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THE ULTIMATE CA MP ISSUE: SPORTS, ARTS, AND EVERYTHING IN BET WEEN

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YOUR GUIDE TO THE 2017 BABY & KIDS EXPO — ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW AND

WE’RE LOOKING FOR THE NEXT COVER KIDS — DETAILS INSIDE


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When school is not in session there are still ample opportunities for kids to continue learning and exploring their curiosity while having fun at summer day and overnight camps. From a teacher’s perspective, the benefits of sending a child to camp can be seen in all areas of social and cognitive development. According to Christopher Bergland, author of Eight Habits that Improve Cognitive Function, having new experiences, developing creativity, and becoming socially connected all improve brain activity.

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While children do not readily see their own personal growth through camp experiences, to parents and teachers it can seem like an entirely new kid returns home. The benefits of the camp experience can improve your child’s achievement in school. This is because when children attend camps they further develop social skills with new peers, explore personal interests, and practice personal responsibility. These are the characteristics of successful students.

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Ronan (11) pictured with his parents Ken and Tamara Goff

CAMP FOSTERS INDEPENDENCE Kids are very good at fitting into molds that either we have created for them or they have created for themselves. They develop an identity and sense of self, based on their school environment and classmates, especially students who have been in the same school for a number of years. It is easy for them to adapt to their assigned role: “the quiet kid,” “the class clown,” “the over-achiever.” But when kids are taken out of their school environment and away from familiar faces, they are given an opportunity to explore different sides of themselves through a different lens. Not only are children able to break out of their school mold, camps introduce them to new peers, forcing them to make friends and interact with different groups of kids. Meeting new people and making friends can be hard even for adults. The more a kid becomes comfortable with new social experiences, the more comfortable and relaxed they will be with it during the school year. Having positive social interactions at school can increase academic success by creating a healthy environment for students to learn and take risks.

Builders, Knocking Down Barriers

By Memphis Parent staff

By Kat Netzler

contact the Racquet Club Tennis Office

901.765.4444

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HELP WANTED Balmoral Baptist Preschool is expanding!

We are in need of loving, dedicated, full-time teachers for our new nursery room, and also hiring part-time floaters. Applicants must have at least two years experience working in a licensed childcare setting. We seek candidates who will focus on the needs of our children. Please contact:

Balmoral Baptist Preschool

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11 Health Matters New FDA guidelines for kids’ fast-food meals 12 School Notes National and local awards

By Laura Krupicka

27, 32 Early Years The Baby Expo is almost here! / Coping with separation anxiety 36 What’s Cookin’ A healthy twist to chips & dip

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Special Thanks: Kroc Center Memphis 43 March Calendar & Events 45 Spring Break Camps 54 Favorite Moments Your cute kids

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6 #901Fun The Zoo, Brooks, Dixon, and Botanic Garden offer spring outdoor events to break cabin fever

Favorite activities: tennis, soccer, and horseback riding Favorite food: his Uncle Paul’s Parmesan baked chicken wings Next big thing: starting middle school next year at Lausanne

CAMP PROMOTES EXPLORATION When I meet my students at the beginning of a school year, I always ask them about their hobbies and personal interests outside of school. Exploring those interests as a child can make it easier to find stress relief or a rewarding career path in the future. In the beginning, expose kids to all different types of camps from outdoorsy nature camps or fine arts (theater, music, painting, dancing, writing) camps to faith-based or sports camps.

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Ahhh…Summertime! There may still be a little chill in the air on these spring days but the dog days of summer will be here before you know it and if you wait until that last school bell rings, it may be too late to get your child signed up for just the right camp that suits her or him. Never fear, throughout these pages there are a plethora of places trying to grab your attention to suit your child’s interests, whether it’s arts and crafts, a science camp or a sports camp like what’s offered at the Kroc Center in midtown Memphis where this month’s cover photo shoot took place. Ronan, our cover kid, was such a good sport about playing basketball even though soccer is more his thing. We had fun and I have no doubt lots of adventure lies ahead for him this summer. If you’re still on the fence about whether a day or overnight camp is the way to go for child, take a look at The Case for Camp (page 14), and by the end of that article, you’ll want to sign yourself up for a camp. Family camping is a ritual for many but if you’d like to explore what else your family might be interested in doing on a getaway for summertime or even spring break, take a really fun quiz (page 39) to explore where your family might go next. Finally, for those who are just getting started on this journey we call parenting, the 2017 Baby Expo is exactly where you need to be. This year’s event comes right on the heels of the end of March so we’re giving you a preview now of what’s to come. This is a one-stop-shop extravaganza that provides all the products and information you need to know. All you have to do is just add baby! Happy parenting!

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Fling off the jackets and enjoy some outdoor fun.

LEGOS, CAMELS, AND STINGRAYS… OH MY!

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KIDS IN THE GARDEN

DAFFODIL DASH 3-MILER & FAMILY FUN RUN.

Saturday, March 3. Warm weather fun is back at the Memphis Zoo. Seasonal favorites include the Giraffe Feeding Adventure, Camel Excursion, and Stingray Bay, but the zoo’s introducing an all-new exhibit: Nature Connects®: Art with LEGO® Bricks. The LEGO brick exhibit is included with general admission; other activities are extra. Camel rides are $5 per ride; giraffe feeding is $5 per bundle; Stingray Bay is $2/ members and $3/nonmembers. Visit memphiszoo.org or call 333-6500 for more info.

Saturday, March 11, from 10:30 a.m. to noon at Dixon Gallery & Gardens. A great excuse to get outside and get dirty! This fun gardening session will give kids a chance to experience nature up close and learn the basics of planting and garden design. A snack and tools included. Ages 7-10. Reservations required. $10 members; $15 non-members. 761-5250. dixon.org

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Saturday, March 11. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Local artists will transform the Brooks Plaza into a colorful canvas at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art’s exciting annual festival. Enjoy live musical and dance performances; watch artist Victor Ekpuk while he paints a new mural in the Brooks galleries, and join him for a gallery talk at 1 p.m. Invite your friends and take the whole family for a fun day of art-making, games, exploring the galleries, and more! Free. 544-6200. brooksmuseum.org

Saturday, March 18. Registration at 8 a.m. Race begins at 10 a.m. 3-mile MRTC certified run, followed by a 1-mile Family Fun Run through the Garden. Wind down after the race with live music by Movie Night, food trucks, concessions, and beer bar. Advance registration (through March 11), $20; March 12 through race day, $25; children 12 & under (Family Fun Run only), $10. Visit memphisbotanicgarden.com/ daffodildash to register online.


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Is It Normal to Have Painful Periods?

As an OBGYN who specializes in natural treatment options, I get this question from patients as young as ten and as old as their early fifties. The answer is somewhat complex, but I wanted to write a brief article to explain a healthier and more natural way to treat painful cycles — without the side effects of artificial hormones.

What Causes the Pain?

Most pain associated with periods is caused by chemicals in your body called prostaglandins. These chemicals are released by different bodily cells in response to both bleeding and inflammation. They cause muscle spasm (cramping) and pain. Women who have more painful cycles tend to produce more of a prostaglandin named PGF2-alpha. The standard treatment for this kind of pain — called primary dysmenorrhea — is to take either NSAIDs (like ibuprofen or naproxen) or to use artificial hormones (like birth control pills/shots) to reduce the pain and cramping associated with the period. These treatments can be effective, but do not look for or address the underlying cause of the pain and can have significant side effects. There are many potential causes of pelvic pain including ovarian cysts, infections, ectopic pregnancy, etc., but the most common causes of painful periods are hormonal imbalance and endometriosis. Distinguishing between the two can take some work, but the effort is worthwhile because the effects of not treating can be significant. Both hormonal imbalance and endometriosis can cause a lifetime of pain and subsequent health issues including PMS, heavy or irregular periods, thyroid dysfunction, chronic fatigue, infertility and miscarriage. Our goal is to prevent and/or treat all of these problems by doing a full hormonal profile along with charting of cycles to fully diagnose the cause of your pain.

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If hormonal imbalance is causing the painful periods, it can often be successfully treated with natural remedies such as herbs and omega-6 fatty acids like GLA. Bioidentical progesterone — taken for ten days per month after ovulation — can also significantly lessen bleeding and pain. Women who chart their cycles can also very accurately predict the beginning of the next cycle and are often able to avoid the pain by taking NSAIDs the day before their cycle would have begun. Endometriosis — a condition in which the cells of the uterine lining grow on other parts of the pelvis — is the other most common underlying cause of painful periods. This disease is more difficult to diagnose because it usually requires laparoscopic surgery to be sure. Most GYN doctors do not specialize in treating endometriosis surgically but will do a simple excision using electricity to burn the endometriosis that they see during the diagnostic surgery. Endometriosis needs to be completely removed — preferably using a CO2 laser — to prevent recurrence and lower the chance of scar tissue formation. This is important for both pain relief and future fertility, as endometriosis is also associated with an increased risk of both infertility and miscarriage. Painful periods are common for women of all ages, and they can be successfully treated with healthy alternatives to artificial hormones.

