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8 REALLY COOL KIDS Banding Together

11 PARENTING TIPS

Fear Is Not Respect

13 HODGEPODGE 15 GET OUTDOORS Sounds of Spring

25 FAMILY FUN

ACTIVITY GUIDE April - July 2016

30 COOKING WITH KIDS Grilled Mahimahi with Avocado-Lime Salsa

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7 EDITOR’S NOTE

KEEP KIDS KEEN THIS SUMMER Discover the formula for making learning fun BY JEN WAINWRIGHT O’DEAY

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ho says learning has to stop when the last day of class spills into the first day of summer vacation? Parents don’t want their kids to lose ground on what was learned during the school year, yet researchers tell us that without some educational activities during summer break, most children do slip back by about two months in their studies. Uh, oh! In “Keep Kids Keen This Summer” (page 21), we offer 14 ideas—each and every one of them fun!—to thwart the summertime slump. And while adults often think manners are what should be taught to kids, we say there should be turnabout: Polite behavior and good manners should be taught to parent-spectators who throw tantrums, yell at the umps, or behave like bullies at their kids’ sporting events. “Parents on the Sidelines” (page 16) helps to remind us that the players are children, the game is a game, and this isn’t MLB (or NBA, NFL, or NHL)! Plus, in this issue, find plenty of activities—more than 112!—that parents and children can enjoy together, from now through October. Take a morning bird walk to hear the original kind of tweet (page 28), break out some moves as a family at the Curious George Dance Party (page 26), celebrate Earth Day at the Children’s Zoo at Celebration Square (page 26), and then tempt supper time taste buds with a guacamole-like Mahimahi with Avocado-Lime Salsa (page 30). Use this issue to get your entire family reading, doing, imagining, and learning together. Why? Because family time is precious. And kids grow up too darn fast!

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rothers Brian and Joss Bradley want to be millionaires one day, so in 2014, they decided to start their own business, B & J Cool Bands, to begin reaching that goal. The boys spent hours transforming colorful rubber bands into jewelry and novelty items until every piece was just right. Practice made perfect, and soon Brian and Joss’s products were ready to sell. As savvy entrepreneurs and designers, Brian and Joss know they need a variety of products to give customers options, so they design and make an assortment of necklaces, key chains,


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START WITH A DREAM.

No matter how big or small, you have to start somewhere and find your motivation.

FIND SOMETHING YOU ENJOY.

It’s easier to start and manage a business by doing something you already like to do.

PROVIDE OPTIONS.

Products in a variety of colors and styles allow you to be creative and offer customers the options that most appeal to them.

PUT YOURSELF OUT THERE.

Go to different local events and set up a booth to sell and advertise at the same time.

KEEP UPDATING.

Continue to develop and add new products to keep people interested.

and bracelets—the company’s best-seller. The brothers know color choices are important to customers, too. Brian explains, “We had to make sure we had colors for different holidays and foundations like cancer awareness, AIDs, lupus, and many more.” In 2015, the young owners of B & J Cool Bands entered the company in Saginaw Soup, a program for entrepreneurs of all ages to present business plans for an opportunity to obtain funding to develop products or services. Brian and Joss’s concept swept the competition, encouraging the brothers to continue building their business. When Brian and Joss need a break from running a company, they enjoy playing basketball. “We would love to be NBA players one day, and, even if we are, we will always have a business,” says Joss. The duo continues to expand B & J Cool Bands with plans to launch a new product this spring.


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hat do you do when your child says the dreaded words “I hate you” or “I wish I had a different mom/dad”? How do you handle these difficult situations? Do you instill respect in your children or create fear? Respect often means different things to different people. How we display, accept, or process respect defines the importance of it for each individual. Creating a culture of respect through words or actions includes feelings, perceptions, trust, and needs. Children learn respect through socialization, interaction, teaching, and modeling. If we want our children to be respectful we, as parents or caregivers, have to “walk the talk.” Fear is often attached to stress, defensiveness, and negative emotions—including anger. Respectful parenting includes empathizing, modeling appropriate words and behaviors, and firmness— just because we are practicing respect doesn’t mean that there aren’t rules and boundaries. Patience, acceptance, and understanding are also essential in respectful parenting.

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is the employee wellness director at Child and Family Services of Saginaw. She has over 10 years of experience in the social work field and specializes in working with families and children through a variety of approaches, including solution-focused therapy, narrative therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and mindfulness.

Here are a few tips to help instill respect in your children and dispel fear. VALIDATE THEIR FEELINGS. Teach children that what they are feeling is okay and empathize with them. This can lead to trust and open communication. MODEL AND TEACH RESPECT. Children are looking for guidance and acceptance. INSTRUCT AND CORRECT. Model appropriate behaviors and gently help your children modify inappropriate behaviors. REINFORCE AND REWARD GOOD BEHAVIORS. Focusing on good behavior helps build a culture of respect, self-esteem, self-efficacy, and trust with your children. REMEMBER ... Children are perceptive and they are watching our interactions to find an acceptable way to manage and make sense of the world around them.

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Helpful parent talk includes: ● “Your sister is not for punching. Show me with this doll how you are feeling.” ● “You seem upset with your father. How about drawing an angry picture?” ● “Toys are not for throwing. When you are angry, stomp your foot and say, ‘I’m angry!’ Let’s practice that together now.” ● “Here, use this pillow and pretend it’s your brother. Hitting your brother is not allowed. Hitting a pillow is.” Use this technique every time your daughter gets angry, and also let her see what you do when you are angry. Best wishes, CHICK MOORMAN Chick Moorman, from Merrill, is an author and professional speaker who helps parents and teachers raise responsible, caring, conscious children. Reach him through www.chickmoorman.com.

