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INSIDE: THE 2018 MID-SOUTH BABY & KIDS EXPO GUIDE AND

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10 Health Matters Coping with a colicky baby

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ENJOYING THE BABY YEARS AND MORE! Last month, in a desperate effort to hold on to the family dynamic I’ve known for the last two decades, my husband John and I took our children on an epic spring break vacation — a cruise in the Caribbean to celebrate family. With my oldest child being so busy with internships and travel abroad now that he’s in college, a summer vacation with the whole family didn’t materialize. When I look at that picture above, I still can’t believe that my children are as big as they are now. My sweet little baby Bliss just turned 7, my sons, Peter and Everett, are wrapping up their freshman and Monday-Friday 9 - 1pm - $375/week sophomore years in high school, while my oldest, John, will be 20 years old in May. Where did the time go?! It seems they were just babies “yesterday,” and I had no clue what I was doing as a new parent. What happens when you find out that you’re having a baby, especially if you’re a first-time parent, is that it can generate all sorts of feelings — from excitement to a little bit of apprehension, or perhaps a lot of apprehension. It’s the fear of the unknown. And when you’veClass been that Really Rocks A even Kids’ Music Jamquestions with Music for Aardvarks, Memphis! an established mom or dad for a while, there are still soCome many An interactive music program for children 6 months to 5 years and their parents/caregivers to be answered. Now Registering for Summer Classes My husband and I have learned along our•journey of New parenthood Straight from York City that • Great music it is definitely on-the-job training. However,•you can learn a lot from Winne Live guitar and storytelling, singing and dancing r • Funarticles for parents too! the way. talking to other parents and reading books and along A Kid’s Music Class that Really Rocks We hope with this issue of Memphis Parent that allwelcome the newbie Newcomers to drop in for one FREE class Come Jam with Music for Aardvarks, Memphis! parents out there find insightful articles to share in their experiences of An interactive music program for children 6 months to 5 years and their parents/caregivers approaching parenthood, from babyproofing the home to colicky babies Summer Registration Starting Soon! to taking care of yourself. It’s a wild and wonderful ride that goes by so • Great Music quickly. Enjoy every moment, just like we did on our family vacation. • Live guitar and storytelling, singing and dancing

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HEALTH MATTERS

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After 30 too-short minutes of blissful and quiet cooing, the baby’s happy little face distorts into a grimace and the crying begins. Mom mentally checks off the list of everything that she can do, despite knowing what’s to come — his diaper is clean, and he’s been fed, burped, and swaddled. She’s tried advice given to her by family members and healthcare providers, but nothing she does seems to work. Now all that’s left is to hold him while he wails. She looks at her baby and wonders what he’s feeling and what she’s doing wrong. His arms and feet are scrunched tightly to his body and his stomach is bloated and gassy as he fights and screams inconsolably for hours on end. She fights back her own tears. Her frustration, like his, is palpable. For parents, particularly first-timers, there are few things more intense and frustrating than caring for a baby with colic. Seen worldwide yet defying medical explanation, colic is, according to many health experts, a completely normal part of early infancy for some babies. Whether a product of temperament or diet, colic just happens. And whether your infant will be

Atoka, Tennessee, sometimes knowing it will be over soon doesn’t always fix the emotional toil colic takes on parents and caregivers. “Having a colicky baby often one of the approximate 20 to 25 percent of leads the parent to feel frustrated and even babies it happens to seems to be lonely,” says Goulder. “Mothers, and new unpredictable and the (bad) luck of the mothers especially, sometimes feel that draw. they should be the ones to soothe their Often beginning within the first weeks of baby, so I always let them know it is okay to life and peaking at six to eight weeks in 50 take breaks for themselves.” percent of cases, colic has been the focus Beyond the inconsolable wailing, “Sleep of pediatric research for decades. In 1954, deprivation is a huge issue with a colicky Morris Wessel, a pediatrician at Yale, baby, which we know leads to more anxiety published a paper in the journal Pediatrics and frustration,” says Goulder. She noting “the Rule of Threes” in diagnosing a encourages any parent dealing with the baby with colic. If a healthy infant cries for enormous stress of a colicky infant to take more than three hours a day, more than "time outs" for themselves and to call on three days a week, and for longer than family members or friends to help. “Go on a three weeks, the elusive “colic” diagnosis is date, get a pedicure, spend some time often given, although treatment outdoors, or just lie on the couch … it will suggestions are highly likely to vary among keep their mind better prepared for being a practitioners. An infant that meets these better parent to their colicky baby if they criteria should always be seen by a can rejuvenate themselves every now and pediatrician to rule out other potential then.” medical problems, even if parents suspect Goulder also recommends finding others it’s colic. dealing with the same struggle to exchange Despite its vague definition and coping strategies. “I always recommend treatment, one thing everyone can agree joining support groups online to see what on, especially if they have seen or cared for other parents are doing. Encouragement a colicky baby, is that it’s a distressing time. from other parents will ease the mind, as According to Regina Goulder, family nurse well.” practitioner at Methodist Medical Group in

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DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. Remembering the dreamer, 50 years later

April 4, 1968, is a pivotal date in history that forever changed lives here in Memphis and across this country. Fifty years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. came to Memphis to help sanitation workers achieve better working conditions and living wages. Dr. King was assassinated in this city by James Earl Ray at the Lorraine Motel. This April, the city of Memphis will honor Dr. King’s legacy through numerous events hosted by the mayor's office and the National Civil Rights Museum, along with many other independent events commemorating Dr. King’s life. Memphis Parent is highlighting a few events that are open to families and children of all ages.

A WOMAN AND HER MUSIC: A MLK50 TRIBUTE

IT'S UP TO US

Sunday, April 1, 4-6 p.m. Clayborn Temple • 294 Hernando St.

