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A series of free events titled “Family Village” designed to help Guilford County families connect with resources that might help them, will begin in January.

The series’ sessions, to be held at the libraries in Greensboro and High Point, are the result of a team effort by UNC-Greensboro’s Healthy Relationships Initiative, the Guilford County Partnership for Children, Greensboro Public Library, High Point Public Library and Guilford Child Development.

Advance registration is not required.

The series will include workshops on health and wellness in January, grandparenting in the digital age in February, and supporting children through divorce in March. In April, the series will conclude with resource fairs to help families learn about local organizations that serve families.

Each session will also cover the free resources available online from Sesame Street in Communities, which selected Guilford County as one of three initial pilot communities for disseminating these resources through local organizations.


  • Family Health and Wellness Resolutions: 9:30-11 a.m. Jan. 5, High Point Public Library; 9:30-11 a.m. Jan. 24, Greensboro Public Library (McNairy branch). www.guilford
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  • World: 9:30-11 a.m. Feb. 8, High Point Public Library; 9:30-11 a.m. Feb. 13, Greensboro Public Library (McGirt-Horton branch).
  • Supporting Children through Divorce: 9:30-11 a.m. March 9, Greensboro Public Library (Central branch); 9:30-11 a.m. March 16, High Point Public
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  • Second Annual Family Village Resource Fairs

  • : 6-8 p.m. April 9, High Point Public Library; 6-8 p.m. April 10, Greensboro Public Library (Central branch). www.guilford


The Family Support Network of Central Carolina is now accredited to offer Stepping Stones Triple P, an evidence-based parenting program geared towards parents of young children, including those born prematurely and those with disabilities.

After a successful pilot program, the support network’s trained facilitators will offer the first free three-part series to community members in spring 2019.

The Triple P — positive parenting program — initiative consists of three one-hour seminars: Positive Parenting For Children with a Disability, Helping Your Child Reach Their Potential and Changing Problem Behavior into Positive Behavior.

As part of the inaugural program, FSN board member Stephanie Garner, who is also the mother of Women’s Hospital neonatal intensive care unit graduates, serves as a facilitator.

Prior to the program, Garner used timeouts to address behavior issues. Through the program, she learned the benefits of having her children reset and reengage. She learned how to create an engaging environment by having tactile toys, such as Play-Doh or kinetic sand, on hand. She developed simple, easy-to-understand ground rules, which include being safe and kind.

For information, call 336-832-6507 or email


SHIFT NC is accepting proposals through Jan. 11 for presentations on a broad range of topics related to adolescent sexual and reproductive health. Each year, more than 250 youth-serving professionals attend the Conference on Adolescent Sexual Health and are eager for concrete ideas, skills and resources to support youth in their programs and communities. Presentations can focus on a wide range of experience levels — from beginner to advanced.

This year’s conference will be May 16-17 in Greensboro. The theme is “Diving Below the Surface: Exploring the Depths of Adolescent Sexual Health.”

For information, contact Melinda DeJongh at or visit


Because growth in volunteer support, participation and fundraising has not kept pace with what was needed to sustain an annual walk, the Alzheimer’s Association has chosen to end the Randolph County walk.

The association does have 13 walks in central and western North Carolina, including walks in Alamance, Guilford, Moore and Rowan-Cabarrus counties and Winston-Salem. Registration for the 2019 walks will begin in January.

Also, the association recently launched its newest campaign, The Longest Day, for supporters from communities that do not have a walk event. To learn more about the campaign, visit

For information, call 800-272-3900 or visit

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