Thursday, September 30, 2010

Spay/Neuter at Cleveland APL

Been "adopted" by the cat outside? Feral and free-roaming cats are the largest contributors to the cat overpopulation crisis.

The Cleveland APL is committed to ending this developing tragedy and has a new TNR program to assist caretakers of feral (unsocialized, outdoor) cats. If you are feeding a cat outside, we invite you to be part of the overpopulation solution and take advantage of APL services! Through the Animal Welfare Clinic, the APL offers the following services for feral cats and their caretakers:

Spay/Neuter Services
Feral and homeless cat appointments are $25 for cats and $15 for kittens (8 - 16 weeks). The fee includes:

Spay or neuter surgery
Rabies vaccine
FVRCP vaccine
Felv/FIV SNAP testing is available upon request for $30
Cleveland Residents Can Help Stray Cats for $10 >>
Trapping Education and Trap Loan Program

Humane traps are available to APL clients for a non-refundable fee of $5 per week, per trap. A fully refundable $20 deposit is collected when the trap is issued. Our TNR Services Coordinator will provide how-to demonstrations and written instructions on how to successfully and humanely trap feral cats. How-to workshops may be coordinated for groups of caretakers and other interested parties free of charge at the Cleveland APL.

Help save a cat today! To sign up for feral cat services, or for additional information on how you can help, contact the Cleveland APL's Spay/Neuter Services Supervisor at 216-377-1624

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

New Boutique on Waterloo

Just next door to the incredible Blue Arrow Records is a new boutique store opening this Saturday. Grand opening from 7:00 to 10:00 on Saturday, October 2nd, Blue Arrow Boutique will be the newest addition to the growing Waterloo Arts and Entertainment District. The new boutique will have men's and women's vintage and retro clothing. The store will also sell knick-knacks, accessories, and furniture.

Address is 16001 Waterloo. For more details, call them up at (216) 486-2415.

Here is a word from the new store:

After opening the Blue Arrow Boutique for a sneak peek at the last Walk All Over Waterloo event, we're excited to announce that the boutique is finally opening its doors for some shopping! Join us this Saturday, October 2nd, from 7pm to 10pm for our grand opening. Swing by for hors d'oeuvres and punch and stay to peruse our selection of men's and women's vintage clothing, knick-knacks, and furniture.

We can't wait to see you there!
Debbie, Pete, & Jason

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Speakeasy Part II

This coming Saturday, October 2nd, the Upstage Players and Slovenian Workmen's Home are hosting the second annual Speakeasy.

This fabulous event includes food, music, games of chance, live entertainment, and chinese auction. The music will be jazz music played in "New Orleans" style.

The event starts at 7:00. The Slovenian Workmen's Home is located 15335 Waterloo Road.

For more information, go to or call (216) 261-7591.

See you there!

Monday, September 20, 2010

Beach Cleanup This Weekend

It is time to clean Euclid Beach for September. Come on out this Saturday and help improve the appearance of the beach and lake water quality. Over 100 different volunteers have joined in this initiative. How about you too?

Here is an update from Stephen Love, Volunteer Coordinator for the Cleanup Efforts shared the following:

On Saturday August 21st, volunteers from Fifth Third Bank, Baldwin-Wallace College, John Carroll University, The Friends of Euclid Creek, The Cleveland Institute of Art and The City of South Euclid came together to clean and screen Euclid Beach Park! For our August cleanup, we collected close to 78 pounds of trash including 212 cigar tips, 179 plastic bottles, 149 caps/lids and much more!

Please be sure to join us for our next Beach Cleanup on Saturday September 25th from 10am-12pm at Euclid Beach Park as part of Ohio’s Coastweeks Celebration and the International Coastal Cleanup Day! Information on Coastweeks is available at:

Friday, September 17, 2010

Walk All Over Waterloo Tonight!

