TWO NEW SOLO EXHIBITIONS that use photography to explore the complexities of narrative and perception are showing at the Transformer Station: Peckerwood: Photographs by Christian Patterson and SUPERBLACK: New Work by Jordan Tate. Tate Artist Dialogue: May 1 at 7 pm. For more information, visit www.christianpatterson.com., www.jordantate.com, www.TransformerStation.org or call the Station at 216/938-5429. Always free, Transformer Station is open to the public on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from noon to 5:00 p.m. and Thursdays from noon to 8:00 p.m. at 1460 West 29th St.
COLLEGE NOW offers Scholarship Assistance. If you are an adult whose education was interrupted but have obtained a high school diploma or GED, you may be eligible for assistance from the Adult Learner Program Scholarship Fund of College Now. Application deadline is April 18th. Contact Financial Aid Specialist Elton Lytle at 216/635-0166.
THE CLEVELAND FOODBANK Benefit Counselors can help you apply for over 20 programs including SNAP (food stamps), prescription benefits, childcare vouchers, WIC, medical coverage, and other assistance programs. If an individual makes less than $1,244 per month (gross), they may be eligible for assistance. The income limit for a family of four is $2,551. Call and be screened and apply for assistance OVER THE PHONE at 216/738-2067 or Toll Free: 855/738-2067; or apply online at www.OhioBenefits.org
GARDENING AND WILDLIFE
FOR THE BIRDS AND THE BEES. Learn how to help feed local pollinators and birds, how to attract them to your yard, and what they do for our ecosystem in a class at the Lorain Branch Library on Saturday, April 12th from 3-4:30pm. Refreshments provided!
COMMUNITY WILDLIFE HABITAT CERTIFICATION. Get your home certified, even if you live in apartment. Learn more on www.kiwieecovillage.wordpress.com, email email@example.com or call Anna at 216/961-4242.
SEED LIBRARY allows you to “check-out” a packet of seeds and “return” seeds from the best plant that you grow. Gardening and Seed Saving Workshops are held throughout the year. Visit or call the Carnegie West Library at 1900 Fulton Rd. (216/623-6927), Lorain Library at 8216 Lorain Ave. (216/623-7011), or the Science & Technology Department, Main Library, Louis Stokes Wing, 3rd Floor, 325 Superior Ave. (216/623-2932). Or logon to www.clevelandseedbank.org.
FREE GED PREPARATION is available through Seeds of Literacy at 3104 West 25th, 3rd Floor (near Clark Ave.). One-to-One Tutoring, Computer Training, Learning at you own pace, Relaxed atmosphere. Call 216/661-7950 to enroll.
BELT MAGAZINE EVENTS AT THE HAPPY DOG. Hot Dog University is on the 2nd Tuesday of the month @ 7:30 PM. The topic for April 8 is War Photography and Truth. Belt Out is on the 3rd Wednesday of the month @ 7:30 PM in the Underdog. On April 16, the subject will be Dave Giffels book release & signing for The Hard Way on Purpose: Essays from the Rust Belt.
VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED for the RITE AID MARATHON on May 18th to help with the Detroit Shoreway water stop. Cheer on the participants and welcome runners from across the world to the neighborhood. Contact Nanci McCormack for details at firstname.lastname@example.org.
HOME ENERGY ASSISTANCE
HEAP APPLICATIONS TO CONTINUE UNTIL APRIL 15 as winter bills are still coming due. To qualify for the Winter Crisis Program a household must be at or below 175 percent of the federal poverty guidelines. For a family of four the annual income must be no more than $41,212.50. Individuals in Cuyahoga County interested in receiving assistance must have a face-to-face interview with staff at the Council for Economic Opportunities in Greater Cleveland at 216/696-9077 or the Cleveland Housing Network at 216/574-7100. Ohioans can call the toll-free hotline at 800/282-0880, Monday through Friday (hearing impaired customers may dial 800/686-1557 for assistance) or visit energyhelp.ohio.gov for more information about the Winter Crisis Program.
3D PRINTING BASICS is offered at TechCentral at the Cleveland Public Library at the Main Library, 325 Superior, Louis Stokes Wing, Lower Level. Register for the workshop on Tuesday, April 8 from 4 to 5:30 pm or Saturday, May 10 from 11 am to 12:30 pm by calling 216/623-2980.
