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JUST A FEW YEARS AGO, MY HOLIDAY SEASONS WERE LIMITED TO FANCY HOLIDAY PARTIES, A CHAMPAGNE-FILLED YETI, AND SEEMINGLY NO REAL RESPONSIBILITY. ON OCCASION, I WOULD BRING A HOMEMADE LASAGNA TO MY FAMILY GATHERING. FAST-FORWARD A FEW YEARS, AND THE HOLIDAY SEASON FINDING BALANCE CAMERON ANIMATED IS SOMETHING ENTIRELY DIFFERENT FOR ME.
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function of alleviating holiday anxiety. Give yourself grace. I use this piece of advice over and over again in parent blogging. So what, you burned the Thanksgiving rolls. Newsflash, everyone will live. You are not a robot or a machine. No amount of planning or preparation will accommodate human error. Things will not be perfect, and that is okay. It is okay for something to go wrong. Have fun. Remember the point of the holidays is spending time with family and friends. During all the planning and straining, make sure you have fun with your family. The most important holiday tradition for your children is that they enjoy the holidays. Plan to give back. I found that even though my daughter is still very young, giving back creates a sense of gratitude for me. It reminds me of the true meaning of the holidays.
DEPARTMENTS ordered holiday-themed attire in September. In October, I researched the hottest toy craves, and I’m planning my menus in early November. I realized that a lot of my holiday anxiety started by feeling the pressure of the limited time in the holiday season. Take a few additional days during the holidays for rest and relaxation. At the end of the last holiday season, I felt
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This time of year can be chaotic, with longer shopping lists, extra cooking, parties, family get-togethers, and other obligations piling up. While you’re preparing for the holiday flurry, remember to take some time to reflect on the year behind you, your goals ahead, and the magical moments soon to come. In our November/December double issue, local writer and mom Carlissa Shaw shares her tips for managing holiday anxiety in “Finding Balance” (page 14). Did you burn the holiday dinner rolls? That’s okay. Cut yourself some slack. And amid the stressful planning and prepping, make time to relax. If you aren’t allowing yourself rest, you won’t have the energy to truly be present for the good stuff — quality time with family and friends. Of course, no holiday season is complete without the fun and excitement of gift-giving, and boy do the littles love their toys. We’ve compiled a roundup of some cool stuff we’ve come across — unicorns! robots! dragons! — for our 2019 Toy Guide (pages 16-18). Happy shopping! While you’re shopping for the smaller kids, though, remember to consider their age and skill level when choosing a gift. Some toys can be unsafe or inappropriate for the child, so do a little research first. In “Play it Safe” (page 12), Megan Robinson, toy buyer at The Knowledge Tree, weighs in on safe toy tips — and tells us the types of toys that are in right now — to help steer you in the right direction. Do keep in mind that toys are passing fancies. New desires will always come, and material things are just that — things. While a thoughtful gift — or the coolest new gadget for the kids — is a nice gesture, don’t forget what really matters. (And make sure your children understand this, too.) During this season of giving, the most important gift you can give to loved ones is yourself, your time, and your attention. Time is fleeting, and your presence may very well be the best present.
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From 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. on November 2nd, Memphis Brooks Museum of Art hosts this celebration, featuring art-making activities, face-painting, costumed performers, music and dance performances, informational tables staffed by local Latino organizations, and food trucks. Free.
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Nut ReMix comes to the Cannon Center for the Performing Arts, November 15th through 17th. Friday at 7 p.m.; Saturday at 5:30 p.m.; Sunday at 2:30 p.m. New Ballet’s production returns with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra playing live along with flamenco musicians and African drummers. Ticket prices vary.
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Santa flies in by Pedi-Flite helicopter and lands on the front lawn of the Pink Palace Museum on November 23rd at 9 a.m. to kick off the Enchanted Forest Festival of Trees. While waiting for Santa to land, kids create a special holiday craft. Free.
Shelby Farms Park’s spectacular light show runs through January 4th, with drive-through light displays, horse-drawn carriage rides, Santa photos, a petting zoo, holiday treats, and more. $20/car. Times vary. Benefits Shelby Farms Park Conservancy.
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One of the keynotes to creativity is being curious about things. Babies and toddlers are naturally curious. To them, everything is fascinating. You can build on this by talking with them about what they see as wonderful. For example, when they observe that the moon is a circle. Ask them: What other circle shapes do you see in the sky, on cars, or in our home? And when they express an interest in anything from coins to birds, help them build upon it with books, videos, and conversations. As children grow older, they move more toward finding the right answer rather than going deeper and finding out more about things. So help them widen their horizons by finding out more about opposing views or connections to other things. This can be done with a variety of subjects. Asking “what do you think?” is always a good way to start them thinking creatively. Another is to take a common item like a shoestring and ask what else it could be used for. This will get your children thinking outside the box, which is what creative people do. There is one other big thing that parents can do to raise creative children. They can, in their own lives, show the children their own wonder and curiosity about things. Another helpful trait of nurturing creativity in children lies in getting them accustomed to different ways of handling obstacles, from a difficult math problem to a bully. Asking the right questions can accelerate this process. Parents should send questions and comments to firstname.lastname@example.org or to the Dear Teacher website. ©Compass Syndicate Corporation, 2019
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For Anita Blount, a first grade teacher at Crosswind Elementary School in Collierville, teaching has always been in her blood. She comes from a long line of eduBlount says that, although she loves they form relationships with each other.” cators, with her two older sisters and when her students’ parents like her, Blount’s students, even years down aunts and uncles in the education field. there’s more to it than that. “I hope that the line, truly appreciate her level And to her, following their footsteps the parents like me, as a bonus, but I of care. One of her former students, only seemed natural. “They enjoyed it just enjoy engaging the kids and getting Braden Sutton, presented her with so much,” she says. “And I really enthem excited about learning,” she says. a plaque honoring her as the person joyed working with kids, so I just kind of “That’s what I like to do.” who’s made the biggest impact on followed behind what they were doing.” Through the years, she has gotten his life. Blount got her education degree her teaching style down to a science, “He was going to present it to me at from Lane College in Jackson, Tenfocusing on each of her students’ indihis sports banquet, but I wasn’t able to nessee, moving on to teach in the vidual needs. “Something I’ve learned make it because I had to go out of town Jackson-Madison County school sysfrom teaching is to make sure to use for my class reunion,” she says. “So, intem. After a few years, she moved to different strategies and have different stead, he came up to my classroom one Memphis, earning her masters degree teaching styles,” she says. “You have to day and presented me with the award.” at then-Memphis State University and have different teaching styles if you’re Blount credits another outstanding landing a job at Collierville Elementary. going to be an effective teacher, and teacher for her success. “When I was After a few years there, she moved over you have to address those needs acstudent teaching, I had an outstanding to Crosswind Elementary School, where cording to the students.” supervisor named Sylvia Giles,” she says. she still teaches today. She tracks each students’ individual “When you have a wonderful supervis“I was at Collierville Elementary progress using a fluency book. Then, for ing teacher, it makes a big difference. from 1989 until they built Crosswind a one-hour block each day, she sepaEverything she taught me, I brought it Elementary in 1993,” she says. “At that rates her students into groups dependhere to Collierville.” time, there were so many people moving on ability level. Some groups will She also credits two former prining to Collierville, some of the teachwork on reading chapter books, while cipals as being instrumental to her ers from Collierville Elementary had others may be doing more hands-on success: Kim Lampkins and Mary Ann to move to Crosswind. I’ve been here activities to learn phonics. McNeil. “They always gave me wonderever since.” Blount says this also gives her stuful advice, and they were great leaders,” In that time, Blount has taught muldents a chance to get to know each oth- she says. tiple generations. er and form friendships. “They can’t sit Now in her 37th year of teaching, “One of my students in my class at a desk all day and listen to a lecture,” Blount plans to retire by her 40th now, I taught her dad,” she says, adding, she says. “We really want them to listen anniversary. When that time comes, “I’m excited when my former students to us, but they need to express themshe plans to travel, relax, and do some want me to be their kid’s teacher.” selves and talk to each other. That’s how volunteering. We want to shine a light on your child’s teacher, or even a teacher who made a difference in your life. Submit your nomination today by emailing email@example.com. 10
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P�y it �FE Things to consider when choosing gifts for kids. by JAMIE LOBER
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission estimated that a quarter of a million toy-related injuries were treated in hospital emergency rooms in a year. By reading this article and sharing it with loved ones, you just may prevent an accident from happening this winter. While giving a gift can make your child feel extra special, you want to be considerate of his age and stage to be sure the toy will keep him interested and injury-free. “Kids develop at their own pace, so you may have a game that says it is appropriate for kids ages 5 and up, but if you have a more advanced 4-year-old, it might be okay,” says Megan Robinson, toy buyer at The Knowledge Tree. The American Academy of Pediatrics stresses selecting toys to suit the age, abilities, skills, and interest level of the child.
