Nan’s Notes 4-21-17: A Cram-Jammed Calendar

By Nan Kennedy

While I’m working on this edition of Notes, I’m hearing the reports about a neighborhood couple – in my neighborhood – brutally murdered during a theft of vehicles from their car lot. And alarming reports about another murderer on the loose, after shooting an old man chosen at random, apparently because he couldn’t get his hands on the woman he was angry with.
So I’m wondering, why we are planning to devote billions of dollars to keeping Mexicans and Muslims out of the country, instead of dealing with the danger of being shot down in the street by an armed American-born citizen? Just asking.


Sip’N’Sew with DruChristine on Friday, SipNSew Record Store Day! on Saturday, RecordDay and on Sunday, the BIKE:BIKE forum at the Beachland Beachland and the Euclid Symphony’s annual Pops Concert at Shore Centre. Orchestra You could also look in at Waterloo Arts’ exhibition of hand-made books (guaranteed to make you say, “I want to do that, too!”). WaterlooArts Pick up a pizza and a baseball cap at Citizen Pie and do a little shopping – other than records – at Star POP and Native Cleveland.
And what is Saturday without a visit to the Coit Road market (one word this week: asparagus), preferably followed by a visit to Messina’s bakery (great bread, pizza by the slice, cookies in season).
Tonight, watch the Cavs at the Grovewood: Game 3 tonight at the Grovewood Lounge & Grille; lounge doors open at 6 pm, gametime 7 pm. Happy Hour from 6 to 9 pm. $2 Cuervo, $1 Amsterdam, $6 Burger and fries (toppings extra), $3 Long Islands & Margaritas. 17105 Grovewood Ave 216-224-0028
Listen to Rockabilly at the Fillmore: The Millard Fillmore Presidential Library will host David Loy and The Ramrods tonight at 8:30pm. Great beer selection and the best hot dogs in Cleveland (they’re from Raddells).


There’s also a lot to mark on the calendar for next weekend, when you’ll have to choose among Poetry at the Callaloo, Swing Prom at the Slovenian, Swing Fiber Rummage Sale at Praxis, Rummage Poetry Jam at the Fillmore, Poetry Tabletop Day at BlackwaterRoasters, E185 the Victorian Tea Party at Shore Tea and the Henn Mansion Flea Market. Henn
So unless you have a photographic memory, post this issue wherever you post things.


Spring Spiff-Up: Volunteers Invited SpiffUp
In the Gallery: Artist Books from Ediciones Vigia (Cuba) April 7 – May 19
Music for Miles: Spanish Violins Sunday May 9
Poetry at the Callaloo April 29


Sip’N’Sew with DruChristine April 21 SipNSew
Swing Prom at the Slovenian April 29 Swing
At the Beachland Beachland
Record Store Day! Saturday April 22 RecordDay
BIKEBIKE: A Commuting + Touring Forum Sunday April 23
Fiber Rummage Sale at Praxis April 29 Rummage
Poetry Jam at the Fillmore Sunday April 30 Poetry
New at Citizen Pie: Baseball caps
Community Vigil Friday 6 pm Vigil
Get It In the Scoop! Deadline May 1 SCOOP
Community Policing Survey
The Big Clean Saturday May 6
“Keys to Housing” Resource Fair Saturday May 6


Spades and Shovels
County Survey
Faith, Fitness and Finance Sunday May 7

ON E185 E185

New Menu at Bistro 185
Tabletop Day at Blackwater Saturday April 29
Perfume and UPS
Chili Peppers


At Shore Centre
Euclid Symphony Orchestra Sunday, April 23 Orchestra
Victorian Tea Party Sunday April 30 12:30-2:30pm Tea
Henn Mansion Flea Market April 28, 29 Henn
At the Library
Junior Police Academy


Spring Spiff-Up
Waterloo Arts was started by a group of artists and residents who were “half full” people. They looked at Collinwood and saw the potential for a creative community on the lake and came together to make it happen. Today, the Waterloo Arts and Entertainment District is a testament to their vision and hard work. In the early days, community members put in hours of time and elbow grease renovating Waterloo Arts and this turreted building has served as a symbol of their early vision. It’s hard to believe that fifteen years have gone by already! After all that time, this old building is looking a little worn around the edges and we are asking for the communities help spiffing her up. We have organized a couple of days when friends and neighbors can sign up for a shift (because it is more fun to work together!). So, if you are one of the founders or someone newly inspired and are willing to lend a hand, we would sure appreciate the help. If you don’t have time but would like to donate $ for supplies, that would be great, too! Thank you!
Volunteer Shifts: April 29 & May 6, 9-Noon & Noon-3 pm
Follow this link to sign up or make a donation:

In the Gallery: Artist Books from Ediciones Vigia (Cuba) April 7 – May 19
Matanzas, Cuba, is defined by its river – the San Juan – just as Cleveland is defined by the Cuyahoga. And both cities are home to artists and small presses with surprisingly similar styles. The artists of Ediciones Vigia in Matanzas make their elaborate books entirely from recycled materials, and their work makes a charming exhibition that will occupy the gallery until May 19.
On Friday, May 5, during Walk All Over, the gallery will host 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.

