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FREE January/February 2012

The magazine for families in the quad-state area! Frederick & Washington counties, MD Eastern Panhandle, WV Frederick & Clarke counties, VA Franklin County, PA

Family Health

A look at ... alternative health therapies, children’s dental health, safe baby food practices, EE, SUDEP, and more! Plus

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Shepherdstown, WV offers families the perfect destination for spending the day or settling in to raise a family. You’ll be pleased to find some of the finest shopping for all ages in the area, conveniently located within walking distance of one another. Shepherdstown is also the home to educational opportunities for children from preschool up to the renowned college, with a variety of choices in-between. In the arts, whether your child prefers dance, music or leans toward visual arts, you’ll be sure to find something offered to enrich their lives.

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Our editorial mission: Child Guide strives to provide families and educators with a free publication packed with good ideas and local resources for raising happy, healthy children – because we believe that being a loving guide for your child is the most important job in the world.

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Family Health Departments: Alternative Health Therapies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6

Dear Teacher . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14

Baby Food for Thought . . . . . . . . . . .18

Heads Up Calendar of Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24

EE: A Journey through Eosinophilic Esophagitis . . . . . . . . . .8

Modern Manners 101 . . . . . . . . . . .22

Living Healthier . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 SUDEP – Sudden Death in Epilepsy

Neurofeedback . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 The Wave of the Future

Preventing the New “Bottle Mouth” – Early Childhood Caries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 February is National Children’s Dental Health Month

Basic Table Manners for Kids, Part 2

Name Game . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17

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Readers Giveaways . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4

Resource lists: Birthday Club & Party Planner . . . .21

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Most giveaways follow our Family Health theme for this issue. Enter online at or use form below. Dr. Hess Udder Products are naturally healing and soothing ointments and balms built to fulfill the basic needs of skin worldwide. The company originally launched with a product designed to treat the dry cracked skin of cows’ udders. Soon they were hearing surprised farmers touting the healing benefits of the ointment on their own skin as well. Udder Ointment has been formulated to include 13 skin moisturizers, softeners and blood circulating and oxygenating ingredients that repairs cracked heels and cuticles, chapped lips, burns, abrasions and even diabetic skin damage. Giveaway includes Udder Ointment, Baby Butts diaper cream, and Udder Stick lip balms. Frownies new Gentle Lifts is a wrinkle reversal patch that naturally flattens and smooths unwanted lines around the lips. Frownies, a company that has been eliminating wrinkles for over 120 years, developed Gentle Lifts to fit comfortably around the lip area. Frownies facial pads are all natural and reshape the muscle using nothing toxic. The non latex and hypo allergenic patch flattens and lifts lines out of the muscles on the face, leaving you with soft, rejuvenated skin. Gentle Lifts are self-adhesive patches made of a band-aid type fabric with a soft cotton edge. These reusable patches come 60 in a box, and can be placed on lines around the mouth or anywhere you need a gentle lift for three hours, preferably overnight. The longer you use the patch the more lasting results you see! After using Gentle Lifts, revitalize and protect the same area of skin with Frownies Immune Shield. Made from 40% vitamin E from whole oats, this powerful antioxidant has the ability to work like a topical filler, absorbing into the skin and hydrating irregular surface areas. Daily use of the Immune Shield around the lips will help prevent lines from forming and produce smooth, younger looking skin. Giveaway includes one box of Gentle Lifts with Immune Shield. One in every 110 children will be diagnosed with autism, according to Autism Speaks. This staggering statistic is known all too well to the parents and families dealing with the disorder. Simone Brenneman is one of those parents having raised two autistic children. In The Castle We Called Home, Brenneman reveals the autobiographical story of one mother’s quest to connect with her autistic son. A story of struggles and triumphs, the book reveals the complexities of Hayden, his autistic sister and his family’s inspiring journey to evolve as a unit and as individuals. For many years, Brenneman lived greatly submerged in the complex and fascinating world of her two autistic children. Working alongside their therapists and gaining a vast understanding of autism, she now works as a behavior interventionist for autistic children in hopes to accurately understand and respond to autism. The Castle We Called Home captivates audiences with a powerful eye-opening account of one family’s story of love, acceptance and the complex beauty of autism. Giveaway: 1 book Page 4

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In 1970 Dr. Arthur Janov changed the world of psychotherapy with the introduction of his international best-selling book, The Primal Scream. With the debut of his newest book, Life Before Birth: The Hidden Script That Rules Our Life, Dr. Janov says, “Our mental and physical health as adults is not strictly based on hereditary, it is based on epigenetics... how we’ve been nurtured in the womb and our first years is at least as important, if not more so, than heredity.” Life Before Birth explores in impact of: • Womb-speak - the messages a mother sends her unborn child without saying a word • Epigenetics - the impact of experience layered on top of genetics • Maternal imprinting - physiologic signatures passed from the pregnant mother to the child • Oxytocin - the hormone of love and the role it plays in labor, birth and breastfeeding • Reverse evolution - why areas of the brain must be treated in the reverse order they developed in human evolution • Psychotherapy - traditionally treats the left side of the brain but should be treating the lower right brain responsible for much of our memory and feeling • The critical window - gestation and birth make up the period of our lives that has the greatest impact on our personality, disease-fighting ability and mental health

See more at Giveaway: 1 book Combining patterns from popular word games with puzzles, a brand new, unique format creates the World’s Greatest 3-D Word Game – SCRUBLE Cube™. This patentpending game has over 7.4 x 1045 (that’s 7,401 septillion) possible configurations that anyone who can spell can play. Rated for ages 8 and up, SCRUBLE Cube™ can be played by one to four players. Like the famous puzzle cubes, players rotate and twist rows and columns of the cube, but instead of trying to align certain colors, with the SCRUBLE Cube™ your goal is to rearrange letters to create new words. Giveaway: 1 ScrubleCube Please, enter me in Child Guide’s Jan/Feb readers giveaway. Enter online at or mail form to: Child Guide, Readers Giveaway, PO Box 3529, Hagerstown, MD 21742 Name _______________________________________________________ Address ______________________________________________________ City/State/Zip _________________________________________________ Phone ____________________________Email _____________________ Preferences: __________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________

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freshalicious is an easy-to-follow and beautifully designed cookbook resource for anyone interested in preventing disease, looking better, feeling energized and contributing to a sustainable, healthy community for generations to come. Taking the ‘local’ trend beyond its traditional definition, freshalicious provides simple, practical steps to a healthier, more robust lifestyle. With colorful and inspiring pictures and stories, freshalicious takes the reader on a journey from the farm to the dinner table, showing just how easy – and fun – making positive lifestyle changes can be. freshalicious explores topics including: • The creation of a stronger economy through healthy choices: how, contrary to popular belief, eating better will actually save you money • Why seasonal cooking has been “pushed to the margins by the market’s short-sightedness” • How to involve yourself in the fresh food revival • Getting rid of the idea of ‘sacrifice’ -- eating beautiful, delicious, flavorful food that you can feel good about, too! • The internal and external physical advantages of adopting a fresh, local lifestyle; from preventing disease and alleviating allergies to losing weight and looking great! • Living local and eating fresh as a parent: teaching and influencing a generation of children to make healthy, sustainable choices and give back to their communities. Giveaway: 1 book Health Needs to Be Top Priority for Parents with Busy Schedules “Our children need us to be there for them, and putting your own health on the back burner may be detrimental to those who count on you as a parent,” say Dian Griesel, Ph.D., and Tom Griesel, authors of the new book, TurboCharged: Accelerate Your Fat Burning Metabolism, Get Lean Fast and Leave Diet and Exercise Rules in the Dust . The key to success, say the Griesels, is to incorporate foods, activities and exercise into your day that don’t require too much time away from your family obligations or any special preparation, location or equipment. Their TurboCharged suggestions for parents include: Don’t eat unless you’re actually hungry. Focus on fresh fruits, vegetables, beans, nuts, seeds and small amounts of quality animal protein. Eliminate refined foods, processed foods and sweeteners, particularly high-fructose corn syrup. Avoid fast food. Prepare your own meals and keep them simple. Stay on your feet as much as possible. Incorporate short exercise sessions into your day. Take time daily to relax, de-stress and focus on goals. TurboCharged® is a groundbreaking 8-step program that defies common weight-loss theories. It successfully delivers body-defining rapid fat loss, accelerates metabolism, and improves health and odds of longevity without gimmicks, supplements or special equipment. See more at Giveaway for 3 winners, which includes tee-shirt, book and a tape measure to get you started.

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Alternative health therapies become more mainstream BY LORI RYPKA ell a person you’re sick, and the likely response is “Go to see a doctor.” Sure, wise advise that has been handed down through the ages; however, there is a growing trend of patients choosing to incorporate alternative therapies to their plans of care. Starting with the term “alternative therapy,” may give the impression of an untested treatment. That is far from the case. All it means is that there are treatments that are outside of the mainstream Western medicine and pharmaceutical route that may be just as effective for certain conditions. Some therapies available to people may be newer, yet others are thousands of years old. Regardless, the first stop for most people is to see a physician, and in many cases alternative health practitioners will suggest that first then work in conjunction with a person’s physician. Therapies such as acupuncture and chiropractic are fairly common. These are mainstream, yet still outside the classification of Western medicine. Penelope Melas-Lee, an acupuncturist and owner of Two Frogs Healing in Frederick, Md., said that for many of her patients with chronic pain or serious illnesses, they have tried most of the Western approaches and haven’t had a lot of successes. “They are looking for something they haven’t tried before,” she said. “We get a lot of people who are at their wits end.” In her practice, she and her husband see many people suffering from Lyme disease, in which case she suggests they see a physician


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first before beginning acupuncture treatment because the use of antibiotics as quickly as possible has shown to be a successful first step. There are conditions, especially acute conditions, that Western medicine can handle more quickly, said Melas-Lee. And some not at all, for example, if a person comes to them with bulging discs in their spine or deterioration, acupuncture won’t be able to help the physical condition. In many cases it’s the combination of therapies that prove most effective. What’s interesting is what practitioners are doing to advance their alternative therapy. Melas-Lee said that when she finished acupuncture school, she had a good skeleton of what to do, but found the need to research further into what Western medicine terms a specialty. With the work Two Frogs does for Lyme patients, they have delved deeper into the disease to see how they can be more effective in their treatment. “I don’t think people realize the potential for what [acupuncture] can do,” she said, adding that they have created their own protocol for best practices on treating the disease. Even a therapy that has been around for thousands of years can advance over the years. Other alternative treatments gaining popularity include herbs and supplements, natural nutrition, hypnosis, homeopathy, naturopathy, yoga, tai chi, energy healing, chiropractic, acupuncture, massage and hypnosis. Because most of these therapies are unregulated, including the use of herbal


In many cases it’s the combination of therapies that prove most effective. supplements, they may not be covered by standard insurance. Most therapies can be used for both adults and kids, with modifications for each.

