A listing of a variety of free activities and resources for the Near West Side.
FREE GED/SKILLS ENRICHMENT CLASSES will be held at the Cleveland Public Library Fulton Branch at 3545 Fulton Rd, CPL Walz Branch at 7910 Detroit Ave. on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday mornings starting at 10 am, and at Seeds of Literacy at 3104 West 25th, 3rd floor at various times during the week. For more information, call 440/885-8797.
GED TEST PREPARATION CLASSES are held free at Lincoln West High School, Room 224, 3202 West 30th St. on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30-5:30 pm for parents and adults in the community. Become workforce ready, and learn new technology skills. Registration required. For more information, call 216/771-5077 or visit http://www.merrickhouse.org
ARTS AND CULTURE
ART GALLERY AND NIGHTCLUB COLLABORATE TO DEVELOP NEW BUSINESS CREATIVE OUTLET. The Grand Opening of Gallery 1299, the first innovative fine arts gallery in full collaboration with nightlife entertainment, will be June 10, 2016 with an opening reception at 9:00pm and After Party starting at 10:00pm. Both events will be housed within the levels of the art gallery and Anatomy located at 1299 West 9th Street. Gallery 1299, the Warehouse District Creative + Spirits Fine Arts Venue is now planning an ongoing schedule of exhibits and production editions of a wide format of events that focus on the benefit of the arts, artists, local businesses, sponsors, and the social community. For more information, contact: (216) 338-9806 or via email address email@example.com.
ART HOUSE offers free All Ages Family Open Studio at 3119 Denison Ave. on the 3rd Saturday of every month from 1 – 3 pm. Art House provides materials. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Please register and if you must cancel, let them know so they can make room for more artists. Visit www.arthouseinc.org for other programs or more information. Call 216/398-8556 if needed.
CLEVELAND SUMMER CINEMA will offer Star Wars: The Force Awakens on June 14, Minions on June 21, and Jurassic World in June 28 just after sundown at 3121 Oak Park Ave. at Loew Park (next to William Cullen Bryant School) in Old Brooklyn. Little League starts at 6:30 pm (see http://www.oball.org). Food is available starting at 5 pm.
FREE MOVIES AT LAKEWOOD PUBLIC LIBRARY at 6 pm on Saturdays: On June 4, Akira Kurosawa’s Dreams; on June 11, Apocalypse Now; on June 18, Eyes Wide Shut; on June 25, The Distinguished Gentleman. In the Main Library Auditorium at 15425 Detroit Ave. For more information, call 216/226-8275.
PARADE THE CIRCLE will be held on Saturday, June 11 from 11 am to 4 pm at Wade Oval in University Circle. International and national guest artists join Greater Cleveland artists, families, schools and community groups in a display of bright costumes, giant puppets, stilt-dancers, handmade masks and colorful floats. FREE children’s activities, live music, food and beverages, and a beer and wine garden. For a complete list of activities, directions, parking and more see universitycircle.org.
THE 29TH ANNUAL CLIFTON ARTS & MUSICFEST is scheduled for Saturday, June 18 from 10 – 6 on Clifton Boulevard. A day long celebration of fine art, food, live entertainment, children’s activities and interesting browsing in shops and display. FREE.
TREMONT ARTWALK has been transformed into WALKABOUT TREMONT, a weekend-long event with food fashion and art on the second weekend of each month (June 10, 11 and 12). Visit WalkaboutTremont.com for more specifics, an event map and gallery/store/restaurant hours.
Weekly Edgewater LIVE Music Thursday night happy hour concert series on the water, is returning at Edgewater Beach. The concerts at the Cleveland Metroparks beach will take place from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. In addition to the weekly bands, the evening series will include food trucks, yoga, stand-up paddle boarding, corn hole, adult beverages at a cash bar and family activities – and of course, great beach and skyline views. The Edgewater LIVE Music Schedule is June 11: The Whiskey Kings, June 18: Billy Likes Soda, and June 25: Easy Glistening.
THE WEST BRANCH OF THE CLEVELAND PUBLIC LIBRARY is offering children’s programming this summer focusing on the City of Cleveland Thursdays at 1:00 pm: June 9th, famous Clevelanders; June 16th on Cleveland sports; June 23rd on Cleveland food; and on June 30 on Cleveland’s public art. No registration required. Visit the library at 1900 Fulton Rd. or ohiocity.org.
DEDICATON OF THE LITTLE FREE LIBRARY AT BALTIC PARK. Cudell Improvement invites the community to help dedicate the LFL on Saturday, June 4 at 1:30 PM at Baltic Park at West 110 and Baltic Rd. Attendees are asked to bring a children’s book to donate. Event is on rain or shine.
