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North Texas Your Family Guide to Raising Happy, Healthy Kids

June 2010


In this issue:

Aishani, Age 9

Kid's Internet Lingo / 25 Father's Day Gifts / Summer fun For Preschoolers Pool Safety / Keeping Kids Active / June Calendar of Events


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Contents June l Volume 8 No. 6





Keeping Kids Active When School Is Out


Emma's Restaurant Review



Kid’s Internet Lingo Puzzling to Parents


Alexandria’s Book Review


Kids in the Kitchen


Summer Fun for Preschoolers


Summer Camp 2010


Ticket Giveaway!


25 Awesome Father’s Day Gifts


Family Resource Guide


Silly Riddles


Make a Difference in Chris’ Life

28 June Calendar of Events


Acrostic Father's Day Game


Stay Safe, Be Cool…. Know the Rules!


Father's Day Word Search


Triathalon! The Next Phase in my Whole Life Makeover


Craft: A Me-and-You Book

Former Olympian Shares Her Volleyball Secrets with Rising Stars in North Texas

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Note from the Publisher

Minette Riordan, Ph.D.

Faith is an Attitude I was reading an article series by Rabbi Rami Shapiro entitled, "Roadside Assistance for the Spiritual Traveler" over the weekend. I was sitting in the sun by the pool, watching my kids and procrastinating. I was trying to write a speech about "The Power of Commitment" for a women's conference in Plano in May. I was one of the keynote speakers at the Snap Out of It! Women's Conference. Someone posed the question to Shapiro: Are faith and belief the same thing? I appreciated Rabbi Shapiro's answer that "No, they're not. Belief is about knowing; faith is about notknowing...Faith is an attitude towards reality, a trusting in what is unfolding without knowing just what that is." I look for that faith in all areas of my life, not just in my relationship with the Divine. Shapiro goes on to say that "The best faith is fierce." That is what love for a child feels like, fierce! A fierce knowing that everything will work out. That is what love for a spouse, or desire for a successful business or the challenge to meet a goal you are working towards should feel like. I bring that up for the June issue of North Texas Kids for several reasons. First, as you may know, my husband and I have launched into a whole life makeover with Living Well Dallas co-founders Betty Murray and Jenny Bair. As I am writing this, I am trying to stave off frustration at my lack of weight loss progress and trust Betty to guide me in the right direction. I have faith that the scale will begin to move in the right direction,

but when? I have faith that Jenny will keep me positive, motivated and calm about the progress I am making. But is it belief, not faith? It certainly doesn't feel fierce in Shapiro's definition of the term. I need to take inspired action to move me from belief to fierce faith. One thing I learned about the power of faith, combined with the power of 100% commitment, is to celebrate small successes along the way. To be grateful for change, growth and movement forward, whatever that looks like. As a mom and a business owner, faith looks different everyday and I am grateful for my experiences along the way. I also write about faith for my friend Brian Padden, whose son Chris is in need of a kidney transplant. You can read his story on pg.13. He lost one son to an accident in 2007 and has remained friends with the man who received his son's liver, a life-saving move combined with the deep grief of loss. This powerful story will remind you of the fierce love we have for our own children and to be grateful for gifts that appear unexpectedly and sometimes unwanted. Then, when you read the article on internet lingo about what our kids are saying to each other (prepare to be horrified), you will define faith as trust. At what level do we need to question our children, pay closer attention, when does fierceness become blindness in regards to our children? Being a parent is tough. We have to trust that they will do the right thing and that their own faith will guide them. To do that, we have

to educate ourselves about what to watch out for, what to teach them and how to teach them to protect themselves. It is our job to keep our children safe - sometimes this takes a great leap of faith. The June issue of North Texas Kids is focused on Summer Fun & Safety. There are some great articles that cover both topics. After the seriousness of the two articles just mentioned, tap into our Kids in the Kitchen article and share your favorite recipes with author Lisa Greene, make a fun Father's Day book for dad or check out the article on how to keep kids active this summer. Have faith that it will be a fun summer, that you will create moments of joy, love and creativity for your family, no matter what is going on. I am an academic at heart, I love learning, education and acquiring knowledge. I have high expectations for my two kids (perhaps too high). But I firmly believe that summer is about having fun and relaxing into life instead of swimming upstream against it (which the school year can feel like at times.) I am looking forward to some quality reading time, quiet time and vacation with my family this summer, even if that vacation is right in our backyard. What are you looking forward to this summer? Happy reading!


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Your child will receive $50 when we use his/her artwork on the cover of NTK. North Texas Kids loves kids’ art. Feel free to send us your child’s Masterpiece.

Aishani has a passion for drawing and painting. She started showing artistic skills at an early age of 3 and has won many awards since then. She also enjoys reading and writing. She loves music and has started taking music lessons recently.

We are looking for covers that are unique, bright and colorful. Each child that appears on our cover receives $50.00 along with his/her picture and story in the paper. Submissions may be digital or print. Email pictures to or mail them to Scissortail Publishing, LLC. 700 E. Park Blvd., Suite 110, Plano, Texas 75074.

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Do you know the cause of your child’s learning struggles?

Keeping Kids Active When School Is Out by Sara Gondol, M.D.

Summer. Time for camp, catching bugs, water parks…and weight gain? Studies suggest that for the youngest students, summer months may be worse than the school year when it comes to preventing obesity.

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kindergarten, first grade, and the summer in between. Their body mass index – a measure of their weight and height, compared with other kids their age – increased faster and at a more uneven rate during the summer. The difference between school time and summertime was especially large in children who were already overweight, as well as in African-American and Hispanic children. Researchers think children may eat more during the summer, when the days are less structured. Also, physical education during the school year may help kids burn extra calories.

Warm-Weather Workouts Just like adults, kids need to balance the calories they eat with the calories they burn to prevent extra pounds. That means healthy eating and an hour of physical activity on all or most days of the week. Luckily, summer’s sunshine offers the chance to get out and get moving. Try these tips to stave off summer weight gain in your children:

• Plan active vacations. For example, take a trip to the mountains and hike or ski. Or, bike around a new city.

• Limit screen time – including TV and video games – to two hours a day or less.

• Encourage your little ones to get outside and play. Hopscotch, swimming, tag, and hide-and-go-seek all count as exercise.

• If they’re interested, sign your child up for a summer sports league. They might enjoy soccer or softball.

