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Spring can be a grab bag. You never know what you'll get. Crocuses and weeds arrive at the same time. The sun moves from anemic to happy yellow, then sulks behind thunder clouds when you have an outdoor game. The snow plow contract ends the day before the last big gasp of winter is dumped on the driveway. Spring likes surprises.
Biggest one is trying on your spring clothes from last year. Guess I over-wintered on holiday cookies while watching re-runs of "Fixer Upper".
Robert L. Fischer, PhD CWRU Research Professor and Program Director, Master of Nonprofit Organizations, Co-Director, Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development has led the Center's research on Invest in Children, a county-wide early childhood initiative that includes home visiting, children's health, and childcare components since 2001.
He spoke at the Data Days Cleveland event about how the house matters in a child's preparedness for school. Data Days CLE was a 3-day event bringing together experts and users in the fields of civic technology and data.
Talented kids age 6-16 sing opera in the Rockefeller Greenhouse
One of the highlights of the annual Russian Maslenitsa event in Cleveland was the musical performance by the young students of pianist and instructor Olga Druzhinina from Olga's Music Studio.
The Cleveland Russian Cultural Garden hosted its annual Maslenitsa celebration at the Rockefeller Greenhouse. It featured a Best Bliny (crepe or pancake) contest, Russian music, kids games, food and a special concert by some young students. One of the highlights was the Best Babushka Contest.
Did you know that the University of Akron has an Ice Carving Team? They carved a swan, an elephant and a dolphin at the recent Kurentovanje Festival.
Easter Egg Dance
The PIAST Polish Folk Song and Dance Ensemble of the Polish Roman Catholic Union of America performed at the 2017 Kurentovanje Festival at the Slovenian National Home. Since Kurentovanje heralds an end to winter and a look forward to spring, the PIAST group performed a Pysanky Dance. The young ladies dressed as Easter Eggs - pysanky - and the young men dressed as roosters. LOts of fun!
We stood around the wet square of film as the magic happened. Moments ago we had held our pose as my father-in-law aimed his camera. A click, and then he pulled, and out came the still-wet square. Now we hovered over it as the black and white image of us slowly appeared.
Now we didn't need to take a roll of film down to the drug store to have it developed. With a Polaroid camera we could see ourselves right away.
Girl Scouts Celebrates 100th Anniversary of the largest girl-led business in the world!
Girl Scouts of North East Ohio (GSNEO) is commemorating an exciting year for the organization - the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouts selling cookies, with pre-sales beginning in January. In 1917, five years after Juliette Gordon Low founded the organization, Girl Scouts first sold cookies as a means to finance troop activities. This initial sale evolved into the largest entrepreneurial program in the world, teaching millions of girls essential skills needed to become effective leaders. These leadership skills include goal setting, decision-making, money management, people skills and business ethics.
“The Girl Scout Cookie Program is essentially a business built by girls,” said GSNEO’s CEO Jane Christyson. “Girls who participate set goals and decide how their profits will be used to support their activities, which often include giving back through service projects. Because it’s girl-led, they’re learning to be effective leaders, manage finances, and gain self-sufficiency and confidence in handling money.”
The 2017 cookie season marks the 100th year of the first known sale of cookies by Girl Scouts. In recognition of the centennial, this year’s cookie sale will feature a new cookie – the Girl Scout S’mores cookie. The commemorative treat, as well as the traditional favorites, will be available through pre-orders starting January 2, 2017 with booth sales beginning in March. Proceeds from the cookie sale benefit Girl Scouts of North East Ohio programs and local troops.
Girl Scouts of North East Ohio connects girls to a world of possibilities in a positive and inclusive, girl-led environment. Girls are inspired to discover their passions and empowered to reach their full potential through a proven leadership development program. GSNEO serves 30,000 girls and 14,000 adult volunteer members throughout an 18-county region including Medina, Portage, and Summit counties; Cuyahoga, Geauga, and Lake counties; Carroll, Stark and Tuscarawas counties; Ashtabula, Columbiana, Mahoning and Trumbull counties; Erie, Huron, Lorain, Sandusky and Seneca counties.
Since its founding in 1912, Girl Scouts has provided more than 50 million girls with time-honored programs that engage them with their communities; enhance self-esteem; increase financial literacy and interest in math, science and technology; encourage good health and nutrition and build leadership skills necessary for them to move confidently into their futures. Today, Girl Scouts is the #1 girl organization in the world, with 2.8 million members throughout the United States, including U.S. territories, and in more than 90 countries through USA Girl Scouts Overseas.
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
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