Lifestyle Briefs: Circle Program celebrates 25th anniversary

September 10. 2017 2:26AM

The Circle Program's new camp labyrinth was dedicated during the organization's 25th anniversary party. (Courtesy)

Circle Program celebrates 25th anniversary

GROTON - The Circle Program, which serves New Hampshire girls through a residential summer camp and year-round mentoring, recently welcomed more than 150 guests to Circle Camp for the organization's 25th anniversary party.

Longtime members of the program attended the event, including alumnae, staff, board members, donors and friends, and discussed plans for the program's future and strategies to fulfill its mission.

Board President Cindy Williams dedicated a new camp labyrinth to founding staff members Paula Ferenc and Mary E. Joyce. The labyrinth was built with support from donors in honor of the program's anniversary.

The Circle Program staff say the labyrinth will be used "as a walking and right brain activity designed to stimulate creativity, intuition and imagination."

For more information about the program, go to

Families First programs focus on parent advocacy

PORTSMOUTH - Families First Health and Support Center, 100 Campus Drive, has three programs coming up that focus on parents as advocates for their children.

. "The 3 R's of NH Special Education," 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21, at Families First. The Parent Information Center of New Hampshire will present this workshop on a parent's role, rights and responsibility related to a child's Individualized Education Program. Parents will receive an "advocacy toolbox" of information, resources and organizational tools and strategies.

. "Guided ADD/ADHD Parent Support Group," 6 to 7:45 p.m. Thursdays, Sept. 21 through Nov. 2, at Seabrook Elementary School, 256 Walton Road, Seabrook. Randy Tallent, a child development specialist, will lead the group, which will give parents a chance to connect with one another, share tips and techniques, and learn how to help their child succeed in school and at home. Parents are asked to commit to at least five of the sessions. The group is limited to 15 families.

. "My Voice Matters," 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 26, at Families First. This class will teach parents how to advocate for their children in a variety of situations, from doctor's appointments to parent teacher conferences to school board meetings. Julie Day of the New Hampshire Children's Trust will oversee the discussion along with state Rep. Pamela Gordon. Includes free pizza.

Families First also will host a Q&A session with psychologist and author Dawn Huebner from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 28. The discussion will focus on child behaviors that parents wonder about, worry about and wish would go away. Huebner will explore whether the behaviors are phases a child will outgrow or the sign of a bigger problem, as well as what parents can do.

Advance registration is required for all of the programs, which are free and also include free child care. To sign up, go to or call 422-8208 ext. 2.

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