ARTS AND CULTURE
BELT MAGAZINE EVENTS AT HAPPY DOG at 5801 Detroit are scheduled for Second Tuesday of the month @ 7:30 PM: May 13- Hamlet: World’s Longest Knock-Knock Joke. Third Wednesday of the month @ 7:30 PM in the Underdog: May 21- A Night with Midwestern Gothic (Ann Arbor & Chicago). For more information, call 216/651-9474.
CINCO DE MAYO is May 5th. Celebrate at City Hall, 601 Lakeside Avenue starting at 11AM. For more information, contact Lucy Torres at 216/664-6248.
THE CULTURAL LEARNING ARTS PERFORMING PROGRAM is offered free in the Metro Clark/Tremont area. Classes from drama to sewing are available Saturday classes for families at Mega Church 3170 Scranton Road, Cleveland. Participants will also have the opportunity to take field trips, showcase their work and more. For class schedule and registration, contact (216) 202-0784.
TRU FIT GOOD CITIZEN SCHOLARSHIPS are being offeredto students who demonstrate good citizenship through community volunteerism and leadership. The application period for the http://www.charterone.com/scholarshipcollege scholarships will run through May 6, 2014 or until 2,000 applications have been received nationwide, whichever occurs first. Winners will be announced this summer. A scholarship of $5,000 in the Ohio-Michigan region will be awarded to a U.S. resident who is 16-years of age or older and is attending or accepted to a federally accredited four-year college, university or graduate program for the Fall 2014 semester. Visit charterone.com/scholarship to apply.
NEIGHBORHOOD SAFETY CONCERNS are addressed at meetings of the Second District Police Community Relations Committee on the second Tuesday of each month at 7:00 PM at the Applewood Centers 3518 West 25th St. The meeting is held in the gymnasium that fronts unto Daisy Ave.
RAPE AGGRESSION DEFENSE SYSTEMS TRAINING (RAD) is a comprehensive self defense course for women or high school age and above lead by officers of the Cleveland Division of Police, who are certified RAD instructors. Free Tuesdays June 3, 10, 17, and 24 promptly at 4:30-7:30 PM at Estabrook Recreation Center, 4125 Fulton Rd. For more information and to sign-up, call 216/623-5080.
CONGRESS ON YOUR CORNER
TOWN HALL MEETING with Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge and her staff will meet with constituents who will have an opportunity to bring up individual
concerns regarding federal government policies and programs, including veterans issues, Social Security, SNAP, and Medicare. It will take place on May 13, 2014 from 4:30 pm to 6 pm, at the OLA/ St. Joseph Center, 2346 W 14th St. in Tremont. Open to all residents of the 11th Congressional District. For more information, call 216/522-4900.
CUYAHOGA RIVER CLEANUP
RIVERSWEEP is celebrating 25 years of beautifying the river through volunteer cleanup and contributions on Saturday, May 10, 9 AM to 12 Noon. For more information, call Kathy at 216/520-1825 or email her at email@example.com
THIRD FRIDAYS at Detroit Shoreway. Check out the arts and crafts, restaurants and bars at the Gordon Square Arts District on Friday, May 16. For more information, visit http://www.dscdo.org/news_events.aspx#events.
THE RITE AID MARATHON is May 18th. Volunteers are needed to help with the Detroit Shoreway water stop. Cheer on the particpants and welcome runners from across the world to the neighborhood. Contact Nanci McCormack at firstname.lastname@example.org details.
TO LEARN ABOUT TEACHERS, ADMINISTRATORS, STUDENTS AND THEIR PARENTS, AND COMMUNITY MEMBERS having a voice in education policy and practice, and preventing standardized assessment tools from being misused, visit ReclaimPublicEdNow.org
SAVE OUR TRADITIONAL PUBLIC SCHOOLS. Visit Unitedoptout.com to learn about opposing high stakes testing, not allowing the closing of investment schools, not allowing teachers to be evaluated by their students’ test scores, not allowing public schools to be privatized and given to charters, and demanding fair state funding.
ELECTION DAY is May 6. Polls open to registered voters at 6:30 AM and close at 7:30 PM. For more information, including voting by mail information (Deadline for voting by is May 3), visit www.443VOTE.com or call 216/443-VOTE (8683).
