A listing of a variety of free activities and resources for the Near West Side.
ADVOCACY FOR CHILDREN
LEARN THE BASICS OF ADVOCACY, legislative process, and legislative research; engage in interactive advocacy training exercises; and hear from advocacy experts and policy makers. The Cleveland session will be on November 9 from 1 – 4 PM at the Greater Cleveland Food Bank at 15500 South Waterloo Rd. To register, log onto https://app.etapestry.com/onlineforms/VoicesforOhiosChildren/advocacytrainingregistration.html.
AGING IN PLACE
THE DETROIT SHOREWAY COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT ORGANIZATION is researching the concept of aging in place and what it would look like for seniors in the community. If you are a senior, complete the survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DSCDO-AIP (English) or https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DSCDO-AIP-SPANISH (Spanish).
THE HOME INSTEAD SENIOR CARE® office serving western Cuyahoga county is launching a new campaign designed to make the community more Alzheimer’s friendly. Through the Alzheimer’s Friendly BusinessSM program, the Home Instead Senior Care office will provide free training to local businesses to help equip employees with information and resources needed to welcome families who are caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease. Local businesses can work directly with the local Home Instead Senior Care office to coordinate an in-person training. An interactive, online version of the training also is available at AlzheimersFriendlyBusiness.com. For more information about the Home Instead Senior Care network’s Alzheimer’s Friendly Business program and to access additional resources, visit AlzheimersFriendlyBusiness.com or call 440/734-7441.
THE HISTORY OF THE MILKY WAY, a free lecture, will be presented at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, at 1 Wade Oval Dr. in University Circle on Thursday, November 12 at 8 PM. For more information, call 216/231-4600 or 800/317-9155 or visit CMNH.org.
THE AMERICAN RED CROSS is inviting high school and college students to join with them in hosting blood drives between December 15 and January 15. The students will become eligible to win a scholarship of up to $2,500. Registration is open through Nov. 15. For more information, contact Christy Peters at the American Red Cross at 216/361-7523 (p) 216/308-8348 (c) Christina.Peters@redcross.org | redcrossblood.org
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“THE CLEVELAND ATROCITY”
THE KILLING OF MALISSA WILLIAMS AND TIMOTHY RUSSELL by Police Officers on November 29, 2012 will be discussed at the Empowerment Church at 15837 Euclid Ave. on Thursday, November 12 at 6:30 PM.
THE HALLE/H. BARBARA BOOKER New Building Advisory Committee (NBAC) will help design the new school scheduled to open in 2017. The November 18 Meeting will focus on Comments on the Site Plan and Traffic Flow. A light dinner will be provided at 5:30 PM and the meeting will begin promptly at 6:00 PM at Clark Recreation Center at 5706 Clark Ave.
THE SCHOOL PARENT ORGANIZATION (SPO) actively supports the academic achievement of all students. A west-side meeting will be held on Thursday, November 12 from 6 – 8 PM at Paul L. Dunbar School at 2159 West 29th St. For more information, visit ClevelandMetroSchools.org.
WARD 3 COUNCILMAN JOE CIMPERMAN AND WARD 14 COUNCILMAN BRIAN CUMMINS are hosting dinner and discussion about 3 community projects: The Dream Neighborhood, La Villa Hispana and the West 25th Street Corridor Initiative. Wednesday, November 4th at Lincoln West High School, 3202 West 30th St.: Registration, Dinner and Networking from 6 – 7 PM, and Presentations and Q and A from 7 – 9 PM. RSVP to Keisha Gonzalez at 216/961-9073 x204 or Kgonzalez@dscdo.org
HIRING A CONTRACTOR? Get references; be wary of low bids; get copies of liability insurance, workers comp, license and bonding; insist on a detailed written contract; be sure to see a written permit; and avoid paying cash. If you are unhappy, file a complaint with the City Department of Consumer Affairs (216/664-4529), the Better Business Bureau, or the State Attorney General.
FLU SHOTS are available at McCafferty Health Center at 4242 Lorain Ave. every Friday from 8:30 am- 11:30 am. Bring your card if you have health insurance. If you don’t have insurance, no problem! No one will be turned away. Call 216/651-5005 with questions.
SAFE SLEEP for your baby. Reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and other sleep-related causes of infant death by requesting information from 800/505-CRIB (2742) or visiting http://www.nichd.nih.gov/SIDS.
MEDICARE’S ANNUAL ENROLLMENT PERIOD runs through Dec. 7. Individuals eligible for Medicare with enrollment questions or needing financial assistance may call OSHIIP at 800/686-1578 (Monday-Friday from 7:30 AM to 5 PM) or Medicare at 800/633-4227 (24 hours a day. 7 days a week) or log onto http://www.insurance.ohio.gov/Consumer/Pages/MedicareToolkit.aspx or www.Medicare.gov.