HOME IMPROVEMENT CLASSES for children are offered at Home Depot at listed at http://workshops.homedepot.com/workshops/kids-workshops.
KINDERGARTEN. Cleveland Metropolitan School District encourages parents whose children will attend kindergarten in the fall to enroll them as soon as possible. The School District offers free full-day kindergarten with early literacy and math instruction and computer technology, all supervised by highly qualified teachers. Students also can receive free hearing screenings, free vision exams and glasses and, at select schools, free dental services. Children must be 5 years old by Sept. 3 to attend kindergarten this year. Children who will turn 4 years old on or before Sept. 30 may be eligible for a free pre-kindergarten program. Parents must bring to registration the child’s birth certificate, a complete and up-to-date immunization record, proof of address and, if applicable, guardianship documents. Parents whose children primarily speak languages other than English or who are 3 or older and have special needs should call one of these numbers for assessment and registration: Multilingual Multicultural Education Center (216-404-5159), Special Education (216-838-7733), Early Entrance (216-838-0131), Early Childhood (216-838-0110). Enrollment information may be found at http://clevelandmetroschools.org/Page/395. For further information, contact the Office of Student Enrollment at 216-838-3675.
MOMMY AND ME PLAYGROUP offers Circle Time, Playtime, Music and Movement, Craft Time, Tumble Time, Seasonal Field Trips and Speakers on Fridays at 10 am at the Salvation Army West Park at 12645 Lorain Ave. Certified Early Childhood Education Teacher on site. For more information, call Captain Candy Fritsch at 216/252-3593.
ROWING CAMP FOR 7TH, 8TH AND 9TH GRADERS is offered by Near West Recreation partnering with See You at the Top and the Cleveland Rowing Foundation. The FREE two-week, half-a-day summer rowing camp is scheduled to take place Monday – Friday, July 11 – 22. Youth must be able to pass a standard swimming test to attend the camp. Attend an interest meeting on Thursday, June 2 at 6pm at the Cleveland Rowing Foundation. If you and your child are interested, it is vital you attend this meeting! For more information or to RSVP, call Keri Palma at 216-781-3222 x 108
OHIO CITY REZONING meeting: June 4th from 6pm to 8pm at St. John’s Episcopal Church, W. 26th & Church Ave.
WALKING TOURS OF DOWNTOWN are free, guided and scheduled through September 18 this year for about one and a half hours: tours of the Gateway District are held every Saturday at 10 am at the Arcade (401 Euclid Ave.), of the Warehouse District every Wednesday at 6 pm in front of Constantino’s Market (1278 West 9th St.), of the Playhouse Square on Thursdays at 6 pm in the State Theatre Lobby (1519 Euclid Ave.), Canal Basin Park in the Flats every Sunday at 10 am at the Flat Iron Café (1114 Center St.), and of the Civic Center every every Tuesday at 6 pm at Old Stone Church (91 Public Square). Reservations are appreciated, and groups of 10 or more should call 216/771-1994. For more information, visit http://Clevelandgatewaydistrict.com/history/heritage-tourism/
FREE RAIN BARRELS will help Cudell neighborhood users be sustainable by utilizing all that free water Mother Nature provides to water gardens and lawns. Email Linda at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at 216.228.4383 to secure a free rain barrel. Linda will share the logistics of getting and installing one.
LAKE ERIE NATURE AND SCIENCE CENTER at 28728 Wolf Rd. in Bay Village is open daily from 10 am to 5 pm, free admission. For more information, visit www.lensc.org or call 440/871-2900.
Rx DRUG DROP BOX PROGRAM gives residents the opportunity to deposit unused, unwanted, or expired prescription drugs at drop boxes at local law enforcement agencies, so they do not pollute the water supply. To find a drop off agency, visit www.rxdrugdropbox.org or call 211. Needles and liquids are not accepted.
STORM DRAINS STENCILING helps to raise awareness of Lake Erie pollution caused when yard clippings, chemicals, pet waste and fertilizers are washed down the drain. Everything that goes down the local storm drain leads directly to Lake Erie and pollutes our drinking water. If you would like to help raise awareness and get involved in storm drain stenciling, contact Adam Davenport at 216/961-4242 x265.
FEDERAL RESERVE BANK OF CLEVELAND
LEARNING CENTER AND MONEY MUSEUM at 1455 East Sixth St, has 30-plus interactive exhibits about money and finance. For more information, call 216/579-3188 or visit clevelandfed.org.
CLEVELAND CITY LIFT is a housing program that provides down-payment assistance of up to $15,000 to Cleveland homebuyers who qualify. The assistance is available to households with incomes that are at or below 120 percent of the median household income in Greater Cleveland, which means a family of four could have an annual income of up to $79,300 and still qualify. Assistance is not limited to first time home buyers, but the home must be within the Cleveland city limits. For more information, visit www.nhscleveland.org or call 216/458-4663.
