A listing of a variety of free activities and resources for the Near West Side.
ARTS AND CULTURE
BLACK AND BLUE SIDE BY SIDE, an art show with powerful images of African-American men standing with Cleveland Police officers. This ongoing project has been working since August 2016 to build better relationships between groups. Located at the Cleveland Collection Gallery LTD at 2529 Detroit Ave., at the corner of West 26th from Friday January 13 at 6 pm to Sunday, January 15 at 4 pm. Visit them on Facebook at Cleveland Collection Gallery LTD.
CLEVELAND PUBLIC THEATER. ENTRY POINT will take place January 20-22. Part festival, part conference – CPT is convening a three-day-long festival showcase of raw, art-in-the-making, to take place across 6 stages, and featuring over 50 artists and 12 new works in progress. **FREE panel discussions with visiting artists will take place on Saturday at 2:00pm and 3:30pm. No ticket required. For panel descriptions, details & artist bios, visit the CPT website at http://www.cptonline.org/performances/seasons/2016-2017/entry-point/.
CLEVELAND METRO SCHOOLS
HIGH SCHOOL CHOICE FAIR IN COMING. Eighth-graders and families can attend CMSD’s annual High School Choice Fair from Jan. 30 to Feb. 1 at Cleveland State University’s Wolstein Center. CMSD eighth-graders will attend the fair with their classmates during the school day so they can browse options and weigh the critical choice of where to attend high school. The fair will be open to families from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 1. Students can attend any school in the District if space is available and, in certain cases, if they meet admissions criteria. Under The Cleveland Plan, a blueprint for education reform in the city, the District lets students choose so they can find the right fit. Choices include a downtown aerospace and maritime high school, and a Campus International High School, which will be based on the successful model of International Baccalaureate education and be located on the campus of Cleveland State University.
PRACTICE ONLINE FOR OHIO STATE TESTS. Students can stay focused during winter break and prepare for the Ohio State Tests by taking online practice exams. Students and parents can find tutorials and work on practice problems by going to https://cleveland.schoolnet.com/outreach/. Click on Student_Parent Ohio State Test Resources along the left and then click on the “practice portal” link.
BECOME A COMMUNITY CLIMATE AMBASSADOR: Apply if you want to learn about how your neighborhood can become greener, healthier, more comfortable in changing weather and climate conditions, and if you are interested in teaching others. Each leader will be compensated in the amount of $750 and will be required to make a commitment of roughly 50 hours between January 2017 and December 2017. Leaders will be required to: attend at least one meeting a month, sometimes more than one; promote programs and projects to gain resident support; identify opportunities for additional peer to peer education and outreach; and attend a meeting on January 17. Applications must be submitted by January 6. For more information, contact Adam Davenport at 216-961-4242 ext.265 at Detroit Shoreway or ADavenport@dscdo.
CLARK AVENUE REHABILITATION PROJECT (Lorain (W. 90th & Clark) to West 41st Street) will be the topic of a Public Information Meeting on Thursday, January 5 from 6-7 pm at the Clark Recreation Center at 5706 Clark Ave. The purpose of this meeting is to present information regarding the construction of the Clark Avenue Rehabilitation Project. The planned work includes the installation of a water main, street rehabilitation; repair of curbs, sidewalks and drive aprons as needed; ADA compliant ramps; catch basins additions; new bicycle facilities; and traffic signals upgrading. The project will begin in February 2017 and is scheduled to be completed in December 2019. The meeting will inform residents and businesses about the specifics of the project and what to expect during construction.
CUYAHOGA COUNTY PROGRESSIVE CAUCUS
CCPC will hold four Regional January Membership Meetings, all with the same agenda. The intent is to have smaller group settings and to provide a meeting location close to where you live. The Northwest Regional Meeting will be held from 7 to 8:30 pm on Thursday, January 12 at the CCPC Westside Office, 11910 Detroit Ave. in Lakewood. Agenda items include: 1) CCPC in 2017, 2) Working inside and outside the County and State Democratic Parties, 3) CCPC endorsement of candidates in 2017, and 4) Emergency response teams when Trump becomes president.
42nd ANNUAL MEETING TO FEATURE NEW DISTRICT ONE POLICE COMMANDER. New District One Police Commander Daniel Fay will be the Keynote Speaker at Cudell Improvement, Inc.’s 42nd Annual Meeting on Wednesday, January 18 at Brennan’s Banquet Center at 13000 Triskett Road. Thanks to generous support from Third Federal Savings & Loan, the meeting is free of charge. The festivities get under way at 6:45 PM and will feature awards, door prizes and a fabulous pizza and pasta bar!
