Upcoming Fall 2017 Events

Family Central is a grassroots movement based in Warwick, dedicated to safeguarding childhood and supporting family life. We have the following events coming up!

MANAGING LIFE AS A SINGLE PARENT
SEPT. 23 • 10AM-NOON

We all love our kids but being a single parent is hard. Whether you’re single by choice or because of divorce, loss or separation, this parenting class will help you manage your life more effectively.
Presented by: Diane Lang, Therapist, Educator and Life Coach

NOURISHING YOUR BODY, MIND AND SKIN: BALANCING YOUR PH
OCT. 11 • 6:30-7:45PM

Did you know that what you eat and think about, and what you spray & slather on your skin, affects your body’s pH? Learn, share, and have fun as you discover how to nurture your pH from the inside out. Bring your questions. Get inspired to make the changes you or your family need to feel and look your best. Babysitting available upon request.

Presented by: Celeste McAteer, Functional Medicine Practitioner/Health Coach and Linda Johnston, Aesthetician/Skin-care Specialist.

WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT PARENTAL CONTROLS: KEEPING YOUR KIDS SAFE ONLINE.
NOV. 11 • 10AM-NOON

Have you talked with your kids about screen-time limits and responsible online behavior but still find it tough to manage what they do when you’re not around? This workshop will inform, support and empower families to be proactive in addressing the challenge of raising kids growing up on line.

To register for these programs visit albertwisnerlibrary.org, or call 986-1047 ext. 3 Babysitting available for each program—986-1047 ext. 3.

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Workshop – “Discipline Is Not a Dirty Word”

Parenting Workshop Series

September 21, 2017.

Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s):

We are pleased to announce that due to popular demand, we will be hosting another parenting workshop series this year. The highly requested workshop is entitled “Discipline Is Not a Dirty Word”. This experiential workshop is designed to meet the needs of parents with young children, ages 2-12 years. The goal of this program is to provide parents and caregivers of young children with an understanding of age appropriate behavior and realistic expectations regarding young children. Below is a brief description of the program.

Discipline is NOT a Dirty Word—Most parents agree that getting their children to behave is both important AND difficult. This program series will help parents and caregivers learn and practice seven basic principles of positive AND persuasive discipline. You will learn what type of parenting style you have and what works best, why children act the way they do, ways to communicate so kids will listen, ways to set limits and what are appropriate limits and the importance of healthy family relationships. Cornell Cooperative Extension will be presenting this four-week parenting series on Thursday’s beginning on October 26th. The dates are currently set to include October 26th, November 2nd, November 9th and November 16th from 7:00PM to 9:00PM in the Sanfordville Elementary Library.
This workshop is limited to 25 families, and Cornell charges a $40.00 fee per family. This fee includes any materials to be handed out. Families will be registered on a first come, first serve basis as registrations are received. We would like to encourage anyone interested to attend.

Attached, please find a registration form if you would like to attend this program. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to give one of us a call.

Sincerely,

Jeanette Myrick Grace Geysen
Jeanette Myrick Grace Geysen
School Counselor School Counselor
Park Ave. Sanfordville
987-3170 ext. 14645 987-3300 ext. 13600

Taking Time to Transition: Back to School Basics

August 15, 6:30pm
Register online at www.albertwisnerlibrary.org or call 986-1047

With summer winding down and school gearing up, August presents an opportune time to develop back to school habits and routines. This presentation provides parents with:

  • Terrific tips for keeping track of after school activities
  • Setting up a homework space, and building a system for backpacks.
  • Establishing good habits related to sleeping,
  • Reducing screen time
  • Setting goals

This workshop will ensure a super sweet (and smooth) start to a new school year… The H.O.P.E. DAYLEE USA Way!

Hope Stuart has experience as a classroom teacher, school principal, professional organizer, and education consultant. She is the President and CEO of H.O.P.E. DAYLEE USA, Organized Efficiency Specialists.

 

Celebrate Summer at a “Ladybug Picnic” June 17, 4-7pm

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

PINE ISLAND – Family Central will host their first “Ladybug Picnic”, a family-friendly event on Saturday, June 17, from 4 – 7pm, at the Pine Island Town Park (Kay Road off Cty Rte 1).

Bring your own blanket and food and enjoy these The Ladybug Picnic activities:

LIVE LADYBUG RELEASE!
The Greenwood Lake Garden Center will be on hand to educate us on the ladybugs’ important role in the environment as we release handfuls of the live insects into the park’s pollinator garden.

LIVE MUSIC!
Local musician, Carlos Cardona will be playing popular tunes on his guitar for all to enjoy. We encourage you to bring an instrument and create your own music circles on the fly.

