The Plain Press Community Board is a listing of a variety of free activities and resources for neighborhoods served by the Plain Press. Printing for it is sponsored by Organize! Ohio through donations from readers and supporters.
ARTS AND CULTURE
NEAR WEST THEATRE – Free, After School Program – “RISE”: For students and residents of Detroit Shoreway, ages 9 to 15, who want to sing, dance, act, discover hidden talents, gain confidence, work as a team, and build lasting friendships. Fall Session: Sept 25 to November 3 (6 weeks) with Public Performance on Nov 3. Spring Session: Mar 12 to April 20; Summer Session: June 4 to July 13. Mon, Wed, Fri from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. Applications are being accepted today. Visit nearwesttheatre.org or call 216-961-9750 for information on how you can apply. No experience needed. Location: Near West Theatre, 6702 Detroit Avenue.
COMMUNITY CULTURE NIGHT: September 8th from 7- 8:30 at Art House, 3119 Denison Avenue. Free artist lecture series allows the community to interact with a local artist. Artist Natalie Lanese will be talking about her work and life. For more information call 216-398-8556.
BUSINESS CRIME WATCH MEETING: Keeping your business, customers and community safe. Tuesday, September 19, 5:30- 7 p.m., US Bank Building, 3110 W. 25th Street (Lower Level). Business Crime Watch will primarily enhance the link among small businesses and bridge the gap with local law enforcement. Business Crime Watch participants will take a systematic approach to reduce opportunities for crimes in and around business locations. Please contact Selina Pagán to RSVP at 216-281-4422 or via email at email@example.com.
THE CLEVELAND COMMUNITY POLICE COMMISSION (the “Commission”) is one of the mechanisms within the Consent Decree entered into between the City of Cleveland and the U. S. Department of Justice to promote ongoing community input in: the development of reforms, the establishment of police priorities, and the increasing of community confidence in the Cleveland Division of Police (the “CDP”). Commission applicants should be aware that participation constitutes a significant commitment of time, possibly one day or more per week and is an unpaid position. To be eligible for appointment to the Commission, an individual must meet one of two eligibility requirements: the applicant must either (1) reside or (2) work in the City of Cleveland at the time the application is submitted for review by the Selection Panel. Applications for the current vacant Community Police Commission position must be submitted and received by September 8, 2017, or have been placed in the regular U.S. mail and having a postmark that is on or before September 8, 2017. For more information, visit http://www.city.cleveland.oh.us.
Are you lacking BASIC COMPUTER SKILLS which are holding you back from getting a job, restricting you at work, or limiting you in life? Digital C, through its ReStart technology skills building program, will teach basic computer classes for the beginner at the West Side Catholic Center. The three-week program, will be held twice a week, Tuesday and Thursday, from 1:00 to 3:00 pm, beginning on September 12th. There is no charge. All are welcomed. Classes will be offered again in November. To register, please call Frank Johanek at 216-631-4741 ext. 167 (or Julia McKey at that number before September 6). Located at 3135 Lorain Avenue.
ANNUAL SENIOR WALK, a free one or two-mile fun walk, is scheduled for Thursday, September 7 on Mall C in downtown Cleveland. Registration and health screenings at 8:45 am, brief program at 9:30 am, and walk begins at 10 am. If it is raining, walk will be inside public hall. To register, call the Cleveland Department of Aging at 216/664-6152.
THE OHIO CITY STREET FESTIVAL, a neighborhood celebration, will be held on Sunday, September 24th from noon to 8pm. Food from neighborhood restaurants & West Side Market vendors; local beer from Great Lakes Brewing Company, Market Garden Brewery, and Platform Brewery; live music and arts entertainment from the Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland Public Theatre, and local artists So Fun Studio, and the KeyBank Kid Zone. For more information, visit ohiocity.org/OHCStreetFest. FREE and open to all!! Volunteer shifts are available. They are about 2 hours long, and participants receive a complimentary beer ticket to enjoy after their volunteer shift is over. Questions? E-mail Hattie Kotz at firstname.lastname@example.org.
HEALTHY HARVEST COOKING CLASS, hosted by Neighborhood Family Practice (NFP), on Thursday, September 21st at 1:00 PM and 3:00PM at NFP, 3569 Ridge Rd. Join NFP for a cooking class on low cost and healthy meal planning and
preparation. The class will include: meal tasting, food preparation, kitchen tool
giveaway, recipes to take home and much more! Only 10-12 participants/class. Space is limited. Please RSVP to Lindsay TODAY at 216.281.0872 ext. 294
FREE COOKING CLASSES: The City of Cleveland presents Free Cooking Classes with Chef April. Learn to cook like a pro in nine sessions. Classes every Wednesday from 4:30-6:30 p.m. and every Saturday from Noon to 2 p.m. at Halloran Recreation Center, 3550 W. 117th, from September 11 to November 13th. Register by calling 216-664-4187.
