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

May 2016
The weather is still a bit spring-soggy; but thing are heating up on the Near West Side! our goal this summer is to get people outside, active, and together!
  • The Near West Family Network is all about Cleveland Parks!
    • NWFN's Tuesday Gym Days are moving outside!
      Every Tuesday in May, starting May 3, Gym Days is moving outside!  The usual Gym crew will meet at Fairview Park in Ohio City at 9:30 am.  We'll have some water, snacks, toys, and a blanket for the little ones.
    • The very popular Playground Crawl will return on FRIDAYS every week through the summer starting June 10.  We will travel to a different playground on the Near West Side each week with activities and games supported and organized by Near West Recreation.  This is a great opportunity to find new parks and meet new families in our neighborhood.  We will be releasing a flyer and schedule soon, so stay tuned!
    • Also starting in June, we will be hosting the Fairview Park Ice Cream Social Series once again! Thank you LAND Studio for helping to keep this tradition going! More details and dates to come, but if you're able to volunteer, please contact Amy at
  • THIS FRIDAY (May 6) we are hosting a FAMILY DANCE PARTY!
    It isn't outside, but we will be active and together at St. Patrick's Club Ballroom from 6-8pm. S8:30 am - 10:00 am
  • Our Spring Scavenger Hunt is Sunday May 22 from 10am to noon. 
    Enjoy spring on the Cuyahoga River and amazing views of downtown on this 1.3 mile trail. Take the Scavenger Hunt challenge and post your pics on Instagram! The group will be meeting at 10am at the Centennial Trail sign (corner of Columbus Rd. and Franklin)
Talented Teachers are in our Neighborhoods!
If you are looking for piano lessons for your child, a number of member families currently send their children to Alexis Hedderson in Ohio City. Click here to download her flyer.

If you have a quality music, art, dance, etc. teacher that you personally have had great experiences with and he/she has a flyer, feel free to send it to
Did you catch the series in about choosing a preschool method that fits your families needs?
 Learn more about the various preschool philosophies below and more at:

Philosophies covered include:
Montesorri, Waldorf, Reggio Emila, HighScope, Bank Street, Creative Curriculum, and Cooperative
Elections for the Ohio City Inc. 2016 Board of Trustees will take place on May 3rd 

Voting is at  Franklin Circle Christian Church (1688 Fulton Road) from 7:00am-7:00pm.
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:
  • As our winter Gym Days have come to a close, we would like to extend a great big thank you to the gracious Franklin Circle Christian Church who hosted our energetic children in their warm gym every Tuesday during the cold winter!  We had a wonderful time. Thanks also to Steve Kachmyers and our friends at Near West Rec for continued support and dedication to this popular event. (now we hope you will join us outside as the weather warms!)
  • Brennon Ambrose and Sarah Ryzner were a great team putting together a hugely successful clothing swap last week - most of us cleared out our closets a bit, came home with a few "new" gems, and we donated four HUGE bags of clothing!
  • Playdates for kids!
    • NWFN Tuesday Gym Days are moving outside starting May 3 - They will meet at Fairview Park at 9:30 am
  • At The Carnegie West Library
    • Super Sleuth Readers (Preschool)  Tuesdays at 11:30 
    • America Reads Tutors: M-Th, 3:00 - 6:00 pm
    • Mothers Day Craft: Thursday, May 5, 4:00-5:00pm
    • LittleBits Synthesizer: Thursday, May 19, 4:30 - 5:30pm
  • Health
    • With NFP! Urban Community School 5K and Family Fun Run/Walk, Saturday, May 7 from 8-10:30 am (4909 Lorain Ave.)
    • With NFP! Stockyard Neighborhood Bike-A-Thon, Saturday, May 14 at Clark School, 5500 Clark Ave.
    • With NFP! MedWorks Clinic Saturday, May 21 at NFP (3569 Ridge Road from 8:00 am - noon. 
    • NWFN Spring Scavenger Hunt Sunday, May 22 from 10 am - Noon, starting at the Centennial Trail Sign (Columbus Rd. & Franklin. Click here for Facebook event.
  • Just for Fun
    • NWFN Family Dance Party! Friday, May 6, 6-8pm at St. Patrick's Club Ballroom (3606 Bridge Ave.) Click here for Facebook event.
    • With NFP! Kamm's Corners HooleySaturday, May 14 from Noon - 8:30 pm on Lorain Ave. in Kamm's Corners  from W.165th st. to Rocky River Drive. 
On the Horizon
  • Cooking with Kids 
  • Upcyle Crafting Meet Up
The On the Horizon events are still in the works. If you have ideas and energy to help us move these events forward, please contact Amy at
New events are added to our calendar as we learn about them. Also be sure to watch for announcements via Facebook page and Twitter throughout the month!
If you have an upcoming event you'd like us to include, please email all the pertinent infomraiton (title, date, time, location, description) to
May 2016
The NEW FOOD Checklist
How Many Foods Have YOU Tried?
Take a look at the list below. How many of these foods have you tried? Put a check in the box by each food you’ve eaten, then tally up your total…

Take Foods to Try
  • Artichoke
  • Asian Pear
  • Beets
  • Bok Choy
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Celeriac
  • Currants
  • Clementine
  • Daikon
  • Edamame
  • Eggplant
  • Endive
  • Fennel
  • Jerusalem Artichoke
  • Jicama
  • Kohlrabi
  • Mango
  • Okra
  • Pomegranate
  • Papaya
  • Parsnips
  • Plantain
  • Pomelo
  • Pumpkin
  • Radicchio
  • Snow Peas
  • Spaghetti Squash
  • Star Fruit
  • Swiss Chard
  • Tomatillo 
How Did You Score?
  • Over 25—Congratulations, you’re a real fruit and vegetable guru!
  • 15-24— Good job, you clearly like to experiment and try new things!
  • 5-14 —I bet you don’t have trouble eating 9 servings of fruits and vegetables each day!
  • 1-4—You need to get out of your rut—head over to the market!
(c) Food and Health Communications, Inc.
Stay Well,
Cheryl Sara
Wellness Program
Neighborhood Family Practice

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