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(NC)—How many times have you walked into your child’s classroom only to see the boys and girls separated into two different groups, playing with completely different toys? The boys are likely huddled around the building blocks, creating skyscrapers and forts, while the girls are busy painting and colouring.

Sure, you can chalk it up to society’s gender expectations to explain this play divide but does it mean girls have no interest in construction play at all? Unsurprisingly, the answer is no. Toy companies that specialize in the design of • The Winter Olympics were officially held for building toys have long researched the patterns the first time in 1924 in Chamonix, France, of construction play among girls, specifically, and and were called “International Winter Sports understand its long-term benefits. Week.” There were 16 events in six different sports, with 258 athletes participating. Four From developing language skills to boosting a years later, the event moved to St. Moritz, sense of achievement, construction play serves as Switzerland, and the number of athletes jumped a stepping-stone for a young child’s intellectual to 464. By 1952, there were 694 athletes future. “Playing with building toys provides participating in Oslo, Norway, increasing to children an ideal way to engage in discovery1,272 in Sarajevo in 1984, and an all-time high based learning,” says Dr. Maureen O’Brien, of 2,566 in 2010 in Vancouver. Vancouver’s developmental psychologist and child play expert. Olympics featured 86 events in seven different “It is through this type of learning that children are able to build their confidence through trial sports. and error and develop a sense of achievement, • Norwegian figure skater Sonja Henie competed enabling them to physically link their world to the in her first Olympics at Chamonix at age 11, play world, building their brains in the process.” finishing dead last. But just four years later she took the gold medal, followed by two more The learning benefits of block play are further wins in 1932 and 1936. Her performances enhanced when layered with open-ended, took place on outdoor rinks in the cold and imaginative play, such as make-believe with wind. Although she performed in a kneedolls. Children begin to understand their world length wool skirt, she didn’t need to worry about that hampering her jumps – in her day it was deemed “unladylike to jump into the air” or perform spins. Sonja retired at age 23, moved to Hollywood, and became one of the industry’s highest paid movie stars of her day. • Dick Button, former network sports commentator, was the men’s figure-skating Olympic gold medalist for 1948 and 1952, and is still a record-holder as the youngest man, at age 18, to win the Olympic figure skating title. He was the first to ever perform a triplespin jump and the double axel jump, as well as inventing the flying camel spin. • Figure skaters complete many triple axels, but what exactly is it, and why is it called that? The axel is a move created in 1882 by a Norwegian figure skater named Axel Paulsen. For the single axel, the skater launches into the air off one foot, spins around 1 _ times, and lands on the opposite foot, going backward. The triple axel is 3 _ rotations. Don’t confuse these with the Lutz, when the skater starts out backward,

and give it perspective by playing with toys that enhance exploration through customization and storytelling. This combination of block play and role play is a boost to your child’s development. Understanding that girls love and benefit from creative construction as much as boys do, O’Brien has some tips on incorporating building play as a regular activity for your daughter: Make construction playtime a group activity – Girls are able to spend time collaborating, assisting and supporting one another over a building project when in groups. This strengthens interpersonal relationships. Emphasize storytelling – By connecting a story to their creation, children learn and understand problem solving skills, language development and the elements of decision making – all important next steps in the learning process. Construction toys designed specifically for girls can help them tell their story. Have you seen the Mega Bloks Barbie Build n’ Style Luxury Mansion, for example? It is considered the perfect balance of building and playing. The playset allows girls to build, design and re-design, decorate and style Barbie doll’s home any way they want. Incorporate familiar characters A way to motivate girls with construction play is with characters they already know and love. The Mega Bloks Barbie example is a great fit here as well. The construction line features mini figures and iconic Barbie details that appeal to girls. When girls recognize characters, they will likely be more inclined to try something new. Join and guide the fun – Playing with your daughter during building time increases her chances of learning from the activity. Even when parents and children sit and walk through building instructions together, children are exposed to problem solving skills needed to assemble the construction set. O’Brien encourages parents to break through the traditional playtime expectations to instill lifelong benefits of construction play – especially for girls. The skills they will acquire through a simple shift in their play routine can expose them to numerous future opportunities.


