A listing of a variety of free activities and resources for the Near West Side.
ARTS AND CULTURE
BRUNO CASIANO GALLERY presents an art show called B R U N O open through the Closing Reception on December 16 at 5304 Detroit Ave. For more information, call 216-346-6562 or visit www.brunocasiano.com. Look for the Red Bike!
“INCOGNEGRO” An Unsung Hero is a “fearless” tale inspired by the real life story of Walter F. White, Executive Secretary of the NAACP (1931 – 1955), who made trips to investigate lynchings. Gripping and gritty, this production on Friday, November 25 and Saturday November 26 at the St. Ignatius High School Breen Performing Arts Center, 2008 W. 30, is suggested for mature audiences ages, 12 years and up. On behalf of the Cleveland Treatment Center, the upcoming productions of “Incognegro: An Unsung Hero” will have free admission. Seating is limited. To request tickets, please contact Sue Templar at (216) 861-4246 or Pierre C. Betts at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All tickets are on a first come basis.
INTERNATIONAL LANGUAGES GALLERY presents “400 Years of Literary Heritage: From Avon to Lepanto featuring Maria de Jesus Paz and Cossett Pineda Paz” through November 12 at the International Languages Department at the 4th Main Library of the Cleveland Public Library at 325 Superior Avenue in Downtown Cleveland. Visit http://www.cpl.org.
INTER/URBAN is a city-wide public art program launched by LAND Studio and its partners. The newly launched website — www.interurban-cle.com — has been created to tell the stories behind the artwork that RTA Red Line riders have enjoyed since its debut this summer. More to come in 2017.
MUSIC: LES DELICES PERFORMANCE-PRESENTATION: Families and individuals are welcome at this free performance-presentation introducing instruments such as the theorbo, baroque guitar, viola da gamba, baroque violin, baroque oboe, and recorder. This quartet of acclaimed local musicians loves to introduce their music to new audiences and talk about how (and why) they do what they do! Saturday, November 5th at 11:00 a.m. at Carnegie West Branch of the Cleveland Public at 1900 Fulton Rd.
OPERA CIRCLE CLEVELAND will present the opera, Zanetto by Pietro Mascagni, one time only, at Transformer Station. Zanetto is a one-act exploring love, hope, suspicion, disappointment and imperfection in one of Mascagni’s most compelling scores. Free and open to all. Friday, November 11, 7:30 – 8:30 pm. Visit http://operacirclecleveland.org/zanetto. Transformer Station Members can reserve preferred seating for the production by calling 216-938-5429 or emailing email@example.com.
THE TRANSFORMER STATION is also showing an exhibit by Dan Graham that revolves around his interest and involvement with rock’n’roll, with which Cleveland has a long and notorious history. Featuring his well-known video “Rock My Religion.” Organized and presented by the Cleveland Museum of Art. Hours are Wednesday – Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm, and Thursday from 11 am to 8 pm. through December 4. For more information, visit TransformerStation.org, or 1460 West 29th St.
ANONYMOUS ALERTS is a way for students and adults to make school officials aware of concerns such as bullying, student depression, drug and alcohol issues and family problems. Problems that occur in neighborhoods or homes will be referred to the appropriate agencies. Students, parents, staff and community members who download the Anonymous Alerts app can send reports, attach photos and videos and have encrypted one- or two-way communication with District security. They do not have to reveal their identities unless they choose to do so. While reports can help security head off problems, urgent calls should still go to 9-1-1. Students and others can download the app through the Apple, Google Play or Chrome stores. To use the app, they will enter clevelandmetro as both the login name and password. Reports also can be filed on the District website by going to the Anonymous Alerts website.
TO FIND OUT WHAT’S HAPPENING AT YOUR CHILD’S SCHOOL, 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. Get instant notifications on your phone.
FAIR HOUSING INFORMATION for seniors, people with physical or mental health disabilities, landlords and real estate professionals is available from the Housing Research and Advocacy Center. The Center’s mission is to promote fair housing and diverse communities, and to work to eliminate housing discrimination in Northeast Ohio by providing effective research, education, and advocacy. For more information, visit
www.thehousingcenter.org or call 216/361-9240.
