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TA B L E O F C O N T E N T S F E AT U R E S Giant City Stables . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 Superman Celebration by: Kristin Taylor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 The Carson Center Broadway Series . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17 Stop Summer Brain Rot . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .32 A Good Day to Try Hard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .36

H E A LT H M AT T E R S Pale is Beautiful . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13

PA R E N T S C O R N E R Father Love by: Jessica Fisher . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15

FA M I LY F I T N E S S Getting the Balance Right by: Aaron Klope. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20

D E PA R T M E N T S FA M I LY F I N A N C E Prepaid Debit Cards by: Robin Passante . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .30

C L A W S A N D PA W S Flea and Tick Season by: Dr. LaNita Flanary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45

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Advertiser’s Index . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 Snapshots . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50

Calendar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 front cover by:

FAT H E R H O O D F O D D E R A Father’sGarden of Admonitions by: Rick Epstein . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40

Brad Rankin cover models: Lainey Workman (3), holding Magic, (AKA Justamer Magic Marker) one of the Dartmoor ponies

SCHOOL NOTES Tales Out of School by: Joy Navan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42

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n our cover this month is three year old Lainey Workman, one of the many young riders who love to visit Giant City Stables. She’s holding Magic, (AKA Justamer Magic Marker) one of the Dartmoor ponies that are suitable for very young riders. Giant City Stables is located in the heart of Giant City State Park and offers a wide variety of programs, from trail rides to summer camps. The stable has been around since the late 1960’s and for the past 12 years has been owned by Ramona Twellman. Over 2,000 people visit the stables each year; many of them are southern Illinois residents. There are also people visiting the state park who want to take a trail ride or families who plan their vacations around the popular riding summer camps that Giant City Stables offers.

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Giant City Stables is located is the beautiful rolling hills of a Makanda and is home to more than thirty horses, ranging from ponies, to mares, to stallions. The Stables are also home to the famous cutting horse stallion, Pepto Doc Quixote, son of Peptoboonsmal, legendary cutting sire. Pepto is a proven National Cutting Horse Association money earner. “Several of our horses are rodeo champions, and all of them are of amazing quality,” says Berardino Baratta, a student and volunteer at the Stables. “They’re not worn out – they’re healthy and topnotch. They are very intelligent: We provide horses that can accommodate any rider from beginner to advanced.”

Therapy Programs Since she has owned the stables, Twellman, who is a Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship


International (PATH) certified riding instructor with over 20 years of experience, has offered a therapeutic riding program at Giant City. The programs provide equine therapy opportunities to the children and adults in Little Egypt area “There are a wide range of disabilities that we work with in our programs,” explained Twellman. “We work with adults and children who have intellectual and/or physical disabilities, brain injuries or conditions such as autism and Downs syndrome. We also offer riding experiences for those with physical disabilities. Riding therapy can help children and adults with emotional issues, those with mental illness such as bipolar disorder or who are suffering from stress.” While it might be hard to understand how riding a horse can help these children, the results of the therapeutic program at Giant City Stables are very clear. For example, a child with autism that has difficulty communicating and forming relationships can benefit greatly from connecting emotionally with a horse. “It’s now well documented that an autistic child might have a hard time connecting with people but can bond with an animal,” Twellman explained. “That connection between the child and the horse makes it easier for them to communicate with others.” After working with a girl with cerebral palsy, the therapy has helped her progress from a wheel chair to a walker. “Anyone, whether they were born unable to walk or are recovering from an accident, can benefit from the rhythm of riding a horse,” Baratta told me. “The gait of the horse is identical to our own, so even while sitting, a child or adult can still feel

the same movements of walking. This movement helps to re-wire the brain which can result in that person being able to walk more on their own. It’s not magic, and it doesn’t happen overnight. However, the therapy, with a little patience, does have tremendous results.” The therapy program normally includes six to eight weekly sessions, with up to four people in each session. Each therapy horse and rider have one volunteer leading it, and two walking along beside them. Giant City Stables runs these programs year round. In addition, they work with local organizations to provide recreational therapeutic riding activities. In total, Giant City Stables serves over 250 people a year through its various therapy programs.

Specialized Equine Services and Therapeutic Riding The therapy program became a non-profit organization, Specialized Equine Services and Therapeutic Riding, in October 2012. “We are always in need of donations to support the program,” said Baratta, who is also Treasurer of the organization. “We appreciate even the smallest amount – a stable in Texas recently donated $10,000 to the program, but it’s the $20 or $5 donations that keep the program going,”. Giant City Stables charges between $11 - $35 per person for a group lesson. “The actual cost is about $90,” Baratta explained. “The price is a little higher for private sessions, double sessions, and special needs sessions. However, participants will pay no more than fifty percent of the cost as the rest is funded through donations. “Many cannot afford to pay even this much, so we have additional subsidies available to help families get the therapy they or their child needs,” Baratta explained.

Ramona Twellman and Berardino Baratta

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We use a combination of therapy, education and recreation, which together makes a unique environment for our clients. Using three-dimensional gait of the horse for therapeutic benefits, we are able to combine physical therapy and psychological well being of our clients. Simply put, the horse becomes the teacher, instilling trust, patience and a great feeling of accomplishment. Socialization skills, friendship, and our relationships are enhanced.

Summer Camps Giant City Stables offers a variety of camps for all skill levels and ages. “We have camps for kids who have never even see a horse to those who have been coming to camp for four or five years and are looking to refine their riding skills,” Baratta told me. The camps are led by Ramona, who uses her 30+ years of instructional experience to create a fun and safe environment. ‘Barrel Racing and Pole Bending Camp’ is a five day camp for intermediate riders. It will be held from June 3 – 7, beginning at 9 a.m. and ending at 3 p.m. The cost is $400. Carole Hadden, a retired professional rodeo rider, will join Ramona to teach students the exciting sports of barrel racing and pole bending. In addition, students will learn the fundamentals of rider biomechanics, which teaches how a rider’s posture and quality of movement affects their horse. ‘Introduction to Horseback Riding Camp’ is a three day camp for children six to eight years of age. Students will be

introduced to basic safety around horses, and they will be shown how to approach, lead and groom a horse. They will ride horses in the arena each day, learning the basics of being a balanced rider, proper posture and steering the horse. Riders will be introduced to the basic commands of walking, turning, stopping, and steering their horse. This camp is filled with hands on activities, barn chores and games. The camp is July 10 -12, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., and the cost is $90. ‘Horseback Riding for Beginners Camp’ are offered for children ages seven and up. The three day camp will be held from July 17 through 19, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. The cost is $150. The five day camps are June 17 - 21 and August 5-9 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Each of these camp costs $225. Students will be taught basic horse anatomy, the parts of the saddle and bridle, and how to tie up a horse. They will learn how to approach a horse that is tied or in a stall and how to lead a horse safely around other horses. Riders will be taught how to groom and safely put on a saddle. Students will participate in a riding lesson each day that is focused on basic riding skills. Everyone will also have the opportunity to go on a trail ride. The five day camp concludes with a fun show on Friday!

