A listing of a variety of free activities and resources for the Near West Side.
ARTS AND CULTURE
CLEVELAND MUSEUM OF ART in University Circle sponsors Free Second Sundays Family Days (August 14) from 11am to 4 pm. Hands-on art projects, games, music and more. For more information, visit ClevelandArt.org/summeratCMA.
DETROIT SHOREWAY FREE SUMMER EVENTS. On Monday, August 1 from 5 -7 pm Art in the Park is scheduled at Michael Zone Recreation Center at 6301 Lorain Ave. On Tuesday, August 2 at 7 pm, Cleveland Public Theater/Student Theater Enrichment Program will perform at Herman Park at West 59th and Herman Ave. (Rain Location: Cleveland Public Theater.) On Friday, August 12 at Herman Park, a Family Activity will be held at 7 pm and an Outdoor Movie at 8:30 pm. (Rain Date: 8/19).
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 August 4, oldboy will play; On August 11, Collage will perform, and on August 18, Dubflex Reggae. For more information, call 216/635-3200 or visit http://www.clevelandmetroparks.com/Main/EventsProgramsCalendar/Edgewater-LIVE-2016-9068.aspx.
MARCHING TOWARDS PEACE: Remembering Nagasaki. Performers and Artists for Nuclear Disarmament – PAND – joins with Cleveland Peace Action Education Fund to commemorate the atomic bombing of Nagasaki on August 9, 1945 and recommit to the goal of a world free of nuclear weapons. Program will include selections by Beethoven, Brahms, Dohnanyi, Dvorak, Tom Lehrer, and Schubert, performed by Cleveland Orchestra members and friends. Also, songs and reflections from the Great Peace March, on its Thirtieth Anniversary. The concert will be held Tuesday, August 9th, at 5:30 – 7:00 pm at Barking Spider Tavern, 11310 Juniper Rd, Cleveland, University Circle.
OPERA AT THE DUNHAM TAVERN will be held on Sunday, August 14 on 6709 Euclid Ave. Food Trucks at 5:30 pm and Free Family Friendly Performance begins at 6:30 pm. For more information, contact Stacy Marinelli at 216/926-4956 or Stacy.Marinelli@gmail.com.
STUDENT THEATER ENRICHMENT PROGRAM (STEP), Cleveland’s longest-running arts and job training program for urban teens presented by Cleveland Public Theatre (CPT) with the latest original play, Awakening Heart, on tour to Cleveland city parks from August 2-12. In this ancient Sumerian text, the tale of Gilgamesh, a mighty king – part-god, part-man – is confronted by his community when his wealth and power walls him off from his own heart and humanity. Woven with original dance and song, Awakening Heart features the creativity of Cleveland youth as they find their voice, speak truth to power, and affirm the greater human pursuit for connection, love and life. Bring a blanket or a lawn chair and enjoy free theatre in the park. On Tuesday, August 2, at 7 pm at Herman Park (W 58 & Herman Ave – Rain Location: Cleveland Public Theatre 6415 Detroit Ave.). On Friday, July 5 at 7 pm at Lincoln Park (W 14 & Starkweather Ave – Rain Location: Pilgrim Church 2592 W 14). On Saturday, August 6 at 5 pm at St. John’s Church (2600 Church Ave & W 26 – Rain Location: Church). On Wednesday, August 10 at 7 pm at Denison Elementary School (3799 W 33 & Denison Ave – Rain Location: Gymnasium). On Thursday, August 11 at 3 pm at Thomas Jefferson International Newcomers Academy (3145 W 46 & Clark Ave. – Rain Location: Gymnasium). On Friday, August 12 at 6 pm at Gilmore Park (W 134 & Puritas Ave – Rain Location: Fogarty Hall at Blessed Trinity Church at 14040 Puritas Avenue).
THE TEMPEST, Shakespeare’s farewell to the stage, is infused with magic, music and romance, exploring the meaning of imprisonment and freedom, forgiveness and redemption, illusion and reality. Saturday, August 6 and Sunday, August 7, Lincoln Park. Performances begin at 7pm and are presented FREE. Bring a blanket or low-slung chair.
TREMONT ARTS OPERA in Lincoln Park on Saturday, August 20 at 7 pm. Family Friendly Performance with Free admission. Bring a chair or blanket, pack a picnic basket and enjoy this concert with family and friends. Visit http://www.clevelandoperatheater.org/#!opera-for-all/cpqn
VOLUNTEER AT THE TRANSFORMER STATION. Volunteers are offered local benefits and access to exclusive tours at the museum and elsewhere. Join and be part of this small and dynamic arts organization. Those interested should email Caitie Moore at email@example.com.
