A listing of a variety of free activities and resources for the Near West Side.
ARTS AND CULTURE
2 artists + 2 spaces / 4 weeks = TAG: Round 2 Like a game of tag, there is no real competition or winner, just a playful framework through which the artists’ unscripted dialogue changes over time. Opening Reception: August 22, 6:00 – 9:00pm at Spaces at 2220 Superior Viaduct, Exhibition: August 22 – October 17, 2014. Visit spacesgallery.org/ for other dates.
ARTS IN AUGUST, free arts programming, is scheduled for Tremont’s Lincoln Park. On August 1, Cleveland Public Theatre STEP will be held at 7 pm. On August 2 and August 3 at Cleveland Shakespeare Festival at 7pm. On August 7, Inlet Dance Theatre at 8:30pm. On August 8, GroundWorks Dancetheatre at 8:30pm. On August 9, Verb Ballets at 8:30pm and on August 22 Mo’ Mojo at 7pm. For more information on additional events, go to tremontwest.org
COMMUNITY FUN DAY, August 16, from 11 am to 4 pm at Cleveland Free Will Baptist Church, 4676 W. 11th. Free food, free fun and games. Free blue grass entertainment. Bring your family and friends. .Call 216-661-6384 for more information.
CASABLANCA will be shown FREE for senior citizens at the Palace Theater on Playhouse Square near downtown. Individuals 60 or older may make reservations to watch the classic movie at the Palace Theater on August 8 at 1 pm. To order tickets call 216/420-6713. No tickets will be available at the door.
EDGEWATER LIVE ON THURSDAYS. Weekly live music and food trucks: August 7 (Charles Hill) and August 14 (Revolution Pie) from 5:30pm to 8pm. Go to clevelandmetroparks.com/lakefront
STORIES WORTH RETELLING. Capture your family stories; create your legacy. Stories Worth Retelling will work with you and your loved ones to share memories. They create video memoirs, photo books, and restore old or damaged pictures to capture your family legacy for generations to come. Visit storiesworthretelling.com, call 216/469-8623 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
STUDENT THEATRE ENRICHMENT PROGRAM (STEP) will perform Now the City Dreams, a re-imaging of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Sponsored by Cleveland Public Theatre and presented by teenagers, the play will be held on July 31 at 7pm at Herman Park (West 58 and Herman Ave), on August 1 at 7pm at Lincoln Park (West 14 and Starkweather Ave), on August 7 at 6:30pm at Thomas Jefferson International Newcomers Academy (3145 West 46 St), on August 8 at 7pm at Denison Elementary School (3799 West 33 and Denison), on August 9 at 7pm at St. John’s Church (2600 Church Ave and West 26), and on August 10 at 4pm at Fairview Park in Ohio City (West 38th and Franklin Blvd.). Bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy the free theatre in the park. For more information, including rain locations, visit cptonline.org.
SUMMER IN DETROIT SHOREWAY will be celebrated FREE at Herman Park at West 59th and Herman: On July 31 at 7pm, they will feature Cleveland Public Theatre: Student Theatre Enrichment Program Performance (Rain Location: CPT). On Wednesday August 6 from 1pm-2pm Art in the Park will be shown. On August 9 an outdoor movie will be featured at 8:30pm; arrive at 7pm for art and ice cream (Rain Date: September 19).
SWINGING SUMMER CONCERTS in the Gazebo at Halloran Park, 3550 West 117th St. are sponsored by Westown CDC. Food trucks. Local Opening Artists. The August concert is on Sunday, August 3, with Bob Darby from 4pm-5pm and the Rat Pack and more from 6pm-8pm. Log onto WestownCDC.org for more information.
“TAKE A HIKE” features actors portraying important Clevelanders from the past. Every week through September 16, the Canal Basin Park Tour meets Sundays at 10am at Settler’s Landing RTA Station (1025 West Superior Avenue). Other tours are listed at clevelandgatewaydistrict.com or by calling 216/771-1994. Free admission. Donations encouraged.
VISITING CHOIR TO SING at Franklin Circle Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) 1688 Fulton Rd. The Chancel Choir of Gender Road Christian Church from Canal Winchester, Ohio will be sharing the gift of music in worship on Sunday, August 3, 9:30am. There is no charge, although an offering will be taken. For more information, go to FranklinCircleChurch.org or call 216-781-8232.
“WE CARE” EXPO in Jefferson Park, 13124 Lorain Ave. Local and state organizations participating. FREE food, raffles and school supplies. Sponsored by Aable Rents and Walk of Faith Community Center. Sunday, August 10 from noon-3pm. See wofcommunitycenter.org for more information.
