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Your Child’s Checkup: 10 Tips to Prepare Parents & Kids By Dr. Chrystal De Freitas, author oF JAKE’S KINDERGARTEN CHECKUP

ell child checkups are a routine part of your child’s life; in fact, the american academy of Pediatrics recommends a yearly visit for all children over the age of one. though sometimes dreaded by the child (and therefore the parent), these visits are really opportunities to follow their growth and development and to review accurate information regarding their overall health. other topics such as nutrition, bedwetting, parenting, and, of course, vaccinations can also all be discussed with your child’s health care provider during the visit. here are some tips to help prepare both parents and children to get the most out of their appointment:

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For Children: 1. Let your child know before th e scheduled appointment th at th ey w ill be visiting the doctor to make sure that the ir body is hea lthy. Positioning the visit in a positive manner should help to alleviate any fear that something may be wrong. Children who are more sensitive may agonize for days before their checkup, so use your best judgment as to how far in advance you will let them know about the appointment. 2. Ask you r child to be a participant in the process. Make a list of topics that you feel he/she may want to review. in addition to health issues, include some fun achievements that you may want to share on your child’s behalf with the provider such as a recent award, team participation, or a great dental checkup. Getting them involved will help to empower them. 3. Many childre n like to play out their visit be fore hand. try providing your child with a doctor’s kit to get them familiar with what may happen at the appointment. a picture book about going to the doctor can also help to alleviate fear that the child may have about the unknown. Keep in mind that all good nurses will review in detail all that she or he will be doing along the way. letting your child know that there should be no big surprises should help to reassure them. 4. If your child is anxious about shots, le t him or he r know that the doctor will help decid e w hat is best and that vaccines exist to help keep th e body health y. Depending on the child’s personality and temperament, you may want to either let them know beforehand about the possibility of Page 4

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shots to help prepare them, or perhaps your child will do well not to stress in the days leading up to the appointment about shots; in this case leave it up to the doctor to discuss. 5. Be positive, but d on’t lie . there is no need to say, for instance, that a shot won’t hurt. of course it hurts, but certainly not as bad as a child usually imagines it. to help put it in perspective, you can teach your child the concept of the pain being on a scale from 0-10: “0” is no pain while “10” is very painful. let your child know that a shot is about a 2 or 3 on the pain scale so they can grasp that though there will be a little pain, it won’t be great. Most pre-school children can understand this concept.

For Parents: 1. Arrive e arly so there is plenty of time to do the paper work. your health provider will need to know your insurance information and any recent updates, so arriving in advance of the appointment will save you the stress of rushing around. your child can play in the waiting room while you check in. 2. Come prepare d! Don’t forget to bring your child’s immunization card to the visit, as keeping track of vaccines and updating your records is vital for school

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entrance paperwork. Also be prepared to tell your health provider about any updates in your child’s health history, allergies, or other concerns that you may have. Making a list before hand can help you remember all of the key updates once you arrive. 3. Don’t make fa lse promise s that ther e won’t be shots if you know ther e w ill be just to ease your ch ild’s fear. If your child is particularly anxious about the possibility of a shot, speak to your physician. There are numbing creams, sprays, breathing techniques and other approaches to managing their anxiety. Even just telling a joke or talking about a funny memory can do wonders! 4. Avoid e xcessive r eassurance, apologies or cr iticism if your ch ild is d istres sed. Typically, a sense of calm acceptance on the parent’s behalf goes a long way in providing the child with comfort. 5. Last, but most importantly, plan time to ce lebrate in your own way with your ch ild after the checkup. This could be lunch out, an ice cream cone, a small toy or treat, a special errand together. Take advantage of the opportunity to spend time with your child one on one. Your child’s checkup can serve as a wonderful way to show them how proud you are to be their parent. For parents, it can offer support should you have a particuwww.childguidemagazine.com

lar concern, question, or topic you’d like to discuss. As we often hear, it truly does take a village to raise a child: don’t be afraid to make your child’s pediatrician a vital part of that village.

Dr. Chrystal de Freitas is an author, mother, and pediatrician with a special interest in health education. While Jake’s Kindergarten Checkup is her first picture book, she has authored several other well received books and educational material in her field. A pediatrician for over 34 years, Dr. de Freitas is the founder of Carmel Valley Pediatrics. She is also the President of Healthy Chats®, which provides health education seminars to parents and their preteen children in the community at the local hospitals and online. Among her honors and achievements, she has been selected by the San Diego County Medical Society and San Diego Magazine as one of the area’s top doctors. Dr. de Freitas lives in San Diego, California, with her husband, Dr. Jeff Bonadio. They have three adult children. Learn more about Dr. de Freitas and Jake’s Kindergarten Checkup at http://JakesKindergartenCheckup.com and connect with the author on Facebook and Twitter. Jake’s Kindergarten Checkup can be purchased from on the website or at Amazon and Barnesandnoble.com.

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Encouraging Moms to Advocate for their Own Health this Year BY SHARI MEDINI

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s moms, we are used to rolling with the punches. We learn fairly quickly that our lives are at the mercy of our children – their activities, their moods, their health. We take them to the doctor when they catch the latest illness, but when we catch the same thing we keep functioning. We love caring for our families, but in order to do so, we also need to care for ourselves! Many women suffer from chronic conditions that are going untreated. We often have this mentality of, “well… this is my new normal… I just need to cope with it.” However, this mentality is harmful to ourselves and our families. As mothers, we need to begin taking our health seriously; and we need to encourage fellow moms to do the same.

Acknowledge that you need to find a solution.

Most medical issues don’t magically resolve on their own. In fact, most of them gradually get worse and worse when not taken care of and treated properly. Even if you are still functioning, you probably have no idea how much this chronic issue is dragging you down. It is affecting your moods, your overall health, and your relationships. Wondering if you are going to have a good day or a bad day is no way to live your life. You need to work towards finding a solution and be your own advocate.

Find a medical professional that will help you find that solution.

After dealing with my own ongoing issues for a while, I finally found a doctor who responded to my long list of symptoms by saying, “That is not normal. You should not have to live like that. We are going to get you feeling better.” I cried on the spot because I was so relieved to have someone in my corner who was ready to partner with me to get me feeling better. But the key there is that they were partnering with me… I still needed to be a big part of the equation.

each time is very helpful because they get to know you and your case, but I learned the hard way that I needed to stay in close contact. I gave one particular treatment six months to work… it didn’t. My doctor asked why I waited so long to get back in touch with her and encouraged me to always just follow up and give them updates about my health. This was a further wake up call that I am in charge of my health – no one else.

you can, and put your attention on your health – just like you would do if it was your child who was struggling. Accept help from those who are kind enough to offer it. Addressing these health concerns head-on can be difficult, but it can also be hugely rewarding. Keep searching for those solutions. Keep working towards a healthier you because your family needs you at your best, and you deserve nothing less!

Getting or staying healthy takes time. It takes trial and error. It means a lot of phone calls and appointments. It might mean that you feel worse before you feel better. It will be frustrating. So give yourself some extra grace during this time. Cut back on extra projects or activities. Reduce as many stressors as

Shari Medini and her husband have two boys (Matteo & Julian). She quit her job to stay home with her son back in 2010 and has been navigating the world of writing since then! She is the co-owner of AdoreThem.com, a parenting community that provides expert advice and resources to families.

Allow yourself the time to seek help and heal.

Follow through and communicate clearly with your medical professionals.

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February is National Children’s Dental Health Month Facing Dental Fears

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f your child is afraid of the dentist, he is not alone. The good news is it is never too early or too late to alleviate his fears. “The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry advises starting out as early as 1 year of age so it is about getting started early, introducing your child to brushes, reading books and getting used to it,” said Dr. Ilaya Rajagopal of Family Health Care in Hagerstown. It is important to find a dental office that maintains a positive and welcoming environment. “You want to greet the child with a smile, have a little play area and things to engage them like a television with friendly cartoons or coloring things,” said Rajagopal. Every single staffer at the office matters including the dental assistant, who is usually one of the first to make contact. “Kids have anxiety because they associate us with the pediatrician since we are a medical office with a lot of instruments and tools, so we have to project ourselves to be the good guys,” said Rajagopal. One of the top troubles kids encounter are cavities or caries, and it has to be discussed carefully. “They do not know they are getting shots because we say we are using sleepy juice,” said Rajagopal. Every tool has a name to make it less scary. “The straw is called Mr. Thirsty, because you have to use age-appropriate dental language to make it a fun visit,” said Rajagopal. When looking for a pediatric dentist, find out what they can do to comfort your child. “We have something called a brushing buddy, which is a bear with a brush in his hand, and we let the kids hold him and turn it on, and he automatically starts brushing,” said Rajagopal. Boys like brushes with superheroes, and girls prefer princesses or Mickey and Minnie. Sometimes kids have questions and that is okay. “The water sprayer we say squirts water, and the most important thing is if there is a drill involved that it is like a nail file and polishes our teeth,” said Rajagopal. The dentist should be reassuring. “There will be kids who get anxious no matter what you say, but it is about two-way communication,” said Rajagopal. If there is anything painful, the dentist tries to make it better. “If we have a cavity in younger ones, we try to do pharmacologic management like laughing gas, because kids have a delicate psyche, and we do not want them to get fearful,” said Rajagopal. It distracts the kids and is safe to use. “It has a sedative that helps kids modify their behavior in a positive way,” said Rajagopal. To avoid invasive procedures, good home care makes a difference. “They should be brushing teeth

