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In the Valley Vol. 2, Issue 8 • June 2014

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Sales

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Writers

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April Collini Teresa Martin Amanda Powers Rachel Robinson

Photographers Jessica Farmer Amanda Robinson We welcome reader comments, submissions and the support of advertisers. We reserve the right to refuse or edit any materials submitted to us that we deem inappropriate for our audience. Please include a self addressed stamped envelope with any submission to be returned. We do not accept responsiblity for unsolicited materials. Growing Up In the Valley and Growingupinthevalley. com are published by MoFat Publishing. Growing Up In the Valley is published monthly. The views and the opinions expressed by the writers and advertisers do not necessarily represnt those of Growing Up In the Valley, it’s staff or contributors. The information presented here is for informational purposes only and although every effort has been made to present accurate information, we do not in any way accept responsibility for the accuracy of, or consequences from the use of this information or for the businesses and organizations presented herein. We urge all parents to confirm any information given herein and consult with a doctor or an appropriate professional concerning any information or question. No portion of this publication may be reproduced in part or in whole without the express written consent of the publisher.

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Proud to be Part of Your Family Since 2012! Summer is here! The pools are open, the thermometer is rising and the schools are closed. It is is time to create memories that will last a lifetime! There are so many amazing things to do around the valley this summer and this issue’s calendar is LOADED with choices for you and your family, many of these events are free as well! Check out the calendar in this issue and check it out online as well at growingupinthevalley.com for up to date info. Speaking of events, we are pleased to introduce our largest event of the year, the ONLY fundraiser in the area for educators, the Run for Education! The Run for Education is a way for local schools and PTAs to raise money by simply having fun and exercising! 100% of the profits of this event will go back to the schools who participate! With each entry the school gets, the school earns money! To top it off, the schools that register the most runners will win BIG prizes.

Anika, Andrea and Evelyn with the new family dog, Chloe.

As we have said before, community and education are the biggest concerns for the staff here at Growing Up In the Valley. We want to make a difference in the lives of all local students and teachers. We cannot wait to spend the day with all of you on November 1st! We have another great event starting this month; Crafts, Cupcakes and Cartoons! On the first, third and fourth Saturdays in June and July, come by the Grandin Theater for free cartoons at 10 AM. Afterwards, come next door to Viva La Cupcake for a free cupcake (1st 100 kids) and a great free craft courtesy of Growing Up In the Valley! Free Summer Fun - you can’t beat that! - The Eagan Family Andrea, Josh, Anika and Evelyn


Stars of the Valley

9 Flutter Fave Winners

2 months and thousands of votes and we finally have the winners of our parent’s choice awards for the Roanoke Valley!

Family Fun

6Crafty Corner

Blow some mega bubbles with our secret recipe!

Kidz Corner

41The Adventures

of Flat Flutter

43Flutter &

Woolie’s Zoo Adventures

on the cover:

Johnathan Wayne Looney Photo by: Tracy Fisher

Education Station

7Educate! - Just Say No!

Family Living

26Mommy Files 22Practically Perfect Parenting

We Love Momtrepenurs: a feature on two local moms who created an new online business.

The Guide

28 C-App-tivating

Five new MUST HAVE apps for the summer.

20 Media Mommy

Reviews on the latests movies and books

31 Family Calendar

Summer is starting with a bang- check out our LARGEST calendar yet!

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23 Kids Eat Free

Find out all the details where kids dine for free

18 Grocery Index

Know exactly where to get the cheapest groceries!


Education Station

Just say NO!

by: Katie Lewis

When I was growing up, I very rarely asked for things in the check-out line at the grocery story. I’m sure I wasn’t always so obedient, but rather this was a behavior embedded in me by my mom and dad simply by telling me no. As an adolescent, I even became annoyed by a trio of siblings I frequently hung around, who constantly begged for things and seemed to get whatever they asked for. I had a wonderful childhood with plenty of treats, toys, and affection and maybe even an occasional pack of Fruit Stripes gum from the check-out. And guess what? I managed to survive. In fact, I think I am a little better off because of it. So thank you,

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mom and dad, for saying no. I have continued to be somewhat annoyed by children, once they hit a certain age anyway, who beg for things at the check-out counter. I have, meanwhile, tried, and for the most part succeeded, in instilling an appreciative and non-greedy nature into my son. I said no a lot when he was little, and he learned from that. He, like me, managed to survive this horrid feat. In fact, I’m proud of that and hope he carries on this small, but powerful, parenting tool. So, why say no to our children? It seems obvious, yet so many people give in because it’s easier or

because they don’t want their child to go without. Well, guess what? Parenting isn’t supposed to be easy and I promise your child can live without the things he or she HAS to have. As a teacher, I work with kids on a regular basis who have nicer cars than I do. Their gas and car insurance are paid for by their parents. Some have new outfits every week. They have bank accounts full of their parent’s money. I wonder if their parents ever say no. Many of them are nice, well-mannered kids, so chances are, they have heard the word at least on occasion. Then there are others about


Education Station whom I wonder. These are the kids that are taken aback if I tell them they can’t switch seats, get some water, or go to the bathroom. How dare I tell them no? In response, I would ask, how dare I say yes all of the time? No is such a powerful word, and I am an English teacher after all. But what is it that makes the word no so powerful? No teaches responsibility. Children learn the value of money if they have to use a little of theirs on occasion. Saying no may give them a desire to save. Saying no reminds them to more fully consider the decisions and options. It helps children escape our fast-paced, get it now culture. No teaches appreciation. If children get everything they want, whenever they want it, very few things will have value and meaning. If we don’t give in, then suddenly we have a means of

rewarding our kids or just surprising them with an occasional opportunity to pick out a treat. No teaches your children who is in control. If you give them something every time they ask, then they suddenly have power over you. This may seem extreme, but I ultimately think this is why so many young people today are disrespectful to adults. They think they should get what they want, whenever they want it. This doesn’t just apply to material possession either. We can tell our kids no on any occasion. There doesn’t have to be a major reason. We can tell them they can’t spend the night out simply because we would rather spend time with them. Or we can tell them they can’t do something simply because we are too tired to take them. It’s these types of situations with which I person-

ally tend to struggle more. One of my friends told me she felt guilty the other day for telling her daughter that she wouldn’t swim with her. Her reasoning: the water was freezing. I think that’s valid. Encouraging her child to go find other kids to play with is simply helping her grow. Look at it this way, practicing saying no now is simply preparing you for those teenage years. The more you say it now, the easier it will be on both you and your child in the future. Can I go to that party? No. Can I stay out past curfew? No. Can I drive to the beach this weekend? No. Your kids might pretend they hate you for the moment, but they’ll get over it. Instill values that your kids can pass on. Say no so that yes becomes more meaningful.

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Family Fun

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Bubbles! What kid doesn’t love chasing after rainbow colored bubbles on a summer day? Use our mega bubble recipe for the best bubbles you’ve ever seen! Our bubble testers loved the homemade pipe cleaner bubble wands. Simply loop a pipe cleaner in half, holding the ends together with pony beads, creating a perfect mini size bubble wand. Recipe: 6 cups warm water 1

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Best Preschool:

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Bonsack Baptist W.E.E.C.

(Weekday Early Education Center) is a state-licensed Christian preschool here in the Roanoke Valley. Having been in the preschool business for over 27 years, they have the experience and education necessary to nurture your child’s development and ensure their readiness for kindergarten. What exactly does it mean to be a state-licensed preschool? Well, for you as a parent, it means an increased sense of assurance that your child is safe in their hands. A state-licensed institution is subject to inspections at any time, which look at child safety records, accountability, and health records. Every

teacher at WEEC is certified in first aid and child/infant CPR, and everyone on the staff is required to obtain 32 hours of additional training a year, plus background checks through the Department of Social Services and the VA State Police. Additionally, the staff is trained in emergency response in case of a serious threat or natural disaster, and in medicine administration for children with health concerns or special needs. WEEC also has annual health and fire inspections. Their curriculum is one that is developmentally appropriate and endorsed by Early Childhood Education professionals, and their approach focuses on the use of learning

centers: light tables, water tables, home living area, painting, blocks, etc. These centers are used in classrooms on a daily basis and encourage a hands-on learning process. WEEC’s philosophy is that each child is a unique individual who learns differently, and at his or her own speed. Healthy snacks are also provided and there are two teachers in every classroom, so you can be sure your child is getting the attention and help he needs. WEEC is also a proud participant in Smart Beginnings and in the VA Star Quality Initiative. For more information, or to get your child’s enrollment process started, visit www.bonsackpreschool.com.