READ LABELS Toys should meet the U.S. Safety Standards. This means they should not contain lead and should be non-toxic. It is always a good idea to check the manufacturer’s website to see that the toy is up-to-date with the standards and there are no unsafe chemicals. “Stuffed toys should always be washable, and fabric should be flame-resistant,” says Robinson. If your child is under 3, the government regulates that the toy should be no less than 1 ¼ inches in diameter and 2 ¼ inches long to prevent swallowing.
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Whether you are gathering around a Christmas tree or a menorah, gift giving is likely one of your child’s favorite parts about the winter holidays. What is often overlooked is that gifts need to be chosen carefully and with special attention to many factors.
lot of fun. You cannot go wrong with plush, books, games, or puzzles either. Science and robotics kits can be entertaining, as well. “Make sure you supervise and follow instructions when they do their little experiments,” Robinson says. Many kids are looking forward to the new Harry Potter and Frozen 2 movies that are coming out. There are excellent Lego sets and Beanie Babies with those themes. “The astronaut and solar system theme has been big this year because we had the 50th anniversary of the moon landing over the summer,” says Robinson. Kids have a huge desire to learn if you tap into it. “Kits that combine science, technology, mathematics, and engineering have been huge for the last few years,” she says.
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GET CRAFTY The arts are a great way to build the imagination and foster creativity. Take the time to research the craft before you bring it in your home. “When kids are playing with finger paint or regular washable paint, you want to make sure it is non-toxic because you do not want anything on their skin that might make them sick,” says Robinson. “Crafts can be educational, fun, and help kids develop fine motor skills and problemsolving skills.” For little ones, follow the age recommendation on the packaging and continue to take your child’s skill set and development into consideration. Some things to avoid include small parts and sharp points. Protective clothing like aprons or safety glasses can help the activities stay kid-friendly.
THE PICKY CHILD Whether your child is selective or has a disability, sensory toys can be enjoyed. “Squigz, which are little suction toys for kids who need something to play with repetitively, and glow pals, which are little light-up cubes kids can play with in the bathtub to make it more fun, are great,” says Robinson. Many baby toys make sounds, spin, or are soft to hold. Parents should be extra cautious when choosing battery-operated toys, as button batteries in particular can be detrimental if placed in the nose or ears or if swallowed.
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Have a designated area to keep toys and games. If you have more than one child, keep the older child’s toys away from the younger child. Teach your child from a young age to return toys to their designated spots when finished playing. Keeping a clear floor will prevent falls. Last but not least, it is encouraged to sign up for toy recalls and safety information at cpsc.gov, the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s website. This will be an invaluable resource as you start to shop for holiday gifts and get into the spirit of the season.
Finding Balance Tips for balancing parenting and holiday anxiety. By CARLISSA SHAW
JUST A FEW YEARS AGO, MY HOLIDAY SEASONS WERE LIMITED TO FANCY HOLIDAY PARTIES, A CHAMPAGNE-FILLED YETI, AND SEEMINGLY NO REAL RESPONSIBILITY. ON OCCASION, I WOULD BRING A HOMEMADE LASAGNA TO MY FAMILY GATHERING. FAST-FORWARD A FEW YEARS, AND THE HOLIDAY SEASON IS SOMETHING ENTIRELY DIFFERENT FOR ME.
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I quickly traded the carefree wonder of the holidays for anxiety after the birth of my daughter. As a mom, I spend hours mulling over which holiday parties to attend. I know I will not be able to get a sitter for all the parties I am accustomed to attending. My champagne-filled Yeti has been replaced with princess sippy cups. I replaced my single lasagna pan with a Herculean attempt to cook a full holiday meal for my house, as well as preparing a dish and purchasing a host/hostess gift for my family dinner. To say that my new normal is a little stressful is likely an understatement. Do not get me wrong, holidays with children are quite magical, and I truly enjoy my family. However, I never appreciated the effort required to execute holiday magic until I morphed into a mom. This year, I am attempting to implement some new tools to — hopefully — alleviate some of the anxiety of the holiday season. Start early. This year, I am starting everything early. I ordered holiday-themed attire in September. In October, I researched the hottest toy craves, and I’m planning my menus in early November. I realized that a lot of my holiday anxiety started by feeling the pressure of the limited time in the holiday season. Take a few additional days during the holidays for rest and relaxation. At the end of the last holiday season, I felt
depleted. I did not take any extra time off because my employer is pretty generous during the holidays. So, one thing I did not do was take time off work for rest. Not for prep or entertaining family — to rest. Rest is an essential function of alleviating holiday anxiety. Give yourself grace. I use this piece of advice over and over again in parent blogging. So what, you burned the Thanksgiving rolls. Newsflash, everyone will live. You are not a robot or a machine. No amount of planning or preparation will accommodate human error. Things will not be perfect, and that is okay. It is okay for something to go wrong. Have fun. Remember the point of the holidays is spending time with family and friends. During all the planning and straining, make sure you have fun with your family. The most important holiday tradition for your children is that they enjoy the holidays. Plan to give back. I found that even though my daughter is still very young, giving back creates a sense of gratitude for me. It reminds me of the true meaning of the holidays. The holidays are stressful. Just remember, the true value of the holidays lies in the time spent with people we love. This holiday season, join me in my attempt to worry less about the details and spend more time enjoying every moment.
Carlissa Shaw is a local attorney and mother of one daughter, age 2.
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Fun goodies and gadgets for kids’ gift lists! COMPILED BY MEMPHIS PARENT STAFF Did your children make the nice list this year? Have you made your shopping list? Checked it twice? It’s gift-giving time again, and we’ve done some digging, looking for cool kids’ gifts and gadgets to jumpstart your search — or help you find those last few items. These toys will help your kids get creative, improve STEM skills, or just have some old-fashioned fun. Happy shopping!
