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Medical Miracle in Memphis DEPARTMENTS 6 Dear Teacher Beating the Holiday Back-to-School Blues 8 Family Table Serving Up Family Traditions

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After weeks, or dare I say months, of being bombarded with pre-holiday sales and décor in the stores, December is finally here. We can officially begin celebrating Christmas. This is such a joyous time of year for my family and me and for so many others. But for the Ayeni family, who adopted Memphis as their home far away from home, the holiday celebration will be extra special — with their 1-year-old twin girls who had been conjoined before the amazing medical team at LeBonheur Children’s Hospital intervened. As you can see in the photo, a few weeks ago I met and spoke with Samuel and Mary Ayeni of Nigeria, and I now have the pleasure of sharing with you their inspirational journey in “Medical Miracle in Memphis” (page 10). This year, the wonder of Christmas is also shared with the Jewish holiday, Hanukkah, beginning at sundown on Christmas Eve. I always think of my dear high-school friend, Sherie Lazar Rosenblatt, and her lovely family at this time of year as they honor their faith. Families of all types and beliefs will celebrate many wonderful traditions during this holiday season, and most likely, they will share these memories over food. With this month’s Family Table (page 8), have fun trying out a couple of recipes that are filled with the perfect ingredients for gathering with family and friends. Finally, Memphis Parent unveils the 2016 Family Choice Awards this month. You’ll find a plethora of “best of the best” that Memphis has to offer families. Call me biased, but I vote Memphis Parent for the “Best Children’s Publication” that brings you the information and fun events you want and need for your children. Enjoy!

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PREP FOR JANUARY NOW How to beat the holiday “back-to-school” blues by EMILY JAMERSON Winter break should be a much-deserved time of freedom and fun after a semester of hard work. However, when January comes, it can be difficult to get kids back in action after two weeks of holiday cheer. The following tips can make the transition from holiday break to back to school a little easier. First, for all kids, even ones a little older, pick a bedtime and stick to it. Having a consistent bedtime and wake-up call will eliminate sleep-all-day grogginess once school is back in session. Small adjustments to a student’s sleep schedule can allow for later nights and not-so-early mornings while still sticking to a routine. Next, try and structure the days and weeks with activities that keep kids moving and focused on designated activities. This keeps their stamina up so that when school starts again, they are able to quickly respond to the needs of the school day. Activities for younger kids, such as cooking as a family, can support reading, math skills, and creative problem solving. For example, if you’re making cookies, say, “Ok, we ran out of chocolate chips. Now what?” Finally, having the family set goals for the holiday break can give a sense of accomplishment over the holidays that can encourage goal setting in the classroom. Try setting a family reading goal of 50-60 pages that all family members must meet by the end of the two weeks of vacation. Create a tracking chart and hang it up in the house for each member of the family to add to each time they meet their goal. Having fun while setting and achieving goals will support a child’s desire to set their own learning goals at school. The holidays are a time for rest, relaxation, and renewal, but keeping to a routine and supporting school habits can make the transition from winter break to second semester a little easier. Emily Jamerson is a freelance writer and CLUE teacher at Snowden Elementary in Memphis.


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THE CELEBRATION STARTS WITH BREAKFAST By LIZ PHILLIPS

To this very day, if we spend Christmas with my dad, one of my kids will beg him to tell the story of his favorite Christmas present ever. When he was about 10 or 11, his parents gave him an electric griddle. It was a high-sided aluminum square with a thermostat in its handle, probably made by Sunbeam. In my dad’s family, each child could take one gift to bed with him on Christmas night. Dad snuggled with his frying pan. This story is special to me because my dad cooked our Christmas morning pancakes on that griddle. After he and my mom split up, he made breakfast on it when we had our bi-weekly visits with him in the city, but it’s the memory of those holiday mornings I cherish. For us kids, that tradition meant everything. I’m not my dad, though. While I stick to a reliable menu for our Christmas dinner, sometimes I get tired of pancakes. I make them most Sundays, and they require more kitchen fuss than I want on a day when so much else is going on. So my Christmas breakfast menu varies. This year, I asked some friends about their traditions and found some great make-ahead ideas. The two I zeroed in on complement each other — one, a slow-cooker oatmeal, is spicy-sweet; the other, a minifrittata, is savory. Best of all, each can be customized according to your family’s tastes. The winter holidays celebrate light in the darkness, the shedding of the old year to make way for the new. One of the joys of building your own family is finding the balance between continuity and invention that brings the most light to you and those you love. Breakfast is a great place to start.

