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EDITOR’S NOTE

MICHELLE McKISSACK

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School is officially out for the summer, and my children aren’t the only ones who are thrilled to take a break. I am doing the happy dance! Taking a respite from the rigid routine of getting up extra early, fixing lunches, and especially nudging my kids to do their homework is so welcomed. But the lazy, hazy days of summertime are also a chance to explore. There are so many adventures waiting that don’t require a long road trip across the country or flying the somewhat unfriendly skies these days. Explore your community by visiting museums or maybe taking a mini road trip to Little Rock. We provide suggestions on “backyard getaways” in Summer Family Fun on page 20. Speaking of summer, taking in a Memphis Redbirds game is a fun way to spend a day. But for one dad it is more than just fun and games. Stubby Clapp, the Redbirds manager and a beloved sports figure in the River City, talks about what it’s like being a dad. We also speak with and get insight from Mike Norvall, the University of Memphis football coach, on the joys of fatherhood in Sporting Dads on page 16. To all the doting dads out there, Happy Father’s Day! Go ahead, get the big piece of chicken. That’s what my kids always jokingly say to their dad, John. He gets the big piece of chicken. It’s their small way of showing their big appreciation for all that he does, like stealing away for a quick 3-day weekend to the beach. I love this photo of him with our daughter, Bliss. He’s playing in the sand with her, and what you don’t see off to the side is our boys covered in sand up to their necks. He had just finished burying them as requested. But you don’t have to physically go anywhere, you just have to be “present” wherever you are. So enjoy this summer with your kids. As the saying goes, you’ve only got 18 summers with them. Happy Parenting!

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Kids will experience vehicles from the Memphis Fire Department, Memphis Police Department, farming and construction trucks, plus a school bus and a storm tracker! Families will also be able to have some fun with the Grizzlies Claw Crew. Other activities include the “I Love Memphis” photo mural, Amurica photo booth, sampling of Makeda’s Cookies, face painting, outdoor games, and a DJ! Saturday, June 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Location: Civic Center Plaza on Main Street near Adams (adjacent to City Hall by the fountains). Need more info? Call Jonathan at Downtown Memphis Commission, 575-0573.

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FREEDOM PREP ACADEMY CELEBRATES FIRST GRADUATING CLASS By MICHELLE McKISSACK

“In a neighborhood where only 10 percent of residents earn college degrees, we want to celebrate the academic achievement of this inaugural senior class,” says Roblin Webb, a Memphis native, who founded the school in 2009. Freedom Prep is a public charter school for pre-k through 12th grade with three campuses in southwest Memphis. Now, 100 percent of its first graduating class of seniors has been accepted into four-year universities. Class valedictorian Jayla Williams will be attending Carleton College, an elite liberal arts school in Minnesota. She says it’s an awe-inspiring experience to be a member of the first graduating class. “It feels great because we’re making history,” Williams says. “For me to be the first valedictorian, I get to start a legacy for the school.” And it’s that responsibility that also drives Jose Moreno. He’s the first

Hispanic student to graduate from Freedom Prep. “I hope that I will be an inspiration for other Hispanic students,” says Moreno. “They know that if they strive for something, if they get the right support, anything is possible. College is possible.” School administrators say Freedom Prep is truly a gem in the southwest Memphis community, where its mission is to prepare students to excel in college and in life. “It is unheard of in an urban area, whether it’s Memphis or elsewhere, to have that type of success. What these students and faculty have done is absolutely phenomenal,” says Candace Ashir, director of marketing and communications for Freedom Prep.

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Significant nonpublic and philanthropic support for charter schools in Shelby County is responsible for erasing an otherwise large disparity in local and state funding between charter schools and their traditional public school counterparts. A University of Arkansas report, Charter School Funding: Inequity in the City, points out that Memphis — one of 14 cities studied for the report — gives zero dollars of local funding to its charter schools. However, nonpublic dollars have made up the gap, and on average, Shelby County charter schools receive $904 more per-pupil than their traditional public school counterparts. For the study, researchers examined all sources of revenue, including federal, state, local, and nonpublic dollars during the 2013-14 school year in 14 cities across the nation with a high concentration of enrollment in charter schools. Twelve of those 14 cities received less money per student than traditional public schools, with a funding gap of 10 percent or greater. Shelby County is the only region where charter schools received more money than traditional public schools.

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TEAM SPORTS VERSUS INDIVIDUAL SPORTS The pros and cons of getting kids involved in sports

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Youth sports offer a host of emotional and physical benefits, from helping kids stay active to building self-esteem and learning to work with others. But knowing which sport is best for your child often depends on your youngster’s personality, as well as the time and money you’re willing to invest in a particular activity. Determine readiness. Before the age of 6 or 7, many kids are still developing gross motor skills like running, kicking, jumping, and catching. They’re also still learning social skills like sharing, taking turns, and losing/winning games gracefully. Rather than organized sports in the early years, experts recommend exploring different activities, like kicking a ball around, playing at the playground, and taking swim or gymnastic lessons.