THE SOUTHERN POVERTY LAW CENTER advocates against hate against individuals and groups based on their ethnicity and beliefs. Visit https://www.splcenter.org
YOUTH SPEAK OUT/STOP THE HATE celebrates students committed to creating a more accepting, inclusive society. Scholarships, awards and anti-bias education grants, based on an essay contest for students Grades 6-2. Deadlines January 6 – 20, 2017. Awards ceremony April 25. Sponsored by the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage. For more information, visit maltzmuseum.org/stop-the-hate.
DRUG ADDICTION AND MURALS
The Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services (ADAMHS) Board of Cuyahoga County issued a Request for Information (RFI) to qualified entities for the procurement of services for the development and management of a Public Art Mural Project. As deaths from opioid, heroin and fentanyl overdose continue to plague our community, and stigma remains a barrier to accessing treatment, the ADAMHS Board of Cuyahoga County is seeking to ignite change through public art. Visit http://adamhscc.org/en-US/request-proposals.aspx or visit the http://www.adamhscc.org and click on the Public Notice/Request for Information & Proposals tab. RFI Submission Deadline: 4:00 p.m., Monday, November 14, 2016. All required documents must be submitted electronically by email to: RFI@adamhscc.org.
THE SNAP PROGRAM helps people obtain food at a lower cost. Household’s with one member must have a gross monthly income of $1276 or less, up to households with 4 members having gross monthly incomes of no more that $2628 (and up to $451 for each additional member). For more information, call the Greater Cleveland Food Bank at 216/738-2067 (or toll free at 855-738-2067).
Job Openings with THE CITY OF CLEVELAND are listed at https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/cleveland. For questions regarding a position, please contact Human Resources via email (HR@city.cleveland.oh.us) or phone (216-664-2493). For questions regarding an examination, please contact Civil Service via email (CS@city.cleveland.oh.us) or phone (216-664-2467). Calls will be answered during normal business hours (M-F, 9am – 4:30pm EST).
The CLEVELAND PUBLIC SCHOOLS human resources website for is http://www.clevelandmetroschools.org/Domain/41
JOB TRAINING in bank teller, construction, and hospitality work, as well as job training and employer connections in customer service, health care, etc. Free training offered at El Barrio Workforce Center in Gordon Square/Detroit Shoreway. Call 216/325-WORK for next sessions.
LIBRARY: CARNEGIE WEST BRANCH of the Cleveland Public Library, see “ARTS”/”MUSIC” above.
LIBRARY: LORAIN BRANCH
KIDS CAFÉ will provide healthy, nutritious bagged meals for kids sponsored by a partnership with the Cleveland Food Bank. Monday-Friday 3 pm – 5:30 pm.
NATIVE AMERICAN HISTORY MONTH class teaches about Native American cultures and the creation of a dreamcatcher. Monday, November 7 at 4:30 pm.
NATIONAL RECYCLE DAY BOOK ART session on how to upcycle your discarded books by turning them into new art pieces on Tuesday, November 15 at 4:30 pm.
THANKSGIVING TURKEY class teaches making and painting a Thanksgiving turkey while learning about the holiday. Wednesday, November 23 at 4:30 pm
GET YOUR GAME ON @YOUR LIBRARY. Children and teens will play board, computer and video games on Friday, November 25 at 1 pm.
BOOK SCAVENGER HUNT using clues to search through the children’s area for fun books! Wednesday, November 30 at 4:30 pm.
All of these activities will be held at the Lorain Branch of the Cleveland Public Library at 8216 Lorain Ave. Call 216/623-7011 for more information.
LIBRARY: ONLINE PUBLIC LIBRARY
CPL.BEANSTACK.ORG let’s you discover favorite books and apps matched to your child’s age and interests.
LEARN A NEW LANGUAGE with the online Rosetta Stone, available in 30 languages. Ask your librarian for more information.
MAKING PEACE part of the national agenda under a new president. No matter who wins the election, there is work to do. Discussion and potluck on November at 15 at 6:30 pm at Pilgrim Church at 2592 West 14th Street. For more information, visit www.peaceactioncleveland.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 216/264-3955.
CLEVELAND COMMUNITY POLICE COMMISSION MEETINGS are scheduled for Wednesday, November 30, from 5:30-8:30pm at Estabrook Recreation Center at 4125 Fulton Rd. and Wednesday, December 21, from 5:30-8:30pm – Fatima Family Center at 6600 Lexington Ave.
