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T H E B A BY I S S U E

WHAT NEW PARENTS

NEED TO KNOW

PLUS

SCHOOL TEST PREP AND

AUTISM AWARENESS MONTH A ROUND-UP OF EASTER EGG HUNTS


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With expanded pediatric services at The Spence and Becky Wilson Baptist Children’s Hospital, our commitment to your child’s health spans from newborn through adolescence. Our newly added pediatric intensive care unit, along with an experienced team of pediatric surgeons, specialists and nurses, helps Baptist deliver exceptional care for our youngest patients.

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Favorite food: Butternut Squash Next big thing: Walking!

Keep Tennessee Beautiful By Meena Viswanathan

Photographer Lauren Adkins

DEPARTMENTS 8 What’s Cookin

15 Health Matters Autism Awareness month puts the spotlight on occupational therapy

12 Dear Teacher Springtime is Testing Time

17 Early Years 4 Words to Promote Child Growth

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OUR STAFF Editor Michelle McKissack Art Director Bryan Rollins Advertising Art Director Christopher Myers Advertising Graphic Designer Jeremiah Matthews Advertising Manager Sheryl Butler Production Operations Director Margie Neal Calendar Editor Meena Viswanathan Copy Editor Shara Clark

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STATEMENT OF PURPOSE Memphis Parent strives to provide information of value to all who are invested in our children’s future.

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ST. AGNES ACADEMY 2K-12

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Together as part of one family girls and boys benefit from a single gender classroom, yet at times also benefit from collaboration. We combine the best of both for an academic experience like no other in Memphis. Schedule your tour today!

MICHELLE McKISSACK

michelle@memphisparent.com

APPLY TODAY! Space is Limited.

“God is present here.”

Maddie K. St. Agnes 2nd Grade

We are a girls’ school. We are a boys’ school.

We are St. Agnes Academy-St. Dominic School. Call 901-435-5864 or visit www.saa-sds.org. ST. AGNES ACADEMY

I absolutely love babies! I had four of my own and like to shower affection on other people’s little ones, too. Prime example is Olive, our cover cutie. She is preciousness personified. Plus, I make no apologies for slipping in a little “baby talk” because there’s a very short window in which you can do that before the babies themselves look at you strangely. What I have learned in my many encounters with babies and being a parent is that there is nothing like “on-the-job” training in learning how to care for them. But you don’t have to start from scratch and complete cluelessness with a newborn. Books and articles like our cover story this month on page 18 can give you a heads up on the basics of getting started. And speaking of talking to babies, the Urban Child Institute based here in Memphis has conducted research on four words that parents can use to make a huge difference in a child’s life. Learn about them on page 17. If you manage to snag this issue as soon as it comes out, be sure to check out the Baby & Child expo on April 1 at the Agricenter. It is a perfect place to gather lots of information in one location. I look forward to serving as emcee for the Summer Kids fashion show. And if you attend the expo, be sure to stop by the Memphis Parent booth and say, hello! I’d love to meet you. Finally, springtime is when we think of flowers coming into bloom, leaves returning to the trees, and if you’re a parent of a school-aged child, standardized testing also comes to mind. We offer tips on page 10 to help make the process as stress-free as possible. Whether you’re just starting out on this parenting journey with a newborn or a bit more seasoned parent with toddlers or older kids, the one area that we all share is an unlimited love for our children. Share your cutie pie with Memphis Parent and our readers by entering your child in the Memphis Parent Cover Kids Contest sponsored by The Dental Connection. But hurry, the contest closes for entries on April 10. For details see the ad on page 13 or visit memphisparent.com to learn more!

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MUS offers boys in grades 3-12 cool summer activities – sports camps, digital filmmaking, robotics, drumline, Minecraft classes, essay writing (for girls, too), math enrichment, and much more.

Happy parenting!

2017 Summer Programs

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901 FUN

PUT ON YOUR RUNNING SHOES AND GET OUT THERE! READY. SET. GROW!

This 5K event is being held on Saturday, April 8, at the Delta Blues Winery in Lakeland, TN. This race was created to help raise awareness about Keep Tennessee Beautiful (KTnB) and its efforts to inspire Tennesseans to take action on litter prevention, recycling, and beautification in their communities. Participation fees range from $10 to $25. Visit readysetgrow5k.com for details.

EXPERIENCE THE SPLENDOR OF

BUNNY HOP 5K & KIDS FUN RUN EGG HUNT

Russian National Ballet:

Don Quixote Thursday, April 20 @ 7:30 PM

Dazzling with glittering costumes, lavish sets and Leon Minkus’ sweeping score, this colorful production is Russian ballet at its most powerful and thrilling. Join us a GPAC and be transported to a make-believe Spain with dancing dyads, gypsies and knights.

Both events will be Saturday, April 15, at Edmund Orgill Park in Millington. Events are open to the community and proceeds will help purchase new park benches. The Bunny Hop 5K begins at 3 p.m., immediately followed by the Kids Fun Run Egg Hunt at 4 p.m. The egg hunt is for ages 11 and under. Registration is required. Cost is $8 per child. Pre-registration for the Bunny Hop 5K is $25, which includes a custom-designed T-shirt, refreshments, and a post-race party with music. Race-day registration is $30. Visit pr-eventmanagement.net for more details.

HEALTHY KIDS DAY

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Come ready to run, play, and create at the YMCA annual Healthy Kids Day. Saturday, April 29, 10:00 a.m.-noon. Activities include an obstacle course, moon bounce, face painting, active games, and crafts. Freeze Dance contest at 11:30 a.m., ages 3 & up. Free and open to the community. YMCA at Schilling Farms, 1185 Schilling Blvd. E., Collierville. Visit ymcamemphis.org or call 901-850-9622 for more information.


ST. AGNES ACADEMY 2K-12

ST. DOMINIC SCHOOL 2K-8

Together as part of one family girls and boys benefit from a single gender classroom, yet at times also benefit from collaboration. We combine the best of both for an academic experience like no other in Memphis. Schedule your tour today!

APPLY TODAY! Space is Limited.

“I can always rely on my [St. Dominic] brothers.”

Duncan S. St. Dominic 2nd Grade

We are a girls’ school. We are a boys’ school.

We are St. Agnes Academy-St. Dominic School. Call 901-435-5864 or visit www.saa-sds.org. ST. AGNES ACADEMY

find more info at myiccs.com

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Join rising pre-k3 through 8th-grade campers in Midtown this summer for 10 weeks filled with a variety of fun activities, swimming, weekly field trips, robotics, and the arts, as well as engaging around-the-world competitions!

For more information, go to myiccs.org or contact Hayley Orr, Program Director, at hayley.orr@ic.cdom.org or 901.494.3102 M E M PH I S PA R ENT.COM

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WHAT’S COOKIN’?

FIVE SUPERFOODS FOR TODDLERS And what makes them awesome

Parents of toddlers and young kids know to expect the unexpected. Their bright-eyed, ravenous little ones may go from being interested in a snack to needing to climb the walls in a matter of seconds. It’s totally normal for their appetite to seem humongous in one moment, then completely nonexistent in the next. When toddlers are interested in eating, try feeding them one or more of these superfoods that are rich in at least three essential vitamins and minerals.

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SWEET POTATOES The only thing that will delight busy parents more than the ample nutrition in a sweet potato is how easy it is to prepare. Also, this is one vegetable that kids might request often once they try it. Sweet potatoes have lots of vitamin C, potassium, and fiber, and they also provide vitamin B6, copper, iron, and manganese. The orange color of a sweet potato’s flesh is a dead giveaway that this root vegetable is rich in carotenoids, which support eye and cardiovascular health. Try mashing sweet potatoes and serving them with ginger. They’re a tasty addition to soups and stews, too. Children should be enjoying three to five servings of vegetables per day, so sweet potatoes should provide part of a balanced diet.

