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Rumor Has It

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If Mom Drove the School Bus The new rules and regs, mom-style

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Art from winners of the Youth Collage Art Competition, hosted by Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation, will also be on display. The contest is open through Aug. 16 to ages 1 to 18 with first, second and third place awards for contestants in the three categories – toddler, youths and teen. For more information on entering the inaugural Youth Art Show, go to parkandrec.com. The five-acre park, located at the corner of South Church and Third streets in Third Ward, is marked as a hub for cultural arts, family fun and fitness activities. Its design includes two

gardens, and a courtyard of moveable tables and chairs, plus a large open green for running and playing, in addition to an area with interactive digital chimes and waterfalls. It is adjacent to the BB&T Ballpark where the Charlotte Knights baseball team is scheduled to play in spring 2014. A slew of familyfriendly activities are scheduled throughout the year at the park, including a Fall Festival, Winter Wonderland and Santa’s Workshop, an Easter Egg Hunt, RomareFest in the spring, plus regularly scheduled fitness and art shows. Learn more at parkandrec.com.

More than 200 B-Cycles are making it easy for families to bike around and check out some Charlotte landmarks. Rent a bike at one of 20 stations strategically placed in Center City, dock your bike at another station, then get back on and ride back to your pick-up point. No more lugging your own bike, but be sure to bring your helmets. charlotte.bcycle.com

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Belk associates help update a school playground as part of Belk's 125 Days of Service project.

Mooresville Brothers Take National Honors Mooresville brothers Quinn and Ethan Schneider won first place at National History Day in the junior group documentary category for their entry about hydroelectricity and economic development. The boys attend Woodlawn School, and are the first students from North Carolina in 20 years to win first place at the national level. This year more than 4,000 students from North Carolina participated, with 68 advancing to the national contest. N.C. students Ethan Schneider, 14, left, and Quinn Schneider, 12, were awarded first-place in the junior group documentary category at the National History Day competition. Image courtesy of PatrickSchneiderPhoto.com.

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Cards for Kids With Cancer Join community-based organization Love In Action at card-making events Aug. 10 and 24 from noon-5 p.m. at Michaels Stonecrest to help create 4,000 handmade cards with colorful handprints and the words “I Believe." Cards will be displayed at The Sandbox’s “An Evening of Believing Prom,” an event honoring children with cancer, Sept. 27 at Founder's Hall. Artwork made outside of the store events can be dropped off at Michaels Stonecrest any time until Sept 13. For more information, call 704752-3810 or email info@iamloveinaction.org.

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wimmer’s ear, also known as otitis externa, is inflammation and infection of the external ear canal. Children and adults get swimmer’s ear when water gets into the ear and does not drain properly, typically after swimming or bathing. Children may complain of itching or pain, especially when the ear is touched or pulled, when they have swimmer’s ear. There may be a yellow-green discharge from the ear canal. If there is significant DOC SAYS swelling of the ear canal or if the canal is filled with BY DR. ERIN H. STUBBS pus, hearing can be decreased. Swimmer’s ear is diagnosed based on a medical history and an ear exam with an otoscope. It is different than a middle ear infection or otitis media, which begins with a viral infection such as a common cold. An ear infection settles in the middle ear space causing it to become inflamed, and fluid accumulates behind the ear drum. The fluid then becomes infected with bacteria. Symptoms of an ear infection include ear pain, fever, trouble hearing or increased crying in an infant, especially when lying down. If the eardrum ruptures, fluid may drain out of the ear canal, which can be confused with otitis externa. A middle ear infection is treated with antibiotics by mouth and acetaminophen or ibuprofen for pain and fever. With swimmer’s ear, ear drops may be prescribed to treat certain bacteria or fungi as well as inflammation. Rarely is an oral antibiotic prescribed. The hardest part of the treatment can be keeping the child’s ear as dry as possible during the treatment and healing. Ideally, a child should refrain from swimming and other water sports for seven-10 days. To prevent swimmer’s ear from recurring, keep your child’s ears dry. Help your child dry his or her ears after swimming or bathing, and consider using ear plugs. You may also apply drops such as Swim-EAR, available over-the-counter, after swimming or make a homemade concoction of rubbing alcohol or an equal mixture of alcohol and white vinegar. The vinegar helps to prevent the growth of bacteria and fungi. For more information about ear infections, go to healthychildren.org. Dr. Erin H. Stubbs is a board-certified pediatrician at CMC — Myers Park Pediatrics.

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A recent study reveals certain temperaments of toddlers are correlated with teen drinking. Extremely extroverted tots or those with emotional instability proved to be more prone to drinking as a teen. The study underscores the fact that drinking during adolescence is largely a social phenomenon, and that certain personalities may be more easily influenced.

Poisonings in children are becoming more correlated with rising rates of several adult medications, including diabetes drugs, lipid-lowering medications, beta-blockers and opioids. The greatest risk of poisoning was among children up to age 5, followed by 13- to 19-yearolds. Lesson: Be sure all drugs are locked up and out of sight and reach from kids tall and small.

A child’s complaint about chest pain may be heartburn. Symptoms of GERD or heartburn can include chest pain, stomachaches, nausea, hoarseness or scratchy throat, sour burps or a night cough. Fruits and veggies like spinach and peaches go a long way toward balancing out the acids, so get in at least one or two per meal and cut back on fried and spicy foods.


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AppCrayon Young learners can practice fine motor skills and handwriting while playing on the iPad with the AppCrayon stylus. A triangular-shaped grip, soft rubber tip and accompanying iPad app with letter templates allow children to practice writing letters while also keeping sticky fingers off your iPad. $9.99, appcrayon.com.

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App Alert: Ansel and Clair — Cretaceous Dinosaurs Young dinosaur fans can dig into geology, paleontogy and geography with this app. Vivid images take kids back in time to meet a T. Rex and Velociraptor. Part of the dinosaur trilogy by Ansel and Clair. Ages 4+. iPad, $1.99.

Tip Record the number of books a child reads each week in a reward chart. For every set amount of books read, reward them with a movie or other favorite treat.

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and schedules on the webbased student-information system from any computer or digital device that has Internet access. PowerSchool also has apps available for iPad, iPhone and most Android devices. “It gives parents the ability to take more control of access to their student’s information,” says Kae Roberts, CMS assistant director for student applications and web development. “With a couple clicks they can request emails be sent to them daily, weekly, monthly or never.” The email notifications can include grades, school bulletins, teacher comments and other information relevant to the

student's school performance. The new system assigns each student a unique identification number that remains the same through his or her school career. If a student moves from one school district to another, their information can easily be transferred. “[PowerSchool] allows for a rapid incorporation of all the factors of a student’s education background as a new school attempts to place a student in the appropriate classroom and programs,” says Roberts. “It will even transfer immunization records.” Learn more about PowerSchool at cms.k12.nc.us.


EDUCATION Book Review: “UnderGROUND” There is so much action happening underground! Near “byways and highways” food is growing, animals are burrowing, dogs are digging and plants are growing. Author Denise Fleming has thoughtfully created a fun rhyming book filled with a variety of images for readers. A new animal that is busy at work can be discovered during each reading of

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Bunny-Peek-a-Boo Puzzle Let your child engage in a colorful and fun 3-D puzzle that is sure to improve her logic, spatial dynamics and problem-solving skills. Made of four high-quality wooden blocks, the award-winning puzzle has more than 60 challenges for little ones to solve. $24.99, amazon.com.

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The Game of Contact Sports Safety checks before kids hit the field

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he topic of concussions in sports has become a hotly disputed discussion, and many parents are apprehensive about allowing young children to play contact sports in general, especially football. ON THE SIDELINES Research BY NYAKA NIILAMPTI connecting concussions sustained in football to a host of medical and psychological conditions in adulthood has sparked both a necessary increase in attention to issues of safety in sports and a panic around “what if” scenarios that leave some parents unsure. Though injury in any sport is not something that can be eliminated, there are strategies that parents can take to increase their child’s safety. Educate yourself. Youth sports organizations are giving significant

attention to this discussion, and many have made changes to increase the safety of youth contact sports. Many programs now train coaches to recognize the signs of concussions, and both parents and young athletes can become informed. Talk to your child. Depending on your child’s age, help him or her to understand the risks and benefits involved in playing contact sports. Some children will “self-select” out; others will take even greater initiative in ensuring that they play as safely as possible. Be selective. Some programs are more informed about this research. These are often the ones that require coaches to be certified, teach proper contact technique, have altered rules of play to increase safety and enforce those rules when a violation occurs.

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Parenting Toolbox: Books to Guide the Parenting Journey Be your child’s best teacher to nurture a happy, wise child. “You Are Your Child’s First Teacher, Third Edition” by Rahima Baldwin Dancy (Ten Speed Press, $17.99), explains the different stages of learning children go through from birth to age 6. In this updated edition of the acclaimed parenting book, Dancy emphasizes the importance of letting kids be kids and offers common-sense advice and updated resources on discipline, early childhood programs, toilet training, toys and more. Paperback. Knowing how to say please and thank you is important, but children need to know how to carry themselves and converse effectively, not to mention smart online conduct. In her book “SOCIALSKLZ FOR SUCCESS: How to Give Children the Skills They Need to Thrive in the Modern World” (Running Press, $16.99), author Fay de Muyshondt gives parents guidelines for teaching children how to make a good first impression and smart decisions, as well as show respect in the digital world. Paperback. “If Aristotle’s Kid Had an iPod, Ancient Wisdom for Modern Parents” by Conor Gallagher (St. Benedict Press, $26.95). Conor, who lives in Fort Mill with his wife and eight children, weaves Aristotle’s philosophies, scientific studies, pop culture and parenting tales together to create an informative guide for parents to help them understand how to raise virtuous, happy children.

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Parenting Toolbox: Books to Guide the Parenting Journey Be your child’s best teacher to nurture a happy, wise child. “You Are Your Child’s First Teacher, Third Edition” by Rahima Baldwin Dancy (Ten Speed Press, $17.99), explains the different stages of learning children go through from birth to age 6. In this updated edition of the acclaimed parenting book, Dancy emphasizes the importance of letting kids be kids and offers common-sense advice and updated resources on discipline, early childhood programs, toilet training, toys and more. Paperback. Knowing how to say please and thank you is important, but children need to know how to carry themselves and converse effectively, not to mention smart online conduct. In her book “SOCIALSKLZ FOR SUCCESS: How to Give Children the Skills They Need to Thrive in the Modern World” (Running Press, $16.99), author Fay de Muyshondt gives parents guidelines for teaching children how to make a good first impression and smart decisions, as well as show respect in the digital world. Paperback. “If Aristotle’s Kid Had an iPod, Ancient Wisdom for Modern Parents” by Conor Gallagher (St. Benedict Press, $26.95). Conor, who lives in Fort Mill with his wife and eight children, weaves Aristotle’s philosophies, scientific studies, pop culture and parenting tales together to create an informative guide for parents to help them understand how to raise virtuous, happy children.

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Hydrate early and often. Don't start the activity dehydrated. Even if a child thinks he is not thirsty, it’s important to drink before and during the activity. A child should drink 8 to 16 ounces of fluid (water or appropriate sports drink) every 20 minutes during an activity. Avoid caffeinated beverages and excessively sugary drinks (like sodas). JrK – Grade 12

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The weight of the matter. The most ideal measure of dehydration is body weight. Knowing pre-activity weight and post-activity weight can give an indication of the actual amount of water that has been lost. Significant dehydration is noted when someone has lost 3 percent of his original weight. Strategize to reduce risk. • Acclimatize slowly to the hotter weather. This may take up to two weeks. • There should be unrestricted access to fluids during activities. • Monitor for early heat-related illness symptoms, such as muscle cramps, excessive fatigue and weakness, headache, dizziness, nausea/vomiting and passing out.

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Feeling Corny? Locally grown corn is one of the most delicious parts of summertime. Enjoy it straight from the cob or cut off and tossed in salads or soups. One quick note: When you are cooking corn, for the best flavor, don’t overcook — just a minute or two on the grill or in boiling water results in the best flavor. Here are two quick recipes — one sweet, the other savory.

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Sweet Corn Pudding Souffle INGREDIENTS:

• 8 ears of corn, cut from the cob and pureed in a processor • 1 cup milk or half-and-half • 1 stick butter, plus 3 tablespoons • 1 cup sugar, plus 3 tablespoons

• 6 local eggs, separated • 1/4 cup Panko bread crumbs • Cinnamon and powdered sugar

• Heavy cream

1. Cream 1 cup sugar and 1 stick butter until light and fluffy.

and remaining sugar and one teaspoon of cinnamon.

