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


A FREE FAMILY OPEN STUDIO is held the third Saturday of every month from 1 to 3 pm.  Spend time with your family as you make individual or family art works. Each month has a theme and Art House provides the materials. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Pre-registration not required. The Art House is located at 3119 Denison Ave. For more information, call 216/398-8556 or visit

INSTITUTE FOR NEW FEELING (IfNf) presents an exhibition of works from their upcoming online collaboration, The Felt Book, a collection of home remedies inspired by the structure of Fluxus scores, YouTube tutorials and eHow articles. The Felt Book spans 40+ artists and encompasses works around wellness. During the opening reception at SPACES, IfNf will host a performative launch party, including a reading of treatments from their online publication, a video screening, and performances by Felt Book artists. SPACES is located at 2220 Superior Viaduct. Open from January 30 to March 27.  Gallery hours are Tuesday – Sunday: 12 – 5 p.m., and the gallery is open until 8 p.m. on Thursdays. Admission (and parking) during regular gallery hours is free and open to the public. For more information, visit, call 216.621.2314 or email

SHOCKWAVES, a hallucinatory trip into a man’s subconscious mind in the moments before his death will be premiered at the Transformer Station, 1460 West 29th St.,  from Saturday, January 31 – Sunday, February 1 .  A reception to meet the artist will be held in the galleries at 5:00pm on Sunday February 1.  Admission is free. Works by three artists—Jessica Eaton, Mariah Robertson, and Alison Rossiter–who have developed techniques and processes unique to them, resulting in abstractions that challenge popular conceptions of photography will be on display from February 7 to May 2 at the Transformer Station.  Member’s Preview begins at 5:00 pm on February 7.  The party continues with DJ Eff and opens to the public from 7:00 to 9:00 pm.  Call 216/938-5429 for more information.


Visit THE SPICE BOX for the lunchtime OPEN HOUSE at West 78th Studios (north of Detroit) every Friday with at least 10 galleries open 11am-4pm.

THIRD FRIDAYS in the Detroit Shoreway neighborhood and at the West 78th Street Studios.  See artwork  and sip wine. Friday, February 20th! For more information, visit

TREMONT ARTWALK occurs on the second Friday of the month in the Tremont neighborhood, or February 13.  Visit for more information.


CLARK AVENUE TLCI STUDY: A public meeting on the Transportation for Livable Communities Initiative planning study for Clark Avenue will be held on February 12th At Pilgrim Church, 2592 W. 14th at 6 p.m.


Medworks’ FREE MEDICAL, DENTAL AND WOMEN’S HEALTH CLINIC will be held on Saturday, February 21 from 9 am to 2 pm at Neighborhood Family Practice at 3569 Ridge Rd.  Mammograms and dental screenings will be by appointment only;  please call 216/201-9325.  The free clinic is open to all—walk-ins welcome.   For more information, visit

Clínica Gratuita para la Salud Médica, Dental y para la Mujer. Las mamografías y exámenes dentales se ofrecerán sólo a personas con cita previa.  Por favor llame al 216-201-9325 para programar una cita.  ¡Esta clínica médica gratuita está abierta a todo el público – las personas que no tienen cita son bienvenidas!

CERTIFIED APPLICATION COUNSELORS are available at Neighborhood Family Practice (NFP) to answer questions and help you choose an affordable health insurance plan that’s right for you. This service is free and confidential. Assistance with Medicaid, Affordable Care Act  Marketplace,  Medicare, and Sliding Scale Deductible.  Call today to schedule an appointment at NFP’s Detroit Shoreway Office or  Puritas Office at (216) 281-0872 ext. 2020.  Or drop-in at NFP’s Ridge Road Office, 3569 Ridge Road, on Monday and Tuesday from 3 – 7 p.m.  Or visit  Enrollment for the Affordable Care Act insurance ends February 15th.

NECESITA SEGURO MEDICO?  Llame para hacer su cita hoy al (216) 281-0872.


THE WINTER CRISIS PROGRAM provides assistance to eligible households that are threatened with heating disconnection or have been disconnected. The gross income of eligible households must be at or below 175 percent of the federal poverty guidelines. Cuyahoga County providers are the Council for Economic Opportunities in Greater Cleveland (216/696-9077) and the Cleveland Housing Network (216/574-7100).

PRECENTAGE OF INCOME PAYMENT PLAN PLUS (PIPP Plus) allows eligible Ohioans to pay their utility bills based on a percentage of the household income.  For a family of four the total annual income must be at or below $35,775. To learn more about the programs or to find out if you’re eligible call the toll-free hotline at (800) 282-0880, Monday through Friday (hearing impaired customers may dial (800) 686-1557 for assistance) or visit for more information.When applying, customers must provide proof of their gross monthly household income for at least the last three months.


BRITE WINTER FESTIVAL will be held on Saturday, February 21st in the Market District.  See the music lineup at

NEAR WEST INTERGENERATIONAL SCHOOL CHOIR is starting an after-school choir for students in junior or senior cluster, staff members, parents, grandparents, mentors, volunteers, partner facility residents or champions.  Practices will be held at the Near West Intergenerational School (3805 Terrett Ave, off of West 38th) in the school library each Tuesday from 3:30 to 4:30 pm.  Rehearsals/instruction free to participants. For more information, contact  Mr. Eric McGarvey at 216/721-0120 x 1107 or

RUST BELT ALLEY – Pop Music in Cleveland Before Rock and Roll ” talk will be presented by Daniel Goldmark, Associate Professor of Music, Case Western Reserve University on  February 11 at 7:30 pm at The Happy Dog, 5801 Detroit Ave, 44102, (216) 651-9474.  Free.