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www.SFMP-Podraza.com For a new, more holistic approach to starting a family, turn to Saint Francis Women’s Health & Fertility. Dr. Michael Podraza utilizes natural techniques and complementary therapies to improve feelings of well being in an effort to increase your opportunity for a successful pregnancy – without heavy doses of drugs or other highly expensive, invasive procedures.

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HEALTH MATTERS

EATING BETTER

FROM THE KIDS’ MENU

When it comes to your kid’s health, small changes make a big difference. By VANESSA LYNSKY, MPH

Since 1980, rates of obesity have doubled in 2- to 5-yearolds, quadrupled in 6- to 11-year-olds, and tripled in 12- to 19-year-olds.While recent reports show encouraging signs that obesity rates are stabilizing, and even declining in certain populations in the U.S., rates remain high in all age groups. Intentional action is needed to address the childhood obesity epidemic. Beginning this spring, large restaurant chains nationwide will be required to post calorie counts on their menus. But how will you use that information to make healthier choices for your family? Rather than changing habits overnight, try some simple swaps that can go a long way. Filling up on adult-size meal combinations, sugary fountain drinks, and rich side dishes can lead kids to consume excess calories, fat, and added sugars. The average adult meal at a fast-food restaurant is 1,330 calories. But now it’s easier than ever to avoid these pitfalls and choose more healthful options — if you know where to look. Experts agree that a kids’ meal at a restaurant should have no more than 600 calories. Here are some easy ways to get closer to that goal — without doing mental math at the ordering counter! 1. Order from the kids’ menu instead of the regular menu. Many kids’ menu meals are both satisfying and right-sized for kids. 2. Replace soda with water or milk. Keep sugar in check by ordering water or low-fat or fat-free plain milk with your child’s meal. Make a game out of it by challenging them to drink at least one full cup during their meal. 3. Include a fruit or (healthy) vegetable side with your meal. Many restaurants now offer sides like apple slices with kids’ meals. Boost the nutrients in your child’s meal by adding a fruit or veggie side instead of fries. 4. Order grilled foods instead of fried. Grilled menu items typically have fewer calories and fat than fried ones. Watch out for words like “crispy,” which often mean fried. 5. Skip dessert and finish the meal with fruit instead. Sweets like ice cream, cookies, and cake can add lots of fat and sugar to a restaurant meal. Try ending most meals with fruit, and save desserts for truly special occasions. 6. Give kids a little incentive to eat healthy. Use a free kids reward program at yourethemom.org to encourage your child to eat healthier. For every five healthy items they eat or drink, reward them with a fun activity you can do together, like going to the park or pool or doing an art project. Whether you’re sitting down to eat or hitting the drive-through, taking small steps to help your family eat more healthfully now can set good habits for years to come.

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SCHOOL NOTES

2 01 7 S U M M E R C A M P S AT E CS ECS Eagles Multi-Sport Camp: May 30-June 2 Kanakuk Kampout Day Camp: June 12-16 Memphis Grizzlies Basketball Camp: July 5-7 Nike Baseball Camps: July 24-28 Visit ecseagles.com/athletics/ summer-2017-camps to learn more or register for a camp.

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A FAMILY AFFAIR AT MEMPHIS PRESCHOOL Perea Preschool in Memphis is now home to a new parent counseling service. The ACE Awareness Foundation has opened its third Universal Parenting Place (UPP) at 1250 Vollintine Avenue. This is an innovative Memphis-based family service that provides free resources for parents who want to safeguard their family’s emotional well-being. UPP sites are dedicated to delivering practical information, guidance, and emotional support for family-related issues or concerns, no matter how large or small. In addition to one-on-one parenting counseling, a sampling of events that are available include: daily meditations; yoga for adults; Mommy, Daddy, baby, and family yoga; Playback Memphis; drumming with Ekpe; and Music for Aardvarks. Additional UPP sites are available in Shelby County through founding partners Baptist Memorial Hospital for Women at 6225 Humphreys and Knowledge Quest at 990 College Park Drive. Future UPP sites are planned for later this year.

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ECS RECEIVES NATIONAL RECOGNITION Evangelical Christian School (ECS) recently announced its achievement of Exemplary School Accreditation from the Association of Christian Schools International – an honor bestowed upon only 11 of more than 3,300 ACSI-member schools in the nation. “It shows that we are a vibrant, healthy school that will continue to influence the community for years to come,” says Gay Edge, academic dean at ECS. ECS underwent a rigorous application and examination process to demonstrate highly successful operations in areas of board governance, executive leadership, school viability, student learning, spiritual formation, and school culture.


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COVER STORY

By EMILY JAMERSON

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When school is not in session there are still ample opportunities for kids to continue learning and exploring their curiosity while having fun at summer day and overnight camps. From a teacher’s perspective, the benefits of sending a child to camp can be seen in all areas of social and cognitive development. According to Christopher Bergland, author of Eight Habits that Improve Cognitive Function, having new experiences, developing creativity, and becoming socially connected all improve brain activity.


While children do not readily see their own personal growth through camp experiences, to parents and teachers it can seem like an entirely new kid returns home. The benefits of the camp experience can improve your child’s achievement in school. This is because when children attend camps they further develop social skills with new peers, explore personal interests, and practice personal responsibility. These are the characteristics of successful students. CAMP FOSTERS INDEPENDENCE Kids are very good at fitting into molds that either we have created for them or they have created for themselves. They develop an identity and sense of self, based on their school environment and classmates, especially students who have been in the same school for a number of years. It is easy for them to adapt to their assigned role: “the quiet kid,” “the class clown,” “the over-achiever.” But when kids are taken out of their school environment and away from familiar faces, they are given an opportunity to explore different sides of themselves through a different lens. Not only are children able to break out of their school mold, camps introduce them to new peers, forcing them to make friends and interact with different groups of kids. Meeting new people and making friends can be hard even for adults. The more a kid becomes comfortable with new social experiences, the more comfortable and relaxed they will be with it during the school year. Having positive social interactions at school can increase academic success by creating a healthy environment for students to learn and take risks. CAMP PROMOTES EXPLORATION When I meet my students at the beginning of a school year, I always ask them about their hobbies and personal interests outside of school. Exploring those interests as a child can make it easier to find stress relief or a rewarding career path in the future. In the beginning, expose kids to all different types of camps from outdoorsy nature camps or fine arts (theater, music, painting, dancing, writing) camps to faith-based or sports camps. ME EM MP PH H II S SP EN M PA AR RE NT T .. C CO OM M

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See which camp your child gets most excited about attending or was their favorite experience and continue to invest in that interest to build skills and develop confidence in their area of interest. It is important for kids to find activities in their lives that they love to do just for the sake of it making them happy. Not every kid who takes an art class will receive academic scholarships to art school and make it their career. However, simply knowing what activities make them happy and developing those skills makes learning new things a positive experience. These positive experiences can lead to positive learning experiences at school, creating more engaged students. CAMP TEACHES RESPONSIBILITY One final benefit to sending your kids to camp is that it allows them to practice personal responsibility. Sleep-away camps offer opportunities for your child to put to practice all the personal hygiene and self-care skills you have developed at home. At home, mom and dad are there to ensure baths are taken, clothes are put away, and overall peace is kept between siblings. Once the duffle bag is packed and the sleeping bag is rolled up, kids are on their own to manage these daily necessities. Away from their parents’ watchful eyes, campers must become considerate roommates for the sake of peaceful cabins and a positive experience. Bad habits such as a messy bunk or dirty towels everywhere will create disputes that kids must learn to handle on their own. During the school year, this can translate to betterorganized, more independent students. Parents and teachers have a common goal: to teach children the academic and life lessons they will need to ensure a successful future. Ironically, so many of these lessons can be learned away from parents and teachers at summer camps and afterschool programs. New skills learned at camp will support your student’s academic achievement throughout the school year. Emily Garrone Jamerson is a freelance writer and CLUE teacher at Snowden School in Memphis.

