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College 201 Part tWO of Three:

Where’s The Money? Why Overnight Camp?

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SUN MATINEES, 3 PM with multimedia post-concert discussions from the stage, moderated by hosts from 90.9 WGUC MAGNIFIQUE! MAR 14 Paavo Järvi conductor Jean-Yves Thibaudet piano

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“My son and I discover new things every time we attend concerts. It’s a fun way for us to spend time together, and these are unique learning experiences that he’ll remember the rest of his life. We’re definitely going to check out the new Pathways series. It’s a little shorter, in the afternoon, and has that interactive element that sounds different and fun—plus the discounted price makes it easy.”


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March 2010 table of contents




WHY overnight camp?



News You Can Use: Ballet, Theatre and Swimming


ONE CHIC MAMA: Spring Forward


* Health & Wellness

women’s health: Coping with Periods


* Around Town

arts & enrichment: Tumbling Toward Triumphant Tryouts


* Commentary & Parenting

PUBLISHer’s NOTE: “Give a Day, Get a Disney Day” Program


Dear teacher: Sample Tests, Spelling and Social Studies






childcare & education directory


fun & wacky holidays calendar







Ask the Staff:

March is National Music in Our Schools Month. How were you involved in music when you were in school? Paints, pencils and pens were my instruments—and still are!

I played the Viola for almost 8 years!


Piano and choir!

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I played the trumpet in jr. high band.


I played flute in jr. high. Badly.

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“Give a Day, Get a Disney Day” Program


AST month, I was thrilled to attend the major milestone with the “Give a Day, Get a Disney Day” program, a first-of-its-kind effort to help inspire 1 million people to perform volunteer service. The festivities were superb and the program is an incredible way for families to volunteer together and, in turn, spend a free day at a Disney Park. Disney Parks is recognizing the good deeds of families by rewarding those who volunteer through the program by giving them a free one-day admission to either a Walt Disney World Resort or a Disneyland Resort theme park. Volunteers can start the search and sign-up process by going to

Business Development and Marketing Coordinator Josie Fine


HandsOn Network, the volunteer-focused arm of Points of Light Institute and the largest volunteer network in the nation, is supporting the “Give a Day, Get a Disney Day” program by connecting volunteers with projects. According to Michelle Nunn, cofounder of HandsOn Network and CEO of Points of Light Institute, 10,000 community organizations, through the Disney Parks program, are getting the

volunteers they need to meet important community challenges. Since the launch of the “Give a Day, Get a Disney Day” program on Jan. 1, 2010, volunteers have trekked through wetlands near Long Beach, California and through mountain preserves in Phoenix, Arizona to clear away non-native vegetation. A continent away, volunteers have whisked away trash on Atlantic Coast beaches in Brevard County and Dade County, Florida. In Port Huron, Michigan, “soccer families” have picked up paintbrushes to help spruce up a community center. In Atlanta, Georgia, volunteers have assisted hospitalized children as they create arts and crafts projects. And with the forecast for cold nights ahead, the homeless in Central Florida were handed blankets by caring volunteers. As part of Disney’s youth environmental movement, Friends for Change: Project Green (, Joe Jonas, Demi Lovato and others joined the celebration by making special appearances throughout the day to show what’s possible when kids and families get together and volunteer to help the planet.

I will have to personally say that teen heartthrob, Joe Jonas, was a huge hit and a very nice young man. There are plenty of volunteer opportunities in the tri-state area where your family can participate to earn their free Disney Day. Simply go to to sign-up for an eligible volunteer opportunity. Pre-registration is required. So, parents, sit down with the kids and decide where you’re going to volunteer in your community—then plan where you’re going to go f irst with your free one-day admission!

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Spring Admission Events

All School Entrance Testing (Grades 1-12) Saturday, March, 20, 2010, 8:30 a.m.

Montessori Interview Sessions (PreK-K) Tuesday, March 9, 2010 Thursday, March 25, 2010 Thursday, April 15, 2010 Thursday, April 29, 2010 All sessions begin at 8:45 a.m.

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Toddler Interview Sessions for two-year-olds may be individually scheduled by calling the Office of Admission. Limited space available.

• New Montessori Toddler Program for Two-Year-Olds • Busing available from 10 School Districts • Tuition Assistance available for students PreK-Gr.12 • Year-Round Montessori for 3-6 year-olds can be combined with Summer Camp


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Wake Nation to Add Second Lake in 2010 for Kids and Beginners

Dancing Mice Spark a Magical Introduction

Too young to sit with the grown ups to see real culture? Did you know your children could see world class performances for free at your local library or museum?

It may be winter now, but they’re already thinking summer at Wake Nation…Following a highly successful inaugural year, Wake Nation Cincinnati will be expanding for the 2010 season.

A popular performance group established in 1948 is The Cincinnati Kinderballet. They are of, by, with, and for, children and the classical performing arts. Offerings are enchanting and based on popular children’s literature like the new Beatrix Potter Ballet for spring 2010.

Wake Nation, Ohio’s only cable wake park, announced today that it is adding a second body of water, called The Practice Pond, featuring an “easy start” cable system designed by Rixen of Germany especially for kids ages 5 and up, and Construction of The Practice Pond will take 2-3 wakeboarding beginners. months to complete, Kennedy added. It will be The half-acre Practice Pond will be located ready in time for Wake Nation’s 2010 season, adjacent to Wake Nation’s 10-acre main beginning May 1. lake where riders can wakeboard, water ski, kneeboard, and wakeskate WITHOUT A Wake Nation, located in Fairfield’s Joyce Park, BOAT. On the park’s main lake, riders are pulled opened to rave reviews in May, 2009, as only around at speeds of 18-20 miles per hour by a the 7th cable wake park in the USA (others are circulating cable system that runs 35 feet above located mostly in Florida and Texas.) The closest cable wake park to Wake Nation is more than the water. 600 miles away.

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The new Practice Pond is designed to give children and beginners a place to learn to ride a wakeboard at a slower speed than on the main lake. The Practice Pond will have a starting dock on each end of the pond, creating an easy “up and back” system to facilitate more “launch” repetitions and generate a faster learning curve. The new easy-start system is the first and only one of its kind in the USA.

In addition to The Practice Pond, Wake Nation will open its second season with new and improved jumps and obstacles on the main lake to challenge experienced riders. Wake Nation will be hosting a professional wakeboarding event next summer as well as several local tournaments.

At Wake Nation, both parking and admission are FREE. The park is a “pay as you play” facility with ride time starting at $25 for two hours. Private lessons, group discounts and parties are available. Season Passes are available now at a discounted price of $525 until April 1 when the price will increase to $550. Wake Nation will re-open for daily operations on May 1, 2010 and run through October. Hours are 10 a.m. til dark. For more information go to www.wakenation. com.

YO GABBA GABBA! LIVE!: THERE’S A PARTY IN MY CITY! interactive experience offering audience members of all ages the opportunity to witness their favorite characters come to life with the magic words, “Yo Gabba Gabba!.” Also joining DJ Lance and the characters on stage will be hip-hop legend Biz Markie to teach the kids how to beat box with Biz’s Beat of the Day as well as special guests The Aquabats, whose front man Christian Jacobs (aka the Bat Commander) is the co-creator of Yo Gabba This state-of-the-art production featuring Gabba!, for the Super Music Friends Show. music, singing, dancing and animation is an

On the heels of the sold out YO GABBA GABBA! LIVE!: THERE’S A PARTY IN MY CITY! tour in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago and Dallas in late 2009,W!ldbrain, The Magic Store and tour producer S2BN Entertainment are bringing YO GABBA GABBA! LIVE!: THERE’S A PARTY IN MY CITY! to Cincinnati, OH on March 20th at 2PM & 5PM to the Aronoff Center for the Arts.

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YO GABBA GABBA! LIVE!: THERE’S A PARTY IN MY CITY! Cincinnati: Saturday, March 20, 2010 – 2PM & 5PM Aronoff Center for the Arts American Express Pre-Sale – Friday January 20-28 – 10AM Public On-Sale –January 29 – 10AM Tickets are $25.00 and $35.00

Gold Gabba Party Packages are available for $99.00, which includes premium seats, a meet and greet with the Yo Gabba Gabba! characters, a special entrance to theater, and much more. They will be available for purchase through or and can also be purchased at the Aronoff Center ticket office. There will be a $5.00 off discount for groups of 10 or more. Children under one year of age will be admitted free to sit on a parent’s lap.

Exciting Productions for Young People Saturdays Through April 3, 2010 World of Wonder

March 6, 2010 • Performed by Leland Faulkner Extraordinary physical comedian Leland Faulkner travels the globe in World of Wonder with clowning, mime and dance.

The Stinky Cheese Man

March 13, 2010 • Featuring Paul Mesner Puppets An adaptation of the Caldecott Award-winning book, this hilarious puppet troupe delights audiences with wacky tales.

An Asian Occasion of Storytelling

March 20, 2010 • Featuring Eth-Noh-Tec Folktales and urban legends from Japan, China, the Philippines and other Asian countries.

The Garden of Rikki Tikki Tavi

March 27, 2010 & April 3, 2010 • Adapted by Y York from Rudyard Kipling • Featuring the Playhouse’s Touring Company A free-flowing and hilarious adaptation of the Kipling classic. All shows performed in the Playhouse’s Rosenthal Plaza at 10:30am & 1:00pm* / Ages 4-18: $5; Adults: $6. To ensure the enjoyment of all in attendance, children younger than 4 must sit on an accompanying adult’s lap throughout the performance. *1:00pm performance is signed for the hearing impaired courtesy of Cincinnati State.

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Sample Tests, Spelling and Social Studies Your Questions for Teachers—Answered

Want to See Sample State Tests Answer: The words that children really need to Question: In a few weeks, my children will be learn how to spell are the ones that they use in their taking state tests. Is there any way to see sample tests? daily writing. It is quite possible that the words your son is learning on the weekly spelling tests simply – Testing Help aren’t the ones he needs the most for his daily work. Answer: It is always helpful for students to know what any test is going to be like. Then they can Have you investigated what words your son is concentrate on answering the questions correctly. misspelling on his assignments? There are probably Have you asked your children if they know what a number of words that he consistently spells to expect on these tests? Most teachers are spending incorrectly. Work with his teacher in identifying considerable time preparing their students for these this list of words. It would be great if a few of these tests. The stakes are too high for them not to do so. words could be part of the weekly spelling test. If this isn’t possible, then you need to step up to the The Web site plate and help him learn these words. testing/testing.htm has links to questions used in many previous statewide tests. Scroll down Here’s how you can do this. Select the 25 words that the page to find your state. Or you can use a he misspells most often, and work on them first. On search engine to find them. You could have Monday, test him on five of these words. Then spell your children do a practice test, if they haven’t the words orally for him and have him write the had any exposure to these tests at school. ones he missed correctly. Once this is done, give However, please do not let your concern about him the same quiz again and have him correct any missed words. Follow the same steps on Wednesday these tests produce anxiety in your children. and Friday. Work with five new words the next week and so on. After your son has worked with all Spelling Can Be Improved Question: My son, a third-grader, has a 25 words, quiz him on all the words for a week as a difficult time spelling many of the words he uses in review. Then quiz him again on these words in 10, his daily work. However, he does great on his weekly 20 and 30 days. Hopefully, this will help him master spelling tests -- all “A” grades. Can your explain these words, unless his spelling problems are related to a learning disability. this? How can I help him? – No Speller

Incidentally, the more your son reads, the more words he will see spelled correctly and begin to spell correctly. Plus, playing spelling word games (Boggle, Bananagrams and Scrabble) will give him additional practice in spelling words correctly.

Fostering Son’s Interest in Social Studies

and events. Depending on what he is studying, he could enjoy hearing about Lafayette, Paul Revere or President Kennedy, as well as events from Gettysburg to the Boston Tea Party to the Mayflower voyage. What’s great about reading stories to him is that you would be sharing in his interest.

