Community Events (open to public)

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  • May 16 - Sept. 16: Take A Hike. Explore Downtown Cleveland on an award-winning Take a Hike tour, and learn about the history, architecture and future plans of five unique neighborhoods. History comes to life along the tour routes as actors and actresses portray important Clevelanders from the past. Admission is free. More information HERE.

  • June 17 - Oct. 7: Northeast Ohio "Civitism" Policy Series - Forums on Important Issues For Our Region. All forums are free and open to the public. Forums are held from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. at the Siegal Facility Beachwood. More details about each forum can be found HERE. 
    • October 7 - Housing Crisis in Northeast Ohio - Where Are We in 2015? Register HERE.
  • June 29-Oct. 12: 2015 Red Line Greenway Project, West 25th Street Rapid Station, 5:30-8:00 p.m. Join the Rotary Club of Cleveland and the Community Service Committee's initiative to beautify the area around the new Red Line tracks. Get out with members of the community and enjoy a day improving Cleveland. Details HERE
    • September 2 - 5:30 p.m.- 8:00 p.m. 
    • September 22 - 5:30 p.m.- 8:00 p.m. 
    • October 12 - 5:30 p.m.- 8:00 p.m.

  • Sept. 3 & 10: United Way Campaign Kick-Off & Pancake Flip.

•    Sept. 3 -  Campaign Kickoff at Cleveland Metropolitan Schools will take place in 25 wraparound schools, eight more locations than 2014, from 7-9 a.m. (times may vary for different schools). Volunteers will interact with students and faculty and see firsthand how your United Way investment is making a difference in Greater Cleveland. You’ll fill their bellies, make their day and impact their future! Volunteer activities may include set-up, serving, assisting cooking staff, student engagement and interaction, and clean-up.
•    Sept. 10 -  Downtown Campaign Kickoff is open to the public and includes $5 breakfasts with hotcakes, sausage and orange juice from 7-9 a.m. Volunteers are needed to help flip and serve fluffy flapjacks to what is bound to be a large, hungry crowd. Even if you can’t volunteer, please stop by and enjoy a delicious pancake breakfast including sausage and juice, with coffee provided at the event site.

  • Volunteer for either or both events HERE.


  • Sept. 8: StartMart Grand Opening, Terminal Tower, doors open at 4 p.m. with ribbon cutting and remarks at 4:30. Explore the 35,00-square-foot entrepreneurial hub, see entrepreneurs in action, interact with the space, and enjoy a progressive dinner and drinks. Free but reservations strongly encouraged.


  • Sept. 8: Literacy Day Event with County Executive Armond Budish. The Literacy Cooperative and Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish invite you to join us and celebrate International Literacy Day at a Luncheon Featuring Jeff Conyers, Executive Director of the Dollywood Foundation as our Keynote speaker. 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. No cost to attend, registration is required. Please RSVP HERE.

  • Sept. 11: pARTy with PHriends. Wine and beer tasting Children's Art Exhibit & Auction, food sampling and music.  7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. smART space RAMP Level Gallery, 78th St. Studios W. 78th Street, Cleveland OH 44102. Details HERE.

  • Sept. 11 - 13: Accidental Comedy Fest, Establishing Cleveland as a comedic destination. Establishing comedy as part of a truly great Cleveland experience is the ambition. Laughter is the goal. Proving Cleveland is a relevant location for stand-up comedy, and to connect comedy with the narrative and experience of Cleveland in a similar way that Second City is ingrained in the Chicago experience. Free with reservation screening of the feature length documentary MAKE FUN, which documents the recent revival of comedy in Cleveland asks what it's like to pursue a passion in a non-major city by following a group Cleveland comedians thru a series of vignettes and stand up segments. Includes panel discussion on developing web series. Details HERE.

Sept. 15: An Exhibition of Creations by Cleveland's Global Citizens at the Cleveland Public Library's Foreign Language Department on the fourth floor, 325 Superior Ave., Cleveland. Reception from 6-8 p.m. on Sept. 15, with the exhibit open to viewing throughout September. Find out more.

Sept. 17: Welcome Week: Film Screening, 7-9:30 p.m., Capitol Theater, 1390 W. 65th Street, Cleveland. Several shorts hosted by Refugee Services Collaborative of Greater Cleveland to bring awareness to the growing community of individuals who have fled their homes for fear of prosecution over race, religion or social/political issues. Find out more. 

Sept. 19: Soccer Clinic, Madison Park, 13201 Madison Avenue, Lakewood, 1-5 p.m. Family-friendly day of soccer, games and snacks, followed by potluck reception with dishes symbolizing many cultures.

  • Sept. 18: "Disrupted. The Business of Healthcare." - a healthcare conference. At the Global Center for Health Innovation 7 a.m. - 3 p.m. Cleveland will host "Disrupted. the Business of Healthcare." an executive conference designed to explore and address the transformative forces shaping the business of healthcare today. Learn directly from leaders inside and outside of healthcare, who have led organizations through change leadership. Keynote speakers include Melinda Hancock, National Chair HFMA, and Partner DHG Healthcare. Sponsored by David Mustin (LC 2014) Details HERE.

  • Sept. 18: Coming Home MISSION: POSSIBLE- Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to join us for a night of live music, exclusive auction prizes and delicious food in support of Cogswell Hall’s not-so-secret mission to provide permanent supportive housing for low income adults with disabling conditions. MISSION: POSSIBLE starts at 6:00 pm and is located at the beautiful Ariel International Center, 1163 E 40th Street, Cleveland, Ohio 44114. More information and to purchase tickets go HERE.