The same, but different What makes a therapy “alternative” may simply be in the way one looks at a therapy. Taking an aspirin hardly seems out of the mainstream. But what if the person can’t swallow a pill or is allergic to an ingredient in the liquid version? Or what if a child needs a dose of a mainstream medication that isn’t available on the market? Shaving a small portion off a larger dosed pill can be frustrating. Pharmacist Russell Lederhouse from The Wellness Pharmacy in Winchester, Va., takes a different approach to providing his patients drugs and supplementation. As a compounding pharmacist, Lederhouse makes his medications from scratch. He can make a medication to the exact dosage needed, regardless of what’s available to the general market. Also, if a child has an allergy to a particular filler, he could take that out. He can even flavor medications to a child’s preference. Some children may not be able to take a medication by mouth, and in many situations he is able to make a topical gel with the prescription, so the medication is absorbed into the system through the skin. A professed “lab rat” in college, Lederhouse double majored in biology and chemistry, then went on to medical school. He didn’t want to be a slave to a hospital, but wanted to be in the medical field. “I fell into pharmacy and it was a perfect fit.” He works with Western medicine physicians as well as naturopaths. With a licensed herbalist on staff, he

is able to work with the patient to find the best and most effective treatment for what ails them. Lederhouse recalled being able to help a woman with shingles who was referred to him by a pain clinic. She had been experiencing unbearable pain in her pelvic area to the point that even wearing underwear was painful. After speaking with the woman he learned that her biggest complaint was that the area itched. Even applying a topical cream was too painful. Lederhouse was able to prepare a spray to numb the area and calm the itch. The first night the woman slept for a full night because of the relief, and within two months she was healed, he said. The Wellness Pharmacy does not work with insurance, nor does it handle routine prescriptions like birth control. “However, if someone wants to take herbs to help out with their blood pressure, we can help with that,” Lederhouse said. “We could offer different alternatives that may be better or cheaper.” “[The use of herbs] seems to be a growing movement,” Lederhouse said. “They are going more holistic versus taking chemicals or drugs for overnight success. Those may cause a lot of other side effects.” Having the balance of both standard medicine and herbs is a good combination, said Lederhouse. Typically traditional medications work well for acute conditions, while herbal supplements or nutritional enzymes may help more in the longer term. Lori Rypka is a Frederick, Md.-based freelance writer and mom to two kids. As a certified personal trainer, Lori enjoys writing about health and wellness issues and topics.

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EE: A Journey through Eosinophilic Esophagitis A painful disease of the esophagus, taking its time to be diagnosed. Could your child be suffering? BY ANGELA ROYSE PELLEMAN

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t had been a year. My son Nick was constantly ill, and getting worse. He already struggled with allergies and asthma, was continuously battling strep, and hardly ever wanted to eat. A premature twin, weighing only two pounds, 15 ounces at birth, Nick had remained in the 5th percentile, so weight loss became a concern. Dismayed, I watched as my 11-year-old bookworm, artist, and guitar, hockey, baseball and chess player, disappeared and planted himself onto the couch with no energy to do anything but watch TV. Everything hurt: his head, stomach, joints, legs and fingers, and especially, his throat. “My throat hurts. It stings. It burns,” said Nick. “My stomach hurts. I feel too sick to eat. I just want something cold.” There were days when he’d only have broth and popsicles, and that was because I warned that dehydration demanded a hospital trip for an IV. Mother’s intuition said this was serious. Appointments were made with the pediatrician, allergist, and ear, nose, and throat specialist. Nick tested borderline for mononucleosis, which showed a slight elevation in eosinophils (white blood cells), but he never got better. He came out negative for both rheumatoid and juvenile arthritis, Lyme disease and more. The allergist thought his throat looked fine, but an ENT looked further into his esophagus with a scope. Frightening news revealed that the lumen of the esophagus was red and raw, as if tissue was being destroyed. My husband and I were told it was a mystery. Nick was sent immediately for an x-ray of his throat. The doctor didn’t believe it was cancer, but wanted our son to be seen at UVA. Our family urgently requested prayer from family, friends, our church and prayer groups. A series of UVA appointments would occur over the next few months. At the first appointment, Nick was extremely ill, but true to character joked around with the nurse. When she asked him to step onto the scale, he pointed over toward the baby scale, mustered up a grin and said, “That’s going to be difficult!” Nick was quieter with the ENT. He was tired, and didn’t want to have blood drawn. Diagnosed with Acid Reflux, he was sent home with a list of acidic foods that would not be allowed, including his favorites: orange juice, pizza and spaghetti. Nick was also given a prescription for acid reduction. I had researched EE online, and had come prepared with questions. Wouldn’t Nick need an endoscopy? Yes. But before this could be set up, we had to meet with the gastrointestinal specialist. Nick suffered for two months as we waited for the appointment, but our prayers were answered, when a spot opened quickly afterward for his procedure, which the secretary said was unusual. More prayers came, as Nick got ready for his procedure, which involved fasting and drinking a white barium solution. On procedure day, Nick had a positive attitude, saying it was cool to see his insides glowing on the x-ray machine. He watched a pill go all the way down into his stomach, as the doctor made sure it didn’t get stuck. He was then put to sleep for the procedure, and was allowed to eat afterward. A few days later, the diagnosis was confirmed that would change Nick’s life: Eosinophilic Esophagitis. Blood work showed esosinophils in his esophagus. Endoscopy revealed rings in his esophagus, which are the most common structural abnormality.


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What is EE or EoE?

Nick Pelleman, age 12, enjoying the first snow of the season. Nick was given a prescription for liquid steroids, which are normally used in inhalers, but are instead swallowed. Medications treat, but do not cure EE. We also met with the UVA pediatric allergist, to discuss Nick’s asthma, and his allergies to peanut, tree nut, animal dander, dust, pollens and grasses. Could additional allergens be adding to the problem? Testing included skin scratch test to the seven most common allergens, and blood work, which could give more accurate test results. The results were disappointing, but helpful: new allergies, though mild, to wheat, corn and tomato. Such mild allergies don’t bother most people, but can be different for a child with EE. On a trial basis, we found which allergens exacerbated his condition. It would be a challenge to eat safe, healthy, tasty food with these dietary restrictions. Unfortunately, we found that Nick could not tolerate his favorite food, tomato, with corn being a close second. However, he seemed to tolerate wheat in small doses. Additional check ups at UVA gave us assurance, that though EE is a difficult disease, Nick should not be feeling miserable all the time, and doctors are there to improve Nick’s health and answer our questions. We are thankful that our son’s disease, while distressing, can be managed through medications and proper diet. There is trial and error involved. Sometimes a food may contain hidden pepper or a tomato base. Fresh foods that are prepared at home are always best. We’ve also accepted that Nick may not always feel like eating lunch, and may just be able to handle a late afternoon snack. It’s better if family activities are not “food-centered.” We’re thankful for health insurance that covers most of his expensive medication. Currently, we are looking into Nick taking a break from his medication, because of the side effects involved.

Eosinophilic Esophagitis is a disease where eosinophils (a special type of blood cell) are found in the esophagus, which is an unusual place find them. This can lead to narrowing of the esophagus, making it painful and difficult to swallow (dysphagia), and even causing food or pills to get stuck in the esophagus. There is often a burning sensation in the throat along with stomach pain. EE is rare, but in the last decade has increased to about 1 in 2,000 people being diagnosed. Anyone can have EE, but it is more often diagnosed among older adolescent Caucasian males. No one has discovered why some people develop EE, but acid reflux, allergies, and asthma seem to be related. Scientists have also found a set of genes expressed differently in people with EE. Food intolerance is the major problem, with some individuals unable to eat any foods at all, living on an expensive amino acid-based drink only. EE is diagnosed by x-ray with a barium swallow, an upper endoscopy, along with a biopsy of tissue. For the barium swallow, the patient drinks a white liquid, which coats the esophagus and shows up white on the x-ray, allowing the physician to see abnormalities that might exist. During endoscopy, the physician uses an endoscope, which is a long, flexible lighted tube, to look for concentric rings (called Schatzki’s rings), webs, or furrows in the esophagus, and also notes if the esophagus has white spots or if it is narrowed. For biopsy, a small tissue sample is removed from the esophagus, so technicians at the lab can look for infections and the presence of eosinophils. EE is currently treated, but not cured, with acid blocking medications and steroids, which are usually used in inhalers, but are instead swallowed. Informational websites for about EE: American College of Gastroenterology Health Blurbs Goyal & Shaker Motility Online


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Every cloud has a silver lining. Nick gets to eat all the ice cream he wants, because Praise God, he isn’t allergic to milk! This allows him to get some extra calories he needs, while enjoying a favorite food every day. While Nick doesn’t have days when he feels completely well, some days are better than others. We pray for more of those days, and we always hold on to the hope that Nick’s EE will move into remission, and that he will one day be completely healed.

If you run a camp or are an organization sponsoring a camp, Child Guide invites you to submit information for our Summer Camps guide. We’re compiling a comprehensive list for our May/June issue. We will also run some listings in March/April and July/August (dependent upon camp registrations). Please include the following information:

Angela lives in Berryville with her husband Dave. She is a writer, and homeschooling mom of 12-year-old twins, Nick and Jake, and 2-year-old Abigail.

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Living Healthier BY KATHERINE COBB Support for Developmental (Autism, Aspergers), Attention (ADHD), Social, Behavioral, and Learning Challenges

A family’s tragedy becomes a catalyst to educate others about SUDEP

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When Mylissa Daniels tucked her 5-year-old son Dallas into bed this past January, she had no idea he would be dead by morning, or heartbreakingly, that it might have been preventable.