Question: This year our son, a fifth-grader, has become fascinated with what he is learning in social studies. He wants to know more and more about this subject. How can we help satisfy his curiosity? – Seeking More Knowledge

Today, there is something new online that your son might truly enjoy seeing. There are several Web sites that offer virtual field trips to places like the rain forest, Williamsburg, VA., and Washington, D.C. He can easily search for places related to the topics that he is studying in school, Answer: One thing that seems to guarantee and they will become far more meaningful to success in school is to develop a passion for a him. Furthermore, this is cost-free travel. particular topic or subject. It’s great that your son has one. Learning more and more about a passion This summer, your family could plan to visit turns into a win-win situation. What has been historical sites while you are on vacation. Try learned can be used later on as topics for speeches to choose ones that are related to what he has and reports. Plus, the more children learn, the studied this year in school or what he will study wider the knowledge base they have to build next year. Don’t forget about all the history in your community and state. Visits to museums, the upon when learning new material. capitol and historical re-enactments will further There are so many things that can be done to enhance his interest in social studies. enhance what your son’s learning in school. Why Parents should send questions to dearteacher@ don’t you read some stories at night to him that tie or ask them on the columnists’ Web to his current social studies work? There are loads site at of books and short stories about historical figures


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College 201 Part tWO of Three:

Where’s The Money? Making the most of college financial aid

Along with ordering a social security card, birth records, and adding insurance coverage, parents of potential college graduates should also schedule a financial planning meeting to outline a college savings strategy. “Anything you do early on is going to help, just like retirement,” says Todd Everett, senior associate director of financial aid at Xavier University. All parents, he says, need “a strategy based on the forecast of what college will cost in 18 years.” Unfortunately, there is no hard and fast rule as to the best type of savings plan. Each family’s needs will differ depending on income, debts and assets, number of children, or home state. However, having a plan in place – whether it’s an actual 529 college savings plan or a strategic plan to pay off the mortgage and reallocate that money toward tuition – will help when the time comes. And when the time does come, perhaps during the junior or senior year of high school, there are a few important steps parents and children can take to obtain the best financial package for their needs. The first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which the federal government and financial aid officers use to calculate the amount a family is expected to contribute to tuition. The difference between the actual cost of attending a college or university and the family expected contribution can then be made up through state or institutional grants or scholarships, or federal loans. However, Everett notes, “government programs have not kept pace with the cost of college.” This means that a family’s expected contribution and the actual amount parents think they can afford may differ. Although the application for federal money isn’t officially due until June, individual institutions frequently set a March deadline for submitting the FAFSA in order to be considered for university, college or state money. In addition, because the FAFSA requires information regarding the previous year’s taxes, parents are encouraged to complete, or at least estimate, their taxes as soon after the new year as possible. As some schools allocate money on a first come, first serve and financial need basis, applications completed early receive priority consideration. “In the end, all f inancial aid administrators want to do is put as much money into student’s hands as we can,” says Ray Ulses, senior associate director of student financial aid at the University of Cincinnati. But neither the government nor the university can do that without proper forms in place, including the FAFSA. One common misperception, Ulses says, is for a parent to think the family income is too high to qualify for federal grants or loans.

“How many times in your life do you ever say you make too much money?” he often asks parents. “You may make too much to be eligible for certain aid, but you always want to have that so you know your options.” For example, all students are eligible for a federal Stafford loan, regardless of family income. This borrowed money can That tiny bundle of joy recently delivered at the hospital may not even have a name help offset the cost of tuition, books or living expenses. In addition, having a FAFSA on file can serve as quick access yet, but most higher education financial aid advisors suggest that all children have a college savings to financial aid should job loss or other family financial catastrophe strike while the student is in school.

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talent or need-based aid, but can only give out the money if all application materials are completed on time. Parents and students must ask, check websites and stay on top of such opportunities in order to not miss the varying deadlines. “Schools are very forthcoming about that information” says Brent Shock, senior associate director of student financial assistance at Miami University. “They want students to have the opportunity to be considered for everything possible.” Throughout this process, Shock says, organization is key. “The first time through, if they can break it down into small chunks, and organize it step-by-step, they’ll find it’s not that bad,” Shock says. “By the second year, they’re going to be pros.” Finally, Shock adds, “If the family has an unusual situation, like they are divorced or the student doesn’t live with the parents … their best bet is to contact the financial aid office at the school and talk to them immediately.”

Another key step in the financial maze is to talk early and often with financial aid COUNSELORS at each institution a student may want to attend. While the student is completing college applications, he or she

Another proactive step is to talk to a high school guidance counselor early on – even as soon as the student’s sophomore or junior year of high school. Such a conversation can tip parents and students off to local business or civic scholarships, which may only be announced through the school or local newspaper. Parents and students can also conduct their own scholarship searches through websites such as, or Loans, for both parents and students, are another common option to paying for school. Depending on calculations made in the FAFSA, loans can be either subsidized, meaning no interest or repayments until the student graduates, or unsubsidized, in which interest begins accruing right away. In addition, many federal loan programs have fixed interest rates and are often easier to obtain than private loans.

can also gather information about financial Working while in college is another option for students to consider aid, scholarships or loan deadlines.

Another step to knowing all financial options is to talk early and often with financial aid counselors at each institution a student may want to attend. While the student is completing college applications, he or she can also gather information about financial aid, scholarships or loan deadlines. Most colleges and universities offer specific merit,

because income from a part-time job can help generate personal spending money. In making a decision to work, however, parents and the student must think about how many hours per week are needed to study, socialize and work. A job can be a great resource for friendships, networking or learning financial responsibility, but it can also add stress. Shock suggests an on-campus job as a way to ease possible tensions.

“Part of preparing your kid for school is to talk with them about what money is available and what are the limitations to that money,” says Ulses. “If Mom and Dad are going to help pay for college, and they say, ‘then we need to see your grades,’ that’s probably a good conversation to have before the school year begins, rather than when grades come out.” It is important to note that once a child is 18 years old and begins college, most institutions follow the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act and do not release personal information – including grades –to the parent unless the student grants permission. Parents do have the option of helping to manage their child’s spending money, however, by purchasing a pre-set meal plan, depositing money to a debit account, or giving the child a credit card with a low limit. Overall, while the financial aid field may seem rocky and confusing to navigate, and higher education may appear overpriced or inflated, Everett emphasizes that parents begin saving early to avoid too much stress later on. “This is a four year deal, and you have to think long range. There’s no way you could have prepared enough,” he says, “but you have to have some type of plan.” Keri Schwab is a freelance writer and a doctoral student in the Dept. of Parks, Recreation, & Tourism at the University of Utah. She has experience working with youth and adults in a variety of educational settings including home-based early intervention, community afterschool programs and undergraduate college courses.

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Finally, students and parents need to have an honest discussion about budgeting, family finances, loans and repayment plans, and personal spending money well before the student moves to college. The more a child understands income and debt, the better prepared he or she is to not make financial mistakes in the future.

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Choosing the Right Resident Camp Experience

Why Overnight Camp? Today, there are camps to meet every interest, price range and schedule. Knowing your options, as well as your child’s personality, will help you identify programs from which your child will benefit most.

Most resident camps offer a variety of programs for children starting at age seven. Options include coed, single sex and specialty camps that focus on a particular program. Resident camps offer varying overnight accommodations, such as cabins, tents and tepees. Camp sessions vary in length and children may stay at camp for a few days, a few weeks or the entire summer. Resident camp doesn’t have to break the bank. A large range of price options is available, depending upon the choice of camp, the facilities offered and the camper’s needs. Many camps and other organizations offer financial assistance or special pricing, such as early bird discounts and multiple sibling rates. It’s important to talk to the camp director about alternatives early in order to take advantage of these opportunities. When beginning the camp selection process, consider your child’s interests. It’s important to know a child’s personality and identify what camp programs will benefit him or her most. With a variety of programs and activities, camp offers fun and meaningful adventures to match a child’s interests and maturity level. When choosing a resident camp experience, the American Camp Association® (ACA) recommends that families consider the following ten questions: 1. What locale do I want to consider (e.g., mountains, oceanfront, distance from home)? 2. Do I want a traditional camp that gives my child a wide variety of experiences or do I want to select a specialty camp that focuses on a particular activity or set of skills? 3. What size enrollment will make my child feel comfortable? 4. How rustic do I want the camp to be?

5. How structured do I want the program to be? Does my child like to have lots of choice in the activity schedule? 6. Is my child ready to sleep away from home for an extended stay? This will help you to select either a resident or day camp setting. 7. What session length will appeal to my child and to our family plans for the summer? (One week? Eight weeks?) 8. How can I stay in touch with my child during camp? Does the camp allow mail, phone calls, or e-mail? Does the camp have parent-visitation days? 9. How will the camp meet my child’s special dietary or physical needs? 10. What is my budget for camp tuition? Remember, many camps offer financial aid.

Be certain to include your child in the decisionmaking process. Together with your child, explore the camp options and examine the materials the camps provide. In addition, many camps have Web sites that include photos, maps or virtual tours of the camp facility, sample daily schedules and menus and information about the directors and key staff. As children become better acquainted with the camp experience and more involved in the decision-making process, they will have less anxiety about going away to camp. There is a camp experience perfect for every child. Families can visit ACA’s parent resource site,, to find expert advice, resources and links, information on planning for camp, videos, and ACA’s Find A Camp feature, which allows families to search ACA’s 2,400 accredited camps for one that best suits their needs. ©2010 American Camping Association, Inc. The American Camp Association® (ACA) works to preserve, promote, and enhance the camp experience for children and adults. ACA-Accredited® camp programs ensure that children are provided with a diversity of educational and developmentally challenging learning opportunities. There are over 2,400 ACA-accredited camps that meet up to 300 health and safety standards. For more information, visit CINCINNATIPARENT.COM 15

Day Camps

Ballet Theatre Midwest 3738 Eastern Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45226 (513)520-2334 Co-ed: Day AND Residential Ages 4 - 25 Various Workshops; June 14 - July 30

Children’s Dance, Music and Art (Ages 4-8): Weekly themes with Friday performances. Jazz/Musical Theater (Ages 8-18), Ballet I/II (Ages 9-12) and Intensive Performance Workshop (Ages 11-25): Outstanding technical and artistic training with biweekly performances. Please visit web site for details. Cincinnati Children’s Choir Festival Cincinnati Children’s Choir Preparatory Department College-Conservatory, Cincinnati, OH 45221 513-556-0338 Coed: Day: Arts Financial aid is available 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Monday - Friday and Saturday, 1 - 5 p.m. July 26 - 31, 2010 Ages 9 (third grade) - 15 (tenth grade) $195.00 All students must be teacher-recommended or auditioned and have unchanged voices.

The festival consists of sessions in vocal artistry, sight singing, musicianship through movement, music theory, choral artistry and music history/world music. Young singers interested in enjoying and developing their musicianship skills will gather for an exciting week as they attend inspiring, interactive sessions on the campus of the University of Cincinnati. The week will


Summer Camp Guide culminate with a closing concert shared by the Festival Choir and members of the Cincinnati Children’s Choir. Cincinnati Country Day School 6905 Given Road, Cincinnati, OH 45243 (513)979-0365 Co-ed June 15 – August 7 18 months – Adult

Academic, arts, athletic, and adult programs are offered weekly. Day camps are offered weekly and monthly for students 18 months through entering grade 6 with either a traditional or Montessori focus. Prices vary per program and camp session selected. Cincinnati Junior Academy Adventure Camp 3798 Clifton Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45220 513-751-1255 Coed: Day June 7 - July 23, 2010 Register early before all spaces are filled.

If you are looking for a safe place where your child can be learning and having fun this summer, then your search is over. It’s THE CINCINNATI JUNIOR ACADEMY ADVENTURE CAMP! Activities and programs include sporting activities, foreign languages, computer, music, crafts and weekly field trips. Camp Adventure also offers a daycare option for the summer holidays. During the school year, we offer Before and After Care services. For more information call 513-751-1255 or 513-304-4899 or e-mail Cincinnati Nature Center 4949 Tealtown Rd., Milford, OH 45150 Amy Johnson/Registrar 513-531-1711 Coed: Day Financial aid is available. Hours vary depending on camp. June through August Ages 3 - 16 Cost varies, depending on camp.

Our plethora of camps offer activities for every child from 3-16 including: exploring, hiking, art, creeking, photography, challenges, learning, games, songs, crafts and new summer friendships! CincyNature Camps are a fun way for kids to actively challenge their minds and bodies and apply their creativity and imaginations in a natural outdoor setting. Camps offer exciting and unique activities that expose children to new outdoor adventurers in a safe and friendly environment. What will your child discover this summer? Drake Science Center 2060 Sherman Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45212 Pam Bowers, Director 513-396-5578 pbowers@drakeplanetarium.og Academic/Pre-college Special Needs Camps Offered: Special needs camps offered during everyday camps 9 a.m. - 12 p.m., 1- 4 p.m. June 14 - August 6 Ages 4 - 13

Activities include working with Legos, K’nex, or other manipulatives. Our campers apply math and science skills in a fun, interactive environment where they develop critical thinking and problemsolving skills. Come let your imagination soar in our handson Camps! Featuring our popular Lego Camps: Robotics, Architecture, Crazy Contraptions, and

Young Builders. New this year are Rocketry, Robot World, Total Science & Anything That Moves. Plus, Space Camp is back! Discounts for Drake Planetarium Members, multiple weeks, and siblings . The Goddard School See for locations Coed: Day

The Goddard School® is the place for summer fun and exploration! An energetic team of teachers plan summer days filled with developmentally appropriate activities that nurture each child’s lifelong love of learning. Gorman Heritage Farm 10052 Reading Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45241 Mike Roman, Camp Director (513)563-6663 Coed: Day: Animals Special needs camps offered during everyday camps. Financial aid is available. Hours: 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. June 7 - August 13. Ages 4 - 15. $160-$215/week for main camps, themed camps offered at additional cost.