• Walk with your family instead of driving to visit friends or run errands in the neighborhood.

Dr. Gondol is located at Starwood Pediatrics, Starwood Medical Offices, 2595 Dallas Parkway, Suite 403, Frisco. To make an appointment for your child, call 972-519-1139. 6

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Hole punch Ribbon, string, metal binder rings

Instructions: 1. Cut a 9 1/2- x 6-inch rectangle from the cereal box or cardstock. Fold it in half. Pick Dad's favorite cereal as the cover or make a fun, colorful collage of photographs, magazine clippings or other images you know Dad would love. 2. Stack white paper, fold the sheets into quarters, cut along the top, and set the paper inside the cardboard. Punch three holes through the paper and cardboard and bind using ribbon, string or binder clips. 3. Now, brainstorm topics for the book. If it says on the left page "My Favorite Animals," then print on the facing page, "Your Favorite Animals." Your child can draw or write in his answers, leaving the other side blank for his father to complete later. Other topics might be favorite colors, favorite foods, special places or things you love about the other person. You could compare yourself to Dad, my eyes are blue, yours are green or my hair is brown and yours is blonde. This craft was adapted from Disney's website. It is full of excellent craft ideas, video instructions and easy do-it-yourself ideas like this one. I love crafts where the kids really can do most of the work and it's not all up to Mom! North Texas Kids  •  June 2010  •


Kid’s Internet Lingo Puzzling to Parents by Sharon Woolley

Unlike us, our

children live in an

age where they’ve

been exposed to the

Internet their whole life. They‘ve come to expect news, information and entertainment with a

click of a mouse, as well

as instant communication with one another through chat software and social networking sites.

As parents, we’re familiar with simple abbreviations, like CUL8R (see

you later) and LOL (laughing out loud). We probably even use many of them ourselves when emailing, chatting or texting. But did you know

that kids have their own secret online language of acronyms that goes far beyond what parents know and understand?

Let’s hope you’ve never seen GNOC (get naked on camera) or IWSN

(I want sex now) pop up on your child’s screen. Or the term “zerg”, which means they’re ganging up on someone – or that they’re being bullied

themselves. And are you aware that the number 8 by itself means oral sex? SpectorSoft Corporation has recently released a free Internet safety

guide called “A Parent’s Guide to Internet Lingo” with more than 100 pages of terms that kids commonly use in chat text, instant messages,

Facebook and MySpace. There are also Top 100 and Top 20 lists for easy reference.

“A Parent’s Guide to Internet Lingo” is a free download at, along with an interactive Internet Lingo Quiz that tests how much you really understand about what they’re saying.

By understanding the one-digit difference between LHO (laughing

head off) and LHOS (let’s have online sex) parents can know whether their child and their online friends are acting appropriately or whether critical decisions need to quickly be made to ensure their safety and well-being.

“SpectorSoft is committed to helping parents keep their children safe

online. Youth today are extremely tech savvy, yet unaware that online

actions may have consequences in real life,” said SpectorSoft President C. Douglas Fowler. “Parents have not only the responsibility, but also the right, to know what’s happening in their child’s virtual life.”

The best way to keep your child safe online is to monitor their activity

with a product such as Spector Pro (, which records everything they do on their computer and on the Internet – every chat,

every email, every website visited, as well as all their activity on Facebook and MySpace, and gives parents the ability to block people and sites they feel are inappropriate.

Spector Pro can also quickly translate what your child is saying – or

what someone else is saying to your child – by simply rolling the mouse over any acronym or phrase they’ve used on their computer or the web 8

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that you don’t understand, like the term MIRL (meet in real life). Spector


Pro alerts you that someone may be stalking your child, and gives you the


proof to make to make sure it doesn’t happen again.

Download the free Internet Lingo Guide today. With predators on


the prowl and dangerous web sites like Chatroulette giving complete

strangers access to your children, don’t take your kids’ safety for granted.






Sharon Woolley, Marketing Director at SpectorSoft Corporation, regularly

contributes to child safety publications and panels. SpectorSoft provides award-

winning PC and Internet monitoring software used by more than 500,000 parents

worldwide to crack down on Internet abuse. The company offers a free Internet Lingo

Guide for parents confused by the cryptic acronyms children use in chat messages and online at www.freelingoguide,com.

by Dr. Minette Riordan Every time we bring new office supplies into our office in Plano, the kids think they are just for them. I have to hide my favorite pens, especially Sharpies and my Expo markers for the white boards. The kids’ zone, as we call the space set aside just for the kids in our office, with their own white board of course, is full of Expo Markers, most of which have smooshed tips and little ink, because the girls love to play school, color and generally use up lots of ink! I don’t begrudge their creativity, in fact, I encourage it, when it doesn’t affect my ability to get my work done. So don’t tell the kids, but I have a secret stash of Expo Markers hidden in the conference room, up high and out of their reach, along with a new eraser and some awesome spray, also made by Expo, that makes my old white boards look like new. I did ask the girls to test out the new markers to see what they thought. Here’s a picture of the white board they created (at no urging from me, but they seemed to grasp the nature of shameless selfpromotion quite naturally!) I grew up in the age of chalkboards and thinking colored chalk was amazing fun. I don’t miss the dust, the banging of erasers or the screeching of nails. I love white boards and I love Expo brand markers. They have created a new set of WASHABLE, yes you read that right, WASHABLE markers for whiteboards in brilliant, neon colors. My daughter was ripping them out of my hands before I could take them out of the box! The colors are bright but show up great and they wash right off of clothes, hands and little faces. Plus, they are low odor which is a huge bonus! These are a great addition to any mom's craft box or educational tool box. If you homeschool your kids or just have big white boards in your kitchen like I do, you will love having a set of these awesome markers!

