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It’s time to get out your globe! You need to know about the imaginary lines on globes and maps. These lines are called lines of latitude and longitude, and they tell a pilot or ship’s captain exactly where in the world a certain place is located. Basically, latitude lines (also called parallels) are the horizontal lines on your map. Lines of longitude (also called meridians) are the vertical lines that run from the North Pole to the South Pole. This mapping system is written in degrees and uses the symbol °. Get ready to travel the world!

On your globe, find longitude of 20ºE and latitude of 47ºN, and you'll find Hungary. Hungary is located in Central Europe. It is northwest of Romania. This landlocked country is also bordered by Austria, Slovakia, Slovenia, Ukraine, Croatia and Serbia. Hungary is one of the 30 most popular tourist destinations in the world. It has a temperate climate, with cold winters and warm summers. It has a flat terrain with some hills and mountains. Hungary is home to several thermal features which get their heat from the Earth's crust. It has the largest thermal water cave system in the world. Lake Hevez, the second-largest thermal lake in the world, is also in Hungary. There are several species of fauna (animals) and flora (plants) that can be found only in this lake. The water temperatures in the lake vary from 77º F in the winter to 97º F in the summer. Hungary also has the largest lake in Central Europe, Lake Balaton. Hungarian inventors have been responsible for many great contributions to the world, including first flyable rigid airship, tungsten electric bulb, plasma TV, many Kodak cameras, the modern diesel engine, the hydrogen bomb, Vitamin C and the first artificial vitamin, nuclear chain reaction, the ballpoint pen and the Rubik's Cube! Hungary celebrates its national holiday, Saint Stephen's Day, on August 20. Sources: Hungary, The World Factbook, Central Intelligence Agency,; Wikipedia,




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Dear Kids, August is here and that means it’s time to get ready to head back to school. I think learning new things is pretty awesome. That’s why I like reading so much. Did you know that August is National Children’s Vision & Learning Month? I think it’s the perfect time to learn more about your eyes and how they work! You might be getting ready for one last vacation before school starts back or just hanging out at home with your family. One of my favorite things to do at home is to build LEGO® creations. This month, I talked to a father and son who are LEGO® artists! What a cool job! I hope you enjoy reading this issue of Kidsville News! Be sure to visit online at for more fun and games.

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Kidsville News! Your Eyes Are Amazing! August is here, and that means back-to-school time for many kids. Did you know that vision can have a big impact on your learning? In fact, one in four children have difficulties reading, writing and learning because of vision problems. August was declared National Children’s Vision and Learning Month in 1995. According to the College of Optometrists in Vision Development, complicated visual procedures are involved in both reading and writng. Their website explains that when we read, we need to • aim two eyes at the same point simultaneously and accurately, • focus both eyes to make the reading material clear, • continue or sustain clear focus and • move two eyes continually as a coordinated team across the line of print. August is a great time to learn about the eye and how it works. Your eyes are amazing! KidsHealth from Nemours has terrific information about your eyes. Check it out!

Your Eyes

Your eyes are at work from the moment you wake up to the moment you close them to go to sleep. They take in tons of information about the world around you — shapes, colors, movements and more. Then they send the information to your brain for processing so the brain knows what’s going on outside of your body. You can see that the eye’s pretty amazing. So, come on — let’s take a tour of its many parts. The Parts of the Eye: You can check out different parts of the eye by looking at your own eye in the mirror or by looking at (but not touching) a friend’s eye. Some of the eye’s parts are easy to see, so most friends will say OK. The eye is about as big as a ping-pong ball and sits in a little hollow area (the eye socket) in the skull. The eyelid protects the front part of the eye. The lid helps keep the eye clean and moist by opening and shutting several times a minute. This is called blinking, and it’s both a voluntary and involuntary action, meaning you can blink whenever you want to, but it also happens without you even thinking about it. The eyelid also has great reflexes, which are automatic body responses, that protect the eye. When you step into bright light, for example, the eyelids squeeze together tightly to protect your eyes until they can adjust to the light. And if you flutter your fingers close (but not too close!) to your friend’s eyes, you’ll be sure to see your friend’s eyes blink. Your friend’s eyelids shut automatically to protect the eye from possible danger. Eyelashes work with the eyelids to keep dirt and other unwanted stuff out of your eyes. The white part of the eyeball is called the sclera (say: sklair-uh). The sclera is made of a tough material and has the important job of covering most of the eyeball. Think of the sclera as your eyeball’s outer coat. Look very closely at the white of the eye, and you’ll see lines that look like tiny pink threads. These are blood vessels, the tiny tubes that deliver blood to the sclera. The cornea (say: kor-nee-uh), a transparent dome, sits in front of the colored part of the eye. The cornea helps the eye focus as light makes its way through. It is a very important part of the eye, but you can hardly see it because


