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


29TH ANNUAL CLIFTON ARTS & MUSICFEST APPLICATIONS ARE AVAILABLE. Cudell Inc. is presenting the Festival on Saturday, June 18th from 10 am – 6 on Clifton Boulevard. Go to to find the 2016 artist application. Acoustic musicians are invited to apply for a spot to entertain in one of the five street level entertainment venues.  Email to express interest.


SOLE Thursdays is held Thursdays from 3:30-5:30 pm at the Walz Branch of the Cleveland Public Library at 7910 Detroit Ave.  Children K-3 can ask and answer big questions using the library’s iPads and with adult assistance. No registration is necessary. For more information, call 216/623-7095.

READING FOR GRADES K-3 is held Monday-Thursday 3:30 -5:30 pm at Walz Branch of the Cleveland Public Library at 7910 Detroit Ave for children whose reading skills need improvement. FREE.  Students also receive free bagged meals. No registration is necessary. For more information, call 216/623-7095.

TUTORING IN ALL SUBJECTS FOR STUDENTS K-8:  Math, Science, History, Language, Arts, Homework Help.  Will be held Monday-Thursday from 3-6 pm at Walz Branch of the Cleveland Public Library at 7910 Detroit Ave. (216/623-7095), Fulton Branch at 3545 Fulton Rd. (216/623-6969), Rockport Branch at 4421 West 140th (216/623-7053). FREE. No registration is necessary.

IS YOUR CHILD GIFTED?  The Menlo Park Academy at 14440 Triskett Rd serves the needs of K-8 gifted learners.  Tours any Wednesday at 10 am. Register for tours online at, call 440/925-6365, or email  Tuition-free.

LITERACY FOR LITTLE ONES: Every Child Ready to Read will be held on Saturday, February 20, 2016 from 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at the Lorain Branch of the Cleveland Public Library at 8216 Lorain Avenue.  Caregivers and children birth to 5 years old are invited to experience interactive learning that will engage children, learn skills that will help make children ready to read by Kindergarten, receive an early literacy kit full of books and other literacy tools (limit one per household/family group).  Free Lunch. Registration required at  or call 216-623-7011.

SCHOOL QUALITY FAIR, sponsored by the Transformation Alliance and PRE4CLE,  is designed to serve Cleveland families looking for preschools and public K-8 schools, both district and charter, that best fit their children’s needs.  Invited preschools meet PRE4CLE’s star-rating criteria, while invited K-8 schools meet standards set by the Transformation Alliance. To begin school registration at the Fair, bring ID, proof of residence, your child’s immunization records and birth certificate. Free physicals, vaccinations, lead screening will also be available, along with workshops and activities for kids.  Saturday, March 5, from 9 am to 1 pm at Public Hall, 500 Lakeside Ave.

WINTER BALL is a free formal event for children years 1-13 years of age.  Food, the crowning of the Royal Court, music, fun and prizes.  Saturday February 6th, at St Colman Church at West 65th and Madison. Call 216/712-8739 for more information.


THE PLAIN PRESS COMMUNITY GUIDE will be published in the March issue of the Plain Press. The Community Guide offers a free listing of area Non Profit Community Organizations and Government Agencies serving the Plain Press target area with their phone numbers. If your agency is new, or has changed its name or phone number, please email the Plain Press at to add your organization’s name and phone number to the Community Guide.


Tri-C Foundation Establishes Scholarship Program to Support hardworking Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) students who graduate with excellent attendance records. Tri-C will award the scholarships to 28 Cleveland students representing each high school with a graduating class. Each scholarship will provide up to $2,500 annually for two academic years for tuition, fees, books and academic supplies. To be eligible for consideration, CMSD students must have at least a 3.0 GPA and be on track to complete their senior year with fewer than 10 absences.  Recipients must attend Tri-C on a full-time basis beginning with the fall semester after their high school graduation. Students will be recommended by their schools.


