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A listing of various free activities and resources for  the Near West Side.


FREE GED PREPARATION is available through Seeds of Literacy at 3104 West 25th, 3rd Floor (near Clark Ave.).  One-to-one tutoring, computer training, learn at you own pace in a relaxed atmosphere.  Call 216/661-7950 to enroll or visit

PHARMACY TECH TRAINING available.  Individuals 18 years of age or older may qualify for 38 weeks of quality academic and clinical training to become a Pharmacy Tech.   No previous healthcare or pharmacy experience required.  Scholarships provided for all accepted into the program. Must have a high school diploma or GED.  Must pass a complete fingerprint background check.  Apply online at

Learn WORKFORCE SKILLS FOR 21ST CENTURY SUCCESS through your library’s website.   Improve your workforce skills, find jobs, and advance your career.  Log on to or contact your library.

CUYAHOGA COMMUNITY COLLEGE offers diverse academic and job training courses. Visit


FROM DRAMA TO SEWING, the Cultural Learning Arts Performing Program is offering a variety of FREE Saturday classes for families at Mega Church in the Metro Clark/Tremont area at 3170 Scranton Road, Cleveland, Ohio 44109.  Participants will also have the opportunity to take field trips, showcase their work and more.  For class schedule and registration, contact (216) 202-0784.

MICRO ART SPACES – contemporary art exhibitions, short-term artists residencies, art education workshops – are available in the 78th Street Studios.  Visit for more information.


A BIRD FEEDER AND BATH BUILDING class will be offered at Zone Recreation Center on Saturday, June 14th at 11am.  Construct and personalize a bird house for your yard from an empty 2 liter container.  Build and paint a birdbath from planters and saucers.  For all ages.  Email Anna at that you want to attend so they can collect the appropriate supplies. Refreshments provided.


Because of the PROBLEM OF INFANT MORALITY AMONG BLACK BABIES,  the Cleveland Department of Public Health and the Cuyahoga County Board of Health have joined a state-wide initiative to improve birth outcomes and reduce racial disparities in infant mortality.  For more information, call Cleveland Moms First Project at 216/664-4194;  the Ohio Infant Mortality Reduction Initiative (OIMRI) at 216/231-7700;  and Help Me Grow at 216/698-7500.

BOOT CAMP FOR NEW DADS is held several times a month at MetroHealth.  This program is for dads only and is taught by certified coaches, male instructors skilled in baby care. It is a one day three hour course in a relaxed and comfortable setting. Breakfast or lunch will be provided.  Call 216/778-3381 for more information.

CUSTODY/VISITATION assistance is available to help mothers and fathers in establishing parenting plans to help them raise children.  Learn how to file for custody or parenting time.  Printout forms from;  click on the “Office on Mediation” on the left hand side of the website.  Or call 216/698-4996 or visit 9300 Quincy Ave. 2nd floor.  Hours are Monday-Friday 9AM to 1PM and 2PM to 4PM.

The Council for Economic Opportunities in Greater Cleveland serves children from  6 weeks to 5 years in its EARLY HEAD START AND HEAD START PROGRAMS.  Head Start is a national program that offers an excellent pre-school education as well as services in nutrition, health, social services, mental health & disabilities and parent involvement for children and families.   Call 216/589-9922 for information or to enroll your child.

EVERY CHILD READY TO READ:  Libraries have many resources to help you talk, sing, read, write and play with your children to help them get ready to read.  Log onto or visit your local library.

FREE IMMUNIZATIONS for childrenare available at Thomas F.  McCafferty Health Center at 4242 Lorain Ave. every Monday from 8AM to 11AM and every 2nd and 4th Thursday from 4 PM to 7 PM.  Call 216/664-6603.

LEAD POISONING is caused by swallowing or inhaling lead from painted surfaces, and from contaminated water, soil and food.  Young children face the greatest risks.  Lead can even harm an infant in the mother’s womb. For more information, contact the Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program of the Cleveland Department of Public Health at 216/664-2175, or contact the National Lead Information Center at or 1-800/424-5323.

SUMMER MEALS are available at Recreation Centers and other sites.  Call 1-866-3-HUNGRY or 1-877-8-HAMBRE (for Spanish speakers) and a live operator will tell you where the sites that are closest to you that serve free, nutritious summer meals.


CLEVELAND TRANSFORMATION ALLIANCE provides information on the almost 160 district and public charter schools serving grades preK-12.  Because Cleveland schools have citywide enrollment, parents can choose the school  their children attend. Visit, find the Cleveland Transformation Alliance on Facebook or call 211 for 24/7 assistance.

