March 2018 Community Board


MARCH 2018

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.


ADDICTION RESOURCE CENTER (The ARC Portal), an online tool to help Ohioans struggling with the opioid crisis, as well as their loved ones, find the care and treatment they need. The site––could save lives by helping people overcome the challenges they currently face in connecting to quality treatment.  The portal, launched by the Addiction Policy Forum, takes people through the science behind substance use disorder in easy-to-read formats, guides concerned individuals through a validated self-assessment tool, helps them develop a proposed action plan, and directs them to treatment resources in their local area.

AUTISMAre You a Parent or Guardian of a Teen or Young Adult with Autism?  If so, consider participating in a research study at Case Western Reserve University about experiences of families caring for teens or young adults (age 16-30) with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Information from the study can help us create programs and services to support families like yours in the community. Participation involves a private in-person interview that lasts about 90 minutes. The interview will be scheduled at a time and place convenient for you. Participants will receive a VISA Gift Card.  To hear more about this study, contact Dr. David Biegel at or 216-368-2308.


SCHOOLS AS NEIGHBORHOOD RESOURCES, a partnership between the Neighborhood Leadership Institute, the City of Cleveland and CMSD, means that 6 schools are open Monday, Wednesday and Thursday nights through March when school is in session for free recreation and other community programs.  John Marshall campus will be open 6:30-8:30 pm, and the Lincoln-West Campus will be open 6-8 pm. Activities include aerobics, line dancing, arts and crafts, open gym, and more.  Some sites serve dinner for children.  To reserve free space for an activity or interest group, call Blair Wise at 216/658-1360.  For more information, go to and click on “Programs.”


CUDELL IMPROVEMENT ANNUAL MEETING: Saturday, March 24. 1 PM. Brennan’s Party Center, 13000 Triskett Road.


“INTRO TO COMPUTERS CLASS”.  Are you lacking basic computer skills which are holding you back from getting a job, restricting you at work, or limiting you in life? Digital C, through Restart technology skills building program, will teach basic computer classes for the beginner at the West Side Catholic Center (WSCC). The three-week program will be held twice a week, Tuesday and Thursday, from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. There is no charge. All are welcomed. Please call Frank Johanek at 216-631-4741 ext. 167 to register.  Childcare is also provided, free of charge.

“WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT CERTIFICATE PROGRAM.”  The West Side Catholic Center workforce development classes assist all people in transition from initial assessments to interviews. The three-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 95% success rate within a three-month period. Classes run from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm Monday thru Friday and with continuation of training/tutoring, Tuesday thru Thursday 1:30 -3:30 pm. Ohio’s new Workkeys Assessment (another job matching opportunity/often training requirement) is every Wednesday from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Questions, please call Frank Johanek, Economic Opportunities Manager,  216-631-4741  ext. 167

FRESHLINK AMBASSADORS being sought to raise awareness about the benefits of farmers’ markets in the community. FreshLink Ambassadors promote healthy food access by raising awareness and social connectedness to farmers’ markets within select communities in Greater Cleveland.  Ambassadors must be 18+ years of age; must attend all trainings and assigned shifts; available to work up to 10 hours a week between May 1 – September 2; enjoy working with diverse groups of individuals.   Apply by March 12, 2018.  To see what neighborhoods are covered and to apply, call or email Rachael Sommer, FreshLink Program Manager, 216.368.5774 or Visit the website at

TRAIN AS A DOULA.  Neighborhood Family Practice has announced a career opportunity for an individual embracing the African American community and who is dedicated to the health and well-being of mothers and infants.  NFP will be hiring and training this new employee to become both a professional Doula and a Community Health Worker. This is a half time (19 hours/week) position, dedicated to working with pregnant and postpartum women. The doula’s role will be supporting the mother during pregnancy, preparing her for birth, offering support and advocacy during labor and aiding new moms after their baby is born. If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity, go to NFPjobs@nfpmedcenter


AFRICAN AMERICAN FAMILY HISTORY SYMPOSIUM: March, 10 from 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.. Free admission and lunch. Registration closes March 2nd. To Register call 216-394-6438 or online at Key note speakers: John Baker Jr.  – Researching Wessyngton Plantation: The Families, the Stories, and the documents; Deborah Abbott, PhD, Using Manuscript Collections/Using Census and Vital Records/ From Slavery to Freedom: The Underground Railroad; and Ari Wilkins, Libraries: Getting the Most Bang for Your Buck/ Black & White Families in Southern Plantation Records/Researching Freedmen’s Bureau Records.


