October News and Events from the Near West Family Network!

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October 2015
Fall in Cleveland is a great time to still be outside. We are organizing two fun events that encourage the entire family to run around, crunch some leaves and PLAY! Details for both are in the Upcoming Events section.
  • NWFN Centennial Trail Scavenger Hunt on Sunday, October 18 from 10 - noon.
We're also excited to announce that our health partner, Neighborhood Family Practice, will be holding a ribbon cutting for their new community health center at W. 117th & Lorain Ave. on Tuesday, October 13 from 5-7pm!

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!
NWFN Would Like to Help You Understand Your School Choices!
If you are interested in touring some of our near west elementary schools, please take a minute to fill out our survey to find out which schools people are interested in and what your general availability is for visiting.  We are in the initial planning stages, so watch for more information.

In the mean time - two great schools have scheduled opportunities in October for you to visit their schools: Birchwood has an
open house on Sunday, October 18 from 2-4 pm and Near West Intergenerational School has two tours scheduled on Thursday, October 22 (8:45 am and 1:15 pm). More details are in the Upcoming Events section below.
Issue 8 is Up for Renewal in November!
We typically stay out of political issues, but the arts and culture in and around Cleveland are a big part of what many of us love about living in the city. Renewing Issue 8 (a 1.5 cent per cigarette tax) will help ensure continued support for many of the cultural initiatives and organizations we enjoy today (as well as those we may not yet know about!) If you support Issue 8, you can pick up a yard sign from 1961 W. 45th St. You can also learn more about the issue and/or you can find out how you can volunteer at http://voteforissue8.org/volunteer
The Network isn't anything without its members and volunteers....
  • Weather didn't cooperate for our Fishing with Metroparks event in September, but thank you Sarah Rzyner for working to pull it together - we can try again next summer!

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!

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


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


  • 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.


  • Super Sleuth Readers at Carnegie West, 11:30 am – 12:00 pm (1900 Fulton Rd.) (through 10/27)
    Children ages 3-5 are now Super Sleuth Readers!  After reading fun stories, singing songs and rhymes, our Super Sleuths will look further into their stories through play and crafts!
  • 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!


  • 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)


  • Pace Tumbling and Eclectic Arts Program, (2 classes) 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!
Friday, October 2
  • Join NFP for a Tour through Dave’s Supermercado! 1-2 pm (3565 Ridge Road, Cleveland 44102)
    Explore reading read food labels, simple nutrition tips you can use every day and shopping healthy on a budget. All participants will receive a free goody bag and information to take home!
    Participate in the Healthy Shopping Challenge for a great prize!
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)
    pattersonsTickets 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 (RSVP to amgarland@gmail.com with the number of tickets needed by Friday, 10/2). 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!
Tuesday, October 6
  • See NFP at the Tremont Farmers Market, 4-7pm at Lincoln Park.
    LAST MARKET outside for the season!
Wednesday, October 7
  • Join NFP to view The Mama Sherpas! 6-8pm, The Education Center at NFP (3569 Ridge Rd., Cleveland, OH 44102)
    Celebrate National Midwifery Week with NFP and see The Mama Sherpas, a documentary which follows nurse midwives, the doctors they work with, and their patients. The documentary provides an intimate glance into what midwives can bring into the birthing process in the hospital system.  THIS FREE EVENT INCLUDES:  Screening of The Mama Sherpas documentary;  Q & A with the nurse midwives from Neighborhood Family Practice (following the screening) and refreshments
Saturday, October 10
Tuesday, October 13
  • NFP New Community Health Center Ribbon Cutting!, 5 – 7pm at W. 117th and Lorain Ave.
    Neighborhood Family Practice (NFP) has been delivering quality primary healthcare services to individuals and families on Cleveland’s near west side for more than 35 years, and is dedicated to partnering with the community for everyone’s best health. The opening of the new office is a reflection of NFP’s commitment to this mission. All members of the community are invited and encouraged to attend this ribbon cutting. Those who attend will have an opportunity to tour the office, meet our wonderful & caring staff, enjoy refreshments, entertainment and fun.
Thursday, October 15
  • Parent Tour at Near West Intergenerational School, 9:00 am, at 3805 Terrett Ave. (across from Fairview Park)
    This monthly tour (Third Thursday of every month at 9am) gives parents an opportunity to see this charter school in action and get all their questions answered! Buzz to enter on the south side door. Read the story of the school
    at: tisonline.com/nwis or visit their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/NearWestIntergenerationalSchool
Saturday, October 17
  • Gordon Square Fall Fest: Test Flight, 4-9pm Gordon Sq. Arts District (65th and Detroit Ave.)
    A neighborhood-wide event to kick-off the 2015-2016 theatrical season! A celebration of the arts and culture of the near west side, the heart of Cleveland’s alternative theatre community.  Visitors and locals alike are invited to experience the tastes, sights and shops of Gordon Square, while local artists infuse area storefronts with live music and performance. Round out the evening with one of several ticketed shows by CPT, Near West Theatre, Talespinner Children’s Theatre, Theater Ninjas, the Capitol Theatre and others, enjoy food and drink specials at nearby eateries and hit the dance floor at the late-night afterparty, hosted by CPT and open to all. FREE
Sunday, October 18
  • NETWORK EVENT! – Scavenger Hunt/Fall Hike, 10 am Centennial Trail (corner of Franklin and Columbus)
    This year’s fall hike is a scavenger hunt! We are meeting at the Centennial Trail sign (address above) to start the hunt at 10am. Please RSVP to Steve (skachmyers@nearwestfamilynetwork.org) or Norma (npboyd@nearwestfamilynetwork.org) by 10/9 so we are sure to have enough binoculars, compasses, and snacks!

