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Children's book week planned

Advocate training offered

Sexual Assault Services is setting up a training session for volunteer advocates.

Those interested in volunteering or who want more information about advocacy and the Sexual Assault Services program, call the office at 828-0494, toll free at (888) 458-0494 or email

Free bicycle helmets to be distributed to area children

STAPLES — The Lakewood Health System Foundation will be distributing free bicycle helmets to area children as part of its an annual “Helmets Worth Wearing” program.

The program will kick off on Tuesday at Lakewood’s Eagle Bend clinic and will continue through May 17. Children of all ages will be properly fitted and given a free helmet along with instruction on the importance of wearing a helmet during activities such as bike riding, roller skating and skateboarding.

Bicycle helmets have been shown to reduce the risk of head injury by as much as 85 percent and it is estimated that 75 percent of bicycle related fatalities among children could be prevented with a bicycle helmet. To help prevent such injuries, the foundation gave more than 600 helmets to area children during last year’s Helmets Worth Wearing Clinics.

All area children are welcome to attend any one of the scheduled clinics to receive a free helmet. For more information, please contact Heidi Chapman, Lakewood Health System Foundation Director at (218) 894-8503.

Clinic locations, dates and times for this year’s event are as follows: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Lakewood Health System, Staples Clinic; 3-5 p.m. Thursday, Lakewood Health System, Pillager Clinic; and 3-5 p.m. May 17, Lakewood Health System, Motley Clinic.

Children’s Book Week May 7-13 at the Brainerd Public Library

Each year, books for young people and the joy of reading are feted for a full week with author and illustrator appearances, storytelling, parties, and other book-related events at schools, libraries, bookstores, museums, and homes from coast to coast.

At the Brainerd Public Library, celebrate Children’s Book Week with prizes, books, and the following programs: 10:15 am. Tuesday, It’s All About Mom Story Time; 11:15 a.m. Thursday, Mama Llama Baby Story Time; 11:30 a.m. award-winner author Catherine Friend’s children’s program; and noon Thursday, award-winner Catherine Friend’s adult program.

The library also invites children ages 10 and under to sign up for new library card and receive a free canvas bag. The bags were donated by an anonymous library supporter who is committed to helping children read.

Children ages 0 to 12 can sign up for prizes all week by telling us what your favorite book is and why. Children can also vote for the Children’s Choice Book Awards.

Friend’s visit is a free Legacy Program funded in part or in whole with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on Nov. 4, 2008, which dedicated funding to preserve Minnesota’s art and cultural heritage.

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
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