Best Dessert Shop:

SweetFrog Frozen Yogurt

Dessert is peanut butter supreme frozen

yogurt with Reese’s pieces and gooey hot fudge for the kids. Mom opts for nonfat country vanilla topped with fresh blackberries and raspberries. The possible dessert concoctions are vast -- with 84 rotating frozen yogurt and sorbet flavors and more than 60 fresh fruit, cookie and candy toppings. SweetFrog, with two Roanoke locations, has something for everyone, so it is no surprise the frozen yogurt eatery garnered the top votes for the favorite dessert shop. The Richmond-based chain launched in 2009 and today has 344 stores in 26 states, plus international locations in the United Kingdom and the Dominican Republic, according to Social Media/ PR Associate James Denison. Mary Katherine Mullins of Botetourt County said SweetFrog is a favorite for her family. “We loved going to Sweet Frog in Richmond

before we got them here,” Mullins said. The Mullins family often take a trip to SweetFrog to reward Gabby, 10, and Sawyer, 9, for good behavior or other accomplishments. “The kids love [sweetFrog],” Mullins said. “[It is] fairly priced.” The loyalty program at the Towne Square location (1339 Towne Square Blvd.) is an added bonus. “If you get 10 punches, you get a free 12 ounce cup of yogurt,” said Trinee Sanders, the assistant manager. The Towne Square location is corporately operated. The location is open from noon to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from noon until 9:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. The Towers Mall franchise, located at 2015 Colonial Avenue, is owned by Steve Hillis. The location’s loyalty program is delivered by text message to your cell phone. Tap your phone number into a tablet computer

at the cash register before you pay to sign up for offers. The Towers store’s summer hours are 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, and 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday. Both Roanoke locations are closed on Sundays, which likely has to do with the company’s Christian principles. Frog is an acronym for “Fully Rely On God,” according to the corporate website. SweetFrog was the second frozen yogurt shop to land in the Roanoke Valley; the Towers store opened in September 2011. At least four more frozen yogurt venues launched after Sweet Frog. Those four have since closed their doors, as did Roanoke’s first frozen yogurt shop. SweetFrog, with two Roanoke and one Smith Mountain Lake location, now dominates the Roanoke Valley’s self-serve frozen yogurt market. Continued on the following page


Best Date Night Restaurant:

Carrabba’s

For me, some of the best things about dining out on date night

are not having to cut the kids’ food or not leaving the table to walk with a fussy toddler. A relaxing ambience and delicious dinner – without the kids – is necessary from time to time in order to keep us sane and to recharge our relationships. Owner Jason Kroeger said the restaurant has hosted many first dates, anniversary celebrations, and marriage proposals since opening in 2006. The Roanoke restaurant is one of a dozen locations in Virginia, and the only location east of Winchester. Carrabba’s “is a great restaurant for dating,” Kroeger said. “We have private booths. The lighting is right, the music is right.” The menu includes a number of signature Italian appetizers and main dishes, including hand-breaded calamari; steamed mussels; chicken, sirloin, veal, or pork chop Marsala, Roman-style pizza; and fettuccine. Appetizers range in price from $6 to about $12. Dinner prices range from $10.50 for Margherita pizza to $28 for Filet Spiedino, which is center-cut tenderloin served with shrimp and scallops. Add a glass of wine for $6.50 and up. And, don’t forget the delicious desserts: cannoli, panna cotta, or tiramisu. If you are in a hurry to get home to relieve the babysitter, you can take dessert to go. Or if you are more industrious than me, the Carrabba’s web site contains several classic recipes, including the tiramisu that you can make and enjoy at home. The restaurant also offers some budget-friendly options. If your date night is flexible, consider dining on a Monday evening. “Amore Mondays” feature three-course meals for $12, $15, or $18. According to carrabbas.com, diners may choose a small appetizer or dessert, a cup of soup or a side salad, and a selected entrée. Also, be sure to check out carrabbas.com/coupon before you go. Carrabba’s at 4802 Valley View Boulevard opens everyday at 11 a.m. for lunch. The restaurant is open until 10 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 9 p.m. on Sundays. Of 16 Yelp reviews, Carraba’s scored 3.5 out of five stars. The most glowing review comes from an Arlington man, who wrote, “We have a short list of Roanoke restaurants my wife and I both love and this one is definitely on that list. For a chain, this is as ‘good as it gets!’”

Best Party Place:

Pump It Up P

ump It Up has become not just a kid favorite thanks to its fun factor, but a parent favorite too as it sets the industry standard for indoor inflatable safety. They serve Roanoke, Botetourt, Franklin, Bedford, and surrounding communities. Their specialty is private birthday parties, but they also host field trips, church groups, fundraisers, and other special events. And their staff takes care of everything! All you have to do is show up. And you don’t need to wait for a birthday party to enjoy their giant inflatables. Pump It Up offers Open Jumps most weekdays where kids anywhere can come jump at their leisure. This summer, they’re offering Family Jump Night every Monday night from May through August. At only $7.50 per child (adults play for free!), make Monday nights your family night with this affordable, healthy activity. Some of their Open Jumps also have age restrictions for your child’s protection. For instance, they have Summer Open Jump starting every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday this summer. Kids 6 and under jump in the morning; 10 and under in the afternoon. So you can bring your tot in the morning to escape the heat and still burn off energy, without worry of bigger kids running them over. Then on the first Friday of every month, Pump It Up hosts a Parents’ Night Out. Drop your kids off and head out for a date or just take a night off. They’ll watch them for you and even provide pizza so the kids come home worn out and fed. It’s only $20 per child and $15 for each sibling! Their Sensory Jump Night is held quarterly, on the third Tuesday of the month (the next one is in July!). Pump It Up has partnered with Autism Speaks to host this special event for children on the autism spectrum and their families. The assortment of giant inflatables gives the kids an opportunity to socialize, play sensory games, and allows them to practice their balance, coordination, and motor skills. The great thing about Pump It Up is that not only is it fun, but it’s good for you too! Jumping is a great way for kids to improve their cardiovascular health and burn off excess energy, and at Pump It Up they can do it in a safe, climate-controlled environment. Visit www.pumpitupparty.com/roanoke-va to learn more and to book your child’s next birthday party today!


Best Private School:

Roanoke Catholic School C & Community School Roanoke Catholic School is

a co-ed, college preparatory school dedicated to excellence in education and spiritual development. The original school was established in the fall of 1889, when two women opened a school in the parish hall of St. Andrew’s Catholic Church. Since then, RCS has grown to be home to 445 students and is separated into three divisions: Pre-K, Lower School (K-7), and Upper School (8-12). Because of the small class size and resulting low student-teacher ratio, students are able to receive the help and one-on-one attention they need. RCS is accredited by both the Virginia Catholic Educational Association and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Christian values and community service are key components of the mission statement, and with SAT scores higher than the national average, RCS seeks to instill a self-propelling love of learning that lasts throughout their students’ lives. A unique program offered at RCS is the National Parks Experience, which is a .5 credit class that focuses its curricu-

lum around one of our national parks (Yellowstone, Yosemite, Grand Canyon). The students learn about geology, ecology, history, and native cultures, and they also practice their outdoor skills with hiking trips along the Appalachian Trail. These trips prepare them for their expedition to the selected national park later in the year, in which they spend several days backpacking through and camping in the park. For many of the students, this program provides their first real exposure to the great outdoors, and sometimes even their first trip to the west side of the country. It is a life-changing, eye-opening adventure, as the students get to experience the wonder and beauty of nature firsthand. RCS also has many other extracurricular activities available, such as sports teams and an arts program. And if the tuition fees are something you’re worried about, there are scholarships available. To learn more about what RCS has to offer your child, or to see if your child would be eligible for any scholarships, visit their website at www.roanokecatholic.com

ommunity School was founded in 1971 and offers a unique, individualized learning experience for your child, much different from the standardized tests and one-sizefits-all mentality that is sometimes found in public school. It is an independent, nonprofit institution, and consists of pre-K through middle school. Their philosophy involves respecting each child’s individual learning styles and speeds, and encouraging their students’ involvement in their own education. They believe that children learn best when they are active participants in their education rather than passive recipients, and so Community School’s methods are meant to instill a love of learning, a self-motivated attitude toward schoolwork, and to nurture creative and analytical thinking skills. Technology, the arts, and a foreign language are all incorporated into the curriculum. Probably one of the most unique aspects of Community School’s program is the multiage classrooms. This creates a flexible environment where students can learn from one another, and fosters both individual achievement and teamwork skills. But what the Roanoke Valley

probably knows Community School best for is their annual fundraising Strawberry Festival. Held each year during the first weekend of May, the Strawberry Festival has been voted “Favorite Annual Festival” by readers of The Roanoker magazine and one of “Southwest Virginia’s Best Festivals” by Virginia Living. It attracts over 20,000 guests every year, and over 2400 volunteer hours go into producing this event. Most of the volunteers are family of the students and Community School staff, but many business and other organizations donate their time as well. This May the Festival celebrated its 34th year! Visit www.strawberryfestivalroanoke. com for more information, and find out how you can be a part of this delicious event. Though the popularity of Strawberry Festival has helped to keep tuition costs low, needbased financial aid is available. To see Community School is right for your family or if you qualify for assistance, visit www.communityschool.net.


Best Dentists: Coots, Cross, Lavinder, and Quinn Family & Cosmetic Dentistry D

octors Coots, Cross, Lavinder, and Quinn are an award winning team of dentists serving patients ages three and older. They provide all forms of general dentistry including cleanings, root canals, dental implants, and dentures. They also provide cosmetic dentistry such as veneers. This father, son, and team have been serving the valley since about 1980 and have proven their quality of service time and again, winning awards in the Roanoker magazine, Virginia Living, and of course Growing Up in the Valley. Dr. Coots III started the practice with a desire to provide quality care. Today they are excited to provide this very same service to each and every patient they see. They also strive to have a calm and relaxed atmosphere in both their office locations. All of the doctors have families of their own and understand the importance of making the experience as comfortable as possible. They have two offices to better serve our community. The main office is located on Electric Rd in Roanoke. You can reach them before five pm on weekdays at 540-989-1170. You can also visit them at their satellite office in Daleville. The doctors rotate between the two locations. You can also find more information on the doctors, their services, dental care, and setting up an appointment on their website- www.cwcfd.com. You can also find them on Facebook!

Best Orthodontist: Dr. Paul Kaiser D

octor Paul Kaiser was voted this year’s Flutter Fave for his affordable and quality orthodontics for the whole family. Dr. Kaiser is an orthodontic specialist who provides services to adults, teenagers, and children. He and his team strive to make you feel your best by helping to create the smile of your dreams. Even their office is designed to make you feel comfortable and relaxed. They do their best to help relieve the stress and nervousness that often comes when considering or receiving orthodontic procedures. They will help you through every step of the process, from picking the best options for you to providing payment plans with no interest. They also accept most forms of orthodontic insurance. The office is conveniently located on Peters Creek Road in Roanoke. You can schedule a free orthodontic consultation with Dr. Kaiser by calling his office at 540-362-1097. His office is open Monday through Thursday from 7:30 am to 4:30pm. You can also find more information on Dr. Kaiser’s services at his websitewww.kaiserorthodontics.com.