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Kids in the kitchen

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School lunch is a hot topic with many parents and wellness groups across the country. Processed foods with additives and extenders like high fructose corn syrup and fried breading are being served to our children every day. These added empty calories are contributing to unhealthy eating habits, childhood obesity, and lifelong health conditions. Our kids deserve to have a hot, healthy meal for lunch at school. I want to prove that it's possible! So, I've decided to create The School Lunch Chef Challenge, sponsored by and Ettinger–Rosini & Associates, Inc. It will be held at Ettinger-Rosini on July 6th and 7th. We are calling local celebrity chefs to participate in creating a healthy school lunch, and we need the help of some North Texas Kids. Our contest will be judged by 4th and 5th graders, so if your child is interested in being a guest judge, go to and sign up. I wanted to share with you a favorite recipe of my family that would be great for a school lunch:

Baked Fish Sticks Ingredients: Whole wheat bread crumbs Eggs, 1 or 2 Grated cheese (optional) Fish fillets (any flaky white fish will work) Instructions: Combine bread crumbs and cheese in food processor Pulse until fine and pour in shallow bowl Crack eggs in a separate shallow bowl and beat well Cut fish into 'fish stick' sized portions Coat one piece of fish with egg, then coat with bread crumb mixture Repeat with each piece of fish Broil in oven about 5-7 minutes on each side until fish flakes when cut with fork To make a tartar sauce, just combine 2-3 tablespoons of mayonnaise with 1-2 teaspoons of pickle relish. I hope you enjoy this family-friendly recipe. It's a great recipe to make

in bulk and freeze. The food processor step ensures the fish sticks will still

be crunchy. Also, the thinner pieces will turn out crunchier, and the thicker pieces will be more tender.

There are dozens of healthy meals that can be made in 30 minutes or less

in my book, Processed Kids. For more information about the book or the Chef Challenge, visit my website at To your health, Lisa Greene 10

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Summer Fun for Preschoolers

foundation for a Lifetime of learning

Building the

by Lyn Voegeli

In the Dallas area, especially in the afternoon, the intense summer sun, heat, and poor air quality due to ozone often limits safe outdoor play. High quality sunscreen lotion must be used liberally when children are exposed to the sun’s rays; and, since children become dehydrated quickly, they need to be encouraged to drink lots of water throughout the day. That being said, there are many things that young children enjoy doing outside in the summer months at school and at home. Think water play! Swimming in your backyard or neighborhood pool is great, but an inexpensive plastic pool from your local store will provide hours of fantastic fun for young children if you stock it with plastic boats, ducks, whales, and containers to fill and pour. Think sand play! If you don’t have a sandbox, get a second plastic pool to fill with sand, trucks, shovels, and buckets. Young children can be just as happy in their backyard as they are at a beach in Hawaii. Think story time at home or at your local library! There’s nothing like reading great books under the shade of a tree to get your child’s imagination soaring. And you can take a pile of books home from the library for free. Some books will be winners and some won’t. It doesn’t matter all that much. Keep in mind that children’s librarians are a wonderful source of information about which books may appeal to your child. Think play dates! Young children need frequent social interaction with their peers, which improves their developing skills in a multitude of ways. They practice talking, listening, observing, negotiating, and compromising. Destination play dates at the park, the museum, the children’s theater, the trolley, or wherever you want to go are so much fun. Think an evening backyard BBQ and then a camp-out in sleeping bags on an inflatable mattress looking at the moon and the stars! You don’t have to have a tent and it doesn’t have to be for the whole night if you or your child decides your bed is calling you. You can pretend you just returned from a trip to the Rocky Mountains or the Great Barrier Reef. Please keep in mind it truly is the quality and quantity of time you spend with your children that matters the most. They want and need your attention in unhurried, relaxed ways that show them they are more special to you than anything else in the world. These times can be spontaneous, but usually they have to be planned for. It’s definitely worth the effort, because bored, whiny children will drive you crazy – spring, summer, autumn, or winter! Lyn Voegeli, MS, the Executive Director of Carpe Diem Private Preschools: Allen, Frisco, and Richardson.

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25 AWESOME Fathers’ Day Gifts Fathers’ Day is just around the corner – June 20. These ideas will help your children to connect with their father. The suggestions will also help you and your father celebrate his contributions to your life.

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You may have noticed the first and last suggestions are identical. Those suggestions are the “gifts” that Fathers (and others you love) need on a regular basis. Linda Smittle lost her father in March 2010, but has cherished memories about their fun times together. She owns Milestone Memories, a small business dedicated to helping people celebrate life by creating customized laser engraved items. Samples of laser engraved gifts are at Contact Linda at for additional information about celebrating life.

Make a Difference in Chris' Life by Dr. Minette Riordan Every once in a while, you get to help people in a way that makes a difference unexpectedly. My friend Brian Padden had this opportunity in 2007. He lost his son Kevin on April 14 in a freak accident at a local Plano restaurant. Kevin died from a head injury. Kevin was on life support and when the family was told there was no brain activity, they agreed to donate Kevin's organs to help others. Now, Brian and his family are asking for help while working to increase awareness of saving lives through organ transplantation. For the past several months, Brian's son, Chris, has been courageously battling end stage renal disease. Since October 31, 2009, Chris has been on dialysis 3 days per week, 4 hours a day. This is keeping him alive and he is doing fairly well on this treatment. As you can imagine, this limits Chris’ ability to be gainfully employed and impacts his quality of life while making him dependent on others. The family was told that his only real shot at a long and healthy life is to receive an O+ kidney transplant as soon as possible. But the wait list for a kidney transplant is years long. Chris was born with a condition called Leber’s Congenital Amaurosis which resulted in blindness at birth. They recently learned that his renal failure is also a result of Leber’s. Being determined, Chris is currently studying to be certified as an Adaptive Technology Trainer to teach visually impaired students and Iraq/Afghanistan combat veterans to become PC proficient. Chris has completed his medical evaluation at UT Southwestern Hospital in Dallas. However, due to the extraordinary expense of transplantation, as well as Chris’ inability to work, funding this life-saving procedure and the lifelong immunosuppressant medications that Chris will need is a monumental task. Despite having Medicare, Chris will have many uninsured medically related expenses that will need to be met out-of-pocket. This presents a challenge Chris cannot meet alone. To help offset Chris’ uninsured medical expenses, a fundraising campaign in Chris’ honor has been established with NTAF (formerly National Transplant Assistance Fund). NTAF is a non-profit organization that has been assisting the transplant community for more than 26 years. All contributions are administered by NTAF exclusively for uninsured transplant-related expenses and are tax-deductible. If you are interested in learning more or in making a donation to the NTAF, please contact Brian Padden at I had the opportunity to meet Chris Padden at a Chamber of Commerce meeting recently and I appreciated his positive energy and attitude. This young man is not giving up on his life or his dreams. I share his story in hope that someone may have the opportunity to help Chris in a small or a big way. He is currently looking for a kidney donor and there are ongoing fundraising events being held in Collin County. But I am also sharing this story for Brian and his commitment to educating people on how important it is to think about organ transplantation. While it was a challenging decision for Brian and his family to make that decision for Kevin, they knew it was the right thing to do and that Kevin's gift could save someone else's life. Please feel free to visit Chris Padden's website for more information:


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Stay Safe, Be Cool…. Know the Rules! by Mimi Conner

Texas sun and hot summers are all about having fun and staying cool

at the pool, spa, lakes and beaches. For people, especially young children, drowning is the leading cause of accidental death. Most child drownings

occur during a five minute or less lapse in adult supervision. Avoid this tragic

accident! Don’t rely on one system, layering your safety precautions provides the strongest safeguard in prevention of drowning.

