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April is National Poetry Month, and April 27th is Poem in Your Pocket Day! Carry your favorite poem in your pocket to share with your friends, family and teachers. Read all about it on page 11. Write your own poem about your favorite things about the Spring season, or write a funny limerick.
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Some poems are very short, and some poems are long enough to tell a historic and legendary story, like Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's poem about Paul Revere's midnight ride on April 18, 1775. Read the poem on page 12, and learn some interesting things about Paul Revere and his famous midnight ride on page 13. April brings beautiful weather in the North Carolina Triangle, and lots of fun things to do! The North Carolina Science Festival takes place at events all around the Triangle and throughout the state from April 7 - 23rd, including fun hands-on activities, science talks, lab tours, nature experiences, exhibits, and performances. Visit www.ncsciencefestival.org to learn more.
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Dwarf Planets: What are they? By Linda Hermans-Killam, National Aeronautics and Space Administration
You have probably heard the names of dwarf planets Pluto and Ceres, but what exactly is a dwarf planet? And how many dwarf planets are in our solar system? Read on to find out! By the name, you might think that a dwarf planet is just a small planet. But that’s not quite true! Like planets, dwarf planets have a rounded shape and orbit our sun. They don’t orbit anything other than the sun, so they’re not moons. However, there is one major difference between planets and dwarf planets: dwarf planets have not cleared other objects out of their orbits. This means they share their orbits with other things, such as asteroids. They don't have enough mass to knock these objects out of the way. So far, there are five known dwarf planets in our solar system: Ceres, Pluto, Haumea, Makemake, and Eris. The smallest and closest to Earth is Ceres. It's the largest object in the asteroid belt, which lies between Mars and Jupiter. In 2015, NASA's Dawn mission went into orbit around Ceres. It took many thousands of photos and mapped the dwarf planet’s surface. Ceres is made up of rock and ice and salt. It is the only known dwarf planet without a moon.
An image of Pluto from the New Horizons mission. Image: NASA/ Johns Hopkins Univ. Applied Physics Lab/Southwest Research Institute
Pluto is the largest dwarf planet and has five known moons. However, it is only about two-thirds the diameter of our moon. In 2015 NASA's New Horizons mission traveled over three billion miles to reach Pluto. It took thousands of images of Pluto's surface and studied its composition. We discovered that Pluto is a fascinating world, covered with mountains and craters. It also has ice and a huge glacier made of nitrogen. Far beyond Pluto lie the dwarf planets Haumea, Makemake, and Eris. They are so far away and were discovered so recently that no spacecraft has visited them yet. Haumea is shaped like an egg and rotates very fast. It spins around once every four hours. Haumea has two known moons. Astronomers think it is made of rock with a covering of ice. It is about 60 percent of the size of Pluto.
An image of Ceres from the Dawn mission. Image: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA
Makemake is close to the size of Haumea, but round in shape. Recently NASA's Hubble Space Telescope discovered a moon orbiting Makemake. Eris is just a tiny bit smaller than Pluto but it is more massive. It's the most massive and farthest of the known dwarf planets. Eris is 68 times as far from the sun as Earth is. It is so far away that it takes 556 Earth years to orbit the sun. Eris has one known moon. There is still very much to learn about these distant worlds. And there probably are many more yet to be discovered! Learn more about dwarf planet Pluto at https://spaceplace.nasa.gov/ice-dwarf
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North Carolina Science Festival
Free activities for all ages! Events statewide April 7-23, 2017
The North Carolina Science Festival is back, bringing hundreds of events focusing on fun, interactive science learning opportunities. Events will be taking place in every one of North Carolina’s 100 counties, making science accessible to every North Carolinian. The North Carolina Science Festival is a statewide effort to further science education and spark interests in STEM fields. The theme for 2017 is ‘Art & Design,’ with free activities and events for students, their families, the public, STEM professionals, teachers and volunteers across the state. Individual event dates vary, but overall festival dates are April 7-23, 2017. FAST FACTS FROM LAST YEAR’S FESTIVAL Total participants: 410,935 Number of public events: 508 Public event attendance: 136,139 Participating STEM professionals: 3,566 On-air/online event participants: 209,908 K-12 program attendance: 36,891 ABOUT THE NC SCIENCE FESTIVAL The North Carolina Science Festival is a multi-day celebration showcasing science and technology. The Festival highlights the educational, cultural and financial impact of science in our state. Through hands-on activities, science talks, lab tours, nature experiences, exhibits and performances, the Festival engages a wide range of public audiences while inspiring future generations. The North Carolina Science Festival offers an opportunity to celebrate science in fun and welcoming settings. This Festival provides the opportunity to cultivate a positive environment that encourages children to pursue science and technology-related careers and encourages businesses to invest in North Carolina. Most importantly, scientists want everyone to know what they know – that science is fun! The North Carolina Science Festival is an initiative of Morehead Planetarium and Science Center. For more information, visit www.ncsciencefestival.org.
