May 2019 Plain Press Community Board

May  2019 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. Printing for it is sponsored by Organize! Ohio through donations from readers and supporters.


ART HOUSE, 3119 Denison Avenue, 17th Annual Urban Bright Exhibition; May 3rd, 4:00-5:30 Ice Cream Social 6:00-9:00pm Opening Reception. Urban Bright is Art House’s award-winning arts-in-education program working in 10 schools providing amazing artistic opportunities for Cleveland students. We celebrate their achievements at Art House with an accumulating exhibition with free ice cream for the students and later, beverages and finger foods for all the school staff, partners, funders, artists and volunteers that helped make Urban Bright happen for the 2018-2019 school year.

STATION HOPE 2019:Cleveland Public Theatre presents this celebration of hope on Saturday May 4 from 7-10 p.m. at St. John Episcopal Church 2600 Church Ave. View works of theatre, music, storytelling and dance. Free and open to all.

NEW AVENUES TO INDEPENDENCE presents an art and music exposition celebrating the joint creative work between individuals with disabilities and participating community members. Saturday, May 4th, from 1-3 p.m. at Negative Space, 3420 Superior Ave, 2ndFloor (1541 E. 38th) Enter off E. 38th. Wheelchair accessible.

CLEVELAND INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY OF AUTOMATION (ISA):Third Thursdays for filmmakers will be held May 16th, 2019 and June 20th 2019 at the Brooklyn Branch of the Cuyahoga Public Library 4480 Ridge Rd. from 6:30pm to 8:30pm. Guest speaker TBA.

SPACES, at 2900 Detroit Avenue,offers free gallery admission. Its hours are Tuesday through Friday from Noon to 5 p.m. Wednesdays- open until 8 p.m. Free gallery tours available upon request.

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.

MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART CLEVELAND (MOCA)at 11400 Euclid Avenue is now offering the public free daily admission. Hours are Tuesday – Thursday from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Friday 11 a.m.- 9 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.


SECOND DISTRICT POLICE COMMUNITY RELATIONS COMMITTEE MEETING:Tuesday, May 14 at 6:30 p.m. at Applewood Centers, 3518 W. 25th(In the gym on Daisey.)

TREMONT WEST MEMBERSHIP MEETING:Thursday, May 16, Dinner 6 p.m., Meeting 7 p.m. at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 2187 W. 14th.


UNDESIGN THE RED LINE: an interactive exhibit that connects discriminatory federal policies and practices from the 1930s to political and socials issues of today is on display until June 28that Aspen Place, 6016 Lorain Avenue. 

PEACE@THE PUB:The Politicization of Anti-Semitism in the United States: The end of our shared understanding of an ancient prejudice. Tuesday, May 14, 7-8:30 p.m. Speaker: Mark Weber of Jewish Voice for Peace and Cleveland Peace Action.

OHIO CITY SITTING CLUB:Meet the neighbors and help activate Ohio City’s green spaces. First gathering will be from 7-9 p.m. on May 1stat Carnegie West Library (1900 Fulton) lawn. Bring a chair, blanket, a craft a picnic or a book and come enjoy the outdoors.


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 Additionally, a printable PDF is available at People can also request copies of the soft-bound book by calling the Solid Waste District at 216.443.3749 or online at


ACADEMIC DESIGN PROCESS FOR NEW WEST SIDE HIGH SCHOOL CAMPUS: The new West Side High School at W. 46thand Detroit is scheduled to open in August of 2020 and will have two college preparatory academic programs. Residents of the Detroit Shoreway, Cudell, Edgewater, Ohio City, Tremont and West Boulevard neighborhoods and all interested Clevelanders are encouraged to attend a kick-off for the academic design process for the two academies. The meeting will be held at Garrett Morgan High School, 4016 Woodbine Avenue from 4-6 p.m. on Monday, May 6, 2019.  Go to to view a project description and timeline or call 216-838-0156 for more information. RSVP to

LONG TERM SCHOOL PLANNING MEETINGS:Cleveland Metropolitan School District Chief Executive Officer Eric Gordon will present recommendations for long term planning for K-8 schools in Cleveland at a series of public meetings. The meeting for the West Region, which includes the Clark Fulton, Stockyard, Brooklyn Centre and Old Brooklyn statistical planning areas, will be on May 15that 6 p.m. at Max Hayes High School, 2211 W. 65thStreet. The meeting for the Southwest Region, which includes Jefferson, Bellaire Puritas, Kamms and Hopkins statistical planning areas, will be held on May 28that 6 p.m. at John Marshall High School, 3952 W. 140th. The meeting for the Near West Region, which includes the Cudell, Detroit Shoreway, Ohio City and Tremont statistical planning areas, will be on Saturday, June 1, at 1:30 p.m. at Garrett Morgan High School, 4016 Woodbine Ave. To view the Citywide Analysis on the schools or provide feedback to the planners visit or call 216-838-0405 to speak to an engagement team specialist.


FRIENDS OF LAKE AVENUE BRIDGE: Bridge Clean-up. Saturday, May 4th, 10 a.m.