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You can also make this in a rice cooker, using a ratio of 2 parts liquid to 1 part oats as a starting point. Slow cookers and rice cookers vary widely, though, so no matter which cooker you use, try this at least once before the big day to get the ratios right for your cooker and preference. Serves 6 Ingredients 6 cups liquid (any combination of the following: water, milk, almond milk, coconut milk, and/or apple juice) 1.5 cup old-fashioned or steel-cut oats 1 teaspoon kosher salt 1 teaspoon vanilla ¼ cup-½ cup sweetener (try brown sugar, honey, or real maple syrup) 1 cup dried fruit, such as cranberries, raisins, or chopped apricots or figs, or a couple of fresh apples or pears, peeled and chopped Optional spices: 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice or any combination of ½ teaspoon each cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom plus a pinch of ground clove or allspice To serve: chopped toasted hazelnuts, pecans, walnuts, coconut, or almonds; butter and cream or half and half; additional sweetener because what the heck, it’s once a year Right before bedtime, combine all ingredients in your cooker and turn to low to cook for 8 hours. In the morning, stir well and add additional liquid if it’s too thick. Set out nuts, butter, cream, and sweetener to serve.

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Use two 12-well mini-muffin tins, greased with a little butter or olive oil. Muffin tin sizes can vary, so fill a 2-cup liquid measuring cup with water and see how much you use to fill the wells about ¾ full. That’s how much beaten egg you’ll need. Makes 24

Ingredients 8 large eggs, beaten (or as much as needed) ¼ teaspoon salt (more or less to taste) Ground pepper to taste ¼ cup grated or crumbled cheese (parmesan, Swiss, cheddar, feta) ¼ cup chopped ham, cooked sausage, or chopped, sautéed mushrooms ½ cup chopped cooked spinach, excess liquid squeezed out (asparagus or broccoli would also be good) Preheat oven to 325. Combine eggs, salt, and pepper in liquid measuring cup. Pour egg mixture into muffin cups to fill less than halfway. Divide cheese, meat, and spinach among muffin cups. Pour remaining egg over fillings and bake for 20 minutes. Remove frittatas by prying them loose with a skewer or toothpick. Serve immediately, or refrigerate and reheat in the microwave or a warm oven before serving. They’re also nice at room temperature.

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MEDICAL MIRACLE IN MEMPHIS The story of the little Nigerian twin girls

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On a bright and unusually warm autumn day last month, a flurry of activity surrounded Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital in midtown Memphis. Media cars lined up near Poplar and Dunlap as journalists crowded into the hospital’s auditorium to hear what a team of doctors had to say about the lifealtering surgery of separating conjoined twins, Miracle and Testimony Ayeni, just a week earlier. “This surgery gives them the opportunity to lead independent lives,” said Dr. Max Langham, who led the surgical team. “Le Bonheur's medical team is like no other I have worked with throughout my medical career. To flawlessly execute an 18-hour surgery with this level of coordination proves we have some of the best physicians and surgeons in the world.”


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Along with a team of more than 120 surgeons, physicians, nurses, therapists, and other staff who were involved in the care of Miracle and Testimony, their parents Samuel and Mary Ayeni also had another major factor in the surgery of their daughters — their faith. The Ayenis are devout Christians who boldly and with fervor share testimony of how their faith in God has not only sustained them but also strengthened them to deal with the emotional rollercoaster they’ve been on since learning their twins would be conjoined at the pelvis, sharing some internal organs but having separate legs. Only about 6 percent of conjoined twins are connected in this manner. “When you give everything to God and believe, he will give you peace,” said dad, Samuel. “I have the faith that He is helping us, and we are giving all of this to Him.” Long after the TV cameras and most of the other media left the news conference, I lingered, just marveling at these two parents. As I spoke to the social work director who coordinated placing the Ayeni family in the FedEx Family House with the twins and Marvelous, their 3-year-old daughter, Mary walked up and we began talking mother to mother. Tears welled in her eyes as she began to tell me how some people in their native country of Nigeria had spoken of her baby girls. “They told me that I should abandon them on the street,” she said. “And one person even told me that I should take them to a museum. They thought they were some kind of monsters. But I thank God that He blessed me to be their mother.” The journey of these twins and their parents is nothing short of a miracle. Two months after they were born, a nonprofit in Nigeria, the Linking Hands Foundation, reached out to a surgeon at Le Bonheur — Dr. Ben Gbulie, who is also a native of Nigeria. After consulting with a team of surgeons to see if this complex surgery could be successful, Le Bonheur president and CEO then signed off on it. Le Bonheur and silent heroes in the Memphis community covered the cost of transporting the Ayenis to the United States, support and housing in Memphis, and the surgery. “I can’t begin to express my joy,” Mary said. “We know nobody, but we know God. People I don’t even know are blessing us. Memphis is helping my kids.” Meri Armour, Le Bonheur president and CEO, said, “I have met and grown to love this beautiful family and am moved to tears that our surgeons and doctors have given their girls a new lease on life.” The girls, who doctors said were remarkably healthy prior to the surgery, are getting stronger each day. In fact, the same day the news of the successful procedure became public, the twins celebrated their first birthday. Armour called the news conference, “the testimony of a miracle,” playing off the girls’ first names and the faith of the family that doctors say gave them strength as well. Miracle, who has always been the heartier eater of the two girls actually ate some of her cake while Testimony, who is described as more quiet, loves to snuggle. Now the girls will focus on just becoming like any other toddler as they recover and receive rehabilitation therapy to learn to walk before returning with their family to Nigeria. Before we parted ways, Mary wanted to thank the city and the people, especially at the hospital. “Here at Le Bonheur, children’s lives really do matter. I am grateful to God for all of you.”

