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Downtown Cleveland Celebrates 33rd Annual Winterfest Holiday Lighting Ceremony

Downtown Cleveland was transformed into a huge spectacular holiday celebration for thousands of people throughout the Greater Cleveland area. The 33rd annual Winterfest Holiday Lighting Ceremony was held at Cleveland’s newly improved Public Square. Attendees enjoyed a special concert followed by a fireworks show. Every year, spectators throughout northeast Ohio come downtown for Cleveland's Winterfest free public lighting festivities, live entertainment and other thrilling activities presented by Huntington.

Animals and Pets: Dog licenses and parks, pet adoption and reclaiming, spay- neuter referalls, animal complaints, volunteer opportunities, zoo


Career Center: City of Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, and Ohio jobs and employment assistance and training


Education and Learning: CMSD information, fine arts and other recreation center classes, safety classes for all ages incuding CPR training, lead-safe living


Environment: Environmental health, energy conservation clinics, trash pick-up schedules, recycling in Cleveland, sustainability


Getting Around: Airports, traffic cameras, public transportation, public parking and parking meters, street repairs, potholes


Health & Human Services: Local services and resources including employment assistance, health screening, housing, cemeteries


Housing and Home Improvement: Tenant information, mortgage and home remodeling/repair loans, paint refund program, sidewalk programs, historic preservation, landbank, permit information, housing discrimination, taxes


Residents Information Center:  Hiring contractors, buying cars, housing discrimination complaints, damage from potholes, paying for tickets, courts and laws, taxes, downtown parking


Safety and Emergency: Safety education, safety volunteers, senior safety, emergency preparedness


Seniors: Home maintenance programs, utility assistance, eviction, activities, volunteer opportunities, health and social services


Things To Do: Visual and performance arts, recreation centers, golf, swimming


  • Tickets On Sale Now for Mayor Frank G. Jackson’s Holiday Gala

    The event will be held at Hotcards World Global Headquarters, 2400 Superior Avenue from 5:30 to 8:30pm on Friday, December 9th. Proceeds from this annual fundraising event benefit Mayor Jackson’s Holiday Food Basket Give-AwayThe Holiday Food Basket GiveAway benefits over 2,000 local families in need.

  • City of Cleveland Recreation Centers Serve After School Meals

    City of Cleveland recreation centers are currently serving after-school meals to children ages five through eighteen at all locations. Meals will be served Monday through Friday while the Cleveland Metropolitan School District is in session as well as during winter and spring breaks and during declared school snow days when students are not required to attend class due to inclement weather.

  • 12/3: Presentation on Applying for City of Cleveland Jobs Open to the Public

    "Navigating the Hiring Process" is an information session that teaches prospective applicants who are interested in working for the City of Cleveland about applying online, civil service announcements and testing, and more. This session is open to the public and will be held at Saturday, December 3rd from 9am to Noon at Cleveland Public Auditorium. 

  • 12/3 and 12/4: Carter Road Lift Bridge to Temporarily Close

    Beginning Saturday, December 3rd at 7:00 a.m., crews will be performing general maintenance on the Carter Road Lift Bridge. Work will involve cleaning and general cable repairs. Traffic will not be permitted on the bridge for the duration of the project and northbound traffic on Scranton Avenue will be limited to local access only.

  • Mayor and Police Chief Urge Clevelanders to Participate in the 2016 Gun Buy Back

    Mayor Frank G. Jackson and Chief of Police Calvin D. Williams urge Clevelanders to participate in the 2016 City of Cleveland Gun Buy-Back being held on Sunday, December 4, 2016, at the Third District Headquarters, 4501 Chester Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio. In exchange for operable handguns or semi-automatic weapons, citizens will be given either a gas or food gift card valued at $100 (handguns) or $200 (semi-automatic weapons).

  • 12/7 to 12/17- Answers to the Unanswerable: The Forgotten Holocaust

    This raw and thought-provoking African American art exhibit features the work of award-winning artist Thomas Salomon. Salomon is an accomplished artist and architect as well as a teacher for the Cleveland Municipal School District. This free show runs Wednesday, December 7th through Saturday, December 17th in the City Hall Rotunda.

