Distinguished Neighbors in a Distinguished Neighborhood

In case anyone was thinking this is not one of the city’s more interestingneighborhoods: a local author has grabbed the brass ring, a local artist has won a Cleveland Arts Prize, a local librarian has been named Senior of the Year, Northeast Shores has chosen a new director and a quality sandwich shop has opened at the site of Old World Meats. A bit of old, a bit of new, always moving, usually forward.TO DO THIS WEEKEND
Walk All Over Waterloo, for starters. I plan to take a Cleveland Heights tourist to the fish fry at the Slovenian, than hit as many galleries as we have strength for – I really want to catch the book petting zoo at Waterloo Arts.  Walk
Saturday, after buying marigolds from Francis at the farmers’ market, I’m going to plant them at the WA building – so I probably won’t stay for the market’s tamales and venison party. Market Saturday is also the Collinwood/Euclid Big Clean – start praying now for the rain to stop.  Clean
And on Monday, in an unusually happy repurposing, Old World Meats becomes Sammich, serving its own smoked and flavored meats, on bread. Sammich
Next Friday, you might consider the Annual Bark-B-Q for Euclid Pet Pals.  Euclid    On Saturday, visit all the Waterloo galleries you didn’t have time for during WAOW. And on Sunday, if you eat slowly, you can probably make the Beachland’s Mothers’ Day Brunch  Brunch  last until the opening of the Music for Miles Mothers’ Day concert – which will feature a cornucopia of Spanish-tinged violin music.  M4MAlternatively, you can stay after the concert and treat Mom to the Callaloo’s special barbecued ribs, accompanied by complimentary cocktails for all the mothers. Brightly colored complimentary cocktails, if memory serves me rightly.IN THIS ISSUE
ON WATERLOO                  Waterloo
At Waterloo Arts          WaterlooArts
Art Book  Petting Zoo In The Gallery        May 5
Music For Miles: Violins For Mothers’ Day   May 14        M4M
At DruChristine: Sip N’ Sew Halter Top May 19   SipNSew
At The Beachland   Beachland
First Annual Hispanic Burlesque Showcase     May 5
Mothers’ Day Brunch   May 15  Brunch
Walk All Over Waterloo   Friday May 5   Walk
At Maria Neil: Deborah Pinter – Natural Selections
Article – Kathy Skerritt Recent Paintings: Black & White
Phone Gallery – “The Dance” Continues
Satellite Gallery – Natural Environments : Phase III
Praxis Fiber Workshop – Kombucha, Abby Clark’s Fellowship Exhibition
Brick Ceramic + Design Studio – Shop early! Mother’s Day Sale
New Director at Northeast Shores   NSDC
CityMusic at St Jerome      May 21    CityMusic
At The Market    Market
The Big Clean      Saturday May 6       Clean
Local Author Makes Good    Author
Walk & Roll E185 Is Back   June 3    WalkRoll
Sammich Is Serving     Grand Opening May 8, 11:30    Sammich
Collinwood Schools Community Conversation     May 15    Schools
Wildwood Park Native Planting and Cleanup Saturday May 20
Recovery To Work
Child Abuse/Neglect Hotline
Of Interest to the Neighorhood
Senior Day   May 24     Seniors
And In Euclid Euclid
Euclid Farmer’s Market            Opens June 2
Save These Dates
Annual Bark-B-Q    Friday May 12
Lithuanian Folk Dance Festival               May 20 at 1-4pm
Master Class on August Wilson    June 10
Euclid Wind Festival            June 17 at Sims Park
Euclid Concert Series   Sims Park, July 13 & 27, August 10 & 23
Performing Arts Summer Workshops June 12-July 21
At The Library
Jobs   JOBS
Scotti’s Is Hiring
Seasonal Part-Time At Amazon

Watchart! with Art Books Cleveland,  a sort of art book “petting zoo” during which you can talk with and watch artists making books, get ideas of your own and even try making a simple book construction of your own. 5:30 – 9:30. Everyone is welcome to join Art Books Cleveland – experienced artists and newcomers alike – for its opportunities to show, exhibit, and promote their work, socialize with other practitioners of the book arts, and learn from their peers.
