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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.


HOW TO LET GO OF THE WORLD AND LOVE THE THINGS CLIMATE CAN’T CHANGE Film Screening   Saturday, April 29, 2017, 6:30 pm.  West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church, 20401Hilliard Blvd, Rocky River.

LIVING GREEN SPEAKER SERIES: Public Utilities Commission of Ohio   Wednesday, April 5, from 7 pm to 9 pm, Highland Heights Community Center, 5827 Highland Road, Highland Heights.   A representative from the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio will be presenting on all things utilities: Energy Choice, NOPEC, consumer protection tips, energy efficiency tips and much, much more. Bring your bills
and any questions, complaints, concerns you have with your current utility services. Free.

MARCH FOR SCIENCE CLEVELAND is scheduled for Saturday, April 22, at 9 am, Public Square, Cleveland. Find details at March for Science   Saturday, April 22, Washington DC.  More information is at Fee for transportation to Washington, DC. MARCH FOR SCIENCE SIGN MAKING PARTY on Thursday, April 20 from 7 to 10 pm at Euclid Tavern, 11625 Euclid Ave. in University Circle

MEAT-FREE MONDAY Every day, meat production uses tremendous amounts of water and is one of the greatest sources of methane emissions.  Methane is 80%-100% more potent as a greenhouse gas than carbon in a 20-year time-period. Find more information about Meat-Free Mondays at: .

RECYCLING.  WANT TO DONATE specific items or household goods? Use the Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District’s “What Do I Do With?” search engine (at to find an organization that accepts donations of usable goods.   View and print a PDF of Pass It On: A Resource-Full Guide to Donating Usable Stuff. Request a hard copy (one per person) via our Publication Request Form or by calling 216.443.3749.

THE CLEVELAND SEED BANK was initiated as a response to the unprecedented loss of the planet’s biological diversity and alarming increase in multinational, corporate agriculture. Through diligent seed stewardship, we can begin to safeguard and restore the biological diversity that is vital for sustainable agriculture in the United States and around the world.  Area Seed Banks are at the Cleveland Public Library branches Carnegie West (1900 Fulton Rd., 216/623-6927) and Lorain (8216 Lorain Ave., 216/623-7011), as well as the Main Library’s Science and Technology Department, Louis Stokes Wing, 3rd floor, 325 Superior Ave. (216/623-2932)


ARTISTS RESPOND TO PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP’S FIRST 100 DAYS IN OFFICE.   Exhibition dates: May 5 – June 30, 2017.  Opening reception: May 5, from 6 pm to 9 pm.  The First 100+ Days is an exhibition comprised of Ohio-based artists’ responses to the initial phase of Trump’s presidency, specifically about his immigration policy. The artworks feature stories from immigrant and refugee communities in the US, address the practical application of this administration’s direction, consider how the media influences our political discourse, and capture the radical potential of artistic activism. SPACES is located at 2900 Detroit Ave. Gallery hours are Tuesday – Sunday: 12 – 5 p.m., and the gallery is open until 8 p.m. on Thursdays. Admission during regular gallery hours is free and open to the public. For more information, visit, call 216.621.2314, or email

BUILDING BRIDGES: Fixing the Immigration Issue and Strengthening U.S.-Mexico Relations.  Monday, April 3rd, 5:00 pm-6:00 pm at Case Western Reserve University, Tinkham Veale University Center Ballroom, 11038 Bellflower Road.  Free and open to the public. REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Register at

THE COLOR OF CREATION AND THE CREATION OF COLOR: Making Art in Ancient Egypt. On Wednesday, April 12th, 5:30 pm-6:30 pm at Recital Hall, Cleveland Museum of Art, 11150 East Boulevard, University Circle. Free and open to the public.  Registration recommended. Register at

GENEALOGY for beginners at Cleveland Public Library.  Saturday, April 8 at Eastman Branch at 11602 Lorain Ave., beginning at 10:30 am and ending at 12 noon. Free and open to all. No registration necessary. For more information, call 216/623-2864, visit or email

JEWS AND JAZZ: Improvising Ethnicity – A Talk with Charles Hersch. On Thursday. April 6th, 5:00 pm-6:00 pm at Case Western Reserve University, Clark Hall Room 206, 11130 Bellflower Road.  Refreshment reception will take place before the talk.  Free and open to the public.

“UNDERSTANDING THE GLOBAL REFUGEE CRISIS and its Impact on Cleveland,” a Reflection program after a free soup dinner, is scheduled at St. Augustine Church at 2486 West 14th St. in Tremont on Wednesday, April 5th.  Soup dinner at 5:30 pm and the presentation about 6:15 pm. For more information, contact Sue McGinn at or 216/262-2575


BETWEEN THE LINES: WRITING ABOUT RACE, a critical discussion of A Race Anthology: Dispatches and Artifacts from a Segregated City, will be held on Tuesday, April 18 at 7 pm at the Happy Dog at the Euclid Tavern at 11625 Euclid Ave. in University Circle.

INTRODUCTION TO WRITING PERSONAL ESSAYS, led by Lee Chilcote, is scheduled for the Third Saturdays of the month from April 15 to September 16 at the Carnegie West Branch of the Public Library at 1900 Fulton Rd.  Writers of all levels and backgrounds are welcome.