Aim for fun. Many parents naturally gravitate toward introducing their kids to the sports they enjoyed as children. While this is a good place to start, your child may not end up sharing your enthusiasm. And you may go through several sports before you find one that’s the right fit for your child. “We really need to look at what our kids do to have fun. If they’re having fun, they’ll stay in the sport longer. They won’t burn out,” says Randy

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FEATURE The downside? Much like individual sports, team sports like baseball and soccer have become more year-round in nature. Although this approach can help the team and individual players grow stronger and more skilled over time, families may find that the sport is more of a time and money commitment than they’d bargained for. Pros of individual sports. Much of the success in individual sports like tennis, dance, swimming, and gymnastics depends on the motivation of the particular athlete. Athletes who excel at individual sports find satisfaction pushing themselves to achieve a personal goal rather than relying on the team to help them get there. Dickinson says this is true for her daughter Lauren, 11, who swims. “Swimming is a good fit for her because it is her and the clock,” Dickinson says. “She doesn’t want to have the win or loss depend on teammates.” While your child might prefer an individual sport, that doesn’t mean she has to sacrifice the support of a team. “Even individual sports have the camaraderie or the partnership of a team,” says Goldstein, who works with premier-level gymnasts. “They travel together and learn to become partners and accomplish individual goals, but as a team.” The downside? Not all kids feel drawn to the spotlight during a performance or sporting event. And some kids may put undue pressure on themselves to reach personal goals, causing the negatives to outweigh the positives. Some parents also find it difficult watching their youngsters navigate the pressures of a sport on their own. “As a parent, it’s tough to watch your 9-year-old play in her first tennis tournament where she’s responsible for scoring, pace of the game, calling shots, and settling disputes,” says Jackie Kindred. “A great experience for her, but unnerving for a parent.” Kindred’s daughter Rose, now 12, has since turned her attention to club volleyball, but she feels that both team and individual sports have benefited her daughter’s personal growth. “As a parent, I’m glad she did both. It’s impossible for me to say one is better than another. It depends on the kids, the coaches, and the sport,” Kindred says. “But I do think the exposure to both is crucial.”

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Endometriosis is caused by cells of the uterine lining growing in other parts of the body. Most of the time it is close to the uterus, but can be present almost anywhere in rare cases. These cells that normally grow and shed with your monthly cycle often cause pain and bleeding/bruising when they are present in other places. If endometriosis is located near sensitive places like pelvic nerves, the pain is often severe – even if the amount of endometriosis is small. Conversely, a woman with severe endometriosis can have almost no pain if the lesions are in less sensitive areas. Because of this discrepancy between severity of endometriosis and level of pain, many women with endometriosis remain undiagnosed until another problem – such as infertility or miscarriage – presents itself.

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When endometriosis is suspected, women should be offered surgical removal. Although all OBGYNs have been trained on removal of endometriosis in their residency, most have not been extensively trained to recognize all of the ways endometriosis can appear during surgery. Complete removal is essential for reducing the risk of recurrence, and proper technique in repairing the surfaces that endometriosis is removed from is necessary to prevent scar tissue formation. This is why so many women and their physicians are hesitant to do surgery for endometriosis – because if not done well, the surgery may not help and in some cases make things worse. As with all surgery, the better trained your surgeon is, the more likely you are to have a successful outcome.

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Treatment after surgery is also important. Endometriosis is often associated with hormone imbalance, chronic inflammation, irritable bowel syndrome and pelvic floor muscle spasms. All of these issues need to be addressed before, during and after surgery to ensure that the pain, inflammation and other problems associated with endometriosis go away and stay gone. Endometriosis, like most other diseases related to women’s health, can be treated in ways that are both natural and healthy without artificial hormones and the side-effects they cause.

• Enhances critical thinking/problem-solving skills • Increases social interaction/cooperation with peers • Improves concentration, attention, and behavior • Reduces incidence of depression and anxiety • Fosters self-esteem, goal-setting, and leadership skills • More likely to be active adults

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Redbirds manager Stubby Clapp and U of M football coach Mike Norvell make time for the duties of fatherhood. by FRANK MURTAUGH

Every day is Father’s Day for Memphis Redbirds manager Stubby Clapp. Always has been. Growing up in Windsor, Ontario, the man who made backflips a part of the baseball experience at AutoZone Park kept at his dad’s heel both in warm-weather months (Richard Clapp was an accomplished softball player) and cold-weather (Mr. Clapp coached youth hockey). Now with three children of his own — sons Cooper (13) and Cannan (10) and daughter Crosbie (5) — Clapp has new perspective on fatherhood, but he doesn’t so much as blink when asked about his favorite Father’s Day. It was June 17, 2001. “The day I got the call,” says Clapp. “I distinguishes Clapp’s dad. But it’s the was going to the major leagues [with everyday life lessons that have shaped the St. Louis Cardinals]. Prior to that, Stubby for 44 years now, lessons he we celebrated Father’s Day, but to me, finds himself incorporating in raising every day was Father’s Day. I love my his own family. “He was always there dad. But when I got that call, I wanted to talk about what could potentially to tell him and couldn’t find him! He happen if I took this road,” says Clapp, was actually putting a tile floor in my “or if I wasn’t smart and took that road. sister’s bathroom [in Ontario]. They He didn’t hide anything. He taught me couldn’t hear the phone ringing. But I about street sense, along with book eventually got him. It was loud, and smarts. He took pride in raising us.” there were some tears.” Clapp was never pushed in sports, In measuring Father’s Day and made the choice of baseball over anecdotes, installing a bathroom floor hockey — counterintuitive to the for one child on the day another gets thinking of many Canadians — without called to the major leagues so much as a raised eyebrow from his

