childhood Issue No. 4 H Spring 2014
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Writer Katie Atherton grew up in San Jose and spent most of her childhood inside a gym hoping to become an Olympic gymnast. She now aspires to be a gold-medal mother and enjoys reading fiction, making lists, and dreaming up suburban adventures to keep her little boy Ames (4) from getting antsy. Photographer Sarah Phillips spent her childhood in Napa where she was never allowed to taste any wine. She is a proud mama to Maren (6) and Griffin (4) and a special-education teacher (her childhood wish). She also loves to engage her creative side and capture happy (sometimes squirrely!) little smiles. mgdesignphotography.com Digital Media Director Aaron Robbins was born and raised right here in Sacramento and dreamt of growing up to become a skipper on the Jungle Cruise at Disneyland. He loves watching cartoons with his kids Kennedy (7), Penelope (3), and Isaac when he’s not working as a web developer and online brand manager for small businesses. aaronrobbins.com Writer Tracie Stafford wanted to be Darrin Stevens from the television show Bewitched as a child because loved the way he could spin a bad situation into a successful advertising campaign. She is mom to Chanel (26), Micaela (16), Keilan (15), and Bryan (11), and a speaker, advocate, and budding pianist.
recently attended a press conference for Jamie Oliver, who was in Sacramento to promote his Big Rig tour, which visits schools in underserved communities and teaches children how to cook. Jamie said something during his quick speech that I cannot shake. He said that at some point he realized it was not enough that his own children were okay, that his neighbors and those in his own community were doing fine— this was not good enough. He needed to work to make a better world for all children. A voice in my head screamed, “yes!” What Jamie passionately works for—his crusade—is to evoke a food revolution. He wants to change the way we think about food and cooking, and improve school drinking water and lunches. I highly recommend watching his 2010 TED talk— it will rock you. You might think, like I have Photo by Sandra Kordazakis so many times: how can I help, there are so many problems, and I am only one, tired, overworked parent! I believe that if we work together to make small changes, collectively we will have an impact. What does this have to do with our spring issue? Along with cooking, a powerful way we can teach children to reconnect with food is to garden with them. When children learn to garden, even if it’s just a small window box or in a coffee can, they connect with where food comes from and learn how to nourish themselves. When a school invests in a garden they are creating an outdoor classroom where kids learn many valuable life lessons. Even more exciting, a garden is a safe and calming place that supports children with special needs, and boosts the learning that takes place inside the classroom. School gardens are one of our passions, and we hope you will consider working to bring a garden to your child’s school (if they don’t have one) or try your hand at small-scale container gardening with your family. Let’s do something to make our community and all of our children stronger. Spring is the perfect time to plant a few seeds and watch as bright, green shoots push up through the dirt. Join us in showing kids the pure joy that comes from pulling tender vegetables from our rich, fertile Sacramento soil. Lisa Thibodeau Publisher/Editor Do you have a story to tell? Email us: email@example.com Childhood
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A mom signs up for music lessons to motivate her children, but ends up finding joy and fulfillment in enriching herself
ike many children, mine have been enrolled in too many activities to count. From soccer, ballet, softball, and basketball to hip hop, karate, football, and tennis—you name it and they’ve probably tried it. But somehow, these kids of mine have not taken to any of it. Why? Was it lack of talent? Lack of support? Or could it be lack of motivation? Ding! Ding! Ding! We have a winner. I’ve asked, negotiated, begged and finally threatened them into practicing the activity of the week, but nothing stuck. As parents, we want the best for our kids. We want them to have experiences and opportunities that we didn’t have in the hope that they will be well rounded, self-sufficient and happy human beings. However, there is only so much that we can control, and the truth is that I had given up. So when my three youngest children, Micaela (16), Keilan (15), and Bryan (11) asked for music lessons, I was skeptical. I had no interest in going down that expensive and frustrating path again. So I asked myself what I could do to change the outcome this time? What would make these lessons different from the dozens before them? As usual, the kids promised to practice, offering up their first born if they didn’t. 10
“What began as motherly duty enriched my life in many ways. Studying piano pulled me out of my comfort zone and into the wonderful world of music.”
