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Catch a Wave! Surfing Competition & Camps in Wrightsville Beach, NC
Visit the Sea Turtles at the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue & Rehabilitation Center
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COVER ART: “Horses on Corolla Beach” textile collage by Elaine O’Neil
Elaine O’Neil is a Chapel Hill-based textile collage artist who uses fabrics to create beautiful textile collages of fond childhood memories, and whimsical images of the local community and North Carolina landmarks. Elaine O’Neil also is the illustrator of Good Night Carolina, a children’s book written by Missy Julian Fox and Marie Myers Lloyd. As O’Neil describes it, “Growing up in the countryside of rural Maine, I had an idyllic, perfect childhood. Running barefoot in the green fields, playing hide and seek in our big red barn, picking sweet peas, and eating blueberry pie are fond memories I hold dear to this day. My artistic process begins with those simple, pure moments. I strive to conjure up the essence of those good memories and capture them through whimsey and color, all stitched together with a sense of humor and delight. I call the finished piece, "textile collage". "I began sewing as a girl, winning 4-H contests and making all of my clothes. In college, I designed fabrics, enjoying the created effect of color and texture combinations. Later, while our three sons were little and I was home with them, I began creating "scenes" and portraits of a family boat ride, a cow farm, or a seaside picnic. Those 'scenes' were noticed by a gallery and that was the start of my art career.”
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WELCOME AUGUST! August is here, and there is still time for fun summer adventures in the North Carolina Triangle before the exciting new school year begins! August is the perfect time for a trip to Wrightsville Beach! The Wahine Classic Women's (and Girls') Surf competition at Wrightsville Beach takes place on August 15-17, hosted by the Blockade Runner Beach Resort. Join a surf camp and enjoy beach fun at the Blockade Runner's award-winning Sandcamper's program. Read all about it on pages 4-5. Learn about North Carolina sea turtles, and the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center on pages 6-7, and learn how you can adopt a sea turtle! As you plan for the new school year, sign up for fun activities and sports that help you stay fit and healthy! Learn about ballet on page 17, and read about how football players, including NFL Hall of Famer Lynn Swann, include ballet in their training to help them play football better! Go for family walks or jog together, and visit GOTRtriangle.org to learn about Girls on the Run Triangle registration and events. Paperhand Puppet Intervention's spectacular 15th giant puppet summer pageant for all ages, "The Painted Bird," runs August 8th thru September 7th at the Forest Theatre in Chapel Hill, with additional performances in September at the North Carolina Museum of Art. Read more about Paperhand Puppet Intervention and "The Painted Bird" on pages 11 and 12. Read, read, read! Plan a trip to the library to find some great books. Ask a parent or grandparent to do the Kids Across, Parents Down crossword puzzle with you (find the clue about Lynn Swann in the puzzle on page 19), and brush up on your math skills with the Math-a-Muse puzzles on page 12. Have an adventuresome August!
Take the back to school silly dental quiz? 1. What has teeth but can’t eat? 2. What is the dentist favorite thing at the fair? Has your child seen a dentist yet? It is recommended that children begin seeing a dentist at age 1 or first tooth! Make sure you start them off on the right foot!
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3. What does a dentist do in an earthquake? 4. What did the dentist see at the North Pole? 5. What did the vampire say when the dentist cleaned his teeth? When playing sports, always wear a mouth guard. Most sports related trauma to the teeth can be prevented. Protect your smile, it will be yours for a lifetime!
Good luck students! We hope this year is fabulous!
1) a comb 2) the fluoride 3) brace himself 4) a molar bear 5) “fang you very much”
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Women's Surfing Competition Returns to Wrightsville Beach, NC Wahine Classic Kicks Off Week of Surf Contests & Camps
On the shores of Wrightsville Beach, NC, the nationally ranked surf town in some of the country's cleanest ocean waters, more than 100 female surfers from New York to Florida will compete in shortboard, longboard and standup paddleboard heats during the Wahine Classic in Wrightsville Beach, Friday through Sunday, Aug. 15-17, 2014.
A crowd favorite is the teeny wahine division.
"My daughter Airlie calls the teeny wahines 'the dads and daughters' because ... you see the dads as happy as the girls bonding and assisting so their little girls can ride waves," Pickett says. The timing of the teeny wahine division is paired with the shortboard finals. "This provides a platform for them to participate and watch the pro shortboard finals that's going on at the same time," Pickett says.
The quintessential surf town made National Geographic's short list of America's Last Best Beach Towns in its June/July 2014 issue. Also in June 2014, Wrightsville Beach was named by the Natural Resources Defense Council as one of its 35 Superstar Beaches for its clean ocean waters. Wahine Classic organizers Jo Pickett of Crystal South Surf Camp and Jack Viorel of Indo Jax Surf Charities are expecting a bigger than average field of wahines (young women surfers) this year.
Wahine Classic file photo by Susan Yerry Sessoms
"Wrightsville Beach is a great location for the competition. In so many ways it has become the classic of all Wahine contests," Viorel says.
