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COLUMBUS CREATURE FEATURE Asian Elephants

Hi Kids! Here’s a picture of my friend Phoebe walking around with her son, Beco. She is one of the Asian elephants you can visit at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.

Learn at the Zoo

Phoebe has lived at the Columbus Zoo since 2002. She is 24 years old and has had three calves. Two of her sons, Bodhi and Beco, live here too. Just like our moms, Phoebe taught Beco and Bodhi how to swim, find food and stay out of harm’s way.

• Keeper for a Day: for ages 13-17 years May: • ZooTots: for ages 18-36 months • Twilight Tours • Family Class: Backyard Birding • ZooKids: for ages 3-5 years • Wild Encounters Tours: for ages • After School at the Zoo: 10 years & up for grades 3 – 7

When they were each about seven months old, she led them into the deep end of the pool where they learned to kick and splash to stay afloat. If they got tired and needed help, she would extend her leg so they could hold on and rest. What a marvelous mom! You can adopt an Asian elephant at www.columbuszoo.org.

Looking Ahead: • Summer Day Camps: for ages 3-5 and grades 1-7 • Family Class: Backyards for Wildlife • Family Night Hikes To register visit: www.columbuszoo.org

Zoo Kid Corner

Adam R. from Grove City, OH Age: 7 Education Program: Home School Adventure Series

• Adam loves coming to the Zoo to see his favorite animal, Hanna, the reticulated python. Hanna lives in our Asia Quest region and can be found lounging in her pool on most days. • Adam also enjoys coming to our Home School Adventure Series. His favorite class topic this year was the rainforest, because Sid, our two-toed sloth, came to visit the class. He watched Sid closely while he hung on his branch eating peaches and eggs. • When asked if he could go anywhere in the world to see an animal in the wild, Adam said Africa to see gorillas. Adam likes watching the gorillas that live at our Zoo play outside on warm days.

For More Creature Feature Fun, Games & Activities Visit:

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OPEN ENROLLMENT STARTS NOW!

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Interested in adoption or foster care, but don’t know where to start?

Start here! For Kids:

Columbus Zoo animals, COSI science experiments, games, prizes, magic, face-painting, snacks and more For Adults: Personalized information about adoption and foster care Register: www.ncalp.org/forever_home.htm     

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NEWS ON THE GO PRODUCT PIX ANATOMY OF A CARRIER PACK: from Clintonville Outfitters WHAT THE WELL-DRESSED KID IS WEARING: for outdoor adventure COLUMBUS PARENT PROFILE: Columbus’s Kevin Dubenion HOUSEBROKEN: Dispatch columnist Joe Blundo VITAMIN ME: Capital Style editor Kristy Eckert PEOPLE YOU SHOULD MEET: Tim Dove NEIGHBORHOOD SPOTLIGHT: Delaware BIZ SPOTLIGHT: Fundamentals

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CLIMBING THE HILL TO SUCCESS: with Jack and Jill, a mother-child organization DISTANCE MAKES THE MOM GROW STRONGER: vacationing without the kids MOM OF THE YEAR: meet the winners!

NEED TO KNOW

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AGE-APPROPRIATE: STRESS AGES 3-5: Preschooler stress AGES 6-11: Grade-school students have plenty to worry about AGES 16-18: The stress test for teens PEDIATRIC HEALTHSOURCE: from Nationwide Children’s Hospital THE GO-TO GUIDE: Central Ohio Hiking Guide for Families WHAT’S THE WORST THAT COULD HAPPEN? Your kid just called 911 (for no good reason) HANDY MOM takes two aspirin and calls it a day

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HANDS ON: Clintonville’s Wholly Craft offers a felt rose bouquet for mom COOKING WITH KIDS: Campfire cooking in Clintonville EATING OUT WITH KIDS: Dublin’s Mellow Mushroom PARTIES: Birthday wonder at the Columbus Museum of Art DAY TRIPPIN’: The Utica Sertoma Ice Cream Festival PLAYGROUND PATROL: Granville’s Wildwood Park WORTH THE PRICE OF A SITTER? Beer tasting in Blacklick REVIEWS: Books, apps, games and a family-friendly website

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My sport of choice has always been running. You would think that translates into a deep and meaningful relationship with the outdoors, but it wasn’t until I became a mom and slowed to a stroller-paced crawl that I began to take a closer look at what was around me. Don’t get me wrong: I have fond memories of scenery from the running routes I’ve known in my lifetime. But as I think back, I’ve realized that most of those memories have more to do with my running than with the countryside I was running through. Shade trees were there to cool me. Landmarks like bridges and osprey nests were there to mark distance that I could time myself over. Even a salt-water creek was there for my foot-cooling needs. My relationship with nature was purely functional and very selfish. But then, once I started pushing a stroller or walking with a preschooler, I actually started to look at what was around me. And listen. And smell. And even stop to touch. (Didn’t taste, though. I might have been a hiking newbie but I wasn’t a complete idiot.) I remember one time I was hiking through Highbanks Metro Park. I think my daughter was no more than 3 at the time, and we had flown the home coop on a bright fall morning. As we were walking along that one ridge that leads to the nature center, something caught my eye. I peered into the woods and there, atop a jagged dead tree, I saw a snake (don’t ask me what kind: I only identify snakes on a need-to-know basis). The snake had wedged itself between two shards of the tree’s wood. At first I thought it was stuck, but then I realized it was using its wedged position to shed its skin. We were mesmerized and stood there watching for who knows how long. It was extraordinary. Another time I took the kids down to the Hayden Run Fall, that glorious little oasis in the midst of suburbia. It was my son’s first time there (and before they erected the protective walkway and fencing). He clambered off over the rocks along the water’s edge and shouted back at me, “I was born for this!” It still makes me a little tearful to think about how happy that experience was for him. As we planned this year’s themes for Columbus Parent issues, we leapt on the opportunity to do one about outdoor adventure. We figured May would be the right time to start reacquainting ourselves and

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our readers with the great outdoors (and after the winter we’ve just had, I know our timing is right). When my colleague John Ross filed his story about family-friendly hiking trails, it was all I could do to not load the family into the car and head out for a week’s worth of adventure. I especially love the range of options he found. And words cannot describe how delicious the dishes were that I sampled when Tim Wheeler and his family were kind enough to share their campfire cooking expertise with us. I hope the recipes and photos will inspire you to give this kind of outdoor cooking a try (and it’s amazing what kids will eat if they made it themselves, using real fire to cook it). So check out all the ideas we have this month and then get yourselves outside!

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CONTRIBUTORS Debbie Angelos, Joe Blundo, Olivera Bratich, Geoff Dutton, Melissa Kossler Dutton, Kristy Eckert, Anietra Hamper, Gina Jacob, Kelly Lecker, Kristen Maetzold, Phil Pikelny, John Ross, Elizabeth Seufer, Truda Shinker, Shawn Sines

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Sometimes we have prize giveaways only on Twitter @ColumbusParent (just to reward all you little tweeters). Be sure to check out our editor @jane_hawes for thoughts and tips about family life in Central Ohio!

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on the go: NEWS ON THE GO

intheFromnews the Cool Beans File…. • The Destination ImagiNation teams from Marysville

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Neel Koyawala, 18, of Dublin and a student at Columbus Academy, won a $15,000 in the Young Epidemiology Scholars competition. Koyawala won for a research project studying the link between sleep patterns and adolescent suicide attempts. Also winning an award from Central Ohio was Upper Arlington H.S. student Yuxi “Joe” Xiang, 18, who won a $2,000 scholarship for his research into drug poisonings.

High School and Bunsold Middle School in Marysville were Central Ohio winners at the State of Ohio tournament, held on April 16 in Mt. Vernon. Both teams will be moving on to the “global finals” tournament, slated for May 25-28 at the University of Tennessee. Destination ImagiNation tests students in elementary- through highschool ages with creative problemsolving team challenges. The highschool team members are: Caleb Goode, Kelsey Mack, Hannah Putney, Devan Smith and Joe Woolum. The Bunsold team:(top row, l.-r.) The Bunsold team, Newsome, N. Langlois, (middle) which also made a Crozier, (bottom) K. Langlois, trip to the global Church finals two years ago as fifth graders, includes: Megan Church, Evan Crozier, Kristin Langlois, Nick Langlois and Jacob Newsome. Teams from Buckeye Valley Middle School and Granville Elementary School also had scores that qualified them to move on.

• These six students won $2,500 National Achievement Scholarships through the National Merit Scholarship Corp.: Rahel Adugna (Bexley H.S.), David N. Edgar (Bishop Hartley H.S.), Osaze C. Udeagbala (St. Charles Preparatory H.S.), Djenab L. Conde (Thomas Worthington H.S.), Dareen Osman Elgindi (Upper Arlington H.S.), and Janet A. Adegboye (Westerville South H.S.).

• The Columbus Downtown High School has opened its Downtown Cafe for lunch business, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., on Wednesdays and Thursdays through May 12. Among the items prepared and served by the students is a Classic 55 Salad ($5), potato skins with bacon and cheese ($3), and a turkey panini ($5). The Cafe is located at 364 S. Third St., Downtown. For more information, call 614-365-2283.

Art for Art’s Sake

The home-decorative arts are employed each year to help the Columbus Museum of Art. This year, the annual Decorators’ Show House set up its fundraising shop in a Spanish-revival home in Upper Arlington. Eighteen designers have transformed the historic home, located at 4125 Oxford Dr., and Columbus Parent got a sneak peek at the nursery with its jigsaw-puzzle flooring, which was designed by Columbus designer David M. Berg. The Show House will be open from April 30 through May 22, from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, and from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Admission is $20 per person at the door ($15 in advance at the CMA). Please note that the house is not handicapped-accessible, and children under 8 cannot be admitted. All proceeds benefit the CMA.

Calamity Days Restored to School Calendar Ohio lawmakers last month approved legislation that restored two so-called calamity days to the 2010-11 school-year calendar, restoring the number available to five. On April 6, the Ohio Senate added its approval to the bill already approved by the Ohio House, making it official. In a statement issued after the final vote, Gov. John Kasich said, “I look forward to signing this, not only for the relief it provides, but also because, let’s face it, kids love snow days.” Decorators’ Show House

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CELEBRATE ADOPTION An upcoming day of family fun at COSI will also answer some very important questions for prospective parents: The Forever Home Adoption Celebration will help those who are interested in foster care or adoption but don’t know how to get started. The event, sponsored by Capital University’s National Center for Adoption Law & Policy (NCALP), will include personalized information about foster care and adoption, including discussions about domestic and foreign adoption. NCALP will also present the first Central Ohio Adoption Hero Awards, recognizing heroes of the adoption and foster-care world. There’s lots of family fun planned, too. Kids will be able to enjoy games, magic, visits from Columbus Zoo animals and COSI science experiments. Forever Home takes place on Saturday, June 4, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at COSI. The event, which is open to the public, costs $5 per person to attend and includes admission to COSI with event participation. To learn more about the Adoption Hero Awards and Forever Home, visit NCALP’s website at ncalp.org/forever_home.htm.

AROUND TOWN

April 16, 2011

Where the happening kids just happened to be WALK MS AT THE COLUMBUS ZOO AND AQUARIUM, RAISING MONEY AND AWARENESS FOR MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS TREATMENT DANIEL SOHNER PHOTOS

Ethan, Emma, Caleb and Will Lichtenberger Cade Campbell and Ethan Seewald

GET UP AND GO Nowadays many parents and child-care providers are very concerned about the education of their children. Are they mastering fundamental skills? Are they meeting curriculum benchmarks? Are they prepared for the world of testing? How can we pull our children away from worksheets, workbooks, homework, drilling to take old-fashioned walks? Who has time for such frills? Legitimate questions, so to answer them, let’s talk a walk and see what we can learn along the way:

Jaiden, Jaela and Jace Proper

• Look for letter and number shapes in tree branches (nature has great handwriting!)

• Read street names, billboards, historic markers, for sale signs, traffic directions, license plates

Mace and Max Dunn

• Find geometric shapes in rooftops, skylines, buildings, streets, gardens, utility wires, urban and rural landscapes

• Decide what to count. In most of the local nature centers, there is a tab, always active, that cites animals seen that day. Kids love to count and this is a natural as you walk. How many animals all together? What did we see more of? How many more rabbits than chipmunks?

• Create your own playful categories: how many people are still in long sleeves and jackets and how many are walking or running in t-shirts and shorts? It doesn’t matter the subject, it’s what you do with it! Our children are waiting to read, write, sing, dance, examine the world. Don’t wait too long! Get walking! —MIMI BRODSKY CHENFELD, ARTS EDUCATOR

Zitounia and Kenny Jouadi

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on the go: PRODUCT PIX

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If fear of swaddling your baby incorrectly leaves you tied in knots, consider this simplified approach. Tickleberry Moon in Granville carries the Swaddle Pouch ($12), part of JJ Cole’s boutique line. Pattern choices include hot pink giraffes, brown and green birds, or primary-colored pachyderms. The adjustable wrap keeps your baby snug and warm and has access in the back for a car seat, swing or bouncer harness. Recommended for infants weighing 7 to 14 lbs.

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Sophie the Giraffe turns 50! The iconic baby toy was born in Paris on May 25, 1961. While her initial world-wide success was credited to her ability to comfort teething babies, Sophie has flourished for five decades because she stimulates each of a baby’s five senses. You don’t have to travel to France to find her (although you can if you really want to). We found her at Larson’s Toys & Games in Upper Arlington ($23) LARSON’S TOYS & GAMES, 1617 W. Lane Ave., Upper Arlington, 614-486-7701, larsonstoys.com

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These locally handmade, one-of-akind Mother Bracelets are available exclusively at CREATE in Dublin. Sterling charms and Swarovski crystals dangle from a sterling bracelet ($55 includes one charm, personalized charms $1.50 per letter). Customize with your children’s birthstones as well as charms that have the words Mom, Mother, and Grandmother.

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BlisterMedic makes this first-aid kit for the feet ($12). It comes with 24 adhesive dressings (of pre-cut and shaped moleskin), GlacierGel multi-day hydrogel dressings, plus alcohol wipes and antiseptic towelettes.

For Grub The Light My Fire 6-piece meal kit ($20) is BPA-free and includes two plates, spill-free cup with lid and measurement lines, spork, small waterproof box, combined colander and cutting board. It’s dishwasher and microwave safe, plus it floats! WHERE TO BUY: CLINTONVILLE OUTFITTERS, 2869 N. HIGH ST., CLINTONVILLE; 614-447-8902; CLINTONVILLEOUTFITTERS.COM

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on the go: COLUMBUS PARENT PROFILE AGE: 51 KIDS: Kiley (24) Kearston (17) Khloe (11) NEIGHBORHOOD: Columbus JOB: Professional volunteer

Kevin Dubenion What is the most played song on your iPod right now?

“Down by the River” by Neil Young If you had to be on a reality-TV show, which one would it be?

Who is your favorite TV or movie mom? Samantha Stevens on

“Housewives of Orange County” — I have a lot to tell those ladies!

“Bewitched.” Think of all the generational good she could do with her powers!

Which super-hero power would you like to have? The power to read minds.

Favorite restaurant to take the kids: Olive Garden.

Favorite movie that you went to see with the kids:

“Despicable Me” — I cried like a baby. What have you learned as a parent that you wish someone had told you before had that first kid? Relax. Bones mend. Cuts and scrapes heal in time. Let kids be kids.

What’s something your mom or dad did that you thought was nuts when you were a kid and now you understand?

They allowed me to make some MAJOR mistakes as a young man. They admitted knowing I would most likely fail but they told me that some mistakes MUST be experienced in order to grow. What’s the funniest thing your child ever said? Dad, can I get

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My life motto is: It’s funny you would ask that question! My daughter Kearston and I were talking about our friends and how many of them make foolish statements like “I’ll be happy when...,” or “I’ll be happy if....” It’s ridiculous. Placing conditions on happiness only leads to a lifetime of searching for happiness. What a waste of time. Martin Luther King, Jr., said,

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on the go: HOUSEBROKEN

Male pattern

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Every American man goes through stages in his eating life. I suppose women do, too, but I dare not touch the subject. My wife reads this. In the interests of promoting better nutrition and better understanding between the sexes, I’ve identified the Six Stages of Male Eating. I should note that I am not a dietitian, just a man with a long history of eating. What better qualification do you need? Here are the Six Stages:

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1. YOUNG ADULT MALE

3. YOUNG DAD

You will eat anything, as long as there’s a lot of it. Heartburn is an unknown malady. Fat delights you. You laugh in the face of cholesterol. You can drink beer before 9 a.m. without feeling like a degenerate.

Children change and complicate a man’s eating life. On the one hand, you want your child to eat a healthy diet. On the other hand, you realize that the wrong choice of vegetable, when presented to a 2-yearold, can be enough to incite a dinner table civil war. Are you going to cave into a child’s every food whim? Of course not. Just some of them. One day you wake up and realize it’s been a year and a half since you had a mushroom. On the plus side, you’re getting all the macaroni and cheese you could ever want.

2. NEW HUSBAND You can still eat the way you did as a single person but not without the risk of disapproval. You have married someone who loves having breakfast with you, provided you’re not eating tailgate party food at 7:30 a.m. “I was looking forward to a romantic breakfast,” she says. “Can’t a chili dog be romantic?” you say. She leaves the room. You think she’s upset because you didn’t share your Cheetos.

4. MIDDLE-AGED MAN Food is still your friend, but now it’s the friend who wakes you up at 2 a.m. to reminisce about the pepperoni pizza you ate just a few

hours ago. Also, the long-term consequences of eating, say, a whole roast baby pig in cream sauce no longer seem that far away. You begin watching your diet. Having long since forgotten how you were at Stage 1, you’re horrified to find out that your teenager thinks it’s OK to eat chili dogs for breakfast. Where did he get that idea?

Joe Blundo’s column So to Speak appears in the Life section of The Columbus Dispatch. Visit his blog at Dispatch.com

5. EMPTY-NESTER At least one number on your health screening is above normal, and you begin seeing death in every chicken-fried steak. Can a low-fat, low-carbohydrate, low-salt, low-calorie, low-sugar, low-taste diet actually reverse the aging process? You aim to find out. The experiment lasts until lunch when you just have to

have a bacon-cheeseburger to keep going. But you eat it on a whole wheat bun with a locally grown tomato.

6. AGING SENIOR I have no idea what this stage will be like, but I’m hoping that what I ate in Stage 1 doesn’t preclude me from reaching it.

on the go: VITAMIN ME

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Dear Mom,

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Thank you for reading to me while I was in your belly. For always letting me bring the goldfish home from the school carnival. For allowing me to wear my red patent leather shoes even when they didn’t match. Thank you for helping me come up with clever ways to remember the words on my second-grade spelling list. (I still spell “beautiful” by saying in my head “Bears eat apples under trees in Florida until late.”) For cutting the crust off my chip-chop ham sandwiches. For having family sing-alongs and silly bingo games and an unending supply of Twizzlers on road trips. (I have no idea how you survived without DVD players and iPods. Mad props, Mom. Seriously.) Thank you for reading us “quotes of the day” from that little book in your glove box every morning before dropping us off at the middle school, even though we rolled our eyes. Thank you for spending countless hours crafting signs (and buying buckets full of candy) to help me win the student council election. Thank you for continually driving me to jazz classes rather than telling me that becoming a backup dancer for M.C. Hammer was not actually a viable profession.

