It’s not the answer most people want to hear, but it is the truth. An individual’s diagnosis, prognosis, goals, wishes and resources are some of the factors which contribute to finding the best fit. As an example, if I am helping a client choose the best skilled rehabilitation facility to meet their unique care, needs and goals, I begin with these core questions: •W ho owns the facility and for how


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long? Not for Profit? Corporation? Family Owed? Board of Directors? • Who is the management team? Facilities may use various titles and tasks, but it’s important to know who oversees the entire facility. • How does the management team operate to ensure the best care and services for their clients? Typically, key management team members include an administrator, director of nursing (DON) and a social worker. • How long has the management team been with the facility? What is their experience, role and direct involvement at the facility? How do they communicate and are they accessible? TALK TO ME In my experience, senior communities and facilities with a management team that embraces

and understands communication between the entire team (and that includes the client and their family) is one of the most important indicators to ensure a successful experience. Success in the care industry may look quite different from resident to resident, depending on individual needs and goals, but communication is always the key. This may sound like a cliché, but it is the fundamental component I look for in a senior community or facility. If there is no way to communicate with the administrator or DON, I have found that lack of communication and accountability often resonates through the entire care team. COVID-19 has changed how professionals, individuals and their families select and monitor services at senior communities and facilities. Communication now plays an even greater role. Communities willing to embrace and find new ways to communicate to ensure care and accountability are strong indicators of how services may be delivered and monitored. There is nothing more upsetting, frustrating and unacceptable than trying to check on my client, or a family member inquiring about their mom, and being told: “I don’t know, I don’t have access to that

information.” “I don’t have time.” “There is nothing in the chart so she must be fine.” “That is not my department,” or “Call back after the weekend to find out.” A management team that is willing and available to communicate and solve problems with residents and their families creates an entirely different experience. Along with good communication comes oversight and accountability — all factors required to deliver good, safe care. This has been a year of change with the pandemic. Determining the ‘best’ facility for a loved one also is changing. We now almost solely rely on distance communication; typically, the tone, style and willingness start from the top, down. Jennifer Beach is an Advanced Aging Life Care Professional. She established Advocate For Elders (, in Rocky River and has 25 years of experience in working with and advocating for older adults and their families.

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entists are frequently asked about the materials that are used for veneers, dental restorations that can rejuvenate a smile. There are some wonderful choices, each with its own characteristics, with porcelain dominating the field. Though composite plastic material can be used, it is not a common choice when the entire facial – or outside – surface on the tooth needs restoration because it can chip and/or discolor when used as a thin covering. A composite is best used as a filling material or to restore a fractured tooth corner. This is why porcelain is the material of choice, as it is strong and color-stable. A SMILE WITH STYLE There are a number of choices to be made among the various types of porcelain. Much like there are different types of countertops with unique characteristics – like Corian or quartz or marble – each has its advantages and disadvantages, though in veneer work, the differences are subtle. Feldspathic porcelain is among the prettiest, though it is labor-intensive to fabricate and is a little less strong than the others. Other porcelains, like Empress or E-max,


combine beauty and a little more strength. More recently, the use of Zirconium-type porcelain has increased; though it initially was known for its strength, recent incarnations of the material allow it to be aesthetic, as well. The Lumineer, developed by a California laboratory, is also used on occasion; it is actually a brand-name for their veneer, much like Kleenex is a brand name for facial tissue. In any case, the choice of porcelains for veneers should be based on several factors, including aesthetics, strength and required thickness. Other influences include the colors of the teeth they are covering, the type of bite/ occlusion the patient has, and the relative strength of the tooth underneath. Fortunately, dentists have a number of choices that should satisfy all these situations, resulting in veneers that are beautiful, natural and long-lasting.

Dr.‌ ‌Steve‌ ‌Marsh‌ ‌specializes in cosmetic‌ ‌dental‌ ‌ rocedures‌ ‌and‌ also does ‌general‌ ‌dentistry.‌ ‌Visit‌ p ‌ClevelandSmiles‌.com ‌to‌ ‌learn‌ ‌more.

