CORVALLIS - A free public policy forum, held in conjunction with the Oregon Association of Family and Consumer Sciences annual meeting, will be held this Thursday, April 8, at the CH2M-HILL Alumni Center at Oregon State University.

The forum, "Families, Women and Children: Issues that Matter" will run from 8 to 9:15 p.m. at the center. It will feature Oregon Rep. Barbara Ross, D-Corvallis, who will discuss legislative issues affecting the well-being of women, children and families.

The Oregon Association of Family and Consumer Sciences annual meeting is being held at the center. Among the topics explored at the meeting will be food preferences worldwide, changes in standards for teaching family and consumer studies in public schools, cross-cultural influences on textiles and clothing, and safe and earth-friendly building materials for homes.

For more information, call 541-737-0973.

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Marilyn Barlow-Pieterick, 541-737-0973