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White House Easter Egg Roll: 139 Years of Fun!
On Monday, April 17th, 2017, the First Family will host the 139th annual White House Easter Egg Roll. Every year more than 30,000 people assemble on the South Lawn to join in the fun. The event features live music, sports courts, cooking stations, storytelling and, of course, Easter egg rolling. You can watch the event live on WhiteHouse.gov/live, live-streaming from the South Lawn of the White House, so you can follow along with the reading nook, music stage, official egg roll, and other fun events. The White House Easter Egg Roll is a timeless White House tradition for children (ages 13 and younger) and their parents, dating back to April 21, 1878 and the presidency of President Rutherford B. Hayes. The first White House Easter Egg Roll took place on the sloping South Lawn, an ideal location for children to roll their brightly-colored eggs. The Egg Roll itself is a race, where children push an egg through the grass with a long-handled spoon. Events sometimes include appearances by White House personalities in Easter Bunny costumes, speeches and book-reading by Cabinet secretaries, and exhibits of artistically-decorated eggs.
Every year many thousands of people across the country enter an online lottery at www.WhiteHouse. gov in the hope that they will be among the lucky lottery winners to receive tickets for the White House Easter Egg Roll. Lottery ticket winners have come from all 50 states. Some of the tickets are distributed to military families and to public schools in Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia. There are almost 50,000 lottery applicants requesting around 200,000 tickets in the lottery. The 2017 White House Easter Egg Roll ticket distribution method was through online lottery.
White House Egg Roll Run Facts
· Every year more than 80,000 souvenir White House wooden eggs are made.
The souvenir wooden eggs are made in the U.S., and include the stamped signatures of the President and First Lady. Children receive a souvenir wooden egg at the event, and the wooden eggs also have been available for public purchase.
· Over 14,000 hard-boiled eggs are hand-dyed for use in the Easter egg roll and the egg hunt. · Guests at the Egg Dying station decorate over 4,500 hardboiled eggs on the day of the Easter Egg Roll. · Visually impaired children are able to participate in the Egg Roll and Egg Hunt through the use of special “chirping eggs.” · The White House uses goody bags that are made from recycled materials and can be recycled after use. The eggs are packaged in recyclable paperboard which minimizes waste and lessens the environmental impact of the event. · Each year, there are approximately 1,200 hard-working volunteers lending their time and talent to make the event a fun and memorable one. Many of the volunteers arrive early in the morning by 5:00 AM to help set up. It takes around 2,000 eggs to make breakfast for the hungry volunteers. That's a lot of eggs!
People attending the annual Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington D.C. on April 5, 2010. The Washington Monument stands in the background. Photo: White House/Lawrence Jackson.
