Community Board

Cleveland State University, Cleveland State University School of Communication, and the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation sponsor the Plain Press Community Board. To submit your Community Board listings, please contact us.


FREE COMMUNITY DANCE CLASSES offered to youth in the City of Cleveland through the Cleveland Bureau of Cultural Arts Excellence Through Arts Initiative: Hip Hop Dance for youths ages 9-17 will be taught by Sister “Jewel” Jackson on Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. at Cudell Recreation Center, 1910 West Blvd. For more information call 664-4137. Hip Hop Dance for youths ages 9-17 will be taught by Sister Jackson at Halloran Skating Rink, 3550 W. 117 on Saturdays beginning at Noon. For more information call 664-4187. Hip Hop Dance for youths ages 10-17 will be taught by Aurea Garcia at Michael Zone Recreation Center, 6301 Lorain Avenue, on Fridays beginning at 6 p.m. For more information call 664-3373.

EARTHDAY WINNERS ON DISPLAY: Students’ art, poetry, and essays from the Earthday Coalition’s annual contest are on display at the Cuyahoga County Public Library’s Middleburg Heights Branch at 15600 East Bagley Road in Middleburg Heights through November 18th. Display hours are: Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. – 9 p.m..  Friday and Saturdays from 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. and Sundays from 1-5 p.m. Call 281-6468 ext 221 for more details on future locations of the exhibit.

MUSICAL HATS: Saturday, November 10, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. performances at CanalWay Center, Ohio and Erie Canal Reservation. Visitors of all ages are invited to join Historical Interpreter/musician Hank Mallery for a great hour of music where visitors get to choose the songs. CanalWay Center is located on Whittlessey Way, off the E. 49th Street entrance of Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation, between Grant and Canal Road in Cuyahoga Heights. For more information call 206-1000.

TELLABRATION: Experience locally, a night of storytelling celebrated worldwide on Saturday November 17 at 7:30 p.m. at CanalWay Center in the Metroparks Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation in Cuyahoga Heights. The free event brings together the areas finest storytellers to entertain audiences with their tales. The event is suitable for adults, older students and children ages 8 and older. CanalWay Center is located on Whittlessey Way , off the E. 49th Street entrance of the Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation between Grant Avenue and Canal Road in Cuyahoga Heights (just off the I-77 Grant Avenue Exit). For more information call 440-734-6660 or visit

CLEVELAND PUBLIC LIBRARY’S WRITERS AND READERS SERIES: Sherman J. Alexie, Jr., a Spokane/Coeur d'Alene Indian who grew up on the Spokane Indian Reservation in Wellpinit, WA, will preside at Cleveland Public Library’s Writers and Readers Series on Sunday, November 18, 2:00 p.m. Free and open to the public, the event will take place at the Main Library, Louis Stokes Wing Auditorium, E. 6th Street and Superior Avenue. Alexie draws heavily upon his life and experiences for both his writing and his lectures, including the despair, poverty and alcoholism that often pervade the lives of Native Americans living on reservations. Alexie has written four novels, eight volumes of poetry and three collections of stories as well as several radio scripts and screenplays. He published two books in 2007, Flight and The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, his first young adult novel. For more information, visit or call (216) 623-2800.


GRAND REOPENING OF ZION DROP IN CENTER for the winter season will be on Tuesday, November 5th. The center on W. 14th Street will be open for the winter season from 2-4 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

ST COLMAN HOMECOMING CELEBRATION: On Sunday November 18th following the 11 a.m. mass St. Colman Church will celebrate the feast of St. Colman of Cloyne, honor the Sisters of St. Joseph for their service to the parish since 1886 and invite the many thousands of now grown children who received a great education at St. Colman School in the days when the parish was the center of social and religious life to the parish for a homecoming celebration. For more information about the celebration call Donna at 651-0550 or email Fr. Bob Begin at .