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he days are getting longer, leaves will soon cover the trees, and the woods are getting louder. At times, the sounds of spring can be downright earsplitting. We most often use our eyes to observe the seasons changing, but careful listening offers another way to enjoy the arrival of warmer weather. This year, make time to go outside as a family and listen to nature in your neighborhood. Try to pick out as many different natural sounds as possible. There’s a good chance you will hear birds singing, mosquitoes humming, raindrops pelting the ground, squirrels rustling through leaves, and the wind blowing through overhead branches. It’s the frogs, though, that stand out as being the loudest of these sounds, and they cause the most ruckus in the spring. The boisterous amphibians are male frogs calling to attract a mate. When thousands of them are calling at the same time, it’s loud enough to make anyone want to plug their ears—all this from a creature that can easily fit in the palm of your hand. Listening to the sounds of nature is a year-round activity. To really experience it at its best, pull on a pair of rubber boots this spring and head out to your favorite woodland, pond, or even a roadside ditch to listen to nature’s symphony.

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is director of interpretation at Midland’s Chippewa Nature Center. He manages adult and family programs, leading a variety of field trips and workshops that focus on Great Lakes history and traditional skills instruction.

SONGS OF AN AMPHIBIOUS CHOIR Use your ears to listen for the calls of these common spring frogs. How many can you hear? ● Northern spring peepers are known for their extremely loud “peep” call in spring’s temporary woodland pools. ● Western chorus frogs make a sound similar to a fingernail dragging over the teeth of a small comb. ● Wood frogs have a distinctive clucking sound that makes large groups of them sound like quacking ducks.

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articipating in team and individual sports has a lasting impact on children as they grow. Aside from providing beneficial physical activity, sports teach children teamwork, goal

setting, and good sportsmanship. Parents do everything from cheering their

children on from the sidelines to setting up a rocking snack spread for an after-game party. Whatever they are doing, on or off the field, parents are directly influencing the game, how it’s played, and the positive or negative experiences children have while playing. Modeling responsible behavior for young athletes starts on the sidelines, even during those tense moments during the big game, so set your child up for success in sports and in life by learning how to best support your No. 1 player.

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FOCUS ON THE POSITIVES

“Keep it fun.” ~ Brent Jaime, president, Bay County Hockey Association

When it comes to getting kids involved in sports, it’s important to remember the positives that come along with being part of a team and being active. “It’s fantastic fellowship,” notes Jim Conway, the athletic director at Mount Pleasant High School. “Sports bring kids together. They learn to strive toward common goals, become team players, and communicate and cooperate for the same goal.” And what’s the single most important thing you can focus on as a parent of a young athlete? “Keep it f un,” says Brent Jaime, president of Bay County Hockey Association, volunteer coach, and parent of five children. All four of Jaime’s sons, ranging in age from 11 to 16, have played hockey under his tutelage, and he extolls the virtues that come along with having a family that plays together. Jaime even started playing hockey himself, much to his children’s initial amusement. “I knew that if I was going to coach, I needed to know the game myself,” he comments. “I think at first they thought it was neat, but now they laugh at me. I do it for the exercise.”

GET INVOLVED

A meaningful way to support your child’s athletic endeavors—whether the playing is for fun, exercise, or Olympic dreams (everyone starts somewhere, right?)—is to become part of the team. There are so many ways that parents can get involved, from coaching to running scoreboards. “Coaching is the biggest opportunity [to get involved],” says Marcie Post, recreation manager of Midland City Parks. Not only will you have a chance to learn the sport from a different side, but you can bond and connect with your child in different ways, too. 18 Great Lakes Bay Family | April 2016


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As a professional coach, former athlete, and current mom of a little athlete, Post happens to know a thing or two about sports. “I see all sides of it,” Post notes. Post admits that it can be difficult to balance the passion for cheering on your kids during sporting events with the responsibility to keep things lighthearted and fun, but she encourages parents to keep each other accountable. She remembers one instance where a player actually quit his team sport after his parent became a little too enthusiastic while “discussing” the game with a referee. “I’ll never forget that,” Post says. “It really was too bad for the child.” Instead of placing blame on a referee or letting the excitement and pride of watching your child play sweep over the sidelines in a wave of negative energy, Post encourages parents to remember that referees, although sometimes paid, are still quite giving of their time and resources. “It’s a tough job,” she says with a slight laugh. “And someone has to do it.” It’s important to remember how much coaches and referees work to make sporting events a positive experience for young players, explains Conway. “The general public has no idea how very little money coaches make. They don’t do it for the money. They do it for the kids,” he says. He also encourages parents to be supportive of the entire sports programs that their children are enrolled in. Jaime is adamant that the most important thing parents can do is to keep sports fun for their children and to encourage children to continue playing. “At younger levels, every kid should be getting equal playing time,” he explains. “In the grand scheme of things, whether you win or lose, it doesn’t matter. What matters is that you keep the kids playing the sport as long as they can.”

Please Remember: 1. This is just a game. 2. These are only kids. 3. Our coaches are volunteers. 4. The referees are people, too. 5. Spectators should cheer for everyone. 6. This is not a professional sport.


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arents may not be surprised by the phrase “summer slide”—the reference to lost academic skills over summer break—but the eye-opener is discovering how much knowledge and skills students won’t take with them when a new school year starts. According to Johns Hopkins Center for Summer Learning, roughly 22 percent of what children have learned throughout the previous school year is at risk of being lost each summer. Will your children be prepared to succeed in tomorrow’s future? You can help ensure they are ready for the classroom and beyond.

CONNECTING WITH CREATIVE THOUGHT Learning can be about the sense of wonder you’re looking to inspire in your children—the beginning thoughts of why, how come, and what if something else was done instead. Parents simply need to help make the connections. As Saginaw Valley State University’s Carolyn Wierda, executive director of STEM@SVSU, says, “You could be going golfing, or any sport, really. What’s the science behind it? Depending on where you hit the ball, how does that change the direction? There are scientific principles at work everywhere.” Opportunities to help your children learn while having fun are absolutely limitless, and it all starts right at home.

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GO SURFING

In the age of the Internet, knowledge and inspiration are literally at your fingertips. ● Does your child ask questions that sound similar to, “Dear Dr. Universe, Why do bees make hexagons?” Find out the answer at www.askdruniverse.wsu.edu. ● Activities, links, and videos about all sorts of interesting things can be found on each page of www.exploratorium.edu/explore. (Is your child into baseball? Check out “Finding the Sweet Spot” on this site.) ● At www.sciencebuddies.org, explore the over 1,150 project ideas to get kids stuck on science. ● Search “The Ultimate STEM Guide for Kids: 239 Cool Sites” at www.mastersindatascience.org for an amazing compilation of STEM sites.

