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


CHILDREN’S CHOIR at the Archwood UCC. Rehearsals will be held every Saturday through December 17th: 10:30 am snacks, and 11:am-noon rehearsal.  Christmas Concert date to be determined.   2804 Archwood Ave.  Choir Director Lindsay Rader.  Information: or cell 312/320-1341

GET YOUR GAME ON @ YOUR LIBRARY: Children and teens are invited to play board, computer, and video games. Saturday, October 15 at 1 p.m. at the Lorain Branch of the Cleveland Public Library, 8216 Lorain Ave. Call 216-623-7011 for more information.

HALLOWEEN CELEBRATION: Learn the history of Halloween, bead your own pumpkin, and enter to win our costume contest. Thursday, October 27 at 4:30 p.m. at the Lorain Branch of the Cleveland Public Library, 8216 Lorain Ave. Call 216-623-7011 for more information.


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

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


2016 CLEVELAND VOTER FORUM for youth, parents, families, community stakeholders, educators, service providers, and everyone else are cares about kids! This year’s event features youth panelists and local northeastern Ohio candidates. It will be held at the Jerry Sue Thornton Center at 2500 East 22nd St.  Ford Room, on Wednesday, October 12 from 6 – 8 pm.  This is a free event but registration is requested:  logon to


NEEDS CLEVELAND is a non-profit 501(C) 3 donation center that provides FREE clothing and household items to those in need. Open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:30-2:30 pm. All donations can be made Monday-Thursdays from 9:30 am to 3 pm. If you would like to donate, volunteer or help, contact them at 7710 Lorain Ave., call 216/400-8213 or visit


FREE MEALS at Halloran Skating Rink at 3550 West 117th St. Monday through Friday at 4:30 pm.  Call 216/664-4187.

KIDS CAFÉ: FREE healthy, nutritious bagged meals for kids thanks to a partnership with the Cleveland Food Bank. Monday – Friday, 3-5 p.m. at the Lorain Branch of the Cleveland Public Library, 8216 Lorain Ave. Call 216-623-7011 for more information.


The Community Health, Wellness and Preventative Care Center at the Metropolitan Campus of Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C®) has reopened for fall semester.  The Care Center provides low-cost health care services to uninsured or underinsured adults while giving Tri-C health career students learning and training opportunities in a clinical setting. The center will be open 2-5 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, through Nov. 17. It is located in Room 105 of the Health Careers and Sciences building at Metro Campus, 2900 Community College Ave. in Cleveland. The Center is staffed by students studying to be medical assistants, physical therapy assistants, occupational therapy assistants and dietetic technicians. The students work under the supervision of licensed or certified health care providers. Services offered at the center include blood pressure readings; glucose and cholesterol screenings; physical therapy and occupational therapy; physical rehabilitation for daily living; pain management; bone density screenings; nutritional coaching; stress management; and exercise and education programs. No physician referrals are needed. To schedule a visit or to find out about special health-related workshops, call 216-987-3555.

HEALTH COVERAGE.  Ohio Association of Foodbanks and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), with local organizations, will again this year, educate consumers about affordable health care coverage options and help them enroll in Medicaid coverage or in a Qualified Health Plan through the Marketplace that meets their needs and their budgets. Consumers looking for more information or to setup an appointment for the upcoming open enrollment period should call 1-800-648-1176 or visit


CONVENCION HISPANA ’16 will be presented by the Hispanic Roundtable on Saturday, October 8 from 8:30 am to 4 pm at Max S. Hayes High School, 2211 West 65th Street. A free assembly providing education, empowerment, health and workforce development resources for Northeast Ohio’s Latino community.   Live music and food, job fair, resource fair with 100+ booths, free health screenings, workshops, raffles and kid’s crafts. For more information, visit, Twitter (@HRe3News), Facebook (/HRe3Comunidad).

HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH will be celebrated at Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C®) by screening several films highlighting the best of contemporary Spanish and Latin American cinema.  3 Beauties (This scathing satire takes aim at Venezuela’s fixation with beauty and its relation to social status. The devious comedy examines a mother’s dream of seeing her daughters fulfill her obsession with becoming a beauty pageant queen.) Showing from 12 to 2 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 14 at the Metropolitan Campus, MTA100.  The Travel Agent  (The film focuses on a Cuban woman who helps travelers in their quest to gain visas to travel to the United States — a trip she has yet to make despite having family in Florida. Will she ever make the journey?)  Showing from Noon to 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 4 at the Metropolitan Campus, MTA100. Metropolitan Campus is located at 2900 Community College Ave. in Cleveland. For information, contact Rebecca Carte at or 216-987-4587


ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY ACADEMY is a grant funded program at Cuyahoga Community College, providing short-term training in high demand occupations at no-cost to the student. Its precision machining technology and welding programs are two of the most popular programs. It also offers STNA, EMT, Private Security, Culinary, Auto Technology and Information Technology programs. In addition to providing students with program specific training they also provide them with soft-skills training to help develop their employability skills and work ethics. At the end of their training the goal is   to connect them to a 100-hour internship opportunity that is paid for by the ATA program, not the employer. Their goal is that if they have a successful internship they will be offered full time employment through the company for which they intern. Contact Mr.  Nathaniel Austin, Program Recruitment Coordinator, for details and enrollment: Office:  216-987-0198 or Mobile: 216 -659-8837.