BEANS Beans may not seem like much at first glance, but they deliver an abundance of taste and nutrition. Black beans are high in protein and fiber, making them a great brain food for toddlers who are learning at a rapid pace. Other types of beans that qualify as superfoods include garbanzo beans, red kidney beans, pinto beans, and soybeans. Make eating beans fun for little ones by serving them pureed as a dip for vegetables or in tacos and burritos. The American Heart Association recommends beans as one of the primary foods for children who are 2 years of age or older, so try to entice your child to chow down on them often.

TOMATOES Tomatoes are primary ingredients for some of the most decadent sauces for pizzas and pastas, so they may not be the first thing that pops into your head when you think about healthy eating. Don’t give into the false belief that foods that are good for you taste bad. Kids should be eating two to four fruit servings each day, and this nutritious fruit has all three high-powered antioxidants: vitamin C, vitamin E, and betacarotene. Tomatoes are so vibrantly red because of their abundance of lycopene, an antioxidant that can give your child’s immune system a boost and help prevent asthma. They also offer biotin, vitamin K, potassium, copper, manganese, and fiber. If your kids aren’t crazy about raw tomatoes, sneak them into their diets in soups, sauces, and purees.

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COCONUT MILK YOGURT With its name, the coconut is often confused as a nut, but it is classed a fruit. It’s dense in nutrients and includes vitamins B1, B3, B5, B6, C, and E. It offers minerals like selenium, sodium, iron, magnesium calcium, and phosphorous. Coconut milk yogurt also adds antioxidants to kids’ diets. Coconut milk yogurt comes in a variety of flavors in stores and can be mixed into shakes and smoothies. One word of caution is that you should read nutrition labels if you are not making the coconut milk yogurt yourself as some makers add sugar and other ingredients that you may want to minimize in your toddler’s diet. AP PR R II LL 2 20 0 11 7 7 A

TOFU Yes, tofu! Tofu can be a good food for picky eaters since it takes on flavors of nearly anything it’s cooked in, and you can prepare it to match the texture preferences of your child. Tofu can be crispy, crunchy, soft, or firm. Tofu provides an excellent source of iron, amino acids, calcium, and other micronutrients. It has manganese, phosphorous, and selenium along with zinc, copper, and vitamin B1. Tofu is a smart choice as a part of a toddler’s balanced diet that should offer at least two to three protein-rich foods per day.


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SUMMER PROGRAM The Asperger Summer Program is a unique, The Asperger Summer Program is a unique, (in a camp-like setting) designed cally for elementary, middle and high intensive outpatient program intensive outpatient program (in aspecifi camp-like setting) designed specifically for elementary, school students with Asperger Disorder. middle and high school students with Asperger Disorder.

Monday - Friday 9:00am - 2:00pm Week One: June 13-17, 2011 Week Two: June 20-24, 2011 Week Three: June 27-July1, 2011

The pattern-based curriculum includes: • Social skills development • Sensory motor integration skills training • Educational/learning skills • Study skills/adaptive classroom behavior • Activity/recreational therapy

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Monday - Friday 9:00am - 2:00pm Week One: July 5-8, 2011 Week Two: July 11-15, 2011 Week Three: July 18-22, 2011

• The program was designed by parents, care-givers and clinical professionals. • The goal is to develop and maintain continuity in students’ developmental and behavioral skills throughout the summer. • The program will be led by licensed and trained therapists, certified special education teachers and certified activities therapists in a safe, supportive environment.

JULY DATES Monday - Friday • 9:00am - 2:00pm

Week Five: July 3, 5, 6, & 7, 2017 This is an intensive outpatient program Week Six: July 10 - 14, 2017 and most insurance is accepted, based upon medical necessity. Self-payment arrangements can be made. For more information or to register, please contact Edna Weiner at

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The pattern-based curriculum includes: • Social skills development • Sensory motor integration skills training • Educational/learning skills • Study skills/adaptive classroom behavior • Activity/recreational therapy • The program was designed by parents, care-givers, and clinical professionals. • The goal is to develop and maintain continuity in students-developmental and behavioral skills throughout the summer. • The program will be led by licensed and trained therapists, certified special education teachers and certified activities therapists in a safe, supportive environment.

This is an intensive outpatient program and most insurance is accepted, based upon medical necessity. Self-payment arrangements can be made. For more information or to register, please contact Lisa Hicks at Lisa.Hicks@uhsinc.com or call 901-373-0931

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DEAR TEACHER ADVERTORIAL

Should my daughter receive the HPV vaccine? As a local OBGYN known for using natural remedies and bio-identical hormone therapies, I get questions like this one all of the time. Most pediatricians in the area recommend starting the HPV vaccination series around age 9-12, long before young girls are exposed to the virus. Many mothers are disturbed to think that their very young daughters could be candidates for this vaccine at such a young age. Many turn to friends, family, the internet, and other doctors they trust for advice — I guess that’s where I come in.

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HPV vaccines are marketed as a preventative medication for cervical cancer — a marketing strategy that makes them hard to say no to. After all, who would want their daughter to get a preventable cancer? What HPV vaccines really do is increase immunity to between two and nine different types of human papilloma virus (HPV), some of which are known to cause cervical cancers. There are actually more than forty types of HPV that infect the genital tract, fifteen of which are considered “high-risk” for cervical cancer. The most common types are prevented by the HPV vaccines, and the goal is to prevent the majority of cervical cancers by stopping the spread of HPV.

SPRINGTIME IS TESTING TIME How to prepare for standardized testing BY EMILY GARRONE JAMERSON

As April swings around again, the same events come to mind: spring cleaning, filing taxes, and end-of-year standardized testing for the students in your life. Each one of these activities requires organization, preparation, and the right mental attitude. With more school options than ever, some requiring specific cut scores for acceptance, increased importance is placed on students’ end-of-year test scores on national achievement tests. For families with young children who have never experienced “high-stakes” testing, this can be a stressful experience. However, there are steps you can take to reduce testing anxiety and increase achievement. REDUCE PRESSURE First and foremost, it is important to recognize what stress and pressure is coming from you, the parent. We all want our children to do the best and be the best in their class. Having high expectations is not a bad thing. In fact, parents who set high expectations for their children from a young age instill personality traits such as motivation and determination that become second nature. However, when the drive to outperform others becomes the only focus, students can become riddled with the fear of failure. It is important to remind students that doing their best on these tests is a personal goal. Reduce the pressure to be the best in the class by emphasizing the importance of individual achievement. Competition is healthy and drives motivation to succeed. Keep that competitive spirit alive, but the only I S PPAARREENNTT AAPPRRI LI L 22001 71 7 1 100 MMEEMMPPHHI S

The reason that pediatricians want to start the vaccine so young is simple — the young are the most likely to get the virus. Many experts estimate that 75% of sexually active adolescents and young adults are infected with at least one strain of HPV. Condoms are not as useful in the prevention of the spread of HPV because the virus is spread primarily by contact and not by body fluid exchange. This makes all sexually active young people highly susceptible to infection and therefore good candidates for vaccination.

So what advice do I give to my patients who are wondering whether to vaccinate? My response is simple: HPV vaccines are no different than any other vaccine. All vaccines have very slight risks of side effects — most of which are mild. Vaccines also have benefits to both the individual and society at large by preventing the spread of infection. As an OBGYN, though, I have particular concerns when it comes to HPV vaccination. My biggest concern is that women who have gotten the vaccine will feel overprotected. What do I mean by that? One example is that I have personally heard two different health care professionals say to large groups of physicians that if HPV vaccination were mandatory, we could virtually eliminate the need for pap smears. Nothing could be further from the truth. Women who are vaccinated against some strains of HPV are still susceptible to other strains, and no vaccine is 100% effective. Women who go to their OBGYN annually for exams are much less likely to get cervical cancer because there are effective treatments for HPV if it is found early. Women who skip annual exams because they feel protected by the HPV vaccine may end up being more likely to get invasive cervical cancer. There can be no doubt that vaccines have been a very positive development for our world, but marketing a vaccine as a cure for cervical cancer can be dangerous. I encourage my patients to know the risks and never to tell their daughters that they don’t have to worry about cervical cancer just because they got the vaccine! Dr. Michael Podraza

Dr. Michael Podraza is originally from South Dakota. He graduated from South Dakota School of Mines and Technology with a degree in Chemistry. He attended Medical School at the University of Texas in Houston. Dr. Podraza went on to complete his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology in Buffalo, NY. He received training in NaPro Technology at the Pope Paul IV Institute; after which he moved to Memphis with his wife and children to become Medical Director of Saint Francis Women’s Health & Fertility. Dr. Podraza is Board Certified in Obstetrics & Gynecology.