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twice a day and using floss,” said Rajagopal. Praise your child for cooperating at the dental visit. “We have toys like squishy things for the 3 year olds and playing frogs, ninjas, glow-in-the-dark toys or bouncy balls for others,” said Rajagopal. Dentists enjoy getting to know and caring for children. “We make sure it is a child-friendly environment, so they can separate us, and we do not wear white coats,” said Rajagopal. Some kids are very nervous the first few times and then tell their parents they are fine and can handle it. Sometimes parents can be distracting and other times they can be helpful. “We also have special needs patients like autistic children and people with down syndrome and cerebral palsy and what works for them is desensitization, where they have sensory issues, so the more times they see us and get used to this place, we have better success in the long run,” said Rajagopal. These patients may just come in and look around every month or few months. “We just sit with them, they brush their teeth, say their hello and they go and that way they are comfortable,” said Rajagopal. The dentist does not always do something with this population; it is just about having them get accustomed to the dental setting. The dentist’s demeanor matters. He should remain calm and spend as much time as needed with parents and kids so they understand everything. “Sometimes we advise parents to come early so we can spend additional time, and they can fill out paperwork,” said Rajagopal. There are also many great resources online, including videos that can make your child feel better. “We say they should come every 6 months, because if you see something that is small you can fix it,” said Rajagopal. If you let an issue go, it can become larger and require more invasive treatment. Every child is looked at as an individual. “Some parents say patients are allergic to the dyes in the toothpaste, so we will get some without dyes,” said Rajagopal. You want to be sure your dentist takes you seriously. “The most important thing is latching on to ideas and being openminded about recommendations from parents and sharing them,” said Rajagopal. When you are proactive, informed and get an early start, you are more likely to have long-term positive dental outcomes for your child. © 2018 Jamie Lober

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he weather this winter has been both balmy and fierce. Whether January’s weather turns out to be frightful or delightful, a proven way to escape boredom and have fun with your children is to read together. There are several classic snow books that are a great way to spent time as a family with the bonus of increasing your child’s brain power, vocabulary and span of attention. Known to the world as “The Snowflake Man,” Wilson A. Bentley was a Vermont farmer who labored for 50 years to develop a technique of microphotography in an attempt to capture the “grandeur and mystery of the snowflake.” In the book, Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin, illustrations by Mary Azarian, readers meet this self-taught scientist who spends hours examining the tiny crystals and their delicate mathematical structures. Martin’s graceful description of this unique man captures the depth of his dream and the importance of his work. When Bentley was 16 his parents spent their life’s savings on a special camera with its own microscope, so he could improve his work with snow. Many years later scientists raised money so Bentley could gather his best photographs in a much-admired book titled, Snow Crystals. The book reminds adults and children that dreams and goals can be about anything, even something as simple as a snowflake. This book was awarded the Caldecott Medal for its exquisite woodcut illustrations and the addition of a photograph of the scientist at www.childguidemagazine.com

work and three of his remarkable snowflake pictures makes this book one of a kind. Another snow story that continues to delight is The Mitten: A Ukrainian Folktale by Jan Brett. In this classic tale, a Ukrainian boy named Nicki asks his grandmother to knit snow-white mittens for him. But when he goes out into the snow, he promptly loses one. Almost before that mitten hits the ground a chilly mole intent on making a nice warm home inside claims it. A rabbit, a hedgehog, an owl, a badger and a fox soon join him. Just when readers think the mitten cannot stretch any larger a wolf wiggles inside. With the mitten bursting at the seams, one more animal tries to wedge itself inside with disastrous results. “A big bear sniffed at the mitten. The animals were packed in tight, but the bear didn’t care. He crawled in anyway.” Brett is an award-winning author and illustrator and is very talented at filling her books with magnificent art rich with ornate embroidery, intricate details and eye-catching patterns. This is the perfect book to read on a cold night, snuggled up on a couch with a warm quilt and plenty of time. In fact, whatever Mother Nature may bring, there is nothing quite like a good book to take away the chill while helping your children develop concentration, improve language skills, foster creativity and imagination, develop empathy, and create an emotional bond between parent and child. So, let it snow.

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This Could Be Key to Your Kids’ School Success, According to Science By LJ KunKeL

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hese days we’re obsessed with success – particularly big book smarts, AP classes, higher education, and a preoccupation with straight A’s. But piling on the homework and study time doesn’t always yield results. Pushing our kids for those perfect report cards often backfires if they want, you know, a real life. Could there be a much simpler, easier path to academic success? There is one thing that can help. It’s not hard to do, it comes naturally to kids, and it doesn’t require helping with confusing common core homework even you can’t figure out. yay!

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Research shows that exercise has a positive effect on school performance. A Finnish study published in Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport indicates that the more physically active boys are, the better they perform on academic tests including reading and arithmetic. Side note: We should probably take a big hint from Finland. Despite a more laid back approach to education, the Finnish school system ranks among the best in the world and regularly turns out high-

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performing students. The publicly funded education program sets children off on the right track with a focus more on play and less on sit-down-and-study tactics, with 50-minute recesses a regular part of the school day. Interesting, right? In the above study, researchers analyzed children (89 boys and 69 girls) aged six to eight years in grades one to three. Heart rate monitors and movement sensors were used to track active and sedentary activity times. They found that the more physically active boys were, the more likely they were to score higher on academic tests measuring reading comprehension and arithmetic skills, while more sedentary time correlated with lower scores. “High levels of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity and low levels of sedentary time in grade one were related to better reading skills in grades one to three among boys,” says Eero Haapala, PhD. “We also observed that boys who had a combination of low levels of physical activity and high levels of sedentary time had the poorest reading skills through grades one to three.” Interestingly, these results didn’t seem to apply as much to the girls. This could be related to the fact that attention disorders that affect learning, such as ADHD, are more prevalent in boys. Research is proving again and again that exercise is “nature’s Ritalin,” an effective method to improve inattention and hyperactivity. For example, a study in Pediatrics involving kids aged seven to nine showed that those who participated in a regular after-school exercise program had better executive function in the brain. This results in improved

focus, working memory, and cognitive flexibility – all things that ADHD sufferers struggle with. Regardless of gender, exercise is good for everyone. Maintaining a regular exercise routine long-term is important, but there are immediate brain benefits as well. Exercising for just 20 minutes prior to taking a test has been shown to boost scores. It’s no wonder, since it burns off excess nervous energy, boosts mood, and helps clear brain fog, thus helping the child think clearly and recall information more easily. A morning workout on a test day is a bright idea!

Body, Mind, Soul

Of course, the benefits don’t stop outside the classroom. Exercise impacts every part of a person’s health – physically, mentally, and emotionally. You’re probably aware of the more obvious physical perks like increased cardiorespiratory fitness, endurance, and strength, as well as lower body fat and better athletic performance. There are also numerous emotional and mental benefits that can make all the difference in your child’s quality of life. For one, it’s a natural mood booster. Exercise causes chemical reactions in the body and brain that trigger feelings of well-being. It’s even a proven treatment for depression and anxiety. It’s no surprise that physical activity is a great stress buster. In light of increasing usage of pharmaceuticals for mood disorders in both children and adults, it makes one wonder about overreliance on medications, especially when we have

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Given all this information, I’m dumbfounded as to why a lot of schools in the U.S. are reducing or even eliminating recess. At my firstgrader’s school, kids actually lose recess time if they have been acting up in class. Won’t that just compound the problem? (They only get two 15-minute sessions a day anyway.) Cutting physical activity in favor of sitting and “focusing” for longer periods is counterproductive to the developing brain and body. Even as adults, sitting is the new smoking considering how detrimental it is to overall health. So what’s a frustrated parent to do? You just want to help your kids succeed in life, including doing well in school and staying healthy. Even if your local school system isn’t quite on board with the importance of physical activity, you can do plenty at home to set your kids up for success. Here are a few to start:

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1. Lock them outside.

Okay, maybe not lock them out, but you know what I mean. Outdoor play time naturally fosters fitness, learning, and creativity all at the same time. Help them help themselves by getting outside for a dose of nature and sunshine.

2. Let them go out for sports.

When you sign your kid up for soccer, baseball, track, etc., you’re setting them up for a multipoint system of success. This is the fun alternative to an “exercise routine” with regimented workouts that won’t stick (heck, we struggle with that as adults). It’s better to get them involved in something enjoyable and socially engaging. This way they get their hearts pumping and at the same time build relationships, learn new skills and how to work on a team, and grow a healthy competitive side, too.

3. Just play!

Activity sessions don’t have to be organized. Whether outdoors or indoors, letting it be fun is key. Just

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getting outside can lead to active exploring or games of tag, hopscotch, leapfrog, or whatever else they come up with. If you’re stuck indoors, there are still active things to do. Turn on music they can dance to. Find some fun kids workouts on YouTube. Save all the bubble wrap from your delivered packages (or buy a big roll) and let them jump on it. Those hopper balls with handles are a worthy investment. Or simply turn off the screens and see what happens – they may come up with something on their own.

4. Get your fit together.

Do you know what’s more effective than just telling your kids to go be active? Setting the example yourself! As in most things, kids follow actions better than verbal directions. Your influence has more of an impact than you think. You are ultimately responsible for setting them up with a healthy lifestyle. So let them see you make fitness a priority. Get on an exercise plan yourself so they can see you in www.childguidemagazine.com


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action. They may even want to join in! Try to involve them by going for walks, bike rides, or hikes together. Bonus: This doubles as family time. You’ll create positive memories they’ll remember for a long time to come. Any way you look at it, it’s clear that getting active is nothing but beneficial to the body and brain. Our bodies were meant to move, so get to it! Originally published on parent.com. LJ is a health/wellness writer, mom of 3, and fitness trainer. She keeps her head on straight by working out, dancing around shamelessly, and hiding to eat all the chocolate (also shamelessly). See more from her at fitmixmom.com.