SALUD, COOKING CLASSES IN SPANISH. Before you can cook up a nutritious meal for your family, you need access to fresh foods and healthy recipes with all of the flavors and ingredients your family loves. In partnership with Salud Popular, a community based organization that supports healthy food initiatives in Cleveland’s MetroWest neighborhood, Cleveland Clinic, MetroHealth and Neighborhood Family Practice are sponsoring culturally fresh food delivery projects in identified Hispanic neighborhoods with wrap-around cooking classes. The cooking classes will be demonstrated in Spanish and feature healthy Hispanic recipes with culturally aligned ingredients. Participants will not only learn fun ways to make their favorite foods healthier, but will also get a crockpot to take home! For more information, visit https://cometogether.clevelandclinic.org/project/6572
FREE HEALTH FAIR sponsored by MetroHealth Cancer Center BREAST/Amigas Program: Saturday, September 30 from 8 a.m. till noon., Sagrada Familia Church, 7719 Detroit Ave. Screenings and services provided include clinical breast exams and mammograms, blood pressure testing, Glucose/blood sugar testing, cholesterol testing, GYN Consultations – pap exams, Colorectal screening education, urology consults, and additional health screenings. Fasting recommended for glucose and cholesterol testing. Mammograms and pap exams are limited. Light refreshments, free parking.
HOMEToday. For the fifth year, Third Federal Savings & Loan is teaming up with west side community development corporations to offer combined group educational sessions and personal counselling to teach the fundamental skills of good financial management and successful home ownership. As enrollees complete each step in the HomeToday process, each will be one step closer to successful homeownership. There are four HomeToday educational sessions offered during a 4-week period. Participants must attend the first session before completing the remainder of the sessions. Individual counselling follows the completion of session four. Complete the seminar requirements, and Third Federal will provide $3,000 toward the down payment of a home financed through Third Federal. Dates are October 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th. Each two-hour session begins at 6:30 pm with a light supper provided. Classes will be held at 6516 Detroit Avenue. Contact Third Federal at 216.441.7345 to reserve your seat
FREE SAFEZONE TRAINING offered by The Ohio City Incorporated LGBTQIA Initiative for institutions and businesses working with, or wanting to better reach LGBTQIA populations. The SafeZone Training will give employees the general understanding and skills to turn their work environment into a place that is safe and inclusive for marginalized populations. Participants only need to attend 1 of the 2 dates listed. CEU’S available. TO REGISTER, CONTACT: Carrie Miller at email@example.com. Date: September 7th from 9 to 11:30 am, or on September 12th from 5:30 to 8pm. Location: LGBT Community Center at 6600 Detroit Ave.
A CARD FOR EVERY KID LIBRARY CHALLENGE initiative, sponsored by Cleveland Public Library and 8 other Cuyahoga library systems, will take place during National Library Card Sign-up Month (September 1 – 30, 2017). It will help ensure every child under 18 years old in Cuyahoga County owns a library card. Children under 18 years old who already own library cards, but owe fines will also be invited to take advantage of one-time fine forgiveness anytime during National Library Card Sign-up Month. For more information about the A Card for Every Kid Library Challenge, please call Kacie Armstrong at 216.261.5300 ext 101or visit http://heightslibrary.org/signup_month/.
CLEVELAND FIRE DEPARTMENT SMOKEHOUSE: Fun for the whole family. Learn fire safety. Saturday, September 9, 2017, 2-4 p.m., Fulton Branch of the Cleveland Public Library, 3545 Fulton Road. Phone: 216-623-6969.
FAMILY GAME NIGHT: Friday, September 15 from 4-5:30 p.m. at the South Brooklyn Branch of the Cleveland Public Library, 4303 Pearl Road. Phone 216-623-7067.
CUYAHOGA VALLEY NATIONAL PARK’S Volunteers-in-Parks Program: Everybody can make an impact on CVNP! Join us for our Days of Service, offered five times throughout the year. These events are great opportunities to bring out your friends and family to work with other individuals just like you to help preserve CVNP for future generations. Projects may include habitat restoration, trail maintenance and trail repair. For more information on dates and to register, call 330-657-2299. Advanced registration is required. Or for more information on CVNP, visit https://www.nps.gov/cuva/index.htm
THE 2017 TEEN SUMMIT, by teens, for teens, presented by the Youth Advocacy and Leadership Coalition, on Saturday, September 23 from 10 am to 2 pm at Cleveland State University’s Main Classroom Building. Interested in presenting a workshop? Contact Pianka1@osu.edu.
COED FLAG FOOTBALL for youths ages 4 – 17 at Cudell, Halloran and Clark recreation centers this fall. Free. Pee-Wees, ages 4-7. (Contact your recreation center for times); Midges, Ages 8-11, Tuesdays 4:30-7p.m.; Juniors, ages 12-14, Thursdays, 4:30-7p.m.; and Seniors, ages 15-17, Wednesdays, 5-7:30 p.m.. Host sites: Cudell, 1910 West Blvd, 216-664-4137; Halloran, 3550 W. 117th, 216-664-4187; and Clark, 5706 Clark Ave, 216-664-4657.