it’s made of clear tissue. Like clear glass, the cornea gives your eye a clear window to view the world through. Iris Is the Colorful Part: Behind the cornea are the iris, the pupil and the anterior chamber. The iris (say: eye-riss) is the colorful part of the eye. When we say a person has blue eyes, we really mean the person has blue irises! The iris has muscles attached to it that change its shape. This allows the iris to control how much light goes through the pupil (say: pyoo-pul). The pupil is the black circle in the center of the iris, which is really an opening in the iris, and it lets light enter the eye. To see how this works, use a small flashlight to see how your eyes or a friend’s eyes respond to changes in brightness. The pupils will get smaller when the light shines near them, and they’ll open wider when the light is gone. The anterior (say: an-teer-ee-ur) chamber is the space between the cornea and the iris. This space is filled with a special transparent fluid that nourishes the eye and keeps it healthy. Light, Lens, Action: These next parts are really cool, but you can’t see them with just your own eyes! Doctors use special microscopes to look at these inner parts of the eye, such as the lens. After light enters the pupil, it hits the lens. The lens sits behind the iris and is clear and colorless. The lens’ job is to focus light rays on the back of the eyeball — a part called the retina (say: ret-i-nuh). The lens works much like the lens of a movie projector at the movies. Next time you sit in the dark theater, look behind you at the stream of light coming from the projection booth. This light goes through a powerful lens, which is focusing the images onto the screen so you can see the movie clearly. In the eye’s case, however, the film screen is your retina. Your retina is in the very back of the eye. It holds millions of cells that are sensitive to light. The retina takes the light the eye receives and changes it into nerve signals so the brain can understand what the eye is seeing. The retina uses special cells called rods and cones to process light. Just how many rods and cones does your retina have? How about 120 million rods and 7 million cones — in each eye! Rods see in black, white and shades of gray and tell us the form or shape that something has. Rods can’t tell the difference between colors, but they are supersensitive, allowing us to see when it’s very dark. Cones sense color, and they need more light than rods to work well. Cones are most helpful in normal or bright light. The retina has three types of cones. Each cone type is sensitive to one of three different colors — red, green or blue — to help you see different ranges of color. Together, these cones can sense combinations of light waves that enable our eyes to see millions of colors. Rods and cones process the light to give you the total picture. You’re able to see that your friend has brown skin and is wearing a blue hat. Think of the optic nerve as the great messenger in the back of your eye. The rods and cones of the retina change the colors and shapes you see into millions of nerve messages. Then, the optic nerve carries those messages from the eye to the brain! Pretty amazing! This information was provided by KidsHealth®, one of the largest resources online for medically reviewed health information written for parents, kids and teens. For more articles like this, visit or © 1995- 2011. ©2011 The Nemours Foundation/KidsHealth®. Additional sources: College of Optometrists in Vision Development,




Take a Hike!

Take a Hike!