Here are just a few safety tips: Create a Water Watching Program -A designated responsible adult watches children when they are in or around any type of water. All nonswimmers need to be with an experienced swimmer at all times. This is especially important during large gatherings and parties.

• Never leave a child alone-there is no substitute for constant adult supervision. Just because a child has had swimming lessons does not mean that they are water safe. Accidents happen. No one is drown-proof. Children can drown in as little as 2 feet of water. • Phones should be at the pool area with a 911 emergency card with the

home address and emergency numbers on it.

• Safety equipment, poles and ring buoys should be quickly available for

an emergency.

• Caretakers should be trained in water-safety, CPR and First Aid

Summer is about having fun, being with friends and family sharing time together and making memories. Don’t let your child become a statistic. Most water related accidents can be prevented by knowing, teaching, following and reinforcing the stay safe swimming rules. Mimi Conner is the owner of Aqua Fit Swim and Wellness Center, located conveniently near I75 and George Bush in Plano. Aqua Fit offers swim instruction for all ages, water aerobics, yoga and pilates classes. For more information about their summer programs, visit them online at or call Mimi at 972-578-7946 (SWIM).

• Babysitters should not bear the responsibility of watching children

in the pool or spa. They get distracted and not all babysitters are strong swimmers themselves or responsible enough to know what to do.

• All toys, floats and pool/spa stuff should be put out of sight and away

from the pool/spa area so they will not attract a child to the pool/spa when not in use. Bright colored objects will lure a child to the water.

• Self-closing, self-latching fences around the pool area, alarms on doors

to the pool/spa area, and alarms in the pool protect your family members, neighborhood children and pets. Interior/exterior alarms add another layer of protection.

• Remove steps and ladders from above ground pools when not in use and store away from the pool. • Have all of your pool/spa and safety equipment checked regularly.

Preventive devices are only effective if they work properly.

• Wear sunscreen, most damage happens before the age of 18-this will last a lifetime. • Learn about Dry Drowning: Anyone can inhale swimming pool/

spa water. When it gets into the lungs-this can become a serious problem. Anyone who has been in the water and begins to act differently, seek emergency help right away. Wanting to sleep is a symptom and can lead to death quietly due to Dry Drowning. 14

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side of either fruit medley or a cookie, and all are served with chips. They have a bakery counter, hence the name, and it had all kinds of brownies, cookies, muffins, pies and more. They have specialty cookies called whoopy pies. Emma and I had brownies that were delicious. Her aunt and uncle got a raspberry bar and a mini bundt cake that both looked really good. Next time I’ll have to come back with my family. I know they will like it, too. We visited the Frisco location, but there are locations throughout the DFW metroplex. Visit to find the location nearest you. Emma Bonin is a fifth-grader at Hughston Elementary. She lives in Plano with her mom, dad, and brother, Jack. She is an avid soccer player and enjoys swimming, computer games, baking, and getting together with friends.


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Matilda is a small child like any other you might imagine in England— except for the tiny detail of her being a genius. Not only was she reading newspapers at three, but a short year later she was reading every book she could get her hands on. Normally parents might be excited by having a child who wanted to learn at such a young age; however, Matilda’s parents, who were themselves very ordinary, despised their daughter and belittled her obvious intelligence. But Matilda the genius was not only able but willing to put them in their place—with a few pranks, of course! Upon entering school, Matilda’s high intelligence is quickly discovered by her teacher, Miss Honey, perhaps the nicest in the world. She

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Triathlon! The next phase in my Whole Life Makeover So here I am 21 weeks out

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in October, I will be healthier not

Betty, the nutritionist

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to how much time, effort and

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Jack Clark was the best coach I ever played for in my life. The best coaches are tough and fair but what set him apart from most coaches is that he could still play basketball at a high level. At one of his first practices, we were filtering into the Lake Highlands gym and Coach (who was in his mid 30’s) was sitting at half-court telling everybody he could make “at least 5 out of 10 shots, easy.” We stared in disbelief as he drilled 5 out of 10 shots from half court while sitting down. From that moment forward we bought into everything Coach Clark ever said about basketball. Cilene Falleiro Rocha has that same talent and impact on her rising stars. She had been a superstar athlete in Brazil, playing volleyball both professionally and in the Olympics (Seoul ’88, Barcelona ’92). Cilene eventually

married Eduardo Drewnick, a former professional basketball player. She retired in 2001 after playing professionally for almost 17 years. Cilene got pregnant and Eduardo decided to come to the USA to get his MBA. They moved to the United States from Brazil in 2001. Cilene was ecstatic when her husband took a job that brought them to North Texas. Cilene liked being a mom but when her child started going to school, she thought to herself “Now what? My life is starting to feel empty.” Part of what made Cilene the superstar athlete she 26