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ROBO ALIVE ICE BLASTING DRAGON Dragon blasts “ice” with flashing blue LED lights. Robotic head movements, walking motions, and a gripping bite bring this dragon to life. $24.99. Ages 6+
PEOPLE BLOCKS WORKING CARS Magnetic building blocks encourage STEM play. 18-piece set is great for ages 18 months to 4+ years and grows with the child, allowing for stacking, matching, and patternbuilding as skills develop. $34.99. Ages 18 months+
PLAYMOBIL MARS SPACE STATION Blast off in the space station with two astronauts, one robot, a computer, tools, food supplies, space crystals, telescope, video recorder, and other accessories. $79.99. Ages 6+
CANDYLOCKS This sweet collection of dolls features soft, long, scented hair. Unwrap a cotton candy cone to reveal your doll and accessories, such as hair clips and bows for styling braids, twists, buns, and ponytails. $9.99-$19.99. Ages 5+
BOTZEES Combines construction, coding, and creativity! Robotic kit comes with a free app that has interactive puzzles that teach foundational coding concepts, such as sequencing, looping, and conditional coding, with visual cues. $99.99. Ages 4+
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1. DRAGON SNACKS A mischievous baby dragon ate all of the treasures! Get them back in this game that teaches hand-eye coordination, taking turns, and matching. $19.99. Ages 4+ 2. SHIMMER STARS Use the Shimmer Wand to decorate your Shimmer Stars pet’s fur — and your own hair — with reusable, decorative “shimmers.” Bubble the Puppy is shown above. $17.99. Ages 4+ 3. ROBO ALIVE BABY SHARK Doo-doo-doo-doo-doo-doo … Bath time comes alive with this swimming robotic shark. An underwater speaker plays the little’s favorite song. Water-activated and 100% waterproof. $14.99. Ages 3+ 4. BOPPI THE BOOTY SHAKIN’ LLAMA We laughed so hard at this one! These fantastical creatures dance like no one’s watching, to three fun tunes, with head spins and, yes, booty shakes galore. $19.99. Ages 3+
5. OOPS SCOOPS Players compete to build the tallest ice cream scoop tower on a shaking ice cream cone. Beware — the tower can topple! $17.99. Ages 4+ 6. RISE OF THE TRIBES Players lead their tribes to explore new lands, find resources, and discover new tools to rise to greatness. Choose to build villages, raid neighbors, and maybe even ride a mammoth in this new strategy game. $50. Ages 10+ 7. WE’RE DOOMED You have 15 minutes to build an escape rocket and leave this doomed planet. With limited time, it might not be big enough for everyone — you have to work together! Only the most influential survive. $35. Ages 13+ 8. UNICORN BOWLING SET Make it a strike with this magical bowling set from Antsy Pants. The company donates a portion of its sales to the nonprofit KaBOOM to build playgrounds in underserved areas. $24.99. Ages 4+
9. #SNAPSTAR Includes outfit and accessories, removable hairstyle, green screen and stand (for the perfect pics), and a miniature cell phone. Also a free app to glam up your doll, change her hairstyle, and more. $14.47. Ages 5+ 10.DINO SMASHERS EPIC EGG A Jurassic excavation: Open the Epic Egg and use the scratch-and-reveal map to discover clues and dig through dino yolk and sand to find the “fossils” inside. $24.99. Ages 4+ 11. BUDDHA BOARD A modern Etch-A-Sketch, this canvas lets you use water to paint designs that evaporate. Mess-free and a great alternative to screen time that encourages creativity and calm. $13.95/mini. $34.95/original. Ages 5+ 12. CARMEN SANDIEGO: ACME'S MOST WANTED Inspired by the Netflix show. The infamous lady in red needs your help! Play as Carmen Sandiego as you travel to exotic locations on the hunt for the lost loot. $19.99. Ages 7+
THAT’S THE SPIRIT! Don’t wait until the last minute — plan for the holidays now. By JEFF HULETT
With Thanksgiving right around the corner and Christmas approaching, now is as good a time as any to start pulling together your list of must-dos and must-sees this holiday season. From Zoo Lights to visiting Santa at the Pink Palace, Memphis is brimming with seasonal fun and wonder around every turn. Family in town? The holidays are a great time to show off your home city to loved ones, as well as a great opportunity to reacquaint yourself with all of the great things happening in our city. Don’t waste this opportunity to be the cool aunt or uncle you’ve always wanted to be. Work parties and family obligations aside, don’t be a Grinch. The holidays in Memphis keep getting better all the time! And because I’m in a giving mood, I’ve made this list of the top seven things you should consider doing this holiday season. THE PEABODY HOTEL: The lobby alone is worth the trip. From the decked-out Christmas trees decorated with ornaments of all shapes and sizes, to the biggest gingerbread houses you will ever see, the Peabody is a perfect spot to raise that first glass of eggnog. And don’t forget to visit the Skyway. The view of the city during the holidays is truly something to behold.
ZOO LIGHTS: From the minute you step foot into this Southern animal kingdom, you will be transported back in time as these memorable light displays hark back to simpler days. Not to mention the cocoa tastes so much better after falling on your butt on the ice skating rink. You can also visit the Big Man for a small fee. Isn’t it time for you to get that awkward Santa pic anyway? CHRISTMAS AT GRACELAND: Fit for a king or queen, the lighting of Graceland is a must-see for every Memphian. And because it happens around Thanksgiving, it’s the perfect occasion to put you in the holiday spirit. STARRY NIGHTS AT SHELBY FARMS PARK: It’s one of the coolest and most fun family-friendly holiday expeditions you can take in. The drive alone is magical, but then you can get out and hang out in the magical Mistletoe Village! It’s the largest annual fundraiser for the Park, and it’s a holiday tradition for thousands of families.
ENCHANTED FOREST FESTIVAL OF TREES: For those looking to throw it back to yesteryear, guests will enjoy the Enchanted Forest Festival of Trees at the Pink Palace. Every tree is decorated by local organizations, and every display brings something special to the table. If you are a fan of ugly sweaters, you will love this exhibition. AUTOZONE LIBERTY BOWL: Are you ready for some football? This is always an intriguing game, as it pits two Power 5 teams against each other. Don’t forget the parade either. This bowl game is one of the most tradition-rich and patriotic bowl games in America. NEW YEAR’S EVE COUNTDOWN AT THE BENJAMIN HOOKS LIBRARY: This event is filled with arts and crafts, and storytelling to boot! The best part is the balloon drop at high noon. Face it, you won’t be awake at midnight, so do the next best thing — get your noon groove on with your kids!
Jeff Hulett is a freelance writer, musician, and PR consultant in Memphis. He lives in the Vollintine Evergreen neighborhood with his wife Annie, two girls Ella and Beatrice, and two dogs Chalupa and Princess Freckles.
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SEASON OF SONG FAMILY CONCERT & OPENING CEREMONY WITH SANTA Featuring The Paiges and Reagan Strange Friday, November 29 @ 4:30 p.m. SANTA PAWS - Thursday, December 5 SANTA NIGHT - Sunday, December 8 JINGLE JAMMIES FAMILY NIGHT WITH SANTA - Thursday, December 12 SANTA NIGHT - Sunday, December 15 ROCKIN’ AROUND THE CHRISTMAS TREE - Thursday, December 19 SANTA NIGHT - Sunday, December 22 LET IT GLOW - Thursday, December 26
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CAMERON ANIMATED Teenage animator finds a following on YouTube. By SHARA CLARK
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Cameron Clayton was drawing at an early age and “started taking art a little more seriously” in 6th grade. Today, he’s 16 years old and has nearly 8,000 subscribers on his YouTube channel, CameronComix.
