Plain Press Community Board – December 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.


BURNING RIVER BRASS will perform at 7 pm on both Thursday, December 14 and Friday, December 15 at Pilgrim Congregational Church at 2592 West 14th St.  Admission is by freewill donation.  Pilgrim Church is wheelchair accessible. Visit

LITERARY CLEVELAND’S LATEST PODCAST (Volume 3: John G.) features local cartoonist and comics creator John G., who speaks about serving as Gordon Square’s first artist, making a living as an artist, his biggest artistic influences, and more.  Visit, and

TRANSFORMER STATION. Various shows are on exhibit at the Transformer Station through December 23, and presented by the Cleveland Museum of Art.  All are free. Two solo exhibits featuring new works by Northeast Ohio artists Scott Olson and Jerry Birchfield. Olson’s abstract paintings employ a broad range of techniques and materials; He traces the history of painting back to the early Renaissance. Birchfield’s complex photographic and sculptural processes revolve around the question of how images emulate or subvert the sources from which they came.  DEATH KNELL is a performance, installation and audio piece by Liz Roberts and Henry Ross. “The death knell of American industrialism manifests and mirrors its legacy, starting with a bang and gradually fading to nothing.   At 1460 West 29th St.  Hours are Wednesday through Sunday from 11am to 5 pm, and open until 9 pm on Thursday. For more information visit or call 216/938-5429.


FEMALE ENTREPRENEURS: Lean Cuisine is teaming up with ECDI (a Small Business Administration Lender) to launch a new program to support female entrepreneurs looking to start or expand their businesses within Cleveland. The Lend Empower Achieve Nourish (L.E.A.N.) Fund will support the livelihood of women who are looking to create health-forward change, which we believe will strengthen our whole community. The L.E.A.N. Fund offers a full suite of business development courses, including training, one-on-one mentoring, technical assistance, and offsite amenities to up to 30 Cleveland women. Low-interest loans will be awarded to up to three program participants in the spring of 2018. The program includes the following, and allows participants to complete a business plan: ·Orientation ·Entrepreneurial Readiness Workshops ·Business Model Canvas Workshops •Small Enterprise Education Development (SEED) Training ·One-On-One Coaching · L.E.A.N. Fund Loan Program · Membership to the Women’s Business Center Applications due by January 8, 2018. Please use this link to apply: Please see this link for more info:



NEAR WEST RECREATION BASKETBALL registration open. Deadline to apply is Friday, December 22nd.  Divisions: coed U8 (ages 7-8), coed 10 (ages 9-10), coed 12 (ages 11-12), middle school boys (ages 13-14), high school boys (ages 15-17), teen girls (13-17). Youth practices (ages 7-12) will take place once a week in the evenings. Games will take place on Saturday mornings and early afternoons starting February 10. Teen (ages 13-17) practices and games will take place weeknights – no more than twice a week. Practice and games will be located at gyms on the near west side of Cleveland. Gyms include: Pilgrim Church, Merrick House, Hispanic Youth Center, Nehemiah Mission, etc. Cost is $40. Need based financial assistance is available. Sign up by visiting or calling 216-781-3222 x 108They are looking for volunteer coaches for all ages. Commitment level is about 5 hours a week. Season starts mid-January and runs through late March. Sign-up to volunteer at

METRO CATHOLIC SCHOOL is still accepting applicants for the 2017-2018 school year!  It is a Preschool through Gr. 8 program located at 3555 W 54th off of Denison in the Stockyard neighborhood. They serve the educational needs of a diverse and changing population. They offer a traditional curriculum along with many special learning programs and services in a safe and nurturing environment. Call 216-281-4044 x128.


Fortney & Weygandt employees and volunteers will distribute 1,000 free frozen turkeys and bags of potatoes to low-income Northeast Ohio residents on Wednesday, December 13 at 8AM while supplies last at the St. Vincent de Paul Society (SVDP). Fr. Wittman Hunger Center (in the St. Philomena Church back parking lot) located at 13824 Euclid Avenue in East Cleveland.  Although there is no advance registration, recipients will be required to show a state ID or driver’s license.


The city of Cleveland’s Office of Fair Housing & Consumer Affairs helps with problems with a product or service purchased from a business located within the city of Cleveland, FHCA can investigate your issue.  If you feel that you have been discriminated against in seeking housing (on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, ethnic group, veteran or familial status or ancestry), FHCA can investigate.  Call FHCA from 8 – 5 weekdays at 216/664-4529 with the facts you wish to discuss.


AFFORDABLE CARE ACT open enrollment is through December 15.  For more information, visit

MEDICARE open enrollment is through December 7.  Visit or call the Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program (OSHIIP) at 800/686-1578 or TTY at 614/644-3745.

MEDICAID ENROLLMENT.  Cuyahoga County Expands Call Centers to Improve Access and Timeliness of Medicaid Enrollment. The county has now expanded the call center to all of The Department of Health and Human Services’ (DHHS) Division of Job and Family Services (JFS) neighborhood family service centers. Real-time eligibility determination is done while a customer is on the call. Customers who are seeking to apply for Medicaid can call 844/640-6446.

GIRLS’ HEALTH SUMMIT.  All girls ages 10 – 17 are invited to the 7th Annual Girls Health Summit on Saturday, December 2, 2017 at Cuyahoga Community College, Metro Campus.  The event is presented by ALL ABOUT YOUR HEALTH and is free!  It runs from 8 am – 3 pm.  Register now at as space is limited.  Email Linda at if you need transportation.