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ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Shutting people out to avoid distractions, even under a deadline, can cause hurt feelings. Instead, return calls and emails, and explain why you need a zone of privacy for now. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) Although your keen Bull’s eyes usually can discern what’s fact from what’s faux, that upcoming decision will need really solid data before you can risk a commitment. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) As your confidence WINTER SPORTS (continued): grows, you should be able to work toward your leaps into the air off the toe pick, spins, and goals with more enthusiasm. Open your mind to suggestions. Some of them might even work lands on the same foot. for you. • Eddie Eagan was the Olympic champion in CANCER (June 21 to July 22) Reconnecting with boxing’s light-heavyweight division at the someone from your past stirs up that old sense 1920 Summer Olympics. Twelve years later at of adventure. But before you do anything else, the Lake Placid Winter Olympics, Eagan was be sure to get answers to those still-lingering a member of the gold medal winning four-man questions. bobsled team, making him the first person to LEO (July 23 to August 22) Some people might win in both Summer and Winter Olympics. He resent the way you plan to resolve a difficult had taken up bobsledding a mere three weeks situation. But your commitment to making tough but fair decisions soon wins you their before the Olympics. respect and support. • Bobsled tracks are made of concrete and coated VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) Mixed with ice. They are about 4,000 to 4,200 feet signals could be causing that vexing workplace (1,200 to 1,300 m) in length and have at least 15 problem. Before you choose to leave the curves. The sleds typically move along about project, ask for a meeting so you can get things 93 mph (150 km/hr). The very first Winter out in the open. Olympics featured the four-man bobsled race, LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) Your good intentions could backfire if you’re not and the two-man event was added in 1932. • The East German women’s luge team had careful with other people’s feelings. Try using persuasion, not pressure, to get others to see a unique strategy for the 1968 Grenoble your side of the situation. Olympics. They heated the runners on their SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) Your sleds, which caused the ice to melt, increasing dedication to finishing the task at hand is their speed. No surprise that the women came laudable. But be careful not to overdo the in first, second, and fourth in the competition! midnight oil bit. Take time for relaxation with Once their tactics were discovered, they were someone very special. all disqualified and their medals were revoked. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) • Anders Haugen of the United States received his Although your intuition will help you make bronze medal for ski jumping in 1974. What’s some tough choices in the first half of the unusual about that? Anders was 86 years old! month, you’ll need more facts to back up your actions later on. He had actually competed in Chamonix in CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) All 1924, but a calculation error put him in fourth that hard work and research in the workplace place. Fifty years later, a Norwegian sports finally pays off as you hoped it would. Ignore historian noticed the blunder and Anders was comments from jealous types who are out to awarded his medal by the daughter of the get the Goat riled up. actual fourth place finisher, who had taken the AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) An bronze home years before. unfair decision creates unnecessary problems. • It might look like Alpine ski jumpers soar But avoid anger and move carefully as you miles above the crowd, but in reality, they are work this out. Expect to get support from an rarely more than about 18 feet (5.5 m) above unlikely source. the ground. Jumpers reach speeds of up to 65 PISCES (February 19 to March 20) A fuzzy financial vista persists until midmonth, when mph (104 km/hr). things begin to clear up. You’ll also gain a • The biathlon, which combines cross-country better perspective on how to handle those skiing and rifle marksmanship, was originally pesky personal problems.

a military training exercise. Over the 12.5-mile (20-km) course, the athlete must switch from arduous skiing with a rifle on his/her back to the intense focus of shooting. The sport wasn’t an official part of the Olympics until 1960 for men and 1992 for women.

• While Alaska’s Iditarod is probably the most famous dog sled race, the 1,049-mile (1,688km) trip from Anchorage to Nome is not the longest. That honor belongs to the Beringia Trail in Russia, where the world’s longest race takes place on the Kamchatka Peninsula. The trail is 1,270 miles (2,044 km) long in an area where 29 active volcanoes dot the landscape.


