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departments commentary feature

5 community snaps 6 what’s briefly

18 diary of a dad

7 exceptional families 8 new kids

19 parent profile

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ONLINE Exclusive Want to find the perfect gift for any mom? ● Beyond Bonbons and Bouquets: 135 Mother’s Day Gift Ideas by Christina Katz has you covered from A to Z. Also, read Gayla Grace’s how-to guide, ● Mother’s Day as a Stepmom: How to Celebrate? for the ins and outs of feeling appreciated. ● Take the Party Outside for a mess-proof way to celebrate birthdays at annarborfamily.com.

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Adams Street Publishing Co. What was your most memorable birthday and why?

Publisher/Editor in Chief

Collette Jacobs (cjacobs@toledoparent.com) sharing it with my cousin b/c we celebrate the same day

Co-publisher/Chief Financial Officer

Mark I. Jacobs (mjacobs@toledoparent.com) My Daughter’s 5th birthday we had a pony brought to our yard for pony rides!

Editorial

April 20May 20 By Sue Lovett Taurus is one of the most loving signs of the zodiac. They love to be held and to cuddle. They (like Charlie Brown) often carry their own blanket with them. They are rarely suspicious and usually trust others. They are not fussy eaters although they have a sweet tooth and love fruits and desserts. Vegetables are not their favorites but will be eaten if promised a treat when they are finished. They play well with other children and willingly wait for their turn. The symbol for Taurus is a bull. They are more like Ferdinand, smelling the flowers, not being aggressive. They enjoy helping in the kitchen and in the garden. They also like to save money so be sure they have a piggy bank to watch their savings grow. They are musical, enjoy singing and playing an instrument. You can always be proud of your Taurus child.

Assignment Editor: Nadine Hariri (nadine@adamsstreetpublishing.com) My most recent, I got breakfast in bed!

Calendar: Marisa Rubin (mrubin@adamsstreetpublishing.com) Art Party at Martin School... I got to wear a puffy painted shirt Social Media Specialist: Brandon Doriot (aspcmedia@gmail.com) My grandma let me watch Stephen King’s “it” when I was 5...mortified me. 2 weeks later there was a clown at my bday and I was so scared I puked all over my Ghostbusters cake Contributing Writers: Heather Burcham, Jeff Berry, Sue Lovett, TiAnna Anderson, Katy Clark

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Pokemon party for my 19th birthday

Advertising Sales Manager: Aubrey Hornsby (ahornsby@adamsstreetpublishing.com) 30th, Wife threw a wonderful surprise party Sales Coordinator: Emily Gibb (classifieds@toledoparent.com) in Columbus when I was 5. It’s not there anymore, but it was a giant building (giant at least to a 5 year old) filled with tunnels, ball pits and slides Customer Service Representative: Rachellyn Marsh (rsmarsh@adamsstreetpublishing.com) 14th in Edinburgh Sales: Sharon Kornowa (sharon@toledoparent.com) The time my mom made me a doll cake and when I blew out the candles her hair caught on fire Sam Rotroff (srotroff@adamsstreetpublishing.com) 7th, my dad dressed up like Batman Lydia Schaefer (lydia@adamsstreetpublishing.com) 10th birthday - my mom rented out a creepy community shelter in point place and we turned it into a haunted house themed birthday! Molly Davis (molly@adamsstreetpublishing.

com) 23rd, because I spent it in Paris! Brittini Gonzalez (brittini@adamsstreetpublish-

ing.com) My Dad tried to suprise me with rollerblades by having me try them on with my eyes closed

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Accounting: Robin Armstrong (rarmstrong@toledoparent.com) A beach party - age 13, because it was awesome and the only one I ever had as a child Distribution: Michelle Flanagan (distribution@toledoparent.com) 31st ‘cuz I can still remember it. (pssst... She’s 31)

Advertising/General Info For advertising and general information, call 419/244-9859 or fax 419/244-9871. E-mail ads to adsin@toledocitypaper.com. Deadline for advertising copy 2 p.m. Friday before publication. Toledo Area Parent subscriptions are available by mail for $30 per year at Adams Street Publishing, 1120 Adams St., Toledo, Ohio 43604. One copy free per person per week; extra copies $1 each. Persons taking copies for any reason other than personal use are subject to prosecution. Letters to the editor must be limited to 300 words, are subject to editing, and should include the writer’s full name and phone number. Any letter submitted to the editor or publisher may be printed at the publisher’s discretion in issues subsequent to its receipt. Entire contents © 2014 by Adams Street Publishing Co. All rights reserved. Reproduction in any form is prohibited without written permission of the publisher.

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Brighton , 1st birthday, Racquel Vachon

Allison Lee,

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Saddle Up for Some Fun!

Ann Zalek of Therapeutic Riding, Inc. wants children and adults with varying disabilities to have the opportunity to experience the joy of horseback riding. Different programs are offered including private riding lessons, grooming, tacking, showmanship and day tours. The main objective is always to have FUN!

Let Me Tell You a Story

Kids enjoying story time at the Ann Arbor Hands -On Museum, Amanda We Annie Russell, Brooke Sou ntzel (reading), ter, Ryan Cooper. Back Ro w is mom Ann Wilke wit h son Ryder.

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Rock-N-Wiggles Playgroup at My Urban Toddler

All Aboard a Day Out With Thomas

Rock, wiggle and play in an interactive environment with your tiny tot at My Urban Toddler. Crawlers through walkers are welcome at this playgroup full of activities and fun. Each session begins with “free play” complete with age-appropriate toys and time to crawl around and explore. Then it’s circle time, using music and movement to engage the little ones. The class will end with a group discussion for the grown ups, sharing information and providing support. Fridays from 10-10:45am, Spring 1 session: March 21-May 2, Spring 2 session: May 9- June 13. Each session is $90/student. My Urban Toddler: Multipurpose Room, 7025 E Michigan Ave., Saline. 734-944-3628 • myurbantoddler.com

Walk & Wag your Tail

Student Art Exhibit

Celebrate Ann Arbor’s most promising artistic talents with the annual Student Art Exhibit at the Ann Arbor Downtown Library. View the colorful projects of kindergarten through fifth grade art classes from local elementary schools. Student works will be showcased throughout the building to celebrate the importance of the arts in education.