RECYCLE YOUR ELECTION CAMPAIGN YARD SIGNS – plastic and cardboard signs plus the metal stands – at the Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District lobby at 4750 East 131st Street in Garfield Heights. Hours are Mon.-Fri. from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Collection dates are from November 8, 2016 to November 18, 2016. Photo opportunities of people chucking their signs into large containers can be arranged by appointment. Visit www.CuyahogaRecycles.org or call 216.443.3749 to learn how to recycle in your community and discover other recycling and disposal options.
Ohio students with special needs can now apply for a JON PETERSON SPECIAL NEEDS SCHOLARSHIP. The deadline to apply is November 15, 2016. Recipients can use their scholarship toward services and education costs at the participating school and/or provider(s) of their family’s choice. Scholarships are worth between $7,578 and $27,000, depending on the child’s special education category as identified on their Individualized Education Program (IEP). Eligible students who apply during this application window will receive a prorated scholarship that begins in January 2017. To apply, families can research the participating providers in their area. Next, they choose the private school and/or provider(s) that are the best fit for their child’s unique learning needs. For more information about the Jon Peterson Special Needs Scholarship Program, visit www.scohio.org.
OHIO SOYBEAN COUNCIL FOUNDATION is offering $44,000 in graduate and undergraduate scholarships for the 2017-2018 academic year. The scholarships are designed to encourage students to pursue degrees in fields that support the future of the soybean industry including agriculture, business, communications, economics, education, engineering, science, technology or related fields. Most undergraduate scholarships are $3000 (one is $5000), and the graduate ones are $5000. The deadline for applications is January 13, 2017. For more information and to download the application, visit the Ohio Soybean Council Foundation at www.soyohio.org/scholarship
ELECTION DAY is fast approaching, along with opportunities to cast your ballot.
You can vote by submitting an absentee ballot, in person at the board of elections, or by visiting your polling location on Tuesday, November 8, between 6:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. The CUYAHOGA COUNTY BOARD OF ELECTIONS is located at 2925 Euclid Ave. Office Hours: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. from Monday – Friday. Telephone 216/443-3200,
RAISE UP CLEVELAND will be offering rides to the polls to anyone who lives within the City of Cleveland. Raise Up Cleveland rides to the polls are non-partisan and are not in support of any candidate, candidate committee, campaign or issue. This is the most important election in our lifetime and we want to make sure no registered voter has a barrier that is keeping them from casting their vote for the candidate(s) of their choosing. It is simple to do. Any voter in Cleveland can call 216/800-GOTV and we will pick them up and take them to vote. Visit http://ohio.onlineactions.org/page/m/-18a1e576/17f4712/5af7276a/1fe9b59b/793787327/VEsH/
TRANSPORTATION OFFERED TO GROUPS WANTING TO PARTICIPATE IN EARLY VOTING. Groups from senior centers, church groups, apartment buildings, clubs, etc. can arrange for transportation with Amalgamated Transit Union Local #268. RTA employees belong to this Union. Call 216.861.3350 for further information or to schedule the free transportation. This offer is not for individual riders.
PROBLEM VOTING? VOTER COMPLAINT FORM sponsored by the American Civil Liberties Union is at https://action.aclu.org/secure/oh-voter-complaint-form. Let them know if you are not able to access your polling location, have been intimidated or denied a ballot because you have a disability, or have been given a provisional ballot despite having registered to vote. Your complaints will help them evaluate your problem and ensure that every eligible voter can cast their ballots on Election Day and in early voting. Share this e-mail, and information about the ACLU of Ohio’s Vote Center (http://www.acluohio.org/vote-center) with friends, family and community members so they can feel prepared to vote.
THE DISABILITY RIGHTS OHIO VOTER HOTLINE will be open Election Day Tuesday, November 8, during poll hours– from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Lawyers will be available to answer questions from people with physical or mental disabilities and provide assistance if their voting rights are being violated. The hotline number is 614-466-7264 or toll free 800-282-9181; (TTY) 614-728-2553 or toll free 800-858-3542.You can also call these numbers anytime with questions or concerns about voting rights.