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Dunham Tavern Musem Tour with Cleveland Rotary - July 8, 2022

The Rotary Club of Cleveland had a special meeting at the Dunham Tavern Museum on Thursday July 28, 2022. Once a stagecoach stop on Buffalo-Cleveland-Detroit post road, today Dunham Tavern Museum is the oldest building still standing on its original site in the city of Cleveland.

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Photos and videos of the Dunham Tavern Museum Tour


Mexican Fashions

The Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation World on Stage series presented a night of music and the Ballet Folklorico Mexicano, a highly acclaimed folk dance group. This included a fashion show of dresses from different regions of Mexico. It was presented in conjunction with the Mexican Cultural Garden.

Colorful Mexican traditional dress - Mexican fashion in Cleveland


See more of the Mexican costumes


Cleveland Tall Ships Festival - Port of Cleveland - July 7 - 10, 2022

The Cleveland Tall Ships Festival returned to Lake Erie for a 4-day maritime celebration. Serving as the second host port of the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Great Lakes 2022 race series, Cleveland was honored to welcome a fleet of historic tall ships from harbors through the United States, Canada and Spain.

Nao Trinidad Tall Ship from Huelva Spain

Nao Trinidad Tall Ship from Huelva Spain

Photos and videos of the Cleveland Tall Ship Festival


4 Cleveland Women inducted into Cleveland International Hall of Fame

Since 2010, the Cleveland International Hall of Fame (CIHF) has inducted people who have made significant and lasting contributions to our multicultural society. Cleveland is home to people representing about 120 different ethnic groups. The CIHF exists not only to honor those special people but also to inspire a new generation of leaders to follow in their footsteps.

Over 150 worthy candidates were nominated for both the 2020 and 2022 Classes of the Cleveland International Hall of Fame. The selection committee was advised by previously inducted members of the Cleveland International Hall of Fame.

Covid-19 forced the always sold out induction ceremonies to be cancelled in 2020 and 2021. We tried to induct the 2020 class virtually but it was not the same. So once we were able to gather together again, we included the 2020 class in the induction ceremony along with the 2022 class on June 7, 2022. The event at Windows on the River was a sell out and the 2020 class finally got their moment in the spotlight.

2022 Class of the Cleveland International Hall of Fame

2022 Class of the Cleveland International Hall of Fame

2022 Class of the Cleveland International Hall of Fame
Seated (l-r) Anda Cook, Taras Szmagala
Standing - Victor Ruiz, Carl Robson MD


2020 Class of the Cleveland International Hall of Fame

2020 Class of the Cleveland International Hall of Fame

2020 Class of the Cleveland International Hall of Fame
Seated (l-r) Margaret Lynch, May Chen, Valarie McCall
Standing Berj Shakarian, Joe Valencic, Ramesh Shah


See the entire Cleveland International Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

See pictures of many of the attendees at the event


Now my husband thinks he's a chef

Banana Bread



10 Ways to Make the Most of Your Air Fryer

Sure, air fryers achieve a satisfyingly crisp finish with just a fraction of the fat, putting a healthier spin on fried foods. But there’s another reason to love your air fryer: the mind-blowing array of exciting new dishes you can add to your everyday repertory.

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Mianbaoxia Shrimp Toasted Sandwich and Teriyaki Beef Jerky Recipes
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Try these 2 favorites in your air fryer.

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Mianbaoxia Shrimp Toasted Sandwich and Teriyaki Beef Jerky Recipes


Polish Constitution Day Parade

The Polish Constitution of May 3, 1791 was the first constitution to follow the 1788 ratification of the United States Constitution. May 3 was restored as an official Polish holiday in April 1990, after the fall of communism. It is celebrated in Cleveland with events including a ceremony at the Polish American Cultural Center in Cleveland's historic Slavic Village neighborhood and this parade down Ridge Road in Parma.

The Polish American Congress - Ohio Division, in collaboration with Polish Village Parma, hosted Polish Constitution Day to commemorate the signing of Europe's first democratic constitution. Bruce Kalinowski served as MC of the Parade with the help of Rev. Eric Orzech, Pastor of both St. Stanislaus and St. Casimir churches.

Rev. Eric Orzech and Bruce Kalinowski

Rev. Eric Orzech and Bruce Kalinowski


The Parade marched down Ridge Road in Parma's Polish Village. As you might expect there was a lot of support for Ukraine and many from the nearby Ukrainian Village in Parma attended.

Women with signs - Solidarity with Ukraine and Poland


See pictures and videos from Polish Constitution Day


Fan Expo Cleveland 2022 (formerly Wizard World)

Fan Expo (formerly Wizard World) was back in Cleveland the weekend of April 30, 2022. Billed as "the ultimate playground for Comics, Sci-Fi, Horror, Anime, and Gaming. Three BIG days of citywide events, family-friendly attractions and world-renowned celebrities including William Shatner, Katee Sackhoff and many more.