“I had some classmates who also enjoyed drawing, and that’s when I started trying to improve and learn different techniques,” he says. “And I started going into the digital art space around 2016.” Early on, Cameron mostly sketched cartoon characters. He took art classes last year at Southaven High School in North Mississippi — this year, as a 10th grader, he’s homeschooled — but his skills have been almost entirely self-taught. About three years ago, he says, “My friend showed me some YouTube channels, and they did similar things to what I do now with digital art, and I got inspired. I didn’t really have any equipment at that time, so I used my iPad and drew cartoons.” He practiced on his iPad using drawing and animation apps he found in the app store, switching through multiple programs, testing and learning more along the way. “It wasn’t the best situation,” he says, “because it was low quality. Sometimes I would draw on paper, and I would get my iPad and take a picture of it and then trace over it in the iPad with my finger.”
Cameron started sharing his art with the world via Instagram (@camerconcomix), where he initially posted digital art comics. From there, he began to search YouTube for tutorials on how to create animations and make videos. “I slowly learned, and then I started posting videos,” he says. “I gained a little bit of subscribers, and I’ve kept working and working and working since. It’s been growing a lot more. “I watch a lot of YouTube channels that I take inspiration from,” he says. “I’ll see something and think, that’s a great idea, I may try to incorporate that. There are a lot of elements that go into it, and story-building and writing are huge parts of it for me now, so I’ll listen to other people’s stories and see how they build the stories up, and for jokes, how they deliver the punchline.” Cameron’s animations are humorous — about clumsiness, school, camping, and being lost in Walmart — often exaggerated versions of real-life stories. “I tell stories of things that have happened to me that are boring by themselves — relatable kind of stories — but I like to make them funnier with jokes and writing.” Today, he uses a computer and drawing tablet with a stylus, so he can make his creations on the tablet and then project them onto the
computer screen. He uses a program called Toon Boom Harmony to turn those drawings into animations. The animation process is time-consuming. “You draw one frame, and that’s one drawing, and then the next frame, you slightly alter that drawing,” Cameron says. His most recent video animations have been four to six minutes long, which can mean upwards of 4,000 individual frames/drawings. One video can take him up to four months to complete. His hope is to one day be able to monetize his YouTube channel, which would mean paid advertisements being placed before his videos and a percentage of that money going to him. “A few years ago, they changed the criteria, so now you have to have 4,000 hours of watch time, which means that 4,000 viewers have to watch at least an hour of videos, and that’s hard to do when I’m only doing videos monthly,” Cameron says. “I’m working a lot harder now, though.” Cameron uses other social media platforms, like Instagram, Twitter, and TikTok, to interact with fans. “It’s really cool,” he says. “The way that YouTube and social media are moving now, it’s becoming more viewed than mainstream media. I really want to pursue YouTube as much as I can for now. I don’t know if that’s going to be a stepping stone to something else, but I want to see where it takes me.” To support Cameron’s work, visit patreon.com/cameroncomix. Find his content on YouTube or Instagram by searching for CameronComix.
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NOVEMBER 1 ∙ FRIDAY
Stroller Strides. Universal Parenting Place (UPP) @ Baptist Memorial Hospital for Women. On select Fridays (Nov. 1, 8, & 15), from 11 a.m. until noon. Each 45-minute workout is comprised of strength training, cardio and core restoration, all while entertaining the little ones with songs, activities and fun! Free. 227-9558.
NOVEMBER/DECEMBER CA Saturday Series:
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Saturday Series: Fiesta con Sonia De Los Santos. Halloran Centre. 10 a.m. Pre-show activities begin at 9 a.m.. Special activities before and after the show include making a sugar skull mask in honor of the Dia de los Muertos Parade & Festival following the performance. Join Latin children’s music artist Sonia for this Saturday Series musical event. $15/person. 525-3000.
HALLORAN CENTRE SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 10 A.M. PRE-SHOW ACTIVITIES BEGIN AT 9 A.M.
Companhia Urbana de Dança is an ensemble of street performers working to foster the human experience through dance.
India Fest 2019: “Incredible Journey to Culture, Traditions & Tourism.” The Agricenter. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. The 17th annual event includes exhibits featuring Unity in Diversity, Bollywood dancing shows, henna painting, Indian cuisine, and vendors. Go to indiafestmemphis.org for details. Chucalissa Family Day. C.H. Nash Museum at Chucalissa. On select Saturdays at 10 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. Family programs and craft activities change weekly. Nov. 2: Stone Tools/Talking Sticks. Nov. 9: Trash Talks/Snake Painting. Nov. 16: Music/ Coloring. Nov. 23: Mystery Box/Beading. $6/adult. $4/child ages 4-11. Free for children 3 and under. 785-3160. Family Studio. Dixon Gallery and Gardens. 10 a.m. until noon. Create works of art open-studio style. Free. 761-5250. Dia de los Muertos Parade & Festival. Memphis Brooks Museum of Art. 12:303:30 p.m. Community celebration features art-making activities, face-painting, costumed performers, music and dance performances, informational tables staffed by local Latino organizations, and food trucks. Free. 544-6200.
7 ∙ THURSDAY
Memphis Oral School for the Deaf (MOSD) 60th Birthday Celebration Open House. MOSD. 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Drop in for some sweet treats, meet the students, and network with community members. Free. RSVP required. Go to mosdkids.org for details. #TBT Film Series: “Throwback Thursdays.” Studio on the Square. On select Thursdays (Nov. 7, 14, & 21), 7 p.m. Malco debuts a new Thursday Night Series highlighting throwback flicks from the ’80s and ’90s, with a few surprises thrown in the mix. $6/ film. Go to malco.com to purchase advance tickets.
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Clara’s Tea Party. Singleton Community Center. 9-11 a.m. Wear your favorite tea party attire and join for food, fun, and dancing with special character appearances. $8/adult. $5/child. Includes brunch and tea. 385-5593.
4 ∙ MONDAY
Peanut Butter & Jam: Mömandpöp. Germantown Performing Arts Center (GPAC). 9:30 & 10:30 a.m. Ages 8 and under. Featuring music by Bobby Matthews and Virginia Ralph from their awardwinning kids’ albums, the show has colorful characters, costume changes, whimsical props, and audience participation. $8/child. Includes up to two adults. 751-7500.
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Mom and Baby Yoga. UPP @ Baptist Memorial Hospital for Women. On select Mondays (Nov. 4 & 11), 10-11 a.m. Geared for children ages 1 and under. Free. 227-9558.
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The Girl Who Swallowed A Cactus. Bartlett Performing Arts & Conference Center (BPACC). 2:30-3:30 p.m. This story of friendship and imagination brings the desert landscape to life. $15/adult. $10/child. 385-5588.
Tea & Toddlers. UPP @ Christ Community Health Services. On select Mondays (Nov. 4, 11, & 18), from noon until 2:45 p.m. Free. RSVP to email@example.com or call 701-2871 for details.
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Toddler Time. UPP @ Baptist Memorial Hospital for Women. On select Wednesdays (Nov. 6, 13, & 20), from 10:30 a.m. until noon. Playgroup geared for parents and children ages 1-3 years. Free. 227-9558. 24
Saturday Series: Companhia Urbana de Danca. Halloran Centre. 10 a.m. Preshow activities begin at 9 a.m. Companhia Urbana de Dança is an ensemble of street performers working to foster the human experience through dance. $15/person. 525-3000. Mommy, Me, & Music: I Thank You. Studio A @ Stax Museum. 10:30-11:15 a.m. Families enjoy hands-on activities and soulful sounds facilitated by the Director of Education, her tiny tot, and their friend, Mr. Dave. Free. 942-7685.