2. Beat in egg yolks. Stir in pureed corn and milk or half-and-half.

6. Butter 8 ceramic ramekins or souffle dishes. Dust the ramekins with the sweetened bread crumbs.

3. Season with a dash or two of cinnamon. 4. In another bowl, beat egg whites until stiff. Fold the egg whites into the corn mixture. 5. Combine the bread crumbs

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7. Pour an equal amount of the corn mixture into each prepared soufflé dish. Dust the top of each souffle with cinnamon and powdered sugar.

Bake in a preheated 375 degree oven for 30-40 minutes. Serve warm, topped with whipped cream.

Quick and Easy Fried Corn INGREDIENTS:

• 6 ears fresh corn, cut off of the cob • 3 tablespoons butter 1. Preheat cast iron skillet on the stovetop until the pan is hot. 2. Add the butter to the pan; when butter is melted and

• 1 teaspoon black pepper • 1 teaspoon sea salt sizzling, add corn, salt and pepper. 3. Cook until corn begins to caramelize and lightly brown. Serve hot.

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Stylish Stress Relief Life can be overwhelming and downright hard at times. Mile-long lists and never-ending responsibilities do not define who we are, but how we react to those stressful moments affect our overall well-being. Here’s how to take the stress off in order to be your best.

Get your sweat on. Exercise is my ultimate go-to.

The instant my feet hit the ground for a run, the weight seems to lift from my shoulders. I love a good spin class, a few relaxing moments in the steam room and — the ultimate cure-all — dancing!

Just be. Do things ever seem to pile on at once

and you feel like you’re going to break? When those overwhelming moments overcome me, the best thing I can do is just be. Focus on the challenge of that moment, hold your composure, be confident in who you are and push through knowing that you are great.

Socialize. When I’m absolutely exhausted from

being Mom, combined with juggling a work schedule, activities galore and all the other hats I wear, it is easiest to introvert. Yes, it’s rejuvenating, but once I am out of the house, I remember the importance of personal relationships. I have fun, and I’m glad that I made the effort.

Look good, feel good. I feel better about myself when I like what I see in the mirror. Dressing to impress may require a little more time and effort, but people will notice, and once you start getting the compliments, you will too. Practice self-acceptance. Be honest, patient, kind and accepting of others’ differences. Give it your all and be confident in who you are, knowing you gave it your best. Whitley Adkins Hamlin keeps it stylish as a mom with two children under 4. Read her blog at CharlotteParent.com/blogs.

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Gearing up with Mouth Guards Broken bones, scrapes and other sports injuries may heal, but once you damage your teeth, they don’t grow back. One of the most beneficial items you can put on a young athlete’s back-to-school list is a mouth guard. “There are many types of dental injuries that can occur without the use of a mouth guard. They include chipped or broken teeth, fractured crowns or bridgework, lip and cheek injuries, root damage to the teeth, fractured jaws, or teeth can be knocked out,” says Dr. Robert L. Young, pediatric dentist at Young and Polite’s Children’s Dentistry.

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A mouth guard is an easy way to prevent these types of injuries. There are two main options for mouth guards; the boil and bite which can be made at home, or one that is professionally made by your dentist. “A dentist takes impressions of the upper and lower teeth and a guard is made by a dental lab. The thickness of the guard can be selected depending on the sport. They can even be made over braces and in team colors,” says celebrity dentist Dr. Joseph Banker. No matter what method you choose, be sure your kids are playing it safe this school year. — Katy LeGrand

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Making the Move Toward Independence

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oaxing a baby to use a spoon for the first time, teaching a kindergartener to tie his shoes or practicing parallel parking with a teen — these routine parenting tasks aren’t GROWING UP merely milestones for the BY MALIA JACOBSON scrapbook. They’re part of guiding a child toward independence, a process that often involves pitfalls along the way. Experts say preparing children to become happy, successful adults starts long before they leave the nest; in fact, children start learning self-confidence and self-reliance in infancy. Here’s how to foster your child’s budding independence, starting today.

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SKILL BUILDING

Even before a child takes her first wobbly steps, she’s moving toward independence. “Babies begin to understand themselves as separate from others around 6 months,” says Kimberly Allen, board-certified parenting coach and assistant professor at North Carolina State University. Encouraging independent play by allowing infants to entertain themselves for short periods (up to 15 minutes or so) can build the foundation for more sustained creative play later. A toddler’s quest for independence boils down to four words: “I do it myself!” When your child utters this familiar phrase, allow him to try the activity he’s angling for, whether it’s pulling on a T-shirt or pouring a glass of milk. Try “scaffolding,” a tactic often used by educators that involves showing a child how to do something, then stepping back and letting the child try the new skill. Sometimes, parents just need to “move out of the way,” says Allen. “The more children try, the better they’ll get.”

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6-11 years

GIVE AND TAKE

Building independence is a two-steps-forward, onestep-back dance, particularly during the elementary years, when children may ask for more independence than they’re ready for, says Allen. Help children build confidence and self-reliance by honoring a child’s requests when appropriate. For example, a child who asks to make the twoblock trek to a friend’s house alone may be up for the challenge. Consider your child’s developmental abilities in everyday contexts. For example, has your child demonstrated good judgment in public places? Does your child understand and obey basic pedestrian safety rules? If all signs point to yes, it may be time for a trial run, with the understanding that you’re only a few doors (or a phone call) away. Perpetually cautioning a child against risk communicates doubt about his or her competence or trustworthiness, says Michelle P. Maidenberg, a psychotherapist in New York City. These damaging messages can thwart self-esteem, confidence and a child’s burgeoning independence.

GROWING WINGS 12-18 years

Tweens and teens are moving toward independence daily. Though it may be tough for parents to swallow, spending time with peers instead of parents is developmentally appropriate for teens. “Parents shouldn't take it personally, as a move away from us, but rather as a move toward independence,” says Allen. Don’t wait until your child starts packing for college to impart important life skills, like financial responsibility, time management and cooking that can take years to master. “As with most lessons, the earlier parents start teaching these skills, the more successful youth will be,” says Allen. Setting up a checking account for your teen, turning over laundry duty or asking him or her to prepare one family dinner each week are great ways to start practicing for life after high school. “Research shows that parents who allow teens the freedom to learn by doing have the best outcomes,” says Allen.


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hen she first heard the rumor, she couldn’t believe it: Why would classmates think she, a 15-year-old sophomore, had slept with a senior boy she had just gone out with a couple of times? But tongues were wagging, and so were social media sites like ask.fm, on which she received graphic questions about the nature of her relationship. Fortunately the people who counted most — her close friends and family — knew nothing had happened. And the rumormongers soon lost interest when they realized she wasn’t perpetuating the drama with denials or counterattacks. It could have been worse. Every day, thousands of tweens and teens are the targets of rumors, hurtful comments and bullying — an age-old problem intensified by easy access to social media sites via smartphones, tablets and computers. Social media sites and apps such as Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and ask.fm allow rumors to spread more quickly and with more anonymity than by word-ofmouth communication. These rumors often leave a permanent and painful record of a child’s unpopularity. Sometimes, the damage is so great, bullied or harassed students even take their own lives. Continued on Page 28

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Take Take discipline discipline beyond beyond school boundaries boundaries school The period when children enter middle school and have to fit in all over again — not to mention deal with raging hormones and peer pressure — is often when rumors and harassment become a problem. It’s also when kids typically have freer access to cellphones, smartphones, tablets and other digital media devices. It's a time for heightened vigilance. “Our kids are good kids, but they were doing or saying things online that were shocking,” says Jamie Brooks, principal of Community House Middle School in Charlotte. Brooks and her staff learned this the hard way after two students created fake Twitter accounts: one in the principal’s name and the other in an assistant principal’s name. Both accounts featured crude, inappropriate tweets and attracted many of the school’s students as followers. This incident prompted the creation of a “Teens and Technology” workshop for parents as well as a program for students to emphasize that bullying or harassment committed off-campus using private digital devices is still subject to the school’s disciplinary policy. “When you threaten somebody who goes to this

school on Instagram, it becomes my business,” Brooks says. Brooks is referring to the policy that Wake County, Charlotte-Mecklenburg and Guilford County school systems all have in place that permits school officials to get involved in online, off-campus harassment if it has the potential to interfere with a student’s ability to learn or be safe in school. Since most online rumor-spreading or harassment is perpetuated using personal digital devices, it behooves parents to monitor their child’s phone, computer, tablet or iPod. This is easier said than done, however, as more than 200 apps allow young people to hide their text records and social media accounts from parents. Learning this shocked parents who attended a workshop put on by Brooks’ younger, media-savvy teachers. So far, Brooks says, parents have responded enthusiastically to the workshops and the consensus is that fewer students are being harassed on social media sites.

Set social media limits

One way to reduce the likelihood of your child becoming an online rumor victim is to ensure that she limits Facebook friends and Twitter followers to people she knows well, and to advise her not to friend or follow anyone she doesn’t know. She should also block Snapchat requests from unfamiliar user names, since this site can be an avenue for contact from predators and bullies. Younger, more vulnerable kids should steer clear of ask.fm, a site where anonymous users can post questions to any account holder’s page. Often these “questions” are really statements, most of which are rude, inappropriate or downright vicious. You can even go a step further. “If the digital environment is unhealthy, take them off,” says Brenda Elliott, executive director of student services for Guilford County Schools. “Be sure that (social media) isn’t the only way they are being affirmed as a good person,” she says. “Every child should feel valued, so help them find a group or club that interests them as a way to make friends and build self-worth.” If you’re dealing with an older teen, cutting the digital “Be sure that chord may be harder and (social media) isn’t the sometimes impractical. Your teen daughter might only way they are being need a cellphone in case affirmed as a good person. her car breaks down or Every child should feel valued, she experiences other so help them find a group or emergencies. Parents can and should club that interests them as a keep communication lines way to make friends and open, know the names build self-worth.” of their kids’ friends and maintain a discreet online — Brenda Elliott, executive director of student services for Guilford County Schools presence. For example, you can ask to friend or follow your son on Facebook, but “lurk” instead of make comments or retweet his tweets. Also know your child’s login and passwords for social media accounts.

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Encourage transparency and accountability One of the best ways to reduce socialmedia fueled rumors and harassment is to create a zero-tolerance policy in schools and at home. For example, students at Community House Middle School and other schools that have taken the same proactive approach now their comments, tweets and other social media activities are probably being monitored by teachers and parents, so they’re less likely to use inappropriate language or make hurtful remarks about another student. School leaders can also insist that students be accountable for their actions, whether online or in person. Guilford County’s Elliott says she applauds a principal in her district who recently demoted the captain of the school’s varsity cheerleading squad for being mean and hurtful to another cheerleader.

Her message to the student body? “Mean plus cute does not equal popular,” says Elliott. Since students who spread rumors about and harass other kids don’t live in a vacuum, parents can do their part to help. “You can set an example by not gossiping or spreading rumors at home,” says Crystal Reardon, Wake County Public School System director of counseling. Reardon advises parents who discover that their child is acting inappropriately online to act decisively, even if it means confiscating their digital devices. “The statement I always give parents is that until your children are old enough to handle the consequences of their decisions, you need to make decisions for them,” she says. Suzanne Wood is a Raleigh-based freelance writer and mother of three

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Explain to kids that disclosing highly personal information on social media sites could come back to bite them.

Make sure your child knows that cyberbullying is against state law and targeting classmates – even while off-campus – can result in consequences at school.

Encourage your child to tell you if he or she is the target of online rumors or harassment. If the perpetrator is a classmate, contact the principal or another administrator.

