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■ St. Michael School student Alexandra Proca’s first book was published by KidPub Press. By PAMELA WILLIS Columbus Local Kids

What began as an assignment for a St. Michael School student blossomed into Baby Bopp the Rising Cop, a collection of adventures featuring a toddler detective inspired by the author’s baby brother. Baby Bopp the Rising Cop, by Alexandra Maria Proca, a St. Michael eighthgrader, is available through KidPub Press at, or at Alexandra, 13, said she was in fifth grade when she first began writing about Baby Bopp. She said her fifth-grade teacher gave each student random slips of paper to give them a subject, plot and setting for a writing project. “I received three notes: a baby, a missing treasure and an abandoned house,” she said. “I created the first Baby Bopp story from those notes: Baby Bopp and the Missing Page. My little brother, Adrian,

who was 2 at the time, inspired Baby Bopp’s funny and childish behaviors and his personality. “Some of my friends in class and my parents loved the story, so I decided to continue writing the stories and later publish them as a collection,” she said. Writing is not a new venture for Alexandra; she has been writing stories since kindergarten. “I was on a trip in Hawaii at the beginning of my kindergarten year and started writing a travel journal, even though I barely knew how to spell,” she said. “I liked making up stories and I could read soon after I learned the alphabet, at age 41/2. “By the end of my kindergarten year, I was enjoying chapter books, which I called ‘trapter books,’ like those in the Magic Tree House series,” Alexandra said. “My third-grade teacher inspired me to keep writing and submitted one of the stories I wrote for class, The Cookie Monster, to the Diocesan Young Authors Exhibit.”

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St. Michael student Alexandra Proca, 13, is a published author, among her many other achievements.


Tale of pint-sized policeman adds to student’s repertoire

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New School Offers Parents a Choice You have a choice! Whether you are a parent of a child just beginning his or her educational journey or a parent who is not satisfied with your child’s present school, it is time to make a critical choice. The question that befuddles many parents is “How do I know which school is a great choice?” It is a huge decision. Now parents on the east side of Columbus have a choice that is close to home - Imagine Integrity Academy. At Imagine Schools we believe in loving our students and parents enough to provide exactly what each child needs, academically, emotionally and socially. Our schools are not cookie cutter schools. Each Imagine School serves the population that is enrolled in it and the community in which it is located. Parents are valued. We know that you are

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Five tips to get your family ready to go back to school The days are still hot and the evenings are still sunny, but it’s time for school! Whether our children are ready or not, the daily schedules are changing. How to make the flip from laissezfaire to being on time for the bus? Read on ... ■ Tweak bedtime. How many hours of sleep does your child need to The Parent Guru be well rested and refreshed? What time does he need to wake up in order to be at school on time? Working backwards, what time does he need to be in bed with the lights off? The

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week before school begins gradually adjust bedtime and morning wakeup so his internal clock adjusts. ■ Backpack preparation. Information flows both ways in that backpack. Miss a paper and you’re out of the loop. Make it a practice to go through the backpack with your child nightly. Although you may have to supervise for a while, it’s your child’s job to put completed homework in the backpack. Making it part of the evening routine eliminates the morning panic. ■ Dealing with the morning rush. I’m not a morning person and I have never been the mom who makes pancakes at an ungodly hour. However, we all still need to get out on time and have full bellies. With backpacks ready to go from the night before, the morning routine is streamlined to basics: getting dressed, a little personal hygiene, and cereal with fruit.

■ The biggest and most important rule. Most parents find that TV watching creates the biggest morning battles. No TV/computer/electronic games on a school morning. Ever. Period. Not a problem in your house? Count your blessings and ignore this one. ■ Whose responsibility is it? Parents are responsible for creating a space for homework; children are responsible for the actual work. Children can dress themselves and (most likely) select their clothes. They can carry their backpack and lunch. You know your child better than anyone and you know what she can do. However, if your child is like mine she


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may never stand up and offer to do something that she would prefer not to do. As parents it is our job to gradually hand over responsibility for life skills to our children—whether they want it or not. With the beginning of every school year I always feel a tug that reminds me my child is getting older. The clothes are larger, the shoes are bigger than mine, and the backpack is getting heavier. One day the ritual of taking photos by the school bus will be gone, because the bus won’t stop here anymore. If her clothes don’t match, revel in the

