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The problem with ‘Good job!’ “That is the most beautiful picture I have ever seen! It’s gorgeous! You’re brilliant! What an incredible artist! Wow!” The artist? Monet? Van Gogh? Renoir? No. A 2 year old using crayons. We all do it. We praise our children because we want them to have The Parent Guru good self-esteem, to think highly of themselves, and to eventually be productive members of society. We have bent over backwards to tell them how brilliant, beautiful and creative they are. Have we set them up for success, or failure? Praise is probably the most overused parenting tactic. We hyper focus on everything our child does from artwork to using the potty and tell her she is a star.

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That creates a bar so high that she no longer attempts to jump over it. Instead of making her try harder, it has the opposite effect. What can you do to avoid this pitfall? Acknowledge the effort, describe what you see, and label as a strength the behavior or character trait you want to see again. “You put your pants on all by yourself! You really had to think about how to get each leg in one at a time and then pull the pants up. That shows determination.” “I know that toy is very special to you. Even though it was hard you let your friend play with it. It was so considerate of you to give him a turn.” “I saw you working very hard on your homework. How does it feel to be done?” “I know you wanted that cookie and were disappointed that you have to wait until later. Instead of yelling, you showed great self-control.” “You put all your books on the shelf and all the blocks in the basket when I asked you to. You followed directions so well!” The goal of praise isn’t for your child

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Student talents used for good as charity show brings in cash ■ Kilbourne’s talent show, combined with other efforts, raised more than $7,500 for efforts against spina bifida. By PAMELA WILLIS Suburban News Publications

From comedy dance routines to classical piano and dueling drums, talented students raised more than $3,427 in an all-school talent show at Worthington Kilbourne High School. The talent show proceeds, combined with funds raised through the high school’s winter charity drive, resulted in $7,530.08 for the Central Ohio Spina Bifida Alliance. Ralph King, the school’s student activities director, said the funds were a record amount for the Worthington Kilbourne High School winter charity. “Each year, the WKHS student council chooses a winter charity,” he said. “They usually select a charity that has a personal connection to our students or staff. This year’s drive is to fight spina bifida, a condition that results from incomplete development of the brain and spinal cord. “It was chosen to honor teacher Lauren

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Worthington Kilbourne High School students Megan Marshall (left) and Kelsey Whittemore perform in a dance routine during the school’s annual talent show, held March 1 at the school auditorium. The show was part of a fundraising effort that brought in more than $7,500 for charity. Glaros, whose daughter is dealing with the complications brought on by this condition,” he said. The fundraiser began with nominations for the winter charity court, consisting of eight seniors nominated by their classmates as “King and Queen of Hearts.”

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Find kids meal deals at these restaurants Parents looking for bargains on dining out can check out these Central Ohio restaurants offering meal deals for children – list provided by Speeds, 5186 E. Main Street, Whitehall, 614-751-5050. Sunday and Monday: One FREE kid’s meal per adult meal purchase.

FREE kid’s meal per adult meal purchase. Steak ‘n Shake, 3635 Data Point Court, Hilliard, 614-889-0203. Kids Eat Free Saturdays and Sunday; one free kid’s plate for every $8 spent. Dine-In only.

The Old Bag of Nails Pub, 24-26 North State Street, Westerville, 614-794-6900. Kids Eat FREE all day Sunday: One free kids meal from the kids menu for children 12 & under with the purchase of each adult entree. Dine-in only. Quiznos, 3450 Oconnell Street, Powell, 740881-6540. ALL DAY, EVERY DAY – FREE Kidz Meal with the purchase of a Sub, Toasty Torpedo, Chopped Salad or Choose 2. For children 12 & under – child must be present. Villa Nova Ristorante, 5545 North High Street, Columbus, 614-846-5777.Mondays 4 p.m.-close, kid’s meals are $1.99. Chili’s, 3675 West Dublin Granville Road, Columbus, 614-761-2101. Monday and Tuesday – Kids 12 & under eat FREE with the purchase of an adult entree. One free kids meal per adult. Panda Express, 8064 East Broad Street, Reynoldsburg, 614-856-9670. Kids 12 and under eat free all day Tuesdays with the purchase of a 2 entree plate. Dine-in only. Bellacino’s Pizza & Grinders, 4926 Morse Road, Columbus, 614-855-5858. KIDS EAT FREE on Wednesdays (dine-in only; limit 2 per adult). Bucci’s Pizzeria, 4333 Cosgray Road, Hilliard, 614-850-1900. Monday is Family Night at Bucci’s Pizzeria. FREE small cheese pizza with the purchase of a large pizza. You MUST mention this offer at the time of order.

