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DL's First Lutheran Church to host 'Family Affair'

When it comes to the most pressing issues families are facing today, the resources are endless.

First Lutheran Church of Detroit Lakes is planning its first ever "Family Affair," where resources on spiritual, physical, mental and emotional wellbeing will be presented.

The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 24 at the church.

Various speakers will touch on subjects like autism and Asperger's Syndrome, ADHD and cyber bullying.

"Those were some things that came as points of interest," said Cindy Bruflodt, one of the organizers of the event. "Our community has an abundant amount of programs, but we don't always know where to find them."

Admission is free at the Family Affair, and child care will be provided.

There will be programs for the adults, as well as Wii games and movies for the kids who attend with their parents.

Diane McCormack, Occupational Therapist at St. Mary's Innovis Health, will present the program about autism and Asperger's from 9:30 to 10 a.m. She will explain how autistic children learn differently and discuss ways to develop their social skills and reduce anxiety.

From 10 to 10:30 a.m. she will combine the topics of autism, ADHD and special needs in one presentation.

Bruflodt said those programs were suggested because more and more parents are showing interest in learning about the disorders.

"I think we're seeing more and more of these individuals diagnosed," she said.

Bonnie Juma, certified life coach, speaker and writer will present a program on "The Heart of Parenting" from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

And finally, Chad Jutz of the Detroit Lakes Police Department will talk about cyber bullying and cell phone use.

"It's a hot topic today," Bruflodt said. "It raises an awareness of how vulnerable we are."

She encouraged children to attend and participate in this session to avoid being bullied or harassed through simple everyday technology like cell phones.

Organizers of "Family Affair" say it could turn into an annual event, depending on the response they receive after this year.

Additional activities include a cakewalk, meals and other games for children. Although admission is free, a free will donation will be accepted.