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FREE Texas WIC Classes Online Packed With Parenting Tips

Take Free Classes At Home From Phone, Computer

Texas WIC classes this month are packed with wonderful tips from experts. Included are classes from everything from how to make a recipe using WIC foods to storytime for your little one.  Use the link below to Texas WIC to sign up for the Free Classes.

Here is a glance at some of the FREE upcoming LIVE ONLINE classes that can be taken from the comfort of your own home: 

  • Introducing Your Baby To Foods – Oct. 13 – 11 AM to Noon  In this class, Texas WIC covers how to know if your baby is ready for solid foods and what foods to introduce at first.
  • Story Time with Zobey – Oct. 14th – 9:30 – 10 AM Texas WIC makes learning with your little one fun with a story told by Zobey. In this story, Zobey introduces how fruits and vegetables grow in a garden and explains why trying new foods is fun.
  • Discussion on Picky Eating – Oct. 18th – 10 – 11 AM Experts at Texas WIC explain how to encourage new foods and how to respond to picky eating.
  • Cooking with WIC Foods – Oct. 18th – 11:30 – 12:30 In this fun class, Texas WIC demonstrates how to turn WIC foods into a fun cooking activity, and to get your kids excited to try new foods.

To register for these events, and see additional WIC Click & Learn Classes visit Texas WIC online at:  https://texaswic.org/online-classes

Texas WIC’s Expanded Produce Benefits Offered Thru December

Get More WIC Fruits, Vegetables Until End of Year

Texas WIC is has extended a popular expanded benefit to get even more WIC produce through Dec. 31. The extra benefits will be added to your card to redeem with your other WIC benefits.

According to TexasWIC.org the extended fruit and vegetable benefits provide the following:

  • Children get $24 (in fruit and vegetable benefits) each month
  • Pregnant, postpartum and some breastfeeding clients get $43 each month
  • Fully and partially breastfeeding clients get $47 each month

For example, if you are pregnant and have two children (ages 1-5) receiving WIC, you will get $91 ($43 mom + $24 child + $24 child = $91) each month in October, November and December to buy fruit and vegetables.

TexasWIC.org states, “You will see this new amount on your shopping list under your benefit amount. If you already have benefits on your card for October or November, your WIC office may contact you for a time to update your benefits. Contact your local WIC office if you have any questions.”

You can use your WIC benefits at any Lone Star Family Market location. Lone Star Family Market is a chain of primarily WIC grocery stores that offers an easy, hassle-free shopping experience for WIC clients. You don’t have to search aisles to find WIC-approved products. Instead, our bilingual clerks will personally help you get all the items you want. To find out how easy WIC shopping can be, visit any of our stores in Austin, Round Rock and San Marcos today. Find a location near you in the link below:

 

Check Out These Spooktacular Family Friendly Events in Austin!

