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North County

A Modern Family Magazine

Surfer of the Month

Business Spotlight: SmileBuilders Children’s Dentistry pg. 21

Local Events Calendar pg. 7

Zack Purdy North County Kid of the Month

Stars and Their Moms

pg. 5

May 2014

Learn more about Dr. Rashedi on page 21!

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May {2014} editor’s letter

From me to YOU!



pril showers bring May flowers! I cannot wait for the weather to warm up and the days to be filled with trips to the beach, neighborhood BBQs, and warm evenings spent hanging outside with family and friends. We’re getting close! May is also very special because we get to celebrate the wonderful moms in our lives on Mother’s Day, May 11th (although we should celebrate them every day). From mothers and grandmothers, to sisters and other relatives, be sure to give some extra love on May 11th to the special mothers in your life. This issue is packed with our amazing kid spotlights, fun Mother’s Day inspired Pinterest Picks and Apps, a tasty and healthy recipe for your whole family, as well as the hilarious Down to Earth Dad (on a topic we can all relate to!) Also check out our Summer Camp Guide which includes camps for all ages, for almost all interests, and for varying of lengths of time! We also spotlight Sunology, an amazing sunscreen company with a great story to tell, as well as Dr. Rashedi from SmileBuilders Children’s Dentistry. I want to thank you again for a.) picking up this North County Kids magazine, b.) reading this letter, and c.) being an awesome North County-er! As always, please email me with any and all suggestions—I listen to them all and appreciate the feedback!

4 Pinterest Picks: Happy Mother’s Day! 5 North County Kid of the


Month: Zack Purdy

6 Celeb Tracker: Happy Mother’s Day!

7 North County Local Events Calendar

10 Surfer of the Month: Taylor Mathiesen

12 Summer Camp Guide 18 Skater of the Month: Tyler




Down to Earth Dad: For the Record

Peace, Love, & Sunshine,

21 Business Spotlight:

Dr. Rashedi, Smile Builders Children’s Dentistry

Kate Schlicher

21 Business Spotlight: Sunology’s


founder, Richard Doermer

Graphic Design Weston Carls

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Surfer of the Month

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Business Spotlight: SmileBuilders Children’s Dentistry

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Local Events Calendar pg. 7

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Zach Purdy NorTh CouNTy Kid of The MoNTh

Stars and Their Moms

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22 Spotted! 24 Summer Safety Tips by CPCMG 25 Kids and Pets 26 A is for App: Happy Mother’s Day! 28 Recipe of the Month: Surf Muffins 29 Hero of the Month: Jake Ducey 30 Mom to Mom Book Review May 2014 | North County Kids


Pinterest Picks: Happy Mother’s Day!



Check out more fun pins on our Pinterest page, North County Kids is not affiliated with, sponsored by, or endorsed by Pinterest, Inc. Pinterest is a registered trademark of Cold Brew Labs, Inc. DBA Pinterest Corporation.


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of the Month

Zack Purdy Hometown: Vista Age: 18 Grade: 12 School: High Tech High North County Hobbies: Acting, theater, singing, dancing, making and editing videos, cosplay (check out my fan page on Facebook- Cosplay Who?) and making people laugh. Favorite Food: Cheeseburgers, I love to try and explore new gourmet burgers. Favorite thing about living in North County: Community Theater


When were you diagnosed with Autism? At age 2, during my well baby check up, my mom was informed that I was behind in my language skills. People told her not to worry, I would be a late bloomer. She decided not to wait and to have me tested. At the conclusion of the testing they told her I was Autistic. As I got older they classified it as Aspergers Syndrome, which is on the Autism Spectrum. What were your thoughts/how did you react? It’s actually a funny story. It was my friend Eric in the 5th grade, who also had Aspergers Syndrome, who told me I was Autistic. He said we acted alike so I must have Aspergers Syndrome too. When I told my mom after school that day she said “yes, you do have Aspergers Syndrome” and asked how I felt about it. I told her I didn’t feely any different than the other kids. I think I said that because I was never treated as less than just because of my Autism. You are now a member of both the Ronald McDonald House charities Red Show Day and Autism Speaks. Congrats! How did you get involved with these charities? I became involved with these charities after my grandpa passed away in 2008. I needed to find a way to deal with my grief so my mom and I decided volunteering would be a great way to honor him. Why is it important to you to be part of these causes? We chose Autism Speaks because we felt it was important to be advocates and share my story of my journey with Autism. We decided to volunteer for the Ronald McDonald House Red

the Autism Spectrum are given amazing gifts and if you help to foster them we’ll strive. Shoe Day because we thought it was a great cause and standing on the street corner of the Ronald McDonald Shoe would be fun. Our first year which was the first ever Red Show Day we brought a group of theater kids with us and had so much fun. Now we get a group of great friends together every year to help us raise money for the house. Lastly my mom and I volunteer with Roses for Our Senior Friends. Christmas was my grandpa’s favorite holiday so I dress in his Christmas flannel and deliver roses to senior citizens. This event brings a great deal of joy to my heart because it’s not the quantity of the roses that I deliver that is important, it is the quality of time I spend with the person who receives them. What advice do you have for other kids that might have recently been diagnosed with Autism? Don’t think of Autism as a label, think of it as a map. How do you know how to get somewhere you’ve never been without a map? For some people it is easy to get to where they are going, they go tin a straight line. But for kids on the Autism Spectrum sometimes their road takes a few turns along the way. A map will not guarantee the road traveled will be easy, but if you encounter a bump it will help you get around it and eventually get you back in the right direction to help you find success. What do you want their friends and family to know? Early diagnosis is the key to success for kids on the Autism Spectrum. Don’t wait to get help; the sooner the better. Then help them through the challenges and recognize their strengths. Kids on

Other than being very active in the community, we hear that you enjoy acting as well. When did that start? I started when I was very young. I was around 3 years old when I took my grandpa’s video camera and stared making movies. I would write and act out scripts in front of the camera, I would make stop-motion videos, you name it! My grandpa always knew I would become an actor. He did everything he could to help encourage my acting including giving me my own video camera at the age of 9 and teaching me how to upload videos we had made together on YouTube. It was after he past away that I began to perform in youth theater. I plan to go on to college and study acting and pursue acting as a career. Is there anything else you would like to add? I have the best mom in the entire world and oh… I like puppies. NCK Ronald McDonald House Red Shoe Day, June 26 Autism Speaks San Diego Walk,October 19 default.asp?ievent=1105438 Roses for Our Senior Friends, December 24 Youth Theatre May 2014 | North County Kids


Celeb Tracker Happy Mother’s Day! See what these celebs have to say about their mamas!

