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Family Southwest Washington

April 2014


Get Hooked

Fun Local Fishing Spots

Family Follies

They Said What?

Get Cracking Egg Math Students Share

Young Scholars Show Their Writing Skills

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Family Southwest Washington

April 2014


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Get Hooked

Fun Local Fishing Spots

Family Follies

They Said What?

Get Cracking Egg Math Students Share


Young Scholars Show Their Writing Skills

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Answers from page 10 Which two sleepy koalas are identical?

Mixed Marsupials O M B T S


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Charlie, age 4, and sister Ellie, age 7. Proud parents are: Joe and Alison Clinton of Chehalis. Photo by Alison Clinton, owner of Horizon Photo & Design.



Koalas By the Numbers Koalas eat about 2 pounds (1 kg) of leaves every day. That’s about 10% of a koala’s weight. In the wild, koalas live about 20 years. Koalas sleep about 18 hours a day. An adult koala weighs about 20 pounds (9 kg).

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Area Events

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Did You Know — Water

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Fishy Fun

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Writing Submissions

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Koala Knowledge

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Daily Doings — Fun Cal

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Traveling Adventures

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Family Follies

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You Are Special — Birthday

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Info for First Time Moms

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Egg Math

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Science: Microbes

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Pages of Fun — Books

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Photos Shared

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Teacher Feature — Kristeen Johnson

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Rainy Day and Earth Day


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April Events APRIL 5 Community Garage Sale 9 a.m., SWW Fairgrounds, Chehalis Sale is indoors or in covered areas. Adults, $1; kids 12 years and under, free. Early birds can come at 8 a.m., ($5 fee). Free parking. For more information, please call (360) 740-1495. APRIL 6 3rd Annual Rain Festival 2 p.m., Roxy Theater, Morton Enjoy musical performances, sing-alongs and a fashion show — all about rain! Enter to win rain-themed baskets, taste mud puddle cookies and enjoy a family- oriented movie. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for seniors and children. For more information, please visit

APRIL 10TH Puyallup Spring Fair 10 a.m., Puyallup Fair and Events Center, Puyallup Baby animals, garden show, delicious fair treats, racing pigs, dancing horses, and more through April 13. Also see cars smash at the Slamfest Demolition Derby and Monster Truck shows. Free Parking. Admission is $7.50 and up (children under 5 are free). For more information, please visit thefair. com. APRIL 12 Easter Egg Hunt 10 a.m., Yard Birds Mall, Chehalis Come have fun finding some of the over 1200 eggs! Over 200 prizes, face painting and more. For more information, please call (360) 740-6900. APRIL 18 Family Fun Fest 10 a.m., Centralia College Health and Wellness Center Come join the fun with healthy snacks, fun activities and more. The focus will be on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and the theme is Curiosity Circus. For more information, please call (360) 736-9391 ext. 465. APRIL 19 Easter Eggstravaganza 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., Bethel Church, Napavine There are two identical giant Easter eggs hunts, featuring 70,000 plastic eggs full of candy and prizes! Egg hunts are offered for kids up to age 12. Pony rides, inflatables and a petting zoo will also be available for kids to enjoy. This event is free to the community. For more information, please call (360) 748-0119. Spring Fling 12 p.m., downtown Chehalis Hop on down to hunt for candy-filled eggs at participating businesses in downtown Chehalis. Visit Baby Gear! & Maternity for photos with the Easter Bunny (bring your own camera). Don't miss this great family-fun event sponsored by the Centralia-Chehalis Chamber of Commerce. For more information, please call (360) 740-6333.

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APRIL 19 Easter Steam Train Ride All day, Chehalis-Centralia Railroad & Museum, Chehalis Have fun climbing aboard for a fun train ride and hunting for eggs when you return. For more information and train schedule, please call (360) 748-9593. Annual Easter Egg Hunt 11 a.m., Bailey's IGA, Rochester Hot dog giveaway. Find the golden egg and prizes for each age group (newborn to 6 years and 7 years to 12 years). For more information, please call (360) 273-7330. APRIL 26 Spring Craft and Garden Sale 9 a.m., St. Timothy’s Church, Chehalis Come join the fun at the Spring Craft and Garden Sale at St. Timothy Episcopal Church. Friendly Neighbors Garden Club will offer expertly grown vegetables, herbs, perennials, shrubs, trees, and unusual plants. Baked goods and pie (by the slice) will be available for purchase. Talented local craftsmen will have art for sale. All proceeds raised by the church will go to those in need through donations to various local community programs. For more information, please call Nancy Simms at (360) 748-6510 or email 2014 Talent Show 6 p.m., Fox Theatre, Centralia Soroptimist and the Centralia-Chehalis Kiwanis Clubs are partnering to showcase many talented young people. Performance categories will include: up to 8 years, 9 years to 13 years, 14 years to senior in high school. Auditions are April 3, at 6 p.m. and April 5, at 1 p.m. in the VR Lee Building in Chehalis. The talent show will start with a light dinner that can be purchased from Soroptimist members. For more information, please contact Donna Karvia at Lions Club Fishing Derby 9 a.m., Fort Borst Park, Centralia This is a great day for families and friends to spend together outdoors. Children up to age 14 can reel in their own fish. Enter a drawing when you register and get a chance to win fun prizes awarded at noon; one bicycle and helmet prize to each of the three age groups. Free hot dogs and drinks available for registered participants. The event is free and all you need is a fishing pole! For more information, please call (360) 736-8766. (Adult must register child and remain present.)