COMMUNITY THANKSGIVING SERVICE: Wednesday, November 21 at 7 p.m. at Franklin Circle Christian Church, 1688 Fulton Rd.  Refreshments following.  No charge - free will offering (cash & non-perishable food) to benefit the Near West Food Center will be received.  Call 216-781-8232 for information.  Led by Shared Ministry congregations & institutions.

THANKSGIVING DINNER: There will be a delicious Thanksgiving dinner served at St. Augustine Church, 2486 W. 14th on November 22, from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. If you are homebound and unable to attend, please call 781-5880 and we will make arrangement for a meal to be delivered right to your door. Please call between the hours of 9 a.m. and 6 p.m.


DETROIT SHOREWAY SAFETY PROGRAMS offer a number of ways individuals can get involved with neighborhood safety: CB radio and walking patrols and event security, phone tree, court watch program and safety bulletins and safety alerts. To sign up for safety bulletins and alerts visit:, use zip code 44102. For more information of the other safety programs contact Nelson Beckford at or by phone at 961-4242 ext. 226. For information on Detroit Shoreway Block Clubs or other neighborhood events call Nanci McCormack at 961-4242 ext. 223 or email her at

DOMINION OFFERS GRANTS FOR COMMUNITY PROJECTS that have made a difference in the economic and social revitalization of communities located in areas served by Dominion. Projects must have been completed between July 2006 and November of 2007. Nonprofit 501c3 organizations or organizations with an eligible fiscal agent can apply. Deadline for submitting a summary of your project for a Community Impact Award is November 26th. For more information visit the company’s Website at or call Jeff Zidonis at 736-6228.


WANTED: Pies, cakes and cookies are needed for the Thanksgiving Day Affair on November 22 from 3-6 p.m. at Franklin Circle Church, 1688 Fulton Road. The program will feature a meal, RTA prizes, worship, music, movie and 12-step focus. For more information call Joe Wold at 781-8232 or visit

INTERFAITH HOSPITALITY NETWORK OF GREATER CLEVELAND is collecting used and unwanted cell phones in order to raise money for their school transportation program for children in homeless families.  The organization is asking the public to help by donating unneeded cell phones, which can be dropped off or mailed to 3445 Warrensville Center Rd., Shaker Heights, Ohio 44122.  This is an ongoing fundraiser. For more information, please call Barbara Best at (216) 283-0656.

BLOOD DONATIONS WANTED: In order to ensure our local community blood supply is stable, and to help keep the southern California blood supply at an adequate level, it is important for eligible donors to make appointments to donate blood over the next several weeks. Donors can call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE or visit to find a blood drive near them.


OFFICE OF THE OMBUDSMAN serves as an independent mechanism by which citizens can communicate their education-related concerns with the Cleveland Metropolitan School District. The office can assist with resolving education related problems and concerns not resolved at the building level. Call 574-8462.

CLEVELAND BOARD OF EDUCATION will meet at Daniel E. Borgan School, 8912 Morris Court on Tuesday, November 20th at 6:30 p.m.

POWER OF WATER: Adults are invited to join naturalist Ken Rosenthal at Wendy Park on Friday November 16 from 10-11:30 a.m. for a look at how water shaped Cleveland before and after the city was built. Registration beginning November 1st is required. For details and to register call 206-1000.


FREE FLU SHOTS FOR CLEVELAND RESIDENTS:  FREE flu shots will be available Cleveland residents aged 50 and older, 18 or older with chronic illness, pregnant women and children 6 months to 5 years. For flu shot locations, please call 664-4621 or visit

MENTAL HEALTH BENEFITS:  The Ohio Department of Insurance has created an on-line toolkit at to help consumers and stakeholders understand how health benefit plans are to provide mental health benefits for biologically based mental illness. S.B. 116, effective March 30, 2007, enacted the mental health parity legislation, which became applicable to most health benefit plans on or after Oct. 1, 2007.  Ohioans who have questions about mental health parity and benefits may call the Department's consumer hotline at 1-800-686-1526. Additional information can be obtained at




CUYAHOGA COUNTY COMMISSIONERS will meet on Thursday, November 1 at 10 a.m. in the Commissioners Hearing room on the 4th Floor of the County Administration Building at 1219 Ontario (at Lakeside). Cleveland Jobs with Justice’s Living Wage Task Force asks individuals to attend the meeting to show their support for a Living Wage in Cuyahoga County. For more information contact Jobs With Justice Coordinator Debbie Kline at or call 440-333-7007.

