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Community Board, Near West Side


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


CALL FOR ARTISTS!  THE 29TH ANNUAL CLIFTON ARTS & MUSICFEST, which will be held  on Saturday, June 18th, is looking for fine artists and craftspersons to display and sell their work. Go to for an application.  The event is also seeking musicians that can perform acoustically at street level venues.  Send information on performances available to or drop off a CD at 9821 Lorain Avenue.  The event is also interested in displaying the work of area quilters in a feature booth.  Please email interest to

EARTHFEST 2016 ART POETRY & ESSAY CONTEST sponsored by Hope and Stanley Adelstein and Earth Day Coalition will focus on the theme of Clean Transportation. The contest is open to K-12 students in the Greater Cleveland area. All entries will be judged on the students’ understanding of the environmental topic, creativity, and originality. Class discussion of the topic prior to creating the contest is encouraged. Please visit for a printable submission form and further details.


THE NORTHEAST OHIO HISPANIC CHAMBER OF COMMERENCE AND THE HISPANIC BUSINESS CENTER will be posting a Construction & Government Contracting Opportunities Fair on Friday, March 18 from 8 a.m. till 10 a.m. at 3104 W. 25th Street. For more information or to RSVP call 281-4422.

POLARIS/WESTSHORE CAREER FAIR: Cuyahoga Job and Family Services and Polaris Career Center will host the 9th Annual Polaris/Westshore Neighborhood Family Service Center Career Fair on Wednesday, March 23 from 9 a.m. – Noon at the Polaris Career Center, 7285 Old Oak Blvd in Middleburg Hts. Free and open to the public. For additional information call 987-7010 or visit


BLOCK CLUBS READY TO MEET.  If you have never attended a meeting or don’t know if there is a block club active in your area, contact Christopher Brown, Cudell’s new Community Outreach Educator, to get that information.  Contact him at Notifications for most meetings now are done via email and Facebook. Please get them that information if they do not have it.


ENGLISH COUNTRY DANCE will be held 8-10 pm on Friday, March 11 and every second Friday at St Patrick Church at 3606 Bridge Ave. in the Oak Room.  Dance partner not required. Dances are taught and called.  Free will offering.


VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO KNIT/CROCHET FOR AREA KIDS to make gloves, scarves, hats, etc. for area children.  And thanks to a generous grant from Neighborhood Connections and private donations of cash and materials, Cudell Improvement has the supplies for many more yet to be made.  If you can help, please contact Linda at 216/228-4383.  Linda can even loan you a loom to get you started if you have not done needlework before.


THE LEGAL AID SOCIETY of Cleveland is offering free legal advice on civil matters on Saturday, March 5 from 10 – 11:30 am at the West Side Catholic Center at 3135 Lorain Avenue.  First come, first served basis.  Bring important papers with you.  For questions, call 1.888.817.3777 or go to


COMMUNITY WIDE MEETING: Wednesday, March 2, Urban Community School, 4909 Lorain Avenue, 6-8 p.m. Agenda: Proposed changes to the West Side Market and proposed changes in zoning for Ohio City neighborhood.

BECOME A MEMBER of Ohio City, Inc. if you are at least 18 years of age as well as a resident of Ohio City OR a representative of an Ohio City business or institution.  To apply or download an application, visit

TO JOIN THE OHIO CITY BOARD, INC. OF TRUSTEES, you must be a Resident Member on or before submitting your application, which is due on or before March 8th by 5 pm.  Elections will be held on May 3 from 7 am – 7 pm at Franklin Circle Christian Church, 1688 Fulton Rd. Resident and business members will be eligible to vote at that time.   To access an applicatoin, log onto

THE OHIO CITY INC. ANNUAL MEETING is scheduled for Tuesday, March 22 at 5:30 pm at Urban Community School at 4909 Lorain Ave. The meetings are free and open to the public.


WARD 14 DEMOCRATIC CLUB meeting is March 22 at 6 pm at the Sachsenheim Hall at  7001 Denison. Guests include: James Levin from Legal Works, Rachael Sommers from Healthy Cleveland, etc. The meetings are free and open to the public.

REPUBLICAN  NATIONAL CONFERENCE:  CLEVELAND PEACE ACTION’S ANNUAL MEETING  will feature “Preparing for the RNC 2016,” with peaceful, legal protest lessons and solidarity tactics from the RNC 2000.     Wednesday, March 16 at Pilgrim Church at 2592 West 14th.  Potluck at 7 pm, Business at 7:45 pm, and Program at 8 pm.  For more information, call 216/264-3955 or visit


CLEVELAND PUBLIC THEATRE is sponsoring its Student Theatre Enrichment Program (STEP) for teens ages 14-19.  From June 20 – August 12, Monday through Friday from 4 pm to 9 pm, teens work with professional artist-mentors. Youth receive bus tickets and healthy snacks, and those who successfully complete the program will earn a $300 stipend and will perform in city parks  all over Cleveland.  Auditions are March 12, 13 and 26.   Call Adam  Seeholzer at 216/631-2727 ext. 219 for information on auditions and other questions.

YOUTH OPPORTUNITIES UNLIMITED (Y.O.U) provides part-time and summer jobs and internship experiences in the public, nonprofit and for-profit sectors for teens and young adults ages 14-24.   Youth must register online at by 5 pm on Monday, May 2.  For more information, contact  the Summer Employment Hotline at 216/776-3900 or  email


FREE PREPARATION OF YOUR 2015 INCOME TAX RETURN.  The earned income tax credit program offers free E-filing of taxes and expert advice, and avoids high fees.  Call United Way at 2-1-1 or visit to learn more and make an appoi

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