City Council Swear-In Ceremony

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.

Cleveland Mini Maker Faire

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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.  

Extended Summer Hours at 8 City of Cleveland Rec Centers

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.
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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.

 

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Arbor Day 2017 In Northeast Ohio!

 

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Cleveland is in the midst of citywide revitalization to improve the quality of life for all citizens, and improving tree canopy is an important element in that transformation. Trees are a critical piece of our community: trees make us healthier and safer, add economic value to our homes and businesses, help us meet environmental challenges, and improve our natural world.

 

Cleveland was once nicknamed The Forest City, but over the last several decades the city has lost about half its tree canopy. Average tree canopy cover across the city is low at 19%, only one quarter of what is possible. Each year an estimated 97 acres of tree canopy is lost. At this rate, canopy will drop to 14% by 2040 unless we act now. The Cleveland Tree Plan is built on the need rebuild the urban forest, together.

 

This Arbor Day, do your part to reforest the Forest City at one of the following fantastic #ArborDayCLE events organized by the Cleveland Tree Coalition or one of its institutional members.

 

If you know of another Arbor Day event taking place in Northeast Ohio, please email sustainability@city.cleveland.oh.us and we will help spread the word.

 

SELECT EARTH DAY AND ARBOR DAY EVENTS in NORTHEAST OHIO

For more details and to learn about many more events click here

 

Wednesday, April 19th

Tree Steward Training Part I

Date of event: April 19th from 5:30-9:00pm

Location: Third Federal Auditorium, 7007 Broadway Avenue, Cleveland, 44105

Website: https://www.wrlandconservancy.org/event/treesteward-041917/

 

Saturday, April 22nd (EARTH DAY)

Celebrations/Festivals

EarthFest

Date of event: April 22nd from 10am-7pm

Location: Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds, 19021 Bagley Rd, Middleburg Heights, OH

Website: http://earthdaycoalition.org/

 

Tree Planting

Slavic Village Tree Planting Event

Date of event: April 22 at 8am

Location: Boys and Girls Club, 6114 Broadway Avenue, Cleveland, OH

Website: http://www.wrlandconservancy.org

 

Thursday, April 27th

Fundraiser

Toast to Trees

Date of event: April 27 from 5:30-7:30pm

Location: Nano Brew, 1859 West 25th Street, Cleveland, OH

Website: http://www.wrlandconservancy.org

 

Friday, April 28th (Arbor Day)

Tree Giveaways

Cleveland Metroparks-Ohio Native Tree Seedling Giveaway

Date of Event: April 28th  at various times (see below)

Location: various locations (see below)

Website: www.clevelandmetroparks.com

  • Rocky River Nature Center (9:30am – 5pm)
  • North Chagrin Nature Center (9:30am – 5pm)
  • Brecksville Nature Center (9:30am – 5pm)
  • CanalWay Center (9:00am – 5pm)
  • Watershed Stewardship Center (Fri&Sat 10am-4:30pm, Sun 12-4:30pm)
  • Cleveland Metroparks Zoo (10am – 5pm)

 

Great Sapling Giveaway

Date of event: April 28 from 10 am – 4 pm

Location: Cleveland Botanical Garden, 11030 East Blvd, Cleveland, OH and

Holden Arboretum, 9500 Sperry Rd, Kirtland, OH

Website: www.cbgarden.org and www.holdenarb.org

 

Arbor Day Tree Giveaway with Mitchell’s Ice Cream

Date of event: April 28th from 11am-11pm

Location: Mitchell’s Ice Cream

Website: http://mitchellshomemade.com/shops/ and http://www.wrlandconservancy.org

 

Lecture/Tour

Cultivating Plant Conservation for the Future

Date of event: Apr 28, 7 PM

Location: Holden Arboretum, 9500 Sperry Rd, Kirtland, Oh

Website: www.holdenarb.org

 

Healthy Trees: Five Steps to a Thriving Urban Forest with Alan Siewert, ODNR Urban Forester

Date of event: April 28 at 10am

Location: Kendal at Oberlin Heiser Auditorium, 600 Kendal Dr., Oberlin, OH 44074

Website: http://kao.kendal.org/event/2017/03/17/arbor-day-event/

 

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power + place + change right in our own backyards

Please join us for an interactive program about power + place + change right in our own backyards.  

Conversation. Connections. Impact: Making change in our backyards

Sun, March 26, 2017

2:00 PM – 6:00 PM EDT

http://alturl.com/hjkbn – registration is free
 
ü The morning will feature a special walking tour of ioby projects that are located in Buckeye neighborhood. 

 
We’ll meet at 11am at the Cleveland Public Library – Rice Branch, at 11535 Shaker Blvd.
Projects featured on the tour will include: Swahili Class, Step Up, Dress Up, St. Lukes Pointe Traffic Calming, Clean House, Ujima Refresh, and ATNSC Center.
 
