A listing of a variety of free activities and resources for the Near West Side.
HELP PLAN FOR THE ARAGON BALLROOM SPACE at the second public meeting at Lincoln West High School on April 8th at 7 pm. To confirm, call Adam Stalder at 216/961-9073.
ARTS AND CRAFTS
THE 28TH ANNUAL CLIFTON ARTS AND MUSIC FEST, scheduled for Saturday, June 20 from 10 am to 6 pm on Clifton Blvd., is seeking applications from visual artists and craftspeople. Applications for the Juried Show are available for downloading at http://cudell.com.com/Artist-Application.pdf. Additionally, acoustic performing entertainers are being sought.
THE 2015 OHIO ARTS FESTIVALS AND COMPETITIONS DIRECTORY is now available free of charge. It is a resource for individuals and organizations looking to exhibit artwork in festivals throughout Ohio—and for those who simply want to take part in the arts. To obtain a copy: Send an e-mail to OAC.PublicInformationOffice@oac.state.oh.us and use 2015 Directory in the e-mail subject line. Call 614/728-4463. Or download it from http://www.oac.state.oh.us/search/OACFestival/SearchFestivals.asp
SLOW ROLL CLEVELAND OPENING DAY 2015 will be held on April 13 at Market Square Park in Ohio City. Assemble at 6:30 pm and begin the ride at 7 pm. Rides are usually 8-10 miles at a moderate pace. All age and experience levels welcomed. Minors ok with adult supervision. Bring a light and a lock. Helmets encouraged. After party at Nano Brew at 1825 West 25th St. Visit www.facebook.com/slowrollcle.
BUY A HOME
Learn about how to BUY YOUR OWN HOME on Saturday, April 18 from 10 am to 12 noon at China Café at 11520 Clifton Blvd. Sponsored by First National Bank and Cudell Improvement. To RSVP and ask questions, call Jan or Anita at 216/228-4383.
FREE IMMUNIZATIONS are available at Mc Cafferty Health Center at 4242 Lorain Ave. every Monday from 8 am until 11 am, and every 2nd and 4th Thursday from 4 pm to 7pm. For more information, visit www.clevelandhealth.org or call 216/664-3609.
ADULT LEARNER PROGRAM SCHOLARSHIP 2015-2016 is available to adults 19 and older who have interrupted their education for one or more years, have a high school diploma or GED, and demonstrate financial need. Other restrictions apply. Visit www.collegenowgc.oreg to apply online. Go to “Scholarship Services.” Or call Elton Lytle at 216/635-0166. Application deadline is April 24.
OHIO CITY HOME SAFETY PROGRAM, sponsored by Ohio City Inc. and the Cleveland Police Second District, provides matching funds for home safety improvements in Ohio City. Ohio City Inc. is offering matching funds equivalent to 50% of the cost of home improvements directly related to safety, up to a maximum of $250. For example, if you spend $500 on these improvements, Ohio City Inc. will reimburse you $250. No amount is too small. To begin the process, schedule a safety audit with Cleveland Police Officer by contacting Kerry McCormack at KMcCormack@ohiocity.org or 216/781-3222 ext. 103.
SECOND DISTRICT POLICE-CITIZEN COMMITTEE MEETINGS are held on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 7 pm at the Applewood Center (in the gymnasium off Daisy Ave.) at 3538 West 25th St. (between the I-71 south on-ramp and Daisy Ave.). Work with other citizens and the Second District Police to provide a safe and secure community. Meet with the Second District Commander to resolve safety concerns and plan events all over the district. For more information, call 216/664-3293.
THE FAMILY JUSTICE CENTER is a one-stop center for victims and survivors of family and interpersonal violence, including domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse, elder abuse, and stalking. Its goal is to help clients feel safe and comfortable in a specially designed facility. Services are free and open to any Cuyahoga County resident. Open Monday-Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm at 75 Erieview Plaza, 5th floor or call 216/443-7347. No appointment needed.
WORKSHOPS/TALLERES ON DOMESTIC VIOLENCE and MENTAL HEALTH/VIOLENCIA DOMESTICA and SALUD MENTAL on Saturday, April 18/Sabado 18 de Abril from 8:30 am – 2 pm. Free/gratuito. Topics include: immigration/inmigracion, free legal consultation/consulta legal gratis, family violence prevention/prevencion de violencia domestica, mental health/salud mental, and faith and spirituality. Breakfast and lunch will be provided/Serviremos desayuno y almuerzo. Free transportation and day care will be provided if needed/Transportacion disponible para los que necesiten. To register, log onto http://buildingstrongfamilies.eventbrite.com. Questions? Contact Lucy Torrez at email@example.com or (216) 664-6248.