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We found that you don’t need a passport to experience authentic Mexican food. At El Vaquero Restaurants you can enjoy great food, a friendly atmosphere, all at affordable prices. Our three boys range in age from 5 to 12 and the selection from the El Vaquero kids menu keeps everyone happy. The youngest likes the cheese quesadilla and the older boys always go with the burrito and Mexican rice. We found we have to limit how many times the waiter refills the chips and salsa, and the kids can’t get enough of the white melted cheese dip. The salsa is made that day, and is hard to stop eating once you start! All the combination dinners on the Children’s Menu are only $4.99 and include the endless basket of chips and salsa, on Sunday there are children’s specials for only $3.99. The menu for the adults has some new additions that tempt us to wander from our habitual response of #147 Speedy Gonzalez (taco, enchilada and choice of rice or beans) and #173 Tilapia San Lucas (grilled tilapia fish with rice, tomatoes, lettuce, guacamole, pico de gallo, lime and tortillas). I found a new favorite with the Enchiladas Carnito’s, a hearty dish with potato enchiladas cooked with onions and tomatos, topped with shredded beef in special ranchera sauce and served with Mexican rice. My wife loves the new chicken dish - Pollo Adobe. The chicken breast is grilled with onions and mushrooms and topped with melted cheese and served with a choice of Mexican rice, beans, or a cup of soup. El Vaquero has won the Consumers’ Choice Award for best Mexican Restaurant 9 years in a row! El Vaquero Mexican Restaurants has 9 Central Ohio locations, with daily happy hour drink specials and combination dinner specials. For a list of locations and online menu, go to

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Check out the Columbulous mobile guide to Central Ohio Columbulous is a free mobile application available on iTunes and the Android Market designed for residents and visitors in Central Ohio. Use the app to explore food, drink, and shopping specials at local businesses, discover new events and read the local news – and do it all one community at a time. The news on Columbulous is powered by the community coverage and award winning journalism of Suburban News Publications, The Other Paper and Columbus Monthly magazine. The App uses GPS on your phone, so it knows where you are, and provides information on the cool stuff closest to you. If you are in Worthington, Gahanna, the Short North, Grove City, Easton, or Clintonville – or anywhere across Central Ohio – the App is ready to inform and guide you. The App is special for Central Ohio – designed, built, and managed here in Columbus. Haven’t heard of Columbulous yet? Your friends and neighbors have – it’s already been downloaded thousands of times, is growing

rapidly, and is being used every single day. The Columbulous App is smart, and the more you use it, the more it can help you. Use the heart feature to save your favorites, and have them available in a single click. If you fill out the profile in the App, it will start to send you local info on those things you are interested in. It’s easy to use and convenient to have with you – a mobile guide wherever you find yourself in Central Ohio. Because Columbulous lives right on your phone, it has all the features and tools your phone has to offer, including mobile ordering, mobile reservations, and even mobile commerce from some merchants today. If it can happen online, there is no reason why it can’t happen on your phone – wherever you are. Columbulous just launched in January and the App is adding more local businesses, and more cool stuff, every day. If you have a smart phone, give it a shot – it’s free. Visit the iTunes store or Android Market and download Columbulous to your smart phone today.


Children work to raise awareness of safe drinking water problem By BRETT NUCKLES Suburban News Publications

For thirsty students at Emerson Magnet School in Westerville, a quick trip to the drinking fountain will usually do the trick. So students were shocked to learn that children in some parts of the world walk for miles each day to bring drinking water to their families, often from filthy and contaminated lakes and streams. Dirty drinking water is a major cause of illness and death for residents of Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Haiti, Honduras and the Philippines, students said. For some, clean water is rare or unheard of. “We just take clean water for granted, but for them, it’s a miracle,” said fourth-grader Ellie Bouton, 10. Students set out to study the problem starting in November 2009, and the upcoming World Water Week in Westerville is the result. Set for March 20-26, the weeklong service learning event will mark more than a year and a half of efforts by Emerson students to spread the word about the major humanitarian problem.

“There’s somebody out there just like me who doesn’t get clean water, and we have to do something about that.” –Emma Davidson Emerson fifth-grade student

World Water Week is a student-inspired extension of World Water Day, an internationally recognized day of advocacy on March 22. All week long, more than 20 local businesses will help students distribute informational brochures and collect donations from residents. They will also be handing out water bottles with student-designed educational labels. According to the official World Water Week proclamation, signed by Westerville Mayor Kathy Cocuzzi, nearly 990 million people around the globe do not have access to clean drinking water – a statistic that

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Take the kids, pet the sharks at Newport Aquarium in Cincy


A tunnel built through the aquarium allows visitors to see the fish from all sides at the Newport Aquarium.