Thank you for making me try everything at least once. For never letting me out of a first commitment, even if a better offer came along. And for making killer peanut-butter milkshakes. Thank you for making me continue piano lessons when I wanted to stop. For paying boatloads of money so I could have straight teeth. For stressing the importance of Sunday School. Thank you for kissing Dad in front of us. For never saying mean things about anyone. For always having Fruit Roll-Ups in the cupboard. Thank you for hiding the sailor dress under the rocks by the creek the day after you knew I went there and made a wish for it. For posing for ridiculous photos when I got my first camera. And for buying me Z. Cavariccis when nobody else’s parents understood why it was necessary to have ugly pants that cost a fortune. Thank you for getting up first and going to bed last. For doing all the things I never knew you did until I started doing them for my own little people. And for loving me with a fierceness that yes, Mom, I do now understand.

I love you. Happy Mother’s Day, Me

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on the go: PEOPLE YOU SHOULD MEET

Tim

Dove BY GINA JACOB

How do we teach our children to develop an understanding of who they are and how their relationship with the world impacts where they live? Tim Dove, the Ohio Department of Education’s 2011 Teacher of the Year, is on a mission to help local kids develop a global perspective. Dove is completing his 30th year in education and currently teaches social studies at Phoenix Middle School in the Worthington City Schools system. Four years ago, he and a team of teachers created this unique program for about 170 seventh- and eighth-graders who obtain entry through a lottery system. The curriculum there sounds like an educator’s (and a parent’s) dream: mastery-based education and special emphases on wellness, nutrition, reading and the fine arts. “Instead of a student council, we also have direct democracy like the ancient Greeks,” Dove said. “It’s all very holistic.” He added, “I’m lucky to have a job, career and vocation that is all wrapped up into one role.” Dove, 52, was raised in a family that moved and traveled often, though he spent most of his youth in Cincinnati. His father, Mark, now retired, is a Methodist minister and his mother, Jenelle, a speech and hearing teacher. His parents required all three of their children, prior to graduating from high school, to go live in a culture where they would, Dove explained, experience

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Teacher of the Year Tim Dove works with Elissa Manchester and Jack Farrell on naming Middle Eastern Countries

and his own children to approach life with what it’s like to “not be a part of the domipassion and perspective. With his wife, Lisa, nant culture.” he has two children — Kathryn, now 25 and Dove lived in Paraguay as part of a highan educator herself, and Robert, 20, who is school foreign-exchange program, while his studying to be a jazz musician. younger sister, Shelley, lived in Sri Lanka, One of Dove’s favorite Nepal and India, and his teaching tools is to take stuyounger brother, Todd, chose “Kids can dents on a week-long “SnapJapan. Dove said the experience shaped how he sees the learn how they shot Tour” abroad every year. The students learn how to world. fit into this navigate a new country just “We grew up with expectalong enough to get a taste for tions to learn about civil world by that particular culture — and rights, social justice and global perspectives, and how we can understanding figure out if they want to learn more. Of course all of relate them to our everyday how to not be this comes after they have figlife,” said Dove. Dove’s parents also made judgmental of ured out how to raise the funds they need to get there, sure their children were exposed to situations that other cultures” Dove said. Dove also challenges parchallenged them to use these ents to provide local opportuteachings. nities to build global perspective from right “We always had guests in the house,” here in Central Ohio. Dove added, “exchange students, people “Take your kids to the many festivals traveling to do mission work, from different offered by different nationalities,” Dove parts of the United States or around the said. “Sponsor a foreign-exchange student, world.” Dove said he tries to inspire his students visit our nationally acclaimed Columbus

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Metropolitan Library, or visit a regional city, like Chicago, and experience how they represent the impact of different cultures.” Dove also encourages parents to challenge their kids when they travel. “Take advantage of traveling and provide your kids with an opportunity to learn how to be a savvy traveler, one who knows how to get around, find a place to eat and meet new people,” he said. As children learn to build strong relationships and develop an enduring moral and ethical code, their ability to advance their awareness of world cultures provides a solid foundation for future success and achievement in an evolving world economy, Dove said. “Kids can learn how they fit into this world by understanding how to not be judgmental of other cultures,” he said, “making sense of why others do what they do and why it works for them.”

For more information about the Phoenix Middle School where Dove teaches, visit their website at phoenixms.org.

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on the go: NEIGHBORHOOD SPOTLIGHT

Beehive Books

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Ohio is awash in college towns, and Delaware has to be one of the quaintest inside the state borders. But this home to Ohio Wesleyan University is also a family-friendly destination with enough places to visit that will satisfy a range of ages. 24

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The “main drag” is Sandusky Street: It runs north-south through the heart of Ohio Wesleyan’s campus (don’t miss the stinky sulphur spring, just off Henry Street and next to the little flood plain where the first Ohio State University football game was played in 1890 — there’s a historical marker on the spot). The university schedules plenty of music, theater and cultural events (at low or no cost), so check their website for what’s happening. North of campus, you’ll find lots of food and interesting retail

shops along Sandusky Street and the streets that run east-west across it. Fundamentals is a longtime anchor for the downtown business district with its art and educational supplies on the first floor and a great selection of children’s and teacher’s books on the second floor. Around the corner is another, newer bookstore, Beehive Books, which also has a beverage and snack counter. For the artistically inclined, there’s The Bare Bowl (makeyour-own pottery) and Keikos Bead Box (make-your-own jewel-

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KEIKOS BEAD BOX Our Town Studios ry). After these shops, you could hit up Global Village Collection for toys, clothing, jewelry and other goodies made by artisans in Third World communities. Or you could combine your visit with a trip to The Strand Theatre, an independent film house that has expanded to include an art gallery. The Strand often programs children’s movies during school breaks. And for more culture, you could see if The Arts Castle has any interesting one-day workshops or exhibits going on. Our Town Studios sells artwork from local artists who are developmentally disabled. Now there are plenty of good places to eat, but first the kids can work up an appetite at a local park. Delaware State Park, north of town on Rt. 23, has great hiking trails and a big playground with, as an added bonus, the Delaware Lake Dam, the top of which you can walk across (gushing water is always a plus with kids). In town, you have Mingo Park with soccer fields, a skateboard bowl and a goodsized playground (plus in the summer, the pool complex there offers day passes

for visitors). There’s also Blue Limestone Park on the west side of town with fields, picnic areas, a playground and a stocked fishing pond (for which you do need an Ohio Department of Natural Resources fishing license). Onto the eating. Dairy Depot, north of downtown on Sandusky, or Dari Point, east of town on Winter Street, are both ice-cream stands of the old-fashioned variety and well-loved by locals. In town, you’ll find newcomers Whit’s Frozen Custard and Baby Cakes Cupcakes. When you need protein, you’ve got either the Hamburger Inn (aka “The Hambo”), which is as authentic a greasy-spoons diner as you could hope for, or Bun’s Restaurant, a landmark American-style eatery on Winter Street. Amato’s Woodfired Pizza and Chelley Belly (for soups and sandwiches) are other local faves. And for Mom’s and Dad’s caffeine cravings (with oversized cookies and fruit smoothies for the kids), check out the Mean Bean Caffeine Lounge, right at the corner of Sandusky and William streets, or Choffey’s on West Winter.

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BLUE LIMESTONE PARK 7 King Ave. (off West William Street) 740-203-1450 delawareohio.net/departments/parks_recreation/parks _bike_paths.aspx BUN’S RESTAURANT 14 W. Winter St. 740-363-3731 bunsrestaurant.net CHELLEY BELLY 15 E. Winter St. 740-369-5792 CHOFFEY’S 17 W. Winter St. 740-417-9406 choffeys.com DAIRY DEPOT 390 N. Sandusky St. 740-363-5297 DARI POINT 303 E. Winter St. 740-362-1355

DELAWARE STATE PARK 5202 U.S. Rt. 23 740-363-4561 (seasonal for campground) dnr.state.oh.us/parks/parks/del aware/tabid/729/default.aspx FUNDAMENTALS 25 W. Winter St. 740-363-0290 funbooksandmore.com GLOBAL VILLAGE COLLECTION 37 N. Sandusky St. 740-363-6267 globalvillagecollection.org HAMBURGER INN 16 N. Sandusky St. 740-369-3850 KEIKOS BEAD BOX 20 S. Sandusky St. 740-369-2700 facebook.com/keikosbeadbox1

MEAN BEAN CAFFEINE LOUNGE 2 N. Sandusky St. 740-369-5282 MINGO PARK 500 E. Lincoln Ave. 740-203-1450 delawareohio.net/departments/parks_recreation/parks _bike_paths.aspx OHIO WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY 61 S. Sandusky St. 740-368-2000 owu.edu OUR TOWN STUDIOS 57 N. Sandusky St. 877-345-6733 creativefoundations.org STRAND THEATRE 28 E. Winter St. 740-363-4914 thestrandtheatre.net WHIT’S FROZEN CUSTARD 31 N. Sandusky St. 740-362-0715 whitscustard.com

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on the go: SHOP SPOTLIGHT

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make the trip down to Columbus,� said the longtime Delaware resident. After a subsequent conversation with a teacher friend who also bemoaned the lack of local school and art supplies, Furlong decided to start a business that would provide them to the Delaware community. Ninety days later she opened her shop, and 23 years later, she’s still going strong. —JANE HAWES

      

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had Rosemary Wells of “Max and Ruby� and Jon Scieszka (“The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs!� and “The Stinky Cheese Man and other Fairly Stupid Fairy Tales�).

You know that our family has always hit you up for unusual birthday presents to give other kids. What are some your favorite items?

The books really do seem to be an important part of the experience here, and I know you host authors’ visits. Who are some of the authors you’ve had in?

I really love the Potato Chip Science (kit and book). It’s just packaged so cleverly. And the books, they’re really my favorite. I’ve become such an avid reader of young adult books. There are so many good ones now.

We just had Amy Krouse Rosenthal (author of the “Little Pea,� “Little Hoot� and “Little Oink� books). We’ve

Fundamental’s official title calls it a “ParentTeacher Store.� What

would you say is the ratio of parents to teachers who shop here? It’s probably half and half, although it used to be more teachers. Now we see a lot of parents. Grandparents, too. Maybe it’s because I’m a grandparent now, but I notice how many of them come here to get things for their grandkids.

I would imagine with all the learning materials you see quite a few homeschoolers. They’ve always been a big part of our business, but it’s interesting. Homeschooling used to be kind of a quiet thing around here. But now there are all kinds of reasons for homeschooling and we see a lot more people who are homeschooling.

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hot topic: MOMS

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You might say that sitting on several college acceptance letters is a nice problem to have. But Taylor LaFollette is awaiting responses from several more colleges before she makes a final decision on her first step to medical school. The senior at Columbus School for Girls did not get lucky — she earned it. And Taylor attributes much of her readiness to her involvement in Jack and Jill of America Inc., a national mother-and-child organization with a chapter here in Columbus. “Being a part of Jack and Jill allows me to be around like-minded individuals.” Taylor said. “I learn how to carry myself and grow and become a leader. As I go into the real world, I am more confident. Jack and Jill instilled leadership and service. In doing DANIEL SOHNER PHOTOS that, I am better prepared for the future.” Students at a Jack and Jill event answer questions from judges about their presentation on the dangers of drugs. Jack and Jill is an organization for African-American mothers and their chilrated by age groups. The parents devise age- becomes law. tially. While the need for the organization dren, who range in age from 2 through 19. “You find and create good programs that appropriate activities that meet the estabhas changed over the years, its purpose The children grow through the program, allow the kids to be the best they can be,” lished learning modules issued by the has not. picking up skills in leadership, philanthropy national office of Jack and Jill. Those chang- Gray said. “It’s all about the kids, and seeing kids and financial literacy along the way. Many of the programming projects cening topics include focus on legislature, evolve and develop into young adults, said The organization was founded in ter on philanthropy. These projects include finance, culture, health and fitness, and Kelley Gray, president of the Columbus Philadelphia in 1938 as a way to provide a recent fundraising effort for the Columbus chapter. “It’s about being a productive adult community service among many others. access to opportunities that African-AmeriBoys & Girls Club and volunteering time at The organization’s success can be attriband equipping them with the tools they can children might not otherwise have had. Mid-Ohio Foodbank and the YWCA. Taylor, need and exposing them to different ways of uted to creative programs like a day-long During the last seven decades, the resources getting there.” seminar on how to become a doctor or visit- who also serves as the Senior Team Presiand opportunities have expanded exponendent for the local chapter, says all of the The children meet monthly and are sepa- ing the Statehouse to learn how a bill

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Lori and John Heicher’s oldest child was born on their first wedding anniversary. The birth was a special gift to celebrate the couple’s marriage. It also meant that each anniversary was marked with birthday parties and balloons instead of romantic dinners. “It was great, but in a way our anniversary was stolen,” Mrs. Heicher said. So when Rebecca was 4 years old, the Hilliard couple went on vacation without her. As two more kids came along, they came up with more reasons for adult-only trips: a 10th anniversary, a 40th birthday, vacations to celebrate friends’ milestones. Each time they realized the same thing: A little distance makes the family stronger. “It’s fabulous. It’s just great to reconnect,” Heicher said. “We still sit around and talk about the kids 80 percent of the time, but it’s good stuff.”

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While it’s fun and beneficial to travel with the whole family, parenting experts say that it’s just as healthy to get away without the kids. “You want to keep your marriage solid,” said Susan Newman, a social psychologist who specializes in children and family issues. “Children tend to pull you apart because you have so many demands.

There’s so much stress with children. A break is a good thing, Traveling can make many parents, especially those sort of like filling up the gas who have young children, feel nervous and guilty. tank.” They worry that something could go wrong, and they Some time apart can also wouldn’t be there for their children. They feel guilty benefit the kids as well. that they’re having fun without the little ones. “We’re excited to re-enter Deciding to leave the children for a vacation, or their lives again,” Heicher said, determining when to do it, is a personal decision, said adding, “Kids are so entitled Schafer. nowadays and, when we’re gone, “I think a lot of moms want to take a break, but they take on a little more they don’t think their husbands can take care of the responsibility.” children the way they do,” she said. Parents are much more If she’s gone for several focused on their children now, days, Schafer uses and sometimes Skype to touch base releasing the with the kids and grip can give leaves them special them a sense of meals. ps ti e freedom and m perts gave so But don’t spend n re Parents and ex ild ch responsibility, e s without th the trip feeling bad. on making trip Newman added. : ily whole fam “Say, ‘I deserve easier on the “It encourages re of ildren in the ca ch e th e this.’ Keep repeating av rLe • pa e independence,” shares the sam the mantra: ‘I deserve someone who be ld she said. “A lot of phies. It shou this,’ ” Newman enting philoso ur yo children have sepd an both you advised. “Remind someone that aration anxiety. t. us tr n re ild yourself that chilch Your going away information — al ic dren are very ed m n might help them w ors • Write do mbers for doct nu resilient and adapte on ph over that hump.” s, ie allerg do if able. (And) if someions on what to ct ru st Caroline Schafer in d an id — ne parent sa O s. ise ar thing’s wrong you’ll y nc is a travel agent an emerge letter authoriz ed riz ta hear about it. If the no a es with two children, she leav ical r to make med ve cell phone doesn’t gi re ages 2 and 4. She ca e th ing e children. ring, be happy started the Vermontdecisions for th re he w about it.” ow based Moms on e children kn • Make sure th be ll Some parents u’ yo Vacation Travel Club n d whe you’re going, an said they started (online at moms-onback. with a long weekvacation.com) to help der pils leave notes un end near their other mothers find es ac • Some parent pl r s, and othe ck pa ck ba home, and then in travel deals and plan s, low their ill find during worked their way trips that don’t center the children w up to a longer on their children. absence. r trip or a farther ls or outings fo She hears from ea m l ia ec sp • Planning n can tio ca va e destination. th mothers who say travg rin the children du The Heicher . eling with their girlilt gu ease a parent’s children — friends helped them irs en uv to bring back so Rebecca, now clear their minds and • Don’t forget . r the kids 15, Rachel, 9, appreciate their families or small gifts fo and Ryan, 7 — more. Spas and all-incluhave benefited from their parents’ travel sive resorts are popular with more than just gifts. The couple scouted out mommy getaways, she said. Schafer said she sometimes places they plan to return with the kids, including a feels guilty leaving her children, family trip last summer to the Bahamas. but she knows it’s a good thing. But adult-only travel will always be in the cards. “You tend to go back to yourMrs. Heicher said a solid marriage is the foundation self, to define what you were of their family. before you were a mom,” she “I cannot imagine having an unhappy marriage said. “It teaches my kids I’m not and being a good parent,” she said. “I need to rememthe only one they can rely on.” ber why I invited him in my life in the first place.”

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KRISTIN MARKS AGE: 40 MOM TO: Peyton, 5, and Ethan, 3 MARRIED TO: Shane Marks LIVES IN: Worthington What’s the most challenging thing about being a mom? Right now, to keep them from fighting with each other and teaching them the right way to get along and be good friends. Always trying to be a good role model. That’s not easy because we’re all human, and we all make mistakes. You forget that you are a model for them. You have to be on your toes every minute. Every moment is a teachable moment. One of the hardest parts for me is the guilt — worrying if I do enough for them. I want them to have everything, but they can’t have everything they want. Sometimes I feel like I’m the grandma instead of the mom. What’s the most rewarding thing about a being a mom? Oh my gosh, there are so many things. Kids are amazing. Seeing them grow and become these little individuals is very rewarding — and to know I have a part in that. What’s your parenting philosophy? My mom was a kindergarten teacher, and she has this saying: “A child is a candle to be lit, not a cup to be filled.” I like the idea of letting them learn along the way because children learn by making mistakes just as we do as adults. As a parent, our instinct is to protect them from mistakes but they really need to learn to make their own way in the world because we won’t always be there to watch out for them.

