Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Euclid Beach Blast was just that!

-Hey Adopt-a-Beachers!

The Euclid Beach Blast! was a great success last Saturday! All tolled throughout the day we had close to 450 attendees having a blast watching pop up art take shape on "the wall of doors", cleaning the beach (and picking up 200 pounds of trash!), building a sandcastle and catching some rays, watching a jump rope troop hop in all the way from Africa, chalking the sidewalk, learning about watershed preservation, chowing down on a Cuban sandwich from Jibaro World Eats Food Truck, biking and planting gardens around Collinwood and most importantly jamming to some music from 106.5 The Lake, Radio Disney and live performances from Bill Meyer, Andriana Santiago and Grupo Son Gitano! Visit our Facebook page for Blast! pictures and video! We could not have had such a great event without the help of many dedicated Euclid Beach Adopt-a-Beach volunteers who spent hours in the hot sun on Saturday keeping everything cool! Thank you again to everyone who came out to volunteer on Saturday! Thank you also to all of our participating pop up artists! You can see the "the wall of doors" or the "Blank Canvas" at this Saturday's Walk All Over Waterloo Event! It will be displayed in the Arts Collinwood Gallery.

Another thank you to all of our partners, sponsoring and participating organizations who helped to make The Euclid Beach Blast! a reality!
Arts Collinwood
Alliance For The Great Lakes
Project Pop Up Galleries
106.5 "The Lake"
The Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District
Parkworks Inc.
Euclid Beach Park Now
The Friends of Euclid Creek
The Cuyahoga Soil and Watershed Conservation District
Northeast Shores Development Corp.
Councilman Mike Polensek
Cleveland Division of Water Pollution Control
Cleveland Public Power
Cleveland Division of Water
YMCA Clevelanders in Motion
Waterfront Events

Of course the fun doesn't stop with the Euclid Beach Blast! Don't forget to join us for our next regularly scheduled beach cleanup on Saturday August 20th from 10am-12pm at Euclid Beach Park and our 2nd annual Coastweeks cleanup on Saturday September 17th from 10am-12pm! And if you are out at the park be sure to check out the new anti-litter signage installed in collaboration with The Friends of Edgewater State Park and Cleveland State Adopt-a-Beach volunteers with a grant from The Ohio Department of Natural Resources!

Friday, July 22, 2011

PD gives Waterloo serious Ink

It seems that the Plain Dealer has been covering every nook and cranny of Waterloo the last 24 hours (which is awesome).

Check out each and every one of these great stories and big THANKS to the Plain Dealer for recognizing our efforts.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

WAOW this Saturday!


Saturday July 23, 2011, starting at 4pm

Free live music, classic cars, DJs, parties, sales, drink specials, art, shopping, competitive yo-yoing, and more!

· The 2011 Ohio State Yo-Yo Contest, organized by the Cleveland Yo-Yo Club, takes place before Walk All Over Waterloo, in the Beachland Ballroom from 9am-4pm. The Cleveland Yo-Yo Club is hosting an after party for the contest from 5pm-9pm.

· Music Saves 7th Birthday Bash is a free early show at the Beachland Tavern with Founding Fathers (5pm), Black Puddle Noise (6pm) and Obnox (7pm) and DJ Fuzzy spinning tunes between sets. The Beachland’s kitchen will have a special cookout menu during the event.

· The 2nd Annual Car Show at the SS&W Boardwalk starts off with the Del Rio Bandits performing outside (4pm) and finishes with a set by Madison Crawl (10pm) inside the SS&W Boardwalk. Car registration is $10 in advance or $20 the day of. Call 216-481-0077 to register.

· Sandinista! Art Inspired by the Music of The Clash, features works by 30 artists interpreting the lyrics and music of punk rock band The Clash. Many of the artists will be on hand during the opening from 4pm-10pm. Light refreshment will be served from 6pm-10pm.

· Plus: Arts Collinwood will have films related to The Clash playing in the gallery and drink specials in the cafe; all proceeds from The Cafe at Arts Collinwood benefit their non-profit education and community outreach efforts. Blue Arrow Records will have DJs spinning tunes in store throughout the evening. Be sure to check out our two newest businesses Cloud9 Boutique and No Problem Printing & Design, the latter also houses a gallery and a skate shoppe. Stop in at our other stores and businesses for other fun specials, sales, and new merchandise. There are two additional paid concerts in the Beachland Ballroom and Tavern during the evening.

