Nan's Notes


Try the new beer at the MillFill. Have a rainbow lunch bowl at the Juicery. Visit a gallery: Photocentric, Framed and Shiffler Photo all welcome visitors, with precautions. Have breakfast at Six Shooter (those biscuits!) and lunch at Citizen Pie (those pizzas!).  Waterloo

Shop at the farmers’ market on Coit: the stands are piled with everything fresh (that will vanish in a couple of months. Needham Gardens’ motto: Blanch and freeze, blanch and freeze.”)   Market

Get a real book from the library; Mem-Nott and E152 are both open – with limits.  Libraries

Read the voting information forwarded by a thoughtful neighbor.  Voting   Here are some basics:

Register to vote or update your registration:

\Request an absentee ballot to vote by mail:

Track your ballot:

Ohio will also have in-person early voting at the County Boards of Elections. Days and hours:

More on voting below at Voting

ON WATERLOO   Waterloo

At Praxis: Studios For Rent    Praxis

The Millard Fillmore Presidential Library

At the Juicery

Shiffler Photo Is Open For Viewers

The Beachland Is Hiring

Waterloo Streetscape

Many Possibilities at Crosslens         

            Man Up at Crosslens     August 29

NewExecutive Marketing Manager

Become a Member

For the Younger Generation - The iCREATE Program

Six Shooter Coffee

Photographers’ Row on Waterloo      Photo

Playwrights Local & Literary Cleveland Playwriting Workshop Plays

WALK ALL OVER WATERLOO     Friday September 4   Walk

Cleveland Rocks: PPF free online concert, live on CRPPF FB page at 7pm.

At Waterloo Arts    DayGloSho Friday, September 4, 6 PM – 9 PM   DayGloSho


At the Market: New vendors. City farm interns. Help rebuild the fence.  Market

Best News This Week:  Libraries Are Open

Attention Owners of Old Homes

The Problems of Old Arches

Serenity at Sunset: Yoga at Sunset Beach Park

Another Place to Pick Up Food: Lithuanian Club


Fall Issue of CAN Will Launch at Edward E. Parker Museum, August 28

"Young Designers" with Drue Christine

From the Mayor’s Office: Ban on street parties.  Mayor


            Civil Service exams  

You Could Have a Future in Furniture



At Praxis   

Studios For Rent

Two openings for studio spaces at Praxis for anyone looking for a dedicated space to make and think.

Studio 1: Located in the Digital House across the back parking lot from Praxis's main facility. This 200 sq ft studio is completely private with a separate entrance, plus kitchen and bathroom. Lots of natural light. Very tranquil. NOTE that this studio is for short-term rental for the rest of 2020 only. $300/mo.

Studio 2: Located in the Praxis Main Studio, this is one of five 175 sq ft studios that you enter through the loomyard. Being a studio renter means that you can access the dye kitchen, slop sinks, and fiber supplies in the facility, as well as meet other community members and studio artists. Our four existing studio members work in a variety of media, including drawing, painting, and fiber. $275/mo.

Per COVID safety measures everyone at Praxis is required to wear a mask throughout the main space and studios.

The Millard Fillmore Presidential Library

New day - new beer! Fat Head’s G’Suffa! Oktoberfest lager $4.50

At the Juicery

Raw Pad Thai. Kale Caesar, coconut bacon + sunflower seed + cheese. (Raw Pad Thai?) Frozen bowls that fill you up with exotic fruit goodness.

Shiffler Photo Is Open For Viewers

Matt Shiffler’s little gallery at the east end of Waterloo is open again, to mask-wearing art lovers who make appointments – well worth it for Matt’s dramatic landscapes. Hours 10-6.

The Beachland Is Hiring

The Beachland is seeking an experienced, reliable, and creative chef/kitchen manager to rule over their totally renovated kitchen, where Cindy Barber is planning a whole new approach to food and beverage service. It’s hard to present music with food on the side these days, but great food with music thrown in is manageable.  No calls/emails. Please apply directly through Indeed.

