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Family Features

hether he’s the household handy man or the king of the lawn, the family chef or the best piggy-back ride giver ever, Dad deserves something special this Father’s Day. Here are some gift ideas that will tell him just how special he is.

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Motorcycle: The Definitive Visual History, $40.00 http://us.dk.com Every dad will want to hit the open road after receiving “Motorcycle” this Father’s Day. The ultimate guide for bike lovers and riders, this book traces the history and allure of these twowheeled machines, cataloging the diverse spectrum of bikes from the first prototypes to the superbikes of today.This beautifully illustrated book not only covers the technological developments of motorcycles, but also the cultural backdrop against which the various models arose and their impact on society.

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know 2 grow 24 4 Ways to Help Kids Make Cents of Finances 26 Safety Tips to Prevent Vehicular Heatstroke

features 28 Summer Camp Guide

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business spotlight: crossroads making a difference recipe corner things 2 do resource guide

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Pennington 1-Step Complete, Approximately $16.00 for 6.25lbs www.penningtonseed.com Does he take pride in his lawn? Make it easy on him this year with an all-in-one solution that saves him time and back-breaking work. This combination product includes mulch, seed and fertilizer so he can fill patches, protect and fertilize the seed all at the same time. He’ll get grass that’s 80 percent thicker with half the water required for ordinary seed. It’s a gift he’ll enjoy for years to come. Large Big Green Egg, Starting from $799.00 www.BigGreenEgg.com From appetizers and entrees to desserts, the Big Green Egg will exceed all dad’s expectations for culinary perfection. With the most versatile barbecue and outdoor cooking product available, dad can do it all — from grilling and cooking low and slow, to baking, smoking and roasting. The Big Green Egg has more capabilities than all other conventional cookers combined. And with five convenient sizes to choose from, there’s one to fit any lifestyle. Omaha Steaks “Thrill the Grill,” $49.99 www.OmahaSteaks.com Gathering the family for a Father’s Day cookout is one of the best ways to show your dad just how much you love him. Treat him to all his favorite foods by ordering one of Omaha Steaks’ gift packages, such as the “Thrill the Grill,” which includes filet mignons, top sirloins, chicken, pork chops, burgers, and stuffed baked potatoes. Call 1-800-228-9055 to order. RYOBI 18V ONE+ Lithium Ion Compact Drill Kit, $149.00 www.homedepot.com/ryobi Perfect for handy dads, the RYOBI 18V ONE+ Lithium Ion Compact Drill Kit features variable speed control, a MagTray magnetic holder to keep extra bits and screws within easy reach, a two-speed gearbox and 24 position clutch for high torque applications, and a bubble level for accuracy. The battery holds a charge four times longer than NiCad batteries, and is compatible with more than 50 RYOBI ONE+ products. June 2012 | 3


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Local RecReationaL vehicLe dealer offers answers to vacation questions By Rachel Simpson

lanning a vacation can require a great deal including deciding on a location that pleases the entire family, reserving rental cars, and possibly booking airfare. This process can not only be stressful but time consuming and costly. Dina Hurley, owner of Crossroads Trailers in Newfield has many solutions. In fact, she has more than 150. That’s the number of new and used recreational vehicles (RV’s)/travel trailers and fifth wheels she has available for sale on her 10 acre lot. Hurley started selling horse trailers from her horse farm 24 years ago. In 1995, with business booming, she and her husband expanded to their current site where they began selling RV’s as well and have since become known as New Jersey’s number one selling fifth wheel dealer. “We started out 24 years ago in 1988 just selling horse trailers from our farm,” said Hurley. “In 1995 we

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moved to our current site and expanded to RV’s.” Today, the Hurley family offers a variety of RV’s, travel trailers, fifth wheels, pop up campers, used motor homes, utility trailers, cargo trailers and; staying true to their roots, horse trailers. With all these options it is easy to see how the Hurley’s make vacationing a breeze. “Our campers provide so many variables,” says Dina. Not only do the campers themselves offer endless options including some with bunk beds, entertainment centers and unique kitchens, they provide numerous tactical possibilities. “One option families have is to rent a camp site for the season and put the camper on the site the entire time. That way they can get in the car and drive to their camper for the weekend. It’s like having a second home. There are so many possibilities.” Hurley, who also recognizes cost is a big factor when budgeting for vacations, says sales start

as low as $9,000 for smaller new travel trailers and as low as $1,000 for pre-owned units. “Children love going camping,” says Hurley. “It is a good family way to stay together and an inexpensive fun time.” As an example, Hurley equates the expense of spending two weeks in Disney World to the cost of owning a camper. “For about the same amount of money you could have a camper and vacation all summer.” In addition, Hurley says Crossroads Trailers offers a full service shop, a full parts store, some of the best brands in the industry and motor home rentals. “We have a good product and take care of our customers before and after the sale.” For more information call Crossroads Trailers at (856)-697-4497, visit their website at www.crossroadstrailers.com, or visit them at 1230 Harding Highway, Newfield, NJ 08344.✲

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ummer Slide.” What comes to mind when you see those words? Maybe you see an image of kids sliding into the deep end of a pool or maybe you see a water park or even your backyard. For most of us, summer is a time steeped in images from the past that are stirred up as the long summer nights approach. There’s another side, though, to the “summer slide,” conjuring different images. These images of “summer slide” are of kids playing video games for hours on end, avoiding reading at all costs, and basically doing little that is seen as productive or constructive. This “summer slide” is the one that researchers and educators talk about when they refer to the educational backsliding that occurs from being out of school for two to three months. How do you counter this “summer slide?” There are a few things to keep in mind as we go forward into these summer months. Be Realistic There are so many individual circumstances that differ from family to family, that when thinking of the “summer slide” you have to start with the reality of your own family’s summer. How structured is your child’s summer? Are most of his/her days already accounted for with established activities and scheduling? For example, if your child is at camp all day, then having her in a late-afternoon academic activity may not be in her best interest. Conversely, if your child has a relatively unstructured summer coming, then building in structured educational activities and experiences are something you should be considering. For the less structured kids, start right from the beginning explaining how the structure of the days will go (e.g. “Three mornings we will be going to the library’s reading program, two other mornings we’ll be at the school’s summer program. Most afternoons we’ll be at the pool.”) Reading as Ritual Most parents these days are concerned with the decline in children’s reading habits. There’s a good reason for that – children (and adults) seem to be reading less and less, a byproduct of the myriad distractions abounding in our everyday lives. This concern is even more prevalent in the summer months. To keep the reading interest alive, the more you can make family reading a fun part of the family time, the better. Once a week trips to the library, while getting an ice cream, can be a fun ritual for kids to look forward to. For older 8 | June 2012