Learn more about the White House Easter Egg Roll and view the festivities via live-stream on April 17th at https:// whitehouse.gov1.info/easter-egg-roll/
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Stay Safe : Floo d Wat c he s & Floo d W a r nin g s by Katie Garrett, National Weather Service Meteorologist
If you are riding in a car, and the road ahead of you is covered with water, what should the driver do? If you've crossed a stream to find that spot for the perfect picnic, but now that you’re ready to head home, the stream is deeper and the water is flowing faster than it was before, what should you do? The answer to these questions is “Turn Around, Don’t Drown.” Whether you’re in a car or on foot, never try to cross a flooded area or walk through swiftly moving water.
to get out and try to get to dry land. Instead of getting out of the car, call for help! Water may look fun to play in, but swiftly moving water is very dangerous. Whenever you see heavy rain, remember that rivers and streams can rise rapidly, and that dangerous streams can form in normally dry areas. Stay away from any rapidly moving water. You can keep yourself and your friends and family safe by reminding them to “Turn Around, Don’t Drown!” whenever you’re near a flooded area or swiftly moving water.
Flooding can occur anywhere in the United States during any time of the year. The most common cause of flooding is rain. Sometimes floods are caused by summertime thunderstorms that produce a lot of rain in a short period of time. Other times, persistent rain and/or melting snow over several days can lead to flooding because the ground can’t absorb all of the water. Once the soil has become saturated, the rest of the rainwater will run off and into creeks, streams and eventually rivers. If the creeks, streams and rivers can’t hold all the runoff, the excess water not only floods these waterways, but also runs across roads, low-lying areas and sometimes backyards. If you’re outside, remember that it can take less than six inches of swiftly moving water to knock you off your feet. Even though six inches of water may not seem that deep, if you fall down, it will be nearly impossible to stand up again.
Just a few inches of water can cause a car to stall and strand the passengers, possibly in the middle of a moving stream of water. While a few inches of water may not be able to move the car, it’s enough to make it dangerous for the people inside the car
To keep everyone safe, the National Weather Service issues Flood Watches and Warnings to alert people to flooding. A Watch means that there is a possibility of flooding in your area; a Warning means that flooding is occurring or is about to occur. If you hear a Flood Watch or Flood Warning, be aware of the flood dangers, and make sure that you are in a safe location. More information on these hazards and on flood safety is available on the National Weather Service Flood Safety website at www.floodsafety.noaa.gov.
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April is National Poetry Month! Every April people across North America also celebrate Poem in Your Pocket Day by selecting a poem, carrying it with them, and sharing it with others throughout the day at schools, bookstores, libraries, at work, and on Twitter using the hashtag #pocketpoem. Poem in Your Pocket Day 2017 will be celebrated nationwide this year on April 27th. Poem in Your Pocket Day began in April 2002 as part of New York Cityâ€™s National Poetry Month celebration. The Academy of American Poets expanded Poem in Your Pocket Day to all fifty United States in 2008, to encourage people across the country to join in the fun. Poem in Your Pocket Day also is celebrated across Canada.
Ideas for Celebrating Poem in Your Pocket Day
There are so many creative ways to share poems on this special day! Make a paper pocket to tuck your favorite poem into, and decorate your poem with a drawing. Libraries in some cities have Poem in Your Pocket Day volunteers who hand out little pocket-sized poem scrolls to commuters on their way to work, and to people in local gathering places, in hospitals, nursing homes, and local businesses. The ideas are endless! Write your own poem, or ask your parents to help you find a favorite poem to copy and fold up in your pocket to share with your family, friends and teachers on April 27th, or on any day during National Poetry Month. Parents and teachers can visit www. poets.org for lesson plans, poetry projects, a poem-a-day, and many more poetry resources.
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Paul Revere’s Ride
by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, 1807 - 1882 Listen, my children, and you shall hear Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere, On the eighteenth of April, in Seventy-Five: Hardly a man is now alive Who remembers that famous day and year.
For suddenly all his thoughts are bent On a shadowy something far away, Where the river widens to meet the bay, -A line of black, that bends and floats On the rising tide, like a bridge of boats.