In the summer, you probably spend a lot more time outside. And when fall arrives and the days are a little cooler, it’s a great time to explore. Summer or fall, anytime is the perfect time to try hiking or backpacking. Hiking simply means going on an extended walk for pleasure or exercise. It can be as simple as exploring your neighborhood or wooded areas in a neighborhood park, or it could be a longer weekend camping trip Where can you hike? Anywhere really, as long as it’s not private property! Try hiking at a park. National Parks are special places set aside by the American people to conserve the scenery, preserve natural and historic objects and protect wildlife. You can even become a junior ranger! The U.S. National Park System has a Junior Ranger Program for kids ages 4 to 14. You sign up at the park, and they give you special activities to do while you are there. They also have a WebRanger program ( to have fun with when you are not on the trail! It doesn’t take any special talent to participate in hiking — it’s really just walking! But there are a few rules that everyone should following when going on a long hike: 1. Be smart. Know your limits. Kids under age 10 shouldn’t hike more than five miles in one day. Two- to four-year-olds will probably only be able to hike a mile or two. Be sure to take plenty of breaks! If you are carrying a backpack, you also need to make sure that it is not too heavy. For every five pounds of body weight, the average child can carry one pound. For example, if you weigh 80 pounds, divide that by five, which equals 16 pounds of gear. Hiking is a great family activity. If you and a friend are hiking in a neighbor-

hood or on a park trail, make sure you have your parents’ permission and that they know where you are heading. Use the buddy system; never hike alone. 2. Be, and stay, comfortable. It might be cool in the morning but warm up very quickly later in the day. It’s a good idea to wear layers so that as you get warm, you can shed layers. Pants with zip-off legs that convert into shorts are a good idea. Be sure to wear a hat — it will keep your head warm in the cooler part of the day and protect you from the sun later. Wear sunscreen and sunglasses. 3. Be prepared. Some things you’ll want to bring along are a water bottle, trail snacks, a map, a compass, a pocket knife (if your parents let you have one), first aid kit, rain gear, a whistle and a trash bag (be sure to clean up after yourself!). You might want to bring a notebook, sketch pad or camera to make notes and pictures of the things you see on your hike. 4. Be alert for wildlife. Stay on the trails, and watch where you step. You might encounter wildlife on your hike, including snakes. If you are lucky, you might also get to see deer, swans and other wonderful wildlife. But please, never approach or feed wildlife. Take time to notice your surroundings. Enjoy the changing leaves, a beautiful view, insects and wildlife. Let others enjoy it, too — let nature’s sounds be heard, so don’t be loud when you’re on the trail. 5. Be kind. Leave the area as you find it. Examine, but do not touch, cultural or historic structures and artifacts. Leave rocks, plants and other natural objects as you find them. If you have the opportunity to improve the area by picking up litter, please do! 6. Be happy! Hiking is best done with other people, so bring a friend along and enjoy the trip together. It’s also a great chance to spend some time with your parents! Happy hiking! Sources: National Park Service,; Washington Trails Association,

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Summer Fun for “Cool Kind Kids” By Barbara Gilmour “Welcome back for another fun time learning how to be ‘Cool Kind Kids.’ I’m glad to see Tanner, Nicole, Carmen, Rudy, Stephen, and Truman the dragon. I hope you are all having a fun summer.” Everyone jumped up and down, yelling, “Yes!” “Summer is the best!” “Summer should never end!” “No more school!” “You have many fun choices of things to do in the summer. What are some fun things you like to do?” Rudy’s hand shot up. “I’m going to day camp. They have swimming,boating, playing fields and lots of other fun stuff. Tanner shared, “I’m spending time at a cabin on a lake.” “That sounds like fun.” Nicole added, “My family will be hiking and mountain climbing for our vacation.” Carmen told everyone, “We went to the beach for a week. It was fun to swim in the ocean and go on the boardwalk at night.” Truman was jumping up and down, excited to share that he went to the 4th of July celebration. “The fireworks were great. You know we dragons looove FIRE.” The kids all agreed that they love our favorite dragon. “What are some ‘Cool Kind Kid’ reminders that might help you have more fun as you do these things?” Stephen asked, “Do you mean having good manners wherever we go?” “That’s a good one. What else can you think of?” “I know good manners means sharing, playing fair, and taking turns at home, at camp, on the playground or wherever we go.” Rudy was waving his hand. “I know one. Obey the rules at a friend’s house or at camp. When swimming, you should always obey the lifeguard. That’s good for safety.” Truman looked as though he wanted to share something, “I’m going on some day trips with a group of friends, and we know that we have to stay with our group. No one wants to get lost.” “Many of the things ‘Cool Kind Kids’ do when they are out having fun are for safety.” Truman added, “I like to watch out for little kids and help them be safe.” “Yea for Truman!” “My friend is traveling to a foreign country with her family this summer,” shared Carmen. “We learned about their customs and beliefs on Google. Some things are not the same as in our country. My mom said that showing interest shows respect for others and their country.” “Have any of your heard the word, ‘staycation?’” Tanner replied, “No. What is that?” Stephen raised his hand and said, “I know what that is. My family is having a staycation this summer. We are going to spend each day doing something fun with our family. My parents have some cool things planned.” “That sounds like a great idea. Try doing without the TV, games, phones, and other things we ‘have to’ have, and really connect with your family.” “Cool Kind Kids” are all different and like to do different things. But everyone wants to have fun. Remember The Golden Rule, be safe and be happy. Barbara Gilmour, Tanner’s grandmom, is the creator and developer of the Tanner’s Manners: Be a “Cool Kind Kid” Social Skills, Character Values and Anti-Bullying educational materials and the award-winning “Cool Kind Kid” Audio CD. She also writes the Children’s Manners Blog, offering tips for teaching your children manners. © Cool Kind Kid.


