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NEWS ON THE GO COLUMBUS PARENT PROFILE: Upper Arlington’s Sara Ceccarello-Huselius WHAT THE WELL-DRESSED THEATER-GOER IS WEARING HOUSEBROKEN: Dispatch columnist Joe Blundo TAKE IT FROM TRACY: 10TV’s Tracy Townsend NEIGHBORHOOD SPOTLIGHT: Gahanna SHOP SPOTLIGHT: Belles & Beaux Children’s Boutique PEOPLE YOU SHOULD MEET: Mimi Brodsky Chenfeld


HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE • Kids’ Gifts: $15 and under, $16-$25, $26-$50 and $51+ • Books to Buy as Gifts • Gifts for Moms • Gifts for Dads • Gifts for Grandparents • Gifts for Teachers • Gifts for Pets


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EATING OUT WITH KIDS: Granville’s Aladdin diner COOKING WITH KIDS: cheeseburger cupcakes and fruit cobblers PARTIES: a fairy princess tea party HANDS ON: polymer-clay, napkin-ring decorations DAY TRIPPIN’: The Works Museum in Newark PLAYGROUND PATROL: Columbus Zoo’s playgrounds REVIEWS: books, apps, games and websites

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I’m notorious in my family for tinkering with holiday traditions. For example, at Thanksgiving we don’t do a “normal” American turkey dinner. We do a dinner with the normal components of turkey, cranberries, corn, etc., but they’re channeled through another country’s cuisine. I derive my inspiration from Bill Murray who, in that classic film “Stripes,” said, “We’re Americans. That means our forefathers were kicked out of every decent country in the world.” So we salute those decent countries with our Thanksgiving meal. One year we did a menu of Provençal French food, another year northern Italian, yet another Asian fusion and still another Latin-inspired. I can’t tell you how happy it makes the folks at my supermarket to ask which country we’re visiting that year. And I’m sure the folks at, that lovely recipe website, don’t mind all the hits as I go searching for inspiration on poultry preparation. “Dinde au vin” was my turkey take on the French classic “coq au vin” (it was merely OK). Turkey chili with a strong Mexicano influence was superb. This year I’m starting to think Vietnamese. Shredded turkey inside summer rolls perhaps? In this issue of Columbus Parent, we also tinkered with the usual holiday gift guide format. Right now we’re all gearing up for the annual tradition of showering our loved ones with physical evidence of our affection. In theory, not a bad idea. In reality, it’s challenging to not let the giftbuying pressure get to you, especially if you’re trying to be prudent with your time and money. If you believe the daily deluge of e-mails I get from publicists, then love can only be expressed with things that cost triple digits and were manufactured on the other side of the world. But I think we all know better.


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For our gift guide, we assembled a team of local writers and told them to surprise us. And we wanted them to also think local. Sometimes, as in the case of a hand-carved Noah’s Ark discovered at an arts festival, an idea can be a little pricey, but you can be sure this gift would be a family keepsake for generations to come. But most of the time, the ideas were imaginative, modestly priced and will also support a local business. We also asked Central Ohio celebrities what was the best gift they ever received. Their answers were nothing less than delightful! No matter how you celebrate the upcoming holidays, I hope you experience them in a way that really means something for you and your family … even if that means tinkering with tradition. —JANE HAWES

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If you’re headed over the river and through the airport to Grandma’s house this holiday season, be mindful of the airlines’ policies on car seats. New fees for checked luggage may affect car seats. Some airlines will charge you for checking a car seat at the curb or counter, or require you to carry it to the gate and check it there for free. If you’re traveling with young children, it’s an important question to ask, said Bill Purpura, spokesman for AAA Ohio Auto. “You definitely need to call and find out what their policy is,” he said. “You don’t want to get to the gate and find out that they’re not going to take it.” If the airline addresses the policy on its website, print out the relevant information and bring it to the airport, added Bethanne Harrison-Brown, a travel consultant at The Travel Authority in Indianapolis. While children are not required to sit in a car seat on the plane, you’ll need the seat at your destination if you intend to travel by car. Most car rental agencies will allow you to reserve a car seat when you rent a car, but they do not guarantee they will have a seat upon your arrival, Harrison-Brown said. She recommends calling the counter at the location where you’ll pick up the car to determine whether they have the seat you need. “Call again a week or so before you leave” to remind them of your needs,


Harrison-Brown suggested. It’s also a good idea to ask how old the seat is, whether the manual is available and how seats are cleaned between uses, said Debbie Dubrow, who writes about traveling with children at The manual is particularly helpful because, when you rent a seat and a car, “you are installing a seat you don’t know into a car you don’t know,” said the Seattle mother of three. If you’re leery about renting a seat from a car rental agency, find out whether there is a store in your destination city that rents baby gear. A store that specializes in children’s products will likely have more choices, Dubrow said. Dubrow also suggests buying a car seat and leaving it with family members if you visit often. If you’re visiting a large city it may be possible to use only public transportation and avoid car seats altogether, she said. “There’s just not a great answer,” she said. —MELISSA KOSSLER DUTTON

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What would the retail world do without moms every holiday season? And we’re not talking about stimulating the economy with spending power. We’re talking about moms staffing stores, call centers and warehouses for the surges in business that come every November and December. The outlook this year for seasonal employment is great, said Diana Blevins, regional director for Columbus-based human resources and staffing company Acloche. The first signs came in September when Cincinnati-based Macy’s, with eight department stores in Central Ohio, announced plans to hire 65,000 extra workers this holiday season around the country. “Retail has planned for a pretty decent year,” Blevins said. “It’s giving everyone a little encouragement about the economy.” Prospects continue to improve, but if you haven’t already secured a part-time job, you’ll need to get moving. Here are some of Blevins’ tips to improve your chances: • Check out a company’s website before applying and find out exactly what the position is.

• Show enthusiasm and dress appropriately for an interview. • Hours can be variable and changes to a work schedule can be lastminute with seasonal employment. If you can be flexible about your schedule, let a prospective employer know it.

• Come to the interview with at least one reference’s name and contact information.

• Fill out an application thoroughly. Many applicants assume that because a job is “just seasonal or part-time,” all that detail doesn’t matter, said Blevins, but a failure to complete a form thoroughly can automatically disqualify your application, especially if it’s filed online. —JANE HAWES

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If you had to be on a reality-TV show, what would it be? “Dancing with the Stars,” for sure! It´s a great show! I´m not the greatest dancer, but I would love to experience dancing with the professionals.

Who’s your favorite movie mom? Sandra Bullock in “The Blind Side.” I admired her heart and spirit. To help a child pursue his or her education and dreams is extremely admirable.

Which superhero power would you like to have? I would like to be able to fly, so I could take off and visit my family and friends in Sweden for the day, and be home by dinner.

Favorite thing to do for family fun in Central Ohio? We love to spend time at the Zoo or take the girls to COSI.

What’s the funniest thing your child ever did that you wish she hadn’t? One afternoon Stella and her friend got into my make-up drawer, found my scissors and decided to cut their hair. Thanks to Nova, who told me what they were up to, Stella still has her hair. I can laugh now, but I wasn`t happy at the time.

What’s the biggest difference Favorite restaurant to take the family? between your children? Benihana, the Japanese restaurant. It has great food, entertainment and service. I wish I had those cooking skills in my kitchen...

Favorite way to spend a non-game day? We enjoy lounging around the house in the morning, grabbing a late brunch and spending time as a family. Kristian always gives me a little time to myself. I usually spend that time going to the gym or treating myself to a little shopping.

What’s the most played song on your iPod? Kings of Leon’s “Sex on Fire.” The song gives me “wings” when I run!

Stella is a lot like Kristian, she has endless energy. Nova on the other hand is much calmer.

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Time out We need a new calendar that recognizes the speedier pace of modern life. November is now Christmas season. December is Christmas-exhausts-me season. Perhaps I’m more sensitive to this speeded-up cycle because I work in the media and begin getting pitches for holiday stories in July. I usually feel as if it’s at least three months later in time than it actually is. Some day in the (I hope) distant future, someone will call me and I’ll say, “Sorry, but I died two weeks ago.” But it’s not just me. Listen to people talk. Mid-October was aren’t-the-leavesbeautiful season. It lasted about three hours, only to be supplanted by I’m-sickof-raking-leaves season. Being a homeowner, I tend to associate a lot of these fast-moving seasons with chores. February means spring to me because that’s when you order mulch



from high school lacrosse teams and Boy Scout troops. Maybe the key to living in the moment is to be a renter. Actually, that wouldn’t help because homeowner anxiety is only one of the catalysts for our internal calendars running ahead of Pope Gregory’s. The other two are overhyped pop culture events and the weather. Hence, sometime soon, we will have look-how-pretty-the-snow-is season. It will last eight hours — as long as it takes for the combination of traffic, road salt and plowing to turn the pristine white blanket a dirty gray. The second snowfall will herald the arrival of boy-am-I-sickof-shoveling season. Winter, at that point, could still be two weeks away from officially starting. Here are some other key dates in what I call the Hyper-accelerated Household Calendar:

JAN. 2: Make-yourValentine’s-Day-reservations season begins. This is a full two weeks before the credit card bills from Christmas have even arrived.

MAY 15: Summer is here. Get out the grill and let’s eat outside. AUG. 15: Ohio State fans begin checking flight schedules for the college football national championship game.

MARCH 1: Can’t-wait-forthe-green-grassof-spring season begins.

MAY 30: It’s too hot and there are too many mosquitoes. Let’s eat inside and look forward to the low humidity of autumn.

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APRIL 15: Having mowed the lawn three times in six days, people begin asking why Scotts can’t come up with a chemical that keeps grass a quarterinch tall all summer.

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APRIL 20: I-can’t-waitto-plant-flowers season begins. It lasts until the pollen count reaches critical levels, at which time allergic people begin looking forward to the first killing frost. JULY 5: Summer-isover-time-to-buyschool-supplies season begins.

JAN. 1: People change their minds and decide to wait until after the Super Bowl parties are over.

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One request before you read this month’s column: Don’t judge me, please.

There is a reason for my plea. It comes from a family outing to the Ohio Theatre four years ago to see the musical “Annie.” Ian was 4 and I was convinced he was ready for an evening at the theater. We left during intermission because Ian’s bedtime was fast approaching and his attention span rapidly declining. As far as Ian knows, poor Annie is still roaming the streets of New York. Things could’ve turned out differently had we chosen a different production, say one aimed specifically at the preschool set. “There are companies with productions that are geared to 3 and 4 year olds. They’re short, so there’s no need for intermission,” advises Rolanda Copley, a spokeswoman for CAPA, the Columbus Association for the Performing Arts. “You can build up your child’s excitement for a production if it features one of their favorite characters,” says Copley.

It’s a process that starts with your child’s initial enthusiasm over their favorite characters. You could dress up for the play or dress in costume as one of its characters. And if you’re seeing a production based on a TV character like Dora, Diego or The Backyardigans, you don’t need to worry about the production’s quality, says Copley: “The actors are Broadway-trained actors who engage the children with their skills.” For children who are challenged to contain their excitement, give them a chance to burn off a little energy before the show starts. Arrive early, walk around and take care of going to the bathroom to avoid climbing over other patrons later. We are fortunate in Central Ohio to have options when it comes to introducing our children to the arts. One of them is the Phoenix Theatre for Children, with a new season featuring productions based on liter-

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A trip to Gahanna with the family is full of possibilities. This eastside suburb offers a wide selection of activities at a wide variety of price points. Families can picnic or play at one of the city’s fine parks for free, go to dinner and a movie, or shop at one of Columbus’s most upscale children’s boutiques. But ultimately Gahanna is just really family-friendly, said April Tillery, who moved there in January with her husband and three children. “We have met so many nice people and have felt at home from the beginning,” she said. “I really enjoy all the things the city of Gahanna offers, and I’m looking forward to the holiday season here.” Creekside, the still newish shopping, dining and housing complex on Mill Street, is a great first stop. Park in the big parking garage and take a stroll along the property, which connects to paths along Big Walnut Creek. “It’s a great place to walk around, especially in the winter” when the area is decorated, said Kate Moening of the Gahanna Parks & Recreation Department. “People go there to relax and enjoy nature in more of a suburban setting.”


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Creekside hosts numerous festivals throughout the year and offers seasonal entertainment like paddle-boat rentals and an outdoor ice-skating rink. The area behind the complex also is a great spot to feed the ducks. Just around the corner from Creekside is Friendship Park. Families travel from all over the area to let their kids climb on the mini-rock wall and fabulous play set. Be sure to head down to the edge of the Big Walnut Creek and let the little ones throw stones into the water for some

old-fashioned fun. The park has a nice picnic shelter so pack sandwiches or hit the drive-thru at the nearby Wendy’s Restaurant. Older kids might enjoy the teen-designed skate park at Shull Park or the stocked fishing pond at Hannah Park. “You can always find anything for anyone if you want to be outside,” Moening said. But if it’s too rainy or cold to play outside, Gahanna has indoor options. The Glow Putt Mini Golf will brighten any kid’s day. Youngsters love recharging the glowing balls and sinking them along the tricky course. And here’s a cool tip for you: Golfers who get a hole-in-one on the 18th hole receive a coupon for the nearby Rita’s Water Ice (this frozen treat is a yummy alternative to ice cream). For more traditional fun, try family bowling night at Gahanna Lanes or treat the kids to a movie at Cinemark Movies 16. And when the crowd gets hungry, head over to the Gahanna Grill, a neighborhood bar that welcomes families. The restaurant serves up tasty meals, including their signature hamburgers, at a price that will fit any family’s budget.

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GLOW PUTT MINI GOLF 161 Granville St. 614-428-4569 GAHANNA GRILL 82 Granville St. 614-476-9017 COLDSTONE 508 Creekside Plaza 614-475-8393 WENDY’S RESTAURANT 77 Granville St. 614- 475-4138

RITA’S WATER ICE 200 Granville St. 614-476-2568 HANNAH PARK, 6547 Clark State Rd. SHULL PARK, 236 Granville St.

