Although New Years Day generally represents a fresh start for people all over the world, it’s particularly true today for a few Clevelanders today (Monday, January 1, 2018), as five new council members were sworn in during a special ceremony..Last November’s hotly contested election resulted in a sizable turnover in Ward representation and made way for the following Council members: • Former Councilman Joe Jones returns to City Council after defeating Terrell Pruitt in Ward 1 by a margin of eight votes. • Kevin Bishop, topped nine other candidates, including a write-in, to capture Zack Reed’s open Ward 2 seat. • Basheer Jones, narrowly defeated TJ Dow in the official count for Ward 7 to become the first Muslim ever elected to council. • Anthony Hairston, topped nine other candidates in a race to capture Jeff Johnson’s Ward 10 seat. • Jasmin Santana, defeated Ward 14 Councilman Brians Cummins to become the first Hispanic woman elected to City Council.
A week or so ago, I popped in to Robert Gatewood’s multimedia makerspace in Euclid at 818 E. 185th Street.
Although the space is lined with screens and systems like Xbox One S, Xbox One X, PlayStation 4 Pro and virtual reality, the space is not only a “haven” for gamers but, an incubator space for small businesses and creatives of all kinds.
A couple years ago, the Cleveland Indians embarked on a major renovation of Progressive Field that included adding new food stands, relocating the bullpens, adding the Corner bar, along with much more. One addition that did not receive much attention was the installation of three new flag poles- one for each of the flags of the United States, the State of Ohio, and the City of Cleveland. I thought this was a neat addition as it added local symbols of pride to the ballpark. To my dismay, though, when I would attend Tribe games with people, almost no one could recognize the Cleveland flag. Most of the time it wasn’t even noticed, but the most common question I heard was, “Why are they flying the French flag?” It occurred to me that almost nobody I know in Cleveland has an emotional attachment to our flag, despite it being one…
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The 5th annual Cleveland Mini Maker Faire takes place on Saturday, November 4, 2017 at the Cleveland Public Library Main Library complex from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Beginning at 10:00 AM on Saturday Maker exhibits and activities will be taking place in the following locations:
- Louis Stokes Wing Lower Level, 1st floor (including Indoor Reading Garden)
- Louis Stokes Wing 2nd floor Learning Commons
- Main Library – Superman @ CPL in Brett Hall, Cleveland Digital Library and Youth Services Department
- Eastman Reading Garden
- Rockwell Ave. between East 3rd and East 6th Streets (road closed)
- East 6th Street from Superior Ave. to Rockwell Ave. (road closed)
The outdoor attractions include a return of the trebuchet and pumpkin-chunking on Rockwell Ave. as well as three new additions: NASA’s Journey to Tomorrow exhibit, weapons and armor demonstrations by the Society for Creative Anachronism and a 30-foot long fire-breathing dragon! (http://heavymeta.ca)
You can browse the list of Makers and schedule of workshops on the Maker Faire website http://cleveland.makerfaire.com
Maker Faire is completely FREE but registration is encouraged. Anyone participating in hands-on activities or workshops must be registered.
Register online at https://clevelandmakerfaire.eventbrite.com.
Cleveland Inkubator is a FREE week-long literary festival taking place Mon. 7/24 – Sat. 7/29.
Cleveland Inkubator features a wide variety of writing workshops, performances, author talks, a book swap party, open mic, and (last but not least) day-long conference at Cleveland Public Library!
Below is the full schedule of events — just click the links to sign up !
Author talk, reading, and musical performance with poet and composer Janice Lowe
7-9pm at Bop Stop at the Music Settlement, 2920 Detroit Ave., Cleve OH 44102
Book Swap Party featuring readings by local writers Lara Lillibridge and Bernard Harris — a great chance to re-gift old books and pick up some new (to you) summer reads
6:30-9p at Market Garden Brewery, 1947 W. 25th St., Cleve OH 44113
Home Plate: Fictionalizing Familiar Places; an author talk and reading with Detroit and Ann Arbor all-star authors Kelly Fordon and Laura Hulthen Thomas
7-9pm at the Euclid Tavern, 11625 Euclid Ave., Cleve OH 44106
Crossing Borders: Immigrant Narratives; a professional staged reading of original work by Cleveland writers and residents on the themes of immigration and American identity
7-8p at Cleveland Public Square
Lit Cleveland Live: Open Mic Night — open to performers of all genres. Refreshments and live music provided.