More Info: https://www.facebook.com/artbookscleveland/
FROM THE SAN JUAN TO THE CUYAHOGA: Artist Books from Ediciones Vigia (Cuba). Through May 19.
Ediciones Vigia is an artisanal, small press literary publishing shop near the Rio San Juan in Matanzas, Cuba. Just as the Cuyahoga defines Cleveland, so the river San Juan defines Matanzas. Ediciones Vigia produces books by hand, including a series of emerging poets of the region, the Coleccion San Juan, which is named for the river. In cooperation with CAN Journal, Waterloo Arts presents this exhibit of elaborate artist books, made entirely from recycled materials–revealing remarkable connections with the artist book and literary small press scene in Cleveland. Exhibition is open from 5:00 – 9:00pmand runs through May 19th.
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1322773887781845/
Mary Beth Ions, one of our favorite entertainers, will lead the Amethyst String Quartet in a program of colorful Spanish music, including selections from Carmen, West Side Story, Guantanamera, Eres Tu, a gorgeous piece called The Bullfighter’s Prayer, Besame Mucho, Gracias a la Vida and tango music.  Performing with lead violin Mary Beth are Carol Ruzicka, second violin; Alexandra Vago, viola; and Linda Atherton, cello. The Waterloo Arts gallery, conveniently, is hosting a show of Cuban handmade books – wonderful little creations, all made from salvaged materials, under the title “From the San Juan to the Cuyahoga: Artist Books from Ediciones Vigia.” To add a little more atmosphere, Kelvin Diaz will be serving his special barbecued ribs, with complimentary cocktails for all the mothers.
This will be the last concert of M4M’s Spring season. We’ll be back in September with dance music, courtesy of Bill Meyer and the Silver Keys clarinets. For October we’re planning a trip to Southern India, and a completely new – and intriguing – possibility has arisen for November.
To get you ready for the season, Drue has designed a universally flattering, easy to make halter top. All sewing levels are welcome as you learn basic sewing techniques; all materials and machine use – plus two complimentary glasses of wine covered by $35 fee. (This event is for ages 21 and older.) May 19, 6 – 9 pm. Better reserve now – these events are VERY popular.
Dru Christine Fabrics & Design
While you’re in the shop, check out (among other things) Drue’s Team Spirit collection: head wraps, headbands, buttons, ties, bow ties, scarves.


Bella Sin, who founded Cleveland’s longest-running burlesque troupe, Le Femme Mystique, and the Ohio Burlesque Festival, is Mexican, as she’ll gladly tell you. And she’s not very happy right now with how Latina people are being treated and talked about. Her response? Show people her “amazing, colorful” culture. So she’s putting on the first annual Cleveland Hispanic Burlesque Showcase, featuring women of diverse Hispanic backgrounds from across the U.S. and Canada. It’s the real “Cinco de Mayo” as far as she’s concerned.
This unique showcase graces the Beachland Ballroom stage during May’s “Walk All Over Waterloo,” highlighting the rich Latino, Latinx, Mexican, Hispano and Afrolatino cultures through beautiful costumes and dance. Tickets: $17 GA/ $20 DOS – Reserve & VIP also available 7:30 Door/ 8:30 Start. More info:https://www.facebook.com/events/1470853266262698/
IN THE TAVERN: Holden Laurence (with Bad Hounds and John’s Little Sister). Holden Laurence melds the lean precision of John Prine, the lamenting spirit of Townes Van Zandt and the vivid imagery of Iron & Wine to produce a collection of songs saturated in youthful innocence and aching nostalgia. Tickets: $7 ADV/ $10 DOS – 7:30 Door/ 8:30 Start.