FREE KINDERGARTEN is available for Cleveland children who will be 5 years old by Sept. 30, 2014.   Children who will be 4 years old on or before Sept.30, 2014 may be eligible for free pre-kindergarten.  Call the Cleveland Metropolitan School District at 216/838-3675.   Families that speak a language other than English and/or have children with special needs (ages 3 and up) should call these offices in order to be referred for assessment and registration:  the Multilingual Multicultural Education Center at 216/404-5159 or Special Education at 216/838-7733.

OPEN HOUSES WITH SCENARIOS ABOUT THE SCHOOL DISTRICT’S $1 BILLION CONSTRUCTION AND RENOVATION PLAN will be held. Share your opinions.  On June 4, the DetroitShoreway-Cudell-Edgewater cluster meeting will be heldat Cudell Recreation Center (1910 West Boulevard, 5:30 – 7:30 PM).  On June 10,   the Old Brooklyn-Brooklyn Centre  cluster meeting is scheduled for the Cleveland MetroParks Zoo, Reinberger Education Center (5:30 – 7:30 PM, 5500 Wildlife Way).  On June 11the Clark Fulton-Stockyards meeting will be held atLincoln West High School (3202 W. 30th Street, 5:30 – 7:30 PM).  The Cluster 02 Jefferson SPA (Statistical Planning Area) sessionwill be held at Almira School (3325 W. 99th Street, on June 16 at 7:30 – 9:00 PM).  On June 19,  both the Tremont and the Ohio City cluster meetings will be held at  Tremont Montessori (2409 West 10th Street, 5:00 – 6:30 PM) and the  Paul L. Dunbar School (2200 W. 28th Street, 7:30 – 9:00 PM) respectively.   (The  Kamm’s-Bellaire-Puritas meeting was held before this issue of the Plain Press was published.)  For more information before the meetings, visit online.


VICTIMS OF CRIME may qualify for compensation.  For more information, contact the Ohio Attorney General’s Office at 800/582-2877 or log onto


THE 27TH ANNUAL CLIFTON ARTS AND MUSICFEST will be held on Saturday, June 21st from 10 AM – 6 PM on Clifton Boulevard.  Delicious food, Weber’s Ice Cream, retailer specials, kid’s events, art, and live music.

SUMMER EVENTS AT EDGEWATER. On the Edge family activities (recreation demos, sandcastle building competition, live entertainment, food) and Your Parks, Your Stories:  Cleveland Metroparks Memories at Edgewater:  both on June 14 from 3-9 PM.  Edgewater Live on Thursdays 5:30 PM to 8 PM  from June 12 – August 14 (weekly live music and food trucks). Go to for the most up-to- date list of events.

LEARN ABOUT COMMUNITY EVENTS, SERVICES and how to get involved by talking to a representative of the Stockyard, Clark-Fulton & Brooklyn Centre Community Development Office at your local Cleveland Public Library during the scheduled times.  Fulton Branch: 1st Tuesday of the month from 11:30am-1:30pm.  Brooklyn Branch- 4th Friday of the month from  3:00pm-5:00pm.

TRINITY UMC STRAWBERRY FESTIVALS.  Two opportunities to enjoy strawberry pies, strawberry shortcake and ice cream at 9900 Madison Avenue, adjacent to Cudell Commons and Cleveland Fire Station Engine Company 23.  Wednesday, June 11th from 5:30 – 7 PM or Wednesday, July 9th from 5:30 – 7 PM.  Enjoy on site or take home.


GENEALOGY AND FAMILY HISTORY RESEARCH CLINIC at the Cleveland Public Library, Main Library, History and Geography Department, 6th Floor, Louis Stokes Wing, 525 Superior Avenue, NE on Saturday, June 14.  Beginners should arrive at 10:45AM.  All others can arrive at any time between 10:30 and 1:30PM. Clinics end at 2PM.  Free and open to all. No registration. For more information, call 216/623-2864.


THE CLEVELAND FOOD BANK helps in obtaining food stamps (SNAP), medical, utility, child care, WIC and other assistance programs if your monthly gross income is $1211 (for a one-person household) to $2927 (for a five-person household). Apply over the phone at 216/738-2067 or toll free at 1-855/738-2067 Monday to Friday from 9AM to 4PM.



HIV-POSITIVE INDIVIDUALS who are newly diagnosed or who are not currently accessing HIV/AIDS care can receive short-term, intensive support from the Linkage to Care  (LTC)  Program.    LTC Coordinators work with clients to identify and address barriers to entering medical care.  Contact Pat Smith at 216/778-5483 or Miriam Ampeire at 216/778-5543, or email or

REPRODUCTIVE  HEALTH CLINIC is available at the Thomas F. McCafferty Center, 4242 Lorain Ave., Room 233.  Protect yourself and your partner from diseases passed from person to person by sexual contact, access Pap Smears, take pregnancy tests, and obtain family planning services.  Sliding fee scale based on income. Appointments are encouraged.  For more information and hours, call 216/664-6603.


