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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.

Asian Festival returns with food, fun and a fashion show

The popular Cleveland Asian Festival returns this year from May 21 - 22 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Payne Ave. between East 30th and 27th Streets with a host of activities, vendors and irresistible food choices. This event is free and open to the public, although event organizers ask attendees to leave their pets at home. Payne Avenue is closed to traffic during the festival, which is in its seventh year.
 
This year's event will feature cultural enlightenment, fun and health screenings for all ages. Enjoy wonderful Asian cuisines with more than 10 Asian restaurants offering up home-style authentic dishes. Children may learn about Asian cultures inside the Activities Pavilion, while more than 100 vendors will be available offering information and exotic merchandise.
 
Entertainment will be non-stop on two stages throughout the weekend and will include performances such as a magic show, lion dance and Colors of Asia fashion show. Other activities include a Cosplay 103 competition and the K-Pop Cover Dance competition.
 
The event has grown steadily since its 2010 inception. The inaugural festival saw 10,000 attendees who spent less than $1 million. The 2015 festival, however, garnered 45,000 visitors who lavished more than $3 million in spending at event.
 
Visit the Cleveland Asian Festival page for complete scheduling and attraction details.
 
 

RTA to maintain service during RNC, offer special pass

During the Republican National Convention July 18-21, the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority's (RTA) will operate its current level of service on buses, Paratransit vehicles and trains. Staff will be prepared to increase that level on traditional rail and commuter routes to serve individuals who may not be regular RTA customers, but who may want to be during the Convention week. For added convenience, RTA will sell a $20 special Convention weekly pass for unlimited rides from July 17-23.
 
RTA realizes that there will be some road closures and possible elimination of some parking complexes for the week. Customers are encouraged to take advantage of RTA's 6,000 free parking spaces at rail stations and use the Rapid to get to the Tower City Station in Downtown Cleveland, or to get across town.
 
Once Downtown, RTA's free trolleys will help link customers from Public Square to all Downtown venues. The HealthLine operates 24-7 from Public Square to all Euclid Avenue locations.
 
Although RTA buses will not be used by Convention delegates to get Downtown, increased traffic on the roads and highways could cause delays on regular bus routes and on Paratransit services. RTA recommends that commuters allow extra travel time.

No RTA buses or Paratransit vehicles will be able to go into the established security zone surrounding Convention venues in Downtown Cleveland. The exact perimeter of the security zones is unknown at this time.
 
If bus service needs to be rerouted, RTA will notify the media as quickly as possible, and communicate that information throughout regular channels.
 

Cedar Lee District in national competition for $25,000 prize

The national small business movement, Independent We Stand, announced earlier this week the quarterfinalists of the 2016 Independent We Stand “America’s Main Streets” contest. The list of just 25 cities includes Cedar Lee Business District in Cleveland Heights.
 
Per the release from Independent We Stand, "As the lifeblood of our cities and towns, Main Streets play an important role in the long-term success of communities and help build a sense of place. Independent We Stand invites the public to vote for their favorite quarterfinalist and move a deserving Main Street one step closer to the grand prize of $25,000."
 
"Should Cedar Lee receive enough votes to become the grand prize winner of $25,000, the funds will be used for new pilot programs aimed at filling vacant storefronts in the Cedar Lee Business District of Cleveland Heights," added Andrea Turner, managing editor of FutureHeights, in a statement. "There are only two quarterfinalists in Ohio; Cedar Lee is the only one in Northeast Ohio."
 
Vote for Cedar Lee up to once a day here. Voting continues through May 29. Winners will be announced June 3.

Photo group's fine art show to benefit Hunger Network

The Kalman & Pabst Photo Group 2016 Fine Art show takes place at 3907 Perkins Ave. and opens Friday, May 13 from 5 to 10 p.m. with a reception featuring food, drinks and live entertainment. The show will also be open to the public on Saturday, May 14 from 1 – 6 p.m. Both events are free. A portion of the proceeds, as well as raffle ticket sales, will benefit the Hunger Network of Greater Cleveland.
 
“The Fine Art Show’s history traces back to more than a decade ago when studio co-founders Jan Kalman and Bob Pabst expressed their desire to promote the creativity and talent here in Northeast Ohio,” said co-owner Craig Brown in a statement. “It was Jan and Bob’s gift to honor the staff who work tremendously hard to serve our clients all year long.” Brown added: “The staff are all accomplished artists, outside of their work in the studio, so the Fine Art Show was created as a way to recognize their efforts by displaying their personal work for art-loving audiences.”
 