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give the appearance that your mother cares. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve made my kids wear a coat to the bus stop, just so the neighbors and the bus driver see what a good mom I am. It matters. Impress me. Make me want to support your PTA. I think children should always greet the bus driver. I always tell my kids to make sure they say good morning and thank you, but some parents don’t think to do that. So as the driver of the bus, I’d probably just mandate a morning greeting that kids say every day. Something like “Good morning, Mrs. Curtis. You look really pretty today.” Along those lines. Then – because these poor kids missed the ’70s and the “The Partridge Family” – we’ll all sing “C’mon, Get Happy.” What better way to start your day than with “Hello, world, here’s a song that we’re singin’, c’mon get happy. A whole lotta lovin’ is what we’ll be bringin’, we’ll make you happy”? You can’t help but have a great day after that. What I won’t assign are your seats — kids hate that. But I’m definitely sectioning off the bus, putting all the boys in the back and the girls up front. I need to be able to hear all the juicy gossip. I know the school system handles behavior issues in class with green, yellow and red warning cards. But because I have to keep my eyes on the road, and my hands on my coffee, I can’t be turning around issuing punishment cards. So I worked out my own behavioral system. First offense: You have to sit in the seat behind me with a pen and paper while I dictate my grocery list. Second offense: You have to karate-chop my neck and shoulders, because my muscles get really tight on these runs. Third offense: You have to take my phone and Google “The Bold and the Beautiful” and read me the day’s recap. Fourth offense: You have to act it out for the entire bus. Don’t mess with me. And to all you other drivers and road-ragers out there, let me tell you something. If I’m committed to getting the children of this community to a place of education, you had better keep it in check. If you honk, tailgate me or try to pass me, I will stop at every driveway, put on my flashing lights and have the children sing Justin Bieber songs out all the windows, and it will ruin your day. Maybe even your life. Back it up. Now about that tip jar. Kids – your parents are about to meet you at the stop and ask what you did at school today, and I’m sure you’re going to say “nothing.” So here’s your tip – come up with one thing about school today – something you did, something you learned, something that happened – one thing, write it down and put it in the tip jar on your way off the bus. You are going to tell your parents SOMETHING. Something that tells them that you were actually at school and had an experience of some kind. You have to tell it to me as you’re putting it in the tip jar, so that I know you’ve got it memorized. Plus, I can find out whether you’re learning more than my kids. If you don’t do this, you have to stay on the bus and go to the grocery store with me, and buy me a


Soap Opera Digest. Elementary-school gossip isn’t that titillating. After I drop off all the kids, I’ll pick up all my girlfriends. We’ll blow onto Interstate 277 with the windows down singing Pop Icona’s “I Love it,” then go through a burger drive-thru, but order salads. We’re not totally reckless. It could be fun driving a bus, but I couldn’t do it every day. For now, I’ll just be grateful for our school bus drivers everywhere. And when I see the bumper sticker “My school bus driver rocks” – I’ll just smile.

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ore and more kids are suiting up for lacrosse — a fast-paced, highadrenaline game that’s said to be a combination of soccer, hockey and basketball. A true American pastime, lacrosse was first played by Native Americans centuries ago on huge fields with more than 100 players on each team. Modern-day boys’ lacrosse is played with 10 players on the field for each team — three attackers, three midfielders, three defenders and a goalie. Girls are allowed two extra midfielders for a total of 12. Players score by shooting the ball into the opponent’s goal. The challenge is using a lacrosse stick (no hands!) to catch, carry and pass the ball. Boys’ lacrosse adds an element of physical contact — having the boys wear pads and allowing different forms of checking. Girls skip the padding and have less contact. Sound like fun? Nicknamed the “fastest game on two feet,” lacrosse has exploded onto the sports scene in the past decade. U.S. Lacrosse reports that more than 680,000 players participated on lacrosse teams in 2011. That’s 60,000 more than the year before —making lacrosse one of the fastestgrowing team sports in America. At the high-school and NCAA levels, lacrosse is the No. 1 fastest-growing sport. Turn on ESPN, CBS Sports Network or NBC Sports and you might just find one of the 100-plus

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collegiate and professional games that are broadcast each year. And Charlotte has its own professional lacrosse team, the Charlotte Hounds.

Getting Started With all this excitement surrounding lacrosse, there are plenty of opportunities to get your kid in on the fun. There’s no perfect age to get started, although many lacrosse programs start in first grade. Consider your child’s personality and skill set, and for boys remember that lacrosse is a contact sport, which adds to the fun for many of them. If you know a neighbor whose child plays lacrosse, ask if you can borrow a stick. Have your child try scooping the ball off the ground and passing it back and forth with a friend. After getting a feel for it, sign him or her up for a low cost, after-school club offered at many local elementary schools. Loaner equipment and sticks are often provided. If your child is hooked, sign him or her up for a season. Check out the list of local lacrosse leagues on Page 37, and the U.S. Lacrosse website at uslacrosse.org/ chapternorthcarolina for more info.

Equipment Once your child joins the rookie ranks, he or she will need the proper equipment. Because boys are allowed more physical contact

BENEFITS OF LACROSSE Why get involved in lacrosse? The many benefits include: · Physical fitness: Lacrosse is a fun way to get moving and get in shape. The fast pace offers a great cardio workout. In addition, throwing and catching is excellent for developing hand-eye coordination. · Teamwork: Learning to work as a team will benefit your child on and off the field. · Fun and friendship: Lacrosse can be a blast, and sharing that fun can lead to enduring friendships. Sign up your athlete for a season with his buddies or encourage him to make new friends on the team. · Equal opportunity: Think lacrosse is mostly for boys? Not anymore – 36 percent of the kids playing lacrosse are girls. In addition, lacrosse can be a fit for kids with a broad range of body types.


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during games, they need more protective equipment than girls. Boys need a helmet, lacrosse stick, shoulder pads, arm pads, gloves, mouth guard, athletic cup and cleats. Many sporting-goods stores and online sites offer lacrosse starter kits. You can expect to spend about $200 to get your son suited up. Girls need goggles, a lacrosse stick, mouth guard and cleats. A girls’ lacrosse starter kit will set you back about $85. Many lacrosse leagues and clubs have coupons for discounts on starter kits, so be sure to ask before you buy.

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What to Expect After your child signs up for a season, he or she will be assigned to a team and begin practicing. Depending on the program, they’ll typically start with one or two practices a week and then add one or two games per week as the season gets going. This is an action-packed, high-octane sport, so expect a lot of movement during practices and games.

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Bring plenty of water and healthy snacks, and have fun cheering on your superstar.

Beyond Pee Wees Lacrosse is great sport to grow with your child. As its popularity continues to skyrocket, more and more middle- and high-school teams are being formed in the Charlotte area. Chances are your child’s school will have a team. If lacrosse turns into a passion your child excels at, one of the surprise benefits may be a college scholarship! Thousands of NCAA lacrosse scholarships go out to boys and girls each year. Even without a scholarship, there are plenty of opportunities to keep playing lacrosse in college and beyond. Give it a try and see if lacrosse becomes a lifelong passion for your child. Jessica Baldis is a freelance writer and mother of three sons.

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DOCTORS We asked Charlotte Parent moms to recommend doctors who earned their stamp of approval. A Mom-Approved Doctor is one who has earned the trust and respect of Charlotte-area parents. In this list, we only listed doctors who were nominated by our readers! We accepted nominations from April 1-May 31, and only doctors with recommendations and in good standing with the North Carolina Medical Board were included. No doctors bought their way into this list.

PEDIATRICIANS: Adams, Bryan C.-MD University Pediatrics carolinashealthcare.org/universitypediatrics “Great hours. We are always in and out within 30 minutes when we are there for a sick appointment.” Jennifer Hogan, Charlotte Ankrah, Sheila D.-MD Elizabeth Pediatrics elizabethpediatrics.org “… amazing pediatrician … makes you feel like you are the only ones on her schedule for the day. She never rushed, and is very thorough.” Jodie Diaz, Charlotte Baker, Marty A.-MD Charlotte Pediatric Clinic carolinashealthcare.org/charlottepediatric-clinic “His bedside manner and selflessness is unparalleled. Charlotte Pediatric Clinic is full of wonderful and compassionate providers and employees. We love them!” Courtney Bogan, Charlotte “Amazing pediatrician, open 364 days per year!” Julia Brewer, Charlotte

Cook Jr, Dexter L.-MD Rock Hill Pediatrics carolinashealthcare.org/rock-hillpediatric-associates “… He is truly concerned about the well-being of my children … I have so much respect and appreciation for Dr. Cook …” Becky Johnson, Fort Mill, S.C. Davis, Ellen S.-MD Caromont Pediatric PartnersGastonia caromonthealth.org “… thorough, takes time to listen when I have concerns or thoughts about the treatment plans she recommends, and she is so loving with my girls …” Sarah Bolynn, Gastonia Dickinson, Ada B.-MD Carmel Pediatrics carmelpediatricspa.com “Very personal doctor. Love the location and hours! Also has newborn access to CMC Main, Pineville and Presbyterian. Affiliated with Levine Children's Hospital and Presbyterian.” Jessica McMasters, Charlotte Downing, Wilma T.-MD Providence Pediatrics carolinashealthcare.org/providencepediatrics “… caring and compassionate … addresses all questions and/ or concerns I have … I couldn't be more pleased with the care that she provides.” Jennifer Ressalam, Fort Mill

“… always attentive to our questions. She makes sure to provide the best care possible … We trust her in the care of our sons.” Joy Hansen, Lake Wylie Ezzo, Stephen-MD Matthews Children’s Clinic nhmatthewschildrensclinic.org “… has always talked to my son with age-appropriate language, interacting directly with him as he grew old enough to understand. He has a sense of humor, while being serious about healthcare …” Eve White, Charlotte [editor] Ficenec, Michael C.-MD South Lake Pediatrics carolinashealthcare.org/south-lakepediatrics “Good location and bedside manner.” Malorie Cooper “Dr. Mike, as we call him, is patient, gentle and caring … Dr. Mike encourages a partnership in the care of his patients and families.” Ashley Ide, Huntersville Giftos, Peter M.-MD Eastover Pediatrics nheastoverpediatrics.org “… cannot say enough wonderful things about how kind and gentle he has been with [my daughter] … wonderful experiences across the board with the entire practice …” Tina Hinson, Charlotte

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Gunter, Andrew W.-MD University Pediatrics carolinashealthcare.org “… I won't take my children anywhere else. Dr. Gunter is our absolute favorite doctor!” Kitara Beasley, Charlotte Hight, Nicole B.-MD Arboretum Pediatrics arboretumpeds.org “… an amazing MD. She listens to her patients, she is caring, compassionate, accessible, and most of all, wonderful with both parents and kids.” Melissa McAtee, Charlotte Kocmond, Jonathan H.-MD Dilworth Pediatrics dilworthpediatrics.org “He is a wonderful doctor with a very comfortable demeanor … His schedule is convenient, as he is in the office four days a week …” Amber Arlen, Charlotte Lamothe, Traci L.-MD Ballantyne Pediatrics ballantynepediatricassociates.org “… [makes] sure our children are well taken care of. No matter how busy the office is she never rushes your appointment …” Angela Holt, Fort Mill Levine, Elissa R.-MD Kid’s First Pediatrics kidsfirst-nc.com “… She understands the fears and worries and truly connects

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with kids and parents alike. Her kindness abounds and knowledge comforts …” Mandy French, Charlotte Lindsay, Nikita W.-MD Rock Hill Pediatrics rockhillpediatrics.org “… calm, sweet and very knowledgeable about children … She also gives back to community, volunteering and even does a yearly medical mission in Haiti …” Carrie Seekings, Fort Mill, S.C. Little, Charles A.-MD Gilead Road Pediatrics and Internal Medicine – Huntersville nhgileadroadpedsandim.org “… has been a blessing to have a doctor you can talk to as a parent but also who will guide you through all the ‘doctor talk’…” Xochitl Moreno, Charlotte McCaskill, Jr, Quimby E.-MD Rock Hill Pediatrics rockhillpediatrics.org “Awesome care for kids of all ages, takes time with you and explains everything, friendly and fun, has a great nurse too” Norah Dickman, Fort Mill Neale, Wirt T.-MD Dilworth Pediatric dilworthpediatrics.org “… I went to him growing up and he is now my two kids’ doctor. I wouldn't want anyone else for my children!” Trevia Hunter, Indian Trail Nuse, Patricia L.-MD Rocky River Pediatrics rockyriverpeds.org “Dr. Nuse always takes her time with our boys, very caring, and always listens to my concerns.” Tara Secondi, Concord Osako, Phaenarete H.-MD Presbyterian Medical Plaza Pediatrics medicalplazapediatrics.org “… loves and cares for children/ her patients. I also love the fact that the staff is very friendly and will do anything they can to help …” Starleigh Johnson, Charlotte

Parish, Michele-MD Matthews Children’s Clinic matthewschildrensclinic.com “… I've seen many of the doctors in this practice and they all have been detailed, caring, and had my daughter’s best interest at heart …” Jennifer Galeazzi, Weddington Paxtor, Carlos G.-MD Sunshine Pediatrics – Rock Hill mysunshinepeds.com “Doctor Paxtor is a truly caring doctor … I have never had anything but the kindest of care and best of advice.” Kathy Solano, Charlotte Peterson, Porter K.-MD Cabarrus Pediatrics cabarruspeds.org “… Dr. Peterson is patient, understanding and a parent herself so she 'gets it.' They have great hours and someone to answer … at any time.” Casey Marshall “… Amazing with not only our son but our family … She has great bedside manner with kids and easily builds a bond with them.” Gina Marshall, Landis, S.C. Pherwani, Varsha-MD Township Pediatrics of Matthews townshippedsofmatthews.org “She has such an interest in her patients and takes time to get to know patient and parents …” Abby Smith, Charlotte Prakash, Hemant-MD Concord Children’s Clinic concordchildrensclinic.com “… cares for each child with the same love and compassion … We are so lucky to have such a caring loving doctor to watch over our kids.” Sharon Campbell, Concord Pridemore, Laura-MD Elizabeth Pediatrics elizabethpediatrics.org “… When [my twins] were newborns, she not only cared for them in a calm and compassionate manner … she helped encourage me …” Lisa Weedman Newell, Charlotte