WARD 14 DEMOCRATIC CLUB is scheduled for Tuesday, February 16 at 6 pm at Sachsenheim Hall at 7001 Denison Ave. Hear from Jay Westbrook, Michael O’Malley,  Ohio Organizing Collaborative about RTA, the Cleveland Restoration Society, POPCE and about Bernie Sanders.


ANNUAL MEETING OF THE DETROIT SHOREWAY COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT ORGANIZATION is scheduled for Thursday, February 25 at Our Lady of Mount Carmel School, 6928 Detroit Ave., behind the church.  Dinner from 5:30 – 6:30 pm, meeting at 6:30 pm.  Memberships can be purchased online at or at the door. Membership includes the price of Spaghetti Dinner.  Membership costs $10 for ages 18-55, and $5 for 55 years and up.  Contact Austin Boxler at 216/961-4242 ext. 243 or with questions.


THE CUYAHOGA COUNTY DIAPER BANK provides families in financial need with diaper aged children with diapers, wipes and related items, as well as adult sized disposable briefs for adults in need. To receive or donate diapers,  go to 13816 St. Clair Ave. every 4th Saturday from 12:30 – 2:30. For more information, call 216/393-7275 or visit  To obtain diapers or adult briefs, bring a photo id, proof of participation in a government program (such as SNAP card, WIC booklet, or insurance card), and birth certificate or birth letter.


EARTH FEST’S Art, Poetry, and Essay Contest 2015 winners’ works will be at the Carnegie West Branch of the Cleveland Public Library, at 1900 Fulton Road, starting Wednesday 2/16/16.   Brochures for next year’s Art, Poetry, and Essay Contest, are available online at and at public libraries. The 2016 celebration year theme will be “Sustainable Transportation”. Call Earth Day Coalition at 216/281-6468 for more information.


RESEARCH CLINICS will be held monthly at the Cleveland Public Library, Main Library, 6th Floor Louis Stokes Wing, 525 Superior Ave., NE.  on Saturday, February, 13 from 10:30 am – 2 pm. Beginners should be there no later than 10:45 am, and advanced researchers can arrive any time between 10:30 am and 1:30 pm.  Learn from library staff and expert volunteers from the African American Genealogical Society of Cleveland.   For more information, call the Center for Local and Global History at 216/623-2864.  No registration necessary.  Free and open to all.


THE COMMUNITY HEALTH, WELLNESS AND PREVENTATIVE CARE CENTER at the Metropolitan Campus of Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C®) provides low-cost health care services to uninsured or underinsured adults while giving Tri-C health career students learning and training opportunities in a clinical setting. The center will be open 2-5 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays through April 28. It is located in Room 105 of the Health Careers and Sciences building at Metro Campus, 2900 Community College Ave. Services offered at the center include blood pressure readings, glucose and cholesterol screenings; physical therapy and occupational therapy; physical rehabilitation for daily living; pain management; bone density screenings; nutritional coaching; stress management; and exercise and education programs.  To schedule a visit or to find out about special health-related workshops, call 216/987-3555.


TO OBTAIN THE 2015-2016 WINTER RESOURCE GUIDE for information on home heating help and other resources for qualifying Cleveland residents, visit (or use the computer at your local library).


ICE SHOW is scheduled for Halloran Skating Rink at 3550 West 117th St. on Friday, February 12 from 6 – 7:30 pm.  Free.

OPEN SKATE FOR ALL AGES from 3 – 4:30 pm Monday – Friday.  Skate rental $1, and bring your own skates 25 cents.  For the full schedule and more information, visit Or call 216/664-4183.


THE LOFTS AT LION MILLS SUB-CONTRACTOR JOB FAIR:  February 5th, 8 a.m.- 9:30 a.m., Detroit Shoreway Community Room, 6516 Detroit Ave. The Lofts at Lion Mills Project, located at W. 25th and Meyer Ave, is a historic rehabilitation of a currently vacant commercial structure. Plans call for the creation of 36 residential housing units. The Lofts at Lion Mills is owned and developed by Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization with general contracting and design services administered by Marous Brothers Construction. Sub-contractor requirements include: licensed, bonded and insured within the City of Cleveland and a capacity for large scale project undertaking. For questions or to learn more about The Lofts at Lion Mills contact Brittany Senger at 216-961-4242 ext. 268.