ONE COMMUNITY READS is a collaboration amongst the City Club of Cleveland, Playhouse Square and all nine local public library systems to create a shared reading experience for the Greater Cleveland community. Go to for a full catalogue of book discussions, community events, and film screenings centered on Matthew Desmond’s Pulitzer-Prize winning book Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City. Events run through Thursday, April 19 at assorted locations. Evicted author Matthew Desmond will speak at the Ohio Theatre on Thursday, March 15 at 7 pm.  This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Ideastream will broadcast the event live at local libraries.  Call 216/771-4444 or visit

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY: Women Speak Out for Peace and Justice, St. Paul’s Community Church, and Cleveland Peace Action invite you to come for a light lunch and a program which includes the awarding of the Ione Biggs Human Rights Award to Nina McLellan, a report on Palestine, and an arts presentation.  March 3, Noon – 3 p.m., St. Paul’s Community Church, 4427 Franklin Blvd: Come have a light lunch


LENTEN SOUP AND SESSION at Our Lady Of Mount Carmel West on Thursdays in Lent (including March 1, 8, 15 and 22)  at 6928 Detroit Ave. in Fr. Marino Hall from 6:30 to 8 pm.  Informal social, shared cuisine and time for reflection. No charge; freewill offerings are welcome. For more information, call 216/281-9304.

LENTEN WEDNESDAYS will include soup dinner at 5:30 pm and a guest presenter at 6:30 pm. Both are free and open to the public.  On March 7th at St. Augustine Church at 2486 West 14th St, the program will be about Healthcare.  On March 14th at St. Augustine it will be about Opiate Addiction.  On March 21 the program will be about Creation Justice and Climate Action at Zion Church at 2716 West 14th St.  For more information, contact Terry Hogan at or 216/781-5530 x29, Dan Lotz at or 216/272-5046, or Father Joe McNulty at 216/781-5530.


MEDICAID WORK REQUIREMENTS COMMENT PERIOD: A proposal to require people receiving Medicaid through the Medicaid Expansion be expected to work 20 hours per week or perform community service is under review. Some people will be exempt from the rule due to age, educational program, chronic illness, or other reasons. Public comments will be accepted on the proposed rule changes until 11:59 p.m. on March 18, 2018. You can submit comments and questions: Online via: By email to: By mail: Group VIII Work Requirements and Community Engagement 1115 Waiver, Bureau of Health Plan Policy, Ohio Department of Medicaid, 50 W. Town St.; 5th Floor, Columbus, OH 43215


CLEVELAND PEACE ACTION/Cleveland Peace Action Education Fund  Annual Membership Meeting will include a presentation about “North Korea at a Crossroads” with Dr. Joonbum Bae on Monday, March 19, 2018 at 7:30 pm at Pilgrim Congregational Church at 2592 West 14th Street.  A potluck supper is scheduled for 6:30 pm, followed by a brief business meeting with volunteer recognition and election of board members and officers. Free & open to the public.  For more information, call 216/773-2706 or email


ANNUAL MEETING is scheduled for Tuesday, March 20th at 5:30pm at Urban Community School (located at 4909 Lorain Ave.) At this event, we will share our accomplishments of the past year, goals for 2018, and announce the winners of our annual community awards. This event is free and open to all, with a suggested donation to cover event costs. Complimentary food and beverage will be served.

MEMBERSHIP.  Become a member of Ohio City Incorporated! Membership is a great way to show support for your community, and qualifies individuals to vote on leadership, governance and community issues. Members of Ohio City Incorporated will also receive our quarterly magazine, In Your Backyard, which includes stories about neighborhood projects and initiatives. To be eligible for membership, you must be at least 18 years of age and either a resident of Ohio City OR a representative of an Ohio City business or institution. There is no cost to become a member. For more information, contact Carrie Miller at or 216.781.3222 x106

BOARD MEMBERS.  Ohio City Incorporated is now accepting applications for their 2018 Board of Trustees elections. They are seeking candidates to fill four open seats at the Board Elections taking place on Tuesday, May 1st. Applications must be submitted electronically or via mail on or before Wednesday, March 14th at 5pm. 
To access the application, visit . Questions? Contact Carrie Miller at


THE WARD 14 DEMOCRATIC CLUB is hosting a “Meet the Judicial and County Candidates for the May 8 Primary.” The event will be March 20 at Gargano’s at 3484 W. 25th from 6 pm to 8 pm.  Parking is behind the building. This event is open to the public and a good way to get to know the candidates. Questions? Contact Diane Morgan  216-324-5036.

