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Free workshop will provide 'home alone' guidelines and tips

Are you trying to decide whether your child is ready to be left home alone or to babysit siblings? If so, you may want to attend a free workshop at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 19, and get some help in making that decision.

The "home alone workshop" will be held at the Eagle Valley Golf Course Clubhouse, 2600 Double Eagle Lane. Sponsored by the Woodbury Public Safety Board and the Woodbury Public Safety Department, the workshop will be led by D.A.R.E. officer Yvette Tillery.

"With summer vacation quickly approaching, many children will be left home to care for themselves or to care for younger siblings," Tillery said. "When deciding on whether to become a 'home alone' family, age is not the only consideration."

Home alone arrangements can be a win/win situation for parents and for children when the time is right. This workshop will give parents and guardians some guidelines to consider.

Babysitting safety tips also will be provided, along with a safety Web site handout that includes safety curriculum, educational ideas, coloring books and parent/children activities.

Most material is free and can be reproduced.

There is no charge for the workshop, and refreshments will be provided. Those wishing to attend are asked to register in advance so appropriate numbers of handouts can be prepared.

For more information or to register, call Rebecca Leatherman at the Public Safety Department at (651) 714-3784. Leave your name and phone number and the number attending. You also can register by sending an e-mail to

Seating is limited, so register soon.