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Historic Birdtown Walk & Picnic set for this Sunday

LakewoodAlive and the Lakewood Historical Society will host the inaugural Historic Birdtown Walk & Picnic on Sunday, June 12, from noon to 4 p.m. at Madison Park.
The celebratory event kicks off with a community picnic from noon to 2 p.m. at the pavilion near Madison Park’s George Usher Field. Food and drinks will be provided, courtesy of The Gorilla Lakewood.
The festivities continue with guided walking tours of the Historic Birdtown neighborhood commencing at 1 p.m. The tours will depart from the corner of Madison and Halstead Avenues every half-hour until 2:30 p.m., affording participants an enriched perspective of this proud, working-class neighborhood in eastern Lakewood.
Following a neighborhood tour, participants will have a chance to walk through the Templar Motors Factory display within the Lake Erie Building at the south end of Madison Park.

More details are available here.

Get innovative at free think[box] Tuesdays this month

Explore all the creative possibilities in Case Western Reserve University’s Larry Sears and Sally Zlotnick Sears think[box] this summer at “think[box] Tuesdays. The university’s innovation center, at 11201 Cedar Ave., will host free public events from  5 to 7:30 p.m. every Tuesday in June, welcoming members of the local community to check out the facility and indulge their inner maker through a variety of activities and projects.
Live music and food available for purchase, featuring a different local food truck each week, will be presented. Fawaky Burst, which offers healthy smoothies and wraps, will be on hand at the first event June 7. The band Surf Deer will perform.
Each event focuses on a different theme. The series kicks off June 7 with “Intro to Thinking Beyond the Possible,” where attendees will get the chance to use the laser cutter in Sears think[box] to make a keychain.
Future events include:
June 14: Being Fearless: Let’s Create Together
Using abstract art to help us reimagine Cleveland

June 21: Collaborative Creativity
Discover Sears think[box] through a pinhole camera

June 28: Creative Endeavors in Cleveland
Learn from creative enthusiasts from all over Cleveland
The events are free and open to the public. Visit the Facebook event page to RSVP.

First cohort of grads from Comprehensive Reentry Services program honored at Euclid Jail

Last night, Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish joined Cuyahoga County Corrections to congratulate the first cohort of graduates of the Comprehensive Reentry Services program. Students have completed more than 165 hours of classroom and hands-on training over the past nine weeks. They learned baseline kitchen, safety, preparation and cooking skills and earned a three-year Servsafe Food Handler certification through the National Restaurant Association.
“Too often, individuals who have paid their debt to society confront many obstacles to good jobs and quality education and training”, said County Executive Budish in a statement.
“It's exciting to see the progress of these individuals and the culinary program”, added Ken Mills, Cuyahoga County Director of Regional Corrections.  
The voluntary program fosters pre- and post-release employment and job readiness for male adult individuals serving court sentences with the County jail and housed at the Euclid facility. 
Euclid service providers are Towards Employment, Recovery Resources and Project Learn. Services to be provided pre-release at the Euclid facility include: employment assessment, individual success plan, career exploration, job readiness skills training, ABLE/GED classes, behavioral health/substance abuse counseling services, Thinking for a Change workshops, and culinary arts training.
To be eligible, inmates must be convicted as an adult and imprisoned under the municipal, county, Federal, or state law but have not been convicted of a sexual offense other than prostitution; and have enough time remaining on the sentence to complete the program.
Post release, previous offenders will continue to receive ongoing services as well as additional supportive services to help them successfully reenter the community and find employment.
“Their accomplishments demonstrate the potential impact of innovative and collaborative programming,” said Mills of the graduates and program.
Partly funded from the U.S. Department of Labor grant; Comprehensive Reentry Services is a collaborative partnership that includes Cuyahoga County Corrections, OhioMeansJobs|Cleveland-Cuyahoga County, and Cuyahoga County Office of Reentry and Edwin’s Leadership and Institute.