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and stopped, please reach out to that organization for an update. Maybe they have new ways for you to help or have plans to get things back to more customary activities. If you are not able to offer your time there, consider helping elsewhere. Greater Cleveland Volunteers Executive Director Joy Banish

says, “These days, volunteers can contribute through non-traditional means, such as making phone calls to older adults, writing letters or sending cards to older adults in living facilities who are taking the brunt of no in-person visits, to mentoring and tutoring via Zoom and helping with data entry. Every volunteer action is appreciated and crucial to the organization’s success.” It is an ever-changing environment. With more and more people getting vaccinated, the volunteer world is likely to return to a version of normal operations soon. Remember, whether in person or virtual, volunteering is a way to give back to the community and for you to remain active.

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H appenin appeningg 4/29 Seed Swap and Starting Workshop Bring seeds to share, donate or trade with fellow gardeners. A short workshop and demonstration will cover the best practices for starting seeds indoors as well as directly sowing outside. 6-7:30 p.m. Goodyear Heights Metro Park, 2077 Newton St., Akron, FREE

CLASSES WEDNESDAYS Line Dancing in The Park. Come out and enjoy nature while line dancing outdoors. There will be two beginner classes. 5-6 p.m. Lakeview Park, 1800 W. Erie Ave., Lorain, 440-245-1193, loraincountymetroparks. com. FREE Senior Scholars: Bargaining for Salvation: Bob Dylan and the Spirit of Rock and Roll. Bob Dylan recast popular music with the questions of purpose and meaning that had defined religion for millennia. Uncover and recover Dylan’s rock-and-roll revolution

of the spirit in all of its glorious disruption. 3/174/21. 1:30-3:30 p.m. Siegal Lifelong Learning, lifelonglearning/. $75-80

environment to work on individual writing skills and explore the creative process through discussion. 6:30-8 p.m. Shaker Library, FREE

meeting link will be emailed to registered participants approximately one hour prior to the start of the program. 7-8 p.m. FREE

THURSDAYS Introduction to Golf Part 1. Designed for the new golfer or the golfer getting back into the game. April 15-May 13, 6-7:30 p.m. Bedford Reservation, Shawnee Hills Golf Course, 18753 Egbert Rd., Bedford, $155

FRIDAYS Encore Campus Fridays. Allows participants (55+) to take multiple courses for one low registration fee. Three seven-week sessions are held at Tri-C’s Eastern, Western and Westshore campuses. 3/16-4/23. tri-c. edu. $99

Virtual Writing Workshop Series. An opportunity for writers of any level of experience to meet twice monthly in a supportive

3/25 Cut Flower Gardening. Learn all about the best flowers for bouquet-making during this virtual class. A

3/31 Become a Citizen Scientist. Citizen science is the collaboration of citizens and trained professionals to advance scientific knowledge. The most common method is through data collection, but citizen scientists can also engage in data analysis or even the development of research studies. Learn how you can be involved via this Zoom Webinar. 7-8 p.m.

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WHAT´S HAPPENING 4/6 DIY Birdhouse. This simple birdhouse provides safety and shelter for the birds as well as a clean, modern design for you. The shed-roof design accommodates chickadees, house wrens, nuthatches and other small birds. Virtual program. 6-7:30 p.m. Geauga County Public library, divi. FREE 4/10 Spring Break in Costa Rica: Virtual. Eating is a way to travel the world. By exploring new cultures and food, you can expand your horizons without leaving home. Join Chef Linda for a culinary journey to beautiful Costa Rica, where a wholesome, simple diet is at the heart of the culture. 1-3 p.m. Holden Arboretum, 9500 Sperry Rd., Kirtland, 440-946-4400, holdenarb. org. $35-50 4/17 Art Journaling. Use quick sketching techniques and simple shapes to draw and engage your environment at home or while traveling during this virtual class. 3-4 p.m. Northwest Akron Branch Library, akronlibrary. org. FREE Connect with Us! /NEOhio​Boomer

