A listing of a variety of free activities and resources for the Near West Side.
ARTS AND CRAFTS
ART HOUSE is sponsoring the 14th Annual Urban Bright Arts-in-Education Year-End Art Exhibit with work by area students and teaching artists. The show will be held at 3119 Denison Ave, on Saturday, May 7 from 1- 3 pm. For more information, call 216/398-8556 or visit www.arthouseinc.org
GRAPHIC NOVEL SPEAKER Ted Sikora, filmmaker and author who created the comic book series “Apama: The Undiscovered Animal,” will discuss “Comics Books: The Care in Characters” at the Literature Department, 2nd floor of the Main Library, 325 Superior Ave. in downtown Cleveland on Saturday, May 21 at 3:30 pm. For more information, call 216/623-2881.
THE TREMONT ART WALK is held every second Friday of the month. Lots of art and partying. Visit tremontartwalk.com for a listing of free art galleries and other activities.
A FINE ARTS COMPLEX AT WEST 78TH with over 60 galleries and studios, and home to WOW Radio, hosts Third Fridays every month from 5 pm-9 pm (including May 20), and an Open House every Friday from 11 am to 9 pm, when 4-8 galleries are typically open, free from the Third Friday crowds. Located north of Lake Ave on West 78th. For more information, contact Martina Baginski at MartinaBaginski@gmail.com or 216/536-2200.
10TH ANNUAL STOCKYARD BIKE-A-THON will be held at Clark Elementary School at 5550 Clark Ave on May14. For more information or to join as a community partner or sponsor, call Hilda at 216/961-9073 Ext. 202 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
A CELEBRATION hosted by the National Park Service will he held in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP) on May 20-21. BioBlitz is a nationwide citizen-science initiative during this year’s 100th anniversary of the National Park Service that celebrates the planet’s biodiversity. For a 24-hour period, volunteer scientists will lead groups of community participants through surveys at various locations to compile a snapshot of the park’s biodiversity. Individual surveys will use the app iNaturalist to catalog living organisms such as spiders, bats, fish, birds, insects, amphibians, reptiles, and multitudes of plant species. Interested participants are encouraged to visit the local BioBlitz website at https://www.nps.gov/cuva/bioblitz.htm to view survey opportunities.
CHILD AND FAMILIES
CAMP FORBES is an one week (Monday –Friday) camp available free to any Cleveland resident between the ages of 9 and 13. To register, your child needs a birth certificate, immunization records and a current utility bill (bill must be within the last three months). Registration deadline is May 31. Applications are available at recreation centers, including Clark (5706 Clark Ave., 664-4657), Cudell (1910 West Blvd., 664-4137), Estabrook (4125 Fulton, 664-4149), Halloran Rink (3550 West 117th, 664-4187), and Michael Zone (6301 Lorain Ave., 664-3373). For more information, call 216/263-5325.
FAMILY DANCE PARTY is scheduled for Friday, May 6 from 6-8:30 pm at St. Patrick Club Ballroom, 3606 Bridge Ave. Music, pizza, crafts. Bring your own adult. RSVP encouraged; contact Katie at email@example.com.
PRESTON’S H.O.P.E. PLAYGROUND at the Mandel Jewish Community Center, 26001 S. Woodland Rd, in Beachwood, is an amazing free playground available to children of all abilities, named after Preston Fisher who was born with spinal muscular atrophy which kept him in a wheelchair. For more information, visit prestonhope.com.
CHILDREN AND ADULT SPORTS including baseball and other sports are held at the City Recreation Centers. For more information, including Clark (5706 Clark Ave., 664-4657), Cudell (1910 West Blvd., 664-4137), Estabrook (4125 Fulton, 664-4149), Halloran Rink (3550 West 117th, 664-4187), and Michael Zone (6301 Lorain Ave., 664-3373). For more information, call 216/263-5325, or visit http://www.cleveland-oh.gov/CityofCleveland/Home/Government/CityAgencies/ParksRecreationandProperties/DivisionofRecreation.
METROPARKS ADVENTURE CLUB Basic Membership is available free for children 12 and under year-round: activities include official passport, access to Adventure Club member events & activities, member e-newsletter, and access to member website A premium membership is available for $30 per year. Register at http://www.clevelandmetroparks.com/Main/adventure-club-register.aspx
THE METROPARKS ZOO is free on Mondays to residents of Cuyahoga County and Hinckley Township. Save the usual $13.25 for adults and $9.25 for children. For more information, visit clemetzoo.com.
A CALENDAR for Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) is available at www.clevelandmetroschools.org/Page/2.
