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Welcome March! March means spring is on its way! The first day of Spring is March 20th, and you are probably ready for some warm weather! March is a fun month with lots to do here in the North Carolina Triangle!
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Have fun at the Children's Festival at Northgate Mall on March 19th (see page 8), and STEMville Saturdays of Science at Northgate Mall (see page 13). Triangle Youth Ballet will present A Midsummer Night's Dream & Other Stories at East Chapel Hill High School on March 12th (see page 11). Read about William Shakespeare and Felix Mendelssohn's music for the ballet A Midsummer Night's Dream on pages 10-11. The St. Patrick's Day Parade and Festival takes place in Raleigh on Saturday, March 12 . Read about our selections for books about Ireland on page 14. This month we'll learn about American astronaut Scott Kelly's record-breaking year in space on the International Space Station. Did you know that Kelly grew marigolds in space? Read about the newest residents at the Conservators Center near Burlington, NC, including Asher Caracal, Sash Binturong, Gracie Raccoon and Bandit Raccoon. Did you know that March is National Women’s History Month, National Reading Month, National Craft Month, Music in Our Schools Month, and National Nutrition Month? There are so many interesting things to learn about in March. Don't forget: Pi Day is on March 14th! Read about ways you can celebrate Pi Day in your classroom and at home. For Easter Egg Hunts and more fun family events, year-round, visit www.ChillKids.com for year-round family fun in the NC Triangle. Have a marvelous March!
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The Identical Astronaut Experiment - By Alex H. Kasprak, National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Astronaut Scott Kelly Returns to Earth March 1st After Record-Setting Year in Space
Identical twins Mark and Scott Kelly share more than looks. For 15 years, they shared the same job — astronaut!
Comparing the two of them throughout the year will allow scientists a clear picture of what living in space for a long time can do to you.
Both brothers have a great deal of experience in space. But one of them, Scott, now is the first American astronaut to spend a year at the International Space Station. Most astronauts stay at the space station for no more than six months.
Mark and Scott were so excited for this opportunity that they asked scientists from all over the world for ideas for experiments to perform The goal of the mission was to see what living in space for a Twin astronauts Mark Kelly (Left), and Scott Kelly (Right). Scott Kelly just returned from space on March 1st. Credit: NASA. on them during the course of Scott's past year (March 2015 long period of time does to a human. In most experiments, scientists like to compare the March 2016) in space. This kind of information is very important. If we are thing they are experimenting on with something that ever to send a person to a faraway place like Mars, What kind of experiment would you perform if you we would need to know how to keep astronauts safe is not being changed at all. But it’s hard to compare one human to another. Any differences in results had a twin in space? and healthy in space for long stretches of time. could simply be due to the fact that they are two What would you bring with you on a long trip When Scott was selected to be part of this historic different people. to Mars? But the Kelly brothers are identical twins. They mission, the brothers had a thought. They realized Find out how hard it is to make these tough are, biologically speaking, copies of each other. Any that even though only one of them was going back decisions at NASA’s Space Place: differences in their health during the experiment are into space, they were uniquely qualified to act as a http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/mars-adventure/. likely because of the fact that one is in space. human experiment together.
