Every Monday and Wednesday from 11am to 2:30pm a small but mighty group of dedicated volunteers arrive at the corner of Lake Shore Blvd and Huntmere Ave. and the Collinwood Interfaith Church Council Food Pantry comes to life. The pantry serves nearly 600 clientss a month. Many are seniors on fixed incomes or families with young children. The pantry supplies 3 days of food per house hold member each month. They also distribute clothing, from infant items to adult sizes, kitchen items, and toiletries.
In June, I met with Alicia Booker, vice president of manufacturing, and Alethea Ganaway, program manager additive manufacturing & Ideation Station, of Cuyahoga Community College’s Workforce, Community and Economic Development division at the Metro Campus. Booker says, “We take a manufacturing systems approach and not a product approach. We don’t just focus occupationally on the need to fill a gap then three months later the need arises again due to churn.”
Summer time is delicious Ice cream, a great breeze, fun in the sun at the beach, and summer jobs. Summer job youth employees under the collaboration of Y.O.U and the Family 4 Life Center connected with new curriculum this year. Pam Hagler CEO for Family 4 Life Center on the Southwest side of Collinwood, teamed up with a volunteer Business Consultant from the St Clair City Center to instruct the students. The Summer Job youth were taught workforce development, entrepreneurship, leadership, and given a breath of non-profit education to help them for their future. The students this year gathered into 3 groups and identified 3 different Community Projects that would ultimately bring a positive impact for Southwest Collinwood. Community Clean ups and Street Club Registration is the 1st project that occurs monthly to May of 2018, Food for Youth is the second project
Collinwood Neighborhood Catholic Ministries is bursting with activities this Summer.
I had a large event recently that required me to order a large amount of pop, beer, and liquor. I went to the Euclid Mini Mart located at 355 E. 200th St. in Euclid. The staff took excellent care of my order. All the beer was in the cooler, ice cold. They carried everything out to my car for me. Overall I had a wonderful experience. I highly recommend shopping at the Euclid Mini Mart. They are open from 9 AM to 11 PM Monday through Saturday , and open from 11 AM to 10 PM on Sunday.
Enjoy BBQ chicken, pulled pork, brisket or smoked catfish. Sides include delicious Ohio sweet corn, BBQ beans, potato salad and other side dishes for both meat eater and vegans. You can get 2 meats and 2 sides for $10, $4 a la carte and $2 a la carte veggie side. The BBQ will be Saurday, August 5th from 11am to 2 pm. The Coit Rd. Farmers Market is located at 15000 Woodworth rd. East Cleveland, 44112.
By all accounts of those in attendance, the first Collinwood Community Potluck on Saturday, July 8th was a success!
Be part of a global beach cleanup in partnership with the Alliance for the Great Lakes Adopt-a-Beach program and the Ocean Conservancy. On International Coastal Cleanup Day, thousands of volunteers head to beach cleanups around the world to raise awareness about the challenges of plastic pollution in our water. Debris collected at the Euclid Beach cleanup is recorded on data cards and submitted to the Alliance for the Great Lakes and the Ocean Conservancy along with data from beaches across the globe!
There have been a lot of good things going on in the neighborhood this last month. The MetroParks Concert Series in partnership with the City has been an overwhelming success with great weather and tremendous outpouring of support from the community. The Friday night that the Kinsman Dazz Band played there were over 2,500 concert goers who came to the park, at which time MetroParks personnel stopped counting. So, it goes without saying – “thank you” to Cleveland MetroParks and all those who have come to support the concerts at Euclid Beach. There are two concerts left with the last of the Friday Night Concerts on August 11. The music starts at 6:00 PM. See you there.
Before the Cleveland Board of Education votes on tax increment financing, or TIF, for a development project, CMSD is informing the public and collecting feedback that will guide the decision.
Oliver H. Perry School will host a “meet and greet” from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 11 at the school.
This September, the Euclid Public Library is again teaming up with eight other local library systems to encourage every child under 18, to sign up for a free library card or get rid of fines that may stop them from checking out their favorite items. The initiative, called A Card for Every Kid, will take place September 1-30 to coincide with National Library Card Sign-Up Month. It is a cooperative effort among the Cuyahoga County library systems to raise awareness of the importance of library card ownership for children and teens. The initiative also seeks to gain a better understanding of the barriers that keep some children and teens from owning a library card.
Visit EPL, Cleveland Public Library, Cuyahoga County Public Library, East Cleveland Public Library, Heights Public Library (Cleveland Heights-University Heights), Lakewood Public Library, Rocky River Public Library, Shaker Heights Public Library, and Westlake Porter Public Library anytime during September to register for a library card or to receive a one-time waiver of fines and fees. Participants will receive a Smencil™ while supplies last! Some restrictions may apply. Please visit EPL for more information.
