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Aug
29
Sat
Back to School Single Parent/Kids FREE Clothing Giveaway @ Plano Bible Chapel
Aug 29 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

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The Single Side UP! program of This Side UP! Family hosts a Free Single Parent/Kids Clothing Giveaway twice a year.  

Single Parents – this is for YOU and YOUR FAMILY! 
Get ready for the change of season and receive the blessing of great clothes donated by our loving community!

Plano Bible ChapelThis Single Parent/Kids Clothing Giveaway will be held at:

Plano Bible Chapel

1900 Shiloh Road
Plano, TX  75074

Come to the Fellowship Hall Building on the south end of campus.  Enter from Shiloh Road onto Blossom Trail to enter the south parking lot.

“Gently Used” Clothing Donations Needed – Please bring clothing donations (women’s, men’s, kid’s) to any of these drop off locations:

AMA Black Belt Academy
2035 W McDermott, Suite 450
Allen 75013

Infinite Bounds Plano
1901 Preston Park Blvd
Plano 75093

Aqua-Fit Swim and Wellness
1400 Summit Ave, Suite D2
Plano 75074

Plano Bible Chapel
1900 Shiloh Road
Plano 75074

Sep
12
Sat
FREE Family Connection Night
Sep 12 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

FREE FAMILY CONNECTION NIGHT
Improv Comedy Night with The Understudies! Studies

(Location details coming soon!)

You want the freshest comedy available?  Made to order?

The Understudies will serve up heaping portions of laughter – improv style!  If you’re hungry for some family-friendly fun see you at COMEDY NIGHT!  (The Understudies is a hilarious Improv group trained and sponsored by HimProv.)

Kids and adults will enjoy this fun night of laughter and fun together!  We’ll send you home with an At-Home Family Connection Tool, too.

As usual, bring your own dinner and/orsnacks (optional).

Second & Fourth Saturday from 6-8pm, find us at various terrific community locations each month!

Sep
17
Thu
North Texas Giving Day – Support This Side UP! Family
Sep 17 @ 6:00 am – 12:00 pm

NTGD 2015

SAVE THE DATE for …

North Texas Giving Day – an online fundraising event that has pumped more than $60 million into North Texas since 2009. Your gift of $25 or more will receive bonus funds through Communities Foundation of Texas on this day only!

Get up and Give and support This Side UP! Family, 
September 17th from 6am to midnight!

Click HERE to donate on the This Side UP! Family Donor page!

 

 

Sep
18
Fri
This Side UP! Family Volunteers at In Touch Plano Balloon Festival Kids Fun Zone @ In Touch Plano Balloon Festival Kids Fun Zone
Sep 18 @ 3:30 pm – 10:00 pm

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This Side UP! Family is again honored to have been selected as a local non-profit who will provide volunteers (and receive funding for doing so) to fuel this amazing community event!

Volunteers will sell tickets / wristbands to attendees for the activities in the Kids’ Fun Zone. Each volunteer will receive a 3 day admission pass for the Festival, a volunteer parking pass for the day they volunteer, and our appreciation for their time and energy!! 

We have two volunteer shifts to choose from.  Click Here to volunteer!  You can use your pass to enjoy the Balloon Festival all weekend long!

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Sep
19
Sat
I Date My Spouse @ Chase Oaks Family Center
Sep 19 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

IDMSI DATE MY SPOUSE!

CHILDCARE WILL BE AT CHASE OAKS FAMILY CENTER!

 

Every 3rd Saturday! FREE Dinner for 2 Gift Card. Childcare. Talk Time Card to enrich your relationship! (I Date My Spouse Gift Card quantities ARE first come, first serve when signing up for childcare.)

I Date My Spouse Childcare is open to all parents and kids!!!  Kids… ages 0 through 13 years.   Space is limited in the 0-pre-K rooms, so sign up early to ensure your spot.   REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED and starts at 12:01am on the first of each month!

Click HERE to register for September’s “I Date My Spouse” Program. 

We get to have a blast with your kids while you enjoy a much-needed, purposeful Night Out!

Single Parent’s Night Out @ Chase Oaks Family Center
Sep 19 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

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Single Side Up! meets every odd month on 3rd Saturday (with childcare on site) AND on even months we offer 3rd Saturday childcare for you to enjoy a Single Parent’s Night Out.

