July 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.
THE CLEVELAND SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL: Shakespeare in the Park with Henry V directed by Kelly Elliott, Saturday, July 6that 7 p.m. Lincoln Park in the Tremont neighborhood. Free. For more information visit cleveshakes.org.
CLEVELAND PUBLIC THEATRE’S STUDENT ENRICHMENT PROGRAM AT HERMAN PARK, W. 59thand Herman Avenue, Opening Performance Friday, July 26 at 7 p.m. Free. Rain Location: Cleveland Public Theatre, 6415 Detroit Avenue.
OUTPRINT/INPRINT: What does dignity mean? A project created by JR which features photographs of over 260,000 people from around the world by transforming messages of personal identity into works of public art. Malaz Elgemiabby, a Sudanese community architect now living in Cleveland, is working with community members to create a display of photos of local individuals to be part of this international effort. Community members were also given disposable cameras to take photos exploring the meaning of dignity. Photos of members of the community will be displayed on the exterior walls of the new Riverview Welcome Center. Opening will be on August 1, 2019, from Noon to 6 p.m. at Riverview Welcome Center, 1701 W. 25th.
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 walkabouttremont.com
78THSTREET STUDIOS, 1300 W. 78thStreet. Art Opening for over 50 studios and galleries every 3rdFriday of every month, 5-9 p.m. 78streetstudios.com.
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.
OHIO CITY STAGES: The Cleveland Museum of Art’s Ohio City Stages is back for its 7th year this July! Bring a blanket, a neighbor, and some snacks to the Transformer Station lawn from 7:30-9pm on the following dates for world music and dancing in the streets: Wednesday, July 10: Tal National: Combining original music with traditional West African Folk songs. Wednesday, July 24: Garifuna Collective. Blending contemporary Garifuna roots music with dance performed by composers and musicians of this Central American musical tradition. Wednesday, July 31: BKO – Contemporary Malian music, combining two of the West African nation’s most well-known traditions. Free and open to the public. For more information visit clevelandart.org.
WADE OVAL WEDNESDAYS (WOW): Free concerts from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesdays: July 10, Backtraxx, (Motown, Disco, Funk) + WOW Market Night; July 17, RockNRoll Chorus (A Capella) + ADA Cleveland Night & Movie Night at 9 p.m. – Ralph Breaks the Internet; July 24, Son Gitano (Latin Salsa); July 31, Tricky Dick & the Cover-Ups (Dance, Covers) + Healthy WOW Night.
FAIRVIEW PARK ICE CREAM SOCIALS: Thursdays July 11, 18, 25thand August 1 at W. 38thjust south of Franklin Boulevard from 7-8 p.m. Free ice cream and arts activity.
DANCING WHEELS COMPANY, World Center for Integrated Dance Arts Access, will perform dance and commentary to music that demonstrates the power and beauty of integrated dancers in wheel chairs to a young audience. After the performance children will be invited to create a craft related to the theme of the stories. Friday June 28, 1-3 p.m. Rain Date: July 19, 1-3:30 p.m.
CLEVELAND ASSOCIATION OF BLACK STORYTELLERS: Positive stories and interactive songs that create a fun and educational vehicle for children to receive information, learn and be entertained. Children attending the event will be invited to create a craft related to the theme of the stories.Halloran Park, 3550 W. 117thStreet, Friday July12 from 2-3:30 p.m. Rain date: Friday, July 26, 2-3:30 p.m.
SUMMER PARTY IN THE CITY:Saturday, July 27, Noon – 3 p.m. at West Side Alliance Church, W. 38thand Bridge Avenue. Exotic petting zoo, games, food & music. Free fun for all ages.
FREE SUMMER FUN FOR EVERYONE: Menlo Park Academy, 2149 W. 53rdStreet on Sunday, July 28 from 1-3 p.m. Ice Cream from Maria’s Ice Cream Wagon, bounce castle, face painting, giveaways, tours and more. RSVP to 440-925-6365 or visit MenloParkAcademy.com
OUTDOOR OPEN BUBBLE PALOOZA WITH DR. U.R. AWESOME:Dr. U.R. Awesome, a six-time Guinness World record holder will demonstrate awesome bubbles. Up to 40 children will be given bubble buckets to create an Atmospheric Bubble Palooza. Friday, August 2, from 2-3 p.m. Rain Date: Friday August 9, 2-3 p.m.
