Briefly in Education

September 23, 2010
  • Eric Jetta
Eric Jetta

A day for kids at club

The Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach will sponsor a free "Day for Kids" event from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Main Branch, in which families and community members are invited to participate in an array of fun-filled activities, including brand new skate ramps.

Other activities include a bounce house obstacle course, chalk art and face painting. A hamburger and hot dog lunch will be offered for $6.

For more information, call branch Director Elena Mendoza at (949) 494-2535, ext. 105.

Families urged to eat together

The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence-Orange County/Community Alliance Network is encouraging all families in Laguna Beach to eat dinner together Monday in an effort to prevent alcohol and substance use among youth.

More than a decade of research by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University has consistently found that the more often kids eat dinner with their families, the less likely they are to smoke, drink or use drugs, which led it to establish Family Day: A Day to Eat Dinner with your Children.


Sponsored by Stouffers, the national movement, launched in 2001, promotes the parental engagement fostered during frequent family dinners as a simple, effective way to prevent substance abuse in kids.

Frequent family dining is associated with lower rates of underage drinking, according to the CASA report "The Importance of Family Dinners IV." Compared to teens who eat five or more family dinners per week with their families, it says, those who have fewer than three family dinners per week are almost twice as likely to have used alcohol. Consequently, the more often kids eat dinner with their families, the less likely they are to drink or use drugs.

NCADD-OC/CAN is providing the Orange County community with Family Day materials and additional resources around alcohol use. It's Underage Drinking Prevention Project is focused on preventing and reducing underage drinking in Anaheim, Newport Beach, Laguna Beach and Dana Point.

Prevention strategies include promoting the Minor Drinking – Major Problems campaign, conducting educational workshops to expose the marketing strategies employed by the alcohol industry that target youth, planning community forums on the issues of underage drinking, and providing Responsible Beverage Service trainings to off-sale liquor stores.

For more information, call Grace Tan at (949) 595-2288 ext. 315 or e-mail

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