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children trying to set up incentives for book reading can have positive results. Many schools have a program called the “100 Book Challenge.” Maybe you can set up something like it called the “Ten Book Challenge,” and find a fun (not too expensive) way of celebrating if the challenge of reading ten books is met. Unplug ‘em We live in a wired world. Most of us are tethered to some electronic device through much of the day. As younger children are spending increasing time on their various pads and devices, going “old school” with a book for an hour or two may not have the same appeal as it might have in other eras before all of the electronics. Create large chunks of no screen time in the house. This would also include cell phone access. Get the kids screen-detoxed. It’s a lot easier said than done, but if you set the tone and the rules from the start, then they will come to know what you are expecting. Hikes & Day Trips There are lots of books on the market about hikes and bike trails right in New Jersey. I recently heard a local nature expert asking kids to go outside and try and notice things in nature.Take walks and hikes and see how many different things they can come up with – anything that is a part of nature is acceptable. Value of Unstructured Summer Days Summers have always been about daydreaming. Daydreaming encourages ideas and imagination as the clouds pass by. Don’t be afraid to let your child roll around in the dirt or in the grass with not much to do but get dirty - no iPads along for the ride, no cell phones. There’s gold in the hills of unstructured summer days, but your children have to get out to find it. Don’t structure every moment of their days with play dates and other adult-driven activities. You may wonder, how do these idea help to stave off the “summer slide?” While some of the concepts here are not “academic” in the strictest sense, all of these activities help to build background experience, strengthening memory and conceptual thinking. They also encourage the notion of conversation and getting beyond playing Xbox in the basement. The more you get your child out and connected, the less “slide” they will experience in the fall. Connect them to a book. Connect them to nature. Connect them to family bike rides. Connect them to what summer has to offer and there will be less backsliding.✲

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here are many ways to share the news that you’re expecting. Some couples tell loved ones in person, some over the phone. But many people are now taking to social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, blogs and even Pinterest to reveal the exciting news. “As both a mom and blogger, I’ve noticed many trends in the last year, both in how the news is shared and how the overall pregnancy is approached,” said Beth Feldman, president of Role Mommy, an online community and events company. Here are just a few of the trending ways you can share the joy and celebrate your pregnancy:

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Gender Reveal Cakes – Ask your ultrasound technician not to tell you the results. Instead, have them seal the gender results in an envelope. Then, take the envelope to a bakery, which can tint cake batter pink or blue, then cover it with icing. At a special party, cut into the cake to reveal the baby’s gender. Dadchelor Parties – Moms-to-be aren’t the only ones getting celebrated. Dadchelor parties, also known as man-showers, diaper parties and daddymoons, are fun ways for expectant fathers to celebrate their last, child-free months, as well as the upcoming baby. Feldman recommends setting the date of the party at least one month before the baby's due date. Start planning at www.dadchelorpartyinvitations.com. Pregnancy Portraits – Professional photographers are receiving more visits from moms-to-be as they pose for portraits and immortalize their pregnancy as a treasured keepsake. Many maternity photos are taken at the beginning of the third trimester. Review the photographer’s portfolio to ensure their style is a good fit with yours. Discuss the types of photos you want, what to expect at the shoot and options for albums, prints and other photo-related merchandise.

Babymoons – These vacations are when parents-to-be take a trip before the arrival of their baby. It can be an exotic excursion or a quiet weekend getaway close to home. Whatever you choose, Feldman advises you minimize travel time and maintain access to medical facilities. Finding out that you’re pregnant is a very exciting, emotional time. If you want to start planning for your baby’s arrival as soon as possible, the Early Result Pregnancy Test by the makers of First Response® is the only test that tells you six days before your missed period. And that allows you to start planning for your pregnancy sooner – including how you’ll tell your loved ones that a bundle of joy is on its way.✲ For more information about First Response pregnancy, ovulation and fertility tests, please visit www.FirstResponse.com.

Themed Baby Showers – Celebrities are taking this event to an extreme, as seen with Jessica Simpson’s over-the-top Charlotte’s Webthemed extravaganza. For unique shower ideas, visit the Hostess with the Mostess (www.hwtm.com). You’ll find suggestions for boy and girl parties, as well as gender-neutral, themes for twins and multiples, and styles that range from fancy to casual. 10 | June 2012

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SuPPoRt RePRoDuCtive AND SexuAL HeALtH Advocacy and education can help encourage safe sex practices and reproductive health: • Practice safe sex • Use contraceptives • Visit your doctor for regular screenings • Promote access to quality health care to reduce HIV/AIDS, gonorrhea, and other sexually transmitted diseases • Advocate to get comprehensive reproductive and sexual health education in your communities • Eat healthy, remain active, quit the use of tobacco and alcohol, and visit your doctor regularly, especially when pregnant PRoMote MeNtAL AND eMotioNAL WeLL-beiNg It is important to advocate for mental health education in your community: • Advocate for mental health awareness and programs within your community’s schools, businesses, and community centers • Talk with your employer about providing a comprehensive mental health services program as part of the organization’s healthcare plan • Learn to recognize the symptoms of mental health issues, such as depression • Support local nonprofits aimed at educating community members about mental illness • Seek out treatment for mental health issues To learn more about NPHW, ways you can join the movement, and to read more healthy living tips from APHA, visit www.nphw.org.✲ Visit our website and sign up for our e-newsletter


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Erick’s Place By Sharon Harris Zlotnick