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“BY THE TIME I GET IN AFTER A GAME, THERE’S USUALLY A MESSAGE ON MY PHONE FROM MY DAD. ‘GREAT GAME’ OR ‘TOUGH LOSS.’ HE DOESN’T MISS A GAME.”

father. “He let me choose at an early age,” says Clapp. “There are issues today in youth sports, with parents being overbearing. If he coached one of my teams, it was because he was asked. And he’d come to me to see if I wanted him to coach. I always wanted him to coach, because it meant more time with him. But he’d warn me that he’d be harder on me than anyone else. He never raised his voice. But he’d ask if I had fun.” Clapp and his wife Chastity are now baseball parents, their sons often playing tournaments in Southaven. (The Clapps live in Savannah, Tennessee, where Stubby runs Elite Sports Academy & Fitness.) Clapp has started taking Cooper (also known as “Stubby IV,” as it says on his birth certificate) on hunting trips, the extended quiet time a valuable relationship booster, and a chance for Clapp to teach safety lessons with a firearm. Little Crosbie is a soccer player, choosing to play “soccer-ball” when her brothers grab their gloves and bats. In steering his own kids down that proverbial road, Clapp feels his father’s wisdom and guidance at the wheel. “When you’re going through elementary and high school,” reflects Clapp, “and there’s an odd kid out, make sure you treat that person right. You could become friends. I’d take one of those kids for my team at recess.” Baseball continues to bind for the Clapp family, and across many miles. “By the time I get in after a game,” says Stubby, “there’s usually a message on my phone from my dad. ‘Great game’ or ‘Tough loss.’ He doesn’t miss a game. He loves it.”

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STARTING WITH THE DECEMBER 2015 press conference that introduced him as the new football coach at the University of Memphis, Mike Norvell has emphasized two words in shaping his program: fit and family. Every Sunday is family night at the football complex on the U of M south campus. The children of coaches and staff romp together on the practice fields and enjoy dinner with the players for whom those coaches sacrifice countless hours all year long. (If you think college football is a four-month sport, you’ve never taken a recruiting trip.) Norvell and his wife, Maria, became parents almost ten years after marrying one another. Daughter Mila’s arrival in June 2014 — eight days after Father’s Day — redefined the Norvell family dynamic, and the coach’s leadership mission, but not as dramatically as you might think. “Up until she was born, I had no idea of how your life changes,” says Norvell. “She was born the first day of a vacation I had, so I was able to be there, 24/7, for the first few weeks. There was some fear, knowing we’re responsible for her upbringing, and making sure we do things the right way. Maria’s been incredible in supporting that. You see all the emotions, the challenges of what it takes to be a mother.” Mila’s life-altering arrival has only reinforced Norvell’s vision for a family-oriented football program, one where job duties blend with those of parenting. “You can’t change the schedule,” he says. “I’m gonna be gone. There are going to be 18-hour days. But we talk about sacrifice and service. It’s important for our players to see each of our coaches as fathers. Sometimes you have to sacrifice time from your job responsibilities.” Among Norvell’s favorite activities with Mila is a weekend trip to Gibson’s Donuts. (Mila prefers pink-and-purple sprinkles.) Every Tuesday, Mila attends practice with the children of other coaches. At the final whistle, the Tiger head coach shouts, “Hey!,” and Mila sprints into his arms, an instant workfamily transition Norvell has come to see as 8 11 8

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critical to his workweek. “Our players seeing us being fathers, being husbands . . . that’s big,” emphasizes Norvell. “A lot of our players don’t have a father figure in their homes. Lots of others have stepfathers. And I want Mila to know who we’re impacting every day. This is why I might not be at home when you go to sleep. I wouldn’t have come to a place that didn’t allow this kind of atmosphere.” At age 35, Norvell is among the youngest head coaches in college football. He sees himself not so much as a father figure for the players under his watch, but as a guide of sorts. More of an authority figure than a big brother, but close enough in age to share perspective on the all-important transition into adulthood. “The values I try to instill are the same that coaches tried to instill in me,” he says. “What matters is the impact.” Norvell had a distant relationship with his biological father, so associates Father’s Day more with, yes, impact than with any individual. Several men in his life, many of them coaches, helped instill the values he now considers central in leading a football program and, not incidentally, raising his daughter. “When I think about family,” he says, “I think about the people who pour themselves into you, who invest in your life, to help develop who you are as a child or young man. I had a lot of those. My brother and I have different dads, but his dad has meant the world to me.” Norvell is tasked with winning football games. (The Tigers went 8-5 in 2016, his first season at the helm.) But there are few careers that require so much commitment during the hours — weekends and evenings — most of us reserve for family. “It’s a hard profession,” he says. “We’ve had a good first year, and there’s not been much of a negative push. But when you lose a game, it’s difficult. No matter whether we win or lose, Sunday night is there [for families]. The highs and lows come back to reality when you see those kids running around the field. That’s what we’re here to do, what we’re here to impact.”


