County health department to offer class on how to be a parent

NEIGHBORS

November 14, 1994|By CINDY PARR

I have said it before and I'll say it again: Being a parent is the toughest job anyone could ever have.

And I quickly follow that with the wholehearted acknowledgment that being a parent is the most gratifying and rewarding job I will ever experience.

I certainly do not profess to know all the answers when it comes to being a parent, so I am always happy and thankful to inform people about special programs regarding children and parents.

At 6 p.m. Thursday, the Carroll County Health Department will offer a class for parents called, "We're In This Together."

The class is taught by Sherry Osborne, a community health educator with the health department.

"This class is on child development, and we start with a talk about newborn care and continue through the monthly stages up to age 1," Ms. Osborne said. "We compare the development of a child from month to month and try to help parents know what to look for during their child's first year."

Ms. Osborne said the classes cover a range of topics and are presented on a rotation basis two days a week.

The programs are free and are scheduled at 10 a.m. Mondays and 6 p.m. Thursdays.

"These classes are ongoing and we run them on an eight-week rotation," Ms. Osborne said. "We try to address all areas.

"Some of the topics include baby-proofing your home, labor and delivery, sibling relationships, breast and bottle feeding, and discipline skills for parents."

The programs are free and open to the public.

Refreshments are served, and participants receive a goodie bag to take home.

Information: 876-4442.

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Thursday, beginning at 7 p.m., the Westminster branch of the Carroll County Library will present "Everyone For Books!"

The program is planned as a celebration for Children's Book Week, and students in grades kindergarten and up are invited to join in stories, songs and fun.

Preregistration is required.

Information: 848-4250.

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The Carroll County Arts Council will celebrate its 25th anniversary with an arts showcase Wednesday, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the Westminster High School auditorium.

The featured guests will be Charlie Byrd and the Carroll County Jazz Ensemble.

In addition to the musical entertainment, the arts council will highlight the arts organizations and programs available to the public in Carroll County.

Adult tickets are $8; $5 for students and seniors.

Tickets can be purchased in advance at these Westminster locations: Carroll County Arts Council, Coffey Music, Forget-Me-Not Ltd., Locust Wines and Antiques, Stu's Music Shop and the Treat Shop.

Information: 848-7272.

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Christmas is in the air, and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., the public is invited to experience "Christmas in the Valley" at the Pleasant Valley Fire Hall, on Pleasant Valley Road northwest of Westminster.

Nearly 40 stands, including community organizations and vendors, will be in place to get visitors in the Christmas spirit.

Hand-made decorations, toys and clothing will be on display and for sale. Baked goods and homemade soups and sandwiches will be available.

The fire hall's Christmas train garden will be open during the event.

Information: 848-0010.

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