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Alyssa excitedly runs into my office at work after being dropped off from school. The barrage of questions begins.

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Are we going home first? Should I wear the p.m., we will leave at 5 p.m. You have 20 blue or pink dress? What time do we need to minutes. Go draw a picture.” She’s gone leave? Can we go home and get ready again, this time for a whole five minutes. NOW? My brain tries to process the “Yes sweetie,” I sigh. “It’s 4:45 p.m., we will questions and attempts to answer. But it leave at 5 p.m. You have 15 minutes. Go read doesn’t really matter; Alyssa is not waiting a book.” She runs off for all of three minutes. for the answers. It may be part of the “Alright,” I say. “Get in the car; let’s go!” process for most special needs kids. They We pick up her buddy Libby Claire and think, therefore they ask. arrive at the event right on time. As we pull My daughter Alyssa is a freshman in high into the parking lot, we are greeted by a school, and it’s her first time to attend the parade of smiling, friendly volunteers Night to Shine event, hosted by the Tim arranged by Union Avenue Baptist Church, Tebow Foundation, which is a prom designed the host site of this year’s event in Memphis. for teens and adults with mental and physical I can feel Alyssa’s energy starting to pump disabilities, with more than 500 churches up; she is having trouble containing her across the world participating this year. excitement. At check in, she gets her badge Alyssa is dolled up in a pink dress picked and meets her other peer buddy, Gracie. just for the occasion and ready to go. The Together they go to the Glam Station. plan has been to leave the house at 5 p.m., Alyssa is treated like royalty as a squad but Alyssa can’t seem to contain her surrounds her to do her nails, makeup, and excitement and eagerness to GO! Although hair. Talk about feeling like a princess. well-documented, it’s still not completely Around the corner, the boys are getting understood why obsessive behavior and fixed up, too. The ladies ask Alyssa if she certain diagnoses seem to go hand in hand. would like some bling in her hair. Seriously, Alyssa walks in the kitchen and taps her do you even have to ask?! Yes to all the bells watch impatiently to show me the time. and whistles. “Yes,” I say. “It’s only 4:30 p.m., we will leave As Alyssa’s entourage reaches the at 5 p.m. You have 30 minutes to relax.” She entrance of the prom, they are greeted with walks out of the room looking annoyed. Ten a red carpet and full line of paparazzi to minutes go by and she is back in front of me mark their arrival. She truly felt like a star. tapping her watch. “Yes,” I tell her. “It’s 4:40 It’s really difficult sometimes to get Alyssa to express her emotions verbally. So when your child exudes happiness from every pore of her being, it’s extremely emotional to witness. I could see it on my child’s face and all the other guests at this prom. After dancing the night away and enjoying many of the evening’s festivities, Tim Tebow came on the big screen with a special video announcement. Everyone was

being crowned prom king and queen. The kids all screamed in delight. As Alyssa’s tiara was placed on her head, once again you could see the look of pure joy. It made her feel like she is valued, and that is more precious than any gem on any tiara in the world. As the night came to a close, I looked around in amazement at the droves of volunteers that were part of this big night for Alyssa. This was only one of more than 500 locations that participated in this phenomenal event. The Tim Tebow Foundation website states there are 175,000 volunteers involved in the one night. Knowing there are this many people all over the world willing to spend so much time and energy into making this event so unique for all of the wonderful, special people out there was truly overwhelming. As a parent, I believe the one thing we want for any child is for them to be happy. An event like this is life-changing. Sometimes you feel so isolated. You watch other children who happened to be born around the same time as yours grow up and go off to do amazing things. It’s easy to feel sad and frustrated that your child may not have their day. An event like this reminds us that anything is possible. If hundreds of thousands of people all over the world feel it’s worth volunteering their time to make our children feel this loved, then all things are possible. This truly was so much more than Alyssa’s Night to Shine — it’s a platform for the future. Angela de Jong and her husband live in Bartlett with Alyssa and their son, Luca.


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“MUST LOVE KIDS” AND OTHER DATING RULES FOR SINGLE MOMS Four simple steps to getting the most out of your search

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As a newly divorced mother of three children, I wasn’t biting at the bit to be back in the dating world. I knew as a 42-year-old woman, I was several years past my “best if used by” date.

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Those scars on my belly from childbirth aren’t going away, my car is covered with kid clutter 24/7, and if a lice epidemic or flu bug hits, I’m going to be a walking pile of contagion. Sometimes that feels less than sexy. All the moms out there, single or not, know exactly what I’m saying. In her book, Takes All 5: A Single Mom’s Guide to Finding the Real One, author and counselor Kerri Zane writes, “Single moms face various fears: fading beauty, aging, isolation, rejection, empty nests, loss of financial security … Things like beginning relationships, asserting oneself, losing weight, making a mistake… and fear of intimacy loom large.” Despite these fears, single mothers are dating. In fact, they’re dating a lot and for reasons you might not expect. A survey conducted by the online dating site, plentyoffish.com, revealed that 44 perent of the women using the site were single mothers, and 57 percent of them were looking for partnership more than romance, sex, fun, or financial support. If you’re part of this group of mothers back on the dating scene, Zane offers a few words of advice to get the most out of it.

