A listing of a variety of free activities and resources for the Near West Side.
CLEVELAND SENIOR WALK—a free one- or two-mile fun walk–is scheduled for September 15 at Mall C in Downtown Cleveland. (Rain location is inside Public Hall.) registration and health screenings at 8:45 am, program at 9 am, and walk at 9:30 am. You may park in the Municipal Lot at East 9th and the Shoreway for $4; exact change required . Free shuttle will take take walkers to and from Municipal Lot to Mall C. Try to carpool. For more information, call 216-664-2833.
A SUSTAINABLE BIKE TOUR will be held around various Downtown restaurants that support green building on Saturday, September 17 from 11:30 am to 4 pm meeting at 3133 Chester Ave. Sponsored by NEO USGBC and Bike Cleveland.
FREE BICYCLE GIVE-AWAY by St. Paul’s Community Church in Ohio City to all who can recite the 66 books (names only!) of the entire Bible, “From Genesis to Revelation”. Visit 4427franklin on Facebook.
ciCLEvia is a new open street series in which streets are temporarily closed to cars and open to people for walking, jogging, biking, and skating—all forms of people-powered movement! Activity hubs along the route feature yoga, Zumba, dancing demonstrations, and other interactive programming. On the second Saturday of the month, through October (9/10, 10/8) from 3:00pm-7:00pm at W. 25th St between MetroHealth Drive and Wade Avenue. Learn more at www.ciclevia.com.
FATHERS’ WALK SET FOR SEPTEMBER 22: Schools in Cleveland and across Northeast Ohio are being encouraged to participate in the annual Fathers Walk on Thursday, Sept. 22. Fathers, grandfathers, stepfathers and other men who are important in children’s lives will escort them to school that day to demonstrate the importance of education. CMSD schools participate each year. Contact your child’s school to get details and confirm its participation.
SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL. For parents of children who walk or ride their bicycles to school, CMSD has maps outlining preferred routes. The maps will help children in nearly 70 PreK-8 schools navigate traffic and other hazards. (Find your school’s map at http://clevelandmetroschools.org/Page/8921.)
SAFE SCHOOLS HOTLINE – 216/771-7233 — is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call it when you see or hear something that concerns you about the safety of Cleveland school students.
STAY INFORMED. Don’t wait for a letter or a flier to find out what’s happening at your child’s school. Get instant notification on your phone.
Parents, update your contact information at your child’s school office, complete with your (1) home address, (2) email address, (3) home phone number and (4) cell phone number so you receive District announcements and emergency alerts.
Also, be sure to subscribe to e-Communicator, the CMSD free monthly digital newsletter, by logging onto http://www.clevelandmetroschools.org//cms/module/selectsurvey/TakeSurvey.aspx?SurveyID=210
OPEN HOUSES will be held in September at CMSD. PreK-8 schools will conduct open houses from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 14. Schools with early starting times will dismiss students at 11-11:20 a.m., and schools with later starting times will dismiss them at 12:30-12:50 p.m. High schools will hold open houses from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 15. Year-round high schools will dismiss students at 1:30 p.m., and other high schools will dismiss them at 11:20 a.m. Open houses will come midway through the first grading period. Interim progress reports will be distributed the same day. Confirm dates and times with your child’s school.
WILLARD SCHOOL E PREP ACADEMY ribbon-cutting is scheduled for Wednesday, September 7 from 10:30 am – 12 noon at West 95th and Willard (just north of the I-90 off ramp to West 98th) in the Cudell neighborhood.
WORK FOR CLEVELAND METRO SCHOOLS. Visit their website at http://clevelandmetroschools.org.
NEWBRIDGE PREPARES ADULTS FOR CAREERS. NewBridge’s vocational training is distinctive for its market-based approach. They meet with local hospitals and other institutions to gauge employment needs. Then they work with those employers to develop coursework that prepares students for in-demand careers. NewBridge is focused on careers – good paying jobs that include health insurance and opportunities for advancement. Their current adult training programs prepare graduates for careers as pharmacy technicians, hospital nursing assistants, or phlebotomists, professionals who draw blood.
