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Creature Facts

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• Brown Bears are omnivores which mean they will eat both vegetation and meat. • They use their six inch claws to dig the ground for tasty insects and plants. • With their sensitive nose they can smell food from miles away!

• Home School Programs ages Programs designed for Home School students and Zoo the at ls 5 and up. Learn about anima around the world.

• A young baby bear is called a cub.

The Columbus Zoo & Aquarium has two rescued Alaskan Brown Bears on exhibit at the new Polar Frontier! To learn more about Brutus and Buckeye and how they were rescued visit “Your Zoo Around the World” at www.columbuscreaturefeature.com

• Scout programs Girl The Zoo offers several badge programs for both Scouts and Boy Scouts. To get details about these programs visit “Learning Activities” at www.columbuscreaturefeature.com

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getting started: TABLE OF CONTENTS ON THE GO

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NEWS ON THE GO: Quick hits of news and fresh ideas for busy parents PRODUCT PIX: Cool stuff + Great pictures = New ideas for you! WHAT THE WELL-DRESSED STUDENT IS WEARING: The fashions soon to hit Central Ohio classrooms ANATOMY OF A BACK-TO-SCHOOL BAG: Check it out and then enter to win it! COLUMBUS PARENT PROFILE: Pickerington’s Mabry Morrow gets the Q&A treatment PARENT PERSPECTIVE: Lewis Center’s Carmella Van Vleet tells us all about her First Daze HOUSEBROKEN: Wit and wisdom about domestic life from Dispatch columnist Joe Blundo VITAMIN ME: Capital Style editor Kristy Eckert offers self-care advice for busy moms NEIGHBORHOOD SPOTLIGHT: Clintonville SHOP SPOTLIGHT: Sprout Soup

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KINDERGARTEN REDSHIRTING: Do you want your child to be the oldest or the youngest in their class? Teachers help parents with this tough decision. HOT OFF THE COVER: iPhones aren’t just for talking anymore. Local teachers are finding new ways to make the new technology work in classrooms. THE FLU SHOT BLUES: Will it be more of the same madness to get flu shots this year?

THE GO-TO GUIDE: Helping you pick the right dance schools in Central Ohio. PEDIATRIC HEALTHSOURCE: Your questions answered by the experts at Nationwide Children’s Hospital TAKE IT FROM TRACY: 10TV’s Tracy Townsend on how to raise a reader HANDY MOM: Toothpaste — it’s not just for dental hygiene anymore!

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EATING OUT WITH KIDS: A mom and a kid critique Polaris’ Brio Tuscan Grille restaurant COOKING WITH KIDS: Make sopapillas (they’re like elephant ears from South America)! PARTIES: The magic of a butterfly birthday bash at Franklin Park Conservatory HANDS ON: What can you do with a pair of old blue jeans? DAY TRIPPIN’: Learn how to wakeboard at Cincinnati’s Wake Nation PLAYGROUND PATROL: A visit to splash parks in Dublin and Powell REVIEWS: Books, apps, games, websites and the newest album from Putumayo Kids PEOPLE YOU SHOULD MEET: All the world’s a stage with Candace Mazur-Darman

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getting started: LETTER FROM THE EDITOR

Parenting adventures Join us on our shared quest for family fun, info and ideas in Central Ohio

ColumbusParent.com 34 S. Third St. Columbus, Ohio 43215 614-461-8878 (voice) 614-461-8746 (fax) 614-888-8888 (classifieds) www.ColumbusParent.com PUBLISHER

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BY JANE HAWES

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I’ve only seen my husband cry once in nearly 19 years of marriage, and that was on the second day of our first child’s life. There she was in the crib next to my hospital bed — tiny, wrinkled and miserable in that way that only 30-hourold humans can be. Nothing would console her. Not another round of nursing. Not another six-mile hike up and down the hallway. Not even a big, warm daddy hand on her tummy. She was miserable and she was going to let everyone within earshot know it. “I think she just has to cry it out,” I told him. “I think she needs to wear herself out before she can fall asleep.” But that wasn’t good enough for him as tears trickled out of his new daddy eyes. There had to be something he could do. There had to be something we didn’t know, something that — if we could just figure it out — would make everything better. In the 17 years since then, I’ve often thought back to our first shared quest at acquiring parental knowledge. How often have we tried to figure it all out and make everything better for these marvelous little creatures — who quickly grow into marvelous big creatures? These shared quests for knowledge are what unite us all as parents. We sit over cups of coffee in playgroups, comparing notes on our children’s feeding, sleeping and pooping habits (eager to assure ourselves we’re not the only ones who have fed a kid Pedia-Lax). We gather in online chat rooms and share what we know about shoelace-tying techniques, playgrounds where a kid with CP can truly play, and restaurants with more than chicken fingers on the kids’ menu. We huddle on the edges of wind-whipped soccer pitches and sun-baked swimming pools, and question our collective sanity. For 22 years, Columbus Parent has been a part of this shared adventure in parenting. With this month’s issue, we recommit ourselves to the honor and responsibility of being The Go-To Guide for Central Ohio Families. Before redesigning the magazine, we talked to parents, teachers, doctors, business owners and kids. We heard you say you want more ideas and more information about all the fun things to do and great places to go in Central Ohio. Telling you about problems was OK, but spelling out solu-

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Brian Lindamood blindamood@columbusparent.com EDITOR

Jane Hawes jhawes@columbusparent.com ADVERTISING MANAGER

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Elizabeth Warren ewarren@columbusparent.com CALENDAR EDITOR

Nikki Davis tions is better. And you want it all presented in a way that’s easy to read and quick to digest. What you’re reading right now represents a lot of work by a lot of very dedicated and talented people. So read, enjoy and then share your thoughts on our ColumbusParent.com website. Or use our Facebook page or Twitter feed (we’ll friend and follow you back, we promise!). When I recall my second day of parenthood and the tears that my husband and I shared, I realize that the ways in which we share the adventure of parenting may change, but the need to connect does not. I look forward to connecting with you now.

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ndavis@columbusparent.com CONTRIBUTORS Joe Blundo, Heather Buchanan, Robin Chenoweth, Melissa Kossler Dutton, Kristy Eckert, Will Figg, Jeff Hinckley, Brooke LaValley, Kelly Lecker, Andrea Kjerrumgaard, Joe Maiorana, Marguerite Marsh, Phil Pikelny, Shawn Sines, Dana Wilson DISTRIBUTION If you would like to receive Columbus Parent at your business, or to report delivery concerns: Chris Maines 614-778-9026 maines@dispatch.com Columbus Parent is published and distributed by The Dispatch Printing Company every month, available at more than 800 locations throughout Central Ohio. One free copy per person. Circulation: 58,000 copies. Copyright © 2010 The Dispatch Printing Company


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We look forward to meeting your little ones before the back-to-school rush!

Every Monday through Friday, click on ColumbusParent.com for the latest tips and info on places to go and things to do for Central Ohio families.

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getting started:

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ONLINE NAME: Mommado OFFLINE NAME: Kristen Maetzold MY FAVORITE COLUMBUS MOMSTYLE FORUMS: Parenting, Women’s Health & Kid’s Health, Organize Your Life and Toddler Time. (Kristen also writes the MiddleAge Meets Motherhood blog at ColumbusParent.com) I USE THE INTERNET MOST FOR: e-mail

ouchies. We know kids. Specifically, how to mend,

stitch and heal them. We’re here when you need something more than a kiss to make it feel better.

I GOT MY FIRST E-MAIL ACCOUNT: When I got my first PC in 1998. It was huge ... literally and figuratively. OTHER WEBSITES I LOVE: AOL for e-mail, Facebook and Twitter for staying connected, and for “mom sites” I like ColumbusParent.com, parents.com, babycenter.com and momlogic.com because they all such have good tips, articles and perspectives. I’m a bit addicted to Google, especially when suffering an ailment of any kind. MY MOST EMBARRASSING INTERNET GAFFE: It wasn’t an e-mail, but it was what we used to call “top line” or instant messages at my old job. I was gossiping about someone in one of these instant messages — I know, not nice — and I sent it to the person I was gossiping about instead of the person I meant to send it to. Needless to say, I felt horrible. Seriously, it still haunts me. MY FAVORITE THING ABOUT LIVING IN CENTRAL OHIO: It’s tough to beat a Buckeye football game on a sunny Saturday. ONE THING I WOULD CHANGE ABOUT LIVING IN CENTRAL OHIO: The weather. I’m all about changing seasons, but I could do without the hot and humid and the wind chills.

Urgent Care. Close To Home. Canal Winchester, Downtown, Dublin, East Columbus, Westerville You should always call your child’s pediatrician or family doctor first. For hours and directions visit www.NationwideChildrens.org/UrgentCare.

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on the go: NEWS ON THE GO

Recall Overload

It hasn’t been an easy year for parents in the product-recall department. First it was over-the-counter painkillers. Several varieties of Tylenol, Motrin and Benadryl — those elixirs for growing pains, erupting molars and stuffy noses — were taken off the market in January because of a “moldy smell” eventually traced to chemical exposure from wooden pallets in the Johnson & Johnson manufacturer’s warehouse. The list of specific products has expanded several times, most recently on July 8, and now stands at 21. Then in mid-June came the SpaghettiOs with Meatballs recall. Talk about your basic food group. Maker Campbell Soup was pulling all its meatballladen SpaghettiOs products (including the A-Z and car Fun Shape varieties) because a routine plant inspection had discovered that the meatballs might not have been getting fully cooked. As with the painkiller recall, there had been no reports of consumer illness, but safety came first. And then it just got ugly. About 28 million boxes of Froot Loops, Corn Pops, Apple Jacks and Honey Smacks were yanked in late June. There are vast segments of the teen-aged population that live on this stuff. But a “waxy smell” that had apparently caused nausea and vomiting for five consumers led to the recall. As of press time, the manufacturer Kellogg has not identified a cause.

It’s enough to make a mother afraid to feed her family anything more than water and bread (and even then, you might get paranoid about local water-quality reports). A lot of consumers start tuning out the warnings when they come so often, said Jennifer House, a spokeswoman for the Ohio Department of Health. “There have been more recalls than usual lately,” House said last month. “Recall fatigue is something we’re concerned about because all food-borne illnesses are serious. They end up costing everyone in the community.” There are a few different ways you can keep up with the announcements. For instant updates you can download a smart-phone app at recalls.gov that will notify you the minute a recall goes out. The Dispatch maintains an updated list at blog.dispatch.com/recalls, and Columbus Parent links to this list in our weekly Bulletin e-newsletter. This recall list is searchable by category and keyword, so if women’s bathrobe recalls don’t worry you but chili pepper recalls do, you can get straight to the hot stuff. Sorry, that’s just a little bit of recall humor. You can sign up to receive the weekly Columbus Parent Bulletin newsletter at ColumbusParent.com. —JANE HAWES

e-Reading and Writing and ’Rithmetic On paper — or the lack of it — Kindles, iPads and other e-readers seem like a pretty good idea for cutting costs in schools. These electronic readers would eliminate traditional textbooks, which often run as high as $90 each. Starting this school year, Clearwater High School in Florida hopes to become the first public high school in the U.S. to use e-readers. They’ll be investing in Amazon Kindles for all 2,100 students and 100 teachers. They retail for about $259, but the school announced they hope to negotiate a deal with Amazon for bulk rates on the devices and for bundled licensing fees on e-text-

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books. The district has set aside about $600,000 for the venture. Are e-readers and e-texts in the offing for any Central Ohio school districts? Well nobody’s doing a Clearwater just yet, but at least one district is piloting a project to try ereaders in middle school. Beginning this fall, 10 iPads each will circulate at Jones and Hastings Middle Schools in Upper Arlington. Associate Superintendent Debora Binkley said a district grant is enabling them to purchase the iPads, which students and teachers will use in the schools’ libraries and as part of language arts classes. “They’ll try them out during the next year

and see if they’re useful,” Binkley said. The goal isn’t to use them in place of textbooks, but rather as a different type of library book to check out and read. “The e-texts are just as expensive as the textbooks themselves,” Binkley said. She said the district has not considered the idea, as with Clearwater, of outfitting individual students with e-readers. She’s curious to see how people react to digital books: “Personally I like the feel of flipping through pages, and even the smell of the book, but kids don’t have those barriers to get past. So we’ll collect everyone’s feedback and go from there.” —JANE HAWES


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KEEPING YOUR DOG COOL

What’s Big In…

NEW YORK CITY What are the hot kid trends in other parts of the world? This month we tapped a few NYC parents to find out what’s big in the Big Apple.

Walking, running or jogging — the summer heat affects us all whether we have two legs or four. That doesn’t stop us from engaging in outdoor activities, but the pets who often accompany us are more susceptible than we are to heat stroke. So summertime is the perfect time to make sure they stay cool and comfortable. If you and your dog jog together, don’t forget that we sweat more than our canine companions and we have the luxury of donning warm-weather gear. Dogs are still wearing their winter coats and they can only cool themselves by panting and sweating through their foot pads — which isn’t always enough, explains veterinarian doctor Janet Tobiassen Crosby. Many dogs, especially the ones who regard themselves as athletes (really, it’s an animal personality type!), will keep running no matter what. So change the routine to early morning or late evening when cooler temperatures will help prevent heat stroke. And don’t forget to give yourselves plenty of water when you’re both done!

—MARGUERITE MARSH

To read Marguerite Marsh’s Animal House blog, visit ColumbusParent.com

“Poptropica” is huge with kids ages 6 to 11. The online game lets players navigate puzzle-solving challenges and safely compete against others anywhere in the world. About half the themed “islands” are free to play; the others cost $3 per month at poptropica.com.

Sneaker Boots are hot with the big-city teens: They have canvas uppers that lace up to the knees with a zipper in the back. They go for about $30 a pair.

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How to fake coolness with your kids

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POS, PITR, PW: This means you, Parental Unit, in text-speak. Your kid is texting that a parent is over the shoulder (POS), in the room (PITR) or watching (PW). How to keep up with these acronyms? Try the Internet Slang Dictionary & Translator (noslang.com). It’s like a secret decoder ring for, well, people who are old enough to know what a secret decoder ring is. Warning: Some of the site’s definitions are obscene and therefore NSFW (not safe for work … or small eyes). World’s Cutest Cat Alert: Dazzle your grade-schoolers and astound your teens with the “mugumogu” channel on YouTube. Maru is not just a cat who lives in Japan — he’s an internet phenomenon — and you’ll be a hero for introducing your kids to the addictive pleasures of watching Maru jump into boxes, get stuck inside garbage cans, and walk around with a paper bag on his head.

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There are brownie points and then there are brownie-withyour-school-color-sprinkles points. Which do you think will do the best job securing your position as the Rah-Rah Mom at your kid’s school? Cute As A Button in Powell carries and can custom-create 3.5-ounce jars filled with sprinkles in your school’s colors for $3.75 each. 38 W. Olentangy St., Powell, 614-430-9408; www.cuteasabuttonstore.com

PUZZLERBYBOARD UMBRA Your dormitory-bound kid can at least pretend to be more organized by mounting one or more of these curvy cork/dry-erase boards on the wall or dorm-room door. The curvy shape enables the boards to be fitted together (hence, the “puzzler” moniker). The Container Store sells them for $8 each. 4222 Easton Loop West, Columbus, 614-337-7400; www.containerstore.com

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for all your

fairie dust NEEDS Bet you didn’t know fairie dust can be bottled and sold. Bet you didn’t even know it’s spelled “fairie” by those who take their fairie-dust needs seriously. Columbus artist River Wolfe creates a wide variety of polymerart jewelry and gewgaws (look it up, it comes after “fairie” in the dictionary). Filled with iridescent glitter, the bottles go for $15 to $20 at Hayley Gallery in New Albany and at local arts festivals all year. 45 Second St., New Albany, 614-855-4856; www.polymer-art.clay.com


The Enzo Mari fairy tale game

It doesn’t sound like it would lure a kid away from the TV, and yet it does: Six cardboard plates with paintings of 45 animals and assorted props. Fit the plates together and then invent your own story to go with what you see. This Italian fairy tale game is wildly popular in Europe; you can get your set for $26 at the Wexner Center Store. 1871 N. High St., Campus, 614-292-1807; store.wexnercenterstore.org

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Have you ever woken up and said, “Where the heck can I score a gallon-size jug of violet tempera paint?” Well, wonder no more! Not only does Star Beacon Products (a wholesale provider of craft and school supplies in Grandview that also sells to the public) carry gallon jugs of Crayola Washable paint ($16), they’ve also got 16-ounce bottles of Sargent Art glitter paint for $3.50.

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Colin

Age: 12 Seventh grad e Favorite subj ect: Math Favorite thing to do outside of scho ol: play with m y friends Caleb an d Colin Meal he wishe s they served for lunch at sc hool: steak

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Lands’ End all-cotton cargo polo shirt ($15.50), patterned plain front short ($25.50), classic canvas ring belt ($14.50), all from the Lands’ End Shop at Sears, Polaris Fashion Place; 3 Pommes cotton-knit cardigan ($49) from Nicole’s for Children; Vans Off the Wall Era shoes ($42) from Journeys; Handmade Expressions jute and cotton fiber messenger bag ($24.50), Shakepoverty wristband ($1) and Guatemalan hacky sack ($4.50), all from Global Village Collection.

Catamini “Spirit Ethnique” 100% cotton tank top ($46), sweater with carved-wood buttons ($86) and skirt ($90), leggings also available ($46), all from Nicole’s for Children; Stride Rite Jumping Jacks JJ School shoes ($47), Stride Rite white anklet socks ($6) and Cutie Heads locally hand-made barrette ($8.50), all from Joel’s Stride Rite at Easton; Hopewear purse by UPAVIM/Guatemala ($9.75) at Global Village Collection.


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on the go: COLUMBUS PARENT PROFILE

Mabry Morrow What’s the most played song on your iPod? “I Gotta Feeling” by the Black Eyed Peas. It always puts my girls in the right frame of mind … especially if they are grumpy or sad.

If you had to be on a reality TV show, which one would it be? “Survivor,” for sure! Michael and I started watching the first season when we were dating and have not missed a season since.

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After a dance c lass, the teacher pu lled out a vacuum clea ner and Ellie, then 2, asked, “What is that, Mommy?”

Who’s your favorite movie mom? Goldie Hawn on “Overboard,” circa 1987. I keep thinking I will wake up and remember I am actually filthy rich and live on a yacht.

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Favorite thing to do for cheap family fun? Go camping. We do the state parks. They’re all great.

Favorite restaurant to take the kids? Anyplace that serves popcorn for the kids and beer for the adults. Kingy’s Pizza Pub in Canal Winchester is a favorite.

Alone shopping for me! A good girls’ lunch with wine is also a plus. Or a spa … See the trend?

What’s something your mom or dad did that you thought was nuts when you were a kid but now you understand? Going on vacation without me. Now I treasure and insist on trips alone with Michael to recharge.

What have you learned as a parent that you wish someone told you before you had that first kid? That you would actually start calling your husband, the man you love, “Daddy,” and it would seem normal.

What’s the best advice you ever received as a parent? From my friend Katie’s grandmother, Rita: “Well, you gotta laugh because if you can’t laugh, what can you do?” JEFF HINCKLEY/DISPATCH PHOTO

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on the go:

PARENT PERSPECTIVE

First Daze BY CARMELLA VAN VLEET

There are two types of parents — those who are sentimental about the start of a new school year, and those who are less so. Even though I love the smell of new crayons as much as the next girl, I’ve always been firmly in the “How many days till they’re gone?” camp. Before I had kids, I was a kindergarten teacher. Each year, I got the biggest kick watching the parents arrive with their kids on the first day. They’d bring enough equipment to rival any paparazzi. After they had enough footage for a documentary, the parents would dab their eyes and talk about how fast their babies were growing while the kids and I secretly rolled our eyes. I admit I wasn’t completely immune to camera-itis. When my oldest went off to school, I took a picture of him standing by our front door, carrying his oversized backpack and new lunchbox. I planned on snapping a photo of Matt climbing onto the bus, too, but he let go of my hand and moved away quickly, anxious to begin his life as a “big kid.” I felt only the smallest of tugs on my heartstrings as I watched. I probably waved but I don’t remember. I do remember watching Matt through the bus window, though. He was chattering away with a friend and completely ignoring me. Then the bus pulled away. And just like that he was on his way. I walked back home with Matt’s younger brother and sister in tow. I was excited for my first born. His days were going to be filled with all kinds of adventures. There was no need for tissues. Soon enough, my other two children went off to kindergarten. Sure, I took pictures of them as well. But even as my youngest climbed on board the big, yellow bus I felt more anticipation than anxiety. More happiness than sadness. I just wasn’t the overly sentimental type. And if I am being honest, I scoffed at those

When Carmella Van Vleet isn’t peeking out the window of her Lewis Center home, she’s enjoying life with husband Jim, teaching her sons Matt, 17, and Sam, 15, how to drive, role-modeling her daughter Abbey, 13, with power-mom taekwondo, and getting her 15th children’s book published. who were. After all, if we get it right, our kids are supposed to grow up and leave us. But things are different this year. My beautiful and brilliant Matt is a senior in high school. He will climb on that yellow bus for one last first day. I won’t stand there taking pictures, but I’ll be watching from the window. I will watch him moving away too quickly, anxious to begin his life as a young adult. I know I will wonder where the days went. I will wonder how it’s possible that I have an 18-year-old and if Matt will ever need me to hold his hand again. And I will wonder something else: Where did I put the tissues?