  • Mayor's Annual Food Basket Giveaway Volunteer Sign-Up Forms Available

    The Mayor’s Food Basket is generously supported by individuals, local businesses and City of Cleveland employees. It is the largest annual food giveaway in Cuyahoga County and helps to feed thousands of Cleveland families each year. Volunteers are needed at three locations: Michael Zone Recreation Center on Lorain Avenue; the Cleveland Foodbank on South Waterloo Road; and the Zelma George Recreation Center on Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard. This year's event will be held on December 10th, 2016.

  • Medical Identity Theft Crimes Growing

    One of the fastest growing crimes is Medical Identity Theft, a crime where someone illegally uses personal information to obtain medical and prescription care, including surgery and advanced costly procedures.  A thief may use someone's name or health insurance numbers to see a doctor, get prescription drugs, file claims with an insurance provider, or get other care. This can affect the victim's treatment, insurance and payment records, and credit report.

  • True2U Innovative Mentoring Program

    The True2U program is an innovative mentoring and career awareness program that prepares eighth grade students for the transition from middle school to high school. Those interested in becoming adult mentors can apply now. Four hundred mentors are needed for the 2016 to 2017 school year. 

  • 12/15: Children Without Faces, Annual Holiday Children's Play

    Children Without Faces is a holiday tale which will be shown at Public Auditorium's Little Theater on Thursday, December 15, 2016. The address is 500 Lakeside Avenue. Doors open at 5pm for the play which begins promptly at 5:35. Cornell Calhoun III has more information via email or at 216.420.7624. 

  • Mom’s Quit for Two Smoking Cessation Program

    This smoking cessation program for pregnant women includes prenatal and postpartum smoking cessation sessions using positive reinforcement to help promote a healthier lifestyle.

  • Greater Cleveland Fisher House Fundraising Event

    The goal of the Greater Cleveland Fisher House Organization is to raise $7,000,000 for the construction of a Fisher House on the grounds of the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center, the third largest VA hospital in the US  There are currently 62 houses in operation across the US, Germany, and England.

  • Muny Court Veteran's Treatment Docket Volunteers Needed

    Cleveland Municipal Court’s Veterans Treatment Docket needs volunteers – preferably military veterans- to help Veterans transition to successful lives.  Info: Derek Moore at 216.664.4712. 

  • Clevelanders Catch the Fever at Recreation Centers

    The Fall/Winter Division of the Recreation newsletter has been published and offers information on numerous free programs for city residents. Highlights: Clevelanders can participate in fun sports like pickleball, broom hockey, volleyball, swim team, dodgeball, and basketball. Free swim classes available year round. Auditions for local talent will be held at Cudell Fine Arts.  Free meals are being served throughout the recreation centers. 

  • City of Cleveland Launches New Online Job Application System

    City of Cleveland announced that it has launched a new online employment software system to improve the application process for City of Cleveland job seekers. Applicants are now able to quickly apply online to numerous positions. Potential candidates may apply for current vacancies, register to take a Civil Service exam or sign up to receive notifications when new openings become available. Job seekers can apply from their home computer, tablet, or mobile smart device.

  • Winter Weather Vehicle Safety Tips

    Ninety percent of body heat goes out through the top of the head and hypothermia happens when a body temperature drops below 95 degrees Fahrenheit. If stuck in a vehicle without heat for an extended period of time, warmth will not be the only concern to deal, with but it is very important.

  • The Flu + You- Information for Seniors

    The National Council on Aging educates older adults about influenza and prevention. The flu is a contagious respiratory illness that can be severe and life-threatening, especially for adults 65 years of age and older. A higher dose vaccine was developed specifically to address the age-related weakening of the immune system.

  • Winter Weather Preparations

    Cold winter temperatures can cause frozen water pipes and burst meters. These can damage property and be expensive to repair, and are the responsibility of the property owner. But there are simple steps that can be taken to protect homes and businesses and save money.