< October 2021 >
MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturdaySunday
        1Zoom Alphabuddies StorytimeZoom Alphabuddies StorytimeTime: 10:30 am
Zoom Alphabuddies Storytime every Friday at 10:30am. Explore letters, sounds and phonics each week in this interactive Zoom program for ages 2-5. Registration required.
Wells Branch Community Library - Virtual Event
2 3Free Family Sundays at Mexic-Arte MuseumFree Family Sundays at Mexic-Arte MuseumTime: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Each week the Mexic-Arte Museum hosts Free Family Sundays. Everyone is invited to join and explore the museum to get a free tour at 2:00pm or 3:00pm. Museum admission is free all day from 12 - 5 PM.
419 Congress, Austin, TX, 78701
Free Community Night at ThinkeryFree Community Night at ThinkeryTime: 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Every Sunday from 3 pm-5 pm, Thinkery opens their doors to provide free admission for children & families from all over Central Texas. Community Night is part of Thinkery’s Open Door Initiative, created to give every child a chance to explore & develop a lifelong love of learning, regardless of means.
1830 Simond Ave, Austin, Tx 78723
4Virtual Story Time with Wells Branch Community LibraryVirtual Story Time with Wells Branch Community LibraryTime: 10:30 am
Join us for virtual storytime every Monday at 10:30 AM on the Wells Branch Community Library Facebook page
Wells Branch Community Library Facebook Page - Virtual Event
5Storytime & CraftsStorytime & CraftsTime: 6:30 pm
Join us on Tuesdays at 6:30 PM for Storytime & Crafts on the Wells Branch Community Library Facebook Page. Craft bags are available at Wells Branch Community Library every day starting at 2pm.
Wells Branch Community Library Facebook Page - Virtual Event
6 7Free Thursdays at Blanton Museum of ArtFree Thursdays at Blanton Museum of ArtTime: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
World class art experiences in the heart of Austin. Free admission every Thursday is generously provided by the Moody Family Free Day Endowment.
200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Austin, TX 78712
8Zoom Alphabuddies StorytimeZoom Alphabuddies StorytimeTime: 10:30 am
Zoom Alphabuddies Storytime every Friday at 10:30am. Explore letters, sounds and phonics each week in this interactive Zoom program for ages 2-5. Registration required.
Wells Branch Community Library - Virtual Event
9Movies in the Park: Hocus PocusMovies in the Park: Hocus PocusTime: 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The City of Bastrop is hosting the 2021 Movies in the Park series in Fisherman's Park in downtown Bastrop. Grab the family and a blanket then head over to the park this fall from 7pm until 10pm. There will be oversized games, face painting, community art, light concessions, & plenty of family fun.
Fisherman's Park
1200 Willow St, Bastrop, TX, 78602
10Free Family Sundays at Mexic-Arte MuseumFree Family Sundays at Mexic-Arte MuseumTime: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Each week the Mexic-Arte Museum hosts Free Family Sundays. Everyone is invited to join and explore the museum to get a free tour at 2:00pm or 3:00pm. Museum admission is free all day from 12 - 5 PM.
419 Congress, Austin, TX, 78701
Free Community Night at ThinkeryFree Community Night at ThinkeryTime: 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Every Sunday from 3 pm-5 pm, Thinkery opens their doors to provide free admission for children & families from all over Central Texas. Community Night is part of Thinkery’s Open Door Initiative, created to give every child a chance to explore & develop a lifelong love of learning, regardless of means.
1830 Simond Ave, Austin, Tx 78723
11Virtual Story Time with Wells Branch Community LibraryVirtual Story Time with Wells Branch Community LibraryTime: 10:30 am
Join us for virtual storytime every Monday at 10:30 AM on the Wells Branch Community Library Facebook page
Wells Branch Community Library Facebook Page - Virtual Event
12Storytime & CraftsStorytime & CraftsTime: 6:30 pm
Join us on Tuesdays at 6:30 PM for Storytime & Crafts on the Wells Branch Community Library Facebook Page. Craft bags are available at Wells Branch Community Library every day starting at 2pm.
Wells Branch Community Library Facebook Page - Virtual Event
13 14Free Thursdays at Blanton Museum of ArtFree Thursdays at Blanton Museum of ArtTime: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
World class art experiences in the heart of Austin. Free admission every Thursday is generously provided by the Moody Family Free Day Endowment.
200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Austin, TX 78712
15Zoom Alphabuddies StorytimeZoom Alphabuddies StorytimeTime: 10:30 am
Zoom Alphabuddies Storytime every Friday at 10:30am. Explore letters, sounds and phonics each week in this interactive Zoom program for ages 2-5. Registration required.
Wells Branch Community Library - Virtual Event
16 17Free Family Sundays at Mexic-Arte MuseumFree Family Sundays at Mexic-Arte MuseumTime: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Each week the Mexic-Arte Museum hosts Free Family Sundays. Everyone is invited to join and explore the museum to get a free tour at 2:00pm or 3:00pm. Museum admission is free all day from 12 - 5 PM.
419 Congress, Austin, TX, 78701
Free Community Night at ThinkeryFree Community Night at ThinkeryTime: 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Every Sunday from 3 pm-5 pm, Thinkery opens their doors to provide free admission for children & families from all over Central Texas. Community Night is part of Thinkery’s Open Door Initiative, created to give every child a chance to explore & develop a lifelong love of learning, regardless of means.
1830 Simond Ave, Austin, Tx 78723
18Virtual Story Time with Wells Branch Community LibraryVirtual Story Time with Wells Branch Community LibraryTime: 10:30 am
Join us for virtual storytime every Monday at 10:30 AM on the Wells Branch Community Library Facebook page
Wells Branch Community Library Facebook Page - Virtual Event
19Storytime & CraftsStorytime & CraftsTime: 6:30 pm
Join us on Tuesdays at 6:30 PM for Storytime & Crafts on the Wells Branch Community Library Facebook Page. Craft bags are available at Wells Branch Community Library every day starting at 2pm.
Wells Branch Community Library Facebook Page - Virtual Event
20 21Free Thursdays at Blanton Museum of ArtFree Thursdays at Blanton Museum of ArtTime: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
World class art experiences in the heart of Austin. Free admission every Thursday is generously provided by the Moody Family Free Day Endowment.
200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Austin, TX 78712
22Zoom Alphabuddies StorytimeZoom Alphabuddies StorytimeTime: 10:30 am
Zoom Alphabuddies Storytime every Friday at 10:30am. Explore letters, sounds and phonics each week in this interactive Zoom program for ages 2-5. Registration required.
Wells Branch Community Library - Virtual Event
23 24Free Family Sundays at Mexic-Arte MuseumFree Family Sundays at Mexic-Arte MuseumTime: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Each week the Mexic-Arte Museum hosts Free Family Sundays. Everyone is invited to join and explore the museum to get a free tour at 2:00pm or 3:00pm. Museum admission is free all day from 12 - 5 PM.
419 Congress, Austin, TX, 78701
Free Community Night at ThinkeryFree Community Night at ThinkeryTime: 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Every Sunday from 3 pm-5 pm, Thinkery opens their doors to provide free admission for children & families from all over Central Texas. Community Night is part of Thinkery’s Open Door Initiative, created to give every child a chance to explore & develop a lifelong love of learning, regardless of means.
1830 Simond Ave, Austin, Tx 78723
25Virtual Story Time with Wells Branch Community LibraryVirtual Story Time with Wells Branch Community LibraryTime: 10:30 am
Join us for virtual storytime every Monday at 10:30 AM on the Wells Branch Community Library Facebook page
Wells Branch Community Library Facebook Page - Virtual Event
26Storytime & CraftsStorytime & CraftsTime: 6:30 pm
Join us on Tuesdays at 6:30 PM for Storytime & Crafts on the Wells Branch Community Library Facebook Page. Craft bags are available at Wells Branch Community Library every day starting at 2pm.
Wells Branch Community Library Facebook Page - Virtual Event
27 28Free Thursdays at Blanton Museum of ArtFree Thursdays at Blanton Museum of ArtTime: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
World class art experiences in the heart of Austin. Free admission every Thursday is generously provided by the Moody Family Free Day Endowment.
200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Austin, TX 78712
29Zoom Alphabuddies StorytimeZoom Alphabuddies StorytimeTime: 10:30 am
Zoom Alphabuddies Storytime every Friday at 10:30am. Explore letters, sounds and phonics each week in this interactive Zoom program for ages 2-5. Registration required.
Wells Branch Community Library - Virtual Event
30 31Free Family Sundays at Mexic-Arte MuseumFree Family Sundays at Mexic-Arte MuseumTime: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Each week the Mexic-Arte Museum hosts Free Family Sundays. Everyone is invited to join and explore the museum to get a free tour at 2:00pm or 3:00pm. Museum admission is free all day from 12 - 5 PM.
419 Congress, Austin, TX, 78701
Free Community Night at ThinkeryFree Community Night at ThinkeryTime: 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Every Sunday from 3 pm-5 pm, Thinkery opens their doors to provide free admission for children & families from all over Central Texas. Community Night is part of Thinkery’s Open Door Initiative, created to give every child a chance to explore & develop a lifelong love of learning, regardless of means.
1830 Simond Ave, Austin, Tx 78723