Every month, we’ll be looking for a Parent Perspective from our readers. Log on to ColumbusParent.com to find out what the next issue’s topic is and what kind of great prize we’ll be offering the winner! (Hint for September: sports and COSI!)

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on the go: HOUSEBROKEN

Chore & peace Household chores are drudgery, but most people have chores they secretly enjoy. Well, at least I hope most people do. I do, and I’d hate to discover another category in which I’m abnormal. I love, for example, cleaning the inside of a car. Car interiors are basically very intimate rooms, so even a little clutter and dust stand out. Minimal cleaning yields dramatic results. You can’t get those same results as quickly in the sprawling space of a house. So when the house is dirty, I go out and clean the inside of the car. It makes me feel just as virtuous but in a fraction of the time.

What about the outside of a car? Please. There is no more pointless exercise. It gets dirty again immediately, and even if it didn’t, the car still depreciates at an alarming rate regardless of how shiny it is. Cleaning a car exterior is one of those things I do only to avoid social disapproval. Cleaning the interior I do for personal satisfaction. I also like starting the lawnmower. I can take or

leave the mowing itself, but starting I find pleasurable. I think it relates to my childhood, when we had a mower that was extremely difficult to start — probably because we left it outside in the weather year-round. We had no garage, and I guess it just never occurred to my parents to protect it. Mowing was my chore, so I was the one who had to struggle to start the machine. It took, oh, I’d say about 175 pulls before the thing would cough feebly to life. Compared to that, mowing half an acre was a breeze. You better believe my

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mower luxuriates in a dry garage between uses. Because I absolutely love giving the cord a gentle yank and having the engine roar into action. Sometimes I secretly call myself the Mayor of Internal Combustion, so elevated is my mood at that moment. The only chore that can make me happier is fixing a leaky faucet. I taught myself some plumbing, so when a faucet leaks I am not as displeased as, say, my wife. Actually, what I taught myself was how to take apart plumbing. So what I do with a faucet is take it apart

and bring it to my go-to hardware store, where I seek out the oldest guy I can find (on the theory that the highschool kid who works the cash register probably isn’t that well-versed in washers and O-rings). If all goes well, I leave with a 50-cent part that returns the fixture to service. I should note here that I have an elastic definition of

what “fixed” means. We have a faucet that, since I fixed it, no longer leaks but also, periodically, stops allowing water to pass through. My wife has pointed out that, during those periods, the faucet is no longer performing the very task that makes it a faucet. Yes, I say, but at least it’s fixed. Let’s count our blessings — and clean the inside of the car.

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on the go: VITAMIN ME

Because Mommas are

amazing BY KRISTY ECKERT

We pack lunches, braid hair, fold laundry and edit essays; we cheer at ballgames, make costumes, cook dinners and wipe tears. We do it all, don’t we? And darn it if we don’t do it well (even in four-inch heels)! But as expertly as schedule-juggling Mommas are at managing families, we sometimes fail to carve out enough time (and money) for ourselves. Enter me, your Fairy Godmother of Fabulousness. (This is a self-given title. My husband would probably tell you I need to help weed more often — or ever — to deserve this title. But whatever.) This monthly column, Vitamin Me, will offer remedies for recharging. I might suggest a great beauty product, a fun place to visit, a trendy new top or whatever else I deem grand enough to warrant the precious three minutes (and I don’t say that facetiously!) it takes you to read this. I know that your time and money are valuable, and I will always write this with that in mind. I hope this column can serve as a bitesized bit of girlfriend-to-girlfriend dish that sprinkles a touch of glitter into your life. Because Mommas truly are amazing — and we should treat ourselves accordingly. My first recommendation is this: Try a class at V Power Yoga (it’s Downtown in the Warehouse District — 240 N.

Fifth St., to be precise). This isn’t meditative or slow, and there’s no chanting or anything else that might seem scary: It’s just a fastpaced, athletic, sweaty, tail whooping. For years, I tried different types of yoga at various places. But it wasn’t until I tried it here that I became an addict. One class at this studio will leave you simultaneously exhausted and energized (and potentially sore, too). Classes are available all day, seven days a week, but for beginners, I highly recommend Lisa’s Wednesday 6 p.m. or Saturday 12:30 p.m. classes. Drop-in classes cost $15. Check vpoweryoga.com for more info. Oh, and most importantly — enjoy yourself! (And then afterward, bake yourself a batch of Ghirardelli dark-chocolate brownies. I use two boxes, make them with olive oil, and underbake them just a touch. They are delectable. You’ll deserve them!)

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on the go: NEIGHBORHOOD SPOTLIGHT

Clintonville

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SHORT NORTH

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WEST SIDE

For Columbus residents who live in Clintonville, there aren’t a lot of reasons to leave the area.

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UPPER ARLINGTON

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OLDE TOWNE EAST

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GERMAN VILLAGE

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PICKERINGTON

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The vibrant neighborhood, located along North High Street and Indianola Avenue between the Ohio State University campus and Worthington, has local grocery stores, eco-minded shops and great dining and entertainment options. “You really can walk most places and get what you want,” said Shelli Sanzo, who has lived there for four years. “Everything is so close.” Which makes it a great place for the rest of Central Ohio to visit. The district, which began in the 1800s as a summer destination for Downtown workers and Ohio State professors, combines the bustle of a city with the community feel of a suburb. Early settlers built homes along the scenic ravines and river; later, more than 70 subdivisions were built. Today, many come to the neighborhood to see and smell more than 11,000 rose bushes at the 13-acre Whetstone Park of Roses. The park, located near the Columbus

Metropolitan Library’s Whetstone Branch, includes two playgrounds and a fishing pond. Kids will especially dig the playground closest to the rose garden, which has a sandbox with a pulley system and other fun features. Another kid favorite is Cover to Cover, a children’s bookstore that regularly hosts story hours and author visits. Wholly Craft is another unique boutique offering handmade, local-artist treasures plus craft workshops and sup-

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plies. Lottie Da is a great find for locally designed and sewn children’s clothes, accessories and more. Parents won’t want to miss Sprout Soup (see sidebar). The store specializes in baby carriers and sells natural and organic products for children. Sprout Soup also offers art and cooking classes for kids and tips on cloth diapering for moms and dads. “We like offering something extra — not just being a store,” said owner Alissa DeRouchie. She located the store in Clintonville because of its “green” vibe. The community is home to a number of businesses that focus on eco-friendly products and services. The Global Gallery Cafe offers fair-trade products from around the world and serves up steaming cups of organic, sustainable

coffee and tea in beautiful Guatemalan ceramic mugs. Just-opened Firefly Play Cafe has an imaginative playspace plus organic snacks for kids and caffeinated treats for parents. “Clintonville is such a great place to be for green business,” said Jennie Scheinbach, owner of Pattycake Bakery, which sells yummy vegan and organic treats. “There’s not a lot of community education that has to happen.” The Clintonville Community Market, a memberowned grocery store, sells a full selection of organic, local and natural products. The market also offers wine tasting and other events. Visiting foodies also will want to check out Weiland’s Gourmet Market, which specializes in meat and seafood, Wildflower Cafe, a cozy diner that serves homemade food, and Whole World, Columbus’ oldest vegetarian restaurant. The eatery, which was shuttered by a fire in 2009, re-opened this summer.


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COLUMBUS METROPOLITAN LIBRARY, WHETSTONE BRANCH 3909 N. High St. 614-645-2275 columbuslibrary.org COVER TO COVER 3560 N. High St. 614-263-1624 covertocoverchildrensbooks.com GLOBAL GALLERY CAFE 3535 N. High St. 614-262-5535 globalgalleryonline.org WHOLE WORLD NATURAL BAKERY & RESTAURANT 3269 N. High St. 614-268-5751 wholeworldnaturalrestaurant.com

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on the go: SHOP SPOTLIGHT

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Owner, Sprout Soup Your store was inspired by your search for the perfect baby carrier. How did that lead you to opening a natural baby store? I tried a lot of different baby carriers with my first son. I realized you really needed to try them on before purchasing them. I wanted to be able to provide that to other parents. We carry seven or eight different kinds and at least a dozen brands.

What else do you sell? The other big item is the cloth diapers. That’s something we’ve really seen growing lately. In addition to that, we sell safe feeding supplies like cups and plates and waste-free lunch things. We have a lot of “Made in the USA” toys.

How did having children impact your desire to own a business?

What are some of the locally made items you carry?

My oldest son is about to be 7. Back when he was a baby, it was really hard to find some of these things. You had to buy online. It’s hard to do online. We thought it would be good to put the products right in front of people so they could really see before making a decision to buy.

We carry two different lines of bath and body products — one made in Athens and one closer to Columbus. We also have Little Alouette, natural wood teethers and play sets made in Worthington.

You were able to open a brick-andmortar store 18 months ago after entering an online competition and winning a $40,000 grant. What was involved in the competition? We had to create a video for a business idea and they picked five that they liked and those videos were voted on.

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hot topic:

Kindergarten Redshirting More parents are deciding that their five-year-olds are not yet ready for school BY JANE HAWES

Redshirting is not just for hulking Buckeye linebackers anymore. Nowadays, if you overhear a mom talking to another mom about redshirting, chances are she’s talking about a little boy with a summer birthday.

That’s what Julie Yoakum was doing seven years ago. She and husband Lee’s twin sons, Ben and Will, were born on July 7. If the boys enrolled at St. Mary School in Delaware as 5year-olds, they would have been among the youngest in their class. If they waited another year, they would be among the oldest. The family chose to wait. “Believe me, I would have loved to get them in sooner,” Julie Yoakum said. “But I could tell that Will just wasn’t ready. Ben was, but I wasn’t going to separate them.”

It’s a dilemma that plenty of Central Ohio families face each year with their summer-born children. Since 2001, Ohio law has allowed districts and private or parochial schools to choose either Aug. 1 or Sept. 30 as the cut-off birth date for kindergarten entrance. By age 6, a child must be enrolled in at least kindergarten. The percentage of children

who have waited a year to start kindergarten is on the rise nationally. Some studies peg it as high as 20 percent of the population starting kindergarten each year, while others say it’s more like 9 percent to 11 percent. Research also shows that it’s usually boys getting held back and it happens most often in communities where families can more easily afford another year of preschool or have one parent at home all day. Educators have different opinions about whether being younger or older in a class is better for kids.

“Given all we know about brain research, the earlier we get to them, the more primed they are to learn,” said Lisa Usselman, a consultant with the Ohio Department of Education’s Office of Early Learning and School Readiness. “And redshirting kind of looks like retention,” Usselman said. “There can be self-esteem implications, and the potential to drop out increases because it’s hard to keep (an older child) in school.” Bernice Smith, supervisor of Columbus City School’s Department of Early Childhood Education, also believes that enroll-

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Our Educators Say… BEING ONE OF THE YOUNGEST IN A CLASS

PROS: • may develop better study habits in order to keep up with more mature classmates • incurs one less year of preschool or daycare costs

ment when a child is younger than most classmates can be positive for the child. “You have to ask yourself what is the reason you want to hold a child back,” Smith said. “If it’s because they have trouble tying their shoes, they don’t know all the letters of the alphabet or all their colors, well, that’s not necessarily a good reason because those things can be taught.” But Kelly Hicks, principal of Jonathan Alder Elementary School in Plain City, said that after 25 years of teaching, she’s inclined to support parents who want to hold a child back. “Especially with boys,” Hicks said. “Girls mature faster and they like to ‘play the school game.’ If a parent is doubting with a young boy, then I would say don’t (enroll them).” Even when a child is intellectually gifted, Hicks said there can be compelling reasons to wait: “Just because you’re gifted doesn’t make you less apt to cry at the drop of a hat. There are social issues that have to be considered, too.” Yoakum said that with her boys, it was a combination of her own instincts plus the preschool teachers’ input that led to the decision to hold back. “Will just wasn’t achieving the pre-reading skills,” Yoakum said. She even took advantage of Delaware County’s developmental abilities testing program to have her

CONS: • may experience a negative impact on self esteem if the child struggles to keep up with more mature classmates • will learn to drive later than most high-school classmates

son’s hearing, vision, cognitive and motor skills tested. “He was totally in the normal range, but he just wasn’t ready, I could tell,” Yoakum said. And relying on her own instincts is ultimately what all the educators say parents have to give themselves permission to do. “They might be getting some pressure from the school (to hold back) or from other parents,” Usselman said. “And you sometimes see people holding back for sports reasons, although these days, it’s usually more for academic considerations.” Smith said her antennae go up whenever she hears parents use the phrase “someone said” when describing their decisions. “I say to them, ‘That’s your decision, but you have to know that we teach all children and we take them where they are,’ ” Smith said. “And I also say that parents know their child best.” Today, Will and Ben Yoakum are happy and healthy soon-to-be sixth graders at St. Mary’s, doing well in school and keeping busy trying a wide variety of sports and extracurricular activities. And their mother doesn’t second-guess the family’s decision. “It just depends on the kid,” she said, “and a mother’s intuition.”

BEING ONE OF THE OLDEST IN A CLASS

PROS: • can have a positive impact on self esteem when a child is able to master skills more easily • can facilitate early excellence in sports and other physical activities

CONS: • can be more prone to boredom and misbehavior • greater drop-out rate in high school

Kindergarten Readiness Checklist To do well in school, children need to be supported and nurtured in all areas of development. It is also important that your child is physically, socially and emotionally ready for school. This checklist can help serve as your guide. But remember, young children change so fast! If they cannot do something this week, you may see them do it a couple of weeks later. Is your child ready for kindergarten? Ask yourself these questions: PHYSICAL SKILLS: Does your child… • enjoy outdoor play such as running, jumping, and climbing; • draw and trace basic shapes; • cut with scissors; • bounce a ball; or • ride a tricycle?

HEALTH AND SAFETY: Has your child… • had required shots; • had a dental exam; • had a vision exam; • learned own first and last name; • learned first and last name of parent; • learned to watch for cars when crossing the street; • learned to not talk to strangers; • developed a set routine for going to bed; • follow rules for safety?

PERSONAL NEEDS: Can your child… • use the bathroom; • wash hands; • brush teeth; • use tissue to blow nose; • button and zip up shirts and pants; • put on and take off coat; • tie and/or Velcro shoes?

SOCIAL SKILLS: Does your child… • play well with other children; • separate from a parent without being upset; • share with other children; • care about the feelings of others; • follow routines; • put toys away when asked?

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Tips to Help Prepare Your Child for Kindergarten PHYSICAL SKILLS: • Materials that will help your child develop the motor skills needed to learn to write include crayons, markers, pencils, glue, scissors, paper and paint, puzzles, Legos and blocks. • Activities that will help your child’s coordination include climbing, jumping, skipping, playing ball, using playground equipment and riding a tricycle.

HEALTH AND SAFETY: • Help your child learn their full name, address and telephone number. • Help your child to look both ways when crossing the street. • Talk with your child about strangers and who to go to for help. • Use bedtime as the opportunity to read to and talk with your child.

PERSONAL NEEDS: • Create morning and bedtime bathing and toothbrushing routines. • Allow your child to dress themselves. • Practice putting shoes on. • Help your child learn to use their words to tell other grownups when they are feeling sick or hurt.

SOCIAL SKILLS: • Give your child small chores to learn responsibility. • Help your child learn to follow directions by giving simple steps. • Encourage your child to share. • Praise your child when her or she does something well. • Provide guidance when your child is having difficulty.

Source: Ohio Department of Education, Office of Early Learning and School Readiness

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To paraphrase those sage scholars of pop culture, the Black Eyed Peas, e-mail is just “so 2000 and late” for today’s teens. Now it’s all about the “i” words: iPhones and iPads and iMovies and IM. And we need look no further than school buildings for proof. “We used to say ‘no cell phones,’ but the students presented the argument that cell phones are part of adult, professional life, so how about they work on using them responsibly,” said Aimee Kennedy, assistant principal at The Metro Early College High School in Columbus. “So we have been.” The Metro School is all about innovation. Established in 2006, it’s an alliance of Battelle, Ohio State University and 16 Franklin County school districts. According to the school’s website, its goal is to prepare its 350 students “for a connected world where math, science and technology are vitally important.” What that means in everyday life are iPhone apps that enable parents and students to access their academic records anytime, Twitter updates for their “Metro Stories” and “Metrohs” followers, Wi-Fi access throughout the Kinnear Road campus, MacBooks for everyone, and multimedia presentations routinely created with iMovie software and uploaded to YouTube.

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Karen and Alexandra Scott; Ayshea Grant (right) WILL FIGG PHOTOS

And the students are welcome to use their cell phones outside the classroom on campus. “They use them to check Formspring and Facebook,” Kennedy said, “but a lot of time I just hear them talking to their parents, making plans.” The Pew Research Center in Philadelphia has been documenting our cyber ways since 2000 with its Internet & American Life Project. In a report issued earlier this year, the Center noted that 75 percent of teens, ages 12 to 17, now

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own cell phones, an increase from 45 percent in 2004. And texting trumps e-mailing when teens want to communicate with other teens: 54 percent versus 11 percent. “The future is mobile,” said Alexis Chapman, a Columbusbased social-media expert who works with a variety of local and national organizations. “In the future, we’ll be able to do everything using mobile devices.” After watching her freshman daughter Ayshea give a multimedia self-evaluation in June, Robin

Grant said wistfully, “I wish we had had access to all this technology when we were in school.” But even with all this technology, the school still places great emphasis on old-fashioned, faceto-face communication skills. During sophomore Alexandra Scott’s year-end self evaluation speech (a requirement for all of Metro’s students), her internet connection crashed, yet she didn’t miss a beat, continuing to talk while re-establishing the connection. “We hear so much that because

of the technology, the face-to-face skills are hindered, so that’s why these kids are constantly presenting to groups,” explained Ellen Hogue, Ayshea’s advisor and a Spanish teacher at Metro. “When they speak to outside groups, we always hear about how much poise they have.”

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The Flu Shot Blues BY MELISSA KOSSLER DUTTON

Getting a flu shot should be easier this fall since manufacturers had time to include protection from the H1N1 virus in the mix. Many of the problems last year occurred because the swineflu outbreak came after the seasonal vaccine was developed, said Dr. Dennis Cunningham, a member of the Section of Infectious Diseases at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. This year one vaccine will offer protection from seasonal flu and swine flu and it should be easy to come by, Cunningham said. “People should be able to get it at their doctor’s office, the hospital and grocery stores and pharmacies.” That’s good news, said Columbus mother Kathy Kincaid. She and her daughter Madison, then 2, waited in line for more than two hours to get their flu

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shots last fall. “It was horrible,” recalled Kincaid, who was also three months pregnant at the time. “I didn’t realize the wait was going to be outside. It was chilly and we didn’t have jackets.”

FLU FAQ Why is the flu shot so important? Last year, my family couldn’t get the vaccine and we were all healthy. “If you didn’t get it, that’s great,” said Dr. Dennis Cunningham of Nationwide Children’s Hospital. “But there were a couple of pediatric deaths in Ohio. I’m not one to take a chance. I feel better knowing children are protected.”

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Despite the wait, Kincaid said she was glad she and Madison received the vaccine. Neither of them got sick over the winter. She’s hoping to vaccinate Madison, now 3, and Elliott, who was born in May, at her pediatri-

My children often experience discomfort after receiving the shot. Why should I put them through that? “You can get some symptoms two to three days later,” said Dr. Dennis Cunningham of Nationwide Children’s Hospital. “That’s your immune system making a response. It’s less than if you get the flu. It’s worth it to protect yourself from getting seriously ill.”

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REQUIRED SHOTS Vaccines are optional for adults, but they are necessary for most schoolaged children. The Ohio Department of Health has added three new immunization requirements for the 2010-2011 school year. Children entering seventh grade must receive a tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis (Tdap) or tetanus and diphtheria (Td) booster. Children starting kindergarten need a second dose of the varicella (chickenpox) vaccine and must receive their final dose of polio vaccine after their fourth birthday but before the start of school. Parents should contact their doctor or local health department to schedule an appointment for immunization, said Judy Harmon, Ohio spokesperson for immunizations for the National Association of School Nurses. “If a child does not meet the guidelines … they could be temporarily excluded from school,” she said. “The group that’s going to get caught off guard is the seventh grade. Everyone knows kindergarteners need shots before going to school.”

cian’s office this fall. Cunningham urged parents to vaccinate their children to prevent them from catching the flu, which can lead to hospitalization and, in some cases, death.

Who should take priority when it comes to getting a flu shot? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it’s especially important for some people to get vaccinated. If you have certain underlying health conditions — like asthma, heart disease or diabetes — or if you’re pregnant, you’re at greater risk of complications from flu. If you’re over 65, you’re also at risk of complications.

