A listing of a variety of free activities and resources for the Near West Side.
A STUDY ON “AGING IN PLACE” is being conducted for the Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization. Individuals 55+ are needed to participate in 3 focus groups. The sessions will be held at Luxe restaurant on Sept. 2 and 3. Dinner is free. To register and to check on the time, contact Michael Mandela at the Coral Company at 216/316-9686 (cell) or 216/932-4341 (office) or firstname.lastname@example.org.
PREVENT BLINDNESS Offers Free Resources to Help Ensure Kids See Clearly as They Head Back to School. For more information, log onto http://ohio.preventblindness.org/free-resources-help-kids-they-head-back-school.
RECEIVE FREE HAIRCUTS if you donate blood. The American Red Cross and Sport Clips Haircuts are teaming up nationwide to offer blood and platelet donors a free haircut coupon. Those who give blood or platelets will receive a coupon for a free haircut via email a few days after their donation. Donors must have a valid email address on record to receive the coupon. On Sept. 2 from 7 AM to 5 PM at MetroHealth Medical Center (2500 Metrohealth Drive), Sept. 2 from 9 AM to 2 PM at 2 p.m., Senior Health & Wellness Center (MetroHealth Old Brooklyn Campus, 4229 Pearl Road) and on Sept. 9 from 9 AM to 2 PM at Key Tower (127 Public Square, 27th Floor). Download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information.
METROHEALTH/BREAST/AMIGAS PROGRAM is sponsoring a free health fair on Saturday, Sept. 26 from 9 AM to 1 PM at La Sagrada Familia Church at 7719 Detroit Ave. Services include: Mammograms and Clinical Breast Exams, Health Screenings, and Community Resources. For more information, call Camille Garcia at email@example.com or 216/778-8347.
CLEVELAND TIME BANK
WHAT SKILLS DO YOU HAVE? STOCKYARD, CLARK-FULTON & BROOKLYN CENTRE is looking for someone to lead a skill share. The Cleveland TimeBank Skillshares are designed as a way to share your knowledge, talents, skills, and expertise with your local community. Skillshares are workshops that are led by you, me, and people in our community. Meet new people and enhance your knowledge on things that you and your neighbors find fun and/or important. For more information, contact Laura at Lzeck@dscdo.org or 216/961-9073 ext 204, or visit http://clevelandtimebank.org/skillshare/
DINNERS FOR CHILDREN
FREE SUPPERS all children ages 5-18 on Mondays-Fridays this fall at all Cleveland Recreation Centers. Call to confirm and check times: Clark (5706 Clark Ave., 664-4657), Cudell (1910 West Blvd., 664-4137), Estabrook (4125 Fulton, 664-4149) , Gunning (16700 Puritas, 420-7900), Halloran Rink (3550 West 117th, 664-4187) or Michael Zone (6301 Lorain Ave., 664-3373). Or call 664-2561.
FUTURE ENGINEERS SCHOLARSHIP is a $5,000 award that will be presented by Kelly Services to one eligible undergraduate student in December 2015. The scholarship award, which can be used for tuition, fees, books, and room and board expenses for the 2016 calendar year, is awarded to one student based on a written essay, documented acceptance into a school of engineering, demonstrated academic success and an intention to pursue a career in the field of engineering. Applications and additional information on the Future Engineers Scholarship are available at: www.kellyengineering.com/scholarships. The submission deadline is October 15, 2015.
NEIGHBORHOOD FAMILY PRACTICE has financial assistance for health care based on income and household size. For more information, visit http://www.nfpmedcenter.org/financial_assistance_and_patient_benefit_services.aspx
HEALTHY COOKING DEMONSTRATION
LEARN HOW TO COOK HEALTHIER on a budget and busy schedule from a professional chef specializing in Brazilian cuisine on Saturday, Sept. 5 from 11 AM to 12 PM at The Hildebrandt Building at 3619 Walton Ave. Demonstrations in both English and Spanish. Free. For more information, contact Lindsay Smetana at 216/575-0920, Ext 102 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
DEMOSTRACION DE COCINAR SALUDABLE. Aprende a cocinar mas saludable en poco tiempo de un chef professional especializado en cocina brasillenia on 5 de septiembre 11 AM – 12 PM The Hildebrandt Building at 3619 Walton Ave. Gratis. GORDON SQUARE
THE NEW GORDON SQUARE MARKET will be open from 4-7pm on the corner of W. 61St and Detroit Avenue. Open air trade will continue in the heart of the Gordon Square Arts District every Wednesday through September 23rd. For more information, visit http://www.gordonsquaremarket.org/
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY renovates homes in partnership with qualified families. Monthly expenses must be manageable and family income must meet income guidelines. Individuals or families must need better housing and be willing to partner with Habitat by completing home ownership classes, putting in Sweat Equity volunteer hours, and making house payments on time. Call 216/429-1299 or visit www.clevelandhabitat.org.
Individuals or family members experiencing MENTAL HEALTH, ALCOHOL OR OTHER DRUG-RELATED EMERGENCIES can receive immediate assistance by calling the 24-hour Suicide Prevention, Mental Health Crisis, Information and Referral Hotline at 216/623-6888, 211 or 216/436-2000.
