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FAMILY EVENTS JUNE 2017 JUNE 3 KIDS CARNIVAL Main Street Square, Rapid City. 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Families enjoy an afternoon filled with kid-friendly games, crafts, entertainers, train rides, and educational booths. More info: mainstreetsquarerc.com. ______________________________

JUNE 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, 28 CHILDREN'S ACTIVITIES Museum of Visual Materials, Sioux Falls. 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Join for free daily activities. Registration is not required for groups of 10 or fewer. More info: sfmvm.com. ______________________________

JUNE 10 SUPER 2ND SATURDAY Washington Pavilion, Sioux Falls. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Monthly event with new educational and interactive experiences to enhance knowledge of everyday to extraordinary. Free to members. More info: washingtonpavilion.org.

SATURDAY ART ADVENTURES The Dahl, Rapid City. 1-3 p.m. Join them every second Saturday for an adventure in art! Free family-orientated art activities, and tours of the galleries are fun and educational. More info: thedahl.org. ______________________________

JUNE 17 STOCKYARDS 100TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION Stockyards Ag Experience, Sioux Falls. All Day. Celebrate the Stockyards’ 100th birthday with cake, party games, and crafty fun! Included with admission fee. More info: stockyardsagexperience.org.

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WISDOM FROM A CAR SEAT BY TRACY KIRBY | CRISTA BALLARD PHOTOGRAPHY

To anyone that has any contact with children, as well as any sort of vehicular transport of them, they know, there is indeed a dark side to this whole “begetting” of children situation. That dark side being, of course, car seats. Car seats! How I loathe and love you all at the same time. You protect my children from harm, and for that I am forever and ever grateful. But why do you have to be so puzzling, beefy, and impossible to move? Even the ones that advertise themselves as “easy to install” and “tighten

with a click” are simply liars. Liars. There is a reason there are several places you can go and have your work as a parent checked when it comes to car seat install; any type of academic prowess has no meaning or bearing on your ability to install the seats. I have seen highly intelligent grown men and women (who shall remain nameless) reduced to tantrums and lament trying to install a tiny car seat. Was that a click? Is that the click we are supposed to hear? Listen! Did it click? Is this moving side-to-side more than a quarter of an inch? How

much is a quarter of an inch? Is this thing level? Wait. Was that the click?

even then, I am not 100 percent confident they would be installed right.

YOU GUYS KNOW WHAT I’M TALKING ABOUT.

Last week, however, I was forced to do this very thing. I had purchased a large mirror for our house, and I was so excited to get the mirror home. My husband (wisely) advised me to just pay the delivery fee to get the mirror moved, but brilliant

And that is why once my husband installs the bulky seats, I vow to never move them. They become permanent fixtures in my vehicle, much like the straw wrapper trash that is perpetually strewn about. Wanna carpool? Nope. Because that would mean I would have to move my car seats, and that would take approximately one decade to remove and reinstall, and

me balked at the idea and proudly said, “No! We can do it, Jon.” Which is just really code for, “You can do it, Jon.” With a sigh, he acquiesced and asked me to clean out the car, including the car

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