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ChillKids

March 2017

Fun Family Educational Resource of Chapel Hill • Carrboro • Durham • Hillsborough • NC Triangle

Happy Spring

in the NC Triangle!

The Four Seasons Triangle Youth Ballet The Music of Antonio Vivaldi

Ansel Adams

Nature Photography & Wilderness Preservation

Spring Equinox NASA Space Place

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March Maze Help the leprechaun find his hat!

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Piedmont Electric Ingredients • 1 piece of whole wheat bread, toasted • peanut butter (or your favorite spread) • 3 banana slices • 3 blueberries Preparation Spread peanut butter (or your favorite spread) on the toast for the bear's face. Place two banana slices for the ears, and one for the nose. Place two blueberries for the eyes, and dab one blueberry with peanut butter to stick to the nose. Makes one serving.

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Recipe and image by Gabby K., McDougle Middle School (Chapel Hill, NC).

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ChillKids Chapel Hill/Carrboro/Hillsborough/ Orange & Durham Counties' Fun Family Educational Resource PUBLISHER/EDITOR Kate Look kate@ChillKids.com For Sponsorship Information, or to request (FREE!) K-5 distribution for your school, contact us at: (919) 951-4410 www.ChillKids.com/news ChillKids 1818 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, #210 Chapel Hill, NC 27514 Copyright © 2017 ChillKids. All rights reserved. No part of this issue may be reproduced in whole or in part in any form without permission of the publisher. Neither participating advertisers nor the publishers will be responsible or liable for misinformation, misprints or typographical errors. The publishers reserve the right to edit any submitted material. ChillKids is not responsible for unsolicited manuscripts, artwork, or other material. Children's art submissions should include name, address, telephone number, and permission to publish signed by a parent or guardian.

Bounce into Spring by getting your teeth clean!

Welcome March! Hooray for March! The first day of Spring is March 20th - the Spring Equinox - bringing warmer weather and outdoor fun! On page 5, learn with NASA Space Place about the Spring Equinox and what causes the changing seasons (it's all about the Earth's tilt). In celebration of Spring and the changing seasons, Triangle Youth Ballet will present The Four Seasons at East Chapel Hill High School on March 18th (see page 11). Read about the Italian composer/master violinist Antonio Vivaldi and his most famous concerto, The Four Seasons, on pages 10-11. March is a fun month with lots to do here in the North Carolina Triangle! Have fun at the Children's Festival at Northgate Mall on March 18th; read all about it on pages 4 and 8. This month we'll also learn about Ansel Adams, one of the most famous photographers in the world, and his work to help protect nature and our wilderness areas. You can see some of Ansel Adams' favorite photographs at the exhibition "Ansel Adams: Masterworks" at the North Carolina Museum of Art through May 7, 2017. Have an amazing March!

It’s a smile-lib!!

Fill in the blanks to be the author of your own story. Then read it to your friends & make them smile!

Once upon a time, a little ____________ named __________ had __________ (small animal)

(boy name)

(big number)

teeth. His teeth were really ________and _________. He wanted _________ (yucky adjective)

(yucky adjective)

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teeth so he could smile ________ times a day! His______________took him (another big number)

(adult you live with)

to the ___________ in their ______________. The dentist cleaned his teeth (teeth doctor)

(type of transportation)

and made them really ___________. The dentist told him to brush and floss (shiny adjective)

___________ times every_____________. He told him to eat lots of _________ (number after 1)

(365 of these in a year)

DON’T FORGET! Brush your teeth for at least 2 MINUTES, 2 TIMES A DAY!

(favorite fruit)

and ____________. The little _______________ was so excited to have a (favorite vegetable)

(small animal from above)

_________________smile that he shouted from the top of the __________, (describe the sun)

(A really BIG place)

“Yay! My smile is fabulous!” Dr. Lenise Clifton & Dr. Charles Mauney 77 Vilcom Center Drive Suite 310 Chapel Hill, NC 27514 919-933-1007 www.cliftonandmauney.com March 2017 www.ChillKids.com/news

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Enjoy a Fun-Filled Day at the Sixth Annual Children’s Festival at Northgate Mall

Announcing Hillsborough Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine

Northgate Mall and the Durham Arts Council are teaming up again for a free, fun-filled family day for children and their families with food, entertainment, and vendors specializing in children’s activities on Saturday, March 18, 2017 from 11:00am-3:00pm at Northgate’s Center Court. Free and open to the public, proceeds from the sixth annual Children’s Festival supports the Durham Arts Council.

