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.
COMPUTER CLASSES offered at Cleveland Public Library branches include “Computer Basics: Organizing Files” at Brooklyn Branch (216/623-6920) at 3706 Pearl Rd. on Monday, August 21 at 11:15 am. Classes at South Branch (216/623-7060) at 2704 Clark Ave., are all on Thursdays at 5 pm: “Search the Web” on August 10, “Buying and Selling Online” on August 17, and “CPL and your Device” on August 24. To register call or stop in at your local branch.
MICROSOFT EXCEL CLASSES AT THE CARNEGIE WEST BRANCH of the Cleveland Public Library, 1900 Fulton Road: Microsoft Excel I on Friday, August 4th 11:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.: Learn how to enter and edit data and perform simple tasks; Microsoft Excel II on Friday, August 11th 11:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.: Learn how to create calculations in your worksheet; Microsoft Excel III on Friday, August 18th 11:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.: Learn to format and change the appearance of data and your worksheets; use sorting & filtering and find & replace; Microsoft Excel IV on Friday, August 25th 11:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.: Learn how to create charts based on your data. For more information call 216-623-6927.
MERRICK HOUSE ADULT EDUCATION. Prepare for the GED test and post-secondary education, become workforce ready, learn new technology skills, and enroll in distance learning. Attend for free. To register, you must attend a two-morning orientation the first two Fridays of every month from 9 am to 12 noon. Please arrive promptly at 9 am. Class schedule after orientation is Monday through Thursday from 9 am to 12 noon and 12:30 to 3 pm, and Tuesday and Thursday from 6 to 8 pm. For more information, visit Merrick House’s Facebook page at Merrick House Adult Education.
SEEDS OF LITERACY conduct free Adult Basic Education and GED Classes including one-to-one tutoring, learning at your own pace, and a friendly and relaxed place to learn at 3104 West 25th St., 3rd Floor near Clark Ave. Call 216/661-7950 or visit www.seedsofliteracy.org.
ARTS AND CULTURE
THE NEW ARTIST-IN-RESIDENSE PROGRAM is one of Gordon Square’s strategies to support artists and arts initiatives within the Gordon Square neighborhood. Gordon Square Arts District is now accepting applications for its first Artist-in-Residence. The organization plans to select a new artist each quarter over the next year. The first artist selected will focus on the visual arts and submit a program proposal that will further connect the local community with the arts. GSAD will support the residency through an artist stipend of $5,000, project costs, and access to the Gordon Square Art Space micro-gallery at 1386 West 65th Street. Interested artists need to submit a completed application form by August 6, 2017 at 12 noon. Send questions to email@example.com.
AN ARTIST REGISTRY is being developed by Gordon Square Arts District (GSAD) in partnership with the Artist’s Trust. They will create a searchable database of artists who live or work in Gordon Square can have input on neighborhood initiatives, events and design concepts. The Artist’s Trust collaboration will include Cleveland neighborhoods and cities throughout the region. GSAD needs your help to collect artist information. Information provided will be utilized in the searchable artist registry they are building. Easy to complete postcards can be dropped off at your location(s) or you can help by sharing this https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScVH7dClnxmSuXc00EaNcA-T2X8-lAUwQNoDES2nDv7E_KDQg/viewform.
SECRET CLEVELAND: A GUIDE TO THE WEIRD, WONDERFUL AND OBSCURE: Meet the authors, Teb Thompson and Tonya Prater of this newly released book on Thursday, August 17 at 1.p.m. at the Carnegie West Library, 1900 Fulton Road. The authors will share travel tips, fun “secrets” about Cleveland and a bit of fun and games at the Carnegie West Library–learn why the library is in the book too! Q&A with the authors afterward as well as the opportunity to purchase an autographed copy of the book. Children’s activity provided during the presentation. For more information call 216-6236927.
CUYAHOGAKIDS.ORG provides information for families with young children on high quality preschool and child care, fun activities, places to go, learning on the go, resources for your family. Visit the website or text “KIDS” to 898-211 for the link.
SOCCER: Near West Recreation Fall Soccer Registration is now open! Deadline to sign up is August 8. Near West Recreation offers four coed divisions: U6 (ages 4-6), U8 (ages 7-8), U10 (ages 9-10) and U13 (ages 11-13). The season takes place from mid-August to the end of October. Teams practice once a week and play games on Saturdays. Cost is $30 per child – financial assistance is available. To register call 216-781-3222 x 108 or fill out an online form at: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfhMX0e
SUMMER PLAYGROUND CRAWLS: Every Friday at 11 am: August 4th at Herman Park (W. 58th and Herman) and August 11 Nature Hike at Harmody Park (South Hills and Plymoth in Old Brooklyn)
CLEVELAND METRO SCHOOL DISTRICT.
