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.
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 their 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.
AUDIO MAGAZINE ARTICLES
CHOICE MAGAZINE LISTENING records the best articles, stories and poems from over 100 magazines for adults with impaired vision or other disability. Any adult who has difficulty reading or even holding a magazine is eligible. Four times a year, listeners receive 12 hours of great magazine writing. A talking book player is also provided. Recipients enjoy the issue for several weeks and then return it the postage-free mailer. (CML is also available as a download.) This service is free of charge to all listeners. For more information, call 888/724-6423 or visit www.choicemagazinelistening.org
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 Cuyahogakids.org or text “KIDS” to 898-211 for the link.
November 7, 2017 is the date of the next General Election. Polls are open from 6:30 am to 7:30 pm. You must register or update your voter registration no later than 30 days prior to an election. Upcoming voter registration deadline is October 10, 2017. For more information, call or visit 216/443-VOTE or http://www.443VOTE.COM
FREE ITEMS AND DONATIONS
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. Limit 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.needscleveand.org.
HOUSING AND PROPERTY
CUYAHOGA LAND BANK has an inventory of vacant lots. If you are interested in purchasing a vacant lot next to your home or business for a discounted rate, visit www.cuyahogalandbank.org/sideyard to determine if the CCLRC owns the lot adjacent to your property. Once you find the lot, download and submit a simple application to begin the purchase process. For further information, contact the Land Bank at 216/698-8853
HOMEToday. For the fifth year, Third Federal Savings & Loan is teaming up with west side community development corporations to offer combined group educational sessions and personal counselling to teach the fundamental skills of good financial management and successful home ownership. As enrollees complete each step in the HomeToday process, each will be one step closer to successful homeownership. There are four HomeToday educational sessions offered during a 4-week period. Participants must attend the first session before completing the remainder of the sessions. Individual counselling follows the completion of session four. Complete the seminar requirements, and Third Federal will provide $3,000 toward the down payment of a home financed through Third Federal. Dates are October 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th. Each two-hour session begins at 6:30 pm with a light supper provided. Classes will be held at 6516 Detroit Avenue. Contact Third Federal at 216/441-7345 to reserve your seat.
WHAT EVERY LANDLORD SHOULD KNOW. All landlords and property managers should attend one of the Housing Court’s annual seminars to be current on state and local ordinances regarding their rights and responsibilities as investment property owners. Judge Ronald J. H. O’Leary and his staff will conduct the next seminar on Wednesday, November 15th from 3 – 6 pm at Collinwood Recreation Center, 16300 Lakeshore Blvd. There is no charge for this event. Register by November 10, 2017 to attend. Use clevelandhousingcourt.org/en-US/registration.aspx or call Diana Twymon at 216/664-6927. Get the right information from the people who know what the law is.
CROSSING GUARDS: The City of Cleveland is seeking applicants for crossing guards on weekdays 8 am to 5 pm. 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. Positions are available throughout the Ohio City Neighborhood. Apply online at Community Policing at http://www.city.cleveland.oh.us/
OTHER JOBS with the CITY OF CLEVELAND can be found at https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/cleveland.
OHIO CITY INC. job postings can be found at http://www.ohiocity.org/careers
Medicare Open Enrollment for 2018 runs from October 15 through December 7. During Medicare’s annual open enrollment, Ohioans who are on Medicare can: Change or continue current prescription drug plan; Select a Medicare Advantage Plan, designed for comprehensive health and drug coverage; and Learn about recent updates to Medicare plan changes and financial assistance programs. Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program (OSHIIP), a division of the Ohio Department of Insurance, will host Medicare Check-Up Day events throughout the state to help consumers compare and select the best plan that meets their unique needs. To view a complete listing of Medicare Check-Up Day events, visit OSHIIP’s Medicare Check-Up and Annual Enrollment page at www.insurance.ohio.gov/Consumer/OSHIIP/SitePages/CheckUpDays.aspx. Those unable to attend a Medicare Check-Up Day event can contact OSHIIP at 1-800-686-1578, Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., or call Medicare at 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227), 24 hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week. Information, including specific plan details, is available at www.medicare.gov.
THE PREVENTATIVE CARE CENTER at the Metropolitan Campus of Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C®) has reopened for fall semester. The care center provides low-cost health care services to uninsured or underinsured adults while giving Tri-C health career students valuable learning and training opportunities in a clinical setting. The center will be open 2-5 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays through Nov. 16. It is located in room 105 of the Health Careers and Sciences building at Metro Campus, 2900 Community College Ave. in Cleveland. The center is staffed by students studying to be medical assistants, physical therapy assistants, occupational therapy assistants and dietetic technicians. The students work under the supervision of licensed or certified health care providers. Services offered at the center include blood pressure readings; glucose and cholesterol screenings; physical therapy and occupational therapy; physical rehabilitation for daily living; pain management; bone density screenings; nutritional coaching; stress management; and exercise and education programs. No physician referrals are needed for an appointment. To schedule a visit or to find out about special health-related workshops, call 216/987-3555.
