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Text4Baby LogoThe Parenting Success Network is now partnering with Text4Baby, a free texting service for pregnant women and moms with babies under age 1. Moms sign up by texting BABY to 511411. (The service is also available in Spanish, by texting BEBE to 511411.) Moms who sign up get 3 free texts per week on lots of health topics like pregnancy signs and symptoms, developmental milestones, nutrition and feeding, safety, and more. Text messages are timed to mom’s due date or baby’s birth date.

Johnson & Johnson is the founding partner, and the program is run by the non-profit National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition but there are lots of other partners involved, including the CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics, to make sure you get the best content in each message. Sign up today!


Dabbing & Emerging Trends of Marijuana Concentrates & E-devices

Marijuana concentrates are quickly becoming one of the most popular trends in tPot Leafhe marijuana world.  Join Officer Jermaine Galloway for an engaging and behind-the-scenes look into these popular concentrates, the new paraphernalia (including e-devices) and the events and dispensaries where these items are sold and promoted.  Hear from a panel of local experts about emerging trends of marijuana and e-devices in Linn County.

Event will be held on Thursday, April 2, 2015 at the Linn County Expo Center, Albany, OR. Registration is required and space is limited.  Register by March 26 or contact Julie Greene at or (541) 967-3819.

  • Learn to identify concentrates including wax, butter, shatter & oil
  • Understand the reasoning behind the popularity of high-THC products
  • See over 50 visual aids and detailed photos of various waxes, edibles, e-devices & other paraphernalia
  • Learn signs and symptoms of marijuana concentrate use
  • Understand the new drug logos, terms and identifiers and their relevance to the world of marijuana concentrates

Registration and Event Flyer


Roadrunner Athletics Play Day!

Roadrunner ImageFriday, April 10, 2015 is a non-school day for many of the elementary schools in Linn and Benton Counties.  It’s also Roadrunner Athletics Play Day at the LBCC Activity Center, from 1-4:00pm and it’s FREE!  There will be lots of activities for K-5th grade with the help of our LBCC Baseball, Basketball and Women’s Volleyball teams.  Also, Representatives from the Portland Trail Blazers will be here along with Rocky Roadrunner and Blaze, the Trail Cat.  –And it’s FREE!

Roadrunner Athletics Play Day Flyer


Practical Solutions for Families of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

The word Autism on a cork notice boardThis 6-week class, taught in Albany, focuses on providing practical solutions for the daily challenges of families who have children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Among the topics: creating a nurturing home environment for all family members, ending the meal wars, use of visual supports and strategies for working with your child’s school.

Classes begin on Monday, April 13, 2015 from 6-8:00pm at the Family Tree Relief Nursery. This is a free class with free on-site child care, and a free book by Instructor Kristi Sakai. Taught in partnership with LBL-ESD and Family Tree Relief Nursery. Please call (541) 917-4899 to sign up and reserve child care.


 2015 Oregon Parenting Educators Conference


The 2015 Oregon Parenting Educators Conference will be on Monday, May 11, 2015 at the LaSells Stewart Center on the Oregon State University campus. Conference registration will open in March.  We are pleased to announce that Dr. Tina Payne Bryson,  co-author (with Dan Siegel) of the New York Times best-selling THE WHOLE-BRAIN CHILD and the New York Times best-selling NO-DRAMA DISCIPLINE, will be joining us as the keynote speaker for the 2015 Oregon Parenting Educators Conference!  

For updates on conference details and registration, please visit This conference is a great resource for Parent Educators and social service workers!  Save the date! We’ll see you there!


Dr. Tina Bryson Speaking Engagement – Save the Date!

NYT-cover-NDD-196x300Dr. Tina Bryson, nationally known speaker and co-author (with Dan Siegel) of the NY Times best selling “No-Drama Discipline”, will be speaking at the Corvallis High School Theater on Monday, May 11, 2015, from 6:30-8:30pm.  Dr. Bryson will define the true meaning of the “D” word (to instruct, not to shout or reprimand).  In a fact-filled, humorous presentation, she will explain how to reach your child and redirect emotions.

This is a free event, produced by the Parenting Success Network and Linn-Benton Community College, and sponsored by The Mullins Healthy Children’s Fund, the Corvallis School District, the Corvallis Kiwanis Noon Club, the Benton County Health Department, Family Tree Relief Nursery, LBL-ESD Early Intervention, Linn County Alcohol & Drug Program, the Old Mill Center for Children & Families, and Strengthening Rural Families.


2015 Summer Camps and Programs for Kids with Special Needs

camp-clipart-summercampThe following camps target kids with special needs.  Go to their websites for more detailed information.  You can also contact  your local Parks and Recreation Department or OSU’s KidSpirit Camps ( for information about camps available to the general population.  Overnight camps fill up quickly; however, you can still get on waiting lists.

2015 Summer Camps and Programs for Kids with Autism and Special Needs