September News and Events from the Near West Family Network!

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September 2015
 
After a great summer we are all ready to settle in to this fall's activities and the new school year. The weather (though still warm right now) will start to cool soon; but that doesn't mean we need to hibernate! We have two fun events already planned for this fall!
  • Join us on Saturday, September 12 for Fishing with Metroparks11am - noon  at Erie Canal Reserveation (4524 E 49th St, Cleveland)
    Ever wanted to learn how to fish? Do your kids want to know? Join us for this fun event to introduce your kids to fishing. Kids' fishing poles supplied. For those under 16 there no license required, others must bring own license and poles. If possible, please RSVP to Sarah at sryzner@nearwestfamilynetwork.org so we can be sure to have enough equipment for everyone.
     
  • Mark your calendars for our 2nd annual Family Fun Fest on Sunday, October 4th from 10:30 - 12:30.  Tickets for Members will be $4 and $7.50 for non members (kids 2 and under are free).  Reservations are required as we will be pre-buying tickets (email amgarland@gmail.com with the number of tickets needed).  The Fun Fest is ideal for children 10 and under and is a really fun family gathering.  There will be donuts, lots of kids and of course, APPLES!
To learn about more events as they are planned, watch our calendar, subscribe to our Facebook Events (visit our page; click on "More/Events" under our cover photo; then click "subscribe"), and follow us on Twitter to keep up with what we will be doing, or Tweet at us to let us know where you will be! Of course, if there is an event you would like to organize and want some help - let us know!
So many people to thank for everything in the month of June!
  • This summer's  Park Crawl would not have been the success it was without the help and support from Keri Palma from Near West Rec,  and our own Steve Kachmyers, and Katie Zucca ! Near West Rec offers activities throughout the year. Check out their website for more information about Soccer, Bowling, Baseball, and a Writing Club!
     
  • August also brought to a close the Fairview Park Ice Cream Socials - Once again - super thanks to LAND Studios: Sarah Seibert for all her work to find our programming and Lauren McCrystal for her support each week and the amazing pictures she took - check out their summer programming blog to see more of what LAND Studio does! http://cleveland4art.weebly.com/  Thanks to Mason's Creamery for providing the ice cream (delivered by a special ice cream bike!) with mood spoons for our end-of-summer bash. And, thanks to Amy Kulisheck for helping to pull together the weekly volunteers.
     
  • Thank you to Rachelle King and the staff at The Studio for their great partnership and support of our neighborhood families.  The second annual Back to School Haircuts held on August 30 was a great success, with 13 good looking kids walking away with fresh $5 cuts. Thanks to volunteers Katie Zucca and Ann Garland for coordinating, Ashely Taseff for making our flier, and Mary "I've Got a Table" Cornely for, well - lending us her table!.  Also The Studio loves to see our kids regularly throughout the year at their affordable kids cut rates so let's show them some love!you were able to take advantage of the awesome Back-to-School Haircuts for Kids last Sunday at The Studio in Ohio City. And finally... Congratulations to the Antonio Family who won the Kids Cuts Target gift card raffle. 

If you are interested in helping us make more happen in your neighborhood or if you have an idea for something specific,  please let us know!
There is Something Good to Eat Every Day of September in NEO
Check out this fun Cleveland.com slide show of 30 places to visit in our area for great food this month! (If you get the physical paper, it is also found in the 9/2/2015 Taste section) 
www.cleveland.com/food/index.ssf/2015/08/30_tasty_days_hath_september_s.html#0

Spring Cleaning in the Fall? 
If you are motivated to rid your home of stuff that's been piling up, here are some quick links to everything you'd ever want to know about the City of Cleveland's services, policies, and guidelines  - Thanks to Stockyard, Clark-Fulton & Brooklyn Centre newsletter for these great links!

 Recurring Events are also listed on our Upcoming Events page on our web site, too - we add new things throughout the month!

SUNDAYS

  • See NFP at - Kamms Corners Farmers Market, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm (through October 11)

MONDAYS - FRIDAYS

  • Kids Cafe at Carnegie West, 3:30 - 4:30 pm (1900 Fulton Rd.)
    A program of the Cleveland Foodbank, Kid's Café provides a bagged lunch on a first come, first served basis that includes a sandwich, fruit and/or vegetable, a snack, and milk.

