I-X Christmas Connection Kicks Off the Shopping Season at the I-X Center, November 17-19, 2017

Over 650 Vendors from 38 states will satisfy your shopping needs.

Cleveland, OH (October 12, 2017) – Kick off the Christmas shopping season at the 32nd Annual I-X Christmas Connection at the International Exposition (I-X) Center, November 17-19, 2017. As one of the largest Christmas shows in the nation, I-X Christmas Connection attracts over 35,000 attendees from around the region with over 650 booths offering something for everyone.

“Part of what makes the I-X Christmas Connection the number one shopping destination for thousands is the festive atmosphere as our guests shop handmade doll clothes, candles, wooded items, pet supplies, children and baby items,” says Gina Mullin, Show Manager. “Each unique gift fills the aisles with Christmas cheer, which makes shopping for everyone on your list that much easier!”

When guests arrive, they will be greeted by Cleveland’s tallest Santa Claus towering over 30 feet tall. The holiday magic continues through the festive 400 foot entrance way where guests will see the real-life Belle, the Beast Chip and Mrs. Potts from “Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas,” Olaf and Sven from “Frozen” along with scenes from “It’s A Wonderful Life,” “Miracle on 34th Street,” “Charlie Brown Christmas,” and “Grinch.”

The I-X Christmas Connection prides itself on variety by offering customers a bigger and better experience every year. Whether it’s a day out with girlfriends or children coming out to enjoy the all the festivities, there’s really something for everyone. The 2017 show features include:

Authors-on-the-Go
Authors-on-the-Go will be at I-X Christmas Connection this year for an autograph signing and talking to fans while discussing their books and CD’s. Six authors will be on site including Mark Dawidziak, Jill Burke, Andre Bernier from Cleveland’s own FOX 8 News, Neil Zucher and Bob Adamov. Visit IXChristmasConnection.com/authors-on-the-go/ for scheduled appearance times.

Children 12 and under FREE
Fun will be had by all who attend, especially the little ones! I-X Christmas Connection brings the Christmas magic alive with special features meant just for kids including:

  • InSantaLand, they can visit Santa in his house as they share with the Jolly Old Elf their Christmas wishes and capture the moment with a photo.
  • TheSugar Plum Shoppe presented by Discount Drug Mart features over 4,000 pre-wrapped gifts (under $8.00 each) and is perfect for pint-sized wallets to buy special little gifts for mom, dad, grandparents, sibling, teachers and friends.
  • AtGingerbread Square, the first 500 kids will have the chance to decorate and eat their own holiday cookie.
  • Breakfast with Santa” is a popular feature that delights parents and kids alike! Wait to see if Santa can find his way to the I-X Center while singing and dancing with Mrs. Claus and friends. All kids attending will receive a special present and a photo opportunity with our guests of honor (attendees must bring own camera). A separate admission ticket is needed for this event. Additional details can be found below.

Gingerbread Village
Culinary students around Northeast Ohio are competing in the I-X Christmas Connection Gingerbread House Competition. These one-of-a-kind masterpieces will be on display throughout the weekend after judging concludes on Friday, November 17. The winning student culinary group will receive a $500 donation to their school’s programming.

 

Live Performances & Special Guests
Holiday music throughout the weekend is bound to get everyone in the Christmas spirit! Local choirs and gospel groups, Irish dance and music bands will be playing and performing all of the seasonal favorites. Don’t miss Northeast Ohio’s own Singing Angels for two performances on Friday, November 17th. For a full list of performances, please visit IXChristmasConnect.com.

Guests will not want to miss U.S. Women’s Gymnastics Team Olympic gold medalist, Dominique Moceanu as she appears in SantaLand on Saturday, November 18 and Sunday, November 19 from 12:00pm – 2:00pm for an autograph signing and photo opportunity. She’ll be on site with her jewelry line, Creations by C&C Dominique Moceanu Signature Collection and her latest book Off Balance: A Memoir, which are both available in booth #776.

Also, attending the show and greeting fans is the legendary Cleveland Browns quarterback, Bernie Kosar on Saturday, November 18 from 12:00pm – 2:00pm. Kosar will be on site with Cleveland Landmark Press promoting his new book Bernie Kosar: Learning to Scramble in booth #301 with an autograph signing and photo opportunity.