areas included starfish and horseshoe crabs ... and sharks! A bit of trivia for you: Did you know horseshoe crabs are ticklish? Neither did I! They have tiny hairs on their body under their shell that you can tickle. The crab folds itself up trying to get away from the tickler – I’ll admit, I was quite fascinated, but I still wasn’t going to touch it. I also was not going to “pet a shark.” As harmless as they seemed to be, the announcer kept saying “Be sure not to pet the shark where he can see your fingers.” Yeah, um, I value my thumb and pointers too much for them to be a snack for an animal, but tons of people were really enjoying it. We made our way through the Amazon and

Coral Reef exhibits and then hit lunch as to not miss shark feeding time. The cafe was roomy enough for a small crowd, but I can imagine during the warm months or on weekends when the place is packed there’d be no place to sit. It was about half the size of COSI’s cafe, and without the decent food choices I might add. The menu selection was scarce – a cold chicken sandwich, hot dog, pizza, chicken strips, applesauce and chips were about all that was offered and it all looked a little old. My suggestion would be to eat at one of the restaurants located outside of the aquarium on the Leveee (there’s a number of them) or pack your lunch. They had vending machines with

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have to pay for the kids though, because Winter Family Days were in effect and one paid adult admission got two kids in for free. As soon as we were inside my children were enamored. In the lobby was a “wishing whale” where each of my kids dropped coins into a small pond with an enormous blue whale jumping out of it (fake, mind you), and beautiful murals of dolphins and sea life were donning the walls. We made our way down to the main part of the aquarium where mesmerizing exhibits display different types of aquatic life – from fresh water to salt water, rivers to seas, we saw amazing plants, fish, and invertebrates. Each aquarium displayed pictures and information about the fish or invertebrates living in each particular water system. The “petting”


The kids and I were totally up for a road trip. We packed up our stuff, I had hubby install the DVD player in the car, the directions were plugged into my GPS, and we headed down to Cincinnati to visit Newport Aquarium. The kids were ecstatic because they love looking at fish and sea life (we take them to Aquarium Adventure off of 161 all the time and it never gets old) and frankly, we needed to get away. The drive was easy and was a little under two hours. We took Internet 71 almost all the way down over the bridge into Kentucky. Newport Aquarium is a part of Newport on the Levee, which is an outside riverwalk area full of restaurants, a movie theater, and shops. Making a weekend out of it would be easy, and Newport Aquarium’s website offers area accommodation suggestions: Since it was just the three of us I opted for a day trip, and it was terrific. When we arrived we pulled into the parking garage and there were elevators that took us up to the riverwalk area on the Levee. The Aquarium was a short walk from there offering a beautiful view of the Ohio River and downtown Cincinnati. Admission prices were a bit steep, and I can imagine that people visiting often opt for a yearly pass. Adult admission was $22 and kids 2 to12 were $15 apiece. I didn’t

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CHILDREN Continued from Page 5 Emerson students say is unacceptable. “There’s somebody out there just like me who doesn’t get clean water, and we have to do something about that,” said fifth-grader Emma Davidson, 11.

Students peg the problem on a number of causes, including lack of funds and infrastructure, corrupt governments and pollution that contaminates waterways. So far, the students have collected more than $2,000 to contribute to a low-tech but effective solution – “PUR” packets, which contain a

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Emerson Magnet School students in grades 3-5 (from left) Catie Less, Connor Lewis, Brandon Allbritton, Ellie Bouton, Ella Roxey, Emma Davidson, Madison Voinovich and Anthony Vilardo have been taking part in the Emerson’s Safe Drinking Water Project.

powdered mixture that separates water from micro organisms and suspended matter. Each PUR packet can yield up to 10 liters of clean water. The purification packets are being spread worldwide by Proctor & Gamble as part of the Children’s Safe Drinking Water Project. Students said their main goal is to let Westerville residents know the extent of the problem. According to the project website, diseases contracted by drinking unsafe water kills more people each year than HIV/AIDS and malaria combined. Students already have given presentations on the topic at area middle schools, at a local farmer’s market and during Fourth Friday events in Uptown Westerville, with more presentations scheduled for 2011. The project originally was spearheaded by first- and third-grade classrooms, but today Emerson students at every grade level participate. “We hope that we can keep on going to help teach people that some of these countries don’t have water and they need our help,” said thirdgrader Catie Less, 9. Emerson teacher Beth Dalin said she doesn’t predict waning enthusiasm from her students. “They don’t have any problem giving up their free time to volunteer for the project, and they don’t balk at maybe missing recess to do a little extra research,” she said. “They have a feeling that they could actually make a change in the world.”