Tonight is the September edition of Walk All Over Waterloo, which is a monthly merchant-driven evening to enjoy a little something extra or special in our Waterloo Arts and Entertainment District.

Tonight's schedule is described as the following:
Once a month, the merchants of Waterloo get together to make the street even more fun than usual. All the shops get into the act, and a party develops. This month, streetwide events start at 6pm (unless otherwise noted) and go into the wee hours. This is the biggest WAOW event yet. Details below.

You may have seen the new, slightly leaning tower at the corner of Waterloo and E156? The merchants are celebrating its arrival with live music and performance art, in collaboration with GROOP, 7-10pm. Look for rotating art installations on the tower to begin soon. A performance stage and other additions to the tower are also in the works.

(Events listed East to West, from the corner of E.161 to the corner of E.156)

The Madison Crawl perform at 9pm, Free! 16011 Waterloo, 216-481-0077,

Party and preview of the new Blue Arrow Boutique. Lighting ceremony for the new neon blue arrow at 8:30! 16001 Waterloo, 216.486.2415,

STAR POP vintage + modern
Is adding tons of extra 60's-90's vintage clothing for a limited time! Plus sale prices on many toys, video games, books, etc. 15813 Waterloo, 216.965.2368,

C.L.E. Clothing Co.
Pop-up shop in The Annex of the old Shoparooni space! Spreading Cleveland pride one t-shirt at a time. 15813 Waterloo, 330-321-7774,

Treats, specials on CDs and vinyl, and an impromptu alley party with live music! BYOB! 15801 Waterloo, 216.481.1875,

Ballroom: Beachland Barn Dance with One Dollar Hat, Hiram Rapids Stumblers, Silver String Band, Waxwings String Band, 8pm, $7 Tavern: Peter Case & Band, Deadbeat Poets, 9pm, $14adv/$16dos. 15711 Waterloo, 216.383.1124,


Vintage clothing, accessories, albums, and other one-of-a-kind things in the basement of the Beachland Ballrom. 15711 Waterloo, 216.383.1124,

20% off all tattoos. Live music on the sidewalk. Enter-to-win prizes, including a $50 gift certificate! 15701 Waterloo, 216.481.1635,

All glass pipes and water pipes will be 15% off. 15615 Waterloo, 216.403.0328,

Celebrate the first anniversary of partner Melissa Klimo-Major's Terra Verde Soap & Candle Co. with giveaways, freebies, snacks, refreshments, and a sale! 15613 Waterloo, 216.481.3925,

Hope for the Picture Guild: New Paintings by Matthew Dibble Show opening, wine & cheese reception in the Gallery. Enter-to-win 2 free tickets to Collinwood Unveiled. 15605 Waterloo, 216.692.9500,

Full bar, coffee, tapas, art, and more! Open ‘til 11pm or later! Discount beer specials in the Cafe when you bring in a receipt from another Waterloo business! 15601 Waterloo, 216.692.9500,

Open Studio: stop in to see Ben and Mary hard at work fashioning some amazing stained glass pieces! 15602 Waterloo, 216.357.2600,

Friday, September 3, 2010

Back to School at Lakeshore Beach

On Thursday, August 19, the management of Lakeshore Beach Apartments, Northeast Shores Development Corporation and Shoes and Clothes for Kids teamed up for the first “Back to School night”. This event was held in the new Community Center located in the front of the apartment complex. Over 200 parents and children gathered for hot dogs and book bags. Shoes and Clothes for Kids donated 90 book bags to this event. Northeast Shores and Lakeshore Beach Apartments donated school supplies and food.

Myra Freeman-Pereria and her staff cooked over 200 hotdogs to feed the children and their parents before we started the book bag give away. Just to make it more fun we put the children’s names in a briefcase and pulled them out one by one. Myra said “The joy on the faces of the children here when receiving their book bags was just priceless. I believe very passionately in no child left behind, and with the help of Northeast Shores and Shoes and Clothes for Kids I think we helped make a great start to the new school year”. There were lots of smiles and happy faces. We even gave some pencils and paper to the moms who are returning back to school to learn critical job skills.