What are the risks from getting a flu shot? Also according to the Centers, the viruses in the flu shot are killed (inactivated), so you can’t get the flu from a flu shot. The risk of serious harm is extremely small. However, a vaccine, like any medicine, may rarely cause serious problems, such as severe allergic reactions.

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When Stephanie Walters realized her 2month-old daughter preferred the bottle to the breast, the Gahanna mom was disappointed. She had hoped to nurse her fourth child a little longer, but Fiona, pictured here with her mom, always wanted a bottle after breastfeeding. “I remember thinking it was kind of silly. I’m doing double duty,” she said. “I was sad that it went so fast.” Still, Walters said, she was glad to provide Fiona and her other three children with the healthy start that breastfeeding provides. In the U.S., weaning often happens when children are about 6 weeks old because that’s when many moms return to work, said Cindy Jensen, a lactation consultant at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Jensen encourages nursing as long as it’s “mutually desirable” for mother and child. The American Academy of Pediatrics in 2005 began recommending that mothers nurse their babies exclusively for six months. Previously, the academy called for breastfeeding the entire first year. “That’s still a recommendation,” Jensen said. “(But) we wouldn’t want a mom to feel like she has to keep going.” Most moms wean before their babies reach 6 months old, Jensen said: In Ohio, 30 percent of mothers are still breastfeeding their babies at the 6-month mark and by baby’s first birthday, 12 percent are. No matter when they choose to wean, moms need to take their time doing so. Rapid weaning will put them at risk for engorgement and/or breast infection, said Tiffany Rumbalski of Dublin, a local leader for the La Leche League, an international breastfeeding advocacy group. A slow transition also is good for the child who has grown used to the skin-toskin contact that nursing provides, Rumbalski said. And moms should always do what they’re comfortable with, Rumbalski stressed. “Any breastfeeding is a great

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“Must Be Potty Trained.” They’re the four words on a preschool application that many parents fear most. And now those who enrolled their toddlers for this fall face a deadline: Will they ditch the training pants by the first day of preschool? Sara Patchen tried everything to toilet-train her son — offering stickers and toys, even putting slits in his pullups so he needn’t remove them to go potty. “He would have nothing to do with it,” the Clintonville mother said. One month into preschool at North Broadway Children’s Center, the nearly 4-year-old Sam was still having accidents. Patchen was forced to pull him out. “I didn’t know what else to do,” she said. “I would do the gamut: I was calm and rational and then I was frustrated. I’d say, ‘You’re making Mommy sad.’ ” Unfortunately, kids are like little radio antennae, masters at picking up and rebroadcasting parental stress. “Sometimes our anxiety becomes their anxiety — definitely something you want to avoid,” said Sherri Thomas, a developmental behavioral pediatric fellow at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Stress over potty training can lead to more accidents, unsuccessful toilet-training sessions and tantrums — and not just from the kids. So try to keep it positive, child Thomas said. ning until the ’t attempt trai on time. D a • at “Though internally the two hours dry diapers for s e the ha av H r. ai parents may be feeling anxmfy potty ch ANDREA KJERRUMGAARD PHOTO le hi • Provide a co w , on s ious, you don’t want that to othe practice with cl ild ch spill over onto the kids. It’s reading. watching TV or ler a process of learning for the doesn’t require potty training.) Have your todd up a routine: t Se lunch, • re fo be , es children.” “She dug in her heels and wouldn’t tell us ak w e sh practice when Most training doesn’t when she had to go,” said Adam Spitznagle, . th ba re fo after nap, be rios, minihappen in a day or a few pictured above with Lilly. “So we gave it up, ee Ch s. es cc su od • Reward weeks, Thomas said, but can figuring eventually it will work itself out.” stickers are go shmallows and ar m take three to six months. The family’s new strategy — putting Lilly incentives. ograms that Boys usually take longer. alone in her bedroom with her potty — is pr l oo ch es pr • Consider s. If September arrives and meeting with success. They hope she will be to wear diaper allow children the SpongeBob undies are still fully trained when she begins attending getting soiled, don’t stop trainXenos Christian Preschool this fall. ing. Regroup. Consider an “I take solace in the fact that I don’t know any teenagers alternative school program that allows diapers. who aren’t potty trained,” Spitznagle said. When 3-year-old Lilly Spitznagle kept having accidents at And you can add Sam Patchen to the ranks of the pullOverbrook Preschool, parents Adam and Liz put her in the up-free: He and his big boy underwear begin kindergarten school’s Parents Day Out program instead. (The program this fall.

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Melissa Grubbe’s oldest daughter Madeline was excited about rejoining her longtime friends for her last year in elementary school. But when the ever-growing Olentangy school district in Delaware County drew new building boundaries, Madeline had to transfer to another school. Most of her friends didn’t. “Kids kept calling her the new girl,” Grubbe said. “But she wasn’t the new girl. She had been in the Olentangy district all along. That was pretty hard on her.” Children form strong and often lifelong bonds on playgrounds and in classrooms. When those ties are severed, whether through redistricting or by moving to another town, the first day of school can be pretty traumatic. Students miss their friends and even their old school buildings. That doesn’t mean they won’t thrive. Grubbe said she thinks the

change was harder on the anxious parents than the redistricted kids. All three of her children — Madeline, now 13, Adelaide, 12, and Sam, 7 — are doing well in school, she said. “Kids are adaptable and malleable,” said Kat Eden of Education.com, an online resource that provides parents with free information about learning issues. “Even kids moving all on their own can be fine.” Parents can help with the transition. School counselors said a tour of the new school is essential and helps the child feel more comfortable on the first day, when the unfamiliar halls are filled with students. “As parents we worry about test scores and student/teacher ratios. Kids worry about, ‘Where is my locker? How does the cafeteria work?’ Just spending a couple hours there will help,” Eden said.

Parents should tour the school and meet the teachers, too. And they should check back with the teachers often to make sure the adjustment is going well, Grubbe said. “Those first couple months are going to be crucial,” she said. But above all, experts advised, be honest about the situation. “Instead of trying to spray sunshine on the situation, have an honest discussion with the child. Ask them what they’re worried about. Assure them you’ll be there for them,” Eden said. Extracurricular activities like sports and clubs also are critical. Keeping them involved in sports, churches or other groups outside school can help them stay connected with their old friends. “We teach our kids, ‘When you make a friend, you make a friend for life.’ It doesn’t matter if they go to a different school,” Grubbe said.


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Road worriers Letting go is a rite of passage for parents of teen drivers

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It doesn’t matter if they’re going two miles or 20. When teens start driving themselves to school, moms report that sirens suddenly get louder and the minutes grow longer when you’re waiting for them to come home. Sally Calhoun Williams just launched two teens onto the road this past year — her son Drew, 17, and her daughter Brittany, 16, both students at Pickerington North High School. Though the school is only two miles from their home, Williams, pictured here with Brittany and Drew, said the relief she feels not having to chauffeur two busy teens is often outweighed by the anxiety of wondering if they’re OK. “It’s nerve-wracking because you worry every time you hear a siren,” Williams said. “They haven’t had any fender benders, knock on wood, but you don’t want to think about it.” Chris Hucek of Delaware is sending her 17-year-old daughter Alayna about 20 miles south every morning to Bishop Watterson High School in Columbus. It’s not so much Alayna’s driving skills that worry her — it’s the other drivers on the road. “One day she said she could see this accident happening before it happened,” Hucek said. “But I tried to let that make me feel better because it meant she was watching the whole road.”

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Letting go and letting your teen take the wheel is a rite of passage for many parents. “There is a part of you that says you have to let them grow up,” Hucek said. “Every time you let them do one more thing on their own, it’s good.” But it’s hard. Both Hucek and Williams said that getting good training and laying down firm rules about curfews and checking in often via phone (but not while driving) has helped alleviate their concerns. Williams said she thinks that holding off on handing over the keys also makes a difference. “My son, because of his

Rate hikes Yet another bite that comes with having a teen driver in the house — increased insurance premiums. Larry Thursby is a vice president of auto products for Nationwide Insurance. He said that while statistics show teens are seven times more likely than adults to get into an accident, their insurance premiums are rarely seven times higher. “That just wouldn’t make sense because we recognize the value that the whole family’s portfolio has to us,” Thursby said, noting there are a number of ways that parents and teens can reduce the financial stress of auto insurance: • Good student discounts. Generally a B average nets a 25 percent reduction. • Discounts for driver’s training. Nationwide also offers an online course to supplement state-mandated training. • Purchasing “accident forgiveness” coverage. This is basically insurance that your insurance rates won’t go up after an accident. baseball schedule, didn’t get his license (as soon as his younger sister did),” Williams said. “I can totally

see the difference that just a year makes with the maturity level. There’s no need to push it.”


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he beauty of ballet initially attracts most little ones and their parents to the art form. Then they enroll in classes ready to leap into a fairy-tale world when the music plays. “Every little girl goes through that ‘I want to be a princess, I love pink’ phase that’s just part of being a girl,”

FINDING THE RIGHT FIT The dance school directors and teachers we spoke with had this advice for families trying to find the program that’s right for them:

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said Tara Miller, owner of the New Albany Ballet Company. For that reason, she offers a Disney Princess themed summer camp for tiny dancers that ends with a costumed performance. “They love the theatricalness,” Miller said.

• Consider your child’s aspirations • Research the school and instructor qualifications • Study the curriculum; make sure lessons are age-appropriate

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Beyond the tiaras and tutus, though, dance training develops an early appreciation for music, movement and more. “The most important thing for young boys and girls is it develops confidence,” said Jeri Pinnell, who owns Pinnell Dance Centre in Gahanna.

• Visit the school’s website to view photos or videos • Ask to observe or sample a class before enrolling • Be wary if a high number of students are injured

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“We have children come in who are so shy they won’t even look at you. And when they leave, they’re not afraid of anything.� Choosing the right school or instructor for your child can be an overwhelming process because many parents step into the dance world with limited first-hand experience. “They have to take the teacher’s word,� said Susan Brooker, director of the BalletMet Dance Academy. Parents should carefully research credentials, evaluate training methods and observe classes to see how teachers and students present themselves within the school, Brooker said. “The training of young children is important,� she said. “Those children are there to have fun, but they’re also setting up habits that are going to last them for a lifetime.� Gabby Caldwell, shown in these photos, is a 13year-old BalletMet student who played Clara in last year’s company performance of “The Nutcracker.� She has been dancing “almost from the time she started walking,� said her mother, Michelle. “She was pretty young when she first started taking lessons. She wanted the little ballet leotard and the skirt and the whole thing, so she got those for Christmas.� After several years of lessons at another local school, Michelle and Gabby attended an open house at BalletMet and sampled a creative-movement class. “I liked the positiveness that was there with the instructors,� Michelle said. “They just have a very clear pedagogy that’s very appropriate for each age group but also for each student’s ability.� Gabby has since progressed from one weekly ballet class to six days of training each week in the academy’s intensive program. She decided at age 10 to pursue a professional ballet career. The motivation behind her decision, she explained, is this: “I see the older dancers doing this every day and I’m like, ‘I want to be like them.’ And I will.�

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763 Radio Dr., Lewis Center 614-384-0222 www.columbuscity balletschool.com shirleewu@yahoo.com Number of students: Declined to provide Dance genres: Ballet (classical and contemporary), adult stretch and pilates Performances: Spring recital and winter gala performance Competitions: Yes Fast facts: Founded 2006; has graduates who have danced professionally in ballet companies and on Broadway; member of OhioDance

To compile our guide, we used Yellow Pages listings and a directory of schools that are members of the OhioDance service organization. Unless otherwise indicated, all schools listed teach students ages 2-3 through adult. Not all schools returned our calls; if you know of other great dance schools, please visit us online at ColumbusParent.com to share your information.

COLUMBUS DANCE CENTRE 1000 Suite B Morrison Rd., Gahanna 614-759-0502 www.columbusdanceand musiccenter.com Number of students: 250 Dance genres: Ballroom (competitive), hip-hop, jazz, ballet (classical), tap Performances: Spring recital Competitions: Yes Fast facts: Founded 2002; graduates dancing professionally in hiphop troupes and on Broadway

COLUMBUS DANCE THEATRE 592 E. Main St., Downtown 2468 E. Main St., Bexley 614-849-0227 www.coldancetheatre.org kessler.cdt@gmail.com Number of students: 120 Ages: 3 years to adult Dance genres: Ballet (classical and contemporary) and modern dance Performances: Minimum of three shows annually Competitions: No Fast facts: Founded 1998; affiliated with Columbus Dance Theatre professional troupe; has graduates dancing professionally in ballet and modern-dance companies

COLUMBUS YOUTH BALLET ACADEMY 5076 N. High St., Clintonville 614-433-7090 www.columbusyouthballet.com columbusyouthballet@ columbus.rr.com Number of students: 200 Dance genres: Ballet (classical and contemporary), tap, jazz, street jazz, modern, lyrical, breakdancing Performances: June show for all students; “Nutcracker” by audition only Competitions: No Fast facts: Founded 1986 and under current ownership since 2003

DCW ELITE 2378 Advanced Business Center Dr., Hilliard 614-771-7550 www.dcwcolumbus.org dcwelite@att.net Number of students: 50 Dance genres: Ballet (contemporary), tap, jazz, hip-hop, gymnastics, dance team, gym team Performances: Spring recital; students also perform at festivals and parades Competitions: Yes Fast facts: Founded 1970

DELAWARE COUNTY CULTURAL ARTS CENTER 190 W. Winter St., Delaware 740-369-2787 www.artscastle.org artscastle@artscastle.org Number of students: 100 Dance genres: Creative movement, ballet, tap, jazz, hiphop and performance company Performances: May recital Competitions: No Fast facts: Founded 1989; member of OhioDance

DUBLIN DANCE CENTRE & GYMNASTICS 2665 Farmers Dr., Dublin 614-761-2882 www.dublindance.com office@dublindance.com Number of students: 1,156 Dance genres: Creative dance, ballet (classical), jazz, hip-hop, modern, lyrical, tap, gymnastics, non-competitive Irish, break dance Performances: Fundamental students perform once a year; company students perform 11 times throughout the year Competitions: No, but some individuals have chosen to compete on their own Fast facts: Founded 1984; has graduates performing with modern-dance companies; member of OhioDance


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2924 Hayden Run Plaza, Northwest Side 614-889-0106 Number of students: 80 Dance genres: Classical ballet Performances: One mini recital Competitions: No Fast facts: Founded 1982; has graduates dancing professionally in ballet companies

5051 Forest Dr., New Albany 614-939-9058 www.newabanyballetcompany. com naballetco@aol.com Number of students: 595 Dance genres: Ballet (classical), jazz, modern, tap, hip-hop Performances: Spring program and the “Nutcracker” Competitions: No Fast facts: Founded 1999; has a graduate dancing professionally with a ballet company

JUDY DOLLENMAYER STUDIO OF DANCE 320 S. Hamilton Rd., Gahanna 614-471-5124 www.jdsddance.com info@jdsddance.com Number of students: 600 Dance genres: ballet (classical and contemporary), tap, jazz, lyrical, modern, hip-hop, tumbling, Irish step dancing, musical theatre Performances: Spring recital Competitions: Yes Fast facts: Founded 1970; has graduates dancing professionally with sports dance teams and dance companies

KINDERDANCE Mobile studio; instructor travels to pre-schools and daycares in Franklin and Delaware counties 740-657-8166 www.kinderdance.com Number of students: ranges from 75 to 100 Ages: 2-6 years Dance genres: Ballet (classical) and tap Performances: One performance Competitions: No Fast facts: Local franchise founded 2004

LEAP OF FAITH 628 E. Long St., Downtown 614-228-2133 www.lofdance.com crystal@lofdance.com Number of students: 150 Dance genres: Ballet (classical and contemporary), tap, jazz, lyrical, liturgical and modern Performances: End-of-year annual showcase and other events statewide Competitions: No Fast facts: Founded 2004; has graduates dancing professionally with sports dance teams

NEW LIFE DANCE ACADEMY 3690 Stygler Rd., Gahanna 614-475-8500 www.enewlifedance.com nlda@enewlifedance.com Number of students: 80 Dance genres: Ballet (classical and contemporary), lyrical, jazz, tap, hip-hop, creative movement and dance conditioning Performances: Spring recital, along with more opportunities for students of all ages Competitions: No Fast facts: Founded 2003; member of OhioDance

NORTHPOINTE DANCE ACADEMY 500 Orange Point Dr., Lewis Center 740-548-4600 www.northpointedance.com register@northpointedance.com Number of students: 600 Ages: 2 1/2 years to 18 Dance genres: Ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical, hip-hop, musical theater, theater and acting classes Performances: Two recitals and a holiday performance Competitions: Yes Fast facts: Founded 2000; has graduates dancing professionally

PERFORMING ARTS DANCE CENTER 53 N. Union St., Delaware 740-368-8800 www.padcdelaware.com info@ padcdelaware.com Number of students: 250 Dance genres: Ballet (classical), tap, jazz, gymnastics, lyrical, hiphop Performances: June recital and charity show in December Competitions: Yes Fast facts: Founded 2002

PINNELL DANCE CENTRE 284 Agler Rd., Gahanna 614-476-4140 www.pinnelldancecentre.com ashleypinnell@yahoo.com Number of students: 1,500 (including students who take multiple classes) Dance genres: Ballet (classical and contemporary), jazz, tap, lyrical, hip-hop, cheerleading, gymastics Performances: Ranging from one to six shows, depending on student’s involvement Competitions: Yes Fast facts: Founded 1976; has graduates dancing professionally

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POWELL DANCE ACADEMY 459 Village Park Dr., Powell 614-841-9230 www.powelldanceacademy.com office@powelldanceacademy.com Number of students: 450 Dance genres: Pre-dance, creative movement, ballet (classical), tap, jazz, hip-hop, tumbling, contemporary, break dancing and musical theater Performances: Two annual performances Competitions: Yes Fast facts: Founded 2006; member of OhioDance

STRAUB DANCE 501 McCorkle Blvd., Westerville 614-891-5525 www.straubdance.com carol@straubdance.com Number of students: 500 Ages: 2 through college age Dance genres: Creative dance, ballet (classical and contemporary), tap, jazz, hip-hop Performances: Spring show, along with some charitable events and parades Competitions: Yes Fast facts: Founded 1967; has graduates dancing with the Rockettes and on Broadway

Join the discussion about Central Ohio dance schools in the Education forum of Columbus Momstyle. Find it on Columbus Parent.com.

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Last year my daughter, just entering the first grade, got so nervous she started getting bad headaches. They eventually went away after it seemed like she got used to school. What caused the headaches and what should I do if they come back again?

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Getting into a routine may be tough at first, but try these tips to help make the shift to an earlier bed time more manageable. • Set a regular bedtime for your kids. Going to bed at the same time each night and waking up at the same time every day can help them establish sleep patterns. Try slowly getting your child back into the school routine by starting a few weeks in advance and gradually adjusting their sleep schedule. Your child should be going to bed and waking up no more than an hour’s difference to their normal school schedule one week before school starts. • Exercise regularly. But try not to have them exercise right before bed. They should finish exercising at least three hours before bedtime. • Create the right sleeping environment. Studies show that children sleep best in a dark room that is slightly on the cool side. • Most kids should fall into a routine within a few weeks, but if you are concerned that something else may be affecting your child’s sleep, talk to your family physician or pediatrician.

Dr. Ann Pakalnis is the Director of the Headache Clinic at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Her primary clinical and research interests involve the diagnosis and management of headaches, and the identification of co-morbid disorders linked to migraines.

Although it’s normal to be anxious in any new situation, a few kids develop real physical symptoms, such as headaches or stomachaches, associated with the start of school. It’s important to remind them that everyone feels a little nervous about the first day of school and that it will all become an everyday routine in no time. Emphasize the positive things about going back to school, such as hanging out with old friends, meeting new classmates, buying cool school supplies and showing off new clothes (or snazzy accessories if your child has to wear a uniform). It’s also important to talk to kids about what worries them, and offer reassurance. Listen attentively and calmly — with interest, patience, openness and care. If you’re concerned that your child’s symptoms go beyond the normal back-to-school jitters, keep a diary of your child’s headaches and other symptoms such as nausea or vomiting that accompany them. If the headaches continue fairly frequently, such as once a week or more despite a regular sleep schedule, adjustment to school, and good fluid intake, speak with your child’s pediatrician.


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Dr. Jennifer Aldrink is a pediatric surgeon at Nationwide Children’s Hospital with a focus in pediatric surgical oncology, including thyroid disorders and melanoma.