Little River Cloggers Photo: Northgate Mall

“We are so pleased Northgate Mall is supporting the Durham Arts Council again this year through this great Children’s Festival. Northgate understands the importance of arts programs for children and the community. The proceeds from this event not only help our Clay Studio program at Northgate, but all of DAC’s arts classes and camps,” said Sherry DeVries, Durham Arts Council Executive Director.

Featured Performances On Northgate’s main stage at Center Court throughout the day kids and their families can enjoy a number of kid-friendly artists and performers from 11:203:00pm including: •11:20am – Durham Children’s Choir •12:10pm – Faith Baptist Church Children’s Choir •1:00pm – Little River Cloggers •1:50pm – Gracie Durham (Jiu jitsu demonstration) •2:40pm – Bouncing Bulldogs

has become part of

Chapel Hill Pediatrics

& Adolescents

a leader in North Carolina pediatric practice, providing care for Triangle-area children and families for over 50 years.

Open SEVEN DAYS A WEEK Faith Baptist Church Children’s Choir Photo: Northgate Mall

Fun Activities throughout Northgate Explore the interesting, creative and imaginative kids’ activities throughout the afternoon at various stations, including free make-and-take arts activities at the Durham Arts Council station. Children can also ride Northgate’s Italian Carousel or try out their hockey skills at the inflatable Hockey Sports Challenge. Learn about animals with Thad Bennett in the Discovery Nook, and with Noah’s Landing, featuring an interactive animal presentation. Smokey the Bear, Spider Hero, OR: Beauty Princess and Durham See Police our website Department’s Office Brown willinformation. greet for more children, and face painting and hair design courtesy of Flower Child Face Painting and Fairy Hair Flare will add to the fun. The Bouncing Bulldogs will take the stage at 2:40pm Photo: Northgate Mall

Local child-friendly organizations and vendors will also be on hand with interactive activities, information, and giveaways. All attendees are eligible to register to win great door prizes throughout the day. About the Durham Arts Council Durham Arts Council, Inc. is a private, nonprofit, 501 c (3) organization that promotes excellence in and access to the creation, experience and active support of the arts for all the people of our community. DAC manages and programs the historic Durham Arts Council building at 120 Morris Street, a public facility in downtown Durham that houses the offices of ten arts organizations, three galleries, two theatres, a community arts school, art production facilities, classrooms, event venues and rehearsal spaces. DAC attracts and serves over 400,000 visitors and participants each year. Visit www.durhamarts.org for more information.

including all holidays Same-day appointments available

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Visit www.chapelhillpeds.com for walk-in hours. Care from birth through college Comprehensive sports & camp physicals International adoption care Convenient parking

With the addition of Hillsborough Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine,

THREE locations welcome NEW and established patients 1000 Corporate Drive, Suite 401 Hillsborough, NC 27278

249 East NC Hwy 54, Suite 230 Durham, NC 27713

205 Sage Rd., Suite 100 Chapel Hill, NC 27514

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Sponsored by Northgate Mall, 1058 West Club Boulevard, Durham. www.northgatemall.com.

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The March Equinox - By Teagan Wall, National Aeronautics and Space Administration

March 20th is the vernal equinox, or the first day of spring, in the northern hemisphere. But what is an equinox—and what does Earth's tilt have to do with it? When we picture the Earth in space, we see the North Pole pointing straight up, and the South Pole pointing straight down. It turns out, though, that the poles don’t point straight up and down. Earth is tilted and spins on an angle. So, sometimes the top half of Earth, the northern hemisphere, points towards the sun, and sometimes it points away.

The Earth is tilted, causing it to face towards or away from the sun at different times of the year, and giving us seasons. Image credit: NASA

This is called the summer solstice, or the first day of summer. The shortest day is the winter solstice, or the first day of winter. Twice a year, Earth’s tilt doesn’t point towards or away from the sun. This is called the equinox.

This is why we have seasons on Earth. When the northern hemisphere points towards the sun, it’s summer there. At the same time, it’s winter in the southern hemisphere—which is pointing away from the sun.

March 20th is the “Vernal” equinox, or the first day of spring, in the northern hemisphere. It is the first day of fall, or “Autumnal” equinox, in the southern hemisphere.