Best Doctor: Physicians to Children For over fifty-four years Physicians to Children has been

serving the children and teenagers of our community. Physicians to Children is a team of ten pediatricians and one nurse practitioner that strive to serve children and their families with respect and understanding. It was founded in 1957 by Dr. Andrew D. Shapiro with a vision to provide “comprehensive, compassionate and competent care for infants, children, adolescents, young adults and their families”. They were a founding member of the Child Health Investment Partnership of Roanoke Valley or CHiP. They have always strived to provide the very best care possible to each and every patient. They pride themselves on providing the most advanced and comprehensive healthcare to the infants, children and teenagers who are seen in their office. They are located on Highland Ave. in Roanoke with a satellite office at Smith Mountain Lake. You can contact their offices at 540-344-9213 between 8am and 5pm. They also provide extended hours for emergency services. Physicians to children also provides other forms of assistance in areas such as lactation services. You can get more information on that, as well as their pediatric and adolescent services on their website- physicianstochildren. com. Finding a good doctor with years of high quality experience is as simple as making a phone call!

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Best Family Restaurant:

Famous Anthony’s Famous Anthony’s, which opened its

first restaurant more than 25 years ago, now has seven convenient locations in the Roanoke Valley. Bonny Viar, Famous Anthony’s Vice

President of Operations, said the company is a family favorite for many reasons. The restaurant features a large lunch and dinner menu with over 100 items, including a variety of tasty salads and sandwiches, plus Bigger Better Burgers or entrees, such as the Surf & Turf Platter, for heartier appetites. The food is fresh, prepared quickly, and priced reasonably – and Famoys Anthony’s is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. “We feel, however, there is one special key ingredient that truly keeps our customers returning,” said Viar. “Our customers aren’t just customers, they’re a part of our

family.” Viar said the Famous Anthony’s employees get to know the customers and build relationships that extend beyond the restaurants and fosters a strong sense of community. “We’re more than just a restaurant. We’re family,” Viar said. Viar would know. Her stepfather, Tony Triplette, started the business in 1986 when he opened the location near Tanglewood Mall in southwest Roanoke County. Viar was 14 years old when she was hired as a dishwasher, and she worked in the restaurant until she went to college. She said she has been back with the company for 10 years. Famous Anthony’s offers many family-friendly specials, including: •Kids eat free with each adult meal purchase, Mondays 3 p.m. to close and Saturdays noon to close. •99 cents hamburgers and hotdogs, Tuesdays 5 p.m. to close. •All you can eat spaghetti, Sundays noon to close.

SUMMER CAMPIN’’’ IN THE CITY Let’s put the memories of Old Man Winter behind us and start thinking about summer sun and fun. Our parks and recreation staff has an exciting collection of sports, outdoor and learning camps that will get your youngster’s mind and body active throughout the summer. Let your kid explore the globe with our unique Continental Kids Camp that will navigate children through different cultures and countries from around the world. For more info on this and many other summer camp opportunities, call (540) 853-2236 or visit PlayRoanoke.com/CAMPS.

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Best Sports Facility:

YMCA of Roanoke Valley What sets the YMCA apart

from other places like it? Marketing Director Kim Bratic says it’s the organization’s ability to evolve in order to meet the needs of the people it serves. “The Y” has developed childcare, health, fitness, and service programs that strengthen the community in various ways. Bratic speaks on the resources The Y has to offer. “We have a saying here that goes “If you’ve seen one Y, you’ve seen one Y. We are absolutely blessed to have state of the art facilities and exercise equipment here in the Roanoke area.” The Roanoke YMCA especially emphasizes youth development through their camp, childcare, education, leadership, swim, sports, and play programs. The organization is the largest after school childcare provider in the Valley. They serve schools in Roanoke, Salem, and Botetourt County. Through day camps, Roanoke kids receive free and reduced USDA approved meals during the summer. Many teens take part in YMCA activities like tutoring and mentoring younger children who attend camps. This volunteer experience helps older youth gain valuable leadership skills while giving back to the community. Bratic explains that when new visitors come to the Y she often hears them say, “I had no idea that the Y did that!” “We do everything from swim lessons to sports to recreation and play,” Kim continues. “We even have classes where we teach kids how to cook healthy food.” The Kirk YMCA has developed a program with Roanoke City Schools through which students can receive physical education credits as they work out at the facility. These students get an opportunity to try various wellness programs and classes, including yoga, Zumba and basketball. They get a taste of each healthy living activity which broadens their horizons while keeping them active and engaged. This option enables

some students to use the school day to take other academic classes. Healthy living is another key focus at the Y, and includes family time, health, and fitness programs. Water-based fitness classes and recreational time at the pool especially draw people of all ages to the YMCA. Infants and children learn to swim and seniors participate in water aerobics classes. This year the Roanoke YMCA is taking a close look at how to help Roanoke Valley become even healthier by taking advantage of outdoor fitness opportunities. Currently, family programming occurs every Friday and includes a free family fun night with inflatables at the Kirk location. The Roanoke area YMCA prides themselves

in not turning anybody away. Their scholarship program is income-based and allows members to join on a sliding scale. This helps give everyone the opportunity to stay happy, healthy, and connected. On June 14th the YMCA will hold a Father’s Day 5k and cookout. Participants can join the cookout even if they will not be able to run or walk, and there will be fun activities for the whole family. Dads can compete in special activities to see who will be crowned Fastest Dad, Best Jumper and Best Golfer. Visit the Roanoke YMCA website for more information on events, programs, and classes to join.


Best Day Trip:

Mill Mountain Zoo It’s no wonder that Mill Mountain Zoo is a

day trip favorite among parents. The zoo is home to more than 175 animals including threatened or endangered species like Snow Leopards, Red Pandas and Red Wolves. The zoo has been a part of the Roanoke Community since 1952 and is fully accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Director Sarah Brooks says that Mill Mountain’s mission is to “educate people about the issues of wildlife in the world.” The staff sees their animals as “ambassadors of their wild counterparts.” Brooks explains that Mill Mountain Zoo is a choice spot among both parents and kids for a number of reasons. “It’s a place where your family can be outdoors in an educational environment and it’s a lot of fun. We have so many activities and things to do. You can ride the train, play on the playground, have a healthy outdoor experience and learn something while you’re here.” Reasonably-priced and close-by, the zoo is an easy stop for a Roanoke area day trip. “It’s cheaper to take your family to the zoo than to a fast-food restaurant,” Brooks laughs. Out of 61 different species of animals, 21

are classified as endangered species. The animals come to Mill Mountain through an international network which is made up of experts on each type of animal. They determine the best setting for the animals and move them to their habitat. Brooks says that Mill Mountain takes in rescued animals that cannot be released back into the wild. The zoo also has a whole group of education animals that go off grounds to schools, libraries and nursing homes. Zoo staff brings snakes and reptiles, big spiders, chinchillas, bunnies, ferrets, hedgehogs, owls and parrots to kids to touch and see “on location”. Many area students take field trips and participate in camp programs at Mill Mountain Zoo and some kids even have their birthday parties at the zoo. When asked about the best-loved animals living at Mill Mountain, the zoo says that prairie dogs and otters are the some of the most popular animals among visitors because of how active these animals can be. The cute red pandas and snow leopards-both endangered species, are also top favorites. Young visitors especially enjoy the petting barn where they can interact with goats and pigs. A favorite in this area is the Zebu, an animal that looks like a miniature water buffalo!

Mill Mountain Zoo has some special events coming up this season: - “Music on the Mountain”-an after-hours fundraiser which includes music for adults. This event happens on the 4th Friday night of June, July and August. - Zoodo Party at the zoo on July 11th. Animals, Art and Articulation- A lovely evening with food, an auction, and discussion.-August - Blues Night- September 6th - Jack Hannah at Hotel Roanoke- October 9th Hours and Prices •Open seven days a week from 10:00 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. Grounds close at 5:00 p.m. •$7.50 for adults and $5.00 for children ages 3 to 11 years old. Children under age 2 are free and a 10% discount is available for seniors, military, and AAA members. Zoo Members get in free! Mill Mountain Zoo is also available to rent after hours. Some upcoming after hours events include a foster parent night with catered dinner, wedding and cocktail parties. Feel free to visit Mill Mountain’s Website www.mmzoo.org for more details!