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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

2017 NJTL

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• Registration Opens: April 1, 2017. • Weekly Camps: Monday–Friday; 8:00 AM–12:00 Noon • (6) Six Tennis Center Locations: Bellevue, Eldon Roark/Whitehaven, Frayser, Leftwich, Raleigh, and Wolbrecht Tennis Centers • Ages 5–18: All skill levels • Weekly Cost: $50 or $115 per child depending on camp location. Summer Pass available. • Equipment: Tennis racquets provided or students may bring their own. • Daily Activities: Tennis instruction and skill acquisition, drills, games, Academic Creative Engagement & Life Skill sessions, USTA Jr. Team Tennis • SPACE IS LIMITED. Advance registration is recommended and will be accepted online, by mail or in person at Bellevue, Eldon Roark/ Whitehaven, Wolbrecht and Leftwich locations. Players may register on Mondays the week of camp at any location if camp is not full.

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Camp is a life-changing experience — one that’s possible for every child and every budget. Parents looking for budget-friendly camps should keep the following in mind: • The American Camp Association generates a projected $216 million annually for camp scholarships. Don’t be afraid to call the camp director and ask if financial assistance is available. Contact the local Mid-South office of the American Camp Association. acacamps.org/heartofthesouth • Check with your church, synagogue, or place of worship. • Get in touch with social services groups in your community. • Visit individual camp websites. Most clearly outline whether or not they offer financial assistance for their campers. • Parents should inquire into whether the camp participates in income-eligible subsidy programs and other assistance programs. •

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• A Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account allows parents to be reimbursed on a pre-tax basis for child care expenses (for qualified dependents) that are necessary to allow parents to work, look for work, or to attend school full time. Visit the FSA Feds website at fsafeds.com for more information. • In certain circumstances, day care expenses, including transportation by a care provider, may be considered dependent care services and paid with pre-tax dollars. Visit the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) website at irs.gov for more information. • Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit: The IRS allows an income tax credit of up to $6,000 of dependent care expenses if you have two or more dependents (up to $3,000 for one dependent). The amount of the credit is based on your adjusted gross income and applies only to your federal taxes. This applies to qualifying day camp expenses. Visit the FSA Feds website for more information.

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Camp has become a staple of the summer season. Each year, millions of children, youth, and adults head to the hills, lakes, valleys, and parks to participate in the time-honored tradition of camp. And while most people easily conjure up images of campfires and canoes, there is a lot more to the camp experience. Here are 10 things you may not have known about the camp experience. 10

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Started in 1861, the camp experience turned an impressive 150 years young in 2011. The secret behind the longevity? “One hundred and fifty-five years later, there is a camp for every child,” said Tom Rosenberg, president and chief executive officer for the American Camp Association® (ACA). “From specialized camps to general, traditional camps, the essence of the camp experience is stronger than ever.”

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The camp experience teaches more than just archery or lanyard making. The entire experience is made of teachable moments, perhaps one of the biggest is how to live with a group of people. Campers learn to pick up after themselves, respect each other’s property, and to say “Please” and “Thank You.”

TASTE BETTER WITH FRIENDS. 4 VEGGIES Hollywood and fictional novels may have given camp food a bad

reputation, but in truth, camps are constantly exploring healthy food options and often are at the forefront of things like allergy-specific diets, healthy snack options, and vegetarian meals. According to ACA’s 2011 Emerging Issues survey, 90.7 percent of responding camps indicated that healthy eating and physical activity was an important or very important issue.

The camp experience is life-changing — developing friendships and memories that last well beyond the final campfire. And there is a camp for literally every budget. Often camps offer special pricing or financial assistance, and some camp experiences qualify for tax credits or for payment with pre-tax dollars. Visit acacamps.org for more information.

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Research shows that first-hand experiences with nature, like those at camp, reduce stress in children and help them better handle stress in the future. In addition to teaching children how to be good stewards of the environment, camps are teaching children how to enjoy the world around them and take a minute to breathe deep and feel the nature, which ultimately teaches them how to de-stress the natural way.

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Education reform debate and concern over summer learning loss have pushed academic achievement into the spotlight. Research shows that participation in intentional programs, like camp, during summer months helps stem summer learning loss. In addition, camp provides ample opportunity for developmental growth, which is a precursor to academic achievement. And because of the “hands-on” nature of camp, often children who struggle in traditional education settings do well at camp.

Camp is not just for children and youth. There are family camp experiences, and camps for single adults, senior adults, and any adult who wants to relax and enjoy all camp has to offer. Adults benefit from the same sense of community, authentic relationships, and selfdiscovery that children do. Camp is an excellent vacation option, allowing adults to try a variety of new activities in a safe and fun environment.

Camp is a great place to try new activities and hobbies. Afraid of rock walls? According to ACA research, 74 percent of campers reported that they tried new activities at camp that they were afraid to do at first. And those activities often leave lasting impressions. In the same survey, 63 percent of parents reported that their child continued new activities from camp after returning home.

IF EVERYONE ELSE WENT TO CAMP, MAYBE THERE’S SOMETHING TO IT!

Camp has played an important role in the lives of some of the most talented people in history. ACA’s family resource site offers a list of notable campers — including business professionals, celebrities, artists, and great thinkers.

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Independence, resiliency, teamwork, problem-solving skills, and the ability to relate to other people — these are the skills that tomorrow’s leaders will need, and the skills camp has been adept at building for 150 years. “Camp gives children and youth the critical tools they will need to become successful adults,” said Rosenberg.

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It had seemed like a good idea at the time when 14-year-old Jonah Wexler’s parents and older sister encouraged him to apply for Bridge Builders the summer before his 9th grade year at Memphis University School. He jumped at the chance. But by the Sunday evening before his summer leadership conference, Jonah could be found in the family’s East Memphis home compiling a pro-con list extolling the virtues of playing hooky.

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parents’ time. But in an era particularly marked by senseless acts of violence, an uptick in hate crimes, and political rhetoric more divisive and derogatory than ever before, many feel those already deep divides expanding into gaping chasms. For families like the Wexlers, BRIDGES’ longstanding commitment to inclusivity, empathy, and intersectionality feels more vital than ever. “We have a ton of diversity in Memphis now, which is amazing,” says Molly, who’s married to Grizzlies President of Business Operations Jason Wexler. “But it just goes to show that, with the influx of all the different types of people here, to have a safe space where kids can meet each other and know they’re going to be heard, they’re going to be respected, they’re going to make friends, there’s not going to be judgment — that’s really important.” BRIDGES recruits with a goal of reflecting the true demographics of the Greater Memphis area, including students of all races, ethnicities, religions, genders, sexual orientations, and socioeconomic levels. Youth are broken into small, diverse groups to tackle a curriculum inclusive of five standards of experiential education: significance (having meaning and relevance for participants), challenge (providing new experiences and encouraging “out-of-the-box” thinking), support (emphasizing teamwork to develop trust and healthy risk-taking), satisfaction (building on successes to create even greater successes), and fun (capitalizing on the inherent joy of learning while laughing). That means every activity, from the rock wall to zip-

lining to trust falls, is a part of a larger lesson; youth explore perspectives of other students unlike themselves, challenge their own perceptions, and learn to embrace conflicts in healthy, constructive, and mature ways. “There are plenty of kids at his school who think like he does,” Molly says of Jonah, who’s a member of the MUS soccer team, a recreational basketball league, and the Jewish youth group BBYO, “but there are other kids who don’t, and he doesn’t always feel comfortable there.” And that’s OK. It’s good, even. Because discomfort means we’re pushing outside our comfort zone, which is the only way we grow. One of the most common takeaways Bridge Builders echoes is not just a discovery of surprising things they have in common with students from different backgrounds, but a newfound respect for and deep appreciation of their differences. Those are complex lessons most adults struggle with throughout college and beyond. But luckily, thousands of Memphis youth are getting a head start on honing these skills every year, Jonah Wexler among them. “It taught me that any two people, no matter their race, background, sexual orientation, or any difference from one another at all, can become friends with each other, lead with each other, and make the world a better place together,” he told that Friday night induction crowd of hundreds. “That, to me, is why I’m so glad I came to Bridge Builders.”

APPLY NOW FOR BRIDGE BUILDERS Bridge Builders COLLABORATE is BRIDGES’ legacy year-long youth leadership program. Current 6th-11th graders are eligible to apply for the 2017-2018 school year now. Applications close April 13. The program starts with a week-long summer conference, followed by continued leadership training, community action events, and electives throughout the school year. Designed to help students explore new passions and deepen their understanding of civic leadership, these activities range from technology mentoring sessions with seniors to ballet performances to workshops on sexual assault and harassment prevention to blight-fighting community actions. Program fees are set on a sliding scale based on financial need. Visit bridgesusa.org/collaborate to learn more and apply!

