A listing of a variety of free activities and resources for the Near West Side.
ARTS AND CULTURE
PLAY LAB AND SPRING WORKSHOPS will be held Friday through Sunday, April 15 -17 at the Creative Space at Waterloo Arts at 397 East 156th St. Staged readings, a Saturday morning workshop for children, Saturday afternoon workshop for adults, post show discussions and receptions. Learn more and register at www.playwrightslocal.org
Presented by Playwrights Local 4181.
STATION HOPE: Now in its third year, CPT’s Station Hope is a free, multi-arts event that celebrates hope, Cleveland’s social justice history and explores contemporary issues. Station Hope 2016 is Saturday, April 30th from 6:00pm-10:00pm and will take place at historic St. John’s Episcopal Church, the first authenticated Underground Railroad location in the City of Cleveland.
CIDER AND SONGS, EASTER EDITION: an opportunity to get together and connect with others in community while singing. April 5 at 7 p.m. at Griffin Cider House, 12401 Madison Ave. Free and open to all who want to join in song and community. The event is planned by Cleveland Young Clergy, a group of young ministers across different faith traditions working together in the Cleveland area.
BLIND AND PHYSICALLY DISABLED
THE OHIO LIBRARY FOR THE BLIND AND PHYSICALLY (OLBPD) provides free access to braille and recorded books and magazines to eligible adults and children. Interested parties may request an application from most public libraries or the OLBPD website at http://olbpd.cpl.org. An applicant must be certified by a designated professional.
LITERACY FOR LITTLE ONES will be offered interested parents, caregivers, teachers, and their young children ages birth to 5 years of age. At West Park Branch of the Cleveland Public Library on Saturday, April 9 at 11:00 AM. Registration is limited to 10 families. To register, contact Shayna Muckerheide, 216/623-7012 or call 216/623-7102 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit http://www.cpl.org.
CLEVELAND METRO SCHOOL DISTRICT offers a new enrollment web portal to help you choose a school that is right for your children: www.choosecmsd.org. To let CMSD know how they are getting the word out about quality schools in your neighborhood, fill out an enrollment survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/cmsdenrollment
CUYAHOGA VALLEY NATIONAL PARK
Countryside Local Food Swap: Gather with other cooks, bakers, brewers, and general DIYers to trade homemade items via silent-auction-style bidding. Free. Tuesday, April 19 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. For more on the location and to register visit cvcountryside.org.
Countryside Farmers’ Market at Old Trail School: Live music, chef demonstrations, and family activities add spice to shopping for local produce. Old Trail School, on Saturday, April 23 from 9 a.m. – noon. For more information call 330-657-2752 or visit cvcountryside.org.
Celebrate the National Park Service Centennial with Powered by PechaKucha, featuring a variety of speakers who will give presentations on the history, wildlife, and geography of CVNP. Free admission. Conservancy Canteen food and beverages available for purchase. Happy Days Lodge, on Friday, April 8 at 7 p.m. To register, visit conservancyforcvnp.org/events.
Bird Watching – Sky Dancers. Join Volunteer Naturalist Dwight Chaser in search of the American woodcock. NPS Park Headquarters, Friday, April 8 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. For more information call 330-657-2752.
Habitat Restoration on Wednesdays, April 20 and April 2. Join park staff in restoring CVNP’s ecosystem by removing invasive plants and collecting native seeds. One-time and returning volunteers welcome. Location provided upon registration. 1 – 4. For more information and to register, call 330-657-2299.
Learn about CVNP’s mission, vision, and partners, as well as the park’s expectations and standards. For new and prospective volunteers. Location provided upon registration. Thursday, April 7 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Register online at nps.gov/cuva under Volunteer/Training and Enrichment, or call 330-657-2299. Public Contact: Jennie Vasarhelyi, 440-546-5995, 440-343-7352(cell), email@example.com , www.nps.gov/cuva
National Park Seeking Volunteers to work with Area Youth *Get Up Get Out and Go! Volunteers interested in working with Cleveland and Akron youth are needed to assist with biking adventures along the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail, hiking around the Ledges, fishing in local ponds, and playing games in one of our many open fields. Programs are offered weekdays and weekends, day and evening. Contact Pamela Machuga at firstname.lastname@example.org or 440-343-7035 to set up an interview. *All Aboard for Summer Camp! Tell stories, play games, and sing songs while helping children learn about animals and history. Volunteers interested in working with groups of children aboard Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad are needed to assist with and lead summer programming on weekdays. Contact Christopher Ziska at email@example.com or 330-657-2796 extension 129 to set up an interview.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR EARTHFEST 2016. Earth Day Coalition is seeking volunteers for annual EarthFest celebration, which will be held at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds, on Sunday, April 17 from 10 am – 5 pm. This year, EarthFest will celebrate the “Year of Clean Transportation.” Volunteers are needed all weekend for the registration stations, truck loading and unloading, greeting, Saturday and Sunday set-up,
and much more. We ask all potential new volunteers to please attend one of our Volunteer Orientation sessions to learn all about the jobs available (and their days and times) and submit your choices as to which you prefer. Please RSVP for one of the 2 remaining Orientations by calling 216/281-6468 ext. 221, or emailing Dolores Watson at firstname.lastname@example.org. All Volunteer Orientations will be held in Ohio City on Cleveland’s near west side. Driving and parking directions will be emailed to those who RSVP and give an email address. 1) Saturday, April 2, 2016 from 10:30 – 11:30 am @ Carnegie West Library Auditorium. This Library Orientation venue is ADA accessible. 2) Wednesday, April 6, 2016 from 6:30 – 8 pm @ St. Patrick’s Oak Room. STUDENTS GRADES K-12 may enter artwork, essays and poetry. For more information, call 216/281-6468 or visit http://www.earthdaycoalition.org.
