The Plain Press Community Board is a listing of a variety of free activities and resources for neighborhoods served by the Plain Press. It is sponsored by Organize! Ohio through donations from readers and supporters.
CLEVELAND PUBLIC THEATRE
STEP (Student Theatre Enrichment Program) is an arts-based job training program that engages Cleveland teens from low-income families in an 8-week intensive experience. Students ages 14-19 with little or no previous performance experience are eligible and earn money while learning and practicing valuable job skills and theatre skills. Auditions days and times for the summer program are Saturdays, March 11 and 18 and Sunday March 19th, from 1pm to 4 pm. Expect to stay the full three hours. All dates and times are subject to change. Applicants must have an interest in theatre performance and/or set and construction, and prepare a 1-minute piece (dance, monologue, or song) to be performed at the audition. Call Adam Seeholzer, CPT Education Manager (216/631-2727, ext. 219), with name, phone number and an audition date you will attend. Registration for Youth Opportunities Unlimited (YOU) is strongly suggested to be completed before auditions. To register for YOU, visit http://www.youthopportunities.org
ESPERANZA THREADS’ Vocational Sewing Education Program is located at 1370 West 69th Street. For more information, visit www.esperanzathreads.com or call 216-961-9009.
THE TENTH ANNUAL POLARIS/CUYAHOGA COUNTY CAREER FAIR, hosted by the Cuyahoga Job and Family Services and Polaris Career Center, is scheduled for Wednesday, March 29, 2017, from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. The event will be held at the Polaris Career Center, located at 7285 Old Oak Blvd in Middleburg Hts. Free and open to the public. For additional information, call 216/987-7010 or visit http://www.cjfs.cuyahogacounty.us/.
Winning submissions from EARTH DAY COALITION ‘S Art, Poetry, and Essay Contest 2016 are on display at the Carnegie West Branch of the Cleveland Public Library, 1900 Fulton Road, Cleveland. The display will be up for viewing through Friday, March 31.
BROCHURES for the 2017 ART, POETRY AND ESSAY CONTEST,
will be available online at earthdaycoalition.org and at public libraries around Northeast Ohio. The 2017 celebration year theme is “Vibrant Green Spaces”. For students K-12. Submissions due by March 31. The 2017 winners will be awarded and displayed at EarthFest 2017, on April 22, at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds, Berea. EarthFest event 10 am – 5pm with an awards ceremony at 11am.
GENEALOGY for beginners at Cleveland Public Library. Saturday, March 11 at the Brooklyn Branch at 3706 Pearl Rd, and Saturday, April 8 at Eastman Branch at 11602 Lorain Ave. Both sessions begin at 10:30 am and end at 12 noon. Free and open to all. No registration necessary. For more information, call 216/623-2864, visit www.cpl.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
RED CROSS. March is Red Cross Month, and the American Red Cross is inviting the community to give blood. March 7 from: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.at St Joseph Academy (3430 Rocky River Drive), March 15 from 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. at Metro Health Medical Center (2500 Metrohealth Drive), and March 15 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Senior Health & Wellness Center at MetroHealth Old Brooklyn Campus (4229 Pearl Road). For more information, visit http://www.redcrossblood.org
‘WELCOME TO MEDICARE’’ monthly online webinars are available for Ohioans newly eligible for Medicare in 2017. Medicare experts from Ohio Department of Insurance will cover topics such as Medicare Part A and B benefits, the Part D prescription drug benefit, Medicare Supplement plans, Medicare Advantage plans, financial assistance and key deadlines. To register for one that is convenient for you, visit www.insurance.ohio.gov; click on the Medicare Services tab; then click on the calendar link at the bottom of the page. For additional information please contact the department’s Medicare experts at 1-800-686-1568. Or follow them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/OSHIIP
IMMIGRANT NARRATIVES–written by immigrants from Syria, Iran, Colombia, Poland, China, Azerbaijan and elsewhere, many of whom are not professional writers but have powerful stories to tell – will be heard in front of a live audience during the upcoming Cleveland Humanities Festival. Crossing Borders: Immigrant Narratives, a staged reading of original work sponsored by Lit Cleveland, is set for Saturday, March 18th and Sunday, March 19th at 7 pm in the Cleveland State University student center ballroom at 2121 Euclid Ave, SC 319. For more information on nonprofit Literary Cleveland and upcoming events, check out our website at www.litcleveland.org or follow them on Facebook or Twitter.