William Shatner at Cleveland Fan Expo

William Shatner at Cleveland Fan Expo


The huge show floor had lots of vendors selling collectibles, original art, comic books, toys, games, clothes, gear, etc. There were also educational and entertainment sessions off the main show floor. As always the costumes of the vendors and attendees were the best part of the event.

COSplay at Fan Expo 2022 in Cleveland


See pictures and videos from Fan Expo 2022 in Cleveland.

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Cleveland Guardians new Food at Progressive Field 2022

The Cleveland Guardians are offering some new foods at Progressive Field for the 2022 baseball season. This includes items such as a Chicken and Waffle sandwich, Plant-based Nachos, Pork Mac and Cheese in a waffle cone, Wisconsin brat burger on a pretzel bun and more.

You can go to the stands to get your food when you are at a game or order it on your phone for mobile delivery.

I really liked the Chicken and Waffle and the Footlong Chili Dog which has a spicy chili and onion. I tried the plant-based nachos and with the cheese and salsa and jalapenos did not even notice that the "beef" was plant-based. Hungry yet?




Mary Murray McCann Memorial tribute

John McCann told some stories about his beloved late mother Mary Murray McCann who came to America alone on a ship in 1952 from Ireland. John says his mother would often state she was "Irish by birth, American by choice and Catholic by grace". That is a good framework in which to remember her life.

Mary Murray McCann

Mary Murray McCann

Read about Mary McCann


Cleveland Women and the Underground Railroad

When we think about the Underground Railroad the first name that comes to most of us is Harriet Tubman. While Tubman was exceptionally heroic, many other women played keys rolls in the efforts to help freedom seekers reach safety. In NE Ohio we have learned the names of men who were property owners, businessmen, judges, lawyers and were activists in the abolitionist movement. Most of them had wives and daughters, sisters and mothers all of whom must have been involved in UGRR efforts.

In what is now University Circle and East Cleveland families named Cozad, Ford and McIlrath owned and farmed great swaths of land, operated a gristmill, owned a brickyard and ran a tavern. We know that many freedom seekers sought food and shelter in what was then rural sparsely populated farmland, as they headed to freedom across Lake Erie.

Cozad-Bates House


In the 19th century women could not own land or vote. They lived in the legal shadow of their husbands and their lives were played out in private. But the role women played in each household was essential not only for the survival of each family but also for the secret activities of the UGRR.

Restore Cleveland Hope’s historian and Board member, Wrean Fiebig, in her tireless research has recovered the names of the women in these families who most certainly played a vital role in the UGRR. Volunteers from Restore Cleveland Hope will guide you through time and answer your questions. It is open to the public every Saturday from Noon-4 PM. No Charge, No tickets. Just come and learn about this important time in Cleveland’s history. Come in through the back door and be sure to explore the historic markers in the newly landscaped grounds around the house. More information.


Alberto Giacometti - Toward the Ultimate Figure - Cleveland Museum of Art

The latest exhibit at the Cleveland Museum of Art is called Alberto Giacometti - Toward the Ultimate Figure.

Cleveland Museum of Art Giacometti poster


The exhibition Alberto Giacometti: Toward the Ultimate Figure gathers an ensemble of masterpieces focusing on the artist's major achievements of the postwar years (1945-66). Combining all media-sculpture, painting, and drawing-the show of 60 works draws upon the deep resources of the artist's personal collection and examines a central, animating aspect of his oeuvre: his extraordinary, singular concern for the human figure. Co-organized by the Fondation Giacometti in Paris and the Cleveland Museum of Art, the exhibition will also be presented at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Seattle Art Museum; and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City. So we are very fortunate to have it here in Cleveland and first.

If you are expecting typical sculptures of people that look just like them, you will be surprised. Giacometti is best known for the bronze sculptures of tall, thin human figures that often look emaciated. Giacometti once said that he was sculpting not the human figure but "the shadow that is cast".

Walking Man by Giacometti

Walking Man by Giacometti

See more photos and a video preview of the Giacometti exhibition


Local nuns help raise awareness about kidney transplant exchange program

When it comes to organ transplants, the greatest number of people are on the waiting list for a human kidney. Unfortunately, the demand for kidneys far exceeds the supply. As part of the celebration of National Catholic Sisters Week, March 8-14, two nuns who are members of the Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration in Cleveland are doing their part to raise awareness about an innovative program that helps address the kidney shortage.

