News You Can Use (And Where To Find it)

O  Go to any of the links below to learn more, to volunteer, or to bring yourself up to date re: active projects, initiatives and/or events & activities.
  >> Parma City School District:; or

  >>  Parma Area Family Collaborative for current programs and local resources: or
  >>  Young Professionals of Parma or

  >>  Cuyahoga County Public Library Summer Reading Program:
  >>  Cuyahoga County Public Library Adult Education GED, Benefit Enrollment Assistance, etc.:
  >>  Parma Hts. PACT (Community Policing Initiative):
  >>  Ohio Means Jobs: 
  >>  Stearns Homestead & Parma Area Historical Society (PAHS): or
  >> Constellation Charter Schools or
  >>  Parma Early Childhood PTA
For parents with children from newborn to age 6; part of the State and National PTA organizations and not affiliated with any preschool or church. Expectant parents and non-Parma residents are welcome to join! or


O  2018 PCSD Opening Kickoff at Byers Field - Saturday, August 18, 2018, starting at 9:00 am rain or shine…. As compared to last year, there’ll be more groups performing & most school programs will have demos & reps available to answer questions. Returning this year will be the “Drive for Your Students” fundraiser co-sponsored by Barry Axelrod GMC & PCS Education Foundation. Go to www.parmacityschools/kickoff for more information.

O  School district feedback….PCSD wants to hear from you, whether you live in the community, have students in our schools or work for the school district. Your feedback, questions or comments are welcome via e-mail at If the matter is urgent, contact your school's principal or call the Parma City School District's main phone number at (440) 842-5300.

O  The 23rd Annual PACC “Spotlight on Education” (what I call The New Teachers Breakfast) is coming up on Thursday, August 9th at 7:30 am. Go here  to download the Info/Reservation form or call the Chamber office at 440.886.1700.

Save the date - Parma Early Childhood PTA’s 4th Annual Touch-a-Truck is coming up on Sunday, Sept 16th from Noon to 5:00 pm at the UH/Parma Health Education Center, 7300 State Rd. This one looks bigger & better then ever. Go here for more details:

The Parma Council of PTA's is asking for feedback from families on how our schools and PTA's are doing. The information you share will help build a stronger partnership among our families, school leaders, and community at-large. If you have a child attending a Parma District school please complete the Parma Council of PTA’s School of Excellence Survey 2018 at:

Go here to learn more about the great community support activities offered by the Parma Area Family Collaborative. Collecting and soliciting donations for school supplies, stuffing upwards of 1,000 backpacks & coordinating their August 11th distribution is their current big project. If you can help call: 440.877.4873.

The City of Parma Heights will be holding its 3rd Annual Kids in the Commons day from Noon – 5:00 pm on Saturday, Aug 11th. This year looks to be bigger & better then ever w/activities for young & old. Check out the flyer on their web site -

O  The Annual Constellation Schools Scholarship Committee Golf Outing will take place at Ridgewood G.C. on Saturday, August 25th. Proceeds will help provide financial assistance to graduating seniors to further their education. Go here  for more information and forms to register and/or sponsor.

O  The County’s Div of Senior & Adult Services will be holding its Annual Free Senior Movie Day & Resource Fair at Connor Palace at Playhouse Square on Friday, August 10th. The Resource Fair opens at 11:30 am & the movie starts at 1:00 pm. Contact your local senior ctr. for more information.

O  Coming up on Thursday, Aug 16th, 7:00 – 8:15 pm…..
Parma Lutheran Church is sponsoring a free presentation on issues related to human trafficking, now the second largest & fastest growing criminal industry in the world. Where: Parma Library (Powers Blvd); Presented by: Members of the Collaborative to End Human Trafficking (

O  The Parma Ukrainian Village Parade is scheduled for Saturday, August 25th at 11:00 am. If your organization would like to participate, email w/the organization name, contact information, unit composition (band, auto, walkers, floats, etc). Registration deadline is August 10th.

O  From the Parma Branch Library (Powers Blvd.) special events….      
     >>  Animation Experience – Grades 3 - 6. August 4th; Drop in between 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. to try your hand at stop-motion animation. Make movies using LEGO bricks, Claymation and other methods. Registration suggested….

     >>  Kindergarten Skills: Scissors, Paste and Tape – Ages 3 - 6 with a caregiver; August 9th at 7:00 p.m.. Fun crafts will exercise fine motor skills, attention span and ability to follow directions, to help prepare children for Kindergarten. Register at:

O  From the Parma Hts Branch Library….
>>  Kids in the Commons activities, Saturday, 8/11 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the Library:
             > Photo Booth: Bring your family and friends to get a picture taken in front of our green screen! We'll email the photo to you. Information at:
             >  Stone Painting: Kids and Teens let your imagination be your guide in creating a memorable paperweight or decoration as you paint a stone. Non-toxic materials are used. Information at:
  Play, Learn, and Grow Toddler Club:  Ages 1 to 3 & caregivers; Wednesdays, 8/15-9/12 at 10 a.m. Boost your toddler’s brain through play! Join us for a 5-week club and, connect with your kids and other families, plus get answers about your growing child. Please register at:

Gene Lovasy

Community Volunteer/Activist

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Volume 10, Issue 8, Posted 11:23 AM, 08.01.2018