More info: https://www.beachlandballroom.com/events/holden-laurence-s-album-release-w-bad-hounds-john-s-little-sister-cleveland–05-05
MOTHER’S DAY BRUNCH            May 14
Mothers’ Day Brunch with the Beachland’s beloved buttermilk biscuits, many versions of meat and eggs for traditionalists, chilaquiles and vegan specials for others, to be enjoyed to the sound of Rockin’ Ed at the turntable (or whatever disck jockeys use now). 10 AM – 3 PM. Call 216.383.1124 for reservations
AT MARIA NEIL: Deborah Pinter – Natural Selections : A Dresden Creation
Hearkening back to her ‘Scanagram’ days, Deborah is using algraphy – printing from a corn-surfaced aluminum plate instead of a stone – to obtain a whole new richness and depth. The works in this exhibition emerged from Deborah’s five-week residency, sponsored by Zygote Press, at the Grafikwerkstatt Dresden Studios in Dresden, Germany, an exchange that lets artists from Ohio and Dresden become acquainted with the art and artists of another community, provides time to explore the printmaking resources available in those communities, and continues to strengthen artistic relationships between both locations. Opening Reception: Friday, May 5,  5-10 pm. Show will run through June 18.
ARTICLE – Recent Paintings : Black & White – Artwork By Kathy Skerritt
Kathy Skerritt’s beautiful and sometimes haunting organic images are all new and on view at Article this May. Emphasizing the stark contrast of black and white colors (and the varying grays in between) her new work is powerful and evocative. Gallery is open from 6:00 to 10:00pm.
More info: https://www.facebook.com/artincle/
PHONE GALLERY – “The Dance” Continues
‘The Dance’, an installation by Cleveland-native artist and ballerina Meghann Hennen, is about the cumulating of shoes that become an artifact after each performance. The five pairs of miniature shoes – fashioned from bubble wrap, tape, thread, yarn and ribbon – appear to be like frozen dance steps and symbolize how people dance in and out of lives and leave a mark on us if we like it or not. On view through Memorial Day.
More info: https://www.facebook.com/WaterlooPhoneGallery/
SATELLITE GALLERY – Natural Environments : Phase III
Satellite Gallery and their astronauts are bringing their evolving art installations to a close. Open from 6:00 – 9:00pm.
More info: https://www.facebook.com/Satellite-Gallery-531592213588570/
PRAXIS FIBER WORKSHOP – Kombucha, Abby Clark’s Fellowship Exhibition
After Abby Jo Clark graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 2016, she was awarded a fellowship at Praxis, during which she incorporated natural dyeing, immersion dyeing, sewing, tapestry, and screenprinting in a new body of work, which will be on show, accompanied by live music and drinks, from 6 to 9 pm during WAOW. www.abigailjoclark.com, www.instagram.com/lilyungkale
BRICK CERAMIC + DESIGN STUDIO – Shop early! Mother’s Day Sale
Looking for that perfect Mother’s Day gift? Look no further than BRICK Ceramic + Design Studio. Affordable and locally made, these mugs, cups, dishes, bowls and everything else that you can think of make wonderful gifts for everyone, including Mom. More info: https://www.facebook.com/BRICKceramics/
Congratulations to Camille Maxwell, who has moved to the top spot at Northeast Shores, as its new Executive Director, after serving as Real Estate Development Director, with responsibility for managing the agency’s portfolio of market-rate housing development and a rental housing program. As Director, Camille will continue to manage rentals, while implementing and maintaining effective resident and business services, and will move on to building on NSDC’s success in revitalizing Waterloo Road, largely through the arts, to the challenging – and potentially hugely rewarding – shopping/business district of E185 St, where the new NSDC offices are being set up. Our whole neighborhood wishes her well in her new position!
Conductor Paul Watkins, Soloist Daniel Gilbert play Prokofiev Classical Symphony, Mozart Clarinet Concerto, Beethoven Symphony No. 7, at 4 pm on Sunday May 21 at St. Jerome Church, 15000 Lake Shore Boulevard.