YMUSIC provides a relaxed interactive learning environment for young adults and teens ages 13-21 who want to expand their musical education, explore different aspects of the music industry, and network with likeminded musicians and peers.  Artists are selected by a peer panel of musicians, music critics and other professionals will be based upon the materials submitted with the application, past performances, and a live call back.  Application submission requirements include  350 word essay on how music influences your life and how you may benefit from the YMusic Program. If you have no current materials posted, you may still be selected for a call back by submitting your essay and a sound clip sample. For more information, email or visit or http://youtube/tl8Jbbfm7tg.  Habla espanol Arlene 216/941-9262.  Due date February 5.


COMMUNITY GRANTS are available from $500 to $5000 for groups of residents in the city of Cleveland to help fund small projects that improve the quality of life in their communities.  Next deadline is Friday, February 12 at 5 pm; drop off your proposal at the Stockyard, Clark-Fulton, & Brooklyn Centre Neighborhood Development Office at Lin Omni Building at 3167 Fulton Rd, 3rd floor. For more information or to apply online, log onto


BRITE WINTER MUSIC FESTIVALS will be held on the west bank of the Flats on Saturday, February 20th from 5 to 11 pm.   Art, music and fire.  Any weather. See map at

MARKET DISTRICT AMBASSADORS wear red shirts and hats and work to provide safety and maintenance assistance, including safety escort services.  For more information, visit, or call 216/241-4949 to request assistance. To see the OHIO CITY EVENTS calendar, log onto


SECOND DISTRICT COMMUNITY RELATIONS COMMITTEE MEETINGS are held the second Tuesday of each month, February 9 at 7 pm at Applewood Centers, 3518 West 25th St., in the gym on Daisy Ave..  Meet the District Commander, Supervisors, Officers, and neighbors, learn about resources, and become involved in the community.  For more information, call  216/664-3293, or email


THE MALTZ MUSEUM presents a free, family-friendly celebration about the complicated relationships that have existed between the country’s leaders and the Jewish community.  Open to the public. Free admission & programs.  Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage,  2929 Richmond Rd in Beachwood. 216/593-0575;  Presidents’ Day, Monday, February 15.  “Meet the Presidents” presentations, 1-2 pm.  Photos with Presidents & kosher cookie treats, 2-2:30 pm.  Crafts & free Museum admission, 11 am–5 pm.


BOOK CLUBS focusing on race, cultural diversity and social justice are sponsored by the Cleveland Public Library, YWCA Greater Cleveland and the Ohio Center for the Book.  The library offers Book kits on 35 different books (27 fiction and 8 non-fiction).  Each book kit has 10 copies of the book as well as book club guidelines for community or workplace clubs. For information on the book kits, call the library at 216/623-2881.  Or visit the Ohio Center at for lists of titles and guidelines.  For more information on It’s Time to Talk, contact the YWCA Greater Cleveland at 216/881-6878.

SOCIAL JUSTICE TEACH-IN, sponsored by the InterReligious Task Force and the Case Western Reserve University Center for Engagement and Learning, will be held on Saturday, February 6 from 11 am to 3 pm at the Tinkham Veale Center at 11038 Bellflower Rd in University Circle.  Opportunity for people of all ages to learn about human rights issues and practice hands-on skills to organize for change.  Register at

SUMMER ADVOCAACY INSTITUTE, sponsored by the American Civil Liberties Union, for rising high school seniors at Georgetown University in Washington DC June 19-25, 2016.  Build expertise in advocacy and grassroots activism, debate the issues currently at play in the U.S. courts and political arena, strategize with leaders in the field, and develop strong relationships with fellow student leaders, rolling admissions, but students who apply before February 15th, 2016, will have their application fee waived. Scholarships available. For more information, see  Apply at


