Family and Children's Fair comes April 13

The Family and Children's Fair 2002 comes to Hood River Valley High School Saturday, April 13. The day-long event features educational workshops for adults and teens as well as activities for children and free child care for kids 3 and under.

The day begins at 9 a.m. with a free car seat clinic in the parking lot. Car seat technicians will be checking car seats for recalls, proper installation and general car seat safety. The clinic will be run continuously until 1:30 p.m.

Registration for the workshops also begins at 9 a.m. in the Commons. Workshops will be offered in English and Spanish and include: Talking with Single Moms; Parenting When Divorced; Tips for Parenting Teens; Violence Impact on Boys. Adult CPR classes also will be offered in both English and Spanish.

"The goal is to reach families across the lifespan," said Billie Stevens of Oregon State University Extension Service, co-sponsor with the Hood River County Commission on Children and Families.

Workshops aimed specifically at teens include: "Be a Teen, Get a Job . . . How?"; and "I am Latima, I am Unique."

There also are some "purely fun" workshops, according to organizer Joella Dethman of the Commission on Children and Families -- like Bees and Bugs, about raising bees for pollination and why they are good for your garden.

Keynote speeches after lunch will address parent networking, and alcohol and tobacco use prevention.

A Children's Fun Fair for kids ages 4-12 whose parents are attending the fair will provide a variety activities, and free lunch.

Cost for the fair is $3 for individuals and $5 for families. Registration with OSU Extension Service, 2990 Experiment Station Drive. Registration forms are available at the Hood River County Library and its branches in Parkdale and Cascade Locks, and at Waucoma Bookstore. Or call the Extension Service at 386-3343. Class sizes are limited.

Hood River News will publish a full schedule for the fair in the April 10 edition.

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