1. Play Lubbock, www.PlayLubbock.com & Nancy Neill (NNeill@MyLubbock.US) for free or low-cost activities & services for economically distressed families & all. Order no-charge, summer & seasonal Activity Guides for GO Centers, sites, schools & audiences.
2. Refer children with disabilities for free summer camps (waiting list for children with diabetes): TLC@LionsCamp.com or 830-896-8500; www.LionsCamp.com & Helen Sampson/Lubbock (RBHL@SuddenLink.Net) or 806-797-7652. Outdoor, summer camping on 504 acres of hills & woods; health-education & camp-graduation experiences for Texas children with disabilities – creating an atmosphere where campers will learn the “can do” philosophy & be allowed to achieve maximum personal growth & self-esteem; also, specialized camp for children with diabetes. Offering special children the opportunity to be “just a regular kid” for a week: swimming, music, photography, horseback riding, sports nature studies, arts & crafts, sleeping under the star, boating, high & low ropes course, archery. Children have learned to ride horses, swim, camp & meet other children with similar circumstances. Eligibility: children 7-16 years old with any of these conditions: asthma, amputee, blind/vision impaired, burns, heart problems, deaf/hearing impaired, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, cancer/tumor, lupus, muscular dystrophy, mute, polio, partial paralysis, rickets, scoliosis, sickle cell, stroke, Legg-Perthes, Charcot-Marie-Tooth; 8-15 years old with diabetes.
3. Call 806-743-7901 to find out how to register for When Violence Strikes: The Continued Threat & a Measured Response, Thur. & Fri., June 2 & 3, 8:30a-4p with Lt. Col. Dave Grossman, US Army (Ret.), Dir. of Killology Research Group & Pulitzer-nominated author. Conference at Estacado High School (1504 East Itasca St. in NE Lubbock: www.LubbockMap.com). $50. Day 1: Our Kids are Learning to Kill (examine violent crimes in the US & around the world, the factors that all school killers had in common & the role of the media); Day 2: The Bullet-Proof Mind (“Can we take the lessons learned in blood & lives at Columbine & the World Trade Center & apply them so we’ll never take this path again, or do we have to wait…?” Lt. Col. Dave Grossman). Target Audience: law enforcement, probation officers, education administrators, correctional officers, social workers, fire & EMS, teachers, behavioral & mental health, federal agents, military, private security. Ask about continuing education credits. For more details: www.GrossmanInLubbock.com or Regan Bullard at 806-775-1891. Sponsors: Lubbock County Sheriff’s Office, Lubbock Independent School District, Lubbock Police Department, TTU Institute for Forensic Science, Abernathy ISD Tactical Solutions Group, Abernathy PD, Texas DPS, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Texas Rangers, Guardian Security Services, Texas Tech PD, Lubbock County DA, UMC, Lubbock EMS, Wolfforth PD, Lubbock Fire Department, Lubbock Fire Marshal’s Office, Texas Association of Hostage Negotiators & dozens more.
4. Child Care Directors/Administrator Training @$20 Sat., June 4, 916 Main, 2nd Floor Auditorium (old Bank of America Building – north of Courthouse) Lubbock, TX. 9a to 4p Appropriate for your assistant director & anyone that serves on leadership team. 6-hour training will focus on topics specific to infants & toddlers. The training will also cover some of the required administrative hours for directors. Request registration form & information about topics that will be covered: RRWilson@Ag.TAMU.edu or 806-775-1680 if you have questions.