Jupiter is our solar system’s largest planet by far. It contains twice as much material as all the other planets combined. It’s also quite stunning, with its colorful bands and its Great Red Spot – a storm big enough to swallow Earth! But those facts do not begin to tell Jupiter’s story. Unlike the four rocky planets closest to the Sun, Jupiter is a gas planet. It’s mostly hydrogen. You could not set foot on Jupiter even if you wanted to! Jupiter may be beautiful, but it would not be a nice place to vacation. Juno will fly closer to Jupiter than any previous So, if spacecraft. It will study Jupiter’s atmosphere, Jupiter is magnetic field and gravity. It will help us made of gas, discover how the giant planet formed. is it like a cloud? Could you fly fly a spaceship right through it? Not a chance. Unlike a cloud, Jupiter is a sphere. Why? Because Jupiter is so massive that the force of gravity has pulled in all of its material as tightly as possible. And deep down, it becomes very hot and incredibly dense. If you could dive into Jupiter you would find some bizarre conditions indeed. Scientists think that deep inside Jupiter, the hydrogen gas gets squeezed into a swirling liquid ocean that conducts electricity like a metal! Spacecraft have visited and studied Jupiter before, but the giant planet still holds many mysteries. How did Jupiter form? What is its interior really like? How deep do the red spot and cloud bands go? How do Jupiter’s auroras (or northern and southern lights) work? The Juno mission will try to answer these questions. NASA plans to launch the Juno spacecraft this August. It will arrive at Jupiter in July 2016. It will orbit over Jupiter’s north and south poles and will come closer to Jupiter than any other spacecraft. Juno will map and measure many different things about Jupiter that will help scientists unravel its true nature. Play JunoQuest at The Space Place, and help Juno fulfill its exciting mission. Visit This article was provided courtesy of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, under a contract with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.