Parade your pup at the Humane Society of Huron Valley’s 35th Annual Walk & Wag dog walk. It’s a day for animal lovers and family fun, complete with games and a 5K run. Walk & Wag is the biggest annual fundraiser for the Huron Valley Humane Society, so come show your support. Do your part to help rescue, care for, and find homes for animals by sponsoring a 5K runner or by making a special donation. Bring your family, friends and furry companion for a day full of playtime and good will. Saturday, May 17 from 8am-1pm. Registration fees vary and raffle tickets are available. Rolling Hills Park, 7660 Stony Creek Rd., Ypsilanti. Visit hshv.org for more information.

Thursday, April 17 to Wednesday, May 28. Ann Arbor District Library, 343 S. Fifth Ave., Ann Arbor • 734-327-4200. aadl.org. Free

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Are your children ready for a Day Out With Thomas? The larger-than-life train is ready to take them on a ride full of experiences they’ll never forget. Thomas the Tank Engine™ is making his way to Michigan to chug around Greenfield Village for six days! Sir Topham Hatt will be leading the way and would love to meet everyone after riding around the village. Don’t miss this event that connects families to the classic storybook friend. Invite your friends, jump aboard Thomas the Train, and enjoy the “timeless excitement of railroading.” Saturday and Sunday May 3 & 4, 10 & 11. Members: $11.75/person, age 1 year & older. Non-member: $11.75-$35.75. The Henry Ford, 20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn. Visit thehenryford.org/events/dayOutThomas.aspx or call 313-982-6001 for more information.

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A2FACES: Ann Arbor Families for Autistic Children’s Education and Support For families facing autism, support and understanding are often the most helpful resources, while also being the most difficult to find. A2FACES (Ann Arbor Families for Autistic Children’s Education and Support) is one local resource that aims to provide support to the families of children with autism. “A2FACES is basically an email list for families of individuals with ASD who live in Ann Arbor,” explains Barb Byers, who moderates the group. The email group aims to advocate for the most appropriate education, based on best practices, for school-aged children with autism living in Ann Arbor. Despite no regular meetings, the group provides a community for families to connect with others and find support. -- HB To learn more, and to join the email list, contact Barb Byers at babmay11@provide.net.

Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living The Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living (CIL) has been serving people of all ages with disabilities since 1976. Aiming to nurture fuller, more successful, and more meaningful lives for people with disabilities by creating a place of belonging, programs offered include career services, independent living coaching services, and community advocacy support. Staff members also assist with community resources, like housing and transportation, and assistance with programs like Social Security and Medicaid. Social opportunities, cherished by many who participate, include numerous peer groups offering a chance for people with disabilities to meet others and develop enduring friendships with those who face similar challenges. Sports, recreation, and arts programs offer enriching opportunities for social engagement and self expression. Most importantly, over half of the staff and volunteers are people with disabilities, who experience firsthand the challenges faced everyday. --HB Located at 3941 Research Park Dr., Ann Arbor. Visit annarborcil.org or call 734-971-0277 for more information on the programs offered by the Ann Arbor CIL.

Vendor Fair for Blind and Visually Impaired Ann Arbor District Library, which also serves as the Washtenaw Library for the Blind and Physically Disabled, is bringing back the VISIONS 2014 Vendor Fair: What’s New In Technology and Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired. The event features presentations on issues pertaining to the blind and a variety of Michigan exhibitors with products will present new technology advances. Four hundred people were in attendance for the 2012 Visions Vendor Fair and this year’s event promises to provide even more great information and resources. In addition to the fair, a traveling exhibit, “Child in a Strange Country: Helen Keller and the History of Education for People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired,” will be on display at the Ann Arbor District Library for over a month, exploring four subjects including Reading, Science, Math and Geography, along with artifacts, tactile reproductions, historic photos, and touch tablets with braille. --NH Visions Vendor Fair: Wednesday, May 14 from 10am-3pm. Washtenaw Community College, Morris Lawrence Building, 4800 E. Huron River Dr., Ann Arbor. Free.

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THELINES TWEEN advice for parents with children 10-16

Text Don’t Sext

University of Michigan study shows parental connection, NOT restriction, discourages teen sexting By Heather Burcham

A recent study performed by the University of Michigan advises parents on how to stop teens from sexting, a catchphrase that refers to sending and receiving sexually explicit text messages. While parents might automatically resort to placing strict rules on mobile phone usage, Scott Campbell, associate professor of Communication Studies at the University of Michigan, and the study’s principal investigator, found that this method does not work. “Interestingly, our survey suggested that heavy-handed restriction and supervision of a teen’s phone does not curb sexting,” shares Campbell. “Parents might want to consider playing a supportive, rather than restrictive, role in their teen’s life to prevent this behavior.”

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According to the study, there are two things parents can do to prevent teen sexting: 1) Text your kids! Campbell found that when parents text and call their teens on their mobile devices, it discourages them from sexting. Teens are bombarded with peer influence on their cell phones and it makes a big difference to balance it out with parental influence.

2) Pay for your teen’s cell phone bill. Though it may seem like a good lesson in responsibility to have your teen pay their own bill, Campbell found that the younger teens are when they start to pay their own phone bill, the more likely they are to engage in sexting. Though parents may be reasonably concerned about sexting, this study also shows that it’s not as prevalent as many may think. “There’s a lot of fear in the media and among parents about teen sexting. Despite its visibility in the media, very few teens actually sext,” Scott assures parents. If parents become a stronger presence in their teens’ cellular lives, the statistics fall in their favor.