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skills and even SAT Prep, Sylvan Learning Center is all about students experiencing academic success. Sylvan prides themselves on “helping children develop a love of learning and a confidence throughout their lives.” Frustrated parents and students often seek out Sylvan for help with reading and/ or math deficits. Sylvan initially conducts comprehensive assessments to identify student strengths and weaknesses. At the initial visit parents take part in a meeting with the education director, during which they speak about their child’s struggles and desired achievements. Sylvan also offers to reach out to teachers and communicate with the child’s school on a regular basis to help students be successful. The Sylvan team then develops an individualized plan for each student they serve. When students begin instruction at Sylvan, they are fortunate to work 3-1 with a highly-trained instructor, most of whom are certified educators in Roanoke City and Roanoke County Schools. Sylvan Sync has the learning center technologically integrated. Most educational programs allow instructors and students to use iPads as tools for instruction and practice. Parents can also take part in MySylvan where they can track their child’s progress online. Students can play interactive games and use apps outside of the center as well. Sylvan believes in a positive learning environment and provides positive reinforcements. Instructors implement motivational strategies throughout an instructional hour. Instructional hours include 55 minutes of instructional time with 5 minute breaks in between. During this “transition time” Students participate in fun activities and games where they may earn extra tokens and shop in the Sylvan store. Students receive 5-7 tokens per hour for starting a process correctly, showing effort or

improvement on a certain skill. At the close of instruction, students have the option to purchase items at the “Sylvan Store” or save tokens to earn gift cards to their favorite stores. When asked how Sylvan is able to motivate struggling students to learn, Megan Myers, Center Director, responded. “Our goal is to build self-confidence so that students don’t become frustrated and shut out learning.” For the last 30 years, Sylvan has seen many success stories as students make measureable gains. Myers believes that this is a result of Sylvan’s ability to “help students where skill gaps start.” “Using Sylvan’s personalized learning plan and diagnostic testing as a baseline and then working with the students through our computer adaptive program to adjust personal needs is a highly effective approach,” explains Myers. When asked about testimonials or success stories, the director recounted a situation in which an eighth grade student was able to make a three-grade-level improvement in math during a short time. By pinpointing fractions and decimals as a weaker area, or foundational gap, Sylvan was able to help the student target and master that area before moving on to more difficult concepts. “Because we are able to go back and identify gaps, we can fill instructional gaps. We are able to give students more attention at a 3-1 ratio, and to work at a student’s pace. We are able to present information in different ways until the student demonstrates understanding,” Myers continues. Sylvan’s dedicated team of instructors and education directors has contributed to the success of many Roanoke area students, which is no doubt the reason they are a favorite among kids and parents alike. Please visit Sylvan’s website at Sylvanlearning.com for more information about summer hours or how to get your child started with the Sylvan team.

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The Guide How do you read the chart below? It’s simple! Pick an item on the left and follow the line to the right to see how much an item is at one of four local grocery stores. If the price of that item is dark green, it is cheaper than other stores, if it is red it is more expensive. Next to the price, is how much more or less that item is at that store compared to the average price in the area. For example, milk was least expensive at Kroger at $3.48 which was $0.09 less then the average. This month, shopping at Wal Mart was your cheapest option. The total for the items listed would have cost you $115.36 or $8.31 less than average.

Grocery shopping is expensive for a family! Couponing is a great way to help alleviate some of the cost of feeding a family - but what if you don’t have coupons? Our Grocery Index will help you figure out where to buy the most popular items used by families.

ITEM

Brand

Roanoke Average

Size

LAST MONTHS TOTAL $ $

122.24 123.67

Wal Mart Price $ 115.27 $ 115.36

Generic

Gallon

$

3.57

$

3.68

$

0.11

$

3.48

$

Orange Juice

Tropicana

Half Gallon

$

3.55

$

3.78

$

0.23

$

3.79

$

Shredded Cheese

Generic

8 oz

$

2.80

$

2.64

$

(0.16) $

3.29

$

Bread

Natures Own

Wheat

$

3.01

$

2.88

$

(0.13) $

2.99

$

Ground Beef 85%

Store Brand

1 LB

$

4.84

$

4.58

$

(0.26) $

4.99

$

Chicken - Boneless

Perdue/Tyson

1 LB

$

4.10

$

3.67

$

(0.43) $

4.04

$

(0.00) $

Generic

Dozen

$

1.99

$

1.98

$

Generic

LB

$

3.41

$

3.48

$

$

1.99

$

3.29

$

Price $ 122.41 $ 131.36

(0.09) $

3.53

$

3.59

$

0.24

$

0.49

$

2.49

$

(0.02) $

3.29

$

0.15

$

4.79

$

(0.06) $

4.49

$

0.01

0.01

(0.01)

$

(0.01) $

0.59

$

$

(0.01) $

0.99

$

Grapes

Red

LB

$

2.93

$

2.58

$

(0.35) $

2.99

$

10 Pack

$

2.29

$

1.98

$

(0.31) $

2.50

$

0.21

$

2.69

$

Peanut Butter

Peter Pan

16.3 oz

$

2.76

$

2.48

$

(0.28) $

3.39

$

0.63

$

2.69

$

Jelly

Welches

32 oz.

$

2.04

$

1.98

$

(0.06) $

1.99

$

Coffee

Maxwell House

$

3.64

$

2.98

$

(0.66) $

4.59

$

$

0.58

$

0.00

$

0.57

$

(0.50) $

0.01

1.59

$

0.11

$

1.89

$

0.41

2.79

$

(0.14) $

3.34

$

0.42

0.07

$

(0.05) $ 0.95

$

0.15

$

1.99

$

(0.05)

$

2.99

$

(0.65)

$

2.16

$

1.98

$

(0.18) $

2.19

$

0.03

$

2.49

$

0.33

$

1.99

$

(0.17)

$

1.79

$

1.68

$

(0.11) $

1.79

$

0.00

$

1.99

$

0.20

$

1.69

$

(0.10)

Cheese

$

5.61

$

5.47

$

(0.14) $

5.99

$

0.38

$

5.49

$

$

2.76

$

2.38

$

(0.38) $

3.29

$

0.53

$

2.99

$

(0.12) $ 0.23

$

5.49

$

(0.12)

2.39

$

(0.37)

$

3.59

$

2.98

$

(0.61) $

4.19

$

0.60

$

3.99

$

0.40

$

3.19

$

(0.40)

$

3.66

$

2.97

$

(0.69) $

4.99

$

1.33

$

3.69

$

0.03

$

2.99

$

(0.67)

1.41

$

8.59

$

0.01

(0.58) $

13.22

$

(0.65)

Paper Towels

Bounty

6 dbl=8

$

8.58

$

5.76

$

(2.82) $

9.99

$

1.41

$

9.99

$

Toilet Paper

Charmin

12mega=48

$

13.87

$

11.97

$

(1.90) $

16.99

$

3.12

$

13.29

$

(0.15) $

Pasta

Barilla or Cremette

$

1.43

$

1.28

$

Diapers

Huggies

$

18.89

$

18.97

$

0.08

$

1.39

$

19.99

$

(0.04) $ 1.10

$

$ $

$

1.27

$

(0.16)

(0.10) $

0.36

17.81

$

(1.08)

2.54

$

2.37

$

(0.17) $

2.39

$

2.99

$

0.46

$

2.39

$

(0.15)

$

2.79

$

2.48

$

(0.31) $

2.89

$

0.10

$

3.29

$

0.50

$

2.49

$

(0.30)

$

0.99

$

0.98

$

(0.01) $

1.00

$

0.01

$

0.99

$

-

$

0.99

$

-

$

3.11

$

2.96

$

(0.15) $

2.99

$

(0.12) $

3.49

$

0.38

$

2.99

$

(0.12)

17 oz.

(0.15) $

1.79 18.79

72 $ 8 Pack

Spaghettios

Kraft

(0.30) (0.27)

0.35

10 PK

Mac N Cheese

$ $

$

Digorno

Cheerios

1.99 2.49

$

Kelloggs

Ore Ida

0.40

2.19

DiGiorno

French Fries

$

(0.07) $

3.99

Fruit Snacks

Huggies

0.15 0.11

0.08

0.57

Go-Gurt

$ $ $

1.47

Wipes

4.99 4.21

$

$

Yogurt

$

(0.01) (0.12)

1.99

$

Sz 3 86 Ct

0.39

$ $

3.49

0.58

120 ct

(0.05) $

2.79 2.89

(0.00) $

1.49

Breyers

$

0.02 (0.51)

(0.04) $

$

Ziploc Sandwich

0.28

$ $

$

$

ice Cream

(0.31) $

3.59 3.04

$

LB

6 Pack

$

1.98

LB

Motts

0.04

3.37

Generic

Ragu

(0.04) $

+/- Average $ 0.94 $ (3.20)

$

Red Delicious

Apple Sauce

Price $ 120.24 $ 120.47

(0.12) $

Bananas

Pasta Sauce

Target

+/- Average $ 3.11 $7.69

Apples

Capri Sun

$

1.06

$

0.98

$

(0.08) $

1.00

$

(0.05) $

1.25

$

0.20

$

0.99

$

(0.06)

$

4.05

$

3.98

$

(0.07) $

3.99

$

(0.06) $

4.69

$

0.64

$

3.54

$

(0.51)

(0.02) $

Sugar

Generic

4 lbs

$

2.01

$

1.68

$

(0.33) $

1.99

$

1.97

$

(0.04) $

2.39

$

0.38

Flour

Generic

5 lbs

$

1.81

$

1.78

$

(0.03) $

1.99

$

0.18

$

1.65

$

(0.16) $

1.82

$

0.01

Gold Fish

Pep.Farm

$

2.16

$

1.98

$

(0.18) $

2.19

$

0.03

$

2.49

$

1.99

$

(0.17)

SAVINGS SALE PRICES

18

0.07

Food Lion

+/- Average $ 8.63 $ 12.46

Skim Milk

Eggs

NOTE: These are list prices and do not reflect any sales retailers may have had running at the time this list was created. Ground Beef is “USDA Inspected” at all stores. Target sells fruit per piece and not by pound, therefore price is estimated. Diapers come in 112 packs at Target, pricing is calculated on what 80 diapers would cost. Paper towels come in many different packs. 6 Double Rolls=8 Regular rolls is available at 3 of 4 stores. Wal-Mart has 12big=18Reg. Price is calculated for 8 rolls. Coupons can be used at all stores. Target allows “Stacking” which means using 1 store coupon and one manufacturers coupon per item. Pricing gathered on June 2, 2014.