Becoming a parent is the most natural thing in the world. Or at least it should be.

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DEAR TEACHER

MUSIC BY THE LAKE

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“It is important to remind students that doing their best on these tests is a personal goal.”

opponent should be one’s own past performance. Help your child set goals that focus on improving his or her individual score and not goals that focus on outperforming other students. SET THE TONE Secondly, the mood and tone you use to talk about “high-stakes” testing with your children is important in setting them up for success. It is true what they say: Children’s brains are sponges. They absorb new information as well as unspoken information in the form of their physical environment. Teachers recognize this in their classrooms and make efforts to create a calm, comfortable space for students to do their best. As you talk about new testing scenarios in which young students may not be familiar, be sure to remain positive and encouraging. Now is not the time to debate the fairness of standardized tests or rehash negative personal experiences with these types of assessments. Keep the mood light and comfortable when discussing the test. Without even knowing it, children adopt their parents’ attitudes on issues and events they have not experienced before. Give them the best chance for success by always being positive and reassuring when talking about school in general. During these conversations, let your child tell you how they are feeling about the upcoming assessment. Depending on your child, they may have a lot to say on the issue, or not much at all. Give them an opportunity to tell you how they are feeling and push them to be truthful and open. For young students still new to a week of standardized test taking, they may have a lot of questions or feelings of nervousness and anxiety. By simply giving them a safe space to discuss fears and doubts, negative feelings can be released and start to diminish. TEST PREP TIPS Now that you have eliminated pressure and set the right mood toward standardized achievement tests, follow these test prep tips to make the week of testing smooth sailing. First, in the weeks leading up to testing time, make sure your child is at school and well-rested each day. New information and test-taking strategies will be discussed and practiced every day leading up to the test. Do not miss these opportunities to rehearse for the big day! Second, ask your child’s teacher which specific skills need strengthening and set time aside at home to work on these skills. Use this information to guide study time at home. Speaking of study time at home, make sure your child is working in a quiet, well-lit environment and taking short mini-breaks to stretch or get moving. Again, sleep is very important, so study time should never impede on a good night’s sleep. Be your child’s biggest cheerleader this testing season. By implementing good study habits, knowing what skills your child needs specific help with, and making test taking a game of self-improvement — not outsmarting classmates — you and your child will make it through end-of-the-year testing with flying colors! Emily Jamerson is a teacher in the CLUE gifted-learning program at Snowden School in Memphis. M E M PH I S PA R ENT.COM

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OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY HELPS PEOPLE WITH SPECIAL NEEDS LIKE AUTISUM ENJOY EVENTS LIKE THIS RECENT NIGHT TO SHINE PARTY AT HOPE CHURCH.

April is Autism Awareness Month, and for many parents, awareness may bring more questions than answers. The University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis tries to help answer some of those questions through occupational therapy.

AUTISM AND OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY What is OT and why is it necessary? By MACY PORTER & CHELSEA CHANDLER

A diagnosis of a child with autism spectrum disorder may bring a fear for parents that their child will not be able to fully experience the many wonders of childhood. They may worry that their child will not have his or her own identity. They could possibly have concerns about their child’s ability to be independent with daily life skills. Activities of daily life that provide meaning and value to a person are also known as occupations. To assure that a child with a disability can successfully learn to perform an occupation, a key course of action is for the child to see a pediatric occupational therapist. The therapist will address many of the common issues children with an autism spectrum disorder face, such as sensory issues, challenges with managing emotions, impulse control, and independent living. The University of Tennessee Health Science Center offers the Rachel Kay Stephens Therapy Center (RKSTC), a student-run, pro bono clinic that provides pediatric occupational therapy services to uninsured and underinsured children, families, and teachers. The goal of RKSTC is to benefit children in need and educate parents on parenting skills, while providing hands-on learning experiences for occupational therapy students. OT BOOSTS SELF-ESTEEM Occupational therapists, commonly referred to as OTs, help their clients reach their full potential by helping them perform the activities, or occupations, that are most important to them. OTs are motivators, encouragers, and advocates for their clients. OTs evaluate a child’s behaviors and skills, then create an individual treatment plan to enhance quality of life through performing occupations that matter most to you and your child. The services an occupational therapist provides are shaped by an individual’s

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HEALTH MATTERS

WHAT AGE SHOULD CHILDREN

A RECENT SPECIAL CELEBRATION AT HOPE CHURCH FOR YOUNG PEOPLE WITH AUTISM AND OTHER SPECIAL NEEDS.

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unique needs, desires, and ultimate goals of what living a fulfilling life means to them. By sending a child to therapy, the parent is setting a child up for success throughout life. While occupational therapy helps children with sensory processing and developmental delays, it also covers a wide range of services for children facing everyday challenges, such as cognitive delays, physical disabilities, social-emotional issues, and adaptive problems. A few examples of services provided by OTs are: modifying a child’s pencil grip to improve handwriting, teaching a child with attention deficit hyperactive disorder how to stay focused in class, or instructing a child with paralysis how to use adaptive equipment that will enable independent living. Sending a child with autism to occupational therapy offers that child a sense of achievement and improved self-esteem.

Pediatric Dentists

Steven J. Fuson, D.D.S., M.S., John A. Acosta, D.D.S., Toddrick Smith, D.D.S., Ryan Wilson, D.D.S.

Family Dentists

Clayton Floriani, D.D.S., Natalie Carruth, D.D.S., Adam Fitzhugh, D.D.S.

Orthodontists

Bob Lorentz, D.D.S., M.S., Gregg Bouldien, D.D.S., M.S., Dr. Taylor Collazo, D.D.S., M.S.D.

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OT BENEFITS CAREGIVERS Occupational therapy directly benefits a child who is living with a disability, 2822 Midland Ave but it makes a significant impact on the parent and/or caregiver as well. Many self-care and everyday tasks a child needs assistance with begin to Memphis, TN 38111 weigh heavily on the parents, adding to their already full plates. Simple tasks (901)454-7060 like getting dressed, eating a meal, and even bathing can become a for Youth Pre-K4 6th Grade tremendous challenge. Children with disabilities want to be able to do these www.ltcas.net things for themselves, which is a goal that the parent, child, and occupational May 30 - July 28 therapist usually agree upon. The purpose of OT is to take some of that 9:00am - 3:00pm responsibility off of the parent and promote as much independence as ENROLLMENT BEGINS DANCE: possible for the child. OTs desire to make the life of a person easier, more APRIL 3 JAZZ, AFRICAN, PRAISE, DANCE enjoyable, and more fulfilling overall. Occupational therapy is a very broad APPLICATION FEE | TUITION MUSIC: th For Weekly Youth Pre-K4-6 Grade $25 | $75 profession that serves individuals of all ages, ethnicities, socioeconomic RECORDER, VOICE, PERCUSSION BEFORE-CARE (7AM-9AM) DRAMA: statuses, and disabilities. OT services are offered in various settings, May 30- July 28 & AFTER- CARE (3PM-5:30PM) ACTING including clinics, hospitals, school systems, and even a child’s home. The $25 WEEKLY MUSICAL THEATRE 9:00am-3:00pm therapist meets you where you are, as you are, and dreams with you about what you want to become physically, mentally, and even spiritually. 2822 Midland Ave • Memphis, TN 38111 • (901) 454-7060 • www.ltcas.net " A Kids’ Class that Really Rocks Occupational therapy offers children fundamental skillsMusic and indispensable Come Jam with Music for Aardvarks, Memphis! confidence they will be able to carry with them for the rest of their lives. Dance: Jazz, African, Praise Enrollment Begins An interactive music program for children 6 months to 5 years and their parents/caregivers The University of Tennessee Health Science Center offers the Rachel Kay Dance April 3 Stephens Therapy Center clinic located in the Boling Center for Straight from New York City Developmental Disabilities at 711 Jefferson• Avenue. !