TO FIND YOUR POLLING PLACE, visit www.443VOTE.com and click on “View your polling place.” You must be registered to vote.
TO VIEW YOUR BALLOT, visit www.443VOTE.com and click on “Elections” and then “View Ballots.”
Information on CONTESTED PRIMARY JUDICIAL CANDIDATE RATINGS by bar associations and media outlets is available at http://www.judge4yourself.com/.
AN ELECTRONIC VOTER GUIDE produced by Northeast Ohio Media Group and League of Women Voters can be found at http://vote.cleveland.com/build.do
CROSSING GUARD POSITIONS areavailable with the City of Cleveland for intersections in Ward 14. The two positions are part-time paid ones with healthcare benefits included. School Crossing Guards are trained and supervised by sworn Cleveland Police Officers. The City welcomes calls from Ward 14 residents seeking part-time employment as Crossing Guards. If interested, please call Councilman Cummins’ office at 216/664-4238.
VETERAN EMPLOYMENT STAND DOWN to help Veterans Reach Their Goals. Learn how you can participate by contacting Angela Cash 216.664.2876 or email@example.com. The event will be held at the Louis Stokes VA Medical Center in University Circle on May 12 from 10 -2. Free lunch to vets participating.
WALK WITH A DOC, a new Cleveland Clinic program coming to Lutheran Hospital, is FREE to the community. It is scheduled for Saturdays in May, 9-10 AM, at Lutheran Hospital at 1730 W. 25th Street. Meet in Lutheran’s lobby, from there walk in the Historic Ohio City Neighborhood for 1.5 – 2 miles on average. Free parking. Be sure to wear good supporting shoes. For more information, contact Janice Gonzalez, RN, BA, Lutheran Community Outreach, firstname.lastname@example.org or 216/363-2019.
CLEVELAND PUBLIC LIBRARY is celebrating kindergartners receiving their first library cards. Visit the library nearest you with your kindergartner: Brooklyn at 3706 Pearl Rd., Carnegie West at 1900 Fulton Rd., Eastman at 11602 Lorain Ave., Fulton at 3545 Fulton Rd., Jefferson at 850 Jefferson Ave., or Lorain at 8216 Lorain Ave.
FIRST ANNUAL STAKEHOLDERS MEETING OF THE METROHEALTH SYSTEM is scheduled for Friday, May 9 from 8AM to 10AM at the Cleveland Convention Center, Grand Ballroom C, at 300 Lakeside Ave. in Downtown Cleveland. Continental breakfast. Complimentary valet parking available at the Lakeside entrance. Please RSVP to 216/957-9999 or metrohealth.org/annualmeeting by May 1.
THE ANNUAL POLLEN LINE has started assisting those with seasonal allergies. The Academy of Medicine of Cleveland & Northern Ohio (AMCNO) provides a line of defense to many who suffer from sneezing, itching, runny noses, and watering eyes when the pollen starts to fly. The AMCNO Pollen Line will open for business and provide pollen counts through October 1, 2014. The report is updated weekdays by 8:00 a.m. and details the density of the allergens, probable effects on those sensitive to such agents, and which precautions to take to minimize suffering. It is available either online at www.amcno.orgor via the free telephone hotline at 216/520-1050, accessible 24-hours a day.
SENIOR DAY, presented by The Cleveland Department of Aging, will be held Wednesday, May 14 with an Information Fair at 10AM and a Program, Lunch and Entertainment starting at 11 AM. ALL seniors invited to attend this free event at Cleveland Public Hall at 500 Lakeside Ave. in Downtown Cleveland. 17 special seniors (one from each Ward ) will be recognized for the outstanding contributions they have made to their community. The recognition program will include Mayor Frank G. Jackson and all members of Cleveland City Council. Participation usually tops 2000. For more information, call (216) 664-2833 or visit www.cleveland-oh.gov
SOME FREE FOOD SITES
PHILANTHROPIC GATES at 8607 Madison is offering a free bag of food the last Sunday of the month. Call 216-456-4566 for more information.