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“Under pros there was absolutely nothing listed,” recalls his mother, Molly Wexler. “Under cons there was a list of about 10 items, ranging from having to get up too early to the fact that it was going to be too much like school. The most telling was the last item: “‘I don’t know anyone, and no one will like me.’” Five days later, Jonah was one of six students selected by his peers to address more than 100 youth and their families at the induction ceremony that marks the end of each summer conference and the beginning of students’ year-long commitment to the Bridge Builders COLLABORATE program. “Which was especially gratifying, because here was the kid who didn’t even want to go, and obviously he’d totally bought into the program,” Molly says. “After the first day, he’d said, ‘It was a long day, but I’ll go back tomorrow…’ and then the next day he was like, ‘I really like it,’ and then by the third day it was, ‘I really, really like it!’” Now 15, Jonah’s wrapping up his first year as a Bridge Builder and not only plans to continue next year, but hopes to serve as a student ambassador for the program at MUS. “He feels like it’s important that more kids do BRIDGES, and it’s given him the confidence to have discussions at school,” Molly says. “It’s definitely not his nature to want to be out there pushing something, but I think he knows how important it is.” Founded in 1988 by Rebecca Webb Wilson, Bridge Builders originally brought together 40 students from the public Northside High School and the private Briarcrest with a vision of breaking down racial, socioeconomic and cultural barriers and forging ties between future leaders of the community. Today the program has expanded to include more than 6,000 youth annually, representing 141 schools and 53 zip codes. “I grew up in Memphis,” says Molly, who serves as board president of Indie Memphis and previously worked as director of development for Memphis Jewish Federation. “In the 1980s, there was such a need to bring kids from all different areas of the city together to meet each other, to dialog, to understand each other’s’ backgrounds. And 30 years later, the need is still there, if not greater than ever.” Indeed, most young Memphians’ day-to-day interactions and relationships are still as racially, socioeconomically, or religiously segregated as in their


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The sights and sounds of summer are filled with laughter, running, jumping, and lots of good times. Lying in the grass and staring at clouds in the sky imagining all the different shapes they can take is another way children can let loose when classes wrap up for the school year. The Memphis Children’s Theater Festival plans to capture the whimsy of summertime through a renaissance fair over Memorial Day weekend that combines all of those activities through theater.

“Theatre, music, art, dance are all utilized to strengthen the imagination for kids of all ages,” says Jenny Madden, co-founder of Voices of the South, which produces the festival. Theater is not just fun and games. A study by the University of Arkansas revealed live theater as essential for youth. It enhances literary knowledge while also building tolerance and empathy among kids. Another added benefit of theater is that it improves communication and listening skills, increases vocabulary, and develops interpretation skills. Live theater experiences also develop the self-discipline needed to be part of an attentive audience. However, few students have access to live theater experiences. It’s estimated that only 4 percent of schools make


theater available to students in the elementary school level, when their minds are most open to such involvement. The Memphis Children’s Theater Festival was created in 2006 to offer the benefits of theater to local children and their families. Housed on the grounds of Rhodes College and inside its McCoy Theatre, the two-day annual event fosters creativity and helps build imagination through short live performances perfect for young minds. “The festival is the only event of its kind in our region, and participating families are exposed to a meaningful and diverse arts experience without breaking the bank,” says Madden. The range of experiences for festival participants caters to elementary up to college-age students. One of the most exciting elements of the annual festival is a new work created by Voices of the South college interns. Children sing along as the play explores fairy tales, mythology, and humorous perspectives to everyday life. “The Boy Who Fell From the Sky” is the name of this year’s production. The festival doesn’t stop at live theater exposure. All of the arts disciplines are experienced during the weekend. From dance-based movement and music performances to drawing and storytelling breaks, the left side of the brain is engaged for whole-child development. Kick off the study-free summer at the Memphis Children’s Theatre Festival, where creativity is king.

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Welcome to the Baby & Kids Expo! We’re excited to return to the Agricenter (7777 Walnut Grove Road) and have lots of activities planned for this fun, informative day. New and exciting vendors will be on site, and we’re bringing back your old favorites as well. Join us Saturday, April 1, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Our goal is to educate parents and expectant parents on all the wonderful resources and services in our community. We will have lots of great door prizes along with a grand door prize worth over $1,000, which includes a $500 Visa gift card, unique shopping you won’t find anywhere else, and lots of great info for parents to take home. Please “like” our Facebook page so you don’t miss out on any of the upcoming contests or activities planned for this event. Our website, midsouthbabyandkidsexpo.com, is also a great resource that outlines additional information about the event and what to expect. Come prepared to have fun, learn, and maybe go home with a great door prize. Adult tickets are $5; admission is free for children 12 and under. There will be activities and fun for everyone in the family, hourly door prizes, food vendors, face painting, a photo booth, visits from special children’s characters, and lots more!

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EARLY YEARS CHOOSE THE BEST TIME A child who is sick, hungry, or tired is more likely to struggle with separation anxiety. Make sure she is fed and rested before it is time for you to leave. KEEP IT FAMILIAR If possible, have the caregiver come to your home where your child feels most comfortable. If that is not possible, have the child bring something from home that makes him feel comfortable, such as a special stuffed animal or blanket, a photo of the family, or a favorite toy. Another idea is to have the caregiver bring a special toy along with her that the child will recognize and associate with her each time, helping to create consistency and comfort for the child.

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DEVELOP A GOODBYE RITUAL Developing a special goodbye with your child creates consistency and it is also fun. A goodbye ritual is when you and your child say goodbye the exact same way each day. This routine can make the child feel comfortable when you leave and confident you will return. Separation anxiety is age appropriate for children from infancy to around 3 years old. These coping strategies can help both you and your child feel at ease when it is time to leave him with a caregiver. In time, children do outgrow their anxiety over separation. Most parents will tell you that one day they are surprised to find their child happily walks into school without shedding a tear, while they themselves still tear up a little.

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SET A TIME LIMIT When it is time to leave, give your child a time you will return. Toddlers do not understand the concept of time, but you can let them know they can expect you after a specific activity. Explain that you will be home after lunch, when naptime is done, or when the movie is over (let the caregiver know when to start the movie). This will help the child understand what time you will be home and relax when you to leave. LEAVE QUICKLY When it is time to go, even if it is as hard for you as it is for the child, leave without fanfare. Say goodbye, give one last kiss or hug, remind them you will be back soon and leave. Quickly! Of all the tips this is probably the simplest and the most important. Your child is looking to you for how to react to the situation and if you are calm, happy, and confident, they will begin to feel that way too.

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GOODBYE RITUALS Creating a goodbye ritual with your child can help give them a sense of comfort because they know what to expect. They will feel safe in their surroundings and have confidence their parent will return, as always. Here are some ideas to start your own goodbye ritual.

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Read a book together before you leave Draw a picture together then leave the picture with the child Have the child wave at the window Give one last kiss and one last hug Create a special wave or handshake Sing a goodbye song Give her kisses to keep in her pocket for later and ask for some for your pocket

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A HEALTHY ALTERNATIVE TO CHIPS & DIP Masa flatbread with a duo of black & white bean dips by CILA WARNCKE

WHETHER THE KIDS ARE OUT OF SCHOOL FOR SPRING BREAK OR COMING HOME FROM SUMMER DAY CAMP, AND YOU'RE JUGGLING WORK WITH THEIR ACTIVITIES, A QUICK BITE TO EAT IS ALWAYS IN ORDER. And now that the days are getting longer and the weather is getting warmer, masa flatbread with black and white bean dips epitomizes the three-Fs of springtime and summer food: fast, fun, and flexible. This trio is a quick, take-anywhere fix that is healthful and allergy-aware to boot. These recipes are gluten-, nut-, dairy-, and soy-free, making them terrific for gatherings like picnics or birthday parties where there may be kids with different food allergies. They are also vegan and kosher. Masa flour is used to make corn tortillas, but this homemade flatbread has a soft, chewy texture that you won't find in store-bought tortillas. Masa is treated with lime to help your body absorb essential B-vitamins from the corn, making it more nutritious than standard cornmeal. Kids love to press the flatbreads, so it's a great way to get them involved in the kitchen with minimal mess. Bean dips are an easy, inexpensive pairing with fresh flatbread. Using different colored beans adds to the fun and will tempt your kids to eat more of these protein- and vitamin-packed dips.

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MASA FLATBREAD

Makes approx 20 small or 14 large flatbreads

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2 CUPS masa corn flour

1 1/2 CUPS water

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7 Heat a heavy skillet or griddle pan till hot. 8 Place the flatbread on the dry, hot pan and cook 60-90 seconds on each side, till golden. 9 Wrap tortillas in a towel to keep warm.

You can also make these on the barbecue! Lay a thin cookie sheet or layer of foil over the grill and cook as above.

