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Mandel to perform at Menorah Park

Posted April 22, 2016 in Articles

Author: Jeff Piorkowski,

While some of us in high school were thinking about when that new Boston album would finally be coming out, there were others who were thinking bigger thoughts -- about how to become tomorrow's entrepreneurs.

In my defense, it had been a whole two years between Boston's first album in 1976 and its second album, a lifetime of waiting back then when groups often put something out annually. Or how about the three-year gap between Bruce Springsteen's "Born to Run" and "Darkness on the Edge of Town"?


But, enough about that. As we said, there are some polished youths out there who were, and are, thinking while in high school about money and how to get it. And how to innovate.

It is these youths for whom EntrovationCLE is held. And, it will be held next from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 30 at Beachwood High School, 25100 Fairmount Blvd.

Formerly known as merely Entrovation, this event is the vision of 43 students from the marketing program at Beachwood High, under the direction of teacher Greg Perry.

The marketing program is a college Tech Prep course through Excel TECC -- a consortium of students from eight high schools -- Beachwood, Brush, Mayfield, Solon, Chagrin Falls, Aurora, West Geauga and Orange.

The class operates throughout the school year as a business, with the aid of Beachwood Junior Achievement advisor and Community Services Director Karen Carmen.

It's not all just about the students, however. Represented will be 170 businesses, who will exhibit and showcase out-of-the-box ideas, products and services to the estimated 5,000 people (aka consumers) who will attend.

There will be food trucks, shopping and an extensive raffle at this family-friendly event.

Emily Dugovics is a 2009 graduate of the marketing program and, this year, will be an exhibitor.

"Being on 'the other side of the booth' feels incredibly rewarding because I know exactly how the students putting on the event feel," she said. "I know all the time and effort they've put into this and how hard they work to get the vendors and the exposure that they do.

"The class taught me more than I could have imagined in regards to the business world as a whole."

A portion of the proceeds will benefit Youth Outdoors, through the Cleveland Metroparks. Youth Outdoors provides outdoor adventure recreation experiences for Cleveland youngsters.

As for Boston, 40 years after their debut album, they've managed to release just five more. When it comes to productivity, it sounds like they could have used some Entrovation, or make that EntrovationCLE.

Bike Month: May is national Bike Month in the Heights, meaning there will be bike-oriented events throughout the merry month.

Not wasting a day of the month, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 1, will be the first event -- "University Hospitals Community Bike Fest" and "Slow Roll Cleveland Season Opener Ride."

The bike-oriented festival helps kicks off Slow Roll Cleveland (Ohio's biggest weekly bicycle ride), and is held just outside UH's Case Medical Center campus on the corner of Euclid Avenue and University Hospitals Drive.

On May 2, Cleveland Heights City Council is expected to officially declare May local Bike Month for the fifth straight year.

May 4 is the annual "Walk or Bike to School Day," while on May 10 there will be the cutting of the ribbon on the Lake-to-Lakes Trail at 6 p.m. at a site yet to be determined. The ribbon cutting is the culmination of years worth of effort. The trail will connect the Shaker Lakes with Lake Erie.

Howie Mandel in Beachwood: Comedian Howie Mandel will be the star attraction at Menorah Park's "Bravissimo, Job Well Done Gala" June 26 at Executive Caterers at Landerhaven.

But, the main reason for the event is to honor Menorah Park Executive Director Steve Raichilson, who is stepping down from that position after 29 years at the Beachwood facility. Further, the event will mark the 110th anniversary of Menorah Park, and raise money to create an endowment to ensure there is always live entertainment in its Sallie and Robert D. Dietz Piazza.

The evening includes dinner and cocktails. For more information, contact Jane Furth of the Menorah Park Foundation at 216-839-6688, or email her at, or visit Sponsorship opportunities are available.

Heading to Germany: We featured Beachwood's MakerGear in this column a while ago and look what it's done for them.

Representatives of the makers of 3-D printers will be one of 100 Ohioans heading to Hannover, Germany as part of a JobsOhio contingent for Hannover Messe, the world's biggest trade fair for industrial technology.

Also attending Hannover Messe will be President Barack Obama and Ohio Lt. Governor Mary Taylor.

Yes, I'm pretty sure a mention in Press Run opens a lot of doors, provided you're also a first-class business.

Nothing Like a Dame: Executive Producer of Playhouse Square Gina Vernaci will share details about the exciting Keybank Broadway Series, 2016-17 from 7-8:30 p.m. May 1 at Fairmount Temple, 23737 Fairmount Blvd. Get the latest on Cleveland's theater events by catching Vernaci's program, "There's Nothing Like a Dame."

To RSVP in order to qualify for the event's raffle -- prizes are tickets to the shows "Kinky Boots" and Steel Magnolias" -- send an email to

Cellocentric: The Beachwood Arts Council will present, from 2-3 p.m. May 1, a concert by the trio Cellocentric. Featured is the music of Doug Wood, with contributions of cello, mandolin and bass. For 16 years Wood has been performing his original compositions, which have been heard nationwide on NPR.

At the local concert, to be held at the Beachwood Community Center, 25225 Fairmount Blvd., songs will also include covers of Simon & Garfunkel, the Beatles and even the classic "Spiderman" theme.

The concert is free and open to all. Light refreshments will be served.

Star Wars: Teens can stop by the University Heights branch library at 3 p.m. May 4 for an interactive screening of the film "Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens." There will be trivia, prizes, props and food. The library is located at 13866 Cedar Road.

Also, don't forget that the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Libraries will be holding their Centennial Kick-off Party from 2-4 p.m. May 1 at the Coventry Village branch, 1925 Coventry Road.

Local author Mary Doria Russell will honor the library in a talk and a time capsule will be buried. Also, there will be a birthday cake, children's activities, music and more. Come celebrate 100 years.

Auctioning Beachwood: Tune in during the 6 p.m. hour on both April 30 and May 1 to the 49th Annual WVIZ/PBS Live Televised Auction and you'll see Beachwood highlighted.

Special items and experiences up for bid include gift cards and tickets to Beachwood area attractions, restaurants and businesses. Taking part are Aloft Beachwood, Bahama Breeze, Crooked River BBQ + Beer, Cedar Creek Grill, Clarion Hotel Beachwood, DoubleTree Cleveland East Beachwood, Cleveland Pops Orchestra, Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage and more.

Presenting the Beachwood Destination Board live will be Jessica Derecskey of the Beachwood Convention and Visitors Bureau.

The community can participate by calling 216-578-2525 or 866-393-2525, or bidding online at

All proceeds benefit WVIZ/PBS ideastream programming and public service.

Auction organizers are still accepting donations of arts, antiques and collectibles. Donors receive on-air promotion, and donations are tax-deductible.

To donate, call 216-916-6154, or visit

Keeping youngsters fit: Jewish Kindergarteners, first graders and a parent are invited to the upcoming jDiscovery program, "Fit and Fun -- Keeping Our Bodies Healthy," at the Mandel Jewish Community Center, 26001 S. Woodland Road in Beachwood. The event takes place from 2-4 p.m. May 15.

Participants should have a great time moving about and learning what Judaism tells us about health.

There's no charge, but you do need to register if you plan to attend. To register, visit here.

Garage sale: The annual Beachwood Schools PTO Garage Sale is back again for another year. It will take place April 28-May 1 at 23550 Commerce Park.

The event benefits the PTO. Times are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 28; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 29-30; and 10 a.m. to noon May 1.

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