March 18, 2012

Happy Spring this Week!

We have a pretty quiet week this week at Swap ‘n Play! I do want to bring your attention to a few quick things:

– Food Buying Survey: As we wrap this survey up, PLEASE don’t forget to take a few minutes to get your voice heard! Answer our short questions HERE and give some feedback about what bulk food buying options you are intrested in.

-Member Dues are increasing to $25 a month in April. You can pay online through our website by clicking HERE or check/cash at swap.

-We will be welcoming in some new families these next two weeks! Our new member orientation will be held Sunday, April 1st and anyone is welcome to attend.

Thanks everyone! Enjoy your week,

Introduction to Family Biking with Katie Proctor
Saturday, April 21, 2012
10 am – noon.
Are you bike-curious? Don’t let your children hold you back! This two-hour workshop will give you the knowledge and confidence you need to hit the road by bike with your kids onboard.

We’ll discuss equipment, rules of the road, route selection, winter riding, and strategies for successful trips with kids of all ages. Biking with kids is a great way to get more exercise, see your neighbors, reduce your gas budget, and bring more joy into your life. Whether you’re hoping to take pleasure rides on weekends or give up a family car, this workshop will give you the information you need to get started!

Workshop is $7 for Swap members, $10 for non-members.  Printed materials, coffee, and snacks will be provided. Please RSVP to Janine @ jleckhart[at]me[dot]com so we know how many copies to make and cookies to bake.
Come with questions, worries, and obstacles-we’ll tackle them together!
Katie Proctor is a Portland mom and writer. She has been car-free since 2009 and has been riding with both of her children since they were babies-they are now 9 months and 2 ½. Her essays on family biking have been published in Taking the Lane and Boneshaker: A Bicycling Almanac, as well as at her blog, A Most Civilized Conveyance (
Another Great Parenting Class Opportunity!
Simplicity Parenting
4 Weeks in April
(exact date TBA based on interest)
Cost: $80 for Swap ‘n Play Families
$100 non-members

Many parents notice at one point or another that their children have accumulated way more stuff than they ever imagined, and that their schedules our so full it requires a separate calendar just to keep track of all the activities.
If you find any discrepancy between the fast track life you and your children are living and the peaceful pace you where imagining as a new parent, please join Yvonne de Maat of Heart in Hand Preschool in an exploration of modern child rearing. You will come away from this series with some simple ideas you can implement into your life right away to bring about profound change and deeper connections…

Yvonne is a trained Waldorf teacher and Simplicity Parenting group leader. She will start a 4 week parent group in April which will look at the many aspects of the home; creating rhythm, clearing up the environment, scheduling, discipline etc. For more information please call Yvonne at 503 287 4465

Mama Clothing Swap
Thursday, March 29th

Hey Moms, it’s almost Spring, and I don’t know about you, but my wardrobe needs some help.
Come to Swap n Play
Thursday, March 29th from 6:00 to 8:00
for a Mama Clothing Swap. Bring gently used clothes, shoes accessories and anything else you don’t want that might make another Mom feel a bit more glamorous. Anything left over will be donated to either Dress for Success or Teen Challenge. This a great opprtunity to have a little “me” time and get to know
some other Swap ladies.
For more info, contact Angela @

Attention Pregmant Moms:
A note from a mom on our waiting list…

Hi Swap ‘n Play families,  I’m hoping to connect with families due from mid April to mid May who might be interested in trading birth doula services for an evaluation during my birth doula training. I will provide families support during the prenatal period, labor and birth and up to 6 weeks of postpartum. I believe that childbirth is a momentous event of birth for both babies and mom/partner into parenthood and am honored to nurture this emotional and physical metamorphosis. Please contact Jeny Kuss by phone (303.870.1693) or email ( to answer any questions or if you are interested in setting up an interview.I am currently completing my dula training. Thank you!

Monday-Saturday 8am-8pm
Sunday 1pm-8pm
Always feel free to contact

Quick Links:
Swap n Play Survey
Azure Standard
St. Johns Swap n Play
Food Buying Survey
March Date Night/Morning

Remember, starting April 6th
Tyleena, Fairy Funk Mother
will be coming to
Woodlawn Swap ‘n Play
Fridays, 3:30 in the ballroom.
Show open to non-members for a small donation.

Woodlawn Elementary School Events:

3/20: Tea with the Principal 2-2:50pm
3/26-3/30: Spring Break

Chris, Christina, and big sister Lucia look forward to introducing you to new baby Edith! She was born on March 6th
Below is the link to their meal calendar. Thanks to supporting eachother during such great times!
Meal Calendar for The Brown’s
Hey WSP members, did you know that as a member, you have the opportunity to buy food at wholesale prices?

Asa, (father of Ea) and a new bulk-foods coordinator, is asking for your input on the direction of what bulk-buying opportunities we pursue. He’s written a survey that should take you 5-7 minutes to complete–please fill it out here:
Bulk-Food Buying Survey

Web Design Help!!
Our current web-assistant is no longer able to help with web updates, and I need someone with WordPress experience to jump in!

If you are into web-design, and have other ideas on how to make our website better, and would like to do this as your co-op job, please contact me ASAP!
Craft Times for March

Monday March 12th:
Rainbow Coloring
Tuesday** March 27th:
Foil Squeezing
**Date Change

What are your experiences like of NE Indoor Park?
This indoor play space is in danger of closing, and contacted me for some help. I wanted to ask our members about it first and get some feedback from you.  The space is located on 21st in the basement of the Central Lutheran Church.
If you have something to share, please send me an email!
I want to help our neighbors!

Events This Week:
Our Calendar

9:30am Mr. Ben
10-12pm: Open Gym
10-12pm: Open Gym
9:30 French Class

Ages and Stages Meet-Ups

This Week:

10am: 2-3 years (upstairs)
10am: 18mth-24mth (upstairs)
12-18 months 3pm
3:30pm: 3 years and up (upstairs)

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