Animal chores, animal grooming, garden activities, cooking activities, arts and crafts, hiking, pond explorations, science activities, camp songs and games, fort building, scavenger hunts, puppet shows and more! Farm campers love the hands-on animal, garden, food, and nature-based experiences they participate in at camp. Gorman Heritage Farm’s talented and dedicated camp staff are recruited nationally. Camp counselors are selected based on their experience with children, passion and creativity for teaching, and knowledge of agriculture and the environment.

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Camp themes include: “Let’s Blow Stuff Up!”, “Crazy Chemworks”, “Scene of the Crime”, “Invisible Forces”, “Did You See That?!”, “Radical Reactions”, “3, 2, 1... Blast Off!”, “Science 101”, “Eco-Explorers”, “Junior Engineers”. Unique, interactive, hands-on science programs for ages 5-12. Half and Full Day programs at locations througout the area. “Make and/or take home” projects each day. Content correlated to State of Ohio education standards. Sibling and early registration discounts available. “Before” & “After” care available at select locations. Mercy HealthPlex Kids Camps 2010 (513)942-PLEX Day: Co-ed June - August Ages 3 - 14 Anderson: 7495 State Rd. Fairfield: 3050 Mack Rd. Western Hills: 3131 Queen City Ave.

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Mini Muskies Soccer Camp Andy Fleming Soccer Camp; Men’s Soccer Office, 3800 Victory Pkwy, Cincinnati, OH 45207 Kris Bertsch 513-709-5351 All-Boy: Day Full Day 9-3 p.m.: Half Day 9-12 p.m. Monday- Friday July 19-23rd, 2010 Ages 5-14 Full Day - $250.00; half Day - $150.00

Fun filled soccer exercises and games with the ball all week long. Sure to be a can’t miss soccer camp! Andy Fleming Soccer Camps has partnered with #1 worldwide in skill development in youth soccer players with Coerver Coaching. Coerver focuses exclusively on developing the individual skill level in small group play with ball mastery then advancing into large group combinations. There’s no better soccer training and learning environment! Primrose School of Symmes Summer Camp 9175 Governors Way, Cincinnati, OH 45249 Susan Mattick 513-697-6970 Coed: Day hours are from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. june 7 through August 19, 2010. Age 5 through age 12. Cost is dependent on number of weeks child is registered and age.

Bring a smile and a great attitude! Field trips include a Bengals stadium tour, Newport Aquarium, Cincinnati Zoo, Backstage at the Arnoff, Newport Duck Tours, Lazer Kraze, Coney Island, Paint ‘n Play, and much more. Fun-filled activites around our themes of: Day at the Museum, Dare to Imagine, and Blast from the Past! Each week campers will take 2 field trips to exciting locations in the area. 3 weeks will be Theme Camps -Art Camp, Sports Camp and Science Camp.

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Boys High School Soccer Camp andy Fleming Soccer Camp; Men’s Soccer Office, 3800 Victory Pkwy, Cincinnati, OH 45207 Kris Bertsch 513-709-5351 All-Boy: Residential

This is an overnight camp. Sunday, July 26th- Wednesday, July 28th, 2010 Boys ages 14-19 $500.00

Skill development training sessions including technical and tactical sessions in addition to small and full sided games. The Boys High School Prep Camp is a prime opportunity for teams and individual players to prepare for their upcoming fall seasons. There will be a challenging curriculum for each player at camp and it’s a great way to be recruited for players wishing to play soccer in college! Camp Nuhop 404 Hillcrest Drive, Ashland, OH 44805 Trevor Dunlap Phone: (419) 289-2227 Coed: Residential Special Needs Camps offered: ADHD, ED, ODD, LD, Asperger’s Syndrom and other disabilities. Financial aid is available 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. Session 1: June 21- June 26 Session 2: June 28- July 3 Session 3: July 5-July 10 Session 4: July 19-July 24 Session 5: July 26-July 31 Session 6: August 2- August 7 Ages 6 - 18 $745-$2000

May 30 - June 4, Developmental Adult and Physical Adult Age-18 and up; June 13-18, One to One (Age 6 and up), Learning Behavior Disorder (Age 6-18); June 20 -25 Developmental Youth (Age 6 and up), Physical Youth (Age 6 and up); Operation Purple Camp Jun Special Needs Camps $811; One to One $1,393; Traditional ($150); Operation Purple Camps (Free)

Nine Station High Challenge Course, 3-30 foot high climbing walls, 2-300 foot zip lines, 5-Station Low Elements Course, Fishing, Canoeing, Pontoon Boating, Indoor Heated Pool, Hay Rides. Easter Seals Camp KYSOC is celebrating it’s 50th Anniversary. It has a large Dining Hall and 27 sleeping cabins situated on 124 acres of wooded and 12 acre lake property, 60 trained staff, all with thorough backgound checks, 10-days of staff training, CPR and First-Aid Certified, professional school cooks, Nurse 24/7, 2 minutes from hospital, a Facility of the Cardinal Hill Healthcare System. Falcon Horse Lover Camp 4251 Delta Rd. SW, Carrolton, OH 44615

Emily Devey, Director 800-837-CAMP All-Girl: Residential One week sessions June 20 - August 14 Girls ages 11 - 15 $950/wk For horse lovers only. Some experience necessary.

Daily mounted lessons, trail rides, fun rides, games, guest instructors, field trips, your “own horse”, parent demo, take home video, ground lessons, approx. 4 hours actual riding each day. For Horse Lover’s only! Eat, sleep and breathe horses in this special program designed to improve riding skills, teach horsemanship, horse health and care. Very limited enrollment ensures individual instruction and attention. Excellent instructors and horses. ACA accredited since 1959. References available. If you love horses, you’ll love this camp!

Swimming, archery, slingshots, fishing, arts and crafts, general sports, cycling, rock climbing, backpacking, orienteering, ropes course, canoeing, hiking, primitive skills, survival skills, caving, kayaking, white water rafting, team building. For 36 years, Camp Nuhop has provided a safe, nurturing, dynamic learning environment where people are empowered to succeed. This residential program is for children with special needs, including learning disabilities, emotional disabilities, OCD and ADHD. Nuhop programs are designed to build confidence and social skills through adventure, success and friendship. Easter Seals Camp KYSOC 1902 Easterday Road, Carrollton, KY 41008 Jim Ebert 502-732-5333/866-357-4712 (Toll Free); Coed: Residential: Special Needs Special Needs Camps Offered: Developmental Adult, Physical Adult, One to One, Learning Behavior Disorder, Developmental Youth, SCL Respite Financial aid is available 8:00-5:00, Monday - Friday


JULY 5-9, 2010 | NOON to 6PM Northern Kentucky University’s Department of Music is pleased to announce its fourth annual Summer Jazz Camp. Students will receive instruction in jazz improvisation, jazz theory, jazz harmony, jazz history, and jazz combo techniques along with close interaction and coaching by our jazz professionals in residence at NKU. Students age 13 through adult are welcome to apply. For more information, go to and click on “Summer” or contact the director, Brian Hogg at or 859-572-5885. CAMP COST: $200.00 if you register prior to June 1, 2010 $235.00 if you register after June 1, 2010 Discounts available for multiple campers in a family!


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How to Manage Heavy Menstruation Gynecologists focus on quantity. “From a medical view, we look at excessive menstrual flow as being in excess of eighty milliliters in a cycle which is not a lot. When you look at it in terms of the average period being three to four days, the majority of bleeding will occur on the first two to three days and the rest occurs on the last day,” explains Nelson.

Consider influences on your menstrual pattern such as weight, diet or medication. “Any medication that will disturb your hormonal axis will change the way your hormonal balance is in harmony with the rest of the body. We see that all the time with patients with psychotropic drugs,” says Nelson. Stress and underlying medical conditions can also have an effect.

There are several causes that may account for excessive bleeding. “Serious changes in your pattern, depending on your age group, are a hormonal issue. The other issue is whether or not there is an anatomical cause,” says Nelson. Bleeding disorders or endocrine disorders like thyroid dysfunction may also be to blame. Abnormalities can be assessed through blood testing and treatment will be designed appropriately.

Many women believe they suffer from heavy periods, but gynecologists say it is a matter of perception. You should be in tune to your body and know what is normal for you. “Most patients have a very good handle on their menstrual pattern with reference to flow or excess. What is most important is the deviation from their normal standard,” explains Dr. Elbert Nelson, director of obstetrics/gynecology services at The Christ Hospital.

Even if the heavy bleeding is just your perception, you do not need to suffer. “There are very good supportive measures for the menstrual period. It has more to do with the endogenous production of prostaglandin in the uterus that result in contractions and the effect of Motrin, Ibuprofen or NSAIDs,” says Nelson. You can even be proactive. “A good rule of thumb is to start three to five days prior to the expected period to diminish prostaglandin production Hormonal therapy is one option. “Birth control pills are a and ultimately diminish menstrual pain,” advises Nelson. very effective way of controlling menstrual abnormalities. Other times we will use medicated intrauterine device Remember that every woman is special. “What is normal preparations or specific hormones themselves such as is individual and unique for that person and any change estrogen and/or progesterone,” says Nelson. from the usual menstrual patterns should be considered potentially abnormal by that patient,” says Nelson. When It is recommended to keep a journal. “If you have a you have an open relationship with your gynecologist, menstrual diary, it can accurately assess a bleeding pattern. coping and winning the battle against heavy periods You can document frequency, accuracy, duration and the becomes easier. number of pads used,” says Nelson. Your gynecologist will Jamie Lober’s passion is for health promotion and appreciate having this data at his fingertips. “This helps disease prevention. As a speaker and author of Pink Power us to determine whether it is an ovulation issue or a non- (, she has empowered others to modify health behavior through knowledge. ovulation-type bleeding issue,” says Nelson.

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John and Jo-El Azzato took a different adoption route and went through There are many reasons why people consider adoption. For a private agency to find an international child. “We had seen an ad in the some, it’s a result of failed fertility efforts. For others, it’s a desire to newspaper about a seminar on domestic and international adoptions, so enlarge their family and make life better for a child. But for all, it’s a we went,” recalls Jo-El. “We knew we way to bring people of diverse culture, wanted an international child who was race and heritage into the bonds of a QUESTIONS TO ASK about one- or two-years old. And after loving family. WHEN CONSIDERING doing research, we decided to go with a child from China.” Tony and Nancy Rivera is one couple whose reason for adopting During the fourteen months the Azzatos was to enlarge their family and f ind a Adoption is a broad topic covering everything from domestic infant waited for their daughter Nina, they companion for their child. “When our to international to children from foster care. Add to that trans-racial, busied themselves with preparations. son Tony was eight, we went through trans-cultural, older children, and physical, mental, and emotional “We had a baby shower and prepared the state foster-adopt program to f ind challenges, and subject can be overwhelming. Families interested in her room,” says Jo-El. “We also read a a playmate for him,” says Nancy. “We pursuing adoption, should start by asking themselves what type of lot about parenting and asked friends told them we wanted a child near our adoption they want. From there, they can begin their search for a who had kids lots of questions.” son’s age, but when they contacted private or government-sponsored agency. us, it was for a two-month-old boy Waiting, says experts, can be the named Alex.” When choosing an agency, it is important that families feel comfortable hardest part of the adoption process, with the organization and know they are being heard. Following is a list whether it’s waiting for the paperwork At first the Riveras declined the agency’s of questions to ask when shopping around for an adoption agency: to go through or waiting to receive the request, but when subsequent phone calls referral. But while families are on hold, came in, Tony and Nancy reevaluated • Is this a licensed adoption agency? there are things they can do. their decision. “The third time they called us we said, ‘Yes,’” Nancy • What types of adoption does this agency do? “When I talk with couples, I tell them continues. “We figured if they contacted to use the time productively,” says us that many times, maybe this was the • What are the requirements to adopt from this agency Sam Wojnilower, LCSW, with a local child we were supposed to get.” (age, religion, income, marital status, other children)? private adoption agency. “Read about adopting and raising children, attend But the Riveras got more than they • What does a home study with this agency entail? workshops, find a pediatrician, that planned for. “Two months later, the kind of thing, so they’re already being agency called again. This time they said • How do you train prospective families, individually or in groups? active parents.” Alex had a two-year-old brother named Alfonzo who was in foster care and • Do you provide support for families after a Although the Riveras didn’t need a asked if we wanted to adopt him. So we child has been placed in the home? primer on child-rearing, they did have did,” says Nancy. “Then a year later, to learn how to help their adopted we found out the boys had two sisters, • Can you provide me with a referral of someone children adjust a new environment. Candice, who was six, and Anastasia, who has worked with your agency so I can speak “I think it was harder on the Candice who was eight, so we decided to adopt with them about their adoption experience? and Anastasia because they were older them to keep the family together.”



than the boys,” says Nancy. “I had to tell the girls they weren’t going to see their biological parents anymore. I’m not sure Candice totally understood, but Anastasia took it very hard. She was a little weepy and apprehensive, maybe even confused. I spent a lot of time with her letting her know she could come and talk with me. I told her it was okay to talk about her mom and dad and I would listen. I tried very hard to build a relationship and establish her trust.” This is exactly what Adoption Consultant Mary Lou Edgar suggests. “One of the best ways to help newly adopted children adjust in their environment is to close in and establish those family relationships. There’s a natural inclination to want to celebrate with family and friends, but that can come later.” Wojnilower agrees. “Children need time to adjust to their new family. They also need to establish a consistent routine as soon as possible. This is even truer with international adoption where things like food and times zones are different.” Although Nina was only ten-months old when the Azzatos adopted her, she too, had an adjustment to make. “I think the hardest part of the adoption process was that we didn’t bond right away,” recalls Jo-El. “When we first got Nina, she was well aware we weren’t her regular caretaker and the hotel we were staying in was not the orphanage. She wouldn’t eat and covered her face with her hands. She also cried a lot.”