•Psychological Assessments •Individual and Family Therapy •Social Skills Groups •Executive Skills (planning & organization) Coaching •Speech and Language Therapy •Adult Life Planning •Neurofeedback (EEG Biofeedback) •Working Memory Training

Dallas was diagnosed with epilepsy at age one, but none of his doctors ever mentioned “sudden death in epilepsy,” known as SUDEP. Although rare, SUDEP is estimated to account for up to 18 percent of all deaths in patients with epilepsy.


According to SUDEP Aware, while the cause is unknown, investigations have identified several contributing or associated factors that indicate some individuals are at higher risk. “My son fit the criteria for being at risk, and even being a special education pre-K teacher, and having a husband and mother that have epilepsy, none of us had ever heard of the word SUDEP,” said Daniels.


This photo of Dallas Daniels was his last school picture taken three months before he passed away. Provided by Mylissa Daniels

“There are resources available, and yet still physicians will not refer families to these resources,” added Daniels, who is currently working with the Danny Did Foundation, which supports the use of Emfit Movement Monitors. “Emfit Monitors would sound an alarm if an epileptic person had a severe seizure in their sleep,” she explained. “This is how my son and many other SUDEP incidents happen — in their sleep. The monitors are already being used in nursing homes, and detect when patients have a drop in blood pressure or heart rate. This will do the same for an epileptic.” Mike and Mariann Stanton created the Danny Did Foundation in 2010 after their 4-year-old son Danny died from SUDEP. “Danny only had seizures in his sleep, and we were lucky enough on several occasions to catch Danny while he was seizing. At these times we were able to address the seizure. We could protect him. We could time the seizure. We could administer medicine. We could call 911. We were able to address the seizure,” states his parents on their website. “A device made for home use that reliably senses seizure activity and sounds an alarm when such activity occurs offers the opportunity, at the very least, for a parent or loved one to address the seizure. Danny, after all, did not die on

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any occasions that we were able to address a seizure in progress.” “While we are seriously grieving the loss of our son,” states Daniels, “my goal in life now is to prevent other families from experiencing such tragedies through knowledge and prevention, as well as keep Dallas’s memory alive.” To that end, Daniels has created a website in her son’s memory as a resource to families with epilepsy, including links to other sites focused on preventing SUDEP. For more information, parents can visit the Dallas Daniels website (, the Danny Did Foundation ( or SUDEP Aware ( Katherine Cobb has been studying nutrition, fitness and mental health for the past 20 years.

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The Daniels family turned their son Dallas’ artwork into postcards. Said Mylissa: “I’m still a proud mother of his art abilities. Dallas would draw awesome pictures for a child with minimal delays and speech impairments.” Provided by Mylissa Daniels



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or most parents, coming to terms with your child being diagnosed with an emotional, learning, or related disorder is often hard to accept. Most likely, a classroom teacher, school principal, or daycare provider initially provides feedback on the presence of a problem, with a formal diagnosis often made from a qualified mental health care provider or physician. The initial response from parents can vary from acceptance to complete denial, and in the latter case, denial often goes hand in hand with blame. Accepting the diagnosis is only the first step. Treatment recommendations can be confusing and overwhelming, and may range from medication, special education services, a behavior intervention play, or counseling and therapy. Many parents are open to these suggestions, but also yearn for additional options to help their children as well. Over the last four decades, neurofeedback has evolved as a scientifically based treatment option to address childhood conditions involving poor self-regulation skills and arousal based deficits. Neurofeedback is a totally painless, non-invasive approach to reset the brain to a more optimal level of arousal. Unlike medication, neurofeedback involves a learning paradigm, meaning that the child learns how to exercise, enhance, and strengthen desired brainwave activity. The treatment has an ending point, with usually 20-25 sessions leading to meaningful changes that generalize to most settings. For instance, Marie is 8 years old and has difficulty focusing and sustaining her attention over the course of a long school day. She has a tendency to over-focus on class work, and tunes out further instruction, or in some cases is under-focused, and appears highly distracted by sights or sounds in her class setting. Her main difficulty in school is appropriately regulating her attention. On the other hand, Sam is 10 years old and is very anxious in school. He worries constantly about being called upon to read aloud in class, perform a math problem on the board, and becomes especially agitated during tests and quizzes. Sam is becoming reluctant to attend school, and his parents are having a difficult time at home. Both Sam and Marie may be excellent candidates for neurofeedback, because both have arousal-based difficulties. A typical neurofeedback session lasts approximately 45 minutes, and is both relaxing and fun. The child puts on a special cap with electrodes placed on various parts of the scalp to record brain wave activity at desired locations. A trained clinician monitors the electrical activity of the brain on a computer, and then chooses a more optimal range for the child to be functioning. For most common forms of attention-deficit disorders, there is too much slow wave activity, called theta waves, in the prefrontal cortices of the brain. In these situations, the child is rewarded for increasing or speeding up faster brain wave activity in the frontal lobes. This area of the brain is critical in helping the child establish more focused attention and developing better self-regulation skills. How does the child do this? Simply by watching their favorite movie on a monitor or playing a special video game. When the desired brain wave

activity is reached, the movie will play with a brightly lit screen. When the child’s brain waves are not at an optimal arousal state, then no reward is given, and the screen darkens. The child’s job is simply to relax, watch the movie, and keep the screen bright. Of course, successful performance is not controlled by a mouse or joystick, but rather by the electrical activity of the brain. The clinician is continuously monitoring each training session, and making adjustments to the reward threshold in order to maximize the learning process. Gradually, the child learns to make an association between feelings of relaxation and optimal states of arousal that can be generalized back into the class setting. The American Psychological Association (APA), the governing body of professional psychology, has recognized neurofeedback as an efficacious treatment to improve most disorders of arousal. Neurofeedback has also been used to treat headaches, pain, and sleep disturbances as well. In fact, many parents will report that after just a few sessions, their child was able to fall asleep quicker, sleep more soundly, and transition more efficiently from a sleep state to an awake state in the morning. It is important to note that neurofeedback does not “cure” disorders, but rather optimizes arousal levels of the brain to improve basic life activities. Persons of all ages can benefit from neurofeedback, though it is important to note that like any treatment, the effects will vary among all individuals. Neurotherapy is designed to tackle the problem right where it lies…in the brain. The field is regulated by the Biofeedback Certification Institute of America (BCIA). In addition, peer reviewed clinical studies demonstrating the efficacious treatment of neurofeedback with a variety of disorders can be found by going to the website for the International Society for Neuronal Regulation (ISNR), or subscribing to their journal. As neuroscience begins to unravel the mystery of the mind, the development of more stable and adaptive behavior starts with our increased knowledge of the brain, and how it communicates through brainwaves. Neurofeedback may just be the “wave” of the future. Steven G. Feifer, D. Ed., NCSP, ABSNP is a nationally renowned speaker and author in the field of learning disabilities, and has authored six books on learning and emotional disorders in children. He currently works at the Monocacy Neurodevelopmental Center in Frederick, Maryland, where he conducts school neuropsychological evaluations and is the director of neurofeedback. Dr. Feifer is also an adjunct professor at both George Washington University and Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, as well as a clinical supervisor in the ABSNP school neuropsychology training program. He was voted the Maryland School Psychologist of the Year in 2008, and awarded the 2009 National School Psychologist of the Year.

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Preventing The New “Bottle Mouth”Early Childhood Caries BY JOSEPH CAMACHO, DDS AND MICHAEL VIRTS, DDS, SPECIALISTS IN PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY ental caries, or cavities, is the most common chronic disease of childhood. By the time they start kindergarten, 40 percent of children have at least one cavity. Early Childhood Caries, or ECC, is a disease that causes severe dental problems at very young ages. This condition can begin as early as eight or ten months of age. Many years ago, this condition was known as “bottle mouth,” “bottle rot,” “baby bottle tooth decay,” or “nursing caries.” Since that time, dentists have learned that giving a child a bottle of milk or nursing does not necessarily cause cavities by itself. Because of this, the term “Early Childhood Caries” was invented.


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ECC may cause pain and infection. This can adversely affect a child’s performance in school. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry states that “children with dental pain may be irritable, withdrawn, or unable to concentrate.”

Your Cavities and Your Child New studies are showing that caregivers who have untreated tooth decay can pass the cavity bacteria to their child! All caregivers should visit the dentist regularly to have their dental problems addressed prior to sharing a spoon with or cleaning off a pacifier for their child. The following is a list of additional factors that can lead to ECC: • Frequent juice, soda, chocolate milk or sports drink consumption or drinking these right before bed without brushing afterward • Frequent snacking on sticky, chewy foods (fruit snacks, taffy) • Secondhand smoke at home or on clothes • Sharing a spoon or drink with your child, or cleaning off a pacifier in your mouth, if you have untreated tooth decay.

How is ECC Treated? Because early childhood caries can occur in children in a wide range of ages, several treatment options are available. The options are chosen at the discretion of the dentist. They are designed with your child’s safety and comfort as our top priority. On certain occasions, your child’s dentist may recommend a mild to moderate oral sedation appointment for your child in the office. In other situations, nitrous oxide (laughing gas) alone may be an option. However, for some children, ECC is so extensive that it must be treated in a hospital setting while the child is completely asleep.

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February is National Children’s Dental Health Month tion, and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry all support the controlled use of fluoride. Fluoride comes in many forms, but the body uses fluoride differently depending on what form it is in. For example, community water sources in this area of the United States are often fluoridated. If the water is not fluoridated, but is tested and found to be low in fluoride, tablets or drops are prescribed. This type of fluoride works on a systemic, or whole-body level, incorporating itself into the developing teeth. Recently, studies have shown that it works even more on a topical, or localized, level, directly strengthening tooth enamel. A topical effect also comes from the fluoride found in toothpaste and the varnish that is professionally applied. Both systemic and topical forms of fluoride are beneficial to the teeth that are currently present as well as the teeth that are still developing. Fluoride should be used at least through the age of 16. Your child’s dentist and hygienist have the specialized skills and training to recommend the type(s) of fluoride that will be most beneficial to your child. Some families express concerns about the use of fluoride. If you have any reservations regarding the use of fluoride for your child, do not hesitate to speak with your child’s dentist or hygienist, who will answer your questions thoughtfully and courteously.