NASA Astronaut Scott Kelly Returns Safely to Earth after One-Year Mission NASA astronaut and Expedition 46 Commander Scott Kelly and his Russian counterpart Mikhail Kornienko returned to Earth March 1st after a historic 340-day mission aboard the International Space Station. They landed in Kazakhstan at 11:26 pm EST. “Scott Kelly’s one-year mission aboard the International Space Station has helped to advance deep space exploration and America’s Journey to Mars,” said NASA NASA astronaut and Expedition 46 Commander Scott Kelly (L) and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko Administrator Charles Bolden. “Scott has upon their return to Earth March 1st, 2016 after their historic 340-day mission aboard the International NASA astronaut Scott Kelly (L) and Russian cosmonaut Space Station. Credit: NASA. become the first American astronaut to Mikhail Kornienko year-long mission is twice as long as spacecraft during their mission. Kelly was involved in the spend a year in space, and in so doing, typical U.S. missions to the space station. Credits: NASA robotic capture of two NASA-contracted cargo flights -helped us take one giant leap toward putting boots on Expedition 47 continues operating the station, with SpaceX’s Dragon during the company’s sixth commercial Mars.” NASA astronaut Tim Kopra in command. Kopra, Tim resupply mission and Orbital ATK’s Cygnus during Peake of ESA (European Space Agency) and Yuri During the record-setting One-Year mission, the station the company’s fourth commercial resupply mission. A crew conducted almost 400 investigations to advance Japanese cargo craft and three Russian resupply ships also Malenchenko of Roscosmos will operate the station until the arrival of three new crew members in about NASA’s mission and benefit all of humanity. Kelly and delivered several tons of supplies to the station. two weeks. NASA astronaut Jeff Williams and Russian Kornienko specifically participated in a number of studies cosmonauts Alexey Ovchinin and Oleg Skripochka are Kelly ventured outside the confines of the space station to inform NASA’s Journey to Mars, including research into scheduled to launch from Baikonur, Kazakhstan, on for three spacewalks during his mission, for a variety of how the human body adjusts to weightlessness, isolation, March 18 (with NASA TV live-streaming video at http:// station upgrade and maintenance tasks, the successful radiation and the stress of long-duration spaceflight. www.nasa.gov/nasatv.) reconfiguration of an ammonia cooling system and Kelly’s identical twin brother, former NASA astronaut restoration of the station to full solar power-generating Mark Kelly, participated in parallel twin studies on Earth capability, and to restore functionality to the station’s About the International Space Station to help scientists compare the effects of space on the body Mobile Transporter system. The International Space Station is a convergence of and mind down to the cellular level. The crew took advantage of the unique vantage point of the space station, with an orbital path that covers more than 90 percent of Earth’s population, to monitor and capture images of our planet. They also welcomed the arrival of a new instrument to study the signature of dark matter and conducted technology demonstrations that continue to drive innovation, including a test of network capabilities for operating swarms of spacecraft. Kelly and Kornienko saw the arrival of six resupply
Including crewmate Gennady Padalka, with whom Kelly and Kornienko launched on March 27, 2015, 13 astronauts and cosmonauts representing seven different nations (the United States, Russia, Italy, Japan, Denmark, Kazakhstan and England) lived aboard the space station during the yearlong mission. With the end of this mission, Kelly now has spent 520 days in space, the most among U.S. astronauts. Kornienko has accumulated 516 days across two flights, and Sergey Volkov, also from Russia, has 548 days on three flights.
science, technology and human innovation that enables us to demonstrate new technologies and make research breakthroughs not possible on Earth. It has been continuously occupied since November 2000 and, since then, has been visited by more than 200 people and a variety of international and commercial spacecraft. The space station remains the springboard to NASA's next giant leap in exploration, including future missions to an asteroid and Mars. To learn more about the International Space Station and its crews, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/station
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7 Ways Astronaut Scott Kelly Will Need To Readjust to Earth After 340 Days in Space - Megan Krause, NASA Johnson Space Center
While living in space can be similar in many ways to living on Earth, some things in space are very different. For example, a lack of gravity means fluids distribute through an astronaut’s body, including their head, which often keeps astronauts from enjoying subtle flavors in food.
The ISSpresso machine (ISS is the acronym for "International Space Station") on the space station was sent up in 2015 and works similarly to a normal espresso machine. Astronauts hook up two bags, one full of water and the other empty. The ISSpresso machine dispenses the espresso into the empty bag that astronauts then drink from with a straw. Although they usually drink from a straw, there is also a cool zero gravity coffee cup that not only makes drinking coffee a little more Earth-like but also acts as a capillary flow experiment.
Going outside for a walk on Earth is relatively safe and easy, and most of us can wander outside for a ramble whenever we want. Going outside for a walk in space is hard and requires months of preparation and lots of hard work. In addition, getting into and out of the spacesuit that protects the astronauts in the vacuum of space takes several hours. Stepping out of a spacecraft is inherently dangerous so every move is carefully planned and practiced for months on the ground in advance of an excursion in space.