But three days into the adoption, things changed. “We were still at the hotel and Nina had fallen asleep on the bed. When she woke up, she rolled over and I caught her before she fell off the side. She laughed; she thought it was a game. From that point on it was completely different. I knew we had bonded.” Perhaps the one who had the biggest adjustment was young Tony, who went from being an only child to sharing his parents with four other children. “Tony did okay when we got boys, but when Candice and Anastasia came, we had to have a talk,” Nancy remembers. The Riveras didn’t know for certain the girls were coming until that morning, and Tony had already left for school. “When he got home, the girls were there, so I pulled him aside and explained why we wanted to keep them all together,” says Nancy. “It was hard but I think he understood. It’s funny, though, the last thing he said to me was, ‘Mom, I’ll let them come in, just don’t paint the house pink!’” One day soon, 2-year-old Nina may be making that same adjustment. “We are just now starting the adoption process to get a boy from Vietnam,” Jo-El concludes. “We want to get another Asian child so there is a similarity between them, particularly in this big Italian family.” -Denise Yearian is the former editor of two parenting magazines and the mother of three children.

RESOURCES Following is a list of books and websites for those considering adoption. Books • Adopting on Your Own: The Complete Guide to Adopting as a Single Parent by Lee Varon • How to Adopt Internationally by Jean NelsonErichson and Heino R. Erichson Raising Adopted Children by Lois Ruskai Melina • There are Babies to Adopt: A Resource Guide for Prospective Parents by Christian A. Adamec • Twenty Things Adopted Kids Wish Their Adoptive Parents Knew by Sherrie Eldridge Websites • Provides information on private domestic, foster care and international adoption. • Nation’s leading adoption magazine provides independent, practical information on adopting and raising healthy, happy children. • The only national, federally funded photo listing service for children in foster care waiting for permanent families. • Resources on all aspects of domestic and inter-country adoption, including adoption from foster care. • International Adoption Publication. Run by an adoptive parent, this site features photo listings of waiting children, listings of agencies and articles on adoption. One of the top sites for international adoption information.

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Tumbling Toward Triumphant Tryouts Making the Most of Gymnastics and Dance

Your child need not wait for school tryouts to give cheerleading a shot. In fact, your child probably shouldn’t wait until the week of tryouts to have his or her first go at it. At least, not if making the squad is important. It takes more than a few attempts to master a back handspring, let alone an entire cheer routine. This is one reason why gyms across the region, and nation for that matter, specialize in training kids of all skill levels in the core disciplines of cheer, dance and gymnastics. Premier Athletics is one area gym that offers a variety of cheer, tumbling and dance classes for people of all ages including a Hot Tots class, a flyer flexibility class, squad lessons, summer camps and more. In fact, they currently train 45 school, recreational and all-star teams in the Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati area. Sarah Schneider, general manager of Premier Likewise, TNT Tumble, Cheer and Dance in Maineville, Ohio, conducts evaluations of “Kids from all spectrums come to our gym. Athletics in Park Hills, Ky. students to place each person in the proper We do have a lot of athletes - gym rats - who come when not even in practice. They just All-star teams are not affiliated with schools, class, but there is always a place for students come to the gym to practice on their own. so anyone can tryout. At Premier Athletics, to grow their skills. The main requirement They work on a corner of a mat or work by for instance, tryouts occur each spring. is willingness to work. “I think a kid that is themselves on our tumble track just to get Though competitive, Schneider says there willing to go out there and put forward their better. We see a lot of those kids who are is a place for everyone. “We can help you personal best is a great asset to our gym,” driven to be a cheerleader like they see on regardless of skill level. You don’t have to says Andrea Flora, cheer coach and tumble ESPN or want to be a college cheerleader have amazing skills or experience. We will instructor with TNT. and are thinking about scholarships,” says teach you everything you need to know.” TNT offers competitive cheer, competitive hip hop dance and recreational tumbling for students age 3 to 18. Competition teams prepare for and participate in about six competitions each year, and it is through the process of preparation and competition that the athletes grow. Flora, for one, has seen the sports impact the mental, physical


and spiritual aspects of her students’ lives. “You are learning responsibility, how to take care of your body and how to stay focused. It encompasses so many things that can be used daily, not only in cheerleading but in everyday life,” she says, adding that, “It’s about finding that inner core and going out there and doing something you love to do.” Premier Athletics’ Schneider knows as well that her students are forced to take on a lot of maturity. “Mentally they are forced to do things that maybe their peers aren’t because we expect them to pay attention, take criticism and then implement it. They walk away with a better head on their shoulders,” she says. Responsibility, accountability, team unity are all principles Schneider feels are important for her students to learn. “We want them to learn they have the ability to accomplish their dreams as long as they put their mind to it. I am such a big believer that I have made a career out of it.” Like so many extracurricular activities, opportunities to get involved in cheer, dance and gymnastics abound in the greater Cincinnati area, even for kids with special needs. Premier Tumbling and Dance in Loveland, Ohio, not to be confused with Premier Athletics, is a popular gym that has recently added a special needs class to its schedule. It’s a combination of stretching, movement, dance and tumbling designed to improve flexibility and coordination. “The kids as well as the coaches love the

r e so u rc e s time we have to spend together. To see their excitement when they come into the gym and know it’s their turn to have fun makes our job the best job ever,” says Vicki Wallace, founder of the gym. Her gym has grown from literally a tumbling class in a park to a studio with a tumbling program, recreational dance classes and competitive dance teams. The organization even offers an adult fitness program. “We have something for the whole family. We have a top-notch adult fitness program with a full weight room open for the parents, step aerobics, Zumba, karate and kickboxing. After a hard work out, we even have a licensed massage therapist in house,” says Wallace. Not a bad idea for mom or her tumbling teen. If your child, like so many, is thinking about spring squad tryouts or has a budding interest in cheerleading, dance and tumbling, then it may be well worth your time to check into a few area gyms. It may take more than a few lessons, but with work and discipline your child can tumble his or her way toward a triumphant tryout. Carrie Bishop is a freelance writer and mother of two young sons, whose daily antics inspire her work and her life.


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Sing, move, play instruments, and share music with your whole family! These carefully designed, joyful music classes will inspire you and your child for a lifetime of music. Classes for infants and young children; group piano starting at age 6. Contact Mary Rekers, Program Director: 513-771-7675. Piano Lessons In Your Home 5513-860-3540

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eens experience several

rites of passage in a short amount of time. Turning sixteen is monumental as teens are eligible to get their driver’s license and earn a whole new world of freedom. Considerations of what they want to do after high school enter their minds and future plans. They may fall in love for the f irst time or experience a personal victory through academics or extra curricular activities. While juggling all these things, they learn what it means to be responsible for themselves and their future. Many teens see getting a job as a means to an end for their goals in life. A job also allows them more money for gas, the latest download, a laptop for college, new track shoes or an airline ticket to the Scripps National Spelling Bee while teaching them how to manage time and money.

Finding a balance between school and work

School has to be a priority for students. Some parents encourage extra curricular activities before encouraging their teen to get a job. School guidance counselors provide the tools and resources for teens to make decisions with their parents. “Typically we don’t get proactive telling them how to balance work and school. School is priority. However, many have to work to support their family so they are overwhelmed keeping up their hours and their grades. So we do our best encouraging them to go to tutoring and to communicate with their teachers,” said Kerri Randol, 12th grade guidance counselor at Colerain High School. “Homeroom is actually called Advisory and students are with the advisor for all four 26 CINCINNATI PARENT * MARCH 2010

years. The advisors do a wonderful job relaying information to us in the guidance office.” It’s a tough reality that students are forced to work to help provide for their family. The nation’s economic temperature is pushing the limits for families and schools. “Budget cuts have made high school guidance offices rather rare. Some schools do have a guidance counselor, but that tends to be at the middle class schools where counseling is centered around college decision-making, not jobs while in high school,” said Tim Kraus office of innovation and career technical liaison with Cincinnati Public Schools. “Work outside of the school is sometimes absolutely necessary for family survival and that in itself is a crime in my book.” If your teen is interested in getting a job, ask questions about their motivation. Suggest ways to help manage their time and provide the right tools for them to manage their money properly, monitoring how they spend it and on what. This isn’t a permanent micromanagement activity, but a foundation for them before leaving home.

Start with career aptitude testing

Before considering a job at the local fast food chain or 24-hour super store, suggest your teenager take an aptitude test with the guidance office. This will open up some doors to future career choices, in turn, help them get started down a career path and build a resume and passion for their future. “We have a program we use affiliated with Butler Tech who we merged with two years ago. The Kuder Career

Development Web site is where students can take interest inventory quizzes that will match them with different careers. A person is generated that matches their quiz results showing them someone with similar interests and the career they chose and what it took to get them there. As early as ninth grade, students are exposed to this program. At higher levels it is required and taken through the social studies courses,” said Randol. By visiting your teen’s high school and asking questions about career resources available, you’ll show them that you care. Schools do all they can to provide information to students about their future. “At St. Xavier, 99.9 percent of our students go onto college. During their sophomore and junior years, they take an aptitude test to point them in the right direction for college majors. These tests could help guide them into a field for part-time or summer internships, too. We have some co-op opportunities, medical school internships and a partnership with the University of Cincinnati’s business school if students show interest,” said Debbie Schoenhoft, guidance officer. However, having a job during high school can prohibit or decrease income and opportunities for college financial aid, so it’s important to be aware of such impacts. According to Mark Kantrowitz, publisher of and, “Student aid need analysis formulas are based on the prior year’s tax income. So it only matters whether the student had a job the year before. The aid eligibility will be reduced by 50% of the income above the $3,750 income protection allowance. Also, aid eligibility is reduced by 20% of the

student’s assets. So having a job can negatively impact eligibility for student f inancial aid.”

Where to work or volunteer

The Cincinnati area has thousands of small businesses. They do all sorts of things: printing, plumbing, landscaping, construction, computer programming and business promotion, advertising, health care and so on. Many of these small businesses could benefit from a part-time, minimum wage helper who is reliable and mature. In return, teens can learn an amazing amount about the business because you will be in contact with everyone in the business every day. The Cincinnati Zoo and the Cincinnati Parks Department welcome volunteers for summer programs. “It’s a little hit and miss after March 1, our annual deadline for our Volunteens program, but we do have positions listed online,” said Jeff Walton, human resources director with Cincinnati Zoo. Teens 13 to 17 interested in the Volunteens program that includes interacting with the public and helping with educational summer programs should mark their calendar for February 2011.

The Who's Who of Summer Jobs Retail: Keith Wyche, now president of U.S. operations for Pitney Bowes Management Services, worked two summers at minimum wage selling women’s shoes at a Thom McAn in Cleveland. HE liked selling enough to major in marketing and started his career selling for AT&T and IBM. Event/Venue Security: Hormel Foods CEO Jeff Ettinger sold souvenirs and ushered for the Los Angeles Dodgers. He ate many a Dodger Dog made by Farmer

John, a company Hormel acquired under picked sacks of potatoes for as much as Ettinger in 2004. five dollars a day. Sullivan remains proud of all the first jobs provided by Dairy Sports Instructor: Robbie Bach, Queens in small towns. “Bad-mouthing president of Microsoft’s entertainment of food-service jobs for young people and devices division worked at the local does a great disservice,” he says. tennis club’s pro shop, which afforded him personal practice time. Start their own business: Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett developed Food service: International Dairy a newspaper route at apartment houses Queen CEO Mike Sullivan was driven with an effective sales-to-step ratio. each morning from a Minneapolis YMCA to a farm when he was 12 or 13, where he

Teens who want to be paid to hang out with their friends should consider Dave & Busters. “We’ll hire anyone that’s qualif ied and within our age requirements,” said Jason Bradshaw, manager who asked prospects to apply online. Kings Island also has a number of seasonal job openings, again, available to apply online.

