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Cleveland International Film Festival 2018 - Win Free Tickets

Cleveland International Film Festival

CIFF42 will take place April 4 - 15, 2018 at Tower City Cinemas and select neighborhood screening locations. The Festival will showcase 216 feature films and 253 short films representing 72 countries during its 12-day run. Be sure to continue to check for program updates between now and April 15th.

Tickets are on sale now. Not a member? Become one by visiting or by calling 216.623.3456. Ticket are $14 per screening for CIFF members and $16 per screening for non-members. Once on sale, tickets can be purchased online (, by telephone (1.877.304.FILM), in-person at the Film Festival Box Office located in the lobby of Tower City Cinemas, or by mail using the Program Guide order form.

Program Guides are available at all Dollar Bank branches, AT&T retails stores, and throughout the area.

Enter the contest to win a pair of tickets to the Cleveland International Film Festival, courtesy of ClevelandSeniors.Com

Latvian Mittens Exhibit

"For Latvians mittens are rooted so deeply in customs, traditions and mythology that they have become an attestation of our identity." Ziedonis, a Latvian poet

The Cleveland Latvian community gathered for an exhibition of Latvian mittens. Thanks to Anda Cook for her guidance and Inara Liepa for the photos.

Latvia is located in northern Europe so as early as the fourteenth and fifteenth century, gloves and hats were being knitted. It is thought that knitting defused through Europe from the north. Wool was used as material because it is so warm.

Latvian mittens from Cleveland area Latvians on display

Latvian mittens from Cleveland area Latvians on display

See more from the Latvian Mittens exhibit in Cleveland

Eyewitness Views: Making History in Eighteenth-Century Europe

The latest exhibit at the Cleveland Museum of Art is called Eyewitness Views: Making History in Eighteenth-Century Europe. It showcases outstanding masterworks by revered artists who recorded some of the most newsworthy events and impressive spectacles of eighteenth-century Europe. It's an interesting concept. Nowadays we have many sources for our news - 24x7 cable news, Twitter, blogs, newspapers, radio, etc but in the 18th Century those were not available. So many got their "news" of an important event from a painting.

I think my favorite is The Fire at the Opera House of the Palais-Royal by Hubert Robert about 1781.

You can almost feel the heat coming off the canvas.

The Fire at the Opera House of the Palais-Royal

The Fire at the Opera House of the Palais-Royal

Photos, video and more information on the Eyewitness Views exhibit

Make Your Bed
Little things that can change your life

by Admiral William H. McRaven (US Navy Retired)

On May 17, 2014, Admiral William H. McRaven addressed the graduating class of the University of Texas at Austin on their Commencement day. Taking inspiration from the university's slogan, "What starts here changes the world," he shared the ten principles he learned during Navy Seal training that helped him overcome challenges not only in his training and long Naval career, but also throughout his life; and he explained how anyone can use these basic lessons to change themselves-and the world-for the better.

Read the book review by Dan Hanson

Best Babushka Contest

The Cleveland Russian Cultural Garden hosted its 4th annual Maslenitsa celebration at the Rockefeller Greenhouse.Maslenitsa has its origins in both pagan and Christian traditions. In Slavic mythology, Maslenitsa is a celebration of the imminent end of the winter. It has been compared to Mardi Gras or Carnival.

A highlight was the Best Babushka Contest where ladies showed off their favorite babushka.

Click on the white arrow to watch the video.

Best Russian Babushka Contest

Best Russian Babushka Contest

Best Russian Babushka Contest

Best Russian Babushka Contest

Best Russian Babushka Contest

Best Russian Babushka Contest

Best Russian Babushka Contest

Best Russian Babushka Contest

See more of Maslenitsa 2018 in Cleveland

Cleveland Radio Tales: Stories from the Local Radio Scene
of the 1960s, '70s, '80s, and '90

Cleveland radio has seen some of the most famous, and infamous, radio personalities in the industry. The DJs were larger-than-life characters who changed the industry and were copied all over the country. Cleveland Radio Tales is a collection of such stories.

Read our revoew of Cleveland Radio Tales

Family Sick

3 family members have been in the hospital - 2 in intensive care so we haven't been able to update the web site much lately. We will be back soon. Thanks for your patience.

Jim Thome in Baseball Hall of Fame

Congratulations to Cleveland Indian slugger Jim Thome for his first ballot selection into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Never even a hint of steroid use, Thome was country strong.

We hope Omar Vizquel joins you next year.

Jim Thome statue in Cleveland

Jim Thome statue in Cleveland

Jim Thome statue in Cleveland

Doing the Roomba Rhumba
Amy gets a new gadget

The box was surprisingly big for this new gadget that I hoped would collect cat hair and dust. Would it save my aching back? My vacuum attachments could reach "everywhere" but my arms no longer could.

Read the rest of Amy's Adventure with a Roomba

A Senior Prayer

God, grant me the senility to forget the people I never liked anyway, The good fortune to run into the ones that I do, and the eyesight to tell the difference.