THE CITY OF CLEVELAND  has put its job application process online.  You can go to its website:  to see what’s available for you, or a job-seeker you may know.


THE CLEVELAND CONSENT DECREE COMMUNITY MONITORING TEAM is hosting another public forum to educate and inform citizens about the Department of Justice report, the Consent Decree and the ongoing process of reform policing in the City of Cleveland.  Representative of the American Civil Liberties Union will also be on site with important information regarding individual and civil and legal rights.  For more information, call 216/623-2921.The event will be held at the Fulton Branch of the Cleveland Public Library at 3545 Fulton Rd.  on Thursday, October 13 from 4 to 6 pm.

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE FORUM: Wednesday, October 26 at 6 p.m. at the Lorain Branch of the Cleveland Public Library, 8216 Lorain Ave. Call 216-623-7011 for more information.


A program of support for FAMILIES AND LOVED ONES OF THOSE INCARCERATED, has been developed at St. Malachi’s.  It is called the LEAF Ministry and meets on the second Wednesday of every month at Malachi Center, 2416 Superior Viaduct (just east of the St. Malachi Church grounds).  This is a non-denominational gathering of those who share your burden. Meetings are confidential and at no cost to those who participate.  For further information, you can call 216-861-5343. Gatherings are planned from 7-8:30 PM.  There is parking in front of the Center building and is accessible to those who use a wheelchair or cannot use steps.

FEAST OF ST. FRANCIS CELEBRATION, that is planned by an interfaith group of Near West Side residents and church members, for Tuesday, October 4 from 7-8:30 PM at Urban Community School on Lorain Avenue. Parking is available off W. 50 Street in the school lot or on W. 50 itself. Join us as we explore how the faith community can engage in conversation about the HOT topic of climate change and effectively respond to it.  A video will be shown followed by charting our own ‘carbon’ footprints.  Resource materials will also be available. For further information, you can contact the Near West Side Creation Care Team thru St. Malachi, St. Patrick, or St. Paul’s Community Church.


SELF DEFENSE CLASS: Thursday, October 20 at 5:30 p.m. at the Lorain Branch of the Cleveland Public Library, 8216 Lorain Ave. Call 216-623-7011 for more information.


A PLACE FOR US.   A new Senior Citizen Building in the Cudell neighborhood will hold its Ribbon Cutting on Friday, December 2, 2016 at noon.  Located at the corner of West 116 and Madison across from the Highland Square Rapid Transit Station, the beautiful building contains excellent amenities such as one and two bedroom apartments and community space featuring a clinic, computer room, fitness room, two conference rooms, a resident’s lounge, office space and meditation room.  There is free resident parking and outside green space.  Residents will begin moving in on October 17th.  Meanwhile, tours are being offered.  Contact Property Manager Joel Bussard at 216/672-5730 to schedule a tour.   .

FEAR OF FALLING? A MATTER OF BALANCE is an award-winning program designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels. Who should attend? Anyone concerned about falls; interested in improving balance, flexibility, and strength; who has fallen in the past; or who has restricted activities because of falling concerns.  Sign up for this free 8 week class at the Estabrook Recreation Center at 4125 Fulton Rd. on Fridays from 9 am – 11 am. Classes begin October 7.  Space is limited to 15 participants.  Or sign up at the Cleveland Department of Aging; contact Katie Gedeon by calling 216/664-4383 or emailing


UTILITIES RESOURCE FAIR.  Cuyahoga Job and Family Services and the Home Heating and Weatherization Task Force will be hosting a Utilities Resource Fair, at Lakewood United Methodist Church at 15700 Detroit Ave, Lakewood, on Tuesday, October 18, 2016, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  The free event will provide information and resources to the community, and enable customers to apply for utilities assistance programs such as Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP), Percentage of Income Program (PIPP Plus) and Home Weatherization Assistance Program (HWAP).  Customers can apply for county benefits programs such as Medicaid, Child Care and Food Assistance.  There will be free Utilities Assistance Programs Training Workshops at noon and 1 pm; the noon workshop is on Prevention Retention Contingency (PRC) and related supports, the 1pm workshop is on Utilities Assistance Programs eg HEAP, etc.    Registration is online for the workshops at For information, call 216-987-7010 or visit


Personal Essay and Poetry Writing Workshops at CPL (Free) Second Saturdays, 10:30 am: Poetry writing at Literature Dept., Cleveland Public Library.  Third Saturdays, 10:30 am: essay writing at Carnegie West branch, 1900 Fulton Rd.  Writers of all experience levels welcome. Workshops offer exercises and feedback on participants’ work. Please register in advance at  Sponsored by Literary Cleveland.


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