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Building Homes and Futures One Family at a Time! Everybody needs a home, a place to “hang their hat” as they say. Mr. Jim was telling me that different Sometimes that is harder than it seems for families in the North groups will volunteer to help. He said on the Country. We live in an area that has lots of tourism and people like to last house a whole bunch of workers came own second homes. That works to drive up the costs of land and from Georgia Pacific on the United Way affordable housing. That is where a group like Habitat for “Day of Caring” and hung all the drywall. Humanity can help. What a great way for a business to give back to the community and Habitat for Humanity was started all in just one day. locally in 1993 by two church groups in I asked Mr. Jim how everyone knows when to come to the site. Wilmington and Keene Valley. They saw a need in He said he sends out an email to let everyone know what jobs need our area and decided they could help. Since then they done on a certain day. If you can help you just show up and get to have built 10 homes that house a total of 25 kids and work. If you would like to receive Mr. Jim’s e-mail just drop him a serve the area from Northern Essex county as far down as note at everyone is welcome. Here is your Elizabethtown and Westport. chance to make a difference and you can even fit it to your schedule. As an international organization Habitat for Humanity Of course as with all the agencies fundraising is what allows builds homes for people all over the world. As of today, them to continue to do their good work. Mr. Jim says right now they they have built more than 400,000 houses, sheltering are able to build a home every 2 years but the demand is much more than 1.75 million people on more than 5 continents Two Great-Grandfathers, and a Grandfather greater. With more donations they could build more homes. He said and in 3,000 communities worldwide. help a father build a new home for his both of the original churches still donate as well as individuals and I’m sure you have heard about Habitat for Humanity. there is an annual letter that asks for funds. Mr. Jim also said that the family On a national level former President Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalyn have been contributions we make to the United Way help so much. Did you know you can very involved in not only bringing awareness but also as actual volunteers. designate an agency like Habitat to receive your entire United Way donation? Just I met the director of the AuSable Valley Habitat for Humanity, Jim Marlatt to ask at campaign time. ask him what is happening with this United Way Agency. Mr. Jim is very nice, he Then he told me a story of a really exceptional local boy who told his family that told me all about the application and selection process a family would undergo to he didn’t want birthday gifts, he wanted everyone to donate to Habitat for Humanity have Habitat build a home for them. instead. I’ll take a moment and thank that boy too. WAY TO GO!!!!! This is what He said they have just completed a home and are in the process of looking for a the United Way means each month when I remind you to GIVE, new family right now. Mr. Jim said, for example, that a family of four could have ADVOCATE,VOLUNTEER. This boy is practicing the give portion. Even if you an income of $35,000 to $40,000 per year. He also said that the current living can’t give much you can always advocate or volunteer your time. Just contact the conditions of the family and if they have any “special needs” are big factors in United Way 518-563-0028 determining who is chosen. The chosen family will then go through financial I enjoyed meeting Mr. Jim and counseling. This helps them budget for the house payments. But the part that makes learning all about Habitat for Humanity. it really affordable is that the house gets a zero interest loan. That saves the family a Remember wherever you live in the lot of money every month. North Country there is a chapter of Then Mr. Jim told me about the process of a house being built. The really hard Habitat for Humanity that can help. To parts are actually done by a professional but the rest of the house is built by contact this United Way Agency call volunteers. He said that almost three quarters of the house is built by people who 518-873-9245. work at other professions than building. There are a gazillion things that need to get See you next month! done to finish the house. That means that just about anybody can help on a Habitat Your Friend, for Humanity house. I like that.

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In the city of Bunol, La Tomatina, a huge food fight, is held on August 25. Over 35,000 people gather to throw 120 tons of tomatoes at each other! The Tomato Festival starts each year with a contest where competitors race up a greased pole to reach a ham at the top. Then trucks come in with tomatoes and dump them on the village streets! The tradition supposedly began in 1945 when a fight between two young people spilled into the vegetable stand nearby, and they started throwing tomatoes at each other.

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August 2 is the anniversary of the official signing of the Declaration of Independence. That’s right! It wasn’t July 4th — that was the day the Declaration was adopted by Congress and draft copies were signed by John Hancock and Charles Thomson. On August 2, 1776, 50 men took part in signing the Declaration. Several others signed later that year.



August 30 is the 10th Anniversary of the discovery of SuperCroc. SuperCroc is a 40-foot crocodile fossil that was discovered in the Sahara Desert in West Africa. It is believed that SuperCroc lived 110 million years ago and weighed 10 tons. He was about the size of a bus! The fossil was found by a team of paleontologists led by Paul Sereno. They found 50 percent of the skeleton — and the entire six-foot long skull! You can learn more about SuperCroc at