Know the Federal laws for teen employment No worker under 18 may

drive a motor vehicle as a regular part of the job or operate a forklift at any time, operate many types of powered equipment like a circular saw, box crusher and meat slicer or bakery machine. No teen is to work in wrecking, demolition, excavation or roofing. The list goes on. No one under 14 may bake or cook on the job, operate power-driven machinery, work on a ladder or scaffold, work in warehouses, in construction, building or manufacturing, load or unload truck and more. There are hours of limitation for teens no matter the nature of the work. “Teenage worksites in the city are often exploitative situations. Many employers will lean on students to do dangerous or undesirable work. In fast food restaurants training is spotty and students get grease fire burns, have to work undesirable hours and can be intimidated to do other work that is illegal,” said Kraus. “Many of my students were forced to close a fast food restaurant at one or two a.m. and then come to school exhausted unable to do anything productive but sneak cat naps so they will be ready for work that evening.” Maturing is a process and being responsible in the real world is part of it. Teens don’t wake up on their 18th birthday knowing how to handle money, co-workers and time constraints. Jobs can teach teenagers work skills they will need their whole lives, such as how to interview well, how to work responsibly, and how to get along with co-workers and be responsible adults.


Nikki Keever is a freelance writer living in Noblesville, Indiana with her husband and three children. CINCINNATIPARENT.COM 27

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Great Oaks Career Campuses 3254 East Kemper Road, Cincinnati, OH 45040 Jon Weidlich 513-771-8840

Great Oaks offers career programs for high school students and adults at four campuses in southwest Ohio. Adult programs are designed to prepare adults for good careers typically in one year or less.


Cincinnati Country Day School 6905 Given Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45243 (513)979-0220 Non-Public Early Childhood (18 months) – 12th grade Enrollment: 800

CCDS is an independent, co-educational school dedicated to educational excellence serving students 18 months through Grade 12. The School is nationally recognized for its innovative, integrated laptop computer program. Extended day and tuition assistance is available. Montessori Academy of Cincinnati 8293 Duke Blvd., Mason, OH 45040 (513)398-7773 Grades: 3 years – 8th grade Enrollment: 300

Now in our 20th year offering Montessori curriculum with an individualized nurturing approach. Experienced, degreed teachers foster a love of learning, promote independence and develop the necessary skills for success. New 7.5acre campus! State Chartered. AMS Affiliated. Extended Care available on-site. The New School Montessori 3 Burton Woods Lane, Cincinnati, OH 45229 (513)281-7999 Grades: 3 year-olds through 6th Grade Enrollment: 150

Founded on Montessori principles in 1970, our wooded playgrounds, home-cooked meals and family-like setting in North Avondale’s Mitchell Mansion provide a stimulating and nurturing environment for learning. We value diversity and create a caring and supportive community. Our graduates excel academically, but more importantly are empowered as citizens of our global community. (Accredited by AMS and ISACS). Summit Country Day School 2161 Grandin Road, Cincinnati, OH 45208 (513)871-4700 Montessori Age 2 - Grade 12

Enrollment: 1100

The state-of-the-art Lower School is home to the Montessori Program where children ages 2 to 6 receive a world-class academic and enrichment curriculum. Multiple programs include a new Montessori Toddler Program for 2 yr. olds and full and half-day programs for ages 3-6. Beforeand aftercare, and holiday care available. The Child’s Place 4936 Old Irwin Simpson Rd, Mason, OH 45040 (513)398-6928 Grades: 9 months – 5 years Enrollment: 150

Montessori Early Childhood Program! Exceptionally low ratios in a nurturing environment! Our 2-acre campus provides bike and cart paths. Separate play areas for toddlers and preschoolers. Spanish and Music classes offered! Full-time and Part-time available. AMS Affiliate


Chai Tots Early Childhood Center 7587 Central Parke Blvd., Mason, OH 45040 (513)234-0600 Grades: 6 weeks - 6 years Enrollment: 40

Academic excellence via unique blend of Montessori method and traditional Jewish education. Chai Tots teaches children the culture and traditions of Judaism, while developing their creativity skills and promoting independence. Flexible schedule. Before and Aftercare. JCC Early Childhood School Mayerson JCC: 8485 Ridge Road (at Reagan Highway), Amerbley Village, OH 46236


513-793-2122 Childcare/Preschool Full-day program for ages 6 weeks - 5 years old. Half-day program for ages 18 months - 5 years old.

Full-day & half-day preschool, open to the public. Low child-to-staff ratio. Sensory & language activities, math, dramatic play, music, art, & science. Full-day program also includes free year-round swim lessons (ages 3+) and fitness activities in the JCC gym. Everyone is welcome, regardless of background or religion. The Child’s Place 4936 Old Irwin Simpson Rd, Mason, OH 45040 (513)398-6928 Grades: 9 months – 5 years Enrollment: 150

Montessori Early Childhood Program! Exceptionally low ratios in a nurturing environment! Our 2-acre campus provides bike and cart paths. Separate play areas for toddlers and preschoolers. Spanish and Music classes offered! Full-time and Part-time available. AMS Affiliate. The Gardner School of Blue Ash 9920 Carver Road, Cincinnati, OH 45242 513-985-9444 ages 6 weeks - Pre-K

This award-winning, academically focused preschool has recently opened in the Blue Ash Community. You want the best for your child, and so do we. With our nationally-recognized curriculum taught by our degreed teaching faculty, we are committed to providing a nurturing environment for learning readiness


where your child can prepare for academic achievement and lifelong success. Goddard School Grades: Ages 6 weeks to 8 years To learn more about The Goddard School® in you neighborhood, call 1-800-GODDARD or visit online at

The Goddard School provides the foundation to encourage your child’s lifelong love of learning. Whether gently holding your infant, encouraging your toddler to share, or providing your preschooler with a variety of enriching activities, caring teachers support your child’s healthy development from 6 weeks to 6 years, and up to 8 years for after-school enrichment. Hyde Park Community UNited methodist church Preschool 1345 Grace Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45208 Sherry Cristancho 513-979-8191 Preschool 30 months to 5 years of age.

Hyde Park Community UMC Preschool begins open enrollment for the 2010-2011 school year on January 26th. Please call 979-8191 or email scristancho@ to request an enrollment packet. Pleasant Ridge Presbyterian Nursery School 5950 Montgomery Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45213 (513)631-0170 Grades: 2 1/2 - 5 years, Parent/ Child classes birth to 32 months Enrollment: 65

Professionally qualified teachers provide active, expressive, child-centered learning experiences at this 3-star award-winning program. Choose 2, 3, 4, or 5 day AM or PM sessions. Excellent ratios, degreed teachers and spacious, sunny, classrooms await your preschooler. Parent and child classes also available for babies and toddlers


Calvary Christian School 5955 Taylor Mill Rd., Covington, KY 41015

Barbara Smith (859)356-9201 Non-Public Preschool - 12th grade Enrollment: 410

For 36 years, Calvary continues to provide an excellent academic and spiritual environment that builds minds AND faith. CCS offers strong academics including AP/Honors courses, a competitive KHSAA athletic program and awardwinning fine arts program. Fully accredited with degreed, caring teachers, CCS will help your child develop solid leadership skills with Christian values that will transform their life. Cincinnati Country Day School 6905 Given Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45243 (513)979-0220 Non-Public Early Childhood (18 months) – 12th grade Enrollment: 800

CCDS is an independent, co-educational school dedicated to educational excellence serving students 18 months through Grade 12. The School is nationally recognized for its innovative, integrated laptop computer program. Extended day and tuition assistance is available. Rockwern Academy 8401 Montgomery Road, Cincinnati, OH 45236 (513)984-3770 PS2 – 8th grade Enrollment: 230

Rockwern Academy, founded in 1952 as Cincinnati’s community Jewish day school, offers a superior and balanced academic program that is integrated with and informed by Jewish culture, values and identity. Small class sizes allow students to be intellectually engaged, spiritually aware, and socially responsible. St. Ursula Villa 3660 Vineyard Place, Cincinnati, OH 45226 (513)871-7218 Preschool – 8th grade Enrollment: 496

Academic excellence in the Ursuline tradition for boys and girls in preschool through 8th grade.


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Whole-child development, family atmosphere, dedicated faculty, Montessori or Traditional preschool options, small class size, individual attention, outstanding high school preparation

component in creating an integrated K-8 learning environment that combines academics, social skills and therapies in order to help the whole child achieve academically and socially.

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Springer School and Center

2161 Grandin Road (513)871-4700 Grades: Age 2 - Grade 12 Enrollment: 1100

2121 Madison Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45208 (513)871-6080 Learning Disabilities/Special Needs 1st - 8th grade Enrollment: 206

Founded in 1890, the area’s only independent, Catholic, co-ed, college-prep school serving students age 2 - Grade 12 is recognized as a leader in formalized Character Education, Credo. A diverse community of students benefit from a rich, classical and challenging curriculum within three contiguous divisions. Extensive athletic and visual arts programs campus-wide. Villa Madonna Academy 2500 Amsterdam Road, Villa Hills, KY 41017 (859)331-6333 Non-Public K-8 and 9-12

A Catholic, private, co-ed K-12 school offering 7:1 ratio in the full-day kindergarten program, foreign language, music, art and enrichment classes for K-8; strong college-prep high school curriculum with 16 AP courses; 12 high school varsity sports. Outstanding fine arts program for grades K-12.

Special Needs

Linden Grove School, Specialized Learning for the Whole Child

For almost 40 years, Springer School & Center has empowered students with learning disabilities to lead successful lives. Today, Springer teaches learning strategies to 206 day-school students, provides info and referral services to the community, and offers programs for students, parents, and teachers. Springer School & Center is the only resource in the region dedicated entirely to learning disabilities. For more info, call (513)8716080 or go to


Ohio Virtual Academy Best performing eSchool in Ohio (866)339-9072 Grades: Kindergarten – 10th grade Enrollment: 3,300

Ohio Virtual Academy helps your K-10 children obtain an excellent public school education, tuition free! Under the guidance of licensed teachers, parents help their children learn at home using K12’s comprehensive curriculum and educational materials.

4122 Myrtle Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45236 (513)984-2215 Special Needs Grades: Kindergarten - 8th grade

We provide a unique environment that focuses on serving children who are on the autism spectrum, have ADD/ADHD, learning disabilities, and communication disorders. Linden Grove provides a quality school environment to children who aren’t “fitting in” their current school’s program and thus are not learning and developing to their full potential. Working in partnership with families is a vital

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1 CLASSIC WITH A TWIST You may already know and love Jack Rogers’ eponymous line of Navajo sandals, but did you know the line has expanded? With the same styling of the beloved classics, the line has risen to new heights with the addition of an adorable line of f lats, handbags, totes and cosmetic bags. In yummy colors such as seafoam, lilac and platinum, these are the perfect accent to give your wardrobe a fresh edge for spring! Find them at Kristen’s Shoe Boutique in Cary and at www. for $48 - $498. 2 hydration, naturally Now that spring is here and we’re spending more time outdoors, it’s increasingly important that we include sunscreen in our daily routine. What easier way to remember it than when it’s included in our moisturizer? Hydrate+ from CosMedix is a lightweight, daily antioxidant moisturizer that hydrates the skin while protecting it from the sun’s harmful rays. Infused with zinc oxide and natural antioxidants, Hydrate+ offers gentle UV protection without any synthetic chemicals. Available for $46 from 3 BEST FOOT FORWARD Warmer weather means that our feet will soon come out from a long season of hiding. Help get them ready for their unveiling with a little TLC. Here are a few treats that will help get your feet ready to bare: • Soften rough skin and smooth your feet with the Foot Therapy Kit from Rejoice! Body Care. Each kit is $35 and includes foot soak salt, sugar scrub and whipped shea butter to keep ‘em soft and smooth. Rejoice! Body Care products are made from all-natural ingredients and crafted in small batches by an NC mom who is committed to being socially responsible. Get it at


• Removing your old coat of polish doesn’t have to mean using harsh chemicals. Try Purifying Nail Polish Remover from Essie’s new Naturally Clean line. Made with n our i shing a ntiox ida nt s, vitamins and minerals, it gently removes old polish and refreshes your skin with a light fresh scent. $16 at



• Give your feet a pretty coat of polish to put them in the spotlight. Why not try a lovely coat of Adina, a metallic purple, or Happi, a pretty pink, from Zoya’s newest Reverie collection. Each dreamy shade is free of tolulene, formaldehyde, DBP and camphor to ensure a healthy coat of color! Find them at for $36 for a set of six shades.

4 BANISH LOVE HANDLES No, you don’t have to starve yourself to look sleek and slim under your pretty spring dresses, you just need a few tricks up your sleeve! One great way to create a smooth silhouette is with the new Skinny Tank from Yummie Tummie. Made from stretch cotton it has a raised neckline in back to give you a sleek line allover. Try it in teal green to layer under a low-cut dress or in the sassy python print to add interest to a solid cardigan. Get the Skinny Tank for $62- $76 at Saks Fifth Avenue or at www.YummieTummie. com. 5 BOHEMIAN LUXURY Inspired by travels around the globe, Rikshaw Designs creates chic bedding for both grown-ups and babies alike. Using the Indian block-print method has become designer Catherine Fitzsimmons’ hallmark. She “fell in love with the imperfections of a block print, the saturated colors, and the true artistry and dedication that it takes to f inish just one meter of fabric.” All of Rikshaw Designs’ bedding is made from lightweight cotton voile, and is comprised of mix and match prints, f lorals stripes and motifs in compelling color combinations that are guaranteed to give your room a little bohemian luxury and understated elegance. Find it at


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Laugh. Grow. Expore. Does your child know 1,000 words? Can she sign, "I Love You"? Is he a budding scientist? Sing, paint and play together. It'll help you get your little one ready for the big world ahead. Learning Through Play Conferernce. March 6. Expand your horizons. y

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Monday, March 01 Adventure Club: M&Ms Bingo

Play Bingo, win prizes and eat M&Ms! Ages 6-11. Please register. . 4:00 p.m. Carrico/ Fort Thomas Branch. 1000 Highland Ave., Fort Thomas KY. 859-572-5033.

h c r a M at GameWorks and Mitchell’s Fish Market. Ticket prices are $30/person which includes tax, gratuity and a non-alcoholic drink at each venue. Tickets are non-refundable and must be paid for in advance via cash, check or credit card. 6:00 & 7:30 p.m. $30. Newport on the Levee. 1 Levee Way # 1113, Newport KY. (859) 291-0550.