Watch a video about it

In 2019, Sister Jacinta, the youngest member of the PCPA monastery in Cleveland, began experiencing shortness of breath and other symptoms. Eventually, she was diagnosed with kidney failure stemming from an autoimmune disease. Learning that a kidney transplant was the best option, a fellow member of her order, Sister Mary Joseph, volunteered to be a living donor.

“She's in my religious community, an extension of my family,” said Sister Mary Joseph. “I just felt that love for her, so that I would want to help her any way I could.”

Unfortunately, Sister Mary Joseph was not a match to donate her kidney directly to Sister Jacinta. However, the two sisters became part of what is called “kidney paired donation” run by the National Kidney Registry. The program allowed Sister Mary Joseph to donate a kidney to another patient in the program who was a suitable match to her. Sister Mary Joseph chose to remain anonymous to her recipient.

Thanks to Sister Mary Joseph’s gift, Sister Jacinta, in turn, got a voucher to receive a kidney from another patient in the program who was a match for her. Sister Mary Joseph’s surgery to remove her kidney took place at UH Cleveland Medical Center in April 2021 and Sister Jacinta had her transplant at UH seven weeks later.

“It is a great act of love she did,” Sister Jacinta said about her fellow sister’s sacrifice. “I feel that God has given her great grace and she is sharing with me and our community.”

Sister Mary Joseph said sharing their story publically was something she never imagined doing. The Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration is a cloistered order and members lead a humble, prayerful life. However, given the importance of helping people understand the benefits of living donor transplants, their mother superior granted them special permission and allowed producers from the Diocese of Cleveland to videotape the sisters outside of the grated-screen parlor where they usually receive visitors.

Poor Clare Sisters


What makes National Catholic Sisters Week even more special for the Poor Clares is that 2022 is the celebration of their arrival in Cleveland 100 years ago. The centennial actually as in 2021, but last year’s celebration was postponed by the COVID-19 pandemic. The delayed celebration will include a fundraising gala on April 24 at Cleveland Browns Stadium. Kevin Stefanski, the Browns’ head coach and a devout Catholic, will be the keynote speaker.


Italian Heritage in Cleveland

Italian immigrants and Italian Americans have played an important part in the history and growth of Cleveland. This is on display at the Italian Museum of Cleveland located in the Little Italy neighborhood of Cleveland.

In this video, Pamela Dorazio Dean, Director of the museum, led Dan Hanson on a quick tour of some of the Museum's displays and told the story of the Italians coming to Cleveland and helping build it and make it grow. The first wave of immigrants settled in what was called Big Italy but later moved to several neighborhoods in both the west and east sides including, of course, Little Italy.

Pamela told how many of the immigrants were skilled stone carvers and how they played an important role in the creation of the huge Guardians statues which became the inspiration for the Cleveland baseball team's name change from Indians to Guardians. The Feast of the Assumption and Columbus Day Parade were discussed and Pamela shared the history of how Columbus Day came to be celebrated. It resulted from the largest lynching in US history when 11 Italian immigrants were lynched in New Orleans in 1891. Pamela stressed that Columbus Day is mostly a celebration of Italian heritage.

The museum is free to visit and details can be found at www.iamcle.org.




MagniPros Lighted Magnifiers - Review and Special Offers

Let's face it. Our vision is probably not what is was when we were younger. Even with "cheaters" it can be a struggle to read fine print in documents, prescription bottles, thread a needle and so on. And when the lighting is not as bright as we would like it can be a real problem.

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Jessica Davis - Cleveland Women Entrepreneur

Rebuilders Xchange (RBX) buys and sells construction material from ordinary to extraordinary. RBX is in the St. Clair-Superior neighborhood in an organized, 50,000 sq. ft. warehouse. It may not be the first business you think of for a woman entrepreneur but it was a dream of founder Jessica Davis and she made it happen.

In this video, Jessica tells the vision behind the project - reusing and repurposing construction materials, bringing wealth to the people of the neighborhood, keeping things out of the landfills and so on. She tells what it's like being a woman in a non-traditional industry. Ron tells of the jump from pipe fitter and welder to starting 16 IT and tech companies and now back to making custom pieces and design in the Fab Lab metal and wood shop in the Rebuilder's Xchange.



See more of Jessica and RBX's story


Free Covid Tests from the Government

Every home in the U.S. is eligible to order 4 free at-home COVID-19 tests. The tests are completely free. Orders will usually ship in 7-12 days.

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Trucking and Human Trafficking

Victims of human trafficking find themselves forced or coerced into engaging in specific types of labor or commercial sex acts without their consent. Often, human trafficking remains a hidden crime. Victims fear their abusers as well as law enforcement and suffer such significant trauma that they struggle to reach out for help.

Human trafficking impacts people across genders, races, and ages. Anyone can be a victim of human trafficking, and all too often, that victimization occurs in the shadows. Human trafficking traps an estimated 24.9 million people–64% are exploited for labor, while sexual exploitation accounts for an estimated 19% of human trafficking.