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A preschooler’s life may seem like fun and games, especially when compared to the demands of adult life, but there are actually many things that can worry those precious little minds. New schools, new siblings, new teachers or new routines — any change, big and small alike, can send a preschooler into a tizzy that would rival any adult’s. The Curtis family, of Clintonville, knows all about stressful change. The Curtises — mom Barbie, dad Matt and their five children, ages 2 to 8 — recently returned from spending a year traveling throughout southeast Europe for Matt’s doctoral program in Slavic Studies at Ohio State University. While the entire family had to endure the stress of new homes, new cultures and new languages, the two preschool-aged children, Matthew, then 5, and Tyndale, then 3, each experienced their own struggles. “Tyndale in particular had a really hard time with the changing concept of ‘home,’ ” explained Mrs. Curtis. “He would cry uncontrollably and refuse to come into the new apartment. Both he and Matthew also started having difficulty sleeping and would be easily overwhelmed.” Reactions like these are common, said Justin Fogt, clinical supervisor for the Help Me Grow program at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. According to Fogt, other signs of stress can include headaches and stomach aches, trouble concentrating, change in appetite or compulsive behaviors. “Children this age don’t have the full ability to express their own concerns (so they) can then

manifest themselves in behavior,” said Sharon Balduf, director of Hilliard City School District Preschool. Although these behaviors may appear in all children at one time or another, any ongoing deviation from a child’s normal demeanor may signal stress, Balduf explained. Fortunately, parents can have a big impact on little minds. Playing together, both as a family and one on one, creating routines, helping a child put names to feelings, and engaging in problem solving can help children feel validated and less stressed out. “Promoting healthy family attachments is one of the best ways parents can help kids reduce stress,” said Fogt. The Curtises found that sticking to a normal routine as much as possible helped. “I tried to keep things as familiar as possible,” Curtis said. “Bedtime in particular was very important. We also let them bring two special items from home with them to help them feel comfortable.” Curtis also credits regular family activities and just being silly together as ways that helped ease the kids’ minds. “I actually miss how united we were,” she said. “It’s much harder now that things have calmed down!”

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Cynthia DeLong can tell when her 8-year-old daughter, Eva, is stressed out: She asks lots of questions and usually cries. DeLong described her daughter — a second-grader at New Albany Elementary School — as energetic, analytical and strong-willed. To help her daughter manage stress, DeLong said they discuss Eva’s worries and schedule fun events like family game night and father-daughter time. “I have to really use conversation to talk her through anything that’s coming up,” said DeLong, a resident of Blacklick. She’s also a second-grade teacher at the same school her daughter attends. “We’re constantly trying to figure out what works and what keeps everybody happy,” DeLong said. Common stressors for grade-school students include grades, tests, divorce, family illness, friends, scary stories, severe weather and being overscheduled, said Kimberly Ministeri, a secondand third-grade school counselor at New Albany Elementary. Ministeri said younger students tend to have trouble with things like separating from caregivers, while older students seem to worry more about performance and peers. “Good stress can motivate us and give us energy,” Ministeri said. “Bad stress is the way that our body responds to the environment. It can start to come out in different ways. Our body gives us signs when we need to do something to get rid of that stress.” Children affected by stress may experience headaches, crying spells,

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Talk about inviting stress: Chloe Vaughan waited until shortly before college applications were due to turn in hers. The Olentangy Orange High School senior made the cut at Ohio State University — her first choice — but wishes she would have applied earlier. While the colleges she applied to were still processing her applications, her friends were receiving acceptance letters and making plans for their futures. Her advice to next year’s class of seniors: “Apply as early as you can.” Daniel Nagel, also a senior at Olentangy Orange, also recommends starting early. He began his college search late last summer. He spent the first few months of his senior year researching colleges online — something he, too, wishes he would have done sooner. Parents can help their students reduce the stress of applying to college by helping them DANIEL SOHNER PHOTO Daniel Straub, counselor at Olentangy Orange develop a plan for the process, said OlenHigh School, talks with Chloe Vaughan and tangy Orange High School counselor Daniel Daniel Nagel about selecting a university Straub. Parents should start talking with kids about college readiness as early as middle school, Straub said, and when kids reach high school, they should be thinking about college visits and preparing for the SAT and ACT. • Use a calendar or chart to develop “Be prepared for a bit of a roller coaster ride,” Straub said. a study schedule. “There’s a lot going on. It’s not just students getting ready for col• Check off and praise small and large lege. It’s moving from adolescence into the adult years.” accomplishments. Students who are worried about doing poorly on standardized • Maintain healthy habits related to sleep hygiene, tests should know they have a variety of resources for help, said eating, and social and physical activities Mark Davis, college counselor at Upper Arlington High School. Stu• Encourage or facilitate conversation with peers dents can take practice tests, study online or work with a tutor to who are experiencing the same stress and with prepare for the tests. older peers who have gone through the same And it’s important for parents to remind students that the test events. “is not the only part of their application,” Davis said. • Arrange study groups at home. Some colleges even allow for test-optional applications, he said. • Simulate testing conditions (quiet room, Helping your student identify the right colleges to apply for can timed practice tests). really ease their anxiety about their future, Davis added. • Increase positive thoughts and self-comments. Straub suggests parents work with their students and school • Set time aside to confront and address negative or counselors to develop a list of schools where the student would be hindering thoughts and self-comments. happy. The list should include reach schools (those where the stu• Use laughter or relaxation activities that might dent may not be a shoo-in for acceptance) and safety schools include deep breathing. These techniques are (those that will likely accept the student), Straub said. helpful while preparing for and taking an exam, Creating a realistic picture of the student’s possibilities is crubut should be practiced before the big day. cial, Davis agreed. SOURCE: JARROD M. LEFFLER, DIRECTOR OF OUTPATIENT “It’s really a matter of creating a good list and paring it down to GROUP THERAPY PROGRAMMING, NATIONWIDE CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL BEHAVIORAL HEALTH SERVICES what’s a good fit for the student,” Davis said.

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Tics are sudden, involuntary, repetitive movements (motor tics) or sounds (vocal tics). The most common motor tics are frequent eye blinking and head shaking. Common vocal tics include humming, grunting or saying actual words. Three to six million Americans experience tics regularly. Tics are more common in children, where one in four have a tic during the school years. Dr. Pedro And tics are five times more common in boys than girls. Nine out of ten chilWeisleder is Associate Professor dren who have tics will experience significant improvements in the sympand Director of the toms by the time they reach adulthood. Tics are the most frequent though not the only symptom of Tourette synChild Neurology residency program drome. For a patient to be diagnosed as having Tourette syndrome, they have to have motor and vocal tics for at least one year, ADD or ADHD and at Nationwide obsessive-compulsive behaviors. Children’s HospiSymptoms wax and wane over time, and Tourette syndrome is not a hartal-The Ohio State binger of serious neurological disease. Unless symptoms are severe, physiUniversity College cians at Nationwide Children’s Hospital usually do not treat patients with tics of Medicine. or Tourette syndrome. Because tics are outside of a child’s control, children should not be disciplined if he or she exhibits tics. For more information on tics and Tourette syndrome as they relate to your son, consult your primary care physician. Nationwide Children’s Hospital offers treatment for severe cases, and you can also find more information from the Tourette Syndrome Association of America at tsa-usa.org.

My 8-year-old really wants to do trail riding on his bike, but I’m concerned about his safety. Is he old enough and, if he is, what kind of equipment does he need? Cycling is a great form of exercise, but not without some risks. A correctly fitted helmet and bicycle are necessary to reduce the risk of serious injury. There is really no recommended age to start trail riding, but as a parent you must decide if they have the necessary skills to start riding “off-road.” Your child should first master some basic cycling skills such as braking, being able to avoid or steer around objects, standing up when riding over bumps and quick stops. A local park with a grass field is a great place to practice. Pick a trail or path that is suitable for a young beginner. These are typically wide, gently rolling and without any steep hills, high bridges or dangerous obstacles. I recommend an adult lead on the trail, and remember to always wear your helmet as well! If you come upon a section of the trail that is a bit challenging, hop off the bike, walk the section together and discuss your strategy on what is the best path or “line” to take. There are many organizations in Ohio that provide recreational riding opportunities, so do your homework and find one that is in line with your son’s skills and experience. Good luck and safe riding!

Dr. Thomas L. Pommering is the Division Chief for Sports Medicine at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. He is an avid cyclist and also the Medical Director for the Great Ohio Bicycling Adventure and for the Tour de Grandview Professional Cycling Race.

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To learn more about Nationwide Children’s Hospital, visit www.NationwideChildrens.org

The nurse at my daughter’s school sent home a note saying that my daughter’s BMI (body-mass index) indicates she’s overweight for her age and size. I’m at a total loss to know what to do about this because I feel like we eat pretty healthy as a family. Do you have any recommendations? Take a look at what your daughter is eating and drinking daily in relation to her physical activity. An imbalance between energy in and energy out can cause weight gain, even if she is eating generally healthy foods. Be sure your daughter eats breakfast, as it helps to jump-start metabolism. Make sure portion sizes are age-appropriate because large portions lead to extra calories and weight gain. Have your daughter cut back on sugary drinks (including juice) and instead drink more water, low-fat milk or other sugar-free options. Encourage her to eat fruits and vegetables daily in a rainbow of colors. Eat dinner as a family and turn off the TV and computer during snack and meal times. Your daughter should get 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity every day. Try to limit screen time (TV, computer, etc.) to two hours a day and have her get up and move during commercial breaks or every 30 minutes. Your daughter’s primary care provider will be able to provide more insight and recommendations specific to your daughter’s health, as well as screen for more serious medical concerns. The Center for Healthy Weight and Nutrition at Nationwide Children’s Hospital offers comprehensive programs for the prevention and treatment of overweight children.

Carrie Tolman, RN, MS, CPNP, is a nurse practitioner at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in the Center for Healthy Weight. Her interests include childhood obesity and type-2 diabetes.

TIP OF THE MONTH Before heading outside to enjoy the warmer, longer days, remember that many kids may need some time to get their “outdoor radar” back up. In fact, says Dr. Leslie K. Mihalov, Division Chief of Emergency Medicine at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, many emergency departments and urgent cares see an increase in injuries related to common outdoor activities, especially in the beginning of May. Follow these tips to keep your kids safe: • SUPERVISE. Children should never be left unattended. • TEACH. Remind your child how to ride a bike, play with his/her toys, etc. • PROTECT. Be sure kids wear necessary protective equipment (helmet, elbow/knee pads, etc.).

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This is a quick review of CPR and Choking First Aid. To take a First Aid and CPR class, visit www.NationwideChildrens.org/edu or call (614) 355-0662 for more information.

CAR SAFETY

NURSERY SAFETY

Q Seatbelts save lives. Always ways buckle up and p put your kids in the correct car seat or booster. Q Never drink and drive. Be a role model and designate a driver. Q Talk to teens about only riding with a sober driver. Q NEVER TEXT while driving. Q Never leave your child or pet alone in the car! Q It only takes minutes for your child or pet to overheat and die.

Q Back to sleep! Always put babies to sleep on their backs. Q Keep blankets, pillows, crib bumpers and toys out of cribs. Use sleepers or sleep-sacks instead of blankets. Q Babies can suffocate easily, so put them to sleep on firm surfaces. Couches, waterbeds and sheepskins are too soft and can keep baby from breathing freely.

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K.I.S.S. Your Kids (Kohl’s Is Sold on Safety) is a seasonal safety education program that features coloring contests and free activity books. Nationwide Children’s Hospital is able to provide this service through the generous support of Central Ohio Kohl’s Department Stores. The new “Play it Safe” video game, based on the activity books is now on line! Anyone can build a character and learn about safety at home, the pool, the park and at school by traveling through the safety adventures! For more about this program, go to www.NationwideChildrens.org/KISS, contact KISS@NationwideChildrens.org or call (614) 355-0679. All coloring pages and activity books are also available to freely download and print. To find a doctor or medical service, visit www.NationwideChildrens.org or call (614) 722-KIDS.

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When someone is unconscious: If you are alone: Call 9-1-1 after about 2 minutes of CPR for infants, babies and children ages 1-8. Call 9-1-1 immediately for adults and children over 8 years old. If there are bystanders, have them call 9-1-1 immediately while you begin CPR.

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Then, for Infants, Children and Adults 2. Press the chest straight down, 1/3 to ½ the depth of the chest (INFANTS: about 1.5 inches, CHILDREN: about 2 inches, ADULTS: more than 2 inches). 3. Push hard and fast, at least 100 pushes per minute. Let the chest come back to normal position between each press. 4. Repeat until emergency help arrives.

K.I.S.S.

Q Stay within arm’s reach of your child around all water all the time, even the bathtub. Q Nobody is “drown-proof” even people who have taken swimming lessons! Q Fencing around pools needs self-locking latches which are out of reach of children. Q Keep bikes, tricycles, baby walkers, wagons, and skateboards away from the pool. Q Always swim with a buddy. Q Always empty wading pools after use.

For EVERYONE ELSE 1. Put the heel of one hand in the center of the person’s breastbone (the middle of the chest directly between the nipples) use one hand for children ages 1-8 (see Picture 5). For adults and children over 8 years old, put the heel of your other hand on top of your first hand (see Picture 6).

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For INFANTS and BABIES up to 1 Year 1. Give 5 back slaps between baby’s shoulder blades (see Picture 1). 2. Give 5 chest thrusts to baby (see Picture 2): • Hold baby face up on lap and push on chest with 2 fingers. 3. Repeat steps until obstruction is cleared or the baby becomes unconscious. 4. If the baby becomes unconscious, begin CPR and call 9-1-1.

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need to know: THE GO-TO GUIDE

Central Ohio

Hiking Guide for Families STORY AND PHOTOS BY JOHN ROSS

Normal routine bringing whines and sighs? Board games turning into bored games? Television no longer doing the trick? Cabin fever should be in full effect after a long winter and rainy spring — but Central Ohio has plenty of places to cure it. Hundreds of public parks and preserves lie within an hour’s drive of Columbus, and many have trails perfect for first-time hikers. Families itching to stretch their legs will find some of the best ones below:

BATTELLE DARBY CREEK METRO PARK 1775 Darby Creek Dr., Galloway 614-891-0700 metroparks.net Length: Two miles Highlight: Small herd of bison Start at: Cedar Ridge Picnic Area

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Six female bison were brought to a 30-acre pasture in February, and guests can see them from the flat, smooth Darby Creek Greenway Trail. From the Cedar Ridge area, you’ll walk 0.6 miles north before the animals pop into view. On your way back, circle the nearby Hawthorn Loop Trail to round out your afternoon.

BLACKHAND GORGE STATE NATURE PRESERVE Toboso Road SE at County Highway 278, Toboso 614-265-6453 ohiodnr.com/dnap DIFFICULTY: Length: Up to nine miles Highlight: Ability to bike or hike Start at: Main parking lot

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DIFFICULTY KEY Even your baby sister can finish A young, eager hiker’s dream Ideal after getting a few trips under your belt Only the fit and daring need apply

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This gorge will win you over with its good looks and the paved 4.26-mile Blackhand Trail that’s suitable for walking, biking or even a sturdy stroller. Several loop trails spur from the main path to give you plenty of options and more of a challenge during your afternoon along the Licking River.

HOGBACK RIDGE PRESERVE 2656 Hogback Rd., Sunbury 740-524-8600 DIFFICULTY: preservationparks.com Length: About one mile Highlight: Picturesque ravine crossing Start at: Mary Barber McCoy Nature Center Hidden within the Preservation Parks of Delaware County is this green gem with forests, meadows, ridges and ravines. It should take you less than an hour to do the Woodland Ridge and Pinegrove trails (0.4 miles each), which saves plenty of time to explore the 40-foot-long bridge that spans a steep ravine.

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When you carry less, you hike more. That’s one reason to skip fancy outdoor gear and pack the essentials. On hikes shorter than five miles, those hitting the trail with kids should bring a map, a watch, plenty of water, toilet paper, hand sanitizer and highenergy snacks. Skip the trail mix for fruit strips, Clif Bars and PB&J sandwiches. Ditch pop for sports drinks like Powerade.

7317 Warner Huffer Rd., Circleville 740-869-3124 ohiodnr.com Length: Five miles Highlight: Quiet lake lined with trees Start at: West parking lot

ROCKBRIDGE STATE NATURE PRESERVE

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11475 Dalton Rd., Rockbridge DIFFICULTY: 614-265-6453 ohiodnr.com/dnap Length: About three miles Highlight: Ohio’s largest natural bridge Start at: Dalton Road parking lot

2331 State Rte. 343, Yellow Springs 614-265-6453 ohiodnr.com/dnap Length: Two miles Highlight: Whitewater and wildflowers Start at: Bear’s Den parking lot

The foot trail leading from the parking lot into the Hocking Hills forest isn’t that interesting. Be patient. About a mile in, you’ll run into a rock arch that measures 100 feet long and parallels a gorgeous waterfall. You can walk across and beneath the arch — just be cautious if it’s wet. Return the way you came.

Western Ohio’s best nature preserve is gorgeous in more ways than one, boasting rock formations carved over millennia by the Little Miami River. From Bear’s Den, take the stairs down to the Gorge Trail. Walk west, stop at four observation points and find the Rim Trail, which will take you back atop a ridge. Terrain can be steep, and it’s often slippery and rocky. You’ll also need to watch little ones near the edges.

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Rimming the small, quaint resort lake is the Hargus Lake Trail, a five-mile loop that traverses a good cross-section of Central Ohio terrain. You’ll see dense woodlands, open meadows and secret backwoods lagoons. Boats use only electric motors, so you don’t need to worry about being disturbed in summer.

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SHARON WOODS METRO PARK 6911 Cleveland Ave., Westerville 614-891-0700 metroparks.net Length: 2.4 miles Highlight: Lush, flower-packed prairie Start at: Apple Ridge Picnic Area

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From the parking lot, follow the Spring Creek Trail counter-clockwise. After walking through woods and over lovely bridges, you’ll emerge into a truly marvelous meadow. Before completing your loop, explore the short connector that meanders through. Seeing this landscape awash with wildflowers, insects and lush summer greenery, you’ll want to rename the park Sharon Prairies.

SLATE RUN METRO PARK 1375 State Rte. 674 N., Canal Winchester 614-891-0700 metroparks.net Length: About five miles Highlight: Expansive prairies and wetlands Start at: Buzzard’s Roost Picnic Area

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Take the western edge of the wooded Sugar Maple Trail to the Bobolink Grassland Trail, which meanders through wide, lovely fields. The northern spur eventually leads to the Kokomo Wetland Trail and a series of lakes and marshes beloved by local birds. Explore here for a bit, then return the way you came.

TRAIL TIP The outdoor world can be the most exciting classroom, and hands-on learning will make younger hikers more comfortable and confident in natural settings. Grab a field guide on birds, wildflowers or trees from your local library and try to identify a few things along the way.

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need to know: WHAT’S THE WORST THAT COULD HAPPEN?

MY KID JUST CALLED 911 (for no good reason) In our ongoing salute to the dumb things kids do (and that parents have to manage), we take a look at what’s the worst that could happen if your child calls 911 — and it’s not an emergency. FEAR: The police department is going to show up on my doorstep and haul my kid away to a juvenile detention center.