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Seven strategies for saving in back-to-school season Back to school is upon us, and while I have always taken advantage of back to school sales to stock up my home office for cheap, this year will be my first shopping from a school supplies list for my kindergartener. Here are a few of my strategies for saving on Stretching a Buck back to school: ■ Shop your Before house: you head out to purchase supplies, clothing or shoes for back to school, look around to see what you already have. Then make a detailed list of the items that you still need and stick to it. ■ Shop around: Superstores aren't the only stores that run great prices on

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back to school items. Be sure to check out drug stores, dollar stores and office supply stores as well – where you can often score items for cheap or free after rebate. ■ Be patient: While it is tempting to knock out all school supply shopping in one day, you'll be able to save more money by shopping for items as they go on sale. Likewise, clothing, backpacks and lunch boxes often goes on clearance once school has started. Can your child hold off for a week or two into the school year to get these new items? ■ Shop ahead: Basic items such as No. 2 pencils, glue sticks and erasers tend to show up on school supply lists from year to year. Wait until late August/early September and grab these items at up to 70 percent – and save them for next year. If your school requires additional supplies mid-year, now is a great time to set aside items for that as well.

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Enlist the teacher as an ally in educating your ADHD child Along with purchasing the usual back-to-school items such as new school clothes, supplies, and lunch boxes, parents of ADHD youngsters may want to add another item to their “to do” lists: communicate with the school. Actually, one of the most important things that the parent of an ADHD youngster Learning Differently can do to prepare for the upcoming school year is to be proactive and to contact the child’s school. First, find out the names of the school leaders; the top administrators usually are the Principal, Special Education Administrator, School Counselor, and/or School Psychologist. The strategy here is to establish contact with one or more of these key administrators before school begins to introduce yourself and discuss your child’s needs before any difficulty arises; this will build trust between the parents and the administrative team. Parents should ask about which teachers have a good track record working with impulsive, distractible, and/or disorganized ADHD children. Intentionally placing your child with the teacher who has had success with ADHD children might

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be something the school would consider. Second, request a meeting with the classroom teacher before school begins. Talking with the new teacher about what historically has been problematic for your child has the potential to deflate any crisis that might arise before it happens. Parents can describe what works in terms of language or discipline so the teacher is not surprised by any behavior or reaction that occurs; or, they might point out that getting the right homework written down and sent home is a recurrent problem. Most teachers will appreciate the advance knowledge and could be willing to think ahead about how to structure responses. Often it is hard to enlist the teacher as an ally when the first teacherparent meeting takes place after things have started to fall apart in the classroom. Third, offer to serve as a conduit for information and strategies. Ask if the teacher is interested in any research findings or articles on tactics that other teachers have used successfully when working with ADHD children. If the teacher is open to this idea, a parent can be very helpful by supplying well-researched articles and information. The strategy here is to become an ally of the teacher. Resources could also include the websites of well-documented support groups for children with ADHD, such as Fourth, share the knowledge with key school administrators and/or teachers that some intuitive and automatic adult re-

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SEVEN Continued from Page 6 ■ Get creative with clothing: If your back to school clothing budget is tight, be sure to scour thrift stores, yard sales and the internet for great bargains. Having a list will come in handy, helping you to prioritize and keeping you from over-buying. Also be sure to purchase items a half size to one size larger so your child has room to grow, so that you don't have to replace items mid-year. ■ Use coupons: I cannot stress enough the power of pairing a coupon with a sale. If you are purchasing brand specific items, be sure to check the company website and Facebook page for product coupons. ■ Shop online: I tend to find some of my best clothing bargains online. Find coupon codes plus earn cash back when you use popular Cash Back Shopping sites such as or Ebates. Learn more about these programs at is also a great resource for all things back to school. Have a wonderful school year! Marcy Robison is the author of Stretching a Buck ( – a blog dedicated to helping you save your hard earned dollars. She lives in Powell with her husband and two young daughters.

SCHOOL Continued from Page 4 knowledge that she picked them out herself – it shows independence! If the pants aren’t clean, remember that in the long run playing soccer with him is more important than doing laundry. Building great memories and solid connections is the greatest preparation for school success.

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Vinny Vasquez flies through the air while performing in a BMX show with the Rise Above BMX Team Saturday, July 16, at the Franklin County Fair.