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I love Memphis! There aren’t enough hours in the day to do all the fun things that this city and its surrounding suburbs have to offer. (Be sure to flip to our award-winning calendar section to see what I’m talking about.) My family is always teasing me because I am always cajoling them to do some activity or go somewhere. I am a firm believer of being a tourist in your own backyard.

go. Even my teen boys love to go to the airport, especially if there’s ice cream involved. That Dixie Queen on Airways is still there! And oftentimes the simple adventures promote the art of conversation with your family when you remove activities. The new and improved Shelby Farms Park is another favorite hot spot for my family. If you haven’t been lately, you really need to go. It is an oasis. Shelby Farms is one of the 20 largest urban parks in the United States; it covers more than five times the area of Central Park in New York City. And it has bison … bison! On a recent excursion with my husband, 6-year-old daughter, and 14 and 15 year old sons (my oldest son was away at college), there was a range of activities to suit all ages and interests from the new splash pad to kayaking and horseback riding. Yes, we did all of those activities in one day and joyfully went home exhausted.

AROUND TOWN OUT OF TOWN Take, for example, our cute brother and sister cover kids, Payton and Day trips are another way to explore your “backyard.” In the Mid-South, we Nathan. We photographed them at Crosstown Concourse; you may have a plethora of wonderful places to visit — Nashville, Little Rock, Hot remember it as the old Sears building in Midtown that sat vacant for years. Springs National Park, Jackson, Mississippi, and all the little nooks and But it has recently gone through a metamorphosis of rebirth. If you haven’t crannies in between. been to this part of town in a while, that’s a free activity to do with your These cities are all only about a two- to three-hour drive away. In my kids. Take an old-fashioned Sunday afternoon drive down North Parkway opinion, if you live within a three-hour radius of a U. S. presidential library, to Cleveland and just walk around the building. It doesn’t officially open you really need to visit. The Clinton Library in Little Rock is a beautiful until late summer but many shops are already beginning to open, from structure, and it highlights all the good, the bad, and the ugly of that eateries to the YMCA. The point is just to see this magnificent architectural administration — something for everyone, no matter your political structure and what’s there now and what’s coming. There’s an outdoor affiliation. Plus, Little Rock has such a pretty downtown waterfront with fountain my daughter discovered when we were last there, and let’s just restaurants and cute shops. say she had fun — she came home soaking wet. Here’s where you can get Speaking of politics, I visited the Tennessee Governor’s Mansion in a sneak peek just by letting your fingers do the walking: crosstownconcourse. Nashville recently. It is a must-see! Did you know you can take tours? The com/community house and grounds are gorgeous, and there are wonderful family photos My dad always seemed to make simply walking around the biggest of Governor Bill Haslam and First Lady Crissy with their family, which adventure. He would take us to get Dixie Queen soft-serve ice cream, and makes it a unique experience because they actually live in this home. Again, then we would drive to Memphis International Airport, park on a side your political affiliation doesn’t matter. How fun is that to learn about street off Airways Boulevard, and watch airplanes take off and land while Tennessee history in such an intimate and personal environment? licking on our ice cream cones. Trust me, it is fascinating to a kid (be sure So, I highly recommend that you give a backyard getaway a gander! to put away cell phones), and you can fantasize about all the places you can You’ll never know what adventures await you and your family.

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restaurants, community festivals, concerts, cultural events, and more to keep your family busy for months. Jump-start your fun by visiting memphistravel.com or try these ideas: Community Events and Festivals. Skip the weekly pizza-and-Netflix night for a change and head out to a special event or festival in your community. Whether you’re looking for a great ethnic/food event like an Italian festival, wine tasting, food truck round-up, Renaissance fair, model railroad exhibit, or craft show, you can find events and festivals to appeal to a variety of ages and interests. Even visiting a farmers market can be an adventure. To find area community festivals and events, check out the calendar in By LISA A. BEACH this issue and at memphisparent.com. Colleges and Universities. You don’t need to Are you in a fun rut? You know the signs: Your wait until your kids are college-bound to take weekends start to all look the same, your date advantage of all the happenings on your local nights stay within a two-mile radius of your college campus. Check out many of the other house, and you’ve got a “been there, done that” college events open to the community, such as attitude about things to do in your community. plays, a cappella performances, concerts, art Maybe it’s time to start thinking like a tourist. exhibits, gardening workshops, guest lectures, When you go on vacation, you probably planetarium shows, fitness challenges, book fairs, research the area to discover local activities, improv comedy shows, and more. For details restaurants, special events, cultural happenings, about college events open to the public, contact must-see places to visit, and fun-but-affordable your local public and private state colleges and things to do. In other words, you think like a universities, as well as community colleges in tourist. Why not apply the same tourist strategy your area. for your hometown? You’ll uncover new Public Library. Think beyond summer reading

programs and toddler story times (although those are both great options if you’ve got younger kids). Did you know that many libraries offer book clubs, computer classes, small business workshops, teen clubs, and special events such as health seminars, book signings, puppet shows, speaker presentations, and artsand-crafts classes? Public libraries offer most, if not all, of these events for free or very low cost to the community. To find your local public library, as well as academic, national, school and specialty libraries, visit lib-web.org. Museums. History, science, and art — oh my! Local museums bring culture alive in your community, offering a lot more than just their regular exhibits. Museums host a variety of events all year long, from traveling exhibits to hands-on family days, 3-D IMAX movies, blacktie events, speaker series, and much more. Plus, if you join your local museum, it might be part of a reciprocal program through the ASTC Travel Passport Program that allows you to visit 280 museums across the world for free or at a discounted admission. For details, visit astc.org/ passport. Many children’s museums, like the Children’s Museum of Memphis, offer a similar deal through the ACM Reciprocal Network, which includes 50 percent off general admission to 200 museums in the U.S. and Canada. For details, visit cmom.com.

