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The Parma Heights PACT (Police & Community Together) Youth Group:
     >>  The group continues to meet every other Tuesday from 6 – to 7:30 pm at Cassidy Theater, alternating between a group activity and discussion meeting agenda.
      >>  All area students ages 12 -17 are welcome to join. For announcements & detailed information visit the PACT Facebook page at:; email:; ph: 440.884.1235.
O  From OCALI (Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence) & PAVE (Partnership for Action, Voices for Empowerment)….Families with disability concerns take extra care when planning for emergencies. Go here for links links to the Red Cross disaster preparedness for families w/disabilities page, another from FEMA, and a very specific planning tool kit from Virginia Commonwealth University.

O  From the Literacy Cooperative-Imagination Library….Children from birth to 5 years of age, living in Cuyahoga County can now receive a brand new, age appropriate book, mailed directly to them each month.
Funded by sponsors, organizations & individual donors the program is designed to instill a love of books & to facilitate/encourage family reading from an early age. Go here to register your child, learn more and/or to donate:

O  From Achievement Center for Children’s Camp Cheerful….Plan on attending their OPEN HOUSE, from 1 to 3:00 pm, Saturday, Mar 28th, rain or shine. Learn about available Summer Camps, Adult Day Care offerings and their nationally accredited Therapeutic Horsemanship Program. Questions/info contact Alissa Piwinski, 440.228.6200 x-224; email: The Camp is located in Strongsville, on Royalton Rd, midway between W.130 & the I-71/Royalton Rd East exit.

O  From Holy Name H.S…. “Green Wave Summer Experience” a three week summer enrichment experience
; 8:00 am – 1:00 pm, Monday – Friday, from June 8th through June 26th; open to all students entering 7th and 8th grades. Go here for details and to register….

O  From Ohio Dept of Education (ODE)….They’re looking for
local nonprofit agencies to become sponsors or meal sites for the 2020 Summer Food Service Program. The program ensures children ages 1-18 continue to receive nutritious meals during the summer break. Go here to learn more & see if your organization qualifies:

O  From Starting Point….
If you’re a Youth Engagement Professional or work regularly w/youth, register to  attend the “Building Developmental Assets” presentation from 10 to 11:30 am on Wednesday, April 1st in the auditorium of the Parma-Snow Library. Space appears to be filling fast; register at:

O  The Annual Partners in Education (P.I.E.) Pierogi Dinner
will be served in the Normandy H. S. Cafeteria on Friday, March 6th from 4:00 to 7:00 pm. Tickets available at all school locations…Fish = $12; Pierogi = $10; Mac & Cheese = $8. Carry-out only begins at 3:00 pm.

O  From Parma Council of PTA’s:….
      >>  Their popular $30,  2 day Babysitter Training Course for 6th, 7th & 8th grade students of the Parma City School District is scheduled for Sat., March 7th & Sat., Mar. 14th, from 8:30 am to 1:30 pm, at Parma Sr. H.S  Visit for more information and to register.
      >>  The Annual Kalahari PTA Family Night & Fundraiser will be coming up on Thursday, Mar. 19th. The special rate for this event is $139. Go here for details & booking information:

O  From the Parma Area MyCom Neighborhood (PAMN):
      >>  Youth Opportunities Unlimited (Y.O.U.)
is accepting applications from high school students 14-18 years of age interested in the Summer Youth Employment Program. Note that the registration window for this program will close at 5:00 pm Friday, March 13th.  Go here:  to submit your application. And, make sure you inform Qadriyyah Sultan, our MyCom Neighborhood Coordinator at 216-749-9413, email:  to ensure preferred consideration. While you’re at it, ask her about details related to this year’s Advocacy Day opportunity in Columbus.  
      >>  Women STEAM Stars Edition – A MyCom funded opportunity….Parma (Powers Blvd) Branch Library, Wednesdays, Mar 4 – 18 / 4:15 – 6:00 pm - Learn about female makers  in science, technology, engineering, art & math.  Work together to complete experiments inspired by these maker’ discoveries.  Hear from local female STEAM professionals about their experiences & careers. Registration required.

O  From Image Clear Ultrasound….
Do you, or do you know of someone who thinks they may be pregnant?  Learn how to be sure and where to can find the resources to know for sure.  Image Clear Ultrasound mobile units are there to provide you with the information you need to know. Learn more about this organization & where to find their mobile medical unit by clicking here:

O  From The Parma Elks….They’re hosting a well-represented Veterans Resources & Wellness Fair from 2 – 5:00 pm, Sat., Mar. 28th at 2300 Snow Rd. You must present your DD-214 or a county issued ID card. Call 440.292.0420 to pre-register.  A $10 Amazon gift card will be given to the first 40 Vets that call.

O  From Parma City Schools:
       >>  PSCD Kindergarten Registration…..Scheduled to begin on Wednesday, March 1st with the opening of the on-line registration portal…. The process has changed considerably from previous years with the goal of making it much more flexible & family friendly. Visit the above site for additional details.
      >>  Strategic Consolidation: to view related documents and to register your interest in supporting implementation. 
  Community Walking Program: Reminder….the three PCSD high school buildings are open to walkers two nights a week (Monday & Thursday 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm (except during school breaks) thru mid-April. Open Swimming is also available for residents of Parma, Parma Hts. & Seven Hills at Parma & Valley Forge H.S.  Click here: for details on both these programs.
 Mark your calendar for the next two Town Hall meetings scheduled for Wed., Mar. 4th  at Parma Heights Branch Library, Meeting Rm C, 6206 Pearl Rd. beginning at 6:30 pm and May 6th at Parma-Snow Branch Library, Conf. Rm A/B, 2121 Snow Rd. also beginning at 6:30 pm.
     >>  2020 Camp Invention…. For kids entering grades K – 6th, this week-long camp is being held at Pleasant Valley Elementary June 8 – 12, 2020. Visit or call 800-968-4332 to register. Use promo code SUM25 to save $25 (expires 3/31) or SUM15 to save $15 (expires 5/12).
      >>  Don’t forget about  “Donuts wth Dr. Smialek”, a once-a-month opportunity for a donut, coffee & an informal conversation with the Superintendent. The next couple of sessions are 8:00 am, Mar. 2nd at the Dunkin’ Donuts at 7422 Broadview Rd. & 8:00 am, Tues. Apr. 28th at Royal Donuts, 5759 State Rd. (Note date change)
O  From PCSD Connects (formally CBS Connects):
     >>  Coming soon…. information regarding Project WISE, the Chevy Plant’s Annual Women In Science And Engineering field trip open to all district 7th grades girls.
Visit the district’s workforce development web site at

O  From the Parma Area Family Collab: (Parkview Elem., 5210 Loya Pkwy – next to Parma Sr. H.S.)
>>  Learn more about the Collab’s programs & services by visiting their web site at

O  From our 3 CCPL branch libraries…All three locations have developed & are offering a particularly impressive list of programs this month for all youth age groups. Since a detailed listing would far exceed the space available, I encourage you to use the links below to display the current month’s offerings for your preferred branch.
     >>  Parma-Snow: Go here: to display their event calendar for the current month.
      >>  Parma (Powers Blvd.): Go here: to display their event calendar for the current month.
 >>  Parma Hts.: Go here:  to display their event calendar for the current month.

Gene Lovasy

Community Volunteer/Youth Advocate

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Volume 12, Issue 3, Posted 11:18 PM, 03.01.2020