- Get a jump on seasonal stress with the Take Good Care of Yourself Holiday Weekend.
If Calgon can no longer take you away, you're ready for a Take Good Care of Yourself Holiday Weekend. The two-day sanity-fest at HealthSpace Cleveland features area chefs from the Western Reserve School of Cooking and the Cleveland Clinic, who will share recipes and cook up guilt-free holiday meals. "Feed that family, but don't worry about feeding the waistline," says HealthSpace CEO Patricia Horvath.
An aromatherapist will show how to make scented gift candles and soaps, and stress-reducing yoga lessons and massages will be offered.
"We're not a holistic center," Horvath clarifies. "But we understand that West meets East." Stress-busting takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday at HealthSpace Cleveland, 8911 Euclid Avenue. Admission is $5 to $7. Call 216-231-5010 for more information. -- Cris Glaser
No End, but Addition is a multi-artist collection designed to throw off the viewer's depth perception. Take Katarina Wong's contribution, "The Sadness of Falling": It's a suspended cascade of hundreds of orchids made from ceremonial joss paper. To Wong, the piece views everyday life as an ambiguous series of experiences. But beware: The display's rippling effects can fool you. "My work is an attempt to capture that feeling of how things can be read one way or another," the New York artist says. "The repetitious acts of folding and dyeing paper . . . mirror the ritual and meditation [used] to deal with pain." The exhibit also features work from fellow New Yorkers Linda Peláez-Dorian, Jim Lee, and Seongmin Ahn. No End, but Addition runs through January 2 at Spaces Gallery, 2220 Superior Viaduct. It's open from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free; call 216-621-2314. -- Cris Glaser
The fat arctic guy is the star of the show at Saturday's American Legion Christmas Parade, the downtown celebration that culminates in the holiday lighting of Public Square. "We do this for the children of our community," says Mel Baher, organizer of the parade, which also features marching bands and precision drill teams. "The parade is for them." So are the evening lighting festivities, which begin with holiday film classics projected on a big screen at 5 p.m. The parade starts at 10 a.m. at the corner of Euclid Avenue and East 20th Street, and ends at Superior Avenue at East 6th Street. Admission is free; call 216-741-1880. -- Cris Glaser