• Monday, August 10, 2020 at 09:30 AM

    Walk the Wards: Ward 10 Senior Walk


    Please join the Department of Aging and other seniors to walk Ward 10 at the Rockefeller Park and Greenhouse. Come find a walking buddy and let's get out and Walk the Wards! Meet at the Greenhouse located at 750 East 88th Street, Cleveland, Ohio 44108.
    Our Walk the Wards will be replacing our large senior walk for 2020.
    The Cleveland Department of Aging is sponsoring a walk in each of the wards this summer. These are walks you can take at your own pace but with the support of others. The walks will be outside and will start and end at the locations below. Due to social distancing requirements, space will be limited, so please call and register today. In case of inclement weather, registered walkers will be notified if the walk is cancelled. The walks will be every Monday and Thursday beginning at 9:30 AM at the different locations below. The Department of Aging will provide masks and have hand sanitizer on-site. Look for the Department of Aging staff in bright blue tshirts at each location.
    To register, contact the Cleveland Department of Aging at 664-4383 or at
    Rockefeller Park Greenhouse
  • Monday, August 10, 2020 at 10:00 AM

    Nature Story Time: TREE-mendous FUN!


    Join us for a nature-themed story and accompanying activity from the comfort of your home! Children ages 3 ½ to 7 can tune in and listen to a Nature Center Educator read a story and share an activity related to the theme of the day to try at home.
    This week's theme: TREE-mendous FUN! Let's learn all about the AMAZING world of trees, what trees do for us, the types of wildlife that depend on them, and how they grow!
    Virtual / Online Event
  • Tuesday, August 11, 2020 at 06:00 PM

    Environmental Justice Series: Red New Deal Centering Afro-Indigenous Perspectives on Environmental Caretaking

    Sunrise Cleveland will facilitate a discussion with other local Cleveland organizers on how we will build a cross-class, multiracial movement in Cleveland.
    We’ll delve into what a Green New Deal means to us in our everyday lives, as well as how we face the climate crisis both in our city and in the frontline communities bearing the brunt of climate change’s effects.
    Since time immemorial Indigenous peoples around the world have held a vast array of experiences and deep knowledge of the land, and its relationship to all of the natural world. Here on Turtle Island despite diverse cultural perspectives and protocols, we collectively understand that the answers lie upon and within the land. With increasing conversations surrounding the responsibility of environmental protection and restoration, including policy change and the Green New Deal, we must center Indigenous voices in the conversation, as we are the stewards of the land.
    Robert Rice (African-American, Saponi, Catawba, Tuscarora - Bear Clan) is a student and community organizer living in Kahyonha:ke (Cleveland, Ohio). Robert has experience in organizing and mobilizing on behalf of Indigenous and Black liberation, and environmental awareness issues, including assisting in fundraisers for Standing Rock water protector camps. He is currently pursuing a degree in Cultural Anthropology/History, with a focus on African and Native American history. He seeks to utilize the education and skills he acquires to help revitalize, and maintain, cultural heritage within his own Indigenous community and abroad to promote decolonization and sovereignty. He also hopes to steadily engage this work by continuing to contribute to cultural and social building in the immediate community.
    Virtual / Online Event
  • Tuesday, August 11, 2020 at 07:00 PM

    Kids, Race, and Racism: Where to Start


    A Q&A discussion with antiracist educator and parent Melissa Patrick, MSW. For parents and caregivers who are curious about how to talk to their kids about race and racism.

    ASL interpretation will be provided at this event.



    Melissa Patrick is an Educator, Social Worker, and Learning & Development Specialist. She brings this robust, interdisciplinary background to her work as a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DE&I) professional. Melissa is committed to advancing equity and social justice and has devoted her professional life to doing just this. She has worked with clients in various sectors, such as: education, healthcare, financial services, faith-based organizations, social service and government agencies.


    Melissa is the Founder and Principal Consultant of Equity & Expectations℠. Her formal and informal education is why she is such an effective consultant. She is able to cultivate collaborative, engaging relationships with clients that are authentically based on trust. Melissa uses an equity lens to look at human systems and has a deep understanding of diversity dimensions, social identity development, intersectionality, privilege, and bias. She can hone in on client concerns and has been advising them on these challenging, “hot” topics” for over 15 years.


    Melissa has been recognized for her commitment to public service and staff development. She earned her MSW from Columbia University’s School of Social Work and BA in Urban Affairs and Teaching from the University of Rhode Island. However, her greatest success and joy is being the proud mother of three amazing young people.



    Virtual / Online Event
  • Thursday, August 13, 2020 at 06:00 PM



    Plastic is the most common item found on trash cleanups with most of these items being single-use, disposable plastics. We must stop plastic at its source and use less of it. Plastic is harmful to the environment and all living organisms. We need to rethink how we use plastic and ultimately make the decision to use less in our lives. This program is virtual and will take place via Zoom.


    Presented by Jill Bartolotta
    Extension Educator for the Ohio Sea Grant College Program



    Virtual / Online Event
  • Friday, August 14, 2020 at 12:00 PM



    You can’t manage what you don’t measure. Do you have soda cans, cardboard, pens, pallets or electronics? Results from a waste audit provide a map on how to reduce waste including what you can and should be recycling or composting. 