He said to his friend, “If the British march By land or sea from the town to-night, Hang a lantern aloft in the belfry-arch Of the North-Church-tower, as a signal-light,-One if by land, and two if by sea; And I on the opposite shore will be, Ready to ride and spread the alarm Through every Middlesex village and farm, For the country-folk to be up and to arm.”
Meanwhile, impatient to mount and ride, Booted and spurred, with a heavy stride, On the
Then he said “Good night!” and with muffled oar Silently rowed to the Charlestown shore, Just as the moon rose over the bay, Where swinging wide at her moorings lay The Somerset, British man-of-war: A phantom ship, with each mast and spar Across the moon, like a prison-bar, And a huge black hulk, that was magnified By its own reflection in the tide. Meanwhile, his friend, through alley and street Wanders and watches with eager ears, Till in the silence around him he hears The muster of men at the barrack door, The sound of arms, and the tramp of feet, And the measured tread of the grenadiers Marching down to their boats on the shore. Then he climbed to the tower of the church, Up the wooden stairs, with stealthy tread, To the belfry-chamber overhead, And startled the pigeons from their perch On the sombre rafters, that round him made Masses and moving shapes of shade,-By the trembling ladder, steep and tall, To the highest window in the wall, Where he paused to listen and look down A moment on the roofs of the town, And the moonlight flowing over all. Beneath, in the churchyard, lay the dead, In their night-encampment on the hill, Wrapped in silence so deep and still That he could hear, like a sentinel’s tread, The watchful night-wind, as it went Creeping along from tent to tent, And seeming to whisper, “All is well!” A moment only he feels the spell Of the place and the hour, and the secret dread Of the lonely belfry and the dead;
opposite shore walked Paul Revere. Now he patted his horse’s side, Now gazed on the landscape far and near, Then impetuous stamped the earth, And turned and tightened his saddle-girth; But mostly he watched with eager search The belfry-tower of the old North Church, As it rose above the graves on the hill, Lonely and spectral and sombre and still. And lo! as he looks, on the belfry’s height, A glimmer, and then a gleam of light! He springs to the saddle, the bridle he turns, But lingers and gazes, till full on his sight A second lamp in the belfry burns!
And the barking of the farmer’s dog, And felt the damp of the river-fog, That rises when the sun goes down. It was one by the village clock, When he galloped into Lexington. He saw the gilded weathercock Swim in the moonlight as he passed, And the meeting-house windows, blank and bare, Gaze at him with a spectral glare, As if they already stood aghast At the bloody work they would look upon. It was two by the village clock, When be came to the bridge in Concord town. He heard the bleating of the flock, And the twitter of birds among the trees, And felt the breath of the morning breeze Blowing over the meadows brown. And one was safe and asleep in his bed Who at the bridge would be first to fall, Who that day would be lying dead, Pierced by a British musket-ball. You know the rest. In the books you have read, How the British Regulars fired and fled,-How the farmers gave them ball for ball, From behind each fence and farmyard-wall, Chasing the red-coats down the lane, Then crossing the fields to emerge again Under the trees at the turn of the road, And only pausing to fire and load.