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Memphis is known for its barbecue, but there’s no shortage of serving up all sorts of good food — downtown, midtown, Germantown, and all around town. Check out the places where you can please the palate of all members of the family.

BEST RESTAURANT WITH KIDS

Huey's Chick-fil-A Belly Acres

BEST RESTAURANT FOR A DATE WITHOUT THE KIDS

BEST LOCAL PIZZA PLACE

Memphis Pizza Cafe Pyro's Pizza Aldo's Pizza Pies

BEST BARBECUE

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Central BBQ

Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen

BEST HEALTHY KIDS' MENU

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Corky's Germantown Commissary

BEST FARM-TO-TABLE RESTAURANT

The Farmer Belly Acres Bounty on Broad

BEST PREPARED MEALS

Curbside Casserole Katie's Kitchen Whole Foods

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Chick-fil-A & Lyfe Kitchen Jason's Deli

SHOPPING The best of where to go for locally-owned stores just for kids offers familiar places in several categories because they’re kid-tested and parent-approved. Investing in quality toys and clothes for your child at these establishments is also an investment in Memphis.

BEST LOCALLYOWNED CHILDREN'S STORE

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FAMILY SERVICES When you first bring home your bundle of joy, you soon realize the baby books don’t cover some of the areas that are vital to your existence. That’s where we’ve got you covered here, from where to go to get that first haircut to working out the stress of parenting to who to go to for capturing those adorable faces that make it all worthwhile. In fact, since there were several top choices for Best Yoga & with Best Children’s Photographer a virtual tie, we dubbed those as “Reader’s Choice.”

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Cotton Tails

Itty Bitty Bella Spoiled Sweet Boutique

BEST SALON FOR KIDS' HAIRCUTS

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The Village Toymaker

Knowledge Tree The Booksellers at Laurelwood

BEST YOGA OR PILATES STUDIO

Midtown Yoga Bikram Yoga Hot Yoga

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Evergreen Yoga & Pure Barre

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Getting a good education comes in all shapes and sizes from daycare to mother’s day out to public and private schools. It even includes pursuing an arts education to get the most out of learning as a child grows up. Fortunately, in the greater Memphis area, you can find the right fit for your child. A good place to start your search is at the locations Memphis Parent families voted as best on their list.

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Memphis Greenline & Memphis Redbirds Game

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Delta Fair, Zoo Boo, Cooper-Young Festival, & Germantown Festival

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Snowy Nights in My Big Backyard. Memphis Botanic Garden. December 2 & 3, 9 & 10, and 16-23, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Festivities include playing in the "snow," sipping hot cocoa or spiced tea, creating a winter craft, enjoying games, and a musical light show on the Leaping Lawn. memphisbotanicgarden.com/snowynights

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St. Jude Memphis Marathon Weekend. Memphis Cook Convention Center. Through December 3. Race ends in AutoZone Park. Features a 5K, Kids Marathon, Health and Fitness Expo, and a post-race celebration at the Fogelman YMCA. All children receive a finisher medal. Go to stjude.org/marathon for details.

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Music for Aardvarks. Baptist Memorial Hospital for Women. Monday & Friday from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. An interactive music program for children 6 months to 5 years and their parents, featuring live guitar and storytelling, singing, dancing, and instrumental play. Free. 227-9558.