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4/21 Chalk Pastel Portraiture. In this fun, interactive, virtual workshop, you will learn how to accurately render a face in a simple, quick sketch. Get introduced to a technique that lays a foundation of shadows and highlights in pastel that is consistent with most faces. Details can be added with a pencil to achieve a likeness to the subject. 5:30-8 p.m. The Cleveland Museum of Art, clevelandart. org $30-40

opportunity to attend annual parties and gatherings. 6:30 p.m. Berea Library Commons, FREE

4/25 Adult Archery. Learn about equipment, proper shooting technique, and safety before spending some time working on your skills. 2-3:30 p.m. Molly Stark Park, 7900 Columbus Rd., Louisville, FREE

THURSDAYS Social Distancing Book Club. You can read and talk about any book you like. Introverts Welcome. No registration required, just show up! Meets every Thursday at 7 p.m. in a Facebook post. Barberton Public Library, barberton.lib. FREE

CLUBS MONDAYS Socrates Cafe. A virtual monthly gathering of adults engaging in conversation, exploring current events, thoughtful ideas, and reasoned debates. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Akron Public Library, FREE WEDNESDAYS Lake Erie Wheelers: Weekly Ride. Cleveland’s west-side cycling club is for everyone. Not only will you be making friends with a great group of cycling enthusiasts, but you’ll have the

Networking Club. Everyone is invited and encouraged to bring their marketing materials and business cards. This is an in-person event where masks are required. 10-11 a.m. Great Lakes Mall, 7850 Mentor Ave., Mentor, business.

Film Club. Do you consider yourself a bit of a movie buff or simply a film lover? Join on the last Thursday of the month to discuss a film currently being offered on the library’s streaming services, Kanopy or Hoopla. 7-8 p.m. Rocky River Public Library, FREE Twinsburg Garden Club. Open to anyone who enjoys gardening and nature and has an interest in expanding their knowledge. Monthly meetings feature topics on perennials, vegetables, landscaping, protecting our environment and more. Meetings held virtually on the third Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. SATURDAYS The Wilderness Center Nature Photo Club. Guests are welcome to join these monthly meetings which include a feature program for each month and refreshments. 9:30 a.m. 4th Saturday of the month. $5/annually Ohio Valley Quilters’ Guild Virtual Sew-in. Third Saturday of each month. Membership dues: $30 annually. New members may join at any time. 10 a.m.2 p.m. SUNDAYS Second Sunday Poets. Calling all poets, 18 and over! Join in for a poetry open mic every second Sunday of the month via ZOOM. The group follows a round-robin format, with a featured reader to begin. 3-4:30 p.m. Cuyahoga CountyPublic Library, cuyahogalibrary. org. FREE ONGOING Your Next Move Chess Club. Open, Blitz Games. 17325 Euclid Ave., Suite 2119, Cleveland, 216,386-9001, obkno@ $5


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ParkFit Mall Walkers Club. An opportunity for community residents to improve their health by walking for exercise in a safe, interesting and climate-controlled facility. 9-10 a.m. daily, 10-11 a.m Sundays. SouthPark Center, 500 SouthPark Center, Strongsville, 440-816-4037,

ONGOING AT TR ACTIONS AKRON FOSSILS & SCIENCE CENTER ONGOING New Creation Education Museum. Dedicated to comparing and contrasting scientific models like intelligent design and evolution on the origin of the universe, and catastrophism and uniformitarianism models on the geologic record. 2080 S. ClevelandMassillon Road, Copley, 330-665-3466, akronfossils. com. $8

CLEVELAND HISTORY CENTER ONGOING Cleveland Starts Here. A place for Northeast Ohioans to locate their own stories and place themselves in the rich story of Cleveland and Northeast Ohio. A place for schoolchildren to experience, firsthand, the history of Cleveland and the region. 10825 East Blvd., 216721-5722, $10-12