So through the night rode Paul Revere; And so through the night went his cry of alarm To every Middlesex village and farm,-A cry of defiance, and not of fear, A hurry of hoofs in a village-street, A voice in the darkness, a knock at the door, A shape in the moonlight, a bulk in the dark, And a word that shall echo forevermore! And beneath from the pebbles, in passing, a spark For, borne on the night-wind of the Past, Struck out by a steed that flies fearless and fleet: Through all our history, to the last, That was all! And yet, through the gloom and the light, In the hour of darkness and peril and need, The fate of a nation was riding that night; The people will waken and listen to hear And the spark struck out by that steed, in his flight, The hurrying hoof-beats of that steed, Kindled the land into flame with its heat. And the midnight message of Paul Revere. He has left the village and mounted the steep, And beneath him, tranquil and broad and deep, Is the Mystic, meeting the ocean tides; And under the alders, that skirt its edge, Now soft on the sand, now loud on the ledge, Is heard the tramp of his steed as he rides. It was twelve by the village clock When he crossed the bridge into Medford town. He heard the crowing of the cock,
Note: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s 1861 poem about Paul Revere’s ride takes "poetic license," changing some of the historic facts. For example, Paul Revere was not alone on his midnight ride; he was joined by William Dawes and Dr. Samuel Prescott who together rode through the night to warn the colonists about the British troops. Also, Paul Revere was captured by the British at Lexington for part of the night, so he did not reach Concord, as the poem (inaccurately) recounts. But Dr. Prescott did make it all the way to Concord to warn the residents to be prepared. Original Paul Revere's Ride art by Mia Look.
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The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere April 18, 1775
Paul Revere (1735-1818) accomplished many things during his lifetime, but he is most famous for his courageous "midnight ride," when he rode on horseback toward Lexington and Concord, Mass. on April 18, 1775 to warn the patriots that the Redcoats (British troops) were coming. He arranged to have a lookout guard signal to him by lighting lanterns in the steeple of Boston's Old North Church whether the British were coming, "One if by land, and two if by sea." Paul Revere, along with William Dawes and Dr. Samuel Prescott, would in turn bring the warning alert on horseback that night to the colonists all along the way from Boston to Lexington and on to Concord. Paul Revere was chased by British soldiers on horseback several times that night. He managed to get away the first time, but on a road outside Lexington he was surrounded and captured by British officers on horseback who were armed with pistols and swords. Dr. Prescott got away by jumping his horse over a low stone wall, and he made it all the way to Concord, warning the Americans there about the British troops. After the British officers let him go later that night, Paul Revere went on foot to warn patriot leaders John Hancock and Samuel Adams at their hidden location in Lexington, so that they were able to escape safely. (The British troops were on a mission to capture Hancock and Adams, and to confiscate colonial weapons). Revere also helped move a trunk of Hancock's papers so they would not fall into the hands of the British. Revere was moving the trunk from the tavern when he saw the militia had gathered on the town green. He then heard the first shot ring out of the battle at Lexington - the first official battle of the American Revolution.
Silver pitchers made by Paul Revere on display at the Concord Museum in Concord, Mass.
Bronze statue of Paul Revere in Boston, Mass.
A Fast Horse and a Trusty Dog
The horse that Paul Revere borrowed from friends and rode for his midnight ride was named "Brown Beauty." British officers stole the horse when they captured Paul Revere, so Revere went by foot to get back to Lexington before dawn. Legend has it that when Paul Revere left to go to the rowboat that would take him across the Charles River to ride his friends' horse (Brown Beauty), he was accompanied by his faithful dog. When he got to the boat he realized he had not brought his spurs, so he sent his dog back home to his wife with a note attached to the dog's collar. Soon his dog returned with the spurs in its place.
The Green Dragon Tavern: Headquarters of the Revolution
By the 1770s many Americans were ready to break away from England and start a brand-new country. Paul Revere and his fellow patriots organized secret meetings at the Green Dragon Tavern in Boston to help the patriots' cause, including freedom from burdensome taxation on the colonies by the King of England without any representation (vote).
One If By Land and Two If By Sea Two lanterns were lit the night of April 18, 1775 to signal that British troops were coming in boats across the Charles River, rather than taking the longer road by land. This is a picture of one of the original lanterns. Visitors can see this original lantern at the Concord Museum in Concord, Mass.
Portrait of Paul Revere painted by John Singleton Copley (1738â€“1815). An example of Paul Revere's stamp on the back of a silver spoon.