GRAPHIC NOVEL BOOK CLUB will be held Wednesdays in April and May at 4pm at the Cleveland Public Library Literature Department, Main Building, 2nd Floor, NW Corner. Contact the Literature Department at 216/623-2881 to reserve books or more information.
LEARN4LIFE CLASSES are free with your library card. Classes run for 6 weeks and new classes begin every month. Topics include accounting, computer applications, legal, and personal development. Call TechCentral at 216/623-2980, visit http://www.cpl.org/Learn4Life or email email@example.com.
SEW LORAIN classes are available for adults Monday, April 28 at 5pm and for children Monday, April 14 at 4:30pm. Learn how to sew and use a sewing machine at the Lorain Branch of the Cleveland Public Library at 8216 Lorain Ave. To register, stop in or call 216/623-7011.
MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS
AFTER-SCHOOL CLUB for 6th-8th grade students is offered at Esperanza at 3104 West 25th Street Monday-Thursday from 2:30-4:00pm, including dinner from 2:30-3:00pm. Tutoring, homework help, mentoring available. Call Kristina Haddad at 216/651-7178 or email her at Kristina@esperanzainc.org.
THE THIRD-ANNUAL HEALTHY LUNCHTIME CHALLENGE RECIPE hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama with Epicurious, the Department of Education, and the Department of Agriculture. Kids ages 8-12, with the help of their parents, can take part in the challenge by sending in original lunch recipes that are healthy, affordable, and tasty! The deadline to submit recipes is April 5. Visit recipechallenge.epicurious.com.
TWEEN TIME. School activities just for tweens, including book talks, games, crafts, sewing projects and more! Every Wednesday @ 4:30 PM at the Lorain Branch Library.
NORTHEAST OHIO PARENT MAGAZINE subscriptions are available FREE by logging onto NortheastOhioParent.com/subscribe.
SENIORS AND DISABLED
A NEW HOTLINE to help for those 60 and over and/or those with disabilities from 18 – 59 years of age who are living in private residences connect with the social services they need. Call 216/420.6700 or visit http://dsas.cuyahogacounty.us
LONELINESS AND ISOLATION: an informal discussion on broadening one’s social network in the golden years will be held at the West Side Community House at 9300 Lorain Ave. on Wednesday, April 23 from 11am–noon. Free. No registration required.
SIN TAX DISCUSSION
WARD 15 DEMOCRATIC CLUB AND COUNCILMAN MATT ZONE will host a Sin Tax (Issue 7) discussion on Saturday, April 5th at 10 a.m. – Noon at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Gym, 6968 Detroit Ave. Speakers for Sin Tax: Tom Yablonsky of Downtown Cleveland Alliance and Marty McGann of Greater Cleveland Partnership. Speakers Against: Alan Glazen, former advertising executive at firm that promoted the first Sin tax campaign, and Peter Parkos, Coalition Against the Sin Tax organizer.
FREE TAX PREPARATION can be a gateway to financial stability and service for thousands of working families. Most low-income families are eligible for a tax refund, which is their largest source of income all year, often one-fourth of their annual income. The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is largely responsible for making tax time so crucial. If your family earns $50,000 or less a year, you may qualify for refunds from $460 to $5800, depending on your familysize and yearly income! Visit www.refundohio.org or call United Way at 2-1-1 to find a FREE tax center near you.
BE SAFE. STAY OFF THE STREETS. Run with your feelings, not your feet. Under age 18? Visit St. Paul’s Church, 4427 Franklin Blvd (at West 45th) Thursdays and Fridays 7-9pm, log onto www.stpaulcleveland.org or www.bjcb.org/homeless-youth-program, or call the 24/7 hour helpline 216/570-8010. Cosponsored by Bellefaire JCBs, Street Outreach Program.
TEEN AND YOUNG ADULT ADVOCACY PROGRAM is free for victims/survivors of dating violence, domestic violence, stalking and sexual assault ages who are 13-24 years old. For more information, contact Megan Gergen at 216/229-2420 ext 256 or firstname.lastname@example.org, visit www.dvcac.org, or call the 24-hour helpline at 216/391-4357.
Y.O.U. SUMMER YOUTH EMPLOYMENT PROGRAMmatches teenagers from Cuyahoga County, ages 14-18, to meaningful summer work experiences in the public, nonprofit, and for-profit sectors. Visit http://www.youthopportunities.org/ or call 216-566-5445. Apply by April 4.