Toothpaste Recommendations Are Changing! The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry has recently updated its recommendations for the amount of toothpaste that should be applied to the brush. Fluoride-free “training” toothpastes are no longer recommended. Also, rinsing after brushing should be kept to a minimum.

For children age 2 and under, only a smear of fluoride toothpaste is all that is necessary. At this age, most children have not yet learned to spit out the toothpaste. This small amount is enough to benefit the teeth, but not enough to be harmful should it be swallowed. For children between the ages of 2 through 5, a “peasized” amount of fluoride toothpaste is recommended.

How Can I Prevent ECC in My Child? A visit to the dentist by the age of one year is very valuable in preventing ECC because it promptly addresses the causes of the disease. If detected early, this problem can usually be corrected. Some parents are informed that a child’s first visit to the dentist should be at age 3, 4, or even 5 years old. Sadly, this is too late for some children. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the American Dental Association, and the American Academy of Pediatrics all now recommend that your child’s first visit to the dentist is by the time they get their first tooth, but no later than the age of one year. Parents have the ability to prevent Early Childhood Caries in their children. By starting with a dental visit by the time your child is 12 months old, the risk drops substantially. Information Source For This Article: American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. Pediatr Dent 2011;33(special issue) About the Authors: Dr. Joseph Camacho and Dr. Michael Virts practice together as specialists in pediatric dentistry at Frederick Pediatric Dentistry, LLC, 77 Thomas Johnson Drive #A, in Frederick. They can be reached at 301-682-3887 or at

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New Year’s Resolutions to Put Your Children on the Path to A’s and B’s Parents: What you do directly influences how successful your children will be in school. They don’t have to be geniuses to get A’s and B’s in school. This is an absolute myth. However, you do have to instill in them a willingness to work hard and a desire to do their best in order for them to be rewarded with top grades. Because it the start of a new year and the traditional time to make resolutions, why don’t you choose one or more of the following resolutions to make sure your children are truly on the path to making the Honor Roll each grading period. Resolve to… • Praise your children for making an effort to do well in school. • Communicate the importance of education. • Establish the homework habit. • Encourage your children to talk about what happened at school each day. • Eat dinner with your children every night. • Monitor the type and amount of TV your children watch. • Limit the time your children spend using electronic gadgetry. • Stress the importance of good attendance records. • Limit the number of extracurricular activities in which your children participate.

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Kindergarten Starting Age Can Affect Entire Life Question: My children are in college and college graduates. Since they had summer birthdays, I thought long and hard about when to send them to school. It was a hot topic of discussion with other moms at the time. Over the years, I watched my children and their classmates and how they handled high school – driving, drinking, dating and getting into and staying in college. The point I would like you to express to parents is that the age that they send their children to school sets the stage for the age they will be when they face all the trials of high school, as well as college. Will they be mature enough for these challenges? When you are a parent of kindergarten-age children, it is hard to think about them all grown up, but it happens in only 12 years. This is something to think about when deciding to send a very young child to kindergarten. – Been There Answer: Your letter really says it all. Many young children, not all, need some extra time before starting school. Once they start

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BY SARA JONES hen naming my children, I wanted to avoid “common” names. I didn’t want them to share a name with five other kids in the class. But what did “most popular name in 2001” mean? My unmathematical brain couldn’t process information like, “In the 1990s, there were 237,189 babies out of a total of 19,633,720 named Emily.” I thought, “I’ve met a lot of Emilys in the past ten years. And 230,000 is a lot of babies. Emily is too common! Won’t work!” I would read, “The top names actually comprise less than 1% of total baby names, compared to 7% a century ago.” All that did was throw percent signs into the mix, which didn’t help anything. So I created the Name Village. In the Name Village, two thousand babies are born every ten years (1000 male, 1000 female). The babies are named according to U.S. naming trends, as found on the Social Security Administration site ( and The Baby Name Wizard site ( Jumbled baby name numbers become easy, friendly round numbers. Finally, popularity rankings make some sense! What’s it like in the Village in the 1880s? The men wear waistcoats and the women’s dresses skim the dirt street. Out of the thousand men who live here, 76 are named John. When you call out, “Mary!”, 65 women answer. That’s a lot of Johns and Marys. But you figure you’ve met at least that many Jennifers or Steves, right? You travel to the Village 1970s. A thousand men are lined up to see that new spaceship movie. Only 11 are named Stephen. You walk into a disco and shout out “Jennifer!” Of the thousand women wearing platform shoes and organizing a peace protest, 35 answer you. So what does the Village 2000s look like? Villagers chat on their cell phones and search the “Jobs” section of the classifieds. You climb up onto a hybrid car and shout out the names. Here’s what happens: Isabella (top female name in 2010): After a pause, 6 women answer. Jacob (top male name in 2010): A longer pause, and 5 men turn around. Jayden (#4 boy name in 2010): You wonder if anyone heard you. Finally, 4 acknowledge you. Olivia (#4 girl name in 2010): Are you invisible? You call the name several times before 4 women raise their hands. Those numbers are a dramatic drop even from Jennifer in the 70s. You want a name so common that five kids in one class will share it? Sorry, that’s so last-century! Of course, there are exceptions to cold, hard numbers. Variations (Olivia, Alivia, Olyvia) can multiply a name but not show up in official numbers. Where you live also affects which names you hear more of: you’re more likely to meet a Henry in the Northeast, and a Kaeley in the South. Still, most kids are happy with a name that doesn’t stand out too obviously. So if you love a “common” name, go ahead and use it. There’s a lot more room these days in the Name Village.


Sara Roberts Jones of Stephens City, VA, has named four children. Her husband helped her with the math in this article.

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baby food for thought BY SANDRA GORDON

ou’ve consulted books, logged onto Websites and asked your friends—but you’ve still got niggling questions about feeding your baby safely that no one seems to know the answer to—until now. To help you sort through the confusion, we rounded up top pediatricians and baby safety experts to answer some of your most burning baby food questions. Bonus: Their answers might even save you money! Q: Is it safe to switch from Similac to the store-brand infant formula? I hear the store brand is so much cheaper. A: It’s definitely safe to switch from name-brand infant formula to the store brand and it is a lot better for your bottom line, too. Store-brand formulas, labeled with the names of retail-store brands, such as Target (up & up), Wal-Mart (Parent’s Choice) and Babies R Us (Babies R Us), are as nutritionally complete as national brand formulas, yet cost up to 50 percent less—which can add up to a savings of $600 per year. The store brand had to be as good as the national brand. According to the Food and Drug Administration, all formula marketed in the U.S. must meet the same nutrient specifications, which are set at levels to fulfill the needs of infants. Although infant-formula manufacturers may have their own proprietary formulations, brand-name and store-brand formula must contain at least the minimum levels of all nutrients specified in FDA regulations, without exceeding maximum levels, where those are specified. Skeptical? Compare nutrition information on the labels and see for yourself. Talk to your pediatrician first though, before switching types of formula, such as from regular (cow’s milk) formula to soy formula. That can be a big adjustment for some babies. Q: Is it safe to put a partially eaten jar of baby food back in the fridge for next time? A: You can stash it in the fridge for later as long as you haven’t fed your baby from the jar (or yogurt container). If that’s the case, toss it. Harmful bacteria from your baby’s mouth can grow and multiply in the jar. If your baby typically doesn’t eat a full jar, spoon a portion into a bowl and put the jar in the refrigerator for later, but keep in mind that the clock is ticking. Opened jars of fruits and vegetables will keep for up to three days in the fridge. Meats are good for one day. You’ve got two days, tops, for meat and vegetable combos. Date open jars with a permanent marker so you’ll know what went into the fridge when. Q: How long can I leave infant formula or pumped breast milk out? A: You can leave prepared infant formula or pumped breast milk out of the refrigerator (without a cold pack) for two hours. If it has been sitting out longer than that, you’ll need to throw it out. That includes other perishable items, too, like baby food, dairy products and meat. But play it safe and throw them out after an hour. Q: Are there any special dietary recommendations for breastfeeding, like there are when you’re pregnant (such as avoiding soft cheese and raw fish)?


A: There are, but not many. When you’re breast-feeding, you’ll need to continue avoiding fish high in mercury, just as you did during pregnancy, as per U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommendations. Don’t eat shark, swordfish, king mackerel, or tilefish because they contain high levels of mercury. And if there’s a family history of serious food allergies, such as peanuts or shellfish, you may be advised to avoid both, even if it’s your partner who is allergic. “Otherwise, you can go ahead and eat your normal diet,” says Jennifer Trachtenberg, M.D., a New York City pediatrician and author of Good Kids, Bad Habits. If you’ve heard that avoiding drinking milk yourself can prevent your baby from becoming gassy, or that sticking to a bland diet prevents colic, don’t believe it. They’re not true, Dr. Trachtenberg says. Similarly, you don’t need to avoid soft cheeses like feta, Brie, and Camembert, or sushi or sashimi like you did during pregnancy because the bacterium that may be found in these foods that could cause infection, Listeria monocytogenes, doesn’t transfer to breast milk. Caffeine and alcohol also aren’t off limits if your baby is healthy and not preterm or past due, “but moderation is the best thing,” she says. Ask your baby’s pediatrician for advice if you want to consume either. Q: Do I need to shell out for a bottle sterilizer or is the dishwasher good enough? A: The dishwasher will do the job, especially if you have city (not well water), which is chlorinated, says Charles Shubin, M.D., director of pediatrics at Mercy FamilyCare in Baltimore. (Chlorine kills harmful bacteria that may be present.) Just wash your bottles in the top rack of the dishwasher. Or wash bottles in hot tap water with dishwashing detergent and then rinse them in hot tap water. If you have well water or nonchlorinated water that doesn’t meet current safety levels, talk to your pediatrician. Instead of relying on the dishwasher, you’ll probably be advised to use a sterilizer or boil bottles in water for 5 to 10 minutes before using them. Q: When preparing infant formula, can I just use tap water or do I need to buy bottled water? A: “You can use tap water to prepare infant formula unless you have your own well,” Dr. Shubin says. (Yes, we’re back to that pesky well issue again.) If you have well water, before making infant formula, have it tested. Contact your county health department, or the Department of Natural Resources statewide office in your area. They should have a list of certified labs is available from your state. All babies under six months of age are at risk of nitrate poisoning, according to the EPA, which can cause a condition called methemoglobinemia or “blue baby syndrome,” which robs the blood of oxygen. Public water supplies are tested regularly for nitrates. If your water doesn’t meet EPA’s standard for nitrates and your baby is less than six months old, talk to your pediatrician. You can’t eliminate nitrates by boiling water. It actually concentrates the levels. So you’ll probably need to use bottled water. You’ll also need to worry about lead. Whether you have city or well water, your baby can still be exposed to lead from the pipes in your home. To avoid exposure to lead, as a general rule, use water from the cold tap for making baby formula, drinking, and cooking. Also, if you haven’t turned the water on for six hours or more, the EPA advises letting it run for a minute or more first before filling your baby’s bottle. Q: What’s a great way to save money on baby food? continued on page 20

