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GardenWalk Cleveland: Changing neighborhood perceptions through creative landscapes
GardenWalk Cleveland will feature more than 400 gardens in 11 Cleveland neighborhoods this weekend—showing off the work, creativity, and neighborhood pride of local gardeners.
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Take a hike: Cuyahoga Valley National Park’s Trails Council releases new trail guide
This Saturday, June 29 in Peninsula, the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park and the Cuyahoga Valley Trails Council will celebrate the release of the fourth edition of the CVNP Trail Guide—designed around hikers of all abilities and interests.
How I became a St. James altar boy: Father Bothe and the magnitudes of religion and war
In his final installment of "How I became a St. James altar boy," Ralph Horner shares his experiences with Father Bothe, assistant pastor to Father Peterson, and compares the magnitudes of both religion and war.
Library jam session: East Cleveland Public Library Sunday concert series wows audiences
Live music has been a staple at the East Cleveland Public Library, thanks to former library executive director Greg Reese. A jazz lover and sax player, Reese first started the Sunday Concert Series at ECPL as a way to attract more Black men to the institution in the 1980s, and the series is going strong and will resume in August.

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Building boom: South Euclid expands, diversifies housing stock
Driven by strong demand, the City of South Euclid has five major housing projects in the works. Working with One South Euclid, these projects diversify housing options and show the city's commitment to growth and community enrichment by adding single-family homes, townhomes, custom houses, and infill housing for young professionals, families, and empty nesters alike.
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Building the future: Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry turns to 3D to house the homeless
Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry is piloting a 3D-printed affordable housing project to create two homes for those at risk of experiencing homelessness. Cleveland City Council provided $500,000 for the project championed by Council member Stephanie D. Howse-Jones.
CLE icons: H. Leslie Adams becomes seventh member of WRHS African American Art/History Walk
The Western Reserve Historical Society recently unveiled composer and educator Dr. Harrison Leslie Adams, Jr. as the seventh notable figure in its African American Art/History Walk in University Circle. The public art installation celebrates the achievements of Black history-makers and artists in Cleveland through a mural with QR links to The HistoryMakers biographies.
A century of celebration: Ever-expanding Cleveland Cultural Gardens embraces city’s diversity
Built on 254 acres in Rockefeller Park, the Cleveland Cultural Gardens opened in 1916 with what is today known as the British Cultural Garden. Today, 108 years later, there are 35 gardens that celebrate a world of ethnicities and cultures. As the World on Stage series starts this weekend, and with One World Day in August, contributing editor Grant Segall looks at the history of Cleveland's cultural gem.

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Stories from Breaking Ground

Health equity on stage: ‘Bike Vessel’ screening, discussion, and community bike ride with Mayor Bibb
The Saint Luke's Foundation, The City Club of Cleveland, Bike Your Neighborhood Cleveland, and the Greater Cleveland Urban Film Festival will present a free film screening of “Bike Vessel” this Friday, with a community bike ride with Cleveland Mayor Justin Bibb on Saturday, to raise awareness, spark inspiration, conversation, and promote health equity through cycling.
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Uplifting neighborhoods: Mandel Foundation programs produce community, CDC leaders
The Mandel Foundation's Neighborhood Leadership Development Program (NLDP) has been producing neighborhood leaders since 2006. The younger Community Development Corporation Leadership Program (CDCLP) successfully empowers CDC leaders to create positive change in the communities they represent. Both programs are now looking for the next cohort of community leaders.
Semifinalists announced: 21 businesses make the cut in Cleveland Chain Reaction season seven
Greater Cleveland Partnership’s (GCP) Council of Smaller Enterprises (COSE) announced yesterday, Tuesday, July 9, that 21 businesses will advance to the semifinals in season seven of Cleveland Chain Reaction, a neighborhood economic development project and small business pitch competition. Find out who made the cut!
Seeds of Literacy to expand program with $25,000 Spectrum Digital Education grant
Seeds of Literacy, which helps 1,500 adults each year on their path to earning their high school equivalency, was recently awarded a $25,000 Spectrum Digital Education grant to expand its virtual classroom, hire additional tutors, and buy equipment to serve adults in literacy needs and earning their GEDs.