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss

Help us celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday and Read Across America day! Enjoy books, a craft and a snack. . 4:00 p.m. Erlanger Branch. 401 Kenton Lands Rd, Erlanger KY. http:// (859)962-4002.

Monday Matinee

Monday Matinees, a film screening on the first Monday of the month. This month’s film, “Rebel Without a Cause.” . 1 p.m. Mary Ann Mongan Branch. 502 Scott Blvd, Covington KY. http://www. (859)962-4071.

Pajama Party

Ages 2-5. Goodnight music, goodnight rhymes, goodnight stories. . 6:30 p.m. Boone Co. Main Library. 1786 Burlington Pike,, Burlington KY. (859)342-BOOK.

Home School Network of Greater Cincinnati

Please check our web site www.HSNcincy. com for helpful information concerning Home Education as well as meeting times and contact information. Home School Network of Greater Cincinnati. www.HSNcincy. com.

Tuesday, March 02 Adventure Club: ArtReach presents Hansel and Gretel

Join us for an ArtReach presentation of Hansel and Gretel. Ages 6-11. Please register. . 4:00 p.m. Newport Branch. 901 E. Sixth St., Newport KY. (859)572-5035.

Eighth Levee Progressive Dinner Party

Enjoy appetizers at one restaurant, an entrée at another and dessert at a third for one allinclusive price! Newport on the Levee – Bar Louie, Brothers Bar & Grill, Bulldogs Roadhouse, Claddagh Irish Pub, Jax Grill 34 CINCINNATI PARENT * MARCH 2010


Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss! Sneetch races, one-fish-twofishing and pin the hat on the cat. . 6:30 p.m. Boone Co. Main Library. 1786 Burlington Pike,, Burlington KY. http://www. (859)342-BOOK.

‘Tween Wii

Come to the Library and play Wii games! Ages 9-13. Registration not required. . 4:00 p.m. Carrico/Fort Thomas Branch. 1000 Highland Ave., Fort Thomas KY. 859-572-5033.

Wednesday, March 03 Camp at the J Parent Information Night

Meet our camp directors and full-time camp administrative staff, ask questions and tour the camp. Find out what’s new and exciting for Summer Camp at the J 2010! For more information, contact the JCC at 513.761.7500,, or 7 – 9pm. FREE; Open to the public. Mayerson JCC. 8485 Ridge Road, Cincinnati OH. 513.761.7500.

Thursday, March 04 Celebrating Women’s History Month

Trivia, games and stories. Thursday 4, 6:30 p.m., All ages Sponsored by the Friends of the Public Library. 6:30 p.m. Deer Park Branch. 3970 E. Galbraith Rd, Cincinnati OH. (513)369-4450.

Anderson Hills MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers)

Join other moms of children of ages birth through kindergarten in a fun, relaxing, helpful atmosphere. Each month a new topic is discussed relating to the world of motherhood. The group meets the first Thursday of each month, September through May. A new member’s first meeting is free, the cost thereafter is $23.95 for the year and $5 per meeting for supplies. Childcare is available at a rate of $4 per child per meeting, maximum of $10 per family. . 9:30-11:30. Anderson Hills United Methodist Church. 7515 Forest Rd (Corner of Beechmont and Forest), Anderson Township OH. http://www. (513) 231-4172.

Friday, March 05 Inside Story Gallery Talk: Cynthia Amneus & Randall Vap-Micro Mosaics

Explore the intricacy of micro-mosaic jewelry in a gallery talk with curator Cynthia Amneus and gemologist Randall Vap. Learn the history of these colorful miniature mosaics and the painstaking process involved in creating them. Cost: Free. Reservations recommended. Parking $4. 1 p.m. Cincinnati Art Museum. 953 Eden Park Dr., Cincinnati OH. http://www. (513)721ARTS.

Music from Scratch

Presented by Percussion Group Cincinnati. March 5- 11:45 a.m. (Admission is $3 per person- this performance open to schools & home school groups only) March 5- 7 p.m. March 6- 10:30 a.m. Tickets- $6 Adults; $4 Children, Seniors 60+ & UC Students. $6. University of Cincinnati CollegeConservatory of Music. Mary Emery Hall University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati OH. 513-556-6638.

Saturday, March 06 Family First Saturday: What a Relief

Leave your snow boots behind! Bring your dancing shoes and learn how to swing dance from Cincy Swing instructors. Enjoy familyfriendly stories, scavenger hunts, art making, artist demonstrations by printmaker Annie Stephens. Cost: Free. Reservations not required. Parking $4. 1 - 4 p.m. Cincinnati Art

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Madcap Puppets Presents: Annie Oakley’s Wild West Show

Madcap Puppets presents Annie Oakley’s Wild West Show. Giddyup! The Wild West is back! Annie Oakley, the most famous woman in the world, stars in her own Wild West Show, Madcap-style! Hilarious characters, tall tales and spine-tingling stunts bring American history to life like never before! In this production, the only things taller than these tales are the giant puppets! Join us for the final show in the 2009-2010 Hats Off Series. 11:00 & 1:00. $7.00. Xavier University - Gallagher Center Theater. 3800 Victory Parkway, Cincinnati OH. www.madcappuppets. com. (513) 745-3576.

Nutrition Council’s Strides of March Carrot Run

The Nutrition Council of Greater Cincinnati will hold its 9th Annual Strides of March 10K & 5K Carrot run/walk on Saturday, March 6th at Harper Meadows, Winton Woods. This event kicks-off National Nutrition Month and promotes healthy lifestyles through nutrition education and physical activity. For more information about how to register for Strides for March or about the Nutrition Council, please call (513) 621-3262 or visit at www. Winton Woods. 10245 Winton Rd, Cincinnati OH. http:// (513)521-7275.

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Irish Singer/Songwriter plays a mix of traditional and original music at the Library. . 1 p.m. Mary Ann Mongan Branch. 502 Scott Blvd, Covington KY. http://www. (859)962-4071.

Sunday, March 07 Madcap Puppets Presents: Annie Oakley’s Wild West Show

Madcap Puppets presents Annie Oakley’s Wild West Show. Giddyup! The Wild West is back! Annie Oakley, the most famous woman in the world, stars in her own Wild West Show, Madcap-style! Hilarious characters, tall tales and spine-tingling stunts bring American history to life like never before! In this production, the only things taller than these tales are the giant puppets! Join us for the final show of the 2009-2010 Hats Off Series. 1:00

r e so u rc e s & 5:00. $7.00. Xavier University - Gallagher Center Theater. 3800 Victory Parkway, Cincinnati OH. www.madcappuppets. com. (513) 745-3576.

Studio Sundays

Do you love to sketch? Feeling creative? Join Art Museum staff for a day of sketching in the permanent collection. Cost: Free. Reservations not required. Parking $4. 1 4 pm. Cincinnati Art Museum. 953 Eden Park Dr., Cincinnati OH. http://www. (513)721ARTS.

Monday, March 08 Adventure Club: Craft Free-for-all

Use all of our craft supplies today – the only limit is your imagination. Ages 6-11. Please register. . 4:00 p.m. Carrico/Fort Thomas Branch. 1000 Highland Ave., Fort Thomas KY. 859-572-5033.

The Blarnacles! Celtic Folk Band

Join us for an acoustic performance by the celtic folk band, the Blarnacles. No registration required. 7 p.m. Cold Spring Branch. 3920 Alexandria Pike, Cold Spring KY. (859)7816166.

Tuesday, March 09 More Signing, Less Whining!

“Talk” to your hearing baby or toddler with American Sign Language -as early as 6 months of age! Benefits include preverbal communication, earlier speech development, enhanced intellectual development, and less frustration (less crying, fewer tantrums!). SmallTalk, a 2- hour parent workshop is taught by a Child Sign Language Specialist. *The Mch. 9th, 6:45pm workshop, is held at Bethesda Hospital, located at 10500 Montgomery Rd., Cinti., OH, 45242. -To register, call TriHealth at 475-4500 or visit 6:45 pm. $45 per couple. Bethesda North Hospital. 10500 Montgomery Rd, Cincinnati OH. http:// (513)475-4500.

What Parents Should Know about Reading and Comprehension Development

In language parents can understand, this free class explains the cognitive processes involved in reading and comprehension development. You’ll learn from current research; how successful readers develop, what early warning signs may indicate a future reading or learning problem, the 5 critical literacy skills all successful readers must acquire, and more. 9:30am - 11:00am. FREE. Langsford Learning Acceleration Centers. 9402 Towne Square Ave. Suite B, Cincinnati OH. www. 513-531-7400.

Wednesday, March 10 I Want to be a ... Baker!

Put on your chef ’s hat and discover what it takes to bake!. 10:00 a.m. Boone Co. Main Library. 1786 Burlington Pike,,

Burlington KY. (859)342-BOOK.

Thursday, March 11 Adventure Club: Magician Show with Doug Doolin

Be amazed and mystified by the tricks of magician Doug Doolin! Ages 6-11. Please register. . 4 p.m. Cold Spring Branch. 3920 Alexandria Pike, Cold Spring KY. http:// (859)781-6166.

Baby’s Amazing Journey

This eye-opening workshop helps parents navigate the challenging waters of infancy by offering effective strategies for dealing with typical eating, sleeping, & fussiness issues, as well as sharing insightful tips that will guide you through expected developmental milestones, assisting you in helping your child reach their fullest potential. The March 11th workshop is held from 7-9:30pm at Bethesda North Hospital. To register call the TriHealth Hospitals at 475-4500 or visit Class fee is $35/ parenting team. . 7-9:30pm. $35/parenting team. Bethesda North Hospital. 10500 Montgomery Rd, Cincinnati OH. http:// (513)4754500.

Friday, March 12 Acting Up

Take center stage. Have some dramatic fun and play theater games. No acting or drama experience required. . 1:30 p.m. Boone Co. Main Library. 1786 Burlington Pike,, Burlington KY. (859)342-BOOK.

Culture Kids: Stop the Presses

Experiment with exciting printmaking techniques in this intimate, hands-on program designed for parent and preschooler. Cost: $10 per pair members, $20 per pair public ($3/$6 for each additional person.) Free parking included with ticket. 10 –11:30 a.m. or 2–3:30 p.m. $10 members, $20 public. Cincinnati Art Museum. 953 Eden Park Dr., Cincinnati OH. http://www. (513)721ARTS.

Family Overnight Adventure

More awe-inspiring than sleeping under the stars, the Sleep with the Sharks Overnight Adventure lets families spend the night with over 55 sharks and thousands of aquatic animals from around the world. The fun begins at 7:30 pm Friday and continues until 9:00 am Saturday. 7:30pm. 40.00 for kids (612 years old) , $50.00 for adults (13 and olde. Newport Aquarium. One Aquarium Way, Newport KY. http:// www.newportaquarium. com. (859)261-7444. www.

Friends of the Public Library Book Sale

Noon-6:00 p.m. & Saturday 13, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., All ages Sponsored by the Friends of the Public Library Cooking & Food . 10:30 a.m. Green Township Branch. 6525 Bridgetown Rd, Bridgetwon OH. http:// www.cincinnatilibrary. org. (513)369-6095.



ONgoing EVENTS Anderson Hills MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers)

Ongoing on the f irst Thursday of each Month. Join other moms of children of ages birth through kindergarten in a fun, relaxing, helpful atmosphere. Each month a new topic is discussed relating to the world of motherhood. The group meets the f irst Thursday of each month, September through May. A new member’s f irst meeting is free, the cost thereafter is $23.95 for the year and $5 per meeting for supplies. Childcare is available at a rate of $4 per child per meeting, maximum of $10 per family. . 9:30-11:30. Anderson Hills United Methodist Church. 7515 Forest Rd (Corner of Beechmont and Forest), Anderson Township OH. www. (513) 231-4172.