Texas. became was her drive and focus. Her passion still burned and In the second Cilene knew she had more to give year, which Cilene back to the game of volleyball. officially calls Volleyball in North Texas has Instinct VBC’s become a booming sport for kids first year because in the last decade. Cilene found they started from no shortage of opportunities to ground zero consult teams and give private again with all lessons. However the nagging new teams, and thoughts of “I can do more than all new coaches. this” wouldn’t go away. Instinct Volleyball Cilene felt like she was in the had five different right place at the right time. Texas teams comprised produces athletes in almost every of 12, 13 and 14 sport by the mother-lode and year old girls. One of the teams volleyball is no different. Cilene qualified for Nationals. In 2009, also liked the competitive spirit three more teams were added with she found in North Texas. No a successful season that recently matter the sport, it seemed like the ended with 1 team in the top 5, 1 parents in North Texas are driven team in the top 9, 2 teams in the by a desire to keep up with the top 16 and 2 teams in the top 30 competition and make sure their in North Texas and another team kids don’t fall behind. qualified for Nationals. In 2008, Cilene and her The North Texas Region has husband formed their own approximately 130 teams. Cilene organization called Instinct oversees the organization, training Volleyball Club which consisted and supports all teams. At a of one team of 14 year old girls. typical two hour practice, Cilene She says, “I chose the word will lead her girls in 30 minutes instinct because it’s what the game of conditioning followed by 30 requires if you want to play My goal is to teach our kids to be it successfully. committed in everything they do. You need to be able to make If you go about school, your job quick decisions on the or your favorite sport half-way, volleyball court those are the results you will get. that come from your natural instincts.” minutes devoted to individual Cilene and her husband soon skills followed by a team practice. found out that knowing how to Cilene explains her philosophy, play and coach volleyball is much “When I was preparing for the different than running a select Olympics, I’d work out 8 hours a volleyball organization. There day – four hours in the morning were a lot of bumps along the way and four hours at night. We can’t but Cilene was encouraged that her team still finished the season ranked 15th, out of 140 teams in

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do that here but I can take the best things I’ve learned and not only

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4 Friday Texas Scottish Festival & Highland Games: This fest features great music and food, as well as the crowd-pleasing Bonniest Knees Contest. - Maverick Stadium, University of Texas at Arlington - Fri Jun 4 to Sun Jun 6 First Friday Women’s Event: First Friday of Every Month. Harkins Theatre, Southlake Town Center. Admission is free. Arrive early to ensure seating. Childcare is provided through Harkins Theatre for a fee by reservation only. Contact the Play Center at 817-310-0245 two days prior to the event to reserve your child’s place. - Southlake - Fri Jun 4 11am to 12pm Friday Nights are Family Nights at Frisco Fire Safety Town! Again this summer we will be open every Friday night in June, July and August. The event time is 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM. All activities are FREE OF CHARGE. Jeeps rides (5:00-6:30) and Bike Rides (6:30-8:00) will be offered on a first come - first served basis. Please visit our website for more details. or call 972-292-6350. Frisco Fire Safety Town - Fri Jun 4 5pm to Fri Jun 4 8pm

5 Saturday Kids Fishing Derby: Fishing for kids, food and activities. - Bowman Springs Park - Sat Jun 5 6am to 12pm McAfee St. Jude 5K, Fun Run, and Carnival: Join us for Amazing Food, Live Music, Face Painting, Bounce Houses, Raffle items and Ample Parking. Proceeds will benefit the St Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. - McAfee Headquarters, 5000 Headquarters Dr, Plano Sat Jun 5 8:30am to 9:30am Stephanie’s Day: CBS 11 and TXA 21 will host a free event for special needs children and their families. It will feature interactive fun for the children and their siblings, along with resources for their parents. Scheduled appearances include representatives from the CBS 11 and TXA 21 on-air team, the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, the Dallas Mavericks Dancers, Mavs ManiAACs, FC Dallas and Ringling Bros.


and Barnum & Bailey®. Entertainment Activities will include free face painting, clowns, yoga and music therapy. Prizes will be provided by Six Flags Over Texas, Six Flags Hurricane Harbor, the Texas Rangers and more. www. - NorthPark Center, Dallas Sat Jun 5 11am to 3pm Wicked performance and autograph session: Two members from the cast of Wicked, Broadway’s biggest blockbuster, will present a free live performance at The Shops at Willow Bend. The performance will feature two songs and will be held in Grand Court near Neiman Marcus. It will be followed by an autograph session with the cast members. Visit: or - The Shops at Willow Bend, Plano - Sat Jun 5 11am to 12pm Centennial Medical hosts First Saturday Q&A: The first Saturday of every month, professionals from Centennial Medical Center will present a free question and answer session at Stonebriar Centre. All Q&As are at no charge and will be held on the lower level in the Dillard’s wing. - Stonebriar, Frisco - Sat Jun 5 12pm to 2pm Tart Bakery Fathers’ Day Open House: try all of the tasty treats you know a father would love to receive! For more information about Tart Bakery, please visit - Sat Jun 5 12pm to 4pm

6 Sunday Family Past Times at Dallas Heritage Village: The 1st Sunday of the month is free admission day at the Village. Pack a lunch and bring the whole family for historic fun. Participate in themed activities for everyone to enjoy. - Sun Jun 6 Fourth Annual Dog Bowl: Double the fun with Dog Bowls in April and June filled with family activities, canine crafts, ‘tail’-gating, entertainment, giveaways and more when the historic Cotton Bowl field transforms into a giant-size dog park. For more information, please call the Fair Park Information Line at 214-421-9600 or go to - 3750 Midway Plaza, Dallas 75210 - Sun Jun 6 1pm to 5pm

7 Monday Studio Movie Grill’s Summer Children’s Series: html - We will be showing kid-friendly films Mon-Thursday at 11am from June 7th until August 19th at our Dallas/Royal, Plano, Arlington, and Lewisville locations. - Studio Movie Grill - Dallas - 11170 N. Central Expressway Dallas Mon Jun 7 11am to 11am Kids Tee Off at 3rd Annual Clayton Dabney Kids’ Golf Classic. The tournament, consisting of a nine hole, four-man Florida Scramble, is

open to kids, ages 7 to 18. A Pitch and Putt Golf Camp will also be provided by golf professionals at the Las Colinas Country Club for begin-

ners not ready to play in the tournament. Entry fee is $100 per child; Fee is waived if $100 is

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Colinas Country Club (4400 N. O’Connor Rd. Irving 75062) - Mon Jun 7 1pm to 3pm

8 Tuesday Newcomer Friends of Greater Plano: Join us at one of our regular program meetings on the second Tuesday of each month. There’s always an interesting speaker, and you’ll meet a lot of fun women! Please join us at SMU-in-Legacy, 5228 Tennyson Parkway, Plano. Look for our signs! (West of Preston Road on the SE Corner of Tennyson & Democracy) - Plano - Tue Jun 8 9:30am to 11:30am Music Together Free Demo!: Music Together is an internationally recognized early childhood music program for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, kindergarteners, and the adults who love them. We welcome children with special needs too. - Dallas Tue Jun 8 11am to 12pm