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very day, millions of Americans face personal trials and tribulations. Some succumb to despair, while others find the wisdom and strength to channel their sorrow into something positive and productive. Sabrina Umstead Smith of Sicklerville has transformed her personal grief into a memorial for her own son Erick, who died at three years old in 1992. By founding the nonprofit Erick J. Umstead Sabrina Umstead Smith Memorial Foundation in March 2007, Smith helps parents and caregivers of chronically ill children overcome their financial and emotional burdens. Smith’s sad journey began in 1988. As a young married woman in New York City, she and her husband eagerly anticipated the pending birth of their first child. A fire in her apartment building one night changed her destiny forever. Both Smith and her husband Eric suffered extreme smoke inhalation, which sent them both into unconsciousness. She survived…Eric did not. Ironically, the firefighter who rescued them died rescuing others at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. Four months later, the widowed Smith gave birth to Erick on February 28, 1989. Erick’s underdeveloped lungs and cerebral palsy became immediately apparent, as smoke damage had deprived him of oxygen as a fetus. Overwhelmed and aware of her child’s limited odds of survival, Smith relocated to Philadelphia in July 1989. In Philadelphia, Erick could receive world-class care at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and Smith would have family support while she worked at Bell of Pennsylvania. “I had wonderful resources since my insurance paid for 90 percent of Erick’s treatment. The social worker on Erick’s case was incredibly helpful,” says Smith. Ultimately, Erick was moved to CHOP’s pediatric center in Voorhees. At least one family member came daily, but his health deteriorated. Little Erick Umstead died on July 9, 1992. Smith’s intense grief dominated her life for years, and she was blessed to find compassion from her second husband Roosevelt “Rosy” Smith, whom she married in 1995. He had two daughters who are now grown.

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“I’ve had 17 years of fabulous support from a great guy. His love, and also excellent professional help, has helped me heal. For years, I could not help another parent cope with similar problems and pain,” says Smith. By 2005, Smith decided to proactively memorialize her son, starting a scholarship in Erick’s name at her office. The time for the next phase of her life came upon retiring from Verizon in 2006, after 25 years. Although unsure about the exact direction, Smith felt a need to “repay” those who had helped her by helping others. She envisioned establishing an assistance organization for caregivers and parents of children, like Erick, who needed constant attention. After preparing the necessary paperwork, Erick’s Place achieved nonprofit status in March 2007. Today, five key component areas receive money from fundraising efforts: Caregivers Count-helps caregivers pay household utility, gas and food bills, plus special needs chairs and/or beds. Respite care pays for help to give caregivers free time for emotional balance. Assistive Technology Program-awards hospital and pediatric facility grants to purchase equipment. My PJs-distributes donated pajamas to area hospitals and pediatric facilities. Future Health Care Leaders-through the Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church Ministry, this program supports undergraduates who choose chronically ill pediatrics as a career choice. Resource Center-the Foundation maintains website links to informational resources. “Our small charity has helped local organizations, but also funded equipment in New Brunswick. To date, we have contributed $2,600 in Caregivers Count grants, $1,000 for Assistive Technology, 350 pairs of pajamas and $3,500 in scholarships,” says Smith. In the future, Smith envisions a state-of-the-art facility to care for twenty chronically ill children, while also providing on-site housing and employment for their parents and caregivers. Using her educational background and skills, it will hopefully come to fruition. Smith holds a BS in Business from Marymount College and an MS in Organizational Dynamics from the University of Pennsylvania. Smith hopes to inspire other parents confronting these challenges by sending them a heartfelt message. “I want to give parents hope. You are stronger than you know. Your child is a light that ignites you so that you can ignite others. Don’t hide these children. Let the world see how bright and special they are,” she says. For more information, visit www.ericksPlace.org, or call Smith directly at 856-371-2360.✲

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he school year is coming to a close and summer is almost here! Vacations are soon to be pursued, and summer camps are opening their doors! You might ask...what can we do to keep the kids occupied on the other free days of summer? Every June, South Jersey Mom Magazine and its business partners come up with 101 Things To Do This Summer. In this Special Section you will find plenty of things to keep you busy this summer. When the kids say...“I’m bored” and

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A&H AQUATIC ADVENTURES - Mention South Jersey MOM for 10% off your PADI Scuba Diving Open Water Certification! Visit www.ahaquaadventures.com or call 856-629-8021 ACTIVE REHABILITATION, PC - THERAPUTIC MASSAGE INCLUDING SWEDISH; SPORTS; HOT STONES; THAI; DEEP TISSUE; MYOFASCIAL RELEASE. Lois Corbi is a licensed physical therapist with 30 years of experience. Price is $80.00/hour. 30 minutes or under is $1.00/minute. Call 609-238-6769. ATLANTIC COMTEMPORARY BALLET THEATER SUMMER CAMPS - Register now for ACBT International Performing Arts Camp-6 week summer intensive for boarding and day students (ages 10 & up), Performing Youth- 4 week, day only (ages 5-9), and our American Red Cross Instruction Swim Academy. Call 609-804-1995 or visit www.acbt.org

BIRDING BY BOAT - Come explore the Wetlands of Cape May on the Osprey. See Osprey Chicks, nesting colonies and marine life up close as we sail on calm inland waterways. Enjoy our dockside touch tank. Call 609-898-3500 or visit www.birdingbyboat.com BLACK BEAR LACROSSE- Boys and girls summer camp, all skill levels, ages 5-15. Beach camps in Ocean City, Avalon and Stone Harbor. Call 215-421-9170 or visit www.blackbearlax.com for summer camp schedule.

ADAGIO DANCE CENTER- Dance all summer long. Give your child a FUN filled summer of fitness & friends! Classes for pre-school to adult – ZUMBA too! Visit our Facebook Page/Website for Class Schedules and Family Discounts! Call 856.298.3554 or visit www.adagiodancecenter.com

MISS CHRIS KAYAKS, RENTALS AND TOURS Kayak the calm waters of Cape Island Creek behind Cape May. Rent a single or double kayak or take a guided tour. Easy for all ages. Free Instruction. Kid sized kayaks available. Visit www.capemaykayaks.com or call 609-884-3351.

