A listing of a variety of free activities and resources for the Near West Side.
ARTS AND CULTURE
THE CLIFTON ARTS AND MUSICFEST will be held on Saturday, June 20 from 10 am to 6 pm at Clifton Blvd between West 112th and West 117th. Applications are available for the $750 Student Scholarship entries. Student Scholarship Applications and Portfolios are due by May 22. Go to http://cudell.com/Artist-Application.pdf to download an application. For more information, call 216/228-4383 or email email@example.com.
STATION HOPE is a block party with a purpose, an art event for the people, a celebration of hope. It is a free, one-night-only, multi-arts event that celebrates the triumphs of the Underground Railroad, the history of St. John’s Church, and contemporary struggles for freedom and justice. It will be held on Saturday, May 9th from 6 to 10:30 pm at St. John’s Church, 2600 Church Ave. Free and open to all ages. Join the Facebook event at https://www.facebook.com/events/1457114077911888/ for more details. Please consider making a donation.
A BIKE AWARENESS RIDE will be on Sunday, May 3rd. Registration for the four and ten mile rides begins at 9 am at the West Side Market parking lot, 1979 West 25th St. The rides begin at 10 am. Get help with bike repair, and practice putting your bike on a bus rack available. Bring a helmet and a lock. Call 216/664-2691 with questions.
The Northeast Ohio Area Coordinating Agency (NOACA) conducts BICYCLE AND PEDESTRIAN COUNTS with the help of volunteers during the months of May and September annually. Assist in collecting data to aid in the prioritization of bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure and planning projects. To volunteer, take the survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/noacabikespring2015 or learn more at http://www.noaca.org/index.aspx?page=52.
DONATE A BOOK YOU LOVE to support literacy and a love of reading with your neighbors. Do not use withdrawn library materials. Drop off books for Little Free Libraries at the Walz Branch of the Cleveland Public Library (7910 Detroit Ave., 216/623-7095) or the Jefferson Branch (850 Jefferson Ave., 216/623-7004).
Learn about REDUCING, REUSING AND RECYCLING at a free patch event for boy and girl scouts on Saturday, May 2. Youth, scouts, and their parents and troop leaders are invited to the special event at the Cleveland Metroparks CanalWay Center at 4524 East 49th Street in Cuyahoga Heights. The free event will run from 9:00 am -1:00 pm. All youth are welcome to attend, as long as they are accompanied by an adult or troop leader. Register your child or group with CanalWay Center at 216/206-1000 or www.clevelandmetroparks.com. For information on the Cuyahoga Recycles patch program, contact Solid Waste District Education Specialist Kathleen Rocco at 216/443-3731 or visit www.cuyahogaswd.org/en-US/ReduceReuseRecyclePatchProgram.aspx
THE GEORGE V. VOINOVICH BRIDGE project team and The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) are offering public tours of the bridge. The hour-long tours will take place twice each month, through September. For a complete schedule of tours, log-on to www.Innerbelt.org and select “Project Tours.” Reservations for tours will become available early each month by visiting www.Innerbelt.org, by calling the project hotline at 216/344-0069, or e-mailing Info@Innerbelt.org. All tours are weather permitting. Tour attendees will need to dress appropriately, to include long pants and hard-soled, closed-toed shoes, and will be expected to walk about a mile as part of the tour. Attendees must be at least 18 years old, or 12 to 17 accompanied by a parent or guardian. All attendees will be required to sign waivers, which are available on-line. For more info, please call Jocelynn Clemings at 216/584-4030 or email Info@Innerbelt.org.
CAREERS IN THE TRADES
THE ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY ACADEMY at the Cuyahoga Community College offers training in certificate programs at no cost to students. Eligible students receive this training as well as supportive services such as bus tickets, OSHA 10 Certificate, up to $250 stipend week paid internship, private job fair, and an extension to full-time employment. Programs are Precision Machine Technology and Welding. The short-term programs last 1 semester. Starting wages ranging from $12-15 per hour, depending on the program. Students must be 18-21 years old, have a HS diploma of GED, be a Cuyahoga County resident, and meet low-income guidelines. Call (216) 987-3449 for more information. Other programs include Facilities Maintenance, Culinary Arts, and Automotive Technology. Call 216/987-6304.