Recess Game
Get ready to play games! This year’s feature area will showcase Recess Games. Recess is not your typical game store, they have fun and engaging games for all ages, interactive learn-and-play events, plus a gaming community where players of all skill levels can participate. You won’t want to miss I-X Christmas Connection Recess Game Days, which includes:

  • Friday, November 17 – Recess will showcase card games.
  • Saturday, November 18 – Recess will host a Pokemon Party with a special giveaway at 11:30am and 2:30pm.
  • Sunday, November 19 – It’s Family Game Day hosted by Recess.

Women’s Recovery Center
The I-X Christmas Connection gives back in a big way this year. The proud charitable partner is the Women’s Recovery Center who will be on site in booth 665 selling beautiful, handmade holiday greeting cards. Donation boxes will be setup throughout the event in seven locations with all proceeds going towards this wonderful organization based right here in Cleveland:

  • After a full day of shopping, attendees will truly appreciate theShop and Drop, allowing them to place their holiday purchases in one convenient location while they explore the show floor.
  • Make your life easier with gift wrapping for all attendees, located right next to the Shop and Drop. Gift wrapping is free, but a donation is appreciated.
  • Additional donation locations can be found at the ticket office, coat check, customer service, credentials and the Sugar Plum Shoppe.

Dates/Hours:
November 17-19 at the I-X Center in Cleveland, Ohio, One I-X Center Drive on Route 237, adjacent to Cleveland Hopkins Airport. Hours are Friday and Saturday 10:00am – 8:00pm and Sunday from 10:00am – 5:00pm.

Tickets:
Save $2 by purchasing discounted general admission tickets for $11.99 at select Discount Drug Mart locations. Don’t forget about the Kris Kringle Pack which includes four tickets and a parking pass for only $46.99. Tickets sold in advance online at IXChristmasConnect.com are $13.99 (convenience fee included). Children 12 and under FREE.

Breakfast with Santa:
Tickets to Breakfast with Santa for Saturday, November 18 and Sunday, November 19, are $21.00 for adults and $13.00 for children 12 and under. This includes the live show and hot breakfast directly following. Doors open at 8:30am. Breakfast with Santa tickets include admission to the I-X Christmas Connection and can be purchased online or at select Discount Drug Mart store locations

Official Sponsors:
All American Gutter Protection, Discount Drug Mart, Great Day Improvements, IGS Energy, Illuminex, Infinity Windows, Joyce Factory Direct, Leaf Filter, Macy’s, Pepsi and Renewal by Andersen.

For additional information, please visit IXChristmasConnection.com.

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Cleveland-based IT Security Gathering Climbs to Prominent Midwest Cybersecurity Event

CLEVELAND, OH—What started as a local gathering of information technology (IT) practitioners and respected security vendors in 2002 has become our region’s ‘must-attend’ convention for persons charged with data governance and information integrity.

The 15th Information Security Summit (ISS), now part of 2017 Security Summit Week (October 30th- November 3rd at the I-X Center) is now the preeminent IT/Cybersecurity Midwest meeting. “With all that’s going on in Cybersecurity globally as well as our involvement locally, we’ve simply outgrown our original (2) venues” Gary Sheehan, co-founder of ISS announced earlier this year as Security Summit Week moved to the ample I-X Center. The Information Security Summit started as a one-day event, that has now expanded into 2017 Security Summit Week (SSW-17)-a robust-week of information collaboration with best-practice security advisors.

The first day of SSW-17 is IoT/Endpoint Monday on October 30th. The day begins with a keynote address from Lane Campbell, Founding Member of Forbes Tech Council and CTO of Vue Ventures. Campbell will kick-off the Summit with a talk entitled “The Cloud is Permanent, Is Yours Secure?” Career Connection, a FREE event for pre-registered students and veterans, is a, networking event between IT career-seekers and talent-pursuing recruiters is also that Monday. A student Capture the Flag completion fills out the day of sixteen future-focused ideation sessions. Xceptional Networking Receptions close each day of SSW-17 offering time to connect.

For the first time in its 15 year history, and in response to heightened issues and interest from Cleveland’s legal community, the 2017 Security Summit Week will incorporate Law Day at the Summit presented by Benesch Law. This insight-packed second day is devoted to the legal community with governance around Artificial Intelligence (AI) Big Data, Cloud, IT, IoT and Cybersecurity. Since 2012, lawyers have a professional duty to be competentnot only in the law and its practice but also in technology. Steven Dettelbach, co-leader of Baker Hostetler’s national White Collar Defense and Corporate Investigations team, will open the day with his keynote observations to “Cybersecurity as both a value and peril for practices”.

