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Autism fundraiser in Independance nets nearly $70,000: Sun Postings

Posted March 26, 2018 in Articles

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio -- More than 400 bowlers turned out at Spins Bowl in Independence earlier this month for the sixth annual Strike it Big Bowling Extravaganza. The family event, a fundraiser for Milestones Autism Resources, raised nearly $70,000 for the autism community.

It featured balloon twisting, face painting, a raffle, a photo booth and an appearance by Chomps, the Cleveland Browns mascot.

Event proceeds will be used for Milestones' free Helpdesk, a service that allows families to contact the agency's staff for personal guidance and local resources.

Diabetes education: In an effort to better educate and assist Parma Heights residents, the city is partnering with the YMCA of Greater Cleveland to offer two free presentations about the Y's Diabetes Prevention and Education program. The presenter will be Linda McVey, the Y's director of health initiatives.

The 6:30 p.m. program on April 4 will be at the Cassidy Theatre, 6200 Pearl Road. The noon April 5 event will be at the Parma Heights Senior Center. Both programs are free.

The new audiovisual recording studio at the Strongsville Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library is dedicated in memory of the late Kathleen Cochrane DePiero of Parma. Photo provided by CCPL.

In memoriam: The new audiovisual recording studio at the Strongsville Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library will be dedicated in honor of Kathleen Cochrane DePiero at 5:30 p.m. March 27. The library is at 18700 Westwood Drive, Strongsville.

DiPiero, a former television news reporter, died in December after a brief illness. She was the wife of Dean DiPiero, a CCPL trustee and former Parma mayor.

All are invited to the event. Library staff will give demonstrations of the new studio, which was part of the library's $550,000 renovation. Studio features include Mac computers with a variety of programs, including movie editing software, microphones, keyboard, video camera, Chroma key green screen wall and Chroma key green screen backdrop and stand.

Visitors to the Strongsville Branch can access the audiovisual recording studio during regular library hours at no charge. However, they must complete a required orientation session first to acquaint them with the equipment and software. Sessions are scheduled for 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. March 31 and April 7 and 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. April 2 and 10.

Easter bake sale: The Parma Animal Shelter will have a bake sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 31 in the garage behind the shelter. Cookies, breads, cakes, pies, chocolates and other sweets will be available, as well as a special book from a local author to help fill your Easter baskets. Sales are cash only.

On stage: "A Chorus Line" will be presented April 6-22 at the Cassidy Theatre in Parma Heights. The show will be directed by Kristin Netzbrand.

For tickets, call (440) 842-4600, or visit cassidytheatre.com.

Yoga in the park: Yoga for Research will be offered from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. April 7 at Cleveland Metroparks West Creek Reservation, 2277 W. Ridgewood Drive, Parma. The event will have an all-levels flow yoga practice with live cello music in the Watershed Stewardship Center Confluence room. It will benefit the nonprofit Research Institute for Children's Health at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.

An optional guided hike through the reservation will follow until noon. Cost is $20. Proceeds will help further treatments and cures for genetic-based diseases and disorders that affect one in 30 children.

Register at yogaforresearch.eventbrite.com or call/text 216-952-6508.

Top 10 finisher: Parma resident Tiffany Zody scored a Top 10 event finish while representing Cuyahoga Community College at the National Collegiate Landscape Competition. Zody finished fifth in turf and weed identification, one of 30 events at the collegiate challenge.

Her performance helped Tri-C finish first among community colleges and fourth overall at the competition, which took place March 14-17 in North Carolina. The event attracted more than 60 of the top horticulture and landscape programs in the country.

The annual student competition is organized by the National Association of Landscape Professionals to boost job recruitment in the landscape industry, where there is high demand for skilled workers.

Tri-C has had a strong showing in the competition in recent years, placing fifth overall in 2017, third in 2016, 10th in 2015 and fifth in 2014.

The college's Plant Science and Landscape Technology program, which is based at the Eastern Campus in Highland Hills, prepares students for careers in landscape design and construction, garden center or nursery management, and other horticulture fields.

Annual meeting: Mark your calendar for the annual meeting of the Friends of Parma Libraries, beginning at 10 a.m. April 14 at the Parma (Main) Library, 6996 Powers Blvd., Parma, a branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library. Networking will be from 10 to 10:30 a.m., the meeting from 10:30 to 11 a.m. and the program from 11 a.m. to noon.

Friends of the Parma Libraries will have its annual meeting April 14 at the Parma Library.

Laura DeMarco, a Plain Dealer reporter and local author, will discuss her book, "Lost Cleveland."

The purpose of the meeting is to introduce library patrons to the Friends organization, which supports the library branches by funding programming for children and adults. Membership in the Friends organization is $5 a year in order to maintain levels of funding for library programs.

Original Article: http://blog.cleveland.com/parmasunpost/2018/03/post_39.html

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