ABSECON LIGHTHOUSE- Visit NJ’s tallest lighthouse & the country’s 3rd tallest, right in Atlantic City! Climb the 228 steps to the top for fabulous views. This 1857 historic site features a museum & gift shop, exhibits, free parking, and two acre lawn for picnics. Located a block north of Revel Entertainment. Call 609-449-1360 or for printable coupon visit www.abseconlighthouse.org

CAPE MAY WHALE WATCHER- Offers whale and dolphin watching eco tours around Cape May, NJ. There are three trips daily in season. We have two of the largest and fastest boats in NJ. We Guarantee Marine Mammal Sightings. Call (800) 786-5445 or visit capemaywhalewatcher.com

ANIMO JUICE BAR- Your spot in Haddonfield for organic wheatgrass, fresh squeezed juices, blends, and protein shakes, homemade soups, organic salads, and hand rolled burritos. Feel better at Animo! Visit us on Kings Highway. Call 856-427-9070 or visit www.animojuice.com BATTLESHIP NEW JERSEY - Experience a guided or audio tour of our nation’s largest and most decorated battleship – the Battleship New Jersey, located on the Camden Waterfront in NJ. Climb inside the legendary 16-inch gun turret, check out missile launched from the Combat Engagement Center, see how the crew lived a board this floating city and more! Open daily from 9:30am with the last tour departing at 5pm. Call 1-866 877-6262 or visit www.battleshipnewjersey.org 18 | June 2012

BAY CATS- This is your place for ocean friendly fun on the water! Safe adventures for the whole Family! Hobie sailboats, kayaks, guided nature tours, rentals, rides, and lessons. Ask about our Kids Sailing Camp too! 316 Bay Avenue, Ocean City. Call 609-391-7960 or visit www.baycats.com

CASA DANCE STUDIO - Voted Best in Gloucester County 2010, 2011 & 2012! SUMMER DANCE – 6 weeks 7/9/12 –8/16/12 A GREAT time to try something new! Ages 14 months & up See our website or call for details. Call 856-845-5788 or visit www.casadancestudio.com HISTORIC COLD SPRING VILLAGE - An Early American open-air living history museum consisting of 26 restored buildings. Crafts persons demonstrate 19th century trades and crafts. Special events weekends May-September, seasonal hours. Call 609-898-2300 or visit www.hcsv.org LITTLE SPORT - Specializing in Classes, Parties & Play. See our ad on page 17. Call us at 856-234-6445 or visit www.littlesport.net

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CONSERVATORY WITHOUT WALLS Summer is a great time to start an instrument. We have teachers that come to your home. Lessons available on all instruments and voice. Burlington and Camden Counties. Start your child’s musical Journey. Call 856-866-0464 or visit www.conservatorywithoutwalls.com CUMBERLAND COUNTY COLLEGE’S SUMMER ACADEMY FOR KIDS June 25-August 24, offers a wide variety of classes that are sure to stimulate, educate and entertain children ages 5-17. Call 856-691-8600 x345 or visit www.cccnj.edu/safk DANCE BY DINOTE - Princess Dance Camp. Princess wands, dresses and tiaras! Ballet, tumbling, dress up, arts and crafts. Storytime with Princess each day. June 25th-28th or July 23rd-26th, 10am -1pm. Call 227-9414 or visit us at www.DANCEbyDiNote.com. DANCE! by Debra DiNote DANCE BY DINOTE - Hip Hop Camp. Hip Hop, tumbling, arts and crafts. Learn the hottest moves! Performance final camp day. June 25th-28th or July 23rd-26th,10am -1pm. Visit us at www.DANCEbyDiNote.com or call 227-9414. DANCE! by Debra DiNote ELITE CLIMBING - Keep your children active this summer and try something new that everyone will love. Children and teens not only have an exciting, fun experience but also enjoy a full-body workout as well as mental exercise, overcoming fears and learning new skills while building self discipline & self confidence. Call (856) 273-1370 or visit www.eliteclimbing.com

WALK THROUGH THE GIANT HEART AT THE FRANKLIN INSTITUTE - Voted one of the “Top 100 Places to Take Your Family in the U.S.” by Frommer’s®, The Franklin Institute is the go-to destination for hands-on science and technology displays. Explore a variety of exhibits including the famous walk-through Giant Heart, Electricity, and Sports Challenge. Call 215-448-1200 or visit www.fi.edu GARDEN STATE DISCOVERY MUSEUM - The Garden State Discovery Museum is a hands-on celebration of imagination! With more than 20 large interactive exhibit areas, the Museum has lots of room for families to spend an adventurefilled day together. Call (856) 424-1233 or visit www.discoverymuseum.com YOUR GLUTEN-FREE RECIPE AND MENU PLANNER - Gfreecuisine.com offers simple and delicious gluten-free recipes. Our menu planning service provides tools to prepare healthy gluten-free dinners—choose weekly recipes and your grocery list is created! Redeem Voucher SOJOMOM for a 2 week Free trial! www.Gfreecuisine.com GIGATYKES- Do something fun and educational! Computer Camp! Discovery Kids Puterbugs software prepares children 2-8 with today's necessary Top 100 Tech Skills. Features small classes, personal attention, and exclusive online content for continued at-home fun! Call 856546-0939 or e-mail gigatykes@yahoo.com HULA HO ALOHA - Bring Hawaii to your own backyard! Authentic Polynesian dances, family friendly costuming. Fun & exciting audience participation. Make your summer party the Event of the season. Call 856-845-5788 or e-mail hulahoaloha@yahoo.com

FIT 2 DANCE STUDIO - Dance like a ballerina, party like a rock star, sing like a pop idol, and more…get out of the HEAT and DANCE to the beat at Summer Camp at Fit to Dance Studio in Mullica Hill! Call 856-417-3207 or visit www.fit2dancestudio.com

JERSEY GIRL BOOT CAMP - We provide a fun, safe environment for women who want to shed unwanted pounds and improve their body's ability. Join our summer drop a dress size in 21 days, challenge. Call 201-688-0488 or visit www.jerseygirlbootcamp.com

FLIRTY GIRL FITNESS LIVE- Live Streamed and On-Demand Fitness Classes. Use your computer to turn any space into a home gym! You stream 24/7 live and on-demand fitness classes for women! Have fun, get fit, and feel fabulous with signature classes like Booty Beat, Video Viken, Flirty Pilates, Yoga, Hottie Body Boxing, and more! Enjoy a 7-day free pass for unlimited access with promo code FLIRTYMOMS1. Visit www.flirtygirlfitnesslive.com.