Tuesday, April 3, 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.; 6:30-9:30 p.m. Clayborn Temple • 294 Hernando St.

A Woman and Her Music: a MLK50 Tribute will feature music by Memphian and acclaimed African-American composer Earnestine Rodgers Robinson with a screening of the award-winning documentary, Hidden Treasure. The documentary has been featured at film festivals across the country. It tells her amazing story of composing music and her experience of moving into and living in the Lorraine Motel shortly after Dr. King was assassinated there. The event will feature live performances by soloists Valetta Brinson and Jonathan Blanchard along with the White Station High School choir. This event is a chance for the public to get a preview of an invitation-only MLK50 concert that the Memphis Symphony Orchestra is hosting where Opera Singer Jessye Norman will perform Ms. Robinson’s music. A Woman and Her Music is free and open to the public.

A special screening by Indie Memphis of the film Let Freedom Sing hosted by actor LeVar Burton will include a pre-show performance featuring a string chamber orchestra of IRIS musicians and University of Memphis Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music Chamber Strings students, and Black Arts Alliance singers, dancers, and poets. Special guest speaker, the Rev. Dr. Harold Middlebrook, will also offer his unique story of the friendship and collaboration he shared with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Free admission. To RSVP call (720) 227-4669 or email rarendt@ irisorchestra.org.

WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE? A VIEW FROM THE MOUNTAINTOP

The National Civil Rights Museum will host An Evening of Storytelling at Crosstown Concourse. This signature event will be the culmination of a yearlong MLK50 commemoration marking the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. An Evening of Storytelling will bring living icons of the early civil rights movement and emerging social justice leaders together for an intimate look at the American Civil Rights Movement from its past foundations of the 1950s and 1960s to the mobilizations and grassroots organizing happening now. With anecdotes, moderated discourse, music, dance, and art, the crowning event for MLK50 will explore how past activism laid the groundwork for current action and how new civil rights movement makers are working to advance the social justice legacy of Dr. King.

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Monday, April 2, 5-7 p.m. Halloran Centre for Performing Arts and Education • 203 S. Main St.

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Shelby County Schools commemorates the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a program that will highlight student talent from across the district through dance, song, art, and speech. The evening will start with a reception and art walk, where students will have the opportunity to explain the vision behind their pieces honoring Dr. King. After the interactive art gallery, you will enjoy student performances, and guest speakers will select their favorite excerpt from Dr. King and how it affects educational or social equity and equality today.

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EARLY YEARS

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BABY POWDER Baby powder is used by many parents when changing diapers to prevent friction and absorb extra moisture. For many parents, the sweet smell of baby powder is synonymous with an infant. However, there is a real risk of powder inhalation that can occur when applying powder to the child, as it is almost impossible to keep the powder out of the air. In some cases, the child may play with the powder or even confuse it with a bottle. Inhaling the powder can actually cause breathing problems, severe lung damage, and even death. While only a small percentage of children may experience breathing problems and complications, this © E S O L E X | D R E A M S T I M E .C O M is an unnecessary risk given that there is no real medical indication for these BABYPROOFING YOUR HOME buried dangers like pins or coins.” powders. Therefore, pediatricians generally Baby-proofing your home is essential to Although childproofing a home can never recommend against using these products. keeping children safe. Their view of the be 100 percent effective, Helms stresses world takes on an entirely different that parents should always supervise their If you do choose to use these products on perspective when it’s just inches off the children, especially around water, in the your child, keep these things in mind: ground. Susan Helms, LeBonheur’s Director kitchen or bathroom, and wherever known  Keep the powder away from the child’s of Injury Prevention and Safe Kids Midhazards exist. face. South offers a few simple tips on how to  Put the powder in your hands first, prevent injuries. HERE ARE 10 WAYS TO BABYPROOF away from the baby, and then apply to YOUR HOME: the baby’s skin. CURIOUS KIDS DON’T ALWAYS  Move appliances, breakables, and  Only use it sparingly, and remember to UNDERSTAND DANGER cords out of reach. Be sure to keep keep the bottle put away so that Keeping children safe is always a top priority these items away from cribs and children don’t have access to it. for parents. Unfortunately, accidents bathing and diaper-changing areas. happen around the house and children may  Change your baby's diaper on a low Products made with cornstarch should be fall out of their crib or run into a sharp surface so he or she cannot roll off. used instead of products made with talc, as corner and injure themselves. But many Changing your child on the floor is a these particles are larger and more difficult childhood injuries are easily preventable if good alternative. to inhale, but they may still cause problems. parents properly babyproof their home.  Take any large stuffed animals, bumpers, Don’t use these products around any high“The best way to find potential dangers is and pillows out of your child’s crib so risk patients with pre-existing lung problems, to explore your home at a child’s level by your child can’t climb out. such as premature infants, children with getting down on your hands and knees,”  Place corner guards on sharp edges, recent lung infections, or those with asthma. Helms says. “Cover every room and ask such as table corners or fireplaces. Alternative options to treat diaper rash yourself what looks tempting and what is  Place a baby gate at the top and include over the counter creams and within reach (between the floor and about bottom of the staircase. ointments. 40 inches above). Also, check carpets for  Cover all electrical outlets.


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Kids Zone — Education and fun activities, which will include free face painting by Fairys & Frogs Face Painting, visits from and photo opportunities with popular children's characters, and an inflatable obstacle course. Baptist Children's Hospital will be on hand to provide information on staying healthy and will sponsor a special Teddy Bear Clinic where children can bring their "injured” plush friend for a little TLC to make them all better again! Visitors to this zone will be eligible to sign up for special door prizes.