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LTCA Performing Arts Camp

• Great music • Live guitar and storytelling, singing and dancing • Fun for parents too!

To be eligible for pro bono services, the following criteria Newcomers welcome to drop in for one FREE class must be met: • The client is uninsured; or • The client has insurance coverage, but documentation is provided stating that the insurance policy does not cover OT services. For more information, email: rkstc@uthsc.edu or call (901) 448-2298.

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“Every day is a new adventure that we get to experience together,” says Mallary. “Every new milestone she hits, every new thing she learns ignites fires in us to parent the way we have dreamed of doing for so many years.” Parenthood is both rewarding and challenging. You’ve got a new person joining your family. It’s an exciting time, but it may seem daunting, especially for first-time parents. Babies are not just little adults — they have a host of different needs, and you do, too. Every baby is different, but there are a few things new parents should know.

FEEDING

According to Dr. Lauren Chipman, a pediatrician at Resurrection Health in Memphis, one of the most important aspects of feeding is the bonding that takes place. Breastfeeding is the preferred method, but whether you breastfeed, formula-feed, or do a combination of both, take advantage of this time. Regardless of the nutrition source, always hold your baby to feed. Do not prop a bottle or lay your baby down for feeding. Holding allows for bonding, frequent burping, and a quick response if baby begins to choke. Most babies need to eat every two or three hours in the first weeks of life. To make sure baby gets enough, watch the diapers. Babies should have multiple wet diapers per day (usually one for every feeding). Dirty diapers vary. Some children may have several per day. Others may go a few days between. The consistency is more important than the number of dirty diapers. It should be soft and yellowish, with small changes once baby starts solid foods. Tell your doctor if it is significantly different.

SOLIDS

Babies don’t need regular food before six months of age, when you can begin introducing solids. Breast milk or formula should be the primary source of nutrition for the first year.

DRINKS

Around six months, you can introduce water, but babies and toddlers don’t need juice. If you choose to give juice, make sure it is diluted with at least half water, and never let your child walk around with cups of juice between meals, as it leads to tooth decay.

ALLERGENS

The American Academy of Pediatrics now recommends introducing “allergy foods” like eggs or products containing peanuts earlier in life — around six months. If your family has a history of food allergies or you’re otherwise concerned, ask your doctor about introducing these foods.

SCHEDULES

Dr. Chipman says not to worry about schedules in the first few weeks. Do what you need to survive as you adjust to life together. Feed when necessary, and always try to sleep when your baby does. This is important for nursing mothers, as on-demand feeding early on helps build a milk supply. Start thinking about routines when baby is around four to six weeks old.

SAFE SLEEP

Babies should sleep on their backs in a crib or bassinet. Swaddling with a thin blanket is OK, but make sure the space is otherwise free of blankets, bumpers, stuffed animals, or pillows.

DON’T WORRY ABOUT THESE COMMON ISSUES

Not all adult irregularities are concerning in babies. Generally, don’t worry about: Milia – These small white dots appear around the nose or on the face. Mongolian spots – Common in African-American and Asian children, these bluish-purple spots may look like bruises on the back or buttocks. They typically fade within a few years. Simplex Nevi – Often called “stork bites” or “angel kisses,” the flat, red-colored area often appears on the back of the neck, between the eyebrows or on the eyelids. Spitting up – It’s normal! As long as baby is feeding well, breathing easily, and gaining weight, it’s OK.

WHEN TO CALL THE DOCTOR

Some common issues need to be treated. Call your pediatrician for: Thrush – Caused by yeast imbalance, thrush appears as a white coating on the tongue or inside the cheeks. Nursing mothers may also be affected. Tell your doctor if nursing is suddenly painful or your breasts itch. Forceful reflux – If your baby spits up large quantities, it suddenly gets worse, or it’s “projectile.” Fever – A temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher is a big deal in babies younger than 6-8 weeks. Don’t give over-the-counter fever reducers to a child that young — call the doctor immediately. If it’s past feeding time and your baby is difficult to wake up, or if he appears blue around the mouth, call 9-1-1 immediately.

ENTERTAINMENT AND LIFESTYLE

Dr. Chipman recommends no screen time until at least age 2. This includes smart phones, TV, video games, and computer screens. Overall, try to follow the 5-2-1-0 rule for older toddlers: five servings of fruits/vegetables per day, max two hours of screen time, one hour or more of physical activity, and zero sugary drinks. Regarding teaching and training your child, Dr. Chipman suggests Proverbs 15:1, “A gentle answer deflects anger, but harsh words make tempers flare.” Respond calmly to your child, even when toddlers are throwing tantrums. Speaking gently, even for older kids, can help make you a role model. If you need to take a time out before correcting your child, it may help ensure you’re correcting out of love, not anger. Finally, identify a support person during pregnancy. A spouse, parent, or friend can help if you feel exhausted or overwhelmed. If you continue to feel overwhelmed, call a doctor. Never shake your baby in frustration.

TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF

Meet your needs, too. Studies show parenthood can be tough on your diet and activity levels, not to mention the everyday things you still have to do. Consider some local services to help you get what you need: Have a meal delivered by Chef Shuttle, which delivers restaurant meals throughout Memphis. Have your grocery shopping or other errands handled by Level Nine, a local concierge service. Need a babysitter? Check out East Memphis Moms’ babysitter directory or the screening services the blog recommends, like sittercity.com or care.com.

WORKING

Laws prevent discrimination against pregnant employees. You’re entitled to the same benefits and accommodations other employees receive. Visit eeoc.gov to read more from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

MATERNITY LEAVE

If your company employs 50 or more people within 75 miles of the workplace, you work at least 25 hours per week, and have been there for at least a year, you can take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave within one year of your baby’s birth. This is guaranteed through the Family and Medical Leave Act, which also requires employers to protect your job.

TENNESSEE MATERNITY LEAVE ACT

Tennessee employers with 100 or more employees at a jobsite must allow up to 16 weeks of unpaid leave. A qualifying employee must have been with the company for at least one year and provide three months’ notice. Visit tn.gov to read more about the Maternity Leave Act. Most of all, enjoy your little bundle of joy. Time flies — and your baby is worth every second! Mallary says that’s exactly how she and her husband soak up their time with Olive. “I think we wake up every morning with a lightness that I’ve only ever felt on Christmas morning. Every morning I feel that way. I get great amounts of joy watching my husband react to the slightest change in Olive’s expression.”

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Touch allows your baby to feel safe and loved and instills trust between the two of you. Additionally, with touch, your baby can begin to recognize faces. Using gentle touch to respond to your baby’s cues can comfort him and contribute to a strong emotional bond. Talk encourages language development, communication skills, and voice recognition. Your little one learns the structure of a conversation when you give her a chance to respond back with coos, gestures, or facial expressions. Read aids in language development and the reading and writing that will blossom as your baby grows. Story time is a great bonding opportunity for the two of you. Creating a consistent routine that involves reading will teach your little one that his environment is safe and predictable, which in turn will help to develop self-confidence and self-control.

