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March 31, 1992|By Mary Maushard | Mary Maushard,Staff Writer

Program examines sex and growing up

Parents, be prepared. Coming in May from the Children's Television Network is a special, "What Kids Want to Know About Sex and Growing Up." It's an hour-long "3-2-1-Contact Extra" that weaves the questions and concerns of on-camera adolescents into a straightforward presentation about puberty, reproduction and sexuality.

To help parents ease themselves and their youngsters into this often-uncomfortable discussion, the producers are distributing a parents' guide to the show now. The 20-page booklet outlines the main topics discussed on the program, includes some of the adolescents' questions -- with answers -- and offers parents advice on talking to their children about sex and values.

The pamphlet costs $2.25 and is available in English and Spanish. To get a copy, phone (900) 407-2000 (there is one charge for the phone call and booklet) or send a check or money order for $2.25, to cover postage and handling, to: Parent's Guide, Box 40, Vernon, N.J. 07462.

As plain as the nose . . .

If you see otherwise reasonable people going about their business with a red plastic nose on their face Friday, it's plain they are doing it for a good cause. Friday is Red Nose Day USA, a nationwide campaign to raise public interest about Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

Why the Red Nose? Well, it's the nose of choice of the day's national spokesman, Bozo the Clown. And also, the Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Alliance, which is sponsoring the campaign, says it signifies hope for a future free of the tragedy of infant death.

Red noses are available from volunteer and commercial sponsors displaying a colorful poster with Bozo and a baby on it. The noses cost $2; for $2.50 you can purchase a badge that says "I'm to Chicken to wear a Red Nose." The money will be used for medical research, public education and support services for victims' families. Sudden Infant Death Syndrome is the leading cause of death in this country among children under one year of age.

How families work

Interested in how other families get along day-by-day? WBAL kicks off a new public service campaign with an hour-long special Wednesday, "The Family Works!" (8 p.m., Channel 11). Produced by Hearst Broadcasting, the first half-hour looks at three different family configurations and how they cope. The second half-hour is a local show with Rod Daniels as host. It will feature experts talking about services available to families and answering viewers' calls. "Family Works!" which will include more than 25 hours of programming, will attempt to make family issues more visible and to make solutions to family problems more accessible. A Family Works Forum on teen-age pregnancy will be shown Friday at 7 p.m. before a live audience that will participate in the show.

Events worth noting

* "The Adoption Triangle," a free workshop on different kinds of adoption: private, agency, international from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. April 8 at the Owings Mills Jewish Community Center. Pre-register by Friday with Lynne Waranch at the JCC's Parenting Center. Call 356-6200.

* "Male & Female: Styles of Growth and Development:" an all-day conference for people who are separated, divorced or widowed sponsored by the North American Conference of Separated and Divorced Catholics, from 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday at the Wilde Lake Interfaith Center in Columbia. For more information, phone Sister M. Joannes at 433-8880, Ext. 23.

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