Fresh Start: Week of December 28

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Fresh Start: Week of December 28

Posted by Peter Chakerian and tagged with art, benefit, Cleveland, downtown, family, food, health, outdoors, recreation, restaurant, tour, Tremont; 12:00am, December 28th 2009

New Year’s resolutions are trite – at least, that’s what we say after going back on our yearly promises of personal betterment. We vow to lose weight, get fit and exercise, but find our inner gourmand calling to us before Valentine’s Day. We hope to halt those bad habits and be more centered, only to find a tough week at work derails everything. And some of us even attempt to learn something brand new. At OhioAuthority, we think the latter is still a very attainable goal, especially with this trio of local events:


New Year’s Eve Insurrection Mass and Possibilitarian Puppet Service

Usher in the New Year with a whole lotta new: ideas, approach, attitude and friends. On Thursday, December 31 at 3 pm, this out-with-the-old “mass” celebration at the Coventry Village Library in Cleveland Heights includes a papier-mâché puppet service (non-denominational), a fiddle sermon and "Funeral March for the Rotten Ideas of 2009" parade, which steps off at 3:45 pm. All ages and participants are welcome, but plan on arriving at 11 am, if you want to walk in the parade. For more information, call 216-771-8287 or email Don't forget to head back to Coventry for Tommy's Annual New Year's Day Pancake Breakfast to benefit Heights Arts, Friday, January 1


Sergio’s Sarava New Year’s Eve Samba Party 

A change in latitude is good for the soul, as evidenced by the hundreds who flocked to Sergio’s Sarava last year for this Brazilian bash. Sarava offers three different incarnations of their New Year’s Eve Samba Party on Thursday, December 31, including two with prix fixe dinners, live music by Samba Joia, sets by world music DJ Kris Koch and more. One too many margaritas, mojitos or caipirinhas? Sarava has set up special overnight packages (including a continental breakfast) through Glidden House for advance purchase. Equal parts Carnaval and cosmopolitan cool, this is a New Year’s Eve party unlike any other in Cleveland. To make reservations, call 216-295-1200.


Cleveland Area Mountain Bike Association’s New Year's Day Poker Run 

Okay, so we all promise to be healthier and more community-minded in the New Year,  but this event tackles both on Day One 2010. Bring your bike and your balaclava, and get your blood pumping with CAMBA’s ninth annual New Year's Day cycle rally. It all starts Friday, January 1 at Tremont's Lincoln Park, located at West 14th Street, between Kenilworth Avenue and Startkweather Avenue. Riders should meet at noon at the bandstand at the center of Lincoln Park. Take in CAMBA’s road circuit, featuring a brisk journey through downtown, The Flats and Tremont, where The tour ends at The SouthSide for some well-deserved food and drink. 


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