NASA astronaut Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko during their historic year aboard the International Space Station. Credits: NASA
Astronauts need to ensure their food doesn’t float away during mealtime. In addition, they don’t have a refrigerator, so their food is sent up preserved and reheated, similar to food you might take with you on a camping trip.
Because the International Space Station is orbiting Earth every 90 minutes, astronauts witness 16 sunrises and sunsets every day. (Astronaut Scott Kelly saw 10,944 sunrises and sunsets during his year in space. Here on earth in North Carolina we saw 684.) After a year in space, NASA astronaut Scott Kelly has adapted to a way of life most of us will never experience. After his return to earth on March 1st, here are some of the ways Kelly will need to re-adapt:
Water’s surface tension doesn’t have to fight gravity in the space station, allowing water molecules to stick together as they float. When you watch water molecules float in space, you can imagine why astronauts use washcloths to keep clean in space rather than a shower!
When gardening in space, there are a few things you need: plant pillows, wicks and LED lights which help deliver the water and light the plants need in the right amounts at the right time. This leads to successful lettuce and zinnia growth. But in a controlled environment, astronauts don’t have to worry about insects eating their plants’ leaves!
Stargazing (instead of Earth-gazing!)
Flying carrots! Scott Kelly demonstrates that in space you can apparently get some exercise chasing your floating snacks.
Unlike on Earth, astronauts only get fresh fruits and vegetables when a cargo resupply ship arrives or when they can grow it themselves. Astronauts use Velcro to keep pouches close, and eat tortillas instead of bread because tortillas are less crumbly.
While astronauts on the space station can see stars from their vantage point, they often report that their favorite pastime is Earth-gazing. When Kelly returns, no doubt he’ll get back to what the rest of us do: stargazing. We imagine he’ll also step outside and spot the station as it flies overhead, just like you can!
“Sleeping here is harder here in space than on a bed because the sleep position here is the same position throughout the day,” Kelly explained. “You don't ever get that sense of gratifying relaxation here that you do on Earth after a long day at work.” Before going on his mission Kelly said, “Goodbye bed. I’ll miss your silky smoothness.”
On Jan. 16, 2016, Expedition 46 Commander Scott Kelly shared photographs of a blooming zinnia flower in the Veggie plant growth system aboard the International Space Station. Kelly wrote, "Yes, there are other life forms in space! #SpaceFlower #YearInSpace" Gardening
we’re going to Mars, and we were growing stuff, we would be responsible for deciding when the stuff needed water. Kind of like in my backyard, I look at it and say ‘Oh, maybe I should water the grass today.’ I think this is how this should be handled.” in Space
This flowering crop experiment began on Nov. 16, 2015, when NASA astronaut Kjell Lindgren activated the Veggie system and its rooting "pillows" containing zinnia seeds. The challenging process of growing the zinnias provided an exceptional opportunity for scientists back on Earth to better understand how plants grow in microgravity, and for astronauts to practice doing what they’ll be tasked with on a deep space mission: autonomous gardening. In late December, Kelly found that the plants "weren't looking too good," and told the ground team, “You know, I think if
The Veggie team on Earth created “The Zinnia Care Guide for the OnOrbit Gardener,” and gave basic guidelines for care while putting judgment capabilities into the hands of the astronaut who had the plants right in front of him. Rather than pages and pages of detailed procedures that most science operations follow, the care guide was a one-page, streamlined resource to support Kelly Credit: NASA as an autonomous gardener. Soon, the flowers were on the rebound, and on Jan. 12, pictures showed the first peeks of petals beginning to sprout on a few buds.
Although Scott Kelly completed his year in space mission on March 1st, the science will continue for at least another year, and began a year before he left! Parents and teachers can keep up with all the scientific developments and discoveries from the #YearInSpace by following the International Space Station on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. To learn about the one-year mission, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/oneyear. To learn more about the International Space Station and its crews, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/station
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Welcome to the Newest Residents at the Conservators Center
Spring is coming, and things are looking bright at the Conservators Center! The Conservators Center (near Burlington, NC) has announced the arrival of four new residents! Each of the new residents will help further the Conservators Center's mission of reconnecting people with wildlife and educating visitors about the animals, including wild animals that are native to North Carolina (like Gracie and Bandit Raccoon, and current residents Reno and Fuzzy Bobcat and Sullivan Coyote).