Trail Rides and Pony Rides Guided trail rides are a great way to enjoy a day in the outdoors from atop a horse. The Stables offer these rides from mid-March to midNovember. The trail rides go through the forest, and can be anywhere from a half hour to two hours long. The most popular ride is 3.2 miles long and takes one hour to complete. Departure times are 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2:00 p.m., 3:30 p.m., and 5 p.m. (the evening trail ride is by reservation 8 • June2013 www.littleegyptfamilymag.com


only). “For those interested in a trail ride, we suggest you call ahead so that we can have the horses ready for you when you arrive,” Baratta said. “But don’t be afraid to take a chance and stop by!” For younger horse lovers, the Stables also offer hand-led pony rides.

Birthday Parties If you love being outside, let Giant City Stables host your event! Whether it’s a birthday party or simply a fun outdoor get together, everyone will enjoy pony and trail rides, roping and lasso lessons, barn tours, a game of horse shoes, and a bonfire where they can roast hot dogs and marshmallows!

Private Lessons Students wishing to further their riding skills are encouraged to enroll in private lessons. Giant City Stables offers group and private lessons for English and Western riding styles, as well as Speed Events. Ramona teaches all the lessons and will build a lesson plan just for you, or your family or group. Lessons are open to the public, and you can use your own horse or one of the Stables’ horses. Giant City Stables also provide horseback riding lessons through John A. Logan Community College.

Field Trips Let Giant City Stables customize a field trip just for your church group, school class, or any other group! “Some schools come out to Giant City Stables every year, the Carbondale New School brings their entire school out for a field trip as part of their medieval time period lessons,” says Baratta. “For many of these children this is the first time they’ve been this close to a horse.” They have programs for kids, pre K and older. With this hands-on experience, students will learn to groom and lead a horse and ride a pony. It is a fun educational experience for all! These field trips aren’t just for kids; the Stables can custom design a horseback adventure for children and adults alike.

Scout Programs “Through this program, Girl Scout Juniors and Cadets can earn their Horse Lover Badge, and Boy Scouts can receive their Horsemanship Merit Badge,” Baratta said. In this threehour program, Scouts will learn to groom and saddle their own horse, participate in a horseback riding lesson in the arena, and go on a trail ride. Stables are also happy to design a program for younger Scouts.

Volunteers Giant City Stables relies heavily on the work of volunteers. “We wouldn’t exist without them!” Baratta explained. However, it’s not only the Stables that benefit – the volunteers have a great time too! “I didn’t grow up around horses, but volunteering at the stables gave me a new experience I wouldn’t normally get through lessons alone,” Baratta told me. “Not everyone can afford a barn filled with horses, but as a volunteer, you get to experience all aspects of the horses and the Stables.” The Stables need about ten to twelve volunteers a day to do everything from cleaning, answering the phone, greeting the public, mucking the stalls, helping with the programs, guiding trail rides, grooming and saddling the horses, and much more! Volunteers must be 16 or older, and no prior experience with horses is necessary; everyone is trained to care for the horses and work with the public. “I've been volunteering since 2000 and there's never a dull moment!” says Theresa, a volunteer at the Stables. “I get my ‘horsie fix’ every week, learn a little bit more about horses, work with a wonderful group of people, and have a great time. It's been so rewarding. If you love horses, have a few hours and want to meet some wonderful people, come and volunteer at the Stables!” To learn more about their programs, camps, and events, and to print registration forms, go to giantcitystables.com, call 618-529-4110, email gcshorses@gmail.com, or visit the stav bles at 722 Giant City Road in Makanda. www.littleegyptfamilymag.com June2013 • 9


By: Kristin Taylor

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t’s been 75 years since Superman first appeared in the comics as a super hero! He certainly remains a super hero in Metropolis, Illinois, our Purchase Area town that shares a name with Superman’s home in his DC Comics. In the stories, Metropolis is depicted as a major city, and it certainly feels that way when you stand beside the 15-foot statue of Superman located in front of the courthouse. Each year costumed fans gather for a multi-day festival to honor Clark Kent as his alter persona, Superman! This year is the 35th Superman Celebration, which began the same year the movie “Superman I,” starring Christopher Reeves and Margo Kidder, was released. From June 6 - 9, the ‘Man of Steel’ will be honored in big, perhaps recording-breaking, ways.

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Headlining guests Guests on this 35th celebration include those from the early television series “The Adventures of Superman,” which starred George Reeve, as well as “Smallville,” “Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman,” “Superman I” and the newest “Man of Steel.” Fan favorites Margot Kidder and Michael Rosenbaum will return to the Superman Celebration. Best known as Lois Lane from the Superman films, Kidder has been part of the festival twice and last came in 2005. Rosenbaum, known for his Lex Luthor character on “Smallville,” enjoyed his 2008 trip to Metropolis and has wanted to return ever since. They’ll be joined by newcomer Alessandro Juliani, who played Dr. Emil Hamiliton on “Smallville” and will be Sergeant Sedowksy in the muchanticipated release “Man of Steel.” He is also well known as Lieutenant Felix Gaeta on “Battlestar Galactica.” Other guests include Tracy Scoggins, who was Cat Grant on “Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman,” as well as two guests from the 1950s TV show “The Adventures of Superman.” Laurie Mitchell was a sci-fi queen and appeared in the episode “The Man Who Made Dreams Come True” and child actor Gregory Moffett was in the episode “The Stolen Elephant.”

crowd this year. The Superman Celebration is a great weekend trip for teenagers, families and adults who all love a fun time,” Ogle said. “Most activities and entertainment is free so the weekend is a reasonable expense for a family. It’s a wonderful choice for a mini-vacation. It appeals to so many different people.”

Bringing the world record home Metropolis wants its Guinness World Record back. In 2008, the town set the world record for “the largest gathering of people dressed as Superman” with 122 people donning the red and blue outfit, but it’s since been broken twice. Goodman Masson, the United Kingdom’s largest independent financial recruitment company, topped the local total

“We wanted to pay tribute to all the different movies and television series that featured the Man of Steel,” said Karla Ogle, co-chair of the Superman Celebration. “The Superman Celebration is such a unique festival and Metropolis is honored to have so many wonderful fans who attend. We often hear from guests that this is one of their favorite festivals to attend. We have that small-town charm and the fans always make them feel welcome.” Over the four days of the celebration, crowds usually range between 25,000 and 35,000. People of all ages like to see all the costumed Supermen and other characters walking around downtown Metropolis. Young adults often meet up with others who share their interest and older adults are known to swap inspirational stories. “We expect a great www.littleegyptfamilymag.com June2013 • 11


with 180. The record is currently held by the Nexen Inc. in Canada, where 437 employees gathered in Superman attire. Anyone interested in helping bring the record back to Metropolis can gather for the official attempt at 3 p.m., June 9 around the downtown statue. Check-in for the record-breaking effort will begin at noon. The attempt must be documented with a roster, photos, a video, and witnesses and participants wearing full-licensed Superman attire must stand together for 10 minutes. As part of the celebration, participants will receive certificates and awards will be given to the group with the most participants, the largest family involved, the one who traveled the farthest, and the oldest and youngest participants. “For the 75th anniversary of the first appearance of Superman in the comics, we wanted to try to bring the record back to Metropolis – Hometown of Superman,” Ogle said.