Pediatric cancer specialists at Nationwide Children’s Hospital are seeing an increase in the incidence of skin cancer cases among children ages 5 to 16. In the United States alone, the percentage of people who develop melanoma, a serious form of skin cancer, has more than doubled in the past three decades. If there’s any good news about skin cancer, it’s this: You have the power to substantially lower your family’s risk of getting it by protecting your kids from the sun and making sure they understand the importance of year-round sun safety. Here are a few tips to help keep your children safe: • Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with UVA and UVB coverage. • At least 30 SPF is preferred, and the best sunscreens have one of the following three ingredients: avobenzone, titanium dioxide or zinc oxide. • Ultraviolet rays pass through the clouds and air to penetrate skin, so even on a cloudy day, apply sunscreen just as you would on a clear, sunny day. • Seek the shade as much as possible. • Always be on the lookout for moles or freckles that are changing in character, including color, size and irregular borders. Contact your family physician or pediatrician if you see anything suspicious.

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There are few things I love to do more than curl up with a book and read. I’d hoped to share the joy of reading with my son, Ian, but so far, he has other ideas. In his 8-year-old world, joy centers on any activity other than curling up with a book. Trust me when I say, I have tried everything from bedtime stories, gadgety bookmarks that double as timers and, yes — I’m loathe to admit it — bribery. Turns out my strategies may be the stumbling block, according to educator Helena Dameron, who is supervisor of Reading and Language Arts for Columbus City Schools. “Parents really have to embrace what is the cultural influence at the time,” Dameron advises. Oh boy, this could get ugly. Ian is fascinated with video games, sports and anything high tech. Dameron says the key to getting him on board with books in his free time starts with finding titles that support his interests: “Boys are more often interested in non-fiction, something that happened dramatically.” She recommends books based on television shows or graphic novels as opposed to comic books. There is even, according to Dameron, a place for using the computer to keep children reading: She says downloading books gives them that connection to technology. Self-selection of books also is vital to

raising a reader. Those summer reading lists from school can be helpful, but only as a start. Experts say you should allow your child to choose, keeping in mind you are the bridge between school and home. “The way reading is done in school is to match reading level to instruction, but that may not be what’s at their interest level,” said Dameron. So at home, interest level trumps instructional level and may help reading seem like fun, not drudgery. Once you select the books, the next challenge is actually getting your child to open them. Again, I discovered I’m doing it all wrong by designating a time for reading — and setting the timer. “That’s just work,” according to Dameron, who says children will then start to consider reading a chore. Instead she says it’s better to regard reading the same as any other family activity. Simply making a trip to the library counts, but, she added, “It has to be a regular time, so go at least once a week to convey that reading is not just something we do at school.” I’m putting this advice to the test with Ian during summer vacation. Ideally we’ll know if we’ve made the grade based on how much reading gets done — without complaints, the timer or even a bribe.

I discovered I’m doing it all wrong by designating a time for reading — and setting the timer.

Tracy Townsend is a news reporter and anchor with 10TV News HD.


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Toothpaste besides cleaning your teeth Sure, you can use it to brush your teeth, but why limit toothpaste to dental hygiene? Handy Mom is all about multi-tasking and that means everything in her house better have more than one use. Toothpaste is composed primarily of fluoride (which makes your teeth more resistant to acid) and mild abrasives like calcium phosphate, alumni, calcium carbonate and silica. It’s the abrasives that do the actual cleaning — and give toothpaste its multi-tasking oomph. —JANE HAWES WILL SHILLING PHOTO

1. TARNISHED SILVER Rub a little toothpaste on your silver jewelry and cutlery and watch that black layer of oxidized silver rub right off. Rinse and dry well. This trick also works on shining up your diamonds and the metal wristbands of watches.

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2. DIRTY SHOES Toothpaste works like a charm removing dirt from the white rubber part of sports shoes and the scuff marks on leather shoes.

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THE MOM SAYS: “We don’t want to get dressed up,” my balky husband informed me (on behalf of my son) as we headed to Brio Tuscan Grille at Polaris. Thankfully there was no need to worry about my underdressed men. The European bistro-like decor was both lovely and lively, suitable for a wide range of attire. One other thing we got right — a reservation. By 6:45 p.m. on a busy Friday, wait time for walk-ups was 50 minutes. Our server, Kristen, could not have been friendlier or more patient with my son. And I noticed many other families there, some with infants for whom sturdy car-seat carrier frames were provided (an amenity I never encountered as an infant mom and,

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yes, I am a little jealous). Crayons were also provided, and the white paper covering the tablecloth was a welcome canvas for idle hands. As for the food, I could have made a meal out of the bread basket, appetizers and dessert. For starters, my husband and I helped our son with his calamari and we split the Bruschetta Quattro ($14; a platter with four types of tasty bruschetta, and I loved the excellent, aged balsamic vinegar). For the dessert, $2.45 might seem a bit steep for a small teacup full of tiramisu, but it sure was a perfect topper to the meal. Between those two courses, I went for the Grilled Citrus Chicken with Orzo ($17).

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Kristen advised me the saucing was very lemony. She was right, but I liked it. My husband had Tournedos di Manzo ($25.50), a pair of tender beef filets topped with a well-balanced hollandaise (and Mr. Casual Attire got his asparagus replaced with garlic mashed potatoes because he’s also Mr. Doesn’t Eat Much Green Stuff). Though a little pricier than our usual family dinner out, it was enjoyable and well worth the money for the attentive service, relaxing atmosphere and delicious food. Oh, and even though the “Famiglia” unisex bathroom didn’t have a diaper-changing station, it was an otherwise wellappointed oasis. —JANE HAWES

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family fun: COOKING WITH KIDS

Sopaipillas Elephant ears

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South of the Border BY JANE HAWES

Debbie Dominguez has taught at Delaware’s Arts Castle for many years, and if she’s learned one thing about stimulating kids’ creativity, it’s that the brain is connected to the stomach. Cooking also provides a palette for all kinds of learning — math, science, social studies, you name it. Mix it all together, and the learning goes down as easily as the scrumptious treats the kids cook up with Dominguez. On one rainy Friday this summer, Dominguez and her son, Michael, who is also an art teacher, guided their seven students, ages 6 through 12, on a multi-disciplinary tour of various South American cultures. In between the torn-paper, rainforest collages and the oil-pastel

PREPARATION

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10 minutes to mix dough 1 hour to let it sit 5 minutes to roll out Cooking and Cooling Time: 5 minutes

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drawings on black construction paper, the kids made sopaipillas (pronounced “soh-peye-PEE-uhz), a fried-dough pastry dusted with cinnamon sugar (honey is another sweetener often used in the preparation). “They can do anything (in the making of sopaipillas) except the hot oil,” said Dominguez, explaining why she likes this recipe even in a makeshift setting like the Arts Castle’s painting and drawing studio. She had a large wood cutting board set up on one drafting table, and an electric-pan frying station on a card table. The kids took turns measuring, mixing and rolling out the dough. “We’re using canola oil. Does any one know why?” Dominguez

asked her young charges, gathered around the mixing bowl. They discussed why this type of oil is better for heart health. A measuring cup yielded a discussion about fractions, while baking powder lent itself to a chat about chemistry and leavening agents. Once all seven children had taken turns rolling the dough to an even quarter-inch thickness, they used a biscuit cutter to punch out small circles of dough that they toted over to the frying station. Dominguez gently dropped the circles into a thin layer of more canola oil that had been heated to 400 degrees. “Now tell me when it starts to get brown on the edges and we’ll flip it,” Dominguez told the kids. It

INGREDIENTS:

DIRECTIONS:

• 2 cups all-purpose flour • 2 teaspoons baking powder • 1 teaspoon salt • 1/2 cup water • 2 tablespoons canola oil (for dough) • 1 cup of canola oil (for frying) • Cinnamon sugar to taste (most people prefer a ratio of 8 parts sugar to 1 part cinnamon)

FOR THE GROWN-UP AND KID TO DO: Measure the flour, baking powder and salt into a mixing bowl. Pour in the water and 2 tablespoons of canola oil. Mix together with a spatula. The dough should have a slightly tacky, springy feel when mixed properly. Cover the bowl and dough with plastic wrap or a towel, set aside and let it sit for at least an hour, and up to three hours at room temperature. The dough can also be made ahead, covered and chilled in a refrigerator overnight: Just let it warm to room temperature (while covered) before rolling out.

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only took two to three minutes before each circle was puffy and perfect to flip onto a Styrofoam plate covered with a paper towel, where it was dosed with cinnamon sugar. A couple of minutes of cool-

KID: Sprinkle flour on a flat surface (like a cutting board or clean counter). Shape the ball of dough into a flattened circle about six inches in diameter. Using a rolling pin that has been dusted with flour, roll out the dough, starting in the center and pushing outward. Pick up the circle of dough occasionally and turn it over to roll the other side until the dough is a big circle about 18 inches in diameter and a quarter-inch thick.

ing and the kids began devouring their treats. “It’s awesome,” announced Evan Tarnawsky on his way back to the frying station with a second dough circle to cook up.

GROWN-UP: Pour up to a cup of canola oil into a frying pan so that it’s no more than a quarter-inch deep, and slowly heat to about 400 degrees. If you don’t have a candy thermometer or are not using an electric pan, just make sure the oil doesn’t start smoking (then it’s too hot and will spatter more easily). Drop in a small piece of dough to test the oil; if small bubbles appear immediately around its edges, then it’s hot enough.


Dough-lightful bites Sopaipillas are also called cachangas in Mexico. The word “sopaipilla� originates from xopaipa, an Arabic word by way of Germany then Spain, which means “bread soaked in oil.� Depending on where they’re made — South or Central America, or the Southwestern U.S. — sopaipillas can be served as a breakfast dish with sweeteners like honey or sugar, or as a savory side dish at dinner with mustard, hot butter or a condiment known as pebre (a mixture of onion, tomato, garlic and herbs).

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KID: Cut out circles of dough, using a biscuit or cookie cutter, and hand them to the grown-up. GROWN-UP: Gently drop the dough circles into the oil. Watch for the edges to start browning, and then flip over with a spatula. This takes 60-90 seconds on each side. When the surface is browned and bubbled all over, remove to a plate covered with a paper towel.

KID: Sprinkle cinnamon sugar over the sopaipilla. Wait 2-3 minutes for it to cool before eating. AND ... YOU’RE DONE!

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HOW DO YOU TAKE YOUR CAKE? Heather said she’s become a big fan of serving cupcakes at kids’ parties: “It’s easier than cutting up and serving a cake.” She kept preparation simple, too, making her own cupcakes with an extra-yummy topping of homemade buttercream frosting and a butterfly decoration.

Simple and sane. Who knew that was possible for a birthday party packed with 6-year-olds? But that’s what Heather Buchanan pulled off when she created a magical Butterfly Birthday Party for her daughter May’s sixth birthday. Let’s take a peek at what she did and get some ideas for our own birthday-party planning. —JANE HAWES

THE SETTING: Franklin Park Conservatory. Heather reserved one of the meeting rooms on the ground level to serve as home base for the party. As members of the conservatory (annual family membership starts at $60), they got a discounted rate of $284 for the two-hour use of the room, linen rental and admission for up to 15 children and 15 adults to the Conservatory gardens. THE GUESTS: Nine little girls, including May and her 3-year-old sister Paige, and two boys. Invitations were ordered through Fine Stationery, an online provider; $58 bought 20 invitations and envelopes printed on a colorful cardstock and a pre-printed return address. THE DECORATIONS: The tables had “butterfly bouquet” centerpieces (cardstock butterflies attached to green crafting wire) set in tall, glass vases with a Styrofoam core inside and a “grass” wrapping. The refreshments table had pink, green, orange and yellow cardstock butterflies and the cut-out letters “May Is 6” threaded along a black grosgrain ribbon.

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THE FOOD: • Blueberry and strawberry skewers • A bowl of pretzels • A plate of cheddar and Monterey Jack cheese cubes • A plate of sugar cookies with royal frosting • Juice boxes (apple, pear and tropical punch) • Vanilla cupcakes with vanilla butter-cream frosting, topped with butterfly cutouts on toothpicks


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With this age group especially, Heather said she prefers not to have the birthday honoree open presents at the party: “Kids don’t always know how to react at this age. They might blurt out that they don’t like something or they already have it.” And then there’s the “I want a present, too” blues that has undone many a birthday-party guest. It’s best to keep the kids busy and well fed, Heather said, and save the present opening for later.

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THE SCHEDULE: • When the guests arrived, they were offered a press-on butterfly or bug tattoo. • From there, it was onto the three party tables where craft projects had been set up: tissue-paper and pipe-cleaner butterflies; placemat pictures to decorate with butterfly and bug stickers; and big butterfly templates to decorate with markers and sticky-backed Styrofoam pieces. • After craft time and some nibbling on snacks, it was off to the upstairs lobby area where the children could check out the butterfly cocoons, then hike into the Conservatory’s Pacific Island Water Garden where this year’s butterfly display was in full swing. The popular Blooms and Butterflies exhibition takes place each year from about mid-March to early July. • Then back to the party room for the birthday cupcakes, more nibbles, crafts, games and singing. • Upon departure, each child got a white-paper goodie bag filled with a bug-jar kit, a bug-magnifying glass, butterfly sunglasses for the girls and butterfly super-balls for the boys.

• Invitations from finestationery.com • Oriental Trading Company (orientaltrading.com) for the craft-project supplies. • Archiver’s, a scrapbooking supply store at 3876 Townsfair Way at Easton, for all the cardstock and cutting tools to make the butterflies. • Factory Card & Party Outlet, 3707 Easton Market, Columbus for the party hats • Michael’s Craft Store (multiple locations) for the green crafting wire, glass vases, sunglasses and super-balls. • Franklin Park Conservatory, 1777 E. Broad St.. Call the Events office at 614-645-1800. The Conservatory also offers catering for children’s birthday and tea parties, starting at about $10 per person.

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family fun: HANDS ON

Gadget Pouch and Pencil Pocket What can you make with an old pair of jeans? BY ROBIN CHENOWETH

Every kid’s closet has them: Blue jeans ripped in the knees, outgrown in a flash, or too beloved to trash. What can you do with a pair of faded old blues? If you’re not handing them down or donating them, why not recycle them? Denim is one of the most versatile materials around. And just like jeans, crafts made from denim come in countless variations. Gadget Pouch and Pencil Pocket are simple to make and help kids keep track of their stuff, just in time for school.

THE GADGET POUCH Holds cell phones, iPods and house keys, and fits easily into a backpack or binder.

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Use the ruler to measure and mark a 3/4-inch margin around both back pockets, which should be zippered or have a button closure. Cut out the pockets along the traced lines, keeping the pocket backs intact.

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Turn the cut-out pieces so the pockets are facing one another (insides facing out). Line up the “pockets as closely as possible and pin fabric pieces about 1/2 inch from the bottom and sides.

3 4 Fold the top 3/4 inch of fabric down into the pouch. Tack the fold with needle and thread or several beads of hot glue.

To make a handle, cut off the bottom hem of one of the jeans’ legs, and use 10- to 12inches of the piece (longer for a bigger handle); the piece should be 1/4- to 1/2-inch wide. Stitch the handle into one side of the pouch.

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• Scissors • Hot-glue gun • Colored pencil or pen • Ruler • Decorations such as appliques, buttons or beads

PENCIL POCKET FRONT

MATERIALS NEEDED FOR GADGET POUCH: • One pair of blue jeans with zippered or button-flap pockets, and a bottom hem • Needle and blue thread • Sewing pins • Velcro strips MATERIALS NEED FOR PENCIL POCKET: • One pair of blue jeans with pockets • Magnetic strips

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Hot-glue or sew the side and bottom seams. Turn the pouch right-side out.

MATERIALS NEEDED FOR BOTH PROJECTS:

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Decorate the outside with buttons, appliques or beads. Sew or glue 1-1/2inch Velcro strips into center portion of pouch.

Its magnetic strips allow it to hang in a locker. 1. With a colored pencil or pen, mark a 1- to 2-inch margin above the top of one pocket. Cut along the marked line, and down to the upper corners of the pocket. 2. Continue cutting along the sides of the pocket, snipping close to the side and bottom pocket seams. Leave the fabric at the back of the pocket intact. 3. Fold half of the top fabric to the back; secure with hot glue. 4. Decorate the pocket with buttons, appliques or beads. Hot-glue magnetic strips to the back corners of pocket.


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family fun: DAY TRIPPIN’

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Bucket lists, I’m convinced, are just an excuse to act like a kid. Why else would another mom and I agree to take our tween and teen sons to Wake Nation, a man-made facility north of Cincinnati where you wakeboard, kneeboard and do all sorts of wacky water-skimming activities using a cable system instead of a boat? Because learning how to wakeboard was on our bucket lists. Four cracked nails, three scratches, two rope burns and 27 ibuprofen later, I can report we crossed those items off our lists — and had a blast doing so. It’s an ingenious setup. Situated in Fairfield’s humungous Joyce Park, just north of Cincinnati, Wake Nation is one of nine similar facilities in the country. You’ve got a half-acre “Practice Pond” where a straight-line cable system helps you learn how to wakeboard. Everyone’s first runs, getting pulled up and out of the water by the cable line, were a comedy of errors. But the staff there really know their stuff and helpfully explain to you why you ended up with a snootful of pond water. By the end of our second runs, we were up on our feet and staying there.

The 10-acre “Pro Pond” is a tougher beast to tame. You take off on a tangent to the oval course, which was the undoing of most beginner adults. Interestingly, the kids had an easier time mastering the rapid takeoff (you get pulled along at 18 mph, though the practice pond has a beginner speed of 13 mph). Wake Nation is much like a skateboard park. Though you’ve got your veterans throwing serious tricks on the Pro Pond’s ramps, everyone is encouraging toward beginners. The facility lets kids as young as 5 on the water, but I’d say that unless a young child is already a good skier or skateboarder, Wake Nation might prove frustrating. Ages 10 and up are a more realistic target. There is a snack bar serving decent hamburgers and hot dogs. The one out-

WAKE NATION 201 Joe Nuxhall Way, Fairfield 513-887-WAKE Web: wakenation.com COST: $25 per person for 2-hour ride pass (plus $16 to rent all equipment); $30 for 4-hour pass ($21 equipment); $35 for all-day pass ($27 equipment); season passes and lessons also available. HOURS: Through August, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. daily; in September, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. daily; in October, 12 noon-8 p.m. daily; closed November through April. Weekdays and mornings are the least crowded. To win four free ride passes to Wake Nation, visit ColumbusParent.com door shower wasn’t working the day we visited, but it’s since been fixed, and there are restrooms for changing in. You can also rent equipment — board, helmet and vest — for an additional fee. How to sum up the experience? Well, we didn’t have the energy left to shop at Jeffersonville on the way home, and my son has put in a bid to go back every weekend.


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BALLANTRAE PARK 6350 Woerner Temple Rd., Dublin

Careful hunting for Ballantrae Park — Google Maps will steer you off course. Once you find it — at the northwest corner of Woerner Temple and Avery roads, south of Rte. 161 — you’ll enjoy this simple and beautiful splash park in the shadow of a giant mound with industrial-size bronze bunnies dancing on top of it (seriously). PROS: It’s completely handicapped accessible with 79 water jets shooting out of the flat, brushedconcrete splash pad and a rock wall of waterfalls. The lush green space is nice for picnics. Bathrooms (open dusk to dawn) are next to the parking lot — a bit of hike but clean and well-ventilated.

CONS: There’s no signage directing you to the parking lot from Woerner ANDREA KJERRUMGAARD PHOTOS Temple Road. There are five small tables (with umbrellas) on the splash area’s perimeter — prime real estate with parents showing up in droves by 10 a.m. The rock wall has decent bone-breaking potential for unsupervised children, but the undulating water jets distract would-be mountaineers. There’s no signal from the city’s Wi-Fi service, but with little shade, you can’t see a laptop screen anyway.


ENSURE A BRIGHTER FUTURE VILLAGE GREEN PARK 47 Hall St., Powell

PROS: Where do we start — 11 full-size picNo problems finding this place next to nic tables, two water fountains with pet Powell’s village hall, and even better, it’s bowls, several large shade trees, free Wi-Fi within shouting distance of the Mean service that works, nearby restrooms (open Bean Caffeine Lounge (22 S. Liberty St.) from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.), a big Plaything, and a gadget-intensive splash area (shooting jets, and Rita’s Water Ice (50 S. Liberty St.). spray tunnel, swiveling water gun and flipping buckets). The entire play area is surfaced with a bouncy rubberized mat. Added bonus: The train tracks 200 yards to the west. Long train + little kids = shrieks of delight.

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CONS: We’re digging deep to come up with something we didn’t like about Village Green Park, but my son reported that with water flying in so many directions, it got in his eyes pretty easily and burned a little. Not enough to make him want to leave, but enough to make me wonder if goggles wouldn’t make sense for a longer visit.

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family fun: REVIEWS

BOOKS

“Is Your Buffalo Ready for Kindergarten?” BY AUDREY VERNICK

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Buffalo has his backpack, knows about taking turns and sharing, and is an excellent hoof painter. He’s ready for kindergarten! Reading this hilarious book together might help convince your little buffalo he’s ready for kindergarten, too. Best for ages 3 to 7.

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Movies by Moonlight Tuesdays through August 31 8:30pm – 10:30pm Town Square Bring a blanket and bucket of popcorn and join us for movies under the stars! Our summer outdoor movie series takes place on Tuesday evenings and features favorites for the whole family. Visit www.EastonTownCenter.com for the complete schedule.