Then it hit me! How many times had I hit the books in order to assist with their homework or special projects? I decided that we would all take music lessons together. This way I would understand what was expected of them and could lead by example. We’d bring music into our home—wonderful, right? I had no idea what I was getting myself into. After much research and debate, we chose a music studio that was in our budget, held the best track record, and had the widest range of offerings including our instrument choices of guitar for BJ, and piano for Keilan, Micaela, and myself. Micaela and I also chose to take voice lessons, but that’s another story. My first piano lesson, with Michael Hemsworth, was absolutely magical. Within 30 minutes, Mr. Michael had revealed the mystery of music to me by teaching the four chords which we used to play an entire song. Did you know that most new songs are only three or four chords? I was floored. Michael’s passion was contagious. “Music is a great art form for both adults and children as it connects both the right and left sides of the brain, and utilizes skills from pattern recognition to personal expression and physical motions,” Michael explained. People of all learning styles can use their own strength to help them as they learn music. Music is a great family activity because it is noncompetitive and allows adults and children at different levels of experience to make music together.” I was sold! Then things got interesting. As we began learning to read and play sheet music, I watched my kids slowly—who am I kidding—quickly surpass me. Boguslav Mandzyuk (Mr. B) is our piano teacher and a brilliant instructor, musician, and person and he means business. I swear, I practiced three times as much as the kids, but each week, I fell further and further behind. Still, Mr. B did not cut me any slack.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR Tracie Stafford began her career in marketing, working her way up from data entry operator to Strategic Marketing Director for a fortune one hundred high tech company. She eventually opened her own event marketing and management firm and quickly became a community leader, devoting her time to service and leadership by chairing boards such as The National Association of Women Business Owners and The Sacramento Small Business Board. She also sat on a number of boards including The Birthing Project International and The Black Chamber of Commerce and was appointed by Governor Schwarzenegger to the California Small Business Board.
Keep in mind that I am a speaker and spend my days telling the most intimate details of my life to strangers. But very little has humbled me like sitting next to a 5-year-old girl who was playing the same song better than me—much, much better. Finally I had a bit of a meltdown and strongly considered quitting. I ironically had lost my motivation. Then my mother-in-law gifted a piano to our family and I knew I couldn’t walk away. During my next lesson, I voiced my frustration to Mr. B. “How can I be expected to read the notes, know their location on the piano, and count the beats—this is just unreasonable!” I whined. After a long pause accompanied by a slightly pained and quizzical look, Mr. B shared two scientific brain studies. The first on cab drivers of advanced age, (no comment) building new brain connectors as a direct result of memorizing and driving their complicated terrain. The second study proved that reinforcing any new skill or knowledge within 12 hours and daily for a brief period of time, allows the brain to absorb and retain the information. I went home again with the same sheet music from the previous week. But I listened and began practicing that very evening with the knowledge that I could do it. Heck, if old European cab drivers could rewire their brains than I most certainly could Spring 2014
too. I am happy to report that the following week, I passed every song and was the proud recipient of a jubilant high five from Mr. B. What began as motherly duty enriched my life in many ways. Studying piano pulled me kicking and screaming out of my comfort zone and into the wonderful world of music. Most importantly, I’ve learned that I can continue to enrich my life as well as my children’s, and that there is no reason to wait until I have an empty nest to fulfill my dreams. Whether your desire is to tap dance, earn your degree, or take up sewing, it’s never too late. What burns in your heart? ch
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Parents and teachers Plant the Seed for Outdoor Classrooms By Lisa Thibodeau Photos by Sarah Phillips
Photo by Shannon Hardwicke
Slated for closure, now a pilot program public school On a brisk morning in East Sacramento a group of secondgraders at the Theodore Judah Elementary School drop to their knees on the blacktop with sketch pads in hands, and choose from a rainbow assortment of colored pencils to draw what they see. They sketch garden boxes which are now sprouting shoots, their three chickens inside a large enclosed coop, and the filled-to-the brim composting bins where they learn about ecosystems. Their teacher Shannon Hardwicke gently guides them, incorporating their drawings into the science lesson. Sketching is just one way Shannon Hardwicke mixes things up to keep the kids engaged and excited about gardening.