WHITE BEAN DIP 1 CAN white beans (Navy, Great Northern or Cannellini), drained (about 1 1/2 cups) 1/4 CUP tahini (sesame seed butter) 2 TBSP lemon juice

6 Place individual dough balls in the press and flatten till they are about 5 inches across. If using a rolling pin, lay a sheet of plastic on a flat surface. Put the dough ball in the center and put another sheet of plastic on top. Flatten then roll to desired thickness. Or let your kids press the dough by hand!

BLACK BEAN DIP 2 TBSP olive oil 1 TSP salt 1/2 TSP ground black pepper 1/4 TSP thyme (optional) 1/4 TSP basil (optional)

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1 CAN black beans drained (about 1 1/2 cups) 1 CLOVE garlic, peeled and crushed 2 TBSP lemon juice 3 TBSP olive oil

1 TSP salt 1/2 TSP ground black pepper 1/4 TSP ground cumin 1/4 TSP ground coriander 1/4 TSP cayenne pepper (optional) 1/4 TSP smoked paprika

PREPARATION 1 Place ingredients for each dip separately in a food processor and blend until smooth. Add a little water if needed to achieve desired texture. Serve on a platter and enjoy! Cila Warncke is a freelance writer for various food blogs who recently moved to Memphis from London and is enjoying experiencing Southern hospitality. 36 6 3

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SPRING BREAK:

WHAT’S YOUR FAMILY ADVENTURE STYLE? Take a fun quiz to help focus your family fun by LARA KRUPICKA

With free time in short supply, we all want to m ake the most of our family vacations, e specially with short spring breaks. This makes it frustrating when what sounds like a good vacation idea to parents falls flat with your crew. Knowing your family’s adventure style can help. Take our quiz to identify what d efines “adventure” for your family. Then tally your results and check the answer key for a can’t-miss adventure suggestion to suit your family’s bent.

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FEATURE 1. A local bookstore is bringing in several celebrity authors this summer. Which one would your family like to meet? a Food Network’s Rachel Ray b Bear Grylls of Man vs. Wild c European traveler Rick Steves d Laura Hillenbrand, author of Seabiscuit and Unbroken e Julie Andrews, who starred in Mary Poppins and The Sound of Music

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2. Several national conferences are coming to your area. The one you can’t wait to get tickets for is: a The Everything Food Conference b The Fishing, Travel & Outdoor Expo c The Family Travel For Real Life Conference d Military History Fest Reenacting and Trade Faire e The International Music Conference 3. You’ve found a vacation option that allows your family to spend a day walking in the footsteps of a professional. You’d prefer to shadow: a A chef b A hike master c A flight attendant d An archaeologist e A film director 4. Pick a week-long camp or class to sign your family up for: a Sur La Table Summer Cooking Series b Outward Bound c Experimental Aircraft Association AirVenture Oshkosh d Pioneer Family Camp e Improv & Comedy Writing Camp

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6. A relative wants to know what to give your family for Christmas. You suggest: a A pasta maker b A hammock c A scratchable World Map and luggage locks d Tickets to see the musical Hamilton e A local theatre subscription

7. Museum day! You’ll be lining up to get into which one? a The Museum of Food and Drink in Brooklyn, NY b Colorado Ski & Snowboard Museum and Hall of Fame c The biggest one at our next destination d National Museum of American History e The Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, TN

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8. To prepare for vacation, your family: a Checks out the Diners, Drive-ins and Dives website for restaurant ideas b Packs up the tent, sleeping bags, and backpacks c Reads the travel guide from front to back d Studies up on the culture and history of the places you’ll visit e Updates their playlists and movie downloads

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11. Groupon is offering deals on tickets and excursions. Which of these would you be most happy to save on for your family? a Japanese steakhouse dinner b Stand-up paddleboard rentals c All-inclusive resort booking d Admission to a renaissance faire e Cirque du Soleil tickets 12. Like many families, a trip to Disney World is on your bucket list. What you’re most looking forward to there is: a Eating your way around Epcot b The Animal Kingdom c Epcot’s World Showcase d The Hall of Presidents e The parade 13. It’s time to take a tour. Your family’s top pick would be: a Pike Place Market in Seattle b The Grand Canyon c Multiple sites in a day (preferably far away) d Colonial Williamsburg e Wicked’s Behind the Emerald Curtain

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A . You’re a Food Fam! You enjoy all things culinary — from meal planning to food prep to fine dining. Your next adventure: Embark on a tour of the most popular food trucks in the closest city to your home. Use Eat Street’s food truck finder at mobile-cuisine.com/find-food-trucks to plan your tour. B. You’re an Outdoorsy Family! You love the sun on your face, the wind at your back and a pair of hiking boots on your feet. Your next adventure: Book a stay in a treehouse! Post Ranch Inn in Big Sur, California, Edisto River Treehouses in St. George, South Carolina, and Missouri Treehouse Cabins in Dora, Missouri, all take lodging to new heights. C. You’ve got a World Traveling Clan! You are always on the go and have passport stamps to prove it. Your next adventure: Hit up one of the UNESCO World Heritage sites in the U.S., such as Taos Pueblo in New Mexico, Independence Hall in Philadelphia, or Mammoth Cave in Kentucky. D. You’re a bunch of History Buffs! You know the difference between the French and Indian War and the War of 1812 and could spend all day watching History Channel features. Your next adventure: Time travel with your family through a living history overnight experience. Go on a covered wagon trek with Historic Trails West or become pilgrims at Plymouth Plantation’s Night at the Museum. Check with a living history museum in your area for other opportunities. E. You’re a family of Arts Fans! Music, dance, crew — all the world’s a stage to your family. If you’re not in the midst of performances, you’re in rehearsal or auditions. Your next adventure: A trip to the Shakespeare Festival in Stratford, Ontario. With multiple plays taking place each day and tours of costume warehouses, plus behind-the-scenes set changeovers, you can immerse yourselves in theatrical life.

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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

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Terrance Simien and The Zydeco Experience with Marcella and Her Lovers. Saturday, March 4 at 7:30 p.m. Halloran Centre @ The Orpheum.

Simien takes the stage with his daughter’s band for giving this one-of-akind Zydeco music experience. $25. For tickets, call 525-3000.

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Toddler Time. Baptist Memorial Hospital for Women. Meets Wednesdays from 10:30 a.m. until noon. Toddler Time is a time for parents and children to discover the joy and challenges of parenting toddlers. Free. 227-9558. Wild Lunch at Lichterman. Lichterman Nature Center. 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.

$5 Giraffe feeding: $5/bundle. Stingray Bay: $3. LEGO Bricks: Free with admission. 333-6500. PB&J: Peter and the Wolf by New Ballet Ensemble. Germantown Performing Arts Center (GPAC). 9:30 & 10:30 a.m. Dancers portray the traditional story using instruments and five dance styles (hip hop, ballet, modern, jazz, and character). Children get a chance to learn the movements of animals such as ducks, birds, and cats. $8/child. Free up to two adults. Reservations: 751-7500.

Chucalissa Family Day. C.H.Nash Museum at Chucalissa. Saturdays at 10 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. Family programs and craft activities change weekly. March Music for Aardvarks. Baptist Memorial Hospital for Women. Mondays & Fridays from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. 4: Sports & Hunting/Pottery. March 11: Stone Tools & Weapons/Talking Sticks. March 18: Mystery Box/ An interactive music program for children 6 months to 5 years and their parents, featuring live guitar and Beading. March 25: Music/Coloring Books. Activities include museum tour, throwing darts with an atlatl, storytelling, singing, dancing, and instrumental play. scavenger hunt, the hands-on-lab tour, an Free. Reservations required. 871-0227. educational program, and creating a keepsake craft to take home. $6/adult. $4/child (ages 4-11). 7854 ∙ SATURDAY Memphis Zoo Seasonal Exhibits Open. Memphis Zoo. 3160. Check out your family’s favorite seasonal activities Family Studio. Dixon Gallery and Gardens. 10:30 including the Giraffe Feeding Adventure, Camel a.m.-12:30 p.m. Drop in at the Dixon to create unique Excursion, Stingray Bay, and the new Nature works of art, open-studio style. Free. 761-5250. Connects: Art with LEGO Bricks exhibit. Camel rides:

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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. Free Family Art Workshop: Sci-Fi Concepts. Memphis College of Art. 2-4 p.m. Open to all ages and experience levels. Workshops include drawing, painting, and sculpture. Free, donations go toward youth scholarship fund (recommended donation is $10 per family). Walk-ins are welcome on a first-come, first-served basis. Visit mca.edu/ community/community-education/free-family-art to register online. Walt Disney’s Cinderella (2D Repertory Film). CTI Giant 3D Theater @ Pink Palace Museum. Saturdays and Sundays at 4 p.m. Watch your favorite film on the giant screen. $9/adult. $7/child ages 3 and up. 636-2362.