“KNOW YOUR RIGHTS” with an Immigration Scholar sponsored by the Greater Cleveland Immigrant Support Network at the Storefront at 4241 Lorain Ave. on Monday, March 13, 2017 at 7 PM – 9 PM. Visit
A talk on ADVANCE PLANNING including powers of attorney and advance directives will be presented at Cogswell Hall at 7200 Franklin Blvd. on Saturday, March 11 at 9:30 am. To RSVP, call 216/961-1568, ext. 312, or email email@example.com.
WALZ BRANCH LIBRARY open house anytime between 4 and 7 pm on Tuesday, March 7 to help kick off the branch’s’ Community Vision Plan at 7910 Detroit Ave. For more information, call 216/623-2832, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.cpl150.org.
OHIO CITY INC’S ANNUAL MEETING is scheduled for Tuesday, March 21 from 5-8 p.m. at Urban Community School, 4909 Lorain Avenue. The event is open to all with a suggested donation of $10 to attend.
OHIO CITY BOARD BOARD OF TRUSTEES candidate applications are being accepted until Marth 10th at 5 p.m. The election will be held on Tuesday May 2nd. To access an application visit ohiocity.org/board.
2018 YOUNG ARTISTS COMPETITION, sponsored by the Cleveland International Piano Competition (CIPC), is scheduled for May 30 – June 9, 2018 for students ages 12 through 17. (Eligibility is determined by age as of June 9, 2018.) Students will be invited to participate following a rigorous, worldwide preliminary screening round. For more information, visit https://www.clevelandpiano.org/competitions/young-artists/.
CHILDREN AND TEENS: The application deadline for the Jon Peterson Special Needs Scholarship Program, for students who have a current Individualized Education Program (IEP), is April 15. Students applying for a Cleveland Scholarship and EdChoice Scholarship, for K-12 students, must apply before April 30. Income-Based Scholarships are an option for students entering K-grade 4. The deadline is also April 30. A second application window for the EdChoice and Income-Based scholarships will open on July 1.Income-Based Scholarships are an option for students entering K-grade 4. The deadline is April 30. Families who have questions about scholarship eligibility, the programs, or any of the other education options available to Ohio students can contact School Choice Ohio at 1-800-673-5876 or visit www.scohio.org
THE CLEVELAND FOUNDATION’S SCHOLARSHIP LIST is for Greater Clevelanders who aspire to begin, or continue, post-secondary educational pursuits—whether for college or university courses or training for recognized occupations. The application period will conclude at close of business, March 15. More information and a comprehensive list of our available scholarships may be viewed at https://www.clevelandfoundation.org/scholarships/scholarships-overview/.
FROM SLAVE TO CRIMINAL WITH ONE AMENDMENT, THE 13TH. A documentary exploring race, and the criminal justice system. Free screening and post-film discussion. Thursday, March 23 at 6 pm at Near West Theatre at 6702 Detroit Ave.
UNDERGROUND RAILROAD: Cleveland Public Theatre and over 50 partner organizations and 250+ individual artists will launch the 4th annual Station Hope on the historic grounds of St. John’s Church in Ohio City—the city’s first authenticated Underground Railroad site—for a festival of art, music and performance inspired by current day social justice issues. We are expecting upwards of 3,000 visitors to the historic site, to enjoy live performance throughout multiple buildings and the surrounding blocks. Saturday, April 29th, 6:00 pm at 2600 Church Avenue. No tickets needed. The family-friendly event is FREE AND OPEN TO ALL. For more information, visit http://www.cptonline.org/performances/seasons/2016-2017/station-hope-2017/
CAMP FORBES is open to any Cleveland resident between the ages of 9 and 13 for one week each (Monday through Friday). Free of charge. Registration deadline is May 31. Applications are available at Cleveland recreation centers (call 216/664-2561 for a list). To register parents must come to center, with the child’s birth certificate, immunization records and current utility bill (bill must be within last 3 months). Michael Zone Recreation Center is going from June 26-June 30th!