A perfect summer weekend welcomed visitors to North Collinwood on July 8 and 9 for our first appearance on the 6th annual GardenWalk tour held in 4 Cleveland neighborhoods (the others were West Park, Slavic Village, and Detroit Shoreway). They were treated to a wonderful variety of garden styles and venues, including a terraced slope to a private sandy beach, a garden full of rare and prized day lillies, a "pocket farm" with bees and chickens, a sustainable unmanicured lakefront garden which had the feel of a movie set, a hidden backyard "fairy garden," several appealing "no mow" gardens, and a lovely Art Park next to NSDC on on E 156, which served as the Headquarters. David Simpson Hospice House Vista Walk and Tribute Garden was a Special Feature stop as well. Saturday visitors were invited to join the Collinwood Community Pot Luck at Euclid Beach. There were 30 stops on the tour where visitors (many first time) met and talked with the gardeners and left not only with ideas and gardening tips, but with many appealing reasons to return to North Collinwood for other amenities, such as recreation (Metroparks), dining and entertainment. Several left with a Scoop on Summer and the remaining summer concert schedule and were encouraged to pay us a return visit. The feedback from visitors, gardeners, and the GardenWalk Committee members was overwhelmingly positive and it is likely hat we will be invited to repeat in the future.
Thanks to the glorious weather, wonderful neighbors both past and present, and the best volunteer crew out there, the 2017 Shore Acres 4th of July celebration was a huge success. The parade stretched for almost a full block! The 400 picnic-goers were entertained by wonderful live music and enjoyed traditional favorites off the grill along with watermelon and amazing desserts contributed by neighbors and friends. There was face painting, a magician came and fascinated everyone with his skill. We had an opportunity to take part in painting a rain-barrel dedicated to long time Shore Acres residents, the Biondo family. As a special treat we were delighted to host the cast and crew of "An Americam in Paris" who had a great day. One of the cast members commented that "We never get to do anything like this in New York!"
Time is short, but there's still time!
Save the Date: Hospice of the Western Reserve’s Warehouse Sale, Sept. 8-9
The 2017-2018 school year will begin at St. Jerome on Monday, August 28th with "walk-in day" when students and parents can stop in anytime between 9am and noon to visit their classroom, drop off supplies, purchase gym uniforms, and take care of all the paperwork that comes with back-to-school. Wednesday is "Back to School" Night at 6pm for families to come in and get additional information, tour the classrooms and meet their children's teachers.
Beloved musicians, Lawrence and Julia Wallace will perform their second annual concert on Wednesday, August 16th at 6pm. The program will be the premier of "An Evening of Art Song" consiting of music written by Julia and featuring the poetry of Charles Simic. Attendees are invited to join Julia and Lawrence in the choir loft for a very intimate concert experience. The music can also be enjoyed from the sanctuary. The concert is free and family friendly. Don't miss it!
Free plays, workshops, and special events presented September 23 at Waterloo Arts.
The Women in Transition program offered at Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) will launch its fall session at Metropolitan Campus on Aug. 22.
Working from her dining room table was getting old. Pamela Turos’ children would say, “Remember when we used to eat lunch here?”
Apply now to help shape our community’s future leaders
Volunteer mentors are needed for True2U, the program that supports Cleveland eighth graders as they explore their true selves and prepare to transition into high school. The coming school year is the first year True2U will serve all CMSD 8th graders—about 2,500 youth, and 600 mentors are needed.
Mentors work in teams of two or three and will spend 8 Thursday mornings helping small groups of students, in one participant’s words, “prepare for the future with what I know about myself.”
Mentor teams facilitate discussions and activities in a structured curriculum that helps youth uncover their interests and strengths, and set goals. The youth can then connect their goals to the diverse educational opportunities offered by the 37 high schools in the CMSD portfolio, setting them on a path of success in college and/or their careers.
Training and enrichment in the topics, facilitation, and cultural competency skills is provided. And mentors will have the satisfaction of helping shape—and being shaped by—the next generation of Cleveland’s leaders.
Join us at Lakeshore Rose Center for Aging Well (16600 Lakeshore Blvd.) on Thursday, August 10 for an afternoon of good food, live music & great company! Lunch will be served at 12:00pm, followed by live music from Mellow Thunder at 2:00pm. Enjoy tunes from the 60s, jazz & classics from Great American Soundtrack. To register for this event, please call 216-373-1915 by Monday, August 7. We hope to see you there!