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It’s fair season and once again the Franklin County Fair brings in Central Ohio families with rides, food and entertainment LEFT: Kim Gregory (right) of Hilliard stands for a judge during a showmanship event Saturday, July 16, at the Franklin County Fair. ABOVE: Riley Krieg (center) of Hilliard rides the Super Shot. LEFT: Anita McCoy (right) flips her niece Destiney Bell while they wait for the NTPA tractor pull event to begin Friday, July 22.

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Students from Wellington, Japan exchange lessons By MELISSA DILLEY Suburban News Publications

Trips to the Ohio State Fair and Kings Island were on the agenda of many Columbus residents this summer. But for 17 Upper Arlington families, the experiences took a new twist this year as they brought along Japanese students and teachers visiting the city. For 21/2 weeks in July, the Wellington School hosted 15 high school students from its sister school in Saitama Prefecture, Japan. In addition to teaching daily English classes, summer program instructors facilitated trips to Central Ohio attractions. “This is a fun way to see the different cultures and to see how excited they get learning about things we love doing,” said student and Wellington senior Chelcie Trepp. She has been volunteering with the summer program for three years.

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The exchange program, in its 20th year, is meant to bring diversity not just to the visiting students, but to those whose homes they share. Peggy Berger, Wellington summer program director, said during her 14 years with the exchange program, it’s the American students she’s seen the most changes in. “Having these students here, it really fits in with our mission of making our students


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September packed with outdoor family fun events Sept. 1-3 – Sweet Corn Festival – Enjoy hot dripping ears of sweet corn, large midway, tractor pulls, square dancing, contests, clogging, heritage village, farm exhibits, crafts and lots of festival foods in a shaded picnic grove. Grand parade on Wed. at 6PM; Nashville country music shows on Fri. and Sat. at 8PM and 5-K Run on Sat. at 9AM, Event Hours: 5-11PM WTH-F and 11AM-11PM SAT. Admission is free, fee for parking. For info dial 740-467-3639 or go to Come see why we are earresistable!. 5-11PM FREE Sweet Corn Festival, Inc. (P. O. Box 337, Millersport 740467-3639 Sept. 1 – Paws in the Plaza – Join other dogs as they bring their owners to stroll through Olde Gahanna, Creekside, & Mill Street!. 4:307PM FREE City of Gahanna (Olde Gahanna, Gahanna 614-342-4000 Sept. 1 – Play in the Park – Thursday Night is the night to stay and PLAY in Downtown Columbus with live music, outdoor games and happy hour. Wonderland will be running Trophy Thursdays, an adult recess featuring fun, competitive schoolyard games like tetherball, wiffleball, and more!. 5:30-9PM FREE Columbus Commons (High Street, Between Rich & State, Columbus 614-545-4700 Sept. 1 – Powell Night Out – Join the merchants and restaurants in Historic Downtown Powell for a late evening out! Great for date night, shopping or dining with the family or gals night out.. 5-8PM FREE Historic Downtown Powell (47 Hall St., Powell 614-396-3336 Sept. 1, Sept. 8, Sept. 15, Sept. 22 & Sept. 29 – Bexley Farmers Market – The new and improved Bexley Farmers Market will open on Thursday, May 19th, from 4-7PM at the intersection of East Main Street and South Parkview Avenue. The Market will continue on Thursdays through October 20th. The new market will feature cooking demonstrations, children’s activities, food vendors, and musical events.. 4-7PM FREE City of Bexley (2242 E. Main St., Bexley

614-559-4200 Sept. 1, Sept. 8, Sept. 15, Sept. 22 & Sept. 29 – Downtown Powell Farmers Market – Produce, Cookies, Pies, Chutneys, Baked goods, Honey, Syrup, Arts, Crafts, Flowers, Plants, your favorite Farmers & more!. 3-6PM FREE Historic Downtown Powell (47 Hall St., Powell 614-3963336 Sept. 1, Sept. 8, Sept. 15, Sept. 22 & Sept. 29 – Reynoldsburg Farmers Market – Just say YES to fresh! The market features just-picked Ohio grown fruits and vegetables, fresh baked goods, meats, cheeses, entertainment and so much more.. 3:30-6:30PM FREE Reynoldsburg Parks & Recreation (Huber Park, Reynoldsburg 614-322-6806 Sept. 2-5 – Greek Festival – Experience the culture and ancestry of Greece and our Orthodox Christian faith as expressed through the many foods and activities offered during our annual Greek Festival. In a world that is changing almost every hour, it is refreshing and inspiring to touch base with heritage and traditions centuries old, yet contemporary in their focus. Our Cathedral tours will inspire you, the Orthodox Christian Bookstore will educate you, the food and drink will entice you and the hospitality will overwhelm you. Stop by the shops, enjoy the music and dancing, visit the exhibits and enjoy the wonderful Greek pastries.. 11AM-Midnight FREE The Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral (555 N. High St., Columbus 614-224-9020 Sept. 2 – First Friday Celebration – Come downtown for a night of fun with free kids activities, stores and restaurants open late, each month a new theme.. 6-9PM FREE Mainstreet Delaware (10 1/2 N. Sandusky St., Delaware 740-362-6050 Sept. 2 – Rhythm on the River – Rhythm on the River features an eclectic series of touring artists, local musicians and arts organizations. A unique outdoor presentation of BalletMet Columbus is an annual highlight of the series. Delight in dinner on the patio of Milestone 229, the new park restaurant and then relax with