COMPOSTING MADE EASY: how to properly compost yard waste and food scraps in your backyards while offering low cost compost bins for sale.  Backyard composting helps reduce the amount of organic waste sent to landfills while creating a healthy soil additive that can be used in gardens and landscapes. Tuesday, May 7, 7 p.m. Women’s Pavilion, 14532 Lake Avenue, Lakewood. Compost seminars are open to all county residents and registration is required. To register for a seminar visit or call 216.443.3731.

RIVERSWEEP: Meet Saturday, May 11, 9 a.m. Lincoln Park. Participate in the biggest river clean-up in Ohio. Volunteers receive commemorative t-shirts, bags and gloves.

CUAYAHOGA RECYCLES OFFERS YOUTH GROUPS CLEAN UP CUYAHOGA KITS: Clean Up Cuyahoga kits include recycling bags, garbage bags, cloth gloves, car litter bags, seed packets, educational materials and promotional items. Groups and schools can request kits for up to 30 participants. Any adult representative of a school or youth group may request a clean-up kit by completing a short form at this link:  Cuyahoga Recycles can also loan additional supplies like large shovels, garden shovels, litter pick-up tools, safety vests and additional garden gloves for large groups or group plantings. Visit or call 216.443.3749 to learn how to recycle in your community and discover other recycling and disposal options.


WEST SIDE CATHOLIC CENTER ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES EVENING PROGRAM: Individual Job Assistance/Financial Literacy. Tuesday Evenings 6-8 3209 Lorain Avenue (Please enter through the back door.)


GREATER CLEVELAND FOOD BANK:Call 738-7239, or visit for food assistance. For Information about Food Stamps (SNAP) applications, food pantries, free produce, and hot meals text FOOD to 63566.

FREE FRESH PRODUCE:Thursday, May 2, 4-6 p.m. at Horizon Education Center, 2500 W. 25thStreet

FREE FRESH PRODUCE:Third Thursday of each month at Cudell Recreation Center, 11 a.m. – 1p.m.


DISABILITY RIGHTS OHIO: Appealing Medicaid decisions can be difficult to navigate on your own. If you or a loved one needs help, contact DRO’s intake department and refer to our new resource, Medicaid: Appeals Overview


STREET CARD AVAILABLE ONLINE: The Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless’s Street Card is now available online at:


MEMORIAL DAY SERVICE:Honoring Those Who Protected Our Freedom, the Sixth Annual Memorial Day Service will be held on Monday, May 27th beginning at 9:30 AM at Riverside Cemetery, 3607 Pearl Road, Cleveland, Ohio 44109. Sponsored by Walter Martens and Sons Funeral Home.


WATER AND SEWER BILLS TOO HIGH? SEE IF YOU QUALFY FOR A LOWER RATE. CHN HOUSING PARTNERS administers affordability programs for Cleveland Division of Water and the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer System. To find out more call 574-7100.


END-OF-LIFEseminar series will begin on Wednesday, June 5th and will run weekly until Wednesday, July 3rd and will be held at the Walter Martens & Sons Funeral Home, 9811 Denison Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44102. Topics to be focused on will include estate planning; advanced directives; differences in assisted living and nursing home; hospice care; financial planning; veteran benefits and prearranging funeral services. Registration is suggested and light refreshments will be provided. For more information call 216-281-7111 or visit


TOWARDS EMPLOYMENT AND BLOOM BAKERY need volunteers for upcoming spring events. If interested in getting involved or if you have questions email Brooke at Volunteer opportunities include helping deliverBloom Bakery baskets to community partners on April 5; training to be a retail specialist to help out at Bloom Bakery booth at Cleveland Flea this summer, and conducting mock interview to help participants prepare for the real thing.

RED CROSS SEEKS VOLUNTEERS TO HELP INSTALL FREE SMOKE ALARMS:From April 27 to May 12, the Red Cross is rallying 30,000 volunteers and partners to install 100,000 free smoke alarms and help families create home fire escape plans in 100 high-risk communities nationwide. Services are free for all those in need and are being provided in Northeast Ohio, where 500 volunteers are needed.People can register now at or can call 216-431-3328 to volunteer at home fire safety and smoke alarm installation events across Northeast Ohio.

BROOKSIDE FAMILY CENTER, 3764 W. 25THis seeking volunteers at its new facility. If interested please contact Kathie at:ckovacik@svdpcle.orgor 440-503-2462.

TRUE2Uis a volunteer mentoring program that helps Cleveland eighth graders explore their true selves, identify their strengths and passions, and connect them to their future. True2U mentors deliver the tools and perspective that helps youth make the most of high school, and be successful in college and/or their career path. Mentoring teams meet with youth on nine Thursday mornings. For more information about being a Neighborhood Leadership Institute True2U mentor contact Khalid, Lindsay or Molly by phone at 216-812-8700, or follow this link:

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.


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:

YOUTH IN ACTION/ Jóvenes en Acción:Hispanic Youth Center, 3115 Scranton Recruiting 7thand 8thgrade students, ages 12-14. For more information call Roberto Colón or Ivelisse Pérez at 459-1222.

LA MARIPOSA: A Free Personal Empowerment Program for Adolescent Girls, ages 9-18, designed to celebrate and empower for personal excellence. Identify talents and strengths, make friends, have fun. For more information call Hispanic Youth Center at 459-1222.

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