10 ∙ SUNDAY
Dinstuhl’s Holiday Open House. Dinstuhl’s, 5280 Pleasant View Rd. Noon until 4 p.m. Enjoy complimentary apple cider and hot chocolate as you eat your way through the candy kitchen. Free. Go to dinstuhls.com for details. 15th Annual Harbor Town Dog Show. Harbor Town Nursery Park. This year’s theme is The Big Bark Theory: Harbor Town Dogs Go To Comic Con. Features dog competitions, vendors, games, VIP tent, and music with DJ. A fur’real Drop the Mic competition half-time show features VAMY (Val Calhoun and Amy Speropoulos) v. MELLY (Michael Donahue and Kelly English) v. MACK (Michelle Lewis and Jack Kenner). Ticket to the Green Room is $25 on the day of the show and includes reserved seating, food, drink, and treats for the dogs. Benefits the Humane Society of Memphis and Shelby County. Go to harbortowndogshow.com for details.
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Caterpillar Club: Footprints in the Snow. Memphis Botanic Garden (MBG). Also on Wednesday, 10-11 a.m. Choose Tuesday or Wednesday session. Ages 2-5 years. Sixclass semester fee: $75. Call 636-4122 to register.
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New Ballet’s Nut ReMix. The Cannon Center for the Performing Arts. Through November 17. Friday at 7 p.m.; Saturday at 5:30 p.m.; Sunday at 2:30 p.m. New Ballet’s production returns with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra and Big Band playing live along with flamenco musicians and African drummers. This year, Marquez “Spider” Alexander stars as the Angel of Memphis. Ticket prices vary. 1-800-745-3000.
16 ∙ SATURDAY
2019 Jingle Bell Run. Overton Square. Registration/packet pick-up is 8:30-10 a.m. Race begins at 10 a.m. The Arthritis Foundation’s original Jingle Bell Run features Honoree Parade, costume contest
for participants and dogs, 5K/1-mile walk, Kids Reindeer Dash, and medals. Contact: Michelle Dooner, 341-4145. Can’t Stop the Feeling: Family Day. Dixon Gallery and Gardens. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Explore and create with hands-on activities, inspiring demonstrations, and expressive performances. Free. 761-5250. Family Day in Neverland. Playhouse on the Square. 2 p.m. Celebrate Playhouse’s 50th anniversary with this special event. Youngsters learn “I Won’t Grow Up” with Peter Pan and sword fight with Captain Hook. Take photos with the cast onstage, purchase souvenirs, and participate in a crocodile race. Lunch provided by Huey’s. $10/person. 726-4656. Holiday Movies at the Pink Palace. CTI 3D Giant Theater @ Pink Palace Museum. Watch Home Alone on weekends through November 30, Saturdays & Sundays at 3 p.m. Watch Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer November 23 through December 22, Saturdays & Sundays at 2 p.m. Go to memphismuseums.org for updated schedules. Holiday Shows: Laser Holidays 2. CTI 3D Giant Theater @ Pink Palace Museum. Through December 24, daily at 4 p.m.; Fridays at 5 & 7 p.m. Celebrate popular Christmas music with accompanying dancing laser lights. Go to memphismuseums.org for updated schedules.
17 ∙ SUNDAY
Veterans Day Picnic. Lichterman Nature Center. 1-4 p.m. Support veterans by joining for food, games, live music, and a silent auction at the pavilion. Tickets start at $20. Visit warhorsesforheroes.org for details.
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Zoo Lights. Memphis Zoo. Through December 30. On select nights, from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Enjoy the bright lights of Memphis Zoo’s wild and wintery wonderland. $10/person. 333-6500.
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In the Christmas Spirit #5. Stax Museum of American Soul Music. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Join for a special holiday event as The MD’s play the classic Booker T. & the MG’s Christmas album. Also includes crafts and a holiday movie for the kids. Free admission with donation of non-perishable food to Mid-South Food Bank. 942-7685.
Ballet Memphis’ Nutcracker. The Orpheum. December 12-15. Thursday & Friday at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday at 2 & 7:30 p.m.; Sunday at 2 p.m. This holiday classic features more than 100 dancers and children, with beautiful sets and a live choir. $10-$78. Call 525-3000 for tickets.
Tuesday through Friday at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday at 2 & 8 p.m.; Sunday at 1 & 6:30 p.m. Tony Award-winning Broadway musical comes to Memphis.
$25-$125. CALL 525-3000 FOR TICKETS.
Santa Landing at the Pink Palace. Memphis Pink Palace Museum. 9 a.m. Santa is flown in by Pedi-Flite helicopter and lands on the front lawn to kick off the Enchanted Forest Festival of Trees. While waiting for Santa to land, kids create a special holiday craft featuring The Art Project. Free. 636-2362.
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Wrapped with Love, for the Kids at St. Jude. Malco Theatres. Through December 25. Purchase a handmade film bow to raise funds for the children at St. Jude. $1/bow. Go to malco.com for details.
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Starry Nights. Shelby Farms Park. Through January 4. Times vary. International Paper presents this holiday experience with drivethrough light displays, horse-drawn carriage rides, Santa photos, a petting zoo, holiday treats, and more. $20/car. Benefits Shelby Farms Park Conservancy. 222-7275. A Season of Song Family Concert. MBG. 4:30 p.m. A concert, followed by this year’s first illumination of the Holiday Wonders at the Garden light exhibit. This 90-minute concert at the Live Garden features Kevin and Bethany Paige, a 10-piece band, and Collierville’s own musical phenom Regan Strange, performing holiday classics. Rain date: Saturday, November 30, 4:30 p.m. General admission: $20. $25 for Gossett Motor Cars Pit (standing only). Free for children under 2. 636-4100. Holiday Wonders at the Garden. MBG. Through December 30. On select nights, 5:30-8:30 p.m. This year’s holiday celebration features four attractions to enjoy: Snowy Nights, Trees Alight,
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City of Memphis Christmas Tree, and Under the Stars Outdoor Lounge. Visit memphisbotanicgarden.com for details. Nick Jr. Live! “Move to the Music.” The Cannon Center for the Performing Arts. Through December 1. Friday at 6 p.m.; Saturday at 10 a.m. & 2 p.m.; Sunday at 2 p.m. “Move to the Music” follows Dora and her PAW co-hosts, Marshall and Rubble, as they team up with their Nick Jr. friends live on stage together for the first time ever. Visit nickjrlive.com for details.
30 ∙ SATURDAY
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets in Concert. The Orpheum. 8 p.m. Relive the magical adventure of Harry Potter’s second year at school in high-definition while listening to the Memphis Symphony Orchestra perform John Williams’ music. $52.50-$82.50. Call 525-3000 for tickets.
DECEMBER 1 ∙ SUNDAY
Holiday Movies at the Pink Palace. CTI 3D Giant Theater @ Pink Palace Museum. Through December 22. Saturdays & Sundays at 3 p.m. Watch Elf during weekends in December. Go to memphismuseums.org for updated schedules.
2 ∙ MONDAY
Tea & Toddlers. UPP @ Christ Community Health Services. On select Mondays (Dec. 2, 9, & 16), from noon until 2:45 p.m. Free. RSVP to brittany.hart@ christchs.org or call 701-2871 for details.
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Toddler Time. UPP @ Baptist Memorial Hospital for Women. On select Wednesdays (Dec. 4, 11, & 18), from 10:30 a.m. until noon. Playgroup geared for parents and children ages 1-3 years. Free. 227-9558.