Sailing at the Central Park Boat Pond Saturdays and Sundays Through August 29 Noon – 6pm Central Park Boat Pond, North District

Come sail a lifelike miniature sailboat! Free for ages six and up. Donations to the Easton Community Foundation are welcome.

11th Annual Kids Fest

—LAURA NAWOJCHIK

Saturday, August 7 10:30 am – 5pm Town Square

Laura Nawojchik is a youth services librarian at the Columbus Metropolitan Library Whetstone Branch. For more book reviews, visit ColumbusParent.com.

It’s a fun-filled day of games, prizes, interactive shows, comedy, music, and magic!

Columbus Crew Soccer Tour Fridays: August 27, September 17 5pm – 7pm Town Square Be part of The Crew Soccer Experience. Test your skills. Test your luck. Have a ball!

Columbus Zoo Animals Mondays through August 30 Noon – 1pm Town Square Ever meet an armadillo? Ever see a dingo? Well now you can meet them both, and lots of their friends. Bring your camera!

BY LAURA AMY SCHLITZ

When a bat mistakenly bites off her wings, Flory the night fairy needs to learn how to survive — without her wings, during the day, and in the garden of a “giant.” This beautifully illustrated book features a fairy who’s charming, but also smart, brave and self-reliant. Best for ages 6 to 10. —LAURA NAWOJCHIK

“Didn’t I Feed You Yesterday? A Mother’s Guide to Sanity in Stilettos” BY LAURA BENNETT

Any ardent fan of TV’s “Project Runway” knows Laura Bennett was one of the breakout stars from Season 3. The impeccably groomed redhead with a wicked sense of humor and even better sewing skills spent the season pregnant with her sixth child. Four years later, Bennett has expanded her skill set to include memoir-writing. But don’t let the posh Manhattan locale fool you into thinking Bennett has nothing in common with Midwestern moms. Behind that Donna Karan cocktail BOOKS dress and Birkin handbag beats the heart of a fiercely lovFOR S ing mommy with some hilarious (and empowering) PARENT things to say about parenting. —JANE HAWES

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For more information call (614) 337−2200 or visit www.EastonTownCenter.com

“The Night Fairy”

“Lego Harry Potter: Years 1-4” Explore Harry Potter’s first few years at Hogwarts in the Lego universe. This multiplayer cooperative platform game will have players jumping and puzzle-solving while slinging spells. From Multiple Game Systems ($60). Good for ages 6-plus.

“ModNation Racers” Kids love racing against friends and family but add in the ability to create your own tracks and you have a recipe for long-term fun. This kid-friendly racing game from Sony is a good buy for parents seeking a way to encourage creativity in a video game. For PlayStation 3 ($60). Good for ages 10-plus.

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MAKE IT A WOW! FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT!

FAMILY APPS

—PHIL PIKELNY

“Talking Carl” Carl is a cute, toaster-shaped creature who loves to repeat anything you or your child says in his funny voice. Poke or pinch Carl, and he’ll respond. Tickle him, and he laughs out loud. Forget him, and he’ll grumble. Fun for all ages.

“Alice for the iPad” Share the story of “Alice In Wonderland” with your children as only the iPad can present it. This app gives reading a whole new meaning. Pictures animate as you move your iPad. Characters and scenes literally come to life and interact with you and your children. Provides sharing moments for parents and children.

What A Movie! with Buzz Fitzgerald

Check Out Reviews Of Current WOW! OnDemand Movies! www.columbusparent.com/calendar REVIEWS COMING UP IN JUNE:

Everybody Loves... Babies August 4-10

Diary of a Wimpy Kid August 11-17

Date Night August 18-24

Death at a Funeral August 25-31

For more app and gadget reviews, visit ColumbusParent.com

MUSIC “ROCK & ROLL PLAYGROUND” from Putumayo Kids

The Putumayo World Music label celebrates globally diverse tunes and, for 20 albums now, their Kids division has been doing the same for the pint-sized demographic. The latest album, “Rock & Roll Playground,” sticks close to the good U.S. of A. and, in particular the 1950s early rock era for its stylistic inspiration. Familiar tunes like “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” and “Oh, Susanna” get an imaginative makeover while newish tunes like “Sleep the Whole Day Through” have chuckle-worthy lyrics for kids and parents alike. This album feels a little slicker than previous offerings, but it’s still a great listen.

WEBSITES www.arkive.org ARKive is an unprecedented, award-winning effort to gather in one place images and videos of life on earth, especially the most endangered. This digital library is freely accessible and encourages conservation while allowing visitors to experience animals and behaviors they will never see in person. There are also educational pages for students that include learning tools and interactive games. —LAURA NAWOJCHIK

—JANE HAWES

MAKE IT A WOW! FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT! • GATHER THE FAMILY • GET THE SNACKS • GET COMFY! • CHOOSE A GREAT FAMILY MOVIE FROM THE LARGE SELECTION AT WOW! OnDemand

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OUT&ABOUT SUNDAY 1 Art Challenges Visit the Art Challenges station every Sunday, Wednesday and Friday through 8/27/10 in the Columbus Museum of Art galleries to participate in exciting, art-based games that highlight a CMA work of art or collection. Compete against friends and family members, or challenge the scores posted by other visitors. All are welcome to participate, and prizes are part of the fun. 1-3 p.m. Free. 480 E. Broad St., Downtown. 614-221-4848. columbusmuseum.org. Christmas in July …and one day in August. Featuring holiday decorations, Caribbean carols, a Caribbean Christmas character caravan and more at Zoombezi Bay. Tropical Santa will also be hanging out in his Bermuda best to remind the kids that he’s always looking for who is naughty or nice. 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Ages 2-9: $25; Ages 10-59: $30; Ages 60+: $25. Columbus Zoo & Aquarium, 4850 Powell Rd., Powell. 614-6463411. zoombezibay.com.

p.m. every Sunday through 8/22/10. Free. Columbus Museum of Art, 480 E. Broad St., Downtown. 614-221-4848. columbusmuseum.org.

ID, $6 children 3-17, free for children 2 and under. For more information, call 614-645-8733 or go to fpconservatory.org.

Music in Our Garden The Garden Club of the CMA will present a series of enchanting concerts in the Russell Page Sculpture Garden in July and August. From the Italian folk music of Euro Rhythms to the traditional Japanese music of the Sakura group, each concert celebrates the rich diversity of musical talent found in Columbus. 2-3 p.m. Adults: $10; children 18 and under: free when accompanied by a ticket-holding adult. Columbus Museum of Art, 480 E. Broad St., Downtown. 614-221-4848. columbusmuseum.org.

Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition at COSI Columbus’s Center of Science and Industry, 333 E. Broad St., Downtown, has been hosting the very popular Titanic exhibit since March and it’s only there until Sept. 6. Exhibition tickets (highly recommended to reserve ahead of time) include admission to all of COSI’s great exhibits: $23.75 adults (13-59), $21.75 seniors (60+), $16.75 youth (2-12). Adult members admitted for $8 and youth for $7. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and 12 noon-6 p.m., Sunday. For more information, call 614228-2674 or 888-819-2674, or go to cosi.org.

Family Adventures Share ideas, laugh, and play games during this docentguided experience. Your family team may embark on a scavenger hunt, imagine yourselves inside a painting, or discover a work of art that tells a family story. Family Adventures are a great way to share quality time and make new memories together. No registration is required. 2-3:30 p.m. every Sunday though 8/22/10. Free. Columbus Museum of Art, 480 E. Broad St., Downtown. 614-221-4848. columbusmuseum.org.

Ohio State Fair Opened July 28 and continues through Aug. 8 at the Ohio State Fairgrounds and Expo Center, located at 717 E. 17th Ave., Columbus. Open from 9 a.m.-10 p.m. every day except Aug. 8 when the Fair ends at 8 p.m. Today at 1 p.m., the All-Ohio State Fair Band and Youth Choir performs for free at the Celeste Center. Ventriloquist Jeff Dunham performs at 7:30 p.m. ($38). Games, rides, exhibits, food, concerts and much more at the 157th edition of the State Fair. General admission is $10 for adults (13-59), $8 for children (5-12) and seniors (60+), and children under 5 are free. Rides cost 1-3 $1 coupons. Discounted admission and ride tickets available at Kroger, participating AAA locations, and Ticketmaster. Parking available for $5. For more information, go to ohiostatefair.com.

Fur, Fins, and Feathers Tour This family-friendly exhibit about animals in art showcases works from the Columbus Museum of Art’s collection. This diverse exhibition includes a variety of media and styles, including Inuit stone carvings, contemporary photography, and American folk-art prints. Special programming for the exhibition features hands-on activities and tours. 1-2:30

Savage Gardens at the Franklin Park Conservatory, 1777 E. Broad St., Columbus, is the latest multi-media, multi-art and multi-cellular exhibit that examines the fascinating world of carnivorous plants. Family activities abound during the exhibit (which runs until Nov. 14). Open daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Wednesdays until 8 p.m. Admission free to members, $11 adults, $9 seniors and students with

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Wicked The hit Broadway musical comes to the Ohio Theatre, 39 E. State St., Downtown, through Aug. 29. Showtimes today are 1 and 6:30 p.m. Tickets start at $37.50. Go to capa.com for more information.

MONDAY 2 Columbus Zoo at Easton Join the Columbus Zoo’s Animal Adventures during a weekly appearance of cute critters, including: an armadillo, alligator, tortoise, dingo, baby leopard, and penguin. Noon-1 p.m. Free. Easton Town Square, 60 Easton Town Center. 614-416-7000. eastontowncenter.com. Explorations All-day camp, every day through Aug. 6, for children in third through fifth grades where different issues surrounding “hunger” in our communities and world will be explored. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $25 per child (includes materials, lunch, t-shirt). Westerville First Presbyterian Church, 41 W. College Ave., Westerville. 614-882-3155. westervillefirstpresbyterian.org.

DIVE IN MOVIE SERIES Fridays, Aug. 6 and 13 — Join us on Friday evenings as Zoombezi Bay hosts movies at the Wild Tides Wave Pool! Last up in the summer-long series are “Surf’s Up” on Aug. 6 and “Rugrats: The Movie” on Aug. 13. Pre-show activities begin at 8 p.m. and the movie starts once it’s dark enough (around 9 p.m.). Regular admission rates apply and all movies are free to Zoombezi Bay season-pass holders.

JAZZOO CONCERT SERIES Fridays, Aug. 6 and 13 — And if music’s more your thing on a Friday evening, you’ve got the JazZoo Concert Series to enjoy over on the Zoo side. The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium are teaming up again with the Jazz Arts Group to bring you cool music on hot nights. Concerts will be held on Aug. 6 (with a “Satchmo and the Duke” lineup) and Aug. 13 (for “Gershwin Under the Stars”) at the beautiful Water’s Edge Events Park. Seating opens at 6:30 p.m. and the concert begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $27 in advance for adults ($30 day of concert) and $15 for students with I.D. Admission can be purchased online or by calling 614-645-3570.

TEDDY BEAR SAFARI Saturday, Aug. 14 — Any child who brings a teddy bear to the Zoo this day between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. will receive a special admissions discount as well as an opportunity to take their bear to a Nationwide Children’s Hospital clinic for check-ups and Band-aids. Special bear programs and characters will round out this day’s activities. Visitors also will have the chance to view their favorite Zoo animals in action during the “Block and Roll” when animals throughout the Zoo receive ice blocks filled with their favorite treats!

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Summer Events & Programs There’s still time for summer fun! Register online at www.dublin.oh.us/recreation or call 614-410-4550. Day at the Beach Monday-Friday, Aug. 9-13, 9 a.m. - noon, ages 5-10 Play some beach ball volleyball, play some Frisbee games and much more. JumpBunch coaches focus on developing healthy habits, but make sure campers also have too much fun! 321146.01 CR/$125 SDR/NR Fee $137.50

Backyard Games Monday-Friday, Aug. 16-20, 9 a.m. - noon, ages 5-10 Campers enhance cardiovascular fitness, hand-eye coordination and basic teamwork in a variety of safe and fun backyard games. 321147.01 CR/$125 SDR/NR Fee $137.50

Cheerleading Monday-Friday, Aug. 9-13, 9 a.m. - noon, ages 5-10 Skyhawks Sports teaches young athletes all the essential skills to lead the crowd and support the team while preparing for competition. 361345.01 CR/$110 SDR/NR Fee $121

Flag Football Monday-Friday, Aug. 9-13, 9 a.m. - noon, ages 7-12 Skyhawks offers a complete package of skills and thrills that teaches young athletes to enjoy this fast-paced game. 361300.01 CR/$126 SDR/NR Fee $138

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Every Tuesday through Aug. 17, Delaware’s Strand Theatre screens its popular Kids Movies at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. But their movies aren’t just good for you, they’re good for the community. In lieu of an admission fee, they ask that you simply bring a suggested donation. In August, it’s school supplies to be distributed to area kids in need! On Aug. 3, it’s “Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs” (rated PG, runs 1:45); on Aug. 10, “The Spy Next Door” (PG, 1:35); and on Aug. 17, “How to Train Your Dragon” (PG, 1:40). The Strand Theatre is located at 28 E. Winter St. in Delaware. Call 740-363-4914 or click to thestrandtheatre.net for info.

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Mommy, Daddy, and Me Spanish/ASL Courses Learn Spanish/ASL as a family in a fun and interactive setting during this six-week course. 5:30-6:15 p.m. $125 per parent/child pair; $50 for ea. additional family member (children ages 4-10). Gym Skills, 920 Science Blvd., Gahanna. 614-404-5683. mylingualove.com. Ohio State Fair Games, rides, exhibits, concerts, food and much more at the 157th edition of the Ohio State Fair, 717 E. 17th Ave., Columbus. Open 9 a.m.- 10 p.m. Dove-Award winner Jeremy Camp performs at 7 p.m. in the Celeste Center ($12). For more information, see 8/1/10 or go to ohiostatefair.com.

TUESDAY, AUG 3 Columbus Clippers Come to beautiful Huntington Park and see the Clippers (farm team for the Cleveland Indians) take on the Louisville Bats! Great food, not a bad seat in the house, and great AAA baseball action. Game starts at 7:05 p.m. Tonight is also City Barbecue Bucka-Bone Night and Rally Towel Tuesday (for the first 2,000 fans). Box seat tickets are $12 in advance, $15 day of game. Reserved seats are $10 adults and $7 for

seniors (60+) and children (12 and under). 330 Huntington Park Lane, Downtown. For more information, call 614-462-2757 or go to clippersbaseball.com. Fur, Fins & Feathers Opens today and runs through June 5, 2011. Tues-Sun, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Extended Thursday hours until 8:30 p.m. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Free admission July and August ($5/$10 after). Columbus Museum of Art, 480 E. Broad St., Discovery District. 614-2214848. columbusmuseum.org. Explorations All-day camp for children in third through fifth grades. Westerville First Presbyterian Church. See 8/2/10 for more information. Make Art! Make an animal-themed art project to celebrate animals depicted in the exhibition, “Fur, Fins, and Feathers,” which highlights works of art from CMA’s collection. 1-3 p.m. every Tuesday through 8/24/10. Free. Columbus Museum of Art, 480 E. Broad St., Downtown. 614-221-4848. columbusmuseum.org. Ohio State Fair Games, rides, exhibits, concerts, food and much more at the 157th edition of the Ohio State Fair, 717 E. 17th Ave., Columbus. Open 9 a.m.- 10 p.m. The Harry James Orchestra performs for free at 1 p.m. in the Celeste Center, while Darius Rucker, current countrymusic star and former leader singer of Hootie and the Blowfish, performs at 7:30 p.m. ($28). For more information, see 8/1/10 or go to ohiostatefair.com. Wicked The hit Broadway musical comes to the Ohio Theatre, 39 E. State St., Downtown, through Aug. 29. Show-

time today is 8 p.m. Tickets start at $37.50. Go to capa.com for more information.

WEDNESDAY 4 Art Challenges Visit the Art Challenges station every Sunday, Wednesday and Friday through 8/27/10 from 1-3 p.m. in the galleries to participate in exciting, art-based games that highlight a CMA work of art or collection. Columbus Museum of Art, Downtown. See 8/1/10 for more information. Baby Games Fun story time for kids 617 months. 10:15-10:45 a.m. Free. Grandview Heights Public Library, 1685 W. First Ave., Grandview. 614-481-3778. ghpl.org. Columbus Clippers Come to beautiful Huntington Park and see the Clippers take on the Louisville Bats! Game starts at 12:05 p.m. Box seat tickets are $12 in advance, $15 day of game. Reserved seats are $10 adults and $7 for seniors (60+) and children (12 and under). 330 Huntington Park Lane, Downtown. For more information, call 614-462-2757 or go to clippersbaseball.com. Explorations All-day camp for children in third through fifth grades. Westerville First Presbyterian Church. See 8/2/10 for more information. Movie Day Kids, cool off at the Grandview Library for a summer movie and popcorn! 2-4 p.m. Free. Grandview Heights Public Library, 1685 W. First Ave., Grandview. 614-481-3778. ghpl.org.


Ohio State Fair Games, rides, exhibits, concerts, food and much more at the 157th edition of the Ohio State Fair, 717 E. 17th Ave., Columbus. Open 9 a.m.- 10 p.m. Legendary ‘80s band Devo performs at 7 p.m. in the Celeste Center ($30). For more information, see 8/1/10 or go to ohiostatefair.com.

the 60-minute show is suitable for all ages and opens today (and runs through Aug. 15) with a performance at 10 a.m. in the Park Street Theatre, 512 Park St., Downtown. $10 all seats. For more information, call 614-224-6672 or go to colschildrenstheatre.org. Wicked The hit Broadway musical comes to the Ohio Theatre, 39 E. State St., Downtown, through Aug. 29. Showtime today is 8 p.m. Tickets start at $37.50. Go to capa.com for more information.

Open Gym Nights Open Gym nights will be held every Wednesday evening through 8/11/10 from 7-8:30 p.m. Have fun exploring and playing in our 36,000 square-foot, fully-air conditioned facility! 7 p.m. $8 per child. Integrity Gym, 8185 Business Way, 614-733-0818. integritygym.com.

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Ugly Duckling: A Hip Hop Dramedy Columbus Children’s Theatre presents a world premiere of this modernized adaptation of the Ugly Duckling fairy tale. Performed by actors, ages 10-16,

Community Capers Each Thursday through 8/19/10, meet and learn about some terrific Central Ohio organizations and individuals who support animals. Each Thursday we will feature a different

guest, including the Turtle Lady, Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, Ohio Wildlife Center, and the Columbus Dog Connection. 2-3 p.m. Free. Columbus Museum of Art, 480 E. Broad St., Downtown. 614221-4848. columbusmuseum.org. Explorations All-day camp for children in third through fifth grades. Westerville First Presbyterian Church. See 8/2/10 for more information. Family Adventures Share ideas, laugh, and play games during this docentguided experience. Your family team may embark on a scavenger hunt, imagine yourselves inside a painting, or discover a work of art that tells a family story. Family Adventures are a great way to share quality time and make new memories together. 1-2:30 p.m. every Thursday through 8/19/10. Free. Columbus Museum of Art, 480 E. Broad St., Dis-

covery District. 614-221-4848. columbusmuseum.org. Fur, Fins, and Feathers Tour This family-friendly exhibit about animals in art showcases works from the Columbus Museum of Art’s collection. This diverse exhibition includes a variety of media and styles, including Inuit stone carvings, contemporary photography, and American folk-art prints. Special programming for the exhibition features hands-on activities, tours, and a weekly collaborative program called Community Capers. 6:30-8 p.m. every Thursday through 8/19/10. Free. Columbus Museum of Art, 480 E. Broad St., Downtown. 614-221-4848. columbusmuseum.org. Ohio State Fair Games, rides, exhibits, concerts, food and much more at the 157th edition of the Ohio State Fair, 717 E. 17th Ave., Columbus. Open 9 a.m.- 10

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august 2010 p.m. The rocking Wilson sisters of Heart perform at 7 p.m. in the Celeste Center ($30). For more information, see 8/1/10 or go to ohiostatefair.com. Tops and Bottoms – Children’s Garden Story Go on a garden adventure for 3-5 year olds, and receive a copy of “Tops and Bottoms” storybook at the Franklin Park Conservatory, 1777 E. Broad St., Columbus. 3-4 p.m. $25 members, $30 non-members, pre-registration required. For more information, call 614645-5923. Ugly Duckling: A Hip Hop Dramedy Columbus Children’s Theatre presents a world premiere of this modernized adaptation of the Ugly Duckling fairy tale. Performed by actors, ages 10-16, the 60-minute show is suitable for all ages. Today’s show is at 10 a.m. in the Park Street Theatre, 512 Park St., Downtown. $10 all seats. For more information, call 614-224-6672 or go to colschildrenstheatre.org. Wicked The hit Broadway musical comes to the Ohio Theatre, 39 E. State St., Downtown, through Aug. 29. Showtime today is 8 p.m. Tickets start at $37.50. Go to capa.com for more information.

