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


ART IN THE PARK free in Detroit Shoreway.  Mondays from 5 – 7 pm (7/11, 7/18, 7/25, and 8/1) at Michael Zone Recreation Center at 6301 Lorain Ave.; Wednesdays from 1- 2 pm (7/13, 7/20, and 7/27) at Herman Park at W. 59th and Herman Ave.; and Fridays from 1- 2 pm (7/15 and 7/22) at the Cleveland Public Library Lorain Branch at 8216 Lorain Ave.  For more information, visit or http://cleveland

CLEVELAND MUSEUM OF ART sponsors Free Second Sundays Family Days (July 10) from 11am to 4 pm in University Circle.  Hands-on art projects, games, music and more.  For more information, visit

EDGEWATER LIVE, presents music, food trucks, entertainment and a free beginners’ yoga class at 7 pm.   Free.  From 5:30 to 8:30 pm on Thursdays at Edgewater Beach: on July 7, The Diamond Project;  on July 14, Sunset Strip featuring Billy Morris; on July 28, Revolution Pie (no show on July 21). For more information, call 216/635-3200 or visit

LAKEWOOD PUBLIC LIBRARY shows free movies at 6 pm on Saturdays: On July 2, Freaky Friday (1976); on July 9, The Hurt Locker (2009); on July 16, Gods and Monsters (1998); on July 23, Bonnie and Clyde (1967); and on July 30, Penn and Teller Get Killed (1989).   In the Main Library Auditorium at 15425 Detroit Ave.   For more information, call 216/226-8275 or visit

OHIO CITY STAGES will be presented every Wednesday Free in July at 7:30 pm outside the Transformer Station on West 29th St.  Sponsored by the Cleveland Museum of Art, these block parties feature acclaimed global music artists. For more information, visit

PAINTING IN THE PARK Family Fun Day Festival.  On Saturday, July 9, 2016, Furaha Forever Productions will host their 2nd Annual Painting in the Park Family Fun Day Festival in Lincoln Park-Tremont from 12 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.  There will be live painting presentations, various creative art activities for children, teens and adults, food vendors and more.   For more information, contact the Coordinator at 216-202-0784.


GET OUT AND PLAY at Summer Playground Crawls every Friday at 10 am.  Games on July 1 at Fairview Park, on 38th south of Franklin; Water Fun on July 8 at Zone Rec Splash Park, West 65th and Lorain; Soccer on July 15 at Roberto Clemente Park, West 38th and Seymour; Capture the Flag on July 22 at Lincoln Park, West 14th and Starkweather; and Water Fun on July 29 at Zone Rec Splash Park at West 65th and Lorain. See more information at or on the Near West Rec Facebook page.

AAMOTH FAMILY PEDIATRIC WELLNESS CENTER SUMMER CAMP, including fitness, nutrition, gardening and cooking classes, will be held through August 12th.   Campers ages 5-11 meet from    9 am to noon, and those ages 12-18 meet from 1-4 pm.  All classes free with completed consent form.  No appointment needed.  Located at the Women’s and Children’s Pavilion at Metro Health Medical Center, 2500 Metro Health Dr. for a calendar, visit, call 216/778-5224 or email  To schedule a clinical appointment, call 216/778-5210.

THE BUTTERFLY PROJECT CAMP, presents Warrior Boot Camp, a 6-week free summer camp sponsored by the City of Cleveland and offered at Cudell Recreation, 1910 West Blvd., for boys ages 11-15.  Noon-12:45 free lunch – 1-3 (with a snack break), on Tuesdays and Thursdays, July 5-August 11.  The purpose of the camp is to teach coping skills to deal with emotions such as anger and grief, as well as the effects of trauma and environmental stress in an effort to decrease community violence. Concepts of conflict management, teamwork, autonomy, healthy masculinity, personal safety, self-regulation and empowerment through interactive workshops and physical training.  To develop community peace builders who take responsibility for their own actions through mindfulness, self-control and effective emotional regulation techniques.  For more information, call 216/664-4137 or  Call or stop in to register.


ASSISTANCE WITH COLLEGE admissions and financial aid is available from College Now.  For more information, go to


CALL 2-1-1 for resources 24/7:  information on employment; food, housing and  utility assistance; counseling services, drug and alcohol treatment, legal services, veterans services, tax preparation assistance, and health care.  Free and confidential.


ENGLISH FOR SPEAKERS OF OTHER LANGUAGES sponsored by Parma City Schools Adult Education Services will be held at the Spanish American Committee at 4407 Lorain Ave. in Ohio City.  Orientation will be held on July 11 from 10 am – 12:30 pm or 5 – 7:30 pm, with classes on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10 am –12:30 pm or 5:30 – 7:30 pm.  Orientation required to register for classes.



