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COMMUNITY BOARD, a listing of a variety of free activities and resources for the Near West Side.

(Plain Press, July 2014)


APPLY FOR A NEIGHBORHOOD CONNECTIONS GRANT, micro-grant opportunities to support neighbors as they share their skills in small, grassroots community efforts. The next application deadline to submit a Neighborhood Connections Grant is August 8th. Anyone interested in support for submitting an application may attend a training session on Wednesday, July 23rd from 6pm to 8pm at Stockyard Clark Fulton Brooklyn Center Community Development, Lin Omni Building at 3167 Fulton. Call Neighborhood Connections at 216.229.4688 or visit Or contact Adam Gifford at 216-961-9073 x205 or for assistance with the application.

THE NEIGHBORHOOD LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM istargeted towards Cleveland’s emerging neighborhood leaders who are already working to improve the city. The development of leadership skills is accomplished by a carefully thought out curriculum, use of expert guest speakers, and implementing the Intentional Change Process which is furthered by a participant’s assigned personal coach.  Most of the sessions are held at Trinity Commons located at 2230 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland Ohio 44115.  Free parking is provided.  There are 15 sessions, generally every third Saturday beginning in September and ending in May.   You can obtain an application off the website: or by requesting an application to be mailed or faxed to you by calling 216-776-6172.

DO YOU HAVE SKILLS YOU WOULD LIKE TO SHARE?  Stockyard, Clark-Fulton & Brooklyn Centre is looking for community members to share their skills with others.  What are you good at? Are you an expert pastry maker? Have you fixed your bike so many times you could do it with your eyes closed? Do you have a green thumb, a mechanically inclined mind or have eyes for excel?  We are all passionate about something;  why not share it with our neighbors? If you are interested in sharing your skills with us,  please contact Kaela at or 216.961.9073.


ART IN THE PARK will be held in Detroit Shoreway  in July.  At Herman Park, with Arts in the Park Media and Technology with Progressive Arts Alliance  on Wednesdays 7/9, 7/16  to 7/23  from 1 -3 pm,  with Art in The Park on 7/30 from 1-2pm, and on Thursday 7/31 at 7pm with the Cleveland Public  Theatre:  Student Theatre  Enrichment Program (rain location:  Cleveland Public Theatre at 6415 Detroit Ave).  At Lake Pool, Art in the Park is scheduled for Thursdays 7/10, 7/17, 7/24 and 7/31 from 1-2pm.  At Zone Rec Pavilion, Art in the Park/Zumbacraft will be held Wednesdays 7/9, 7/16, 7/23 and 7/30 from 5:30 to 7:30pm.

TRANSFORMER STATION will be showing a group exhibition of contemporary photography and video featuring new work by Ann Hamilton and Tim Davis. “UNKNOWN: Pictures of Strangers” explores how artists have used the camera to consider society  through the anonymous portrait.    New York photographer and teacher Tim Davis will premiere a new three-channel video installation titled “Transit Byzantium,” which he filmed on the streets of Cleveland  last year.  The show will be open until September 20.  The free show is open on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from noon until 5 pm, and on Thursdays from noon until 8pm.  For more information, including on walking –related activities, visit or call 216/938-5429

CLEVELAND MUSEUM OF ART OHIO CITY STAGES will be at the Transformer Station at West 29th and Church Avenue every Wednesday in July at 7:30 pm.  Enjoy FREE live music. Check out:


WESTOWN CDC SWINGIN’ SUMMER CONCERTS in the Gazebo at Halloran Park at 3550 West 117th are scheduled for Sundays from July 13, July 20, and July 27 starting at 4 pm.  The main show will run from 6 to 8 pm.   For more information on these family friendly events, visit


DONATE YOUR OLD CELL PHONE to be reused by domestic violence victims to call 911 in case of en emergency or be responsibly recycled or refurbished to raise funds to help victims of domestic violence and child abuse.  They accept phones in ANY condition.  Phones can be given to the theatre manager or mailed to Domestic Violence and Child Advocacy Center, 11811 Shaker Blvd. #220, Cleveland 44120.  Or make arrangements by calling 216/229-2420. For help regarding domestic violence call the 24-hour domestic violence helpline a 216/391-4357 (HELP).


SELECT SCHOOLS based on achievement, progress and location  by visiting or calling  United Way at 211.  Achievement scores combines 2 results:  how many students passed the state test? And how well did they do on the state test? Progress measures how many 4th to 8th grade students made at least one year of academic growth. It’s not just about how a school looks on paper. Seeing it in person, observing teaching and learning environments, and asking questions and other forms of parental involvement are also important. For more information, visit the Cleveland  Transformation Alliance website at, find the Cleveland Transformation Alliance on Facebook or call 211 for 24/7 assistance.

8th ANNUAL YOUTH SUMMIT AND BACK TO SCHOOL FAIR will be held on August 2 at the Public Auditorium at 500 Lakeside. Registration is from 8am to 9am and the event from 9am  to 1pm. For more information, call 216/420-8087 or 216/838-FACE (3223).

FREE KINDERGARTEN is available for Cleveland children who will be 5 years old by Sept. 30, 2014.   Call 216/574-8200. Children who will be 4 years old on or before Sept.30, 2014 may be eligible for free pre-kindergarten.   Families that speak a language other than English and/or have children with special needs (ages 3 and up) should call these offices in order to be referred for assessment and registration:  the Multilingual Multicultural Education Center at 216/404-5159 or Special Education at 216/592-7387.