QUALITY INFORMATION FOR SCHOOLS AND SCHOOL OPTIONS is can be found on www.choosecmsd.org. Let CMSD know how they’re doing getting the word out to you about quality schools in your neighborhood and supporting you in enrollment. Take a few minutes to fill out an enrollment survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/cmsdenrollment
KINDERGARTEN. CMSD encourages parents whose children will attend kindergarten in the fall to enroll them as soon as possible. The School District offers free full-day kindergarten with early literacy and math instruction and computer technology, all supervised by highly qualified teachers. Students also can receive free hearing screenings, free vision exams and glasses and, at select schools, free dental services. Children must be 5 years old by Sept. 3 to attend kindergarten this year. Children who will turn 4 years old on or before Sept. 30 may be eligible for a free pre-kindergarten program. Parents must bring to registration the child’s birth certificate, a complete and up-to-date immunization record, proof of address and, if applicable, guardianship documents. Parents whose children primarily speak languages other than English or who are 3 or older and have special needs should call one of these numbers for assessment and registration: Multilingual Multicultural Education Center (216-404-5159), Special Education (216-838-7733), Early Entrance (216-838-0131), Early Childhood (216-838-0110). Enrollment information may be found at http://clevelandmetroschools.org/Page/395. For further information, contact the Office of Student Enrollment at 216-838-3675
SUMMER MEALS. CMSD wants to help keep Cleveland children fed during the summer by serving them breakfast, lunch and possibly supper for free. The summer program, to be held at up to 28 schools, will be free for residents 18 and younger, regardless of whether they are enrolled in the District. Adults who accompany the children can eat for a price. CMSD is finalizing the list of summer meal sites, most of which will offer breakfast and lunch. Hours will vary by location.
JOBS FOR ADULTS AT CMSD. For more information for a range of work opportunities for adults at the Cleveland School, logon to http://www.clevelandmetroschools.org/Domain/41.
SUMMER JOBS AVAILABLE FOR TEENS AND YOUNG ADULTS. Youth Opportunities Unlimited (Y.O.U.) is taking applications for summer jobs from teens and young adults ages 14 to 24. Participants 14-17 years old are eligible to work 25 hours a week for six weeks, earning $8.10 an hour. Young adults 18-24 years old are eligible to work 30 hours a week for six weeks, earning $10 an hour. Examples of job assignments include general maintenance, retail, hospitality, childcare, information technology and allied healthcare. Schedules vary, depending on age and the worksite. For more information, call 216/776-3900, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or register at https://jobs.youthopportunities.org. Before you sit down at a computer to register, you will need to know: your email address, your Social Security number, and your emergency contact information (person’s name and phone number).
ORGANIZE TO EARN FAIR TRADE STATUS FOR YOUR SCHOOL. Fair Trade ensures that the products individuals purchase were grown, harvested, crafted, traded in ways that improve lives and protect the environment. Form a teacher or student lead group, commit to fair trade in lesson plans and school events like assemblies and fairs, offer fair trade products in cafeterias, vending machines and school stores. For more information, visit http://www.FairTradeCampaigns.org.
THE COMMUNITY FINANCIAL CENTERS has partnered with Neighborhood Housing Services to offer FREE and confidential personal financial assistance. From budgeting to savings to credit card management, learn how to get the most out of any size income. Call Keith Davis at 216/205-4470 or email him at KDavis@nhscleveland.org
For more information about the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, call 216/738-2067 or
toll-free 855/738-2067. Assistance is available for households with gross monthly income of $1276 for one person to $2628 for four people.
10th Annual May Day IMMIGRANT JUSTICE AND SOLIDARITY RALLY AND MARCH will be held on Sunday, May 1, Noon Rally at Roberto Clemente Park, West 38th Street and Seymour Avenue. Speaker: Jose’ Mendiola, President, Lorain Ohio Immigrant Rights Organization (LOIRA). March about one mile through Clark-Fulton neighborhood to the Catholic Worker Storefront for refreshments and community. The storefront is at 4241 Lorain Avenue. Contact Don Bryant for more information, <email@example.com> or 216/337-6760.
MENTAL HEALTH MONTH. The Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services (ADAMHS) Board of Cuyahoga County is hosting its second annual Behavioral Health & Human Services Career Fair with its network of agencies and area non-profit organizations to help people find the right career in behavioral health and human services. The event will be held on Wednesday, May 11 from 10 am to 2 pm at the Jerry Sue Thornton Center, Cuyahoga County Community College, 2500 E. 22nd Street. Click here to register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/adamhs-board-of-cuyahoga-countys-2016-behavioral-health-human-services-career-fair-tickets-24439936508 Registration is encouraged, but it is not required.