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SWEET SUMMER TREAT! School’s out, celebrate with a homemade snack By CHARITY MATHEWS

I’VE TRIED TO MAKE BREAKFAST BARS LIKE THESE BEFORE. A BUNCH OF TIMES. THE RESULTS WERE TOO THICK, TOO CRUMBLY, OR JUST NOT FLAVORFUL ENOUGH. THIS TIME WE GOT IT RIGHT. LOOK OUT NUTRIGRAIN BARS, WE’VE GOT A HOMEMADE VERSION THAT’S FRESHER, LESS EXPENSIVE, AND EVEN YUMMIER. The kids actually cheered when I served these for a snack the other day — yelling and clapping! When was the last time you clapped over a meal? Maddening as it is sometimes, cooking for kids offers payoffs in totally surprising ways. And I’ll take every one of them. This recipe is actually very simple, a combination of previously botched attempts. Give this one a try; serve the bars for breakfast, snack, or even dessert. And if applause is the response at your place, just take a moment to bask in the temporary glory. I’m sure they’ll throw stuff on the floor the next time.

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Preheat the oven to 350. I used a quarter sheet pan (a small cookie sheet measuring 13 x 9.6in) with a Silpat liner. You could use any pan with those approximate dimensions, and if you don’t have a non-stick liner for it, butter I like Kirkland’s Strawberry Organic Fruit Spread, made with organic strawberries, the pan, add a sheet of parchment, then butter the parchment. and yes, a bit of organic sugar (available at Costco). If you can’t find no-sugarAdd the dry ingredients to a food processor: flour, flax, oats, sugar, and added fruit spread, this is a good substitute. salt. Pulse a few times to mix. Add honey, butter, and ice water then pulse until the mixture looks uniform and almost starts to clump. (Mine didn’t INGREDIENTS reach a clumping stage but definitely held together when I took off the lid 1 CUP whole wheat flour and touched it.) ½ CUP flaxseed, ground Sprinkle half the mixture in an even layer on the bottom of the pan. Push 1 ½ CUPS old-fashioned oats down with clean hands (little ones love this step) and make sure there are no ½ CUP brown sugar holes or gaps. Spread a thick layer of fruit spread over the top. Sprinkle the second half of the oat mixture on top, like you’re making a fruit crisp. A few ½ TEASPOON salt ¼ CUP honey windows peeking into the fruit spread are fine. Press down gently so it won’t ½ CUP butter (1 stick) cooled and cut into cubes get too crumbly and bake for about 45 minutes, until the top is golden and 2 TABLESPOONS ice water crisp. Let it cool, then cut into squares or breakfast bar-sized rectangles and enjoy! ¾-1 CUP strawberry fruit spread (with little or no sugar added)

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Wild Lunch at Lichterman. Lichterman Nature Center. Tuesdays through Saturdays at noon. Watch the Backyard Wildlife Center’s animal keepers feed the animals. Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday: Box Turtle. Wednesday: Hawk. Friday: Snakes. Free with admission. 636-2210. Farm Park Farmers Market. Bobby Lanier Farm Park. Thursdays from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Shop for local produce, watch chef demos, listen to live music, and enjoy arts & crafts. Free. 757-7378. Whet Thursday: The Great Mississippi Whale Watch. Metal Museum. 5-8 p.m. Families are invited to listen to music by The Bluff City Backsliders, enjoy a shrimp boil from A Movable Feast/Hog Wild Catering Co., and take part in yard games. Tickets: $30. Includes free admission to the museum and grounds. RSVP at http://bit.ly/2pwqoDc

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Orpheum 2017 Summer Movie Series. The Orpheum. On select Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, June 2 through August 25. June 2 at 7 p.m.: Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (G); June 8 at 7 p.m.: Breakfast at Tiffany’s (Not Rated); June 10 at 2 p.m.: The Sandlot (PG); June 22 at 7 p.m.: Psycho (Approved Rating); June 23 at 7 p.m.: The Wizard of Oz (G); June 29 at 7 p.m.: Monty Python and the Holy Grail (PG); June 30 at 7 p.m.: Dirty Harry (R). Pre-movie activities begin an hour before showtime. It includes testing your movie trivia knowledge, taking pictures at the photo booth, and enjoying music from the Mighty Wurlitzer organ. Costumes are encouraged. $8/adult. $6/child age 12 and under. Group discounts available. 525-3000.