CHILD FIND Screenings Child Find screenings are commonly known as “Spring Screenings,” “Kindergarten Screenings” or “Preschool Screenings.” Child Find Screenings are a free service to identify any developmental delays in children birth to five. Children will be screened for vision, hearing, speech/ language, motor coordination, learning skills as well as social and emotional behaviors. Information on your child’s school readiness and development will be presented to parents/ guardians upon conclusion of the screening. This screening does not replace regular medical care, but provides families with additional information on young children and their development. A professional screening is provided for children in the following school districts: Adna, Boistfort, Evaline, Morton, Mossyrock, Napavine, Oakville, Onalaska, Pe Ell, Toledo, White Pass, and Winlock. Please call your school to set up an appointment for your birth to five-year-old child. If you are unable to attend the screening date in your school district, please call another school listed to make an alternate appointment. The districts listed also provide free and appropriate public education to any eligible individual who qualifies with a disability between the ages of three and 21, and who has not graduated from high school. If your family is living in a temporary situation, you may contact the district where you are staying to attend a screening. District Adna Kindergarten Adna Preschool Boistfort Evaline Morton Mossyrock Napavine Cheh. Tribal Head Start Oakville Onalaska Pe Ell Toledo White Pass Winlock

Screening Date April 30th May 1st April 3rd April 28th May 13th April 1st April 23rd April 24th April 24th April 15th April 16th April 17th April 2nd April 29th

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This free screening/early identification project is a service of the Lewis County Special Education Cooperative directed by Educational Service District #113. Dr. Rebecca Turnbull, Director. (360) 748-3384

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Did You Know? A person can survive without food for more than 30 days, but less than a week without water.

WATER Water Cycle Evaporation

Evaporation is when the sun heats up water in rivers or lakes or the ocean and turns water into vapor or steam. The water vapor or steam leaves the river, lake or ocean and goes into the air.


Condensation is when water vapor in the air gets cold and changes back into liquid, forming clouds.


Water is made up of two elements: hydrogen and oxygen. Its chemical formula is


Precipitation occurs when so much water has condensed that the air cannot hold it anymore. The clouds get heavy and water falls back to the earth in the form of rain, hail, sleet or snow.

1. Liquid 2. Solid 3. Gas


Collection happens when water falls back to Earth as precipitation. It may fall back into the oceans, lakes or rivers or it may end up on land. When it ends up on land, it will either soak into the earth and become part of the ground water that plants and animals use to drink or it may run over the soil and collect in the oceans, lakes or rivers where the cycle starts all over again.

There are approximately one million miles of water pipeline and aqueducts in the United States and Canada, which is enough to circle the earth 40 times. 6 • April 2014 • Southwest Washington Family

Water has three different states:

Of all the water, on earth,


is salt water, located in oceans and seas.


by Nancy Keaton of Chehalis Who doesn’t love fishing? As an adult, besides actually catching fish, part of the enjoyment comes from reliving childhood memories of fishing. Spending a warm, sunny day on the dock, just sitting and talking with a loved one, or enjoying a picnic lunch. Memories that were built with love and can never be forgotten are part of the joy of fishing. You can build those kinds of memories for your children as well. Our area is home to several excellent places to teach your children to fish. First up is Fort Borst Park. Head right down to the lake and throw out a line. It’s not too steep for smaller kids and is a wide open area where you can easily keep an eye on everyone. Fishing season begins the last Saturday in April and continues through the end of February. The Lion’s Club holds a Kids Fishing Derby on opening day, which is April 26 this year, with awesome prizes. Carlisle Lake in Onalaska is another great spot. It has been a happening place since the Onalaska Alliance took it over and has been working to spruce it up. A new parking lot and renovated trail around the lake make it a great experience for the family to set up on a sunny day and try their fishing luck. Next up is the day use park at Lake Scanewa in eastern Lewis County, where there is a lagoon flowing off of the Cowlitz River. There is easily accessible bank around most of the lagoon, and during the Free Fishing Weekend (June 8-9) it is stocked with fish and then netted off. This give kids

(ages 14 and under) a great chance of catching a beautiful, very large rainbow trout. Lewis County PUD also sponsors a derby for the kids during the June event. Toledo has the South Lewis County Park Pond, which is quite different from the other fishing spots because it’s open year-round and only closes the Monday before Thanksgiving and re-opens the day after Thanksgiving. Kids can catch trout, bluegill, crappie, and largemouth bass, among others. Our area also has many other beautiful lakes and rivers where you can take the kids fishing and make memories. Remember — always practice safety around the water and be sure to check the regulations before fishing! To find out current regulations and other useful fishing information, please go to Nancy Keaton lives in Chehalis with her family. They look for every opportunity to get out and enjoy the outdoors such as camping, biking, hiking, kayaking, fishing, rockhounding, and simply exploring.