STOCKYARD NEIGHBORHOOD FORUM: Wednesday, November 7th, 2007 - 7 PM, 3296 W. 61st Street (VFW Post 2850) Topic: Learn more about grants for your community! Neighborhood Connections is a special grants program of The Cleveland Foundation designed to assist Cleveland neighborhood groups to strengthen social networks in their communities while creatively addressing their most important concerns. Grants will be awarded in amounts between $500 and $5,000. Any neighborhood group within the City of Cleveland is eligible to apply. The next deadline is Friday, February 15, 2008 at 5pm. Go to or call 216.861.3810 for more information. Predatory Lending: A Seminar for Consumers—Protect your most valuable asset – your home!! Learn about predatory lending, who is at risk for a predatory loan, how to obtain a fair loan, how you can avoid predatory lenders and what to do if you have already been a victim of predatory lending. Presented by The Housing Research & Advocacy Center with a generous grant from The Raymond J. Wean Foundation. For more information on the above meeting, please feel free to contact Megan Meister at the Stockyard Redevelopment Organization at (216) 961-7687, ext. 202.

OHIO PATIENTS RIGHTS: Free public information meeting: "Make Cleveland City Council enact a law to stop hospitals from sometimes banning patients who complain" November 12, Monday 5:00 p.m., downtown Cleveland Public Library, 325 Superior Avenue,  room  218, Stokes Wing. For information call 216-221-2724. Sponsored by Ohio Patients Rights.


BIG CITY BOO: On October 31st, City of Cleveland recreation centers invite children 12 years of age and under to enjoy face painting, games, costume contests, prizes and refreshments. Contact your local recreation center for times.

STEP IT UP CLEVELAND RALLY: Step It Up Cleveland, a local affiliate of Step It Up 2007, wishes to invite concerned citizens and the Cleveland area environmental community to a rally Saturday, Nov. 3, 2007, from noon to 2 p.m., at the Upper Pavilion of Edgewater Park at the Cleveland Lakefront State Park. We will be inviting our political representatives to show true leadership by supporting binding legislation to combat climate change and seriously reduce carbon emissions. As we enter the crucial year before the 2008 elections, it is vital that the issue of climate change not be put on the back burner in the name of “practical” politics. The best way to send this message to our leaders and the media is for all of us to turn out for the Climate Leadership Cleveland rally on Nov. 3.  Thousands of us in Northeast Ohio are concerned about climate change. If we all speak together, we cannot be ignored.  For more information, go to or contact Randy Cunningham at

FREE FAMILY FUN at NASA Glenn Visitor Center on November 17, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  In preparation for the upcoming Leonid meteor shower, join us at the NASA Glenn Visitor Center as we discuss the origins of meteorites, the impact they have had on life on Earth and our understanding of the solar system.  Programs include “Antarctic Meteorites:  Sifting the Sand of the Solar System” at 11 a.m. and “Rocks from Space” at 1 p.m.  Kids’ crafts, “Picture Yourself in Space photo-booth and handouts!  Call 216.433.9653 to register or see for more details.

ZOO - FREE ON THANKSGIVING DAY:  All Cleveland Metro Parks Zoo visitors will receive complimentary admission on Thanksgiving Day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information about the zoo contact or call 651-6500.


VOLUNTEER TUTORS SOUGHT to tutor adult learners in the Office of Adult & Continuing Education of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District. The tutoring can be arranged in the mornings, afternoons, or evenings in Cleveland locations. For more information, and to sign up, call Marjorie Pyles Hearst at 634-2763.