LEARN SELF-LOVE Gray hair, a mom’s body, wrinkles and cellulite — your scars of motherhood mean you’ve created and nurtured life and have beautiful children to show for it. What’s not to love about that? The best way to get the most out of dating as a single mother is to love yourself and your truth, regardless of what you or society perceives as physical flaws. Zane writes, “It takes a strong woman and a concerted effort to combat the hellfire mix of nature and nurture to regain a healthy inside-and-outside body image … There is an incredible lightness of being that comes with no longer striving to be someone you think your child, mother, father, (potential) significant other, or society wants you to be.” ENJOY THE OPPORTUNITY TO SLOW DOWN AND FIND A TRUE PARTNER A great benefit to being back on the dating scene after a failed marriage or relationship is having the opportunity to be your authentic self, do what you love, and find someone who shares that. People change over time and their tastes change. A lot of marriages are made up of two people sharing a life and living space without a lot of things in common, other than perhaps the kids, resulting in an unfulfilled desire for companionship and for someone with shared interests. Now that you’re dating again, consider it an amazing opportunity to figure out what you love doing — traveling, reading, or maybe going to see live music — and finding someone who shares those same interests. This gives you the chance to enjoy a truer partnership when you do find “the one.”

TRUST YOUR INTUITION DATE PEOPLE WHO LOVE CHILDREN As a mother, your intuition is fine-tuned because it’s what you’ve As a single mother, your priority in life is your children. The right been using every day to raise your children. You know when partner will accept and honor that and will reflect it in his or her own something’s not right, when they’re starting to get sick, or when life choices. You don’t have to be a parent to show kindness, care, they’re bummed about something that happened at school that they and leadership to youth, so listen when your date talks about their won’t discuss. role in the lives of children around them (family, community, etc.). “In my coaching practice,” states Zane, “I suggest that single Taking the time to explore what it means to be a parent or mentor, moms do the inside work to get really clear about their wants, needs, and what family values you hope to share in a relationship, will help values, and beliefs and get in touch with their intuition.” Once you’ve you hit the right target in finding a great partnership and lasting done this “inside work,” use that same intuition to steer clear of love. A Middle Tennessee native, Tonya Thompson (deltacreatives.com) now lives in Southaven, MS with her three kids and their crazy pets.

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Dr. Deanna McClendon, director of the Shelby County Schools’ Early Childhood Program, believes the future of our city depends on reaching today’s children at an early age. “Great cities are known by the investment they put in their young people,” she says. “So making sure children start the race at the same level speaks volumes about how we care about the people in our community.”

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The Shelby County Schools Head Start program’s purpose is to prepare children aged 4 for success in kindergarten and beyond by providing free Pre-K classes and services to low-income or at-risk children and their families. Some risk factors that qualify children for the program include having incarcerated or deployed parents, families with economic challenges, and developmental disabilities and delays. The program provides comprehensive services for children and their families that include education, nutrition, health and safety, social and emotional health, family goal-setting, social services, transition services, services for children with

disabilities, and screenings and follow-ups for health, behavior, and development. “The average age of parents of children in the Head Start program is 24,” says McClendon. “When you’re 24, you need lots of support and guidance to navigate things. And that’s a good thing about our program; we are able to help them.” Some of the services provided to parents include parent training and workshops, assistance with career and educational advancement, and connecting parents with valuable resources needed to help their children in and out of the classroom. Head Start works with parents and

schools to increase students’ school readiness in the following five areas: language and literacy, cognition and general knowledge, approaches to learning, physical development and health, and social and emotional development. Each classroom is equipped with labeled interest areas to promote independence, foster decision-making, and encourage interaction with peers and adults in the classroom. Activities include teacherdirected and child-initiated activities, active and quiet times, large-group and small-group activities, independent activities, and indoor and outdoor play times. Children in the Head Start program have seen a significant increase in academic ability in kindergarten and beyond. “Currently, we have some key performance indicators for the district that demonstrate that children who have attended one of our [Pre-K] programming options outscore their peers [who have not attended preschool] by anywhere between 5 and 8 percent,” McClendon says. “If you break it down into different subject areas, for reading, they outscore their peers by about 8 percent, and in math, about 5 to 6 percent.” Today, the Shelby County Schools system holds around 276 Head Start classrooms with close to 5,000 students. Additionally, Shelby County Schools teamed up with Porter-Leath in 2015 to provide the same services to 3- to 4-yearolds at eight different standalone Head Start locations throughout the city. To apply for Head Start, children must take a 20-minute screening test that covers basics, like colors and counting, at any one of the screening locations listed at scsk12.com. Children who are considered least prepared for kindergarten are given priority. Parents must also undergo an interview during the process. Families must bring two proofs of residence; proof of child’s physical, immunizations, and dental exam; child’s birth certificate or social security card; and proof of income. Students must turn 4 by August 15 to be eligible. Screenings are held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays until June 14th. No appointment is necessary.


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June 4-7 and June 18-21, July 16-19 Registration information can be found at www.RhodesLynx.com under the Inside Athletic Tab and Click on Summer Camps. All camps are held on Rhodes College campus utilizing our athletic facilities.

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Learn more about CHAMP – the study of an investigational eye drop being evaluated to slow the progression of nearsightedness (myopia) in children. All study-related visits, tests, and drugs will be provided at NO COST. In addition, up to $200 per year will be provided for glasses or contact lenses.

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Each year it seems the challenge for judges of the Memphis Parent Cover Kids contest gets more difficult. This year, we had 66 entries to ooh and ahh over. Thank you to all of the parents who submitted photos of their children. We truly wish we had space for all of these cutie pies! But we want to say congratulations to the six children selected to grace our covers. We are excited to introduce them to our readers over the next year. —Michelle

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STRAWBERRY PICKING SEASON The mouth-watering magic of strawberries By ASHLEY TALMADGE Is it the luscious sweetness of these little fruits that makes them so appealing? Their red, heartshaped form? Or the distinctive, oh-so-tempting fragrance of a freshly picked berry? Whatever it is, the combination is pure mouth-watering magic. Farmer Mark Johnson says strawberries are always one of the most popular offerings at his u-pick farm. “We grow blueberries, cherries, tree fruits, and lots of vegetables,” says Johnson. “But people really love picking strawberries.”