THE CLEVELAND MUSEUM OF ART THROUGH 5/2/2021 Gustave Baumann: Colorful Cuts. Baumann’s prints portray not only stunning mountain scenery but also indigenous adobe architecture and scenes representing Native American and Hispanic cultures. 11150 East Blvd., FREE

CLEVELAND MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY ONGOING Wildlife Rescue: Miracles in Conservation. In this traveling exhibition, you’ll explore the innovative ways wildlife rescuers capture, raise and release endangered species back to the wild, and care for animals after natural disasters. 1 Wade Oval Dr., FREE-$17

CLEVELAND BOTANICAL GARDEN THROUGH 4/11 Orchids Forever. Guests will be greeted with a stunning display of hundreds of Phalaenopsis orchids and a towering orchid sculpture, “Orchids in Bloom,” designed by copper, resin and steel artists. The experience leads to the Eppig Gallery for a visually striking timeline of orchid speciation and exploitation, as well as modern-day science and conservation. 11030 East Blvd., 216-721-1600, cbgarden. org. FREE-$15

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WHAT´S HAPPENING GREATER CLEVELAND AQUARIUM ONGOING Shark Gallery & Sea Tube. With 230,000 gallons of water, this impressive space features three species of sharks, stingrays, eels and many other species of fish. Walk through the 175-foot underwater sea tube. 2000 Sycamore St., Cleveland, 216-8628803, greaterclevelandaquarium. com. $19.95

GREAT LAKES SCIENCE CENTER THROUGH 4/3 Body Worlds Rx. A unique opportunity to explore the amazing biology and physiology of human health and the dramatic effects of disease. 601 Erieside Ave., Cleveland, 216-694-2000, FREE-$16.95 HOLDEN ARBORETUM ONGOING Patrick Dougherty’s “Stickwork.” Twisting mazes, towering castles and hedges full of faces that have been featured in more than 300 locations around the world, including Scotland, Japan, Brussels and throughout the U.S. 9500 Sperry Rd., Kirtland, 440946-4400, $9 JEWISH FEDERATION OF CLEVELAND THROUGH 4/21 Gallery Open House: “Unfolding Nature: Dancing Through Waves.” Roe Green Gallery at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Building, 25701 Science Park Dr., Beachwood, MALTZ MUSEUM OF JEWISH HERITAGE ONGOING An American Story. Visitors to the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage step into a world filled with inspiring and moving stories of Jewish immigrants, perhaps even their own ancestors, and modern-day heroes. State-ofthe-art computer interactives, film, special effects, individual stories and oral histories. 2929 Richmond Rd., Beachwood, 216-593-0575, FREE-$10 MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART THROUGH 8/29/21 Martin Creed: Work No. 3398 EVERYTHING IS GOING TO BE ALRIGHT. One of his most iconic works, variations of the site-responsive neon


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continue to appear in different sizes and colors throughout the world. 11400 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, FREE ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAME ONGOING Class of 2020 Inductees. Explore artifacts, instruments and a collaborative installation featuring items from each of the 2020 inductees, including Doobie Brothers, Depeche Mode, Whitney Houston, Nine Inch Nails, The Notorious B.I.G. and more. 1100 Rock and Roll Blvd., Cleveland, 216-781-7625, $18-28

OUT DOORS TUESDAYS Geauga Walkers. Join other active seniors on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month for hikes in Geauga County and the surrounding area. Hikes are typically 1-1.5 miles. 1-2:30 p.m. 440-279-2137, FREE Hiking Seniority. Folks aged 55 and older meet year-round every Tuesday at nearby parks for nature appreciation, exercise and camaraderie. 10 a.m.noon. 440-256-1404, lakemetroparks. com. FREE SUNDAYS Woof Walks. Enjoy the gardens and grounds with your favorite canine. Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens, 714 N. Portage Path, Akron, 330-863-5533, stanhywet. org. $5-12 3/28 Full Moon Hike. Take a naturalistled night hike to spot early-spring’s nocturnal wildlife and learn about earthworms: the favorite foodstuff of some amazing springtime animals. Then observe the rising full moon using park telescopes. 8-9 p.m. Observatory Park, 10610 Clay St., Montville Twp., 440-2790820, FREE