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Play has a key role in the development of problem solving, decision making and creativity, and it can better your baby’s attention span. The experiences during play help to build your baby’s social skills, which is a key component of healthy social/emotional development. These activities stimulate your baby’s brain by creating more connections every time he or she experiences something new and exciting. As you begin to prepare your baby for pre-school, having skills developed through touching, talking, reading, and playing will directly affect his or her social and academic performance. Working with the Neighborhood Christian Centers that produced the Touch - Talk - Read - Play mantra, the Urban Child Institute has developed a curriculum that offers a bottom-up understanding of the science of brain development. It includes a specific module on each of the four words — touch, talk, read, and play — that highlights developmental milestones and specific activities for parents and caregivers to engage in with their young children. For example, the module on reading stresses the power of talking to infants and toddlers, how to tell if you’re doing it well, the power of repetition, and how to do it all so it produces the best results. The messages and the lessons in the curriculum have been tested and refined, and we will continue to make changes to the Touch, Talk, Read, Play curriculum based on the responses by participants and trainers. The verdict is in on Touch, Talk, Read, Play, and that’s why we continue to make it the centerpiece of all that we do. Put simply, it is the best gift that children can get. Best of all, it doesn’t cost a thing, and the benefits last a lifetime. !

Du Bois Arts & Technology Middle/High School (6-12) Mr. LaVaughn Bridges, Administrator 817 Brownlee Road Memphis, TN 38116 Office: 901-801-6171

Du Bois Elementary School of Entrepreneurship (K-5) Ms. Audrey Hudson, Principal 4443 South Germantown Road Memphis, TN 38125 Office: 901-509-6190

Du Bois Leadership & Public Policy Middle/High School (6-12) Mrs. Angela Rowe Jackson, Principal 8146 East Shelby Drive Memphis, TN 38125 Office: 901-334-1252

Du Bois Arts & Technology Elementary School (K-5) Mrs. Angela Holloway, Principal 817 Brownlee Road Memphis, TN 38116 Office: 901-801-6164

Du Bois Consortium of Charter Schools Dr. Willie W. Herenton, CEO 1980 Nonconnah Blvd, Suite 400 Memphis, TN 38132 Office: 901-505-6833 !

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READY. SET. GROW! 5K Race to raise awareness about Keep Tennessee Beautiful BY MEENA VISWANATHAN

Earth Day is April 22, but you don’t have to wait until the end of the month to get involved in caring for the environment. Gather up your crew to participate in the Ready. Set. Grow! 5K. Come prepared to walk or run in the first annual Keep Tennessee Beautiful (KTnB) 5K event taking place at the Delta Blues Winery in Lakeland, TN, on Saturday, April 8, at 10 a.m. The purpose of this event is to bring to donating 10 percent of their profits to the light the efforts of KTnB in keeping the KTnB foundation. Volunteer State beautiful. Since 1983, the “Last year, the Tennessee Department organization has served as a state resource of Transportation (TDOT) spent $15 center for litter prevention, greening, million to combat litter,” points out and recycling. It became a state affiliate McDavis. “This calls for concerned of Keep America Beautiful in 1988. individuals to get involved, do their part, “The mission of KTnB is to educate and and participate in KTnB events on a local rally Tennesseans to take responsibility level.” for improving their communit y The 2017 Great American Cleanup in environments,” notes the race director Tennessee runs from March 1 through Edmond McDavis. May 31. Families can volunteer to All ages are welcome to participate in participate in Keep America Beautiful this statewide event and the proceeds go programs, such as this ongoing spring toward funding the University of initiative and other events, including Memphis/KTnB Foundation. The overall National Planting Day (September) and race winner will be honored with a tree America Recycles Day (November). planted at the winery in his or her name. Overall male and female winners will Early registration: $25/adult. Race day receive gift cards from Fleet Feet Sports. registration: $35/adult; $10/children A prize will also be awarded to the overall (ages 12 and under). Group discount kids race winner. MEMPopS, one of the available. Visit readysetgrow5k.com to race sponsors, will be selling popsicles and register online.

FAMILIES LOOKING FOR INSPIRATION?

• Read a picture book: Nancy and Sluggo Love Tennessee – A Story About Keeping Tennessee Beautiful. Words and pictures by Guy Gilchrist. In this sweet, simple tale told in rhyme, the beloved comic strip character Nancy and her buddies go on a statewide tour showing how to take good care of the natural wonders of Tennessee. Nancy, Sluggo, and her genius friend Homer begin their journey taking off on a magic-mobile, “Traveling T,” built out of recycled materials. Along the way, they meet some furry friends, help clean up their habitats, and in the process, discover the beauty of Tennessee. • Watch KTnB “Classic Frog Pond” video on litter prevention: keeptnbeautiful.org/education In this short video, costumed frog characters teach humans a lesson on litter prevention. The story, shared through a combination of songs and dialogues, helps reach out to a younger audience. A make-believe portrayal of frogs alongside humans shows how we can co-exist and do our part to preserve our natural resources. The message is simple yet strong: If you love Tennessee, don’t litter!

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APRIL CALENDAR by MEENA VISWANATHAN

Bookstock 2017 Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library

Saturday, April 29, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Festivities include author talks, CLOUD901 adventures, live music, cooking demos, arts and crafts for kids, a book-character costume contest, a scavenger hunt, face painting, door prizes, and food trucks.

Free. Visit memphislibrary.org/bookstock or call 415-2700.

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Chucalissa Family Day. C.H.Nash Museum at Chucalissa. Saturdays at 10 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. (except April 15). Family programs and craft activities change weekly. April 1: Trash Talks/Snake Painting. April 8: Sports & Hunting/Pottery. April 22: Mystery Box/ Beading. April 29: Music/Coloring Books. Activities include museum tour, throwing darts with an atlatl, scavenger hunt, the hands-on lab tour, an educational program, and creating a keepsake craft to take home. $6/adult. $4/child (ages 4-11). 7853160.

Women. Mondays & Fridays, 10:30-11:30 a.m. An interactive music program for children 6 months to 5 years and their parents. Features live guitar and storytelling, singing, dancing, and instrumental play. Free. Reservations required. 277-9558.

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Mini Masters. Dixon Gallery and Gardens. Tuesdays from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. This parent-child workshop designed for toddlers features a story time, art activity, and snack. $8/child. Call 761-5250 to pre-register and pre-pay by noon the day before class.

New Ballet Ensemble: Springloaded Coppelia Remix. Germantown Performing Arts Center (GPAC). 7:30 p.m. Also on Saturday, April 8, at 5:30 p.m. & Sunday, April 9, at 2:30 p.m. New Ballet Ensemble puts together a unique blend of dance styles in this theatrical production set at A. Schwab’s on Beale Street. Tickets start at $30. Reservations: 751-7500.

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Ready. Set. Grow! 5K. Delta Blues Winery. Registration begins at 8 a.m. Race at 10 a.m. Race packets can be picked up at Fleet Feet Sports stores in Laurelwood on April 5 and Collierville on April Wild Lunch at Lichterman. Lichterman Nature 6, from 3 to 7 p.m. Event raises awareness about Center. Tuesdays through Saturdays at noon. Watch Keep Tennessee Beautiful (KTnB) and inspires to take 5 • WEDNESDAY the Backyard Wildlife Center’s animal keepers feed Toddler Time. Baptist Memorial Hospital for Women. action on litter prevention, recycling, and the animals. Free with admission. 636-2210. beautification in the communities. This statewide Meets Wednesdays from 10:30 a.m. until noon. event is open to all ages, and participants can run or Toddler Time is a time for parents and children to discover the joy and challenges of parenting toddlers. walk in this race. Benefits University of Memphis/ 2 • SUNDAY KTnB Foundation. Go to keeptnbeautiful.org for Free. 227-9558. Free Sunday at Chucalissa. C.H. Nash Museum at details. Chucalissa. Sundays, 1-5 p.m. Tour the museum, enjoy the hands-on lab, and watch a family-friendly 7 · FRIDAY film. Choctaw Crafts (30 min). Filmed at Chucalissa. Spring Tram Tours. Memphis Botanic Garden (MBG). Animals in Action Day. Memphis Zoo. 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Formerly known as Enrichment Day, this event Film starts at 2 p.m. Free. 785-3160. Fridays from 10 a.m. until noon. Join docents for a features special training demos, enrichment items, tram tour of the garden. Tram leaves every 20 and new experiences for the whole family. Free with minutes from the east end of the Four Seasons 3 • MONDAY admission. 333-6500. Fountain area. Free with admission. 636-4100. Music for Aardvarks. Baptist Memorial Hospital for

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Welcoming all families of preschool childrenmemphis.edu/rip who are willing to work hard and learn PARENTING THAT WORKS, the Regionaltn.gov/behavioral-health/section/rip Intervention Program at the University of Memphis serves families of children under the age of six who have mild to severe behavior problems.

