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Volume 6 • Issue 10 October 2012

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Creative and crafty Families expressed their artsy side at Ann Arbor’s Hands-On Museum’s “How Shapely” event.

Ann Arbor’s Hands-On Museum’s “How Shapely” brought smiles

High jinks Our readers know how to stay cool in the summer — they go airborne! The 2012 Chelsea Community Fair brought some last chance warm-weather thrills to Michigan children.

Kick start Ann Arbor kids have got game! Last month’s after-school guide featured children making the best of their off hours. Here are some extra submissions we loved.

Matthew Resende, age 6, Dexter at Dexter Soccer Club

The Dexter Soccer Club’s players and fans relax on the sidelines

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From left: Matthew Resende, age 6 of Dexter; Allison Jovanelly, age 10 of Dexter; Luca Celiberto, age 8, of Ann Arbor; Lilly Resende, age 9 of Dexter


compiled by Kristen Gibson

Imagination takes center stage

Vamps are cool, but a bunny vamp jonesing for veggies is cooler. Children will be amazed as stories come to life in a variety of engaging performances at the Michigan Theater. The return of the Not Just for Kids (NJFK) series kicked off Sunday, September 30 with Bunnicula and runs through April 2013. Live performances are aimed at entertaining young children and families. Take your mud-pie-maker to see Harry the Dirty Dog Sunday, November 11, a delightful story about a dog that hates to take baths and gets so dirty that his family doesn’t recognize him. If you have a little explorer, they’ll enjoy following a search for clues in Mysteries of Ancient Egypt Sunday, February 3, 2013. Meet a much-loved talking dog as she goes on a “doggone funny adventure” in Martha Speaks, Sunday, March 10, 2013. The final NJFK performance is Seussical on Sunday, April 28, 2013, when Dr. Seuss’s best-loved stories collide in an unforgettable musical caper! All shows begin at 1:30pm. Individual tickets are $15, $12 for Michigan Theater members, available online and at Ticketmaster outlets. Subscription package prices start at $9 per show. Michigan Theater, 603 East Liberty Street. 734-668-8463. www.michtheater.org/series/not-just-for-kids/.

LEGO master builders will show off their amazing creations at LEGO KidsFest this month

Let’s build something

Think your kids might like to see a life-size model of Batman made entirely from LEGOs? You too? The whole family can get their LEGO fix at LEGO KidsFest starting at 4 pm Friday, October 12, with activities for all ages through Sunday, October 14. It’s one of only six events of its kind nationwide this year, and the only one that’s an easy drive from Ann Arbor. Young children can stack and sort at the DUPLO Build Area. Kids five and up can play at the LEGO Construction Zone or explore Heartlake City, home of the LEGO Friends. Older kids are challenged to think like an architect at the LEGO Master Builder Academy, learning the fundamentals of design, engineering and art using LEGO bricks. Bring the family for some hands-on, creative fun! LEGO KidsFest starts at 4pm October 12 and 9 am October 13 and 14. Tickets are free for children under 2, $18 for kids up to 17 and seniors, $20 for adults. Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River, Novi. legokidsfest.com.

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Wild animals, slam poetry and classical instruments, oh my! Enjoy an afternoon of music and interactive family fun with the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra Sunday, November 4, as three children’s stories come alive: SaintSaëns’ classic Carnival of the Animals, Raccoon Tune, and selections from The Lion King. “Music teaches us to listen and speak in ways that cannot be expressed through words,” says Stephanie Roose, Marketing Manager for A2SO. Kids can play an instrument, pet a pup or enjoy an activity from the Ann Arbor Hands on Museum before the concert. Award winning author Nancy Shawk, who wrote Raccoon Tune, will be there to meet fans and sign books. So come shake your tail feather to classical music! Pre-concert activities begin at 2:30 pm and are free to ticket holders. The concert begins at 4 pm and lasts less than an hour. Tickets start at $8, subscriber discounts are available. Michigan Theater, 603 East Liberty Street. 734-994-4801.www.a2so.com/family-concerts/ carnival-of-the-animals.

Ancient Egyptians were just like us — sort of. Explore worldfamous artifacts and interactive exhibits at The Kelsey Museum of Archaeology. Professor Kelsey bought the first object in 1889 and now the museum houses more than 100,000 objects from ancient Mediterranean and Near East civilizations. Children aged 5-12 can learn about the everyday life of the ancient Egyptian, Greek, and Roman worlds through the museum’s Family Day programs. Archaeology of the Ancient World is scheduled October 21 from 1 pm to 3 pm. “Demonstrations, including a mock dig, will entertain and educate children as well as adults,” notes Todd Gerring, the museum’s community outreach supervisor. No registration required. A new special exhibition on conservation and preservation of artifacts starts November 2. Museum hours are Tuesday through Friday, 9 am to 4 pm, Saturday and Sunday, 1 pm to 4pm, closed Monday and University holidays. Admission is free, but donations are welcome. 434 South State Street. 734-764-9304. www.lsa.umich.edu/kelsey.

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Fresh baked goodies at Dixboro Farmers’ Market

The new village green Baby food gets a makeover from Yay Food’s Teri Benedetti and Cathy Lennington

Fresh-from-the-farm food for your bambino

When Cathy Lennington’s son was two and a half, she first fed him store bought baby food. It didn’t go over too well. He’d been feasting on mama’s homemade purees and was not impressed by the bland supermarket options. So Lennington went back to making fresh blends. “There wasn’t anything out there for parents who wanted to feed their kids homemade food, but didn’t have the time to make it,” Lennington says. She met business partner Teri Benedetti at the Grange Kitchen, and together they started the Yay Food business. Seasonal purees are made using market fresh produce. A popular blend is kale, carrots, sweet potatoes, leeks and garlic. “I like a lot of kale and can add extra to my blends — it’s a good way to get lots of vegetables in your child’s food,” Lennington says. They use mostly organic produce and limit allergens. “I only put things in my blends that I would feed my son. It’s important to us to make sure it’s fresh, safe and delicious,” Lennington says. Yay Food! offers a variety of fresh blends, custom orders and free delivery to Ann Arbor and surrounding areas. They’re freezing produce for the winter season and hope to soon offer meats and expand into adult food for those with special dietary needs. Wednesdays 4:30-8:30pm, Saturdays 7am-3pm. Ann Arbor Farmers Market, 315 Detroit St. 734-661-2599. www.yayfooda2.com. —KG