A Christmas Carol. Theatre Memphis. Through December 15, Monday through Friday, at 9:30 & 11 a.m. A Memphis family holiday tradition brings happiness and enlightenment through song, dance, and holiday cheer. Matinees for school groups or individuals. $8/adult. $6/student. Free for educators. Reservations: 682-5261.

Polar Express Train Rides. Batesville Train Station. December: 2-4, 7-11, 14-23. Schedule: 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. Dancing chefs, singing elves, and a special gift from Santa himself awaits you and your family aboard THE POLAR EXPRESS Train Ride. For details, go to grenadapolarexpressride.com or call 1-877-334-4783.

Ice Skating at the Memphis Zoo. Memphis Zoo. Through December 30. Daily, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Zoo Lights nights from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. $6/person. 333-6500.

Snowy Nights in My Big Backyard. Memphis Botanic Garden (MBG). December 2 & 3, 9 & 10, and 16-23, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Festivities include playing in the "snow," sipping hot cocoa or spiced tea, creating a winter craft, enjoying games, and a musical light show on the Leaping Lawn. Go to memphisbotanicgarden. com/snowynights for details.

SmART Kids. Dixon Gallery and Gardens. Thursdays from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. $8/child. Call 761-5250 to register. Wild Lunch at Lichterman. Lichterman Nature Center. Tuesday through Saturday at noon. Free with admission. 636-2210. SunTrust Zoo Lights. Memphis Zoo. Through December 30. On select nights, from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Features snow in the courtyard, two rides including 90-foot LED Ferris wheel, Santa in his workshop, live reindeer, and thousands of holiday lights. $9. Visit memphiszoo.org/zoolights for a complete schedule. Starry Nights. Shelby Farms Park. Through December 27. Monday through Thursday, 6-9 p.m. Friday & Saturday, 6-10 p.m. Festivities include light displays, holiday shopping, s'more roasting, taking photos with Santa, and visiting the Starry Petting Zoo. $20/car, $50/large van, $150/bus. 222-7275. 22 2 2

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PB & Jammies: Holiday Sing-Along. Germantown Performing Arts Center (GPAC). 6:30-8:30 p.m. Jeremy Shrader and friends invites children to sing and dance to favorite Christmas and Hanukkah tunes alongside Frozen songs. Join in at 6 p.m. to enjoy a seasonal craft activity and a book fair by Usborne Books. Stay for a post-concert snack of milk and cookies. $8/child. Free up to two adults. Reservations: 751-7500. Peter Pan. Playhouse on the Square. Through December 31. Fridays at 7 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. This timeless tale of adventure entertains audiences with songs including "I Gotta Crow" and "I'm Flying." $15-$45. Reservations: 726-4656. DeSoto Family Theatre presents Meet Me in St. Louis. Landers Center Theatre. Dec. 2, 3, 9, 10, & 16 at 7 p.m.; Dec. 10 at 2 p.m.; Dec. 4, 11, & 18 at 2 p.m. Based on

the film of the same name, the show takes audiences on a musical journey back to the early 1900s on the brink of 1904 World's Fair. $22/adult. $18/child. Premium seats: $30. Visit dftonline.org or call 662-470-2131.

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Junie B. Jones in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells! The Circuit Playhouse. Through December 23. Closing Wednesday, Thursday, & Friday at 7 p.m.; Saturday at 10 a.m. & 2 p.m.; Sunday at 2 p.m. The show, based on the best-selling books by Barbara Park, shares the story of how Junie B. Jones deals with her Secret Santa, Bossy-Head May. $15-$40. Reservations: 726-4656. Spotlight Saturday: Timeless Holiday. Morton Museum of Collierville History. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Celebrate the holidays with crafts, cookies, and hot chocolate. IRIS Orchestra kicks off the afternoon at 1 p.m. with music and an instrument petting zoo. Free. 457-2650. Chucalissa Family Day. C.H. Nash Museum at Chucalissa. Saturdays at 10 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. 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. Family programs and craft activities change weekly. December 3: Sports & Hunting/ Pottery. December 10: Music/Coloring Book. December 17: Trash Talks/Snake Painting. $6/adult. $4/child (ages 4-11). 785-3160. Family Studio. Dixon Gallery and Gardens. 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free. 761-5250. Holiday Science. Pink Palace Museum. Through December 17. Saturdays at noon. Watch snow appear before your eyes, see static electricity in action, learn why tinsel is so sticky, and play a holiday song using your palms. $4.75/adult. $4.25/child. 636-2437.


