April 2018 Plain Press Community Board

APRIL 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.
WALKABOUTTREMONT is held every second Friday from 6 to 10 pm. For more information, visit walkabouttremont.com
VOTER REGISTRATION DEADLINE for the May Ohio Primary is April 9, 2018. This year, voter registration is also available online. Take 30 seconds to update your address, double check your information, or register for the first time. Go to http://www.sos.state.oh/us .
DSCDO NEIGHBORING FUND provides financial support to help forge meaningful neighbor-to-neighbor relationships across racial, educational and economic backgrounds in the Detroit Shoreway neighborhood. Examples of neighboring include potllucks, cornhole games and more. Contact Ashley Wilson at awilson@dscdo.org or 216-961-4242×243 for information or to request an application.
FAMILIA has been established to engage, empower, and create a voice for the residents of the Clark-Fulton area to address issues such as safety, housing, education, civic rights and health issues for the wellbeing of families in the community. Meetings are held every 3rd Monday of the month, from 6-7:30 pm, at Hispanic Alliance Inc, 3110 W. 25th Street (at Clark). For info, contact Sonia Monroy Matis , 216-661-4249 or smatis@hispanicallianceinc.org.
DONATE YOUR UNWANTED, USABLE GOODS. Cuyahoga County businesses and residents can donate their unwanted items with the help of a useful book published by the Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District called Pass It On: A Resource-Full Guide to Donating Usable Stuff. It lists over 120 community service and nonprofit organizations that work on behalf of youth, seniors, the homeless and others in Cuyahoga County. Toys, art supplies, clothing, books, school supplies, office equipment, sporting goods, tools, furniture and more can be donated to the organizations listed in this guide. Donating usable goods helps others and reduces waste. Would-be donators of goods can search how to donate or recycle their items on the District’s “What Do I Do With?” database at http://www.CuyahogaRecycles.org. Additionally, a printable PDF is available atwww.cuyahogarecycles.org/pass_it_on_book. People can also request copies of the soft-bound book by calling the Solid Waste District at 216.443.3749 or online at http://www.cuyahogarecycles.org/PublicationRequest.aspx.
THE ALLIANCE FOR THE GREAT LAKES Cleveland Young Professional Council’s grant application is now open. We will be awarding small grants between $500 and $5,000 to projects that support Lake Erie and the communities
around it. Our priority funding areas include: HEALTHY LAKES: Projects that address environmental issues or improve the health of the Great Lakes for people and wildlife. MEANINGFUL CONNECTION: Projects that encourage community members to have new or meaningful experiences with the Lake Erie Watershed. EDUCATION: Projects that increase awareness or educate the public about the Great Lakes and current issues they face. ACCESS and EQUITY: Projects that promote, provide, or create equitable access to Lake Erie. If you have an idea that does not easily fit into one of these categories, but that you believe is connected to the mission of The Alliance for the Great Lakes, we welcome your submission. Please click the link below for the application. It will be open through April 11. Grant application available here:

RACE, FOOD AND JUSTICE CONFERENCE: Thursday and Friday, April 19 20, 2018, 5 pm, CWRU campus, Cleveland 44106. Analyzing the Urban Food Movement through a Social Justice Lens. Featured speakers Allyson Carpenter, Keymah
Durden,III, Malik Yakini and Dr. Monica White. Sponsored by
Environmental Health Watch and the Social Justice Institute
at CWRU. Free and open to the public. Information at
Comment on the EPAs proposed repeal of the Clean Power Plan
Now until April 26, 2018. The EPA has extended its period
for taking public comments on the repeal of the Clean Power
Plan. All written statements and supporting information
submitted during the public comment period will be
considered with the same weight as oral comments and
supporting information presented at the public hearing. If
you would like to comment on this proposed action, please
submit your written comments online, by email, by mail, or
by fax. Information about how to comment is available on
EPAs web site at
The comment period is open through April 26, 2018.
SINGLE USE BAG SUPPORT NEEDED: Urgent Support Needed for the Cuyahoga County Single Use
Bag Legislation now until the vote. LWVGC supports this
proposal, based upon our LWVO position that “solid waste,
from generation to ultimate disposal, must be purposefully
and systematically controlled by all levels of government in
order to protect the environment by strengthening, expanding
and enforcing solid waste laws.” We also support “the
financing of solid waste remedies by utilizing user fees.”
