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Community Board, Near West Side


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


DAY OF THE DEAD/DIA DE MUERTOS will be held on Saturday, November 1 from 11 am to 10 pm at the Cleveland Public Theatre Church and Parish Hall at 6205 Detroit Ave. Procession will begin at 3:30 p.m.. This is a free event sponsored by “ALU” (Artistas Latinos Unidos), Cleveland Public Theatre, and Detroit Shoreway. For more information, log onto or call 216/235-0811.

VEILS AND VESPER is a sound installation series of ongoing electronic music composed by John Luther Adams.  The Cleveland Museum of Art will present it at St. John’s Episcopal Church at 2600 Church Ave. on Fridays and Saturdays from noon to 6 pm through November.  For more information, search for John Luther Adams at CMA’s website


AFTER SCHOOL SWING DANCE PROGRAM, The Cleveland Junior Jitterbugs, now has openings for children in grades 5 through 8 living in the Old Brooklyn or Brooklyn Centre neighborhoods. The dance class meets Tuesday and Wednesdays from 4:10 pm  – 5 pm at Archwood Church of Christ, 2800 Archwood. The instructor is Valerie Salstrom.

AMERICA READS TUTORS are available at Carnegie West Library for students grades K-8 after school for help in History, Language Arts, Math and Science.  Free one-on-one and/or group tutoring is offered.  Stationed in the children’s room, tutors are available Mondays 3:30-6; Tuesdays 3:00-6:00; Wednesdays 3:30-6:00; and Thursdays 4:30-6:00.  No registration or appointments are required.


A FREE COMMUNITY MEAL is held at 1 pm on the 4th Sunday of every month at St. Michael the Archangel Church, 3114 Scranton Rd. All are welcome.  For more information, call 216/861-6297.


SPEAKERS ON COMMUNITY SAFETY, sponsored by the Cudell Improvement’s Midwest Safety Team and Councilman Matt Zone, Ward 15, will appear on Tuesday, November 11 at Cudell Recreation Center. The event will start at 6 pm, and light refreshments will be served.  The event will be followed by a series of public gatherings throughout 2015 on various safety topics.  For further information, call Cudell’s safety staffer Birgit Hilliard at 216/631-SAFE.

THE DETROIT SHOREWAY COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT ORGANZATION’S STRATEGIC PLAN COMMUNITY MEETING will be held at Zone Recreation Center on November 12. Registration and dinner is from 5:30 to 6 pm and the community meeting is from 6 to 7:30 pm.  For more information, call 216/961-4242.

THE FIRST CITY BEAUTIFUL IMAGINE FACTORY POWERED BY PECHAKUCHS will be hosted by The City Club of Cleveland: Can a parking lot be better served as a vibrant green space? What are the possibilities for our lakefront? Join us as speakers from a variety of backgrounds present their ideas for 1.) transforming blighted or life design issues facing our city, 2.) to formulate possible solutions, 3.) to engage the public in thinking about our built environment, 4.) to have a good time, and 5.) to imagine what our city might be.  The event will be held November 6 beginning at 5:30 pm at 850 Euclid Ave. 2nd floor.  It is free and open to anyone interested in re-imagining Cleveland. Registration is required:  log onto If you interested in being a presenter, contact them at

THE NORTHEAST OHIO AREAWIDE COORDINATING AGENCY (NOACA) is conducting a survey of area residents who use public and private transportation services. To take the survey, go to If you prefer to phone in your answers, call Jim Thompson, Mobility Manager at 216/241-2414, ext.  275.  The survey will   be available through November 7.

A TOWPATH TRAIL OPEN HOUSE will be held on Thursday, November  6 from 5 – 7 pm at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church at 2187 West 14th Street. RSVP to Amilyn at

TREMONTERS CAN HELP MAKE TREMONT HEALTHIER.  Tremont West Development Corp. is working to make affordable, quality produce available in neighborhood corner stores.  You can help by taking a 5-minute survey by logging onto or obtaining a copy from Lindsay Smetana  at 216/575-0920 x 102 or  You can also stop by the Tremont West Development Corp. at 2406 Professor Ave.   La encuesta se ofrece en Ingles y en Espanol.