This is just the first part of making sure these children excel in school this year. The management of Lakeshore Beach is trying to start a mentoring/tutoring program to help the children with their homework. If you can spare some time and would like to help out, please call Myra at 216-383-4274 or Denise Lorek at 216-481-7660.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

The Tower is Up!

The long awaited Tower installed at Waterloo and East 156th Street

Moritz Metal and Wood installed the Tower which is a collaboration of artist Christopher Diehl, and Moritz Wood & Metal / fabricator and artist Mike Moritz.

The placemaking and public art armature Tower was conceived as part of the Waterloo Streetscape Plan working with the Transportation for Livable Communities Initiative of NOACA. The initiative was spearheaded collectively through the efforts of the community with Northeast Shores Development. Continued streetscape improvements are planned for the district. Construction is expected to commence in 2012 for the total plan which included final programming of the area surrounding the Tower. This planning phase will be conducted together with Osborn Engineering, Knight & Stolar, Inc., Planning Consultants & Landscape Architects and The City of Cleveland Department of Construction and Engineering.

The Tower was done in partnership with The City of Cleveland with support from Councilman Michael D. Polensek, Cuyahoga Arts and Culture and the community through the efforts of Arts Collinwood and Northeast Shores.

Chris Diehl from dielio inc artist provided some history regarding the philosophy behind the creation of the Tower concept. “The large area of asphalt intersection at E. 156th and Waterloo streets was created in order to turn street trolleys around. The trolleys served this vibrant working class neighborhood and they, in turn, served the Collinwood rail yards. Visitors also poured onto Waterloo in order to spend the day at the Euclid Beach Park Amusement park just north off of Lake Shore Blvd. After the trolley service ended, the amusement park closed and I-90 cut the Waterloo neighborhood off from the rail yards. This intersection became a large and ungainly place for cars and trucks to pass through and a hazard for the wary pedestrian.”

“The Waterloo placemaking Tower stakes a flag, of sorts, into reclaiming that area as a new civic heart for this reawakening district now reprogrammed for the visual and entertainment arts. The tower will act as the centerpiece of the new pedestrian-friendly plaza next to Arts Collinwood Gallery and the Café at Arts Collinwood. As such, the raw stainless steel structure will become a site for temporary public art installations and live music performance. Like the neighborhood around it, it becomes the container to house and display the incredible talent and gifts of the Waterloo community.

Sarah Gyorki Executive Director at Arts Collinwood stated, “The Waterloo Public Art Selection Committee has been established to review artist submittals that will be solicited following the course of each season throughout the year. Congratulations to Mike Moritz and to Chris Diehl for the work that they have done. Now that the tower's in place, Robin Van Lear will collaborate with another artist after a site visit. As soon as we have the proposal from them, we'll share it with the full committee. The merchants on Waterloo are planning a Walk All Over Waterloo event for the tower unveiling on Sept 17. We hope to have an installation in place and some entertainment for that evening -- live music, food and drink, specials at various venues on the street, including the lighting of the new sign at Blue Arrow Records and Books.”

Fabricator / Artist Mike Moritz appreciated the congratulations offered for the initiative, but tempered his comment with the team effort that went into the project. “Thanks to everyone involved with the Tower project. I still have a few finishing touches on the structure. I will also be creating the specifications regarding future installations of public art on the Tower. The document will then be turned over to the Tower Public Art Committee as an addendum to the request for proposal submittals to artists. The coolest thing about this endeavor is that it stands alone as a placemaking structure, but the evolution of possibilities is endless regarding art installations within the context of the Tower.”

Vince Reddy from Cleveland Public Art commented that: “The tower looks great. I think the Tower being placed there is a triumph in the aesthetically conservative atmosphere of Cleveland.”