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Family Studio. Dixon Gallery and Gardens. 10 a.m. until noon. Families are invited to drop in at the Dixon to create works of art open-studio style. Free. 7615250.

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Mudpie Mondays. MBG. 10 a.m. Israeli Scout Caravan. Mansion until noon. Join on the Little Theater @ Pink Palace Museum. Garden Patio and use dishes, 2-3 p.m. Sing and dance with the spoons, and nature’s decorations to Israeli Scouts Friendship Caravan as “bake” your own pie creations. they spread a message of peace, Drop-in activity, free with unity, and brotherhood. Free with admission. 636-4100. admission. 636-2437. Dance FiT. Baptist Memorial Hospital for Women. Mondays from 6 to 7 p.m. Children ages 8 and up are invited to learn different dance styles including Zumba, Line MUSEUMS AND EXHIBITS Dance, Urban Dance, and Hip Memphis Zoo. Nature Connects: Hop. Free. Reservations required. Art with LEGO Bricks. Through July 227-9558. 9. 333-6500.

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FIND JOY'S BOOKS AT: www.joysartofdining.com www.joysartofdining.com • Bazaar • Burke’s Book Store • Brother Juniper’s • Cafe Eclectic • Folk’s Folly • Gift Horse • Lucky Duck Gift Shop at the Peabody Hotel • Menage Stationery & Fine Gifts • More Than Words • Staks • Women’s Exchange

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CALENDAR

Love a little die a little and break the law. Trey Milligan did all three in the summer before his 14th birthday. shares stories of what these objects tell about the time period. Free. 457-2650.

(ages 3 and up). Reservations required. 523-1484.

The Pink Palace Museum. Jurassic Journeys on Land, Sea, & Air. Through September 10. LeMoyneOwen College: A Beacon of Hope. Through February 24. 636-2362.

Recyclers. Sunday, June 4, at 5:30 p.m. WMC Action News 5 meteorologist Ron Childers and Memphis fashion icon Babbie Lovett emcee this Dare 2 Recycle event. Features more than 40 artists who have gone dumpster diving and curb shopping to create original art, jewelry, and fashion. $45; VIP tickets: $65. Visit memphiscitybeautiful.org or call 636-4410.

CTI 3D Giant Theater. Aircraft Carrier 3D. June 24 through November 10. Get on aboard a modern Nimitz class nuclear powered aircraft carrier and track the experiences of a young F-18 fighter pilot. Extreme Weather 3D. Through June 23. Wild Africa 3D. Through June 23. 636-2362.

From Sartoris Literary Group, the debut novel by Frank Murtaugh.

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Parent Informational Session. Baptist Memorial Hospital for Women. Tuesdays from 9 to 9:30 a.m. & 2 to AutoZone Dome at the Sharpe 2:30 p.m. and Fridays from 9 to Planetarium. Sunstruck. June 3 9:30 a.m. At the Universal through December 31. With the Parenting Place (UPP), parents Solar Eclipse coming up August 21, share their own parenting joys and 2017, the show explores our nearest challenges while finding muchstar. Summer Seasonal Stargazing. needed support. Free. June 21 through September 22. Reservations required. 227-9558. Find out “what’s up tonight” hopping through constellations, New Parent Brunch. Church of the learning star names, and grooving Holy Communion. Saturday, June to space music. Life: A Cosmic Story. 17, from 9 to 11 a.m. Learn about Through November 17. Back to the Bright Steps Program at this Moon for Good. Through June 2. brunch for parents of children with Spring Seasonal Stargazing. Down Syndrome under the age of 6 Through June 20. One World, One and under. Free. To RSVP, email Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure. Through admin@dsamemphis.org or call September 2. 636-2362. 547-7588.

OTHER PROGRAMS

Mallory-Neely House Tour. Mallory-

Neely House, 652 Adams Avenue. Fridays & Saturdays, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Step back in time to the Victorian Era touring this mansion built in 1852 that showcases original furniture and interior decorations. $7/adult. $5/child

CLASSES & WORKSHOPS

Camp Legacy. Morton Museum of Collierville History. Wednesdays from 10:30 a.m. until noon & 2 to 3:30 p.m. Participate in interactive activities that relate to Collierville. Themes include “Past & Present,” “Farming and Agriculture,” “Preserving History,” and “Making


professionals for a one-of-a-kind learning experience. Email joanie. taylor@lebonheur.org for reservations. Pediatric Art Show: “I Can.” Rachel

Kay Stevens Therapy Center @ The University of Health Science Center (UTHSC). Friday, June 9, from 4 to 6 p.m. Bid on more than 40 pieces created by children who are receiving OT services or are enrolled in special needs classes in the community. Benefits the Rachel Kay Stevens Therapy Center at UTHSC, a student-run, pro bono pediatric occupational therapy center. Admission is free. Go to rksartshow.com for details. Big Wig Ball. Annesdale Mansion. Friday, June 23, from 7 to 11 p.m. Grab your wig and enjoy a night of live entertainment and food. $100. Benefits Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital. Go to events.lebonheur. org for more info.

THEATRE PERFORMANCES RENT 20th Anniversary Tour

The Orpheum.