Seasons change when the northern and southern hemispheres switch who is closest to the sun. When the northern hemisphere points away from the sun, it’s winter there and summer in southern hemisphere. Earth’s tilt is also why the days are long in the summer and short in the winter. The longest day each year is when the tilt is most towards the sun.

If you’re on the equator, the sun passes directly overhead on these days. If you’re at the North or South Pole, the equinox is even more exciting. At the South Pole, the sun rises on the autumnal equinox and sets on the vernal equinox. In between are six continuous months of sunshine!

During the six months of darkness at the South Pole, NASA scientists can study parts of the night sky they might not always be able to see. Earth’s tilt lets NASA do studies for several months without the sun getting in the way. That makes March 20th pretty special, not just for the planet, but also for the people living and learning on its surface. Learn more about what causes the seasons! Visit the NASA Space Place:

https://spaceplace.nasa.gov/seasons/

Earth has seasons because its axis is tilted. Earth rotates on its axis as it orbits the Sun, but the axis always points in the same direction Southern Hemisphere

Northern Hemisphere

December: Summer south of the equator, winter north of the equator. The Sun shines directly on the Southern Hemisphere and indirectly on the Northern Hemisphere March: Fall south of the equator, spring north of the equator. The Sun shines equally on the Southern and Northern Hemispheres June: Winter south of the equator, summer north of the equator. The Sun shines directly on the Northern Hemisphere and indirectly on the Southern Hemisphere September: Spring south of the equator, fall north of the equator. The Sun shines equally on the Southern and Northern Hemispheres Image: NASA Space Place

Learn more at https://spaceplace.nasa.gov/seasons/

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Hidden Picture Puzzle by Liz

How many hidden items can you find?

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Creek Word Search CANOE CLEANUP KAYAK LAKE NATURE RIVER SHORELINE STREAM WATERSHED WETLANDS

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An exciting dance camp for boys and girls. Ages 3 - 9 from 9:00 - noon Monday - Friday, March 27 - 31 Includes: Creative dance Pre-ballet class Art projects Story time Healthy snacks

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www.triangleyouthballet.org

919-932-2676

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Celebrate Saint Patrick's Day March 17th is St. Patrick's Day! In Ireland, Saint Patrick's Day is a national holiday. In Dublin, the capital of Ireland, every year they have a St. Patrick's Day parade and a five-day festival to celebrate. St. Patrick's Day also is celebrated in the United States and many other countries. Join in the fun by wearing green clothing on St. Patrick's Day!

Ireland Fun Facts Most people in Ireland speak English, but Ireland also has its own language, Gaelic. The Irish are known for their hospitality. An Irish expression in Gaelic is "Céad Mile Fáilte," which means, "A hundred thousand welcomes." Ireland is also called the "Emerald Isle." (Isle means island.) Ireland is an island country (surrounded by water) that is emerald green thanks to its rolling green hills and beautiful countryside. Ireland is located in the Northern Atlantic Ocean, just west of Great Britain.

A St. Patrick's Day Parade and Festival is held every year in Raleigh, NC. This year the Raleigh St. Patrick's Day Parade takes place on Saturday, March 11, 2017, beginning at 10 am.

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Story Time

Ages 3 – 6 Mondays & Tuesdays 10:30 am – 11:00 am and 3:30 pm - 4 pm Chapel Hill Public Library

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The Music of Antonio Vivaldi

MUSIC & DANCE Antonio Vivaldi was born on March 4, 1678 in Venice, Italy, and he spent most of his life there. He grew up in a large family. He had four sisters and four brothers. His father Giovanni Battista Vivaldi, was a barber who later became a professional violinist. When Antonio was a young child, his father taught him to play the violin, and Antonio and his father would often perform together. Antonio Vivaldi was ordained a Catholic priest in 1703 when he was 25 years old, and thanks to his bright red hair he became known as "Il Prete Rosso" -- "The Red Priest." After becoming a priest, Vivaldi continued to study and practice the violin, and he was known for his exceptional skill as a composer and violinist. In September 1703, Vivaldi became the music teacher and master violinist at an orphanage for girls in Venice called the Pio Ospedale della PietĂ (in English, the Devout Hospital of Mercy, since the orphanage was attached to a hospital).

Antonio Vivaldi usually wore a white wig as was the fashion of the time (in the Baroque period). His real hair was a bright red color, for which he was nicknamed "The Red Priest."