Four days of FUN! First-time visitors will notice the four-day schedule is packed full of activities, including entertainment, music, contests, comic artists and writers, a kids tent, and celebrities to meet. Vendors sell all kinds of food and there is a nearby carnival. Three distinct areas make up the celebration: The Smallville tent features kids entertainment and games and is highlighted by a kids costume contest. The Man of Steel area has contests for the strong guys! The Omega Force does three shows in this area. Freestyle Connection also shows off their skills on a large ramp to the amazement of the crowd. Comic artists and writers also are located here. The Metro Tent has the celebrity question-and-answer sessions, entertainment and the $1,000 Costume Contest. A full schedule of events for the 35th Superman Celebration is available online at www.supermancelebration.net. v

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H E A LT H M AT T E R S

Pale is Beautiful! Covering up from harmful sun rays this summer!

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hy is sunscreen so important? Truthfully, because there is no safe way to tan! I’m sure most of us think that a tan gives us a ‘healthy glow’ but what we often forget is that, over time, tanning can have serious and harmful effects. Tanning causes a change in skin texture, wrinkling and age spots.

How we burn The sunlight that reaches us as we lay out by the pool, work in our gardens, swim in the lake, or walk on the beach is made up of two types of harmful rays: UVA and UVB. UVA rays can age us and UVB rays can burn us. UVA rays penetrate deep into the dermis of the skin, the skin’s thickest layer. Unprotected exposure can lead to premature skin aging. UVB rays will usually burn the superficial layers of your skin. The intensity of UVB rays vary by season, location and time of day, with 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. being the peak hours. Sunburned skin doesn’t just feel awful, it can cause permanent damage over time. This is why keeping your skin well protected is extremely important.

protection factor. The SPF number refers to their ability to deflect UVB rays. SPF rating is calculated by comparing the amount of time needed to burn sunscreen-protected skin vs. unprotected skin. So if a person who might typically burn after 10 minutes in the sun puts on SPF 2, they have double that time before sunburn - 20 minutes. Skin protected with SPF 15 would take 15 times longer, or 150 minutes for sunburn to occur. Keep in mind though, the increase from 20 to 45 level SPF provides only 2.8% more UV protection.

In order to help your skin seek a safe skin refuge, check out these following tips: • Apply a water-resistant sunscreen with minimum SPF of 15 and UVA/UVB broad spectrum protection to any parts of your body that are exposed to the sun each day. Reapply every 2 hours if you’re in direct sun. • Don’t forget about those lips, be sure to use a lip balm that’s SPF 15 or higher

Levels of protection

• Cover up! Your head and eyes can get sunburn too. Use a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses

What type and level of SPF should you use and what is the difference between sunscreen and sunblock anyway? SPF stands for sun

• Seek shade between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., when the suns burning rays are the strongest • Use extra caution near the water, sand and snow as they can reflect and strengthen the sun’s rays

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nosed annually. Squamous cell carcinoma is the second most common form of skin cancer. More than 250,000 cases are diagnosed each year, resulting in approximately 2,500 deaths each year.1 in 5 Americans and 1 in 3 Caucasians will develop skin cancer over the course of a lifetime. More than 90% of all skin cancers are caused by sun exposure. Examine your skin from head to toe every month and see your physician annually for a professional skin exam. Early detection is always best. A person’s risk for skin cancer doubles if he or she has had five or more sunburns. So love your SPF, it could save your life.

Treatments to Reverse the Signs of Aging

• Keep newborns out of the sun. Sunscreen should only be used on babies over the age of 6 months.

Sun exposure causes most skin cancers Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. More than 1 million skin cancers are diag-

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There are treatments available to help you mitigate the damaging effects of sun exposure. Laser treatments are just one way to correct skin conditions although they are not typically a medical necessity. They are ideal for clients who are interested in improving their skin without invasive surgery that would cause downtime away from daily activities. From total facial rejuvenation, which involves the reduction and removal of red and brown pigmented lesions with a general firming of the skin, to the removal of sun-spot damage, patients can always discuss with their practitioner which treatments would be right for them. v


by: Jessica Fisher

PA R E N T S C O R N E R

Father Love How Dads Nurture Kids in Their Own Ways

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ads often get a bum rap in this culture. Granted, there are quite a few men who’ve abdicated their responsibilities and abandoned their families. But, there are also scores of men who love their wives and children, work hard to keep food on the table, and otherwise, are willing to sacrifice a baseball game before they miss out on a meaningful family event. And dads, though very different from their female counterparts, love their children – in their own ways. Meet some of the fathers I’ve known and how they love their kids.

Fueling the Imagination Ken built an enormous cardboard castle in his family’s basement, complete with working drawbridge. This wasn’t just making use of the box the refrigerator came in. He

sought out many empty appliance boxes and hauled them home in inclement weather. Not only that, I was witness to the rollicking good times he and 10 boys had at a birthday party, sword fighting and running about. No one was injured, but they had a blast!

Saying No to Excess My own dad was fairly conservative in how he spent his money. We didn’t live extravagantly nor did we get regular allowances. I was the oldest of his five children, and I know now that part of his thrift resulted from needing to keep an eye on the future. Who knew what tomorrow held? He had a family to look out for. Though my inner teenager might still argue that he was a little too tightfisted at times, I will concede that I learned good lessons in frugality and I know how to pinch a penny until it screams.

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Daily Play I married well. No, my husband wasn’t wealthy, but he loves to play with our children. And with each child, he’s developed daily games that fit each child. Back in our early parenting days, it was “Runaway Pickup” where he would race around the living room on all fours, bearing a heavy load of children on his back. At the end of a lap, he would dump his cargo onto the couch to the peals of laughter. Now that the joints aren’t as limber as they once were, he and our last toddler play a few rounds of Dora Match Game after work each day.

Rituals and Traditions Marcus takes each of his nine children out to breakfast on his or her birthday. It’s a special one-on-one time that is sometimes rare in a large family. Yet, the children, even those in their twenties, look forward to this special yearly ritual. And now that some are married, spouses are allowed to come to Dad’s breakfast as well, creating a new tradition.

Regular Conversation My father-in-law is wonderful about making regular phone calls. He telephones his sons on a weekly basis, just to talk and see what they’re up to. Now that he is a grandfather, he is respectful not to tell his boys what to do, but he offers advice where he sees the need.

Sharing Interests Brett plays the guitar. And when his daughter expressed an interest in learning to play, he bought her a pint-size instrument as well. They croon together, though perhaps not quite in harmony, and are making beautiful memories with one another.

Just hanging out And while it may be very sports-centric, I must say that there is beauty in watching a father and son watch a game together. They may not talk a lot. Their conversation may just revolve around that stupid coach or how that quarterback blew it. But just being together and making a memory means something. Dad and child time is valuable, no matter what they are doing. And, Mom, it’s okay if you don’t get it.

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Jessica Fisher is a writer, blogger, teacher, a homemaker, cook and a mom. You can read more of her great advice on www.fishmama.com, www.simplehomeschool.net and www.lifeasmom.com

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esidents of Southern Illinois don’t have to drive to St. Louis or Chicago to see a Broadway production of their favorite shows. There is a wonderful theatre just an hour’s drive south! The Carson Center, located just across the Ohio River in Paducah, Kentucky, is pleased to announce their new 2013-2014 Broadway Season. The exciting series has a full line up of great musicals, from comedy to shows that will have you dancing in your seat!