Many of our members have already switched over to cloth
shopping bags. We urge everyone to contact Council members
(email addresses below) to offer your individual support,
using your own thoughts as to why county shoppers should get
used to taking their own bags along to the store! These
plastic bags are a costly environmental plague in Lake Erie
waters as well as along roadsides and open spaces
everywhere. COUNCIL MEMBERS for the Plain Press area, with district #:3: Dan Brady dbrady@cuyahogacounty.us 7: Yvonne Conwell pconwell@cuyahogacounty.us
WEST SIDE CREATION CARE TEAM is an ecumenical grassroots organization promoting care for creation, including the climate crisis. WSCCT engages in public policy advocacy, with members writing letters to local newspapers, and directly to state and local lawmakers and executives on legislation related to sustainable, renewable energy alternatives and other issues that affect how we care for creation. To receive notices of meetings, events, etc., send your email address to westsidecreationcare@gmail.com. Or to schedule a presentation or workshop on environmental justice in collaboration with your faith community, contact them at that email address.
DEMONSTRATION: “RESISTING DESECRATION of Land, Sovereignty and Image” Friday, April 6, 2018, 1:30 pm, West 25th Street and Detroit Ave, Cleveland. Sponsored by the Committee of 500 years. For more information contact Dennis at 216-939 -8229 or dennislakeerie@aol.com.
NATIVE AMERICAN CONFERENCE: Native American Conference, “Resisting Desecration of Land,
Sovereignty and Image” Saturday, April 7, 2018, 9:00 am,
Baldwin Wallace University, Student Activity Center, 96
Beech Street, Berea 44107. The Committee of 500 Years of
Dignity and Resistance with the help of the Sierra Club and
other groups are having their annual conference. David
Narcomey is the Keynote Speaker (he is a member of the
General Council of the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma). Tate
Walker will be speaking (she is a Lakota storyteller). John
Bolenbaugh will be speaking (he is an advocate for human and
environmental health). For more information contact Dennis
at 216-939-8229 or dennislakeerie@aol.com .
APPLICATIONS FOR DIG IN! 2018 COMMUNITY GARDERER TRAINING are due by 5 pm April 27, 2018. DigIn! helps community members gain the knowledge and skills necessary to plan, design and build a thriving and sustainable community garden. Training consists of 9 weekly classes on Thursdays, from May 31 through July 26, 2018. Call Courtney Woofel of OSU Extension at 216-429-8200 x246.
LOST CLEVELAND, the 2017 book of photographs and history of Cleveland’s vanished buildings, will be discussed by its author Laura DeMarco on Sunday, April 22, at 1:30 pm at the Rocky River Public Library, 1600 Hampton Road, Rocky River. Her presentation will be followed by a tour of the Library’s Cowan Pottery Museum. Program sponsored by the Western Reserve Architectural Historians. Please RSVP reservations to Sarah Klann at 216-226-2820 or email saklann@netzero.net by Tuesday, April 17.
GENEOLOGY @ CLEVELAND PUBLIC LIBRARY PHOTOGRAPH COLLECTION will be presented on Saturday, April 7, 11 am – 12 noon the Main Library’s Photograph Collection, Louise Stokes Wing, 4th Floor. Learn how to use the Library’s Photographic Collection for genealogy research. The Library’s Photographic Collection contains over 400,000 images of Cleveland and Northeast Ohio people and places. Free and open to all.
PARTY FOR THE PLANET, Celebrate Earth Day at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, April 21, 10am-5 pm, with family fun and special programming, free with paid Zoo Admission. For information about adapting programs for accessibility , please request at time of registration well in advance of the program. Call 216-661-6500.
FREE SMOKE ALARMS FOR YOUR HOME are available through Operation Save-A-Life, a program of the American Red Cross and the Cleveland Fire Department, that provides free smoke alarms and batteries to Cleveland residents. Smoke alarms are installed by Cleveland firefighters at no cost to residents. Please note that application and installation process may take up to 90 days. Call the Operation Save-A-Life 24-hour hotline at 216-361-5535 to apply for free smoke alarms.
CLEVELAND CLINIC BRAIN HEALTH RESEARCH STUDY is currently recruiting healthy volunteers with NO neurological impairment, men and women, ages 10-89, for research related to brain health. Financial compensation and parking validation will be provided. Volunteers will be asked to complete testing using an IPad application that measures neurologic performance, including cognitive function, vision, and hand/arm function. For information, contact sokolom3@ccf.org or 216-444-4494.
HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE AND BIPOLAR DISORDER RESEARCH STUDY at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center are recruiting participants for a study about people who have Bipolar Disorder and have trouble taking all of their medications for High Blood Pressure. Study participants must be 21 or older, and will receive compensation for study visits. For information call the Research Assistant at 1-888-819-0004.
DETROIT SHOREWAY’S Neighboring Fund is designed to strengthen our neighborhood by providing financial support to help forge meaningful neighbor-to-neighbor relationships that reduce isolation, produce a sense of safety, and create networks of mutual support. Neighboring consists of resident-driven social interventions across educational, economic and racial backgrounds. DSCDO will dedicate 100% of membership dues and a $2,000 grant from Cleveland Neighborhood Progress to the Neighboring Fund.
The Neighboring Fund application process is designed to be streamlined and easy, however there are minimal reporting requirements. Traditional community involvement activities (e.g. materials for neighborhood clean-ups) will continue to be eligible uses. Information about the study of neighboring can be found at: https://shelterforce.org/2016/02/20/a_critical_piece_of_the_mixed_income_puzzle/
WARD 14 DEMOCRATIC CLUB is hosting a Meet the Candidates – State Senate and House – Primary May 8. The event will be April 17 at Gargano’s 3484 W. 25th, (parking behind the building), 6 pm to 8 pm. This event is open to the public. Questions? Contact Diane Morgan at 216-324-5036
CLEVELAND’S CATHOLIC RADIO STATION, AM 1260 The Rock, will present a new radio show called “Table Talk” that features Bishop Nelson Perez. It will debut at 5 p.m. on April. Hosted by radio and TV veteran Dick Russ, the format for the hour-long show will be an informal conversation with the bishop. It will be rebroadcast several times. The show will look at a variety of general and timely topics of interest to the Catholic community in Northeast Ohio, as well as the wider population. A main feature of “Table Talk” will be the opportunity for people to ask questions of the bishop.
A MATTER OF BALANCE FREE 8-WEEK PROGRAM WILL BE HELD Wednesdays from April 11-May 30 from 1-3 pm at the Stella Walsh Recreation Center, 7245 Broadway Avenue, Cleveland 44105. This nationally recognized program reduces the fear of falling and increases activity levels by increasing strength and improving balance in a comfortable, welcoming environment for all seniors. To register, call the Cleveland Department of Aging, 216-664-4383, or email fpeterson@city.cleveland.oh.us.
THE FIFTH ANNUAL STATION HOPE, hosted by Cleveland Public Theatre (CPT) is scheduled for Saturday, May 5, beginning at 6:30pm on the grounds of St. John’s Episcopal Church, 2600 Church Avenue. Station Hope is a jubilant community event inspired by the Underground Railroad and Cleveland’s social justice heritage, featuring over 250 individual artists and 50+ community and professional arts & culture organizations from across Northeast Ohio, creating diverse original works reflecting on and engaging with contemporary themes of social justice, equity, and a shared vision of hope. No tickets needed. The family-friendly event is FREE AND OPEN TO ALL. For more information, visit http://www.cptonline.org/performances/seasons/2017-2018/station-hope-2018/
TEEN SUICIDE: LEARN THE WARNING SIGNS AND RISK FACTORS that may contribute to youth suicide by using the free online staff development (in-service) training for teachers and others who work and interact with youth on suicide awareness and prevention. The online staff development trainings offered by The Jason Foundation introduce the scope and magnitude of the problem of youth suicide on both the national and state level. It discusses the educator’s relationship that allows them to recognize when the youth are struggling or changing and how to respond. For more information and a list of the warning signs and risk factors that can elevate the possibility of suicidal ideations visit The Jason Foundation at: http://www.jasonfoundation.com.
CAMP FORBES 2018 registration continues through May 31, but space is limited so youth are encouraged to sign up early to insure a spot. A one-week (Monday thru Friday) session at the camp is free for City of Cleveland youth between the ages of 9-13. Registration can take place at any Cleveland Recreation Centers, or at http://www.Facebook.com/CityofClevelandRecreation. To register one needs the child’s birth certificate, immunization records, and a current utility bill (within the last 3 months). For further info, call Camp Forbes at 216-263-5325.

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