December 2018 Plain Press Community Board

December 2018 Community Board

The Plain Press Community Board is a listing of a variety of free activities and resources for neighborhoods served by the Plain Press. The printing of the Community Board is sponsored by Organize! Ohio through donations from readers and supporters.



TRANSFORMER STATION, 1490 W. 29thStreet. “In Her Image: Photographs by Rania Matar” through January 13, 2019. Hours: Wednesday thru Sunday: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Thurs: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.


#HELPINTHECLE is a digital version of the Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless’s Street Cared to assist those experiencing homelessness to reach services.

HOME ENERGY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (HEAP):Assists eligible residents with home heating costs during the winter months. Call 1-800-282-0880.

EMERGENCY-HEAP: Provides heating assistance once during heating season to income eligible residents who have been disconnected. Call 216-350-8008 or make an appointment online at:

WATER AND SEWER AFFORDABILITY PROGRAMoffers a 40% discount on water and sewer charges to Cleveland residents over age 65 with incomes below 200% of the federal poverty level. Applications are available at Call CHN Housing Partners at 888-901-1222 for more information


CLEVELAND CARE CALLS is available for Cleveland Senior Citizens age 60 or older or adults 18-59 with a disability. Automated telephone reassurance system. Individuals receive a call on the days they request, Monday thru Friday from 7 a.m. – 11 a.m. to check on their well-being. If the system is unable to reach you, additional calls will be made in a 30-minute period. If unsuccessful your designated contact person will be called. If unsuccessful in reaching the contact person, the Department of Public Safety may be asked to check on your wellbeing. For an application to the program contact Cleveland Care calls Project Director at 216-664-6316.

FREE EMERGENCY ALERTS FOR YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD:Keep informed about emergency situations in your neighborhood with this Code RED service. To sign up visit


OHIO CITY NEIGHBORHOOD VISION: Introduction to the Planning Process, Thursday, December 6thfrom 6-8 p.m. at Franklin Circle Church, 1688 Fulton Road.The first of a series of three public meetings to help shape the future of Ohio City. Join Ward 3 Councilman Kerry McCormack and Ohio City Incorporated for a series of public discussions about the new Ohio City Neighborhood Vision. Help provide feedback to influence development guidelines to ensure Ohio City maintains its historic integrity, long-term affordability and walkable, and transit-connected urban character. Conversations will be led by City Architecture. Complementary food and childcare will be provided. ADA accessible. Spanish translations will be provided.

SECOND PUBLIC COMMUNITY MEETING ABOUT PROPERTYTAXES sponsored by Citizens United for Fairness, Thursday, December 13, from 6-8 p.m. at Franklin Circle Church, 1688 Fulton Road. Cuyahoga County Officials, Director of the Board of Revision Shelley Davis and Fiscal Officer Dennis Kennedy. Learn and understand the complaint process: how to file a complaint and prove your case to the Board of Revision. An opportunity to speak with and question county officials about how and why taxes were raised. The time to file with the Board of Revision will be Jan. 1 – March 31, 2019.  For more information call Toni at 216-631-2260.

WALTER MARTENS AND SONS TREE OF REMEMBERANCE CEREMONY:Saturday, December 15 at 5 p.m. at 9811 Denison Avenue. The Tree of Remembrance allows families, regardless of whether or not they were served by Martens, to decorate ornaments in honor of their loved ones. The ornaments are then placed on the tree and is dedicated as part of the service. All those wishing to decorate ornaments for their loved ones are welcomed to do so seven days a week from now until Friday, Dec. 14 from 10AM to 8PM.


BASIC COMPUTER SKILLS:Are you lacking basic computer skills which are holding you back from getting a job, restricting you at work, or limiting you in life,  ….well   Digital C, technology skills building program,  will teach  basic computer classes for the beginner at the West Side Catholic Center. The three-week program, will be held twice a week, Tuesday and Thursday, from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. There is no charge. Child care is provided. All are welcomed. Please callFrankJohanek at 216-631-4741  ext. 167 to register and class start dates.

BRAIN BEE:Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) invites area students ages 14 thru 18 to test their knowledge of neuroscience in the NEOMED Brain Bee. The Brain Bee will take place Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019, at NEOMED. A free monthly tutoring sessions is available on Dec. 8 at NEOMED. Students may register at For more information about the Brain Bee, please contact Dr. Peterson at 330.325.6476 or


FLU VACCINES AT NO COST TO YOU: Every Monday at McCafferty Health Center, 4242 Lorain Avenue, from 8:30—11:30 a.m. Please bring your card if you have insurance. If you don’t have insurance, no problem. Call 664-6603 for more information.

MEDICARE OPEN ENROLLMENT ENDS DECEMBER 7: For help with coverage choices visit or contact the Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program at 1-800-686-1578 or visiting their website at:


NEED LEGAL HELP WITH YOUR JOB?Been paid late or not at all? Not received the minimum wage? Not received overtime pay? Not received your last pay check? Experienced unsafe working conditions? Had other employment-related problems. The Legal Aid’s Wage Project can help. Call 888-817-3777 toll free to complete an application for legal services.

IMMIGRATION LEGAL SERVICES:Need immigration Help? Call Catholic Charities at 216-939-3769. Low cost immigration assistance for applications filed with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and representation in Immigration Court.]


NOBLE MEETING: Wednesday, December 5that 5:30 p.m. at 3500 Lorain Avenue. Continuing work on platform of issues to address in the State of Ohio.


CASAof Cuyahoga County, a program of Child and Family Advocates of Cuyahoga County, needs volunteers to advocate for children who have been neglected and abused. CASAs are everyday citizens who are appointed by the Court to advocate for the safety and well-being of children and represent the children’s best interests. CASAs are trained to investigate, facilitate, advocate, and monitor one or two cases at a time to help the Court make the best decision for a safe, caring, and permanent home for children involved in the juvenile justice and child welfare systems. Those interested in becoming a CASA, please visit or call 216.443.3377 for more information.

CALLING ALL CRAFTERS: Warm Up Cleveland and the Cleveland Public Library are seeking donations of handmade items to help our neighbors in need: hats, scarves, cowls, mittens, cloves, handwarmers, headbands, socks, slippers, sweaters, shawls, blankets, afghans, quilts, stuffed toys, baby clothes, baby bootees, and baby blankets. All sizes needed: infants to adults. Drop off completed items, yarn or supplies year-round at any Cleveland Public Library location. Donations of washable yarn, knitting needles and crochet hooks are very much appreciated. Busy knitters and crocheters will turn your unwanted yarn into finished objects. All items are distributed to local charities. Join the group at: For more information contact Outreach and Programming Services at 216-623-2921 or visit:


LEARN TO PLAY LACROSS CLINICS: These one-day clinics will teach players the basics of the sport in a fun and active environment. Sticks will be provided for all players so all the kids will need are sneakers and comfortable clothes to play in.  U7 Clinic (ages 4-7) Sunday, December 9th 11am-12noon at Urban Community School – 4909 Lorain Avenue & Learn to Play Clinic (ages 8-15) on Sunday, January 20th, 10am-12noon at Urban Community School – 4909 Lorain Avenue.  Both are free!  You can register at If you have any questions please reach out to Matt Burke at


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