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Play-Well TEKnologies LEGO® program coming to Lawrence. To register online or find more information, please visit: http://lawks.us/2od1B9Y
Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department, along with Play-Well TEKnologies are offering a free youth LEGO® program for children ages five years-old and older. The program will be held in two sessions: 2-3:30 p.m. and 4:30-6 p.m. Sunday, April 9, at the Carnegie Building, 200 West Ninth St. To register online, please visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/city-of-lawrence-build-with-lego-bricks-tickets-32667212512
Because every mom and baby knows... Dads Are Magic, Too! Join us in partnership with National Fatherhood Initiative and find Baby Magic products at Walgreens! http://bit.ly/2mzerzb
Thanks, Baby Magic, for promoting the magic of fatherhood. Dads of Douglas County appreciates the respect you've shown all of the great dads that are working hard to embrace their role as parents and champions for their kids. https://babymagic.com/dadsaremagictoo/
Boot Camp for New Dads workshop

Boot Camp for New Dads, a unique program for expectant dads, is being offered at Lawrence Memorial Hospital in partnership with Dads of Douglas County.

Registration for the Boot Camp workshop, which costs $10, is available at the Lawrence Memorial Hospital website at
http://www.lmh.org/wellness/events/event-results/?topicId=140

Boot Camp is a highly successful program in which new dads (Veterans) show the ropes dads-to-be (Rookies) who are expecting their first baby. The program uses a men-only training approach giving guys the opportunity to talk about things they might not normally discuss. It also includes real babies brought by the Veterans to give guys some hands-on experience.

This combination – Rookies, Veterans and babies – in a room for three hours makes for great chemistry. The Rookies are all eyes and ears as they watch the Veterans feed, burp, change and care for their babies while hearing their experiences and advice. A strong sense of solidarity quickly develops between these men and peaks when the Vets give their babies to the Rookies for hands-on training. There are few other opportunities for new dads to obtain the insights of other men on the challenges of becoming a father.

Boot Camp prepares men to be dads in all respects, beginning with holding and comforting a real baby. Veteran dads demonstrate burping, changing, swaddling, the troubleshooting a crying baby and deal with a broad range of issues including bonding, work hours, forming a parenting team, safety, preventing child abuse, dealing with relatives, etc. The strongest emphasis is placed on the tremendous support new moms need from dads.

Dads, bring your daughters to this recruitment event. Monday, October 3, 5:30-6:30 p.m. in Room A at the Lawrence Public Library. If you cannot attend or have questions, please contact Amber at 816-759-3008 or amberglasgow@gsksmo.org. Girl Scouts of NE Kansas & NW Missouri
Lawrence Bicycle Club is hosting a 3-mile ride at 10 a.m. Aug. 19 along the Lawrence Loop! Bring the family for an easy, fun ride, three miles on the Lawrence Loop Trail beginning at Broken Arrow Park. https://www.facebook.com/events/681399415383181/
Open Pinewood Derby - All Children Welcome

Dads of Douglas County is hosting our first Pinewood Derby! Open to children of all ages. Prizes will be awarded for speed, but also imagination and creativity! There will be food, beverages, and activities for all ages. Limited to first 50 entries.

Due to the generosity of our sponsors and donors, we are waiving the registration fee ($30 per child). We encourage you to purchase car kits at Cottin's Hardware, located at 1832 Massachusetts Street.

Adult races will be held on Friday, June 16th at 7:00 p.m. See separate event information on Dads of Douglas County Facebook page.

Check back soon for more information and detailed rules. Feel free to post questions or email directly to derby@dadsofdouglascounty.org.

Special thanks to all of our partners with this event:

Limestone
Edie Insurance
Cottin's Hardware
Free State Brewing Co
Lawrence-Douglas County Housing Authority
Dalton Paley

Join other local dads for a new "Healthy Dads Healthy Families" program in Douglas County. It provides the skills and knowledge men need to build positive, long lasting relationships with their children. For more information visit www.ldchealth.org/healthydads or contact Jery Marquez at 785-856-5338 or jmarquez@ldchealth.org
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