Enjoy your Single Parent’s Night Out!  Childcare pre-registration is needed to ensure space.   Space is limited in our Newborn-Pre-K rooms, so sign up early to ensure your spot.  There is no Single Side UP! Meeting in September.

REGISTRATION for childcare and starts at 12:01am on the first of each month!   Click HERE to register for September childcare. 

* Single parenting has many challenges. Connecting with other single parents is important to both your parenting success & your personal well-being! From group meetings to nights out on your own to clothing giveaways and more, SSU is here to equip and encourage you on your single parenting journey!!!

Sep
26
Sat
FREE Family Connection Night
Sep 26 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

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Come play Bingo! Fun games! WIN prizes and more!

 OR

 Saturday Night THRIVE!
Live entertainment and other fun options. A great time for the whole family!

Bring your own dinner or snacks (optional).

Every Second & Fourth Saturday from 6-8pm, find us at various terrific community locations each month!

(Location details coming soon!)

Sep
29
Tue
“Tackle the Tough Topics” Parenting POWer Hours!! @ TBD
Sep 29 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Parenting EdThis Side UP Family’s Parent Ed Team is holding “Tackle the Tough Topics” Parenting POWer Hours!!

 

 

POW stands for Panel of Wisdom.   Local Experts will provide panel type discussion, wisdom and practical ideas to equip parents to talk through “tough topics” with their kids!

Learn How to Talk to Your Kids about…

Social Media/Entertainment Boundaries (9/29)
Panelists: Cynthia Garrison (PISD Lead Parent Educator), Parent and Teen Coach Keisha Howard (2015 Mom’s Choice Award Recipient), JJ McLeod (Youth/Family Pastor at Legacy Church Plano)

Drugs/Alcohol (10/13)
Panelists: Cynthia Garrison (PISD Lead Parent Educator), Diane Windsor (parent), Grace Raulson (Collin County Substance Abuse Specialist), Officer Courtney Pero (Plano PD)

Sex (10/27)
Panelists: Cynthia Garrison (PISD Lead Parent Educator), Jennifer Barker (Counselor at CARES and ex Plano West Drug/Substance Abuse Counselor)

Every other Tuesday in late September and October – 9/29,10/13, 10/27

Paneltalk from 7-8pm
(Optional Community hang time from 6:30-7 and 8-8:30.)

Water and Light Snacks Provided.
POW-er Hours are FREE to the community though donations towards the family wellness programs of This Side UP! Family are accepted.

(We’ll send you home with additional resources on each particular parenting topic, too.)

LOCATION: TBD

Oct
10
Sat
FREE Family Connection Night
Oct 10 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

1017610_637909032905042_1550161383_nBingo Night PLUS the Plano Symphony Orchestra!

Come play Bingo! Fun games! WIN prizes and more!

PLUS….

the PLANO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA’s Instrument Petting Zoo will be here for the kids to enjoy their own hands-on experience!

Youth musicians will even treat us to a mini-performance!!!

*COOLNESS ALERT! They have given us FREE tickets to share with our wonderful families!

Connect with your family over the value of the month and we’ll send you home with a tool to elevate that value at home, too!

Bring your own dinner or snacks (optional).

Every Second & Fourth Saturday from 6-8pm, find us at various terrific community locations each month!

(Location details coming soon!)

Oct
13
Tue
“Tackle the Tough Topics” Parenting POWer Hours!! @ TBD
Oct 13 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Parenting EdThis Side UP Family’s Parent Ed Team is holding “Tackle the Tough Topics” Parenting POWer Hours!!

 

 

POW stands for Panel of Wisdom.   Local Experts will provide panel type discussion, wisdom and practical ideas to equip parents to talk through “tough topics” with their kids!

Learn How to Talk to Your Kids about…

Social Media/Entertainment Boundaries (9/29)
Panelists: Cynthia Garrison (PISD Lead Parent Educator), Parent and Teen Coach Keisha Howard (2015 Mom’s Choice Award Recipient), JJ McLeod (Youth/Family Pastor at Legacy Church Plano)

Drugs/Alcohol (10/13)
Panelists: Cynthia Garrison (PISD Lead Parent Educator), Diane Windsor (parent), Grace Raulson (Collin County Substance Abuse Specialist), Officer Courtney Pero (Plano PD)

Sex (10/27)
Panelists: Cynthia Garrison (PISD Lead Parent Educator), Jennifer Barker (Counselor at CARES and ex Plano West Drug/Substance Abuse Counselor)

Every other Tuesday in late September and October – 9/29,10/13, 10/27

Paneltalk from 7-8pm
(Optional Community hang time from 6:30-7 and 8-8:30.)