Let's join the Conservators Center in welcoming its newest residents: Asher Caracal, Sash Binturong, and Gracie & Bandit Raccoon!
Meet Gracie Raccoon
Gracie Raccoon (above) has a sweet disposition that makes it a joy for the Conservators Center's animal care staff to work with her. Gracie has a soft, feminine face with an adorably petite nose that makes her easy to tell apart from her roommate, Bandit. She also has a more reddish tint to her lovely grey coat, and longer ears. Like Bandit, Gracie arrived a little on the portly side (for a raccoon), so the keepers immediately designed a custom diet to help both raccoons shed some pounds and maintain a healthier weight.
Meet Bandit Raccoon
Bandit has a round, full face with a short nose that makes him easy to tell apart from his female counterpart, Gracie. He also has a very dark mask over his eyes—hence his name! He enjoys washing his food in his water bowl before eating, and plastic animal-friendly baby toys. Bandit is very interested in treats and food, but like Gracie, he arrived a little on the portly side (for a raccoon) so the keepers feed both raccoons a custom diet to help them shed some pounds. Girl Scouts' Day at the Conservators Center
On March 5, 2016, Girl Scout troops of every level will enjoy a great day of meeting friendly animals and participating in fun and educational activities at the Conservators Center. Photo by Stephanie Butzer.
Meet Asher Caracal
Asher Caracal arrived at the Conservators Center in early 2016 as an extremely social, friendly two-year-old boy. With a handsome body and a masculine, chiseled face. Asher looks kind of like the Prince Charming of the caracal world! Photo by Taylor Hattori. All four of the new residents are on the tour path, and the Conservators Center's guides are eager to introduce you and tell you all about these amazing animals! Schedule a tour (learn more at www. conservatorscenter.org) and come visit Asher Caracal, Sash Binturong, Gracie & Bandit Raccoon, and all of their friends at the Conservators Center!
Meet Sash Binturong
Sash Binturong arrived at the Conservators Center in December 2015. The Conservators Center's staffs’ expertise in binturong care is wellknown throughout the animal rescue & education community, so Sash will enjoy excellent care at the Center. Sash (pronounced like a strip of fabric tied around your waist) is a bit of an awkward character. He is very bashful, yet very much wants to be friends with the people who come to see him. This results in some truly adorable, if gawky, behaviors that make him immensely endearing to spend time with.
Overall, he is a good-natured, relaxed guy who should get along well with his new binturong friend, Cole binturong, (despite Cole’s energetic, bossy manner). Sash loves to be at the very tip-top of his enclosure, and—like many of our binturongs— thinks it is a disgusting atrocity to touch the ground for any reason. His enclosure is outfitted with platforms to ensure he can get everywhere he needs to go without getting his feet dirty! Also, it is a well-known fact that a binturong’s favorite food is generally a banana, but Sash would also do just about anything for a tangy clementine. Photo by Stephanie Butzer.
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March Calendar Highlight: Saint Patrick's Day
March 17th is St. Patrick's Day! In Ireland, Saint Patrick's Day is a national holiday, and in Dublin, (the capital of Ireland), there is a parade and a five-day festival to celebrate. Most people in Ireland speak English, but it 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. The island is located in the Northern Atlantic Ocean, just west of Great Britain. St. Patrick's Day also is celebrated in the United States and many other countries. You can join in the fun by wearing green clothing on St. Patrick's Day, and listening to Irish music.
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 12, 2016, beginning at 10 am.