Kroger

+/- Average Price $ (4.03) $ 127.93 $ (8.31) $ 136.13

Butter

At the bottom of each store’s column are the discounts available because of sales on the day we priced the products. Even though Kroger had the best “Sale” with dicounts of $7.98, they still remained the most expensive option at over $13.00 more expensive then Wal-Mart! To put it another way, factoring in sales, Kroger is over 11% more expensive then Wal-Mart.

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$

TOTAL

(0.38) $

114.98

SAVINGS $

TOTAL

(7.98) $

128.15

SAVINGS $

0.33

TOTAL

(4.96) $

126.40

$

SAVINGS

TOTAL

$

$

0.82

121.29


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After the race, participants will be part of the WORLD’S LARGEST LASER TAG GAME! There will also be food, entertainment, live music, games, & children’s activities at the park- all available to everyone. Hosted by:

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The Guide

Esther Vogel is a ten-year-old girl living in Chicago during the Great Depression. As the daughter of immigrants, Esther has never had much, but she always had enough: a best friend named Shirley, money to see the matinee most Saturdays, and, of course, her tight-knit family. But what she really wants the most is the affection of her superstitious and often distant mother.

What the Moon Said by: Gayle Rosengren

When her father loses his job, the Vogels decide to trade their comfortable Chicago life for a farm in Wisconsin. Suddenly everything Esther has ever known (including electricity and indoor plumbing) is gone. Living on a farm is hard work, but as it turns out, it’s a lot of fun too. Esther quickly makes a new best friend named

Bethany, climbs to the top of her class at school, and even finds her very own dog under the front porch! But with so much work to do, her mother has no time to notice her. Why can’t her mother be more like Bethany’s mother? Why doesn’t she seem to love her? When the summer drought yields low crop production, the winter in Wisconsin is especially hard on the Vogel family. And then, just when things start looking up, disaster strikes. In this poignant story about family, omens, and luck, Esther learns that love doesn’t always look like hugs and kisses. Sometimes it’s forgiveness in the face of betrayal, second chances, and an unexpected apology in the shape of a doll.

Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures by: Kate DiCamillo

Flora is ten years old, a natural-born cynic, a comic book reader, and an expert on identifying criminals and how to survive in Antarctica (seal blubber!). Ulysses is an unassuming backyard squirrel. And when Ulysses gets sucked up in the neighbor’s brand new industrial vacuum, his and Flora’s lives will never be the same. Because when Flora performs CPR on his little lifeless body, Ulysses emerges with superpowers. He has super strength, he can fly, he can type, he can understand, and he can write poetry. (He’s also a little balder, but that’s to be expected.) But every superhero has an arch-nemesis, and Flora’s romance novelist mother is none too thrilled to have a flying, typing squirrel in the house. Much to her dismay, Flora soon realizes that 20

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Ulysses’s sworn enemy may be living beneath her own roof. Holy unanticipated occurrences! Winner of the 2014 Newbery Medal, Flora and Ulysses is a joyful, heartwarming adventure. DiCamillo weaves delightful comic-book illustrations with witty prose to create a gently poignant tale about love, friendship, and looking for the good in others.


The Guide During Hitler’s regime, young Liesel has been put into foster care because her mother, a Communist, is in danger. Though her foster mother, Rosa, treats her harshly, Liesel forms a fast bond with her gentle foster father, Hans, and with the boy next door named Rudy.

The Book Thief directed by: Brian Percival

It is soon discovered that Liesel doesn’t know how to read, so Hans takes on the task of teaching her and she quickly becomes a voracious reader. One night after a Nazi book burning, Liesel stays behind after everyone has left and grabs a book that wasn’t burned. But she is seen by the mayor’s wife, Ilsa, who is Rosa’s biggest laundry customer, and when Liesel delivers their laundry the next day, she is terrified Ilsa will out her. Much to her surprise, Ilsa instead leads her to their home library and says Liesel can read any book she wants.

Then there is a night of terrible violence against the Jews throughout Germany, known historically as Kristallnacht, or “Night of Broken Glass”. Afterward, a young Jewish man named Max comes to Hans seeking refuge, and even though his presence puts their lives in danger, they decide to shelter him. Starring Academy Award-winner Geoffrey Rush and newcomer Sophie Nélisse, The Book Thief is a powerful, moving film about loyalty, friendship, and finding courage where you least expect it.

Read more reviews online at growingupinthevalley.com

7815 Williamson Rd. Roanoke Va. 24019 www.communityschool.net 540.563.5036 JUNE 2014 • growingupinthevalley.com

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Family Living

We

Mom-trepreneurs

There are 10.1 million mom owned businesses in the United States according to Center for Women’s Business Research. We’ve found two Moms in the area that have come up with a unique shopping experience for their customers. Trendy 10 is a web-based shop, with hand picked trendy gifts and accessories. We sat down with Jaime and Amy, the creators of Trendy 10 to hear their story and how they balance owning a business and caring for a family.

How did you two meet? Amy’s husband grew up with Jaime in Blacksburg. After college we all ended back in Radford and re-connected. Then, you know when you meet someone and you instantly feel like they are “your people?” We knew we were each other’s “people”! What is Trendy 10? Trendy 10 is what we call our “mobile boutique.” We sell ten new items each month for ten dollars or less. It is an idea we came up with one day over lunch.

Article By: Tracy Fisher Photos provided by: Amy Turner & Jaime Clemmer

Why did you start Trendy 10? It seemed to us like everyone else was making money in sales so we figured, why not us? We wanted to create something that would allow us to work around the hectic schedules of our real careers as full time moms.We also knew we worked well together and we were living parallel lives, so our free time corresponded, giving us brainstorming opportunities. We figured starting our own business would allow us to make some money, have something fun to do of our own, and always have access to the exact accessories we wanted at prices we wanted to pay! What inspired the idea? We have talked about starting a business together for 10 years but couldn’t come up with the exact idea. We had been to countless direct sale parties where we loved the items but had to order through catalogs and then wait for delivery and pay ridiculous shipping fees. Plus, living in an “accessory desert” we wanted someone to sell us unique, affordable, current jewelry and gifts without having to wait for an order to arrive! Then one day, we needed last minute teacher gifts-like everyone does-and we didn’t have time to run to “the big city.” Right then we decided someone should be offering this service/product and who better than us? After all, we were tired of not having access, either because of time 22

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or money, to the cute accessories we kept seeing when we would go out of town. How do you balance Trendy 10 and your every day lives? Late nights and smart phones. Really. We take five minutes here and twenty minutes there and truly, we hold mini meetings at carpool pick up. How has being a parent helped you run a business? We each have 4 kids so we are juggling pros. Or so we think. We also know how to prioritize, which every parent and business owner knows is key. What advice would you give other parents starting a business? Ha! We’re not sure we are in a position to give advice. But, we find keeping business and family time as separate as possible is crucial. Also, use what you have and what you know. For example, recruiting our sons high school friends to wear Trendy 10 items has been great! Finding friends to model and promote our products also saves us time and money. What are your long term plans for Trendy 10? We want to maintain the local mobile boutique aspect because that was our original purpose. We want customers to continue to call and pick up orders on the spot when they need or want something. We have had so many great customers from out of town though, we are expanding the business in the Fall to include internet shopping, keeping shipping fees at a minimum. How do you pick out the month’s trends? We pay attention to what people are wearing on popular television shows, selling in high end catalogs, and showing in retail chains and then try to find a more affordable version for our mobile boutique.

Visit their website: thetrendy10.wix.com/trendy10


Family Living

Identifying Our Top

Passions On The Path of Passion and Purpose by: Laura Wade

Have you heard the saying, “When Mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy?” Our children pick up on our outlook, attitudes and emotions. Some people think it is selfish to think about what they want. To me, it seems the desires of your heart are there for a reason. Janet Attwood, co-author of the bestselling book The Passion Test: The Effortless Path to Discovering Your Life Purpose, says, “What you want and God’s will for you are one and the same.” Typically, when we follow our hearts, good things happen not just for us but for those we love and those whose lives we touch. As parents, when we follow our hearts, we give our children permission to do the same. Knowing your passions is the first step toward living them, and creating a fulfilling life. Clarity around what matters most to us helps us focus our time, energy and resources on the things that are most meaningful to us. When we spend our time with people we love and do the things that bring us joy, we feel good about our lives and ourselves. It has been said that more people spend time planning a vacation than planning their life, and planning their wedding instead of their marriage. Imagine if more couples focused on what they want their marriage to be, and who they want to be as spouses? Doesn’t it seem more likely that those couples would realize if they truly wanted to commit to building a life together and if so, to live up to the vi24

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sion they created? Would it be perfect? No. There would still be challenges and bumps along the road. But navigating our way is much easier when we know where we want to go. To do this, we started the Passion Test process in the last issue. I invited you to take 20-30 minutes and write down a list of those things that most important to you, the people and things in your life now as well as what you would like to have in your life.

Our children pick up on our outlook, attitudes & emotions. The next step is to prioritize your passions so that you are clear about which five things are most important to you right now. Some of these things will likely be just what you expected while others may be “aha” moments for you as they were for me. When I first prioritized my top five

passions, I discovered that the first few were obvious to me, especially having close, loving relationships with my children. The fifth one, empowering and inspiring others to discover their passions and live their dreams, reminded me of my work as a certified mentor for the On-Purpose Person program before I had children. It helped me realize why I felt something was missing. Fortunately, Janet Bray Attwood and Chris Attwood, co-authors of The Passion Test: The Effortless Path to Discovering Your Life Purpose announced that they were going to certify facilitators to take people through the Passion Test process. I felt a shiver when they announced it and knew I was meant to do this, especially since the opportunity came on the heels of my taking the Passion Test and it matched my passions perfectly! Since becoming certified as a facilitator, I have led workshops and guided individuals through this process, and every time, I feel in the flow. You know those times when you are so in the moment that you lose track of time? When you feel unbound, and things seem effortless? Those are the moments that increase when you live your passions. When we continually put attention on what makes our hearts sing, we find more and more joy unfolding in our lives. That joy overflows onto those around us, those we love, those for whom we pray will have happy lives. And when Mama is happy, her family feels it!