It’s that time of the year where strawberries start coming into season. Is there anything more delightful than a child’s wide smile etched in the juice of fresh-from-the-field strawberries? Ripening on the vine by late spring in April and May, strawberries are often the first fruit to appear as the weather warms up, and they hold a special allure.

all that sun. Something else to consider is the type of footwear you have on. Wear closed-toe shoes rather than sandals. Bees, mud, and farm equipment may be present. Finally, bring a rigid container, unless the grower provides flats. Berries can get squashed and mushy in a bag. GROW THEM AT HOME Strawberries are easy to grow and relatively low maintenance. They can be planted in a container or garden bed, and some types will produce strawberries the first year. The wandering tendrils and delicate white flowers make pretty ground cover, or can flow from a hanging planter. “Day neutral” varieties (such as Seascape and Sweet Ann) are not dependent on day length, meaning your kids can pluck large flavorful berries and wear those delightful juice-stained smiles well into autumn.

DELICIOUS AND NUTRITIOUS A half-cup of sliced strawberries, or about four big berries, contains three-quarters of the recommended daily allowance of Vitamin C. Strawberries are also high in fiber and folate. Another bonus? Though sweet as any dessert, that half-cup of strawberries has only about 25 calories. Besides eating them fresh off the vine, strawberries can be used in smoothies, homemade popsicles, and even sliced into a spinach salad for a STRAWBERRY FUN FACTS little sweetness, and many people use them in salsa. • Each strawberry has about 200 seeds. • Strawberries belong to the genus Fragaria, and STRAWBERRY PICKING TIPS are part of the rose family. If you want to pick your own berries, there are • California leads the nation in strawberry some important tips to know. production, growing about 88 percent of U.S. It gets really sunny so don’t forget to bring produced strawberries sold in grocery stores. sunscreen and a hat with a wide brim. You may also • The average American eats about 3.4 pounds want to bring a bottle of water to stay hydrated in of fresh strawberries annually.

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Call to confirm hours of operation and berry availability. JONES ORCHARD U-pick Hotline: (901) 872-0703

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INGREDIENTS: • 8-ounce package cream cheese • ¼ cup powdered sugar • Batch of strawberries — larger, firmer berries work best

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Mix cream cheese and powdered sugar. Wash and dry berries. Remove tops and core. Fill strawberry holes with cream cheese mixture, using a pastry piping bag (or simply cut a small hole in the corner of a Ziploc bag).

Kids love this light dessert served as a finger food! To enjoy your fresh-picked strawberries for desserts long after the harvest season, freeze them. To prevent berries from clumping together as they freeze, spread washed and dried berries on a cookie sheet. Put the tray in the freezer for a couple of hours until berries are firm, then transfer them into a large freezer bag. *recipe courtesy of Melissa Peters


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LET’S PARTY! Fun birthday parties for busy parents

Skates & Blades – Roller skating rinks are gaining popularity again and most offer a choice of inline or roller skate rentals. Consider ice-skating and ice or roller hockey parties as a fun alternative. *Check out Cordova Skating Center, East End Skating Center, or Skateland Raleigh, or if you’re in North Mississippi, try Skate Odyssey or Mid-South Ice House. Strike it Big – Bowling parties are a fun form of recreation for kids of all ages. Preschoolers can score every time with bumper bowling, while teens can go cosmic for glow-in-the-dark fun. Add to the amusement by offering small prizes for low and high scores and the most and fewest gutters. *Check out Billy Hardwick’s, Cordova Bowling Center, or Uncle Buck’s Fishbowl at Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid, all of which offer children’s party packages. Pizza and Play – Preschool and early elementary children thrill at being invited to these parties where they can play kiddie arcade-style games, win tickets for prizes, hop on coin-operated rides, or romp in soft play areas. *Check out Jumpin’ Jellybeans, Kid Station, Marshall’s World, Incredible Pizza, or Chuck E. Cheese’s.

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Water, Water Everywhere – Head to a splash pad, sprinkler park, or pool. What better way to cool off and party on a hot summer day? *Check out the Kroc Center, H2OH! at Children’s Museum of Memphis (CMOM), or the Shelby Farms Sprayground. Old MacDonald Had a Farm – Find a nearby farm and see what activities are offered seasonally. Many include hayrides, petting zoos, and more. *Check out Maple Grove Farm, Cedar Hill Farm, or Menagerie Farm. Recreational Romp – Recreation and fitness centers offer a wide variety of activities for birthdays including gymnastics, swimming, basketball, or arts and crafts. *Check out Pump 22

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By KIMBERLY BLAKER & MEMPHIS PARENT STAFF