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SPRING BREAK SPRING BREAK CAMPS ACTIVITIES AT THE LIBRARIES Spring Break Camp. Shelby Farms Park. March 13-17, 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Aftercare available upon request until 5:30 p.m. Grades 3-6. Campers explore the park through guided hikes, fitness classes, nature hikes, water recreation, archery lessons, and environmental education sessions. $150/week. Visit shelbyfarmspark.org/spring-break-camp to register online. Spring to Art Camp. Dixon Gallery and Gardens. March 13-17, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Children ages 6-10 are invited to create art and learn about nature. $90. Materials and snack included. Bring a sack lunch. Call 761-5250 to register. Memphis Zoo Conservation Camp: Going, Going, Saved! Memphis Zoo. March 13-17, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Ages Jr.K-grade 6. Campers learn about special endangered animals and how they can save them from extinction. Participants also engage in games, crafts, and interactive experiments. $50/day or $199/week. Aftercare cost: $25/day or $99/week. Go to memphiszoo.org/zoocamp or call 333-6500 to register. Spring Break Fun Camp. Memphis Botanic Garden. March 13-17, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Ages 5-9. Campers engage in garden games, outdoor explorations, and hands-on craft activities with a different theme each day. Day 1: Fun in the Sun. Day 2: Gardening Goodies. Day 3: Outdoor Explorers. Day 4: Old Fashioned Fun. Day 5: Backyard Wildlife. $200 for all 5 days. Call 636-4126 to register.

Spring Break Boredom Buster. Raleigh Branch Library. March 13, 14, 15, & 16, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Join for a different craft activity each day. March 13: Scratch Art. March 14: Art to Grow. March 15: Create a Castle. March 16: TBD. Free. Registration required. 415-2778.

Spring Break Fun. Randolph Branch Library. March 14, 15, & 16, from noon until 1 p.m. Ages 6-12. Join for stories and activities with Ms. Jennifer on March 14 & 15. Dixon Gallery and Gardens staff present Art to Grow for kids ages 6-13 on March 16. Free. 452-1068. Spring Break Out! South Library. Monday, March 13, 2-3 p.m. Ages 6-17. Treat your spring fever with movies, crafts, and games. Free. 946-8518. Spring Break Movies. Germantown Community Library. March 14 & 16, at 2 p.m. Relax watching your favorite movies. Free. Snack provided. Registration begins on March 6. 757-7323. School-Aged Games Plus Crafts. Frayser Branch Library. Wednesday, March 15, 1-2 p.m. Ages 6-12. Enjoy making crafts and playing games that challenge reading skills and creativity. Free. 357-4115. Community Art Academy. Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library. Wednesday, March 15, 3:30-5 p.m. Join University of Memphis Art Education majors as they create one-of-a-kind art projects. Free. Registration required. 415-2843. ME EM MP PH H II S SP EN M PA AR RE NT T .. C CO OM M

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Want your kids to LOVE running? We can do that. Kids Running Camp Ages 8-11

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Nature Connects: Art with LEGO Bricks. Memphis Zoo March 3 through July 9.

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Free Sunday at Chucalissa. C.H. Nash Museum at Chucalissa. Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m. Tour the museum, enjoy the hands-on lab, and watch a family-friendly film. Film: America – The Story of Us (one hour) starts at 2 p.m. Free. 785-3160. Kids Dance. Shelby Farms Park Yurt (next to Woodland Discovery Playground). Sundays from 3 to 4 p.m. Introduces children to different styles of dance through multiple six-week sessions. Learn about rhythm, play games, and express through movement. Free. 222-7275.

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

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Striding for Autism Fun Run and Festival. Sears Auto Parking Lot Area @ Wolfchase Galleria. Registration at 8 a.m. Race begins at 8:30 a.m. Join for a day of music, food, and fun. Special appearances by 501st Legion Mid-South Garrison, Mississippi Rancor Raiders, and CausePlay Memphis. $20-$250. Benefits Autism Resources of the Mid-South. For registration, go to eventbrite.com/e/stridingfor-autism-fun-run-and-festival-tickets-25955072320 or call 509-3027. Chalkfest. Memphis Brooks Museum of Art. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Families are invited for a day of art-making, games, and gallery tours. Watch local artists transform the Brooks Plaza into a colorful canvas and enjoy live music and dance performances. Free. 544-6200.

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Kids in the Garden. Dixon Gallery and Gardens. 10:30 a.m. until noon. Children ages 7-10 are invited to learn the basics of planting and garden design in this new program. $15. Snack and tools provided. Reservations: 761-5250.

• Scuba Skills • Accomplishment • Community Awareness • Teamwork • Goal setting • Snorkel & Scuba Classes • Confidence

Musical Theatre Showcase. Hattiloo Theatre. Noon until 2 p.m. Enjoy the culminating performances of Hattiloo’s Musical Theatre Initiative program. Students perform excerpts from beloved musicals such as Schoolhouse Rock, The Wiz, and Grease, as well as from their original works. Free. 502-3486.

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Daffodil Dash 3-Miler and Family Fun Run. Memphis Botanic Garden (MBG). Registration begins at 8 a.m. Race at 10 a.m. 3-Mile MRTC certified run followed by a one-mile Family Fun Run through the garden. Post-race activities include


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Our "Born for Broadway" kids will enjoy singing and dancing to Broadway songs from Disney's The Little Mermaid, Disney's Cinderella the Musical, High School Musical, and more! These young campers will discover the performer within through music and dance! Learn theater basics and foundations of performing in a fun and encouraging environment! Ages 5-6 June 5-9, 9am-11pm and June 19-23, 2pm-4pm Poor Cinderella is endlessly mistreated by her wicked stepmother and stepsisters, and denied a chance to go to the royal ball. With a little help from her mice friends – and a lot of help from her Fairy Godmother – Cinderella’s dreams come true. She goes to the ball, meets the Prince and falls in love! Ages 7-12 June 12-16, 9am-12pm and June 26-30, 2pm-5pm In a magical underwater kingdom, the beautiful young mermaid, Ariel, longs to leave her ocean home – and her fins – behind and live in the world above. But first, she'll have to defy her father, King Triton, make a deal with the evil sea witch, Ursula, and convince the handsome Prince Eric that she's the girl whose enchanting voice he's been seeking. Ages 8-16 June 5-16, 2pm-6pm and June 19-30, 8am-12pm This 3 week Summer Camp Intensive is for teens with previous camp or show experience. SPACE IS LIMITED! It’s the first day after winter break at East High. The Jocks, Brainiacs, Thespians and Skater Dudes all find their cliques. Basketball team captain and resident jock, Troy, discovers that the brainy Gabriella, a girl he met singing karaoke on his ski trip, has just enrolled at East High. The couple causes an upheaval when they decide to audition for the high school musical. Although many students resent the threat posed to the "status quo," Troy and Gabriella’s alliance might just open the door for others to shine as well. Ages 12-15 June 5-23, 6pm-9pm

Camps will be held at the Landers Center Theater

Daffodil Dash 3-Miler and Family Fun Run. Memphis Botanic Garden (MBG). Registration begins at 8 a.m. Race at 10 a.m.

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live music, movie night, food trucks, and concessions. Early registration through March 11: $20. March 12 through day of race: $25. Children 12 & under (Family Fun Run only): $10. Visit memphisbotanicgarden.com/daffodildash to register online. IRIS Orchestra Free Family Concert. AMRO Music Store. 9-10:30 a.m. Ages 14 and under. Family Concert Series combines engaging music with interactive audience participation. Children get a chance to explore the woodwind quintet family at this performance. Free. 751-7669. Hattiloo at the Library: The Magic Tree. Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library. 11 a.m. Hattiloo’s Krigwa Players bring to life a Yoruba folk tale, The Magic Tree, as retold by Nefertiti Burton. Also join for dance lessons and face painting activities. Free. 502-3486.

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Willy Wonka, the Musical. Bartlett Performing Arts and Conference Center (BPACC). March 23-26. Thursday through Saturday, 7 p.m.; Sunday, 2:30 p.m. Families are invited to enjoy this Roald Dahl tale presented in the form of a musical. $10/person. Reservations: 385-6440.

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Pioneers on the Square. Morton Museum of Collierville History. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Discover the life of early settlers in Tennessee through music, crafts, demonstrations, games, and more at the historic log cabin in Collierville’s Town Square. Free. 457-2650.

