Sunday School activity leaves nothing to chance: dates and data from Olmsted


OLMSTED FALLS, Ohio — Smiling faces, rainbows and sunny skies. Here are some of the inspirational drawings that children drew on rocks during a recent Olmsted Community Church’s Summer Sunday School.

Parishioners Janet Bing and Kathy Henry introduced the children to this hands-on activity while parents and others attended the 10 a.m. church service.

“I’ve done three rocks already,” said Kaiden Stevens, 6, picking up a green paint pen. “I’m going to make a watermelon next.”

Seven-year-old August Naso had a vision in mind for his rocks.

Nora Naso, 10, paints a rainbow during rock painting at Olmsted Community Church Summer Sunday School. (Joanne Berger DuMound, special for

“I feel like a clear, sunny day and plants,” he said. “That’s what I’m doing.”

Janet, Nicki and Chuck Naso also painted rocks and wrote inspirational phrases on them. The class will hide the painted rocks around town, perhaps at the Village Green, around the church, or in David Fortier Park. The intention of the activity is to bring joy and a useful message to seekers.

August wasn’t sure what people might say when they found them. But he remembered when he found one once.

“I was with my grandmother when I found one,” he said. “I just said it was ‘cool’.”

Sunday School activity leaves nothing to chance: dates and data from Olmsted

Parent Nicki Naso holds a painted rock that offers an inspirational message to anyone who might find it in an area of ​​Olmsted Falls. The Olmsted Community Church Summer Sunday School offered this activity to children during its 10 a.m. service. (Joanne Berger DuMound, special for

The class will paint rocks again on July 17 in the church’s Fellowship Hall during the 10 a.m. Sunday service.

Janet said she and Kathy wanted to continue the Sunday School program over the summer, but with more hands-on, fun activities that also include community service.

So far, during the summer sessions, the children have planted flowers outside the church and painted little flower pots which they will donate to the elderly residents of Sprenger Healthcare’s Villages of the Falls. The Sunday School plans to sponsor a child to India through global ministry and begin writing letters to them. The church will have a skip house Sept. 11 to introduce the regular Sunday School program beginning in the fall.

The church will also have its annual Vacation Bible School which will run from July 25-29. Registration is available online or by calling the church at 440-235-6625.

Anyone wishing to have their children attend Summer Sunday School may do so during the 10 a.m. church service.

Bike Rodeo: Olmsted Falls Cub Scout Pack 102 invites boys and girls from K-5 to the July 27 Bike Rodeo.

The event gives kids the chance to have fun while learning about bike safety and some tips on bike maintenance. There will be two obstacle courses where they can win a prize. Registration is by school level – starting in the fall. Sign up by going to

Olmsted Falls Police Constable Bob Swope will be in attendance along with some of his friends from the Olmsted Falls Police Department and Olmsted Township.

The Bike Rodeo will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on July 27 at the school district’s Early Years Center, 7105 Fitch Road.

Lip-smacking gifts: You can help two Girl Scouts get their silver medal and at the same time help the kids at Rainbows Babies & Children’s Hospital at University Hospital.

Ava Radsvick and Kylie Chalfant are members of Girl Scout Troop 70615 at Olmsted Falls Service Unit. As part of their Silver Award project, they are collecting and donating 20,000 Lip Smackers brands of Chapstick for kids. The lip balm is used to line the inside of a pediatric rebreatherless mask and anesthesia bag mask to give hospitalized children a sweet smell before they “fall asleep”.

The two have a video explaining their project on the Facebook page of Stacey Perry-Radsvick, Ava’s mother. They accept donations from Lip Smackers to help their project. They will harvest them until September. Their current count is around 2,000.

If you would like to donate Lip Smackers, you can go to the Facebook page and leave a comment on the post. They will then contact you to find out where to drop off the items or arrange a pick up. His page is You can also order them through Amazon where they will receive donations directly. If you are wondering why this brand of lip balm is because the hospital only accepts the Lip Smackers type. The Amazon link is

What a worthy project they are doing and those who donate to it.

Frisbee camp: Are you looking for an activity in which your child could participate?

Check out the Ultimate Frisbee Youth Camp from 9-11 a.m. July 30-31 on the grounds in front of Olmsted Falls High School. It is open to boys and girls from 6 to 16 years old.

The camp includes a t-shirt and a frisbee. Participants will practice throwing and catching drills, running and cutting drills, Frisbee games and spirit of the game. High school coaches and boys’ and girls’ team players will lead the camp.

Registration is $30 and is done online by going to Have questions? Just send an email to

vintage market: Keep July 31 in your plans to get to downtown Olmsted Falls.

The second Vintage Marketplace will take place from noon to 5 p.m. on July 31 at Grand Pacific Junction, on Orchard Street, Clint Williams Way and Columbia Road.

You’ll find plenty of vintage/antique/repurposed items and vendors, food trucks, shops and restaurants open to the public, some of which will have special offers.

The latest is August 28.

Olmsted People’s Heritage Days: Just a reminder to keep the weekend of August 4-7 open to help celebrate the second Olmsted People’s Heritage Days. So far there’s a day for the kids, a historic tour of downtown Olmsted Falls and David Fortier Park, and breakfast on the deck. A few residents established large garage sales during the event. Some Bulldog classes also celebrate reunions.

If you would like to sponsor an activity or garage sale, contact Jim Wallace, Olmsted historian and author, at

local buffet: Fat Little Buddies Tavern is once again sponsoring its annual music festival. It’s August 6th at the Tavern next to Olmsted Township Town Hall at the corner of Fitch and Cook Roads.

Live music begins at 2 p.m. with DJ Norm, Dogwood, and Parrots of the Caribbean. Kolar Concessions will provide the food.

Advance tickets are $10 and are available online and at the bar. Tickets are $15 on the day of the event. Proceeds are donated to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Online tickets are at

Nominations: The Olmsted Falls Recreation and Parks Council is accepting nominations for this year’s Citizen of the Year award. The winner will be announced at the annual Falls Day in the park in October.

A resident of Olmsted Falls receives this honor whose service and dedication have made a significant contribution to the community. The recipient must have demonstrated exceptional commitment and dedication to improving the quality of daily life.

The qualifications are to be a resident of Olmsted Falls for at least 12 months, exemplifying above average volunteer and philanthropic dedication and effort; bringing significant value to the city. They can be active in just about any organization, but they must be volunteers and not receive payment for their activities.

Go to the city’s website,, to learn more about the award and submit your application.

Information, please: To include news, information, honors or activities in Olmsted Falls and Olmsted Township, contact Joanne DuMound at She is also on Twitter, @JoanneDuMound. The online version of the section on has direct links to many news articles.

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