FOOD ASSISTANCE (FOOD STAMPS) is available from the Greater Cleveland Food Bank for individuals in need: with monthly income less than $1276 for 1 person households, to $2628 for 4 person households. For more information, call 216-738-7229 or email AAshraf@ClevelandFoodbank.org. Ask about more detailed information on income guidelines. Help finding medical insurance, hot meals and pantries also available. Spanish interpreter available.
AFTER SCHOOL MEALS: For information on FREE MEALS children in grades K-12 after school Monday- Friday, visit City of Cleveland Recreation Centers Serve After School Meals online (https://clecityhall.com/2016/09/14/city-of-cleveland-recreation-centers-serve-after-school-meals/) or call 216-664-2305 for nonprofit locations.
HEAP WINTER CRISIS PROGRAM can help pay utility bills for families that are income eligible. 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.
WEATHERIZATION PROGRAM for eligible applicants with incomes of $23,760 for one person households, $32,040 for two person households, up to $81,780 for 8 person households. Free services may include furnaces, insulation, hot water tank, refrigerator, and light bulbs. Visit the Cleveland Housing Network website at http://www.chnnet.com/weatherization.aspx for more information and renter and homeowner applications.
LA FIESTA DE REYES: Dia 6 de enero del 2017, hora 6 pm – 9 pm, lugar: 1600 Buhrer Avenue. Llame para Registrarse al: 216-664-6248 o 216-664-3290.
LA VILLA HISPANA. Reunion de Participacion Communitaria. Ven a enterarte, expresatre y ser parte de esto! Jueves 19 de Enero 5:30 – 8:00 pm. The Family Ministry Center at 3389 Fulton Rd. Light dinner will be served. Community Engagement Townhall. Come to find out, express yourself and be part of this! Thursday, January 19 from 5:30 – 8 pm. Sponsored by the Hispanic Alliance (216-661-4249) and Metro West Community Development Organization (216-961-9073).
FREE LEAD HAZARD REPAIRS help protect children. Lead poisoning may cause damage to the brain and nervous system, and result in behavior, learning and other problems in children. Most children with lead poisoning do not look or act sick. To participate in the program, the home must be in the city of Cleveland, be built before 1978, child under the age of 6 must live in or visit the home more than 20 hours each week or have a pregnant woman living in the home, families must be low income, families must be low income (all eligible families get free lead inspection). Landlords are required to pay a minimum of $600 towards the project. For more information and an application, contact: City of Cleveland Lead Hazard Control Program (Brian Kimball at 216-664-4021), Community Housing Solutions (Ms. Gibson at 216-651-0077) or Cleveland Tenants Organization (Fouad Yared at 216-432-0617 ext. 2603).
MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR DAY
VARIOUS MUSEUMS are free to the public with special events on Monday, January 16: The Cleveland Museum of Art (http://www.clevelandart.org), the Cleveland Museum of Natural History (https://www.cmnh.org/discoveryday), and the Cleveland History Center/Western Reserve Historical Society
MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. CELEBRATION CONCERT will be held at Severance Hall in University Circle at 11001 Euclid Avenue on Sunday, January 15. This annual musical performance celebrates the spirit of Dr. King’s life, leadership, and vision with a program of music, song, and community service recognition. Admission is free, but tickets are required. Tickets will be available via clevelandorchestra.com, by calling 216-231-1111 beginning at 9 am on Tuesday, January 3, or by visiting the ticket office, but they usually sell out in less than an hour. There is a 4 ticket limit per household.
ANNUAL CELEBRATION for Stockyards, Clark Fulton, and Brooklyn Centre neighborhoods will be held on Thursday, January 26 from 6-8 p.m. at Stockyard Elementary Auditorium, 3200 W. 65th. RSVP by January 20th to Kristyn at 216-961-9073 x269 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
SWIMMING LESSONS, BALL GAMES AND OTHER SPORTS are available at area Recreation Centers. For more information on sports and recreation, visit Cleveland Department of Public Works at http://www.city.cleveland.oh.us/CityofCleveland/Home/Government/CityAgencies/ParksRecreationandProperties.
THE SOLID WASTE DISTRICT is encouraging residents to green the holidays with easy tips for reducing, reusing and recycling: 1. Use energy-saving holiday lights.
