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Class is back in session, and there’s still time to inspire your child to learn. Our guide has tips and advice for school year success.

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Hotel Hickman Chuck Wagon BBQ rustles up good cooking and friendly cowboys in Dexter. Have you tried it? Give us your review online!

We were having flashbacks when we found these super sweet paper dolls. What was your favorite childhood toy?

Help for children who stutter

As kids learn to speak, all sorts of experiments with language take place–repeating syllables at the beginnings and ends of words, stopping and starting phrases in unusual places. But are these symptoms of stuttering? Should parents be concerned?

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AUGUST 23 SEPTEMBER 22 By Sue Lovett At birth they quickly get into position to look into the delivery room mirror making sure they are handsome or pretty. After all, they are the kings and queens of the zodiac. They are very much aware of their appearance and even as toddlers they want to pick out their own clothes. Often they want to wear hats (or crowns) to accent their royal appearances. They are dramatic and enjoy singing and dancing – both the boys AND the girls! They like entertainment – often participating in musicals and plays in the neighborhood, nursery school, and Sunday School. They enjoy being teacher’s pet and follow orders cheerfully. They are FUN!

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Fundraising fun David DeBacker volunteered at Fashionably Late, an event that benefitted Make-A-Wish and Susan G. Komen

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Princess for a day Who doesn’t want to be a princess for a day? Birthday girl Cecilia, age 5, of Ann Arbor and guests had fun in the world of make believe at Zoey and Joey Children’s Hair Studio located at 3260 Washtenaw Ave.

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1st Annual Ann Arbor Russian Festival

Dawn Farm Jamboree

Taste of Culture

Want to pet a llama? Or a donkey, goat, or mama pig with her babies? The Dawn Farm 40th Anniversary Jamboree will provide plenty of animal face time, along with hayrides, pony rides, a moon bounce obstacle course, and non-stop activities and music throughout the day. Two auctions, one live and one silent, serve up hundreds of items from restaurant gift certificates to original pieces of local art, ceramics, and jewelry, to a safari birthday party at Jungle Java, swim classes at Goldfish Swim School, zoo and museum passes, a weekend rental of a 2013 Cadillac CTS, a stay and play package from Tree Tops Resort—and, of course, much more. It’s all for a great cause, as the Jamboree is the annual fundraiser for this treatment center that meets the needs of hundreds of young addicts and alcoholics each year—and has never turned a person away for lack of funds. Sunday, September 8, 1-6pm 6633 Stony Creek Road , Ypsilanti. 734485-8725.


Attendees take their palates on a world tour

Enjoy a fun-sized world’s fair at Taste of Culture, hosted by UM's Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs (MESA) and the Trotter Multicultural Center (TMC). The free festival features cuisines from around the globe as well as performances and activities that will include a henna artist and face painting. “We involve as many cultures as are represented at the University of Michigan,” says Community Development Program Manager Yakaira Alexander-Ramos. Mexico, Japan, the Mediterranean, the Middle East, India, and Jamaica are just some of the countries and regions represented “We just want to provide this experience so that everyone—from families with babies to the elderly—can have a wonderful day, and also walk away with a new understanding of the diversity of our community,” says Yakaira. “It’s a great way to celebrate the coming year!” Plenty of parking will be available at nearby Angell Elementary School on South University Street. Sunday, September 8, 2-6pm Trotter Multicultural Center, 1443 Washtenaw Ave., Ann Arbor. 734-763-3670.

Ann Arbor Brighton Kidney Walk Pound some pavement for a great cause: the Ann Arbor Brighton Kidney Walk, where money raised will help support peer mentoring and other important programs for people with kidney disease and those at risk for it. Three levels of this fun, non-competitive walk are available, from .5 to 2.5 miles. Participants can register online early (, but walk—pun intended— are welcome. Each walker over the age A walker pounds the pavement for a great cause of 2 is asked to raise a minimum of $10 in donations. Between registration at 10:30am and the beginning of the walk at noon, families will find plenty of fun activity booths as well as educational info about kidney diseases and the healthy eating and lifestyle choices that can help prevent them. “It’s very laid back,” says Lindsay White, Communications Coordinator for the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan. “And one of the best parts is that you get to meet a lot of people, adults and children, who are dealing with kidney disease. Chatting with them about things like dialysis is a real eye opener.” Sunday, September 15, registration 10:30am, walk at noon. Lillie Park, 4365 Platt, Ann Arbor. 800-482-1455.

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Eat borsch, pirozhki, and delicious sweets at a Russian tea room. Watch a puppet show and Russian dancing complete with authentic costumes. Have your hair intricately braided. Thrill to music ranging from classical to exotic folk. Grownups can even check out the vodka infusion competition. St. Vladimir’s Russian Orthodox Church in Dexter will be offering the best of Russian culture in this two-day celebration. “This is our first year, and we’re so excited!” says festival chair Yuliya Rodzianko. “We have a huge Russian community here, and we’d just like to share our unique culture.” Activities will run throughout the day with a special area for kids, and Yuliya highly recommends the Russian ice cream. “I can’t really explain the difference,” she says, “but there’s something about it that just tastes pretty amazing.” Saturday, September 21, 11am-11pm, Sunday, September 22, 1-7 p.m. St. Vladimir Russian Orthodox Church, 9900 Jackson Road, Dexter.

