The Cleveland Bears is a social group for gay "bears" (furry and/or bearded men) and their admirers. The group was formed to provide opportunities for social interaction among the members of the bear community of Northeast Ohio. Our functions include activities such as potluck dinners, picnics, amusement park outings, movie nights, and more. Membership in the organization is open to all. Joining is as simple as attending one of our public functions.

See our schedule below, or visit our new Cleveland Bear’s Calendar Page.

Meeting Schedule

6:30 pm
First Thursday of the Month (**unless it falls on a holiday.)
My Friends Restaurant
11616 Detroit Ave. in Cleveland

Some folks will arrive earlier, some will arrive later, but come when you can and join in the bearish fellowship.
We no longer wait to order at the same time, since that tends to create chaos for the restaurant's kitchen.
Don't be bashful if folks are already eating when you arrive.  Just join in the fun.

Thursday, February 6
Thursday, March 6
Thursday, April 3
Thursday, May 1
Thursday, June 5
Thursday, July 3

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Upcoming Events - February

The Calendar Key:
Cost guide is an estimate only: $ = $0-$15 / $$ = $16-$25 / $$$ = $26+
(R) = reserve A.S.A.P or by given date!

Thursday, February 6 – 6:30 p.m. – $
My Friends dinner meeting

Sat., Feb. 15 - 1:30 p.m. – $ to $$Lunch at Latitude 41
5712 Detroit Ave.,Cleveland
Arrive in time to meet inside and eat at 1:30 p.m. Visit the Latitude 41ºN web site for menu, directions, etc.eatatlatitude41n.com
After lunch, dessert down the street at Sweet Moses (6800 Detoit), or if we’re just too stuffed, maybe see a movie at the Capitol Theatre (1390 West 65th Street) — perhaps even both!


Thursday, March 6 – 6:30 p.m. – $
My Friends dinner meeting
11616 Detroit Ave., Cleveland 

Please Note! Winter picnic rescheduled to March 23!

Sun., Mar. 23 - 1:30 p.m. to (4?)
"Winter" Picnic at N. Chagrin Metropark
Willoughby Hills  
Arrive in time to eat at 1:30 p.m. Dress for the weather and bring food to share, your non-alcoholic bevearage, and optional chair. Hot drinks, plates, and utensils will be provided.
Directions: I-90 FROM THE EAST OR WEST, exit at Rt. 91 (SOM Ctr. Rd.),
L (south) on Rt. 91 to Rt. 6 (Chardon Rd.),
L (east) on Rt. 6.
At metropark entrance turn right into the park, following road to first pavilion on right, Strawberry Lane Picnic area/pavilion.


Thursday, April 3 – 6:30 p.m. – $
Monthly dinner at My Friends*
11616 Detroit Ave., Cleveland 

Sat., Apr. 5 - 1:30 p.m. sharp – $$
Lunch at Le Petit Triangle Café

1881 Fulton Ave., Cleveland
Arrive in time to meet at the door at 1:30 p.m. sharp (inside if weather is poor). We may sit together, or at different tables if not possible.

Want to wander the West Side Market before lunch? Meet at the West Side Market parking lot (back) entrance at 11:30 a.m., prior to lunch. Bring a cooler and you can do some shopping (but arrive at the restaurant by 1:30 please).

Some ARKTOS event dates:

January 11, 2014 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Bowling Bears

January 19, 2014 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Monthly Meeting

February 16, 2014 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Monthly Meeting

March 1, 2014 9:00 PM – 11:55 PM
Beads, Baubles and Bears Mardi Gras Party

March 16, 2014 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Monthly Meeting

April 13, 2014 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Monthly Meeting

May 18, 2014 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Monthly Meeting

Please check Arktos’ site for details, updates, or changes: http://www.arktosbears.org

Event Guide

COST GUIDE (est.):
$ = $1 to $15 $$ = $16 to $25 $$$ = $26 to $35 (+=over) Bring small bills to dinners to make payment easier when checks cannot be split up. Thank you!

There are times when we have to call ahead for a table; we require your help! When people don’t call but show up, those who have called are sometimes left without seats. So, take a second to call Steve & Arron if you think might come, or send a quick email to bears@clevelandbears.org, otherwise there may not be enough room for you with the group! (A couple extra seats is better than too few. Thanks!)

Hosts Wanted!
We’re always looking for people who want to host a potluck or get together. If you’re willing and have space, please email bears@clevelandbears.org !

New Members

Since some of our events are held at private homes, we ask that prospective members attend one of our public meetings or activities before inviting them into our homes. While we are trying to be a friendly and open organization, we hope that you understand the necessity for these precautions and hope to see you at one of our future public activities.

Joining is as simple as attending one of our public functions. There are no dues. The club is supported by the voluntary donations of its members. These funds are used to pay for newsletter and PO Box expenses.

LOGO Cleveland Bears e-mail: bears@clevelandbears.org

P.O. Box 14756
Cleveland OH 44114

All all text and graphics above this point copyright 1999, 2009, 2010. The Cleveland Bears.

Cleveland is lucky enough to have two “bear” clubs in the area. We're one and ARKTOS is the other. You can contact them at:
PO Box 14838
Cleveland OH 44114
info@arktosbears.org, arktosneoh@gmail.com

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