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Celebrate the Holidays with University CIrcle


There's no place like home for the holidays with Circle Connects, powered by PNC. Read below for a collection of holiday programs and activities so you can continue to discover, learn, and celebrate with your favorite University Circle institutions from the comfort of your home. We will update as time goes on so check back soon!  


Concerts and Performances

Karamu House 
Joyful: A Karamu Holiday Celebration
Thursday, December 10 - Saturday, January 9
Purchase Tickets Here
Joyful, a Karamu original production, is a special musical celebration for the holidays! Featuring festive songs and incredible dance performances, Joyful finds inspiration from cultures and traditions from around the world.

The Cleveland Orchestra
In Focus - Selections from Episode 4 (free) - Inventions: Bach to Mendelssohn
Thursday, December 17-Wednesday, January 6
Access Digitally
Selections from Episode 4 – the Overture and Pifa Pastorale from Handel’s Messiah and Corelli’s Concerto Grosso Opus 6, No. 8 (“Christmas Concerto”) – will be available for free now through January 6.

Karamu House
Kwanzaa with Karamu
Begins Saturday, December 26
Register Here
Throughout the seven days of Kwanzaa, beginning December 26, 2020, Karamu House presents “Kwanzaa with Karamu,” a community program that features not only song and dance performances, but also education into the meaning and traditions of the Kwanzaa holiday, the annual celebration of African American and Pan African culture. This 35-minute presentation is FREE to the community, but registration is required. 

The Music Settlement
Intro to Suzuki Classes
Saturday, January 9, 2021
Register Here
Intro to Suzuki is designed as a prerequisite for students and parents who wish to study in our Suzuki program. These classes begin with various musical activities designed to focus on listening and developing basic musical skills necessary for all Suzuki students before instrumental study begins. 

The Cleveland Orchestra 
Access Digitally
Named after the ensemble’s pioneering founder, Adella Prentiss Hughes, the Orchestra's new streaming service & app offers both free and premium content — including this season’s new, premium In Focus concert series. While free content offers you intriguing samplings of the Orchestra’s artistry and history, a premium monthly membership brings you access to everything that Adella has to offer.

To help music lovers across Northeast Ohio and around the world celebrate this holiday season, beginning Thursday, December 17 The Cleveland Orchestra is offering new and archival Christmas recordings on its Adella digital streaming app and www.adella.live. Available through Wednesday, January 6, free content includes Home for the Holidays with The Cleveland Orchestra and Chorus (a visual album), A Symphony in Celebration 1984 Christmas Concert, and selections of music by Handel and Corelli from In Focus Episode 4. 


Parks and Gardens

Cleveland Botanical Garden
Through January 3
Times Vary
Register for Tickets Here
Experience the magic of the season with beautifully decorated trees, whimsical community gingerbread houses, holiday gnome homes in our glasshouse, and twinkling lights throughout our outdoor gardens. Advanced reservations are required.

University Circle Inc. 
The Rink at Wade Oval
Through February 15 
Times Vary
Learn More
Your winter adventure begins on the fresh ice at The Rink at Wade Oval!
New this season, reserved tickets will be required. Additional details are coming soon.


Lectures and Seminars

Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities at Case Western Reserve University
Video Archives
Watch Here
Revisit some of Baker-Nord's best lectures and seminars on its YouTube page!

Cleveland Museum of Art
Desktop Dialogue: Comfort with the Unknown
Wednesday, January 13 
Access the Program
How might close and mindful looking at artwork help us find comfort with the uncertain aspects of our lives today? Join Andrew Cappetta and Gwendolyn Ren, a mindfulness and contemplation guide, for an interactive conversation and guided meditation inspired by the enigmatic Statuette of a Woman, popularly known as The Stargazer. 


Educational Resources & Other Events

University Circle Inc. 
Circle Food Tour Recipe Book 
View the recipes here
One of UCI's most popular programs from this summer was Circle Food Tour, an online cooking show that featured some of Greater University Circle’s finest chefs. We assembled the recipes from Circle Food Tour into a cookbook that you can download and enjoy! Want extra guidance? Watch the chef's tutorials here!

Cleveland Museum of Natural History 
Wildlife Rescue: Miracles in Conservation 
November 27 - July 6, 2021
Times Vary 
Register for Tickets Here
What is it like to spend a day in the life of a wildlife rescuer? Find out in Wildlife Rescue: Miracles in Conservation, the Cleveland Museum of Natural History’s new eye-opening, inspiring, and wildly interactive experience for all ages. In this traveling exhibition, you’ll explore the innovative ways wildlife rescuers capture, raise, and release endangered species back to the wild, and care for animals after natural disasters. You’ll even see a diverse living collection of animals that highlight endangered species and harrowing rescue stories.

The Cleveland Museum of Art 
Creativity Challenge 
Times Vary
Get Creative Here
Explore your curiosity and practice your creative thinking skills with fun, playful activities, and challenges inspired by works of art from the Cleveland Museum of Art’s collection.

Cleveland History Center
Women and Politics Virtual Exhibit 
Times Vary 
Visit the Exhibit Here 
Experience the story of women’s empowerment, from the early days of the suffragist movement to the election of northern Ohio women to positions of power on the local, state, and national levels.


Walking (or Biking) in a Winter Wonderland

University Circle Inc. 
Take a walk with CircleWalk, use our app to take a guided tour of the neighborhood, or visit the Little Library on Wade Oval for a map. 
Take a Walk and Download the Children's Activity Book!

Build a Snowman!
Do you want to build a snowman? University Circle has some fantastic parks! Build your snowman in University Circle, take a picture, and send it to us at comments@universitycircle.org for a chance to be featured on UCI’s Instagram page.

uGO Walking and Biking Maps
Find a variety of walking and biking maps from uGO, our sustainable transportation initiative. Choose your route, and hit the pavement!
View the walking maps here.
View the biking maps here. 

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