“My mother’s philosophy was ‘If you get yourself in trouble, you’ve got to get yourself out of trouble.’ There was always this awareness that you have to be responsible for yourself in order to have what you want.”

“My mother is everything to me. She’s my anchor, she’s the person I go to when I need to talk to someone. She is an amazing woman.” Demi Lovato

Charlize Theron

Melissa Rivers

“My mom is the greatest mom in the whole wide world. She’s done everything for me to make my dreams come true.” Josh Hutcherson

“My mom and I have always been really close. She’s always been the friend that was always there. There were times when, in middle school and junior high, I didn’t have a lot of friends. But my mom was always my friend. Always.”

“I get my sense of humor from my mom. There are so many quiet times you spend as a mother that aren’t glorified but are a foundation for your kids. No matter what, there was always a thick safety net under this trapeze.”

Taylor Swift

Tina Fey

“She was really strong around me. Having me at 16 had to have been a big responsibility. My mom gave up everything for me, had three jobs, supported me, sacrificed her life for me.” Selena Gomez


“The best advice my mom has ever given me is to never give up. She believes when one door shuts, another door opens. Always, always move forward. I admire her tenacity and her generosity and her ability to do 17 things at once.”

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“The joy that my mom took in having a beautiful house and putting a beautiful meal down in front of us and always having something ready for a guest really inspires me. I used to be sort of messy, but now I laugh at myself, because I kind of like to come home and tidy things up. I’m turning into my mom!”

Jennifer Garner

What’s Happening in North County May 1-31 Brick Dedication Fundraiser Help support the new amphitheater project at Rancho Encinitas Academy Tax-deductible donations can be made to Rancho Encinitas Academy League. For more information, contact Rancho Encinitas Academy: (760) 942-2011 Bike to Work- Let’s Ride! May is Bike to Work Month so join thousands of riders throughout the San Diego region and bike to work! Free, family friendly 6am Register and log your bike trips in TripTracker at Every time you bike to work and log your trips in May you will be entered into weekly prize drawings. May 1 LEGO Builders Club Afterschool Lego building Encinitas Library 540 Cornish Drive Encinitas, 92024 (1st and 3rd Thursdays) 3:30-4:30pm (760) 753-7376 May 2 Teen Toons in the Afternoon! Teens come to the library every Friday after school and enjoy classic Looney Toons 2:15pm Solana Beach Library

157 Stevens Ave., Solana Beach (858) 755-1404

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Nature Walk: Greening of the Lagoon Free, family-friendly walks led by San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy naturalists 2710 Manchester Avenue, Cardiff-by-the-Sea 10-11am (760) 436-3944

Garage Sale at Carlsbad Community Church All proceeds will go to Church Ministries Carlsbad Community Church 3175 Harding Street Carlsbad Friday 9am-6pm Saturday 9am-2pm (760) 729-2331 May 2-4 31st Annual Fiesta, Old Town Cinco De Mayo Largest event of its kind in Southern California Music, food and drink specials, kids entertainment, interactive activities for the whole family. Friday all night happy hour Saturday 11am-10pm Sunday 11am-5pm May 3 Cardiff School District’s 38th Annual Ice Cream Social Celebrating 100 years of Cardiff Schools Fun for the whole family including games and prizes, the famous Cardiff Cake Walk, live music, food and drinks by local businesses and live performances 10am-3pm Entry is free with items to purchase Cardiff Elementary School 1888 Montgomery Avenue

14th Annual Junior League of SD Food & Wine Festival Over 50 of San Diego’s best restaurants and beverage purveyors will be offering exquisite bites, flavorful wines, top craft and micro brews, and exotic cocktail tastings to our exclusive guests. Theme, Kentucky Derby (big hats and all!) La Jolla Cove 1-5pm College planning/Funding Workshop for High School Students and Their Parents Presented by Access College Foundation Learn how to build a competitive college list, which will enhance both admission and financial assistance. 10am Encinitas Library 540 Cornish Drive Encinitas, 92024 (760) 753-7376

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Carlsbad Village Faire 900 vendors selling clothes, accessories, plants, household products, art, antiques, and home décor. International food court with more than 50 booths Children’s area includes games, super slide, bounce house, rock climbing wall, face painting, crafts, and more. Carlsbad Village, Carlsbad (Grand Ave. from Carlsbad Blvd. to Jefferson St.) 8am-5pm (760) 945-9288

Wednesday Afternoon Crafts A variety of crafts to interested elementary-aged children Vista Library 700 Eucalyptus Avenue Vista 2:30pm (760) 643-5100

Julian Wild and Scenic Film Festival Represents a wide 
variety of international films that celebrate nature, the environment and 
people who are making a difference. The festival will also include a farm-to-table event on Friday night, live music, awards party and filmmaker. All proceeds benefit the Volcan Mountain Foundation Julian High School 1656 Highway 78, Julian 6pm

San Diego Zoo Safari Park Half Marathon & 10K Run Race begins at Westfield North County Mall and ends at San Diego Zoo Safari Park Packet pick-up: 5am Race begins at 6:15am All participants will receive free admission to San Diego Zoo Safari Park on race day and we’ll provide free shuttles! (619) 557-3915 Celebrate Carlsbad Day at LEGOLAND® California LEGOLAND® California 1-8pm (760) 929-1555 For tickets call (760) 929-1555 Miracle Babies 6th Annual 5K Run/walk to raise funds for families with babies in the NICU After the race, participants are encouraged to attend the “Celebration of Life” Resource Fair. Visit with local businesses and vendors that support healthy living while enjoying family friendly music. Embarcadero Marina Park South 1 Marina Park Way, San Diego Walkers $15/Runners $20 7:30am