Theodore Judah, along with five other Sacramento schools is now a pilot school through a collaboration with Soil Born Farms, and is partially funded by the California Endowment. The staff is writing curriculum for the docents that will be available for other local schools and educators. Some findings, like kids learning to eat healthier foods were expected, and some were more surprising. “We have a child who has autism who wanted to work in the garden, so we had him start by turning the compost drum. The first day that he worked in the garden—the tactile experience is the key for him—he had his best math lesson ever,” Shannon says.
The school’s garden program began six years ago, and slowly a school that was once slated for closure due to low enrollment began to grow into the vibrant 600 students in K through 6th grade school that now flourishes. Shannon, a mom of three, started volunteering at the school, and then a small group of parents began meeting to organize and plan. They started simply with raised boxes, then added a netted butterfly migration garden, a native plant area, a large composting center, a greenhouse, and a totally enclosed chicken coop (built by a dad) with three laying hens. Today there are about 40 parent and staff volunteers working together and sharing techniques for teaching in the outdoor classroom.
Shannon is now a paid part-time teacher and is able to take her students out twice a month for garden instruction. She incorporates art, poetry, science experiments, and cooking into her lessons. She relies on the talents of parents, like the chef-dad who comes every month to cook the kids a snack from the ingredients they grow. The kids enthusiastically wait in a long line for a sample and happily chomp vegetables. Shannon says, “What amazes me most when I am out with the kids is the breadth of their learning—the conversations we have are astonishing—and every day there is an impactful story that has moved me.”
Public charter school starts from scratch A vacant and rocky stretch of land next to the Maria Montessori Charter Academy in Rocklin seemed to be an unlikely place for a garden, yet a small group of parents and teachers wanted to create an outdoor classroom. They hoped they could teach the kids lifelong skills, like how to nourish themselves by growing their own food. So they broke ground, working mostly on weekends, and with very limited funds to create a vibrant learning space. Teacher Petsy Proett chose to devote her spare time and energy to the school’s garden because she wanted to create stewards of the earth. “I want the kids to understand that their decisions and actions about the environment affect aspects beyond what they can immediately see,” she says. She also felt a garden would provide stress management tools. “I know I experience stress reduction when working in a garden, and the students tell me they do too. Calm children are better able to focus in the indoor classrooms,” she says. In a few short years, with some donations and grant money, the school now enjoys dedicated garden boxes for each classroom in the K through 8th grade, fruit trees, a composting center, a big red barn, and irrigation and fencing. It has not come easily,
and like other schools they struggle to get parents on-board, work tirelessly applying for grants, and lack volunteer docents. “Gardens need maintenance and we encourage our families to come and work in the garden. There is always a need for fundraising. We grow many things, but money does not grow on trees,” says teacher Petsy Proett. Still the parents and teachers press on to give children the valuable lessons that an outdoor classroom provides. Parent Heather Martin explains, “Children need to be in contact with nature and see firsthand how bees pollinate the flowers as they collect nectar for honey. They must learn about good bugs that prey on the bad bugs, and about the tiny creatures in the soil that we need to grow our food.” Gardens also provide a unifying and safe space for the kids who don’t quite fit in. “There is a boy who is often unfocused at school, but who loves to catch grasshoppers, so his teachers use garden time as a reward. Kids with emotional problems are calm and engaged when working with plants,” according to parent Heather Martin. “Even if kids seem off-task in the garden and are just wandering around, they might be getting exactly the support they need for success in school.”
Parking lot garden grows for private school Dad and master gardener Rob Gaon fell in love with gardening while his step daughter was attending St. Michael’s Episcopal Day School in Carmichael. He proposed a garden project in the school’s parking lot eight years ago that has now evolved into a larger garden on an adjacent piece of land. “We wanted to teach the whole seed-to-table experience, connect the kids to their food, and encourage food literacy,” he says. “The parents and teachers all embraced the idea, and the kids love it beyond what we expected.” The children at St. Michael’s are excited to return to school after breaks to see if there are veggies or fruit from the trees ready to pick. The Pre-K through 4th graders visit the garden the most, but all of the children celebrate it with festivals, like their citrus celebration in winter. They also cook with the produce they grow, whipping up salads in their on-site kitchen. Rob Gaon says,“We even have a grandparents club, so that the kids can work in the garden along with their grandparents. It’s a lovely movement—this food movement—we are so blessed with so much abundance here in Sacramento.” 16
“Children need to be in contact with nature and see firsthand how bees pollinate the flowers as they collect nectar for honey. They must learn about the good bugs that prey on the bad bugs, and about the tiny creatures in the soil that we need to grow our food.”
