STRONGSVILLE, Ohio – SouthPark Mall is delighted to celebrate the 25th anniversary of its opening on October 16, 1996. In honor of this milestone, SouthPark Mall will host a three-day anniversary celebration with a series of fall events from Friday October 15 to Sunday October 17.
The weekend will have a beer garden, pumpkin patch, bounce house and live music over the three days, and will be filled with fun activities for kids, families and adults, including:
- Fri Oct 15 – Event kicks off at 4 p.m. with live music performances, a retailer’s fall fashion show showcasing the latest trends, a beer garden hosted by JD Breast Cancer Foundation, a pumpkin provided by Richardson’s Farm to benefit Strongsville High School’s music program, bouncy houses and inflatables, and a selection of food trucks.
- Sat October 16 – Live musical performances by the band Monica Robins and Joey Amato, a magic show and tons of exciting ways to win prizes and giveaways with Real Pop Fusion. There will be character photo opportunities with Wonder Woman, Supergirl, Poison Ivy, Anna, Elsa and Slider as well as balloon artists, airbrush tattoos, cartoonists, a petting zoo, lessons, freebies, minute-to-win challenges and more.
- Sun Oct 17 – The fun continues until 3 pm with free fitness. You won’t want to miss this exclusive opportunity to celebrate SouthPark Mall’s 25th anniversary with your friends, family and community.
SouthPark Mall requires customers to follow all CDC guidelines regarding COVID and recommend mask wear.
For more information on this and other events taking place at SouthPark Mall, visit
Live shows: Baldwin Wallace College is back to in-person arts and culture events, concerts, series and productions. Go to www.bd.edu for a full list. They will follow CDC guidelines that require face masks to be worn inside BW by all individuals, regardless of their immunization status.
Highlights of the season include: the faculty recital on October 9; Opera, Alcina, October 11-14; Black Box Theater, Everyone, October 20-24; Art exhibition, This Land is Your Land, October 22; Dance, The Modern Prometheus, Black Box Theater, October 27-31 and Theater, Into the Woods, November 10-21.
Children’s lessons: Connecting for Kids provides education and support to families who have concerns about their child. They serve all families, including children with and without a formal diagnosis. CFK offers educational programs, support groups, a parent matching program and many resources.
Connecting for Kids offers a virtual and in-person program for children and adults. Registration is mandatory for these October programs. Register online at www.connectingforkids.org/register,
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· Behavioral Chat – Do you want strategies to motivate your child to adopt positive behavior? Would you like to have a kit full of proactive “tools” that you could use to anticipate collapses before they start? Join this group each month to learn how to use the tools from a Behavioral Toolkit to help your child aged 18 months to 12 years control their behavior and manage their emotions. This program is designed for children with or without developmental problems. In each session, Ochanya McRoberts-Wells, MEd, will discuss the topic of the month and answer your questions on a variety of topics, which can be asked during the program or submitted during registration. You have the option of attending in person or by live streaming.
Strategies to Make Transitions Easier, Tuesday, Oct. 19, 6:30 p.m. at the Cuyahoga County Public Library, Middleburg Heights branch, or live.
· Can “Mom-Rage” be a good thing? For Families of Children with Complex Needs Can anger really be a positive thing? Is your “mom’s 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 be a good messenger. Similar to a check engine light in your car, anger is a signal that something more is happening. If you are feeling “angry” you are 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 participant will receive a free hourglass. Thursday, 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 is feeling the effects of institutional racism? Are you currently raising a 12 year old child? 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 trauma survival patterns that may affect you and your children, and practice practical 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.
Donate Blood: There will be a Red Cross blood drive on October 14 from 1 to 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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