Peyton F. and ying jo n e . F n o t s e r P g. a day of fishin SWWF April 2014 • Southwest Washington Family • 7

Students Share:

Writing Assignment: Local students from St. Joseph’s School were instructed to take an incident that happened to them or a family member, filter it through their imaginations and write a narrative using dialogue. If possible, they were to use figurative language. Their word choice was to reveal their personality or “voice.” Here are the stories created by two of the students.


by Gabriela Martinez, age 12 “Out to recess! Out to recess!” called Mrs. Reep, my first grade teacher. “Que?” (What?) I asked absently. It was my second year of learning English in school. I still fumbled with words. Fumbled… nah, that ain’t what it was … it was more like speaking a dead language. Yep, that was more like it. “Que?” I asked again. “Wue es lo que dijiste, Senora Reep?” (What did you say, Mrs. Reep?) “Uuuuh,” Mrs. Reep looked confused. It was as hard for her as it was for me because the only Spanish words she knew were hola and no comprende. The rest of the children had begun to shuffle out the classroom door. Hmph, I thought. Los demas ninos estan castigados o que? Porque se fleuron? (Hmph, are the rest of the kids in trouble or what? Why did they go?) Mrs. Reep looked at me. “Gaby, it’s time for recess. Go and play!” “Que dijiste?” (What did you say?) I asked. Then, she pointed to the window. I walked toward the window and saw the kids playing outside. Mrs. Reep spoke in a language I understood. “Ah,” I said, “Es hora del recreo.” (Ah, it’s time for recess.)

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Hairy Men

by Estefano Arceo-Hansen, age 12 “Hey, Papi, how come you’re so hairy and I’m not?” “Mijo, your face is like a baby’s bottom. Someday, you’ll have a beard.” Papi stood next to the sink by the toilet so he could see in the shower-fogged mirror. I watched him wet his face, spread shaving cream over it, and shave his whiskers away. “Papi, can I shave like you?” “Son, ya, need a steady hand just like Jesse James, the gunslinger. Ya ain’t got the touch.” “Yeah, I does. I can shoot better than the Lone Ranger.” “Well, don’t shoot yourself.” As soon as Papi left, I made my move. More shaving cream hit the floor than my face. I drew Papi’s razor from under my nose to my lip. “Ouch, that hurt,” I mumbled. After a few minutes, I came out a hair-free man with scars. Just like my papi, I tore pieces of toilet paper and stuck them on the cuts. When Mom saw me, her mouth twitched. “Fano, how did you get so many cuts on your face?” “I shaved just like Papi,” I happily responded. “Look at the mess you made. If you ruined your papi’s razor, he won’t be happy with you.” “Papi will be proud of me,” I boasted.

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With its big, black shiny nose, large fluffy ears and round body covered with soft fur, the koala looks like a cuddly teddy bear.

Marsupial moms carry their young around in pouches that are part of the body! The word marsupial means “having a pouch.”

But it’s not! It’s neither a toy, nor a bear. Koalas are related to opossums, wombats and other marsupials. Standards Links: Life Science: Animals have adaptions that serve specific functions in survivial.

Koalas make their homes in eucalyptus forests along the eastern coast of Australia. The eucalyptus forest provides food, shelter, and water—nearly everything the koala needs to survive.


Color area 1 green. This is the habitat of the koala.

Fill in the names of these marsupials in these boxes. Koalas are nocturnal, which means they sleep during the day and are active at night. Koalas sleep about 18 hours each day.

• kangaroos • wombats • tasmanian devil

• cuscuses • opossum • wallaroos

• bandicoot • quoll • wallaby

Koalas don’t build nests or platforms. When they get sleepy, they find a nice cozy fork in the tree branches. Though the hard branches of a tree wouldn’t seem cozy to us, the koala has a thick layer of fat and fur on its behind—its own built in pillow!

Which two sleepy koalas are identical?

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A koala’s claws are just right for ____________ on to tree trunks

Use the code to reveal some impressive koala facts. and branches.

Koalas eat about ___ pounds (1 kg) of leaves every day. That’s about ___% of a koala’s weight. In the wild, koalas live about _____ years.

The front paws have five toes — two on one side of the foot and three on the other. That’s like having two thumbs, an arrangement that gives the koala a strong _________. The toes on the back paws are different from those on the front. In back, there’s a _______ “big toe” without a claw, plus three other toes, two of which are joined. These joined toes are ______ for grooming. Replace the missing words.

