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Sustainable Cleveland 2019, Great Lakes Brewery, offer up free happy hour apps, networking

Sustainable Cleveland 2019 invites everyone to be a part of "The Year of Sustainable Transportation" and get involved in some of the organization's 2016 projects on Wednesday, March 16, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Great Lakes Brewing Company, 2701 Carroll Avenue. This free public event will feature networking along with free happy hour appetizers and a cash bar.

Attendees are asked to register for the event here.

Las Vegas cocktails, Cleveland art

Last month, local artist Dana Oldfather completed her second commission for the MGM Resorts International's Aria Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. The work consists of two large pieces, Reflexive 1 and 2, which measure roughly 10 ½ by 12 feet each. She completed her previous commission for the hospitality giant in 2013 when she was seven months pregnant.
 
"I'm sure glad it went well because it provided the opportunity to make the largest paintings I have every made," says Oldfather of this second commission. She finished both Reflexive pieces on February 13 then prepared them for shipping by dismantling and rolling them. The works will eventually unfurl in the resort's exclusive Sky Suites Lounge.
 
"It's been a long process," says Oldfather, "about two months of planning, building and ordering, and four months of painting. I am so thankful for my family and all the help they provided so that this project would be possible."
 
Get more details on the artist and her process here.

Cleveland is #2 - in mortgage affordability

According to online mortgage resource HSH.com, a homeowner must earn $32,523 in order to own a home in Cleveland. The only city with a lower threshold was Pittsburgh, for which the figure was $31,134. The highest must-earn income for home ownership was $147,996 for San Francisco.

From HSH.com:

"HSH.com took the National Association of Realtors’ (NAR) 2015 fourth-quarter data for median-home prices and HSH.com’s 2015 fourth-quarter average interest rate for 30-year, fixed-rate mortgages to determine how much of your salary it would take to afford the base cost of owning a home - the principal, interest, taxes and insurance - in 27 metro areas.

We used standard 28 percent "front-end" debt ratios and a 20 percent down payment subtracted from the NAR’s median-home-price data to arrive at our figures. We've incorporated available information on property taxes and homeowner’s insurance costs to more accurately reflect the income needed in a given market."

Get all the details here.

Cleveland Community Police Commission to hold "Use of Force" town hall

On Wednesday, March 9 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Halloran Skating Rink, 3350 West 117th St., the Cleveland Community Police Commission (CCPC) will hold a "Use of Force" town hall meeting. This event is free and open to the public.

Per the March 3 press release, "this meeting is focused on the CCPC's mandate to collect the concerns, experiences and values of the community concerning police use of force policies, training and accountability.

Attendees are invited to fill out a questionnaire available here. Contact info@clecpc.org or 216-755-4272 for more information.
 

CCPL offers Food4Fines throughout March

The Cuyahoga County Public Library invites patrons to reduce their library fines throughout the month of March by bringing in up to four of the Greater Cleveland Food Bank's "Super Six" food items, which include peanut butter, cereal and canned soup, vegetables, beef stew, and tuna. Patrons will get a $1 reduction in fines for every food item donated, up to $4 per visit, per account.
 
Cash donations will also be accepted during the entire Harvest for Hunger campaign.
 
Get all the details here.
 

Interest free loans for Mt. Pleasant residents

The Saint Luke’s Foundation recently awarded a grant to the Hebrew Free Loan Association (HFLA) of Northeast Ohio to provide interest free loans of up to $5,000 to the residents in the Mt. Pleasant neighborhood who are in need of home repair or funds to purchase side yards.

Qualifications include income that will allow repayment of the loan, a co-signer and quotes from an insured and bonded contractor. Loan checks will be written directly to the service provider. Perfect repayment of this loan will allow applicants to qualify for future interest free loans.

For additional information click here or call 216-378-9042.