Feeling fulfilled, having fun and getting fit

Wildly Fit: Putting the fun in fitness

Looking for ways to pump up your family’s fitness fun this summer? Try outdoor TRX classes, individualized training, or youth conditioning at Wildly Fit. Owners Amy and Christian Wilds, educated and experienced trainers, opened the 1000 sq.-ft. facility in January. Amy graduated from Michigan State with a degree in Kinesiology, and her husband, Christian, graduated with a degree in Exercise Science from Western Michigan. They hold multiple accreditations including personal training certifications from the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). “We have been in Ann Arbor training and running fitness centers for about ten years now. It’s been a long time dream to own a business of our own,” Amy said. The couple is excited about tailoring unique training experiences to get and keep people motivated about their fitness goals, Wilds says. They offer private training as well as classes for all ages. This summer, they’re offering outdoor TRX (full-body suspension) classes, and an Athletic Conditioning Kids Fitness Camp. “Having outMention this door classes helps add variety to normal routines. We like to keep classes fulfilling and fun,” explains Wilds. article and receive At Kids Fitness Camp, children ages 7-13 participate in sport enhancement, speed and agility, and core your package! training, all in an outdoor setting. “We always make it a game at the end, adding hula hoops, water balloons and tug-of-war,” Wilds says, “but we also try to explain the importance of fitness, balance and self-esteem.” Kids Fitness Camp runs from 1-2pm, Tuesdays and Thursdays, July 9 through August 15. Cost is $75 for one day, or $120 for both days. Mention this article and receive 10% off your package. Wildly Fit, 220 Felch Street, Ann Arbor. Learn more at or 734-585-5745. —KG

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When your child has a disability—whether physical, emotional, or behavioral—it can be tough to know where to begin in your search for support. That’s one reason that the Bridges4Kids website ( was created. According to the site’s founders, Deborah Canja and Jackie D. Igafo-Te'o, "We know first-hand the struggles that parents face. We've been there." The two founded the site in 2002, based on personal experiences (in addition to Bridges, Igafo-Te’o moderates a large online support group for families living with autism at Yahoo!Groups titled "autism-michigan”). Their hands-on, been-there-donethat approach has resulted in a site rich with categories from educational options for   public and home schools, legal advice, childcare references, book reviews, and much more. While the site is Michigan-based and contains county-by-county information on help options for parents and children, information is also available for every state in the U.S. and Canada. A testimonial area on the site features thank you notes from professionals and parents around the country and beyond. Special Needs Sensory One parent, currently based in Okinawa, Japan, writes, "I would Friendly Jump just like to express my thanks for this wonSky Zone will turn off the music and dial derful website! We are a military family overdown the distractions for the comfort of seas, about to move back to the states with extra special jumpers. They welcome children and adults with special needs and a child with an ASD (autism spectrum distheir siblings, family and friends to jump for order). His website has helped us so much in 60 minutes for just $7. They’ll make every determining the right state to chose for our effort to accommodate all jumpers with any next duty station!" kind of special needs. Browsers of  Bridges4Kids may also be 4 - 7:30pm. $7. Sky Zone, a little overwhelmed, as there are hundreds 42550 Executive Dr., Canton. 734-981-0007. of links. Visit the site with a particular question in mind, and use the search tool. For instance, a search on PDD (Pervasive Developmental Disorder, a condition on the autism spectrum) produces seven pages of links that include extended definitions and FAQs, book reviews, and stories of parents as they deal with their children’s conditions. -NBThe all-volunteer organization is now accessible exclusively online; the dedicated group no longer operates a toll-free phone line. Use Bridges4Kids as an outstanding internet resource for your special needs or at-risk child from birth through transition to adulthood. —NB


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THELINES TWEEN advice for parents with children 10-16

Symphony Board is Training Ground for Pioneer Junior Youthful community leader Betty Hu By Christine A. Holliday

Many high school students carry heavy loads with classes, jobs and extracurricular activities. Pioneer High School junior Betty Hu is no exception. She takes AP classes, plays flute (and, when needed, piano) in the school band is an active member of the ChineseAmerican community, and is part of Youth Empowerment, a group that promotes youth voice and civil service. She has added another not so common activity to her already busy schedule: she is a member of the Youth Board for the Ann Arbor Symphony. This opportunity blends her Pioneer High School student combines love love of music and her interest of music and civil service service in community service, and she says she is eager to learn school as a volunteer this school year, about civic engagement and how it joining many other Chinese-American plays a role in society. alumni who come back to the school as “I applied for the position when teachers and assistants. people at Youth Empowerment told me Hu looks forward to college (maybe there was a spot open,” she explained. outside of Michigan) and while she “It was sort of like applying for a job. is keeping her career choices open, I had to write a she is considering resume and go in for a future as a public an interview. “ servant. While she The Youth Board learns about the position is like a job. role the symphony Hu attends monthly plays in the life of full board meetings the community, she as well as outside will continue to functions, and has pursue her interest been involved in the in music. She says work of committees, that she is the most which have their musical member of own meetings and her family, but credits workshops. Though her dad with being a it takes “a pretty hefty chunk” of her time big supporter. “I remember how my during the school year, she is grateful dad would always play his classical for the opportunity to learn something music CDs for me when I was little. not taught in school. “I’m interested in Now he takes a lot of interest in what I government projects, especially those am playing, and has always been a big aimed toward teenagers, because they supporter of anything music-related teach and promote values that we don’t that I’m part of.” She finds similar commonly mention in high school.” camaraderie and support among her Hu comes by her work ethic friends at Pioneer, where she describes naturally. Her parents emigrated to the music program as “a big happy America from China before she was family.” born, but wanted to make certain she “High school offers only so was familiar with her Chinese roots. much,” Hu said. “There is a lot to They enrolled her in the local Annhua learn about service in our community Chinese School when she was in outside of what we are taught in kindergarten, and she took classes in school, which is why I take interest in Chinese culture for two hours every projects like Youth Empowerment and Sunday until last year. She completed Youth Board." the classes and took the AP Chinese test in May, but hopes to return to the