CRAFT CIRCLES & DEMOS!
Family Central will be creating ‘bug hotels’ while the Warwick Playground Dreams group will be on hand crafting seed bombs to take home. Sustainable Warwick will demonstrate how yarn is made by spinning and weaving. We encourage you to bring a craft or hobby to inspire others!

GAMES AND RACES!
Join in an old-fashioned “onion sack” race and some other classic games.

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. To RSVP visit the Facebook Event or contact Beverly Braxton or Femi Ford at FamilyCentralNY@gmail.com.


A donation of $5 per child is suggested to cover the costs with any proceeds benefiting Family Central and the many workshops and events that they sponsor.

Screen-Free Week 2017

FAMILY CENTRAL CELEBRATES SCREEN-FREE WEEK MAY 1-7
Millions Will Participate in Annual Turnoff

Warwick, NY (Family Central NY) – Family Central will join thousands of schools, libraries, and community groups nationwide in a coordinated effort to encourage millions of Americans to turn off televisions, smartphones, tablets, and gaming consoles for seven days and turn on the world around them. Screen-Free Week is a chance for children to read, play, think, create, be more physically active, and to spend more time with friends and family.

“Screen-Free Week is a much needed respite from the screen media dominating the lives of so many children” said Family Central Advisory Board Member Dr. Stephanie O’Leary. “Now, more than ever, it’s imperative that we help children discover the joys of life beyond screens.”

On average, preschool children spend over four and a half hours a day consuming screen media, while older children spend over seven hours a day including multitasking. Excessive screen time is linked to a number of problems for children, including childhood obesity, poor school performance, and problems with attention span.

In participation with Screen Free Week, Family Central will partner with the Orange County Land Trust to lead a hike at the Moonbeams Preserve on Saturday, May 6, at 10am. This quiet hidden gem of 150 acres of fields, forest, and wetlands is located at the base of the Shawangunk Ridge and bordering the Shawangunk Kill. Participants should meet at the Moonbeams Preserve located at 219 Prosperous Valley Road, Middletown, NY.

Family Central is an all-volunteer, non-profit Parenting Support Network for parents and care-givers of children from birth through adolescence. Our grassroots movement based in Warwick, provides parenting information, and workshops that address the developmental needs of children and the many challenges today’s families face. Please check out our website to find the most relevant resources on almost every parenting topic, including raising children in a digital age.

For more local Screen-Free events check out our Screen-Free Facebook event page.

Mon, May 1: Visit the Albert Wisner Public Library for Music with Melinda & Toddler Time. Pick up a stash of new books, music, or library totes to enjoy this week!

Tues, May 2: 4:30pm Sustainable Warwick to lead a historic family friendly hike of the Lewis Woodlands on Robin Brae Rd.

Wed, May 3:  11am-1:30pm: Free Morning Playtime, Union Play Station, UAME Church, McEwen St..
At 5pm: The Warwick Historical Society will host a Community Conversation on Friendship, at the A.W. Buckbee Center, built around Alexis O’Neill’s beautiful children’s book, The Kite that Bridged Two Nations.

Thurs, May 4,  5pm:  The Warwick Historical Society will host a Storytelling and Movement Workshop for children ages 9-13 at the UAME Church on Forester Avenue.

Fri, May 5 at the Albert Wisner Library has toddler time, storytime drop-in, book hipsters teen book club, and a string quartet!

Sat, May 6 at 10 am Family Central & Orange County Land Trust will lead a hike at Moonbeams Preserve in  Middletown, NY. Participants should meet at the Moonbeams Preserve located at 219 Prosperous Valley Road, Middletown, NY.

May 6 is also “Take Your kid Fishing Day” in Warwick with the Warwick Valley Rod & Gun club. Open to anglers ages five to 14 who live in the town of Warwick. 9am – noon at Waywayanda Creek on Baird Farm.

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“Parenting in the Real World” with Dr. Stephanie O’Leary

Family Central and the Albert Wisner Library present
“Parenting in the Real World” with Dr. Stephanie O’Leary

Thurs, April 27, 2017 – 6:30pm to 7:45pm
Albert Wisner Library, Warwick, NY

(Babysitting Available-Please call if interested)

Dr. Stephanie O’Leary, wife, mother, clinical psychologist, and author of“Parenting in the Real World” will share three of the most valuable tools parents can use to navigate the daily grind while cultivating a culture of respect within your family. Whether you have toddlers or teens, this talk will help you and your kids yell less, listen more, and form a meaningful connection that will last a lifetime.

To join us, please register online or call the Help Desk @ 986-1047, ext. 3 orwarref@rcls.org

Registration Link: http://www.albertwisnerlibrary.org/content/family-central-presents-parenting-real-world

 

 

Family Central: April Events!