The orphanage had an excellent reputation for the girls' musical education and for their skill at playing musical instruments, and Vivaldi spent much of his time writing music and teaching at the orphanage. He wrote a lot of music for the girls to play. People came from miles away to hear Vivaldi's talented students perform the beautiful music he had written.

A gondola at sunset in Venice, with a view of Santa Maria della Salute Basilica. Photo: Mirko Manzin.

Venice is famous for its canals and waterways. Can you imagine rowing a boat right to your front door? The boats used for transport in Venice (like the one shown above) are called gondolas.

Vivaldi met kings and princes and twice was invited to play the violin for the pope. Strangely, after his death in 1741, people seemed to have forgotten about his music for almost two hundred years. His music was not re-discovered until the mid-1900s. Many people now think Vivaldi was the best Italian composer of the Baroque period. He wrote concertos, operas, church music and many other compositions. In all, Antonio wrote over 500 concertos (concerti). His most famous set of concertos is The Four Seasons.

What does Baroque mean?

Baroque is a term that was originally used to describe architecture. Buildings of grand design with a lot of detailed decoration were called baroque. These grandiose, highly decorated structures inspired art, music, furniture, gardens, and even clothes and hairdos of that time.

The Pio Ospedale della PietĂ is the orphanage for girls where composer and master violinist Antonio Vivaldi was the head music teacher for much of his professional career. The grand room shown in the painting above is where the girls would perform the music Vivaldi wrote for them.

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Vivaldi's The Four Seasons

Vivaldi's The Four Seasons is so popular today that it is often used as background music in movies and television shows, and in advertisements. However only a little over fifty years ago, hardly anyone knew this music. It started to become popular when a violinist played it on a radio broadcast in 1950. Now there are hundreds of recordings of Vivaldi's The Four Seasons, including arrangements for flute, harp, voice, guitar, jazz quartet, strings, and other instruments.

Antonio Vivaldi was born in Venice, Italy during the Baroque period, and he lived most of his life in Venice. He had bright red hair, and was nicknamed the "Red Priest."

Vivaldi loved to compose pieces of music called "concerti." A concerto is a piece of music for a solo instrument, such as the violin or flute, and orchestra. The Four Seasons is his most famous concerto. Vivaldi's The Four Seasons has four parts (four concerti), each portraying -- through the sound and rhythm of the music -- one of the four seasons: Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter. Ask a parent or guardian to play Vivaldi's Four Seasons for you (there are many different recordings of Vivaldi's Four Seasons available online).

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Vivaldi composed a great deal of music over the years; over a thousand pieces! Today, he is mostly remembered for the many violin concertos he wrote (over 200 violin concertos). He wrote more than 500 concertos for all kinds of instruments. Today Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons violin concertos are his most famous of (1/4 page V is 5 in. x 6 in 919-932-2676
 work. Vivaldi had a great love for music, and the heart and soul he put into his music is enjoyed by people around the world.

Spring

The violins depict the sound of twittering birds; later a flash of lightning, and a quick Spring rain storm comes and goes as quickly as April Showers! 2

Summer

The music depicts a hot, sleepy summer afternoon, but listen for a thunderstorm to break up the sunshine. 3

Autumn

The Autumn concerto begins with a happy feeling, depicting the farmers' celebration of their harvest with happy songs and dances. 4

Winter

Brrrrrr! This music gives you the feeling of a snow-covered winter landscape, with references in the music to the swirling, gusts of wind, and the tip-tapping of frozen rain. What Winter images can you picture when you hear this music?

A Midsummer The Four Seasons

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Vivaldi composed music in the baroque style. He created music with brilliant effects, such as wide leaps from high notes to low notes; creating the effect of the feeling and sounds of nature and weather - storms, wind, and rain; mimicking the sound of bird calls; dramatic contrasts between loud and soft; or contrasts between many instruments playing together, and then suddenly a solo instrument; and musical scales that zoom up and down like a roller coaster.

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When Ansel Adams was 14 years old, his father gave him

a Kodak No, 1 Box Brownie Camera (like the one shown below), on the occasion of the family's first visit to the majestic Yosemite National Park. Ansel Adams was born and raised in San Francisco, California, and spent much of his life living in the Yosemite Valley.

Young Ansel wanted to capture all of the beauty of nature and the wilderness all around him in that little "magic box." He went on to explore more than forty national parks in his lifetime, capturing some of the most breath-taking images of these untouched wilderness areas ever made. He was one of our country's Ansel Adams The Tetons and the Snake River (1942) Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming. greatest champions of our National National Archives and Records Administration, Records of the National Park Service. Parks and wilderness areas.