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! TAKE ADVANTAGE OF OUR SPECIAL BUY 1 GET 1 FREE OFFER ON WINTER REGISTRATION.

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Kathleen Gibbons Owner, Belles & Beaux Children’s Boutique BY MELISSA KOSSLER DUTTON

Stay Safe Indoors! 1 Make sure house plants are out of reach and not poisonous.

2 Remove throw rugs or tape them down so they don’t slip.

Kathleen Gibbons opened Belles & Beaux Children’s Boutique in 2001 because she wanted to provide a destination for unique children’s items. The Gahanna shop carries quality clothes plus special toys and gifts. Gibbons said she tries to create a friendly shopping environment where customers can always discover something new. And the experience has increased her appreciation of Central Ohio. “I believe in Columbus,” she said. “I think it’s a fabulous place to have a business. There are lots of people with good taste.”

3 Don’t overload outlets and keep areas around space heaters clear.

4 Kids! Pick up your toys so no one trips and falls.

5 Keep stairs inside and outside your home free of clutter.

6 Clear leaves, ice and snow from driveways and walkways.


Your store currently offers music classes. You also invite photographers in to take holiday photos for your customers. And you allow customers to hold private shopping events. Why do you offer so many extras?

BELLES & BEAUX CHILDREN’S BOUTIQUE 1249 N. Hamilton Rd. Gahanna 614-473-2000 Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday

It’s a service we want to provide mostly because it’s fun. I like to see the kids growing up and changing — especially with the photos.

Tell us about your non-clothing items. We sell tons and tons of hair bows, tons of accessory headbands, and hats with flowers. We have art sets and backpacks that could go all the way up to 8 years old. We have wonderful CDs, a huge collection of birthday party hats and tutus, blankets and stuffed animals. Our entire window is full of Ohio State stuff.

Do you ever hear from parents who want youthful looking clothes for their daughters? It seems like you make an effort to carry age-appropriate clothing for young girls.

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(Parents) thank me on a regular basis. Their children are only little for a short time. Why dress them like big people? It doesn’t make sense. They also say, “Thank you for keeping these clothes classic and not too trendy so they can be passed down.”

Is there an item in the store that you wish was available in grown-up sizes so you could wear it or use it? Any of the Lilly Pulitzer stuff. We also have some leg warmers that would be fun (in) adult sizes.

You seem to take a personal interest in many of your shoppers and even moved to this end of town to be closer to them. Do you consider them friends? I get invited to their birthday parties. I get invited to their baptisms. I’ve gone on vacation with people. That’s the best part of it — the customers.

A Magical Holiday Tradition

Dancing with the Nutcracker SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 12:30pm & 2:30pm BALLETMET DANCE CENTRE, 322 MT. VERNON AVE. Your child can join the action and dance with characters from The Nutcracker in this extra special holiday treat. FREE! With peanut butter donation to benefit the Mid-Ohio Food Bank

Featuring LIVE music by the Columbus Symphony and NEW scenery and costumes!

DECEMBER 10–26, 2010 AT THE HISTORIC OHIO THEATRE 39 E. STATE ST. Choreography: Gerard Charles | Creation and conception: Gerard Charles and Robert Post | Narration: Sir Roger Moore | Music: Peter Ilyitch Tchaikovsky


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Mimi Brodsky Chenfeld BY JANE HAWES A dozen toddlers stood and sat in a semicircle and stared at the woman in front of them. Barefoot with one Sillyband and two beaded bracelets around her left ankle, clad in lavender pants and a tie-dyed T-shirt, this woman with a flowing mane of silver hair was dancing and singing to them. Raffi music played on a nearby turntable while 75-year-old Mimi Brodsky Chenfeld clapped her hands and encouraged her petite audience to do the same. Within five minutes, the entire group in this class at the Leo Yassenoff Jewish Community Center was marching and clapping hands for a parade set to “It’s a Small World After All.” Chenfeld had won another pint-sized battle in her war against the forces of standardized, sanitized education. “A lot of parents are pushing for more formalized, structured skill centers,” Chenfeld explained later, after the children, liberally showered with hugs and kisses, had left. “I’m a passionate advocate for creative ways of learning and multiple forms of intelligence,” she added. “Not everyone learns the same way.” Chenfeld is a native of New York City and a resident of Columbus since 1970 when her husband Howard moved his family here for his career in the shoe business. Though her beloved partner passed on four years ago, Chenfeld remains one of those “everywhere” people in Central Ohio arts education. This mother of three and grandmother of seven not only teaches at the JCC, she’s part of Greater Columbus Arts Council’s Artists-inSchools program and runs a folk-dance club at Ohio State’s Hillel Center. Chenfeld also teaches courses in “arts across the curriculum” at Otterbein University and Columbus State Community College, and travels the country conducting workshops and publishing books on the topic. In other words, if you don’t find out why creativity is so important — not just for kids but for adults — it’s not because she didn’t try to tell you. “Our kids need to play,” she explained. “Play is not a frivolous thing. They learn through their imagination, and teachers should be encouraged by parents to be as creative as possible.”


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THE CREATIVE TOUCH What can parents do to nurture creativity and happy learning for a lifetime? Chenfeld has these suggestions: • Let home be a safe, loving and non-pressured environment where children can be children.

• Don’t overprogram. ’Tis a gift to be simple. • Don’t minimize the importance of simply sharing your time. Take a walk together!

• Stay in touch with nature. We have many great, free parks here to enjoy.

• In general, trust your instincts. You know when your children are happiest and most receptive to learning.

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A Magical Holiday Tradition

Dancing with the Nutcracker SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 12:30pm & 2:30pm BALLETMET DANCE CENTRE, 322 MT. VERNON AVE. Your child can join the action and dance with characters from The Nutcracker in this extra special holiday treat. FREE! With peanut butter donation to benefit the Mid-Ohio Food Bank

Featuring LIVE music by the Columbus Symphony and NEW scenery and costumes!

DECEMBER 10–26, 2010 AT THE HISTORIC OHIO THEATRE 39 E. STATE ST. Choreography: Gerard Charles | Creation and conception: Gerard Charles and Robert Post | Narration: Sir Roger Moore | Music: Peter Ilyitch Tchaikovsky


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76 Kids moms GIFT IDEAS FOR


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PLUS! Central Ohio celebs answer the question:

What’s the best holiday gift you ever received?

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MIRACULOUS TASTE Miracle Berry Fruit Tablets ($15) from ThinkGeek are all the rage with the tween and teen set. Perfectly safe and perfectly weird, they temporarily change your taste buds so that even sour things taste sweet. Available at

DRAW ME A BATH Add a splash of color to bath time with the Bath Crayon from Pottery Barn Kids ($8.50). It’s easy for little hands to grasp, even when wet, and comes in a rainbow of bright, non-toxic colors that wash off tub, tile and tummy easily. Good for ages 2 and up. 1500 Polaris Pkwy., Polaris Fashion Place, 614-880-3948;

SpElliNg iS FuN


Lakeshore Learning stocks sets of GIANT letters for your little learners. Each set of 40 upper- or lowercase letters is plastic, backed with magnets and costs $9. 2148 Polaris Pkwy., Polaris, 614-846-1710;

Reading in bed takes on a whole new meaning with these fun cloth books ($11 each) from Cover to Cover bookstore. The “Messages from the Heart” series by Sandra Magsamen feature soft pages with different textures and shapes that turn into a mini-activity blanket or accordion panels when unfolded. Now you and baby can snuggle up with a good book — literally. 3560 N. High St., Clintonville, 614-263-1624;

CHEW ON THIS For everything that makes its way into your baby’s mouth, here’s one less to worry about. Visit Sprout Soup for all-natural, handcrafted teething rattles made by Little Alouette. Starting at $14, these charming teethers are made from fallen maple trees at the artisan’s Columbus home, expertly smoothed out, filled with beans and then finished with organic flax seed oil.

4310 N. High St., Clintonville, 614-267-7768;

SING-A-MA-JIGS When it comes to wanting a Sing-a-Ma-Jig ($15 and up), your little one will likely join in the chorus of kids everywhere who’ve fallen in love with these brightly colored little carolers from Mattel Toys. Press their tummy and they talk, sing a solo, or perform a music scale. Collect more than one and you have a choir that can harmonize. You can buy them one at a time or in sets of two or four. Good for ages 3 and up. Available at

Santa Arrives November 6! Visit Santa during Mall hours at his house on the Lower Level, outside of Macy’s at Hayden Run and Hallmark. For hours, Santa event information, and fun Santa Trivia, visit our website or find us on Facebook and Twitter.

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DING DONG! Every girl needs a doorbell for her room. Justice carries a plush version for $13 that can be hung on her doorknob. Just warn her to be ready for a few days of ding-dong ditch from her little brother. Multiple locations,

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PRESCREENED FOR COOLNESS Support your big kid’s newfound awareness of the environment with this cool T-shirt ($18) from Skreened. It comes in a variety of colors for maximum self-expression. 3327 N. High St., Clintonville, 614-824-4455;

for Kids $16 to $25

GOT GAME? Go nuts on family game night with Buckeye-themed Jenga and Yahtzee ($20 each). Just don’t invite any Michigan fans over. Available at College Traditions, 286 W. Lane Ave., Campus, 800-6284678;

STOMP ON THIS The Stomp Rocket Ultra ($16) is one of those rare toys that can be enjoyed both inside and outside. So let your kids stomp away this winter and then get ready for the real action in the spring when you can launch the rockets 200 feet in the air. Available at Tom Thumb Hobbies, 460 Wilson Rd., West Side, 614-274-5150;

COUNT ON ME Counting on your fingers is not only acceptable, it’s a fashion statement! Your little one will love these numbered knit gloves, available at Fritzy Jacobs for $19 a pair. Each glove is graced with fun faces and crazy hair. Pick from pink or blue in a people or pet theme. Great for ages 2 and up. 635 N. High St., Worthington, 614-885-8283;


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PROUD LIDS Let your kids display their hometown pride with a Blue Jackets hat ($24-$26). Find the hats, and a lot of other cool stuff, at both locations of the official team store, The Fox Sports Ohio Blue Line. Nationwide Arena, Arena District, 614-246-3200; The Mall at Tuttle Crossing, Dublin, 614-246-3205;

HOW DO YOU SPELL F-U-N? Magnetic Wooden Letters (and Numbers) are made with recycled wood and stored in resealable “milk carton” containers. The letters and numbers are sold in separate, 40-piece sets ($20). Each piece has magnetic backing and will stick to any metal surface. Good for ages 3 and up at the Franklin Park Conservatory’s Botanica gift shop. 1777 E. Broad St., East Side, 614-645-8733;

We’ve Moved! Music Go Round Columbus East (Gahanna) has moved to 1329 Stoneridge Drive

Come in and see our NEW store!

What's the

best holiday gift

you ever received?

AUTHOR MARGARET PETERSON HADDIX My daughter (and first child) was born the Sunday after Thanksgiving, so I went through Advent that year feeling as though I'd already gotten my best Christmas present. My husband and I sent out the birth announcements with our Christmas cards, and we debated about whether it would be sacrilegious to use the same wording on both: “Unto us a child is born…” I'd understood the religious significance of Christmas before that, I'd understood the secular fun of it, but I'd never quite grasped the miracle of that simple phrase: “A child is born…” That was definitely my favorite present ever, until I got an equal favorite almost two years later when our son was born.

TURN YOUR OLD INSTRUMENTS INTO CHRISTMAS CASH We have beginning guitar and bass add-on kits, as well as lessons and gift cards to make your shopping easy! Your #1 Used Gear Resource 833 Bethel Rd. Columbus, Ohio 43214 614-457-9328

BABY BUDDIES Bring your baby bundles of bliss with the Bunnies by the Bay Buddy Blanket ($24) from Belles & Beaux Children’s Boutique. Say that one five times fast … or just cuddle up with one instead. These super-soft, plush animal friends come in your choice of bunny, puppy, teddy and more, all outfitted with a velour blanket and silky satin trim. 1249 N. Hamilton Rd., Gahanna, 614-473-2000

1329 Stoneridge Drive Gahanna, Ohio 43230 614-473-0100

PERSONALIZED POP Happiness may not come in a bottle, but how about on it? Order customized six- or 12packs of Jones Soda (currently available in 11 flavors). Each bottle will be emblazoned with labels that have the photo and caption of your design on them. $17 for a sixpack or $30 for a 12-pack, plus shipping; allow 7-10 days for production and shipping. Available at

AIRZOOKA! It’s a fact — kids like to shoot stuff. Let them have their fun without worrying about injuries or accidents with the Airzooka ($20). This ingenious toy, available at the COSI Store, lets them shoot puffs of air across the room and, even better, it doesn’t require batteries. 333 W. Broad St., Franklinton, 614-629-3109; | November 2010 |




for Kids $26 to $50

ALPHABET LACING BEAD KIT Bead Bazaar’s Alphabet Lacing Kit ($32) from online provider Wink is designed for small hands. Bright, whimsical, hand-crafted letters, beads and charms slide easily onto the lacing string, creating endless jewelry options. The craft will help a child string together spelling skills as well master colors and shapes. Good for ages 3-4. Available at

BILIBO TOY SEAT Toys don’t have to be complicated or run on batteries to be fun! Winner of the 2010 Preschool Toy of the Year award, bilibo’s simple plastic shell offers a jumping off point for your child’s imagination. Sit, spin, scoot or scoop. Use as a drum, bucket or beach toy. The entertainment options are endless; $29. Good for ages 2 and up. 4310 N. High St., Clintonville, 614-26-SPROUT;

KENYA TAKE ME TO AFRICA? Your tyke will be ferociously adorable in Toto Knits animal sweaters from Lottie Da Baby Boutique. They’re hand knit in Kenya from soft organic cotton and colored with bio-friendly dyes. Available in a variety of animals, each sweater is even labeled with the signature of the woman who knitted it with love for your little cub. 4705 N. High St., Clintonville, 614-754-1261;

BOUNCE AWAY The Aquarian Tru Bounce Pad with Power Sleeve Drumsticks ($34) from Columbus Percussion provides all the fun of a drum kit, but it takes up a lot less space for a lot less money. This practice pad’s construction also makes your little drummer boy or girl work a little harder, building speed and strength. 5052 N. High St., Clintonville, 614-885-7372;


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THE SLEEPOVER TOTE Make attending slumber parties less cumbersome with the Sleepover Tote ($28) from Cute as a Button. Now your little partier can pack a sleeping bag, pillow, PJs and even a teddy bear in one convenient and easy-to-carry bag. Sorry, but the tote doesn’t ensure that they will actually sleep. 38 W. Olentangy St., Powell, 614-430-9408;

What's the best holiday gift you ever received?

