MetroFamily Magazine July 2012
MetroFamily's July 2012 issue includes tons of ideas, activities and events for family fun in the Oklahoma City metro area.
July 2012 Our Special Needs Issue Preparing your child for college and career Educational help-- Understanding IEPs and 504 plans + Over 169 summer fun ideas metrofamilymagazine.com 5 fun reasons to take a family road trip to Kansas City 2 www.metrofamilymagazine.com | July 2012 July 2012 | www.metrofamilymagazine.com 3 what's new at metrofamilymagazine.com CALENDAR DIRECTORIES BLOGS CONTESTS SAVE MONEY � Click You could WIN big! Sign up to be eligible for great prizes at www.metrofamilymagazine.com/contests. � Hurryandentertowinoneof10great partiesinourULTIMATE Birthday Party Giveaway.DeadlineisJuly6. � VoteforyourfavoriteOklahomavacation photoinourExploring Oklahoma Photo Contestandhelpdeterminethe winnersoftwogreattrips.Deadlineis July6. � Funandportablegamesworthover $200areavailableinourZume Game Giveaway.DeadlineisJuly21. �"Beat the Heat" summer fun giveaway includesaPlaymobilplayset,kid-friendly DVDsandgreatBarbieandHotWheels toysfromMattel.DeadlineisJuly31. � Enteryour300-wordstoryintoour Summer Stories Contestandifchosen asthebestentrybyourjudges,you willwinanewKindleFire.Deadlineis August10. Lori B. with daughter Alexis C., age 10, of Moore on top of Mt. Scott, Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge.. It's July, and at this point, summer can hit the doldrums. However, by using our Summer Fun guide online, you'll never hear "I'm bored" again! � Check us out daily at www.metrofamilymagazine.com/summer-fun; � Follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/metrofamily) & Twitter (www.twitter.com/metrofamily); �And subscribe to our popular e-newsletter, Weekend Picks, at www. metrofamilymagazine.com/subscribe-to-weekend-picks. � MetroFamily helps you have more fun and save more money! You could SAVE big! Find coupons to the businesses listed below at www. metrofamilymagazine. com/okc-family-discounts. � ScienceMuseumOklahoma(Hurry! Good thru July 10th only!) � TheVintagePearl � ClubZ!In-HomeTutoring � MuseumofOsteology � SkillsforLiving � Bouncin'Craze � DawntoDuskInflatables � HairCarebyKellyHaines � PlayNationplaygroundsets � Jump!Zone � StudioJSchoolofDance � Gaylord-PickensOklahomaHeritage Museum � Mathnasium � Dr.MarkYoungker,orthodontist � SoonerBowling � WyndhamHotel,OKC � GreenGoodiesbyTiffany(July 19�31) PLUS,save big bucks with theKids Pass for 2012-2013 thatincludesover30 couponstolocalandstatewideattractions! Downloadittodayatwww.metrofamilymagazine.com/kids-pass. Top picks & finds on our website this month � Entertaining family in OKC this summer?Checkoutourlistof14don't-miss attractionsaroundthearea.(www.metrofamilymagazine.com/family-fun-in-okc) � LookingforthebestdayandweekendtripsaroundOklahoma?You'llfinditallatwww. metrofamilymagazine.com/exploring-oklahoma,includingdigitaleditionsof Exploring Oklahomafrom2012andpreviousyears,alistingofOklahoma Festivalsanda downloadableKids Pass(www.metrofamilymagazine.com/kids-pass)tohelpsaveyou moneyat35Oklahomaattractions. � Keepyourkidsreadingallsummerwithourlibrarian-recommended"Summer Reading Guide." � Checkoutournewestblogaboutfun,ongoingfamilyactivitiestoenjoy,Weekend Warrior,byAssistantEditor,BrookeBarnettandCalendarEditor,SaraRiester.(www. metrofamilymagazine.com/weekend-warrior) Join the MetroFamily community of active local parents 4 www.metrofamilymagazine.com | July 2012 Contents July 2012 6 Dear MetroFamily Editor'sNote. 10 8 Family Shorts Communitynews,resources &otherfamily-friendly information. Greatreadsforallages. 16 Oklahoma Reads 18 Exploring Oklahoma & Beyond HeadingnorthtoKansasCity. 20 Ask the Expert 22 Real Moms of the Metro Tipsforpreparingyourchild withspecialneedsforsuccess. MeetMomRN,TamaraWalker. 26 Problem-Solving Products 28 Focus on Education 31 Character Corner Isyourteenwithspecialneeds college-ready? Encouragingyourchildrento haveamercifulheart. HCG:insidethecontroversial dietplan. Funevents,activitiesand classes. Readerssharephotosshowing waterfun. Ourspecialneedsissuehelpsyoufindmanycommunityresources, includinginformationabouttheMiracleLeagueofEdmond. 14 24 32 Your Healthy Family 35 Calendar FromIndividualizedEducationPlansto 504s,insideadviceonclassroomplanningfor childrenwithspecialneeds. Whatlifelessonscanweteachourchildren throughthe2012SummerOlympics? Findouthere. 46 Photo Gallery ON OUR COVER AND ABOVE: Parker, age 12, is the son of Beth and Keith Case of Edmond. He will be a 7th grader at Sequoyah Middle School. PHOTO BY: Kathryne Taylor. July 2012 | www.metrofamilymagazine.com 5 DearMetroFamily, "Happinessisnotastationyouarriveat,buta manneroftraveling."That'saquotebyMargaret LeeRunbeck,oneofmanyinspirationalclippings thatIkeeponmyrefrigeratordoor.I'vefoundthat thesesimplewordshavethepowertobringgrand transformation.Wecanchoosetobeoverwhelmed bynegativeorpositive;wecanchoosetoallow negativeideaswearusdownorpositiveideasto empowerus. Justlikeeveryone,Ihavealaundrylistofproblems inmylife:thosewhichIcreate,thosewhichI've takenonfromothers,thosewhichIshouldn't worryaboutbutstilldo,thosewhichI'mpowerless against.Ihaveshortcomingsandexperiencepain, dramaandsadness.ButIholdfasttopositive words,thewordsthatremindmethatnomatter howbaditmightseematthetime,Icanbe courageous.Icanbepositive. 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Overthepastyear,I'vebeensortingthroughthisideaofpositiveandnegativeasI'vedealt withaverymessygrievingperiod;tryingtofindthebalancebetweenpositiveandnegative, allowingthenegativeemotionstohavetheirspacewhileneverforgettingtheimportanceof keepingapositiveattitude.Itispossibletobehappyinspiteofdifficultcircumstances--to findthesilverlininginthedarkcloud.Itellmykidsthatwhiletheyareallowedtohavebig, bademotions(anger,pain,sorrow),they'renotallowedtotakethemoutonothers;theyhave tofindconstructivewaystoburnoffthatnegativeenergy.I'mtryingtoshowthemthatwhile sometimestheirpathisdifficult,theyhavethepowertochoosehowtheyrespondtonegative circumstances--theyhavethepowertochoosetotravelinthemannerofhappiness. Wishingyousilverliningsandhappytravels! Cheers, P.S. Visit metrofamilymagazine.com/ mari to read my blog, "Keeping it Real," about my personal adventures in the ups and downs of parenting. As a kid, what was your favorite part of summer? Brooke Barnett Assistant Editor Swimming,eatingpopsicles andgettingtostayuplate-- notnecessarilyinthatorder! Mari Farthing Editor Twinpopsicles(especially bananaandrootbeer)and stayingoutsideuntilthe streetlightscameon. . Sarah Taylor Publisher Playingwithmycousinsat mygrandmother'shouseand familyreunions. Jennifer Geary Exploring Oklahoma Theairconditioner.We'dlie onthefloorwithourfaces overthevents,togetas muchcoldairaswecould! Weaskedourcontributors: 6 www.metrofamilymagazine.com | July 2012 July 2012 | www.metrofamilymagazine.com 7 Contributing writers: Brooke Barnett, Mari Farthing TapToTalk App Gives Voice to Kids Familiesofchildrenwhoarenonverbalorpartiallyverbaloftenstruggletomeettheirchild's needs.Thedesiretobeunderstoodwithoutlanguagecanleadtofrustration,butanew applicationforsmartphonesandtabletsischanginglives,onepictureatatime.TapToTalk isanapplicationthatletsparentsandteachersturnahandhelddevicelikeaniPhone,iPad orNintendoDSintoanAugmentativeandAlternativeCommunication(AAC)devicetohelp nonverbalandpartially-verbalchildrencommunicateeasilyandeffectively. WithappslikeTapToTalk,kids(suchasthosewithautism,Down'sSyndromeorcerebral palsy)canexplicitlytellparents,siblingsandteacherswhatthey'rethinkingaboutandneed. TapToTalkrunsonvirtuallyallpopularhand-helddevicesincludingthetablets,smartphones andcomputers. ParentsandprofessionalscantryouttheTapToTalkapplicationforfreeandaone-yearaccount toTapToTalkDesignerisavailablefor$99.95.TapToTalkcanberunonasmanydevicesasthe customerwouldlikeatnoextracharge.Findoutmoreawww.taptotalk.com. Emergency Help: I'm Lost! By Sara Kendall your attitude Q What'ssummer about Our Readers Speak: Ofthemanyconcernsfacingaparent,thesafetyoftheirchildrenisthegreatest.It's importanttocreateteachablemomentswithyouryoungchildaboutkeysafetyskills.Just thinkingofthesimplewords"I'mlost"canbequiteterrifyingtomanychildren.Getyour childreadyforthispotentialsituationbyensuringtheyknowsomevitalinformation: � Their full name, home address and emergency contact telephone numbers.Startout byteachingyourpreschoolertowritetheirfullnameonanindexcard.Postthecardon thebathroommirrororintheirbedroom.Reinforceuntilyourchildcansayandspell themwithoutlookingatthecard.Oncetheyhavemasteredtheirname,moveontoyour homeaddressandemergencycontacttelephonenumbers. � How to find help and who to look for. Talkwithyourchildaboutwhotheyshould approachiftheygetlost.First,lookforapoliceofficer.Ifnotinsight,lookforsomeone whoworkswheretheyarelostlikealibrarian,cashierorsomeoneinauniform,and explainhowcommunityhelpersmightbestrangersbutalsoareinapositiontohelp. bedtimes for your kids? A � Easygoing.Bedtimeis1-1�hourslater inthesummertime.It'snicetoenjoy coolevenings. Cindy B. � Lax,atbest! Jennifer T. � Relaxed,butnotforgotten.Theolder twostayuphalfanhourlater--whichis 8:00pm! Margaret B. � Mykidthrivesonroutine.Theschedule issacred. Lara G. � Prettyrigid.Iftheyaren'trested, everyoneiscrabbythenextday. Paula G. New Hospital at the OKC Zoo Needs YOU! TheOklahomaZoologicalSociety'sCommitmenttoCareisa$4.5milliondollarfundraising campaigntobuildanewveterinaryhospitalattheOKCZoo,criticaltoprotectandcarefor animalsintheZoo.Thenewhospitalwillprovideveterinarystaffthetoolsandspaceneeded toprovidetheverybesttreatmenttothewildanimalsentrustedtotheircare. "Technologyhasimprovedquiteabitinmedicinesincethelasthospitalwasbuilt,"saidDr. JenniferD'Agostino,theOKCZoo'sDirectorofVeterinaryServices."Rightnowwecan't takecertainanimalstothehospitalbecausethey'retoobigorwedon'thavethespaceorthe equipment." ThenewanimalhospitalwillbelocatedonZoogrounds,willallowaccesstovisitorsand provideanunprecedentedlookintoasuitewhereexams,surgeries,medicationsandtreatment proceduresaretakingplace.Thisnewstate-of-the-artanimalhospitalwillensuretheZoo remainsoneofthenation'sleadingauthoritiesinzoologicalanimalcare. TomakeadonationtotheCommitmenttoCarecampaignvisitzoofriends.com/commitmentto-careorcall405-425-0611. 8 www.metrofamilymagazine.com | July 2012 Photo courtesy of J.D. McCarty Center. Top 10 Reader Picks: Where to Find Cold, Sweet Treats Doesthehotsummerweatherleaveyoucraving icecream,snowconesorfrozenyogurt?We polledourreadersfortheirfavoriteplacestotreat theirfamilies.Here,inrandomorder,aretheir recommendations: � Braum'sIceCream&DairyStores(locations throughoutthemetro) � SummerSnowShavedIce(1325NJaneway, Moore) � IslandIce(4901NMeridian) � ColdStoneCreamery(locationsinNorman,OKC, Edmond) � CherryBerry(locationsinEdmond,Guthrie,Moore, MustangandOKC) � TheCustardFactory(1000AlamedaStreet,Norman) � ShimmersSnowCones(6918NWExpressway&3721 NMay) � EskimoSno(3locationsinNorman) � OrangeLeaf(locationsinEdmond,Moore,Mustang, Norman,OKCandYukon) � Rusty'sFrozenCustard(locationsinMooreandNorman) ThankstoKimM.,StephanieR.,BrittanyC.,AshliP.,Julie P.,BarbaraF.,TerisaC.,SaraR.,ShylaH.andJessiT.for contributingtothismonth'slist. Visitwww.facebook.com/metrofamilytoshareyourthoughts onnextmonth'slist.Haveaplacethatyou'dliketosuggest? Commentonourwebsiteatwww.metrofamilymagazine.com/ sweet-treats. Megan Stanek is the new director of Camp ClapHans, a residential summer camp for kids with disabilities that opens in June 2013. Camp ClapHans Coming in 2013 MeganStanek,thenewdirectorofCampClapHans,believes summercampofferschildrenthechancetobuildconfidence andcamaraderie,aplacetounwind,unplugandundertakeanew challenge."Itgivesthemthechancetohaveagoodfoundationof believinginthemselves,"saidStanek. CampClapHansisaresidentialsummercampforkidsages8�16 withdisabilities,settoopeninJune2013.Anoutreachprojectof theJ.D.McCartyCenterforchildrenwithdevelopmentaldisabilities, thecampisbeingbuiltonthecenter'scampusinNormanandwill featuretwocabinsandanactivitiesbuildinglocatednexttoan 11-acrelake.Activitieswillincludearchery,artsandcrafts,canoeing, fishing,fieldgamesandachallengecourse.Thecampprogram willincludeweeklysessionsthatwillfocusonnutrition,sensory issuesanddifferentdisabilities,suchasautism,AttentionDeficit HyperactivityDisorderandphysicaldisabilities. FormoreinformationaboutCampClapHans,call405-307-2814or visitjdmc.org. iFund Grant Expands Hearts For Hearing Oureach HeartsforHearingisanonprofitorganizationthathelpschildrenwho aredeaforhardofhearinglearntolistenandtalk.Theorganization providestechnologyandservicesforbabiesdiagnosedwithhearing lossshortlyafterbirth,ensuringthatmedicalcostsdonotprevent thesechildrenfromlearningtolisten,talk,readandwrite.Hearts forHearingprovidescomprehensivediagnoses,fundingforinitial hearingaidsforyoungchildren,familyeducationworkshopsand summerdaycamps. InJune,theorganizationreceiveda$40,000grantfromthe OklahomaCityCommunityFoundation'sOpportunitiesforChildren iFundgrantprogram.Thiswillprovidefundingfortheorganization's hearingaidprogramandiHeartele-therapy,whichwillallowHearts forHearingtoserveanincreasednumberofchildrenacrossthestate. "Wearehumbledtohavebeenawardedagrantthatwillallowusto continuetoprovidehearingaids,aggressiveaudiologicalmanagement andauditory-verbaltherapytoinfantstouchedbyhearingloss," statesJoannaSmith,ExecutiveDirector."Wewillbeabletopilot aninternettherapyprogramtomakeitpossibleforchildreninrural Oklahomatohaveaccesstoskilledprovidersinspiteofthedistance andthetimerequiredfortravel." Formoreinformation,visitwww.heartsforhearing.org. July 2012 | www.metrofamilymagazine.com Photo courtesy of Hearts for Hearing. 