LEWISTON – Maine’s First District Congressman Tom Allen will address “Is Environmentalism Bad for the Economy” at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 29, at the University of Southern Maine’s Lewiston-Auburn College.

The title of his talk will be “A Path to Sustainable Economic and Environmental Policy.” A question and answer period will follow.

Allen serves on the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, which has oversight responsibility of air quality and environmental health, consumer protection, the supply and delivery of energy and interstate and foreign commerce.

Allen also serves on the subcommittees on energy and air quality and environment and hazardous materials. He is the co-chairman of the House Affordable Medicines Task Force and the Bipartisan House Oceans Caucus.

The event is free and open to the public.

Parent Wisely

LEWISTON – Parent Wisely, a self-administered, computer-based program for parents, is available for use at Advocates for Children, 57 Birch St.

The program is geared for parents of either young children or teens. It teaches them assertive discipline techniques, how to use “I” statements, how to effectively use contracting, how to set consequences for children and active listening skills.

Parents work independently and at their own pace while using the interactive CD-Rom program. To schedule an appointment, contact Kim Sprague, prevention education at Advocates for Children, at 783-3990.

Child Chatter

LEWISTON – Healthy Families Androscoggin, a program of Advocates for Children, announces Child Chatter, a playgroup for parents and their children between birth and age 5.

It is an opportunity to play with the child, meet other parents and their children, observe the child playing, learn new songs and finger plays and receive help or support from a parent educator in a fun and relaxed atmosphere.

Child Chatter is held every week from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays at Advocates for Children, 57 Birch St., B Street Community Center, Suite 204. The play group is free. For more information, call 783-3990.

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