SPIN AN EPIC YARN Cool graphics? Check. Co-op mode? Check. Lack of violent content? Check. Fun? Check. Kirby’s Epic Yarn ($50), the first Wii version of your gamer’s favorite pink blob, is coming out just in time for the holidays (it’s available at local Gamestop stores). You have to see this game to believe how absolutely adorable it is. Multiple locations,


JIM TRESSEL The most meaningful Christmas gift that I ever received was a year when I was in elementary school. My dad was on sabbatical from his job as a professor/coach at BaldwinWallace College and therefore we had zero income. My parents could only afford a small gift for each of their three sons. My oldest brother, Dick, received a 75-cent tie-tack. Brother Dave received a used book, and my gift was a pair of football pants that a local sporting goods rep provided. I'll never forget that gift because it was such a surprise and it made me feel so good that we were all willing to cheerfully sacrifice for the good of our family.

WORKS OF HEART Turn your nursery into a world of wonder and whimsy with Flensted Mobiles, available at the Columbus Museum of Art. These hand-crafted mobiles from Denmark are assembled so that each element remains in constant motion — just like your baby. With multiple designs to choose from, including the popular Elephant Party, Circular Bunnies or Sheep Mobile (all $35), your child’s room can be turned into a mini-museum of modern art. 480 E. Broad St., Downtown, 614-221-6801;

InCLUEsive Delaware native Cari Oberfield calls this treasure-hunt game she invented a “party in a box.” For $30, she’s done all the hard work of thinking up clues for a hunt that you can set up inside or outside any home. It’s the perfect activity for parties this holiday season. And it’s available exclusively in Central Ohio at Fundamentals. 25 W. Winter St., Delaware, 740-363-0290;

SLEEP SHEEP & FRIENDS With one of these furry friends to curl up next to, your child may just look forward to lights out! With a push of a button, Sleep Sheep and Gentle Giraffe offer four soothing sounds to help calm & relax. Polar Cuddle Cub softly vibrates and Twilight Turtle’s shell glows and shoots stars on the ceiling. Each toy has a timer, volume control, and comes with batteries; $35 to $42. 4850 W. Powell Rd., Powell, 1-800-MONKEYS; | November 2010 |




for Kids $51 & up


IT’S A JUNGLE OUT THERE Baby Livingston, I presume? There’s nothing quite like exploring a world filled with swinging monkeys, jittery elephants and spinning parrots. The Gymini Super Deluxe Lights & Music Activity Gym from Tiny Love gives your tiny one a chance for multisensory play with lights, a music touch pad, mirror, hanging toys and fun textures and sounds. $60 from Babies R Us or most major retailers. Multiple locations,

This hand-crafted Noah’s Ark set is destined to become a family heirloom. Each $150 set, which includes dozens of animal and people figures, is made with reclaimed wood by local artist Tom Hindes. Delaware, 740-881-4315;

SAFE DRIVING STARTS HERE Sure, at $350 it’s a pricey present, but you’ll recoup the cost in lower insurance premiums and peace of mind. Enroll your teen in the one-day Honda Teen Defensive Driving Program at the MidOhio Sports Car Course in Lexington. 7721 Steam Corners Rd., Lexington, 800-643-6446;

THESE WHEELS WERE MADE FOR WALKING Help your little would-be walker gain confidence on two feet with this traditional baby walker from Plan Toys, available for $75 at Petit Green. It comes loaded with an adjustable handle, stationary option, 24 colorful blocks nestled inside, plus it’s made from organic recycled wood, non-toxic glue and water-based dyes. 1500 Polaris Pkwy., Polaris Fashion Place, 614-840-0544;

YBIKE BABY’S FIRST POWER TOOLS Make sure your kid has the right tools for the project with the Design & Drill Power Tool Workshop, available at Learning Express Toys. The $60 set comes with a fun Activity Guide, plus brightly-colored bolts, bits, wrench, battery-powered drill and screwdriver, all in a compact carrying case. Recommended for ages 3 and up. 4545 W. Dublin-Granville Rd., Dublin, 614-932-0222;


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Your child will be the envy of all toddlers on the block with the Ybike balance bike. Billed as 100percent safe for kids as young as 2, studies have shown this little trike ($79) helps a child develop coordination quickly and improve overall balance. Available at Larson’s Toys and Games. 1617 W. Lane Ave., Upper Arlington, 614-486-7701;

Look no further! Record Player World carries Juke Boxes, Record Players and Entertainment Centers that combine timeless beauty with state-of-the art technology. It’s the perfect gift for that hard-to-buy-for person! Visit our web site CR56 1950s Pay Phone The CR56 has functional coin slots that jingle your change to a coin bank in the base of the unit. A retro-style rotary dial keypad completes the look!

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CR6002A Revolution Portable Turntable Who says turntables need to come in a box? The Revolution is the first batterypowered portable from Crosley. With USB built in and an FM transmitter to enjoy on any nearby stereo, this turntable sets a new standard. Price: $149.95 Free Shipping

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Gifts for Moms

These hand-made necklaces are each one-of-a-kind — just like her. $48 for the flower design and $68 for others at SoBo Style. 3282 N. High St., Clintonville, 614-447-8880;

SOOTHING MAGIC SWEET ESCAPE MOMMY’S MINI VASE Where does Mom put those carefully picked dandelions? Here, in a mini vase! They’re $18.50 at encircle. 30-34 N. State St., Westerville, 614-891-9123;

Give her the ultimate in relaxation with the “Polaris Sweet Escape,” a one-and-a-half hour spa treatment that includes a massage under a waterfall-like shower. It’s $140 at The Charles Penzone Grand Salon at Polaris. 771 Polaris Pkwy., Lewis Center, 614-418-5350;

This warming Active Composition massage oil soothes sore muscles so immediately that it’s practically magic. (And let’s face it — you’re going to have to throw in some “free massage from Dad” coupons as part of this deal. So do it.) $21 at Aveda. 4050 The Strand West, Easton Town Center, 614-476-9600;

REFRESHING REJUVENATION Made with African red tea, organic sugar, honey and pomegranate, this Ole Henriksen Sugar Glow Face Scrub will rejuvenate her skin and spirit. $38 at Sephora. 1500 Polaris Pkwy., Polaris Fashion Place, 614-785-9921;

WARM HER SOUL If coffee’s not a boost enough, remind her with this Life Is Good mug that no matter the morning hour, life is, well, truly good; $10 at Generation Green. 6351 Sawmill Rd., Dublin, 614-761-2222;


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What's the best holiday gift you ever received? THE LONGABERGER COMPANY CEO TAMI LONGABERGER

• High Quality Education from 6 weeks through 6 years • Degreed, Montessori-trained lead teachers and degreed assistants • Low Teacher Turnover • A.M., P.M., or All Day Sessions

• Before school, After school, and extended (9-4) care available • Care available during school breaks • An environment that fosters individual growth for your unique child

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My most special Christmas gift came from my children, when they were 3 and 5 years old. Unbeknownst to me, they took a Longaberger basket off a shelf in our home and colored all over it with crayons. They were beaming with pride when I unwrapped it, and of course, I was very touched. Matthew and Claire now are in college, but I still have that basket in my home. I cherish it to this day, and every time I look at it I smile.

(NW Columbus near Upper Arlington)


GOING (PRACTICALLY) GLAM Whether Mom’s a business exec or carpooler extraordinaire (or both), this High Impact Mascara from Clinique ($14) will offer the touch of glam she likes — and none of the smudging she hates. Available at fine department stores. Multiple locations,

Whether she’s a running addict or yoga queen, lululemon’s Gather and Crow crop pants are chaferesistant, all-purpose workout pants sure to become her all-time favorite (plus, they wash beautifully!). $86 at lululemon athletic. 841 N. High St., Short North, 614-429-0351;

2620 Fisher Road, Columbus

GROCERY DIVA Mom can carry twice as much in half the time with Envirosax bags — plus, she’ll look super cute saving the earth. The Bloom model is $10 at SoBo Style. 3282 N. High St., Clintonville, 614-447-8880;

2 mi. West of 5th Ave and Rte 33 Easy access from I-670 and all suburbs • Horseback Riding Instructions for All Ages • Specializing in Hunter/Jumper • Local & National Showing Program • Boarding • Leasing • Sales • Camps

THE WRITE STUFF Help her make to-do lists in style with Vera Bradley pens. Just $19 at Accent on Image. 1500 Polaris Pkwy., Polaris Fashion Place, 614-431-3662; | November 2010 |



Gifts for Dads TWIG bazaar


Sunday, November 14, 2010 10 am - 3 pm Fairgrounds-Lausche Building Free Admission

Early Entrance Shopping 9 am - 10 am $25 donation To purchase call (614) 355-0811 or visit

Visit Santa’s North Pole Animated Ceramic Village featuring Department 56 North Pole Series. Free! Through December 30. Closed Dec. 24, 25 Open M-S 9 am-8 pm Sun 12-6 pm

(614) 836-3333 Groveport Town Hall Art Gallery - 648 Main Street


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Daddy needs a new pair of shoes and Keen makes a style for almost every man out there —whether it’s comfy business-casual styles, rugged trail boots or those popular hybrid sandals. The Anchorage Boot ($110), shown here, is a slip-on waterproof boot loaded with insulation and dual-climate, multi-directional lugs. Available at, 866-676-5336

Never see Dad in the family photos because he’s stuck behind the camera? Get him the Gorillapod Magnetic! This ingenious contraption can stand on or wrap around lots of things to hold a camera steady for the perfect, auto-timer picture. Add the magnetic feet, which will attach to any metal surface, and the options increase. Gorillapod Magnetic made by Joby retails for $25 and can be found at Cord Camera locations in Central Ohio. Multiple locations,

LODGE COMBO COOKER The Lodge Combo Cooker can be used as a fryer, Dutch oven, griddle, skillet, stockpot and, maybe back in the old days, a weapon. Bottom line, this castiron cookware combo a musthave for any dad that enjoys cooking, be it in on a kitchen stove or outdoors over an open fire. Old Time Pottery stocks the three-quart Lodge Combo Cooker for $40. 2200 Morse Rd., North Side, 614-337-1258;

SQUIRREL BUSTER CLASSIC BIRD FEEDER For the dad who enjoys feeding birds but doesn’t want to worry about wily squirrels dining on the birdseed, this feeder is great. It’s designed to close if the weight of a squirrel climbs aboard. It also keeps seed fresh by allowing heat and humidity to escape out of the covered, ventilated top. Find one at The Backyard Experience for $50, along with a wide variety of birdseed. 3515 N. High St., Clintonville, 614-261-3055;


Fall Events & Programs

Birthday Party Package Have your child’s next birthday party at the DCRC! The birthday party package includes the use of the DCRC swimming pool and a classroom for a total of 2 ½ hours. The DCRC also provides decorations, paper products and balloons. Call for pricing and complete details. Family Gym Night Saturday, Nov. 20, 6 - 8 p.m., ages 12 & under Enjoy a Saturday night with your family at the DCRC. There is a special play area for preschool children and various games/activities for elementary-aged kids and families. Parents must remain with their children.

CAJOHNS FLAVOR & FIRE CaJohns in the North Market knows how to bring the heat. Their award-winning line of locally made products includes salsas, spices, rubs, BBQ sauces and, of course, a wide variety of hot sauces. Prepared in small batches with fresh ingredients and no preservatives, you’re sure to find something that will tingle Dad’s taste buds. Hot sauce gift packs start at $15 while a six-pack of salsas is $25. 59 Spruce St., Downtown, 614-229-4273;

CARFAGNA’S ITALIAN MARKET According to a little unscientific polling of dads, nothing says Happy Holidays like a box of meat. And for 71 years, Carfagna’s has been the place in Columbus to go for meat. Carfagna’s offers a variety of steak boxes starting at $36, as well as gift certificates that are good at both the market and their restaurant. 1405 E. Dublin-Granville Rd., Columbus, 614-846-6340;


From Dublin to the North Pole Tuesday, Dec. 21 or Wednesday, Dec. 22, 6 - 8:30 p.m. Families who love watching The Polar Express each holiday season can see the movie come to life as it plays in Dublin's Abbey Theater. Children enter the theater on a trackless train, the Abbey Dance Ensemble performs dances, hot chocolate is served, and each child receives a golden ticket and bell. We encourage all children to come dressed in their pajamas. Parent participation is required. Fee is per person. Little Hoop Stars Saturdays, Nov 6 - Dec 18, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m., ages 4 - 6 Students learn the fundamental basics of dribbling, passing, shooting and defense utilizing fun drills. Youth Volleyball Mondays, Nov 8 - Dec 6, 4 - 5 p.m., ages 8 - 11 Bump, set, spike! Explore the fundamentals of volleyball through action-packed sessions designed to teach basic skills to beginning players. Participants must wear kneepads for each class.

Dad can show off his support for the Buckeyes, while providing shade or shelter for the family at all kinds of outdoor events. This scarlet-and-gray canopy on the durable steel frame covers an 81-square-foot area and easily folds down to fit in the included bag for easy storage. Amazon has the tent for $200, with free super-saver shipping. Available at

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KRISTIAN HUSELIUS The best gift I ever got as a kid was a pair of Adidas soccer shoes. I got them when I was 10 years old. Growing up in Sweden, I played soccer just as much as I played hockey, so getting new soccer shoes was a great gift.