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You’re probably aware of Dixboro Road (on the northwest side of Ann Arbor), but did you know there’s actually a village of the same name only a fifteen minute drive? And that it has a lovely green with a historic schoolhouse? You and your family can experience it every Friday evening through October. Start with dinner al fresco: The Dixboro Farmers’ Market offers smoky barbecue courtesy of the Hickman Hotel Chuckwagon and live music with a Celtic flavor via Vintage Strings of Ann Arbor. Be sure to bring your shopping bag as well. Healthy baked treats, including gluten- and sugar-free goodies, are offered alongside beautiful, just-out-ofthe-garden produce from a variety of local farms, fresh eggs, free-range turkey and chicken, and a huge variety of fresh pasta and sauces — and that’s just the beginning. The vendors are ready to tell you about their wares. No pressure, just smiles. “It’s all about food, and it’s all about local,” says Jason Gold, an organizer and contributor to the market. It’s also all about a wonderful way to celebrate the beginning of the weekend, as well as the riches that grow (practically) right under our noses. Visit the market to make a crisp October Friday a night to remember. Open Fridays 3:307:30pm. 5221 Church Rd. www. dixborofarmersmarket.org. —NB

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Halloween

So excited for Halloween you want to ride around on a broom? Washtenaw County has plenty of specter-tacular events to thrill and chill everyone all month long, from babes in arms to even the most eye-rolling teens. Let the screams begin! By Nan Bauer

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Ghoultide Gathering Chelsea Community Fair, 20501 West Old US Highway 12, Chelsea 269-553-1852 ghoultidegathering.com Artists from around the country will be turning Chelsea Fairgrounds into a happy haunting ground at the 6th annual Ghoultide Gathering. You’ll find an amazing variety of Halloween-themed creations, including folk art, papier maché animal sculptures, ornaments, paintings, pottery, dolls, and much, much more. Friday Early Evening Buy: 5-8pm, $20 (includes free Ghoultide shopping tote while supplies last and admission to Saturday show). Saturday, 10am-2pm, $5 (children under 10 are free)

U-M School of Music, Theatre & Dance Halloween Concert Hill Auditorium 825 North University 734.764.2538 www.music.umich.edu/index.php Be prepared: You may see a ghost playing cello and a giant banana on saxophone. At this event, fun takes center stage as the costumed University Orchestras present a program of Halloween music from popular to classical and everything in between. Two performances: 4pm and 7:30pm, $12 and $8, based on seating location.    

Jack, 5, Kelley, 8, and Allison, 10, of Dexter

Friday through Sunday, Oct. 19-21 and Oct. 26-28

Evil Dead The Musical Dexter Community Players Copeland Auditorium, 7714 Ann Arbor St., Dexter 734-726-0355 http://dextercommunityplayers. org/home Dancing zombies, an audience “splatter” zone, a chain saw incident here and there — if you’re up for an outing with your high school-

ers, this ultra-campy rock musical will provide plenty of screams and hilarity. Warning: Be prepared for some NC17 language and plenty of comic gore. The cult classic is back by popular demand for its second year. Under 16 must be accompanied by a parent. October 19-21 8pm; October 26-28, 7pm.

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t a e r T r o Trick s r a l u c a t c Spe Friday, October 26

Downtown Halloween Fall Festival S. Washington between Michigan Ave. and Ferris St. and on the Library Park Plaza, Ypsilanti 734-481-0141 daypsi.com/special_events Kids from 2 to 12 can trick or treat through historic downtown Ypsilanti and enjoy many awesome activities. Andy the Ambulance will be on hand, and the Ypsilanti District Library Bookmobile will be transformed into the Boo!Mobile, with games, fun giveaways, and more. There will also be a slightly scary storytime at the library at 4:30pm. Festival hours: 5-6pm. Free.    

Saturday, October 27

Boo Bash 2012 Briarwood Mall 100 Briarwood Circle, Ann Arbor 734-769-9610 www.facebook.com/BriarwoodMall Up for some weird science courtesy of the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum? How about some face time with Ann Arbor’s favorite clown, Colors? Or a thrilling, chilling fashion show? That’s just the beginning of what Boo Bash 2012 has to offer — and it’s all under one roof and free. Approximately two hours of activities are planned, kicking off with mallwide trick or treating. You can pick up a complimentary reflective goody bag at guest services, but plan to get to the mall right on time at 5pm (if not earlier) on October 27th, the Saturday before Halloween. The event is huge, and you don’t want to miss out on any of the thrills. 5-7pm. Free.   Saline Boo Bash Saline Recreation Center 1866 Woodland Dr., Saline 734-429-3502 www.cityofsaline.org/parks   Costume competitions (for parents too!), a trick or treat trail, a DJ with rockin’ spooky tunes, and a spectacular balloon drop: the Saline Boo Bash is a one-stop shop for Halloween family fun for kids ages 1 to 14 and their parents. Games will be played, Spiderman lollipops will be created, dances will be danced, bal-

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loons will dropped, faces will be painted, and a great deal of candy will be given away. The event is one of the Rec Center’s most popular, so be sure to register in advance. 5:308pm. Pre-registration fee: members $7, non-members $9; $12 at door.  

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Halloween Party and Main Street Trick or Treating Ann Arbor District Library 343 South Fifth Ave. and Main St., Ann Arbor 734-327-4200 www.aadl.org On Halloween Day, the littlest trick or treaters can have a full day of fun and take over Main St. while they’re at it. First, head to the library in costume for a very interactive story time led by librarians and professional musicians and featuring songs, rhymes, and finger plays. From there, Main Street is just a quick walk for trick or treating at the different stores. Two sessions accommodate the large crowds: 9:30am and 10:30am. Free.