Annie Get Your Gun Occurring Daily Beginning Wednesday, March 31, 2010 Through Saturday, April 17, 2010. Music and Lyrics by Irving Berlin Book by Herbert Fields and Dorothy Fields Annie Oakley is the best shot around, and she supports her little brother and sisters by selling the game she hunts. When she’s discovered by Buffalo Bill Cody, he persuades the girl sharpshooter to join his Wild West Show. It only takes one glance for her to fall for dashing shooting ace Frank Butler, who headlines the show. She soon eclipses Butler as the main attraction which is good for business, but bad for romance. Ultimately, a f inal shoot-out determines course of fame and true love! The musical showcases some of Irving Berlin’s greatest tunes – “There’s No Business Like Show Business”, “I Got the Sun in the Morning (and the Moon at Night)”, “Anything You Can Do”, “They Say It’s Wonderful”, “The Girl That I Marry” and many more. Covedale Center for the Performing Arts. 4990 Glenway Ave., Cincinnati OH. www. cincinnatilandmarkproductions. com. (513)241-6550.

Art in the Parks Occurring Daily Beginning Saturday, March 13, 2010 Through Sunday, March 21, 2010. The guild was formed in 2007 by a small group of highly skilled and awardwinning photographers. Their passion and love of photography encourages them tolearn, teach and exhibit their work to promote photography whenever possible. The group’s concept is unique and quite different from other photography clubs because they are not strictly regimented. They go on informal photo f ield trips and communicate primarily through e-mail and the internet where they share their photographs, tips, questions and ideas. The cover photo, also shown at right, was taken by Guild member Jim Simpson. The guild will present their work at Sharon Woods, March 13 through 21 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (except on March 15 – closed and March 21 when the show closes at 4 p.m.) in the Sharon Centre. Sharon Woods. 11450 Lebanon Rd. http://www. (513)521-7275.

Baby Adventurers Ongoing Each Friday Beginning Friday, February 19, 2010. Baby Adventurers is an eight-week program for children ages 1-2 who attend with an adult caregiver!

During each hour-long session, adult and child will share in the wonders of nature while enjoying simple sensory experiences and fun indoor and outdoor play. Children must be the designated age for each program within the program dates. Other arrangements must be made for unregistered siblings, as they will not be permitted to attend the class. Member discounts on children’s programs require Family Membership level or above, active during date(s) of program. 9:30 –10:30 a.m. or 11 a.m.–12 p.m. Members $ 80, nonmembers $100. Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods. 4949 Tealtown Rd., Milford OH. www.cincynature. org. (513)831-1711.

Baby/Toddler Music with Miss Meghan Ongoing Each Thursday Beginning Thursday, February 18, 2010. This f irst group is exclusively for babies and toddlers ages 17 months and under. We’ll move, sing songs, and mostly enjoy time together. $ 8/child Space is limited, please call to register in advance. . 9:45am-10:15am. $ 8. Blue Manatee Children’s Bookstore. 3065 Madison Rd., Cincinnati OH. www. 513-731-2665

family story time Ongoing Every Sun, Tue, Thu & Sat Beginning Thursday, February 18, 2010. get your kids to fall in love with reading and build their literacy skills too. i offer free storytimes for mom and children pregnancy to school age. enjoy storytime,crafts,make & take it projects,puppets and more. free to all. to learn more check out my site marketplace/6227/ . 1-3 and 12-2. free. mrs.pams’ barefoot kids reading club. 2120 hewitt ave apt c, dayton ohio. marketplace/6227/. 937-938-6915

Foster and Adoption Parenting Classes Occurring Every Tue & Thu Beginning Thursday, February 18, 2010 Through Thursday, March 11, 2010. Holly Hill is starting a new class on how to adopt through foster care in KY. To be eligible to adopt through foster care in KY you must complete a series of classes. Please join us and f ind out how you can become a foster or a foster to adopt parent. In 2008, there were over 7,600 children in foster care in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Of those 7,600 children, 759, or 10% , of these were adopted from foster care by a loving family in Kentucky. We also provide home studies for independent domestic adoptions if fostering or fostering to adopt is not right for your family. To register please call 859-635-0500. 6:00-9:00. FREE-Dinner provided. Holly Hill Family Connections Center. 1400 Gloria Terrell Drive, Suite H., Wilder KY. http;//hollyhill-ky. org. 859-635-0500.

grilled Cheese Wednesdays Ongoing Each Wednesday. Come join us on special Wednesdays for a warm and gooey grilled cheese. Bring extras for your picnic or purchase a combo meal with sides and a drink. Hot dogs will also be available, as well as fun activities for kids after your picnic. Dates: June 3, 17, CINCINNATIPARENT.COM 35

Saturday, March 13 Cincinnati Children’s Choir Concert

4:00 pm. All events are free unless othewise noted. College-Conservatory of Music. Corbett Auditorium, Cincinnati OH. http:// 513-556-4183.

Hang at the J

Kids can hang out with their friends in the exciting JCC indoor waterpark! Play gym games, eat dinner, watch a movie, and have a snack, too! Wear gym shoes & socks and bring a swimsuit & towel. Bring your PJs and a sleeping bag, if you like. Register by March 8, 2010. For more information, contact the JCC at 513.761.7500,, or . 6:30 – 11pm. $27/night; $20 for each sibling; Open to the public. Mayerson JCC. 8485 Ridge Road, Cincinnati OH. 513.761.7500.

Special Needs Storytime

Special needs children and their parent/ caregiver share a reading adventure in a fun and safe environment! Please contact Children’s Librarian Natalie Fields for more information and to register: Natalie.Fields@ or 369-6095. Saturday 13, 10:30 a.m., Ages 1-6 w/adult Registration is required Sponsored by the Friends of the Public Library & the Kersten Fund. 10:30 a.m. Green Township Branch. 6525 Bridgetown Rd, Bridgetwon OH. http://www. (513)369-6095.

Friends of the Public Library Book Sale

Noon-6:00 p.m. & Saturday 13, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., All ages Sponsored by the Friends of the Public Library Cooking & Food . 10:30 a.m. Green Township Branch. 6525 Bridgetown Rd, Bridgetwon OH. http://www. cincinnatilibrary. org. (513)369-6095.

Sunday, March 14 Áccent Chamber Music Recital

6:30 p.m. All events are free unless othewise noted. College-Conservatory of Music. Corbett Auditorium, Cincinnati OH. http:// 513-556-4183.

Brunch Art Music

Art: Explore the Cincinnati Wing Music: Jake Speed and the Freddies Enjoy the music and art of Cincinnati during Brunch Art Music. Explore the Cincinnati Wing and listen to the folk/bluegrass music of Cincinnati natives Jake Speed and the Freddies. Cost: Free. Reservations not required. Parking $4. 12 - 3 pm. Cincinnati Art Museum. 953 Eden Park Dr., Cincinnati OH. http://www. (513)721ARTS.

JCC Family Bingo

Bring the whole family! We’ll provide the cards, markers, and LOTS of cool prizes! For more information, contact the JCC at 513.761.7500,, or 3 – 4:30pm. $5/person at 36 CINCINNATI PARENT * MARCH 2010

the door, if available; Open to the public. Mayerson JCC. 8485 Ridge Road, Cincinnati OH. 513.761.7500.

Wednesday, March 17

Silly Safari

28th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration of Song and Dance

Live animals invade the library in this interactive show presented by Silly Safaris, Inc. . 2:00 p.m. Boone Co. Main Library. 1786 Burlington Pike,, Burlington KY. http:// (859)342-BOOK.

Monday, March 15 Adventure Club: Game Day

Join us for game day at the Library! Play Yahtzee, Uno, Jenga and much more! Ages 6-11. Please register. . 4:00 p.m. Carrico/Fort Thomas Branch. 1000 Highland Ave., Fort Thomas KY. 859-5725033.

Cincinnati Youth Wind Ensemble (CYWE) / Junior CYWE Concert

7:00 p.m. All events are free unless othewise noted. College-Conservatory of Music. Corbett Auditorium, Cincinnati OH. http:// 513-556-4183.

Happiest Baby on the Block!

Learn how to turn on your newborn’s Calming Reflex – the extraordinary “offswitch” for crying all babies are born with! New babies are such a blessing, but they can also bring with them sleepless nights, crying, & sometimes quite a bit of stress! In this 2-hour innovative workshop you will be taught stepby-step how to help your newborn sleep better & how to soothe even the fussiest baby in minutes! Magic? A miracle? No, it’s a reflex! *The March 15th, 6:45pm workshop, is held at Bethesda Hospital, located at 10500 Montgomery Rd., Cinti., OH, 45242. -To register, call TriHealth at 475-4500 or visit www.trihealth. com. 6:45 pm. $45 per couple. Bethesda North Hospital. 10500 Montgomery Rd, Cincinnati OH. (513)475-4500.

Tuesday, March 16 Adventure Club: The Noise Guy and his Super Sonic Sound Show!

Join us for a comedy, noise explosion with Charlie Williams, the Noise Guy! Ages 6-11. Please register. . 4:00 p.m. Newport Branch. 901 E. Sixth St., Newport KY. http://www. (859)572-5035. org.

Kid’s Cooking

Come to the library after school and learn how to make some yummy, healthy snacks. Tuesday 16, 3:00-4:00 p.m., Ages 5-12. 3:00-4:00 p.m. Avondale Branch. 3566 Reading Rd, Cincinnati OH. http://www. (513)369-4440.

Join us for our 28th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration of Song and Dance, sponsored by the Friends of the Public Library. Featuring Celtic music with Silver Arm and a special performance by the McGing Irish Dancers, this tribute to Irish heritage is familyfriendly and fun! Wednesday 17, 11:45 a.m., All Ages Sponsored by the Friends of the Public Library . 11:45 a.m. Main Library. 800 Vine St, Cincinnati OH. http://www. (513)369-6900.

“Connecting The Dots: Saving Big Cats Throughout Their Range.”

Opening the Series on Wednesday, March 17, at 7 p.m., is Dr. Alan Rabinowitz, who will be presenting, “Connecting The Dots: Saving Big Cats Throughout Their Range.” Known for his work across the world for the conservation of animals including Jaguars, Clouded Leopards, Sumatran Rhinos, and Civets Dr. Rabinowitz’s job never ends. Dr. Alan Rabinowitz has authored nearly 80 scientific and popular articles and six books. 7 p.m. Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden. 3400 Vine Street, Cincinnati OH. http:// (513)281-4700.

Thursday, March 18 Adventure Club: The Noise Guy and his Super Sonic Sound Show!

Join us for a comedy, noise explosion with Charlie Williams, the Noise Guy! Ages 6-11. Please register. 4 p.m. Cold Spring Branch. 3920 Alexandria Pike, Cold Spring KY. (859)781-6166.

Be a Magician! (ages 8-12)

Abracadabra! Learn amazing magic tricks from master magician Bill Pryor. All materials provided. 6:30 p.m. Florence Branch. 7425 US 42, Florence KY. http://www.bcpl. org. (859)342-BOOK.

Panoramic Sugar Eggs

Nancy Snodgrass of Fantasy in Frosting will bring the art of sugar eggs to life! Adults. Please register. . 6:30 p.m. Newport Branch. 901 E. Sixth St., Newport KY. http:// (859)572-5035. www.

Friday, March 19 After-Hours Teen Game Night

Go head-to-head against your friends in video games, cards and board games. Pizza and snacks provided. Ages 12-18. Please register. . 7 p.m. Cold Spring Branch. 3920 Alexandria Pike, Cold Spring KY. org. (859)781-6166.

Singer Songwriter

”How the Music Happened” A showcase of original songs and the back stories of how they

came to be, performed in an intimate setting of Clifton Performance Theatre. Artist TBA please check out our website for more details Tickets are $8. 7:30 p.m. $8. Clifton Performance Theatre. 404 Ludlow Avenue, Cincinnati OH. www.cliftonperformancetheatre. com. 513-861-SHOW (7469).

Saturday, March 20 Animals!

Celebrate the first day of spring with local farm animals! You can learn about them while petting, brushing, and feeding them! Saturday 20, 3:00-4:00 p.m., All ages Registration is required Sponsored by the Friends of the Public Library. 3:00-4:00 p.m. Norwood Branch. 4325 Montgomery Rd. http:// (513)3696037.

JCC Tween Scene

Ice cream and Rockband rockoffs! Wii tournaments, gym games, and indoor waterpark challenges, too! Wear gym shoes & socks, and bring a swimsuit & towel. For more information, contact the JCC at 513.761.7500,, or 7 – 10pm. $15/night; Open to the public. Mayerson JCC. 8485 Ridge Road, Cincinnati OH. 513.761.7500.

The Celtic Rhythm Dancers

The Celtic Rhythm Dancers perform traditional Irish Dance in a style popularized in 1994 by the world- famous show Riverdance. . 1 p.m. Mary Ann Mongan Branch. 502 Scott Blvd, Covington KY. (859)962-4071.

The Semi-Annual MOPS Baby and Kids Sale

There will be 40+ sellers with gently used, consignment quality clothing, baby furniture, strollers, toys, books, baby gear and more. We will open the doors at 850 to the first 10 people in line. Admission is $1 and all sales are CASH ONLY. 9-noon. $1. Faith Church. 5910 Price Rd, Milford OH.


