Physical activities

Young Girls Connect Through Fun Physical Activities: Talk of the Towns

BRECKSVILLE, Ohio – With the number of coronavirus cases declining in northeast Ohio, many businesses, organizations and schools are working to get back to normal hours.

But feelings of anxiety and isolation continue to plague young girls in the region. Girls on the Run Northeast Ohio is doing its part to ensure that girls have the opportunity to forge new relationships and build their confidence when they need it most.

“I believe we are entering a period of recovery for our daughters as our communities are slowly returning to normal,” said Executive Director Robyn Cutler.

“Girls on the Run provides a space where girls can share their feelings, reconnect with their peers and find out how resilient they have become. The added bonus: they walk, they run, they sweat and they rediscover how truly amazing they really are.

Girls on the Run is a physical activity-based youth development program that teaches girls to celebrate the unique qualities of themselves and others, helps build confidence by setting goals, and empowers girls to find new and meaningful connections with their peers and surrounding communities.

Health and fitness are built into the eight-week program to encourage young girls to be physically active, which is especially important these days with the increase in screen time and virtual learning.

Registration is now open for the spring season, which begins the week of March 15th. Girls on the Run has in-person and virtual locations in eight counties in northeastern Ohio. To register, go to or call 234-206-0786 for more information.

Garden therapy: The Chippewa Garden Club’s virtual instructional program with residents of The Oakes in Brecksville was a resounding success: Club members taught residents how to make bird feeders from recycled and biodegradable materials.

By seeing, listening to and feeding birds every day in nature, we develop a unique relationship with our feathered friends. The birds remember where the food comes from and happily continue to visit.

This is why the Chippewa Garden Club wanted to work with the residents of The Oakes to create bird feeders.

Chippewa Garden Club had a virtual instructional program with residents of The Oakes in Brecksville on how to make bird feeders from recycled and biodegradable materials. (Photo courtesy of the Chippewa Garden Club)

Hanging citrus cups and pine cone feeders were created during the virtual session. Oranges, limes and grapefruits were cut in half and cored. Pine cones, wooden skewers and twine were added to provide a container that is both biodegradable and attractive to the eyes.

All supplies have been donated and prepared prior to this virtual program for residents.

The Garden Therapy team had a pre-mixed blend of sunflower seeds, dried cranberries, walnuts, sesame seeds and millet with vegetable shortening to put in the citrus cups and coat the pine cones. .

The completed feeders were then hung in The Oaks garden, near the windows where residents can watch and listen to the feasting birds.

A Minnesota Department of Natural Resources website has been made available to help residents identify visiting birds by chirping and songs.

As spring arrives, the Garden Therapy team will focus on creating combination planters to accessorize the garden at The Oaks. After a long, confined winter, residents will be able to sit among the flowers and engage with nature – including their established bird friends from this wintery project.

The Chippewa Garden Club is a member of the Garden Club of Ohio Inc. and the National Garden Clubs Inc.

For more information about the club, its activities and membership information, visit

Nature calendar: The Chippewa Garden Club Zoom meeting at 7 p.m. on March 23 will feature a PowerPoint presentation presented by one of its master gardeners, Jo Ann Bartsch.

Would you like to know when and why leaves and flowers appear, the first butterflies and birds appear, or the leaves start to change color?

Bartsch’s topic will focus on phenology, the study of cyclical natural events that occur in response to seasonal and climatic changes in the environment, as well as factors related to habitat. Using these observations, scientists can develop an annual calendar showing when certain events will occur simply by tracking the temperature.

Prepare your questions, as you can ask them in Zoom’s chat section for Bartsch to answer.

To join the meeting, send an email to [email protected] Check out the monthly schedule on and on Facebook.

For the safety: Brecksville Police and Fire Departments remind you to always have your address door number prominently on the curb in case of an emergency. Every second counts when they try to find your home.

The most visible place, of course, is your mailbox. Make sure the number is large enough, with reflective numbers. It’s also a good idea to have reflective numbers on your front door and garage.

Personal training: Are you ready to take your personal training to the next level? Just want to start practicing and learning the basics? Prescription Fitness has you covered, no matter where you are at with your fitness level.

They offer everything from individual, private and discreet training to group exercise training. If you’re ready to be your best, go to or call 440-552-6729

Fitness directions are free for members of the Broadview Heights Recreation Center. Sign up for Prescription Fitness in the fitness center at 6 p.m. on March 8 or March 25.

This training is offered to all ages. All children between 12 and 14 years old must complete the class before using the fitness center. Children 12 years of age should be directly supervised by an adult when using the facility after completing the course.

To register, contact Prescription Fitness at [email protected] or register at the fitness counter. Email your name and phone number as well as the desired date and time.

There is no use of free weights for guests under the age of 15.

Let the communities of Brecksville, Broadview Heights and North Royalton know what’s going on with your organization, church, school, business or family. Write to me at [email protected].

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