Man of Many Talents Born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts, Paul Revere was a man of many talents. From a young age, he learned the gold and silversmith trade by working as an apprentice with his father. Paul took over the family silversmith shop after his father died when Paul was 19 years old. Over the years, Paul Revere's silver shop produced more than 5000 pieces of silver works! He handed the shop down to one of his own sons in the 1780s. In addition to his work as a silversmith, Paul Revere also learned dentistry skills from an English dental surgeon in the 1760s, and he created false teeth for people whose real teeth had decayed. Paul Revere was also an engraver creating illustrations used in books, magazines, political cartoons, and tavern menus. Some of his engraved images became famous for helping to gain support for the American patriots' cause. When he was a young teenager, Paul was a bell ringer at the same church that would later give the lantern signal for his famous midnight ride. As a grown-up, he founded a business to make huge bells for churches, schools and ships. After the war, he founded an iron and copper casting business and foundry, and made cannons, large church bells, and copper materials for building ships. The family copper business he founded still operates today in Massachusetts.
were often meeting places and gathering places for scholarly debates in colonial America. Some taverns contained libraries of books along with recently published pamphlets to stir discussions on a wide range of subjects. Over two centuries ago, Samuel Adams, Dr. Joseph Warren, Paul Revere and other notable Founding Fathers met in secret at the Green Dragon Tavern to discuss the events of their day and plan events that would eventually shape the future of America. These meetings led Boston patriots to host one of the most famous tea parties in history on December 16, 1773, the Boston Tea Party! Paul Revere participated in the Boston Tea Party, where the patriots threw British tea into the harbor. Secret meetings at the tavern also led to the departure of Paul Revere on April 18, 1775, from the Green Dragon Tavern, on his famous midnight ride to Lexington and Concord, Mass. to warn Patriots that British troops were coming.
Paul Revere scattering handbills in the colonies.
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A Picture Book of Paul Revere by David A. Adler , illus. by John & Alexandra Wallner A Picture Book of Paul Revere describes Paul Revere's life and accomplishments, including his famous midnight ride to alert the colonies that British troops were coming at the beginning of the American Revolution. The illustrators' line and watercolor artwork combined with the easy-reading text paint a vivid picture of the stories and events of Paul Revere's life. Recommended for Grades 1 - 3.
Paul Revere's Ride by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, illus. by Ted Rand
by Esther Hoskins Forbes Johnny Tremain, winner of the 1944 Newbery Medal, still is considered one of the finest historical novels ever written for children. As compelling today as it was seventy years ago, to read this riveting novel is to live through the defining events leading up to the American Revolutionary War. Fourteen-year-old Johnny Tremain, an apprentice silversmith with a bright future ahead of him, injures his hand in a tragic accident, forcing him to look for other work. In his new job as a horseboy, riding for the patriotic newspaper, The Boston Observer, and as a messenger for the Sons of Liberty, he encounters John Hancock, Samuel Adams, and Dr. Joseph Warren. Soon Johnny is involved in the pivotal events shaping the American Revolution from the Boston Tea Party to the first shots fired at Lexington. Powerful illustrations by American artist Michael McCurdy bring to life Esther Forbes's classic novel of the American Revolution.
The American Revolution for Kids: A History with 21 Activities
Longfellow's tribute to the famous revolutionary hero Paul Revere begins with the stirring cadence that American schoolchildren have committed to memory for over a century. Now illustrator Ted Rand brings these vivid and beautiful lines to life as dramatically as the poet's immortal message inspires."The clatter of hooves seems to echo in Rand's evocative paintings of that famed midnight ride...." -- Kirkus reviews
by Janis Herbert Heroes, traitors, and great thinkers of the American Revolution come to life in this activity book, from the hated Stamp Act and the Boston Tea Party to the British surrender at Yorktown and the creation of the United States Constitution. The book includes 21 activities that make the study of the American Revolution and the Constitution fun and memorable.
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APRIL 2017 Flick Picks Moana
Smurfs: The Lost Village
(Available on DVD: March 2017)
(In Theaters: April 7, 2017)
Disney's newest classic is now available on DVD! Moana (voiced by newcomer Auli'i Cravalho) is a young woman who sets off on a journey to a mythological island in ancient Oceania to discover her destiny on the open ocean and save her people.
