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2013 Winterfest

The Annual Winterfest, presented by Huntington, in Downtown Cleveland is planned for this Saturday, November 30th!   Families can enjoy free national entertainment and activities all day long on Public Square, starting at 1:00.  Take time to explore the Gateway District while you celebrate, and see what the Arcade, East 4th Street and 5th Street Arcades have to offer. 

Original Winterfest activities include:

1:00pm – 5:00pm – Tour Downtown on free horse-drawn carriage rides. Rides begin at the Cleveland Public Library.

2:00pm – 7:00pm – Grab some grub from some of Downtown’s favorite gourmet food trucks. Trucks will be lined up between Superior and Euclid Avenues.

2:00pm – 5:30pm – Join Radio Disney as they bring their entertainment to the SW Quad of Public Square. Enjoy fun games, sing-alongs and interactive prize giveaways.

2:00pm – 7:00pm – Shop local this holiday season. The Holiday Pop-Up Shop will be offering locally made unique gift items for the entire family.

5:30pm – Radio Disney will entertain with a show by Cimorelli.

6:00pm – 7:00pm – Join Mayor Frank Jackson and many others as they officialy start the holiday season in Cleveland with the Holiday Lighting Ceremony and majestic firework display.

7:00pm – Immediately after the holiday lighting ceremony, enjoy the free Public After-Party with Santa at the Tri-C Hospitality Management Center on Euclid Avenue. Families can enjoy free cookies, hot cocoa and pictures with Santa. Don’t forget your camera!

When it’s time to dine, stop to refresh yourself at one of the Gateway District’s restaurants or bars.

For more details about Winterfest,visit Downtown Cleveland Alliance’s website here.




Take a Hike receives 2014 Cuyahoga Arts & Culture Project Support Grant

Historic Gateway Neighborhood Corporation is pleased to announce the Take a Hike tour program has received a 2104 Cuyahoga Arts & Culture Project Support grant in the amount of $10,594.  

Take a Hike offers free, guided walking tours of the Gateway District, Warehouse District, PlayhouseSquare, Civic Cener and Canal Basin Park in the Flats in every week from May through September.  Each tour covers the history, architecture and future plans for the tour areas, and each tour features actors and actresses portraying historic figures from Cleveland’s past.  13,600 people have enjoyed a Take a Hike tour during the first five seasons.   The 2013 tour season was presented by Dollar Bank.

Cuyahoga Arts & Culture announced commitments of more than $1.8 million in grants to 139 Arts and Culture Organizations in Cuyahoga County through its 2014 Project Support Program on November 18, 2013.  The grant award amounts were approved by CAC’s Board of Trustees during its meeting and celebration event Monday afternoon at the Jennings Center for Older Adults.

“Cuyahoga County residents demonstrated extraordinary support for our county’s arts and cultural heritage in 2006 when they approved a dedicated source of public funds for creative activities in our community,” said Sari Feldman, president of CAC’s Board of Trustees. “Cuyahoga Arts & Culture takes our responsibility to invest those dollars in exceptional arts and cultural organizations very seriously. Our goal is to support the regional economy through strategic investment in a vibrant arts community.”

CAC made the grants through its 2014 Project Support grant program, which supports Cuyahoga County-based projects that promote public access and encourage the breadth of arts and cultural programming in our community. 

“I want to congratulate each of the organizations Cuyahoga Arts & Culture is funding in 2014, and we look forward to partnering with them in the coming months to benefit the community,” said Karen Gahl-Mills, CAC’s executive director. “On behalf of all county residents, CAC is funding more arts and culture programs for more people in more places than ever before.”

In October 2013, CAC convened panels of independent arts and culture experts from outside Northeast Ohio to evaluate and score each of the applications to the 2014 Project Support grant program. 

Cuyahoga Arts & Culture’s mission is to inspire and strengthen the community by investing in arts and culture. CAC was approved by Cuyahoga County voters in 2006, and since 2007, CAC has invested more than $97 million dollars in 237 local organizations presenting arts and cultural activities in Cuyahoga County. CAC’s vision for its first ten years of public funding for arts and culture is to help build stronger, more resilient organizations, create vibrant and energetic neighborhoods infused with culture, and establish Cuyahoga County as a hub of creative activity and a destination for artists.

For more information about CAC, please visit

Innerbelt Inbound Closure to Impact Friday Morning Commute

Attention Motorists:
In order to make the final traffic switch and place ALL traffic on the new Innerbelt Bridge, inbound I-90 (east) will be closed between I-490 and I-77 beginning at 9 a.m. on Thursday, November 21. I-90 east will remain closed through the Friday morning rush and is expected to reopen onto the new bridge by 6 a.m. Monday, November 23.

Performing this work now means avoiding impacting holidays, commutes and downtown events in the future! 

The Ohio Department of Transportation is anticipating major delays Friday morning along inbound I-90 east, I-71 north, I-77 north and SR 176 north.

Advice to commuters:
• Ride RTA: Leave the driving to someone else! Use RTA’s rail, bus, park-n-ride and other services to avoid congestion.

• Use alternate routes: The West Shoreway, Detroit Avenue and Lorain Avenue provide inbound access from the west. W 25th Street/Pearl Road provides access from points south. Crews will also temporarily reopen the W 14th Street Tremont on-ramp to I-71N/I-90E during the Friday morning commute. Broadway Avenue and Woodland Avenue provide inbound access from the southeast.

• Carpool: Riding with a buddy or two can reduce congestion.
• Use alternate forms of transportation: Bike and walk if you can!
• Allow plenty of extra time: Commute times are expected to increase during this closure.
• Pack your patience: Use good driving skills and sound judgment during the Friday morning commute. Be courteous to other drivers. 
Advice to employers:
• Allow flexible schedules
• Allow tele-commuting and “work from home”
• Encourage riding RTA
• Encourage carpooling to reduce congestion
• Ask employees what will help them deal with the closures. They may have suggestions that can be adopted easily. 
• Ensure that you get the email updates concerning traffic impacts (sign-up at, so that your employees are aware and informed.

For more information and future updates, visit

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