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Breastfeeding Zone — Come visit area experts for answers to all your questions! We will give you information to help you get started, stay successful, and access resources you might need along the way. Representatives from the Memphis Area Lactation Consultants Association, Shelby County Breastfeeding Coalition, and area hospitals will be staffing this area. Memphis Moms Blog is sponsoring and setting up a comfy nursing and diaper changing area as part of this zone. Visitors to this area will be eligible to enter a special drawing for breastfeeding items that will include nursing pillows and other accessories.

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Safety Zone — Come learn about all aspects of baby and child safety: home, car, sleeping, and lots more. There will be ongoing demos throughout the day on car seat safety and examples of home safety for all ages of children. The Brian Callies Foundation and Ministries will be providing child IDs that include pictures and fingerprints, as well as free gun locks and tips for setting up an emergency healthcare folder. Visitors to this area will be eligible for special door prizes that will include car seats, Pack ’n Plays, and safety items.

Baby Wearing Show — Sponsored by Baby Wearing International of Memphis (times to be announced) Hourly door prize drawings starting at 11 a.m. and grand door prize drawing ($1,000 value) at 2:45 p.m.

A D D I T I O N A L I N F O R M AT I O N: Mid South Baby and Kids Expo is celebrating 15 years of providing a fun, educational event for families. This family-friendly event is open to the community; our goal is to educate all parents so that they can make wise, healthy choices for their families. Participants have a unique opportunity to gather information — under one roof — about the wonderful resources in our community. The expo features one-of-a-kind shopping items that can’t be found anywhere else. Fun activities are available for all age children and their parents. Please visit us on Facebook in the coming weeks for additional information about activities and vendors and chances to win free tickets. Adult tickets are $5 and admission is free for children 12 and under. Check out our website, midsouthbabyandkidsexpo.com, as we will continue to add vendors and additional information up until the event.


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BLUEPRINT FOR SUCCESS:

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Test-taking season for many area students is right around the corner A test is simply defined as an exercise to measure the skills, knowledge, intelligence, capacities, or aptitudes of an individual or group, according to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary. Mastering the skill of taking a test is more complicated. For the past few months I have introduced you and your child to four study skills or building blocks for learning: individual learning strengths, goal setting, time management, and listening skills. In this final article in the Study Guide series, I will give you a list of test-taking tips to add to your child’s study skills tool box. By remembering and using the skills, your child can become a strong student and a skilled test taker! Your child’s knowledge is tested or evaluated daily through classwork, class discussions, projects, and homework. However, the following tips are directed toward the more formal testing, such as a semester exam to help determine a final grade or a standardized test to demonstrate annual yearly progress. • Daily preparation for a test: • Use learning strengths when studying. • Do classwork and ask questions when you don’t understand. • Stick to a schedule of doing, completing, and handing in homework. Ask for help if you don’t understand something. • Listen in class and participate in class discussions. • Write down information as the teacher tells you to or take notes on your own. Review the information/notes every night. • Review a little each night before a test. • Get a good night’s sleep and have breakfast before school.

TAKING THE TEST: • Have an “I can do this!” attitude. You’ve studied. You’re ready. • Read and listen to all directions carefully. Pay attention to specific keywords such as: bubble, circle, underline, answer in complete sentences, etc. • Glance over the test to get a feel for the type and length of the test. • Budget your time so that you can try to finish. • Don’t waste time. Work carefully and methodically. • Don’t panic. If you don’t know the answer to a question right away, put a little plus sign beside it and come back to it after you have answered all of the questions that you do know. • If it is allowed, ask the teacher to rephrase a question for you so that you understand what the question is asking. • If you start to start to feel tense, stop for a few seconds, take a deep breath, relax, and then continue. • Proofread your work to make sure that you have answered all of the questions, your answers are clearly and correctly marked (circled, underlined, etc.), and you have made no careless mistakes. Erase stray marks. TIPS FOR DIFFERENT TYPES OF TESTS Multiple Choice • Guess your answer before reading your choices. Then read your choices. • If you aren’t sure which answer is correct, eliminate the ones you know are wrong. • Watch for noun-verb agreement to give you a hint at the correct answer.

correct answer may be “all of the above” or “none of the above.” True/False • There are usually more true answers than false answers. If you have to guess, mark “True.” • Read the questions carefully. The answer is usually true if the statement contains words such as generally, usually, most, often, and seldom. • The statement is probably false if there are cue words such as always, never, everybody, none Matching • Read all parts of both columns carefully before you begin. • Lightly cross out matches as you go so you don’t reread and waste time. • Skip a word on the left column if you do not know the match and come back to it when you have completed the rest of the matches. Essay • Jot down facts you want to include such as names, places, dates, main ideas, etc. on a separate piece of paper or in the column of the test before you begin so that you don’t forget them. • Make a quick outline. • Fewer words are better than too many. Watch your time, stick to your outline and include the facts. DISCUSSION • Make an outline. Have an introduction, body, and conclusion. Jot down details you want to include. • Know what the topic is asking. Watch for keywords like compare, contrast, discuss, list, and explain. • FILL IN THE BLANK • If the choices are listed, cross out each one as you use it. • Watch for noun-verb agreement. • Read the completed sentence. Does it make sense?

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WELLNESS & MOMMYHOOD Taking care of a baby means taking care of yourself By JAMIE KLAZMER

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It’s 3 a.m. I just rocked my 2-year-old back to sleep after hearing cries and yells for mama. In those moments, I try to remind myself she will only call out for me so long and be this little once. In the morning she will rub her eyes, forget all about what happened the night before, and together we will conquer our long to-do lists (hers consisting of playing, eating, pooping, more playing ... you get the picture).