For more information or to register visit: or call 614-410-4550 The Great Kaplan Saturday, Nov. 6, 11 a.m. Blending dazzling skill with shameless gimmickry, David Kaplan delights audiences of all ages with his highly original act. Recommended for ages 9 & up. $7 adults, $5 children & seniors A Christmas Carol Thursday, Dec. 2 & 9, 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3 & 10, 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4 & 11, 3 & 7 p.m. An hour long, musical version of Charles Dickens’ classic story, created exclusively for the Abbey Theater. $5 per person | November 2010 |



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BEE-U-TIFUL! If Grandma likes to burn candles, pick up a few elegant beeswax candles from the Honey Cottage in Canal Winchester. Made with wax from local beekeepers, these candles will make her house smell honey-licious. Priced from 50 cents to $7.50, the candles come in many shapes and sizes. The Honey Cottage is open by appointment seven days a week. 6240 Wright Rd., Canal Winchester, 614-837-3899;

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PACKED FOR COMFORT It’s a computer wrist rest. It’s a cold pack to ease strained muscles. It’s a hot pack to soothe stress away. No matter how they use it, the Hot/Cold Pack by Bonnie’s Country Crafts will come in handy. The $4.75 item, available at the Kindred Spirits Craft Mall, is filled with soft white wheat and can be chilled in the freezer or heated up in the microwave. The removable cotton cover can be tossed in the washer. 799 Windmiller Dr., Pickerington, 614-759-9808;

CITY OF HILLIARD TREE LIGHTING UPSCALE ART DISPLAY Let’s face it — a grandparent’s refrigerator can only hold so many pieces of artwork. Li’l DaVinci children’s artwork frames by Dynamic Frames ($25 to $65) are a simple solution. They open from the front and store up to 50 pieces of artwork. They’re available in black, white and cherry and come with a mat, template and hanging hardware. Available at

Thursday, December 2 6:00-8:00 p.m. Historical Village Weaver Park-Hilliard Music by Scioto Darby First Graders, Visit by Santa, Ice Sculpting Demonstration, Luke the Juggler, Trolley Rides, Kettle Corn and Hot Chocolate. For more information, visit or

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PRESERVE FOND MEMORIES Maybe they’ve told us before, but we still want to know: Who was their childhood hero? When were they proudest of their children? Grandma and Grandpa are sure to smile as they record the answers to questions posed by children of all ages in “A Grandparents’ Memory Book: Did You Really Walk Five Miles to School?” compiled by Teri Harrison. Blank pages allow your children to add their own questions. $15 at The Book Loft. 631 S. Third St., German Village, 614-464-1774,; also available at

HUGS AND KISSES 24/7 Nana will have hugs and kisses from her grandkids wherever she goes when she wears the Hearty Hugs and Kisses necklace created by Grandview jewelry artisan/designer Kristan Early, owner of Bella Beads Studio. The $42 necklace includes four hand-stamped sterling charms. Bella Beads Studio items are available at Kussmaul Gallery, 140 E. Broadway, Granville, 740-587-4640,; also available at | November 2010 |



Gifts for teachers THINGS TO DO New teachers, who are just beginning to stockpile classroom tools, will especially love “365 Things to Make and Do.” The brightly illustrated book offers lots of great craft ideas. The projects are unique and interesting and are things that kids can do on their own. It’s available at the Columbus Museum of Art’s Museum Store for $25. 480 E. Broad St., Downtown, 614-629-0314;

A SPLASH OF COLOR With a colorful scarf, you can brighten the day of the teacher who lights up your child. The Columbus Museum of Art’s Museum Store sells a wide variety of scarves in fabulous fabrics and vibrant prints, beginning at $15. Teachers can use them to ward off winter winds or to accessorize a favorite outfit. 480 E. Broad St., Downtown, 614-629-0314;

THE GIFT THAT KEEPS GIVING … OXYGEN! Spread a little holiday cheer (and O2) with live plants from the Franklin Park Conservatory greenhouse. Choose from traditional plants like poinsettias and Christmas cacti or non-traditional house plants in holiday colors. You can find them at Botanica, the Conservatory’s gift shop, from $7 to $15. 1777 E. Broad St., East Side, 614-645-8733;


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EVERYTHING WOOL IS NEW AGAIN! Wool sweaters find new life in the talented hands of ReJen, a Bexley artist. She repurposes old threads into new bags, flowers and scarves. The petite green handbag ($32) retains its sweater character. It also features a removable felt pin that can be worn as a broach. And she also has flower pins for $7. Available at

A BASKET OF GOODIES Not sure what to give? How about a little of everything? The friendly staff at Global Gallery can customize a basket sure to delight any teacher. Possible goodies include ornaments, coffee, tea, chocolate and soap. Prices start at $25. 682 N. High St., Short North, 614-621-1744;

A MUG THEY’LL LOVE No one likes a cold cup of coffee. Help busy teachers keep their beverages piping hot with an adorable covered mug. The whimsical lids serve a practical purpose — keeping drinks hot between sips. Find one at The Avant Garden for $14. 2258 E. Main St., Bexley, 614-235-5666;

NOTES FOR TEACHER Everyone will want a note from the teacher who uses fun stationery like these apple-slice memo slips. There’s a variety of styles and patterns to choose from for the teacher who likes to put it in writing. You can find them at Botanica, the Conservatory’s gift shop, from $5 to $20. 1777 E. Broad St., East Side, 614-645-8733;


Gifts for pets LUXURY PET BEDS These stylish pet beds from Fairytail Furniture are unique — the supporting structure is tied like the underfoot section of snow shoes, creating a supportive, light and long-lasting bed. Each bed includes the Comfy K9 Easy Care Crate Pad for their additional comfort. You pick the size bed (based on pet weight) and the finish. Enamel color and stenciling are also available. Prices start at $150. 2575 E. Livingston Ave., Bexley, 614-725-3101;

Debbie Angelos (kid gifts) lives in Hilliard with her husband, 1-anda-half-year-old son and a cat that used to be friendly until one and a half years ago. An Ohio transplant, she’s proud that one of her son’s first words was “Buckeyes.”

AROMA-PAWS GROOMING PRODUCTS Holiday stress getting to your pets, too? Try indulging them in the relaxing, all-natural Aroma-Paws products, available at Mutts & Co. The Dog Shampoo & Conditioner in One and the Deodorizing and Conditioning Coat Spray come in wonderful scents like Honeysuckle, Indian Jasmine & Sweet Violet or Vanilla Bean, Lemongrass, Pink Grapefruit & Rose. Prices start at $15. 7549 Sawmill Rd., Dublin, 614-792-6888;

CABOODLE CORRUGATED CAT FURNITURE Cats love boxes, especially the texture and feel of cardboard. Recycled Retriever is a Columbus-based, ecofriendly company that designed the Caboodle ($30) line of kitty furniture to have lots of edges for your cats to rub on and groom their fur. The kids can also customize the Caboodle by drawing on it or wallpapering it, before assembling the three-level structure. Available at

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Melissa Kossler Dutton (teacher gifts) lives in Bexley with her husband and two boys. She used to worry about making work calls with two children in the background until she realized lots of people work with irrational, demanding people who only want to talk to them when they are on the phone. Kristy Eckert (mom gifts) is the editor of Capital Style magazine. All she wants for Christmas is a giant, adorable, slobbery kiss from her 9-month-old son, Cooper (but those over-the-knee Stuart Weitzman boots she’s been craving wouldn’t be bad, either). Jane Hawes (kid gifts) is the editor of Columbus Parent magazine. When she’s not driving her son or daughter somewhere, she is catching zzz’s during yin yoga class. Kristen Maetzold (kid gifts) is a freelance writer, producer, Realtor, mom and stepmom. She lives in Worthington with her husband Dave and fills her “spare” time with family, friends, exercise and attempting to catch her breath. Marguerite Marsh (pet gifts), a freelance writer who lives in Upper Arlington with her husband and dog, is Columbus Parent’s Animal House blogger and monthly columnist. Elizabeth Seufer (grandparent gifts), a mother of two, lives in Canal Winchester. She enjoys practicing yoga, reading and chasing after her little ones.

best holiday gift Director Emeritus of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

Kevin Brashear (dad gifts) is a husband and stay-at-home father of two in Bexley. He is a civicminded volunteer who blogs and drinks entirely too much Diet Coke.

When I was 14, I received a gift I'd been lobbying for: two miniature Sicilian donkeys. They were beautiful, with a little donkey cart and brand-new harnesses. Of course, those donkeys bred and before long I found myself in the donkey business. I don't think that was quite what my parents had in mind!

Truda Shinker (kid gifts) is a freelance writer living in Powell with her husband and two kids. Carmella Van Vleet (kid gifts) is a children’s author and mother of three in Lewis Center. She owns an embarrassing number of PEZ dispensers and loves to read.

WINTER BREAK DAY CAMPS Don’t spend your winter break indoors! Experience the outdoors, discover winter fun, and make new friends at our Outdoor Education Day Camps!

Animal Adventures December 20-23, 9am-4pm Ages 6-12

Simply Science December 27-30, 9am-4pm Ages 6-12

It’s cold outside, unless you’re a wild animal! Games and activities help kids discover how wildlife can survive an Ohio winter.

Science can be great fun, especially in winter! From snowflake science to snow ice cream kids will become brrrr-illiant scientists!

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Books to buy as gifts “Pocketful of Posies: A Treasury of Nursery Rhymes” by Salley Mavor A unique collection of classic nursery rhymes, using fabrics, colorful threads and everyday objects stitched together to showcase each rhyme. It’s a true keepsake and work of art. Good for all ages. ($22)

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“The Cow Loves Cookies” by Karma Wilson

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Each day the farmer feeds all the animals, but why does the cow love cookies so much? A great picture book about sharing and friendship. Ages 2 to 7. ($17)

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Lucy, a happy young bear, finds a new animal while walking in the woods. He has brown hair, big ears, a striped shirt, blue jeans and he’s a human child. Deciding to keep him as a pet, she names him “Squeakers,” but why would children make terrible pets? Ages 4 to 8. ($17)

The Animal Hospital of Polaris is open, available and equipped to treat your sick or injured pet. Did you know? • Our services cost 1/3 less than local dedicated emergency facilities

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“Life-Size Aquarium” by Teruyuki Komiya Younger children will enjoy the life-size photos of aquarium animals, while older children will love the fun facts it shares. All ages. ($19)

This circular story, told in childlike fashion, begins and ends in front of a house. Colorful illustration honors the imagination and the many adventures it takes us on. Ages 4 to 8. ($19)

Nov. 26 –Dec. 19, 2010 Park Street Theatre “Meet the Villains of Villainville” by Lucy Rosen, illustrated by Dario Brizuela

“Benjamin Franklinstein LIVES!” by Matthew McElligott and Larry Tuxbury

A reader book that introduces the main villains of Saturday morning cartoon Superhero Squad. Each villain is portrayed by causing mayhem in a rather goofy way, and the story ends with the perfect opportunity for your little hero to tell you what they think would happen next. Ages 6 to 8. ($4)

Young Victor Godwin discovers a secret in his basement — Benjamin Franklin, who didn’t pass away 200 years ago, but was put into suspended animation. When Ben’s energy runs low, he rampages for more electricity. A marvelously fun story, the pages also are littered with illustrations of science experiments that can be performed at home. Ages 9 to 12. ($13)

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“Koko Be Good” by Jen Wang A graphic novel about two young adults, Jon and Koko, and how they deal with the emotions every young adult faces. Excellent artwork, sharp humor and honesty about situations teens will face as new adults. Best for teens. ($19)

“Fever Crumb” by Philip Reeve Adopted by Dr. Crumb, Fever Crumb is the first and only female in the Order of Engineers. She is requested as an apprentice for an archaeological dig, and much to her and Dr. Crumb’s dismay, finds troubling adventure. But will taking on this adventure and discovering who she really is shatter the world? Best for teens. ($18)

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“Green Lantern: the Sinestro Corps War vol. 1 & 2” published by DC Comics Sinestro, the longtime enemy (and former member) of the Green Lantern Corps, has created his own corps. A collaborative work by some of the best writers in the American Comic industry and art by Ethan Van Sciver, these volumes are must-reads for any superhero fan. ($12 & $25, paperback and hardcover) Compiled by Columbus Metropolitan Library staff members Michelle Hockman, Youth Services Library Assistant, Center for Discovery; and Dustin Jolivette, Homework Help Center Coordinator, South High branch

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Music by Victor Herbert. Libretto and Lyrics adapted by Ruth Perry with Ann Smit and Susan Carle from the original by Glenn MacDonough.

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EXPERTS FROM NATIONWIDE CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL ANSWER COMMON QUESTIONS ABOUT HEALTH AND SAFETY I know hand washing is supposed to be the best deterrent for catching colds, but how do you get preschoolers to wash their hands correctly? Is there anything else I can do with vitamins or diet to help ward off colds?

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Study participants must be: » 10 -17 years old. » Diagnosed with bipolar I disorder. » Currently on a stable dose of a bipolar medication but still experiencing symptoms. Study participants may receive, at no cost: » Comprehensive study-related psychiatric evaluation. » Investigational study medication. » Compensation for time and travel At all times your child’s information is treated confidentially.

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Regular hand washing is a practical way to prevent many upper respiratory infections, and preschoolers are great at hand washing when they have a routine. Washing hands prior to meals and snacks and after bathroom visits is a great habit to develop. Show them through example and have fun scrubbing together. Sing a song while washing to make it enjoyable and give them 15 to 20 seconds to get their hands squeaky clean. Also make sure the faucet is easy to reach and turn on with soap available, so the job clear and easy, and something that they can accomplish with pride. In addition to hand washing, keep your child healthy with proper nutrition, adequate sleep, outdoor play and lots of love and affection. They are well designed to fight off minor illnesses. So, focus on keeping kids well overall and letting their bodies’ immune systems do what exactly they were designed to do.