9th Annual Easter Basket Drive & Free Dance Camp. BOW Dance Studios @ Ballet on Wheels Dance School & Company. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Bring a filled Easter Basket to be given to a terminally ill child in our community. Campers 3 to 6 years old participate in creative movement dance from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. only. Campers 7 years old and older dance from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. plus watch a mini dance performance presented by the performance company of Ballet On Wheels Dance Company. Register online at eventbrite. com/e/9th-annual-easter-basket-drive-free-dance-camp-tickets31647984975?aff=es2 or call 870-4348. Cherry Blossom Food Truck Party. MBG. Noon until 4 p.m. Celebrate the season of cherry blossoms with activities in the Seijaku-en Japanese Garden of Tranquility. Seikusi and Robata offer Asian delights. Free with admission. Concessions available at an additional cost. 636-4100.


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All Days are Happy Days A CAMP FOR CHILDREN WITH ADHD The camp is sponsored by The University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Boling Center for Developmental Disabilities

June 12 – 16, 2017 June 13 – 17, 2016 St. Columba Conference Center St. Columba Conference Center 4577 Billy Maher Road 4577 Billy Maher Road Memphis, TN 38135 Memphis, TN 38135 Children ages 6-11 years Children ages 6-11 8:30 amyears - 3:30 pm 8:30 am - 3:30 pm Camp Cost: ADHD ADHD $185.00 Camp Cost: before May 1, 2017 after1, May 1, 2017 $185.00$200.00 before May 2016

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Mommy’s Secret Consignment Spring/Summer & Vendor Marketplace Sale. The Landers Center. March 30 through April 1. Thursday, from noon until 8 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m.-8 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. — half-price day and the last two hours of sale (6-8 p.m.) is Dollar Da$h. Shop for children’s items. Free admission and free parking. Visit mommyssecret. com for a Purple Pre-Sale Pass.

ONGOING EVENTS

MUSEUMS AND EXHIBITS

Memphis Zoo. Nature Connects: Art with LEGO Bricks. March 3 through July 9. Traveling exhibit features 15 giant LEGO brick sculptures. The sculptures built by hand using 460,000 LEGO brick pieces took more than 4,000 man-hours to create. 333-6500. The Pink Palace Museum. EXTREME DEEP: Mission into the Abyss. Through May 6. Exhibit offers opportunities for hands-on exploration of life at the bottom of the sea. 636-2362. CTI 3D Giant Theater. Extreme Weather 3D. March 4 through June 23. Understand the forces of nature by experiencing hurricanes, tornadoes, drought, and floods in this film and learn how to prepared when they strike. Wild Africa 3D. Through March 3. Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Secret Ocean 3D. Through March 3. National Parks Adventure 3D. Through March 3.

636-2362. AutoZone Dome at the Sharpe Planetarium. Back to the Moon for Good. Through June 2. Black Holes. Through March 31. Winter Seasonal Stargazing. Through March 19. One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure. Through September 2. 636-2362.

OTHER PROGRAMS

Mallory-Neely House Tour. MalloryNeely 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 (ages 3 and up). Reservations: 5231484.

New Parent Brunch. Church of the Holy Communion. Saturday, March 11, from 9 to 11 a.m. Learn about Playtime Connections: All You Need to Know about Positioning, Motor & Language Skills to Help Your Child Learn Through Play. There will also be a short education presentation by Martine Hobson, E.D., of DSAM and Lindsay Bailey, teacher at Riverdale Elementary. Open to families with children 6 and under. Childcare is provided while parents listen to presentation. Free. To RSVP, email admin@dsamemphis.org or call 547-7588. Dare to Dream: The Art of the Slide Hustle Part 2 (All Women’s Panel). American Red Cross. Thursday, March 16, from 6 to 8 p.m. An opportunity


SUMMER DAY CAMP FOR CHILDREN WHO HAVE COMPLETED SR. K - 8TH GRADE

We’re an ALL INCLUSIVE Summer Camp! Summer Day Camp is available the day after Memorial Day through the first week in August. We offer care from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. To find out more please visit: www.CentralLearningCenter.com/SummerDayCamp. 2 Weekly Field Trips (with Field Trip T-Shirts included) • Arts, Crafts, Sports, Science offered weekly Swimming every Monday at a private pool • Sign up for as many weeks as you need PARENTS NEVER HAVE TO SEND EXTRA MONEY FOR ACTIVITIES

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for young professionals to learn from a panel discussion on entrepreneurship and network and connect with the speakers. Free. Go to uwmidsouth.org for details. Memphis Women’s Summit. The University of Memphis. Thursday, March 30, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The one-day event includes breakout sessions with local leaders, vendor booths focused on women’s issues and interests, a luncheon featuring a panel of top female leaders in Memphis, and a keynote address from Susan Packard, co-founder of Scripps Networks Interactive and former chief operating officer, HGTV. Go to memphiswomenssummit.org for details.

CLASSES & WORKSHOPS

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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. Yoga Thursdays. Memphis Brooks Museum of Art. March 2-30. Thursdays from 1 to 2 p.m. Join Misti Rae Holton for a vinyasa yoga class. Bring your own mat and a towel or small blanket. Pay what you can. 544-6200. Breastfeeding Class. Classroom ABC @ Baptist Women’s Hospital. Thursday, March 2, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $30. Call 227-9873 to register. Saturday Childbirth Class. Classroom ABC @ Baptist Women’s Hospital. On select Saturdays (March 4 & 18), from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Topics include labor & delivery, childbirth, breastfeeding, and infant care. $75. Call 227-9873 to register. Parent/Child Swim Lessons. YMCA at Schilling Farms. March 4-25 (Saturdays) and March 6-27 (Mondays) at 10:30 a.m. Ages 6 months to 3 years. Class teaches water safety and water adaptation through songs and games. Children not potty-trained must wear swim diapers. One parent per child in the water. $60. Call 850-9622 to register. Family Education Classes. Classroom ABC @ Baptist Women’s Hospital. Saturday, March 11. Sibling Class for siblings ages 3-10, from 10 a.m. until noon. Grandparents Class, from 1 to 3 p.m. $20 for Sibling Class. $30 for Grandparent Class. Call 227-9873 to register.

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Children’s Tea Etiquette. The Peabody Memphis. Saturday, March 11, 1:30-3 p.m. Children learn the basics of tea etiquette and service, sampling finger foods and two types of teas. Go to mindyourmannersetiquette.com for details.

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CALENDAR Expectant Parents Class. Classroom ABC @ Baptist Women’s Hospital. Saturday, March 25, from 9 a.m. until noon. $30. Call 227-9873 to register.

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Costume Crazy. Sunfish Children’s Theatre. Saturday, March 25, from 10 a.m. until noon. PK through 5th grade. Learn the basics of costume creation and go home with a full costume. $30. Call 826-6649 to register. Dynamic Dads Workshop. Classroom ABC @ Baptist Women’s Hospital. Saturday, March 25, from 12:30 to 4 p.m. Open to all. Free. Call 227-9873 to register. 2017 Mid-South Autism Conference. The Guesthouse at Graceland. March 30 through April 1. Features keynote speakers, The Mid-South Autism Art Show, screening of documentary film, Autism in Love, and Mid-South Autism Art Showcase. $50 for parent and paraprofessional registration. $150 for professionals (includes all three days of conference). Continuing education credits offered for an additional fee. Register online at midsouthautismconference.com or call 379-8827.

HOME SCHOOL CLASSES • June 5th - July 21st • Seven Great Weeks, 7:45 a.m.-3 p.m. Entire Summer $265!!! • Early Drop Off Available • Music, Dance, Exercise & Drama Classes!!! • Before & After Care • Math, English and Reading

Skills Development • Afternoon Fun • Daily Chapel Services • Weekly Field Trips • Supervised Recreation • DHS Sponsor - Breakfast 7:45 am - 8:30 am & Lunch 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Creative Life Early Childhood Training (6 weeks- Pre-K)

• 6 weeks of age through Pre-K • Educational Enrichment • Fun Activites

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Home School Day: Diversity of Landscapes and Cityscapes. Memphis Brooks Museum of Art. Thursday, March 16, 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