Koalas sleep about _____ hours a day. An adult koala weighs about _______ pounds (9 kg).

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Standards Links: Reading Comprehension: Follow simple written directions.

Answers on page 2. Standards Links: Life Science: Know that animals have distinct structures that serve specific functions in survival.


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Transitions by Cristi Heitschmidt of Centralia College I am not a person who appreciates surprises. When unexpected events occur, I have a difficult time adjusting. I need time to reorganize my thoughts, my focus and my plans. Children are no different. They also need time to refocus. There are many situations in which they need time to reorganize their thoughts, refocus their brains, and understand there may be time to come back to their current task, and transitions can help soothe that change from one task to another. Communication, when it comes to transitions, is a key element and can come in the form of minutes, such as, "We will be leaving for the grocery store in five minutes," or in the form of visuals, perhaps a Velcro chart that a child can manipulate. For example, tasks that need to be done to prepare for bedtime could be represented in the form of photos or clip art. There might be a picture of a toothbrush, a book, and pajamas. Start by giving the child a visual or verbal cue that bedtime routine will begin in x number of minutes (telling them five minutes and or showing them what five minutes might look like with our hand). Following this cue, the child can arrange pictures representing bedtime routines, deciding their order. Children now have a say in upcoming activities and are aware of what is to come. Songs are another way to communicate it is time to transition from one activity and move on to another. When it is time to clean up, "Clean up, clean up, everybody, everywhere, clean up, clean up, everybody does their share," is a great one to use. As you sing together, you pick up together indicating a transition in activity. Another way to communicate transition is by saying, “It looks like you are having fun playing with your dolls. We'll have to

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Communication is Key

Using transitions tells children you value their interests help them get ready for bed in four minutes." Then as close to four minutes as possible, state "time for bed," and sing the clean up song as you work together. One activity is done and another has begun. Using transitions tells children you value their interests, yet want to help them balance the activities in their lives. Practicing transition strategies teaches lifelong skills applicable in many situations. SWWF Cristi Heitschmidt is the Dean of Child and Family Studies Division at Centralia College. She grew up in Minnesota, obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Family Studies and a Master’s degree in teaching. She currently lives in Olympia, is married, and raising an 8-year-old son.

2014 Find some of your favorite books and read them to a younger child.

How long can you go without watching TV? How many books could you read if you gave up TV for a few days? Turn Off TV and Read Month

Who were the first people to reach the North Pole on this day in 1898?

Learn all the words to one of your parents’ favorite songs. Have a family sing-along tonight! Have fun counting eggs today!

Do something to improve your health today. Go for a long walk, make a nutritious meal and get a good night’s sleep.

Do you have books you’ve outgrown? Contact your library and see if you can donate them.

The Titanic sank on this day in 1912. What caused the disaster?

Clip coupons from The t Chronicle. Se nt aside the amouu of money yo a r save to use fo r special treat fo the family.

Put on gloves and go for a walk and pick up trash in your neighborhood or join a park clean-up project.

Do something nice for a brother or sister today. Maybe they will do something nice for you!

Beverley Cleary was born on this day in 1916. Can you find the names of the books she has written?

Discuss the meaning of the word meditate. Close your eyes and sit completely still. Be calm and meditate for five minutes today.

Can you do a cartwheel? If so, teach a friend how to do one. If not, work with a friend that knows how.

This day is the anniversary of the Great 1906 San Fransisco Earthquake

Have you or your friend mastered the cartwheel yet? Don’t give up! Practice is great exercise.

Create a comic strip. Use two characters to tell knock-knock jokes or riddles.

Explore different career choices today. Learn a little of what it takes to achieve these careers.

Plan a visit to a tree nursery

Learn about the Nature Explore club to gain a better appreciation of nature.

On this day, you can ask a question and the person answering must give an honest answer.

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How many foods starting with the letter B have you eaten this week?

Arbor Day

With a friend, Calling all poets! create a secret code. Write down ten pairs of words that Write messages to Watch a movie made rhyme. Now write each other using the before 1950. Then code. Then see if down a poem talk about things you using those words. other friends can noticed that are “break” the code different from National Poetry and figure out what modern movies. Month you wrote.


Look up at the sky for 15 minutes tonight. How many aircraft can you spot in that amount of time?


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Spring Break Road Trips and Day Trips

“Hit the Road, Jack!”

Lindsay Stewart, 33, from Centralia, currently lives in New York, writes freelance pieces pertaining to family adventures, encouragement and human interest. She loves visiting all the museums and parks NYC has to offer with her husband, Josh, and boys, Maxwell, 10, and Magnus, 2. Lindsay loves to entertain, paint and listen to live music. She loves an adventure, and especially loves to tell the tale.

by Lindsay J Stewart

The best part of bidding farewell to a cold and dreary winter is daydreaming about the longer days and brighter mornings ahead. Sometimes they seem so far away, but planning spring break adventures in advance seems to rejuvenate and inspire us well before the birds are chirping and the seeds are sprouting. Consider these two Pacific Northwest road trips for your spring getaway.