So your child’s birthday is just around the corner, and you don’t have time to plan and prepare the perfect party? Don’t despair. There are plenty of fun places to hold parties for kids of all ages — from little ones to tweens and teens — that will save you time in planning, preparation, and cleanup. Most importantly, your birthday kid and guests will have a blast. it Up, The Little Gym, River City Gymnastics, Jumping World Trampoline Park, Sky Zone, Get Air, Urban Air, Seize the Clay, Pitter Potter, or Paint a Piece. Putt-Putt & More – Family fun centers offer a variety of entertainment including batting cages, miniature golf, video games, bumper boats, or go carts. *Check out Golf & Games Family Park, Vantage Point Golf Center, or Rec Room. Tag, You’re It! – Teens and older kids will love testing their skills and cunningness in a game of laser tag. These centers often offer on-site party areas and birthday packages. *Check out Battlefront Laser Tag & Paintball, Lasertron @ Golf & Games, or Pure Mobile Laser Tag. Hands-on Fun – Keep kids of all ages thoroughly engrossed and entertained as they try out gadgets, watch or participate in experiments, play instruments, construct, and much more. *Check out CMOM, Music For Aardvarks, Fire Museum of Memphis, or Pink Palace Museum. Rock Climbing Adventures – Daredevils won’t want to miss these exciting quests. Look for a rock climbing gym where party guests can do rock climbing with a professional instructor. *Check out Memphis Rox, High Point Climbing & Fitness, or Bridges. Explore Nature – Curious children will love learning about flowers, plants, and bugs. *Check out Memphis Botanic Garden or the Lichterman Nature Center. Z is for Zoo – The Memphis Zoo is a great source for birthday entertainment. Party package add-ons include face painting, ride vouchers, and animal encounters. *Visit memphisparent.com for additional party ideas, venues, and more.

PARTY TIPS: When planning your child’s party, keep in mind what’s important is not how perfectly the party goes, but that your birthday child and guests have fun. When you call, ask what amenities are available and included. To ensure success, follow these tips: • Keep the guest list manageable to avoid chaos, confusion, and conflict. The number of guests should correspond with the child’s age or slightly over. • Request an RSVP with a specific deadline, allowing time to invite others should the guest list fall short. Be sure to include your phone number. • Offer your child choices for his party, ask for input, and allow him to assist in planning. • Send out written invitations. Verbal invitations may be forgotten, make the invitee feel that she was an afterthought, and often leave parents of the invited child wondering whether the invitation was approved by the birthday child’s parents. • Include all details on the invitation including a start and end time, address and directions, phone number, and what guests need to bring, such as a bathing suit and towel. • Play it safe, and set a rain date for outdoor parties. • Keep the length of the party within reason. Unless it’s a sleepover or special event, preschool parties should be limited to one hour and two to three hours for older children.


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10 little luxuries to give yourself so you always feel celebrated By CHRISTINA KATZ

Moms, here’s a little secret about gift giving and receiving on any occasion. It’s not a competition. You are not the best mom ever if you get the most presents. You are the best mom ever if you let yourself feel good about the job you are doing every day, even on the most challenging days. And if you want a gift, whether you feel you deserve something special or simply because you think you should always feel treasured, go ahead and give yourself one. Be generous with yourself every time of year, and others will follow suit during special times. Being a great mom means putting your needs first instead of delegating that job to others and feeling resentful if they let you down. Here’s a little secret: Other people can’t let you down if you don’t let yourself down. So pick yourself up during the mom-gifting time of year with a little reward for yourself. You always deserve something special just for being you. SIMPLE PLEASURES Fresh flowers. Flowers are love. Love grows in the yard and I’m always expanding that repertoire of choices. Others come from small bouquets at a farmers market or grocery store that I can mix and match. Self-care. A quick nap. A long bath with bath salts and bubbles. Saying no to everything that does not feel like a yes. Asking for hugs. I’d be willing to bet that moms who practice self-care live longer.

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For sure, they live happier. Foofy drinks. For her birthday lunch, my daughter wanted a tropical drink with a tiny umbrella in it. You deserve a tiny umbrella too, mom. Or perhaps treat yourself with a dollop of whipped cream with a chocolate swirl or a little heart design atop your coffee foam. Exposure to nature. The civilized world gallops at a breakneck pace. But nature helps us slow down to the incremental speed of life. The seeds we plant don’t sprout overnight. And we can regain our patience and our pacing by frequent exposure to the earth, air, sun, and stars. Your favorite books and magazines. Few things make me cheerier than a glossy new seasonal magazine. Books inspire movies in our minds. Even the internet with all of its diverse content cannot replace my insatiable thirst for hunkering down, one spread at a time, and escaping into artfully photographed and delightfully designed magazine pages. Don’t ever deprive yourself of your daily allotment of mental escape. Belly laughs. I was on the phone with an old friend the other day and the laughs just came cascading out. There’s nothing like chuckling over old antics or sharing a giggle with someone who has known you forever. Get your kicks in whatever way works for

you and the cascading endorphins are an extra, feel-good bonus. Streaming sitcoms or reading comics also works well in a pinch. Delicious food. Keep at-home copies of your favorite take-out menus. Sometimes mom needs someone else to do the meal prep, cooking, and serving. Besides, sitting down to be waited on every once in a while is a great way to power up your inner chef. Bon appétit! Scents you love. Jasmine. Lemon. Rose. Cinnamon. Juniper. Cookies fresh from the oven. You control your environment, so make it smell wonderful to you. Self-expression. Be your insouciant self today and every day. What does this mean to you? If you are holding your breath, biting your tongue, biding your time, or practicing any other delay tactics that prevent you from living your life with the volume cranked up, seek assistance. Get around folks who lure you out of your shell and validate all the gifts you have to offer the world. Surprises. Don’t wait for others to catch you off guard. Delight yourself with little impulsive decisions that make you happy now. A surprise isn’t just a big, painstakingly planned party. It’s at least twenty opportunities a day to be sweeter to yourself. Go ahead, choose differently.

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One of the pitfalls of having holidays that focus on giving gifts to others is that we become a society of scorecard keepers. How did I do? Did I get more gifts than last year? Were the gifts given with genuine sincerity or did I sense feelings of obligation? Do I measure how others treat me as proof of how worthy I am?

