Community Events (open to public)

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  • 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
    • October 12 - 5:30 p.m.- 8:00 p.m.

  • Sept. 19 - Oct. 17: Ekphrastic poetry workshop series. Hosted by Lit Cleveland, all four sessions will be held at Heights Arts, 2175 Lee Road, Cleveland Heights, OH 44118. Learn the art of ekphrastic poetry (poems that respond to art) with Kathleen Cerveny, who was the Poet Laureate of Cleveland Heights from 2013-14 and recently published a chapbook, Coming to Terms, from Night Ballet Press. $90 for the series. Register or learn more.  
    • October 17, 7:00 p.m. (public reading)
  • Oct. 6 - Nov. 17: The Amazing Power of Story: Building Oral Storytelling Skills. 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Nano Brew and Market Garden Brewery, 1859 W 25th Street, Cleveland, OH 44113. Over the course of three two-hour workshop sessions, participants will learn what makes a good story; how to pitch and develop a story; and how to deliver a story. They’ll also learn the art of listening to others’ stories. Presented by Lit Cleveland. $90 for the series. Register or learn more.  
    • October 20
    • November 3
    • November  17


  • Oct. 29 - Dec. 17: Handling the Materials: A Poetry Workshop with Susan Grimm.   7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Loganberry Books, 13015 Larchmere Boulevard, Cleveland, OH 44120. Practice provoking inspiration by learning to shape poetic ideas through image, word and sound, line breaks and white space and approach. Learn to write sketches and notes towards poems, widen your eyes, re-cast speakers,  make new music  and hack up existing poems. A Lit Cleveland production. $90 for the series. Register or learn more.  
    • October 29
    • November 12
    • December 3
    • December 17
  • Oct. 15: Purpose @ 50 plus - Connect with your purpose. Career, family and civic responsibilities often dictate how we spend our days, weeks and years. As you approach the Encore stage (second act) of life, you have the opportunity to intentionally design the next chapter. This event will present you with options as you embark on your Encore life plan. Learn about and connect to various engagement opportunities with Encore Cleveland and local nonprofits. Featuring keynote speaker, Regina Barett. Regina Brett is the New York Times bestselling author of God Never Blinks: 50 Lessons for Life’s Little Detours, which has been published in more than 24 languages. She also wrote Be the Miracle: 50 Lessons for Making the Impossible Possible and God Is Always Hiring: 50 Lessons for Finding Fulfilling Work. Details HERE. 

  • Oct. 16: Best of Cleveland Party. Cleveland Magazine's 10th annual Best of Cleveland Party celebrates "Best of Cleveland" reader and editor picks from the October issue of Cleveland Magazine. Sample from the best restaurants, discover the best in unique shops and rock out to some of the best bands in Cleveland. As an event sponsor, CLC is pleased to share with you a 20% discount off the ticket price. Visit their website and use code BOC2015. 

  • Oct. 17: GatherPalooza. Let's rock and roll to support The Gathering Place. Attend and hear local bands: Faith & Whiskey, Skin & Bones, The Nerve, 80-HD.GatherPalooza is a benefit fundraiser for either your favorite band or the Gathering Place. 6:30 - 11:00 p.m., Grays Armory 1234 Bolivar Road, Cleveland OH 44115. More information and tickets HERE.

  • Oct. 22: Facing History 10th Annual Cleveland Benefit Dinner. An evening of Facing History through the senses featuring a cocktail reception with the Lakewood High School String Quartet. 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. at the Cleveland Museum of Art 11150 East Blvd. Cleveland, Ohio. Danielle Hayes, a Facing History alumna and teacher, will lead the evening program. She will be joined by: Lari Jacobson, visual artist and muralist; Saiida Bowie Little, Facing History alumna and ambassador; Cleveland Orchestra Youth Chorus; Douglas Katz, Cleveland culinary genius; Facing History student leadership spoken word ensemble. Guests can enter to win: dinner for four at Provence, with a private one-hour tour of The Cleveland Museum of Art, Original Artwork by Lari Jacobson. 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. 4: bigBang!, social innovation pitch competition presented by Social Venture Partners, Innovation Exchange 5:30 p.m.; pitches and keynote, 7:00 p.m., Breen Center for Performing Arts at Saint Ignatius High School, 2008 West 30th Street, Cleveland. Keynote speaker is Paul Shoemaker, Founding President of Social Venture Partners International. Among the eight local nonprofit leaders making pitches are three CLC alums: John Carmichael (LC 2015) of Newbridge Center for Arts and Technology, Michal Marcus (CLI 2013) of HFLA of Northeast Ohio, and Roz Quarto (LC 2015, CLI 2013) of ESOP Realty, Inc. Early-bird ticket prices end Oct. 1. Details 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. 19: University Circle Inc. Annual Meeting, "The Culture of Place,"  3 p.m. followed by reception, Cleveland Institute of Art's Cinematheque, 11610 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, OH 44106. Featuring keynote speaker Leslie Koch, President, The Trust for Governor's Island. Details HERE.

  • 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.

  • Nov. 20: 52nd Annual Public Officials Reception, presented by Greater Cleveland Partnership. 5:30-8:30 p.m., Windows on the River, 2000 Sycamore Road, Cleveland, OH 44113. The event brings together the region's federal, state and local elected officials with business and community leaders to interact on policy issues of importance to businesses and the region. Details and registration HERE

  • Nov. 20: Talk, Talk, Talk. Join Cleveland Public Library and LAND studio for an evening with three of today's most compelling storytellers: Tig Notaro, Attica Locke and Elna Baker. Moderated by Kevin Allison of the RISK! Live shows and podcast. 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. 525 Superior Ave. Cleveland, Ohio 44114. Details HERE.
  • Nov. 21: How to Wow a Crowd. Kevin Allison teaches you the skills to wow a crowd with your story: learn to select compelling topics, use the five-vest structure to build suspense, bring vivid dramatic action to life with sensory details, and unpack the larger thematic meanings of your narrative. Each participant will leave with a 4-to-6 minute story that builds upon the principles taught during the class. A few students will be given the opportunity to share aspects of their story live on stage. 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Details HERE.
  • Nov. 21: Good to Great. Join Elna Baker of The Moth and This American Life in an advanced storytelling class.  Come prepared wtih one story that you want to craft for performacne and Elna will help you transform a good story into a great one.  If you've ever thought about pitching your stories to radio programs, podcasts, magazines or publishers, but weren't quite sure how to go about it, this is the workshop for you! 1:00 p.m. Details HERE.
  • Nov. 21: Keep Talking Presents: RISK! Live at the Cleveland Public Library. The RISK! live show, where people tell true stories they never thought they'd dare to share, comes to the Cleveland Public Library with true stories from Kevin Allison and more! calls RISK! "jaw-dropping, hilarious and just plain touching." 8:00 p.m. Details 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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