Our Mark.” Free. Reservations required. 457-2650. 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. Every Child Can! Southwest Tennessee Community College Macon Campus. Thursday, June 8, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For parents and teachers of young children. Every Child Can! (ECC) introduces Suzuki approach to teaching and learning. $135. Includes materials. 848-1955. Kids Garden Workshop. Catmur Horticulture Building @ Dixon Gallery and Gardens. Saturday, June 10, from 10:30 a.m. until noon. Ages 7-10. Learn about gardening in this kids workshop. $15. Snacks and tools included. Call 761-5250 to register. Soulsville Record Swap and all-ages Record Spinning Workshop. Stax

Museum of American Soul Music. Saturday, June 17, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Stax celebrates A Century of Funk: Rufus Thomas at 100. Join us for a day of rare record swapping and an in-gallery record spinning workshop! Free. RSVP required. Visit staxmuseum.com for details.

FUND-RAISERS

The Gurus of Golf. Spring Creek

Ranch in Collierville. Monday, June 5, from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Ages 21 and up. This teaching golf tournament pairs players with

Brit Floyd. The Orpheum. Saturday, June 3, at 8 p.m. Features Pink Floyd musical gems including “Wish You Were Here,” “The Division Bell,” and “Dogs” in this new stage show, Immersion World Tour 2017. $29.50-$54.50. For tickets, call 525-3000. Troisique, The Chosen Ones. Halloran Centre @ The Orpheum. Saturday, June 10, at 7 p.m. Sasha V Productions presents this part action-packed short film, part theatrical runway fashion show wrapped into one thrilling performance. $45. For tickets, call 525-3000. RENT 20th Anniversary Tour. The Orpheum. June 16-18. Friday at 8 p.m.; Saturday at 2 & 8 p.m.; Sunday at 1 & 6:30 p.m. Reimagining Puccini’s La Boheme, RENT follows an unforgettable year in the lives of seven artists struggling to follow their dreams without selling out. $35-$100. For tickets, call 525-3000.

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Love Letters. Halloran Centre @ The Orpheum. June 23 & 24, at 8 p.m. Two-person play starring Mary Morris and Pat Halloran chronicles the relationship of Melissa and Andrew through letters and notes that span 50 years. $50-$250. Benefits Church Health’s Creative Movement Studio at Crosstown. Go to orpheum-memphis.com for details. Johnny Mathis – The Voice of Romance Tour 2017. The Orpheum.

Sunday, June 25, at 7:30 p.m. Listen to legendary singer Johnny Mathis as he celebrates his 61st year in the music industry. $52$128. For tickets, call 525-3000.

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CALENDAR 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. Wonder Woman. Saturday, June 3, from 4 to 5

p.m. Join for Wonder Woman activities: Make your own Superhero Symbols, create tiaras, and put on bracelets. Free. Father’s Day Story Time. Saturday, June 17, from 11 to 11:30 a.m. Celebrate Father’s Day listening to When Dads Don’t Grow Up story and taking part in activities. Free. Character Story Time: Skippy Jon Jones. Sunday,

June 18, from 3 to 3:30 p.m. Join for a special story time and meet Skippy Jon Jones. Free. 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. Germantown Community Library

1925 Exeter Rd., 757-7323

Children’s Summer Reading Program “Read Like an Egyptian.” June 1 through July 31. Children ages

18 and under receive a reading log to keep track of their reading progress toward earning prizes including a special T-shirt and coupons. “Build a Better World” with Mr. Bond the Science Guy. Tuesday, June 13, at 4:30 p.m. Ages 5-12.

Children use pulleys, defy gravity, have a tug-o-war, and launch a catapult. Free.

Tommy Terrific’s Wacky Magic presents “Build a Magical World.” Tuesday, June 20, at 4:30 p.m.

Ages 5-12. Features magic tricks representing architectural structures from around the world such as the Great Pyramids, the Eiffel Tower, and the Great Wall of China. Free. Eric Carle Birthday Party. Sunday, June 25, at 2 p.m. Families are invited to celebrate Eric Carle’s Birthday with stories, crafts, and birthday cake. Free. N.H.E.C.M. presents “Desert Dwellers” Animal Show. Tuesday, June 27, at 4:30 p.m. Ages 5-12.

Animal exhibit plan include Red Kangaroo Joey, Harris Hawk, Gila Monsters, and other heatseeking animals from around the world. 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

Summer Reading Program “Explore Memphis” kicks off at the libraries beginning of June. 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. For a class list, go to memphislibrary.org/cloud901/ 28 8 2

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• Explore Memphis: Meet Mark Twain. Thursday, June 1, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Learn about Mark Twain’s life and writings from a Mark Twain impersonator. • Explore Memphis: The Wolf River. Tuesday, June 6, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Ages 6-12. Wolf River Conservancy presents a program on ecology and biodiversity. • Explore Memphis: Leatherwork. Thursday, June 8, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Tandy Leather presents a leatherworking program for children ages 6-12. • International Story Time: Mexico. Saturday, June 10, from 11 a.m. until noon. Celebrate the country of Mexico with stories, music, crafts, and snacks. • Explore Memphis: Puppet Show. Tuesday, June 13, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Join the Silver Lining Puppet Players as they present James Thurber’s fairy tale Many Moons followed by a craft activity. • Read with Me, Sign with Me. Saturday, June 17, from 11 a.m. until noon. Enjoy a family story time program incorporating American Sign Language, stories, activities, and crafts. • Explore Memphis: Ballet Memphis. Tuesday, June 20, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Ballet Memphis demonstrates and teaches ballet positions and movements to kids ages 6-12. • Explore Memphis: Recycling. Thursday, June 22, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Ages 6-12. Children learn about taking care of our planet from Memphis Botanic Garden. • Explore Memphis: Art to Grow. Tuesday, June 27, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Children create artwork with Dixon Gallery and Gardens. • Explore Memphis Fun. Thursday, June 29, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Ages 6-12. Watch Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax animated TV special, create your own miniature Truffula Tree, and learn how to take care of our planet. CHEROKEE