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Opposites Attract Leggings with bells and whistles By Jeff Berry

After his ten-year old granddaughter, Josie, mentioned that her mom had seen a girl wearing a pair of pants with two different color legs, entrepreneur and Bloomfield Hills resident, Tom Ervin, saw an opportunity to launch Oppos, his eighth business. Oppos are leggings for girls that come equipped with a patented zipper, allowing the legs to attach and detach easily, allowing girls the power to design their leg-coverings for the day. Since March 2013, Oppos has been a real grass- Tom Ervin and his granddaugher, Josie, roots, family operation. Josie gave Oppos its name launched this legging business (which is short for opposites) and family friend and professional designer, Shell Chilton, was brought in as partner to make Oppos a reality. As a grandparent of 20, Ervin recognizes the importance of finding that unique gift for grandchildren who seem to already have it all. Many Oppos customers are grandparents who are happy to give their grandchildren a gift that they don’t already have in their closet, Ervin said. Chilton, a Michigan native, previously worked in the clothing design business in New York, but had been out of the industry for about 13 years. Oppos is her first venture back into the business. “I can’t believe this hasn’t been done already. It’s just so timely, with the mismatched thing going on with girls’ socks and mittens,” she said. “There are so many companies out there that are doing leggings and doing them well, but Oppos has the patent on the attachment design.” New Oppos leggings can be purchased at Stars and Stripes Activity Center, 4630 White Lake Rd., Clarkston. For more information and to order online, visit oppos.com.

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Cake: Matt made a cowboy boot cake from a 9x12 cake the night before. Instructions from recipe. com! recipe.com/cowboy-bootcake

Activities:

A “wanted” photo booth was a huge hit with both adults and children. Everyone got a picture being the “wanted” cowboy. They had a “rope the horse” game using a hula hoop covered with burlap and a rocking horse. Each child had to try to rope the horse from certain distances.

Decor: The aunt of the birthday

boys, Catherine, lives in Washington, DC and offered to make and mail the decorations! She couldn't make the party but she definitely MADE the party by sending cowboy 'shoe' gift bags, red and white checkered tablecloths and flags, a copper star and red bandanas.

Luke, 2, and Jake, 1, Lillie

Hosted by:

Christy and Matt Lillie, Saline

Party'Cowyboy s theme:

These Ann Arbor area parents went all out to celebrate the little smiles on these pages! From cupcakes to party favors, every detail was carefully thought out for these birthday bashes! By Katy M. Clark

Party favors: The kids each received a handmade bandanna, a cowboy hat, and a cowboy gift page. Each white gift bag had a brown cowboy boot glued on it with age appropriate favors for the kids. The older girls got spring seeds and the younger kids got candy. continued on pg 10

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Cammy, 3, and Mark, 1, Faust

Hosted by:

Randy and Karis Faust, Saline

Party's theme: Pirates and Mermaids Inspiration: Their birthdays are one day apart (January 7 - Cammy; January 8 - Mark), so Karis wanted to think of a boy/girl themed party that would work for both of them.

Decor: Party printables were

ordered from the Etsy shop online. They have editable files and Karis was able to customize and print everything herself.

Sweets & Treats: They ordered

pirate cookies from Benny's Bakery in Saline for the kids and made the sheet cake and a smash cake for Mark because it was his first birthday and perfect for him to dig into. bennysbakerycakes.com

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Activities: The printable packages had pirate ship and mermaid coloring pages for the kids. Party favors: Gold

coins, pirate tattoos, mermaid stickers, and a pirate cookie were all in each child’s treasure chest (from the printable party package). Also, they had pirate masks for the boys and shell necklaces for the girls.


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Michigan Theater 603 E. Liberty St., Ann Arbor 734-668-8463 ● michtheater.org/camp

What is a typical day at camp like? The Michigan Theater’s Young Filmmakers Camp gives

students a chance to bring their imagination out from behind the lens and onto the big screen! Campers will have hands-on experience in making their own short films in a collaborative setting, as well as providing background into the rich and storied history of film. Help your budding star gain insight on directing, acting, producing, editing, shooting, and all the other behind-the-scenes magic shapes a film from a single idea all the way to a Hollywood blockbuster.

Ages: Intro to Filmmaking: 11-14. Intermediate Filmmaking: 13-17. Cost of camp: Michigan Theater members: Early bird price- $429, and $479 after May 23.

General Public: Early bird price: $479, and $529 after May 23.

Dates: Intro to Filmmaking: June 23-27 and July 7-11. Intermediate Filmmaking: July 21-25. continued on pg 12

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YMCA Storer Camps

6941 Stony Lake Rd., Jackson 517-536-8607 ymcastorercamps.org

What is the main focus of the summer camp? “YMCA camps provide a variety of

opportunities to help ensure that youth are learning and being physically active in the summer, a time of exploration,” says Becky Spencer, vice president of camping for YMCA Storer Camps. “Campers also learn how to be responsible and resourceful, work in groups, solve problems and make decisions that will help them grow as individuals– all while having fun.”

Ages: Youth entering grades 2–12. Programs are designed to be progressive. Each year campers partake in new experiences that are geared toward their age level, helping to build confidence and self-esteem. Staff/camper ratio: Exceed the American Camping Association Accreditation Standards for ratios. Specialty staff members are utilized for aquatics, the arts, nature activities, target sports, high ropes courses, horse activities, and to administer health services. Cost of camp: At the Y, there is a summer camp for everyone, and prices depend on the program. The Y offers financial assistance through contributions made to its Annual Campaign, making it accessible to all.

Humane Society of Huron Valley

3100 Cherry Hill Rd., Ann Arbor 734-662-5585 hshv.org

What is a typical day at camp like?

