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November 2017 Plain Press Community Board

COMMUNITY BOARD

NOVEMBER 2017

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

PUBLIC POETRY WORKSHOP.  FREE!  Saturday, November 18 from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm at the Cleveland Public Library – Main Library, 325 Superior Ave., downtown Cleveland.  Participants will get hands-on poetry writing experience and will discuss ways to strengthen their craft.  Open to writers of all ages, levels and backgrounds.  Bring 10-15 copies of a poem.  Sponsored by Literary Cleveland.  For more information, visit www.litcleveland.org

GOLDEN is presented by Cleveland Public Theatre’s Education Department and the Cleveland YMCA’s Y-Haven Program. A nineteen-year partnership between the two organizations, the project introduces theatre arts to formerly homeless men recovering from substance abuse and mental health challenges. Participants develop skills and capacities that support their sobriety and transition to employment, permanent housing and independent living.  Free performances at Cleveland Public Theater’s Gordon Square Theatre located at 6415 Detroit Ave. on Thursday, November 2nd at 7:30pm, Friday, November 3rd at 7:30pm, and Sunday, November 5th at 3:00pm. Free, donations accepted. Free Tour Performances in the community on Wednesday, November 8th at 5pm  at  Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority  at Outhwaite Homes Community Center  at 2452 East 46th Street, Cleveland, OH 44104,  and on Sunday, November 12th at 2pm at Lakewood Congregational Church at 1375 West Clifton Blvd. in Lakewood.  Free, donations accepted.

CUYAHOGA COUNTY

The Cuyahoga County Charter Review Commission will accept proposed amendments to the Cuyahoga County Charter, following the process outlined by the County Charter and Council Ordinance 02015-0002. The Charter Review Commission reviews all sections of the Charter and proposes amendments that the Commission deems appropriate. Through monthly meetings between now and June 2018, the Charter Review Commission will consider amendments and eventually submit recommendations to the County Council, who will determine proposals for public vote. To propose an amendment for the Commission’s consideration, please complete and submit the Proposed Charter Amendment Summary form at http://bc.cuyahogacounty.us/pdf_bc/en-US/CRC/ProposedCharterAmendmentSummaryForm.pdf no later than Wednesday, November 15th, 2017, via email to CharterReview@cuyahogacounty.us or by mail to Charter Review Commission – 8th Floor, 2079 East Ninth Street, Cleveland, OH 44115.  Individuals submitting a Proposed Charter Amendment Summary form, will be invited to present to the Charter Review Commission on Wednesday, December 6th, 2017, 5:30pm – 7:30pm at the Cuyahoga Community College Manufacturing Technology Center located at 2415 Woodland Ave Cleveland, Ohio 44115. Free parking is available.  In early 2018, selected proposed amendments will be invited by the Commission to provide additional information, more detailed rationale, and suggested language for Charter Amendments.   Follow the Charter Review Commission’s progress online at http://bc.cuyahogacounty.us/en-US/charter-review-commission.aspx?Year=2017 or in-person at Charter Review Commission meetings.

COMMUNITY

BREAD ON BRIDGE TUESDAYS is a regular Tuesday evening gathering from 6:30 to 8:30pm during which all are invited to drop in to share in conversation, scripture, prayer and song in a cafe setting featuring fresh baked bread, soup, coffee and desserts. Sponsored by The Nehemiah Mission at 6515 Bridge Ave. This is a “no charge” program in which we hope to meet more of our neighbors and host a gathering that truly represents the diversity of our community. Said mission director Jim Szakacs, “Come alone, bring a friend, bring a group.” The Nehemiah Mission is a program of the United Methodist Church in East Ohio, serving as a hosting center for volunteers who visit Cleveland from around the country who come to serve the elderly, disabled and financially challenged of the city through minor home repairs and construction projects. For more information on The Nehemiah Mission and its other projects, visit  nehemiahmission.org .

EDUCATION

BASIC COMPUTER CLASSES: Are you lacking basic computer skills which are holding you back from getting a job, restricting you at work, or limiting you in life,  ….well   Digital C, through it’s 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. There is no charge. All are welcomed. Please call Frank Johanek at 216-631-4741  ext 167 to register. Classes start on November 28th. Childcare is also provided, free of charge.  The program is provided from the generous support of the Cleveland Foundation.