THE POWER OF PLAY

Take a quick trip to Pinterest, and you will find more activities—with age-specific recommendations, too—than you could conquer in a summer, or even a lifetime! ● Code your name in jewelry: Computers operate in binary code, assigning a string of 0s and 1s to different letters, symbols, and instructions. Older kids could visit www.code.org, and younger kids could make a necklace, spelling their names with beads to represent code. ● Newspaper engineering challenge: Create building “logs” from rolled up newspaper pages and have your children build a standing structure.


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The following tips, compiled partially from HOSTS (Help One Student To Succeed) and the Saginaw Intermediate School District (through the Saginaw Area Reading Council), offer advice to help your children love to read.

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GROW THOUGHT

Gardens are absolute meccas for learning activities. ● Discover how lightning benefits a garden. (Hint: It has to do with nitrogen.) ● Have family members hypothesize final height per variety of fruit or vegetable; measure growth weekly with a ruler and mark it down on a chart. Bam! It’s science and mathematics.

NOW YOU’RE COOKIN’

While whipping up cookies, measuring can morph into mathematics, and boiling noodles for lunch can become science. ● “We need ½ cup. What if we use the ¼ cup instead?” ● “You see the water boiling. Let’s find out how that happens and at what temperature.”

MAKE IT MATTER

Visit the Mount Pleasant Discovery Museum’s rocket building station or bee exhibit, showcasing environmental benefits of honeybees. Spend afternoons discovering at Mid-Michigan Children’s Museum in Saginaw, Chippewa Nature Center in Midland, or Tobico Marsh in Bay City, too. This summer, sand castles can become physics lessons, ice cream cones can be experimental tools, and all sorts of continued learning through games and fun activities can be a challenge your family readily accepts.

You might not feel qualified to help your children with reading because you didn’t get all A’s in school. You are capable. You don’t need to be a genius or a professional teacher—just read.

MAKE IT FUN Reading should be fun, like sports and childhood games, not hard work. That’s why they say, “Reading is FUNdamental.” Celebrate reading time each day for just around 15 to 30 minutes. Don’t stress you or your child out by making it too long.

PREPARE Skim the book before starting to read with your child so that you are ready to help him or her tackle possible challenges. Look in advance for bigger words that might be difficult for your child, and check the plot so you can ask your child to predict what might happen next in the story.

NOW GET GOING While you are reading, take turns. When your child is stuck on a long word, break it into smaller pieces. For example, “before” splits into “be” and “fore.” By sounding out each syllable separately, your child can master the word, making reading easier for him or her.

TAKE PAUSES Review what has already happened in the story and encourage your child to predict what could happen next. Show your child how to use the illustrations as clues for what is coming up.

DON’T JUST SLAM THE BOOK SHUT Take time to discuss and review the story.


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FAMILY

FUN ACTIVITY GUIDE

April - July 2016

Arts and Museums Exhibit: Speed: Science in Motion. Through May 1. Admission fee. The cutting-edge science and technology behind motor sports, from physics and engineering to human endurance and biology. Hands-on models, learning stations, a pit lane, workshops, and physical testing environment. Alden B. Dow Museum of Science & Art, Midland; 989-6315930, www.mcfta.org Exhibit: The 4th Congressional District Art Awards and Midland Area Schools Art Show. April 30 – May 28. Admission. Artwork from the Great Lakes Bay Region. Alden B. Dow Museum of Science & Art, Midland; 989631-5930, www.mcfta.org Exhibit: The Art of Dr. Seuss Retrospective. May 14 – September 1. Admission. A glimpse into the artistic life of Theodor Seuss Geisel and his seven decades of groundbreaking creative work that is captivatingly “Seussian.” Alden B. Dow Museum of Science & Art, Midland; 989-6315930, www.mcfta.org

Attractions Music Time! Every Tuesday, 9:30 – 10 a.m. Admission fee/free to members. Boogie down with Music Dan. Learn songs, make friends, and get the wiggles out. Mt Pleasant Discovery Museum, Mt Pleasant; 989-3173221, www.mpdiscoverymuseum.org Paint Time! Every Thursday, 10 – 11 a.m. Admission fee/free to members. Area is set up and ready for all ages to enjoy making

and painting crafts. Mt Pleasant Discovery Museum, Mt Pleasant; 989-317-3221, www. mpdiscoverymuseum.org

and can run the bases following the game. Dow Diamond, Midland; 989-837-2255, www. loons.com

Children’s Story Time at Dow Gardens. Every Friday, 10 a.m. Dow Gardens, Midland; 989-631-2677, www.dowgardens.org

Creative Kids Workshops. Weekly. Times vary by topic: pottery painting, glass, mosaics, clay. Saginaw and Bay City Painterly Pottery locations; 989-401-7455 (Saginaw) and 989895-1029 (Bay City), www.painterlypottery.com

Midland County Historical Society: Handson History Days. Friday and Saturday of the third weekend each month, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Family-focused, interactive, and informational drop-in programs for the community to discover and preserve local heritage. Midland Center for the Arts, Midland; 989-631-5930, www.mcfta.org Kids Fly Free! Second Saturday of each month (except September), 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Ages 8 – 17 are invited to learn about aviation and experience flying for free. Jack Barstow Airport, Midland; 989-835-3231, www. eaa1093.org Charlin’s Book Nook Presents: Read to Me with Brittany. Every Sunday, 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. Ages 2 – 10; snacks provided. Charlin’s Book Nook, Frankenmuth; 989-652-2900, www.charlinsbooknook.com Science Sundays. Every other Sunday (check online calendar to confirm), 1 p.m. Cost $7. Themed science experiments led by a play facilitator. Mt Pleasant Discovery Museum, Mt Pleasant; 989-317-3221, www. mpdiscoverymuseum.org Kids Eat Free Sundays at Dow Diamond. Every Sunday, April – September (home games). Admission. Kids 12 and younger receive a free hot dog, chips, and 16 oz. drink at home Great Lakes Loons games