VOLUNTEERS WANTED: Female Mentors to provide guidance, self-esteem, and career exploration to young women between the ages of 14 to 20. One-year commitment required. Come be apart of something fun and exciting. All those who are interested, please contact Tracey Hagan at Merrick House at 216-281-4212 or by e-mail me at

MALE MENTORS NEEDED: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Cleveland is in need of male mentors to match with over 200 children on its waiting list. If you are interested in being a Big or would like information on other ways to get involved, please visit or call (216) 621-8223.

VOLUNTEER COUPLES: Couples needed for interviews for doctoral research project on Black and White interracial marriages and prejudice. It will take about 1 hour and 15 minutes. I have interviewed 6 couples and need 14 more (total of 20 couples). The ultimate goal of this study is for marriage/family/couple's counselors to improve their skills with multicultural families that may need help in various facets of their marriage. If interested, please contact me at Your opinions are very much need for this important study.  Thank you.  Pat Schafer.

VOLUNTEER TAX PREPARERS: Cuyahoga Employment & Family Services is currently seeking volunteers to be trained for electronic preparation of income tax returns for low-to-moderate income families and individuals. The preparation of returns will be offered as a free service beginning in early February 2008.  Training sessions will begin in December 2007. Especially needed are Spanish-speaking preparers. If you have an interest in learning basic tax law and tax preparation software and turning it into a helpful and productive volunteer experience, please call, fax, or e-mail your interest to:    Cuyahoga Tax Preparation Program, Employment & Family Services, 1641Payne Avenue Room 320, Cleveland, Ohio  44114. e-mail: .Phone:  216-987-6620  Fax: 987-6744. Website:


CUYAHOGA COUNTY YOUTH COUNCIL invites youths, ages 13-18, to serve on the youth council. The council provides youths an opportunity to influence public policy decisions affecting youth. For more information call the Partnership for a Safer Cleveland at 523-1128 ext. 23.

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WE WILL PICK UP AND PAY $140 for any Junk Car, Truck or Van. 216-965-5888.


CRAFT FAIR & DOLLAR-A-BAG FOR CLOTHES, Saturday, November 3, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., St. Paul’s Community Church, 4427 Franklin Blvd. Craft Makers-call 631-2090. For set-up info.


ST. PAUL’S THRIFT SHOP: Furniture, clothing, baby needs & more! First Saturday Dollar Bag, 11 AM-1PM. Best prices in town! St. Paul’s Community Church at W. 45th and Franklin Blvd.


NEED ANSWERS TO LANDLORD TENANT QUESTIONS? Call Cleveland Tenant’s Organization’s Rental Information Center: 216-432-0609.

PROPERTY OWNERS NEEDED:  If you are a property owner with nice, clean, reasonably priced apartments, and are looking for tenants, please call Care Alliance at (216) 781-6228 and ask for Jim Schlecht at ext. 0.

NOW LEASING:  Beautifully rehabbed historic apartments now available. Units have hardwood floors or carpeting. Includes appliances and laundry facilities. Close to downtown. All bldgs have secured keylock entry. 1 br $390, 2br. $425-$460, 2 br. wheelchair accessible unit $400. Please call (216) 961-4242. Ask about our rent specials & how to receive a free gift! Equal Housing Opportunity.

3308 ARCHWOOD: One bedroom apartment. Decorated, appliances, shower. Heat, hot water included. Off street parking. 216-491-4881.

FURNISHED ROOMS: W. 86TH/Clark Area. (216) 281-4639.

TROWBRIDGE: Two apartments. Each 2-bedroom. Appliances. $400.00 plus deposit. No pets. 216-749-1288.


HOME WORKERS: Easy work, Great Pay! Assemble products at home. No experience necessary. For more information rush $5 and a self-addressed stamped envelope to: Ms. Valerie Felder, P.O. Box 604232, Cleveland, OH 44104. Join my site at: ID= MSANNAMAE


THE WEST SIDE COMMUNITY HOUSE announces sponsorship of the USDA funded Child and Adult Care Food Program. Meals are available to all enrolled participants without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability and will be served at no separate charge. 226.23(d) In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, age, or disability. To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call (202) 720-5964 (voice and TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.


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