–Parent Heather Martin
Q & A with Carol Hillhouse
Academic Coordinator for the Ecological Garden and School Gardening Program at UC Davis Student Farm – Agricultural Sustainability Institute What surprises you when children come out on field trips and work in the garden, eat the produce? It is surprising to see how unusual it is for children to harvest, prepare, and then eat a fresh fruit, vegetable, herb, or edible flower. And it is wonderful to witness their utter delight in doing so. These seemingly simple human acts are very rarely experienced in the lives of most children today, even here in a region where our climate allows for year-round gardening and farming. What are the long term benefits for children who are exposed to gardens, taught to grow their own food, and eat and cook what they grow? We know that consumption of fruit and vegetables is positively correlated with lowering the risks of major diseases. An early study by Sheri Zidenberg-Cherr et al. (2002) our colleague in the UC Davis Nutrition Department, showed that when children have a hand in growing their own food, their understanding of nutritional concepts improves, their consumption of fruit and vegetables increases, and their preferences for certain fruit and vegetables increase. This is as compared to a control group who received similar instruction, but was not exposed to gardening. Numerous studies point to increased academic performance, particularly in science and math. Other studies have shown improvements in children’s behavior (less absenteeism, greater concern for others), as well as increased stewardship of the environment. What do you want Sacramento families to know about gardening and children? Educationally, this is an opportune moment for schools to establish and use school gardens. The new academic standards being adopted by California—The Common Core—incorporate hands-on, experiential learning and collaborative problemsolving as critical aspects of learning. Gardens not only offer the perfect setting for hands-on lessons, but they allow for many learning styles and abilities. And beyond academics, gardens are a space for discovery, surprise, and beauty. Gardens present us with simple daily problems to solve and tasks to complete while at the same time, opening up the world of nature and life cycles. While we are deciding how much water the broccoli needs today, we might notice a lady beetle munching on aphids for her afternoon snack—and learning comes alive! Working side by side in a garden, whether at school or at home, enriches family and community bonds and provides life-long memories.
Potatoes are easy to grow in buckets – and fun to harvest! Line a sunny classroom windowsill with potted herbs and let kids water and snip them A garden box or two set on a playground can kick-start an outdoor classroom
School Garden Resources
The Edible Schoolyard Project www.edibleschoolyard.org Soil Born Farms www.soilborn.org The Student Farm – Agriculture Sustainability Institute at UC Davis childrensgarden.ucdavis.edu/sf/ schoolgardeningprogram Creating and Sustaining Your School Garden: Complete materials from the CSYSG Workshop series. California School Gardening Network. www.csgn.org/create School Garden Start-Up Guide Los Angeles County UC Cooperative Extension www.celosangeles.ucdavis.edu/ files/97114.pdf Starting a School Garden National Farm to School Network www.farmtoschool.org/files/ publications_471.pdf
Nicolas (left) and brother Remy
Why school gardens are so important by Nicolas Côme
i, I’m Nicolas and I’m 9-years-old. I used to be the pickiest eater on the planet—until we started growing a garden. When we started our garden, I learned what it was like to be digging in the ground and planting little seeds and watching them grow. We installed driplines, we made our garden beds out of wood, dirt, and nails. Whenever we wanted something fresh for dinner, we’d go outside and harvest something. It was fun! I learned where my food came from, how to grow it, and how to cook with it from my dad. We have a garden at my school near the American River. We have some live animals living there. When you walk in, the sheep are to the left, and to the right there is a tractor shed. To the right we have an orchard with fruit trees. Keep going right and you’ll see the chickens, our cow Honalae, our pony Princess, and our pig Frank—and sometimes you’ll see our ram. There are a lot of things that we grow at the farm, like potatoes, carrots, tomatoes, peas, cabbage, and a lot more!!! Gardening is one of my favorite lessons—right now, there is lots of weeding and soil preparation for the new season.
