Thursday, November 13, 2014

Contribute New and Gently Used Coats for our Youngest Community Members

Welcome Baby’s annual winter coat drive is on! Last year, the 2nd Annual Welcome Baby Coat Drive yielded 350 coats, 87 hats, 82 pairs of gloves and 18 scarfs. We want to outdo last year’s collection and provide more warm coats in what is expected to be a cold winter.

Durham County Cooperative Extension’s Welcome Baby Program, will collect coats, hats, gloves and scarves until December 31st to keep our youngest community members warm this winter. The coats will be offered to families in need through Welcome Baby’s Giving Closet.

Items for collection are needed in sizes newborn to 7/8 years.

Drop off locations for this year’s drive include:

  • Durham County Cooperative Extension: 712 Foster Street
  • Durham County Main Library: 300 N. Roxboro Street
  • South Regional Library 4505 S. Alston Ave
  • North Regional Library 221 Milton Road
  • Southwest Regional Library 3605 Shannon Road

Welcome Baby Family Resource Center provides parenting education and support to families with young children in the Durham community. Services are available for free to all residents with children from birth to five years of age. Welcome Baby is a program of the Durham County Cooperative Extension and is partially funded by Durham’s Partnership for Children, a Smart Start Initiative, and the Duke Endowment. Welcome Baby serves approximately 10,000 families a year, buy providing parenting classes, car seat classes, cribs, developmental newsletters and through the Giving Closet. For more information, visit 

Welecome Baby's Giving Closet is where Durham families in need shop at no cost for clothes, diapers and baby equipment for their children five years and younger. The services are open to all Durham County and City residents. 

For more information, contact Patience Mukelabai, parent educator for the Welcome Baby Family Resource Center, at (919) 560-7392 or email

Monday, November 10, 2014

Autism Gathering and Autism workshop with Spanish--two great events this week

1) Autism Society of NC  Coffee Gathering

Every month we meet for a casual get together to drink coffee and chat.

 All are welcome!

Friday, November 14, 10:00 - 11:00 am

Caribou Coffee - back meeting room, Corner of Franklin and Estes in Chapel Hill

Sign up for the ASNCOC mailing list at 

“LIKE” us on Facebook to learn about upcoming events.

2) Autism Society of NC presents: Nov 12th 9:30 AM
Workshop in Spanish and English- Autism and other Developmental Disabilities

Topic: How can I help my child with Autism and other disabilities?

·         Nutrition

·         Special Diets- Gluten  and Casein

·         Strategies to deal with habits, obsession , and other feeding issues

Date: Nov 12th 9:30-12:30 PM
 St. Francis of Assisi Cath. Church-11401 Leesville Road, Raleigh, NC 27613

Fees: *Parent $10   * Professional $20   * $ 5 child care per child.
Please send completed registration form and payment to: Autism Society of NC, 505 Oberlin Road, Suite 230, Raleigh, NC 27605-Certificate :  3hours of participation is available for professionals attending this workshop
·         Nutrición
·         Dietas Especiales- Gluten y Caseína
·         Ideas para lidiar con hábitos, obsesiones y otros problemas de alimentación
Fecha; 12 de Noviembre de  9:30-12:30 PM

Lugar: St. Francis of Assisi Cath. Church-11401 Leesville Road, Raleigh, NC 27613

Costo:  *$10 por padre    * $20 por profesional    * $ 5 Guardería  por cada niño
Credenciales: 3 horas para profesionales.
Por favor envíe su registro y pago a nombre de:Autism Society of NC, 505 Oberlin  Road, Suite 230, Raleigh, NC 27605

Mariela Maldonado
Hispanic Affairs Liaison
Autism Society of North Carolina
505 Oberlin Road, Suite 230 Raleigh, NC 27605-1345
919-743-0204 *1114  Cell: 919-302-4625

Thursday, November 6, 2014

DPS Magnet Fair this Saturday from 10am-1pm--spread the word!

Do you or families you know need to learn more about school options in Durham?  Attend the Durham Public Schools Magnet Fair this Saturday, November 8 from 10am-1pm at the Southern School for Energy and Sustainability (800 Clayton Rd). This event includes DPS schools from grades PK-12. Click on the link for all the details.  Please spread the word.

Also, all of these schools, up through high school are offering tours from now through January.

The magnet fair flyer and the tour schedule are available at these links in English AND Spanish.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Kids and Youth PK-12 can vote today online or in-person with Kids Voting

After all the election ads and negativity, get the kids and teens you know to do something positive on election day and vote in the Kids Voting Durham election. Kids and youth get to vote on the same candidates as the grownups. 

Find a Kids Voting precinct until 7:30PM OR vote online at Precincts for Kids Voting are listed on the website and are open after school.

..and don't forget to take them with you to vote.  Kids voting also has a fantastic voters guide with answers from our local district judges...very enlightening.