For the first time, Energytech, a major System Engineering forum for advancements in Energy, Power Technologies, Security and Critical Infrastructure incorporates its energy convention within SSW-17. This power filled conference adds NASA and aero developments in flight, power technologies, breach security within this year’s largest-ever Security Summit.

Healthcare Protected Health Information (PHI) is becoming the most lucrative endeavor for hackers. This year’s timely 3rd Healthcare Day at the Summit presented by Oswald Companies unearths industry-specific IT, IoT, HIPAA, ICD-10 and PHI issues that long-term and acute care administrators face. This day differs from general IT sessions in so much as it involves both
inside and outside-our-region thought-leader insights, best practices, and just-in-time solutions to specific medical threats. Don Sinko, Chief Integrity Officer at Cleveland Clinic will deliver this day’s keynote discourse “IT/Cybersecurity and the Future of Healthcare”

The third day closes with a Midweek Mixer which welcomes all 2017 Security Summit Week participants with a midpoint toast to SSW-17 and the 15th annual Information Security Summit. The event is free but pre-registration is required. The 15th Information Security Summit (ISS) sharpens its mission from the very first gathering in
2002 with support and participation from regional IT security officers, leading global visionaries and a host of cross-sector volunteers to make the two-day event impactful. Gary Sheehan and cofounder Glenn Brzuziewski’s entrepreneurial idea to educate, collaborate and evolve N.E.Ohio’s security community thrives amidst raging global threats and heighted local concern. Ed Skoudis, founder of Counter Hack is this year’s ISS keynote presenter with his topic: “Internet of Things: BUILDING YOUR VERY OWN J.A.R.V.I.S” launches the week’s flagship occasion.

For information, and per day flyers/agendas for 2017 Security Summit Week, visit www.informationsecuritysummit.org.

For information about EnergyTech and its three-day conference/agenda, visit:
www.energytech.org

To register for all 2017 Security Summit Week events, go to:
www.informationsecuritysummit.org/events/ssw-2017-events-registration/

Security Summit Week began as the Information Security Summit (ISS) in 2002. It is a registered 501(c) (6) not-for-profit organization and an all-volunteer organization. ISS works in partnership with various security, compliance, and privacy related organizations. Its education   initiative partners with SANS, NOCA, and NEOMEC. Now in its 15th year, ISS provides quality, cost-effective training, conferencing and networking events; promotes education and awareness to our community of professionals and students; facilitates Career Connection events, and promotes non-profit professional IT groups and organizations with their training, regional
collaboration, and conferencing efforts. For additional background information please visit: http://www.crainscleveland.com/article/20170729/news/170729795/security-concerns-leadconference-boom

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Media Contact: Greg Coloian – 216-759-3817 | greg@betterwithmustard.com

Trick or Treat Street Returns to the I-X Center Where Halloween Fun is Always Perfect – Inside

A Safe and “Spooktacular” entertainment for all children!

Cleveland, OH (September 21, 2017)
I-X Trick or Treat Street, Cleveland’s Halloween tradition for children 10 and under, returns to the International Exposition (I-X) Center, October 21 & 22 and October 28 & 29. Thousands of little ghosts and goblins will receive more than 300,000 pre-approved, packaged pieces of candy as they make their way through 12 creatively themed not-so-spooky Halloween houses. But wait, there’s more than just candy! Surrounded by fall foliage including pumpkins and larger than life decorations, trick or treaters will enjoy pony rides, kiddie rides, plus live entertainment is scheduled throughout the day.

With the addition of new entertainers, along with trick or treating and rides, we are happy to provide a safe and festive Halloween event where children and families can enjoy a fun filled day, all indoors,” says Katie Seeley, Show Manager.

The fun continues with the ever-popular superhero and princess costume characters on site for a special meet and greet opening weekend – Saturday, October 21 from (12:00pm – 2:00pm) and Sunday, October 22 (1:00pm – 3:00pm). On Sunday, October 22, attendees won’t want to miss Jungle Bob and His Creepy Bug Show, plus Comedic Juggler Matt Jergens will captivate audiences October 28 and 29.

I-X Trick or Treat Street will kick off October 21 from 11:00am – 8:00pm; October 22 from 11:00am – 7:00pm and Halloween weekend, Saturday, October 28 from 11:00am – 8:00pm and Sunday, October 29 from 11:00am – 7:00pm.