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MAY CALENDAR ROUDNEV YOUTH BALLET PRESENTS

COPPELIA AND OTHER TALES BUCKMAN ARTS CENTER AT ST. MARY’S SCHOOL

Friday, May 18, 6 p.m. Saturday, May 19, 5 p.m. Features an interpretation of Arthur SaintLeon’s classic tale set to the music of Leo Delibes with choreography by Dmitri Roudnev. Also includes original jazz works by Steven Prince Tate and Ashley Volner.

$15/person. 537-1483. 1 ∙ TUESDAY

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

Wild Lunch at Lichterman. Lichterman Nature Center. Tuesday through Saturday at noon. Free with admission. 636-2210.

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Toddler Time. Baptist Memorial Hospital for Women. Meets Wednesdays from 10:30 a.m. until noon. Geared for parents and children ages 1-3 years. Free. 227-9558. Music for Aardvarks. Universal Parenting Place @ Christ Community Health Services. On select Wednesdays (May 2 & 16), from noon until 1 p.m. Early childhood music class for children ages 6 months to 6 years. Free. RSVP to brittany.hart@ christchs.org or call 701-2871 for details.

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Sprouts. Dixon Gallery and Gardens. Thursdays, 10:30-11 a.m. This new interactive program for toddlers and their caregivers encourages creative play. $8. Reservations required. 761-5250. Whet Thursday: Memphis Artist Meetup with the CLTV (Collective) & the Artist Commons. Metal Museum. 5-8 p.m. Features museum tour, live

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Spring Tram Tours. Memphis Botanic Garden (MBG). Fridays in May, from 10 a.m. until noon. Join docents for a tram tour of the garden. Free with admission. 636-4100.

The Tempest. Germantown Community Theatre. Through May 20. Friday & Saturday at 8 p.m.; Sunday at 2:30 p.m. A perfect story to introduce Shakespeare to young theatre-goers and family. $24/adult. $12/child ages 12 and under. Reservations required. 453-7447. Movie Mania 2018. Carriage Crossing. On Fridays, May 4 through August 31. Movies begin at dusk. May 4: Despicable Me 3. May 11: Secret Life of Pets. Bring your chairs or blankets to grab a spot on the lawn at Central Park. Pre-movie fun includes games and giveaways. Free. Visit shopcarriagecrossing. com for a complete schedule.

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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. May 5: Music/Coloring Books. May 12: Sports & Hunting/Pottery. May 19: Stone Tools & Weapons/ Talking Sticks. May 26: Trash Talks/Snake Painting.

$6/adult. $4/child ages 4-11. Free for children 3 and under. 785-3160. Family Studio. Dixon Gallery and Gardens. First Saturday of the month, from 10 a.m. until noon. Free. 761-5250. Free Family Art Workshop: Pop Art with Katie Lepo. Memphis College of Art. 2-4 p.m. Open to all ages and experience levels. Free, donations go toward youth scholarship fund (recommended donation is $10 per family). Walk-ins are welcome on a firstcome, first-served basis. Visit mca.edu/community/ community-education to register online. 101 Dalmatians. CTI 3D Giant Theater @ Pink Palace Museum. Weekends in May (including Memorial Day, May 28), at 4 p.m. $10/adult. $8/ child ages 3 and up. 636-2362.

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Music for Aardvarks. Baptist Memorial Hospital for Women. Mondays (except Memorial Day), from 10 to 10:45 a.m. or 11 to 11:45 a.m. An interactive music program for children 6 months to 5 years and their parents. Free. Reservations required. 227-9558.

Tea & Toddlers. Universal Parenting Place @ Christ Community Health Services. Mondays (except Memorial Day), from noon until 2:45 p.m. Free. RSVP to brittany.hart@christchs.org or call 701-2871 for details.


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Food Truck Garden Party: Pirates & Princesses. MBG. 5-8 p.m. Features live music, Play Zone, and food from the Memphis Food Truckers Alliance. $10/person. 636-4100.

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Baby Day. Memphis Zoo. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. This Mother’s Day weekend, head over to the zoo for baby keeper chats and educational activities. Free with admission. 333-6500. Library Tunes & Tales. At area libraries including Central, Bartlett, Cordova, Collierville, and Germantown. 11 a.m. The musical families of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra present a story set to music. Free. 537-2500.

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Mother’s Day Brunch at the Garden. MBG. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Celebrate Mother’s Day in the Japanese Garden with a catered buffet, live music, and children’s crafts. $55/adult $10/child ages 2-12 years. For reservations, go to memphisbotanicgarden.com/mothersdaybrunch or call 636-4131 to confirm by phone. Babies Film Screening. Health Sciences Park. 7 p.m. Bring your own chairs or blankets and celebrate Mother’s Day with a movie, food, and drinks. Free. Visit mdcollaborative.org for details.

18 ∙ FRIDAY 60TH ANNUAL GREEK FESTIVAL. The Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church. Also on Saturday, May 12, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Festivities include live music from Kosta Kostanis and his band, dance performances by the Athenian Dance Troupe, children’s area, sanctuary tours, marketplace, and food. $3/ adult. $1/child ages 6-11. Free for children 5 and under. For every can of food donated, receive $1 off ticket price, or bring three canned goods to earn free admission. Benefits the Mid-South Food Bank. Drive-thru and shuttles available. Go to memphisgreekfestival.com for details.

Disney Junior Dance Party on Tour. The Orpheum. 6 p.m. Get ready to dance and sing along with some of your favorite Disney characters including Mickey and the Roadster Racers and Puppy Dog Pals. $29.50-$59.50 Call 525-3000 for tickets.

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Dragon Boat Races. Mud Island River Park. 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Families are welcome to watch the Duncan-William St. Jude Dragon Boat Races taking place on the Mississippi River. Free for spectators. Visit stjude.org/get-involved for details.

