FORT BRAGG, N.C. - Our children are our future and their upbringing and needs shape nearly everything a parent does.

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month and also the Month of the Military Child. During April you may notice blue pinwheels in little patches or "gardens" in several places around the Fort Bragg and Fayetteville communities. The pinwheel reminds us of the wonderful liveliness and spirit of fun found in our children and is the nationwide symbol for Child Abuse Prevention Month.

Join Army Community Service and other agencies around post and around Fayetteville at these events.

Monday, 1 to 1:30 p.m., Pinwheel Planting Ceremony, Watters Center for Family Life and Resiliency.

April 7, 1 to 4 p.m., "Its all Around Us", Fostering the Best Communication and Learning for Your Children Workshop at the Sink Room, All Ranks Club. Free, off-site childcare is available by calling 396-5521 as soon as possible.

April 13 to 14, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Using Their Words, Children with Special Needs Conference, Fuller Recreation Center. Admission and professional continuing education credits are free. For more information, call 396-5521.

April 15 to 17, It's a Mommy-a-Fair, Crown Coliseum, 1960 Coliseum Drive, Fayetteville. Information fair for new parents. Admission $7.00.

April 21, 1 to 3 p.m., Leaders' Workshop on the Prevention and Response to Child Abuse, Canopy Lounge, Moon Hall.

April 23, 1 to 3:30 p.m., Spring Block Party, Tolson Youth Center, corner of Reilly and Normandy roads. The event includes Army Community Service parenting information displays and fun activities.

April 29 to May 1, Dogwood Festival, Festival Park, downtown Fayetteville. Partnership for Children and ACS Kids Stuff area will provide parents and children with information about available programs and services.

April 30, 9 to 10:30 a.m., Fort Bragg Family 5K Monthly Walk/Run with Child Abuse Awareness Month focus, Hedrick Stadium, corner of Reilly and Longstreet roads.

Throughout April and every month of the year, various parenting, relationship and related workshops are offered with free childcare. Call 396-5521 or visit http://www.fortbraggmwr.com/fap.php for more information.

Page last updated Fri April 1st, 2011 at 15:41