Archive for February, 2014

New Tenant at Bridgeport Place

Friday, February 28th, 2014

BBC is elated to welcome The Art Palace as our neighbor in Bridgeport Place!

The Art Palace is a community-owned and -operated pop-up art gallery and artist incubator located between Bridgeport Cafe and Cleveland Public Library Garden Valley Branch at 7201 Kinsman Road.  The  intent is for the Artist Palace to be an inviting gathering space for artists and the community that inspires people to create, realize their creative potential, and explore unlimited possibilities of self.

The Art Palace is a initiative of Gwendolyn Garth, an active resident of the Central neighborhood who founded and currently serves as executive director of a collective called The Artists Bank.  The Artists Bank’s primary focus is to create an arts district in the Central neighborhood.

BBC has supported the project by offering The Artists Bank substantially reduced rent at the space at Bridgeport Place.

The Art Palace is open Monday, Wednesdays, and Saturdays. For more information, please call (216) 339-0571 or email


Be a Part of the Blueprint Roundtable at Question Bridge!

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

Join established and emerging black male leaders from the Central Neighborhood and Cleveland Community for an evening of discussion around leadership, work, education, family structure and community issues, as well as how to overcome challenges faced by black males! The event will be an opportunity to break down the boundaries between generations through an honest conversation.

**This is a part of the Hank Willis Thomas exhibition on display until March 9 at the Cleveland Museum of Art & March 8 at the Transformer Station.

WHEN: Thursday March 6th, 2014
WHERE: Friendly Inn Settlement House | 2386 Unwin Road | Cleveland, Ohio
TIME: 5:00-8:00 p.m.
Program begins at 5:45 p.m. after dinner!!

To register for this free event call 216.431.7656 (Ext. 140)or register online at

Panelists include:

Cordell Arellano, Central Resident, Promise Ambassador
Jerome Baker, Founder, Men of Central
Bill Cobbs, Actor, Central Native
Edgar Hoyle, Student, East Technical High School
Nathaniel Johnson, Tri-C Student, Promise Ambassador
Donald Jolly, Academic Superintendent, Cleveland Metropolitan Schools
Gerard Leslie, Principal, Marion-Sterling 
Prester Pickett
, Coordinator, Dr. Howard A. Mims African-American Cultural Center @ Cleveland State University
Amir El Hajj Khalid Samad, CEO, Peace in The Hood
Michael L. Walker, Executive Director, Partnership For A Safer Cleveland
Peter Whitt, Owner/President, Enlightenment Consulting Group

MODERATED BY: Neal Hodges, Cleveland Central Promise Neighborhood Engagement Coordinator

Visit the Hank Williams Thomas Exhibition 

Through March 9, 2014
Visit The Exhibition
The Cleveland Museum of Art
11150 East Boulevard
Now through March 9, 2014
Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday & Sunday
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday & Friday
10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Cost: Free
Transformer Station
1460 West 29 Street
Now through March 8, 2014
Wednesday – Saturday
12:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Cost: Free

For additional exhibit information go to

Bike program kicking off in Central this spring

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

By Marvin Ranaldson, Bike Cleveland

Bike Cleveland, in partnership with the Sisters of Charity, Greater Cleveland YMCA, Cleveland Metroparks, and Ohio City Bicycle Co-op are launching Central Bikes, a year-long project to increase bicycling awareness, safety and usage in Cleveland’s Historic Central neighborhood.

We are partnering with local stakeholders and reaching out to the community with programs and events to empower residents to become leaders and advocates not just for safer biking but also for a more livable community.  Our goal for 2014 is to engage the community with events and activities that increase bicycling awareness and safety.

Beginning in April, we plan to hold three bike fix-a-thons to get more working bikes into the community. Fix-a-thons are open to all.  Free bike inspections and repairs will be provided.  Every participant will receive a bike light.

This spring, we will also be holding an Earn-a- Bike Camp at which young people can earn a new bike, helmet and a bike lock.  We are also planning to host a family bike skills class which provides residents with skills needed to ride safely.

In the summer, we will have group rides or cruises to get the community moving together on their bikes. By the end of the summer, we hope to have the first bicycle club on the East Side that advocates for safer streets for everyone in Cleveland. This club will be modeled after successful African-American bicycle clubs in Oakland, Atlanta and Washington DC, that have been successful in building support for bicycling in their communities.

For more information, please call 216-288-2733 or visit our website


Some interesting facts about bicycling in the USA.

