October 2017 News & Events

Willowmarsh

Hello Everyone and Happy Autumn,

We have a very eventful month ahead of us and hope that you will be able to join us for one or all of our programs and meetings.  In addition to these events, we are beginning to plan for our annual JIVE! New Year’s Eve Celebration.  If you would like to volunteer before or during the event, we would love to have your help!  Please see below for how to contact us and find out more.  Have a wonderful October and we’ll see you soon!

Warmly,
Claudia Bashaw
Executive Director, The Birth Circle
www.athensbirthcircle.com
740-652-6262


YOUNG MOMS’ GROUP
Saturday October 14th
Glouster Park Shelter (near the playground with the yellow slides)
12-1:30pm

Meet up for some fun at the Appalachian Color in the Hills Festival! It’s Kids’ Day at the Festival so come for some good fun for everyone.  This will most likely be our last gathering outside, so plan for the weather and come enjoy the autumn with us!




CEREMONY HONORING PREGNANCY & INFANT LOSS
Sunday, October 15th at 3:00pm
Sells Park, at the Loss Memorial Bench
Avon Park, Athens, OH

The Birth Circle will hold a ceremony at the Loss Memorial Bench at Sells Park to honor and celebrate the short lives of babies lost through miscarriage, stillbirth or in infancy. This year’s ceremony will include readings and a time of sharing. The event is open to the public, and children are welcome to attend. If parents are unable to attend the ceremony but would like their child’s name or due date spoken, or a particular poem or prayer read, they can contact Claudia or Julia at athensbirthcircle@gmail.com or 740-652-6262.




CAR SEAT SAFETY & PARENTING TIPS:  AN EVENING WITH EARLY HEAD START
Wednesday October 25th
7-8:30pm
Athens Public Library

Come find out the latest car seat safety guidelines for your children and pick up some tips on how to engage your little one with play, reading and other fun activities. Ruby Kilkinney from Hocking Athens Perry Community Action’s Early Head Start program will share the newest information to help keep your child safe in your vehicle. She will also be on-hand to share some of the key things you can do to support the physical, social, emotional, mental and language development of your children. Grandparents, friends and caregivers will benefit from this information as well, so bring everyone.

****BECOME AN EVENING SPONSOR*****
Want an easy way to get the word out about your business, services, or new program AND support The Birth Circle at the same time?  Well, we’ve got just the opportunity for you!  Don’t delay!  Contact Claudia and Julia at athensbirthcircle@gmail.com for more information about how you can sponsor one of our Monthly Meetings in 2017.



JIVE! 2017
Jive! is a fantastic event thanks to all of our volunteers, and you could be one of them!  Believe it or not this fun, family New Year’s Eve event is right around the corner.  If you are interested in helping organize, we would love to have your help on any of these committees:  Food, Decorations, Kid’s Activities, Posters and Ticket Sales.  Please contact us via email (athensbirthcircle@gmail.com) for more information.  Thanks!

Become a JIVE! sponsor:  You can donate time, food, raffle prizes–or become a sponsor for our event. Our online sponsorship form is coming soon!

 



MEALS FOR FAMILIES (formerly Meals For Moms)
Let The Birth Circle community cook for you!  If you’ve just had a baby, if you are going through another type of transition in your family, or have experienced a loss, The Birth Circle is more than happy to organize a meal calendar to help support you.  If you are interested in receiving meals, providing meals or both, please contact our Meals For Families Coordinator, Ariel Carver at arielrose.carver@gmail.com for more information.

Willowmarsh

JIVE! 2017

Save the Date!

For the Birth Circle’s annual family-friendly New Year’s Eve party!

Sunday, December 31st from 5:00-8:00 pm

The ball will drop at 7:00 pm so the whole family can enjoy the celebration.

Details to be announced soon!

Volunteer:  This event cannot happen without our dedicated volunteers!  Some jobs can be done in advance, others the morning of the event or during the event, and some can even be completed in the comfort of your own home. If this sounds like something you would like to do, please e-mail us at athensbirthcircle@gmail.com.

Become a JIVE! sponsor:  You can donate time, food, raffle prizes–or become a sponsor for our event. Our online sponsorship form is coming soon!

September 2017 Monthly Meeting and Events

CREATING ART AS THERAPY FOR PREGNANCY AND INFANT LOSS
Wednesday September 27th
7-8:30pm
Athens Public Library
In preparation for October, which is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month, we are putting on a unique monthly meeting.  If you have ever experienced the loss of a child, whether it be during pregnancy or after your child was born, or if you are a grandparent or friend of someone who has experienced a loss of this kind, you are welcome to join us for a special evening.  We will diverge from our regular meeting format to provide a supportive space for all to create artwork.  Your experience of loss may be recent or have happened a while ago, either way you are welcome.  There’s no pressure to have any ideas ahead of time or have any experience creating artwork, and you do not have to share your art with others.  This evening is about exploring the healing qualities that creating art can provide us as we grieve.  Lots of different supplies will be provided, so plan to join us for a truly special evening.
 
