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Fun in Recreation
Recreation is about activities which provide opportunities to enjoy new experiences, express creativity and  master new skills. In collaboration with our Volunteer Program,  New Avenues Recreation Department, led by Coordinator Nicole Venen, planned a calendar of warm weather fun for participants of our Day Services program at Buckeye Industries, Cleveland East!
 
Individuals have enjoyed many afternoon outings. One day a group went to the Cleveland Museum of Art and experienced the many intriguing exhibits. Another day lunch was enjoyed at the Richmond Mall along with a little window shopping.
 
In May, two groups of high school students spent a day with the men and women in our Day Services program.
Lake Catholic High School spent time with us on May 5th, and Villa Angela-St. Joseph visited on May 21st. Both groups assisted the participants of our program with art projects, and also played a variety of games. We are so grateful for these students brightening our days!
 
Recreation Therapy is growing to reach even more individuals with diverse interests. For those who enjoy being outside and active, sunny days include taking bike rides which is also a great way to exercise! Individuals go on walks and spend time in the garden smelling the beautiful flowers or swinging on  the accessible outdoor equipment. Those who are artistically inclined cover the sidewalks with their chalk creations.
 
In the Recreation Therapy Room, individuals and small groups work on puzzles and patterns, art projects, and fun games. On May 2nd, volunteers from CitySERVE came to New Avenues and painted our Recreation Therapy Room and the Recreation Offices. They took a break for a picnic lunch with some of the individuals residing in Zeve and Presser Cottages, getting to know some of the men and women who will benefit from their hard work. Thank you, CitySERVE, for your day of service! The Therapy Room is now a relaxing blue color where individuals can focus in a quiet space.
 
One of the events leading up to the big celebration of the 25th anniversary of the American with Disabilities Act was a day at the Cleveland Zoo. Several individuals from our Day Services program enjoyed the beautiful day by having lunch by the lions’ den. They also hopped on the tram up to the Northern Trek where they saw sea lions and grizzly bears. With the sun shining brightly, they saw the elephants before leaving for the day.
One afternoon, a group of individuals visited Artist for a Day. After a picnic lunch at the Metroparks, they headed to the studio to paint ceramic bowls. Each person had the chance to put their own style on two bowls! Then the owners added the logo for Nature’s Bin and the pieces were awarded to the fastest runners at the annual Neighborhood Run.

Celebrating Cinco de Mayo
Part two of this year’s Culture Quest project was an evening to celebrate Cinco de Mayo.
 
Attendees arrived dressed in their own sombreros. The night was filled with all sorts of fun and games to experience the Mexican culture in a new way. There were several different kinds of tacos to pick from, as well as a make-your-own nacho bar to taste. Everyone also had the chance to decorate their very own maraca!
 
The biggest hit of the night was the piñatas! Friends, family and individuals each had the chance to take a swing to get some candy. Although some were tough to crack open, eventually they released the candy, and everyone had fun in the process.
 
We are very grateful to the Char and Chuck Fowler Family Foundation for providing us with a grant to fund this unique recreational, cultural activity.

The ladies of Bratenahl home shine for Spring Fling
Through the generosity of a wonderful donor, the eight women who live at the Bratenahl home shopped ‘til they dropped, purchasing new dresses and accessories so that they would be the “Belles of the Ball” at the Autism Society of Greater Cleveland Spring Fling Semi-formal Dinner Dance. The event was held Friday, May 1st at the City On Independence Old Recreation Center. The women had a wonderful time and will treasure the memories of the evening!


Junior Service League volunteers at Swim, Gym & More
The Western Reserve Junior Service League threw an end of the school year party for the participants in our Swim, Gym & More program on April 18th and 25th. The children attending ate yummy snacks and created cards and gifts for their moms or other loved ones in honor of Mother’s Day. Thanks to the Western Reserve Junior Service League, everyone enjoyed a fun afternoon!