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improves balance and coordination.” Clients learn to concentrate and focus on riding, which helps with sequencing, and learning to follow verbal instructions.

Equine Therapy

There are 5 therapy horses total at 7 Star each of which have something different and unique to offer individual patients. As we were walking through the stalls being introduced to the horses we came to DOVE. This calm beautiful creature walks over in a slow delicate manner. This loving mare is an eighteen year old Tennessee Walker. Dove has many allergies and is diagnosed with COPD. With a special diet this mare’s asthmatic symptoms are eaisily maintained. Dove has been on a break from therapy for the past two months, but will hopefully rejoin the herd in November. “She is my favorite” says Elliot.

By Cherisa Felder Therapy with horses has been around for ages. At 7 Star Therapeutic Riding Center, you will find this age old treatment still in use today. Children and Adults with handicaps such as autism or attention deficit disorder often struggle to communicate, but put them with horses and they can achieve so much. Equine Assisted Therapy helps with physical and mental disorders. This kind of therapy inspires patients to learn about themselves, other people, and interacting with the world. At 7 Star there are 2 highly trained instructors who are certified through NARHA (North American Riding for the Handicapped Association,) who dedicate themselves to the health of their patients. Equine-assisted therapy provides an alternative form of therapy that cannot be obtained through conven-tional therapy. “The gait of the horse mimics that of a human.” Says Faith Elliot (Executive Director). “Through the motion of the horse, clients develop core muscle strength, and stimulation of brain patterns, which

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Next we have SMOOTHIE Also known as Smokin’ Lena Bar, this horse is a 1984 gelding. He has been used exclusively in cutting competition where he demonstrated a high degree of willingness and a hard “stop.” Smoothie was an orphan. Maybe his explains why he likes children and people. TALK is a 29 year old Gelding who is just gorgeous to look at. He is a 25 year veteran of the cutting arena and has participated in several large cattle gatherings. He has been a babysitter to many children, demonstrating the unique versatility of his American Quarter Horse breeding.

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www.amarillokidz.com TOM is 7 Stars newest addition to the group. This chestnut gelding is a Quarter Horse with a roping background and a delightful disposition. Now we can’t forget about BOO! Boo is a Certified Pet Therapy Dog Certified through Love on a Leash. Boo greets every guest upon entering the ranch. Walking at your feet, showing you around, he seems to feel like an old friend. Boo visits the VA hospital on a regular basis to brighten the days of his many pals. Wish List: If anyone has these items on hand and would like to donate them, 7 Star can put them to good use. Water bottles for volunteers, Pole stands, Clothes pins, Side belts - large and small, Bareback fleece pads, Small saddles, Helmets, Little Tike basketball stand, Beach balls, Target or Walmart gift cards (to buy water bottles) Old empty coffee or paint cans, 1 bag Sakcrete, or Tucker Endurance Saddle for Veterans. Also March 27th 7 Star will be hosting a benefit trail ride at Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch to help with needed supplies and budget. 7 Star is committed to operating with integrity and following NARHA standards as they present a fun, family-focused approach to equine-assisted therapy. As passionate stewards of their clients and horses, they are dedicated to showing respect, support and

compassion for all. They have a lasting commitment to serve those in need and educate the community about equine-assisted therapy and pledge to collaborate with likeminded entities and community stakeholders to provide the highest quality services and reach those most in need of their services. 7 Star Therapeutic Riding Center, 14500 S FM 1258 (Pullman Road) Amarillo, Texas 79118. (806) 355-4773. 7startherapeuticriding@gmail.com

“Happy Rooms For Happy Kids!” Artist Info: Lesley Ingham ~ I have always loved art. I have always loved creating, and I have always loved pretty things, but I had never experienced the kind of inspiration that I have now with my two precious children: Allison (3), and Kahlon (1 1/2). From the moment I knew I was expecting Alli, I began thinking of beautiful theme ideas for her nursery... and we ended up with a spring time type of theme, since her birthday is in April. Butterflies and bunnies in light pastels and sheer draperies is what I came up with. I beamed with joy each time I walked into her room! It turns out that her room matched her - light and blonde-headed, and pretty!

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new movies

PLANET 51

Opens: Friday, November 20, 2009 Rated: PG Mild sci-fi action and some suggestive humor Genres: Satire, Comedy Planet 51 is a galactic sized animated alien adventure comedy revolving around America astronaut Captain Charles “Chuck” Baker, who lands on Planet 51 thinking he’s the first person to step foot on it. To his surprise, he finds that this planet is inhabited by little green people who are happily living in a white picket fence world reminiscent of a cheerfully innocent 1950s America, and those only fear is that it will be overrun by alien invaders…like Chuck! With the help of his robot companion “Rover” and his new friend Lem, Chuck must navigate his way through the dazzling, but bewildering, landscape of Planet 51 in order to escape becoming a permanent part of the Planet 51 Alien Invaders Space Museum.