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#StreetsofCLE: Snapshot on St. Clair Avenue
FreshWater managing photographer Bob Perkoski provides a peek into the everyday lives of Clevelanders going about their business in the neighborhoods and on the streets of Cleveland.
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#StreetsofCLE: Snapshot in Playhouse Square
FreshWater managing photographer Bob Perkoski provides a peek into the everyday lives of Clevelanders going about their business in the neighborhoods and on the streets of Cleveland.
#StreetsofCLE: Snapshot on West 130th Street
FreshWater managing photographer Bob Perkoski provides a peek into the everyday lives of Clevelanders going about their business in the neighborhoods and on the streets of Cleveland.
FreshWater Cleveland earns four awards at Press Club’s Excellence in Journalism Awards
Three FreshWater Cleveland writers and managing photographer Bob Perkoski were honored last week at the Press Club of Cleveland's annual All Ohio Excellence in Journalism Awards at House of Blues Cleveland. Read about the stories and Perkoski's photo essay here.

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Broadway Buzz: Joe Garry gives the inside scoop on Playhouse Square productions
For nearly two decades, retired Cleveland State University theater studies professor Joe Garry has been hosting classes in Playhouse Square's Upper Allen—providing audiences with behind-the-scenes tidbits and insights into the productions they are about to see at the Allen, Hanna, KeyBank State, Mimi Ohio, or Connor Palace Theatres.
The power of theater: Playhouse Square’s education performances inspire, ignite thought
Playhouse Square’s education department offers in-person matinees and on-demand streaming shows for students in preschool through grade 12 to introduce students to live theater and the magic of sharing people's stories on stage.
Time to shine: Playhouse Square's Dazzle Awards build community for high school performing artists
It's local high school students' time to shine for their work in musical theater. Playhouse Square this weekend hosts its annual Dazzle Awards at the KeyBank State Theatre.
Shaping the future of energy: A look at Ohio’s renewable energy sustainability challenges
At a recent Global Shapers Cleveland Hub forum on Shaping the Future of Energy, the conversation centered around the Ohio’s renewable energy future, its innovators, challenges with carbon emissions, and opportunities.
How will we equitably shape the future of waste?
The Global Shapers Cleveland Hub recently convened a panel of waste, recycling, and compost experts to discuss ways Northeast Ohio can reduce its waste output and create equitable, profitable business models in re-use.
The life, legacy of advocate Jacqueline Gillon celebrated with Mount Pleasant mural
Dozens gathered last week in the Mount Pleasant neighborhood to dedicate a mural that celebrates the life and accomplishments of environmental activist and community leader Jaqueline Gillon.
Innovation Square set to bring jobs, housing, and a bright future to Fairfax
The Innovation Square project is set to bring a mixed-use, mixed-income district along the Opportunity Corridor on Cleveland’s southeast side. Along with the new Meijer grocery story, neighborhood residents, business owners, and officials see potential for Fairfax to become an emerging, thriving neighborhood.
Global Shapers’ Kwame Botchway named as a delegate at World Economic Forum
Kwame Botchway will represent Global Shapers Cleveland Hub later this month in Switzerland as a delegate to the 2022 World Economic Forum.
How the distributive leadership model gets more done for environmental justice
Black Environmental Leaders Association and the Global Shapers Cleveland Hub have seemed to figure out a way to get more done with fewer people—approaching the work from a distributive leadership model—where everyone is a leader in the fight for environmental justice. Meet five of those leaders and their motivations behind the work they do.
 
A look back, a glimpse ahead: CDCs navigated challenges in building up communities in 2021
A trio of local Community Development Corporation leaders are striving to accentuate the positive during the pandemic while casting ahead to a brighter future with the programs they've offered in their neighborhood this past year and the plans they are making for 2022.

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