Free Stamp: All things free in the #CLE for November 2019

The best things in life are free, indeed, and our monthly "Free Stamp" feature rounds up all of the free #CLE events that get our "stamp" of approval. Got a free event you want us to include? Drop us a line here.

Wellness, Healing & Poetry Night

Join Purple Elephant Herbal Commissary and other poetry lovers for an evening of healing. This poetry night will be held Friday, Nov. 1, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the CLE Urban Winery, 2180 Lee Road, Cleveland Heights. Click here to register.

Infinite Madness

“Everything has a touch of digital madness to it these days,” says photographer Dan Morgan. This digital art exhibition will explore ways that the medium is evolving with ever-changing tools, from cellphones to digital darkrooms to the electronic canvas. Fifteen other artists will have their work on view as well at 818 Studios, 818 Jefferson Ave., in Cleveland’s Tremont neighborhood. It takes place Saturday, Nov. 2, from 6 to 10 p.m. For details, visit here.

Painting the Town

Six ugly utility boxes in the Shaker Towne Center area of Shaker Heights have been transformed into abstract or whimsical works of art. The Shaker Arts Council is holding an open house to introduce the artists and celebrate their inspiration. The free reception at Avalon Station condominiums includes tours of the building, at 16800 Van Aken Blvd. Maps of the six nearby utility boxes will be provided, and posting of selfies on social media is encouraged, with the hashtag #shacutilityboxselfie. The event is Sunday, Nov. 3, from 2 to 4 p.m. Cuyahoga Arts & Culture is a supporter. For more details, visit here.

CLE Ladies Book Club

If you are looking for a place where women can get together and discuss matters of the written word, the CLE Ladies Book Club is for you. For the month of November, the book chosen is “Beloved” by Toni Morrison. The November book club meeting will be Tuesday, Nov. 5, from 7:30 to 10 p.m. at the vintage store Moonstruck Cle in Little Italy. For more information and to register, click here.

Memory Tree

November is a great time to feel thankful, but it can be hard if you are grieving for someone you love. This healing arts workshop provides grieving young people with a creative outlet for their grief. Children six and up are invited to play in the leaves and create a tree of memories that they can hang in their room. The workshop takes place Tuesday, Nov. 5, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at West Campus Hospice of the Western Reserve, 22730 Fairview Center Drive, Fairview Park. For more information, click here.

Socialize Local

Want to boost your social media presence for your small business? This workshop is designed to show you how to use social media to grab attention this holiday season and beyond. Join workshop leader Sarah Wolf and the FutureHeights team to help you navigate around Instagram stories and hashtags, how to use the different platforms, how to write effective posts, and how to decide which type of social media works best for your business. Join the free workshop Friday, Nov. 8, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at Christopher’s Pub, or Friday, Nov. 15, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at CLE Urban Winery. To RSVP, click here.

All About the Art

Front Steps Housing and Services presents its annual art show with works by participants in their art therapy program, illustrating their journey out of homelessness. The program takes place Friday, Nov. 8, at 6 p.m. at the Breen Center, 2008 West 30th St., Cleveland. The event is free, but an RSVP is requested to Ruth Smith, director of programs and services, at 216-781-2250.  The program is supported with a grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture. More details are here.

Pat Ingram Opening Reception
Up-and-coming artist Pat Ingram uses colors, shapes and reflections to change an urban landscape into beautiful art.  Inspired by Cleveland’s built environment, she creates botanical portraits with a realistic portrayal of botanical flowers and plants. Join the Shaker Historical Society as they welcome Ingram’s new exhibit Friday, Nov. 8, from 6 to 8 p.m., at 16740 South Park Blvd., Shaker Heights. For more information, click here.

Kozo Harvest 2019

The Morgan Art of Papermaking Conservatory and Educational Foundation will host its annual Kozo Harvest on Saturday, Nov. 9, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 10, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  At this year’s harvest,  you can learn the fundamentals of Eastern papermaking in their urban garden. See how to turn the plant’s colorful leaves into lovely Japanese paper, known as Washi. It takes place at 1754 East 47th St, Cleveland. For more details, click here.

Mindfulness & Eating Around the Holidays

It is always important to be mindful about what we are eating, but it can become especially difficult when the holidays roll around. Cleveland Clinic Health Coach and Dietitian Danielle Naples will serve up food strategies for making healthier choices during the holiday season. This health talk takes place Tuesday, Nov. 11, from 5 to 6 p.m. at the Riverview Welcome Center, 1701 West 25th St., Cleveland. For more information, click here.

Mix & Mingle Networking Mixer

Networking with people in your field of work is very important, but it can also be important to network with people in a different field. At this Monthly Mixer Series, you can network with Northeast Ohio's lawyers, physicians, MBA's, journalists, engineers, IT professionals, educators, entrepreneurs, nurses, sports professionals, real estate professionals, elected officials, fitness professionals, young professionals and more. Join them at the Social Lounge on Friday, Nov. 29, from 5 to 9 p.m. For more information, click here.

Jingle Mingle Craft Fair & Pooch Party

If you enjoy shopping local crafters and meeting awesome dogs, then the Jingle Mingle Craft Fair & Pooch Party is for you. There will be family-fun activities and many cute pets to adopt from The Posh Pet Boutique. Join your family and the dogs at the American-Croatian Lodge, 34900 Lakeshore Blvd., Eastlake, on Saturday, Nov. 30, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For details on this event, click here.


The Downtown Cleveland Alliance kicks off the holiday season Saturday, Nov. 30, with its annual Winterfest in Cleveland’s Public Square. Highlights include music and stage shows, festive lighting displays, and the ceremonial lighting of downtown’s holiday tree. For details, visit here.
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