Additional info about the Waterloo Arts District:
The Waterloo Arts District, in Cleveland’s historic North Shore Collinwood neighborhood, is conveniently located just off of I-90, ten minutes east of downtown Cleveland (GPS to Waterloo Rd. and E. 156th, Cleveland, OH 44110). The Waterloo Arts District contains a unique blend of locally owned, independent businesses and non-profit organizations. The district is home to the Beachland Ballroom & Tavern, Arts Collinwood, the Zaller Gallery, Music Saves, Blue Arrow Records & Boutique, Star Pop vintage + modern, Native Cleveland, This Way Out Vintage Shoppe, No Problem Printing & Design Studio, Rebel City Tattoo Studio, The Head Shop, Cloud9 Boutique, the Cleveland Yo-Yo Club, Azure Stained Glass Studio, the SS&W Boardwalk, Fotina’s Family Restaurant, Waterloo 7 Studio, the Slovenian Workmen’s Home, Northeast Shores Development Corporation, and more! Check out for even more info!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Waterloo Receives Major Pilot Inititiative

Partners to Invest $500,000 in Cleveland’s Waterloo Neighborhood
CPAC and Northeast Shores Launch Artist Community Development Initiative

CLEVELAND – The Community Partnership for Arts and Culture (CPAC) and Northeast Shores Development Corporation have announced a partnership to launch Artists in Residence, a two-year initiative that will explore what artists can do for Cleveland neighborhoods, and what Cleveland neighborhoods can do for artists.

The two-year, $500,000 pilot program will focus its efforts on this relationship in Cleveland’s Waterloo Arts District. The initiative will include:

* A micro-loan program for artists buying or rehabbing dwellings within the neighborhood,
* A micro-grant program to support artists’ work in carrying out community-based arts projects within the neighborhood,
* The development of a number of artist homeownership services, and
* A coordinated local and national marketing campaign on behalf of the program.

Through these activities, Artists in Residence will increase artists’ access to homeownership within the city of Cleveland, while also addressing issues like reducing vacancy and abandonment rates and increasing opportunities for resident leadership development.

The neighborhood was selected by a panel of arts, community development and planning experts through a competitive proposal process. Thirteen Cleveland-based community development organizations submitted a letter of interest to host the pilot program. Five neighborhoods were asked to submit a full proposal before the panel selected Northeast Shores based on judging criteria.

Artists in Residence is made possible through a $250,000 Creative Communities Challenge Grant from Leveraging Investments in Creativity (LINC). The Creative Communities Challenge Grant program was a one-time competitive grant program open to 15 “Creative Communities” nationwide, made possible through support from the Kresge Foundation.

The Creative Communities program is a nationwide network of organizations working to make improvements in the well-being of American artists. LINC has invited local partners in 15 communities across the country to identify and address issues that affect artists of all disciplines. For more information, please visit

CPAC is a nonprofit arts and culture service organization dedicated to strengthening and unifying greater Cleveland’s arts and culture sector. Since its founding in 1997, the organization has accomplished this through a range of programs and services within its core competencies of capacity building, public policy and research. For more information, please visit

Northeast Shores Development Corporation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to create a better North Shores Collinwood to live, work, and visit. They serve the area by increasing homeownership in the neighborhood and helping entrepreneurs bring their business ideas to market. Over the last 10 years, their activities have resulted in over $42 million in neighborhood investment. For more information, please visit

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Euclid Beach Blast coming soon!

As you all know by now, the much anticipated Euclid Beach Blast! is next Saturday July 16th at Euclid Beach Park (click here for a map)! It will be a fun day of music, food, sandcastles, arts/crafts, volleyball, bike riding and of course, beach cleanups! You can check out The Euclid Beach Blast! on facebook. PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT THIS EVENT TO ALL YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY:)

Now that it's crunch time, here is where and when I need your help!

-Friday July 15th
Setup at Euclid Beach Park-430pm-800pm
-7 to 10 volunteers-
-laying out where booths will be placed with markers
-putting together event signage and posters
-helping to construct an artist canvass wall for Saturday's art exhibition
(free food and refreshments for volunteers!)

-Saturday July 16th
The Euclid Beach Blast! at Euclid Beach Park-
Setup at Euclid Beach Park-930am-11am
-5-7 volunteers-
-directing booths to designated locations (directing vehicles where to unload)
-setting out event signage and posters
-setting up tents and volleyball on the beach
(free food and refreshments for volunteers!)

-Event Support 11am-7pm
-5-7 volunteers-
-participating in a beach cleanup
-assisting with litter cleanup throughout the park
-soliciting Blast! visitors to take a lakefront quality survey
-as needed
-Taking pictures and video!
(free food and refreshments for volunteers!)

-Tear down 7pm-8pm
-7 to 10 volunteers-
-directing vehicles loading up their booths
-taking a final litter sweep of the park/ emptying trash/recycling bins
-Loading up supplies
-as needed
(free food and refreshments for volunteers!)

-After Blast! Party at Arts Collinwood Cafe 7pm-11pm (click here for a map)
-3-4 volunteers-
-Setup and passout hoola hoops and beach balls
-Cleaning up afterwards
(free food and refreshments for volunteers!)

So if you are available to help out either next Friday evening or Saturday please email Stephen Love- for which time slot you would like to sign up for.

Also, Euclid Beach Blast! t-shirts will be available to volunteers for only $5.00. Only 20 shirts will be made so they will go fast!

Thanks everyone and whether or not you volunteer, we hope to see you all enjoying yourself at the Blast! next Saturday!