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Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream
ALL ABOUT ART
Stories told in Dance and Music
William Shakespeare was an English poet, playwright, and actor, widely regarded as the greatest playwright of all time. He was born on April 26, 1564 in Stratford-upon-Avon, England. Many people today enjoy going to visit this beautiful market town on the River Avon to see the place where Shakespeare lived. (Every year an estimated 4.9 million tourists visit Stratford-upon-Avon.) William Shakespeare wrote many plays and some have been the inspiration for ballets, including Romeo and Juliet, MacBeth, Othello, The Winter’s Tale and, A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a comedy that is also a romance and a farce and a fantasy with mythical creatures, humans, and magic spells. All of the action in the one act ballet occurs on the one night of the year - Summer Solstice - when fairies and people can interact. There is mischievous sprite named Puck (the King's Jester) who causes much trouble between young couples in love, and the King of the Fairies Oberon and his Queen of the Fairies, Titania, and a poor actor named Bottom who is turned into a donkey that Titania falls in love with. What a great
story to be told in a ballet!
A Midsummer Night's Dream Word Match
Read the paragraphs above, then draw lines to match each character in the left-hand column with the character's role (right-hand column) in A Midsummer Night's Dream. Character Role
Puck Peaseblossom Nick Bottom Mustardseed Oberon Cobweb Titania Moth
The King of the Fairies Oberon's wife, she is Queen of the Fairies.
Triangle Youth Ballet will perform A Midsummer Night's Dream & Other Dances on March 12, 2016 7:30 pm at East Chapel Hill High School. See p. 11 for details.
Shakespeare's birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon, England.
Oberon's jester An actor who is transformed into a donkey. One of Titania's fairies One of Titania's fairies One of Titania's fairies One of Titania's fairies Photos of Triangle Youth Ballet dancers performing A Midsummer Night's Dream by Catherine Carter.
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Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream (cont.)
The music for A Midsummer Night’s Dream ballet was composed by Felix Mendelssohn, inspired by Shakespeare’s play.
1839 Portrait of Felix Mendelssohn by English miniaturist James Warren Childe.
Help Puck find the flower that holds the magic potion!
Felix Mendelssohn was a German composer, pianist, organist and conductor.
(1/4 page V is 5 in. x 6 in Mendelssohn composed music for the ballet A Midsummer Night’s Dream's overture in 1826 when he was only 17 years old, but at that time it was intended to be the opening for the ballet.
German postage stamp issued in 2009 on the 200th anniversary of Mendelssohn's birth.
Later in 1842, he completed the ballet A Midsummer Night's Dream with instrumental and vocal sections, including the songs “Ye Spotted Snakes” and “Over Hill, Over Dale,” and one of the most famous musical pieces of all the time, “The Wedding March.” "The Wedding March" is one of the most frequently used wedding marches, generally played on a church pipe organ.
Some of Shakespeare’s loveliest words about a dancer occur in his play, “The Winter’s Tale," in which the young prince Florizel tells Perdita: "When you do dance, I wish you A wave o’ the sea, that you might ever do Nothing but that, move still, still so"
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Trumpet part from Mendelssohn's "Wedding March" written for the ballet A Midsummer Night's Dream in 1842.
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Pi Fun Facts
• π is the 16th letter of the Greek alphabet.
Celebrate Pi Day Pi Day is celebrated around the world every year on March 14th (3/14). Pi’s infinite nature makes it a fun challenge to memorize and calculate more and more digits. What is Pi? By definition, pi is the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter. It is a mathematical C constant (3.14159 ... to infinity) that is the same for all circles. r
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Blake created a musical composition called, "What Pi Sounds Like" (featured on National Public Radio (NPR) on Pi Day). You can listen to his musical interpretation of Pi here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wK7tq7L0N8E This instrumental song is a "musical interpretation of Pi, to 31 decimal places (3.1415926535897932384626433832795), at a tempo of 157 beats per minute, which is incidentally, 3.14 divided by 2."
Tell a Pi-Themed Joke Have fun making up your own Pi-themed jokes! Example: Did you know that 3.14% of sailors are PI-rates?
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Compose, Sing or Play a Pi Song Musician Michael John
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For inspiration, see examples of Pi Day Pie Contest winners at: http://www.instructables. com/contest/piecontest
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Fun Ways to Celebrate Pi Day
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If you have ever seen the number 3.14 used in math class, that is Pi. Pi is a very special number, and it goes on forever! It is never ending and never repeats itself (as far as anyone knows, and computers have calculated pi to more than a TRILLION digits beyond its decimal point!)