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I’ve learned over the past two years that the job description of a mom comes with about a million and one to-dos and doesn’t come with a how-to manual. When I first became a mom, I felt an intense pressure to present myself as “put-together” and prove to the world I could do it all; all the while suffering from severe cystic hormonal acne, working on little-to-no sleep, adjusting to a completely new lifestyle, and feeling guilt that I wasn’t doing enough as a stay-at-home mom (although doesn’t it seem unfair we don’t get paid as moms, considering it’s the most challenging and demanding job I’ve ever taken). MOMMY STRUGGLES My lifetime battle with anxiety didn’t help the situation, and I soon realized I was falling backwards down a rabbit hole. Similar feelings were felt when my husband and I were trying to get pregnant and failing. During that journey, I learned that what the fertility doctors, medications, and “unexplained infertility diagnosis” (yes, that’s a true medical term) couldn’t teach me was what I needed most — to relax. Easier said than done, right? This required some lifestyle

changes to reduce stress, find balance, live happier, and nourish my body. All of which I took part in prior to falling pregnant naturally, after trying for just short of two years. Fast-forward to becoming a new mom and figuring out my own mommy manual with the help of Google, advice (some solicited, some not), and my intuition. I now had a reliant and beautiful living human that required so much from me, and my number one goal became to provide her with the best and healthiest environment, nutrition, and care I could. While that is still a priority, I learned over time that I am a better mommy and wife when my own wants and needs are met. It is neither selfish nor a luxury, but rather a necessity, to indulge in some self-care. My health and wellness journey pre/post pregnancy, an urge I had to help my own family live happy and healthier lives, and a yearning to help other moms do the same, further peaked an interest and a longing I had wanted to pursue for a long time. In the midst of moving to Memphis with a 6-month-old baby in tow, I set out on a journey that would change my life forever and completed a certification to become a lifestyle and wellness coach.


“AS A NEW MOM, IT IS EASY TO LOSE A SENSE OF YOURSELF AND YOUR OLD IDENTITY, BUT THAT IS NOT YOUR DESTINY.”

The biggest lesson I learned through this experience is that wellness is not just about what you put on your plate, but it involves every aspect of your life. FORM A WELLNESS TRIBE A big way to help with your personal wellness is through connecting with others. Isn’t it nice when you can let your hair down and just be yourself? When you can share your personal passion, struggles, or vision for the future, and have someone to turn to with questions, someone who actually “gets” you on a deeper level? That’s what a wellness tribe is all about! A wellness tribe is a group of people who share a common interest in wellness, who get together to exchange ideas and provide mutual support, and who gain inspiration from collective empowerment. The concept of tribes is ingrained in human history, and was used to refer to groups of people who shared land and followed certain ways of life for many generations. But in modern times, we can

So what can you do to create a wellness tribe if you don’t have one? ATTEND A MEETUP. Meetup.com is a great resource for local gatherings centered around nearly any topic you can imagine, including wellness or even specific areas of wellness, such as nutrition, fitness, mental health, certain conditions, energy healing, you name it! See what you can find in your area and attend a few meetups to connect with wellness-loving people in your area. ORGANIZE A GATHERING. If you have a few friends or acquaintances who are also interested in wellness, schedule a get-together at your place, or meet for lunch at a healthy cafe once a month. You can share your latest personal wellness practices, favorite recipes, books, challenges, or tips. Keep it regular so you stay connected, and use social media to

share virtually between gatherings. BECOME A REGULAR AT A LOCAL WELLNESS HUB. Whether it’s a yoga studio, a cafe, or a meditation center, chances are that there’s someplace in your area where wellnessloving people are already coming together, so go there and check it out. A real tribe is one you come in contact with regularly, so once you find a place you like, make it a part of your schedule to attend. You’re likely to meet new people and keep the connection alive even outside that particular hub. TIPS FOR A SUCCESSFUL WELLNESS TRIBE Wellness tribes that connect in person will have a stronger bond, but digital tribes can be great, too. Find a virtual wellness program that has a community element so you can interact with others regularly, or find forums or Facebook groups focused on topics that interest you. Consistency is key when it comes to tribes. You won’t get the deeper feeling of connection if you jump around from one group to another, so find one you like and stick with it or start your own. As a new mom, it is easy to lose a sense of yourself and your old identity, but that is not your destiny. You have the power and the ability to be the woman you desire. Whatever stage of motherhood you are in, don’t ever be afraid to ask for help, listen to your inner voice, and go after what you want.

Jamie (jamiesarah.com) is the wife to a native Memphian, mom to a beautiful 2-year-old daughter, and has a baby on the way.

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APRIL CALENDAR GALLERY TALK: BL ACK RESISTANCE WITH BARBARA ANDREWS. MEMPHIS BROOKS MUSEUM OF ART.

Sunday, April 15, 2-3 p.m. Barbara Andrews, former director of education and interpretation at the National Civil Rights Museum shares her knowledge about this pivotal moment in our history through discussion of the photographs by Ernest Withers.

Free with admission. 544-6200. 1 ∙ SUNDAY

Beauty and the Beast (animated 2D repertory film). CTI 3D Giant Theater @ Pink Palace Museum. Weekends in April at 4 p.m. Families watch their favorite movies on the big screen at the Pink Palace. $10/adult. $8/child ages 3 and up. 636-2362.

2 ∙ MONDAY

Tea & Toddlers. Universal Parenting Place @ Christ Community Health Services. Mondays from noon until 2:45 p.m. Parents are invited for a weekly parenting topic while tots enjoy toddler time over refreshments. Free. RSVP to brittany.hart@ christchs.org or call 701-2871 for details.

All Shook Up. Up Sparks Chapel @ Briarcrest Christian School. Through April 7. Thursday & Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 2 & 7 p.m. Middle school students present this spring musical featuring the hits of Elvis. $10/adult. $5/child. Visit briarcrest.com for details.