May 8 5th Annual Taste of Cardiff Local food, drink and live music Brought to you by Cardiff 101 Main Street $25 in advance or $30 day of Pre-purchase at Cardiff 101 Main Street 2139B Newcastle Avenue, Cardiff-by-the-Sea 5-8pm (760) 436-0431 May 9 Red Cross Blood Drive Give blood at the library and receive a thank you gift Call to reserve a time slot or online at Vista Library 700 Eucalyptus Avenue, Vista 9:30am (760) 643-5100 May 10

May 5: Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Chocolate Festival Enjoy dozens of chocolate tastings, demonstrations, a chocolate fountain, and more. Family-friendly event features children’s activities and a variety of Mother’s Day gifts Tasting tickets sold on-site $1 off admission coupon: pdf San Diego Botanic Garden 230 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas 10am-4pm (760) 436-3036

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Cinco de Mayo Party Celebrate with a guacamole station and mosaic mirror craft Poway Library 13137 County Highway S4, Poway 4pm (858) 513-2900

Doggie Tales: Read to Dogs! Kids make furry friends and practice reading skills with certified therapy dogs 2nd Wednesdays of each month Encinitas Library 540 Cornish Drive Encinitas 92024 3pm (760) 753-7376


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KidsFest San Diego Hands-on creative festival for kids featuring Halabaloo Presented by the Chloe Nichols Foundation NTC Promenade at Liberty Station 2640 Historic Decatur Road, San Diego 10am May 17 The Special Needs Resource Fair Free event for the public and will target the local community and attract people of all ages and abilities Aimed to educate parents about the resources available to them in North San Diego County while children participate in a variety of kid friendly activities at each vendor station. Food trucks will be available for breakfast and lunch Seaside Center 1613 Lake Drive, Encinitas 9am (888) 892-2066 Wild West Fest City of Carlsbad’s annual Wild West Fest Rustic adventure of western themed crafts, salsa contest, root beer tastings, pony rides and mechanical bull riding for kids. 11am-2pm Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park 6200 Flying L.C. Lane Free admission/activity cards $6/each (pony and mechanical bull rides, souvenir photos, western themed crafts etc.) May 17-18 Community Band Festival In celebration of the Armed Forces, the City of Poway and the Pomerado Community Band present the free Community Band Festival Music, food, and Poway’s own “turn-of-thecentury” village

Old Poway Park 14134 Midland Road, Poway 8pm both nights (858) 668-4576 May 25 The Annual Vista Strawberry Festival Sponsored by Mossy BMW of Vista and the Vista Chamber of Commerce Begins at Wave Waterpark in Vista at 7:05pm with the Strawberry Festival Run (10K, 5K, 1 mile, ¼ mile) Run followed by a pie eating contest, strawberry costume contest, Strawberry Idol and more! Free, family-friendly 127 Main Street Vista (760) 726-1122

May 26: Memorial Day Holiday All Library Closures

May 29-August 28 Thursday Family Fun Night The San Diego Botanic Garden stays open until 8pm on Thursdays with activities for children and music in Hamilton Children’s Garden May 29: Hullabaloo (also July 17 and August 28) Free with admission or membership San Diego Botanic Garden 230 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas (760) 436-3036 May 31 Savvy Soiree Fourth Annual Mother Daughter Tea Fundraiser Benefit for the Sequoia Dream Foundation Reservation required due to limited seating Carlsbad Senior Center 799 Pine Avenue, Carlsbad 2pm RSVP by Tuesday May 27 (760) 576-4135

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Surfer of the Month

Taylor Mathiesen Grade: 12 School: Santa Fe Christian Age: 18 Hometown: Carlsbad, CA Stance: Regular Sponsors: Oakley, Surf Ride Surf Shop, DaKine, Futures Fins, Bubblegum Surf Wax

Started Surfing: 6 years old (2001) Starting Competing: 10 years old (2005) Hobbies: Fishing, freediving, beach volleyball Favorite Surf Spot: Seaside Reef Long board or short board: Short board


How has living in North County affected your surfing career? Living in North County has allowed me to push my surfing to the next level because of the high level of competitive surfers and quality waves. On any given day there is always top talent in the water no matter where you surf. Living here has allowed me to be closer to the surf industry as well as get more time in the water. Who are some local pros and companies that have helped you in your achievements? How? Austin Ware and Kyle Knox have been coaching me for a few years now and they have been super helpful. They have helped me improve my technique, keep me in a good positive mindset, as well as raise my confidence level. Also surfing with world-class surfers like Taylor Knox, Rob Machado, and Josh Kerr really push me to want to become better and hopefully push my surfing to the next level. Any advice to other surfers out there looking to improve their skills? Whenever you go for a free-surf, think about proper technique and use each session to really improve your surfing. Run mock heats against yourself and really think about that session as a practice not just a free surf. Most importantly have a solid foundation of proper


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Career Highlights 2012 NSSA Explorer Men’s West Coast Champion 2014 Scholastic Surf Series Division 3 Men’s Short board Champion All the traveling I have been able to do (Bali, Australia, Hawaii, Nicaragua, Africa, Caribbean)

technique and good habits before getting into the “air-game.” I see too many young kids trying to do airs and tail tricks before they can do a proper bottom turn to cutback combination. But always make sure to have fun! What do you love the most about surfing? Why? I love how surfing is my “getaway.” As soon as I hit the water nothing else matters. I don’t have to stress or think about what is going on at school, with friends, or at home. I find calmness when I am surfing. I feel like being in the water is where I can settle down, release all my built up energy and express myself through surfing. Have you ever had any shark run-ins? Other sea creatures? I’ve only been with some local little Leopard Sharks, but anyone can see them if they come to San Diego during the summer. I remember one time my dad and I got chased off by a bunch of dolphins that were protecting two gray whales nursing their pup. That was actually kind of sketchy. We paddled out to see what was going on and got a little too close for the whales’ liking! Where do you see yourself professionally in 5 years? In 5 years I will hopefully be graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. After that I would

