Family Central NY: 2nd Annual “Ladybug Picnic”, June 16, 2018

Come to a Ladybug Picnic and celebrate the beginning of summer!

PINE ISLAND – Family Central will host their 2nd Annual “Ladybug Picnic”, a family-friendly event on Saturday, June 16, from 4 – 7pm, at the Pine Island Town Park (Kay Road off County Route 1).

Bring your picnic basket and blanket and join us for this fun filled family event. Witness the joy and curiosity your child will experience when handfuls of Ladybugs are released into the park’s pollinator garden. Greenwood Lake Garden Center’s owner, Stacy Lawrence, will be on hand to educate the children on the ladybugs’ important role in the environment. Carlos Cardona, a local musician, will play popular tunes on his guitar for all to enjoy. We also encourage you to bring an instrument and create your own “band.”

Families will enjoy our arts and craft area with ladybug-themed projects. There is also an exciting ladybug hunt, just like an egg hunt but with painted ladybug rocks instead! For those kids who love full body exercise we will have an old-fashioned “onion sack” race and a jump rope contest.

Pine Island Town Park is a great little park where guests may also visit the Butterfly Garden and playground area. Bring a book to swap at the Little Free Library in the park. Parking and bathroom facilities are available. For information, contact

A donation of $15 per family is suggested to support our Newborn Welcome Bags which are given to all babies born at St. Anthony’s Community Hospital. Learn more about us at:

Family Central is an all-volunteer parenting support network for parents and caregivers of children from birth through adolescence. We welcome donations through our partnership with Community 2000, a 501c3 quality-of-life organization in Warwick, NY since 1994.

We are grateful to the following event sponsors:



May 2018: Family & Parenting Events in Warwick

Please mark your calendar for these upcoming community events:


WV Empty Bowls 2018 
Fri 5 PM: Warwick Valley High School, Warwick, NY


MAY 10
A Daughter’s Dangerous Descent Into Heroin Addiction and Her Path to Recovery: A Mother’s Story
Thurs 6:30 – 7:45 PM:  Albert Wisner Public Library, Warwick, NY
It was my daughter, but it could just as easily be yours. Or your son. Or you. Addiction has some basis in heredity, but it can happen to anyone. Even the best and brightest are no match, because you don’t handle opioids – they handle you. Come learn some of the signs that you might easily miss in the beginning. Get information on where to go for help and the resources to help you fight an adversary like no other. Understand that this is an epidemic now claiming 122 lives a day – some right here in our town.

MAY 12
Family Central: Stress Relief for Parents and Children

Sat 1 AM · by Family Central
Albert Wisner Public Library, Warwick, NY
Learn about the origins and science behind the growing popularity of EFT, Emotional Freedom Technique. Practice “tapping” for stress relief for yourself, for as the parent shifts, so does the child. Scenarios for children will be explored as well as resources for further support and practice. Debra Leporati has been using EFT for well over a decade both for herself and others. She has been a teacher for over 33 years.


MAY 12
12:30 – 1:30
A Tour of the Bird Garden
Albert Wisner Public LibraryPlease join us to learn about native plants here in Warwick and why they are important to birds and animals. More native plants mean more choices of food and shelter for native birds and other wildlife. To survive, native birds need native plants and the insects that have co-evolved with them.
During this one hour event children will look at the new raised bed garden at the Library and learn about native plants and birds . This new project was built by Anna Costa as a Girl Scout Gold Award project to help promote the protection of native plants and birds. Anna will lead the tour.
This event is open to children in grades 2 to 4.
To register please visit or call 986-1047 ext. 3


MAY 16
Warwick Working Together: Visions of America: What Ties Us Together?
6 – 7:45 PM: Albert Wisner Library, Warwick, NY
What does it mean to be part of the United States of America?  Many things can affect how we view being American: whether we are white or black or Asian, whether we are rich or poor or middle class, whether we are straight or gay, whether we are men or women, whether we graduated from high school or not, to name just a few. How can we look at the ways in which America has drawn its boundaries? Who’s “in”? Who’s “out”?  Today, plenty of people are concerned that the union is threatened by our differences.  Others worry that too much emphasis on melding will threaten our diversity. There are many opinions about where we are, where we have been and where we should go as a country. It seems as though people are struggling to find one clear, simple answer. But in a democratic society, the only real answers are those we create together. Join us for this important conversation facilitated by Beverly Braxton.

MAY 19
Understanding Learning Disabilities with Jessica Poggioli

Sat 10 AM · by Family Central
Albert Wisner Public Library, Warwick, NY
What exactly is a learning disability? Can my child be gifted and still have a learning disability? Join Jessica Poggioli, Psy.D., for a conversation about assessment of learning disabilities and the educational issues that arise once they are diagnosed. Gain new insights and learn what questions, issues, and comments you and other parents share. For parents and caregivers of children of all ages.
MAY 19
Sat 7 PM: Moonlit Masquerade Adult Prom Fundraiser 
for Warwick Playground Dreams at Hickory Hills Golf Course, Warwick NY


MAY 20
Sat 10 AM – 1:30PM · Warwick Repair Café
Senior Center, behind Town Hall Complex
132 Kings Highway Warwick, NY 10990

JUN 16 *Save the date*

Family Central: Ladybug Picnic!
Sat 4-7 PM · Pine Island Park
We are looking for young or seasoned helping hands to run crafts and kids games. Email

Family Central Joins Giving Tuesday!