KIDS ROUND OF CHERRY HILL - Fun-filled, interactive Music Classes and Birthday Parties for infants & toddlers and their loved ones. Singing, dancing, jumping, and high-energy activities with parachutes, shakers, guitar, drums, cymbals. UNLIMITED ATTENDANCE! BEST OF PHILLY WINNER! Visit us at www.singmarcia.com

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KIDZ CREATIONS - Kidz can make slime, try out their creativity in the kitchen, paint a special keepsake, or enjoy one of the many new summer camp programs, walk-in arts and crafts, science and cooking workshops that are still available all summer long! Call 609-399-9922 or visit www.kidzcreationsnj.com

RED BARON AIR TOURS- Sight-Seeing & Aerobatic Bi-Plane Rides Over Beautiful Beaches! All ages are welcome! 1-3 passenger air tours, Open cockpit Bi-plane rides & flight instruction. Incredible views of beaches, dolphins, and more from the air. Gift certificates available. Call 609-861-4111 or visit www.RedBaronAirTours.com

LAKE GARRISON - “The Family Playground” Fun, inexpensive and close to home! Swimming, boating, playground and more! Pack a picnic or buy lunch in log cabin pavilion. Like us on Facebook! Call 856-881-2872 or visit www.lakegarrison.com

STEEL PIER- Fall in Love Again with Steel Pier! New Rides, new arcade, new food & beverage venues. live shows. Follow us FB (logo) for great prize giveaways! Come an Experience the All New Steel Pier! Call 866-386-6659 or visit www.steelpier.com

LORI’S STITCHING STUDIO - Make This the Summer you Learn to Sew! Come join the fun at Lori's Stitching Studio! Hand- sewing (age 5 and up), machine sewing (ages 8-adult), mother-daughter classes; machines available. Call us at 856 358-8553 or visit www.LorisStitchingStudio.com MUSIC TOGETHER OF GALLOWAY - Songs, Chants, Movement, Dance, Instrument, Play, Music classes for children birth through 5 with their parents or caregivers. Summer semester begins July 9th. Call 609-748-8309 or visit www.musictogetherofgalloway.com MY LITTLE ADVENTURES- A place for you and your little adventurer to take a class, Pop-n-Play (pay to play), celebrate their birthday, enjoy a delicious lunch and much more! Call 856-359-4059 or visit www.facebook.com/MyLittleAdventures POEMS TO GROW ON - Poems To Grow On offers a unique keepsake that your family will treasure. For summer-time – or anytime – capture memories through a oneof-a-kind poem, written especially for the child or loved one in your life by an awardwinning author. For birthdays, tributes, pets, anniversaries and more. Call 1-888-270-8832 or visit www.poemstogrowon.com READING ASSIST INSTITUTE - Get them reading! Give your struggling reader the summer literacy boost he/she needs. RAI’s trained tutors provide evidence-based, multisensory structured language interventions in your home or other convenient location in South Jersey. Call Jeanne at Reading ASSIST Institute at 1-888-311-1156 or visit www.readingassist.org

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STERLING HILL MUSEUM - Take a ¼ mile educational adventure through the last working underground mine in NJ and you will see the amazing fluorescent "Rainbow Tunnel". Also available is the Rock and Fossil Discovery Center and an on-site Observatory. Visit www.sterlinghillminingmuseum.org or call 973-209-MINE (6463) STOCKTON PERFORMING ARTS SUMMER CHILDREN’S THEATRE - Cape May Conventional Hall 10:30 AM – TICKETS $8 Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day -July 11th; The Three Bears July 18th; Red Riding Hood’s Woods July 25th; Charlotte’s Web - August 1st; The Fabulous Fable Factory - August 8th; Call 1-855-708-9699 or www.capemaycity.com SUFFOLK STABLES - Saddle up! We offer a full range of offerings and guaranteed fun for the whole family: casual rides, lessons, summer camp, and more. Call 609-346-7093 or visit www.suffolkstables.com THE DANCE CONNECTION OF ATCO Offering FREE CLASSES on TUESDAY, JULY 10th and TUESDAY, AUGUST 21st. CONTACT THE STUDIO TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT! Call 856768-8533. Visit our website www.tdcnj.com THE MAGIC FOR LESS TRAVEL - Sprinkle some Pixie Dust! Plan that magical family vacation you have been talking about. Orlando destination specialist! Personalized concierge services; never a fee! Trisha Zavrel 267-448-4912 x211 or visit www.themagicforless.com TILT STUDIO - Located at Voorhees Town Center. It is the Newest, Exciting Indoor Family Entertainment Destination in South Jersey. Voted “Best of Family” 2011. TILT is Perfect for Kids, Moms, Friends & Families. Affordable Action ~ Cool Games ~ Food & Fun! Call 856-782-6572 ext 103 Visit our website and sign up for our e-newsletter


WHEATON VILLAGE - Enjoy the Museum of American Glass, Artist Studios, Folklife Center, Museum Stores, Sweet Suites Bake Shoppe Café, scenic picnic area and playground. Open Tuesday through Sunday, 10am to 5pm. Events include the Fantasy Faire on June 23 and 24 and Summer Celebration on June 29, 30 and July 1. Call us at 856-825-6800 or visit www.wheatonarts.org Visit Sahara Sam's Oasis Indoor Water Park Call 856-767-7580 or visit www.saharasams.com Visit Six Flags Great Adventure and ride the rides Visit www.sixflags.com Make a lemonade stand and sell lemonade, visit www.coolmath-games.com/lemonade Visit the Adventure Aquarium— www.adventureaquarium.com Visit the Cape May Zoo! www.capemaycountyzoo.org Love Lucy – The elephant, now a historical landmark in Margate. Visit www.lucytheelephant.org Join a MOMS Club Chapter in your area! We are a support group designed just for you, the at-home mother of today! You are interested in the world around you, want a variety of activities for you and your children, and are proud of your choice of at-home mothering for your families! Visit www.momsclub.org for more info Join a civic organization in your community Fly a kite Have a picnic - go to www.recipeamerica.com/ picnic.htm for planning your outing Go to a Phillies game and root the home team on Celebrate the 4th of July and plan to see fireworks in your town Make an obstacle course in your backyard, www.ehow.com/coursead.html Read one of your favorite books and then rent the movie Visit Camden Children's Garden – www.CamdenChildrensGarden.org

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WOODFORD CEDAR RUN - Cedar Run provides year-round opportunities to see native wildlife up-close. Visit our resident eagles, owls, foxes, and more. Hike miles of scenic trails located in the NJ Pinelands. Open to the public daily. Call 856-983-3329 or visit www.cedarrun.org

Recycle bottles and donate the money to a local charity Go camping with friends and family Go to a museum Plant a garden and watch it grow, visit www.geocities.com/mastergardener2k Build a sandcastle, and write your name in the sand Go fishing at the shore Visit www.gophilly.com for great event & coupon offers Build a time capsule Make a bird feeder, birding.about.com/od/buildfeeders Write a song, www.robinfrederick.com/write.html Make something from recyclables, www.makingfriends.com/recycle.htm Make homemade ice cream Take a CPR class, www.arcgloucesterco.org Roast marshmallows and make smores Visit a National Park, www.nps.com Learn to juggle Kids, clean your room Make a scrapbook of everything you do this summer Keep a journal Take pictures Adopt a pet Make dinner for your family Learn to play the piano Join a Volunteer Program – Volunteer's Of America www.voa.com

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know 2 grow Family Features

4 Ways to Help Kids Make Cents of Finances 4. F 3.

inancial literacy is as important as learning the ABC’s. By teaching financial and entrepreneurial practices at a young age, children will be better prepared for their financial futures. The first step is to get started, so start with these educational activities: Start Talking: Try a simple question such as, “What is investing?” Questions are conversation starters and shouldn’t be complicated. The key is to teach through open communication that allows kids to discover – rather than be told – the answers.

