Series of babysitting classes offered

ELIZABETHTOWN — The Elizabethtown Social Center, 7626 Route 9, is offering a series of three babysitting classes to students ages 12 through 18.

The Elizabethtown-Lewis Emergency Squad will conduct training in CPR on Friday, March 15, and first aid on Thursday, March 21. The ACAP Child Care Program will offer a child-care basics class on Wednesday, May 15. Students who complete all three classes will receive a certificate of completion and an American Heart Association CPR/First Aid card.

A pizza lunch is provided at each class. The cost for the entire series is $25. Single classes are $10 each. Social Center teen members pay only $15 for the series if registered by Friday, March 8.

Contact the Social Center for more information at 873-6408 or

Shine On! program wins $10,000 grant in national contest

PLATTSBURGH — Shine On!, a SUNY Plattsburgh program designed to equip elementary-school girls with resiliency, received a $10,000 grant from the national Aveeno Be an Active Natural challenge.

The competition recognizes its contestants and “how they create beautiful change in the world around them,” according to a press release. It was held through the company’s Facebook page where the public was allowed to vote for the most worthy recipient. Shine On! was one of just two finalists for the November challenge, narrowed down from hundreds of entries.

The preventive program, which will run from Saturday, April 27, to Sunday, April 28, strives to empower elementary-school girls to be strong and confident, thereby reducing the self-destructive behaviors girls often succumb to during their teenage years.

The student-run Shine On! committee plans to use the additional funds to expand upon training for parents and educators throughout the coming year via speakers and webinars open to the public.

Colleen Lemza, assistant professor of public relations, founded the program after working as an emergency-room crisis counselor where she saw an abundance of young women and teen girls battling mental-health disorders as a result of low self esteem.

To learn more, visit

Series looks at mental illness in families

PLATTSBURGH — The National Alliance on Mental Illness: Champlain Valley (NAMI: CV) is offering a free, 12-week education program for families that have loved ones with mental illness.

The series, entitled “Family to Family,” starts at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 6. Topics include current information on major brain disorders, the latest information about medications, information about the most effective treatments available, what to do in a crisis, how to handle a loved one’s hospitalization and relapse, problem-solving and communication skills, and more.

To register, call NAMI: CV at 561-2685, Ext. 10, or email

Children’s Museum set to host Imagination Ball

PLATTSBURGH — The Imaginarium Children’s Museum at 4709 Route 9 is hosting an Imagination Ball on Saturday, March 2.

The ball will be held at two time slots: from 2:30 to 5 p.m. and 6 to 8:30 p.m. Attendees are invited to dress as their favorite superhero or princess and bring their imagination. There will be music, snacks, activities and lots of fun.

A limited number of tickets are available at $10 per person, age 2 and over. They can be purchased during the museum’s regular open hours, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 1 to 8 p.m. Friday and 10 to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

For questions, call 324-7426 or email

Support group for nursing moms meets

PLATTSBURGH — La Leche League, a breast-feeding information and support group, meets at 7 p.m. Monday, March 4, at Family Connections on U.S. Oval.

The group, which is for all women, meets the first Monday of every month. Babies are also welcome.

To learn more, visit, or call Susan at 643-9436, Melissa at 643-8530, Kira at 314-5186 or Sue at 561-5186.

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