The beautiful swan, with its long neck and webbed feet, glides along the water of a lake. Although it looks graceful, it can also have a temper. Its large wings can turn into dangerous weapons when it feels threatened. Although the swan is a bird, it spends more time in the water than the air. Swans are the largest members of the duck family, related to geese and ducks. They are among the largest of flying birds. Kingdom: Animalia The swan is found in both the Phylum: Chordata Northern and Southern Hemispheres. In the United States, swans are usually all Class: Aves white with an orange beak. The southern Order: Anseriformes swans are mixed black and white, or can Family: Anatidae be white with a black neck. The Australian Black Swan is completely black. Genus: Cygnus The largest swan species can be over 60 inches long and weigh up to 33 pounds. Their wingspans can be almost 10 feet. Males are usually bigger than females. Most birds usually don’t have teeth, but swans are an exception to this. They have tiny jagged teeth as part of their beak to help with catching and eating fish. They are omnivorous, but primarily are vegetation eaters. They mostly eat the roots and leaves of aquatic plants. Male and female swans form pair bonds, or couples, and stay together for many years — sometimes for life. They make a nest on the ground near the water. The male helps with nest construction, unlike other ducks or geese. The female usually lays four to seven eggs, and it takes about 45 days for the babies to hatch. A baby swan is called a cygnet or a swanling. Photo taken at Chetola Lake by Joy Crowe. A swan pair with four cygnets.









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Sound Slumber. Although naptimes gradually diminish as children grow older, adequate sleep is still critically important. Too little sleep translates into irritability and other behavior problems, as well as difficulty paying attention in school. While the specific needs of each child will vary to some degree, school-age children and preteens should get between 10 and 12 hours of sleep each night. Implementing a consistent bedtime, especially on school nights, can help ensure your child’s sleep needs are consistently met. Be sure to build in time for children to unwind before bed to help keep that nightly target on track with less stress for all involved. Balanced Immune System. Believe it or not, 70 percent of your immune system is in your digestive tract. The immune cells in the digestive tract share their space with a community of over 500 species of naturally-occurring bacteria. Keeping these bacteria in balance is what’s important to boosting digestive and immune health. Taking a daily probiotic helps boost your immune system by keeping these bacteria in balance. Probiotics are “friendly” bacteria that help balance the digestive system. Yogurt is a common source of probiotics, but many varieties contain a significant amount of sugar that may be off-putting, especially if you are aiming for a daily dose. However, there are products available, which offer a lower calorie alternative for a daily dose of probiotics while also appealing to picky eaters and lactose intolerant youngsters. Treat this back to school season as an opportunity to reinforce healthy habits and set the stage for a successful year in the classroom, on the playground and at home. Photo courtesy of Getty Images. Article source: Family Features and Sustenex. To learn more, visit

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Wring the Most from Vacation Travel Dollars Perhaps now more than ever, people yearn to get away, leaving their worries behind. But faced with financial uncertainty, many families will not be adding vacation photos to their albums this year. For those who can afford it, though, now is a good time to travel. The hospitality and tourism industries are hurting, so they’re offering deals. After setting a budget, squeeze the most out of it by shopping around for the best offers. AAA and websites like Travelocity and Orbitz offer vacation packages including airfare, lodging and a rental car for savings of 25 percent or more, says Karen Hoxmeier, founder of Flying midweek can save hundreds, and many tourist attractions charge less in the middle of the week. Visiting a destination during its off-season is significantly cheaper. But do research to decide whether you can tolerate off-season conditions. Many shops and restaurants might be closed, or the weather could be nasty. For each attraction on your agenda, do an online search along with the word coupon, and you’re likely to find discounts. If a person is comfortable, eBay is a great way to save money, says Terri Lynn of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., a former travel agent who ferrets out savings to make up for the lost perks of her old job. I just bought coupons for a free rental car day. It cost me $35 and the going rate is over $100, she says. Using public transportation instead of renting a car saves money and gives you a more authentic feel for the city. If you do rent a car, avoid doing so at the airport. Instead, reserve a car in advance at a rental-car location a few miles away and take a cab from the airport, Hoxmeier says. While some thrifty travelers partake heartily of a hotel’s continental breakfast and then get by on inexpensive snacks until dinner time, in a city