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ALL ABOUT ART

Ansel Adams: Protecting Nature and Wildnerness Areas through Photography

One of the most famous photographers in the world, Ansel Adams is known for his stunning black-and-white photos of nature and wilderness areas. He used his pictures to make a difference in the world by inspiring the protection of the nature and wilderness areas he photographed, especially in Yosemite National Park.

The Sierra Club used Ansel Adams' pictures to promote the environment and the national parks. Around the same time, Sierra Club members wanted to create another national park in the Sierra Nevada area. Adams created a book called Sierra Nevada: The John Muir Trail, which helped promote the idea to President Franklin Roosevelt. As a result, the park (Kings Canyon National Park) established in 1940.

Ansel Adams was born in San Francisco, California in 1902. In 1914, when Ansel Adams was 12 years old, his favorite hobby was playing the piano, and he thought that he might like to play the piano professionally, as his future career. Music was his greatest passion until he visited Yosemite National Park for the first time, on a family trip in 1916. On the occasion of this family trip, his father also gave him a wonderful gift: a Kodak No. 1 Box Brownie camera, in its own leather case with a strap. Upon experiencing the stunning beauty of the Sierra Nevada mountains and wilderness areas during that family trip, Adams started working on his photography skills right away. He was so taken with the gorgeous wilderness and untouched expanse of nature all around him in Yosemite that he wanted to capture those emotions in this "magic little box" - his new Brownie box camera. He took pictures of the domes, the cliffs, snow-covered mountain peaks, the waterfalls, the meadows. He went on to teach himself everything he could about photography. He read photography magazines and went to photography and art shows. He taught himself to develop and print the photographs. He was especially interested in lighting and how it affected pictures. He created different effects, and learned how to soften the photographs in an impressionistic way. He experimented with filtering the light to best convey the beauty and enormity of the wilderness areas. Adams was so enchanted with Yosemite National Park and nature that he spent each Summer at Yosemite, and returned to San Francisco each Fall to practice piano up to 6 hours a day, as he still worked towards a career as a concert pianist.

Adams also supported the Sierra Club's work by suggesting ways to improve parks and protect wilderness areas for generations to come. He became known as one of the greatest defenders of Yosemite National Park. He served as a member of the Sierra Club’s Board of Directors, and worked to create more national parks and to protect the environment and natural areas.

Portrait of Ansel Adams from the 1950 Yosemite Field School yearbook. Photo: J. Malcolm Greany.

Adams divided his time between working on his skills as a pianist, and working on his photography out in the wilderness areas of the Sierra Nevada. When he was 17 he joined the Sierra Club, a group dedicated to protecting wilderness areas around the world, and he was hired as the summer caretaker of the Sierra Club's visitor center in Yosemite Valley. In 1928 he became the club’s official photographer. His first photos and writings were printed in the Sierra Club Bulletin, and some were offered for sale at an artists’ studio called Best’s Studio in Yosemite Valley. The studio was owned by Harry Best, the father of Ansel Adams’ future wife, Virginia). Adams discovered Best's Studio when he was looking for a piano to rent during his summers at Yosemite.

Later, Adams wrote books to help people learn how to become a better photographer. He won many awards — including the Conservation Service Award in 1968 — for his work as a photographer and an artist. In 1980, he won the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his work to protect our natural resources and parks. Ansel Adams' primary focus throughout his photographic career was on nature and the protection of wilderness areas. Through his photos, Ansel Adams shares with us the astonishing beauty of nature and wilderness areas, even if we have not yet visited places like the Yosemite Valley and the mountains of the Sierra Nevada. Ansel Adams set a great example of what a person can achieve when you focus your time and energy to learn new skills (as Ansel Adams did from a young age, learning everything he could about photography), persist in practicing and continually improving, and never give up on trying to make a difference. To learn more about Ansel Adams and his photography, visit www.anseladams.com.

Ansel Adams: Masterworks An exhibition featuring many of Ansel Adams's most iconic images of majestic American landscapes is currently on view at the North Carolina Gallery of Art in Raleigh, NC through May 7, 2017.