THE WOMEN’S ART CLUB OF CLEVELAND was started in 1912 and disbanded in 2006. An art exhibit called A Great Joy is showing through December 30, 2014 at the Cleveland Public Library Main Library Fine Arts Special Collections Department., 3rd floor. For more information, call 216/623-2818.
THE WORLD’S LARGEST ONLINE CLASSICAL MUSIC LIBRARY, NAXOS also includes jazz, world/folk, contemporary instrumental, Chinese music and pop and rock. Stream audio for free with your library card. Visit cpl.org/naxosmusiclibrary. Click on juniors section.
IDENTITY THEFT PREVENTION. Identity theft is still growing and plaguing thousands of innocent people every day. There are steps to take to protect yourself, and they are FREE. Each year, you can get a free credit report from three different companies. You should request one every 4 months from a different company. To request a credit report, go online at annualcreditreport,com
NATIONAL NIGHT OUT AGAINST CRIME IN THE NEIGBORHOOD is scheduled for August 5 at 5pm. A going away party for crime with friends and neighbors, law enforcement and local businesses at Cudell Commons baseball field just south of Cudell Recreation Center, 1910 West Blvd. Free food and beverages, school supplies and prizes while supplies last. The Urban Barbers Association will be there with free back to school haircuts for the young men and a special treat for the young ladies. Questions? Call 216/631-7233.
THE CLEVELAND TRANSFORMATION ALLIANCE has information about the many free K-12 public school options. Choose your child’s school, regardless of where you live. Visit http://www.Clevelandta.org to learn more. Or find them on Facebook or call 211.
THE CITY’S YOUTH SUMMIT AND THE SCHOOL DISTRICT’S BACK TO SCHOOL FAIR will be held Saturday, Aug. 2 at Public Auditorium, 500 Lakeside Ave. The event is designed to get families ready for the school year. Parents and students can attend workshops connected to the theme of “Conduct, Courage and Character.” The event also will showcase community activities, events and organizations that support families. Registration and breakfast will begin at 8 a.m.The event will end with lunch and distribution of school supplies. Participants must attend two workshops to receive school supplies. Quantities of meals and supplies are limited. Free parking will be available in the Willard Garage.
COMPETE TO WIN A GIFT OF FREE BACK-TO-SCHOOL SUPPLIES delivered to your door by uploading your school supply list to GreatClips.com
NATIVE PLANTS can help reduce the threat of invasive non-native species to the region’s biodiversity. The Lake Erie Allegheny Partnership for Biodiversity’s members (LEAP) are involved in identifying, protecting and restoring ecosystems and habitants. For more information, log onto leapbio.org.
THE CLEVELAND PUBLIC LIBRARY offers classes including Pest Management (learn strategies to help control pests and diseases from overtaking your garden on July 31 at 5:30pm at the Lorain Branch, 8216 Lorain Ave., 216/623-7011) and Seed Saving (how to save seeds from your best fruits, vegetables and flowers for next year’s garden on August 21 from 5:30pm-6:30pm at the Carnegie West Branch, 1900 Fulton Rd., 216/623-6927).
THE GARDENS OF GIVING PROGRAM seeks to provide our hunger centers with donations of produce for distribution or preparation, as well as the recruitment of clients to volunteer at gardens and farms. Donate fresh produce from your garden. For more information about this program, please contact Sara Continenza,email@example.com or, 216/619-8155 ext 37. Or visit hungernetwork.org/
THE GREATER CLEVELAND FOOD BANK distributes food to local food pantries, hot meal programs, shelters, mobile pantries, programs for the elderly and other nonprofit agencies and does SNAP outreach. Donate fresh produce from your garden. Please contact Jessica Morgan, firstname.lastname@example.org or, 216/738-2133. Or visit greaterclevelandfoodbank.org/
MENU FOR THE FUTURE is a six-session conversation exploring the connection between food and sustainability. Eight to twelve people form a group and using resources developed by the Northwest Earth Institute, learn about and discuss issues that support a sustainable food system. Course books are available to $20 or on loan through local libraries. Call 216/264-0181, email email@example.com, or visit menuforthefuture.webs.com.
NORTH UNION FARMERS’ MARKET will run Sundays through September 28 from 11am-2pm in the United Bank Building Parking Lot on West 26th Street. For more information, visit northunionfarmersmarket.org
TREMONT FARMERS’ MARKET, presented by MetroHealth, is held on Tuesdays through September 30 from 4-7 pm in Lincoln Park. Produce Perks! Dollar for Dollar Match (up to $!0) to be spent on fresh fruits and vegetables. Visit tremontfarmersmarket.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 216/272-3560.