Decorate your house with LED lights that use 90 percent less energy than conventional holiday lights, and save your family up to $50 on your energy bills during the holiday season! 2. Bring broken, burned out holiday lights to the District.
Through January 15, the District will accept broken, burned out or tangled strings of holiday lights for recycling. Simply drop unwanted light strings, power cords and power strips in the marked box in the District’s office lobby at 4750 East 131st Street in Garfield Heights. Hours are Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 3. BYOB (Bring Your Own Bag). During the nation’s busiest shopping season, bring your own shopping bags to reduce waste and free up your home recycling bin. Folded, reusable shopping bags also make great stocking stuffers and gift bags, too. 4. Recycle old cell phones and other electronics at retailer near you. If you are getting or gifting a new smartphone this year, drop off its predecessor at any AT&T, Best Buy, Staples, Verizon or other retailer that offers in-store recycling services. (S ee alos Waste Collection, below). 5. Recycle Gift Wrap & Gift Boxes. Wrapping paper, holiday cards and boxes that are 100 percent paper can be recycled. Recycle the cards and wrappings with your regular curbside paper collection or take it to a local mixed paper drop-off. Do not include foil, plastic coating, ribbon, bows and glitter in your recycle bins. 6. Don’t pitch your Christmas tree – recycle it. While your tree won’t fit in the recycling bin with your newspapers and bottles, you can still recycle it. Many cities in Cuyahoga County offer programs to turn your tree to mulch or wood chips. Visit http://cuyahogarecycles.org/recycling_in_your_community to learn more. For more information on these tips and many more ways to go green this holiday season, visit CuyahogaRecycles.org.
CLEVELAND TENANTS ORGANIZATION provides information on Rental Rights for tenants and landlords in all of Cuyahoga County. Call 216/432-0617 Monday through Friday 9 am-5 pm or visit http://www.clevelandtenants.org.
REPORT “CRIME GUNS“
Cuyahoga County law enforcement and government officials remind all that a hot line is available for people to call to report the so called crime guns to police. The hotline number is 216.241.8477 or 216.241.TIPS. The caller’s identity is never revealed and all calls are anonymous. The opportunity for a cash reward is traced via a numeric code given for each call.
FREE TAX PREPARATION provided at Westshore Neighborhood Family Service Center by Cuyahoga County and the Cuyahoga Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Coalition as part of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program. Westshore NFSC is located at 9830 Lorain Ave. To schedule an appointment go online to www.211oh.org or call 211/United Way. Returns will be prepared and filed by IRS certified tax-preparers and completed while the tax-payer waits. All returns will be screened for eligibility for the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Child Tax Credit. To qualify, tax-payers must have a 2016 earned income less than $53,930, and must be filing a simple return. Tax-payers should remember to bring: Current photo I.D., Social Security cards for each adult and child on the return, W2 and 1099 income statements, child care expense statement and provider’s Tax I.D. Number, Form 1099-INT for any checking or savings accounts as well as bank account and routing numbers for direct deposit. If the taxpayer purchased health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, bring 1099 tax credit from health insurance company. Community members who want to volunteer to prepare taxes can register online at www.refundohio.org. Free training is available to become an IRS certified tax preparer. For more information, please visit http://www.refundohio.org or www.cjfs.cuyahogacounty.us
MONDAY JANUARY 16, MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR DAY means waste collection will be delayed one day all week, Tuesday to Saturday.
BULK ITEM PICKUP is now the 2nd week of the month. You may set out a limit of 3 bulk items 9 appliances, tables, chairs, mattresses and box springs, couches, other furniture, and up to 4 tires. If you need to set out bulk items other than with your weekly pick-up in the 2nd week of the month, you MUST call 216/664-3711 to schedule a pick-up.
YEAR ROUND COMPUTER/CELLPHONE DROP OFF at 3727 Ridge Rd or 5600 Carnegie, 9 am – 3 pm.
YEAR ROUND SHREDDING at 5600 Carnegie, 9 am – 3 pm.
HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE on the First Friday of each month. No latex paint. Do not leave these items at drop off boxes: they must be taken to the service garages on the designated dates. For more information on recycling and waste disposal, visit http://www.clevelandoh.gov/CityofCleveland/Home/Government/CityAgencies/ParksRecreationandProperties/Waste/Cleveland%20Recycles%21/Recycling%20and%20Waste%20Disposal%20Guide