Music for Miles: Spanish Violins Sunday May 9
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 gallery’s show of Cuban books adds a little atmosphere, and to add a little more, Kelvin Diaz will be on hand in the islands-influenced Callaloo Café with refreshments liquid and otherwise.

Poetry at the Callaloo April 29
Story Rhinehart’s monthly poetry workshop runs from 6 to 8 pm on Saturday evening at the Callaloo Cafe. Please bring ten copies of a poem to share as well as something to write on and something to write with. The cost is $10 and with that comes a free bowl of corn soup or a free drink. All levels are welcome!

Waterloo Arts and Amazon: Smile
NB: Supposing you wanted to add a little funding to Waterloo Arts with no trouble or expense, you might like to know that Waterloo Arts is registered with Amazon Smile.


Sip’N’Sew with DruChristine April 21
Sip a couple of glasses of wine while Drue shows you how to sew a chic apron and you trade stories with girlfriends. All sewing levels welcome (meaning you don’t need to know a thing), all materials and supplies provided (along, of course, with the necessary machines – and the wine). 6 – 9 pm, $35 per person – and the person must be over 21.

Swing Prom at the Slovenian April 29
Attend with a date! Attend with a group! Attend stag! No need to have previous dance experience or a dance partner. No need to buy tickets in advance either. Just show up and have fun! Attend in your finest prom gear and maybe you will end up on the prom court with a chance to win the title of Swing King or Swing Queen! The audience make the decisions, and whether you win or not, you can have your glamorous, outrageous prom gear recorded in a swanky photo booth. You can also get a dance lesson, 8 -9 pm, before Red Light Roxy kicks off an awesome night of music and swing dancing until 12 am. Only $12 per person. No need to RSVP or buy tickets in advance. Pay in cash at the door.
The Slovenian not only has a beautiful ballroom; they also have a well stocked bar, with alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks of all kinds for sale – including Lasko, a very special Slovenian beer. There are TWO parking lots to the right of the ballroom and there is also some street parking, all watched over by a security guard, but carpooling is recommended. For more info please call or email Valerie at 216-374-1927/

At the Beachland

Record Store Day! Saturday April 22
The Beachland will be celebrating with brunch (11 am -3 pm, featuring DJs from local label Wax Mage Records and their pop-up record shop) and a free matinee show (3 – 6 pm), presented by Gotta Groove Records with Bummed Out, Forager and DJ Spoon Bros (DJ SB & DJ Dubb Dizz). As a final touch, they’ll be raffling off a record player for the benefit of Cleveland Rocks: Past Present and Future!
Don’t stop at the Beachland: Be sure to check out all the record stores in the Waterloo Vinyl District – Music Saves, Blue Arrow Records and the Beachland’s own This Way Out.

BIKEBIKE: A Commuting + Touring Forum Sunday April 23
Think about biking to work but unsure how to pack or what route to take? Ready for roadside emergencies? Prepared to fix a flat? Gaze across the lake and wonder what it would be like to pedal around it? Attend and learn how to best prepare for your commute to work or tour by bike. This collaborative event showcases advocates, adventurers, community members, bicycling co-ops and independent bike shop owners, together working in a variety of ways to make our region a great place to ride a bicycle. Go to to learn more.
The event takes place Sunday, April 23, 10 am – 3 pm at the Beachland Ballroom, 15711 Waterloo. Ask about volunteer and sponsorship opportunities. Learn more at

Fiber Rummage Sale at Praxis April 29
The Textile Arts Alliance is holding its first annual Fiber Art Rummage Sale at Praxis Fiber Workshop. 10 – 4 pm. Knitters, quilters, weavers, crocheters.