Viorel's daughter, now 11, started surfing at age 4. She's among the budding female surfers eligible to surf the age 12 and under guppy division.
Pickett who coaches the East Coast Surfing Association's elite female division says her role puts her in touch with the best female surfers on the East Coast. She welcomes surfers of all skill levels pro, amateur and novice - in all age groups - teeny wahines, guppies, juniors, ladies and legends - during the Wahine Classic in Wrightsville Beach, one of only three all-female contests on the East Coast. "The idea is to bring all girls to the playing field," Pickett says. "The developing surfers learn from the most accomplished."
Pickett's philosophy of instruction is rooted in mentoring. For decades she has mentored female surfers including two daughters, Airlie Pickett and Lelaini Pickett, who placed second and third in the pro shortboard division during the 2013 Wahine Classic finals. First place went to Wrightsville Beach local Darsha Pigford.
"By having an all female contest like this," Viorel says, "it's a real platform to dive into surfing. There's a competitive edge to it but it's a community event," he adds.
Wahine Classic file photo by Ed Potter, NCSurfPhoto
The Wahine Classic is hosted by the Blockade Runner Beach Resort, whose award-winning children's beach program was named one of the Top 10 Childrens' Beach Programs by USA Today Travel.
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Hidden Picture Puzzles How many hidden items can you find? by Liz .
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Wrightsville Beach August Surfing Contests & Camps (cont. from page 4 ) The Wahine Classic host hotel, the Blockade Runner Beach Resort, is also the hub for Surfers Healing on Monday, Aug. 18. one of 15 locations on the 2014 Surfers Healing coast-to-coast tour. Surfers Healing was founded in California by professional surfer Israel Paskowitz and his wife Danielle for their son, Isaiah, after he was diagnosed with autism. Paskowitz, whose son experienced the positive effects of surfing, now shares this unique therapy with other families of children diagnosed with autism.
Wahine Classic Women's Surfing Competition Wrightsville Beach, NC Friday - Sunday, Aug. 15-17, 2014 Wahine Classic registration deadline: August 11. Accommodations: Blockade Runner Beach Resort www.blockade-runner.com Information and registration: Jo Pickett, Co-chair, Wahine Classic Crystal South Surf Camps (910) 465-9638 Jack Viorel, Co-chair, Wahine Classic Indo Jax Surf Charities (910) 274-3565
Photo by Richard Perry. Surfers Healing founder, surfer Izzy Paskowitz at the Blockade Runner Beach Resort in Wrightsville Beach, NC. Photo by Brad Butler.
Viorel will be among the scores of volunteers to assist Paskowitz during Surfers Healing. Indo Jax Surf Schpool will follow with a special needs charity surf camp for families with children on the autism spectrum, Aug. 19-21. Visit indojaxsurfschool.com.
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A North Carolina Hospital for Sea Turtles: The Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center
Located in Surf City, North Carolina (across from Topsail Beach, and about a half hour drive from Wrightsville Beach and Wilmington, NC), the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue & Rehabilitation Center is a sea turtle sanctuary committed to the rescue, care, rehabilitation and release of sick and injured sea turtles. For more than 20 years, the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue Center (also known as the "Sea Turtle Hospital") helps sea turtles recover from injuries and illnesses caused by nets, hooks, toxins and polluted water, plastics, boat hulls, boat propellers, even shark attacks. The hospital also rescues "cold-stunned" sea turtles from sudden cold temperature, and rescues and releases baby sea turtles who aren't able to make it out to sea. (Sometimes a storm or hurricane weather causes the ocean to be too rough for the tiny baby sea turtles to leave the beach.)
The Sea Turtle Hospital recently moved to a brand new 13,600-square-foot building, completed in November 2013, open to the public beginning in June 2014. The new $2 million sea turtle hospital building was completely funded through private contributions. The new building is 16-times larger than the old facility that had been used since 1996, and includes a large space for tanks ("sea turtle bay", where recovering sea turtle patients spend their days swimming and splashing in the
Visitors can come and visit the sea turtles who are recovering at the Sea Turtle Hospital, and (if you are lucky to be there when a sea turtle will be released back into the sea,) visitors also can go to the beach and watch the release. Jean Beasley, Founder and Director of the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rehabilitation and Rescue Center, has been working tirelessly for more than 20 years to rescue sea turtles, with the dedicated help of hundreds of long-term volunteers, (more than 1,000 volunteers over the years). She is the winner of the 2013 Oceana Ocean Hero Awards, and the winner of Animal Planet’s 2007 Hero of the Year. The Sea Turtle Hospital has a lot to celebrate! They have recued, rehabilitated and released more than 400 sea turtles, and they are now able to rescue many more sea turtles.