4/1 Murch Canopy Walk and Kalberer Emergent Tower Reopen. The Canopy Walk invites guests on a 500-foot-long elevated walkway built 65 feet above the forest floor. The Emergent Tower is 120 feet (12 stories) tall and provides a breathtaking view of the surrounding area, all the way to Lake Erie. Holden Arboretum, 9500 Sperry Rd., Kirtland, 440-946-4400, holdenarb. org. $9 4/10 Spring is in Full Swing Hike. Spring is always a welcome sight after a long, cold winter. Our senses delight in the sight of spring wildflowers, the smell of tree blossoms, and the sounds of croaking frogs and singing birds. Enjoy a stroll along the natural trail to discover the wonders of spring. Bluebell Valley, 8504 Richman Rd., Lodi, medinaparks. com. FREE

SPECIAL EVENTS 3/26 “Welcome Spring” Senior DriveThru. Each registered senior will receive a spring flower along with other giveaways. Register at hospitalevents@ or by calling 330-926-3445. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Stow City Hall, 3760 Darrow Rd., Stow. FREE 3/27-28 Buckeye Alpaca Show. Vendors with luxurious garments made from Alpaca, custom jewelry, toys for children, and tack for Alpaca owners. Watch these amazing animals compete. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Summit County Fairgrounds, 229 E. Howe Ave., Tallmadge,

4/2 Adult Egg Hunt. Calling all fun-loving adults to enjoy an adults-only egg hunt with amazing prizes and adult beverages. Akron Zoo, 505 Euclid Ave., Akron, 330-375-2550, $16-21 4/7 Volunteer - Mobile Pantry Produce Distribution. Help sort, package and distribute food at various Cuyahoga County Public Library branches. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Garfield Heights Branch Library, 5409 Turney Rd., 216-475-8178, 4/13 Whose Line is it Anyway? The current cast members of the Emmy-nominated TV show, “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” debut their new improv tour. 8 p.m. Akron Civic Theatre, 182 S. Main St., Akron, 330-5353179, $32.50

4/16 Fit Friday. Lace up your boots and hit the trails at Walborn Reservoir as we celebrate another spring morning with a hike. Get your heart moving as you walk along Shoreline Trail at a moderate pace for 2 miles. 9-11 a.m. Walborn Reservoir, Marina, 11324 Price St., NE, Alliance, starkparks. com 4/17 Bud & Bloom Walk. Walk the garden focusing on soon-to-be or blooming bushes, shrubs and trees. 2-3 p.m. Schoepfle Garden, 11106 Market St., Birmingham, FREE Think Spring Ride. Bring your family out for ABC’s fun and beautiful “kick-off ride.” There are two routes available; the longer route on the road and the social route on the Bike and Hike trail. Bring your cyclist friends to enjoy the ride and those who may want to become an ABC member. 11 a.m. Heritage Barn, Silver Springs Park, 5238 Young Road, Stow, FREE 4/23-25 Mohican Wildlife Weekend. Annual event highlighting the Greater Mohican Area with special programs featuring the area’s rich heritage, abundant wildlife, vast recreation opportunities, and diverse natural resources. mohicanwildlifeweekend. com. FREE

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WHAT´S HAPPENING 4/16 Neil Young Tribute By Broken Arrow. Broken Arrow performs the music of Neil Young, featuring both the rockin’ electric Crazy Horse tunes and the more acoustic, pedal-steel driven country rock material. Music Box Supper Club, 1148 Main Ave., Cleveland, 216-242-1250, 8 p.m. $20-25 4/18 Chocolate Wine Pairing. Enjoy rich chocolate desserts paired with Gervasi’s award-winning wines. 1-4 p.m. Gervasi Vineyard, The Villa Grande, 1700 55th St. NE, Canton, 330-497-1000, $34 4/22-25 Geauga County Maple Festival. The oldest maple festival in the U.S. celebrates the production of pure maple syrup in Geauga County and Northeast Ohio. Four days of fun, food and “everything maple.” Chardon Square, 111 E. Park St., 440-286-3007, maplefestival. com 4/24 Conservation Skills-A-Thon. Learn hands-on skills you can use to remove invasive species; plant native trees, grasses and flowers; provide natural and artificial habitat structures for wildlife; and more. Celebrate Earth Day by pledging to make a difference in your own community. All Day. The Wilderness Center, Shred Day. Bring your sensitive documents such as tax forms and