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FACT: Mary Ham, who has been a dispatcher with the New Albany Police Department for 13 years, has heard it all: fighting siblings who call 911 on each other; the little boy who got grounded and sent to his room and called (from a cell phone) to report his mother for abuse; young children who heard a noise they can’t identify; a child who saw smoke from a neighbor’s cigarette and thought her house was on fire. “It’s usually children between the ages of 6 and 9

who make these calls,” Ham explained. The good news, Ham said, is that no one is likely to get in trouble for one errant call, and usually one is all it takes to educate a child about what an emergency really is. “That’s just misuse,” Ham said, “but abuse is where someone makes call after call after call.” And in that case, a parent could be arrested and charged with abuse of the 911 system. But in cases of simple mis-

use, depending on a police department’s size and policy, a few different things could happen. In New Albany’s case, a police officer will always be dispatched to educate the child about how to use 911 and to make sure the parents instruct the child properly, too. “You can’t be sure there isn’t an emergency,” Ham said, “because maybe the child was calling because he’s upset about being grounded, but maybe he’s also been hit.” In larger jurisdictions, a dispatcher may have the discretion to not send an officer if, after speaking with a parent or

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guardian in the home, the dispatcher feels confident there is not an emergency. But it is critical that, no matter where you live or what the police department’s policy is there, parents should not hang up the phone if they discover their child has called 911. “Stay on the line,” said Ham, who also conducts 911 education programs in her community for kids. “That’s the most important thing because if you hang up, then I have to send two officers.” —JANE HAWES

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need to know: HANDY MOM

Aspirin

This ancient derivative of willow bark’s salicylic acid may be the original pain reliever, but you know that Handy Mom expects more out of her medicine cabinet than fever reduction and pain relief. So behold these other uses for aspirin. —JANE HAWES SWEAT STAIN REMOVER. When your favorite white tee or Oxford shirt is looking a bit jaundiced around the armpits, mix two crushed aspirin in a half-cup of warm water, then soak the stained part of the clothes in this mixture for two to three hours. CAR BATTERY JUMP STARTER. OK, we haven’t tried this one, but the next time your car battery dies in the middle of nowhere, you can. Just pop two aspirin into the battery. Something with the various acids interacting in there will jolt the battery to life, long enough to get you back to civilization. PIMPLE ZAPPER. Is it just us or does it seem like most home remedies zap zits? Add an aspirin poultice to the list now.

BUG-BITE ZAPPER. Likewise with easing the pain and redness of bug bites and bee stings. HAIR COLOR RESTORER. No, we’re not talking about miraculously turning gray hair back to its original color. We’re talking about undoing the damage that pool chlorine does to whatever color your hair is right now. Crush and mix about six aspirin in eight ounces of warm water. Wet your hair with this and let it sit for 15 minutes, then wash as usual. GARDENING HELPER. You probably know about adding an aspirin to the water you put cut flowers in (it prolongs the life of the blooms), but did you know that some gardeners use crushed aspirin to help cuttings take root in the garden or to kill fungus? Just be sure to use a ratio of one aspirin to one quart of water when using it on plants.

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family fun: HANDS ON

Mother’s Day bouquet BY OLIVERA BRATICH

A great alternative to traditional Mother’s Day flowers, these felt roses will last forever and make a beautiful centerpiece on that special day. A full bouquet takes a little while to complete, so have everyone pitch in and help, or stretch the project over a couple of days so little ones don’t get bored in one long sitting. WHAT YOU NEED • 6-12 pieces of felt in coordinating colors (number of pieces is determined by the size of your bouquet) • scissors • tacky glue • round bowl or snack container, approximately 6-8 inches in diameter (for tracing) • candy dish or teacup to hold the bouquet

HOW YOU DO IT 1. Trace your bowl onto a piece of felt and cut out the circle. Note that the shapes in this project do not have to be perfect, so it’s a great task for younger children, too! 2. Have an adult draw a spiral inside the circle. Cut the circle along the lines, starting at the outside edge. 3. Again, starting at the outside edge, roll the felt along the spiral shape. Dot glue along the felt as you roll, approximately every 1/2 to 1 inch. 4. Secure the end of your rolled felt with a dab of glue and hold in place for 10 seconds to set the glue. 5. Ta-daa! Your first rose. Repeat steps 1-4 as many times as you want roses in your bouquet. 6. Arrange your roses in a dish, bowl, teacup, or decorative basket, nestling them against each other. Place in the center of your Mother’s Day table and watch Mom’s face light up!

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OLIVERA BRATICH owns Wholly Craft, 3169 N. High St. The Clintonville shop features handmade goods from more than 100 crafters and artists, including clothing, jewelry, accessories, paper goods, home decor and more. Hours: 1-8 p.m. weekdays, 12-7 p.m. Saturdays, 12-5 p.m. Sundays, closed Tuesdays. For information, go to whollycraft.net.

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family fun: HANDS ON

Mother’s Day bouquet BY OLIVERA BRATICH

A great alternative to traditional Mother’s Day flowers, these felt roses will last forever and make a beautiful centerpiece on that special day. A full bouquet takes a little while to complete, so have everyone pitch in and help, or stretch the project over a couple of days so little ones don’t get bored in one long sitting. WHAT YOU NEED • 6-12 pieces of felt in coordinating colors (number of pieces is determined by the size of your bouquet) • scissors • tacky glue • round bowl or snack container, approximately 6-8 inches in diameter (for tracing) • candy dish or teacup to hold the bouquet

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HOW YOU DO IT 1. Trace your bowl onto a piece of felt and cut out the circle. Note that the shapes in this project do not have to be perfect, so it’s a great task for younger children, too! 2. Have an adult draw a spiral inside the circle. Cut the circle along the lines, starting at the outside edge. 3. Again, starting at the outside edge, roll the felt along the spiral shape. Dot glue along the felt as you roll, approximately every 1/2 to 1 inch. 4. Secure the end of your rolled felt with a dab of glue and hold in place for 10 seconds to set the glue. 5. Ta-daa! Your first rose. Repeat steps 1-4 as many times as you want roses in your bouquet. 6. Arrange your roses in a dish, bowl, teacup, or decorative basket, nestling them against each other. Place in the center of your Mother’s Day table and watch Mom’s face light up!

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OLIVERA BRATICH owns Wholly Craft, 3169 N. High St. The Clintonville shop features handmade goods from more than 100 crafters and artists, including clothing, jewelry, accessories, paper goods, home decor and more. Hours: 1-8 p.m. weekdays, 12-7 p.m. Saturdays, 12-5 p.m. Sundays, closed Tuesdays. For information, go to whollycraft.net.

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family fun: COOKING WITH KIDS

Campfire

COOKING BY JANE HAWES

Tim Wheeler grew up a child of the outdoors. And now that he and his wife Kat have a family of their own, he’s eager to pass along his love of the great outdoors to their two children, their young cousins and any other youngsters who happen to pass through their Clintonville backyard.

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“I grew up camping,” Wheeler said. “That and cooking are probably my two favorite things to do, so any chance to combine them is OK with me.” As soon as the weather thawed this spring, Wheeler had the fire pit going in his backyard and he was ready to blow the winter cobwebs off the recipes he can make with the posse of kids in his extended family. On this particular night, they were Tim and Kat’s 3-year-old son

FOILED AGAIN DINNER

This is a great one for getting veggies onto the dinner table, Wheeler said: “Our kids are used to eating vegetables with just about every dinner, but they really like them this way.”

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Joe and 2-year-old daughter Anna Marie, plus their Johnson cousins, 8year-old Matthew, 6-year-old Maggie and 3-year-old twins Meghan and Molly. And they were aided and abetted by their uncle Jonathan Barth who just happens to own Clintonville Outfitters, which is campfire-cooking-supply central in these parts. The dishes that Wheeler makes at home and in the field require forethought and careful prepara-

tion, he advised, but they cook up quickly over a hot, seasoned-hardwood fire. And the rewards are just as quick and tasty for the clan of cousins, who gave all the dishes a collective 12 thumbs up, although Maggie admitted to doing a little customizing. “Sometimes I eat just the marshmallows in my s’mores,” she confided. Here are two of Tim’s favorite campfire recipes.

INGREDIENTS:

DIRECTIONS:

• sweet peppers (green, orange and/or red), cut into one-inch-square pieces • baby carrots • corn on the cob, husks removed and cut into three-inch pieces • red potatoes, cut into inch-square chunks • shredded cheese (like a Mexican four-cheese blend, or mild cheddar) • pats of butter • 1/4-pound beef franks • heavy-duty aluminum foil (thinner foil will split during cooking)

KID: Wash the vegetables to be used and remove husks from the corn. GROWNUP: Cut up the vegetables. If transporting for camping use, store each ingredient (including the pats of butter) in either a zippered plastic bag that can be cleaned and reused or a plastic or glass container with an airtight lid. Place them in a camping-quality cooler (like the Coleman brand) with ice. GROWNUP: Build a cooking fire using dry and preferably seasoned hardwood (most campgrounds sell it). It will take about 30 minutes for the burning wood to crumble into hot coals or embers that are suitable for cooking with. Rake them occasionally to make sure the heat is evenly distributed. KID: On a sheet of foil about 18 inches long, set all the vegetables for each serving, the beef frank, sprinkle with a handful of cheese and add two pats of butter. Fold into a packet, making sure the edges are firmly closed over. GROWNUP: Clear a spot in the coals, set a foil packet in it, then rake coals over it. Let the packets cook for 15-20 minutes, then remove from the fire. Open the packet slightly to let the steam out and let it rest for about 5 minutes. KID: Open the packet the rest of the way and then chow down!

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THE ORIGINAL BREAKFAST SANDWICH This one is great for morning or night. You just need a cast-iron pie iron (also known as a hobo pie or a pudgy pie, said Barth). This hinged cooking tool (available for $19 at most camping-supply stores) lets you create a layered, hand-sized square of food.

INGREDIENTS: • a batter of four cracked eggs, a half-cup of milk, 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon and 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract: mixed together and stored in an airtight container (like a Nalgene drinking bottle) • slices of thick Texas Toast bread • pre-cooked pork sausage patties • maple syrup • a pie iron • a square or rectangular baking dish (like the ones made by Pyrex)

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DIRECTIONS: GROWNUP: Prepare and pack the batter. Store in a cooler with ice for overnight transportation. If ever in doubt about the safety of stored and transported food, use a thermometer to test the food. Discard egg products if they have risen above 40 degrees. You can also freeze and thaw many food products, but do not freeze eggs in their shells. GROWNUP: Prepare cooking fire as described on previous page. KID: Shake up the batter and pour into the baking dish. Soak two pieces of bread in the batter on both sides. KID: Set a slice of bread on either side of the pie iron (if the pie iron is not already “cured,” coat its surface lightly with some butter or oil. Cured cast iron has been tempered with heat and oil to keep food from sticking to its surface). Then set a sausage patty on top of each slice. GROWNUP: Close the pie iron up, fasten it, and then set it over the fire, keeping it about four inches above the heat source.

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LIBERTY FARM SUMMER DAY CAMP

KID: Holding the pie iron handle, slowly turn it, cooking the sandwich about 7-8 minutes total.

JUNE 20 - AUGUST 12, Monday - Friday, 9am - 4pm

GROWNUP: Remove from the fire, open the pie iron carefully, let cool a little, then serve on a plate, cutting into four pieces. Serve with maple syrup.

Ages 6 - 15 welcome

KID: When cool, eat by dipping each sandwich quarter into the syrup.

Tim Wheeler’s brother-in-law Jonathan Barth owns Clintonville Outfitters, located at 2869 N. High St. in Clintonville. The store, which carries camping supplies and outdoor sports equipment, also conducts classes to help newbies and tenderfoots with their outdoor adventures. They’ve got a “Junior Naturalists” class (good for ages 5 and up) on Tuesday, May 17, at 6 p.m. that will teach outdoor-artifact identification skills. For more information, call 614-447-8902 or visit their website at clintonvilleoutfitters.com.

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family fun: EATING OUT WITH KIDS

mellowMUSHROOM THE MOM SAYS

For me to eat my pizza anywhere other than at home, hunkered down on the couch and watching a favorite TV show, a pizza-serving restaurant better have something more to offer than just good pizza. And I think that’s what Mellow Mushroom is aiming for. I’m not sure it worked for me, but I appreciated the effort. We headed to the new restaurant in Dublin one Sunday evening. I tried calling ahead to get either a reservation or call-ahead seating, having heard it had been packed with lines out the door. No dice on either request. If I had little ones (hungry little ones, to be more precise), that would be an issue for me. Because of the no-reservation policy, we went unfashionably early and were seated quickly, but by the time we left, an hour later, the rumored line out the door had begun. First thing I noticed were the TV monitors. Outside of the electronics department at Target, I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many TVs — and all of them tuned to the same basketball game — in one place. I could see seven without moving my head (12 if I did look around). It was a bit much. Now the service was perky and personable, the waitress joking with us because it took my husband longer to pick out a beer than decide on his pizza toppings (to be fair, the number of beers to choose from is, like the TV sets, excessive yet not complaint-inducing). For appetizers, we settled on hot wings (six for $5; deemed hot but not hot by the hot-wings connoisseurs in our party), Sweet Thai Chili wings (also six for $5; very tasty, though the meat was lukewarm, so the wings had probably been sitting a while and then were sauced at the last minute), and bruschetta ($6.25; their twist is feta cheese: it worked). Between the four of us, we then split three 10-inch pizzas (a plain cheese for $8, a “Mellowterranean” for $12.50 with chicken, roasted red peppers and olives to name a few ingredients, a customized monstrosity of protein and dairy products that my husband built for $13) and we still took home leftovers. The crust there is very thick and chewy, not my favorite kind but it does make for a substantial meal. The bathroom was fine (there is a diaper-changing station in the women’s room), though already having some plumbing woes. And the bill arrives only with the post-tax total, so if you compute your tip based on the pre-tax total, you’ll have to ask to see what that is. All things considered, it was a good meal but probably not good enough to budge me off the couch again. —JANE HAWES

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DANIEL SOHNER PHOTOS

MELLOW MUSHROOM 6505 Dublin Center Dr., Dublin 614-389-5445 mellowmushroom.com

BATHROOM:

FOOD: HOW’D THEY LIKE IT?

SERVICE:

FAVORITE BITES:

HOURS: 11 a.m.-1 a.m. Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Friday-Sunday

GRADING SCALE:

CHEESE PIZZA

SWEET THAI CHILI WINGS

GREAT!

GOOD.

MEH.

BOO.

Columbus School for Girls • 56 S. Columbia Avenue • Columbus, OH 43209 • 614.252.0781 •

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THE KID SAYS The name of the restaurant concerned me a little because I thought there were going to be mushrooms on all the pizzas. I found out that was not true. The inside of the restaurant, though, looked like a forest of mushrooms. It was interesting in a weird way. I didn’t want Sweet Thai Chili wings for the appetizer. I wanted barbecue wings but my mom didn’t let me. She said I had to try something new but I don’t think I’ve ever had barbecue wings either. So she was half right, half wrong. The Sweet Thai Chili wings were pretty sweet and I liked them. For dinner I got cheese pizza without parmesan. It was just mozzarella cheese. I liked it a lot. It was cheesy. They have really good mozzarella. There was not too much red sauce, which I am very picky about. The crust was quite soft, which is good if you don’t like hard pizza. The service was great. They were really nice. I think we got our food pretty quickly. There were two TVs in the boys’ bathroom, above the urinals. I thought it was a little weird. But it was very clean in there. The sink was cool because instead of a drain, it had this slide kind of a shape where it went diagonally into the wall. There were a lot of sports fans there and the TVs played all the same thing, which was a basketball game. It was unusual. The look was better than the food. It was not my favorite kind of pizza, but I would go back. —COLIN HAWES

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family fun: PARTIES

A Party for

petite picassos BY MELISSA KOSSLER DUTTON

Charlotte Glover is a budding artist. So for her third birthday, her parents planned a party at the Columbus Museum of Art. “She loves to paint. She loves coming here,” said her mother, Jennifer Glover. “We tried to pick something that suited her personality.”

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The New Albany girl was a little on the young side for the parties normally offered by the museum, so her mother, an active volunteer with the museum, organized the event herself. She rented the museum’s studio space and created a party geared to three-year-olds. Glover covered the tables with brown paper and set out art supplies for the children to create with. Each party guest received a monogrammed apron upon arrival and a canvas on which to paint. Glover thought the children would enjoy painting on a canvas rather than plain old paper. “It’s more authentic,” she said. “We thought it might be something they haven’t done at home, that it would be more special.” Three-year-old Tara Twomey said painting on a canvas made her feel like a real artist. And the Westerville girl was looking forward to hanging her artwork in her bedroom later. In between dabbing paint on their masterpieces, the youngsters nibbled on snacks. Glover

• Parents can choose from three party themes – pirate, magic and mystery, and outer space adventure — geared for children aged 5 to 11. The parties offer a hands-on experience with art. • Each party includes admission to CMA, age-appropriate gallery experiences, use of thematic costumes and decorations, an art-making activity, invitations and more.

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served hummus and carrots, fruit and animal crackers. Per Charlotte’s request, her mom baked miniature chocolate cupcakes for dessert. Glover decorated the cupcakes with chocolate glaze and art-themed picks. After her guests sang “Happy Birthday,” Charlotte pulled out her candles and eagerly ate her cupcake. With the birthday business out of the way, the young artists headed to the museum’s new Wonder Room to play. The kids molded clay, created mixed-up wooden animals and built mobiles in the newly renovated space. After play time, the youngsters packed up their aprons and paintings, which served as party favors. Glover said she purposely avoided candy and disposable trinkets. “I don’t like getting stuff that just ends up in the garbage when we get home,” she said. “I like giving stuff that they’ll remember.”

• Costs: CMA members: $175 for up to 12 children; nonmembers: $200 for up to 12 children; Cake and punch: $50 per 12 children (but guests can opt to bring their own cake and punch). • Contact Pam Edwards at 614-629-0312.

COLUMBUS MUSEUM OF ART 480 E. Broad St., Downtown 614-221-6801 columbusmuseum.org

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family fun: DAY TRIPPIN’ UTICA

UTICA SERTOMA

Ice Cream Festival

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The arrival of Memorial Day weekends signals the unofficial start of summer, and in Utica — home to the Velvet Ice Cream Company for nearly 100 years — they celebrate with a festival honoring ice cream. The three-day Utica Sertoma Ice Cream Festival is sponsored by the local Sertoma club, an organization devoted to hearing health issues. The festival seemed like a great way for my family to kick off our summer, so last year we attended. We decided to visit on Saturday so we could see the parade. We left the house early and that proved to be a very good thing. As we got close to Utica, located about 40 miles northeast of Columbus, we began to see signs for the festival. We followed the signs, pulled into a field and parked the van for $5. As we started walking toward the festival grounds, I stopped and asked somebody where we needed to go to watch the parade. Good thing I asked: The parade actually takes place in downtown Utica, not on the festival grounds. We got back into the van and headed into town. (Thankfully, the parking attendants gave us a note so we wouldn’t have to pay to park when we returned.) We found a shady spot along the parade route and eagerly waited for the show to begin. We were not expecting what happened next. A Velvet Ice Cream truck inched its way down the street, stopping regularly to unload crates of ice-cream treats, which employees passed out to the crowd. The kids were delighted when someone handed them each an ice-cream sandwich and a Popsicle. It was a warm day so we had to eat quickly because the treats were

MAIN ST.

BY MELISSA KOSSLER DUTTON

PARADE

MILL ST.