Richter, Stephanie R.-MD Charlotte Pediatrics carolinashealthcare.org/charlottepediatric-clinic “… My children have seen multiple doctors and they are all wonderful … I chose to drive further in order to take my children to this pediatrician's office.” Lisa Bishop, Charlotte “… considers the big picture … nutrition, education, social, emotional, as well as physical well-being … she knows children …" Jill Conner, Charlotte Ryan, Amy G.-MD Eastover Pediatrics nheastoverpediatrics.org “Excellent care, bedside manner, hours, and location! She was recommended to me by my sister-in-law, who was a PICU [pediatric intensive care unit] nurse” Amie Collins, Matthews Satterfield, Jamison-MD Arboretum Pediatrics carolinashealthcare.org/arboretumpediatrics “Dr. Satterfield is a very caring and conscientious doctor. He has a great connection with kids and makes office visits less painful …” Tricia Gillis, Charlotte “… His level of care is amazing and you can call him outside of office hours and always get a response and a follow-up …” Laura Erlenbach, Charlotte “My children love him … He goes above and beyond. Makes them laugh and does a great job with their exams …” Cynthia DuBose, Waxhaw “Great location, awesome bedside manner, very knowledgeable” Judy Orman, Charlotte “As a new mom, I've appreciated Dr. Satterfield's friendly demeanor, as well as his willingness to answer all of my questions with patience” Julie Underwood, Charlotte

Scott, Deborah A.-MD South Lake Pediatrics carolinashealthcare.org/south-lakepediatrics “Compassionate, knowledgeable.” Allysen Gibson, Charlotte “… She is wonderful … I can recommend her from the perspective of a parent and hospital caregiver.” Erica Cook, Huntersville Smolen, Paul M.-MD Providence Pediatrics carolinashealthcare.org/providencepediatrics “Very thorough … glad to spend lots of time answering questions … great bedside manner!” Allison Lunsford, Charlotte “… provides outstanding medical care - very knowledgeable but can directly relate to both his pediatric patients and their parents in a very down to earth manner …” Maryanne DiDonato, Waxhaw Spies, Robert S.-MD Matthews Children’s Clinic nhmatthewschildrensclinic.org “… His bedside manner is amazing and our son loves him. He spends lots of time explaining everything. He never makes you feel rushed.” Melissa Robinson, Indian Trail Sullivan, Sharon B.-MD Arboretum Pediatrics carolinashealthcare.org/arboretumpediatrics “… Dr. Sullivan is very calm and easy going with the kids … she takes the needs and background of the individual child into consideration …” Jennifer Ware, Charlotte

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Super, Elizabeth A.-MD Rock Hill Pediatrics rockhillpediatrics.org “She is consistently good with my child (diagnosing, etc). She knows his history, and her bedside manner is awesome!” Susan Petroff, Rock Hill, S.C.

Pittoni Condon, Ann E.-MD Davidson Clinic davidsonclinic.org “… so friendly and treats my children as her own. She has a wonderful bedside manner. My 3-year-old loves to go see Dr. Ann!” Rae Lhullier, Mooresville

Takahashi, Rebecca L.-MD University Pediatrics Prosperity Crossing carolinashealthcare.org/universitypediatrics “She is the most down to earth pediatrician I have ever met. She is funny, intelligent and never makes me feel rushed …” Jennifer Norman, Charlotte

Harvey, Marc C.-MD Mint Hill Primary Care carolinashealthcare.org/mint-hillprimary-care “… offers advice and lots of options … great at advocating care for me when I found out I had Graves disease. He's great with my little girl and me …” Heather Evans, Matthews

Thomas, Jr., Walter E.-MD Matthews Children’s Clinic nhmatthewschildrensclinic.org “He listens to what I have to say and my concerns … He was so good with [my son] and … would call himself to follow up [after surgeries].” Shelly Davis, Mint Hill

Johnson, Pamela-MD Meridian Medical GroupSouth Office meridianmedicalnc.com “… first identified the special needs our son would require. When a difficult diagnosis was made, she took the time to research the unique issues …” Emily Stephens, Charlotte

Wiese, Rachel L.-MD Charlotte Pediatric Clinic-Matthews carolinashealthcare.org/charlottepediatric-clinic “… She really knows her stuff, including diagnosing my son with a pretty rare condition … She is gentle and kind …” Wendy Mays, Matthews

FAMILY DOCTORS: Anderson, Jack D.-MD South Charlotte Primary Care carolinashealthcare.org/southcharlotte-primary-care “… provides excellent medical care and always takes the time to listen to health problems … my children continue to see him and my grandchild as well.” Martha Donoso, Charlotte

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Kanelos, Dino P.-MD Carolina Family Healthcare carolinafamilyhealthcare.com “Great family practice. They do integrative medical care and will treat naturally instead of always prescribing pills. They also work wonders with Autism patients …” Charlotte Ramirez, Charlotte Ketron, John O.-MD Meridian Medical Group South meridianmedicalnc.com/south “… kind and gentle with children … Being in his presence is soothing, both for me and for my children, and I trust his judgment completely.” Amy Crew, Charlotte

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SIMPLY EPIC EVENTS FOR THE FAMILY THIS MONTH: EPICENTRE Commons Artisans Every Friday, Noon-7:00pm. First Level Common Area Local hand-crafted and hand-grown treasures by local vendors.

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Studio Movie Grill Presents the 2013 Children’s Summer Movie Series Monday-Friday at 11:00am / Purchase $1 Child and $2 Adult Tickets at Box Office Only. 210 E. Trade Street Suite D-290 Charlotte, NC 28202 August 1-2: Shrek August 5-9: Veggie Tales: The Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything August 12-16: Charlotte’s Web August 19-23: Chicken Run

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EPICENTRE also recommends the following Uptown family events: The Lion King Belk Theatre at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center August 6-September 1 130 N. Tryon St. Charlotte, NC 28202 Experience the phenomenon of Disney’s THE LION KING, when Charlotte’s best-loved musical makes a triumphant return to the Belk Theater.

Animal Grossology ImaginOn August 1-31 300 E. 7th St. Charlotte, NC 28202 Wonder at the nation through the eyes of American Painters. Venture through 500 years of art, make a colonial tricorn hat and build a Hudson River sailboat!

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Let out a roar because it's opening night for the return of Disney's "The Lion King" to the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center. Beautiful set designs and costumes, plus beloved music, including "Can You Feel the Love Tonight," make this Broadway performance a hit for all ages, and one that is sure to send imaginations running wild. Tickets start at $25. Through Sept. 1. See website for showtimes. Belk Theater at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center 130 N. Tryon St. 704-372-1000 blumenthalarts.org

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See monster trucks compete in the region’s longest obstacle course, plus an insane freestyle competition at the Circle K Backto-School Monster Truck Bash. Take a ride in a real monster truck by purchasing a $5 ride voucher in advance. Get there early for the Circle K Pre-Race Pit Party to meet drivers and have pictures taken with the trucks. $10-$25. Gates open at 4 p.m., races begin at 6 p.m. The Dirt Track at Charlotte 5555 Concord Pkwy. S., Concord 704-455-3267 charlottemotorspeedway.com

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Celebrate the last few days of summer freedom at Summerfest 2013. The oneday festival includes community fun runs, a car show, and musical entertainment for adults, and coloring contests, a petting zoo, and inflatables to capture the attention of the younger crowd. Free. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Historic Downtown York North Congress Street, York 803-684-2590 greateryorkchamber.com

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Have one last hoorah for the summer at Matthews Alive! This Labor Day tradition includes a carnival Midway plus rides for smaller children, live entertainment on multiple stages, a parade and loads for fun for kids! The festival kicks off with $15 All-You-Can-Ride Armband night. Young children can enjoy handson projects Free entry. Tickets must be purchased for rides. Through Sept. 2. Fri., 6-10 p.m.; Sat., 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun., noon-9 p.m.; and Mon., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Downtown Matthews and Stumptown Park matthewsalive.org

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1 THURSDAY Children’s Summer Series. See a special showing of “Shrek.” $1-$2. 11am. Studio Movie Grill, 210 E. Trade St., Suite D-290. 704-644-7739. studiomoviegrill.com. Chow Down Uptown. Try a variety of foods from local food trucks, plus live local entertainers! Free. 5-9pm. Uptown Charlotte, 224 E. 7th St. facebook.com/chowdownuptown. Intro to Kayaking. Learn the proper skills and techniques to maneuver in N.C. waterways. 13-adult. Registration required. $10. 10-11am. Reedy Creek Nature Center, 2900 Rocky River Road. 704-432-6459. parkandrec.com. PLAYcation. Explore the museum through themed stories, games and crafts. 4-6 years. $7-$12. 9-11:30am. Main Street Children's Museum, 133 E. Main St., Rock Hill. 803-327-6400. chmuseums.org.

2 FRIDAY Board Game Friday. Play your favorite board games and discover new ones. Free. 3-5pm. ImaginOn, 300 E. 7th St.. 704-416-4630. imaginon.org. Children’s Summer Series. See a special showing of “Shrek.” $1-$2. 11am. Studio Movie Grill, 210 East Trade Street Suite D-290. 704-6447739. studiomoviegrill.com. Dragons of the Sky. Learn about insects that fly and dip around the grasses feeding on unsuspecting prey. Registration required. Free. 10-11am. Reedy Creek Nature Center, 2900 Rocky River Road. 704-432-6459. parkandrec.com. Movies in the Park: Hotel Transylvania. See “Hotel Transylvania” under the night sky. Activities before the movie. Movies start at dusk. Free. 7:30pm. Village Park, 700 W. C St., Kannapolis. 704-9204343. cityofkannapolis.com. Movies on the Green. Bring lawn chairs and blankets to see “Wreck-It

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Ralph” outdoors. Free. Movie starts at dusk. Promenade on Providence, Providence Road and I-485. 704-3429000. promenadeonprovidence.com. Movies Under the Stars: Rise of the Guardians. See “Rise of the Guardians,” in the park, and enjoy pre-movie activities and musical performances. Free. 7pm. Symphony Park, 4400 Sharon Road. 704-3644411. simon.com. Party at the Pavilion. Bring the family for live music and a special kids area with magic tricks and activities. Free. 7-10pm. Rotary Centennial Pavilion, 111 N. South St., Gastonia. 704-907-6092.

3 SATURDAY Bird Bungalow. Decorate birdhouses, take a walk and see some beautiful birds. Registration required. $2. 10-11am. Reedy Creek Nature Center, 2900 Rocky River Road. 704-432-6459. parkandrec.com. Gold Panning Day. Learn about Charlotte's gold-mining history and pan for gold at the miner's cabin. $5-$7; free for ages 5 and under. 10am-4pm. Historic Latta Plantation, 5225 Sample Road, Huntersville. 704875-2312. lattaplantation.org. Lake Norman Mothers of Multiples Fall Consignment Sale. Cash-only sale including used children and maternity clothing. Free. 7am-1pm. Brawley Middle School, 132 Swift Arrow Drive, Mooresville. lknmom.org. Nocturnal Critters. Explore the world of nighttime critters. Registration required. Free. 2-3pm. Reedy Creek Nature Center, 2900 Rocky River Road. 704-432-6459. parkandrec.com. Tools of Stone. Visit a group of flint knappers at work as they fashion a variety of flaked stone tools using techniques from our ancient ancestors. $6-$10. 1-3pm. The Schiele Museum, 1500 E. Garrison Blvd., Gastonia. 704-866-6908. schielemuseum.org.

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Wild Wings!. Observe, ask questions, and help release tiny birds. $6-$12. 9am-3pm. Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. 704-825-4490. dsbg.org.

4 SUNDAY Concerts on the Green. Bring the family, comfy chairs, a blanket or a picnic and hear live music. Free. 6-8pm. Village Green, corner of Main Street and Concord Road in front of Davidson Public Library, Davidson. concertsonthegreen.com. Not So Scary Snakes. Discover why snakes are beneficial for the environment and even meet a snake. Registration required. Free. 2-3pm. Reedy Creek Nature Center, 2900 Rocky River Road. 704-432-6459. parkandrec.com.

5 MONDAY Budding Adventures. Learn about plants and animals with crafts, games, stories and puppets. 3-6 years. Free. 10-11am. Reedy Creek Nature Center, 2900 Rocky River Road. 704-432-6459. charmeck.org. Children’s Summer Series. See a special showing of “Veggie Tales: Pirates Who Don't Do Anything.” $1-$2. 11am. Studio Movie Grill, 210 E. Trade St. Ste. D-290. 704-644-7739. studiomoviegrill.com.