African-Americans are the fastest growing segment of bicyclists, with number of trips by bike doubling between 2001 and 2009.

60% of people of color say more bike facilities like bike lanes would encourage them to ride.

The fatality rate for African-American bicyclists is 30% higher than that of white cyclists.

CIFF Film Line-Up Released Today

Friday, February 21st, 2014

BBC is elated to be a Neighborhood Outreach Partner of the Cleveland International Film Festival every year. The event is a lot of fun, entertaining, and enlightening, and we look forward to it.

Today is a huge day for film fans: The line-up of films was announced this morning on the CIFF website.

If you’d like to go to the festival on us, keep on eye on our blog and Facebook page.  Soon we’ll be posting info about a promotion at Bridgeport Cafe whereby you can receive a pair of tickets to any film free.

You will be able to purchase tickets for a discounted price if you use the code BBC when they go on sale in two weeks.

Maybe this year our staff will write brief blog posts about what we saw and what we thought, too.

Official press release below.

Contact:         Debby Samples                                             For immediate release:  2.21.14

Marketing Director

216.623.3456 x14 /


Announces Program Line-Up

THE HOME FOR STORIES.  The 38th Cleveland International Film Festival (CIFF), presented by Dollar Bank, announces its program line-up at  The 38th CIFF will take place March 19th – 30th at Tower City Cinemas and select neighborhood screening locations.  The Festival will showcase 185 feature films and 168 short subject films representing 68 countries during its 12 day run.  Be sure to continue to check for program updates between now and March 30th.  You can also download our free Android and iPhone apps for all the latest 38th CIFF info.

Tickets go on sale to members only on Friday, February 28th and to the general public on Friday, March 7th.  Not a member?  Become one at or by calling 216.623.3456 x10.

Ticket prices for films are $12 per film for CIFF members and $14 for non-members.  Once on sale, tickets can be purchased online at, by telephone (1.877.304.FILM), in-person at the Film Festival Box Office in the lobby of Tower City Cinemas, or by mail using the Program Guide order form.

Program Guides will be available throughout the region, including all Dollar Bank locations, the week of March 3rd.

The Cleveland International Film Festival is supported in part by the residents of Cuyahoga County through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.



Cooking Classes at Cornucopia Place

Friday, February 21st, 2014

BBC recently celebrated the one year anniversary of Cornucopia Place. Throughout the last year, many chefs graced this space with an array of cuisines through their cooking classes. These dishes ranged from soul to Chinese to Thai food. Participants of these cooking classes will always have a reason and now the expertise to spice up their meals at home.

If you have not signed up for a cooking class, now is the time. There are cooking classes for all age groups scheduled for the spring, summer, and fall seasons. People interested in trying out recipes from around the world should sign up for Chef Eric Wells’ class. Those that are battling a chronic disease such as diabetes or high blood pressure should attend Chef Vel Scott’s class. Or if you are looking for a spin to the traditional dishes you already cook at home, register for Chef Robin Blair’s class. There are also classes to get youth interested in cooking and eating healthy food. For youth cooking classes, sign your child up for Sharon Glaspie’s Junior Chef or Teen Chef Class.

There are no more excuses to not knowing how to cook or getting bored with the same old recipes. Cooking classes at Cornucopia Place are fun and focus on health and wellness so that families can live longer and happier lives together. Most classes are free to attend. To register for a cooking class, visit You can also call BBC’s office at 216.341.1455.


Fast and Free Care for Your Sick Child in Central

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital brings free and fast health care to the Central neighborhood.

HealthSpot Station

The HealthSpot station is located close to your home and is open during the evening and on weekends – when doctor’s offices are normally closed. No appointment is needed and walk-ins are welcome! Patients will be able to talk to a UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital doctor through a video screen and get a physical exam with the help of a medical attendant. At the end of the visit, you will know what is wrong and what steps to take to help your child get better.

The new UH Rainbow HealthSpot station is located inside Friendly Inn Settlement House (2386 Unwin Road, Cleveland) and offers patients with minor sicknesses a place to go instead of the emergency room. Children between the ages of 3 and 18 can visit the UH Rainbow HealthSpotSM station weekdays from 5:30pm-11pm and weekends from 1pm-11pm. Those under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or Guardian.

For more information please call 216.844.0172.

BBC to Revitalize Site Next to East 79th Blue/Green Rapid

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

The infamous decrepit swing sets and rusted jungle gym on E. 79th Street, could soon be replaced by trees and public art.