I think school gardens are very important because they teach kids how to work together, where all their food comes from, and how to take care of plants and animals. Gardening is fun because you get to work outside. I’m learning that there are more and more schools wanting to add gardens in Sacramento and in America, and I think that’s great. Nicolas Come is 9 years old and the creator of the healthy eating app for kids: Nicolas’Garden – find out more at nicolasgarden. com
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Inside the rig (an actual 45ft truck) is a state of the art, totally trickedout kitchen equipped with tools and fresh ingredients provided by the Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op, that the kids use to cook spaghetti and meatballs, fajitas, and even whole wheat pancakes with fruit salad. The rig was parked in front of The Sacramento Charter High School, among other public schools in the area to offer kids culinary classes while also training local teachers. Mayor Kevin Johnson helped kick off the Sacramento Big Rig tour and welcomed Jamie to the Farmto-Fork Capital saying, “Food skills are o n e of the m o s t valuable l i f e skills we can teach this generation, and every child should have the opportunity to learn about what real food is, where it comes from, and how it affects their bodies.” The big ideas behind Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution include improving the drinking water in public schools, eliminating processed foods in school cafeterias, promoting food literacy, getting kids excited about cooking, and reducing childhood obesity rates.
Kids Love Salad! Hook them young on mixed greens by keeping everything fresh and fun Your kids will devour salad when the greens are fresh and well-dried, the toppings are familiar, and they can help make it. Try serving the yogurt dressing on the side and let them dip some of the toppings into the “little pool.”
Big mixing bowl – so everything stays inside Salad spinner – kids are pro-spinners Sturdy tongs –let them toss
Dried cranberries Goldfish crackers Sprinkle of cheese Chopped nuts Pomegranate seeds Seeds: chia, sunflower, sesame Breadsticks Croutons
Tough customers might be swayed by rolling their salad into a large, romaine leaf and eating it taco-style!
Greek Yogurt Dressing Ingredients •1/3 cup Greek Yogurt, plain, non-fat •3 tbsp buttermilk •2 tbsp fresh herbs such as parsley, basil or thyme •1/8 tsp garlic powder •1/2 tsp garlic paste •1 tsp vinegar •1/8 tsp dill, or other dried herbs •salt and pepper to taste 1.Place Greek yogurt in a sieve and allow excess liquid to drain. 2.In a medium bowl, stir together strained Greek yogurt, herbs, vinegar, garlic powder, garlic paste and dill. Season to taste with salt and pepper. 3.Add buttermilk to desired consistency. 4.Refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving. Makes about a half cup of dressing.
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By Katie Atherton
an Diego isn’t just for pro-surfers and the college set. This spring break we’ve planned an exciting four day getaway down to So Cal where you’ll find plenty of kid-friendly activities that the whole family will enjoy. It’s a whirlwind trip with plenty of swimming, sunshine, grown-up time, and yes—even Lego’s!
When you get into town, you’ll want (your children might say need) to rent a Chevrolet Camaro convertible at Alamo Rent A Car (Alamo.com). The kids will be thrilled cruising in a fast car, as you feel the wind in your hair in the warm San Diego sun. Oh, and this hot car won first place as Motor Trend’s pick for top-down rental car. Drive north 40 minutes to the coastal town of Carlsbad, home of Legoland (California.Legoland.com). Grab a bite to eat at a local favorite, Pizza Port (PizzaPort.com), and choose your hotel: The Legoland Hotel (California.Legoland.com/LegolandHotel) will feel like Mecca for tiny Lego enthusiasts. The hotel is colorful, shiny, and one year new, which might explain why your friends haven’t raved about it yet. Highlights are the themedrooms with private sleep areas for kids and the disco elevator. As guests enter the elevator, lights pulsate in the ceiling to music, and a dance party begins! West Inn and Suites (WestInnAndSuites.com) is an understated boutique hotel near Legoland, with enough amenities for kids to feel comfortable too. Pack a picnic, and take a hotel shuttle four blocks to Carlsbad’s family-friendly beaches.
A sea star delights a young visitor at the Birch Aquarium tide pools. play areas, and seven tiny U.S. cities in Miniland USA. The rest of the afternoon can be spent unwinding with an early dinner and pint at Stone Brewing World Bistro and Gardens (StoneBrew.com) in Escondido. With a one acre organic garden and koi pond for children to explore, a 12,000 foot dining space, and 32 craft and specialty beers on tap, the Stone Brewing World Bistro and Gardens has become a destination spot in its own right.