9 Wednesday Civil War Camp: North Texas History Center “Enlist” and experience the life of a Civil War Soldier. $25.00 www.northtexashistorycenter. org - McKinney - Wed Jun 9 9am to 12pm

11 Friday Complimentary Teacher Seminar “Unlock

the Brain’s Potential”: Why does Brady have trouble finishing his homework? Why does

Sarah struggle with timed tests? Why is David unable to grasp math concepts? Why does

Bailey need me to repeat instructions again and again? 85% of academic struggles stem from weak cognitive skills. Elementary Seminar

Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. **6 Continuing

Education Hours** How: To register, please call 972.267.8900 or email Bethany at bpetty@learn- - Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 4000 Midway Road Carrollton 75007 - Fri Jun 11

Car Seat Fitting Station: Centennial Medical Center Frisco, 1-877-228-3628. 2nd Friday of the month. Parents will be assisted with installation of the car seat and educated on proper securing of child. - Frisco - Fri Jun 11 12:30pm to 3:30pm Bike the Bricks: McKinney Main Street is proud to announce the first annual ‘Bike the Bricks’ closed course crit bike race in Historic Downtown McKinney. The event will include interval races, live entertainment, food and drink. For more information on this event, please contact McKinney Main Street at 972.547.2660 or visit www.downtownmckinney. com - Fri Jun 11 5pm to Fri Jun 11 11pm

12 Saturday Ice Cream Crank Off: The 15th Annual Killis Melton Ice Cream Crank-Off features great home-made ice cream and entertainment in a fun historic setting! Cranking starts at 9:00 a.m. at the Historic Downtown McKinney Farmers Market at Chestnut Square. Tasting begins at 12:00 P.M. Come on out and see what real ice cream tastes like! Kids taste free! - McKinney - Sat Jun 12

Lakefest Grapevine 2010: Artists Include: Bowling for Soup, Hayes Carll, Local Bands. A day of family fun music, food, beverages and activities all to benefit the American Cancer Society. A beautiful Fireworks Display closes out the evening. Chairs and blankets welcome. No coolers please. General Admission: $15.00 - Scott’s Landing Marina, 2500 Oak Grove Loop S, Grapevine 76051 - Sat Jun 12 Dadfest 5K: Dad Fest is an annual event that creates a forum for Dads and their family to gather together to celebrate their lives, their health and their importance to the American family. This year you can play in the Galatyn Fountains. Parents please bring towels and a change of clothes. 972-235-2513 www.dadfest. com - Galatyn Park, Richardson - Sat Jun 12 8am to 9am Komen North Texas Race for the Cure: 5K/1M/ 50 yd. 972-378-4808 - Legacy at Parkwood Dr, Plano - Sat Jun 12 8am to 9am Winged Jewels -- Dragonfly Workshop: $30; $24 members. Discover the secret life of this amazing insect. Find many of the 75 species found in Dallas during our workshop, which includes tours of Texas Discovery Gardens and Fair Park. To register, contact or (214) 428-7476 x 343. - Texas Discovery Gardens, Dallas - Sat Jun 12 10am to 2pm Juneteenth Celebration: Enjoy FREE music, games, food and more. Watch past Garland basketball legends battle it out on the court and then test your skills in a 3-point shootout. For more information, please contact Gale Fields Recreation Center at (972) 205-3090. All Ages Free - Gale Fields Recreation Center, 1701 Dairy Road, Garland, Texas 75040 - Sat Jun 12 4pm to Sat Jun 12 8pm

14 Monday 8th Annual KidSwing Golf Tournament benefiting Texas Scottish Rite Hospital: KidSwing is a 9-hole, best-ball scramble for players ages 7 to 18. Novice to serious golfers are welcome! There is no entry fee, but participants are encouraged to try to raise $100 through family and friends who sponsor them. The tournament benefits the patients at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. Registration is open through June 4 via - Dallas - Mon Jun 14 Summer Safety Programs: Classes are open to the public and FREE of charge for those who have completed Kinder through 5th grades. All classes last approximately 1 hour and include bike time. or call 972-2926350. - Frisco Fire Safety Town - Mon Jun 14 to Fri Aug 13 Second Monday Family Fun Nights at Josey Ranch Lake: Come to the library for a night of games and crafts. Meet up with other families and enjoy the free fun! For all ages. www. - Carrollton Public Library, 1700 Keller Springs Road, Carrollton - Mon Jun 14 7pm to 8:30pm

La Leche League: Whether you breastfeed for a day or a year, or plan to breastfeed, come join us; call Julie 214-929-8908, Bridget 972-317-1648, Laura 972-436-8383, or Fanny 972-535-5159 for more info. html - First Presbyterian Church in Lewisville [1002 Fox St] - Tue Jun 15 10am to 11am

18 Friday Euless Can Film Festival “The Wizard of Oz”: Benefitting the Tarrant Area Food Bank. Bring out the family for this one of a kind classic movie. Relax under the stars in our beautiful outdoor amphitheater. Free Sodas and popcorn for everyone! Admission is one canned food item. - Villages of Bear Creek Amphitheater, 1951 Bear Creek Parkway, Euless - Fri Jun 18 Giggle, Giggle, Quack: Duck on the Loose! In this hilarious sequel to last season’s barnyard blockbuster, Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type, good ole Farmer Brown decides to take a vacation and leaves his city-slicker brother, Bob, in charge with specific directions on how to care for the animals. Duck re-writes the instructions demanding ‘pizza for the hen’, ‘bubble baths for the pig’, and ‘movie night for the cow.’ It’s another madcap musical mutiny, so, join in the summer fun. Enjoyed by ages 3 years and above. - BAKER THEATER / ROSEWOOD CENTER, Dallas - Fri Jun 18 to Sun Jul 25

Art - 1717 N. Harwood Dallas - Sat Jun 19 1pm to 3pm

20 Sunday Father’s Day Train: Treat Dad to a fun-filled day on the train! All Dads ride FREE when accompanied by their families. Dads will be registered for a prize drawing to return later in the summer and rob the train. Grapevine - - Sun Jun 20