LEARN TO START A NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH.  Form a small planning committee in your neighborhood and call the Bureau of Community Policing at 216/623-5080 to ask for a crime prevention officer to come to your meeting to discuss your community’s problems and needs.


GET YOUR TAXES PREPARED FREE.  Call 211 to make an appointment.  IRS certified tax preparers and quick income tax returns.  Appointments available Monday and Wednesday from 5:30pm to 8 pm and Saturdays from 10am to 12:30 pm at the Fulton Road Office in the Lin Omni Building at 3167 Fulton Rd, #305.  Sponsored by the EITC coalition, United Way and the Stockyard, Clark-Fulton, and Brooklyn Centre Community Development Office.

LEARN TO PREPARE TAXES for others.  Tax refunds are available to most low and moderate income families, and for many, are one of their largest sources of income all year – often one-fourth of their annual income. The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is the largest poverty relief program in the country.  The EITC Coalition is looking for volunteer site coordinators, tax preparers, site greeters, and interpreters. Prior experience is not necessary, just attend a Coalition led training to become an IRS-certified volunteer. Sign up today by visiting or contacting Keely Andrews at 216/631-0280, x4121.


COLLEGE NOW GREATER CLEVELAND AND THE CLEVELAND PUBLIC LIBRARY are offering an 8-week after school program for high school students in the Fall, Winter and Spring consisting of enhanced Math and Reading proficiency through ACT Test Prep, $100 stipend, Bus tickets, field trips and internship opportunities.  Available at the South Brooklyn Library at 4303 Pearl Rd and the Eastman Library at 11602 Lorain Ave.  For more information and to apply, visit, call 216/241-5587 or email

HIDDEN IN PLAIN SIGHT: An Awareness Program for Parents and other Adults, is a free presentation with topics including substance abuse, violence, eating disorders, juvenile crime, technology, risky games/challenges and more.  Due to the nature of the materials presented, no youth are permitted to attend.  The program will be presented on Thursday, February 5 at Lincoln West High School at 3202 West 30th St..  “Snooping and Searching” begins at 5:45 pm and the presentation begins at 6:30pm. Presented by Bath Township Police and Copley Police, assisted by Cleveland Police.  For more information, call Clark-Fulton MyCom Neighborhood Coalition at Hispanic UMAMDAOP at 216/495-1222.


FREE TUTORING.  No registration or appointments necessary.  Students also receive FREE healthy, nutritious bagged meals at all tutoring locations.

READING HELP FOR STUDENTS GRADES K-3 on Monday – Thursday 3:30 – 5:30 pm at the Walz Branch (7910 Detroit Ave.) of the Cleveland Public Library.

TUTORING IN ALL SUBJECTS (Math, Science, History, Language Arts, Homework Help) FOR STUDENTS GRADES K-8 on Monday-Thursday from 3 – 6 pm at the Carnegie West Branch (1900 Fulton Rd.), Fulton Branch (3545 Fulton Rd.), Rockport Branch (4421 West 140th St.), and Walz Branch (7910 Detroit Ave.).  For more information about both programs, call 216/623-2835.


MCCAFFERTY OUTSTATION VET CENTER at 4242 Lorain Ave., serves veterans, their families and communities with professional readjustment counseling, community education, outreach to special populations, brokering of services with community agencies, and providing linkages to veterans and other services with the US Department of Veterans Affairs.  Call 216/939-0784 or visit

SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH REGISTRY EVAUALTION PROGRAMS for Veterans include Ionizing Radiation Registry, Agent Orange Registry, Gulf War Registry, Depleted Uranium Follow-up Program, and Toxic Embedded Fragments Registry.  For more information, visit or call the Special Health Issues Helpline at 800/749-8387 or the VA Benefits office at 800/827-1000.

THE TRI-C VETERANS EDUCATION CONNECTION CENTER, located in the Louis Stokes VA Medical Center at Wade Oval in University Circle, provides veterans with access to distance learning degree provide opportunities and support services.  For further information, contact the Tri-C Veteran Services and Programs Office, Louis Stokes VA Medical Center, 10701 East Blvd, Room 1B-420, call 216/791-3800, ext.  6830, or visit

VETERANS UPWARD BOUND provides assistance to eligible US veterans who have served in the armed forces.  It offers free comprehensive support services to eligible veterans interested in pursuing their first college degree or certificate.  Services help veterans complete preparatory coursework, increase their access to college, develop academic skills, remain enroll in and graduate from any college in Ohio.  Call Tri-C at 216/987-4938, email or visit


Volunteer with MY MENTOR MY FRIEND Program, which matches caring adults in a lunch-time mentoring program with 4th, 5th and 6th grade students in underserved public elementary schools across the City of Cleveland.  Sponsored by the Greater Cleveland Volunteers, the program is available at Denison School, 3799 West 33 Street. The commitment is to listen, encourage and appreciate a child at lunch-time just once a week.  Call Carol Hasek at 216.391.9500 X125 or email

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