FRIDAY 6 Art Challenges Visit the Art Challenges station every Sunday, Wednesday and Friday through 8/27/10 from 1-3 p.m. in the galleries to participate in exciting, art-based games that highlight a CMA work of art or collection. Columbus Museum of Art, Downtown. See 8/1/10 for more information. Dive-In Movie Series: Surf’s Up Join us throughout the summer as Zoombezi Bay hosts movies at the Wild Tides Wave Pool! 9-11 p.m. Ages 2-9: $25; Ages 1059: $30; Ages 60+: $25. Columbus Zoo & Aquarium, 4850 Powell Rd., Powell. 614645-3550. zoombezibay.com. Dublin Irish Festival Everyone’s Irish at the annual Irish Festival through 8/8/10. Enjoy seven stages of authentic music and dance, storytelling, workshops, an Irish marketplace, traditional foods, drinks, and more. 4 p.m.-midnight. Adults: $10: Seniors: $7. Children 12 and under free. Coffman Park, 5600 Post Rd., Dublin. 614-410-4545. dublinirishfestival.org.

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Explorations All-day camp for children in third through fifth grades. Westerville First Presbyterian Church. See 8/2/10 for more information. Music in the Courtyard Fun family summer event where downtown business people, parents, grandparents (and their little ones), can enjoy concerts in the courtyard. Bring your own lunch or purchase a $5 lunch on-site from The Grill at The Works. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Free. The Works, 55 S. First St. 740-3499277. attheworks.org. Nellie’s Catwalk for Kids Annual Fashion Show Known for their unique style of fundraising, Nellie’s Catwalk for Kids is a local non-profit organization to help kids with cancer started by a sixteen-year-old girl on a mission named Nellie. Enjoy a night filled with fashion modeled by kids and teens that have been affected by cancer. 6-10 p.m. $15 adv; $20 door; $50 VIP. Aladdin Shrine Center, 3850 Stelzer Rd., Easton. 614546-8151. catwalk4kids.com. Ohio State Fair Games, rides, exhibits, concerts, food and much more at the 157th edition of the Ohio State Fair, 717 E. 17th Ave., Columbus. Open 9 a.m.- 10 p.m. Hit maker Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds performs at 7 p.m. in the Celeste Center ($20). For more information, see 8/1/10 or go to ohiostatefair.com. St. James Lutheran Brats and Crafts Festival St. James Lutheran Church will host its 27th annual Brats and Crafts Festival through 8/8/10 featuring live music, dancing, German food and beer, an 1860s-era baseball game played by the Ohio Village Muffins, and culminating with a traditional German worship service on Sunday afternoon. Children’s games and a hot air balloon launch are also scheduled. 4-10 p.m. Free. St. James Lutheran Church, 5660 Trabue Rd. 614777-7792. stjamescolumbus.net. The Works Music in The Courtyard Summer Concert Series Enjoy a great afternoon of summer entertainment at The Works during their free outdoor Music in The Courtyard concert series from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The entertainment, food and fun are great for kids and adults of all ages. The Ben Thomas Trio, a smooth jazz band, will perform. Bring a picnic lunch, or purchase a delicious $5 meal provided by The Grill at The Works. Velvet Ice Cream will also be on hand to give away free ice cream treats. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Free. The Works, 55 S. First St. 740-349-9277. attheworks.org. Ugly Duckling: A Hip Hop Dramedy Columbus Children’s Theatre presents a world premiere of this modernized

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SUBMIT YOUR EVENT To add an event to Columbus Parent Magazine’s Out & About calendar, submit information by email to calendar@columbusparent.com or online at ColumbusParent.com. Please submit calendar events by the 7th day of the preceding month. adaptation of the Ugly Duckling fairy tale. Performed by actors, ages 10-16, the 60-minute show is suitable for all ages. Today’s shows are at 10 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. in the Park Street Theatre, 512 Park St., Downtown. $10 all seats. For more information, call 614-224-6672 or go to colschildrenstheatre.org. Wicked The hit Broadway musical comes to the Ohio Theatre, 39 E. State St., Downtown, through Aug. 29. Showtime today is 8 p.m. Tickets start at $37.50. Go to capa.com for more information.

SATURDAY 7 Art Around Town Experience the Columbus Museum of Art in your neighborhood! Art Around Town is an exciting new drop-in program that brings authentic CMA artwork, along with fun, artful activities, to a Central Ohio community near you. No registration necessary. Noon-4 p.m. Free. Gantz Park, 2255 Home Rd., Downtown. columbusmuseum.org. Bull Run Are you strong enough to take on Bull Run? Prove it. Join us as hundreds conquer the city course in support of strong, healthy kids. Meet at McPherson Commons (aka Arch Park) at 7:30AM for registration, the Kids Fun Run at 8:30 a.m., with the race beginning at 9 a.m.. Proceeds benefit Children’s Hospital. 7:30 a.m.-noon. The $15 and $25 registration fee includes a tech shirt, medal, food, and family activities. McPherson Commons (also known as Arch Park), 218 West Street, Downtown. 614-3550888. nationwidechildrens.org. Delaware City Mini-Triathlon Must be 13 or older to enter. Starts at 7:30 a.m. in Mingo Park, 500 E. Lincoln Ave., Delaware. 500-yard pool swim, 8-mile bike and 3-mile run. $30 for Delaware residents, $40 for non-residents ($15 walk-up fee for registering after July 16). For more information, call 740-2031450. Dublin Irish Festival Everyone’s Irish at the annual Irish Festival through 8/8/10. Enjoy seven stages of authentic music and dance, storytelling, workshops, an Irish marketplace, traditional foods,

drinks, and more. 11 a.m.-midnight. Adults: $10: Seniors: $7. Children 12 and under free. Coffman Park, 5600 Post Rd., Dublin. 614-410-4545. dublinirishfestival.org. Hoops off Broadway 3-on-3 basketball tournament benefiting the American Red Cross and the Grove City Chamber of Commerce. The tournament is open to boys and girls ages 8-17. The registration deadline for participants is August 2, 2010. 9 a.m.-noon. Tournament entry fee: $100 per team of 3-4 players. Downtown Grove City, Park and Broadway, Grove City. 614-875-9762. Imaginary Carnivorous World The Phoenix Theatre for Children brings puppets to the Franklin Park Conservatory, 1777 E. Broad St., Columbus, for puppet-making and performing workshop, suitable for children 6-12. Time: 14 p.m. $40 members, $45 for non-members, pre-registration required. For more information, call 614-645-5923. Ohio State Fair Games, rides, exhibits, concerts, food and much more at the 157th edition of the Ohio State Fair, 717 E. 17th Ave., Columbus. Open 9 a.m.- 10 p.m. For more information, see 8/1/10 or go to ohiostatefair.com. St. James Lutheran Brats and Crafts Festival St. James Lutheran Church will host its 27th annual Brats and Crafts Festival through 8/8/10 featuring live music, dancing, German food and beer, an 1860s-era baseball game played by the Ohio Village Muffins, and culminating with a traditional German worship service on Sunday afternoon. Children’s games and a hot air balloon launch are also scheduled. Noon-10 p.m. Free. St. James Lutheran Church, 5660 Trabue Rd. 614-777-7792. stjamescolumbus.net. Surprise Supplies Saturdays Play and create with a unique assortment of art supplies and funky materials. Recommended for families. 1-3 p.m. Free. Columbus Museum of Art, 480 E. Broad St., Downtown. 614-221-4848. columbusmuseum.org. Ugly Duckling: A Hip Hop Dramedy Columbus Children’s Theatre presents a world premiere of this modernized adaptation of the Ugly Duckling fairy tale. Performed by actors, ages 10-16,

the 60-minute show is suitable for all ages. Today’s show is at 3 p.m. in the Park Street Theatre, 512 Park St., Downtown. $10 all seats. For more information, call 614-224-6672 or go to colschildrenstheatre.org. Wicked The hit Broadway musical comes to the Ohio Theatre, 39 E. State St., Downtown, through Aug. 29. Showtimes today are 2 and 8 p.m. Tickets start at $37.50. Go to capa.com for more information.

SUNDAY 8 Art Challenges Visit the Art Challenges station every Sunday, Wednesday and Friday through 8/27/10 from 1-3 p.m. in the galleries to participate in exciting, art-based games that highlight a CMA work of art or collection. Columbus Museum of Art, Downtown. See 8/1/10 for more information. Dublin Irish Festival Everyone’s Irish at the annual Irish Festival through 8/8/10. Enjoy seven stages of authentic music and dance, storytelling, workshops, an Irish marketplace, traditional foods, drinks, and more. Noon-9 p.m. Adults: $10: Seniors: $7. Children 12 and under free. Coffman Park, 5600 Post Rd., Dublin. 614-410-4545. dublinirishfestival.org. Family Adventures Share ideas, laugh, and play games during this docentguided experience every Sunday through 8/22/10 from 2-3:30 p.m. Columbus Museum of Art, Downtown. See 8/1/10 for more information. Fur, Fins, and Feathers Tour This family-friendly exhibit about animals in art showcases works from the Columbus Museum of Art’s collection every Sunday through 8/22/10 from 1-2:30 p.m. Columbus Museum of Art, Downtown. See 8/1/10 for more information. Ohio State Fair Closing day of the 157th edition of the Ohio State Fair, 717 E. 17th Ave., Columbus. Open 9 a.m.- 8 p.m. For more information, see 8/1/10 or go to ohiostatefair.com. St. James Lutheran Brats and Crafts Festival St. James Lutheran Church will host its 27th annual Brats and Crafts Festival through 8/8/10 featuring live music, dancing, German food and beer, an 1860s-era baseball game played by the Ohio Village Muffins, and culminating with a traditional German worship service on Sunday afternoon. Children’s games and a hot air balloon launch are also scheduled. Noon-3 p.m. Free. St. James Lutheran Church, 5660 Trabue Rd. 614-777-7792. stjamescolumbus.net. Summer’s Biggest Ice Cream Sundae Take a family photo next to individual

cups of pre-scooped ice cream during this benefit hosted by Serving Our Neighbors (SON) Ministries. Enjoy topping bars (with multiple toppings), along with balloons, temporary tattoos, and entertainment by Arnett Howard. Proceeds will benefit SON Ministries, a faith-based nonprofit that strengthens families in need by providing food, education, and referrals. 2-4 p.m. $25 per family, tickets sold at door. Warehouse 839, 3691 Main Street, Hilliard. 614-9219907. hilliardfreelunch.com. Ugly Duckling: A Hip Hop Dramedy Columbus Children’s Theatre presents a world premiere of this modernized adaptation of the Ugly Duckling fairy tale. Performed by actors, ages 10-16, the 60-minute show is suitable for all ages. Today’s show is at 3 p.m. in the Park Street Theatre, 512 Park St., Downtown. $10 all seats. For more information, call 614-224-6672 or go to colschildrenstheatre.org. Wicked The hit Broadway musical comes to the Ohio Theatre, 39 E. State St., Downtown, through Aug. 29. Showtimes today are 1 and 6:30 p.m. Tickets start at $37.50. Go to capa.com for more information.

MONDAY 9 Columbus Zoo at Easton Join the Columbus Zoo’s Animal Adventures during a weekly appearance of cute critters, including: an armadillo, alligator, tortoise, dingo, baby leopard, and penguin. Noon-1 p.m. Free. Easton Town Square, 60 Easton Town Center. 614-416-7000. eastontowncenter.com. Rascal Flatts concert The Ohio State Fair closed yesterday but under their auspices, local heroes and countrymusic superstars Rascal Flatts perform at Crew Stadium, 7:30 p.m. Kellie Pickler and Chris Young open. Tickets cost $35, $60 and $75. For more information, go to ohiostatefair.com.

TUESDAY 10 Make Art! Make an animal-themed art project every Tuesday from 1-3 p.m. through 8/24/10. Columbus Museum of Art, Downtown. See 8/3/10 for more information. Story Time on the Farm Stories are a wonderful way to teach, engaging the imagination and spirit of a child. Set against the backdrop of a farm, the stories hold real-life meaning. Gather with your young ones to hear a monthly story and participate in a craft or activity. 1011 a.m. $5/family. Storytime on the Farm, 3083 Liberty Rd., Delaware. 740363-2548. stratfordecologicalcenter.org.


Wicked The hit Broadway musical comes to the Ohio Theatre, 39 E. State St., Downtown, through Aug. 29. Showtime today is 8 p.m. Tickets start at $37.50. Go to capa.com for more information.

The Lion King Join the young actors of Imaginating Dramatics in their outstanding performance of The Lion King. For kids ages 5 & up. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Grandview Heights Public Library, 1685 W. First Ave., Grandview. 614-481-3778. ghpl.org.

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Art Challenges Visit the Art Challenges station every Sunday, Wednesday and Friday through 8/27/10 from 1-3 p.m. in the galleries to participate in exciting, art-based games that highlight a CMA work of art or collection. Columbus Museum of Art, Downtown. See 8/1/10 for more information. Open Gym Nights Open Gym nights will be held every Wednesday evening through 8/11/10 from 7-8:30 p.m. Have fun exploring and playing in our 36,000 square-foot, fully-air conditioned facility! 7 p.m. $8 per child. Integrity Gym, 8185 Business Way, 614-733-0818. integritygym.com. Ugly Duckling: A Hip Hop Dramedy Columbus Children’s Theatre presents a world premiere of this modernized adaptation of the Ugly Duckling fairy tale. Performed by actors, ages 10-16, the 60-minute show is suitable for all ages. Today’s show is at 10 a.m. in the Park Street Theatre, 512 Park St., Downtown. $10 all seats. For more information, call 614-224-6672 or go to colschildrenstheatre.org. Wicked The hit Broadway musical comes to the Ohio Theatre, 39 E. State St., Downtown, through Aug. 29. Showtime today is 8 p.m. Tickets start at $37.50. Go to capa.com for more information.

THURSDAY 12 Community Capers Meet and learn about some terrific Central Ohio organizations and individuals who support animals. Every Thursday from 2-3 p.m. through 8/19/10. Columbus Museum of Art, Downtown. See 8/5/10 for more information. Family Adventures Share ideas, laugh, and play games during this docentguided experience every Thursday through 8/19/10 from 1-2:30 p.m. Columbus Museum of Art, Downtown. See 8/5/10 for more information. Fur, Fins, and Feathers Tour This family-friendly exhibit about animals in art showcases works from the Columbus Museum of Art’s collection every Thursday through 8/19/10 from 6:30-8 p.m. Columbus Museum of Art, Downtown. See 8/5/10 for more information.

Wicked The hit Broadway musical comes to the Ohio Theatre, 39 E. State St., Downtown, through Aug. 29. Showtime today is 8 p.m. Tickets start at $37.50. Go to capa.com for more information.

FRIDAY 13 Art Challenges Visit the Art Challenges station every Sunday, Wednesday and Friday through 8/27/10 from 1-3 p.m. in the galleries to participate in exciting, art-based games that highlight a CMA work of art or collection. Columbus Museum of Art, Downtown. See 8/1/10 for more information. Columbus Clippers Come to beautiful Huntington Park and see the Clippers take on the Louisville Bats! Game starts at 7:05 p.m. Box seat tickets are $12 in advance, $15 day of game. Reserved seats are $10 adults and $7 for seniors (60+) and children (12 and under). 330 Huntington Park Lane, Downtown. For more information, call 614-462-2757 or go to clippersbaseball.com. Lawn Chair Cinema Bring your lawn chair and blankets and come on by the church for free games, popcorn, and movies on a 20-foot outdoor movie screen during this family friendly event. 8-10 p.m. Free. Faith Covenant Church, 3607 Dempsey Rd., Westerville. 614-8650791. faithcov.net. Parents’ Night Out at COSI Parents can drop their kids, ages 5-14, off for an evening of scientific fun, dinner and testing out aircraft. From 6-10 p.m., parents can themselves enjoy an afterhours tour of COSI’s Titanic exhibit, 333 E. Broad St. Downtown, (or just head out for dinner on their own). The kids’ evening program costs $40/first member child ($15 each additional child) or $50/first non-member child ($20 each additional child). Wrap-around childcare also available from 5-6 p.m. and/or 10-

11 p.m. for $10 each child. Parent admission to the Titanic exhibit is $8 members, $17 non-members. For more information, call 614-228-2674 or go to cosi.org Ugly Duckling: A Hip Hop Dramedy Columbus Children’s Theatre presents a world premiere of this modernized adaptation of the Ugly Duckling fairy tale. Performed by actors, ages 10-16, the 60-minute show is suitable for all ages. Today’s shows are at 10 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. in the Park Street Theatre, 512 Park St., Downtown. $10 all seats. For more information, call 614-224-6672 or go to colschildrenstheatre.org.

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SATURDAY 14 Columbus Clippers Come to beautiful Huntington Park and see the Clippers take on the Louisville Bats! Game starts at 7:05 p.m. It’s also Back-Pack Giveway Night for the first 1,000 kids (12 and under)! Box seat tickets are $12 in advance, $15 day of game. Reserved seats are $10 adults and $7 for seniors (60+) and children (12 and under). 330 Huntington Park Lane, Downtown. For more information, call 614-462-2757 or go to clippersbaseball.com. Dawes Arboretum Annual Art Show Joint art show between The Arboretum and Licking County Arts featuring artists from all over Central Ohio through 8/29/10. Visitors will experience works in watercolor, oil paint, fabric art, photography, sculpture and more. 6-8 p.m. for opening on 8/14/10. Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m.5 p.m. Free. Dawes Arboretum, 7770 Jacksontown Rd., Newark. 800-4432937. dawesarb.org. Delaware City Kids’ Triathlon For kids, ages 5-12. Starts at 9 a.m. in Mingo Park, 500 E. Lincoln Ave., Delaware. 50-yard pool swim, 2-mile bike and ?-mile run inside park. $10 for Delaware residents, $20 for non-residents ($15 walk-up fee for registering after July 30). For more information, call 740-203-1450. Family Fun Saturday The theme is cartooning this month at the Franklin Park Conservatory’s popular Family Fun session. 1777 E. Broad St., Columbus. From 10:30-11:30 a.m., kids can come in their pajamas, have a bowl of granola, yogurt and fruit, and watch cartoons on the big screen ($2 a bowl). From 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m., they can drawn their own carnivo-

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august 2010 rous plants, based on the Savage Gardens exhibit (see 8/1/10 for more information). For more information, call 614645-8733 or go to fpconservatory.org. Festival Latino takes places today and Sunday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m., in Genoa Park (behind COSI), Downtown. The festival’s mission is to help the community experience traditional and contemporary Latin American culture through the performing and visual arts, educational workshops and authentic cuisine. Free. For more information, call the recorded bilingual information line at 614-7196744 or visit FestivalLatino.net. Movie Night on the Farm Enjoy a summer family night on the farm. Bring your picnic blanket, lawn chairs and pillows, and get cozy on the front lawn for an outside viewing of family films (we’ll supply the popcorn)! 9-11 p.m. $10 suggested donation per family. Stratford Ecological Center, 3083 Liberty Rd., Delaware. 740-363-2548. stratfordecologicalcenter.org. Stars of the Night Show Ohio’s best barbershop harmony show featuring international champion quartet, Vocal Spectrum (Missouri), Sweet Adelines young champion quartet, Love Notes (California), as well as Scioto Valley, and hosts, the Singing Buckeyes. 7:30-10:30 p.m. $20. Veterans Memorial, 300 W. Broad St., Downtown. 614-459-0400. harmonycamp.org. Surprise Supplies Saturdays Play and create with a unique assortment of art supplies and funky materials. Recommended for families. 1-3 p.m. Free. Columbus Museum of Art, 480 E. Broad St., Downtown. 614-221-4848. columbusmuseum.org. Teddy Bear Safari Any child that brings a teddy bear to the Zoo today will receive a special discount as well as an opportunity to take their bear to a Children’s Hospital clinic for check-ups and band-aids. Special bear programs and characters will round out the day’s activities. Visitors will also have the opportunity to view their favorite zoo animals in action during the Block and Roll where animals throughout the Zoo will receive ice blocks filled with their favorite treats. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Ages 2-9 and 60+: $8; Ages 10-59: $13. Columbus Zoo & Aquarium, 4850 Powell Rd., Powell. 614645-3466. columbuszoo.org.

Touch & Stuff a Truck Touch, climb in, get close, and size up many types and sizes of vehicles. There will be fire and medic trucks, police cruisers, semis, and more! Help us stuff a truck with cans of food for Central Ohio food banks. 10 a.m.-noon. Free!. Homestead Park, 4675 Cosgray Rd., Hilliard. 614-652-3922. wtwp.com. Ugly Duckling: A Hip Hop Dramedy Columbus Children’s Theatre presents a world premiere of this modernized adaptation of the Ugly Duckling fairy tale. Performed by actors, ages 10-16, the 60-minute show is suitable for all ages. Today’s show is at 3 p.m. in the Park Street Theatre, 512 Park St., Downtown. $10 all seats. For more information, call 614-224-6672 or go to colschildrenstheatre.org. Wicked The hit Broadway musical comes to the Ohio Theatre, 39 E. State St., Downtown, through Aug. 29. Showtimes today are 2 and 8 p.m. Tickets start at $37.50. Go to capa.com for more information.