JON PETERSON SPECIAL NEEDS SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS are now being accepted year-round. The program, administered by the Ohio Department of Education, is available for students in grades K-12 who have a current Individualized Education Program (IEP).  Jon Peterson Special Needs Scholarships are worth up to $27,000 per year, depending on the child’s special education category. The scholarship is renewable through high school graduation or the student’s twenty-second birthday if he or she has not met graduation requirements. Recipients are to use their scholarship for educational services and/or tuition at the participating private school and/or private service provider(s) of the family’s choice. There are currently more than 360 registered schools and private providers statewide. The number of available scholarships is capped at five percent of the total number of students with special needs in the state. Current private school students are eligible to apply for this program. Students cannot receive a scholarship and remain in their resident public school district.  Families who would like to learn more about the Jon Peterson Special Needs Scholarship Program can contact School Choice Ohio’s parent information line at 1-800-673-5876. For more information about all of Ohio’s scholarship programs or the wide variety of education options available to Ohio students, visit www.scohio.org.

ENVIRONMENT

CUYAHOGA COUNTY RESIDENTS FORMING SOLAR COOP: Neighbors in Cuyahoga County have formed a solar co-op to save money and make going solar easier, while building a network of solar supporters. Cuyahoga County and Solar United Neighbors are the co-op sponsors. The group is seeking members and will host information meetings on November 14th and 15th to educate the community about solar and the co-op process. Tuesday, November 14th at 6:30PM at Church of the Saviour in Cleveland Heights, 2537 Lee Road, Cleveland Heights, OH 44118 Wednesday, November 15th at 6:30PM at Rocky River Memorial Hall, 21016 Hilliard Boulevard, Rocky River, OH 44116Cuyahoga County residents interested in joining the co-op can sign up at the co-op websitewww.SolarUnitedNeighbors.org/Cuyahoga. Joining the co-op is not a commitment to purchase panels. Once the group is large enough, Solar United Neighbors will help the co-op solicit competitive bids from area solar installers.

FOOD

LINCOLN WEST FOOD PANTRY is scheduled for November 14 from 4 to 5:30 pm at 3202 West 30th St.  Enter off the parking lot on the north side.  Email omar.williams@clevelandmetroschools.org with questions, or like them on Facebook: Lincoln-West School of Global Studies

HOLIDAY COOKING DEMONSTRATIONS AND TASTING class will include food preparation, tasting, nutrition tips, recipes and more. Explore healthy cooking options and holiday meal preparation on a budget. Free samples, giveaways and more. Sponsored by Neighborhood Family Practice, at 3569 Ridge Rd. on Thursday, November 16th from 1-2 pm OR 3-4 pm.  Spots are limited, RSVP today. For questions or to RSVP, contact Lindsay Perez at 216/281-0872, Ext. 294. Or for more information on Neighborhood Family Practice, visit http://www.nfpmedcenter.org.

HEALTH CARE

UHCAN OHIO REMINDS RESIDENTS TO ENROLL IN A 2018 HEALTH INSURANCE PLAN:  Open enrollment is from November 1 to December 15. To enroll online visit www.healthcare.gov for English or https://cuidadodesalud.gov for Spanish. Enroll by phone by calling the Marketplace Call Center at 1-800-318-2596 (TTY 1-855-889-4325) for free help in your language. To get in-person help visit a trained assister near you: Visit: http://bit.ly/2zMo9RD or Visit: https://localhelp.healthcare.gov/#/.

MEDICARE’S ANNUAL OPEN ENROLLMENT is from October 15th to December 7th. During the open enrollment you can change or continue your prescription drug plan; Select a Medicare Advantage Plan designed for comprehensive health and drug coverage; and learn about recent updates to plan changes and financial assistance. For more information and assistance you can call the Ohio Health Insurance Information Program (OSHIIP) at 1-800-686-1578, Monday thru Friday from 7:30 a.m.- 5 p.m. , or call Medicare at 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227), 24 hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week. Information including specific plan details is available at www.medicare.gov.

BREAST AND CERVICAL CANCER SCREENINGS. A program called My Body Matters will offer free services to eligible women who meet the following requirements: Are ages 21 – 74, Live in a Northeast Ohio region that includes Cuyahoga County, Are Underinsured and fall at or below 250% of the federal poverty level. Free services include: pelvic exams, pap tests, clinical breast exams, mammograms, case management and diagnostic testing (including biopsy and ultrasound as needed).  To apply, women can visit the My Body Matters website to complete an online or printable PDF application. Women can also call the Cuyahoga County Board of Health at 216-201-2000 or the Breast and Cervical Cancer Project Hotline at 1-800-443-2168 to find out if they are eligible to receive these free services.