REPORT POT HOLES to the Division of Streets Street Repair at 216/664-2510 on weekdays from 8 am to 5 pm.  If you report a pothole and then afterwards damage your car driving over it, the city will reimburse you to fix it.


A RALLY ON PUBLIC SQUARE to discuss the recent and future changes to RTA and other transit systems will be hosted by Northern Ohioans for Budget Legislation Equality on March 12th between 4 – 6pm.  Contact Byron Solomon at 216-651-2606 or visit

THE NEXT RTA RIDERS MEETING will be held on Monday, March 19, 6pm at Neighborhood Connections, 5000 Euclid Ave, right above the Agora Theatre. Help plan the next steps for the #FairFares plan and how to prevent further RTA cuts.  After Presentation of Fair Fares to RTA Board in February, fare hikes may be delayed!

ATTEND THE RTA BOARD MEETING on March 27 at 9 am at 1240 West 6th St. when the Board may vote to prevent fare hikes. For more information, visit or Clevelanders for Public Transit on Facebook, or


FREE INCOME TAX PREP is scheduled for the Gordon Square Arcade computer lab (6516 Detroit Ave). To make an appointment for tax preparation, call 2-1-1 and explain that you would like to have your taxes prepared at the Gordon Square site OR walk-in Tuesdays 5:30 pm to 8 pm and Saturdays 9 am to 4 pm.   (They will take the first 10 walk-ins on Tuesdays at 5:30 pm and Saturdays both 9 am and 1:30pm.)  Additional Tax Site is at Lin Omni Building (3167 Fulton Road):  Wednesdays 5:30-8:00 pm (They will take the first 10 walk-ins) and Saturdays 10:00am-4:30pm (They will take the first 10 walk-ins both at 10am and 1:30pm.)

FREE INCOME TAX PREP is also available on Tuesdays at Carnegie West Public Library at 1900 Fulton Rd. until April 10th. Tax experts certified by the AARP will complete and file federal, state and city income tax forms for residents.  Please call the library at phone 216-623-6927 or email to schedule the required appointment.


UKRAINIAN EASTER BAZAAR.  Pysanky (Easter Egg) and supplies for sale  from March 16 to 24 at 1202 Kenilworth Ave.  For hours and information, call 216/781-4329 or email


A parking fee structure will be in place at the West Side Market parking lot beginning Tuesday, February 27th. The first 90 minutes are free for anyone parking between the hours of 6 am and 6 pm. After that, parkers will pay a fee of $1/hour with a maximum of $10 per day.


INTERNSHIP PROGRAM: Cuyahoga County and Youth Opportunities Unlimited (Y.O.U.) are leading a consortium of workforce providers to deliver career and workforce development services to youth ages 14-24 who are eligible for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). The County has transformed its summer jobs program into a paid internship program with the goal of providing teens and young adults with jobs, training, and education that serve as a pipeline to career opportunities.  The alliance will deliver comprehensive and year-round workforce services, including career exploration, job readiness, career coaching, ongoing case management, credential training, and employer engagement and permanent placement to program participants. Applications are now being accepted for Cuyahoga County residents 14- 24 years old at

CLEVELAND PUBLIC THEATRE STUDENT THEATRE ENRICHMENT PROGRAM offers a summer job training program for Cleveland teens. For 8 weeks over the summer, teens work with professional theatre artist-mentors in the following areas: acting, singing, dance, writing, performance creation, set design and costume design.  Teens receive bus tickets, healthy snacks, paid stipend (or Y.O.U employment if registered) and will perform in city parks all over Cleveland.   Auditions will take place at Cleveland Public Theatre (6415 Detroit Ave.on March 18, Sunday, 1 – 4pm, and March 24, Saturday, 1 – 4pm(Teens attend only one audition & will stay all 3 hours.  Dates & times subject to change.)  To Audition youth must have:  an interest in acting, rapping, dancing, singing, writing, or designing,  perform a 1 minute piece (dance, monologue or song),  and must RSVP by calling Adam Seeholzer at 216-631-2727 x 219 (leave name, phone number & preferred audition date).   STEP is for Teens who are ages 14-19, residing in all of Cleveland’s wards, the majority with family income reported at low or very low (TANF qualified), with little or no previous performing experience, seeking new skills in self-expression, goal setting, timeliness, self-discipline and project follow-through. For more information, visit

GLOBAL TEEN PERFORMANCE PROJECT: Cleveland Public Theater (CPT) invites the public to a special performance, a collaboration with international students from Thomas Jefferson Newcomers Academy and Global Cleveland at 7pm on March 16th. Global Teen Performance Project will be free and located at CPT, 6

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