LA PLACITA CLEVELAND
AN OPEN-AIR MARKET that celebrates the rich culture and entrepreneurial spirit of Cleveland’s Hispanic Community, is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 12TH from 1-8 p.m. at the US Bank Parking Lot at 2511 Clark Ave. and West 25th. Live entertainment, food vendors, kids zone, community corner, free health screenings by MetroHealth, local artist vendors and beer garden. Cultural Latin American attire encouraged. Call Maria Soucek at 216/961-9073 ext. 202 for more information.
OHIO CITY STREET FESTIVAL will be held on Sunday, Sept. 27th from 11AM to 7PM. Are you a business or organization in Ohio City that still needs to sign up? Contact Zoe at email@example.com. Interested in volunteering? Email Hattie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
FREE ONLINE CLASSES WITH YOUR LIBRARY CARD. Log onto www.cpl.org/galecourses, click Get Started Now, choose a class and click Enroll Now. Select a start date and Sign In or Create an Account. If you have problems or questions, contact TechCentral at 216/623-2980 or email@example.com.
MEET THE SECOND DISTRICT POLICE COMMANDER, Supervisors and Officers who patrol area streets, as well as neighbors that share concerns about safety. Learn about important resources in the community. Second District meetings are held at the Applewood Centers at 3518 West 25th St. (in the gym on Daisy Ave.) on the second Tuesday of each month (including Sept. 8th) at 7 PM. For more information, call 216/664-3293 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
AT LIST OF HIGHLY RATED PRESCHOOLS THAT STILL HAVE SEATS and other related information can be found at http://www.clevelandmetroschools.org/pre4cle.
SECOND DISTRICT SAFETY FAIR: You are invited to join your neighbors at the Second District Safety Fair on Saturday, September 19th from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Dave’s Supermarket Parking Lot, 3565 Ridge Road (at Denison). Come and meet your safety forces; tour police and fire equipment; visit the health mobile; and receive free car seat safety checks, free hotdogs, free face painting, and free giveaways from exhibitors. For more information call Lt. Frank Bolton at 623-5220. This Safety Fair is a collaborative effort of the Second District Police Community Relations Committee, the City of Cleveland, and Cleveland City Council.
CLEVELAND CARE CALLS is an automated telephone system offered to Clevelanders over 60 years of age and over: the senior receives calls on the day they request between 7 AM and 11 AM to check on their wellbeing. If the senior does not respond to several calls and an emergency contact cannot be reached, the Dept. of Public Safety may be asked to make a home check. For more information, call the Project Director at 216/664-6316 or 216/664-2833.
INFORMATION AND ASSISTANCE for health care, transportation, in-home support, nutrition, counseling, home repair and more. Call the Cleveland Dept. of Aging at 216/664-4383.
THE 11TH ANNUAL CLEVELAND SENIOR WALK is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 23 at Mall C in Downtown Cleveland. A free one or two mile fun walk. Walkers are encouraged to carpool. Parking at the Municipal Lot at E. 9th Street and the Shoreway for $3 (Exact change is required.) Registration and health screenings at 8:45 AM, program at 9:30 AM and walk begins at 10 AM. If it is raining, walk will be inside at Public Hall. For more information, call the Cleveland Dept. of Aging at 216/664-2833.
STOCKYARD, CLARK-FULTON & BROOKLYN CENTRE
JOIN THE MERCEDARIAN WALKERS every Thursday at 1 PM on the corner of Fulton and Meyer Ave for a neighborhood walk to promote community awareness and neighborly socializing. For more information, email Keisha at email@example.com or call her at 216/961-9073, ext. 204.
LIBRARY RESOURCE TABLE will be staffed by representatives of the Community Development Organization with information about community events, services and how to get involved. The Fulton Branch of the Library will be staffed of the 1st Tuesday of the month from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM and the Brooklyn Branch on the 4th Friday from 1 PM to 3 PM.
Mayor Jackson’s 7th Annual SUSTAINABILITY SUMMIT will be held on September 16-17 at Cleveland Public Auditorium. Over 500 local business leaders, government officials, students and residents will work together to help build a thriving green city on a blue lake. Go to www.SustainableCleveland.org for details.
17TH ANNUAL TREMONT ARTS AND CULTURE FESITIVAL will be held on Saturday, Sept. 19 from 11 AM to 6 PM and on Sunday, Sept. 20 from 12 PM to 5 PM. at Lincoln Park on W. 14th. FREE. For more information, visit Tremontartsfestival.com or call 216/575-0920, ext. 106.
WEST SIDE C HOUSE
THE BRIDGE BEATS AND TREATS FESTIVAL, sponsored by the West Side Community House, is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 12 from 1 PM to 4 PM at 93 Lorain Ave. Fun for the whole family! Come rain or shine! FREE. Music, dance, treats and eats, games and prizes and more!
OHIO STATEWIDE VINE (Victim Information and Notification Everyday) is an automated service that lets you track the custody status of offenders in jail or prison. You can find out the status of an offender, or register to be notified if the custody status changes. Call 1-800/770-0192 or visit www.vinelink.com.
GREATER CLEVELAND VOLUNTEERS recruits volunteers age 18+ to serve at over 100 local nonprofit organizations in Cuyahoga County. They assist people in finding the right opportunity to serve based on their interests, skills and availability. A wide variety of opportunities are available and currently they are seeking people age 55+ to help with literacy tutoring (grades K-3) and those 18+ for lunchtime mentoring (grades 4-6) for elementary schools. Training and support is provided. The mentoring program is an opportunity for local businesses to encourage volunteerism for their employees and be connected to the community.” Contact them at 216-391-9500 x 118 or email firstname.lastname@example.org