Dow Gardens Butterflies in Bloom. Through April 17, 10 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.; late night Wednesdays through April 17, 10 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. Admission $5/$1. Colorful butterflies from around the world; crafts, activities, and tours available. Dow Gardens, Midland; 989631-2677, www.dowgardens.org Michigan State USBS Youth State Championship Tournament. Saturdays and Sundays through April 24. Free admission. Youth bowling tournament. Monitor Lanes, Bay City; 989-684-4381 Toddler Time. Every Wednesday through May 25, 9:30 – 10 a.m. Admission includes all-day gallery play. Story time, finger play, and toddlers in motion. Mid-Michigan Children’s Museum, Saginaw; 989-399-6626, www.michildrensmuseum.com Spring Break Sculpture Camp. March 28 – April 1, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Cost $100. Hand build clay sculptures in the mornings; afternoon metal sculpture creation from old electronics. Snack provided. Art Reach of Mid Michigan, Mt Pleasant; 989-773-3689, www. artreachcenter.org Grandparents Play Free. April 1and May 1, 12 – 5 p.m. Grandparents receive free admission. Mid-Michigan Children’s

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FAMILY FUN ACTIVITY GUIDE April - July 2016 Museum, Saginaw; 989-399-6626, www. michildrensmuseum.com Special Night for Special Needs. April 8, May 6, and June 3, 6 – 8 p.m. Cost $5/free on April 8. A night for all with special needs to play in an inclusive, sensory friendly environment with similarly situated families. Therapy Dogs International will visit April 8. Mt Pleasant Discovery Museum, Mt Pleasant; 989-317-3221, www.mpdiscoverymuseum.org

refreshments, crafts, and storytelling. Tickets available in advance; event sold out in 2015. Mt Pleasant Discovery Museum, Mt Pleasant; 989-317-3221, www.mpdiscoverymuseum.org Free Comic Book Day. May 7. Local celebration of this annual worldwide event. Meet superheroes, get illustrated as your favorite superhero, and receive a free comic book. Cashman’s Comics, Bay City; 989-8951113, www.cashmanscomics.com

Opening Day at Dow Diamond. April 9, first pitch 2:05 p.m. Cheer on the Great Lakes Loons as they take on the Lansing Lugnuts. Check website for complete schedule. Dow Diamond, Midland; 989-837-2255, www. loons.com

Mother’s Day at the Zoo. May 8, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Free admission for moms and members; general admission for others. Enjoy a special day with mom. Children’s Zoo at Celebration Square, Saginaw; 989-759-1408, www. saginawzoo.com

Curious George Dance Party. April 12, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. Free event. Boogie down with Curious George in honor of National Library Week. Alice and Jack Wirt Public Library, Bay City; www.baycountylibrary.org

Summer Glow Nights. May 19, June 23, and July 21, 8 – 11 p.m. Cost $23. Experience the park illuminated with LED sequence lighting, laser lights, and a glowing archway. Adventure Park at Frankenmuth; 248-4297177, www.frankenmuthtrees.com

Science Café: Spring Garden. April 14, 7 p.m. Admission $7. Dr. Vic Eichler, author of Morel Mushrooms in Michigan and Other Great Lakes States, will offer tips and tricks on where (exact locations will not be shared), when, and how to find areas to forage for morels. Midland Center for the Arts, Midland; 989-631-8250, www.mcfta.org Kids and Culture. April 16, May 21, June 18, and July 15, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Free admission. Opportunity to visit a cultural organization each third Saturday. April: Central Michigan University Museum of Cultural and Natural History; May: Veterans Memorial; June: Mt. Pleasant Discovery Museum; and July: Ziibiwing Center. Art Reach of Mid Michigan, Mt Pleasant, 989773-3689, www.artreachcenter.org Earth Day. April 23. Cost $7. Plant trees and flowers in the brand-new, outdoor exhibit space, plus crafts, games, and snacks. Mt Pleasant Discovery Museum, Mt Pleasant; 989-317-3221, www.mpdiscoverymuseum.org Go Wild! Celebrate Earth Day at the Zoo. April 23, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Admission. Games and activities with a focus on protecting our Earth. Children’s Zoo at Celebration Square, Saginaw; 989-759-1408, www.saginawzoo.com Wetland Wake-Up Day. April 23. Get ready for spring with fun, family-focused activities; construct a migratory bird kite and enter it in the Kite Fly-Up, plus guides, hikes, building butterfly houses, and more. Bay City State Recreation Area, Bay City; 989-667-0717, www.friendsofpark.org Tea with Fairies and Dragons. April 30, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. and 2 – 4 p.m. Cost $12/$10 members. An event filled with magic. Dress up as fairies or dragons and enjoy tea, light

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Endangered Species Day at Children’s Zoo. May 21, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Admission fee. People of all ages can learn about the importance of protecting endangered plants and animals, along with what actions can be taken to help preserve the future of these species. Children’s Zoo at Celebration Square, Saginaw; 989-759-1408, www. saginawzoo.com Fireworks Loontaculars. May 21, June 4, June 18, July 2, July 9, July 22, July 23, and July 30. Admission. Enjoy a free fireworks show after these home Loons games. Dow Diamond, Midland; 989-837-2255, www. loons.com Friday FUN Nights. Fridays, May 27; June 3, 10, 17, and 24; and July 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29, 6 – 9 p.m. Free event. Weekly entertainment in downtown Frankenmuth. www.frankenmuth.org Tour de Frankenmuth 2015. May 28 – 29, 8 a.m. Das Tour de Frankenmuth Race, bike expo, and Grand Fondo di Thumb. Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth, Frankenmuth; 800-8637999, www.tourdefrankenmuth.com Junction Valley Railroad Train Rides. May 28 – September 5: Tuesday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. Last train leaves 30 minutes prior to closing. Tickets $7.25/$7 seniors/$6.25 children. Junction Valley Railroad, Bridgeport; 989-777-3480, www. jvrailroad.com Memorial Day Parade. May 30, 11 a.m. Annual parade along South Washington Avenue to the Saginaw County Veterans Memorial Plaza at Hoyt Park. Saginaw; 989753-9168, www.prideinsaginaw.org

