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June 2017 Community Board


JUNE 2017

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 BAZAAR. Shop with talented local handmade vendors, grab groceries at the West Side Market or lunch on West 25th.  The bazaar will be in the park the first and third Saturdays all summer long, including June 3 and 17 from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm at Market Square Park at W25th & Lorain. Visit

LA PLACITA: An open-air market celebrating our neighborhood’s rich Latino culture. Saturday, June 10 from 1- 10 p.m. in La Villa Hispana at the US Bank Lot 3104 W. 25th. (Just South of Clark Avenue). Live entertainment, traditional food, artisan vendors.

CUDELL FINE ARTS CENTER, located at 10013 Detroit Avenue, is a dynamic place for neighborhood stakeholders to learn all about the fine and cultural arts.  There are classes for adults, children and families.  Most are free for Cleveland residents or have a small materials/participation fee.  Examples of offerings include: Family Arts & Crafts; Family Clay; Open Studio Arts for all ages; and many, many classes for children ages 8 – 17.  Call 216. 664.4183 or 216.664.4103 for the Summer Schedule that starts in early June.

TWILIGHT TOURS AND TASTINGS on June 2 from 6 – 9 pm. Celebrate art in Hingetown at the Transformer Station and SPACES.  Enjoy the latest exhibitions “First 100 days,” “Tea Taste Democracy & Upside Down Objects,” and “THEM! Photographers/Musicians” while sampling some of the area’s finest. Portside Distillery will host a tasting of their rums featured alongside cheese pairings from Astoria Café and Market. This is a free event; RSVP on Must be 21 or older.  Gallery tours: Transformer Station (1460 West 29th St. – 216/938-5429) – 6:30 pm and 7:30 pm, and SPACES (2900 Detroit Ave.-216/621-2314) – 7:15 pm and 8:15 pm.  More information about the exhibitions can be found at and


THE VARIETY THEATRE, 11815 LORAIN AVENUE, will host American Pickers star Mike Wolfe, on June 7 from 2-4 p.m. The Variety Theatre restoration is the late 2016 winner of the This Place Matters Campaign Contest put on by TV’s American Pickers star Mike Wolfe, Team Antique Archaeology, & The National Trust For Historic Preservation, Wolfe will appear at The Historic Variety Theatre to support its restoration. To help celebrate, The Dave Sterner Trio will be playing this open to the public, free event, sponsored by Westown CDC.


CALL 2 – 1 – 1.  United Way 2 – 1 – 1 provides help when you need it.  Dial three numbers 2 – 1 – 1 and a compassionate professional will help you understand, find and access community resources 24 hours a day, every day.  2 – 1 – 1 can provide guidance and information about: employment services, food, housing and utility assistance, counseling services, drug and alcohol treatment, legal services, veterans services, tax preparation assistance and health care.  
This is a free service.  Call 211 or go to


West Side Catholic Center’s EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM assists all people in transition from initial assessments to interviews. The two-week program will prepare you for longer term employment and career paths, all in a one-on-one environment. With daily attendance in the classes, the placements into jobs or training programs is about a 95% success rate.   Classes run from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm Monday thru Friday and with continuation of training/tutoring Tuesday through Thursday 1:30 -3:30 pm.  Ohio’s new Workkeys Assessment (another job matching opportunity) is every Wednesday from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Questions?  Call Frank Johanek, Economic Opportunities Manager, 216-631-4741 ext. 167


