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The big weekend attraction is the Folk Fest at Shore Centre, and the big attraction at the Fest is the blue-grass band Carolina Blue; Friday is largely workshops for blue-grass musicians and classes for kids. Saturday has a full schedule of all things folk, and ends in a Grand Finale concert.  FolkFest
On Friday, you could drop in at Photocentric, Waterloo’s newest gallery, where the multi-talented artist Michael Loderstedt will be mixing drinks featuring honey from his own bees, while explaining the finer points of his current show, “Printed.”  Photo
Also on Friday, consider a visit to the art museum where you can enjoy world masterpieces as well as a poetry slam (which includes Emma, performing as Kai. Her grandmother is hoping to attend). OpenMic
On Saturday, you can spend the entire day at the Folk Fest. Or not.
Also on Saturday, it’s about time to start driving the market vendors crazy by asking them whether ramps will be appearing soon. (Given the weather, it wouldn’t be such a surprise.) Or you could spend a few hours with the fiber folk at Praxis, learning the magic of natural dyes. Praxis
On Sunday, the Beachland Rockin' Brunch is tempting, with DJ Jonathan Provenzano.
And on Monday - Roots of American Music presents Bluegrass Jam at the Beachland, so you can have a full blue-grass weekend.  Beachland
At Waterloo Arts
Annual Juried Show: Call for Artists   Call
Save the Date: Playwrights Local Present “Hey Siri”  March 20-29  Play
At Pop Life: Aura Aura - March 13, 14 & 15; Light & Sound Bath - March 3   PopLife
At Praxis: Natural Dyes: February 29  Praxis
At Photocentric: Back by popular demand! Photo
At the Beachland:   Beachland
Sunday February 23 - Beachland Rockin' Brunch with DJ Jonathan Provenzano
Monday February 24 - Roots of American Music presents Bluegrass Jam.
Robert Lockwood Jr. 105th Birthday Memorial, March 15
One Mic Open: Feature & Qualifying Slam    Friday February 21 OpenMic
Garden Ideas from SWCD
Dreaming of Spring?
Shop Class for Motor Bikes
Lake Erie Folk Fest    February 21-22  FolkFest
Bluegrass Band Lab
Friday School Program
Saturday Free Events 1-6 p.m.
Saturday Evening Concert 7:30 p.m.
Tax Prep at the Library
At Waterloo Arts
Annual Juried Show: Call for Artists

Entry Deadline April 5th: 2020 WAJE  Sunday, April 5, 2020 at 12 AM – 11:30 PM
Waterloo Arts Gallery, 15605 Waterloo Rd, Cleveland, Ohio 44110 
Waterloo Arts invites all artists residing in the US or Canada to submit artwork for the 2020 Waterloo Arts Juried Exhibition. This is a unique opportunity for artists to exhibit work in Cleveland, Ohio. As in previous years, the Juried Exhibition will take place in three locations in the Waterloo Arts District: Waterloo Arts Gallery, Praxis Fiber Workshop and Brick Ceramic + Design. Artists will also receive substantial exposure during the district’s largest community event, The Waterloo Arts Fest, welcoming more than 5,000 attendees. This is the sixth year Waterloo Arts Juried Exhibition has coincided with the Waterloo Arts Fest and the fourth year that accepted work will be exhibited in three different spaces on Waterloo Road. As in past years, Waterloo Arts will also offer a small stipend to all accepted artist to help defray costs associated with entry and shipping.
Save the Date:
Playwrights Local Present “Hey Siri”  March 20-29

Having moved to Virgina Beach - Tamicka Scruggs has returned to Cleveland to tell this heart wrenching tale of pain, loneliness and redemption. Written by Dr. Mary Weems and directed by Michael Oatman.  
Playwrights, BTW, reports that of the eight playwrights receiving  Individual Excellence Awards from the Ohio Arts Council this year, four have had plays produced by Playwrights, and one has appeared in their annual Cleveland Playwrights Festival.
At Six Shooter
Six Shooter Coffee has the everything bagel - and the other classic flavors you’ve come to know and love, daily, courtesy of Cleveland Bagel. Pairs wonderfully with literally any drink on the menu. That makes them almost a restaurant, doesn’t it?
At Pop Life
Aura Aura - March 13, 14 & 15

