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Lochwood Parents Group

The Lochwood Parents Group was founded to bring neighborhood parents together for babysitting, sharing information, and fun.  We have meetings every other month, and a variety of neighborhood events scheduled throughout the year.  
Mother's Nights Out and bimonthly meetings are primarily attended by LPG moms, however, we have many couples' and family events as well - including our annual Easter, Back-to-School, and Christmas parties; Dad's Nights Out, Couples' Nights Out, and adults-only parties; and neighborhood favorites such as the annual Fourth of July parade/party and the Halloween party where families gather and go trick-or-treating together.  
In addition to scheduled family and parents' events, the LPG also organizes and brings meals for new moms, sets up play dates and meet-ups for families at Lochwood Park, and has a group that gets together for Bunko nights. 
The LPG has its own Meetup page and email listserv, a great resource (similar to this website and the neighborhood Facebook page) where members can solicit service referrals from each other, notify other members about NBH events and activities, and share parenting news, ideas, questions, and concerns.  

All the above activities are organized by our members on a volunteer basis, and we always welcome ideas and suggestions from members for new moms', dads', and/or kiddo events that help us get to know each other as parents and neighbors and bring our families together.  
For more information about membership and events, please email us at lochwoodpg@gmail.com or go to http://www.meetup.com/lochwoodparentsgroup/.   
Welcome to our group!

From the LPG President, 2-27-20
In the Spring of 2015, my husband and I were on the hunt to purchase our first home with our 6 month old daughter. We're nature-loving people so we envisioned a neighborhood full of trees and great outdoors. We were also new parents looking to build relationships with other families. We had no idea Lochwood even existed. We felt like we had found gold as we drove through the beautiful tree lined streets on our way to look at what would eventually become our first home. I knew it was the one before even walking through the door. It was a quick closing and we scheduled our moving date for July 4th, 2015. On our moving day, I noticed signs throughout the neighborhood advertising the Lochwood Parents Group 4th of July Parade. The signs had cute little animals parading with an American flag. Nature, fun and family... all the things we were looking for.
I couldn't have envisioned that just a couple years later I would be helping to organize and plan that very parade, among other events that the Lochwood Parents Group puts on. I became President in 2018 and it has been one of the best things I've done. We have met such wonderful people that have become our dearest friends and I've been able to give back to a community I have such appreciation for. Before becoming involved, people I had never met delivered us meals after my son was born. Neighbors we barely knew invited us to social events and Mom's Night Out. It always just felt so welcoming.
Many people don't know that the Lochwood Parents Group was been established over 30 years ago. Lisa Emmick joined in 2000 and shared that at that time, "we traded coupons to exchange babysitting time for each other, had a monthly mom's night out, a monthly field trip to the fire station...and a standing playdate on Wednesday afternoons at the park." Today, you can expect much of the same. We strive to foster friendships between families and promote a sense of community in Lochwood. We do this though social events, play groups, mom's/dad's night out, and other family-oriented events. All for just $10 per family/year.
We are excited to grow in 2020 and reach even more families in Lochwood. If you have any questions about joining LPG or would like to get involved to help plan all these fun events, we would love to have you. Just send us an email and we'll get connected.
All the best this year,
Candice Brandvold
LPG President 2020