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At Waterloo Arts

Playwrights Local and Powerful Long Ladder

Tickets are on sale now for THIZ GIRLZ LYFE by Ernesta Jefferson, directed by Terrence Spivey. The play tells the story of Nasheema Morgan, an exotic dancer in present-day Cleveland, Ohio. Nasheema appears to have everything she needs: a house, a handsome man, and a loving daughter. But beneath that facade, things are spiraling out of control. Nasheema’s husband expresses his anger with violence and belittling. The party scene that she turns to puts her daughter at greater risk. Nasheema can only deal with so much before she must find a way out. General Admission with accommodations upon request: $18 Adults | $15 Seniors & Groups | $12 Students. | (216) 302-8856

At the Beachland

Get Hep Swing’s 20th Anniversary Weekend at the Beachland       Saturday May 27


Celebrate Get Hep Swing's 20th Anniversary with Valerie Salstrom and Joel Plys at the Annual Swing Prom with The Pitt Vipers featuring Sweet B. Plus: A performance by internationally acclaimed swing dance champions, Alexis Davila and Cyle Dixon. A beginner-friendly jitterbug lesson with Valerie Salstrom and her first dance partner and co-creator of Get Hep Swing, Joel Plys. A photo op spot for you and your friends to show off in your prom attire. The chance to win swell prizes if you are elected to the swing prom court.

Doors open at 7:00 pm. Beginner-friendly jitterbug lesson from 7:30 pm - 8:00 pm. No partner or previous experience needed. Live music begins at 8:00 pm with The Pitt Vipers featuring Sweet B. Crowning the King and Queen of the Swing Prom at 9:30 pm. Dress to impress in your fanciest prom attire from any era.

At Praxis

Underground Classical presents: The alt Default         Friday, May 24

The alt Default is an eclectic trio that plays everything from Nathaniel’s alternative and rock influenced original songs to Dave’s arrangements of classical and jazz tunes to Hannah’s unique interpretations of folk music from all over the world.   8 – 11 pm.  Praxis Fiber Workshop  15301 Waterloo;   


Walk & Roll E185                 June 1

Join the crowd for fun up and down the street, with live music, bounce houses, kids’activities, good food, vendors to browse and more.  It's a great chance to get out and enjoy our walkable community, get to know your local merchants and spend some time with your neighbors. 2 -6 pm. E. 185th St from Neff Rd to Lakeshore Blvd. If you’d like to take part, stop in at GamerHaven to talk to Marlene or email

Cavotta's Is Open!

And the goats are longing to see you. The weather is whispering, “Get the garden ready,” and Angela has the tomatoes to fill it. Plus bedding plants and roses and imported seeds. And – something new – the Garden Bar, with a full liquor license. She’ll be giving parties and renting space for you to do the same.     Cavotta’s Garden Center 19603 Nottingham, 216-692-0300

More at the Rec Centers

Mayor Frank Jackson has been working to turn the city’s rec centers into family resource centers, with programs beyond sports, more help with life skills and more ability to identify trouble and proved help.

Among this summer’s programs:

ACT/SAT prep

Job & career readiness

STEM workshops

Performing arts with notable institutions such as Cleveland Playhouse, Karamu House and the Cleveland Public Theatre

Dance including ballet, jazz and hip-hop

GED prep

English as a Second Language classes

Boys and girls peer groups

That’s the new stuff. Residents can still access existing programs such as basketball, racquetball and tennis. Senior favorites - such as open swim, aquacise, Zumba, senior wellness, line dancing, arts and crafts and walking groups - will also continue to be available.

Collinwood Rec Center   16300 Lakeshore Blvd, 420-8323

In the Park

Call for Artists – Paint a Rain Barrel

To honor the 50th Anniversary of the final Cuyahoga River Burning, Beachwood, along with Friends of Euclid Creek and Collinwood Painted Rain Barrel Project, are hosting a Rain Barrel Painting Competition for the Greater Cleveland area. There will be a culminating exhibit of designs and barrels in August at Beachwood Community Center.

A jury will award prizes to the top ten professional entries, and prizes will also be awarded to amateurs and children. Design proposals due Friday May 3; for a pdf of this application, email: Susan Merdler

Winning artists will get to paint a 55 gallon rain barrel for the exhibit in August.

Call for Families: Rain Barrel Painting June 1

The Friends of Euclid Creek, in partnership with the Collinwood Rain Barrel Project and the City of Beachwood, are sponsoring a rain barrel painting workshop for adults and families. For $60, attend a two-day painting workshop conducted by the Collinwood Rain Barrel Project and Friends, with food and live music, at the Beachwood Service Center - June 1 and 2. Sign up at //

Migrating Birds at Wildwood          May 14

Please join The Friends of Euclid Creek for a guided hike and discussion of migrating birds on Tuesday, May 14, 6  to 8:30 pm at the Cleveland Metroparks Wildwood Reservation, E 174 & Lakeside. Fred Losi, naturalist, will lead the hike through the park and along the shore line of Lake Erie, identifying and discussing birds migrating back north after spending the winter in the south.  It promises to be a very informative presentation. Please RSVP to Ken Messinger-Rapport (

Wildwood Lacustrine Cleanup           May 18, 10 am – 12 pm       

Lacustrine being shorthand for stream and wetland. Volunteers will help clean up trash, remove invasive plants like garlic mustard, and assist with other maintenance activities in the wetland and streamside; since the restoration that was completed in August of 2012, the site is still meeting targets of over 70% native plant cover. Meet at the Wildwood Park Shelter; the park entrance is at E. 174th St. and Lakeshore Blvd. Dress for the weather wearing long sleeves, pants, boots or closed toe work shoes. Recommended to bring water and work gloves. Trash bags and tools will be provided. All groups welcome, but parents must complete waivers for those volunteering under the age of 18, and provide adult supervision.

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Volume 11, Issue 5, Posted 10:48 AM, 05.05.2019