STRONGSVILLE, Ohio – SouthPark Mall is excited to be celebrating the 25th anniversary of when it first opened its doors on October 16th, 1996. In honor of this milestone, SouthPark Mall will be hosting a three-day anniversary celebration with a series of fall events from Friday, Oct. 15 through Sun., Oct. 17.
The weekend will have a beer garden, pumpkin patch, bounce house and live music for all three days, and will be filled with fun activities for kids, families, and adults, including:
- Fri., Oct. 15 — The event will kick off at 4 p.m. with live music performances, a retailer Fall fashion show highlighting the latest trends, a beer garden hosted by the JD Breast Cancer Foundation, a pumpkin patch provided by Richardson’s Farm to benefit The Strongsville High School Music program, bounce houses and inflatables, and a selection of food trucks.
- Sat., Oct. 16 – Live music performances from the Monica Robins and Joey Amato band, a magic show, and tons of exciting ways to win prizes and giveaways with the Real Pop Fusion. There will be character photo opportunities with Wonder Woman, Super Girl, Poison Ivy, Anna, Elsa, and Slider as well as balloon artists, air brush tattoos, caricature artists, a petting zoo,classes, giveaways, minute-to-win-it challenges and more.
- Sun., Oct.17 — The fun continues until 3 p.m. with free fitness. You won’t want to miss this exclusive opportunity to celebrate SouthPark Mall’s 25th anniversary with friends, family, and community.
SouthPark Mall requires guests to follow all CDC guidelines regarding COVID and recommends mask wearing.
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Live performances: Baldwin Wallace College is returning to in-person arts and cultural events, concerts, series and productions. Go to www.bd.edu for a complete list. They will be following CDC guidelines which requires face masks to be worn indoors at BW by all individuals regardless of vaccination status.
Highlights of the season include: Faculty Recital, Oct. 9; Opera, Alcina, Oct. 11-14; Black Box Theatre, Everybody, Oct. 20-24; Art Exhibition, This Land is Your Land, Oct. 22; Dance, The Modern Prometheus, Black Box Theatre, Oct. 27-31 and Theatre, Into the Woods, Nov. 10-21.
Child classes: Connecting for Kids provides education and support to families with concerns about their child. They serve all families, including those children with and without formal diagnoses. CFK offers educational programs, support groups, a Parent Match Program and numerous resources.
Connecting for Kids offer virtual and in-person program for children and adults. Registration is required for these October programs. Register online at www.connectingforkids.org/register,
via email: [email protected] or call or text 440-570-5908, para español 440-907-9130.
· Behavior Chat – Do you want strategies to motivate your child toward positive behavior? Do you wish you had a kit filled with proactive “tools” you could use to get ahead of meltdowns before they start? Join this group each month to learn how to use the tools in a Behavior Toolkit to help your child ages 18 months – 12 years control behavior and manage emotions. This program is designed for children with or without developmental concerns. At each session, Ochanya McRoberts-Wells, MEd, will discuss the theme of the month and answer your questions on a variety of topics, which can be asked during the program or submitted upon registration. You have the option to attend in person or via live stream.
Strategies to Ease Transitions, Tues., Oct. 19, 6:30 p.m. at Cuyahoga County Public Library, Middleburg Heights Branch or live stream.
· Can “Mom-Rage” be a Good Thing? For families of children with complex needs Can anger actually be a positive thing? Is your “mom-rage” or “caregiver-rage” trying to alert you to a deeper problem? Sarah Saunders, MA, LPCC, of Purposeful Growth & Wellness, will discuss how anger can actually be a good messenger. Similar to a check engine light in your car, anger is a signal that something more is going on. If you feel “rage-y,” you’re not alone. Join other families of children with complex needs to help you identify how anger feels, why it might be happening and what to do about it. Each attendee will receive a free sand timer. Thurs., Oct. 21, 8:30 p.m., virtual.
· Healing from the Trauma of Institutional Racism for Black Families – Do you identify as a Black American who feels the effects of institutional racism? Are you currently raising a child ages birth – 12 years? If so, join Anna Jones, LISW, of Cleveland State University, for this four-week workshop, which will help you move forward despite the trauma. She will help you see and stop patterns of trauma survival that can affect you and your children and practice hands-on self-care and healing techniques. Anna will help you develop coping skills to thrive, even in a society where institutional racism continues to exist. Wednesdays, Oct. 13, 20 and 27, 7 p.m. and virtual.
Give blood: There will be a Red Cross Blood Drive on Oct. 14 from 1-7 p.m. at the Strongsville Library, 18700 Westwood Dr. In just an hour of your time you can help save up to three lives. Make sure hospital patients get the treatment they need. Donate blood today. For more information or to make an appointment visit www.redcrossblood.org or call the American Red Cross at 800-RED-CROSS – 800-733-2767.
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