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It’s not particularly sinister, nor does it reek of fire and brimstone. If you blink, you’ll miss it. But with a town named Hell practically in your back yard — about 10 minutes north of Dexter — why resist temptation? And what better time of year to go than Halloween?

The HQ for it all: Screams, a gift shop with an astonishing variety of devil and witch kitsch, and with an event every weekend leading up to October 31st. Here, you can buy your own little piece of Hell one square inch at a reasonable rate, and a deal some would term “priceless.” You can mail a flame-singed card with the town postmark, arrange to have your name etched into the Walk of Shame, and buy a diploma from Damn U. This is

Hell, after all. Why earn merit when you can pay for it?

If you’re hungry, pop over to Hell in a Handbasket for pizza, pastries, and ice cream treats that include the Grave Digger Sundae. And if you feel like something outdoors and, shudder to think, somewhat healthy, there’s a fine putt-putt course with even more verbal punishment than you and your loved ones have already been subjected to. There are also canoe and kayak rentals, and several painted wood cut-outs for photo ops. It’s only slightly scary, but very corny, fun. For kids who are outgrowing the cute animal costumes but not quite ready for zombie masks, it’s perfect. For info on all things Hell-ish, visit www.gotohellmi.com/events.

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There’s little that’s more heartbreaking than a child or adolescent struggling with depression, and it’s an affliction that’s often still poorly understood. The University of Michigan’s MPAL (Michigan Psychoneuroendocrinology Affective Laboratory), led by Dr. Nestor Lopez-Duran, is seeking families to participate in an ongoing study of adolescent anxiety and depression. Children between the ages of 9 and 16 are eligible to take part in the study, which explores the effects of hormonal activity on mood. Participants are required to make three visits to the lab over a two-week period for non-invasive testing, including clinical interviews, questionnaires and saliva samples. Families are not required to have a formal diagnosis — in fact, children who are not suffering from depression can also be helpful by serving as controls in the study. If you’re looking for help, (the study isn’t treatment) MPAL can refer you to the people who provide it. For completing the study, families will be compensated up to $75. For information, email info@michiganpal.org. —MD

Tree Heaven

Room at the top — for everyone By Nan Bauer

Word up

Area schools can help open up the world of words to their students as the Michigan Council For Arts and Cultural Affairs seeks participants for the 2012-13 Michigan Poetry Out Loud. It’s a chance to take part in a nationwide competition and celebration of the art of the written and spoken word. Schools that participate get to host their own poetry competition and choose a representative to send to the statewide event, to be held in February in East Lansing. The winner at the state level will win $200 and chance to travel to Washington DC to compete in the national competition in April. The national winner gets a $20,000 scholarship and $500 for their school to purchase poetry books. It’s a great way for students to polish their literary craft and their public speaking skills, and maybe boost their selfconfidence. Interested schools need to apply to participate by October 26, so talk to your teacher! www.michiganhumanities.org —MD

Climbing a tree should be a kid’s right, not a privilege. But for children with special needs, it’s usually a dream that can’t happen. “The lift on the school bus is sometimes the highest summit that can be achieved,” says Dennis Furlong, pediatrician and Arbor Quest volunteer. Arbor Quest is now making that dream a reality. The Ann Arbor-based non-profit group believes that everyone can and should be able to see the world with a bird’s eye view, and have helped more than 4,000 kids reach that goal over the past eight years. “We have the harnesses and other specialized equipment that allow us to work across the spectrum of special needs, from mild concerns to kids in wheelchairs and on ventilators,” says Becky McVey, Recreational Therapist in charge of Coordinating Enrichment Programming for U of M. The experience is not limited to particular physical conditions; family and friends can absolutely join in the adventure. McVey finds the experience continually thrilling. “One little girl kept saying, ‘Girls with CP [cerebral palsy] can’t climb trees’ over and over. Her climbing buddy would reply, every time, ‘Yes, they can! Yes, they can!’ I watched them reach three feet, then nine feet.” For many kids, the most amazing moment occurs when they look down and see their chair on the ground far below them. “It’s a moment that so many kids never thought was possible,” she says. “To feel the wind on your skin and in your hair, to see the world from that perspective, to have that feeling that there are no limits — it’s incredible.” Parents often report that they’re amazed at how peaceful and relaxed their children are during and after the experience. In fact, many kids can’t wait to come back. Outings occur approximately three times a year: twice in spring and once in the fall. All tree climbing staff are certified tree climbing facilitators, and are adept at making sure climbers feel safe and secure before they begin their ascent. To learn more and sign up for notification of events, visit the website at www.arborquest.org.

2012 Michigan Poetry Out Loud finalists from left: Mounir Jamal, third runner-up, Winner Randi Laundre, 10th grader from Alba High School, Alexis Barrera, first runner-up and Brittni Eller, second runner-up.

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The great sleep battle

Sleep deprivation on the parenting frontier By Matthew Reger

I have a confession to make about a constant, and at times, overwhelming parenting problem. A great struggle at our house is getting our kids to sleep at night. By this admission, I am venturing into a hotly debated parenting topic and opening myself up to ridicule. Despite the potential wrath of the reading public, I understand that this is a problem that transcends both nature and nurture. I have to admit, I am likely the genetic source of our children’s sleep aversion. Before we had kids, I burned the candle at both ends. I was late to sleep and early to rise. In fact, that aspect of my routine had my future wife decline an offered introduction to me — when our mutual friend described me as a “person who never slept,” she immediately told her friend that she was not interested. My wife enjoys and appreciates her sleep. Our pairing, despite my sleep issues, is a much longer story. The nurture side of our sleep battle comes from our own jam packed schedule. We just have too much going on.