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Mt. Rainier, Longmire

“USA's fifth-highest peak and, in the eyes of many, its most awe-inspiring.” - Lonely Planet

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Cannon Beach is just under 2.5 hours from Centralia/Chehalis. Richly diverse in the arts, with a vibrant health and wellness community, it has some of the most exciting outdoor activities on the coast.

Cannon Beach, Ore.

“One of the World’s 100 Most Beautiful Places” - National Geographic, June 2013 issue

Now is the time to book your lodging.

Toys! is the hub for planning overnight trips. Click “Where to Stay” for a thorough list of 45 hotels, motels and inns. There are also numerous bed and breakfast locations, RV parks and camping sites, private vacation rentals — even pet-friendly accommodations. There is a place to stay for any price range, whether you’re a student on a budget or a large group looking to splurge.

Mt. Rainier, Longmire is about 1.5 hours from Centralia/Chehalis and the most prominent peak in the Northwest. Longmire is located in the southwest corner of Mt. Rainier National Park and is 6.5 miles east of the Nisqually entrance. All of Longmire is now designated a National Historic District.

To kick of National Park Week, all entrance fees will be waived the opening weekend, April 19-20.

Pop into Geppetto’s Toy Shoppe, 200 N. Hemlock Street, and support this local business, established in 1983, specializing in educational games and toys.

What to do! Ziplining! High Life Adventures is a locally-operated company offering a tour of eight zip lines in a beautiful setting. Two tour guides will take you and your family on a zip line experience around and over a seven-acre lake. For more details visit

Crepes, please!

(Gluten-free available!) Crepe Neptune, 175 2nd Street, has embraced local hot spots and tourist attractions by creating a sweet crepe with chocolate, crushed graham crackers, and marshmallows, called the Goonie, and a hearty crepe with wild smoked salmon, cream cheese, scallions, spinach and mustard dill, called Fort Stevens.

If you’d like to spend a night or two, now is the time to book. The Mt. Rainier National Park Inn at Longmire offers quaint and cozy rooms with spectacular views of the mountain. The lobby is rustic and features a large stone fireplace. A full service restaurant is also on the grounds as well as an old-fashioned style general store for souvenir shopping, and pottery made by local artisans. “Stay and Play” packages are available offering your third night free! A “Winter Getaway” package is also available and includes a full breakfast and afternoon tea. Book online at


What’s a trip to the beach without salt water taffy, handmade chocolates and caramel corn? Visit Bruce’s Candy Kitchen, 256 N. Hemlock Street, family-owned for four generations.

Denmark Bakery!

A must-visit to a family-run bakery will be in order during your stay. “Home of the Original Haystack Bread” where each loaf is made by hand, start-to-finish, since 1920. Cannon Beach Bakery, 240 N. Hemlock Street, famously churns out danishes, tarts, bread, muffins and cookies — all prepared from scratch, by Dan, who is a third generation baker with deep family roots in Denmark.

Hike for the Whole Family!

Trail of the Shadows is about a 20 minute loop trail hike measuring less than one mile through the forest and meadows of Longmire. You will see a replica of an early homestead cabin and discover the flora and fauna living in this area. The entrance is across the road from the Park Inn.

Hike for Families with Older Kids!

Rampart Ridge Trail is a substantially longer loop trail that will take about 2.5 hours, covering 4.6 miles through steep terrain, forests and breathtaking views from ridge top vistas. Follow the Trail of the Shadows to the trail junction.


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F a m il y

Follies On the way to school a few weeks ago, my daughter was looking out the car window at the other cars and (very innocently) asked me, “Were you born before cars were invented or after?”

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Lewis County's new student ballet company

Come Dance This Summer! Creative movement camp

presents the premiere performances of

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Ballet intensive

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CBA offers classes in ballet, creative movement, modern, musical theatre, jazz and conditioning for ages 2 and up. Call for more information: 360-623-9010 or visit our website: 221 S. Tower St

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VOTE FOR YOUR FAMILY FAVORITES! Who made the top 3? Go and click on Family Favorites to vote now through April 10th. Preschool Daycare OBGYN Pediatrician Family/child dentist Librarian Teacher Coach Photographer School spirit Extracurricular activity

Music instructor Hair salon (for children's cuts) Tutor Family entertainment Public playground/park Family restaurant Place to cool off Rainy day activity Kids’ meal Principal Campground

Playground duty Coffee/cocoa stop Rest stop or cleanest restroom Ice cream Trail/hike Kids Party location Childrens Clothing store Sunday school Parade

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Zachary M. turns 2 on Easton S. turns 4 on April 2! April 23!

Robert M. turns 7 on April 18!

McKenzie M. turns 7 on April 18!

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Charlotte A. turns 6 on April 22!