Poetry Jam at the Fillmore Sunday April 30
Join Lee Chilcote, author of the new poetry chapbook The Shape of Home from Finishing Line Press, at 6:30 on Sunday evening (April 30) for a poetry jam with Ray McNiece and Ray’s bandTongue-in-Groove at our favorite neighborhood pub. Lee and Ray will perform original poems backed by the band, and an open mic will follow the performance.
Lee Chilcote lives in a 1900 Victorian in Cleveland with his wife, Katherine, and their three children. He has worked as a community organizer, real estate developer, writer and teacher. He holds degrees from Oxford University and Cleveland State University. His writing has appeared in Vanity Fair, Next City, and numerous literary journals and his chapbook of poems, The Shape of Home, is now out from Finishing Line Press. He is cofounder and director of Literary Cleveland.
Ray McNiece is the first in his family to attend any university, and is the author of eight books of poems and dramatic monologues. The Orlando Sentinel reporting on Ray’s solo show at the Fringe Festival called him “a modern day descendant of Woody Guthrie. He has a way with words and a wry sense of humor.” He toured Russia with Yevgeny Yevtushenko and Italy twice with legendary Beat poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti. He has performed at Cleveland Playhouse, Dobama, Ensemble and the Cleveland Public Theatre where he premiered his newest solo theater work, “The Lives of A Poet,” in 2015.

New at Citizen Pie
Baseball caps!


Community Vigil Tonight
Councilman Polensek has announced a community vigil and prayer service to be held this evening at 6 pm in front of Mr Cars (726 East 185th Street at Hiller) in memory of Michael and Trina Kuznik, who were brutally murdered there, along with their beloved pet dog, on Good Friday, April 14. For further information, call the councilman’s office at (216) 664-4236 or email at

Get It In the Scoop! Deadline May 1
Time is getting short, but you have until May 1 to get a potluck, rally, or street sale on the calendar and into the Scoop. How can you build community on your block? Have an event and get it in the Scoop. Support groups, nature walks, concerts, festivals, family days—just get it in the Scoop. Go to and follow the instructions. Listings are free.
Erin Randell will edit submissions, post them to the Web site and download them to the print edition (where I will probably get an early look at them, if I’m invited again to read proofs). If you have any questions, just call Erin at 216-235-5009.

Cavotta’s Garden Center Opens Tuesday April 25
Meanwhile, a heads up. Do not try to visit between Saturday April 22 and Monday April 24 because the road will be closed. (Growling sounds here indicating Angela’s unhappiness.) They are getting some work out of the way now, which is good in a way because that should save disruption during the height of the season.

Community Policing Survey
The Cleveland Division of Police held community meetings on this issue in March, and are still seeking feedback from residents. Note that the new policies are not yet finalized or approved, so your input still carries weight. Note also that the survey is rather long, set aside some time for it. The survey is at You can also watch a video about the plan at Police Reform Video t

The Big Clean Saturday May 6
Registration is now open for THE BIG CLEAN – Saturday May 6 – 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 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, come celebrate with food, prizes and more back at VASJ. For more information call Julia at 216-481-7660.

“Keys to Housing” Resource Fair Saturday May 6
Organized by the Collinwood & Nottingham Villages Development Corporation in partnership with St. Clair Superior Development Corporation, this event is an effort to provide information for first-time homebuyers, existing homeowners, tenants, and landlords and covers topics including homeownership, home repair, weatherization, financial literacy, foreclosure prevention and much more. 10 am – 2 pm at St. Mary’s Church Gymnasium, 15519 Holmes Ave Cleveland. If you are interested in participating, please register online at

ON E185

E185, in sad decline from its former glory as a one-stop shopping street, is beginning to show signs of life, and we were hoping against hope that it would get the five new businesses promised by the Chain Reaction investors. Sadly for us, those will be going to Slavic Village, who will make good use of the opportunity. (Congratulations, Slavic Village! Best wishes from your friends in Collinwood!) So it looks as if we’ll have to do it ourselves – a huge opportunity/challenge for the new regime at Northeast Shores.
Meanwhile, some cheering thoughts:

New Menu at Bistro 185
Check out the changes made by Chef Ryan Kaston after three years of cooking for Ruth and Marc Levine. No loss of flavor, but a little less fat and the same attention to quality. Lunch meats like turkey, ham and corned beef all are made from scratch. French fries come in the back door as whole potatoes. Admittedly, prices have risen to keep pace – but diners are coming out happy.

Tabletop Day at Blackwater Saturday April 29
Blackwater Roasters on E185 will be celebrating International Table Top Day on Saturday, April 29, with a donation drive to collect board games and puzzles for the teachers and students (ages 3 to 21) at the Monarch Center for Autism in Cleveland. Bring in an unopened board game or puzzle, get a free drink. But don’t stop there; have some home-made baking or a deli sandwich with your coffee; spend on hour with one of Blackwater’s 200-odd board games. Blackwater is also launching Autism Awareness Saturdays, donating 10% of their sales on Saturdays to the Monarch Center in a push to help them buy a new van for the students. Call Nathan Baker at (614) 353-5660, visit Blackwater’s Facebook page, or go to
Perfume and UPS

Another E185 amenity is the new (since eight months ago) UPS Access Point at A Fragrance Just 4 You, 644 E185. The UPS is convenient, but the fragrances are the point of the store – 800 of them, from which Bernard Walker can blend your very own personal scent signature. The store also stocks colorful African clothing.