Great Lakes Bay Animal Society: Bark in the Park Night. June 3. Pooches welcome. Performances by K-9 Crew Frisbee dog team; pre-game best in show. Dow Diamond, Midland; www.glbas.org World Oceans Day. June 11, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Admission. Fun activities, giveaways, and shows: “Healthy oceans, healthy planet.” Children’s Zoo at Celebration Square, Saginaw, 989-759-1408, www.saginawzoo.com Riverdays. July 15 – 16, 7 a.m. – 10:30 p.m. Free admission. Riverboat rides, live entertainment, family and kids’ activities, mud volleyball tournament, great food, beer and wine tastings, and more. Chippewassee Park, Midland; 989-839-9661, www. midlandriverdays.com Cass River Colonial Encampment. July 16 – 17, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Free admission. 18th century encampment. Historical and battle re-enactments, musket firing, tour military camps, and more. Frankenmuth River Place Shops, Frankenmuth; 800-600-0105, www. frankenmuthriverplace.com Dog Days of Summer. June 17, July 8, and July 22, 6:30 – 8 p.m. Fun for humans and four-legged friends. June 17: Intro to GLBAS; July 8: Ask a Vet; July 22: Bones and Cones (one free ice cream per person and pet). Imerman Dog Park, Saginaw Township; www. glbas.org Mid-Michigan Children’s Museum: 3rd Annual Day with Dad. Date TBD. Admission price includes a pancake brunch from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., all-day admission to the museum, one free raffle ticket for hourly raffles (additional raffle tickets available for purchase), entertainment, and fun activities throughout the day. Every child leaves with a prize. Mid-Michigan’s Children’s Museum, Saginaw; 989-399-6626, www. michildrensmuseum.com Father’s Day at the Zoo. June 19, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Dads and members receive free admission. Enjoy special crafts and a day with dad at the zoo. Children’s Zoo at Celebration Square, Saginaw; 989-759-1408, www.saginawzoo.com Antique Fire Muster. July 29, 2 – 8 p.m., and July 30, starting at 8 a.m. Free admission. Parade on July 30 at 11 a.m. Antique fire truck displays and pumping events. Heritage Park, Frankenmuth; 989-652-6106, www. gliafaa.org Birds, Bugs, Butterflies, and Blooms. July 30, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Admission fee. Special garden day with presentations and activities. Vote for your favorite adopt-agarden, too. Children’s Zoo at Celebration Square, Saginaw; 989-759-1408, www. saginawzoo.com


Bay City River Roar. Date TBD. Free admission. Professional powerboat racing along the Saginaw River. Visit the Kid Zone for fun and entertainment for kids of all ages, plus carnival rides and attractions. Veterans Memorial Park, Bay City; 989-684-8500, www.riverroar.com. Dow Gardens Summer Outdoor Movies. Dates TBD. Admission fee. Outdoor movies on an inflatable screen in Dow Gardens. Bring a chair, blanket, and snacks. Dow Gardens, Midland; 800-362-4874, www. dowgardens.org Family Ecology Sail. Dates TBD. Tickets $35/$20 children. Learn about the Saginaw Bay ecosystems aboard the Appledore IV. Hands-on experience in weather, navigation, water quality, and more. Snacks and juice/ water included. Bay Sail, Wenonah Park, Bay City; 989-895-5193, www.baysailbaycity.org Civil War Re-enactment Day. Dates TBD. Explore the battlefield of Civil War soldiers, re-enactors, music, demonstrations, games, a working blacksmith shop, and handson activities for all ages. Midland County Historical Society, Midland Center for the Arts, Midland; 989-631-8250, www.mcfta.org

Charity 12th Annual Bringin’ Back the ’80s Festival. April 22 – 23, 6 p.m. – 12 a.m. Fee $10. Pay tribute to the music, trends, and events of the 1980s. Enjoy outrageous cover bands, a best-dressed contest, breakdancing shows, and more. Proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society and other cancerrelated causes. Harvey Kern Pavilion in Heritage Park, Frankenmuth; 989-652-8008, www.80sfest.org Party on McCarty. June 9 and 23, July 21 and 28, and August 11 and 25, 4 p.m. Entertainment begins at 5:30 p.m. Free event/$5 parking donation. Live entertainment, food vendors, and a beer and wine tent. Bring seating. Saginaw Township Soccer Association, Saginaw Township; 989295-1945, www.saginawsoccer.org Valley Aero Club: Father’s Day Breakfast. June 19, 7 a.m. – 12 p.m. Admission free; fee for breakfast and plane rides. Plane rides, raffle, kids train rides, classic cars, and motorcycles. Proceeds benefit the airport. James Clements Airport, Bay City; 989-684-3131 Community Village (an arm of Rescue Ministries of Mid-Michigan): Strawberry Festival. June 21, 3 – 8:30 p.m. Admission free/$5 signature strawberry shortcake. A family-fun event with live music, food tent, homemade baked goods, games, and prizes for children. Proceeds benefit activity funds for senior citizens of Community

Village. Grounds of Community Village, Saginaw Township; 989-792-5442, www. communityvillage.org Beach Wellness Day. June TBD. All-day fun in the sun. Volleyball teams compete on the shores of the Saginaw Bay, 5K and 10K walk and run, kids’ fun run, car show, music, and concessions. Proceeds benefit the park. Bay City State Recreation Area, Bay City; 989667-0717, www.friendsofpark.org Volksläufe (The People’s Race). July 3 – 4. Spaghetti dinner, live music, and fireworks on July 3. A 5, 10, and 20K run, 5K walk, and 2K youth run on July 4. Heritage Park, Frankenmuth; 800-386-8696, www.volkslaufe.org Frankenmudder. July 16, 7 a.m. registration. A three-mile, boot-camp-style mud run featuring challenging obstacles involving running, climbing, crawling, and swimming. Proceeds benefit Michigan’s Military and Space Heroes Museum. Frankenmuth; 989652-8005, www.frankenmudder.com CAN Council Great Lakes Bay Region: 4th Annual Ducky Derby. Date TBD. Free admission. Family fun, inflatables, and children’s activities. Duck race down the Kawkawlin River for prizes. Proceeds benefit CAN Council child abuse prevention education programs and services for Saginaw and Bay counties. Behind Castaways Bar & Grille, Bay City; 989-671-1345 or 989-7527226, www.cancouncil.org