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Finding Your Passion Exercise As you do this exercise, it may seem as if you have to give up something that is really important to you. Don’t worry, you aren’t putting it aside forever, just long enough to gain clarity on which five things are the most important areas of your life. That helps our minds focus so we can begin to put our energy on building our life around our passions. Another thing that often happens is that our mind tries to do this logically. For example, if I have x amount of money, I can have the house I want, travel the world, and volunteer. Or, if I don’t have my health, nothing else

matters. While these things may seem true, our goal is to get clear about our passions which arise from our hearts and have little to do with logic. So, kindly thank your mind for sharing with you and listen to your heart! 1. Using your list from last month’s exercise, (See the May Issue, Page 30 for the instructions if you are making your list now), compare item #1 to item #2 and ask yourself, “If I could have #1 or #2, which is more important to me?” 2. If you have difficulty choosing, ask yourself “If I could have #1 but NEVER have #2, which is most important to me?”

3. Then compare the one you pick to #3, the one from that to #4 and so on through your list. (There is no need to compare to previous items as you have already decided that one is more important than the previous ones.) Once you have gone through the list, mark your #1 passion. 4. Repeat steps 1-3 until you have your top 5 passions. Write them down in order from #1-5 on an index card. 5. Keep them handy for next issue when we will talk about the importance of putting your attention on your dreams and some tools to help you do that. Laura Wade is a mother of three, including twins. She is a Life Alignment Educator, Certified Passion Test Facilitator, speaker, and writer. She is passionate about helping other people discover their passions and align their lives with their purpose. Laura is available for meetings, keynotes and workshops, and can be reached at 540-793-1902 or laural.wade@yahoo.com .

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Family Living I realize that last time I told you that I am a working mother. That’s true! However, I am blessed enough to work in the education field, therefore I spend part of my year as a stay at home mom as well. I really feel like I get a pretty good view of what it is like for both parties. Although parenting is hard no matter which camp you are in, I personally feel like the stay at home parent is the most challenging. Don’t get me wrong, I love the extra time I get in the summer with my children, but I’m ready for the school year to start in September!

Sitting around the house all day, every day is a recipe for disaster. There are three reasons why I feel like being a stay at home mom is so hard. One, you never get a break. Unlike my thirty minute a day lunch I have now, parenting is truly “full time”. Two, there is a lot less adult contact. Sometimes I wonder if I sound completely off the wall when I go back to work after summer break. It’s not really appropriate to use words like potty, boogers, and pee-pee in adult conversation! Lastly, I honestly believe kids are crazier for their own parent. There is something about the trust and

The Mommy Files

by: Amanda Powers

The Stay At Home Mom

understanding that you love them unconditionally that occasionally brings out the rotten in little people. For these reasons (and many more), I give extreme kudos to any woman who is a year round, stay at home, super mommy. Knowing the difference, I have come up with a compi-

lation that keeps me sane every summer. Maybe my tips will help both seasonal, full time, and occasional stay at home mommies.

Make Every Opportunity a learning opportunity

One: Stay busy! Sitting around the house, all day, every day is a recipe for disaster. I know it’s true, I’ve tried it. As for me, I will not sit around the house for more

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Family Living than a day if I can help it. If for some reason we can’t get out for a few days, I try to plan several exciting activities at home. As far as staying busy, I do several things. First, I plan play-dates with other mothers and families in the same situation. Not only does it get my kids out of the house, I get some adult contact as well. Great places for playdates include local parks, fast-food play lands, and even taking turns at each other’s homes. In the summer there is even more options that work for older children as well, like bowling, museums, and hiking. Play dates are not the only way I keep my munchkins busy though. I also take them to free events (which are plentiful in the spring and summer), we join library programs, walk around the neighborhood (or mall if the weather is bad), visit grandparents, and check out the many local playgrounds, parks, and walkways.

them plenty of room to grow and every chance to learn, you become a very important part of that process! Being a stay at home mom, you get the best seat in the house for watching that happen! Don’t let the days roll one into another without taking a moment and allowing it to teach both you and your children. Three: Take a break

sometimes! Even Take a though I love the summer for all the break extra mommy and me time, sometimes, it’s good to get a break every There is once in a while. Do something nothing for yourself wrong with a at least once a week. Leave the breather! kids with a family

If getting out is not an option, there are plenty of creative ways to keep little fingers entertained at home. My kids and I love to cook and bake. From special lunches to cookies, I try to keep my preschooler and toddler involved. Even if the only thing they can do is lick the icing beater! Crafting is another great option. For ideas of what you can do with your kiddos, check out past issues of Growing Up in the Valley, or follow my blog “Growing Up Around the Table” on our website. Both are packed full with great ideas for both cooking and crafting! You can also take up gardening. We live in an apartment so we container garden. However, if you have more space you can grow your own foods, beautiful flowers, or even plant a tree. There are so many options for keeping your kids entertained both indoors and out.

adventure together. There is nothing wrong with getting away for a breather and some alone (or adult) time. A few of my favorite escapes include shopping, mani-pedicures, lunch with friends, and going to the gym. Sometimes just going into another room and playing on the computer or watching a movie can be a heavenly break from the usual. Each mommy is different, so do what makes you feel refreshed and energized! Lastly, plan date nights! It gives you a reason to get showered, dress up, and look beautiful. Plus it doubles as more adult time and foundational relationship building opportunities. Beyond that, it’s a plain out good time. You work hard as a stay at home mom, so go enjoy yourself!

member or if you’re lucky and daddy is willing and able to take a day, go for it. Even if it’s just to go shopping by yourself, or to get coffee with a friend, you should do it. The time without the babies will leave you refreshed and ready for your next big

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The Guide

5 New Must-Have Apps

Park-N-Find

Time Hop

Sparklefish

Carousel

Breeze

Have you ever walked out of a shopping mall or a festival, looked at the parking lot and had no idea which way to go to find your car? Yeahso have the creators of Park-N-Find. This app is beautifully simple and well worth the $0.99! All you do is turn the app on when you park and walk towards the mall or what-have-you and the app uses your phone’s GPS to mark exactly where your car is and the path you can take to get there. Once you’ve reached your destination, you turn off the app and don’t have to worry about it again until you’re ready to go home!

Do you remember what you posted on Facebook or Twitter last week? What about last month, or two years ago? Time-Hop is a great app to help you recall everything you’ve posted on various social networks. By linking up with your FB or Twitter accounts you can get daily and weekly digests of your old social content and photos. Our staff has greatly enjoyed seeing memories from when they first started using social media platforms. Not to mention that you can’t go wrong with a free app!

The best part of Mad Libs is hearing it read aloud. Sparklefish uses your device’s microphone to have your chilren fill in the mad lib style game with their own voice,all the while teaching them how to recognize different parts of speech.

Some photos and memories are too private for conventional social media platforms. There have been many different reports on how those sites are handling a user’s privacy. Carousel offers a great solution to someone who wants to fully control who sees their pictures and posts. Created by the same team that thought up DropBox, Carousel only allows invited users to see your files and photos. You can still share cvomments and messages like FB and Instagram. The intergration with Dropbox means your mobile photos can be automatically uploaded to Carousel with ease.

Brought to you by the creators of the world famous (and previously GUITV featured) RunKeeper is Breeze. Breeze is an everyday pedometer, counting and measuring all of your day’s activities. It uses your device’s accelerometer to detect movement which leads to the only downsidethe phone must be in your pocket or bag to get an accurate count.

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Cupcakes, Crafts, and Cartoons

Saturdays June 7, 21, 28, July 5, 19, 26, Viva La Cupcake in Grandin Village Spend a saturday or two this summer enjoying FREE cartoons at the Grandin Theater. Afterwards stop by next door at Viva La Cupcake for a delicious treat as well as fun free craft provided by Growing Up in the Valley. We will be treating the first 100 children to a free cupcake EVERY saturday!

Splash Valley: Beach Night July 11, 6:00 PM-9:00 PM, Splash Valley Water Park

Imagine you are on the beautiful Virginia Beaches shagging the night away with the music of The Tams, The Embers and Chairman of the Board. Practice your dance moves and impress us all. The food truck Toasted by Casey will be here so your dinner plans are taken care of with some great grilled cheese sandwiches. Not into grilled cheese? Don’t worry… Concessions will stay open with our usual offerings. We will have games for the kids and maybe one or two for the adults as well.

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS Share your own event for free on Growingupinthevalley.com • •• • • • • • • • ••••••••••••••••••• • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Wednesday • June 11 $6 Splash Valley Day

Splash Valley Water Park, Roanoke 11:00 AM- 4:00-PM All Ages $6/Person (540) 777-6300 Spend the day at Splash Valley for only $6 person no matter where you live! FREE Bent

Mountain Summer Picnic

Bent Mountain Library 12:00 PM All Ages Free

Kick off the start of summer with food, fun, clowns, face painting, and more!!

Friday • June 13

Radford by The River Bisset Park, Radford 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM All Ages $7/advanced tickets $10/at the gate

The Radford by the River concert series will feature live music, food vendors, adult beverages and kids activities every month from June through August 2014. Advance tickets are available for purchase at the Chamber office located at 200 3rd Avenue in Radford, VA and the Radford Public Library. FREE Preschool Storytime Williamson Road Library 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM Ages 3-5 Free Children 3 years + along with their parent, grandparent, or caretaker come listen to stories, enjoy finger-plays, physical movement ,music and make a coordinating craft; All essential skills children need to become a reader!