MEMPHIS November 5-6, 2013 - 7:15PM MEMPHIS takes place in the smoky halls and underground clubs of the segregated 1950s, where a young white DJ named Huey Calhoun falls in love with everything he shouldn’t: rock and roll and an electrifying black singer Felicia Farrell. It is an original story about the Cultural Revolution that erupted when his vision met her voice, and the music changed forever. Filled with high-octane dancing, songs that perfectly capture the era and an absorbing tale of fame and forbidden love, the show offers soaring emotion and roof-raising rock ‘n’ roll. It won Tony Awards in 2010 for Best Musical, Best Score, Best Book, and Best Orchestrations.

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ROCK OF AGES March 25-26, 2014 - 7:15PM ROCK OF AGES will have you dancing in your seats with this smash hit jukebox musical featuring a slammin' selection of the hippest 1980’s hair bands and the gripping guitarists of glam metal. ROCK OF AGES, set in L.A.’s infamous Sunset Strip in 1987, tells the story of Drew, a boy from South Detroit, and Sherrie, a small-town girl, both in L.A. to chase their dreams of making it big and falling in love. It is the insanely fun worldwide smash hit that features a raucous mix of 28 eyebrow-scorching tunes, including "Don’t Stop Believin’," "We Built This City,” "The Final Countdown," "Wanted Dead or Alive," "Here I Go Again," "Can’t Fight this Feeling," and "I Want To Know What Love Is." Rock of Ages, which opened on Broadway in April 2009 and continues today, was nominated for five Tony Awards.

MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET January 13-14, 2014 - 7:15PM MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET was nominated for three Tony Awards in 2010: Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, and Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical. This true story takes us back to December 4, 1956, as an auspicious twist of fate begins when established performer Carl Perkins was to record songs with a new performer, Jerry Lee Lewis, at Sam Philips’ Sun Records. Elvis Presley comes by the studio, and Johnny Cash also stops by to talk to recording impresario Sam Philips. They soon have a jam session together. Philips attempts to re-sign Johnny Cash to a new contract, unaware he has already signed with Columbia Records. Philips tells the audience how he first discovered each of these legends – and the hit songs follow including "Blue Suede Shoes," "That's All Right," "Sixteen Tons," "Great Balls of Fire," "Walk the Line," "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On," "Hound Dog" and more.

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Broadway Series Subscriptions You can save 10% off single ticket prices by purchasing a Broadway Series Subscriptions. To subscribe to the 20132014 Broadway Series, please visit the Carson Center Box Office or call (270) 450-4444. An order form is available to download or purchase a subscription online at www.thecarsoncenter.org. All productions will include two performances and subscribers will have the same seats for all performances. It will cost as much or more to buy single tickets in 2013-2014. Prices per subscription range from $102 to $212 depending on choices of shows and seating. Orders from new subscribers will be processed in the order they are received after all current subscriber renewals have been filled. The Broadway Season is available only by subscription at this time. After subscriptions are processed, any remaining tickets available for individual shows go on sale as each performance date approaches. Mark these shows on your calendars and get your tickets today! v

THE ADDAMS FAMILY May 8-9, 2014 - 7:15PM Complete the season with THE ADDAMS FAMILY in a musical comedy that brings the darkly delirious world of Gomez, Morticia, Uncle Fester, Grandma, Wednesday, Pugsley and, of course, Lurch to spooky and spectacular life. THE ADDAMS FAMILY features an original story, and it’s every father’s nightmare. Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family. A man her parents have never met. And if that weren’t upsetting enough, she confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Now, Gomez Addams must do something he’s never done before — keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s “normal” boyfriend and his parents. The Broadway production was nominated for two Tony Awards and closed on December 31, 2011, after 34 previews and 725 performances.

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FA M I LY F I T N E S S

by: Aaron Klope, Personal Trainer, AFAA Certified

Getting the Balance Right Diet, Supplements and Exercise for Optimal Health

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ow is your time to lose the winter weight, rev-up your workout routine and eventually break out those shorts as summer is here. When it comes to building the best possible exercise experience, it’s all about balance: Proper nutrition, combined with the correct supplements and exercise routine, will fuel your overall health and wellness. The perfect combination of these elements will not only result in more energy but also a toned, flexible, stress free and stronger ‘new you’ - just in time for the summer season. In this article, my goal is to teach you how to fuel your body and your workout properly to achieve the best possible results.

The Right Fuel Proper nutrition is a very important, yet often overlooked, component of your workout routine. We should eat to fuel our bodies. If the correct sources of food are not taken in daily, even the best workout intentions will eventually suffer, preventing you from performing to your full potential. Maintaining a good balance of protein, complex carbs and fats is vital to

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proper nutrition. Protein is essential for the amino acids in the ability to recover after vigorous workouts. Quality sources of protein include chicken, fish, eggs, protein shakes, seafood, ground turkey, tuna, Greek yogurt and lean beef. Complex carbs take longer to digest and do not raise sugar levels in the body as quickly as simple carbs. Oatmeal, brown rice, sweet potatoes, whole grain or whole wheat breads and whole grain pastas are all good sources of complex carbs to incorporate into your healthy lifestyle. Fats provide the greatest energy source per gram of food due to the amount of calories per gram.


Good fat sources include almonds, avocados, olive oil, peanut butter and sunflower seeds. When you’re exercising regularly consider taking supplements as they can enhance the overall health benefits. Taken in correct dosages, multi-vitamins make up for nutrients we lack or may not get in whole food consumption. Whey protein shakes can also be beneficial and come in many different flavors for added variety. Protein shakes serve as a healthy post workout snack to enhance muscle growth and help muscles to recover from strenuous exercise. Fruit can be added for enhanced nutritional value to make protein shakes a healthy meal replacement option.

Get Moving! Exercise is of course, a huge component in your overall energy level and health. For optimal results when starting a cardio program consider the amount of time you plan to spend exercising and the number of days per week you have available. Seeking advice from a personal training professional will not only help you assess your current fitness

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level but also provide you with a customized, results driven workout plan that meets your personal schedule. A complimentary personal training experience is often available when joining most reputable health clubs to provide necessary baseline evaluation and information.

Vary your workout Workout variety can also greatly impact your results. Because every person starts at a different level, beginners should plan to start out with 10-15 minutes of cardio and gradually work up to 30-40 minutes. Basic workouts, such as walking on a treadmill, can quickly create workout boredom and a plateau in fitness and weight loss, so plan to change up your routine frequently with added speed and incline as your endurance builds. Joining a health club will provide you with unlimited training possibilities and access to a variety of circuit, free weight and unique cardio equipment. Stair masters, Jacobs’s ladder, arc trainers and AMT’s used at a higher intensity levels will burn more calories per workout session. Group fitness classes also add excellent cardio benefit and variety. To help build and maintain muscle, it’s important to include strength training sessions 3 days per week for at least 30 minutes. Taking classes will help to educate you on muscle building exercises, encourage you in a group environment and will help incorporate total body weight training in a 45 – 60 minute class setting. To achieve the best possible balanced exercise experience, it is essential to fuel your workout by keeping your nutrition in check, incorporate supplements when needed and maintain an exercise program that includes strength and cardio. This type of balance will not only rev-up your spring workout but it will also help you lose the winter weight as you countdown to the summer season. v

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EVENTS CALENDAR We make every effort to ensure accuracy of information in this calendar; however, changes and cancellations may have occurred since publication. We recommend that you verify all information. Items may be submitted to Kristin @ kristinhilltaylor@gmail.com.

