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

August 2016
We're woefully late in getting our newsletter out this month so I'll keep it brief to get it out before too much more on the calendar passes!

Our FINAL ICE CREAM SOCIAL is tonight! Thank you LAND Studio for supporting this traditional summer series. Tonight at 7pm there will be ice cream donated by Mason's Creamery and a Birdhouse Craft with Carnegie West Library!
There are two more stops on our Park Crawl for the summer. Crawl stops start at 10 am for the little ones and Near West Rec starts the activity around 11 am.
  • This Friday (Aug. 5) we will be at Gallagher School and the Near West Rec activity will be relay races!
  • The following Friday (August 12) we will be at Fairview Park playing all kinds of games with Near West rec.

THIS SATURDAY, August 6th12:30-2:30 pm
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

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,

Our wonderful Health Sponsor, Neighborhood Family Practice, is having their annual fundraiser on August 27!.
It is a benefit supporting Neighborhood Family Practice and honoring Denise San Antonio Zeman, Retired President & CEO, Saint Luke's Foundation - basically it is a great night to celebrate and support a great organization! Click here for more information and tickets!
We hope to see you on Thursday, August 11 at 8pm for an Adult Night Out!
We are meeting at Hoopples to enjoy the patio with a beverage, good conversation with friends, and watch the Indians Game (projected outside on the patio) Hoopples, if you haven't been there is a neighborhood institution - located at the corner of Franklin Blvd and Columbus Rd. - next to the Columbus Bridge.

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:
  • The Park Crawl continues in partnership with Near West Rec and leadership of Steve Kachmyers and Katie Zucca. If you are available on the next two 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 have been possible without the support of LAND Studio! The NWFN volunteers joyfully had out ice cream to all who attend. Thanks to Ann Garland, Patti Skrha, Amy Kulisheck, Katherine Readey, and Katie Zucca taking on that role. Thanks also to Masons Creamery for providing the ice cream and scooping at tonight's (last) social of the season!
NWFN Park Crawl: 
Two Left! August 5 and August 12. 10am - Noon. See above flyer and description for more details.

NWFN Fairview Park Ice Cream Socials
Tonight is the last night! (August 4)
Be there or be square at Fairview Park in Ohio City. Masons Creamery will be providing the ice cream - maybe on the ice cream bike? Tonight's activity is a Birdhouse Craft with Carnegie West Library

Ice Cream and Poetry with Lake Erie Ink!
This Saturday (August 6) 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.

Adult Night Out at Hoopples
Thursday, August 11 starting at 8pm (though if you want to get there earlier....) 
Hoopples usually projects the Indians games on the patio, so we thought that would be a good place to gather and enjoy a summer evening with friends. A good excuse to get a sitter!

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
  •  Jefferson Park - Rock Around the Park. August 6
    Basketball clinic from 10am - noon; 3 on 3 tournament from 1-5pm. Click here for the flyer. 
  • NFP Birthday Party (sponsored by Molina Healthcare, August 6
    12-2pm at the Ridge Road Heath Center (corner of Ridge Road and Dennison) Celebrate the healthy babies born into the NFP Family!
  • Youth Summit and Back to School Fair, August 13
    8am - 1:30pm at Public Auditorium.
  • Esparanza Back to School Fair, August 13
    10am - 2pm at W. 25th and Clark (United Bank lot)
  • La Placita, August 13
    1-6pm at W. 25th and Clark (United Bank lot)
  • CiCLEvia, August 13
    3-7pm W. 25th (Wade to MetroHealth Dr.) 
    Open Streets Event
  • Grocery Store Tour at Dave’s Mercado,  August 18
    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
  • Wednesdays on the Square - enjoy music at Market Square from 6-9pm
  • Thursdays - Edgewater Live continues through August 11
  • Paul Dunbar School Open House and Ice Cream Social - August 12 from 4-6pm
  • Family Yoga with Near West Rec and Vision Yoga - 7pm  at St. John's Church. ($10, registration requested) 
August 2016
25 Healthy Snacks for Kids
Eating right is hard to do for yourself, let alone managing it for your kids (who may have picky tastes), too! Click here for a guide to 25 healthy snacks that your kids will love!
Stay Well,
Cheryl Sara
Wellness Program
Neighborhood Family Practice

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