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Starting Thinking: Most kids are impulsive and fixate on things that are interesting. It’s tough to get them thinking beyond “now” when it comes to money. Overcoming that helps kids understand the basic principles of budgeting. Challenge them with questions such as, “Are you still going to want that expensive sweater in a month, or would it be better to save toward something else?” Helping kids grasp the concept of “value” instills a sense of finan-

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cial ownership and responsibility. Remind them that once they spend the money, it’s gone.

Start Practicing: Kids learn through repetition. The more they do something, the better they get. No matter what age the child is, present her with scenarios that require practicing different financial principles. For example, during the summertime give your child $20 to set up a lemonade stand. Ask her, “What types of products will you need to buy to make lemonade? How much will those items cost? How many days do you plan to have the lemonade stand open?” Asking these questions will not only help her work through the answers, but will also increase her understanding of simple business terms such as “overhead” and “profit.” Additionally, contributing more “investment” money to the fledgling business opens up dialogue about investors and stocks. It takes a little imagination to come up with scenarios, but it can be a fun learning opportunity for the child and the parent.

Start Investigating: The Internet provides a wealth of financial learning tools for children and parents. Of course, parents should monitor what their children are viewing online, but there are some invaluable educational sites, such as www.smckids.com, which features webisodes for Secret Millionaires Club (SMC), an animated series starring Warren Buffet as he mentors a group of kids. Featured on The HUB network, as well as the website, the SMC series is an innovative way to teach sound financial and entrepreneurial practices to young people. Modeled after the lessons instilled by Mr. Buffett in the animated series, SMC’s “Learn & Earn” Promotion – sponsored exclusively by www.creditreport.com – also offers interactive educational tools for parents and kids. The bottom line: Stop waiting. It’s never too early to start teaching financial lessons.✲

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s outside temperatures rise, the dangers for children being seriously injured or even dying from being left alone inside a hot car also rises. The Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA) has joined with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in an effort to reduce these deaths by reminding parents and caregivers about the dangers of heatstroke in young children. “More than half of all vehicle-related heatstroke deaths in children are caused by a child accidentally being left in the car, and more than 30 percent are from a child getting into a hot car on their own,” said Michael Dwyer CAE Executive Director of JPMA. In an effort to prevent these needless tragedies, JPMA urges all parents and caregivers to do three things:

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• Never leave an infant or child unattended in a vehicle—even if the windows are partly open, or the engine is running and the air conditioning is on. • Don’t let children play in an unattended vehicle. Teach them a vehicle is not a play area. • Check the vehicle - front and back - before locking the door and walking away. • Take steps to remember not to leave a child in a vehicle. • Write yourself a note and place it where you’ll see it when you leave the vehicle. • Place your purse, briefcase, or something else you’re sure to need in the back seat so you’ll be sure to see a child left in the vehicle. • Keep an object in the car seat, such as a stuffed toy. Once the child is buckled in, place the object where the driver will notice it when he or she leaves the vehicle • Always lock vehicle doors and trunks and keep keys out of children’s reach. If a child is missing, check the vehicle first, including the trunk. • Ask your childcare center to call you if your child doesn’t arrive on time for childcare. • Call 911 or your local emergency number immediately if you see a child left alone in a hot vehicle. When children are in distress due to heat, get them out of the vehicle as quickly as possible.

ABOUT THE JUVENILE PRODUCTS MANUFACTURERS ASSOCIATION The Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA) is a national trade organization of more than 250 companies in the United States, Canada and Mexico. JPMA exists to advance the interests, growth and well-being of North American prenatal to preschool product manufacturers, importers and distributors marketing under their own brands to consumers. It does so through advocacy, public relations, information sharing, product performance certification and business development assistance conducted with appreciation for the needs of parents, children and retailers. To find out more information about the JPMA Certification Program, the products certified and for a complete listing of JPMA members, please visit www.jpma.org. Follow JPMA on Twitter @JPMA, connect with JPMA on Facebook or on YouTube and visit www.jpma.org to learn more about additional safety tips and other JPMA initiatives.✲ Linda Woody, JPMA Communications Manager, 856-642-4420 or lwoody@ahint.com

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summer camp guide

Peg L. Smith, Chief Executive Officer, American Camp Association

atching my son after he returned from summer camp was the first hint that remarkable growth was underway. He was engaged, giving, and confident. Viewing the camp experience as a respite from the real world is somehow to miss the point—it is the real world—simply getting dirty, trying to pull harder so your team wins, finding the friend you always wished for, being yourself—it’s the time of your life and the promise of the future. As a parent, I constantly ask where do children have their mental, personal, emotional, and physical needs nurtured? Where will they learn to get along with others, to take safe risks, to deal with conflict in a constructive way that encourages them to be creative, to explore and discover, to learn by actively doing, to try—to fail and try again? In the camp community, I find what I intuitively know as a parent—to be a positive, productive adult one needs the opportunity to truly experience childhood . . . that is how one grows. Camps enjoy the opportunity of working their magic with all of our children: the gifted athlete, the budding musician, the curious naturalist, the first-time camper, and the child with a disability. The idea that camp is for every child isn’t just a pipe dream—it’s a reality. And one that parents and children celebrate and the American Camp Association supports by promoting safe, fun, and developmentally-appropriate experiences in the camp setting. The entire experience began with a single camp—The Gunnery Camp in 1861. As I write, I am buoyed by the recognition of just how dynamically this idea has taken flight. Over 11,000,000 children and adults will participate in camp in 2007. Overall, the numbers continue to grow, and this popular movement testifies so loudly to the extraordinary benefits that camp provides to our young people—responsibility, exploration, engagement, not to mention the spiritual dimension of the camp experience. Is camp quantifiable? Maybe not—but as a parent, I can only react with extreme pleasure as my son displayed those acts of kindness and