Visiting NASA Glenn – Facility Tours
From April through October, the Glenn Research Center will offer public tours of its research facilities once a month. A tour bus will depart from Glenn’s main gate every hour beginning at 10 a.m. The last tour departs at 1 p.m. Admission Requirements:
Tours are open to U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents. All visitors who are U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents 18 years of age or older, are required to present a form of government-issued photo identification. Lawful permanent residents are also required to present a United States Permanent Resident Card (green card). Individuals without proper identification will not be admitted to the center.
Registration Information: To register, visitors should call Sheila Reese at 216-433-2016, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Registered visitors will receive a confirmation number from NASA’s tour staff. Only visitors with a confirmation number and proper ID will be permitted on the tour. For more information, visit https://www.nasa.gov/centers/glenn/events/tours.html
WARD 14 DEMOCRATIC CLUB will meet at Sachsenheim Hall, 7001 Denison, on Tuesday, May 17th at 6 p.m. Guest speaker Vince Bertonaschi, President of the West Side Market Tenants’ Association, will address the unjust treatment of market merchants by the City of Cleveland that led to the current parking crisis at the West Side Market.
POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER (PTSD)
OPTIMIZING PTSD TREATMENT (OPT) CLINICAL TRIAL at Case Western Reserve University offers at no cost 10 week treatment (psychotherapy or psychotherapy and medication), continued follow-up assessment for 9 months, and compensation for completing the follow-up assessments. PTSD can develop after a person has experienced a traumatic event, such as witnessing violence, sexual or physical abuse, rape or childhood sexual assault, assault with a weapon, combat, armed robbery, car accident, life threatening illness, or fire or natural disaster. Some symptoms of PTSD include recurrent thoughts the trauma; intense feeling of fear, anxiety, sweating, or racing heart when reminded of it; nightmares; avoiding situations or people associated with it; feeling detached or numb; jumpiness or tendency to be easily startled. To find out is you are eligible or for more information, visit http://www.ptsdoptions.com or call 216/368-0338.
PRINCE OF PEACE (POPCE) MINISTRIES
WISE GUYS ON THE RISE. POPCE administers the Wise Guys Male Responsibility Curriculum in various parts of Northeast Ohio. Men experience being part of a cohesive and safe group where they participate in activities and discussion on such topics as recognizing and maintaining healthy relationships, goal setting, fatherhood, male health, decision making and much, much more. OPEN SERVICE FOOD PANTRY: Monday, Wednesday and Friday; 1:00 pm- 4:00 pm at 4800 Denison Avenue. The pantry is open for anyone from Stockyards to use once a month. Learn the ABC’s of good, healthy eating by not only providing traditional “food pantry” items, but also a good selection of fresh produce, dairy products, proteins and whole grains. Healthy recipes, shopping and gardening tips are also available. Bring your own basket or bag! PRODUCE TO PEOPLE: Second & Fourth Thursday 2:00pm-4:00pm. (Sign-In starts at 1:00pm.) 5406 Storer Avenue. POPCE’s Produce to People currently serves about 340 individual Stockyard families a month with an all-volunteer led food drive. Bring your own basket or bag. KIECOMP COMPUTER LAB: Monday-Friday 1:00pm – 6:00pm 4800 Denison Avenue. Lab includes access to the Internet, instruction and Internet browsing, use of Microsoft software and computer technology instruction. Individuals from Stockyards may job search, create resume or just enjoy themselves playing online games or checking email and social media accounts.
OPEN HOUSE AT BETHANY PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH: Sanctuary Re-dedication Celebration and open house, 6415 West Clinton, Sunday, May 15. Worship and rededication: 11 a.m. Open house and tours: 12-3 p.m. For more information, visit www.bethanypresbyterianchurch.net.
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
A 48 ACRES WORKING FARM in the middle of the city at 6975 Ridge Rd in Parma. There is a small fee of less than $1 to buy feed for the animals. For more information, visit stearnshomestead.com or call 440/845-9770.
The Cleveland TimeBank Skillshares are a way to share your knowledge, talents, skills, and expertise with your local community. Meet new people and enhance your knowledge on things that you and your neighbors find fun and/or important. Through the planning process, you will decide on whether or not your skillshare will be a series or a single class. Scheduling the date and location or your skillshare depends on a few factors including the availability and hours of the location and the time it might take to promote your skillshare. When designing your skillshare, plan for what kinds of materials your participants will need. These materials will need to be included in the promotional information. They can help you apply for funds through the Vital Neighborhoods’ Skillshare Micro-Grant Program. Contact email@example.com or (216) 961-9073 Ext. 204
INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S AIR AND AND SPACE MUSEUM is open free at Burke Lakefront Airport, 1501 N. Marginal Rd. For more information, visit iwasm.org or call 216/623-1111.