FRIDAY 7 Cedarhurst Story Time presents Amazing Animals. Cedarhurst Center for the Arts, Beck Family Center Library. 10 am the first Friday of each month. Pre-K and kindergarten. Call 618-242-1236. Superman Celebration. Downtown Metropolis. Through 5 pm Sunday. See a complete schedule of events at www.supermancelebration.net/schedule. First Fridays. Downtown Mt. Vernon. Free. Celebrate the arts at this outdoor festival. Call 618-242-6866.

JUNE SATURDAY 1: GenKota Fest. GenKota Winery, 301 N. 44th St., Mt. Vernon. Entertainment by Snake Lane Revue and food by Lil' Buddies BBQ. Contact 618-246-9463 or www.genkotawine.com.

SUNDAY 2 GenKota Fest. GenKota Winery, 301 N. 44th St., Mt. Vernon. Entertainment by singer/songwriter Russ Anderson and food by Lil' Buddies BBQ. Contact 618-2469463 or www.genkotawine.com.

Friday Night Fair. Carbondale Town Square. 6 – 9 pm. Food, crafts, live music by Mudsills. More info at http://carbondalemainstreet.com/Community_Fair.html.

SATURDAY 8 Rend Lake Beach Blast. Rend Lake, South Sandusky Beach. Noon. Free. Familyfriendly beach games, exhibits that stress how to stay safe around the water. Call 618-724-2493. Superman Celebration. Downtown Metropolis. Through 5 pm Sunday. See a complete schedule of events at www.supermancelebration.net/schedule.

MONDAY 3

The Ronnie Vaughn Band. GenKota Winery, 301 N. 44th St., Mt. Vernon. 7 pm. Call 618-246-9463.

TUESDAY 4

SUNDAY 9

WEDNESDAY 5 THURSDAY 6 Superman Celebration. Downtown Metropolis. 5 pm Thursday to 5 pm Sunday. See a complete schedule of events at www.supermancelebration.net/schedule.

GenKota Jamz. GenKota Winery, 301 N. 44th St., Mt. Vernon. Doors open at noon; music starts at 1 pm. Free. Call 618-246-9463. Superman Celebration. Downtown Metropolis. Through 5 pm Sunday. See a complete schedule of events at www.supermancelebration.net/schedule.

MONDAY 10 TUESDAY 11 4-H Robotics Workshop. Jefferson County Extension Office, 4618 Broadway, Mt. Vernon. Youth 8-12 years old – 9 am; youth 13-18 – 1 pm. Call 618-242-0780 to register by June 6. $3, members; $5, non-members.

WEDNESDAY 12 THURSDAY 13 Basket Weaving Workshop. Southern Illinois Art & Artisans Center, 14967 Gun Creek Trail, Whittington. 10 a.m. Kay Wiggins will instruct about basket weaving using natural materials and beginner techniques. Students will leave with a handmade basket at the end of class. For more information or to register, call 618-629-2220.

FRIDAY 14 Jefferson County Relay for Life. Mt. Vernon High School Track & Field. 6 pm Friday to 6 pm Saturday. Free. Call 618-998-9898 Ext. 3.

SATURDAY 15 Jefferson County African American Heritage Committee Annual Gala, Holiday Inn. 5:30 pm. $25, adults; $15, children. Entertainment, scholarships, awards, keynote speaker. Call 618-237-8161 or 618-242-0792.

SUNDAY 16 Free Fishing Day at the Cache. Shawnee College Pond. Noon – 4 pm. Free. Kids learn the basics of knot-tying, hook-baiting and casting. Rods and reels loaned on a first-come, first-served basis. No fishing license required for the day. Call Cypress Creek National Wildlife Refuge at (618) 634-2231. Special Father's Day with Singer/Songwriter Bill Price. GenKota Winery, 301 N. 44th St., Mt. Vernon. 2 pm. Call 618-246-9463.

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MONDAY 17 TUESDAY 18 WEDNESDAY 19 THURSDAY 20 FRIDAY 21

Love Free or Die by by Macky Alston. Carbondale Public Library’s Community Cinema, 405 W. Main St. 2:30 pm. Free. Contact 618- 453-6148 or vickie.devenport@wsiu.org. Rend Lake Fireworks Festival. Rend Lake Main Dam. 5 p.m. $5/car load. Food vendors, music, and fireworks. Call 618-724-2493.

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Friday Night Fair. Carbondale Town Square. 6 – 9 pm. Food, crafts, live music by Giant City Slickers. More info at http://carbondalemainstreet.com/Community_Fair.html.

Hickory Ridge 20th Anniversary Celebration. Hickory Ridge Public Golf Center, 2727 Glenn Road, Carbondale. Noon – 3 pm. Food, games, kids’ activities, live music by Ivas John. More info at http://cpkd.org.

Movie Night in the Park presents Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted. Veterans Park. 8:30 pm. Free. Call 618-242-6890.

Singer/Songwriter Dave "The Rythm Man" Simmons. GenKota Winery, 301 N. 44th St., Mt. Vernon. 2 p.m. Call 618-246-9463.

SATURDAY 22

Annual Carnival & 4th of July Celebration. Fairview Park, Centralia. 4 p.m. each day through July 4. Free. Carnival, rides, food, games, and fireworks. Call 618-5325910.

4-H Braeutigam Orchards Tour. Braeutigam Orchards, 2795 Turkey Hill Lane, Belleville. 9 am. Call 618-327-8881 to register by June 3. $6-7/person. Prairie Farms Dairy 75th Anniversary Celebration. Lenus Turley Park, Carbondale. 9 am - noon. Product samples, information areas, register for prizes. Children's Basket Weaving Workshop. Southern Illinois Art & Artisans Center, 14967 Gun Creek Trail, Whittington. 10 am. Taught by Kay Wiggins. Call 618-6292220 to register. Children's Hand Made and Wheel Thrown Pottery Workshop with Billie Brannan. Southern Illinois Art & Artisans Center, 14967 Gun Creek Trail, Whittington. 12:30 pm. Call 618-629-2200 to register.

Special Announcements Carbondale Public Library needs you volunteers (ages 12 — 17) to help with registration and special events for the Kid’s Summer Reading Program. Applications due June 6. Volunteers may choose shifts, any day of the week from June 11– July 20.

SUNDAY 23 Shawnee Art & Wine Festival. Riverside Park, Murphysboro. 11 am – 8 pm. $12, advanced and includes three tastings from each winery, souvenir wine glass, music and art; $3, non-wine tasters, includes entrance to enjoy music and art; $15, gate price and includes three tastings from each winery, souvenir wine glass, music and art. Bands Wil Maring, 11:30 am - 1:30 pm; Lew Jetton, 2 – 4 pm; The Venturis, 4:30 - 6:30pm. www.southernticketsonline.com. GenKota Jamz. GenKota Winery, 301 N. 44th St., Mt. Verno . Doors open at noon; music starts at 1 pm. Free. Call 618-246-9463.

