KIDSEvents This Week
CULTURAL TEA PARTIES AND CRAFTS. Tucson Children's Museum. 200 S. Sixth Ave. Learn more about African culture from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 5. On Sunday, December 6, the emphasis shifts to Asian culture, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Cost is $5, $4 for seniors and $3 for children. Museum hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 792-9985 for information.
TEEN ISSUES CONFERENCE. Kino Veterans Community Center. The southern Arizona Division of the March of Dimes Chain Reaction Youth Leadership Council presents its third-annual "Teen Issues Conference" on Monday, December 7. Call Debby Bernier at 298-5490 for information.
TV BY TEENS. John Valenzuela Youth Center. 1550 S. Sixth Ave. This community forum explores how teenagers use video to face issues of self-identity, gang violence and parenthood. The video screening and panel discussion is from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, December 3. Call 624-9833 for information.
BUILD-A-BIKE. BICAS Youth Underground Build-A-Bike program is an eight-session program for adults and kids, offering extensive hands-on training for basic bicycle mechanics. In addition to learning new skills, you'll also be helping your community by fixing up old bikes and getting them back on the streets. Students are required to complete a 25-hour apprenticeship and final exam to earn their first bicycle. Classes are from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursdays, and from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturdays. Class tuition is based on a sliding-scale. Call 628-7950 for registration and information.
TUCSON CHILDREN'S MUSEUM. 200 S. Sixth Ave. 792-9985. Join the Wisdomseekers, middle schoolers teaching the younger public crafts from various cultures, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday. Regular fall hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Last admission is 30 minutes before closing. Museum admission is $3 for children 2 to 16, $5 adults, and $4 seniors, with the third Sunday of every month free for all. "After school special" admission from 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday is $2 per person.
YOUTH CENTER. 35 E. Toole Ave. The Pima Prevention Partnership and T/PAC sponsor the new Toole Avenue Youth Center, housing programs such as ArtWORKS at Toole, Pima County Teen Court and the Full Court Press Youth Center. Call Dian Magie (624-0595, ext. 11) or Harry Kressler (791-0771) for information on Youth Center programs.
CHILDREN TO CHILDREN. 3922 N. Mountain Ave. Children to Children is a grief support center for children and families who have experienced the death of someone they love. They provide support services in a caring environment, and currently have space available in their groups. They are also currently looking for volunteers to train to become support group facilitators. Call 322-9155 for information.
PARENTING 101. Compass Health Care. 1230 E. Broadway. The Tucson Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence presents the following free classes to give families an informed edge: BASICS (Building A Strong Independent Child) provides classes, activities, discussion and support for parents and their children, infancy through adolescence, with the goal of learning to help children become healthy, substance-free, caring individuals. Classes meet from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays, and from 3 to 5 p.m. Thursdays. Enrollment is open. Call Linda Yuguchi at 620-6615, ext. 22, for registration and information.
PARENTING SUPPORT. The Give A Parent Support Group (G.A.P.S) needs mentors to make home visits to first time moms. Participants should be experienced, loving parents with the ability to donate one to two hours per week. Training and on-going support for volunteers is provided. Call G.A.P.S program 293-4620 for information.
PARENTS WITHOUT PARTNERS. Parents Without Partners, Inc., is an international, nonprofit organization dedicated to the entire single parent family. They offer Saturday night dances, camp-outs, picnics, skating, meetings, potlucks, games, house parties, movies, hikes, volunteer and community service opportunities, and much more. Orientation for new members meets the second and fourth Wednesday of every month. Call 622-8120 for information.
STUDENT EXCHANGE. World Heritage, a non-profit, public benefit organization, seeks local host families for high-school students from Europe and the former Soviet Union. Host families provide room, board and guidance in a familial setting. Couples, single parents and families with no children are all encouraged to apply. Barbara Williams, local World Heritage area representative, will provide on-going program support during the exchange year. Call 529-2408 for information.
VOLUNTEERS WANTED. The Arizona Foster Care Review Board seeks dedicated volunteers to serve on behalf of abused and neglected children in Pima County. Foster Care Review Boards advocate for permanent, safe homes for children in foster care. Volunteers serve on five-member boards which meet one weekday a month. Volunteers also spend five to ten hours at home reviewing case information in preparation for the monthly meeting. Board members are provided with orientation and ongoing training designed to make them effective advocates for the children they serve. Contact Teri Page Rodriguez, Foster Care Review Board Training and Recruitment Coordinator, for information: 1501 W. Washington, No. 128, Phoenix, AZ 85007-3231; or call 1-602-542-9547 or 628-6415; or e-mail email@example.com.
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