July 2016 News and Events
from the Near West Family Network!

July 2016

And here we are, already July! We hope you had a fantastic, relaxing, and safe holiday weekend. June was as busy as it is every year...We kicked off our Ice Cream Socials on Thursday nights at Fairview Park and our Park Crawls with Near West Rec on Friday Mornings - both continue into August so we hope to see you there!
We also had a great time at the Annual Summer Member Party in June - thanks to everyone who came out to the Edgewater Yacht Club for an evening pizza and pool party. Summer fun continues, read on for some special notices, a list of our events and those of our Health Partner, Neighborhood Family Practice. We also have listings of many more events on the Upcoming Events page of our web site!

A couple things to mention:
Our wonderful Health Sponsor, Neighborhood Family Practice, is having their annual fundraiser on August 27!.  A great night to celebrate and support a great organization! Click here for more information and tickets!

The Poetree Project and Near West Family Network present:
Ice Cream and Poetry with Lake Erie Ink

Express yourself through creative writing and enjoy FREE ice cream! 
Who: YOU! All-ages workshop that is open to youth and adults.
What: Lake Erie Ink will lead a FUN, hands-on writing workshop for ALL AGES.
Where: The Franklin Reading Garden, W. 65th and Franklin
TWO DATES: Saturday, July 9th12:30-2:30 pm and Saturday, August 6th12:30-2:30 pm
Top poems will be put on display in the poetree boxes on W. Clinton, Franklin, W. 74th, 65th and 75th. This is a resident-driven to beautify our neighborhood, connect youth to the arts, bring our arts district into the neighborhood, and connect diverse groups of people. It’s funded by Neigh. Connections and donations. Click here for the flyer. Questions or RSVP: Lee Chilcote,

Near West Rec Soccer Registration is Open!

Near West Recreation Soccer Registration is now open! Deadline to sign up is Wednesday, August 10.  Near West Recreation offers four coed divisions: U6 (ages 4 -6), U8 (ages 7-8), U10 (ages 9-10) and U12 (ages 11-12).  Season takes place from late August to late October.  Teams practice once a week and play games on Saturdays.  Cost is $25 per child.  To register fill out the online form here or call 216-781-3222 x 108

Coaches needed for all divisions!!! If you or someone you know is interested, please fill out the online coach's form.  

Important Dates for Soccer: 
  • Wednesday, August 10 - Registration Deadline
  • Week of August 22 - Practices Start
  • Saturday, September 10 - First Saturday of games
  • Saturday, October 22 - Last Saturday of games and end of season celebration.
  • *** Parent's Meeting and Picture Day TBD***
Everything we are able to accomplish is due to the dedication and financial and hand-on support from our volunteer board, members, and partners. This past month we would like to thank the following individuals and organizations:
  • Our Annual Member Party at the Edgewater Yacht Club was a ton of fun again this year - thanks to Sarah Ryzner  for her super-organizational skills that brought it all together. Thanks to Mitchell's for donating ice cream! And thanks to Katie, Amy, and Norma for their assistance in pulling it all together.  Thanks to all who came out - we hope we see even more next year!
  • The Park Crawl continues in partnership with Near West Rec and leadership of Steve Kachmyers and Katie Zucca. If you are available on Friday mornings, there is always fun to be had with a great group of kids, parents, and caregivers. Check out the flyer above for each week's location and activity.
  • The Annual Ice Cream Social series wouldn't be possible without the support of LAND Studio! The NWFN volunteers joyfully had out ice cream to all who attend. Thanks to Mitchell's for donating the ice cream on our opening week, thanks to Norma Polanco-Boyd and Joe Boyd for putting some muscle into it and scooping the ice cream that night. Amy Kulisheck and Katie Zucca had much easier jobs (though appreciated) handing out treats on the subsequent Thursdays :-)  Join us each Thursday evening at 7pm at Fairview Park for fun programming and sweet, frozen treats through August 4. 
Teaching Your Children to do Chores Does More
Than Help Around the House!
Having your kids do chores can do more than just keep the house tidy and nice. According to multiple studies, kids who do chores have better relationships with their families and friends, perform better academically, and are more self-sufficient.  Reference this article and chart, put together by, to see what chores are good for kids at different ages.
NWFN Park Crawl: Fridays, June 10 - August 12 at 10 am & 11 am
Each week is a different park on the near west side. Parents and little ones meet at 10am. Activities organized by Near West Rec start at 11am! Click here for the schedule of parks and 11 am activities. 

NWFN Fairview Park Ice Cream Socials: Thursdays, Now - August 4 at 7 pm Cool off on a summer evening with a frozen treat and fun programming at Fairview Park. Thanks to LAND Studios and additional sponsors who help make this summer tradition alive!  Programming for the remaining Socials is:
  • July 7: Tie dye T-shirts with Art House 
  • July 14: Sun Prints with Julia Van WAgenen
  • July 21: GIANT board games with Table Top Cafe!
  • July 28: GIANT board games with Table Top Cafe!
  • August 4, Birdhouse Craft with Carnegie West Library
Ice Cream and Poetry with Lake Erie Ink! 12:30 -3pm at the Franklin Reading Garden (W. 65th and Franklin)
Everyone of all ages is encouraged to express themselves through creative writing and enjoy FREE Ice Cream! Lake Erie Ink will lead FUN, hands-on writing workshop for ALL Ages and NWFN will have simple crafts for the kids, too!
Click here for the flyer.

On the Horizon... In the Works...
  • Cooking with Kids (Date TBD)
  • September 25: Apple Picking and Fall Fest with NWFN at Pattersons
Neighborhood Family Practice Events
  • July 9: La Placita, 1 pm - 6 pm, 3104 Clark, US Bank Building Lot 
    Live entertainment, traditional food, and artisan vendors.
  • July 10: Tast of Tremont, 12-8 pm Professor Ave.J
  • July 30: Parties in the Park, 4-7 pm Trent Park, Trent Av.& W.40th 
    Food, entertainment, resources
  • August 18:  Grocery Store Tour at Dave’s Mercado, 3 pm; Meeting at NFP – 3569 Ridge Road  Click here for the flyer.  
August 27: Summer in the City: Hot Time Cool Cause
A benefit to support Neighborhood Family Practice and honor Denise San Antonio Zeman, Retired President & CEO, Saint Luke's Foundation. Saturday, August 27. Click here for more information and tickets.

Other Events Around Town....
More information about all these events is on our Upcoming Events page of our Website
  • Read to the Beat with the Music Settlement at Carnegie West Library - Tuesday mornings
  • CPL Summer Reading Club at Carnegie West Library - Wednesday morning
  • Capitol Theater's Family Films - Wednesday mornings
  • Ohio City Stages - Wednesday evenings
  • Edgewater Live - Thursday evenings
  • 2nd Annual Neighbor Night at Cogswell Hall - July 9
  • Taste of Tremont - July 10
  • Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Italian Festival - July 13-17
  • Family Yoga with Vision Yoga and Near West Rec - July 15 at St. John's Church 
  • The Children’s Museum’s “Museum without Walls” at Carnegie West Library - July 27
July 2016
20 Ways to Eat More Fruits and Vegetables
We all know that eating fruits and vegetables is important to a healthy diet. Summer is a great time of year to establish good fruit and vegetable-eating habits when there are so many fresh (and often local!) options available to you.  Click here to download an article with 20 great tips on how to integrate more fruits and vegetables into your meals every day.
Stay Well,
Cheryl Sara
Wellness Program
Neighborhood Family Practice

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