To RSVP for the Friday event, which is strongly encouraged, or for more information click here.
 

Selfie contest: #imoveCLE

To celebrate the Year of Sustainable Transportation in 2016, the City of Cleveland is holding a selfie contest to engage the community in sustainable transportation practices and connect residents to the many transportation and recreational opportunities in Cleveland.
 
To enter:
 
- Review the complete contest rules.
 
- Take a fun, safe* selfie while using a sustainable mode of transportation such as biking, carpooling, walking, or kayaking - among many others. Note: resolution must be six megapixels.
 
- Post on Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag: #imoveCLE or upload your photos through the Facebook app or via the contest website.
 
- Post up to two entries per person per day through July 31. The more selfies you post, the more chances you have to win.
 
- Vote for your favorite #imoveCLE selfie or encourage others to vote for yours.
 
Prizes include a host of gift certificates and passes, with the grand prize pack valued at more than $500. Winners will be announced in August and will be recognized at the 8th annual Sustainability Summit on September 21 and 22.
 
*Sustainable Cleveland encourages all participants to practice safe selfie-ing and use caution while taking selfies. Do not take selfies or use mobile devices while operating a car, bicycle or any other form of motor vehicle.
 

Filmed in Cleveland, "Dog Eat Dog" tapped to close Cannes Director's Fortnight

Filmed in Northeast Ohio, "Dog Eat Dog" was selected last week as the closing night film for the Cannes Film Festival's Director's Fortnight.

Directed and written by Paul Schrader, the film stars Nicolas Cage and Willem Dafoe. Any number of northeast Ohioans worked on the film, including a host of Cleveland Institute of Art students.
 
Filming of "Dog Eat Dog" began last October in Cleveland, which was the principal location. Sheffield Lake also hosted filming, which ended on November 23.
 
Édouard Waintrop, artistic director of the Director's Fortnight said in a statement that the mission of the section is "to bring new talents to the fore, surprise audiences with new and unknown facets of known talents ... in a word, to show what's most exciting in world cinema and what rises to the top among the new trends."
 
"The selection of 'Dog Eat Dog' for this honor is global recognition for something we have known for some time here in northeast Ohio," added Greater Cleveland Film Commission president Ivan Schwarz.

"This is a great production destination and an emerging center of excellence in the media industry," he added. "None of this would be possible without the Ohio Motion Picture Tax Credit, or our local crew and actors, many of whom worked on this film."

Sale to feature 70,000 books, prints, maps records, memorabilia and more

On May 21 - 24 in the Adelbert Gymnasium, 2128 Adelbert Rd., the 70th annual Case Western Reserve University Book Sale will feature display tables filled with more than 70,000 items including books, prints, maps and atlases, sheet music, CDs, DVDs, records, play scripts, memorabilia and more. 

Regular sale hours are noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on May 24, which is $5 Box Day, during which shoppers can bring and fill any size box for that amount.
 
Regular hours are free. There is, however, a pre-sale preview, admission for which is $20, from 10 a.m. to noon, on May 21. At that time, shoppers may scour the collection before doors officially open to the public.
 
Highlighted items in this year's sale include:
 
- An extensive rock ‘n’ roll collection (books, CDs, memorabilia), including a 17-box collection of items donated anonymously
- An unusually large collection of books on the entertainment industry
- 18th- and 19th-century first editions
- A 1973 first edition of Toni Morrison’s Nobel Prize-winning Sula
- A Leo Leonni folio published by Verve magazine
- An extensive collection of science-fiction magazines from the 1940s and ’50s
- A four-volume set of The Life of Jesus Christ, illustrated by James Tissot
- A deep collection of plays, playbills and theater-related books and texts
- Collections of Zane Grey and Hardy Boys books
- A wide selection of gun, knife and survivalist’s books
- How-to books, games, puzzles and graduate-level text books

Click here for a more extensive list of items.
 
Book donations are accepted year round. Drop off is at 10620 Cedar Ave., between Fairhill and E. 105th, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Please go to the package delivery dock on Cedar and ring the bell. You are responsible for unloading your owns boxes. Pick-ups can be arranged for those who have six or more boxes of books. Encyclopedias, magazines, journals, or textbooks in the social sciences that are more than three years old are not accepted. For additional information, or to arrange a pick-up, please contact the Siegal Lifelong Learning office at 216-368-2090.
 
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