April 2

Family Central Fundraiser at Shoprite
April 2, 9am – 5pm
Warwick Shoprite, Rt 94

Please visit us on Sunday, April 2 at Shoprite!  We will gratefully accept cash donations in exchange for children’s books or a Family Central tote.  All donations are used to fund Family Central programs and initiatives such as our Newborn Welcome Bags & Parenting Workshops.  Checks may also be made out to our partner Community 2000, a 501c3 quality-of-life organization in Warwick, NY.

Want to volunteer with us for this event?  Sign up here!

Can’t make it on Sunday? Donate online here!


April 5

Family Central and the Albert Wisner Library present

“A Holistic View of Lyme Disease” With Fran Sussman

Wed, April 5, 6:30-7:45

Albert Wisner Library, Warwick, NY

Did you hear that 2017 will be a particularly risky year for Lyme? This has been confirmed by scientists at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook, N.Y. and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Washington, DC.*

The Albert Wisner Public Library and Family Central invite you to join Fran Sussman on April 5, at 6:30pm, for an in-depth discussion about Lyme Disease. Her presentation, “A Holistic View of Lyme” will increase your understanding of what Lyme is, as well as tips for prevention, and a comprehensive holistic approach for addressing the illness.

Fran Sussman’s approach is based on 24 years of successful clinical experience. She has been in holistic care since 1988 and in private practice since 1993. Apart from one-on-one consulting, Fran is sought after as a speaker, workshop leader and meditation teacher. She writes a column on Holistic Health for The Times Herald Record, and has been featured frequently in Natural Awakenings magazine.

To join us, please register online or call the Help Desk @ 986-1047 x. 3 or warref@rcls.org

Registration Link:  http://www.albertwisnerlibrary.org/content/holistic-view-lyme-disease


April 7

Warwick Playground Dreams Design Day
Fri, April 7,
Location: All around Warwick and her villages

When: All Day!  Culminating in a Design Reveal Party at the Warwick Valley Middle School at 7pm (Middle School 225 West St, Warwick, NY 10990)

Who: For everyone!

What:  The children in the town of Warwick and her hamlets have been asked to design a playground for everyone to use which everyone will build. Playground architects are coming to take all these ideas and turn them into a design for the playground area at Stanley Deming Park.  Designers will meet with children in the elementary and middle schools to brainstorm  and develop their design ideas and dreams of a new playground. If you would like to help out with facilitating the brainstorming sessions, setting up the Design Reveal Party or any other aspect of design day festivities, please see our signup genius!

More info:  http://warwickplaygrounddreams.com/our-design-day-april-7


April 8
Family Central and the Albert Wisner Library present

“Improve Your Social Life: for Tweens and Teens on the Autism Spectrum”
Sat, April 8, 4:30-6:30pm
Albert Wisner Library, Warwick, NY

Join us for an all-inclusive afternoon of fun and games, after hours library tour, and social time. Enjoy Giant Jenga, bingo, and more. All abilities are welcome! Gluten free refreshments will be served.

To join in the fun, please register online or call the Help Desk @ 986-1047, ext. 3 or warref@rcls.org

Registration Link: http://www.albertwisnerlibrary.org/content/improve-your-social-life-tweens-and-teens-spectrum


April 27

Family Central and the Albert Wisner Library present
“Parenting in the Real World” with Dr. Stephanie O’Leary

Thurs, April 27, 2017 – 6:30pm to 7:45pm
Albert Wisner Library, Warwick, NY

(Babysitting Available-Please call if interested)

Dr. Stephanie O’Leary, wife, mother, clinical psychologist, and author of “Parenting in the Real World” will share three of the most valuable tools parents can use to navigate the daily grind while cultivating a culture of respect within your family. Whether you have toddlers or teens, this talk will help you and your kids yell less, listen more, and form a meaningful connection that will last a lifetime.

To join us, please register online or call the Help Desk @ 986-1047, ext. 3 or warref@rcls.org

Registration Link: http://www.albertwisnerlibrary.org/content/family-central-presents-parenting-real-world


April 29-30
TreeCycle + Spring Makers Market
April 29 – 30, 10 am to 3 pm
Wickham Woodland Manor, 255 State School Road, Warwick, NY

Join Family Central as we build a tree with the folks at Treecycle, A Collaborative Community Arts Project. Come work with local artists to turn upcycled material into tree sculptures. Suitable for all ages. Live performance, kid’s activities, and a spring Makers Market with local vendors, perfect for Mother’s Day gifts.

More info:  http://www.wickhamworks.org/