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Schedule for March 27, 2017

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Walnut Grove

The Henry M. Halstead Field of Opportunities is a non-profit organization formed to develop an all-inclusive indoor and outdoor recreational facility designed to meet the needs of children with special needs. The organization was founded in 2014 when a prominent community member came forward with a desire to donate 20 acres of land to an organization that worked with special needs children. After much reflection and input from the community it was determined that there is no place in the community for special needs children to just be children and enjoy many of the same child-like benefits as their typical peers. This is when the Henry M. Halstead Field of Opportunities was incorporated and the property given the Walnut Grove name. When it became clear that water and sewer access to the property was an obstacle in the land development, the board of directors decided to change their immediate focus to developing a nature trail that connects to the Mill Creek Metroparks Bike Trail and building an all-accessible playground. The Walnut Grove Playground Committee was tasked with the job of surveying the community to determine the playground needs, researching equipment and finding a company that was easy to work with and could help make the committees’ vision a reality. As the committee started this process they were tasked with keeping in mind that special children have a strong desire to belong and engage in community/recreational activities with other children. How could the committee make their world better? The answer to this question is Inclusion. The Mission of the Walnut Grove Playground is to provide a recreational playground where individuals of all abilities are able to Learn Through Play and enjoy the freedom to play with their peers. The Walnut Grove Playground will be of much value to the community, families from all over the states of Ohio and Pennsylvania and local businesses. The idea of bringing all children together and experiencing the joy of climbing, spinning, balancing, swinging, communicating and learning is a memory that will stay with them forever. Who Will Benefit from Walnut Grove? The target population for this project is children with visual and/or physical impairments, on the Autism Spectrum, have low muscle tone, and their families. The playground equipment will not be limited to those with special needs, so that their siblings and the community as a whole can utilize the facility. Goals of Walnut Grove · Expand play opportunities for children of all abilities, especially those who face obstacles that impede their full participation, bringing children and families together in a warm inviting positive atmosphere of play. It should enhance the quality of life for children with disabilities by providing a challenging barrier-free playground that they can enjoy with their typical able bodied peers and friends without frustration, ridicule, fear, or being left out due to their inability to master playground equipment. · To be able to provide enough equipment for all children of all abilities from ages 2 through 12 years of age. · To be able to provide a variety of social interaction during play · All children need to belong, they need to have a sense of unity and normalcy with other children. · To be able to meet the large motor and developmental needs for age groups mentioned above providing challenging obstacles as well as therapeutic. · To bring awareness of inclusion to communities in the surrounding areas.


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The Henry M. Halstead Field of Opportunities is a non-profit organization formed to develop an all-inclusive indoor and outdoor recreational facility designed to meet the needs of children with special needs. The organization was founded in 2014 when a prominent community member came forward with a desire to donate 20 acres of land to an organization that worked with special needs children. After much reflection and input from the community it was determined that there is no place in the community for special needs children to just be children and enjoy many of the same child-like benefits as their typical peers. This is when the Henry M. Halstead Field of Opportunities was incorporated and the property given the Walnut Grove name. When it became clear that water and sewer access to the property was an obstacle in the land development, the board of directors decided to change their immediate focus to developing a nature trail that connects to the Mill Creek Metroparks Bike Trail and building an all-accessible playground. The Walnut Grove Playground Committee was tasked with the job of surveying the community to determine the playground needs, researching equipment and finding a company that was easy to work with and could help make the committees’ vision a reality. As the committee started this process they were tasked with keeping in mind that special children have a strong desire to belong and engage in community/recreational activities with other children. How could the committee make their world better? The answer to this question is Inclusion. The Mission of the Walnut Grove Playground is to provide a recreational playground where individuals of all abilities are able to Learn Through Play and enjoy the freedom to play with their peers. The Walnut Grove Playground will be of much value to the community, families from all over the states of Ohio and Pennsylvania and local businesses. The idea of bringing all children together and experiencing the joy of climbing, spinning, balancing, swinging, communicating and learning is a memory that will stay with them forever. Who Will Benefit from Walnut Grove? The target population for this project is children with visual and/or physical impairments, on the Autism Spectrum, have low muscle tone, and their families. The playground equipment will not be limited to those with special needs, so that their siblings and the community as a whole can utilize the facility. Goals of Walnut Grove · Expand play opportunities for children of all abilities, especially those who face obstacles that impede their full participation, bringing children and families together in a warm inviting positive atmosphere of play. It should enhance the quality of life for children with disabilities by providing a challenging barrier-free playground that they can enjoy with their typical able bodied peers and friends without frustration, ridicule, fear, or being left out due to their inability to master playground equipment. · To be able to provide enough equipment for all children of all abilities from ages 2 through 12 years of age. · To be able to provide a variety of social interaction during play · All children need to belong, they need to have a sense of unity and normalcy with other children. · To be able to meet the large motor and developmental needs for age groups mentioned above providing challenging obstacles as well as therapeutic. · To bring awareness of inclusion to communities in the surrounding areas. · To bring a variety of recreational play experiences for both children and their families. Help Build the Best Special Needs Playground in Northeastern Ohio Help us move forward with Walnut Grove and give local special needs kids a safe and happy place today. Consider donating today.