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There’s never any call to go hungry at the Columbus Greek Festival, with lamb for gyros and too many other traditional Greek foods to list. The 2011 Greek Festival will take place Sept. 2-5 in and on the grounds of the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 555 N. High St., Columbus.

family and friends to enjoy a performance at the park pavilion.. 8-10PM FREE BalletMet (Bicentennial Park, Columbus 614-229-4848 Sept. 2, Sept. 9, Sept. 16, Sept. 23 & Sept. 30 – Stargazing – 8-9:30PM $7 Perkins Observatory (3199 Columbus Pike, Delaware 740-3631257 Sept. 3-5 – Canal Winchester Labor Day Festival – The annual Labor Day Festival is Canal Winchester’s largest and longest running event. What began in 1920 as a small gathering called the Fall Festival is now a local tradition that attracts thousands of visitors each year. While the event has undergone several changes throughout the years, the festival still retains its original charm that is representative of the heritage of the community. This year’s event will include carnival rides, a parade, live entertainment, a cruise-in and much more.. 10:30AM-11PM FREE City of Canal Winchester (Downtown Canal Winchester, Canal Winchester 614-470-0949 Sept. 3-5 – Labor Day Weekend Powwow – The Native American Indian Center of Central Ohio is bringing the sound of drums and the Native American presence back to the Earthworks. Worldwide and throughout time, the festival gathering of people in ceremony is our oldest tradition. We are all pleased to invite everyone to gather at this site built some 2000 years ago by Native Americans for ceremony, and the largest set of geometric earthworks built anywhere in the world. Selected head dancers will lead an opening procession daily. Song, dance, arts, crafts, food, informational resources and community sharing will continue for three days.. 11AM-11PM $3 Native American Indian Center of Central Ohio (Franklin County Fairgrounds, Columbus 614-443-6120 Sept. 3, Sept. 10, Sept. 17 & Sept. 24 – Saturday Farmers Market Westerville – Arts, Crafts, Produce & More. 10AM-1PM FREE Uptown Westerville (Downtown Westerville, Westerville 614-794-0401 Sept. 3, Sept. 10, Sept. 17, Sept. 24 & Oct. 1 – Farmers Market – Enjoy Worthington’s picturesque streetscape while you shop for fresh, local Ohio grown seasonal fruits and vegetables interspersed with flowers, plants and homemade foodstuffs that vendors display on downtown sidewalks.. 9AM-Noon FREE Olde Worthington Business Association (P. O. Box 534, Worthington 614-891-6293 Sept. 3, Sept. 7, Sept. 10, Sept. 14, Sept. 17, Sept. 21, Sept. 24 & Sept. 28 – Farmers Market in Delaware – Locally grown produce from local farmers and yummy baked goods from your favorite local bakers.. 9:30AM-Noon FREE Mainstreet Delaware (10 1/2 N. Sandusky St., Delaware 740-362-6050 Sept. 4 – Family Fun Day: Monarch Migration – Celebrate the Monarchs as they make their way to Mexico. Kids make a sombrero and poncho and taste homemade salsa and chips. Adopt and tag a Monarch butterfly and release it to start its long journey to Mexico.. 11AM-2PM $6 Franklin Park Conservatory (1777 E. Broad St., Columbus 614-645-8733 Sept. 5 – Labor Neighbor Day – The Upper Arlington Civic Association is proud to present the Labor Neighbor Day celebration. The day of activities including Bike Races for kids up to 15 years old, our annual Pet Show and the famed Wiffle Ball Tournament are on tap for you and your family. Labor Neighbor Day is a day to help draw the summer to a close with friendly competition. It also coincides with Annual Labor Day Arts Fest produced by Upper Arlington Cultural Arts Commission. 8:30AM-Noon FREE Upper Arlington Civic Association (P. O. Box 21171, Upper Arlington 614-470-0655 Sept. 5 – Upper Arlington Labor Day Arts Festival – The annual Labor Day Arts Festival is a one-day juried arts festival that is now entering its 45th year and will be held on Monday, September 5, 2011. Hosted by the City of Upper Arlington and presented by Farmers Citizens