References for verification: Exercise and academic performance: www.jsams.org/article/S1440-2440%2816%2930238-9/fulltext Finnish school system among best in world: https://news.stanford.edu/news/2012/january/finnish-schoolsreform-012012.html Exercise and executive function: http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/134/4/ e1063.full#sec-8 Exercise before a test boosts scores: http://bjsm.bmj.com/content/early/2013/02/13/ bjsports-2012-091441 Exercise for depression: www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3674785/ www.childguidemagazine.com

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Dear Teacher BY

PEGGY GISLER & MARGE EBERTS

Ways to Boost Your Child’s Short-term Memory Skills

Question: My child simply doesn't hold information in her head very well, so she has trouble following directions or doing mental math. How can her short-term memory skills be boosted? -- Can't Remember Answer: Unfortunately, the demands on your daughter's memory skills will continue not only throughout her educational career, but throughout her life. What she needs to do is to improve her working memory, which will allow her to hold on and work with the information stored in her short-term memory. Show her how to use the activities below to build her memory skills: n Use funny rhymes, songs and acronyms to remember lists of facts. n Associate new learning with something familiar. n Use the outline approach. Learn general concepts and then fill in the details. n Group information together in a related area. Organizing information can significantly improve memory. n Overlearn the material. This is the most effective strategy that your daughter can use. n Say what she is trying to learn out loud. Repetition helps information to be retained. n Work on visualization skills. Create mental pictures in her mind. n Teach what she has to memorize to someone else. n Play card and matching games.

Second Grader’s Choppy Reading Style Can Be Changed

Question: My second-grader's reading is very choppy and slow, as she reads each word one at a time. What can I do to help her break this habit? -- For Better Reading Answer: Word-by-word reading tends to occur when children have to spend too much time figuring out what each word is. It also can happen when children have gotten in the habit of pointing at each word when they read it in order not to lose their place in a sentence. The first disadvantage of word-by-word reading is that it significantly slows down the rate at which children read. The second and more important result of word-by-word January/February 2019

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reading is that it definitely interferes with comprehension. One thing that parents can do to lessen word-by-word reading is to force children to read words in groups rather than isolation. To do this, they must work with material that the child can read quite easily. First, the parent should read the material exaggerating how the words should be grouped. Then the child and parent can read the material together several times before the child attempts to read it alone. If the parent reads louder than the child, they will group the words in the same way. Just five minutes a day of this type of practice should result in improvement. Another way for children to learn to read groups of phrases is for the parent to make flashcards with short, easy phrases on them. A blank card should be put in front of a flashcard and then slid so the child can only see the flashcard for a second.

Children Can Use their Fingers to Solve Simple Math Problems

Question: Our children have just naturally used their fingers to count and solve simple math problems. Now our child's first-grade teacher wants her to stop doing this, saying it is babyish. I strongly disagree. Do you have any evidence about the benefits of young children using their fingers? -- For Finger Counting Answer:Many teachers feel exactly the same way as your child's teacher about children using their fingers in math class and want them to stop using them. They apparently are wrong. Recent research in neuroscience has completely contradicted this viewpoint. In fact, Jo Boaler, an education professor at Stanford University, has written that evidence from both behavioral and neuroscience studies show that when people receive training on ways to perceive and represent their own fingers, they get better at doing so, which leads to higher mathematics achievement. Parents should send questions and comments to dearteacher@dearteacher.com or ask them on the columnists’ website at www.dearteacher.com. ©Compass Syndicate Corporation, 2017 Distributed by King Features Syndicate

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New Year, New Attitude: How to Tap More Joy in 2019 BY

CHRISTA MELNYK HINES

ant to bring more joy into your home this year? W Try shifting your mindset. Not only can adopting a more optimistic attitude create a happier life, you’ll

influence how well your kids respond to life’s daily challenges too. “Children watch their parents. They pick up on moods and beliefs. A positive attitude is contagious— as is a negative attitude,” says psychologist Dr. Kristen Hensley. Positively rewarding. A positive outlook boosts productivity, energy and motivation; helps reduce stress; enhances confidence and self-esteem; benefits health and even improves relationships with others. “A positive attitude can also help us be more flexible true?” “What’s the evidence that thought is not true?” in our thinking and make seeing solutions to problems “What’s the worst thing that could happen? “What’s the easier,” Hensley says. “Looking for silver linings in life best thing that could happen? “And what’s the most can help build mental resilience and likely thing to happen?” general optimism.” Watch how you say it. Notice Practice self-awareness. Try tracking how you describe your Depression is a your moods to get a better sense of obligations to yourself or others. serious illness. Consult what you’ll need to do to better care For instance instead of saying: your family physician if you for yourself each day. “It’s my responsibility to make or a loved one experiences Jessica Mostaffa, early childhood sure the kids have their persistent sadness, loss of appetite, mental health specialist and therapist homework done,” you might say: inability to sleep, decreased energy who works with mothers suffering “It’s my privilege to make sure level or thoughts of suicide. from depression, says this tactic helps that my children are doing what’s her clients take a more mindful best for them.” Positivity and grief approach to their day-to-day “It’s those subtle shifts that Seeking silver linings isn’ t always emotional well-being. have profound effects on our possible, especially if you’ re grieving Make a happiness list. Brainstorm a lives,” says Carla McClellan, an the loss of a loved one or dealing list of activities that help you feel ACC-certified life coach. with personal crisis. Be gentle better when you’re feeling depleted. Voice your gratitude. Foster with yourself, give yourself Your list might include taking a warm positive thinking at meal time by time and seek shower, watching a comedy, inviting your family to share support. gardening or taking a walk with a three things for which they feel friend. grateful and why. Bedtime is “When moms start working on a good time to reflect on the increasing time for themselves, it not only decreases day, too. depressive symptoms, but they also report having a “Daily affirmations can be powerful,” Hensley says. better, more positive relationship and interactions with “These don’t have to be major things either. A five-yeartheir children, partners and others in the home,” old might say she’s grateful for the cupcake she got at Mostaffa says. school for a classmate’s birthday celebration because it Invite your kids to make lists, too. When they’re angry made her happy. The purpose is to teach this kind of or upset, they can turn to their list to help them manage thinking and help it become a more natural part of their emotions in a healthy way. For example, shoot everyday life.” hoops, listen to music, draw, read or call a trusted Create a vision board. Imagine what you and your friend. family would like to accomplish in the year ahead. Reframe negative thoughts. Rather than trying to Either make a family vision board or individual ones. ignore them, work with cynical thoughts that creep into Grab a stack of old magazines, scissors, glue and poster your head. board. Cut out inspiring words, quotes and pictures. Mostaffa suggests asking yourself grounding Ask each other questions like: “What are our dreams questions like: “What’s the evidence that thought is continued on pg. 19

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Follow Our Adventure

Snow Much Fun!

I sports more than actually participating in them

have always enjoyed the idea of outdoor winter

myself. First of all, it is hard to get motivated to put the book down and leave the warm house and venture in the cold for anything other than a paycheck. Secondly, most winter sports require a level of coordination I just do not possess and have too great a potential for ending up in the hospital. But sitting in a snow tube and sliding down a hill sounded like something of which Gabriel and I were both capable.

It is very convenient that living in the Hagerstown area, Whitetail Resort is less than a half hour from home. Bundled in heavy boots, coats, gloves, and snow pants, we decided to wind our way through twisting rural roads on a week night because snow tubing is more economical and less busy than on the weekends. Page 18

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We also picked a night where the weather was cold at forty degrees, but not bitter, and not so warm that Whitetail would be a slushy mess. When we reached Whitetail, we followed the signs to the snow tube area, parked, and entered the lodge to complete a release form and pay for our adventure. We decided to tube for only one hour since I did not want to be out too late because of work the following day. It was surprising to run into a friend in the lodge who had brought her sons for tubing with the Boy Scouts, and it worked out nicely that Gabriel would have friends close by. Leaving the lodge, we followed the sounds of squealing children and walked to the shed to pick up our tubes and take a ride on the magic carpet people mover. Gabriel looked up the hill, which was higher than he had expected, and he started feeling apprehensive about riding the magic carpet. He asked an employee about walking instead, but she assured him that would be a pretty long walk, and she did not recommend it. I told him to be brave and that I would be with him. The magic carpet was steeper and longer than imagined, and it also had an occasional jolt. We found that we had to take a wide stance and lean forward to keep from feeling like we would tumble. At the top of the magic carpet ride, Gabriel was unsure what to do, and I shouted, “Gabriel! Move! Keep walking away!� I was behind him on the conveyor belt, moving closer

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and closer, and trying not to run over him or the employee at the top. Off the magic carpet and back in open air, Gabriel glanced down the hill, and he grew more apprehensive. It was colder at the top, and after several days of rain, the snow had hardened into icy channels glittering brilliantly in the well-lit night. While people queued up to slide down, Gabriel questioned me about how he should ride the tube and what would happen and how fast it would go. After a few minutes of waiting, he got to find out all of the answers to his questions, because an employee gave him a push, and he was off. One moment he was there, and the next he was simply flying away from me. I did not hear any screams and figured he was okay. Next, it was my turn. I have to admit, I was a little apprehensive too. I have never understood the desire of people to look at hills and throw themselves down to the bottom, but I still felt like this was a good experience for both of us, so I proceeded. With assistance from the employee attending my lane, I was down in a flash, and it was way faster than I had anticipated, but thankfully, it was also less spine-rattling than I thought it might be. Midway down the hill, my tube rotated, and I finished in reverse. The wind whipped my face until my cheeks burned. For the first time in my life, I wished I had a ski mask. I became a little alarmed when I reached horizontal ground, and I was still flying. I started trying to drag my boots to make myself slow down. The good news is that there is a soft barrier at the bottom should a person not manage to slow down naturally. After my big slide, I reunited with Gabriel and asked how he liked his first trip down the hill. He seemed a little mixed about it and mentioned how fast it was. I sent him up the magic carpet again to be with his friends and come down so I could take some pictures. The second time he rode down, after he reached the bottom, he jumped and shouted about how awesome it was. He was anxious for his next trip up the magic carpet and several more trips after that. I do understand why people buy two hour increments when they purchase tubing. One hour did not seem long enough because there is a good bit of time riding the carpet and waiting at the top before sliding down. It would be worth it to pay the extra $3 dollars for a second hour to get more turns out of the experience. Once our time expired, Gabriel was content to play in the hard packed snow around the tubing area, and then we went into the lodge to see my niece who was working concessions and made Gabriel a hot dog. Gabriel left Whitetail excited about his adventure and talked in the car about doing it again. I said, “So you liked snow tubing?” And he exclaimed, “No, I didn’t like it. I loved it!” Jeanne-Marie Williams is an analyst and a single mom who delights in homeschooling her son and taking him on adventures. She has too many hobbies and too little free time. She particularly enjoys finding humor in every day life and serving as her family's historian.