Expos Super Duper Garage Sale. April 2, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Admission $3. Over 150 garage sales in one room. Birch Run Expo Center, Birch Run; www.birchrunexpos.com Mid-Michigan Super Mom2Mom Sale. April 23, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Admission $3. Strollers welcome. Shop gently used baby/children’s clothing, toys, baby gear, furniture, and maternity clothing—all at garage sale-style prices. Birch Run Expo Center, Birch Run; 989-624-4665, www.birchrunexpos.com Scholastic Book Fair. May 3, 12 – 7 p.m.; May 4, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; and May 5, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Free admission. Find the perfect books to read together. Birch Run Expo Center, Birch Run; 989-624-4665, www. birchrunexpos.com

Festivals Shepherd Maple Syrup Festival. April 22 – 24. Adult meals $5/$3 ages 5 – 12/free for younger than 5. Family-oriented festival with famous pancakes, sausage, and homemade maple syrup. Other activities include

amusement rides, laser tag, queen pageant, arts and crafts, tractor pulls, bingo, and more. Village of Shepherd, 989-828-6486; www. shepherdmaplesyrupfest.org Sale Fest. May 19 – 20, 9 a.m. Communitywide garage sales. Maps available at McDonald’s restaurant, Frankenmuth, or the Frankenmuth Chamber of Commerce. Around Frankenmuth; 989-652-6106, www. frankenmuth.org Balloons over Bavaria at Frankenmuth River Place Shops. May 27 – 29. Free admission. Balloon launches, including balloon glow events each evening at River Place field, and family-friendly activities. Frankenmuth River Place Shops, Frankenmuth; 989-652-7200, www. michiganfairsandfestivals.com Frankenmuth River Place Dog Bowl. May 28 – 29, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Free admission. A high energy event that showcases dogs running, jumping, diving, and retrieving! Best costume contest, fashion show, disc dog competitions, and more. Frankenmuth River Place Shops, Frankenmuth; 800-600-0105, www.dogbowlfun.com Summer Art Fair. June 4 – 5, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Free admission. Features works of over 100 artists along with food vendors, street musicians, artist demonstrations, and a children’s activity corner. Midland Center for the Arts, Midland; 800-523-7649, www.mcfta.org Frankenmuth Bavarian Festival. June 9 – 12. Admission fee/free on Sunday. Sing and dance to Bavarian music played by costumed German bands. Taste hearty Bavarian foods, including plump bratwurst, barbecued chicken, and homemade pretzels. Harvey Kern Pavilion, Heritage Park, Frankenmuth; 877-879-8919, www.bavarianfestival.org 6th Annual Bridgeport Bridge Fest. June 9 – 12. Free admission. Parade, old-time car show, carnival, live music and entertainment tents, and more. Downtown Bridgeport; 989777-6831, www.bridgefestmi.com Free Fishing Festival. June 11. Family fishing derby, youth fishing clinic, kids’ “kasting contest,” Michigan fisheries exhibits and presentations, crafts, and water safety. Designed to get your family hooked on fishing. Bay City State Recreation Area, Bay City; 989-667-0717, www.friendsofpark.org Bay City Fireworks Festival. June 30 and July 1 – 2. Veterans Memorial Park daily admission $1/$5 Wenonah Park. Fireworks display each of the first two nights, with the largest displays on the third grand finale night. Carnival midway, dozens of vendors, and local and regional entertainment in Wenonah Park right up until the fireworks begin. Bay City; 989-892-2264, www.baycityfireworksfest.net

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FAMILY FUN ACTIVITY GUIDE April - July 2016 Greek Festival. June dates TBD. Free admission. Enjoy Greek food and pastries, music, dancing, vendors, and much more. St Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, Saginaw Township; 989-793-8822 Tall Ship Celebration: Bay City. July 14 – 17, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Family-oriented maritime festival; majestic tall ships for boarding, music, and memorable experiences. Wenonah Park, Bay City; 989-895-5193, www.tallshipcelebration.com Munger Potato Festival. July 26 – July 31. Family-fun activities, with figure-eight derby, live music, carnival, and infamous potato bratwurst. 50 E Munger Rd, Munger; 989274-3813, www.mungerpotatofest.com Annual Saginaw Chippewa Tribal National Pow-Wow. Dates TBD. Native American dancing, singing, food, and crafts. Saginaw Chippewa Campground, Mt Pleasant; 989775-4000, www.sagchip.org Auburn Cornfest. Dates TBA. Auburn; 989662-4001, www.auburncornfest.org Chesaning Showboat Music Festival. Dates TBD. Michigan’s oldest music festival features family fun and entertainment for young, old, and in-between. Chesaning Showboat Amphitheater, Chesaning; 989845-3055, www.gobop.com KCQ Free Country Music Fest. Date TBD. Free event. Featuring some of country music’s hottest stars out of Nashville. Ojibway Island, Saginaw; 989-752-8161, www.98fmkcq.com Mount Pleasant Annual Summer Festival. Date TBD. Outdoor festival with live music, carnival, children’s parade, fireworks, food and beverage pavilion, vendors, and raffles. Classic car show on Sunday. Mt Pleasant; 989-773-3378, www.mtpleasantwow.com Saginaw Bay Waterfowl Festival. Dates TBD. Free admission. Michigan’s state championship duck- and goose-calling tournament, waterfowl stamp collection, arts and crafts show, carvings, parent-youths canoe race, dog retrieving, and more. Bay City State Recreation Area, Bay City; 989667-0717, www.friendsofpark.org

Music, Theater & Film Tunes by the Tridge. Thursdays, June – August, 7 – 9 p.m. Free event. Families bring blankets and lawn chairs to this 10week concert series, and spend Thursday evenings listening to great music near the Tridge. City of Midland Parks and Recreation, downtown Midland; 989-837-6930, www. downtownmidland.com

