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How I became a St. James altar boy: New heights with Father Pete
Ralph Horner writes about growing up near St. James Church in Goodrich-Kirtland Park, how he met Father Pete and became an altar boy and “a high Anglo Catholic, but not under the Pope Pius XII,” and the first time he saw the mansions of Cleveland Heights and Shaker Heights.
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Lucky 13: International Horror Hotel Film Fest to haunt Crown Plaza
The International Horror Hotel Film Festival will screen more than 150 films nominated to win in more than two dozen categories. Held at the Crowne Plaza Cleveland Airport, the festival features networking, competitions, and expert advice for both aspiring and successful filmmakers, as well as for horror film fans.
Beyond the Fringe: BorderLight Theatre Festival goes big in Playhouse Square
The BorderLight Theatre Festival returns for another spectacular variety of local, national, and international performances on 20 stages in the Playhouse Square District from Wednesday, July 24 through Saturday, July 27. Tickets are now on sale now.
Inkling of Summer: Celebrate Summer Solstice with Zygote Press
Zygote Press, the largest fine art printmaking studio and gallery space between Chicago and New York and the only green nonprofit studio of its kind, will celebrate the Summer Solstice with its Inkling of Summer fundraising event on Thursday, June 20. The deadline to buy tickets is this Saturday, June 15.

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A clear vision: Arts nonprofit unveils Cleveland’s vibrant Mexican heritage
The newly minted arts and culture nonprofit AlmaVision: Cultura y Más, an arts and cultural center focused on Mexican and other underrepresented communities, will open its Hecho en CLE exhibit this weekend at Ingenuity Cleveland. The exhibit tells the stories of Cleveland's Mexican community through photos.
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Visions of Harmony: Reliving Parade the Circle
The sun was shining down on the thousands of attendees on Wade Oval at the Cleveland Museum of Art’s Parade the Circle last Saturday, June 8. Check out these photos taken by CMA photographer David Brichford, with aerial images provided by Aerial Agents.
Empire Builders: Local author documents the architectural impact of the Van Sweringen brothers
Architectural photographer and Shaker Heights resident Lauren Pacini this week published “Empire Builders: An Illustrated History of the Rise and Fall of Cleveland's Van Sweringen Brothers,” the story of the eccentric Van Sweringen brothers' successes and failures in developing Shaker Heights as an exclusive residential garden community and their eventual demise during the Great Depression.
Against the Odds: Towards Employment alums to share their stories at A Chance to Advance fundraiser
At age 16, Ronnie Cannon was an average kid who made some bad decisions and served nearly 20 years in prison before turning his life around. Upon his release, he found Towards Employment, which helps individuals overcome barriers to employment and a career path to success. Cannon and two others will share their stories of personal and career transformation at Towards Employment's fundraiser A Chance to Advance this Friday, June 14 at the Maltz Performing Arts Center on the Case Western Reserve University campus.

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Stories from Breaking Ground

Entrepreneur alert: Applications open for Cleveland Chain Reaction
Applications are now open for the seventh season of Cleveland Chain Reaction, the small business pitch competition to help entrepreneurs build their businesses in Cleveland neighborhoods, hosted by Greater Cleveland Partnership’s COSE. Freshwater talks to last year's winner, Saidah Farrell, who shares her tips for pitching Marshmallow of the Month Club. Find out how you can apply and take your small business to the next level!
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Saint Luke’s Foundation awards $1.46m in grants to 11 organizations
The Saint Luke's Foundation announced this week that it has granted more the $1.4 million in grants to 11 area organizations that are working toward strengthening Cleveland neighborhoods.
Mt. Pleasant beautiful: Group to host second annual neighborhood cleanup
Clean and Beautiful Cleveland Block 2 Block will hold its second annual Beautify Mt. Pleasant event this weekend, when volunteers will pick up litter, clean up the neighborhood, and tend to the flower beds that were installed last year on tree lawns along Kinsman Road between E. 131st and E. 154th Streets.
Make way! Davis High School students board Flotsam & Jetsam to clean the Cuyahoga
Davis Aerospace and Maritime High School students who are interested in maritime careers were on the Cuyahoga River and Inner Harbor last week, helping the Port of Cleveland and Argonaut clean debris out of the Cuyahoga River and the Inner Harbor.