9 Six Ways to Save on Gas This Summer By Tiffany Doerr Guerzon 1. Keep it smooth.Gentledriving(versussuddenstartsandstops)canincreasefuelefficiency. 2. Don't idle.Anidlingengine=zeromilespergallon. 3. Lose pounds.Removeanyunnecessaryweightfromthetrunk--excessweightdecreasesgas mileage. 4. Take it to the limit.Fuelefficiencydramaticallydecreasesatspeedsover60milesperhour. Whenonthehighway,usecruisecontrolifyouhaveit.Andkeepthewindowsrolledup; openwindowscreatedragathighspeeds. 5. Stay in tune.Keepingtiresinflatedtotheproperpressuredecreasesthesurfaceareaofthe tiresthatcontacttheroad,thusdecreasingfriction.Changingtheoilonscheduleandregular tune-upsalsokeepcarsrunningsmoothlyandmoreefficiently. 6. Find an app for that.Thereareappsavailabletohelpyouchoosethecheapestgasprice. Butremember,drivingtoofaroutofyourwaycaneliminateyoursavings.Also,choosethe rightoctanelevelforyourcar;sometimesthehigheroctaneisawasteofmoney. Formoreinformation,checkoutwww.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/microsites/energysavings/savegas. The Miracle League of Edmond TheMiracleLeagueofEdmondprovidesindividualswithavarietyofspecialneedsan opportunitytoplaybaseballinasafeandsupportiveenvironment.TheLeagueallowsboth adultsandchildrenwithspecialneedstodevelopphysically,sociallyandcognitively.The MiracleLeagueservesthegreaterOklahomaCityareaandplaysinsideEdmond'sMitchPark inaspeciallyadapted,wheelchair-accessiblefield. "TheLeagueneedsvolunteerstobe`buddies'totheplayerstohelpthemplaythegame,[and to]besafe,"saysLeaguefounderMargoPrice."Afterfinishingthespringseason,wenow have13teamswith130participantsofallagesandallkindsofdisabilities.Ouryoungest playeris4andtheoldestis54!" ParentscanregistertheirchildrenfortheupcomingfallseasonwhichbeginsafterLaborDay weekend.(Pleasenotethatuniformsmaynotbeavailableforthisfall.Registerforthe2013 seasonbyFebruary28,2013toreceiveauniform.)Formoreinformationaboutjoiningthe MiracleLeagueortovolunteer,visitwww.edmondmiracleleague.com. Each Miracle League player is paired with a volunteer. Photo provided by Miracle League. OKC Parks Go Tobacco-Free OnMay29,aresolutiontodeclarealloutdoorareasincityparksastobaccofreezonespassed theCityCouncil,andsoon,"TobaccoFree"signswillbeplacedinmunicipalparks. "Thisisagreatstepforward,becauserightnowsmokersassumethatit'sokaytolightupincity parks,evenwhentherearechildrenpresent,"saysOklahomaCityBeautifulExecutiveDirector LisaSynar."Weexpectthatthisactionwillcutdownconsiderablyonsmokinginourparks andontheamountoftobaccolitteraroundplaygrounds." Childrenoftendependontheirparentsandonotheradultstoprotectthemfromsecondhand smokeexposure;"TobaccoFree"signsintheparkswillgiveparentsandotherssomethingto pointtoiftheyrequestthatasmokermoveawayfromplayareas. FormoreinformationabouttheOklahomaCountyTobaccoUsePreventionCoalition,call 405-425-4328orvisitwww.occhd.org. 10 www.metrofamilymagazine.com | July 2012 July 2012 | www.metrofamilymagazine.com 11 Avoiding Blue-Green Algae AnewOklahomaTourismandRecreationDepartments website(www.checkmyoklake.com)helpsthepublicknow therecreationalwaterqualityatlocallakesandrivers whilealsoprovidingeducationalinformationaboutbluegreenalgae(BGA)levels. BGAispresentinallbodiesofwater,butariseingrowth hasbeennotedinrecentyears--andnotjustinOklahoma. Thealgaedoesn'tposeahealthriskuntilitblooms, whichhappenedinOklahomalastsummer,significantly affectingtourismattheselakes.Allbloomsareconsidered potentiallyharmfultohumans. "Oklahoma'smorethan200lakesandmilesofriversarerecreational draws,buttheyarealsocomplicatedecosystemssusceptibleto environmentalandweatherconditions,"saidDebySnodgrass,Executive DirectoroftheOklahomaTourismandRecreationDepartment. "AllOklahomansneedtoknowhowtoidentifyblue-greenalgaesothey canavoidwaterwithvisiblealgaeaccumulationordiscolorationand keeppetsandlivestockawayaswell.Asanaddedprecaution,lakegoers areencouragedtocheckrecreationalwaterqualityournewwebsite beforevisitinganOklahomalaketoseeifthereareanyblue-greenalgae advisoriesposted,"Snodgrassadded. Tee-Off To Support Wings Workingunderthemissiontoenhancethelivesofadultswith developmentaldisabilitiesthroughsocial,vocationaland residentialprograms,Wingsisanon-profitorganizationin Edmondthatprovidesacommunitywhereindividualswith specialneedscanreachtheirfullpotential,leadfulllives andfeelsafegrowingintheirsocial,emotionalandspiritual independence.Byprovidingeducationandtrainingtohelp developmeaningfuljobskills,Wingshelpsadultswith disabilitiesholdrealjobsinthecommunityandexperiencethe pridethatcomeswithcontributingtotheirownsupport. Tosupporttheprogramsthathelpresidentstocontinue developingtheirskillsandtalents,Wings1stAnnualCharity GolfTournamentwillbeheldonWednesday,August8,2012at CoffeeCreekGoldClubinEdmond. "Thisgolftournamentisawaytospreadthewordaboutthework wedo,"saidBillWolfe,presidentofWings'BoardofDirectors. "Itwillhelpawideraudienceunderstandtheimportanceofthe organizationandwhatitmeanstothespecialneedsadultswho arepartofit." Thetournamententryfeeis$150perpersonandincludesgreen fee,rangeballs,cart,lunchbuffet,prizesandmore.Call405242-4646torequestatournamententryform.Registration deadlineforthetournamentisJuly31. Formoreinformation,visitwww.wingsok.org Use Your Noodles! Getcreativethissummerandfindanewuseforpoolnoodles,courtesy ofBetheAlmeras,CenterDirector,HeadStartBodyStartNational CenterforPhysicalDevelopment&OutdoorPlay: � Tug of war. Eachpersonholdsontoanendofthenoodleandtriesto pullitfromtheother.Varypositionstoincreasethefun! � Ride'em cowboy!Putonyourimaginarycowboyhatandspurs. Pretendthenoodleisahorseandgallop.Whatotheranimalsmight youliketorideandhowdotheymove--walk,crawl,run,waddle? � Balance beam.Tapeaflatpoolnoodletothefloorandwalkacross thebeam,forwards,sideways,backwardsorevenontiptoes. � Jack be noodle.Usingaelectricbreadknife,cutthepoolnoodleinto 2-3"segments,thenjumpoverthepieces.Linethemuptomakea shortwallorstackthemupasskilllevelsincrease. � Noodle limbo.Holdendsofthenoodle,startinguphighandlowering itinincrements.Howlowcanyougo? Wantmorefunideas?Visitwww.metrofamilymagazine.com/noodle-fun formoresummerfunideaswithpoolnoodlesandbeachballs. Free Children's Health Fair TheGrow Strong and Healthy event,tobeheldinthe Children'sAtriumatChildren'sHospital,featuresavariety offreefunandinformationforfamilies--including100free bicyclehelmetsandfittings,facepainting,balloonanimalsand interactivegames. Thepurposeoftheeventistoprovidethecommunitymore informationaboutOUChildren'sPhysiciansandcommunity resourcesforchildrenages5�12. "Oklahomaranksnearthebottomofmostmajorhealth statistics,"saidJenniferGetts,OUPhysiciansCommunityHealth Coordinator."Becauseofthis,healthcareorganizationsneed totakeactiontohelpreversethistrendbypromotinghealthy lifestylesandprovidinghealtheducationopportunitiesforthe communitiestheyserve." TheHealthFairwillbeheldonFriday,July27from 9:00am�7:00pm,at1200Children'sAvenueinOklahomaCity. Visitwww.oumedicine.comtolearnmore. 12 www.metrofamilymagazine.com | July 2012 July 2012 | www.metrofamilymagazine.com 13 Tools for Educational Success Help your struggling student by understanding Individual Education Programs and 504 plans LondonRainsjustturned3,butshealreadyhas aSoonerStarttherapist,aneurologist,aphysical therapist,anoccupationaltherapist,anutritionist,a speechtherapist,anoptometristandapediatrician workingtogiveherthebestchancetothrive. Born10weeksprematureanddiagnosedwith cerebralpalsy,Londonstruggledtomeetmany developmentalmilestonesasababyandwasunable tositupindependentlybyage1. Londonwilljointhe3-and4-year-oldspecialneedspreschool programatherlocalschool,andChristyandherhusbandJeremy willmeetherteacherandateamofothereducatorsinthefalltoset goalstohelpLondoncontinuetoflourish."Hergoalswillobviously changeastheyearprogressesandwecanreevaluatethemasneeded," Christyexplains."Hereligibilityisforthreeyears,atwhichtimeshe willhavetobere-testedtodetermineherneeds.Inthemeantime,she willcontinueweeklytherapywithherteam--andwelookforwardto thatteamgrowinginthefall!" Understanding IEPs Hermother,Christy,referstothededicatedteamofspecialists asLondon's"teamofangels"andrecountshowherdaughteris MandatedbytheIndividualswithDisabilitiesEducationalAct,IEPs nowawalking,chatteringandextremelyhigh-functioningtoddler. aredesignedtomeettheuniqueeducationalneedsofachildwho "Workingwiththeteamonaweeklybasis,shehascomewithin mayhaveadisability,asdefinedbyfederalregulations.Tailoredto 18-24montholdcapabilities,"Christyexplains."Nowthatsheis turning3,wehavetotransitionoutofSoonerStartandintothepublic eachstudent'sindividualneeds,IEPsaredesignedtohelpboththe childmoreeasilyreacheducationalgoalsandtheteachersandother schoolsystem.Asafamilywewerenotreadyforsuchachange, schoolspersonneltounderstandhowthestudent'sdisabilitymight butweknowitisnecessary."Afterevaluationsfromtherapistsand affectthelearningprocess. OklahomaCityPublicSchoolsteachers,itwasdeterminedthat Londoniseligibleforservicesinthe2012�2013schoolyear. "Sincetheyareindividualized,theschoolcanstartdifferentiating instructionforthechild,"explainsMonicaPevehouse,aNationally London'sstoryissimilartothatofmanyfamilieswhoworkto ensurethattheirchildrenwithspecialneedsareprovidedwiththe besteducationalopportunities.AccordingtotheNationalCenterfor EducationalStatistics,14.5percentofstudentsinOklahomaareon IndividualizedEducationPrograms(IEPs). 14 www.metrofamilymagazine.com | July 2012 CertifiedSchoolPsychologistinPutnamCitySchools."Their educationbecomesmorespecializedfortheirneeds,ratherthanjust thegeneralcurriculum." ToestablishanIEP,thestudentisfullyevaluatedinallareasrelated tothesuspecteddisabilityandgoalsaredevelopedtohelpplacethe childintheleastrestrictiveenvironmentpossible.TheIEPiswritten toprovidespecializedassistanceonlywhenabsolutelynecessary-- ensuringthatthechildisstillabletointeractandparticipatewith classmatesintheregularclassroomenvironmentasmuchaspossible. Onceinplace,theIEPprovidesanassessmentofthechild'scurrent academicperformance,establishesmeasureableyearlygoalsand identifieswhatspecialeducationservicesorsupplementaryaids willbeprovided,suchasprogrammodifications,specially-designed instruction,classroomaccommodationsandmore.AnIEPteam, usuallyconsistingofthestudent'sparents,teacher,aspecialeducation teacher/casemanager,arepresentativeoftheschoolordistrict,a psychologist,speechoroccupationaltherapistsandothers,is establishedtomonitorthechild'sprogress. What's the difference between a 504 Plan and an IEP? 504 plans,whichfallunderCivilRightslaw,aremodifications madewithintheregularclassroomforstudentswhohavemedical issuesorothersituationsthatimpedelearning.Forexample,a diabeticstudentswhoneedstocheckbloodsugarmultipletimes adaymayneedtobeinclasswithateachertrainedtorecognize signsoflowbloodsugar. Individualized Education ProgramsfallundertheIndividuals withDisabilitiesEducationActandprovideeducationalservices forstudentswithdisabilities.Onlycertainclassificationsof disabilityareeligibleforanIEP,andstudentswhodonotfall withinthoseclassificationsbutstillrequireassistancetobeable toparticipatefullyinclassroomactivitiesmightbecandidatesfor a504plan. Wanttoresearchmore?Beyond the Label: A Guide to Unlocking a Child's Educational Potential(byKarenL.SchiltzPhD,Amy M.SchonfeldPhD&TaraA.NiendamPhD;OxfordUniversity Press,$25)offersastep-by-stepguidethroughdetermininghow andwhytogetanIEPor504planforyourchild. The IEP Process First,theschoolwillexaminemethodsofdifferentiatedinstruction. "Theschoolwillalwaystrytoseeifsomethingwillworkinthe classroombeforemovingtospecialeducation,"Grovesexplains. "Theywilllooktoseeifthesespecificmodificationsareworking.If not,theywillstartlookingattestingandotheroptionstoevaluatethe studentforspecialeducationservices." Onceachildisdeterminedtobeeligibleforspecialeducation services,theschoolhas30daystowriteanIEPplantoaddressthe child'seducationalneeds."Parentsandteacherscanmakechangesto theIEPandparentsareextremelyimportantintheprocess,"Groves says."Itcanbeintimidatingsittingatthetablewithalltheteachers, butitisimportanttorememberthateveryonetherewantsthebestfor thechild."Oncetheplanisestablished,theIEPteammustmeetat leastonceannually,beforethecurrentplanexpires. TheRains'7-year-oldsonNathanielhasbeendiagnosedwithADHD andiscurrentlybeingtestedforautism."HisIEPwasalotharderto comebythanmydaughter's,"Christyexplains."Actually,itwasnot "Oncetheparentssigntheconsentformfortesting,theschoolhas untilwhenwebeganworkingonhersthatIgotonestartedforhim. 