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Hey Chick, Nice site! Great info on everything! Looking forward to seeing more as you update! See ya!  Jeff - May 1, 2011

  hey there Trenda, We haven't met in person but it feels like I know you via Deidre....just wanted to say CONGRATULATIONS on the Website and your charity work for women....awesome!....alot of hard work I am sure....nice work!I am sure we will meet sometime this summer,     Namaste'     Barb.     Columbus, OH, May 8

 Hi Trenda! You REALLY DO ROCK! Congrats on the newsletter and website. Stay in touch.
   Ted Alexander     
Radio/TV Personality,  Broadcast Engineer    May 12, 2011

  Good job. It will be interesting to follow. I will certainly be very interested in reading your book/s!!! I'm emailing you from Phnom Penh Cambodia. We are enjoying Indochina. See you soon. Joe         May 16, 2011

 

AWESOME! : )

   Camilla D’Andrea - May12, 2011
   Spirit Media/WELW Radio
   Creative Marketing Consultant

 

 Hey Dr. T, Congratulations!

Fred Grupe, June 27

 

Hi Trenda,

Just want to say Hello and send Greetings from Germany.   Jay, July 21, 2011

 

Trenda,   Cool stuff! Nice website!

  Jim,   North Coast Voice Magazine  July, 2011

 

YOU REALLY DID A GREAT PARTY, EVERYONE HAD A BALL. YOU HAD A LOT OF NEAT TRIVIA, HOOLA HOOP CONTEST, ETC.
THE MUSIC YOU PLAYED WAS GREAT.
THANK YOU SO MUCH, I WILL DEFINITELY REMEMBER TRENDAROCKS IN CASE I EVER HAVE ANOTHER NEED FOR A DJ, OR I WILL RECOMMEND YOU ANY DAY.
THANK YOU AGAIN, GARY WAS SURPRISED AND HE HAD A BALL.
SINCERELY, GARY AND AL BAUR      Aug. 2011

Trenda,I was just messin on the computer,typin in stuff,and I found out that Bill Pettijohn died!Im bummed,I live in Tampa,Fl now, 15 years,grew up in Euclid,and was a frequent patron at the Sahara,man good times,Cruisemasters,Champion,Moonlight Drive and so on.Sorry I missed the Benefit,it would have been cool,I have 3 boys,and they get a kick out of the old man(44)whippin out his 20 year old"Sahara Club" t-shirt! LOL..are there any left?..LOL..Thanks for the posts,Nice memories..Rob  Sept.19, 2011

 

 

 

Published: Friday, September 10, 2010

 The News Herald

SAHARA REUNION COMMENTS:

The following are comments from the readers. In no way do they represent the view of news-herald.com.

Robyn wrote on Sep 10, 2010 8:08 AM:

" Trenda Jones is the perfect person to host this. She has such an amazing personality and she's so full of life and energy. What a wonderful thing for her to do with it benefitting the Woman Safe Inc. Way to go Trenda! "

 

Lee wrote on Sep 21, 2010 4:06 PM:

" Ted and Trenda did such a great job putting this project together. Hope it helped Women Safe "

 

T.J. wrote on Sep 25, 2010 12:58 PM:

" TRENDA JONES IS A NATURAL BORN GENIUS !!

WE HAVE FOLLOWED HER & HER WORKS FROM WELW RADIO, TO THE "VOICE MAGAZINE", & EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN !! COMBINED WITH HER INCREDIBLE KNOWLEDGE OF MUSIC & HER ASTONISHINGLY GOOD LOOKS, SHE IS DESTINED TO BE A STAR ON SOMEBODY'S TV. SHOW OR MAYBE EVEN A SHOW OF HER OWN !! HER P.R.

BARELY SCRATCHES THE SURFACE OF THIS GIRL'S TALENT !! SHE DEFINITELY KNOWS WHERE TO BE AT THE "RIGHT TIME" !!

FANTASTIC, TRENDA....JUST FANTASTIC !! " Published: Friday, September 10, 2010

T.J. Studniarz

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Benefit to revisit hot nights of the Sahara

LIFE

Benefit to revisit hot nights of the Sahara

Published: Friday, September 10, 2010 The News Herald

 

By Larece Galer

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 At the intersection of Route 91 and Chardon Road in Willoughby Hills, perched atop a slight hill on the southwest corner, the Sahara Club stood as an oasis of fun for the rock 'n' rollers of the 1980s. Before that, it was a home of polka and even farther back rumored to have been a place at which to dance and gamble the night away.

Giant green palm trees tilted toward each other, holding the Sahara Lounge sign in their leafy fronds and beckoned customers to stop in for a fun and relaxing time. The building was decorated with a 10-foot-high camel and palm tree that made the Sahara Club a landmark until it was razed in the mid-1990s.

Jim Cvelbar bought the Sahara in August 1983 and operated it for 10 years.