The Karen Beasley Rescue Center teaches visitors about the things we can each do to help the sea turtles. • Do not leave large items (chairs, canopies, umbrellas) on the beach overnight. A turtle can become entangled in these. tanks), sea turtle hospital, classroom, gift shop, educational exhibits and sea turtle art that teach about conservation and things we can all do to help keep sea turtles safer. Before the new Sea Turtle Hospital opened, for sixteen years the center's long-term volunteers shared 850 sq. ft. of space with up to fifty turtles at one time. The new hospital gives them the ability to help many more sea turtles. In addition to rescuing and rehabilitating injured turtles, Karen Beasley Rescue volunteers have daily "Turtle Patrols" all spring and summer during sea turtle nesting season, scouting out turtle tracks that lead to nests. Topsail Island has 26 miles of coastline, and each mile is surveyed every morning (around 100 volunteers daily) to identify sea turtle tracks and nests from May through August. When a nest is found, it is roped off and closely monitored, including a round-the-clock guard when hatching time is near. (Sea turtle eggs generally hatch in about 60 days, so with constant monitoring the volunteers can determine the approximate hatch date). Beasley and her staff of volunteers emphasize that, even with all these efforts, only one in an estimated five to ten thousand hatchlings survive, and the turtles don't seem to be laying enough eggs to keep their numbers from declining. There are fewer nests now than there were in the mid-1980's when Jean Beasley and her daughter, Karen, began the turtle patrol project. In addition to her work at the Karen Beasley center, Jean Beasley works diligently to promote conservation around the world,
Topsail Island's first hatch of 2014. "Good luck out there little guy!" Courtesy Karen Beasley Rescue Center and Rehabilitation Center Facebook.
All sea turtle species are either endangered or threatened, and are listed in the Endangered Species Act. Of the seven sea turtle species worldwide, five kinds of sea turtles (species) migrate along the east coast, and three kinds (species) of sea turtles are hospitalized at the Sea Turtle Hospital at Topsail Beach regularly. The loggerhead is the sea turtle most often seen in North Carolina, followed by green sea turtles and then Kemp's Ridley sea turtles. Most sea turtle species live about 100 years. Destruction of feeding and nesting habitats and pollution of the world’s oceans are all taking a serious toll on remaining sea turtle populations.
• If you dig a hole in the sand on the beach, do not walk away without replacing all the sand. It’s dangerous not only to turtles but to humans who can stumble into it and break a bone (it’s happened.) • Don't leave anything on the beach; pick up everything you bring and take it back with you. Pieces of plastic, toys, parts, and balloons and balloon strings are all very dangerous for sea turtles and other sea creatures. • When vacationing at the beach, or for people whose homes are at the beach, it's important to turn off outside lights and refrain from using flashlights on the beach during nesting season, because turtles are disoriented by light and head off in the wrong direction. (Confused by the lights, sea turtle mamas can end up in parking lots and on the highways, rather than nesting on the dark beach at night). • Respect the sea turtle nests and any instructions from turtle project volunteers. • Visitors also are warned not try to stop a turtle or get in its way. Beasley and her volunteer staff remind visitors that it is illegal (a violation of federal law) to try to stop a sea turtle or get in its way. If you come across a stranded, injured or distressed sea turtle, call the Wildlife Resources Commission’s sea turtle emergency hotline number at 252-241-7367 (24/7), or visit the Karen Beasley Center at www.seaturtlehospital. org to learn what to do if you see a stranded, injured or distressed sea turtle.) (Continued on page 7).
Flipper hugs: Rescued tiny hatchlings at the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Hospital.
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Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center cont. from page 6 ) Sea Turtle Releases
Lefty: A Loggerhead Sea Turtle's Journey from Hatchling to the Sea
There is a joyful celebration on Topsail Beach when a sea turtle at the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center has recovered and will be released to go back home into the ocean. Sometimes as many as 500 school children have attended the release of a turtle hospital patient, along with family and friends of the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center. For traffic and crowd safety reasons, a release is only posted on the website (www.seaturtlehospital.org) and on Facebook the day before the release. (Having less advance notice results in less of a crowd.) On the happy day when a sea turtle (or a group of sea turtles) is released, a beach "runway" is marked with ribbons, creating a parade route from the dunes to the beach and the water's edge. Children often make flags, signs and banners to cheer the sea turtle along back into the sea. Sea turtle ambassadors are elected to officially escort the turtle. Adult volunteers carry the turtle, and since most of the turtles are quite large and heavy (on average several hundred pounds), it can be a big job! When the sea turtle reaches the beach and smells the salt water, it gets so excited it flaps its flippers and bucks to make a break for the ocean. It is challenging for the three adults carrying a sea turtle to have the strength and endurance to keep a grip all the way from the dunes down to the water's edge where the sea turtle will be released.
When you visit the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center, you will quickly see that each sea turtle has a distinct personality, and you will learn that each sea turtle patient has his or her own story. Each of these sea turtles was rescued and is recovering at the Sea Turtle Hospital, so that they can be released back into the sea as soon as they are able. For example, a Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Hospital intern described the sea turtle patient named "Shellie" as "accident prone," because she has survived a shark attack, a boat strike, and a net capture. She survived and recovered from her injuries thanks to the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Hospital's excellent care. You can watch a video of Shellie's July 16, 2014 release at the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Hospital's Facebook page. Lefty was an unusual case for the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Hospital because he was rescued when he was a tiny hatchling, and stayed at the hospital for a long time: almost six years! Most of the rescued baby sea turtles are able to go back to the sea quickly, sometimes they even get to take a ride on a boat to warmer, safer water. But when Lefty was brought in to the Sea Turtle Hospital, the tiny baby hatchling was missing his right front flipper (that's why he's called "Lefty"). He had to spend a lot of time learning how to swim and maneuver without a right front flipper, and the Sea Turtle Hospital needed to make sure he could survive in the wild before he could be released.
