Strengthening Rural Families Programming

Community Coordinators

Alsea: Mirium Ulm at mirium.srf@ruralfamilies.org, (541) 487-4305

Monroe: Janeece Cook at janeece.srf@ruralfamilies.org, (541) 829-1349

Philomath: Laura Lundeen at laura.srf@ruralfamilies.org, (541) 929-2535

Positive Youth Development: Alexandra Barone at alex.srf@ruralfamilies.org, (541) 929-2535

Bilingual Rural Outreach: Nodabi Morales-Santos at nodabi.srf@ruralfamilies.org, (541) 929-2535

Alsea Classes—Mirium at mirium.srf@ruralfamilies.org to register

Squishtivities – Held once a month for parents and/or caregivers and children of any age, (adults must attend with their youth.) Create, play, and learn with sensory play, exploration & crafts. Held monthly, on the first Wednesday of the month, 1/3, 2/7 and 3/7. 11:45am—12:45pm. Cost: FREE. Snack included. Held at the Alsea Pups Preschool. Held in partnership with the Alsea School District.

Fresh Grown Cooking Class for Kids! Each week participants engage in a short hands-on nutrition activity, followed by working together in small groups to prepare new and delicious recipes. Get ready to learn, cook, eat and enjoy! For students in 2nd-5th grades. Held Thursdays, February 22-March 22 from 3:30pm-5:30pm at the Alsea Library Community Room. FREE. Please pre-register by Feb. 20. You can sign up at the Alsea Library or on-line here: http://bit.ly/2s9jp8w  Brought to you by the Healthy Youth Program at Oregon State University Linus Pauling Institute, Alsea Community Library, Strengthening Rural Families, with funding from the LB Health Equity Alliance.

Monroe Classes—call Janeece Cook at (541) 829-1349 to register

Squishtivities – Held once a month for parents and/or caregivers and children of any age, (adults must attend with their youth.) Create, play, and learn with sensory play, exploration & crafts. Held monthly, on the first Tuesday of the month, 1/2, 2/6 and 3/6. 11:00am—12:00pm. Cost: FREE. Snack included, at the Monroe Community Library. Held in partnership with the Monroe Community Library.

Seed to Supper – A beginner’s guide to low-cost vegetable gardening. This class series is a free six-session beginning gardening course designed for adults living on a low-income. Classes are taught by Master Gardeners; topics include: garden site & soil development, planning your garden, planting your garden, garden maintenance, and harvesting. Tuesdays, February 13-March 20, 6:00pm-8:00pm at the Monroe Community Library. Held in partnership with Oregon State University Extension Service and Oregon Food Bank. Childcare provided by Strengthening Rural Families. Register by calling (541) 766-6750 or here: extension.oregonstate.edu/benton/seed-supper

Philomath Classes– call Laura Lundeen at (541) 929-2535 to register

Live & Learn with Your Toddler – This 10 week class is for parents and their toddlers and provides information, activities, songs and games focused on supporting the children’s development. Tuesdays, January 9–March 13, 9:10am-11:00am. $30 for Philomath School District residents/$74 for out of district. Clemens Primary School, Rm #146, Philomath, OR 97370. In partnership with LBCC Parenting Education and funded by Children’s Trust Fund of Oregon.

Squishtivities – Held once a month for parents and/or caregivers and children of any age, (adults must attend with their youth.) Create, play, and learn with sensory play, exploration & crafts. Held monthly, on the second Wednesday of the month, 1/10, 2/14 and 3/14. 10:30am—11:30am. Cost: FREE. Snack included. Held in collaboration with the Philomath Community Library.

Parenting Game-Changer Workshops—Different Topics, Held Monthly 

Responding to Challenging Behaviors – A free evening workshop with Jill Williams, MA, Philomath K-5 Counselor. Tuesday, February 27, 6:00pm-7:30pm at the Clemens Primary School Library. Free childcare and dinner at 5:30pm. Pre-register by calling Laura @ the SRF office (541) 929-2535 or emailing her, laura.srf@ruralfamilies.org Bringing kids? We’ll provide free, on-site childcare for children 0-10 years old. Please reserve space by 2/26. In partnership with Philomath School District and the Parenting Success Network.

Yoga Calm: For school-age youth. The tools and skills that Yoga Calm nurtures provide the resilience and “grit” that more and more educators agree is key to children’s success, both in school and after graduation. But it’s more than just grit. Or attitude. Or a growth mindset. Or leadership skills.

It’s emotional intelligence. It’s resources for thriving.

The sessions engage heart, mind and body with a combination of physical skills, social skills games, and mindfulness activities. It helps kids develop emotional intelligence, communication skills, trust, and empathy and provides for a calmer home and more productive school environment. Held throughout the Philomath School District. And TBD @ Monroe Grade School

Girls Circles & Council for Boys & Young Men: For youth ages 10-18 who want to learn how to express themselves better, develop ways to make healthy decisions and learn how to feel great about themselves. In partnership with Philomath Youth Activities Club, Benton Co. Juvenile Dept. & Jackson Street Youth Svcs. Held @ Philomath Middle School, Monroe Grade School, & around Benton County. Please contact us directly (541) 929-2535 with a schedule.

Adult Dental Van: None scheduled at this time. For adults 19 years of age or older and without insurance. If you have dental pain or a toothache, but don’t have insurance. Will provide fillings or extractions for those in pain. (This does not include wisdom teeth.) In collaboration with Medical Teams International and Samaritan Health Services. Mobile vans scheduled throughout the county, call SRF office for more information.