Experiential portrait project Aura Aura acts as a vessel for exploring the #humanatmosphere by utilizing analog technology and instant film that is no longer being produced. Through a non-traditional long exposure, emulating a double exposure process of capturing your bio-magnetic, vibrational energy, they make the metaphysical visible, resulting in awe-inspiring, one-of-a-kind portraits. For more info please visit
Light & Sound Bath: Pyramid Meditation  with Lindsay Stefans    March 3
7:15 pm - 8:30 pm.  Join the Pop Life circle as they collaborate with Self Space Meditation Studio in an artist-created luminous environment. The vibrations of the crystal singing bowls will calm the nervous system and leave you feeling refreshed and uplifted. This unique session combines guided meditation and a healing sound bath in a beautiful and calm setting.  Cost: $20
At Praxis
Natural Dyes: February 29  10 AM
– 4 PM  Instructor: Jasmine Kornel
This workshop will focus on exploring the array of colors that can be achieved using historically cultivated natural dyes on a variety of fabrics. Students will get the opportunity to use  multiple immersion baths for layered and complex results and examine how colors change depending on the mordant chosen. The basics of extraction and storage of dyes will be covered as well as some simple resist techniques to enhance color variations. All materials are included. Students are welcome to bring additional potential dye material for experimentation.  $105 per student. Register online.
At Photocentric
Back by popular demand! Mixologist, beekeeper, gallerist, writer, artist Michael Loderstedt will be making honey-inspired cocktails (with honey from his own bees), spinning tunes and fixing up some tasty vittles this Friday from 4-6 at Photocentric. Long week at the office? Pull your nose away from the grindstone and point it towards Waterloo Arts District. Bring a friend to the gallery and have twice the fun checking out Printed, and all the new additions to Photocentric.
And Michael adds: “You know we're a framer, right? We use only archival materials, contemporary presentation. No crazy, colored matts–– just clean, museum quality work. Bring us your photographs or works on paper.”
At the Beachland
Sunday March 15th - Robert Lockwood Jr. 105th Birthday Memorial

Celebrating the life of blues legend Robert Lockwood Jr. with a free show featuring local blues favorites. The show will also include a premiere of ‘Real Blues Spirit,’ a film showcasing a concert from Robert Lockwood Jr. at Brothers Lounge in 1994. Free Event
Sunday February 23 - Beachland Rockin' Brunch with DJ Jonathan Provenzano.
Monday February 24 - Roots of American Music presents Bluegrass Jam.
One Mic Open: Feature & Qualifying Slam    Friday February 21

Cleveland Museum of Art, 11150 East Blvd.
One Mic Open will host four Poetry Slam events that serve as qualifiers for the Northeast Ohio Youth Poetry Slam Finals. Each event will determine the top three youth poets (ages 13-19), who will advance to compete at the Youth Poetry Slam Final Stage, which will determine Northeast Ohio’s Youth Poetry Grand Slam Champion! This year’s Grand Slam Champion receives a $1000 prize.
Doors at 5:30p. Sign up for short (5-7 folk) open mic. Sign up for slam (max 20 folk). This event is completely free to attend. You need only one original poem, no longer than 3 min 30 seconds, to compete. If you place in the top 3, you will be qualified to compete at the Finals on June 6th and potentially win $1000.
Not interested in competing? No problem, this poetry series also features an open mic where you can share your work with youth across Northeast Ohio.
Garden Ideas from SWCD
Cuyahoga Soil and Water Conservation District is offering two great ways to put your landscape to work on behalf of the waters of Euclid Creek this spring.
1) Plant some natives. This year you can purchase native plant kits, native trees, or native seed packets. Native plants have longer root systems than traditional turf lawns and help to soak up water during rain events. They also require less fertilizer, meaning less nutrients contributing to Lake Erie Algae Blooms.
2) You can plant native trees. As everybody on the planet must have read by now, trees act as the earth’s lungs – and the SWCD also has native trees.
Order from Deadline for Spring Native Plant Kit Orders: March 11th. Deadline for Native Tree Orders: March 24th. Seeds available year round.
Dreaming of Spring?
Thinking of the repairs that you need to do around the house? If your house needs painted this year, maybe PAINT CLEVELAND can help. This is the 2020 exterior paint program the Greater Collinwood Devcorp are running in conjunction with the City of Cleveland. Call AJ @ 216.383.9772 x 205 to get find out if you qualify, and to set a time for application. Deadline is February 28. Both owners and tenants may apply. You will need to complete a lead safe work practice class and you will receive vouchers for up to $1500 for paint and supplies. AJ is also available for walk-in appointments at Five Pointe Community Center on Mondays and Thursdays.
Shop Class for Motor Bikes
Molly Vaughan and Brian Schaffran started Skidmark Garage as a place for motorcycle riders to come, fix up their bikes, share parts and knowledge. It’s a community DIY garage.
"We knew not only do kids need shop class, but they need to find places where they could work on something together and find commonality in a place outside of the classroom,”
Every week, students from schools throughout Cleveland, including Design Lab Early College, Saint Martin de Porres High School, University Settlement and soon, Magnificat High School, will come to the garage to get hands on learning, by building up and breaking down motorcycles – advancing your knowledge of math as well as of engines.
 With their mobile rig, the group can pack up all of the equipment in Skidmark Garage and bring it to each school, and then set up shop right there.
At Shore Centre
Lake Erie Folk Fest                      February 21-22