Let’s Celebrate National Hispanic Month

In honor of  National Hispanic Month we have rounded up great online content  in celebration of the rich history that is spotlighted this month. Click on the links below to explore some of the best the web has to offer for National Hispanic Month.

The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum “join in paying tribute to the generations of Hispanic Americans who have positively influenced and enriched our nation and society” on this site: https://www.hispanicheritagemonth.gov/

The USDA spotlights some of the best of the culture’s foods here: https://www.usda.gov/media/blog/2018/09/25/need-reason-celebrate-national-hispanic-heritage-month-here

The US Department of Interior offers this great history video on YouTube.com, which is great for kids and adults alike: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yXEVXm2l1jQ

Texas WIC Extends Help To Displaced LA WIC Families

Texas WIC Helps LA WIC Families

Texas WIC is extending a helping hand to Louisiana WIC families displaced by Hurricane Ida.

“Wherever you find yourself in Texas, WIC can help transfer your benefits, replace your lost foods and assist with breastfeeding during this time of need,” according to social media posts by WIC agencies. 

To find contact information of a Texas WIC office near you, enter the zip code of your current location at https://find.texaswic.org/?wicType=Clinic&lge=a8Jwz9Jlia. Breastfeeding assistance is available 24/7 for all moms at 855-550-6667.

PRIMARILY WIC GROCERY STORES 

If you would like to redeem your WIC benefits in an easy, hassle-free store you can find primarily WIC grocery stores by visiting the links below.

Primarily WIC grocery stores aim to provide quality WIC-approved products in an easy, hassle-free shopping experience, allowing WIC clients to pick up all your WIC groceries in one convenient stop. SNAP also accepted. Find a primarily WIC grocery store near you with the links below.

AUSTIN

Visit LoneStarFamilyMarket.com, a chain of 6 primarily WIC grocery stores in Austin with locations also in Round Rock and San Marcos. Visit WICaustin.net for a list of WIC clinics and primarily WIC grocery stores.

DALLAS

Visit GroceryServicesNorth.com, a chain of primarily WIC grocery stores with locations in Dallas and Waco. Visit WICDallas.net to find WIC clinics and primarily wic grocery stores in Dallas. 

SAN ANTONIO

Visit JCFoodMart.com in San Antonio, a chain of primarily WIC grocery stores in San Antonio. Visit WICSanAntonio.net to find WIC clinics and primarily WIC grocery stores in San Antonio.

WACO

Visit WICWaco.com for a list of WIC clinics and primarily WIC grocery stores. You can also visit GroceryServicesNorth.com

You can also visit TexasWIC.net to find primarily WIC grocery stores and WIC clinics in Texas.

Thank you Texas WIC for helping LA WIC families!

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