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Meetup on Monday 3/4/19: Turning Your Passion Project into Your Job

Turning your Passion Project into your Job

Monday, Mar 4, 2019, 7:00 PM

The Tech Hive
6815 Euclid Ave Cleveland, oh

48 People Attending

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Jinni Fontana

About Jinni Fontana

Freelance production designer and photographer for trade and academic book publishers, national magazines, advertising, marketing, professional theatre, and music festivals.

We Love a Parade…and an Anniversary!

This year’s parade and anniversary celebration marks the 30th year of Cleveland’s Parade the Circle on Saturday, June 8, 2019. Enjoy the decorative floats, larger-than-life puppets, dancers on stilts, creatively costumed performers, and a multitude of musicians—as many as 1,500 participants! This year’s theme will be “Mythology of Illusion”. The crowd at this all ages parade is typically over 80,000 spectators. What a party!

If you want to participate in the parade, you are invited to join the FREE workshops and learn the basics of parade design and construction. Group representatives and individuals interested in learning parade skills or discussing their ideas are encouraged to attend any or all of the six Tuesday-evening workshops held on March 5, 12, 19, and 26; and on April 2 and 9, from 6:30–9:00 p.m., at the West 25th Street Lofts on the corner of W. 25th and Church Ave., Cleveland, Free parking is available in the lot on W. 25th Street and Church Ave.

For more details on the parade, workshops, and registration, visit

“Women’s Business Expo” Coming in March

The Rocky River Ladies Lunch & Networking (a fast-growing Cleveland network group) invites you to attend the 2nd Annual Women’s Business Expo on March 26, 2019, from 11 a.m. through 7:00 p.m. Bring your business cards to enter raffles from each of the vendors, or if you would like to become a vendor yourself, visit here to secure a space now.

The International Women’s Air & Space Museum will provide tours and presentations during the event. You can also test your flying skills in a flight simulator provided by Zone Aviation.

Guest entry is free, and food and beverages will be available for purchase from food trucks. All attendee parking is $6 from the Burke airport driveway off North Marginal Road, and immediately east of the USS Cod and near the Lean Dog boat. For more information, contact Heidi Hooper at

Are You Looking for a Way Out of a Creative Rut?

Do you want to kickstart a project, or make a personal or professional shift in your life? Maybe it’s time to try a new way: the Artist’s Way. This best-selling book was written by Julia Cameron back in 1992, and it’s taken on a life of its own ever since. Creative professionals are typically drawn to the method as it provides useful insights and exercises for pushing past perfectionism, reinventing one’s relationship with the inner critic, and unleashing one’s creativity in a renewed way. 

FreshWater Cleveland editor, life coach, and published author Jen Jones Donatelli will be teaching “CLE-ative Groove: A 12-Week Artist’s Way Journey” at The Green House, 20150 Lakeshore Blvd., Euclid, Ohio. The class kicks off Tuesday, February 5, and runs every Tuesday after through April 30, from 7:00-9:30 p.m. To learn more about the class or to register, please visit You can also email Jen at with questions, or to be added to the email list for updates on future workshops and classes.

Update on Location for the Downtown “Successful Job Seekers” Meetup

Beginning February 4, 2019, the “Successful Job Seekers” Meetup place will change from the Hot Spot to the Cleveland Tech Hive at 6815 Euclid Ave. in the Health Tech Corridor, and will continue to be held there every odd-numbered Monday after that. They will continue to meet on the 2nd and 4th Mondays at Buy-Rite on the east side.

Also, make sure to register soon for Susan Nelson’s presentation “Building Meaningful (and Profitable) Professional Relationships” at the CDPUG January 31 general meeting. It’s a brave new world out there in jobseeker land and Susan has all of the info you need to find the opportunities that are right for you.

Free Breakfast Lecture Series for the Creative Community

Register now (space is limited) for this free breakfast and CreativeMornings lecture series featuring Ivan Schwartz, hosted at the CSU School of Film and Media Arts, 1375 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, 6th Floor, Cleveland, on Friday, January 18, from 8:30–10:00 a.m. To register, visit

Schwarz has been the president of the Greater Cleveland Film Commission for over ten years. He has over thirty years of experience in the film and television industries, working predominantly as a location manager and producer. His work includes “Wild At Heart,” “My Name Is Earl,” “Entourage,” “The Comeback,” “From the Earth to the Moon” and Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg’s “Band of Brothers,” for which Ivan won a Golden Globe.