Dr. Wendy K. Anderson is a member of the Section of Ambulatory Pediatrics at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. She practices at Close to Home Clinics and her focus is on teens.

My son plays football, and every time I see him get tackled, I’m worried that he’ll suffer from a concussion. How can I tell if he’s had a concussion and how are they treated?


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Dr. Thomas L. Pommering is the Medical Director of The Nationwide Children’s Hospital Sports Medicine Program and a Clinical Assistant Professor at the Ohio State University College of Medicine. He heads a team of Sports Medicine Specialists who see young athletes in their sports concussion clinic every day of the week.

A concussion happens when a child’s head or face is impacted, or if a child’s head changes directions abruptly. Most concussions do not result in loss of consciousness. Early symptoms include headache, confusion, dizziness, appearing dazed, poor balance, inappropriate behavior or just not seeming to be “quite all there.” Later symptoms include sensitivity to light and sound, fatigue, inability to concentrate or focus, memory problems, agitation and depression. After a suspected concussion, the child should be removed from the event, be prohibited from returning that day and seek medical attention promptly. The brain needs dedicated rest and energy to heal itself. There is an uncommon, tragic phenomenon called secondimpact syndrome where the brain will swell instantly after a “second impact.” This has only been described in young athletes, and the fatality rate is estimated at 50 percent. So remember: “When in doubt, sit them out!” The child should also be followed by a physician trained in concussion management. One of the tools used at Nationwide Children’s Hospital Sports Medicine to follow the brain’s recovery is computerized neurocognitive testing. Neurocognitive testing allows us to monitor and document the brain’s return to normal function. A child should never be released back to activity after their symptoms resolve without first completing a specific protocol to safely and gradually progress them back to play.

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One of my son’s classmates has cystic fibrosis and sometimes has to miss school when he gets ill. How can I help my son understand his friend’s disease better?

Dr. Karen McCoy is Chief of the Section of Pulmonary Medicine at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Her interests focus on managing patients with cystic fibrosis and pediatric asthma.

Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is a hereditary condition which causes a change in normal cellular salt and water movement. Children with CF have problems primarily with their respiratory tract and digestive system, and with clearing their secretions, or mucus, normally. This can cause chronic infection, requiring the child to cough or use other methods to remove the mucus from his or her body. It’s important to note that the germs that cause CF are not harmful to people without CF (they are, however, potentially dangerous to others with CF). In fact, coughing is normal and encouraged. Explain these facts to your son, so he can understand what his friend is going through. Ask that he be kind and supportive of his friend, especially when he needs to cough. Over time, these infections may progress and cause lung damage, which can shorten life. However, in recent years, there have been dramatic advances in CF treatments, and the length and quality of life has improved. There are even medications which can normalize the basic defect in cellular water and salt movement. With advances like these, children with CF can potentially be cured.

Free Sensory Learning Program Seminar December 1, 2010 6:30-8:00PM at The Vision Performance Center of Columbus


STAYING HEALTHY FOR THE HOLIDAYS You can stay healthy despite the busy holiday schedule. Here are a few tips to boost your body’s defenses: • Protect yourself — get a flu shot (pictured) and wash your hands a lot. This year, the flu vaccine includes the H1N1 vaccine. The Center for Disease Control recommends children 6 months of age and older receive the vaccination each year. Children under 2 years old JEFF HINCKLEY/DISPATCH PHOTO should get the shot. Children 2 years and older without chronic medical problems can receive the flu mist. • Eat healthy. Make it a priority to eat five or more fruits and vegetables a day. • Chill out. If you feel stressed about the holidays, stop what you’re doing and take five deep breaths. • Get some Z’s. Eight and a half to nine hours of sleep a night (10 to 11 hours for kids between 5 and 12) can strengthen your immune system, making you less vulnerable to stress. • Remember, the holidays only come once a year. Get out, have fun and forget about the tough stuff for a while.

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need to know: THE GO-TO GUIDE

Attending the performing arts We all know how important it is to expose our kids to the arts, but how many of us actually make the effort to get them — and ourselves — to the theater, the ballet, the symphony or the opera? Are we slacking because we’re not exactly sure how to do it? Any one of these performances is the product of hundreds, even thousands, of years of tradition. Each one has rules and rituals that aren’t obvious to a newcomer. To demystify these art forms, Columbus Parent asked people from some of the top performing-arts organizations in town to help us create this month’s Go-To Guide. —JANE HAWES ANDREA KJERRUMGAARD PHOTO

WHAT TO WEAR: No one wants people to stay away from the arts because they aren’t dressed in tuxedos and evening gowns. Comfort is key, but so is showing respect for the performers. “Nice school clothes” is a good rule of thumb from Columbus Symphony Orchestra’s Jeani Stahler. “Casual but neat clothing” is perfectly acceptable, said BalletMet’s Jennifer Sciantarelli. But part of the fun can be dressing up. The Wexner Center’s Shelly Casto said, “Children often enjoy wearing special clothes for a special outing. For last year’s ‘Farfalle (Butterflies)’ performances, there were quite a few girls who came outfitted with fairy wings!” Added Opera Columbus’s Sarah Rhorer, “For children, a night or afternoon at the opera seems like a very special, grownup occasion, and it’s fun to treat it as such by dressing up!”


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DOING YOUR HOMEWORK: Before you go, do some research about what you’ll see. Our experts suggested these resources: Websites: Each organization’s website has lots of info about the show and performers you’ll be seeing Library: Read children’s books about famous composers or choreographers YouTube: Watch clips of famous ballets or operas Wikipedia: Read up on the history of famous plays, operas, ballets and music CDs and iTunes: Listen to the music that will be performed

COUNTDOWN TO CURTAIN Most theaters open their front doors one hour before a show starts (or “before curtain” in theater lingo) and the seating area’s doors 30 minutes beforehand. Arrive early enough (at least 20 minutes before curtain) to give yourselves time to visit the bathroom before the show starts. Other pre-show activities can include: a walk around the theater; read the program together; attend a pre-performance talk if there is one; peer into the orchestra pit and watch the musicians warm up. If you arrive late, you might not be able to enter the theater after the performance has begun. It depends on what it is being performed. The ushers will tell you if and when you can be seated later.

WHY ARE THEY SINGING SO LOUD? Opera Columbus’s Rhorer said children often deem operatic singing as “shouting” and “weird” so they immediately tune out, but she said once they understand why the singing style is the way it is, they often accept it. Here’s what she tells them: “At the time opera was invented, there was no such thing as a microphone! Singers had to figure out ways to use their bodies to amplify sound so that people in all areas of the theater could hear them. Singers on the radio today produce sound differently because they have the aid of a microphone.”

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Many of the shows at the Wexner Center are performed by actors from other countries. The Wex’s Casto suggested, “You can prepare your children for foreign accents by having them listen to someone from Australia, for instance, by watching a YouTube video, if the show is from that country. However, performers here are careful to soften accents and clarify language because they want to be clearly understood by American children.”

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BalletMet’s “The Nutcracker”


TO CLAP OR NOT TO CLAP “Applause can be tricky to figure out for the newcomer,” said Opera Columbus’s Rhorer. Here’s a cheat sheet for when it’s OK to clap: • When the conductor comes on stage or into the orchestra pit • At the end of a special solo • At the end of an act (unless something really sad has happened and then it might not feel right) • Definitely at the end of the performance, even if something sad has happened. As the Wexner’s Casto explained, “Sometimes when a show ends, the audience may be quiet for awhile, taking in the final message or emotion of the show. This is a good thing. If that silence goes on for awhile, often a technical manager will nudge the applause along by starting the round. Just follow along — and don’t worry if you are early or late!” When in doubt, watch what everyone else is doing. Said Rhorer, “A good rule of thumb is to take cues from those around you. If most seem to be clapping, Classical ballets have some very set tradigo ahead and join in!” tions. One of these is a pas de deux (pronounced Another good rule of thumb “paah deh DOOH”), which is a dance between a is to watch the conductor, said man and a woman. First they’ll dance together, Stahler: “Applaud when the conthen each one will perform a solo, and then ductor lowers his arms unless it they’ll reunite for another dance together. The is only the end of one of several Sugar Plum Fairy and Prince Cavalier section of movements of a symphony, at “The Nutcracker” is a famous pas de deux, and which point applause only it’s OK to clap after each duet and solo. Balletoccurs at the very end of the Met’s Sciantarelli said, “Dancers love to know entire piece.” that the audience is enjoying themselves.”



Sometimes the best laid plans and pre-curtain visits to the restroom aren’t enough. What to do when nature calls? CSO’s Stahler suggested, “If this is your child’s first visit to an orchestra concert, request a seat near the aisle — just in case. Very quietly and quickly exit the row and then wait until the end of the piece to return to your seat.” Another tip from Opera Columbus’s Rhorer was “try to wait until there is a scene change or for music that is loud enough to mask the scuffle of getting out of your seats.”

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Some final helpful hints from our experts: • CSO’s Stahler said, “Try not to dwell on all of the ‘don’ts’ before the concert. Instead, after explaining positive, realistic expectations, talk about all of the wonderful things that will be seen and heard.” • Opera Columbus’s Rhorer said, “It may seem like an overwhelming, grown-up experience for a child. If they see you being relaxed and enjoying the experience, they are more likely to feel the same.” • Wexner’s Casto said, “Be sure your child is fed and well rested. If your child is nervous about darkness, be sure to hold their hand or pat their back if the lights are dimmed during a show.” • BalletMet’s Sciantarelli said, “Reflect on the performance afterwards. Responses to a performance vary from individual to individual and should be respected and encouraged.” | November 2010 |


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Aladdin Restaurant Wanna find out if your kid has the stomach for college? Well, you could pay for expensive SAT-prep courses … or you could just take him to a greasy-spoon diner. We opted for the latter, sending our intrepid mom-and-kid team to a beloved classic: Aladdin Restaurant in Granville, home of Denison University.


I will admit to a passing familiarity with the style of greasy-spoon food consumption. So it was with some trepidation that I approached this assignment. Bottom line? Aladdin might have the worn linoleum, chipped china and bent cutlery that one associates with the very best of diner-based cuisine, but it also has the cheap and gratifying food and drink that one expects from an establishment frequented by college students. We went for an early dinner on a Friday evening, opening with a strawberrymilkshake apertif ($3.50). The shake was delivered in its oversized metal mixing cup with straw, spoon and another cup to pour it into. The thick shake was tasty with a few chunks of vanilla ice cream still left in it. The entree was a bacon burger with



cheese ($5.25). The four slices of real bacon were generous and a tad overwhelming, but delicious, and thankfully I do prefer my fromage Americano because that’s your only option. For a vegetable side, I went with the onion rings ($3.25). I suspect they were not

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homemade and would give me gas for hours (they did), but again, they were tasty. Regretfully, I did not have the appetite for the fudge cake advertised on the front door of the establishment. (Aladdin’s is the “Home of the Fudge Cake,” which is also known as the “Yum Yum,” a fusion of fudge

cake, ice cream and hot fudge that goes for $1.79.) The bathroom (one single-sex closet) was strongly scented with something odor-masking. Though clean, its tiny size would preclude diaper changing. Service was pleasant and unobtrusive. —JANE HAWES

ALADDIN RESTAURANT 122 E. Broadway, Granville 740-587-0253 PRICES: Sandwiches from $3-$5, dinners from $6-$10, breakfasts served all day HOURS: 6 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday-Sunday

THE KID SAYS: I didn’t think good thoughts at first about this one. The restaurant didn’t smell pleasant and it looked a little run-down. But the milkshake was good. It was fruity. You could definitely taste the strawberry. There was enough to satisfy me. For dinner I ordered a hot dog with french fries off the kid’s menu ($4.25). The food was very filling. The fries were good and salty, and the hot dog was cooked to perfection. I think it was boiled, which is how I prefer it. The service was nice. I never went to the bathroom so I can’t talk about that. My mom said this kind of place is called a greasy spoon. It makes sense because the fries are greasy and the smell was of grease. I would go back because the food was really good. —COLIN HAWES




FAVORITE BITE bacon burger with cheese

milkshake | November 2010 |





& Cobblers

1 small onion, finely chopped 1 to 2 teaspoons vegetable oil 1/2 pound pre-cooked ground beef, crumbled and drained of melted fat 2 1/2 cups flour 1 tablespoon sugar 2 teaspoons baking powder 1 teaspoon salt 3/4 cup ketchup 3/4 cup milk 1/2 cup butter, melted 2 eggs 1 teaspoon prepared mustard 2 cups Cheddar cheese, shredded


The kids at Young Chefs Academy in Gahanna measure, mix and munch. They also learn a quintessential cooking skill — clean up as you go. It’s a job they’re eager to do. During a recent lesson, the kids squabbled over who got to wipe up the table first.



The children were making fruit cobbler and cheeseburger cupcakes — an entree they promised to taste regardless of whether they thought it sounded appetizing. That’s one of owner/ teacher Jill Jacob’s rules: Kids need to take a bite of everything they make. They also need to wait until foods are served to sample them and keep their hands out of their noses and mouths while cooking. Jacobs stocks her kitchen with lettuce knives, pizza cutters and hand choppers, which help kids safely cut and dice. Providing tools to


help them do as much of the work themselves makes cooking more fun, she said. She also considers the age of the students when determining what steps kids can do and whether they need adult help. In between tasks, the kids shout out jokes and Jacobs sings songs. The key to cooking with kids is a laidback attitude, she said: “If the parents relax, the kids relax and have fun.” After some of the budding chefs mixed together cooked ground meat, flour, eggs, cheese, ketchup and mustard, Jacobs walked

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around the work stations and showed each one the mixture. “Do not say ‘ewwww,’ ” she told the 11-member class. A few had to bite their tongues at the sight of lumpy pink mixture. “I hope this is good,” one student called out. “You don’t have to hope,” Jacobs promised. “I tried it last night.” She finds that kids who have a hand in preparing food are more willing to try new things. “It opens them up to so many different foods,” she said. Twenty minutes later,

Jacobs dished up the finished product to a chorus of yums. “The cheeseburger cupcakes are pretty good,” concluded 9-year-old Dominick De Stefano of New Albany. The youngster, who loves to bake with this grandmother, has since prepared Crazy Cobbler for his family — earning him rave reviews and a Cub Scout badge, his mother Michelle De Stefano said. The three-ingredient dessert was great because he could prepare it himself, she said. “He was pretty happy about the whole thing.”