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CALENDAR Saturday Spotlight: Spring Into Art. Morton Museum of Collierville History. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Celebrate the world of art with local artists, watch art demos, and create art at various activity stations. Free. 457-2650. 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. $5 for parking. 260-8521. Miss Nelson is Missing! The Circuit Playhouse. 10 a.m. & 2 p.m. Ages 5-11. Enjoy this musical production based on Harry Allard’s book. $10/adult. $5/child. Reservations: 726-4656. Library Tunes & Tales. At area libraries including Central, Bartlett, Cordova, Collierville, and Germantown. 11 a.m. until noon. Join the musical families of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra as they present a story set to music followed by a craft activity. Free. 537-2500. Kids Yoga. First Tennessee Foundation Visitor Center @ Shelby Farms Park. Saturdays from 11 a.m. until noon. Introduces children to yoga basics with music and movement. Free. 222-7275. Ballet Memphis presents Wizard of Oz. The Orpheum. 2 & 7:30 p.m. Also on Sunday, April 9, at 2 p.m. Steve McMahon choreographs this classic American fairy tale and tells it with heart, courage, and imagination. $10, $25, $45, & $75. Group discounts available. 737-7322.

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Highbridge Voices - The Bronx’s Premier Youth Choir Performs. St. John’s Episcopal Church. 7-8 p.m. Home School Day: Using a rigorous choral experience as a springboard, Things – Objects in the Artwork. Highbridge Voices fosters a sense of pride and Memphis Brooks Museum of Art. accomplishment in the youth of the community Thursday, April 20, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. through high-quality musical experiences. Hosted by the Memphis Boychoir, Inc. Free. call 737-7322. Visit highbridgevoices.org or call 323-8597.

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Spring Family Fun Day. C.H. Nash Museum @ Chucalissa. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Hike the nature trail, tour the museum, throw darts with an atlatl, go on a scavenger hunt, tour the hands-on lab, participate in an educational program, and create a keepsake to take home. $6/adult. $4/child (ages 4-11). 785-3160.

17 • MONDAY The Little Prince. Germantown Community Theatre. Also on Thursday, April 20, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The play based on Antoine de Saint- Exupéry’s book is a poetic allegory about life, growing up, and holding on to what is truly important. $12/adult. $10/child. 453-7447. 18 • TUESDAY The Sound of Music. The Orpheum. April 18-23. Tuesday through Thursday, at 7:30 p.m.; Friday, 8 p.m.; Saturday, 2 & 8 p.m.; Sunday, 1 & 6:30 p.m. A brand new production of the beloved musical directed by Jack O’Brien features songs including “My Favorite Things,” “Do-Re-Mi,” and “Climb Ev’ry Mountain.” $25-$125. For tickets, call 525-3000. 21 · FRIDAY Disney’s The Lion King Jr. The Landers Center Theater. April 21-30. Fridays & Saturdays at 7 p.m.; Sundays at 2 p.m. Desoto Family Theatre presents this musical for kids bringing the African savannah to life. Premium seats: $30. $22/adult. $15/child. 662-4702131. Youth Ballet Memphis Spring Show. Ballet Memphis. April 21-23, 7:30 p.m. Families are welcome to enjoy the Youth Ballet Memphis Spring Show. For tickets, 26 6 2

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22 • SATURDAY Grizzlies Prep Mini-Golf Classic. Memphis Grizzlies Preparatory. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Family Play: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tournament Play: 4 p.m.-8 p.m. Tee times will be sent for groups of four. Grizzlies Prep is transforming its downtown campus into a three-level mini-golf course and tournament to benefit the renovation of 5th-grade classrooms. Food trucks, a rooftop view, and a thrilling course will make this an event for the entire family. $10-$60. Go to grizzliesprepminigolfclassic2017.eventbrite.com for details. V&E Artwalk. V&E Greenline. Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. The sixth annual V&E Artwalk features more than 65 artists from the Greater Memphis area selling their crafts. Includes a silent auction, children’s area, local musicians, food, and drinks. Go to vegreenline.org for details. Family Hoop Jam in My Big Backyard. MBG. 1-3 p.m. Families are welcome to learn how to hula-hoop or practice moves with the expert hoopers of CoMotion Studio. Bring your own hoop. All ages and experience levels welcome. Free with admission. 636-4119. Earth Day Family Campout. Woodland Discovery Playground @ Shelby Farms Park. 6 p.m.-9 a.m. Features a guided nocturnal nature hike, earth science activities, sustainable arts and crafts, and breakfast with the buffalo. $10/person. BYO-Tent. All other supplies included. Go to shelbyfarmspark.org/ earth-day-family-camp-out for details. Krewes for Kids. Crosstown Concourse. 7 p.m. Carnival Memphis hosts this festive event benefiting

children’s charities in the Mid-South, including Church Health. Visit carnivalmemphis.org to purchase tickets online.

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Mission Deep Space Discovery. Memphis Pink Palace Museum. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Calling all Autism Resources of the Mid-South (ARMS) astronauts to join this deep space expedition! Activities include space stations, planetary scavenger hunt, and AutoZone Dome Sharpe Planetarium stargazing experiences. Planetarium shows at 6 & 6:30 p.m. Free. Reserve your tickets at armsdeepspacediscovery.brownpapertickets. com or call Hannah Crain at 636-2437.

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Healthy Kids Day. YMCA at Schilling Farms. 10 a.m. until noon. Activities include obstacle course, moon bounce, face painting, games, and crafts. Freeze Dance contest at 11:30 a.m. Free. 850-9622.

Cooking Up Fun at the Garden. MBG. Two sessions: 10-11 a.m. for children ages 4-6; 1-2 p.m. for children ages 7-10. Children ages 4-6 are invited to explore what’s growing in My Big Backyard and pick ingredients to prepare a healthy snack. Enjoy your treat listening to The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Children ages 7-10 are invited to explore the garden and pick ingredients to prepare a healthy snack based on the theme: Tomatoes, Carrots, and Lettuce, Oh My! $15/child. Adults pay regular admission. Adults must accompany children ages 4-6. Call 636-4126 to register. Bookstock 2017. Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Festivities include author talks, CLOUD901 adventures, live music, cooking demos, arts and crafts for kids, a book-character costume


own-pace space from 1 to 4 p.m. Activities include photos with Easter Bunny, kids’ crafts, lawn games, outdoor activities, and concessions. Tickets are $10 at the gate, based on availability. Free for kids under 2. Photos and concessions at additional cost. Advance discounts available. 636-4100.

with adult. Go to hollyspringspilgrimage.com for details.

MommyCon. Memphis Cook Convention Center. Saturday, April 29, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. MommyCon takes a gentle and positive approach to educating parents about the emotional and physical benefits of Easter Egg Hunt. Cornelia Crenshaw Branch Library. natural birthing, breastfeeding and babywearing. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Celebrate Easter with an egg hunt. Free. Visit mommycon.com for details. 525-1643

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Easter Egg Hunt. Dixon Gallery and Gardens. 10 a.m. until noon. Come say hello to the Easter Bunny and take part in an egg hunt for kids. $10/person. 761-5250.

ONGOING EVENTS MUSEUMS AND EXHIBITS

Memphis Zoo. Nature Connects: Art with LEGO Bricks. Through July 9. 333-6500. The Pink Palace Museum. EXTREME DEEP: Mission into the Abyss. Through May 6. 636-2362. CTI 3D Giant Theater. Extreme Weather 3D. Through June 23. 636-2362. AutoZone Dome at the Sharpe Planetarium. Back to the Moon for Good. Through June 2. One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure. Through September 2. 636-2362.

