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


SEEDS OF LITERACY is a non-profit organization that provides FREE basic education and GED® preparation to adults in the Cleveland area. Together with students, volunteers, and donorsthey are working to break a root cause of poverty: illiteracy. To learn how to register, visit



Nominations are being sought for a volunteer to serve on the city of Cleveland’s Far West Region Design Review Committee.  Ideally, the chosen individual will reside in the Cudell, Bellaire-Puritas,Jefferson or West Blvd. neighborhood.   Nominees should be an architect or other recognized design professional or represent a business or organization within the Far West Region.  Nominations may be made to Tom Jordan, Region Planner, at    

METRO WEST COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT ORGANIZATION needs your help to nominate residents and stakeholders who have gone above and beyond to improve its three neighborhoods  (Stockyard, Clark-Fulton & Brooklyn Centre Community).  Please review award categories below and descriptions online ( If you know somebody who deserves recognition, please let Metro West   know by Friday, December 2nd, 2016.   Awards will be presented at Annual Annual Meeting on Thursday, January 26th, 2017. Nominations may be submitted by mail, fax, or email to: Adam Gifford, Director of Community Involvement, 3167 Fulton Rd, Suite 303, Cleveland, OH 44109.   Phone: 216-961-9073 ext. 205Fax: 216-961-9387. Email: The award categories are: Housing Improvement Award, Green Thumb Award, Neighborhood Investment Award, Community Partner Award, Community Spirit Award, and Community Champion Award.


CARNEGIE WEST SCHOLARS: ROBOTS!   Wednesday, December 14 at 4:00 pm at Carnegie West Library in Ohio City (1900 Fulton Rd).
In partnership with the Children’s Museum of Cleveland, kids will learn about circuits and create their own mini robot with a working fan and motor. Children will then learn about and interact with another kind of robot. For more information, email

HAWKEN SCHOOL’S EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER in Gordon Square will hold a Parent Open House and Preview on Sunday, December 4 at 1 pm.  Presentation at 1:30 pm.  Future home of  the Early Childhood Center at Saigon Plaza at 5400 Detroit Ave.  To RSVP or join the mailing list, visit or contact the Hawken School Admission Office at 440/423-2950.


MENTAL HEALTH RESPONSE ADVISORY COMMITTEE to the Cleveland Police Consent Decree Monitoring Team will host a community meeting at 6 p.m. on December 13 at Urban Community School, 4909 Lorain Avenue, to discuss proposed policies involving the way Cleveland Police officers respond to mental health emergencies.

CLEVELAND POLICE COMMISSION  1. The next Full Commission Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, December 21, 2016 5:30-8:30pm at Fatima Family Center 6600 Lexington Ave. in Hough.  2. Commission Concerns.  On November 2, the CPC delivered a letter signed unanimously asking Det. Loomis to voluntarily resign the Commission. The letter cites consistent meeting absences as a notable lack of fulfilling Commissioner Responsibilities as the reason for the request.   3. Use of Force Policy.  The new Use of Force Policies are now filed with the Court and the Monitoring team is recommending approval.  Thank you to all community members and organizations for providing input and feedback in this process. The documents filed with the Court are attached to this email. For their recommendations and official documents go to the Community Input webpage at


FREE PUBLIC COMPUTER LAB will be held Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 10:30 am to 2:30 pm, Wednesdays from 2 pm to 6 pm, and 2nd and 4th Saturdays from 10:00 am to 2 pm.  Times and dates may change without notice. The lab is located at  3167 Fulton Rd., Suite 305.  For more information, contact Rebeca Neria at 216/961-9073, ext.  215 or


TOOL DRIVE.  Donate unused tools laying around the house to the Pilgrim Congregation Church for repairs. Put tools in the Tool Box located outside the Mission Store in Sundays December 4, 11, or 18.  Or contribute a gift card to Lowes or Home Depot towards the purchase of tools.  Drop the gift cards in the main office mail slot to the right of the main office door or mail them to the church to the attention of the property manager at 2592 West 14th St, 44113.


FOOD, CLOTHING AND FRESH PRODUCE DISTRIBUTION is held on 4th Wednesday of every month.  Fresh produce only at available on  2nd Wednesdays of every month at the May Dugan Center at 4115 Bridge Ave. Program Requirements: Adults: Photo ID’s for all adults in the household, medical or social security cards Children: Proof of income for the household and proof of residency. Clients must reside in a West Side Zip Code.


HEAP WINTER CRISIS PROGRAM can help pay utility bills.  Apply by calling 216-518-4014 for a next day appointment between 6:00 PM and 8:00 PM. You MUST make an appointment. They do not take walk-ins. Through March 31, 2017 at the Lin Omni Building, 3167 Fulton Road, Suite 303.