Get an early start at Legoland (California.Legoland.com) and spend a half of a day enjoying the 60 kiddie rides, shows, and
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To inspire future marine biologists, check out the low-key Birch Aquarium (Aquarium.Ucsd.edu), located at UC San Diego. The aquarium features more than 60 habitats of fish, and is home to creepy looking wolf eels and fish with giggle-inducing names, such as the “sarcastic fringehead.” The outdoor touch tide pools fill children with wonder on a bluff overlooking the ocean.
To avoid dragging the kids to more attractions than they can handle, we’ve mixed big attractions with smaller escapes for downtime. There might be some broken hearts when the rental car is returned, but you will feel happy to know you’ve taken your minis on a trip they’ll never forget. ch
For dinner, head to Coronado Island and catch the sunset while tasting the cioppino (fish stew) at the Sheerwater restaurant inside the Hotel Del Coronado (HotelDel.com). You can stay at this legendary hotel, or try one of these magnificent hotels:
Recently rated #1 hotel in the U.S. by TripAdvisor, “Grand” is an understatement at The Grand Del Mar (TheGrandDelMar. com). The pools will knock your socks off, with under water music, and a sand play area view of the 18 hole golf course on the edge of the Los Pequasquitos Canyon Preserve. Downstairs in the Explorers Club, kids will find a dedicated space for air hockey, video games, and crafts. Your youngsters might not give a hoot about tranquility and opulence, but they will enjoy cookies and milk after the beds have been turned down! Paradise Point Resort and Spa (ParadisePoint.com) is one of the top ten family resorts in the world, and offers a full service marina, bike rentals, and five dining venues on this lush 44-acre island. Tell stories around a bonfire while eating s’mores on the beach, just steps from your plush bungalow.
Above, Life-size “Star Wars” models of R2-D2 and Chewbacca, next to two life-size kids. Below, Aerial view of the island resort, Paradise Point Resort and Spa.
Who wants to see the panda cub, Xiao Liwu? You do! A mandatory family stop is the San Diego Zoo (SanDiegoZoo.
Coffee Can Planter
By Amanda Branham
pring—the garden season has officially commenced—and is the perfect time to turn one of your old coffee cans into an herb planter. This is something you can do with your little sidekick to teach them about sustainability and growing their own food. Let your child pick out and water the plant—and then watch it grow!
Supplies: a plant, a coffee can (big enough for your plant), a sharp knife, some rocks or marbles, soil and chalkboard paint. This can holds 33 ounces of coffee, so it’s perfect for herbs. You can use a smaller can if you are planting succulents or anything that doesn’t need a lot of room to grow. Remove the label by finding the seam and pulling it apart. Next, it’s time to paint. This is where your child’s artistic side can come into play. We used chalkboard paint that we had left over from another project. The can took four coats of paint until it was heavy enough to write on. You can have your child write the name of the plant, or just go wild decorating it!
Finally, it’s time to plant! You can use rocks from the backyard to cover up the holes so that the soil won’t fall out but the water can still trickle through. You can also use marbles or aquarium rocks. Put some soil at the bottom and fill it about half full, then place your plant inside and add more soil. You want to make sure that your plant is far enough above the can that it will get all the sunlight it needs. Let your helper fill the can with soil and place the plant inside. This simple, inexpensive container garden is a fun teaching tool! ch ABOUT THE AUTHOR Amanda Branham is a crafter, gardener, baker, and momma to a beautiful baby girl. She writes about her adventures in domestication on her blog fromhousepartiestohousewife.com
Now, take a sharp knife and poke some holes in the bottom that are big enough for the water to drain but not too big that everything will fall out.
Pack a Picnic! S
acramento parks are beckoning—so pack up your baby’s old Moses basket with delicious little bites and sips for everyone to enjoy—it’s time to play outside.