Admission tickets are on sale now at select Discount Drug Mart locations for $12.00 and online in advance for $14.00 (convenience fee included) for adults and children at IXTrickorTreatStreet.com. The Family Pumpkin Pack, which includes four (4) general admission tickets plus parking for $50.00 is also available at select Discount Drug Mart locations. Children two and under are FREE, unless participating in trick or treating, a ticket must be purchased.

Parents, there’s even more for you to enjoy – A FREE parent ticket to opening weekend of the I-X Indoor Amusement Park on March 23, 24 and 25, 2018 will be given to each adult, a value of $24.00 per ticket. Seniors 60+ can purchase tickets on site for $10.00. Group tickets are available for just $10.00 with a group of 10 or more. A group form can be found online or by calling 216-265-2657 for more details. For more information on ticketing, exhibiting or sponsorship opportunities, please call (216) 265-2504 or visit IXTrickorTreatStreet.com.

I-X Trick or Treat Street event sponsors include Discount Drug Mart, State Farm and T-Mobile.

Media Contact:
Claire Vanidestine, Director of Marketing – p 216-265-2619 – clairev@ixcenter.com

The I-X Center Announces Cleveland Clinic Get Fit Healthy Living Expo December 2 and 3, 2017

Tickets go on sale today, Tuesday, August 29, 2017 at 10am EST.
Be Inspired, Live Healthy, Get Fit!

Cleveland, OH – August 29, 2017 • The Cleveland Clinic Get Fit Healthy Living Expo at the International Exposition (I-X) Center debuts December 2 – 3, 2017 in Cleveland, OH. The inaugural, action-packed weekend is perfect for all ages, of every fitness level and will showcase group workouts, healthy cooking demonstrations, fitness challenges, obstacle courses, an interactive fit kid’s zone, a yoga workshop and more. Featured throughout the weekend are the following competitions where registration is required:

  • The Nation’s First and Only All Indoor, 3 level 5K and 10K Race benefiting The YMCA of Greater Cleveland’s Non-Profit Programs in our Community
  • Winter Classic hosted by Scott Panchik, CrossFit Mentality, benefiting the Adam S. Hamilton Memorial Academic & Athletic Scholarship Fund
  • Great Lakes Cheer & Dance Championship hosted by AmeriCheer & AmeriDance
  • Cleveland Tae Kwon Do, Tang Soo Do & Grappling Championships hosted by Sport Karate Productions

The event will spotlight hundreds of vendors featuring the latest products and services in fitness, nutrition and wellness. Guests have the opportunity to learn from these companies and take away generous discounts and free samples.

“We want to bring our community together, celebrate wellness and make a positive influence on people’s lives,” says Lisa Reau, Show Manager. “The event is designed with everyone in mind, from someone taking their first steps towards a better lifestyle to the competitive athlete.  We are excited and eager for the action packed weekend to be here!”

Cleveland Clinic Get Fit Expo will educate the community on the importance of eating well, maintaining a healthy lifestyle and promoting the benefits of exercise. Attendee’s physical abilities will be put to the test with FIT challenges.  They can take home an abundance of knowledge at various demonstration areas and work out and learn alongside some of the biggest names in the health and fitness industries including Logan Broadbent, Josh and Maria Cribbs, Anna Harouvis, Joshua Ingraham, Kristin McGee, Scott Panchik, Harley Pasternak M.SC., Emily Schromm, and many more.  

Admission tickets go on sale today at 10:00am EST at select Discount Drug Mart locations for $12 and online in advance for $13 (convenience fee included) at IXGetFit.com. Children 10 and under are FREE. Show hours are Saturday, December 2, 2017 from 9AM – 7PM and Sunday, December 3, 2017 from 10AM – 6PM. For more information on ticketing, exhibiting or sponsorship opportunities, please call (216) 265-2525 or visit IXGetFit.com.

The Get Fit Healthy Living Expo event sponsors include Cleveland ClinicDiscount Drug MartFleet Feet SportsLeaf FilterThe Place and Universal Windows Direct.

Follow Us: @IXGetFit #IXGetFit

Contacts: Lisa Reau, Show Manager – p 216-265-2525 – lreau@ixcenter.com
Claire Vanidestine, Director of Marketing – p 216-265-2619 – clairev@ixcenter.com