Spring, summer sale will feature items for children The Columbus Mothers of Twins Club will hold the “Spring & Summer Kids Consignment Sale” from 9 a.m. to noon April 9 at Hilliard Darby High School, 4200 Leppert Road. A Power Hour will be offered at 8 a.m. for a $2 donation, which benefits the Mark of Dimes. More than 150 vendors will present spring and summer children’s and baby clothing (infant to child size 18), strollers, car seats, toys, books and games, music and movies, bedding and bath, and maternity clothes. Cash or check only will be accepted. Attendees can bring a large shopping bag, but no strollers, wagons or carts. A concession stand will be available. The event is being presented by the Ohio State University Medical Center-Maternal Fetal Medicine. The club is a nonprofit support group for mothers of multiples. For more information visit, or contact Julia Ashby at 614-459-5004 or

DID YOU KNOW: • Last year over 80% of our 6th graders scored Proficient, Accelerated or Advanced on the Ohio Achievement Assessment. • Our Science scores were higher than several Public School Districts and a prominent Science Academy in the Columbus Metro area • We Offer Fine and Performing Arts such as: Drama, Dance, Band, String Ensemble and so much more... • Our Drama and Art clubs not only put on riveting performances of the “The Wiz” and “Lion King”, but created all the back drops and scenery. • A+ Arts (K-5) Elementary School, focuses on building a strong learning foundation, utilizing Abeka phonics curriculum a well as emphasis on mastery of math skills.



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Central Ohio family fun moves outdoors during April April 1-3 – Spring Fling Rhythmic Gymnastics Competition 400 N. High St., Columbus 8AM8PM $15 827-2500, International competition with over 300 gymnasts. April 1-2 – Ohio Spring Dairy Spectacular 717 E. 17th Ave., Columbus 10AM-8PM Free 644-3247 As the gathering place for Ohio's dairy industry, Spring Dairy Expo incorporates a trade show and large National cattle show as well as youth competitions and live cattle auctions. April 1 – Family Fun Night 400 W. Granville Rd., Worthington 7:30-9PM $3 885-1619 April 5 – Crafty Tuesdays 4310 N. High St., Columbus 11AM-2PM Free 267-7768 Join us every week for kid-friendly craft time! Come anytime between 11am and 1pm for a themed craft, geared toward kids age 2 and up. This is a FREE event. April 6 – Babywearing Meeting 4310 N. High St., Columbus 10:30-11:30AM Free 267-7768 Come with your questions and baby carriers for a relaxed playgroup with likeminded families. We meet every month on the first Wednesday. Many carriers are available to try or bring your own stash to show off. Plenty of room for the kids to play while parents chat. April 7-10 – 18th Annual Equine Affaire 717 E. 17th Ave., Columbus 9AM-7:30PM $8 6443247 The nation's premiere equine exposition & equestrian gathering will feature four days of educational clinics, seminars, and demonstrations by top professionals in the horse industry, as well as an extensive trade show, Breed Pavilion, Youth Pavilion & evening entertainment. The Pfizer Fantasia is a Musical Celebration of the Horse April 9 – PBJ & Jazz: Joe Hunter 939 N. High St., Columbus 11AM-Noon $5 294-5200 PBJ & Jazz concerts are 1-hour long interactive concerts designed to introduce jazz and American music to young children and their families. Featuring some of Columbus' finest musicians and ensembles, PBJ & Jazz concerts are hosted by former Columbus Music Hall owner and retired music educator Rebecca Ogden and are a great introduction to live music for the youngest audience member. April 10 – The Lee Brothers, Culinary Arts – Cooking as a Family 100 W. Dublin-Granville

Road, New Albany 2:30-4PM $15 245-4701 Siblings Matt and Ted grew up in Charleston, S.C. When they left to attend colleges in the Northeast, they so missed the foods of their hometown that they founded The Lee Bros. Boiled Peanuts Catalogue, a mail-order catalogue for southern pantry staples like stoneground grits, fig preserves, and, of course, boiled peanuts. When an editor of a travel magazine asked them to write a story about roadtripping in their home state in search of great food, they embarked on a second career as food and travel journalists. They currently write food stories for Travel + Leisure, Food & Wine, GQ, The New York Times, and are the wine columnists for Martha Stewart Living. April 10 – Stop! Look! Listen! Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus 2-3PM Free 464-0066 Where music and art combine! Enjoy a series of free, family-friendly concerts in partnership with the Columbus Museum of Art. The concerts are themed around the featured art exhibition and offer attendees the opportunity to stay afterwards to meet the musicians and get a closer look at their instruments. April 12 – Mom's Group 4310 N. High St., Columbus 10AM-Noon Free 267-7768 Moms, come for playtime and socializing. FREE, all welcome. April 12 – Crafty Tuesdays 4310 N. High St., Columbus 11AM-2PM Free 267-7768 Join us every week for kid-friendly craft time! Come anytime between 11am and 1pm for a themed craft, geared toward kids age 2 and up. This is a FREE event. April 13 – Wacky Wednesday – Bunny in the Park 4675 Cosgray Rd., Hilliard 10:30-11:30AM $1 876-9554 Spring has sprung and our very large furry bunny has a surprise for you. Make a craft and cuddle up to the bunny for a photo if you like. No egg hunt. April 15 – Family Fun Night 400 W. Granville Rd., Worthington 7:30-9PM $3 885-1619 April 16 – Spring Fling Hannah Park, 6547 Clark State Rd., Gahanna Noon-3PM Free 3424250 Help us welcome spring back into our community! Enjoy FREE activities like music, spring crafts, and fun games. Come out and enjoy the new season with the entire family. Don't forget to