6 TUESDAY Children’s Summer Series. See a special showing of “Veggie Tales: Pirates Who Don't Do Anything.” $1-$2. 11am. Studio Movie Grill, 210 E. Trade St., Ste. D-290. 704-644-7739. studiomoviegrill.com. Drama Club. Explore the craft of acting as you engage in scene performances and writing dramatic works. 11-18 years. Free. 4:30-6:30. Morrison Regional Library, 7015 Morrison Blvd. 704-416-5400. cmlibrary.org.

7 WEDNESDAY A Time to Garden. Make a gardenthemed craft, hear stories, and have a sip of lemonade. Free for children with adult admission of $6. 10am-noon. Wing Haven Gardens, 248 Ridgewood Ave. 704-331-0664. winghavengardens.com. Children’s Summer Series. See a special showing of “Veggie Tales: Pirates Who Don't Do Anything.” $1-$2. 11am. Studio Movie Grill, 210 East Trade St. Suite D-290. 704-6447739. studiomoviegrill.com. Cornelius Outdoor Cinema Series: The Avengers. See “The Avengers” outdoors on a giant blimp screen. Free. 8:30pm. Kenton Place, 17105 Kenton Drive, Cornelius. cornelius.org. Summer Fun Wednesdays. Make a craft to take home. Free. 1-3pm. A.C. Moore, 1834 Matthews Township Pkwy., Matthews. 704-814-4305. acmoore.com. Survival: Cordage. Learn the technique of making string rope from plants. 8-adult. Registration required. Free. 11am-12:30pm. Reedy Creek Nature Center, 2900 Rocky River Road. 704432-6459. parkandrec.com.

8 THURSDAY Children’s Summer Series. See a special showing of “Veggie Tales: Pirates Who Don't Do Anything.” $1-$2. 11am. Studio Movie Grill, 210 E. Trade St. Suite D-290. 704-644-7739. studiomoviegrill.com. Greenway Summer Concert Series. Enjoy a family-friendly evening of music on the greenway. $3. 5:30pm. Anne Springs Close Greenway, 250 Dairy Barn Lane, Fort Mill. 803-5474575. ascgreenway.org.

9 FRIDAY Board Game Friday. Play your favorite board games and discover new ones. Free. Friday 3-5pm. ImaginOn, 300 E. 7th St.. 704-416-4630. imaginon.org.


daily calendar Children’s Summer Series. Come to the Studio Movie Grill for a special showing of “Veggie Tales: Pirates Who Don't Do Anything.” $1-$2. 11am. Studio Movie Grill, 210 East Trade St. Suite D-290. 704-6447739. studiomoviegrill.com. Movies Under the Stars: The Croods. See “The Croods” and enjoy pre-movie activities and musical performances. Free. 7pm. Symphony Park, 4400 Sharon Road. 704-364-4411. simon.com. Nature Dogventure Hike. Hike with your best buddy through the woods of Ribbon Walk and Reedy. Registration required. Free. 6-7pm. Reedy Creek Nature Center, 2900 Rocky River Road. 704-432-6459. parkandrec.com. Rockin' and Reelin' Summer Movie and Music Series. See “OZ: The Great and Powerful” under the stars. Free. 7pm. Pineville Lake Park, 1000 Johnston Drive. 704-889-2400. townofpineville.com.

10 SATURDAY Back-to-School Monster Truck Bash. Watch as powerful giant automobiles compete head to head on a radical obstacle course. $10$25. 6pm. The Dirt Track at Charlotte, 5555 Concord Pkwy. South, Concord. 704-455-3267. charlottemotorspeedway.com. Charlotte Mother of Multiples Fall/Winter Consignment Sale. Shop thousands of gently used items, including children's and baby clothing, equipment, furniture, toys, games and maternity wear. $2 early bird entry; free entry after 8:30am. 7:30am-3pm. The Park Expo and Conference Center, 800 Briar Creek Road. 877-902-6667. charlottemultiples.com. Family Friendly Dog Days of Summer Comedy Improv. Done in the style of “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” $10-$15. 6pm. Warehouse Performing Arts Center, 9216-A Westmoreland Road, Cornelius. 704-301-1564. planetimprov.com. Krafty Kidz. Have fun learning while making naturethemed crafts. 2-7 years. Registration required. $2. 11am-noon. Reed Creek Nature Center, 2900 Rocky River Road. 704-432-6459. parkandrec.com. Living History Saturday: Natural Dyeing. See natural dyeing demonstrations and tour the plantation. $5-$7. 10am-4pm. Latta Plantation Nature Preserve, 6211 Sample Road, Huntersville. 704-875-1391. lattaplantation.org. Monkey Mania. Learn about the unique adaptations of monkeys, then dress them up and watch them ride a unicycle. $9-$13. 11am and 2pm. Schiele Museum,

1500 E. Garrison Blvd., Gastonia. 704-866-6900. schielemuseum.org. Movies on the Lawn. Join family and friends for movies on the front lawn. Free popcorn and lemonade provided. Bring a blanket or chair. Free. 8pm. Kilgo United Methodist Church, 2101 Belvedere Ave. 704-334-7348. kilgoumc.com. Parent and Me Tot Trots. Experience nature with sensory-based hikes. 1-2 years. Free. 9:30-10:15am. Reedy Creek Nature Center, 2900 Rocky River Road. 704-432-6459. parkandrec.com. Parent Workshop. Gather valuable information on the following topics. Health organic food tips, fit and fun for the family, speech therapy, and financial planning. Registration required. Free. 10-11:30am. Harris YMCA, 5900 Quail Hollow Road. 704-716-6843. ymcacharlotte.org. RibbonWalk Volunteer Day. Help take care of the preserve and do some light trail work and trash clean up. 8 and older. Free. 9am-noon. RibbonWalk Nature Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road. 704-4326459. parkandrec.com. Second Saturday Program: The Cherokee Warrior. Learn about the lives, equipment and weapons of the Cherokee warriors from the French and Indian War. Free. 10am-4pm. Fort Dobbs, 438 Fort Dobbs Road, Statesville. 704-873-5882. fortdobbs.org. Sensory Friendly Film: The Smurfs 2. See “The Smurfs 2” with sound turned down and lights up. Families can bring their own gluten-free, caseinfree snacks. $4-$6. 10am. AMC Concord Mills, 8421 Concord Mills Blvd., Concord; and AMC Carolina Pavilion, 9541 South Blvd. amctheatres.com. Summer Concert Series. Enjoy a night of family entertainment. Performance by A1A (Jimmy Buffet Tribute Band) and a fireworks show. Free. 7pm. Village Park, 700 W. C St., Kannapolis. 704-920-4343. cityofkannapolis.com. UCUMC Fall Children and Teen Consignment Sale. A percentage of profits donated to local missions. No strollers. Free. 8-10:30am. 1/2 price sale 12-2pm. University City United Methodist Church, 3835 W. WT Harris Blvd. 704-369-8000. ucumc.org.

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11 SUNDAY Nights of Fire. Watch the sky light up with a stunning fireworks celebration after a day in the park. $26.99+. Starts at dusk. Carowinds, 14523 Carowinds Blvd. 704-588-2600. carowinds.com

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Children’s Summer Series. See a special showing of “Charlotte's Web.” $1-$2. 11am. Studio Movie Grill, 210 E. Trade St., Ste. D-290. 704-644-7739. studiomoviegrill.com. Nature Story Corner. Hear naturebased stories then hike into the forest for an activity. 3 and up. Registration required. Free. 10-11am. Reedy Creek Nature Center, 2900 Rocky River Road. 704-432-6459. parkandrec.com.

13 TUESDAY Children’s Summer Series. See a special showing of “Charlotte's Web.” $1-$2. 11am. Studio Movie Grill, 210 E. Trade St., Suite D-290. 704-6447739. studiomoviegrill.com. Chill Out in the Ice Age. Travel back in time to the ice age and enjoy a nature trail tour and a planetarium show. $3-$5. 5-9:30pm. Museum of York County, 4621 Mt. Gallant Road, Rock Hill. 803-329-2121. chmuseums.org. Free Tuesday at The Schiele. Beginning at 5pm, it’s free entry to The Schiele Museum. Learn about the natural history and myths of turtles, and meet live turtles. Don't miss a special showing of “The Planets” at 7pm. Free. 4-8pm. Schiele Museum, 1500 E. Garrison Blvd., Gastonia. 704-866-6900. schielemuseum.org.

14 WEDNESDAY Children’s Summer Series. See a special showing of “Charlotte's Web.” $1-$2. 11am. Studio Movie Grill, 210 E. Trade St., Ste. D-290. 704-644-7739. studiomoviegrill.com. Summer Fun Wednesdays. Make a craft to take home. Free. 1-3pm. A.C. Moore, 1834 Matthews Township Pkwy., Matthews. 704-814-4305. acmoore.com.

15 THURSDAY Carolina Raptor Center Coffee Talk. Enjoy coffee and environmental talk with a separate activity provided for the kids. $10. 7-8:30pm. Carolina

Raptor Center, 6000 Sample Road, Huntersville. 704-875-6521. carolinaraptorcenter.org. Children’s Summer Series. See a special showing of “Charlotte's Web.” $1-$2. 11am. Studio Movie Grill, 210 E. Trade St., Ste. D-290. 704-644-7739. studiomoviegrill.com. Evening Kayak at Mountain Island Lake. Enjoy a naturalist led kayak on Mountain Island Lake. 12 and older. Registration required. $15-$20. 5:309:30pm. Reedy Creek Nature Center, 2900 Rocky River Road. 704-4326459. parkandrec.com.

16 FRIDAY Children’s Summer Series. See a special showing of “Charlotte's Web.” $1-$2. 11am. Studio Movie Grill, 210 E. Trade St., Ste. D-290. 704-644-7739. studiomoviegrill.com. Creating Keepsakes Scrapbook Convention. A shopping extravaganza that includes the latest scrap booking products, deals on basic supplies, classes and demonstrations on techniques. $7-$10; Children under 9 free. 10am-6pm. Charlotte Convention Center, 501 S. College St. 704-3396000. ckscrapbookevents.com. Movies in the Park: ET. See “ET” under the stars. Most nights begin with live music performances before the movies. Movies start at dusk. All ages. Free. 7:30pm. Village Park, 700 W. C St., Kannapolis. 704-920-4343. cityofkannapolis.com. Movies in the Park at Ballantyne: Madagascar 3. Bring a chair or blanket. Free popcorn, bottled water and face painting. Free. Come early for pre-movie fun. Movie begins at dusk. Ballantyne Corporate Park, Brixham Green Connector Tent. nextlevelchurch.org/moviesinthepark. Movies Under the Stars: We Bought a Zoo. See a movie under the stars and enjoy pre-movie activities and musical performances. Free. 7pm; movie begins at dusk. Symphony Park, 4400 Sharon Road. 704-3644411. simon.com.


12 MONDAY Children’s Summer Series. See a special showing of “Charlotte's Web.” $1-$2. 11am. Studio Movie Grill, 210 E. Trade St., Ste. D-290. 704-644-7739. studiomoviegrill.com. Nature Story Corner. Hear naturebased stories then hike into the forest for an activity. 3 and up. Registration required. Free. 10-11am. Reedy Creek Nature Center, 2900 Rocky River Road. 704-432-6459. parkandrec.com.

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13 TUESDAY Children’s Summer Series. See a special showing of “Charlotte's Web.” $1-$2. 11am. Studio Movie Grill, 210 E. Trade St., Suite D-290. 704-6447739. studiomoviegrill.com. Chill Out in the Ice Age. Travel back in time to the ice age and enjoy a nature trail tour and a planetarium show. $3-$5. 5-9:30pm. Museum of York County, 4621 Mt. Gallant Road, Rock Hill. 803-329-2121. chmuseums.org. Free Tuesday at The Schiele. Beginning at 5pm, it’s free entry to The Schiele Museum. Learn about the natural history and myths of turtles, and meet live turtles. Don't miss a special showing of “The Planets” at 7pm. Free. 4-8pm. Schiele Museum, 1500 E. Garrison Blvd., Gastonia. 704-866-6900. schielemuseum.org.

14 WEDNESDAY Children’s Summer Series. See a special showing of “Charlotte's Web.” $1-$2. 11am. Studio Movie Grill, 210 E. Trade St., Ste. D-290. 704-644-7739. studiomoviegrill.com. Summer Fun Wednesdays. Make a craft to take home. Free. 1-3pm. A.C. Moore, 1834 Matthews Township Pkwy., Matthews. 704-814-4305. acmoore.com.