Snappy Napkin Crunchy Local Spread cream cheese, or slice sharp cheddar cheese onto Potter’s Cranberry Hazelnut crackers (they’re made in Sac!). The grownups will love their crunch as much as the kids. ($6 potterscrackers.com)
Marimekko’s lime flower paper napkins are a fun way to add a pop of color to your spread (or wipe up spills). ($6.95 crateandbarrel.com)
Set the Table These 10 full sets of spoons, forks, and knives are made from Greenware renewable birch wood, and are biodegradable and compostable, so you can pack disposable without the guilt. ($5 shopsweetlulu.com)
Portable Pies Sophisticated Soda
Silk Road’s Pomegranate Mint soda is a refreshing and organic alternative to juice or lemonade. Made locally and based on their grandma’s recipe, this soda is sweet, but not overly so. (silkroadsoda.com) Spring 2014
Forget cupcakes—pretty, little, fruit-filled pies are sure to be the picnic-crowd pleaser. Pick up a dozen or so at local bakery, Sweet Cakes by Rebecca and dig in. (customdessertshoppe.com)
Saturday, March 29 Fun on the Farm at Soil Born Farms
Sunday, March 2 Dr. Seuss’ Birthday Celebration at Fairytale Town
(11-3 p.m.) “You’re off to great places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, so... get on your way!” Celebrate Theodor Seuss Geisel’s birthday at Fairytale Town with popular Seuss-themed hands-on activities and crafts. Stop by the Mother Goose Stage for a unique nonstop read-aloud of your favorite tongue-twisting, rhyming Seuss books. This program is free with paid park admission. Weekend admission is $5.50 for adults and children ages 2 and older. Children ages 1 and under are free. For more information, visit fairytaletown.org or call (916) 808-7462
Sunday, March 16 Science Sunday at Crocker Art Museum
Science Sundays are filled with wonderful opportunities for children to witness science experiments, have hands-on time testing, and explore science activities themselves. In honor of our new program, Science Sundays, are offering a dollar off every admission on Sundays in March and April! crockerartmuseum.org (916) 808-1182
Monday, March 17 Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
(9:30-11:30) Have fun exploring the American River Ranch! Make a farm fresh snack, meet the farm animals, and make a special craft to take home. Suggested for ages 3 to 9. Held at Soil Born Farm’s American River Ranch. Pre-register at sacfoodcoop.com soilborn.org (916) 363-9685
McLaughlin’s Daffodil Hill in Volcano, Ca
(March-April Seasonal) An hour outside of Sacramento is Daffodil Hill, a farm owned by the McLaughlin family since 1887. Originally 36 acres, there are four acres left, and each spring those acres explode with daffodils. There are over 300 named varieties of daffodils on the farm, spread among 300,000-plus bulbs. The McLaughlins have been planting them for over 20 years, and continue to do so. Daffodil Hill opens to the public each spring when about 25 percent of the daffodils have popped up, and closes for the season when about 25 percent are still in bloom. Call to confirm. daffodilfestivals.com (209)296-7048
Make traditional Irish soda bread, “dye” your pancakes green with spinach, and take your kids out to look for leprechauns and four leaf clovers!
Thursday, March 20 First Day of Spring!
Thursday, April 17 Teen Takeover at the Crocker Art Museum
(5-9 p.m.) Teen Takeover: Spring Break Edition. Hundreds rocked the last Teen Takeover. What happens when teens take over the Crocker during Spring Break? Find out at this art jam for and by local youth, back by popular demand and bigger than before! Check out live bands, DJs, parkour demos, open mic, a hip hop dance slam, interactive art making, plus a live art battle among the region’s most cutting-edge creators. Get inspired by the opening of the “High School Self-Portrait Show” and a youth-produced fashion show and digital photography display. Parents/caregivers and youth development professionals can enjoy chair massages, cooking demos, art making, and more in the Adult Lounge. Free for teens and Museum members and included with general admission for nonmembers. crockerartmuseum.org (916) 808-1182
Sunday, April 20 Happy Easter!
Color eggs. Hunt for hidden eggs. Eat chocolate bunnies!
Saturday, May 3-9 Where the Wild Kids Are at the Sacramento Zoo
(9-4 p.m.)Visit the Sacramento Zoo for a day of art, music and dance during Where the Wild Kids Are. Kids will learn through interactive crafts, performances and much more family fun! More information at saczoo.org (916) 808-5888
Sunday, May 11 Happy Mother’s Day!
Moms – get a pedicure, drink a mimosa, and revel in those beautiful handmade cards. You are amazing and wonderful!