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How to Tap More Joy in 2019 cont. from pg. 17

for the coming year?” “What do we want to see happen in our lives?” “What would an ideal vacation look like?” Set intentions. Alongside your daily to-do list, make a “to-be” list.Every morning set your intention. Ask yourself “who am I willing to be today?” Kind? Loving? Generous? Enthusiastic? “An intention is a laser focus for our energy. When we claim who we are willing to be, we can be that,” McClellan says. Encourage quiet time. Quiet, unplugged time helps nurture creative thinking, problem-solving and stress reduction. Gear down before bedtime as a family. Read together, draw or watch a show. This time together helps kids decompress and gives them space to express worries, concerns or stories from the day. Weigh the positive and negative. If your child is troubled by a situation at school or at home, encourage him to write down a positive thought about it on a card. On the opposite side, have him write the negative thought. “Then you can discuss with your child each side, how each makes him or her feel, and what the consequences of each side might be,” Hensley says. “Remind children that it’s OK to have negative thoughts and feelings. We just don’t want them to rule our lives.” Play together. Experts agree, families who play together tend to be happier and more deeply connected. Whether you throw the football, compete in a game of cards, dance to funky music in your living room, or make up games on a car ride, play will strengthen your relationship with each other. Experiment with what works for your family. “All of these types of activities and rituals are very important because they’re modeling a positive attitude, building a healthy way of thinking and interacting with the world, and helping children understand the link between thoughts, feelings and behaviors,” Hensley says. Freelance journalist Christa Melnyk Hines and her husband are the parents of two boys. Christa’s latest book is Happy, Healthy and Hyperconnected: Raise a Thoughtful Communicator in a Digital World. Additional resources:

The Secrets of Happy Families by Bruce Feiler Playful Parenting by Lawrence J. Cohen Simple Fun for Busy People: 333 Free Ways to Enjoy Your Loved Ones More in the Time You Have by Gary Krane, Ph.D. “Inside Out” – animated Pixar movie that explores emotions

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Through January 8

“The Best Local Art of 2018,” Washington County Arts Council, 34 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown. Tues.-Fri., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. www.washingtoncountyarts.com.

Through January 13

Art Exhibit, Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, Groh Gallery, Hagerstown (MD) City Park, Virginia Ave. at Park Circle. Tues.-Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sun., 1-5 p.m. “Mirror Universe: Recent Works” by Carol Brown Goldberg. 301/739-5727. www.wcmfa.org.

Through January 27

“The Paintings of Jack Bowl,” Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, Hagerstown (MD) City Park, Virginia Ave. at Park Circle. Tues.-Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sun., 1-5 p.m. Oil paintings, monotypes and sculptures. 301/739-5727. www.wcmfa.org.

January & 18 Schools Out for the Day, Clarke 2 County Parks & Recreation, 225 Al Smith Circle, Berryville, VA. 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Enjoy a

variety of recreational activities. For grades K5. $25. $16 for after school participants. 540/955-5140. www.clarkecounty.gov/parks. , 9, 16, 23 & 30 St. John Regional Catholic School Walk-in Wednesday Tours, 8414 Opossumtown Pike, Frederick. 9-11 a.m. Prospective families for the 2019-2020 school year are encouraged to visit and take a tour. Open House is January 30. Call the Admission Office at 301/622-6722. www.sjrcs.org. La Leche League Meeting, Bowman Library, Children’s Room at the rocking chairs, 871 Tasker Rd., Stephens City, VA. 1011 a.m. Informal conversation about breastfeeding. Free and open to public. No registration necessary. 540/869-9000, x215. Family BINGO Night, Brunswick (MD) Branch Library, 915 N. Maple Ave. 6:30 p.m. 301/600-7250. www.fcpl.org. Teen BINGO, Brunswick (MD) Branch Library, 915 N. Maple Ave. 7 p.m. Grades 6-12. 301/600-7250. www.fcpl.org.

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Shenandoah Junction, WV. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. $5 for first child, $3 for siblings. 304/728-3207. www.jcprc.org. to 29 “Suitcase Filled with Light: A Colorful Watercolor Journey by Mick Williams,” Washington County Arts Council, 34 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown. Tues.-Fri., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Opening Reception, Jan. 3, 5-7 p.m. Artist Talk, Jan. 5, 2-4 p.m. 301/791-3132. www.washingtoncountyarts.com. Parachute Play, Thurmont (MD) Regional Library, 76 E. Moser Rd. 10:30-11 a.m. Movement, singing and games around the parachute. Ages 3-5. 301/600-7200. www.fcpl.org. First Fridays Celebration of the Arts, Old Town Winchester. 3 p.m. Special gallery events, musicians playing in restaurants and

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cafes, and many shops stay open late. www.oldtownwinchesterva.com. Harry Potter Escape Room, Middletown Branch Library, 101 Prospect St., Middletown, MD. 3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Use your magic to solve puzzles and unlock clues as we traverse a Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban themed escape room. Grades 6-12. 301/6007560. www.recreater.com. www.fcpl.org. First Friday, Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum, 19 W. Cork Street, Winchester. 57:30 p.m. Come explore the museum. Admission is free for all ages. 540/722-2020. www.discoverymuseum.net. , 11, 18 & 25 Dance Party, Handley Library, 100 E. Piccadilly St., Winchester. 10:30 a.m. Toddlers, preschoolers, and their grown-ups are welcome to come dance. Meet the puppets afterwards. All ages. 540/6629041, x11.

Cartoon Fest 2019, Weinberg Center for the Arts, 20 W. Patrick St., Frederick. 2 p.m. Beloved classic cartoons from the past several decades. Family-friendly event. $7. 301/6002828. www.weinbergcenter.org. Family Movie, Washington County Free Library, 100 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown. 2 p.m. “Incredibles 2.” 301/739-3250. www.washcolibrary.org. Creative Outlet at The Delaplaine Arts Center, 40 S. Carroll St., Frederick. 3-5 p.m. “Norway – Weave paper hearts.” Familyfriendly event that offers drop-in art activities for all ages. $2 per artist. 301/698-0656. www.delaplaine.org. Astronomy for Everyone, Sky Meadows State Park, Historic Area, 11012 Edmonds Lane, Delaplane, VA. 4:30-7:30 p.m. Evening of space exploration begins with a half-hour “Junior Astronomer” program for ages 5-12. Then a half-hour multimedia presentation on -6, 11-13, 18-20, 25-27 the latest in US space research. Look at deep and Feb 1-3 Christmas at the space objects through provided telescopes. Roundhouse Museum, Hagerstown Roundhouse Museum, 296 S. Burhans Blvd. $5 per vehicle. 540/592-3566. First Saturday “Afterglow,” 19 E. Church St., 1-5 p.m. Visions, sounds, and snows of Frederick. Until 9 p.m. Stroll the candlelit Christmas, past and present, on an O gauge streets of Downtown. Late night shopping, live railroad featuring Lionel, MTH, Williams, entertainment, and a free trolley until 9 p.m. Weaver, “HO” and “O” scale train. Kids can play on several Thomas the Tank Engine train 301/698-8118. www.visitfrederick.org. tables and run some trains. 301/739-4665. & 19 “SOAR” Bird Walks, Renfrew www.roundhousemuseum.org. Park, 1010 E. Main St., Waynesboro, PA. “Dino Poop,” Discovery Station, 101 W. 7:30-10 a.m. “Studying Ornithology at Washington St., Hagerstown. 11 a.m. Renfrew.” Free. www.renfrewinstitute.org. We’ll be reading “The Dinosaur That Pooped A R.E.A.D. with Wags for Hope, Urbana Planet.” Special dino poop craft. For ages 8 & Regional Library, 9020 Amelung St., under. Program free with price of admission to Frederick. 2-3 p.m. Children read to Reading museum. 301/790-0076. Education Assistance Dogs. Grades K-5. www.discoverystation.org. 301/600-7000. www.fcpl.org. Sensory Sensitive Storytime, Handley Library, A Conversation Between Artist Jack Boul and 100 E. Piccadilly St., Winchester. 11:30 a.m. National Gallery of Art Senior Lecturer Eric Program designed for children of all abilities in Denker, Washington County Museum of Fine an inclusive environment of stories, rhymes, Arts, Hagerstown (MD) City Park, Virginia Ave. movement, and song. Geared especially for at Park Circle. 2:30 p.m. Free. 301/739-5727. children on the autism spectrum and those www.wcmfa.org. with sensory integration challenges. , 13, 20 & 27 Model Railroad Registration required. All ages. 540/662Open House, Frederick County Society of 9041, x11. Model Engineers, 423 E. Patrick St., FredFamily Film, Handley Library, 100 E. Piccadilly erick. 1-4 p.m. Free. www.visitfrederick.org. St., Winchester. 12 noon. “Cinderella.” Hagerstown Model Railroad Museum Winter Popcorn and lemonade provided. All ages. Open House, 17230 Shepherdstown Pike, 540/662-9041, x11. Sharpsburg, MD. 1-5 p.m. Featuring operating R.E.A.D. with Wags for Hope, Edward F. Fry model train layouts and actual railroad Memorial Library, 1635 Ballenger Creek Pike, equipment displays in nearly every area of the Point of Rocks, MD. 1-2 p.m. Children read to station house. Free admission. 301/800Reading Education Assistance Dogs. For 9829. www.antietamstation.com. grades K-5. 301/874-4560. www.fcpl.org. “Itty Bitty Mornings,” Shenandoah Valley Cooking for Kids, Ballenger Creek Teaching Discovery Museum, 19 W. Cork Street, Kitchen, 5420 Ballenger Creek Pike, Winchester. 9-11 a.m. For ages 4 & under, Frederick. 1-3 p.m., ages 9-12; 4-6 p.m., ages accompanied by an adult. 540/722-2020. 5-8. How to make snacks, meals, desserts, www.discoverymuseum.net. and more. $39. 301/600-2936. “Take a Tour Tuesday,” Mother Seton School, www.recreater.com. 100 Creamery Rd., Emmitsburg, MD. 9 a.m.-1 Frosty Family Fun Day, Martinsburg Library p.m. Applications for 2019-2020 now being Plaza. 1-3 p.m. Scavenger walk, snowflake fun accepted. Find out about our small classes, mile, craft stations, music, hot cocoa & more. hands-on learning, well-rounded curriculum, Activities for all ages and fitness levels. extra-curricular activities, including our awardwww.mainstreetmartinsburg.com. winning music and arts program. Printmaking for Kids, Washington County 301/447-3161. www.mothersetonschool.org. Museum of Fine Arts, Hagerstown (MD) City “One World, One Sky,” William M. Brish Park, Virginia Ave. at Park Circle. 1:15-3 p.m. Planetarium, 20 Commonwealth Ave., Create monotype ink prints inspired by Jack Hagerstown. 5:30-6:15 p.m. Take an Boul, current artist on view at WCMFA. Ages 8- imaginary trip from Sesame Street to the 13. All supplies provided. $25. $20 for moon. For PreK to early elementary age. $3, WCMFA members. 301/739-5727. adults; $2, children & students; free, senior www.wcmfa.org.