FORUM ON TRANSPORTATIONIN NE OHIO: Where’s the Equity?  – Wednesday, June 14, from 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm, at Urban  Community School, 4909 Lorain Avenue. Ginger Christ, Plain Dealer reporter, will moderate.  Panelists include: Derek Bauman, vice chairman, All Aboard Ohio; Grace Gallucci, executive director, NOACA (Northeast Ohio Area wide Coordinating Agency); Hunter Morrison, senior fellow, Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs; Akshai Singh, member, Clevelanders for Public Transit.  Free and open to the public, but registration is recommended –
SIERRA CLUB’S READY FOR 100 CAMPAIGN DIALOGUE GATHERING will be held Fridays at 2 pm, starting June 2nd at St. Paul Community Church, 4427 Franklin Blvd.  They are for Cleveland residents and will meet for two-hours each week for 4 weeks. Each session will be co-facilitated by trained volunteers with a commitment to engaging group participants to listen and share. The dialogue gatherings will be about clean air, preserving Lake Erie and drinkable water, affordable electricity bills, your child’s health and future, and eliminating toxic landfills in our community. Come join the conversation and help shape a healthier more vibrant future for our city. Register at or contact Jocelyn Travis at  or 216 926 6535.

SUSTAINABLE CUYAHOGA will be held on Wednesday, June 21 at 7 pm at St Christopher Church (Mary Room), 20141 Detroit Ave, Rocky River. Join Mike Foley, Executive Director of the Cuyahoga County Department of Sustainability, as we learn about local sustainability issues. This event is sponsored by the West Side Creation Care Team, the Cuyahoga County Department of Sustainability, St. Christopher Social Action Committee, and others.


THE CUYAHOGA COUNTY FATHERHOOD INITIATIVE will be holding its 13th Annual Fatherhood Conference on Friday, June 16th from 8:00 am until 4:00 pm at the Wyndham Hotel at Playhouse Square, 1260 Euclid Avenue.  The conference will once again consist of a Resource Fair, an Opening Plenary Session, a Town Hall Meeting, an Awards Luncheon and Educational workshops.  The keynote speaker at the Awards Luncheon will be Reverend Dr. Stephen Rowan, Pastor of Bethany Baptist Church in Cleveland and a long time outstanding community advocate.  Register on the Cuyahoga County Fatherhood Initiative’s website at  Call the Fatherhood Initiative office at 216-348-3967 with any questions or concerns.

FATHER’S DAY WALK HONORING JUDGE RAYMOND L. PIANKA is scheduled for Sunday, June 18. 2:00 pm – Kickoff and brief remarks at the Franklin Reading Garden (corner of West 65th and Franklin Boulevard).  2:00- 4:00 pm – Historic walking tour of Cleveland’s Detroit Shoreway neighborhood.  4:00-5:00 pm – Lemonade and cookies at the Reading Garden.


FREE MEALS for Cleveland Metro School District and other students younger than 18 are being served at CMSD schools. Lunch will be served at Joseph Gallagher, Marion Seltzer, Charles Mooney on Monday thru Friday from 11:30a.m. – 1:30 p.m. through July 28th. Lunch will be served at Lincoln West, Luiz Munoz Marin, and Walton schools from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on M-F thru August 11. Clark School will serve dinner from 4-6:30 p.m. M-F thru July 28th. For a list of other school locations and times, visit

VEGFEST will be held on   Saturday, June 3, 2017, 11 am – 7 pm at Huntington Convention Center, 300 Lakeside Ave East, in downtown Cleveland.  The Cleveland Vegan Society and Jakprints present this FREE event hosting a fabulous array of nationally regarded, dynamic speakers. They’ll share information on all aspects of vegan living ranging from our treatment of animals and the environment to presentations on sustainable food production and social justice, as well as cutting-edge nutrition advice and engaging food demonstrations. For more information, visit


Start Talking! Rx Opioid Abuse on Tuesday, June 27th at 6:00 p.m. at the Carnegie West Branch of the Cleveland Public Library, 1900 Fulton Rd: Learn how to safeguard your home by properly securing and disposing of medicine, recognizing the signs and symptoms of abuse, and knowing how to talk to your kids about the risks of abusing prescription medicine.  This program is presented by a Cleveland Clinic Caregiver and is recommended for ADULTS ONLY.

FREE DENTAL CARE FOR ALL sponsored by Medworks on June 23 and 24 starting at 7 am at the Cleveland Convention Center at 300 Lakeside Ave. East in downtown Cleveland.  First come, First Served, Arrive Early. Adult services: screenings, extractions, cleanings. Children services: sealants.  100% free. No questions asked. Call 216/201-9325 or visit for more information.