Waterloo Streetscape

The August 8 street clean-up left Waterloo much tidier, but the Adopt-a-Bed program is still looking for volunteer caretakers to do regular maintenance. Contact Amy Callahan at Waterloo Arts – but only if you’re a conscientious type who follows through on promises of weekly weeding.

Six Shooter Coffee

 “We heard you loud and clear and have upgraded our ordering system to be smoother and quicker! Please bear in mind that unless you note at the bottom of your order, all mobile orders will be prepared for takeout. Thanks and see you soon for a sip!”


Photographers’ Row on Waterloo     

Three photo studios in 10 blocks sounds a bit like a crowded market, but it turns out that there are many ways to practice photography.

There is, for instance, Michael Loderstedt’s Photocentric at Waterloo and E156, run by a professor emeritus of art from Kent State. Michael puts together shows from well-known photographers around the state – himself and his wife Lori Kella included. He also does archival processing and framing, offers services to less well-equipped practitioners and – upon occasion – builds cameras from spare parts. (Also ukuleles, but that’s not relevant here.)

Way off at the other end of the street (Waterloo and E161) is Matt Shiffler’s gallery, full of colorful and very striking landscape art, which is Matt’s true love – but Matt is also a busy free-lance photographer (portrait, event and editorial work – call him with any assignment). And if you ask nicely, he’ll turn your chosen photo into a jigsaw puzzle.

But that’s not all. Across the street from Matt Shiffler, in the old Zaller Building, is Crosslens, an elaborate and ambitious studio where working photographers and would-be photographers can share equipment, interesting backgrounds, and editing space.

Find them all under their gallery names on Facebook – and be impressed.

Playwrights Local & Literary Cleveland Present  Act Out! A Playwriting Workshop

With Dr. Mary E. Weems.  September 10, 17, and 24, and October 1 (Thursdays) 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm. Conducted online/remotely via Zoom. $120 ($80 for Literary Cleveland members)

In this virtual, interactive 4-session, 2-hour workshop, Dr. Mary Weems will share her technique for writing monologues and short plays as political acts. Participants are asked to bring one to three social issues (racism, the Pandemic, transphobia, religious intolerance, sexism, the environment, poverty, etc) they would like to address in writings for the stage.

Registration at Literary Cleveland:

 About Playwrights Local

Playwrights Local is a theater company in Cleveland. As a playwrights’ center, our goal is to provide a home for dramatic writing in Northeast Ohio. We offer classes and workshops, produce original plays, provide networking opportunities, and engage the community through outreach projects. Learn more about programs such as our Young Playwrights Collective and our annual Open Call for Submissions at Make your tax-deductible contributions to our 501(c)(3) group at

About the Instructor

Dr. Mary E. Weems' is a poet, playwright, author, performer, imagination-intellect theorist, and social/cultural foundations scholar. Weems is the author of thirteen books including Blackeyed: Plays and Monologues (2015), five chapbooks, most notably “white” (Wick Award), and numerous poems, articles and book chapters. In 2015 Weems was awarded a Cleveland Arts Prize for her full-length drama MEAT.


WALK ALL OVER WATERLOO     Friday September 4

On Friday September 4th, Cleveland Rocks: PPF will host a free online concert featuring local Waterloo area bands/musicians. The show will air live on CRPPF FB page at the scheduled time of 7pm. This Waterloo Makes Music: Tower Series is made possible by Cuyahoga Arts and Culture.

The evening will feature local favorites MoKo BoVo with anitakeys and friends opening.

“MoKo BoVo,” says Dan, “was founded to improvise music. We want to reach people, draw them in, and take them new places. We play covers that people don't recognize. Get deep into tradition and experiment from that place. Let's play.”

anitakeys and friends have been performing their Jazzy Pop all around the Cleveland area for more than a decade: “We sure miss Everybody and Everywhere we used to seeya, and look forward to the time when the Glorious days of Musicmaking return.”

At Waterloo Arts    DayGloSho Friday, September 4, 6  – 9 pm

Every year Waterloo Arts partners with the DayGlo Color Corp and 30+ artists to create a luminescent art exhibit like no other in Cleveland. COVID, of course, slammed the door on that and the gallery has been dark ever since. The gallery will still be dark On September 4, but this time it will be open - for the 8th Annual DayGlo Exhibit of glowing artwork – a show the whole family can enjoy, even at a social distance. DayGlo pigments have a fascinating origin story that involves both science and magic. This year's show features more than 30 artists and stretches beyond the borders of Cleveland to include a few select artists from around the world.

