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Community Board, Near West Side


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


EARN YOUR GED (General Educational Development) FREE at Seeds of Literacy.  Call to enroll 216/661-7950.  West side location is at 3104 West 25th St., 3rd floor, at the corner of Clark and West 25th St.


THE 28TH ANNUAL CLIFTON ARTS AND MUSICFEST is seeking applications from visual artists in the disciplines of watercolor, oils, photography, ceramics, glass, wood, sculpture, mixed media and wearable art.  Applications for the Juried Show are available for downloading at  Additionally, acoustic performing entertainers are being sought.  Contact Anita Brindza at  to express interest.

THE 2015 OHIO ARTS FESTIVALS AND COMPETITIONS DIRECTORY is now available free of charge from The Ohio Arts Council’s (OAC).  The Directory is the most comprehensive guide to arts and crafts festivals in the state. It is a resource for individuals and organizations looking to exhibit artwork in festivals throughout Ohio—and for those who simply want to take part in the arts.  To obtain a copy:  Send an e-mail to and use 2015 Directory in the e-mails subject line. Call 614/728-4463. (Note: For large requests, please call.)  Place a request in writing to the following address:  Ohio Arts Council,  Attn: Festivals Directory, 30 East Broad St., 33rd Floor, Columbus, OH 43215-3414.  Or download it from


CYCLES FOR CHRIST is a Ministry of Hudson Presbyterian Church, which collects, restores, and supplies used bikes to those who have need of transportation and to children!  West Bethel Baptist Church (WBBC 5207 Franklin Blvd. Cleveland)  has established collaboration with the Cycles for Christ Ministry wherein they will provide bicycles to us upon our request.  We encourage your participation in this ministry by attending WBBC’s YOUTH SERVICES on Fridays at 6pm. Call (216) 281-6044 for more information.


ISSUE 4 was passed in November to build new and remodel old Cleveland schools.  Open Houses will be held in March to discuss the plans and obtain community input.  The Clark-Fulton-Stockyards meeting will be held on Thursday, March 5 at Clark School at 5550 Clark Ave.  The Old Brooklyn-Brooklyn Centre meeting will be on Wednesday, March 11 at Charles A. Mooney at 3213 Montclair Ave.  The Ohio City-Tremont meeting will be on Tuesday, March 24 at Tremont Montessori at 2409 West 10th St.  The Kamms-Bellaire-Puritas meeting will be on Tuesday, March 24, at Ascension Village Apartments at 14130 Puritas Ave.  All meetings are scheduled from 5 pm to 7 pm.   For more information,   call 216/696-4950 or visit


THE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND CHILD ADVOCACY CENTER (DVCAC) responds  to victims of child abuse and domestic violence and works to break the cycle of abuse via prevention, intervention and community education.   DVCAC provides emergency intervention as well as long term support for victims. For more information, visit  Victims needing emergency assistance can call the 24 hour Domestic Violence Helpline: 216-391-HELP.


THE ART, POETRY AND ESSAY CONTEST encourages students to celebrate Earth Day by expressing their ideas for solutions to environmental issues facing our community.  It will be shown at the Cleveland Public Library, Carnegie West Branch from March 17 – March 27. Brochures for this next year’s Art, Poetry, and Essay Contest are available online at and at public libraries around Northeast Ohio.  EarthFest 2015 will celebrate the Year of Clean Water. Call 216/281-6468 for more information.

EARTHFEST 2015 will be held at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds on Sunday, April 19 from 10 am-5 pm.  In past years, up to 1,000 volunteers have helped.  We ask all potential new volunteers to please attend one of 3 Volunteer Orientation sessions to learn all about the jobs available (and their days and times) and give us your
choices as to which you prefer. Then we will do our best to make sure you get the assignment that you want. Please RSVP for one of the 3 Orientations by calling 281-6468 ext. 221, or emailing Dolores Watson at
< 1)  Saturday, February 28 from 10:30 – 11:30 am @ Carnegie West Library Auditorium.  2) Saturday, March 28 from 10:30 – 11:30 am @  Carnegie West Library Auditorium  3)  Thursday, April 9 from 7 – 8 pm @ St. Patrick’s Lower Hall.


THE OHIO ACADEMY OF FAMILY PHYSICIANS is now accepting nominations from the public for its 2015 Family Physician of the Year Award.  For more information, visit   The deadline for nominations is Friday, April 3.  Nominations can be submitted online at and letters of nomination can be sent to:  OAFP Awards Selection Workgroup,  Attn: Director of Communications Megan Smith,  Fax: (614) 267-9191, or Email:


A FREE FINANCIAL WELLNESS FAIR will be held Saturday March 7 from 10 am until 4 pm at the Gordon Square Arcade.  Topics include improving credit, buying a house, small business ideas, and banking products and services.  Sponsored by  First Federal Lakewood, Enterprise Community Partners and the Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization.