The Lanier Law Firm has prodcued an excellent resource to explain Human Trafficking and How to Report Human Trafficking if You Think You See It.

The ClevelandWomen.com Resource Page also has information about Domestic Violence, Rape and Sexual Assault and more.


Punched, Kicked, Spat On, and Sometimes Thanked:
Memoirs of a TV News Reporter
by Paul Orlousky




Cleveland TV viewers are undoubtedly familiar with Paul Orlousky - known as Orlo to most. After all he worked in broadcasting for over 50 years, landing in Cleveland on WEWS TV (Channel 5) in 1981. For the next 38 years he was a fixture on nightly Cleveland TV newscasts on Channels 5, 3 and 19.

As an "aggressive" reporter, Orlousky was involved in many of the major stories that happened in Cleveland during the past 4 decades. This book gives an insider's look at many of them. Cleveland viewers will recognize the names such as Dorothy Fuldheim, Dick Feagler, Albert Belle, John Demjanjuk, Jim Trafficant, Dennis Kucinich and others.

Read our review of Punched, Kicked, Spat On, and Sometimes Thanked.


Violence at Home Signal for Help

Isolation can increase the risk of violence at home. Use this discrete gesture during a video call to show you need help:

  1. Hold hand up with palm facing other person.
  2. Tuck thumb into palm.
  3. Fold fingers down over thumb.

Violence at Home signal for help


A missing teenage girl was rescued in the US after using a hand gesture that signals distress or domestic violence to capture the attention of a passing driver. The 16-year-old was spotted travelling inside a silver Toyota near London, Kentucky, about 150 miles south-east of Louisville, on November 4th. A driver called police after noticing "a female passenger in the vehicle making hand gestures that are known on the social media platform TikTok to represent violence at home - I need help - domestic violence," the Laurel County Sheriff's Office said in a statement on 6 November.


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Murder in the Cultural Gardens

"It just didn’t seem right to DJ. A body found bludgeoned in a place known for “Peace through Mutual Understanding.” But there she was, crumpled behind a bust of composer Franz Liszt in the Hungarian Cultural Garden. He pulled out his cell phone and dialed 911. “What is the nature of your emergency?” the dispatcher queried. With a suddenly very dry mouth DJ managed to get out, “There’s been a murder in the Cultural Gardens.”

That's the beginning of the recently published first novel by Dan Hanson.

Murder in the Cultural Gardens book cover - Franz Liszt statue


The whodunit, titled Murder in the Cultural Gardens, takes place in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens and all 30+ gardens are featured during the mystery. You may even recognize some of the characters.



Click the link above to learn more or to purchase in paperback or Kindle version from Amazon. Or contact Dan via the Murder in the Cultural Gardens webpage to have a signed book delivered.


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ClevelandWomen.Com Book of the Week
The Girl on the Train



The #1 New York Times Bestseller, USA Today Book of the Year, now a major motion picture starring Emily Blunt. The debut psychological thriller that will forever change the way you look at other people's lives.

Intersecting, overlapping, not-quite-what-they-seem lives. Jealousies and betrayals and wounded hearts. A haunting unease that clutches and won’t let go. All this and more helps propel Paula Hawkins’s addictive debut into a new stratum of the psychological thriller genre. At times, I couldn’t help but think: Hitchcockian. From the opening line, the reader knows what they’re in for: “She’s buried beneath a silver birch tree, down towards the old train tracks…” But Hawkins teases out the mystery with a veteran’s finesse. The “girl on the train” is Rachel, who commutes into London and back each day, rolling past the backyard of a happy-looking couple she names Jess and Jason. Then one day Rachel sees “Jess” kissing another man. The day after that, Jess goes missing. The story is told from three character’s not-to-be-trusted perspectives: Rachel, who mourns the loss of her former life with the help of canned gin and tonics; Megan (aka Jess); and Anna, Rachel’s ex-husband’s wife, who happens to be Jess/Megan’s neighbor. Rachel’s voyeuristic yearning for the seemingly idyllic life of Jess and Jason lures her closer and closer to the investigation into Jess/Megan’s disappearance, and closer to a deeper understanding of who she really is. And who she isn’t. This is a book to be devoured. -Neal Thompson

The Girl on the Train: A Novel


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Domestic Violence

Domestic violence is a pattern of repeated physical, sexual and emotional violence and behaviors that one person in a relationship uses to exercise power and control over the other. Cleveland and Northeast Ohio have many resources for victims of domestic violence.

Main Domestic Violence Page including:

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Domestic Violence and Children

Domestic Violence and Immigrants

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  • Cleveland Cooks Volume 2



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