Ethan R. turns 6 on April 16!

Kevyn P. turns 7 on April 10!

Anabril L. turns 8 on April 24!

Logan N. turns 5 on April 3!

Jacob M. turns 10 on April 6!

Jake J. turns 6 on April 29!

Natalia H. turns 7 on April 17!

Ayla L. turns 4 on April 26!


Zoey B. turns 8 on April 28!

Alice V. turns 3 on April 22!



Karlee V. turns 9 on April 1!

Makynlee H. turns 6 on April 7!

Robbie A. turned 13 on March 22!

Olivia M. turned 8 on March 28!

Emerson H. turned 1 on March 19!






Chloe P. turned 8 on March 17!

Piper A. turned 2 on March 28!

Vanessa Q. turned 14 on March 14!


Ava O. turned 4 on March 10!

Sadie M. turned 7 on March 18!

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First Time Mothers Women who are entering into pregnancy for the first time typically have a long list of questions concerning what to expect in the weeks and months ahead. Fear, anxiety and uncertainty about which pains and pangs are normal and which are not are common. Pregnancy is a learning experience for the mother and all involved, and many falsehoods surrounding pregnancy can add to the feelings of insecurity. Debunking some of the more common myths surrounding pregnancy can provide some peace of mind to expecting mothers and their families. SKIP THAT COFFEE? Many of the prevailing pregnancy myths tell pregnant women what they shouldn't do in order to keep their baby healthy and safe. It is well known that alcohol and cigarette smoke can have adverse effects on a developing fetus, but what about that morning cup of joe? It is always good to err on the side of caution, but assuming everything is toxic to the child may have you walking on eggshells. Many doctors agree that drinking less than 200 milligrams of caffeine per day is safe and will not risk a preterm birth or contribute to low fetal birth weight. PAY ATTENTION TO TEETH Health exams and blood tests are routine for pregnant women, and new mothers may think they have everything covered with regard to their health. But one area pregnant women seldom give much thought to is dental health. During pregnancy, increased acidity in the mouth increases the risk of tooth decay. So can vomiting associated with morning sickness. The Mayo Clinic advises that high levels of progesterone and estrogen can affect the bones and ligaments that support the teeth, causing teeth to loosen. Hormonal changes can also lead to bleeding gums and gingivitis. Although dental health may not come up in routine prenatal exams, it is important to stay current with dental appointments during a pregnancy. SUPER SMELL In addition to physical body changes, pregnant women may notice that their sense of smell has improved. Scientists hypothesize that this improved sense of smell helps keep pregnant women from eating small levels of toxins that may not be dangerous to an adult but could potentially prove harmful to a small child. Whether this is true or not, strong odors can complicate feelings of sickness. This is something to anticipate while pregnant.

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Brittany Voie, of Chehalis, welcomed her first child February 1, 2014!

Photos by Jordan Zurfluh, j.z. photography

MORNING SICKNESS Not every pregnant woman will experience morning sickness, and the name is a bit of a misnomer. According to PregnancyStatistics. org, about 75 percent of all pregnant women experience the unfortunate side effect of morning sickness during the beginning of their pregnancy. These feelings of nausea and uneasiness may not be reserved for the morning though; they can occur at any time of the day. In many cases, as the pregnancy progresses and hormones level out, symptoms of morning sickness are likely to abate.

Brittany and her husband Skylar.

GROWING FEET A woman's stomach is not the only thing that will grow during her pregnancy. Pregnant women often witness their shoe sizes increase during a pregnancy. Ligaments loosen to help with the birthing process, and this can affect ligaments in other areas of the body, including the feet. Feet may flatten and stretch out on the sides from added weight, and the resulting loosening of ligaments can cause a change in shoe size. SWWF

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You Need:

Each player needs 8 game pieces. Buttons, pebbles or even small squares of paper make good game pieces.


Be the first person to get to the sum of 23.

How to Play:

1. The first player puts one game piece on a number and says the number aloud. 2. The second player places a game piece on another number, adds that number to the previous number and says the total aloud. 3. Play continues until one player reaches exactly 23. Buzz’s Eggs-tra Challenge: Change the numbers in each egg above, using the numbers 5 through 8. Beeper’s Eggs-tra-ordinary Challenge: Begin with 23 and subtract the amounts to reach zero. Standards Link: Mathematics: Subtract single digits from single and double digits.

The secret code to crack the answer to this riddle is hidden in this egg border. is the letter A. To find out what letter each egg stands for, find


The alphabet follows in order by going clockwise around the border. Each egg stands for one letter of the alphabet. Crack Up! Answer: TO COVER CHICKENS.

Standards Links: Decoding: Recognize letters of the alphabet. Reading Comprehension: Follow simple written directions.