CUYAHOGA COUNTY PROJECT DAWN (Deaths Avoided with Naloxone) is for opioid users who are at risk of death from opioid overdose and their family and friends. Common opioids are heroin, OxyContin, methadone, Percocet and Vicodin, as well as fentanyl patches. Learn how to recognize an overdose, how to respond to one, and how to administer intranasal Naloxone to reverse an opioid overdose. Receive a kit with the lifesaving drug free of charge. For more information, call MetroHealth at 216/778-2100 or visit www.metrohealth.org/projectdawn or www.facebook.com/projectdawncuyahogacounty
FREE FOOD AND OTHER ITEMS
FOOD, CLOTHING AND FRESH FOOD DISTRIBUTION is held at the May Dugan Center at 4115 Bridge Ave. on the the 4th Wednesday of every month. Program requirements include photo ID’s for all adults in the household, medical or social security cards for minors, and proof of income for the household. Clients must live in a West Side Zip Code. For more information, email email@example.com or call 216/631-5800.
FREE CLOTHES, SHOES AND HOUSEHOLD ITEMS are available on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:30 to 2:30 pm at 7710 Lorain Ave. No appointment necessary. No income or residency requirements. Five items per person. Limit 30 items per visit. Visit as often as you need. Ropa Gratis. Zapatos gratis. Articulos para el Hogar gratis. Martes y Jueves 12:30 – 2:30. Contact Needs Cleveland at 216/400-8213 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.needscleveland.org
SEEDS OF HOPE FOOD DISTRIBUTION is held every 3rd Saturday of each month from 9 am to 12 pm at West 58th Street Church of God at 3150 West 58th Street. Call 216/281-2958 or email email@example.com.
ADVOCATE TO STOP DIABETES. Respond to action alert emails, contact your elected officials, sign up others to become Diabetes Advocates, attend an event, and much more. As you get points, you’ll move into different levels: from Intern to Representative, to Senator, to Governor – all the way to President. Learn more about what activities are counted for this program by visiting www.diabetes.org/stepupinfo. Get started now! Report your activities so far in 2016 by visiting www.diabetes.org/stepup.
OHIO AMERICAN INDIAN MOVEMENT invites the public to showing and discussion of the movie “Wahoo Nothing’s Sacred” from 3-4:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 2nd at the Fulton Branch Library, 3545 Fulton Road. A copy of the movie will be given to all participants. Also join the Ohio American Indian Movement on Opening Day, April 4th at 2 PM on the corner of east Ninth street and Bolivar to protest the Cleveland Indians’ Trademark. In 2016 “People Not Mascots”, Robert Roche, and many tribal enrolled Natives filed a lawsuit to cancel the Cleveland Indians Trademark. We need your support to make this protest a success, the more people we have the more likely our message will reach the masses. For more information call 216-533-9443
CLEVELAND CONSENT DECREE COMMUNITY FORUM about safety and policing will be held Thursday, April 14 from 4 to 6 pm at the Rockport Branch of the Cleveland Public Library at 4421 West 140th St.. Experts will be on hand to educate and inform citizens about the US Department of Justice Report, the Consent Decree and the ongoing process to reform policing in the city. For more information, call the library at 216/623-7053, or the American Civil Liberties Union at 216/623-2921.
HUMAN RIGHTS INTERNSHIP with the InterReligious Task Force on Central America. Interns choose the issues the want to work on, their hours (4 to 40 hours per week), and how many weeks or months they want to intern. Inquire at firstname.lastname@example.org or 216/961-0003.