In this fully animated, all-new take on the Smurfs, a mysterious map sets Smurfette (voiced by Demi Lovato) and her best friends Brainy, Clumsy and Hefty on an exciting and thrilling race through the Forbidden Forest filled with magical creatures to find a mysterious lost village before the evil wizard Gargamel does.
On her journey Moana encounters the amazing, shape-shifting hero named Maui (voiced by Dwayne The Rock Johnson) and battles ancient creatures, including an incredible character made out of molten lava.
Moana also has a couple of adorable sidekicks who tag along with Moana on her quest a pig named Pau and a charming, hilarious rooster named Hei-Hei. Rated PG. 1hr. 44 min. Walt Disney Animation Studios.
Embarking on a roller-coaster journey full of action and danger, the Smurfs are on a course that leads to the discovery of the biggest secret in Smurf history!
All-star cast featuring the voices of Demi Lovato, Meghan Trainor, Rainn Wilson, Julia Roberts, Mandy Patinkin, Joe Manganiello, Jack McBrayer, Danny Pudi, Michelle Rodriguez, Ellie Kemper, Ariel Winter, and Jake Johnson. Rated PG (for some mild action and rude humor). (1 hour, 29 min.) Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures Entertainment.
Strawberry Gummy Bears!
These gummy bears are fun and easy to make (with a grown-up - for stovetop cooking), and they contain no preservatives or artificial colors.
1/4 cup strawberries, mashed with a fork together with 1/4 cup water, then pureed & strained 2 tbsp agar agar powder 2 tbsp maple syrup or honey
Preparation 1. Mash the strawberries in a bowl together with 1/4 cup
of water. Strain the mashed/pureed berries by squeezing through cheese cloth (to remove seeds/pulp).
2. Grown-up's turn: In a small sauce pan, mix mashed/ strained berries with the 2 tbsp agar agar powder and 2 tbsp maple syrup. Place over low heat and stir while allowing it to bubble and thicken. 3. When the berries mixture has thickened, pour into a silicone gummy bear mold (available online). 4. Place the filled gummy bear mold into the freezer for
5 to 10 minutes until the gummy bears are set. Pop them out and enjoy! (Store any extras in the refrigerator for up to a week.)
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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! 16. An eraser can make an ____ disappear 1. These are the letters you 17. Now, THAT's a low-tech use to write a letter tablet: Though there were 5. What a person in a dark only Ten Commandments, room can turn on so she can it took Moses a long time write a letter write them because he had 8. When it's time to write in to use a ____ rhyme, you might just write a 20. Its pulp is used to make _____ paper 9. It's the color of the seal on 21. If you see a composer the Newbery Medal-winning making 15D, she may be book, "You Are (Not) Small" writing a ____ by Anna Kang 22. It's a long story (with 10. To use a machine to make chapters) another page that is exactly like the one you wrote 11. At the end of a letter to your Parents Down mom, it's the word you might 2. He's the most prolific of our Founding Fathers, now the write just before your name toast of Broadway 13. Did you know?: Even though 3. Lunch with love: What a dollars are made of paper, it's mom scrawls a child's name against the law to write on on before he heads off to _____ school 14. What's in your hand (instead of a pencil) if the note you're 4. What witnesses do that make a stenographer's writing is a text message fingers move
6. One more thing: Word that just popped into the mind of the letter writer who writes "P.S." 7. What the pages of Cleopatra's diary might have been made of 8. What a president needs to veto a bill 10. One whose autograph has star power 12. Personal banking is a matter of _____ and balances 13. What a person must do after signing and sealing her letter if she ever wants it to be delivered 15. What students take while teachers talk 18. You can write hundreds of 12Ds, but they're not worth a dime unless you ___ 19. Text of the shortest possible farewell letter
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