45schooldaysinwhichtocompletetheassessmentsandholdthe Theschoolthoughthehadnoneedforonebecause,otherthanhis hyperactivity,theysawnosignsofadisability.Ithastakenalmosttwo eligibilitymeeting,"Pevehousenotes."Thebestthingaparentcando istounderstandthattheprocesstakesawhileforallthecomponents yearstogethisgoing.Whiletheprocesstotallystressesmeout,Iam tobemet.Iftherearemedicalformsorcheckliststofillout,complete thankfulthereisaprocessinplaceandamgratefulweareanother themasquicklyaspossible.Iftheschooliswaitingonthosethings, stepcloser." theprocesscan'tgoforward." KerriGroves,aresourceteacheratFisherElementarySchoolin Fromherpersonalexperience,Christyoffersthreepointersforparents MooreandformerspecialeducationdirectorfortheBridgeCreek SchoolDistrict,explainsthattheIEPprocesscanoriginatefromeither seekinganIEPfortheirchild: theparentortheregularclassroomteacher."Ifparentshaveconcerns, � You are your child's best advocate. "Speakupandspeakoutwhen thentheteacherprobablyhasconcerns,too,"Grovesnotes."Parents necessaryandnevertakenoforananswerwhenyourparental canprovidebackgroundinformationthatteacherswillnotknow,as instinctsaretellingyouotherwise,"sheencourages.Also,learn theyareusuallythefirsttohearthekidsay`Idon'tgetit'or"Idon't yourlegalrightsasaparentofaspecialneedschild.Youshould understand.'" receiveacopyoftheParents Right in Special Education: Notice of Procedural Safeguardsfromtheschoolsite."Whenyoustaywithit, thentheywillknowthatyoumeanbusinesswhenitcomestoyour child." � Put everything in writing. Allofyourrequests,concerns, expectationsandappealsshouldbeputinwriting,including communicationwithteachers,principals,doctorsandanyoneelse involvedintheprocessofdiagnosingorevaluatingyourchild. "Thiswayyouhaveapapertrailofyourjourneyandtobackyouup ifneeded." � Stay positive. Acooperativedemeanorandencouragingoutlook canbeveryhelpfulwheninteractingwithschoolpersonnel."Ifyour childseesthatyoucanhandletheirchallengesheadon,thenthey willbeabletobetterconquertheworld!" PevehouseacknowledgesthattheprocessofestablishinganIEPis lengthyandcanbefrustratingtoparents,butassuresthatitisnot becauseschoolswishittobeso."Thereisaqualificationprocessthat wearerequiredtofollow.Dependingonwhatthedisabilityis,itcan bequitelengthyandinvolvelotsofpeople,includingpsychologists, teachersandtherapists." July 2012 | www.metrofamilymagazine.com Successfully Navigating IEPs Brooke Barnett is the Assistant Editor of MetroFamily Magazine. 15 Oklahoma Reads Great Reads for All Unlikely Friendships for Kids, books 1 & 2 ByJenniferS.Holland (Workman,hardcover,$8 each) Theseslimvolumespack abiglessonforkidsabout acceptanceofothers.True storiesofunlikelyanimal friendshipsteachthat differencesareokay.These sweetstorieswillbecomefastfavorites ofyoungreaders--andprobablytheir parents,too. Great Moments in the Summer Olympics ByMattChristopher (Little-BrownKids, softcover,$5) Getexcitedaboutthe upcomingSummer Olympicswithfun,true storiesoftheSummer Gamesofthepast.Includes ahistoryoftheOlympic games,abreakdownof SummerOlympiceventsandathletesand highlightsincludingNadiaComaneci's perfect10atMontrealandMichaelPhelp's record-breakinggoldmedaltally. A Greyhound of a Girl ByRoddyDoyle (AmuletBooks,hardcover, $17) Animaginativetaleset inIreland,thisbook tellsthestoriesoffour generationsofwomenwho worktogetherdespitethe distanceofyearsbetweenthem.Through herghostlyancestor,MaryO'Haralearns lessonsinloss--andlove. Poison Most Vial ByBenedictCarey (AmuletBooks,hardcover, $17) Rubyisashy,artistic eighthgraderwhomust helpherfatherprovehis innocencewhenafamous forensicscientistturnsup dead.Withthehelpofa colorfulcastofcharacterslikehergood friendRex,Rubyputstogetherthecluesto helpherfatherinthisscience-themedageappropriatethriller. Grades 1+ Page to Screen: Stellaluna (Scholastic,DVD,$13) Explorethetruemeaningoffriendshipwiththeanimatedversion oftheaward-winningchildren'sbook,Stellaluna.Thewhole familywillenjoywatchingthisheartwarmingtaleofalovable fruitbatwholearnstocherishthethingsthatmakeherdifferent-- andspecial--anddiscoversthatthebestgiftofallisoftenan openmind.Activitybookletincluded. All Ages Therapeutic Guitar ByRobertKrout (AlfredMusicPublishing, softcoverwithCD,$20) Aninstructionalguitartrainingbookdesigned forthosewithspecial needs.Tapintothe healingpowerofmusic throughthislessonplan,includingsongs thatimpartlessonsaboutself-worthand accomplishment. Desserts in Jars: 50 Sweet Treats that Shine ByShainaOlmanson (HarvardCommonPress, hardcoverspiral,$17) Makeasplashatyournext potluckorbakesalewith dessertspreparedand presentedinjars.Sweet treatsofallkindscanbe madeinsingle-servingjars,frombaked goodstofrozenitems.Asectionon"mixes forgiving"offersanotherwaytosharethe deliciouswealth. Power Brain Kids ByIlchiLee (HealingSociety,softcover, $17) Helpyourchildtapintohis greatestlearningpotential throughthisprogramthat integrateslearningand movementtoimprove concentration,memory,self-control, confidenceandself-disciplineinchildrenof allabilities. Raising Resilient Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders ByRobertBrooksPh.D.and SamGoldsteinPh.D. (McGrawHill,softcover, $18) Thisbookforparents ofchildrenwithautism stronglyaddressesthe socialaspectsofthe disorder,offeringstrategies toparentsforfindingtheirchild'sstrengths anddevelopingsocialskillstohelpautistic childrenthriveinsocialsituations. Stories of Old-Time Oklahoma ByDavidDary (UniversityofOklahoma Press,hardcover,$25) Acollectionofstoriesabout thepeopleandeventsthat shapedourstate--even beforeofficialstatehood. Engagingessaysaddressthe peopleandgeographythat makeOklahomaunique. Adults Grades 3+ Judy's World: The World of Autism Through the Eyes of a Mother ByJudyBlake (BrioBooks,softcover,$23) Apersonalstorybya momwithtwochildren ontheAutismSpectrum, thisbookwillprovide insightandinspiration forparentsofchildren withspecialneeds.Writteninanengaging andconversationaltone,Blakesharesher personalexperiencestohelpotherparents findtheirpath. Reviews by Mari Farthing & Brooke Barnett. 16 www.metrofamilymagazine.com | July 2012 July 2012 | www.metrofamilymagazine.com 17 Exploring Oklahoma & Beyond Five Fun-Filled Reasons to Visit Kansas City I fyou'veeverwonderedjusthowmuch funyoucanpackintoaweekend,Kansas City,Missouriisagoodplacetogoto findout.Myfamilyrecentlyspentthreedays exploringthefamily-friendlysceneinKC, seekingtoexperienceallthebestthatthecity hastoofferforthe"18andunder"crowd--all inawhirlwindtourlastinglessthan72hours. 1. LEGOLAND Discovery Center WithmorethanthreemillionLEGObricks containedunderoneroof,LEGOLAND featuresinteractiveexhibits(everwonderhow muchyouweighinLEGObricks?),displays oflocallandmarksmadeentirelyofLEGOs andatwo-storyplayareaforkids32"or taller.Myfamilyhadablasttryingtosave theprincessduringaninteractive,arcadestylerideinaLEGOchariot,completewith lasergunsandacommemorativephotoatthe endoftheride. JustopenedinMay2012,LEGOLANDis especiallyfunforchildrenages3�10anda typicalvisittakes2�3hours.Purchaseyour ticketsonlineinadvanceandsave10%,or purchaseaLEGOLAND/SeaLifeaquarium comboticketandsave$9perperson.Visit www.legolanddiscoverycenter.comfordetails. Thefirstsixhoursofourjourneywerespent takingtheeasyhighwaydrivefromOKC toKC--justastraightshotnorthonI-35, throughKansasviaturnpikeintoacitythat isrichinbothhistoryandnewinnovation. (Wordtothewise:packextracashasthe tollstodriveacrossKansastotalmorethan $10eachway!)Aswepulledoutoftowntwo dayslater--deliriouslyhappyanddelighted withallwehadexperienced--myhusband said,"Now,ifonlywecouldstayforabout twoweeks,wemightgettoseeeverything wewantedtoseeinthistown!" Assumingyoualsodon'thaveafull14days toexploreKConyourown,herearefive placesyoudon'twanttomiss--allgreat reasonstomakeafamilyroadtriptoKCthis summer. the360-degreewalkthroughtransparent tunnelwhereweweresurroundedbysharks, rays,coralreeffishandaseaturtle.My 6-year-olddaughterwasthrilledtocome outofhercomfortzonetoholdacraband differenttypesofstarfishintheTouchpool Experiencearea.Wanttoskiptheadmission lines?Saveover$5perpersonandusethe PriorityEntrancewhenyoupurchasetickets online.Findoutmorewww.visitsealife.com/ kansas-city. 3. Kansas City Zoo Openyear-round,this200-acrezoofeatures morethan1,000animalsinnaturalistic settings,plusaKidZoneandinteractive feedingopportunities.NewattheZoo in2012areaninteractivebirdshowand renovatedSumatrantigerexhibit.Don't misstheAfricanSkySafari,anaerialtram ridethatcrossestheZoo's17-acreAfrican Safariinlessthan10minutes,givingyoua bird'seyeviewofcheetahs,lions,giraffes, andrhinos.Ahighlightforourfamilywas watchingNikita--a4-year-old,750-lbpolar bear--swiminhis144,000-gallonswimming poolintheZoo'snewPolarBearPassage 2. Sea Life Aquarium This28,000-square-footaquariumishome tomorethan30displaysshowcasingover 5,000creaturesincludingstarfish,seahorses, eelsandraysinmorethan260,000gallons ofwater.Thehighlightformyfamilywas 1 2 18 www.metrofamilymagazine.com | July 2012 Photos courtesy of LEGOLAND and SeaLife Aquarium. Photos courtesy of VisitKC and Brooke Barnett. 4 5 3 exhibit.(DidyouknowPolarBearscando backflipsunderwater?)Savemoneyonyour visitwithPlatinumRidesWristbands($9) thatprovideunlimitedridesinthetrain,tram, carousel,boatandAfricanSkySafari.Visit www.kansascityzoo.orgformoreinformation. informationabouteventsandattractionsat www.worldsoffun.com. Hallmark'smanufacturingprocess.Free ticketsforthese40-minuteFamilyArt Sessionareavailableonafirst-come, first-servedbasis.Exploreallthatthis entertainmentcomplexhastoofferatwww. crowncenter.com. Wanttoseehowmuchfunyoucanpackinto aweekendinKansasCity?Visitwww.visitkc. comtofindcurrentinformationonthings todoandsee,plusdiscountsonvenuesand hotels.Then,putonyourrunningshoes, synchronizeyourwatchesandletthefun begin! 5. Crown Center Locatedintheheartofdowntown, Hallmark'sCrownCenterfeaturesover65 shopsandrestaurants,indoorentertainment plusseasonalentertainment(suchasoutdoor concertsinthesummeroriceskatinginthe winter).EnjoyaliveperformanceatCrown Center'sCoterieTheatre(recentlynamedone ofthetopfivetheatresforyoungaudiencesin thecountrybyTIMEMagazine);eatatFritz's RailroadRestaurantandhavetheirsignature burgersdeliveredtoyourtableviaelectric train;orvisitoneoftheongoingscheduleof freeexhibits(Dinosaurs: Land of Fire and Ice runsthroughSeptember9). CallinadvanceforticketstoKaleidoscope, anartstudiowherechildrenareinvitedto becreativeusingleftovermaterialsfrom 4. Worlds of Fun WorldsofFunisamusementparkfunatits finest,offeringsevenrollercoasters,dozens ofthrillrides,award-winningliveshowsand thenewPlanetSnoopykids'area.Watchfor dailymeet-n-greetopportunitieswithCharlie Brown,LucyandtherestofthePeanuts gang.Catchoneofthepark'saward-winning liveshowsforsinging,dancingandeven entertainmentfromsomefour-leggedfriends! DownloadtheWorldsofFunfreemobileapp beforeyougoanduseittonavigatethepark, viewshowtimes,findfoodandrestroom locationsandmore.Youcanfindmore Brooke Barnett is the Assistant Editor of MetroFamily Magazine. [Editor's Note: Want more ways to spend time in KC? Visit www.metrofamilymagazine. com/kc for other family-friendly venues!] Get Festive in KC! KansasCitywasrecentlyrankedthirdinAmericaforitsnumberoffestivals,fairsandculturalgatheringspercapitabytheUrbanInstitute ofAmerica.Herearethreefamily-friendlyfestivalsthatareworththetimetovisit: Kansas City Irish Festival ThelargestfestivalinKC,thisannualeventincludeslivemusic,Irishdancing,ethnicfoodandkids'activities.Itwasalsovotedasthe FavoriteEthnic/HeritageFestivalinthe2011Visitors'ChoiceAwards.August31�September2.www.kcirishfest.com Festival of the Butterflies at Powell Gardens Viewhundredsoffree-flyingbutterfliesinanindoorbutterflyconservatory,plusanartexhibit,children'sactivitiesandmore.August3�5 and10�12.www.powellgardens.org Kansas City Renaissance Festival OpeningLaborDayweekendandcontinuingforsevenweekends,theRenaissanceFestivalfeaturesthemedevents,livejousting,foodand artisanbooths.September1�October14.www.kcrenfest.com July 2012 | www.metrofamilymagazine.com 19 Ask the Experts Fostering Independence for a Child with Special Needs Thismonth'squestion:How can I make sure that my child with special needs learns the life skills he needs to be successful when he moves out? First,createopportunitiesthatallowhim tobecomeindependentinandaroundthe house.Thismayinvolvechores,handling hisownfinancesorpreparingfood.This willallowyoutheopportunitytobe availableforencouragementandhelp--but onlyifabsolutelynecessary.Trytoremain atadistance,andcalm,regardlessofhis struggle.Heneedstheconfidencethat followsachievingatask,andyouneedthe confidencethathewillbeokaywithoutyou. Alsobecautiousnottounderminehis confidence;heneedstoknowthatheis capableandyousupporthim,butnotatthe riskoffeelinglikeafailure. Donnie Van Curen, M.A., LMFT is a licensed marriage and family therapist with Counseling 1820, LLC. 405-823-4302, www. counseling1820.com. Startearly!Asyourchildgrows,hecanbe givenage-appropriateresponsibilities.Help himlearnindependenceandhowtobea contributingmemberofthehouseholdby puttinghiminchargeofchoresortaskshe iscapableofdoing.Startwithonetaskand thenaddanotherwhenhehasmasteredthat task.Somelife-skillsyoumaywanthimto learncouldincludelaundry,cleaningthe house,takingoutthetrash,cooking,creating abudgetandpayingbills.Ifyourchildisstill veryyoung,startwithsimpletaskssuchas takingoutthetrash,dustingfurniture,folding laundry,settingthetableorhelpingwash dishes.Havepatienceifheneedsassistance ashelearnsnewskills.Ashebecomesmore proficient,lethimhavemoreindependenceto usethoseskills.Hewillgainselfconfidence andyouwillgainpeaceofmindthathewill beabletofunctiononhisownasanadult. Asapersonwhogrewupwithaphysical disability,Iamverygratefulmyparentsgave meresponsibilitiesandhadhighexpectations formetobeaproductivememberofour household,whichhelpedmegrowintoa independent,productivememberofsociety. Yoursonwillbenefitgreatlyfromlearning lifeskillsandbeingaccountablefortaskshe isabletoperform,justlikeanyotherchild. Dependingonhisleveloffunctioningand whattypeofspecialneedshehas,youmay wishtoenlistthehelpofanoccupational therapisttohelphimdevelopthelifeskillshe willneedwhenhemovesout.Ifso,askyour son'sdoctorforareferral. Tamara Walker RN is a talk show host and speaker in Edmond. www.momrn.com. Iencourageyoutocastavisionforyour child'sfuture;thinkofwhereyouwant himtobeandworktowardthatgoal.First, takesometimetowritedownyourgoals andworkoutstepsthatwillleadyouto accomplishment.Usealltheresources availabletoyou--friends,family,community programsandhealthprofessionals. Doesyourplanincludefinancial independence?Researchhowtosetupa trustforyourchild.Independence?Check intoworkshopsandprogramsheldbylocal organizations. Reachouttoyourcommunitytofindothers inthesamesituationandlearnfromtheir experiences. Devonne Carter, LCSW, is a Clinical Social Worker in private practice in Edmond. 