Photos courtesy of Utica Sertoma Ice Cream Festival

melting fast. Pretty soon, we were all sticky and gooey and wishing for a box of wipes or a container of hand sanitizer. I didn’t have either with me, but a nearby mom took pity on us and handed us each a wipe. You can bet when we head to the festival this year (its 37th edition), I will have plenty of wipes with me. I might even bring a small cooler bag since we were all given more ice cream than we could eat. Velvet Ice Cream passes out more than 12,000 ice cream novelties at the parade. After the parade, we returned to the festival, which is held one mile south of Utica on the grounds of Velvet Ice Cream Company and the Energy Cooperative. We really enjoyed the old-fashioned feel of the free festival, which includes sack races, balloon tosses, magic shows and lots of ice cream. Velvet serves more than 75,000 scoops of ice cream during the festival. It was truly a sweet start to our summer.

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UTICA SERTOMA ICE CREAM FESTIVAL

11324 Mount Vernon Rd., Utica Schedule (times and acts are subject to change without notice): Saturday, May 28: Festival hours 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Highlights: 11 a.m. parade in Utica; magic shows at 12 noon, 2 , 4 and 6 p.m.; sack race, wheelbarrow race, water balloon toss at 2 p.m.; ice-cream eating contests at 4:30 and 5 p.m.; egg toss at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, May 29: Festival hours 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Highlights: magic shows at 12:30, 2:30, 4:30 and 6:30 p.m.; water-balloon toss at 3:30 p.m.; ice-cream eating contest at 4:30 p.m. Monday, May 30: Festival hours 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Highlights: sack race, egg toss, threelegged race at 1 p.m.; magic shows at 1, 2 and 3:30 p.m.; seed-spitting contest and water-balloon toss at 2:30 p.m.; ice-cream eating contest at 4 p.m. For more information, go to uticaoldfashionedicecreamfestival.com

HOW TO EAT ICE CREAM COMPETITIVELY Unlike the festival’s Little Miss Ice Cream Pageant, where you have to be a local resident to compete, the ice-cream eating contest is open to everyone. Columbus Parent asked contest organizers and former competitors for their best advice for wolfing down a victory. Here are their suggestions: • Don’t enter unless you can handle the brain freeze (because it will happen). • Consider skipping breakfast or lunch before the contest. • Pace yourself at the start and then gobble fast at the end. • Stop if you start to fill sick.

FESTIVAL

family fun: PLAYGROUND PATROL

Park Street Theatre 512 Park St Columbus Ohio

May 5–15, 2011

Tickets $

9-18

Wildwood Park

West Broadway at Ed Roberts Drive, Granville Wildwood Park is one of those hidden-gem playgrounds you stumble upon in small towns. At least that’s what happened to us one day after we visited the village of Granville, about a half-mile east of the park. Faced with the prospect of backed-up traffic on Rt. 661 that would get us back to Rt. 16 and Columbus, I decided to tempt fate and followed the thoroughfare of Broadway west out of town, figuring it would get us back to somewhere. Sure enough it did, but it also led us past Wildwood Park, the sight of which caused my son to holler from the backseat, “Stop! There’s a playground!” So in we drove, past the community garden (complete with well-dressed scarecrows), over the very chalk-dusty parking-lot gravel, past the long, narrow expanse of soccer fields and up to

a sprawling playground. I immediately recognized the playground type: We’ve seen it in places as far flung as Portland, Maine, and Toronto, Canada’s High Park. It’s a playground architecture that runs heavy on the wood and also has wide, metal slides and recycled giant-truck tires. There were octagon-shaped picnic tables (also a hallmark of this playground type) and ample benches to sit on. Oh, and a cool wooden speed-boat to “ride” on. The little-kid section has a mulch surface (the rest of it has small-pebble gravel) and a universally-accessible swing. And there’s a bike rack (something I realized I don’t see often enough at playgrounds), which only makes sense because the T.J. Evans Bike Trail runs along the southern edge

of Wildwood Park. The park also has a dog area now, but it’s way over on the southwest end (the playground is at the southeast end). There are bathrooms about 200 yards away from the playground at a shelter house with ample picnic benches, and a water fountain along the way. Recommendation: As the spring warmup continues, pounce on a warmish day, pack a picnic lunch, and make an outdoorsy day of it in the area! —JANE HAWES

3 Ways to Purchase Tickets: Call CCT at 614-224-6672 Call CAPA at 614-469-0939 Visit TicketMaster.com

Adapted by William Goldsmith Recommended for everyone age 3 and older–50 minutes

CCT Academy offers theatre classes for ages 3-16. For more information visit our website.

WILDWOOD PARK in the Granville Recreation District West Broadway at Ed Roberts Drive, Granville 740-587-1976

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family fun: WORTH THE PRICE OF A SITTER?

BeerTasting BY GEOFF DUTTON AND MELISSA KOSSLER DUTTON

Looking to get out of the house for a couple of beers, but not in the mood for the bar scene? Try a beer tasting. We found the one at Blacklick Wine & Spirits to be a fun alternative to bellying up to a bar. It had a friendly vibe, a nice variety of brews, it was cheap, and we got enough helpful information to make beer drinking interactive and downright educational. MELISSA: Geoff and I have had our share of beer-drinking adventures. We’ve toured the Guinness brewery in Dublin, Ireland, and sampled dozens of microbrews at beer festivals in Ohio and Michigan. We try to frequent local bars with extensive beer lists. Geoff knows what he likes, but for me it’s often hit or miss. I tend to rely on the bartender’s description rather than the type of beer when ordering. That’s why I jumped at the chance to attend a beer tasting at Blacklick Wine & Spirits. I’d like to have a better sense of what to expect when I order a brew.

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GEOFF: The theme this week was German beers and included pilsners, weissbier, dunkle, landbier and zwickl. The last two I’d never heard of — I drink with more enthusiasm than knowledge — and looked forward to trying something new. All for $8? Sign me up! MELISSA: A few minutes into the tasting, it became obvious that the crowd was full of regulars. The store hosts a tasting every Thursday and Friday, from 6 to 8 p.m. (You can drop in any time during the tasting.) Attendees greeted each other warmly and chit-chatted between beers.

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Beer tastings, while not as common as wine tastings, can be found around the city. Here is a sampling of places that offer them: • Blacklick Wine & Spirits, 7199 E. Broad St., Blacklick, 614-322-6689, blacklickwine.com • Ale Wine & Spirits (the sister store of Blacklick Wine & Spirits), 7560 Guard Well St., Powell, 740-881-0318, alewineandspirits.com • The Hills Market, 7860 Olentangy River Rd., 614-846-3220, thehillsmarket.com • Whole Foods Market, 3670 W. Dublin-Granville Rd., 614-760-5556, wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/ columbus

The group was even friendly to newcomers. Before long, people were walking up to Geoff and me and introducing themselves. It was a fun, easy crowd. Participants said they come often to the tastings because it’s a great way to try new things, and it helped them figure out their beer likes and dislikes.

GEOFF: We’ve been to a lot of wine tastings in our day but this event had a much different feel. Low-key. Sociable. A nice cross-section of people, about 16 in all. Mostly guys but couples, too. Cleverly, the store was simultaneously hosting a wine tasting at the other end of the store. Some couples went their separate ways

THE FINANCIALS:

and kept dropping in on each other and comparing notes. For younger, single people, this might be the first stop on a long night out. For married couples who gave up that lifestyle two kids ago, it’s a responsible way to try six beers after work and still get home in time to pack lunches for the kids.

THE RATING SYSTEM AND VERDICT:

Beer tasting, $8 each Purchase of beer

$16 $7

Babysitting fees

$20

TOTAL COST OF THE EVENING

$43

Whatever it takes Book a sitter now Only if Grandma is available Candyland, anyone?

VERDICT:

MELISSA: This tasting showcased Veldensteiner, which is making its debut in Ohio stores. The nice thing about a tasting is you can savor the beers you like and not worry about the ones you don’t. It’s not like you’re paying by the glass. We liked one sample well enough to buy some to take home. Although I’m normally a wine drinker, I’ve got to say this is one time when you should stand by your man. Try the beers. It’s a fun time. It also would make a great Father’s Day present. You can buy gift certificates or just head over there as a surprise.

Enter the 2011 Coloring Contest! Wednesday, June 1, is Junior Golf Day at the Memorial Tournament! Youths 18 and under will receive free admission to the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance with a ticketed adult. Great activities are happening throughout the day, including the official Tournament Pro-Am, as well as the Junior Golf Clinic, which takes place at Safari Golf Club at 5:30 p.m. Parking and admission are free for the clinic.

KIDS’ MEAL OFFER Planning on buying tickets to the Memorial Tournament? Purchase a weekly badge or daily ticket at www.mtbadge.com and you’ll get a free kids’ meal coupon simply by entering offer code JRGOLF4.

THE MEMORIAL’S CLUBHOUSE KIDS 2011 COLORING CONTEST Artwork Deadline: May 18, 2011 Entries will not be accepted after 5 p.m. on May 18, 2011. Please send entries to: The Memorial’s Clubhouse Kids Coloring Contest 5760 Memorial Dr. Dublin, OH 43017 Important Information: 1. One winner for each age category will be notified via phone or email and will be announced at the Junior Golf Clinic on Wednesday, June 1, at 5:30 p.m. at Safari Golf Club (4853 W. Powell Rd., Powell, OH 43065). 2. Winners will receive their prize package either at the Junior Golf Clinic or following the Memorial Tournament via mail. 3. Winning and runner-up artwork will be displayed on www.memorialclubhousekids.com. 4. Decisions of the judges are final. 5. Sponsors not responsible for lost, incomplete or illegible entries. 6. Complete rules are available at www.memorialclubhousekids.com.

Dimples is holding a pin flag for a PGA TOUR Professional. He seems very happy to be a caddie — but where in the world is he? Is he in the USA or somewhere far from home? Golfers travel everywhere and Dimples does, too, so use your imagination and this picture to create your best artwork. Are there mountains or an ocean nearby, special monuments Dimples can see, or even special clothes he is wearing? Is he with a friend? There are a lot of things for Dimples to experience when he travels, so be creative! All entries must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 18, 2011. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Artwork must be created using coloring crayons, colored pencils or markers. Artwork must be solely created by the child submitting the entry. A maximum of one entry per child will be accepted. Age categories: 5 years & under, 6 - 8 years, 9 - 12 years, 13 - 15 years. One (1) winner per age category. The following must be completed for artwork to be accepted:

Child’s Name:

Child’s Age as of May 18, 2011:

Address:

City / State / Zip:

Phone:

Email:

Parent/Guardian Name:

The Memorial’s Clubhouse Kids and the Memorial Tournament may send information and promotions to my family. T Yes T No The Memorial Tournament & The Memorial’s Clubhouse Kids do not sell patron or member information.

Parent/Guardian Signature: I acknowledge that I am in agreement with everything completed on this form. I have given this child permission to enter The Clubhouse Kids 2011 Coloring Contest.

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family fun: MEDIA REVIEWS

s k o o b S FOR

KID

“BABY’S FIRST YEAR!” BY RICK WALTON This book is all about a baby’s first year and all that he does as he grows and explores the world. Colorful, simple illustrations and rhyming text make it a great read aloud to the young child. FOR AGES 0 TO 3.

“KISS ME! (I’M A PRINCE!)” BY HEATHER MACLEOD In this very creative story variation of “The Frog Prince,” a little girl finds a frog who wants her to kiss him so he can be a prince again. However, once the frog tells her all that princes and princesses have to do, the little girl decides it doesn’t sound like much fun. Instead of performing all of his princely duties, the frog finds out how much fun playing is. FOR AGES 4 TO 7.

“OUT OF SIGHT” PUBLISHED BY PITTAU & GERVAIS This is a very fun lift-the-flap non-fiction book all about different animals. Any person of any age will enjoy discovering what animals are hiding in this book. It is also very interactive and educational so most children won’t be able to put it down. FOR AGES 4 TO 7.

“EGGS OVER EVIE” BY ALISON JACKSON Evie is 13 and loves to cook just like her dad. However, he is not around to talk to as much as before. Her parents got a divorce and now her dad is remarried with twins on the way. She will be a big sister but what she really wants is for her parents to be back together. Evie takes a summer cooking class, spends more time with her dad and new stepmom, and eventually realizes the people in her life are the perfect ingredients for a family. FOR AGES 8 TO 12.

“LIAR, LIAR” BY GARY PAULSEN Kevin is good at many things — he is very intelligent and keeps up with all his schoolwork — but one of his main talents is lying and he has used it to get out of many responsibilities. It’s a system that has worked well for him so far. However, in one week, life as he knows it may come crashing down. Will he lose his best friend because of the lies he has told? Will he fail all of his classes? Will lying be his friend in the end? FOR AGES 9 TO 13.

“THE EDUCATION OF HAILEY KENDRICK”

AMY HAY, LIBRARIAN 1 AT GAHANNA BRANCH, COLUMBUS METROPOLITAN LIBRARY

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BY EILEEN COOK Hailey is the model student at an elite Vermont boarding school. She always gets good grades, is a part of the student government, is popular, and has a boyfriend whom any girl would want. Hailey is a senior and soon she will be spending the summer working with her father. She is very excited and can’t wait to get to know him better and make him proud. Then one night everything changes, her dad cancels their plans for the summer, and Hailey does something that makes her an outcast amongst many of her peers. How did this happen and will she ever be able to “fix” what she has done? FOR TEENS.

WEBSITE

GAMES

50 STATES 50states.com This site offers facts about the states and their major cities. It contains information on states’ mottos, flowers, birds, geology information and other material. There are even some unusual lists that include famous people buried in each state. The researcher can find out the average climate for each state, too. This is a great website for students to visit when doing projects on the United States of America. —AMY HAY

FAMILY APPS

—PHIL PIKELNY “COOKIE DUNK — THE REVOLUTIONARY NEW WAY TO DUNK YOUR COOKIES” This simple iPhone app (free for a limited time) offers three different types of cookies your children can throw into a glass of milk by tapping them. The object of the game is to do this as quickly as possible. The longer one holds their finger on a cookie, the farther they fly.

“KIDS FIREMAN” Would your youngster know what to do in case of a fire? This $1.99 iPhone app, designed for children ages 1 to 7, lets them play fireman — doing everything from putting out a fire to rescuing a cat from a tree — as well as learning such activities as dialing 911 and what to do once they make the call. Children get to play the role of a fireman, including operating the fire truck, ringing the fire bell, sliding down the pole in the firehouse and even playing fetch with Sparky the fire dog. This app was designed by a parent and has been tested and approved by a firefighter.

BOOKS FOR GROWNUPS “NO BIKING IN THE HOUSE WITHOUT A HELMET” by Melissa Fay Greene It’s hard to say which type of unsolicited book I receive more often in the mail — mom memoirs or instructional manuals that will help you micromanage your children straight into psychotherapy. I enjoy neither, so it was with some trepidation that I cracked open this book, a memoir penned by awardwinning journalist Melissa

Fay Greene. The cover photo with nine multi-racial kids had me worried enough that the text would be a manifesto of “agree with me or go straight to the Eternal Punishment Destination of your choice” (as most of these large-family memoirs are). But the title intrigued and within two pages I was hooked. Greene is by turns

hilarious and heartfelt but without ever veering into maudlin, as she details how she and her husband are raising a family of four biological and five adopted children. Add Greene to a list of such great family-focused humorists as Frank Gilbreth, Jean Kerr, Erma Bombeck and Dave Barry. —JANE HAWES

NINTENDO 3DS Instead of a new game, this month there’s a new game system to talk about. The Nintendo 3DS ($250) is the latest in the company’s handheld gaming offerings. What sets it apart from the other Nintendo products like the DS or DSi is the new glasses-free 3D ability. The Nintendo 3DS and games built expressly to use the hardware show off real-time 3D gameplay that doesn’t require players to don awkwardlooking eyewear. The 3DS also supports DS games and allows players to connect to the Nintendo online store to download digital games using a Wi-Fi connection. While the tech obsessed might be jumping at the opportunity to pick up this new system, it is not a “must have” for gaming. The 3DS’s new features are a bit gimmicky and, while impressive, are not a reason to spend the extra money. And that’s mostly because there just aren’t a lot of games to support the 3D features right now. While there is a nice selection of launch games — like “Madden Football,” “Ridge Racer 3D” and “Street Fighter IV,” the mainstream titles like “Pokemon” have yet to make the leap. Eventually the game selection for the Nintendo 3DS will catch up, and by Christmas it’s likely to be a hot seller. Unless you’re buying a new system for the kids or replacing the old Nintendo handheld and can spare the extra money, it’s a technology solution waiting for an audience. —SHAWN SINES columbusparent.com | May 2011 |

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OUT&ABOUT We’ve customized our daily calendar of events to highlight events that are FREE!

SUNDAY 1 FREE! Baby (and Kiddo!) What a Deal! Annual sale of gently used baby, maternity and children’s items. Proceeds benefit the JCC Early Childhood Program. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The Jewish Community Center of Greater Columbus, 1125 College Ave., Bexley. 614-559-6295. Camp Mary Orton Open House Explore the 167 acres of scenic woodlands at Camp Mary Orton, and discover an exhilarating experience. 1-5 p.m. $5 per car. Camp Mary Orton, 7925 N. High St., Worthington. 614-885-1023. campmaryorton.org. Columbus Great Strides Annual walk-a-thon for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation where ninety percent of every dollar raised will go towards finding a cure for cystic fibrosis. 1-5 p.m. No registration fee. Goodale Park, 120 W. Goodale Blvd., Victorian Village. 614-846-2440. greatstrides.cff.org. Mad Hatter’s Tea Party Art event and silent auction benefiting the Ohio House Rabbit Rescue. Join Alice, the White Rabbit, and the Mad Hatter for tea, mimosas, and light snacks with live music. Participating artists include Joan Carroll, Jayne Akison, Mary Beth Parisi, and Jeffrey White. All featured artworks, including pottery, mixed media, woodcarvings, jewelry and photog-

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raphy, will go to the highest bidder. 2-5 p.m. $13-$25. Galleria Evangelia, 4269 N. High St., Clintonville. 614265-9893. ohiohouserabbitrescue.org. FREE! Mother’s Day Wreath Workshop Spring is finally here, and it’s time for our annual Mother’s Day family workshop! Families with children aged four and older are invited to come to the Ohio Craft Museum to make a wreath in celebration of spring. You’ll work together to construct flowers out of paper, buttons, burlap, and other found materials, creating a colorful decoration to welcome warmer weather. 1-2:30 p.m. Ohio Craft Museum, 1665 W. Fifth Ave., Grandview. 614-486-4402. ohiocraft.org. The Arthritis Walk in Central Ohio At 10 a.m., hundreds of participants will begin walking and running to show their support for the more than 486,000 people in Central Ohio, and 11,500 children statewide, who have arthritis. Come together with family and friends to form a team of 10 or more people to walk. Those who raise $100 or more receive the 2011 Walk t-shirt and a goodie bag. Let’s move together! 8:30-11:30 a.m. Donations accepted. The Sports Complex, 325 N. Cleveland Ave., Westerville. 614876-8200. letsmovetogethercentralohio.kintera.org.