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citizens with WCPS Gold Card. $10, maximum family cost. 301/766-2898. Free Movie Night, Boonsboro (MD) Library, 401 Potomac St. 6 p.m. Ages 13 & up. 301/432-5723. www.washcolibrary.org. Free Movie Night, Smithsburg Library, 66 W. Water St., Smithsburg, MD. 7 p.m. “Crazy Rich Asians.” Rated PG-13. Sign up online or call. 301/824-7722. www.washcolibrary.org. “The Other Side of Infinity: Black Holes,” William M. Brish Planetarium, 20 Commonwealth Ave., Hagerstown. 7-8 p.m. $3, adults; $2, children & students; free, senior citizens with WCPS Gold Card. $10, maximum family cost. 301/766-2898. Meet a Sheriff, Handley Library, 100 E. Piccadilly St., Winchester. 4 p.m. Get to know our local Sheriff Office. Hear a story and do an activity. All ages. 540/662-9041, x11. 9 & 23 and Feb 6 & 20 I Love Nature, Fountain Rock Park, 8511 Nature Center Place, Walkersville, MD. 10-11 a.m. Parent and child class for discovering nature. Story, live animal and nature craft with daily theme. Ages 2-4. $8 per session. 301/6002936. www.recreater.com. Grandparents & Seniors Morning, For the Kids, By George Children’s Museum, Caperton Train Station, 229 E. Martin St., Martinsburg. 9 a.m.-12 noon. Tickets are $4/person. 304/264-9977. www.forthekidsbygeorge.org. Wee Naturalist: Tracks! Cool Spring Preserve, 1469 Lloyd Rd., Charles Town. 9:30-10:30 a.m. Learn about what clues animals leave behind. Pre-registration required. $5. www.potomacaudubon.org. Harp Performance, Brunswick (MD) Branch Library, 915 N. Maple Ave. 2-3 p.m. Live harp performance by local harpist Diane Younkins. Grades K-5. 301/600-7250. www.fcpl.org. Parent and Me Little Artists, Clarke County Parks & Recreation, 225 Al Smith Circle, Berryville, VA. 9:15-9:45 a.m. “Winter Mitten Collage.” Ages 2-5. $7. 540/955-5140. www.clarkecounty.gov/parks. Little Hands Cooking, Ballenger Creek Teaching Kitchen, 5420 Ballenger Creek Pike, Frederick. 10-11:30 a.m. This class incorporates recipes, age appropriate culinary skills, basic nutrition, literature, and movement into a class designed for the preschool attention span. Ages 2 ½-5. $24. 301/600-2936. www.recreater.com. Little Noon Music, Handley Library, 100 E. Piccadilly St., Winchester. 12:15 p.m. “Andy Cohen.” 540/662-9041, x11. Teen Theme Night, Clarke County Parks & Recreation, 225 Al Smith Circle, Berryville, VA. 6:30-8:30 p.m. “Nacho Game Night.” Come dressed in your favorite sport/team gear. Enjoy playing corn hole, ping pong, card games, board games, Wii and more. Ages 1319. $10. 540/955-5140. www.clarkecounty.gov/parks. to March 2 “Grease,” Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater and Children’s Theater, 44 N. Potomac St., Hagerstown. Fri. & Sat., 6 p.m.; Feb. 24, 1 p.m. Musical. Admission. 301/739-7469. www.washingtoncountyplayhouse.com. to March 9 “Gilligan’s Island, The Musical,” Way Off Broadway Dinner Theatre, 5 Willowdale Dr., Frederick. Fri. &

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Arts, Hagerstown (MD) City Park, Virginia Ave. at Park Circle. 10 a.m.-12 noon. Free art classes for young artists. Grades 1-5. Registration on a first come, first served basis. 301/739-5727. www.wcmfa.org. R.E.A.D. with Wags for Hope, C. Burr Artz Public Library, 110 E. Patrick St., Frederick. 1:30-2:30 p.m. Children read to Reading Education Assistance Dogs. Grades K5. 301/600-1630. www.fcpl.org. to Mar 10 Sensory Friendly Gym Jam! Pre-K Open Gym, Centerville Rec Center, Centerville Elementary, 3601 Carriage Hill Dr., Frederick. Sun., 1:30-2:30 p.m. or 3-4 p.m. A low key experience for your preschooler who might be overwhelmed by a traditional free-play open gym. Parent participation required. Ages 3-5. $4 per session or $24 discounted rate for 8 sessions. 301/6002936. www.recreater.com. Red Cross Babysitter Training, Clarke County Parks & Recreation, 225 Al Smith Circle, Berryville, VA. 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Ages 1115. $72. 540/955-5140. www.clarkecounty.gov/parks. Open for the Holiday, Fountain Rock Park Nature Center, 8511 Nature Center Place, Walkersville, MD. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Animal talks on the hours. Lots of hands-on activities and games to explore. All ages. Free. 301/6002936. www.recreater.com. “Itty Bitty Mornings,” Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum, 19 W. Cork Street, Winchester. 9-11 a.m. For ages 4 & under, accompanied by an adult. 540/7222020. www.discoverymuseum.net. “Larry: Cat in Space,” William M. Brish Planetarium, 20 Commonwealth Ave., Hagerstown. 5:30-6:15 p.m. Take off on a lunar adventure with a curious stowaway cat. For PreK to elementary audiences. $3, adults; $2, children & students; free, senior citizens w/ WCPS Gold Card. $10, max family cost. 301/766-2898. R.E.A.D. with Wags for Hope, Middletown (MD) Library, 101 Prospect St. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Children read to Reading Education Assistance Dogs. Grades K-5. 301/371-7560. www.fcpl.org. “Cosmic Colors: An Adventure Along the Spectrum,” William M. Brish Planetarium, 20 Commonwealth Ave., Hagerstown. 7-8 p.m. Enjoy a wondrous journey through the world of color and beyond. $3, adults; $2, children & students; free, senior citizens w/ WCPS Gold Card. $10, max family cost. 301/766-2898. and Feb 10 & 21 Shalom Christian Academy Open House, 126 Social Island Rd., Chambersburg. Jan. 22, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Feb. 10, 2-5 p.m.; Feb. 21, 9 a.m.6 p.m. An accredited, independent Christian school committed to developing lives of consequence in the world for the Kingdom of God. PreK-12th grade. Tour our campus, meet with admission and financial aid