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A Civil War-themed chess board pitting the Union Army (left) against the Confederate forces sits on a table in a vendor's tent at the 2010 Encampment in Grove City’s Fryer Park. With reenactors who represent life between the Revolutionary War and Civil War, the 2011 Encampment will take place from 7-9 p.m. April 29-May 1 at Fryer Park, 4185 Orders Road..

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Children race onto the fields behind Jeffrey Mansion for Bexley’s 2010 annual Easter Egg Hunt at Jeffrey Mansion. Dozens of 2011 egg hunts are planned across Central Ohio, most – including Bexley’s – on April 23. register for the Mini Mile fun run! For more information contact Gahanna Parks & Recreation at 614.342.4250 or visit April 16 – Pizza Festival with Capital University Capital University Plaza,Bexley 4-8PM Free 252-6382 April 16 – Buckeye Model Train & Railroad Show 717 E. 17th Ave., Columbus 9AM-4PM $6 644-3247 Golden Spike Entertainment presents the Buckeye Model Train & Railroad show. This is Ohio's largest combination model train and railroad memorabilia show. Be sure to check out this unique event. Visit the above website to retrieve a coupon good for $1.00 off show admission. April 17 – Baby & Kid Sale Bonaza Dublin Community Recreation Center, Dublin 1-3PM Free We are taking two great sales and combining them into one awesome event! Here's your chance to do a little Spring cleaning and sell your gently-used children's items (newborn – 12 years) in a community garage sale setting. If you are just interested in attending the sale, there is no entrance fee but bring plenty of cash for lots of great deals! April 18 – Children's Easter Hat Parade Davis Shai House, 301 Central Parkway, Heath 5:307:30PM Free 740-788-8942 Boys and girls ages 2-10 are invited to join us in an Easter Hat Parade. Boys can show off their handsome hats and girls their prettiest bonnets! Or get creative and make one to wow us! Preregistration is required, forms available soon. Event is FREE! April 19 – Crafty Tuesdays 4310 N. High St., Columbus 11AM-2PM Free 267-7768 Join us every week for kid-friendly craft time! Come anytime between 11am and 1pm for a themed craft, geared toward kids age 2 and up. This is a FREE event. April 22 – Family Fun Night 400 W. Granville Rd., Worthington 7:30-9PM $3 885-1619 April 22 – Earth Day Fossil Tour & Exhibit The Ohio Statehouse, Columbus 12-1PM Free 7282695 Celebrate Earth Day and explore the building stones of Capitol Square with expert geologists from The Ohio State University. April 23 – Easter Candy Hunt Thompson Park, Upper Arlington 9:45AM-Noon Free 4700655 A suspenseful morning dash to gather as much candy as possible! Be there early because the goodies disappear fast! Children are grouped by age for the fun. Open to children 9 and younger as well as special needs children. Afterward, residents often mingle to

catch up with neighbors after being cooped up indoors over the Ohio winter. April 23 – Spring Eggstravaganza Hoff Woods Parks, Westerville 10AM – Noon Free Come to the annual Spring Eggstravaganza at the Softball Fields at Hoff Woods Parks for a fun-filled morning of crafts, an egg hunt and a visit from the Easter Bunny. Colored eggs and special prize eggs will be hidden in the ballfields. We ask that parents do not help their children during the egg hunt (except 2 & under age group). Arrive early an don't forget to bring your basket. This event will be held rain or shine, so please dress appropriately. Sponsored by the Westerville Lions Club. April 23 – Easter Egg Hunt Jeffrey Mansion, Bexley 12-2PM Free 252-6382 April 23 – April 24 – Cardinal Cluster Dog Show 717 E. 17th Ave., Columbus 7AM-6PM $2 644-3247 The Cardinal Cluster Dog Show returns to the Buckeye Building April 23 & 24. The Central Ohio Kennel Club Inc.

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TAKE THE FAMILY 3 sure shots for family fun in April

18th Annual Equine Affaire at the Ohio Expo Center, 717 E. 17th Ave., Columbus – If your children like horses, they will love this event. Four days of demonstrations by top professionals, educational clinics and seminars. April 7-10.

Spring Fling at Gahanna’s Hannah Park. Welcome back spring at this event with free activities including games, crafts and music. April 16.