5. Beginning June 6: Children 3- to 12-yr. olds: speech, language, literacy, hearing Summer Camps: Carolyn.Perry@TTUHSC.edu
6. Register at http://escite2.esc17.net/default.aspx?name=wmsworkshop&c=00055 for Building Resilient Students for the Future: A Behavioral Health Conference: Mon. & Tues., June 6 & 7; Region 17 ESC; 1111 West Loop 289 (in NW Lubbock: directly north of 19th St. on Frankford Ave.: www.LubbockMap.com). Do you work with at-risk students, children & their families? Join us as we review evidence-based practices that foster the development of resilience for all students, most especially those who need it the most. … ideas & strategies that you can put into place tomorrow. Day 1: The 40 Developmental Assets Program featuring professionals representing the Texas Healthy Adolescent Initiative Day 2: Domestic Violence & Schools featuring Dr. Margaret Brackley, Professor & Director for the Center for Violence & Prevention at the UTHSC School of Nursing, San Antonio. Target Audience: educators, counselors, nurses, Migrant Service Coordinators & other professionals who assist struggling students & their families CEUs ( up to 10 hours) for LSSPs, LPCs & Social Workers will be available. $15. For more details, contact email@example.com or 806-281-5879.
7. YWCA Swim Team Swim Faster • Meet New Friends • Have Fun Ages: 5-18 June 6-30 & July 11-Aug. 4. Practices: Mon/Wed or Tue/Thu 7a-7:45a End-of-Season Party: Aug. 8 Sun ‘n Fun Outdoor Aquatics Center (6204 Elgin Ave.: www.LubbockMap.com) Cost: $110 (includes coaching , team t-shirt, meet registration & pool party) No prior competitive experience needed. At least one swim-meet guaranteed. For more information, call 806-792-2723, x. 3206. www.YWCALubbock.org
8. Cancer Policy-discussion workshop/Amarillo, TX, USA: Thur., June 9,10a-2p, free Knowing
Cancer Policy: How Can That Help Local Programs? (Registration begins at 9:30a) at Amarillo College West Campus, Building A, Room 109 – 6222 West 9th Avenue in Amarillo; free (lunch will be provided) Continuing Education Credit: Nursing Contact Hours: 1.5 Social Workers, LPCs CEUs: 0.15. Workshop Overview: … you may find that some of the cancer projects you are working on have aspects of policy in it. By increasing your awareness of policy & related issues, you may find new ways to expand the reach of your projects or partner with others. There will be lots of interaction & discussion during the workshop. You can learn about what others are doing & find ways to support each other now or in the future. To register: 806-651-3482 or firstname.lastname@example.org Pre-registration is appreciated by June 7th. For additional questions about the workshop contact Leticia Goodrich at 806-331-4710.
9. Week-ends June 10–Sept. 3: Annie (June 10-11, 17-18, 24-25 & July 1-2); Disney’s High School Musical (July 8-9, 15-16, 22-23 & 29-30); The King & I (Aug. 5-6, 12-13 & 19-20); & Buddy! (Aug. 26-27 & Sept. 2-3). Gates open at 7p. Shows begin at 8p. Ticket prices range from $8 to $28 via Select-A-Seat (including on-site dinner orders from Jason’s Deli & Chick-Fil-a); ticket outlets at Amigo’s Supermarket, Dollar Western Wear, Lubbock Memorial Civic Center, Market Street @ 50th & Indiana, Ralph’s Records & Tapes, TTU Student Union ticket both & United Supermarkets. Concessions & restrooms available on site. Gerald.Dolter@TTU.edu, www.LubbockMoonlightMusicals.org & www.lubbockmoonlight.org/Lubbock_Moonlight_Musicals/Home.html & John.W.Davis@TTU.edu or 1-800-735-1288 or 806-770-2000.