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A couple takes a turn on the floor of the Heidelberg Entertainment Hall during the 2010 Columbus Oktoberfest. The 2011 Columbus Oktoberfest is slated from 5-11p.m. Sept. 23, noon-11 p.m. Sept. 24 and noon-8 p.m. Sept. 25 at the Ohio State Expo Center, 717 E. 17th Ave., Columbus. Bank, the festival draws over 25,000 people each year and is considered the city’s signature event. Located in the beautiful neighborhood setting of Northam Park, the festival showcases the works of nearly 200 local, regional, and national artists working in a variety of media including painting, pottery, photography, jewelry, glassware, sculpture, and more. A variety of activities add to the festival’s success as a familyoriented event: an entertainment Stage with local performers playing all day, an Art Activities Area with entertainment and arts/crafts activities for children and adults and a variety of food vendors and refreshment booths.. 10AM-5PM FREE Upper Arlington Cultural Arts Division (Northam Park, Upper Arlington,

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EVENTS Continued from Page 10 turalarts/?fDD=30-0) Sept. 7 – Little Buckeye Imagination Session – Learn with a group as the creative educators of The Dawes Arboretum bring your family closer to the wonders of the natural world. Subjects include trees, flowers, weather and many creatures great and small. There is no telling what we’ll get into with songs, activities, games, crafts and sometimes real animal visitors.. 2-3PM FREE Dawes Arboretum (7770 Jacksontown Rd., Heath 740-323-2355 Sept. 7, Sept. 14, Sept. 21 & Sept. 28 – Farmers Market – If it’s healthy, locally produced fruits, veggies, herbs, flowers and dairy you’re looking for, the Upper Arlington Farmers Market has it all! We invite you to join us every Wednesday, where you can find a variety of delicious produce, sold to you directly from local farmers.. 3:30-6:30PM FREE City of Upper Arlington (3600 Tremont Rd., Upper Arlington 614-5835040 Sept. 7, Sept. 14, Sept. 21 & Sept. 28 – Wednesday Farmers Market – Arts, Crafts, Produce & More. 10AM-1PM FREE Uptown Westerville (Downtown Westerville, Westerville 614-794-0401 Sept. 9-10 – Old Hilliardfest – Old Hilliardfest begins at 9:30 a.m. with a 5 miler and the festival opening at 10:00 a.m. The event will feature a juried art fair featuring over 40 artisans from a wide variety of mediums including oil and watercolor paintings, sculptures, pottery and fine jewelry. In addition the event feature live entertainment on four stages, a car show, rides, games, great food and more! Another new event added to this year’s line is the Sunflower Show. Growers interested in participating, may bring their entry to the event to the corner of Center and Main by 10:00 a.m. Sunflowers will be on display throughout the event. Awards will be given in various categories.. 6-12AM FREE City of Hilliard (Main & Center Streets, Hilliard 614771-1300 Sept. 10 – 2nd Saturdays – Join us the 2nd Saturday of the month at Creekside Park & Plaza from June-September! GP&R will be hosting children’s and adult activities; including