6:30-9pm at Cleveland Public Library Main Branch’s Eastman Reading Garden, 325 Superior Ave, Cleve OH 44113
Cleveland Inkubator conference; a day-long event featuring a wonderful array of writing workshops, keynote speech by Dan Chaon, craft talks, a Resource Fair, and more!
8:30a-4:30p at Cleveland Public Library Main Branch, 325 Superior Ave, Cleve OH 44113
Again, all of this is 100% FREE, thanks to generous support from our sponsors and members. We hope you’ll make it to at least one (or two, or three) of these events! We truly believe this week offers something for everyone, and we hope it helps strengthen Cleveland and northeast Ohio’s already vibrant community of writers and readers.
There’s no shortage of ways to celebrate our nation’s birthday this July 4th, but fireworks usually tops the list. With that understanding, I’ve compiled a list of area fireworks displays:
Avon Lake Fireworks
6200 Elmwood Ave
Brecksville Home Days Fireworks
- July 1, 2017 at 10:00pm
- July 2, 2017 at 10:00pm
in Brecksville, Ohio 44141
Mayfield Fourth of July
425 N Commons Blvd
in Mayfield Village, Ohio 44143
North Ridgeville “Star Spangled Celebration”
Warrensville Heights Fireworks
4270 Northfield Road
in Warrensville Heights, Ohio 44128
North Olmsted Boom
4954 Great Northern Blvd
in North Olmsted, Ohio 44070
Independence 4th of July
6363 Selig Drive
in Independence, Ohio 44131
Bratenahl Fourth of July Fireworks
in Bratenahl, Ohio 44108
Lakewood 4th of July Celebration
in Lakewood, Ohio 44107
Bay Village Fourth of July
Cahoon Memorial Park
in Bay Village, Ohio 44140
Solon Independence Day Fireworks
6679 SOM Center Rd
in Solon, Ohio 44139
Berea Independence Day Fireworks
in Berea, Ohio 44017
Cleveland 4th of July Fireworks
in Cleveland, Ohio 44113
Strongsville 4th of July
in Strongsville, Ohio 44136
Westlake Fourth of July
Clague Road and Hilliard Blvd
in Westlake, Ohio 44145
Home Days On The Green
- July 6, 2017 at 10:00pm
- July 7, 2017 at 10:00pm
- July 8, 2017 at 10:00pm
in Broadview Heights, Ohio 44147
Fairview Park Summerfest
West 210 Street
in Fairview Park, Ohio 44126
Brook Park Home Days
17001 Holland Rd
in Brook Park, Ohio 44142
The City of Cleveland Division of Recreation will extend hours at eight recreation centers for the summer. Wednesday through Saturday from now through August 12, 2017, these rec centers will remain open until 11 p.m.
IMG_1259 Ballet at Gunning 1 Chess at Clark 1
Made possible in part by the generosity of the Cleveland Foundation, the extended hours are aimed at keeping youth engaged in positive activities during the late evening hours at recreation centers as an alternative to being on the street. We are excited to announce new programming for youth and young adults which includes yoga, ballet and chess. Updated programs and activities are the result of Mayor Frank G. Jackson’s Healthy Neighborhoods Initiative and the Office of Prevention, Intervention and Opportunity for Youth and Young Adults.
Participating recreation centers include:
· Lonnie Burten, 2511 East 46th St.
· Cudell, 1910 West Blvd.
· Glenville, 680 E. 113th.
· Zelma George, 3155 Martin L. King Blvd.
· Michael Zone, 6301 Lorain Ave.
· Earle B. Turner, 11300 Miles Ave.
· Fairfax, 2335 E. 82nd Street
· Thurgood Marshall, 8611 Hough Ave.
Normal business hours for recreation centers are 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Fridays and Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Each recreation center will offer youth basketball leagues as well as game room activities and swimming programs. Off-duty police officers will be present at each facility.
Check locations and schedules on the Division of Recreation website.