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The sleep battle usually begins at 8 pm. I take our son up to bed while my wife spends time with our daughter. The battle starts quietly. He feels the need to make sure his cars are arranged just so and settles down by being read a story. In the course of this routine, there are usually several attempts to get out

of bed. When it is time for lights out, my wife may hear from our daughter “I don’t want to go to bed” or a stealthy plea for “one more story.” As she deals with these stall tactics, I am having my own difficulties with our son. I get a request for water. Our daughter walks upstairs to bed, accompanied

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by my wife. I pass my bride in the hall and she gives me the look that tells me it’s another night of late to bed — at least for us. Shortly after 10 pm, with the bedtime battle almost over, we meet in our own bedroom. As we wind down and talk about our day we realize and even comment on what time our son will venture into our room to crawl in with us.  Usually it’s around 5 am — about the time I have to get out of bed anyway. If his sister joins us, we are definitely out of room in our queen bed. Just before I go to sleep I check on our kids to ensure they are breathing and resting comfortably — a holdover habit from when they were infants — and bask in the beauty of their peaceful sleep. I savor the moment, realizing it is only for a short time that they are truly kids, and that they remain truly mine, both in nature and nurture. Matt Reger is the sleep-deprived father of two. To send Reger a comment or question, email editor@toledoparent.com, subject line “Diary of a Dad.”


Parenting, the old-fashioned way Author Keith Hafner shares his take on structured child-rearing By Sharon Gittleman

Visit a department store, a restaurant table or a movie theater and you’re bound to see it. Whining, screaming children demanding mom and dad do what they want — and do it now. Some parents can’t seem to resist the lure of giving in to youngsters’ demands. Ann Arbor author Keith Hafner has other ideas. Hafner, 55, has gathered many of the principles he discovered over his more than 35 years as a martial arts teacher in his books, 2001’s How to Build Rock Solid Kids and 2011’s How to Live Smarter. Parents weren’t always so wimpy. Today, confusion and uncertainty often trumps discipline and resolve when it comes to child rearing, Hafner says. “That’s a new phenomenon,” he says. “The wisdom grandma and grandpa had really worked.” Hafner’s books are designed to help moms and dads rediscover the importance of rules, boundaries and respect. He thinks parents should focus on helping their children build ethics, morals, self-

esteem and confidence. It’s how he and his wife of 36 years raised their own two boys. “Kids need structure and guidelines when they are young,” he said. “Some people think of discipline as punishment. To be disciplined in your habits frees you.” While some parents may be hesitant to set high standards, others can be too harsh in their criticisms of their children. Kids’ self image ultimately determines how they behave and what they achieve in life. Constant sniping at them for missing the mark can have long-term consequences, Hafner says. “I encourage parents to reward approximations of success. A parent’s job is to watch and try to catch them doing it right.” Moms and dads who witness a less than stellar sports performance might comment on their child’s focus or dedication to achieving a goal. Parents need to look at their own behavior when examining why their kids behave the way they do. Developing discipline in your children requires disci-

pline in yourself. “If you are cranky when you get up in the morning you are teaching them to be cranky in the morning,” he said. Hafner’s expertise doesn’t come from an advanced degree. “I’m not a professional but I’m a person who’s been serious about his life,” he said. “I’m a person who’s tried to live my life according to these principles.” Hafner, a self-described former “longhaired hippie kid,” follows a ‘pull yourself up by your bootstraps’ philosophy, focused on self-reliance and viewing life as a project. There have been a few surprises along the way. His years teaching and maintaining his Ann Arbor-based firm, “Keith Hafner’s Karate,” brought him joys he didn’t expect to find in the business world — the pleasure of building and nurturing relationships with people. For more information about Hafner’s books, turn to www.rocksolidkids.com.

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Fright night

When dads wear tights By Mary Helen Darah

I love Halloween. As a mom it’s the only holiday where dust and cobwebs go with the decorations, eating large amounts of chocolate and baked goods are given a thumbs up and you can dress according to whatever happens to be going on with your body. That pretty much explains why I have been everything from a killer bee (pregnant), Cher (a rare moment where my stomach saw the light of day) to a “the honeymoon’s over” costume complete with bunny slippers, pore-cleansing face mask and fluffy robe (pretty self-explanatory). Anytime you factor motherhood into the equation, it takes things to a whole new level and Halloween is no exception. My oldest loved to dress up, and her choice of costumes made this woman who breaks out into hives at the mere sight of a sewing machine a The Darah kids tested Mother Mayhem’s sewing skills happy camper. My highly creative middle child on the other hand informed me one year she wanted to be an elephant. My youngest wanted to be “herself,” and is Monster bash My kids will say (along with close to STILL miffed at me for making her wear 100 neighbors, friends, and family) that the “cow” outfit complete with udders that our annual Halloween party is the best I borrowed from the neighbors. part of the holiday. As with most things in Personality study this house it started out as a small gatherI gained some valuable insights into ing and, as one friend put it, “it grew legs.” their psyches every 31st of October espe- Even the most conservative guests, includcially in dealing with their “loot.” Lauren, ing my father, get into the spirit of things. in stereotypical first-born style, would ar- For 364 days my dad is the former Eagle range her candy with all the Snickers in a Scout, army man, entrepreneur we know row, then the Hershey Bars, and so on, to and love but, just like a werewolf, he andetermine the statistical probabilities and nually transforms into another form. Some ratios of each. She would then make a of his most memorable transformations graph to confirm her findings. The girl and were as a Hawaiian dancer complete with recent grad is now titrating paralytic drugs coconut bra, cheerleader and, my all-time as an ICU nurse. Helena would make pretty favorite, World Cup Wrestler, when he decorations out of her wrappers (her goal is borrowed (as if I wanted them back) a pair to be a special ed teacher) and Maria would of my tights. hoard hers in a secret hiding spot and was Through the years we have had some known to swipe the “good stuff” from her eyebrow-raising moments including a sisters and attempt to sell it back to them at middle-aged mother of three dressed as a a later date. She wants to major in profes- Victoria’s Secret swimsuit model. We also sional sales. had a former 6’7” college basketball player Through the years we have enjoyed come dressed as a transvestite. I did not the hallowed eve with family and friends. know where not to look first. The most upI even survived the years of dressing two setting costume to walk through our doors families in themed costumes. I was almost was worn by my daughter’s high school thrown over the edge when my ambitious friend who came dressed as part of the male friend Terry decided that if we were go- anatomy. We immediately removed him ing to be dressed as people in the shower from the party and told my little confused (loofas, shower caps and encircled by a godson that he was a giant “Twinkie.” shower curtain) that the look wouldn’t be Some parting words of advice my pretcomplete without constructing individual ties: make 100% certain that the person showerheads. To this day I have an aver- who you THINK is wearing an inflatable sion to paper towel rolls and foil. My Mom costume actually IS before making comgave her two cents worth and helped me ments. Also, when you find yourself surslit the back of my “curtain” to reveal a set rounded by kitchen clean-up helpers at 2 of fake “buns.” I totally forgot how I looked am all wearing tights (including Mr. and from behind until I stared into the eyes of a Mrs. Incredible, Robin Hood, and yes, even poor little trick or treater at my door after I Rocky Horror dad) realize that you are one bent over to give him some candy. lucky witch. 14

