Seminar focuses on singles symposium considers plight of children

Family Forum

October 09, 1990|By Mary Maushard

LOYOLA College professor Dr. Robert Wicks will be the first speaker in The Joannes Series of lectures and seminars for separated, widowed and divorced people. Wicks will speak on self-acceptance and self-appreciation. The lecture begins at 2 p.m. Sunday at Mercy High School. Also in the fall series are: Oct. 28, "From Loneliness to Love," Fr. Christopher Witt; Nov. 11, "Dawn After Darkness," Fr. Martin Padovani; and Nov. 25, "Surviving the Holidays" Dorothy Levesque. A $4 donation is requested for each workshop; child care is available for those who request it by Wednesday before the lecture. For more information, phone Sister Joannes at 433-8880.

Symposium on the plight of children

The plight of children internationally, nationally and locally will be the subject of films, lectures and discussions this month at Loyola College. The symposium, "A Generation of Children in Crisis," begins Monday with the film "Salaam Bombay" at 7 p.m. in McManus Theater. On Oct. 17, Neil Boothby, Duke University professor of public policy, will talk about "Children in War: The Costs of Survival," and on Oct. 18, Martha Clark-Boothby, also of Duke, will lecture on "The Street Children of Mozambique." Subsequent programs will be Oct. 23-30. The events are sponsored by The Peace and Justice Activities committee at Loyola. For more information, contact Rick Boothby at 323-1010, Ext. 2890.

Diary to record thoughts on reading

Getting children interested in reading can be difficult. But youngsters can reward themselves for reading with a diary. "The Private & Personal Reading Journal," by R.R. Bowker, lets kids jot down their thoughts and opinions on what they've read. The pages contain tidbits of publishing history, poems about books, quotes from other book lovers and lists of recommended books. Call Bowker at 1-800-521-8110 for ordering and information. Prices range from $1 to $2.50.

Hazardous furniture is identified

Children and furniture can be a hazardous combination. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission found in a four-year monitoring of hospital emergency rooms that thousands of injuries could be traced to children falling against, climbing onto or trying to move furniture. The biggest culprits are chests of drawers, bookcases and television sets tipping over. The Pediatrics for Parents Monthly Letter outlines a few rules to keep children out of harm's way:

* Put TV sets on low furniture, as far back from the front edge as possible.

* Fasten bookcases and dressers to the wall.

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