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La Fiesta Latina Celebrates 10 Years of Bringing a Little “Salsa and Spice” to the I-X Indoor Amusement Park

(Cleveland, OH) – The I-X Indoor Amusement Park, presented by Marc's, is pleased to announce the 10th Annual La Fiesta Latiná April 12th and April 13th! La Fiesta Latiná, hosted by the Julia de Burgos Cultural Arts Center and Latinocleveland.com, celebrates the very best of Hispanic heritage and culture. You will find 2 days jammed packed with Latin music with national and local acts, dance, arts and even a kids fiesta for all patrons to enjoy!

LARGEST GATHERING EVER OF PRO FOOTBALL HALL OF FAMERS OUTSIDE OF CANTON COMING TO THE I-X CENTER IN CLEVELAND, OHIO FOR A ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME SHOW OF SHOWS MAY 3-4

Jim Brown, Joe Namath, Barry Sanders, Lynn Swann, Terry Bradshaw, Marshall Faulk, Warren Sapp & Franco Harris among unprecedented gathering of 100 Hall of Famers

Cleveland – Pro Football Hall of Fame Fan Fest hits the field in Cleveland, Ohio on Saturday, May 3rd and Sunday, May 4th. The Pro Football Hall of Fame has teamed up with Cleveland’s International Exposition (I-X) Center and BaAM Productions to present this inaugural, interactive, must- attend event.

Horizon Science Academy Cleveland Hosts Army Musical Concert

CLEVELAND - HSA is hosting the United States Army Musical Outreach Concert on Monday, 7 April, at 1:40 pm in the high school gymnasium. The school is located at 6000 S. Marginal Road in Cleveland. The featured performer is Sergeant Corrin Campbell from Duluth, MN. Sgt. Corrin served 3 years in the Reserve Component in Maryland. She has shared stages with many artists including Sarah McLachlan, Toby Keith, The Indigo Girls, The Oak Ridge Boys, Ted Nugent, Sara Barielles, and more. All in attendance will receive a free CD from Sergeant Corrin Campbell.

Advocates Press for Second Hearing on Bill to Eliminate Statute of Limitations for Rape Cases

Senate Bill 83 would give law enforcement more time to investigate crimes

Columbus—Today, State Senators Nina Turner (D-Cleveland) and Capri Cafaro (D-Hubbard) held a press conference at the Ohio Statehouse calling for additional hearings on Senate Bill 83, legislation that would repeal the statute of limitations for the prosecution of rape and sexual battery cases. They were joined at the event, which also marked the start of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, by Katie Hanna, Executive Director of the Ohio Alliance to End Sexual Violence, and a survivor of sexual assault.

IN CELEBRATION OF RED CROSS MONTH, MULTIPLE CLEVELAND ORGANIZATIONS COME TOGETHER TO OFFER LIFE-SAVING RED CROSS TRAINING TO CLEVELAND METROPOLITAN SCHOOLS

Both teachers and students will participate in training

The American Red Cross is proud to announce its collaboration with Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD), Cleveland Metroparks, Cleveland EMS, Cleveland State University, and The Greater Cleveland YMCA to provide first aid, CPR and automated external defibrillator (AED) training to over 75 nurses and teachers in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District. The domino effect of this initial training, detailed below, makes this collaboration very unique.

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CONGRESSWOMAN FUDGE APPLAUDS RE-USE OF HARDEST HIT FUNDS TO TACKLE BLIGHT THROUGH DEMOLITION IN CUYAHOGA AND SUMMIT COUNTIE

Warrensville Heights, OH – Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge (OH-11) released the following statement following the February 28th announcement by the Ohio Housing Finance Agency (OHFA) of first-round funding awards to land banks in 11 counties through the “The Neighborhood Initiative Program” (NIP). This program is based on approval by the U.S. Department of the Treasury to reallocate up to $60 million of the state’s remaining Hardest Hit Funds for demolition purposes.

Cleveland Botanical Garden Vice President Encourages Kids to Experiment with Gardening in New Book Hitting Shelves April

Renata Fossen Brown of Cleveland Heights to hold book signing

Renata Fossen Brown has shared her passion for plants with thousands of students from pre- kindergarten through graduate school over her 10 years at Cleveland Botanical Garden. Now, the Cleveland Heights resident aims to instill a lifelong love of gardening, botany, ecology and the natural world into young people through her first book, “Gardening Lab for Kids: 52 Fun Experiments to Learn, Grow, Harvest, Make, Play, and Enjoy Your Garden,” to be released April 1 by Cool Springs Press.

CLEVELAND MAYOR, CMSD CEO, COUNTY EXECUTIVE ANNOUNCE PLANS TO EXPAND PRE-K IN CITY OF CLEVELAND

PRE4CLE plan calls for expansion of high quality pre-K to children in the city

CLEVELAND, OHIO – The Cleveland Pre-K Task Force announced PRE4CLE, a plan to expand access to high-quality pre-K programs to children in the City of Cleveland. PRE4CLE is a major next step in implementing Cleveland’s Plan for Transforming Schools.

Wild Ride lets you bike through Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

Take a detour from your normal bike route and ride through Cleveland Metroparks Zoo instead!