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others with obnoxious texts, or lock the account owner of his favorite game sites. Pictures are easy targets, too; a bully can post nasty comments, alter photos in an unflattering way, or take embarrassing photos and post them on the subject’s site. In extreme cases, the bully might threaten to harm or kill the victim, or suggest that the victim harm himself. School officials, law enforcement agencies, and mental health professionals are working to shed light on the practice and support victims who might be reluctant to report being targeted. Sites like ncpc. org (the National Crime Prevention Council) offer young people and their parents tips on how to respond to cyberbullying.

cyber bullying Tormenting through technology We used to be able to identify a bully. He was the fellow pushing a smaller guy into the locker, or the young lady making a point of excluding the less popular girl. Now, we don’t see the bully. He or she is on the other end of an electronic device (phone, tablet, computer) and is tormenting or threatening or annoying or impersonating someone perceived as weak or different. The behavior is cyber-bullying and can happen at any time and reach all over the world. Research suggests that cyber-bullying is especially prevalent among students in grades 6-8, that 15-35% of youngsters report being bullied via technology, and those the bullies are just as likely to be men as women. As technology improves, cyber-bullies are finding more way to cause pain and suffering to their victims. Sending taunting messages or sharing confidential personal information is the simple ways to do it, but not the only one. Commenting on another’s website (“Fattest kid at Union School”) or setting up a site of photos inviting viewers to vote for the ugliest or stupidest is another. Savvy bullies can hack someone’s computer, pose as that person and deluge

Who is at risk?

Adolescents of any kind are easy targets for cyber-bullies. Their need for acceptance, and their struggles with body image and the power of peer pressure make them vulnerable, and any kid could end up on the receiving end of bullying. However, the urge for conformity means that those who look or act different are easier targets for bullies. That applies especially to lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans gender youth. All adolescents struggle with relationships with their peers while working out their sexual identities. But taunting words and pictures can be especially painful for LGBT teens, who worry about how their choices will be received by family and friends. Another target group includes those with physical or social limitations. It’s not difficult to see why a kid in a wheelchair or a shy person, both perceived by bullies as weaknesses, would draw attention. It is also easy to understand why those same kids, already feeling conspicuous because of their “disabilities” might hesitate to report any abuse and call more attention to themselves as tattle tales. Shy kids, those who find forming friendships difficult, and those who prefer to study or play alone, are easily bullied. A bully will tell lies about why Johnny has no friends or pretend to be a nasty texter using the name or account of

a usually-shy person. It’s all nasty, and it’s all cyber-bullying. Parents and teachers who live and work with adolescents know that the teen years are marked by insecurity and immaturity. Acne, height or lack of it, athletic prowess or absence of such, wardrobe, neighborhood, even the cars a kid’s parents drive might be fodder for examination and comment. It should be no surprise that something as integral to one’s life as his/her sexuality or personality would be equally interesting to those tempted or encouraged by others to comment in unkind or threatening ways.

Is your child being bullied? Be aware of the warning signs Increasing numbers of youngsters are being victimized by their peers. Happily, psychologists and teachers are noticing and publicizing the signs that a student is being bullied. Those signs might include: n Changes in attitude toward friends or social situations n Loss or destruction of personal property, especially electronics, jewelry, books, and clothing n Declining grades, unnatural anxiety about going to school n Injuries that can’t be explained n Unexplained changes in eating or sleeping patterns In cyber-bullying situations that have escalated, victims might run away from home or indulge in self-destructive behavior like cutting or, in too many cases, suicide. Bullies are emboldened when a victim is afraid to report abuse, an all too common situation. The victim may hesitate to be a “snitch,” believing the perpetrator will cause harm to him and/or his family. The silence often leads to more satisfaction for the bully and the possibility of increased bullying behavior. Experts are learning to tell youngsters to inform a trusted adult at the first sign of cyber-bullying and to keep written copies of all threats or pictures. Parents are

encouraged to discuss cyber-bullying with their children, keeping the lines of communication open about who their on-line friends are, what their Facebook sites contain, and what kind of language, photos, and information are appropriate to share on-line.