Free Family Art Workshop: Summer Art Camp Sneak Preview. Memphis College of Art. 2-4 p.m. Open to all ages and experience levels. Free, donations go toward youth scholarship fund (recommended donation is $10 per family). Walk-ins are welcome on a first-come, first-served basis. Visit mca.edu/community to register online.

8 ∙ SUNDAY

Mini Masters. Dixon Gallery and Gardens. Tuesdays, 10:30-11:15 a.m. $8/child. Call 761-5250 to preregister and pre-pay by noon the day before class.

Peter Pan. The Orpheum. Through April 8. Friday at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday at 2 & 7:30 p.m.; Sunday at 2 p.m. Ballet Memphis presents this visual treat of original Peter Pan, last staged in 2014. $7-$75. Visit tickets.balletmemphis.org to make reservations.

Wild Lunch at Lichterman. Lichterman Nature Center. Tuesdays through Saturdays at noon. Free with admission. 636-2210.

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Family Cooking Class. Church Health Nutrition Hub. Six-week series begins Tuesday, April 3, at 6 p.m. Families learn how to cook healthier meals together inexpensively. Free. Registration required. Go to churchhealth.org/nutrition to register.

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Sprouts. Dixon Gallery and Gardens. Thursdays, 10:30-11 a.m. This new interactive program for toddlers and their caregivers helps build social and motor skills and encourage creative play. $8. Reservations required. 761-5250.

1837 and considered the “cradle of Catholicism” in Memphis. Free. 523-1484.

Memphis Riverfront Soccer Tournament - SemiFinals and Championship. Tom Lee Park. April 8 is Semi-finals from 1 to 3:30 p.m., and April 15 is Championship Tournament from 1 to 2:15 p.m. Soccer teams take the field for the third year to battle it out for the Memphis Riverfront Cup. Bring a picnic basket and cheer on adult co-ed teams. Free. Go to memphisriverfront.com for details.

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4 ∙ WEDNESDAY

Toddler Time. Baptist Memorial Hospital for Women. Wednesdays from 10:30 a.m. until noon. Discover the joys and challenges of parenting toddlers through meet & greet, play, and activities. Free. 227-9558. Music for Aardvarks. Universal Parenting Place @ Christ Community Health Services. On select Wednesdays (April 4 & 18) from noon until 1 p.m. Early Childhood Music Class. Free. RSVP to brittany.hart@christchs.org or call 701-2871.

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Family Studio. Dixon Gallery and Gardens. 10 a.m. until noon. Free. 761-5250.

Down to Earth Festival. Shelby Farms Park. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Features a Junior Fishing Rodeo, high-adventure play, live music, local/sustainable food options, family fun, and eco-friendly vendors. Archery: $3/person. Inflatables: $1/ticket or $10 for unlimited play. Knocker ball: $5/person. Petting Zoo: $3/child. Jr. Fishing Rodeo (10:30 a.m.-1 p.m.): Free. Pre-registration required. Cornhole Tournament at noon. Limited to 20 teams. Day of registration: $30 (includes $5 parking fee). Early registration discount available. Benefits Shelby Farms Park Conservancy. Go to shelbyfarmspark. org for details. Magevney House Tour. Magevney House. 1-4 p.m. Visit the oldest home in the city constructed circa

Wee Wednesday: Nature. Westminster Academy. 9 a.m. At this Mommy and Me event, preschool-aged children learn about the beauty of the seasons and plant a flower. Free. Refreshments provided. 380-9192.

13 ∙ FRIDAY

Mixed Media Fun! St. Agnes Academy-St. Dominic School. 3:30-4:30 p.m. Students in grades 1-5 create a 3D abstract watercolor painting using a variety of mediums including colored Sharpies, oil pastels, watercolor pencils, crayons, tape, and salt. Free. Visit saa-sds.org for details.

14 ∙ SATURDAY

Collierville Kite Day. Hinton Park. 9-11 a.m. Families will fly their kites and register to win prizes for the most unique kite, highest flying kite, and more. Food trucks available on site. Free. 457-2777.


including arts & crafts, face painting and games, vendors, and door prizes. $5/adult. Free for kids 12 and under. Visit midsouthbabyandkidsexpo.com for details. Healthy Kids Day. YMCA at Schilling Farms. 10 a.m. until noon. Ages 3-12. Enjoy activities including obstacle course, moon bounce, face painting, games, and crafts. Sign up for summer day camp and save $75. Free. 850-9622.

FAMILIES MATTER FAMILY FUN DAY. Shelby Farms Park. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Features games, activities, live music and entertainment, children’s attractions, and concessions. Free activities, minimal cost for concessions. 260-8521.

Broad Avenue Spring Art Walk. Broad Avenue Arts District. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Features local artists, music by School of Rock, Collage Dance Collective performances, a children’s area, fresh produce/homemade goods, and food trucks. Broad Avenue merchants offer ‘sidewalk specials’ throughout the day. Free. Go to broadavearts.com/events for details. Library Tunes & Tales. At area libraries including Central, Bartlett, Cordova, Collierville, and Germantown. 11 a.m. The musical families of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra present a story set to music. Free. 537-2500.

