January 2019

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.


BOP STOP TO EXHIBIT LOCAL ARTIST NO NUMBERS’ CONCERT PHOTOGRAPHY: Bop Stop, known for it live jazz music is hosting an exhibition of No Numbers work. A series of photographs of local and regional musicians entitled, Proxy A Photo Exhibition By No Numbers. The exhibit’s opening night is on February 1, 2019 and runs for 90 days. No Numbers, is the artistic name for Arron Bound, who is an Ohio City, native and local artist working in Cleveland, who is taking a non-traditional approach to concert photography. Many of his pieces were modified with late 20thcentury photo editing software, to which some will have their visual effects amplified by 3D technology, while each is displayed in a repurposed frame. Several of the musicians and poets, who will ordain the walls of the Bop Stop will also perform on opening night.

CLEVELAND DRUM CIRCLE: Sundays at 3 p.m. at St. Colman Church, 2027 W. 65thStreet.

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.; Thursday: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.

WALKABOUTTREMONT is held every second Friday from 6 to 10 pm.  For more information, visit

78THSTREET STUDIOS, 1300 W. 78thStreet. Art Opening for over 50 studios and galleries every 3rdFriday of every month, 5-9 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


CLEVELAND HISTORY CENTER offers Free Admission on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, January 21st. at the Western Reserve Historical Society, 10825 East Blvd.

FIRST DISTRICT POLICE COMMUNITY RELATIONS COMMITTEE MEETING: First Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. in the cafeteria at St. Ignatius of Antioch School Building, 10205 Lorain Avenue.

SECOND DISTRICT POLICE COMMUNITY RELATIONS COMMITTING MEETING:2ndTuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at Applewood Center, 3518 W. 25th. Enter the gym from Daisy Avenue.

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. Third Monday of each month, from 6-7:30 pm, at Hispanic Alliance Inc, 3110 W. 25thStreet (at Clark). For info, contact Sonia Monroy Matis, 216-661-4249 or


CLEVELAND METROPOLITAN SCHOOL DISTRICT (CMSD) : Families of eighth grade students can explore CMSD’s high school options at two community fairs in January. CMSD allows students to attend any high school as long as space is available and, in a few cases, they meet admissions criteria. Students and their families can explore options from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 23 at East Professional Center, 1349 E. 79thSt. They will get another chance from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 30 at Max S. Hayes High School, 2211 W. 65thSt. Parents and caregivers can select schools at choosecmsd.orgthrough March 22. To improve the chances of getting their first choices, they should act as soon as possible. Starting Jan. 7, the portal also can be used to choose elementary schools. Lotteries will be held if sign-ups exceed capacity. Lottery results will be announced on April 1.

OHIO WEB LIBRARY,at, provides online web resources from Ohio libraries to all Ohio residents. Resources include articles from magazines and journals, business support, continuous learning, DIY resources and how-to guides, genealogy, homework help, reference and encyclopedias.

LEARN TO NAVIGATE THE INTERNET:Free computer class to teach basic computer skills and internet navigation.  Set up an email account and establish an email address.  Access Google, Youtube and many other popular websites.  Classes are held each Thursday in January from 10am-11am at Oak Street Health, 10688 Lorain Avenue in the Westown Square Shopping Center.

WEST SIDE CATHOLIC CENTER ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES EVENING PROGRAM: Tuesday and Thursday evenings 6-8 p.m., West Side Catholic Center, 3209 Lorain Avenue (Please enter from the back door.) 1stFloor: Digital C: Intro to Computer Classes – a 3-week program. 2ndFloor: Job Assistance, Money and Me (Financial Literacy).

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 call Frank Johanek at 216-631-4741  ext. 167 to register and class start dates.


CLEVELAND SEED BANK will host a seed swap on January 26thfrom 2-4 p.m. at St. Patrick’s Club Building at 3606 Bridge Avenue. Open to all with a suggested donation of $5.00. No seeds required, but if you have them, please bring them.


CHAIR YOGA FOR SENIORS:Free chair yoga classes for seniors.  Improve your balance, core strength and flexibility.  Taught by Delinda Hupka of the West Park-Fairview YMCA.  Class is held January 9th and 23rd from 11am-12 noon at Oak Street Health, 10688 Lorain Avenue in the Westown Square Shopping Center.

KIDSHOP/TEEN SHOP:A program for children and teens who have an adult family member with cancer. Kid/Teen Shop brings families together using art, play and discussion to help cope with a cancer diagnosis. 1stand 3rdWednesdays of the month from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at The Gathering Place West, The Sandy Borelli Center, 25425 Center Ridge Road, Westlake. Program is free of charge, but advance registration is required. To register call 216-595-9546.


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.]


PEACE@THE PUB: REFUGEES IN CLEVELAND Tuesday, January 8th7 p.m. at Market Garden Brewery 1947 W. 25th. Guest speaker is Mika Timura, community engagement & development specialist at US Together. For more information: or 216-393-7986.

WESTSIDE HOMELESS CONGRESS:Make your voice heard each 2ndTuesday of the month at 1 p.m. at the Catholic Worker Storefront, 4241 Lorain Avenue. The homeless congress is made up of unhoused/homeless residents that come together to solve local problems in the homeless community. Questions: Call the Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless (NEOCH) at 216-432-0540 or email: A limited number of bus tickets will be given out to participants at the end of the meeting. Sponsored by NEOCH and The Catholic Worker Community.


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.

NORTHEAST OHIO COALITION FOR THE HOMELESS (NEOCH): works to organize and empower homeless and at-risk men, women and children to break the cycle of poverty through public education, advocacy and the creation of nurturing environments. If you would like to find out more, or help, visit NEOCH at


CITY YEAR CLEVELAND is accepting application from youth ages 18-25. Serving as a City Year AmeriCorps member is a complex and challenging, yet rewarding, year-long commitment. The role is designed to help students build the social-emotional and academic skills to achieve their goals. The responsibilities of the role range from leading after school programs and fostering students’ positive belief in themselves to using data and analytics to build individualized success plans for students. For more information or to apply visit the City Year website at:

CHECK OUT 216TEENS.ORG for information on puberty, STDS, pregnancy prevention and relationships. 216TEENS is the Cuyahoga County Board of Health’s campaign to prevent teen pregnancy and STDS.

TEEN SUICIDE: LEARN THE WARNING SIGNS AND RISK FACTORSthat 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:

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