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


20TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION: Bigelow Garden Site, Saturday, August 8th 2015, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., 3164 W. 82nd Street. Refreshments served. For more information call Jan Lascko at 216-225-9348.


AUDITIONS FOR AGES 7 AND UP FOR NEAR WEST THEATRE’S production of Scrooge are on August 18, 19 & 20 at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 1349 W. 78th: Ages 7-1 from 6- 7 p.m.; Ages13 & up from 7-10 p.m. Arrive 15 minutes early to register. All roles open, no experience necessary. For more information call Near West Theatre’s Office at 216-961-9750.

SPACES: Risa Puno: Exhaust is a sensory installation that harnesses the evocative power of scent to address the ubiquitous topic of energy politics. Risa Puno is a Brooklyn-based interactive sculpture and installation artist. Opening reception: Friday, August 21 from 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM. On view at SPACES:  August 21 – October 16. For more information, email


ESPERANZA INC. BACK-TO-SCHOOL CELEBRATION is scheduled for August 8 from 10 AM to 2 PM at the US Bank Parking Lot at 3104 West 25. Both parents and children must be present to receive supplies. For more up-to-date information, visit the SCFBC Community Calendar at

FAMILY MINISTRY CENTER BACK-TO-SCHOOL EVENT will be on August 8 from 12 NOON to 4 PM at the Family Ministry Center at 3389 Fulton Rd. For more up-to-date information, visit the SCFBC Community Calendar at

  1. 58TH STREET CHURCH OF GOD BACK-TO-SCHOOL GIVE AWAY will be held on August 8 at 10 AM at 3150 West 58th St. Both parents and children must be present to receive supplies. For more up-to-date information, visit the SCFBC Community Calendar at

YOUTH SUMMIT AND CLEVELAND SCHOOL DISTRICT BACK TO SCHOOL FAIR is scheduled for August 1 at Public Auditorium at 500 Lakeside in Downtown Cleveland. Registration is from 8 AM to 9 AM, and the event runs from 9 AM to 1 PM. FREE parking at Willard Garage. Free return RTA tickets for those who arrive by bus only; arrival ticket must be presented (return tickets available while supplies last). Free school supplies available to parents and students who attend at least two workshops or events (while supplies last). Breakfast and lunches provided. Call 216/420-8087 or 216/838-FACE (3223).


CPT’S STUDENT THEATRE ENRICHMENT PROGRAM (STEP) will present free teen family shows: on August 4 at 7 PM at Herman Park at W 58th and Herman (rain location at Cleveland Public Theatre at 6415 Detroit Ave.), August 6 at 7 PM at Abbey Park at Abbey Ave. and W 19th (rain location at St. Wendelin Parish at 2281 Columbus Rd.), August 7 at 7 PM at Lincoln Park at W 14 and Starkweather Ave (rain location at Pilgrim Church at 2592 W 14th), August 11 at 1 PM at West Park-Fairview Family YMCA at 15501 Lorain Rd (rain location at YMCA Gym), August 12 at 7 PM at Dension Elementary School at 3799 W 33 and Denison Ave. (rain location at Gym), on August 13 at 12 NOON at Clark Recreation Center at 5706 Clark Ave. and W 58 (rain location at Gym),   and on August 14 at 5 PM at St. John’s Church at 2600 Church Ave. and W 26 (rain location at the Church). For more information and updates, visit


Division of Recreation has extended the hours of Cudell Recreation Center at 1910 West Blvd.  to 11 pm on weekdays and on Saturdays.  Security will be on duty until closing.  Call the Division of Recreation at 216/664-2570 for further information.


LOCAL FOOD/LOCAL PLACES GRANTS helps communities create walkable, healthy, economically vibrant neighborhoods through the development of local food systems. Technical assistance grants are due on September 15th. Contact the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Food Policy Coalition at  <>


BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB OF CLEVELAND-WESTSIDE will serve lunches through August 17 at 1 PM at 3340 Trowbridge Ave.

CLEVELAND PUBLIC LIBRARY-FULTON BRANCH will offer lunches through August 6 from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM at 3545 Fulton Rd.

CITY OF CLEVELAND RECREATION CENTERS serve lunch to youth ages 1-18 on a first come, first served basis. Meals must be consumed in the lunchroom. Through August 14 from 12 NOON to 1 PM at 3 locations: Clark Recreation Center (5706 Clark Ave.), Michael J. Zone Recreation Center (6301 Lorain Ave.) and Estabrook Recreation Center (4235 Fulton Rd.)


PRODUCE GIVE AWAY will be held on Friday, August 28 from 9 AM to 2 PM at the Salvation Army Cleveland West Park at 12645 Lorain Ave. Bring photo ID, proof of residency, proof of household members and your own bag. For more information, call 216/252-3593.


