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What's New for Families in the Columbia River Gorge
Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Parenting in the Gorge Guide for 2014

New baby resources, story times, playgroups, parenting classes, family life skills and recreation guides for kids K-12.

Updated New Parent Services Playgroups for 2014-2015 School Year

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

Parenting Education: The Incredible Years!

This highly praised New Parent Services program teaches your child school success skills, self regulation, effective limit setting, calming techniques, effective encouragement and more. Wednesdays from October 1 to December 17, 2014 from 5:30-7:45pm at Cascade Locks School. Early childcare providers and educators may use this as part of training hours. Parents can join up to the 3rd week. To Register call Nancy at 541-490-5330.

The Incredible Years series is also offered in Spanish in Parkdale at the Oregon Child Development Coalition. Download the Spanish Incredible Years Parenting Class Flyer.

Hood River Valley Harvest Fest

October 17-19 at the Hood River Event Site on the waterfront. Harvest Fest is a great place to get a head start on holiday shopping. See the expanded Kids Zone, face painting, live music, beer tasting and all the best the county has to offer.

Gorge Grown Farmers Market

Every Thursday from 6-7pm, with over 20 vendors selling locally raised vegetables, fruit, meat, cheese, eggs, bread and more. In addition, the live music, local hot food vendors and festive family-friendly atmosphere that have become beloved market traditions continue.

Pumpkin Funland
At Rasmussens Farms in Hood River through November 11 - whimsical displays of characters created in amazing detail from pumpkins, squash, and other items from the garden. A themed Corn Maze, too. Free admission. Free parking. Wheelchair accessible. Pick pumpkins in the huge pumpkin patch. Also gourds, fall flowers, fresh fruit, produce, cider, autumn decorating ideas.

Parenting in the Gorge Guide for Hood River and Wasco Counties

It's everything you'd like to know about opportunities & resources for parents - welcome baby resources, library story times, playgroups, wonderworks playstation, parenting classes for toddlers to teens!

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. Group begins September 26, every Wednesday from 5-6pm.  Call Kidsense at 541-386-0009 for more information and to register.

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.

Vampires & Victims Kids Fun Run & Halloween Pinata

Saturday, October 18th at Hood River Valley High School. Kids fun run and Pinata at 6:15pm, 2K elementary run at 6:30, 5K run to follow. Register onsite at HRVHS Henderson Stadium. Fundraiser for HRVHS Booster Club IMPACT Concussion Testing Program at HRVHS.

KidFit2Go - Mobile Fitness & Fun for Kids!

Preschools, Teachers & Parents will love these custom fitness classes brought right to your school, childcare, preschool or other organization. Children explore physical activities through a creative multi station challenge course, using specialized equipment design for safety, fitness and fun!

Vampires & Victims Fun Run

Saturday, October 18th at Hood River Valley High School. Kids fun run and Pinata at 6:15pm, 2K elementary run at 6:30, 5K run to follow. Register onsite at HRVHS Henderson Stadium. Fundraiser for HRVHS Booster Club IMPACT Concussion Testing Program at HRVHS.

Gorge MakerSpace

is a place where young people transform their ideas into reality. Part science lab, part metal shop, and part art studio, Gorge MakerSpace provides the coaching and tools participants need to design and build science and technology-based solutions to human challenges.

Playgroups in Hood River County

Hood River County Library and New Parent Services Playgroups happening each week for children.

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. Meetings will take place the 2nd Monday of Every month.

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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