like to travel and compete to gain some points on World Qualifying Series (WQS). Who is your favorite pro-surfer? My favorite prosurfer is Joel Parkinson. I don’t think anybody else in the world has more raw talent, technique, and style than he does. Where is your go-to surf gear shop? There is no better surf shop than Surf Ride. They have two locations, one in Solana Beach and the other in Oceanside. Everybody there is super cool and is really helpful. They have everything surf and skate related that one might need. What’s the biggest wave you’ve ever surfed? The biggest wave I have ever surfed would definitely be 30-35 ft Waimea Bay, Oahu, Hawaii. Surfing that wave definitely pushed my limits and has helped me gain a lot of confidence especially when it comes to bigger surf. Now, I want to go even bigger and push my limits even more. Is there anything else you would like to add? You can never know what you’re capable of until you push your limits and near your fears. Once you have broken those limits and conquered those fears you are capable of so much more. NCK

Rancho Encinitas acadEmy Excellence in Teaching • Excellence in Learning Rancho Encinitas Academy is a private school that serves students from K through grade 8. Nestled in the beautifully landscaped campus is the sister school, Edison Academy, that serves students with mild to moderate learning challenges. The mission of both programs is to nurture a student’s natural wonder and joy of learning, facilitated by a highly creative staff. Quality education at these schools prepares a student for the challenges of the future by fostering knowledge, creativity and self-reliance. There are seven separate buildings custom designed and constructed especially for the school. The campus with its architecture, landscaping, and proximity to the ocean is conducive to a safe, relaxed, and tranquil learning experience. The campus was specifically designed to reduce stress and anxiety so that a student’s focus can be on learning.

Grades K-Eight Highly Qualified Teachers Research-Based Instructional Strategies Common Core Aligned Curriculum Low Student to Teacher Ratio Emphasis on Character Building Nurturing Environment

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Beautiful Natural Setting Hands-On Learning Art, Music & Spanish

Rancho Encinitas Academy • 910 Encinitas Blvd., Encinitas, CA 92024 (760) 942-2011 •

2014 Summer Camp Guide AK Martial Arts & Fitness Warrior Camp Week of July 7th Ages 5-14 6120 Innovation Way, Bressi Ranch, Carlsbad 760-828-7165 Your Ninja will learn sword, dagger, staff, nunchucks, bow & arrow in a safe environment. Film your own warrior movie. Includes Alga Park Day, pizza party & Nerf dart tag. 11 weeks of camp with different themes. Price starts as low as $149. Full & half day sessions after 6/1.

APS Academy North County APS Academy North County Summer Camp June 23- August 15 Pre-Kindergarten- 8th Grade (3.5-14yrs) 800 W. Mission Road, San Marcos (760) 752-3125

Build your child’s confidence while giving them fun and productive summer experiences. Don’t let them lose the gains they have made over the past school year. Help them keep their interest and enthusiasm for learning while having summer fun! Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater San Diego Ultimate Summer Camp Ages 5-18 4S Ranch, Escondido, Poway & Valley Center (858) 866-0591 Why choose the BGCGSD for summer camp this year. We have over 70 years of experience, affordable prices, a trained professional staff, fun and structured activities in a safe environment.

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Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater San Diego Summer Adventure Club For Middle Schoolers Middle Schoolers 4S Ranch, Escondido, Poway & Valley Center (858) 866-0591 Why choose the BGCGSD for summer camp this year. We have over 70 years of experience, affordable prices, a trained professional staff, fun and structured activities in a safe environment. Boys and Girls Clubs of Oceanside Register in May for a free gift! May 10-17, 8-11am 401 Country Club Lane, Oceanside (760) 433-8920 Give your child a life-changing summer: • Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, & Mathematics (STEAM) • Educational • Fun • Project-based Learning • Interactive Hands-on Experience • Exciting Field Trips The Children’s School Camp: Summer Smarts June 16- July 25 Students entering Kindergarten - 8th grade 2225 Torrey Pines Lane, La Jolla (858) 454-0184 The Children’s School offers fun and educational camps for Kindergarten - Eighth Grade children! Our half and full day camps will give your child an exceptional summer experience. Camps range from art and academics, to sports and special interests.

Tech Camps held at Cal State San Marcos, UCSD, and 80+ Universities Ages 7-18

2014 Summer Camp Guide

Voted “Most Awesome Camp for Kids in SoCal”, Carlsbad Art Farm delivers an outstanding outdoors day camp experience on 10-acres of private woodland property. Highly recommended for elementary and middle school students. Now enrolling online. Camps fill early so don’t delay. Del Mar Ballet Del Mar Ballet Summer Intensives for Children & Pre-professionals Children’s Summer Camp: June 23rd27th & July 21st-25th Junior Summer Intensive: July 7th-18th Senior Summer Intensive: July 28th-August 15th 11211 Sorrento Valley Rd., San Diego (858) 320-0033 High Quality Training in Classical and Contemporary Ballet. Top Rate Professional Teachers. Classes for children, pre-professional teens & young adults, and adult classes mornings and evenings. Performing opportunities. Summer Intensives with International Guest Artists. iD Tech iD Tech Camps & iD Tech Academies
 Check website for dates and times Ages 7-18
 Held at UCSD, Cal State San Marcos, UCLA, Stanford, and over 80 prestigious universities nationwide
 1-888-709-TECH (8324)
 Take interests further and gain a competitive edge! Create apps, mods with Minecraft, video games, C++/Java programs, movies, and more at weeklong summer programs. Held at UCSD, Cal State San Marcos, and others. Also 2-week, pre-college programs for ages 13-18 at select universities.