26 Saturday Legends of Kung Fu Tai Chi Championship: Nationally and internationally distinguished Masters and Grandmasters from all over the world will perform their specialties during the Exhibition. Featured: Kung Fu, Tai Chi, acrobatic Lion dancing and a 72’ illuminated Dragon Dance. Admission: $15/general (Opening Ceremony/competition). For more information contact Jimmy Wong or Patty Sun at 214-8784598; or visit - Plano Centre, 2000 E. Spring Creek Parkway, Plano TX - Sat Jun 26 to Sun Jun 27 Fast TracK S/24 Stock Car Racing: Gravity Racing is coming to Valley View Center. Different groups will be getting together to race their cars on a 180 degree, 52 foot lock, 24 degree banked extreme TRACK. www.shopvalleyviewcenter. com - Preston Rd & 635 LBJ Freeway, Dallas Sat Jun 26 9am to 10am

Ongoing Fun Classes and Activities

Wild About Flower Mound Festival: The 2010 Town of Flower Mound Wild About Flower Mound Festival has been rescheduled for June 18 and 19. Flower Mound’s free signature event will feature live music, family-friendly activities, food, and refreshments. Please visit www. or call 972.874.6300 . - Flower Mound - Fri Jun 18 to Sat Jun 19


19 Saturday

Friday Night Open Skate-on going event,

Everyday. Stay at Home Moms in the South Arlington area. Looking to get out with your kid or kids? Come hang out with us.

Juneteenth Celebration: Parade will begin at City Hall Plaza and end at Tyre Park. Festivities at the park include family entertainment, food and vendors. For more information, call Preston Dixon at 972-877-8049 or preachdix@sbcglobal. net - City Hall Plaza, 317 College Street, Grand Prairie, Texas - Sat Jun 19

Every Friday. Come have fun hangin with

Kayak Power River Trip: Time: 9 a.m. Phone: 972.669.1663. Each month Kayak Power provides equipment and instruction followed by a six-mile trip down the Elm Fork to a shuttle vehicle. Paddlers of all skill levels are welcome. Contact Kayak Power at 214-669-1663 for schedule and fee information. info@ - Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area, Lewisville - Sat Jun 19

tion call 817-459-6434.

2010 Baby Fair & Model Search: The Baby Fair will offer product and service information for savvy parents, conversations with experts on child-related issues and great giveaway. The DallasChild Baby Model Search is for babies ages birth to 12 months, and the first 100 preregistrants will receive a special gift bag. - Stonebriar Mall, Frisco - Sat Jun 19 10am to 3pm Garden Walk--Bug Hunt: Free with garden admission. Discover bugs in their living rooms as we hunt in the soil, under leaves, and on bark. See familiar ones you might find in your backyard and learn about new, colorful creatures. - Texas Discovery Gardens, Dallas - Sat Jun 19 11am to 12pm Sketching in the Galleries for Kids: - Families are invited to sketch from original works of art. All supplies are provided. - Dallas Museum of

your friends on Friday Nights. Games, music, friends, concessions and much more! Elzie

Odom Recreation Center, 1601 NE Green Oaks Blvd. 76006. 7 pm - 10 pm $10 entree fee. For

ages 13 and under, parents must sign child in at

the door and verify their age. For more informa-

Carrollton AW Perry Homestead Museum 1509 N. Perry Rd 972-466-6380. Free Admission and Tours, Mon Sat 10 - 12 & 1 - 5 Kids Night Out - What do you get when you mix awesome inflatable structures, a clean, climate-controlled environment, incredible customer service, and non-stop excitement in a private-party atmosphere? One heck of a great time, that’s what! 2nd Friday of each month 6-10 pm - Kids Nite Out is hosted by Bounce U Carrollton. Take some time to reconnect with your spouse & drop off your kids for Kids Nite Out which includes dinner. Carrollton location 3050 N. Josey Ln, Ste 110, 75007. 972-939-5000

Dallas Lakeshore has FREE crafts for kids on Saturdays. Located just north of the Galleria on Dallas Pkwy (13846 Dallas Pkwy ) 972-934-8866 for more information.

- 10:30 AM and 1:00 PM, Sundays - 2:00 PM. Variety Show Times: Saturdays - 4:00 PM www. Every Friday 6 - 10 Parents’ Night Out hosted by The Gymnastics Place. Kids will enjoy pizza, drinks, entertainment, and special kid fun. RSVP preferred, but walk-ins are welcome. Sibling discounts available. Check schedule for exact dates and times. 972-248-2805

Dallas/Casa Linda Glaze Days! Saturday and Sundays. Pottery Painting for all ages. Drop in Saturdays 10:00 am to 2:00 pm and Sundays 1:00 pm to 4 pm. Cost is price of items chosen plus tax! www.

DFW Playin’ Around Town hosts events throughout the Dallas metroplex during the mid-day hours Monday through Friday. The events take place at venues such as: water parks, in-door bounce houses, arcades, gymnastic centers, music and craft centers, etc. All events are open for parents and their immediate family to attend, at NO CHARGE.

Flower Mound Various story times for all ages. Located at 3030 Broadmoor Ln, Flower Mound 75022. Visit the Town of Flower Mound Web Site for more information. Registration not required. Color Me Mine is a paint it yourself ceramic studio. Kids Pizza Night is held every Friday night from 6:30-9 for kids ages 6 and up. Drop off your kids for a night of pizza, painting, movies, and more!

Flower Mound/Highland Village Friday - Flower Mound 6 - 10 pm Saturday - Highland Village 6 - 10 pm Excite! holds parents night out so that your children can enjoy their evening with friends and activities. It’s the best deal for a sitter in town! Open Gym, foam pit, games, music and Pizza dinner. Visit www. or call 972-874-9663 Flower Mound 972-874-8500 Highland Village for more information and reservations (Ages 3 11)

Frisco Tuesdays are Half Price Games - enjoy all midway games at half price! Wednesdays are Kids Eat Free (one free kid’s buffet* with the purchase of one adult buffet at regular price. *Kids 10 yrs. & under) Frisco Public Library Youth Services Programming. For more information on all programs call 972-292-KNOW or visit Fridays at 1pm - Preschool storytime is hosted by Adventure Kids Playcare. Each week we will read stories from your childhood. Friday Nights - Parents’ Night Out & Kids Fun Night Out! Call 972.668.5990 to reserve your child’s spot or call with questions. Frisco location: 2831 Eldorado Parkway, Suite 110 (corner of FM 423 and Eldorado Parkway)


Dallas Arboretum. Mommy & Me Mondays 10am - 2pm. 10am - 2pm: Tiny Tots Tuesdays presented by Children’s Medical Center. www.

