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

April 2016
Another successful Easter Egg Hunt at Fairview Park this year! Over 150+ kids gathered 1500 eggs on a chilly morning last month (fueled by hot cocoa and donut holes!) Thanks are a plenty - please see our "Thanks to You" section below and we hope to see you again next year!
  • Indoor playdates for kids continue....
    and our Park Crawl is around the corner!

    A reminder that
    • Tuesdays from 9:30 - 11:30 am
      at Franklin Circle Church
      NWFN and Near West Rec host Gym Days
      An opportunity for kids to run off some energy even if it is cold or rainy.  

    • Select Fridays 10am - 12pm at Calvary Reformed Church
      Super member Sasha has also started a playdate. Dates vary by month, so always check our calendar.

      More details on both indoor playdates below in our Upcoming Events section.  
      (And stay tuned for more information about this summer's Park Crawl!)

  • Save the Date for our Spring Scavenger Hunt  - details are still being set, but the date is May 22nd!
This Sunday is marks the beginning of the
West Side Market SUNDAY HOURS

Many of you are already aware the for the first time in its over 100 year history, The West Side Market (corner of W 25th and Lorain Ave.) will be open on Sundays from Noon - 6:00 pm  starting this Sunday (April 3). Click here to find the Cleveland.com official list of vendors who plan to be open on Sunday.  If you aren't already familiar with the WSM, visit its official site for complete hours, vendor list, history, and more!
Construction has begun on the parking lot redesign, the west lot is currently closed
(behind the W 25th Street stores). 
RTA Is Planning Changes in our Neighborhoods!
The proposed changes include rate hikes and route cuts and changes. Make your voice heard by attending the upcoming RTA Public Meeting. 
6:00 – 8:00 pm, at Tremonte Pointe Community Room (2556 W 6th St.) 
For more information about the event, please contact Kai Kyles, the AmeriCorps VISTA Member at Tremont West Development Corporation at kaikyles@tremontwest.org or by calling 216 575-0920 x108.
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 Annual Fairview Park Easter Egg Hunt tradition continues! Thank you Ann Garland and Katie Zucca for your amazing leadership and organization. Thank you Ohio City Incorporated for your continued support. Thank you to Steve Kachmyers and Katherine Readey for your day-of support and SPECIAL THANKS to our returning Easter Bunny Claire Mancuso and her spirit guide Beth!  Of course, thank you also to all the egg stuffer and Saturday morning "layers". The Egg Hunt is truly a community effort!
  • Steve Kachmyers and our friends at Near West Rec and Franklin Circle Church. Without them, we would not have our weekly Gym Days! (Tuesdays 9:30-1130 am)
  • Sasha Ottson-Deal couldn't make it to our Tuesday Gym days - did that get her down? No! She started her own Friday Meet Up for kids at Calvary Reformed Church! Thank you for being super member and organizing this fun event for our community.
  • Playdates for kids!
    • Tuesday Gym Days at Franklin Circle Church: Every Tuesday 9:30 - 11:30 am
    • Friday Playdates at Cavalry Reformed Church: Select Fridays 10 am - Noon (April 15 & 29th)
  • At The Carnegie West Library
    • Super Sleuth Readers (Preschool)  Tuesdays at 11:30 
    • America Reads Tutors: M-Th, 3:00 - 6:00 pm
    • Tail Waggin' Tutors: Saturday, April 9, 11:00 am - Noon
    • Tough Wallet: Thursday, April 14, 4:00 - 5:00pm
  • Health
    • With NFP! Save Our Babies, Our Babies Matter, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
On the Horizon
  • NWFN Spring Scavenger Hunt - Save the Date 5/22!
  • Spring Clothes Swap
  • Spring Kids Dance Party!
  • 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 akulisheck@nearwestfamilynetwork.org)
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 information@nearwestfamilynetwork.org
April 2016
The New Year is a Memory... But it is not quite summer yet...
How can you stay motivated to maintain your healthy habits?
Try These Tips Today:
  • Set one realistic health and wellness goal today (don’t promise yourself too much!).
  • Be kind and pay yourself a compliment today.
  • Do 12 sit-ups, push-ups and planks today (repeat 3 times).
  • Sit less today — stand while working with a standing desk, pace during conference calls and walk at lunchtime.
  • Clear your pantry, fridge and freezer of foods with a lot of sugar, fat and salt.
  • Add healthful foods into your day, such as whole grains, fruits, vegetables and lean proteins.
  • Factor in fiber with vegetables, fruits, whole grains, nuts, seeds, beans, peas and lentils.
  • Color your health happy by planning at least one meatless day into your week.
  • Slow down your eating by taking at least 20 minutes to eat breakfast, lunch and dinner (it takes 20 minutes to feel fullness).
  • Forge ahead — don’t let a bump in the road of your healthy lifestyle get you down. Keep your goals at the top of your mind and move forward.
Stay Well,
Cheryl Sara
Wellness Program
Neighborhood Family Practice

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