A listing of a variety of free activities and resources for the Near West Side.
CARNEGIE WEST BRANCH LIBRARY
A SERIES OF MICROSOFT WORD CLASSES are being offered on five Wednesdays at 11:15 am from December 2nd through December 30th. Each class is an hour and a half. Classes are free of charge. Please call Carnegie West at 216/623-6927 or TechCentral at 216/623-2980 to register.
AMERICA READS TUTORS from Cleveland State University are available to assist grade school students with homework and reading practice Mondays through Thursdays after school, starting at 3:00 pm. Kid’s Café, a program of the Cleveland Foodbank, provides bagged lunch Monday through Friday after school from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm.
TIPS FOR RAISING HAPPY PRESCHOOLERS and preparing for kindergarten will be presented on Tuesday, December 8 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at Near West Intergenerational School at 3805 Terrett Ave. Refreshments, raffle prizes, and Ohio City resources. Free parking. Childcare for children under 5 will be available from 6-7:30 pm. RSVP to Valerie Galbicsek at 216/325-9254 or Valerie.firstname.lastname@example.org
CLEVELAND COMMUNITY POLICE COMMISSION’s meetings are open to the public. A West Side meeting will be held at the West Side Community House at 9300 Lorain Ave. on Thursday, December 17 from 5:30 – 8:30 pm. For information on other meetings, visit https://www.clevelandcpc.org/meetings.html. For other info, contact Mario Clopton (email@example.com) and Craig Boise (firstname.lastname@example.org).
EARTH DAY COALITION
Winning submissions from Earth Day Coalition’s ART, POETRY, AND ESSAY CONTEST 2015 will be on display through Monday, December 7 at the Middleburg Heights Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library at 15600 E. Bagley Road, Middleburg Hts. Viewing hours are Monday through Thursday from 9 am – 9 pm, Friday & Saturday 9 am – 5:30 pm & Sunday from 1 – 5 pm. The next showing of the 2015 winners’ works will be at the Brook Park Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library, at 6155 Engle Road, Brook Park, OH, starting Wednesday December 9. The rotating display will be available for viewing at various locations through March 2016. Brochures for next year’s Contest, will be available online at earthdaycoalition.org and at public libraries around Northeast Ohio after January 1, 2016. The 2016 celebration year theme will be “Sustainable Transportation”. For more information, call the Earth Day Coalition at 216/281-6468.
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.
FREE SMOKE DETECTORS
Cleveland residents may be eligible to request up to 3 smoke detectors to be installed free of charge in their home by Operation Save A Life provided by the Cleveland Fire Department. Call 216/361-5535 to leave your contact information.
FREE TAX PREP
EARNED INCOME TAX CREDIT (EITC) COALITION will provide free tax preparation at the Gordon Square Arcade (6516 Detroit Ave.) and Lin-Omni Center (3167 Fulton Rd.). The Coalition is looking for volunteers; anyone can sign up to become a volunteer, just attend a coalition-led training to become IRS-certified. Volunteers make an important difference for low-income families. To volunteer, signup at http://www.refundohio.org/ or visit for free training sessions http://refundohio.volunteerhub.com/SignIn.aspx?ReturnUrl=%2fevents%2findex.
REPORT “CRIME GUNS” HOTLINE is 216-241-8477 (216-241-TIPS). Cuyahoga County law enforcement announced recently a new initiative to get illegal guns off the street. The new initiative establishes a hot line for people to call to report the so-call “crime guns” to police. Rewards are offered depending on the outcome of the tip given. All calls are anonymous – never recorded or tracked. Callers are given a numeric code for each call.
Information on MEDICARE, MEDICAID, MARKETPLACE AND OTHER FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE is available from Certified Application Counselors at Neighborhood Family Practice. Contact their Patient Benefits team at 216/281-0872 ext. 2020 for more information or to schedule an appointment.