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Laser tag in the Park. All ages. $10. 540/9555140. www.clarkecounty.gov/parks. All County Orchestra Concert, North representatives, receive information packet Hagerstown High School, 1200 Pennsylvania and learn about scholarship opportunities. Ave. 7 p.m. Hear some of the best middle and 717/375-2223. Register online: high school orchestra musicians in www.shalomca.com/visit. Washington County. Admission. 301/766“Freedom Train,” Weinberg Center for 2928. www.wcps.k12.md.us. the Arts, 20 W. Patrick St., Frederick. to February 1 Catholic 10 a.m. The story of Harriet Tubman and her Schools Week. Open Houses and journey to guide more than 300 slaves to activities are various Catholic schools across freedom along the Underground Railroad. the region. See pages 12-13 for more. Admission. 301/600-2828. and Feb 2, 9 & 16 Mixed www.weinbergcenter.org. Media Mash-up, Berkeley Art Works 17th Annual Preschool and Child Care Fair Gallery, 116 N. Queen St., Martinsburg. 9-11 2019, Frederick Elks Lodge 684, 289 a.m. Discover a new art approach each week. Willowdale Dr., Frederick. 4-6 p.m. Preschools 4th grade & up. Pre-registration required. and child care centers will answer questions $60. www.berkeleyartswv.org. about choosing the right preschool. to Mar 16 “Disney’s High School www.facebook.com/frederickpreschoolfair/ Musical on Stage,” Washington to Feb 2 All Day-Valentine Cards County Playhouse Dinner Theater and for Meals on Wheels Program, Children’s Theater, 44 N. Potomac St., Smithsburg Library, 66 W. Water St., Hagerstown. Sat., 11:30 a.m. Disney Smithsburg, MD. Mon., Wed., Thurs., 10:30 Channel’s smash hit movie musical comes to a.m.-7 p.m.; Tues. 12:30-9 p.m.; Fri., 10:30 life on stage. Kid-friendly lunch & show. a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat., 10:15 a.m.-2 p.m. Materials Admission. 301/739-7469. provided. You can earn community service www.washingtoncountyplayhouse.com. hours. Ages 13-18. 301/824-7722. Faith Christian Academy Open www.washcolibrary.org. House, 138 Greensburg Rd., Family Tunes and Tales: Violin Martinsburg. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Petting Zoo with Music & Arts and Interdenominational Christian school for Frederick Symphony Orchestra, C. Burr Artz students in PreK-12th grade. 304/263-0011. Public Library, Community Room, 110 E. www.faithchristianacademy.net. Patrick St., Frederick. 4-5 p.m. Get hands-on Safe Sitter Babysitting, Tuscarora Rec Center, experience and mentoring from a symphony 6321 Lambert Dr. Frederick. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. musician. Grades K-5. 301/600-1630. Fun, educative, and interactive babysitting www.fcpl.org. course. Ages 11-15. $75. 301/600-2936. R.E.A.D. with Wags for Hope, Walkersville www.recreater.com. (MD) Branch Library, 57 W. Frederick St. 6:307:30 p.m. Children read to Reading Education Family Movie Matinee, Edward F. Fry Assistance Dogs. Grades K-5. 301/600-8200. Memorial Library, 1635 Ballenger Creek Pike, Point of Rocks, MD. 1-3 p.m. Celebrate a day www.fcpl.org. off school with your family and a movie. Parent and Me Little Artists, Clarke “Incredibles 2.” Rated PG. 301/874-4560. County Parks & Recreation, 225 Al www.fcpl.org. Smith Circle, Berryville, VA. 9:15-9:45 a.m. “Ice Paint and Marshmallow Sculpt.” Ages 2-5. Winter Carnival, Brunswick (MD) Branch Library, 915 N. Maple Ave. 2-3 p.m. Fun and $7. 540/955-5140. games to celebrate winter. Ages 3-10. www.clarkecounty.gov/parks. 301/600-7250. www.fcpl.org. “Fandemonium,” Shenandoah Valley Winter Beach Party, Emmitsburg (MD) Discovery Museum, 19 W. Cork Street, Branch Library, 300A S. Seton Ave. 2-3 p.m. Winchester. 6-8 p.m. 540/722-2020. Warm up with beach-inspired games and www.discoverymuseum.net. activities. Ages 4-10. 301/600-6329. Winter Owl Prowl, Cool Spring Preserve, www.fcpl.org. 1469 Lloyd Rd., Charles Town. 6-8 p.m. Learn Super Tuesday “Origami Valentine,” about and search for owls with owl expert October Greenfield. Pre-registration required. Keedysville Library, 22 Taylor Dr., Keedysville, MD. 4 p.m. For grades 1-5. 301/432-6641. $5. Children ages 3 and under are free. www.washcolibrary.org. www.potomacaudubon.org. School’s Out: Art Day for Teens, Brunswick R.E.A.D. with Wags for Hope, Thurmont (MD) Regional Library, 76 E. (MD) Branch Library, 915 N. Maple Ave. 4-5 Moser Rd. 11 a.m.-12 noon. Children read to p.m. Make art for the Teen Zone gallery space. Grades 6-12. 301/600-7250. www.fcpl.org. Reading Education Assistance Dogs. Grades La Leche League Meeting, Handley Library, K-5. 301/600-7200. www.fcpl.org. “Melting Snowmen,” Discovery Station, 101 100 E. Piccadilly St., Winchester. 5:30-6:30 p.m. Informal conversation about W. Washington St., Hagerstown. 11 a.m. breastfeeding. Free and open to the public. No Hands-on science activity. Children will learn about basic chemistry while building their own registration necessary. 540/662-9041. snowman from scratch. Admission. 301/790- Family Tunes and Tales: Symphony Storytime with Frederick Symphony Orchestra, 0076. www.discoverystation.org. Walkersville (MD) Branch Library, 57 W. Paws for Reading, Handley Library, 100 E. Frederick St. 6:30-7:30 p.m. FSO musicians Piccadilly St., Winchester. 2-3 p.m. Read a perform classical music to beloved stories, favorite book to a canine listener. Meet followed by a musical instrument petting zoo certified therapy dogs. 540/662-9041. provided by Music and Arts. For all ages. Classic Movie Matinee Series, Capitol 301/600-8200. www.fcpl.org. Theatre Center, 159 S. Main St., to Feb 1 “Catholic Schools Chambersburg. 3 & 7 p.m. “Mr. Smith Goes to Week,” Mother Seton School, 100 Washington.” $5. 717/263-0202. Creamery Rd., Emmitsburg, MD. Mother Seton www.thecapitoltheatre.org. 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variety of events. Applications for 2019-2020 now being accepted. 301/447-3161. www.mothersetonschool.org. Homeschool Adventure: Who’s Been Here? Cool Spring Preserve, 1469 Lloyd Rd., Charles Town. 9:30-11:30 a.m. Learn about what clues animals leave behind. Pre-registration required. $5. www.potomacaudubon.org. St. John Regional Catholic School Open House, 8414 Opossumtown Pike, Frederick. 9-11 a.m. Prospective families for the 2019-2020 school year are encouraged to visit and take a tour. Call the Admission Office at 301/622-6722. www.sjrcs.org. Wee Naturalist: Groundhogs, Cool Spring Preserve, 1469 Lloyd Rd., Charles Town. 9:30-10:30 a.m. Learn all about groundhogs. Pre-registration required. $5. www.potomacaudubon.org. to Feb 3 IceFest 2019, Downtown Chambersburg, PA. Winter festival featuring custom designed ice sculptures on display, ice carving, ice slide, Snowfall Ball, chili cook-off, dunking at the Polar Dunk Tank, cake viewing and tasting, Kids’ Zone, 5K race, and more. www.festivalsinpa.com.

Community Center, 235 Sam Michael’s Lane, Shenandoah Junction, WV. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. $5 for first child, $3 for siblings. 304/728-3207. www.jcprc.org. , 8, 15 & 22 Dance Party, Handley Library, 100 E. Piccadilly St., Winchester. 10:30 a.m. 540/662-9041, x11. Hagerstown Children’s School Open House, 22 N. Mulberry St., Suite 200, Hagerstown. 8 a.m.-12 noon. Montessori based programs for children ages 2 through kindergarten. Quality early childhood education. Enrolling for the 2019-2020 school year. 301/739-6886. www.hagerstownchildrensschool.org. Groundhog Day and Doughnut Breakfast, Catoctin Creek Park, 2929 Sumantown Rd., Middletown, MD. 9-10:30 a.m. Celebrate this special day. Make a yummy groundhog breakfast treat. Fun for the entire family. Ages 3-5. $12. 301/600-2936. www.recreater.com. Banner School Open House, 1730 N. Market St., Frederick. 9-11 a.m. Frederick County’s only non-sectarian, independent, coeducational day school for children in Preschool 3 – 8th grade. 301/695-9320. www.BannerSchool.org. Hello Holidays: Year of the Pig Party, Middletown (MD) Library, 101 Prospect St. 11 a.m. Celebrate Lunar New Year with stories, music, and crafts. Ages 0-5. 301/371-7560. www.fcpl.org. Parent and Me Little Artists, Clarke Groundhog Day Celebration, Bowman Library, County Parks & Recreation, 225 Al Smith 871 Tasker Rd., Stephens City, VA. 11 a.m. Circle, Berryville, VA. 9:15-9:45 a.m. 540/869-9000. “Hand/Footprint Paint.” Ages 2-5. $7. 540/955-5140. www.clarkecounty.gov/parks. 5th Annual River Rat Day, 2 N. Conococheague St., Williamsport, MD. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. First Friday Fun, The Children’s Museum of Meet on steps of Town Hall. If Willie the River Rose Hill Manor Park, 1611 N. Market St., Rat sees his shadow, expect six more weeks Frederick. 9:30-10:30 a.m. Story with of winter. Town merchants have bargains, activities and craft. Pre-registration recommended. Ages 3-4. $5. 301/600-2936. special cheese items on menus and prizes. 301/223-7711. www.williamsportmd.gov www.recreater.com. Sensory Sensitive Storytime, Handley Library, Parachute Play, Thurmont (MD) Regional 100 E. Piccadilly St., Winchester. 11:30 a.m. Library, 76 E. Moser Rd. 10:30 a.m. Program designed for children of all abilities in Movement, singing and games around the an inclusive environment of stories, rhymes, parachute. Ages 3-5. 301/600-7200. movement, and song. Geared especially for www.fcpl.org. children on the autism spectrum and those Home School Days: Cells of Life II, Catoctin with sensory integration challenges. Creek Park, 2929 Sumantown Rd., Registration required. All ages. 540/662Middletown, MD. 1-3 p.m. Allow experienced 9041, x11. naturalists to enrich your child’s studies. Dress appropriately for outdoor studies. Ages Family Film, Handley Regional Library Children’s Room, 100 W. Piccadilly St., 5-7 and 8-12. $9. 301/600-2936. Winchester. 12 noon. “Hercules.” 540/662www.recreater.com. 9041. www.handleyregional.org. First Fridays Celebration of the Arts, Old R.E.A.D. with Wags for Hope, Edward F. Fry Town Winchester. 3 p.m. Special gallery Memorial Library, 1635 Ballenger Creek Pike, events, musicians playing in restaurants and Point of Rocks, MD. 1-2 p.m. Children read to cafes, and many shops stay open late. Reading Education Assistance Dogs. For www.oldtownwinchesterva.com. grades K-5. 301/874-4560. www.fcpl.org. “American Girl Live,” The Maryland Theatre, “John Brown to James Brown,” Washington 21 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown. 6 p.m. County Museum of Fine Arts, Hagerstown Experience American Girl in an all-new (MD) City Park, Virginia Ave. at Park Circle. 1musical. Admission. 301/790-2000. 2:30 p.m. Lecture by Ed Maliskas. www.mdtheatre.org. & 2 “Icefest: A Dance Potpourri,” Capitol 301/739-5727. www.wcmfa.org. Critter Care Day, Catoctin Creek Park, 2929 Theatre Center, 159 S. Main St., Sumantown Rd., Middletown, MD. 1-3 p.m. Chambersburg. Fri., 7 p.m.; Sat., 3 p.m. The Have fun taking care of and interacting with Chambersburg Ballet. Admission. 717/263our Nature Center animals. Ages 6-8. $12. 0202. www.thecapitoltheatre.org. 301/600-2936. www.recreater.com. Daddy Daughter Dance, Frederick First Saturday: “Fire in Ice,” 19 E. Church St., Fairgrounds, Null Building, 797 E. Patrick St., Frederick. 2 p.m. Experience the magic of Frederick. Fri., 7:30-9:30 p.m.; Sat., 4-6 p.m. winter with ice sculptures, live carving demos, or 7:30-9:30 p.m. Dance the night away with fire dancers and an Ice Bar on the Creek. Late your princess. Ages 4-12. $60 per couple. night shopping, live entertainment, and a free $30 for each additional child. Advanced trolley until 9 p.m. 301/698-8118. registration required. 301/600-2936. www.visitfrederick.org. www.recreater.com. Creative Outlet at The Delaplaine Arts , 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22 & 28 Center, 40 S. Carroll St., Frederick. 3-5 p.m. Indoor Playground, Jefferson County

