News You Can Use (Or Where To Find It)

Formerly found under the “AROUND TOWN” section of the ASSET CORNER column, included here is summary information about upcoming programs, services, events & opportunities offered primarily by local non-profit organizations having a youth, health and/or safety focus. Contact information and/or web site addresses (URL’s) will be referenced, if available.

Regarding the Parma City School District’s levy, go here to read the official statement explaining why the issue will appear on the May 2018 ballot vs. in November.  Stay informed/involved in the planning and other levy related issues by visiting
  The County Board of Health has, just within the last few months, gone live with "".  This web site, designed for and promoted to teens, " the basis of a new awareness campaign to prevent teen pregnancy & the spread of STD's among youth throughout the county. It's designed to educate & motivate teenagers (14 - 19) about safer sexual behaviors & to increase their use of trusted health services and resources."  It’s an intuitive, well designed site containing easily understood topics/information on puberty, anatomy, mental & emotional health, STD’s. birth control, gender identity issues, a SEX ED Glossary, a Directory of Resources of all types, plus others. Click on the "PARENTS" and/or "ABOUT" link at the bottom of the home page for more information.
O  Plan now to take your kids and attend the 3rd Annual Parma Early Childhood PTA "Touch-A-Truck" event scheduled for Sunday, September 17th from Noon to 5 pm.  It will again be held at the UH/Parma Health Education Center, 7300 State Rd. One of many highlights will be helicopter landings & liftoffs at 2:00 & 3:30 pm
O  Community Clergy And Laity Training To Aid Our Veterans....This two-session, focused, outreach program is opened to all churches and is being held at Ridgewood United Methodist Church, 6330 Ridge Rd from 8:30am 12:45 pm on Thursday, Oct 5th & Thursday Oct 19th. With a continental breakfast & materials being provided, registration is strongly encouraged. Questions, contact Rev. Liz Krall; ph: 440.241.3499
 Girl Scouts of NE Ohio will be hosting an Open House for all grade levels starting at 6:00 pm on Thursday, Sept 7th at Bethany Assembly of God, 6195 Broadview Rd., Parma 44134. Questions, contact Melissa Evers, 330.603.8556, email:
O  The Collab's next Mobile Food Pantry will be this Thursday, September 14th. During the afternoon distribution UH/Parma Medical Center’s Community Health Nurses will be offering FREE blood pressure screenings and a representative from the Parma Health Ministry will be available to help folks apply for prescription assistance.
Also from the Collab....
  A new session of the popular Parenting Partners program is scheduled to begin on Monday, Sept. 11th. Classes are $20 and take place every Monday from 5 pm to 7 pm for 8 weeks; childcare & dinner is provided. For information or to register call the Collab at 440.887.4873.
>>  Their Annual Coat Drive will run from September 18 to October 6th this year. New or gently used coats for area children (and adults for that matter) can be dropped off at the Collaborative (the Hanna building, 11212 Snow Rd), Monday through Friday9 am to 5 pm. NEW hats and/or gloves, as well as monetary donations would be gratefully accepted.
>>  To stay current and learn more about Collaborative events/activities, visit their updated web site at:, follow them on Facebook at: or call Bruce Chamberlin, the Collab's Family to Family Supervisor at 440.887.4881 email:
O  If you're in a quandary about online tutoring or just tutoring in general click here to view a current and really very comprehensive analysis of the issue. Included, among other topics, are pros & cons, what to look for, best practices, best tutoring services of 2017, plus "Online Tutoring For Students with Learning Disabilities." Well worth a visit.
Camp Cheerful has announced dates for the 2017/2018 horseback riding program for pre-school & kindergarten children. Classes are scheduled for 10:30 am, the 2nd or 3rd Monday of each month, starting Sept 18th. Cost is $25 to include 1/2 hour of riding & 1/2 hr of ground activities. Sign up for just one class or as many as your schedule allows. Sign ups & payments should be finalized 2 weeks prior to each class. For more details or to register email
>>  Learn more about Camp Cheerful's Therapeutic Horsemanship program by attending their 11th Annual Timberland Horse Expo from 4:00 to 8:00 pm on Thursday, Sept 21st. There'll be barn tours, rider demos, food, crafts and fun for everyone. Visit to learn what the Achievement Center for Children/Camp Cheerful has to offer.
From the Library.... The 2017 Fall Library Program Guide is now available.Pick one up at your local branch or download a copy here: This issue is the most comprehensive yet, showing all sorts of outstanding programs, services and opportunities to include a spotlight on the changing landscape of Adult Education Services.Also, have you heard about a relatively new app called "LIBBY"? Designed to get people reading as quickly (and easily) as possible, the app is available for desktops running Win10, as well as Android, Apple and Kindle devices, Download it from the Google Play Store and iTunes. It's worth a try. 
>>  And at the Parma (Powers Blvd) Branch....
Brick Films Animation
 -- Grades 3 – 5, Sept 7 & 14 at 4:00 p.m.  Build a LEGO set and characters, write your story and use stop motion animation to film your movie! Program is two sessions and registration required....
Grandparents Day -- Ages 3 – 5, Sept 8 at 10:30 a.m. Grandparents and grandfriends are invited for stories, games and art activities that celebrate family bonds. Registration required....
O  If you work for or are affiliated w/a non-profit in need of technical assistance of some sort, i.e.: hardware, software, related education, etc., if you have not already, please take a minute and check out the range & prices for products & services available from TECHSOUP ).  The potential for cost savings is significant. 

Gene Lovasy

Community Volunteer/Activist

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Volume 9, Issue 9, Posted 1:06 PM, 09.01.2017