Grownup: Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Coat muffin tins with cooking spray. Saute onion in oil over medium heat until translucent. Add preTIP: cooked beef and mix Substitute your well. favorite bottled BBQ Kid: In a small bowl, sauce for ketchup to create combine flour, sugar, a unique flavor. You can also baking powder, and substitute with a different salt. In another bowl, flavor of cheese such as combine ketchup, milk, Provolone, Monterey butter, eggs and musJack, or Mozzarella. tard. Stir wet ingredients into dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in beef mixture and cheese. Grownup and Kid: Fill muffin tins 3/4 full. Grownup: Bake for 15-18 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pan to wire rack. Makes about 5 dozen.

CRAZY COBBLER INGREDIENTS: 2 cans of cherry-pie filling 1 yellow cake mix 1 can (12 oz.) lemon-lime soda

DIRECTIONS: Grownup: Open the various food packages and preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Kid: Pour the cherry-pie filling into a 9-by-13 baking pan. Sprinkle the dry yellow cake mix over the pie filling. Pour the soda over the dry cake mix. Grownup: Bake for 45 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool. Easily serves 8.

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Jill’s rules of the kitchen: * Teach children to put away ingredients after

using them and to wipe up the work surfaces as they go to reduce the amount of clean up.

* Provide kids with safe tools — plastic measuring

cups and kid-friendly cutting and chopping tools — that allow them to do the work.

* Emphasize safe food handling by making them wash hands throughout the process.

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Nine-week-old Magnus Albrecht slept blissfully in a corner of the Glass Slipper, a historic building in the heart of Powell that has been converted to a tea-party space. And sleep he did while his sister Ava, turning 5, flitted about with nine of her besties in pretty costume dresses and fairy wings. The best part of the Fairy Princess Birthday Tea Party? I mean, besides the scrumptious cake from nearby Bachman’s Cake Shoppe, the goodie bags pre-assembled by Glass Slipper CPO (Chief Princess Officer) Stacey Haney, and the 79 costumes in the

playroom upstairs. The fact that Mom and Dad Albrecht (aka Dawn and Adam) didn’t have to do anything other than show up that day. “Don’t think that wasn’t a large part of this decision,” said Adam, as he followed the thundering herd of pre-kindergarteners around the place with his Flip Cam. So how exactly does one throw a Fairy Princess Birthday Tea Party? Here’s how it’s done at the Glass Slipper, but maybe you can find a few ideas here to create some magic fairy dust of your own.

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WHAT DO FAIRIES DO FOR FUN? • Drawing while waiting

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• Dress-up in fancy costumes — most of the dresses

• Fairy Princess Ava added her

were found at children’s consignment shops and accessorized with hats, bead necklaces and fairy wings • Story time and then hunting for fairies with tiny magnifying glasses and little houses to put them in

handprint, name and date to the eaves of the Glass Slipper’s play room upstairs • Limbo dancing with a ribbonand-pink-tulle-decorated pole

WHAT DO FAIRIES EAT AND DRINK? “Pink tea” (lemonade), PB&J tea sandwiches, fruit kabobs and cake, all served on dainty, mismatched china with cloth napkins.

WHAT DO FAIRIES TAKE HOME WITH THEM? • A Princess tote bag with fun little goodies like elastic hair bands,

press-on sparkle earrings, a lollipop and a Sillyband bracelet • And Fairy Princess Ava received a glass slipper keepsake of her own

THE SOURCES: • The Glass Slipper, 77 W. Olentangy St., Powell, 614-433-9171; glassslip- Theme parties (generally for girls) start at $229 for up to 8 guests. The price includes all food and drink, costumes and goodie bags. The teahouse also provides adult teas for bridal and baby showers. • for party supplies. This is the bulk supplier arm of Oriental Trading Company, the popular online provider. | November 2010 |


family fun: HANDS ON



This Thanksgiving, bring a little autumn scenery inside! This project will dress up your dinner table with napkin rings embellished with polymer clay leaves. Get the whole family involved and make one for every guest.

HOW YOU DO IT: WHAT YOU NEED: • drawings or printed-out images of leaves, each about 2 inches in diameter • a small rolling pin or a large permanent marker (to use like a rolling pin) • mechanical pencil • plastic butter knife • 1 package of oven-bake polymer clay in a fall color • 1 set of store-bought napkin rings, preferably with a smooth surface • baking sheet that will not be used for food in future • fine glitter and clear sealant (like Modge Podge) or shimmery powdered pigment (available in the scrapbooking section of any craft store) • clean, dry paintbrush • tacky glue


1. Print out leaf shapes from the computer (search “leaf outline” on Google Images to find a variety of shapes) or children can draw leaves, using leaves picked outside for inspiration.

9. Press leaf lightly onto napkin holder to form shape before baking. The leaf should not lie perfectly flat anymore.

2. Cut out leaf shape. You can make one leaf design for all the napkin rings or cut out different designs for each ring.

10. Repeat steps above for as many leaves as you want to make.

3. Use a small rolling pin (or permanent marker) to roll out the clay to about 1/8 to 1/4 inches thick. 4. Lay leaf shape on top of clay and trace with pencil. 5. Cut out shape with plastic butter knife. For detailed edges, ADULTS may want to cut out with sharper knife or needle tool. 6. Flatten and smooth rough edges on leaf shape.


7. Use pencil tip to carve in vein details and add texture to the leaf, if desired. 8. If using decorating chalk or powdered pigment, apply these now to leaf edges with a clean paintbrush.

AMY NEIWIRTH is an art educator by day and artist and crafty business owner by night. She operates Sweet Stella Designs, a jewelry company with several distinct lines of work, best known for tiny, realistic food jewelry made with polymer clay. Her work is available at, at craft fairs, and Wholly Craft.

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11. ADULTS: Place leaves on baking sheet and bake according to instructions on the clay packaging. 12. ADULTS: Remove baking tray from oven and let cool for 10 minutes. 13. If using glitter to decorate your leaves: apply a thin coat of sealant or clear glue to the leaves and sprinkle glitter. Let dry. 14. Use tacky glue to attach clay leaves to the napkin rings. 15. Insert napkins and you’re ready to set the Thanksgiving table!

OLIVERA BRATICH is the owner of Wholly Craft! in Clintonville. The shop features hip, handmade goods from more than 100 artists and crafters including clothing, jewelry, accessories, paper goods, and home decor. In addition to one-of-a-kind gifts, the shop also offers craft classes for adults and teens. For info, go to


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The Works


Don’t tell your kid’s school I said this, but The Works museum in Newark is a great excuse for playing hooky. We used a scheduled day-off from my son’s school to make the trek east, and it was clear that avoiding crowds is a good strategy for making the most of this small gem of a kid-centric place. It’s loaded with hands-on exhibits inside a converted factory, and I could see how easily it could get crowded. But when you have room to move, it’s learning nirvana. The Labs on the ground floor are the real stars — more than a dozen learning stations, each aimed at teaching scientific principles like centrifugal force, heat exchange or magnetic fields. There are (usually) printed explanations about what’s being taught but I noticed that, while the parents read these explanations, the kids rarely did. Instead, they just barreled right into the hands-on activity, which was designed well enough they still ended up learning something. Ha! The Invent Lab (open from 10:30-11:30 a.m. and 1:30-3:30 p.m.) is especially awesome. Kids don’t so much invent things as they take apart stuff and, boy, do they love doing that. My son spent a good 45 minutes taking apart an old jet printer, while Volunteer Mike explained what

the parts were and why appliances aren’t built as well as they used to be (I think that was the economics lesson). The upstairs displays have more of a history bent. There’s a big section devoted to a mastodon discovered near Newark in 1989, plus a replica of a woodworking factory and shops from a century ago. Other buildings on the block-size property house a restored railway car, classrooms and The Grill restaurant, which had reasonablypriced food (the Daily Special sandwich with chips and drink went for $5). But

there’s ample space, inside and out of these buildings, for eating your own packed lunch. Getting there via State Rt. 16 on the north side is dicey because of construction (it’s supposed to be completed before December), so call before you go and ask for driving advice. The staff is genuinely friendly and chatty. And you can’t beat the price: $7 for most adults and $3 for most kids (or free if you have a membership with COSI or any other ATSC museum). Plus parking was free, both in the lot or on the street.

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For most parents, the Columbus Zoo’s Stings, Wings ’n Playthings park holds a special place in our memories because it’s where many of us first experienced the bittersweet joy of “letting go.” Once your children heads into that three-story-tall Tinkertoy of a structure, you will find yourself alternately panicking when they disappear from sight behind the canvas screens, wondering how sturdy that netting is, and vowing to whup any bully who messes with your bambino up there. And is there any moment of relief sweeter than when

your unbullied, unbroken child comes sliding out the gaping maw of that giant caterpillar slide? No, I can tell you, there is not. I have yet to see a kid (who has to be 54 inches tall or less to play here) fall out of the big structure, but if one did, they’d have a bouncy surface to land on. And at least you have a comfortable place to sit (more comfortable in warm weather if you can score a spot with shade). There’s also a well-appointed playspace at one end for kids ages 4 and younger. This playground is near the food court if you want to get something to sip or

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“This Is Fun!” by Caspar Babypants (from Babypants Music)

Lately it seems the goal in kid music is 1) stack an album with cool adult artists, and 2) maybe then think about the music. “This Is Fun!” is that rare combo of cool credits and seriously good music. Caspar Babypants is the nom de plume of Chris Ballew, lead singer of late, great altrockers Presidents of the United States of America (think “Lump” or the “Malcolm in the Middle” theme song). Sure he’s got people like Nirvana’s Krist Novoselic on here, but Ballew has also penned a ton of flat-out excellent tunes that are contagiously easy to sing along with, even on first listen. But what comes through most loud and clear on this album is how much Ballew loves being a dad. —JANE HAWES

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FAMILY APPS “Interactive Baby Sound” Why spend tens of dollars on a baby’s sound toy when you can put the same entertainment for your toddler on your iPhone, iPad or iPod for just 99 cents? This app has colorful buttons with the pictures of animals, smiley faces or vehicles that, when pressed, make the appropriate sounds designed to keep your youngster entertained. There are 29 different sounds in all. The creators of this app say it’s also developmental, teaching kids to associate images to sounds and by stimulating a baby’s auditory senses. “Frog Dissection” If your youngster is old enough to dissect a frog, the folks at PETA prefer you buy this $4.99 iPad app as opposed to cutting up the real thing. This app is scientifically accurate and when you get a look at the internal organs of this amphibian you’re likely to feel just as squeamish as you would in a Biology class. The app has stepby-step instructions and 3D-looking graphics, but lacks the smell and the mess of the real thing. —PHIL PIKELNY



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A new version of a classic game, Pirates sails onto the Wii with swashbuckling fun for young and old. Captain your sloop and plunder hidden treasures while enjoying life in the Caribbean and wooing the governor’s daughter. From Nintendo Wii ($40). Rated E10+ for Everyone 10 or older.

“Kinect” While primarily aimed at kids, this website offers a lot to parents and teachers as well. Kids will love the games such as Bloxorz and Bloons Tower Defense 3 (games that challenge thinking and planning while providing entertainment), the fun layout of the website, and the animations. Parents and teachers will appreciate the math lessons that are provided for their children, or even use the lessons as refreshers for their own rusty math skills. —DUSTIN JOLIVETTE

Microsoft is freeing games from buttons and controllers. The Kinect camera tracks players movements and allows multiple members of the family to play using a single unit. Included with the camera is “Kinect Adventures!,” a family-friendly collection of games. Microsoft Xbox 360 ($150). Rated E for Everyone. —SHAWN SINES

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OUT&ABOUT MONDAY 1 Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana 7:3010 p.m. Upper Arlington High School, 1650 Ridgeview Rd., Upper Arlington. 614-487-5240. Music & Movement Fun storytime for children ages two to five. 1-1:30 p.m. Free. Grandview Heights Public Library, 1685 W. First Ave., Grandview. 614-481-3778. Pee Wee Play Gym Set up like the popular Friday Toddler Time, but designed for children three years and younger (must be accompanied by an adult), children can explore large and small motor skills toys in a safe environment. Children under six months may accompany at no charge. Frequent users can purchase a drop-in card at the Community Center front desk. 9:3011:30 a.m. $3 per drop-in class. Westerville Community Center, 350 N. Cleveland Ave., Westerville. 614901-6500.

TUESDAY 2 Creative Minds Open Art Studio: Ages 2 to 6 Drop-in arts space for children offering the opportunity to explore various art forms in a safe and lively environment. Although all ages are welcome, there is a special focus on creating a space for children ages six and under. Reservations are encouraged. 9:30-11:30 a.m. One-day pass: $8; 10-day pass: $70. Gallery 202, 38 N. State St., Westerville. 614-890-8202. Fur, Fins & Feathers 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. $5/$10.