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Concert in the Park Series. Wednesdays, June – August, 7 p.m. Series of free concerts in the park. Tittabawassee Township Park, Freeland; 989-695-9512, www.tittabawassee.org Fridays at the Falls. Fridays, July – August, dates TBD. Free admission. Weather permitting. Third Street Waterfall Park, Bay City; 989-893-3573, www.downtownbaycity.com PRIDE Friday Night Live Concerts. Friday nights, July – August. Free concert series; music changes weekly from blues to rock ’n’ roll to oldies. Children’s games, food vendors, and adult refreshments. Morley Plaza, Saginaw; 989-753-9168, www.prideinsaginaw.org Lawn Chair Film Festival. Sundays, July – August, dusk. Free. Bring lawn chairs or blankets and pack snacks to enjoy classics to kid movies and live music, too. Old Town Saginaw; www.lawnchairfilmfestival.org Men of Music Spring Show. April 1, 8 p.m., and April 2, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Tickets $15. The Men of Music tickle funny bones with costumed skits; wholesome fun for the entire family. Midland Center for the Arts, Midland; 989-631-8250, www.mcfta.org The Legend of Sleepy Hollow Performance. April 6 – 7, 7:30 p.m., April 7 – 8, 10 a.m., and April 9, 3 p.m. Admission $13/$10 seniors and students. Washington Irving’s tale of Ichabod Crane, Katrina Van Tassel, and Brom Bones; great family entertainment. Malcolm Field Theatre, Saginaw Valley State University, University Center; 989-964-4261, www. svsu.edu/theatre Stunt Dog Experience. April 17, 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Admission $18 – $24/$12 – $16 students. Chris Perondi, the Stunt Dog Guy, and his famous stunt dogs; air stunts, dancing dogs, pole racing, high-jumping, juggling, and more. Midland Center for the Arts, Midland; 989-631-8250, www.mcfta.org Center Stage Youth Choirs Spring Show. April 27, 7 p.m. Tickets $8. Over 100 enthusiastic youths perform in this one-hour concert showcasing talented local performers. Midland Center for the Arts, Midland; 989631-8250, www.mcfta.org

Theatre of Bay City, Bay City; 989-892-2660, www.statetheatrebaycity.com Saginaw Choral Society: The Wizard of Oz in Concert. May 14, 8 p.m. Admission. Revisit the classic as Dorothy and Toto visit the wonderment of Oz, learning that there’s no place like home. Temple Theatre, Saginaw; 989-754-7469, www. templetheatre.com Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. May 23, 7:30 p.m. Admission $32 – $64.50. The smash Broadway hit, live in Saginaw. Dow Event Center, Saginaw; 989-759-1320, www. doweventcenter.com James and the Giant Peach. June 16 – 18, 7:30 p.m., and June 18 – 19, 3 p.m. Tickets $12/$8 students. Join James and his insect friends on an amazing adventure; hilarious story by children’s author Roald Dahl. Midland Center for the Arts, Midland; 989-631-8250, www.mcfta.org Young People’s Summer Series. Dates TBD. Free admission. A series of concerts for the young and young-at-heart throughout the summer months at Wenonah Park. Wenonah Park, Bay City; 989-893-0343, www. bayartscouncil.org Wednesdays in the Park. Dates TBD. A series of free, outdoor concerts throughout the summer months at Wenonah Park. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy everything from classical concerts to tribute bands. Wenonah Park, Bay City; 989-893-0343, www.bayartscouncil.org

Nature Spring Exploration Days. Through April 4. Monday – Saturday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Sundays and holidays, 12 – 5 p.m. Free admission. All ages; younger than 18 with adult. Enjoy spring break from school at this indoor program that includes a variety of self-guided, hands-on exploration stations. Experiments, fun facts, crafts, and scavenger hunts. Chippewa Nature Center, Midland; 989631-0830, www.chippewanaturecenter.org

Moscow Festival Ballet: Cinderella. April 30, 7:30 p.m. Admission $25 – $60. Cinderella brought to life through majestic costumes, stunning choreography, and a magical stage; classic fairy tale for all ages. Temple Theatre, Saginaw; 877-754-7469, www.templetheatre.com

Spring Wildflower Walk. May 1, 2 – 3 p.m., and May 7, 2 – 3:30 p.m. Free. All ages; younger than 18 with adult. Walk the Beech Maple Woods in search of Dutchman’s beeches, trout lily, cut-leaved toothwort, spring beauty and many others. Meet at the big red oak by the Sugarhouse. Chippewa Nature Center, Midland; 989-631-0830, www. chippewanaturecenter.org

The Friends of Celtic Culture Presents: The Young Dubliners. May 14, 7:30 p.m. Admission $20. Come and experience the sound commonly called “Celtic Rock.” State

Morning Bird Walk. May 6, 13, and 20, 8 – 10 a.m. Free. Ages 9 and older; younger than 18 with adult. A morning of birding for beginner and experienced birders alike.


Loaner binoculars are available. Chippewa Nature Center, Midland; 989-631-0830, www. chippewanaturecenter.org

are adapted to survive. Chippewa Nature Center, Midland; 989-631-0830, www. chippewanaturecenter.org

Got Invasives? Identification and Control of Invasive Exotic Plants Workshop. May 10, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Free. Ages 15 and older; younger than 18 with adult. Gold cart excursion; learn to identify invasive exotic plants techniques to get rid of them. Preregister to reserve; limited spots available. Chippewa Nature Center, Midland; 989-6310830, www.chippewanaturecenter.org

Celebrating the Full Moon and Summer Solstice. June 20, 6 – 8 p.m. Free. All ages; younger than 18 with adult. The Summer Solstice marks the longest day of the year and happens to be a full moon. Celebrate the first day of summer with live music, sing-alongs, s’mores around a campfire, and moon gazing. Chippewa Nature Center, Midland; 989-631-0830, www. chippewanaturecenter.org

