December 2022 Plain Press Community Board

December 2022 Plain Press Community Board


GREATER CLEVELAND CONGREGATIONS is sponsoring a Hearing on Youth Bindovers on Tuesday December 6 at 7 p.m. Youth Bindovers are when children are tried in adult court and sent to adult jails. In Cuyahoga County this disproportionately impacts people of color, to a much greater degree than Columbus or Cincinnati. The OHPPC Coordinating Committee voted to support this hearing. One way to support the hearing is to attend online on Tuesday December 6th at 7:00 p.m. Here is the link for registration:


QUIRE CLEVELAND performs Renaissance choral music on Friday December 2, at 8 p.m. at St. John Cantius Church in Tremont. Free Admission. Freewill offerings will be accepted.

WALKABOUT TREMONT: Friday, December 9th from 5-9 p.m.  Art, food, drinks, pop-up vendors, street performers. / #walkabouttremont.

SPACES OPEN CALL thru January 19, 2023: Local, national, and international artists are invited to apply for inclusion in SPACES public programming. SPACES hosts experimental projects through supported residencies and exhibitions. SPACES encourages projects that leverage the assets of Cleveland and Northeast Ohio, including unique opportunities for display within the public realm. To apply visit:


UPTICK IN THEFTS OF KEY START KIA AND HYUNDAI CARS manufactured before 2022. Cleveland Police have a limited number of steering wheel immobilizers to help prevent theft. For more information call 216-623-5080. You can also reach out to the manufacturers for addition options on securing your vehicle: KIA: 1-800-333-4542 or HYUNDAI: 1-800-633-5151.


AMERICAN RED CROSS offers an opportunity to donate blood on December 8th from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. at MetroHealth, 2500 MetroHealth Drive.


ESPERANZA THREADS invites you to sign up for their free sewing classes next year, held at 1370 W 69th St. If you’re interested, please email

CLEVELAND BOARD OF EDUCATION Business Meeting will be on December 13 at 6:30 p.m. at Warner Girls Leadership Academy, 8315 Jeffries Avenue


GRAB AND GO MEALS FOR KIDS: Monday thru Friday from 3-5 p.m. at all Cleveland Public Library locations.


NEIGHBORHOOD FAMILY PRACTICE is offering walk-in or scheduled vaccine appointments at all seven community health center locations. To register call 216-281-0872 for assistance.

FLU VACCINES are available on Mondays and Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at McCafferty Health Center 4242 Lorain Avenue. No appointment is necessary.

COVID-19 VACCINES for those age 12 and older are available on Mondays and Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at McCafferty Health Center 4242 Lorain Avenue. No appointment is necessary. Children under age 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

COVID-19 VACCINES for those ages 6 -11 available on Mondays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at McCafferty Health Center 4242 Lorain Avenue. No appointment is necessary. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

MONKEY POX VACCINES are available on Wednesdays from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at McCafferty Health Center 4242 Lorain Avenue. No appointment is necessary.

ADAMHS Board Releases Coping with the Holidays Booklet: The Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services (ADAMHS) Board of Cuyahoga County is offering tips on reducing extra stresses in its Coping with the Holidays booklet. The booklet is available on the ADAMHS Board website at  

DEPRESSION AND SESONAL AFFECTIVE DISORDER (SAD):  If you or someone you love is struggling with depression and/or thinking about suicide, get help now. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or 988, is a free resource, available 24 hours a day for anyone who is in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. The Crisis Text Line is a free 24/7 text line where trained crisis counselors support individuals in crisis.

YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES: Text “Jason” to 741741 to speak with a compassionate, trained Crisis Counselor. Confidential support 24/7, for free. For more information on ways to prevent, respond, or act against bullying, visit, which is a special initiative from the Department of Health and Human Services. The Jason Foundation is another available resource.  The Jason Foundation is dedicated to the awareness and prevention of youth suicide through educational programs that equip youth, parents, educators, and the community with the tools and resources to identify and assist at-risk youth. Many times, a young person will exhibit clear warnings signs prior to an attempt. By knowing the warning signs, and knowing how to help, you could save a life.  Visit The Jason Foundation’s website to learn more about youth suicide, the warning signs, and how you can help make a difference.  The Jason Foundation has never charged a school, community, or individual for the use of their programs or resources.

RECOVERY RESOURCES for individuals in the State of Ohio impacted by alcohol and drug dependance have been placed in a comprehensive guide by Recovery Village Columbus at They have made it easy for the community to search for rehab programs in the State of Ohio, including a comprehensive guide about alcohol addiction. Please take a look:  and


MAY DUGAN TREE LIGHTING: December 1, 5:30 – 8 p.m. Treats, hot cocoa, music and singing. Santa will be in attendance. Free event. Donations welcome.

MIRACLE ON 47TH STREET FREE HOLIDAY EVENT: Saturday, December 3, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. on W. 47th Street between Bridge and Franklin. Visit with Santa, hot cocoa, The Talking Tree, treats, music, gifts, food, holiday lights and more. Sponsored by the W. 47th Street Block Club.

