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Looking for a fun way to help sick and vulnerable babies? Want to help babies have access to live-saving breast milk even when their moms can't provide it for them? Join the Northwest Mothers Milk Bank at their first benefit event on Thursday. Fun? Check. Food? Check. Great cause? You bet!
Want to find out more about milk banking and what they are up to? Check out the website for more.
HARVEST: Cultivating a NW Mothers Milk Bank
Thursday September 23, 2010 5:30pm - Pure Space, NW 14th & NW Overton in the Pearl District Tickets are $45 -buy yours today at www.nwmmb.org
Join NWMMB for a fabulous evening of food, drinks, delicious desserts, and live bluegrass music. Plus an amazing auction filled with dinners out, overnights at the beach, theater tickets, the best baby stuff and more. . .
Keeping tabs on our kids' media use and exposure can be hard - especially when it happens outside the home. But it's our job to know what they're watching and make sure it's appropriate. I always turn to Common Sense Media for a little help, since they rate everything by age and explain why.
Now they're doin' a little advocacy on the topic, which makes my day (and honestly, makes me want to donate to them).
Check it out:
Any tips and tricks for staying on top of your kids' media use?
I've finally stepped up to the plate with friends and started letting them know that before my kids watch anything or play any games I need to know exactly what. Sounds simple, but it can be hard! Even for someone as outspoken as I am.
Sometimes it takes more than passion to make change happen, but it sure is a great place to start. If you have desire to make change happen, check out these free Agent of Change courses from the Center for Earth Leadership.
This fall they will be offering a school-focused class just for moms, from noon to 1:45pm on five Mondays: October 18, 25, November 1, 8 (break), December 6. There are two other class time options as well, although not specific to schools.
If you'd like to learn more about receiving training, attend their free information night this Tuesday, September 14. More details, including how to RSVP can be found HERE.
How to Be an Agent of Change
Tuesday, September 14, 2010, 7:00 p.m.
Offered by the Center for Earth Leadership
Discussion of course content, take-away skills, and the growing Agent of Change Network
Learn from class graduates about the impact their eco-projects are having on our community
Meet class architects Dick and Jeanne Roy, recognized leaders in the sustainability movement
Begin to envision yourself as an agent of change
Enjoy light refreshments
Join the local network of over 500 class graduates who are creating sustainable change at all levels in our community as agents of change!
Ready to register for a fall Agent of Change class now? For registration, meeting location and general information, contact Emily Klavins, (503) 227-2315 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner of Moms Rising.org appears on ABC News to discuss the fact that women with children (us mamas) earn less than women without children. In fact, that gap is greater than the wage gap between women and men. Listen here:
I've been shaking my head about chocolate milk in schools for years. And getting a lot of flack, honestly. Not that I care. But when Chef Ann Cooper, aka The Renegade Lunch Lady, called it out, I was pleased to not be just another wacky parent annoyed by the food served to my kid.
Hear what Chef Ann has to say about it (she's brief), and then (if you like), ask PPS why they continue to stand behind their decision to serve our kids what Chef Ann so aptly calls "soda in drag." They say it gets kids to drink more milk. I say it teaches kids to prefer sweet foods and gain weight thanks to the additional sugar.
If you haven't actually assessed your home's environmental health (think: toxic chemicals, indoor air quality), you've probably at least wondered if you're living in a toxic soup or not. 'Cause we kind of are, right?
We now know that pollutants commonly found in households can trigger asthma, allergies, chronic disease and other negative health effects. But it can be hard to know which changes to make - and how.
It's a great on-the-shelf reference - and there's one available for every Oregonian who asks - so go ahead, get yours, and get started on your eco-healthy home audit. If you love it and want to share it with others, you can for just $2.50 a copy (order here). Thinking grandma's house...???
Host a party
Further, if you can gather at least 10 people, OEC staff or one of their trained volunteer eco-healthy home ambassadors will present the info to your group. Sounds like a great Activistas event if anyone's game to organize.
What are you waiting for? It's a perfect project for 2010. Request your guide and complete the checklist before school restarts, then make a few changes this fall, before year's end.
Thanks, OEC, for helping us live less toxic lives. We know our children's near and long-term health depends on it.
I love a mom who's workin' for a cause. And these Washington moms are doing exactly that.
On July 16th, 2010, a group of moms and community members from Vashon
Island will summit Mt. Rainier to draw attention to the TransAlta coal
plant in Centralia, Washington. TransAlta is the biggest polluter in
Washington State, spewing 10 million pounds of greenhouse gas emissions
into the atmosphere, as well as mercury and haze pollution. We call on
Governor Gregoire to close the plant as soon as possible - 2025 is too
long to wait.
As one of them said, "It's time to act big." Indeed.
Hear about it in their own words:
What mountain are you climbing, and for what cause?
We see it everywhere: hunger continues to exist in our communities.
are still struggling to find their way through this recession and find
feed their children. Too many times, children are showing up to school
dropped off at daycare programs hungry. Potentially not fed since the
they were there.
And our economy doesn't appear to be recovering fast enough to help
Each day in Oregon, hundreds of thousands of
children—nearly one in
five—live in poverty and go hungry. In fact, 36 percent of those who
emergency food from the Oregon Food Bank Network are children. Hunger
their health,intellect, creativity and capacity to learn and be at their
We have valuable programs in place to help feed hungry children like
National School Lunch program, WIC (Women, Infants & Children),
Service Programs and others, that can help us meet President Obama's
end childhood hunger by 2015.
Every five years, these programs need to be reauthorized.
Congress will meet
this summer to address what these programs will look like and how much
they'll put behind ending childhood hunger for the next five years.
don't know what our economy - nationally or locally - will look like
or in three years, we have this opportunity now to stand up and
sure our children get the nutrition their growing bodies need.
In June House Education and Labor Committee Chairman George Miller
released his bill for Child Nutrition Reauthorization which
Allow more rural
communities to operate summer food programs & serve more low-income
competitive grant funds to promote the expansion of the School Breakfast
nutritional quality of food served in school-based and preschool
This release of Chairman Miller's version of Child Nutrition
is a crucial step in our fight for the best possible bill.
Now it's our turn to make a
difference. Ready? It's easy.
Please contact your legislators and
ask that they pass a strong Child Nutrition Reauthorization package
end of the summer.
The easiest way for Oregonians to do this is to VISIT OFB HERE
(Oregon Food Bank). They have an easy form to complete, and OFB does
the rest. While there's a message that you can cut/paste into the
form, I've found my representatives are most responsive when I also
personal message - like why this is important to me.
There are many ways to help hunger issues in our communities. I'll
share some new ideas later. For today, the most important action
we can take is
to let congress know how critical it is to reauthorize child nutrition