CLASSES & WORKSHOPS

The Nurturing Father. Christ Community Health Services/Families Matter. Meets on Mondays from 6 to 8 p.m. Parents learn about child development, effective ways to communicate, and developing empathy and practice new skills in making and enforcing rules and giving praise and encouragement. Free. Light refreshments provided. Call 412-7245 to RSVP. Kaleidoscope Club. Dixon Gallery and Gardens. Wednesdays from 4 to 5 p.m. Ages 5-9. Children participate in projects that spark interest in horticulture, art, or literature. $8. Snack provided. Call 761-5250 to register.

Breastfeeding Class. Baptist Women’s Hospital. Thursday, April 6, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $30. Call 226-5764 to register.

Two-Day Saturday Prepared Childbirth Class. Women and Children’s Pavilion @ Methodist LeBonheur Germantown. On select Saturdays (April 8 & 15) from 8:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. Class includes information provided in the seven-week prepared childbirth series. Part 1: preparation for delivery, Mallory-Neely House Tour. Mallory-Neely House, breathing, relaxation, and massaging for coping, as 652 Adams Avenue. Fridays & Saturdays, from 10 a.m. well as post-partum preparation. Part 2: baby basics, to 4 p.m. Step back in time to the Victorian Era breastfeeding, & infant safety. Also check on other touring this mansion built in 1852 that showcases ongoing classes: Infant Safety and CPR Class and original furniture and interior decorations. $7/adult. Celebrate Siblings class. For details, $5/child (ages 3 and up). Reservations: 523-1484. visit methodisthealth.org or call 516-6907.

OTHER PROGRAMS

contest, a scavenger hunt, face painting, door prizes, and food trucks. Free. Visit memphislibrary.org/ bookstock or call 415-2700.

EGG-CITING EASTER EVENTS

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Easter Through the Looking Glass. Children’s Museum of Memphis (CMOM). 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Meet and greet Alice and your favorite Wonderland characters, take pictures with Easter Bunny, decorate wooden eggs, create your own colorful Duct Tape Easter bucket, enjoy themed face painting, balloon animals, and receive an egg-stra special bunny to take home. Ticket prices at the door (based on availability): $20. Includes museum visit. Advance discounts available. 458-2678. Easter Eggstravaganza Egg Float. YMCA at Schilling Farms. Schedule: 2 p.m. for ages 3-5 (parent/ guardian must accompany child in the water); 2:15 p.m. for ages 6-9; 2:30 p.m. for ages 10-14. Grab your basket and get wet in the indoor pool collecting floating plastic eggs. Wear a swimsuit and bring a towel. Arrive 15 minutes before scheduled time. $5 sign-up online at ymcamemphis.org or call 850-9622 to register by April 6.

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Family Egg Hunt. Memphis Botanic Garden. From 1 to 4 p.m. Ages 3-4 at 2:30 p.m. Ages 5-7 at 2:45 p.m. Ages 8-10 at 3 p.m. Family prize egg hunt begins at 1 p.m. and ends at 4 p.m. (one prize egg per family, please!). Family Egg Hunt includes age-friendly areas, live music, magic, and a 96-acre hunt with prizes for adults as well. Bring the little ones to the 2-andunder Bunny Hop area for a mellow, hunt-at-your-

Parent Informational Session. Baptist Memorial Hospital for Women. Tuesdays from 9 to 9:30 a.m. & 2 to 2:30 p.m. and Fridays from 9 to 9:30 a.m. Join for an informational session to learn more about the Universal Parenting Place (UPP). At UPP, parents have a chance to share their own parenting joys and challenges while finding much-needed support. Free. 277-9558. Growing New Readers by Leaps and Bounds! Books from Birth 2017 Luncheon. FedEx Event Center @ Shelby Farms Park. Thursday, April 6, from noon until 1 p.m. Special Guest: Tennessee First Lady Crissy Haslam talks about her focused work on encouraging parent engagement in education and reading proficiency for children across Tennessee. Books from Birth honors (Bartlett native) Miss Tennessee, Grace Burgess, for her outstanding advocacy of children’s literacy. Individual tickets: $50. Table of 10: $500. For details, go to booksfrombirth. org/2017luncheon or call 820-4503. Heal the Hood Foundation and 2 Unique Magazine Community Empowerment Summit. Hickory Ridge Middle School. Friday, April 7, from 6 to 8 p.m. & Saturday, April 8, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Features a Hip-Hopera concert on Friday and Social Media Summit breakout sessions on Saturday. Breakout session topics include Dancing, The Industry, Talent and You, Producing, Social Media Responsibility Laws, and The World, My Talent, and I. Registration fee for both events: $15. For details, call 482-1615. Holly Springs, MS Pilgrimage. Holly Springs, MS. April 21-23, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The 79th annual Pilgrimage will feature tours of historic homes, churches, and museums. Visitors tour the Holly Springs Depot that survived the Civil War and Van Dorn’s Raid on Holly Springs. Children under 12 free

Saturday Sketching. Dixon Gallery and Gardens. Saturday, April 8, from 10 to 11 a.m. Ages 15 and up. Join a special guest instructor each month and learn how to sketch using pencils and colored pencils. Free. 761-5250. Saturday Childbirth Class. Baptist Women’s Hospital. On Saturday, April 15, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Topics include childbirth/labor, delivery/breastfeeding & infant care. $75. Call 226-5764 to register. Expectant Parents Class. Baptist Women’s Hospital. Saturday, April 22, from 9 a.m. until noon. $30. Call 226-5764 to register. Dynamic Dads. On Saturday April 22, at Women and Children’s Pavilion @ Methodist LeBonheur Germantown and on Saturday, April 29, at Saint Francis Bartlett, from 12:30 to 4 p.m. Communitybased boot camp facilitated by a coach training rookie fathers and fathers-to-be how to be involved in the lives of their newborns. Free. Light refreshments provided. Call 412-7245 to RSVP.

GROUP PROGRAMS

Discovery Days. Memphis Pink Palace Museum. April 27 & 28, from 9 a.m. until noon. Discovery Days feature live learning demos in the museum exhibits. Extreme Deep: Mission to the Abyss exhibit currently on display helps explore the mysteries of the ocean’s greatest depths using touch carts. Free with admission. 636-2362.

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HOME SCHOOL CLASSES

Home School Day. Memphis Zoo. Monday, April 3, 9:30-11 a.m. (Grades 1-8) – Owl Pellet Dissection for grades 1-4 and Fish Anatomy for grades 5-8. Monday, April 3, 1-3 p.m. (Grades 1-12) – Owl Pellet Dissection for grades 1-4, Fish Anatomy for grades 5-8, and Rat Anatomy for grades 9-12. Cost: $23. Call 333-6576 to register.

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Home School Days – April Fool’s. Memphis Botanic Garden. Wednesday, April 5, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Ages 5 and up. Join for hands-on learning experience. $5/child. Garden admission not included. Call 636-4130 to register and pre-pay. Home School Days: Chemistry. Memphis Pink Palace Museum. Thursday, April 13, from 1 to 2 p.m. Visit the Natural History Gallery to learn the differences between chemical and physical change through three chem demos. For reservations, call 6362362. Home School Day: Things – Objects in the Artwork. Memphis Brooks Museum of Art. Thursday, April 20, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Explore the museum collection by taking part in scavenger hunts, self-guided tours, a drop-in art-making activity, and docent-led tours at 10:30 & 11:15 a.m. Free. 544-6200.