WEDNESDAYS ON THE SQUARE will be hosted by the Ohio City Merchants Association on 3 Wednesdays in August. The free concert is family friendly and open to all on Wednesdays August 3, 10 & 17 at 6 p.m. at Market Square Park (located at the corner of W. 25th and Lorain Avenue.)
CHILDREN AND TEENS
CHILDREN: AAMOTH FAMILY WELLNESS CENTER in the Women and Children’s Pavilion at the MetroHealth Medical Center’s Main Campus at 2500 MetroHealth Drive offers free fitness and nutrition classes for children ages 5-18. Children also learn about gardening and try new foods that they grow. Summer class hours: 9 a.m. – noon for Children 5-11; and 1-4 p.m. for youths ages 12-18. For more information on how to sign up, visit the website at: www.metrohealth.org/wellkids or call 216-778-5224.
CLEVELAND METRO SCHOOLS offers various school options. Visit QualitySchoolsCLE.org to learn about your public school options in Cleveland, search for schools by neighborhood, and create an account and rate your school. Elija su escuela! Visite QualitySchoolsCLE.org para: aprender sobre sus opciones entre escuelas publicas en Cleveland, buscar escuelas por vecindario, y abrir una cuenta para evaluar y calificar su escuela
CLEVELAND BOARD OF EDUCATION has an opening for a new board member. The board member will complete a four-year term that expires on June 30, 2019. Mayor Frank G. Jackson will make the appointment after receiving at least three recommendations from an 11-member nominating panel. The candidates must live in the District, and will serve without pay. Applications, which may be found at http://www.clevelandmetroschools.org/Page/480, are due by the close of business on Friday Aug. 12.
CATCH UP ON YOUR MATH at your own pace. Start at 1+1 and work your way to calculus or jump right into whatever topic you need to brush up on. Go to http://khanacademy.org to see over 2600 short videos covering everything from arithmetic to physics, with 207 practice exercises.
DATABASES FOR TEENS. Tools for the Common Core–Educational Databases are available at http://www.cpl.org. Click on Research and Learning, then Research Databases, and scroll down to the links of the data bases. You will need a valid CLEVNET library card and your password. (The password is usually the last four digits of the phone number you provided in your library card application.) Also visit the Library’s Teen page at http://www.cpl.org/Teens.aspx.
GET OUT AND PLAY at Summer Playground Crawls every Friday at 10 am. Relay Races on August 5 at Gallagher School at West 65th and Franklin Ave., and Games on August 12 at Fairview Park, on West 38th south of Franklin. See more information at www.ohiocity.org/nearwestrec or on the Near West Rec Facebook page.
KIDS WHO STUTTER who stutter have a lot to say, and friends can show them how in Stuttering: For Kids By Kids, a DVD in English and Spanish starring kids who stutter, available at most public libraries or through interlibrary loan. Many children who stutter have never met others who struggle with the same disability. In this DVD from the Stuttering Foundation, they meet kids who recount how they handle challenges such as teasing, speaking out in class, and teaching others about stuttering. Call your local library to see if Stuttering is available there.
MAYOR JACKSON’S YOUTH SUMMIT & BACK TO SCHOOL FAIR. On Saturday, August 13, the 10th Annual Youth Summit & Back to School Fair will be presented by Mayor Frank Jackson and the Cleveland Metropolitan School District at Public Auditorium, 500 Lakeside Avenue. Registration begins at 8 AM with the event running from 9 – 1:30 PM. For further information, call 216/420-8087 or 216/838-3223.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED for the Back to School Fair targeting families and students in grades Pre-K through 12. Organizers anticipate 2,700 attendees at this year’s event, which means we need to recruit 75 volunteers from the City of Cleveland. For questions, please contact Monyka Price, Chief of Education, at 216/420-8087 or firstname.lastname@example.org
COMMUNITY SPEAKER SERIES
WHAT’S HOLDING YOU BACK? Ms. Cicely Campbell, Director of Women in Transition, will discuss overcoming obstacles to achieving your dreams, exploring your strengths, working towards future goals, and believing in your ability to achieve a successful future. On Wednesday, August 17th from 6 – 7 pm in the Gordon Square Arcade Community Room, 6516 Detroit Rd. All are welcome to this free event. RSVP by Monday, August 15th by calling Brittany Senger at 216/961-4242, ext. 268.
SCHOOL CROSSING GUARDS NEEDED. There is a need for two school crossing guards at locations in Ward 15. The first is at West 98th and Madison Avenue. The second location is at Detroit and Berea Road. Call Blanca in Councilman Zone’s office for more information on compensation and benefits at 216-664-4235. All candidates must undergo a background check.