NEIGHBORHOOD FAMILY PRACTICE’s Second Annual Winter Cultural Fest will be held on Thursday, December 14th from 5:30 to 7:00 PM at 3569 Ridge RoadFor the whole family! Enjoy cultural exhibits and sample dishes from around the world. At the event, guests will:  Learn about diverse cultures and celebrate with friends new and old, sample traditional dishes from around the globe, enjoy food, music and a craft table for kids, Embrace new arrivals to Cleveland!  There are two ways to be involved: Attend the event as a guest and enjoy the experience, or Participate! We are looking for participants who are interested educating others about their culture’s winter holiday celebrations and traditional food!   If you have any questions, or to RSVP or register as a participant, please contact Meredith at 216/281-0872 ext. 214.

TREMONT HOLIDAY BREWHAHA POP-UP SHOP AND PARTY on Friday, December 8th from 5 to 11 pm at the Grand Ballroom Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church at 2187 West 14th Street.   FREE Admission and parking. Family friendly. Over 25 artists and trolley rides.  For more information, visit

ANNUAL HOLIDAY PEACE FESTIVAL AND BAZAAR, sponsored by Women Speak Out for Peace and Justice, is scheduled for Saturday, December 9th from 10 am to 4 pm at Pilgrim Church, 2582 W. 14 Street in Tremont. Featuring bake sale, cafe with homemade soups, chili and sandwiches, Artists and Social Justice Groups.  Poinsettias, peace calendars, note cards and holiday cards will also be for sale.  Visit Peace Action Cleveland on Facebook or on Twitter for more information.


ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH WATCH’S BUILDHealth Challenge 2.0 Project would like to invite you to a dinner and conversation to talk about how Cleveland residents choose housing. You must live in the City of Cleveland, and you must rent your home, have moved within the last five years, or plan on moving soon. What we learn from this discussion has the potential to help other Clevelanders when looking for housing. During the conversation, you will be asked to share your experiences and how you felt when you were looking for a place to live. RSVP REQUIRED for one of the following dates and times: December 5th from 5:30pm until 8:00pm Hispanic Alliance, 3110 W. 25th St, no childcare available (Facilitated in English and Spanish). December 7th from 5:30pm until 8:00pm –childcare available; Calvary Hill Church, 2765 Woodhill Rd. Dinner will be provided at both sessions. Everything you share will be kept private; however, we will be taking notes. We will not release any information that can be linked to you. If you would like to attend, please let us know by registering: English: or Spanish: If you need help signing up or have any questions, call 216/961.4646 (ext-104) or email If you speak Spanish, please contact Jerry Pena at 407/924-8908 or Please leave your name and telephone number and they will get back to you.

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY advocates for everyone to have a safe, affordable place to call home.  They partner with individuals and families from application through construction to when the keys are handed over.  By working with us from beginning to end, we can help prospective individuals prepare for the various responsibilities of homeownership, including learning about personal finances, mortgages, maintenance and upkeep of homes, and much more.  Habitat’s path to homeownership is an important and in-depth process, requiring hard work, time and dedication. But this helps to ensure the long-term success of Habitat homeowners. Many volunteer opportunities available. Call 1-800-HABITAT (1-800-422-4828) for more information. Habitat for Humanity ReStores are nonprofit home improvement stores and donation centers that sell new and gently used furniture, appliances, home accessories, building materials and more to the public at a fraction of the retail price. For the Cleveland ReStore at 2110 W 110th St., contact, (216) 429-1299 or

REBUILDING TOGETHER helps maintain existing homes and neighborhoods for elderly, veterans, families, and residents with disabilities.  Activities in include rebuilding day/volunteer events, critical home repairs, safe at home, professional home inspections, lead abatement, Veterans Service Day, United Way Day of Action. For more information, visit or call 800/418-4429.


Help to identify residents and stakeholders who have gone above and beyond to improve the Stockyard, Clark-Fulton, and Brooklyn Centre neighborhoods that Metro West serves.  Award categories include The Beautiful Home Award, Community Vibrancy Award, Neighborhood Business Award, Community Partner Award, Community Champion Award, and Community Spirit Award. If you know somebody who deserves recognition, please cast your nomination by Monday, December 4th. Nominations may be submitted by mail, fax, or email to: Adam Gifford,
Director of Community Involvement, 3167 Fulton Rd, Suite 303, Cleveland, OH 44109. Phone: 216-961-9073 ext. 205. Fax: 216-961-9387. Email:


FIRST DISTRICT POLICE COMMUNITY RELATIONS COMMITTEE MEETING: Thursday, December 7, at 7:00 p.m. at St. Ignatius of Antioch, 10205 Lorain Avenue . Reminder: Immediately following the meeting will be Pot luck for those who would like to participate. If you have any questions please contact: Tammy L. Hanna, Community Relations Board (216) 664-6634. Reminder to bring canned goods or household products such as toilet paper or peroxide to donate to St. Ignatius of Antioch.


THE VOLUNTEERS OF AMERICA sponsors the Veterans & Families FIRST Program to provide services and financial assistance to those meeting certain criteria. To receive services, the applicant must meet all of the following criteria: Be a veteran or a member of a family in which the head of the household is a veteran; the veteran must have a discharge other than dishonorable; be homeless or have an eviction notice; have an income that is below 50% of the area’s median income. Services that may be provided are: affordable housing assistance; household budgeting; rental assistance; community referrals; landlord and tenant mediation. Call 216.302.2602 or go to


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