FREE OR LOW COST HEALTH COVERAGE is still available if you meet income guidelines:  if you earn less than $16,105 as a single person or less than $32,913 as a family of four you may be eligible.  Meet with a navigator at the Thomas F. McCafferty Health Center.  Call 216-206-6407 for an appointment or email  Carolyn is available Monday and Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  You can also call 2-1-1 First Call for Help to find local help near you, or apply online or over the phone:  Medicaid (Ohio) –— or call 1-800-324-8680.


AFRICAN AMERICAN MEN who have had a stroke or TIA (mini-stroke) within the last 12 months and who have a care partner who is willing to attend the sessions with the participant are eligible to participate.  The research project is designed to help men learn about risk factors and how to best take care  of their health after a stroke or TIA. Participants will be randomly assigned to 1 of two groups;  some participants will not receive special education, but all participants will receive a stipend for research assessments done during the  study.  For more information, call John Harvis-Bey at 216/368-5723. Sponsored by University Hospitals and Case Western Reserve University.

PEOPLE DIAGNOSED WITH BIPOLAR DISORDER who sometimes miss doses of their medications and are 18 years of age or older may be eligible for a research study.  Study participants will be engaged in psychological assessments and personal education sessions, and will receive compensation for their study visit.  For more information, call the Research Assistant at 888/819-0004 or email  Sponsored by the Department of Psychiatry at University Hospitals.

INDIVIDUALS DIAGNOSED WITH SCHIZOPHRENIA OR SCHIZOPAFFECTIVE DISORDER who have been homeless within the past year, who sometimes miss doses of medications and who are 18 years of age or older may be eligible to participant.   Study participants will receive psychological assessments, medications, treatment and will be compensated for their study visits. For more information, call the Research Assistant at 888/819-0004 or email  Sponsored by the Department of Psychiatry at University Hospitals.


HABITAT FOR HUMANITY’S ReStore offers used furniture, lighting, sinks, cabinets, windows, doors, appliances, flooring, building supplies and much more.  Donations accepted Tuesday-Saturday from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM; showroom open to the public Tuesday-Saturday from 10AM to 4 PM.  Call 216/429-3631 with questions.

THE LORAIN STATION FLEA MARKET is open on the first and third Saturdays of each month until October at 9830 Lorain Avenue. Vendors $5 set-up; shoppers free admission.  Set up begins at 7 AM, shopping at 8 AM. Fresh garden produce from local sources during the growing season.


CLEVELAND HOMELESS LEGAL ASSISTANCE/Weekly Wednesday Legal Intake is heldfor homeless individualsat the May Dugan Center, 4115 Bridge Ave. from 10AM until Noon.


ANIMAL POISON CONTROL CENTER provides information at  Or call 888/426-4435 for help.

FREE WELLNESS SERVICES FOR DOGS AND CATS.  If you live in zip code 44109, you may be eligible to receive FREE pet care services (including spay-neutering, vaccinations, flea treatments, collars and leashes, ID tags, deworming, and dog training classes).  Contact Becca Britton at Project CARE at the Animal Protective League at 216/255-5012 or


RAPE AGGRESSION DEFENSE SYSTEMS TRAINING (RAD) is a comprehensive self defense course for women of high school age and older.  The training is lead by officers of the Cleveland Division of Police who are certified RAD instructors.  Free Tuesdays June 3, 10, 17, and 24  promptly at 4:30-7:30 PM at Estabrook Recreation Center, 4125 Fulton Rd. For more information and to sign-up, call 216/623-5080.


WEST SIDE COMMUNITY HOUSE HOME DELIVERED MEALS are available if you are 60 years old or older and need a nutritious lunch once a day. Call  216/771-7297  Ext. 303 and leave a message.


HELPING HANDS KNITTING GROUP is seeking volunteers.   Lend your skills or learn new ones by joining the Helping Hands Knitting Group, which knits and crochets hats and scarves for neighborhood children.  All materials are provided, thanks to a generous Neighborhood Connections grant.  The group meets at Cudell Improvement, Inc., 9821 Lorain from 5 – 7 PM each Monday.   Call Birgit at 216/631-7233 or Jeanette at 216/228-4383 for details.

LUTHERAN METROPOLITAN MINISTRY invites volunteers to offer their time and talents to work with its programs and/or participants.  Visit or call 216/696-2715.




YOUTH TECHNOLOGY ACADEMY at Cuyahoga Community College provides FREE tuition for college courses for high school youth ages 14-18 who have an interest in computers, robotics and related topics.  Support services are in place to provide academic tutoring to help you ace your classes, and technical course are designed to be fun and practical.   Visit or call 216/987-3382.

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