Sarasota News Leader

05/10/2013

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YOU'RE INVITED! Family fun is the order of the day at the Community Baby Shower, as evidenced at a previous event. Photos courtesy of Ciera Coleman THE COMMUNITY BABY SHOWER OFFERS FUN AND SERIOUS SERVICES TO EXPECTANT FAMILIES By Cooper Levey-Baker Associate Editor There will be food, games and tons of pregnant women and babies, but odds are this baby shower won't be like any other you've ever attended. The Healthy Start Coalition of Sarasota County and the Sarasota Kiwanis Club are teaming up this Saturday for their 19th Community Baby Shower, a fun, free event with a serious purpose: educating pregnant women and new families. The program is aimed largely at helping Healthy Start moms and babies, "but anyone can go," emphasizes Healthy Start Executive Director Jennifer Highland. Representatives of several local health organizations will be on hand, promoting support and services in areas such as breastfeeding, positive parenting and nutrition. Participating moms will browse each booth, "receive some piece of information" and then get a punch in a ticket, says Highland. That ticket, once punched all the way around, will be entered in a raffle, with prizes such as Pack 'n' Plays, baby bathtubs and books up for grabs. Former Sarasota Mayor Kelly Kirschner will emcee, presiding over what will surely be a competitive "diaper derby," while Whole Foods will serve up healthy snacks.

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