HomeToday is a comprehensive program that combines group educational sessions and personal counseling to teach the fundamental skills of good financial management and successful home ownership.   As you complete each step in the HomeToday process, you will be one step closer to successful home ownership. There are two HomeToday educational sessions offered in 2-four hour sessions.  Individual counseling follows the completion of sessions.  Complete the seminar requirements and Third Federal will give you $2000 towards your down payment. Some restrictions apply.  Contact Third Federal at 216/441-7345 to reserve your seat.  Or contact Jan at 216/228-4383. Scheduled on Saturdays, August 22nd & 29th from 10:30 am – 2:30 pm at the Eastman Library, 11602 Lorain Ave. Food provided.


CLEVELAND LAKEFRONT WEST PROJECT, which connects west side neighborhoods with the lakefront, has begun its $41.5-million third phase. The temporary frustration of lane and ramp closures will yield a new boulevard that increases access to Lake Erie and improves green space, biking and pedestrian facilities.  For more information including traffic impacts, visit, where you can sign up to receive e-mail updates.


LINCOLN HIGH SCHOOL (Cleveland) classes of June 1949 and January 1950 will celebrate their 66th CLASS REUNION from 4- 10 PM on August 1st, 2015 at Sokolowski’s University Inn (Tremont Area). For further info contact Mike Guzi (216) 524-4721) or email


FREE FOOD, ENTERTAINMENT AND COMMUNITY RESOURCES at Denison Elementary at 3799 West 33rd St on August 12th from 6 PM to 8:30 PM. Sponsored by Stockyard, Clark-Fulton, and Brooklyn Centre Community Development Office.


IF YOU HAVE RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS and want to make healthy changes in 2015, you can participate in a new research study that will teach you how to increase your physical activity level and improve your diet and sleep patterns. Participation will involve filling out questionnaires, engaging in body composition assessments, having blood drawn, and attending educational sessions over a 6-month period. You will be compensated for your participation. You must be between the ages of 18-65 and able to walk 10 feet with or without a cane or walker. You will be provided with access to experts, free-of-charge, who will help motivate you to engage in healthy behaviors. For more information, call 216/368-0510.


FOUR COED SOCCER DIVISIONS are scheduled for children 4-12. Practice begins the week of August 31st, and games run Saturdays from September 12th to October 17th. Games are played on fields around the near west side. Tennis shoes or cleats and shin guards are required. Cost is $25, but financial assistance is available; for financial assistance, fill out the appropriate information on the registration form. Online registration is available at   through August 14. Paper registration forms are available at most Near West schools, at local Cleveland Public Libraries, and community development organizations.


CLEVELAND TENANTS ORGANIZATION offers free landlord tenant trainings. Learn how to find rental housing and about leases, evictions, security deposits, rent escrow and more. For more information, contact Fouad Yared at 216/432-0617 x2603.


VETERANS & FAMILIES FIRST. The Volunteers of America may be able to help veterans or a family in which the head of the household or his/her spouse is a veteran. Other eligibility requirements may pertain. Support may include housing counseling, financial planning, healthcare referrals, temporary financial assistance, etc.  Call 216/302-2602 or go to


GRANTS OF UP TO $5,000 are now available to groups that work to protect watersheds in Ohio. Eligible groups can apply for funding for general operating (up to $1,000), marketing (up to $1,500) and project-specific (up to $2,500) costs. In addition, a single Spotlight Project grant of up to $5,000 will be awarded. Groups must first contact the Land Conservancy by phone at 440/528-4150 to discuss their organization and project ideas. The application deadline for the first round of grants is August 31.


Every 2nd Wednesday of the month from 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM (including August 12th) at Archwood United Church of Christ at Archwood Ave. All are welcome! For more information, contact Keisha Gonzalez at 216/961-9073 x 204 or


HUMAN TRAFFICKING. Youth from every socioeconomic background are at risk for sexual exploitation. Knowing the red flags and indicators of sexual trafficking is a key step in identifying more victims and helping them find the assistance they need. Know or suspect a youth in trouble? Call Bellefaire JCB Homeless and Missing Youth 24/7 Hotline at 216/570-8010.

BE SAFE. STAY OFF THE STREETS. RUN WITH YOUR FEELINGS…NOT YOUR FEET. 21 or younger? Talk to us. Drop-in at St. Paul’s Church at 4427 Franklin Blvd. at Franklin and W. 45th St. on Saturdays from 1 PM to 4 PM for food, basketball, crafts, healthcare, resume building, job search support. Or at community centers or through social media: You Tube, Face book, Twitter, @bellefairejcb, #saveCLEkids, or Call 216/570-8010 for support 24/7.

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