405326-3923, www.carterscounseling.com. Our readers respond: � "Alwaysbethereforhim.Youhave taughthimlifeskillsthroughouthis journeysofarandtheywillimpact himtherestofhislife." � "Youknowbestwherehisweaknesses are.Trustyourselfandbeavailable." � "Talkwithotherparentswhohave successfullyhelpedtheirchildren andaskwhatadvicetheywouldgive toyou.Beopentosuggestionsfrom thosewhohavealreadygonethere andhavefaiththatyouwillmakethe bestdecisionstohelpyourchildwhen it'shistimetospreadhiswingsand fly." ThankstoKristenH.,ChristenH.and LaraG.foryourfeedback! Have a question for our experts? Email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. 20 www.metrofamilymagazine.com | July 2012 July 2012 | www.metrofamilymagazine.com 21 Real Moms of the Metro Meet Tamara Walker: Amputee and Local Talk Show Host rowingupasanamputee,Tamara Walkerknewthatshewouldoften havetoworkharderthanothers inordertosucceed.Determinednottobe heldbackfromanactivechildhood,she becomeamajorette,marchedinparades, wasinterviewedonanationalTVshow anddevelopedalifelongdesireforpublic speakingandsharinghowherdisabilityhas shapedherlife. Currently,Tamaraisapediatricnurse, publicspeaker,socialmediamanagerand homeschoolingmom.Shealsocontributes toMetroFamily's"AsktheExperts"column. In2001,shelaunchedawebsitetoprovide healthresources,adviceandsupportfor parents.Her"AskMomRN"call-inshow beganbroadcastinglocallyin2004asa lunchtimetalkshowandmovedonlinein 2008.Eachweek,Tamarainterviewsexperts, authorsandcelebritieswhosharepractical advice,informationandencouragement aboutfamily,parenting,healthandwellness issues.Here'smoreabouthowhis42-yearoldmotheroftwo(daughterKayis20and sonNoahis17)strivestohelpparentsraise happy,healthyfamilies. What's one thing most people don't know about you? MostpeopledonotrealizeIhavea prostheticlimb.Myrightlegwasseverely deformedatbirthandwasamputated belowthekneewhenIwastwomonthsold toallowmetouseaprosthesis. What are you passionate about? Helpingotherparentsraiseahealthy familyandprotectingchildrenfromchild predators. G The Walker family: Tamara, husband Dustin and 17-year-old Noah. Not pictured is daughter Kay, age 20. How has motherhood changed you? Mydecisionsarenolongerbasedonwhat isbestforme,butwhatisbestformy family.Iamdeterminedtoleavealegacy formychildrenandforfuturegenerations ofourfamily. What inspires you? Myhusbandinspiresmebybeingan exampleofsomeonewhoisalwaysstriving tolearn,growandimprovehimself. Along with your job as a mom, what do you do? Irunmywebsite(www.momrn.com)and hostanonlineradioshow.Iamasocial mediacommunitymanagerforamajor automotivecompany,andacertifiedCPR andFirstAidinstructor. What do you like most about your job? Interactingwithmyaudienceandguests. Interviewingcelebritiesisafunperk,too! everythingallatonce--ithelpstotake babystepstowardsgoals,prioritizeand takelittletime-outs. Advice for other moms? Spendsometimebeing"inthemoment" withyourkidsasoftenaspossible.Enjoy thefuntimesthatcomewitheachageand enduretheroughstages,knowingthey won'tlastforever. Where are you from originally? IwasborninGeorgiabutmovedto OklahomawhenIwas9daysold.I've livedinseveralstatesbutI'vespentmost ofmylifehereandconsiderOklahomato bemytruehomestate. What's the biggest challenge in your life? Motherhood.Ithasbeenbothmygreatest blessingandthehardestjobI'veeverhad. Quick Facts About Tamara 1. What are five words that describe you? Short, compassionate, loyal, friendly, adventurous. What is your favorite indulgence? Chocolate. What's on your playlist? A very eclectic mix of music, including The Monkees, Coldplay, Kevin Max, Pink Floyd. What's always in your handbag? Hand sanitizer What's your guilty pleasure? Starbucks peppermint white chocolate mocha. 2. 3. What is your parenting style? Ithasevolvedandchangedasmychildren havegrown.Mygoalnowthattheyare What is on your wish list? olderistobesupportive,availableandto TocontinuetogrowMomRNandtheAsk helpthemgainmoreindependence. MomRNShow,todomorepublicspeaking, andtogetaspeakingroleinamovie(I've Favorite quote or advice about hadnon-speakingrolesinthreemoviesso motherhood? far!). "Thedaysarelong,buttheyearsareshort." What are you most proud of? Myfamily.Throughthegoodtimesand especiallythroughthebadtimes,we've managedtostayclose-knit. ~GretchenRubin,The Happiness Project. Editor's Note: Catch Tamara's "Ask MomRN" show live at www.momrn.com on Mondays from noon�1:00pm. Follow Tamara on Twitter at @MomRN or on Facebook at www. facebook.com/AskMomRNShow. 4. 5. What motivates you? Godmotivatesme.Istrivetodothework Hehascalledmetodo. How do you find balance in your life? I'mprettygoodatbalancingononeleg, butbalancinglifeisalotmoredifficult! Itrytokeepinmindthatyoucan'tdo Brooke Barnett is the Assistant Editor of MetroFamily Magazine. 22 www.metrofamilymagazine.com | July 2012 Photo by Kathryne Taylor. July 2012 | www.metrofamilymagazine.com 23 2012 Olympic Games Embrace the Excitement OF THE Cultivate Cultural Curiosity "I got the gold!" blurtedmy7-year-oldafter finishinghisbroccolibeforeanyoneelseatthetable. Morethan10,000athleteshailingfrom205countrieswillcompetein the2012SummerOlympics.Expandyourfamily'sknowledgeofthe "I got the silver!" saidmy5-year-old.Bothboys worldbylocatingthecountriesonaworldmap.Itcanbeeyeopening thenencouragedmy2-year-olddaughtertohurryup forachildtorealizejusthowmanycountriesthereareintheworld, eachwitharichhistory,peopleandculture.Youwillprobablyneed andfinishhervegetablesbeforemommyordaddyso theinternethandyaslittle-knowncountrieslikeTuvalu,Comorosand Lesothomaymakethistaskchallengingforbothchildrenandparents. shecouldwinthebronze. Thisritualtakesplacemostnightsatmyhouseeversincemychildren watchedthe2010WinterOlympicsonTV.Whilewedon'tactually giveoutanymedals,mychildrenlikethedistinctionofbeingcalled thewinner.Ilikethefactthattheyareexcitedtoeattheirvegetables. The2012SummerOlympicGameswillbeheldJuly27�August12in London,England.Asidefrombeingfamily-friendlytelevision--and inspirationforahealthydinnertimegame--theOlympicscanprovide excitement,educationandentertainmentforthewholefamily. It'snotasfuntojustsitonthecouch,passivelywatchingtheOlympic events--weprefertogetinvolvedintheevents.Encourageyourfamily toembracetheOlympicspiritandjoininthefun.Herearesomeways togetstarted. Addtoyourchild'sOlympicexperiencebyexploringdifferentnations' cuisines.Chooseavarietyofethnicmealstoprepare.Youcouldtry yourhandatafelia(porkmarinatedwithcoriander),atraditionalfood fromCyprus.ExperimentwithVietnamesenoodlesoup,calledpho. Fordessert,trybakingpawpawtarts--littlepapayapies--afavoriteof manyresidentsofLiberia.Aquickinternetsearchwilluncovermany recipesforthesedishes. PrideofcitizenshipisevidentwhenwitnessingtheOlympicathletes sportingtheircountry'scolors,uniforms,wavingflagsandsinging theirnationalanthems.WatchingtheOlympicswithyourchildisa goodtimetoexplaintheimportanceofcitizenshipandtoteachthem thewordstoournationalanthem. 24 www.metrofamilymagazine.com | July 2012 Uncover Uncommon Sports Ifyourchild'snotinterestedinbasketball,soccerorothermainstream sports,watchingtheOlympicscanshowaworldofotheroptionsto consider.Yourchildmaydevelopaninterestinrowing,fencingor synchronizedswimming. The2012SummerOlympicsfeatures26sports,whichbreakdown into39disciplines.WatchingthevariousOlympiceventsonTVcan introducechildrentoavarietyofuniquesports.Yourchildmaybe surprisedtofindoutthatcanoeing,judoandhandballaresports includedintheOlympics.Similartohandballexceptplayedinwater, waterpoloisathrillingsporttowatch.Inthisfast-pacedevent,each teamisgivenonly30secondstoscorebeforetheballisgiventothe opposingteam. Appreciate the Athletes' Inspiring Stories Someathletesovercamemajorobstaclestobeabletoparticipatein the2012SummerOlympics.Beforewatchingtheevents,readabout someoftheOlympiansandhowtheygottowheretheyaretoday. ObservingtheSouthAfricansprinter,OscarPistorius(inprequalificationatpresstime),onecanimmediatelyseehe'shad obstaclestoovercomeinhislifetime.Bornwithoutafibulaineither leg,Pistoriushadbothlegsamputatedbelowthekneewhenhewasa baby.CalledtheBladeRunner,herunsontwoprostheses,whichlook likeblades. BeforeyoutuneintoseeTeamUSA'sSanyaRichards-Rossrun the400m,informyourchildthatRichards-Rosssuffersfromarare autoimmunediseasecalledBehcet'sDisease.Sheexperiencessevere mouthulcersandlesions,fatigueandjointpain. ThesetwoOlympiansdidn'tletadversityovercometheirpassiontodo whattheylove.Insteadtheypoweredthroughandnevergaveup. � Olympians maintain rigorous training schedules. Ifyougetthe chance,visitanOlympictrainingfacility(seesidebar).Takeatour andgetabehind-the-sceneslookathowthesededicatedathletes trainfortheireventsforyearspriortoparticipatinginthegames. � The Olympics can encourage children to eat healthier. Since athletesneedtobehealthytobegoodatwhattheydo,teachyour kidstothinklikeanOlympianwhenchoosingwhatfoodanddrink toconsume. � Olympic athletes are team players. WatchingtheOlympicteam sportsontelevision,suchasvolleyball,rowingandrelayraces,can emphasizehoweveryoneneedstoworktogetherinordertowin. TeamworkisevidentintheOlympicsandshouldbestressedamong allchildren,inallaspectsoflife. � Olympians are gracious in defeat. Remindyourchildthereare onlythreemedalsgiventothemanyparticipantsineachsport. MostOlympicathletesendupinthemiddleofthepack.Teach yourchildthatnoteveryonecanbethebest,whilestressingit'san accomplishmentwhenathletesbeattheirownpersonalrecord. Take Part in the Fun EncourageandinspirekidstogetactivebystagingyourownminiOlympicsinyourbackyard.Activitiescanincludeanythingfrom obstaclecoursesandrunningracestotumblingandbadminton. RebeccaZellmer,apreschoolteacher,helpedher4-year-oldstudents createtheirownOlympicGames."Idividedthechildrenintogroups representingdifferentcountries.Theyparticipatedineventsand receivedmedals.Welistenedtothe Star Spangled Banner and learnedaboutthedifferenteventsandequipmentneeded."Zellmer evenhelpedthemmaketheirownOlympictorchesoutofemptytoilet papertubesandtissuepaper. WatchingtheOlympicswithyourchildcanbeafun,familybonding experience,butdon'tjustsitonthesidelines--takepartinthefun. Preparetolearnathingortwoyourselfasyouandyourchildactively uncoverfunfacts,healthyhabitsandvaluablelifelessons. Copy the Characteristics of an Olympian PistoriusandRichards-Rossaren'ttheonlyOlympianstoexhibitthe willpower,resolveandfortitudetoexcel.Togettotheelitelevel,all Olympiansmustworkhardandbefocusedanddetermined.Thisis trueforanyathletewhowantstosucceed. Deanne Haines is a freelance writer and mother of three from Menomonee Falls, WI. Find updated scores and event results at the official Summer Olympics 2012 website, www.london2012.com. 2012 Paralympic Games TheParalympicGameswillbeheldAugust29�September9in London,featuringeventsforeliteathleteswithanydisability. Athletesparticipateinclassificationlevelsaccordingtotheirabilities andtherulesofthesporttheyareparticipatingin.Accordingto theParalympicswebsite,"Classificationisauniqueelementof Paralympicsports,intendedtoensurefaircompetition.Aseachsport attheParalympicGamesrequiresdifferentskillsandcompetencies, theimpactofimpairmentontheperformanceoftheathletesvaries. That'swhyeachsporthasitsownuniqueclassificationrules." TheParalympicGamesincludearchery,athletics(track&field events),boccia,cycling(road&track),equestrian,football(5-& 7-a-side),goalball,judo,powerlifting,rowing,sailing,shooting, swimming,tabletennis,sittingvolleyballandwheelchairevents (basketball,fencing,rugbyandtennis).Learnmoreatwww. london2012.com/paralympics/sports. Local Olympic Training Venues InOklahoma,visittheU.S.OlympicandParalympicTrainingSite attheUniversityofCentralOklahoma(100NUniversityDrive, Edmond).Committedtoprovidingathleteswithphysicaldisabilities withtheresourcesnecessarytocompeteatthehighestlevel,this venueincludesa6-laneindoorswimmingpool,indoortrack,indoor volleyballcourtsandmore.Formoreinformation,visitwww. ucowellnesscenter.com. Also,visittheOklahomaCityBoathouseFoundation(725NLincoln). Thishighperformance,33,000-square-footfacilityprovidesthe world'sfirstdynamicindoorrowingtank,indoorpropulsionswim tankandmore.Formoreinformation,visitwww.okc-nhpc.org. July 2012 | www.metrofamilymagazine.com 25 Problem Solvers Helpful Family Products Whenwehearaboutneworhelpfulproducts, weliketoletourreadersknow!Hereare afewofthemoreinterestingitemswe've recentlydiscovered.Visittheproductwebsite foralistoflocalretailers. Learning hand-eye coordination is a hands-on job for baby. 