The Encampment at Fryer Park in Grove City – Watch soldiers march in military drills, see a Native American dance, throw a tomahawk and more for a live taste of history at this family-focused event. April 29-May 1.

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APRIL Continued from Page 8 presents the Cardinal Cluster Dog Show with more than 150 AKC registered breeds to show & sell. Numerous dog vendors will be present. April 26 – Crafty Tuesdays 4310 N. High St., Columbus 11AM-2PM Free 267-7768 Join us every week for kid-friendly craft time! Come anytime between 11am and 1pm for a themed craft, geared toward kids age 2 and up. This is a FREE event. April 27 – April 30 – River Ridge Charity Horse Show 717 E. 17th Ave., Columbus 11AM9PM Free 644-3247 American Saddlebred, American Morgan and Hackney Harness ponies along with an Open division will comprise the 2011 River Ridge Charity Horse show April 27-30. This is our 67th annual show. This is a family oriented show with competition of open classes and classes for junior exhibitors (Under 18 years of age). Commercial vendors, selling riding apparel, riding equipment, jewelry, gift items, embroidery, will be in attendance located on the mallway and in the Gilligan Complex all four days of the show. April 29 – 4th Friday: "tWEEKed A WEEK" because of Good Friday Downtown Westerville, Westerville 6PM-9PM Free 794-0401 Since April is Celebration of The Arts Month, we'll focus on the performing, visual and other art endeavors that give Westerville its rich flavor. With extended shopping hours in Uptown Westerville's unique shops, 4th Friday is the perfect time to spend the evening shopping and enjoying all the activities, music and food that make 4th Friday such a wonderful community event. April 29-May 1 – The Encampment, Fryer Park, 4185 Orders Road, Grove City 7-9PM Free 277-3000 Families and

history buffs alike will enjoy speaking with re-enactors who represent life between the Revolutionary War and Civil War. Participants will have the opportunity to watch soldiers march in military drills, learn how to discharge a long rifle, see a Native American dance, throw a tomahawk and more. Additionally, the Ohio Village Muffins baseball team will play on Saturday in period uniforms. April 29 – The Repose of President Lincoln & Photo Exhibit The Ohio Statehouse, Columbus 10AM-3PM Free 728-2695 The 1st Ohio Light Artillery Battery A, a group of Civil War re-enactors, will provide an honor guard for a replica of Lincoln's casket from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. This will take place on the site where the slain President lay in state in the Ohio Statehouse Rotunda on April 29, 1865. A special exhibit of images from the Library of Congress will be on view in the Ohio Statehouse Rotunda on Lincoln's assassination and the men and women named as conspirators along with their fate. April 30-May 1 – Ohio State Rabbit Breeders Show & Sale 717 E. 17th Ave., Columbus 7AM9PM Free 644-3247 The Ohio State Rabbit Breeders Show & Sale returns to the O'Neill Building April 30 – May 1. This is the largest state rabbit show in the country featuring around 12,000 rabbits. 45 different breeds will be represented with around 15 commercial and 20 private vendors present with tons of rabbit items and products for sale. April 30 – Baby Items Garage Sale, Hilliard Parks & Recreation, Hilliard 10AM – Noon Free . Gently used infant, toddler, preschool (up to a 5T) and maternity items for sale including clothing, toys and accessories in a garage sale setting. No commercial vendors.

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Beth Bardash of Powell prepares for the 2008 Equine Affaire. The 2011 rendition of the event will take place from 9 a.m.-7:30 p.m. April 7-10 at the Ohio Expo Center, 717 E. 17th Ave., Columbus.

A youngster plays a game of ring toss at the Gahanna Spring Fling. Staged by the Gahanna Parks and Recreation Department, the annual event this year will take place from noon-3 p.m. April 16 at Hannah Park, 6547 Clark State Road, Gahanna.


Family albums: Incredibly valuable tools to help promote closeness Currently, one of the most popular tools for children to memorialize their life experiences is the scrapbook. Many children keep scrapbooks and do so for many years. The keeping of scrapbooks goes back hundreds of years and can be found as a part of major historical collections in mu- Family Matters seums. Historians and other professionals have used diaries, journals, and scrapbooks as a means to understand other generations and civilizations. In addition to memorializing your life experiences, one of the most wonderful processes that a family can engage in is having a FAMILY album. Having a family album is something that, at one point, many families did but for many, this tradition has been lost. This is unfortunate because it is one of the most unifying, meaningful, and powerful group experiences that a family can choose to participate in. How do you feel about doing a family album? There are a number of things that are important when you think about a family album: Our album A family album belongs to everyone. As opposed to just your life or Joan’s life, or Sarah’s life, or Bill’s life, or Dad’s life, it is about our collective life together. Whether what we are putting in it has something to do with me, or something to do with all of us, the goal is for us to develop an album that we all can look at and share together. We can pull it out on holidays and look back and laugh, cry, and remember and it brings us together. It is a cohesive, bonding, connecting vehicle that allows us to remember collaboratively and to feel close. Finding meaning Family albums also help us to think about what our family means. Because we have to pick and choose things that we are going to put into the album and because the album is all of ours, selecting the material, photographs, drawings, ticket stubs, or whatever you decide to put into your album, is a collaborative decision and all of us need to participate in. It is not only something that we use to remember, but also something we use to learn to work together and make decisions collaboratively. When a family album is done