  • Recreational Activities for Amputees

    The Amputee Recreational Support Group of Central Ohio regularly schedules recreational activities for amputees – Veterans and non-Veterans, including Yoga for Amputees, shooting events, and recreational swimming.  Information is available from Robert Hass at 614.288.5105 or via email. 

     

  • Department of Aging Winter Resource Guide Published

    This handy brochure provides eligibility and contact information for discounted payments for water, electric, sewer and gas as well as home weatherization.  In addition, energy saving tips are listed, and a number of assistance programs are detailed.

  • Bay Village Police Seek Information on Unsolved Case

    New evidence in the 1989 murder of 10 year old Amy Mihaljevic has led police to appeal to the public for information on this unsolved crime.

  • Greater Cleveland Fisher House Fundraising Events

    The Goal of the Greater Cleveland Fisher House Organization is to raise $7,000,000 for the construction of a Fisher House (there are currently 62 houses in operation across the US, Germany, and England) that will be located on the grounds of the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center (VAMC), the third largest VA hospital in the US. 

  • Residential Waste Exemption Forms Must be Returned by March 31, 2017

    Exemptions require annual application for property that remains vacant at the end of the year.Exemption forms are available for owners of vacant homes, those who have vacancies in multi-dwelling properties and vacant/abandoned rental properties.

  • Through June 30, 2017- Bob Hope: An American Treasure

    Bob Hope: An American Treasure tells the story of the Guinness Book’s “most honored” man through a series of themed modules that celebrate his comedic contributions, achievements in entertainment, relationships with US Presidents and his other passion – the game of golf. The exhibit, housed in the Western Reserve Historical Society's Entrepreneurship Gallery, features over 160 artifacts, 200 vintage photos and seven video displays. 

  • Cleveland Bike Plan to Add 70+ Miles of Bikeway by 2017

    A new Bikeway Implementation Plan has been designed to increase the number of bikeway miles by 250% by the end of 2017. The goal of the Citys plan is to provide cycling amenities in every neighborhood, whether for transportation or recreational use.

  • Bike Rack Service Available Downtown on East 4th

    The service comes complete with parking spaces, personal lockers, and changing/shower facilities at 2148 East 4th. Those needing more information may call 216.771.7120.

  • Several GIS Maps Display Local Information

    These maps give a better understanding of issues and trends and support awareness and better decision making. They include capital improvements, crime data, EPA regulated facilities, routing, and more.

  • Financial Exploitation Seminar Available Online

    The City of Cleveland Departments of Finance, Aging and Public Safety presented a workshop in the Rotunda about methods of criminal operations and preventative measures for financial crimes targeting the elderly. A recording of the seminar is now available online.

  • Senior's Economic Security Project (ESP)

    ESP helps older adults and adults with disabilities in need of benefits, housing, legal services, health assistance, finances, employment and more!

  • Monthly Keycard Payments for City Parking Lots Can Now be Done Online

    Monthly Keycard payments can be paid online for parking at the Gateway East Garage, Lakefront Municipal Parking, and Willard Park Garage. There is a convenience fee associated. 

  • Plankton Fund Gives Dogs Second Chances

    The Plankton Fund was created in response to the heartworm positive dogs that come into the Cleveland Animal Care and Control (CACC) that have limited options due to the cost of heartworm treatment

  • Lost and Found Pet Listings

     Current lost and found pet listings for the City of Cleveland can be found on Petango.

  • Animal Protection League Trap-Neuter-Return Program for Stray Cats and Kittens

    Feral and free-roaming cats are the largest contributors to the cat overpopulation crisis. Those caring for strays are invited to take advantage of APL services! For only $10 the program includes spay or neuter surgery, ear-tipping, rabies vaccination, and FVRCP vaccination. Humane traps are available for $5.

  • Mass Notification System Provides Critical Information to Clevelanders, Visitors

    The City of Cleveland has announced the launch of a mass notification system that will provide critical emergency and non-emergency alerts to residents and visitors. The City encourages all residents, visitors, and businesses to sign up for the system known as CodeRED.

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