crafts, games, trivia, and art displays.. Noon9PM FREE City of Gahanna (Creekside Plaza, Gahanna 614-342-4000 Sept. 10 – Columbus GospelFest – The GospelFest features local and national artists, plus a Wellness Fair with free health screenings and a children’s Edu-Fun Fest with music, face painting, games and more!. 10AM-8PM FREE City of Columbus (Genoa Park, Columbus 614205-7437 ) Sept. 10 – Family Fun Day: Exploring the Four Food Groups – Kids make a mobile of the four food groups. Wood-fired pizza samples.. 11AM-2PM $6 Franklin Park Conservatory (1777 E. Broad St., Columbus 614-645-8733 Sept. 10 – PBJ & Jazz Summer Series: Bryan Olsheski & Friends – 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 retired music educator Rebecca Ogden -- and are a great introduction to live music for the youngest audience member.. Noon-1PM FREE Jazz Arts Group (Topiary Park, 480 E. Town St., Columbus 614-294-5200 Sept. 10-11 – Jack Hanna’s Fall Fest – Join Jungle Jack Hanna and his animal friends for a festival of the harvest season. With special demonstrations including basket weaving and pumpkin carving, kid friendly entertainment and all your favorite seasonal treats this event offers something for everyone!. 10AM-5PM $9 Columbus Zoo & Aquarium (9900 Riverside Dr., Powell 614-645-3550 Sept. 11 – New Albany Walking Classic – The New Albany Walking Classic, the premier event of the New Albany Walking Club is the largest walking-only race in the United States.. 9AM-Noon $25 New Albany Walking Club (Market Square, New Albany 614-416-7100 Sept. 11 – Pointless Pursuit – The Pointless Pursuit is a scavenger hunt, adventure race and problem solving experience all rolled into one where two person teams, run, walk or take public transit in search of challenges scattered throughout the city. It’s like a one day Amazing

Race.. Noon-5PM $39 City of Columbus (German Village/University District, Columbus 0 Sept. 13 – Taste of Reynoldsburg – Join the Reynoldsburg Area Chamber of Commerce for the 13th Annual Taste of Reynoldsburg.. 4-8PM FREE Reynoldsburg Parks & Recreation (Huber Park, Reynoldsburg 614-322-6806 Sept. 15-18; Sept. 22-25; Sept. 29-Oct. 2 – Pinkalicious – Pinkalicious can’t stop eating pink cupcakes despite warnings from her parents. Her pink indulgence lands her at the doctor’s office with Pinkititis, an affliction that turns her pink from head to toe – a dream come true for this pink loving enthusiast. But when her hue goes too far, only Pinkalicious can figure out a way to get out of this predicament.. 7:309:30PM, Saturday & Sunday 3 PM $10 Columbus Children's Theater (512 Park St., Columbus 614-224-6673 Sept. 16 – Children’s Matinee Series: Committed – Students of all ages from Central Ohio schools are invited to the McCoy Center to experience a mini-performance and educational workshop. The focus is on Vocals and interactive demonstrations. Study guides are distributed to the participating schools to provide background information on the artists, lead up cross-curricular activities for teachers, and post matinee materials.. 10AM-11AM FREE McCoy Center for the Performing Arts (100 W. DublinGranville Road, New Albany 614-245-4701 Sept. 16 – Waterfire – 8-10PM FREE City of Columbus (3909 N. High St., Columbus 614299-9221 Sept. 17-24 – Delaware County Fair 2011 – Featuring petting zoo, pig races, camel rides and school bus races.. 8AM-8PM $5 Delaware County Fairgrounds (236 Pennsylvania Ave., Delaware 740-362-3851 Sept. 17 – Annual New Americans Celebration – Celebrate the Ethiopian New Year! The event includes a children’s area with face painting, games and other activities along with samplings of an endless array of African and other cultural cuisine, a mesmerizing fashion show with a rainbow of cultural costumes, shop the

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Find healthy, locally grown produce – including yummy Ohio sweet corn – at farmers markets across the area, including this new one started in Reynoldsburg this year. The Reynoldsburg Farmers Market runs 3:30-6:30 p.m. Thursdays (Sept. 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29) in the city’s Huber Park, at East Main Street and Haft Drive.