SAVE THE DATE: JUNE 3 Boomer Bash The Bash is back! Our signature event for Boomers and seniors returns to Market Square at Crocker Park with a Hawaiian theme, vendor tables, education, networking, food sampling, and tons of fun. medical records to be shredded onsite in the library parking lot. 9 a.m.-noon. Columbia Branch Library, 13824 W. River Rd., North Columbia Station, 440-2368751, FREE Earth Day Recycle Fair. This outdoor drive-through event will allow for the recycling of electronics, donations to Goodwill, and paper shredding/recycling. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. North Canton Public Library, 185 N. Main St., 330-499-4712, FREE


basic chemical responses to perceived dangers. Distinguish the stressors that you can and cannot control, and use that information to lower their effects on your body and mind. Virtual program. 7-8 p.m. Hudson Library, FREE 4/12 Grandparenting Today. Join a lively discussion for grandparents-to-be and new grandparents about the changes in birthing and infant-care practices in a group setting. 6-8:30 p.m. Fairview Hospital Wellness Center, 303 Wooster Rd., Rocky River, events.clevelandclinic. org. $15

WEDNESDAYS Tech Talks. Join the Tech Trainers on Facebook Live every other Wednesday to learn about timely technology topics, including streaming services, buying tech, and more. 4-5 p.m.

Titanic: The Unsinkable Legend. Five areas of myth that persist surrounding the sinking of the R.M.S., presented and explained by Carl Quatraro. Live Zoom presentation. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Twinsburg Public Library, FREE

3/31 “Stress Down: Eustressing me out!” Stressed out? Recognize your biological reactions to stressful situations and learn techniques to manage your stress response. All animals share

4/13 Healthy Living: Brain & Body. Learn about research in the areas of diet and nutrition, exercise, cognitive activity and social engagement, and use hands-on tools to help you incorporate these recommendations into a plan for healthy aging. 5:30-6:30 p.m. Alzheimer’s Association, FREE 4/20 Hip/Knee Pain. If joint stiffness and pain are preventing you from enjoying life to its fullest, this educational Zoom class can help you to understand your options for pain relief. 2-3:30 p.m. Mentor Public Library, FREE 5/11 Getting Started with Medicare. Join Laura Mutsko as she explains the complexities of Medicare during this Zoom presentation. 6-7:30 p.m. Willoughby-Eastlake Public Library, 5/12 Aging in Place. Join on Zoom to learn strategies to help an older adult remain in their home for as long as possible. Presented by LEAP (Linking Employment, Abilities, and Potential.) 2-3 p.m. Westlake Porter Library, westlakelibrary. org. FREE


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Brain Games Keeping Your Mind Stimulated What Piques Your Curiosity? By Kathryn Kilpatrick


esearch supports the many benefits of curiosity, including your brain health and overall well-being. Decades ago, I changed my license plate to WONDER. Why? A song came out around that time about never losing your sense of wonder. It resonated with me on so many levels. I feel as long as you wonder you will never grow “old.” I am decades older, but my sense of wonder has served me well during COVID-19 as I deliberately explored a wide variety of experiences, often with the benefit of technology since travel is not an option. Want to learn more about the research and ideas to enhance curiosity, wonder and even awe in your successful aging plan? Check out Jonah Paquette’s book, “Awestruck: How Embracing Wonder Can Make You Healthier, Happier and More Connected.”


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Let me stress again, this is an observation, but one based on some experiences (good or bad) shared by many of us.

