Briefly, Nov. 26

Parenting classes

available at PatchWorks

PatchWorks House, 42 Madison St., has scheduled a number of classes and educational opportunities for parents during December. Learn to keep order in the household amid holiday excitement or get some tips for making changes in the new year.

Parents and caregivers of children ages birth to 4 years old can register for “1-2-3-4 Parents” 10:30-11:30 a.m. Dec. 3 and 10.

Taught in two sessions, this class provides information, skills and support for adults as they guide young children through these formative years.

“Protecting Your Child’s Health with Shots” is set for 11 a.m. Dec. 5. This class informs parents about the importance of vaccines in their children’s health care.

People who have children together but are not a couple may benefit from “Co-Parenting: Working Together after Divorce or If You Were Never Married.” The class is slated for 10:30 a.m.-noon Dec. 13. The topics covered include minimizing conflict, communication skills, family meetings, emotional disengagement, parenting plans and residential/nonresidential parent roles.

“What’s Up With That?” is aimed at parents of older children. Offered 10:30 a.m.-noon Dec. 17, the class will discuss the emerging independence of pre-teens, tweens and teenagers. It will cover how and why parents must adjust their communication and discipline strategies as their children mature.

All courses are free and take place at 42 Madison St. Call (419) 448-0080 to register.

Community dinners offered

The Community Thanksgiving Dinner at The Salvation Army is set for 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Wednesday. All are welcome to partake in a traditional feast.

For questions, call (419) 447-3274.

Fostoria’s annual community dinner is to be served 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday in the cafeteria at Fostoria High School. People of all ages and income levels are welcome to attend.

The school’s food service staff and student groups volunteer their time for the event. Last year, more than 500 people participated, and more are expected this year.

Take a run before feasting

The annual Turkey Trot has been set for 8 a.m. Thursday at Hedges-Boyer Park. People of all ages are invited to participate in a 3- or 5-mile fun run or walk, starting from the shelter near the YMCA.

This is not a competition, and no times will be kept.

The Salvation Army is to be on hand to collect food donations. For more details, call Vanessa at (419) 447-0127 or Sara at (419) 618-3139.

Holiday music on tap

Local duo Kevin Maiberger and Yvonne Ehrenfried have scheduled four holiday music performances this season.

They are Monday, Kiwanis Manor, 6 p.m.; Dec. 3, Charles Meadow, 7 p.m.; Dec. 6, Commission on Aging, noon; and Dec. 9, Seneca House 6:15 p.m.

Make a bead bracelet

Seneca Mentoring Youth Links is to host a bead party 2:45-8 p.m. Dec. 3 at Tiffin Middle School.

The cost is $10 per bracelet.

First Step to hand out bread

FOSTORIA – Because of the success of its previous “Bread and Bagels” event, First Step Healthy Family Resource Center is offering area families more chances to take part in stretching their food budget dollars for the holidays.

The center, at 1099 Columbus Ave., Fostoria, is hosting a “Bread and Bagels Day” 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Dec. 4, 11 and 18.

Individuals are asked to bring their own grocery bag to fill and to arrive early because supplies are limited.

For more information, call (419) 435-7300.