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A: “Make your own,” Dr. Shubin advises. The main difference between baby food and regular food is that it’s pureed, but a small hand grinder or a blender can take care of that, he says. If you do buy jarred baby food, which is especially convenient when you’re traveling, you’ll save by choosing single-ingredient meats, vegetables and fruits, then mix them to your baby’s liking instead of buying ready-made combos, like herbed chicken with pasta. When your baby is ready for “solid” food (typically around 4 to 6 months), always introduce one food at a time and wait three days. Start with iron-fortified infant cereal mixed with breast milk or formula. Then, slowly introduce pureed vegetables, fruits and meat according to your pediatrician’s time table. If your baby doesn’t get a reaction such as diarrhea or rash, the coast is clear. Go ahead and add another food to your baby’s menu. Don’t spike your baby’s food with sugar or corn syrup and no honey for the first year. Also during your baby’s first 12 months, steer clear of foods loaded with fat and sugar, such as bacon, lunch meat, hot dogs, French fries, creamed veggies, pudding, cookies, candy, cakes, and sweetened drinks such as iced tea and soda. And don’t give your baby hot dogs, peanuts, whole grapes, berries, raisins, hard candies and popcorn (radar: choking hazard). Q: Besides infant formula or breast milk, what else can my baby drink during his first year? A: You’ll need to keep feeding your baby formula or breast milk through the first year, even when your baby starts eating solid food. But when your baby is 6 months old, you can add 100% fruit juice (check the label to make sure) to your baby’s repertoire. Go easy

though. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends limiting 100% fruit juice to no more than 4 to 6 ounces per day from 6 months to 6 years of age, and making it part of a meal, not a snack. Too much juice can cause diarrhea and gas, contribute to tooth decay and fill your baby up so that he has less room for more nutritious foods. To limit juice, offer 1 to 2 ounces at a time in a sippy cup, not a bottle. The juice should be pasteurized (flashheated to kill pathogens). Fresh-squeezed juice isn’t pasteurized. And keep in mind that juice fortified with calcium isn’t a substitute for formula or cow’s milk, which your baby can have after his first birthday. Q: How can I help my baby switch from infant formula to cow’s milk? A: After your baby’s first birthday, it’s safe to make the switch from infant formula or breast milk to whole cow’s milk. But if you’re baby’s not buying it, try introducing whole cow’s milk gradually. Over several weeks and months, add a little whole milk to the formula you prepare and slowly increase the proportion of milk to formula until your baby is drinking straight cow’s milk. Don’t buy low-fat milk, thinking it’s healthier. A baby’s rapidly-developing brain thrives on the high percentage of butterfat whole milk contains. Just think: A child’s brain grows to 80 percent of its adult size by age 3 and much of that development happens by age 2. After your child’s second birthday, brain growth begins to subside. That’s when it’s time to switch to foods low in artery-clogging trans and saturated fat, such as low-fat and nonfat milk and yogurt. For more on what to feed your baby, visit Sandra Gordon is the author of Consumer Reports Best Baby Products and a frequent contributor to many national magazines.

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Basic Table Manners for Kids – Part 2 e teach our children basic table manners from the time they can hold a spoon, and little by little we prepare them for more formal settings. To make this process less intimidating, we need to be patient and have a good sense of humor.


Here is part two of a basic table manners column for kids.

Of Course! “Courses” of the meal are the different parts of the meal. At home you might have a salad, dinner and then dessert. That would be a three-course meal. But you may someday be at a fancy dinner party where they serve a six or seven-course meal. Sometimes there will be a Menu Card at your place that will tell you what you’re going to be served. Here is an example of a multi-course meal. A six-course meal: 1 – Soup or Appetizer 2 – Seafood 3 – Main Dish (Entrée) and vegetables that go with it 4 – Salad (served either before or after the main course) 5 – Dessert 6 – Sweets (chocolate candies) and/or coffee

Surprise! Sometimes you’ll get a little dessert before the real dessert comes. You might be served something called sorbet (also called intermezzo) – like sherbet or Italian Ice. It’s fruity and sweet – and you might get this after you are served your salad or between other courses. It would be served in a small glass with a spoon and it’s used to “cleanse the palate” (freshen your mouth for the next course).

Wait! Don’t drink the water! Rarely, but sometimes after the main course, before dessert arrives, your server might present you with a little bowl of warm water with a slice of lemon and maybe a little flower in it. Usually there’s a little doily (paper lace) under the bowl. All of this is set on a little plate, sometimes with a dessert fork and spoon. Do not drink the water from the little bowl, no matter how pretty and delicious it looks! This is called a finger bowl, and it’s used to clean your fingers. Take the fork and spoon off the plate, gently dip your Page 22

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fingers into the water and then dry them on your napkin. Remove the doily and finger bowl from the plate so that a server can take them from the table. Now you’re ready for dessert! Want to be invited back again? Here are two lists – one list of things you should avoid doing, and one list of things you can do to be a good guest.

Do not … Don’t take such a big bite that it drastically changes the shape of your face. Don’t blow on your food. (Take a drink of water if you need to cool it down.) Don’t say “yuck” if you don’t like something. Don’t put a knife in your mouth. Don’t push your plate back when you’re finished eating. Don’t talk about disgusting things at the table. Oh, and no slurping or blowing food.

Do …* Tear bread into bite-size pieces and butter each piece just before you eat it. Sit up straight. Once you use a utensil, it shouldn’t touch the table again. Keep it on your plate. For soup – scoop away from yourself. For sorbet – scoop toward yourself. Eat from the side of your spoon. A server is not a servant. Always be polite. Cut one bite of food at a time. Meat can be cut a few bites at a time. Everything you drink is placed to the right of your plate. Everything you eat is on the plate or to the left. Place your napkin on your chair or to the left of your plate when leaving the table temporarily. Place your napkin on the table when you are completely finished and are leaving for good. Dishes will be served from the left and removed from the right. Glasses are poured on the right. * There are many rules of etiquette, but by far, the most important rule is this: try your best to be kind and considerate toward others. Wendy Kedzierski is the founder of Child Guide Magazine and Modern Manners 101. She is a certified etiquette trainer and has taught students of all ages. She is also the mother of two daughters. For more information on current classes available or to arrange for her to work with your group or organization, visit or e-mail

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Heads Up

A look at what’s happening in the region COMPILED BY SUZANNE HOVERMALE

Through January 1

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“The Nutty Nutcracker,” Wonderment Puppet Theater, 412 W. King St., Martinsburg. Sat. and Sun., 12 noon and 2 p.m. $4.50; free admission for children younger than age 2. 304/258-4074.

Through January 8 Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland, Adventure Park USA, 11113 West Baldwin Rd., New Market, MD. Spectacular drive-thru Christmas light show starts at dusk. Weekend photos with Santa, hot chocolate, s’mores, kettle corn, cookies and Adventure Park’s indoor attractions. Admission. 301/865-6800.

Through February 26

Woodpecker Lane. 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 540/5923556. and February 4 Carillon concert, Baker Park, Carillon Tower, Frederick. 12 noon. Free. 301/600-2888 or 800/999-3613. and 17 “hiStory Hour,” Museum of Frederick County History, David A. Reed Memorial Activities Room, 24 E. Church St., Frederick. 1 p.m. Book with a historical theme, historical games and crafts. Ages 3-5. Registration recommended. 301/663-1188, x105. Lunch and a Movie, Frederick Co. Public Library, Thurmont Regional Library, 76 E. Moser Rd., Thurmont, MD. 12 noon. Bring your lunch and a blanket or pillow, and enjoy “Gnomeo & Juliet” on the big screen. Rated G. 301/600-7200. Thomas Pandolfi, Weinberg Center for the Arts, 20 W. Patrick St., Frederick. 7:30 p.m. Young and exciting piano virtuoso. $20-$25. 301/6002828. to 8 Battle of Hancock Commemoration, Hancock, MD. Four-day commemoration of Hancock’s involvement as part of the Civil War Sesquicentennial. Demonstrations, lectures, musical performances and more. 301/678-6173. Free First Friday, Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum, 54 S. Loudoun St., Winchester. 5-7:30 p.m. Explore the museum free of charge. Come use your imagination. 540/722-2020. Little Music Makers, Frederick Co. Public Library, Thurmont Regional Library, 76 E. Moser Rd., Thurmont, MD. 10:30 a.m. Musical games, rhythm exercises, and fun songs. Presented by the Frederick Children’s Chorus staff. For ages 5-8, with adult. 301/600-7200.