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Critter Care Day, Catoctin Creek Park, 2929 Sumantown Rd., Middletown, MD. 1-3 p.m. Winter Garden Walk, Museum of the Have fun taking care of and interacting with Shenandoah Valley, 901 Amherst Street, Winchester. 10-11 a.m. Take a winter garden our Nature Center animals. Ages 9-11. $12. 301/600-2936. www.recreater.com. tour with MSV Deputy Director of Operations Cooking for Kids, Ballenger Creek Teaching and Director of Gardens Perry Mathewes. $10. Free to MSV members. 888/556-5799. Kitchen, 5420 Ballenger Creek Pike, Frederick. 1-3 p.m., ages 9-12; 4-6 p.m., ages www.themsv.org. Family BINGO Night, Brunswick (MD) Branch 5-8. How to make snacks, meals, desserts, and more. $39. 301/600-2936. Library, 915 N. Maple Ave. 6:30 p.m. , 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23 & 24 www.recreater.com. 301/600-7250. www.fcpl.org. “El Viaje De Beatriz (Beatriz’s Journey),” Teen BINGO, Brunswick (MD) Branch Library, Youth Workshop: Printmaking, Museum of Maryland Ensemble Theatre, The Fun the Shenandoah Valley, 901 Amherst Street, 915 N. Maple Ave. 7 p.m. Grades 6-12. Company, 31 W. Patrick St., Frederick. Sat. & 301/600-7250. www.fcpl.org. Winchester. 1-4 p.m. Grades 5-8. $20-$30. Sun., 1:30 p.m. Admission. 301/694-4744. “Ghost of Paul Revere,” Weinberg Center for 888/556-5799. www.themsv.org. www.marylandensemble.org. Paws for Reading, Handley Library, 100 E. the Arts, 20 W. Patrick St., Frederick. 7:30 to Apr 7 2019 Cumberland Valley p.m. “Holler folk music.” Admission. 301/600- Piccadilly St., Winchester. 2-3 p.m. Read a Artists and Photographers Exhibition, favorite book to a canine listener. Meet 2828. www.weinbergcenter.org. Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, , 8, 14, 15, 21, 22 & 28 Indoor certified therapy dogs. 540/662-9041. Hagerstown (MD) City Park, Virginia Ave. at Playground, Jefferson County Community “Pete the Cat,” The Majestic Theater, 25 Park Circle. Tues.-Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat., 10 Center, 235 Sam Michael’s Lane, ShenanCarlisle St., Gettysburg, PA. 3 p.m. a.m.-4 p.m.; Sun., 1-5 p.m. 301/739-5727. doah Junction, WV. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. $5 for first Recommended for PreK-3rd grade. Presented www.wcmfa.org. by Wellspan Gettysburg Hospital’s Healing child, $3 for siblings. 304/728-3207. Family Film, Handley Library, 100 E. HeARTS Healthy Family Series. Admission. www.jcprc.org. Piccadilly St., Winchester. 12 noon. 717/337-8200. www.gettysburgmajestic.org. Parent and Me Little Artists, Clarke “Cinderella.” Bring a picnic lunch. Popcorn County Parks & Recreation, 225 Al Smith Parent’s Night Out, Clarke County Parks & and lemonade provided. 540/662-9041, x11. Circle, Berryville, VA. 9:15-9:45 a.m. “Celery Recreation, 225 Al Smith Circle, Berryville, VA. Hello Holidays: Chinese Lanterns, 5-8:45 p.m. Parents enjoy a night out while Stalk Roses.” Ages 2-5. $7. 540/955-5140. Middletown (MD) Library, 101 Prospect St. 4- www.clarkecounty.gov/parks. kids enjoy a pizza party, fun and games. Ages 4:30 p.m. Celebrate the Year of the Pig with a Little Hands Cooking, Ballenger Creek 3-12. Must be potty trained. $20, child; $16, Chinese Lantern craft. Grades K-5. 301/371- Teaching Kitchen, 5420 Ballenger Creek Pike, additional child. 540/955-5140. 7560. www.fcpl.org. www.clarkecounty.gov/parks. Frederick. 10-11:30 a.m. This class Sensory Friendly Hangout, Brunswick (MD) incorporates recipes, age appropriate culinary All County Band Concert, North Hagerstown Branch Library, 915 N. Maple Ave. 4:30-5:15 skills, basic nutrition, literature and movement High School, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., p.m. Crafts, games, and hands-on activities Hagerstown. 7 p.m. Hear some of the best into a class designed for the preschool designed for elementary-aged children with middle and high school band musicians in attention span. Ages 2 ½-5. $24. 301/600sensory integration challenges or autism Washington County. Admission. 301/7662936. www.recreater.com. spectrum disorders, their families and friends. Storyland: A Sensory Storytime for Little 2928. www.wcps.k12.md.us. Grades K-5. 301/600-7250. www.fcpl.org. & 10 “Maryland Symphony Orchestra: Ones, Thurmont (MD) Regional Library, 76 E. Living with Black Bears, Smithsburg Library, Moser Rd. 10:15-10:45 a.m. Special story Love Notes,” The Maryland Theatre, 21 66 W. Water St., Smithsburg, MD. 7 p.m. Jeff S. Potomac St., Hagerstown. Sat. 7 p.m.; Sun., time in partnership with Frederick County McAfee from the Dept of Natural Resources 3 p.m. American songbook, jazz, and classical Infants and Toddlers Program. Share books, gives a presentation “Living with Black Bears.” music, activities and more. Ages 0-3. love songs featuring Kerensa Gray and City Call to reserve a seat or sign up online. For all 301/600-7200. www.fcpl.org. Ballet. 301/797-4000, x102. Admission. ages. 301/824-7722. www.washcolibrary.org. Little Noon Music, Handley Library, 100 E. www.marylandsymphony.org. , 12, 19 & 26 Toddler Tuesday: “Jerusalem Jones and the Mystery of Piccadilly St., Winchester. 12:15 p.m. “Bud’s “Space Cadets-To the Moon and Back!” Collective.” 540/662-9041, x11. the Dead Sea Scrolls,” Capitol Theatre Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, Center, 159 S. Main St., Chambersburg. 3 Hagerstown Model RR Museum Train Hagerstown (MD) City Park, Virginia Ave. at p.m. Admission. 717/263-0202. Sale, Washington County Agricultural Park Circle. 10-11 a.m. “Movement and www.thecapitoltheatre.org. Center, 7313 Sharpsburg Pike, Boonsboro, Moons” (2/5), “Love You to the Moon and American Girl Book Club: Samantha’s MD. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. 100 table model train sale Back – Valentine’s Day Special” (2/12), Winter Party, Boonsboro (MD) Library, to support Antietam Station maintenance and “Galaxies and Goop” (2/19), “Weather and 401 Potomac St. 6 p.m. Discussion with operation. All Gauges, Brass, Lionel and Watercolor” (2/26). Ages 18 mos.-4 years. activities, games or crafts. For grades 1-5. American Flyer. Railroad collectibles and $15, WCMFA members; $20, general public. hobby tools and parts. $5, adults; free, ages 301/432-5723. www.washcolibrary.org. 301/739-5727. www.wcmfa.org. “Itty Bitty Mornings,” Shenandoah 12 & under. 301/800-9829. Family Tunes and Tales: Violin Petting Valley Discovery Museum, 19 W. Cork www.visithagerstown.com Zoo with Music & Arts and Frederick Family Program: Life in the Cold, Foundation Street, Winchester. 9-11 a.m. For ages 4 & Symphony Orchestra, Urbana Regional under, accompanied by an adult. 540/722of the State Arboretum, Blandy Farm, Boyce, Library, 9020 Amelung St., Frederick. 4:30VA. 10 a.m.-12 noon. Sample ponds and soil, 2020. www.discoverymuseum.net. 5:30 p.m. Get hands-on experience and search under logs and leaf litter, and look for “Take a Tour Tuesday,” Mother Seton School, mentoring from a symphony musician. Grades signs of life in our trees and gardens. Use 100 Creamery Rd., Emmitsburg, MD. 9 a.m.-1 K-5. 301/600-7000. www.fcpl.org. microscopes and hand lenses to see what we p.m. Applications for 2019-2020 now being Handley Library Behind-the-Scenes Tour, accepted. Find out about our small classes, find. For ages 6 & up with an adult. Handley Library, 100 E. 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Teen Theme Night, Clarke County Parks & Recreation, 225 Al Smith Circle, Berryville, VA. 6:30-8:30 p.m. “Open Mic/Talent Night.” Bring your best song, dance, jokes, poetry readings, and more. Ages 13-19. $10. 540/955-5140. www.clarkecounty.gov/parks. Handley Library Behind-the-Scenes Tour, 100 E. Piccadilly St., Winchester. 1 p.m. Learn about the architecture and history of the library. Meet in Rotunda for tour. Free, reservations helpful. 540/662-9041, x11. “Miss Berkeley County Scholarship Pageant,” The Apollo Civic Theatre, 128 E. Martin St., Martinsburg. 6:30 p.m. 301/2636766. www.apollocivictheatre.org. “Sal ‘The Voice’ Valentinetti,” Weinberg Center for the Arts, 20 W. Patrick St., Frederick. 8 p.m. Admission. 301/600-2828. www.weinbergcenter.org. “Popovich Comedy Pet Theater,” H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center, Shippensburg (PA) University. 1 p.m. & 4 p.m. $25-$45. 717/477-7469. www.luhrscenter.com. R.E.A.D. with Wags for Hope, C. Burr Artz Public Library, 110 E. Patrick St., Frederick. 1:30-2:30 p.m. Children read to Reading Education Assistance Dogs. Grades K-5. 301/600-1630. www.fcpl.org. Noteworthy Sundays: Taylor Brown, Washington County Free Library, 100 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown. 3 p.m. Elvis tribute artist. 301/739-3250. www.washcolibrary.org. Safe Sitter Babysitting, Middletown Rec Center, 403 Franklin Street, Middletown, MD. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Fun, educative, and interactive babysitting course. Ages 1115. $75. 301/600-2936. www.recreater.com. Open for the Holiday, Fountain Rock Park Nature Center, 8511 Nature Center Place, Walkersville, MD 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Animal talks on the hours. Lots of hands-on activities and games to explore. All ages. Free. 301/6002936. www.recreater.com. Family Movie Matinee, Edward F. Fry Memorial Library, 1635 Ballenger Creek Pike, Point of Rocks, MD. 1-3 p.m. Celebrate a day off school with your family and a movie. “Bridge to Terabithia.” Rated PG. 301/8744560. www.fcpl.org. Family Tunes and Tales: Symphony Storytime with Frederick Symphony Orchestra, Edward F. Fry Memorial Library, 1635 Ballenger Creek Pike, Point of Rocks, MD. 11-11:30 a.m. FSO musicians perform classical music to beloved stories, followed by