TUESDAYS

  • See NFP at - Tremont Farmers Market, 4:00 - 7:00 pm (through October 6)
  • See NFP at - Tremont Moves!, Nutrition at 6:00 pm and Strengthening at 6:30 at Merrick House (1030 Starkweather Ave.)
    Nutrition Tuesdays will meet in Merrick House front lobby as they will be doing various excursions as a group!

WEDNESDAYS

  • See NFP at - Gordon Square Farmers Market, 4:00 - 7:00 pm (through September)
  • See NFP at - Tremont Moves!, Zumba at 6:00 pm and Kickboxing at 7:30 at Merrick House (1030 Starkweather Ave.)
    Zumba Wednesdays will have Cleveland Clinic Caregivers provide free mini presentations prior to dancing from 6 -6:15 p.m. to give tips and provide motivational support! Zumba $2.00 charge starts at 6:15 p.m.

     
  • Pace Tumbling and Eclectic Arts Program, 5:15 - 6:45 pm at Franklin Circle Church (1688 Fulton Rd.)
    Tumbling classes for all levels of ability ages 6-17 yrs.
    Classes are $40/month or $6/class.
    Contact Todd Kennedy for more information 216-925-7097 or 216-501-7681 (gymnastsupreme14@yahoo.com or TumblingTodd@netzero.net)

SATURDAYS

  • See NFP at - Healthy Strides, Walk with a Health Leader, 9:00 am  (through September 26), Lutheran Hospital Lobby, 1730 W 25th St.
    lutheran walkingMeet in the lobby of Lutheran Hospital for a 15 minutes health talk and join the group for a fun walk through historic Ohio City!
    Lobby is at the corner of Franklin Blvd and Fulton Ave.)


 
  • Pace Tumbling and Eclectic Arts Program, (2 classes - see below) at Franklin Circle Church (1688 Fulton Rd.)
    Tumbling classes for all levels of ability!
    Ages 3-5 yrs: 10am - 10:30
    Ages 6yrs-Adult: 10:30am - 12pm (auditions held annually)
    Classes are $40/month or $6/class.
    Contact Todd Kennedy for more information 216-925-7097 or 216-501-7681 (gymnastsupreme14@yahoo.com or TumblingTodd@netzero.net)
Be sure to check our Upcoming Events page on our web site, too - we add new things throughout the month!

Saturday and Sunday, September 5th and 6th

  • St. John Cantius Tremont Polish Festival in Tremont!
    Both days will have Upstairs Kitchen by The Golden Agers of the Parish and Stands & Boutiques
    Saturday:  
    2-8pm; Dinners by Sokolowski's University Inn 
    4pm, English Mass
    5:30pm Polish Folk Dancers
    6-11pm Blackjack and Maverick Tables
    7-11pm Free Polka Dance with Polka Family
    Sunday:

    1pm-8pm Dinners by Sokolowski's University Inn
    1-5pm Jimmy K and Ethnic Jazz
    5:30pm Polish Folk Dancers
    6-10pm Blackjack and Maverick Tables
    7-11pm Free Polka Dance by Stephanie, America's Polka Sweetheart
Saturday, September 12
  • NETWORK EVENT! - Fishing with Metroparks, 11am - noon - Erie Canal Reserveation (4524 E 49th St, Cleveland)
    Ever wanted to learn how to fish? Do your kids want to know? Join us for this fun event to introduce your kids to fishing. Kids' fishing poles supplied. For those under 16 there no license required, others must bring own license and poles. If possible, please RSVP to Sarah at sryzner@nearwestfamilynetwork.org so we can be sure to have enough equipment for everyone.

     
  • Tail Waggin' Tutors, 11am at Carnegie West Library (1900 Fulton Rd.)
    Learning to read? Trouble reading aloud? Then visit with a Therapy Dogs International certified therapy dog for several minutes of comfortable reading. The dogs love to hear stories! Registration required. Please call the library at 623.6927 to get signed up for this fun new reading program.