METROHEALTH SYSTEM will provide medical services to patients ages 3 – 21 who can receive physicals, immunizations, urgent care and other services from through July 11.  The mobile unit will be stationed on Mondays at Walton School at 3409 Walton Ave. from 8:30 am – 4 pm.  Walk-ins are welcome but appointments may be made by calling 216/957-1303.  Parents or legal guardians should children and patients should have updated insurance information.


LA PLACITA CLEVELAND presents artisan vendors, traditional food and live entertainment.  Celebrating culture and cultivating small business on the second Saturday of  the month from  1- 6 pm in La Villa Hispana at the US Bank Lot at 3104 West 25th.


A PEOPLE’S PEACE AND JUSTICE CONVENTION will be held on July 15-17. Gathering on Friday and Saturday at Olivet Institutional Baptist Church, organizers want to bring attention to problems that may not be addressed at the Republican National Convention. They also plan to present nonviolent solutions to these problems. Workshops on Saturday will focus on developing planks for an alternative platform.  They aim to  challenge both parties to propose real solutions to the often ignored hurting in our world and call upon them to implement a political climate, foreign policy, economic approach, and environmental policy that is neither imperialistic nor militaristic, that protects the environment, and that nurtures inclusion, genuine security, nonviolence, and peace and prosperity for everyone.   Work on the platform will continue on Sunday at the Masonic Auditorium, 3615 Euclid Ave. For more information, contact Genevieve Mitchell –, (216) 939-4943  or 
Greg Coleridge –, 216-255-2184. Register online at  <>—contact-us.html.  Like us on Facebook: <>  For information on additional RNC-related actions/events:  <>  Or American Friends Service Committee,  Northeast Ohio Office,  2101 Front Street, #111

Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44221 or

END POVERTY NOW! MARCH FOR ECONOMIC JUSTICE!  National Action at Day One of the Republican National Convention on July 18. For more information, email, call 216/651-2606, or visit or


THE NEIGHBORHOOD LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT PROJECT is a free community engagement training program for residents of Cleveland, and its inner ring suburbs, who are working on projects within the City of Cleveland.  NLDP graduates come from all different backgrounds and work on a variety of issues. They build and maintain community gardens and work in community development organizations; they support homeowners through financial literacy programs, teach computer skills to residents and build playgrounds for children. NLDP graduates are community activists, they work with youth; work on environmental issues and work with the homeless and those facing re-entry. They enrich their communities through arts and culture and advocate for housing rights.  The 15 sessions take place on Saturdays at Trinity Commons at 2230 Euclid Avenue beginning August 27. For more information and an application, visit or call 216- 776-6172. The deadline for applications is August 1.


EXPUNGEMENT means getting previous convictions expunged, or sealed, to open doors to employment and education. Expungement Day is October 28, 2016, but the legal paperwork must be done ahead of time. To do so, a number of eligibility clinics have been scheduled, including Saturday, July 23 in the Clark Fulton neighborhood at the Family Ministry Center at 3389 Fulton and Saturday, July 30 in Tremont at Pilgrim Congregational Church at 2592 West 14th St., both sites from 10 am to 1 pm. If you are unable to attend and are interested in this, please contact:  the Legal Aid Society at 216/861-5332 or the Cuyahoga County Public Defenders’ Office at

LEGAL AID SOCIETY OF CLEVELAND’S VOLUNTEER LAWYERS PROGRAM offers free brief advice and referral clinics. Service is available on a first-come, first-served basis.  Bring all important papers with you. If you need legal representation, you may be referred to The Legal Aid Society or another service provider. Saturday, July 9 from 9:30 – 11:00 am at the Lorain Branch of the Cleveland Public Library at 8216 Lorain Ave..


GET YOUR GAME ON @ YOUR LIBRARY.  Children and teens are invited to play board, computer and video games on Tuesdays, July 12 and 26, and August 2 and 16, at 1 pm at the Lorain Branch of the Cleveland Public Library at 8216 Lorain Ave.

CELEBRATE LIBERIA’S INDEPENDENCE DAY by learning about the African country, its cultural, history, and people.  Liberian refreshments will be served.  Tuesday, July 26 at 1 pm at Lorain Branch of the Cleveland Public Library at 8216 Lorain Ave.



THE POWER OF POISON exhibit will be showing at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History through July 24. A Free Family Pass for general admission to the Museum (which includes the exhibit) is available with your Cleveland Public Library card, while supplies last. Each pass is good for 2 adults and 4 children. For more information, call 216/623-2921.


