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New Publisher Joining Gatewood Work/Share

BeLonging Books was birthed almost two years ago when Kat Willihnganz met The Reading Room founder L.S. Quinn and literary talent scout Anna Risher . Now the three of them are setting up shop at the Gatewood Work/Share as BeLonging Books—with Willihnganz acting as the primary book editor, Risher acting as a scout, Quinn doing copy editing and marketing, and Gatewood Work/Share owner Robert Gatewood doing graphic design. Willihnganz  has written three YA novels for St. Martin’s Press (under the pseudonym Kit Alloway). The imprint is actively seeking submissions from people of all ethnicities, abilities, sexual orientations  and walks of life, with the goal of releasing its first collection in 2020.

Local Sausage Scores Again

At the 16th Annual Slovenian Sausage Festival, Azman Quality Meats of Euclid earned the rare honor of winning both the Best of Fest Jury Award and the People’s Choice Award.  Raddell’s Sausage Shop scored runner-up in both categories. The event was hosted by the National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame in September, at the SNPJ Farm in Kirtland.

More than 1,300 hungry music-lovers enjoyed eight hours of polka music and savory sausages. Fifty musicians and accordionists, including Canada’s Polka King Walter Ostanek, volunteered their services at the fund-raiser for the Polka Hall of Fame.

Slovenian sausage is made with pork, often accented with garlic, and then cured and smoked. Nearly 2,000 sausages were purchased at the event. The National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame celebrates the style of American dance music that emerged from the city's neighborhoods and became a national sensation, with America’s Polka King Frank Yankovic, in the decades after World War II. The museum is located at 605 East 222nd Street in Euclid, in the city’s historic former city hall. For more information, check the website at or call (216) 621- FAME.

At Waterloo Arts

5th Annual Cleveland Playwrights Festival       October 12

A whole day of playwriting - 12 - 11 pm – with a workshop, craft talk and lots of new plays. Recommended for adults & teens. All sessions are free. Tickets or reservations not required.

This Year’s Guest Presenters: The Cleveland Shakespeare Festival; The Dramatists Guild - Ohio Region; Literary Cleveland; NEOMFA Writing Program; Radio on the Lake Theatre; Young Playwrights Collective.

The Workshop: Just the Facts, Man”: A Docudrama Playwriting Workshop
With Christopher Johnston.

The Craft Talk: "Getting Off on the Right Foot: Strategies on Beginnings"
With George Brant, hosted by Les Hunter

New Plays By: Adam Benjamin, Luke Brett, Carol Dolan, Charles Ellenbogen, Cat Kenney, Michael S. Merritt, Robert Thomas Noll, Elias Richard Stimac and Meghan Louise Wagner. Plus more to be announced!

Full Lineup & Info at   Creative Space at Waterloo Arts, 397 East 156th Street|


At BRICK Ceramic

Have you been interested in learning to throw on the potter’s wheel, or do you want to improve your throwing skills? Join Susan Gallagher @claygirl71 for an 8-week Wednesday night wheel throwing class. Starts October 23rd. Sign up on

At the Beachland

Beachland Fall Flea Market    Saturday October 5

This flea market will run from 10 am to 3 pm, and it'll feature classic vinyl records, cool vintage items, music memorabilia, and more! Vendors spaces are still available. Presented by Dogfish Head Brewery.

Ohio Burlesque Presents  Saturday October 19th

Stranger Things: Book of the Beast Fright Night Weekender. This spooky show will include burlesque performances based on "Stranger Things," "American Horror Story," and more

Beachland Rock N Roll Holiday Flea Market     Sunday December 15

The Rock N Roll Holiday Flea Market is the perfect place to find a unique gift this holiday season! Vendor spaces are still available. Presented by Dogfish Head Brewery.

At the Fillmore: Last Sunday Series

Aaron Civil War presents Last Sunday concerts  at the Millard Fillmore Presidential Library, a live music performance series by and for established and up and coming musicians. Come enjoy talented musicians and songwriters from the NE Ohio area in a friendly and welcoming listening environment at the friendliest bar in town - The Millard Fillmore Presidential Library on Waterloo Road.  The MillFill is known for its friendly and accommodating staff, wide selection of beers and libations, and relaxed atmosphere. Also sausages from Raddells. Admission to Last Sunday is free. 8pm start. For booking inquiries contact

Ritual Juicery Opening at Pop Life   October 12

Ritual Juice + Kitchen is a 100% organic, cold pressed juicery started here in Cleveland, with a firm belief in utilizing food as medicine.  Every single thing they offer - cold pressed juice, raw foods, gluten free foods, paleo foods - is 100% organic, non-GMO, cold-pressed, plant based, gluten free, 100% raw and unpasteurized.  They’ll be serving smoothies, bowls, sips and a small election of lunch items.

Pop Life is a collaborative lifestyle brand committed to creating a culture of love through art, design, and wellness, which will very soon inhabit the colorful building at the middle of Waterloo (painted by a London artist using Matabele-inspired designs). The space features a yoga studio, co-working space, retail, and a vegan café. The café (Ritual Juicery) will open on October 12 (see above).

Nan Kennedy

Resident of neighborhood since 1956. Worked on East 185th street since 1970.

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Volume 11, Issue 10, Posted 10:23 AM, 10.06.2019