The Film Commission is the only nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing jobs and economic impact to Northeast Ohio through the growth of a sustainable media production industry. Since passing the Ohio Motion Picture Tax Credit in 2009, more than 110 productions have shot in Cleveland, including “The Avengers,” “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” and most recently, Matthew McConaughey’s “White Boy Rick” and Helen Hunt’s “I See You”.

“Successful Job Seekers Helping Each Other” Meetup Recap (12/17/18)

When CDPUG program director Spike Radway (TeamSpike Consulting) suggested that I attend the  “Successful Job Seekers Helping Each Other” Meetup on Monday, December 17, I was hesitant — it was a chilly Cleveland Monday morning after all. But when he offered breakfast on his dime, how could I resist? We were both glad that we made the trip downtown to the HotSpot Café and finally meet the host (and future CDPUG speaker?), Sue Nelson, of The Job Search Center in person.

Sue believes that it is the power of networking relationships that create opportunities. The free meetups are offered for professionals who are trying to figure out the next step in their job search or career transition. With over two decades and almost 4,000 clients in a variety of industries, Sue has the solid strategies and essential tools to help even the most discouraged job seeker accelerate their search and get positive results.

Sue created a compassionate and supportive atmosphere for the 15+ attendees, and then expertly steered the discussion by identifying the needs and interests of every group member. By letting each individual express those needs, she then offered helpful insights and tools that empowered them to see a clearer way forward to the job that they desire. Needless to say, we were immediately sold on her presentation and her complete comittment to inspiring and encouraging those in need of career guidance. Sue will present “Building Meaningful (and Profitable) Professional Relationships” at our January 2019 meeting, .

The “Successful Job Seekers Helping Each Other” Meetup group convenes every Monday morning from 9:15–11:15 a.m. on the first, third, and fifth Mondays at the HotSpot Café (a purchase is requested), 1332 Carnegie Ave. On the second and fourth Mondays, from 8:00-9:15 a.m. at Buy Rite Office Products, 23715 Mercantile Rd. in Beachwood. For more information on the next free Meetup, go to

Sue also offers an array of career-coaching services and workshops that are designed to assist jobseekers at every level of their search. Enjoy this short video of Sue explaining how she can help you. For information, visit

Roots Music Revue “Following the Crumbs” featuring Tim Easton

Plan to attend this noteworthy and free public event—a tribute to the prolific American cartoonist, satirist, and roots musician, Robert Crumb. The performance features stories interwoven with pre–war acoustic music in the styles of Crumb (early 20th-century acoustic blues, rags, and old-time classics), and performed by Akron native and alt-country singer/songwriter, Tim Easton.

Now based in Nashville, Easton has performed all over North America and Europe developing his folk-based storytelling style. With over ten albums, including “The Truth About Us” (which features most of the members of WILCO) and “Paco and the Melodic Polaroids”, he has also supported Lucinda Williams and John Hiatt on tour.

Opening acts include the SpYder Stompers and Sugar Pie (a mix of high-energy blues, country, and ragtime), and singer/songwriter Brent Kirby of the Jack Fords and The New Soft Shoe.

Doors open at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 27, 2019, and the concert starts at 6:00 p.m. in the 78th Street Studios (where Crumb worked as a designer for American Greetings in the early 1960s), Survival Kit 3rd Floor, 1300 W. 78th St., Cleveland.

“Following the Crumbs” is part of the Roots of American Music program, The Ohio Heritage Music Project, that records artists using older technology in settings with a historical connection to the region and genre. As part of the event, Tim Easton will be recorded earlier in the day at The Earnest Tube using direct-to-lacquer technology.

2018 CDPUG Holiday Party a Success!

The Holiday Party at the Tree House in Tremont was so much fun! Thanks to all of those who participated and brought items for the gift exchange. A big thanks to Judy Beveridge for planning everything and handing out a gift bag to each member as they walked in. The blinking Santa candles are the best!

We also confirmed the votes for the 2019 board members. Here is a list of the board members and CDPUG positions still open (volunteer now!):

President: Brian Butkowski
Vice President: OPEN
Treasurer: Jim Beveridge
Secretary: OPEN
Programming: Spike Radway
Membership: Judy Beveridge
Webmaster: Bill Cohen-Kiraly
Social Networking Manager: Janet Dodrill
Blogmaster: Jinni Fontana
eZine: Henry Lee

A very special thanks to outgoing Treasurer Gary Sherck for his many years of service to CDPUG. And thank you to all of our CDPUG members for your continued support throughout 2018.

Bill Cohen-Kiraly photographed the event. Enjoy!

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