Roudnev Youth Ballet presents Coppelia and Other Tales. Buckman Arts Center @ St. Mary’s School. 6 p.m. Also on Saturday, May 19, at 5 p.m. Features an interpretation of Arthur Saint-Leon’s classic tale set to the music of Leo Delibes with choreography by Dmitri Roudnev. Also includes original jazz works by Steven Prince Tate and Ashley Volner. $15/person. 537-1483.

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Agricenter Jr. Fishing Rodeo. Agricenter International. Registration begins at 7 a.m. Fishing, 7:30-9 a.m. Measuring and prizes, 9-11 a.m. Open to ages 5-13 years. Go to agricenter.org/rodeo for details.

Bike Arch at 10:15 a.m. Tickets $20, of which $5 is donated to Urban Bike Food Ministries. Children, 13 and younger, free. Helmets required. 2-Day Tickets for Garden Walk: $25. Early bird discounts available until May 5. Visit cygardenwalk. eventsmart.com for details. F.I.R.E. Family Fun Day. Metal Museum. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Features hands-on activities, art tiles, “I Spy” sandbox, iron pour, and food trucks. Call 774-6380 for details. Selfie Family Day. Dixon Gallery and Gardens. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Families are welcome to enjoy art activities, snacks, and special performances at this fun event. Free. 761-5250.

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High School Musical Theatre Awards. The Orpheum. 7 p.m. Modeled after the Tony Awards, the program recognizes achievements in all areas of high school musical theatre. $15-$40. Call 525-3000 for tickets.

25 ∙ FRIDAY

Outdoor Movie Night: Coco. Morton Museum of Collierville History. 7-9 p.m. Bring your own chairs or blankets to enjoy this outdoor movie. Free. Snacks and drinks provided. 457-2650.

Family Campfire Party: Frogs and Toads. MBG. 7-9 p.m. Come listen to our nocturnal neighbors, take part in craft activities and a night hike, and enjoy hot dogs and s’mores. $15. Reservations required. 636-4100.

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International Blacksmithing Day. Metal Museum. In celebration of International Blacksmithing Day, the museum hosts demos throughout the day in the Smithy. Free. 774-6380.

Collierville Youth Fishing Rodeo. W.C. Johnson Park. Registration and check-in begins on site at 8 a.m. Rodeo kicks off at 9 a.m. Weigh-in at 11 a.m. Prizes and trophies awarded for winners in each category: 6 and under, 7-8, 9-10, and 11-12. Free. Visit colliervilleparks.org for details.

Summer Symphony in the Live Garden. MBG. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Show begins at 7:30 p.m. Spend your Memorial Day Weekend listening to Wynonna and the Memphis Symphony Orchestra perform live at the garden. TruGreen lawn tickets: $30/adult. $10/child. 636-4107.

3rd Annual Cooper-Young Garden Walk: CooperYoung Goes Native. Cooper-Young District. Also on Sunday, May 20, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Features more than 75 garden tours, artists gardens and studios, farmers market, educational booths, garden talks, and vendors. Also available this year: guided bike tour of 20 select CooperYoung Gardens from 10:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 19. Meet in front of the Revolutions

Annie: The “Dance-sical.” Halloran Centre @ The Orpheum. 7 p.m. Also on Sunday, May 27, at 2:30 p.m. Ballet on Wheels Dance School & Company presents this new spin of the hit Broadway classic. $22-$24.50. Call 525-3000 for tickets.

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Saint PaulONGOING EVENTS Catholic School MUSEUMS AND EXHIBITS

The Pink Palace Museum. Remembering the Dream, Connections Exhibit 2018. Through January 27, 2019. Beneath the Surface: Life, Death, and Gold in Ancient Panama. Through May 6. 636-2362.

St. Paul Catholic School’s Grades mission is Pre-K—6 to foster the Grades Pre-K—6 development of the whole Now taking for child in anenrollment academically Now taking enrollment for challenging environment based Catholic all doctrine grades all ongrades and virtues, empowering

CTI 3D Giant Theater. Dream Big 3D. Through May 25. Narrated by Academy Award winner Jeff Bridges, this is the first film for giant-screen theatres to answer the call of the STEM initiative. 636-2362.

AutoZone Dome at the Sharpe Planetarium. From Earth to the Universe. Through June 1. Seasonal Stargazing. Ongoing. Perfect Little Planet. Until further notice. One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure. Until further notice. 636-2362.

to development make a positive St. Paul Catholic School’s mission is children to foster the of the whole child in an academically challenging environment based on Catholic doctrine and virtues, difference in the school, School’s mission is to foster the development of the whole child empowering in an PROGRAMS OTHER children to make a positive difference in the school, community and world. community and world.

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523-1484. Magevney House Tour. Magevney House. Open first Saturday (May 5), 1-4 p.m. Admission is free. 523-1484. 30 Thursdays: Walk after Work. Memphis Botanic Garden (MBG). Thursday, May 17, at 6 p.m. Free with admission. 636-4100.

Tour: African-Print Fashion Now! with Kenya Bradshaw. Memphis Brooks Museum of Art. Wednesday, May 23, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Join for a guided tour of Can you imagine... African-Print Fashion Now! with Kenya Bradshaw, co-founder of Gift Wraps, a world without children? an online shop featuring headwraps from African-print fabric. Free. 5441425 E. Shelby Drive, Memphis, TN 38116 (901)346-0862 information@stpaul.cdom.org 6200.