known for its fine dining, you’re wise to eat out at lunchtime for your big meal of the day, Hoxmeier says. Lunch menus are cheaper, so you can sample phenomenal food for a fraction of the cost. Look into all-inclusive resorts or cruises. One price includes your accommodations, meals, snacks and entertainment, Hoxmeier says. You’ll know the entire cost of the trip in advance, and there won’t be any surprises. However, family man Robert DeMallie, South Windsor, Conn., says to opt out of resort meal plans. On a Caribbean vacation, he and his family ate breakfast in their room and most other meals in town and around the island. As a result, we saved hundreds of dollars for a family of four, he says, and we sampled a wide variety of foods and met a lot of interesting people. By Dawn Klingensmith. Information provided by CTW Features. © CTW Features


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AT THE MOVIES Glee Live! In Concert! (In Theaters: Aug. 12) If you know what a “Gleek” is, then you won’t want to miss this concert-performance movie based on the popular television show. And even if you don’t know about “Gleeks” yet, you will soon. Glee: The 3D Concert Movie features 14 members from the award-winning TV show Glee singing and dancing in live musical stage performances from their recent tour (across the US, the UK and Ireland) in front of thousands of screaming fans. There’s also backstage footage to bring the audience in on the behind-the-scenes storyline. Songs like “Raise Your Glass,” “Teenage Dream” and the show’s anthem “Don’t Stop Believin’” are featured in this lively musical movie where talented young singers are the stars. Not rated at press time. 90 mins. (20th Century Fox) Spy Kids: All the Time in the World (In Theaters: Aug. 19) “The smaller the spy, the bigger the hero.” That’s the idea behind this kids’ action-adventure movie presented in “4D.” The 4th dimension is “AromaScope,” whereby special cards give audiences the ability to smell things like fresh tomatoes when they pop up, or off, the screen. Jessica Alba plays Marissa Cortez Wilson, a newlywed mom with a baby and twin stepkids Rebecca (Rowan Blanchard) and Cecil (Mason Cook). Marissa is married to Wilbur, a spy-hunting television reporter. Oddly, Marissa is also a semi-retired undercover spy whom not even her family knows about until an evil villain known as the Timekeeper tries to take over the planet. Only with the help of young Rebecca and Cecil acting as Spy Kids can Marissa hope to save the planet and keep her family together. Writer/director Robert Rodriguez promises to give

audiences an exciting 3D experience unlike any before. Rated PG for mild action and rude humor. (Dimension Films/ The Weinstein Company)


That’s What I Am (Available Aug. 16) Writer/director Mike Pavone’s coming-of-age period drama is set in small-town California circa 1965. The story establishes 12-year-old Andy Nichol (Chase Ellison) as the defenseless target of school bullies. Not even Andy’s inspirational bowtie-wearing English teacher Mr. Simon (Ed Harris) is immune to intimidation from local meanies. Mr. Simon teaches that “human dignity + compassion = peace.” Mr. Simon challenges Andy’s scholastic abilities by assigning him to team up on a writing assignment with gawky school outcast Stanley, a.k.a. Big G (played by Alexander Walters). Mr. Simon introduces Andy to the idea that he has what it takes to be a writer, hence the film’s title, “I’m a writer, that’s what I am.” Rated PG. 100 mins. (Its cursory discussion of homosexuality may offend certain viewers.) (WWE Studios) Bambi II (In Theaters: Aug. 23) This well-crafted sequel to the 1942 Disney original is set during the same time period as Bambi. With Bambi’s mother gone, the young deer must come of age under the watchful care of his weary father, the Great Prince (voiced by Patrick Stewart). Springtime fills the forest with chirping birds and happy singing woodland creatures. Bambi learns life lessons with the help of his friends Thumper, Owl, Flower and Faline in this child-friendly animated movie. You’ll want to go back and watch the original all over again. The DVD’s bonus material includes a “making-of” featurette, Bambi trivia and a mini-tutorial with a Disney animator. Subtitles are presented in English, French and Spanish. Rated G. 72 mins. (Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment) Cole Smithey, also known as “the smartest film critic in the world,” has been a film critic for 11 years and writes for over 50 publications, in print and on-line. Truman loves to watch movies and has the highest appreciation for great popcorn.