Friday launch party: CAN Journal to feature international Creative Fusion cohort

The Spring 2016 issue of CAN Journal marks the beginning of a partnership between Collective Arts Network and the Cleveland Foundation to broaden awareness of the Foundation's Creative Fusion international artist residency program. The new issue will be released at the Bonfoey Gallery, 1710 Euclid Avenue, in tandem with the opening of Ron Barron's Gleanings with a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 4. This event is free and open to the public.

Each year since 2008, the Foundation has brought artists from around the world to Cleveland for three-month residencies hosted by local nonprofit organizations. The new issue of CAN introduces audiences to the Spring 2016 cohort, which is hosted by Zygote Press, the Cleveland Print Room, Verb Ballets, Inlet Dance Theater, The Center for Arts-Inspired Learning, and The Sculpture Center. Artists of the Spring cohort hail from Albania, Pakistan, South Africa, and Taiwan.

In addition to Creative Fusion, the new issue of CAN includes feature stories on two African American artists whose work deals with race matters, Darius Steward and Clotilde Jimenez, and on what the Cleveland Institute of Art's new unified campus means to the organization's past and future, a review of Unfixed at Transformer Station, comprehensive event listings, and previews of upcoming shows at three-dozen galleries.

Russo brothers ignite rumors about next "Avengers" effort to film in CLE

Didn't Fresh Water just report on the benefits of the Ohio Motion Picture Tax Credit? Why, yes, we did. And then this pops into our feed from MoviePilot:

"They didn’t share any 'Captain America: Civil War' spoilers, but directors Joe and Anthony Russo told fans that 'Avengers: Infinity War' could land in Cleveland.

'It’s on the list,' said Anthony.

The reveal took place Saturday during a Wizard World Comic-Con Cleveland panel titled 'Let’s Shut Down Some Streets: Bringing the Avengers, Captain America and the Russo Brothers to Cleveland.'

The Russos, who grew up in Cleveland and graduated from Case Western Reserve University, were joined by Ivan Schwarz, director of the Greater Cleveland Film Commission. The trio discussed how the region could grow its production slate and how it could attract more features to Northeast Ohio.

The first step, said Schwarz, was getting the Ohio legislature to raise the motion picture tax incentive from $25 million a year to $75 million. That’s legislation will go before Ohio lawmakers this spring."

Get the whole story here.

A tip of the hat to Tom Tenant, who champions films and filmmaking in the Midwest - primarily Cleveland, Pittsburgh and Detroit (but mostly Cleveland), for this great tip. Readers can follow his musings on Midwest Movie Maker.

JumpStart, CWRU and St. Clair Superior among grant recipients

Earlier this month, Burton D. Morgan Foundation Trustees approved more than $3.2 million in grants to organizations that promote entrepreneurship in Northeast Ohio. 
 
Beneficiaries include:

St. Clair Superior Development Corporation - $100,000 to develop youth entrepreneurship opportunities that integrate the unique maker culture of the St. Clair Superior neighborhood into Northeast Ohio’s rich entrepreneurship programming (2 years).

JumpStart - $1,000,000 to support the expansion of the Burton D. Morgan Mentoring Program to serve companies in new sectors (3 years).

Case Western Reserve University - $193,381 to support the publication of a book and the design and execution of data collection protocols associated with the Beyond Silicon Valley massive online open course (2 years).

Hawken School - $100,000 to support the development of a digital platform for the Hawken Educators Workshop, and provide scholarships for public school educators in Northeast Ohio to attend the workshop (2 years).

Notre Dame College - $100,000 to support entrepreneurship programming in 2016 and 2017 ($50,000) and to secure and improve program space on campus in 2016 ($50,000).
 
A complete list of grantees is available here.

19th Annual Slavic Village Neighborhood Summit coming March 12

On Saturday, March 12 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Slavic Village Development invites the public to the 19th Annual Slavic Village Neighborhood Summit at St. John Nepomucene Church, 4906 Fleet Ave.
 
The event will feature Liz Maugens, executive director of Zygote Press, a social hour and lunch.
 
Get all the details here.