Come and join us for a camp filled with animal themed fun that will surely leave your tail wagging! Through animal interactions, educational lessons, crafts, games, field trips and visits from local rescue groups, campers will learn how to care for and respect our animal friends. Because we know that kids love learning about animals year round, HSHV offers both summer and winter sessions of Camp PAWS. A typical day at Camp PAWS includes animal interaction, games, humane education lessons and providing enrichment for our animals. Campers will engage in activities that will help to prepare them to become responsible and compassionate future pet owners!

Ages: 4-11. Cost of camp: Full day of camp- $265

per child. The Jr. Program- $75. We offer scholarships for both programs as well and the form is available on our website.

Staff/camper ratio: 1:5. Dates: Programs run on various dates from June 16- August 15.

The Toledo Zoo

2 Hippo Way, Toledo 419-385-4040 toledozoo.org

What is a typical day at camp like? Our

camp day is filled with activities including keeper talks, exhibit tours, live animal encounters, crafts, games, and visiting the Zoo! Each camp has a special theme that helps to guide the activities for the week. Campers are provided with daily snacks, a camp water bottle, and 2 camp t-shirts.

Ages: 4-5 years half day (9am-noon or noon-3pm); 6-14 years full day (9am-3pm).

Staff/camper ratio: 1:8 for just paid

University of Michigan Physical Education KidSport Camps

401 Washtenaw Ave, 3064 CCRB, Ann Arbor 734-647-2708 kines.umich.edu/umove/kidsport

What is a typical day at camp like?

KidSport Morning teaches kids swimming lessons and a variety of individual and team sports, fitness and team building games, and other physical activities from 8am-noon. KidSport Afternoon features a different sport each week including tennis, basketball, dance, soccer, basketball/ softball, flag football, cheerleading, strength speed and agility, and ultimate frisbee, from 1-4pm.

staff; including volunteer teens it is 1:5.

Ages: KidSport Morning: 4-15.

Cost of camp: Members: $135-$300,

Staff/camper ratio: 1:7. Cost of camp: KidSport Morning: $160/

most cost $170.

Dates: June 9- August 15, M-F (off June 30-July 4).

KidSport Afternoon: 7-15.

week. KidSport Afternoon: $140/week.

Dates: June 16- August 8. continued on pg 14

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Wild Swan Theater

6175 Jackson Rd. Ste. B, Ann Arbor 734-995-0530 wildswantheater.org

What is a typical day at camp like?

Wild Swan Theater drama camps and classes are fun experiences where kids can feel safe and comfortable exploring the imaginative world of theater. Our main goal is that every camper/student has a great time cultivating their creativity and leaves camp/class feeling successful. Activities typically include warm-ups, theater games, and improvisations that bring people together in a nurturing, memorable way. Some camps/classes also include craft activities such as making props and costume pieces.

Ages: 4–13. Staff/camper ratio: 1:10 or less. Cost of camp: $160 for half day camp. Dates: Sessions run from June 23-

August 8. No camp offered the week of July 7.

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St. Joseph Mercy Health System Summer Camps

1) ShapedownEvening program for parents and children

3) Health Exploration Station

Contact Beth Darnell, Program Coordinator, at 734-712-5694 or beth.darnell@trinity-health.org stjoeshealth.org/shapedown

1600 S. Canton Center Rd. #10, Canton 734-398-7518 healthexplorationstation.com

What is the main focus of your camp programs? ShapeDown is a weight

What is the main focus of your camp programs? The main focus is to

management program for children, teens and their parents. By working together as a team with our social worker, registered dietitian and exercise specialist, families learn how healthy eating, an active lifestyle and effective communication promote weight loss and unity.

empower and inspire participants to make choices that have a positive impact on their health.

Ages: Preschool age through adults. Cost of camp: Cost is $2/adult and

$1/child.

Dates: Open for individuals and families on the 4th Thursday of every month from 10am-6pm.

Ages: Children 6-18 and their parents. Staff/camper ratio: Three staff for

each class of up to 30 kids/teens and parents.

Cost of camp: $400 for 10 weekly class

sessions.

2) Ted & Jan's Camp Courage

Howell Conference & Nature Center, 1005 Triangle Lake Rd., Howell Claudia Nafsu, 734-327-3224 or nafsucr@trinity-health.org

What is the main focus of your camp programs? Providing

grief support to children through grief activities and outdoor activities such as zipline, swimming, and obstacle courses.

Ages: Children's camp: 6-11; Staff/camper ratio: 1:1. Cost of camp: Free.

Teen camp: 12-17.

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Bricks 4 Kidz Summer Camps

Locations vary; refer to website 734-719-0303 bricks4kidz.com/ michigan-annarbor-dexter

What is a typical day at camp like? We

break the kids into groups of 4 and they rotate through 5 stations each day (depending on the camp theme). Each station is different each day and may consist of building themed figures out of LEGO Bricks, building a motorized LEGO model, paper crafts, games and crafts & creative play. We take a break midway through our 3-hour session and go outside to run around or play a group game.

Ages: Mostly 5-12, however some of the more technical camps like Jr. Robotics, Stop Motion Animation, and Comic Creator, have a higher minimum age requirement. Student/teacher ratio: 1:10 Cost of camp: Varies by location and

theme: $150-$175 (3-hrs x 5 days/wk) A couple locations have lunch included in the price, as well as lunchtime activities like ice skating and access to the Ann Arbor Hands On Museum.

Dates: June 16- August 29 in two locations simultaneously.

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Ann Arbor Cooks!

5060 Jackson Rd., Ann Arbor 734-645-1030 www.AnnArborCooks.com

What is a typical day at camp like? We

provide campers with food education, basic cooking skills, kitchen safety, recipe reading, ingredient measuring and plate presentation while building kitchen confidence in a fun environment! From Grill Master workshops to Baking classes, there is something for every appetite!

Ages: 8 and up. Staff/camper ratio: One Chef/instructor

and 2-3 assistants, depending on the number of attendees.

Cost of camp: $425 per child. Dates: Various dates from June 24-

August 14.