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DisposableTidy Table Covers haveelastic-bandededgesto ensureasnugfitonanytable. ($4;www.ginsey.com) Problem: Solution: 26 www.metrofamilymagazine.com | July 2012 July 2012 | www.metrofamilymagazine.com 27 Focus on Education Smooth College Transitions for Teens With Special Needs I fyouareaparentofateenwithspecial needs,thenyou'velikelyworkedwith schoolpersonneleachyeartoensureyour childreceivedallnecessaryaccommodations consistentwithhisIEP(Individualized EducationPlan)or504plan(classroom modificationsmadeformedicalneeds). However,onceitistimeforpost-secondary school,it'sawholenewballgame. MatthewCooper,assistantdirectorof DisabilitySupportServicesatSetonHall UniversityinNewJersey,urgesparentsto teachtheirchildrenself-advocacy,even startinginmiddleschool.Hesuggests, "Studentswithspecialneedsshouldattend meetingsandbecomefamiliarwiththeirIEP or504plan." "Afterstudentsgraduatefromhighschool, theyloseeligibilityundertheIndividuals withDisabilitiesEducationAct(IDEA)," saysKimberlyKing,highschoolcounselor atOklahomaCity'sASTECCharterSchool. "Instead,theyreceiveaccommodations eligibilityfromtheAmericanswith DisabilitiesAct(ADA).Allcollegesand universitieshavestudentswithdisabilities coordinatorsthatmeetwithstudentsto arrangeserviceswhileincollege." Coopercautions,"Althoughalluniversities thatreceivefederalfundingarerequiredto provideaccommodationstoeligiblestudents, eachuniversity'sdocumentationprocessis different.Forexample,insomeinstances, showingthedisabilitiesofficeacopyof yourson'sordaughter'scurrentIEPmay beenoughforextratimeontests,whereas anotherofficemayrequireupdatedtesting andevaluations." AndreaCoren,MEd,whohasworked inspecialeducationfor35yearsand iscurrentlythedisabilitiesspecialistat ArcadiaUniversityinPennsylvania,cautions, "Parentswiththebestintentionscanbecome enablersoftheirteenwithspecialneeds. Relinquishingone'sparentalroleasadvocate isdifficult."Corenencouragesparentsto graduallyallowtheiryoungadulttobecome anexpertonhisdisabilityandlearningstyle. "Thisselfawarenesswilltranslateintoself advocacy--amuchneededskillincollege, theworkplace,andallrealmsoflife." Toassessateen'sreadinessforcollege life,Corensuggestsparentsponderthese questions: � Canhekeepupwithassignmentduedates? � Doeshehaveadequateorganizationand timemanagementskills? � Canhemanagemoney? � Doesheunderstandhisstrengthsand weaknesses? Parentsshouldfirstdecideiftheirteenis readytoliveawayfromhome.Thereare manychallengesthataspecialneedschild willfacewhenmovingawayfromhome, suchasunfamiliarenvironmentsandmore responsibility.Ifthechildcanhandlethose circumstances,thenparentsneedtoconsider schoolsequippedtohandletheirteen's uniquesituation. CarolePatrylo,EdD,aprofessorofeducation atLaSalleUniversityinPennsylvaniaand directoroftheuniversity'ssummerprogram forspecialneedschildren,explains,"Most specialneedsstudentshaveadjustment issues.Theymightwanttoconsider attendingasmallercommunitycollege beforetransferringtoalargercollege."She recommendsthatstudentssitinonclassesor shadowastudentforthedayduringcampus visits.Parentsshouldkeepalistofquestions handywhentheyvisitschools,suchas: � Whatarethedocumentationrequirements andtimelinesforaccessingacademicand residencehallaccommodations? � Whatistheuniversity'spolicyforcourse substitutionsorwaivers? � Whatspecializedsoftwareisavailablefor studentswithlearningdisabilities? Be Prepared Studentswithspecialneedsshouldbe preparedgraduallyforthistransition,sodon't waituntilsenioryear. Parentsshouldaskaboutworkshopsfor college-bound,specialneedsstudents. AccordingtoSuzetteDyer,presidentof theOklahomaAssociationforHigher EducationandDisability,mostworkshops ofthisnaturetakeplaceastransitionfairs atlocalhighschoolsaroundthemetro, includingOklahomaCityandNorman PublicSchools.Localschoolofficialscan provideinformationaboutavailabilityin yourarea,andparentscanalsodownloadthe Students with Disabilities: Transition from High School to Collegehandbookatwww. ok-ahead.org/handbook. Stay Connected Evenifyourteeniscommutingtoschool, hewillfacenewchallenges,suchaslengthy classtimes,difficultcoursecurriculumand anexpectationthatheisindependent.Parents shouldkeepthelinesofcommunicationopen, regardlessoftheirteen'slocation. Forstudentswhochooseacollegefarfrom home,apresetscheduleforstayingconnected isimperative,suchassettinguparegular videocallschedule.Besuretocollectcontact informationfromappropriatestaffmembers incaseyouhaveanimmediateconcern(e.g. adrasticchangeinyourteen'smood). Althoughyourteenneedstobeindependent, shealsoneedstoknowthatsupportfrom familyisalwaysthereifneeded. Other Considerations Ifyouthinkthatperhapscollegeisnotthe rightpathforyourchild,thereareother options,throughtheOklahomaDepartment ofRehabilitativeServices(DRS).DRScan helpyourchilddevelopanindividualized planfortheirfuture,andprovideservicesfor directentryintotheworkforce. It's in the Details Whenlookingfortherightschoolforyour child,addressspecificissuesduringthe searchprocess.Willhebecomfortable inlargelecturehallsettings?Isregular correspondencewithacampusadvocatea necessity?Aretherepeersupportgroupsfor specialneedsstudentsoncampus? Myrna Beth Haskell is a feature writer, columnist and author of the upcoming book LionsandTigersandTeens:Expertadviceand supportfortheconscientiousparentjustlike you.Visit www.myrnahaskell.com for details. 28 www.metrofamilymagazine.com | July 2012 July 2012 | www.metrofamilymagazine.com 29 30 www.metrofamilymagazine.com | July 2012 Character Corner Encouraging a Merciful Heart WhenIrecentlytriedtolovinglyshowmercytooneofmyrulebreakingchildren,Iwasquicklybombardedbyprotestsfroma justice-seekingsiblingshouting,"Thatisnotfair!"AlthoughIdo trytokeepjusticeinourhome,Ialsotrytobalancethisjusticewith lovingmercy.Amercifulheartofferscompassionatetreatmentof others,especiallyofthoseunderone'spower. Howmiserablewouldthislifebeifwealwaystreatedotherstheway theytreatedus,insteadofthewaywewouldliketobetreated?Or whatifeveryonegotexactlywhattheydeserved?Childrenraisedwith amercifulheart,insteadofasenseofentitlement,aremorelikelyto showmercytoothersinreturn. I have always found that mercy bears richer fruit than strict justice. ~ Abraham Lincoln Help Your Family to Become More Merciful Mercyisagiftfreelygiventosomeone,notnecessarilytosomeone whodeservesit.Weshouldteachourchildrentofreelygivemercyto others,andtrytofeelhappy(insteadofselfishsadness)forthosewho mayreceivemoremercythanus. Fourth of July Family Tradition: Dinner of Diversity. Talkto yourkidsabouthowAmericaisamercifulcountry,bothbybeing formedbythosewhocameheretofindabetterlife,andourhistory ofassistanceofothercountriesthatareindistress.Celebratethisday ofindependencewithanAmericancookout.Askgueststobringside dishesthataretraditionalfoodsrepresentingtheirheritage. Activities: Hands-on Empathy. Itiseasierforustoshowmercy tothosethosewithwhomwecanempathize.Tohelpyourchildren feelcompassion,givethempretendspecialneeds--likeablindfold, earplugsorcrutches.Makeitinterestingbyaskingthemtodosimple tasksthatmaybemadedifficultwiththischange,suchasnavigating acrossaroomormakingasandwich. "I will" statements. Encourageamercifulheartinyourfamilyby committingtothefollowingstatements.Saythese"Iwill"statements aloudwithyourchildren,andencouragethemtoapplythemto situationsintheireverydaylife. I WILL: be attentive to the needs of others � have a heart filled with compassion and empathy � use my talents to help others � help both loved ones and strangers alike � find a balance between justice and mercy. Sarah Holmes lives in Norman with her husband and three children. Find more at www.thecharactermom.blogspot.com. "I Will" statements used with permission of Character First, www.characterfirst.com. July 2012 | www.metrofamilymagazine.com 31 Your Healthy Family I Understanding the HCG Diet tseemsthere'salwaysahot,newdiet publishedbyKevinTrudeauthrustthediet programthatclaimstohelpyoushed planintothespotlight. poundsfast.Often,thesediettrendsare EdmondpharmacistMelissaBolekdispenses controversial,particularlythosethatinvolve thedrugcomponentandcounselspatients medications.LikeFen-Phendidinthe90s, ontheproperuseoftheHCGprotocol.The theHumanChorionicGonadotropin(HCG) drugistypicallydispensedinaninjectable diethasmanyskeptics,butastheyearspass form,andpatientsareinstructedonhowto andthedramaticresultsholdsteady,many administeradailyshotofthehormoneeach patientsandprovidersarereconsideringthis morning.Thedoseissmall,andallergy protocol.TheHCGdietcomesinafew syringes,whicharesimilarinsizetoinsulin differentforms,allofwhichincludeavery syringes,canbeusedtoadministerthe lowcaloriedietandsupplementationwitha injection.Patientsarethenaskedtofollowa formofHCG.Theprogramtypicallydelivers specificdietprotocol. significantweightloss,onaverageabouta poundperdayduringthecourseoftreatment. "WhenIfirstbeganseeingprescriptions comein,Iwasveryskeptical,becauseI wasunfamiliarwithitandknewitwasan What is HCG? off-labeluseofthedrug,"saysBolek.That meansthatalthoughthedrugisavailableby HCGisanacronymforhumanchorionic prescriptionataphysician'sdiscretion,the gonadotropin,ahormoneproducedin drugisnotFDA-approvedforthisspecific bothmenandwomen,butisfoundinits purpose.Thepracticeismorecommonthan highestlevelsinwomenduringpregnancy. manypeoplerealize,asmanymedications Infact,itisthepresenceofHCGinurine arenotFDA-approvedfortheirmostcommon thatturnsahomepregnancytestpositive. use."Agoodexampleofthatisusing Duringpregnancy,thehormoneisprimarily antidepressantsasasmoking-cessationaid," responsibleforcontrollingthewoman's sheexplains. metabolicfunctions. shehadadaughter,andaftershestopped breastfeeding,shedecidedtotryHCGagain. Sheisnearingtheendofher40dayprogram, andisdownabout30pounds."Aftermyson, Ilostabout20,soI'mdoingbetterthistime," shesays.Inaddition,abodycomposition analysiswasdonehalfwaythroughthe program,revealingthatshehadreducedher bodyfatbyapproximatelysevenpercentand hadincreasedhermusclemass. Afterseeingthesuccessofsomanypatients, Bolekherselfdecidedtotrytheprogram despiteherinitialmisgivings."Inschool, wearetaughtthatcaloriesinequalcalories out,andthemoreyoueatwithoutadequate exercise,themoreweightyouwillgain.As Ilearnedmoreabouttheprogram,andread theliteraturebehindit,Iwasinterestedto learnhowthebody'smetabolismcouldbe resetwiththishormoneanddietcombination anddecidedtoseemydoctoraboutit.We agreedthatIwasagoodcandidate,asIhad struggledwithmyweightforseveralyears, andtriedmanydifferentmethodstolose weightwithoutlastingresults.TheHCG programallowedmetoloseover40pounds offat,anditkick-startedmyjourneytobetter health.Ilearnedalotabouteatingaclean diet,freeofprocessedfoods.Nomoresodas, fastfood,cookiesorcakes...andIdiscovered awidevarietyofhealthierfoodchoices.Ifeel somuchbetterwithoutthosefoodsinmydiet, andImightneverhavelearnedthesehabits withouttheHCGprotocol,"shenotes. BothLisaandMelissaarefeelingwelland eatinghealthyandreportmoreenergy.Bolek hasmaintainedherweightlossforoversix months."Somedoctorsarestillskeptical, andIunderstandthat,"saysBolek."ButI'm seeingmoreandmoredoctorswriteforit, becausepeoplearegettingresults." Whiletheprogramisgrowinginpopularity, itisimportanttorememberthatHCGisa prescriptionmedicationandisonlytobe usedunderaphysician'ssupervision.Ifyou havequestionsorconcernsorfeelyoumay beacandidateforthistreatment,contactyour healthcareproviderformoreinformation. HCG Diet Protocol Whilesomestillconsidertheprotocoltobe radical,theoriginalresearchwaspublished byA.T.W.Simeons,aBritishmedical doctor,in1954.Dr.Simeonsspentmany yearsstudyingobesity,andwasimpressed thatthetreatmentprotocolcouldbeused inconjunctionwithaverylowcalorie diet,withoutexperiencingthesymptoms commonlyassociatedwithdrasticallyreducedcaloricintake.Whiletheprotocol hasbeeninusefordecades,arecentbook "AfterIdidsomeresearch,Irealizedthatthe protocolhadbeenaroundforyears.HCG basicallytargetsfatcells.Itthenallowsyour bodytousethosefatcellsasfuel,which resultsinweightlossandestablishesanew metabolicrate,"explainsBolek."Inaddition, thepatientiseatingaveryspecific,lowcaloriedietofaround500caloriesperday. Whilethatmaysoundscary,thehormone allowsthebodytometabolizethosefat cells,whichprovideanextra2000-4000 caloriesperday.Whenyoucombinethisfat metabolismwitha500caloriediet,yougeta totalof2500-4500caloriesperday[forthe bodytoactuallyuse].Theverylowcalorie phaseONLYworkswiththeHCGhormone onboard,"explainsBolek."Somephysicians feelthata500-caloriedietistoodrastic,and thatANYpatientwillloseweightwithsuch asmallcaloricintake.However,tryinga 500-caloriedietwithoutHCGwouldlikely ultimatelyresultinweightgain,becausethe metabolismwouldslowdownsomuch,"says Bolek. Typicalpatientsarelookingtoloseanywhere from10�30pounds."Theprescription-based programcanlastforeither20or40days.For patientslookingtolose10�15pounds,the20 dayprotocolistheappropriateoption.Those lookingtolosemoretypicallygowiththe40 dayregimen,"saysBolek. Shannon Fields is a freelance writer from Edmond and a Certified Pharmacy Technician at Innovative Pharmacy Solutions. Editor's note: While we strive to provide our readers with a wide variety of health and wellness information, MetroFamily neither endorses nor recommends the HCG diet. All diet and exercise programs should always be discussed with your health care provider. Patient Results Lisaisa30-year-oldHCGpatient.She decidedtotrytheprotocolafterthebirth ofherfirstson,whoisnowtwo.LastMay, 32 www.metrofamilymagazine.com | July 2012 July 2012 | www.metrofamilymagazine.com 33 34 www.metrofamilymagazine.com | July 2012 JULY 13-14 Midsummer Nights' Fair The Firehouse Art Center will host the 36th Annual Midsummer Nights' Fair on July 13�14 from 6:00�11:00pm. The event will be held in Lions Park (Flood Avenue & Symmes, Norman) and features art demonstrations, live music and artist booths offering highquality paintings, sketches, pottery, jewelry, glass, sculpture, woodworking and more. A highlight of the event, the Children's Art Wall will be available for young painters to express themselves with the assistance of local artists. For more information, call 405-329-4523 or visit www.normanfirehouse.com. Photos courtesy of the Norman Firehouse Art Center, Inc. THROUGH SEPTEMBER 16 23-27 18-22 Chinasaurs Huge, exotic dinosaurs from China are visiting the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History through September 16. From the frightening Yangchuanosaurus, the 30-foot-long king of the Asian Jurrasic dinosaurs, to the little "Jurassic Park" movie star Velociraptor, a dozen rare dinosaurs are featured in this Mesozoic menagerie of mysterious dinosaurs. Receive a free child's admission with purchase of an adult admission with our Kids Pass (www.metrofamilymagazine. com/kids-pass). For more information, call 405-32504712 or visit www.snomnh. ou.edu. Photos courtesy of the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History. Children's Music Festival The Metropolitan Library System's Fourth Annual Children's Music Festival pumps up the volume and has kids ready to rock to the sounds of Aaron Nigel Smith from "Between the Lions" and Dino O'Dell and the Veloci-rappers. It's a celebration of cultures; from Jamaican Reggae to Ska to British Punk to German Polka and Waltz to American Rock 'n' Roll. The Festival runs from July 23�27 and features performances in 18 libraries across the metro. For more information and a complete performance schedule, visit www.metrolibrary.org. Photos courtesy of the Metropolitan Library System. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Recommended for elementary-age children, the Oklahoma Children's Theatre presents "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland." Adapted from the book by Lewis Carroll, the play features a world beyond imagination with remarkable characters like the Mad Hatter and the March Hare. Performances will be held at OCU's Burg Theatre from July 18�22. Receive a free child's ticket with purchase of an adult ticket with our Kids Pass (www.metrofamilymagazine.com/ kids-pass). Call 405-951-0011 or visit www. oklahomachildrenstheatre.org for ticket information. Photos courtesy of the Oklahoma Children's Theatre. July 2012 | www.metrofamilymagazine.com 35 Quick Reference American Banjo Museum 9 E Sheridan Ave, OKC 604-2793, www.banjomuseum.org City Arts Center Fair Park, 3000 Pershing Blvd, OKC 951-0000, www.cityartscenter.org Fine Arts Institute of Edmond 27 E Edwards, Edmond 340-4481, www.edmondfinearts.com Fred Jones Jr Museum of Art 555 Elm Ave, Norman 325-3272, www.ou.edu/fjjma Gaylord-Pickens Oklahoma Heritage Museum 13th & Shartel, OKC 235-4458, www.oklahomaheritage.com Museum of Osteology 10301 S. Sunnylane Rd, OKC 814-0006, www.museumofosteology.org Myriad Botanical Gardens 301 W Reno, OKC 297-3995, www.myriadgardens.com National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum 1700 NE 63rd St, OKC 478-2250, www.nationalcowboymuseum.org Oklahoma Aquarium 300 Aquarium Dr, Jenks 918-296-FISH, www.okaquarium.org OKC Museum of Art 415 Couch Dr, OKC 236-3100, www.okcmoa.com OKC National Memorial 620 N Harvey, OKC 235-3313, www.oklahomacitynationalmemorial.org OKC Zoo 2101 NE 50th St, OKC 424-3344, www.okczoo.com Oklahoma Children's Theatre 2501 N Blackwelder, OKC 606-7003, www.oklahomachildrenstheatre.org Oklahoma History Center 800 Nazih Zuhdi Dr., OKC 522-0765, www.oklahomahistorycenter.org Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History 2401 Chautauqua Ave, Norman 325-4712, www.snomnh.ou.edu Science Museum Oklahoma 2100 NE 52nd St, OKC 602-6664, www.sciencemuseumok.org July 2012 July 1 � Sunday OKC Redhawks vs. Memphis Redbirds baseball at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. 7:05pm. $5 & up. 218-1000, www.okcredhawks.com. Other home games this month: 7/2-3, 12-15, 24-31. FREE Summer Breeze Concert Series in Norman features live performances in the park. 7:30pm. 3079320, www.pasnorman.org/programs/summerbreeze. Also held: 7/22. See website for performance schedule and locations. For Independence Day celebrations around the state, visit www.metrofamilymagazine.com/ independence-day-fun today! And for the best in Summer Fun, go to www.metrofamilymagazine. com/summer-fun. July 3�8 FREE Battle in the Saddle at State Fair Park includes barrel racing, cowboy mounted shooting, roping & more. Events begin at 8am daily. www.battleinthesaddle.com. July 2 � Monday FREE Admission at the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History on the first Monday of each month. 10am-5pm. July 4 � Wednesday 4th of July at Science Museum Oklahoma features a community fireworks mural on the Sideshow Science Stage. FREE with paid admission. 9am-5pm. Stars & Stripes Forever 5K at Lake Hefner Stars & Stripes Park benefits the Silver Strings of Putnam City. Preregister. $25. 7am. 620-0773, www.ssf5k.com. July 3 � Tuesday Outdoor Inflatables at Bouncin Craze (14901 N Lincoln, Edmond) includes water slides. $15 indoor & outdoor inflatables. 10am-8pm. 607-2020, www. bouncincraze.com. FREE Family Night Out at Quail Springs Mall (2501 W Memorial) features family-friendly activities & themes in the Food Court. 5:30-7:30pm. 755-6530, www. quailspringsmall.com. FREE Monthly Mini Model Build at Penn Square Mall's Lego Store. Build a new model every month. First Tuesday of the month, limited quantities, ages 6-14. 5pm. 840-9993, www.Stores.Lego.com. FREE Red, White & Boom at State Fair Park features the OKC Philharmonic & Susan Powell performing popular & patriotic musical favorites, 8:30pm. Fireworks, 10pm. 842-5387, www.okcphilharmonic.org. July 5 � Thursday FREE A Day with Benjamin Franklin at the Oklahoma History Center features special activities with a Benjamin Franklin reenactor. Children's program at 10am, event at 7pm. Family Night "Flowers" at Paint Your Art Out (100 N Broadway, Edmond) has families creating their own masterpiece on canvas. Preregister. $25. 7pm. 5135333, www.paintyourartout.net. July 3�4 Art in the Park 2012: A Celebration in the Heartland at Buck Thomas Park (1903 NE 12, Moore) features live music, children's tent, a giant sand pit, food, wineries, fireworks, arts, crafts & more. 793-4332, www. cityofmoore.com. FREE Yukon's Freedom Fest 2012 at City Park (2200 S Holly) & Chisholm Trail Park (500 W Vandament) features live music, fireworks, car show & more. 3503911, www.cityofyukonok.gov. July 5�21 The Tempest by Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park at the Myriad Gardens Water Stage. A magical story of spirits, young lovers & shipwrecked sailors. $15. Thursday-Saturday, 8pm. 235-3700, www. oklahomashakespeare.com. July 6 � Friday FREE Play in the Park at Westmoore Park in Moore invites families to enjoy activities & games. 10-11:30am. 793-5090, www.cityofmoore.com. Also held: 6/13 (Little River Park). Do you have an event for our calendar? Email Calendar@MetroFamilyMagazine.com All phone numbers are area code 405 unless otherwise noted. Information should be verified before attending events as details can change after press date. 36 www.metrofamilymagazine.com | July 2012 JULY S M T W T F S Water Balloon Day at Science Museum Oklahoma invites guests to discover the science that makes water balloons so much fun. Water balloon launches at 10am, noon, 2pm & 4pm. 9am-5pm. July 8� Sunday Exciting Insects at the Myriad Botanical Gardens for children ages 7-12 includes searching for insects in the Garden with a handy insect guide. Preregister. 1pm. 297-3995, www.myriadgardens.org. July 6�7 FREE First Friday Gallery Walk in the Paseo Arts District features more than 60 artists in 17 galleries. Friday, 6-10pm; Saturday, noon-5pm. 525-2688, www. thepaseo.com. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 July 9� Monday FREE Primary pArtners Class at the Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art (1900 W Mac Arthur, Shawnee) for children 3-6 with parent to explore animals in artwork, hear a story & create a craft. Preregister. 10:3011:30am. 878-5605, www.mgmoa.org/classes. FREE Vampires 101 presented by Science Museum Oklahoma at the Moore Library explores the science behind vampire lore & uses technology to experience first-hand the strengths & weaknesses of modern-day vampires. For teens. Preregister. 2-3pm. FREE Professor B. Looney at the Norman Library features zany antics & balloon art for all ages. 2pm. FREE Neighborhood Arts Presents: Oklahoma Children's Theatre "Teddy Bear's Picnic" at OCCC (6500 S Land) for all ages. 10:30-11:15am. www. metrolibrary.org. Also held: 7/9 Midwest City Library, 7/10 Ralph Ellison & Luther Libraries, 7/11 Del City Library, 7/12 Edmond & Jones Libraries, 7/13 Nicoma Park Library. FREE Neighborhood Arts Presents--Cimarron Opera "Jack & the Beanstalk" at the Northwest Library. 10:3011:15am. Also held: 7/9 Capitol Hill, 7/10 Bethany & Downtown, 7/11 Warr Acres, 7/12 Village & Belle Isle, 7/13 Harrah, 7/16 Southern Oaks & Midwest City, 7/17 Luther & Ralph Ellison, 7/18 Del City & Choctaw, 7/19 Edmond & Jones, 7/20 Nicoma Park. FREE What's that Sound? Who's in the Dark? Who? Who? at the Norman Library features Jennifer Lance & her nocturnal critters. 7pm. Metropolitan Library System www.metrolibrary.org Belle Isle................5501 N Villa ..........843-9601 Bethany ...............3510 N Mueller ........789-8363 Capitol Hill ........... 334 SW 26th ..........634-6308 Choctaw ................2525 Muzzy...........390-8418 Del City .................4509 SE 15th ..........672-1377 Downtown ............300 Park Ave ......... 231-8650 Edmond .............. 10 S Boulevard ........ 341-9282 Midwest City ........ 8143 E Reno .......... 732-4828 Ralph Ellison ...... 2000 NE 23rd ..........424-1437 Southern Oaks ...6900 S Walker ........631-4468 The Village .......... 10307 N Penn ......... 755-0710 Warr Acres ..........5901 NW 63rd..........721-2616 Harrah ..............1930 N Church Ave.....454-2001 Jones ......................111 E Main ...........399-5471 Luther .....................310 NE 3rd ........... 277-9967 Nicoma Park ..... 2240 Overholser .......769-9452 Northwest .........5600 NW 122nd .......606-3580 Wright Library ... 2101 Exchange ........235-5035 July 6�8 Iolanthe, a comic operetta presented by the Cimarron Opera at the Nancy O'Brian Center for the Performing Arts (1809 Stubbeman, Norman). $15 adults, $10 students & seniors. Friday, 8pm; Saturday, 2pm & 8pm; Sunday, 2pm. 364-8962, www.cimarronopera.org. July 6�15 Shawnee Youth Rodeo Discount at Frontier City & White Water Bay invites all rodeo contestants & families to enjoy a discounted rate. A portion of each ticket will be donated back to the rodeo. Advanced ticket required, available online. 478-2140, www.frontiercity.com, www. whitewaterbay.com. July 7� Saturday FREE 1st Annual Independence Day Festival at Purcell City Lake features food, shopping, music, contests, car show & Kid Zone activities. 11am-10pm. 527-3093, www.theheartofok.com. FREE Crafts for Kids "Sunny Day Visor" at Lakeshore Learning (6300 N May) invites kids ages 3 & up to create a visor to keep them safe from the sun. 11am-3pm. 858-8778, www.lakeshorelearning.com. Live Banjo Performance at the American Banjo Museum (9 E Sheridan). FREE with paid admission. 3-5pm. 604-2793, www.americanbanjomuseum.com. Also held: 7/14, 28. FREE Battle in the Saddle Family Fun Day at State Fair Park features arts & crafts, games & Wild West-themed activities including a mop pony parade (limited to the first 75 entries ages 6 & up). 4-7pm. www. battleinthesaddle.com. Gospel Concert at Inspiration Hill (880669 S 3330, Wellston) features The Williamsons in a tribute to Independence Day. Love offering will be received. 7pm. 356-4051. Pioneer Library System www.pls.lib.ok.us Blanchard.............. 300 N Main ........... 485-2275 McLoud...................133 N Main ...........964-2960 Moore................... 225 S Howard ......... 793-5100 Newcastle............ 705 NW Tenth ......... 387-5076 Noble .......................204 N 5th .............872-5713 Norman ................225 N Webster ........ 701-2600 Purcell ................... 919 N Ninth ........... 527-5546 Shawnee ...........101 N Philadelphia .....275-6353 SW OKC .............. 2201 SW 134th ........979-2200 Tecumseh ...........114 N Broadway .......598-5955 July 2012 | www.metrofamilymagazine.com 37 July 10 � Tuesday Storytime Science at Science Museum Oklahoma features a tale presented by SMO's performerpuppeteer extraordinaire. FREE with paid museum admission. 10am & 2pm. FREE Rock the Park at Wild Horse Park in Mustang features inflatables, face painting, balloon twister, live music & outdoor screening of the movie "Despicable Me." 7:30pm. 376-3411. FREE Spaghetti Eddie at the Village Library features songs that will have your kids moving, shaking, learning & singing along. 1-2pm. FREE Spooky Campfire Tales at the Edmond Library invites children ages 6-11 to sit around the "campfire" to hear some spooky stories & songs. 