SUNDAY 15 Art Challenges Visit the Art Challenges station every Sunday, Wednesday and Friday through 8/27/10 from 1-3 p.m. in the galleries to participate in exciting, art-based games that highlight a CMA work of art or collection. Columbus Museum of Art, Downtown. See 8/1/10 for more information. Columbus Clippers Come to beautiful Huntington Park and see the Clippers take on the Louisville Bats! Game starts at 5:05 p.m. Box seat tickets are $12 in advance, $15 day of game. Reserved seats are $10 adults and $7 for seniors (60+) and children (12 and under). 330 Huntington Park Lane, Downtown. For more information, call 614-462-2757 or go to clippersbaseball.com. Dawes Arboretum Annual Art Show Joint art show between The Arboretum and Licking County Arts featuring artists from all over Central Ohio through 8/29/10. Dawes Arboretum, Newark. See 8/14/10 for more information. Family Adventures Share ideas, laugh, and play games during this docentguided experience every Sunday through 8/22/10 from 2-3:30 p.m. Columbus Museum of Art, Downtown. See 8/1/10 for more information. Festival Latino concludes today, 11 a.m.-8 p.m., in Genoa Park (behind COSI), Downtown. The festival’s mission is to help the community experience traditional and contemporary Latin American culture through the performing and visual arts, educational workshops and

authentic cuisine. Free. For more information, call the recorded bilingual information line at 614-719-6744 or visit FestivalLatino.net. Fur, Fins, and Feathers Tour This family-friendly exhibit about animals in art showcases works from the Columbus Museum of Art’s collection every Sunday through 8/22/10 from 1-2:30 p.m. Columbus Museum of Art, Downtown. See 8/1/10 for more information. Jazz in the Garden Featuring Mark Flugge, this concert series includes other great local artists performing in our tranquil garden setting. Tickets are available at the Admissions Desk on concert days. 2-4 p.m. $10 per person; children eighteen and under are free when accompanied by an adult ticket holder. Columbus Museum of Art, 480 E. Broad St., Downtown. 614-221-4848. columbusmuseum.org. Ugly Duckling: A Hip Hop Dramedy Columbus Children’s Theatre presents a world premiere of this modernized adaptation of the Ugly Duckling fairy tale. Performed by actors, ages 10-16, the 60-minute show is suitable for all ages. Today’s show is at 3 p.m. in the Park Street Theatre, 512 Park St., Downtown. $10 all seats. For more information, call 614-224-6672 or go to colschildrenstheatre.org. Wicked The hit Broadway musical comes to the Ohio Theatre, 39 E. State St., Downtown, through Aug. 29. Showtimes today are 1 and 6:30 p.m. Tickets start at $37.50. Go to capa.com for more information.

MONDAY 16 Columbus Zoo at Easton Join the Columbus Zoo’s Animal Adventures during a weekly appearance of cute critters, including: an armadillo, alligator, tortoise, dingo, baby leopard, and penguin. Noon-1 p.m. Free. Easton Town Square, 60 Easton Town Center. 614-416-7000. eastontowncenter.com. Dawes Arboretum Annual Art Show Joint art show between The Arboretum and Licking County Arts featuring artists from all over Central Ohio through 8/29/10. Dawes Arboretum, Newark. See 8/14/10 for more information.

TUESDAY 17 Columbus Clippers Come to beautiful Huntington Park and see the Clippers take on the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees! Game starts at 7:05 p.m. and it’s City Barbecue Buck-a-Bone Night and Rally Towel Tuesday (for the first 2,000 fans). Box seat tickets are $12 in


10TV HEALTH & FITNESS EXPO This two-day event, free to the public, will be held on Aug. 21-22 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. You’ll be able to get loads of free health screenings and information, see fitness and cooking demonstrations, participate in kids’ activities and score some really good swag from local companies! Rub elbows with Andrea Cambern, Jerry Revish and all the 10TV anchors at the Commit to Be Fit Pavilion, plus kids get to play “Doppler 10 Meteorologist” on a working weather and — wait for it — go home with a free DVD of their performance. For more information, go to the 10TV Health & Fitness Expo page on Facebook.com!

advance, $15 day of game. Reserved seats are $10 adults and $7 for seniors (60+) and children (12 and under). 330 Huntington Park Lane, Downtown. For more information, call 614-462-2757 or go to clippersbaseball.com. Dawes Arboretum Annual Art Show Joint art show between The Arboretum and Licking County Arts featuring artists from all over Central Ohio through 8/29/10. Dawes Arboretum, Newark. See 8/14/10 for more information. Make Art! Make an animal-themed art project every Tuesday from 1-3 p.m. through 8/24/10. Columbus Museum of Art, Downtown. See 8/3/10 for more information. Wicked The hit Broadway musical comes to the Ohio Theatre, 39 E. State St., Downtown, through Aug. 29. Showtime today is 8 p.m. Tickets start at $37.50. Go to capa.com for more information.

WEDNESDAY 18 Art Challenges Visit the Art Challenges station every Sunday, Wednesday and Friday through 8/27/10 from 1-3 p.m. in the galleries to participate in exciting, art-based games that highlight a CMA work of art or collection. Columbus Museum of Art, Downtown. See 8/1/10 for more information. Columbus Clippers Come to beautiful Huntington Park and see the Clippers take on the Scranton/Wilke-Barre Yankees! Game starts at 7:05 p.m. and it’s also Roosters 50-Cent Wings Night and Clipper Bells Wednesday (to the first 1,000 fans – bring your own ear plugs!). Box seat tickets are $12 in advance, $15 day of game. Reserved seats are $10 adults and $7 for seniors (60+) and chil-

dren (12 and under). 330 Huntington Park Lane, Downtown. For more information, call 614-462-2757 or go to clippersbaseball.com. Dawes Arboretum Annual Art Show Joint art show between The Arboretum and Licking County Arts featuring artists from all over Central Ohio through 8/29/10. Dawes Arboretum, Newark. See 8/14/10 for more information. Wicked The hit Broadway musical comes to the Ohio Theatre, 39 E. State St., Downtown, through Aug. 29. Showtime today is 8 p.m. Tickets start at $37.50. Go to capa.com for more information.

THURSDAY 19 Columbus Clippers Come to beautiful Huntington Park and see the Clippers take on the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees! Game starts at 7:05 p.m. Box seat tickets are $12 in advance, $15 day of game. Reserved seats are $10 adults and $7 for seniors (60+) and children (12 and under). 330 Huntington Park Lane, Downtown. For more information, call 614-462-2757 or go to clippersbaseball.com. Community Capers Meet and learn about some terrific Central Ohio organizations and individuals who support animals. Every Thursday from 2-3 p.m. through 8/19/10. Columbus Museum of Art, Downtown. See 8/5/10 for more information. Dawes Arboretum Annual Art Show Joint art show between The Arboretum and Licking County Arts featuring artists from all over Central Ohio through 8/29/10. Dawes Arboretum, Newark. See 8/14/10 for more information.

Family Adventures Share ideas, laugh, and play games during this docentguided experience every Thursday through 8/19/10 from 1-2:30 p.m. Columbus Museum of Art, Downtown. See 8/5/10 for more information. Fur, Fins, and Feathers Tour This family-friendly exhibit about animals in art showcases works from the Columbus Museum of Art’s collection every Thursday through 8/19/10 from 6:30-8 p.m. Columbus Museum of Art, Downtown. See 8/5/10 for more information. Garden Scavenger Hunt Kids, ages 48, and their favorite adult can go learn all about their veggies at the Franklin Park Conservatory, 1777 E. Broad St., Columbus. 6-8 p.m. $20 members, $25 nonmembers, pre-registration required. For more information, call 614-645-5923. Wicked The hit Broadway musical comes to the Ohio Theatre, 39 E. State St., Downtown, through Aug. 29. Showtime today is 8 p.m. Tickets start at $37.50. Go to capa.com for more information.

FRIDAY 20 Art Challenges Visit the Art Challenges station every Sunday, Wednesday and Friday through 8/27/10 from 1-3 p.m. in the galleries to participate in exciting, art-based games that highlight a CMA work of art or collection. Columbus Museum of Art, Downtown. See 8/1/10 for more information. Columbus Clippers Come to beautiful Huntington Park and see the Clippers take on the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees! Game starts at 7:05 p.m. with Baseball Set Giveway to the first 1,000 kids (12 and under). Box seat tickets are $12 in advance, $15 day of game. Reserved seats are $10 adults and $7 for seniors (60+) and children (12 and under). 330 Huntington Park Lane, Downtown. For more information, call 614-462-2757 or go to clippersbaseball.com.

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august 2010 SATURDAY 21 Columbus Clippers Come to beautiful Huntington Park and see the Clippers take on the Toledo Mud Hens! Game starts at 7:05 p.m. with fireworks to follow the game! Box seat tickets are $12 in advance, $15 day of game. Reserved seats are $10 adults and $7 for seniors (60+) and children (12 and under). 330 Huntington Park Lane, Downtown. For more information, call 614-462-2757 or go to clippersbaseball.com. Columbus Crew The Crew is back in town for a match with the Colorado Rapids. Start time is 7:30 p.m. Singlegame tickets are $15-$40. Call 614-4472739 or go to thecrew.com for more information. Dawes Arboretum Annual Art Show Joint art show between The Arboretum and Licking County Arts featuring artists from all over Central Ohio through 8/29/10. Dawes Arboretum, Newark. See 8/14/10 for more information. Easter Seals Walk with Me Community Festival at Mill Run Join us for this fun event benefiting Easter Seals! There will be family-friendly games and activities, a half-mile walk on a paved path, and a free concert by Phil Dirt and the Dozers. Form your team now, collect donations, and bring the whole family out to meet our Easter Seals Ambassadors. 4-9 p.m. Raise $30 to receive a Walk with Me t-shirt. Mill Run Amphitheater, 3455 Mill Run Dr., Hilliard. 614-228-5523. eastersealscentralohio.org. Surprise Supplies Saturdays Play and create with a unique assortment of art supplies and funky materials. Recommended for families. 1-3 p.m. Free. Columbus Museum of Art, 480 E. Broad St., Downtown. 614-221-4848. columbusmuseum.org. Terrarium Building Families can make their own terrarium (with expert guidance) at the Franklin Park Conservatory, 1777 E. Broad St., Columbus. 10:30 a.m.12 noon. $85 members, $95 non-members, all supplies included, pre-registration required. For more information, call 614-645-5923. The Arts Castle Dance Academy Open House The Arts Castle Dance Academy provides an opportunity for students ages five and up to develop strong technique in ballet, jazz, hip hop,

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SUNDAY 22 Art Challenges Visit the Art Challenges station every Sunday, Wednesday and Friday through 8/27/10 from 1-3 p.m. in the galleries to participate in exciting, art-based games that highlight a CMA work of art or collection. Columbus Museum of Art, Downtown. See 8/1/10 for more information. Columbus Clippers Come to beautiful Huntington Park and see the Clippers take on the Toledo Mud Hens! Game starts at 5:05 p.m. Box seat tickets are $12 in advance, $15 day of game. Reserved seats are $10 adults and $7 for seniors (60+) and children (12 and under). 330 Huntington Park Lane, Downtown. For more information, call 614-462-2757 or go to clippersbaseball.com. Dawes Arboretum Annual Art Show Joint art show between The Arboretum and Licking County Arts featuring artists from all over Central Ohio through 8/29/10. Dawes Arboretum, Newark. See 8/14/10 for more information. Family Adventures Share ideas, laugh, and play games during this docentguided experience every Sunday through 8/22/10 from 2-3:30 p.m. Columbus Museum of Art, Downtown. See 8/1/10 for more information. Fur, Fins, and Feathers Tour This family-friendly exhibit about animals in art showcases works from the Columbus Museum of Art’s collection every Sunday through 8/22/10 from 1-2:30 p.m. Columbus Museum of Art, Downtown. See 8/1/10 for more information. Jazz in the Garden Featuring Mark Flugge, this series of concerts includes other great local artists performing in our tranquil garden setting. Tickets are available at the Admissions Desk on concert days. 2-4 p.m. $10 per person; children eighteen and under are free when accompanied by an adult ticket holder. Columbus Museum of Art, 480 E. Broad St., Downtown. 614-221-4848. columbusmuseum.org.

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Wicked The hit Broadway musical comes to the Ohio Theatre, 39 E. State St., Downtown, through Aug. 29. Showtimes today are 1 and 6:30 p.m. Tickets start at $37.50. Go to capa.com for more information.

MONDAY 23 Columbus Clippers Come to beautiful Huntington Park and see the Clippers take on the Toledo Mud Hens! Game starts at 7:05 p.m. and it’s DIME A DOG NIGHT! Box seat tickets are $12 in advance, $15 day of game. Reserved seats are $10 adults and $7 for seniors (60+) and children (12 and under). 330 Huntington Park Lane, Downtown. For more information, call 614-462-2757 or go to clippersbaseball.com. Columbus Zoo at Easton Join the Columbus Zoo’s Animal Adventures during a weekly appearance of cute critters, including: an armadillo, alligator, tortoise, dingo, baby leopard, and penguin. Noon-1 p.m. Free. Easton Town Square, 60 Easton Town Center. 614-416-7000. eastontowncenter.com. Dawes Arboretum Annual Art Show Joint art show between The Arboretum and Licking County Arts featuring artists from all over Central Ohio through 8/29/10. Dawes Arboretum, Newark. See 8/14/10 for more information.

WALKS WITH A RANGER Wednesday, Aug. 4, at Glacier Ridge Park, 9801 Hyland Croy Rd., Plain City (meet at 11 a.m. the bulletin board near the picnic shelter at the main park entrance); Wednesday, Aug. 11, at Highbanks Park, 9466 Columbus Pike, Lewis Center (meet at 11 a.m. at the Nature Center); and Wednesday, Aug. 18, at Prairie Oaks Park, 2755 Amity Rd., Hilliard (meet at 11 a.m. at the Whispering Oaks picnic area).

GO FOR A RIDE TUESDAY 24 Dawes Arboretum Annual Art Show Joint art show between The Arboretum and Licking County Arts featuring artists from all over Central Ohio through 8/29/10. Dawes Arboretum, Newark. See 8/14/10 for more information. Make Art! Make an animal-themed art project every Tuesday from 1-3 p.m. through 8/24/10. Columbus Museum of Art, Downtown. See 8/3/10 for more information. Wicked The hit Broadway musical comes to the Ohio Theatre, 39 E. State St., Downtown, through Aug. 29. Showtime today is 8 p.m. Tickets start at $37.50. Go to capa.com for more information.

WEDNESDAY 25 Art Challenges Visit the Art Challenges station every Sunday, Wednesday and Friday through 8/27/10 from 1-3 p.m. in the galleries to participate in exciting, art-based games that highlight a CMA work of art or collection. Columbus Museum of Art, Downtown. See 8/1/10 for more information.

Thursday, Aug. 5, at Three Creeks Park, 3860 Bixby Rd., Groveport. Enjoy a refreshing bike ride on the Greenway Trails. Meet at the Confluence Trails bulletin board.

FISHING FOR FUN Thursday, Aug. 12 at 11 a.m. Bring those rods and reels to the Chestnut Ridge Park fishing pond, 8445 Winchester Rd. N.W., Carroll.

THE LAST HURRAH OF SUMMER Saturday, Aug. 14 at Scioto Audubon Park, 395 W. Whittier St., Columbus. Kids Club participants can join Ranger Rita and Ranger Riley for food, sand volleyball and games, plus a special Youth Health & Wellness Fair.

www.metroparks.net Dawes Arboretum Annual Art Show Joint art show between The Arboretum and Licking County Arts featuring artists from all over Central Ohio through 8/29/10. Dawes Arboretum, Newark. See 8/14/10 for more information. Wicked The hit Broadway musical comes to the Ohio Theatre, 39 E. State St., Downtown, through Aug. 29. Showtime today is 8 p.m. Tickets start at $37.50. Go to capa.com for more information.

THURSDAY 26 Culinary Kids – Sandwiches and Snacks It’s another great cooking class for kids, ages 5-7, at the Franklin Park Conservatory, 1777 E. Broad St., Columbus. 6-7:30 p.m. $30 members, $35 nonmembers, pre-registration required. For more information, call 614-645-5923. Dawes Arboretum Annual Art Show Joint art show between The Arboretum and Licking County Arts featuring artists from all over Central Ohio through

8/29/10. Dawes Arboretum, Newark. See 8/14/10 for more information. Holy Spirit 2010 Festival and Homecoming Enjoy the sweet aromas from the grill at the Holy Spirit Catholic Church during their annual festival through 8/28/10 featuring a corn roast, fabulous rides and games, and the music of talented entertainers, Heindog & Statz, Tim O’Connor, AJ Angelo, and many others. Additionally, the silent auction will offer many great items for all tastes and budgets! 6 p.m.-midnight.


Ride wristbands: $15 per day. Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 4383 E. Broad St., Reynoldsburg. 614-395-0606. holyspiritcolumbus.org.

under). 330 Huntington Park Lane, Downtown. For more information, call 614-462-2757 or go to clippersbaseball.com.

Wicked The hit Broadway musical comes to the Ohio Theatre, 39 E. State St., Downtown, through Aug. 29. Showtime today is 8 p.m. Tickets start at $37.50. Go to capa.com for more information.

Columbus Crew The Crew plays FC Dallas at Crew Stadium. Start time is 4 p.m. Single-game tickets are $15-$40. Call 614-447-2739 or go to thecrew.com for more information.

FRIDAY 27 Art Challenges Visit the Art Challenges station every Sunday, Wednesday and Friday through 8/27/10 from 1-3 p.m. in the galleries to participate in exciting, art-based games that highlight a CMA work of art or collection. Columbus Museum of Art, Downtown. See 8/1/10 for more information. Dawes Arboretum Annual Art Show Joint art show between The Arboretum and Licking County Arts featuring artists from all over Central Ohio through 8/29/10. Dawes Arboretum, Newark. See 8/14/10 for more information. Holy Spirit 2010 Festival and Homecoming Enjoy the sweet aromas from the grill at the Holy Spirit Catholic Church during their annual festival through 8/28/10 featuring a corn roast, fabulous rides and games, and the music of talented entertainers, Heindog & Statz, Tim O’Connor, AJ Angelo, and many others. Additionally, the silent auction will offer many great items for all tastes and budgets! 6 p.m.-midnight. Ride wristbands: $15 per day. Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 4383 E. Broad St., Reynoldsburg. 614-395-0606. holyspiritcolumbus.org. Lawn Chair Cinema Bring your lawn chair and blankets and come on by the church for free games, popcorn, and movies on a 20-foot outdoor movie screen during this family friendly event. 8-10 p.m. Free. Faith Covenant Church, 3607 Dempsey Rd., Westerville. 614-8650791. faithcov.net. Wicked The hit Broadway musical comes to the Ohio Theatre, 39 E. State St., Downtown, through Aug. 29. Showtime today is 8 p.m. Tickets start at $37.50. Go to capa.com for more information.

SATURDAY 28 Columbus Clippers Come to beautiful Huntington Park and see the Clippers take on the Indianapolis Indians! Game starts at 7:05 p.m. Box seat tickets are $12 in advance, $15 day of game. Reserved seats are $10 adults and $7 for seniors (60+) and children (12 and

Dawes Arboretum Annual Art Show Joint art show between The Arboretum and Licking County Arts featuring artists from all over Central Ohio through 8/29/10. Dawes Arboretum, Newark. See 8/14/10 for more information. Fearless of Food The Franklin Park Conservatory’s Education Manager Julia Hansel and her 7-year-old son Finn share their journey of healthy eating with discussion and recipe sampling. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at 1777 E. Broad St., Columbus. 3-4 p.m. $20 members, $25 nonmembers, pre-registration required. For more information, call 614-645-5923. Holy Spirit 2010 Festival and Homecoming Enjoy the sweet aromas from the grill at the Holy Spirit Catholic Church during their annual festival through 8/28/10 featuring a corn roast, fabulous rides and games, and the music of talented entertainers, Heindog & Statz, Tim O’Connor, AJ Angelo, and many others. Additionally, the silent auction will offer many great items for all tastes and budgets! 6 p.m.-midnight. Ride wristbands: $15 per day. Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 4383 E. Broad St., Reynoldsburg. 614-395-0606. holyspiritcolumbus.org. Wicked The hit Broadway musical comes to the Ohio Theatre, 39 E. State St., Downtown, through Aug. 29. Showtimes today are 2 and 8 p.m. Tickets start at $37.50. Go to capa.com for more information.

