PARMA, Ohio – Summer has arrived – the time most kids have been looking forward to.
However, many parents do not share this enthusiasm. I have a friend whose young daughter announced she was “bored” at 9:30 am on the second day of summer vacation. Cold and rainy weather was part of the culprit.
What should parents do, especially if they have to juggle child care/supervision and work responsibilities?
The municipal library can help you.
There are 27 Cuyahoga County Public Library branches, including two in Parma—Parma-Powers and Parma-Snow—and branches in Parma Heights, Independence, and Brooklyn. Even if the kids don’t want to read all summer, there are other fun things to do, and the library offers a free summer lunch program at several branches (while supplies last) for kids up to ‘at 18 years old. the youngest members of the family continue all summer, too
Library programs are free and most are in person. There are too many programs to list, so here’s a look at some of the events at the Parma-Powers branch, 6996 Powers Blvd., Parma. Enroll today by visiting the library’s website, cuyahogalibary.org and clicking on the desired library branch, or call the branch. The number for Parma-Powers is 440-885-5362.
All branches have the same hours: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Thursday; 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
CCPL celebrates its centenary. The theme for this year’s summer reading program is “Celebrating 100 Years of Reading”. Program participants track their reading to win milestone and completion prizes and raffle entries for the grand prize. Register to participate online or in person at a library branch. Register online or create a beanstack account at https://cuyahogalibrary.beanstack.org/reader365. The program ends on August 14.
Families can take their kids for a walk outside the Parma-Powers branch and enjoy a StoryWalk, “Planting a Rainbow,” by Lois Ehlert. The experience can be enjoyed anytime – whether the library is open or not – in June and July. The library is located at 6996 Powers Blvd., Parma.
Children entering grades 1-5 can participate in hands-on ape and ape activities at 2 p.m. on June 27 during “See us Evolve: For the Love of Primate.” Participants will learn about Jane Goodall and examine real primate bones.
The July sessions of “Baby & Me Storytime” will take place at 10:30 a.m. on Mondays. Children from birth to 18 months and their caregiver are invited to join in for nursery rhymes, songs, finger plays and books.
Toddlers 19-35 months and their caregivers are invited to participate in toddler storytime sessions – using the same basic format – at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesdays in July.
And preschoolers, ages 3-5 but not yet in kindergarten, will have their storytime sessions at 10:30 a.m. on Thursdays in July.
Children ages 3-5 with a caregiver can drop off a stuffed friend for a week of “Stuffy Sleepaway Camp” and receive a letter from their stuffed animal in the mail before meeting at the camp party at 11 a.m. on the 22nd. July.
An adapted/sensory story hour will be offered at 11 a.m. on July 30 for children ages 3-5 and their caregivers. Children with varying learning styles and abilities will learn together in a safe and supportive environment where respect and appreciation for differences is encouraged.
And about those free summer lunches: kids up to 18 can enjoy a lunch provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank while supplies last. Lunches are available from Monday to Friday until August 12 and must be consumed on site. Here is the opening hours of the branches in the Parma region:
11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at Brooklyn Branch, 4480 Ridge Road, Brooklyn, 216-398-4600
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Parma Heights branch, 6206 Pearl Road, Parma Heights, 440-884-2313
1:30-2:30 p.m. at Parma-Powers branch, 6996 Powers Blvd., Parma, 440-885-5362
3:15-4:15 p.m. at Parma-Snow branch, 2121 Snow Road, Parma, 216-661-4240
Visit cuyahogalibrary.org/services/student-success/summer-lunches for more information.
Friday Fun: Independence will have Friday Farmers’ Markets from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday in the square until July 29 – except July 1. Vendors this week include Luther Farms, Indy Blooms, Cecilia’s Sweet Delights and The Honeyest One.
The popular Wayne Tomsic Band will play polka favorites at the June 24 Summer Concert at 7 p.m. in the square. Two food trucks will also be there: Barrio & Sweet and The Mobile Cupcakery.
There will be another bonus concert on Wednesday at 7 p.m. on June 29, featuring the Independence Community Band.
Spectators should bring a chair or blanket.
Help the shelter: White Ridge Co. will have its first golf outing on June 25 at Ridgewood Golf Course, 6505 Ridge Road, Parma.
Registration is at 1:30 p.m. and a shotgun start is at 2:30 p.m. Cost is $100 per person or $400 for a foursome. Lunch and a buffet dinner plus six drinks are included in the golf fee. There will be a grand prize for the first, second and third place teams and a 50/50 draw and raffle baskets will be available for purchase. Contact Brandon Reppucci at 440-521-9568 or email@example.com to register.
All profits will be donated to the Parma Animal Shelter.
Show appreciation: Those who work outdoors are often subjected to extreme temperatures and the fury of Mother Nature.
Last week – and this week, if the weather forecast does not change – they faced (and will face) scorching hot days. City of Independence officials decided to thank service department personnel who braved the heat and humidity while working, so they held a spontaneous barbecue.
Service manager Ron McKinley and his team were the grillmasters. Employees enjoyed hamburgers and hot dogs in the air-conditioned dining room.
Meet the mayor: Brooklyn Mayor Katie Gallagher will host a one-hour community rally from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on June 29 in the Grand Pavilion at Veteran’s Memorial Park. The mayor will update participants on what is happening in the city. All residents are welcome.
For more information, call 216-635-4220.
Musical interlude: The Seven Hills Summer Concert Series kicks off with the Brian Papesh Party Band at 6 p.m. June 24 at the Town Hall Pavilion. Participants must bring a chair.
The rest of the lineup includes Frank and Dean on July 1; The Airchiefs on July 8; Funkology on August 5 and Fireside on August 12.
Food trucks will also be present every week.
Garage sales across the city: Bargain hunters should mark their calendars for the citywide garage sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 23-24 and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 25 throughout Independence.
An online list of selling addresses and items for sale to each is available online or pick up a printed copy at Independence Civic Center, 6363 Selig Drive, Independence.
The Polaris program in the spotlight: The Polaris Career Center Adult Police Academy, established in 2002, received the Ohio Attorney General STAR Academy designation. The award was established in 2021 to recognize police academies approved by the Ohio Peace Officers Training Commission that go above and beyond minimum requirements to ensure cadets receive the best training possible.
Since its founding, the academy has trained and placed hundreds of graduates in countless police departments and law enforcement agencies in northeast Ohio and beyond.
“We are proud to receive this award. The STAR Academy designation is an endorsement of the excellent training and instruction our teachers provide. We are committed to raising the bar to ensure our cadets are well prepared for the field of law enforcement,” said Ernie Oergel, Commandant of Polaris Police Academy. The OPOTC approves training academies throughout Ohio and requires 737 total hours of instruction and training. The Polaris program is 800 hours.
Polaris is located at 7285 Old Oak Blvd., Middleburg Heights. It serves nine communities, including Brooklyn, Fairview Park, North Olmsted, Olmsted Falls, and Olmsted Township.
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