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Earth Day Family Campout. Shelby Farms Park. 5 p.m.-9 a.m. Celebrate Earth Day with an overnight adventure featuring a guided nocturnal nature hike, sustainable arts and crafts, campfire cooking, an outdoor movie, and more. $10/person. Go to shelbyfarmspark.org for details

21 ∙ SATURDAY

Mid-South Baby & Kids Expo. The Agricenter. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Features education/community resources, healthcare experts, Daddy Zone, children’s activities

Kids in the Garden: Celebrating Earth Day. Dixon Gallery and Gardens. 10 a.m. until noon. Children ages 7-10 celebrate Earth Day exploring the natural wonders and going green and getting dirty! $15. Snack and tools included. Reservations required. 761-5250. Spotlight Saturday: Public Works. Morton Museum of Collierville History. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Families explore the Public Works topic through crafts, demos, and living history. Free. 457-2650. Alice in Wonderland Tea Party at the Garden. MBG. 1-4 p.m. Cause Play presents this Tea Time in the Garden. Features craft projects, photos with characters, Eat Me treats, and snacks by Frost Bake Shop. $20. Reservations required. 636-4100. The Princess Grand Tea Party & Play Date. Heartsong Church. 1:30-3 p.m. Girls ages 3 and up dress up in their princess outfits for this play date. Activities include face painting, nail painting, glam tattoos, and a grand parade to close the event. $20/child. $5/adult. Both parent and child ticket required for tea party. Advance discounts available. 870-4348.

27 ∙ FRIDAY

Black Violin. The Orpheum. 7:30 p.m. Wil B and Kev Marcus, classically trained viola and violin players, are returning to the Orpheum for another toe-tapping performance. $20-$40. Call 525-3000 for tickets.

28 ∙ SATURDAY

V&E Artwalk. V&E Greenline. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. The seventh annual event features more than 60 artists, a silent auction, children’s area, local musicians, food, and drinks. Benefits Midtown’s V&E Greenline. Rain date: April 29, 2018. Visit vegreenline.org/ ve-artwalk for details.

ONGOING EVENTS MUSEUMS AND EXHIBITS

The Pink Palace Museum. Remembering the Dream, Connections Exhibit 2018. Through January 27, 2019. Exhibit shares the chronological story of the Civil Rights Movement covered by Ernest Withers I Am A Man portfolio, including Dr. Martin Luther King’s involvement in the sanitation workers’ strike. Beneath the Surface: Life, Death, and Gold in Ancient Panama. Through May 6. 636-2362. CTI 3D Giant Theater. Dream Big 3D. Through May 25. The film celebrates the human ingenuity behind engineering marvels big and small. 636-2362. AutoZone Dome at the Sharpe Planetarium. From Earth to the Universe. Through June 1. Seasonal Stargazing. Ongoing. One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure. Until further notice. 636-2362.

OTHER PROGRAMS

30 Thursdays. Memphis Botanic Garden (MBG). Each Thursday night throughout Daylight Saving Time. 6 p.m. Most weeks offer special events. April 19: Nature at Night. Features an evening guided tour of the gardens. April 26: Trails and Tails. Bring your four-legged friend (on a leash) for a walk along trails and pathways. Free with admission. 636-4100.

Mallory-Neely House Tour. Mallory-Neely House, 652 Adams Avenue. Fridays & Saturdays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $9/adult. $5/child (ages 3 and up). 523-1484. Gallery Talk: Black Resistance with Barbara Andrews. Memphis Brooks Museum of Art. Sunday, April 15, 2-3 p.m. Barbara Andrews, former director of education and interpretation at the National Civil Rights Museum shares her knowledge about this pivotal moment in our history through discussion of the photographs by Ernest Withers. Free with admission. 5446200. Tour: African-Print Fashion Now! with Grace Byeitima. Memphis Brooks Museum of Art. Sunday, April 29, 2-3 p.m. Join for a guided tour of African-Print Fashion Now! with designer Grace Byeitima, owner of Mbabazi House of Style. Free with admission. 544-6200.

CLASSES & WORKSHOPS

The Nurturing Father. Christ Community Health Services/ Families Matter. Mondays in April, 6-8 p.m. Parents learn about child development, effective ways to communicate, developing empathy, practicing new skills in making and enforcing rules, and giving praise and encouragement. Free. Light refreshments provided. Contact Herman Jackson, Families Matter Fatherhood Program Manager at 412-7245 to RSVP. Community Culinary Medicine Cooking Class. Church Health Nutrition Hub. Six-week classes start April 3 & 5 and are offered on Tuesday at 10 a.m. and Thursday at 6 p.m. Curriculum is based on the nine principles of the

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CHINA’S HAYA BAND. Buckman Arts Center @ St. Mary’s School. Saturday, April 14, 8 p.m. This award-winning group innovates modern music with folk songs, throat singing, classic chants, the Mongolian horse-head fiddle, plucked string instruments, and shaman drums. $28/adult. $25/child. 537-1483. Breastfeeding Class. Baptist Women’s Hospital. Thursday, April 5, 6:30-8:30 p.m. $30. Call 226-5764 to register. Mid-Day Mindfulness in Motion Yoga. Universal Parenting Place @ Christ Community Health Services. On select Fridays (April 6 & 20), from noon until 1 p.m. n. Free. RSVP to brittany.hart@christchs.org or call 701-2871 for details. Saturday Childbirth Class. Baptist Women’s Hospital. Saturday, April 7, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $75. Call 226-5764 to register. Composting is Cool! Greenline Gardens @ Shelby Farms Park. Saturday, April 7, at 10 a.m. Grades 3-8. The Compost Fairy Mike Larrivee talks about what