On the heels of the sold out YO GABBA GABBA! LIVE!: THERE’S A PARTY IN MY CITY! tour in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago and Dallas in late 2009,W!ldbrain, The Magic Store and tour producer S2BN Entertainment are bringing YO GABBA GABBA! LIVE!: THERE’S A PARTY IN MY CITY! to Cincinnati, OH on March 20th at 2PM & 5PM to the Aronoff Center for the Arts. 2 p.m. & 5 p.m. Tickets are $25.00 and $35.00. Aronoff Center for the Arts - Proctor & Gamble Hall. 650 Walnut St, Cincinnati OH. http://www. (513)621-ARTS.

Sunday, March 21 Gallatin County Bluegrass Youth Band

Slap your knees and tap your toes. This highly acclaimed youth band will have you dancing to Bluegrass favorites. . 2:30 p.m. Boone Co. Main Library. 1786 Burlington Pike,, Burlington KY. http://www.bcpl. org. (859)342-BOOK.

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Featuring Inflatables, Games & Challenges, Prizes, Safety Info & Demos, and more! For more information, contact the JCC at 513.761.7500,, or 12 – 4pm. FREE; Open to the public. Mayerson JCC. 8485 Ridge Road, Cincinnati OH. 513.761.7500.

Kreines Lecture on Decorative Art and Design

The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) recently opened in a new home and with a new mission: to explore the intersection of art, craft and design occurring in the visual arts today. Join David McFadden, Chief Curator and Vice President for Programs and Collections, as he looks at the ways boundaries between these fields have become blurred, and how MAD plays a role in defining and documenting this phenomenon. Cost: Free. Reservations not required. Parking $4. 2 p.m. Cincinnati Art Museum. 953 Eden Park Dr., Cincinnati OH. http://www. (513)721ARTS.

Wizard of Oz

Follow Clifton Performance Theatre’s all child cast down the yellow brick road to see the Wizard. Dorothy’s strange and beautiful journey becomes important to everyone she meets in this inspiring classic. Friends and foes sing our old favorite songs as we find our way back to a place where dreams do come true. Tickets ($7/child, $10/ adults, $8/seniors) are available at CliftonPerformanceTheatre. com or by calling 513-861-7469. 2 p.m. $7 child, $10 adults. Clifton Performance Theatre. 404 Ludlow Avenue, Cincinnati OH. www. cliftonperformancetheatre. com. 513-861-SHOW (7469).

Monday, March 22 Adventure Club: Library Scavenger Hunt

Come find hidden treasures in the Library! Ages 6-11. Please register. . 4:00 p.m. Carrico/Fort Thomas Branch. 1000 Highland Ave., Fort Thomas KY. www. 859-572-5033.

JCC Spring Break Camp

Splash in the waterpark, play games in the gym, have fun and exercise in the Exertainment Studio, and create a showpiece in the art room! Children should bring a swimsuit, lunch and drink each day. RSVP in advance. For more information, contact the JCC at 513.761.7500, info@, or 9:30am – 3:30pm. $62/day (optional before/ after camp program); Open to the public. Mayerson JCC. 8485 Ridge Road, Cincinnati OH. 513.761.7500.

Wii Play, Too!

Zooming jet skis and rumbling bowling balls - - test your skills at Wii Sports Resort and other games. . 6:30 p.m. Boone

Co. Main Library. 1786 Burlington Pike,, Burlington KY. (859)342-BOOK.

Tuesday, March 23 Adventure Club: A Visit from the Cincinnati Zoo!

A zoo-keeper will bring a cheetah to the Library, along with other cat ambassadors. Ages 6-11. Please register. . 4:00 p.m. Newport Branch. 901 E. Sixth St., Newport KY. (859)5725035.

Scooby Doo Family Fun Night

Play Scooby Doo Bingo, make a Scooby puppet and have some Scooby Snacks. Tuesday 23, 7:00 p.m., Ages 4-12 Registration is required. 7 p.m. Harrison Branch. 10398 New Haven Rd, Harrison OH. http://www.cincinnatilibrary. org. (513)369-4442.

Wednesday, March 24 Wonderful Windsocks for Tweens

Decorate a nylon windsock to display and enjoy at home this spring! Wednesday 24, 4:00 p.m., Ages 8-12 Registration is required Sponsored by the Kersten Fun. 4:00 p.m. Wyoming Branch. 500 Springfield Pike, Cincinnati OH. http://www.cincinnatilibrary. org. (513)369-6014.

Thursday, March 25



ONgoing EVENTS July 1, 15 & August 12. 11 am - 12:30 pm. Sandwich = $1, Combo = $2. Anderson Township Park District - Beech Acres Park Playground. 6910 Salem Rd, Cincinnati Oh. ProgramListing.html. 513-388-4513.

JCC Spring Break Camp Occurring Every Mon, Thu & Fri Beginning Monday, March 29, 2010 Through Friday, April 02, 2010. Splash in the waterpark, play games in the gym, have fun and exercise in the Exertainment Studio, and create a showpiece in the art room! Children should bring a swimsuit, lunch and drink each day. RSVP in advance. For more information, contact the JCC at 513.761.7500, info@, or JointheJ. org. 9:30am – 3:30pm. $62/ day (optional before/after camp program); Open to the public. Mayerson JCC. 8485 Ridge Road, Cincinnati OH. www.JointheJ. org. 513.761.7500.

adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s classic is performed by the Clifton Performance Theatre’s all-child cast. Tickets ($7/child, $10/adults, $ 8/seniors) are available at or by calling 513-861-7469. Saturday March 6 at 7 pm, Sunday March 7 at 2 pm & Sunday March 14 at at 7 pm. 7 p.m. $7 child, $10 adults. Clifton Performance Theatre. 404 Ludlow Avenue, Cincinnati OH. www. 513-861-SHOW (7469).

Jungle Book Occurring Each Sunday Beginning Sunday, March 07, 2010 Through Sunday, March 14, 2010. Journey across the ocean to the land of India where creatures play and tell tales of old. Where a little boy Mowgli is raised by wolves, Shere, Khan the tiger f ights to be Lord of the Jungle, and the bear Baloo teaches us the necesities of life! This musical

Adventure Club: A Visit from Sunrock Farm

Sunrock Farm brings some of their favorite animals to the Library. Ages 6-11. Please register. . 4 p.m. Cold Spring Branch. 3920 Alexandria Pike, Cold Spring KY. (859)7816166.


Teen AfterSchool

Join us for an after school movie at the Library! Bring in your favorite or vote on those already here. Movies must be rated PG-13 or lower. Ages 13-18. Please register. . 4:00 p.m. Carrico/Fort Thomas Branch. 1000 Highland Ave., Fort Thomas KY. 859-572-5033.

Friday, March 26 Fantabulous Incredible Family Nights

Children and their families are invited to listen to folk- tales from various lands and make edible crafts. . 7:00 p.m. Erlanger Branch. 401 Kenton Lands Rd, Erlanger KY. (859)962-4002.

Nature Story Time with Imago

Imago is back at blue manatee! Join us for a monthly installment of nature stories, songs and other fun activities. This month’s theme: Spring Peepers! Free, ages 2 and up. . 10:30-11:30. free. Blue Manatee. 3054 Madison Rd., Cincinnati OH. http://




♪ Happy Birthday to You ♪ You bring the birthday and we’ll bring the party! Choose from a variety of unique themes!

Fish Tales Hear the story of Gumpy the goldfish, participate in a puppet show, and go looking for fish friends in the “Animal Spot” exhibit.

Pet Party Bring your favorite stuffed animal and learn about pet care as you visit the “Kids Town” veterinarian’s office. Enjoy a visit from one of our educational animals!

Construction Learn about bridge and arch construction while you use the giant crane in the “Kids at Work” exhibit.

Dinosaur Examine fossils and visit the “Dino Hall” exhibit as you delve into the fascinating world of dinosaurs.

Cave Enjoy a visit from a live bat and tour the exciting “Cavern” exhibit as you discover the “ins” and “outs” of cave life.

Tea Party Learn the basics of Tea Etiquette. Play dress-up and plan your ideal tea party when you visit the grocery store in the Kid’s Town section of the Children’s Museum! *Note: Apple juice, not tea, is served at the tea party*

Toddler Party (ages 3 and under) We now offer an open party for our youngest visitors. It is held in the Duke Energy Children’s Museum. We provide cake, refreshments and a staff member to assist.

Sit back and relax…we’ll do all the work! Parties include: amazing party presenters, a theme-related program, fun activities, an awesome Servatii’s cake, cool decorations and more! • (513) 287-7021

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Saturday, March 27

Tri-State Multiples Spring/ Summer Toy & Clothing Sale

Saturday, March 27, 2010, from 8:30-11:30 am Toys! Toys! Toys! DVDs, videos, games, climbers, feeding items, strollers, beds, shoes, coats, Spring/Summer wear, books, baby items, and more! Items are priced to sell as we all have triplets or quadruplets and WE NEED THE SPACE! Items are new or gently used. Clothing is available in sizes starting at newborn to children’s size 10+. Come early for best selections. A few reminders and suggestions: Admission is $1.00. We accept CASH ONLY. BYOB = Bring Your Own Basket to carry all your great finds as your arms can get tired rather quickly. We try to provide some but often run out. Come early for best selection. All sales are final. 50% of group profits go to assist higher order multiples families experiencing financial hardship. WANT TO BE REMINDED ABOUT THE SALE? Send your name and e-mail address to sale@tristatemultiples. com. . 8:30-11:30 am. $1 admission (cash only). Princeton Community Middle School. 11157 Chester Road, Cincinnati OH. http://www.tristatemultiples. com/events/sale.asp.

Sunday, March 28


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Eastern Hills Twins Club Kids Spring Clothing and Equipment Sale

Do you need a crib, extra car seat? Are you in need of spring and summer kids clothes. Come to our sale! You don’t have to be a mother of twins to shop these great deals. 8:00am to 12:00noon - half price sale 11:00am. $1.00 at the door. Nagel Middle School. 1500 Nagel Road, Anderson OH.


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JCC Movie Day: “Rugrats Passover”

RSVP in advance to see the movie “Rugrats Passover”. For more information, contact the JCC at 513.761.7500, info @, or 3 - 4pm. $3/person, all ages. Mayerson JCC. 8485 Ridge Road, Cincinnati OH. www. 513.761.7500.

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Eastern Hills Mothers of Twins or More Club Kids Spring Clothing and Equipment Sale! Saturday, March 27th from 8am till 12noon - Half price sale @11am. Nagel Middle School - 1500 Nagel Road in Anderson. $1.00 door charge CASH ONLY - all sales are final.


Bring your family and friends and enjoy lunch with the Easter Bunny, an egg hunt andother family-friendly activities! Easter Spectacular is a festive afternoon of celebrating spring, families, and, of course, the Easter Bunny! Kids of all ages enjoy this event, and adults will appreciate the relaxed atmosphere and good food. 10:30am, 11:30am, 12:30pm and 1:30pm. $ 8.95 plus tax. Winton Woods. 10245 Winton Rd, Cincinnati OH. http:// (513)521-7275.

Monday, March 29 Filled and Personalized Easter Eggs

Decorate two eggs and choose from a variety of f illings with the help of Nancy Snodgrass of Fantasy in Frosting. Adults. Please register. . 6:30 p.m. Newport Branch. 901 E. Sixth St., Newport KY. (859)572-5035.

Tuesday, March 30 Adventure Club: Easter Egg Hunt Extravaganza

Fill your bag with Easter eggs and join us for refreshments and crafts afterward! Ages 6-11. Please register. . 4:00 p.m. Newport Branch. 901 E. Sixth St., Newport KY. (859)572-5035. www.

Alice in Wonderland

Bring your children to be inspired and entertained by the cast of kids age 13 and under, who act, sing and dance like pros (but are really just ordinary kids). This musical adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s classic is family friendly, clever, artistic and entertaining for all ages. Tickets ($7/ child, $10/adults, $8/seniors) are available at or by calling 513-861-7469. 2 p.m. $7 child, $10 adults. Clifton Performance Theatre. 404 Ludlow Avenue, Cincinnati OH. www. 513861-SHOW (7469).

Easter Party

Bring your camera to take a photo with the Easter Bunny! Co-sponsored by Erlanger Parks and Recreation. . 1:30 p.m. Erlanger Branch. 401 Kenton Lands Rd, Erlanger KY. (859)962-4002.

Wednesday, March 31 HypnoBirthing

A Celebration of Life! …returns birthing to the beautiful, peaceful, empowering experience nature intended. This unique childbirth series explodes the myth that suffering must accompany labor! *This 10week series is held at Bethesda Hospital, located at 10500 Montgomer y Rd., Cinti.,OH, 45242. Fee: $200/birthing team Class begins March 31st and is held from 6:45-9:15pm. To register, call TriHealth at 475-4500 or visit www. 6:45-9:15pm. $200/ birthing team. Bethesda North Hospital. 10500 Montgomer y Rd, Cincinnati OH. (513)475-4500.

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Fun! Ages 1 to 5!


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