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FREE! Three Bags Full Kids Consignment Sale Delaware What you will find: infant to juniors and maternity clothing, strollers, cribs, high chairs, electronic games, books, bedding, and much more. Noon-3 p.m. Delaware County Fairgrounds, 236 Pennsylvania Ave., Delaware. 614-325-0063. threebagsfull.info.

MONDAY 2 FREE! Baby Storytime Join us for a special storytime for babies! 9:30-10 a.m. Bexley Public Library, 2411 E. Main St. 614-231-2878. Om for Mom Prenatal Yoga and Toning 6:30-7:30 p.m. $60/4-week session. K Studio Dance, 1222 Kenny Centre Mall, Upper Arlington. 614-557-9524. omformom.com. FREE! Toddler Storytime Join us for a storytime for toddlers! 10:3011 a.m. Bexley Public Library, 2411 E. Main St. 614-231-2878.

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COLUMBUS ZOO AND AQUARIUM MOTHER’S DAY AT THE ZOO Sunday, May 8 — Moms are admitted free to the Zoo along with a paid admission for their child or grandchild. The Zoo is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

SCIENCE DAY TUESDAY 3 FREE After School Attack: Art, Science or Snack! You never know which treat you’ll get during this monthly hands-on, activity-filled program for kids ages 8-10. All materials are provided. Registration required. 4-5 p.m. Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St. 614-8827277 ext. 5006.

Wednesday, May 25 — School groups are invited to attend this special session that mixes science and outdoor fun from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Admission is $10 for students and accompanying adults, with one free chaperone admission for every 15 paid admissions. Students will be able to see physics-based experiments and demonstrations, plus enjoy water attractions and select rides. To reserve tickets, call 614-645-3521.

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may 2011 Grow with Me Preschool Programs Program for children (through age six) providing opportunities to play and socialize with others, as well as participating in learning circles and crafts. Parents (or caregivers share this experience with their children) often form friendships with other adult participants. A light snack will be provided. 9-10:30 a.m. $3. Groveport KidSpace Building, 630 Wirt Rd. 614836-3333. groveport.org. FREE! Pottery Barn Kids Story Time Kids of all ages are invited to join us for story time every Tuesday at 11:00 at the Polaris Pottery Barn Kids store. 11-11:30 a.m. Pottery Barn Kids, 1500 Polaris Pkwy. 614880-3948. FREE! Preschool Storytime Join us for a storytime for preschoolers! 10-10:45 a.m. Bexley Public Library, 2411 E. Main St. 614-231-2878.

FREE! Story Times: Tales for Toddlers (18-36 months) 10:15-10:45 a.m. Grandview Heights Public Library, 1685 W. First Ave. 614-4813778.

WEDNESDAY 4 FREE! Baby Storytime Join us for a storytime for babies! 9:30-10 a.m. Bexley Public Library, 2411 E. Main St. 614-231-2878. FREE! Family Storytime Join us for a storytime fit for the whole family! 7-7:45 p.m. Bexley Public Library, 2411 E. Main St. 614-231-2878. Grow with Me Preschool Programs Program for children (through age six) providing opportunities to play and socialize with others, as well as participating in learning circles and crafts. Parents (or caregivers share this experience with their children) often form friendships with other adult participants. A light snack will be provided. 9-10:30 a.m. $3. Groveport KidSpace Building, 630 Wirt Rd. 614836-3333. Just for Kids Mother’s Day Craft Make your mom a special flower

bouquet gift for Mother’s Day. This class is offered for children over age three. Children ages nine and under must be accompanied by an adult. Town Hall accepts cash, checks, Visa, or Mastercard. Register and prepay by May 2. 7-8 p.m. $4. Crooked Alley KidSpace, 630 Wirt Rd. 614-836-3333. groveport.org.

FREE! Tail Waggin’ Tutors New reader? Just need practice? Register for ten minutes of read-aloud time with a certified (and gentle) therapy dog. Youth staff will contact you with your child’s ten-minute reading time. Children only, please. 7-8 p.m. Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St. 614-882-7277 ext. 5006.

FREE! Speech & Language Development and Strategies Learn about helping your child develop solid speech-language skills. This presentation is part of the Better Hearing & Speech Month Series throughout Central Ohio on Wednesday evenings all month. Presented by licensed speech-language pathologists from the Columbus Speech & Hearing Center. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Whetstone Public Library, 3909 N. High St., Clintonville. 614-2635151. columbusspeech.org.

FREE! Toddler Storytime Join us for a storytime for toddlers! 10:3011 a.m. Bexley Public Library, 2411 E. Main St. 614-231-2878.

FREE! Story Times: Baby Games (6-17 months) 10:15-10:45 a.m. Grandview Heights Public Library, 1685 W. First Ave. 614-481-3778.

Preschool Rock ‘n Rollers Music and movement-based program for children up to age six. The class introduces activities for music and movement on alternating weeks that the parent/caregiver will enjoy with the child. Each class is offered on a drop-in basis; pre-registration is not required. 9-10 a.m. $3 per child. Groveport KidSpace Building, 630 Wirt Rd. 614-836-3333. groveport.org.

FREE! Story Times: Family Story Time (2-5 years) 7-7:30 p.m. Grandview Heights Public Library, 1685 W. First Ave. 614-481-3778.

FREE! Ready to Read: Crafts on the Go Easy, interactive crafts will actually help your child get ready to read! These projects are based on

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the six early literacy skills. For children under age five and their caregivers. 10:30 a.m.-noon. Worthington Park Library, 1389 Worthington Centre Dr. 614-807-2626. SNAP! Performance Productions presents The Manila Envelope Murder mystery mash-up of song and dance sure to keep you guessing. The Manila Envelope is a colorful intrigue of lust, loathing, betrayal, and desperation. The ending won’t be revealed to the cast until the night of the show! The answers might seem obvious, but the secret’s within. 8-10 p.m. $25. Lincoln Theatre, 769 E. Long St., King Lincoln. 330-720-4664. snapcolumbus.org.

FRIDAY 6 Preschool Picassos Create crafts that little hands can easily construct. Children ages two to six are welcome (adult participation required). 9-10 a.m. $3. Groveport KidSpace Building, 630 Wirt Rd. 614836-3333. groveport.org. FREE! Rhyming with Dr. Seuss Jazzy rhymes will bring the stories of this beloved author alive. 11 a.m.-

noon. Old Worthington Library, 820 High St. 614-807-2626. SNAP! Performance Productions presents The Manila Envelope Murder mystery mash-up of song and dance sure to keep you guessing. The Manila Envelope is a colorful intrigue of lust, loathing, betrayal, and desperation. The ending won’t be revealed to the cast until the night of the show! The answers might seem obvious, but the secret’s within. 8-10 p.m. $25. Lincoln Theatre, 769 E. Long St., King Lincoln. 330-720-4664. snapcolumbus.org. The MOMologues: The Original Comedy about Motherhood This original comedy about motherhood slips away the gauzy mask of parenthood to reveal what all mothers know (but don’t always talk about): it’s overwhelming and exhausting, but also very, very funny. From the joys of infertility, through reading the same books over and over (and over), to finally seeing your baby get on that school bus, this play mines the laughs and tears of the early years of motherhood. All proceeds from the event support POEM (Perinatal Outreach &

Encouragement for Moms). 8 p.m. $25 each/$20: Groups of eight or more. King Arts Complex, 867 Mt. Vernon Ave., King-Lincoln. 614-2455332. momologuescolumbus.com.

SATURDAY 7 FREE! AICUO Award Walking Exhibition The AICUO Awards will feature a Short North Walking Exhibition featuring the six finalists. Each artist will showcase at least one piece of artwork for the exhibition during the May Gallery Hop. The exhibition spaces are donated by six separate galleries in the Short North. 4-9 p.m. Short North District, Along North High Street between Fifth Avenue and Nationwide Boulevard. 614-228-2196. aicuoartaward.blogspot.com. Columbus Olympic Youth Rugby Camp East The Columbus Rugby Club is excited to bring Olympic rugby to Columbus during a fourweek camp designed for youth who would like to learn the game. Kids will learn skills while playing a fun set of touch/flag-style rugby matches that will teach the fundamental rules and laws of the game. The

camp is open to both boys and girls of any athletic skill level, and participants will have a unique and fun experience while learning the newest Olympic sport! 10 a.m.noon. $40 for four weeks. St Pius X, 1051 Waggoner Rd., Reynoldsburg. 614-273-5581. columbusrugby.com.

Packrat Comics tenth anniversary Free Comic Book Day festivities. Held every first Saturday in May, participating comic store retailers around the world will distribute free comics to anyone (with no strings attached). Throughout the afternoon, Packrat Comics will also be working with The Hero Initiative, a nonprofit organization that supports comic creators. The Hero Initiative creates a financial safety net for comic creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work. Noon-11 p.m. Packrat Comics, 3872 Lattimer St., Hilliard. 614-527-8450.

Columbus Olympic Youth Rugby Camp West The Columbus Rugby Club is excited to bring Olympic rugby to Columbus during a fourweek camp designed for youth who would like to learn the game. Kids will learn skills while playing a fun set of touch/flag-style rugby matches that will teach the fundamental rules and laws of the game. The camp is open to both boys and girls of any athletic skill level, and participants will have a unique and fun experience while learning the newest Olympic sport! 10 a.m.noon. $40 for four weeks. St. Margaret Cortona Church, 1600 N. Hague Ave., West Side. 614-6348657. columbusrugby.com.

FREE! Family Movie Night Bring the whole family for free movie night at KidSpace. Enjoy Woody, Buzz, and the whole “Toy Story 3” gang on the big screen (popcorn and lemonade provided). Children ages nine and under must be accompanied by an adult. 7:30-9 p.m. Crooked Alley KidSpace, 630 Wirt Rd., Groveport. 614-836-3333.

FREE! Comic Book Day “Futurama’s” Billy West, and Nicholas Brendon (of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” fame) will be in town as part of

FREE! Little Artist Workshop Make a masterpiece! Explore a variety of ways to get creative, from drawing and collaging to mastering

new painting techniques. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Lakeshore Learning, 2148 Polaris Pkwy. 614-846-1710. FREE! Make a Mother’s Day Purse Celebrate Mother’s Day by creating a pretty purse for Mom! Lakeshore Learning offers free craft activities for kids ages three and up at all of our locations. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Lakeshore Learning, 2148 Polaris Pkwy. 614-846-1710. FREE! Medieval & Renaissance Faire The 37th annual Renaissance Faire at OSU will be held in the rowdy, yet charming, village of Tortuga (also referred to as the South Oval of the Ohio State University). Daring duelists, talented musicians, and sundry acting troupes from around the country have been assembled for your pleasure. A number of fine merchants and craftsmen will also be in attendance selling everything from weaponry and handmade jewelry, to t-shirts and children’s toys. Her ladyship assures us that a good time is guaranteed for all. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. OSU South Oval, 154 W. 12th Ave., Campus. 614-327-9721. cmrf.org.ohio-state.edu.

FREE! Mother May I Find the perfect gift for Mother’s Day during Mother May I, where German Village shops and restaurants will offer a variety of promotions and treats geared specially for moms. German Village, Throughout German Village. 614-670-4021. gvbusinesscommunity.com. FREE! Ohioana Book Festival: Celebrating Ohio Authors Enjoy more than 100 writers during this book fair featuring panel discussions and readings. A fun celebration for readers of all ages (with a special area for kids’ activities). 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Ft. Hayes Metropolitan Education Center, 546 Jack Gibbs Blvd., Downtown. 614-4663831. ohioanabookfestival.org. Pottery Barn Kids Mother’s Day Doll Tea Party Join us at the Pottery Barn Kids at Polaris Mall for a special time for mothers and children to share. Put on your finest clothes, and bring your child’s favorite doll, or teddy, for refreshments, crafting and more! R.S.V.P required. Mention the Columbus Parent! 11 a.m. & 2 p.m. Pottery Barn Kids, 1500 Polaris Pkwy. 614880-3948.

ProMusica Youth & Family Day Families can participate in musical activities, crafts, conducting lessons, and a musical instrument petting zoo. ProMusica Chamber Orchestra will perform an interactive, familyfriendly concert at 2pm, featuring a string, brass, and woodwind quintet, followed by a chance to meet the musicians. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. $6 $11. Franklin Park Conservatory, 1777 E. Broad St., Olde Towne East. 614-645-8733. FREE! Saturday Tales Bring the entire family to the library for stories, songs and rhymes! Each session will feature a different letter of the alphabet. 11-11:30 a.m. Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St. 614-882-7277 ext. 5006. FREE! Short North Gallery Hop Popular, see-and-be-seen monthly event where Short North boutiques, restaurants, shops, and galleries stay open late. Expect tons of people, delicious food carts, gallery receptions, pedicabs, and more. 4-10 p.m. Short North District, Along North High Street between Fifth Avenue and Nationwide Boulevard. 614-299-8050. shortnorth.org.

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may 2011 Show and Tell Horse Show Clinic Have you ever wondered what goes on at a horse show? Get tips on showing strategies from an accomplished judge! Jennifer Moshier will give feed back to all participants and auditors. Pre-registration required, day of show entries accepted for an extra fee. All proceeds will benefit the Equine Assisted Therapy Program, Barn Buddies: Horses Teaching Social Skills at Equi-Valent Riding Center. 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Participants: $15-$75: Auditors: free. Equi-Valent Riding Center, 3788 Olentangy River Rd., Delaware. 614-323-7301. equivalentridingcenter.com. SNAP! Performance Productions presents The Manila Envelope 2 p.m. & 8 p.m. $25. Lincoln Theatre, 769 E. Long St., King Lincoln. 330720-4664. snapcolumbus.org.

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FREE! Story Times: Saturday Story Stomp (2-5 years) No registration required. 11-11:30 a.m. Grandview Heights Public Library, 1685 W. First Ave. 614-481-3778. The MOMologues: The Original Comedy about Motherhood This original comedy about motherhood slips away the gauzy mask of parenthood to reveal what all mothers know (but don’t always talk about): it’s overwhelming and exhausting, but also very, very funny. From the joys of infertility, through reading the same books over and over (and over), to finally seeing your baby get on that school bus, this play mines the laughs and tears of the early years of motherhood. All proceeds from the event support POEM (Perinatal Outreach & Encouragement for Moms). 8 p.m. $25 each/$20: Groups of eight or more. 8 p.m. $25 each/$20: Groups of eight or more. King Arts Complex, 867 Mt. Vernon Ave., King-Lincoln. 614245-5332.

SUNDAY 8 Mother’s Day: Adopt-a-Butterfly Families and moms will get a hands-on experience releasing a

PUTT FOR HOPE Saturday, May 21 — Join the Thomson family of Delaware, celebrating their son Zach’s successful recovery from pediatric cancer, as they raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. This is the fourth year for the Putt for Hope, and the money raised at this miniature golf, raffle and pizza lunch event helps other kids battling catastrophic illnesses. The golf happens at the Magic Mountain Fun Center near Polaris, 8350 Lyra Dr., from 9 a.m.-12:15 p.m., followed by pizza and a raffle. Admission is $15 each (or $10 for each golfer beyond the first four in your group). For more information, call 740-815-8831 or go to puttforhope.com.

tropical butterfly into the Pacific Island Water Garden. A Conservatory guide will show you how to release the butterfly properly, and share cool facts about these amazing insects. Quantities are limited on a first-come basis. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $5 plus Conservatory admission. Franklin Park Conservatory, 1777 E. Broad St., Olde Towne East. 614645-8733. Mother’s Day at the Conservatory: The Magpie Consort The choral ensemble of 20 voices, with delightfully eclectic repertoire spanning many centuries and different parts of the world, will honor moms with a special presentation of their spring concert, “The Garden.” Featuring songs about spring flowers, summer dreams, magpie chatter, nightingales, dusk and dawn, Magpie Consort is sure to help create a special memory for Mom and the entire family. 2-3 p.m. $6 -$11.

Franklin Park Conservatory, 1777 E. Broad St., Olde Towne East. 614645-8733. The MOMologues: The Original Comedy about Motherhood This original comedy about motherhood slips away the gauzy mask of parenthood to reveal what all mothers know (but don’t always talk about): it’s overwhelming and exhausting, but also very, very funny. From the joys of infertility, through reading the same books over and over and over, to finally seeing your baby get on that school bus, this play mines the laughs and tears of the early years of motherhood. All proceeds from the event support POEM (Perinatal Outreach & Encouragement for Moms). 8 p.m. $25 each/$20: Groups of eight or more. King Arts Complex, 867 Mt. Vernon Ave., King-Lincoln. 614-245-5332.

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Silly Pillow Sewing Class for Kids Create a silly creature pillow in a new sewing class this spring. During this five week class, kids will develop their sewing skills, and be introduced to basic sewing machine techniques. The class is for children ages eight and older. Register by May 5. Town Hall accepts cash, checks, Visa, or Mastercard. 78:30 p.m. $12. Crooked Alley KidSpace, 630 Wirt Rd., Groveport. 614836-3333. FREE! Toddler Storytime Join us for a storytime for toddlers! 10:3011 a.m. Bexley Public Library, 2411 E. Main St. 614-231-2878.

TUESDAY 10 Grow with Me Preschool Programs Program for children (through age six) providing opportunities to play and socialize with others, as well as participating in learning circles and crafts. Parents (or caregivers share this experience with their children) often form friendships with other adult participants. A light snack will be provided. 9-10:30 a.m. $3. Groveport KidSpace Building, 630 Wirt Rd. 614836-3333. Guitar Lessons for Kids Six-week series beginning Tuesday, May 10, and meeting every Tuesday night through June 14. Kids ages five through eight will have lessons from 6:30 pm to 7 pm. Kids ages nine to 12 will have lessons from 7:15 pm to 8 pm. Participants must bring their own acoustic guitar. Prepay by May 6. Town Hall accepts cash, checks, Visa or MasterCard. Children ages nine and under must be accompanied by an adult. 6:30-8 p.m. $47. Crooked Alley KidSpace, 630 Wirt Rd., Groveport. 614-8363333.

FREE! Pottery Barn Kids Story Time Open to kids of all ages. 1111:30 a.m. Pottery Barn Kids, 1500 Polaris Pkwy. 614-880-3948.

Hearing Center. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Upper Arlington Public Library, 2800 Tremont Rd., Dublin. 614-2635151. columbusspeech.org.

FREE! Preschool Storytime Join us for a storytime for preschoolers! 10-10:45 a.m. Bexley Public Library, 2411 E. Main St. 614-231-2878.

FREE! Family Storytime Join us for a storytime fit for the whole family! 7-7:45 p.m. Bexley Public Library, 2411 E. Main St. 614-231-2878.

FREE! Story Times: Tales for Toddlers (18-36 months) 10:15-10:45 a.m. Grandview Heights Public Library, 1685 W. First Ave. 614-4813778.

Grow with Me Preschool Programs Program for children (through age six) providing opportunities to play and socialize with others, as well as participating in learning circles and crafts. Parents (or caregivers share this experience with their children) often form friendships with other adult participants. A light snack will be provided. 9-10:30 a.m. $3. Groveport KidSpace Building, 630 Wirt Rd. 614836-3333.