Call for Earth Day Coalition Volunteers

Parties interested in Earth Day Coalition volunteer opportunities are invited to attend a meeting for EarthFest 2016 volunteer orientations. All new volunteers are required to attend one orientation to be assigned a job. Orientations introduce prospective volunteers to the year-round work of the Earth Day Coalition and the EarthFest event, which will be on April 17 at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds. All EarthFest volunteers who serve four or more hours are eligible for a free pair of Cleveland Indians tickets through our partnership with Business Volunteers Unlimited. 
 
Upcoming orientations include:
 
Saturday, March 5 from 10:30 a.m. to noon and Saturday, April 2, also from 10:30 a.m. to noon, in the auditorium of the Carnegie West Branch of the Cleveland Public Library, 1900 Fulton Rd.
 
Wednesday, April 6 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the Oak Room at 3606 Bridge Avenue.
 
Complete details are available here.

Lakeview Terrace to host free "Road to Hope" program this Saturday

This Saturday, Feb. 27, from 2 – 5 p.m., the City of Cleveland, former Ward 3 Councilman Joe Cimperman and Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority will present "Road to Hope" at Lakeview Terrace Community Center, 1290 West 25th St.

"Road to Hope" will feature a full program of theatre, dance, music, spoken word and multimedia performance created by Northeast Ohio artists. The program is one of a series of free performing arts events that celebrate hope, honor Cleveland’s Underground Railroad history and addresses modern day struggles for freedom and justice. Activities will take place in six Cleveland-area neighborhoods from January through June 2016, produced in conjunction with Cleveland Public Theatre’s third annual Station Hope celebration on April 30 at St. John’s Episcopal Church.
 
"Road to Hope" will give audience members a “sneak peek” of Station Hope, including short excerpts from larger performances, discussion and collaborative activities that address some of the most important issues of our time. Performances will be followed by a community meal.

This event is free and open to the public. Complete details are available here.
 

Cleveland insider: Lunch on Fridays at CIA

The Cleveland Institute of Art (CIA), in collaboration with Cuyahoga Arts and Culture is holding a series of free "Lunch on Friday" events, in which CIA invites the public to spend a lunch hour learning about the latest in art and design. Each lecture features a variety of artists and designers from around the world, including CIA faculty and visiting artists. The lectures are from 12:15 – 1:30 p.m. at the Peter B. Lewis Theater at CIA.
 
Notably, there's free pizza.
 
This Friday, Feb. 26, the subject will be "Walking the Talk of Engagement." Come and hear from some of the many CIA faculty members who are connecting their classes to professional engagement beyond the classroom. What are these "engaged practice" classes about? Why are these faculty members interested in this type of teaching? What is the benefit to students?
 
Get all the details and the full speaker line up here.
 

Metroparks to hold seasonal job fair

While summer may feel far away, college students will be returning home with their requisite manbuns and proclivity to wear slippers as shoes in a blink. They will soon join area high school juniors and seniors, who are already eyeing residential couches with plans to become one with them from June through August.

It does not have to be this way.

On Sunday March 6 and Saturday March 19 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Cleveland Metroparks invites those students, along with anyone interested in seasonal employment, to attend a job fair. The two events will be held at Stillwater Place, 3900 Wildlife Way in the Metroparks Zoo. Opportunities include food service jobs, camp counselor slots, maintenance positions and many others.

Complete details and registration information are available here.

CMSD offers new enrollment portal, survey

Enrollment for the 2016/2017 school year is underway and the Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) has new tools to ease the process including an enrollment portal that allows prospective families to create an account, explore schools and submit their choices online.

Per CMSD: "Choosing the right school matters. CSMD has launched a new and improved school choice portal that empowers all families, whether they attend a district school or not, to make school choices right now. Families can visit ChooseCMSD.org where they can learn about new school options, compare school characteristics, and choose the schools that are right for their family in a matter of minutes."
 
CMSD also invites enrolling families to take a short survey so it can best serve its constituency in making choices for the 2016-17 school year. The survey takes less than five minutes to complete.
 
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