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NEWS: Social Host Ordinances and the Issue of Underage Drinking

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“At OJJDP Experts Address Best Ways To Tackle Issue of Underage Drinking”

Alcohol is the most commonly used and abused drug in the united states, playing a significant role in the United States’ youth homicide, suicide, and violent crime rates. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) Administrator Robert Listenbee encourages officials from both law enforcement agencies and the justice system to form partnerships with local community groups in order to address this issue. Listenbee also said that it is vital that advocacy organizations never think of children as “mini adults”.

Advocates need to have a sharp focus on science-based strategies, emphasizing the most effective, evidence-driven approaches. Click here to read more about what OJJDP experts say are the best ways to tackle the issue of underage drinking.

“BUZZKILL: Serve Under 21 and the Party’s Over”

Drug Free Action Alliance has developed a program to hep colleges educate their students on the responsibilities and consequences of social hosting. The program addresses an issue univeral to all college campuses and communities, is easy to implement, and comes in a user-friendly Program Kit that is available here.

ANNOUNCEMENT: NCPP Policy Advocacy Work Group First Meeting September 5, 2013

Interested in changing your community through passing a policy that will help reduce youth access to alcohol from the retail environment? Learn more about what you can do in Daly City, California and Pacifica, California!

Please contact Mary Bier for any questions and/or to RSVP for the meeting.
E-mail: marykbier@gmail.com
Phone: (510)364-8438

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NEWS: Study finds that high-fat/sugar diets during mothers’ pregnancies put babies at risk of drug and alcohol abuse

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The animal experiments showed that offspring of rats that ate high-fat or high-sugar diets while pregnant weighed more as adults, drank more alcohol, and also had stronger responses to commonly abused drugs.

The majority of women int he U.S. at child-bearing age are overweight, most likely due to overeating. Because of the rising prenatal and childhood obesity and the rise in number of youths abusing alcohol and drugs, Nicole Avena, a research neuroscientist at the University of Florida, supports looking into all the possible causes of these problems.

This phenomenon is likely due to how overeating foods that taste good alters brain reward systems while diets with excessive fat and sugar can lead to increased appetite as well as some addiction-like behaviors.

In related news, another research study saw a bump in substance abuse treatment during pregnancy. Treatment is crucial since “any kind of substance use by pregnant women can result in miscarriage, premature birth or a variety of behavioral and cognitive problems in the children they carry,” SAMHSA administrator Pamela Hyde said.

SAMHSA, the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services, has a Services Grant Program for Residential Treatment for Pregnant and Postpartum Women which promotes the availability of substance abuse treatment, prevention and recovery support programs for low-income women and their young children.

Click the image below to visit the SAMHSA website to learn more.

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ANNOUNCEMENT: San Mateo County Library Events: August 2013

 Second Harvest Food Bank Food Drive @ Sharp Park and Sanchez Libraries

Donate non-perishable food items to help end childhood hunger. There will be Second Harvest food bins at both Pacifica libraries all summer long.

Summer Reading Program: At all San Mateo County Libraries

This is a fun way to stay engaged in reading and learning over the summer. There is a lot of fun activities and events for all ages (children, teens, and adults). It’s not too late to sign up at any SMCL branch!

Dances From Around the World @ Sanchez Library: Tuesday, August 6 @ 3:00 PM

End of Summer Reading Party with Nikola Clay. Dancing from around the world!

Daffy Dave  @ Sharp Park Library: Wednesday, August 7 @ 3:00PM

End of Summer Reading Party with clown magician Daffy Dave!

Photoshop Elements – Intermediate @ Sharp Park Library: Saturday, August 10 @ 9:00 AM

Retouch your photos using Photoshop Elements. Learn how to smooth wrinkles and blemishes, whiten teeth, change eye color, apply decorative borders, filters, and more. Registration is required.

Edible Garden @ Sanchez Library: Saturday, August 10 @ 2:00 PM

Teens (13-18 years), come and learn how to use herbs and edible flowers in your cooking! Make a salad using Sanchez Garden ingredients!

Stories and Crafts From Around the World @ Sanchez Library: Saturday, August 10 @ 3:00PM

August country will be Mexico.

Family Movie Night – Open Season @ Sanchez Library: Saturday, August 10 @ 7:00 PM

Rated PG. 83 min.

Docent Lecture: Richard Diebenkorn: The Berkeley Years, 1953-1956 @ Sharp Park Library: Sunday, August 11 @ 2:00 PM

This docent lecture examines one of the most complex periods in the distinguished career of Richard Diebenkorn, whose painting are on exhibit at the de Young Museum from June 22 to September 29. The artist’s evolution, during his “Berkeley period,” yielded many of his best-known works. The Berkeley period included an abstract phase (1953–1956) and a figurative phase (ca. 1955–1967) that included landscapes, figures, interiors, and still life.

Movie Matinee: Rise of the Guardians @ Sharp Park Library: Wednesday, August 14 @ 3:00 PM

Rated PG. 97 min.

Boswick the Clown @ Sanchez Library: Wednesday, August 21@ 11:00AM
Join us in celebrating Reeba Lynn’s 60th birthday! Bozwick the Clown will be performing during storytime. Please no gifts

Fiction Fiesta Book Sale @ Sharp Park Library: Saturday, August 24 from 10:00AM-4:00PM

Come pick out your next favorite book at the fiction-only book sale.

If you are interested in volunteering, Pacifica Sharp Park Library is planning a Dia de los Muertos program in October and would love some volunteers to help them out. If you’re interested in volunteering, please email Paula at Teixeira@smcl.org.

ANNOUNCEMENT: Free CMCA Training

Interested in mobilizing your community members to make a change for a safer and healthier place to live in? Want to help reduce youth access to alcohol? A FREE 6-day intensive training facilitated by Youth Leadership Institute will be offered through NCPP to build capacity for an effective substance abuse prevention coalition in South San Francisco, California. Click on the flyer for more details!

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ANNOUNCEMENT: Pacifica Resource Center Events July 31-August 3, 2013

  • Wed. July 31st, 2013 @ 6PM: LifeRing meeting @ the PRC
    • LifeRing is a network of support groups for people who want to live free of alcohol and other addictive drugs.
    • Contact liferingscott@gmail.com for more information.
  • Wed. July 31st, 2013 @ 6-9PM: Coastal 5K Fun Run and Walk Packet Pick Up
    • Early race packet pick up at A Runner’s Mind running store, 1199 Howard Ave., Burlingame, CA 94010.
  • Thu. August 1st, 2013 @ 2:30-5:30PM: Coastal 5K Fun Run and Walk Packet Pick Up
    • Early race packet pick up at the Pacifica Resource Center, 1809 Palmetto Ave., Pacifica, CA 94044.
  • Fri. August 2nd, 2013 @ 10AM-12:30PM: Coastal 5K Fun Run and Walk Packet Pick Up
    • Early race packet pick up at the Pacifica Resource Center.
  • Sat. August 3rd, 2013 @9AM: Coastal 5K Fun Run and Walk
    • Coastal 5K and Kid’s 100 yard Beach Dash.
    • Registration is still open!

For more information about the course, fundraising, parking, timing, and race divisions, click the image below.

Runners and walkers of all levels are welcome! The event is hosted by and benefiting the Pacifica Resource Center. Registration is $35 before race day and $40 on race day. For ages 6-17, registration is $20. Ages 5 and under are FREE and registration is not required.

There is also a Special Stroller Division and Pet Division, Special Kid’s 100 yard Beach Dash (ages 1-8 years), and Special 5 yard Beach Baby Diaper Dash (ages 0-1/crawlers).

Click here to register!