ONGOING EVENTS FOR PARENTS:
RR=Registration Required. Please note that while care has been taken to assure accuracy of ongoing events, details are subject to change, so please call ahead. All telephone numbers are preceded by an 860 area code unless otherwise noted.
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MONDAYS:
Baby Care Class: Hartford Hospital Wellness Center at Blue Back Square, 65 Memorial Drive, West Hartford.6:30-8:30PM. Understand the unique needs of your newborn and learn great tips on diapering, bathing and general care. RR. 545-1888
TUESDAYS
Family Birth Suite Tours: Nirenberg Center for Women & Infants, Johnson Memorial Hospital, 201 Chestnut Hill Rd., Stafford Springs. 1st & 3rd Tuesdays, 7:30PM. Come tour the Nirenberg Center's lovely accommodations and learn more about the many services they offer mothers, babies, and families. RR. 684-BABY (2229).
Infant Massage: Family Wellness Center, 635 Main St., Middletown.10-11:30AM. Babies who receive massage grow and thrive, especially premature infants. Just one session will give you what you need to know to bond with your baby through loving touch. RR. 347-6971 x3662
Fit for Delivery: Courthouse Plus, Rte. 83, Vernon. 6:30-7:45PM. Classes include low-impact cardio segment, strength exercises, stretching and relaxation techniques designed to help women cope more effectively with labor, birth and postpartum. Join between weeks 12 and 28 of your pregnancy for maximum benefit! RR. 647-4790.
Computer Class: Noah Webster Library, 20 South Main Street, West Hartford. One-on-one computer skills "coaching" is available ― during a 30-45 minute session, a library volunteer will work with individuals who want to practice using a computer to access the Internet, use email, or do simple word processing. RR. 561-6990.
Scrapbooking: Mansfield Public Library, 54 Warrenville Road, Mansfield. Have you been collecting photos but never get around to putting them into albums? Join us and get organized and socialize ― beginners welcome. Group led by a volunteer ― we ask that you bring your own supplies. 423-2501
WEDNESDAYS
Support Group: First Church of Christ Congregational, 12 S. Main St., West Hartford. 1st Wednesdays, 7-9PM. FREE support group for families and friends of loved ones dealing with abusive relationships. Facilitated by two survivors of domestic violence homicide. For more information, contact Susan Omilian: 236-2401, [email protected] or Shirley Bostrom: 295-1217, [email protected]
Bereavement Support Group: St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center, 114 Woodland St., Hartford. Support group for parents who have lost an adult child. Meets twice a month. RR. Call to register and for meeting dates. 714-4525.
Baby Care Class: Hartford Hospital Wellness Center. 1260 Silas Deane Highway, Wethersfield. 6:30-8:30PM. Understand the unique needs of your newborn and learn great tips on diapering, bathing and general care. RR. 545-1888
Childbirth Class: The Gateway Medical Park, 300 Western Boulevard, Glastonbury. 6:30-8:30PM. Topics include: stages of labor, relaxation, breathing techniques, pain management options and other coping skills. Parents will come away with an understanding of how to be an active participant in the birth of their baby. RR. 545-1888.
THURSDAYS
Mom-to-Mom—A Lecture/Discussion Series: First United Methodist Church, Church St., Stafford Springs. 9-10:30AM. Series to educate, encourage, and equip women for the most important, yet toughest, job in the world—parenting. Open to moms of all ages and all faiths are welcome. Childcare provided. Polly Streb: 684-2838.
Museums à la Carte: Davis Auditorium, Museum of Fine Arts, 220 State St., Springfield, MA. 12:15PM. Bring lunch and enjoy interesting programs. Dessert and beverages provided. $2/members, $4/nonmembers. (413) 263-6800 x488, www.springfieldmuseums.org.
Creative Parenting Workshops: Casey Family Services, 43 Woodland St., Hartford. 1st Thursdays, 6:15-8PM. Open to the community. Call for more information or to register. 727-1030 or 1-800-732-6921, www.caseyfamilyservices.org.
Creativity Workout: Farmington Valley Arts Center, 50 Simsbury Rd. (Rte. 10), Avon. 1st Thursdays, 7-8:30PM. Build creativity in this hands-on art session designed to boost inventive powers, discussion, and social interaction. No artistic background required—just the desire to challenge yourself and try something new. For ages 16+. $5. 678-1867 x103, www.fvac.net.
Support Group for Adoptive Parents: Casey Family Services, 43 Woodland St., Hartford. 4th Thursdays, 7-8PM. Open to all adoptive families in the area. Call for more information or to register. 727-1030 or 1-800-732-6921, www.caseyfamilyservices.org.
Fit for Delivery: Courthouse Plus, Rte. 83, Vernon. 6:30-7:45PM. Classes include low-impact cardio segment, strength exercises, stretching and relaxation techniques designed to help women cope more effectively with labor, birth and postpartum. Join between weeks 12 and 28 of your pregnancy for maximum benefit! RR. 647-4790.
Moms Morning Out: UCONN Health Partners, 65 Kane Street, West Hartford. 1st Thursdays, 10:30-11:30AM. 679-4114
FRIDAYS
Green Families: Family Wellness Center, 635 Main St., Middletown. 3rd Fridays, 10AM-Noon. Green Families is for folks interested in treading lightly on the planet. Discussion topics are covered while the kids enjoy unstructured play. Suggested donation: $3. 347-6971 x3662.
Fit After Delivery: Courthouse Plus, Rte. 83, Vernon. Postpartum exercise program for moms and babies. Classes include light cario warm-up and strengthening and toning. Babies up to 6 months welcome. RR 647-4790
DAILY
CT C.H.E.E.R.: Looking for a new support group? CT Cooperative of Home Educators East of the River, a large network of homeschool families, is unique in its focus on free homeschool support and interests that are east of the CT River. Visit www.ct-cheer.com or email [email protected]
CT Homeschool Network: State-wide. FREE area group meetings to give support and information to veteran and newbie homeschoolers. Check for meeting dates and times. www.CTHomeschoolNetwork.org or [email protected]
T.E.A.C.H.: Need Christian homeschool support? TEACH is a non-profit, all volunteer, Christian organization which endeavors to support, inspire and work to protect families in their God-given right to direct the education of their children. Visit www.teachct.org or email [email protected], 435-2890