"Lefty" in 2008. (Loggerhead baby turtle, missing right front flipper and weighed 2 ounces.)
"Lefty" 4 months later in 2008, growing quickly!
On a happy day in June 2014, Lefty was released 6 years after he arrived at the Sea Turtle Hospital, along with several other sea turtles who also were released that day, swimming along with him out into the vast ocean.
Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue & Rehabilitation Center Summer 2014 Hours: Open daily (EXCEPT Wednesday & Sunday) from noon to 4 PM.
"Lefty" in November 2013. He's grown a lot in 6 years!
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www.SeaTurtleHospital.org Visit the website to learn how to Adopt a Sea Turtle! Also visit the website for admission info, and call before visiting to plan the best day and time to visit. The line is shorter on Saturdays. If you visit on a weekday, plan to arrive later in the afternoon, an hour or so before the closing time, to avoid a long wait. Bring sunscreen and water in case there is a line to enter the building. (It is amazing to see these beautiful sea turtles up close, so plan ahead to avoid lines, but it's well worth the wait.)
Happy Day! 6-year-old "Lefty" was released in June 2014.
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In 1948,Walter Frederick Morrison and Warren Franscioni created a plastic disc that could fly with better accuracy than a tin pie plate.
Today, the fifty-year-old Frisbee® is owned by Mattel Toy Manufacturers, only one of at least sixty manufacturers of flying discs.
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When Morrison sold the rights to Wham-O in 1957, the company named the disc the Frisbee® (pronounced FRIZ'-bee).
Many games are now played with a flying disc. Here is a list of some of them. How do you think each game is played? Look them up and find out if you guessed correctly. • Disc Dog • Disc Golf • Dodge Disc
• Double Disc Court • Flutterguts • Freestyle
• Fricket • Goaltimate • Ultimate
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August Word Find Find the words by looking up, down, backwards, forwards, sideways and diagonally.
O S H V K U U Z A A N R I G E
O A W T B G R C P T N A A E A
T N A P U P E F E E A N F E C
B D O S O A H L R R W E R B H
August Surf Wrightsville Beach Sandcastle
A C T K J G T H H S S V E S A
L A N L C R N Q A L N I M I V
L S U M U L O U N I N Y M R L
C T P T P W S A D D Y K U F A
W L A V N P L V P E L A S O N
Sea Turtle Ballet Football Lynn Swann Girls on the Run
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F O R E S T T H E A T R E S R
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Paperhand Puppet Forest Theater Frisbee Summer Fair Water Slide
New Bulb on the Block: Meet LED Lucy!
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Bet you can't guess what this picture will be until you connect the dots! Here is a clue: read about the DURHAM BULLS baseball in last month's issue (July 2014) (also available online at www.CHillKids. com). Visit www.DurhamBulls.com for the August game schedule and go to a Durham Bulls game in August!
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What makes Light-Emitting Diode (LED) bulbs better?
That’s easy. LEDs use less energy, last longer and are more durable than traditional bulbs. LED bulbs are also versatile, which means they can be used for a lot of different stuff. Today, LEDs can be found in everything from TVs to traffic lights!
Many of today’s LED bulbs are between six to seven times more energy efficient than regular bulbs. That’s because regular bulbs release most of their energy as heat, while LEDs release barely any heat at all.
Did you know most LED bulbs can last more than 25 times longer than traditional bulbs? In fact, a quality LED bulb can run 24 hours a day, seven days a week for over three years before it burns out!
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CFL Charlie with LED Lucy, the newest bulb on the block!
Since LED bulbs are made without filament (the little wire in the middle of a regular bulb) and don’t have moving parts, LED bulbs don’t break as often. This means less waste, which is always a good thing! Visit Piedmont Electric's Kids Energy Zone website for fun games and energy saving tips!
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Today’s Kid Scoop gives you just a small amount of information about a few reptiles. If you think a reptile is the right pet for you, visit the library before you visit the pet store and read about how to care for the reptile you find interesting.
The following list of animals has four reptiles and three that are not reptiles. To figure out which three are not reptiles, do the math by each animal. Odd-numbered animals are reptiles, even-numbered ones are amphibians. Make a check next to each animal that is a reptile:
Reptiles and amphibians are cold-blooded, which means that they depend on external sources, such as the sun, to maintain their body temperature. They don’t make their own heat by “burning” food fuel inside their bodies. As a result, reptiles eat only about half as much food as similar-sized birds and mammals (warm-blooded animals). There are just a few types of lizards that make good pets for kids. Leopard geckos are recommended by some experts. However, this lizard is nocturnal and will spend the day sleeping. REPTILE WARNING: Reptiles can carry salmonella bacteria on their skin, which they can transfer to their cages or anything else they touch. The bacteria can cause life-threatening sickness in people. Always wash your hands after handling a reptile or touching anything in its cage.