The same concert will be played in Elyria on May 17, Beachwood on May 18, Lakewood on May 19, and Slavic Village on May 20. Our neighborhood is fortunate in being one of the few non-suburban sites for CityMusic concerts – St Jerome has very attractive acoustics. For details, go to citymusiccleveland.org.
Tamale Lesson and The Big Plant Sale

Planting season is starting, and Francis has been putting out small selections of teasers. On Saturday, he gets serious: petunia, ivy, pansy, geranium, million bells baskets, and plenty more; also veggie plants ready to go. Meanwhile, Kevin will be making masa from scratch and filling the tamales with pit-roasted local venison and other tasty things. Come and participate and you’ll get to take some home.
Even better news: Wednesday market will resume May 31!
Registration is now open for THE BIG CLEAN – Saturday May 6 – a two-city cleanup between Cleveland and Euclid. Come on your own, come as a group. Bring your church, your block, your school, your household.  This year, the stakes are greater than clean yards and waterways; we’re competing against the city of Euclid to determine who can pick up the most litter. Sign up now at http://bit.ly/2nZUul7. Volunteers will meet at Villa Angela St. Joseph High School at 9 am, get supplies and head out to clean the streets. After the cleanup, celebrate with food, music and prizes back at VASJ. For more information call Julia at 216-481-7660.
-Clean up your Block, a City Park or Business District
-Wear something yellow and bright
-Take pictures of your work.
Annie Hogsett puts her heart into everything she does, including writing a murder/comedy/romance set across the road from Dave’s Market (slightly disguised as Joe’s). By way of reward, she’ll be spending the summer meeting readers, signing books, giving talks, signing books, visiting bookstores, signing books. Fortunately she’s okay with all that.
You can catch Annie and “Too Lucky to Live” at any of the following events, or you can stop buy later and just buy a book. Or of course you could order from Amazon. Allie, the heroine, sails blithely into a torrid love affair while corpses pile up around her and fabulous lottery winnings shimmer on and off and on again.
Saturday, May 13,  1:00-3:00pm, Launch Event and Signing, Barnes & Noble, Eton Chagrin Boulevard, 28801 Chagrin Blvd,
Thursday, May 18,  6:00-8:00pm, Talk, Reading, Signing, Appletree Books, 12419 Cedar Rd, Cleveland Hts.
Sunday, May 28,  6:00-8:00pm, Meet the Author and Signing, Loganberry Books, 13015 Larchmere Blvd.
Wednesday, May 31,  7:00-8:30pm, Talk, Reading, Signing, Bertram Woods Branch Library, 20600 Fayette Rd, Shaker Hts.
Wednesday, June 28,  7:00pm, Talk & Meet the Author, Cuyahoga County Public Library, South Euclid Lyndhurst Branch, 4645 Mayfield Rd., South Euclid.
A Beach Streets neighbor, Gaston Nunes, head of the Cleveland Institute of Art, has been named winner of the Robert Bergman Prize in the annual Cleveland Arts Prize awards.
This year’s  Walk & Roll E185 will feature a sidewalk sale and community festival with live music, food, fun for kids, arts activities and more, in an event designed to engage local residents, community groups, and businesses, to bring energy and excitement to our district, and to provide positive entertainment for our community.
Are you a merchant on 185th who would like to be a part of the sidewalk sale? Do you manage an organization that would like to host an activity at the festival? Or perhaps you’d like to become a Sponsor and support the community?
