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Join us for the People’s Justice & Peace Convention
July 15-17 / Cleveland, Ohio

Open to the public. Free (donations accepted). Registration required.
Register at
Detailed information at

If you are tired of traditional political conventions and want an alternative means of voicing your concerns about social and environmental justice, then consider supporting the People’s Justice and Peace Convention to be held July 15-17 at the Olivet Institutional Baptist Church and the Masonic Auditorium, both in Cleveland. Many local, state and national peace, labor, environmental, and justice groups are the sponsors of this event including NEO Sierra Club and National Sierra Club.

Current public policies disproportionately benefit corporations and the wealthiest individuals and promote and expand U.S. militarism, while the concerns of the vast majority of people are ignored, distorted and/or manipulated for political and/or economic gain. The People’s Convention will include a diversity of voices and experiences, transcending any one political party or perspective. Its purpose is to lift up issues and problems that the Republican National Convention (RNC) will not authentically address and to develop collectively agreed-to solutions, a “People’s Justice & Peace Platform,” that will achieve just, nonviolent, democratic and sustainable results.

The convention will feature the following:

Speakers • Workshops • Edutainment • Participatory development of “People’s Justice & Peace Platform” to be presented to both the RNC and Democratic National Convention (DNC)

The Speakers will be:

Workshops and Plank development in 5 areas:

Funding is needed to defray convention expenses. Even if you cannot attend but want to be supportive, you can make a tax-deductible contribution by sending a check to the following address:

St. Paul’s Community Outreach (note People’s Convention in the memo line)
PO BOX 14418, Cleveland, OH 44114-0418
Any amount is greatly appreciated.

A Day in the Life of Euclid Creek
Saturday, July 16: 9 am – 2:30 pm
Acacia Reservation, Greenwood Farm, and Euclid Creek Reservation – Wildwood Park
What does a creek do all day? Join Cleveland Metroparks and Friends of Euclid Creek to get up close and personal with a unique natural resource in northeast Ohio. Get to know this urban watershed through the water and animals that call it home. Explore all or part of the day. Let’s do lunch, celebrate Friends of Euclid Creek’s 15th anniversary, and look back at the day’s results. Find out how we can help make Euclid Creek healthy. If interested in being a participant, please register for lunch at Wildwood by July 13.

Circle the City with Love
July 17th, 2016, from 1:00-3:30
Circle the City with Love is a participatory event taking place on the Hope Memorial Bridge connecting Lorain and Carnegie Avenues on July 17th, 2016, from 1:00-3:30 pm, the day Cleveland officially welcomes the Republican National Convention to the city. To register:

End Poverty Now: March for Economic Justice on July 18th

The march will demand that the Republican convention address the problems of poverty and social and economic injustice in our society. It is backed by a coalition of social justice, homeless, labor and environmental organizations. The march will begin with a rally at the corner of E. 45th Street and Superior in Cleveland at 2 pm. The march will begin at 3 pm and conclude with a wrap up rally at Perk Park on E. 12th Street at 4 pm. For more information, go to or

Rain Barrel Workshop
Sunday, July 24, 2016 11 am to 4 pm

Instructor: Jessica Ferrato, Sierra Club
Community Greenhouse Partners, 6527 Superior Ave., Cleveland OH 44103

Cleveland residents, bring your unconnected rain barrels for painting & hookup workshops. Don’t have a rain barrel yet? Learn how to sign up for a free rain barrel from your neighborhood CDC. Non-Cleveland residents, we have rain barrels for you too! A suggested donation of $75 will cover a rain barrel, connector kit, sanding, priming, and painting & hookup workshops. Want a professionally painted rain barrel without all of the work? Artists from the Collinwood Painted Rain Barrel Project ( will be on hand to discuss your needs. Learn what you can grow with the water you save, including vegetables and other food, as well as perennial gardens for butterfly habitat, beauty, and storm water function! Learn about the financial and environmental benefits of harvesting rainwater! Learn how to apply for credits on your sewer bill! Suggested donation to attend: $20 (goes towards supporting our workshop instructors and host)

To register or reserve a rain barrel, please RSVP to or / 216-339-9855

Macroinvertebrate Monitoring for Scenic Rivers
Wednesday, July 27 10 am – Noon

North Chagrin Reservation
Help measure the water quality of the Chagrin River. Learn to seine (net) and identify the aquatic macro-invertebrates (insects) that live in the river and are indicators of water quality by determining the type, quantity and diversity of macro-invertebrates. (Monitoring)

This event is weather-dependent. Registration required. To register, click here:

American Community Garden Conference in Cleveland
August 4th – 7th

Cleveland State University (2121 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH 44115)
Registration for the conference is now open! For more information or to register please click here:

The American Community Gardening Association’s annual conference brings together hundreds of individuals from across the United States, Canada, and abroad who are engaged in all aspects of gardening and greening. The conference includes hands-on workshops, presentations, poster sessions, keynote speakers, and visits to community gardens, urban agriculture sites, food security projects, and other green space in Cleveland.

August 27, 2016, 10 am
Walk Findley State Park, Ohio

Walk 3 miles or 3 hours in Findley State Park, Ohio and see forests, tall pines, part of the Buckeye Trail, and nature. For more information contact Dennis at or 216-939-8229.
For park info:


➡ Every Monday: Meat-Free Monday. Meat production uses tremendous amounts of water and is one of the greatest sources of methane emissions.  Methane is 80%-100% more potent as a greenhouse gas than carbon in a 20 year time period. For more information about Meat-Free Mondays go to:


Contact Jessica Ferrato at to sign up for a cleanup or a workshop, arrange a drop-off of donated items for a fundraiser, help prepare & distribute rain barrels to salons, volunteer to help out with any event, or find out more!

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Recurring Events

SATURDAYS 3:30 – 4:30 PM
Saturday Walks at the Nature Center Nature Center at Shaker Lakes
2600 S. Park Blvd., Cleveland, Ohio 44120 (Map)

Meet at the front door to the exhibit area each Saturday for a walk around our trails led by the weekend naturalist. Free! For a Nature Walk Schedule, call (216) 321-5935 or visit

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City Fresh Mondays
Great Lakes Brewing Company Cellar

A monthly gathering of folks who want to learn, have dialogues and collaborate on issues related to food, health, community development and the environment. Hosted by the New Agrarian Center and Great Lakes Brewing Company. Free! For more info, contact Brad Masi, NAC Executive Director

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Other Resources for Fun Activities Cleveland Metroparks

Cuyahoga Valley National Park
216-524-1497 or 440-546-5991

Lake County Metroparks

Native Plant Society of Northeast Ohio

Nature Center at Shaker Lakes

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