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CLEVELAND--The ribbon cutting ceremony for the newCleveland Convention Center is scheduled for Friday, June 14 at 2 p.m., followed by a Community Open House on Saturday, June 15, as announced earlier today by Cuyahoga County and Merchandise Mart Properties, Inc.

The ribbon cutting ceremony is scheduled to be hosted on Mall C on Friday, June 14 at 2 p.m., featuring Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald, City of Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson, and other dignitaries.

The ribbon cutting ceremony will be open to the public. The Cleveland Orchestra will provide music for the occasion.

On Saturday, June 15 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Cleveland Convention Center will be opened to the general public for a "Celebrate the Center: Community Open House and Celebration," including fun interactive displays, team mascot, alumni appearances, and autograph sessions from the Cleveland Browns, Cleveland Indians, and Cleveland Cavaliers.

The United States Coast Guard, the 2013 National Senior Summer Games, Positively Cleveland, and the City of Cleveland will also provide informational displays along with live music provided by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Our own Monica Robins and her band the Whiskey Kings will play from 2pm to 4pm.

The general public is encouraged to enjoy this free 'sneak peak' of the one-million square foot facility. The first 1,000 attendees ages 16 and over will receive a commemorative lunch tote bag. The first 1,000 children will receive a commemorative Convention Center plastic telescope.

In addition to providing live music on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame stage, the Rock Hall will also offer educational information and discount admission tickets. There will be additional entertainment and celebrity appearances throughout the day, including a performance by the well-known 'Dancing Wheels' dance troupe.

In the adjacent Global Center for Health Innovation (formerly known as the Medical Mart), the Northeast Ohio Healthcare Workforce Collaborative will host nearly 40 educational, government, and healthcare organizations at the "Explore the World of Health Careers" in the Global Center junior ballroom to showcase the rich diversity of healthcare occupations and the educational programs which lead to these careers.

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