****BECOME AN EVENING SPONSOR*****
Want an easy way to get the word out about your business, services, or new program AND support The Birth Circle at the same time?  Well, we’ve got just the opportunity for you!  Don’t delay!  Contact Claudia and Julia at athensbirthcircle@gmail.com for more information about how you can sponsor one of our Monthly Meetings in 2017.

 

The Fourth Annual Athens Area Fiber Faire

At the Athens Community Center
701 E. State St, Athens, OH

September 30 & October 1, 2017
Saturday 10:00-5:00
Sunday 12:00-5:00

 

The Birth Circle is excited to be part of this year’s Athens Area Fiber Faire! They have chosen our organization to receive some of the items made at the Faire this year. Please consider volunteering to help us at our booth. Sign up for a volunteer shift by clicking here.

The 4th Annual Athens Area Fiber Faire, housed in the Athens Community Center, will offer a little bit of something for everyone in the fiber world. The event will include vendors selling yarn, roving, patterns, books, supplies and more, all in support of the Fiber Arts of knitting, crocheting, spinning, weaving, felting and more. Classes are also available in a variety of subjects for all skill levels. Go to https://sites.google.com/site/athensareafiberfaire/home for a full schedule of programming.

September 2017 News & Events

Heirloom
Hello Everyone!
 
As summer fades away and schools are in full swing, we look forward to another month of lovely Birth Circle events.  Our September gatherings are listed below, and if you have any questions about them, please feel free to contact us.
 
Looking ahead to the start of the next season reminds me of the bounty and creativity we have in our community.  Given this, I want to encourage you to share your thoughts and ideas for meeting topics, programs and events with us.  We are always looking for relevant topics to cover and appreciate your input so just email or Facebook message us with your suggestions.
 
We hope you enjoy summer’s end and the beginning of autumn when it arrives, and we hope to see you soon!
 
Warmly,
Claudia Bashaw
Executive Director, The Birth Circle
 

LOSS SUPPORT GROUP
Thursday, September 7th
6:30pm
Central Avenue Church, 73 Central Ave., Athens
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 this support group.  These meetings are free and facilitated by a professional social worker.  All family members, such as grandparents, siblings, aunts and uncles, as well as friends are welcome.  Childcare is provided.

CREATING ART AS THERAPY FOR PREGNANCY AND INFANT LOSS
Wednesday September 27th
7-8:30pm
Athens Public Library
 
In preparation for October, which is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month, we are putting on a unique monthly meeting.  If you have ever experienced the loss of a child, whether it be during pregnancy or after your child was born, or if you are a grandparent or friend of someone who has experienced a loss of this kind, you are welcome to join us for a special evening.  We will diverge from our regular meeting format to provide a supportive space for all to create artwork.  Your experience of loss may be recent or have happened a while ago, either way you are welcome.  There’s no pressure to have any ideas ahead of time or have any experience creating artwork, and you do not have to share your art with others.  This evening is about exploring the healing qualities that creating art can provide us as we grieve.  Lots of different supplies will be provided, so plan to join us for a truly special evening.
 
****BECOME AN EVENING SPONSOR*****
Want an easy way to get the word out about your business, services, or new program AND support The Birth Circle at the same time?  Well, we’ve got just the opportunity for you!  Don’t delay!  Contact Claudia and Julia at athensbirthcircle@gmail.com for more information about how you can sponsor one of our Monthly Meetings in 2017.
 

PARENTING SHELF
Athens Public Library, Kids’ Section
Now available!!
 
A collaboration between The Birth Circle and Athens County Public Libraries has created the new parenting shelf in the children’s area. We are thrilled this project has become a reality! Now many books from our lending library are available whenever the library is open. Next time you are with your kids at the Athens Library, you can check out books from this new shelf of parenting resources–without leaving the children’s area!

 

MEALS FOR FAMILIES (formerly Meals For Moms)
Let The Birth Circle community cook for you!  If you’ve just had a baby, if you are going through another type of transition in your family, or have experienced a loss, The Birth Circle is more than happy to organize a meal calendar to help support you.  If you are interested in receiving meals, providing meals or both, please contact our Meals For Families Coordinator, Ariel Carver at arielrose.carver@gmail.com or click here to sign up online!

