July 2017 – Plain Press Community Board


JULY  2017

The Plain Press Community Board is a listing of a variety of free activities and resources for neighborhoods served by the Plain Press. Printing for it is sponsored by Organize! Ohio through donations from readers and supporters.


WALKABOUT TREMONT.  Art, fashion, music, food and drink, street performers and more from 6 to 10 pm throughout the year. American Classics.  Second Friday of every month, including July 14. Visit walkabouttremont.com for more information.

78TH STREET STUDIOS in DETROIT SHOREWAY on the third Friday of every month with visual arts, music, cuisine, and more.  Runs from 5 to 9 pm at 1300 W. 78th St.  For details, go to 78thStreetStudios.com.

LITERARY CLEVELAND is hosting the third annual Cleveland Inkubator in partnership with Cleveland Public Library from Mon. July 24th – Sat. July 29th.   Cleveland Inkubator a free annual festival for writers and readers, will offer an array of free performances, readings and social events as well as a day-long literary conference with workshops and craft talks on July 29. The full schedule for 2017’s Cleveland Inkubator can be found on http://www.litcleveland.org/cleveland-inkubator.html.

VIBRANT GREEN SPACE PECHAKUCHA will be held on Thursday, July 27 from 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm at Music Box Supper Club at 1148 Main Ave. Join the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability for its 4th annual PechaKucha event. It will include 8-10 dynamic speakers presenting their ideas and obsessions, all around the theme of vibrant green space. PechaKucha is a style of presenting where each person shows 20 images of their work, with each image advancing automatically after 20 seconds.  The event is free with light snacks and a cash bar.


FREE MUSIC LESSONS: Joyful Noise is a non-profit music school that provides free lessons to under privilege students from ages 3 to 18. All of our teachers are volunteers that want to share their talents with others. If you are interested in volunteering your time or registering your child please contact us at 216-952-4398. We are currently located at 3800 Bridge Ave, Cleveland, OH within Westside Alliance Church. Follow us on Facebook for more updates.

FILMMAKING BOOTCAMP will teach you to create your own films and videos.  Spend some time as a director and filmmaker and take home a copy of your film at the end of the season. Space is limited.  The program is limited to 15 participants ages 8 through 18.  Call 216/623-7011 for more information and to register. Mondays through Thursdays July 10-13 and 17-20 at 1 pm at the Lorain Branch of the Public Library at 8216 Lorain Ave.

MEET AND GREET WITH CAPTAIN KEITH SULZER. A book reading and safety discussion for kids with Captain Keith Sulzer who works in Community Policing and with the Cleveland Police Foundation. Friday, July 14 at 1 pm. Lorain Branch of the Public Library, 8216 Lorain Ave. Call 216/623-7011 for more information.


COMMON GROUND brings partners across the region to bring Cuyahoga County residents together on one day this summer to meet, share a meal, connect and discuss what we can do together to create a more equitable and resilient Greater Cleveland.  To participate in a talk about your community and its challenges—or to host a meeting—go to tinyurl.com/commonground17. Scheduled for Sunday, July 30 at 2 pm.

FOR THE LOVE OF CLE:  THE GEOGRAPHY OF GENTRIFICATION will be held Tuesday, July 11, 12 pm – 1 pm, at Cleveland Public Square, Cleveland. Join a community discussion about the pros and cons of development in 2 neighborhoods, Glenville and SoLo (south of Lorain near Ohio City). This event is free and open to the public. Food Trucks will be there if you need lunch.

THE NEIGHBORHOOD LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM is a free 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.   20 committed individuals are chosen for the program year. NLDP participants and graduates are a diverse group with many interests and are working on a wide variety of issues such as program planning, marketing & communications, program fundraising, conflict resolution and negotiation, community engagement methods and more.  Every NLDP participant and NLDP graduate also has ongoing access to the services of a Program Coach. NLDP coaches give advice and support tailored to the needs of the participant. The 16 sessions take place on Saturdays at Trinity Commons at 2230 Euclid Avenue beginning August 26. The deadline for applications is AUGUST 4, 2017. For additional information, the 2017-2018 curriculum and an online application, visit http://www.nldpcleveland.com or call 216-776-6167.

NEIGHBORHOOD UP is a group of Clevelanders who came together to make meaningful change in local communities. For information, visit www.neighborhoodgrants.org

STORY OF SELF: LEARN YOUR SELF-INTEREST will be led by Jerry Pena on July 6 and 27 from 6 to 8:30 pm at Neighborhood Connections (inside the Agora) at 5000 Euclid Ave., Suite 310.  Learn to share your own story in a powerful way so it may empower others to understand their own self-interest and take action. To register online for one of the training sessions, go to www.neighborhoodgrants.org/story/

WESTSIDE NEIGHBORHOOD NETWORK NIGHT is held at Metro West Community Development Office every fourth Thursday of the month (except December and January).  For July location or other information, call Hilda at 216/961-9073 ext. 202 or email habreu@dscdo.org.