• To see ONE MILLION digits of Pi, visit: http://www.piday.org/million/
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• In 1897, the legislature of Indiana tried to legally establish the most accurate value of pi.
• Scientists have been studying Pi for over 4,000 years! The Babylonians, Egyptians, Greeks and Chinese all have great scientists that tried to figure out Pi! The best known is Archimedes.
Pi is often represented by the symbol
• One of the earliest known records of pi was written by an Egyptian scribe named Ahmes (c. 1650 B.C.)
• The world record for the most memorized digits of Pi was achieved by Rajveer Meena (India) in 2015, who recited Pi from memory to 70,000 places (it took nearly 10 hours!)
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When measuring circular objects, it always turns out that a circle is a little more than 3 times its width around. That number is Pi. Since the shorthand for March 14th is 3/14, it became designated as Pi Day!
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The diameter of a circle is the distance from edge to edge, measuring straight through the center. The circumference of a circle is the distance around the circle.
• 3.14 written backwards "spells" PIE. Write down the numbers for , 3.14, then REVERSE the numbers on a piece of paper and the numbers look like the letters "PIE":
A History of Pi, by Petr Beckmann The Joy of Pi, by David Blatner Pi - Unleashed, by Jörg Arndt and Christoph Haenel The Number Pi, by Pierre Eymard and Jean-Pierre Lafon Pi: A Biography of the World's Most Mysterious Number, by Alfred S. Posamentier Sir Cumference and the Dragon of Pi (A Math Adventure), by Cindy Neuschwander
Classroom Pi Day Fun Make a Pi Paper Chain, with alternating colors of paper and a different link for each digit. How long can you make your Pi Paper Chain? Find more fun ideas for celebrating Pi Day in the classroom for different ages & grades at http://www.piday.org.
Northgate and Durham County Library Discovery Nook March 2016 Events STEMville Saturdays of Science March 2016 Events Include:
On the1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month through May 2016, Northgate Mall and Durham County Library along with UNC's Morehead Planetarium and Science Center, present STEMville Saturdays of Science, free educational events for children and their families at Northgate Mall’s Discovery Nook, suite 109, in Northgate’s Children’s Alleyway.
Saturday, March 5 at 12:30pm Chemical Concoctions Concoctions are a great way for kids to explore substances, textures, colors and chemical reactions while learning principles of chemistry. Saturday, March 19 at 12:30pm Our Beautiful Biosphere Learn more about sustaining our remarkable planet with interactive activities and experiments. science that deals with matter, energy, motion, and force.
Learn more and find more great family events at northgatemall.com.
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This is Ireland by Miroslav Sasek Like the other beloved and nostalgic travel books for children by Miroslav Sasek, This is Ireland, first published in 1964, is a re-print of the original classic, with modern updates. This beautifully illustrated book brings to life the Emerald Isle, "where the shamrock grows and a leprechaun stands at the end of every rainbow, guarding a crock of gold." There's Dublin with its bustling crowds, tall steeples, and Trinity College; there's the Blarney Stone to kiss for eloquence, and much more in this verdant, friendly land filled with enchanted lakes and mountains that fall steep to the sea.
The re-printed edition, the brilliant, vibrant illustrations have been meticulously preserved, remaining true to the author's vision more than 50 years later. Where applicable, facts have been updated for the twenty-first century, appearing on a "This is...Today" page at the back of the book. The stylish, charming illustrations, coupled with Sasek's witty, playful narrative, makes for a perfect souvenir that will delight both children and their parents.(1st grade - 4th grade).
Leprechaun in Late Winter by Mary Osborne Pope
Set in Ireland, Jack and Annie meet an Irish girl and go on a magical adventure that changes the girl’s life—she grows up to be Lady Gregory, who helped bring back the Irish legends, started a theater, and helped the Irish people regain both their heritage and their pride. (Ages 7 - 10 years.)
