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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. The printing of the Community Board is sponsored by Organize! Ohio through donations from readers and supporters.


YOKO INOUE: Tea Taste Democracy and Upside Down Objects.  Artist in Residence: March 5 – May 12.  Exhibition: May 5 – June 30.  Opening Reception: May 5, 6:00 – 9:00 PM. Press release, images, and caption info may be downloaded here: her SWAP residency at SPACES, Yoko Inoue (Brooklyn, NY) is researching the Japanese art collection of the Cleveland Museum of Art, focusing on how Japanese aesthetics and cultural iconography were integrated into the American economy.  Exploring the museum’s archives pertaining to former CMA director Sherman Emory Lee, Inoue is examining his pivotal role in the valuation of Japanese artifacts and protection of Japanese cultural properties, as a “Monuments Man,” during the post-war US occupation of Japan and the ensuing process of democratization. SPACES is located at 2900 Detroit Ave., in Cleveland, OH. 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


RIVERSWEEP comes to Tremont, Duck Island, Irishtown Bend and 10 other neighborhoods on Saturday, May 13th from 9 am to 11:45 am.  Meet-up, get registered and pickup supplies by the gazebo in Lincoln Park (approx. address 1201 Starkweather) at 8:30 am, then go to various worksites. Volunteer a few hours to help clean up the Cleveland.  Volunteers will receive RiverSweep Brigade t-shirt (while supplies last) and an invitation to an after party featuring live music and food.  For more information, go to


THE GREATER CLEVELAND FOOD BANK can help you apply for SNAP (formerly food stamps), medical or cash assistance.  Find pantries, hot meals, or produce distribution sites in your neighborhood.  Get information about social services that can benefit you and your family. If you don’t meet their income guidelines, they can refer you to another program.  Call 216/738-2067 anytime Monday-Friday 8 am – 5 pm and speak with a Client Help Specialist, or walk in anytime (no appointment needed) the same times at 15500 South Waterloo Rd. in Collinwood.

KIDS’ CAFÉ.  Free healthy, nutritious meals for children, thanks to a partnership with The Greater Cleveland Food Bank. After school, Monday through Friday at the Lorain Branch of the Cleveland Public Library at 8216 Lorain Ave. (216/623-7011).

THE NEAR WEST HUNGER CENTER, administered by the St. Vincent DePaul Society, is located at the St. Patrick’s Club Building at 3610 Bridge. They provide free bags of food on Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 am to 2 pm, and free hot meals Tuesdays and Thursdays at 4:30 pm.  They serve residents of zip codes 44102 and 44113.


GARDENING QUESTION? Call the Master Gardener Hotline at 216/429-8200 ext. 235 on Mondays and Thursdays from 10 am – 1 pm.  The Master Gardeners are also available to answer questions via


The month of May is national LUPUS AWARENESS MONTH. The Lupus Foundation of America, Greater Ohio Chapter (LFA, GOC) will hold the following events during the month of May to raise awareness, fundraise, and better educate the community about lupus.  Saturday, May 6 – Ahuja Lupus Summit (an educational lupus summit held at the Ahuja Medical Center in Beachwood, OH *Funded by the Ohio Commission on Minority Health).  Wednesday, May 10 – World Lupus Day & New Patient Education Class.  Friday, May 19 – POP (Put on Purple) Day. For additional details, location information and registration for any of the following events, please visit: or call 1(888) NO-LUPUS.

MEDWORKS will host a FREE HEALTH CLINIC on Saturday, May 6 from 8am-1pm at Neighborhood Family Practice at 3569 Ridge RoadServices will include: medical exams, bloodwork, dental extractions, HIV testing, colon cancer assessments, mammograms, pap tests.  Make an appointment soon at or 216.201.9325.