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THE SHORT COURSE

An affordable cut High quality steaks at reasonable prices By Katy M. Clark

Brahma Steakhouse & Lounge

4855 Washtenaw Ave. 734-434-5554 Hours: Monday-Thursday, 3pm-10pm; Friday-Sat 3pm-11pm; Sunday noon-10pm brahmasteakhouse.com Brahma Steakhouse & Lounge opened in March on Washtenaw Ave., east of US 23 in a spot formerly occupied by Smokehouse Blues, a barbecue restaurant. While the menu still offers some barbecue favorites like its previous incarnation, the focus is now on steaks done right for the right price. The interior has been revamped, with the restaurant’s two rooms decorated in an upscale yet comfortable way. Think Outback Steakhouse meets The Chop House. Tables and booths covered in long white tablecloths topped with white paper are found on both sides; one side also houses a long bar. The menu boasts 7 different kinds of steaks in various sizes, barbecue items (like pulled pork), soup, salad, seafood, and other entrées. We did not see a children’s menu as we sat down on a quiet Sunday evening. In fact, we did not see any children there besides our 9-year-old son and 5-year-old daughter. But our server told us that Brahma does have a children’s menu; it’s just not printed. Chicken tenders, grilled cheese, kids’ burgers, or mac and cheese were available for $4.99 including one side. First, we ordered an appetizer. Jumbo onion rings appeared to be the most family-friendly choice, but my son stared at me in horror when I confirmed that on-

Kid-friendly: Maybe better for older children To avoid wait: The restaurant is large so you shouldn’t have to wait Noise level: Low Bathroom amenities: No changing tables in mens or womens High chairs? Yes Got milk? Yes, as well as chocolate milk, lemonade, and cranberry, orange, or pineapple juices Kids’ menu? Yes, although it is not printed Anything healthy for kids? Vegetables can be ordered instead of fries on the side Food allergy concerns? Their fries are cooked in peanut oil. Also, the kitchen can prepare anything separately if you give the server a heads up about preferences tery. At least the shrimp were smoky and delicious. My husband found the Delmonico cooked as ordered and juicy. Both he and our server seemed to forget there were 5 house sauces available for added oomph. These included béarnaise, mustard, cabernet demi-glaze, zip, and horseradish cream. He used A1 instead. The garlic mashed potatoes were a bit buttery for his liking, but still tasty.

Well done ions are in onion rings. We settled on calamari ($9). My son ordered a burger and fries while my daughter chose mac and cheese with fries. My husband selected the 16 oz. Delmonico cooked medium well ($19.50) while I decided on the Shrimp and Scallop Risotto ($18.50). My husband and I picked a salad over soup with our entrees.

Medium well

The calamari was dusted with diced tomatoes, scallions, and pepperoncinis. My husband and I enjoyed the relish’s fruity, spicy flavors while the kids stuck to the fried parts. “So good,” my 9-year-old son enthused. “What makes it good?” I asked. “Squid,” he elaborated. (He’s averse to

some plant life, but unusual sea creatures are apparently totally okay.) We also partook of plain, but warm, white bread and simple, fresh salads before the entrees arrived.

Medium rare

My risotto with pan seared shrimp and scallops and lemon thyme butter sauce was pleasing to look at, but lacked flavor and consistency. One of the two large scallops was cold on the inside. The rice was al dente, but tasted oily, not but-

The best items were definitely the kids’ meals and dessert. My daughter’s mac and cheese, made with cavatappi noodles, tasted creamy and cheesy. My son’s burger was beefy and yummy on a buttered bun reminiscent of a pretzel roll. We chose tiramisu for dessert over the other house made selections, crème brûlée and cheesecake. The tastes of cocoa, fluffy mascarpone cheese, and light cake pleased everyone and the portion was enough to share. There were more hits (calamari, tiramisu) than misses (risotto) the night we dined at Brahma. With an eye on consistency, Brahma can hit its mark all the time. Katy M. Clark is a freelance writer from Saline.

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October 2012 All calendar events are subject to change, cancellation, and limited size. Calling ahead for confirmation is recommended.

