Blanket. Lawn Chair. Popsicles (optional)

July 27th, 2015 by Kenyonny Scales

Blanket. Lawn chair. Popsicles (optional)… and a life-changing educational program.

It’s that time of year again. August 4th through the 14th, the 2015 STEP teen ensemble is live and onstage in Central!

Lost in the Water is a free, family-friendly original show – inspired by folktales and myths from around the world that explore our connection to water. If you happened to see CPT’s Fire on the Water, Dontrell, Who Kissed the Sea or the Brick City Theatre youth at Parade the Circle earlier this season, you’ll know CPT has joined over a dozen other organizations around the city to celebrate the 2015 Year of Clean Water …and the STEP ensemble is totally running (swimming?) with the theme.

STEP will be in Central on

Wednesday, Aug 5, 2015

3:00 p.m.                 

 Outhwaite Community Center

2452 E 46th at Quincy Ave.

Rain Location: Gymnasium

For more information, contact Cleveland Public Theater at 216-631-2727 or visit their website at

Work at Cleveland Public Library

July 27th, 2015 by Kenyonny Scales

Cleveland Public Library has page positions available at the various Branches and Locations.

Cleveland Public Library Pages are part-time employees whose job duties may include, but are not limited to; putting books in order, shelving and retrieving books and running basic errands as needed. This is not a heavy manual labor position though some lifting may be required. This is not a sit-down job. You will be on your feet most of the time.

In order to be considered for an interview, you must successfully complete a Page Assessment. The assessments will be given on the following dates, locations and times:

Date                Location                                                                     Time

August 6         Lake Shore Facility, 17133 Lake Shore Blvd.     11:00 a.m.- 12:15 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

August 7          West Park Branch, 3805 W. 157th St.                11:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m.-3:30 p.m.




if you are interested please apply at the Clevleand Public Library website: Posting closes August 2, 2015.


Help us support and engage parents at Anton Grdina School!

July 21st, 2015 by Joy Johnson

Join the BBC team!  We are looking for an AmeriCORPS VISTA member to support parents with workforce development and financial literacy at Anton Grdina school.

Find out more by clicking here


Selection Panel to Present Application for Community Police Commission

July 17th, 2015 by jsugalski


5 More Preschools Get State’s Top Rating, Including Anton Grdina!

June 16th, 2015 by Joy Johnson




Five more CMSD preschool sites have received the state’s top ranking for quality.
The prekindergarten programs at Adlai E. Stevenson, Andrew J. Rickoff, Anton Grdina, Memorial and Charles A. Mooney schools all earned five stars through Step Up to Quality, an evaluation system that Ohio launched in late 2013.

Tremont Montessori’s preschool was the first in the District to go through the evaluation process and received five stars in April. Reviews consider learning and development, staff quality and professional development, administrative and leadership practices and family and community partnerships.

Ultimately, the goal is to have all CMSD preschool sites rated. Participation in Step Up to Quality is voluntary but is required to receive funding from the Ohio Department of Education.

“I am really proud of the five-star ratings achieved by the six sites,” said Nicole M. Vitale, the District’s director of early-childhood education. “This accomplishment signifies commitment and dedication to our young children at CMSD. We believe in providing the highest quality of nurturing education for our children and are enthusiastic about expanding the supply of high-quality seats.”

Access to high-quality preschool is one of the many reforms outlined in The Cleveland Plan, a customized blueprint for improving education in the city. Research shows that preschool age is a critical period in brain formation and that the high-quality preschool can lead to greater success in education.
CMSD and private providers have joined forces in PRE4CLE, an effort to make high-quality preschool — defined as three stars or above on the state’s scale — available to as many of the city’s 3- and 4-year-olds as possible.

A five-star rating in Step Up to Quality is “the gold star seal for quality early learning programs in Ohio,” PRE4CLE Director Katie Kelly said.

“This milestone demonstrates the quality of the investment that our community is making in our youngest learners, and we know that quality will equal greater kindergarten readiness and school success for our children,” she said.

PRE4CLE, which began operation last year, honored its first 90 sites, or “early adopters,” last month.

CMSD prekindergarten sites make up about two-thirds of the 90 locations. In all, the network serves nearly 4,400 children in 226 classrooms.

President Obama hailed PRE4CLE in December at a White House summit on early-childhood education. During the summit, District Chief Executive Officer Eric Gordon was part of a panel that discussed “public investment leadership” in early-childhood education.


Fun Summer Festivals and Events

June 3rd, 2015 by Joy Johnson

Check out these fun festivals and events this summer!