CANAL BASIN PARK TOUR: Free. Every Sunday at 10 a.m. until September 15th, 2019. Meet at Flat iron Café, 1114 Center Street. For more information call 216-771-1994 or visit: www.takeahikecle.com
SECOND DISTRICT POLICE COMMUNITY RELATIONS COMMITTEE MEETING:Tuesday, July 9 at 6:30 p.m. at Applewood Centers, 3518 W. 25th(In the gym on Daisey.)
GRANDPARENTS FAMILY DAY & RESOURCE FAIR:A day of celebrating Grandparents and Grandchildren, Saturday, July 27, 11 a.m.- 6 p.m. at Luke Easter Park’s Family Pavilion Area, 3090 Martin Luther King Drive. Free event. Fun for all ages. For more information call 216-390-0957 or visit: grandparentsfamilyday.com.
CLARK FULTON MEETING
THE METROHEALTH SYSTEM PLANSonbuildingthree apartment buildings in the Clark Fulton neighborhood, launching an employee housing assistance programand opening the Institute for H.O.P.E.to help everyone in the community to better health and a better life. MetroHealth now wants to talk to residents of the Clark Fulton community about all the initiatives. They want to hear honest reactions, answer your questions and listen to your ideas. Please join MetroHealth at one of four upcoming community public meetings: Monday, July 8 at 6 p.m. at MetroHealth’s Broadway Health Center, 6835 Broadway Ave.; Tuesday, July 9 at 6:30 p.m. at the 2nd District Police Community Meeting at Applewood Center, 3518 W. 25th St.; Wednesday, July 10 at 6 p.m. at Family Ministry Center, 3389 Fulton Road; Tuesday, July 16 at 5:30 p.m. at the Ward 3 Community Meeting at Cleveland Public Library’s South Branch, 3096 Scranton Road.
NEIGHBORHOOD ACHIEVEMENT HUB: Creating Paths from Poverty to Possibility: Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.at Denison Avenue United Church of Christ, 9900 Denison Avenue. General Outreach – coffee, conversation, referrals, job networking and food and clothing assistance. firstname.lastname@example.org, 216-584-8339.
LEARN TO SEW by hand and machine. Saturdays 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. thru July 20that the Lorain Branch Library, 8216 Lorain Avenue. Free. Ask for Cosmic Bobbins.
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 www.CuyahogaRecycles.org. Additionally, a printable PDF is available at www.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 www.cuyahogarecycles.org/PublicationRequest.aspx.
LITERARY CLEVELAND 2019 INKUBATOR WEEK: July 24-27. Twenty free programs: improve your writing skills, learn new tips and craft techniques, meet editors, publishers, writers and local literary organizations. To register or for more information visit litcleveland.org.
SAY YES TO EDUCATION: Students that are residents of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District and plan to graduate from a CMSD school or partnering charter school may be eligible for a scholarship to pursue postsecondary educational opportunities. For more information visit: SayYesCleveland.org.
SEEDS OF LITERACY:Free Adult Basic Education and GED Classes. Call 216-661-7950 or visit: www.seedsofliteracy.org.
FREE MONDAYS AT THE ZOO: On Mondays with the exception of legal holidays, the Zoo (not including The RainForest) is FREE for residents of Cuyahoga County and Hinckley Township. To confirm your residency, bring your driver’s license or state I.D. or a current utility bill with your Cuyahoga Cty. or Hinckley Twp. address along with a photo ID.
KIDS RIDE FREE:RTA offers free summer rides to children age 12 or under until August 10th. Limit three children per fare paying adult.
WEST SIDE CATHOLIC CENTER, 3209 Lorain Avenue, will begin its next Workforce Development Certificate 4-week Program (The Guaranteed Job Offer Program), on July 8th, 9:30-12:00 pm. Childcare and lunch are available. Individual one-on-one employment work available afternoons; 1-4 pm. Please enter through the rear door.
OHIO CITY INC will host a panel and community conversation about city-wide tree initiatives and tree management in Ohio City on Tuesday, July 9 from 6-8 p.m. at the Breen Center 2008 W. 30th.