Snakes and some lizards have a special organ on the roof of the mouth that helps them smell. They smell by sticking out their tongues and then placing the tongue in the roof of the mouth where this organ is located. They can then “smell” or sense what is around them.
What is the name of this organ? Use the code on the snake’s back!
How many geckos can you find here in the dark?
Standards Link: Life Science: Students know different animals inhabit different kinds of environments.
A chameleon has a tongue that is about half as long as its body. In other words, a foot-long chameleon has a tongue that is about six inches long. If Tom, Tara and Tobias all had tongues as long as chameleons, how long in inches would their tongues be? Fill in the answers at right!
4 feet 8 inches tall
4 feet 2 inches tall
5 feet 4 inches tall
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HINT: (There are 12 inches in a foot.) First figure out how tall each one is in inches. Then divide that in half.
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MUSIC & ART
Paperhand Puppet Intervention's AMAZING Giant Puppet Creations "THE PAINTED BIRD" 15th Annual Summer Giant Puppet Pageant for All Ages
Every summer in August and September, Paperhand Puppet Intervention puts on a spectacular giant puppet show and pageant for all ages at the outdoor Forest Theatre in Chapel Hill, (with additional shows at the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh), featuring handmade puppets, masks, stilt walkers, shadow puppets, and live music. Paperhand Puppet's 15th Annual Giant Puppet Pageant, "THE PAINTED BIRD," is an enchanted pageant of weaving colors, huge puppets, rabbits, mice, moles, and hedgehogs!
From the little creatures of the fields and forests, emerging from the brown earth, to the lumbering beasts of green sunlit pastures, all dancing to the rhythms of life. It is a story of time and forgetfulness. Rabbits, moles, mice, and hedgehogs live in harmony in a magical world until a great greyness begins to spread across the land. Who of us can remember the story of the Painted Bird who carries all the shades of the world on its wings, when the land has gone grey and the light faded? The furry creatures of forest and field must work together to keep the numbing greyness from sweeping across the land. Will the colors be consumed entirely from the world by the everencroaching grey? Come see for yourself, and the Painted Bird will rise with our own dreams of a brighter world this summer. Since 1998, Paperhand artists have been using cardboard, corn starch, bamboo, old house paints, and other assorted stuff to create giant puppets, masks, shadow plays and silhouettes, stilt dancing, rod puppets and performances for all ages. The puppet shows they create are a synthesis of many art forms including sculpting, painting, music, dance, improvisation, costume/set design and theater. Paperhand’s parades, pageants, and shows are celebrations of love, for the earth and its creatures (including humans), as well as justice, equality, and peace.
"The absolute best part of being a puppeteer/ artist is seeing people’s faces light up when they see one of our creations come to life," says Zimmerman. "People say incredible things about Paperhand Puppet’s work in person, in emails, and Facebook comments. For example, one person commented that “Your work has changed my life for the better and given my family the greatest gift of inspiration!” When I see and hear people react to our work in positive ways, it is very satisfying and encouraging, and just feels really good!"
Donovan Zimmerman and Jan Burger, co-founders of Paperhand Puppet Intervention.
Donovan Zimmerman and Jan Burger's dedication to the local community through their work with Paperhand Puppet Intervention is a gift that inspires imagination, creativity, and kindness in their audiences of all ages.
Donovan Zimmerman and Jan Burger are the co-founders of Paperhand Puppet Intervention, and they spend a lot of time creating amazing giant puppets at the Paperhand Puppet Intervention studio in Saxapahaw, NC. “We are so grateful for the amazing support we receive from our community,” says Paperhand co-founder Donovan Zimmerman. “Each year we have over a hundred volunteers who lend their hands sewing, painting, and paper macheing to make our shows possible. This year we were able to raise over $10,000 on Kickstarter to fund 'THE 'PAINTED BIRD.' It takes a lot of hands, hearts, money, and effort to put on a show of this size. We couldn’t do it without the love and support of hundreds of people.” It’s truly bizarre, and wonderful, to look back and think about where we started 15 years ago and where we are today. Last year we had over 14,000 people come to see the show,” says co-founder Jan Burger. “Each year we keep growing and trying new things. We just try to bring a little beauty and hope into our part of the world.”
Paperhand Puppet Intervention's 15th Annual Giant Puppet Pageant, THE PAINTED BIRD, will take place every weekend (Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays) from August 8th - September 7th at the Forest Theatre in Chapel Hill, with performances every Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Labor Day at 7:00. Matinee shows will be held August 23th, 30th, and September 6th at 3:00. Additional performances September 13, 14 and 15 at the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh. Visit paperhand.org to learn more.
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Look for Math-A-Muse Answers on page 18.
By Evelyn B. Christensen, Ed.D.
