November News and Events from the Near West Family Network!

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November 2015
We hope everyone had a fun and safe Halloween, and that you maybe used the extra hour that night to sleep off your sugar coma.... As we move into the holiday season, our lives naturally get pretty busy so while we are slowing down our own programming for the next month or two; we do have a fun Women's Night Out planned this month!
  • Clothing Swap + Happy Hour!! on Thursday, November 19 from 7:30 - 9:30 pm. Bring a bag of fall and winter clothes that you no longer love and leave with some you do! RSVP to Ann at for more details.
A reminder that open enrollment for Marketplace Health Insurance starts November 1 and our Health Partner, Neighborhood Family Practice, can help you navigate your options and get signed up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act, Medicare, Medicaid, and NFP's own sliding scale deductible. Click here to download the flier with more information or call 216-281-0872 to make an appointment today!
It is Officially Craft Fair Season! has compiled a listing of many, many craft fairs on Cleveland's  west and east sides - check it out!
NWFN Wants to Help You Understand Your School Choices!
Want to learn more about a school near you? Please take a minute to fill out our survey to let us know which schools you are interested in and what your general availability is for visiting them.  We are in the initial planning stages, so watch for more information. 
The Network isn't anything without its members and volunteers...
  • Once again, our Annual Apple Picking and Fun Fest Meet Up at Patterson's was a BLAST. Thanks to Ann McCarthy-Garland and Steve Kachmyers for coordinating our meet up space, donuts, and the member discount and to Ashley Taseff for making a great flier! A special thanks this year to Mother Nature because it was especally sunny and warm that day!
  • Mother Nature wasn't as kind for our Nature Hike, which was called on the count of sleetish-looking rain, but thank you Norma Polanco-Boyd and Steve Kachmyers for pulling it together - we have the binoculars and compasses, so you can be sure we will try this one again! Of course, kudos once again to Ashley Taseff for her continued assistance with our fliers!

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!
Visit the  Upcoming Events page on our Website 
to read our full list of events including details and links.  

The November events include:
The Ohio City Community Meeting (November 5)

The NWFN  Women's Clothing Swap + Happy Hour (November 19)
Details about events at Carnegie West Library some of the monthly neighborhood events!
  • Cleveland Museum of Art's Second Sundays (November 8)
  • Tremont Art Walk (November 13)
  • Parent Tour at Near West Intergenerational School (November 19)
  • Gordon Square's Third Fridays (November 20)
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
Breakfast is considered the most important meal of the day. Breakfast gives you energy to start your day. People who regularly eat a healthy, balanced breakfast tend to have better concentration, be more physical activity, have an easier time managing their weight and have good cholesterol levels.
Here are some easy ways to get the nutrition you need with a quick easy breakfast.
  1. Instant Oatmeal with low fat milk, soy or almond milk.
Add ¼ cup applesauce and sprinkle with cinnamon and cook in the microwave
Add raisins, dried cranberries, apple, banana or chopped walnuts.
  1. Low fat or Greek Yogurt, add your favorite crunchy cereal and fruit.
  2. Toaster waffle topped with yogurt and fruit
  3. Stuff a whole wheat pita pocket with egg and low fat cheese.
  4. Whole Wheat Tortilla with peanut butter. Add a banana, roll it up and enjoy!
  5. English muffin with egg, low fat cheese or peanut butter.
  6. Bowl of cereal, low fat milk and a piece of fruit
NO time to cook? Try this Simple Oatmeal Recipe in a Crock Pot.

Slow Cooker Apple Pie Steel Cut Oatmeal
1 cup steel cut oats
4 cups skim milk, unsweetened almond milk or water
4 medium apples chopped
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon nutmeg
2 tablespoons maple syrup
Add all ingredient to your slow cooker. Stir, Cook on low for 6-8 hours or high for 4 hours. Give it a good stir. Top with your favorite toppings walnuts, raisins, sliced bananas or peanut butter. To reheat add a splash of milk and heat up in the microwave.
Nutrition Information:
With Skim Milk: 230 calories, total fat 2.5 grams, saturated fat 1 grams, protein 12 grams, carbohydrates 40 grams, 5 grams fiber, sodium 120 mg

With Unsweetened Almond Milk: 180 calories, total fat 5 grams, saturated fat 1 gm, protein 5 grams, carbohydrate 31 grams, fiber 5 grams, sodium 135 mg
Stay Well,
Chery Sara RN, RDN ,CDE  Wellness Program, Neighborhood Family Practice
Neighborhood Family Practice
(216) 281-0872

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