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& 24 and Feb. 7 & 23 Trinity 11 School Open House, 6040 New Design Rd., Frederick. 9:30-11 a.m. Grades K-8. 301/2282333. to February 2 “Galileo: The Power of the Telescope,” William M. Brish Planetarium, central offices of Washington County Schools, 823 Commonwealth Ave., Hagerstown. Tues., 7 p.m. Learn about the history and modern uses of the telescope. $3, adults; $2, children and students; $10, family maximum. 301/766-2898. Hop, Slither, and Flutter, Fountain Rock Park, 8516 Fountain Rock Court, Walkersville, MD. 10-11:15 a.m. Use animals and their movements to learn shapes, colors and numbers. Ages 3-5. $10. 301/600-2936. Movie & Pizza, Frederick Co. Public Library, Middletown Branch, 101 Prospect St., Middletown, MD. 5 p.m. Celebrate Friday the 13th with a movie and pizza. Registration required. 301/371-7560. “Insects in Winter,” Young Naturalist Program, Blandy Experimental Farm, State Arboretum of Virginia, 400 Blandy Farm Lane, Boyce, VA. First and second graders meet 9-11:30 a.m.; third through fifth graders meet 12:30-3 p.m. Series of five Saturday sessions runs through March 10. Dress for weather, part of session outside. Advance registration required. $15-$22. 540/8371758. Nature Babies, Fountain Rock Park, 8516 Fountain Rock Court, Walkersville, MD. 10-10:45 a.m. Explore the inside of the nature center with your baby. Ages 0-3. $10. 301/600-2936. “Telescope Clinic,” Discovery Station, 101 W. Washington St., Hagerstown. 11 a.m. Tri State Astronomers. You may bring your own telescope. 301/790-0076. The Larry Stephenson Ban and The Gibson Brothers, Berryville Bluegrass Series, JohnsonWilliams Middle School, 200 Swan Ave., Berryville, VA. 7 p.m. Ongoing series raises funds for the Clarke Co. High School Eagle Athletic Association. $120, season tickets; $22, advance tickets; $25, tickets at the door. 540/837-2187. and 15 Painting Greeting Cards with Arylics with Julie Read, Visiting Artist Series, Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum, 54 S. Loudoun St., Winchester. Sat., 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; Sun., 1-4 p.m. 540/722-2020. , 28 and February 25 Daddy & Me, Middletown Cooking Studio, 7628 Coblentz Rd., Middletown, MD. 9:30-11:30 a.m. Dads and their little ones learn how to make some yummy food to eat. Pizza! Pizza! (1/14), Scrumptious Soups (1/28), Soups n’ Sandwiches (2/25). Ages 4-7. $35 per couple per class. 301/600-2936. Powhatan School Open House, 49 Powhatan Lane, Boyce, VA. Prospective students and parents can visit and see our small classes, experienced faculty, and our unique literature-based curriculum for grades K-8. RSVP to 540/837-1009.



The Trains of Christmas Show, Hagerstown Roundhouse Museum, 300 S. Burhans Blvd., Hagerstown. Fri., Sat. and Sun., 1-5 p.m.; closed Jan. 1. Features an “O” scale 3-rail Christmas layout with steam and diesel trains by Lionel, MTH, Williams, Weaver, and other operating in snow scene on four levels. $5, adults; $.50, ages 12 and under. 301/739-4665.

January First Day Hike, Sky Meadows State Park, Visitor 1Leisurely Center, 11012 Edmonds Lane, Delaplane, VA. guided hike on the Gap Run Trail and

The Banner School Open House, 1730 N. 11 Market St., Frederick, MD. 9-11 a.m. Preschool (year-round) through 8th grade. 301/665-9320,


Enter at “2012 Hagerstown Almanack,” Discovery Station, 101 W. Washington St., Hagerstown. 2 p.m. Jerry Spessard. 301/790-0076. Cartoonfest, Weinberg Center for the Arts, 20 W. Patrick St., Frederick. 2 p.m. Bring your family to see animation on the big screen. $5-$7. 301/600-2828. Creative Outlet: Ancient Egypt, Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center, 40 S. Carroll St., Frederick. 35 p.m. Young people and their families engage in art activities that focus on a different culture or region each month. $1 per activity. All ages welcome. 301/698-0656. and 21 Free Movie Night, Bridge of Life Center, Hagerstown. 7-9 p.m. Enjoy a movie, free popcorn and soda in a safe, family-friendly environment. 301/791-1674. and February 4 Museum and a Movie Nite, Seton Heritage Ministries, The National Shrine of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, 333 S. Seton Ave., Emmitsburg, MD. 4 p.m. Tour the museum, complete a children’s activity, and then enjoy a movie night with your family. 301/447-6606. Hamilton Memorial Recital, Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, Virginia Ave. at Park Circle, Hagerstown. 2:30 p.m. Gretchen Farrar, soprano; Francisco Roldan, guitar. $5, nonmembers; free for members and children under age 12. 301/739-5727.

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, 15, 22, 29 and February 5 8 Frederick County Society of Model Engineers (FCSME) open house, 423 E. Patrick St., Frederick. 1-4 p.m. Model railroad club open house and operating exhibit. 301/371-5293. Mother Seton School Open House, 100 Creamery Rd., Emmitsburg, MD. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. & 7-8 p.m. Outstanding faith & family centered education for PreK to Grade 8. 301/447-3161.


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EMAIL: CALENDAR@CHILDGUIDEMAGAZINE.COM , 23, February 20 and March 26 No 16 School-Animals Rule! Fountain Rock Park, 8516 Fountain Rock Court, Walkersville, MD and Catoctin Creek Park, 2929 Sumantown Rd., Middletown, MD. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Learn about different animal facts each visit and enjoy games, crafts and more. Ages 6-10. $29, 1-day; $110, all 4-day. 301/600-2936. Lunch and a Movie, Frederick Co. Public Library, Thurmont Regional Library, 76 E. Moser Rd., Thurmont, MD. 12 noon. Bring your lunch and a blanket or pillow for “Winnie the Pooh” on the big screen. Rated G. 301/600-7200. Young Reader’s Wii Game Night, Frederick Co. Public Library, Edward F. Fry Memorial, Library at Point of Rocks, 1635 Ballenger Creek Pike, Point of Rocks, MD. 6 p.m. Challenge friends to various Wii games on the big screen. Refreshments provided. Ages 8-14. 301/874-4560. and 25 Creative Kids @ the Capitol, Capitol Theatre Center, 159 S. Main St., Chambersburg. 10-11 a.m. Art classes are open to children ages 18 months to pre-kindergarten. $5, plus small supplies fee for some classes. 717/263-0202.



and February 15 18 Mommy & Me Art Class, Jefferson County Community Center, Sam Michael’s Park, 235 Sam Michaels Lane, Shenandoah Junction, WV. 10 a.m.-12 noon. Painting with traditional and nontraditional items. Ages 2-4. $20. 304/728-3207.

to February 8 18 Manners Can Be Fun, Middletown Recreation Center, 403 Franklin St., Middletown, MD. 4-5 p.m. 4-week social etiquette class taught by a Certified Etiquette Instructor. Ages 6-8. $65. 301/6002936. Kinder Konzert, Maryland Symphony Orchestra Woodwind Quintet, South Hagerstown High School, 1101 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown. 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 12 noon. Concert for preschoolers. Free. 301/797-4000.


, 24 and February 19 2 “Enchanted Reef,” Earth & Space Science Laboratory, 210 Madison St., Frederick. 5:30, 6:30 & 7:30 p.m. Evening planetarium show. $5. 240/236-2694. “The Color of Justice,” Weinberg Center for the Arts, 20 W. Patrick St., Frederick. 10 a.m. A story of America in the 1950s. TheatreWorks USA presentation


recommended for ages 8 and above. $6-$7. 301/600-2828. I Love Nature, Fountain Rock Park, 8516 Fountain Rock Court, Walkersville, MD. 10-11:15 a.m. Explore the natural world through stories, activities, crafts and the live animals at the nature center. “Amazon Alphabet.” Ages 3-5. $10. 301/600-2936. Home School Nature Days, Fountain Rock Park, 8516 Fountain Rock Court, Walkersville, MD. 1-2:30 p.m. Allow experienced naturalists to enrich your child’s studies. “The Amazing Amazon.” Ages 5-12. $4.50, child; $4.50, adult. 301/6002936. LEGO Fun! Frederick Co. Public Library, Walkersville Branch, 57 W. Frederick St., Walkersville, MD. 11 a.m. For all ages, with an adult. Registration required. 301/845-8880. Penguin-Palooza! Frederick Co. Public Library, Emmitsburg Branch, 300-A South Seton Ave., Emmitsburg, MD. 11 a.m. Celebrate penguins with crafts, facts and refreshments. Ages 3 & up, with adult. 301/600-6329. An Enchanted Medieval Ball for Tweens, Frederick Co. Public Library, Thurmont Regional Library, 76 E. Moser Rd., Thurmont, MD. 2 p.m. Come dressed as a knight or princess, play medieval board games, create jewelry and enjoy refreshments. For ages 9-14. 301/600-7200. Ribbon Cutting for the Moller Historic Organ Exhibit, Discovery Station, 101 W. Washington St., Hagerstown. 2 p.m. Reception follows. 301/790-0076. “Enchanted,” Frederick Co. Public Library, Thurmont Regional Library, 76 E. Moser Rd., Thurmont, MD. 3 p.m. Movie showing for ages 9-14. 301/600-7200.


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, 28 and February 18 Parent’s Night Out, 21 Clarke County Recreation Center, 225 Al Smith Circle, Berryville, VA. 5:30-9:30 p.m. Children enjoy popcorn and games while parents have a night out. Ages 2 & up (must be potty trained). Registration required. $15, child; $10, for each additional child. 540/955-5140. to March 4 “Hansel and Gretel,” Wonderment Puppet Theater, 412 W. King St., Martinsburg. Sat. and Sun., 12 noon and 2 p.m. $4.50; free admission for children younger than age 2. 304/258-4074.