  • Open House at Birchwood School, 2-4 pm, at 4400 W. 140th St.
    This is a great opportunity for parents to meet faculty, adminstrators, and other parents, as well as tour the facilities of another great school on the near west side of Cleveland. Click here for the flyer or visit the school website at www.birchwoodschool.org. 

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!


  • 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!
October 2015
Don't let sugar weigh you down

The average American consumes about 130 pounds of sugar in a year.1

The American Heart Association recommends limiting the added sugar in your diet to six teaspoons per day for women and nine teaspoons per day for men.2 That’s about 24 grams of sugar a day for women, and about 36 grams a day for men. Watch out for sugar that’s hiding in sweetened beverages, yogurt, cereals and other processed foods. Even foods you wouldn’t consider sweet may contain loads of added sugars.

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100 Calorie Snacks – Which will you choose?
4 Cups Raw Vegetables
1 Tablespoon Ranch Dip and 15 Carrots
1 Piece Fruit (apple, orange, banana, peach, plum)
1 Cup Fresh Fruit (grapes, strawberries, blueberries)
3 Cups Popcorn
6 oz Light Yogurt
2 Tablespoons Hummus, 2 Cups Raw Veggies
1 Laughing Cow Cheese Wedge, 8 Reduced Wheat Thins
6 Vanilla Wafers or 3 Gram Crackers
8 oz Skim Milk
1/3 Snickers Bar
2/3 Cup Potato Chips
2 Small York Peppermint Patties
2 Tablespoons Raisins
4 Hershey’s Kisses
1  Chocolate Chip Cookie
1/3 cup Ice Cream
½ Brownie
1/3  Donut
8 oz Coke or Pepsi 

  1. U.S. Department of Agriculture. “Sugar and Sweeteners Outlook,” June 2013. http://www.ers.usda.gov/publications/sssm-sugar-and-sweeteners-outlook/sssm-298.aspx#.U0r3pfldXq8 (accessed April 15, 2014)
  2. American Heart Association. “Sugar 101.http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/GettingHealthy/NutritionCenter/Sugars-101_UCM_306024_Article.jsp (accessed April 15, 2014)
  3. The Calorie King Calorie Fat and Carbohydrate Counter, ww.calorieking.com
This is intended to be general health information and not medical advice or services. You should consult your doctor for medical advice or services, including seeking advice prior to undertaking a new diet or exercise program.
Cheryl A. Sara RN RDN, CDE
Stay Well,
Neighborhood Family Practice
(216) 281-0872

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