January 2016 News

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Happy New Year!

We at the Birth Circle are excited to start the year off right by offering an enlightening meeting at the end of the month. Sometimes the toddler years can seem like a roller coaster of joy and challenges, but our presenter has some tips to help make that time fruitful for the whole family. Please see below for details and we hope you will join us to learn more!

JIVE! 2015 was a huge success and we would like to thank everyone who came to the event to celebrate the New Year with us! Our volunteers did an extraordinary job and the evening was a hit! Of course we could not have done it without the generosity of our sponsors and donors, so here is one more shout-out to all those involved in making our year-end fundraiser a huge success!!

JIVE! Sponsors:

Kiser’s BBQ

Fluff Bakery & West Side Wingery

Jackie O’s

Ohio University Credit Union

Ohio Health

Ally Rapp Lee of the Athens Real Estate Company & the Liz Maule Team

Matthews Insurance

The Laurels of Athens

Athens AM Rotary

JIVE! Donors:

Snowville Creamery

Shagbark Seed & Mill

Arts West

Fluff Bakery & West Side Wingery

Real World Organizing

Cornwell Jewelers

White’s Mill

Huddle Tire

The Farmacy

Athens Mini Maestros


Stuart’s Opera House

Hopewell Health Centers, Inc./Athens Co. WIC Program

Better Than Organic Soaps

Wooly Delights

Roller Bowl Game Tickets

Laura Post’s Yoga Class for Kids

The Wireless Ramblers



Thursday, January 7th


Athens Library Children’s Section

Winter has arrived and we all need a reason to get out of the house, so come join us for two hours of fun and conversation every first Thursday of the month.  All ages are welcome, and we hope to see you there!



Thursday, January 7th


Central Avenue Church, 73 Central Ave.

If you are in need of support because of a pregnancy loss or the loss of your child, you are welcome to join us every first Thursday of the month for the support group. These meetings are free and facilitated by a professional counselor. All family members, such as grandparents, siblings, aunts and uncles, as well as friends are welcome. Childcare is provided. Please let us know if you will be bringing any children so that we can provide enough supervision.



Wednesday, January 27th

7:00 to 8:30pm at the Athens Public Library

Join us for an interactive dialogue about positive, proactive parenting with Dr. Sharon Carver, a developmental psychologist who directs the Carnegie Mellon University Children’s School (http://www.psy.cmu.edu/cs/). She will share practical strategies for supporting young children’s development so that the whole family can thrive. There will also be time for questions about whatever challenges of parenting young children you may be facing.

All Birth Circle monthly meetings are co-sponsored by the Athens County Public Libraries.



This group for young moms began as a way to continue support and stay in touch after Prepared Mommy Camp. The group meets once a month. Please contact coordinator Amber Dellinger, athensbirthcircle@gmail.com, for more information.

Thursday, January 21st, 12:00pm – 2:00pm

Athens Community Church

219 Columbus Rd, # A, Athens, Ohio 45701

January Meeting: Let’s get together this month to share ideas of different things we want to do and topics we want to talk about at our meetings. We can also have a clothing exchange. Everyone bring clothes that are too small for their kids, and we can go through them and hopefully everyone can walk away with some new clothes for their kids!

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