RESIDENT-LED NEIGHBORHOOD SAFETY WALKS are held in Detroit Shoreway starting at Lorain Branch Library at 8216 Lorain Ave. on Tuesdays July 12 and July 26 at  7 pm. For more information about setting up and promoting your own walk, contact Jeremy at 216/961-4242 x233 or

THE FIRST DISTRICT COMMUNITY RELATIONS MEETINGS are held the first Thursday of each month (July 7) at 7 pm at St. Ignatius of Antioch Church at 10205 Lorain Ave.   Speak directly with Commander McCartney and his staff.

THE SECOND DISTRICT COMMUNITY RELATIONS MEETINGS are held the second Tuesday of each month (July 12) at 7 pm.  Meet with the Commander, Supervisors, and Officers.  Meet at the Applewood Centers, 3518 West 25th St. (in the Gym on Daisy Ave.). For more information, email or call 216/664-3293.


NEW SCIENCE LEARNING APP about the parks is now available from Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Kent State University, and Cleveland Metroparks. It is live and freely available on iTunes (Android version to follow). The app, called ParkApps, features a number of different resources aimed at educating park visitors as they run, hike, and bike through the parks. ParkApps includes a digital map with points of interest where users learn about the history and ecology of the parks. Another feature is ‘My ParkApps,’ where visitors and scientists can create their own maps. Users who decide to create a login for the app will also have free access to an accompanying website where they can see their progress, create new points, and see a record of their hikes in the park. To learn more about the ParkApps project and to download the app, go to:


EVERY CHILD READY TO READ @ your library. Early Literacy Begins with You. Help your child get ready to read with simple activities every day. Log onto

KIDS’ BOOK BANK distributes books to children.  Register your organization (one time) at, and request books from that website.  They will confirm availability and arrange for pick up at their location.  Questions?  Contact Judy Payne at 216/526-1006 or or

THE LITERACY COOPERATIVE offers information for child and adult literacy at


THE SHAKESPEARE FIRST FOLIO is the first collected edition of Shakespeare’s plays. It was published in 1623, seven years after is death. It includes 36 of his plays, including Macbeth, Julius Caesar, Twelfth Night, The Tempest, Antony and Cleopatra, The Comedy of Errors, and As You Like It.  It will be on display at the Cleveland Public Library at 325 Superior Ave. through July 30.  For more information, visit

MAKING AND FAKING SHAKESPEARE, an exhibit on display through December 31 at the Main Library 3rd floor, John G. White Corridor, Special Collections.

NO FEAR SHAKEPEARE, reading aloud at the Cleveland Public Library, will be held on July 9th from Noon to 1 pm at the Literature Dept., Ohio Center for the Book at the Main Library on the 2nd floor.  Call the Literature Dept. at 216/623-2881 if you want to be a reader.  

SHARE YOUR SHAKESPEARE STORY, to celebrate 400 years of Shakespeare: Use a smartphone or other device to record and share short videos answering a questions about his work:  When did you first read or see Shakespeare?  Share your favorite lines or speeches.  Or other questions and tips at  Share your video  on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or YouTube using hashtag #MySHX400


LEARN ABOUT SEWING as you create your own simple projects. Patrons aged 10 years and up (including adults) can register for this 6-week session by contacting the Lorain Branch of the Cleveland Public Library at 8216 Lorain Ave. at 216/623-7011.  Saturdays, July 2, July 23 and August 6 at 2 pm.

WI FI.  NetX Internet and Ohio City Incorporated announced that Market Square Park now offers public Wi-Fi. This free internet service can be accessed in the park by connecting to the network titled “OHIOCITYFREEWIFI”


THE CLEVELAND INKUBATOR is a FREE one-day writers’ conference for adults and youth over 18.  Workshops in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.  Craft talks on publishing, comics and writing for a living. Event set for Saturday, July 30 from 8:30 am – 5 pm at the Cleveland Public Library. To find out more and to register, see

PERSONAL ESSAY WRITING WORKSHOP is scheduled for the third Saturday, including July 16, from 10:30 am -12:30 pm. at the Carnegie West Library at 1900 Fulton Rd. Learn the art of turning memories into stories in a supportive group setting.  Workshops will offer writing exercises and feedback on participants’ work (sent in advance of first workshop).  Register at

POETRY WRITING WORKSHOP free on the Second Saturdays including July 9 from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm. at The Main Library, 325 Superior Ave., 2nd floor, Ohio Center for the Book/Lit Dept.   A workshop for poets of all levels.  Sharpen your craft and receive feedback on you work. Please bring 15 copies of your poem. See

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