5 ∙ THURSDAY
#TBT Film Series: “Throwback Thursdays.” Studio on the Square. On select Thursdays (Dec. 5, 12, & 19), at 7 p.m. Malco debuts a new Thursday Night Series highlighting throwback flicks from the ’80s and ’90s. $6/film. Go to malco.com to purchase advance tickets.
6 ∙ FRIDAY
Buckman Dance Conservatory presents Nutcracker: Land of Sweets. Buckman Arts Center at St. Mary’s. 6 p.m. Also on Saturday, December 7, at 2 p.m. The dancers of Buckman Dance Conservatory present a fresh interpretation of this timeless tale. $25/adult. $20/child. 537-1483. Cazateatro presents Tia Pancha, a Christmas Story. Evergreen Theatre. Through December 12. Friday & Saturday at 7 p.m.; Sunday at 3 p.m. Cazateatro presents the classic Christmas story of Scrooge with a Latin twist. Tia Pancha learns about the true meaning of the Christmas spirit, as well as its traditions, music, and food. $15/person. 662-469-6095. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. Germantown Community Theatre. Through December 22. Friday & Saturday at 8 p.m.; Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Families enjoy the musical adaptation of the holiday classic. $28/adult. $15/child. Reservations recommended. 453-7447.
7 ∙ SATURDAY
Chucalissa Family Day. C.H. Nash Museum at Chucalissa. On select Saturdays at 10 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. Family programs and craft activities change weekly. Dec. 7: Sports & Hunting/Pottery. Dec. 14: Stone Tools/Talking Sticks. Dec. 21: 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. 10 a.m. until noon. Free. 761-5250.
Peanut Butter & Jammies with Rosie Flores. GPAC. 6:30 p.m. Dance the night away with songs from Rosie’s album Christmasville and other holiday tunes. Join early for crafts and stay after the show for a sweet bedtime treat. Ticket prices vary. Children’s tickets include up to two adults. 751-7500.
14 ∙ SATURDAY
Mommy, Me, & Music: Gee Whiz! It’s Christmas. Studio A @ Stax Museum. 10:30-11:15 a.m. Families enjoy hands-on activities and soulful sounds facilitated by the Director of Education, her tiny tot, and their friend, Mr. Dave. Free. 942-7685. Angelina Ballerina - A Very Merry Holiday Musical. BPACC. 2:30-3:30 p.m. The beloved children’s series character Angelina Ballerina entertains families with dancing, singing, and festivities. $15/adult. $10/child. 385-5588. A Victorian Holiday Family Night. Dixon Gallery and Gardens. 6-9 p.m. Features operatic performances and carols by Opera Memphis, parlor games and activities, dancing, and festive drinks. $25/ adult. $10/child ages 12 and under. Reservations required. 257-3100.
15 ∙ SUNDAY
Christmas Candlelight Service. Church of the River. 5:30-7 p.m. The community joins together in the sanctuary for a traditional service featuring choir music, special readings, and carols sung by candlelight. Sixth grade girls play the roles of Santa Lucia and her attendants. A sixth grade boy presents the opening reading. Children bring forward their “gifts for the baby,” which go to needy mothers of newborns. Child care available for children ages 3 and under. Visit churchoftheriver.org for details.
24 ∙ TUESDAY
Christmas Eve Service. Church of the River. 5:30-7 p.m. Includes an impromptu Christmas pageant production of A Charlie Brown Christmas. All are welcome to participate in the pageant; no rehearsals necessary. Visit churchoftheriver.org for details.
23 ∙ SATURDAY
Holiday Open House. Metal Museum. Noon until 4 p.m. Design your own cookie cutter, make an ornament from cast pewter, and shop for gifts in the Museum Store. Museum admission is free, some fees for activities. Refreshments available. 774-6380.
12 ∙ THURSDAY
The Nutcracker Ballet. BPACC. Through November 24. Friday & Saturday at 7 p.m.; Sunday at 2 p.m. Singleton Community Center, in partnership with Esprit de Corps Dance Company and BPACC, presents The Nutcracker. $15/adult. $10/child ages 12 and under. 385-5593.
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ONGOING EVENTS MUSEUMS AND EXHIBITS
Graceland Exhibition Center. Expedition: Dinosaur Exhibit. Through January 20. Combines life-size animatronic dinosaurs with realistic movements and sound with and educational interactive experiences. Journey to Space Exhibit. Through January 5. Features more than two dozen interactive displays and artifacts from the past 50 years of space exploration, as well as innovations designed to help astronauts make more frequent and longer trips into orbit. $16/adult. $8/ child ages 13 -17. $5/child ages 3-12. Family Four Packs, special discounts, and group rates available. 332-3322. The Pink Palace Museum. Enchanted Forest Festival of Trees exhibit. November 23 through December 31. Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, from noon until 5 p.m. Enchanted Forest Fridays extended hours: November 29, December 6, 13 & 20, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas day. A holiday tradition that features Festival of Trees, Gingerbread Village, Penguin Pal, and more. $6/adult. $5/child ages 3-12. Pictures with Santa starting from $10 available until Dec. 24. Benefits Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital. City of Hope: Resurrection City and the 1968 Poor People’s Campaign poster exhibition. Through June 21. Sun, Earth, Universe. In collaboration with NASA, the National Informal STEM Education Network presents this interactive exhibit about Earth and space. 636-2362.
CTI 3D Giant Theater. Walking with Dinosaurs: Prehistoric Planet 3D. Now showing. Apollo 11: First Steps Edition. Now showing. 636-2362.
AutoZone Dome at the Sharpe Planetarium. Season of Lights. November 23 through December 31. Discover the astronomical meanings behind seasonal traditions, including the “Star over Bethlehem.” We are Aliens! Now showing. Seasonal Stargazing. Now showing. One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure. Until further notice. 636-2362.
My Sister’s Keeper. Methodist University Hospital. Saturday, November 2, from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare’s Center of Excellence in Faith and Health Equity hosts this annual symposium to equip and empower black female leaders for healing and wholeness. The symposium includes sessions on being a caregiver, self-advocacy, and emotional wellness, as well as an opportunity to “Ask the Docs” and biometric screenings. Free. Registration required. Go to methodisthealth.org to register. Childhood Vaccination Event. Westwood High School. Saturday, November 2, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Shelby County Department of Health and the National Pharmaceutical Association Memphis Chapter host this event for families to learn about the importance of childhood
vaccination and receive health/wellnessrelated educational resources. This event is sponsored, in part, by Pfizer. Free. Visit shelbytnhealth.com for details. Memphis Flyer’s Crafts and Drafts. Crosstown Concourse patio. Saturday, November 9, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Shop local at this event featuring more than 85 crafters and artists. Admission is free. For details, visit memphiscraftsanddrafts.com. Circuit Playhouse Inc. 50th Anniversary Celebration. November 15 & 16. Festivities include: Playhouse on the Square (POTS) Alumni Night, Friday, November 15, 8 p.m. @ The Circuit Playhouse. The scene shop, dressing rooms, stage, auditorium, and CPI’s former offices are open for tours and memories. Heart and Soul Catering hosts a reception with live entertainment by Bueler’s Day Off in The Memphian Room. $50. BBQ & Bus Tour, Saturday, November 16, 11 a.m. @ POTS. Take a personal tour of the new facility. Central BBQ provides food and drink. $10. Circuit Playhouse, Inc. First-Ever Anniversary Gala, Saturday, November 16, 6 p.m. @ Minglewood Hall. Features live entertainment by recording artist Brennan Villines, recently featured on Fox’s The Four and NBC’s The Voice. Special appearances by Mary Hollis Inboden of Lifetime’s American Princess and award-winning playwright/actor Evan Linder. Tickets start at $200 for event; reserved tables are $1,600. Visit playhouseonthesquare.org or call 726-4656 for tickets.