Signs your child is bullying others While bullies often come from families where bullying is familiar behavior, many youngsters do not. They may not appreciate the nastiness or their actions, or honestly believe that what they write and post are simply jokes. But even in those cases, parents are often surprised and horrified to discover that their children have been threatening or tormenting others. How to tell is your child is acting as a bully? Friends who are known for bullying acts might be a sign that one’s child might be persuaded to follow his friends’ example. The youngster who gets into verbal or physical fights with peers, or appears increasingly aggressive with others might be bullying those who perceives as unable to defeat him. The child who suddenly produces new possessions (new clothing, new electronic devices) or money and can’t explain how he came to afford them might be using violence to take them from others. The child who blames others for all his troubles, or who worries about his reputation, but doesn’t accept responsibility for his own actions in tarnishing that reputation might be bullying others. Increased visits to the principal’s office or accumulating detentions for inappropriately aggressive behavior merit examination. Parents who keep an eye on their children’s online behavior will discover if their sons and daughters are amused by acts of bullying or talk about such acts as if they are funny or entertaining. Parents who hear their children mock others or belittle those who report bullying would do well to take a close look at their kids’ email, camera photos and online posts. There are no legitimate authority figures in the cyber world, so keeping kids safe from online bullies has to begin at home.—Christine Holliday

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er - Not t a e h T n a Michig heater T e iv L s id Just For K 603 E. Liberty St. 734-668-8397 x27 The Michigan Theater is proud to present amazing live family-friendly shows! They join forces again with the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra in offering wholesome live performances perfect for the entire family. Bring your children and grandchildren to the Michigan Theater for the best in theater and music in the Not Just For Kids series and give them the gift of a lifetime of wonderful memories! For more information, visit or call 734-668-8397 x27. Photo by Joan Marcus


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Ann Arbor YMCA 400 W. Washington St. 734-996-9622

The Y's School Age Child Care Program for children K-4 includes healthy snacks and homework help, plus supervised indoor and outdoor activities. Tuition choices include two to five days/week, which includes all-day care on days that AAPS is closed for in-service days. Additional care is available during vacation and snow days. We have daily bus service from Ann Arbor Open, Wines, Bach, Lakewood, Haisley and Eberwhite. For more information contact Brandi Daniels at 661-8058 or go to

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Ann Arbor Hands On Museum 220 E. Ann St. 734-995-5437

Unlock your child’s natural curiosity with over 250 interactive science, technology, health, and energy exhibits at the Ann Arbor Hands On Museum. For a list of HOM programs (preschool-aged children to 8th graders) including Workshops and Family Fun Nights, visit Admission is $10 for adults and children. Museum hours are: MWFS 10 am-5pm, Tues 9 am-5pm, Th 10am-8pm, Sun 12 -5pm.

Humane Society of Huron Valley 3100 Cherry Hill Rd. 734-662-5585

Popcorn, puppies, and pajamas spell fun for ages 6 and up at the Humane Society of Huron Valley. Children are invited to spend a Friday evening in their pajamas at HSHV for an animal-themed movie night. Kids will eat popcorn and enjoy a vegetarian dinner. The next movie night is Sept 27 from 5pm-9pm ($35 for first child, $15 for each additional). For more dates for Pets and Pajamas Movie Night and many other children’s programs visit or call 734-662-5585.

Hand in Hand Music Two convenient locations available 734-429-3385

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Ann Arbor Parks and Recreation Larcom City Hall, first floor 301 E. Huron St. 734-794-6230

Registration has begun for Ann Arbor’s Parks and Recreation’s 2013-2014 Fall/ Winter activities. Swim lessons, ice skating, hockey lessons, and golf scrambles are just a taste of what is offered. Watch your mailbox the week of August 26 for a paper guide of all activities or visit and click on the Parks and Recreation section for a full list of activities.

Early Learning Center

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The Early Learning Center believes in developing a strong sense of curiosity, self-esteem and ind ependence in their students. The y do this by providing a safe and nur turing environment in which lear ning takes place through exploratory play. The ELC believes that the best learning and development takes place through both dire cted and non-directed activities. They’re continuous ly given the freedom to exp ress themselves. 

byterian First Pres


1432 Washtenaw Ave. 734-662-4466

In addition to vocal and instrumental groups, First Presbyterian Church offers groups such as the Boy Scouts, that focus on fellowship. Many of these also include opportunities for service and learning as members desire. If you are interested in forming a small group focused on service, or fellowship, complete the “Application for small groups” and submit it to the Congregational Life Committee. Contact the church office for more information.


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The bike that led to Wednesday A dad tries to teach an economic lesson By Matthew Reger

A daughter learns the difference between wants and needs “I really want it! Please, I have got to have this bike. It’s exactly what I’ve always wanted.” These are the pleadings of a seven year-old girl overwhelmed by what mom and dad intended as a shopping trip, but she mistakenly understood was a buying trip. My daughter had grown over the winter and her old bike, a hand me down, was obviously too small for her. We shopped around at numerous locations looking for the best deals. I thought this would be a great teaching moment in economics for our daughter. The point I missed was the ‘other’ graph, never shown in Econ 101, where design for an item always exceeds supply or demand and price is no object, at least to the one desiring the product. We visited two big-box stores to give them a try. Both had nice models at onefourth the price of the local option. This was a significant point considering the bike may not be in use for more than two years. Unfortunately our daughter’s want line was nearing its inelastic point and we were still shopping. We could try to explain the economic implications of purchasing from a big box store when local options are available, including used bikes. She couldn’t care less. She wanted a bike now and she knew, as well as we did, that we could afford such a purchase. This is point where I wanted to talk to her about Wednesdays. That was the day in my childhood when we usually