JUVENILE REENTRY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (JRAP) provides legal, housing, and criminal record help for young adults and their families. To apply to Legal Aid, call 216/687-1900 or 888/817-3777, or walk-in to 1223 West Sixth St. on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 am to 1 pm. Or for information on Neighborhood Brief Advice Clinics, visit www.lasclev.org for a complete schedule, or Text ‘las clinic’ to 216/242-1544 for the date and location of the next walk-in clinic
LEGAL AID AT THE LIBRARY on October 21 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am at the Cleveland Public Library – Fulton Branch at 3545 Fulton Rd. A first come, first served free advice clinic for low-income individuals with civil legal issues (not criminal ones). Please bring all relevant paperwork with you. New clients can call: 888-817-3777 (toll-free) or 216-687-1900 (Cleveland local)
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. Mom’s First participants and local providers meet regularly to tackle the causes of infant mortality and assist with providing resources where they are needed most.
NEIGHBORHOOD UP is a group of Clevelanders who came together to make meaningful change in local communities. For information, visit www.neighborhoodgrants.org
WESTSIDE NEIGHBORHOOD NETWORK NIGHT is held at Metro West Community Development Office 3167 Fulton Rd at 6:00pm every Thursday except December and January. For more information, call Hilda at 216/961-9073 ext. 202 or email email@example.com.
“HAND ACROSS THE BRIDGE” is scheduled for Thursday, October 26th at 12 Noon on the Hope Memorial (Lorain-Carnegie) Bridge. They are looking for at least 150 people from each of the five Police Districts. If you are interested, please contact Michael McDonald at Community Relations Representative, 2nd District at (216) 664-3293. Also contact him if you can bring others, such as faith-based and education groups.
OFFICE OF PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS. The Office of Professional Standards, under the direction of administrator Damon Scott, is a city of Cleveland entity created for the purpose of investigating complaints against employees of the City’s Division of Police that have been lodged with the appropriate division yet still appear to be unresolved to the complainant’s satisfaction. Mr. Damon Scott can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
HARVEST MOON POTLUCK: Join friends & neighbors for the 46th annual Harvest Moon Potluck. Bring your favorite (alcohol-free) beverage and a dish to share! Saturday, October 7 at 5:30pm. At Church Ave. between W.29th & W.32nd.
THE CLEVELAND TRUTH COMMISSION ON POVERTY will meet on Saturday, October 14 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Franklin Circle Christian Church at 1688 Fulton Rd. Hear personal testimony about what the Poor face in housing, education, health care, employment, the justice system, and a polluted and toxic environment. Join us to help us break the silence of decades of denial and lies about poverty. Sponsored by the Cuyahoga County Progressive Caucus and other organizations. Free childcare will be provided but you must call 216-651-2606 to register your children. For more information contact: email@example.com or call 216-651-2606.
CuyahogaRecycles.org is the go-to resource for residents to learn about recycling rules, composting, donating and everything to do with reducing, reusing and recycling in Cuyahoga County. For information on recycling in Cleveland, visit the Division of Waste Collection and Disposal at http://www.city.cleveland.oh.us/
FREE DOCUMENT SHREDDING: City of Cleveland residents can drive up and drop off documents or stay and watch the 4,500 pounds per hour shredder in action on Monday through Friday from 9 am to 3 pm at the Division of Waste Collection at 5600 Carnegie Avenue. Limited to 3 boxes/bags per person. For more information, call 216/664-3717. Call ahead if you want to watch your documents being shred.
STOP THE HATE. ® Youth Speak Out celebrates students committed to creating a more accepting, inclusive society. By reflecting on real-life situations and detailing ways to make a positive difference in the world, this next generation of leaders can win big. Stop the Hate® is designed to create an appreciation and understanding among people of differing religions, races, cultures and socioeconomic backgrounds. The program challenges young people to consider the benefits of a more inclusive society, and the consequences of intolerance and the role of personal responsibility in effecting change. Each year, through the generosity of a donor, the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage gives out $100,000 in scholarships, awards and anti-bias. In 500 words or less, students are encouraged to share their experiences and submit their essay by the deadline based on grade category. Students in Grades 6-10 ESSAYS are DUE Friday, January 5, 2018, 11:59pm and for those in Grades 11 & 12 ESSAYS are DUE Friday, January 19, 2018, 11:59 pm. For more information on participation, please contact Director of Education & Public Programs, Jeffery Allen at 216-593-0577, firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the Maltz Museum online at www.maltzmusuem.org