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Is it ADHD or Autism?  And Does it Matter?

The word Autism on a cork notice boardThe Linn Benton Lincoln Education Service District is holding a free conference on Friday, October 9, 2015, from 5-7:30pm at the LBL ESD Building, 905 SE 4th Avenue, Albany.  This is a Parent Information Session, and the discussion will involve the similarities and differences, whether identification helps, and strategies and resources for dealing with ADHD and Autism.

Please call Angie Buzo at (541) 753-1202, ext. 201 to reserve your dinner and childcare.  Please reserve by October 2.

Parent Information Session flyer


Prevent Alcohol Use as Students Transition to Middle School & High School

unnamedAlcohol use increases as youth transition from elementary to middle school, and again to high school. Staying connected to your kids during transitions is one of the most important things parents can do.

Communicate: Talk to your teen about the dangers of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. Open lines of communication and be your teen’s trusted resource.

Monitor your teen’s activities: Ask “Who? What? When? Where?”

Team up: Get to know the parents of your teen’s friends. Let them know you do not let your children drink alcohol.

Count it or lock it up: If you have alcohol in your home, know how much you have. Keep it in a secure location.

How to Keep Kids Safe from Alcohol – handout


Lilly’s Lope for Hope

Lope for LillyLilly’s Lope for Hope is a race to heighten suicide awareness. The funds raised are for youth suicide education and prevention services. This race is in honor of Lilly Stagner, a wonderful young lady that committed suicide on October 23, 2013.  This year Strengthening Rural Families is pleased to have the opportunity to coordinate the Wellness Fair for the 2nd annual 5K Run/Walk, Lilly’s Lope for Hope. Details are as follows:

The event date is Saturday, October 10th, 2015 at the Philomath City Park. The race starts at 10:00 AM and events go until 3:00 PM, with the Wellness Fair at the City Park. The target audience for this event is our youth & community and everyone will be welcome to participate.

The objectives of the fair include:

· Increase health awareness.

· Draw awareness to mental health.

· Increase awareness of local, state, and national health services and resources.

· Motivate participants to make positive health behavior changes.

· Encourage self-care practices.

· Provide resources to community members.

If you are interested in participating, or for more information, please contact me at: by September 18, 2015.

If you would like to know more about Lilly’s Lope for Hope, I encourage you to watch this video, and visit the event website  The event website has sign-up information for the race if you know of anyone interested.

Lilly’s Lope for Hope flyer

Wellness Fair flyer


Jumpstart’s Read for the Record

HighRes Cover_NN- tiltOn Thursday, October 22, 2015, we’re joining children and adults around the world by participating in the world’s largest shared reading experience.  This year Jumpstart will celebrate it’s 10th Anniversary of Read for the Record, and this year’s campaign book, “Not Norman: A Goldfish Story” by Kelly Bennett and illustrated by Noah Z. Jones, is a humorous tale about a child who finds a new friend in an unexpected place.

The Early Learning Hub of Linn, Benton and Lincoln Counties is the local lead agency on this project, and is looking for volunteers, participants, and agencies who would like to join us on October 22.  If you are interested, please contact them at EL Hub – Contact Us.