Favorites Mother’s Day

It’s time to celebrate mom! From breakfast in bed to spending time with family, here is how four Ann Arbor area moms enjoy their special day.

By Katy M. Clark

Yunyi He

mom to Nicole, 7, Alex, 4, Ann Arbor

Yunyi He, mom of two, hopes for beautiful weather this Mother’s Day. In the past, the family has traveled to the Tulip Festival in Holland, MI. She is also content to stay home, relax, and tend to her garden. “I love a wooden trivet my daughter made for me,” says Yunyi. “We picked the paint together, and she painted it in the front yard. My daughter and my son blew bubbles while waiting for the paint to dry, and I was watching them play under the sun. What a nice day!”

Jennifer Lupton

mom to Emily, 15, Maggie, 12, Saline Jennifer Lupton, mom of two, receives breakfast in bed on Mother’s Day. “Maggie is a whiz at scrambled eggs,” she says. “Emily makes me the perfect cup of tea.” Later the family attends church. Jennifer fondly recalls when the girls were little and they spent the weekend visiting her mom and sisters in Indianapolis. This year she hopes for a nice, sunny day where they can be outside together.

Christy Lillie

mom to Alexis, 5, Emma, 3, Luke, 2, Jake, 13 months, Saline

Darcy Rathjen

“We celebrate with banana pancakes for breakfast,” says Christy Lillie, mom of four. This year, the family will plant five trees, one for each of the ‘mothers’ her children have had: Luke’s birth mother, his foster mother, Emma’s birth mother, her foster mother, and one for Christy. Her favorite Mother’s Day was when she and her husband were trying to grow their family of three, her husband made a card filled with positive words and a picture of two kids riding bikes. “Three additional kids and three years later, I still think about that card and how it depicted our dream for a bigger family and his faith that it would happen.”

Darcy Rathjen, mom of Wyatt, jokes that her husband and son should read her mind and meet her “ridiculously high” expectations for Mother’s Day. “Actually,” she clarifies, “I just like to do something together.” Often she receives jewelry, such as the necklace she proudly displays with three stones representing each member of her family. “The zoo is my all-time favorite,” says Darcy, who has visited there several times on past Mother’s Days. “It’s a family day.”

mom to Wyatt, 10, Ann Arbor

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A Mother’s True Identity The humility of a mother’s greeting By Matthew Reger

Usually I can be found the night before Mother’s Day in the grocery store, the Hallmark store having been closed for hours by then, looking over the Mother’s Day cards that are left, trying to find the one that conveys just the right message. I look for one that expresses the humility of motherhood. Sometimes that humility can be hard to find in real life, but in those situations where it is found, it shines like a full moon in the middle of summer. A friend of mine once shared an experience she had that demonstrated to me the simple and wonderful humility of a mother. My friend attended an East Coast college in the late 1980’s and met a whole host of interesting people who in turn knew even more interesting people. In spite of knowing such connected people, Amy was always composed and little impressed with station or status, and very few people could overwhelm her composure. That stoicism was challenged once, though, when she met a particular woman. On a brisk November day, Amy was invited to a birthday party in New York City. She knew no one at the party except for the friend who invited her. She had no connection to the person whose birthday was being celebrated and even the prospect of meeting this person – an internationally known person at that time – did very little to impress the unflappable Amy. She traveled to the city with her friend and they made the trek to the Upper East Side apartment where the party was to be held. The guests were welcomed by a perfectly dressed middle-aged woman. In her soft voice she introduced herself as John’s mother, the man whose birthday was being celebrated.

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Amy was speechless. She accepted the gracious introduction and walked in but the introduction stayed with her forever. This woman who introduced herself as John’s mother was Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onasis, who in her life, was linked to many powerful and well-known men, carving an identity for herself, but on this day – the birthday of her son – her identity was that of a mother. Throughout life we all have many different identifies. We start out as a son or a daughter. In school we might be a bright young student; in college a stand out in sports; in later life a doctor, lawyer, mechanic, cashier or one of many other careers. But if we are truly blessed we get to be a parent – a mother or a father. From the day of the birth of our child we hold that moniker no matter what. What we do with it and how we use it is up to us. Jaqueline Onasis is known for many different roles: photographer for a Washington, D.C. newspaper, wife of a Senator, First Lady of the United States, wife of a billionaire, and philanthropic socialite. But that day in November, she celebrated her greatest role – the one she humbly discharged through her life – that of a mother. Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers who humbly rock the cradle that rules the world.


Taking the Initiative

Richard Bell is helping young children dress for success from Toledo to Pontiac By TiAnna Anderson

Passionate, generous, and driven are words one would use to describe Richard Bell, because of how many young people he has helped find their way. He has served as a substitute teacher and coach at Abraham Lincoln Middle School in Pontiac, MI, for the last 14 years, where his passion was ignited. Through his career, he was able to see the difficulties some young people face, and the lack of essential tools needed to succeed, including coats, gloves and breakfast. When Richard found himself going into his own closet and asking friends and family for basic items so kids didn’t have to go without them, the Kids First Initiative was born. Richard, looking to supply kids with confidence and the tools to advance while not focusing on their current circumstances. Kids First Initiative is in its seventh year, and they have provided many valuable workshops and services to kids from Pontiac, MI to Toledo, OH; and beyond.

Dress for success

Kids First’s flagship workshop, the Neck Tie Workshop, has reached children all over the country, where young men learn how to dress for success and how to actually tie a tie. He hopes to help them attain future goals through enhanced confidence and self-respect. In addition to putting together Neck Tie workshops, Richard also spearheads a Thanksgiving basket donation program. Between Pontiac, MI, and DeVeaux Elementary School in Toledo, Kids First handed out 1,700 baskets of donated items. Another program now kicking off is the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) Career Fair to give high school students more exposure to careers in engineering and technology. The next career fair will be held in Pontiac, MI, on May 20, and Toledo high school students will be transported to participate in the day’s events.

