Happy New Year! Jan – Mar 2019 Events

Please mark your calendar for these upcoming community events:


Wed, Jan 30, 2019

Family Central presents “Fueling Kids for Success”
with Celeste McAteer

Date: Wed, Jan 30 • 6:30pm to 7:45pm
Contact: Help Desk at 986-1047, ext. 3 or warref@rcls.org
Age Group: Adult

This month we begin with a focus on the importance nutrition for healthy child development.Join Celeste as she shares new ways of thinking about food.  She will discuss how everyday choices of food and lifestyle habits impacts children’s abilities to learn, behave, grow and thrive.
Celeste is a Functional Medicine Practitioner and Health Coach.  Her education has equipped her with cutting-edge knowledge in holistic nutrition and prevention.  Celeste is also trained in Brain Gym, Balance and Vision Execises, Therapeutic Yoga, Reiki and Ayuveda.

Register Online:  http://www.albertwisnerlibrary.org/register.php?eventID=9330

Wed, Feb 13

WV SEPTA (Special Ed PTA) Meeting – 7PM

WV SEPTA Meeting held at the Dorothy C. Wilson Center
Visit website for details: https://wvsepta.weebly.com/

Sat, Feb 23

Family Central presents “Challenges and Solutions for Special Needs Children and Adolescents”

Date: Sat, Feb 23 • 10am to 12pm
Contact: Help Desk at 986-1047, ext. 3 or warref@rcls.org
Age Group: Adult

Do you feel that your child experiences homework as “torture”? Are you concerned about your child’s self-esteem when they state theyfeel “different” or “lesser” than their siblings or peers?  Does your child’s lower frustration tolerance result inmore disruptive behaviors that need to be stopped?  Do you feel you have to “badger” school administrators for simple learning accommodations for your child?  If you experience these or other struggles please join us for this timely program addressing children/adolescents with special needs stemming from learningdisabilities, ADD, and ADHD.
This workshop will provide a forum for parents of these children to share challenges, joys, and simple solutions that work.  A PowerPoint presentation on homework help tips, maintaining self-esteem while facing challenges, and best practices for behavior management at home will be presented.  Educator Anne Marie Ramos, who has had over 35 years working with children and adolescents with these challenges will invite participants to ask questions on any topic related to the care of their child.

Register Online: http://www.albertwisnerlibrary.org/register.php?eventID=9326

Sun, Mar 10

Mom University

Sun, Mar 10 at Locust Grove Estate, 2683 South Road, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
Buy Tickets: https://themomuniversity.com/tickets/
Warwick’s own, Susanne Meyer-Fitzsimmons is one of the speakers at this event. She will be talking about the emotional challenges of being a “popular kid,” and how we as parents can help our teens navigate those middle and high school years with intent, wisdom and compassion.  There will be many other speakers, food, connection, education, inspiration.  Take a look at the Mom U website.
Mom University is an exclusive and engaging all-day event designed to motivate moms to master motherhood!  Specially designed for Moms by Moms, this one-of-a-kind event will be packed with inspiring speakers, spa services, a Mom Marketplace, and more!  Their mission is simple:  to arm moms with practical solutions to everyday problems with the goal of making life easier for them and to provide Moms with a supportive space to relax, recharge, and learn how to thrive not just in motherhood, but in life.  This year’s conference theme is “Living with Intention.”  So, save the date and make a plan to PUT YOURSELF FIRST for a change!

Tues, Mar 12

WV SEPTA (Special Ed PTA) Meeting – 7PM

WV SEPTA Meeting held at the Dorothy C. Wilson Center
Visit website for details: https://wvsepta.weebly.com/

Sat, Mar 30

Living Relationally in Recovery with Jerry Sander

Date: Saturday, March 30, 2019 -10:00am to 12:00pm
Contact: Help Desk at 986-1047, ext. 3 or warref@rcls.org
Age Group: Adult

For the family members of those struggling with recovery from substance abuse, more than words are needed.  Relational living in recovery demands regular use of skills that were most likely underdeveloped or never learned.  Without these skills, the individual’s recovery runs the risk of replacing one form of self-absorption (addictive behaviors) with another form of self-absorption (“my recovery”).  Drawing on the work of Terry Real and Pia Mellody, this workshop will offer specific take-home skills; role playing exercises will be used.

This workshop is recommended for those who have been in recovery for at least six months, have a sponsor, and are benefiting from an ongoing association with a supportive model.  It is also recommended for family members (of any age) of the person in recovery.