A PUBLIC POETRY WORKSHOP with Damien Ware will be held on Saturday, April 8 from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm at the Literature Dept. of the Main Cleveland Public Library at 325 Superior Ave., 2nd floor. Writers of all levels and backgrounds are welcome. Please bring 10-15 copies of a poem.

A WORKSHOP ON SPEED BUILDING SHORT STORIES (Session 1) with Eric Anderson is scheduled for Saturdays April 1, 8 and 15 from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm. In this three-week workshop, participants will engage in writing exercises designed to quickly develop the elements of short fiction.  Session 2 will be held April 22 and 29 and May 6. Cleveland Public Library Jefferson Branch, 850 Jefferson Ave.

For more information on the above free classes and to register, visit


“Welcome to Medicare” events are sponsored by the Ohio Department of Insurance. Department Medicare experts will cover topics such as Medicare Part A and B benefits, Part D prescription drug coverage, Medicare Supplement plans, Medicare Advantage plans, financial assistance and key deadlines. The events run April 4 to June 21. People who have enrollment questions can also contact the department at 1-800-686-1578 or call 1-800-MEDICARE. Coverage enrollment can be completed at


COMMUNITY SOLUTIONS AND MASS INCARCERATION: with the viewing of the documentary “13th” about exploring race and the criminal justice system. All ages.  Presented by the Cleveland Community Police Commission and sponsored by Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ).    On Tuesday, April 4th from 6 pm to 8:30 pm. at the ADAMHS Board in the Ohio Room, 6th floor at 2012 West 25th St.  Doors open at 5:30 pm. Parking available. Visit Also showing at Thursday, April 13 at 6:00pm at 4800 Dennison Ave.   Hosted by Stockyards Connections and POPCE.   Light refreshments will be served.

CLEVELAND COMMUNITY POLICE COMMISSION (CPC) monthly meetings are held on the 4th Tuesday of the month at the Jerry Sue Thornton Center at 2500 East 22 St.  6 pm – 8:30 pm.   Visit

PRISONS FOR PROFITS: An Evening of Documentary and Discussion Wednesday, April 19 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm @ Lakewood Public Library, 15425 Detroit Ave. Lakewood. It has been over five years since Ohio made history with the first sale of a state prison to a private company, and the results have been disastrous. Step inside the world of prison privatization and engage in a dialogue with ACLU of Ohio staff who are leading the fight against prisons for profit. This event is free and open to the public. To RSVP, please visit  to complete the online form. Questions: Email or call (216) 472-2220. Please contact us to request ADA accommodations for any event.


KICKOFF TO IMPROVE PUBLIC TRANSIT with Transit Center on Wednesday, April 5, at 7 pm – 8:30 pm, Market Garden Brewery, 1947 West 25Th St.  Panel discussion moderated by Bethia Buke from the Fund for our Economic Future. Visit


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!


TAX DAY MARCH FOR PEOPLE, PEACE AND PLANET: Fund People’s Needs Not Corporate Greed – On Saturday, April 15.  Meet at the Free Stamp / Willard Park, Cleveland.  Meet and Rally at 11 am. At 11:30 am, proceed to and encircle the Federal Building. From noon to 1 pm, march to CSU.  There will be food and tabling at the CSU atrium. Bring letters to deliver to Senators Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman
with your messages on how you’d like to see your tax money spent. We will also have paper and pens at the march to write letters. More information at:

TAX DAY MARCH SIGN MAKING PARTY will be held Sunday, April 9 from 2 to 4 pm.  West Side Location:  CCPC Office, 11910 Detroit Ave. Lakewood. They’ll have some markers and posters, but if you can bring your own and maybe some to donate that would be great!

LETTER DELIVERY.  The letters will be delivered on Tax Day April 18,10:45 am – Gather in front of Federal building to deliver letters to Portman’s office.  12:30 pm – Meet in front of the federal courthouse to deliver letters to Brown’s office.


CLEVELAND MUNICIPAL COURT TOWN HALL MEETING: Tuesday, April 4 at 7 p.m. at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, 1355 W. 70th. Learn about programs designed to help you or your family: Drug Court, Veterans’ Treatment, Community Court, Human Trafficking, Mental Health and Domestic Violence.


TREMONT WEST is hiring Vista Workers for one-year positions (deadline April 10) and 10-week summer associates (deadline April 17).  For more information and to apply, visit For information on positions at other Community Development Organizations, see


HIDDEN IN PLAIN SIGHT is an exhibit created by the Bath and Copely Township Police Departments.   The departments constructed what appears to be at first glance the bedroom of an average teenager.  The audience is encouraged to explore and interact with items in the display which may be indicative that a teenager is involved in substance abuse, underage drinking, eating disorders, sexual activity and more.  “Hidden in Plain Sight” will be on display at the Hispanic UMADAOP Youth Center, 3115 Scranton Road, Cleveland on May 17.  Doors open for browsing at 5:45 p.m. with presentations by Bath and Copely Township and Cleveland City Police Departments beginning at 6:30 p.m.  The exhibit is open to adults only.  There is no charge for admittance.  For further information, contact Nelson Ramirez, Hispanic UMADAOP at (216) 459-1222.

YOUTH PAGES FOR CUYAHOGA TEENS comes as a free app for your mobile device. Visit or call 211.


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