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A youngster blows his horn while playing dress up as Robin Hood during the 2010 Upper Arlington Labor Day Arts Festival. The 2011 rendition of the festival is set for 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 5 in the city’s Northam Park, 2800 Tremont Road. Ethiopian marketplace for traditional Ethiopian clothing, wares and jewelry the traditional and aromatic Ethiopian coffee ceremony and much more.. 9AM-6PM FREE Whitehall Parks & Recreation (402 N. Hamilton Rd., Columbus 614-8630121 Sept. 17 – India Festival – The annual India Festival celebrates the art, food, music and culture of India. Don’t miss this cultural extravaganza of exhibits and performances, entertainment, food, games, fashion, health clinic, fireworks, business seminars, IT technical seminars, career fairs and much more.. 10AM10PM FREE Veterans Memorial (300 W. Broad St., Columbus 877-342-6412 Sept. 17 – Kids Expo – Does it seem like your kids are growing to a larger clothing size every day? Is the garage full of sporting equipment? If so, sell your gently used items at the Kids Expo! Looking for gently used sporting equipment, baby items, kids clothing, school uniforms, or teen apparel? Come to the Kids Expo!. 10AM-2PM FREE Reynoldsburg Parks & Recreation (Huber Park, Reynoldsburg 614-3226806 Sept. 17-18 – Jack Hanna’s Fall Fest – Join Jungle Jack Hanna and his animal friends for a festival of the harvest season. With special demonstrations including basket weaving and pumpkin carving, kid friendly entertainment and all your favorite seasonal treats this event offers something for everyone!. 10AM-5PM $9 Columbus Zoo & Aquarium (9900 Riverside Dr., Powell 614-645-3550 Sept. 17-18 – Talk like a Pirate Weekend – Pirate re-enactors from around the country will bring their colorful language and manners to the ship for lots of fun and frolic.. 11AM-5PM $5 The Santa Maria (25 Marconi Blvd., Columbus 614-645-8760 Sept. 23 – 4th Friday: School Daze – Everyone is invited to this family-friendly community event! The Westerville Visitors & Convention Bureau is proud to showcase the students, staff and academic excellence of the Westerville City Schools.


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Ian Pugh chomps into deep-fried butter offered on the midway for $4 for a tray of three.

(of the fair) Although the American Medical Association might not approve, Ohio State Fair’s foods are popular with patrons, as SNP photographer Dan Trittschuh discovered Thursday, July 28

Robert Thornsbrough puts the top layer on a Donut Burger which sells for $8. ABOVE: Joyce Konrath offers up fried mozzarella on a stick, fresh from the fryer for $3.50. Cristina Woods samples the “Muddy Pigs,” chocolate covered bacon. One stick cost $3 or three for $5.

LEFT: A cherry tomato tops the Pork Parfait at the Ohio Pork Producers booth in the “Taste of Ohio” exhibit. The cup, which sells for $5.50 is filled with mashed potatoes, pulled pork, barbecue sauce, cheese and tomato.

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TALE Continued from Page 2 Alexandra, who lives in Worthington with her family, has had stories published in several Diocesan Young Authors Exhibit collections, as well as in the Writer’s Pot collections, which feature the best compositions from students in Catholic schools in the Columbus area. She self-published two books on, called One Morning I Looked in the Mirror and Saw... and The Coin. “I love the feeling of expressing myself and letting my creativity flow through my pen, into the paper,” she said. Alexandra’s interests include more than literary pursuits. She was in the school’s Oratorical Club last year and a zone finalist in the oratorical competition; played Dorothy in the school’s production of The Wizard of Oz; was a third-time state final-

ist in the History Day competition; a finalist in Invention Convention; and ranked in the top 30 percent in the Math Counts competition. She plays the clarinet and the piano, with performances featured on YouTube, and is a Guild State finalist. “I have been learning piano for about six years now and I am very passionate about it,” she said. “Playing piano, singing and writing are wonderful gifts that inspire me and make me happy.” Alexandra also runs track and cross country, plays tennis and swims competitively. She participates in the school talent show, Safety Patrol, Snowboard Club and student council. “My dream is to graduate from an Ivy League school and become a doctor and a published fiction author -- if I have the time,” she said. “I definitely want to con-

tinue writing as I mature and hope to become a well-known author. “I see writing as something I will be taking with me my entire life and hopefully sharing it with future generations,” she said. “I also love drawing and painting and enjoy illustrating my stories.” Perry Donham, publisher of KidPub Press, said his company is the largest publisher of books written by children, with about 200 titles currently in print. He said young authors earn 15 percent to 20 percent royalty on each book sale. The company features a writing club on its website and also publishes eBooks for the Kindle and Nook. “One of our goals is to get kids fired up about writing by involving them in all phases of the publishing process, from edit to layout to cover design and on into marketing and sales,” he said.

dors, bountiful beers, lively music, crafts, and games.. 5-11p.m. Sept. 23, noon-11 p.m. Sept. 24 and noon-8 p.m. Sept. 25 at Ohio State Expo Center (717 E. 17th Ave., Columbus 614-6443247 Admission is free; nominal fee for parking. Sept. 24 – Blacklick Creek Celebration – Enjoy a fun-filled day wading in the creek, catching and releasing creek animals, riding the tram, fish printing, viewing displays and more. Bring a clean t-shirt (do not use fabric softener) for fish printing. Wear closed-toed shoes to wade in the creek.. 1-4PM FREE Blacklick Woods Metro Park (6975 E. Livingston Ave.,

