A listing of a variety of free activities and resources for the Near West Side.
ARTS AND CULTURE
SPACES Announces 2017 Exhibitions On view January 27 – March 25. R&D: Imani Roach (Philadelphia, PA), Havens. Based on the recently digitized Jim Crow-era travel guides known as The Negro Motorist Green Book, Imani Roach will incorporate archival materials and the oral histories of elderly Clevelanders in a large-scale installation at SPACES, as well as historical markers at Green Book locations throughout the city. Roach will develop an updated travel guidebook for Cleveland, to be distributed in local schools, libraries, churches and other key community hubs.
SWAP: Anthony Warnick (Cleveland, OH), Except as a Punishment for Crime. SWAP Artist-in-Residence Anthony Warnick will participate in the supply chain of products made by inmates, to expose how privately-run prisons gain enormous profits from reducing human beings to a revenue stream. The exhibition will take the form of documentation and performances that demand ethical inquiry while connecting the history of representation to the power of capital over labor.
The Vault: Soda_Jerk (New York, NY), Astro Black. Astro Black will mark the first exhibition in Cleveland of Australian collective Soda_Jerk. SPACES will feature four episodes of the Astro Black series, which draw out the nexus of science fiction and social politics in Afrofuturism through entirely sampled material. Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Sunday from 12 – 5 p.m. Thursday open until 8 p.m. Closed Monday. SPACES opens its new home on the ground floor of the historic Van Rooy Coffee building at 2900 Detroit Ave. Call 216/621-2314 or email email@example.com.
CLEVELAND PUBLIC LIBRARY hosts FREE performances, activities, and recommended reading for February, African American history month. On February 18th at 7 pm, CPL will welcome Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad, Director of the Schomburg Center for Research on Black Culture ay the New York Public Library, to speak on the “The Criminal ‘Injustice’ System’” at the Main Library in the Louis Stokes Wing Auditorium. On February 6th at 3 pm, Anthony T. Browder will speak on “African Origins” in the Main Library. He is the author and co-author of a few publications on the African Diaspora, including works about ancient Egypt. Other programming highlights include: African American Month Kick-Off with musical performances on February 3rd. Caribbean Musical Performances and Panel Discussion on February 11th, Valentine’s Day for Book Lovers on February 14th, Exploration of rural Ohio’s African American History through the Knox County Archives on February 27th, and Street Lit and African American Girls Discussion on March 1. For more information, visit http://cpl.org. or for information on related books, log onto https://search.clevnet.org/client/en_US/cpl-main/search/results?qu=african%20american%20history%20month
BLACK HISTORY MONTH TRIVIA: Children will learn, celebrate and commemorate the lives of influential African American on Monday, February 6 at 4:30 pm at the Lorain Branch of the Library at 8216 Lorain. Call 216/623-7011.
TOURS ABOUT AFRICAN AMERICANS IN CLEVELAND can be found in a mobile app at https://clevelandhistorical.org/tours/show/43#.WI0iyBiZOt9.
Information about AFRICAN AMERICANS IN ROCK AND ROLL is available at http://library.rockhall.com/black_history_month/BHM/rock.
COUNTY HOT LINE OPPORTUNITY TO REPORT “CRIME GUNS.” Cuyahoga County law enforcement and government officials have a hot line that is available for people to call to report the so-called crime guns to police. The hotline number is 216/ 241-TIPS. The caller’s identity is never revealed and all calls are anonymous. The opportunity for a cash reward is traced via a numeric code given for each call.
ANNUAL MEETING for the Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization is scheduled for Thursday, February 23 at Our Lady of Mount Carmel School at 6928 Detroit Ave. in the Pope John Hall (behind the church). Dinner is from 5:30 – 6:30 pm, and the meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. Memberships can be purchased online at: www.dscdo.org, or at the door at the annual meeting. Memberships include the spaghetti dinner and eligibility to vote in the election of officers. RSVP recommended by February 17th. Residential membership costs $10 for ages 18-55 and $5 for ages 55+. Contact Austin Boxler at 216/961-4242, ext.243 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
CLEVELAND ENVIRONMENTAL ACTION NETWORK (CLEAN) MEETING: Saturday, February 11 at 10 a.m., 3623 West Blvd. Help us plan our 2017 agenda. Anyone who wants to work for a clean and just environment is welcome.
EAT RIGHT: Some fun classes to learn about nutrition, making healthy choices, and staying active through games, books and interactive lessons at 5 pm in Wednesdays February 2 and 9. Geared towards children, but adults are welcome. Each week there will be something different. At the Lorain Branch of the Cleveland Public Library at 8216 Lorain Ave. Call 216/623-7011 for more information.
KIDS’ CAFÉ: FREE healthy, nutritious bagged meals for children thanks to a partnership with the Cleveland Food Bank. Monday through Friday after school at the Lorain Branch of the Library at 8216 Lorain Ave. Also at the Carnegie Branch at Bridge and Fulton at 3:30 pm.
PROTECT YOUR HEART: KNOW YOUR NUMBERS. A free program to help you identify your risk factors and learn the effects that high blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar and being overweight can have on your quality of life. Wednesday, February 22 from 5-7:30 p.m. at Lutheran Hospital, Castele Center Auditorium at 1730 W. 25. Register at http://www.ccf.org/HealthyHeartLutheran or by calling 216/363-2019.