WEDNESDAY 11 FREE! Baby Storytime Join us for a storytime for babies! 9:30-10 a.m. Bexley Public Library, 2411 E. Main St. 614-231-2878. FREE! Communicating through Play Come learn about developing solid speech-language skills in your child. This presentation is part of the Better Hearing & Speech Month Series throughout Central Ohio on Wednesday evenings all month. You may attend one or all of the presentations. Presented by licensed speech-language pathologists from the Columbus Speech &

Keyholder: Goldie Hawn Strike gold with The Women’s Fund! Join us for our Keyholder fundraiser featuring academy award-winning actress, producer, director, and singer, Goldie Hawn. Celebrate the women and girls in your life, and hear from Goldie about her career and foundation which promotes social change for children through

mindfulness. Signed copies of Hawn’s, “A Lotus Grows in the Mud,” will be available the night of the program for $20. 5-7:30 p.m. $50 (tax-deductable donation). Ohio Theatre, 55 E. State St., Downtown. 614-225-9926. womensfundcentralohio.org. State of the Child Luncheon The annual State of the Child Luncheon presents the voices of young people and families served by Directions for Youth & Families. Through creative storytelling and performances, young people from Directions’ Short Stop and Ohio Avenue Youth Centers will present the challenges that youth face every day. The goals of the luncheon are to educate, entertain, and inspire, as well as to raise funds to support services for families and their children. 11:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m. $50. Greater Columbus Convention Center, 400 N. High St., Downtown. 614-294-2661. dfyf.org. FREE! Story Times: Baby Games (6-17 months) 10:15-10:45 a.m. Grandview Heights Public Library, 1685 W. First Ave. 614-481-3778.

FREE! Story Times: Family Story Time (2-5 years) 7-7:30 p.m. Grandview Heights Public Library, 1685 W. First Ave. 614-481-3778. FREE! Tail Waggin’ Tutors New reader? Just need practice? Register for ten minutes read-aloud time with a certified (and gentle) therapy dog. Youth staff will contact you with your child’s ten-minute reading time. Children only, please. 7-8 p.m. Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St. 614-882-7277 ext. 5006. FREE! Toddler Storytime Join us for a storytime for toddlers! 10:3011 a.m. Bexley Public Library, 2411 E. Main St. 614-231-2878.

THURSDAY 12 Children’s Theater Classes This class is for children ages 9-15 who love a little drama! Learn the vocabulary, techniques and skills of acting in theater productions. The students will take the skills they have learned, and participate in a performance at the Town Hall’s historic stage on Thursday June 23, 2011. Minimum class size is six. Children ages nine and under must be

accompanied by an adult. Register and prepay by May 10. Payment by check, cash or charge. 5:45-6:30 p.m. $40. Crooked Alley KidSpace, 630 Wirt Rd., Groveport. 614-8363333. Preschool Cooking: Eggs Kids ages four top five, with their favorite adult, will explore the nutrition of eggs as they prepare (and taste) an egg fritatta, and yolk-painted eggshaped cookies. The eggshells will be used to plant a grass garden. 11 a.m.-noon. $20. Franklin Park Conservatory, 1777 E. Broad St., Olde Towne East. 614-645-5923.

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19th Annual Komen Columbus Race for the Cure Walk, run, volunteer, or support others, during the Race for the Cure in Downtown Columbus. Participants may run (or walk) in the 5K (3.1-mile) race, or walk in the one-mile, family-fun Walk or Sleep in for the Cure. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. 7:30 a.m.11:30 p.m. Adults: $30; Children 14 and under: $15. Downtown Columbus, Downtown. 614-297-8155 ext. 208. komencolumbus.org.

Be JAKESTRONG 5k Run/1-Mile Walk Join in the fun and help support a great cause at the same time. Be JAKESTRONG 5k Run/Walk is a Preschool Picassos Create crafts nonprofit event with all proceeds that little hands can easily construct. funding the fight against pediatric Children ages two to six are welcancer and supporting research. come (adult participation required). The race will be followed by live 9-10 a.m. $3. Groveport KidSpace entertainment, food and beverages, Building, 630 Wirt Rd. 614-836as well as a variety of raffle items 3333. from your favorite local businesses. Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Come for the run. Stay for the fun. 9 Bailey Circus: Barnum 200 Celea.m.-1 p.m. $15. The Adventure brating the biggest birthday bash in Park, 245 Village Park Dr., Powell. circus history, “Barnum 200” fea614-932-9987. jakestrong.org. tures (among other things) 130 perBuilding a Successful Step Famiformers from six continents, cowly Hosted by guest speaker, Ron boys, pirates, mermaids, and almost Deal, author of “The Smart Step100,000 pounds of performing Family.” Online registration deadpachyderms. 7 p.m. $12-73. Nationline: Wednesday, May 11, 2011. 9 wide Arena, 200 W. Nationwide a.m.-2:30 p.m. $25 per couple; $20 Blvd., Arena District. 614-246-2000. per person; Optional manual: $15 (each additional copy: $5). Vineyard Church of Columbus, 6000 Cooper Rd., North Side. 614-890-0000. 3rd Annual Eco Chic Craftacular FREE! Delaware Arts Festival Alternative, juried show featuring more than 70 independent crafters Enjoy high quality arts and crafts and artists, eco-friendly demonstra- created by more than 170 vendors tions, live performers, market prod- during the 38th annual Delaware ucts, services, and recycling oppor- Arts Festival. Other highlights include: a county-wide student art tunities. Visitors will have a chance show, pet parade and dog agility to observe (and be inspired by) demonstration, and music from local artists and businesses who some of Central Ohio’s most talentcombine traditional eco-friendly ed bands. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Historic materials and methods. ParticipatDowntown Delaware, South Saning vendors are required to have 50% of their items to be considered dusky Street. 614-209-5781. delawareartsfestival.org. eco-friendly. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Whet-

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FREE! Dog 4-H Discovery Day Join the K-9 Wonder Dogs 4-H Club at the Dog 4-H Discovery Day! Learn

about dog care and watch demonstrations of agility, rally obedience, and showmanship! Looking for the next member of your family? We will have local rescues on-site with adoptables as well! 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Agility and Rally for Fun Dog Training Center, 1000 Morrison Rd., Gahanna. 614-322-2733. Family Fun Day Enjoy family activities and crafts. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. $6 $11. Franklin Park Conservatory, 1777 E. Broad St., Olde Towne East. 614-645-8733. FREE! It’s a Jungle! Collage Children will create totally wild animal scenes using foam stickers, fabric flowers, glitter painters and more! Lakeshore Learning offers free craft activities for kids ages three and up at all of our locations. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Lakeshore Learning, 2148 Polaris Pkwy. 614-846-1710. Make Your Own Rain Barrel Build and take home a rain barrel to collect and reuse your home’s rainwater. Pre-registration required by May 9. 1-4 p.m. $60. Franklin Park Conservatory, 1777 E. Broad St., Olde Towne East. 614-645-5923. Mamapalooza Columbus’ Spring Festival 2011 Third annual momcentered, indoor/outdoor festival featuring talented moms showcasing their talents in music, dance, poetry, activism, visual arts, and much more. The first 100 mamas through gate will win a free gift bag full of fabulous products and gift certificates. Noon-5 p.m. Adults: $5; Children: $1; Family; $20. WholeKids Pediatrics & Yoga, 1335 Dublin Rd., Dublin. facebook.com. Pottery Barn Kids Decorating Classes Join us at the Pottery Barn Kids Store at the Polaris Mall for a decorating class! Learn tips and tricks from our style experts. Attendees will receive 10% of select products. Children are welcome to attend with you. Call the store to reserve your spot. Please mention the Columbus Parent. 2-4 p.m. Pottery Barn Kids, 1500 Polaris Pkwy. 614-880-3948.

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Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus: Barnum 200 Celebrating the biggest birthday bash in circus history, “Barnum 200” features (among other things) 130 performers from six continents, cowboys, pirates, mermaids, and almost 100,000 pounds of performing pachyderms. 11 a.m., 3 p.m. & 7 p.m. $12-$73. Nationwide Arena, 200 W. Nationwide Blvd., Arena District. 614-246-2000. FREE! Saturday Tales Bring the entire family to the library for stories, songs and rhymes! Each session will feature a different letter of the alphabet. 11-11:30 a.m. Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St. 614-882-7277 ext. 5006. FREE! Sing, Dance, Play! Get moving and grooving with exciting songs and dance activities that children can’t resist! 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Lakeshore Learning, 2148 Polaris Pkwy. 614-846-1710. Teen Summer Job Workshop Teens, are you looking for a summer job? Join us for our Teen Summer Job Workshop, and learn the skills to help you land a sweet summer job! The workshop is for teens 14 and up. Call to register by May 12. 1-3 p.m. $6. Groveport Town Hall, 648 Main St. 614-836-3333. FREE! Yoga Storytime Children ages two through six, along with their caregivers, will hear stories while telling them through basic yoga poses and stretches. No previous yoga experience is needed! 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Columbus Metropolitan Library, Northwest Branch, 2280 Hard Rd., Northwest Side. 614-807-2626.

SUNDAY 15 3rd Annual Eco Chic Craftacular Alternative, juried show featuring more than 70 independent crafters and artists, eco-friendly demonstrations, live performers, market products, services, and recycling opportunities. Visitors will have a chance to observe (and be inspired by) local artists and businesses who combine traditional eco-friendly materials and methods. Participating vendors are required to have 50% of their items to be considered eco-friendly. Noon-5 p.m. Whetstone Community Center, 3923 N. High St., Clintonville. 614-403-5877. columbuscraftacular.com.

FREE! Delaware Arts Festival Enjoy high quality arts and crafts created by more than 170 vendors during the 38th annual Delaware Arts Festival. Other highlights include: a county-wide student art show, pet parade and dog agility demonstration, and music from some of Central Ohio’s most talented bands. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Historic Downtown Delaware, South Sandusky Street. 614-209-5781. delawareartsfestival.org. Family Fun: Bring Back the Monarch Day Learn how to grow milkweed, the host plant for monarch butterflies. Kids will make milkweed mud balls that can be planted in their home garden. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. $6-$11. Franklin Park Conservatory, 1777 E. Broad St., Olde Towne East. 614-645-8733. Mom & Me Princess Tea Party Calling all princesses. Join us for a semi-formal tea party and fashion show this May! Mom and Me Princess Tea Party is for girls ages three to 10 years-old, and their mom (or favorite adult). The party will include sweet treats, crafts, photos, and a fashion show featuring all of our pint-size princesses. Town Hall accepts cash, checks, Visa, or Mastercard. Call to register by May 11. 2-4 p.m. $10 per person ($4 for each additional child or parent). Groveport Town Hall, 648 Main St. 614-836-3333. Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus: Barnum 200 12:30 p.m. $ 4:30 p.m. $12-$73. Nationwide Arena, 200 W. Nationwide Blvd., Arena District. 614-246-2000. Spring Garden Celebration Enjoy a day of activities, tastings, garden tips, and information stations to welcome spring. Noon-4 p.m. $6 $11. Franklin Park Conservatory, 1777 E. Broad St., Olde Towne East. 614-645-8733.

Many eye problems can be identified by an eye doctor in the infant’s first year of life. 1-5 p.m. The Ohio State University College of Optometry, 338 W. 10th Ave., OSU Campus. 614-292-1113. greatvision.osu.edu. FREE! Toddler Storytime Join us for a storytime for toddlers! 10:3011 a.m. Bexley Public Library, 2411 E. Main St. 614-231-2878. FREE! Yo-Ho-Ho! Pirate Palooza Storytime Wear your pirate rags and weigh anchor at the library! Get ready for mischief and merriment as we sing songs and read about the adventures of pirate scalawags. 10:30 a.m.-noon. Worthington Park Library, 1389 Worthington Centre Dr. 614-807-2626.

TUESDAY 17 Grow with Me Preschool Programs Program for children (through age six) providing opportunities to play and socialize with others, as well as participating in learning circles and crafts. Parents (or caregivers share this experience with their children) often form friendships with other adult participants. A light snack will be provided. 9-10:30 a.m. $3. Groveport KidSpace Building, 630 Wirt Rd. 614836-3333. FREE! Pottery Barn Kids Story Time Open to kids of all ages. 1111:30 a.m. Pottery Barn Kids, 1500 Polaris Pkwy. 614-880-3948. FREE! Preschool Storytime Join us for a storytime for preschoolers! 10-10:45 a.m. Bexley Public Library, 2411 E. Main St. 614-231-2878. FREE! Story Times: Tales for Toddlers (18-36 months) 10:15-10:45 a.m. Grandview Heights Public Library, 1685 W. First Ave.614-4813778.

WEDNESDAY 18 MONDAY 16 FREE! Baby Storytime Join us for a special storytime for babies! 9:30-10 a.m. Bexley Public Library, 2411 E. Main St. 614-231-2878. FREE! InfantSee Week InfantSee Week, held during the week of May 16-20, is a campaign that promotes healthy vision practices from very early in life to determine if an infant is at risk for eye or vision disorders.

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FREE! Strategies for Enhancing Communication in Toddlers Come learn about developing solid speech-language skills in your child. This presentation is part of the Better Hearing & Speech Month Series throughout Central Ohio on Wednesday evenings all month. You may attend one or all of these presentations. Presented by licensed speech-language pathologists from the Columbus Speech & Hearing Center. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Old Worthington Library, 820 High St., Dublin. 614-263-5151. columbusspeech.org. FREE! Tail Waggin’ Tutors New reader? Just need practice? Register for ten minutes read-aloud time with a certified (and gentle) therapy dog. Youth staff will contact you with your child’s ten-minute reading time. Children only, please. 7-8 p.m. Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St. 614-882-7277 ext. 5006. FREE! Toddler Storytime Join us for a storytime for toddlers! 10:3011 a.m. Bexley Public Library, 2411 E. Main St. 614-231-2878.

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MEMORIAL CLUBHOUSE KIDS Wednesday, June 1 — There’s something for everyone at the Memorial Tournament and that includes kids. On Junior Golf Day, all kids 18 and younger are admitted free to the Muirfield Village Golf Club, site of the Memorial. Later that same day, kids can attend a free Junior Golf Clinic at 5:30 p.m. at the nearby Safari Golf Club, across from the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium at 4853 W. Powell Rd. in Powell (parking is also free). Participants will learn from PGA Tour professional Dennis Walters and his dog, Benji Hogan, who helps out with some very unusual shot making. And the first 500 junior golfers get a gift bag! For more information, call 614-889-6700 or visit the memorialclubhousekids.com website. with the child. Each class is offered on a drop-in basis; pre-registration is not required. 9-10 a.m. $3 per child. Groveport KidSpace Building, 630 Wirt Rd. 614-836-3333.

FRIDAY 20 FREE! American Cancer Society’s 2011 Upper Arlington/Grandview Heights Relay for Life 6 p.m.-midnight. Upper Arlington High School, 1650 Ridgeview Rd.

888-227-6446 ext 3209. relayforlife.org. Over the Edge for Special Olympics Ohio Support Special Olympics Ohio by rappelling off the 22-story Renaissance Hotel. Scared of heights? Sign up someone else, and raise money to “toss” him (or her) off the top! Spaces are limited for this opportunity, so sign up today. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. The Renaissance, 50 N. Third St., Downtown. 614-239-7050. sooh.org.

Preschool Picassos Create crafts that little hands can easily construct. Children ages two to six are welcome (adult participation required). 9-10 a.m. $3. Groveport KidSpace Building, 630 Wirt Rd. 614-8363333. FREE! The Art of the Pop-Up Try your hand at paper engineering. Learn basic folding techniques to create your own masterpiece. For grades K-3. 4-5:30 p.m. Old Worthington Library, 820 High St. 614807-2626. FREE! Tween Scene Attention kids ages 8-13: We have a cure for your boredom on Friday night! Join us for an evening of video gaming on the big screen, Minute to Win it games, crafts, and much more at KidSpace. Call to register by May 19. 7-9 p.m. Crooked Alley KidSpace, 630 Wirt Rd., Groveport. 614-836-3333.

SATURDAY 21 FREE! American Girl Tea Whether you’re a fan of the books or the dolls, join us for tea and games related to the popular “American Girl” series. If you have a doll, feel free to bring it! For grades two through six. Registration is required. 10-11:30 a.m. Columbus Metropolitan Library, Northwest Branch, 2280 Hard Rd., Worthington. 614-8072626. FREE! Chinese Dragon Boating Experience the ancient sport of dragon boat racing as part of the Asian Festival Week festivities (May 21-30). The 40-foot, 700lb canoes— each embellished with a dragon motif based on ancient Chinese legends—requires a crew of 22: one to steer, one to drum a cadence, and 20 to paddle at top speed. Four dragon boats teams will compete during this 500-meter, two-minute race. In addition to the racing, attendees can also view an exhibition of Asian lanterns and kites, participate in bamboo dancing, taiko drumming, tai chi, and yoga workshops, and enjoy lion and dragon dancing. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Genoa Park, 303 W. Broad St., Downtown. asianfestival.org. L.E.A.D. Your Family Day Funfilled, family-oriented day promoting healthy activities throughout Central Ohio in an effort to bring

awareness about the importance of the fight against childhood obesity—as well as living a healthy family lifestyle. Participate in activities such as: Magic Mountain miniature golf; laser tag at Lazer Kraze; flash mob dance classes; YMCA indoor swimming; Zumba classes, and many more! 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $5 per activity; $10 all-day pass. Various Central Ohio locations. 614-2169900. leadyourfamilyday.com. FREE! Let’s Dance! Streamermaking Activity Children can now add some flare to their dance routines with colorful streamers that are lots of fun to whirl and wave! Lakeshore Learning offers free craft activities for kids ages three and up at all of our locations. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Lakeshore Learning, 2148 Polaris Pkwy. 614-846-1710. FREE! May Herb Day Join the Ohio Herb Education Center for May Herb Day. Activities include cooking demonstrations, entertainment, children’s activities, plant sales, and more. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Creekside Park & Plaza, 123 Mill St., Gahanna. 614342-4250. PNHS Band Bazaar Hosted by the Pickerington North Marching Band to raise money for the upcoming year. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Pickerington North High School, 7800 Refugee Rd. 64-575-9322. pickeringtonnorthmusic.org. Pottery Barn Kids Little Explorer’s Club: Sea Turtles Join us at the Pottery Barn Kids at Polaris Mall for the National Geographic’s Little Explorer’s Club! We’re bringing the science museum experience to our store with hands-on activities, quizzes, songs, and more. Kids ages three and up will learn all about ocean creatures, and receive a badge for every event they attend. Please call 614-880-3948 to reserve your spot. Mention the Columbus Parent. 2-3 p.m. Pottery Barn Kids, 1500 Polaris Pkwy. 614-880-3948. FREE! Saturday Tales Bring the entire family to the library for stories, songs and rhymes! Each session will feature a different letter of the alphabet. 11-11:30 a.m. Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St. 614-882-7277 ext. 5006. FREE! Story Times: Saturday Story Stomp (2-5 years) No registration required. 11-11:30 a.m.