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: GUERRERAS PARA DIOS (WARRIORS FOR GOD): Domestic Violence Outreach Group for Hispanic Women will meet every Wednesday from 5 – 7 pm at 3159 W. 25th Street. Guerreras Para Dios is a Christian based non denominational outreach group. For more information, call 216/256-9396 or email email@example.com.
LA PLACITA CLEVELAND presents artisan vendors, traditional food and live entertainment. It is scheduled for August 13 from 1 pm to 6 pm at the US Bank Parking lot at 3104 West 25th Street. For more information, visit the Stockyard, Clark-Fulton and Brooklyn Centre Community Calendar at http://bit.ly/kchQ8d.
LATINO HEALTH SUMMIT “Our children – Our future” will be held on Friday, August 26, from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at MetroHealth Campus at 2500 MetroHealth Drive. The summit includes a series of breakout sessions on topics including Zika virus, adolescent health and transgender care. Free. For more information, call 216/778-5647 or 614/728-8344. To register visit: http://2016latinohealthsummit.eventbrite.com
LEGAL AID SOCIETY offers free legal advice clinics available in a first come, first served basis for low-income individuals with civil legal issues (not criminal ones). Bring all relevant paperwork with you. On Saturday, August 13 from 9:30 to 11 am at the South Brooklyn Branch of the Cleveland Public Library at 4303 Pearl Rd. Or to apply for Legal Aid’s help, new clients can call 888/817-3777 or 261/687-1900.
THE OPEN COMMENT PERIOD for Medicaid Waiver to submit testimony is until August 7th. We are looking to submit testimony to the Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services to show the impact of the Waiver not only in written form, but in a short two or three minute video. If you or anyone you know are Medicaid eligible and not receiving disability, you can submit testimony. If you are interested, please contact Byron Solomon at 216/651-2606 or visit Organizeohio.org/noble. Feel free to check for updates on meetings, news and other events on our facebook page. NOBLE-Facebook.
NIGHT OUT AGAINST CRIME will be held at Steelyard Commons on Tuesday, August 2 from 5-9 pm. Family fun, free food and drinks, live music and entertainment, free child registration, and sit inside a fire truck, prisoner transport bus, ambulance and a police cruiser. Leave your porch light on Tuesday; lights on means lights out for crime.
RESIDENT-LED NEIGHBORHOOD SAFETY WALKS are held in Detroit Shoreway starting at Lorain Branch Library at 8216 Lorain Ave. on Tuesdays, August 9 at 7 am and August 23 at 7pm. Meet at the library at one of the specified times. For more information about setting up and promoting your own walk, contact Jeremy at 216/961-4242 x233 or Jtaylor@dscdo.org
THE SECOND DISTRICT COMMUNITY RELATIONS MEETINGS are held the second Tuesday of each month (August 9) 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 216/664-3293.
MANAGE YOUR PERSONAL FINANCES with trained professionals who can help with everything from budgeting to savings and credit card management. The one-on-one counseling sessions are completely confidential and provided by Neighborhood Housing Services and Community Financial Centers. For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact Keith Davis at 216/205-4470 or KDavis@nhscleveland.org.
BEND THE BARS, a group of individuals involved in prisoner solidarity work in the Midwest, is hosting a Midwest convergence in support of prisoners’ struggles on August 26-29 in Columbus, Ohio. A weekend of workshops and discussions on prisoners’ resistance, the national prison strike starting September 9, and broad opposition to prisons, along with a public demonstration in solidarity with ongoing prison struggles. For more information visit Bendthebars.noblogs.org or contact email@example.com.
PREVENT BLINDNESS is the nation’s leading volunteer eye health and safety organization dedicated to fighting blindness and saving sight. Prevent Blindness offers free fact sheets to help answer common questions about eye health and safety at www.pbohio.org For more information, please call Prevent Blindness at 800/301-2020 ext. 105.
MAMMOGRAMS AND PAP TESTS are provided free of charge to women who have limited incomes, no Medicaid or Medicare, and no insurance, and live in Cuyahoga or surrounding counties. Pap tests are available to women 40 years and older, and Mammograms are for women 50 years and older. (Some women 40-49 years are eligible for a mammogram. Call for eligibility.) For more information and enrollment, call The Breast and Cervical Cancer Project at the Cuyahoga County Board of Health at 800/443-2168 or 216/201-2001, ext. 1541 and 1542.
PERSONAL ESSAY WRITING WORKSHOP is scheduled for the third Saturday of the month, including August 20, 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 http://www.litcleveland.org/521-1021-personal-essay-writing-workshop.html