THE LUPUS FOUNDATION of America, Greater Ohio Chapter will host its monthly “Ask the Experts Teleconference,” on Wednesday, November 15 from 7 p.m. until 8 p.m. This month’s teleconference is called “Wellness Coach: A Healthy Approach to Lupus.”  The “Ask the Experts” Teleconference is a series of presentations by a variety of experts in fields relating to lupus. This series is a call-in conference, meaning they can be attended from any place with access to a phone. These teleconferences are chock-full of valuable information and incredible insight from individuals who are top-notch professionals in their related fields. For more information or to register, please contact the foundation toll-free at 1 (888) NO-LUPUS or visit www.LupusGreaterOhio.org/ events

TELETALK FOR YOUNG LUPIANS is scheduled for Saturday, November 18 from 2 – 3 pm.   This is a call-in teleconference for adolescents who are affected by lupus. The support group is an open, small-group environment that encourages discussion among lupus patients and their families. It is a place where persons with lupus can share their experiences and ask questions. Most discussions focus on the “how-to’s” of living with a chronic illness. It is a safe place for people to learn, share and help. Please call 1 (888) NO-LUPUS to register or for more information, or for more information, visit www.LupusGreaterOhio.org

WADE PARK VETERANS AFFAIRS MEDICAL CENTER offers a range of health, mental health and other services.  Refer to the Veteran Orientation Handbook or visit http://www.cleveland.va.gov.

HOUSING

WHAT EVERY LANDLORD SHOULD KNOW.  All landlords and property managers should attend one of the Housing Court’s annual seminars to be current on state and local ordinances regarding their rights and responsibilities as investment property owners. Judge Ronald J. H. O’Leary and his staff will conduct the next seminar on Wednesday, November 15th from 3 – 6 pm at Collinwood Recreation Center, 16300 Lakeshore Blvd There is no charge for this event. Register by November 10 to attend. Use clevelandhousingcourt.org/en-US/registration.aspx or call Diana Twymon at 216/664-6927.  Get the right information from the people who know what the law is.
LEGAL AID

DEBT COLLECTION CLINIC. Debts hold people back and make it harder to create a stable life.  Are you facing issues with debt collection? Are you being sued to collect on a debt? As long as the court has not entered a judgment against you in the collection lawsuit, Legal Aid may be able to help. FREE legal advice and counsel provided for
residents of Cuyahoga and surrounding counties
at November 29, 2017 at 4:30 p.m. and December 9, 2017 at 10 a.m.  Call 888/317-3777 to learn more and make an appointment.

MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES AND DRUG ABUSE

ALCOHOLISM, DRUG ADDICTION, AND MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES (ADAMHS) Board of Cuyahoga County plans, funds, and monitors public mental health and addiction prevention, treatment and recovery services delivered to residents of Cuyahoga County.  Call 216/623-6888 for 24-Hour Suicide Prevention, Mental Health and Addiction Crisis/Information/Referral Hotline for Adults and Children.  For more information, visit www.adamhscc.org

NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON ALCOHOL ABUSE AND ALCOHOLISM’s website is at www.niaaa.nih.gov

DRUG ABUSE information is available at www.drugabuse.gov and for teens, at www.teens.drugabuse.gov.

NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF MENTAL HEALTH’S website contains information like depression and schizophrenia.  It is at www.nimh.nih.gov.

HISPANIC URBAN MINORITY ALCOHOLISM AND DRUG ABUSE OUTREACH PROGRAM (HISPANIC UMADAOP) provides services including drug prevention to Hispanic adults, as well as elementary, middle and high school students, families and teachers.  Hispanic UMADAOP Youth Center is a community-based drug prevention and youth leadership facility.  For more information, call 216/459-1222 or visit www.hispanicumadaop.org

LA PROVIDENCIA FAMILY CENTER/HISPANIC SERVICES OFFICE offers drug and alcohol programs for Hispanic youth, women and men, as well as services for children and their families. Sponsored by Catholic Charities.  Call 216/696-2197 or email hisctr25@ccdocle.org.