     
  • SEE NFP at Bridge Beats and Treats Festival1-4pm - 9300 Lorain Ave., Cleveland
    This is a community festival celebrates West Side Community House's 125 years in the neighborhood with music, games and prizes. Music, dance, food, poetry performances, raffle drawings and more!
Tuesday, September 15
  • Make Paracord Survival Bands, 4pm at Carnegie West Library (1900 Fulton Rd.)
    Parachute cord, or Paracord, is a strong, yet thin and lightweight material, in which one strand can hold nearly 550 pounds! Paracord is not just used as parachute line, but also as lightweight material in survival bands, belts, and more. Visit the library and create your own Paracord band (Appropriate for grades 3+ and older).
 Saturday, September 19 
  • See NFP at Car Seat Safety Day! 10am - 1pm at Dave’s Mercado Plaza, 3565 Ridge Road Cleveland
    This is a free family event and includes a safety fair, touch a truck and activities for all ages. Get a FREE check for your car seat or booster seat from the safety experts at UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital! Drop off your used or unneeded car seat for recycling.
Saturday, September 26
  • Les Delices presents a free family concert!, 3pm- Bop Stop  (2920 Detroit Rd, Cleveland)
    This interactive concert-presentation about baroque music and instruments is recommended for children ages 5–15 and their families. The 45-minute program will introduce historical instruments including the baroque oboe, baroque violin, viola da gamba, and theorbo (a long-necked lute). Young listeners will get up close and personal with the music, exploring the different emotions music causes us to feel, and the artistic choices that performers make. Admission is free; but registration is recommended at 
    www.lesdelices.org
OCTOBER
Sunday, October 4
  • NETWORK EVENT! - 2nd Annual Fun Fest at Patterson's Fruit Farm, 10:30 - 12:30 - Chesterland, OH (directions and details will be emailed to everyone who RSVPs)
    Tickets for Members will be $4 and $7.50 for non members (kids 2 and under are free). Reservations are required as we will be pre-buying tickets (email amgarland@gmail.com with the number of tickets needed). The Fun Fest is ideal for children 10 and under and is a really fun family gathering. There will be donuts, lots of kids and of course, APPLES!

Keep these  Network events in mind as you are planning further in the future. If no contact person is listed, email information@nearwestfamilynetwork.org to get more involved!

Saturday, October 10

Sunday, October 18

  • NETWORK EVENT! - Scavenger Hunt/Fall Hike, Time and Location still TBD
    This year our fall hike will be scheduled a bit earlier than last year, hopefully no snow! Join us for some outdoor fun, snacks, and prizes! Contact Steve (skachmyers@nearwestfamilynetwork.org) or Norma (npboyd@nearwestfamilynetwork.org) if you'd like to help. Stay tuned for more details.

Fall/Winter

  • Cooking with Kids
    Seriously, all the details are still being worked out. But if you want to help, please contact Sarah! (sryzner@nearwestfamilynetwork.org)

     
  • Upcycle Craft Night Out for Parents
    Who says crafting is just for kids! We still need to pick a date, so if you want to make sure we have it when you can come - contact Amy (akulisheck@nearwestfamilynetwork.org) to get involved!
September 2015
School Lunches
Being able to buy their own lunch is something your child may look forward to this upcoming school year.  Now they get to call the shots on which foods they will eat.  Fortunately, many of the school lunches focus on improving children’s nutrition and offer healthier dishes to choose from.  However, some still offer less healthy options that children are tempted to buy.  In the typical school cafeteria, kids can still choose an unhealthy mix of foods often available as a side or in the vending machine. 
As a parent we should try and use school lunches as a chance to steer kids toward good choices. Especially with younger kids, we can explain how a nutritious lunch will give them energy to finish the rest of the school day and be able to participate in and enjoy after-school activities. 

TIPS:
  • Look over the school cafeteria menu together. Ask what a typical lunch includes and which meals your kids particularly like. Recommend items that are healthier, but be willing to allow them to buy favorite lunch items occasionally, even if that includes a hot dog.  We want to promote healthy eating and encourage our kids to do it more often, but we need to also educate that the foods that are less healthy we should choose less frequently.
     
  • Ask about foods like chips, soda, and ice cream. Find out if and when these foods are available at school.
     
  • Encourage kids to take a packed lunch, at least occasionally. This can put you back in the driver's seat and help ensure that kids get a nutritious midday meal.

Healthier Alternatives
Encourage kids to choose fruits, vegetables, lean meats, and whole grains, such as whole wheat bread instead of white. Also, they should avoid fried foods when possible and choose low-fat milk or water as a drink.

If you're helping pack a lunch, start by brainstorming foods and snacks that your kids would like to eat. In addition to old standbys, such as peanut butter and jelly, try pitas or wrap sandwiches stuffed with grilled chicken or veggies. Try soups and salads, and don't forget last night's leftovers as an easy lunchbox filler.


Click here to download a list of small changes you can make that will make a nutritional difference!

 
Stay Well,
Neighborhood Family Practice
(216) 281-0872

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