21 ÷ 7
40 ÷ 8
36 ÷ 9
12 ÷ 6
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30 ÷ 5
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Girls on the Run uses running and physical activity to unleash confidence through accomplishment, while establishing a lifetime appreciation of wellness and positive lifestyle choices for girls in 3rd – 5th grades. Fall season starts 9/15. Registration is open now with more teams added on 8/11 & 8/25. Visit our website for team listings and program times. www.gotrtriangle.org Inspiring girls to be joyful, healthy and confident.
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Visit your local library
for fun events and programming for children and teens all summer (crafts, LEGO building, story time, family movies, science programs, & lots more)! View the library calendars online at:
August is a great month to play baseball and go watch a baseball game at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park! Visit DurhamBulls.com for the game schedule and to purchase tickets.
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5Take a jumprope 6
Count the seeds in a slice of watermelon.
Clean out a section of your room and rearrange your things there.
Research an invention you admire. Can you come up with your own invention?
National Inventors Month
Wahine Classic Surf Competition
August 15-17 in Wrightsville Beach, NC hosted by the Blockade Runner Beach Resort (See pages 4-5)
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Put on some music and dance away. Get some friends over and dance together.
Make a collage of smiling faces using pictures from magazines.
Clean out your backpack and get it ready for a great school year!
26 Grab a banana and enjoy this fruit high in fiber and potassium.
Family Movie Matinee 2 pm - 3:30 pm Chapel Hill Public Library
Chapel Hill Farmers’ Market 8am - 12pm Carrboro Every Farmers’ Saturday Market in the 7am - 12pm Summer! Durham Farmers’ Market 8am - 12pm
On this day in 1789, Congress approved the establishment of lighthouses, beacons, buoys and piers.
outside and skip as fast as you can for ten minutes and then slowly for another ten minutes.
National Watermelon Day
Family Movie Matinee 2 pm - 3:30 pm Chapel Hill Public Library
Wahine Classic Women's (& Girls') Surfing Competition Fri-Sun. August 15-17 Wrightsville Beach, NC hosted by the Blockade Runner Beach Resort (See pages 4-5)
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Be An Angel Day
Can you make a difference in someone’s life by doing a good deed today?
29 Find an apple recipe, & ask an adult for help and make it for your family.
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30 The classic stories of Babar the elephant began as a bedtime story told by Laurent de Brunhoff ’s father, Jean de Brunhoff. Make up your own bedtime story.
Laurent de Brunhoff’s birthday
Thrill seekers start by climbing up 264 steps to the top. This will take most people about seven minutes of climbing straight up. Whew!
BELOW: A panoramic view of Verrückt during construction shows the full distance of this one-of-a-kind new ride.
a second massive hill and drop down another 50 feet for the ultimate in waterslide excitement! Going down the slide is FAST—65-miles an hour! That’s 5 miles-per-hour faster than the fastest land animal, the cheetah!
Would you ride Verrückt?
If it makes you feel any better, riders are belted in and a net encloses the entire ride. Does that change your mind about riding it? LEFT: Construction of Verrückt’s massive stairway tower. ABOVE: A good view of the frst drop and the hill. Yikes!
Riders sit and buckle themselves into a four-person raft. Then they drop the entire 168 feet 7 inches! But that’s not all, after that long drop, riders are blasted back up
Photos courtesy Schlitterbahn Water Parks and Resorts
Corgiville Fair by Tasha Tudor
In Corgiville, as in many small towns all over America, the biggest event of the year is the fair. And the most exciting thing at the Corgiville Fair is the goat race! Caleb Corgi has spent months training his goat, Josephine, for the big event. But Edgar Tomcat's goat is fast, too, and Caleb knows that Edgar is not above indulging in some dirty tricks in order to win.
The sights, smells, and all the fun and excitement of a typical small-town fair are captured with humor and affection.
primarygames.com/seasons/summer/summer_fun.htm Primary Games is a simple and easy-to-navigate site for children. Pick from coloring pages, calendars to fill in, some simple games, and writing activities. If someone finishes those summer-theme activities, they can check out the menu bar across the top of the page for word searches. sixsistersstuff.com/2013/05/50-outdoor-summer-activities-for-kids.html There are some inspiring ideas here to keep you outside and having fun including some inventive games and lots of craft projects.
Camp PBS Parent
pbs.org/parents/summer/free-or-almost-free-summer-fun-ideas/ A parent’s guide to Free (or almost Free) Summer Fun Ideas that include ways to sneak in some learning, creative car games, camping and road trips.
KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Hold on to your bathing suit! It’s a wild ride down this waterslide! It’s called Verrückt—that’s German for insane. And insane is right! At 168 feet 7 inches tall, it is taller than the Statue of Liberty and Niagara Falls! In fact, it’s the world’s tallest waterslide!
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The Sun’s Supersized Atmosphere By Alex H. Kasprak, National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Like Earth, the sun has an atmosphere with layers in it. The outermost layer is called the corona, and it’s a wild mess of activity. Scientists have long known about the corona. It is home to some spectacular shows—giant eruptions called Coronal Mass Ejections, loops, prominences, and massive magnetic storms.
