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Saturday, July 04, 2015

Parenting in the Gorge Guide for 2015

New baby resources, story times, playgroups, parenting classes, family life skills and recreation guides for kids K-12. Here's the Spanish Parenting in the Gorge Guide.

Updated New Parent Services Playgroups for 2014-2015 School Year

Meet other parents, exchange ideas and resources, get breastfeeding and other support!.

Sensory Friendly Films at Kidsense

Every month on the 2nd Saturday at Hood River Cinemas. "Sensory friendly" means that we keep the lights turned up so it is not too dark and the sound turned down so it's not too loud. In order to avoid crowds, the movie is shown early in the morning before the theater is open to the general public.

Group Games Social Group at Kidsense

This group is designed to guide students in developing appropriate social skills important for students as the create friendships and being to participate in various school and community activities. Emphasis will be in communication skills, working with others and friendship skills. Call Kidsense at 541-386-0009 for dates, times, more information and registration.

Volunteer for SECRETS Program throughout the Columbia Gorge

Both Hood River and Northern Wasco County School Districts need volunteers for the SECRETS program introducing hundreds of new students to the ecological principals of our local forest and shrub-steppe communities of the Gorge. SECRETS is a program of the Columbia Gorge Ecology Institute.

Recommended Websites for Kids

The Hood River County Library announces that the Association of Library Services to Children has created a guide to parents for their child’s online use.  See their recommended websites for kids.


Providence Coffee Shop Teaches Life Skills for Local Students

Walk through the main entrance of Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital, and chances are you will notice the smell of coffee—and the energy of high school students at Sacred Grounds Coffee Shop. The Youth Transition Program at Hood River Valley High School is using the café to provide valuable work experience for youth with barriers to employment.

Munchkins at the Museum

It's an early education program for ages 2-5 happening at at the History Museum of Hood River County.

Pathways to
Responsible Fatherhood

Northwest Marriage Institute in partnership with The Next Door presents this helpful workshop for Dads.

Breastfeeding Support Group

The Columbia Gorge Breastfeeding Coalition will begin a newly formed mother-to-mother support group that offers guidance during this important time. The group is conducted by a trained facilitator who listens and guides the discussion, the first and third Wednesday each month at Riverside Church in Hood River from noon to 1.

Parent Connections Group at KidSense Pediatric Therapy Center

Parents share their personal experiences related to Sensory Processing Disorder. Call t 541-386-0009 for current group times as they do change.

Good Parenting Support

Here are a few excellent places to check for information or to call when you, a parent or a teenager you know needs some quick support and help. Parent Trust for Washington Children.

Parent Trust Family Help Line: 1-800-932-HOPE (4673) - Toll-free in Washington State.
Washington State Teenline:1-800-562-1240

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