Strength of role models

Richard credits most of his life’s success to his parents and mentors, however, working with youth helped open his eyes to see others that are not as fortunate as he was growing up. Many of the students he encounters are lucky if they have one parRichard Bell heads Kids First Initiative ent in the home; many are from Ohio to Michigan being raised by grandparents and other relatives. SeeWhat do you like to do? What can you ing the struggle they endure makes him do?” - taking an inventory of their skills thankful for being raised by two parents and helping them to develop short-term and seeing the work ethic and discipline and long-term goals to get to where they of his father. want to be. Learning from his endeavors to help To contact Richard Bell or for more information young people, Richard believes the most about how to get involved with the Kids First important three questions to ask young Initiative, visit kidsfirstinitiative.org or call people are: “What do you want to do? 248-213-1419.

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Feeling Lifted at beezy’s

beezy’s cafe

Ypsilanti breakfast and lunch spot is now serving sunshine

20 N. Washington Street Ypsilanti, MI 48197 Phone: (734) 485-9625 Hours: Mon-Sat: 7am-4pm; Sunday: 10am-4pm www.beezyscafe.com

By Katy M. Clark

I felt instantly uplifted when I walked into beezy’s café on North Washington Street in downtown Ypsilanti. Its warm, sunny yellow walls lifted me above the dreary Saturday morning. Plus, there was the heady smell of coffee in the air. Strong coffee. Mmm.

Yummy offerings and cozy ambiance

It was 9:30am on a Saturday and I was ready for breakfast. While I had heard that the line often reaches out the door at beezy’s, my family of four walked right up to the counter. We perused the giant chalkboard menu, touting dozens of breakfast and lunch items. There was no kids’ menu for my children, ages 7 and 10, but many things were kid-friendly. My son chose a toasted bagel with cream cheese while my daughter wanted eggs. The clerk offered eggs a la carte, but we sprang for the Breakfast Plate with eggs, sausage, home fries, and toast ($6.95). My husband and I read through the various sandwiches, scrambles, and burritos before he picked a breakfast burrito with eggs, chorizo, and cheddar ($6.75) and I settled on 2 thick slices of French Toast made with raisin bread ($5.95). We loaded up on coffee, which was indeed strong, and orange juice and homemade limeade for the kids. My son downed his limeade in record-time, allowing me only one sip of its tangy, light sweetness. We had our pick of seating in beezy’s three dining rooms, each filled with an eclectic assortment of tables, chairs, stools, or couches. Think Central Perk from the TV show Friends. We helped ourselves to cloth napkins and silverware and waited about 10 minutes before picking up our order.

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THE SHORT COURSE

Kid-friendly: Yes To avoid wait: The earlier the better on the weekends. Noise level: Moderate Bathroom amenities: No changing table in the café’s restroom. High chairs? Yes Got milk? Yes, plus assorted juices and homemade lemonade and limeade. Kids’ menu? No, but lots of stuff will appeal to kids. Anything healthy for kids? Yes, including oatmeal, fresh fruit, and veggie sandwiches. Food allergy concerns? Talk with the staff. They can identify ingredients and cook food separately.

“Mmm,” we said simultaneously. “The salsa’s homemade,” commented my husband, dousing his burrito with it. The chorizo, fresh from Dos Hermanos market, gave the burrito’s cheesy eggs a subtle kick of flavor. “The potatoes are awesome,” my husband continued, noting how their crusty salt and pepper goodness outside complemented the soft inside. “This raisin bread is delicious,” I told him. My French toast, appealing to look at with a sprinkling of powdered sugar, tasted light and sweet. It was grilled perfectly. I should have supplemented it with bacon or sausage, though. My portion of two slices, each cut in half, didn’t quite satisfy my appetite. I eyed my seven-year-old’s Breakfast Plate, wondering if she could finish it without my help. She ate up the fluffy scrambled eggs and sausage links. Her home fries and sourdough toast were available for pilfering, though! My husband took the home fries while I got the toast. She had chosen sourdough bread for her toast, but beezy’s offers rye, cracked wheat, veggie or raisin bread, too. The sourdough toast worked well as a base for some tart, sweet homemade cherry jam that I spread on it. “How’s your exotic bagel?” my husband inquired of our son. “Yum, yum!”

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While we enjoyed breakfast at beezy’s, we found the café’s lunch menu tempting as well. There’s house made soup, sandwiches on fresh baked bread, such as tuna salad, chicken club, and the vegan Mediterranean veggie, and salads like the Washington Street comprised of Amish chicken, apple, raisins and spiced pecans, topped with maple vinaigrette. We hope to return soon to be delighted by those menu items. Katy M. Clark is a freelance writer from Saline.


May 2014

10 SATURDAY

Don’t Roll Alone

Ypsilanti’s annual bike-a-palooza rolls through town. Attention, pedal pushers: the 7th annual Bike Ypsi Spring Ride and Festival returns. On May 4, twowheel travelers converge on Ypsilanti for a day of riding and meeting with other cycling enthusiasts. Of course, all levels are welcome. Routes range from half a mile to 30 miles. Local bike shops offer tune-ups and tire inflation for those who haven’t taken a spin since last fall. The annual spring ride is not strictly for cyclists. Anyone can come enjoy the festival, which includes locally smoked Dishy Photog BBQ (good for refueling after a ride, too), bike polo games and piñatas. Group rides roll out at 10am. Get raphy there early for coffee and chat. Check in by 9:45am, Sunday, May 4. Recreation Park, 1015 N. Congress St., Ypsilanti. bike.ypsi.org Free —MLR

1 THURSDAY The Wizard of Oz - Join Dorothy as she travels the yellow brick road to the fabled Emerald City with her new friends the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodman and the Cowardly Lion. Through May 4. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr., Ypsilanti. See website for tickets and times. 734-995-0530. wildswantheater.org

