Recreation

Cleveland Sight Center Recreation Programs

Cleveland Sight Center's Recreation Department offers a wide range of sport, leisure and recreation activities to enhance one’s blindness rehabilitation program, decrease social isolation as a result of a vision impairment, create access to activities and promote health and wellness. Clients who are new to the agency are encouraged to speak with the recreation staff for suggestions and more information.
Clients must register for events one week in advance of event.
 
Many programs are offered at no cost to client. Other programs such as Golf, Music Studies, and Tandem Bike and Hike may have program and transportation fees associated with them. For more information on available recreation programs, click here
 
For more information, contact: 
 
Mollie Evans: Therapeutic Recreation Specialist
phone: (216) 791-8118 ext. 4597  email: mevans@clevelandsightcenter.org

Arts and Crafts

Arts and Crafts include crochet, knitting, beading, sculpture, and much, much more. Participants create personal projects, "Warm Up America" projects, gifts, and teach others craft and crochet skills. All skill levels are welcome. Crochet Club meets on Tuesdays September through May. Saturday Arts meets once a month.

Audio Described Theater

Cleveland Sight Center provides audio description for live theater performances  throughout Greater Cleveland.

Book Discussion

Join us the first Wednesday of the month for book discussion. Clients submit books for reading and then discuss the author, motivation, themes, messages, characters, and their reactions to the book. This program is in partnership with the Ohio Library for the Blind and Physically Disabled, who send the books by mail to play on talking book machines.

Workout Wednesday Exercise

Held Wednesdays from 5:30pm – 6:30pm at Cleveland Sight Center. Workout Wednesday is:

•        An intense mix of strength training and aerobic elements.
•        Calisthenics such as pushups, lunges and abdominal exercises.
•        Interval training — bursts of intense activity alternated with intervals of lighter activity.

To provide a whole-body workout that builds strength and endurance, workouts may also:

•        Offer a more challenging and varied workout
•        Require little or no special equipment
•        Create a sense of camaraderie among the participants

Is this workout for everybody? NO. Fitness classes like this are for individuals looking for an intense workout. Exercises usually involve ballistic, rapid movements that could be too challenging for some. 

Check with your doctor before starting a boot camp class — or any new exercise program, especially if you are pregnant, haven't exercised for some time, or have health challenges.

Braille Notes Choir

The Braille Notes Choir meets Wednesdays 10:30am - 12:30pm for rehearsals from September to May. The Braille Notes Choir performs at community events, nursing homes, churches and for Cleveland Sight Center. You are welcome to bring your voice and lift your heart in song. The songs include gospel, pop, and classic standards. We need your voice!

Chess Club

People of all ages and skill levels play chess on the second and 4th Tuesday of the month September through May from 4:00-6:00pm. Come to learn how to play or to relish in the competition.

Cleveland Orchestra Music Study Groups

Music Study Groups with special services for Cleveland Sight Center clients is a partner program presented by The Cleveland Orchestra and Cleveland Sight Center. Classes meet at multiple community locations and explore music from the Orchestra's current concert season. Classes are designed for both new and experienced music lovers and are led by Dr. Rose Breckenridge.

Clients may attend a free Friday matinee concert at Severance Hall with tickets paid for by the Cleveland Orchestra’s Alice Cull Memorial Fund. Special services for persons with vision loss are offered with the support of Cleveland Sight Center, including curriculum materials for persons with vision loss. Still deciding? Visit a class to see if this program is for you. 

Click here for the 2016-17 Music Study Group REGISTRATION FLYER with more details, including reduced a rate for Cleveland Sight Center clients. 

Game Time

Meets Friday afternoons from 1:30pm - 3:300pm at Cleveland Sight Center. Join us for games including Monopoly, Uno, Scrabble, Mangala, and more. Playing games provides a social and practical outlet to learn and develop skills useful in your rehabilitation. CSC provides games and you can bring your own or suggest new ones.

Golf

CSC’s Golf program is a great way to meet people, increase your mobility skills and get back in the game! Members play regularly on Tuesday evenings at Northeast Ohio courses, on both the east and west sides. Golf is for the beginner with no experience up to scratch golfers with low handicaps. Golf has a program fee and clients pay their own costs, often at reduced rates. We will provide transportation to the golf venue and a volunteer sighted guide.

Highbrook Lodge

Cleveland Sight Center's Highbrook Lodge offers children, families, and adults overnight camp experiences that last from four to six-day sessions during the summer as well as Fall Weekend and Winter Weekend. For more information about Highbrook Lodge click here.

Line Dancing

Line Dancing meets Monday mornings from 10:00am - 12:00pm September through May. Make friends, get in shape, learn new dances, stay healthy!

Rowing

Clients participate in rowing activities that include conditioning, practice, and competition. We row on Sunday morning in partnership with volunteers from the Western Reserve Rowing Association.

Sailing

From late May through early October, Cleveland Sight Center clients who are blind or visually impaired set sail with a team of sighted mates and skippers on the waters of Lake Erie. Our blind and visually impaired sailing program is available to clients ages 18 and up. Sailing and nautical experience is not required, attendance at spring training programs is required. Sailing is provided in partnership with Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Watercraft and Cleveland Metroparks.

Social Clubs

Social Clubs are for adults who are registered clients. Meet up with old friends or make new ones.. We encourage clients who are new to Cleveland Sight Center to attend a social club. The events are easy and friendly, information helpful, and a good way to meet others learning to live with their vision impairment.

Winner’s Club at Cleveland Sight Center 1909 East 101st Street meets the second Tuesday of every other month, October through June, from 10:00am - 1:00pm.

Victory Circle, for residents of eastern suburbs, meets the third Tuesday of the month in Chagrin Falls, from 12:30pm – 1:30pm.

Anchor Club, for residents of western suburbs, meets Wednesday evenings. Call 216-791-8118 for dates and times.

Southwest Club meets the fourth Monday of the month from 11:00am - 1:00pm at Parma Senior Center, from September to December and again March to May.

Each club has slight variations of a meal or snack, entertainment or activity. Time, date, and location may vary. Adult family member is welcome to attend with client

Tandem Bike and Hike      

Held the third Saturday each month April through September, our transportation team will pick you up between 7:00am - 8:00am and return you home between 12:30pm - 1:30pm. Tandem Bike and Hike is offered alternately to east side residents one month and west side residents the next month. Tandem Bike and Hike is provided in partnership with Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Ride the trails on our tandem bikes with a sighted captain. You can also hike the trails. Registration is required for this event, one of our most popular. Transportation is available.

YOGA

“Many people think that yoga is just stretching. But while stretching is certainly involved, yoga is really about creating balance in the body through developing both strength and flexibility..”- Ann Pizer

Yoga meets Thursdays from 5:00pm - 6:30pm at Cleveland Sight Center. Find your center, reduce stress after work, make Yoga part of your health and wellness toolbox.

…More?

Check the activity schedule or call the Recreation Line at 216-658-4600 for individual events, dates, times and locations. We offer several one-time special outings and events during the year, provide tickets donated to Cleveland Sight Center from local sport teams and theaters, and suggest worthwhile events to attend.

 

Please contact us with a suggestion or request to facilitate an activity! Call 216-791-8118.