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AIDS Memorial Quilt. Memphis Brooks Museum of Art. December 2-4. Ballet on Wheels Dance Class & Performance. The Booksellers at Laurelwood. 1 p.m. Children ages 3-10 are invited to participate in a brief dance class followed by a performance by Ballet on Wheels Company dancers. Free. Visit thebooksellersatlaurelwood. com/event for details. Free Family Art Workshop: Holiday Ornaments with J.T. Wilbanks. Memphis College of Art. 2-4 p.m. Workshops are 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/tag/free-family-art-workshops to sign up in advance. Germantown Holiday Concert. GPAC. 7-9 p.m. Features the Germantown Chorus and Germantown Symphony Orchestra performing holiday favorites and concluding with an audience sing-along. $15. Reservations: 751-7500.

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Victorian Christmas at Mallory-Neely House. Mallory-Neely House. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Celebrate the Yuletide with a small exhibit featuring dolls from 1850 to 1950, a visit from Father Christmas, and refreshments. $7/adult. $5/child (ages 3 and up). Vintage-style Father Christmas photo packages available starting at $10. For details, call 523-1484. Pet Photos with Santa. Humane Society of Memphis & Shelby County. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Also on Sunday, from noon until 4 p.m. Photos with Santa available for dogs, cats, children, and adults. Receive digital files and one print-out mailed. $25. Visit memphishumane.org or call 937-3903.

DramaDays: Holli-Drama. Sunfish Children's Theatre. 10 a.m. until noon. Ages 3-12. Students play theatre games, make a present, and create their own show for family. $30. Includes lesson, snack, and craft. 826-6649.

Hattiloo at the Library. Crenshaw Branch Library. 1-2:30 p.m. Ages 5-10. Magic of Memphis Holiday Spectacular Features a kid-friendly production of The Magic Tree, a talk with performers, featuring Cirque de la Symphonie. Cannon Center for the Performing Arts. and activities including face painting and dance lessons. Free. 502-3486. 3-5 p.m. Cirque de la Symphonie’s acrobats leave you breathless as the City of Germantown Holiday Parade. Memphis Symphony Orchestra Parade starts at the corner of performs holiday favorites — live! Kimbrough Road and Farmington Tickets start at $15. For details, call Boulevard and ends at Germantown 537-2525. Athletic Club. 2 p.m. Features decorated floats, horses, school groups, 6 ∙ TUESDAY clubs, marching bands, and Santa Mini Masters. Dixon Gallery and aboard a Germantown Fire Truck. Along Gardens. Tuesdays from 10:30 to 11:15 the parade route, marines and a.m. $8. Call 761-5250 to pre-register volunteers collect unwrapped toys for and pre-pay by Monday noon before Toys for Tots organization. Free. the class. 757-7382.

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Ballet Memphis presents Nutcracker. The Orpheum. Through December 11. Friday at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday at 2 & 7:30 p.m.; Sunday at 2 p.m. This annual production with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra features more than 100 dancers performing in glistening sets portraying the beauty of the classic characters. $10-$75. Group discounts available. 737-7322.

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Roudnev Youth Ballet presents The Nutcracker. Buckman Arts Center at St. Mary's School. 6 p.m. Also on Sunday at 2 p.m. Roudnev Youth Ballet presents a traditional interpretation of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker on the Buckman stage. General admission: $25. Premium seating: $35. For details, call 537-1483.


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Broadway 101: Annie. Halloran Centre @ The Orpheum. Thursday, December 15, 4 p.m.