Seven nights a week, the club vibrated with the music of bands that included local favorites Wild Horses and Fayreweather and even once hosted Gregg Allman.

"The camel was stolen twice," Cvelbar recalled.

The camel was bolted to the front of the Sahara Club, and one time it was stolen it turned up not far from the Sahara, leaning against a stop sign at the corner of Rockefeller and White roads.

The live palm trees that decorated the Sahara now stand in front the Euclid Tavern at Euclid Avenue at East 117th Street in Cleveland.

Trenda Jones of Chardon Township was a T-shirt girl at the club, selling souvenirs to patrons. She has organized a reunion of those who used to fill the Sahara for a night of dancing that will benefit Woman Safe Inc. Resources for Survivors of Domestic Violence. The reunion will be 1 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4358, 29412 White Road in Willoughby Hills. Expect memorabilia and musicians who played the Sahara in the rock 'n' roll days.

"The Sahara was a big part of my life 20 years ago and it was always fun, I just had an idea," Jones said.

Cvelbar will be at the reunion wearing his turban and emceeing the event.

Rumored to be one of the most upscale gambling houses in the country during the 1940s and '50s, the building was rich with musical history. Entertainers such as Benny Goodman in the '40s and Elvis Presley in the '50s played the Sahara. By the 1970s, the Sahara became a haven for those who wanted to hear the polka music of Eastern Europe.

Tony Petkovsek is a name known in polka circles. He remembers the Sahara as a nice place where big-name polka bands played on a regular basis, including those led by Johnny Vadnal and Johnny Pecon.

"It was mainly a dance hall on two or three levels, and you would walk down to the dance floor," Petkovsek said. "Ray Shibley and his wife owned it. It was a great gathering spot on the East Side."

Petkovsek said that long before the National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame in Euclid came into being, Shibley would give out his own awards at the Sahara.

It was a place where generations were entertained together.

"A lot of people would come in with their grandparents," Cvelbar said.

The reunion will take attendees back to the days of big hair, Spandex and leg warmers, and will even include photos with a live camel by Heritage Photography.

Food and beverages will be available.

Entertainment by Ryzr, Buff and the Hooters, Blue Jell-O, The Secret, and the Fashion Police will transport those into attendance back to the crazy '80s with music and fun. Proceeds from the event will benefit WomenSafe, a nonprofit organization that offers information, counseling, education and referrals in support of victims of domestic violence.

"It was exhilarating to hear the bands. Since childhood I've loved music, loved listening to live bands," Jones said. "I just wanted to give back because they (WomenSafe) have helped me."

Tickets in advance are $10 and available at VFW Post 4358, 29412 White Road in Willoughby Hills; and Euclid Tavern at Euclid Avenue and East 117th Street, Cleveland. Tickets will be available at the door on the day of show for $12.

 

Trenda Remembers

I was a young girl the first time I saw the movie Gypsy, starring Natalie Wood. I told my mother,

"When I grow up, I want to be a Let-Me-Entertain-You-Lady!"

No worries Mom! I will provide entertainment, but have no plans of emulating Gypsy Rose Lee.

                                        

 

 

Trenda And The Palm Tree

A poem by Fred Grupe

She reminds me of a youthful palm tree

I befriended from my hotel room window.

In the midst of a hurricane in the spring of 2003,

man you could hear the wind blow.

 

So tall and slender, she was tested by the storm,

I observed her day and night, while I was safe and warm,

She felt a little lonely and cold, I was protected by my room,

I was so happy for shelter, she was surrounded by gloom.

 

The winds, they pounded her delicate body

from first light 'til darkness settled in,

The rains, they drenched her hair, they bent her over,                                             

Oh when will these trials ever end?

 

The storm raged on for three long days,                                                                                             

She weathered the hurricane's punch,                                                                                                              

I fell in love with that poor young tree,                                                                                                    

I was rooting for her, so very much.

 

But then the dawn of day number three,                                                                                                                  

The storm let up, and my new best friend tree                                                                                                       

stood tall, upright and very straight,                                                                                                                 

So glad she made it, I was feeling great.

 

Great about my palm and I surviving the storm,

Glad that God kept us safe and warm,

So glad that he led me to be this girl's friend,

We made it together to the very end.  

 

Favorite Quotes

Well behaved women rarely make history. Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

Music is love in search of a word. Sidonie Gabrielle

Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans. John Lennon

If it wasn't for the last minute, nothing would get done! Unknown

Surrender is not weakness or loss. It is a powerful nonresistance. Marianne Williamson, A Return to Love-Reflections on the principles of A Course in Miracles

When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us. Alexander Graham Bell

Be happy. It's one way of being wise. Sidonie Gabrielle

Music is the voice that tells us that the human race is greater than it knows. Napolean Bonaparte

Music is the shorthand of emotion. Leo Tolstoy

Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort. Vincent Van Gogh

If you want a happy ending, that depends on where you stop the story. Orson Welles

Imagination is more important than knowledge. Albert Einstien

 

 

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