3 SATURDAY Faerie House Workshop - Children are invited to create a faerie or gnome home for those elusive sprites amongst us. Materials will be provided. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Registration required. 10am, 12:30pm & 2:30pm. $10. Gerald E. Eddy Discovery Center, 17030 Bush Rd., Chelsea. 517-522-3949. wnha.org Fairy Tale Vacation Improvisation - This is a great opportunity to enjoy theater games and improvs led by a children’s theater director accompanied by her young cast in a fun and welcoming atmosphere. 2:30-3:30pm. Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room, 343 South Fifth Ave. 734-327-8301. aadl.org Free Frog Fest - Learn how to identify frogs and toads and then journey to Black Pond to look for some. Between playing games, listening to frog stories, and other activities it will be a festival frog lovers will not want to miss. Registration required. 7-9pm. $8, individual/$30, family. Leslie Science and Nature Center, 1831 Traver Rd. 734-997-1553. lesliesnc.org

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4 SUNDAY 36th Annual Burns Park Run - The Burns Park Run is a long standing and successful fundraiser that supports Burns Park Elementary PTO programs. 8:30am. $22 until May 2/$27. Burns Park Warming Hut, 1700 Wells St. burnsparkrun.org Henry and Mudge - Meet Henry and his dog Mudge in this musical based on the best-selling series by Cynthia Rylant. Recommended for grades preschool-4. 1:30pm. Price varies. Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty St. 734-668-8463. michtheater.org Craft: Pom-Pom Launchers - With a few household items, you can craft a toy launcher that can send pom-poms flying. 2-3pm. Malletts Creek Branch Library, 3090 E. Eisenhower Pkwy. 734-327-4555. aadl.org Free

5 MONDAY Tiny Tots- Frog Frenzy - Participants will find frogs in the Critter House and make frog crafts as we celebrate the return of spring and their familiar amphibian chorus. For ages 1-3. Registration required. 10-11:30am. $7. Leslie Science and Nature Center, 1831 Traver Rd. 734-997-1553. lesliesnc.org Make and Take Mondays: Cinco de Mayo! - Participants will cook delicious authentic Mexican food for Cinco de Mayo. For ages 8+. Registration required. 4:30-6:30pm. $75. Ann Arbor Cooks, 5060 Jackson Rd. 734-645-1030. annarborcooks.com

Lecture: Sensory Communication - Learn about sensory communication and how to relay and receive information through touch. 7-8:30pm. Downtown Library: MultiPurpose Room, 343 S. Fifth Ave. 734-327-4555. aadl.org Free

8 THURSDAY “Celebrating 35 Years”: Washtenaw Community Concert Band - Join the 70 member band as it celebrates 35 years of providing free concerts to the Washtenaw community while playing favorite selections from across the years. 7:30pm. WCC Morris Lawrence Building: Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. 734-252-9221. wccband.org Free

9 FRIDAY Growing Grapes for the Future - Check out the family-friendly, absurdly comedic film featuring narrative scenes that tell the story of a group of cornball folks who are determined to tell the future by reading the wrinkled lines in dried grapes. 8:30-10pm. $5. The Yellow Barn, 416 W. Huron. 734-883-0964. misterlaurence.com Ladies Night in Downtown Ann Arbor - Main Street Area Association announces the second annual Ladies Night featuring shopping deals and discounts, drink specials and other surprises. 5-9pm. Price varies. Downtown Ann Arbor. mainstreetannarbor.org

Nature Tales: Adventure Tales - Participants will read Maurice Sendak’s classic children’s book Where the Wild Things Are. For ages 1-5 with an adult. 10-11am. $3. Leslie Science and Nature Center, 1831 Traver Rd. 734-997-1553. lesliesnc.org Nature Fun for Kids: The Miniature Forest - With magnifying glasses, examine the complex life that passes by beneath our feet. For ages 4-7. Registration required. 2:30-3:30pm. County Farm Park, Medford Rd. entrance, Located at the southwest corner of Washtenaw Ave. and Platt Rd. 734-971-6337 x 335. ewashtenaw.org Free 13th Annual Michigan Shakespeare Festival - Entrants are required to memorize one monologue, one to two minutes in length, from a Shakespeare play of their choosing. Finalists will be asked to compete in the statewide final. Open to Michigan high school students grades 9-12. Registration required. 11am. Malletts Creek Branch Library, 3090 E. Eisenhower Pkwy. 517-998-3673, ext. 113. michiganshakespearefestival.com Family History Day - Come to the library for crafts, activities, games and treats popular in the U.S. from the 1920s through the 1960s. Come dressed as your favorite icon from the time period. 11am4pm. Ypsilanti Library: Whittaker, 5577 Whittaker Rd., Ypsilanti. 734- 482-4110. ypsilibrary.org Free

11 SUNDAY Mom and Child: Mother’s Day Brunch - Few things in life are better than spending the day with your mom. Enjoy a special afternoon preparing a lovely brunch together. For ages 6+ with an adult. Registration required. 11-1:30pm. $65 for Parent + 1 child/$85 for Parent + 2 children. Ann Arbor Cooks!, 5060 Jackson Rd. 734-645-1030. annarborcooks.com Artisan Market Home and Garden Extravaganza - Enjoy music, food and a huge variety of art and crafts for all ages. Noon-3pm. Kerrytown Pavillion, 315 Detroit St. 734-913-­9622. artisanmarket.org Free

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13 TUESDAY Little Critters Garden Party Picnic - Celebrate another season of Little Critters and meet a new wild friend! Registration required. 10-11am & 11amnoon. $5. Howell Conference & Nature Center, 1005 Triangle Lake Rd., Howell. 517-546-0249. howellnaturecenter.org

14 WEDNESDAY Visions 2014 - A variety of exhibitors will demonstrate the latest products and services for the blind and visually impaired, as well as presentations from special guests. 10am-3pm. Washtenaw Community College, Morris Lawrence Building, 4800 E. Huron River Dr.