  • Sept. 19: A Night in the Garden - A benefit for Urban Community School. 6:00 p.m., 4909 Lorain Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio. Join UCS as they unveil their new Learning Garden, an incredible and imaginative space where children can explore the natural world and learn how it ties into other subjects like Math, Science and Literature. Explore the garden and what it means for the children of UCS, all while enjoying live music, open bar, and food from gourmet neighborhood hotspots. Find out more.

  • Sept. 19: Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District Open House. 9:00 a.m., 4141 E. 49th Street, Cuyahoga Heights, Ohio. Join the community for some fun at the NEO Regional Sewer District Open House. Hands on exhibits, giveaways, games, special guests from the Cleveland Metroparks, and more will be there all day for your enjoyment. More information HERE.


  • Sept. 21: The Soul of Cleveland. 5:30 pm: Sponsored by the CWRU Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities  with Nina Freedlander Gibans, (LC 1978), coordinator. Hear about the street named for a poet from Joe Cimperman (Cleveland Councilman Ward 30), the old Arcade's special history from Jennifer Coleman, (Architect) and about important waterways (Terry Schwartz) as well as from others and the audience.  The Soul of Cleveland project derives from a celebration in discussion form.  From January to June, a book store owner, naturalist, award-winning Cleveland writer, art historian and owner of a bakery, educators and architects met to determine how we “feel” about this city?  What lifts our spirits, gives us hope, moves us to community action?  Ideas came from these discussions and the community surveys they developed. Dan Moulthrop, CEO of The City Club of Cleveland will moderate. at the Happy Dog, 5801 Detroit Avenue, Cleveland OH.

  • Sept. 24: Join the Collaborative to End Human Trafficking - Fall luncheon! We’ve invited Dawn Conway, a founding member of the Global Business Coalition Against Human Trafficking ( to speak to the role that business plays in addressing this issue. Ms. Conway has worked with major companies to raise awareness, share best practices, and mobilize the business community. She is an attorney, member of the American Bar Association’s Anti Human Trafficking Presidential Task Force, and former Chief Operating Officer of Cision US, Inc. Cost to attend: $75, $45 Non-profit affiliation. Sponsorships available. 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Windows on the River, 2000 Sycamore Street Cleveland, Ohio 44113 Register HERE. Questions ask Maureen Stanton.

  • Sept. 29: Greater Cleveland Food Bank Poverty Simulation. 8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m., Greater Cleveland Foodbank. The poverty simulation experience is designed to help participants begin to understand what it might be like to live in a typical low-income family trying to survive from month to month. The experince lasts three hours, and included an introduction and briefing, an actual simulation exercise, and a debriefing period in which participants and volunteer staffers share their experiences and talk about what they have learned about the lives of people in poverty. For more information and to register, email Include name, organization/company affiliation, contact email and phone number for each participant. Register by Sept. 15th. 

  • Sept. 30: [M]Power Manufacturing Assembly. 7:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m., John S. Knight Center, 77 E Mill Street, Akron, Ohio 44308. Co-[resented by Crain's and MAGNET, [M]Power Manufacturing Assembly will provide an in-depth, street level view for growing their business. Educational sessions will address ways to increase your competitive advantage in the new face of manufacturing and today's economically challenging times. Details and ticket information HERE.


  • Oct. 6: Global Impact Award Dinner. 5:30p.m., Ritz-Carlton of Cleveland. Celebrate and Honor Senator and former Chairman of the U.S. Senate Foreign Affairs Committee, Senator Richard Lugar, at the 2015 Global Impact Awards. Senator Lugar is the 2015 Global Impact Award Recipient for fostering global dialogue. More information and tickets HERE.

  • Oct. 29: 2015 Northeast Ohio Women's Leadership Conference. An outcome of CLC Alum Robin Doerschuk (CBB 2015) civic vision stand.  Featuring 11 female speakers, you'll leave feeling empowered, inspired and motivated. See list of speakers and register HERE.


  • Nov. 7: SouperBowl CLE, a soup competition. Attendees will act as judges as they spend the afternoon walking the Gordon Square Arts District neighborhood and tasting soups from local restaurants. Proceeds benefit the West Side Catholic Center. Donations of socks and underwear also accepted. Find out more.


  • Nov. 13: Cleveland Boxing Invitational. Enjoy a night of boxing, networking, food and drink, while supporting the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission, as boxers from several Midwestern colleges compete in a 10-card bout. Tickets and information HERE.


  • Ongoing: Volunteers Wanted for 2016 Donate Life Transplant Games. June 10-15, 2016. The Donate Life Transplant Games is a multi-sport festival event produced by the Transplant Games of America for individuals who have undergone life-saving transplant surgeries. The event highlights the critical importance of organ, eye, and tissue donation, while celebrating the lives of organ donors and recipients. There are 18 events, opening and closing ceremonies, TGA Village, and additional ancillary and VIP events happening throughout the event.  More information and sign up to be a volunteer HERE.

  • Ongoing: Coaches Wanted. Near West Recreation is seeking committed, energetic individuals for it's 2015 summer baseball and softball season. Practices and games are located on Cleveland near west side fields. Equipment and uniforms provided by Near West Recreation. Interested individuals should contact Keri Palma, Near West Recreation Manager at 216-781-3222 ext. 108 or You can also sign up online here. Flyer to share HERE.

  • Ongoing: College Now Mentoring Program. They are seeking mentors with professional backgrounds looking to have an impact with helping a student succeed both personally and professionally and, at the same time, improve their own leadership skills. College now is also looking for companies who want a path to direct employees towards community engagement. Details HERE.

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