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→ On Jan. 7, 1789, America’s first presidential election is held as voters cast ballots to choose state electors. Only white men who owned property were allowed to vote. As expected, George Washington won the election and was sworn into office on April 30, 1789. → On Jan. 12, 1928, a young pianist from Kiev named Vladimir Horowitz makes his American debut at Carnegie Hall. Sir Thomas Beecham, guest conductor of the New York Philharmonic, was the headliner, but it was the young Russian pianist playing Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 who stole the show. → On Jan. 11, 1937, nearly two weeks into a sit-down strike by General Motors auto workers at the Fisher Body Plant in Flint, Mich., a riot breaks out when police try to prevent the strikers from receiving food deliveries from supporters on the outside. The melee was later nicknamed the “Battle of the Running Bulls.” → On Jan. 10, 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Lend-Lease program is brought before the U.S. Congress. It gave the chief executive the power to “sell, transfer title to, exchange, lease, lend or otherwise dispose of ” any military resources he deemed in the ultimate interest of the defense of the United States. → On Jan. 8, 1962, at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece, the Mona Lisa, is exhibited for the first time in America. The painting is a portrait of the wife of wealthy Florentine citizen Francesco del Gioconda. → On Jan. 9, 1972, in Hong Kong harbor, a fire breaks out aboard the Queen Elizabeth, and by the next morning the famous vessel lies in a wreck on the bottom of the sea floor. After being purchased in 1970 by C.W. Tung, a Taiwanese shipping tycoon, the vessel was renamed the Seawise University. → On Jan. 13, 1982, an Air Florida Boeing 727 plunges into the Potomac River in Washington, D.C., killing 78 people. The plane was forced to wait 45 minutes for clearance after de-icing, and at the end of the runway was able to achieve only a few hundred feet of altitude.

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Q: When can I see my favorite actor, Kevin Bacon, on the big or small screen again? -Holly T., via email A: Kevin Bacon can be seen next on the small screen, where he’ll be starring in “The Following” on Fox, which premieres on Monday, Jan. 21, at 9/8c. The series is described as an “intense, spellbinding drama that follows Ryan Hardy (played by Kevin), an ex-FBI agent called out of retirement to track down Joe Carroll

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Community Events Wizard Of Oz On the maind stage at the ACT, Maple Ridge. Friday January 18 & Saturday January 17, 7pm. Accompanied by Jonathan Reichert and teh Ridge MEadows Orchestra. For tickets, phone 604-476-2787. $12 advance; 4 packs $40; $15 at the door. Open Mic/Stage at Kanaka Creek Cafe Every week until January 30, 2013; 101-24155 102 Avenue, Maple Ridge. Do you sing or play an instrument? Come out every Wednesday from 5:30 – 7:30pm! An acoustic only evening, open to musicians and audience alike…a really good way to spend a couple of hours, perform or just come and have a good time. Ladies Coffee/Tea ‘N More get-together Every Thursday morning from 10:30-12noon at Grace Community Church, 12240 Harris Road, Pitt Meadows. All Ladies are invited and welcome for friendship, caring, sharing, snacks n’ more. The theme for Fall is ‘Various Themes, Topics and Conversation’. Look forward to seeing you - any questions call Jayne @ 465-6897

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November, what will become of J.R. Ewing and the future of “Dallas”? -- Marianne E., West Palm Beach, Fla. A: I am sure you agree with me that recasting this iconic role would be pure folly. Larry had filmed several episodes of the new season before he died, with “TV Line” reporting that “Dallas” will bid farewell to J.R., with his funeral taking place during the season’s eighth episode, which is set to air in March. *** Q: When will HBO’s “Game of Thrones” return? -- Paul R., via email A: The hit fantasy-drama series will return on March 31 with 10 all-new super-size episodes. Each episode will be a few minutes longer than previous seasons’ episodes, with the season finale expected to exceed the allotted 60 minutes.