    Learn the steps to conducting a successful waste audit at your workplace. You'll learn how to interpret the results and apply what you learned to improving your waste reduction and recycling program.



    Virtual / Online Event
  • Friday, August 14, 2020 at 12:30 PM

    Virtual Forum: Toward Equal Representation: Women in Politics


    On August 19, 2020, the United States commemorates the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment. Women and men of all races, ethnicities, and identities fought for—and against—women’s right to vote. The national movement that led to the women's right to vote is not only a story about women’s rights, but is also an American story of race, class, citizenship, gender, immigration, political identity, and values.
    While we've made strides, there is still a long ways to go towards equal representation. When compared to 193 other nations, the United States currently ranks 75th in gender equity in our political representation. However, women are increasingly adding their names to ballots – for example, in 2018, 494 women ran for Congress compared to only 312 in 2016. Their journeys are often challenging and inspiring, filled with both frustration and joy.
    The documentary film REPRESENT, which had its world premeire at CIFFStreams, follows three first-time female candidates as they run for office and work to improve their community through public service. The film is being screened in select cities, including Cleveland, to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the19th Amendment.
    REPRESENT director Hillary C. Bachelder and Ohioan Bryn Bird join us to talk about the experiences of women running for office and their fight to reshape local politics on their own terms.
    Virtual / Online Event in Cleveland, OH
  • Tuesday, August 18, 2020 at 06:00 PM

    Environmental Justice Series: A Panel on the Intersection of Racial and Climate Justice

    Sunrise Cleveland will facilitate a discussion with other local Cleveland organizers on how we will build a cross-class, multiracial movement in Cleveland. We’ll delve into what a Green New Deal means to us in our everyday lives, as well as how we face the climate crisis both in our city and in the frontline communities bearing the brunt of climate change’s effects.
    Panelists include Pearl Chen (Sunrise Cleveland), Destinee Henton (American Rivers), Selina Pagan (Young Latino Network-YLN), and Tessa Xuan (Ohio Progressive Asian Women’s Leadership-OPAWL).
    Pearl Chen (she/her/hers) is an organizer for Sunrise Cleveland, a youth-led movement dedicated to tackling the sister crises of climate change and racial/economic injustice through the creation of a Green New Deal. Pearl’s passions for environmental protection and problem-solving led her towards a career an environmental engineering. In this path, she observed that it is primarily an issue of policy, rather than technological capacity, that limits our society’s ability to tackle the problem of climate change. This observation, as well as that of the injustice that emerges alongside the climate crisis, has pushed her towards grassroots activism with Sunrise Cleveland.
    Selina Marie Pagán is a Puerto Rican organizer born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. She is the Economic Development and Marketing Coordinator at Metro West Community Development Organization and serves as the President of the Young Latino Network. Selina began organizing in the diaspora after Hurricane Maria struck the island of Puerto Rico in September of 2017. Since then she has helped coordinate rallies including #1yearaftermaria, Ricky Renuncia rallies, and most recently organized supply distributions during the earthquakes in January 2020.
    Tessa Xuan (she/they/them) is a connector, facilitator, organizer and leader of OPAWL, a grassroots community of Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander (AAPI) women and nonbinary people working to build collective power in Ohio. Early experiences that moved Tessa into organizing included the death of Emilie Olsen in 2014 and the resurgence of white nationalism and anti-Muslim bigotry in 2016. Inspired by transnational feminist thought, they are motivated to reduce and prevent trauma caused by systemic oppression. She believes in the power of storytelling in social movements.
    Virtual / Online Event
  • Thursday, August 27, 2020 at 01:00 PM



    Starting a workplace waste reduction and recycling program. Designed for businesses, schools and nonprofits that would like to begin recycling or have just begun.



    Virtual / Online Event
  • Friday, August 28, 2020 at 03:00 PM

    Removing Barriers to Employment with the CQE and Record Sealing: A Training for Community Members


    The Cuyahoga County Office of Reentry is holding a PUBLIC training on the Certificate of Qualification for Employment (CQE) and Adult Record Sealing. Formerly Incarcerated Persons and other Community Members are welcome to attend.


    The CQE can benefit individuals with criminal convictions who cannot seal their criminal records but face significant barriers to employment. Record sealing is for individuals with eligible offenses incurred as an adult. Filing procedures and client eligibility requirements will be discussed during the training. Volunteer attorneys will be available onsite to assist with CQE applications. Disclaimer: Assistance with any application does not imply a client-attorney relationship and all workshop participants are responsible for consulting with their own lawyers about any legal matters.


    All trainings will be held at the North Star Neighborhood Recovery Resource Center at 1834 E. 55th St, Cleveland, OH 44103. Presentations will begin promptly at 3:15 p.m. Please see below for the workshops agenda:


    • 3:00 to 3:15 p.m.: Registration & Welcome
    • 3:15 to 4:00 p.m.: Presentation on Record Sealing & The Certificate of Qualification for Employment
    • 4:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.: Q&A with The Legal Aid Society of Greater Cleveland or the Public Defender's Office
    • 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.: Assistance with the CQE Application