Spring 2019 Events


Hello Family Central Families and Friends!

April marks the start of National Stress Awareness Month! What are your plans?

Stress Awareness Month has been held every April, since 1992 to increase public awareness about both the causes and cures for our modern stress epidemic. Recent studies show that in the past six years there has been a tremendous spike in anxiety disorders, depression, and chemical use in young people, and according to neuropsychologist, William Stixrud all of these are stress-related disorders.

Stress is one of the great public health challenges of our time, but it still isn’t being taken as seriously as physical health concerns. In addition to being a significant factor in mental health problems, it is also linked to heart disease, problems with our immune system, insomnia and digestive problems. Individually we need to understand what is causing us personal stress and learn what steps we can take to reduce it for ourselves and those around us.

That is why this month Family Central has added to our message a series of links about understanding and coping with stress.  We encourage everyone to make a plan to reduce stress and increase peace in your life.

Best Wishes for a Happy and Carefree Spring!!!!


WV SEPTA (Special Ed PTA) Meeting

Apr 10 – 7PM, Special presentation by Jesse Saperstein – Invisible Disabilities
Suggested donation – $5
WV SEPTA Meeting held at the Dorothy C. Wilson Center
Visit website for details: https://wvsepta.weebly.com/

Building Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope

Thursday, April 11, 5:30 – 7:00 pm
Film Screening and Discussion
Warwick Valley Middle School, Cafeteria, 225 West St., Warwick, NY 10990
For information call Georgianna Diopoulos, Principal 845-987-3100

About the film: The child may not remember, but the body remembers. Researchers have recently discovered a dangerous biological syndrome caused by abuse and neglect during childhood. As the new documentary Resilience reveals, toxic stress can trigger hormones that wreak havoc on the brains and bodies of children, putting them at a greater risk for disease, homelessness, prison time, and early death. While the broader impacts of poverty worsen the risk, no segment of society is immune. Resilience, however, also chronicles the dawn of a movement that is determined to fight back. Trailblazers in pediatrics, education, and social welfare are using cutting-edge science and field-tested therapies to protect children from the insidious effects of toxic stress— and the dark legacy of a childhood that no child would choose.

Fueling Kids for Success with Celeste McAteer

Date: Tuesday, April 16 • 6:30 to 7:45pm
Contact: Help Desk at 986-1047, ext. 3 or warref@rcls.org
Age Group: Adult

Join Celeste as she shares new ways of thinking about food. She will discuss how everyday choices of food and lifestyle habits impact children’s abilities to learn, behave, grow and thrive.

Celeste is a Functional Medicine Practitioner and Health Coach. and is passionate about true health and wellness Her education has equipped her with cutting-edge knowledge in holistic nutrition and prevention.

Register Online: http://www.albertwisnerlibrary.org/content/fueling-kids-success-celeste-mcateer

Warwick Playground Dreams: Volunteers needed April 22-28

It’s time to build the playground! Warwick Playground Dreams is seeking volunteers to help build the new playground at Stanley-Deming Park. The group needs 200 adult volunteers each day, from April 22-28. You don’t need special construction experience, but carpentry, artistic, and construction skills are a bonus. If you’re willing to help (and over age 18, please) they need you!

Volunteers will work in three shifts (8 a.m. – 12 noon; 12:30-4:30 p.m.; and 5-8:30 p.m.) There will be coffee and water all day, plus lunch and dinner.) You can volunteer for a single shift or as many as you like, but they suggest you sign up for a shift early in the week. It’s fun and rewarding, so you might want to come back for more.  To volunteer, visit www.WarwickPlaygroundDreams.org.



Earth Fest Warwick

Saturday, May 4th and Sunday, May 5th, 2019
Stanley Deming Park, Warwick, NY

A celebration of re-use, repair, and re-creating including Too Good to Toss, the third-annual community swap, and Treecycle the fourth hands-on, family friendly, arts day using repurposed material.

Too Good To Toss: Warwick town & village residents may drop off gently used items, in good repair, from a list of acceptable goods, to the basketball court on Saturday, May 4th 10AM-4PM. The public is invited to shop for free on Sunday, May 5th, 10AM-4PM. List of Acceptable Goods here: http://www.wickhamworks.org/tgtt-acceptable-items-list.html

Treecycle: Saturday, May 4, 10AM-5PM. Hosted by local artists and makers, you’re welcome to join in the hands-on creative re-purposing. Events include an exhibition of tree sculptures made by local artists and youth groups, hands-on up-cycled craft demonstrations, Kids Take-apart Table and Build-a-Bot station, cardboard maze and miniature village, and a bike check-up clinic. There will be a local Makers Market selling environmentally friendly products, Sustainable Community information tables, and food vendors. Live music and dance. ARM-OF-THE-SEA PUPPET THEATER will perform a special show, Soil the Secret Life of Dirt at 3PM! This free show has been made possible by the Albert Wisner Public Library, the Town of Warwick, and Sustainable Warwick. No registration required. Bring Your Own Blanket!


Transgender Kids- Real Stories

Date: Saturday, May 18 10am – Noon
Contact: Help Desk at 986-1047, ext. 3 or warref@rcls.org
Age Group: Adolescents & Adults

Believing you were born the wrong gender can be intensely painful for anyone, but it’s especially tough for young children.  Please join us for this documentary and share in the discussion that follows to learn about information and resources that can help you better understand your child and others in our community.

Register Online: http://www.albertwisnerlibrary.org/content/family-central-transgender-kids-real-stories

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