A listing of a variety of free activities and resources for the Near West Side.
ARTS AND CULTURE
CREATIVE WORKFORCE FELLOWSHIPS of $15,000 will be awarded to 40 Cuyahoga County artists in 2016. The application deadline is Friday, September 4th, 2015. Free workshops will offer training in related skills, including grant writing, legal considerations and fair use, documenting work samples and utilizing available resources in the community. Workshop dates include: Thursday, July 9 at 4 pm at Julia de Burgos Cultural Center, Wednesday July 15 at 6 pm at the Happy Dog at the Euclid Tavern, and Saturday, July 25 at 11 am at the Cuyahoga County Public Library/Garfield Branch. For more information, visit cultureforward.org/Fellowship.
DONATE BLOOD on July 7 from 9 am – 1 pm at MetroHealth Medical Center, 2500 Metrohealth Drive. To make an appointment or for more information, download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) . All blood types are needed. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age, weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.
CUYAHOGA COMMUNITY COLLEGE
NEW ADULT DIPLOMA PROGRAM will link earning a high school diploma with FREE job training for adults age 22 or older who left high school before graduating. Those accepted into the program will simultaneously earn a high school diploma and an industry credential. The College’s program will prepare participants for careers in health-care services, manufacturing, logistics and construction. Students will choose a career pathway and work under a personalized success plan. Unlike in traditional classrooms, students will show they have mastered their courses by passing a job skills test rather than a traditional academic test. To enroll or for more information, call 216-987-0610, or go to www.tri-c.edu/adultdiploma.
ENROLL IN SCHOOL
CLEVELAND METROPOLITAN SCHOOL DISTRICT enrolls students in school year-round at the District’s downtown offices, 1111 Superior Ave., and Thomas Jefferson International Newcomers Academy, 3145 W. 46th St. Registration requires the following: the child’s birth certificate, a complete and up-to-date immunization record, guardianship documents (if applicable), proof of address, guardian’s ID, the student’s most recent report card, transcript or withdrawal form.
GARDEN WALK CLEVELAND, a free, self-guided tour of gardens, urban farms, vineyards, and orchards, will be held on July 11 and 12 from 11 am to 5 pm. Neighborhood headquarters are at Detroit-Shoreway (The Labyrinth at West 65th Street and Clinton), West Park (West Park Station at 17015 Lorain Avenue), and Old Brooklyn (O’Reilly’s Auto Parts at 4280 Fulton Road). Stop by a headquarters to pick up a neighborhood garden guide. Headquarters also have car parking, bike parking, restrooms, water and maps. For more information, log onto http://www.gardenwalkcleveland.org/
THIRD FRIDAYS @78TH STREET STUDIOS will be held on Friday, July 17th. Sip wine and chat with friends. Every Friday visit the lunchtime Open House at W. 78th, lunch at the Spice Box and visit at least 10 galleries open 11 am – 4 pm.
CLEVELAND PUBLIC LIBRARY offers a FREE, fast and convenient way for homebound patrons to borrow books, magazines, music CDs, DVDs and Books-on-CD, mostly for three-week periods. Individuals who are physically unable to visit their local library either because of age or disability are eligible to apply. To register, call the Homebound Services program at 216/623-7005 Monday – Friday from 10 am to 5 pm.
JOB FAIRS TO RECRUIT substitute paraprofessionals and full-time and substitute food-service workers will be sponsored by the Cleveland Metropolitan School District. The fair for food-service workers will be at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, July 14 at the East Professional Center, East 79th Street and Superior Avenue. The fair for paraprofessionals, or instructional aides, is scheduled for 8 a.m. on Tuesday, July 21 at Lincoln-West High School, 3202 W. 30th St. Food-service employee hours vary by position from two to eight hours per day and starting pay is at least $10.89 per hour. New paraprofessionals, or instructional aides, will earn $9.53 per hour. Applicants should arrive at the fairs as early as possible to have the best chance of getting an interview. Applications may be submitted online at the fairs, but candidates are encouraged to apply in advance at www.teachcleveland.org.
KIDS’ GARDEN PROGRAMS
CHILDREN K-5 can sign up at Kentucky Community Garden across from Kentucky School at West 38th and Franklin. Summer program meets Wednesdays through August 12 from 5 to 7 pm. Parents can sign up children at Kentucky Garden on the first Wednesday they attend.
REGISTER YOUR CHILDREN now for kindergarten by contacting the Cleveland Metropolitan Schools at 216/838-3675 or visiting www.clevelandmetroschools.org. Birth certificates, immunization records, proof of residence, and if needed guardianship records are required.
LITTLE FREE LIBRARY
DONATE BOOKS TO “LITTLE FREE LIBRARIES” at these Cleveland Public Library locations: Walz Branch (7910 Detroit Ave. – 216/623-7095) and Jefferson Branch (850 Jefferson Ave. – 216/623-7004). Books for children and teens are especially needed.
SOMEONE NEEDED TO BUILD A LIBRARY STRUCTURE FOR BALTIC PARK: Tiny little structures that can hold about 30 books that kids borrow in a convenient location and then return when done reading. People donate more books to replenish and refresh titles to keep little ones reading. Simple carpentry skills are needed and some material money may be available to offset the cost. Contact Anita at Cudell at 216.228.4383.
MARKET DISTRICT AMBASSADORS are available Thursday, Friday and Saturday until midnight to serve as safety escorts as well as to deal with panhandling, trash and graffiti removal, and provide directions and friendly assistance. To request a safety escort, call 216/621-6000. The boundaries served are from Gehring to Chatham to W. 28th to Bridge to W. 26th to Jay to W. 24.