If you’d like to be a part of this year’s Walk & Roll E185, either as a Participant or Sponsor, or maybe both, check out the info sheets on how to get involved! Walk and Roll Committee at 216-276-0097 or walkandrolle185@gmail.com
SAMMICH IS SERVING             Grand Opening May 8, 11:30
The Jack Flaps sandwich shop/production facility is open for business – sandwiches are being served; the smoking, roasting, braising and curing involved in producing artisanal meats is in the works. Sammich couldn’t have happened in a better location – the site of Old World Meats, which served generations of Collinwooders with quality meats and deli. Randy Carter, Jack Flaps’ chef-owner, had run out of production space for his small sandwich shops in Ohio City and the Fifth Street Arcade – now he has 7,000 square-feet, an old world smokehouse, deli cases and plenty of room.
Sammich’s offerings are all named for marquee boxers: The Lewis combines Cajun turkey breast, lettuce, tomato, bacon mayo and cheese, the “Gorilla” Jones features cured country sausage, ham, grilled peppers and onions, bacon mayo and a pickled egg. The Marciano is a classic Italian stack of capicola, sopressata, lettuce, tomato, onion, provolone, pickled cherry peppers and tomato vinaigrette. Sandwiches are priced between $7.50 and $10. Sides ($2) include coleslaw, baked beans, kimchi, macaroni salad and potato salad. And for those who like to make their own at home, Sammich will sell sliced meats by the pound as well as whole house-smoked hams and turkeys. Hours are Monday – Saturday, 11 – 9.
Check it all out at the grand opening, which will feature cornhole, face punching – I mean painting, prizes and ice cream from Mason’s Creamery. Everything a person needs. Sammich, 651 E 185th St, (216) 350-6888.
Combine a serious conversation with school and community leaders and your neighbors about really good schools for Collinwood kids, with a tour of the new Salvation Army building, the new computer lab and the gym. Free refreshments, raffle and prizes, children welcome. 6 – 8 pm. Facilitated by Margaret Craig, Learning Zone Director at the Salvation Army – Grovewood.
Salvation Army, 17625 Grovewood Ave. Free Parking
10:00am-noon. Volunteers will help transplant native plants from the rain garden in the marina parking lot to other suitable locations in the park. Learn about a project starting this summer that will improve water quality at Wildwood. Meet at the Wildwood Park Shelter. Dress for the weather, bring water, wear long sleeves and pants, boots or work shoes, work gloves are recommended. Trash bags will be provided. All groups welcome, but parents must complete waivers for those volunteering under the age of 18, and provide adult supervision. Contact/Registration — Register by May 18 or for questions contact Claire Posius at 216-524-6580 x16 orcposius@cuyahogaswcd.org. Wildwood Park – Euclid Creek Reservation, E. 174th St and Lakeshore Blvd
Cuyahoga County maintains a Web site all the county’s surveillance cameras – private and official. You can register your camera as part of a database that law enforcement can easily reference to find out where surveillance cameras are located, who the contact person is for a particular retail establishment or residence, and what is the retention policy. Your camera location and contact information will be shared only with law enforcement to view footage and request a copy if it will be helpful to their investigation. Go to the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Website at https://ccpocameramaptest.ccpoportal.us/…
Services include Comprehensive Assessment, Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling and Guidance, Job Readiness Training, Vocational Skills Training Referrals, Certified Griffin-Hammis Counselors, Job related services, Job Search, Job Placement Assistance and on-the- job-support, Transportation Assistance,  Information and Referral to Treatment, Workforce Opportunities.org.This program is  open to everyone: youth, the unemployed or those never employed, veterans, individuals in recovery, adults, ex-offenders and older adults. The only qualification is that you must be an Ohio resident.
For more information or to register for the program, contact Patricia Jackson at (216-426-9870 (ext. 16) or e-mail pajackson@clevelandcatholiccharities.
If you suspect child abuse or neglect, contact the Cuyahoga County Division of Children & Family Services at 216- 696-5437 (Child Abuse & Neglect HOTLINE).