I fell in love with Quelques Fleurs when I was in high school, and remained faithful until, when I was committing journalism in Montreal, I attended a product launch for Diorissimo (my first and last product launch, of which I remember only the 24 violinists in a row playing tunes from My Fair Lady, and rather a lot of gin lime soda. And that fateful sample bottle of Diorissimo).
Chili Peppers

In a recent NextDoor posting about the new Chipotle arriving in Euclid, someone urged the neighbors to remember our own home-grown Chili Peppers – freshly prepared food, good prices, no extra charge for guacamole or sour cream, vegetables offered as a main dish – and you can get your burrito grilled. Personal, not corporate, service, in other words. And never forget how many tired beach cleaners Chili Peppers has rewarded with their half-off certificates for Euclid Beach Adopt-a-Beach.


Spades and Shovels
If you’re a gardener, it’s time to start planting, and even those with no space at home can exercise their green thumbs in North Collinwood, thanks to our community gardens, run by remarkably dedicated volunteers.
Collinwood Friends Garden, 247 E. 156th St.
Daniel Ave. Garden, 15396 Daniel Ave.
Darley Ave. Garden, 14110 Darley Ave.
Exseedingly Well, 490 E. 142nd St.
Pheuma Chapel, 251 E. 156th St.
To get connected to these gardens, contact Julia at 216-481-7660

County Survey
Cuyahoga County Department of Health and Human Services are going through a planning process and soliciting input. Opportunities are available to lend your voice in person (see attached and below) and/or through a survey at The questions are concerned with your need for safety, education, medical care – county social issues.

Faith, Fitness And Finance Sunday May 7
Mount Sinai Minstries has scheduled its annual health fair, offering free health screenings, diabetes awareness, hypertension awareness, healthy eating and HIV screening, plus healthy snacks and door prizes. 9 am until 1 pm at Mount Sinai Baptist Church, 7510 Woodland Avenue. Armina Robinson, Chairperson, 216 324-9734


At Shore Centre
Euclid Symphony Orchestra Sunday, April 23, 3:00 p.m.
Annual Pops Concert, 3 pm. Advance tickets are $8 and can be purchased at or at the Shore Office (Room 143). Tickets at the door are $10; children under 12 are free if accompanied by an adult.
Medical Marijuana
Dispelling the Myths and Mysteries: An Evening with Senator Kenny Yuko and Euclid City Councilwoman Laura Gorshe. Thursday, April 27, 6:30 p.m.
Victorian Tea Party Sunday April 30 12:30-2:30pm
Enjoy a unique fundraiser – an afternoon with friends having tea, sandwiches and desserts in the Culinary Bistro. Bring your own teacup. Wear your favorite hat. Dress for a tea party. Garden designer and writer, Clevelander Phillip Iannarelli, will give a presention about Victorian gardening. Live music from members of the Euclid Symphony Orchestra, gift basket raffles, prizes and fun. $25/person and $185 for a table of 8. Limited number so purchase by April 26.
Shore Cultural Centre, East 222nd Street and Babbitt Road.

Henn Mansion Flea Market April 28, 29
Antiques, collectibles, housewares, linens, toys, art, jewelry, holiday, small furniture, miscellaneous. Preview Sale Friday 6-8p.m., $5 admission. Sale Saturday, April 29, 9 am – 4 pm, free admission. 23131 Lake Shore Blvd. (in Sims Park), 216.731.5060. Henn Mansion 23131 Lakeshore Blvd.

At the Library
Monday, April 24, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Cooking with Young Chefs. For students in grades 2-8. Young Chefs Academy will teach basic preparation and cooking skills. Space is limited and registration is required – call the EPL at 216-261-5300.
Library Book Sale
Friday, April 28 (6:30-8:30 p.m.), Saturday, April 29 (9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.), Sunday, April 30, 1:00-4:00 p.m.) Friends of the Euclid Public Library April Book Sale. Friday is Members’ Preview Night, but non-members may join the Friends that evening.
Euclid Public Library, 631 East 222nd Street

Junior Police Academy
If you are a Euclid resident and have children going into the 6th, 7th or 8th grade in the Fall, consider signing them up for the Junior Police Academy. The cost is $10 cash and the dates are June 12-16, 9 am – 3 pm each day. Junior Police Academy motivates young people to be outstanding citizens through law enforcement education. Applications can be downloaded at or picked up from the Euclid Library, Euclid City Hall or the lobby of the Euclid Police Station. The Academy, which takes place at the Euclid Police Department, is limited to the first 24 applicants.

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