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An elegant seasonal salad Sometimes it can be difficult to think of winter, which began on Dec. 22, as a salad season. After all, salads are so often associated with the fresh new growth of springtime. But, in fact, you can easily find so many delicious ingredients at this time of year to turn into all kinds of refreshing salads that reflect the season. Winter brings a generous harvest of hearty leaves for salads, including arugula, curly endive (also known by the French term frisee), radicchio, escarole, and various kinds of cabbages. All of these are characterized by robust, sometimes bitter flavors and substantial textures that seem to express more of the way you want a salad to be when the winds are blowing cold or the snow is falling. Then, of course, there are all kinds of seasonal fruits that you can put into winter salads. Apples and pears are among the most obvious candidates, and both make excellent choices. So are citrus fruits, especially tangerines - and their close cousins mandarins, Clementines, and Satsumas, as well as grapefruit and oranges. And remember that dried fruits and nuts further enhance salads when sprinkled in as garnishes. And don’t forget other treats you can add to winter salads. Cheeses are among my favorite selections, adding creamy richness to contrast with the robust greens, along with a hint of saltiness. And meats, especially those from the deli section, can elevate the satisfaction that any salad delivers. Start thinking about combining all these categories I’ve mentioned, and you begin to realize how much variety there can be in winter salads. You can serve them for all sorts of occasions, from casual family dinners to the most elegant dinner parties. One of my favorite winter salads, in fact, makes an ideal first course for a holiday meal, whether Christmas dinner or a New Year’s Eve gathering. It highlights fresh pears, at their peak right now with a wide range of varieties available, from yellow or red Bartletts to green or red Anjous, Comice to Bosc to Concorde pears. (You can also use slightly crispier Asian pears.) Complementing their sweet, juicy flavor are chunks of the cream-filled mozzarella known as burrata, wafer-thin slices of the velvety cured Italian ham known as prosciutto (substitute thin slices of any other ham you like, if you wish), and mounds of baby arugula leaves. A little bit of light dressing based on sweet, slightly spicy, almost syrupy late-harvest white wine ties all these flavors and

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textures together in perfect harmony. So, here’s to autumn salads - and to a wonderful start to your festive meal! PEAR AND PROSCIUTTO SALAD WITH LATEHARVEST-WINE VINAIGRETTE Serves 4 ◆ 2 tablespoons sweet white late-harvest dessert wine such as ice wine (Eiswein) ◆ 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar, preferably aged ◆ 1 teaspoon Champagne vinegar ◆ Salt ◆ Freshly ground black pepper ◆ 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil ◆ 4 ripe but firm organic pears, halved, seeded, and cut lengthwise into slices 1/4 inch thick ◆ 1/2 pound burrata (cream-filled mozzarella) or fresh buffalo mozzarella, at room temperature, cut into 4 slices ◆ 4 thin slices of prosciutto ◆ 2 cups organic baby arugula leaves, about 1-1/2 ounces

Firm Bosc pears are ideal for slicing into this elegant winter salad. CREDIT: Fotolia.com. In a small bowl, combine the wine, balsamic vinegar, and Champagne vinegar. Season lightly to taste with salt and pepper, stirring until the salt has dissolved. Whisking continuously, slowly drizzle in the olive oil until fully incorporated. Set this dressing aside. With a small, sharp knife, carefully cut each pear lengthwise in half. Using the knife, a melon baller, or a sharp-edge teaspoon, carefully cut out the stems, cores, and seeds from each pear half. Then, use the knife to cut each half lengthwise into wedges about 1/4 inch thick. Put the pear slices in a shallow dish and drizzle them with 1-1/2 tablespoons of the dressing. With clean fingers, gently toss the slices to coat them with the dressing, taking care not to break the slices. Attractively arrange the pear slices on individual chilled serving plates, setting the empty shallow dish aside. Place a piece of burrata or buffalo mozzarella cheese in the middle of or alongside the pear slices on each plate. Lightly drizzle a little more dressing, a scant 1 teaspoon per serving, over the cheese and around the pears. Drape a slice of prosciutto partially over the cheese and pears on each plate. In the shallow dish in which you dressed the pear slices, put the arugula and drizzle the leaves with the remaining dressing. Mound the arugula on top of each salad. Serve immediately. (c) 2012 WOLFGANG PUCK WORLDWIDE, INC. DISTRIBUTED BY TRIBUNE MEDIA SERVICES, INC.

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