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well, the family has an opportunity for all to participate in deciding what information or artifacts we are going to include. Validating our family’s specialness The third thing significant in having, making, and keeping a family album is it allows us to validate what is special and truly important about our family. Example: We go on a family vacation. It is a vacation where the parents and the children get to pick something special that they want to do. It is one of our best vacations. We all have a say. We all have input and all of us have a responsibility to make what each of us wants to have happen fun. We have a wonderful time. Unlike other family vacations, we work together, we connect, we are getting along, and we really have a wonderful time. We want to memorialize, remember, and value this experience, so we, as a family, have to figure out how and what we are going to put in our family album to signify this incredible experience we have together. That act in itself has tremendous meaning. We learn to all have a voice The last thing that is important about a family album is that everyone has a voice – a collective voice. It not only talks about what each did, but what we did together. If a family album is going to be truly significant, it cannot just be a collaboration of individuals. It needs to signify and represent what the family does together. If you look at a family’s album, the fact that they even do it means that they have sensitivity to the importance of doing things collectively – together. Be that as it may, the idea is to make the family album represent family ■ events; ■ projects; ■ experiences; ■ failures; ■ jokes; ■ history; ■ rituals; and ■ moments. These should be those that everybody remembers with pain, joy, excitement or sadness. Having a family album means that we, as a group, need to find ways to communicate our own meanings and our own experience. If we look at it from the family group perspective and make it reflect that, it truly becomes an incredibly important part of our family’s history. Think about it. ... Family Matters (this column) and this columnist really think this is something that is worth doing. Norman Shub, certified teacher and psychotherapist and author, is the longtime director of training at the Gestalt Institute of Central Ohio, 100 Outerbelt Street, Columbus 43213,


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Central Ohio children become Irish for a day during Dublin’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Saturday, March 12 ABOVE: Siblings Mason and Kaitlin Tucker sport green hair for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade at Metro Place in Dublin. RIGHT: Members of the Dublin Kiwanis Club shepherd the mascot of their annual Frog Jump down the parade route. BELOW: Sacks at the ready, a group of youngsters wait for the next round of candy as they line Frantz Road in Dublin.

ABOVE: Maddie Riddelbarger passes out candy to eager children along the parade route. LEFT: An Irish Alf doll takes a window seat aboard a classic Ford Mustang.

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STUDENT Continued from Page 2 “Students could vote for their favorite candidates by donating money toward their campaigns,” King said. “The male and female candidates collecting the most money between Feb. 7 and Feb. 17 were crowned at an assembly on Feb. 18.” Candidates were Chad Ellwood, Colleen Hile, Holley Klepek, Will Meador, Mohammad Musa, Justina Stewart, Katie Wiet and Alex Wylly. King said Hile and Meador were crowned Feb. 18 as the King and Queen of Hearts. Acts at the talent show included a fourmember band; a dueling drum kit act supported by an electric guitar; a classical piano piece in which a camera was on the performer’s hands so the audience could watch the finger work; and a four-member comedy dance routine. There also were vocalists accompanied by guitar or piano; an a capella duet; a duet accompanied by a ukulele; several vocal soloists accompanied by a soundtrack; and a rapper. King said 33 performers presented 21 acts, with a total of 57 students involved with the show, including technical and support crew, ticket sellers and ushers. Student chairwoman for the event was Hannah Vincent. King said audience members voted for their favorite act after the show. “Sophomore Robbie Davidson won for the second year in a row, singing Evil Things by Marc Broussard,” he said. “Freshman Y’Marii Gatson’s rendition of Alicia Keys’ If I Ain’t Got You was runner-up.” King said there are 70 members of student council this year. He said the winter charity campaign is a popular way to raise funds each year and usually brings in between $4,000 and $5,000. “It’s fun way to raise money,” he said. “We have so much talent in the building that putting a high-quality show together is easy.” King said proceeds from the talent show, combined with the $9,626.48 student council raised for the Adopt-a-Child campaign in December, raised the total money donated to charities to $17,000 so far this school year, along with 3.5 tons of food and more than 120 units of blood.

PROBLEM to think she has reached the pinnacle of success and can’t possibly get any better. Describing what you see helps a child understand exactly what she did well. It gives her the opportunity to internalize what was said as “I am capable and competent.” That is the foundation of self-esteem.

