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ARKids First and public libraries focus on summer safety

ARKids First and public libraries focus on summer safety

LITTLE ROCK, ARK. – ARKids First, the state’s CHIP program (Children’s Health Insurance Program), has partnered with the Arkansas Public Library System’s popular summer reading program to provide educational materials and a series of safety events during May, June and July.  The educational materials and events are aimed at keeping kids safe during the summer and encouraging parents of already enrolled kids to utilize ARKids benefits for well-child doctor visits.

All public library branches in the state’s system will have summer safety educational packets available for children who register for free summer reading programs.  A series of eight summer safety events will be held at public libraries throughout the state.

'Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides' opens Friday

'Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides' opens Friday

Pirates of the Caribbean -- installment No. 4 -- arrives in theaters this week. Along with Johnny Depp, you get Penelope Cruz. Other new films include Bloodworth with Kris Kristofferson and Kill the Irishman with Ray Stevenson.

Adoption Coalition hosts event for prospective parents

Adoption Coalition hosts event for prospective parents

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – The Pulaski County Adoption Coalition and DHS are presenting a Disney Adoption Extravaganza to focus on the need for adoptive parents. People who are waiting to adopt and waiting children from all over the state are being invited to this event.

The event is Saturday, May 21 from 11 am – 2 pm at Immanuel Baptist Church, 501 N. Shackleford in Little Rock. Please RSVP to your adoption specialist or to Tracy Dickinson at tracy.dickinson@arkansas.gov or Christie Erwin at jherwin@juno.com.

Free autism parent education

 Free autism parent education

Cornerstone ABA Services is excited to announce a FREE parent education opportu­nity. Parents with children on the Autism Spectrum are often bombarded with dif­ferent treatment options. It can be difficult to decide what is the best fit for the child and family. Many parents have heard of ABA as a treatment option, but do not understand what ABA is or how ABA can be beneficial for their child.

Join us as we will discuss the fundamentals of Applied Behavior Analysis. We will also review the current research on the effectiveness of ABA interventions for chil­dren on the Autism Spectrum.

For more information, contact Jennifer Hennessey, Ed.D., BCBA at 501-940-4435 (Jhennessey@conwaycorp.net) or Shelia Smith, Ph.D.

Coming to Riverfest? Go over Sunny's Safety Plan

Coming to Riverfest? Go over Sunny's Safety Plan

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Riverfest coordinators, along with ¡Hola! Arkansas and Today's THV, want to help provide a plan for kids and their families who become separated.

The scariest thing for children is to become separated from their family during a huge, crowded event. And the worst feeling is not knowing where to go to be reunited with loved ones.

There will be four Information Tents strategically placed throughout the park. Families will be encouraged to visit these booths and discuss "Sunny's Safety Plan" before enjoying the day's activities. They will be introduced to the booth volunteers and "Sunny." "Sunny" will be posted on a big sign at each booth and the volunteers will give children a "Look For Sunny" sticker to wear.

This will help the children remember what they're looking for. If a child becomes lost, they will look for the "Sunny" symbol and know that it is a safe place to go.

Kiss the Brides Expo Sunday at Peabody

Kiss the Brides Expo Sunday at Peabody

Kiss the Brides Expo will be held from noon-5 p.m. Sunday, May 15 at Peabody Little Rock, 3 Statehouse Plaza, Little Rock. Admission is $10 at the door.

Arkansas's first all-girls fitness camp -- Camp iRock

Arkansas's first all-girls fitness camp -- Camp iRock

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - The Arkansas Minority Health Commission (AMHC), in collaboration with Arkansas Children's Hospital and Girl Scout-Diamonds of Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas will host its first ever residential fitness camp. Camp iRock is for girls in sixth, seventh and eighth grades and will be held at Ferncliff Camp and Conference Center in Little Rock on June 19-25.

The camp is a week-long program of activities, workshops and exercises aimed at promoting physical activity, healthy lifestyles, and building self-confidence in young girls. Campers will be equipped with the necessary tools and support to help them achieve and maintain optimum fitness and nutrition in their daily lives. The camp is free for 40 girls from around the State of Arkansas.