OHIO CITY STAGES, sponsored by the Cleveland Museum of Art, on select Wednesday evenings at 7:30 pm in front of the Transformed Station for a block party featuring global musical artists in free outdoor concerts. The performers are: King Sunny Ade & His African Beats (julu/Nigeria) on July 8, Ondatropica (tropical/Colombia) on July 15, Tamikrest (Saharan/Mali) on July 22, and Los Cojolites (Son jarocho/Mexico) on July 29.
EDGEWATER LIVE will be held on Thursdays from 5:30 until 8:30 pm through August 13th at the Lakefront Reservation (Edgewater Park). The concert on July 2 will feature Sunset Strip with Billy Morris, July 9 Almost Famous, July 16 The Spazmatics, 23rd Thunder Gun Express, and July 30 Rock the House. For more information, call 216/635-3200. Pedicabs to Edgewater Live leave every ten minutes from the corner of 65th and Detroit Ave.
LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM seeking engaged community leaders who believe that Cleveland’s best days are ahead, consider enhancing your skills by applying to the Neighborhood Leadership Development Program. The program is a 9-month commitment that will help you impact your community and city. Contact NLDP for an application at 216/776.6167 or apply on-line at nldpcleveland.com. The application deadline is August 5.
THE CLEVELAND METROPOLITAN SCHOOL DISTRICT is taking applications from parents and caregivers who want to serve on the District’s Parent Advisory Committee. Committee members serve for one school year and are required to attend four meetings. Transportation assistance, childcare and dinner are provided. Committee members will attend training in the fall. To be on the committee during the 2015-16 school year, members must be a parent/caregiver of a student who is currently enrolled in the District. Meeting dates for the school year are Thursday, Oct. 8; Thursday, Dec. 10; Thursday, Feb. 11; and Thursday, April 7. All the meetings will be from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Jane Addams Business Careers Center, 2373 E. 30th St. The application deadline is Friday, Aug. 7. To apply, fill out the online application at www.clevelandmetroschools.org/Page/3634
PARENT LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE, sponsored by the Cleveland Metropolitan School District’s Office of Family and Community Engagement, will focus on strategies for strengthening parent participation in the schools. The institute is open to parents, principals or community partners. Participants can attend a session at or 3 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, July 16 at Almira School, 3375 W. 99th St. The course will include: using surveys to increase parent participation, aligning parent activities with student success, the importance of building relationships with school and community partners, and marketing events to increase parent participation. For further information or to register, call 216/838-3223.
PARTY IN THE PARK
STOCKYARD, CLARK-FULTON, AND BROOKLYN CENTRE will present a party on July 23rd from 6 – 8:30 pm at Train Avenue Park at Train Avenue and West 48th. Free food,entertainment and community resources.
PRE-K TO GRADE 8
PAUL L. DUNBAR ACADEMY is a Pre K-8 school on the west side of Cleveland. It is an arts enrichment model, which means certified teachers teach all students through gifted and talented instructional strategies while infusing the arts to engage students in lifelong rigorous learning. Paul L Dunbar Academy welcomes students and their families to take a tour of its campus. It is currently registering for the upcoming 2015-2016 school in grades Pre K-8. Please call 216/551-6506 for more information and to register for a tour. Next school tour and information session is scheduled for July 30th from 6 to 7 pm.
PRODUCE GIVE AWAY
FREE PRODUCE is available to those in need at the Salvation Army Cleveland West Park at 12645 Lorain Ave. on July 31 and August 28 from 9 am to 2 pm. Photo ID, Proof of Residency, and Proof of Household Members are required. Sponsored by the Cleveland Food Bank. Bring your own bag. For more information, call 216/252-3593.
FOOD AND CLOTHING DISTRIBUTION DAY at the May Dugan Center is the fourth Wednesday of every month. The only requirements for food donations are photo IDs for the adults in the household, medical cards or social security cards for the children, proof of income for the household, and proof of address. The May Dugan Center is located at 4115 Bridge Ave.. For more information, call 216/631-5800 or visit www.maydugancenter.org.
THE CLEVELAND SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL is presenting “The Merchant of Venice” FREE on August 1st and 2nd at Lincoln Park at 7 pm. For more information, visit www.cleveshakes.org.
PAINTING IN THE PARK FAMILY FUN DAY will be held on Saturday, July 11. Furaha Forever Productions will host their 1st Annual Family Fun Day in Lincoln Park-Tremont from 12 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. There will be live painting presentations, various creative art activities for children, teens and adults, food vendors and more. For your FREE tickets, go to www.eventbrite.com and type in Painting in the Park Family Fun Day or contact the Coordinator at 216-202-0784.
TREMONT ARTWALK occurs on the second Friday of the month in the Tremont neighborhood (July 10) from 6 to 9 pm. Visit http://tremontartwalk.com/ for more information.
VFW 2850 COMMEMORATIVE PARTNER COMMITTEE presents “Thank the Living–Remember The Fallen” Vietnam War Commemorative Partner Ceremony on Saturday, July 18th, at the VFW 2850 Meeting Hall at 3296 W 61st Street from 4:00 PM –to 5:00 PM. Come One, Come All. Welcome Vietnam Vets, Help Us Honor and Thank our Vietnam Veterans and Their Families. Picnic to follow ceremony — all are welcome.