SENIOR DAY           Wednesday May 24

Our own Caroline Peak, public service manager at the Collinwood branch library, will be honored this year at the city’s Annual Senior Day (she claims she really is a senior, but there are those who doubt.) 10 -2 at Cleveland Public Hall.  Honoring seniors, one from each ward, who work hard to make life in the city better. Program  starts at 11. Mayor and all Council members take part in the ceremony, Monica Robins of WKYC –TV will be Master of Ceremonies. The city lays on a very nice box lunch and very loud music. Very, very loud music.
EUCLID FARMER’S MARKET            Opens June 2

3:00-6:30PM  Visit the Euclid Farmers’ Market every Friday, 6/2-10/6 from 3-6:30 pm on Shore’s front lawn. Featuring locally grown produce, baked goods, plants, herbs, jams, honey, musical entertainment and more!
ANNUAL BARK-B-Q    Friday May 12

Euclid Pet Pals is holding its annual fundraising event at Tizzano’s Party Center, 1361 E 260th St, starting at 6:30 with an open bar; a rib or vegetarian dinner is served at 7:30 pm. There will be a 50/50 raffle, Chinese auction, and door prizes. Tickets are $40 each. Go to http://euclidpetpals.net/events/ to order.
LITHUANIAN FOLK DANCE FESTIVAL               May 20 at 1-4pm
10am-1pm, with Terrence Spivey, Artistic Associate & Mark Clayton Southers of Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre. Open to students and adults.
Five weeks of rock band, music, acting, singing and play and song writing. Only $75/week. For detailed class descriptions, new classes in art, music, dance, pottery and writing, and to register, visit: www.shoreculturalcentre.com
EUCLID WIND FESTIVAL            June 17 at Sims Park
EUCLID CONCERT SERIES   Sims Park, July 13 & 27, August 10 & 23

The Library’s Comic Book and Graphic Novel Club, will be hosting Free Comic Book Day with trivia, cosplay contests, temporary superhero tattoos, coloring sheets, movies, and of course, plenty of comic book giveaways. Stop in the teen area between 10 am and 1 pm on Saturday, May 6, to choose your free comics and browse the impressive comic book and graphic novel collection. You may also participate in crafting activities, watch a superhero movie or television show and wear your costume. Judging will begin at 12:30 pm and prizes will be given away to the winners.
Thursday, May 4, 10:30 a.m.   Senior Financial Workshop: Recognizing and Avoiding Elder Financial Abuse, including scams, identity and medical identity theft.  To register, call 216-261-5200 (ext. 0)
Monday, May 8, 7:00 p.m.   Preventing Food Waste.  Dan Brown from Rust Belt Riders, a local composting company, will talk about the implications of food waste and outline simple steps we all can do at home.
Tuesday, May 9, 8:30 a.m   Breakfast with Euclid Schools Superintendent.  Join Dr. Charles Smialek for an informal breakfast and discussion about Euclid schools, including the new building plan.  To reserve, call 216-261-5300 (ext.0)
Thursday, May 11, 10:30 a.m.   Senior Financial Workshop: Budgeting and Goal Setting.  Call 261-5300 (ext. 0) to reserve your spot.
Thursday, May 11, 7:00 pm.   Medicare: Making the Smart Choice.  A discussion of Medicare options (including the difference between Medicare supplements and Medicare Advantage) and what you need to know to avoid penalties. Euclid Library, 631 East 222nd Street, 216-261-5300 ext. 315
Scotti’s Italian Eatery on E185 have part-time kitchen positions open, if you or someone you know is looking. 882 E 185, (216) 481-8995.
For the details, go to https://amazon.force.com/JobDetails?reqid=a0R0G000015MCuS   https://amazon.force.com/JobDetails?reqid=a0R0G000015MCuS   You’ll use a smartphone, apps, handheld devices. Here are some higlights: Hourly Pay Rate: $11.25. Shift Structure: 5 days in a row, 4 hours a day.  Weekly pay schedule. Holiday overtime pay. Basic Life, AD&D insurance. On-the-job training and skill development. Employee Assistance Program. Must be at least 18 years old. High School diploma or equivalent.