See a free Shakespeare play in the park!
The Life of Timon of Athens
Friday June 5: P.E.A.C.E. Park, Cleveland Heights
Saturday June 6: Cuyahoga Community College – West Campus
Sunday June 7: Halloran Park
Friday June 12: Lincoln Park
Saturday June 13: Shaker Heights Community Colonnade
Sunday June 14: Notre Dame College – South Euclid
Saturday June 20: Lakewood Park
Sunday June 21: Lorain County Community College
Saturday June 27: James A Garfield Historic Site – Mentor
Sunday June 28: Grove Amphitheater – Mayfield Village


The Merchant of Venice
Friday July 17: P.E.A.C.E. Park, Cleveland Heights
Saturday July 18: Cuyahoga Community College – West Campus
Sunday July 19: Penitentiary Glen Nature Center – Kirtland
Friday July 24: Shaker Heights Community Colonnade
Saturday July 25: Lakewood Park
Sunday July 26: Grove Amphitheater – Mayfield Village
Friday July 31: Notre Dame College – South Euclid
Saturday August 1: Lincoln Park
Sunday August 2: Lincoln Park

Wade Oval Wednesday
University Circle’s free Wednesday parties supply the music, picnic spots, family friendly activities, and sometimes movies.
Dates: 6-9pm, Wednesdays from June 17th-August 26th. Movies start at 9pm on select nights

Star Spangled Spectacular
Each summer, the Cleveland Orchestra presents a free concert of patriotic favorites and popular classical repertoire in downtown Cleveland
Location: Public Square, Downtown
Date: July 1st, 9pm
Cost: Free!

Ward 5 Festival and Parade
Every summer, residents unite and celebrate the historical past and bright future of the Central, Kinsman and Garden Valley neighborhoods at the annual Ward 5 Community Family Parade and Festival. The theme of this family event is “Ward 5 United: Working Together as One,” which was crafted by area youth as a symbol of how this festival is a conduit to positive change, creative ideas, and fun activities for the Ward 5 Neighborhoods.
Location: Friendly Inn Settlement House, 2386 Unwin Road near East 55th Street and Quincy Avenue
Date: June 27th 10am-6pm

The Soul of Buckeye
The Soul of Buckeye is an annual festival held every summer along Buckeye Road between East 116th and East 120th. Featuring jazz ensembles, food, a beer garden, clothing and merchandise vendors, it is one of the most exciting festivals of every summer.
Location: Buckeye Road between East 116th Street and East 120th Street
Date: August 1st, 12pm-8:30pm

Free places to visit this Summer!

June 1st, 2015 by Joy Johnson

Check out these free places this summer!

Cleveland Children’s Museum
Location: 10730 Euclid Avenue (in University Circle)
When: Monday-Sunday 10:00am-4:45pm
Cost: Free every 2nd Tuesday of the month from 5pm-7:30pm

Cleveland Museum of Art
Wonders of the world, all on view for free!
Location: 11150 East Blvd
When: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday: 10am-5pm, Wednesday and Friday 10am-9pm
Cost: Free

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
Location: 3900 Wildlife Way
When: 10am-5pm
Cost: Free on Mondays

Rockefeller Park Greenhouse
Visit the year-round indoor greenhouse to see displays, from the cactus garden to tropical plants inside, to the peace gardens and talking garden outside
Location: 750 East 88th Street
When: Daily from 10am-4pm

Spend a Day at the Beach!
Location: Edgewater, Euclid Beach, Gordon Park

International Women’s Air and Space Museum
A museum dedicated to honoring the women who played an important role in the history of aviation.
Location: Burke Lakefront Airport, Room 165 Cleveland
When: Open daily from 8am-8pm
Cost: Free

Cleveland Police Museum
Collects documents and artifacts which help to establish the history, developments and activities of the police department
Location: 1300 Ontario Street
When: Monday – Friday 10am-4pm
Cost: Free

Take a Hike Tours
Get to know your city better with one of these fantastic free downtown walking tours
Gateway Tour: Every Wednesday at 6pm. Meet at the 5th Street Arcade – 401 Euclid Avenue
Warehouse District Tour: Every Saturday at 10am. Meet in front of Constantino’s Market – 1278 West 9th Street
Playhouse Square Tour:
Every Tuesday at 6pm. Meet in the State Theatre Lobby – 1519 Euclid Avenue
Canal Basin in the Flats Tour: Every Sunday at 10am. Meet at Settler’s Landing RTA Station – 1025 West Superior Avenue
Civic Center Tour: Every Thursday at 6pm. Meet at Old Stone Church – 91 Public Square