POPCE’s FREE VEGETABLE MARKET is open the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of every month,and is located on Storer Avenue between W 54th and W56th at 3:00 PM. Bring your ID and bags to fill up with fresh vegetables, fruits and other items. Visit our website at http://www.popceclevelandoh.org/
SUMMER CAMP 2014: The Salvation Army, Ohio City, 4402 Clark Avenue, from June 9-August 1: Field Trips, Fine Arts Programs, Sports, Academics, Community Service, Technology. Call 216-631-1515 or visit www.salvationarmycleveland.org/ohiocity.
CAMP FORBES overnight camp for Children and Youth. Call 216/831-5910 Weekdays 8 am to 5 pm. Or register at any City Recreation Center (see below). The deadline for registration is June 1. Cleveland children between the ages of 9 and 13 can enjoy a free week of camp. The camping season lasts for 8 weeks and serves approximately 800 youth. Camp Forbes is situated on approximately 33 acres of land and has 10 cabins, a dining hall, administrative building, an outdoor pool and a pond. Activities include boating, arts & crafts, nature activities, swimming, tent camping, hiking, flag-raising, and fishing. Proof of residency (utility bill, magazine subscription, or mortgage or lease agreement), child’s birth certificate, and a copy of the immunization record are required.
CITY RECREATION CENTERS offer summer programs such as Tball, baseball, softball, trivia night, learn to swim, swim team, and soccer. Register now for summer activities at Clark Recreation Center (664-4657), Cudell Recreation Center(664-4137), Estabrook Recreation Center (664-4149), Halloran Rink (664-4187), Michael Zone Recreation Center (664-3373). Or visit http://www.city.cleveland.oh.us/CityofCleveland/Home/Government/CityAgencies/ParksRecreationandProperties/DivisionofRecreation. For arts and crafts, call the Cudell Fine Arts Center at 664-4183.
SUMMER MEALS are available at Recreation Centers and other sites. Call 1-866-3-HUNGRY or 1-877-8-HAMBRE (for Spanish speakers) and a live operator will tell you where the sites that are closest to you that serve free, nutritious summer meals .
YOUTH OPPORTUNITIES UNLIMITED matches thousands of teenagers ages 14-18 to meaningful summer work experiences. Youth registration CLOSES at 5:00 PM on Friday, May 9. Once registered, you will be part of a random selection process. If you already registered for the program in 2014, your registration will be included in the selection process for possible participation this summer. Register online at http://www.youthopportunities.org/summer-jobs-youth.aspx or call 216/776-3900 with questions.
OTHER YOUTH RESOURCES
CHILDREN AND YOUTH GROUPS are held at Franklin Circle Christian Church at 1688 Fulton Rd. For middle school students (Chi-Rho) and high school students (Christian Youth Fellowship) at scheduled on Mondays at 6:30 PM. For all school age children and youth, diverse activities are offered on every Saturday and Sunday from 2-5PM from September to June. Call 216/781-8232 or visit http://www.franklincirclechurch.org.
PHILANTHROPIC GATES at 8607 Madison is offering Wednesday Youth Literacy, and 2nd and 4th Friday Youth Choir. Call 216-456-4566 for more information.
A SAFE PLACE is availablefor kids who don’t know where to turn. When threatened or in a crisis, kids can board an RTA bus or train, alert the driver who radio for assistance, and then will be taken to a community safe haven for assistance. The Safe Place Center will notify your family and friends that you are safe and after the immediate crisis is resolved, will put you in touch with other the assistance programs in the county. Contact Next Step/Westhaven Youth Shelter at 216/941-0062 or visit www.lutheranmetro.org, call Bellefaire at 216/570-8010 or visit www.bellefairejcb.org/basic-center, or talk to the bus or train operator.
A SCHOOL-BASED HEALTH CENTER for Lincoln West High School students is open at the school at 3202 West 30th Street. MetroHealth doctors will be available in the mobile clinic on Thursdays from 8:00 AM to Noon. With parent/guardian consent, primary and preventive healthcare including routine check-ups and immunizations will be available, as well as help with management of chronic diseases such as asthma and diabetes. In accordance with standard medical practice, students may receive care for sexual or mental health issues without prior consent. Students will have access to sexual health testing, treatments and oral contraception.