To keep everyone safe, WA will limit the number of people in the gallery at any one time. Please sign up for a free ticket to reserve a spot, at Walk-up visits will be welcome during open hours if space is available; please wait outside the gallery until an attendant lets you in. Masks are required in the gallery and while waiting in line, and please stay six feet from anyone not in your household.

This year, Waterloo Arts teamed up with Anthony Zart and Rocket E3 (Grobin the Dog! Cheerfully cynical T shirts!) to provide exclusive thank you gifts commemorating the DayGlo show, for donors to Waterloo Arts. Adding a donation onto your ticket will help ensure community arts continue to thrive in the wake of COVID-19. Proceeds will go directly to fund Waterloo Arts' programming.



At the Market

Sweet Marvel's Bakery with amazing and beautiful cookies, cupcakes, and more made their debut last week, and Miriam (dear mother of Coit Road Farmers Market Graduate Cèst Macaron) brought traditional cabbage, potato-spinach, AND sour cherry pierogi – not sure if that will repeat.  

May's Organic Farm from Randolph will start at the Market on September 12, and Secors has already returned, with two stands of corntomatoespeachessquashpeppers and such.

 The other vendors are all there with fruit, veggies, baking, cheese, eggs, meat, pickles, jams . . .

Community Greenhouse Wants Interns

While COVID-19 has shut down many businesses and complete industries, the local/urban food business is seeing huge leaps in demand. Community Greenhouse Partners are looking for a few adventurous souls who are willing to move into the city and learn how to become urban farmers. No experience necessary. Email for job details and more information.

Help Rebuild the Tired Old Fence and Gates

As soon as you’ve read this sentence, go to   and make a donation to the Fence Fund (actually the Gateway Project). At last report, 40% of the goal had been met – but the closing date is August 31. (The goal is to raise $3,000 matched with another $3,000 from the IOBY Neighborhood Connections Covid 19 Recovery Fund.) 

The Gateway project combines volunteer work days with donations for construction to give the Market a safe and welcoming appearance.  The fence and gates have been damaged by years of uncontrolled vegetation and being hit by vehicles. Volunteers have spent the past 3 months working on removing the trees and other vegetation growing into and damaging the fence, and will keep at it till your donations have paid for the new installation.     

Best News This Week:  Libraries Are Open

Monday – Saturday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Sunday: Closed. Hours for immunocompromised visitors: 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. Expect masks, distancing, patron limits, rationing of computer time. But the libraries are open. Curbside pick-up will be continued for patrons who are unwilling to  risk indoor spaces.

Attention Owners of Old Homes

Which means a good many owners in Collinwood. The Cleveland Restoration Society has a useful newsletter with details about its many programs. Get on the list by going to

The Problems of Old Arches

The Euclid Beach arch was damaged recently, and while it was under repair, it was hit again. Councilman Polensek may lose his temper. But repairs continue.

Serenity at Sunset

Yoga at Sunset Beach Park (Euclid Beach), Saturday at 9am through  September,

Another Place to Pick Up Food: Lithuanian Club

Call 216 531 8318 after 12 pm to place a pick-up order for 3 – 6 pm.  Wings, doons, lubins, potato pancakes. Among other goodies.



"Young Designers" with Drue Christine

September 12, 19, 26, October 3 and 10, 10-1pm

Young adults ages 14 to 17 will experience the art of fashion and design with this five-week introductory class, which will cover the basic operation of the sewing machine as well as fashion terminology, fashion history, career exploration and more. This is a great opportunity to spark a love for the art of fashion design, and gives students the confidence to create sewing projects at home. All materials and supplies are included. Students will walk away with a variety of completed sewing and fashion projects.