Before the Cleveland Board of Education votes on tax increment financing, or TIF, for a development project, CMSD will inform the public and collect feedback that will guide the decision. The board will vote Tuesday, Aug. 22 to accept or reject tax increment financing for nuCLEus, a proposed downtown development that would include retail shops, restaurants, offices, a hotel, condominiums and apartments. The TIF would allow use of additional property taxes from the project over 30 years to pay for project costs. Public meetings will be held on Thursday, August 3 at 6 pm at New West Tech at 11801 Worthington Ave. and on Saturday, August 12 noon at Patrick Henry School at 11901 Durant Ave. For more information and to complete an online survey, visit http://www.clevelandmetroschools.org/nuCLEus.
CROWD FUNDING YOUR COMMUNITY PROJECT. LAUNCH AND LEARN with ioby leaders @ Moncho’s Bar & Grill (2317 Denison Ave) and build your campaign page so you can start collecting tax deductible donations this month (and start your project this fall)! Ioby brings neighborhood projects to life, block by block. For more information, visit https://www.ioby.org/.
TOWARDS EMPLOYMENT and community partners are recruiting for employment at Metro Health located on Cleveland’s west side to fill open positions starting with wages at $12+/hour. To be eligible you must attend an information session and complete a 2-week, free career readiness training. Chose one of the following information sessions: Tuesday, August 1 from 10 – 11 am at the Cleveland Public Library Jefferson Branch (850 Jefferson Ave.); Tuesday, August 1 from 1 – 2 pm at the Cleveland Public Library Walz Branch (7910 Detroit Ave.); Wednesday, August 2 from 10 – 11 am at Metro West Community Development (3167 Fulton Rd.); or Thursday, August 3 from 10 – 11 am at the Cleveland Public Library Lorain Branch (8216 Lorain Ave.). Call 216/696-5750 to register for an information session. Call today and mention MetroHealth.
TREMONT’S ARTS IN AUGUST includes free theatre, dance and music performances in Tremont’s Lincoln Park at W. 14th and Starkweather. Bring a blanket or chair and a picnic. Verb Ballets is scheduled for August 12 at 8:30pm. For other performances, visit
CiCLEvia (see-CLE-vee-uh) is an open streets movement. Segments of Cleveland streets are temporarily closed to cars and opened for people-powered movement such as biking, walking, dancing, and so much more. ciCLEvia West: August 20 on Detroit Ave. from W. 29th to W. 67th Streets. For more information, visit: http://ciclevia.com/
EDGEWATER LIVE includes a full summer lineup of music, food trucks, yoga and entertainment at Edgewater Beach in Cleveland Metroparks Lakefront Reservation on
Thursdays at 5:00 PM on August 3 (Collage // Rock) and August 10 (The Spazmatics // 80’s & 90’s).
LA PLACITA, hosted by La Villa Hispana, is scheduled for Saturday, August 19, from 1 pm to 5 pm. Enjoy food, music, dance and artisan goods. For more information, visit the Facebook page at LaPlacita Cleveland.
TAKE A HIKE. Free 90 minute tours feature actors and actresses portraying important Clevelanders from the past. Donations are encouraged to help match grants. Civic Center Tour meets every Tuesday at 6 pm at Old Stone Church (91 Public Square) and Canal Basin Park Tour meets every Sunday at 10 am at the Flat Iron Café (1114 Center St.). Through September 17. For more information, call 216/771-1994 or visit www.clevelandgatewaydistrict.com.
WADE OVAL WEDNESDAYS (WOW 2017), free outdoor concerts in University Circle, 6-9 pm. Through August 30. For performers, visit universitycircle.org or call 216/707-5033.
FOOD ASSISTANCE (SNAP) BENEFITS are available to individuals, families and other groups living together who are income eligible. To find out if you are eligible or to apply, visit www.snap-step1.usda.gov on a computer at home or your local library, or contact your local SNAP office (get their number or more information from 800/221-5689).