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Carlsbad Art Farm Carlsbad Art Farm Summer Camps June 16- Aug. 15 Grades 2-8 5855 Sunny Creek Road, Carlsbad, CA 92010 (760) 688-6147

AGES 5–14 + 101 Dalmations July 7 – 18

Students will learn all the skills necessary to prepare for a show including audition technique, improvisation, singing, dancing, acting and how to develop a character. And it’s all in a fun non-threatening atmosphere!!

+ Summer Drama Fun Camp July 21 – 25, July 28 – Aug.1 Each week is packed with a full line-up of creative activities taught by theatre professionals; from improvisation and acting to musical theatre and playwriting with a showcase each Friday for parents and friends! Parents may purchase one, two or combine with the “101 Dalmations” for all four weeks.

AGES 10–19 + Shakespeare Camp Aug. 4 –15

ZLAC Rowing Club in Pacific Beach offers girls ages 13 to 18 a chance to row for a competitive team. It all begins with...

ZLAC Summer Learn to Row Camps 2014

Love Shakespeare? This two week camp will be an Intensive Shakespearean Boot Camp to prepare for our production of “Alls Well That Ends Well.”

AGES 13–19 + Improvisation July 7 – 11

Allow your child’s mind to soar freely and their creativity to blossom! Improvisation is the key to unlocking hidden talents.

+ Audition Strategy July 14 –18

A one week intensive that gives students the opportunity to stretch their skills in a fun and exciting professional atmosphere. This workshop will help you put together a monologue that will showcase your acting and teach you how to nail the callback.

+ Triple Threat July 21– 25

This Musical Theatre Intensive will help you put together 16 and 32 bar audition cuts that will showcase not only your voice, but your acting as well.

+ Teen Scene Study July 28 – Aug. 1

Camp 1: July 7 through July 18, M–F 4–6pm

Camp 2: July 28 through August 8, M–F 4–6pm Cost: $275 for 2 week camp (discount to enroll in multiple camps)

For more information about the camps and how to register, please go to or contact: (please put “ZLAC LTR” in the subject line)

Take your acting skills to the next level! Using text from Classical, Modern and Contemporary plays we will teach you how create a more fully realized character that comes alive in performance!

All classes are 9:30am–3:30pm at North Coast Rep Theatre in Solana Beach. Early drop-off and/or late pick-up available. Discounts available for multiple week or sibling enrollments!

(858) 481-1055

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(760) 230-5968

School of Rock, Encinitas Beatles Camp 6/30 - 7/4 Green Day Camp 7/21 - 7/25 Ages 8-18 165 S. El Camino Real, Encinitas

SoR Rock N’ Roll boot camps are 5 days of Learning Music, Playing Music, Fun, Band Bonding and Performance! Throughout the week kids go from zero to a full set of songs and performance at a local all ages venue. School of Rock San Diego AC/DC Camp June 23rd - 27th Green Day Camp July 7th-11th Advanced Metal Camp July 14th-18th Songwriting and Recording Camp July 28th-August 1st Boot-camp August 4th-8th Ages 8-18 2850 Womble Road Suite 104 San Diego, CA 92106 (619) 696-9343

The Theatre School @ North Coast Rep Summer Fun Camps and Teen Intensives July 7 - August 1, 2014 5 - 14 years and 12 - 19 years 987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Suite D., Solana Beach (858) 481-1055 Our camp works on a weekly cycle. Each week is packed with a full line-up of creative activities taught by theatre professionals; from improvisation and acting to musical theatre and playwriting with a showcase each Friday for parents and friends! ZLAC Rowing Club ZLAC Junior Girls Learn to Row Camp I: July 7 through July 18, M_F, 4-6pm Camp II: July 28 through August 8, M_F 4-6pm Girls 13 through 18 years old 1111 Pacific Beach Drive, San Diego (858) 274-7826

Learn how to row in Mission Bay! ZLAC is an all women’s rowing club. Cost is $275 per two-week camp ($500 for both) Space is limited to 20 girls per camp – Sign up soon!

REGISTER FOR FALL SOCCER San Marcos  Youth  Soccer   is  now  accepting  registrations  for   our  2014  Fall  Season.    Take  ad-­‐ vantage  of  our  Early Registration Pricing   and  Multi-Child  Discounts   by  registering  on  or  before  May   24th,  2014.

REGISTRATION FEES: U05  &  U06:  $65  ($90  -  after  May  24) U07  &  UP:  $85  ($110  -  after  May  24)

MULTI CHILD  DISCOUNT: $5  discount  for  the  2nd  child $10  discount  for  each  child  after  the   2nd  (3rd,  4th,  5th…)

FEES INCLUDE:  10  games    Participation   Awards  (u08  and    Practices   below)  Uniforms  (jersey,    Awards    for    First   shorts  and  socks)  Picture  Package  Yearbook

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&  Second  place   teams  (u10-u14)

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for Local families

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Skater of the Month

Tyler Brazil Jessica Davis Photography

Age: 8 Hometown: San Elijo Hills Stance: Regular Sponsors: Osiris, Mom and Dad, my Nana Started Skating: Age 2 Started Competing: First Competition will be this month (May 2014) Favored Discipline: Street and Freestyle

Where do you see yourself professionally in 5 years? I‘ll be skating more competitions Time on the board….I’ve been on the board since I was 2 and hopefully be pro by then. I’d Dropped in on my first ramp at 4 ½ years old like to help other kids to learn Ollie by age 2 to skate. I’d love to run a skate camp for kids at our church, North County Calvary Chapel. I like to give back and teaching my How has living in North friends how to skate makes me happy. County affected your skating career? Living here What’s your favorite after-school snack? has helped me get in a lot of skating time Apples, Cheez-Its, and Powerade. because of all of the great skate parks. The weather is awesome so it’s easy to skate every Do you get nervous before every competition? day, even if it’s just on my own ramp. If so, what do you do to relax and calm your nerves? I’m nervous to compete but I’m used Who are some local pros and companies that to performing under pressure from baseball. have helped you in your achievements? My I usually take a few deep breaths to help me Dad has helped me the most. He hangs with relax. I know that no matter what, if I try my best, me and my friends while we skate the ramp at then it’s a win! my house. I’ve also learned a lot from my time at the Magdalena Ecke YMCA Skate Park and What advice do you have for other kids Aura Skate Park. Osiris kicks down too!