WOMEN IN THE TRADES. A career night will be held for Northeast Ohio women who are interested in learning more about and starting a career in the building and construction trades. Attendees will have the opportunity to talk to representatives from a variety of trades, including: plumbers, electricians, carpenters, iron workers, pipefitters, bricklayers, roofers, and more. It will be held Tuesday, May 12 from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the Cleveland Plumbing Industry (CPI) Training Facility at 950 Keynote Circle, Brooklyn Heights. For more information, contact Madeline Malicki at 216-574-2133 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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 216/664-6603 or 216/664-3609.
MEETINGS TO GET PUBLIC INPUT will help refine plans for SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION projects. The meeting at Lincoln-West will be held at 3202 West 30th St. on Monday, May 4 from 6:30 to 8 pm, and the one at Tremont Montessori is scheduled for 2409 West 10th St. on Tuesday, May 19 from 5 to 6:30 pm. COUPON’ING
EXTREME COUPON’ING will be held at the Fulton Branch of the Cleveland Public Library on May 23, June 27th and monthly through November. For more information, call Keisha at 216/961-9073 ext. 204.
78TH STREET STUDIOS has over 43 retail galleries, studios and other creative spaces, north of Detroit. It has open houses on the THIRD FRIDAY of the month (next up is 5/15) from 5 to 9 pm, and every Friday from 11am to 4pm. For more information, visit http://78thstreetstudios.com/
THE NORTH END BLOCK CLUB will meet on May 25 at 6:30pm at the West Bethel Baptist Church at 5207 Franklin Blvd. For more information, contact Austin Boxler at 216-961-4242 ext. 243 or Shelley Ketter at email@example.com. Everyone from the neighborhood and surrounding block clubs is encouraged to attend.
DRINKING WATER WEEK
AN OPEN HOUSE AND TOURS OF GARRETT MORGAN WATER TREATMENT PLANT will be held Saturday, May 9 from 10 am to 3 pm at 1245 West 45th Street. For more information or to schedule a tour, contact the Office of Special Events at 216/664-2444 ext. 5802 or visit clevelandwater.com. Bring a photo id.
FIRE EXPLORERS PROGRAM.
Learn about FIRE SERVICE and related topics (such as emergency medical techniques) through a program targeted to young men and women between the ages of 14 and 20 who have completed 8th grade and have an interest in fire service. Participants must be willing to commit to attend meetings twice a month, usually on Tuesdays and Saturdays. For more information, contact Lieutenant Victor M. Gill at 216/543-8287 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
GREATER CLEVELAND FOOD BANK offers assistance applying for SNAP (Food Stamps) if your monthly gross income for a one-person household of less than $1244, ranging to an income for a five-person household of less than $2986. They can also help you find a food pantry, hot meal, or produce distribution center near you. Call 216/738-2067 or toll free 855/738-2067 from 9 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday.
TREE WALK & PERENNIAL PLANT EXCHANGE. On Saturday, May 2 from 10 – 11 am, friends and neighbors will walk along Clifton Boulevard and learn about caring for young trees, both street trees and those planted in yards. Also, there will be a Perennial Plant Exchange on the same day at the same location. Plants to be exchanged may be brought from 11 – 11:30 am and the exchange will happen from 11:30 am to Noon. If you are “walking” for the Tree Walk, drop off your plants to exchange at 10 and get your selections after the Walk. All activities are in front of Gabe’s Deli, Outdoor Patio on the corner of West 105 and Clifton Boulevard
NEIGHBORHOOD FAMILY PRACTICE Counselors are available to answer questions and help individuals and families choose the right affordable health insurance plan, including: Medicaid, Marketplace, Medicare and a Sliding Scale Deductible program. All of these services are free and confidential. Call the
Patient Benefits team 216/281-0872 ext. 2020 for more information or to schedule an appointment.
CINCO DE MAYO/MAY FIFTH CELEBRATION sponsored by the City of Cleveland’s Community Relations Board will be held at the City Hall Rotunda, 601 Lakeside Ave., in downtown Cleveland at 11 am. Lunch will be served. Rep. Marcy Kaptur will be the keynote speaker. Entertainment by Mariachi “Santa Cecilia.” To register, call 216/664-6248.
