HandsOn Northeast Ohio connects citizens with opportunities to manage community-development projects and foster community understanding throughout Cleveland. After attending an orientation session, volunteers access HandsOn NEO's online calendar of events to find 35 projects posted each month. The Homework Help and Saturday Service Warriors programs, for instance, collaborate with teachers from Anton Grdina Elementary School to increase student literacy and health through tutoring and fitness activities. Volunteers can also impact the community by serving meals at a local homeless shelter or playing bingo with seniors.
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The Girls' Night In sleepover program is a project of the Youth Connections program that fosters a sense of normalcy for youth in the public child-welfare system, who are only legally allowed to spend the night with county-approved foster parents. Girls ages 14–18 arrive at the Adoption Network Cleveland offices for a night of activities, during which they can get to know each other through icebreakers, talk to volunteers about personal concerns such as healthy relationships, and experience traditional sleepover activities including facials, movies, and games. At the end of the sleepover, ANC will distribute personal-care items including shampoo and conditioner, body wash and lotion, nail polish, toothpaste, a brush and comb, and lip balm. ANC will also provide pizza, fruit, and desserts for the girls to snack on throughout the night.
Designs of Distinction augments the memories of celebratory gatherings with a large array of rentable activities, furniture, decorations, and more. Themed birthday bashes gain a main event with inflatable bounce houses ($275) shaped and adorned in a variety of decorations such as jungle animals, spaceships, and castles. Designs of Distinction will deliver, set up, and subsequently take down and take away the chosen bounce house rentals. Hosts of functions that prohibit jumping can peruse Designs of Distinction's inventory, decking party halls with eight-foot Oscar statues or white leather couches ($275). The Groupon can be applied to more expensive items—such as a rideable mechanical bull ($995)—to ensure quality carousing.
Belmez Entertainment LLC bolsters the Cleveland music scene with festivals that bring far-flung musicians together for days and nights of sonic artistry. The mid-July Mallapalooza Music Festival provides a stage for seven different bands to ascend and conquer through emphatic performances of original songs and accompanying interpretive puppetry. Locking horns in competition, five bands such as the energetic, synth-buoyed And Then the Stars Fell and piano-driven pop-rockers The Crazed will vie for a first-place finish and top prizes that include 12 hours of recording time at Analog Arcade and the mayor-given right to play on top of any moving city bus or while suspended from a WEWS News Channel 5 helicopter. Special guest performances by See You Sunday and 2010 Tri-C High School Rock-Off champ Maddie Finn round out the musical side of things, while the C-Town Chow Down gourmet food trucks entertain concertgoers’ appetites with barbecue, hotdogs, and other varied victual offerings. Tickets will be available for pickup at the entrance tent on the day of the festival.
Through its Food Folks program—a comprehensive nutrition education series—Children's Hunger Alliance teaches children from low-income families about the importance of a nutritional breakfast, better fast-food options, and understanding nutrition labels. Kids get to enjoy healthy snacks in each lesson, and learn to cook their own healthy food. The series also includes a Family Night, where students get to flex their new skills by preparing a healthy meal for their families. On average, more than 85% of participants demonstrate improvement in their nutritional knowledge during the 12-week series, according to surveys taken before and after the program is completed.