Join UHCAN OHIO’S CONSUMER ADVISORY COMMITTEE.  Give them your ideas about getting more people involved in UHCAN, describe unnecessary struggles and roadblocks with health care, help them decide what to do first and commit to be part of future planning meetings,

help find others who can help inform them about what they are working on and what they should be working on.  You will need to be able to attend monthly meetings in person or by phone of traveling is not possible.  They are looking for a good mixture of about 20 people from all over Ohio who differ in age, gender, race, and health.  Email or call 614/456-0060, ext. 222.


METRO WEST GRFFITI ABATEMENT PROGRAM helps remove unsightly graffiti from commercial property.  This 50/50 reimbursement program is available to business owners. If you pay to have graffiti removed, they will reimburse you half the cost (up to $300).   In order to receive your reimbursement you MUST contact SCFBC CDO prior to abating the graffiti, to inform them that you plan to participate in the program. If you are interested, please contact Keisha Gonzalez, Economic Development Director at (216) 961-9073 x204 or


FREE HOLIDAY PARTY FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY: Santa Claus is coming to our neighborhood on Saturday, December 10, from 1-3 p.m. at the Gordon Square Arcade, 6516 Detroit Avenue. Join the festivities: DJ, Fun, Snacks, Free gifts for kids. Bring a letter to Santa for the North Pole Mailbox. For more information, call 216-961-4242 x 243. Sponsored by Neighborhood Resident Volunteers, Neighborhood Connections and the Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization.

78TH STREET STUDIOS will host CLEVELAND BAZAAR HOLIDAY on December 10 th and 11th:  Saturday from 10 am – 9 pm and Sunday from 10 am – 6 pm. at 1300  West 78th Street. Shop local, support handmade!  Also visit every Friday from 11 am to 4pm and on Third Fridays, including December 16, from 5 pm to 9 p. m.. du

2016 HOLIDAY PEACE FESTIVAL AND BAZAAR is scheduled for Saturday, December 3 from 12 noon to 5 pm at Pilgrim Congregational Church at 2592 West 14th St. in Tremont. A Gathering of Cleveland Peace and Justice Organizations sponsored by Women Speak Out for Peace & Justice, of the Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom. Local Artists Work for Sale Peace & Justice Cards, Calendars, T-shirts, Gifts, Books, Poinsettias, Bake Sale. Enjoy Lunch:  Homemade soup, Chili and Sandwiches, Tamales. Accessible to the physically challenged. Free Admission/Free parking (south of building on W. 14th)  WSOPJ/WILPF, 216-231-4245. To tell them what you can do, contact the following:  ARTISTS, contact Gary Claxon at 216/281-5833, or, GROUPS, contact Linda Park at 216/851-0968, or,  BAKE SALE DONATIONS, Mitsi Wagner at 216/281-5833, or,  DONATE SOUP, chili or sandwiches, Linda Park (info above), VOLUNTEER TO STAFF WSO stations, contact Linda OPEN HOUSE every NEIGHBORHOOD FAMILY PRACTICE REFUGEE HEALTH SERVICES TEAM is hosting its first Cultural Winter Fest on Thursday, December 15th from 5:30-7 pm in the Education Center!   Free and fun for the whole family!  Learn about different cultures, try different foods, celebrate and make new friends!  There will be food, craft table, and giveaways!  Embrace Cleveland’s refugee families.  Sample foods and dishes from many different cultures.   There are two ways to get involved:  1.   Attend the event as a guest and enjoy the experience! Please see the attached flyer for more details.  2.    Participate! They are looking for participants who are interested educating others about their culture’s winter holiday celebrations and traditional food!   If you have any questions, or to register as a participant, please reach out to Meredith at 216.281.0872 ext. 214 or by email at:

MIRACLE ON 47TH STREET is a free holiday event on Saturday, December 3rd from 5:30 – 7:30 pm on West 47th Street between Bridge Ave. and Franklin Blvd. in Ohio City.  Visit with Santa, reindeer, elf and snowman, talking tree, candy for the kids, hot cocoa, games, holiday lights and more.

WINTERTIDE AT GORDON SQUARE is scheduled for Saturday, December 3 from 1pm to 7 pm. Enjoy unique holiday shopping, merriment and performances at this all-ages festival and celebration of the arts!  1:00pm “A Christmas Story” at Capitol Theatre ($1 admission). 3:00pm-7:00pm. FREE Pop-up music & theatre performances. 3:00pm-5:00pm FREE horse & carriage rides.  All-day holiday shopping throughout the district. Website:

THE TREE OF REMEMBRANCE: On Saturday, December 17th at 5PM the Walter Martens & Sons Funeral Home will have a dedication of our holiday of our holiday tree and a candlelight memorial service called “Tree of Remembrance.” We invite anyone who has experienced a loss to visit our funeral home during the hours of 10AM and 8PM between now and December 16th and place a memorial inscription on an ornament provided by us to hang on our holiday tree. The ornament is yours to keep after the ceremony. This is free and open to all. For more information, please contact the funeral home at 216-281-7111.