MONDAY 24 TUESDAY 25 WEDNESDAY 26 THURSDAY 27 FRIDAY 28 Super City Blues & Ques. Fort Massac State Park, Metropolis. Lunchtime through 10 pm. Live bands, vendors, beer garden, BBQ competition. Call 618-524-1696. Friday Night Fair. Carbondale Town Square. 6 – 9 pm. Food, crafts, live music by Whistle Pigs. More info at http://carbondalemainstreet.com/Community_Fair.html. Family Movie Night. C.E. Brehm Memorial Library, 101 S Seventh St., Mt. Vernon. Doors open at 6:30 pm.; movie starts at 7 pm. Free popcorn and bottled water. Kids must be accompanied by an adult; adults must be accompanied by a kid. Call 618-242-6322.

SATURDAY 29 Super City Blues & Ques. Fort Massac State Park, Metropolis. Lunchtime through 10 pm. Live bands, vendors, beer garden, BBQ competition, touch a tractor, arts and craft fair. Call 618-524-1696.

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EVENTS CALENDAR

Summer Camps/Activities

Beginning LEGO Engineering Camps. SIU-Carbondale, Quigley Hall, Room 204. Rising 1st-2nd graders. Session 1 – JUNE 10-14; 8:30 am – noon. Session 7 – JUNE Barrel Racing and Pole Bending Camp with Guest Instructor Carole Hadden. Giant 24-28; 8:30 am – noon. Session 11 – JULY 8-12; 8:30 am – noon. Session 15 – JULY City Stables, 722 Giant City Road, Makanda. JUNE 3-7. 9 am – 3 pm. $400. Ages. 12 15-19; 8:30 am – noon. $99/session. Register by phone with a VISA, Discover or and older. For more info or to register, contact 618-529-4110 or Mastercard by calling Continuing Education and Outreach at 618-536-7751. GiantCityStables.com. Advanced LEGO Engineering Camps. SIU-Carbondale, Quigley Hall, Room 204. Project Next Generation. Carbondale Public Library. 5th – 8th grades. TUESDAYS Rising 3rd-5th graders. Session 2 – JUNE 10-14; 1 – 4:30 pm. Session 5 – JUNE 17AND WEDNESDAYS 10 – 11:30 am. Session 1 – How Things Work; JUNE 4, 5, 11, 21; 8:30 am – noon. Session 8 – JUNE 24-28; 1 – 4:30 pm. Session 16 – JULY 1512; learn about circuits by building things, build and compete in robot challenges, 19; 1 – 4:30 pm. Session 17 – JULY 22-26; 8:30 am – noon. $99/session. Register by make a clock from recycled parts. Session 2 – Everything PNG; JUNE 25, 26, JULY phone with a VISA, Discover or Mastercard by calling Continuing Education and 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17; learn how to geocache, use Lego robotics, build an egg bridge, Outreach at 618-536-7751. and leadership skills. Session 3 – PNG Games; JULY 23, 24, 30, 31; Jeopardy, Xbox Kinect games; Minecraft discussion, scavenger hunt. Call 618-457-0354 or visit Nike Swim Camp. Southern Illinois University, Shea Natatorium. JUNE 16 – 19. Ages 9-18. Camp begins Sunday afternoon and goes through noon Wednesday. http://www.carbondale.lib.il.us/ to register. $395, overnight; $295, extended 9 am – 9 pm. Should have some competitive swimKingdom Rock Vacation Bible School. First Baptist Church, 401 N. 15th St., ming experience and be able toswim at least 50 meters in fly, back, breast and Murphysboro. 4 – 6 pm JUNE 9; 9 am – noon JUNE 10 - 13. 3 years old to fifth freestyle. Call 1-800-645-3226. grade. 618-687-1769 or www.fbcmurphy.com to register. Horse camps featuring arena riding, safety, grooming, saddling, trail rides, games Nike Swim Camp. Southern Illinois University, Shea Natatorium. JUNE 9 – 13. Ages 9- and crafts. Giant City Stables, 722 Giant City Road, Makanda. Half-day camps – 18. Camp begins Sunday afternoon and goes through noon Thursday. $495, overnight; JUNE 17-21 AND AUG. 5-9. 9 am – noon both camps. $225. Ages 7 and older. $395, extended 9 am – 9 pm. Should have some competitive swimming experience and Three-day camp – JULY 10-12. 9-11 am. $90. Ages 6-8. Three-day camp – JULY 17be able toswim at least 50 meters in fly, back, breast and freestyle. Call 1-800-645-3226. 19. 9 am – noon. $150. Ages 7 and older. For more info or to register, contact 618529-4110 or GiantCityStables.com. Challenger Sports British Soccer Camp. Stehr Field, Carbondale. JUNE 10-14. 9 am – noon for ages 6-10; 1 – 4 pm for ages 11-16. $145. Register at registration.chal- Saluki Softball Camp (Hitting & Defense). Sports Blast, 1215 E. Walnut St., Carbondale. JUNE 18-20. 9 am – noon. Open to rising 1st-8th graders. $100 ($175 lengersports.com. if combined with pitching camp). Register by phone with a VISA, Discover, or Mastercard by calling Continuing Education and Outreach at 618-536-7751. Saluki Softball Camp (Pitching). SIU Student Recreation Center. JULY 16-17. 1-3 pm. Open to rising 1st-12th graders. $80 ($175 if combined with hitting/defense camp). Register by phone with a VISA, Discover, or Mastercard by calling Continuing Education and Outreach at 618-536-7751. Private riding lessons and trail rides. Giant City Stables, Makanda. All summer long with Ramona Twellman, certified riding instruction with 30-plus years of experience. English or Western saddle. 10 hour-long rides/lessons - $350; 5 hour-long rides/lessons - $200; 5 30-minute rides/lessons - $125; hour-long private lesson $45; 30-minute private lesson - $30. For more info or to register, contact 618-5294110 or GiantCityStables.com. Guided trail rides. Giant City State Park. Departs 9 am, 10:30 am, 12:30 pm, 2 pm, 3:30 pm, 5 pm. Hour ride - $45/person; half-hour ride - $30/person. For more info or to register, contact 618-529-4110 or GiantCityStables.com. Saluki Swim Camp. SIU-Carbondale’s Recreation Center Pool. JUNE 24-28. 8 am – 4:30 pm. Ages 8-12. $229. Registration includes lunches, souvenir T-shirt and limited accident medical camp coverage. Campers should bring swimsuit, flip flops, towel, comfortable shoes for walking on campus, clothes to cover swimsuit and bag for belongings. Register by phone with a VISA, Discover or Mastercard by calling Continuing Education and Outreach at 618-536-7751. Saluki Track and Field Camp (Pole Vault). JUNE 29, JUNE 30, JULY 13, JULY 14. 8 am – 2 pm. Ages 12-18. One day - $100; two days - $150; three days - $250; four days - $300. Register by phone with a VISA, Discover, or Mastercard call Continuing Education at 618-536-7751. Saluki Track and Field Camp (Throws). JULY 6, JULY 7, JULY 13, JULY 14. 8 am – 2 pm. Ages 12-18. . One day - $100; two days - $150; three days - $250; four days

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- $300. Register by phone with a VISA, Discover, or Mastercard call Continuing Education at 618-536-7751.

Exhibits

MythBusters Camp. SIU-Carbondale. JULY 15-19. Session I: 8:30 am – noon; Session II: 1 – 4:30 pm. $99. For rising 3rd through 8th graders. Register online at www.dce.siu.edu/index.php/mythbusters or by phone with a credit card by calling Continuing Education and Outreach at 618-536-7751.