Neighborhood enrollment sites open: The sites include Jane Addams Business Careers Center, 2373 E. 30th St., and Patrick Henry School, 11901 Durant Ave., on the East Side, and Orchard School, 4200 Bailey Ave., and Robinson G. Jones School, 4550 W. 150th St., on the West Side. The neighborhood sites will be open through July 28. Hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Students also may be enrolled from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the District’s downtown offices, 1111 Superior Ave. E. Enrollment with bilingual assistance is available from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Thomas Jefferson International Newcomers Academy, 3145 W. 46th St. Required documents include the child’s birth certificate; a complete and up-to-date immunization record; recent report card, transcript or withdrawal form; guardianship documents, if applicable; guardian ID; and proof of address. CMSD permits students to attend any District school if space is available and, in a few cases, they meet admissions criteria. Most schools will begin Aug. 14. For more information, call 216-838-3675.

CMSD is accepting applications for appointments to seats on the District Board of Education.  The four terms expire June 30, 2021.  To be considered, applicants must be residents of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District.  Interested parties can mail their applications to the Nominating Panel at 601 Lakeside Avenue, Room 227, Cleveland, Ohio 44114, attention Monyka Price or drop off applications at City Hall, Room 227.  Applications must be turned in by close of business Friday, July 14, 2017.  To obtain an application please visit www.city.cleveland.oh.uswww.cpl.org, or www.clevelandmetroschool.org or contact City of Cleveland, Chief of Education Monyka Price at 216-420-8087 for more information.  Applications can also be found at branches of the Cleveland Public Library and City of Cleveland Recreation Centers.


FREE MEAL is served by Needs Cleveland on the last Wednesday of the month from 12 noon to 2 pm.  Call 216/400-8213 for location.

MOBILE PANTRY:  FREE FRESH PRODUCE will be distributed at Clifton Early Learning Center (13889 Clifton Blvd. in Lakewood) on Thursday, July 13th from 3 to 4:30 pm and at Gordon Square Early Learning Center (5209 Detroit Ave. in Cleveland) on Saturday, July 29th from 9 to 10:30 am. Rain or shine. Bring your own bag. For details, visit thecentersohio.org.

SUMMER MEAL PROGRAM for children at sites when school is not in session.  FREE.  Call 216/738-7239 or visit GreaterClevelandFoodBank.org to find a site near you and to find out if you are eligible.


NEEDS CLEVELAND offers free clothes and shoes for adults and children, as well as free household items on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:30 to 2:30 pm. No appointment necessary. No income or residency requirements.  5 items person; limit 30 items per visit. Visit as often as you need.  Needs Cleveland also accepts donations that can be dropped off Monday-Thursday from 9:30 am – 3 pm.  Go to 7710 Lorain Ave., call 216/400-8213, email info@needscleveland.org or visit www.needscleveand.org.


OPIOID ABUSE is a topic of presentations at Cleveland Public Library Branches presented by Cleveland Clinic Caregiver and recommended for adults only.  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.  Sessions will be held at the Lorain Branch (8216 Lorain Ave.) on July 13 (www.ccf.org/StartTalkingLorain), Fulton Branch (3545 Fulton Rd.) on July 27 (www.ccf.org/StartTalkingFulton), and South Brooklyn Branch (4303 Pearl Rd) on August 3 (www.ccf.org/StartTalkingBrooklyn).    All sessions are from 6 – 7 pm.  For more information, contact Colleen Jost at 216/448-0258 or jostc@ccf.org

MORE ON HEROIN/FENTANYL ABUSE?  If you are using or even thinking about using, call the Alcohol, Drug Addiction, or Mental Health Services (ADAMHS) Board of Cuyahoga County 24-hour hotline at 26/623-6888. Or visit www.adamhscc.org for information about treatment centers and other information about the heroin epidemic.

THE BUILD HEALTH CHALLENGE:  OUR VILLAGE: HEALTHY HOMES, HEALTHY FAMILIES.  Are you concerned about lead poisoning, asthma/COPD, or related housing issues? For information about keeping your home safe; free resources for landlords, tenants and homeowners; how to talk to your landlord; or making homes in the community safer, call Kim at Environmental Health Watch (216/961-4646 ext. 104) or Jasmin at the Hispanic Alliance (216/961-4249).


FREE INFORMATION ON SOCIAL, HEALTH AND GOVERNMENT RESOURCES 24 hours a day. Call 2-1-1 to get help with food, clothing, housing, and utility assistance; services for older adults and people with disabilities; family support, children and youth services and parenting; substance abuse and mental health treatment; employment programs; tax assistance, budgeting and credit counseling; volunteerism and donation programs; and more.