composting is, why it’s important, and how to do it at home. $5/SCS teacher. $10/youth. Includes one accompanying adult. Small compost buckets provided to take home. 222-7275. NEW Sculpt-ology. Dixon Gallery and Gardens. Three-class series takes place on April 7, 14, & 21, 1:30-4 p.m. Ages 10-13. Participants tackle a variety of media from found material to clay to create their own 3D art. All levels of experience welcome. $45 for the course. Supplies and snacks included. Must be able to attend all three sessions. Call 761-5250 to register. “What It Means to Be a Man Today.” St. Agnes Academy-St. Dominic School Campus. Monday, April 9, 7 p.m. Speaker: Troy Kemp, executive director of the National Center for the Development of Boys. Presentation includes the latest brain research and what boys need to become capable, courageous, and compassionate men. Free. Visit saa-sds.org for details. African Family Drum Circle. Universal Parenting Place @ Christ Community Health Services. On select Tuesdays (April 10 & 24), 1:30-2:30 p.m. Free. RSVP to brittany.hart@christchs.org or call 701-2871 for details. Yoga for Farmers + Gardeners. Greenline Gardens @ Shelby Farms Park. Saturday, April 14, 9 a.m. Stephen Black teaches this gentle flow class that focuses on strength, balance, and flexibility. $10. Beginners welcome. 222-7275. Grandparent Connection Class. Methodist Le Bonheur Germantown Hospital. Saturday, April 14, 9 a.m. $30. Call 516-6645 to register. Saturday Sketch. Dixon Gallery and Gardens. Saturday, April 14, 10-11 a.m. Ages 15 and up. Free with admission. 761-5250. Father University. Universal Parenting Place @ Christ Community Health Services. Tuesday, April 17, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. At


this class geared for male parents, learn how to establish a better relationship with your family and children. Free. RSVP to brittany. hart@christchs.org or call 701-2871 for details. Expectant Parents Class. Baptist Women’s Hospital. Saturday, April 28, from 9 a.m. until noon. $30. Call 226-5764 to register. Dynamic Dads. Saint Francis Bartlett. Saturday, April 28, 12:30-4 p.m. Free. Light refreshments provided. Call 412-7245 to RSVP.

HOME SCHOOL CLASSES

Home School Days: Springtime! MBG. Wednesday, April 4, 2-3:30 p.m. Children ages 5 and up join for hands-on learning. $5/child. Garden admission not included. Call 6364100 to pre-pay and register. Home School Days: Synthetic Biology. The Pink Palace Museum. Thursday, April 12, 1-2 p.m. Design a science superhero or grow vanilla flavoring with algae using the power of synthetic biology. Parents must attend the session. $6/person. 636-2362.

Federal Reserve building. Food trucks in the parking lot and a party on the rooftop. Benefits Grizzlies Prep’s 2018 college trips. Visit grizzliesprep.org for details. 26th Annual Rajun Cajun Crawfish Festival. Wagner Place. Sunday, April 15, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Enjoy live Cajun, rock and funk entertainment, crawfish contests, gumbo cook-off, and VIP swamp tent. No pets, coolers, or parking inside the festival area. Benefits Porter-Leath. Visit porterleath.org/rajun-cajun for details. Earth Day 5K. Shelby Farms Park. Sunday, April 15, 2 p.m. Celebrate going green at the 6th annual Earth Day 5K and take home a tree to green up community. Go to shelbyfarmspark.org for registration details.

AUDITIONS

Youth Ballet Memphis: Open Auditions for 2018-19 Season. Ballet Memphis. Sunday, April 29, 3:30-5 p.m. Open to children ages 12-17 with a minimum of four years of classical ballet training. Girls require a minimum of one year of pointe. Visit balletmemphis.org for details.

Premier Lanes Entertainment Center is 45,000 square feet of exciting family fun! Featuring the Action Alley Arcade, Laser Maze, Boutique Bowling and Rowan Oak Cafe (complete with a cozy outdoor patio), there is something for everyone from 2 to 102! Conveniently located next door to the Oxford Commons Cinema, all roads lead to F-U-N! Got a Group? Email for more info! salesoxford@premierlanes.com

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Discovery Days: Beneath the Surface. Surface The Pink Palace Museum. April 26 & 27, from 9 a.m. until noon. Children in grades kindergarten through 8 and their families can check out three teacher activity carts in Bodine Hall exhibits exploring activities on archeology and anthropology. Standard fees for school and general admission. Call 636-2437 for details.

THEATRE PERFORMANCES

The Mountaintop. Mountaintop Halloran Center at the Orpheum. Sunday, April 1, 3 p.m. Katori Hall, the artistic director of Hattiloo Theatre, presents this play as a MLK50 event. $35-$50. Call 525-3000 for tickets.

FUND-RAISERS

The Art of Dinner. Church Health Nutrition Hub. Friday, April 6, 6 p.m. This interactive cooking class guides you through a three-course menu. $65. Benefits community nutrition programming at Church Health. Go to churchhealth.org/theartofdinner for tickets. 2018 Grizzlies Prep Mini-Golf Classic. Grizzlies Prep. Saturday, April 14, from noon until 2 p.m. Golfers invited to try their skill at this custom course nestled into the vault and rooftop of Memphis’ old

Memphis Matters. Theatre South. Saturday, April 7, 7:30-9 p.m. Playback Memphis hosts these performances through a combination of improvisational theatre, personal narrative, and community dialogue. Call 264-0841 for tickets.

China’s HAYA Band. Buckman Arts Center @ St. Mary’s School. Saturday, April 14, 8 p.m. This award-winning group innovates modern music with folk songs, throat singing, classic chants, the Mongolian horse-head fiddle, plucked string instruments, and shaman drums. $28/adult. $25/child. 537-1483.

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Moscow Festival Ballet: Giselle. Germantown Performing Arts Center (GPAC). Friday, April 20, 8 p.m. Performance highlights Petipa’s brilliant choreography enhanced by the beautiful score, costumes, and sets. Tickets start at $35. Visit gpacweb.com for details. Too Hot to Handel: The Jazz Gospel Messiah. The Orpheum. April 21 & 22. Saturday at 7:30 p.m. & Sunday at 3 p.m. Performance features renowned soloists Rodrick Dixon, Alfreda Burke, Karen Marie Richardson, and legendary pianist Alvin Waddles, along with a symphony orchestra and a choir of over 100 local members. $29-$69. Call 525-3000 for tickets. Maks, Val & Peta Live on Tour: Confidential. The Orpheum. Tuesday, April 24, 8 p.m. The dancers from ABC’s Dancing with the Stars show come to entertain audiences with true family life and love stories. $34.50-$99.50 Call 525-3000 for tickets.

