Family Swap Meet, IEP Conference, Make-a-Plate

Family Swap Meet

Sunday, September 29


Canyon Crest Academy

5951 Village Center Loop Rd. San Diego, CA 92130
Open to the public!  Families with infants, young children & parents with a baby on the way will find something special at the Family Swap Meet.  Admission is $2/person, under 12 years old free.  Interested in selling?  Log on our website at and print out a registration form.  Spaces begin at $30 for Parent Connection Members.
Our Birthday Express is only $49 (minimum 10 guests), and includes full day admission and a birthday cake. Regular priced tickets are $78.
Our Ultimate Birthday is only $69 (minimum 10 guests) and includes admission; yummy meal, cake, and beverages; and a LEGO gift for each child.
For Youth Groups, such as Parent Connection playgroups (minimum 10 children), we have special activities or a self-guided experience, and a price of $33 Child and $43 Adult.

Free Vision Screenings

Thursday, August 29, 9:00-11:00am, Scripps Mende Well Being-UTC
Thousands of children's eye problems will go undiscovered this year.  Will your child's be one of them?  The first step in preventing disability due to sight loss is to detect correctable eye disorders.  If you have a child three years old or older, take advantage of these free vision screenings sponsored by the California-Hawaii Elks club.  All screening personnel are certified.  Parents of children who need further evaluation will be referred to the eye specialist of the patient's choice.  Appointment times are set for every ten minutes.  Email with your requested appointment time.  This event is free for members and nonmembers but an appointment is necessary.
The new series The Wildlife Docs -- which premieres October 5 on most ABC stations during the Saturday morning Litton’s Weekend Adventure block -- goes behind the scenes with this elite team of veterinarians, technicians and trainers as they care for the more than 12,000 exotic animals that inhabit Busch Gardens.   Viewers get an up-close look at the ground-breaking medical procedures and enriching care that are just part of a day’s work for this dedicated group.
Much of the show will take place in the park’s new Animal Care Center, an innovative, 16,000-square-foot medical center that brings park guests into the animal care experience. The Animal Care Center includes a nutrition center, treatment rooms, clinical lab and viewing areas.

Women's Boutique

Now Open at Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla.  Hours are from 9am-2pm.  You can find a full line of breastfeeding products and nursing bras.  Breastpumps are available to rent or purchase along with replacement  pump accessories. 

Phone number:  858-626-4538.

840 Fifth Avenue, San Diego
The historic San Diego Hardware Company building in the Gaslamp Quarter is almost done with its transformation into a new bar/restaurant called Lucky Bastard Saloon. According to, the majority owner of Lucky Bastard Saloon is former Playboy Playmate-of-the-Month (December 1998) Nicole Dahm of the Dahm identical triplets.
Parent Connection families receive discounts to Disneyland and other local attractions.  Click here to view the discounts.
Register for the classes below here.  Registration is required.
The 90-Minute Baby Sleep Program -
Follow Your Child's Natural Rhythms for a
Better Night and Naps

Monday, August 26, 9:30-11am
Scripps Mende Well Being-UTC
This class offers information on baby's sleep requirements and other valuable information about a baby's sleep rhythm during the first year of life.  Our speaker, Dr. Polly Moore, will discuss ways to help your baby sleep better, cry less, improve her/his learning, and more fully enjoy the world.  This event is free for Parent Connection members, $10 for nonmembers.
Your Child's IEP Conference
Tuesday, August 27, 6:30-8:00pm
Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla
Schaetzel Center - Walker Room
In this workshop, parents of children with disabilities will have the opportunity to learn how to navigate their child's IEP (Individualized Education Program).  Our speaker is a special educator with more than 14 years of experience.  The IEP starts at three years old; however, starting from birth, children have something called an IFSP (Individualized Family Support Plan) which is similar but focuses more on "family" than the individual since the child is so young.  This workshop is a culmination of the speaker's personal and professional experiences, extensive Internet research, and information taken from various sources.  It is by no means the "final word" on IEPs and IEP meetings since the IEP is an individualized custom plan to meet the unique needs of each student.

Make-A-Plate Craft/Doodle Bug Designs

Thursday, August 29, 9:00-11:00am
Scripps Mende Well Being-UTC
With Make-a-Plate, you can create permanent, colorful dinnerware with your child.  The cost is $7/plate for members and $9/plate for nonmembers.
Doodle Bug Designs will be available for those who would like to make a clay impression of their little one's hands or feet.  The cost for the clay items depends on the item selected and ranges from $7.50 to $45.
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