TRANSPORT to feature Groynom, Valdivieso

On Friday, June 10, from 7:30 – 10 p.m., the Wine Spot, 2271 Lee Road, will host the opening of TRANSPORT. Fresh Water contributor and nationally recognized photographer Rebecca Groynom will present her photography alongside artist Rafael Valdiviseo's work. Additionally, New Zealand born, artist and musician Brent Gemmill will exhibit his interactive media.
The opening event will feature an eclectic fusion harp performance by Stephan Haluska. TRANSPORT will be on display through Sept. 2.

For more information, visit the respective pages of Groynom and Valdivieso.

Capitol Theatre to screen doc highlighting rights for intelligent primates: "Unlocking the Cage"

In the wake of the controversial and deeply troubling story of Harambe, the rare silverback gorilla that was killed after a 4-year-old boy fell into the moat surrounding his environment at the Cincinnati Zoo, the Cleveland Cinemas yesterday announced the screening of a film that highlights primates in captivity and animal rights.
From July 1 -7, the Capitol Theatre, 1390 W. 65th St., will present Unlocking the Cage, which tells the story of Steven Wise, an activist lawyer who brings a unique animal rights case to court. His goal is to get legal personhood granted for a chimpanzee in order to get the animal released from terrible conditions. The documentary aims to make the viewer re-examine how humans treat intelligent animals.
The screening is part of the theatre's Capitol Selects program, which will feature limited one-week engagements that will include a mix of documentaries, foreign films and classic movies on a dedicated screen.  The program begins June 3 and extends though July. In addition to Unlocking the Cage, the 17 associated movies include Viva, Suspicion and Tickled.

Trump to make big play in Browns' or Indians' territory?

"Donald Trump's campaign is considering booking one of Cleveland's big sports venues for his acceptance speech in July, two GOP sources familiar with the planning of the upcoming GOP convention say.
The sources said First Energy Stadium, home of the Cleveland Browns, and Progressive Field, home of the city's Indians baseball team, are the two sites under consideration for Trump's acceptance speech on the final night of the convention."

Get the whole story from CNN.

Legal firearms not on list of prohibited items in RNC 'event zone'

Earlier this week, the City of Cleveland released a document outlining any number of items that will be banned within the "event zone" during the RNC. They include but are not limited to: light bulbs, containers of bodily fluids, grappling hooks, sledgehammers, canned goods, tennis balls and "any dangerous ordinance, weapon, or firearm that is prohibited by the laws of the State of Ohio."

Legal firearms are not on the list.

While Fresh Water was unable to locate a map of the event zone on the City's pages, Cleveland.com posted an image. Furthermore, the following description ran in the Plain Dealer:

"The boundaries of the event zone will be from West 25th Street on the west, to the Inner Belt on the east, and the corridor between Orange Avenue and 22nd Street on the south."

The rules for the "event zone" are not necessarily the same as those for the "secure zone," which "means the area or areas in the Event Zone to which access is restricted by the United States Secret Service or the Department of Public Safety," per the city's press release.

City officials, however, continue to assert that they are prepared.

"Despite rumors," said yet another May 27 release, "the Division of Police is prepared and is on track with its planning goals. No outside agencies have expressed preparedness concerns directly to the Division of Police or to the City of Cleveland. Requests for staffing have been sent to hundreds of agencies and multiple agreements have been signed and are continuing to be signed."