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thinking about learning how to skateboard? It’s all about practicing and putting in the time. If you fall, just brush yourself off and get back up. Never give up on your dreams. We hear that you have several other talents and hobbies, can you tell our readers about those? I have a ton of other interests. I play year round competitive baseball for MIT and San Marcos Youth Baseball. I like to surf, bike, and snowboard. My mom also encourages me to practice piano as much as I can. We are a very active family! How do you juggle your other interests and skateboarding? I try to get my homework done in the morning before school. I usually skate after school before I head out to baseball practice. Is there anything else you want to add? Anything you want our readers to know? Don’t be afraid to charge and wear a helmet! NCK

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Down To Earth Dad

For the Record


n 1980 I pestered my dad to take me to Karma Records, the local music store in my town, after I saw the Village People on an episode of the Love Boat. Armed with a couple of dollars in my pocket from my 8th birthday, I bought my very first record. Unfortunately, the store was sold out of Macho Man and YMCA, so I had to settle for a vinyl single of the not-so-classic tune San Francisco You’ve Got Me. Something magical happened when the clerk behind the counter, who resembled Slater from Dazed and Confused, handed me the bag containing my record. I didn’t realize it at the time, but I had just embarked on a 35-year musical journey that would take me to record stores all over the world. Sadly, I’ve made the transformation from record stores to iTunes over the past few years. I held out as long as I could, but when Tower Records closed in 2006 I finally surrendered to Steve Jobs. Buying music online has its benefits. The

other night I was watching Live from Daryl’s House when I heard the music duo Johnnyswim for the first time. Five minutes later I owned their EP Heart Beats. Sure, downloading music is incredibly convenient, but there is a price for convenience. And that price is that my kids will never get to experience the fun of searching through the racks at a great record store. In college I once spent an entire Saturday afternoon trekking around record stores in New York City looking for import albums by the Jam. Part of it was about the music, but part of it was about the thrill of the quest. Searching iTunes just isn’t the same. My library of music has consisted of albums, cassettes and CDs. I even had a couple of 8-tracks. No matter the format, I always loved holding the tangible object in my hand. You can’t hold an MP3 in your hand, and definitely can’t spin a download of Revolution 9 backwards on your Fisher-Price record player to see if Paul is dead.

There is a great scene in the movie Almost Famous when William’s older sister bequeaths him her 1970s record collection, with a handwritten note that says, “Listen to Tommy with a candle burning and you will see your entire future.” Today she’d just give him her old iPod, which isn’t nearly as cool. Record stores aren’t totally extinct. There are still a few brick and mortar record stores trying to survive in an Amazon and iTunes world, like Lou’s Records in Encinitas. Lou’s Records has been around since 1980, which coincidently is the same year I bought my first record. I think I might take my kids over to Lou’s and show them how you’re really suppose to buy a record, and maybe when we are there I can score a secondhand copy of a vintage Village People album. NCK The Down-To-Earth-Dad is a lawyer by day and youth soccer coach by night. He lives in Carlsbad with his wife and two kids.

The Down-To-Earth-Dad’s Bonus Tracks

My elementary school record collection is tucked away in a moldy basement in Southport, Indiana. In no particular order, these are the Top 10 records I owned as a kid: Pac–Man Fever – Buckner and Garcia

The Gambler – Kenny Rodgers

9 to 5 – Dolly Parton

The Tide is High – Blondie

I Love a Rainy Night – Eddie Rabbit

Bettie Davis Eyes – Kim Carnes

Looking for Love – Johnny Lee

Do You Believe in Love – Huey Lewis and the News

Eye of the Tiger – Survivor

Another One Bites the Dust – Queen


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Local Business Spotlights Dr. Rashedi, Smile Builders Children’s Dentistry Dr. Rashedi has an exceptional talent for putting her young patients at ease built on a foundation of extensive experience spanning thousands of pediatric patients. After graduating from UCLA in Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology, Dr. Rashedi ventured east to pursue her education in dentistry. She graduated with honors from Boston University School of Dental Medicine and went on to complete a General Practice Residency from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Her lifelong desire to treat children led her to complete two additional years of specialty training in Pediatric Dentistry at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, a hospital consistently ranked in the top ten of all U.S. Children’s Hospitals. A believer in lifelong learning, Dr. Rashedi achieved Board Certification and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. She is a member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, American Dental Association, California Society of Pediatric Dentistry, California Dental Association and the San Diego County Dental Society. In her spare time, Dr. Rashedi enjoys hiking, swimming, painting, traveling and horse back riding. How long have you been practicing dentistry? 7 years

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What made you choose to focus on pediatric dentistry? Being a part of creating an amazing experience for children at the dental office is something I consider a privilege. Plus, working with kids and getting to know their families is fun! What ages do you see? 0-18 years old What is your favorite part of being a dentist? My favorite part about being a pediatric dentist is watching kids grow and being a part of it! What issue do you see the most often with children’s teeth? Children love juice and we need parents’ help in decreasing how often they drink it! What makes your practice/office unique? We have fun in our office! It is a relaxing and fun environment that is especially geared towards treating children and making their parents feel well informed and comfortable. We offer programs that focus on prevention by seeing your child more often than every 6 months. What advice do you have for parents with children who are afraid of their dentist visit? Schedule a consultation with a pediatric dentist to just come and talk to us and ask your questions before you bring your child to me. I am more than happy to discuss any concerns or questions you have! How can parents contact you/your office to make an appointment? Call (760) 480-6700, Email: or just stop by!