Dear Friends,

Family Central has joined #GivingTuesday, a global giving movement that is transforming how people think about, talk about, and participate in the giving season. It inspires people to take collective action to support and champion the causes they believe in and the communities in which they live. And it is Family Central’s hope that you recognize our mission to be worthy of your support.

Family Central was founded in the fall of 2014, as an all-volunteer, non-profit Parenting Support Network for parents and care-givers of children from birth through adolescence.  We partner with the Warwick School District, Albert Wisner Library, Community 2000 and the Warwick Coalition and have reached out to pediatricians, childcare centers and civic organizations to identify what we as a community can do to reduce isolation, build connection and promote family wellness.

We have been incredibly inspired by the encouragement we’ve received from various community organizations and healthcare professionals and cherish the gratitude expressed by parents for what we provide:

  • Workshops and Website that educate, inform and foster community.
  • The Family Central book collection at Albert Wisner Public Library.
  • Newborn Welcome Bags – A resource packet that informs parents about what developing brains need most for optimal learning, relationships, and behaviors throughout life.
  • Community Events that engage families in outdoor activities (hiking, nature fun, biking, picnics, etc.)

Family Central recognizes that our effort to raise the awareness about the critical issues facing today’s families is needed and appreciated, but it is only with your financial support that we will be able to continue this important work.  Please join Family Central in being a champion for children and families!

We hope you’ll feel inspired to join us this #GivingTuesday by making a tax deductible contribution to Family Central.  In doing so you will be sharing in our goals and accomplishments.  Thank you!

With Gratitude,

Beverly Braxton
Founder/Director of Family Central

Circle of Light Revisits the Sanfordville Peace Wall

On Thursday, December 21 (Winter Solstice) at 6pm Imagine Warwick will be holding its Second Annual Circle of Light at the Sanfordville Peace Wall Memorial ( The memorial will be adorned with luminaries creating a “Circle of Light” instilling a sense of well-being and peace.  Music and a short program will be presented.  This event is free and open to the public.

Imagine Warwick was created by a group of local residents to help honor the rich diversity of our community, while celebrating the imagination and creativity that resides in all of us.


Nov 24 & 25 – Wickham Works Holiday Market

Fri Nov. 24, 4-8PM  & Sat 25, 10-6PM at Wickham Woodlands Manor, 255 State School Rd. Warwick, NY.  Contact: 917 922 0943

Nov 25 –  Holiday Make n Take

11 – 5pm at Milkweed & Bliss Co-op in Sugarloaf, NY
Make your own gifts/goodies with soap felting, tie dye scarf, wisdom flags, paper making, spice tastings and a book signing.

Dec 2 – Holiday Craft Fair

10 – 4pm at Warwick Valley Middle School, 225 West St, Warwick

Dec 2 & 3: Trucks-N-Trees!

11am at St. Stephens Place, Warwick
A food and fun family event that will feature delicious food truck fare, desserts, hot chocolate and cider, craft beverages, and music along with Christmas tree and greenery sales.

Dec 3: Gingerbread House Party

1pm, 2:30pm, & 4pm at Pennings Farm

* Dec 4:  “Hidden Mischief” program for parents

5:30-7:30pm at Albert Wisner Public Library, Warwick
Would you know what to look for if you suspected your teen of using drugs or alcohol? Take a walk through our simulated teen bedroom and see if you can spot the drug references. This one hour interactive presentation will show you diversion methods and give you a look inside the drug use culture. For more information or to register, contact Anne Marie VanOrden at

* Dec 8 – Free “Parenting Difficult Behaviors” training

This training is especially for parents, caretakers, and/or staff who work with children and/or teens experiencing challenging behaviors in the home. Sponsored by Orange County Department of Mental Health. There is no fee for this class. Sorry, childcare is not available. This training will focus on understanding and addressing child/teen negative behaviors. The event will take place on Fri., Dec. 8 from 10:00 am–1:00 pm (registration begins at 9:45 am) at the Orange County Dept. of Mental Health, 30 Harriman Dr., Goshen.  Online registration only – go to: . Click on “Special Events” then click on the name of this event, and register.

Dec 8 – Singing Christmas Carols

6:30pm at Bellvale Bruderhof, 359 Gibson Hill Rd. Chester, NY
Bring your family and friends.  Refreshments will be provided. Contact:  (845) 572-3400

Dec 9: Sugar Loaf Holiday Celebration

12:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Old-fashioned holiday celebration with horse-drawn wagon rides, strolling carolers, a visit from Santa, and shops decked out with unique gifts for family and friends. Refreshments and crafts at the fellowship hall and tree lighting at the church.

Dec 10, 16, 17 at 1-3pm:  Christmas Carols at Pennings

1 – 3pm at Pennings Farm, 161 State Route 94 S, Warwick
The Warwick Valley High School Meistersingers, directed by Noreen Hanson, fill the farm with traditional and contemporary carols.

Dec 11 – Community Voices Vision Planning

7 – 9pm at Warwick Valley Middle School, Cafeteria, 225 West Street, Warwick
Share your vision for our town’s next 20 years!  Join our neighbors in crafting a plan that takes our community’s vision into a reality.