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MARCH 2016 Flick Picks The Little Prince (In theaters: March 18, 2016)
The Little Prince is a 2015 Englishlanguage French 3D stop-motion-animated adventure fantasy film, based on the classic, beloved book by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. The film's story has many twists, however, and is not a straight re-telling of the original book. The film focuses on a young girl who befriends the story's now elderly aviator narrator, as he shares with her the story of the Little Prince, whom she will journey to meet. The film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, and stars the voices of "A-list" actors ("A-list" means popular in Hollywood) Jeff Bridges, Rachel McAdams, Paul Rudd, Marion Cotillard, James Franco, Benicio del Toro, Ricky Gervais, Bud Cort, Paul Giamatti, Riley Osborne, Albert Brooks and Mackenzie Foy. In 2016 The Little Prince won the French César Award for Best Animated Feature Film. (The César Awards are the French version of the Academy Awards/Oscars). Rated PG. 1hr. 48 min. (Paramount Pictures).
Zootopia (In theaters: March 4, 2016)
Zootopia ia an animated comedy-adventure film featuring the modern mammal metropolis of Zootopia, a city like no other. Comprised of animal habitat neighborhoods like ritzy Sahara Square and frigid Tundratown, it’s a melting pot where animals from every environment live together. It's a place where no matter what you are, from the biggest elephant to the smallest shrew, you can be anything. But when optimistic Officer Judy Hopps arrives, she discovers that being the first bunny on a police force of big, tough animals isn’t so easy. Determined to prove herself, she jumps at the opportunity to crack a case, even if it means partnering with a fast-talking, scam-artist fox, Nick Wilde, to solve the mystery. Starring the voices of Ginnifer Goodwin, Justin Bateman, Idris Elba and Shakira. Zootopia was directed by Byron Howard (director of “Tangled,” and “Bolt”) and Rich Moore (“Wreck-It Ralph,” “The Simpsons”), and co-directed by Jared Bush. Rated PG (for mild thematic elements and rude humor). 1 hr. 48 min. (Walt Disney Animation Studios).
CFL Charlie’s Spring Maze
Hi kids! CFL Charlie here. One of my favorite things about spring is playing outside! I make sure that the 25inside by 25 orthogonal lights are off the house maze before I go out. Can you help me check if the light switch is turned off? We have to go through the maze first. Let’s go!
Start! Good Luck!
Awesome! Great job!
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Dot-to-Dot Instructions Connect the numbers in order from 1 - 108, and connect the letters, A-Q. (Tip: Aim for the MIDDLE of each number / letter.) Then color in the picture!
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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!
1. What Little Miss Muffet was sitting on when the spider sat down beside her and frightened her away 4. Fuzzy friend: A female spider never thinks about shaving because she doesn't mind having ___ on her legs 5. Storybook spider: What Miss Spider and her guests sipped at their afternoon party 6. The "flic-flac" spider, which lives in the _____ Desert, flips around like a gymnast to escape its prey 9. Wait! Don't squish it: March 14th is National Save a Spider ___ 11. He's an ordinary photographer who can suddenly turn into SpiderMan: _____ Parker 12. When it is full grown, the black widow spider's body is about the size of this little veggie
13. What a spider does to make a web (or a washing machine's final cycle) 15. The redback spider has a red _____ on its back 16. All spiders have ___ legs (but did you know that most also have the same number of eyes?) 19. The pair of feelers on top of a spider's head
1. Not just black and white, the female zebra spider also sports brown and ___ stripes 2. Yikes!: About six percent of the world's population suffer from arachnophobia, an extreme ____ of spiders 3. Gotcha question: To a fly, what is a web? 4. Home of synthetic cobwebs folks visit in the fall: _____ house 5. Chatty character: Among other things, it's what author
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David Kirk's Miss Spider can do that real spiders can't E.B. White's fictional webmaster (or Carolina town known as the "Queen City") Hairy, scary creatures: Contrary to their reputation, ______ are not dangerous -they rarely bite people (and when they do, their bite is very rarely deadly) House's lowest level, home to many a cellar spider The spider monkey is a _____ who hangs out in the tropical rainforests of South America Catch-y analogy: A web is to a spider as a ___ is to a fisherman In the mood for solo fun? Spider solitaire is a ___ for one Thrills for two: A Spyder is a perfect ____ for people who like to feel the wind in their hair
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