Dancing in the Dark - Music from the Great American Songbook, Volume 2. Lindenwood Christian Church. Sunday, March 5, 4 p.m. This annual benefit concert for Church Health Center features the Lindenwood Chancel Choir, orchestra, soloists, and singer-pianist Chris Nemec performing favorites such as “If I loved You,” “I Got Rhythm,” and more. General admission: $20. Golden circle: $50. For reservations, email cnemec@lindenwoodcc.org or call 458-1652. Tennessee Shakespeare Company’s 8th Annual Gala. Germantown Performing Arts Center (GPAC). Friday, March 10, 6 p.m. Features Broadway’s original Little Mermaid, Sierra Boggess, performing from her one-hour show, Awakenings, and from her other shows and musicals. Also includes a buffet, live auction, and a post-dessert reception where you can meet and take photos with Sierra Boggess. Win a NYC trip to Broadway for two for a suggested donation of $20. Platinum, gold, and silver seating packages (for 10 guests) available. For tickets, call 759-0604. Autism Resources of the Mid-South (ARMS) Fund-raiser: Mississippi RiverKings vs. Pensacola Ice Flyers. The Landers Center. Friday, March 17, at 7 p.m. Enjoy a RiverKings Hockey game, win prizes of over 200 tickets, and get recognized on KingTron. Benefits ARMS. For tickets, email zachary@riverkings.com or call 662-253-0151. Harwood Dash for DisABILITY 5K. Cooper-Young District. Friday, March 24, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Harwood hosts their eighth annual Dash for DisABILITY 5k (formerly known as Opening Eyes to Autism 5K) in the Cooper-Young District in honor of National Disability Awareness Month. Go to harwood5k.racesonline. com/home for details. Yard Sale benefiting Hope House. Hope House. Friday, March 31, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Saturday, April 1, from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Features clothing, household items, sporting equipment, jewelry, and more. Benefits the Hope House Emergency Fund providing financial support to men and women affected by HIV in emergency situations. Go to hopehousememphis.org for details.

THEATRE PERFORMANCES Creative Life Preparatory School meets your child’s academic needs from kindergarten through high school.

• Uniforms Worn Daily • Two Weekly Chapel services • Standardized Testing • Hot Meals • Leadership and Life Skills Training

• Smaller Classroom Settings • Curriculum includes the Creative and Performing Arts • Students Train in Drama, Music, Movement and Art Appreciation

Decades Rewind. The Orpheum. Thursday, March 9, at 7:30 p.m. Concert takes audiences on a trip down memory lane with an eight-piece rock band and six vocalists, videos of American culture, and more than 100 costume changes. $40 & $48. For tickets, call 525-3000.

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Garrison Keillor - An Evening of Storytelling. The Orpheum. Friday, March 10, at 7 p.m. Writer and humorist Garrison Keller, known for his live radio variety show, A Prairie Home Companion, comes to entertain audiences with his prolific talent for storytelling. $52.50-$72.50. VIP tickets: $152.50. For tickets, call 525-3000.

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Experience Hendrix 2017 Tour. The Orpheum. Thursday, March 16, at 8 p.m. Tour celebrates the musical genius of Jimi Hendrix, bringing together a diverse set of musicians and playing some of his signature favorites. $53-$93. VIP tickets: $128.50. For tickets, call 525-3000.

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Terrance Simien & The Zydeco Experience with Marcella and Her Lovers. Halloran Centre @ The Orpheum. Saturday, March 4, at 7:30 p.m. Simien takes the stage with his daughter’s band for this one-of-a-kind Zydeco music experience. $25. For tickets, call 525-3000.

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kids available on the library’s Kindle Fires. • Read with Me, Sign with Me. Saturday, March 25, from 11 a.m. until noon. Enjoy a family story time program incorporating American Sign Language, stories, activities, and crafts. CORDOVA 8457 Trinity Rd., 754-8443 • Spring Fling! Saturday, March 11, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Decorate flower pots and plant something special to take home. • Reader Dogs at the Library. Saturday, March 18, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Make a dog puppet and read stories to our canine friends. • International Story Time Celebrating Guinea. Saturday, March 25, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Share stories, listen to music, play drums, and enjoy native food as we learn about this West African country.

Pioneers on the Square. Morton Museum of Collierville History. 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Dance in His Name - Praise Dance Showcase & Competition. Southwind High School Theater. Saturday, March 18, from 4 to 6 p.m. Features dance teams from all across the nation honoring the spirit of dance worship and praise. Prizes awarded to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners. Visit danceinhisname. org or call 870-4348 for group rates. Earth, Wind, & Fire. The Orpheum. Wednesday, March 22, at 7:30 p.m. This top-selling band comes to rock the Orpheum stage. $64.50-$125. VIP tickets: $195-$350. For tickets, call 525-3000. RIVERDANCE - The 20th Anniversary World Tour. The Orpheum. March 24-26. Friday at 8 p.m.; Saturday at 2 & 8 p.m.; Sunday at 1 p.m. The international Irish dance phenomenon returns to captivate audiences with its unique blend of dance, music, and song. $30-$75. VIP tickets: $85. 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.

anniversary celebration of Little Golden Book and create their own little book to take home. Also listen to classic titles including The Monster at the End of this Book (Sesame Street Series). Free. Story Time at Morton Museum of Collierville History 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.

CORNELIA CRENSHAW 531 Vance Ave., 525-1643 • Dr. Seuss Birthday Celebration. Thursday, March 2, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday with books and snacks. • Farmer’s Market. Tuesday, March 14, from noon until 2 p.m. Nutrition education program gives kids the opportunity to sample fruits and vegetables. • St. Patrick’s Day Crafts. Thursday, March 16, from noon until 2 p.m. Children make St. Patrick’s Day crafts. COSSITT 33 S. Front, 526-1712 • Hula Hooping with Co-Motion. Saturday, March 18, from 11 a.m. until noon. Learn the basics of hula hooping in this interactive class for the whole family.

EAST SHELBY 7200 E. Shelby Dr., 751-7360 • Lapsit Story Time. March 2 through April 27. 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, Germantown Community Library and play. 1925 Exeter Rd., 757-7323 Dr. Seuss’ Birthday Party. Thursday, March 2, at 4:30 • Tiny Tots Story Time. March 14 through April 25. Tuesdays from 11 a.m. until noon with different p.m. Celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday with stories, themes each week. March 14: Hair. March 21: Flight. songs, crafts, and cake. Free. March 28: Movement. Children ages 3-5 are introduced to the wonderful world of reading Lucius E. and Elsie C. Burch Jr. Library through books, music, and crafts. 501 Poplar View Pkwy., 457-2600 • DIY: Kinetic Sand. Wednesday, March 15, from 1 to 2 Video Game Truck. Thursday, March 16, from 2 to 3 p.m. Create your own squishy, squashy, sculptable p.m. & 3 to 4 p.m. Ages 12-18. Video game truck kinetic sand. features multiple screens with different video games to play. Free. Registration required. 457-2601. GASTON PARK 1040 S. Third St., 942-0836 Cell Phone Photography. Friday, March 17, from 2 to 4 p.m. Children ages 12-18 are invited to learn how to • Dr. Seuss Day. Thursday, March 2, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday with his take better pictures with a cell phone. Free. memorable characters. Registration required. 457-2601. • Tie-Dye Tuesday. Tuesday, March 14, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Craft program teaches tie-dye process to school-aged kids.

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

POPLAR-WHITE STATION 5094 Poplar, 682-1616 • R.E.A.D Program. Wednesday, March 29, from 4 to 5 p.m. Program focuses on improving children’s reading skills as they read to therapy dogs. After four 15-minute sessions of the R.E.A.D. program, children awarded with a ‘pawtographed’ book from the Friends of the Library.

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss! Story Time. Thursday, March 2, from 11 to 11:30 a.m. Ages 2-8. Celebrate Dr. CENTRAL Seuss’ birthday with a special story time featuring 3030 Poplar Ave., 415-2700 coloring and activities. Free. CLOUD901 Classes & Events: CLOUD901 is the library’s state-of-the-art Teen Learning Lab that LEGO Batman Event. Saturday, March 11, from 4 to 5 includes a music studio, a video production lab, an art p.m. Ages 5 and up. At this finale of the three-month studio, Makerspace, gaming zone, and a performance WHITEHAVEN celebration of The LEGO Batman movie, kids help 4120 Millbranch Rd., 396-9700 stage. Open to teens ages 13-18 with a Memphis Batman protect Gotham from the Joker by making • Creative Wednesdays. On Wednesdays from 4:30 library card. For a class list, go to memphislibrary. their own LEGO Batman speed wagon. Collect to 5:30 p.m. Children read a book and create a craft. org/cloud901/ limited edition trading cards and join in LEGO Make and Take event (while supplies last). Free. • Crafternoon. Thursdays from 4 to 6 p.m. Children ages 6-11 enjoy 90 minutes of stories and crafts. National Story Time; Create Your Little Golden • Gadget Lab for Kids. Tuesdays from 4 to 6 p.m. Join Book. Saturday, March 25, from 11 to 11:30 a.m. Ms. Luna and learn about cool apps and games for Children ages 2-8 are invited to join in the 75th ME EM MP PH H II S SP EN M PA AR RE NT T .. C CO OM M

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