FUND-RAISERS

2017 FedExFamilyHouse Gala and Late Night Lounge. Peabody Hotel. Saturday, April 8, from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. NFL quarterback Eli Manning joins gala guests followed by The Late Night Lounge party featuring dancing and door prizes. Gala tickets: $300. Late Night Lounge: $60. For tickets, go to fedexfamilyhouse.org/gala or call Le Bonheur Foundation at 516-0534. Earth Day 5K. Shelby Farms Park. Sunday, April 9. Registration begins at 10 a.m. Race at 2 p.m. Celebrate going green at the 6th annual Earth Day 5K. After the race, participate in a tree planting or take home a sapling to green up your community. $30. Early registration available through April 4. Benefits Shelby Farms Park Conservancy. 222-7275. Hoedown for Hope. Propcellar. Friday, April 21, from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Features music by Six String Lovers, line dancing by DanceSmiths, specialty pops from Mempops, food from Heart & Soul, a mechanical bull, and silent auction. $75/person. $1000 for a table of 10. All tickets include valet parking. Early discounts available. Visit hopehousememphis.org/221-hoedown or call Sandy at 272-2702, extension 206. GPAC Gala celebrating Memphis Music. Germantown Performing Arts Center (GPAC). Saturday, April 22, 6

p.m. Put on your dancing shoes and celebrate Memphis music with live and silent auction items, food, and drinks. $250. Contact: Parke Kennedy, 751-7505. Pink Wig Palooza. Takes place at 405 Monroe Avenue. Sunday, April 23, noon until 6 p.m. Features outdoor multi-band concert, food, and beverages. Benefits The Pink Wig Project providing support and resources to cancer fighters. $15/adult. $10/child ages 11-20. $5/child ages 10 and under. Go to pinkwigproject.org for details.

AUDITIONS

Dream to Dance Open Call Dance Scholarship Auditions. Ballet on Wheels Dance School & Company. Saturday, April 8, from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. The scholarship audition is a highly competitive process that provides talented students the opportunity to participate in a full dance year of free dance classes with Ballet On Wheels Dance School. Strict attendance, performance, and community service requirements must be successfully fulfilled through the year. Students must audition each year for re-enrollment. For details, go to scholarships2017.eventbrite.com or call 870-4348.

THEATRE PERFORMANCES

Taj Express: The Bollywood Musical. GPAC. Sunday, April 2, from 7 to 9 p.m. This performance is a fusion of East and West featuring classical dance and music played on Indian instruments. Tickets start at $30. Reservations: 751-7500. Pakistan’s Sounds of Kolachi. Buckman Arts Center @ St. Mary’s School. Friday, April 7, 8 p.m. This 10-piece ensemble blends classical instruments like the sitar and bowed sarangi with electric guitar and rock rhythm section. $25. For tickets, call 537-1483. (Re)Birth of the Cool. Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library. Friday, April 14, 6:45 p.m. This performance is part of the #5FridaysofFreeJazz presented by the Memphis Library Foundation and the Levitt Shell. Free. 678-2541. Russian National Ballet: Don Quixote. GPAC. Thursday, April 20, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Performance features Leon Minkus’ score and transports audience to a make-believe Spain filled with dancing dryads, gypsies, and knights. Tickets start at $35. Reservations: 751-7500. Fathers and Daughters: An Evening with Loudon Wainwright III and Lucy Wainwright Roche. Buckman Arts Center @ St. Mary’s School. Saturday, April 22, 8 p.m. Performance brings together two singer/songwriter legends on the Buckman stage. $35. For tickets, call 537-1483. Todrick Hall presents Straight Outta Oz. Halloran Centre @ The Orpheum.


Wednesday, April 26, 7:30 p.m. Watch this multi-talented performer share his favorite creation with a Memphis audience. $25. VIP tickets: $80. For tickets, call 525-3000. Dance Theatre of Harlem. The Orpheum. Saturday, April 29, 8 p.m. & Sunday, April 30, 2 p.m. This 14-member diverse dance group breathes new life to the art form of classical ballet. $25-$69. VIP: $79. For tickets, call 525-3000.

STORY TIME AT AREA BOOKSTORES AND MUSEUMS

minutes of stories and crafts. • Gadget Lab for Kids. On select Tuesdays, (April 11, 18, & 25) from 4 to 6 p.m. Join Ms. Luna and learn about cool apps and games for kids available on the library’s Kindle Fires. • International Story Time. Saturday, April 15, from 11 a.m. until noon. Celebrate the country of Liberia with stories, games, crafts, and snacks. • Read with Me, Sign with Me. Saturday, April 22, from 11 a.m. until noon. Enjoy a family story time program incorporating American Sign Language, stories, activities, and crafts.

Story Time at Morton Museum of Collierville History On Fridays from 10:30 to 11 a.m. Ages 8 and under. Join for a new story theme each week with songs, related craft, and snack. Free. 457-2650.

CORDOVA 8457 Trinity Rd., 754-8443 • Musical Story Time. Mondays from 4 to 4:45 p.m. Join award-winning children’s musician Sue Schnitzer for an interactive story time full of music, stories, and dance. • Wondering Minds Wednesday. Wednesdays from 4 to 5 p.m. Discover talents through art, team building, creating, and exploring. • Car Seat Safety. Thursday, April 13, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office ensures baby and toddler car seats are installed correctly. They will be in parking lot before and after story time. • Arbor Day with Cordova Garden Club. Saturday, April 29, from 11 a.m. until noon. Celebrate Arbor Day listening to stories about trees and making bird feeders to take home.

GERMANTOWN COMMUNITY LIBRARY 1925 Exeter Rd., 757-7323 Night of the Doctor. Thursday, April 20, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Celebrate Whovians during this Doctor Who themed event and take part in craft making. Dress up and arrive at 6:15 p.m. for the costume contest. Free.

COSSITT 33 S. Front, 526-1712 • Bicycle Story Time & Riding Lessons. Saturday, April 22, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Listen to bike stories and then learn from Revolution Bicycle Co-op how to ride bicycles without training wheels by taking to the open road.

Shakespeare’s Greatest Hits. Saturday, April 22, from 11 a.m. until noon. Join for an engaging primer to Shakespeare’s greatest hits with the Tennessee Shakespeare Company. Free.

EAST SHELBY 7200 E. Shelby Dr., 751-7360 • Tiny Tots Story Time. Tuesdays from 11 a.m. until noon with different themes each week. Children ages 3-5 are introduced to the wonderful world of reading through books, music, and crafts. • Lapsit Story Time. Thursdays from 10:30 to 11 a.m. Special story time for babies and infants ages 3 and younger introducing early concepts through stories, rhymes, and play.

BARNES & NOBLE BOOKSELLERS The Avenue Carriage Crossing Mall, 853-3264 Saturdays at 11 a.m. Ages 1-6. BARNES & NOBLE BOOKSELLERS 2774 N. Germantown Pkwy., 3862468 Tuesdays and Saturdays at 11 a.m. Ages PreK-6. Character Story Time: Corduroy Bear. Sunday, April 23, from 3 to 3:30 p.m. Read a story, color pictures, and meet Corduroy Bear. Free.

MEMPHIS LIBRARY EVENTS

For a complete listing of library events, stop by your local branch and pick up “Infodates,” the library’s monthly calendar, or go to memphislibrary.org 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. • Crafternoon. Thursdays from 4 to 6 p.m. Children ages 6-11 enjoy 90

FRAYSER 3712 Argonne, 357-4115 • School-aged Storytime Plus Crafts. Saturday, April 8, from 1 to 2 p.m. Children ages 6-12 play games and crafts that challenges reading skills and creativity. POPLAR-WHITE STATION 5094 Poplar, 682-1616 • R.E.A.D Program. Wednesday, April 26, from 4 to 5 p.m. Improve children’s reading skills by using registered pet partner therapy teams as literacy mentors.

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Every child is different, even identical ones. Twins Penny and Lydia Chu were born prematurely and needed immediate help from Le Bonheur pediatric specialists. Penny had a particularly difficult time, requiring intricate heart surgery. We understand that no matter how similar they may appear, every child is different – with a unique set of needs – and that’s exactly how we treat each one. lebonheur.org

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