Complied by Erin O'Brien

Sherwin Williams pitches in to spruce up iconic Coast Guard Station

Earlier this week, approximately 30 volunteers from Sherwin-Williams donated their time to help beautify the historic Art Moderne-style Coast Guard Station at the mouth of the Cuyahoga River. Cleveland Metroparks is overseeing the exterior restoration of the structure, which was built in 1940. The station was staffed for 36 years by the Coast Guard, which moved out in 1976. The Coast Guard Station will ultimately operate as an extension of Wendy Park.
"We are thrilled to be working to restore this structure, which for so long has been an architecturally important part of Cleveland's lakefront," said Cleveland Metroparks CEO Brian Zimmerman in a statement.
"Sherwin-Williams is always looking for opportunities to give back to our communities where we do business," added Sherwin-Williams Cleveland district manager Taylor Haley. "The team is happy to provide plenty of elbow grease and product to help restore one of our city's special landmarks," she said, adding that the work includes a 65- by 12.4-foot roof stencil saluting Cleveland.
Part of the first phase of the restoration efforts will include the restoration and installation of historically accurate windows. The aim is to have all exterior restoration work completed in time for the Park District's centennial in 2017.
This week's effort represents a donation from Sherwin-Williams of more than $60,000 including labor and 250 gallons of paint. The project is also one appropriate way to celebrate the company's 150th anniversary.
Partners in the restoration project include: Sherwin-Williams, the Burning River Foundation, PNC Bank, the Cleveland Foundation, Oswald CompaniesRitenour Decorators, Inc., and the City of Cleveland.

CAC accepting applications for cultural project grants up to $35,000

Cuyahoga Arts & Culture (CAC) encourages 501c3 nonprofit organizations offering arts and cultural programs in Cuyahoga County to apply for funding in 2017 through its Project Support grant program for efforts both large and small. Project Support I offers grants up to $35,000. Project Support II includes grants up to $5,000.
An eligibility check, the first step in the application process, is due Thursday, June 30, by 4:30 p.m. Eligible organizations may then submit grant applications, which are due Thursday, August 18, by 4:30 p.m.
“Our Project Support grant program is one of the many ways in which Cuyahoga Arts & Culture delivers on its promise to support vibrant arts and culture offerings with public dollars,” said CAC's executive director and CEO, Karen Gahl-Mills, in a statement. “We look forward to continuing to support projects that connect Cuyahoga County residents with arts and culture in 2017 and encourage organizations to apply now.”
Since 2007, CAC has invested $140 million in more than 300 arts and culture organizations in the county. Efforts supported in 2016 include Ingenuity, the Coventry Village Summer Series and 2016 Shakespeare in the Parks.
Complete application information is available here.

Registration open for 2016 Greater Buckeye Fresh Camp

Greater Buckeye Fresh Camp is a free event for kids ages 11 to 18 who live in the Buckeye, Larchmere, Shaker Square, Woodland Hills, or Mt. Pleasant neighborhoods. Students will learn beat making, lyric writing, recording, and performance while creating original community-focused songs. Camp is held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, June 13 – 24 at East End Neighborhood House 2749 Woodhill Rd. Lunch is provided.
Fresh Camp aims to cultivate voice, leadership and health through hip-hop-in-action projects. Register here by June 7 to secure a spot.
To learn more about or register for other future freshcamp programs in the city, click here.

House of Wills to let for RNC?

Per fusion.net:

"If you plan to attend the Republican National Convention in Cleveland this July, and were hoping to rent a cheap place on Airbnb, your options are limited. The cheapest, at $200 per night, is the House of Wills funeral home; it sleeps 16 and comes with its own embalming room and crematorium. If that’s not your jam, we hope your pockets are deep: on Airbnb, the average price of listings the week of July 18 is more than $1,000/night, with some nightly prices climbing up to $10,000."

Get the whole story here.

Photo by Christopher Busta-Peck

Cuba Libre fashion show to benefit Nature's Bin

On Friday, May 27 at the Lake Affect Studios, 1615 East 25th Street, the new Spring/Summer 2016 Collection from Tidal Cool, Cuba Libre, will debut. Billed as a fusion of fashion, funk, and freedom, the collection features vibrant fabrics in bold prints that marry classic and Afro-Caribbean style. Attendees can expect more than 50 pieces including fresh dresses, skirts, and sportswear as well as a host of accessories such as jewelry, belts, and hair wraps. Tickets for the show range from $15 to $35 and can be purchased here.
The event will benefit Cornucopia, which has been successfully providing work adjustment training for people with disabilities since 1975 via conduits such as the Nature’s Bin natural food store and its Vocational Training Center, both on Sloane Avenue in Lakewood, and at four business partners in the community. Last year Cornucopia provided employment training, placement, and support to over 200 persons with disabilities.