Birth Circle Family Reunion Picnic 2017

There will be no monthly meeting in August! Instead we will have our annual Family Picnic.

Wednesday, August 30th 5:30-7 pm
Eclipse Company Store Beer Hall in The Plains (11309 Jackson Drive, The Plains, Ohio 45780)

In lieu of a regular Monthly Meeting, each August we gather to celebrate the wonderful community of families old and new with a festive picnic in a kid-friendly location. This year we are reuniting at the Eclipse Company Store Beer Hall where kids and parents can eat, drink and be merry while supporting The Birth Circle–the folks at the Beer Hall have generously offered to donate $1 of every beer sold during the picnic to The Birth Circle! We hope that lots of you will join us to reconnect with old friends, meet new ones and celebrate summer. See you there!

Birth Circle Annual Yard Sale

ANNUAL BIRTH CIRCLE YARD SALE THIS SATURDAY!
Saturday, August 26th
ONE DAY ONLY–9am to 4pm
102 Sunnyside Dr., Athens

 

Join us for our Annual Yard Sale Fundraiser!  The Birth Circle is hosting an EXTENSIVE yard sale to round out the summer and you’re invited!  We have an incredible amount of wonderful items generously donated to help support our free programming for area women and families.  If you need baby and mama-related items, books, and other family goodies, this is the place to shop!  Come check out the wares and get some great deals for your family.  We can’t wait to see you there!
If you have any questions, please contact Carolyn Hain at carolynhain@gmail.com or check out our Facebook event here If you would like to volunteer either beforehand for set-up or during the Yard Sale, we would love your help, plus you get first dibs!  Please click here for our volunteer sign-up sheet to see available time slots.  We really appreciate your help with this and look forward to seeing you there!

Art Therapy for Pregnancy and Infant Loss

 

Come create art with others who have experienced pregnancy or infant loss as a way of healing. If pregnancy loss, your loss can be early or late in pregnancy, recent or a while ago, all are welcome. We are all in the process of healing. We are blessed to have local artist Tina Shoupe on hand to facilitate and guide us as we create. Lots and lots of supplies will be on hand, and even a few ideas in case you are stuck.

Sunday August 27th, 4 PM – 7 PM
Central Venue
29 E Carpenter St, Athens, Ohio 45701

 

More information at https://www.facebook.com/events/118983598756052.

The Birth Circle Annual Yard Sale

Join us for our annual fundraising yard sale! All proceeds will help The Birth Circle continue to provide free programming for area women and families. Come shop for baby gear and clothes, breastfeeding items, maternity wear, and other fun child and family-related items. See you there!!

Saturday, August 26th, 9 am – 4 pm
At 102 Sunnyside Dr., Athens, Ohio 45701


 

If you have maternity, baby and child-related items to donate which are gently used and in good working order, please leave them on the porch at 102 Sunnyside in Athens. For more information, email Carolyn at carolynhain@gmail.com. If you would like a donation receipt, contact Claudia at athensbirthcircle@gmail.co m. Thank you to everyone who has already donated!

 

 

 


We are in need of tables to borrow and volunteers to help sort items, set-up, and work the day of the sale. Please click here to sign-up for a job!

Birth Circle Family Reunion Picnic 2017

There will be no monthly meeting in August! Instead we will have our annual Family Picnic.

Wednesday, August 30th 5:30-7 pm
Eclipse Company Store Beer Hall in The Plains (11309 Jackson Drive, The Plains, Ohio 45780)

In lieu of a regular Monthly Meeting, each August we gather to celebrate the wonderful community of families old and new with a festive picnic in a kid-friendly location. This year we are reuniting at the Eclipse Company Store Beer Hall where kids and parents can eat, drink and be merry while supporting The Birth Circle–the folks at the Beer Hall have generously offered to donate $1 of every beer sold during the picnic to The Birth Circle! We hope that lots of you will join us that evening to reconnect with old friends, meet new ones and celebrate summer. See you there!

Young Moms’ Group–Family Picnic

Young Moms’ Group–Family Picnic
Strouds Run State Park Beach
Sunday, August 13th
1:30-3pm
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We are trying it again! Bring the whole family to this first annual Young Moms’ Group event: Family Picnic Day! This is the perfect time to bring along friends and family who are curious about what the Young Moms’ Group is all about. There will be food, conversation and some playtime in the water. We will supply the sandwich fixings so just bring a dish to share and join us for some weekend fun in the sun. We can’t wait to see you!
 
The Birth Circle hosts this support group for moms or moms-to-be who would like to spend some time learning and socializing with other young moms and their children. Open to all younger moms old and new, so if you were under 22 year of age when you had your first child, then join us and share your experiences as a young mom.