had pancakes for dinner. My dad was paid on Thursdays, which meant that the shelves in our home were usually empty on Wednesdays. My parents had no reserve funds and credit cards weren’t ubiquitous, let alone used at a grocery store. But we seemed to always have pancakes that only required water when these thin days appeared. My wife’s childhood was even more deprived. Her single mother raised her and her twin sister in New York City’s Hell’s Kitchen. She has stories of homelessness, raising money by playing music on the street, and living in apartments where heat and water were luxuries. Because of these childhood experiences we always knew our parent’s financial limit. On the other hand, today our children have no idea of the constraints on our pocketbook; The concept of a budget is not as distinct as when we were children. So there I was, wanting to buy a bike while hoping to convey an important economic lesson. We bought her the cheaper bike, but took the money from her savings. She knows this and now has some idea of the cost of things. She probably won’t have any Wednesdays in her life like I did or homelessness like her mother, but I wonder what learning she has lost amidst the financial security. My hope is we can give her and her brother a better life than we had, while at the same time providing the wealth that having little brings. • September 2013 •


The REAL New Year

Resolving to keep a sense of humor in the year ahead By Mary Helen Darah

Members of Improving Birth spread awareness about maternity rights

Best Expectations

Local mom discovers a passion for getting the word out about maternity rights By Nan Bauer

When it comes to supreme tests of do what was right for me and my baby, physical and emotional strength, child and I knew my rights.” birth represents the pinnacle for many She became Improving Birth’s women. It follows, logically, that the ex- local, Ann Arbor coordinator for the perience should be as stress-free for mom, organization’s meetings, distribution baby, and everyone else involved as pos- of information, and the big, second sible. But that’s not always the case. annual event. “There are local chapters “I really wasn’t aware in all 50 states, and Labor of my options with my Day is designated as a first son’s birth,” says day for a peaceful rally,” Carla DeVries of Saline, she says. The Ann Arbor mom of Owen, 4, and gathering will be one of Jace, 8 months. “So for more than 150 events my second baby, I did as across the nation and much research as I could internationally, held the on childbirth.” Through day before Labor Day, on a friend, she found out Sunday, September 1, next about Improving Birth to the Burns Park play(, an ground; details are below organization dedicated and can also be found to spreading awareness Carla DeVries and sons Jace & Owen on the group’s Facebook about evidence-based maternity care and page ( women on their rights during NationalRallyForChangeAnnArborMi). pregnancy and childbearing. According “We’re having a fair with plenty of info so to founder Dawn Thompson,  “It’s about that you can learn what evidence-based women being capable of making safer, care is all about,” she says. “You can meet more informed decisions about their care and talk to the many practitioners in the and that of their babies, when they are area, and we’ll also have kids’ activities given full and accurate information about and a free yoga demonstration.” their care options, including the potential harms, benefits, and alternatives.” Improving Birth Fair, Sunday, September 1, Carla  had her second child, like her 10 am-2 pm, Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 first, with the help of an OB/GYN, but Baldwin Ave, Ann Arbor. For details, search with a difference. “I learned that certain “improving birth Ann Arbor” on Facebook, or procedures considered ‘routine’ didn’t go to necessarily need to be done,” she says. “I talked through my choices with my doctor, but I had the information I needed to 16

Billy Crystal’s character, Harry in “Harry met Sally”, and I are on the same page when it comes to being confused about the New Year. While he was puzzled with the night’s theme song, “Should old acquaintance be forgot". Does that mean we should forget old acquaintances or does it mean if we happen to forget them we should remember them, which is not possible because we already forgot them!?—I am baffled why we choose the first day of January to mark the beginning of the year. I believe many a parent will tell you the start of the year begins not with the dropping of a ball in the Big Apple but with the sound of the school bus slicing through the morning quiet. The start of school is my ruler that clearly marks another year’s passing and with it the reminder that the duties of my most cherished job as mother will once again be modified. There are however, some things that will remain constant no matter what grade your child is entering. As the REAL New Year is now upon us I’m officially bracing myself for the following: Homework – required task that your child is expected to complete. Attempts to help him/her will result in discovering that there is a distinct possibility that you may not be smarter than a fifth grader. After hours of trying to figure out what “X” equals, you will say “WHY” (as in, would you care). Countless story problems involving the departures of train A and train B might find you telling your child to take the bus. School Supply Shopping – A challenging treasure hunt that leads families on a hunt for items to enhance the educational experience.  Statically, a trip to more than one location is required upon discovering that ONE item is not available at the first stop. Note to parents: Be prepared to take out a second mortgage before purchasing the calculator that will be outdated or lost within six months and (not that this has ever happened to me) make certain you have THIS year’s supply list. Projects – High octane, time consuming endeavors that allow your child to express their creativity and test a parent’s patience and need for Prozac. Please note, with the best of intentions, I tried to fight the urge to jump in and lend my talents to my children—I really did-—until the son of an electrical engineer dad showed up with a black wooden board with white lights in the shape of various constellations that were synced to the music of Elton John’s “Rocket Man”. In comparison, my child made the sun by spray painting a Styrofoam ball bright yellow (remnants of which took weeks to wash off the dog and rug) and hung it from a hanger with one of the Corgi’s squeaky toys to represent the earth.  For a brief but