HOME AND GARDEN
GRACE BROTHERS URBAN FARM, GARDEN AND PET offers Community Supported Agriculture, plants, chickens, landscaping materials, feed and seed, etc. Coupons available at the website: http://gracebrosnursery.com/index.html. Visit them at 1907 West 65th St., or call 216/513-3262.
CLEVELAND CONSENT DECREE COMMUNITY FORUM about safety and policing will be held Thursday, June 9 from 4 to 6 pm at the Martin Luther King, Jr Branch of the Cleveland Public Library at 1962 Stokes Blvd. Experts will be on hand to educate and inform citizens about the US Department of Justice Report, the Consent Decree and the ongoing process to reform policing in the city. For more information, call the library at 216/623-7018, or the American Civil Liberties Union at 216/623-2921.
HUMAN TRAFFICKING is code for slavery—involuntary servitude, debt bondage or peonage. Thousands of Northeast Ohio children, women and men are enslaved to commercial sex or forced labor annually. The Renee Jones Empowerment Center is committed to providing life coaching and aftercare services to those with the courage and opportunity to break through the cycle of human trafficking. For more information on helping someone get out of that cycle and recover from it, call the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 888-3737-888, call the Renee Jones Empowerment Center at 216/651-9601, email email@example.com, or visit www.rjecempower.org.
SALVATION ARMY WEST PARK offers Senior Services for individuals 60 years and older: transportation Monday through Friday 9 am-10 am and 1 pm – 2:30 pm, adult development activities from 10 am – 1 pm, and hot meals served at 11:30 Monday-Friday. Home delivered meals delivered from 10:30 am – 12:30 pm. For more information, call Pam Jones at 216/252-3593.
WANT A BABY OR NOT?
YOU NEED TO KNOW WHETHER YOU WANT TO BECOME PREGNANT OR NOT.
You can get information to prepare to have a baby or prevent having one by visiting www.onekeyquestion.org/yes or www.onekeyquestion.org/no, calling the Mom’s First Referral line at 216/664-4194, or a Mom’s First Neighborhood Site: May Dugan Multi-Services Center (4115 Bridge Ave., 216/631-5800) or Merrick House (1050 Starkweather Ave., 216/771-5077).
CITY-WIDE MARCH AGAINST YOUTH VIOLENCE is scheduled for Saturday, June 4—registration at 11 am and march kickoff at 12 noon. The march will begin at Original Harvest Missionary Baptist Church at 7101 Kinsman Rd. in the Kinsman neighborhood and return there for an afternoon of gospel music, parade, prayer, dancers, drill teams, speakers, face painting and free food. For more information, call Chairperson Virginia Whitt, Chairperson, at 216/791-6726.
THE HEALTHER LIFESTYLE PROGRAM, sponsored this summer by Cudell Recreation Center, will immerse youngsters ages 11 – 17 in a bicycle fitness program while helping them eat a healthy and tasty diet. You can invest in our area kids in several ways. First, consider donating a new or used bike. Secondly, you can make a donation towards the purchase of bike helmets for the participants. Email Linda at firstname.lastname@example.org to donate a bike. She will handle the logistics of the bike donations. And/or mail a check make payable to Cudell Improvement, Inc. (notation line for Healthier Lifestyle Cudell Rec) to contribute to the bike helmet purchase. Cudell Improvement, Inc., through its MYCOM Program, is handling the donations for the Rec Center. For any program questions, call Ron or Joe at the Rec Center, 216/631-4137.
Thinking about A CAREER IN PUBLIC SAFETY? The Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C®) Public Safety Summer Academy is a tuition-free, grant-funded program that includes experiences with a wide variety of public safety careers and activities. Students will learn about careers in police, fire, EMS, C.E.R.T., homeland security, 9-1-1 dispatch, environmental health and safety, private security, bailiff, corrections, crime scene investigation, incident command post (ICS) and court reporting. Public Safety Career Path Academy (Ages: High school sophomores and juniors. Dates: June 13-17) Public Safety Career Preparation Academy (Ages: High school seniors and 2016 graduates from Criminal Justice and Fire Science programs. Dates: June 20 -24). Summer Academy location: Public Safety Training Center, Western Campus, 7029 Homewood Ave., Parma Heights. Daily drop off and pickup available from the Advanced Technology Training Center (ATTC) parking lot, 3409 Woodland Ave., Cleveland. Buses will leave at 8 am and return at 4 pm. For more information or to apply, please call 216-987-3602.