Tag Archives: Youth

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!

CMCA Training

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!

NEWS: CSUs Peer-to-Peer Alcohol Poisoning Awareness Campaign/Signs of Alcohol Poisoning

An alcohol poisoning awareness program started in memory of Cal Poly freshman, Carson Starkey, will be expanded to all 23 California State Universities. This nonprofit program will teach students how to recognize and respond to alcohol poisoning when they see it. The Aware Awake Alive program was introduced to Cal Poly in 2011 by the Starkey family. The Starkeys support a peer-to-peer method to give students information about alcohol poisoning prevention because they “didn’t want to preach to students”. Although little data exists about how effective the program has been at Cal Poly, the University of Michigan’s Healthy Minds Study found that Cal Poly students intervene in binge drinking incidents at a rate of more than 43 percent, 9 percent above the national average.

signs

 

Click the image below to visit the Aware Awake Alive website and to learn more about Carson’s story.

AwareAwakeAlive

The website provides people with many informational resources such as signs of alcohol poisoning, blood alcohol concentration, resources for parents, Good Samaritan information, and more.

To read more about the CSU program, click here.

NEWS: Mentions of “Adderall” on Twitter help to identify use patterns among college students

A group of BYU health science and computer science researchers tracked public-facing twitter mentions of the ADHD medication Adderall between November 2011 and May 2012. The results showed that there was an average of 930 mentions per day. The analysis did not sort out “legal” versus “illegal” use, but Adderall tweets spiked during finals periods on December 13 and April 30. The research also supported previous research that shows that college student abuse of ADHD medications do so during times of academic stress and are not used as  a party drug.

The Adderall tweets are also most common amongst college and university clusters in the northeast and south regions of the United States. 9 percent of Adderall tweets mentioned another substance, usually alcohol and stimulants like coffee or Red Bull. Other substances included cocaine, marijuana, methamphetamines, and depressants such as Xanax. These tweets are concerning because of the increased risk of morbidity and mortality when substances are combined.

Although there is evidence of widespread abuse of Adderall and other “study drugs”, only one in 100 parents of teens 13-17 years old believes that their teen has used a study drug. There is a clear disparity between what parents believe and what their children are reporting.

Sometimes students without ADHD take someone else’s medication in order to stay awake and alert to try to improve their grades. However, taking study drugs has not been proven to improve students’ grades. There are also many dangerous side effects of taking these medications when they are not prescribed such as acute exhaustion, abnormal heart rhythms, and even confusion and psychosis. Misuse of stimulant medicines has also been associated with risky behaviors such as unsafe sexual activity and gambling.

There is widespread need and desire to crack down on students’ use of prescription stimulants to achieve academic excellence. Click here for an article from USA Today about proposed policy changes.

Articles referenced are from ScienceDaily (May 1, 2013), ScienceDaily (May 20, 2013), and University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital.

 

ANNOUNCEMENT: SSF Parks and Recreation Event

 

The city of South San Francisco is in the process of renovating the playgrounds located at Francisco Terrace Playlot, Buri Buri Park, Winston Manor #1 Park and Clay Ave Playground.

If you are unable to attend any of the workshops, click here to complete a quick questionnaire online.

For more information, please contact Tracy Scramaglia of the Engineering Division at (650) 829-6651.

 

 

 

The South San Francisco Parks and Recreation Commission invites input on resident priorities for utilization of approximately $150,000 that is available for improvements at Brentwood Park. Options include one of the following: repair of the tennis court; replacement of the irrigation system which would conserve water and improve the condition of turf and landscape; replace the asphalt walkway around the perimeter of the field in the rear of the park; upgrade the playground equipment; upgrade the ball field; remove declining trees in the back of the park, and plant replacement trees; or other improvements.

Meeting/Location:

Thursday, July 25, 2013; 7:00 p.m.

 Parks and Recreation Commission Meeting

 Council Chambers/Municipal Services Building

 33 Arroyo Drive, South San Francisco

Feedback may also be provided by clicking here to complete a quick questionnaire online.