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Stories from Buzz

FreshWater Cleveland earns four awards at Press Club’s Excellence in Journalism Awards
Three FreshWater Cleveland writers and managing photographer Bob Perkoski were honored last week at the Press Club of Cleveland's annual All Ohio Excellence in Journalism Awards at House of Blues Cleveland. Read about the stories and Perkoski's photo essay here.
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#StreetsofCLE: Snapshot in Gordon Square
FreshWater managing photographer Bob Perkoski provides a peek into the everyday lives of Clevelanders going about their business in the neighborhoods and on the streets of Cleveland.
Cleveland Shops offers exclusive deals to newsletter subscribers
Cleveland Shops, a group of locally owned, independent retailers united to educate the public about the unique retailers in Northeast Ohio, has just launched its BOOM! Promotion for those who subscribe to the Cleveland Shops newsletter.
#StreetsofCLE: Snapshot on West 25h Street
FreshWater managing photographer Bob Perkoski provides a peek into the everyday lives of Clevelanders going about their business in the neighborhoods and on the streets of Cleveland.

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Broadway Buzz: Joe Garry gives the inside scoop on Playhouse Square productions
For nearly two decades, retired Cleveland State University theater studies professor Joe Garry has been hosting classes in Playhouse Square's Upper Allen—providing audiences with behind-the-scenes tidbits and insights into the productions they are about to see at the Allen, Hanna, KeyBank State, Mimi Ohio, or Connor Palace Theatres.
The power of theater: Playhouse Square’s education performances inspire, ignite thought
Playhouse Square’s education department offers in-person matinees and on-demand streaming shows for students in preschool through grade 12 to introduce students to live theater and the magic of sharing people's stories on stage.
Time to shine: Playhouse Square's Dazzle Awards build community for high school performing artists
It's local high school students' time to shine for their work in musical theater. Playhouse Square this weekend hosts its annual Dazzle Awards at the KeyBank State Theatre.
Shaping the future of energy: A look at Ohio’s renewable energy sustainability challenges
At a recent Global Shapers Cleveland Hub forum on Shaping the Future of Energy, the conversation centered around the Ohio’s renewable energy future, its innovators, challenges with carbon emissions, and opportunities.
How will we equitably shape the future of waste?
The Global Shapers Cleveland Hub recently convened a panel of waste, recycling, and compost experts to discuss ways Northeast Ohio can reduce its waste output and create equitable, profitable business models in re-use.
The life, legacy of advocate Jacqueline Gillon celebrated with Mount Pleasant mural
Dozens gathered last week in the Mount Pleasant neighborhood to dedicate a mural that celebrates the life and accomplishments of environmental activist and community leader Jaqueline Gillon.
Innovation Square set to bring jobs, housing, and a bright future to Fairfax
The Innovation Square project is set to bring a mixed-use, mixed-income district along the Opportunity Corridor on Cleveland’s southeast side. Along with the new Meijer grocery story, neighborhood residents, business owners, and officials see potential for Fairfax to become an emerging, thriving neighborhood.
Global Shapers’ Kwame Botchway named as a delegate at World Economic Forum
Kwame Botchway will represent Global Shapers Cleveland Hub later this month in Switzerland as a delegate to the 2022 World Economic Forum.
How the distributive leadership model gets more done for environmental justice
Black Environmental Leaders Association and the Global Shapers Cleveland Hub have seemed to figure out a way to get more done with fewer people—approaching the work from a distributive leadership model—where everyone is a leader in the fight for environmental justice. Meet five of those leaders and their motivations behind the work they do.
 
A look back, a glimpse ahead: CDCs navigated challenges in building up communities in 2021
A trio of local Community Development Corporation leaders are striving to accentuate the positive during the pandemic while casting ahead to a brighter future with the programs they've offered in their neighborhood this past year and the plans they are making for 2022.

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