Mixed media drawings and paintings by R. Michael Fisher THROUGH JULY 1, Carbondale Public Library.

National Cheerleading Camp. SIU-Carbondale Student Center Ballrooms. JULY 2426. $269, student resident; $254, advisor resident: $179, student commuter; $79,

Jefferson County Historical Village and Museum, 1411 North 27th St., Mt. Vernon. 10 am – 4 pm SATURDAYS and 1 – 4 pm SUNDAYS. Free. Authentic log cabins and museum containing Jefferson County memorabilia. Call 618-246-0033.

advisor commuter. Register at nca.varsity.com or 1-800-NCA2WIN. Art Camps taught by Kathleen Frye. Willow Street Studios, 205 Willow St., Carbondale. Week 1 – JULY 8-12. Exploring 2D and 3D Art; 9 am – 1 pm; $109; rising 6th-9th graders. Week 2 – JULY 15-19. Artists in Action; 9 am – noon; $109; rising 4th8th graders. Explore Art, 1 – 4 pm; rising 1st-3rd graders. Week 3 – JULY 22-26. Globetrotters; 9 am – noon; $109; rising 4th-8th graders. Inspired by Nature; 1 – 4 pm; $109; rising 1st-3rd graders. Register by phone with a VISA, Discover, or Mastercard call Continuing Education at 618-536-7751.

Ongoing Events & Notices Lego Club. Marion Carnegie Library, Children’s Department. MONTHLY ON THE

FIRST MONDAY, 6 – 7:30 pm. Ages 6-12. Call (618) 993-5935. Tween Crafts. Marion Carnegie Library, Children’s Department. WEEKLY ON TUESDAY, 3:30 – 6 pm. Ages 8-12. Call (618) 993-5935.

Religious Services & Meetings: Aldersgate United Methodist Church 1201 N. Fair St., Marion -618-997-6065 • www.marionaldersgate.org SUNDAYS – 8:30 am Blended Worship Service; 9:30 am Sunday School for all ages; 10:30 am Contemporary Worship Service. Nursery is provided during both worship services for kids up to 3 years old. WEDNESDAYS – ACTION (All Church Things in One Night) begins with a meal at 5:45 pm and is followed by Adult Small Group Studies; Friendship Club (through 3rd Grade); CLICK (4th and 5th Grades); Sixth Grade Connection; and Wednesday Night Life (7th-12th Grades).

Christ Community Church 473 W. Harrison Road, Murphysboro – 618-684-359 • ccc-si.com SUNDAYS – 10 am Worship

Games Group. Marion Carnegie Library, Teen Department. WEEKLY ON TUESDAY, 4 – 7:30 pm. Games include cheese, checkers, and more. Open to teens of all skill levels. Call (618) 993-5935. Story Hour. Marion Carnegie Library, Event Center. WEEKY ON WEDNESDAY, 10 11 am. Stories, snacks and activities for pre-school age children. Call (618) 993-5935. Thursday Night Live. Cedarhurst Center for the Arts, 2600 Richview Road, Mt. Vernon. OPEN TO THE PUBLIC UNTIL 8 PM EACH THURSDAY THROUGH AUG. 29. Food and beer/wine concessions are available for purchase plus different activities such as live music, outdoor yoga or family art activities. Call 618-242-1236. Family Swim. LIFE Center pool, 2500 W Sunset Drive, Carbondale. WEEKLY ON FRIDAY EVENINGS. $5 per family up to four people; additional people $1 each. An adult family member must accompany youth; siblings must be at least 21 to qualify as an adult. Call 618-549-4222. Free monthly electronic/computer recycling. America’s Central Port (Formerly Commissary Parking Lot), Seventh and A streets, Granite City. 10 am SECOND SATURDAY OF EACH MONTH FEBRUARY – NOVEMBER. Call 314-382-1650 or www.witsinc.org. Teen Games. Marion Carnegie Library, McCoskey Room. WEEKLY ON SATURDAY, 1 – 4:30 pm. Yu-Gi-Oh cards, Super Smash Brothers Brawl, and other games. Ages 1219. Call (618) 993-5935. Marion Main Street Cruise In. Marion Tower Square. 5 – 9 pm. EVERY FOURTH SATURDAY THROUGH SEPTEMBER. Prizes, 50/50 raffle, entertainment, food. Zumba & Zumba Toning Classes-Tishaunda Fitness Contact 618-638-4180 for more information or www.tishaunda618.zumba.com. $5 per class or $30 for a VIP pass – unlimited Zumba for a month First Time Free! At 718 Market Square Street in Metropolis. SATURDAYS 10:30-12 and MONDAYS AND THURSDAYS at 6-7:30 p.m.

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EVENTS CALENDAR Community Christian Church

1150 Country Club Road, Metropolis – 618-524-8694 • www.cccmetropolis.com SUNDAYS – 9 am Sunday School; 10 am Worship; 6 pm Worship WEDNESDAYS – 6 pm Bible Study

Cornerstone Church

9835 Old Bainbridge, Marion – 618-997-7884 • cornerstonesi.org SATURDAYS – 5 pm Worship SUNDAYS – 9 am and 10:45 am Worship

Cornerstone Church

17466 Route 37, Johnston City - 618-997-7884 • cornerstonesi.org SUNDAYS – 10 am Worship

Grace United Methodist Church

220 N. Tower Road, Carbondale – 618-457-8785 • www.gumc.net SUNDAYS – 9 am Contemporary Worship; 10:10 am Sunday School; 11:15 am Traditional Worship. Nursery available at both services and Sunday school.

Hope Church

7373 Old Highway 13, Carbondale – 618-521-6271 www.hopechurchcarbondale.com SUNDAYS – 9:30 am Adult Bible Study; 9:30 am Children’s Sunday School; 10:30 am Worship Service

Elm Street Southern Baptist Church

1907 Elm St., Murphysboro – 618-687-1043 • www.elmstreetchurch.org SUNDAYS – 9:15 am Sunday School; 10:30 am Service; 6 pm Service WEDNESDAYS – 7 pm Service

First Baptist Church of Marion

401 West Union St., Marion – 618-997-9386 • www.fbmarion.org SUNDAYS – 10 am Worship; 6 pm Worship WEDNESDAYS – 6 pm Worship

First Baptist Church

401 N. 15th St., Murphysboro – 618-687-1769 • www.fbcmurphy.org SUNDAYS – 8:15 am Fellowship with coffee and doughnuts; 9am Life Groups/Sunday School; 10 am Worship WEDNESDAYS – 5 pm Dinner; 6 pm Youth Group; 6 pm Adult Bible Study

First Christian Church

306 W. Monroe St., Carbondale – 618-457-6817 • fcc-carbondale.org SUNDAYS – 10:30 am Worship with Children’s Church and Nursery provided

First Presbyterian Church

310 S. University Ave., Carbondale – 618-549-2148 • www.firstprescdale.org SUNDAYS – 9:30 am Worship; 10:30 am Fellowship; 10:45-11:45 am Adult & Children’s Christian Enrichment