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SOMETHING ROTTEN! The Orpheum. April 10-15. Tuesday through Thursday, 7:30 p.m.; Friday at 8 p.m.; Saturday at 2 & 8 p.m.; Sunday at 1 & 6:30 p.m. In this Broadway show set in the 1590s, brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom go out to write the world’s very first musical. $25-$125. Call 525-3000 for tickets.

Celtic Woman ‘Homecoming’ Tour. The Orpheum. Saturday, April 28, 7:30 p.m. $42-$102 Call 525-3000 for tickets.

STORY TIME AT AREA BOOKSTORES AND MUSEUMS

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853-3264 Saturdays at 11 a.m. Ages 1-6. Barnes & Noble Booksellers 2774 N. Germantown Pkwy., 386-2468 Tuesdays and Saturdays at 11 a.m. Ages PreK-6. April 3: The Duckling Gets a Cookie. April 7 & 10: The Giving Tree. April 14 & 17: Pig the Star. April 21 & 24: Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth. April 28: Scientist, Scientist, Who Do You See? Character Story Time: Corduroy Bear Visits. Sunday, April 22, 3-3:30 p.m. Meet Corduroy and join for a special story time. Free. Story Time at Morton Museum of Collierville History 196 N. Main St., 457-2650 On Fridays, 10:30-11 a.m. Ages 5 and under. Enjoy a new story theme each week with songs, related craft, and snack. Germantown Community Library 1925 Exeter Rd., 757-7323 Open Craft Tables. Monday, April 9, 5:15-6:45 p.m. Children are welcome to drop in during Open Craft Tables to create blackout poetry, while supplies last. Free. Memphis Yo-Yo Club. Saturday, April 14, 2 p.m. Open to all ages and skill levels. Learn new yo-yo tricks and share your own at each month’s


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Stop by your local branch or go to memphislibrary.org for a complete listing of library events.

CENTRAL 3030 Poplar Ave., 415-2700 CLOUD901 Classes & Events: CLOUD901 is the library’s state-ofthe-art Teen Learning Lab that includes a music studio, a video production lab, an art studio, Makerspace, gaming zone, and a performance stage. Open to teens ages 13-18 with a Memphis library card. Go to memphislibrary.org/ cloud901 for a class list. ★ International Story Time. Saturday, April 7, from 11 a.m. until noon. Learn about the country of Russia with stories, crafts, games, and snacks. . ★ Paws for Reading. Saturdays in April, 1-2:30 p.m. Children practice reading skills reading out loud to Mid-South therapy dogs. Sessions are 15 minutes long and are given on a first-come, first-served basis. ★ I Have a Dream. Wednesday, April 18, 4-5 p.m. Children ages 6-12 learn about MLK Jr.’s dreams, write their own dreams, and collaborate on a portrait of Dr. King. BARTLETT 6382 Stage Rd., 386-8968 ★ Transformations Early Access. Thursday, April 12, 9-10 a.m. Library opens early for a special story time for the Transformations Autism Treatment Center and families with special needs. ★ Tweens: Earth Day. Thursday, April 12, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Celebrate Earth Day at the library. ★ Earth Day. Saturday, April 21, from 11 a.m. until noon. Children ages 5 and under are welcome to join for an Earth Day celebration. ★ Transformations Outreach. Thursday, April 26, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Outreach program at the Transformations Autism Treatment Center.

CORDOVA 8457 Trinity Rd., 754-8443 ★ The Play’s the Thing. Saturday, April 7, from 11 a.m. until noon. The Spanish Club of Germantown High School presents this special bilingual play. ★ It’s Your Move! Chess Day. Saturday, April 21, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Children ages 6-12 are invited for a chess tournament with the Memphis Chess Club. ★ Early Opening Story Time. Tuesday, April 24, 10-11 a.m. A special sensory story time for children and teens with special needs. ★ Family Movie Madness. Saturday, April 28, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Families watch Springtime with Roo, decorate a flower pot, plant a flower, and share springtime snacks.

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EAST SHELBY 7200 E. Shelby Dr., 751-7360 ★ Social Justice Book Club for Kids. Thursday, April 26, 4-5 p.m. As part of the 50th commemoration of Dr. King’s death, this club teaches children ages 9-12 the value of standing up for what you believe. FRAYSER 3712 Argonne St., 357-4115 ★ Teens Remembering the Life and Work of MLK. Thursday, April 5, 4-5 p.m. Teens use materials, DVD, and books to have an open discussion with peers. ★ Art Escape. Friday, April 20, 3:30-5 p.m. Children ages 6-12 use masking tape to create miniature reptiles. GASTON PARK 1040 S. Third, 942-0836 ★ STEM Project. Saturday, April 28, 1-2 p.m. Children ages 5 and under work on a pop-up stem project with marshmallow or jelly beans. RALEIGH 3157 Powers Rd., 386-5333 ★ Raleigh Branch Science Club. On select Mondays (April 16, 23, & 30), 1-2 p.m. Children ages 5 and under are welcome to build Rube machines, try marshmallow engineering, and check out the aerodynamics of aircraft.

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In this issue: The Baby Issue! Caring for little ones and their parents. Also: a guide to the 2018 Mid-South Baby & Kids Expo, coping with a...

Memphis Parent, April 2018  

In this issue: The Baby Issue! Caring for little ones and their parents. Also: a guide to the 2018 Mid-South Baby & Kids Expo, coping with a...