Columbus Museum of Art, 480 E. Broad St., Discovery District. 614221-4848. Mid-Day GetAway Weekly 20minute relaxation session. Choose from four sessions; 11:35 a.m., 12:05 p.m., 12:35 p.m., or 1:05 p.m. $5 per session. YWCA, 65 S. Fourth St., Downtown. 614-563-5456. Tales for Toddlers Fun story time for children ages 18-36 months. 10:15-10:45 a.m. Free. Grandview Heights Public Library, 1685 W. First Ave., Grandview. 614-481-3778. The Bible Illuminated: R. Crumb’s Book of Genesis Showcase of more than 200 individual black-and-white drawings incorporating every word from all fifty chapters of the Bible—as well as a cover, title page, introduction, and back cover. Each drawing contains six to eight comic panels illustrating the stories of Adam and Eve, Noah’s Ark, Sodom and Gomorrah, and much more. Using his signature bawdy style, Crumb’s version of the Book of Genesis puts an entirely new twist on the Bible. This highly anticipated project has established a huge fan base among comic and art lovers around the world. Through January 6, 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. Adults: $3-$5; Children under five: Free. Columbus Museum of Art, 480 E. Broad St., Discovery District. 614-221-4848.

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kids 6-17 months. 10:15-10:45 a.m. Free. Grandview Heights Public Library, 1685 W. First Ave., Grandview. 614-481-3778. Family Story Time Fun story time for children ages two to five. 7-7:30 p.m. Free. Grandview Heights Public Library, 1685 W. First Ave., Grandview. 614-481-3778. Off the Page @ the MAC: Greg Hass 7:30-9 p.m. Free. McConnell Arts Center of Worthington, 777 Evening St., Worthington. 614-4310329. Starr Columbus Foster Parent Training 6-9 p.m. Free. Starr Columbus, 301 Obetz Rd. 614-4915784 ext. 5268. Terrarium Building Create your own two-gallon glass plant terrarium as a beautiful table centerpiece. Learn about carnivorous plants and their habitats, and how to care for these plants. All supplies provided. 6-8 p.m. $95. Franklin Park Conservatory, 1777 E. Broad St., Olde Towne East. 614-645-5923. WYART Chorus Join the premiere children’s theater chorus in Licking County. In this workshop you will learn, sing, and grow, while being taught by a professional choir director. Develop skills in sightreading, music fundamentals, music history, choral harmonization, and dancing while singing. This workshop will end in a holiday-themed concert featuring both age groups. Ages 6-10: Wednesdays, 4:30-6 p.m. Ages 11-17: 6:157:45 p.m. 4:30-7:45 p.m. $150 per student. Weathervane Playhouse, 100 Price Rd. 740-366-4616.


WILDLIGHTS PREVIEW NIGHT Thursday, Nov. 18 — You know the holiday season has begun when the lights go on at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. And tonight’s the night when Zoo members get their own sneak peak. Just show your card to get in from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. And then come back for…

THE 23RD SEASON OF WILDLIGHTS Friday, Nov. through Saturday, Jan. 1 — Every evening (except Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas) from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., come admire the all-new, eco-friendly LED lights throughout the grounds of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. Meet reindeers, Santa and Mrs. Claus, and maybe even sneak in a little gift shopping. Regular admission rates apply. Free to Zoo members.

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nov 2010 THURSDAY 4 Create a Healthy Plate Designed for children ages six through twelve (and their favorite adult), learn to use measuring cups and spoons, food models, and food from the Conservatory garden to learn about the basics of nutrition. Kids will draw the components of a healthy meal on a melamine plate to take home. Supplies included. 6-7:30 p.m. $25. Franklin Park Conservatory, 1777 E. Broad St., Olde Towne East. 614-645-5923. Creative Minds Open Art Studio: Ages 2 to 6 9:30-11:30 a.m. Oneday pass: $8; 10-day pass: $70. Gallery 202, 38 N. State St., Westerville. 614-890-8202. Fur, Fins & Feathers Through June 5, 2011. Tues-Sun, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Extended Thursday hours until 8:30 p.m. $5/$10. Columbus Museum of Art, 480 E. Broad St., Discovery District. 614-221-4848. On the Shore of the Wide World Winner of the 2006 Olivier Award for Best New Play, “On the Shore of the Wide World,” offers a deft exploration on both the joys and fears that come from everyday life—and the daunting task of making a mark in society. 7:30 p.m. Roy Bowen Theatre, 1879 Cannon Dr., Campus. 614-292-7789. Recycled Art Workshop Ecofriendly art workshop for beginning artists. Led by graduate student Annica Domico, learn how to express yourself and create using everyday recycled materials. 6-7 p.m. $10 per class. Grange Insurance Audubon Center, 505 W. Whittier St., German Village. 614-5455483. Toddler/Baby Kodaly Class 9:4510:15 a.m. First session, free; additional sessions: $12 each. Suzuki Violin School, 4608 Indianola Ave., Worthington. 614-470-3079.




Creative Minds Open Art Studio: Ages 0 to 18 months 9-9:45 a.m. One-day pass: $8; 10-day pass: $70. Gallery 202, 38 N. State St., Westerville. 614-890-8202. Dangerous Liaisons Parisian aristocrats flirt with lust, love and revenge in David Nixon’s dramatic dance work, with musical selections from The Four Seasons and other compositions by Antonio Vivaldi. 810 p.m. $26-$48. Capitol Theatre, 77 S. High St., Downtown. 614-2294848. Disney Live! presents Mickey’s Magic Show In a captivating combination, Master Magician Mickey Mouse, and the always-dazzling Minnie Mouse, join forces with professional illusionists for a magical production on stage. Featuring several Disney characters favorites, including Donald, Goofy, Cinderella and her Fairy Godmother—along with beloved Disney princesses, Jasmine, Belle, and Snow White—Mickey’s Magic Show gives families a whole new way to experience Disney magic. 3-4:30 p.m. & 6:30-8 p.m. Palace Theatre, 34 W. Broad St., Downtown. 614469-0939. First Friday Movies Kids, how about catching a hot new DVD release on the big screen at the library? Bring your best buddy (and a snack if you wish)! 3:15-5 p.m. Free. Grandview Heights Public Library, 1685 W. First Ave., Grandview. 614-481-3778. On the Shore of the Wide World 7:30 p.m. Roy Bowen Theatre, 1879 Cannon Dr., Campus. 614-292-7789. Toddler Time Join us for a morning of fun, play, and arts and crafts. A wide variety of large and fine motor skills equipment will be available. This program will benefit your child by increasing social skills and encouraging family involvement. Children up to six-months old are allowed to accompany at no charge. Frequent users can purchase a drop-in card at the Community Center Front Desk. Every child or family of children must be accompanied by an adult. 9:3011:30 a.m. $3 per drop-in class. Westerville Community Center, 350 N. Cleveland Ave., Westerville. 614901-6500.

2010 Cypress Christian Craft Bazaar Join us for the thirteenth annual Cypress Christian Craft Bazaar where more than 100 vendors will be selling a mixture of goodies for the holidays. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. $2. Cypress Christian School, 377 Alton Darby Creek Rd. 614-3746353. Calico Angel Craft Fair Showcase featuring all new vendors selling a variety of quality crafts, along with raffles, prizes, Buckeye gift boxes, tasty baked goods, and much more. Lunches available. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. St. Peter Parish, 6899 Smoky Row Rd. 614-885-5567. Celebrate National Opera Appreciation Week In honor of National Opera Appreciation Week, three performers from Opera Columbus will present several classis arias. This is a great chance to expose even the youngest members of your family to the performing arts. 1-2 p.m. Free with Conservatory admission. Franklin Park Conservatory, 1777 E. Broad St., Olde Towne East. 614-645-8733. Dangerous Liaisons 8-10 p.m. $26-$48. Capitol Theatre, 77 S. High St., Downtown. 614-229-4848. Family Fun Day: Fallen Leaf Art Children can create leaf prints, cards and leaf people. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Free with Conservatory admission. Franklin Park Conservatory, 1777 E. Broad St., Olde Towne East. 614645-8733. Hollyday Craft Bazaar Thirteenth annual bazaar featuring more than 70 exhibitors, along with a cafe, raffle, bake sale, and more. No strollers please. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Church of the Resurrection, 6300 E. Dublin Granville Rd., New Albany. 614-8558373. On the Shore of the Wide World 7:30 p.m. Roy Bowen Theatre, 1879 Cannon Dr., Campus. 614-292-7789. Operation Cure for Kidney Cancer 5k Run/Walk Operation a Cure for Kidney Cancer is in memory of Jeff Beitel, who lost his battle in August 2009. There will be a 5k run/walk, and a one-mile fun walk to raise money for the Kidney Cancer Association. A raffle and silent auction will also be held for a Drew

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PRESCHOOLERS: LADYBUGS Tuesday, Nov. 2, at Blendon Woods Metro Park, 4265 E. Dublin-Granville Rd., Westerville. Learn how Ohio’s state insects live and get ready for winter. Meet at nature center at 10 a.m. or 1 p.m. Also on Saturday, Nov. 6 at 10 a.m.

PRESCHOOLERS: TURKEY TALK Tuesday, Nov. 9, at Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park, 1775 Darby Creek Dr., Galloway. Make crafts and search for a turkey surprise. Meet at the Cedar Ridge Lodge at 9:30 a.m. or 11 a.m.

THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD Saturday, Nov. 13, at Blacklick Woods Metro Park, 6975 E. Livingston Ave., Reynoldsburg. Travel from the South to the North and discover Ohio’s Underground Railroad. This program is designed for anyone ages 10 and older. Meet at the Reservable Picnic Area’s Buttonbush Shelter at 6:30 p.m.

FAMILY CRAFT WORKSHOP Sunday, Nov. 21, at Inniswood Metro Gardens, 940 S. Hempstead Rd., Westerville. Personalize your holidays by creating gifts and decorations. Materials provided. Meet at the Innis House from 2-4 p.m.

FAMILY FALL SCAVENGER HUNT Sunday, Nov. 28, at Sharon Woods Metro Park, 6911 Cleveland Ave., Westerville. Pick up your scavenger hunt cards and try to complete the hunt on a 1-mile hike. A prize will be waiting for you when you finish. Go to the Naturalist’s office between 12 noon and 5 p.m.


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nov 2010 Brees autographed jersey, and a ball signed by the New Orleans Saints team. Food and beverages will be provided after the race. 9 a.m.noon. $25 adv; $30 race day; Fun walk: $20 adv/$25 race day. Family Pack: $20 per family member. Liberty Park, 2507 Home Rd., Powell. 614-406-3842. Pickerington Academic Boosters’ Antique & Craft Show Pickerington High School Central will be transformed into the Violet City’s largest venue for antiques and quality artisan crafts. More than 100 vendors will be selling a variety of handmade goods to raise funds for the academic booster clubs of both high schools. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Adults: $3; Seniors $2; Children 12 and under: free. Pickerington Central High School, 300 Opportunity Way, Pickerington. 614-866-4915. Saturday Story Stomp Fun story time for children ages two to five. 11-11:30 a.m. Free. Grandview Heights Public Library, 1685 W. First Ave., Grandview. 614-481-3778. Short North Gallery Hop Monthly cultural and arts gathering showcasing the latest gallery exhibitions, shopping, street performances, dining, and prime people-watching. 410 p.m. Free. Short North District,

Along North High Street between Fifth Avenue and Nationwide Boulevard. 614-299-8050. Starr Columbus Foster Parent Training 6-9 p.m. Free. Starr Columbus, 301 Obetz Rd. 614-4915784 ext. 5268.

SUNDAY 7 Bread for Beginners Learn the basics in this hands-on workshop for kids and their favorite adults. Make easy focaccia, whole wheat rolls, and cheddar cheese bread. 1-4 p.m. $40. Franklin Park Conservatory, 1777 E. Broad St., Olde Towne East. 614-645-5923. Columbus Jewish Film Festival Opening Night “A Matter of Size,” and “Eli & Ben,” will open this year’s film festival. 4-9 p.m. Varies. CCAD Canzani Center, Cleveland Avenue and Gay Street, Discovery District. 614-559-6205. Columbus Puppetry Guild Learn puppetry techniques, puppet-making, perform in shows, and learn about shadow puppetry. We are looking for new members; no experience necessary. 2-5 p.m. Columbus Puppetry Guild, 6847 Alloway St. W., Worthington. 614-440-6982. Dangerous Liaisons 8-10 p.m. $26-$48. Capitol Theatre, 77 S. High St., Downtown. 614-229-4848. Family Fun Day: Suncatchers Children can fashion a suncatcher from recycled material and tissue

paper. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Free with Conservatory admission. Franklin Park Conservatory, 1777 E. Broad St., Olde Towne East. 614-645-8733. Frank Packard Join us for a presentation by Barbara Powers of the Ohio Historical Society as she provides a look at Packard’s architectural designs from the 1890s to the1920s. Key buildings and projects of his career will be examined and discussed. 7-9 p.m. Free. McConnell Arts Center of Worthington, 777 Evening St., Worthington. 614-431-0329. LeAnn Rimes 7:30-9:30 p.m. $45/$55. Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts, 100 W. Granville St., New Albany. 614-2454701. Parents’ Night Out Going out on the town? Use our professional child care company and its services for your BIG night out. Keep in touch with us so you can be notified of our monthly popular Parents’ Night Out event! 6-11 p.m. $6 per hour. FTCC Homes, 684 S. Cassingham Rd., Bexley. 614-578-5634. Unity East Church Family Fun Nite! Free. Unity East Church, 170 E. Columbus St., Pickerington. 614920-4442.

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TUESDAY 9 Creative Minds Open Art Studio: Ages 2 to 6 9:30-11:30 a.m. Oneday pass: $8; 10-day pass: $70. Gallery 202, 38 N. State St., Westerville. 614-890-8202. Dangerous Liaisons 8-10 p.m. $26-$48. Capitol Theatre, 77 S. High St., Downtown. 614-229-4848. Story Time on the Farm Stories are a wonderful way to teach, engaging the imagination and spirit of a child, and set against the backdrop of a farm, 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. 740-363-2548. Tales for Toddlers Fun story time for children ages 18-36 months. 10:15-10:45 a.m. Free. Grandview Heights Public Library, 1685 W. First Ave., Grandview. 614-481-3778.