The afternoon, taking place starting at 2pm at New Bridge Center, will feature framing remarks by Scot Spencer. As Associate Director of Advocacy and Influence at the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Spencer advances community-focused strategies that increase place-based opportunities in cities. Spencer was the founding chair of the Maryland Commission on Environmental Justice and Sustainable Communities and served as co-chair of the Opportunity Collaborative, Baltimore’s regional plan development through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Sustainable Communities Initiative.
 
The program will also highlight the powerful stories of these local ioby project leaders:
· Carmen Lane, ATNSC healing center

· Vel Scott, Purple Oasis Community kitchen

· David Smeltz, Clean House Renovation

· Allison Lukacsy-Love, Bus Stop Moves

· Kaela Geschke, A Bridge That Bridges

· Mansfield Frazier, Sun Powered Jobs

· Dan Brown, Feed People, Not Landfills

 

who will talk about the work they’re doing to bring positive change to their neighborhoods. And we’ll talk with each other about race and design, the complexity of safety in public space, and what each of us wants to do next to make a difference in Cleveland (see breakout questions on schedule below).
 
Schedule Overview: 
2:00 Keynote: Hear from Scot Spencer, Associate Director of Advocacy and Influence at the Annie E. Casey Foundation.
3:00 Project Panel: Listen to amazing local ioby leaders telling the story of how they’ve brought positive change to their neighborhoods.
4:00 Breakout Sessions: Participate in facilitated conversations on questions like “Where are the Black Urbanists?”, “Centering Race and Design in Cleveland”, and “If every design project in Cleveland had been led by People of Color, how would the city look different today?
5:00 Reception and Refreshments: Stay for appetizers, beverages, and mingling! 
 
 
Visit http://www.ioby.org/Cleveland to learn more about the range of work being taken on by ioby projects to bring positive neighborhood change to Cleveland. Pay special attention to the Step Up, Dress Up campaign for Harvey Rice https://www.ioby.org/project/step-dress – donations are being matched by Neighborhood Connections…so hurry up and donate!
 
Questions [or to indicate if you are only able to attend one part of the day]: dana@ioby.org/917.817.2070

SEIU Endorses Jeff Johnson For Mayor Of Cleveland, Launches Grassroots Justice Team

CLEVELAND, OHIO – The Service Employees International Union District 1199, representing nearly 30,000 members, today endorses Ward 10 Councilman Jeff Johnson to be the next Mayor of the City of Cleveland. 

“Councilman Johnson has demonstrated a real commitment to the people of Cleveland, standing up to corporate and political opponents to lift up the voices of people throughout the city,” said Becky Williams, President of SEIU District 1199. “The failed leadership of Frank Jackson has left too many people without good jobs, safe neighborhoods and struggling to survive in the most impoverished city in the nation.”

“With Frank Jackson as Mayor, Cleveland now has the highest homicide rate in 10 years, he has risked millions of taxpayer dollars by closing public square to bus traffic, willfully denied nearly 40,000 Cleveland residents their right to vote on a citizen initiative for higher wages, and spends money in downtown that would be better served in our neighborhoods,” continued Williams. “Jeff Johnson’s vision for Cleveland will mean less working people having to struggle to provide for their families and will solve the challenges that face our community head on.”

In addition to the endorsement for Johnson, SEIU District 1199 has launched a grassroots ‘justice team’ that will work independently of the Johnson campaign to activate, communicate and educate Cleveland voters about the real issues facing working people in the upcoming election with a focus on voter registration and empowerment. 

You’re invited to ¡Pleibol! at League Park!

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¡Pleibol! is a celebration of Latinos and African Americans in America’s favorite pastime with special guests including Carlos Baerga, Davey Nelson and Luis Mayoral! This unique event includes guest speakers, a private dinner reception and more! ¡Pleibol! will take place on Friday, September 30 at historic League Park, located in Cleveland’s Hough neighborhood.

This event(s) will take place on Friday, September 30 and Saturday, October 1.


Friday night consists of a private dinner reception with anticipated guests, Carlos Baerga, Dave Nelson and Luis Mayoral, with ticket packages available from $50 – $100.

Friday’s schedule:

VIP Meet and Greet – 6 – 6:30 p.m.
Dinner: 6 – 7 p.m.
Program: 7 – 8 p.m.
Tour of Facility and Park: 8 – 9 p.m.

Sponsorships are also available.

Saturday is an entire day of softball games that are free and open to the community.

Games and Clinics (with guest players) 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.

For more information, call 216-789-1083 or 216-894-5664.

To purchase tickets for Friday night’s event, go to: http://www.juliadeburgos.org/