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Project MERCCURI wants YOU! stronauts, university scientists, NFL and NBA cheerleaders want your help in collecting microbes from your shoes, cell phone and the places where you live, go to school and play. It is part of an international Citizen Scientist project that will study microbes and map the different kinds of microbes on Earth. In March, some of the microbes will travel to space and be part of experiments on the International Space Station to study the effects of zero gravity on microbes.

You can join kids around the world who are swabbing for microbes at major sports arenas, movie theaters and other places where large groups of people gather. (Find out how by reading the column at right.)

Swab photos courtesy of UC Davis


What’s Citizen Science?

On Christmas Day in 1900, Frank Chapman, an officer in the Audubon Society, decided to organize his friends to count birds. He didn’t know it then, but Citizen Science was born. Citizen Science asks people everywhere to observe or collect

What are microbes?

something — birds, frogs, flowers, even microbes. This information, or data, is sent to trained scientists to analyze. It’s like giving scientists thousands of eyes and hands to observe and collect information for their studies. And for kids and adults, it’s a chance to connect with the outside world in a real, meaningful — and often fun — way.

How to take part in Project MERCURRI It’s easy. Just sign up to be part of Citizen Science Project MERCCURI by emailing Put “microbes” in the subject line. It’s free! Project MERCCURI will send you a kit and instructions on how to swab samples from your world, store them and send them to the lab. Participation is limited to the first 100 kids that sign up – so sign up today!

Microbes, sometimes called microorganisms, are tiny living things. They are so small they can only be seen with a microscope but they are all around us – and ON us, too. Many microbes are helpful, but some can cause illnesses. Here are some common microbes as seen through a microscope. Do the math to identify each of them.




15 + 3 + 1 =

18 = Salmonella

19 = E. coli

20 = Influenza

21 = Lactobaccilus casei

Salmonella is a bacteria found on chicken and turkey that can make you sick if not cooked properly.

E. coli is a bacteria that lives in your gut. Some strains are required for good health, while others can make you sick.

Influenza is a virus that can give you Influenza, commonly called “the flu” for short.

This important member of the microbial community in the human gut and is found in probiotics, such as yogurt and kefir.

Microbe photo credits, from left to right: NIAID, AJC1, NIAID, Microbe World


A student collects microbes from second base at AT&T Park in San Francisco, Calif.

But wait! There’s much more! Project MERCCURI is only one of thousands of different Citizen Science projects going on worldwide. To find out about other projects go to

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Pages of Fun

by Linda Conroy of Centralia Timberland Regional Library I’m a librarian, so it won’t surprise you to know that I think we should celebrate books and reading every day of the year and I’m delighted that there’s a special day set aside to do just that! This year, the Centralia Timberland Library is celebrating Children’s Day or Book Day (also known as Dia de los Niños or Dia de los Libros) on April 25 with a special program for school age children beginning at 2 p.m. (This is an early-out day for Centralia public schools.) We’re throwing a fiesta, complete with bilingual music, stories, crafts and traditional Mexican treats. There’s plenty to appreciate about books while you’re waiting for the big party to arrive. I love that books can do so many different things: feed your imagination, provide pure entertainment, impart information, offer vicarious experiences, and show you that others go through the same things (and feel the same way) that you sometimes do. Many books do more than one of these at the time! Read on for some books worth celebrating. Kids who find potty humor hilarious will discover a lot to like in Brief Thief by Michael Escoffier. Adults might or might not appreciate the humor, but they will love the message about doing the right thing. Leon the lizard has a crisis: there’s no toilet paper. He spies a pair of underwear and after a briefly dithering (maybe the underwear belongs to someone) — he uses them for the dirty task. When finished, he tosses them aside. But his conscience is bothering him. In fact, it’s talking to him. His conscience gives Leon possible scenarios for why the underwear ended

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up where it did and orders him to thoroughly clean them. There’s a wonderful twist at the end of the book for a final laugh – and a satisfying conclusion. Best for preschoolers through second grade. Tom is not thrilled to have a baby brother. He’s nicknamed the baby “The Blob.” There’s the usual reasons for Tom’s antipathy: the baby is loud, can’t do anything, and Tom is feeling ignored. But when Tom hears more than one adult wanting to “eat [the baby] up”, his protective instincts kick in. It’s a funny riff on misunderstandings with the eventual revelation that he likes his baby brother after all. Don’t Eat the Baby by Amy Young will entertain you and your child alike. Best for toddlers and preschoolers. In our increasingly technology-focused world, parents worry about kids having too much screen time and neglecting human interactions. In Doug Unplugged by Dan Yaccarino, Doug’s parents actually want him to be plugged in – after all, that’s how robots learn and regenerate. “Happy downloading!” they cry as they leave for the office. Doug downloads lots of facts about the city until he is distracted by a pigeon. Entranced, he ponders whether or not there’s more to be learned by going into the city, so he unplugs. And Doug is right – he sees things, smells things and experiences things that his download couldn't tell him. He even finds a friend and learns how to play. Doug’s adventure ends quite naturally – and might inspire you and your child to go outside and see what you can discover together.