three lotion products: SPF 50 for Face, SPF 50 for Body, and SPF 50 for Kids. They are each priced at $14.99 and can be purchased online or in health food stores such as Whole Foods. We will soon launch a lip balm (15 SPF) and two non-aerosol sprays (35 SPF for Kids & a 30 SPF for Sport) What is the different between UVA and UVB rays? UVA rays can cause “AGING.” These rays penetrate your epidermis, damaging your skins elasticity. They also cause skin cancers, premature aging, and wrinkles. UVA rays are the main cause of melanoma, are harmful even on cloudy days, and can be intense throughout all seasons. UVB rays can cause “BURNING.” These rays are the main cause of sunburns and affect your skin’s top layer. They’re generally most intense from 10am to 4pm. Sunology offers wide-spectrum protection against both UVA and UVB radiation. Is it true that after SPF 30 there is no difference between SPF strengths? (ie: SPF 30 provides the same protection as SPF 50 or 100) The difference between SPF 30 and SPF 50 protection is merely a difference of 97% effectiveness versus 98% effectiveness. It really isn’t a critical difference unless a person is highly

sun-sensitive in which case that extra percentage point really matters. Claims of SPF effectiveness beyond 50 SPF were disallowed by FDA regulations in 2013. Prior to those regulations, many sunscreens made claims of 50 +SPF and insinuated that the sun protection coverage was much greater as a result. The FDA determined that this was misleading. After 50 SPF, the differences are quite miniscule. What SPF do you recommend for children? We recommend a minimum level of SPF 35 for children and also recommend using a natural sunscreen active ingredient , either zinc oxide or titanium dioxide versus a chemical active ingredient. Scientists have found that some of the chemicals in the active ingredients of many chemical sunscreens may cause free radical formation to occur when placed in contact with UV light. — Richard Doermer, founder of Sunology Like Sunology on Facebook, and then head to the North County Kids Magazine Facebook page for your chance to win a FREE bottle of Sunology sunscreen!

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Tatum, a first grader at Rancho Encinitas Academy, finds a friend at Cottonwood Creek Park during a class outing.

First grade student at The Children’s School, Isabella, has her most important accessory for the night—her eye patch, just like the Dale Chihuly, the artist she studied during the 6-week project.


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During their study of street art, each sixth grader at The Children’s School in La Jolla painted a canvas to contribute to this larger piece.

Students at Freese Elementary had their eyes wide open while watching the cast of the La Jolla Playhouse’s 2014 world-premiere POP Tour production during a recent San Diego county tour! photo by Jamie Lytle. •

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Summer Safety Spring is here and summer is just around the corner and it’s time to get outside and enjoy the weather. The best way to ensure a fun and safe spring and summer is to be prepared. Did you know the majority of pool related injuries and drowning deaths occur in children ages 1-3 years? And they happen most commonly at home or at the home of family/friends. Be sure to review the “safety tips” below to make sure the fun doesn’t stop!

• Get young children enrolled in swim lessons • Parents should take a CPR class • Make sure home pools are fenced (at least 4 feet high) • When swimming, keep young kids within arm’s reach • Never take your eyes off your kids Also, don’t forget to protect everyone from the sun’s harmful rays. Make sure to apply broad spectrum coverage sunscreen at least 15 minutes before going outside. Most sunscreens need to be re-applied throughout the day. Make sure to look for mineral sunscreens that contain zinc oxide or titanium dioxide since these block the sun on the surface of the skin as opposed to being absorbed.

With the right planning, everyone can have a great summer!

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Kids & Their Pets

Sisters Jane, 3, and Mallory, 2, love giving big squeezes to their pup Roy.

Siblings Skylar, 11, and Jake, 9, are all smiles during a day at Dog Beach, Del Mar with their family and adorable adopted pup!

Charlie gives nothing but love to the family pup, Blue.

Life’s a beach for Alanna, 2, and her furry friend Kiko. May 2014 | North County Kids


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If you’re getting tired of the same old, same old playdate spots, take a look at Mom Maps to mix up your get-togethers. There are 27 metro areas in the app, with more being added all the time. The app uses your phone’s GPS to pinpoint nearby playgrounds, restaurants, and museums, and it vets your choices with parent reviews. LucyPhone Free

It’s always annoying to wait on hold for a customer service rep, but when you’re trying to feed a baby or have a toddler who’s about to wake up, it’s the worst. Good news: LucyPhone can do the waiting for you. Hang up, and LucyPhone will call you back when a real person is on the line. Score one for moms. Fake-A-Call Free Free

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Pregnant women and mothers of the newly potty-trained, rejoice: Next time you’re on the highway, Rest Area Finder will locate the stops closest to you. It also tells you if they have dog walking areas, vending machines, and gas stations.

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One of the best free apps for busy moms, Grocery iQ saves money and time when grocery shopping. Their barcode scanning feature makes creating lists easy. You can sort by category, aisle and more. This app is also integrated with coupons, so you can find easily find savings on the items on your list before leaving home. OurKids $3.99

Keep a journal of your kids’ major milestones, daily activities and special moments with this app. You can capture things as they happen with photos, audio, text and more to create a searchable, virtual family journal or memory book. OurKids allows you to easily enter any event (even ones that occurred in the past). Kids Meal Deals Free

To get all the latest “Kids Eat Free” and other family-focused restaurant specials in your area, this app is a must-have. Kids Meal Deals is updated regularly to keep all the dining promotions as current as possible. This app will use your location (or you can enter another one) to find all the best dining deals for kids nearby. NCK


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Ever have one of those mornings where you’re running out the door, late for school, one shoe is tied and you just remembered you didn’t have breakfast? We have those days every now and then, too. Which is why we recommend Surf Muffins! Surf Muffins were created by Surfers years ago, by a surfer that was always late to everything because they were out “catching one last wave.” Surf Muffins are really good right out of the oven, but they’re even better when you’ve only got a minute to eat ‘em. Make them in advance, place them in baggies, and the next time you find yourself scrambling out the door, fear not! Surf Muffins to the rescue! Makes 12 muffins

Ingredients: • 1 cup sour milk * (add a tablespoon of vinegar to a one cup measure and fill to the top with milk. Let stand for 5 minutes) • ½ cup applesauce • ¼ cup (1/2 stick) butter, melted • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract • 1 egg • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar

• ½ cup oat flour* (Blend instant oats in a blender until smooth!) • ½ cup whole wheat flour • 1 teaspoon baking soda • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon • 1 cup instant oats • ¼ dried fruit • ¼ cup almonds, chopped

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Preheat oven to 350 degrees F, and grease 12 muffin cups.