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Symphony Orchestra as they present a story set to music. Free. 537-2500. Jingle Bell Ball. The Peabody Hotel. Cookie Party for toddlers to 2nd grade: 2-3 p.m; Jingle Bell Rock for 3rd & 4th grade: 3:30-5 p.m; Mistletoe Mash for 5th & Dance Scholars Inc. 30th Annual "Students' Works & Dances." St. Stephen United Methodist Church. 6th grade: 5:30-7 p.m. Join for the 28th annual children's holiday gala event where The Peabody Hotel 2-3:30 p.m. Students in elementary school showcase their talents in ballet and jazz. $8/adult. $5/child ages is transformed into a winter wonderland with 5 and up. Group discounts available until December 12. twinkling lights, magicians, mimes, decorated trees, Reservations: 301-3262. and visits from St. Nick. Tickets: $25. Benefits Memphis Children's Charities. For details, go to memphischaritable.org or call the Jingle Bell Hotline, "Take the Soul Train to Christmas.” Cannon Center for the Performing Arts. 3 p.m. & 7 p.m. Also on Sunday 527-5683. at 3 p.m. Musical takes you on The Soul Train to S’mores with Santa. MBG. 5-8 p.m. Stroll through the experience African-American Christmas traditions through the decades. For tickets, call 525-0009. decorated My Big Backyard and enjoy outdoor activities, snow play, food, and photos with Santa. $15. Call 636-4131 to confirm by phone. 18 ∙ SUNDAY Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony. Memphis Zoo. 5 p.m. Families are invited to the annual tree lighting 13 ∙ TUESDAY The Madonna Learning Center: Christmas Gift. GPAC. ceremony featuring a special guest. Free with Zoo Lights admission ($9/person). 333-6500. 10 a.m. & 7 p.m. Also on Wednesday at 7 p.m. Everyone has a special gift to give during the holiday season, and the students of Madonna Learning Center 28 ∙ WEDNESDAY are using this performance as their gift to the Starry 4K. Shelby Farms Park. 6-8 p.m. An community. Soprano Kallen Esperian makes a guest opportunity to check out the lights of Starry Nights at appearance. $5/person. 751-7500. the speed of light during this family-friendly fun run! $25 (through December 25). $30 on race day. Annie. The Orpheum. Through December 18. Tuesday Benefits the Shelby Farms Park Conservancy. Visit through Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Friday at 8 p.m.; shelbyfarmspark.org/starry4k or call 222-7275. Saturday at 2 & 8 p.m.; Sunday at 1 & 6:30 p.m. Broadway musical features songs including "It's the 31 ∙ SATURDAY Hard Knock Life," "I Don't Need Anything But You," Disney/Star Wars New Year's Eve Party (Sensoryand "Tomorrow." $25-$125. For details, call 525-3000. Friendly). South Hall @ Hope Church. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Come dressed as your favorite Disney/Star Wars character and whisper in the New Year during the 16 ∙ FRIDAY "Quiet Ball Drop." Also includes games, Legos, and The Polar Express Holiday Spectacular On Ice. Mid-South Ice House. Through December 18. Friday & food. All disabilities welcome. Free. Email autismresourcesmidsouth@gmail.com to RSVP. Saturday at 6 p.m.; Sunday at 12:15 p.m. Local skaters' athletic and artistic talents are showcased in this 5th annual holiday Theater On Ice production — THE POLAR EXPRESS! Purchase a "Polar Express Star and Me" photo so you can enjoy a Polar Express adventure MUSEUMS AND EXHIBITS after the performance. Proceeds benefit the growth of figure skating in the greater Mid-South area. Visit The Pink Palace Museum. Enchanted Forest Festival midsouthicehouse.com/holiday-events-specials for of Trees. Through December 31. Open Friday nights in info. December until 9 p.m. A Memphis holiday tradition that features animated characters, model trains, and dozens of decorated gingerbread houses and 17 ∙ SATURDAY Library Tunes & Tales. Area Libraries including Central, trees. $6/adult. $5/child ages 3-12. Pictures with Santa available until Dec. 24 for $10. Benefits Le Bonheur Bartlett, Cordova, Collierville, and Germantown. 11 Children's Hospital. 636-2362. a.m. Join the musical families of the Memphis

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CTI 3D Giant Theater. Polar Express 3D. Through December 31. The Light Before Christmas 3D. Through December 31. 636-2362. AutoZone Dome at the Sharpe Planetarium. Season of Light. Through December 31. Black Holes. Through December 31. Autumn/Winter Seasonal Stargazing. Autumn, through December 20. Winter, December 21 through March 19. One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure. Through December 31. 636-2362.

OTHER PROGRAMS

AIDS Memorial Quilt. Memphis Brooks Museum of Art. December 2-4. Two panels of the AIDS Memorial Quilt representing Shelby County will be on display at the museum during regular museum hours. Free. 544-6200. Mallory-Neely House Tour. Mallory-Neely House, 652 Adams Avenue. Fridays & Saturdays, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $7/adult. $5/child (ages 3 and up). Reservations: 523-1484.