LA PLACITA CLEVELAND, an open-air market that celebrates the rich culture and entrepreneurial spirit of Cleveland’s Hispanic Community, is scheduled for May 9, June 13, and monthly through September at 2511 Clark Ave. Call Maria Soucek at 216/961-9073 ext. 202 for more information.
METROHEALTH’S Second Annual Stakeholders Meeting, a progress report on the health system’s future, is scheduled for Friday, May 8 from 8 to 10 am at the Cleveland Convention Center. Join the conversation at www.metrohealthtransformation.org
THE NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION (NASA)/GLENN RESEARCH CENTER offers free one-hour behind-the-scenes tours. The June 6th tour will go to the Telescience Support Center and the July 11 one goes to the Abe Silverstein Supersonic Wind Tunnel. Reservations can be made up to 30 days ahead of the tours and on a space available basis, at least one week before the actual tour date. To register, call the automated phone line at 216/433-9653 or send an email to Sheila Reese at email@example.com. For registration assistance, call 216-433-2016. For additional information on tours at the Glenn Research Center, visit http://www.nasa.gov/centers/glenn/events/tours.html
CLEVELAND PARENT SUPPORT NETWORK is a parent-led membership organization that hosts leadership development programs, advocacy groups, support circles, and workshops designed to meet the needs and interests of parents and families. Learn more at www.neighborhoodleadership.org.
CLARK-FULTON DOG AND CAT WELLNESS DAY offering FREE Pet Exam, Shots, ID Tags & Microchip, Flea Treatment, Spay & Neuter Appt., Leash/Collar will be held on Sunday, May 3 from 10 am to 2 pm at Westside Boys & Girls Club at 3340 Trowbridge.
Questions? Call 216/732-7040. Rain or shine. Please keep dogs on leash, cats in carriers.
NOMINATIONS OPEN FOR FIRST OHIO POET LAUREATE. All nominations, including self-nominations, and submission materials must be submitted via e-mail to OhioPoetLaureate@oac.state.oh.us. Nominations will close on May 20, at 5 p.m. For more information, visit http://www.oac.state.oh.us/grantsprogs/OhioPoetLaureate.asp.
A FREE SENIOR DAY, presented by the Cleveland Department of Aging, is scheduled for Wednesday, May 20 at Cleveland Public Hall at 500 Lakeside Ave. in downtown Cleveland. An information fair will be held at 10 am, a program will take place at 11 am, lunch at noon and entertainment at 12:30 pm. For more information, call 216/664-2833 or visit www.cleveland-oh.gov/aging.
COMMUNITY CLEANUP is scheduled for May 2 at 9 am. Volunteer headquarters is at 3167 Fulton Rd. Online volunteer pre-registration is at www.greenupcleveland.org. On-site registration is also available.
NEIGHBORHOOD NETWORK NIGHT meets every 2nd Wednesday of the month from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at Archwood United Church of Christ, 2800 Archwood Ave. Noche de Comunicacion Comunitaria, Cada 2nd Miercoles del Mes. April meeting/Abril fetchas is on the 8th. Contact/llama a Keisha Gonzalez at 216/961-9073 x204 or Kgonzalez@dscdo.org
STOCKYARD, CLARK-FULTON AND BROOKLYN CENTRE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT SAFETY COMMITTEE is offering free technology training, including looking up court cases, finding property owners, setting up alerts for sexual offenders, getting updates on crime in your neighborhood and filing a crime report online. The training is scheduled for Monday, May 4th at 6 pm at The Connect Your Community Center at 3730 Pearl Rd. For more information, contact Adam Gifford at 216/961-9073 ext. 205.
TREMONT ARTWALK occurs on the second Friday of the month in the Tremont neighborhood (May 8) from 6 to 9 pm . Visit http://tremontartwalk.com/ for more information.
FREE WiFi is offered by the Cleveland Public Library at its Main Library complex, including the Eastman Reading Garden, and all Cleveland Public Library branches. You need a laptop computer, tablet or mobile device with WiFi capability. For more information, visit www.cpl.org.