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BOOK NOOK

Vivaldis' Four Seasons by Anna Harwell Celenza In eighteenth-century Venice, Italy, the finest musical performances are heard at an orphanage for girls called the Ospedale della Pieta, where Padre Antonio Vivaldi is the music teacher. Hidden from the audience is an orchestra of young orphan girls, some with physical disabilities and illnesses.

Inspired by the talented and determined young girls who are students at the Venetian orphanage, and after being their music teacher for most of his early career, Vivaldi later composed a set of concertos that mark the passing of time and the changing seasons: the great baroque masterpiece entitled The Four Seasons. The book's colorful, cheerful artwork, and the lush music of Antonio Vivaldi's The Four Seasons (CD recording included with the book) tell the story behind Vivaldi's composition of The Four Seasons, and the remarkable musicianship of the orphan girls who were his music students, bringing Vivaldi's masterpiece to life for young readers.

Antsy Ansel: Ansel Adams, A Life in Nature by Anna Harwell Celenza You may be familiar with Ansel Adams's iconic black-and-white nature photographs. Read more about Ansel Adams and his photography on pages 12 and 13. Antsy Ansel: Ansel Adams, A Life in Nature tells the story about the artist who created these images. As a child, Ansel just couldn't sit still. He felt trapped indoors and never walked anywhere--he ran. Even when he sat, his feet danced. But in nature, Ansel felt right at home. He fell in love with the gusting gales of the Golden Gate, the quiet whisper of Lobos Creek, the icy white of Yosemite Valley, and countless other remarkable natural sights. From his early days in San Francisco to the height of his glory nationwide, Antsy Ansel chronicles a restless boy's path to becoming an iconic nature photographer.

Vivaldi's Ring of Mystery (Audio CD)

Ansel Adams in the National Parks: Photographs from America's Wild Places

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Vivaldi, Venice and violins: all three are celebrated through music and storytelling in Vivaldi’s Ring of Mystery (audio CD). Set to Vivaldi's lush music, this is a mystery story about an orphan girl in the early 1700s who is in search of her roots. A central clue to the mystery is a missing Stradivarius violin that the Duke of Cremona has brought to Vivaldi’s school of the Pieta (orphanage) in the hopes of finding his long lost grandchild. Listen to the music of Vivaldi woven into the drama as the story unfolds, and learn how the mystery is solved!

Calling All Fourth Graders & Their Families Visit www.Every Kid in a Park.gov for Your Free Pass to Visit All Federal Parks, Lands, and Waters It's a great time to plan a visit to go and visit some of the beautiful places in our National Parks that Ansel Adams photographed. (Read about photographer Ansel Adams on pages 12 and 13). Now in its second year, the "Every Kid in a Park" program offers fourth graders and their families (and fourth grade teachers with their students) a free pass to visit all federal parks, lands and waters.

With more than two hundred photographs, this is the most comprehensive collection of Ansel Adams' photographs of America's national parks and wilderness areas. The legendary photographer explored more than forty national parks in his lifetime, producing some of the most beautiful and memorable images of the natural world ever made.

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MARCH 2017 Flick Picks The Boss Baby (In theaters: March 31, 2017)

(In theaters: March 17, 2017)

DreamWorks Animation and the director of Madagascar invite you to meet a most unusual baby. He wears a suit, speaks in a grown-up voice (voiced by Alec Baldwin), and quickly makes clear that he is the boss.

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is the longawaited live-action re-telling of the Disney animated classic fairy tale. Staying true to the original music as well as adding several new songs. Beauty and the Beast takes us along on a journey with Belle, a bookloving, bright, beautiful and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a beast in his castle. Despite her fears, Belle befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and looks beyond the Beast’s exterior to discover the kind heart and soul of the true Prince within.

The Boss Baby is a hilariously universal story about how a new baby's arrival impacts a family, told from the point of view of an unreliable narrator, the baby's wildly imaginative 7 year old brother, named Tim. Along with lots of silly escapades, the story is a heart-filled message about the importance of family. The Boss Baby is a light-hearted, appealing original comedy for all ages. Rated PG (for some mild rude humor). 1hr. 48 min. (Dreamworks Animation, 20th Century Fox).

Spring Vocabulary Word:

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gambol /ˈɡambəl/

All-star cast featuring Emma Watson as Belle; Dan Stevens as the Beast; Luke Evans as Gaston, the handsome, but shallow villager who woos Belle; Kevin Kline as Maurice, Belle’s eccentric, but lovable father; Josh Gad as Lefou, Gaston’s loyal side-kick; Ewan McGregor as Lumiere, the candelabra; Stanley Tucci as Maestro Cadenza, the harpsichord; Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, the mantel clock; and Emma Thompson as the teapot, Mrs. Potts. Rated PG (for some action violence, peril and frightening images). 2 hr. 3 min. (Walt Disney Pictures and Mandeville Films).