Rhonda Moskowitz is The Parent Guru for Columbus Kids. A PCI-certified Parent Coach and Founder of Parent Coaching LLC, she has been working with families for more than 30 years. Read more at her website,


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Working memory training holds promise for children with ADHD As any parent of a school-aged child with ADHD can attest, these children are at risk for underperforming in the classroom, for a variety of reasons. Recent research suggests that one of the reasons ADHD children may struggle in school is related to lower working memory ability. Working memory is the brain’s capacity Learning Differently for holding information in short-term memory while simultaneously processing the material. In other words, a child’s ability to maintain and process what he or she is “doing right now” is dependent on working memory capacity.

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A strong working memory is necessary in order to follow instructions and to stay focused, as well as for successfully completing reading, math and problem solving assignments. In school, as in daily life, we rely on working memory capabilities constantly. Within the scientific community there is growing awareness of the importance of working memory, and that awareness is creating fundamental changes in the way human performance is understood. Working memory is quickly becoming recognized as one of the core indicators of success in life. In addition, working memory in children (and adults) used to be considered something that did not change, grow, or expand. However, more recent brain research is suggesting a very different picture. Recent breakthroughs in neuroscience have determined that the brain actually changes and “grows” over time in relation to a repeated activity, such as recurring or

ongoing training. What does this mean for children (and adults) diagnosed with ADHD? Numerous studies have looked at how working memory training affects attention deficits, and researchers have discovered, that for some ADHD individuals, if working memory can be improved then focus and attention also can be improved. Here in Columbus, Marburn Academy, a school for ADHD and dyslexic students, participated in one such study, to determine if a computer-training program could have a significant impact on working memory for elementary and middle school students. The results showed that the students who participated in the study demonstrated meaningful increases in their abilities to pay attention, plan, organize their thoughts, and initiate tasks. The study was presented in the November/December 2010 issue of the Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology. However, the science is still new in this area, and not all working memory training

has been rigorously tested. As a parent, be very suspicious of programs or coaches who promise instant success. The CogMed study showed that reliable working memory training is very hard work. Students worked 30 minutes a day, five days a week to make improvements. In addition, parents were required to keep a log of their child’s behaviors and work habits. The bottom line is, with the right type of working memory computer training and a dash of diligence, perseverance, and coaching, many ADHD children could make significant progress toward increasing their working memories, and in turn, improve their abilities to be successful in school. For more information on working memory training please contact Barbara Davidson, director of auxiliary programs, at Marburn Academy.

Eels = rather cute too. A scuba diver is in the aquarium and hand feeds the eels. Those little suckers were not at all evil or mean or trying to sting the diver, they were actually really cool to watch. I could barely get my son to move on. We took our time walking through each exhibit because there was so much to see. We didn’t want to miss the visiting alligator in ‘Gator Bayou – my goodness, that thing was huge and menacing. The tanks in the Jellyfish Gallery allowed patrons to view jellyfish floating peacefully from all sides. Then my kids led the way to the Frog Bog where there were a few play things: giant frogs to climb on, a video game you can play with your feet, and a netted jungle

gym. I let them run around for a bit and then we were on our way to the Rainforest. We finished our trip with hand feeding the lorakeets. I know, I know, we can do that at the Columbus Zoo as well, but I adore birds. I bought nectar for each of my children for $2 a cup, and in hindsight should have only gotten one. The birds were kept in an open display, but it was fairly high and the birds weren’t flying down to the children. Really, that was fine because the birds were hungry and being a bit aggressive. I had three birds fighting for my cup at once. They kept landing on me and “yelling” at each other – hee hee, gotta love a good bird fight! Alas, it was time to go. The exit took us

above the shark tank and it was pretty cool to see their fins coming out of the water – from a distance. Double doors off of the tank led to what you want to be the lobby, but no, they open up to the gift shop. I was forced to walk through this huge gift shop before I could leave. My 4 year old kept asking me for one expensive plush toy after another. That is not fair to do to parents! But, other than that, we had a great day and we’ll definitely return for a visit (hopefully with hubby next time).

Earl B. Oremus is headmaster of Marburn Academy.

CINCY Continued from Page 6 soft drinks, juice, and water available throughout the aquarium too, at $2.50 a bottle. Yeah, I guess it is a place to SEE fish not EAT them. Speaking of eating fish, we were on to the shark exhibit. This exhibit was fantastic because you get to walk through a tunnel built through the aquarium and see the fish from all sides of you! It was so cool to look up and see a stingray flying above your head or watch fish swimming under your feet. Feeding time for the sharks was quite violent (as you can imagine), but very intriguing. Our next feed viewing were eels and otters. The otters = cute. Imagine that.

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