Reynoldsburg 614-891-0700 Sept. 30 – Family Friday Night – COSI stays open late for family-friendly fun the last Friday of every month! You can explore science, discover fun, and stay late! General admission is only $8 after 5 p.m. and includes all of COSI’s permanent exhibitions plus a movie on the 7 story Extreme Screen theater, a savings of $11.75!. 5-9PM $8 COSI – Center of Science and Industry (333 W. Broad St., Columbus 614-228-2674 Sept. 30 – Waterfire – 8-10PM FREE City of Columbus (3909 N. High St., Columbus 614299-9221

EVENTS Continued from Page 11 Otterbein University and well as other area educational opportunities will also be highlighted. Enjoy live music, food, children’s activities, street vendors, special displays and extended hours in the Uptown shops!. 6-9PM FREE Uptown Westerville (Downtown Westerville, Westerville 614-794-0401 Sept. 23-25 – Columbus Oktoberfest – Celebrate at the 2011 Columbus Oktoberfest! Schmidt’s Restaurant and Sausage Haus will be present along with numerous other food ven-


Continued from Page 6 sponses to poor student behavior have the potential to make ADHD children react in a negative way, making matters worse. This kind of adult response might happen, for example, when a child talks out in class after the teacher has asked several times for the child to not do so. The automatic adult response is often something like, “I told you three times not interrupt.” For some ADHD students, this kind of admonition, especially in front of the whole class, causes embarrassment, humiliation, feelings of defeat, and leads to an angry outburst. What is helpful for administrators and teachers to know is that sometimes a light hand on the shoulder or a whispered reminder to “raise your hand” works wonderfully. The strategy here is to remind school personnel that ADHD children really want to perform and do well in class, even though it might not look like it sometimes. We all want a positive and successful school year for our children. For parents of kids with ADHD, a little more effort is required, but these kinds of proactive conversations can avert frustration and distrust, and can form the foundation for a happy and productive experience.

Earl B. Oremus is headmaster of Marburn Academy.



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STUDENTS globally aware and it gets them feeling like they just don’t belong to Ohio or the United States, but that they are global citizens,” she said. Some other differences Berger has seen throughout the years include how much the students from both cultures are interested in sugary sweets and how much more casual and fluent in American language and culture the Japanese students have become. On July 28, both groups of students got together to share their differing heritages during the annual Cultural Exchange. Wellington students made brownies, pop-

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corn and waffles for the Japanese students to sample along with soft drinks. “It’s funny to see how we have snacks and pop and they have real meals,” said Trepp, referring to the somen wheat noodles and tea the exchange students served up. Kentaro Atsukawa said it is a misconception in Japan that Americans eat more than they do. But he was most surprised by how little his American friends want to stop and eat throughout their day trips. Another difference the two groups of students realized during their time together is that certain common gestures in America can mean something totally different in Japanese culture. “We’d been hugging them all week, because that’s just what we do with friends, and then we found out that in their country, touching someone means that you’re dating,” said Wellington senior Annie Kapp. In addition to offering up cultural treats at the exchange, both groups of students shared their favorite games. Wellington students showcased football, lacrosse and basketball, while the Japanese students explained how to play a game called ohajiki. The object of the game is to hold small colored stones in the palm of the hand, throw them into the air and catch as many as possible on the back of the hand. “Right away, Natsumi seemed to take on with the kids and even though they couldn’t understand each other, they played

piano and games and put together puzzles,” said Shelly Unverferth, whose daughter Audrey and son Declan have learned to get along without words with their exchange sister Natsumi Yamagishi. Unverferth said her family is planning a trip to Japan so they can trade roles with Natsumi and get to know her family and her town the way Japanese students have done in Upper Arlington. The exchange students’ trip leader, Hi-

royuki Sekine, is an English teacher at Bunri’s school. He said it’s learning to converse more comfortably with Americans that draws the school to participate in the program each year. “When they are in Japan, they have no chance to talk with students their age, so they come to America to have that chance to talk with them and spend time with their families, and that is a very important experience for my students, I think,” he said.

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Shelly Unverferth and her son Declan, a third-grader at Wellington, play ohajiki at the student Cultural Exchange. Unverferth and her children attended the exchange to learn more about the lifestyle of Natsumi Yamagishi, a Japanese student who shared their home for two weeks in July.


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