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generosity of spirit that follow so naturally from his time at camp. His chance to develop and grow was marked by constant changes—our camps meet those challenges every day of every session and that’s why doing what we do becomes so vital. Camp is about firsts—a first campfire outdoors, leading a pony, catching a frog, enjoying the evening stories, and being chosen—chosen to be part of a community that values each child and his or her special gifts. It’s about making memories and honoring the traditions of those who have come before. Children are alight with the idea that their acorn hangs from a rafter where their parents and aunts and uncles placed theirs so many years before. The American Camp Association has grown through its commitment to research and education in the field of child development. We communicate these best practices for each camp member: from waterfront safety to the healthy diets and enriching activities carefully tailored to children’s inherent curiosity and sense of discovery. From camper-to-counselor ratios to medical care, we understand what makes a camp community safe and fun, and our member camps make the extraordinary commitment to meet and surpass those standards. We love what we do at the American Camp Association, for every child and every family, every camp staff director and counselor. The bar couldn’t be higher for us knowing that our goals and standards are the ones that support the highest aims of the camp community—safe environments; caring, competent adult role models; healthy activities and learning experiences; service to the community and the environment; and opportunities for leadership and personal growth. Throwing the doors wide open to allow generations of children and families to enjoy the value of experiential learning and growth, a path to self-esteem and independence is what camp is all about. From urban and rural settings to international camp opportunities, we revel in watching children discover their place in the world—making a difference is truly what makes the difference.✲

A CAMP RESOURCE FOR FAMILIES— www.CampParents.org The site provides expert advice from camp professionals on camp selection, readiness, and child and youth development—as well as a searchable database of over 2,400 ACA-accredited camps that serve almost any interest, ability, budget, or age. After finding a camp, meet with the camp director and ask important questions: • Is the camp ACA-accredited? • What is the camp's philosophy and program emphasis? • What is the camp director's background? • What training do counselors receive? • What is the counselor-to-camper ratio? • What are the ages of the counselors? • How does the camp handle homesickness and other adjustment issues? The American Camp Association is the only national association that accredits camps. With up to 300 safety and regulation standards, ACA promotes a safe and fun camp experience with developmental benefits backed by independent research. To learn more about the American Camp Association, please visit the family-dedicated website, www.CampParents.org or www.ACAcamps.org.

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New for 2012, Tall Pines has partnered with the Cherry Hill School of Rock. This alliance will motivate children to experience all levels of music education from degreed full-time music instructors. Instruments may be purchased or rented for home practice. Personal interaction is important at Tall Pines. A linked Xbox 360 room fosters fun play, combined with camaraderie. Yankowitz wants kids to “grow roots” at Tall Pines for many years. “More than 80% of our campers are returning children; over half of our staff members were former campers.We have almost a 50/50 split between boys and girls. The camper ratio is 12 younger children per bunk-with three staff-for junior camp. First grade children and older has 18 per bunk, with three counselors,” he says. Three to eight-week full-day sessions are for children three to 14. The Seedlings program offers half-day sessions for children, aged three to four, not ready for full days. Accessibility to Tall Pines is easy, thanks to customized transportation plans. All drivers are insured Tall Pines employees who undergo annual driver record checks. Children travel in air-conditioned 12-15 passenger vans from Center City Philadelphia, South Jersey and Atlantic County shore communities. Extended hours for working parents may be arranged. Because many families spend time at the Shore, Tall Pines offers the Shore Shuttle. For $14 per seat, the Shore Shuttle drops campers off at the Margate Library on Friday afternoons, picking them up on Monday mornings. The Shore Shuttle operates throughout the July 4th holiday week. Second seat transportation between two homes is also available for additional fees. Yankowitz says openings remain in specific communities. Pricing discounts apply for multiple campers, self-transportation and military, police and fire fighter families✲ Tall Pines Day CamP 1349 sykesville Road • Williamstown, nJ 08094 856-262-3900 (Office) • 856-262-0195 (Fax) fun@tallpinesdaycamp.com • www.tallpinesdaycamp.com

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ATLANTIC COUNTY Storybook Land A Family Amusement Park Making Memories since 1955! 20 acres of family fun! Terrific rides, great food. 6415 Blackhorse Pike Routes 40/322 EHT, NJ 08234. www.storybookland.com For more information call 609-641-7847. Hammonton Farmers Market Friday, June 15 5pm-8pm Purchase fresh local fruit and produce, locally produced food such as honey and wine. Lots of other vendors offering baked goods, fresh squeezed lemonade, recycled products and more. The Farmers Market is located on Central Avenue (Ronald Reagan Blvd) downtown Hammonton. www.hammontonsfarmermarket.org For more information call 609-760-4085.

BURLINGTON COUNTY Healthy Bones for Life June 7, 2012 FREE Healthy Bones for Life Guest Speaker, Debbie Buck, NP One in every two women and one in every 4 men will have an osteoporosis related fracture in their lifetime. Learn how to prevent and manage this disease as well as the risk-benefit of the latest medications. Refreshments will be served. Virtua Memorial Hospital Conference Center 175 Madison Avenue Mount Holly, NJ 08060. To make a reservation visit www.virtua.org or call 1888-847-8823. Earth Fair June 24, 2012 - 10:30am-4:00pm Free. Burlington County's Annual Earth Fair returns to Historic Smithville Park featuring vendors, entertainment for all ages and kid's activities with an environmental twist. This family event focuses on ways to protect and enjoy our environment. Find out which Burlington County municipalities are going green. Children's activities include "trash" sculpting, papermaking, storytelling, environmental vaudeville and face painting to mention a few. Environmental organizations and businesses are invited to participate. Rain or shine. Historic Smithville Park Smithville Rd. Eastampton, NJ 609-265-5858. www.southjerseymom.com