15 THURSDAY Carolina Raptor Center Coffee Talk. Enjoy coffee and environmental talk with a separate activity provided for the kids. $10. 7-8:30pm. Carolina

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Raptor Center, 6000 Sample Road, Huntersville. 704-875-6521. carolinaraptorcenter.org. Children’s Summer Series. See a special showing of “Charlotte's Web.” $1-$2. 11am. Studio Movie Grill, 210 E. Trade St., Ste. D-290. 704-644-7739. studiomoviegrill.com. Evening Kayak at Mountain Island Lake. Enjoy a naturalist led kayak on Mountain Island Lake. 12 and older. Registration required. $15-$20. 5:309:30pm. Reedy Creek Nature Center, 2900 Rocky River Road. 704-4326459. parkandrec.com.

16 FRIDAY Children’s Summer Series. See a special showing of “Charlotte's Web.” $1-$2. 11am. Studio Movie Grill, 210 E. Trade St., Ste. D-290. 704-644-7739. studiomoviegrill.com. Creating Keepsakes Scrapbook Convention. A shopping extravaganza that includes the latest scrap booking products, deals on basic supplies, classes and demonstrations on techniques. $7-$10; Children under 9 free. 10am-6pm. Charlotte Convention Center, 501 S. College St. 704-3396000. ckscrapbookevents.com. Movies in the Park: ET. See “ET” under the stars. Most nights begin with live music performances before the movies. Movies start at dusk. All ages. Free. 7:30pm. Village Park, 700 W. C St., Kannapolis. 704-920-4343. cityofkannapolis.com. Movies in the Park at Ballantyne: Madagascar 3. Bring a chair or blanket. Free popcorn, bottled water and face painting. Free. Come early for pre-movie fun. Movie begins at dusk. Ballantyne Corporate Park, Brixham Green Connector Tent. nextlevelchurch.org/moviesinthepark. Movies Under the Stars: We Bought a Zoo. See a movie under the stars and enjoy pre-movie activities and musical performances. Free. 7pm; movie begins at dusk. Symphony Park, 4400 Sharon Road. 704-3644411. simon.com.


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Children’s Summer Series. See a special showing of “Charlotte's Web.” $1-$2. 11am. Studio Movie Grill, 210 E. Trade St., Ste. D-290. 704-644-7739. studiomoviegrill.com. Nature Story Corner. Hear naturebased stories then hike into the forest for an activity. 3 and up. Registration required. Free. 10-11am. Reedy Creek Nature Center, 2900 Rocky River Road. 704-432-6459. parkandrec.com.

Nurturing children in a fun and innovate learning environment • 6 weeks - 10 years • Baxter: 7:00 am - 6:00 pm • Edgewater: 6:30 am - 6:00 pm • School-age year-round program with bus pickup from school • Natural Playground • Secure internet cameras • Focus on having fun while learning • Age-appropiate curriculum • Nuturing and professional staff • Large indoor play area for special activities • Hot nutritious lunches & snacks

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Now registering! Baxter Town Center

Edgewater Corporate Park

803-396-0900

803-547-0900

1180 Springmaid Avenue, Fort Mill SC 29708

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Children’s Summer Series. See a special showing of “Charlotte's Web.” $1-$2. 11am. Studio Movie Grill, 210 E. Trade St., Suite D-290. 704-6447739. studiomoviegrill.com. Chill Out in the Ice Age. Travel back in time to the ice age and enjoy a nature trail tour and a planetarium show. $3-$5. 5-9:30pm. Museum of York County, 4621 Mt. Gallant Road, Rock Hill. 803-329-2121. chmuseums.org. Free Tuesday at The Schiele. Beginning at 5pm, it’s free entry to The Schiele Museum. Learn about the natural history and myths of turtles, and meet live turtles. Don't miss a special showing of “The Planets” at 7pm. Free. 4-8pm. Schiele Museum, 1500 E. Garrison Blvd., Gastonia. 704-866-6900. schielemuseum.org.

14 WEDNESDAY Children’s Summer Series. See a special showing of “Charlotte's Web.” $1-$2. 11am. Studio Movie Grill, 210 E. Trade St., Ste. D-290. 704-644-7739. studiomoviegrill.com. Summer Fun Wednesdays. Make a craft to take home. Free. 1-3pm. A.C. Moore, 1834 Matthews Township Pkwy., Matthews. 704-814-4305. acmoore.com.

15 THURSDAY Carolina Raptor Center Coffee Talk. Enjoy coffee and environmental talk with a separate activity provided for the kids. $10. 7-8:30pm. Carolina

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Raptor Center, 6000 Sample Road, Huntersville. 704-875-6521. carolinaraptorcenter.org. Children’s Summer Series. See a special showing of “Charlotte's Web.” $1-$2. 11am. Studio Movie Grill, 210 E. Trade St., Ste. D-290. 704-644-7739. studiomoviegrill.com. Evening Kayak at Mountain Island Lake. Enjoy a naturalist led kayak on Mountain Island Lake. 12 and older. Registration required. $15-$20. 5:309:30pm. Reedy Creek Nature Center, 2900 Rocky River Road. 704-4326459. parkandrec.com.

16 FRIDAY Children’s Summer Series. See a special showing of “Charlotte's Web.” $1-$2. 11am. Studio Movie Grill, 210 E. Trade St., Ste. D-290. 704-644-7739. studiomoviegrill.com. Creating Keepsakes Scrapbook Convention. A shopping extravaganza that includes the latest scrap booking products, deals on basic supplies, classes and demonstrations on techniques. $7-$10; Children under 9 free. 10am-6pm. Charlotte Convention Center, 501 S. College St. 704-3396000. ckscrapbookevents.com. Movies in the Park: ET. See “ET” under the stars. Most nights begin with live music performances before the movies. Movies start at dusk. All ages. Free. 7:30pm. Village Park, 700 W. C St., Kannapolis. 704-920-4343. cityofkannapolis.com. Movies in the Park at Ballantyne: Madagascar 3. Bring a chair or blanket. Free popcorn, bottled water and face painting. Free. Come early for pre-movie fun. Movie begins at dusk. Ballantyne Corporate Park, Brixham Green Connector Tent. nextlevelchurch.org/moviesinthepark. Movies Under the Stars: We Bought a Zoo. See a movie under the stars and enjoy pre-movie activities and musical performances. Free. 7pm; movie begins at dusk. Symphony Park, 4400 Sharon Road. 704-3644411. simon.com.


Party at the Pavilion. Hear live music and bring the kids to the special kids area with magic tricks and activities. Free. 7-10pm. Rotary Centennial Pavilion, 111 N. South St., Gastonia. 704-907-6092. Tarheel Kids Consignment Sale. Seasonal sale features children's clothing sizes infant through juniors, toys, accessories and maternity items. Free. 9am-4pm. Cabarrus Arena, 4751 US Hwy. 49 North, Concord. 704-644-3972. tarheelkidsconsignment.com.

17 SATURDAY Baking Bread. Discover the art of bread making and learn recipes you can take home and try. $6-$12. 2pm. The Schiele Museum, 1500 E. Garrison Blvd., Gastonia. 704-866-6908. schielemuseum.org. Cornelius Outdoor Cinema Series: Madagascar 3. Outdoor movies under the stars on a giant blimp screen. Free. 8:30pm. Aquesta Bank, 19510 Jetton Road, Cornelius. cornelius.org. Creating Keepsakes Scrapbook Convention. A shopping extravaganza that includes the latest scrap booking products, deals on basic supplies, classes, and demonstrations on techniques. $7-$10; Children under 9 free. 9am-5pm. Charlotte Convention Center, 501 S. College St. 704-3396000. ckscrapbookevents.com. Lake Norman YMCA Kid's Triathlon Event. Cheer on young triathletes. 6pm. Lake Norman YMCA, 21300 Davidson St., Cornelius. 704-7164431. ymcacharlotte.org. Stories Under the Stars. Enjoy a unique literary performing arts event that includes a ballet performance by Piedmont Dance Theater. Free. 7pm. Kannapolis Branch Library, 850 Mountain St., Kannapolis. 704-9204343. cityofkannapolis.com. Tarheel Kids Consignment Sale. Seasonal sale features children's clothing sizes infant through juniors, toys, accessories and maternity items. Free. 9am-5pm.

Cabarrus Arena, 4751 US Hwy. 49 N., Concord. 704-644-3972. tarheelkidsconsignment.com. Tega Cay Concert Series. Live music, kids area with jumpy castles, popcorn and cotton candy. Free. 6-10pm. Runde Park, 5110 Windward Drive, Tega Cay. 803-548-3512. tegacaysc.org. Wild in the Water. Explore water habitats, learn how to catch a fish, or watch Snappy, the alligator, glide through the water. $6. 10am-1pm. Charlotte Nature Museum, 1658 Sterling Road. 704-372-6261. charlottenaturemuseum.org. World War II Living History. Meet World War II soldier reenactors and learn about the war in addition to regular tours. $5-$7;Ages 5 and under free. 10am-4pm. Historic Latta Plantation, 5225 Sample Road, Huntersville. 704-875-2312. lattaplantation.org.

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18 SUNDAY Concerts on the Green. Bring friends and family, comfy chairs, a blanket or a picnic and enjoy the sounds of the Bobby Umber Band. Free. 6-8pm. Village Green, corner of Main St. and Concord Road in front of Davidson Public Library, Davidson. concertsonthegreen.com. Natural Beauty. Explore your artistic side and create some amazing art using natural materials. Registration required. Free. 2-3pm. Reedy Creek Nature Center, 2900 Rocky River Road. 704-432-6459. parkandrec.com. Tarheel Kids Consignment Sale. Seasonal sale features children's clothing sizes infant through juniors, toys, accessories and maternity items. Free. 9am-3pm. Cabarrus Arena, 4751 US Hwy 49 North, Concord. 704-644-3972. tarheelkidsconsignment.com. World War II Living History. Meet World War II soldier re-enactors and learn about the war. $5-$7; ages 5 and under free. 10am-4pm. Historic Latta Plantation, 5225 Sample Road, Huntersville. 704-875-2312. lattaplantation.org.

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19 MONDAY Budding Adventures. Discover the awakening plants and animals with crafts, games, stories and puppets. Registration required. 3-6 years. Free. 10-11am. Reedy Creek Nature Center, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 704-432-6459. parkandrec.org. Children's Summer Series. See a special showing of “Chicken Run.” $1-$2. 11am. Studio Movie Grill, 210 E. Trade St., Ste. D-290. 704-644-7739. studiomoviegrill.com.

20 TUESDAY Children's Summer Series. See a special showing of “Chicken Run.” $1-$2. 11am. Studio Movie Grill, 210 E. Trade St., Ste. D-290. 704-644-7739. studiomoviegrill.com.

Full Moon Hike. Test your trail skills and hike around the nature preserve by the light of the stars and the full moon. 10 and older. Free. 8:30-9:30pm. Latta Plantation Nature Center, 6211 Sample Road, Huntersville. 704-875-1391.. parkandrec.com.

21 WEDNESDAY Children's Summer Series. See a special showing of “Chicken Run.” $1-$2. 11am. Studio Movie Grill, 210 E. Trade St., Ste. D-290. 704-644-7739. studiomoviegrill.com. Cornelius Outdoor Cinema Series: The Amazing Spider-Man. Outdoor movies under the stars on a giant blimp screen. Free. 8:30pm. Kenton Place, 17105 Kenton Drive, Cornelius. cornelius.org.

on stage BLUMENTHAL PERFORMING ARTS CENTER The Lion King. Experience “The Lion King” with breathtaking stage design and costumes that bring the Disney favorite to life on stage. $25-$30. Aug. 6-Sept. 1. Tues.-Thurs., 7:30pm; Fri., 8pm; Sat., 2 and 8pm; Sun. 1 and 6:30pm. 704-372-1000. blumenthalarts.org. Seussical the Musical. Favorite Dr. Seuss characters will put smiles on young faces in this musical performance. $5-$15; free for children under 5. Aug. 2-3. Fri., 7pm; and Sat., 2 and 7pm. 704-372-1000. nodaschoolofarts.org. Shakespeare at the Booth. Enjoy Charlotte Shakespeare Festival's presentation of “Macbeth.” All ages. Free. Aug. 15-25. Thurs., 7:30pm; Fri.. 8pm; Sat. 2 and 8pm; Sun. 3pm. 704-372-1000. charlotteshakespeare.com. 130 N. Tryon St.

CHARLOTTE CHRISTIAN THEATRE Little Women. Watch the classic book come to life in an exciting Broadway-style musical. $5-$20. Aug. 1-3., Thurs.-Sat. 7:30pm. charlottechristiantheatre.com. 6400 Prosperity Church Road.

CHILDREN’S THEATRE OF CHARLOTTE Pocket. Imagination comes alive as PlayPlay! Theatre explores the many surprises found hidden within our pockets. Pre- and post-show activities. Ages infant-3. $10. Aug. 14-24. Wed.-Sat. 10am and noon; Thurs., 4 and 6:30pm. 704-416-4600. ctcharlotte.org. 300 E. 7th St.