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favorite part of every show is that momen t when the kids realize that it’s okay to let loose and have “Our first live show some fun,” says Scott, was a huge lesson,” who teaches music says Jason. “We when he’s not perform played our set, and the kids were totally ing. “That’s when they all start participating unimpressed. My and singing and dancing wife, a preschool teacher along.” , took us aside and told us we were doing it all wrong. She said that kids don’t Jason and Scott have want to sit around and listen to a band been performing for play at them, they kids since their college days in 1996, wanted a band who would play with them. when the two started So we revamped the a children’s theater troupe called act, and it’s been a crowd pleaser ever the Picklebarrel Players. since.” of experience co-writi Despite years ng songs and plays, and connecting with audiences of all by Sarah Phillips The two agree that ages, it took them a while to find their some of the best MusicalPhotos Musical Robot footing. happen around the Robot moments kids. Scott recalls a young break dancer who amazed a Sac Library crowd at a show they played this summer. “There’s a moment when we ask the kids to
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g n i n a e l C g n i r p S Three thoughts on cleaning up your body and mind so that you can move forward to a healthier you
As a mom, I know that if I want to feel balanced, it’s necessary to make and take time for myself. Motherhood does not always have space for this, and sometimes me time is overlapped with crazy life. On those days I find sanity in the brief moments when I remember to take deep breaths and not carry the burden of the world on my shoulders. I remind myself that I am exactly where I need to be, and consciously trust that all is well. On days I cannot take me time I aspire to an understanding with myself that I will feel a little out of sorts. I set an intention to let go a little more and not make it worse by telling myself what I should have done to avoid feeling the way I do. The more I practice this, the more balanced I feel. – Gangotri Garg, owner of Veera Yoga in Rocklin (veerayoga.com)
This year make a resolution to clean up your diet. Aim for meatless Mondays, or a few meals per week that are plantbased vegetables and whole grains. Eating fish twice a week is a good goal. Salmon, tuna, mackerel, and sardines are all rich in omega 3 fatty acids (heart-healthy). Add a teaspoon of ground (not whole) flax seed to your morning cereal or yogurt. Eat more high fiber foods such as oatmeal to reduce cholesterol –home cooked is best as instant oatmeal has more sodium. – Julie Westermeier, Registered Dietitian
Once you get moving you will find energy and joy for life. The body wants to be healthy and responds quickly to consistency. Find a “goal” photo to post—some mamas do a whole collage of inspiration—post this around your house and look at it daily. Join a group! You can bring a buddy with you to encourage you and then commit to a written plan. Set one specific goal, like a local fun run. Be sure to reward yourself with a non-food reward: a pedicure, a bubble bath, a nature walk—or my favorite—a foam roller! The biggest thing to remember is that in 4 to 6 weeks, this will be a new healthy habit for you! – Lorri Ann Code, owner of Mama Bootcamp (mamabootcamp.com)
Allergy Update S
pring breezes often bring spring sneezesâ€”is it allergies or a common cold? Dr. Arif Seyal, Chief of Allergy, Asthma, and Clinical Immunology for Kaiser Permanente in Sacramento answers our questions and clears up a common misconception about local honey.
At what age do allergies start to manifest in a child? Allergic rhinitis typically requires a few years of exposure to develop. Accordingly, it is uncommon in children under age 2. Are there any natural remedies that are effective in treating allergies? The first step in the treatment of allergies is to avoid allergens. For instance, if you are allergic to your furry pet or dust mites, then it is important to take steps to prevent exposure to that allergen. Some of the remedies such as local honey which is marketed to treat allergies do not work. Is there any new research or medicine that parents should be aware of? Allergy injections will be slowly replaced by the sublingual drops or tablets for allergy desensitization. How can you tell allergies from a common cold? Allergies usually have recurrent seasonal symptoms of runny nose, associated with congestion, itching and sneezing. Some may have itchy and teary eyes. Symptoms may be present for a long period of time or throughout the year and worsen during spring or fall. Usually there is a trigger (such as exposure to blossoming trees and grass or pets). Arif Seyal, MD is Chief of Allergy, Asthma and Clinical Immunology for Kaiser North Valley
With a cold there is a sudden onset of symptoms lasting for few days and up to two weeks. Colds may be associated with sore throat, tiredness, cough and fever. ch
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