Greg Kihn

NBC called Greg Kihn “Rock’s True Renaissance Man.” His career stretches from the dawn of punk and indie rock to the discos of the 80’s to the glory days of MTV. As a pioneer with the legendary Beserkley Records, he helped write the book on revolutionary west coast rock and roll. He’s toured the world, had hit records, appeared on Saturday Night Live and American Bandstand, opened for the Rolling Stones, jammed with Bruce Springsteen, won the ASCAP and Midem Awards for his worldwide #1 hit JEOPARDY and THE BREAKUP SONG, was parodied by Weird Al Yankovic, lived the rock star lifestyle to the hilt, won and lost several fortunes, and lived to tell about it. But music is only part of the story. In the 90’s Greg turned his attention to writing fiction. He published four novels, a handful of short stories in various anthologies, and edited a compilation of original fiction by famous musicians. HORROR SHOW was nominated for the prestigious Bram Stoker Award for Best First Novel. It was also in the 90’s that he began his radio career. After a year of seven-midnight, Greg spent sixteen years hosting the top-rated morning show for KFOX radio in San Jose/San Francisco. He also hosted and performed at the annual KIHNCERT at the Shoreline Amphitheater featuring some of the most important bands of our generation. Greg was inducted into the San Jose Rock Hall Of Fame in 2008 and the Bay Area Radio Hall of Fame in 2012. Greg recently retained the rights to all his old recordings and is currently re-releasing his entire catalogue with the original artwork. The New Yorker recently described Greg’s music as having “a high degree of intelligence and subtlety.” The recent review of the Greg Kihn Band’s Greatest Hits by Apple iTunes called the group “a rock band of genuine consequence.” The band continues to tour with Greg’s son Ry Kihn replacing Joe Satriani on lead guitar. Greg maintains a strong Internet presence with professional website design and social media managed by Michael Brandvold Marketing. Thousands of fans engage him daily on Facebook and Twitter. Greg also retains a cutting-edge publicist, Christopher Buttner at PrthatRocks.com, the lauded San Francisco based PR agency voted Best Publicist Of The Year by the National Association of Record Industry Professionals. RUBBER SOUL is Greg’s most recent novel. This completely unique murder mystery features the Beatles as characters in the story. The idea came while interviewing original Beatles drummer Pete Best. Greg asked where the Beatles got those rare American R&B 45’s that constituted their early repertoire. Pete revealed that it was from Merchant Marines who carried the records back to Liverpool from America. That gave him the inspiration for the character “Dust Bin Bob” who befriends the Beatles from their penniless early days to the height of Beatlemania. The story climaxes with an assassination attempt in Manila during their world tour in 1966. Through interviews with Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Pete Best, Geoff Emerick (engineer), Alf Bicknell (driver), Yoko Ono and Patti Harrison, Greg got invaluable insights into the inner world of the Beatles. Even though RUBBER SOUL is a work of fiction, it is 100% historically accurate. After a lifetime of rock & roll, and decades on the road and behind the microphone, no one else but Greg Kihn could have written this story.


BOB NEWMAN

BOB NEWMAN, a US spokesperson for IRH Press is a highly regarded public relations veteran, bringing more than 20 years of media experience to his firm. Prior to launching Newman Communications, Bob served with Marriott Corporation, State Mutual Life Assurance Company, and worked as a reporter for several Boston newspapers. Over the years Bob has developed a dynamic company that is committed to outstanding and affordable service and is truly respected by both clients and media. In addition to his duties leading Newman Communications, Bob is a nationally known columnist for Talkers magazine and a consultant to a number of talk show hosts, radio stations and political groups. Bob has been quoted widely in national newspapers including USA Today, The New York Post and The Boston Globe and has appeared on national television networks, including C-SPAN.


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