WINTER CRISIS PROGRAM BEGINS. Heating assistance is available to eligible households through the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP). Running until March 31, 2016, the HEAP Winter Crisis Program will provide assistance to eligible households that are threatened with disconnection or have been disconnected. The household must also have a gross income at or below 175 percent of the federal poverty level. For a family of four the annual income must be at or below $42,437.50. Individuals interested in receiving Winter Crisis assistance must have a face-to-face interview at the local HEAP provider. A list of providers is available at www.energyhelp.ohio.gov. Ohioans also can call the toll-free hotline at (800) 282-0880, hearing impaired customers may dial (800) 686-1557 for assistance, or you can visit http://development.ohio.gov/is/is_heapwinter.htm for more information about the Winter Crisis Program. For more information about energy assistance programs, call (800) 282-0880 or visit www.energyhelp.ohio.gov.
THE SPANISH-LANGUAGE ADVISORY BOARD aims to assist the Board of Elections of Cuyahoga County in implementing the Bilingual Elections Program, to ensure that the most effective means are consistently utilized to provide Spanish language access to Limited English Proficiency persons of voting age. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/TuVoto.es.TuVoz/timeline.
ANNUAL HOLIDAY KICK-OFF on Lorain from W. 45 – W. 85th from December 4-6th. 20% off select merchandise at various shops. Hours vary. For more information, call 216/961-4242.
DETROIT SHOREWAY NEIGHBORS’ HOLIDAY PARTY will be held Saturday, December 5th from Noon – 3 pm at the Gordon Square Arcade, 6516 Detroit Ave. Live music, snacks, and free photos with Santa. For more information, call 216/961-4242, ext. 243 or email email@example.com.
GORDON SQUARE shopping day is Saturday, December 12, from 11 am – 4 pm. Free festivities include the Cleveland Bazaar Craft Fair at the Gordon Square Arcade and a Winter Market inside the Arcade. For more information, visit http://dscdo.org/wrapped.aspx
SHORT AND SWEET HOLIDAY SHOP featuring locally handcrafted gifts will be held at the Art House at 3119 Denison Ave. on Fridays through Sundays December 4-6 and December 11-13. Friday hours are 4 pm – 8 pm, and Saturday and Sunday hours are 11 am – 4 pm. Log onto https://www.facebook.com/shortandsweetholidayshop.
TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY will be held on Thursday, December 3 from 5:00 – 7:00 pm at the May Dugan Center at 4115 Bridge Ave. in the Ohio City neighborhood. Holiday songs, light refreshments, crafts for kids, sponsor-an-ornament, 6th annual lighting of the tree. @maydugancenter, #MDCtreelighting, and MayDuganCenter.org.
THE CITY LIFT PROGRAM provides eligible homebuyers with $15,000 in downpayment assistance on qualified properties, and offers homebuyer education. Annual income of all persons 18 years and older living in the home must be at or below 120% of the Cleveland Area Median income (see http://www.nhscleveland.org/_CE/pagecontent/Documents/AMI.pdf.) Assistance is not limited to first-time homebuyers. Properties must be within the city limits of Cleveland, the primary, owner-occupied home of the buyer(s), a detached home, townhouse, condominium, 1-4 unit property, or Planned Unit Development. For more information, visit http://www.nhscleveland.org/funds-a.
HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE RECYCLING is offered on the first Friday of every month, as well as some Saturdays (including December 26) from 9 am to 3 pm at the Division of Waste Collection, Ridge Road Station at 3727 Ridge Rd. Tires, latex paint, propane tanks, and household batteries are not accepted, nor are materials from businesses. Also accepted on December 26 are computers and peripheral equipment (CPUs, Monitors, keyboards, computer mice, printers, modems, software, ink cartridges and cellphones). No TVs or other electronics. For more information, call the City of Cleveland Recycling Hotline at 216/664-3717. Or visit http://www.cleveland-oh.gov.
REGIONAL TRANSIT AUTHORITY
DON’T LET RTA RAISE YOUR FARES AND CUT BUS SERVICE! Make your voice heard and connect with other riders who want to make a change! Meet at the Cleveland Public Library MLK Branch at 1962 Stokes Blvd. on Saturday, December 12 from 1 pm to 2:30 pm. For more information, contact Caitlin Johnson with the Ohio Organizing Collaborative at 216/502-7172 or Caitlin@Ohorganizing.org