REGISTER YOUR STUDENT for CLEVELAND METROPOLITAN SCHOOL DISTRICT through August 23 at East Professional Center (formerly East High School) at 1349 East 79th Street ) or the Thomas Jefferson International Newcomers Academy  at 3145 West 46th St.  Open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 7:30am-4pm or Tuesday and Thursday from 7:30am-7pm.  Bring child’s birth certificate, current immunization record, guardianship documents (if applicable) and proof of address. For more information, call 216/838-KIDS (5437).


FREE TUTORING for 2nd, 3rd, and 4th graders in reading and writing skills by Cleveland State University graduate students overseen by faculty.  Each day’s lesson will involve research–based skills development in a fun, interactive environment.  Sessions will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from July 3 through August 7 from 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm at Halloran and sites on the east side.  To register, or for more information, email Dr. Josh Stephens at

GROWNEXTGEN, a new program offered by the Ohio Soybean Council, which provides STEM-based curriculum and interactive e-learning courses that connect students to careers in agriculture, food science, biotechnology and more.
Through the program, which can be found at, students are engaged in real-world math and science applications.  A free curriculum from the Ohio Soybean Council for high school science teachers.

NATIONAL ASSOCATION FOR THE EDUCATION OF HOMELESS CHILDEREN AND YOUTH  (NAEHCY) has tip sheets, podcasts, and more on its webpage: . NAEHCY also offers a toll-free helpline to assist individuals and professionals seeking to help young people in accessing higher education. The helpline information is (855) 446-2673 (toll-free) or

ESPERANZA MENTORING PROGRAM connects students to positive adults, careers, college, leadership, and more.  Sign up to be a mentor or mentee. One-on-one mentoring, school-based mentoring for middle school students after school, group mentoring for same gender groups that meet 1-2 time a month for field trips and workshops.  Also offers programs for parents, to help them navigate the school system, understand school report cards, and research the right schools for their child. For more information, call 216/651-7178.


FAITH COMMUNITIES TOGETHER FOR FRACK AWARENESS aims to spread the truth about fracking and move to a new paradigm of renewable energy to save God’s creation.   Fracking is horizontal drilling of deep shale using high volume, slick water hydraulic fracturing that poisons drinking water.  For more information, visit

THE SIXTH ANNUAL GREAT LAKE ERIE BOAT FLOAT is scheduled for September 6th at Edgewater Beach Park.  Build at boat made out of plastic waste to help raise awareness about plastic pollution.  Register online at or for more information, contact Cathi Lehn at

THE SCRANTON FLATS/TOWPATH TRAIL RIBBON CUTTING is scheduled for 1 pm on July 7th.  The park at Scranton Flats features wild fish habitats, native plantings, an observation deck and a Towpath Trail connection, all in the heart of the Flats. The dedications will take place in front of Fire Station #21, 1801 Carter Rd.  To RSVP and for driving directions, visit


SAFETY FEST will be held on Tuesday July 1st from 6-8pm in Lincoln Park, next to the Farmers Market.  Vendors, giveaways, door prizes,  music, health and safety information from dozens of local and state organizations.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY:  EARN CREDITS AT OHIO CITY BIKE CO-OP: Help kids learn safe biking skills!  Help  Stockyard, Clark-Fulton & Brooklyn Centrepresent an Earn A Bike camp at CCC at 3247 W. 58th on 7/13, 7/20 & 7/27 — and earn shop credits from the Ohio City Bicycle Co-op for your time!  But FIRST, get all the training you’ll need to teach kids how to ride safely by joining a FREE Traffic Skills Ride at the Co-op in the weeks before the event (loaner bikes and helmets available) on one of these dates:  July 12th  (Intro to Traffic Skills) or July 19th ( Family Traffic Skills). Call 216.961.9073 or email for more information, times and to sign up!


FREE DIAPERS should be available at area food pantries, thanks to a donation from BJ’s Wholesale Club to the Cleveland Food Bank.

THE WOMEN, INFANTS AND CHILDREN (WIC) SPECIAL SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRITION PROGRAM is a short-termintervention program for women who are pregnant, breastfeeding,  or postpartum and children under 5 years of age.  Call 216/957-WIC1(9421) to be referred to the WIC office closest to you.  Schedule an appointment to undergo a simple health screening to determine medical/nutritional risk.  Bring proof of income for your household, proof of identification  for yourself and any  eligible children, and proof of  residency in Cuyahoga County.  Individuals with proof of Medicaid, Ohio Works First, or Food Stamps automatically meet income eligibility.  US citizenship is not a requirement for eligibility.

RECEIVE A FREE PARENT KIT FOR “LEARN THE SIGNS. ACT EARLY” for information about your child’s early development.  For more information about what to do if you have a concern, visit or call 1/800-CDC-INFO.

HEAD START: The Council for Economic Opportunities in Greater Cleveland serves children from 6 weeks to 5 years in its EARLY HEAD START AND HEAD START PROGRAMS. Head Start is a national program that offers an excellent pre-school education as well as services in nutrition, health, social services, mental health & disabilities and parent involvement for children and families.   Call 216/589-9922 for information or to enroll your child.

EVERY CHILD READY TO READ:  Libraries have many resources to help you talk, sing, read, write and play with your children to help them get ready to read.  Log onto or visit your local library.

FREE IMMUNIZATIONS for childrenare available at Thomas F.  McCafferty Health Center at 4242 Lorain Ave. every Monday from 8am to 11am and every 2nd and 4th Thursday from 4 pm to 7pm.  Call 216/664-6603.



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