FREE BEGINNER COMPUTER TRAINING for neighborhood residents is being offered at the Connect Your Community Center at 3800 Pearl Road.  12-hour FREE training on basic computer and Internet use: 2-4 pm Tuesday and Thursday or 2-4 pm Wednesday-Friday.  Learn to use you email, Web browser, Google, You Tube, Yahoo etc. Low-cost refurbished computers are available for Center students.  Call 216/202-4292 and leave a message. They will call you back within 24 hours.

MAKE YOUR OWN COOKIE CUTTER using a one-of-a-kind cookie pattern. A lab will be held on Saturday, November 1 at 11:30 am at the Carnegie West Branch Library.  Printed cutters will be ready for pickup at the Carnegie West Branch three weeks after the event—in plenty of time of holiday cookie making.  Call the Carnegie West Branch at 216/623-6927 or Tech Central at 216/623-2980 to register.

MICROSOFT POWERPOINT AND PUBLISHER computer classes will be held Fridays in November at 11:15 am at the Carnegie West Branch Library.  November 7: PowerPoint 2010 I:  Creating a computer-based slide presentation.  November 14:  PowerPoint 2010 II: Adding graphics, transitions and animation.    November 21:  Publisher 2010 I: Overview of Publisher.  November 28:  Publisher 2010 II:  Using templates to create and design simple flyers, business cards, newsletters, etc.  All classes are free and taught on library computers.  To register, call Tech Central at 216/623-2980 or the Carnegie West Branch 216/623-6927.


FLU SHOTS are available at McCafferty Health Center at 4242 Lorain Ave. every Friday from 8:30 am- 11:30 am.  Bring your card if you have health insurance.  If you don’t have insurance, no problem!   No one will be turned away.  Call 216/651-5005 with questions.


A FOOD PANTRY is sponsored by St. Michael the Archangel Church for individuals and families living in 44109 or 44113 zip code areas on Mondays and Thursdays from 12:30 pm – 3 pm at 3114 Scranton Rd, You must have: proof of residency (such as a utility bill), identification cards, and children’s social security cards or birth certificates.  For more information, call 216/861-6297.


SUMMER PEDIATRIC RESEARCH SCHOLARS PROGRAM is a 10-week program for college sophomores and juniors who are planning careers in health care professions, including medicine, nursing, pharmacy and research in Akron for 2015. Students begin the program in early-June and commit to working at least 24 hours per week at the hospital.  A stipend is paid as a scholarship to each student’s college or university. Participants are responsible for their own housing and accommodations.  Applications, which must include two reference letters, are being accepted through Nov. 14. To apply, visit A selective interview process will be conducted. Previous formal research experience is not required.   Akron Children’s Hospital is ranked a Best Children’s Hospital by US News & World Report.


MOMENTUM will be presented by the LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland at the Gordon Square Arcade at 6516 Detroit Ave. on Sunday, November 2 from 6 -9 p.m. For more information call 216-651-5428.


THE MEDICARE OPEN ENROLLMENT PERIOD is from October 15 to December 7 and the State’s nonprofit Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program (OSHIIP) is available to assist Medicare recipients review their options and select Medicare coverage for 2015.  Plan costs and benefits can change from year to year.  A Check-up Days schedule and other Medicare information is available at, or by calling the OSHIIP hotline at 800/686-1578 or Medicare at 800/633-4227


FREE ONLINE SCREENING helps identify mental illness & alcohol addiction. The Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services (ADAMHS) Board of Cuyahoga County is promoting free video alcohol addiction and mental health screenings at  The online screenings are anonymous, and allow individuals to identify warning signs and learn about local treatment resources.