RACE, FOOD AND JUSTICE CONFERENCE: Analyzing the Urban Food Movement through a Social Justice Lens will be sponsored by Environmental Health Watch, Rid-All Green Partnership, and Case Western Reserve University’s Social Justice Institute. It will be held in the University Circle area from Thursday, April 21 through Saturday, April 23. Limited number of scholarships are available for free Urban Agriculture Training all Farm. This conference is free and open to the community. For more information and to register, log onto https://case.edu/socialjustice/
SPRING DAYS OF ACTION in Washington, DC. Challenging Oppressive US Foreign Policy through Grassroots Power! Protest, music, and grassroots lobbying workshops. April 14-18. Visit www.SOAW.org.
THE OHIO LEGISATIVE SERVICE COMMITTEE is accepting applications for its 13-month Telecommunications Fellowship for college grads. Deadline is April 30 (Applications for the legislative fellowships were April 1.) Fellows will earn $31,200 per year. Applicants must have graduated from a four-year college degree by the December start date. Persons holding graduate or professional degrees may apply. For more information, log onto to www.lsc.ohio.gov/fellowship or call 614/466-3615.
LORAIN BRANCH LIBRARY, 8216 Lorain Avenue, offers 3D Printing Basics on Wednesday, April 20 at 1 p.m.; Earth Day Crafts on Thursday, April 21 at 4:30 p.m. For more information, call 623-7011.
WARD 14 DEMOCRATIC CLUB will meet at Sachsenheim Hall, 7001 Denison, on Tuesday, April 18th at 6 p.m. Guest speaker Plain Press Managing Editor Chuck Hoven will speak on the history and mission of the Plain Press.
REGIONAL TRANSIT AUTHORITY
RTA PUBLIC MEETINGS ON FARE HIKES AND ROUTE CHANGES will be held on Monday, April 4 from 6 to 8 pm at Tremont Pointe at 2556 West 6th in the Warehouse District and on Tuesday, April 5 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at Gunning Recreation Center at 16700 Puritas Ave.
THE CLEVELAND SEED BANK acts as an independent and accessible source of locally adapted seeds. Join its online seed exchange to browse current offerings or post your own. It is an alliance of self-reliant seed savers who collect, grow, and share open-pollinated seeds. The actual ‘seed bank’ is in the homes, gardens and farms of our members. Check out seeds and learn more by visiting a Seed Library at a branch of the Cleveland Public Library near you, or visit http://www.clevelandseedbank.org.
THE CLEVELAND DEPARTMENT OF AGING will present the 27th Annual Senior Day on Friday, May 27 at Cleveland Public Hall at 500 Lakeside Ave. in downtown Cleveland. Information Fair starts at 10 am, Program at 11 am, Lunch at noon, and Entertainment at 12:30 pm. All seniors are invited to attend this Free event. For more information, call 216/664-2833 or visit www.cleveland-oh.gov/aging
NEIGHBORHOOD CLEANUP in Stockyard, Clark-Fulton & Brooklyn Centre will be held on Saturday, April 23 from 10 am to 1 pm at 3167 Fulton Rd. Cookout after the clean up. For more information or to volunteer, contact Laura at LZeck@dscdo.org or 216/961-9073 ext. 211.
STUDENTS in grades 9-12 from any high school in Greater Cleveland can participate in New Bridge Youth Program. Topics include ceramics, graphic design, and music recording and production and photography. Summer semester runs from 6/6 – 7/22 from 1 pm to 5 pm. No charge. Questions? Contact Maya Lyles at email@example.com or call 216/867-9775. Located at 3634 Euclid Ave., #100, on the Euclid bus line. Free bus tickets.
ADULTS can learn to be a pharmacy technician or phlebotomy technician (including how to draw blood) if they are US citizens or permanent residents, are at least 18 years of age, have a high school diploma or GED, are available Monday- Friday 8:30 am to 3 pm, and can pass a fingerprint background check. All accepted students receive tuition, books, materials and uniforms. Apply at www.newbridgecleveland.org, or call 216/867-9775.
WORKSKILLS PROGRAM provided by Ohio Guidestone for individuals ages 17-24. Get paid work experience, work towards your GED, maybe receive training scholarships, build your resume, learn job skills, improve interviewing skills, connect with employers who have real jobs, receive job search and placement assistance, and receive college preparation assistance. Required documents include: State ID or Driver’s License, birth certificate or passport, or Social Security card; high school diploma/GED certificate or withdrawal paperwork from the school you most recently attended; pay stubs from within the last 6 months, proof of public assistance, or a copy of unemployment; current utility bills, current rent receipt if it has the address, or current TANF medical card; proof of pregnant/parenting status if applicable (may include child’s birth certificate and/or medical card). Call 440/260-8069 or visit www.OhioGuidestone.org.
WOMEN’S GROUP is held every Tuesday from 12 to 2 pm for all women who use psychiatric services at Connections at 1400 West 25th St., 2nd Floor Cleveland, Conference Room. Work to make differences, ongoing friendships, meaningful time with others, enjoying, laughing, learning new skills. No signup required. Just come and enjoy. For more information, contact Danielle P. at 216/831-6466, ext. 365.