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Sighting the safety patrol signals the New Year is upon us highly memorable time following that experience, I got a bit too involved. I eventually came to my senses. I did however, find it necessary to intervene and whip up a new batch of candy Buckeyes when we found Helena’s missing Band-Aid in the first one. Parent/teacher conferences Thirty minutes of one-on-one with your child’s educator where you are forced to sit in chairs that are age appropriately sized for the current grade level your child is in. Advil may be required. Warning: your child may share more than you will have ever imagined and clarification on various topics may be required. I once was met with a, “Mrs. Darah, I understand you’re selling alcohol in your basement,” when in reality I was holding meetings as chairman of a wine auction for a local charity. Sports – Organized physical activities that may cause the formation of lines on parent’s behinds from sitting on aluminum in extreme weather conditions; may also cause alienation from friends after repeated attempts to have them purchase everything from spirit wear to wrapping paper to support the team. Note to parents of student athletes; never, and I mean NEVER, smell an article left on the floor to determine whether it needs to be washed and to avoid stress, NEVER let the “lucky” socks or jersey out of  your sight. The New Year will also include driving until you can’t remember the last time your feet hit the ground; mentally putting Pop Tarts in the fruit group and endless supportive talks to get your child through everything from zits to heartache.   Get creative in this department. I told my college freshman who gained that “freshman 35” instead of 15, that on the bright side, she was certainly an overachiever. This is the year I will get permission slips in on time, bedtime will be earlier, and I will not wait to buy poster board until a crisis. In the words of Joey Adams, “May your troubles last as long as your resolutions.” Happy New Year!


Going Italian with Giardino’s Jackson Road pizzeria and sandwich shop has something for everyone By Katy M. Clark

Giardino’s Sandwich Creations and Pizza 5060 Jackson Road Ann Arbor, MI 48103 Phone: (734) 585-5070 Hours: Mon-Sat: 10:30am-9pm; Sun 12pm-8pm

My family’s first impression of Giardino’s Sandwich Creations and Pizza restaurant could be summed up in two words: casual and comfortable. The four of us were able to pick our own booth, where we quickly relaxed, on a Saturday night. There were TVs to check out, music to listen to, plenty of families and couples dining amongst us, and clean surroundings. Giardino’s is located on Jackson Road on the west side of town. In business for several years, Giardino’s offers pizza, oven-baked and flatbread sandwiches, salads, entrées such as baked cod and spaghetti, and calzones. There’s even beer and wine for Mom and Dad. We figured if they put “sandwich” and “pizza” in their restaurant name then that’s what we should order. My 10-year-old son and I decided to share a pizza. I was tempted by exotic kinds like the Flavor Feast with pineapple, feta cheese, Italian sausage, roasted red peppers and spinach. Alas, my son only wanted pepperoni. We settled on the Pepperoni Supreme pizza with double pepperoni, provolone, mozzarella, Muenster and Parmesan cheeses plus a sprinkle of oregano ($15.29 for a large). My husband selected the Godfather calzone with salami, pepperoni, ham, Italian sausage, banana peppers and cheese

Kid-friendly: Yes To avoid wait: The restaurant’s dining room is spacious and the food is served quickly. Waiting shouldn’t be a problem. Noise level: Medium Bathroom amenities: changing table in women’s

High chairs: Yes Got milk: Yes, and apple juice, lemonade, and pop. Kids’ menu: Yes, with five meals to choose from that include a drink and cookie. Anything healthy for kids: Spaghetti or kid’s size cheese pizza would be the best bets. Food allergy concerns: They can inform you of ingredients, but are unable to cook food separately.

($7.99). My six-year-old daughter suddenly professed her undying love for sub sandwiches. This was news to me and I worried she’d turn up her nose when the sub arrived. Thus, I calmly shared the yummy sounding kids’ meal choices: cheese pizza, toasted cheese sandwich, spaghetti, chicken nuggets, or mac and cheese ($3.99 to $4.49). Each meal included a drink and cookie, too. Still, our daughter only wanted a sub. She settled on the 8” Pizza sub with pizza sauce, pepperoni, smoked ham and cheese ($5.99). When you dine in at Giardino’s, you receive free breadsticks. We found them light, fluffy and perfectly dusted with Parmesan and butter. The thin yet flavorful marinara dipping sauce enhanced their taste. It seemed like just moments after the breadsticks arrived that the rest of our food was served. The pizza was decadent, with plenty of cheese and pepperoni layered on the hand-tossed crust. The large size boasted eight meaty slices. My son and I gave the pizza a thumbs up. My husband’s calzone

was gigantic and tasty, filled with meat and cheese. He found it a little cold in the middle, but our server cheerfully popped it back in the oven and returned it hotter a few minutes later. Once he got some extra marinara sauce on the side, my husband dug in. Meanwhile, we cut my daughter’s pizza sub into quarters. She happily ate one quarter. “How was it?” I asked. “Good,” she replied. “How did it taste?” I coaxed. “Like pizza with ham in it.” Maybe she really is a sub connoisseur after all! The restaurant serves plentiful desserts, from shakes and malts to spumoni cheesecake and flourless chocolate cake. After stuffing ourselves full of breadsticks, pizza, calzones, and subs, though, we were full and had to pass on the sweet offerings. In the end, my 10-year-old nicely summed up our experience at Giardino’s: “They have lots of great items for lots of hungry people to eat.” Katy M. Clark is a freelance writer from Saline. • September 2013 •