LUPUS FOUNDATION OF AMERICA, Greater Cleveland Chapter, will host its monthly call-in support group on Wednesday, February 8 from 7-8 p.m. Call 1-888-NOLUPUS or visit http://www.LupusGreaterOhio.org to register and receive the call-in information. The support is an open environment that encourages discussion among lupus patients and their families.
HEAP WINTER CRISIS PROGRAM can help pay monthly gas and electric bills for families that are income eligible. The program also provides referrals and support for residents through HEAP, PIPP, the Home Weatherization Assistance Program and Water Affordability Program. Call 216-518-4014 from 6-8 pm for a next day appointment. You must make an appointment; they do not take walk-ins. At Lin Omni Center, 3167 Fulton, Suite 303, through March 31st.
WEATHERIZATION PROGRAM for eligible applicants with incomes of $23,760 for one person households, $32,040 for two person households, and up to $81,780 for 8 person households. Free services may include furnaces, insulation, hot water tank, refrigerator, and lightbulbs. Visit the Cleveland Housing Network website at: www.chnnet.com/weatherization.sapx for more information and renter and homeowner applications.
WEST SIDE CATHOLIC CENTER’S EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM assists all people in transition from initial assessments to interviews. The two-week program will prepare you for long term employment and career paths, all in a one-on-one environment. Classes run from 10 am to 12 pm Monday through Friday with continuation of training/tutoring Tuesday through Thursdays 1:30 – 3:30 pm. Ohio’s new Workkeys Assessment (another job matching opportunity) is every Wednesday from 1 pm to 4 pm. For more information, call Frank Johanek, Economic Opportunities Manager at 216/631-4741, ext. 167.
CROSSING THE BORDER: IMMIGRANT NARRATIVES IN CLEVELAND. Literary Cleveland is seeking submissions of original work – less than 2500 words – by Cleveland area writers on the theme of immigration. Selected works will be included in a staged reading on Saturday March 18 and Sunday March 19 at the Cleveland Humanities Festival. Literary Cleveland hold a free workshop on researching and writing about family history and immigration on Saturday, February 4. The deadline for submissions is February 15. Email submissions to email@example.com and use “Crossing the Border: immigrant Narratives in Cleveland” as the subject header.
LITTLE FREE LIBRARY
MIDWEST MYCOM COLLECTS BOOKS: Led by Linda Giermann, Midwest MYCOM leadership staff, about half a dozen sources contributed books for the Little Free Library(LFL) at Baltic Park. The LFL is under repair by its designer, Greg Bucur, and will be reinstalled in the Spring when the weather permits. At that time books collected by Midwest MYCOM will be added to the stock maintained by neighborhood volunteer Ann Rowlett and ready for borrowing by children eager to read.
METRO WEST HOME SAFETY IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM for Stockyards, Clark Fulton and Brooklyn Centre neighborhoods. Metro West Community Development Office is offering match funding equivalent to 50% of the cost for home improvements directly related to safety up to a maximum of $250. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 216-961-9073 ext. 205. Then complete a safety audit with a police officer and make sure to keep your Safety Audit Form with the suggested safety improvements.
FREE STATE OF OHIO SERVICES COULD PUT MONEY IN YOUR POCKET: A missing life insurance policy and annuity contract search service, one of the first of its kind in the country, provided by the Ohio Department of Insurance, might uncover money you never realized you had. Members of the deceased person’s immediate family, executors or legal representatives can initiate a search by obtaining the necessary form at www.insurance.ohio.gov, or by calling 800/686-1526. Ohioans can also visit www.missingmoney.com to see if they have any unclaimed property, including life insurance and annuity contracts.
VISIT THE CLEVELAND COMMUNITY POLICE COMMISSION website at www.clecpc.org for information about publications and upcoming meetings.
FIRST DISTRICT POLICE COMMUNITY RELATIONS MEETING is scheduled for the first Thursday of the month, February 2nd at 7 pm at St. Ignatius of Antioch School Cafeteria. For more information call 216-623-2503.
SECOND DISTRICT POLICE COMMUNITY RELATIONS COMMITETEE is scheduled for the second Tuesday of each month. The next meeting is February 14 at 7 p.m. at Applewood Centers at 3518 W. 25th in the gym on Daisy Avenue. For more information call 216-664-3293 or email email@example.com.
FREE TAX PREPARATION provided at Westshore Neighborhood Family Service Center (NFSC) by Cuyahoga County and the Cuyahoga Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Coalition as part of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program. Westshore NFSC is located at 9830 Lorain Ave, and the Gordon Square Arcade’s tax site is inside the arcade at 6516 Detroit Avenue. To schedule an appointment, go online to www.211oh.org or call United Way at 211. To qualify taxpayers must have an income less than $53,930 and must be filing a simple return. Taxpayers should remember to bring: current photo I.D., social security cards for adults and children on the return, W2 and 1099 income statements, child care expense statement and provider’s Tax ID number, Form 1099-INT for any checking or savings accounts ans well as bank account and routing numbers for direct deposit. If the taxpayer purchased health insurance, bring 1099 tax credit from health insurance company.
TAX PREPARATION VOLUNTEERS: Community members who want to volunteer to prepare taxes can register online at www.refundohio.org. Free training is available to become an IRS certified tax preparer. For more information, visit www.refundohio.org or www.cjfs.cuyahogacounty.us.
TAX PREPARATION BY VOLUNTEERS FROM AARP at the Carnegie West Library, 1900 Fulton: Free federal, state, and local tax preparation by experienced volunteers every Tuesday beginning February 7 and ending April 11. Please call the library to schedule an appointment at 216-623-6927.