SUSTAINABLECLE PHOTO CONTEST:Share your sustainability. Snap photos of sustainability in action and post on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #SustainableCLE for a chance to win great prizes. For more information visit SustainableCleveland.org
JOIN A SOLAR UNITED NEIGHBORS SOLAR CO-OP: A vendor neutral non-profit organization. Experts to guide you through each step of the process. Co-ops leverage the power of bulk purchasing to help you save money. www.SolarUnitedNeighbors.org/Cuyahoga
NATIVE PLANTS: Take up some of your turf grass and install a native plant garden. Seeds are available at:www.cuyahogaswcd.org/programs/native-seed-sale
RAIN BARRELS: Visit the Cuyahoga Soil and Water Conservation District website to learn about upcoming Rain Barrel workshops: www.cuyahogaswcd.org/programs/rain-barrels
RAIN GARDENS: Download the Rain Garden manual from the Cuyahoga Soil and Water Conservation District website at: www.cuyahogaswcd.org/programs/rain-gardens-native-plants, or call 215-524-6580 to have one mailed to you.
EDGEWATER STREET FEST:Sunday, June 30, Noon – 7 p.m. on Clifton Boulevard. Family friendly festival with live music, art workshops, local vendors and more.
EDGEWATER LIVE:Free concert series with live music, food trucks, volleyball and entertainment at Edgewater Park. Every Thursday (except when it rains) from 4:30 – 9 p.m. thru August 1st.
OUR LADY OF MT. CARMEL ITALIAN FESTIVAL:Wednesday, July 10 thru Sunday July 14, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 6928 Detroit Avenue. Italian Food, Games, Music, Rides, Casino, and fun for all.
LA PLACITA:July 20, from 1-10 p.m., Clark Avenue at W. 25th.
MOON LANDING PARTY:Saturday, July 20, 7-11 p.m. at Toby’s Plaza, Euclid Avenue at Mayfield. Celebrate the 50thAnniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing.
CPL 150 STREET FESTIVAL:Saturday, July 27, 2019, Main Library, 325 Superior Avenue, Downtown Cleveland. The Cleveland Public Library is shutting down the street and celebrating its 150thAnniversary with an event featuring family friendly fun. Local library branches will be closed and shuttle buses will be provided to patrons to come downtown to join the celebration on this special day.
GREATER CLEVELAND FOOD BANK:Call 216-738-7239, or visit GreaterClevelandFoodBank.org for food assistance. Apply for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) if you are under sixty (limits are higher for persons age 60 or older or persons receiving disability assistance) and your monthly family income is $1,316 or less for a one-person household; $1,784 or less for a two person household; $2,252 or less for a three person household; 2,720 or less for a four person household. Add $453 for each additional household member. For information about Food Stamps (SNAP) applications, food pantries, free produce, and hot meals text FOOD to 63566.
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: www.helpinthecle.org
NEED IMMIGRATION HELP? Call 216-939-3769. Immigration legal services are available through Catholic Charities at St. Augustine Towers at 7800 Detroit Avenue. Catholic Charities provides low cost immigration assistance for applications filed with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and representation in Immigration Court.
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.
RECESS CLEVELAND:Outdoor games of skill, teamwork, music and barbecues at each free family session. Every Tuesday thru August 6thfrom 4:30 – 7 p.m. at 7805 Madison Avenue.
DO YOU NEED HELP ACCESSING SOCAIL SERVICES AND WORK SUPPORT? Cleveland Public Library staff are trained Benefits Navigators who can help you apply for food assistance, medical assistance and cash assistance. Library staff can help you navigate Ohio benefits via www.benefits.ohio.gov. They can assist you preparing to call The Contact Center at 1-844-640-6446 for real-time eligibility and case changes on Monday thru Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The library staff can also help you to fax benefit applications and documents Free to any Cuyahoga County neighborhood family service center. Library staff can also connect you with free classes and programs for GED/ High School Equivalency Prep, Adult Basic Literacy and skills, technology training, and job and career coaching. Or you can call 1-833.ASPRIE2 for information on these programs.
NEIGHBORHOOD RESOURCE & RECREATION CETER EXPANDED SUMMER PROGRAMS:ACT/ACT Prep, STEM workshops, job readiness assistance, camp, dance, ballet, visual arts, theatre and more. City of Cleveland’s 22 recreation centers are providing new free services free to all Cleveland residents. For more information visit: http://www.clevelandohio.gov/NRRCactivities
THE GATHERING PLACEis a caring community that supports, educates and empowers individuals and families currently coping with the impact of cancer in their lives through programs and services provided free of charge. The Gathering Place East, 23300 Commerce Park, Beachwood, OH. The Gathering Place West, 24523 Center Ridge Road, Westlake, OH. For more information call 216-595-9546 or visit www.touchedbycaner.org.
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 cfadvocates.org or call 216.443.3377 for more information.