The fifth annual Lake Erie Folk Fest brings a warm blast of music for February's cold days. Special events:  Friday 10 a.m. "Pass It On," a program for schools.    Friday 7 p.m. Bluegrass Band Lab for intermediate and advanced players of fiddle, mandolin, guitar, banjo and bass.    Saturday 1-6 p.m. Free concerts, workshops, dances and more for the general public.    Saturday 7:30 p.m. Grand Finale Concert - (admission $15 advance, $20 day of)
Bluegrass Band Lab
Calling all bluegrass musicians! Carolina Blue from Brevard, NC, will share their knowledge with intermediate and advanced players at the Shore Cultural Centre in Euclid on Friday, Feb. 21 at 7 p.m.  Carolina Blue were the top winners at the National SPBGMA Awards held recently in Nashville where the band took top honors as Entertainers of the Year; Bluegrass Band of the Year (Overall); Vocal Group of the Year; and Album of the Year for "I Hear Bluegrass Calling Me."  Instruction for intermediate and advanced players on fiddle, mandolin, guitar, banjo and bass will be followed by tips on playing as a band.
Listen to the band here. Visit their website to sign up for the Bluegrass Band Lab. Fee is $50.
About the Instructors
Formed in 2007, Carolina Blue‘s roots run deep in the tradition of Bill Monroe, and the band performs a repertoire of original songs, bluegrass favorites and gospel, all done in the traditional style. Their most recent Pinecastle Records release, “I Hear Bluegrass Calling Me,” debuted on Billboard’s Top 5 Bluegrass Albums chart.
Band members are Bobby Powell on guitar and vocals, Timmy Jones on mandolin and vocals, Reese Combs on upright bass and vocals, James McDowell on banjo and vocals, and American and Canadian Grand Master Fiddle Champion Aynsley Porchak on fiddle.
Friday School Program
On Friday at 10 a.m., educators can bring students to learn about the rich musical melting pot that created Bluegrass. This assembly is open to students K-12 as well as home schoolers. Student admission is $5, with teachers and chaperones attending free. Reservations are still available. A "History of Bluegrass" study guide is provided. Call 216.289.8578, or check with to learn if reservations are still open.
Saturday Free Events 1-6 p.m.
Saturday is bursting with workshops, concerts, jams, dances and more starting at 1 p.m. (doors open at noon). You'll find more than 30 events to attend, all for FREE! Check out the schedule and plan your day.
Saturday Evening Grand Finale Concert 7:30 p.m.
Finally, after the daytime events and a short dinner break, settle in for an evening concert in the Shore Cultural Centre's historic 800-seat auditorium. The concert features Carolina Blue  – Bluegrass from North Carolina; Luca Mundaca – Brazilian Singer Songwriter; Harmonia – Music of Eastern Europe; and Distinguished Gentlemen of Spoken Word – Performance Poetry.  Admission $15 online thru Fri. Feb. 21, $20 day of show) Tickets:
The Lake Erie Folk Fest is a collaboration of the Northeast Ohio Musical Heritage Association, which also produces the Blue Sky Folk Festival, and Shore Cultural Centre, a former high school turned innovative arts center in downtown Euclid. It brings together two communities in a late-winter cross-pollination of the arts: Euclid's diverse arts community, and Northeast Ohio's traditional roots music community. For more information please contact Laura Lewis via email, or call Shore Cultural Centre, 216-289-8578. All of the Lake Erie Folk Fest events are held at Shore Cultural Centre, 291 E 222nd St, Euclid.
About Northeast Ohio Musical Heritage Association
NEOMHA produces both the Lake Erie Folk Fest and the Blue Sky Folk Festival, whose ninth annual music festival was held at the Fine Arts Association in Willoughby, Ohio on August 17, 2019.  NEOMHA's mission is to provide venues and opportunities for the performance, sustenance and preservation of folk music in our region. Our goal is to create experiences that inspire a personal love and appreciation of folk music.
Tax Prep at the Library
Get your taxes prepared for FREE! Collinwood Catholic Ministries in partnership with Euclid Public Library will be providing tax preparation services by appointment Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4pm-9pm, and Saturdays 9:30am-2:30pm. Visit or call 2-1-1 to schedule an appointment today.
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