Sen. Rob Portman and film Director/Producer Mary Mazzio for the screening of the 2017 film “I Am Jane Doe.”  The film tells the story of the battle that a number of mothers are waging against on behalf of their minor daughters who were victims of sex trafficking on the adult classifieds section of the website. Reception will be held Friday, May 5 at 5 pm to 6 pm, followed by the welcome and 99-minute film and Q&A at The Breen Center at St. Ignatius High School at 2008 West 30th St.  To see the trailer, visit

To register, visit For more information, call 440/872-6500.


IMMIGRATION boosts the US economy:  Undocumented immigrants pay sales tax, property tax, and income taxes; and they contribute to Social Security, Medicare and housing markets.  You can volunteer with an organization that works for local immigrants and works for immigration reform:  Some groups working in NE Ohio are:  InterReligious Task Force on Central America and Colombia, Greater Cleveland Immigrant Support Network, DreamActivist Ohio, Cleveland Jobs with Justice, International Partners in Mission, and Catholic Charities Migration and Refugee Services.  Call or write your congressperson and US Senator:  Capitol Switchboard at 202/224-3121, or or  And follow the conversation with the hashtags:  #NoBanNoWall #OrganizeCLE #EndDetention #EndDeportation #HereToStay #NoMas


PUBLIC INFORMATION OPEN HOUSE about the North Marginal (including Western Avenue) and South Marginal Rehabilitation Project (from West Blvd. to Lorain Ave.) on Wednesday, May 3, 2017 from 6:00-7:30 P.M. at the Willard Breakthrough School, 2220 W. 95th St.   The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the design features of the project. Display boards will be set up for viewing the planned improvements, and handouts will be available describing additional details. The City’s design team will give a brief presentation of the project highlights, followed by a period for questions and open discussion.  Displays will include: Roadway improvements, Traffic improvements, Drainage improvements and Sign-in, community comments and question forms.


THE ALCOHOL, DRUG ADDICTION AND MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES (ADAMHS) BOARD of Cuyahoga County is hosting its third annual Behavioral Health and Human Services Career Fair with area agencies. The event will be held on Thursday, May 18 from 10 am to 2 pm at the Cleveland Airport Marriott, 4277 West 150th, Cleveland, 44135.  To register, go to  Registration is encouraged, but not required.


CARNEGIE WEST LIBRARY of the Cleveland Public Library (CPL) at Bridge and Fulton.  Mobile MakerSpace Demonstration on Tuesday, 5/2 at 4:00 pm: Come see the new TechCentral Mobile MakerSpace and learn about laser engraving and 3D printing technologies at this hour-long session.  Take home a laser engraved or 3D printed keychain.   Introduction to 3D Design using Tinkercad on Tuesday, 5/9 at 4:00 pm: Learn the basics of designing your own unique 3D models using free Tinkercad software. Participants will design a 3D keychain which will be printed and delivered to the library.  No previous 3D design or printing experience is necessary though strong keyboard and mouse skills are required.

CINCO DE MAYO is a gran fiesta and a chance to learn about the history and origin of this Mexican holiday.  Friday, May 5 at 4:30 pm at Lorain Branch of the CPL at 8216 Lorain Ave. (216/623-7011).

COMIC BOOK DAY will be held May 6 starting at 1 pm at the Lorain Branch of the CPL at 8216 Lorain Ave. (216/623-7011). Giveaways (while supplies last), Crafts, Raffle, Costume and Makeup Workshops, Superhero movie and Refreshments. (Coming in Costume is encouraged!)

MOTHER’S DAY presents an opportunity for children to make personalized Mother’s Day cards at the Lorain Branch of the CPL at 8216 Lorain Ave. (216/623-7011) on Tuesday, May 9 at 4:30 pm

FREE YOGA CLASSES Wednesdays and Fridays from 1 pm – 1:45 pm (come anytime) at the Cleveland Public Library Main Library at 325 Superior Ave., CDPL, 3rd floor.


