TEEN SUBSTANCE-ABUSE WORKSHOPS ... Adolescent Counseling Services (ACS), a nonprofit that provides free and affordable mental health services and preventive education to teens and families, is offering new workshops: Esther's Pledge Substance Abuse Prevention Workshops and the Substance Abuse Information Line (SAIL). The new services are free. SAIL, a confidential information line, will go live on May 1, and will provide resources, referrals and information for teens, parents or community members. The information line, 650-384-3094, will operate Monday through Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. It will be staffed by local professional treatment counselors and supervised by a drug- and-alcohol-treatment expert. The prevention workshops will take place May 3 and 17. The one-session workshops will be offered monthly and followed by regular meeting times for two different age groups: young adults (ages 15-21) and parents of young adults; and parents of youth (ages 10-14). Workshops cover substance-abuse warning signs, drug-use information, how to talk to kids and steps for getting help. Reservations: 650-424-0852, ext. 200, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
CAREGIVER WORKSHOPS ... A series of practical caregiver workshops for residents who are caring for frail, elderly loved ones are being given by Avenidas Rose Kleiner Center, 270 Escuela Ave., Mountain View. Professionals will teach skills on how to improve the caregivers' quality of life and the lives of those for whom they give care. Free, on-site care of the elderly person will be available during the workshop; 48-hour advance notice is required. "How to cope with a loved one's dementia or Alzheimer's" will be discussed May 23 from 6:30 to 8 p.m.; "How to help a family member who has Parkinson's" will take place June 27 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Information: 650-289-5499.