HEALTHY STRIDES every Saturday through July from 9 – 10:15 am at Lutheran Hospital at 1730 West 25th St.  Combines a casual 1-3 mile walk, preceded by a brief, informative health talk led by Cleveland Clinic physicians and caregivers. Topics change each week based on the leader’s specialty and suggestions from participants. All members of the community are welcome. Free to attend and park. Light refreshments will be provided after the walk. For more information or to register, email Janice Gonzalez at or call 216.363.2019.

HEALTHY YOU, HEALTHY FAMILIES:  What Moms, Dads, Grandmas, Grandpas and Babysitters Need to Know About Safe Baby Care!  The program features discussions with local health experts, informational booths and resources. Our learning stations include:  Safe Sleep: The ABC’s of Infant Sleep, Dad’s Boot Camp: Father’s Role in Baby’s Health, Infant Safety: Home and Car Seat Safety, Breastfeeding and Nutrition: Making Sure You and Your Baby are Eating Right, Family Planning: Spacing Pregnancies to Prevent Prematurity, Infant CPR: The Basics of Resuscitation.  On Friday, June 9 from 12 to 2 pm at Riverside Park Community Center – 17800 Parkmount Avenue, Cleveland  44135.  To register, visit or call Rosemary Miles, RN at 440.331.0618.  FREE lunch, door prizes, and a chance to win a pack and play!


IRISHTOWN BEND.  A public meeting will be held on June 20 at the Breen Center at St. Ignatius at 5:30pm. This will be an opportunity for public feedback on design concepts presented by Michael Baker International and CMG. This will
be a more formal presentation with a chance for public input on design ideas. The last public meeting in this design phase will be held August 31 at [location TBD] @ 5:30pm. This will be an opportunity to review the final design presentation before the partners and design team present to Cleveland City Planning.


THE NEIGHBORHOOD LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM is seeking applicants. It is a free, 16 session community engagement training program for residents of Cleveland, and its inner ring suburbs, who are working on projects within the City of Cleveland and who are determined to make a positive impact on their communities. Deadline to apply is August 4th.For additional information, the 2017-2018 curriculum and an online application, visit or call 216-776-6167.

NEIGHBORHOOD NETWORK NIGHT is a growing network of neighbors, civic and grassroots leaders who work together to make progressive changes in the Cleveland West Side neighborhoods. These meetings are an opportunity to discuss issues affecting the community, and how we can make changes through collaboration and partnership. Meetups are held on the 4th Thursday of every month. For location and more information, contact Hilda at


LITTLE FREE LIBRARY at the Baltic Children’s Park is again ready for books! Suitable children’s reading material may be dropped off at the Cudell offices at 9821 Lorain Ave · or placed in the LFL itself.  For more information, call (216) 228-4383.

FREE SUMMER READING CLUBS will be held at Cleveland Public Libraries for teens, children, and families.  For more information and to register, visit

Read to the Beat returns for two sessions on Wednesday mornings, 10:15-10:45 and 10:45-11:15, June 14th to July 19th at the Carnegie West Branch of the Cleveland Public Library, 1900 Fulton Rd: An innovative program that utilizes a music therapist and music educators from the Cleveland Music Settlement to teach literacy skills to preschool children through the use of music.

AT THE CARNEGIE WEST BRANCH of the Cleveland Public Library at 1900 Fulton Rd.:  African American Heritage Online on Monday, June 5th at 5:00 p.m. (Explore African American history resources online using Cleveland Public
Library databases and selected historical research collections.)  Making Tunes: Making Composition on Monday, June 12th at 5:00 p.m. (Learn to create simple pieces of music using notes and chords with the free, browser-based Online Sequencer tool.  Compose, share and save your own music.)  Please call the library at 623.6927 to register for these free computer classes:  Digital Darkroom on Monday, June 19th at 5:00 p.m. (Upload your personal photos to and use traditional darkroom techniques to manipulate color, contrast and size of your photos.  Create interesting images for blogs and social media and prepare your photos for high quality printing.)
Tinkercad Basics on Monday, June 26th at 5:00 p.m. (Learn how to design unique 3D models using free Tinkercad software.  No previous 3D design or printing experience is necessary.)   For more information, call 216.623.6927, email or visit