KNIGHT THEATER “I Love Lucy” Live On Stage. Experience the classic television show just as if you were there for the live recording. $20+. Aug. 7-18. Tues.- Thurs., 7:30pm; Fri. 8pm; Sat. 1:30, 2 and 8pm; Sun., 7pm. 704-372-1000. carolinatix.org. 430 S. Tryon St.

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Survival: Clay Pinch Pots. Learn the ancient technique of creating a pinch pot out of natural clay to take home with you. 8-adult. Registration required. Free. 11am-12:30pm. Reedy Creek Nature Center, 2900 Rocky River Road. 704-432-6459. parkandrec.com.

22 THURSDAY Children's Summer Series. See a special showing of “Chicken Run.” $1-$2. 11am. Studio Movie Grill, 210 E. Trade St., Ste. D-290. 704-644-7739. studiomoviegrill.com. Chow Down Uptown. Try a variety of foods from local food trucks and enjoy live local entertainers. Free. 5-9pm. Uptown Charlotte, 224 E. 7th St. facebook.com/chowdownuptown.

23 FRIDAY Are You Afraid of the Dark?. Enjoy a 1-2 mile night hike packed with fun activities that to test the sharpness of your senses. 8-adult. Registration required. Free. 7:45-8:45pm. Reedy Creek Nature Center, 2900 Rocky River Road. 704-432-6459. parkandrec.com. Children's Summer Series. See a special showing of “Chicken Run.” $1-$2. 11am. Studio Movie Grill, 210 East Trade St. Suite D-290. 704-6447739. studiomoviegrill.com. Homeschool Day. Families who homeschool get discounted admission to check out the newest exhibition and IMAX film. $10. 9am-5pm. Discovery Place, 301 N. Tryon St. 704-372-6261. discoveryplace.org. Movies in the Park: Hotel Transylvania. Enjoy a familyfriendly movie on a huge inflatable outdoor movie screen. Free. Movie begins at dusk. North Mecklenburg Park, 16131 Old Statesville Road, Huntersville. moviesintheparkhuntersville.com. Movies in the Park: The Lorax. See “The Lorax” on a large outdoor screen with a super sound system. Free popcorn and soft drinks. Preshow activities for kids, includes

face painting, temporary tattoos and sidewalk art. Free. 6pm. Harrisburg Town Park, 4088 Stallings Road, Harrisburg. 704-455-7275. moviesintheparkharrisburg.com. Movies Under the Stars: Madagascar 3. See a movie under the stars and enjoy pre-movie activities and musical performances. Free. 7pm, movie at dusk. Symphony Park, 4400 Sharon Road. 704-364-4411. simon.com. Movies@McGuire. Enjoy a movie on a large outdoor movie screen from the lawn or from your boat. Free. 8:30pm. McGuire Nuclear Station, 13339 Hagers Ferry Road, Huntersville. 980-875-5600. dukeenergy.com/energyexplorium. Rockin' and Reelin' Summer Movie and Music Series. Enjoy the musical styling of the Christ Lane Band. Free. 7pm. Pineville Lake Park, 1000 Johnston Dr. 704-889-2400. townofpineville.com.

24 SATURDAY Charlotte Roller Girls Double Header. Watch the CLTRG All-Stars take on the Chemical Valley Roller Girls and Gate City Roller Girls. $5-$10. 6 and 7:30pm bouts. Grady Cole Center, 310 N. Kings Dr. 704336-2884. charlotterollergirls.com. End of Summer Jam. Celebrate the start of school with prizes, games and golf games. Charlotte Parent and Radio Disney will be there too. All ages. Free. Noon-4pm. Epicentre, Corner of Fourth, Trade and College streets, Charlotte. epicentre.com. Space Odyssey. Enjoy a clear view of the night sky and stories in an inflatable constellation bubble. 6 and older. Registration required. Free. 1-2pm. Reedy Creek Nature Center, 2900 Rocky River Road. 704-4326459. parkandrec.com. Summerfest 2013. Enjoy handmade crafts and food, musical entertainment, petting zoo, inflatables and climbing wall. Free. 9am-5pm. Historic Downtown York, Congress Street, York. 803-684-2590. greateryorkchamber.com.

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The Great Cookie Crumble. Come taste some of the best cookies Charlotte has to offer and vote for your favorite! Free. 10am-1pm. 224 E. 7th St. 704-230-4346. 7thstreetpublicmarket.com.

25 SUNDAY On the Great Wagon Road. Discover how people traveled by wagon and see how well you could pack for a long trip by loading a kidsized wagon. $6-$10. 1-5pm. The Schiele Museum, 1500 E. Garrison Blvd., Gastonia. 704-866-6908. schielemuseum.org. Pard'n My Gard'n. Learn tips, tricks and ideas such as natural pest control and

composting to create your on raised bed garden. 12-adult. Registration required. $6. 2-3pm. Reedy Creek Nature Center, 2900 Rocky River Road. 704-432-6459. parkandrec.com. Wild Edible and Medicinal Plant Hike. Take a 2-3 mile hike and learn about some edible and medicinal plants. 7-adult. Registration required. Free. 2-4pm. Latta Plantation Nature Center, 6211 Sample Road, Huntersville. 704875-1391. parkandrec.com.

26 MONDAY Nature Story Corner. Hear a variety of nature-based stories then hike into the forest for an activity. 3 and older.

on exhibit DISCOVERY PLACE Animal Grossology. See what happens when ticks and mosquitos have too much to drink. Learn about the various steps of digestion in cows and much more that will make you say “eww!” $10-$12, includes museum admission. Through Sept. 2. Mon.Fri., 9am-5pm; Sat., 10am-6pm; Sun., noon-5pm. 704-372-6261. discoveryplace.org. 301 N. Tryon St.

IMAGINON Arthur’s World. Learn and have fun at this interactive exhibit that promotes a love of reading, books and story telling with beloved story character Arthur. Free. Tues.-Thurs. 10am-7pm; Fri.-Sat. 10am-5pm. Through Sept. 8. 704-416-4600. imaginon.org. 300 East 7th St.

MUSEUM OF YORK COUNTY Way Back When: Ice Age Beasts of Carolina. Travel back in time to the Carolina Piedmont during the "Ice Ages" when massive mastodons browsed the woodlands, and giant ground sloth ambled along the forest edge. $3-$5, includes museum admission. Free admission on Sunday. Tues.-Sat., 10am-5pm; Sun. 1-5pm. Through December 31. 803-329-2121. chmuseums.org. 4621 Mt. Gallant Road, Rock Hill.

NASCAR HALL OF FAME Lights. Camera. NASCAR. Learn about the tremendous reach and appeal NASCAR holds as both a means for movie promotion and the starring focus of a film. $12.95$19.95; Children under 5 admitted free. Through Oct. 1. 10am-6pm. nascarhall.com. 400 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

SCHIELE MUSEUM Mammal Safari: Journey of Discovery. Meet live animals from around the world, see awesome mounted specimens from Africa, Asia, North and South America, and enjoy hands-on interactive exhibits designed to bring out the explorer in everyone. $4-$7, includes museum admission. Through Dec. 31. 704-866-6900. schielemuseum.org. 1500 E. Garrison Blvd., Gastonia.

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Registration required. Free. 10-11am. Reedy Creek Nature Center, 2900 Rocky River Road. 704-432-6459. parkandrec.com.

Wii U Gaming – Free Play. Actively participate in games that encourage cooperation, problem solving and critical-thinking skills. 5-11. Free. 3pm. ImaginOn, 300 E. 7th St. 704-4164630. cmlibrary.com

a chance to catch a glimpse of these mysterious winged creatures. 8-adult. Registration required. $2. 7:45-8:45pm. Reedy Creek Nature Center, 2900 Rocky River Road. 704-432-6459. parkandrec.com. Party at the Pavilion. Listen to live local music and bring the kids to the special kids area with magic tricks and activities. Free. 7-10pm. Rotary Centennial Pavilion, 111 N. South St., Gastonia. 704-907-6092.

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Moms on the Move. Join in a coachlead walking and running group for moms of all different fitness levels. Kids in strollers are welcome. Free. 10:30am. Run for Your Life, 6416 Rea Road. 704-541-9665. runforyourlife.com.

Eww Bugs. Build your own insect out of recycled materials, then hunt for bugs outside. Registration required. Free. 10-11am. Reedy Creek Nature Center, 2900 Rocky River Road. 704-432-6459. parkandrec.com. Matthews Alive!. Labor Day weekend celebration with Midway rides, children’s activity area, festival food and live music, all dedicated to the support of local nonprofit organizations. Free entry, $1 per ticket for rides. 9am-9pm. Downtown Matthews, corner of John and Trade streets, Matthews. matthewsalive.org. Revolutionary War Reenactment. Watch British and Patriot re-enactors relive the battles of Charlotte and McIntyre Farm. $8; ages 5 and under free. 10am-4pm. Historic Latta Plantation, 5225 Sample Road, Huntersville. 704-875-2312. lattaplantation.org. The Art of Papermaking. Repurpose old paper into brand new paper that can be used for note cards and letters. Registration required. Free. 2-3pm. Reedy Creek Nature Center, 2900 Rocky River Road. 704-432-6459. parkandrec.com.

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29 THURSDAY USNWC River Jam. Come out with friends and family to experience an incredible sunset over the Catawba River while enjoying great music, food and drink. $5 parking fee. 7-10pm. USNWC, 5000 Whitewater Center Parkway. 704-391-3900. usnwc.org.

30 FRIDAY Matthews Alive!. Labor Day weekend celebration with Midway rides, children’s activity area, festival food and live music, all dedicated to the support of local nonprofit organizations. Free entry. $1 per ticket for rides. 6-10pm. Downtown Matthews, corner of John and Trade streets, Matthews. matthewsalive.org. Owls, Why Give a Hoot. Prowl the woods in the cover of night and get

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3 SATURDAY Back 2 School Bash 2013. Free school supplies, books, book bags, haircuts, food and shoes. Enjoy carnival-style attractions, bounce houses and music from K-Love 94.1. Free. 9am-3pm. Williamson's Chapel UMC, 575 Brawley School Road, Mooresville. 704-664-3680. b2sb.org.

9 FRIDAY Countdown to Kindergarten. Learn how to safely board a bus, tips to keep kids safe and healthy, free dental screenings, games and more. Free. 5-8pm. Main Street Children's Museum, 133 E. Main St., Rock Hill, S.C. 803-327-6400. chmuseums.org/childrens.

10 SATURDAY Back to School Festival. Enjoy books, literacy activities, storytelling and food. Free. All day. Hickory Grove Library, 5935 Hickory Grove Road. 704-416-4400. cmilibrary.org. Lights! Camera! Action!. See the latest back-to-school styles, and enjoy games and prizes. Registration required. Free. Noon-2pm. Monroe Crossing Mall, 2115-290 Roosevelt Blvd., Monroe. 704-289-6547. shopmonroecrossing.com. Teen Vogue Back to School Saturday. Enjoy a back-to-school fashion show, great music, prize giveaways and more. Free. 2-4pm. Carolina Place Mall, 11025 Carolina Place Parkway, Pineville - 704-542-4111. backtoschoolsatruday.com.

17 SATURDAY Kidgits Back to School Event. Kick off the new school year with Simon Kidgits Club and Radio Disney. Free for members; $5 nonmembers. Noon-2pm. SouthPark Center Court, 4400 Sharon Road. 404-2333993. simon.com/kidgits.

21 WEDNESDAY Back to School Movie Night. Close out the summer with a showing of “The Princess & The Frog.” Free. 7-9pm. Stumptown Park, 120 S. Trade St., Matthews. 704-845-1964. matthewsnc.gov.

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23 FRIDAY Back-to-School Bash. Enjoy a “City of Bones” themed party at the library before going back to school. Wear your favorite costume, enjoy snacks, trivia and games. 13-18 years. Registration required. Free. 2-4pm. Mountain Island Library, 4420 Hoyt Galvin Way. 704-416-5600. cmlibrary.org.

24 SATURDAY Back to School Jam. Come out for giveaways games, contests and the ultimate dance party. Free. 3-8pm. Grayson Skate Park, 750 Beal St. 704-432-5256. christianisaiah.com.

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Remi Young, has danced with Charlotte Youth Ballet since she was 8. She's now in the 11th grade.

1 SUNDAY Labor Day Celebration. Participate in a trail race, enjoy live music, and end the day with a fireworks show. Free, $5 parking fee, plus activity and race fees apply. Races begin at 9am; music begins at 4pm. U.S. National Whitewater Center, 5000 Whitewater Pkwy. 704-391-3900. usnwc.org. Matthews Alive!. Labor Day weekend celebration with Midway rides, children’s activity area, festival food and live music, all dedicated to the support of local nonprofit organizations. Free entry, $1 per ticket for rides. Noon-9pm. Downtown Matthews, corner of John and Trade streets, Matthews. matthewsalive.org. Revolutionary War Reenactment. Watch the British and Patriots relive the Battles of Charlotte and McIntyre Farm. $8; ages 5 and under free. 10am-4pm. Historic Latta Plantation, 5225 Sample Road, Huntersville. 704-875-2312. lattaplantation.org.