March Madness!

Can you guess what the picture will be? Connect the dots from 1 to 109. Then color in the picture!

1. To run or jump about playfully. "The lambs gamboled in the meadow." Synonyms: frolic, frisk, cavort, caper, skip, dance, romp, prance, leap, hop, jump, spring, bound, bounce 1. An act of running or jumping about playfully.

We love to publish your original art work, letters, poems and stories. Ask your parent/guardian to send or email your original art, along with their signed permission to publish, to the ChillKids mailing address on p. 2.

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By Jan Buckner Walker

The Original Crossword Puzzle for Kids and Their Favorite Adults

The across clues are for kids and the down clues are for grown-ups!

Kids Across

1. Shaped like the letter "U" and worn on a pony's hoof, a _______ is considered to be lucky when it hangs in someone's home 7. According to superstition, if you open an _____ inside a house, bad luck may "rain" down on you 8. Finding this copper coin may be lucky (but you would be even luckier if you found 9,999 more because you could trade them in for a $100 bill) 9. This twinkly flying lady from storybooks makes magic happen with a touch of her wand 11. When two people pull the ends of a ___ _ after Thanksgiving dinner, both of them are hoping for a lucky break 13. What a person with a rod and reel is hoping to catch 14. A lucky guess to a hard question on an _____ could be the right answer 17. It's what they say on St. Patrick's Day: If you find a four-leaf _____, you will have

good luck 18. The supposedly lucky number found at the end of this year 19. If you break a mirror, they say you'll have this kind of luck for 18A years 20. Finding good fortune: According to an Irish legend, there's a pot o' gold at the end of the _____

Parents Down

2. Naturally: When it falls, good luck befalls the farmer 3. People who practice feng shui believe that having fresh flowers displayed in their ____ will bring peace and good luck 4. Side note: According to ancient Chinese teaching, if your buddy has a "Buddha ___" -- large in size, positioned high on the side of his head, with a long, fleshy lobe -- he will live a very lucky life 5. One man's envious observation: Some guys have ___ the luck

6. Tiny, spotted visitor (also known as an Asian beetle) said to bring good luck 8. Oft-repeated word that fills each blank in this lyric from Barbra's classic Broadway ballad: "______ who need _____ are the luckiest _____ in the world" 9. Digits crossed in hopes of good luck (or to make the letter "R" in sign language) 10. Hoo, me?: In a superstition shared by cultures around the world, this nocturnal bird is linked to bad luck 12. Arachno-what?!: Have no fear -- seeing this itsy-bitsy insect walk up your wall supposedly will bring you good luck 15. Don't knock the superstition: Folks sometimes knock on this and hope for the best 16. Lucky flake for one who's dreaming of a white Christmas 17. Good catch on a busy night in the city

Good Luck!

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Q: Why do people wear shamrocks on St. Patrick's Day?

A: Because real rocks are too heavy.

ENERGY EFFICIENCY WORD SCRAMBLE

St. Patrick’s Day Word Find

Are you energy efficient? Test yourself by completing the word scramble below – and share these tips with your family and friends! 1.

Tell an adult about a leaky _ _ _ _ _ _ . You don’t want the water bill to rise from it. (efacut)

2.

Wash your full loads of clothes in _ _ _ _ water when possible.

3.

Make sure that _ _ _ is not escaping through cracks in your windows. (ira)

4.

Set your _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ to 68° or lower, and put on a sweater if you begin to feel cold. (tasmroteht)

5.

Use _ _ _ _ _ _ _ fans to cool down instead of pumping up your air conditioner. (gclinei)

6.

Use a _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ oven instead of the regular oven whenever you can. (vacimorew)

7.

Turn on the oven _ _ _ _ _ to check on a dish rather than opening the oven door. (ltihg)

8.

Replace incandescent bulbs with _ _ _ lights. They last much longer! (DLE)

9.

When you _ _ _ _ _ your homework, do it the efficient way and use both sides of the paper. (intrp)

10.

When possible, take the bus or ride your _ _ _ _ _ _ _ instead of using a car. (bccleyi)

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