NEWBRIDGE EXPOSES YOUTH TO ARTS, TECHNOLOGY AND MORE. NewBridge offers a rigorous, year-round, after school arts and technology based program for local high school students. NewBridge uses a combination of high-tech gadgetry, compelling classes, and caring adults to help youth explore the arts and pursue their education in high school and beyond. Students are typically referred to NewBridge by teachers or other mentors. Classes are free, but students are required to maintain a good record of attendance and behavior. Youth classes at NewBridge include ceramics, digital photography, film/video, graphic design and music recording and production. Courses offer hands-on instruction, allowing students to shape their own pottery, snap their own photographs, or work high-tech equipment to record and mix music. For more information, call 216-867-9775.
THE WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM at the West Side Catholic Center at 3209 Lorain Ave. at offers employment assistance tailored to your needs free of charge. They partner with other community organizations along with employers to make sure you find the help you need with issues that can make the job hunt tricky, like transportation, childcare and lack of education. Their staff will work with you individually to make sure you have the skills you need to find the job that will help you provide for yourself and your family. They will provide mentoring support as well after a job has been attained. Everyday from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm and 1:30-3:30. Lunch is provided along with childcare. Please call Frank Johanek, Economic Opportunities Manager at 216-631-4741 ext 167 for more info/questions.
THE ARTHRITIS FOUNDATION will host an advocacy training workshop for people with arthritis named “What’s Happening in Ohio? Our Voices are Being Heard!,” on Monday, September 12, from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at the DoubleTree Hilton, 6200 Quarry Lane in Independence. This program includes a continental breakfast and is free and open to the public. Register online at http://advocacytraining.kintera.org/Independence.
People living with arthritis have critical needs and often face barriers to care. High costs of treatment, difficulty accessing medications, scarcity of specialists – these are only a few of the barriers that limit access to timely treatment and affect quality of life. More than 2.6 million Ohioans have arthritis, including 11,500 kids. This advocacy training workshop will educate guests about issues affecting Ohioans who have arthritis and teach them how to effectively communicate to state and federal legislators the importance of breaking down barriers to care.
NON-PARTISAN CANDIDATES AND ISSUES FORUM will present candidates for Congress, State Senate, House District, municipal and county judges, county council, and also learn about important local and county issues that will appear on the ballot. Hosted by The Hispanic Roundtable on Thursday, September 8 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. (Registration is at 5:30 p.m.) at La Sagrada Familia Church at 7719 Detroit Avenue. The Hispanic Roundtable is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to act as a catalyst to empower the Hispanic Community to become full partners in the economic, education, political, civic, and social life of Greater Cleveland. This event is Free and open to the public. For more information, call 216-235-1578.
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PERSONAL ESSAY WRITING WORKSHOP is scheduled on the Third Saturdays, through 9/17 and 10/15 from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm at the Carnegie West Library branch, 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 after first workshop). Led by Lee Chilcote and guest facilitators. Free but register at http://www.litcleveland.org/classes–workshops.html
POETRY WRITING WORKSHOP will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
On Second Saturdays, through 9/10 and 10/8 at the CPL Literature Dept.
325 Superior Ave., 2nd Floor. Writers of all levels and backgrounds welcome. Sharpen your craft and receive comments and suggestions on your work in a friendly group format. Please bring 10-15 copies of a poem. Led by Lit Cleveland co-founder Lee Chilcote and guest facilitators. Free but register at http://www.litcleveland.org/classes–workshops.html
WONDER WOMAN SYMPOSIUM, hosted by Kent State University and the Cleveland Public Library, will be held at the Main Library at 325 Superior in Downtown Cleveland on September 22-24. Free, but registration required. Visit www.kent.edu/wonderwoman. Dress as Wonder Woman on Saturday for a contest.
MENTAL HEALTH AND DRUG ABUSE
Free INDIVIDUAL AND FAMILY ADVOCACY TRAINING sponsored by the ADAMHS Board of Cuyahoga County is scheduled for Thursday, September 29 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The Board is holding this training in honor of National Recovery Month to empower individuals and families who have struggled with addiction and/or lost a loved one to addiction. To register, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/individual-and-family-advocacy-training-tickets-27026059672. The goal of Recovery Month to increase awareness and understanding of mental and substance use disorders and celebrate individuals who recover. To learn more about Recovery Month, visit https://www.recoverymonth.gov. Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services (ADAMHS) Board of Cuyahoga County is at 2012 W. 25th Street, 6th Floor. Visit www.adamhscc.org or call 216/241-3400.