2 MONDAY LABOR DAY Matthews Alive!. Labor Day weekend celebration with Midway rides, children’s activity area, festival food and live music, all dedicated to the support of local nonprofit organizations. Free entry, $1 per ticket for rides. 9am-5pm. Downtown Matthews, corner of John and Trade Streets, Matthews. matthewsalive.org.

5 THURSDAY Yiasou Greek Festival. Enjoy a weekend of homemade Greek dishes, rides for children, Hellenic cultural exhibits, art and shopping. $3; free for children under 12. Thurs., 11am-9pm, Fri-Sat., 11am-10pm, Sun., noon-8pm. Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 600 E. Blvd. yiasoufestival.org.

6 FRIDAY Cabarrus County Fair. It's opening night at the fair. Enjoy Midway rides, fair food, a petting zoo, agricultural exhibits, live music and more. Free. $3-7, free for ages 5 and under. Through Sept. 14. Check website for daily schedules. Cabarrus Arena and Events Center, Highway 49, Concord. 704786-7221. cabarruscountyfair.com.

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BEHIND THE SCENES: with Charlotte Youth Ballet Charlotte Youth Ballet (CYB) auditions take place each September and are open to ballet students in grades 3 through 12. Auditions offer dancers throughout the region an opportunity to participate in uniquely choreographed performances with celebrated professional dancers twice a year. Performances include “The Nutcracker” in December and a storybook performance each spring. Past performances include “The Wizard of Oz,” “Coppelia” and “Cinderella.” In spring 2014, CYB dancers will perform “Alice in Wonderland” at the Knight Theater. Remi Young, now an 11th-grader from Belmont, has danced in CYB performances since she was 8 years old. We caught up with her to get her thoughts on CYB auditions as she prepared to leave for her summer intensive at the School of America Ballet, offered by the New York City Ballet. “Although years of attending ballet auditions taught me to relax and face each audition as just another growing experience, I was often uneasy in my younger years, knowing I would be in a room with many equally talented and dedicated dancers,” Young says. “But the audition teachers and adjudicators would always make us feel welcome and at ease. They knew the more relaxed we were, the better audition we would have.” Years of training at the Belmont and Charlotte ballet schools prepared her technically. She also learned that facial expressiveness adds significantly to performance success. Young takes extra classes leading up to auditions to ensure that she’s in shape and follows the same routine before each audition. “I find a corner where I can be by myself. I put my headphones on and listen to music as I stretch and do breathing and relaxation exercises. I think about corrections I’ve received from my ballet teachers and visualize myself doing (the movements) correctly.” Young knows that a successful audition demands her best effort to learn new combinations of steps quickly. Focus allows her to learn fast, showcasing her best technique and dramatic ability. There are hundreds of ballet dancers from across the region like Young who audition and earn parts in Charlotte Youth Ballet performances. For more information about the Charlotte Youth Ballet auditions for the 2013-2014 season, go to charlotteyouthballet.org.


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Playtime at Sedgefield Park This small, quiet neighborhood park conveniently located off South Boulevard, is big enough for kids of various ages to find something to do, but small enough that they won't get lost. On a Saturday morning, it was practically empty, and one parent said she's never seen more than 10 kids there. Playground equipment isn't new but it's clean enough to let your kids play on. It's divided into areas for preschool and school-age children, all on soft mulch. In addition to the slides and climbing equipment, there are regular and baby swings, a small sandbox and zip line, which is incased in a rail so little fingers can't get caught. There's a covered picnic area with several tables, but that's the only shade. Be sure to stroll or ride bikes around the short trails â&#x20AC;&#x201C; you'll find a grass volleyball court, basketball court, tennis court and bridges over a creek. Parking is on-street only. There are no restrooms but one drinking fountain. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Heather Bailey

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SEDGEFIELD PARK 621 Elmhurst Drive | Midtown

n Our lessons are 45-miute sessions that include grooming.

Playtime at Sedgefield Park This small, quiet neighborhood park conveniently located off South Boulevard, is big enough for kids of various ages to find something to do, but small enough that they won't get lost. On a Saturday morning, it was practically empty, and one parent said she's never seen more than 10 kids there. Playground equipment isn't new but it's clean enough to let your kids play on. It's divided into areas for preschool and school-age children, all on soft mulch. In addition to the slides and climbing equipment, there are regular and baby swings, a small sandbox and zip line, which is incased in a rail so little fingers can't get caught. There's a covered picnic area with several tables, but that's the only shade. Be sure to stroll or ride bikes around the short trails – you'll find a grass volleyball court, basketball court, tennis court and bridges over a creek. Parking is on-street only. There are no restrooms but one drinking fountain. — Heather Bailey

n Small student-to-teacher ratio allows for more one-on-one instruction.

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Accepting new students!

Located at Honeysuckle Farm 6812 S. Rocky River Rd., Monroe, NC 28112

Christ Lutheran Children’s Center 4519 Providence Road

THE

SCOOP

BATHROOMS BABY SWINGS SHADE PARKING on street STROLLER-FRIENDLY PICNIC SHELTER

To tour, call 704-365-8687

Join us for a year of learning, growing and fun! Nurturing children since 1989 Half Day spaces still available Visit our website at www.christlutheran childrenscenter.org for more info

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PLAYGROUND REVIEW

n All lessons are taught by a Professional Association of Theraputic Horsemanship (PATH) International Certified Instructor.

SEDGEFIELD PARK 621 Elmhurst Drive | Midtown

n Our lessons are 45-miute sessions that include grooming.

Playtime at Sedgefield Park This small, quiet neighborhood park conveniently located off South Boulevard, is big enough for kids of various ages to find something to do, but small enough that they won't get lost. On a Saturday morning, it was practically empty, and one parent said she's never seen more than 10 kids there. Playground equipment isn't new but it's clean enough to let your kids play on. It's divided into areas for preschool and school-age children, all on soft mulch. In addition to the slides and climbing equipment, there are regular and baby swings, a small sandbox and zip line, which is incased in a rail so little fingers can't get caught. There's a covered picnic area with several tables, but that's the only shade. Be sure to stroll or ride bikes around the short trails – you'll find a grass volleyball court, basketball court, tennis court and bridges over a creek. Parking is on-street only. There are no restrooms but one drinking fountain. — Heather Bailey

n Small student-to-teacher ratio allows for more one-on-one instruction.

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704-989-9428 jerichosgift.com jerichosgift@gmail.com

Accepting new students!

Located at Honeysuckle Farm 6812 S. Rocky River Rd., Monroe, NC 28112

Christ Lutheran Children’s Center 4519 Providence Road

THE

SCOOP

BATHROOMS BABY SWINGS SHADE PARKING on street STROLLER-FRIENDLY PICNIC SHELTER

To tour, call 704-365-8687

Join us for a year of learning, growing and fun! Nurturing children since 1989 Half Day spaces still available Visit our website at www.christlutheran childrenscenter.org for more info

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Hear the laughter, see the fun! Memories for years to come! Relax and enjoy!

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About Town Ponies

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Activities for pick up and drop off include: Schools • Sports Practices • CMS Shuttle Stops Child Care Providers • Summer Camps Door-to-Door Service We Work Well with Learning Disabled Kids

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Creative Education in Music

Harmony House for Kids private music classes for ages 5 and up piano, voice, guitar, drum, bass guitar special rates for morning classes Bring this ad - get first month 50% off for classes SUMMER CAMP INFORMATION AT: harmonyhouse4kids.com 704.364.1421

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Southern Park Music School

Reading Specialist Dawn Petalino 704-302-4884 or email: alchemytutoring@yahoo.com

Changing Lives One Child at a Time Reading Specialist Master’s, Orton-Gillingham educated

Charlotte’s Premier Private Music School Since 1964

Private Individualized Music Lessons for All Ages and Abilities

Piano & Violin Lessons Private & In-Home Ballantyne Studio Group Piano Courses Ages 3-5, 6-8, 9-12 & 13-Adult

Piano, Guitar, Violin, Cello, String Bass, Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Brass, Drums and Percussion, Voice and more!

VOICE LESSONS WITH ÉOW YN “I teach in-home voice lessons for all ages with a passion for young singers.” t I obtained a Master’s degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Southern Mississippi t My numerous professional performances have included lead roles in Fiddler on the Roof, Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado, Mozart’s Così fan tutte t I offer a free evaluation and short lesson on our first visit Preparing students for college music departments, choral groups, auditions or those who simply desire to be a better singer.

St. Ann’s Catholic School 600 Hillside Ave., Charlotte 28209 contact us

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10046-G East Independence Blvd, Matthews, NC 28105 704-708-8961 www.musicmatterscharlotte.com CLASSES FOR AGES 18 MONTHS - AGE 6

4805 Park Road, Suite 230, Charlotte, North Carolina

704-676-1002

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Classes for children age 3-12 and their parents in all proficiency levels from 9:30am to 12pm.

custom tailored one-on-one lessons student concerts and recitals, no fee to participate experienced staff money back guarantee flexible scheduling on-site receptionist for the best possible customer service

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I’m no Dick Tracy

I

am chalking this up to a learning experience. My story starts one fine Thursday morning. Sage and her preschool classmates were going on a field trip to a water park. I had no plans for the day, although my wife had several appointments, A GOOD SPORT so she BY BRUCE SNYDER suggested that I go to the water park just to make sure Sage would be safe. After all, this was to be my daughter’s first field trip without her parents. Sage was not nervous. In fact, she was looking forward to the adventure. So I decided to go to the water park before her bus got there, but stay in my car, hidden. That way Sage wouldn’t know I was spying on her, and I could make sure she was safe. My plan had a problem. I thought I had parked in an out-of-the-way

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location, but I hadn’t, and it was overcast and rainy. So instead of sunlight reflecting off my car windshield, Sage could see right inside. At one point her playtime brought her near my car. She recognized it, looked in, saw me and waved. I sheepishly waved back. Sage then went and got her teacher and friends to show them her nerd dad. Of course, the preschool staff had things well in hand. I was the only parent there. I didn’t know what to do, so I did nothing, as if no one had seen me, even though 30 kids and three adults were laughing at me. That evening when I picked up Sage, her first question was, “Why did you follow me?” I tried to tell her it was Mom’s idea, but that theory got shot down in a hurry. When we had dinner that night, Sage retold the story to my wife. Again I was the butt of everyone’s

Sage Snyder, 5.

joke. Sage then emphatically informed me that she is a big girl and I don’t need to go on anymore of her field trips. Needless to say, my future as a private detective is in doubt. I guess I need to sharpen my spying skills before it’s time for Sage’s first date. Bruce Snyder is a longime sportscaster who lives in Charlotte with his wife and two children, Sage, 5 and Brayden, 2.


I’m no Dick Tracy

I

am chalking this up to a learning experience. My story starts one fine Thursday morning. Sage and her preschool classmates were going on a field trip to a water park. I had no plans for the day, although my wife had several appointments, A GOOD SPORT so she BY BRUCE SNYDER suggested that I go to the water park just to make sure Sage would be safe. After all, this was to be my daughter’s first field trip without her parents. Sage was not nervous. In fact, she was looking forward to the adventure. So I decided to go to the water park before her bus got there, but stay in my car, hidden. That way Sage wouldn’t know I was spying on her, and I could make sure she was safe. My plan had a problem. I thought I had parked in an out-of-the-way

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location, but I hadn’t, and it was overcast and rainy. So instead of sunlight reflecting off my car windshield, Sage could see right inside. At one point her playtime brought her near my car. She recognized it, looked in, saw me and waved. I sheepishly waved back. Sage then went and got her teacher and friends to show them her nerd dad. Of course, the preschool staff had things well in hand. I was the only parent there. I didn’t know what to do, so I did nothing, as if no one had seen me, even though 30 kids and three adults were laughing at me. That evening when I picked up Sage, her first question was, “Why did you follow me?” I tried to tell her it was Mom’s idea, but that theory got shot down in a hurry. When we had dinner that night, Sage retold the story to my wife. Again I was the butt of everyone’s

Sage Snyder, 5.

joke. Sage then emphatically informed me that she is a big girl and I don’t need to go on any more of her field trips. Needless to say, my future as a private detective is in doubt. I guess I need to sharpen my spying skills before it’s time for Sage’s first date. Bruce Snyder is a longime sportscaster who lives in Charlotte with his wife and two children, Sage, 5 and Brayden, 2.


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