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Come Eat Breakfast With Santa! DECEMBER ? AT THE DISCOVERY CENTER 9:30-12:30 • Get Your Ticket Early For A Discount!

HUGE SALE IN THE GIFT SHOP! THE DON HARRINGTON DISCOVERY CENTER 1200 Streit Drive • (806) 355-9547 Visit www.dhdc.org for the latest information. Museum and Gift Shop Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 9:30am-4:30pm and Sunday, 12:00noon-4:30pm Prices: $5.50 Adults, $5.00 Students and Seniors, $4.50 Children 3-12, Free for Children under 3


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calendar of events... Every Mon.-Fri. Until Nov. 25th Story Time • Southwest Branch Library- 6801 W 45th, (806) 359-2094

Every Monday Monday Madness • Jump-n-Jive

Every Tuesday Until Nov. 30th PAJAMA TIME STORY TIME. Dress in your PJs and come hear bedtime stories with us. We’ll be serving milk and cookies & lots of fun! Tuesday evenings from 7:15 to 7:45. • Northwest Branch- 6100 W 9th, (806) 359-2035

Every Tues.-Thurs. Imagine Tomorrow Computer Classes. Ages 3 to 7. Sample class at www.imaginetomorrow.com • Rays of Learning, 4231 Ridgecrest Cr. Ste. C 806-683-1922, 806-331-6380

Every Wednesday Wee Wednesday • Jump-n-Jive

Every Thursday Until Oct. 31 Music in Motion • North Branch Library- 1500 NE 24th, (806) 381-7931

Every Thurs. & Fri. Laugh and Learn program for Parents and Babies (birth to three years old)! Join us for music, play, and picture books to introduce your child to life-long learning. We will offer three 30-minute walk-in sessions per week. Session times are as follows: Thursdays at 11:00 and Fridays at 10:00 & 11:00. We look forward to seeing you! Call 359-2035 for more information • Northwest Branch- 6100 W 9th, (806) 359-2035

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Every Saturday Story Time! Crafts, Music, Games, Prizes and More! 4:30-5:30pm • Hasting’s - 2020 S. Georgia St. Children’s Story Time 2:00pm • Barnes & Noble 2415 Soncy Rd. 806 352-2300

Thu., Nov. 19 Mover Con Musica • North Branch Library 1500 NE 24th, (806) 381-7931

Sat., Nov. 21 Polar Bear Hike - What can you see on a winter evening in the canyon? Find out by joining park staff for a hike on the Juniper Riverside Trail, weather permitting. Group size limited to 40 5-6 p.m.; reservations required, deadline November 19, 2009. (806) 488-2227, ext. 106 • Palo Duro Canyon (806) 488-2227 Silver Clay - Come make pure silver jewelry! It is pure silver mixed with an organic material so it acts like clay. you press it into a base mold and then choose a top stamp (or your child’s fingerprint) We will fire it in our little silver clay kiln and the organic material burns off leaving 99.9% pure silver. • Brush With Art- 1948 Civic Circle, (806) 355-6565 Thanksgiving for the Animals. Sneak away while your dinner is in the oven and join us at the zoo for our 1st. annual tradition of a special Thanksgiving celebration for the animals. Watch as all the animals receive their festive Thanksgiving meals. There’s something special for each animal including homemade sugar-free pumpkin pie. • Amarillo Zoo The Nutcracker Ball • Amarillo Civic Center (806) 378-3096 Amarillo Gorillas vs Arizona Sundogz • Amarillo Civic Center (806) 378-3096 Cheerleading Regional Championships • Amarillo Civic Center (806) 378-3096

Sun., Nov. 22 Amarillo Gorillas vs Corpus Christi Ice Rays • Amarillo Civic Center (806) 378-3096


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Wed., Nov. 25 Story Time • Northwest Branch- 6100 W 9th, (806) 359-2035

Thu., Nov. 26 Music In Motion • North Branch Library 1500 NE 24th, (806) 381-7931

Fri., Nov. 27 Annual Skip the Mall Day! -Open 10-6 with 1/2 price paint fee and snacks all day. • Brush With Art 1948 Civic Circle, (806) 355-6565 Amarillo Gorillas vs Rio Grande Valley Amarillo Civic Center (806) 378-3096

Sat., Nov. 28 Panhandle Team Penning and Sorting 9am010pm Call Gary Fletcher 806 282-6315

www.amarillokidz.com Annual Christmas Open House. A traditional family event to welcome the holiday season. Musical entertainment, children’s activities, Santa and Mrs. Claus, costumed interpreters, storytellers and much more. • Panhandle Plains Museum- 2503 4th Avenue, Canyon, 806-6512244 Amarillo Symphony Kinderkonzerts • Amarillo Globe News Center (806) 376-7767 Cowboy Times Barrel Racing 6-8pm • Tri State Fair Grounds Amarillo National Center