10. Register at http://escite2.esc17.net/default.aspx?name=wmsworkshop&c=53 for Autism Conference, Wed., & Thur., June 15 & 16 at the Lubbock Civic Center/downtown (www.LubbockMap.com). Two-day conference on Autism Spectrum Disorders … with peer-reviewed, research-based strategies for use in the home & school environments. Well-respected, nationally & locally known speakers will cover topics of interest including: behavior, social skills, communication, sensory issues, transition & others. Participants will be provided with current research & applicable hands-on strategies. All parents of individuals with an ASD who are wishing to attend should contact Barbara Stephens at 806-281-5715 for instructions on how to register. Keynote speaker Dr. Lori Ernsperger is an expert in the field of autism & behavioral disorders, has 22+ years’ experience working in public schools: classroom teacher, administrator & behavioral consultant; … owns & operates Autism & Behavioral Consulting, an agency that works with school district personnel & families to provide effective educational programs & best-practice strategies for students with autism & behavioral disorders; author of two books: Keys to Success for Teaching Students with Autism & Just Take a Bite: Easy Effective Answers to Food Aversions & Eating Challenges. Space is limited. For details: Anna Phillips, Autism Consultant: email@example.com or 806-281-5891; Barbara Stephens, Registrar: firstname.lastname@example.org or 806-281-5715.
11. Got tornado? Don’t wait until disaster strikes to get trained in emergency response. There is free training through Homelands Security’s Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT). CERT is a critical program in the effort to engage everyone in America in making their communities safer, more prepared & more resilient when incidents occur. The 20-30 hour class will include: Disaster Preparedness, Fire Safety & Utility Controls, Disaster Medical Operations – Part 1, Disaster Medical Operations –Part 2, Light Search & Rescue, Disaster Psychology, Terrorism & CERT & a Disaster Simulation at the end of the course to practice new skills. A free uniform & backpack filled with emergency response items will be issued to all student who complete the course. Training will be held at the Civil Air Patrol Headquarters in Lubbock on Fri., July 8, 6p-9p; Sat. & Sun., July 9 & 10, 9a-5p. To register, call the South Plains Association of Governments at 806-762-8721 & ask for “CERT” or email SPCitizenCorps@SPAG.org
12. Sat., Aug. 13, 10a-4p, Back To School Fiesta for all families/all ages: school supplies, college-going information/resources/contacts & fun! Texas Tech University/United Spirit Arena (two blocks north of the NE intersection of Indiana & 19th St.; www.LubbockMap.com or www.TTU.edu/CampusMap). For more details, contact Lea.Davidson@TTU.edu
13. Thur., Oct. 6, 9a-4p: Clashing Paradigms: Quality of Care; Merket Alumni Center on NW corner of 19th & University (www.LubbockMap.com): HHill@Co.Lubbock.TX.US or 806-775-1720. Continuing Education credits for attorneys, nurses, social workers, LCDCs & more.
14. Proactively connect with your prospective collaborative partners among the 704-member GO Center learning community at www.AliceWhite.WordPress.com & select “GO Centers” from the right-hand menu & then scroll downward through the entries (or ask Alice.V.White@GMail.com for the 219-pg., color-coded GO Center list). To locate GO Centers in your own backyard, please visit www.ClosingTheGaps.org & select “GO Centers” from the left-hand menu & then link to “Locations.”
We Love Animals
Lou Bailey, Director of Alumni Relations and Planned Giving at St. Stephen's Episcopal School in Austin, sent us this adorable photo of her rat terrier, Roo...complete with reading glasses! http://www.sstx.org
Dixie Neeley, the Founder of the Triple Me Mac Equine Sanctuary in Bulverde, rescued this off-the-track thoroughbred from a boys ranch. Malt & Jam was starved and had a broken shoulder. The picture was taken last summer - he is totally healed and healthy! http://www.triplememac.org
The International Exotic Animal Sanctuary recently became home to two tiny American black bear cubs, one male and one female, who were found abandoned in their wild Alaska. These two were young, helpless, and unable to survive on their own. As such, they were transported to their new forever home in Texas. At IEAS, they will have 1.5 acres of forest, meadow, and grass to thrive in. With the help of Emotional Enrichment, they will learn to find security and trust in their new family. IEAS staff is eager and excited to make the lives of these cubs as amazing as possible, and they can't wait to watch them live like wild bears in a safe, caring environment!