In ‘er City Soul – The Exhibit. Stax Museum of American Soul Music. Thursday, December 5, 6-8 p.m. Presented in partnership with Colonial Middle School, this exhibit highlights the creative work of 8th grade students who have interpreted album artwork, music, and conversations with some of the Women in Memphis Soul. Refreshments served. 261-6334.
CLASSES & WORKSHOPS
Mid-Day Mindfulness in Motion Yoga. UPP @ Christ Community Health Services. On select Fridays (Nov. 1 & 15), from noon until 1 p.m. Features simple dynamic movement, gentle balance exercises, deep breathing, and guided relaxation. Free. RSVP required. 701-2871.
Saturday Childbirth Class. Baptist Women’s Hospital. Saturday (Nov. 2 &16, Dec. 7 & 21), 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Covers information on labor/delivery, childbirth, and infant and new mom care. $75. Call 226-5764 to register. Family Metalsmithing: Embossed Copper Tree. Metal Museum. Sunday, November 3, 2-4 p.m. Families learn how to use embossing methods to create a copper tree. $30/family. Reservations required. 774-6380. Breastfeeding Class. Baptist Women’s Hospital. Thursday (Nov. 7 & Dec. 5), 6:30-8:30 p.m. Covers information on getting started with breastfeeding, how to be successful, and resources. $30. Call 226-5764 to register. Girl Talk Class. Methodist Germantown
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Hospital. Friday, November 8, 6:30-8:30 p.m. for moms only. Saturday, November 9, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. for moms and daughters. An opportunity to equip your daughter with the knowledge she needs for her journey into womanhood. $60 for parent & child. Call 516-6645 to register. Sibling Class. Baptist Women’s Hospital. Saturday, November 9, from 10 a.m. until noon. Prepares siblings for the arrival of baby and includes information for parents. $20. Call 227-9873 to register. Junior Artisans. Metal Museum. Saturday, from 10:30 a.m. until noon. Nov. 9: Patterned Copper Tags. Dec. 14: Tempera Enamel Tile. Ages 7-10 years. $15. Reservations required. 774-6380. Kids in the Garden. Dixon Gallery and Gardens. Saturday (Nov. 9 & Dec. 14), from 10:30 a.m. until noon. Children ages 7-10 learn the basics about horticulture and the flora around them. Free. Reservations required. 761-5250. Dynamic Dads Workshop. Baptist Women’s Hospital. Saturday, November 9, 12:30-4 p.m. Class for expectant dads. Free. Call 227-9873 to register. Young Coppersmiths. Metal Museum. Saturday, 2:30-4 p.m. Nov. 9: Patterned Copper Tags. Dec. 14: Tempera Enamel Tile. Ages 11-13 years. $15. Reservations required. 774-6380. Fantastical Fairy Houses. MBG. Sunday, November 10, 2-4 p.m. Becky Zee teaches the basics of ceramic work. When done
constructing, students color their house with clay paints. All skill levels welcome. Children age 10 and up welcome with parent. All creations given a waterproof clear glaze and fired off-site. Finished fairy houses ready for pick up at MBG two weeks after class. $50, includes all materials. Tools provided. Call 636-4128 to register by Nov. 6. Mini Metalsmiths. Metal Museum. Wednesday, 3:45-4:45 p.m. Nov. 13: Embossed Clay Hanging Tile. Dec. 11: Wire Art Tile. Ages 3-6 years. $10. Reservations required. 774-6380. Infant Safety. Methodist Germantown Hospital. Thursday, November 14 & Monday, December 16, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Two-hour class includes first steps to prevention, protection, and intervention of basic safety with children. Learn basic techniques of CPR for infants. This class is informational and not for a certification. $30 for two participants. Call 516-6645 to register. Empowering Parents of Struggling Readers. Middle Tennessee State University & Satellite Locations. Saturday, November 16, from 8:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Workshop provides strategies for developing resiliency, self-advocacy, and social skills in children with learning disabilities. Bodine School in Germantown is one of the many satellite locations. $10/ person. Attend in person at MTSU or via live streaming. Visit mtsu.edu/dyslexia and click on Calendar of Events to register for the workshop.
Dixon Gallery and Gardens. Saturday, November 2 & Saturday, December 7, from 10 a.m. until noon. Create works of art open-studio style. Free. 761-5250. Soul’d Fashion. Stax Museum of American Soul Music. Saturday, November 16, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Ages 12-18. Tanisha James, owner of DollBaby Bagz, leads this sewing session drawing inspiration from fashion pieces in the museum. Beginners are welcome. Free. 261-6334. Fall Speaker Series: “Anxiety in Children.” The Erika Center @ Bodine School. Friday, November 22, 8:30 a.m. Speakers: Dr. Lori Keith and Dr. Marlo ZarZaur. Free. Contact Gay Landaiche at glandaiche@ bodineschool.org to RSVP.
camp helps young people (ages 8-18) who stutter develop self-confidence, improve communication skills, and build community. Culminates with campers participating in a presentation, where they share their original work (each child chooses whether or not they wish to participate in this final presentation). Free. Registration required. Go to orpheum-memphis.com to pre-register.
It’s A Vibe: Music Therapy. Stax Museum of American Soul Music. Monday (Nov. 25 & Dec. 16), 5-6 p.m. Stax, The Oaks at La Paloma, and Memphis Rox connect Learn more about our schools, attend create a tour, space or where mind, body, Camp SAY Across the USA: Memphis. join atoschool and soul music intersect to offer a relaxing Halloran Centre. November 23 & 24, an Open House event by visiting www.gestaltcs.org or 261-6334. experience for teens. Free. from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Free two-day
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of CPR. $30 for two participants. Call 516-6645 to register.
HOME SCHOOL CLASSES
Home School Days: “Tennessee Treasures.” MBG. Wednesday, November 20, 2-3:30 p.m. Children ages 5 and up join for a hands-on learning experience. $5. Garden admission not included. Call 636-4100 to pre-pay and register.
KIDS IN THE GARDEN
Dixon Gallery and Gardens. Saturday (Nov. 9 & Dec. 14), from 10:30 a.m. until noon. Children ages 7-10 learn the basics about horticulture and the flora around them. Free. Reservations required. 761-5250.
Blacksmith Friday. Metal Museum. Nov. 29. Forged Hooks, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.; Forged Skewers, 2-4 p.m. Ages 15 and up. $90 for Forged Hooks. $60 for Forged Skewers. Reservations required. 774-6380.