THE PEOPLE’S MUSEUM OF REVISTIONIST NATURAL ITSTORY will challenge popular science as we know it. Opening reception at Spaces at 2220 Superior Viaduct on November 20 from 6 -9 PM. The show will continue through January 15. Gallery hours are Tuesday-Sunday from 12-5 PM and until 8 PM on Thursdays. Free and open to the public. For more information, call 216/621-2314, email contact@SPACESgallery.org, or visit www.SPACESgallery.org
OHIO POETRY OUT LOUD Announces Semifinals, Upcoming Workshops, and Opens Registration for schools. Registration for the 2015-16 Ohio Poetry Out Loud (POL) year is now open until December 1. Beginning this year, Ohio POL will add three regional semifinal contests in addition to regular school contests and the State Finals. Teacher-training workshops are currently planned in Cleveland and Columbus. (1) Schools must be registered for the program for their school champions to compete beyond the school level. All competitions, workshops, and POL curriculum materials are free to contestants and schools. (2) Semifinals will be held in Cleveland, Columbus, and Dayton during the first week of March 2016. The State Finals in Columbus will now be a half-day event on Saturday, March 19, 2016. (3) Additional program updates include: offering Continuing Education Unit (CEU) credit for teacher workshops, extending workshop opportunities, archiving workshop videos online, offering an early-winter webinar, and providing semi-final contestants with composite score reports Contact Hannah Brokenshire at firstname.lastname@example.org or 614/728-4463.
MOST EYE INJURIES CAN BE PREVENTED through safety practices and the use of proper eye protection. For more information, visit http://ohio.preventblindness.org/eye-injuries-home-send-adults-children-er
RECIPE SWAP AND POTLUCK
BRING YOUR FAVORITE HOLIDAY DISH and swap recipes. All recipes will be submitted to the Stockyard, Clark-Fulton, and Brooklyn Centre Cookbook. On Saturday, November 7th from 12 PM to 2 PM at 3167 Fulton Rd. Atrium. If you are interested in participating, contact Laura at 216/961-9073 x204 or email@example.com.
LEARN ABOUT THE HISTORY OF SEWERS AND THE FUTURE OF CLEAN WATER IN GREATER CLEVELAND on Tuesday, November 10 from 9 AM to 12 Noon at 4747 East 49th in Cuyahoga Heights. Reserve your space by logging onto neorsd.org/SewerU.
The Social Justice Institute at Case Western Reserve University will hold its 3rd Biennial Intergenerational Think Tank: “Educating for Struggle: Social Justice, Empathy, and Social Transformation,” on November 12th-14th 2015. The three-day event will be held on the CWRU campus and feature an Opening Keynote lecture and dialogue with activist and scholar Angela Y. Davis on Friday evening. Thursday night, the film “Finding the Gold Within” will be shown, followed by a Q & A session with two speakers whose stories are featured in the film. Saturday will feature local and national thought leaders on three consecutive plenary sessions — “Social Justice,” “Empathy,” and “Social Transformation.” Discussion: What is empathy, and why is it critical to achieve social justice and transformation? What are some of the most pressing social justice issues of our day? How are people fighting to challenge inequality in the present day? The plenaries will feature presentations on faith, community-based research, and activism; business ethics, economic systems, and justice; and contemporary campaigns focused on labor, LGBTQ rights, immigration, and the criminal justice system. The Think Tank will close with a performance-talk as a way to showcase the ways in which the arts can play an important role in bridging communities and understanding the critical issues of our time. Free and open to the public, but registration required. To register go to: https://case.edu/socialjustice. For more information, please contact the Social Justice Institute at firstname.lastname@example.org 216-368-7568.
A panel of experts from the ACLU and Disability Rights Ohio will discuss LOCKED UP, ALONE AND MENTALLY ILL in Ohio on Wednesday, November 18 from Noon to 1:30 PM at the ACLU of Ohio at 4506 Chester Ave. Bring a lunch; dessert provided. Continuing education hours (1.5) will be provided for social workers, counselors, chemical dependency professionals and attorneys. Free. Register at www.acluohio.org/calendar, email@example.com, or 216/472-2200.
COMMUNITY REMINDER ON THE FORMER JOSEPH & FEISS PROPERTY. West 53rd Holdings has applied for funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for funds for Environmental Clean-up at 2149-2153 West 53rd. Documents are available through mid-November at the Cuyahoga County Department of Development at 2079 E. 9th St, Seventh Floor in downtown Cleveland. For more information, contact Janise Bayne at 216/698-2574 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Participate in a discussion about FOOD SHOPPING in Tremont and receive a $25 gift certificate (while supplies last!). At Pilgrim Congregational United Church of Christ on October 29th OR November 3rd from 12-1:30 PM.
ELECTION DAY IS NOVEMBER 3. Early voting has already started. For more information, visit The Board of Elections at http://boe.cuyahogacounty.us/
INFORMATION ON CANDIDATES AND ISSUES Is available at an interactive General Election Voter Guide at cleveland.com/VoterGuide. The guide, produced by the Northeast Ohio Media Group and the League of Women Voters of Greater Cleveland, allows you to enter your address to see details about the candidates and issues specific to your ballot.
INFORMATION ON JUDGES is available at www.Judge4Yourself.com.
DONATE HANDMADE ITEMS, YARN OR SUPPLIES to Warm Up Cleveland at all Cleveland Public Library locations year-round. Busy knitters and crotchetiers will turn your unwanted yarn into finished hats, scarves and other items. Knitting needles and crochet hooks also accepted. All items are distributed to local charities. Join them on www.ravelry.com/groups/warm-up-cleveland or call 216/623-2921.
FREE COATS AND JACKETS for children and adults of all sizes. One coat per visitor; visitors must be present to receive a coat. No income or residency requirements. Free community meal. 7710 Lorain Ave. on Sunday, November 15th from 11:30 AM – 2:30 PM. For more information, call 216/400-8213, email email@example.com or visit www.needscleveland.org.