THE ANNUAL OHIO CITY NEIGHBORHOOD CLEANUP DAY is scheduled for Saturday, May 6th, when neighbors will meet at Fairview Park at 11am to get supplies such as trash bags & gloves (and coffee & donuts) and learn about 3 Minute Thursday – a resident-led solution to year-round community cleaning. Participants will break out into groups from 12-3pm to cleanup specified areas in our neighborhood. They will close out the afternoon with a beer and some snacks at the Old Angle. Sign up for the cleanup day at so they know how many volunteers to prepare for.

THE SPECIAL OHIO CITY IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT provides safety and maintenance services through the employment of ambassadors. The boundaries of the new Ohio City Improvement District will nearly double in size and will include new services like district-wide sidewalk snow removal, a late-night safety program, and public realm enhancements. Learn about the Ohio City Improvement District, meet the ambassadors and celebrate the expansion with us May 1st, 5:00-6:30pm, at 2706 Franklin Boulevard. Snacks and light refreshments will be served.


BASEBALL REGISTRATION with Near West Recreation is now open! The deadline to sign up is Wednesday, May 3rd. Near West Recreation offers 4 coed divisions: tee-ball (ages 4 -6), coach pitch (ages 7-8), minor league (ages 9-10) and major league (11-13). The season takes place from mid-May to the end of July. Teams practice once a week, and play games on Saturdays. Cost is $25 per child for tee-ball and coach pitch and $40 per child for minor and major league.  Financial assistance is available.  Week of May 7 – Coaches and Parents Meeting.  Week of May 15 – Practices Start.  Friday, June 2 – Opening Day/Picture Day. Saturday, June 3 – First Saturday of games.  Saturday, July 29 – Last Saturday of games and end of season celebration day.   Coaches needed for all divisions!!! Commitment level is about 3-4 hours per week. To register your children, if you have any questions or would like to volunteer, please contact Keri Palma at or 216-781-3222 x 108.


SENIOR DAY presented by the Cleveland Dept. of Aging is scheduled for Wednesday, May 24 at Cleveland Public Hall at 500 Lakeside Ave. in downtown Cleveland.  Information Fair starts at 10 am, Program at 11 am, Lunch at noon, and Entertainment at 12:30 pm.  All seniors are invited to attend this free event.  For more information, call 216/664-2833 or visit


COMPUTER DROP-OFF.  The city of Cleveland and the Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District have teamed up to recycle unwanted computer equipment from Cleveland residents.  All collected computer equipment will either be upgraded and distributed to schools or recycled.  Year Around Drop Off from Monday through Friday from 9 AM to 3 PM at the Ridge Road Service Station, 3727 Ridge Road.  Accepted are CPUs, monitors, keyboards, computer mice, printers, modems, software, ink cartridges, cell phones.  Not accepted: TV’s and other electronics.  Call 216/664-3717 for additional information.

FREE DOCUMENT SHREDDING.  Residents can drive up and drop off documents or stay and watch the 4,500 pound per hour shredder in action.  Limit 3 boxes or bags per person.  Monday through Friday from 9 am to 3 pm at the Division of Waste Collection, 5600 Carnegie Avenue.  Call 216/664-3717 for more information.


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 30.


GREATER CLEVELAND VOLUNTEERS seeks individuals age 18 years or older to volunteer at nonprofit organizations throughout Cuyahoga County. For a complete list of volunteer opportunities, visit

HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGE STUDENTS CAN VOLUNTEER WITH THE INTERRELIGIOUS TASK FORCE ON CENTRAL AMERICA: Advocacy, nonviolence, education, fair trade, direct action, outreach, prayer, human rights, special events, solidarity, office work, and organizing action groups (Indigenous and Afro-Descendant, environmental human rights, exploited labor, demilitarization and nonviolence, fair trade, and LGBTQ solidarity).  Set your own hours (4-40 hours per week) and the number of weeks. Deadlines:  August 15 for fall semester, December 15 for spring semester and April 30 for summer.  Workshops available. Submit inquiries to, 216/961-0003 or IRTF, 3606 Bridge Ave., Cleveland, OH 44113


HIDDEN IN PLAIN SIGHT is an exhibit created by the Bath and Copley 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 Copley 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.




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