FREE HEALTH TESTS FOR EVERYONE WITHOUT HEALTH INSURANCE.    SERVICIOS DE SALUD PARA PERSONAS SIN SEGURO MEDICO.  GRATIS.   March 21 from 9 am to 1 pm at Primera Iglesia Bautista Church at 68 Denison Ave.  (Located between Denison Ave. and W. 67th St., behind Burger King.)


VICTIMS can be found in various settings:  commercial sex, sweatshop factories, construction, construction, farming or landscaping, fisheries, hotel or tourist industries, panhandling, janitorial services, restaurants, and as nannies or servants.  Call the National Human Trafficking Resource Center at 1-888-3737-888


THE OHIO LEGISLATIVE SERVICE COMMISSION (LSC) is now accepting applications for its 13-month Legislative Fellowship Program. LSC will hire 24 fellows to work with members of the Ohio General Assembly during 2016. LSC fellows are often placed in legislators’ offices, or assist  in televising legislative sessions and in the production of public service communications. Applicants to the LSC Fellowship must have graduated from a four-year college degree program in any major field by the December 2015 start date and have a genuine interest in learning about state government.  Those holding graduate or professional degrees are also encouraged to apply. LSC fellows are full-time, paid employees with benefits.  Application materials must be postmarked by April 1, 2015 to be considered for the legislative fellowship. The application deadline for the Ohio Channel fellowship is May 31, 2015.  For more information or for an application, please contact the fellowship coordinator at the Ohio Legislative Service Commission by calling (614) 466-3615 or visiting

SUMMER INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY – The Louis Stokes Scholars Program, sponsored by the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association,  provides a paid summer internship in a law firm, court or legal nonprofit in Cleveland to college students (or graduating high school seniors entering college in the Fall of 2015) interested in pursuing careers in the law.  Only graduates of high schools in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District or Shaw High School in East Cleveland are eligible to apply.  The application deadline is March 20, 2015.  Additional information is available at


A FREE COMMUNITY OPEN HOUSE at 6702 Detroit Avenue, on February 28 from 1-5 pm. The celebration will feature tours, fun photo booths, refreshments, arts activities, grand opening merchandise and giveaways. An opening ceremony ritual is planned for 3 pm.


COMMUNITY ROUNDTABLE on Body Cameras will be held on March 4 at 7 pm at La Sagrada Familia at 7719 Detroit Ave.  Hosted by the City of Cleveland, Division of Police and the Community Relations Board.


TOURIST TRANSIT TRAVEL GUIDE.  Park the car and be a tourist in Cleveland.   Call 216/621-9500 for your free copy.  And if you have not been downtown lately, hop on the free Trolley Lines that circle downtown.


LORAIN STATION (LSHD) BUSINESS REVITALIZATION Grant Application for the retail strip  between West Boulevard and W. 90th along Lorain Avenue is known as the Lorain Station Historic District.  Deadline for submission is May 1. Visit or call 941-9262.941-SOCIAL JUSTICE

FANIA DAVIS,  who designed a trailblazing program to halt the school-to-prison journey of inner-city youth, will discuss her work and beliefs at 12:30 pm March 18, at the Western Campus Theatre of Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C®), 11000 Pleasant Valley Road in Parma. To reserve a seat at the free event, go to and click on the link to the Social Sciences Speaker Series.   For more information, contact  John Horton at  216-987-4281 or

SOCIAL JUSTICE INSTITUTE at Case Western Reserve University will hold  read-ins and teach-ins:  On March 4, from 7 to 8:30 pm, the topic will be “Millennials, and what it means to be a Radical Student,” and on March 18, from 7 to 8:30 pm it will be “Social Change Strategies”  at Clark Hall, Room 309,   11130 Bellflower Rd, University Circle. On April 11 there  will be a “Student and Youth Leadership Conference.”  For more information, email




GET YOUR TAXES PREPARED FREE.   IRS certified tax preparers and quick income tax returns.  Appointments available Monday and Wednesday from 5:30  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.  Call 211 to make an appointment.


YOUTH OPPORTUNITIES UNLIMITED matches thousands of teenagers ages 14-18 to meaningful summer work experiences.  You will need a certified birth certificate, a photo id, and a social security card.  And you may need to meet family income requirements.  For more information or to register, go to You will need a computer or a smart phone that is connected to the Internet and an email address.  Registration closes at 5 pm on Friday, May 1.

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