7-7:30pm. July 12 � Tuesday FREE Moore Make 'n Take at the Moore Library for children 3-12 years old to enjoy a come & go craft activity. 10-11:30am. FREE Monster Mash at the Southwest OKC Library celebrates all things ooey, gooey & icky with snacks, games, activities & crafts. 2-3pm. Dive-In Movie Night at Pelican Bay (1034 S Bryant, Edmond) screens The Sandlot. $5. Gates open at 8:30pm. 216-7647, www.edmondok.com. July 10�14 Sweet Charity presented by Lyric Theatre at the Civic Center Music Hall. $33 & up. Tuesday-Thursday, 7:30pm; Friday, 8pm; Saturday, 2pm & 8pm. 524-9312, www.lyrictheatreokc.com. July 11 � Wednesday Kids Paint Your Pet at Paint Your Art Out (100 N Broadway, Edmond) for children ages 8-16 to create their own masterpiece on canvas featuring their pet. One pet per canvas. Preregister. $35. 10am. 513-5333, www.paintyourartout.net. July 13 � Friday Story Time at Bouncin Craze (14901 N Lincoln, Edmond) FREE with paid admission. 11-11:30am. 6072020, www.bouncincraze.com. FREE Children's Storytime at Quail Springs Barnes & Noble (13800 N May), Wednesday & Saturday, 11am. 755-1155, www.barnesandnoble.com. FREE Wacky Wednesdays at the Jackie Cooper Gym (1024 E Main, Yukon) presents a carnival, sports activities & fishing. 10am-noon. 350-8920, www.cityofyukonok.gov. FREE Wednesday Night at the Movies at the Downtown Library. Held every Wednesday, 6-8pm. 231-8650. Home School Bowling Days at Sooner Bowling Center (550 24th Ave NW, Norman) offers bowling for up to 6 people and much more, $15. Wednesdays & Fridays through July, 10am-3pm. 360-3634, www. soonerbowl.com. Story Time at Be Wild For Art (1006 24th Ave NW, Norman) includes story & pottery activity. See website for details. Thursday, 11am. 307-9971, www. bewildforart.com. FREE Fishing Clinics at Arcadia Conservation Education Area Kids Pond invites families to learn fishing for free. Preregister. Thursdays in July, 6:308:30pm. www.wildlifedepartment.com. FREE Lower Bricktown Live Summer Concert Series in front of the fountain just South of Mickey Mantel & Reno Thursdays through August 16. 7:309:30pm. www.lowerbricktown.com. FREE Summer Concert Series at the Outlet Shoppes at OKC (7624 W Reno) held in the Center Court on Thursday evenings through July. 7pm. www. theoutletshoppesatoklahomacity.com. FREE Concerts in the Park at Joe B Barnes Regional Park in Midwest City each Thursday evening through 8/2. 7pm. www.midwestcityok.org. FREE Melody Hounds Music Class at the Norman Library for children 3-7 with parent develops musical Weekly Events FREE Discovery Room programs at the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History. Usually held Saturdays and Sundays but see website for complete list & details. FREE Art Moves weekdays (Monday-Friday) in downtown OKC (various locations), including performances, demonstrations, short films & discussions. Noon-1pm. 270-4892, www. artscouncilokc.com/art-moves. Monday Evening Family Swim at the Mustang Town Aquatic Center (1201 N Mustang). $3 per person, $10 entire family. Mondays in June & July, 7:30-9:30pm. 376-9049. Toddler Time playtime at Mustang Town Center (1201 N Mustang). $2 or FREE with Town Center membership. Tuesdays & Thursdays, 9am-noon. 376-3411, www.cityofmustang.org. Wild Tuesdays Story Time Safari at the OKC Zoo for kids 11 & under to hear stories & meet a zookeeper. FREE with paid admission. Tuesdays in June & July, 9:30am & 10:30am. FREE Admission at Norman's Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art on Tuesdays. 10am-5pm. Activities include Art Adventures for children ages 3-5 with adult (10:30am). FREE Sooner Mall Outreach Storytime is an interactive story time held outside Sears at Sooner Mall for ages 9 & under. Tuesdays, 10am. Family Fun Night at JumpZone (SW 104th & Western) includes 2 adults, 2 children, 1 large pizza, 2 liter pop for $25. Tuesdays & Thursdays, 4:30-8pm. 200-1691, www.jumpzoneparty.com. Way Back Wednesdays at the OKC Zoo features $1 admission, concession & ride deals. Children 2 & under FREE. Wednesdays through August. 38 www.metrofamilymagazine.com | July 2012 FREE Kids Dance Party at the Southwest OKC Library invites children ages 8-15 to learn cool moves to their favorite tunes. 6-7pm. FREE Norman's 2nd Friday Circuit of Art is a monthly celebration of the arts connecting the downtown arts district with galleries, performance halls, & Campus Corner. Trolley service between venues available. 6-10pm. 360-1162, www.2ndfridaynorman.com. FREE Heitz Movie Nitez at Marc Heitz Chevrolet (I-35 & Lindsay, Norman) features a special double feature of Lion King 2:Simba's Pride and Wild Hogs at dusk. 4887971, www.facebook.com/kcoyote.1Force Parents' Night Out at Unpluggits Playstudio (575 Enterprise, Edmond) invites kids to enjoy crafts, playground & pizza while parents enjoy a night out. For ages 5 & up. $25, add a sibling or friend for $20 more. Preregister. 6:30-10pm. 340-7584, www.unpluggits.com. FREE LIVE on the Plaza in the Plaza District (NW 16th between Classen & Penn) includes art walk, local artists, live music & shopping held the second Friday each month. 7-11pm. www.plazadistrict.org. FREE Art a la Carte at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum literacy. Thursdays, 7-7:30pm; Fridays, 10:30-11am. FREE Thursday Noon Tunes at the Downtown Library, 11:30-1pm. Family Fun Day at Celebration Station (509 Westline) features unlimited rides & a pizza buffet for $15.99 per person. Thursdays, 4-9pm. 942-7888, www.celebrationstation.com. Cocktails on the Skyline at the OKC Museum of Art. Free for members; $5 for nonmembers. Cash bar, complimentary snacks & live music. See website for details. Thursdays through October 11, 5-10:30pm. FREE Concerts in the Park at Chisholm Trail Park (500 W Vandament, Yukon) features music Thursdays (except July 5). 7-9pm. www. cityofyukonok.gov. FREE Outdoor Concerts in the Park at Hafer Park Stage (1034 S Bryant, Edmond) offers live music outdoors each Thursday at 7:15pm. 359-4630, www.edmondok.com/parks/rec. FREE Green Earth Gang for ages 9-13 works on conservation projects in Martin Park. Fridays, 9:30am-12:30pm during the summer months. 755-0676, www.okc.gov/parks/martin_park. FREE Summer Nights Music in the Park at Buck Thomas Park (1903 NE 12, Moore). Fridays in June, 7pm. 793-4332, www.cityofmoore.com. The UCO Jazz Lab features performances each Friday & Saturday at 8pm. $7 adults, $5 age 12 & under. 359-7989, www.ucojazzlab.com. Train Rides at the Oklahoma Railway Museum leave the Oakwood Depot at 10am, 11am, noon, 1:30pm & 2:30pm on the first & third Saturday of the month. $10 ages 15 & up, $5 ages 3-14, FREE under 3. 4248222, www.oklahomarailwaymuseum.org. of Art provides live music, short films & an art activity. 6-9pm. July 13�14 FREE Midsummer Nights' Fair at Lions Park (450 S Flood, Norman) celebrates visual arts with activities, live music, demonstrations & food. 6-11pm. 329-4253, www.normanfirehouse.com. Mother & Sons Conference at OKC First Nazarene Church (4400 NW Expressway) helps single mothers understand how to speak their son's language & embrace their personalities rather than being in conflict. Sons attend a leadership & character training conference. Preregister. $25 per family, includes meals, childcare and materials. Friday, 6-9pm; Saturday, 9am5pm. 917-1817, www.supportforsingleparents.org. July 13�29 Hairspray presented by the Poteet Theatre (222 NW 15) presents a musical based in 1960s Baltimore. $20. Thursday-Saturday, 8pm; Sunday, 3pm; Matinee on August 4, 2pm. 609-1023, www.poteettheatre.com. FREE Children's Storytime at Full Circle Bookstore (1900 NW Expressway) each Saturday, 10:15am. 842-2900, www.fullcirclebooks.com. FREE Children's Story Time at Edmond's Best of Books, Saturdays, 11am. 340-9202, www. bestofbooksedmond.com. FREE Skating Lessons at Skate Galaxy (5800 NW 36) for beginner, intermediate, advanced & featured styles. Saturdays, noon-12:45pm. 605-2758, www. skategalaxyokc.com. All-Star Bowling for Differently-Abled Individuals at AMF Yukon Lanes (500 E Main). $8/week includes 3 games & shoes. Saturdays, 1pm. Email email@example.com to verify schedule. 354-2516. Drop in Art at the OKC Museum of Art features hands-on art activities. FREE with paid admission. Saturdays, 1-4pm. Stay Late on Saturdays at the OKC Zoo. Open until 8pm on Saturdays through September. History Cruises (Saturdays) & Shakespeare Cruises (Sundays) on the Oklahoma River depart Regatta Park & Exchange landings. Adults $6+, children $3+, FREE under age 6. Through August, noon & 12:45pm. 702-7755, www.okrivercruises.com. FREE Open House at techJOYnt (8328 Glade) presents information about this hands-on, technology-based after-school education academy. Sundays, 2-4pm. 345-5010, www.techjoynt.org. FREE Sunday Twilight Concert Series at the Great Lawn Stage in the Myriad Gardens. Sundays through August, 7:30-9pm. www.artscouncilokc.com for lineup. FREE Sunset Cinemas at Charles J Johnson Park (7209 SE 29, Midwest City) outdoor movies shown Sunday nights through August 12. Movies begin 20 minutes after sundown. www.visitmidwestcity.com. July 2012 | www.metrofamilymagazine.com 39 July 14 � Saturday Color Me Rad 5K at State Fair Park is a colorful 5K race in which the runners start with white shirts & get pummeled with color throughout. Preregister. $40 & up. 9am. www.colormerad.com. All American Idol Pre-Auditions at Sooner Fashion Mall (3301 W Main, Norman) invites ages 16 & up to audition. Over $5000 in cash & prizes awarded to first three winners. $3 donation requested benefits Bethel Foundation. Registration 9am, performances 10am. 286-3700, www.bethelfoundationusa.com. Also held 7/28 (Outlet Shoppes of OKC). FREE Lowe's Build & Grow Clinic "Kung Fu Panda Spinning Attack" at participating Lowe's stores. Participants receive a free apron, goggles, patch & project certificate. Preregister. 10am. www. lowesbuildandgrow.com. FREE Crafts for Kids "My Pet Fish" at Lakeshore Learning (6300 N May) invites kids ages 3 & up to create a pet fish complete with a water bowl, bubbles, pebbles & more. 11am-3pm. 858-8778, www. lakeshorelearning.com. OU-Stream Ecology Sideshow Science at Science Museum Oklahoma invites guests to learn about the science & study of Oklahoma's streams with ecology experts from OU. 11:30am-2pm. Greater Oklahoma Bluegrass Music Society Concert/Jam at the Oklahoma Country-Western Museum & Hall of Fame (3925 SE 29) features professional bluegrass bands. $6, FREE ages 12 & under. 6:30pm. 677-7515, www.gobms.org. July 18 � Wednesday Coolaid & Canvas--Surfboards on the Beach at Be Wild for Art (1006 24th Ave NW, Norman) invites participants to enjoy an afternoon of artist-led painting on canvas. Supplies provided. Preregister. $35. 4-6pm. 307-9971, www.bewildforart.com. July 18�20 FREE American Idol Auditions at the Chesapeake Energy Arena. The show will audition potential contestants for season 12. See website for complete details & procedures. www.americanidol.com July 18�22 Alice's Adventures presented by the Oklahoma Children's Theatre (2501 N Blackwelder). $9 adults, $6 students & children ages 2-12. Wednesday-Friday, 10am & noon; Saturday-Sunday, 2pm. 606-7003, www. oklahomachildrenstheatre.org. July 19 � Thursday FREE Space Jam at the Southwest OKC Library is an out-of-this-world party complete with astronauts, aliens, snacks, activities and a presentation from the OKC Astronomy Club. 2-3pm. Cocktails & Canvas--Jazzy Tree at Be Wild for Art (1006 24th Ave NW, Norman) features artist-led painting on canvas. Supplies provided. Preregister. $45. 7-10pm. 307-9971, www.bewildforart.com. July 14�15 FREE Overnight Glow Party at the Norman Library invites teens to a lock-in to light up the library at night. Preregister. 8pm-7am. July 19�28 Into the Woods presented by Upstage Theatre & Performing Arts Studio at the Mitch Park Amphitheatre (1501 W Covell, Edmond). $12 adults, $6 students, FREE children 4 & under. 8pm. 285-5803, www. upstagetheatreok.com. July 15 Meandering Mazes at the Myriad Botanical Gardens for children ages 7-12 to stroll through the Children's Garden Maze & discover the differences between mazes & labyrinths as they work together to make one of each. Preregister. $1 per child. 1pm. 297-3995, www. myriadgardens.org. July 20 � Friday Celebrate The Moon Landing at Science Museum Oklahoma by making your very own moon craft & suiting up like a real astronaut. 10am-2pm. FREE Pianist Wayne McEvilly at the Midwest City Library includes performances & stories of music reflecting composers' enchantment with the magic & romance of the night. 2-3pm. FREE Heitz Movie Nitez at Marc Heitz Chevrolet (I-35 & Lindsay, Norman) screens Homeward Bound: the Incredible Journey at dusk. 488-7971, www.facebook. com/kcoyote.1Force Sleep with the Sharks at the Oklahoma Aquarium (Jenks) invites visitors to stay overnight in the Aquarium. Includes a light snack, drinks, dive show, scavenger hunt, flashlight tour, movie & breakfast. Group discounts available. $45 nonmembers, $35 members. 7pm-8am. FREE Third Friday Celtic Night at Sonder Music (225 E Gray, Norman) invites Celtic dancers, musicians & listeners to join in a Celtic music jam. 8-10pm. 474-9734, www.sondermusic.com. July 16 � Monday FREE Pint Sized Polkas at the Norman Library invites families to discover the fun of polka music. 