A BLOOD DRIVE will be held at the Skylight Financial Group Building (formerly the United Bank Building) 10th floor 2012 West 25th St. on August 20 from 10am to 3pm. Donate blood and receive a coupon for $10 off Cedar Point admission, while supplies last. Log on to redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code: unitedbankbldg. For more information, call 1-800/RED-CROSS. Blood drive sponsored by Skylight Financial Group.
HEALTH CARE SERVICES will be provided by MetroHealth System to students at more district schools, starting in the fall. The expansion builds on a clinic that began serving Lincoln-West High School in March. The RV-sized mobile unit will expand its rounds to include more west side schools: Max S.Hayes, Garrett Morgan School of Science, Luis Munoz Marin, Walton and Thomas Jefferson International Newcomers Academy, a K-12 school for arrivals from other countries and Puerto Rico. MetroHealth’s mobile unit will be open to students a half-day per week. A physician or nurse practitioner and medical assistant will offer services such as urgent care, immunizations, sports physicals and basic lab tests; a mental health professional will provide referrals for those services.
SAVING WOMEN AND GENTS (SWAG) sponsored by The Urban Barber Association (TUBA) is scheduled for August 2 from 11 am to 5 pm at 98th St. and Lorain Ave. Insurance info, stop smoking education, diabetes education, blood pressure screening, blood glucose screening, HIV screens. Music, food, fun and friends. For more information, call 216/245-TUBA or visit http://www.TheUrbanBarberAssociation.org
WOMEN AGES 45-65 are needed to participate in a 90-day clinical trial. Post-menopausal women are eligible. Compensation provided. Contact the Clinical Trials Unit at Case Western Reserve University: call 216/844-4444, email email@example.com, or visit clevelandaids.org/ring.
FREE LEGAL AID clinic is first-come, first served for low-income individuals with civil legal issues (not criminal ones) for advice and referral. Bring all relevant paperwork. Clinic is scheduled for August 9 from 9:30am – 11am at Carnegie West Branch at 1900 Fulton Road.
JOURNEY TOGETHER, SUPPORT FOR THOSE EXPERIENCING LOSS. A meeting place for adults who have experienced the death of a loved one, loss of a relationship or other life events resulting in grief. All are welcome. All Caring Hospice holds grief support groups on the 1st Tuesday of every month (August 5) from 6-7pm at Pilgrim Congregational United Church of Christ at 2592 West 14th St. For information and registration, contact Michelle Kissinger at 216/520-4080 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
EARLY LEARNING CENTERS opportunities are available for private pay, voucher qualified and Early/Head Start eligible families. Part and full day services are available for children ages 6 to pre-kindergarten at Archwood at 2800 Archwood Ave. and Gordon Square at 5209 Detroit Ave. Call now to enroll: 216/325-9678.
PRE-K for four-year-olds this fall at private providers and district schools. Tuition and transportation assistance is available. Contact Starting Point at 216/575-0061 or visit clevelandmetroschools.org/PRE4CLE.
HELP IS AVAILABLE FOR OHIOANS who are at or below 175 percent of the federal poverty level to purchase an air conditioner or fan, and/or assist in the payment of an electric bill, through August 31. Households must also qualify with an elderly member (60 years or older), or with physician documentation that cooling assistance is needed for a household member’s health. Eligible households can receive up to $350 to purchase an air conditioner or fan, and/or to assist in the payment of an electric bill. This year, the program will also provide assistance up to $400 to customers of Cleveland Public Power with a disconnection notice who are eligible. For more information, please contact the Council for Economic Opportunities in Greater Cleveland at 216/518-4014. Additional information can also be found at ceogc.org, energyhelp.ohio.gov or by calling the toll-free at 1-800/ 282-0880
TECHCENTRAL of the Cleveland Public Library offers classes on topics including computer programming and audio editing. In Making Code: Learn to Program, participants will create interactive programs and more using Ruby programming on August 18 at 4:30 pm. In Making Tunes: Mastering Mix Tracks, edit sound, voice and music using multiple sound tracks with Audacity audio editor and recorder on August 7 at 1pm. Both classes will held at the Lorain Branch, 8216 Lorain Ave. Space is limited; call to register: 216/623-7011 or 216/623-2980.
NEAR WEST SIDE YARD SALE will feature over 45 independent yard sales taking place during the weekend of August 2nd & 3rd in Ohio City and Detroit Shoreway. Check out a “Map of Sales” at ohiocity.org/event/near-west-yard-sale-august-2nd-3rd