Native Plant Sale. May 27, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m., and May 28, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.; CNC member preview May 26, 12 – 7 p.m. Learn benefits of native plant gardening; plants available for immediate purchase. Chippewa Nature Center, Midland; 989-631-0830, www. chippewanaturecenter.org Homestead Sundays. May 29 – September 4, every Sunday, 1 – 5 p.m. Free. All ages; younger than 18 with adult. Take a break from your busy schedule and enjoy a peaceful afternoon at the Homestead Farm. Kids of all ages can help with chores, play traditional games, and visit the farm animals. Chippewa Nature Center, Midland; 989-631-0830, www. chippewanaturecenter.org The Great Nature Race: Going Geocaching. June 4, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. All ages; younger than 18 with adult. Search CNC property on National Trails Day in search of geocaches and/or learn how. Coordinates provided. Chippewa Nature Center, Midland; 989-631-0830, www. chippewanaturecenter.org Crank & Pulley: Simple Machines on the Farm. June 5, 2 – 4 p.m. Free. All ages; younger than 18 with adult. Learn how simple machines make life easier on the Homestead Farm. Hands-on activities. Chippewa Nature Center, Midland; 989-631-0830, www. chippewanaturecenter.org A Loon’s Life. June 12, 2 – 3 p.m. Free. All ages; younger than 18 with adult. Play games and learn where loons live, what they eat, what sounds they make, and how they

Summer Exploration Days. June 22 – August 29, Monday – Saturday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Sundays and holidays, 12 – 5 p.m. Free. All ages; younger than 18 with adult. Self-guided, indoor program with a variety of hands-on exploration stations. Themes change bi-weekly. June 22 – July 4: Forest Fun; July 6 –18: Space & the Night Sky; July 20 – August 1: Taking Care of Planet Earth; Aug 3 – 15: Wildflowers; and August 17 – 29: Nature’s Weather. Chippewa Nature Center, Midland; 989-6310830, www.chippewanaturecenter.org Wednesday Wanderings: Important Pollinators. June 22, 2 – 3:30 p.m. Free. All ages; younger than 18 with adult. Search for native bees, bumble bees, beetles, and butterflies. Meet at the Chippewa Trail pavilion. Chippewa Nature Center, Midland; 989-6310830, www.chippewanaturecenter.org Chippewa Nature Center’s 50th Anniversary Celebration. June 25. Free. All ages; younger than 18 with adult. Naturalistled walks, family friendly fun, music, crafts, games, and cake from 1 – 4 p.m.; commemorative tree planting at 4:15 p.m. Chippewa Nature Center, Midland; 989-6310830, www.chippewanaturecenter.org Flickering Fireflies. June 30, 9 – 10 p.m. Free. Ages 9 and older; younger than 18 with adult. Catch fireflies and observe flickering light patterns. These bioluminescent insects (which are actually a beetle) rise up from fields and woods just after dark. Meet at the Chippewa Trail pavilion; bring a

flashlight. Chippewa Nature Center, Midland; 989-631-0830, www.chippewanaturecenter.org Butterfly Count. July 9, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Free. All ages; younger than 18 with adult. A tradition since 1988, up to 38 species have been counted in one day, adding a new species almost every year. Beginner and experienced lepidopterists are invited to spend a few hours or the whole day walking CNC’s property, recording butterflies. Offtrail—wear long pants and sleeves. Contact Jeanne Henderson at (989) 631-0830 by July 7 to be put on the list of participants. Chippewa Nature Center, Midland; 989-6310830, www.chippewanaturecenter.org Families in Nature: River Ramble. July 9, 1 – 2 p.m. Free. All ages; younger than 18 with adult. Monthly series: There’s no better way to enjoy time outdoors than as a family. Explore what lives in the river. Bring water shoes and clothes that can get wet. Life jackets provided. Chippewa Nature Center, Midland; 989-631-0830, www. chippewanaturecenter.org Turtle Time. July 23, 1 – 2 p.m. Free. All ages; younger than 18 with adult. Visit CNC’s Eastern box turtle and learn about other Michigan turtles. If the weather is nice, we’ll get some fresh air outside the Visitor Center. Chippewa Nature Center, Midland; 989-631-0830, www. chippewanaturecenter.org Wed Wanderings: Frogs and Pollywogs. July 27, 2 – 3:30 p.m. Free. All ages welcome; younger than 18 with adult. Grab your mud boots for an afternoon at the pond to learn about frogs. Meet at the Visitor Center. Chippewa Nature Center, Midland; 989-631-0830, www. chippewanaturecenter.org Butterfly Walk. July 31, 2 – 3:30 p.m. Free. All ages; younger than 18 with adult. Observe and learn how to use an aerial net to catch butterflies before setting them free. Meet at the Visitor Center; nets and bug boxes available. Chippewa Nature Center, Midland; 989-631-0830, www. chippewanaturecenter.org


cooking with kids

GRILLED MAHIMAHI WITH AVOCADOLIME SALSA Spring into springtime with a bounty of flavors

BY ANDY BACIGALUPO PHOTOS BY DOUG JULIAN

The catch of the sea and the yield of the garden come to your table in an exotic dish inspired by the sun and the season.

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Preheat grill to high heat.

4 mahimahi fillets, 6 to 8 ounces each

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For salsa, in stainless steel bowl, thoroughly combine red onion, black beans, red peppers, tomatoes, cilantro, lime juice, and 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil.

4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided in half Salt and pepper to taste ½ cup red onion, finely diced ½ cup canned black beans, rinsed and drained ¼ cup red peppers, finely diced 1 cup tomatoes, peeled, seeded, and finely diced ½ cup cilantro leaves, finely chopped 1 tablespoon lime juice 2 cups perfectly ripe avocado, peeled and diced in ¼ inch cubes

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Brush mahimahi fillets lightly with 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil on both sides and season with salt and pepper to taste. Let sit for 10 minutes.

Gently fold avocado cubes into salsa mixture. Set aside. Grill mahimahi for 3 to 4 minutes on each side. Place mahimahi on plates and top each fillet with 3 tablespoons of salsa. ANDY BACIGALUPO

is the culinary arts instructor at Midland’s Windover High School. He has been featured on The Dr. Oz Show and the Cooking Channel, and has worked with The White House and Michelle Obama on her Chefs Move! to Schools program.


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