Water and Light Snacks Provided.
POW-er Hours are FREE to the community though donations towards the family wellness programs of This Side UP! Family are accepted.

(We’ll send you home with additional resources on each particular parenting topic, too.)

LOCATION: TBD

Oct
17
Sat
I Date My Spouse @ TBD
Oct 17 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

IDMSI DATE MY SPOUSE!

CHILDCARE WILL BE AT INFINITE BOUNDS GYMNASTICS CENTER!

 

Every 3rd Saturday! FREE Dinner for 2 Gift Card. Childcare. Talk Time Card to enrich your relationship! (I Date My Spouse Gift Card quantities ARE first come, first serve when signing up for childcare.)

I Date My Spouse Childcare is open to all parents and kids!!!  Kids… ages 0 through 13 years.   Space is limited in the 0-pre-K room, so sign up early to ensure your spot.   REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED and starts at 12:01am on the first of each month!

Click HERE to register for October’s “I Date my Spouse” Program. 

We get to have a blast with your kids while you enjoy a much-needed, purposeful Night Out!

Single Side Up! Bi-Monthly Meeting (October) @ TBD
Oct 17 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

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TOPIC –  It’s our very popular Ask a Lawyer event!   An attorney will be present to answer your legal questions!

It’s so hard to know how to discipline, parent, and if you’re a single parent, you need to learn how to co-parent!  Join other single parents for encouragement and connection!

Childcare pre-registration is needed to ensure space.   REGISTRATION for childcare and starts at 12:01am on the first of each month!  Click HERE to register for October childcare. 

Single parenting has many challenges. Connecting with other single parents is important to both your parenting success & your personal well-being!   (Single Side Up! meets every odd month on 3rd Saturday (with childcare on site) AND on even months we offer 3rd Saturday childcare for you to enjoy a Single Parent’s Night Out.)

Oct
27
Tue
“Tackle the Tough Topics” Parenting POWer Hours!! @ TBD
Oct 27 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Parenting EdThis Side UP Family’s Parent Ed Team is holding “Tackle the Tough Topics” Parenting POWer Hours!!

 

 

POW stands for Panel of Wisdom.   Local Experts will provide panel type discussion, wisdom and practical ideas to equip parents to talk through “tough topics” with their kids!

Learn How to Talk to Your Kids about…

Social Media/Entertainment Boundaries (9/29)
Panelists: Cynthia Garrison (PISD Lead Parent Educator), Parent and Teen Coach Keisha Howard (2015 Mom’s Choice Award Recipient), JJ McLeod (Youth/Family Pastor at Legacy Church Plano)

Drugs/Alcohol (10/13)
Panelists: Cynthia Garrison (PISD Lead Parent Educator), Diane Windsor (parent), Grace Raulson (Collin County Substance Abuse Specialist), Officer Courtney Pero (Plano PD)

Sex (10/27)
Panelists: Cynthia Garrison (PISD Lead Parent Educator), Jennifer Barker (Counselor at CARES and ex Plano West Drug/Substance Abuse Counselor)

Every other Tuesday in late September and October – 9/29,10/13, 10/27

Paneltalk from 7-8pm
(Optional Community hang time from 6:30-7 and 8-8:30.)

Water and Light Snacks Provided.
POW-er Hours are FREE to the community though donations towards the family wellness programs of This Side UP! Family are accepted.

(We’ll send you home with additional resources on each particular parenting topic, too.)

LOCATION: TBD

Nov
14
Sat
FREE Family Connection Night
Nov 14 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

1017610_637909032905042_1550161383_nFREE Family Bingo PLUS Attitude of Gratitude Night

We’ll play some BINGO and everyone leaves with a prize!

 

We’ll also send you home with a family connection tool to continue building an ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE into your home!

Bring your own dinner or snacks (optional).

Every Second & Fourth Saturday from 6-8pm, find us at various terrific community locations each month!

(Location details coming soon!)

Nov
21
Sat
I Date My Spouse @ TBD
Nov 21 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

IDMSI DATE MY SPOUSE!