September 2013 Tiny heroes Take a trip to the shire and join in on the World Hobbit Day Celebration! On September 21, the Downtown Library will be transformed into J.R.R. Tolkien’s mystical ‘Middle Earth’ for a celebration of the birthdays of Bilbo and Frodo Baggins. The two most famous hobbits, their brave journey saved the world of Middle Earth, proving that big heroes can come in small bodies. There will be crafts, games, special snacks and even some fun surprises for the kids to participate in during the party. Don’t forget, attendees are encouraged to dress up in their favorite Middle Earth costume from ‘The Hobbit’ or ‘Lord of the Rings’! 2pm. Free. Downtown Library, Multi-Purpose Room, 343 S. Fifth Ave. 734-327-8301. —GMK 

1 SUNDAY Old St. Patrick Labor Day Festival Bring the family to the Old St. Patrick Labor Day Festival. There will be inflatables, kids games, a petting zoo, a silent auction, and more. 12-11pm. Free. Old St. Patrick, 5671 Whitmore Lake Rd. 734-662-8141.

The 11th Annual Kerrytown BookFest - The BookFest features children's activities and a children's storybook corner. 11am-5pm. Free. Kerrytown Market and Shops of Ann Arbor, 407 N. Fifth Ave. 734-353-0872.

78th Annual Saline Community Fair - Enjoy activities for all ages including tractor pulls, carnival rides, livestock auctions and the popular Miss Saline pageant. Through September 2. $7. Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. 734-429-3145.

Dragonflies - Acrobats of the Sky Join Don Henise for a short indoor program to learn more about butterflies. Then head over to nearby Mill Lake to find some in their natural habitat. Bring binoculars or borrow a pair from the Center. Registration required. 2-3:30pm. $2/ person or $5/family with State Recreation Passport. Gerald E. Eddy Discovery Center, 17030 Bush Rd., Chelsea. 517-522-3949.

Michigan State Fair - The Fair brings together the things that make Michigan special like food, rides, games, exhibits, animals, agriculture, entertainment. Through September 2. 10am. Adult, $6 adv. & $8 gate/ Children 11 and under, $5 adv. & $6 gate. Weekend passes available. Suburban Collection Showcase, 46100 Grand River, Novi. 248-348-6942. Improving Birth Fair - Come learn how to have a memorable and happy birth experience and discover what birth options are available to you in the A2 community.10am-2pm. Free. Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin Ave. See pg. 16 for more information.

3 TUESDAY Apples and Honey - Celebrate the fall holidays while enjoying a variety of activites, buy judaica items, taste Israeli food and Kosher baked goods. Contact the Ann Arbor Jewish Community Center to register for this event. $5 per person/$15 per household. Ann Arbor Jewish Community Center, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. 5-7pm. 734-971-0990. Mack Indoor Pool Reopens - The summer programs from Fuller Park Pool are now held at Mack Indoor Pool, along with daily lap swimming and family swim times. Season passes and daily admission area available. Mack Indoor Pool, 715 Brooks St. 734-794-6236.

6 FRIDAY Fun Friday Night at the Museum Experience the museum at night. There will be story time in the Planetarium at 6 & 7pm, dinosaur tours at 7 & 8pm, and planetarium shows hourly from 5:30-8:30pm. Registration required for each activity. 5-9pm. Free (groups 10 or less people)/suggested donation of $6 Planetarium show: $3. Museum of Natural History, 1109 Geddes Ave. 734-764-0478.

7 SATURDAY HomeGrown Festival - Enjoy food, fun and children's activities at the Homegrown Festival. 6-10pm. Free. Ann Arbor Farmers' Market, 315 Detroit St. 734-707-8488. Ursula's Awesome Back-to-School Duct Tape Binder Workshop Children have fun decorating a binder with duct tape. Binders and duct tape will be provided. Ages 8 and older. Registration required. 2-3pm. $10. FLY Children's Art Center, 40 N. Huron Street, Ypsilanti.



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Great Outdoors Youth Jamboree Don’t miss Michigan's biggest childfocused outdoor-rama. Kids and their families will be able to participate in all facets of outdoor activities and recreation such as shooting sports, birding, and fishing, just to name a few. Over 30 vendors will be providing hands-on experience on stand up paddleboards, building birdhouses, tomahawk throwing and setting up a campsite. 10am-5pm. Free. Lake Hudson State Recreation Area, 5505 Morey Highway, Clayton. 231-944-0078. Comic Artists Forum with Cartoonist Jay Fosgitt - Guest artist Jay P. Fosgitt will discuss his book, Bodie Troll, and Jay will also talk about his inspirations, the plot and characters. Drawing supplies will be provided, so drop in to draw, learn, and network with other cartoonists. Grades 6 and up. 1-3pm. Free. Downtown Library: 4th Floor Meeting Room, 343 S. Fifth Ave. 734-327-4200. Dawn Farm 40th Anniversary Jamboree - The Jamboree is a family event with free admission and free activities for all ages, including great live music all day, hayrides, animals to pet, pony rides, lots of games and activities for children and tours of the 74 acre farm. See pg. 6 for more info.