Sat., Dec. 5 Cowboy Times Barrel Racing 8:30am-8pm • Tri State Fair Grounds Amarillo National Center

Sun., Dec. 6 Cowboy Times Barrel Racing 8am-7pm • Tri State Fair Grounds Amarillo National Center

Mon., Dec. 7 Wed., Dec. 2 Story Time • Northwest Branch- 6100 W 9th, (806) 359-2035

Thu., Dec. 3 Amarillo Symphony Kinderkonzerts • Amarillo Globe News Center (806) 376-7767 MUSIC IN MOTION • North Branch Library- 1500 NE 24th, (806) 381-7931

Fri., Dec. 4 Center City of Amarillo presents the Electric Light Parade. Each float must be lighted or glow. The parade ends with a balloon glow and a visit from Santa Claus. Parade will end at the Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts for the lighting of the city’s Christmas tree at 7pm. • Center City Amarillo Polk Street

Amarillo Gorillas vs Bossier Shreveport • Amarillo Civic Center (806) 378-3096

Fri., Dec. 11 Story Time: We’ll read “Three Little Fish and the Big Bad Shark” by Will Grace and Ken Geist. Kids will paint their own little shark. Reservations needed. • Brush With Art- 1948 Civic Circle, (806) 355-6565

Sat., Dec. 12 The New Nutcracker Ballet • Amarillo Civic Center (806) 378-3096 Gorillas vs Arizona Sundogs • Amarillo Civic Center (806) 378-3096

Sun., Dec. 13 The New Nutcracker Ballet • Amarillo Civic Center (806) 378-3096

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Early Childhood Intervention

Amarillo Gorillas vs Odessa Jackalopes • Amarillo Civic Center (806) 378-3096

Sat., Dec. 19 Amarillo Gorillas vs Laredo Bucks • Amarillo Civic Center (806) 378-3096

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Santa’s Grand Arrival • Saturday, November 21st Westgate Mall’s Entrance #2 at 11 a.m.

Birth to 3 Years with Disabilities & Delays

Photos with Santa Saturday, November 21st - Thursday, December 24th Santa’s Hours: Monday and Wednesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Cookies & Milk Breaks: 1-2 p.m. and 5-6 p.m.

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feature article... Wal-Mart’s List For the Hottest Toys for 2009 Among the top Christmas Toys are the ever popular Furby and Cabbage Patch Dolls, along with new toys such as the VideoNow XP Player and the V.Smile TV Game Console from VTech. W almart chose these toys as the hottest most popular Christmas Toys of 2009. More detail on these popular Christmas Toys are listed below. #1 Hottest Walmart Christmas Toy The VTech V Smile TV Learning System. The VTech V.Smile teaches kids basic school skills through interactive TV Learning making this the hottest Christmas Toy of 2009. #2 Hottest Christmas Toy At Walmart Tumble Time Tigger Tumble Time Tigger from Fischer Price dances, does handstands and cartwheels making this the #2 most popular Christmas Toy at Walmart. #3 Most Popular Christmas Toy of 2009 From Walmart Star Wars Action Figures Star Wars basic action figures remain a popular Christmas Toy of 2009 due to their popularity and low cost. #4 Hottest Christmas Toy of 2009 At Walmart.Com Cabbage Patch Kids Babies The Cabbage Patch Kid is back as a popular Christmas Toy but this time in the form of a baby. These C abbage Patch Babies are available in all races making this a multicultural Christmas Toy which is sure to be popular in 2009. #5 Hot Christmas Toy of 2009 At Walmart Radio Control International CX TThe CXT is the ultimate SUV even

www.amarillokidz.com bigger than the Hummer. Kids have made the radio control CXT one of the hottest toys of 2009. #6 Popular Christmas Toy of 2009 Bratz Big Babyz At Walmart The Bratz Big Babyz are 14" tall and are a younger version of the grown up Bratz toys. #7 T op Christmas Toy 2009 at Walmart Electronic FurbyThe Furby is back as a hot Christmas Toy in 2009. The popular Electronic Furby learns english and comes in a variety of colors. While W almart lists the Furby as #7 I think they will find that the Furby is one of the hottest Christmas Toys of 2009 #8 Popular Christmas Toy at Walmart P ower Wheels Grave Digger ATV Kids can ride on the batter operated Grave Digger ATV from Power Wheels. This popular Christmas Toy will provide kids with hours of fun riding around the front yard. #9 Christmas Toy Of 2009 at Walmart.Com VideoNow XP Player The VideoNow XP Player is a popular PVD Player that provides children with interactive entertainment anywhere they bring it. With the popularity of digital entertainment the VideoNow XP Player is sure to be a popular Christmas Toy in 2009. #10 Hot Christmas Toy in 2009 Aquadoodle Drawing Mat The Aquadoodle Drawing Mat is a no mess option for toddlers to express their creative side. If you are lo oking for a popular Christmas toy to give a toddler or small child this is a kid and parent friendly option. #11 Popular Christmas Toy 2009 From Walmart.Com Star Station Entertainment System The Star Station Entertainment System is a karaoke system for kids that plugs right into the TV. W almart lists the Star Station from Fisher Price as one of the top 12 hottest Christmas Toys of 2009. #12 Christmas Toy of 2009 from Walmart Dress and Dance Dora Dress & Dance Dora dances many different dances depending on which dress you put on this popular doll.