ON-GOING RECYCLING PROGRAM FOR SMALL HOUSEHOLD APPLIANCES, STYROFOAM, AND CAMPAIGN SIGNS is sponsored by the Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District.  Working and non-working small household appliances and personal electronic devices—as well as formed blocks of Styrofoam (no packing peanuts or food items), shrink wrap, plastic banding, election or campaign yard signs, and holiday lights — can be dropped off in the District’s lobby, located at 4750 East 131 Street in Garfield Heights. Hours of operation are Monday-Friday from 8:30 am-4:30 pm.  The District does not accept televisions or large appliances.  Televisions (up to 32”) can be recycled for free at any local Best Buy store. (Visit  For a complete list of items or more information, visit or call (216) 443-3749.


THE CLEVELAND RAPE CRISIS CENTER (CRCC) offers free, comprehensive sexual violence services to women, children, men and the community, including a 24-hour hotline (216/619-6192), hospital advocacy, justice system advocacy, individual and group therapy, including talk and art therapies, and education and prevention programs.   Call the hotline (above), call the offices at  216/619-6194, or visit

NUESTRA MISION.  Cleveland Rape Crisis Center se dedica a servir a los sobrevivientes de la violencia sexual y a los que los apoyan, con servicios gratuitos para aliviar a sanar y apoyar a los sobrevivientes, conjuntamente creamos el cambio social en la comunidad con la educación, el entrenamiento, y el activismo.  Si usted está en peligro o necesita una intervención de crisis, por favor:  Llame al 911; Llame a la línea del Cleveland Rape Crisis Center: 216-619-6192. Los telefonistas solamente hablan ingles; Para servicios en español, llame a la línea nacional del “Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN), 1-800-656-HOPE (1-800-656-4673).

THE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND CHILD ADVOCACY CENTER’S purpose is to provide services to facilitate safe options and stability for domestic violence victims and their children, including justice system advocacy, police and hospital advocacy, safety plan assistance, support group, counseling services, 24 hour hotline (216/391-HELP),  and shelter services. Domestic violence may include emotional and verbal abuse, physical or financial abuse, sexual abuse, controlling or intimating behavior,  isolation or manipulation.  THE CENTER’S  LATINA PROJECT of the offers culturally-sensitive  services that take into consideration the realities of Latino life. Call 216/651-8484 or visit


INSTALLATION OF FR. CAROLI SHAO, AJ, the new pastor at St. Colman’s Church will be held Saturday, November 15th. at the 5 pm Mass by Bishop Lennon.


JOIN A DISCUSSION TO DETERMINE WHAT YOU WANT IN THE OHIO STATE BUDGET.  The state budget affects childcare, cash and food assistance, elderly services, housing, public transportation, health and mental health, education, and disability programs.  Sponsored by Northern Ohioans for Budget Legislation Equality (NOBLE)., this meeting is scheduled for Saturday, November 15 from 10 am to 2 pm.  Registration begins at 9 am.  It will be held at 3631 Perkins Ave., Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided. To RSVP, contact Byron Solomon 216/651-2606 or


THE CUYAHOGA COUNTY VETERANS SERVICE COMMISSION assists Honorably Discharged Veterans and their minor children, spouses and widows who have met with an unexpected hardship resulting from lack of employment, illness or injury. Contact the Temporary Financial Assistance office at 216/698-2632, Veterans Memorial Affairs at 216/698-2655, or Veterans Service Department for assistance with the federal Veterans Administration (VA) programs at 216/698-2393.  You may also visit the Commission at 1849 Prospect Ave., across from the Wolstein Convocation Center from 8 am to 4 pm Monday-Friday.


ELECTION DAY IS NOVEMBER 4. Early voting has already started For more information, visit The Board of Elections at

INFORMATION ON CANDIDATES AND ISSUES Is available at an interactive 2014 General Election Voter Guide at VoterGuide.    The guide, produced by the Northeast Ohio Media Group and the League of Women Voters of Greater Cleveland, allows you to enter your address to see details about the candidates and issues specific to your ballot.


DRINK LOCAL, DRINK TAP provides access to safe water in schools in east Africa, education through annual celebrations, events in schools and Making Waves Documentary, and volunteering events, fundraising, beach cleanups—in the Cleveland area.  Visit

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