15 THURSDAY Let’s Go Bicycling - Get tips on how to ride safely and in comfort. 7pm. Ypsilanti Library: Michigan, 229 W. Michigan Ave., Ypsilanti. 734- 482-4110. ypsilibrary.org Free Fairy Tale Family Vacation - A typical family sets out on a vacation to celebrate Dad’s birthday. The kids grumble and squabble, Dad takes a wrong turn into the Disenchanted Forest. There, the family stumbles across The Three Pigs, Rapunzel, and other fairy tale characters on one wild, unforgettable ride. Recommended for children ages 4+. Through May 18. Thursday-Saturday, 7:30pm; Saturday & Sunday, 1pm. $8, adults/$5, students, children, and seniors. Washtenaw Community College Theater, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. 734-971-2228. a2ct.org

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16 FRIDAY Endangered Species Day: Touch and Teach - Meet a few animals in the classroom, learn about their wild counterparts and how participants can all make a difference in the lives of the animals. Registration required. 2-3pm. Prices vary. Great Lakes Zoological Society, 6885 Jackson Rd. 734-332-1628. glzszoo.org

17 SATURDAY Butterfly Festival - Explore the world of butterflies as you watch live Monarchs and take a close look at how they travel through each stage of their life cycle. 10am-2pm. Museum of Natural History, 1109 Geddes Ave. 734-764-0478. lsa.umich.edu/ummnh Free

18 SUNDAY Antiquarian Book Festival - At this event, over 40 antiquarian book dealers will sell 1st editions, old and collectible books, children’s books, Americana, prints and more. 11am-5pm. $5 suggested donation. Michigan Union Ballroom, 530 State St. 734-995-1891. annarborbookfair.com Girls on the Run 5K - The non-competitive 5K event is the culmination of Girls on the Run of Southeastern Michigan’s 10-week season. Community members are welcome to join 1,700 girls, their coaches and their families. 7-11:30am. $25 by May 14/ $30, day of. Eastern Michigan University’s Rynearson Stadium, 799 N. Hewitt Rd., Ypsilanti. 734-712-5640. girlsontherunsemi.org


Michigan Mammals - Meet several of Michigan’s wild animals and learn each animal’s special characteristics that allow it to survive in the wild. Registration required. 2-3pm. $2, person/ $5, family with State Recreation Passport. Gerald E. Eddy Discovery Center, 17030 Bush Rd., Chelsea. 517-522-3949. wnha.org Family Dining Say “Cheese!” - Kids will learn how to add cheese to delicious recipes. Registration required. For children ages 8+. 2-5pm. $75/per 1 child participant and up to 2 family members. Ann Arbor Cooks!, 5060 Jackson Rd. 734-645-1030. annarborcooks.com

19 MONDAY Make-and-Take Monday: American Made - Participants will learn how to make a fantastic American-style meal. Registration required. This class is a kidsonly class, for ages 8+. 4:30-6:30pm. $75. Ann Arbor Cooks, 5060 Jackson Rd. 734-645-1030. annarborcooks.com

20 TUESDAY Concert: Boogie Woogie Pianist Matthew Ball - Ragtime, Boogie-woogie and Blues pianist Matthew Ball brings his family-friendly concert of old-time piano fun to entertain Ann Arbor. 7-8pm. Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room, 343 S. Fifth Ave. 734-327-4555. aadl.org Free

Mondays

Yoga for Mamas Prenatal and Postnatal Yoga, Gentle yoga poses combined with breath are taught to support the changes that occur during stages of pregnancy. For mothers-to-be and babies 6 months and younger. Registration required. 10-11:30am. $145 for 10-class pass, $80 for 5-class pass, $18 single class. Hygeia Center for Healing Arts, 220 N. Fifth Ave. 734-769-6100. hygeiacenter.org

Tuesdays

Natural Health Class, Learn about homeopathy, herbs and essential oils as part of your family’s first aid kit. Bring the kids, they play while you learn. Registration required. 10:30-11:30am. Indigo Forest, 4121 Jackson Rd. 734-994-8010. theindigoforest.com Free

Wednesdays

826 Michigan for Youth, These creative writing workshops use fun prompts and activities to encourage young writers. For ages 8-13. 5:30pm. Ypsilanti Library: Whittaker, 5577 Whittaker Rd., Ypsilanti. 734-482-4110. ypsilibrary.org Free

Thursdays

Preschool Storytime, Come to the library for stories and songs. For ages 2-5 years with adult. 10-10:30am. Traverwood Branch Program Room, 3333 Traverwood Dr. 734-327-8301. aadl.org Free

Fridays Drop-In Arts and Crafts, Bring little budding artists for creative craft time. Supplies provided. For ages 0-5 with an adult. 10-11:30am. $5. Lamaze Family Center Toddler Classroom, 2855 Boardwalk. 734-973-1014. lamazefamilycenter.org

25 SUNDAY Fireside Fun: A Good Old-fashioned Campfire - Relax around a campfire while roasting marshmallows and swapping stories. Bring your family, camp chairs, and s’mores fixings. 6:30-8pm. Free. Leslie Science and Nature Center, 1831 Traver Rd. 734-997-1553. lesliesnc.org Free

31 SATURDAY World Parrot Day: Touch and Teach - Meet live animals in the classroom and learn about parrots from all over the world. Registration required. 2-3pm. Prices vary. Great Lakes Zoological Society, 6885 Jackson Rd. 734-332-1628. glzszoo.org Scout Day: Team Adventure and Zip Line - Experience a team adventure on Scout day. For students in grades K-12. Registration required. 9am-noon. $15. Howell Conference & Nature Center, 1005 Triangle Lake Rd., Howell. 517-546-0249. howellnaturecenter.org Science Event: Ann Arbor Science & Skeptics: Scientists Fair - Find out how scientists provide explanations about the world and universe. 1-3pm. Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room, 343 S. Fifth Ave. 734-327-4555. aadl.org Free

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