Saturday, October 6

The State of the Book To celebrate Michigan’s rich literary history and vibrant future, the 826 Foundation, Fiction Writers Review and the University of Michigan’s MFA Program in Creative Writing is hosting a day-long series of literary events. The State of the Book, a mini-symposium that features prominent local and national writers, will cover everything from teen poetry to digital publishing and host conversations with notable authors. 826michigan founder Dave Eggers will be on hand working with students involved with the foundation. The keynote event features award-winning novelist Charles Baxter and Philip Levine, former Poet Laureate of the United States and Pulitzer Prize winner. 10:15am. Rackham Auditorium, 915 E. Washington St. 734-761-3463. www.826michigan.org—JG

4 THURSDAY Tykes: Harvest Time - It’s time for apples and pumpkins, squash and sweet potatoes, and other delicious offerings from nature. Some grow on trees and some grow underground. October will be the month to learn about these different plants and how they grow. Feel free to drop your child off for the 90 minute program – or stay to watch the fun! For ages 4-5, caregiver not required. Registration required. Thursdays, October 4-25. 1-2:30pm. $44 for all four sessions. The Leslie Science & Nature Center, 1831 Traver Rd. 734-997-1553. www.lesliesnc.org Science Workshop: Hands-On Science With The Society Of Hispanic Professional Engineers Come join the AADL and the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) and Proyecto Avance: Latino Mentoring Association (PALMA) from the University of Michigan for a one hour workshop that will be full of hands-on science experiments and cool demonstrations based on traditional and new science and engineering fields. Explore the “fun” side of science and engineering. 6:30-7:30pm. Downtown Library, 343 S. Fifth Ave. 734-327-8301. www.aadl.org

5 FRIDAY Tiny Tots: Animals Use Their Senses Too - Everything in nature has its own look and feel. Your toddler will engage all of their senses during this sensory nature carnival. Recommended for ages 1-3, with a caregiver. Registration not required. 10am11am. $7. The Leslie Science & Nature Center, 1831 Traver Rd. 734-997-1553. www.lesliesnc.org Leafie, A Hen Into The Wild - The Nam Center and the U-M Screen Arts and Cultures Department, in association with the Museum of Modern Art and The Korea

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Society, presents the Ann Arbor Korean Independent Film Festival October 4–7. While many of the films will be screened on the UM Campus, this 2011 delightful animated film will be screened for families at the Downtown Library. Based on a popular children’s book, the film is the story of freedom, will and instinctive motherly love of a hen as she raises an adopted duckling. Downtown Library, 343 S. Fifth Ave. 734-327-4555. www.aadl.org Sweater Weather - Join local nonprofit 826michigan and acclaimed writer and philanthropist Dave Eggers for Sweater Weather, an autumn orchard picnic benefiting 826michigan’s free writing programs in public schools. Enjoy elegant food provided by the Produce Station and prepared by Chef Brad Greenhill of Righteous Rojo along with fine wine from Morgan & York. Dave Eggers, author of A Hologram For The King and founder of publishing house McSweeney’s and nonprofit 826 National, will speak about 826michigan’s free programs, which reach nearly 2,500 Washtenaw County youth each year. Advance reservations are required. 7pm. $75 includes dinner & wine. The Orchard, 312 Glendale. 734-761-3463. www.826michigan.org

6 SATURDAY Second Annual Sweets, Treats and Silent Auction - Come and treat yourself to some amazing locally made pastries and sweets and bid on some cool products and services from local businesses and artists. This event is being held in honor of the 30th anniversary of the Mary G. Schuman Miscarriage and Newborn Loss Support Group. Funds raised will go directly to support group, teen childbirth classes and scholarship programs for those in financial need who want the support and education provided. 7:30-10pm. $25 individual / $40 pair. Lamaze Family Center, 2855 Boardwalk 734-973-1014. www.lamazefamilycenter.org


Aspen Santa Fe Ballet - UMS debuts the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet for this special family program of contemporary ballet that exemplifies the company’s commitment to commissioning dance by both worldrenowned and emerging choreographers. With a European aesthetic grounded in American sensibilities, this 11-member troupe of classically trained dancers has developed a worldwide following. This is a one hour family performance open to all ages. 1pm. $8 kids / $12 adults. Power Center, 121 Fletcher St. 734-763-3333. www.ums.org Tiny Toes Dance With Morgan Grubola - Dancer, teacher, and author Morgan Grubola leads a dance session based on her book, “Tiny Toes: A Creative Movement Class for Young Children.” 10am. Pittsfield Branch Library, 2359 Oak Valley Dr. 734-327-4555. www.aadl.org

Fandagumbo! - The award-winning children’s musical duo of Julie Austin and David Mosher bring their lively sing-along concert to AADL, featuring guitar, ukulele, jawharp, violin, mandolin, and bass. Julie has received Parent’s Choice Awards for her CDs. Clap your hands and tap your toes! For children grades 3-5. 11am-12pm. Downtown Library, 343 S. Fifth Ave. 734-327-8301. www.aadl.org

6 SUNDAY You Heard It Here! - The Ypsilanti Symphony Orchestra welcomes EMU grad and knock out percussionist, Brian Young, as he dazzles on the marimba with Saint-Saens “Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso” and his own original work, “Near Symmetry!” 3:30pm. $6-$30. Towsley Auditorium, Washtenaw Community College, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. www. ypsilantisymphony.org

Star Wars Reads Day - This is an initiative of Lucasfilm and its publishing partners to celebrate reading and Star Wars. Fans will enjoy a photo op with Stormtroopers, Princess Leia and other characters, face painting, and a Jedi Master performance by the 501st Legion. BN staff interact with customers in a trivia contest, giveaways, prize drawings and a wide array of Star Wars reading materials will be on display. Costumes are encouraged. 2pm. Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 3235 Washtenaw Ave. 734-973-1618. www.bn.com

10 WEDNESDAY Growing Community: An Introduction to Group Gardening Growing Hope is hosting a two hour information session on the basics of starting and sustaining a community garden. This session will be offered on both October 10th & 16th. It is open to individuals who would like to build a team, as well as gar-

dening groups that are already established and existing gardens in need of revitalization. Registration required. Oct. 10, 6:308:30pm. Oct. 16, 4-6pm. $3-15 sliding scale. Growing Hope, 922 West Michigan Ave., Ypsilanti. 734-786-8401. www.growinghope.net   

