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Greetings from CV Alliance!

“Children have never been very good at listening to their elders but they have never failed to imitate them.”
James Baldwin

April is Underage Drinking Prevention Month and we’re having the last of our four planned Teen Trials & Tribulations talks on Thursday, April 10 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the CV High library (2900 Community Ave., La Crescenta). Speakers are from Didi Hirsch and Prom Plus, two venerable underage use prevention specialists.  Didi Hirsch staff are also speaking at Rosemont on the April 14 if you can’t make it on the April 10 – or even if you can.

No girls allowed! Men, Paul Royer leads a discussion just for you on Tuesday, April 8 from 7:15 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. upstairs at the Y (1930 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada).  Paul will give you good advice on raising kids, raising kids with another partner who may think differently, and he’ll answer your questions. As the paradigmatic male in your child’s life, we hope you’ll come out to this free, informal and useful talk.

Saturday, April 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. is the first DEA Prescription Drug Take Back of 2014. Get a bag or box and start filling with your old, unused and unwanted medicines! We cannot take needles, lancets and syringes (known collectively as sharps), but you can dispose of them at the sheriff’s station at 4554 Briggs Ave. I’ll post the locations on our website.

CV Alliance board member Kim Beattie of the Crescenta Cañada Y shared an article from The Leader with us about underage drug and alcohol use. A random survey of 116 high school students showed 88% had tried alcohol, nearly half had tried marijuana and nearly two-thirds said they have friends who use drugs. While an overwhelming majority said substance use was a problem in foothill communities, many said they’d be willing to try LSD, PCP, cocaine and amphetamines. The year: 1983.

How many of those students are parents today, raising their kids in Crescenta Valley? If you are reading this column, how’d you turn out? How are you, in turn, raising your kid(s)? I’d love to talk to you. Please stop by our booth at the Hometown Country Fair at CV Park this Saturday.

Suzy Jacobs, Executive Director,
CV Alliance
3131 Foothill Blvd. Suite D
La Crescenta, CA 91214
(818) 646-7867