Just because you're "Young" doesn't mean that you can outsmart an "old Geezer"

Yesterday my daughter e-mailed me again, asking why I didn't do something useful with my time. "Like, me sitting around the pool and drinking wine is not a good thing?" I asked. My "doing-something-useful" seems to be her favorite topic of conversation.

She was "only thinking of me", she said and suggested that I go down to the Senior Center and join something.

I did this and when I got home last night, I decided to play a prank on her. I e-mailed her and told her that I had joined a Parachute Club.

She replied, "Mother, are you nuts? You are 78 years old and now you're going to start jumping out of airplanes?"

I told her that I even got a Membership Card and e-mailed a copy to her. She immediately telephoned me and yelled, "Good grief, Mom, where are your glasses?! This is a Membership to a Prostitute Club, not a Parachute Club."

I calmly replied, "Oh my, I think I'm in real trouble then, because I signed up for five jumps a week!!"

The line went quiet and her friend picked up the phone and said that my daughter had fainted. Life as a Senior Citizen is not getting any easier, but sometimes it can be real fun.

Do you need help paying your Medicare expenses?

If you are a low-income Medicare beneficiary, the Medicare Premium Assistance Programs (MPAP) may help you pay some or all of your Medicare cost-sharing expenses (premiums, copays, and coinsurance). MPAP is part of the Ohio Medicaid program. MPAP is sometimes called the “Medicare buy-in” or “Medicare savings” program.

Learn more about help paying your Medicare expenses

Who Needs Advance Directives about Medical Care?

Advance directives help ensure that you receive the medical care you would want even when doctors and family members are making decisions on your behalf. There are two different types of advance directives: Health Care Power of Attorney and Living Will.

Learn more about Health Care Power of Attorney and Living Wills

Elder Abuse: What Is It and How to Get Help

It is difficult for people to accept the notion that adult abuse occurs in the elderly, but the sad fact is that it occurs everyday. Last year in Ohio over 16,000 incidents of elder abuse were reported to Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. In Cuyahoga County alone, over 3,000 incidences of elder abuse were reported to Cuyahoga County Department and Senior Adult Services, Adult Protective Services.

More about Elder Abuse

Should you purchase prepaid funeral arrangements?

Many people do not like to think about death or funeral arrangements, but some people do make plans for when they pass. For example, some people choose to purchase “pre-paid funeral contracts.” These contacts allow you to make decisions about your own funeral, and pay for it ahead of time. These pre-paid contracts give some people peace of mind. But before purchasing such a contract, keep the following issues in mind.

More about prepaid funeral arrangements

How can seniors learn more about benefits available to them?

BenefitsCheckUp is a web-based service that helps seniors. It is especially helpful for those with limited income and resources, their family members and, social service organizations. It connects people to over 2,000 public and private programs. Many adults over 55 need help paying for basic needs. Some of the benefits screened for are health care services, prescription drugs, rent assistance, in-home services, meals, heat, and energy assistance, and transportation.

Learn more about Benefits Checkup

Grandparent POAs and Caretaker Authorization

Grandparents sometimes find themselves caring for a grandchild unexpectedly. This often happens without any formal court order giving the grandparent custody or guardianship. Without custody or guardianship, the grandparent will face problems getting medical care for the child or dealing with the child’s school.

More about Grandparent POAs and Caretaker Authorization

How do I name a Durable Power of Attorney?

A durable power of attorney can be one of the most helpful estate planning tools a person uses, but it can also be very risky. A durable POA gives a person (who is called an “attorney in fact”) legal authority to act for another person in a variety of matters, including banking, benefits, housing, taxes, real estate, litigation, and more. (The durable POA is different from a Health Care Power of Attorney, which is the form used to appoint a person to make decisions about health care.)

Learn more about Durable Power of Attorney

Are Wills Really That Important?

:When my mother died in 2012, we discovered that her will was from 1959 and had not been updated to reflect the many changes in her life since then: she had four more children, she bought a house, furniture, an automobile, jewelry, and a dog. As a result, my mother died without a valid will. Following her death, bills had to be paid, property sold, her furniture, jewelry, the car divided, and someone had to take in the dog."

Read more about the importance of Wills

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ClevelandSeniors.Com Book of the Week
Before You Leap

Before You Leap starts on screeching tires, literally—an interstate bridge, a police chase, three men trapped in a car, driving at full speed. The two in the front are arguing, one is brandishing a gun, and the third is bleeding profusely in the backseat. You can’t help but be immediately hooked and wonder, Who are they? And how on earth did they get here?

The novel then takes you back a few days. Greg Cole’s quiet and secluded life is about to be thrown into chaos when he learns that his dead sister’s convicted murderer has been released early.

Before You Leap is absorbing, thought-provoking, and psychologically riveting. I was struck by how the author is able to delve into Greg’s psyche and express his grief over the loss of his sister—and the inner turmoil that overtakes him—with such clarity. What you’re left with is a poignant, complex, nail-biting novel where you watch in a stupor as someone’s life and sanity shatter. And as it crescendos, the story pulls the rug from under your feet and delivers the most unexpected twist—one that took my breath away and left me reeling.

Before You Leap

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