3300 Sharpe., 743-3655

• Edible Engineering. Tuesday, June 6, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. During this STEAM program, children learn to build 3-D structures using food. • Ronald McDonald. Tuesday, June 20, from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Ronald McDonald presents a program of stories and magic. • Explore Memphis: Rocket Races. Tuesday, June 27, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Design, build, and then race balloon rockets during this STEAM program.

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. • Peter and the Wolf. Saturday, June 10, from 11 a.m. until noon. Cazateatro Bilingual Theater Group presents this free performance. • Happy Father’s Day Craft Party. Saturday, June 17, from 11 a.m. until noon. Celebrate your dad by making a gift and enjoying stories.

EAST SHELBY

7200 E. Shelby Dr., 751-7360

• Curiosity Machine. On select Saturdays (June 10 & 24), from 1-2 p.m. Ages 6-12. Join for this bi-weekly design and engineering challenge that encourages children to think, tinker, and invent. • When I Grow Up. On select Wednesdays (June 14 & 28), from 11 a.m. until noon. Children explore an array of professions during the weekly career talks with speakers in various vocations. • DIY: Seed Bombs. Monday, June 19, from 11 a.m. until noon. As part of Green Thumb Garden Week, create your own seed bombs filling tiny pods with wildflower seeds. Then come back the next day to plant in new flower beds. • Explore Memphis: Art to Grow. Thursday, June 29,

from 2 to 3 p.m. Children create artwork with Dixon Gallery and Gardens. HOLLYWOOD

1530 N. Hollywood St., 323-6201

• Father’s Day Celebration. Wednesday, June 14, from 1 to 3p.m. Families are invited to honor their fathers while enjoying refreshments. • Explore Memphis: Shelby County Extension 4-H. Tuesday, June 20, from 2 to 3 p.m. Learn to make your own ice cream. • Fire Safety with Memphis Fire Department. Thursday, June 29, from 1 to 2 p.m. Firefighters offer tips to prepare for Independence Day. Memphis Fire Department fire truck will be on site.

PARKWAY VILLAGE

4655 Knight Arnold, 363-8923

• Explore Memphis: STEM. Wednesday, June 14, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Children participate in a science project. • Ronald McDonald. Thursday, June 29, from 11 a.m. until noon. Ronald McDonald shares magic tricks with children.

POPLAR-WHITE STATION

5094 Poplar Ave., 682-1616

• Explore Memphis: Art to Grow. Wednesday, June 7, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Children create artwork with Dixon Gallery and Gardens. • Explore Memphis: Magnet Exploration with Pink Palace. Wednesday, June 14, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. • Explore Memphis: Fossil Exploration with Pink Palace. Wednesday, June 21, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. • Explore Memphis: Dinosaur Exploration with Pink Palace. Wednesday, June 28, from 2 to 3:30 p.m.

RANDOLPH

3752 Given, 452-1068

• Explore Memphis: Sand Castles. Tuesday, June 6, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Children create castles at this outdoor event. • Explore Memphis: Safer Skyscrapers. Tuesday, June 13, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Build skyscrapers out of building blocks/bricks and test for sturdiness and stability against the simulated motion of an earthquake. • Explore Memphis: Art to Grow. Wednesday, June 21, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Children create artwork with Dixon Gallery and Gardens. • Explore Memphis: Bottle Bank. Tuesday, June 27, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Create animal-shaped coin banks using plastic bottles. • Ronald McDonald. Wednesday, June 28, from 3 to ,4 p.m. Ronald McDonald presents a program of stories and magic.

SOUTH

1929 S. Third. 946-8518

• Ronald McDonald. Wednesday, June 7, from 1 to 2 p.m. Ronald McDonald presents a program of stories and magic.

WHITEHAVEN

4120 N. Mill Branch Rd,. 396-9700

• Explore Memphis: Art to Grow. Tuesday, June 6, from 2 to 3 p.m. Participate in art activities related to the current exhibit at Dixon Gallery and Gardens. • Bee Keepers Association. Tuesday, June 13, from 2 to 3 p.m. The Memphis Area Beekeepers Association introduces families to the basics of beekeeping and honey harvesting during this interactive program. • Leather Craft. Tuesday, June 20, from 2 to 3 p.m. Learn to make different crafts using leather. • Explore Memphis: ShoWagon. Tuesday, June 27, from 11 a.m. until noon. Enjoy a free theatrical performance.


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Memphis Parent, June 2017  

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