HOLIDAY CIRCLEFEST: Sunday, December 4, Noon- 7p.m. at Wade Oval in University Circle.

SNOW DAY IN DETROIT SHOREWAY: Saturday, December 10 from 2-6 p.m. in the area surrounding W. 65th and Detroit Avenue. A FREE day of arts-infused festivities for all ages. Live outdoor performances; free Kid Zone, crafts and holiday photos; check out the Capitol and Near West theaters; resource fair; free trolley; group run to Public Square (costumes welcome) and more.

JONES HOME NEIGHBORHOOD HOLIDAY SWEATER PARTY: Saturday, December 10, 5-8 p.m. at Phunkenship Brewery, 3135 Sackett Avenue. Mistress of Ceremonies Cleveland’s tallest drag queen, Veranda L’Ni. For more information contact Rodney Lewellen at 216-255-0769 or

CLEVELAND POLICE CHILDREN’S HOLIDAY PARTY will be held on Sunday, December 4th from noon to 4 p.m. in the lower concourse of Tower City. This year the event will not be a closed event and will be open to the public, but only the neediest children who were previously given Golden Tickets will have access to a special room to receive a gift. Children with a Golden Ticket will also receive a free meal at one of the food vendors in Tower City. Upon their arrival the children with tickets will check in at the Golden Ticket booth to receive a coupon for their meal. Golden Tickets will be dispersed via CPD Community Policing Officers across the city to the neediest kids. Some of the activities planned for this year are bouncy houses, train ride, Santa visit, balloon clown, games, popcorn machine, — princesses, superheroes, mascots –, crafts, letter to Santa, face painting, DJ and more.


IF YOU NEED SHELTER contact  Cuyahoga County’s Coordinated Intake office at 216.674.6700. Hours of operation: 8 am – 8 pm, Monday – Friday. After hours and weekends please call 2-1-1 for an on-call Coordinated Intake representative. If it is after hours women in need of assistance may also go directly to Norma Herr Women’s Center, 2227 Payne Avenue, and staff will assist you in contacting Coordinated Intake the following day.


WINTERLAND STORY STATION on Tuesdays and Thursdays from December 6-22 from 2-3 p.m. at Cleveland Public Library branches. The libraries will have holiday themed take and make activities, classic movies, cookbooks for a holiday recipe, or create agift with our maker equipment and new Cricut® machines.

JEFFERSON CAMPUS OF THE CLEVELAND PUBLIC LIBRARY sponsors the Tremont Think & Drink Book Club. The December meeting will be on Monday, December 12 at 7 p.m. at Lincoln Park Pub, 2609 W. 14th Street.  The December Book for discussion is  Rogues: True Stories of Grifters, Killers, Rebels and Crooks by Partick Radden Keefe. The January meeting will be at the same location at 7 p.m on January 9th. The book for January is The Nineties by Churck Klosterman.


CAT FOOD: Make your own cat food. For more information visit:


FREE MONDAYS AT THE ZOO: On Mondays*, the Zoo 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.


MERRICK HOUSE has Prevention, Retention, and Contingency (PRC) funding available to assist anyone with rent or utility payments. Payments are limited to $125.00 per household and will be paid directly to the vendor. Interested parties should call Merrick House at 216-771-5077 for an application.


STEP FORWARD COMMUNITY RESOURCE & EMPLOYMENT SERVICE: Visit to access a variety of resources and job opportunities.

HEALTH, HOUSING & HIRING RESOURCE FAIR: Saturday, December 3 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., East Professional Center, 1349 E. 79th Street: Vaccines, Housing Stability, Expungement Consults, Rental & Utility Assistance, On-Site Financial Coaching, Employment Opportunities, Giveaways, Raffles and Door Prizes. To register call 216-474-4472 or visit Lunch included for those who preregister.

VIRTUAL CAREER FAIR: December 7. Register by visiting:

Open to apply: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Chat with employers: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. If you have special needs, please contact OhioMeansJobs/ Cleveland-Cuyahoga County at 216-777-8200.

CLEVELAND READS KICK-OFF CELEBRATION: Saturday, December 17, Noon – 3 p.m., Public Auditorium, 500 W. Lakeside Avenue: Distribution of 50,000 books provided by the Cleveland Teachers Union and American Federation of Teachers, entertainment, authors, raffle prizes and family-friendly activities.


STEP FORWARD LOW-INCOME WATER ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (LIHWAP) assists eligible residents with water and wastewater bills. Eligible residents must be at or below 175% of the federal poverty guideline, have a disconnection notice or have been disconnected, in the process of establishing new service, or paying to transfer service. (Residents with a current medical certificate on file with their utility are ineligible to receive LIHWAP until their certificate expires). To apply for the program schedule an appointment by calling 216-350-8008 or visit stepforward.itfrondesk. (select Winter Crisis to schedule an appointment). Appointments are available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Walk-ins will not be accepted.

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