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Free CPR and Free OSU Basketball

Benny Beaver.

Samaritan Heart & Vascular Institute, Oregon State University Athletics and the American Heart Association are teaming up in an effort to train at least 1,000 people in hands-only CPR and how to use an AED (automatic external defibrillator).
No reservations are required and everyone is welcome to this family-friendly event. The CPR training will take participants about 30 minutes to complete, and children will want to make sure and say “Hi” to Benny Beaver.
The first 1,000 people to complete the training will receive free tickets to the OSU vs. University of Washington men’s basketball game that afternoon at 1:30 p.m. Come out, enjoy the day with your family and friends, and learn how to save lives.
  • Sunday, Feb. 8, drop in between 9 a.m. and noon
  • Location: Reser Stadium, club level
  • Cost: Free
  • Free event parking may be found in the parking garage across 26th Street from Reser Stadium.
According to the organizer, it is a family friendly event, and children as young as 9 years old have the ability to effectively perform CPR.


ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) Opportunity

ASIST Training 2015 1A two-day skills-based training program dedicated to the prevention of suicide will be held at Clemens Primary School on February 12 & 13, from 8:30am-4:30pm. The curriculum prepares “gatekeepers” to integrate intervention principles into everyday practice and includes five important sections: Preparing, Connecting, Understanding, Assisting, and Networking.  For more information, see flyer, or contact Strengthening Rural Families at (541) 929-2535 to register.


Family Tree Relief Nursery Annual Legacy Luncheon

Family Tree Relief Nursery LogoOn Thursday, February 19, the Family Tree Relief Nursery will hold it’s annual fundraising luncheon at the Wheelhouse Event Center, 421 NE Water Avenue, Albany, OR.  The doors will open promptly at 11:00am and the program will begin at 12:00pm.

Please contact us to serve as a table host or request invitations.  Contact Marie Jennings at (541) 740-0230 or  Special thanks to sponsoring organizations: Willamette Community Bank, Rhodes Warden Insurance Agency, and Trade Winds.



Baby Blast!

Baby Blast PhotoEver wonder what resources are available in east Linn County for your baby’s growth and development, and for you as you grow into parenthood?  Find out at the Baby Blast!  Baby Blast combines the fun of a baby shower with free health checks for your baby.  Enjoy giveaways and meet representatives from numerous services in Lebanon and Sweet Home.  Healthy snacks and other refreshments will be available.

Thursday, February 26th, from 1-4:30pm at Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital, 525 N. Santiam Highway, Lebanon, OR, conference rooms A-D.  Cost: Free!  For more information, call (541) 451-7161.

2015 Baby Blast flyer


 Family Fun Day – Save the Date!

Family Fun Day Flyer 2015 1It’s nearly time for this year’s 38th Annual LBCC Family Fun Day!! This year’s event is scheduled for Saturday, February 28th, from 10:00am until 2:00pm, at the LBCC Activities Center.

Last year’s event attracted hundreds of young children from across Linn and Benton counties for a day of fun activities, good food, and lots of prizes! Putt Putt Golf, a Bouncy Castle, a Pinewood Derby track, a Pirate Maze, and Basketball Bowling gave kids lots of physical activity and excitement, while the Face Painting, Play Dough, Foam Peanut Sculptures, Tattoos, and Crown Making allowed them to enjoy the fun of arts and crafts. There was also a wide selection of books and toys for sale, and the concessions stand provided lots of delicious snacks and beverages.

Please save the date on your calendar and plan to join us for a day of family fun. We are also looking for volunteers to help on the day of, and we’re asking for donations for our drawing. If you can help, please call (541) 917-4897.


5th Annual Parenting Educator Celebration – Save the Date!

PEC WorkgroupJoin us for the annual Parenting Educator Celebration on Wednesday, March 11, 2015.  We’ll have fun and informative networking activities and keynote speaker Dr. Bridget Hatfield.  Director of the SEARCH (Supporting Engaging Adult Relationships with Children) Research Lab at Oregon State University, she will speak about how to best support parents in developing responsive interactions with their children that support development.  She will discuss her research and share video vignettes demonstrating specific adult interactions that support different developmental skills.

Come early for the 12-1:00pm lunch with colleagues–bring your own or purchase one at the LBCC cafeteria–and our Meeting will be held from 1-4:00pm in the Fireside Room on the LBCC Campus.


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.