Grandparent Connection Class. Methodist Germantown Hospital. Saturday, December 14, 8:30-11:30 a.m. Class discusses the role of grandparents and how they can help during pregnancy, birth, and beyond. Learn basic techniques
Maria Montessori School Bicentennial Bash Silent Auction Fundraiser. Woodruff-Fontaine House. Saturday, November 2, 6-10 p.m. Dress as your favorite Memphian or in something that reminds you of Memphis (like a Redbirds shirt) and enjoy music, dancing, food, and drinks. Go to 32auctions.com/ MMSAuction to purchase tickets. St. George’s Independent School (SGIS) Annual Art Show. SGIS. November 7-9. Thursday, 7-9 p.m.; Friday, 6-8 p.m.; & Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The show features painter Fred Cox, a marketplace, and artwork from St. George’s students. Free. Go to sgis.org/artshow for details. Madonna Learning Center (MLC) Holiday Market. Hatley Glenn Gym @
Methodist Healthcare Luncheon. The Peabody Hotel. Friday, November 22, 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. Golden Globe nominee and actress Andie MacDowell shares her personal connection to heart health and raises awareness about ovarian cancer. The program follows a Q&A-style format, and audience members can submit questions in advance. Benefits the faith-based, healing mission of Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare.Visit methodisthealth.org/ luncheon or call 516-0500 for details. Brooks Holiday Pop-Up Shop. Memphis Brooks Museum of Art. Saturday, November 23, from noon until 5 p.m. The 2019 Brooks Holiday Pop-up Shop coordinates with the final Memphis College of Art Holiday Bazaar. Shop for artisan gifts from regional artists and designers. Free. 544-6200. 18th Annual Toy Truck benefiting PorterLeath. December 4-7. Wednesday through Friday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday 8 a.m.-4 p.m. @ Poplar Collection. December 1314. Friday, 7 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday, 7 a.m.4 p.m. @ WMC-TV Action News 5. Drop off new, unwrapped toys that promote early childhood learning. Cash, check, or credit card donations also accepted. Visit porterleath.org for details.
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Make Your Own. Metal Museum. Saturday. Nov. 30: Art Tile - Drop-in program from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Dec. 28: Wire Rings - Two sessions offered from 10 until noon and 2:30-4:30 p.m. $20 for Art Tile. $10 for Wire Rings. Reservations required. 774-6380.
Enameled Copper Ornament Workshop. Metal Museum. Sunday, December 8, 1-4 p.m. Learn how to use copper and powdered glass to create four custom enamel ornaments. Ages 15 and up. $130. Reservations required. 774-6380.
Alternative Market. Trinity United Methodist Church. Saturday, November 2, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Fair Trade sale of beverages, soup mixes, jewelry, décor, and textiles to benefit artisans and small farmers in co-ops around the world. Visit trinityumcmemphis.org for details.
MLC. Saturday, November 9, from 9 a .m. until 4 p.m. Shop for one-of-a-kind items made by trainees in the adult program and also from vendors. Homemade soups are available for purchase. Trainees sell frozen entrees and dips for buyers to enjoy at home. Visit madonna-learning.org for details.
Thursday, Nov 7 | 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. | Art Detective
Practice viewing art like a detective, using deductive reasoning and observations to learn more in the museum setting.
Opera Goes to Broadway. Dixon Gallery and Gardens. November 1-3. Friday & Saturday at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday at 3 p.m. Opera Memphis performs from Hamilton, West Side Story, The Mikado, Les Misérables, Rent, and more. $25. Call 202-4533 for tickets.
Memphis Made- Center Stage presents Star & Micey. Buckman Arts Center at St. Mary’s. Friday, November 1, 8 p.m. $20/ adult. $10/child. 537-1483. Leo Kottke. Buckman Arts Center at St. Mary’s. Saturday, November 2, 8 p.m. Guitar legend Leo celebrates 50 years of sharing inventive music and entertaining audiences with humorous monologues and vocal and instrumental career highlights. $40/adult. $35/child. 537-1483. Feast of All Saints. Lindenwood Christian Church. Sunday, November 3, 4 p.m. The Music at Lindenwood Concert Series season kicks off honoring the Feast of All Saints. Free. 458-1652. Noises Off. Hyde Chapel @ Memphis University School (MUS). November 9-12. Friday, Saturday, and Monday, at 7 p.m.; Sunday at 3 p.m. MUS students present Michael Frayn’s comedy that follows an eclectic group of actors touring the country and performing a bawdy farce titled Nothing On. $15/person. 260-1300. Sons of Mystro. Halloran Centre. Saturday, November 9, 7:30 p.m. Mentored by Black Violin, brothers Malcolm and Umoja use their violins to interpret reggae
classics, American pop songs, and their own creations, accompanied by beats and sometimes a DJ and guitarist. $35. Group rates available. 525-3000. Mystery Science Theater 3000 Live. The Orpheum. Saturday, November 23, 7:30 p.m. The Peabody Award-winning TV comedy comes to Memphis with an the all-new Great Cheesy Movie Circus Tour! $32.50-$49.50. Call 525-3000 for tickets. IRIS Orchestra presents Beethoven Triple Tribute. GPAC. Saturday, December 7, 7:30 p.m. IRIS celebrates the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth with three of the more than 20 enduringly popular works he wrote between 1803 and 1807. $45-$70. Call 751-7669 for tickets. Drew & Elli Holcomb’s Neighborly Christmas. The Orpheum. Saturday, December 7, 8 p.m. $34.50-$74.50 Call 525-3000 for tickets. Hello, Dolly! The Orpheum. December 17-22. Tuesday through Friday at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday at 2 & 8 p.m.; Sunday at 1 & 6:30 p.m. Tony Award-winning Broadway musical comes to Memphis. $25-$125. Call 525-3000 for tickets.
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. Nov. 2 & 5: The Crayons’ Christmas. Nov. 9 & 12: The Monster at the End of this Book and The People in Your Neighborhood. Nov. 16 & 19: Jack Frost vs. the Abominable Snowman. Nov. 23 & 26: Anna, Elsa and the Secret River and Frozen 2 Little Golden Book. Nov. 30 & Dec. 3: Dear Santa and Cookies for Santa. Stories for December: TBA. Free. Baby & Me Story Time. B&N Germantown Pkwy. Sundays, 11-11:30 a.m. Ages three and under. Theme for November: Sesame Street Friends. Nov. 3: Elmo. Nov. 10: Cookie Monster. Nov. 17: Abby. Nov. 24: Big Bird. Stories for December: TBA. Free. Book signing with Forlanda Anderson. B&N Germantown Pkwy. Saturday, November 9, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Join the author as she signs Bully Me Not: My Faith Saved Me. Free. LEGO Frozen 2 Make & Take Event. B&N Germantown Pkwy. Saturday, November 23, 2 p.m. Celebrate the release of Frozen 2 building a rendition of the castle from the movie. Free. Space limited. Go to bn.com to register.
The Polar Express Story Time. B&N Germantown Pkwy. Friday, December 6, 7-7:30 p.m. Children ages 2-8 join for this annual story time featuring the beloved classic The Polar Express, followed by activity. Free. Dogman Release Party. B&N Germantown Pkwy. Wednesday, December 11, 6:30 p.m. Celebrate the release of Dogman #8: Fetch-22 with a party. Ages 5-10 years. Free. Novel. 387 Perkins Ext., 922-5526 Story Time with Marjorie Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11 a.m. Ages 3 and under. Author Event and Book Signing with Norman Adcox. Novel. Sunday, November 3, 2 p.m. Join local author Norman Adcox as he signs his book My Dog, My Love, My Best Friend. Ages 8-12. Free. Author Event and Book Signing with Martheus & Janet Wade. Novel. Saturday, November 23, 2 p.m. Join Martheus & Janet Wade as they present Shinobi: Ninja Princess Hardcover Collection. Ages 12 and up. Free. Novel presents Jan Brett at Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library. Thursday, December 5, 10 a.m. Jan Brett presents The Tale of the Tiger Slippers. Ages 4-8. Free.
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One of the Mid-South’s longest-running holiday traditions Join us Nov. 23 - Dec. 31 at the Pink Palace Museum. Enchanted Forest benefits the children of Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital.
Hours Mon.-Sat. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sun. Noon - 5 p.m. Cost
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