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A look at what’s happening in the region EMAIL: CALENDAR@CHILDGUIDEMAGAZINE.COM

Duct Tape Redux, Frederick Co. Public Library, Edward F. Fry Memorial, Library at Point of Rocks, 1635 Ballenger Creek Pike, Point of Rocks, MD. 6 p.m. Return to Duct Tape to make the creation you didn’t get to make last time. Refreshments served. Ages 8 & up. 301/874-4560. to 29 IceFest 2012, downtown Chambersburg. Winter festival featuring live ice carving and amazing sculptures, family fun, chili cookoff, ballroom dancing, scavenger hunt and more. Home School Nature Days, Catoctin Creek Park, 2929 Sumantown Rd., Middletown, MD. 1-2:30 p.m. Allow experienced naturalists to enrich your child’s studies. “The Amazing Amazon.” Ages 5-12. $4.50, child; $4.50, adult. 301/6002936. “Weather & Storms,” Young Naturalist Program, Blandy Experimental Farm, State Arboretum of Virginia, 400 Blandy Farm Lane, Boyce, VA. First and second graders meet 9-11:30 a.m.; third through fifth graders meet 12:30-3 p.m. Series of five Saturday sessions runs through March 10. Dress for weather, part of session outside. Advance registration required. $15-$22. 540/8371758. Science Saturday, Discovery Station, 101 W. Washington St., Hagerstown. 10 a.m. Pat Beard and Mary Licht present “Come Fly With Me.” Suggested for grades 3, 4 & 5. Reservations for 12 students. 301/790-0076. “Clifford the Big Red Dog – Live!” H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center, Shippensburg University, 1871 Old Main Dr., Shippensburg. 1 p.m. & 4 p.m. All new musical with Clifford and his friends from Birdwell Island. $15-$25. 717/477-7469. “Carolyn and Friends,” Discovery Station, 101 W. Washington St., Hagerstown. 2 p.m. Lap puppets. 301/790-0076. “Firebird” and “Winter Scene,” Capitol Theater Center, 159 S. Main St., Chambersburg. 2 pm & 7 pm. $13, adults; $8, students ages 18 & under. 717/263-0202. All County Orchestra Concert, North Hagerstown High School, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., Hagerstown. 7:30 p.m. Hear some of the best middle and high school orchestra musicians in Washington County. $4, advance tickets; $5, tickets at the door. 301/766-2928. and 30 to Feb. 2 St. Mary Catholic School Open House, 218 W. Washington St., Hagerstown. Sat. 9 a.m.-noon and Mon.-Thur. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. PreK - 8th grade. 301/733-1184. to March 10 “Smoke on the Mountain,” Wayside Theatre, 7853 Main St., Middletown, VA. Musical. An amazing blend of gospel and bluegrass music and hilarious storytelling. Please check with theater for age appropriateness. $10 to $30. 540/869-1776. CVSM Community Symphonic Band Concert, Chambersburg Area Senior High School Auditorium, 511 S. Sixth St., Chambersburg. 3 p.m. Cumberland Valley School of Music students. Free. 717/261-1220. and Feb. 27 Faith Christian Academy Open House, 138 Greensburg Rd., Martinsburg. 9 a.m.-7 p.m. PreK4 - 12th grade. 304/263-0011.

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January cont. from page 25 to March 31 “Pinkalicious, The 21 Musical,” Way Off Broadway Dinner Theatre and Children’s Theatre, 5 Willowdale Dr., Frederick. Based on the popular book by Victoria Kann and Elizabeth Kann. 301/662-6600. Moller Organ Recital, St. John’s Lutheran Church, 141 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown. 3 p.m. Organist Jerry McGee. Reception follows. 301/790-0076. Chinese New Year Celebration, Brunswick Public Library, 915 N. Maple Ave., Brunswick, MD. 1 p.m. Begin the Year of the Dragon. For all ages. 301/600-7250. “The Gruffalo” puppet show, Frederick Co. Public Library, Thurmont Regional Library, 76 E. Moser Rd., Thurmont, MD. 2 p.m. A puppet rendition of Julia Donaldson’s book. For all ages, with adult. 301/600-7200. to 27 & 29 Come See Week at Mother Seton School, 100 Creamery Rd., Emmitsburg. Mon.-Fri. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and Tue.-Wed. 7-8 p.m. Sun. 1-3 p.m. Open House celebrating Catholic Schoools Week with a spaghetti dinner from noon-5 p.m. 301/447-3161. Dinosaurs Rock!! Fountain Rock Park, 8516 Fountain Rock Court, Walkersville, MD. 10-11:15 a.m. Examine dinosaur models and meet some animals whose ancestors were around during the time of the dinosaurs. Great hands-on program. Ages 3-5. $10. 301/600-2936. Belly Laugh Story Time, Frederick Co. Public Library, Middletown Branch, 101 Prospect St., Middletown, MD. 11 a.m. Enjoy silly stories and songs, jokes and riddles on “Global Belly Laugh Day.” For ages 2-5, with an adult. 301/371-7560. Candy Sushi, Brunswick Public Library, 915 N. Maple Ave., Brunswick, MD. 6 p.m. Learn to make sushi with fruit roll-ups, krispie cereal and other sweet treats. For grades 6-12, no adults. Registration required. 301/600-7250. Dr. Seuss Number Adventure, Oakdale Recreation Center, 9850 Old National Pike, Ijamsville, MD. 5-6 p.m. Hear a story, play a game and make a craft. Ages 3-5. $12. 301/600-2936.






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to February 21 Manners Can Be 31 Fun, Tuscarora Recreation Center, 6321 Lambert Dr., Frederick. 3:30-4:30 p.m. 4-week social etiquette class taught by a Certified Etiquette Instructor. Ages 6-8. $65. 301/600-2936.

February St. John Regional Catholic School Open 1a.m.-1 House, 8414 Opossumtown Pike, Frederick. 9 p.m. Recently named one of the 50 best private schools in the country. PreK-8th grade. 301/662-6722. to 29 Creative Kids @ the Capitol, Capitol Theatre Center, 159 S. Main St., Chambersburg. Wednesday, 10-11 a.m. Art classes are open to children ages 18 months to pre-kindergarten. $5, plus small supplies fee for some classes. 717/2630202. Free First Friday, Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum, 54 S. Loudoun St., Winchester. 5-7:30 p.m. Explore the museum free of charge. Come use your imagination. 540/7222020. Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Weinberg Center for the Arts, 20 W. Patrick St., Frederick. 8 p.m. $30-$40. 301/600-2828. “Ground Hog Day” and “Weather,” Discovery Station, 101 W. Washington St., Hagerstown. 2 p.m. 301/790-0076. Father-Daughter Dance, Jefferson County Community Center, Sam Michael’s Park, 235 Sam Michaels Lane, Shenandoah Junction, WV. 2-4 p.m. Valentine decorations and dancing dads and daughters. All ages. $10, couple; $4, each additional child. 304/728-3207. Creative Outlet: China-The Year of the Dragon, Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center, 40 S. Carroll St., Frederick. 3-5 p.m. Young people and their families engage in art activities that focus on a different culture or region each month. $1 per activity. All ages welcome. 301/698-0656. First Saturday – Fire in Ice, downtown Frederick. 5-9 p.m. Ice sculptures overtake downtown. Ice carving demonstrations, exhibit openings and entertainment. 301/698-8118. Frederick County Daddy Daughter Dance, Frederick Fairgrounds, Eventplex, 797 E. Patrick St., Frederick. 6-8:30 p.m. Daddy and daughter dance the night away. Adult male must accompany his princess(es). Ages 4-12. $40 per couple, $10 for each additional child. Register by January 27. 301/600-2936. All County Band and Jazz Band Concert, North Hagerstown High School, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., Hagerstown. 7 p.m. Hear some of the best middle and high school band and jazz band musicians in Washington County. $4, advance tickets; $5, tickets at the door. 301/766-2928. Wintry Hike Along Catoctin Creek, Catoctin Creek Park, 2929 Sumantown Rd., Middletown, MD. 3-4:30 p.m. Hike and explore the fields and woods. All ages. $10. 301/600-2936. Be My Valentine, Browning Building (Pinecliff Park), 8350 Pinecliff Park Rd., Frederick, MD. 10-11 a.m. Make a Valentine for someone special as we read a story and sing songs. Ages 3-5. $12. 301/600-2936.




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EMAIL: CALENDAR@CHILDGUIDEMAGAZINE.COM , 16 & 21 “Astronaut,” Earth & Space 7 Science Laboratory, 210 Madison St., Frederick. 5:30, 6:30 & 7:30 p.m. Evening planetarium show.

Charles Town, 304-725-7549 and 2013 S. Loudoun St., Winchester, 540-665-0683. Doors open early at 8 a.m. Children’s consignment boutique offers quality clothing, toys, equipment and more. What does it take to become an astronaut? $5. 240/236-2694. “Mammals & Birds,” Young Naturalist and 21 “hiStory Hour,” Museum of Program, Blandy Experimental Farm, State Frederick Co. History, David A. Reed Memorial Arboretum of Virginia, 400 Blandy Farm Lane, Activities Room, 24 E. Church St., Frederick. 1 p.m. Boyce, VA. First and second graders meet 9-11:30 Book with a historical theme, historical games and a.m.; third through fifth graders meet 12:30-3 p.m. crafts. Ages 3-5. Registration recommended. Series of five Saturday sessions runs through March 301/663-1188, x105. 10. Dress for weather, part of session outside. Dr. Seuss Number Adventure, Walkersville Rec Advance registration required. $15-$22. 540/837Center, 83 Frederick St., Walkersville, MD. 4:30- 1758. 5:30 p.m. Hear a story, play a game and make a Mommy & Me, Middletown Cooking Studio, 7628 craft. Ages 3-5. $12. 301/600-2936. Coblentz Rd., Middletown, MD. 9:30-11:30 a.m. Moms and their little ones learn how to make some Be My Valentine, Oakdale Recreation Center, 9850 yummy food to eat. Ages 4-7. $35 per couple per Old National Pike, Ijamsville, MD. 5-6 p.m. Make a class. 301/600-2936. Valentine for someone special as we read a story Be My Valentine, Walkersville Recreation Center, and sing songs. Ages 3-5. $12. 301/600-2936. 83 Frederick St., Walkersville, MD. 10-11 a.m. Make a Valentine for someone special as we read a story and 11 Have a Heart Outreach Program, and sing songs. Ages 3-5. $12. 301/600-2936. Frederick Co. Public Library, Emmitsburg Branch, 300-A South Seton Ave., Emmitsburg, MD. Holiday for the Birds, Catoctin Creek Park, 2929 All day event. Create a special Valentine themed Sumantown Rd., Middletown, MD. 10-11:30 a.m. project for local senior citizens. 301/600-6329. Celebrate National Bird Feeding Month by preparing Winter Wonderland Party for Preschoolspecial treats for them. Ages 6-10. $10. 301/600ers, Catoctin Creek Park, 2929 Sumantown 2936. Rd., Middletown, MD. 10 a.m.-12 noon. Meet some Read-a-Thon, C. Burr Artz Public Library, 110 E. live animals and enjoy games and crafts. Ages 3-5. Patrick St., Frederick. 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Read-a$10. 301/600-2936. Thon for all ages conducted by the Literacy Council. Parent’s Night Out, George Washington Room, 301/600-1630. 1001 E. Cork St., Winchester. 6-10 p.m. Enjoy a Valentine Make & Take, Frederick Co. Public night out while your kids have fun with their new Library, Walkersville Branch, 57 W. Frederick St., friends. Ages 4-12. Register by Feb. 3. $10 first Walkersville, MD. 11 a.m. Supplies provided. child, $5 per sibling. 540/662-4946. 301/845-8880. & 11 $10 Fill A Bag Event, Wear It Again, Sloppy Saturdays, Jefferson County Community Center, Sam Michael’s Park, 235 Sam Michaels Kid! Two locations: 31 W. Washington St., Lane, Shenandoah Junction, WV. 12 noon-2 p.m.