ADULT SCHOOL CROSSING GUARDS NEEDED:  These paid part-time employees are assigned to crossing guard posts throughout the City of Cleveland. School Crossing Guards are trained and supervised by sworn Cleveland Police Officers. The City welcomes calls from those seeking part-time employment as Crossing Guards. Interviews for these positions are held year-round. For more information, call 216.623.5577Sites include West 41st and Newark Ave., West 38th and Franklin Blvd., West 38th and Woodbine Ave, West 44th and Trenton, Jefferson and Tremont Ave., College and Tremont Ave., Scranton and Clark Ave., and Scranton and Wade Ave.

THE YOUNG ADULT RESOURCE CENTER provides a positive place for people who are 14-24 years old to build skills through training, get support and direction, and help with a path to success. Learn about work in construction, culinary-hospitality, customer service, healthcare and manufacturing industries. Drop-in 9:30 am – 4:30 pm or attend orientations every Monday at 12 noon or 2 pm at 1020 Bolivar Rd, Rm 211.  For more information, call 216/644-3352


FREE LEGAL ADVICE CLINIC will be held at the Lorain Branch of the Cleveland Public Library (8216 Lorain) on Saturday, July 15.  Intake is from 10 – 11 am. All clinics are first come, first served free advice events for low-income individuals with civil legal issues (not criminal).  Please bring all relevant paperwork with you. Or to apply for Legal Aid’s help, new clients can call 216/687-1900 or 888/817-3777.


ART IN THE PARK will be held at Herman Park at W. 59th St and Herman Ave. (Wednesdays July 5, 12 and 19 from 1 – 2 pm) and at Michael Zone at 6301 Lorain Ave. (Mondays July 10, 17, 24 and 31 from 5 – 7 pm).  Also, an Indoor Art Activity will be held at the Lorain Branch of the Cleveland Public Library at 8216 Lorain Ave. (Fridays July 21 and 28 from 1 – 2 pm).  All events are free and open to the public.  Visit www.LAND-studio.org or cleveland4art.weebly.com

EDGEWATER CENTENNIAL FIREWORKS will be held on July 22 from 4 to 11 pm marking the eve of the Cleveland Metroparks 100th anniversary showcasing live local bands, food trucks, and outdoor recreation activities at Edgewater Beach, Lakefront Reservation.  Visit clevelandmetroparks.com.

EDGEWATER LIVE is scheduled for Thursdays through August 10 starting at 4:30 pm and continuing until 9 pm with music, food trucks, recreational activities, and more at the new Edgewater Beach House. For more information, checkout clevelandmetroparks.com.

OHIO CITY STAGES will be hosted by the Transformer Station on Wednesdays in July at 7:30 pm featuring global music artists on a neighborhood stage at 1460 West 29th St. Visit ohiocitystages online.

PAINTING IN THE PARK Family Fun Day Festival will be held on Saturday, July 15 in Lincoln Park-Tremont from 12 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Live painting presentations, various creative art activities for children, teens and adults, food vendors and more. For more information, contact the Coordinator at 216-202-0784.

THE CLEVELAND SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL will present Macbeth on Sat, July 22 at Public Square and Sunday, August 6 at Tremont Lincoln Park, 1208 Starkweather Ave.  All shows start at 7:00 pm and are presented free of charge. Audience members are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets and seat themselves prior to each outdoor performance. For more information about The Cleveland Shakespeare Festival or to get involved, contact us at 440.794.1CSF, email info@cleveshakes.org, find us on Facebook and Twitter, or visit www.cleveshakes.org.

SWINGIN’ SUMMER CONCERTS in the Gazebo at Halloran Park, 3550 West 117th St.

will be presented by Westown CDC. Food trucks and music.  July 23, July 30 and August 6 from 5- 8 pm.  For more information, email info@westowncdc.org

WOW! WADE OVAL WEDNESDAYS in University Circle runs through August  from 6 to 9 pm. For a list of musicians, visit http://www.universitycircle.org/events/2017/06/14/wow-wade-oval-wednesdays

Ward 12 holds Summer Picnic on July 23d: Cleveland’s Ward 12 will hold its first community summertime picnic in many years at historic Lincoln Park in the Tremont neighborhood. It’ll be held from noon to 4pm on Sunday, July 23rd and   is sponsored by Ward 12 Councilman Anthony Brancatelli. Marcy Shannon is event coordinator.  Ward 12 is one of the few wards in the city that encompasses both east and west side neighborhoods, including parts of Slavic Village, Old Brooklyn, and Tremont. Lincoln Park is one of the oldest formal greenspaces in Cleveland, tracing its roots back to the Civil War, when Union soldiers were encamped there. Picnic festivities will include music, games for the kids, and a menu of hot dogs, fried chicken, and soft drinks. Admission is free, but attendees are asked to bring a donation of a side dish or desert, enough to feed 12-15 people. To donate, volunteer, or ask a question, please call Marcy Shannon at 216.341.8725.

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