Cyclists of all ages will have two chances to cruise through the Zoo on their bikes this year when Wild Ride at the Zoo returns on Friday, May 9 and Friday, July 25 from 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Cleveland Play House Announces 2014-15 Season

99th Season First Selected By Artistic Director Laura Kepley

CLEVELAND, OH - Artistic Director Laura Kepley announces the lineup for the 99th consecutive season of Cleveland Play House, the first she has programmed. A classic American drama, a variety of new work including a world premiere, comedies and music highlight the 2014-15 Season. “The theme of our 99th season is Legacy,” reflects Kepley. “Many of the stories this season involve a changing of the guard. As one era ends, a new, sometimes shaky, sometimes confident world sprouts up, the future of which might be doomed or might be glorious– but it will always be theatrically thrilling.”

Congresswoman Fudge, Governor Kasich Request Pilot Program to Increase Minority Business Participation in Federally Funded Transportation Projects in Cleveland

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge (OH-11) and Ohio Governor John Kasich have each sent letters to U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx urging the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) to grant the State of Ohio a waiver to the Department’s Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program for upcoming projects in the City of Cleveland.

Ohioans Gather to Demand Fair Access to the Ballot Box

Second "Testimony Tuesday" brings together diverse group of voters to demand end to ballot rule shenanigans

COLUMBUS—Today on the steps of the Ohio Statehouse, legislators, community leaders, and voting advocates gathered at the second Testimony Tuesday event to call upon the state’s political leaders to stop enacting restrictive voting policies, and to instead encourage broader participation in government.

Fewer Ohio Kids Abusing Rx Painkillers, Many Texting & Driving

Survey by Ohio Department of Health monitors students' health risks & behaviors

COLUMBUS—Prescription painkiller abuse by teens dropped nearly in half during the past two years, according to the Ohio Department of Health’s 2013 Ohio Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS). In 2011, 21.3 percent of students reported using prescription pain relievers or painkillers without a doctor’s prescription one or more times during their life; in 2013 that dropped to 12.8 percent. The number of Ohio’s youth who reported using heroin also decreased from 3.1 percent to 2 percent.

Attorney General DeWine Announces New Help for Number One Ohio Consumer Complaint: Motor Vehicles

(COLUMBUS, Ohio)- Attorney General Mike DeWine announced today a new tool to help consumers buy used cars. The Attorney General’s Used Car Buyer Checklist covers purchasing, maintenance, and contract issues.

Gov. Kasich’s SNAP Restrictions Force More Jobless Ohioans to Lose Food Access

Dismal job climate, struggling economy leave Ohioans in need with little opportunity

COLUMBUS- State Rep. Dan Ramos (D-Lorain) and Sen. Charleta B. Tavares (D-Columbus) today criticized Gov. Kasich’s “ill-timed and poorly targeted” SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) restrictions that forced at least 16,290 more Ohioans off of food assistance in January. Gov. Kasich’s restrictions have forced at least 26,000 jobless Ohioans off of food assistance to date.

Through Jerse’s 2000 “Upskirt” Law, Ohio Avoids Massachusetts Dilemma

Last Friday, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick signed a bill updating the state’s voyeurism laws two days after the state’s Supreme Judicial Court ruled that a man who took photos up women’s skirts on a subway did not violate current law because the clothed victims were not “nude” or “semi-nude.” The development comes fourteen years after Ohio adopted a bill sponsored by then-State Representative Ed Jerse (D-Euclid) addressing a similar situation.

Ohio, the other border

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Every Tuesday night in Painesville, Ohio, immigrants with a common denominator meet at a converted church: they are protagonists or collateral damage in the government’s deportation machine.

Ohio Rolls Out New Adoptee Access to Records Law on March 20

Ohio is Latest in National Trend: Adoptees Watching in Other States

Cleveland, OH – On March 20, 2014, Ohio will implement the first part of a two-phase roll out of legislation related to adult adoptees’ access to their original birth certificates. On that date, birthparents can file a form to express their preferences about contact with the child they placed for adoption. In addition to the Contact Preference Form, birthparents will be encouraged to fill out an updated medical history. If their child was adopted between 1964 and 1996, birthparents will have a one-year period to request their names be redacted from the version of the original birth certificate that would be released to the adult adoptee.

IRS Has $24.5 Million for Ohioans Who Have Not Filed a 2010 Income Tax Return

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Refunds totaling more than $24.5 million may be waiting for an estimated 32,100 Ohioans who did not file a federal tax return for 2010, the Internal Revenue Service announced today. Nationwide, almost $760 million awaits about 918,600 taxpayers. To collect the money, however, these taxpayers must file their 2010 tax returns with the IRS no later than Tuesday, April 15, 2014.

Rep. Budish Advocates for Retaining Top Workforce Talent in Ohio Provides testimony for STEM Tax Credit Bill

COLUMBUS— Former Speaker and Minority Leader State Rep. Armond Budish (D-Beachwood) appeared before the House Ways and Means Committee today to offer sponsor testimony on House Bill 405. H.B. 405 would offer income tax credits for Ohio residents who graduate with advanced degrees in science, technology, engineering, and math-related fields – commonly referred to as STEM

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