Pleasure drive

As spring approaches we get the itch to get out of the house. Mini road trips are always fun when the weather clears up. And thatís going to happen soon. Promise.

If youíve never had the chance to see the Longaberger basket building, itís worth a drive. The seven-story structure is a replica of the Longaberger Medium Market Basket.

The address is One Market Square, 1500 E. Main St., Newark, or visit for more information.

Food chat at Crave

The Countryside Conservancy will be sponsoring its monthly Local Food Mixer from 7 to 10 p.m. Monday at Crave, 57 E. Market St., Akron.

Local folks interested in food or farming (or both) attend the mixers to chat and share ideas and information. Phone 330-657-2542 for more information or visit

Curiouser and curiouser

A Wonderland-like adventure awaits at Big Spring, a new event at the Cleveland Botanical Garden.

Oversize curiosities such as giant ladybugs and huge flowers are designed to enchant little ones, along with activities including an indoor hedge maze and a Toadstool Theatre. Grown-ups can enjoy thousands of spring flowers in bloom.

Big Spring is open daily through April 28, including today. The garden is at 11030 East Blvd. in Clevelandís University Circle neighborhood.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays; and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Admission is $12, or $8 for children ages 3 to 12. Members and younger children get in free.

Details and online ticket sales are at

Seize the ĎThronesí

Game of Thrones, the epic drama based on a series of novels by George R.R. Martin, begins its third season at 9 tonight. Itís a tale full of betrayal and magic; of warring families and mighty battles (including one in the second season that made lists of the best TV episode ever), of vivid displays and subtle conversations. And a superb performance by Peter Dinklage. It is not, however, a series to just dive into ó and even returning viewers are going to encounter new locations and characters this season. But you can find some primers on, or just set the DVR tonight and work through the first two seasonsí DVDs and Blu-rays before settling in.

ĎGet Here,í to Tangier

R&B and gospel singer Oleta Adams will perform her Top 5 pop hit Get Here, along with other songs from her eight-album catalog, at The Tangier, 532 W. Market St. next Sunday, April 7.

The Tangierís cabaret is a cozy room, so you should get your tickets today for $30-$64. Call 330-376-7171 or see