DRINKING WATER WEEK
AN OPEN HOUSE AND TOURS OF GARRETT MORGAN WATER TREATMENT PLANT will be held Saturday, May 9 from 10 am to 4 pm at 1245 West 45th Street. For more information, contact the Office of Special Events at 216/664-2444 ext. 5802 or visit clevelandwater.com to schedule a tour.
- AUGUSTINE IS OFFERING SEVERAL OPPORTUNITIES. A hot breakfast will be served Easter morning beginning at 8 am at the OLA/St. Joseph Center. This Center is in the St. Augustine Parish neighborhood at 2486 West 14th St. in Tremont. Hot dinners will be served from 11 am to 1 pm on Easter at St. Augustine Parish Halls at 2486 West 14th St., St Colman Parish at 2027 West 65th St., and Mary Queen of Peace at 4423 Pearl Rd.
- AUGUSTINE will provide transportation to pick people up to take them to the church and take them home, as well as deliver meals to homebound people who want to eat at home. Those wishing to register for a ride or home-delivered meal should call the church at 216/781-5880 between 9 am and 5 pm.
VOLUNTEER WORKERS AND DRIVERS needed for St. Augustine’s Easter Holiday Meal Program. Call 216/781-5530.
DYNGUS DAYS CLEVELAND will be celebrated on Monday, April 6th. For information on activities in Detroit Shoreway, Tremont and Ohio City visit www.clevelanddyngus.com.
CONTRIBUTE YOUR IDEAS FOR IMPROVEMENTS to Edgewater Park. Log onto to http://metroparksedgewater.mindmixer.com and let the Metroparks know what amenities like outdoor seating, food service options, beach equipment and summer sports equipment rentals you would like to see there.
BE A COMMUNITY CLIMATE AMBASSADOR. Learn about the technical aspects of weather and climate in a fun and informative way. Learn what you and your neighbors can do to reduce flooding, improve neighborhood green spaces, reduce your energy bills, and help your neighbors in the event of a heat wave. Participants will be paid a $500 stipend on completion of the program. The positions require a commitment of roughly 20 hours between April and August. For more information, call Adam Davenport at 216/961-4242 ext. 265, or submit an application in person to Detroit Shoreway or by email to ADavenport@dscdo.org
“FAMILIES THAT LEAD”
LEARN THE SKILLS TO BE A LEADER AND ADVOCATE FOR YOUR FAMILY at a program sponsored by The Neighborhood Leadership Institute. The free program “Families that Lead” is designed for parents and caregivers and will run from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Mondays, April 13 to June 8 at Lincoln-West high school. No sessions will be held on Memorial Day. Another series will run from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursdays, April 16 through June 4 at James Ford Rhodes high school. Download a brochure by visiting http://neighborhoodleadership.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/FTLSpringProof.pdf
For further information, call 216-658-1359.
THE TWICE BLESSED FREE STORE offers free clothing, shoes, baby products, toys and books for children, pots, pans, plates, cups, utensils, blankets, and sheets on Saturdays from 10 am to 1 pm. It is housed in the Nehemiah Mission Building at 6515 Bridge Ave.. For more information, call 216/961-6968.
MASTER GARDENERS OF CUYAHOGA COUNTY are seeking applications from non-profit, educational or public organizations interested in grant funding for garden or horticulture related projects. MGCC will award six (6) grants up to one thousand dollars ($1,000) each to qualified applicants. Interested individuals/organizations can learn more about the grant program including all criteria for consideration and obtain an application by going to www.cuyahogamg.org. Deadline for application is April 30, 2015.
THE SEED LIBRARY, offered by the Cleveland Public Library and the Cleveland Seed Bank, is once again available to individuals who can stop at the Lorain Branch Library at 8216 Lorain Avenue or the Carnegie West Library at 1900 Fulton Rd and check out a seed packet and plant the seeds in their garden, After growing and enjoying the fruits, flowers or vegetables, seeds need to be saved from the best plant. Then next year, plant the saved seeds, share the saved seeds with friends/neighbors, or participate in a “seed swap.”
A TREE WALK will be held on Clifton Boulevard on Saturday, May 2 at 10 AM that will help residents understand the care young trees need – whether street trees or those being planted in yards. Walkers will meet in front of Clifton Martini and Wine Bar and the new Gabe’s Deli at West 104 and Clifton Boulevard.
A HOME REMODELING FAIR is scheduled for April 11 from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm at Cleveland Heights City Hall at 40 Severance Circle. Workshops include electrical systems in older homes, residential storm water management, and smart home technology. For more information, go to http://www.hrrc-ch.org/events/special-events/.