PRIDE in the CLE (SM) is a week long celebration of LGBTQ+ visibility in Cleveland that concludes on Sunday, June 4th, with a featured march and festival on Saturday, June 3rd.  The march will step off at 12:00 pm at Willard Park and lead to a festival at Cleveland’s Public Square at 1 pm.  Free, family friendly, donation suggested.  Visit for a full listing of events.


MAYOR’S RACE: Meet the Mayoral Candidates for an open discussion with residents, hosted by Ward 14 Democratic Club on June 26 at 6 pm at Gargano’s Restaurant, 3484 W. 25th St. Free and open to the public, parking in the rear of the building. Hosted by Cuyahoga County Progressive Caucus and Ward 14 Democratic Club.

REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE for Mayor of Cleveland, Laverne Jones Gore, will be the guest of The Cleveland Conservative Network on Wednesday, June 7th at Mount Calvary Lutheran Church, 12826 Lorain Avenue at 7 p.m.


The Ohio Minority Engineering Student Scholarship Program offers four $2,500.00 scholarships on an annual basis to students enrolled in accredited Ohio colleges or universities in a civil engineering program.  The scholarships are open to Black/African decent freshman and upper classmen (not graduate students). To be eligible for the OMESSP, applicants must meet the following requirements. The 2017 application process is currently open on a rolling basis with award cycles beginning in May, August and January. Applicants can view program details, past recipients and complete the application form online at For additional information, contact Ami Williams at New Visions Group, 614-280-1299 or The purpose of the OMESSP is to foster minority students majoring in civil engineering through mentorship and financial assistance and possible internship opportunities.


ciCLEvia will take place on June 4 from 1 to 5 pm on West 25th Street from MetroHealth Blvd. to Wade Avenue.  Everyone is welcome!  Some streets will be closed to cars and open to people to play, walk and ride bikes for free.  Participate in fun activities and games all through the day no matter your age or ability.  At 1 pm, a prayer walk; at 2 pm a Bike Parade; at 3 pm a dog walk; and at 4 pm a Mercedarian Walk. For more information, get involved or volunteer, call Emma at 216/512-0253 or email or visit

Edgewater LIVE presented by Cuyahoga Community College will once again rock the lakefront this summer. The Thursday night concert series will run for ten consecutive weeks June 8 – August 10. Guests can expect to enjoy live musical performances, an array of local food trucks, recreational activities, and a couple of new additions. New this year, the event will kick off at 4:30 p.m. on the Centennial Plaza at the new Edgewater Beach House with performers from the Tri-C Creative Arts Program. Then from 6 – 9 p.m., this region’s favorite headlining acts perform on the RTA Main Stage. Grab a bite to eat from a rotating lineup of more than a dozen local food trucks each week, and enjoy a new view on happy hour from the second level of the Beach House featuring spectacular views of Lake Erie and Cleveland’s skyline.  On June 8, Faction will perform; June 15, Breakfast Club; June 22, The Caliber Band; June 29, Shout! For more information, visit

PARADE THE CIRCLE presented by the Cleveland Museum of Art on Saturday, June 10 from 11 am to 4 pm on Wade Oval in University Circle.  Rain or shine.  Free kids’ activities, live music, food and beverages, beer and wine garden.  More information at, and #paradethecircle.

ROCK HALL COMMUNITY EVENTS & FAMILY FUN.  Bring the entire family down for plaza events throughout the summer. A few of the free events on the outdoor main stage include:  June 3: Hungry for Music – music instrument drive that benefits local kids and June 7: Prince Day – celebrating the artist’s legacy with DJs, air guitar contest, and more. At 1100 Rock and Roll Blvd. at East 9th and Lake Erie.  Call 216/781-ROCK (7625) or visit

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