POLAR EXPRESS

THE CUYAHOGA VALLEY SCENIC RAILROAD (CVSR) is seeking volunteers for several positions for its 2017 season The Polar Express Train Ride.  This popular holiday program will be offered from Saturday, November 11 through Thursday, December 21.   There is a mandatory training season for all new Polar Express volunteers on October 21, 9 a.m. at GAR Hall at the corner of Riverview Road and Route 303.   At the training session, seasoned volunteers will review basic information, train safety, and how to get into your character. CVSR encourages volunteers to come prepared with questions.  The program requires at least 80 volunteers per train each night and as many as possible at the North Pole.   Characters include:  Santa, Head Elves, Elf Readers, Servers, Trainmen, North Pole Elves and Characters.  This holiday program is based on Chris Van Allsburg’s enchanting book The Polar Express™, about young boy’s trip to the North Pole.   To get involved, please complete our online application at http://crew.cvsr.com/vol_application.php.  Please call 800-468-4070 ext. 236 or email dnapolitano@cvsr.com or with any questions.

POLICE

THE FIRST DISTRICT POLICE/COMMUNITY RELATIONS COMMITTEE is having its Annual Awards Program.  Everyone is invited to share in the light supper being provided by the City of Cleveland’s Community Relations Board to recognize those that have forged productive relationships with the Cleveland Police Department on behalf of their community.  The event is free, and the public is invited.  Scheduled for Thursday, November 2 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at Saint Mary’s Romanian Orthodox at 3256 Warren Rd.

SECOND DISTRICT POLICE COMMUNITY RELATIONS COMMITTEE will meet on Tuesday, November 14tg at 7 p.m. at Applewood Centers, 3518 W. 25th. (enter gym from Daisy Ave). Important updates from Commander Stacho and community organizations. Nominations for co-chair.

OFFICE OF PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS, under the direction of administrator Damon Scott, is a city of Cleveland entity created for the purpose of investigating complaints against employees of the City’s Division of Police that have been lodged with the appropriate division yet still appear to be unresolved to the complainant’s satisfaction.  Mr. Damon Scott can be reached at dscott@city.cleveland.oh.us.

PUBLIC WORKS

BULK WASTE COLLECTION in Cleveland has been changed to the first full week of the month (November 6-10).  Three bulk items only.  For more information on items including recycling computers, cellphones, shredding, and hazardous waste or visit the Department of Public Works/Division of Waste Collection at www.cleveland-oh.gov or call 216-664-3711. CuyahogaRecycles.org is a go-to resource for residents to learn about recycling rules, composting, donating and everything to do with reducing, reusing and recycling in Cuyahoga County.

ICEBREAKER PROJECT.  Ohio Power Siting Board Public Hearing – Wednesday, November 8 at 6pm, at Cleveland City Hall, 2nd floor, Council Chambers, 601 Lakeside Ave, Cleveland.  Please come support the Icebreaker Project. This hearing is part of the regulatory process to approve of the demonstration project of 6 wind turbines in Lake Erie. You can submit public comments at this meeting or by sending them via email to: cuontactOPSB@puc.state.oh.us or in-writing to: Ohio Power Siting Board, 180 E. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43215 with the case#:16-1871-EL-BGN
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PIPELINE DIVESTMENT Campaign Meeting – Thursday, November 9, 7:00 pm, Cuyahoga County Progressive Caucus, 11910 Detroit Ave., Lakewood –  An Energy Transfer Partners Disinvestment Campaign in Cleveland? Let’s talk about it. Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) is the company that built the DAPL Pipeline, and is building the Rover Pipeline across Ohio and others around the country.

SOCIAL JUSTICE

THE SOCIAL JUSTICE INSTITUTE is hosting its 2017 Think Tank – Educating for Struggle: State Violence, Then & Now. The conference begins on Thursday, Nov. 16, at 7 p.m., with a screening of the documentary film Wounded Knee, with a discussion to follow. Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz will present “The Genocidal Foundation of the United States” on Friday, Nov. 17 at 7 p.m., and Ibram X. Kendi will present “State Violence and the Antiracist Struggle” on Saturday, Nov. 18, at 9:30 a.m., both at the at the Tinkham Veale University Center, 11038 Bellflower Road. Following Kendi’s remarks, local and national thought leaders will participate in two plenaries and five breakout sessions that address issues, ranging from environmental justice (such as water, lead and housing concerns), indigenous rights, immigration, incarceration and other topics. For more information, visit their website at https://case.edu/socialjustice/.  Donations not required but welcomed.

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