Best for preschoolers through first grade. Imaginary friends and tall tales — a child’s imagination is a wondrous thing. So is an author’s. In Ding Dong! Gorilla! by Michelle Robinson, a gorilla arrives instead of the expected pizza delivery. The gorilla likes lots of things that the boy does – coloring, playing dress up and kicking the soccer ball around. Unfortunately, the gorilla takes everything to a troublesome extreme. In the book the boy delivers the bad news of exactly how everything unfolded. Expect lots of giggles at the story and the illustrations. The gorilla in a fancy dress is quite a sight! Best for preschoolers through first grade.

Why not make it a goal to celebrate books by enjoying them with your child every day this month? Your friendly library staff is always ready to help you locate the perfect book for your entertainment or information needs. The library’s online book lists have lots of

suggestions and they’re available 24/7. To access children’s book lists, go to Click on “Birth to Five” then “Stories and Rhymes” for the youngest readers. For school age children, click on “Kids” then “Books to Read” for lots of suggestions. Library books are available in several formats: traditional books, audio books (both downloadable and on CD) and e-books. Books aren’t the only things you’ll find at the library. DVDs, downloadable music and music CDs, and magazines are available for both you and your children. And don’t forget to check the library events calendar for fun activities – like the Children’s Day / Book Day party. See you soon at the library!


Linda Conroy is a youth services librarian at Centralia Timberland Library. Not surprisingly, she loves to read and to share books with children of all ages! She is a mom to a big dog and enjoys spending time with her nieces and nephews.

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Come enjoy the annual Steam Train Ride & Egg Hunt!

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Earth Day April Showers Though Earth Day is synonymous with protecting the environment, the holiday can trace its roots to an environmental disaster that occurred in Southern California in 1969. Over a 10-day period that began on January 28, 1969, just six miles off the coast of Santa Barbara, Calif., roughly 80,000 to 100,000 barrels of crude oil spilled into the Santa Barbara Channel and onto the beaches of Santa Barbara County. Thousands of birds and marine animals, including dolphins, elephant seals and sea lions, were killed as a result of the spill, which at the time was the largest such spill to ever occur in United States waters (it is now the third-largest spill after the Deepwater Horizon spill in 2010 and the 1989 Exxon Valdez spill). Though devastating, the Santa Barbara oil spill proved inspiring to Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin, who is today considered the founder of Earth Day. Senator Nelson used the sense of social consciousness that prevailed throughout much of the United States in 1969, and the outrage at the Santa Barbara oil spill to infuse energy into a growing movement to raise awareness about air and water pollution. His risk paid off, as more than 20 million Americans took to the streets on April, 22, 1970 to demonstrate for a healthy, sustainable environment.

April showers are on the way, making this time of year a traditionally wet season. However, rainfall throughout much of North America may be nominal compared to some of the wettest areas around the world. Here are the top 10 most rainy cities in the world based on rainfall amounts recorded during a 24-hour period.*

Note: Washington is NOT on this list! 1. Chilaos, Reunion Island — Located in the Indian Ocean, this island tops the list with a record maximum rainfall of 73.6 inches (1,870 millimeters).

2. Baguio, Philippines 3. Alvin, Texas, United States 4. Cherrapunji, India 5. Smethport, Pennsylvania, United States 6. Crohamhurst, Australia 7. Finch-Hatton, Australia 8. Suva, Fiji 9. Cayenne, French Guyana 10. Aitukaki, Cook Islands SWWF


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What inspires you the most about teaching?

I get inspired by watching students gain self-confidence and the desire to learn and do more. At that point, they have such positive energy that it is impossible not to be inspired yourself!

What hobbies do you enjoy?

I love gardening, campfires, and spending time with my family.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

Oh, man! I was the typical kid. I wanted to be a veterinarian, doctor, astronaut, or be the first girl to do ____ !

What made you decide to become a teacher?

When I looked back on my life in college and compared what had impacted me most with what I enjoyed most out of life, there was no other choice but to be a teacher. SWWF

Send in nominations for your favorite teacher, student, or coach.

Mail to 321 N. Pearl, Centralia, WA 98531 or email to If you email us and we don’t reply we haven’t received your message. Please give us a call at 807-8217.

Name of teacher & nominated/school or coach/team & sport: ________________________________________________________________________ Name of child nominating: ______________________________________________ Name of parent & phone #: ______________________________________________ Email: _________________________________________________________________ Please include a few sentences on why you think your teacher, student or coach should be featured. If you have a picture of your teacher, student, or coach, please send it in too! We may contact you to learn more.

Pinspiration Activities

Do the rainy days leave you indoors and looking for activities? We were inspired by these projects. What activities have kept your family busy this spring? Submit your photos to and they may be featured in an upcoming edition. Clockwise from top left: Make It Rain Science: Candy Candle Decor: Dissolving Egg Experiment: Peep Treats: SWWF

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