CLASSES & WORKSHOPS

TheatreKids Registration Event. Bartlett Performing Arts and Conference Center. December 1-16. Grades 7-12. Registration open for spring production of Willy Wonka, The Musical. $100. Includes a $50 nonrefundable deposit. Space is limited. 385-6440. Open Studio – Sketching in the Galleries. Dixon Gallery and Gardens. Fridays from 4 to 5 p.m. Ages 15 and up. Walk-in program. Free with admission. 761-5250. Infant Safety Class. Women’s & Children’s Pavilion @ Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare. Saturday, December 3, 9-11 a.m. $30 for two participants. Call 516-6907 to register. Childbirth & Family Education Classes. Baptist Women's Hospital. Saturday Childbirth Classes, Expectant Parents Classes, Sibling Classes, and Breastfeeding Classes. Ongoing throughout the month. For details, call 226-5764. “I Hope I Get It” College Prep Audition Workshop. Halloran Centre @ The Orpheum. December 3 & 4. Saturday from noon until 5 p.m.; Sunday from 1:30 to 5 p.m. Grades 9-12. Students attend dance, monologue, and song workshops in preparation for


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Ballet Memphis presents Nutcracker. The Orpheum. December 9-11

college auditions. A résumé building workshop is also offered to tune professional portfolios. $100. Contact education@orpheum-memphis.com for details. Toddler Time. Baptist Women’s Hospital. Meets Wednesdays from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Special topic for Wednesday, December 14: Christmas Festivity. Toddler Time is a time for parents and children to discover the joy and challenges of parenting toddlers in a safe environment. Free. Visit shelbycountyupp. com or call 227-9558. Kaleidoscope Club. Dixon Gallery and Gardens. Wednesdays, 4-5 p.m. Ages 6-9. $8. Call 761-5250 to register. Grandparent Connection Class. Women’s & Children’s Pavilion @ Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare. Saturday, December 10, from 2 to 4 p.m. $30 for two participants. Call 516-6907 to register.

from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Ages 3-12. Students use theatre games and activities to explore the winter season, create a costume, and perform for parents. $125 for each 3-day workshop. Reservations: 8266649.

HOME SCHOOL CLASSES

Home School Days: Gifts from the Garden. Memphis Botanic Garden. Wednesday, December 7, 2-3:30 p.m. Children ages 5 and up are invited to have a hands-on learning experience. $5/child. Garden admission not included. Call 636-4130 to register and pre-pay.

FUND-RAISERS

Wrapped with Love ... For the Kids of St. Jude. Malco Theatres. Purchase a handmade film bow to raise funds for the children at St. Jude. Some locations will offer the limited edition Malco Memories Photo Magnets as a "selfie" souvenir. $1/bow or magnet. Go to malco.com for details.

Broadway 101: Annie. Halloran Centre @ The THEATRE PERFORMANCES Orpheum. Thursday, December 15, 4 p.m. Grades 7-12. “A Spectacular Christmas!” Lindenwood Christian Broadway 101 includes a two-hour workshop, a Q&A Church. Sunday, December 4, 7:30 p.m. Features the session, catered dinner from a local restaurant, Lindenwood Chancel Choir, orchestra, soloists and orchestra-level ticket to the performance following organist-conductor Chris Nemec performing master class, and a personalized keepsake Orpheum instrumental and choral works. $18. For tickets, call lanyard and nametag. Students learn music and 458-1652. choreography from a cast member from the national touring production of Annie. $60. For details, contact Much Ado About Nothing Student Matinees. Dixon Brittany Church at 529-4241. Gallery and Gardens. December 9, 13, & 14 from 10 a.m. until noon. Grades 4 and above. Tennessee Broadway 101 Junior: Annie. Halloran Centre @ The Shakespeare Company presents this popular comedy Orpheum. Friday, December 16, 4-6 p.m. Grades 3-6. for the holidays. $10/student. Chaperones admitted Broadway 101 includes a two-hour workshop, a Q&A free. Reservations: 759-0620. session, and a personalized keepsake Orpheum lanyard and nametag. Students learn music and IRIS Orchestra with Yefim Bronfman. Germantown choreography from a cast member from the national Performing Arts Center. Saturday, December 10, 8 touring production of Annie. $30. For details, contact p.m. Sunday, December 11, 2 p.m. Michael Stern Brittany Church at 529-4241. conducts this performance featuring Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 2 (original version), Mahler’s Drama Days: Winter Break Theatre Workshop. Union “Blumine” from Symphony No. 1., and more. Tickets: Avenue Baptist Church. December 19-21 & 28-30 $45-$65 for Saturday concert; $40-$60 for Sunday 28 2 8

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concert. Student and group discounts available. 751-7500. Eamonn McCrystal & Chloe Agnew. Halloran Centre @ The Orpheum. Sunday, December 11, 7:30 p.m. Emmy Award-winning Irish tenor Eamonn McCrystal and her favorite Celtic woman Chloe Agnew join for an exclusive North American tour. $35-$45. VIP tickets: $110. For tickets, call 525-3000. Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis. The Orpheum. Friday, December 23, 8 p.m. Features the beloved Christmas music of Mannheim Steamroller along with multimedia effects performed in an intimate setting. $39-$89. For tickets, call 525-3000.