KidsDays to feature games, animals and BMX show

On Saturday, May 28 and Sunday, May 29, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo will offer KidsDays in partnership with Cleveland Clinic Children's from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The event will feature special animal enrichment demonstrations with the lions, cheetahs, rhinos, elephants, grizzly bears and sea lions as well as costumed characters, crafts, an interactive Gaming Zone, dancing at the DJ Dance Party and Touch-A-Truck encounters with some of the Zoo's heavy equipment. New this year are BMX Thrill Shows in the Welcome Plaza featuring professional BMX riders.
The Zoo's regular exhibits will also be available for exploring, including the newly renovated seal and sea lion exhibit in Wilderness Trek, Professor Wylde's Live Animal Show, the Circle of Wildlife Carousel, the Nature Discovery Ridge play area, the lorikeet experience in the Australian Adventure and giraffe feeding at the new Ben Gogolick Giraffe Encounter in the African Savanna area.

All KidsDays events are included in a regular admission, which is $14.25 per person, $12.25 for seniors ages 62 and older, $10.25 for kids ages two to 11 and free for children younger than two and Zoo members.
Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, 3900 Wildlife Way, is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Extended summer hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. Parking is free.
For more information, call 216-661-6500 or visit the Zoo's webpage.

Urban Community School designated as a National Green Ribbon School

Urban Community School (UCS), 4909 Lorain Avenue, has been named the only National Green Ribbon School in the state of Ohio by the U.S. Department of Education, which gives this distinction to select schools, districts, and educational institutions across the country for success in reducing environmental impact and utility cost, improving health and wellness, and ensuring effective environmental education. UCS was recognized for its ongoing efforts to reduce its ecological footprint while promoting active, healthy lifestyles for children and their families.
“We commend the faculty, staff, students, and parents of Urban Community School for their efforts in creating a green learning environment and providing leadership to other schools,” said Maureen Dowling, director for the Office of Non-Public Education in the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Innovation and Improvement, in a statement.
“Urban Community School is honored to receive this distinction from the U.S. Department of Education,” added UCS principal Lisa De Core. “Our school is dedicated to reducing our environmental impact while also incorporating green principles into our pedagogy and teaching our students the importance being green.”
De Core cited a number of recent initiatives the school has undertaken that demonstrate its commitment to green, sustainable principals and learning, including:
·  Setting up timers on computers and lights to power them down
when not in use
·  Installing refillable water bottle stations and water fountains
with filters
·  Encouraging students to carry reusable water bottles to avoid
disposal of plastic bottles
·  Composting food waste in The Early Childhood wing and recycling
waste throughout the campus
·  Using recycled ink cartridges and purchasing 100% recycled
paper products.
School representatives will travel to Washington, D.C. in July to receive the award.

Last call may move to 4 a.m. for area watering holes during RNC

The City of Cleveland has delivered a list of “major event” waiver permit applications to the Ohio Division of Liquor Control. This permit, once approved by the Ohio Division of Liquor Control, allows the holder to extend service time from 1 or 2:30 a.m. to 4 a.m., the following day during a major event. Under the provisions of the new law, the Republican National Convention is considered a major event.
The 28-page list of businesses that have applied for the waiver is available here and includes popular venues such as Fire in Shaker Square, XYZ Tavern in Gordon Square, the Greenhouse Tavern on East 4th Street and too many others to list.

The deadline for businesses to apply for the Ohio Division of Liquor Control “major event” waiver permit in the city was March 21. By June 17, the Division of Liquor Control will review the list and determine whether to issue a waiver. The Division may remove the name of a permit holder from the list for good cause.
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