Jerry Sander, LCSW, is a Warwick therapist with over three decades of experience.  He specializes in relational life therapy.
Register Online:  http://www.albertwisnerlibrary.org/register.php?eventID=9555


“Butterfly Bags” – Bringing hope to children in foster care

For her Girl Scout Silver Award, 14 year old Amber V. of Warwick is putting together backpacks for children ages newborn – 18 years in foster care, so they don’t have to pack their things in garbage bags. She is collecting NEW backpacks, throw blankets, stuffed animals, books, coloring books and crayons, journals and pens, small tissue packs, clothing, pajamas and toothbrushes. *Update* – Collection location is Grace Lutheran Church in Greenwood Lake. For more information, contact ButterflyBagsForHope@gmail.com. Like us on Facebook @ButterflyBagsOfHope.

Family Central is looking for parents and volunteers to help our organization grow.   If you are computer saavy, and can help with Social Media and e-newsletters we would love to hear from you!  Do you have an idea for a workshop or a fundraising event? All are welcome to join us at our next advisory meeting.  Email familycentralny@gmail.com for dates.

We are always in need of donations of yarn or monetary donations to continue our ongoing Newborn Welcome Bag initiative.  Please visit our website to learn more about Family Central NY in Warwick.


Family Central Event: “Fueling Kids for Success” January 30, 2019 at 6:30 pm


When:  Wednesday, January 30, 2019 at 6:30 pm
Where:  Albert Wisner Public Library, 1 McFarland Drive, Warwick, NY 10990
Presented by: Family Central
Cost: Free
Contact: Albert Wisner Library Help Desk: 986-1047 ext. 3
Registration Link:  http://www.albertwisnerlibrary.org

Family Central Events: Oct – Dec 2018

Family Central is a grassroots movement based in Warwick, dedicated to safeguarding childhood and supporting family life. All programs given at the AWP Library.  Register to attend a program: visit albertwisnerlibrary.org or call 986-1047 ext. 3

Natural Parenting Classes with Healthy Living Educator Anna Lopez (mindbodybabie.com)

Oct. 27 • 10am to noon
Creating a More Natural and Relaxed Lifestyle for Your Family from Birth
Learn how to address root causes of stress in your life and to help your children grow up in a more relaxed environment from day one. This presentation is for expectant parents and parents of children 0 – 2 years.

Nov. 19 • 10am to 11:30am
Comfort Through Food During Pregnancy, Birth, and Postpartum
Learn how the right meals during these times (and how to prep them) can change your energy levels and health. This presentation is created for expectant parents.

Dec. 3 • 10am to 11:30am
Adopting a Healthier and More Eco-Sustainable Lifestyle:
Tips and Best Practices
Learn how we can affect positive change within ourselves, and in our own families. by taking a few extra steps. This presentation is for people of all ages.

Nov. 17 • 10am to noon
What to Know About Parental Controls & Keeping Your Kids Safe Online*
Have you talked with your kids about screen-time limits and responsible online behavior but find it tough to manage what they do when you’re not around? Learn what parents can do to minimize the harmful activities that digital devices allow young people to participate in, often without adult knowledge or supervision.

Join us for a discussion of the latest research, tips, and tools on what really keeps kids safe. Learn the best privacy settings available for computers and smartphones and the ins-and-outs of parental controls.

*PRESENTER: Don Robertson has worked in the IT industry for over 20 years. He currently manages internal solutions deployment for a global accounting firm. Don is the father of an independent 15 year old daughter who has been the inspiration for his research and experience with internet safety and family controls. Don and his wife Teresa have been residents of Warwick for over 12 years.

Family Central presents “Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope”

RESILIENCE is a one-hour documentary film that delves into the science of ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) and the birth of a new movement to treat and prevent Toxic Stress.  Now understood to be one of leading causes of everything from heart disease and cancer to substance abuse and depression, extremely stressful experiences in childhood can alter brain development and have lifelong effects on both health and behavior.
However, as experts and practitioners profiled in RESILIENCE are proving, what’s predictable is preventable.  These physicians, educators, social workers, and communities are daring to talk about the effects of divorce, abuse and neglect.  And they’re using cutting-edge science to help the next generation break the cycles of adversity and disease.Please come to the screening of this important documentary.  Discussion will follow the film.  Refreshments will be served.
Date:  Sunday, September 30, 2018 – 1:30pm to 3:30pm
Contact: Help Desk at 986-1047, ext. 3 or warref@rcls.org
Age Group: Adult, Teen

More about the movie >>

Taking Time to Transition: Back to School…The Basics

Family Central
Albert Wisner Public Library


August 14, 6:30pm

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.

August 14, 6:30pm
Register online at http://www.albertwisnerlibrary.org or call 986-1047

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 FamilyCentralNY@gmail.com

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: http://www.familycentralny.wordpress.com

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 albertwisnerlibrary.org 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 familycentralny@gmail.com