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Japanese Home Cooking There is so much more to Japanese cooking than sushi and steakhouse teppanyaki! Japanese cuisine, or washoku, focuses on quality ingredients and different means of preparation. Please join us in our celebration of the Asian Festival with a sampling of foods representative of Japanese home style cooking. Four dishes will be demonstrated and tasted. 6:30-8 p.m. $65. Franklin Park Conservatory, 1777 E. Broad St., Olde Towne East. 614-645-8733.

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fee. Online registration will be available until May 20 at 5 p.m. Wolfe Park, 105 Park Dr., Olde Towne East. 614-325-3916. girlsontherunfranklincounty.org. FREE! Talk About Animals! If you’re thinking about adding a pet to your family, don’t miss this program. Experts from pet rescue organizations like the Columbus Dog Connection, Heart of Ohio Ferret Association, Columbus House Rabbit Society, Cat Welfare, Capital Area Humane Society, and the Ohio Reptile Service, will answer your questions about life expectancy, care and space requirements, and much more. They will also bring animals for you to meet! 1-3 p.m. Columbus Metropolitan Library, Northwest Branch, 2280 Hard Rd. 614-807-2626.

TUESDAY 24 Grow with Me Preschool Programs Program for children (through age six) providing opportunities to play and socialize with others, as well as participating in learning circles and crafts. Parents (or caregivers share this experience with their children) often form friendships with other adult participants. A light snack will be provided. 9-10:30 a.m. $3. Groveport KidSpace Building, 630 Wirt Rd. 614836-3333. Flavors of the Philippines Filipino cuisine, influenced by three other cuisines (Spanish, Chinese, and Malaysian), entails a great deal of peeling, slicing, chopping, sauteing, and other food preparation activities—and it’s worth it! Join our Asian Festival celebration during this demonstration and tasting of four dishes representing the three strong influences. Led by Alma Saddam, PhD, RD. Pre-registration required. 6:30-8 p.m. $65. Franklin Park Conservatory, 1777 E. Broad St., Olde Towne East. 614-645-8733. FREE! Pottery Barn Kids Story Time Open to kids of all ages. 1111:30 a.m. Pottery Barn Kids, 1500 Polaris Pkwy. 614-880-3948.

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speech-language skills in your child. This presentation is part of the Better Hearing & Speech Month series throughout Central Ohio on Wednesday evenings all month. Presented by licensed speech-language pathologists from the Columbus Speech & Hearing Center. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Dublin Library, 75 N. High St., Dublin. 614-263-5151. columbusspeech.org. Grow with Me Preschool Programs Program for children (through age six) providing opportunities to play and socialize with others, as well as participating in learning circles and crafts. Parents (or caregivers share this experience with their children) often form friendships with other adult participants. A light snack will be provided. 9-10:30 a.m. $3. Groveport KidSpace Building, 630 Wirt Rd. 614836-3333. Just for Kids: Bon Appetite! It’s time to create! Kids ages three and up will decorate a chef’s apron, and make a sweet treat. Call to register by May 23. Town Hall accepts cash, checks, Visa, or Mastercard. Children ages nine and under must be accompanied by an adult. 7-8 p.m. $6. Crooked Alley KidSpace, 630 Wirt Rd., Groveport. 614-836-3333. FREE! Tail Waggin’ Tutors New reader? Just need practice? Register for ten minutes read-aloud time with a certified (and gentle) therapy dog. Youth staff will contact you with your child’s ten-minute reading time. Children only, please. 7-8 p.m. Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St. 614-882-7277 ext. 5006.

THURSDAY 26 Family Cooking: Wood-fired pizza Children ages five and up (and their favorite adult) will make dough from scratch, prepare homemade tomato sauce, add vegetable toppings, and watch them bake in the outdoor wood-fired oven. Each child will enjoy his or her own personal creation. Pre-registration required. 6-8 p.m. $25. Franklin Park Conservatory, 1777 E. Broad St., Olde Towne East. 614-645-5923. Preschool Rock ‘n Rollers Music and movement-based program for children up to age six. The class introduces activities for music and movement on alternating weeks

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Friday, May 6 and Saturday, May 7 — Join local parents for a production of “The MOMologues: The Original Comedy about Motherhood.” This staged reading about the hilarious realities of motherhood features local women, and the proceeds benefit POEM (Perinatal Outreach & Encouragement for Moms). POEM provides peer support and services to aid women with pregnancy and postpartum depression. Each night’s show takes place at 8 p.m. at the King Arts Complex’s Nicholson Auditorium, located at 867 Mount Vernon Ave. in Columbus. Tickets are $25 each or $20 each for groups of eight or more. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 614-245-5332 or go to momologuescolumbus.com.

may 2011 that the parent/caregiver will enjoy with the child. Each class is offered on a drop-in basis; pre-registration is not required. 9-10 a.m. $3 per child. Groveport KidSpace Building, 630 Wirt Rd. 614-836-3333.

FRIDAY 27 FREE! Friday Flicks: My Big Fat Greek Wedding Enjoy outdoor movies on our big screen this summer. 9-11 p.m. Creekside Park & Plaza, 123 Mill St., Gahanna. 614342-4250. Ohio’s Youth Entertainers Stage Show Celebrating 15 years of performing throughout Ohio, Washington D.C., Boston, New York City, and Chicago, this year’s vaudeville theatrical show features 17 entertainers from Central Ohio who will be singing and dancing to Broadway medleys, and music from the 60s through the 80s, as well as a performances of comedy skits, magic, commercials satires, jokes, and lots of audience participation. 7:30 p.m. Adults: $6; Youth: $4. Crystal Ballroom, 29 W. Church St., Newark. 740-587-0837. ohyess.org.

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Preschool Picassos Create crafts that little hands can easily construct. Children ages two to six are welcome (adult participation required). 9-10 a.m. $3. Groveport KidSpace Building, 630 Wirt Rd. 614-836-3333.

SATURDAY 28 FREE! Asian Festival Annual family-friendly festival celebrating the diversity of Asian communities within the Central Ohio area. Festival favorites include: cultural exhibitions, the marketplace, martial arts demonstrations, musical performances, authentic cuisine, children’s activities, and much more. Countries represented include: Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Franklin Park Conservatory, 1777 E. Broad St., Olde Towne East. 614402-3384. asian-festival.org. Family Fun Day: Animals We Love to Hate Featuring the animals that are most feared and disliked (think bats, spiders, snakes, and possums), this program offered by Ohio Nature Education dispels myths, and includes fun facts about how these animals are beneficial. Includes live animals. 11 a.m.-noon.

$6 -$11. Franklin Park Conservatory, 1777 E. Broad St., Olde Towne East. 614-645-8733. FREE! Look At Me! Mirror Craft 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Lakeshore Learning, 2148 Polaris Pkwy. 614-846-1710. Ohio’s Youth Entertainers Stage Show Celebrating 15 years of performing throughout Ohio, Washington D.C., Boston, New York City, and Chicago, this year’s vaudeville theatrical show features 17 entertainers from Central Ohio who will be singing and dancing to Broadway medleys, and music from the 60s through the 80s, as well as a performances of comedy skits, magic, commercials satires, jokes, and lots of audience participation. 7:30 p.m. Adults: $6; Youth: $4. Crystal Ballroom, 29 W. Church St., Newark. 740-587-0837. ohyess.org. PASCO presents Fiesta Filipina Traditional Filipino dance company based in Toronto, Canada. Sponsored by the Philippine American Society of Central Ohio (PASCO). 810 p.m. $20. Peggy R. McConnell Arts Center of Worthington, 777 Evening St. 614-431-0329. FREE! Saturday Tales Bring the entire family to the library for stories, songs and rhymes! Each session will feature a different letter of the alphabet. 11-11:30 a.m. Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St. 614-882-7277 ext. 5006.

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Selma Walker Memorial Weekend Powwow 29th annual Native American celebration featuring music and dancing, along with vendors selling arts, crafts, foods, and much more. Other highlights include the two-step team dance, a hand drum contest, a 5k healthy walk/run, and hands-on craft activities for children. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Adults: $7; Seniors/Students: $3; Children five and under: Free; Weekend Pass $15. Franklin County Fairgrounds, 4100 Columbia St. 614443-6120. naicco.org. The Original Mud Run Mud Run is a combination of regular citizens, civil servants, companies, teams, colleges, and military personnel competing together in bootcamp-styled obstacles surrounded by (or consist entirely of) mud. The race is 10K, and unique to the world of adventure racing. This is definitely not something you could set up in your backyard. Runners 12 and older can participate in 30-plus obstacles. Runners under the age of 18 must have waiver signed by an adult. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Camp Lazarus, 4422 Columbus Pike, Delaware. theoriginalmudrun.com.

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FREE Asian Festival Annual family-friendly festival celebrating the diversity of Asian communities within the Central Ohio area. Festival favorites include: cultural exhibitions, the marketplace, martial arts demonstrations, musical performances, authentic cuisine, children’s activities, and much more. Countries represented include: Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan,

ECO-CHIC CRAFTACULAR Saturday, May 14, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., and Sunday, May 15, 12 noon-5 p.m. — It’s the third annual extravaganza of very cool, earth-friendly crafts made by local artists, live music AND great activities for kids! Admission is free. The indoor/outdoor fair takes place at the Whetstone Community Center, 3923 N. High St. in Clintonville. For more information, visit their website at columbuscraftacular.com. Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Franklin Park Conservatory, 1777 E. Broad St., Olde Towne East. 614-402-3384. asian-festival.org. Selma Walker Memorial Weekend Powwow 29th annual Native American celebration featuring music and dancing, along with vendors selling arts, crafts, foods, and much more. Other highlights include the two-step team dance, a hand drum contest, a 5k healthy walk/run, and hands-on craft activities for children. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Adults: $7; Seniors/Students: $3; Children five and under: Free; Weekend Pass $15. Franklin County Fairgrounds, 4100 Columbia St. 614443-6120. naicco.org.

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Native American celebration featuring music and dancing, along with vendors selling arts, crafts, foods, and much more. Other highlights include the two-step team dance, a hand drum contest, a 5k healthy walk/run, and hands-on craft activities for children. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Adults: $7; Seniors/Students: $3; Children five and under: Free; Weekend Pass $15. Franklin County Fairgrounds, 4100 Columbia St. 614443-6120. naicco.org.

TUESDAY 31 Creekside Paddle Boats Schedule is weather dependent. Special hours possible during Creekside events. Tues-Fri, 4-8 p.m.; Sat, 12-8 p.m.; Sun, 12-6 p.m. 4-8 p.m. Creekside Park & Plaza, 123 Mill St., Gahanna. 614342-4250. FREE! Pottery Barn Kids Story Time Open to kids of all ages. 1111:30 a.m. Pottery Barn Kids, 1500 Polaris Pkwy. 614-880-3948.

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PARENTS CLUBS AND SUPPORT GROUPS Mocha Moms Support group for stay-at-home moms of color. For more information email columbusmochamoms@yahoo.com MOGIS:Mothers of Girls in Sports Free group seminars for moms and daughters. New local group called Moms of Girls in Sports (MOGIS) meets the first Tuesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. at Wyandotte Athletic Club. Moms, come with your female athletes to get questions answered from Margaret on a variety of topics including nutrition, strength and conditioning, injury prevention and marketing for scholarships. Share stories and learn from other moms with girls in sports. E-mail Margaret if you plan to attend, margaret@femaleathletesfirst.com. Mommies of Miracles M.O.M is a growing Ohio support community of mothers who have children (of any age) with complex medical issues or disabilities. Our mission is to eliminate the isolation mothers of exceptional needs children experience on a daily basis by providing an extended network of confidential and compassionate emotional support. Join us for monthly meetings, fun family events, couples’ enrichment activities, and advocacy initiatives. For more information on events, resources and more, go to mommiesofmiracles.com Mommies Time Out Online Support Group A fun group of moms who provide support and social activities for stay-at-home and working moms in the Columbus area. Includes playgroups, play dates, meet-ups, moms’ nights out, message boards and more. MommiesTimeOut.Proboards105.com. MOMS Club of Clintonville A fun social and support group for stay-at-home moms and their children. Playgroups, field trips and monthly moms’ nights out. 10 a.m. on the second Wednesday of each month (locations vary). For membership information, contact Carrie at 614-447- 0567, email clintonvillemomsclub@yahoo.com, or visit our website http://clintonvillemomsclub.yolasite.com. MOMS Club of Delaware A fun, social support group for stay-at-home moms and their children with playgroups, field trips and monthly moms’ nights out. Meets at 10 a.m. the first Monday of every month. For membership information, email at momsclubofdelaware@hotmail.com.

MOMS Club of DublinWest MOMS Club of Dublin West offers a variety of activities each month including a monthly meeting, mom and tot activities, play groups, parties, and a moms’ night out. For more information, call 614-8739672 or e-mail momsclubofdublinwest@gmail.com MOMS Club of Dublin Southeast Support group for stay-at-home moms and their children. Playgroups, monthly calendar of events, moms’ night out, service projects. Contact Membership VP at momsclubofdublinse@yahoo.com for more info. MOMS Club of Gahanna East Support group for stay-at-home moms. Also serves Blacklick. Contact Liz at 614-668-0916 or momsclubgahannaeast@gmail.com MOMS Club of Gahanna West Support group for stay-at-home moms. Gahannamoms@yahoo.com. MOMS Club of Hilliard Northeast A social and support group for stay-at-home and part-time working moms and their children. Playgroups, field trips and moms’ nights out. 9:45 a.m. on the first Thursday of the month at Scioto Ridge United Methodist Church, 4343 Dublin Rd. mchilliardnorth@yahoo.com. MOMS Club of Hilliard-Northwest A social and support group for stay-at-home and moms working part time and their children. We offer playgroups, field trips, mom’s nights out and much more. A general business meeting with a speaker on a topic of relevance is held the first Monday of each month. For more information, email momsclubhilliardnorthwest@yahoo.com MOMS Club of Lewis Center Northeast A social and support group for stay-at-home moms and their children. Activities include playgroups, moms’ night out, service projects and more. The original chapter has since split to accommodate the great number of stay-at-home moms in our area. We are actively seeking moms living within the designated boundaries east of S. Old State Rd., south of Lewis Center Rd., north of Orange Rd., and west of Africa Rd. For membership information, call Liz at 740-657-1473 or visit lewiscentermomsclubne.org.

MOMS Club of Lewis Center Southeast A nonprofit support group for stay-at-home moms. MOMS Club of Dublin Central Support group Actively seeking new members who live south of for stay-at-home moms. 9:45 a.m. on the second Tuesday of each month at Vineyard Church, 5400 Orange Rd., east of S. Old State Rd., and north of Avery Rd. Contact Mandy Skinner at amandaskin- Lazelle Rd. For membership information contact ner2@gmail.com, or 614-940-9392. Or go to Geoc- Gail at Moms_Club_Membership@yahoo.com or ities.com/momsclubdublincentral/. lewiscentermomsclub.org.

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MOMS Club of New Albany Support group for stay-at-home moms. Contact NAMOMSclub@yahoo.com. MOMS Club of Northwest Columbus & Upper Arlington Support group for stay-at-home or part-time working moms. Meets on the second Wednesday of each month. Call 614-388-9410, or go to ColumbusMOMSClub.com. MOMS Club of Pickerington North Support group for stay-at-home moms. Also serves Reynoldsburg and Pataskala. E-mail Rachel at argillaspie@yahoo.com. MOMS Club of Pickerington South Support group for stay-at-home moms living south of Refugee Rd. in Pickerington or Canal Winchester. 10 a.m. on the fourth Wednesday of each month at Peace United Methodist Church, 235 Diley Rd. Go to Pickerington Moms.tri-pod.com. MOMS Club of Powell Support group for stay-athome moms. E-mail Stacie at powellmoms@yahoo.com. MOMS Club of Sunbury A social and support group for stay-at-home moms and their children. Meets for business the last Thursday of each month. Monthly activities include play dates, local outings, cooking club, book club and moms’ night out. Contact Amy at 740-513-6267, or sunburymomsclub@yahoo.com for more information. MOMS Club of Westerville South Support group for stay-at-home moms. We have play groups, craft days, and a monthly moms’ night out. Meetings are at 10 a.m. on the last Thursday of each month at Grace Lutheran Church, 100 E. Schrock Rd., Westerville. Contact momswestervillesouth@yahoo.com for more information. MOMS Club of Worthington Support group for stay-at-home moms. Meets on the third Tuesday of the month atWorthington Presbyterian Church. E-mail prospectivemember@worthingtonmoms. org for more information. MOPS Dublin Fellowship support group for moms with newborns through kindergarten. The first Thursday of every month, meet at Radiant Life Church from 6:30-8:30 p.m. and the third Thursday is moms’ night out. For more information call Lindsay at 614-571-2995. MOPS Newark Fellowship and support group open to all moms with children ages birth-5. Meets at 9:30 a.m. on the second Friday of each month at First United Methodist Church, 88 N. Fifth St. Call 740-349-7020, or e-mail mops@firstumcnewark.org.

MOPS Upper Arlington Lutheran Church A wonderful opportunity to meet other moms with young children. The group meets every first and third Tuesday at 9 a.m. at the Upper Arlington Lutheran Church, 2300 Lytham Rd. The cost per meeting is $5 and childcare is $2 per child. For more information, call 614-451-3736. Mothers of Multiples East Columbus Support and social group for mothers of multiples. 7 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month. Church of the Redeemer United Methodist, 235 McNaughten Rd. Email: ECMom.org. Mothers of Preschoolers Meeting Join our MOPS group the first Tuesday of every month, September through May from 6-8:15 p.m. at the Beechwold Christian Church, 280 Morse Rd. Come for dinner, listen to a speaker and join a small discussion group to share your ideas, thoughts and experiences with other moms. Call Beechwold Christian Church at 614-888-1734, or visit gobcc.com for more information. Mothers Swapping Skills Group Online notice board helps bring moms together who would like to exchange skills and services such as cooking, tutoring, babysitting, cleaning, carpooling and coaching. Group is actively seeking women leaders for guidance. Register at Groups.google.com/group/mothersswappingskills. “My” Food-Allergy Support Group A group for parents of children dealing with life-threatening food allergies. We offer monthly meetings, occasional non-food family activities and a private email group for additional support, sharing of concerns, successes, coping strategies, resources and tools. E-mail Dena Friedel at dfriedel@insight.rr.com. New Moms’ Group An opportunity for new mothers and their babies to meet others and share information. Meets from 1-2:30 p.m. on Tuesdays at the Elizabeth Blackwell Center, 3635 Olentangy River Rd., Columbus. Free. 614-5664446. Online Nanny Group An online group for Columbus-area nannies that helps to grow friendships and makes play dates. Go to groups.yahoo.com/group/ohionannies/. Perinatal Outreach & Encouragement (POEM, Inc.) We are moms who have survived prenatal or postpartum depression (PPD) so we understand like no one else can. POEM is the Ohio Coordinator of Postpartum Support International (PSI), the leading authority on perinatal mental health. For more information call 614-315-8989 or poemonline.org.

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