Magic Fun for Everyone SJ Mommy Spot Join us for our family fun night to include: family photo op area, decorate your frame station, create your own sundae bar and magic show Date: Thursday, June 21st. Time: 5:307:30 p.m.. SJ Mommy Spot, 1 Hartford Rd. (St. Peter's) Medford, NJ. www.sjmommyspot.com or (856) 630-9542. LNO - Freshen Up your Look SJ Mommy Spot Join us for our Ladies Night Out event featuring “How-to summer looks” for hair and makeup. Rizzieri Spa On the Go will show you summer trends and tips and their stylist and makeup artist will be giving one-on-one touch ups for everyone; whether it be the beach, pool or date night, they have a new look for you! Date: Tuesday, June 26th. Time: 5:30 - 8:00 p.m. Location: 1 Hartford Rd. (St. Peter's) Medford, NJ. (856) 630-9542 or www.sjmommyspot.com

CAMDEN COUNTY Child Safety Seat Check-Up June 6, 2012 - 10:00am - 12:00pm Camden County Emergency Training Center 420 Wood Turnersville Road Blackwood. For additional information - call (856) 968-8687 Catch the Cooper Regatta June 23, 2012 - 8:00am Camden County Boathouse 7050 North Park Drive Pennsauken, NJ 08109 For more info contact Jamie Stack at (856) 661-3188

CAPE MAY COUNTY Wonder’s Birthday Bash Gillian’s Wonderland Pier Thursday, June 7–6:00pm -10:30pm 6th St. and the Boardwalk, Ocean City NJ- Celebrate Wonder Bear’s Birthday from 6pm-10:30pm. All rides will be only 1 Ticket and at 9pm see a birthday bash fireworks show! Rides open at 6pm and Wonder Bear will be available all night for photos. Celebrating 82 years on the Ocean City Boardwalk. For more information call 609-399-7402.

Johnsons Popcorn Father’s Day Family Fun Fest Saturday, June 16–1:00pm -3:00pm Bands, Magicians & Pony rides at 11th St. 1pm – 3pm. For more information call 609-399-1412.

CUMBERLAND COUNTY Fantasy Faire June 23 and June 24 A family-friendly festival blending historic fact with myth and popular fantasy from the medieval and Renaissance periods of history. Knights and princesses stand sideby-side with elves and fairies, and the day is filled with performances pleasing to children of all ages. Produced in partnership with Mystic Realms, Ltd. Wheaton Arts 1501 Glasstown Road Millville, NJ 08332. 1-800-998-4552. PLAY BLINGO AND WIN JEWELRY June 19 at 6:30 p.m. Have a fun night of playing Bingo and win FREE jewelry! Lots of fabulous pieces will be given away. Only $5 to play. Earn extra bingo boards for free for every friend you bring. MUST RSVP, as seats are limited. Call (856) 305-3490 or email adrienne295@comcast.net to reserve your spot. Ramada Inn, Landis Ave, Vineland.

GLOUCESTER COUNTY Free Car Seat Inspection Store at the Deptford Mall Saturday, June 2 and June 16 – 10am-2pm It is estimated that about 80% of car seats are misused, either because a child is in the wrong seat, the seat is installed wrong, or the child is not placed in the seat correctly. Are you using your car seat correctly? Find out at one of our free Child Passenger Safety Inspections, where parents and caregivers can ensure that they are using the appropriate child safety seat or safety belt correctly. This event is free, open to the public and no registration is required. Lunch Munch - Every Wednesday, 11:30am – 2:00pm Walk to Woodbury every Wednesday for a great lunchtime break. Sit and relax with a delicious $6.00 lunch special at the umbrella shaded café tables.

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HEALTH AND FITNESS EXPO Saturday, June 9, 2012 at the Deptford Mall You’re invited! South Jersey MOM Magazine hosts a Family Fitness and Health Expo,10am-4pm. This is a FREE event, win prizes, preregister at southjerseymom.com. For more information e-mail michelle@superiorgx.com

SALEM COUNTY Festival Nanticoke Lenni Lenape Indian Pow Wow Saturday and Sunday, June 9 & 10th 10am-9pm Tribal dancing, vendor booths and food. Salem County Fairgrounds. 735 Harding Highway Woodstown, NJ 08098. www.nanticoke-lenape.org Freeform Music and Arts Festival Thursday, June 14–Sunday, June 17 All day festival of music and arts featuring artists from Philadelphia, New York, Washington, DC, and Richmond. 10:00AM - 10:00PM Salem County Fairgrounds. 735 Harding Highway Woodstown, NJ 08098.

PHILADELPHIA Baby Loves Disco Family Fun Fest Saturday, June 9th 12-5 pm at The Electric Factory in Philadelphia Philadelphia families will enjoy an action-packed, music and dance-filled day when Baby Loves Disco presents the first ever Baby Loves Disco Family Fun Fest at The Electric Factory, 421 N. Seventh Street in Philadelphia, on Saturday, June 9th, 2012, 12 to 5 pm. Visit http://familyfunfest.tumblr.com/ for more information and to order advance ticket information and to order advance tickets. Baby Loves Disco, the internationally acclaimed purveyor of hip family dance parties, returns to its birthplace with this brand-new event, produced in partnership with Electric Factory Concerts. The Electric Factory will be converted into a multimedia festival experience where families may enjoy dance, music, comedy, art, food and tons of surprises along the way. Tickets are $25, or $80 for a family 4-pack, and five percent of ticket sales will benefit Alex’s Lemonade Stand. www.babylovesdisco.com.

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GIFT IDEAS GREAT PERSONALIZED GIFTS FOR ALL AGES At JUST FOR LITTLE PEOPLE (and others, too!) we specialize in new baby gifts both hand-painted or embroidered. Beautifully wrapped and available for pick-up at our new Gibbsboro location, or we can ship it for you. Call (856) 627-8901 or check out www.justforlittlepeople.com.

FAMILY REUNION T-SHIRTS Superior Graphics a full service printing company. When you need a printing partner, you can rely on us. Superior Graphics offers products and services to satisfy all of your graphic communications, business printing, copying, document management needs. Call Chis Ognibene at 609-670-1794.

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JOB OPPORTUNITIES EARN EXTRA INCOME SELLING JEWELRY! Have fun and make money while selling jewelry! Earn 50% commission on all sales and get paid immediately. Company with 25+ years of proven success. Call Adrienne at (856) 305-3490 or email adrienne295@comcast.net for more info.

EVENTS HEALTH & FITNESS EXPO Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re invited! South Jersey MOM Magazine hosts a Family Fitness and Health Expo, Saturday June 9, 2012 at the Deptford Mall. 10am-4pm. This is a FREE event, win prizes, pre-register at southjerseymom.com. For more information e-mail michelle@superiorgx.com

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