Cleveland Metroparks Kids Club
Kids club members, ages 12 and under, receive a passport and throughout the year, Cleveland Metroparks and the Zoo offer special events, programming and other activities for kids to earn stickers for their passports. If a member gets at least 12 stickers, they can attend an end-of-the-year party! For more information on the Kids Club, call 216-635-3200 or visit
Location: Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
Age: 12 and under
Dates: All year round
Cost: Free

Museum of Contemporary Art
It is recognized nationally and internationally for its vital and creative exhibitions and public programs
Contact: 216-421-8671
Location: 11400 Euclid Avenue
Cost: Free every first Saturday of the month

Youth Summer Engagement Opportunities

May 28th, 2015 by Joy Johnson

With Summer upon us, make sure that the youth in your life continue learning throughout their months out of school! Check out these opportunities to partake in, many of which are free!

Camp Carver
Fill your child’s summer with dance, theater, drumming, yoga, sports and field trips! Field trips include the Botanical Garden, The Children’s Museum and more!
Location: George Washington Carver STEM – 2200 East 55th Street
Ages: 6-13 year olds
Dates: Weekdays, June 8th- July 10th, 1:00-3:00pm
To Register: Call 216-404-5616 or stop by for an application
Cost: FREE!

Smarter Summer 2015
Drop-in Summer Learning Camp.
Location: Rainbow Terrace Learning Center, 7310 Carson Ave
Ages: K-12
Dates: June 8th-August 19th; Monday-Friday 1:00-4:30pm
Cost: FREE!

Cleveland Public Library Programs
CPL offers many free family events and classes. There is free tutoring and craft making for kids, free GED classes, a summer reading club and free lunches. Learn more at
Location: Garden Valley Library, 7201 Kinsman Road (and other locations)
Age: All
Dates: Contact your branch or visit for event times
Cost: FREE!

Garden Valley Library Summer Reading Club
Garden Valley hosts a summer reading program with weekly exciting missions
Location: Garden Valley Library, 7201 Kinsman Road
Age: All
Dates: Tuesdays at 1:30pm, June 9th-August 4th
Cost: FREE!

Boys and Girls Club of Cleveland (BGCC) Summer Camp
BGCC provides a safe place for youth to go after school and during the summer where they can learn, grow, have a hot meal and have fun. To sign up, a parent or guardian should come in person and complete the necessary forms to join during regular club hours
Location: King Kennedy Club: 2561 East 59th Street – 216-881-4636 or Broadway Club: 6114 Broadway Avenue – 216-883-4663 and multiple other locations
Age: 6-18
Dates: Drop-in club Monday-Friday 12pm-5pm, Saturday 12-4pm. Summer reading program Monday-Friday 9am-12pm
Fees: $10 for summer membership – fee can be waived

Friendly Inn Summer Camp
Summer camp including math and science with Tri-C, field trips and more!
Location: Friendly Inn Settlement House, 2386 Unwin Road – 216-431-7656
Dates: May 25th – August 14th Monday-Friday 9am-5pm
Ages: 5-12
Fee: $125/week or a county voucher to waive the fee

All About Kids Programs at Garden Valley Neighborhood House
The Neighborhood House will have classes in cooking, literacy, math and construction, legos, gardening, tumbling, a chalk art workshop, and more!
Location: Garden Valley Neighborhood House: 7100 Kinsman Road
Dates: Various times, July 14th – August 16th
Ages: K-8
Fee: FREE!


Calling all event planners!

May 27th, 2015 by Joy Johnson

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Opportunity Corridor Panel Discussion

May 20th, 2015 by Joy Johnson

Join Cleveland City Planning, Ohio Department of Transportation, and Opportunity Corridor Partnership at City Club of Cleveland for a conversation regarding Opportunity Corridor. The Connecting with the Corridor series will engage and update the broader Cleveland community regarding the many aspects of the Opportunity Corridor project. Through the work of participating stakeholders and the Opportunity Corridor Partnership, the areas of engagement will include construction, road design and planning; economic and workforce development potential; arts celebrations; and a presentation on the history of the Opportunity Corridor neighborhoods.

Date: May 27, 2015
Place: City Club of Cleveland
850 Euclid Avenue, 2nd Floor
Doors Open: 4:00pm
Program Begins: 4:30pm

Panelists include:

Freddy L. Collier, Jr., Director of City Planning, City of Cleveland

Marie Kittredge, Executive Director, Opportunity Corridor Partnership

Myron S. Pakush, District 12 Deputy Director, Ohio Department of Transportation


This free discussion will be moderated by WCPN reporter Nick Castele. 

For more information or to register for this FREE event, visit or call 216-621-0082

**Note: there is a 12:10pm Cleveland Indians game. Downtown area parking will be at a premium. Consider RTA!