Friday Night Out Concerts FREE

Downtown Blacksburg 6:30PM All Ages Free

Bring lawn chairs, blankets, and grab dinner to go from one of our wonderful downtown restaurants! Featuring 3 Minute Lovin’ - a Honky-Tonk and Rockabilly band.

Disney Night at Salem Red Sox LewisGale Field, Salem 7:05PM All Ages $9/person 540-389-3333 info@salemsox.com

Dress up as your favorite Disney character and enjoy a magical evening as you explore the enchanted kingdom of LewisGale Field. Enjoy a spectacular post-game fireworks show to cap off the night.

Saturday • June 14 FREE Father’s Preston Park 12:00 PM- 3:00 PM All Ages Free

Day Festival

Celebrate the fathers in your life at this fun festival. There will be children’s activities, food, music and lots of fun!

YMCA Fathers Day 5K & Cookout

Salem Family YMCA 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM All Ages Register online and reserve spot at www.ymcaroanoke.org/FD5K Take a walk or run with dad and chow down at our cookout. Join in our family friendly games, activities and photo booth. Compete for “Best Golfer” “Fastest Dad” or “Highest Jumper”.

Cupcakes, Crafts & Cartoons by Growing Up in the Valley

Join us at 10AM every Saturday in June & July In Grandin Village

for a FREE cartoon on the big screen! Free cupcakes to first 100 kids at Viva La Cupcake & a free craft provided by Growing Up in the Valley


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Kid’s Night Out

Romp-N-Roll, Blacksburg 6:00 PM- 9:00 PM Single Child: $20.00 Two Siblings: $35.00 Three+ Siblings: $40.00 540-552-7667 rompnroll.com/blacksburg/ Every kid deserves a special night out, and so do you! That’s why we created “Kids Night Out.” Kids will enjoy 3 hours of Romp n’ Roll fun in the gym, playing music, and eating a pizza dinner. FREE Claytor

Lake Beach

Festival

10:00 AM All Ages Free Admission $10/Parking www.facebook.com/facnrv The Annual Claytor Lake Beach Festival includes Arts and Crafts, Food Vendors, Children’s Activities, Everett Lee Yearout Jr. Adult/Youth Fishing Tournament and Essay Contest, Wine Tasting with Virginia Wineries, Coast Guard Auxiliary Search and Rescue,

Remote Control Airplanes performing tricks and stunts, DMV2GO, Claytor Lake Sailing Association and more! Old Dominion Historical Fire Society’s Antique Fire Truck(s) Drive In and display, Annual Car/Motorcycle Show, The evening ends with Fireworks by Grucci as the Grand Finale! The Festival starts at 10:00 am and ends after the fireworks, and entertainment will resume after the fireworks. Come early and stay late. Parking fee is $10 or $5 and 5 cans of food that will be donated to a local food bank.

FREE Shake,

Bake, and

Sprout

Vinton Farmer’s Market 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM Ages 2-12 Free Free, fun, educational series of children’s events featuring take-home container gardening, kids cooking, and fun exercise and movement.

Because, admit it... you need a better plan for Father’s Day. FATHER’S DAY 5K & COOKOUT 5K • 1 mile run • Cookout • FUN!

Sat • June 14, 2014 • 9:30am • Salem Family YMCA Take a walk or run with dad & chow down at our cookout. Join in our family friendly games, activities & photo booth. Compete for “Best Golfer,” “Fastest Dad” or “Highest Jumper.” 1 Mile Run/Walk 9:30am 5K Run/Walk 10:00am Cookout & Fun 11:00am

Members: $15 / Non-Members: $20 Members: $30 / Non-Members: $35 FREE with registration $5 to add a meal

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Sunday • June 15

Family FUNday at Salem Red Sox Lewis Gale Field, Salem 4:05 PM All Ages $9/Person 540-389-3333 info@salemsox.com

Bring out the whole family to Family FUNdays, that include a player autograph session and post-game Kids Runs the Bases. In honor of Father’s Day, families are allowed to play catch on the field 30 minutes before gates open.


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Monday • June 16

Thursday • June 18

June 16-June 21 Salme Civic Center All Ages Tickets start at $4.50/Child Roanokevalleyhorseshow.com

Taubman Museum of Art 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM Ages 2-5 Free for members $5 for nonmembers www.taubmanmuseum.org

Check out our website for a full schedule of performances and events! Tickets available online!

Hear a story in the galleries, explore artworks, and create a hands-on project in Art Venture

FREE Clay Dinosuars Melrose Library 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Ages 12-17 Free

FREE Dinotastic Movie & Lunch

Roanoke Valley Horse Show

Come make clay dinosaur models at the library! FREE Paws to Read: Painted Pots

Gainsboro Library 11:00 AM – 1:00PM Ages 0-11 Free

Bring your lunch and enjoy this fun dinosaur filled movie. A great way to stay cool in the summer!

Saturday • June 21

Gainsboro Library 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM All Ages Free (540) 853-2540

Treats with Turtles & Tortoises

Pause your busy schedule and stop by the Gainsboro Branch Library to marble terracotta pots!

Wednesday • June 17 Strolling Into Art

Taubman Museum of Art 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM Ages 18 months & under Free for members $5/non members www.taubmanmuseum.org Perfect for bringing your little ones to the Taubman! Just for parents and caregivers with babies (18 months and younger) and bring your stroller or baby carrier! Free Movie: Jurassic Jackson Park Library 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Ages 12-17 Free

Young at Art

Park

Watch the first movie in the Jurassic Park trilogy at the library!

Mill Mountain Zoo 8:30 AM 10:30 AM All Ages $11/Child $15/Adult $45/Family of 4 education@mmzoo.org

Have you ever wanted to learn more about the world of testudines?!? Well, come have breakfast and discover all kinds of neat information about our turtles and tortoises. Children will then be able to make a colorful collage of their favorite turtle to take home and then complete an activity sheet that will get the whole family exploring the zoo. Light buffet breakfast provided. Registration is REQUIRED to attend.

Tuesday • June 24 FREE Bean

Bag Animal

Craft

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Annual Summer Solstice Fest Carnival

Downtown Blacksburg 1:00 PM- Sundown All Ages Free (Rides at additional cost) 540-951-0454 events@downtownblacksburg.com

Enjoy carnival rides, games and amusements. Summer Solstice Fest is a rain or shine event.

Friday • July 4

Blacksburg Fourth of July Downtown Blacksburg 2:00 PM- 10:00PM All Ages Free

The parade - Downtown Blacksburg starts at 2:00 PM followed by a free family movie at The Lyric Theatre, sponsored by Mt. Tabor Ruritan Club then at 6:00 PM the Blacksburg Community Band and activities at Municipal Park. Then at 9:30 PM, the Fireworks!

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Vinton Fourth of July Vinton War Memorial Grounds 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM All Ages Free

Entertainment, children’s activities, patriotic program and festival foods. Fireworks at 9:30 p.m.

Radford Fourth of July Bisset Park, Radford 2:00 PM -11:00 PM All Ages Free Admission

Fireworks to start at dusk.

Roanoke Fourth of July River’s Edge Park, Roanoke 5:00 PM-9:00PM All Ages Free

Music for Americans, Rivers Edge: Park opens at 5:00 p.m., event begins at 8:00 p.m., fireworks after dark

Thursday • July 11 Geology of Wildwood Park: Talk and Walk!

Wildwood Park, Radford 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM All Ages Free

Come join us for a discussion of the unique geologic history of the park and the New River Valley. Hands-on rock and soil samples will be presented and identified followed by a marvelous walking tour highlighting and exposing features discussed. Park at the Main Entrance to Wildwood Park at Main/Grove or the Sundell/Park Road lot. It is a 5 minute walk to the classroom in the center of the park.


Roanoke Public Libraries

Free programming for children and teens.

2014 Summer Reading Program

Call 853-2955 for more information.

PAWS TO READ

Large groups, call ahead at 853-2955.

Monday, June 16 10:30 1:00

Rainbow Puppets @ Jackson Park Clay Dino Teen Craft @ Melrose

10:30 1:00 3:00

Rainbow Puppets @ Gainsboro Rainbow Puppets @ Raleigh Court Do-it-yourself Wood Airplanes @ Melrose

10:30 1:00 1:00

Rainbow Puppets @ Williamson Road Rainbow Puppets @ Melrose Clay Dino Teen Craft @ Raleigh Court

10:30 12:00 1:00 3:30 3:30 4:00

Facepainting @ Raleigh Court Lunch & Learn Bullying Prevention @ Williamson Road Dinosaur Glider Craft @ Raleigh Court Clay Dino Teen Craft @ Gainsboro Scrabble & Board Games for Teens @ Williamson Road Read, Write, Relax @ Gainsboro

10:30 10:30 10:30 1:00

Storytime & Craft @ Williamson Road Dinosaur Fossil Craft @ Gainsboro Dinosaur Fossil Craft @ Raleigh Court Dinosaur Model Teen Craft @ Williamson Road

Tuesday, June 17

Wednesday, June 18

Wednesday, June 25 10:30 1:00 2:00 5-7:00

Stuntology Science Fun @ Raleigh Court Fortune Cookie Eggs Teen Craft @ Gainsboro Farm Animals Craft @ Raleigh Court Little Critters Petting Zoo @ Williamson Road

10:30 10:30 12:00 4:00 4:00 5-7:00

Stuntology Science Fun @ Williamson Road Farm Storytime Craft @ Raleigh Court Lunch & Learn Bullying Prevention @ Raleigh Court Bandaloom Craft @ Williamson Road Read, Write, Relax @ Raleigh Court Little Critters Petting Zoo @ Gainsboro

