Cafe au Play Closed for Thanksgiving

Cafe au Play is CLOSING for the Thanksgiving Holiday! We will re-open November 28th at 8:30am. Happy Thanksgiving!

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Volunteers Needed for Cafe au Play’s Tree Sale!

Cafe au Play’s eighth annual Jingle Mingle Holiday Tree Sale is coming up!!

The day after Thanksgiving and through the month of December, Cafe au Play will be transformed into a winter wonderland! Support Cafe au Play by volunteering at our annual Tree Sale!

We’re looking for friendly volunteers, age 16 and older, to help us out during our sale!

Please view & sign up for open shifts through our Sign Up Genius Schedule:

Volunteer to be a Tree Salesperson: Greet customers and help them find their perfect Christmas Tree. This job may entail sawing off the bottom of tree trunks and helping customers tie trees to their vehicles. Please dress in warm clothing! We especially need volunteers on the following weekends but there are many other dates available to volunteer!

Dec 5 & 6 (9am – 1pm & 1pm – 5pm)
Dec 12 & 13 (9am – 1pm & 1pm – 5pm)

As a thank you, volunteers receive a $5 Cafe au Play gift certificate per shift which can be redeemed anytime.

Tree Sale Poster 2015 jpg

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Six Week Infant Massage Class – Begins Nov. 16 @ 9:30am

Monday, November 16th @ 9:30 to 10:30am – Infant Massage Classes facilitated by Alejandra Hudon of Integral Steps! Suggested donation: $5-7.

Six week class starting November 16th through December 21st – Mondays from 9:30 to 10:30am!

Infant Massage offers many benefits to both your baby and you! Bring your baby (or babies, 0-12 months), a cozy blanket, and gift them with an hour of massaging and calm attention. The instructor will walk you through safe motions that can be practiced daily.

The beneficial effects of infant massage range from promoting self-regulation, neurological maturation, and motor development, to supporting better sleep, temperature regulation, food absorption, and providing an excellent tool for attachment development.


Infant Massage Class Photo

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Parenting Lecture Series – November 13 & 20 @ 11:15am (FREE)

SPECIAL PARENTING LECTURE SERIES: November 13 & 20 @ 11:15am to 12:15pm (FREE)

Portland Waldorf School presents a two-part lecture series for parents with early childhood educator Michelle Yorn!  Tangled Threads will be performing at the same time as this class so if you are coming with your children there will be performance to entertain them!

Portland Waldorf Parenting Series Part 2

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Last Chance for SPECIAL PHOTO OPPORTUNITY to Benefit Cafe au Play!

Back by popular demand – a second (and last) chance for the Cafe au Play Portrait Fundraiser. 20% of the proceeds benefit Cafe au Play! Can’t wait to see this next round of cuties (psst – there are FEWER slots available this time so make sure to book NOW!) Fundraiser Round 2

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Jarquin of the Tangled Threads Returns Tomorrow!

Friday, November 6 @ 11:15am to 12:00pm – Jarquin of the Tangled Threads Returns! $5 per child suggested donation.

Jarquin of the Tangled Threads and his friend Ollie the orangutang tell tall tales and share songs guaranteed to get you out of your seat and dancing! Educational, Entertaining, and Amusing! Come join the fun!

Jarquin & Ollie

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SPECIAL PARENTING SERIES Begins on November 5th!

Thursday, November 5 @ 9:30 to 10:30am – The Play Well Series facilitated by Liana Aburto begins!  All programs and performers rely on your donations, suggested $5 per child.

The Play Well is a series of hour long classes designed to give parents an overview of what childcare professionals know about child development, brain science, and a variety of education theories, while we play games and connect with our children. Play and exploration are how children naturally explore their world and relationships. How can we as adults use this spirit of playfulness in our time together? I’ll be sharing the first 5 weeks of my 10 week program in an all-ages style. For more information:

Nov. 5 – Hearing: Prenatal Learning, Repetition Learning and the importance of tone

Nov. 12 – Seeing: Reaching, Grasping and Goal Setting. Modeling, Mirroring, and Imitation

Nov. 19 – Touching: Trust v Mistrust, Rhythm, and Impulse Control

Dec. 3 – Smelling: Unfamiliar faces and settings. Challenging behaviors and redirecting

Dec. 10 – Tasting: Introducing new foods, setting limits and consequences

Play Well Series Flyer

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