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You’re very excited your mom and dad promised to take you on a fun camping trip this year. Enjoying the beauty and nature of the woods is fun -if you are careful. Here are some tips to keep you safe.Always use common sense. That means being aware of your surroundings and always camp with an adult. Never go into the woods by yourself. Here are some of the things you need to be aware of when camping or just spending the day in the woods. BUGS - If insects bug you, ask an adult to set up camp away from the water and build a small fire. The water attracts bugs, and the smoke from the fire will keep most of the bugs away. Another thing you can do is to remember to keep the tent door zipped at all times, even if you’re just going in or out for a minute. Also, turn off your flashlight before you enter your tent because insects such as moths are attracted to the light and will follow you. Remember to always check for ticks after a day in the woods, Mom or Dad can help you look and remove any you might find.

POISON IVY is a plant that can cause an itchy skin rash in some people. Its leaves grow in groups of three, but the plant can still be hard to spot. If you accidentally touch poison ivy, wash the area with soap and water as soon as possible. The oil from the poison ivy plant can spread on clothes or even your dog.

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Your Food and Water -Whenyou’re exploring outdoors, eat or drink something only if an adult says it is safe. Even if streams or lakes look crystal clear, they could contain germs and the water may not be safe to drink. Bring bottled water to drink. Likewise, never eat wild berries. Some are poisonous and it may be tough to know which are safe. Good snacks for the outdoors include fruit, trail mix, crackers, granola bars, bread, and peanut butter. Your Clothing- Wearing layers is a good idea when you’re outdoors. That way, you can take off a layer or two if you get too warm. Wear comfortable boots when hiking so your ankles are supported and you don’t get blisters. Keep your arms and legs covered while hiking to avoid ticks and insect bites and wear knee-high boots and long pants when you are in an area with snakes. Make sure to take rain gear, such as ponchos and waterproof jackets, to keep you dry if an unexpected shower occurs. Watch Out for Wildlife-Although animals are cute to look at, wild animals are best enjoyed from far away. Don’t go near or try to feed a strange animal. It’s better to enjoy these animals at the zoo, in books, or on the Internet. To keep animals such as bears or wolves away from your campsite, keep it clean. Food and anything else an animal might smell must be packed away. In fact some campers put all their food, even candy bars, in a bag (called a “Bear Bag”) and hang it from a tree branch away from the campsite. If they can smell it, the animals will be led away from where the campers are.

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Fruity Parfait Treats Strawberries, bananas and honey – oh my! These cool and fruity Strawberry Banana Parfaits make a great breakfast or snack on a busy day. “What’s a parfait?” you might ask. Parfait (pronounced par-fey) is the French word for “perfect.” A parfait is a perfect dessert made from fruit and nuts layered with cream filling, custard or ice cream.

YOUR CAMPSITE- Roasting marshmallows and singing songs by an open fire are favorite camping activities. Adults, not kids, should start campfires. Adults also need to watch the fires and make sure they are out when you’re done. Never leave a fire without anyone to watch it. Don’t forget to put out your fire by dumping water or shoveling dirt on it when you sleep or leave your campsite. Feel the ground around the area where the fire was to make sure it isn’t warm.

Stick with your group when you’re in the woods. Carry a whistle and blow it if you get separated from the group. If you have a cell phone and it’s working, use it to make contact with your group. If you do get lost, wait in a safe, sheltered place for an adult to find you. The sooner you’re found, the sooner you can go back to having fun in the greatoutdoors!

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A little bit of lime juice helps keep the banana slices from turning brown, so the parfaits can be made ahead of time and kept in the refrigerator. Honey adds a little sweetness, walnuts add fun crunch and the cottage cheese tops it all off with healthy dairy and protein.

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• Toss banana with lime juice in a small bowl. • Mix bananas with strawberries, honey and walnuts. Spoon mixture into parfait glasses. • Top each glass with 1/2 cup of cottage cheese.

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