SEPTEMBER IS SUICIDE PREVENTION MONTH: If you, or someone you know has suicidal thoughts, you can call the Suicide Prevention Hotline at 216-623-6888. Ayuda esta disponible en Español.
RESIDENT-LED NEIGHBORHOOD SAFETY WALKS are held in Detroit Shoreway starting at Lorain Branch Library at 8216 Lorain Ave. on Tuesday, September 13 at 7 am and Tuesday, September 27 at 7 pm. 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 (September 13) 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.
A STREET FESTIVAL will be held on Sunday, September 25th in Ohio City. It will feature live music, food from neighborhood restaurants, locally brewed beer, arts & culture programming, and family-friendly activities. This event is free and open to all! The festival takes place from 11am-7pm on West 25th Street between Lorain Avenue & Bridge Avenue. For more information, visit http://www.ohiocity.org/OHCStreetFest.
PEACE@THEPUB: Peace and the Progressive Revolution on Tuesday, September 13th from 7 – 9 pm at Market Garden Brewery, 1947 W 25th St. Tristan Rader, Operation Director for the new Cuyahoga County Progressive Caucus (CCPC), will address the question “Can foreign policy and peace issues become a major part of a progressive revolution?” CCPC grew out of the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign. How could Cleveland Peace Action and CCPC could work together?
WARD 14 DEMOCRATIC CLUB will meet Monday, September 20 at Sachsenheim Hall, 7001 Denison Ave. Free and open to the public. Special Guests, Lillian Sharpley – Cuyahoga Democratic Party, Kyle Early – Raise Up Cleveland, Kimberly Cooper – Ohio Democratic Party. For more information contact Diane Morgan at 216-324-5036.
THE STOREFRONT RENOVATION PROGRAM of the City of Cleveland assists targeted neighborhood retail districts in becoming attractive, economically viable, and diverse places to shop. The program helps fund the rehabilitation/renovation of (primarily) traditional storefront building exteriors including: The Storefront Program has two building rebate scales based on two criteria: 1) the location of the building in a Target Area = 40% rebate up to $25,000, or outside of a target area = 40% rebate up to $15,000 2) that the building was originally built as a traditional storefront building or commercial service (ie gas stations or service garages). You may qualify for the Storefront Renovation Program through the City of Cleveland Department of Community Development. If you are interested in exploring the program please contact Keisha Gonzalez, Economic Development Director at Stockyard, Clark-Fulton & Brooklyn Centre Community Development Office at (216) 961-9073 x204 or look up your community development corporation contact at http://www.rethinkcleveland.org/Cleveland/media/Cleveland/Photos%20Reese%20to%20Add/CDCContacts.pdf?ext=.pdf
WARD 14 SMALL BUSINESS MATCHING FUND. The $50,000 fund will offer matching grants of up to $5,000 to small businesses in Ward 14. These funds are targeted at exterior improvements and will compliment other programs offered through the City of Cleveland for commercial district improvements. If you are interested in exploring the Ward 14 Small Business Matching Fund or any other program offered through the City of Cleveland Department of Economic Development, please contact Keisha Gonzalez, Economic Development Director of Stockyard, Clark-Fulton & Brooklyn Centre Community Development Office at (216) 961-9073 x204.
SPIRIT AND LIFE
SPEAKING FOR JUSTICE, a lecture by Dr. Rhonda Williams, Founder and Director pf the Social Justice Institute at Case Western Reserve University, and inventor of the “monoWelog” in a series about how spiritual understanding changes the speakers’ lives, how they create and how they make a difference in the world. Free and open to the public at 4 pm at St. John’s Episcopal Church at 2600 Church Ave. in Ohio City. Visit http://www.stjohnsohiocity.org.
2016 HALL OF FAME Induction Dinner will be held on Saturday, September 24 at Brennans Catering and Banquet Center at 13000 Triskett. The festivities will begin at 6 pm social hour, followed by a buffet dinner. For more information, call 440/871-9101.