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Bath introduces ‘Speed Sitting’ event to link families with baby sitters

By Christopher Cousins, BDN Staff

BATH, Maine — If you feel like you’re dating days have fallen victim to the hassle of finding a reliable baby sitter, the Bath Parks and Recreation Department has a unique solution: Speed Sitting.

Instead of hounding the girl down the street or bugging co-workers who have teenaged children, the department is hosting an event Tuesday, Oct. 25 that will send every participating family home with a stack of baby sitters’ resumes.

“It’s very difficult to find good baby sitters,” said Karyn Garafoli, the recreation department’s assistant director. “This will be a good opportunity to connect parents with baby sitters.”

Similar to the concept of speed-dating, parents will have a few minutes to interview each babysitter before a bell rings and the babysitters rotate to the next family. This will go on until each family has met every babysitter and has a resume and contact information in-hand. The event will conclude with a mingling session for more in-depth conversation.

“We’re just trying to connect people,” said Garafoli. “After that it’s up to the parents to make final arrangements.”

Garafoli said the department attempted a similar program last fall, but attendance was low because it conflicted with several school-based activities. There has been a lot of interest since then in trying it again and Garafoli said baby sitters and families are already signing up.

“‘We’re hoping to really kick this off this time,” said Garafoli. “We hope to have at least 25 baby sitters and 25 families.”

Parent registration costs $10 in advance or $15 at the door, with proceeds benefiting the recreation department’s programs and scholarship fund. Baby sitters participate for free but must preregister by Friday, Oct. 21.

The event is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 25, at the Bath Youth Meetinghouse and Skate Park at 26 Summer Street. The program is open to all residents of the Bath area. To register, call 443-8360 or visit the recreation department’s website www.cityofbath.com.

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