12 FRIDAY Locking, Popping & Hip Hop - Learn more about the street styles of Locking, Popping, House, Hip Hop, New Style, Robotics, Funk Skating, Krump and B-boying! Jade “Soul” Zuberi is here to present this demo and discussion! Jade, a 20-year-old all-stylist who specializes in these street dance styles, has won numerous street dance competitions in Ann Arbor, Detroit, New York and throughout the Midwest. 7-8:30pm. Downtown Library, 343 S. Fifth Ave. 734-327-4555. www.aadl.org

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13 SATURDAY Nature Tales: Vulture Tales - Each week a story accompanies a selection of hands-on, nature-themed activities, including live animal visits, games, and exploration through the outdoors. For children ages 1-5, caregiver required. Registration not required. 10-11am. $2. The Leslie Science & Nature Center, 1831 Traver Rd. 734-997-1553. www.lesliesnc.org

14 SUNDAY Dancing Babies With Aron Kaufman Aron Kaufman, a teacher with Hebrew Day School, presents a program of music and movement for infants through 5 year olds. 1pm. Traverwood Branch Library, 3333 Traverwood Dr. 734-327-4555. www.aadl.org Around the World with the Ypsilanti Community Choir - This is the second biennial fundraiser presented by the Ypsilanti Community Choir. The afternoon will be filled with solos and small and large ensembles – all extolling the wonders of the fabulous places that make up this fabulous world. The full choir will perform two numbers, but most of the event will spotlight its many talented members. 2pm. $15 adv. / $20 door. Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron, Ypsilanti. 734-481-9285. www.ypsicommchoir.org Dia de la Familia - Bring the entire family for this annual Latino-focused event! This year’s Dia de la Familia (Day Of The Family) event features entertainment, games, crafts, food and face painting.

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Health information addressing mental, physical and social issues in the Latino community will also be addressed. 1-4pm. Downtown Library, 343 S. Fifth Ave. 734327-4555. www.aadl.org

17 WEDNESDAY Make Your Own Fossil Cast National Fossil Day is October 17! Come celebrate with AADL and make your own fossil cast out of plaster. Bring a small item you want to make a cast for, or use the objects the Library will provide. Model fossil casts will also be on display. 7-8pm. Pittsfield Branch Library, 2359 Oak Valley Dr. 734-327-4555. www.aadl.org

18 THURSDAY Frog and Toad - Wild Swan Theater presents two of Arnold Lobel’s most beloved characters, Frog and Toad, show how good friends help each other through thick and thin, cheering each other through the hard times and celebrating life’s joys. Join Frog and Toad as they greet spring, plant a garden, and share a basket of cookies. October 18-20. Thursday, 10am; Friday, 10am & 1pm; Saturday, 11am. $ 8 children & seniors / $12 adult. Washtenaw Community College, Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. 734-995-0530. www.wildswantheater.org Ideas For Raising Healthy Children in a Processed World - Physicians, nutritionists and educators will explore the evolving healthy food revolution that is transforming the ways in which food and nutrition are viewed and how they relate to physical and emotional wellbeing. Please join Swaroop Bhojani, Ph.D., owner of Hut-k Chaats Restaurant and formerly of the UM Dept. of Radiation

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Oncology and Jenna Wunder, MPH, RD, Integrative Medicine Nutritionist at the Natural Balance Wellness Center who specializes in behavioral disorders and food sensitivities, for stimulating discussions of food’s role in nourishing our bodies and souls. 7pm. Free. Crazy Wisdom Bookstore, 114 S. Main Street, Ann Arbor. 734-665-2757. www.crazywisdom.net

19 FRIDAY Tiny Tots: Animal Dress Up - ‘Tis the season for costumes and dressing up, so learn the different ways animals dress up for living outside. Some dress in feathers, some dress in fur. Use games, activities, and close-up looks at critters to see why there is so much variety when it comes to animal “costumes.” Recommended for ages 1-3, caregiver required. Registration not required. 10-11am. $7. The Leslie Science & Nature Center, 1831 Traver Rd. 734-997-1553. www.lesliesnc.org

20 SATURDAY Astronomy Day! - AADL and the University Lowbrow Astronomers invite you to celebrate Astronomy Day with this special evening viewing at Peach Mountain, a facility owned by the University of Michigan located in Stinchfield Woods (a wood lot owned by the University about four miles from Dexter). Go online for directions to site. 9-11:45pm. Peach Mountain, North Territorial Road about four miles north of Dexter. 734-327-4555. www.umich.edu/~lowbrows


21 FRIDAY Fireside Fun: A Good Ol’ Fashioned Campfire Circle - There’s nothing quite as relaxing as sitting around a campfire, roasting marshmallows and swapping stories. One Sunday each month the LSNC provides the campfire and marshmallows so all you need to do is grab the family, camp chairs, and the rest of your s’mores fixings. Registration is required. 6:30-8pm. Free. The Leslie Science & Nature Center, 1831 Traver Rd. 734-997-1553. www.lesliesnc.org

26 FRIDAY KinderConcert: Music and Motion Moving purposefully to music nurtures child development and can greatly enhance a child’s self-esteem and emotional well-being. This is a unique enrichment opportunity for little ones! Learn about the clarinet from Elliott Ross and about the piano from Kathryn Goodson. Then hear a story from Gari Stein and dance to the music of the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra! 9:30-10am & 10:30-11am. Downtown Library, 343 S. Fifth Ave. 734-327-4555. www.aadl.org

MONDAYs-Fridays Lactation Consultation, Consultant Shin Ai Shyn is available for advice, bra fittings and general info about breast and bottle feeding. Call for appointments.10am-12pm. Free. My Urban Toddler, 7025 E. Michigan Ave., Saline. 734-9443628. www.myurbantoddler.com MONDAYs Homebirth Circles, On the second Monday of the month attend this social gathering and discussion group for families who are considering homebirth, planning a homebirth or have birthed at home. Meet the Midwives from 6:30-7:30pm. 7:30-8:30pm. Free. Center for the Childbearing Year, 722 Brooks St. 734-424-0220. www.newmoonmidwifery.com MONDAYs & WEDNESdays 30 Day Weight Loss Challenge Get healthy recipes, tips and encouragement in this fun group setting. Children in strollers are welcome. Oct. 15-Nov. 14. Mon. & Wed., 10-11am; Mon., 7-8pm. $48-$69. BalancePoint Fitness, 3770 Plaza Dr. 803-719-2732. www.fittogowithmolly.com Wednesdays Parent-to-Parent, This is a free, informal drop-in group for parents. Moms, dads, infants, and toddlers all welcome!10-11:30am, Center for the Childbearing Year, 722 Brooks St. 734-663-1523. www.center4cby.com

