Thursday, August 15, 2002

Some Good News

Parenting conference set for Nov.

        Parents (and even grandparents) who want to learn more about child rearing should attend the Fourth Annual Beech Acres For the Love of Kids Practical Parenting Conference from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 9 at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center, 1 W. RiverCenter Blvd., Covington.

        Martha Epling, community development director for Beech Acres, is urging people to sign up now because space is limited.

        “We expect to have about 2,000 people,” Ms. Epling said. “The conference is for any parents or grandparents. It is a great day with lots of skills about nurturing, proper discipline, how to be a great dad or a great mom.”

        To register, call 241-7696.

        She said keynote speakers include Mark Victor Hansen, co-author of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, and Madelyn Swift, a parenting discipline expert.

        Major sponsors are Fifth Third Bank, Procter & Gamble, Frisch's Big Boy and Community Press.

        The conference is part of a group of nonprofit organizations targeting youths that have received a total of $190,000 in grants from Fifth Third Bank.

        Others are: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Purcell Marian High School, Cincinnati Youth Collaborative and Mercy Montessori Center.


        Hazelwood's civic organizations will receive a historical marker at 2 p.m. Saturday in a ceremony in Oakwood Park.

        The marker is presented by the Ohio Historical Society and the Ohio Bicentennial Commission.

        It recognizes the contributions Hazelwood's civic organizations made in developing the small, predominantly black community in Blue Ash.

        Speakers will include city of Blue Ash officials and representatives of the Hamilton County Commission, Ohio Senate and Ohio House of Representatives, and the Hazelwood community.


        The Coca-Cola Bottling Co. in Cincinnati will supply 20 volunteers a day Aug. 27-28 to build a playground for children at Woodford Paideia Elementary School, 6065 Red Bank Road, Kennedy Heights.

        The company also sponsored a Coca-Cola Day at the new Madisonville Community Center, and will support the center's Scholars Shop Program, which offers a curriculum and multimedia resource center to motivate and prepare young people to achieve their potential as students.


        StarShine at Hospice of Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center will host the StarShine Gala at Music Hall, 7 p.m. Sept. 21. Funds from the Gala will support StarShine, the only pediatric hospice in the Tristate. StarShine relies on private and corporate support to provide its services and programs.

        Services include nursing visits, home-health aids, spiritual care and infusion therapy.

        For reservations, call 636-4663.

        Allen Howard's “Some Good News” column runs Sunday-Friday. If you have suggestions about outstanding achievements, or people who are uplifting to the Tristate, let him know at 768-8362, e-mail or by fax at 768-8340.



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