Using NASA data, scientists recently made a shocking discovery about this solar region. It’s much bigger than they thought! While the sun is nearly 900,000 miles wide, the corona actually extends five million miles above the sun’s surface. In other words, the sun’s atmosphere is six times wider than the sun itself! Scientists made this discovery by looking at waves rippling through the area surrounding the sun. These waves are called magnetosonic waves. They can be seen passing through the corona as they move away from the sun. Once the corona becomes too thin, they can no longer be viewed. No more wave? No more corona! These magnetosonic waves are pretty wild, too. They are a bit like sound waves and a bit like a weird kind of magnetic wave. Sound waves cannot be heard in space, since there is nothing for them to pass through to get to Earth. And sound waves are too small to be viewed from afar. Magnetosonic waves, though, are about 10 times the length of Earth. With some clever work, scientists figured out a way to see them with a pair of NASA satellites in orbit around the sun. The discovery that the corona is so large is an important one. Before this discovery, scientists thought they had a pretty good idea where the sun’s atmosphere ended and where the rest of space began. They couldn’t be happier that they were wrong.
Images from NASA’s Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory that show waves traveling through the corona. The sun itself is blocked out to make the corona easier to view. Credit: NASA/STEREO.
That’s because NASA is working on a new spacecraft that will travel to the sun. It will go closer to the sun than any previous mission. When NASA started working on it, they weren’t sure if it would The corona is still full of unanswered questions. actually travel through the Read about one of the corona’s more confusing mysteries at NASA’s Space Place: corona itself. With this new http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/sun-corona discovery, they now know for sure that it will!
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EARLY LEARNERS U is for Unicorn u is for unicorn
Circle the unicorn that should come next in each row to continue the patterns.
Learning Buddies: Read the two phrases aloud. Have your child read with you. Trace the uppercase and lowercase letter U. Say the letter as you trace it.
How many words or pictures can you find on this page that have the sound that the letter U makes in the word unicorn? ?
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For U (that’s the unicorn) Nobody looks; As Una can tell you, He’s only in books.
Learning Buddies: Trace and say the number. Read the questions. Touch and count to find the answers.
Learning Buddies: Read the first part of the sentence aloud. Ask your child to think of a way to finish the sentence. Write your child's words in the lines. Read the entire sentence to your child while pointing out that reading is done from left to right. Older children may want to trace all or some of the letters in the sentence.
Your house is burning too much energy and you need to cut it down as fast as you can. Move around the house and replace each light with a CFL bulb.
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SPORTS & GAMES
. . . Ballet & Football!
Imagine what it would be like to watch a football game for the first time if you didn’t know a single thing about the game. Not only would you be confused, you probably wouldn’t enjoy it very much.
To pursue ballet as a career, a person must be talented and athletic, very hardworking, and dedicated to the art. As many people who aren’t professionals enjoy playing football and other sports for fun, many people, children and adult, study ballet just for enjoyment. Taking ballet classes is an excellent way to gain physical fitness while developing grace, poise, and agility.
Watching a football game is a lot more fun if you know something about how the game is played, if you know the rules, and have an understanding of what kind of training and practice the athletes need to perform well. It’s even more fun if you have tried playing football yourself. The same is true of watching ballet.
Many football players and other pro athletes take ballet classes to improve their balance, rhythm, coordination and flexibility. NFL Hall of Famer Lynn Swann was a wide receiver for the Pittsburgh Steelers whose ballet training was well known throughout the league. He also appeared in a June 1981 episode of Mr. Roger's Neighborhood, in which he appeared in his football uniform, and then danced ballet! Swann has been described in NFL films as "Baryshnikov in Cleats" (a reference to the famous Russian ballet dancer, Mikhail Baryshnikov.) Michael Aubrecht (Pinstripe Press) describes Lynn Swann as "arguably the most graceful receiver in NFL history. He made more key catches - in more big games - and in more spectacular fashion - than any receiver did. His ballet training enabled him to defy gravity and his hands were second-to-none." Swann played in 4 Super Bowls and was inducted into the Hall of Fame, and he has served on the board of directors of the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, where he created a youth scholarship. Some of the current Pittsburgh Steelers players also take ballet classes at the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. Watch Pittsburgh Steelers nose tackle Steve McLendon dancing in ballet class (joined by fellow NFL Players Ziggy Hood and Al Woods) in the ESPN video called " Grace and Gridiron" at: http://www.dancespirit.com/2013/09/are-youready-for-some-football-players-in-ballet-class/
Ballet is a way of telling a story using music and movement instead of words. The “language” of ballet consists of patterns of movement that have developed over centuries. Ballet began as ballroom dancing in the courts of Italy and France about 450 years ago. It is based on a response that is natural to all human beings – the desire to move our bodies when we hear music.