HOUSING COURT SPECIALISTS are court employees who offer expertise and knowledge about housing renovation, inspections, rentals and management. They can also offer information and assistance in Housing Court cases. They are not attorneys and cannot offer legal advice or representation. For more information, go to www.clevelandhousingcourt.org or call 216.664.4295.
THE OHIO DEPARTMENT OF INSURANCE offers a consumer hotline at 800/686-1526 or www.insurance.ohio.gov. Medicare questions can be addressed to OSHIIP at 800/686-1578. You can follow the Ohio Department of Insurance on Facebook and Twitter.
LA PLACITA FESTIVAL
The near west side’s first weekly open air HISPANIC MARKET is set to open in May. La Placita is seeking vendors and entertainers of all kinds specializing in Latino and Hispanic food, clothing, crafts, art, dance, music and much more. For more information, contact Stockyard, Clark-Fulton & Brooklyn Centre Economic Development Coordinator Maria Soucek at (216)961-9073, x202.
SCHOOL AS NEIGHBORHOOD RESOURCE activities include sports, arts and crafts, tutoring, dinner for kids, blood pressure checks, and families that lead. Open 6-8 pm Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays through April 30. Days and times vary. See site for full schedule. Lincoln West is located at 3202 West 30th St.
CREATING COMMUNITIES OF PEACE, a 20-hour basic workshop, is scheduled from Friday to Sunday for 20 hours on May 28, 29 and 30 at River’s Edge on Rocky River Dr. Free but registration is required: call Rahim at 216/215-1647 for more information or to register, or visit www.creatingcommunitiesforpeace.com.
A STUDENT AND YOUTH LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE sponsored by the The Social Justice Institute (SJI) at Case Western Reserve University is scheduled for April 11 from 9 am to 4:30 pm. The full-day conference will feature student activist, Rian Brown, from Kalamazoo College. Dr. Rhonda Y. Williams, Founder & Director, Social Justice Institute, will facilitate the discussions throughout the event. Lunch will be provided. For more information, call 216-368-7568, or to register go to https://www.case.edu/socialjustice/events/upcomingEvents.html
Applications for SUMMER OF SISTERHOOD (SOS), an 8 week performing arts camp for girls 10-18, are being accepted by the West Side Community House at 9300 Lorain Ave. Only 30-35 girls will be selected into the program. Early applications are strongly encouraged. Application deadline is Friday, May 8th at 6 pm. Program dates are June 17th through August 7th. For application information and general information, contact Ali McClain at 216/771-7297 ext. 315.
SUMMER JOB TRAINING
STUDENT THEATRE ENRICHMENT PROGRAM (STEP) is a job training program for teens 14-19 at Cleveland Public Theatre, 6415 Detroit Ave. It runs from June 15 to August, Monday to Friday from 4 pm to 9 pm. Teens will receive bus tickets and healthy snacks, and those who successfully complete the program will earn a $300 stipend. Teens will work with professional theatre artist-mentors in acting, singing, dance, writing, set construction, marketing, etc. No experience necessary. Auditions take place on Saturday April 11 (12-3 pm) and Sunday April 19 (1-4 pm). To audition, you must: be on time and stay the entire 3 hours; prepare a one minute of a song, dance, monologue, poem or your own writing; wear gym shoes and clothes appropriate for lots of movement; and work well with the whole group for the entire 3 hours. Call Faye Hargate at 216/631-2727 ext. 207 to schedule an audition: Leave your name, phone number and the date you wish to audition.
YOUTH OPPORTUNITIES UNLIMITED matches thousands of teenagers ages 14-18 to meaningful summer work experiences. You will need a certified birth certificate, a photo ID, and a social security card. You may need to meet family income requirements. For more information or to register, go to YouthOpportunities.org. You will need a computer or a smart phone that is connected to the Internet and an email address. Registration closes at 5 pm on Friday, May 1.
GET YOUR TAXES PREPARED FREE. IRS certified tax preparers and quick income tax returns. Appointments available at the Monday and Wednesday from 5:30 to 8 pm and Saturdays from 10am to 12:30 pm at the Fulton Road Office in the Lin Omni Building at 3167 Fulton Rd, #305. Call 211 to make an appointment.
FREE TAX PREPARATION is also available at South Brooklyn Branch of the Cleveland Public Library through April 11. Call 216/623-7067 to schedule an appointment on Saturdays from 11 am to 3 pm.
DISABLED? The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio has created a Voting Rights for Ohioans with Disabilities card that explains how to register to vote, important dates, what ID to bring, polling place accessibility, and how to obtain help at the polls. To order the free cards to share among your network, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 216/472-2220. Speakers on voting rights are also available.