10:30 1:00 2:00

Stuntology Science Fun @ Gainsboro Fortune Cookie Eggs Teen Craft @ Williamson Road Cow Key Ring Craft @ Raleigh Court

10:30 10:30 11:00 1:30 2:00

Stuntology Science Fun @ Jackson Park Farm Animal Craft @ Raleigh Court Lego Playtime @ Williamson Road Stuntology Science Fun @ Melrose Lego Playtime @ Gainsboro

Thursday, June 26

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Friday, June 20

Saturday, June 21 2:00

Dinosaur Bingo @ Raleigh Court

1:00

Fortune Cookie Eggs Teen Craft @ Melrose

10:30 10:30 2:00 5-7:00

Facepainting @ Jackson Park Sing, Dance & Play Storytime @ Gainsboro Bean Bag Farm Animal Craft @ Raleigh Court Little Critters Petting Zoo @ Raleigh Court

Friday, June 27

Saturday, June 28

Monday, June 30 3:00 3:00 6-7:30

Jungle Jewelry Craft @ Gainsboro Gaming Unplugged @ Melrose Little Critters Petting Zoo @ Jackson Park

Monday, June 23 Tuesday, June 24

Recurring Weekly Summer Reading Programs Tuesdays @ 1:00

Tales & Tunes for Ages 3-6 @ Jackson Park

Tuesdays @ 4-7:30

Roleplaying Games for Teens @ Jackson Park

Saturdays @ 1-4:00

The Sphere窶認antasy World Design for Teens @ Jackson Park


Education Station

Fighting Summer Learning Loss

article provided by: Sylvan Learning Center

The stats and research have been loud and clear for several years now – and our common sense tells us also: Kids can lose much of their learning during the summer if their minds are not engaged. Some experts tell us that learning loss can be as much as two to three months. Any teacher can tell you he or she must spend quite a bit of time in September re-teaching material – math skills, reading strategies, history facts, writing rules, spelling techniques – that students have lost over the summer. One of the nation’s most valuable organizations, the Johns Hopkins Center for Summer Learning, warns of the summer losses that unchallenged kids can suffer. Here are some tips on how to help your children this summer.

You’re in charge

Keep them reading

Yes, summer is a time for relaxation, for hobbies, for fun. But that doesn’t mean you want your kids’ minds to be turned off, or worse, turned to mush from too much staring at electronic screens. It’s okay for you to insist that they read occasionally, learn something new, keep up their math skills in fun ways, and maybe even write a post card or two.

The world is full of interesting topics, and kids can read about them in books, magazines, online sites, and other outlets. The great thing about the summer is they can read about topics that interest them, without the pressure of a test.

Keep them learning Summer learning should be fun. Allow kids to learn about the things they don’t always get a chance to study during the school year. Encourage them to discover new interests and talents and to share these new interests with you. Be enthusiastic and supportive.

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family get-away by helping you map various routes – the shortest, the most scenic, the one that includes everyone’s favorite sites. Figure out tips at restaurants. Measure for a garden. Save a certain percentage of allowance.


Keep them writing As a family, keep a summer journal. Have everyone write a few lines each day about important and not-so-important events. The weather, the rainfall, the consecutive sunny days, the growth rate of the tomato plants. Favorite movies, TV shows, sporting events. People you’ve visited or who have visited you. Neighborhood news and events. New friends. School plans for next year.

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Enlist their help – even when you don’t need it – to give them opportunities to practice or show off their skills.

Have family get-togethers Kids love spending time with you. Make time in the family’s schedule for regular dinners together, game nights, back-yard fun, and informal times for relaxed conversations. Remember talking and listening? Your kid’s will too!

Talk about school

Every once in a while talk about goals for next school year, especially if your child is making a transition to middle or high school; he or she had had some challenges over this past year. Or if he or she has some personal goals that require your support and enthusiasm.

Get plenty of exercise Summer is a time for outdoor activity. Encourage kids to be outside often to play actively, to include their little brothers and sisters, and to stay healthy. Remember the Suncreeen!

Relax the school-year routines You know I’m a strong advocate for routines, especially during the school year. Homework, study, bedtime, playtime, family time, quiet time, attendance at religious services are all important routines that put structure and reliability in kids’ lives. These routines can be relaxed during the summer, but kids still need the safety and comfort of routines. Let your family decide which routines are able to be relaxed.

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Be a good role model Let the kids see you living your values. Show how you read for information and for pleasure, write for business or social purposes, and use your math skills when you pay bills or follow a recipe. JUNE 2014 • growingupinthevalley.com

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Kids Korner

The Adventures of

FLAT FLUTTER and her sidekick

WOOLIE It was a few days away from the last day of school. Flutter and Woolie were so excited! They couldn’t wait to find out where they would go on vacation this year. “I hope it’s a rainforest!” said Woolie. “I want to go to California and learn to surf.” said Flutter. “Buster Beetle is going to Florida,” said Woolie. “I bet that would be fun!” “My friend Teena is going to South America!” exclaimed Flutter. “I wonder where we’ll go this year” said Woolie. Mama ‘Pillar had heard the little bugs from the other room. She slowly floated in. “I hate to tell you this kids,” Momma ‘Pillar said, “but we won’t be going away for the summer this year.” “Aww Mom!” the kids complained. “I’m sorry. I wish we could, but your dad and I have to work all summer.” Mom explained. “We’ll be able to go away for winter break, but you’ll have to entertain yourselves here in the Valley again this year.” Flutter started to cry. “I had a great

time last summer, but I was really looking forward to going somewhere new. I really love seeing new places and trying new things.” “I know honey,” said Momma. “I’m sure there are places around the Valley you haven’t been to yet.” “I have another idea!” said Woolie. “We read a book in school called Flat Stanley. Flat Stanley was able to travel all over the world in an envelope.”

“Well, they will ask their readers to take pictures of themselves with Flat Flutter while they are on vacation. The readers will write a few facts about the places they went and the things that they did there.” explained Woolie. “That sounds great Woolie!” Flutter said with a smile. “But how will I get the information?”

“What do you mean then?” Flutter asked.

“Easy sis! Readers can send all the pictures and info to FLUTTER@ Growingupinthevalley.com. They can also mail it to their office at PO BOX 823 BLUE RIDGE, VA 24064.” Woolie said reading off the computer screen. “I bet they will even send free T-shirts to everyone who participates!”

“We can ask our friends at Growing Up In the Valley! They can print our story and ask the readers to take you on vacation with them!” explained Woolie.

FREE T-SHIRTS to first 100 ENTRIES

“I won’t survive in an envelope!” shrieked Flutter. “Don’t be a silly-bug, big sis! I don’t mean really going in an envelope!”

“How would they do that?” asked Momma. “Well, they can cut out the picture of Flutter that’s on page 41 and color and decorate it however they want. Then they can take the picture with them on vacation!” Woolie said excitedly.

Send all entries to FLUTTER!

flutter@growingupinthevalley.com PO BOX 823 BLUE RIDGE, VA 24064

“How will I get to see new places and learn new things that way?” said Flutter quizzically. JUNE 2014 • growingupinthevalley.com

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United States Trivia 1.Which State has the most lakes? 2.Which State has the lowest population? 3.Which State is known as the “Birthplace of a Nation”?

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4.Which State was formed by underwater volcanoes? 5.Which State was the 49th to join the USA?

How quickly can you list all 50 states?

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Match the State abbreviations

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Virginia Minnesota Maine New Hampshire Colorado Mississippi Maryland

Answers: 1. Wisconsin. 2. Wyoming. 3. Virginia. 4. Hawaii. 5. Alaska VA- Virginia MN- Minnestoa NH- New Hampshire CO-Colorado MS-Mississippi ME-Maine MD-Maryland

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Flutter and Woolie’s Zoo Adventures Eurasian Lynx Name: Jayden Age: Four Enjoys: Being told she’s a beautiful girl & stalking the chipmunks around her exhibit. Favorite Treat: Mice and Rats Favorite Toy: She’s crazy for her red Kong, especially if it is filled with food. Favorite Scent: Obsession cologne, which she will rub all over for hours.

Hey friends! It’s me, Flutter! It’s been a couple months since we went to the zoo, on account of Woolie was still a bit shook up from the Dragon incident on our last trip! This trip brought all new fright to my little brother. As soon as we got there, we heard a loud growl! Woolie screeched and crawled under a leaf. I had to pull that crazy guy out by his antennae so he could listen to the zoo keeper talk to all the kids about the animal that made the growl, the Lynx. The zookeper told all us kids (and bugs) that Jayden, or the “scary monster” as Woolie calls her, is four years old. Jayden eats mice and rats and is almost 60 pounds. Woolie gulped and slowly backed away. He is such a scaredy bug! The zookeeper told us that the Lynx lives mainly in Eastern Europe, Russia and Central Asia. I tried to explain to my baby brother that we live very far away from those places but all he heard the zookeeper say was “Lynx can easily take down a deer.”

Well, this particular Lynx had no deer around to attack, just a giant red dog toy! As I got a little closer to see what type of toy it was I smelled a wonderful smell coming from Jayden’s cage. The zookeeper told the kids that Jayden loves to roll around in a cologne called “Obsession.” I guess she likes to smell pretty! Woolie and I stayed a while longer after the kids and zookeper left. When I called to Woolie to tell him it was time to leave, I caught him rolling around on the ground. Apparently Woolie likes “Obsession” too! Since he refuses to bathe and he was starting to smell funky, I figured the smell of cologne would be a welcomed change at home! Hope to see you all at the zoo this summer! JUNE 2014 • growingupinthevalley.com

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