'90s FAMILY : Taking the Edge Off Life

When kids are roughhousing and racing around indoors, they can easily careen into a coffee table or bookshelf, making for some serious injuries. So, before the next pratfall, you might as well go ahead and scope out your home for all those furnishings with sharp edges. Then check out KidKushion Inc.'s "padded room" line.

The foam-rubber cushions adhere to furniture, televisions, table tops, wall edges, window ledges, countertops--anywhere there's a sharp or hard edge. By the way, some padding on the office furniture could help do away with those nasty bruises on your thighs.

Available at Family First, 3523 Centinela Ave., West Los Angeles; phone (310) 390-0210--or call KidKushion Inc., (800) 845-9236.

Briefly . . .

Irene and Jim Pierce, co-presidents of the Los Angeles Chapter of the Stepfamily Assn. of America, will speak on "Creating a Blended Family: Strategies for Survival," Oct. 4, 6:30-9:30 p.m. The free lecture and child care will be hosted by the Hollywood Little Red Schoolhouse, 1248 N. Highland Ave. RSVP to (213) 465-1320. . . . On Friday, the Jeffrey Foundation will open its Infant Intervention Center for drug-addicted babies. A professional staff and volunteers, in conjunction with Childrens Hospital University Affiliated Programs, will focus on speech and occupational therapy, feeding and infant stimulation. 1-3 p.m. ribbon-cutting ceremony. 5470 W. Washington Blvd., Los Angeles. Call (213) 965-7536 for details. . . . The Online Expo Classroom, which demonstrates ways educators use the Internet, is one of the family doings over at the three-day Online Expo '95. Oct. 6, noon-6 p.m.; Oct. 7, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Oct. 8, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. $7 per person. Los Angeles Convention Center, 1201 S. Figueroa St. Call (310) 358-2778. . . . Northridge Hospital Medical Center invites grandparents-to-be to an evening geared toward making their role as fulfilling as possible. Oct. 10, 7-9:30 p.m. Free. 18300 Roscoe Blvd., Northridge. Call (818) 885-8500, Ext. 2584 to make reservations. . . . The Beverly Hills Bar Assn. is donating eight hours of free legal advice. On Oct. 14 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., the focus will be on bankruptcy and credit, criminal and traffic matters, and family law. The second session, Oct. 21, will concentrate on small claims court, income tax and estate planning. Beverly Hills High School, 241 Moreno Drive, Beverly Hills. Reservations required, so call (310) 553-6644. . . . On Nov. 12, Caring for Babies with AIDS will have its fifth annual fund-raising Stroll-a-Thon. The 5K walk will kick off at 9 a.m. at Roxbury Park, 471 S. Roxbury Drive, Beverly Hills. Afterward, there will be brunch and entertainment. For more information, call CBA at (213) 931-9828; to participate in the stroll, call (213) 931-1458.

* This family roundup appears on Wednesdays. Items to be considered should be mailed 3 1/2 weeks before the event to Candace A. Wedlan, the Family File, Los Angeles Times, Times Mirror Square, Los Angeles, Calif. 90053. Fax: (213) 237-4888.

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