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a musical instrument petting zoo provided by Music and Arts. For all ages. 301/874-4560. www.fcpl.org. Communicate with Confidence Express, Middletown Rec Center, 403 Franklin Street, Middletown, MD. 4:30-6:30 p.m. Program is designed to build confidence, develop character, and increase self-esteem. Ages 713. $43. 301/600-2936. www.recreater.com. Third Wednesday Bird Walk at Cool Spring Preserve, 1469 Lloyd Rd., Charles Town. 7:30-10 a.m. Registration encouraged. Free. www.potomacaudubon.org. Kinder Konzert, Hagerstown Community College, Kepler Theater, 11400 Robinwood Drive. 9:45 a.m.; 11 a.m.; 12:15 p.m. South Hagerstown High School Jazz Band performs free concerts designed for preschoolers and children in kindergarten. 301/797-4000. www.marylandsymphony.org. Make-it, Take-it Family Craft Night, Leonard P. Snyder Memorial Library, 12624 Broadfording Rd., Clear Spring, MD. 5 p.m. Drop in and make a seasonal craft with your family. All materials provided. 301/842-2730. www.washcolibrary.org. R.E.A.D. with Wags for Hope, Emmitsburg (MD) Branch Library, 300A S. Seton Ave. 5-6 p.m. Children read to Reading Education Assistance Dogs. Grades K-5. 301/600-6329. www.fcpl.org. “Cirque Mechanics – 42 FT – A Menagerie of Mechanical Marvels,” Weinberg Center for the Arts, 20 W. Patrick St., Frederick. 7 p.m. Admission. 301/600-2828. www.weinbergcenter.org. to 24 29th Anniversary Berkeley Springs Water Tasting, The Country Inn of Berkeley Springs, Berkeley Springs, WV. Largest water tasting competition in the world. Public tastings and awards. The Country Inn, 304/258-1200. 800/447-8797. Parent and Me Little Artists, Clarke County Parks & Recreation, 225 Al Smith Circle, Berryville, VA. 9:15-9:45 a.m. “Open Painting.” Ages 2-5. $7. 540/9555140. www.clarkecounty.gov/parks. Family Tunes and Tales: Symphony Storytime with Frederick Symphony Orchestra, Middletown (MD) Library, 101 Prospect St. 10:05-10:35 a.m. FSO musicians perform classical music to beloved stories, followed by a musical instrument petting zoo provided by Music and Arts. For all ages. 301/371-7560. www.fcpl.org. Family Winter Board Games, Williamsport Library, 104 E. Potomac St., Williamsport, MD.

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3 p.m. For all ages. 301/223-7027. www.washcolibrary.org. Super Tuesday “Friends and Family Board Game Day,” Keedysville Library, 22 Taylor Dr., Keedysville, MD. 4 p.m. For grades 1-5. 301/432-6641. www.washcolibrary.org. Super Hero Party, Hagerstown Community College, ARCC Arena, 11400 Robinwood Drive. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Activity stations included with ticket admission. Bat cave shopping, sand art, temporary superhero tattoos, moon bounce, scooters, coloring, magic shows, and more. Costumes are encouraged and will be showcased in a parade. No tickets sold at door. $2, adult; $5, ages 1-12; free, ages 0-12 months. 240/313-2805. www.eventbrite.com. www.washcorecfit.com. Daddy Daughter Dance, Jefferson County Community Center, 235 Sam Michael’s Lane, Shenandoah Junction, WV. 5:30-8:30 p.m. Crafts, music, photo opportunities, and food. $22 per couple with dinner, $12 for additional sibling; $12 per couple without dinner, $8 for additional sibling. 304/728-3207. www.jcprc.org. EcoArt for the Family, Foundation of the State Arboretum, Blandy Farm, Boyce, VA. 10 a.m.-12 noon. Indoor/outdoor art experience using natural materials and found objects. Create surprising sculptures to take home, and contribute to large outdoor art. Reservations required. $20-$25/family. 540/837-1758, x224. www.blandy.virginia.edu. R.E.A.D. with Wags for Hope, Brunswick (MD) Branch Library, 915 N. Maple Ave. 10:3011:30 a.m. Children read to Reading Education Assistance Dogs. Grades K-5. 301/600-7250. www.fcpl.org. R.E.A.D. with Wags for Hope, Thurmont (MD) Regional Library, 76 E. Moser Rd. 11 a.m.-12 noon. Children read to Reading Education Assistance Dogs. Grades K-5. 301/600-7200. www.fcpl.org. Paws for Reading, Handley Library, 100 E. Piccadilly St., Winchester. 2-3 p.m. Read a favorite book to a canine listener. Meet certified therapy dogs. 540/662-9041. Laser Tag, Clarke County Parks & Recreation, 225 Al Smith Circle, Berryville, VA. 6-8 p.m. Laser tag in the Park. All ages. $10. 540/9555140. www.clarkecounty.gov/parks. “Apollo Talent Show Extravaganza,” The Apollo Civic Theatre, 128 E. Martin St., Martinsburg. 7 p.m. 301/263-6766. www.apollocivictheatre.org. & 24 The Frederick Coin & Currency Show, Frederick Elks Club,

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The Light of the Child Montessori School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Mother Seton School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Muscular Skeletal Therapies. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 The Mustard Seed . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 The Pediatric Center of Frederick . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Pediatric Dental Center of Frederick . . . . . . . . . . . . . Inside Front Cover Photography by Lindsay . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Powhatan School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Preschool Fair of Frederick . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 St John Regional Catholic School . . . . . . . . . . . 10

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289 Willowdale Dr., Frederick. Sat., 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun., 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Thirty+ coin and currency dealers will be buying and selling old and new U.S. and World coins and currency. 443/623-7025. www.visitfrederick.org. “Oscar-Nominated SHORTS 2019,” Weinberg Center for the Arts, 20 W. Patrick St., Frederick. Sat., 2 p.m., 6 p.m. & 8 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m., 4 p.m. See all of the year’s Oscarnominated short films. Admission. 301/600-2828. www.weinbergcenter.org. Faith Christian Academy Open House, 138 Greensburg Rd., Martinsburg. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Interdenominational Christian school for students in PreK-12th grade. 304/263-0011. www.faithchristianacademy.net. Family Tunes and Tales: Violin Petting Zoo with Music & Arts and Frederick Symphony Orchestra, Walkersville (MD) Branch Library, 57 W. Frederick St. 4-5 p.m. Get hands-on experience and mentoring from a symphony musician. Grades K-5. 301/600-8200. www.fcpl.org. La Leche League Meeting, Handley Library, 100 E. Piccadilly St., Winchester. 5:30-6:30 p.m. Informal conversation about breastfeeding. Free and open to public. No registration necessary. 540/662-9041. “Itty Bitty Mornings,” Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum, 19 W. Cork Street, Winchester. 9-11 a.m. For ages 4 & under, accompanied by an adult. 540/7222020. www.discoverymuseum.net. “Moles: What is Out There?” William M. Brish Planetarium, 20 Commonwealth Ave., Hagerstown. 5:30-6:15 p.m. Intended for PreK to early elementary age audiences. $3, adults; $2, children & students; free, senior citizens with WCPS Gold Card. $10, max family cost. 301/766-2898. R.E.A.D. with Wags for Hope, Middletown (MD) Library, 101 Prospect St. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Children read to Reading Education Assistance Dogs. Grades K-5. 301/371-7560. www.fcpl.org. “Dynamic Earth,” William M. Brish Planetarium, 20 Commonwealth Ave., Hagers town. 7-8 p.m. $3, adults; $2, children & students; free, senior citizens with WCPS Gold Card. $10, max family cost. 301/766-2898. R.E.A.D. with Wags for Hope, Walkersville (MD) Branch Library, 57 W. Frederick St. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Children read to Reading Education Assistance Dogs. Grades K-5. 301/600-8200. www.fcpl.org.

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Shalom Christian Academy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum . . . . . . . 7 Shepherd University – Community Music . . . . . 1 Shepherdstown School of Dance . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Smile Frederick Orthodontics . . . . . . . . . . . . . Inside Front Cover Toothman Orthodontics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Washington County Museum of Fine Arts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Inside Back Cover WVU Medicine – Spring Mills Primary Care and Pediatrics. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 WVU Medicine – Family Medicine, Ranson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5

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