#childsafety | Donate your used computer to help a kid: Talk of the Towns

NORTH ROYALTON, Ohio — The Cuyahoga County Public Library is collaborating with WKYC and PCs for People to help bridge the digital divide in our community. This August, you can donate used desktop and laptop computers at any one of 10 participating CCPL branch locations during regular hours.

Donated computers will be refurbished and redistributed by PCs for People to students in need throughout the county.

They are seeking laptop and desktop computers no older than 7 years old to be donated at select Cuyahoga County Public Library branches through Aug. 31. PCs for People will erase data safely and distribute refurbished computers to students.

For a complete a list of acceptable equipment for donation, visit https://www.pcsforpeople.org/ewaste-pickup-and-removal/.

Collection bins are located inside the 10 participating branches, including North Royalton, Bay Village, Beachwood, Berea, Mayfield, North Olmsted, Parma, Parma-Snow, Solon and South Euclid-Lyndhurst.

Donations can be made during regular library hours of operation: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

PCs for People also will collect curbside donations at the North Royalton branch, 5071 Wallings Road, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 25.

Movies at Muni: Brecksville’s municipal parking lot will be turned into a drive-in movie theater on Friday, Aug. 21.

Muni Lot Movies will have two showings — Disney’s “Moana” at 5 p.m. and “Guardians of the Galaxy” at 8 p.m. This event is free, but there is limited space, so make your reservations today at 440-546-2300.

This event will be socially distanced. You will be asked to sit in your car or bring a chair and sit 6 feet apart in the front row. The lot will be open for parking starting at 4:30 p.m.

Free cancer programs: The Gathering Place offers free programs and services to help individuals and families cope with the impact of cancer in their lives.

The center is currently closed for onsite programming, so the following programs are being held virtually. All programs require advance registration, unless otherwise specified. Call 216-595-9546 to register.

The free programs are as follows:

· Lectures and Special Programs-Meditation for Individuals and Families Coping with Cancer, 1:30 to 2:15 p.m. Sept. 21. Presenter: Eileen Coan, MS, MLS/GoToMeeting.

· Young Adults Surviving Cancer (ages 18 to 40) Virtual Support Group: Drop In, Zoom and Hang Out, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Sept. 24. On Zoom — details to come. Contact Casey Durkin to register, at 216-455-1523 or durkin@touchedbycancer.org.

· Group for Young Women with Breast Cancer (20s, 30s and 40s), noon to 1 p.m. and 6:30 to 8 p.m. Sept. 1. Contact Susan Marinac, LISAW, to register, at 216-455-1512.

· Support for a Child or Teen with Cancer, Including Siblings and Parents-March Movement Madness, 10 to 11 a.m. Sept. 24. On GoToMeeting. Contact Casey Durkin to register: 215-455-1523 or durkin@touchedbycancer.org.

· Exercise Classes for Those Currently Coping with Cancer, 7 to 7:30 p.m. Mondays and 6:30 to 7 p.m. Thursdays. Instructor: Michael Ciccarello, GFI, PT. On GoToMeeting. Also offered 12:30 to 1 p.m. Tuesdays. Instructor: Stephen Cerne, BS, NSCA-CPT,ACSM/ACS-CET. Via Zoom. Advance registration required: Call 216-595-9546.

Although The Gathering Place is not currently open for onsite programming during COVID-19, the staff is available to provide help via phone and virtual programs. Contact Beth Bennett, chief program officer, at bennett@touchedbycancer.org or 216-455-1517 to get connected.

Recycling day: Brecksville United Methodist Church is sponsoring an electronics recycling day from 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 29. Bring your old electronic equipment to the church parking lot, and church volunteers will take them to WeldonPC for recycling.

Suggested electronics include computers, laser jet printers (no ink jets, please), electronics, cell phones, house phones, phone systems, office equipment, monitors and screens. Brecksville UMC is located at 65 Brecksville Square, Brecksville.

Can’t make it on that date? Take it to Weldon PC, 5829 Turney Road, Garfield Heights, any time in August. Call them for more information at 216-475-0661.

Shred Day: Broadview Heights is sponsoring its annual community shred day from 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 29 at the Community Center. Residents can bring their private documents to be shredded onsite. Staples, fasteners and paper clips do not need to be removed.

There is no charge, but all are asked to bring non-perishable (unexpired) food items or paper products for the Broadview Heights Food Bank.

The limit to shred is five boxes/bags per turn in line. Responsible measures will be taken to ensure everyone’s safety. Broadview Heights Community Center is located at 9543 Broadview Road.

Orchestra updates: The Cleveland Orchestra has announced important updates about the 2020-21 season. For the last several months, The Cleveland Orchestra’s staff and management teams have worked with Franz Welser-Möst, the orchestra’s dedicated musicians and its tireless trustees to find a path that can enable the orchestra to perform a live concert season.

Through all of this, they have prioritized protecting the health and wellbeing of everyone involved — audience, musicians and Severance Hall personnel. In this, they have partnered with the Cleveland Clinic for specific medical advice and consultation on safety procedures and protocols.

After reviewing a variety of scenarios, The Cleveland Orchestra came to understand that its concert season would have to be reconfigured in new ways, both for the musicians onstage and for attending audiences.

Therefore, after careful consideration, they are replacing the concert schedule that was announced last spring with a new season of concerts, and the 2020-21 schedule will be presented as follows:

Fall (beginning in October): The season will begin with a series of concerts performed live at Severance Hall without audiences. There will be five different concert programs performed, recorded and digitally streamed for viewing from home.

These performances will be provided for free to orchestra subscribers and donors of $300 and more, and available to the public for purchase. More details are to follow in September.

These autumn concerts will feature smaller, chamber orchestra performances (including works by Mozart, Haydn and John Adams) performed by The Cleveland Orchestra, safely spaced onstage. Repertoire, guest artists and broadcast details are being prepared currently for announcement in September.

Winter-Spring (beginning in January): The winter and spring schedule will be adjusted, as they are hopeful they will be able to enable subscribers only to attend Severance Hall concerts in person, beginning with socially distanced audiences in limited numbers (with an increasing number of attendees as safety guidelines permit).

The calendar of concerts from January through May is being reconfigured to maximize the number of performances in each subscription package, so for most the size of the package will not change — schedule and ticketing details for subscribers will be sent in the coming months.

In addition, the digital streaming of concerts, begun in the fall, will continue throughout the winter and spring, affording all subscribers the ability to enjoy the complete 2020-21 season’s performances from home.

For more information and updates, go to www.clevelandorchestra.com.

Let the Brecksville, Broadview Heights and North Royalton communities know what is going on with your organization, church, school, business or family. Email me at shirleymac48@att.net.

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