Like all sports and forms of dance, ballet takes movements we are familiar with - running, jumping, balancing and lifting - and uses them in a very particular and formalized way. The most notable feature of ballet technique is the outwardly rotated position of the feet and legs, called turn-out. Proper turn-out begins at the hips. The thighs and knees are well turned-out, and the feet and ankles do not Kidsville roll forward. Turn-out is acquired gradually as a dancer’s muscles gain (1/4 the page V is 5 in. x 6 in. strength and develop through careful training and practice. A good turn-out allows dancer to move freely in all directions with grace and ease.
First Position Heels together, toes turned out.
Second Position First position opened up, with the heels as far apart as the length of the dancer’s own foot.
Third Position Heel of the front foot touching the instep of the back foot, toes of both feet equally turned out.
Fourth Position Heel of the front foot opposite the toe of the back foot, feet parallel and separated by a space the length of the dancer’s own foot, toes of both feet equally turned out.
Fifth Position Feet closed together, the heel of the front foot touching the toe of the back foot. A perfect fifth position requires perfect turnout and is very difficult to achieve.
- Article compiled by Lauren Lorentz de Haas, Artistic Director of the Triangle Youth Ballet (Center image: TYB dancer photo by Steve Clarke)
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Another technique characteristic of ballet is dancing en pointe. Dancing en pointe means dancing on the tips of the toes. The first ballerina to do this was the famous dancer Marie Taglioni in 1832. To dance en pointe, dancers wear special shoes made of fabric stiffened with glue. Although the shoes are stiffened, they do not hold the dancer up on her toes; her muscles do that. Most girls are about 12 years old before they have enough strength and training to begin dancing en pointe. It is important that young dancers do not try to go en pointe until their ankles and feet are strong enough. Usually only girls dance en pointe.
Dancers who perform ballet on stage are highly trained. They often begin studying dance at the age of eight or nine, or even younger. While girls learn to dance en pointe, boys who study dance must be very strong in order to perform high jumps and turns and to lift their partner in the air. The training of male dancers includes weight lifting and other exercises to build upper body strength.
Photography by Steve Clarke
Although there are hundreds of steps and positions in any single ballet performance, each of them begins and ends with one of the five basic positions of the feet. The five basic ballet positions are:
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Grab your fruits and vegetables and make a vehicle that goes the distance. A Lunch Box Derby is in the works! Apples, oranges, pineapples, limes, strawberries, grapes, cherries, cucumbers, carrots, turnips, lemons,
mushrooms, black and green olives, Brussel sprouts, zucchini and any other produce you can think of will no doubt be used by kids to create fruit and vegetable vehicles for a Lunch Box Derby!
WHOOPS! One of the Lunch Box Derby cars crashed into these words and scrambled them. Can you unscramble them to reveal the names of some fruits and veggies?
Standards Link: Health: Students understand essential concepts of nutrition and diet.
In a Lunch Box Derby competition, cars are rolled down a ramp to see which one goes the farthest. The idea is to show that eating five fruits and vegetables a day gives you energy to “go the distance” just as fuel powers a car.
Create Create aa healthy healthy snack snack that that has has at least from threeatfruits something least three and vegetables. of the five good groups. Write the names of the foods you selected from each of the three these food groups. Then give your snack a name and write that in the center of the star.
A Lunch Box Derby car should have at least five different kinds of fruits or vegetables. You can use other materials, such as toothpicks, skewers and rubber bands. Draw your Lunch Box Derby car design here!
COURTESY: The Growers of Washington State Apples.
Standards Link: Health: Students know foods have different nutritional values.
Math-A-Muse ANSWERS COIN CAPER ANSWERS: Dime, Dime, Dime, Dime, Nickel, Penney Quarter, Nickel, Nickel, Nickel, Nickel, Penney
ADDITION SQUARE ANSWER 4, 9, 2, 2, 7, 6, 20 PAPERCLIP PUZZLE: B G R Y R
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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. Fuzzy slippers keep your feet cozy and ____ 3. What you have to keep doing to move your bike up a hill 7. A couple of matching ballet slippers 8. If you see footprints in the ____, you know you are not the first person to walk on the beach 9. The three-foot distance run by NFL great Lynn Swann (or the grassy space behind his house where he might have practiced playing football) 11. It's the sport in which players kick the ball toward the goal (Most of the world calls it "football")
Foot Notes 13. What a ballerina stands on when she spins 14. A person who punts 16. 11 Across equipment with spikes on the bottom 17. Ask a polo player: It's part of a foal's foot 18. Once you put them on and tie up their laces, you're ready to go to all kinds of places 19. It's a 7 Across folks can wear whenever they choose (But they must put them on before they put on their ______)
4. Football filling 5. Ancient trekkers: Each year, thousands of South American tourists hike the ____ trail to Machu Picchu 6. Field day: Place of play for NFL pros 7. Doctors who focus on feet 10. Mythological man with a sensitive heel (He may have been studied by many 7D through the years) 11. They stay on the ground until a dunker takes flight 12. Unfortunate growth that shows toes have been Parents Down working under pressure 1. Mercury's magical shoe (or crop on a stalk) accessories 15. Halftime highlight: 2. Strategic soothing of a Drum major's footwear foot's pressure points
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