MOBILE PANTRY: FREE FRESH PRODUCE will be distributed at Gordon Square Early Learning Center (5209 Detroit Ave. in Cleveland) on Thursday, August 10th from 3 pm – 4:30 pm. Rain or shine. Bring your own bag. For details, visit thecentersohio.org
BLOOD DONATION. The American Red Cross faces a critical blood shortage. Eligible donors of all types are urged to give now. As a special thank you, those who come out to give blood or platelets with the Red Cross July 26 through Aug. 31 will be emailed a $5 Target eGiftCard™. Dates and locations are: 8/6/2017: 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Mary Queen of Peace, 4423 Pearl Road; 8/11/2017: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., MetroHealth Medical Center, 2500 Metrohealth Drive; 8/14/2017: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., City Hall, 601 Lakeside Ave.
LEAD POISONING can be toxic to humans and animals causing of health problems. For information on protecting children, pregnant women and others, visit http://www.clevelandhealth.org/network/environment/lead_safe_living.php
WEST NILE VIRUS. Stop the West Nile Virus by reporting potential mosquito breeding sites and learning more about the Virus. Call 216/664-2300 or visit http://www.clevelandhealth.org/network/environment/west_nile_virus.php
COOKOUT WITH COPS, sponsored by the Southwest Citizen’s Area Council and The Metro West Safety Committee, is scheduled for Thursday, August 24th at 6 pm at 3607 Pearl Rd (Riverside Cemetery).
PEOPLE’S ARCHIVE OF POLICE VIOLENCE IN CLEVELAND (PAPVC) provides a way for Cleveland citizens to share their experiences with, or commentary on, police brutality. Police abuse is brought to the light of day as one step on the path to justice. Share a story about your experience of police violence in Cleveland, or share photographs, videos, or other material related to police violence. Your submission can be completely anonymous. Visit the site and tell your story of police violence: http://www.archivingpoliceviolence.org/ or facebook.com/PeoplesArchiveOfPoliceViolenceInCleveland, or firstname.lastname@example.org
EXPUNGEMENT CLINIC. If you or someone you know were convicted, plead guilty, were found not guilty or had a criminal case dismissed there are some opportunities to see if those records can be sealed. All you have to do is show up at an Expungement Clinic for FREE assistance. Scheduled for August 12 from 10 am – noon at Metro West, Lin Omni Centre at 3167 Fulton Rd, Suite 303.
FREE LEGAL ADVICE CLINIC will be held at the South Brooklyn Branch of the Cleveland Public Library at 4304 Pearl Rd on Saturday, August 12. 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.
LINCOLN HIGH SCHOOL REUNION
The Lincoln High School (Cleveland) classes of June-1949 and January-1950 will celebrate its 68TH Class Reunion from 4 p.m. – 10 p.m. on August 5, 2017 at Sokolowski’s University Inn (Tremont Area). For further info contact Mike Guzi (216-524-4721) or e-mail email@example.com.
MOM’S FIRST helps with the stress of pregnancy and parenting. Community Health Workers provides support for moms. If you or someone you know is pregnant, call 216/664-4194 or visit www.momsfirst.org. If you are interested in sharing your voice with the community effort to reduce infant mortality, contact the Moms First Community Action Network. Moms First participants and local providers meets regularly to tackle the causes of infant mortality and assist with providing resources where they are needed most.
SENIORS AND DISABLED
SENIOR SUMMER WALK is scheduled for Thursday, August 10 from 9:30 to 10:30 am at the Michael Zone Walking Trail at 6301 Lorain. All fitness levels are welcome. To register contact Angela at 216/664-3954 or firstname.lastname@example.org
STEADY U OHIO provides tips and resources to help #PreventFalls at www.steadyu.ohio.gov.
THE VETERANS EXPERIENCE ACTION CENTER is scheduled for veterans and their families for Aug. 10-12 at the Western Campus of Cuyahoga Community
College (Tri-C). The free event brings together federal, state and county organizations
dedicated to serving veterans. Specialists will be available to assist
with filing or expediting benefit claims; health care enrollment and
exams; issuing veteran identification cards; and more. The Veterans Experience Action Center will run 9 am to 2 pm on Thursday, August 10; 9 am to 2 pm on Friday, August 11; and 9 am to 12 noon on Saturday, August 12. Tri-C Western Campus is located at 11000 Pleasant Valley Road in Parma. Parking is free. For additional information, dial 2-1-1, call 216-436-2000 or visit www.211oh.org<http://www.211oh.org> to chat with a community resource specialist.