Upcoming May Events

Look what is coming up this month! Lots of fun! Hope you can make it to an event!

Wednesday May 7th at 7pm:
Moms Night Out will be at Pitcher of Health. Located in Pittsford, Pitcher of Health "supports a holistic view of wellness and, in that effort, provides a blend of natural, healing, nurturing and inspiring products and gifts of the highest quality." We can meet there, browse, talk to owners and maybe go someplace afterwards.

"Visit us for all that is natural, healing, nurturing and inspiring -inside and out."
672 Pittsford Victor Road
Pittsford, NY 14534
(585) 218-0580

Monday May 12th 6:30 Monthly Meeting: Join us as our longtime member Jodi Aman, LCSW-R treats us to an evening of parenting awareness. Jodi will lead us through "Parenting with Acknowledgement" which is a conflict dissolution (rather than resolution) method. She will empower parents towards; Deconstructing meanings parents and children place on actions, help parents begin to uncover what is in the shadows of actions, introduce metaphors for understanding,  discuss the role of acknowledgement, address fears and anger, and acknowledging one self.

Jodi, the founder of the Center for Narrative Practice, has been working with children and adults since 1993. She has undergone intense training in Narrative Therapy through the Hincks Delcrest Institute in Toronto, Yaletown Family Therapy in British Columbia and Dulwich Centre in Adelaide, Australia.  Jodi has taught Narrative Therapy workshops locally, nationally, and internationally. She is also available for consulting and community work with other agencies.

Wed May 14th: Immunity and Wellness Study Group

Friday May 16th (10-noon) Play date

Monday May 19th at 7:30pm In Defense of Food Book Club Discussion! Come even if you haven't finished the book! Bring a healthy snack to share!
Lively conversation guaranteed! The HMN Rochester Book Club meets monthly to discuss books and magazines.
Join our Yahoo group MamaReaders@yahoogroups.com

In Defense of Food shows us how, despite the daunting dietary landscape Americans confront in the modern supermarket, we can escape the Western diet and, by doing so, most of the chronic diseases that diet causes. We can relearn which foods are healthy, develop simple ways to moderate our appetites, and return eating to its proper context -- out of the car and back to the table. Michael Pollan's bracing and eloquent manifesto shows us how we can start making thoughtful food choices that will enrich our lives, enlarge our sense of what it means to be healthy, and bring pleasure back to eating. Pollan's last book, The Omnivore's Dilemma, launched a national conversation about the American way of eating; now In Defense of Food shows us how to change it, one meal at a time.

Monday May 19th from 6:30-8:30pm Creative Play Parenting Night (Cost: $10) Pizza will be served, bring own beverages. Kathleen Seaboldt is interested in hosting us at the Children's Garden of Farmington for a fun and experiential evening. More info to follow, but here are some basics; Wear your oldest t-shirt and plan to have fun! This event will be packed with creative idea's you can bring home and share with your family! Kathleen will lead us on an inspirational journey through play, while we re-discover and build on our own creativity! We will leave with a deeper and more inspired connection to play, all of which we can share with our kiddo's!

Sunday June 8th: 3rd Annual Picnic Potluck . Mike Kornrich will be the musical entertainment.

Monday June 9th: 6:30 Monthly Meeting: Raw Foods with Anne Strauch Stay tuned to local loop for more details.

Thursday June 12th: Mom’s Night Out 5:30-8pm Let's start at the vegetarian Ethiopian buffet dinner
at Natural Oasis Market on Monroe Av in Rochester. Then, from 6:30-8 we can go to Jude Lardner's (who
spoke at the Monday meeting in March) workshop on non-violent communication. The dinner costs $10 as
does the workshop. For more details on directions or questions contact Mom’s Night Out Coordinator Gena Merliss at: merliss@yahoo.com.

NEW! HMN Nature Club: This month we'll spend exploring Powder Mills Park in Pittsford.  All ages are welcome, and no experience necessary!  You can obtain a park map from:

May 12th - Powderhorn Trail, meet in parking lot near Powderhorn lodge on Woolston Rd.
May 19th - Hatchery, meet in parking lot near fish hatchery on Park Rd. (bring quarters & small paper bag for feeding the fish)
May 26th - Trillium Trail, meet in parking lot near Mill Wheel/East Area

Bring: Water, Snacks, Blanket/Mat to sit on
Optional: Picnic lunch for afterwards

We plan to play robustly.  :)  So please have your kids, and you, wear clothes that you don't mind getting stained.  :)  I highly recommend rain pants and waterproof footwear this time of year, even on bright sunny days.

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