2pm & 7pm. July 17 � Tuesday The annual Sales Tax Appreciation Day at the OKC Zoo means FREE admission for all. Family Night "Paint Your Name" at Paint Your Art Out (100 N Broadway, Edmond) has families creating their own masterpiece on canvas. Preregister. $25. 7pm. 513-5333, www.paintyourartout.net. 40 www.metrofamilymagazine.com | July 2012 July 20�29 Anything Goes at UCO's Mitchell Hall Theatre (100 N University, Edmond) features music by Cole Porter. $20 adults, FREE children 4 & under ($5 discount for matinees). Friday, 8pm; Saturday, 2pm & 8pm; Sunday, 2pm. 974-3375, www.summerstockok.com. July 24 � Tuesday Celebrate Amelia Earhart's Birthday at Science Museum Oklahoma. Eat cake, make a paper flying machine & see the SMO's collection of real airplanes. 11am-12:30pm. July 21 � Saturday FREE Crafts for Kids "Olympic Torch" at Lakeshore Learning (6300 N May) invites kids ages 3 & up to create a torch to celebrate the Summer Olympic Games. 11am-3pm. 858-8778, www.lakeshorelearning.com. Family Fun Night at KickingBird Golf Club (1600 E Danforth, Edmond) features 9 holes with special junior tees. Tee times required one week in advance. FREE putting course plus food & beverage discounts. $6 green fees, $6 carts, $2 range tokens. 5-8pm. 341-5350, www.kickingbirdgolf.com. Bowling for Rhinos at AMF Boulevard Lanes (3501 S Boulevard, Edmond) supports rhino conservation at the OKC Zoo. $25 includes shoe rental, bowling, door prizes & t-shirt. Preregister. 424-3344, www.okczoo.com. Fort Reno Ghost Tours at Historic Fort Reno (7107 W Cheyenne, El Reno) includes tours of the fort & presentations by paranormal research teams. Advance ticket required. Third Saturday of the month through November. $8 adults, $5 children ages 5-12. 7:30pm. 262-3987, www.fortreno.org. FREE RIVERSPORT OKC Family Movie Night at the Chesapeake Finish Line Tower (Lincoln & SE 6th) invites families to bring chairs & blankets to watch a family-friendly film. Title TBA. Concessions available for purchase. 8:30pm. 552-4040, www.riversportokc.org. July 24�28 Call Me Madam presented by Lyric Theatre at the Civic Center Music Hall. $33 & up. Tuesday-Thursday, 7:30pm; Friday, 8pm; Saturday, 2pm & 8pm. 524-9312, www.lyrictheatreokc.com. July 25 � Wednesday Christmas in July "Fragile" at Paint Your Art Out (100 N Broadway, Edmond) has participants creating their own masterpiece on canvas featuring the infamous leg lamp from a popular Christmas movie. Preregister. $35. 7pm. 513-5333, www.paintyourartout.net. July 26 � Thursday Make Your Own Slime Day at Science Museum Oklahoma invites guests to explore the science that makes up ooey gooey slime. 10am-2pm. FREE Light Up The Night presented by Science Museum Oklahoma at the Warr Acres Library unlocks the mystery behind chemiluminescence & kindles the inner artist with a colorful palette of light. Preregister. 6:30-7:30pm. FREE Open House at Primrose School (1520 SW 119) includes a tour of school, a meet-and-greet with teachers, refreshments and more. 793-6000, www. primroseswoklahomacity.com. Ladies' Night at Be Wild for Art (1006 24th Ave NW, Norman) invites ladies to bring drinks for some girl time & a discounted $4 studio fee. 6-9pm. 307-9971, www. bewildforart.com. July 22 � Sunday Celebrate Gregor Mendel's (the founder of the science of genetics) Birthday at Science Museum Oklahoma. Eat cake & manipulate alien genes while studying the science of genetics and learning about Mendel. 11am-12:30pm. Precious Pollinators at the Myriad Botanical Gardens for children ages 7-12 teaches about butterflies & bees and the important work they do that helps to grow the food we eat. Preregister. $1 per child. 1pm. 297-3995, www.myriadgardens.org. July 26�29 Cymbeline presented by Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park at OCU's Burg Theatre (2501 N Blackwelder) is a dark fairy tale of wicked stepmothers, beautiful princesses, clowns, war & divine interventions. $15. Thursday-Saturday, 8pm. 235-3700, www. oklahomashakespeare.com. July 23 � Monday FREE Monty Harper at the Norman Library features musical entertainment. 2pm & 7pm. FREE Children's Music Festival Presents Dinosaur O'Dell's Big Dream Machine at the Northwest Library. 10:30-11:15am. Also held: 6/23 Capitol Hill, 6/24 Bethany & Downtown, 6/25 Wright & Warr Acres, 6/26 Village & Belle Isle, 6/27 Harrah. FREE Children's Music Festival Presents Aaron Nigel Smith from "Between the Lions" at OCCC (6500 S Land). 10:30-11:15am. Library dates: 6/23 Midwest City, 6/24 Ralph Ellison & Luther, 6/25 Del City & Choctaw, 6/26 Edmond & Jones, 6/27 Nicoma Park. July 27�28 2nd's Best Consignment Sale at Arvest Plaza (915955 S Cornwell, Yukon) features deals on gently used children's clothing, toys, d�cor & more. Discount day Saturday. Friday, 9am-8pm; Saturday, 9am-noon, 1-4pm & 4:15-5pm. www.2ndsbest.info/index.html. July 27 � Friday Music Time at Bouncin Craze (14901 N Lincoln, Edmond) FREE with paid admission. 11-11:30am. 6072020, www.bouncincraze.com. Friday Night 5K at Wheeler Park (I-40 & Western) features fun & fitness with a 5K race followed by food, July 2012 | www.metrofamilymagazine.com 41 The Sunday Twilight Concert Series provides free, family-friendly concerts each week at the Great Lawn of the Myriad Botanical Garden. Find a list of summer concerts around the metro at www.metrofamilymagazine.com/summer-concerts. fun & excitement. Preregister.online. $25. 919-9587, www.dgroadracing.com. modest attire & socks. 11am-12:30pm. 869-0501, www. ctbuddhamind.org/classes. Dive-In Movie Night at Pelican Bay (1034 S Bryant, Edmond) screens Home Alone. $5. 8:30pm. 216-7647, www.edmondok.com. FREE Explore Little River Park at Little River Park in Moore (4th Street entrance) invites participants ages 2 & up to join naturalist Neil Garrison in taking a look at the different eco-systems, environments & creatures that roam the park. Preregister. 10-11:30am. 793-5090, www. cityofmoore.com. August 4 � Saturday FREE Arcadia Lake Sweep at Spring Creek Park (7200 E 15, Edmond) invites participants to help clean up the park. Includes FREE t-shirt & hot dog while supplies last. Bring own gloves. 216-7471, www. arcadialakeok.com. July 28 � Saturday FREE Crafts for Kids "Keep Cool Summer Fan" at Lakeshore Learning (6300 N May) invites kids ages 3 & up to create a hand fan. 11am-3pm. 858-8778, www. lakeshorelearning.com. FREE Kids' Meditation Class at Buddha Mind Monastery (5916 S Anderson) helps kids discover their inner wisdom through meditation & fun activities. No prerequisites. Join anytime. Wear comfortable, August 5 � Sunday FREE Summer Breeze Concert Series in Norman features live performances in the park. 7:30pm. 3079320, www.pasnorman.org/programs/summerbreeze. Also held: 8/26. See website for performance schedule and locations. July 31 � Tuesday Outdoor Inflatables at Bouncin Craze (14901 N Lincoln, Edmond) includes water slides and indoor & outdoor inflatables. 10am-8pm. $15. 607-2020, www. bouncincraze.com. August 6 � Monday FREE Admission at the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History on the first Monday of each month. 10am-5pm. August 2�5 Crazy for You at the Sooner Theatre (101 E Main, Norman) features this musical by George & Ira Gershwin performed by a teenaged cast. Thursday, 7:30pm; Friday-Saturday, 2pm & 7:30pm; Sunday, 2pm. 321-9600, www.soonertheatre.org. August 7�11 Chita Rivera: My Broadway presented by Lyric Theatre at the Civic Center Music Hall features the twotime Tony Award winner. $33 & up. Tuesday-Thursday, 7:30pm; Friday, 8pm; Saturday, 2pm & 8pm. 524-9312, www.lyrictheatreokc.com. August 3�4 Edmond Quilt Festival 2012 at the UCO Fieldhouse in Edmond features a juried show with vendors, door prizes, demos & raffle quilt drawing. $5. 9am-5pm. www. eqg.us. August 10 � Friday OKC Redhawks vs. Sacramento River Cats baseball at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. 7:05pm. $5 & up. 218-1000, www.okcredhawks.com. Other home games this month: 8/11-17, 27-31. 42 www.metrofamilymagazine.com | July 2012 Photo courtesy of the Arts Council of Oklahoma City. Ongoing Events Through July 15 FREE Family Summer Camp at Bass Pro Shops (200 Bass Pro) activities, workshops, crafts, photos, s'mores & fishing. Earn a FREE pin for completed workshops. See website for schedule. 218-5200, www.basspro.com. Through September 3 Blue Star Museums provides FREE admission to participating museums. Available to military ID holder & five immediate family members. See website for details & full list of participating locations. www.arts.gov/ bluestarmuseums. Faces of Bettina Steinke at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum features the work of the renowned portraitist. Through July 26 Norman Come & Go Crafts at the Norman Library encourages children to make a creation to take home. Thursdays, 1-3pm. Through September 9 Fusion: A New Century of Glass at the OKC Museum of Art features glass sculptures & installations from the twenty-first century that embrace the diversity & depth of the human experience. Vernet to Villon: Nineteenth Century French Master Drawings from the National Gallery of Art at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art features the first exhibition lent to Oklahoma by DC's National Gallery of Art including drawings & watercolors representing each of the major 19th-century movements. Red Earth Invitational Sculpture Exhibit at the Myriad Botanical Gardens features Native American sculptures installed in the Meinders Garden & the Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory's South entrance visitors' center. Through July 28 Enoch Kelly Haney Art Exhibit: Touching the Past at the Gaylord-Pickens Oklahoma Heritage Museum showcases paintings & sculptures by the Oklahoma Senator & Seminole Chief. Through August 2 Summer Kids Movies at the Warren Theatre (1000 Telephone, Moore) kid-friendly movies held Tuesday & Thursday mornings. $2 single shows. 735-9676, www. warrentheatres.com/moore.asp. Through September 16 The Cult of Personality: Andy Warhol, Harold Stevenson & Portraiture at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art features portraits by Andy Warhol with a special focus on the Polaroids he used as preparatory studies for the portraits he produced. Chinasaurs: Dinosaur Discoveries from China at the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History features a dozen rare cast dinosaurs as well as fossil dinosaur eggs, nests & bones. Through August 5 Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition & Sale at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in an annual exhibition featuring more than 300 works by the finest contemporary Western artists. Through August 10 Summer Movie Fun at Harkins Bricktown Cinemas 16 (150 E Reno) kid-friendly movies held Monday�Friday, 9:45am. $5 admission to one movie per week for the series. 231-4747, www.harkinstheatres.com/smf. Through December 9 Oklahoma & Infamy at the Oklahoma History Center marks the 70th anniversary of the United States' entrance into WWII through the Oklahomans who experienced the devastation. Includes artifacts, Japanese flight suits & naval uniforms, interviews with veterans & personal letters. FREE admission to veterans & active duty military. Through August 25 Soaring Voices: Recent Ceramics by Women from Japan at City Arts Center (3000 General Pershing) features ceramic works by 25 women artists. 951-0000, www.cityartscenter.org. Through 2012 Oklahoma at the Movies at the Oklahoma History Center showcases the creativity & innovation of Oklahomans & their legacy of creating, starring in & watching motion pictures. Through August 26 Morning Zoo Rise at the OKC Zoo features an early opening at 8am daily to allow guests to enjoy the Zoo during the cooler morning hours. 8am-5pm. Through August 31 FREE Admission at the Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art (1900 W MacArthur, Shawnee) through August. 8785300, www.mgmoa.org. Visit www.metrofamilymagazine. com/calendar today for more fun upcoming events! July 2012 | www.metrofamilymagazine.com 43 44 www.metrofamilymagazine.com | July 2012 July 2012 | www.metrofamilymagazine.com 45 Ellie M., age 2, of Mustang enjoying backyard sprinkler fun. Andrea B., age 10, and Cheyann B., age 6, of Mustang in the pool. To celebrate summer, we asked our readers to submit their favorite photos of cool water fun. View all submissions at www. metrofamilymagazine.com/ july-2012-photos. Water Fun! Tristan L., age 4, and Brooklyn L., 19 months, of Edmond play on the Slip-n-Slide. The Knox Family of Edmond at Frontier City's new Wild West Water Works Park. Isabella B., age 11, and Ainsley B., age 7, of Edmond in the pool. Caleb V., age 7, of Oklahoma City, boogieboarding in Florida. Kate L, age 3, of Oklahoma City plays in the sprinkler. Emma L., age 7, and Lauren L., age 4, playing with water balloons. Hudson M., age 5, and grandfather Scott L. in the pool in Norman. For August, we'd want to see your favorite first day of school photos. Submit them by Thursday, July 19. For September, we want to see photos of your children's best funny faces. Photos are due by Thursday, August 16. Guidelines and a photo submission form can be found at www.metrofamilymagazine.com/mfm-photo-galleries. 46 www.metrofamilymagazine.com | July 2012 Let MetroFamily help you plan the best summer ever! 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