Geologic Cognition Society: UNDERNEATH IS BEFORE focuses on one moment in geologic time: the moment when the massive salt deposits under Lake Erie were formed. Visitors take a journey through geologic deep time to encounter the atmospheric and sensory conditions of an ancient ocean and the subsequent events leading to the formation of Cleveland’s salt.  On view at SPACES through March 25.  SPACES is located at 2220 Superior Viaduct, in Cleveland, OH. Gallery hours are Tuesday -Sunday: 12 – 5 pm, and the gallery is open until 8 pm 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


Cuyahoga County and the Cuyahoga Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Coalition are offering FREE TAX PREPARATION as part of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program.  Sites include the County’s Westshore Neighborhood Family Service Center (NFSC)  (9830 Lorain Ave.),  at the Gordon Square Arcade (6516 Detroit Avenue) and at the Lin-Omni Center (3167 Fulton Rd.).   For more information, contact Austin Boxler at 216/961-4242 ext. 243.  To schedule an appointment go online to or call 211/United Way.  Call for income restrictions.  Tax-payers should bring: Current photo I.D., Social Security cards for each adult and child on the return, W2 and 1099 income statements, child care expense statement and provider’s Tax I.D. Number, Form 1099-INT for any checking or savings accounts, as well as bank account and routing numbers for direct deposit.  If the taxpayer purchased health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, bring 1099 tax credit from health insurance company.  Free training is available to become an IRS certified tax preparer. For more information about volunteering, visit or contact Keely Andrews for more information at


CLEVELAND TIMEBANK PARTY: Wednesday, Feb. 17th, 6 PM at The Party Rican! (3324 Fulton Road, Cleveland OH, 44109) Are you interested in learning more about TimeBanking? Join the Cleveland TimeBank for a party! Festivities include a DJ, food, and presentation about TimeBanking from Abby Greer, Executive Director of Crooked River Alliance of TimeBanks. For more information contact Laura 216.961.9073 ex. 211.


February 16 is the DEADLINE FOR VOTER REGISTRATION for the March 15 presidential primary election. Visit.  Or go to James Ford Rhodes High School (Main Office) 5100 Biddulph Road;  John Marshall High School (Main Office) 3952 West 140th Street,   Lincoln West High School (Main Office) 3202 West 30th Street,  Max S Hayes High Schools (Main Office) 4600 Detroit Avenue,  or May Dugan Center 4115 Bridge Avenue.

EARN UP TO $200 WORKING ON ELECTION DAY. If you are a registered voter in Cuyahoga County who is interested in working as a poll worker,  call 216/443-3277 or obtain an application at

SE BUSCA por La Junta Electoral del Condado de Cuyahoga Votantes Registrados.  Ganar hasta $200 trabajando en el Dia de las Elecciones.  Llame al 216/443-3277.  Solicitudes para Trabajadores Electorales estan disponibles en el sitio Web de la Junta Electoral


FREE MAMMOGRAMS AND PAP TESTS for women 40 years of age and above, without insurance, and at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty guidelines.  Guidelines for mammograms for women 40-49 vary; for eligibility and other information, call  800/443-2168, or 216/201-2001, ext. 1541 or 1542.

MOM’S FIRST provides help in finding a doctor and insurance, getting (doctor appointment, accessing social services, answering questions about family planning, prenatal and baby care, and assistance with goal setting.  To qualify, you must live in the City of Cleveland, be pregnant (preferably in the first three months of pregnancy), and be at high risk of having problems with your pregnancy (such as, little or no prenatal care or needing assistance with transportation, supportive services, food or medical insurance). Offices at Merrick House at 1050 Starkweather (216/771-5077) and May Dugan Multi-Services Center at 4115 Bridge Ave.  (216/631-5800).  For more information, call 216/664-4194 (See habla Espanol) or visit


FREE JOB TRAINING AND PLACEMENT is offered by El Barrio.  Enroll today to complete training to attend job fairs in hospitality, customer service and transportation.  Call 216/325-WORK or visit

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