CHILDCARE WILL BE AT INFINITE BOUNDS GYMNASTICS CENTER!

 

Every 3rd Saturday! FREE Dinner for 2 Gift Card. Childcare. Talk Time Card to enrich your relationship! (I Date My Spouse Gift Card quantities ARE first come, first serve when signing up for childcare.)

I Date My Spouse Childcare is open to all parents and kids!!!  Kids… ages 0 through 13 years.   Space is limited in the 0-pre-K room, so sign up early to ensure your spot.   REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED and starts at 12:01am on the first of each month!

Click HERE to register for November’s “I Date My Spouse” Program. 

We get to have a blast with your kids while you enjoy a much-needed, purposeful Night Out!

Single Side Up! Bi-Monthly Meeting (November) @ TBD
Nov 21 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

946225_640358395993439_302332076_nNovember’s MEETING Location and TOPIC – Details coming soon!

 

It’s so hard to know how to discipline, parent, and if you’re a single parent, you need to learn how to co-parent!  Join other single parents for encouragement and connection!

Childcare pre-registration is needed to ensure space.   REGISTRATION for childcare and starts at 12:01am on the first of each month!  Click HERE to register for November childcare. 

Single parenting has many challenges. Connecting with other single parents is important to both your parenting success & your personal well-being!   (Single Side Up! meets every odd month on 3rd Saturday (with childcare on site) AND on even months we offer 3rd Saturday childcare for you to enjoy a Single Parent’s Night Out.)

Nov
23
Mon
At-Home FAMILY CONNECTION TIME CHALLENGE
Nov 23 @ 8:00 am – Nov 30 @ 12:00 pm

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FAMILY CONNECTION TIME CHALLENGE

 
This challenge starts Monday, 11//23 and goes through Monday 11/30.  It is super EASY to enter and you could WIN A GREAT PRIZE FOR YOUR FAMILY!

TWO SIMPLE STEPS
Step 1.
SNAP A PIC OF YOUR FAMILY DOING ONE OF THE FOLLOWING:
1.  Playing a Board Game TOGETHER.
2.  Picnic-ing TOGETHER. (indoor or outdoor)
3.  Volunteering TOGETHER.
4.  Playing Outside TOGETHER.
5.  Baking/Cooking TOGETHER.
6.  Doing something special for Thanksgiving Day TOGETHER!

Step 2.
Post your PIC on This Side UP! Family’s FB page or email it to info@thissideupfamily.org BY MIDNIGHT ON MONDAY, 11/30.

WHY??!!!
1.  YOU COULD WIN.   All entries will be submitted for a Family FUNnection basket with movie tickets, board game, and more!

2.  THE BIG WHY.   Because Family Time is so important and has been proven to be a key indicator of a child’s success and well-being.  Children who are positively connected to their family relationships are less likely to make poor choices and more likely to become confident, content community participants as they grow up!  That relationship building starts NOW, no matter the age of your child!  It’s never too early and it’s never too late to focus on family connection!  And the results are trajectory-changing, for family and community strengthening!

Thank you for participating in this purposeful challenge to increase FAMILY TIME in your home and our community!!

(Winner announced 12/1!)

Dec
12
Sat
FREE Family Connection Night
Dec 12 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

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EACH FAMILY WILL BUILD THEIR OWN GINGERBREAD HOUSE AND TAKE IT HOME!

You’ll fill your gingerbread house with written ideas of how to show each other love this Christmas instead of getting caught up in “looks” and “things”.

PLUS, we’ll play some BINGO and everyone leaves with a prize!

Bring your own dinner or snacks (optional).

Every Second & Fourth Saturday from 6-8pm, find us at various terrific community locations each month!

(Location details coming soon!)

Dec
31
Thu
5th Annual – New Years Eve Family Celebration – TURN BACK TIME THE BALL DROPS AT NINE! @ LegacyChurch
Dec 31 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

NYE 2015

SAVE THE DATE FOR Collin County’s MOST FUN, safest, Family Friendliest way to bring in 2016!

  • A Gift for Every Family
  • Delicious Dinner and Desserts
  • FREE professional family portrait
  • AMAZING Raffle Prizes
  • Countdown and Sparkling Juice Toast to midnight at 9pm!

TICKETS AVAILABLE 11/1/15!

Taking families SURVIVING to THRIVING!