SUNDAY 29 Columbus Clippers Come to beautiful Huntington Park and see the Clippers take on the Indianapolis Indians! Game starts at 5:05 p.m. Box seat tickets are $12 in advance, $15 day of game. Reserved seats are $10 adults and $7 for seniors (60+) and children (12 and under). 330 Huntington Park Lane, Downtown. For more information, call 614-462-2757 or go to clippersbaseball.com. Dawes Arboretum Annual Art Show Joint art show between The Arboretum and Licking County Arts featuring artists from all over Central Ohio through 8/29/10. Dawes Arboretum, Newark. See 8/14/10 for more information.

Green-Wise Fair Discover easy ways to reduce, reuse, recycle, and renew at the second annual Green-Wise Fair presented by Preservation Parks of Delaware County. Exhibitors and vendors will show you ways to tread more gently on the earth. Children’s activities include Recycling Olympics, crafts, entertainment, concessions, and more. 1-5 p.m. Free. Deer Haven Preserve, 4183 Liberty Road, Delaware. 740-524-8600, ext. 5. preservationparks.com.

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Wicked The hit Broadway musical closes today the Ohio Theatre, 39 E. State St., Downtown, through Aug. 29. Showtimes are 1 and 6:30 p.m. Tickets start at $37.50. Go to capa.com for more information.

Offering educational, social and spiritual development for children ages 2-1/2 through kindergarten:

MONDAY 30 Columbus Zoo at Easton Join the Columbus Zoo’s Animal Adventures during a weekly appearance of cute critters, including: an armadillo, alligator, tortoise, dingo, baby leopard, and penguin. Noon-1 p.m. Free. Easton Town Square, 60 Easton Town Center. 614-416-7000. eastontowncenter.com.

• Full and part-time childcare • Totally Terrific Two’s • Preschool and Pre-Kindergarten

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• Full and Half-Day Kindergarten

Columbus Kinderchor/Jugendchor Informational Night A German singing society for the youth of Columbus, the choir has been in existence for more than 40 years. The repertoire draws from nursery rhymes and simple folk songs to German masterworks. No singing or German language experience is necessary. Fees will be discussed during the informational meeting. 6-7 p.m. Columbus Maennerchor, 966 S. High St., German Village. 614-670-7438.

Our Lady of Bethlehem advantages: • Small classes • Proven, progressive curriculum • High academic standards • Experienced, caring faculty and staff

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Be a Volunteen! Teens can volunteer to join the Youth Services staff at the Grandview Heights Public Library to help with the Kid’s Summer Reading Club, for grades 7 and up. For more information, call 614-486-2951. Dads’ Coffee Twice a month on the first Saturday of the month at 10 a.m., working and stay-at-home dads can connect. Bring the kids out to play and socialize with other fathers. This free event is at Sprout Soup, 4310 N. High St., Clintonville. For more information, visit Sproutsoup.com. Farm and Nature Guides Volunteer weekdays at the Stratford Ecological Center to help children and adults understand the relationships between living things and their environment. The Stratford Ecological Center is located at

• Easily accessible at Henderson Road & Route 315

Currently Enrolling for 2010 School Year!

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august 2010 3083 Liberty Rd. in Delaware. For more information, visit StratfordEcologicalCenter.org. Farmer’s Helper Come volunteer at the Stratford Ecological Center and become a farmer’s helper! Farmers’ helpers will assist with an abundance of activities such as animal chores, carpentry, fence building, preparing and maintaining the fields. The Stratford Ecological Center is located at 3083 Liberty Rd. in Delaware. For more information, visit StratfordEcologicalCenter.org. Fur, Fins & Feathers Opens today and runs through June 5, 2011. Tues-Sun, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Extended Thursday hours until 8:30 p.m. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Free admission July and August ($5/$10 after). Columbus Museum of Art, 480 E. Broad St., Discovery District. 614-2214848. columbusmuseum.org. Gardeners If you enjoy cultivating your green thumb then this is the perfect volunteer opportunity for you. Join the Stratford Ecological Center, 3083 Liberty Rd., Delaware, to garden and maintain

the vegetable gardens including the children’s garden, field gardens, giving garden, greenhouses and landscape gardens. Kids’ Summer Reading Club Encourage your child to read over the summer by joining the Kids’ Summer Reading Club at the Grandview Heights Public Library. This program will encourage your child to read over the summer by earning fun and exciting prizes. For more information, call 614-486-2951. Mocha Moms Support group for stayat-home moms of color. For more information, email columbusmochamoms@yahoo.com MOGIS: Mothers of Girls in Sports Free group seminars for moms and daughters. New local group called Moms of Girls in Sports (MOGIS) meets the first Tuesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. at Wyandotte Athletic Club. Moms, come with your female athletes to get questions answered from Margaret on a variety of topics including nutrition, strength and conditioning, injury prevention and marketing for scholarships. Share stories and learn from other moms with girls in sports. E-mail Margaret if you plan to attend: margaret@femaleathletesfirst.com. Mommies of Miracles M.O.M. is a growing Ohio support community of

mothers who have children (of any age) with complex medical issues or disabilities. Our mission is to eliminate the isolation mothers of exceptional needs children experience on a daily basis by providing an extended network of confidential and compassionate emotional support. Join us for monthly meetings, fun family events, couples’ enrichment activities, and advocacy initiatives. For more information on events, resources and more, go to mommiesofmiracles.com Mommies Time Out Online Support Group A fun group of moms who provide support and social activities for stay-at-home and working moms in the Columbus area. Includes playgroups, play dates, meet-ups, moms’ nights out, message boards and more. Go to MommiesTimeOut.Proboards105.com. MOMS Club of Clintonville A fun social and support group for stay-athome moms and their children. Playgroups, field trips and monthly moms’ nights out. 10 a.m. on the second Wednesday of each month (locations vary). For membership information, contact Carrie at 614-447- 0567 or e-mail at clintonvillemomsclub@yahoo.com, or visit our website at clintonvillemomsclub.yolasite.com.

MOMS Club of Delaware A fun, social support group for stay-at-home moms and their children with playgroups, field trips and monthly moms’ nights out. Meets at 10 a.m. the first Monday of every month. For membership information, email at momsclubofdelaware@hotmail.com. MOMS Club of Dublin Central Support group for stay-at-home moms. 9:45 a.m. on the second Tuesday of each month at Vineyard Church, 5400 Avery Rd. Contact Mandy Skinner at amandaskinner2@gmail.com, or 614-9409392. Or go to Geocities.com/momsclubdublincentral. MOMS Club of DublinWest MOMS Club of DublinWest offers a variety of activities each month including a monthly meeting, mom and tot activities, play groups, parties, and a moms’ night out. For more information, call 614-873-9672 or e-mail momsclubofdublinwest@gmail.com MOMS Club of Dublin Southeast Support group for stay-at-home moms and their children. Playgroups, monthly calendar of events, moms’ night out, service projects. Contact Membership VP at momsclubofdublinse@yahoo.com for more info.

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MOMS Club of Gahanna East Support group for stay-at-home moms. Call Cathy at 614-759-6137. MOMS Club of Gahanna West Support group for stay-at-home moms. Gahannamoms@yahoo.com. MOMS Club of Hilliard Northeast A social and support group for stay-athome and part0time working moms and their children. Playgroups, field trips and moms’ nights out. 9:45 a.m. on the first Thursday of the month at Scioto Ridge United Methodist Church, 4343 Dublin Rd., Hilliard. Email mchilliardnorth@yahoo.com. MOMS Club of Hilliard of Northwest MOMS Club of Hilliard-Northwest is a social and support group for stay-athome and part-time working moms and their children. We offer playgroups, field trips, mom’s nights out and much more. A general business meeting is held the first Wednesday of each month. Please visit our website at momsclubhilliardnorthwest.org or email momsclubhilliardnorthwest@yahoo.com for more information. MOMS Club of Lewis Center Northeast A social and support group for stay-at-home moms and their children. Activities include playgroups, moms’ night out, service projects and more. The original chapter has since split to

accommodate the great number of stayat-home moms in our area. We are actively seeking moms living within the designated boundaries east of S. Old State Rd., south of Lewis Center Rd., north of Orange Rd., and west of Africa Rd. For membership information, call Liz at 740-657-1473 or visit lewiscentermomsclubne.org. MOMS Club of Lewis Center Southeast A non-profit support group for stay-at-home moms. Actively seeking new members who live south of Orange Rd., east of S. Old State Rd., and north of Lazelle Rd. For membership information contact Gail at Moms_Club_Membership@yahoo.com or www.lewiscentermomsclub.org. MOMS Club of New Albany Support group for stay-at-home moms. Contact NAMOMSclub@yahoo.com. MOMS Club of Northwest Columbus & Upper Arlington Support group for stay-at-home or part-time working moms. Meets on the second Wednesday of each month. Call 614-388-9410, or go to ColumbusMOMSClub.com. MOMS Club of Pickerington North Support group for stay-at-home moms. Also serves Reynoldsburg and Pataskala. E-mail Rachel at argillaspie@yahoo.com.

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CHILDREN’S THEATRE PROGRAM Acting classes for children & teens of all ages. • Original performances based on the classics & class imagination • Each child can find their theatrical interest, including play writing, directing, acting and much more!

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www.mouthofthewolfproductions.com • email: gleason.tina@gmail.com At Locker Soccer, we believe that before kids can learn to play the game of soccer, they need to learn to have fun. So we’ve teamed up with childhood developmental experts and created a soccer program that’s based around soccer, but steeped in fun. Kids not only learn soccer skills, but life skills and team skills – all while having more fun than they’ve ever imagined.

CREATING SOCCER STARS, ONE SMILE AT A TIME. To register or learn more about our classes for ages 2-14, please call 614-760-5522 or visit us at www.LockerSoccer.com.

K.I.S.S. YOUR KIDS (KOHL’S IS SOLD ON SAFETY)! For the second year, Nationwide Children’s Hospital presents K.I.S.S. Your Kids (Kohl’s Is Sold on Safety!), an award-winning safety campaign, supported by Kohl’s Department Stores. K.I.S.S. Your Kids provides free books with safety games and puzzles, plus tips to help prevent injuries and leading causes of death for kids and parents. Activity books are available FREE at Nationwide Children’s Hospital Close to Home Centers, central Ohio Kohl’s stores, and the Nationwide Children’s website. Kids can enter to win prizes through quarterly coloring contests (April, June, September and December 2010). Coloring pages are found in Columbus Parent, ThisWeek, Kohl’s stores and on the website during contest months. Find more information at NationwideChildrens. org/KISS or contact the program coordinator at KISS@NationwideChildrens.org or (614) 355-0679.

august 2010 MOMS Club of Pickerington South Support group for stay-at-home moms living south of Refugee Rd. in Pickerington or Canal Winchester. 10 a.m. on the fourth Wednesday of each month at Peace United Methodist Church, 235 Diley Rd., Pickerington. For more information, go to PickeringtonMoms.tripod.com. MOMS Club of Powell Support group for stay-at-home moms. E-mail Stacie at powellmoms@yahoo.com. MOMS Club of Sunbury A social and support group for stay-at-home moms and their children. Meets for business the last Thursday of each month. Monthly activities include play dates, local outings, cooking club, book club and moms’ night out. Contact Amy at 740-5136267, or sunburymomsclub@yahoo.com for more information. MOMS Club of Westerville South Support group for stay-at-home moms. We have play groups, craft days, and a monthly moms’ night out. Meetings are at 10 a.m. on the last Thursday of each month at Grace Lutheran Church, 100 E. Schrock Rd., Westerville. Contact momswestervillesouth@yahoo.com for more information. MOMS Club of Worthington Support group for stay-at-home moms. Meets on the third Tuesday of the month at Worthington Presbyterian Church. E-mail

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prospectivemember@worthingtonmoms.org for more information. MOPS Dublin Fellowship support group for moms with newborns through kindergarten. The first Thursday of every month, meet at Radiant Life Church from 6:30-8:30 p.m. and the third Thursday is moms’ night out. For more information call Lindsay at 614-571-2995. MOPS Newark Fellowship and support group open to all moms with children, ages birth-5. Meets at 9:30 a.m. on the second Friday of each month at First United Methodist Church, 88 N. Fifth St. Call 740-349-7020, or e-mail mops@firstumcnewark.org. MOPS Upper Arlington Lutheran Church A wonderful opportunity to meet other moms with young children. The group meets every first and third Tuesday at 9 a.m. at the Upper Arlington Lutheran Church, 2300 Lytham Rd. The cost per meeting is $5 and childcare is $2 per child. For more information, call 614-451-3736. Mothers & More Chapter 51 Nonprofit dedicated to improving the lives of mothers through support, education and advocacy. St. John’s Episcopal Church, 700 N. High St., Worthington. Call Janet at 614-888-4702, or email tsalmon11@yahoo.com. Mothers of Advanced Maternal Age (MAMAs) This group is for all women who are starting motherhood at age 35 or older. We welcome both stay-athome and working moms to join us and share in providing each other with support, advice, networking and fun. We meet the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of

each month at lunchtime. Moms are welcome to come on their own or bring their children. For more information, email over35mamas@gmail.com. Mothers of Multiples East Columbus Support and social group for mothers of multiples. 7 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month. Church of the Redeemer United Methodist, 235 McNaughten Rd., Columbus. For information, go to ECMom.org. Mothers of Preschoolers Meeting Join our MOPS group the first Tuesday of every month, September through May from 6-8:15 p.m. at the Beechwold Christian Church, 280 Morse Rd., Columbus. Come for dinner, listen to a speaker and join a small discussion group to share your ideas, thoughts and experiences with other moms. Call Beechwold Christian Church at 614-888-1734, or visit gobcc.com for more information. Mothers Swapping Skills Group Online notice board helps bring moms together who would like to exchange skills and services such as cooking, tutoring, babysitting, cleaning, carpooling and coaching. Group is actively seeking women leaders for guidance. Register at Groups.google.com/group/mothersswappingskills. “My” Food-Allergy Support Group A group for parents of children dealing with life-threatening food allergies. We offer monthly meetings, occasional nonfood family activities and a private email group for additional support, sharing of concerns, successes, coping strategies, resources and tools. E-mail Dena Friedel at dfriedel@insight.rr.com.


New Moms’ Group An opportunity for new mothers and their babies to meet others and share information. Meets from 1-2:30 p.m. on Tuesdays at the Elizabeth Blackwell Center, 3635 Olentangy River Rd., Columbus. Free. 614-566-4446. Nisonger Center Dual Diagnosis Clinic This clinic provides mental health diagnosis, medication recommendations and psychological assessments for people of all ages who have both a developmental disability and a mental illness. The Ohio State University Nisonger Center, 357 McCampbell Hall, 1581 Dodd Dr., Columbus. Call Diana Boggs, 614-292-9780, or e-mail boggs.59@osu.edu. Online Nanny Group An online group for Columbus-area nannies that helps to grow friendships and makes play dates. Go to groups.yahoo.com/group/ohionannies.. Perinatal Outreach & Encouragement (POEM,Inc.) We are moms who have survived prenatal or postpartum depression (PPD) so we understand like no one else can. POEM is the Ohio Coordinator of Postpartum Support International (PSI), the leading authority on perinatal mental health. For more information, call 614-315-8989 or go to poemonline.org.

Receptionist: Weekdays and Saturdays Volunteer your time at the Stratford Ecological Center by answering the phone, directing visitors to activities, assisting with trails and u-pick areas, as well as selling farm products. Volunteers are welcome Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. The Stratford Ecological Center is located at 3083 Liberty Rd. in Delaware. For more information, visit StratfordEcologicalCenter.org. Saturday Farm and Nature Guides Volunteer at the Stratford Ecological Center on the third Saturday of the Month to give tours of the beautiful farm to families. The Stratford Ecological Center is located at 3083 Liberty Rd. in Delaware. For more information, visit StratfordEcologicalCenter.org. Savage Gardens at the Franklin Park Conservatory, 1777 E. Broad St., Columbus, is the latest multi-media, multi-art and multi-cellular exhibit that examines the fascinating world of carnivorous plants. Family activities abound during the exhibit (which runs until Nov. 14). Open daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Wednesdays until 8 p.m. Admission free to members, $11 adults, $9 seniors and students with ID, $6 children 3-17, free for children 2 and under. For more information, call 614-645-8733 or go to fpconservatory.org.

Teen Summer Reading Club Join the Grandview Heights Public Library for the teen summer reading club to win prizes for reading. The club is designed to encourage those in grades 6-12 to further their education in the summer. This summer’s club continues through Aug. 7. For more information, call 614-4862951. Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition at COSI Columbus’s Center of Science and Industry, 333 E. Broad St., Downtown, has been hosting the very popular Titanic exhibit since March and it’s only there until Sept. 6. Exhibition tickets (highly recommended to reserve ahead of time) include admission to all of COSI’s great exhibits: $23.75 adults (13-59), $21.75 seniors (60+), $16.75 youth (2-12). Adult members admitted for $8 and youth for $7. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and 12 noon-6 p.m., Sunday. For more information, call 614228-2674 or 888-819-2674, or go to cosi.org. Trail Maintenance Come join other volunteers at to help maintain the enchanting trails of the Stratford Ecological Center, 3083 Liberty Rd., Delaware. For more information, please visit StratfordEcologicalCenter.org.

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Bring your toughest questions about how to help your child with safe, affordable, natural and effective approaches Symptoms that we’ve helped the body to alleviate or remove include: depression, fatigue, tremors, overweight, anxiety, insomnia, constipation, diarrhea, allergies, sinus drainage and congestion, memory loss, cold hands and feet, facial twitches, rectal itching and burning, indigestion, night sweats, hot flashes, tender breasts, PMS mood swings, indigestion, muscle cramps, sweet cravings, brain fog, shakiness, skin rash, acne, irritability, dizziness, nervousness, panic attacks, frequent colds and flu, asthma, visual disturbances, sneezing attacks, joint pain, hair loss, urinary frequency/urgency/ incontinence, ridged and split nails, bad breath and more NOTE: We do not diagnose or treat any medical condition. No guarantee of cure is made by listing improvements of other clients.

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2010 OCALI Conference

November 17-19, 2010 « Greater Columbus Convention Center

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Featuring . . . Judy Endow Author of Paper Words: Discovering and Living with My Autism

Lindsey Nebeker and Dave Hamrick Featured in Glamour magazine and ABC’s Good Morning America

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All the World’s a Stage BY ROBIN CHENOWETH

“Nyyeeee-OOOWWMMM!!!” Candace Mazur-Darman howls like a hotrod as she demonstrates a scene from “Wind in the Willows.” Nine- and 10-yearolds arrange themselves on the set around her, turning their heads in unison as the imaginary car rumbles past. It’s one week before showtime, and Mazur-Darman, who teaches drama workshops at dozens of Central Ohio arts and community centers, isn’t satisfied. “Put your whole body into it! Bend those knees!” she bellows. “I want you in your character 110 percent! Are you on vacation?” Mazur-Darman’s Dramatic Impact is a one-woman production. The redheaded dynamo drives a V-6 truck crammed with props and costumes. She zigzags from Reynoldsburg parks to Delaware’s Arts

Castle. On Sundays, she’s off to Powell Town Hall where she unloads and gets to work, complimenting a girl’s heart-buckled boots, squirting scraped knees with her water bottle and directing set design. “Mole, your house looks like the cover of Gourmet magazine!” Rehearsal begins. Ratty, Mole, Otter and Mr. Toad recite lines. Some exude confidence, others seem tentative. “You’ve gotta throw your voice against that wall!” Mazur-Darman exhorts. Her job is not about acting; it’s about building the character of her young characters. When one shy girl struggles to project, Mazur-Darman lavishes her with praise. “She’s like a writer,” she whispers. “So many stories in her head.”

Were you in theater as a child? I’m a born teacher. I can’t do anything else. I have to see children grow. It makes me very happy. Where do you store your many props? You don’t want to know. I’ve just been doing it so long; I have four or five outbuildings where I keep things: one for costumes, three open sheds, my garage. You must need a lot of skills to pull off a production like this. My skill is not so much acting as it is getting kids working together. I don’t want to sound holistic, but it’s the process of learning to trust your decisions, learning to work with kids whose abilities are different than yours. Do your kids move on to other theater groups? Sure. I always try to go to one of their shows. One boy in Westerville was in “My Fair Lady.” He was (singing), “Get me to the church on time …” I just cried when I saw him. These kids have a kind of juice that says, “I’ll try anything.” Kind of like you? You always have to challenge yourself.

CANDACE MAZUR-DARMAN Owner, Dramatic Impact HUSBAND: High school sweetheart Richard Darman KIDS: Thousands of students and one daughter, Mariah Mazur NEIGHBORHOOD: Sunbury SKILLS: Teaching, collecting bizarre props, motivational speaking, talking with an English accent WEIRDEST PROP: Rubber fish SOMETHING YOU WANT TO LEARN: Welding (to make metal props) FAVORITE PLAY: “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” FAVORITE LINE: “Neither a borrower nor a lender be.” BIGGEST SURPRISE: I once had a woman say, “Here’s a check for $1,000. I like what you do for my granddaughter and all the other kids.” WEB: dramatic-impact.com PHOTO BY ANDREA KJERRUMGAARD

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