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Parenting classes begin Oct. 5

The Bethel Village Family Resource Center will offer a series of free parenting classes beginning Oct. 5 at Cascade Middle School, 1525 Echo Hollow Road.

"The Parent Project" class topics will include family relationships, discipline, family communication, handling stress, family traditions, alcohol and drug issues and balancing work and family. Classes, aimed at parents of students in grades four through eight, will be held every Tuesday through Nov. 9 from 5:45 p.m. to 8 p.m. Dinner will be served at 5:45 p.m., and child care will be provided for children ages 3 to 9. Children in grades four through eight will participate in activities during classes.

For information or to register, call the Family Center at 461-6424, Ext. 3061, or Jennifer Smyly at 689-0642.

Branch libraries offer games, craft classes

The Eugene Public Library is offering free youth programs in the next two weeks. Friday is "Teen Game Night" for kids 12 to 18 at the Sheldon Branch Library from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

On Saturday, also at the Sheldon branch, "Skills for Thrills" will teach elementary-school-age children traditional Mexican papermaking from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Registration is required; call 682-8316. The same class will be offered from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Bethel branch on Oct. 6 (call 682-5766) and at the downtown library on Oct. 7 (call 682-8316).

On Oct. 4, "Homeschooling 101" at the downtown library will teach home-schooled kids and their parents useful tips for library research. Call 682-8316 to register.

Emmy-winning storyteller to appear at Thurston High

The Thurston High School theater department will host Emmy award-winning storyteller Mark Lewis for workshops and a special performance on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. He'll perform with the school's Advanced Theatre class on the Thurston Main Stage. Tickets are $3. Lewis will spend several days with students beforehand teaching them a physical approach to story-telling and performing. A Eugene resident, Lewis has been a professional performer for more than 30 years.

Mentors for college-bound students needed

Cottage Grove High School is looking for five to 10 volunteers to help mentor college-bound seniors through the ASPIRE program. Volunteers, who will be trained in early October, are asked to give one to two hours per week to work with five to seven students, assisting with various tasks including but not limited to, college searches, college and scholarship applications and general support. Anyone interested should contact Michele Portmann at 942-3391.

Student submissions sought for essay contest

The group Teachers Against Prejudice invites students in grades five through 12 to submit entries in its fifth annual essay contest. High school students may submit essays of 750 words or less on why they do or do not believe that journalistic integrity is a thing of the past. Middle school students may submit essays of 600 words or less describing a particular movie, television program, music video or book that has taught them a lesson about stereotyping or confronting prejudice. Forinformation, visit www.teachersagainstprejudice.org or call (203) 801-0257.

Entries may be e-mailed to contest@teachersagainst prejudice.org, or mailed to TAP, P.O. Box 8644, New Haven, CT 06531. Winners will receive $150 and $75 U.S. savings bonds. The deadline for entries is Dec. 15.

Foundation's funds available for educational programs

The JELD-WEN Tradition Foundation invites qualified, nonprofit organizations to apply to be beneficiaries of the funds raised by the 2004 JELD-WEN Tradition. Any Oregon-based organization that supports innovative K-12 educational programs, based on partnerships and a vision for improving education by engaging students in learning, is eligible to apply. In 2003, $170,500 was donated to seven Oregon-based educational organizations. Based in Klamath Falls, JELD-WEN is a leading manufacturer of windows and doors.

Written proposals must be submitted by Nov. 1. For information, visit www.jeld-wentradition.com/charity.cfm.
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