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Kaleidoscope Club. Dixon Gallery and Gardens. Wednesdays, 4-5 p.m. Ages 5-9. $8. Snack provided. Call 761-5250 to register. Mid-Day Mindfulness in Motion Yoga. Universal Parenting Place @ Christ

Community Health Services. On select Fridays (May 4 & 18), from noon until (901)346-0862 information@stpaul.cdom.org 1 p.m. Free. RSVP to brittany.hart@christchs.org or call 701-2871 for details. Saturday Childbirth Class. Baptist Women’s Hospital. Saturday, May 5, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $75. Call 226-5764 to register.

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African Family Drum Circle. Universal Parenting Place @ Christ Community Health Services. On select Tuesdays (May 8 & 22), 1:30-2:30 p.m. Free. RSVP to brittany.hart@christchs.org or call 701-2871 for details. Expectant Parents Class. Baptist Women’s Hospital. Saturday, May 12, from 9 a.m. until noon. $30. Call 226-5764 to register. Mother’s Day Hand-tied Bouquet with Barton Lynch. Dixon Gallery and Gardens. Saturday, May 12, from 10:30 a.m. until noon. Create hand-tied floral bouquets that stand on their own or in containers. $65. Bring your own pruners. All other materials provided. 761-5250. Dynamic Dads Workshop. Baptist Women’s Hospital. Saturday, May 12, 12:30-4 p.m. Free. Call 227-9873 to register.


Summer Bridge BABY DAY @ MEMPHIS ZOO 10 a.m.-2 p.m. This Mother’s Day weekend, head over to the zoo for baby keeper chats and educational activities. Free with admission. 333-6500.

STEP Parent Advocacy Training for Legislative Change. Bartlett United Methodist Church. Saturday, May 19. Registration: 8-8:30 a.m. Training: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Support and Training for Exceptional Parents (STEP, Inc.) and the University of Illinois at UrbanaChampaign offers this free training to educate and empower parents of children with disabilities about legislative advocacy. Food, parking, and childcare provided. Participants receive two $10 gift cards — one after the training and one after completing the follow-up survey. Contact Meghan Burke at meghanbm@illinois.edu or call 217-300-1226 for details. Go to surveymonkey.com/r/ DisabilityAdvocacy for registration information. Sibling Class. Baptist Women’s Hospital. Saturday, May 19, from 10 a.m. until noon. This interactive class prepares children ages 3-10 for arrival of their new sibling. $20/child. Call 226-5764 to register. Weeknight Childbirth Class. Baptist Women’s Hospital. Four-week series

starts May 21, 7-9 p.m. $55. Call 226-5764 to register. Pollinator Palooza! Greenline Gardens @ Shelby Farms Park. Saturday, May 26, 10-11 a.m. Grades 3-8. Learn about pollinators, how they are important for growing food, and the types of plants that attract pollinators. Participants examine mason bee homes and a full beekeeping suit. $5/SCS teacher. $10/youth. Includes one accompanying adult. 222-7275.

HOME SCHOOL CLASSES

Home School Days: Flower Power. MBG. Wednesday, May 30, 2-3:30 p.m. Children ages 5 and up join for hands-on learning. $5/child. Garden admission not included. Call 6364100 to pre-pay and register.

FUND-RAISERS

7th Annual Get Down & Derby. Woodland Hills Grand Ballroom. Saturday, May 5, from 4 to 9 p.m. Celebrate the 144th Running of the Kentucky Derby with southern cuisine, live entertainment, hat parade, and silent and live auctions. $75/person. $30/self-advocate. $675 for a table of 10. Benefits the Down Syndrome Association of Memphis and the Mid-South. 547-7588. Latin Night. Hattiloo Theatre. Friday, May 18, 6:30 p.m. Features live entertainment by Salsa Memphis and Mariachi Band, Latin cuisine samplings from local restaurants,

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ONGOING EVENTS

TOUR: AFRICAN-PRINT FASHION NOW! WITH KENYA BRADSHAW Memphis Brooks Museum of Art. Wednesday, May 23, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Join for a guided tour of African-Print Fashion Now! with Kenya Bradshaw, co-founder of Gift Wraps, an online shop featuring headwraps from African-print fabric. Free. 544-6200.

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meet-and-greet with characters from Latin culture, and a silent auction. $45/person. 662-4696095.

Barnes & Noble Booksellers The Avenue Carriage Crossing Mall, 853-3264 Saturdays at 11 a.m. Ages 1-6.

Zoom through the Zoo. Memphis Zoo. Thursday, May 24, 6:30 p.m. Join the four-mile race and one-mile fun run following the course through the Zoo and Overton Park. Race day registration: $30 for 4-miler, $25 for 1-mile fun run. Early bird discounts available. Go to racesonline.com/events/zoomthrough-the-zoo.

Barnes & Noble Booksellers 2774 N. Germantown Pkwy., 386-2468 Tuesdays and Saturdays at 11 a.m. Ages PreK-6. May 1: Scientist, Scientist, Who Do You See? May 5 & 8: Llama Llama Loves to Read May 19 & 22: Fancy Nancy and the Wedding of the Century May 26 & 29: An Elephant & Piggie Biggie!

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#5FridaysofFreeJazz. Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library. Friday, May 4, 6:30-8 p.m. A rare appearance by Ekpe Abioto and the African Jazz Ensemble, a 10-piece band made up of some of Memphis’ finest musicians. Free. 415-2700.

Mother’s Day Story Time: I’ve Loved You Since Forever and Everything is Mama. Saturday, May 12 & Tuesday, May 15, at 11 a.m. Celebrate Mother’s Day with a special story time and activities. Free.

Memphis in May: One Night in Prague – A Sensory Celebration of the Czech Republic. The Orpheum. Thursday, May 10, 6 p.m. Experience a taste of Czech cuisine and enjoy performances by Epoque Quartet. $18/person. 525-3000.