9 MONDAY Tiny Tots: Summer Safari - Enjoy the last days of summer while exploring the many animals who make their homes at LSNC and Black Pond Woods. Participants will make safari binoculars, view local animal puppets, hike through the forest trying to spot animal pictures, and meet a rabbit up close. For children ages 1-3 years old, must be accompanied by an adult. Registration required. 10-11:30am. $7 per child. Leslie Science Center, 1831 Traver Rd. 734-997-1553. Meet Ann Arbor Author/Illustrators Phillip Stead and Erin Stead - Phillip Stead, author and illustrator of the book, Hello My Name is Ruby, and Erin Stead, illustrator of the book, If You Want to See a Whale. 6:30pm. Free. Nicola's Books, 2513 Jackson Ave. 734-662-0600.


Meet Ann Arbor Children's Author Jim Tobin and Ann Arbor Illustrator Dave Coverly Meet children's author Jim Tobin, and Illustrator Dave Coverly who wrote and illustrated the book, The Very Inappropriate Word. 6:30pm. Free. Nicola's Books, 2513 Jackson Ave. 734-662-0600.

13 FRIDAY Craft: Noteworthy Notebooks Add some personal style to your school notebook by gluing fun paper, cloth, foam, and other items to the cover! You are welcome to bring your own notebook or use the composition notebooks provided. Grades 6-12. 7-8:30pm. Free. Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room, 3090 E. Eisenhower Parkway. 734-327-4200. The Secret Garden - The Broadway Musical - Electric Light Theatre presents its debut production of the Tony Awardwinning Broadway musical, The Secret Garden. Directed by James Pinard. For all ages. Friday & Saturday, 7pm; Saturday & Sunday, 2pm. Adults $15; Students/ Seniors/Group of 10+ $12 each; $18 & $15 at the door. Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre, 911 N. University. 734-637-8212.

14 SATURDAY Very Confident Nonsense: Writing Fiction with Toby Barlow - Explore how to make the merely imaginary into the absolutely compelling. These workshops benefit 826michigan's free creative writing and tutoring programs for students aged 6-18. 1-3pm. $25/person or $40/ two. 826michigan, 115 E Liberty St. 734-761-3463. American Girl Party - Bring your favorite doll or stuffed friend to listen to a story, sit down to an elegant tea party and followed by an American Girl movie. 3pm. Free. Ypsilanti Library: Michigan, 229 W. Michigan Ave. 734-482-4110.

15 SUNDAY Fireside Fun - Relax around a campfire, roast marshmallows and swap stories. Bring your family, camp chairs, and S’mores fixings. 6:30-8pm. Free. Leslie Science Center, 1831 Traver Rd. 734-997-1553. Splash Days - Enjoy an afternoon of games, activities and prizes both in and out of the pool. Adults, $5/youth & seniors, $4/Ages 3 and younger, free. 2-4pm. Mack Indoor Pool, 715 Brooks St. 734-794-6237.

18 WEDNESDAY Smell and Tell: The Aroma of Terror - Flavor and fragrance expert Michelle Krell Kydd, author of the awardwinning blog Glass Petal Smoke, will take you on an aromatic journey, sharing precious ingredients rarely experienced outside of chef's kitchens and perfume labs. Grades 6 and up. 6:30pm-8:45pm. Free. Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room, 343 S. Fifth Ave. 734-327-4200.

21 SATURDAY Back to School Picnic - Bring the family for a picnic and enjoy guided hikes, field games, LSNC's Critter House, and our resident Raptors. The music starts at noon, so come early to find the best spot for your picnic blanket. Don’t forget to bring your lunch!11am-1pm. $6 per blanket. Leslie Science Center, 1831 Traver Rd. 734-997-1553. Professor Ray's Everyday Science: Mighty Motion - During this interactive demonstration staff will explain gravity,

inertia, air resistance and Newton's laws of motion. Also on Saturday, September 22. 1pm. $10. Ann Arbor Hands On Museum, 220 E. Ann Street. 734-995-5439.



Family Dining: All You Can Eat Sushi - In just a couple of hours, your child will prepare a three-course meal. Ages 10 and up. Registration required. 2-5pm. $75/per child participant and up to 2 family members. Ann Arbor Cooks, 5060 Jackson Rd. 734-645-1030.

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23 MONDAY Tiny Tots: Under the Water - Learn about the plants and animals that live in the water. Ages 1-3, accompanied by an adult. Registration required. 10-11:30am. $7 per child. Leslie Science Center, 1831 Traver Rd. 734-997-1553.

25 WEDNESDAY Ellen Hopkins: Smoke - New York Times bestselling author Ellen Hopkins will be signing and reading from her new book, Smoke. 6pm. Free. Literati Bookstore, 124 E Washington St. 734-585-5567.

28 SATURDAY Parent/Child: Crazy for Cookies! - At this class, learn to bake delicious cookies. Ages 6 and up with an adult. Registration required. 1-3:30pm. $65 for Parent + one child/$85 for Parent + two children. Ann Arbor Cooks, 5060 Jackson Rd. 734-645-1030. Ghoultide Gathering Art Show Enjoy browsing Halloween themed arts and crafts at this craft show. No Strollers, please. 10am-4pm. $5/Children 10 and under, free. Chelsea Fairgrounds, 20501 Old US-12 Hwy., Chelsea. 269-553-1852. Big Bully with Book - Follow Parker, an ex-bully on the musical journey of how one brave friend helped him turn his life around. For preschool-5th grade. 1pm. $10, adults/$7, children. Performance Network, 120 E Huron St. 734-663-0681.

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