 $199. Payment plans and sibling discounts available. Reserve your space at   ***LIMITED SPACES TO MAINTAIN COVID GUIDELINES***

From the Mayor’s Office

Mayor Jackson has signed an order (extending the city’s Proclamation of Civil Emergency through September 30), which prohibits gatherings of more than 10 people outside of a single household, including block/street parties and tailgating events. If you want to follow the rules, it helps to know what they are.



Civil Service Exams

Go to   -   scroll down a little to Employment With the City of Cleveland, and the heading in red: Current Openings and Civil Service Tests; click there for the list of jobs (widely assorted, from airport maintenance to canine enrichment). You’ll see information on where to register, too – and you’re applying to take the test, not directly for the job.

You Could Have a Future in Furniture

The Cleveland Job Corps’ Carpentry Pre-Apprenticeship Program (run by the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and accredited by the Ohio State Apprentice Council)  prepares young men and women to work in a variety of carpentry settings.

 The 12-month course centers around a structured, rigorous, and highly physical curriculum. Students learn how to perform the essential tasks of a carpenter, including constructing, installing, and repairing structures and fixtures of wood, plywood, and wallboard; properly using hand and power tools to shape or cut materials to specified measurements; building rough wooden structures such as concrete forms, scaffolds, and temporary frame shelters according to sketches, blueprints, or oral instructions; following established safety rules and regulations; and maintaining a safe and clean environment.

 A career in carpentry is highly physical. It requires personal commitment and a willingness to work outdoors through all seasons. Additional trade requirements include being eighteen years old, possessing a high school diploma, holding a valid driver's license, and being and remaining drug-free.

 Carpentry program graduates fill many entry-level construction positions: abatement, general labor, roofing, siding, concrete, demolition, restoration, insulation, caulking, rough carpentry, finish carpentry, cabinet production, and pattern making, to name a few.

 The program prepares trainees for the rigors of the Carpenters’ apprenticeship. The skills taught are transferable to the other building trades - the Laborers, Plumbers, Sheet Metal Workers, and Iron Workers Unions, as well as Carpenters.

 Certifications include Completion Certificate, Scaffold User, Scaffold Safety, Occupational Safety and Health Administration 10, and Green Building Awareness.

 Instructors David Lummus, and Daniel Volpe bring over fifty years of combined experience as union building construction carpenters to the Cleveland Job Corps Carpentry program. They truly believe, "work is available for those willing to work."


From a Thoughtful Neighbor

The election is coming up fast - Tuesday, November 3rd - and it will be here even earlier for absentee/early voting. Now is a good time to check that you are correctly registered to vote, or to register if you aren’t. You can do that from the Ohio Secretary of State website: Or from the County BofE: look for Track My Ballot in the menu on the left; click there to make sure you’re registered.

The last day to register for the November election is October 5.

In a few weeks, you'll be able to view a sample ballot from the County site -  - so that you know who is running for each office and can research them. For information about the judges on the ballot, from the local bar associations and as well as endorsements by the Plain Dealer, check here:

Rather than risking infection from COVID-19 and possibly long lines at your usual polling place, you can request an absentee ballot by printing out a ballot request form at , and mailing it in. (Don’t despair if you don't have a printer, the BOE should be mailing an application to every registered voter in a few weeks.) If you mail your ballot request now, the BOE will mail your ballot on October 6, 2020. Already, 40,000 people in Cuyahoga County have requested absentee ballots this year.

Once you have received your ballot, you can mail it back or, given that the US postal service is being crippled right now and mail is moving slowly, you can hand deliver it in the drop box behind the Board of Elections in downtown Cleveland at 2925 Euclid Avenue (at E. 30th, right next to the freeway -- take the Prospect Avenue exit).

Rather than voting on an absentee ballot, you can vote early in-person by going to the Board of Elections office between October 6 and November 2 during their regular office hours. As the election approaches, they will probably also announce special weekend times.

If you are interested in working as a poll worker on November 3, you can sign up here:

If you have any problems voting, call the nonpartisan Election Protection at 1-866-OUR-VOTE or 1-888-VE-Y-VOTA (en Español) or contact them through They are supported by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and dozens of other groups.

Please vote and encourage others to do so too.

Thank you, Randy! And Cindy, for your addition!

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