WEDNESDAY 10 Baby Games Fun story time for children ages six to17 months. 10:15-10:45 a.m. Free. Grandview Heights Public Library, 1685 W. First Ave., Grandview. 614-481-3778. Columbus Jewish Film Festival: Saviors in the Night Based on the 1965 memoir of Marga Spiegel, “Saviors in the Night” recounts the story of how courageous farmers in southern Munsterland hid Spiegel and her family from 1943 to 1945, ultimately saving them from deportation to the extermination camps in the East. 7-9 p.m. Varies. Leo Yassenoff Jewish Community Center, 1125 College Ave., Bexley. 614559-6205. Dangerous Liaisons 8-10 p.m. $26-$48. Capitol Theatre, 77 S. High St., Downtown. 614-229-4848. Family Story Time Fun story time for children ages two to five. 7-7:30 p.m. Free. Grandview Heights Public Library, 1685 W. First Ave., Grand-

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view. 614-481-3778. Fall 2010 Evenings with Authors: Lisa Scottoline The fall Evening with Authors series concludes with New York Times bestseller Lisa Scottoline, author of 17 books, including, “Why My Next Husband Will Be a Dog.” Join her for a reading from her book, “My Nest Isn’t Empty, It Just Had More Closet Space.” A question and answer session will follow, concluding with a reception where guests can meet Scottoline, buy her books, and get them signed. 7:30-9 p.m. $15-$20. Columbus Performing Arts Center, 549 Franklin Ave., Discovery District. 614-464-1032. Passenger Railways in Worthington 1851 to 1933 Through photos, descriptions, and storytelling, Ryan Hoover and Alex Campbell will share the 82-year period between 1851 and 1933 when Worthington had a rail-based passenger service. They’ll also talk about the Ohio Railway Museum, located on the former CD&M line, which preserves at least two electric trolley cars which once served Worthington. 7-8:15 p.m. Free. Griswold Center, 777 High St # 1, Worthington. 614-8851247. Starr Columbus Foster Parent Training 6-9 p.m. Free. Starr Columbus, 301 Obetz Rd. 614-4915784 ext. 5268. WYART Chorus 4:30-7:45 p.m. $150 per student. Weathervane Playhouse, 100 Price Rd. 740-3664616.

THURSDAY 11 Creative Minds Open Art Studio: Ages 2 to 6 9:30-11:30 a.m. Oneday pass: $8; 10-day pass: $70. Gallery 202, 38 N. State St., Westerville. 614-890-8202. Dangerous Liaisons 8-10 p.m. $26-$48. Capitol Theatre, 77 S. High St., Downtown. 614-229-4848. Kids Only: Quick Breads Little bakers ages eight through twelve will have supervised run of the kitchen as they learn to make tasty treats (think apple oat muffins and blueberry buttermilk pancakes) from scratch. 6-7:30 p.m. $25. Franklin Park Conservatory, 1777 E. Broad St., Olde Towne East. 614645-5923. On the Shore of the Wide World 7:30 p.m. Roy Bowen Theatre, 1879 Cannon Dr., Campus. 614-292-7789. Toddler/Baby Kodaly Class Music and movement for you and your baby. Fun and interactive, enjoy finger plays, instruments, songs, movement, and more! Kodaly (pronounced ko-dai) encourages musical learning utilizing your child’s own natural instrument: the voice. 9:45-10:15 a.m. First session, free; additional sessions: $12 each. Suzuki Violin School, 4608 Indianola Ave., Worthington. 614-470-3079.

FRIDAY 12 Creative Minds Open Art Studio: Ages 0 to 18 months 9-9:45 a.m. One-day pass: $8; 10-day pass: $70. Gallery 202, 38 N. State St., Westerville. 614-890-8202. Dangerous Liaisons 8-10 p.m. $26-$48. Capitol Theatre, 77 S. High St., Downtown. 614-229-4848. On the Shore of the Wide World 7:30 p.m. Roy Bowen Theatre, 1879 Cannon Dr., Campus. 614-292-7789. The Wellness Forum’s Fall PlantBased Conference The education is amazing, the food is the best you’ll ever eat, and the opportunity to get to know others who practice and promote plant-based nutrition is fantastic. This conference will feature Dr. Mark Messina, the world’s

leading expert on soy; Dr. Amy Lanou, author of “Building Bone Vitality,” Trina Handler, hypnotherapist, and Chef AJ, the famous plantbased chef from California. Other activities include a gourmet multicourse, plant-based dinner. $99. Wellness Forum, 510 E. Wilson Bridge Rd., Worthington. 614-8417700. Toddler Time 9:30-11:30 a.m. $3 per drop-in class. Westerville Community Center, 350 N. Cleveland Ave., Westerville. 614-901-6500.

SATURDAY 13 American Girl Fashion Show Fundraiser featuring historical and contemporary fashions from American Girl. Proceeds benefit the Lauren Faith Miller Foundation. 11 a.m.5 p.m. $25 (advance tickets required). Aladdin Shrine Center, 3850 Stelzer Rd., 614-764-8711. Columbus Symphony Pops: Neil Sedaka 8 p.m. Ohio Theatre, 55 E. State St., Downtown. 614-228-8600. Little Acorns: Turkey Time Have fun while learning about Ohio’s wild turkeys. Discover how a turkey grows during an interactive story time, play “Catch a Turkey,” and make a turkey craft to take home. 10-11 a.m. $5 per child; parents free. Indian Village Outdoor Education Center, 3200 Indian Village Rd. 614645-3380. On the Shore of the Wide World 7:30 p.m. Roy Bowen Theatre, 1879 Cannon Dr., Campus. 614-292-7789. PBJ & Jazz Series: SpeakEasy with Tom Carrol and Andy Carlson PBJ & Jazz concerts are onehour long interactive events designed to introduce jazz and American music to young children and their families. Featuring some of Columbus’ finest musicians and ensembles, the concerts are hosted by former Columbus Music Hall owner (and retired music educator) Rebecca Ogden, and are a great introduction to live music for the youngest audience member. Children receive a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, juice and a cookie. Andy Carlson is currently on faculty at Denison University where he teaches classical violin

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Bowl for Breath Enjoy unlimited bowling, lunch, tee shirt, and goody bag. Noon-4 p.m. $40: $15: Wii bowling; $10: students and seniors. Columbus Square Bowling Palace, 5707 Forest Hills Blvd., 614-8462440.

Selena Gomez & the Scene 7 p.m. $25. Celeste Center, 717 E. 17th Ave. 614-644-3247.

Aida The Tony-winning pop/rock musical featuring lyrics by Tim Rice and music by Elton John, follows the timeless bond between an enslaved Nubian princess and an Egyptian soldier. 8 p.m. $11-$30. Southern Theatre, 21 E. Main St., Downtown. 614-292-7789. Creative Minds Open Art Studio: Ages 2 to 6 9:30-11:30 a.m. Oneday pass: $8; 10-day pass: $70. Gallery 202, 38 N. State St., Westerville. 614-890-8202. Faye Driscoll: 837 Venice Boulevard Incorporating darkly humorous (and absurdist) scenarios, “837 Venice Boulevard,” illustrates how Faye Driscoll’s formative years in Southern California easily serves as a shorthand for our own adult lives. Using intentionally outrageous dialogue and off-kilter movement, Driscoll’s trio of dancers reveal how friends might be a force to help you soar one moment—only to be a drag in the next. 8 p.m. $10/$18. Wexner Center Performing Arts Space, 1871 N. High St., Campus. 614-292-3535.

MONDAY 15 Columbus Jewish Film Festival: Will Eisner, Portrait of a Sequential Artist Documentary based on comic book pioneer, Will Eisner, whose work is the basis for today’s popular genre of graphic novels. 79 p.m. Varies. Columbus Museum of Art, 480 E. Broad St., Discovery District. 614-559-6205. Music & Movement Fun story time for children ages two to five. 1-1:30 p.m. Free. Grandview Heights Public Library, 1685 W. First Ave., Grandview. 614-481-3778. Pee Wee Play Gym 9:30-11:30 a.m. $3 per drop-in class. Westerville Community Center, 350 N. Cleveland Ave., Westerville. 614-9016500.

Creative Minds Open Art Studio: Ages 2 to 6 9:30-11:30 a.m. Oneday pass: $8; 10-day pass: $70. Gallery 202, 38 N. State St., Westerville. 614-890-8202. Tales for Toddlers Fun story time for children ages 18-36 months. 10:15-10:45 a.m. Free. Grandview Heights Public Library, 1685 W. First Ave., Grandview. 614-481-3778.

WEDNESDAY 17 Baby Games Fun story time for kids 6-17 months. 10:15-10:45 a.m. Free. Grandview Heights Public Library, 1685 W. First Ave., Grandview. 614-481-3778. Starr Columbus Foster Parent Training 6-9 p.m. Free. Starr Columbus, 301 Obetz Rd. 614-4915784 ext. 5268.

Holiday Boutique 2010 Please join us for an evening of shopping, food, raffle prizes, and fun at our annual Holiday Boutique. This year, there will be more than 40 vendors selling everything from jewelry, handbags and clothing to holiday arrangements, Christmas ornaments, candles, cosmetics, food items, and more. All proceeds will benefit People in Need of Delaware County (PIN). The money will be used for their Holiday Clearing House which provides food, new toys and clothes to families in need. 7-10 p.m. $10 (includes appetizers, desserts and beverages, with a cash bar). Wedgewood Golf & Country Club, 9600 Wedgewood Blvd., Powell. 614-563-0475. Portraits in Motion: Kristina Isabelle Dance Company Created specifically for the McConnell Art

Center, The Kristina Isabelle Dance Company’s world premiere, “Motions” will showcase solos and small ensemble works for six company members, exploring the many aspects of the human experience. Special guest artist and worldrenowned choreographer, Bebe Miller, will also perform a new work in progress. 8 p.m. $20/$25. McConnell Arts Center of Worthington, 777 Evening St., Worthington. 614-431-0329.

FRIDAY 19 Aida 11 a.m. & 8 p.m. $11-$30. Southern Theatre, 21 E. Main St., Downtown. 614-292-7789. Creative Minds Open Art Studio: Ages 0 to 18 months 9-9:45 a.m. One-day pass: $8; 10-day pass: $70. Gallery 202, 38 N. State St., Wester-

ville. 614-890-8202. Faye Driscoll: 837 Venice Boulevard 8 p.m. $10/$18. Wexner Center Performing Arts Space, 1871 N. High St., Campus. 614-292-3535. The Rendville Art Works 6-8:30 p.m. $10 for preview hour (11/19, 67pm); Free admission all other hours. Bryn Du Mansion, 537 Jones Rd., Granville. 740-347-9139. Toddler Time 9:30-11:30 a.m. $3 per drop-in class. Westerville Community Center, 350 N. Cleveland Ave., Westerville. 614-901-6500. Wildlights 5-10 p.m. Ages 2-9 and 60+: $8; Ages 10-59: $13. Columbus Zoo & Aquarium, 4850 Powell Rd., Powell. 614-645-3466.

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SUNDAY 21 Aida 3 p.m. $11-$30. Southern Theatre, 21 E. Main St., Downtown. 614292-7789. The Making of the Female Athlete Learn how female athletes should train for their sport to decrease injuries and increase sport performance. Open to coaches, parents, and athletes, this seminar will be facilitated by Margaret Hofmann, owner of Female Athletes First (FAF). Other topics to be covered include: How to train functionally for your sport; Prevent ACL injuries; and Get a dynamic warm-up. Come with a list of questions. 1-3 p.m. Free. Wyandotte Athletic Club, 5198 Riding Club Ln. 614-440-2411. Wildlights 5-10 p.m. Ages 2-9 and 60+: $8; Ages 10-59: $13. Columbus Zoo & Aquarium, 4850 Powell Rd., Powell. 614-645-3466.

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TUESDAY 23 Creative Minds Open Art Studio: Ages 2 to 6 9:30-11:30 a.m. Oneday pass: $8; 10-day pass: $70. Gallery 202, 38 N. State St., Westerville. 614-890-8202. Wildlights 5-10 p.m. Ages 2-9 and 60+: $8; Ages 10-59: $13. Columbus Zoo & Aquarium, 4850 Powell Rd., Powell. 614-645-3466.

WEDNESDAY 24 Sweet Turkeys: Story Time and Tasty Treat Children can listen to Dav Pilkey’s, ‘Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving,” and create a turkeyshaped cookie for a sweet treat. 11 a.m.-noon. $3 per snack. Franklin Park Conservatory, 1777 E. Broad St., Olde Towne East. 614-645-8733. Wildlights 5-10 p.m. Ages 2-9 and 60+: $8; Ages 10-59: $13. Columbus Zoo & Aquarium, 4850 Powell Rd., Powell. 614-645-3466.

FRIDAY 26 Creative Minds Open Art Studio: Ages 0 to 18 months 9-9:45 a.m. One-day pass: $8; 10-day pass: $70. Gallery 202, 38 N. State St., Westerville. 614-890-8202. Gingerbread Friday Enjoy roasted chestnuts and apple cider in the Conservatory’s “Live Fire Cooking Theatre” while children create mini gingerbread houses with graham crackers, frosting and candy. Supplies available on a first-come, first serve basis. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. $3 for gingerbread supplies. Franklin Park Conservatory, 1777 E. Broad St., Olde Towne East. 614645-8733. Toddler Time 9:30-11:30 a.m. $3 per drop-in class. Westerville Community Center, 350 N. Cleveland Ave., Westerville. 614-901-6500.

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MONDAY 29 Pee Wee Play Gym 9:30-11:30 a.m. $3 per drop-in class. Westerville Community Center, 350 N. Cleveland Ave., Westerville. 614-9016500. Wildlights 5-10 p.m. Ages 2-9 and 60+: $8; Ages 10-59: $13. Columbus Zoo & Aquarium, 4850 Powell Rd., Powell. 614-645-3466.

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ONGOING 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-athome 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. For more information visit

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nov 2010 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 3083 Liberty Rd. in Delaware. For more information visit Stratford 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 build-


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