Story Time at Morton Museum of Collierville History 196 N. Main St., 457-2650 On Fridays, 10:30-11 a.m. Ages 5 and under. Enjoy a new story theme each week with songs, related craft, and snack.

An Evening with Chicago. The Orpheum. Tuesday, May 15, at 8 p.m. $59-$129. Call 525-3000 for tickets.

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MEMPHIS LIBRARY EVENTS

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CORDOVA 8457 Trinity Rd., 754-8443 ★ Art to Grow: Artist Trading Cards. Wednesday, May 2, 4-5 p.m. Dixon Gallery and Gardens teaches this art class based on monthly art installations at the museum. Teens create small trading card designs and exchange miniature ones to assemble a collection of unique artwork. ★ International Story Time. Saturday, May 5, from 11 a.m. until noon. Learn about the

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FRAYSER 3712 Argonne St., 357-4115 ★ Teens Exploring Art. Alternate Tuesdays or Thursdays (May 1 or 10, 15 or 24), 4-5 p.m. Teens create a piece and talk about their work. ★ Gardening for Teens. Thursday, May 3, 4-5 p.m. Teens plant an assortment of herbs and vegetables and learn how to care for them. ★ Fairy Tales and Science. Tuesday, May 22, from 11 a.m. until noon. Pre-school children are introduced to a fairy tale along with a science project to go with it.

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★ Star Wars Day. Saturday, May 5, from noon until 4 p.m. Celebrate the Star Wars universe with crafts, story time, costume contest, a parade, robotic demos, free Star Wars sketches, and a small display of classic toys. ★ Paws for Reading. Saturdays in May, 1-2:30 p.m. Children practice reading skills reading out loud to Mid-South therapy dogs. Sessions are 15 minutes long and are given on a first-come, first-served basis. ★ I Read That Movie @ the Library: 2001: A Space Odyssey. Odyssey Saturday, May 12, 2-5 p.m. Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the classic science fiction novel by Arthur C. Clarke in this “page-to-screen” book club meeting. ★ A Wider Angle Film Series: Bad Lucky Goat.. Creole with English subtitles. Tuesday, May 15, 7-8:30 p.m. This month’s foreign and independent film series features the 2016 Colombian comedy.

country of Sudan with stories, music, dance, crafts, and snacks. ★ Coffee & Conversation. Friday, May 11, 10:30a.m.-12:30 p.m. Join for a field trip to the Cordova International Market. ★ See & Sign a Story. Saturday, May 19, from 11a.m. until noon. Share the story The Princess and the Pizza, learn sign language words, and make a pizza. ★ Early Opening Story Time. Tuesday, May 22, 10-11 a.m. A special sensory story time for children and teens with special needs.

POPLAR-WHITE STATION 5094 Poplar Ave., 682-1616 ★ Chalkboard Gardening Pots. Tuesday, May 29, 2:30-3:30 p.m. Teens transform a plain chalkboard plant pot into a functional work of art. RALEIGH 3157 Powers Rd., 386-5333 ★ Raleigh Branch Science Club. On Mondays (except Memorial Day), 1-2 p.m. Children ages 5 and under build Rube machines, try marshmallow engineering, and check out the aerodynamics of aircraft. WHITEHAVEN 4120 N. Millbranch Rd., 396-9700 ★ Zombie Prep 101: Emergency Kits. Thursday, May 17, 3:30-5 p.m. Teens learn how to prepare family for any disaster.

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

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3030 Poplar Ave., 415-2700 CLOUD901 Classes & Events: CLOUD901 is the library’s state-ofthe-art Teen Learning Lab that includes a music studio, a video production lab, an art studio, Makerspace, gaming zone, and a performance stage. Open to teens ages 13-18 with a Memphis library card. Go to memphislibrary.org/ cloud901 for a class list.

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TANYA MIDDLETON BURTON By MICHELLE McKISSACK

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“God put me on this Earth to be a teacher,” says Tanya Middleton Burton. Today, she teaches fifth grade at Rozelle Creative and Performing Arts Elementary, but when she first entered college, she was a business major. “I wasn’t passionate about that,” she says.

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Her passion lies in educating students, and her career spans 23 years, with a few years taken off to be a stayat-home mom to her sons, Carter and Jalen, when they were little. She’s called Rozelle optional school “home” for the last 13. Her interest in becoming an educator may have sparked when she was the neighborhood babysitter as a teen. But she really credits her parents, who were both teachers, with helping steer her in that direction while she was a student at what was then Memphis State University. “One day my mom said, ‘What do you love to do? You’re really good with children, just take a few education classes,’” Burton says. “And here I am.” Sometimes teachers will place disruptive or troublemaking students at a desk close to them so they can keep an eye on them. Burton calls the one in her classroom the “teacher’s pet desk. Students really try to do their best work to sit at that desk,” she laughs. You can hear the joy in her voice when she speaks of

her students, and, she says, that’s something that hasn’t waned since her first job interview. She still recalls what the recruiter said: “I would love to have you be one of my child’s teachers.” Burton’s enthusiasm is reflected in the numerous teaching awards and accolades she’s earned over the years, including having her students score in the top 95th percentile of proficient and advanced writers on standardized tests. But it’s the impact on their lives long after they’ve left grade school that she finds so rewarding. One such student, Sakinah, who happened to be the niece of a teacher who had a profound impact on Burton, came to her years later expressing her positive influence. When Sakinah was in college, the two crossed paths, and she told Burton, “You made such an impression on me that I want to be a teacher, too.” That’s a huge compliment. And as for making that career switch from business to education, Burton says, “It was was the best decision I ever made.”


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