Our Generation By Mike Olszewski


f there’s one opportunity this past year has given us, it’s time to sit back and reflect a bit on where we’ve all been and where we may be heading. It’s also a chance to define ourselves and pass on what we’ve experienced to the kids and grandchildren (whether they like it or not.) I saw a great T-shirt that said something like, “Yeah, I’ve got a few years on you, but I saw all the cool bands.” We sure did, and plenty of other stuff, too. The following is a good example. My pal, Tom Pope, is in California now, but years ago he contemplated starting a Boomer-focused ad agency. He took a hard look at who we are and the common bonds we shared. Tom came up with this list that says a lot in just a few words. Let me add that parts of his list are observations, not endorsements. Let’s call them historical bookmarks.

• We birthed rock-and-roll • We watched TV take over • We burned our draft cards • We burned our bras • We smoked weed when it was illegal • Ate mushrooms before they were legal •W e are JFK, MLK, LSD • We are Woodstock and Vietnam • “ Saturday Night Live” and “Star Wars” •W e are The Beatles, Dylan and The Rolling Stones •J ames Brown, Michael Jackson and Dre • We buy more clothes • We take more vacations •W e are the fastest-growing group on Facebook • We have more money than our kids • We have 70% disposable income • We are 33% of the US population •W e account for 49% of all consumerpackaged goods sold •W e have the highest rate of STDs in the country •W e own 54% of total mutual fund assets

Last issue, I asked for the noted songwriter who played on Jimi Hendrix’ records and whose first performance was on WXEL-TV’s “Marjorie Harm’s Charming Children.” There was only one Buzzy Linhart! Buzzy’s family relocated to Shaker Heights when he was a little kid, and the first song he wrote was titled “Shaker Rabbit” about the interurban train system. He wrote an impressive list of songs, including Bette Midler’s hit, “(You’ve Got to Have) Friends” and “The Love’s Still Growing” on Carly Simon’s debut album.


A NORTHEAST OHIO TRADITION We have traditions in this area that are shared by all of our many cultures and ethnic groups, and “Paczki Season” is one of them. I don’t know how the pronunciation “poonchkey” comes out of that spelling, but no one can figure out how I get the pronunciation of my last name the way it’s spelled. I always thought they were for people with lard deficiencies, but Paczkis started in Eastern Europe as a way to indulge before Lent. Now they’re like Oreos and Pop-Tarts, expanding their base market with every conceivable type of filling. My favorite new flavor? It could be a tie between maple bacon and pina colada. Mike Olszewski is a veteran award-winning radio, TV and print journalist, and college instructor. Contact him at

Buzzy was part of the Greenwich Village folk scene for a time, palled around with some major musical names and played vibes on Jimi Hendrix’ posthumous release, “Cry of Love.” In so many ways, he was a human cartoon character, did some films and network TV, and on occasion would slip into this irritating baby voice during a conversation. In fact, during a radio interview with Billy Bass, he asked, “May I talk like this?” and Bass said politely but firmly, “Please don’t.” Sadly, we lost Buzzy a little over a year ago.

FOR NEXT TIME, name the band in 2019 that thrilled its Quicken Loans Arena audience with the Cleveland favorite, “My Town.” I’ll have the answer in the next issue.


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ENCORE CLEVELAND PARTICIPANTS IN ACTION JOE FERRITTO As a volunteer at Fairhill Partners, Joe is involved with several programs. He’s been leading in-person (pre-pandemic) and virtual workshops because it helps others successfully age.

CATALINA WAGERS Catalina is a current member of Cleveland Leadership Center’s Legacy Leaders, a program for retired leaders in the Cleveland area. Catalina joined the Programs Committee at Esperanza because their mission is to empower Hispanic students through a holistic system of mentoring, guidance, and support for the entire family unit.

SHIRLEY HEMMINGER Making sure visitors are properly screened and greeted with a friendly smile (under the mask), Shirley has continued to volunteer during the pandemic at McGregor. She also took on receptionist duties and enjoys the interactions with everyone there.


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