1st Wednesday of each month 4:30 p.m. Rainforest Cafe is hosting the Grapevine Mills Mall Kids Club storytime. Bring your family and friends to enjoy some great stories and eat dinner at Rainforest Cafe for Family Night. Contact 972-539-5001 for more information. No reservation required.

Outstanding family entertainment is abundant at Slappy’s Puppet Playhouse. Marionette Show Times: Fridays - 10:30 AM, Saturdays

Acting Classes for Kids. Studio B is offering a wide range of acting classes for ages 3 and up.

Highland Village

1 Nelson Parkway at 2400 FM 407 in Highland Village. 972-966-2787 Join us for Storytime for Children every Wednesday and Saturday at 10:00 AM, Spanish Storytime for children, every Wednesday at 10:30 AM. Barnes & Noble - 4100 Deer Creek, Highland Village 972-966-0099

Irving JumpSTART Stories and Art. The Irving Arts Center and Irving Public Library now offer FREE family storytimes at the Arts Center on the first Thursday of every month. Call (972) 252-7558 x221 for more info.

Little Elm Various story times for all ages. Located in the Town Hall building at 100 W. Eldorado Pkwy 75068. Contact 214-975-0430 or visit to verify changes.

McKinney Second Saturdays Downtown McKinney: a celebration of the arts and the community with live entertainment, spirits, and food. 972-548-7830 7 PM - 10 PM Heard Museum: Summer Camps, Native Texas Butterflies, Story Times, Live Snake Feedings and more. 1 Nature Pl McKinney, TX 75069 (972) 562-5566. Arani Bellydance is a mom duo teaching beginner classes to ladies of all ages and sizes in downtown McKinney. Have fun, rediscover your curves, and shimmy like you mean it! Weekly classes are held Mondays at 1pm, Tuesdays & Thursdays at 8pm. Call Raena at 214-6843966 for more info! Terrific Tuesdays, Every Tuesday. 2-for-1 Supply Fee. Two painters pay for the price of one.... an $8 savings!

Plano Story Times Plano Public Library System. www. Friday nights 7-10 pm. Plano Sports Authority brings Martial Arts Parents Night Out to Plano! Open to all PSA Families and you must rsvp in advance at 972-208-3817 or 6500 Preston Meadow, Plano 75024.

Princeton Groove Kids, Every Sun & Wed. Absolutely free to kids newborn thru 6th grade. Family Wor-

ship Center in Princeton, TX on Highway 380 @ Tickety Drive. (Call for directions 469.450.7437)

University Park Storytime for 4-5 year olds, Wednesdays at 3:45 pm, Story Time for Preschoolers, Thursdays @ 10:45 am - University Park Public Library - 6517 Hillcrest Avenue, Suite 110.

Various REGISTER TODAY for Kids First Ice Hockey Program. A totally FREE, get-acquainted program that offers boys and girls, ages 4-8, the opportunity to ‘try’ the game of hockey at NO CHARGE. The first week each player is given a full set of hockey equipment to use during the program. Kids will skate (4) 45 minute on ice sessions designed to introduce kids to the excitement of the sport. (214) GO SKATE

Various Meetup Group for the Entire FAMILY. We have

family nights, couple only nights, playdates for kids of all ages, mom’s night/day out, and of

course daddy days! familiesonthego

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Baylor Medical Centers provide ongoing

classes in Irving, Frisco, Dallas, and Fort Worth. Classes include Baby Care Basics/Infant Safety and CPR, Prepared Childbirth Class, Infant/



Mothers and Others

Denton Area Mothers of Multiples damoms.

Farmers Branch

Plano/Collin County branch of the AAUW

Basics, Cesarean Birth Class. 1-800-4-BAYLOR

My Place early intervention play & communication groupno website given

CHILD & FAMILY Guidance Center www.

Drama Kids International is designed to devel-

My Place early intervention play & communication group classes

Child CPR, Car Seat Safety and SIDS Class,

Breastfeeding Class, Sibling Class, Baby Care

op students speaking skills, presentation abili-

ties, acting skills and confidence. We offer par-

ent presentations, spring performances, spring break and summer camps and speech and

drama trophies and awards. Visit our website or call 214.592.4066.

Wylie Visit Rescued Exotic Cats. In-Sync Exotics is

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Fort Worth Its My Heart Support Group

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Greater Lewisville Special Education PTSA

MOMS CLUB OF SE ALLEN www.allenmoms. com

First Baptist Church of Lewisville MOPS

MOMS club of Allen - West

Lewisville, Flower Mound, Highland Village

Allen Early Childhood PTA MOMS Offering Moms Support - Northeast Allen Club

Greater Lewisville Mothers & More www. Little Elm Epilepsy Support Group

Anna Area

DivorceCare and DivorceCare 4 Kids www.

Arlington MOMS Club of North Central Arlington www.

Carrollton Carrollton Early Childhood PTA


La Leche League of McKinney MOMS Club of McKinney East Grandparents Raising Grandkids Support Group

Collin County

MOMS Club of McKinney Central

Collin County Moms Meetup group moms.

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Autism society of Collin County com/group/ascc2/join


Autism society of Collin County Self-Advocacy Group For Teens ascc2/join

Coppell/Valley Ranch Coppell/Valley Ranch Early Childhood PTA

Dallas Moms Club of Dallas: North Central Chapter Dallas Dyslexia Information Group La Leche League of Dallas

Dallas/Collin County Free Parent Helpline

Dallas/Plano/Frisco Far North Dallas Early Childhood PTA , visit:


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MOMS Club of Plano-North MOMS Club of Plano Central momsclubplano_ Collin County Homeschool Playgroup. Free diagnostic scoliosis screenings Support and Activities for Food allergy Education Plano Educational Association of Christian Homeschoolers SAT Prep Course

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Various RISE Adventures

Wylie Moms & More

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She liked to cause a stir Her classmates gave to her. The day of our arrival At Camp Number 3 When girls kept on coming over to greet Elaine and me. She took a piece of Kleenex and calmly chewed it up, then strolled outside the cabin And ate the buttercup. Elaine from that day forward Was always in command, On hikes, she’d eat some birch-bark On swims, she’d eat some sand. .. At meals she’d swallow prune-pits And never have a pain, While everyone around her Would giggle, “Oh Elaine!” One morning, berry-picking, a bug was in her pail, And though we thought for certain

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