February 13, 2016


Off the beat: Dec. 29, 2007

One shot left for tickets to Hannah

Miley Cyrus, the bubble-gum-sweet pop princess who doubles as Hannah Montana, will be here in just five days for her Cleveland concert for the “Best of Both Worlds” Tour.

If you don’t have tickets for the Thursday show at the Q, don’t even think about buying them this late. If you dream it, Ticketmaster will slap you with the cold truth. But if you are willing to head to the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo in the dead of winter, you may be able to score two tickets.

Midway Mall did its thing to get Hannah Montana tickets in the hands of a lucky fan, and now the zoo and Radio Disney are jumping on the bandwagon, offering up a chance to win a pair of tickets to the concert.

On Monday, the Zoo will host the second annual Noon Year’s Eve celebration, complete with a ball drop and alcohol-free toast. But more importantly, for tweens still looking to get tickets, Radio Disney also is doing a Hannah Montana ticket giveaway

From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., contestants can register at the zoo’s ticket plaza to win tickets, but the winner will not be chosen there. Radio Disney will contact the winner by phone.

Sorry, that’s not very exciting. But a chance to win tickets is still a chance to win tickets. Beggars can’t be choosers.

— Lisa Roberson

Elyria native big in China

If you’re morbidly obese, don’t travel to China.

That’s the lesson Elyria native Jenny Westphal learned while on the weight-loss reality TV show “The Biggest Loser.”

For the upcoming season, which premieres Tuesday and features couples competing against other couples to see who can lose the most weight, contestants traveled to China and were met by people pointing and laughing at them.

“I don’t think they’d ever seen anyone that big before,” she said.

— Adam Wright

It’s cookie time for Girl Scouts again

You might want to hold off on that New Year’s diet a little bit longer.

After all, there’s no point in missing out on the annual Girl Scout cookie sale.

More than 45,000 girls in berets and sashes will be out in force across Northeast Ohio starting Friday to sell Thin Mints, Samoas, Do-Si-Dos, Lemonades and other favorites.

If you have to watch your weight, though, don’t worry — this year scouts are introducing Cinna-Spins — new cookies that come five to a pack and have 20 calories each.

The annual sale helps Girl Scouts learn about teamwork, self-confidence and handling money.

But at $3.50 a box, it also makes up a big portion of the organization’s budget. The money goes to good use — the Girl Scouts of North East Ohio gets members interested in science, math and technology, teaches them about nutrition and helps them build leadership skills.

To order cookies, visit www.loveGScookies.org or call (800) 9-THIN MINT between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday to Friday.

You can also help the scouts with Operation Sweet Appreciation, which sends cookies to U.S. military troops overseas.

— Jason Hawk