Nursing Cafe, Hang out with other breastfeeding moms and enjoy a pot of nursing tea, with professional support on hand for questions and help. Pregnant moms are welcome, too. 2-3pm. Indigo Forest, 4121 Jackson Rd. 734-994-8010. www.visitindigo.com

27 SATURDAY Spooktacular Vendor & Crafting Expo! - Come to shop, and stay to crop! (or Knit, or Bead, etc.) There’ll be plenty of concessions and goods for sale from various vendors & local businesses. Also, learn new tricks with crafting workshops throughout the day. 9am-12am. $1 / Crafting Workshop $10 to $20. East Arbor Charter Academy, 6885 Merritt Rd., Ypsilanti Twp. 734487-2688

28 SUNDAY Dancing Babies With Monica Higman Monica Higman, a teacher with First Steps Washtenaw, presents a program of music and movement for infants up to 5 years. 1pm. Pittsfield Branch Library, 2359 Oak Valley Dr. 734-327-4555. www.aadl.org

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School for the Performing Arts, 637 S. Main St. 734-213-2000. www.aa-spa.org

Suzuki Violin Open House The Ann Arbor School for the Performing Arts extends an invitation to children of all ages, and their parents to an open house. Mrs. Bonnie Lyn Paige will be available to answer questions and give information about the Suzuki method after the group lessons. From 6-6:30pm parents are welcome to observe the Pre-Twinkle group class (ages 3-5), and children are welcome to participate. From 6:30-7pm, parents and children are welcome to observe the Book 1 Club (ages 5-10). It is not required that observers stay for the entire period. Latecomers are most welcome! 6-7pm. Free. The Ann Arbor

Meet Picture Book Illustrator Derek Anderson - Derek Anderson is the bestselling picture book artist and co-creator of the Little Quack series! His just-released new picture book (written by Jane Yolen) is Waking Dragons and is the delightful story of three sleepy dragons and the knight who must wake them up and get them ready for school! Derek will discuss his book and demonstrate how he draws these magnificent creations. For children ages preschool to grade 3. 7-8pm. Malletts Creek Branch Library, 3090 East Eisenhower Parkway. 734-327-4555. www.aadl.org  

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THURSDAYS Parent Toddler Group, This is a unique opportunity for children 12-36 months and adults to spend quality time together playing, working on simple art projects and having a snack. Older siblings are also welcome. 9:15-10:45am. $92. Lamaze Family Center, 2855 Boardwalk. www.lamazefamilycenter.org

Mama Circle, Mothers & Mothersto-be gather to laugh, talk, & cry on their journey through motherhood. In this safe place, discuss topics of interest, create long-lasting friendships & build community; your children are welcome as you care for them while you attend. 9:30-11am. Indigo Forest, 4121 Jackson Rd. 734-994-8010. www.visitindigo.com FRIDAYS Breastfeeding Café, This is a free drop-in group for breastfeeding mothers and their babies, hosted by lactation consultant Barbara Robertson. Stop by for a cup of tea, some good company, baby weight checks, bra fittings, and more! 10-11:30am. Free. Center for the Childbearing Year, 722 Brooks St. 734-975-6534. www.bfcaa.com Saturdays Children’s Story Time, Story time for children ages seven and under.11am. Free. Nicola’s Bookstore, 2513 Jackson Ave., 734662-0600. www.nicolasbooks.com

Super Saturday Storytime, Stories, songs and a simple craft for preschoolers and older children. 10:30am. Free. Ypsilanti District Library, 5577 Whittaker Rd., Ypsilanti. 734-482-4110. www.ypsilibrary.org

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BE A BETTER PARENT: At your wits end? Child struggling? I can help. Parenting Consultant, Annie Zirkel, LPC is available for Consultations, Child Coaching, Classes, School Presentations. Specialties: empowered parenting; power struggles; helping children/teens dealing with bullying, anger, anxiety. Call 734-735-5522 or visit www.practicenow.com. It really can get better.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS EAST ARBOR SPOOKTACULAR VENDOR & CRAFTING EXPO! Come to Shop, Stay to Crop (or Knit, or Bead, etc.)! Saturday, October 27th 9amMidnight. East Arbor Academy, 6885 Merritt Rd., Ypsilanti. Raffle Tickets, Crafting Space, Concessions and goods for sale from various Vendors & Local Business. General Admission $1, Crafting Workshop $10 to $20. For more information: eaboosters@yahoo.com

HEALTH & WELLNESS meet the midwives! An open forum to ask questions about the midwives at New Moon Midwifery, home birth, waterbirth, doula support or options in childbirth. Oct. 8 6:30-7:30pm at the Center for the Childbearing Year ~ 722 Brooks St. Ann Arbor, Mi 48103. Free. For more info call 734-424-0220 or www.newmoonmidwifery.com

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Homebirth Circles, A social gathering and discussion group for families who are considering homebirth, planning a homebirth or have birthed at home. Sponsored by the Midwives at New Moon Midwifery. Oct. 8 7:30-8:30pm at the Center for the Childbearing Year ~ 722 Brooks St. Ann Arbor, Mi 48103. Free. For more info call 734-424-0220 or www.newmoonmidwifery.com Prenatal, postnatal, Swedish, and sports massage. Nationally certified. Clinic on A2’s west side. Chair or table. 17 years experience. Call Carol: 734-368-2138 FREE REIKI EBOOK Learn about distance Reiki. Get and give this gift of information and healing today. www.FreedomReikiHealing.com

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