Crafts, science and sloppy fun. Ages 2-6, with parent. $15. 304/728-3207. Victorian Tea Lesson and Valentine Making Workshop, Brunswick Railroad Museum, 40 W. Potomac St., Brunswick, MD. 12 noon-3 p.m. Practice your tea etiquette and make Victorian Valentines. 301/834-7100. Bring the One You Love Dance, Frederick Co. Public Library, Urbana Regional Library, 9020 Amelung St., Frederick. 1 p.m. Bring a loved one and dance the afternoon away. Registration required. 301/600-7000. Eagle Scout Project, Discovery Station, 101 W. Washington St., Hagerstown. 2 p.m. Garrett Singer’s “Brain Teasers.” 301/790-0076. Girls Night Out, Clarke County Recreation Center, 225 Al Smith Circle, Berryville, VA. 5:30-9:30 p.m. Fun-filled evening of friendship and entertainment. Ages 5-15. $3 per child, plus food drive donation or additional $2. 540/955-5140. Talent Show at the Apollo, Apollo Theatre, 128 E. Martin St., Martinsburg. 7:30 p.m. Annual community talent show. 304/263-6766. & 12 Water Color Basics with Joani Stotler, Visiting Artist Series, Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum, 54 S. Loudoun St., Winchester. Sat., 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; Sun., 1-4 p.m. 540/722-2020. Maryland Symphony Orchestra concert, The Maryland Theatre, 21 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown. Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 3 p.m. Master Works 3. Viva la France. Special guest, Edward Newman on piano. $12-$83. 301/797-4000. Suzuki Talent Education Recital, Thomson Chapel, Thomson Hall, Wilson College, Chambersburg. 2:30 p.m. The Sukuki piano



Helpful Resources family service organizations Frederick County, MD WIC • 301-600-2507 Hagerstown Regional Childbirth Resources Birth Circle, first Monday of every month. Parent-Child Center of Washington Co., MD 301-791-2224 P.R.A.Y. (Providing Relief for Autistic Youth, Inc.) • 240-310-9112 Shenandoah WIC Serving the Eastern Panhandle, WV area 1-866-WIC-KIDS • Support group for parents of children with ADHD, last Monday of every month, 6-7:30 pm, Little Eagle Child Care Ctr, WV. 304-433-4722 Washington County, MD WIC • 240-313-3335 Washington Co. Community Partnership for Children & Families • 240-313-2092

Specializing in: •Play Therapy •Sand Tray Therapy •Filial Therapy •Survivors of Abuse

Sharon K. Govotsos, MSW, LGSW • 240-397-7023 307 East 9th Street, Frederick, MD 21701 • “You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.” – Plato

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Heads Up February cont. from page 27 students of M. Susan Matson. Free. 717/261-1220. Abraham Lincoln: Music and Dance of His Time, Frederick Community College, Kussmaul Theatre, 7932 Opossumtown Pike, Frederick. 3 p.m. Entertaining music and dance for the whole family. $10. 301/662-8320. Survival Shelters, Catoctin Creek Park, 2929 Sumantown Rd., Middletown, MD. 3-4:30 p.m. Learn how to build a shelter if you had to spend the night in the woods. Ages 10 and up. $10. 301/6002936. Happy Valentine’s Day!


Valentine’s Day Preschool Party, Catoctin Creek Park, 2929 Sumantown Rd., Middletown, MD. 1011:15 a.m. Valentine’s Day stories and crafts at the Nature Center. Ages 3-5. $10. 301/600-2936. Happy Valentine’s Day Party, Frederick Co. Public Library, Middletown Branch, 101 Prospect St., Middletown, MD. 11 a.m. Enjoy friendship stories, songs, crafts and refreshments. For ages 2-5, with an adult. 301/371-7560. Valentine’s Day Celebration, Frederick Co. Public Library, Thurmont Regional Library, 76 E. Moser Rd., Thurmont, MD. 4 p.m. Active games, special crafts and refreshments. Registration required. Ages 2-8, with adult. 301/600-7200. Bring the One You Love Dance, C. Burr Artz Public Library, 110 E. Patrick St., Frederick. 6 p.m. Children may bring a loved one to dance the night away. Fee free to dress up. Sweets and treats for all. Dance for ages 3 & up with an adult. 301/600-1630. Valentine’s Day Sweetheart Dance, Brunswick Public Library, 915 N. Maple Ave., Brunswick, MD. 6:30 p.m. Dress up and enjoy music, dancing, food & drink. For all ages, with adult. 301/600-7250. “Fiddler on the Roof,” H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center, Shippensburg University, 1871 Old Main Dr., Shippensburg. 7:30 p.m. $15-$25. 717/4777469. Kinder Konzert, Maryland Symphony Orchestra String Quartet, South Hagerstown High School, 1101 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown. 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 12 noon. Concert for preschoolers. Free. 301/797-4000. I Love Nature, Fountain Rock Park, 8516 Fountain Rock Court, Walkersville, MD. 1011:15 a.m. Explore the natural world through stories, activities, crafts and the live animals at the nature center. “Our Animal Friends in Winter Time.” Ages 3-5. $10. 301/600-2936. Home School Nature Days, Fountain Rock Park, 8516 Fountain Rock Court, Walkersville, MD. 1-2:30 p.m. Allow experienced naturalists to enrich your child’s studies. “Animals and Winter Adaptations.” Ages 5-12. $4.50, child; $4.50, adult. 301/6002936. Aikido Demonstration, Deer Crossing Rec Center, 10601 Finn Dr., New Market, MD. 10:45-11:45 a.m. Learn some basic, effective selfdefense at this free demonstration. Ages 14 & up. 301/600-2936. “Titanic’s Third Class Cabin,” Discovery Station, 101 W. Washington St., Hagerstown. 2 p.m. Norman Little. 301/790-0076.




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The Banner School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Calvary Weekday School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Capital Women’s Care/Frederick OB/GYN . . . . . . 8

and 19 The Central Maryland Antique 18 Tractor Club Toy Auction and Show, Frederick Fairgrounds, 797 E. Patrick St., Frederick. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Auction with consigned collectible toys and farm toys. Sat., auction; Sun., toy show. 717/552-7691. “Cirque Dreams Pop Goes the Rock,” H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center, Shippensburg University, 1871 Old Main Dr., Shippensburg. 7 p.m. New musical variety show. $29-$44. 717/4777469. Darling Dinosaurs, Oakdale Rec Center, 9850 Old National Pike, Ijamsville, MD. 5-6 p.m. Bring your dinosaur enthusiast out to spend the afternoon making a dinosaur craft, learning about dinosaurs and searching for dinosaur fossils. Ages 3-5. $12. 301/600-2936. to March 14 Manners Can Be Fun, Walkersville Recreation Center, 83 Frederick St., Walkersville, MD. 4:30-5:30 p.m. 4-week social etiquette class taught by a Certified Etiquette Instructor. Ages 6-8. $65. 301/600-2936. Home School Nature Days, Catoctin Creek Park, 2929 Sumantown Rd., Middletown, MD. 1-2:30 p.m. Allow experienced naturalists to enrich your child’s studies. “Animals and Winter Adaptations.” Ages 5-12. $4.50. 301/600-2936. “Nature & Art,” Young Naturalist Program, Blandy Experimental Farm, State Arboretum of Virginia, 400 Blandy Farm Lane, Boyce, VA. First and second graders meet 9-11:30 a.m.; third through fifth graders meet 12:30-3 p.m. Series of five Saturday sessions runs through March 10. Dress for weather, part of session outside. Advance registration required. $15-$22. 540/837-1758. Science Saturday, Discovery Station, 101 W. Washington St., Hagerstown. 10 a.m. Pat Beard and Mary Licht present “The Magic of Air.” Suggested for grades 3, 4 & 5. Reservations for 12 students. 301/790-0076. Origami Animals! Fountain Rock Park, 8516 Fountain Rock Court, Walkersville, MD. 10-11:15 a.m. Learn how to make jumping frogs, birds and more. Ages 6-12. $10. 301/600-2936. Winter Bird Identification, Catoctin Creek Park, 2929 Sumantown Rd., Middletown, MD. 10-11:30 a.m. Hike through the woods to listen and identify different native birds that frequent our feeders. Ages 16 and up. $10. 301/600-2936. Lunch and a Movie, Frederick Co. Public Library, Thurmont Regional Library, 76 E. Moser Rd., Thurmont, MD. 12 noon. Bring your lunch and a blanket or pillow, and enjoy “Cars 2” on the big screen. Rated G film for all ages. 301/600-7200. “Nutrition for the Best You,” Discovery Station, 101 W. Washington St., Hagerstown. 2 p.m. Jill CloseMinella. 301/790-0076. Teelin Irish Dance Company Presents Stepdance, Weinberg Center for the Arts, 20 W. Patrick St., Frederick. 2 p.m. A fusion of traditional and contemporary Irish dance and music. $12-$30. 301/600-2828. “Golden Dragon Acrobats,” H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center, Shippensburg University, 1871 Old Main Dr., Shippensburg. 7 p.m. Premiere acrobatic touring company. $20-$32. 717/477-7469.




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