Combine sour milk, applesauce, butter, vanilla extract, egg, and brown sugar and blend well.


Stir together oat flour, wheat flour, baking soda, and cinnamon.


Add flour mixture to wet mixture and blend well.


Fold in oats, almonds, and fruit.


Fill muffin tins close to the top. (These aren’t high risers.)


Bake for 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean.

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ake Ducey grew up local, looks like a pro surfer, hangs with Laird Hamilton and was one of the best high school basketball players in North County (voted MVP multiple times in Division 1). At age 19, Jake Ducey dropped out of college, left behind a basketball scholarship and a prescription drug filled life and set out to travel the world without a map in search of deeper meaning. Jake chronicled his experiences in his Amazon bestseller, Into the Wind, and traversed a multicity “Inspire My Generation” tour in 2013.

What made you decide to become an author? You know when you learn something and you just feel you HAVE to share it? That’s what happened to me while I traveled around the world, after I fell off a cliff and saw my life flash before me. I decided that I wanted my life to mean something, that I didn’t want to just go through the motions and if felt like it would make me happy to try and inspire others by writing a book. The only thing was that I didn’t exactly know how to write a book, as I hadn’t done it before. But Johnny Depp has a quote, “I like the challenge of trying different things and wondering whether it’s going to work or whether I’m going to fall flat on my face.” And I believe that the adventure of not knowing what was going to happen as an author, just like Johnny said, is what had me decide to be one. How has traveling changed your life? Traveling showed me that there’s a lot of people living with a lot less than me, and they are still happy. It put a lot of things in perspective and let me see that my life was a lot better than I thought. It helped me realize that I didn’t need to travel in order to make a difference, that right here in our community, there’s a lot of people who could use a smile, or a warm meal. What kind of community service do you do in North County? Around North County I volunteer at a few organizations like Urban Surf 4 Kids, which empowers foster children in and out of the water. We also cook food for the immigrants on the corner who are often looking for work. I also spend a lot of time

with kids, mentoring young people and trying to be my best to be a positive role model. How did growing up in North County shape you? Growing up in North County shaped me because I think it made me value life. I always grew up with a roof over my head and food to eat. When I went to other parts of the world, I saw that a lot of people don’t have those things. I think growing up in North County made me have a lot of compassion for other people and the challenges that they are going through. We live in one of the most beautiful places in the world. It’s always sunny. It’s not too crowded. The beaches are gorgeous. I can’t help but to smile when I walk around town. North County has just made me a happier person. There are so many opportunities and so many privileges that we can take advantage of! How can your book, Into the Wind, help kids with their lives? My hope is that it shows young people that their dreams aren’t as out of reach as they think. If they don’t know what their passions are, my hope is that the book shows them all of the surprises and joys that await us when we try new things and challenge ourselves. I think it does a great job of putting things in perspective. I spent a lot of time in extremely impoverished areas, and it can show young people that their problems really aren’t so bad, and that there is so much they can be grateful for, and so much joy in life. Do you have any advice for aspiring writers who may be reading? My advice

for anyone who has a dream, whether it’s writing or something totally different, is to just start experimenting. Just sit down (if you want to write) and just let your imagination go. There are no rules on how to write a great story. There are no rules on how to be a professional surfer, or whatever else. Anyone can do it, but you just have to try. Sadly, most people don’t ever try. What are your upcoming goals? Right now I have my focus in a few areas; we’re just finishing the film script for my book “Into the Wind,” which is being turned into a feature film. My goal is definitely to get that under wraps, as my vision has always been for it to be a major motion picture. Another project I am really excited about is a television show I am developing with the former executive producer of American Idol. We’re working on developing our ideas now, but our goal is definitely to land a major TV deal - with the intention of creating a show that inspires and informs young people. I also wrote another book that is coming out with Penguin in 2015, which I am really excited about! Another goal is of mine is to keep finding time for myself; to exercise, and to just hangout. A lot of times in the world we all have so much going on, especially kids with school and sports, that it can get overwhelming. One of my big goals is to find relaxation time and enjoy this beautiful San Diego sun! Where can we find out more about you and your work? You can find out more about me on my website or my Facebook, Twitter, or YouTube. NCK May 2014 | North County Kids


Mom to Mom

Book Review

Megan Rath is a wife and mom of a 8 year old daughter and 4 year old son. She is the organizer of the Hip Chicks Book Club (, a large group of diverse women of all ages that meets in North County every month. A native of North County all her life, she currently lives in Vista.

Me Talk Pretty One Day by Davis Sedaris This collection of short stories and essays by David Sedaris is, for the most part, hilarious. He’s one of those authors that seems to remember every part of his life perfectly, and can convey it to the reader with so much humor, that you think “How did all this happen to this poor guy?!” My favorite of his stories in this book are the ones about his sister, actress and author Amy Sedaris, wanting a fat suit and not being able to afford the whole thing, and the one where his father wants all of his kids to play instruments and form a family band like “The Partridge Family.” As an added bonus, this book makes one of the best audio books, because the author reads it himself.

I give this book a B+ If you liked this book, I suggest Naked, also by David Sedaris. You also might want to check out some of his readings on YouTube.


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Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi Since birth, Juliette’s touch has been lethal. After accidentally killing an innocent child while trying to save him, she is institutionalized by her parents. But when the new government, called the Reestablishment, finds out about her, and wants to use her as a weapon, it takes all she has to break free and fight back. This is another one of those young adult dystopian series that have become so popular lately. It took a while to get used to Tahereh Mafi’s unusual writing style, and although it’s not in the same caliber as The Hunger Games or Divergent, it was still quite an enjoyable read with characters you connect to, and root for throughout the book.

I give this book a BIf you enjoyed this one, I suggest reading the next two books in this series, Unravel Me (#2) and Ignite Me (#3).

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