STORY TIME AT AREA BOOKSTORES AND MUSEUMS

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., 386-2468 Tuesdays and Saturdays at 11 a.m. Ages Pre K-6. The Booksellers at Laurelwood 387 Perkins Rd. Ext., 683-9801 Story time with Miss Marjorie every Tuesday and Thursday at 11 a.m. Story Time at Morton Museum of Collierville History On select Fridays (December 2, 9, 16, & 30) 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. Special reading with Santa Rick on Dec. 2. Free. 457-2650. Germantown Community Library 1925 Exeter Rd., 757-7323 Whole Foods Story Time @ Whole Foods of Germantown. Fridays at 10 a.m. (except Dec. 2 & 30). Children ages 5 and under are invited to listen to


stories, participate in interactive songs, and have playtime with toys. Free. Friday Frenzy. Friday, December 2, 4:30 p.m. Children ages 5-10 are welcome to join for an afternoon of arts and crafts. Free. Wild Wednesday. Wednesday, December 14, 4:30 p.m. Children ages 5-10 exercise their STREAM skills, learn basic home economics practices, and have fun literacy experiences.

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-of-the-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. On select Thursdays (December 1 & 15) from 4 to 6 p.m. Children ages 6-11 enjoy 90 minutes of stories and crafts. • Read with Me, Sign with Me Story Time. Saturday, December 3, from 11 a.m. until noon. Enjoy a family story time program incorporating American Sign Language, stories, activities, and crafts. • Gadget Lab for Kids. Tuesdays from 4 to 6 p.m. Join Ms. Luna and learn about cool apps and games available on the library’s Kindle Fires. CORNELIA CRENSHAW 531 Vance Ave., 525-1643 • Children Christmas Party. Saturday, December 10, from 10:30 a.m. until noon. Celebrate Christmas with games and prizes. • Kwanzaa Art. Monday, December 26 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Teens work on Kwanza creations. • Kwanzaa Food. Wednesday, December 28 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Teens learn about traditional and non-traditional foods served during Kwanzaa. CORDOVA 8457 Trinity Rd., 754-8443 • Teen Program: Christmas Caroling. Friday, December 2, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Teens given lyric handouts to carol along with music at the entrance of the library. Enjoy cookies and hot chocolate. • A Visit with Katina Rankin. Saturday, December 3, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Hear local television personality Katina Rankin talk about her work at Local 24 News and read from her new children’s book. • Teen Program: Christmas Break/Open Mic. Friday, December 16, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Teens perform poetry, music or dance. Karaoke style or bring your own instruments. Refreshments served. EAST SHELBY 7200 East Shelby Dr., 751-7360 • Teen program: Ornaments and Hot Chocolate. Saturday, December 3, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Get ready for the holidays by making ornaments and enjoying hot chocolate. • Story Time with Santa. Saturday, December 17, 1-3 p.m. Join jolly old elf as he reads The Night Before Christmas followed by a craft and photo opportunity with Santa. • Lego and Nail Salon. Wednesday, December 21, from 11 a.m. until noon. Children pick out a nail polish and have nails done and also enjoy building at the Lego table. FRAYSER 3712 Argonne, 357-4115 • DIY – Seasonal Décor. Monday, December 19, from noon to 1 p.m. Grades 2-5. Children design gift tags. • DIY – Holiday Décor. Monday, December 19, 1-3 p.m. Teens create holiday decorations to be displayed in the library. • Minecraft Designer. Wednesday, December 21, 1-3 p.m. Teens create a unique Minecraft illustration. Prize awarded to the best design. NORTH 1192 Vollintine, 276-6631 • Wacky Wednesdays. On select Wednesdays (December 7 & 14), 4-5 p.m. Dec. 7: Make Your Own Christmas Ornament. Dec. 14: Design Your Own Cookies.

Browse our new holiday giving catalogue. www.mifa.org

POPLAR-WHITE STATION 5094 Polar Ave., 682-1616 • That’s a Wrap. Wednesday, December 14, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Children create gift wrapping paper using their own drawings, images, or stamps. ME EM MP PH H II S SP EN M PA AR RE NT T .. C CO OM M

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Where Every Child Matters

Memphis Parent, December 2016  

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