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2-Day Common Sense Parenting Seminar 2 Saturdays, Dec. 12, 2009 & Dec. 19, 2009 8:45 AM to 4:00 PM Each Day

TPMHMR Children’s Services Bldg. 1500 S. Taylor St. Instructor: Janice James, MA, QMHP

Get new ideas and skills, hone old one, and gain confidence “to do what really matters; create bonds, enhance the relationships and teach the values of your family that will be handed down for generations to come.” ~ The Authors of Common Sense Parenting

Must Attend Both Sessions for Certificate. (CEUs Offered For LPCs, MSWs, Childcare Workers and General)

NO CHARGE Adults Only-No Children Limited Seating! Must Pre-Register!

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dining...

JOE’S CRAB SHACK TUESDAYS Family Fun Night! Kids Eat for ONLY $2.

FAZOLI'S- 2512 Soncy Rd.• 806-457-9996 TUESDAYS (5pm-8pm)- One 99¢ Kid's Meal with adult purchase. Kid’s Night! Enjoy crafts, games, food, and fun!

RUBY TEQUILA’S 806-358-RUBY MONDAYS- Kids Eat FREE

MR. GATTI’S JASON’S DELI- 34th & Coulter • 353-4440

MONDAYS- KID’S EAT FREE! With the purchase of an adult buffet and 2 drinks at regular price. 12 & Under. Limit 2 kids per adult. 5pm - close. 2 & under FREE.

TUESDAY- KID’S EAT FREE after 4pm

RED ROBIN 8720 I-40 W • 806-359-9800 TUESDAY (3pm-Close) KIDS EAT FREE! 12 & Under. Open at 11am

NACHO’S- 3333 S. Coulter • 322-1140 TUESDAY- KID’S EAT FREE with adult meal.

BEEF O'BRADY'S- 7306 SW 34th • 806-358-0997

CHOP-CHOP JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE 3300 S. Coulter • 806-457-0700

WEDNESDAY (4pm-8pm)- One FREE KID’S MEAL with adult purchase.12 Years & Under.

THURSDAY- One child under 12 eats EATS FREE with each adult meal purchased

HOME PLATE DINER5600 S. Bell 806-359-4444 CHICK-FIL-A- 4510 S. Coulter • 806-468-8885

SATURDAY- One FREE KID’S MEAL with purchase of one adult meal.

THURSDAY- KID’S EAT FREE!

APPLEBEE’S 2820 S. Soncy & 5603 Ama. Blvd. W

LIN’S GRAND BUFFET 8440 I-40 W • 806-350-5688

WEDNESDAY- Kids Eat for 99¢!

KIDS EAT FREE EVERYDAY! 3 years and under.

WAFFLE HOUSE

KALEIDOSCOOPS 6010 SW 34th • 806-359-4551

SUN-THURS- 4pm-8pm, Kids under 10 EAT FREE one child per adult.

WEDNESDAY- Junior ice cream cone for only 99¢

BLUE SKY 4201 I-40 West 806-355-8100 TUESDAY- 5pm Kid’s meals on $1.39 with purchase of adult meal

activities...

LOGAN’S ROADHOUSE 8310 I-40 West • 806-467-8015 MONDAY & TUESDAY Kid’s meals only $2.99

WIENERSCHNITZEL All Locations! MON-FRI- 5-9pm KIDS EAT FREE!

HOME DEPOT

WESTERN BOWL

Kid’s Workshop 1st Saturday of each month from 9am-12pm, all ages. Call 457-0410 for more information.

FREE Bowling at Western Bowl. Go to www.kidsbowlfree.com/westerntexas

LOWE’S

EASTRIDGE BOWLING

Kid’s Workshop 2nd Saturday of each month from 10am11am, all ages. Call 353-2003 for more information.

Sign up online for Free bowling at Eastridge Lanes www.kidsbowlfree.com

Submit Your FREE or Discounted Services For Children At No Charge! Email to: events@amarillokidz.com • Please let us know if any of the above special are no longer in effect.


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