IMG_2008Kinsman residents and stakeholders have long expressed a need for improved walkability to and from the East 79th Street Blue/Green Rapid Station, since transit is such a vital part of their daily lives. To achieve this end, community-driven plans have called for the large blighted vacant lot located immediately south of the station to be improved with walking paths, trees and plants, landscaping, and other features.

When a funding opportunity became available from Reimagining Cleveland, BBC pursued it to bring the community’s vision for the East 79th Street site to fruition and would receive a $50,000 grant. Reimagining Cleveland is a program of Cleveland Neighborhood Progress, Wells Fargo CityLIFT® program, The U.S. Department of Justice, and Cuyahoga Land Reutilization Corporation.

In addition to improving access to the rapid station, the redevelopment of the site could have many other powerful impacts. Hundreds of people ride the rapid daily past the site, which could be considered the door step to the Kinsman neighborhood. Beautifying the lot could potentially transform negative perceptions of Kinsman into positive impressions. Making transit safer and easier to access helps promote transit use, which improves the air quality and the environment.

Planning for the site began in February, with construction following in the spring. If you would like to be involved in the planning process, please contact Jeffrey Sugalski at 216.341.1455 or

Best Wishes to BBC’s Joseph Jones as He Retires

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

Joseph Jones lecturing a workshop about commercial development.

Joseph Jones, BBC’s Real Estate Development Director, will be retiring after nearly eleven years of service with the organization. Joseph will leave BBC on March 30, 2014. He contributed to all of BBC’s successful real estate development projects including Bridgeport Place retail center, Bridgeport Café and Cornucopia Place, and the Villages of Central among others.

Joseph also worked closely with many community residents, especially senior citizens, through BBC’s home repair assistance program. He counseled many area businesses through our small business assistance program.

Joseph brought a wealth of knowledge to his position. Before joining BBC, Joseph owned his own construction company and worked many years as a Quality Assurance Supervisor at Day Glo Corporation in Cleveland. He is also a licensed realtor. While working at BBC Joseph earned his Master’s Degree in Social Work from Case Western Reserve University and became a licensed Social Worker by the State of Ohio.

Joseph is known by staff for his words of wisdom and witty sense of humor. A lasting quote from Joseph is “There is the way things appear to be, and there is the way things really are. BBC has succeeded because we always dealt things the way they really are.”

Joseph’s wife Denise retired from the Ohio Office of  Unemployment in 2012. Now that Joseph is retiring, they plan to travel the world together and spend more time with their five children and five grandchildren.

We wish Joseph all the best in his retired life and thank him for his years of dedication to Cleveland’s Central and
Kinsman neighborhoods.

BBC Provides Urban Farm Diet Field Experiences for Cleveland Students

Monday, February 17th, 2014

Capture2BBC is honored to receive the Neighborhood Solution Award from the Cleveland Neighborhood Progress, Inc. for the Urban Agriculture and Urban Farm Diet Program. In partnership with Rid-All Green Partnership and the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, this program exposes youth to unconventional community learning environments while nurturing  their understanding and appreciation of urban agriculture, permaculture, sustainability, and  health and wellness in the Kinsman neighborhood.

Throughout 2014 youth will be offered a field experience at Rid-All Green Partnership, located at 8129 Otter Road, where they will tour the entire grounds and get hands-on instruction in urban agriculture. Then youth will travel to Cornucopia Place, located at 7201 Kinsman Road, where they will learn nutrition education and basic cooking skills. This field experience will tie together the math and science curriculum that students learn in the classroom with real life exposures to where food comes from the ground to the plate.

For more information or to register a classroom, please contact BBC at 216.341.1455

Super Refund Saturday Event: FREE Tax Prep

Friday, February 14th, 2014

Get your taxes prepared for FREE at the Super Refund Saturday Event, February 15, 2014! The event takes place from 9:00a.m.-1:00p.m.


6550 Baxter Avenue – Cleveland, Ohio 44105

Dial 2-1-1 to make your appointment today

  • IRS volunteer certified tax preparers
  • Electronically filed returns
  • FAFSA application assistance

You will need to bring:

  • Photo ID
  • Social Security Card for taxpayer, spouse and dependents
  • Married Filing Joint, both spouses MUST be present
  • Income documents, W2, 1099R, 1099-INT, gambling winnings, etc.
  • Bank account and routing number for direct deposit
  • A copy of last year’s tax return

Refreshments will be served!