Friday, November 5, 2004

On the fridge: What's going on around the home

Aging parents

Sandwich generation: It can be tough balancing the needs of your aging parents and those of your own children. The Ohio State University Extension in Clermont County brings in experts to discuss those issues, with an emphasis on financial planning and emotional understanding, in a 6:30 p.m. program Nov. 17 at Union Township Civic Center. Cost is $10 if you register by Nov. 15; or $15 after. Information: (513) 732-7070.

Fun for singles

Dancing and dining: The singles organization Cincinnati FunRaisers hosts a business-casual social and dance 6-10 p.m. Thursday at Clarion Hotel & Suites Atrium in Blue Ash. No reservations needed. $8 for members; $10 non-members. (513) 636-8900.

The group is also hosting a FunDining & Dancing event Nov. 19 at Five Seasons Sports Country Club, Symmes Township. Cocktails begin at 6 p.m. Cost is $32, which includes meal and dancing, or $10 for dancing only at 9 p.m. Reservations: (513) 688-0853. The events raise money for cancer and blood disorder research at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.

Senior expo

Information, Elvis and more: Health screenings, information sharing and entertainment - including an 11 a.m. appearance by Elvis and performances by the Pete Wagner Orchestra from noon-3 p.m. - are on tap at the 10th Northern Kentucky Senior Expo, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday at the Drawbridge Inn, Fort Mitchell. Free. Information: (859) 283-1885.


Help for kids and adults: The Sensory Learning Center of Northern Kentucky will hold a free seminar to explain its Sensory Learning Program for children and adults with autism, attention deficit disorder, developmental delays and other learning and behavior problems 7-9 p.m. Wednesday at the Drawbridge Inn, Fort Mitchell. Register by calling (859) 244-8181 or visit

Winding down

Don't lose the snooze: Most parents have a harder time getting their children to go to sleep at night than getting them up in the morning, says a survey conducted for GoodNites underpants. Parenting expert Judsen Culbreth offers parents these tips:

• Have a bedtime routine that tells the child it's time to settle down. It could include reading a book, discussing the day, or organizing clothes and school bag for the morning.

• Set up a back-to-sleep kit for times when your child wakes up in the middle of the night. Include a flashlight, favorite stuffed animal and family photos so the child knows he's not alone. If she still comes to your bedroom, gently lead her back to bed and tuck her in.

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