THE WORKPLACE INITIATIVE OF OHIO (WIO) project is a collaboration between Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities Agency (OOD) and the Ohio Business Leadership Network (OHBLN). The premise was to directly source OOD consumers in jobs with OHBLN members in the Cleveland and other  areas.  It will continue to find skilled, qualified workers for its employer partners.  For more information, visit

OPPORTUNITIES FOR OHIOANS WITH DISABILITIES AGENCY (OOD) has launched vocational rehabilitation portal. The website provides information about OOD’s VR services and has an online application, allowing a more streamlined and efficient process. This initial step ensures that individuals do not have to spend their first visit expending time filling out an application. Instead, that time can be used to get the individual started on their path to employment.


EL BARRIO provides training and supportive services that result in steady jobs and career-building opportunities. Visit

THE CLEVELAND DIVISION OF POLICE  is accepting applications through the online application and job portal. Click on the link below and select announcement number 89 Patrol Officer.  To apply you must create an account.   If you have any questions, please contact:  Police Officer Anna Mercado 697, Cleveland Division of Police, (216) 623-3327.  Visit


BOOKS NEEDED. The Little Free Library at Baltic Park can use some new books for the neighborhood kids to borrow.  If you are able to donate a few, please contact Linda at the Cudell office (216/228-4383) to arrange pick up or drop off.  Or just place them at the Little Free Library at your convenience.  Ann Rowlett continues to volunteer to maintain the LFL.

NORTHERN OHIOANS FOR BUDGET LEGISATION EQUALITY (NOBLE) will hold a workshop on December 10th, from 10 am- 12 pm that will help develop the action steps needed in order to successfully achieve goals set forward in the Platform last month. The Health and Mental health group is gearing up for the December meeting. Come to the meeting on December 10th to join in the discussion. Other groups are Kinship, Foster, Child care, APS and other health and human service issues, as well as Public Transportation, Education, Local Government, and Housing. For more information, visit

NOBLE – Facebook



KIDS CAFÉ: Free after school healthy nutritious bagged meals for kids thanks to a partnership with the Cleveland Food Bank. Monday thru Friday, December 1-23 and Dec 27-30.

REINDEER GAMES: Children learn about and craft their own reindeer. Monday, December 5, 4:30 p.m.

MAKE A FROSTY FRIEND: As they enjoy tales of Frosty the Snowman, children will design their own snowman friend to take home. Thursday, December 15, 4:30 p.m.

GET YOUR GAME ON: Children and teens are invited to play board, computer and video games. Friday, December 23 at Noon

TOYS FROM THE PAST: Karen Lakus of the Cleveland Metroparks will display and describe toys from the past. Tuesday, December 27 at 1 p.m.

NEW YEAR, NEW CRAFT: Children will create a New Year, New Start craft to discover what they want out of the new year. Friday, December 30 at 11:30 a.m.


2016 HOLIDAY PEACE FESTIVAL AND BAZAAR.  See “Holiday Events.”ARTS RENAISSANCE TREMONT will present the Burning River Brass on Sunday, December 18 at 7 pm and Monday, December 19 at 7 pm. at Pilgrim Congregational Church 2592 West 14th St.  Free will donation. Visit and like them on Facebook.


NEAR WEST RECREATION.  Sign up for basketball today! Deadline is Tuesday, December 20. Near West Recreation is a partnership between Ohio City Incorporated, Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization, Tremont West Development and Stockyards, Metro West Development Organization. Near West Recreation offers year-round recreation programming for children of all ages as well as select programs for adults. This league operates on a sliding-scale system, with need-based financial assistance available to participants living on Cleveland’s Near West side, making it accessible to all. Currently, Near West Recreation offers baseball, soccer, basketball, youth, adult & family bowling, youth & women’s boxing, volleyball, LEGO League, creative writing and more.  Check out Near West Recreation’s Facebook page for updates! Interested in coaching, sponsoring or volunteering? Email  VOLUNTEER COACHES NEEDED for all programs! No experience necessary! Please contact or at 216-781-3222 x 108. Parents can sign up to be on the Near West Recreation mailing list and text messaging list by visiting the website at or by calling 216-781-3222 x 108.


Next meeting Tuesday, December 13 at 645 pm. At Gordon Square. A Representative of Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization will attend to provide information on proposed residential developments at w 67/Father Caruso and W 65 & Herman. Please bring a holiday dessert to share!

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