Calling all mamas who could use some support! This is where mamas can come together, talk about a variety of challenges and triumphs in parenthood, and get support from other mamas in their community.
If you have ideas about specific topics you would want to see the group cover, please share! This facilitated group will be participant-directed, meaning that you will all get to support one another and tell us what you want to talk about and what kinds of things you would get the most out of.
Bring the family out to learn about emergency preparedness and start your emergency bag with Community Impact LAB and the City of San Leandro. Speakers from the Alameda County Fire Department and FEMA will share critical information on emergency preparedness. Participants will also take a tour of the fire station.
We want every family to leave with a completed emergency preperation bag! Participants who start an emergency bag at home with the items listed below and present a picture of it when checking in to the event will be provided with a free bag of additional essentials to complete their emergency bag. The gift bag includes water purification tablets, protein bars, a battery powered radio, flashlight, first aid kit, AA batteries, whistle, dust masks, playing cards, and activity packs for the kids. The emergency bag you create at home can include changes of clothes and shoes, moist towelettes, garbage bags, food and water, wrench or pliers, can opener, local maps, diapers, bottles, matches, warm blankets, plates and utensils, bleach, important family documents, medicine (such as pain relievers and antacids), pet food, and personal hygiene items. For more information on building an emergency kit, here is a helpful website to reference: https://www.ready.gov/build-a-kit.
This event was made possible through funding from the City of San Leandro and support from the Alameda County Fire Department.
Scientific research shows that mindfulness makes people happier, healthier, and less stressed. Mindfulness based meditation uses the breath to get back to the present moment. Of course, when you are meditating, thoughts come up, and you acknowledge them and let them go. And then you return to your breath. Mindfulness meditation is simple and powerful, especially when practiced in a group, or sangha, together.
How It Works
When we first get together we will do some simple mindfulness exercises (stretches) with the kids. Then, one group will practice meditation in a detached guest house while another group supervises the kiddos. After both groups have had their meditation session we can all get together to enjoy kid-friendly snacks and relax.
We will do a guided meditation for beginners, and talk about our personal experience with the meditation and any issues in our lives we feel like sharing. This is an opportunity to feel listened to, and to deeply listen with compassion.
Our Generous Host!
We're so excited for Michelle Thakur, who has practiced mindfulness meditation for over 10 years (though not as much as she would like since having 2 kids!), to host and guide the meditation sessions.