First United

214 W Main St., Carbondale – 618-457-2416 • www.fumc-cdale.org SUNDAYS – Early Service: 8:15-9:15 am Early Service; 9:30-10:30 am Sunday School for all ages; 10:45-11:45 am Late Service with Children's Church (4 years old - Grade 6)

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church

1801 Westminster Drive, Marion – 618-993-3649 • gslcmarion.com SUNDAYS - 7:45 am service; 10:15 am service with staffed nursery available for children through age 3

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Lighthouse Assembly of God 670 Airport Road, Metropolis – 618-524-2256 • lighthouseag.org SUNDAYS – 9:30 am Christian Education; 10:30 am Morning Worship; 5:15 pm Corporate Prayer; 6 pm Evening Worship WEDNESDAYS – 6:15 pm Corporate Prayer; 7 pm Worship

Marion Church of Christ 1705 E DeYoung St., Marion - 618-993-5534 • www.marionchurchofchrist.com SUNDAYS – 9:30 am Bible study; 10:30 am Worship; 6 pm Worship WEDNESDAYS – 7 pm Bible study

Murphysboro United Methodist Church 1500 Pine St., Murphysboro – 618-687-2317 • www.murphysboroumc.com SUNDAYS – 9 am Service with children dismissed about half way through for Children’s Church; 10:10 am Sunday School for all ages; Communion Sunday is the FIRST SUNDAY OF EVERY MONTH

New Hope Church of God 2201 W. Main St., Marion – 618-993-3363 • www.newhopechurchmarion.or SUNDAYS – 9:30 am Sunday School; 10:30 am Worship and children are dismissed for Children’s Church WEDNESDAYS – 6 pm Fellowship with coffee, drinks and desserts: 6:30-7:15 pm Whiz Kidz (ages 4-11); 6:30-7:15 pm Teen Bible Study (ages 12-19); 6:307:15 pm Adult Bible Study; 7:20-8 pm Adult Choir Practice

Ohio Valley Baptist Church 714 Filmore St., Metropolis – 618-638-0901 • www.ohiovalleybaptist.org SUNDAYS – 10 am SUNDAY SCHOOL; 11 am Worship; 6 pm Worship WEDNESDAYS – 7 pm Worship

Service Organizations Cambria Food Pantry, 302 S. Richart, Cambria – 618-985-6409. Open 8 am-noon

THIRD TUESDAY OF EACH MONTH.

Community United Pantry, 130 West Illinois, Carterville – 618-985-3171. Open 9 amnoon TUESDAYS AND FRIDAYS. Good Samaritan Food Pantry, 700 S. Oakland, Carbondale – 618-457-0323. Open 911 am MONDAYS AND FRIDAYS. Grace Baptist Church, 202 E. Oak, West Frankfort – 618-932-2140. Open 9-11 am

THIRD SATURDAY OF EACH MONTH.

Marion Ministerial Alliance, 103 East Calvert, Marion – 618-993-8419. Open 8:3011:30 am TUESDAYS. Murphysboro Food Pantry, 906 N. 14th St., Murphysboro – 618-684-8258 Salvation Army, 906 Tower Square, Marion – 800-993-5854. Open 9-11 am

TUESDAYS-THURSDAYS.

Shepherd’s Closet, 704 West Boyton, Marion – 618-993-8694 The Women’s Center, 610 South Thompson St., Carbondale – 800-334-2094. Helps sexual assault and domestic violence survivors by providing a 24-hour crisis hotline intervention (618-529-2324), emergency shelter, food, supplies and transportation; individual and group support, counseling information, referrals, education; case management, legal, medical, and personal advocacy. v

St. Joseph Catholic Church 600 N. Russell St., Marion - 618-993-3194 • www.stjosephmarion.org SATURDAYS – 5 pm Mass SUNDAYS – 8 am Mass; 11 am Mass MONDAYS-THURSDAYS – 7:45 am Morning Prayer; 8 am Mass FRIDAYS – 11:45 pm Midday Prayer; 12:10 pm Mass

St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church 315 E. Third St., Metropolis – 618-524-9006 • strosemetropolis.com SUNDAYS – 8:30 am Mass MONDAY-FRIDAY 8 am Mass

University Baptist Church 700 S Oakland Ave., Carbondale – 618-457-0323 • www.ubaptist.org SUNDAYS – 9 am Coffee Fellowship and Libraryl 9:30 am Classes; 10:45 am Worship WEDNESDAYS – 9:30 am Morning Bible Study; 7 am Mid-Week Service

The View Church 1201 S. Giant City Road, Carbondale – 618-351-0841 • www.theviewchurch.com SUNDAYS – 10:20 am Contemporary Worship Service

Vine Church 445 S. Wall St., Carbondale – 618-351-8463 • www.vinechurch.net SUNDAYS – 9 am, 11 am, 5:30 pm Worship Services

Walnut Street Baptist Church 218 W. Walnut St., Carbondale – 618-457-0479 • www.walnut-street.org SUNDAYS – 9 am Sunday School; 10:15 am Morning Worship; 12:30 pm Korean Worship; 6 pm Evening Worship WEDNESDAYS – 5:45 pm Dinner by Reservation; 6:30 pm Adult Bible Study; 6:30 pm Youth Bible Study; 6:30 pm Children in Action (Grades 1-6); 6:30 pm Mission Friends (4-5 year olds); 7:15 pm Choir Rehearsal

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FA M I LY F I N A N C E

by: Robyn Passante

Prepaid Debit Cards Should I Be a Belieber?

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am one of about three dozen people in the world who have had no interest in hopping aboard the Justin Bieber bandwagon. I am 40, and my children are 5 and 4; my kids are too young to know who he is, and I am too old to care. There has never been a bout of Bieber Fever in our house. Having said that, I am not living under a rock; I know enough about the young man to know of his unbelievable stronghold on the teen, tween, pre-teen, post-teen and everything-in-between population, particularly the ladies. So when I saw recently that he had begun endorsing a prepaid debit card with his likeness on it, I wondered what

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wheels that would set in motion in teenagers’ minds, teens who have plastered their walls with every Bieber poster and photo ever published, and now might be pining to have him in their purses, too. Are prepaid debit cards a good idea? Are they a safe way to teach teens about responsible spending? After some careful research, here’s what I suggest.

Read the fine print. While all prepaid cards have certain fees associated with loading, spending and transferring funds, those fees vary widely from card to card. Some even charge fees for inactivity, or for every time you check the balance online. Such hidden fees can drain a hefty percentage of your money before you actually spend it on anything else. Before


financial freedom but avoid a potential spree-related credit disaster, a prepaid card might be the way to go.

Decide what’s more important: Avoiding banks or building credit. Today’s prepaid cards are pretty sophisticated. Many have account and routing numbers, so you can have your paycheck directly deposited onto your prepaid card (for a fee). And because they’re attached to a major card network – VISA, MasterCard, American Express – they allow you to do things that typically require a credit card, like renting a car. The downside to avoiding credit cards and bank accounts is that you don’t put yourself in a position to build healthy credit and increase your credit score. So if you have poor credit, using a prepaid debit card will be easier than getting approved for a traditional credit card. But in order to break the cycle of poor or no credit, you’ll need to think about building good credit through a financial institution or credit card eventually. v

Robyn Passante is a freelance journalist and mother of two who spent a long, long (long) time paying off the credit card she signed up for in college. She can be reached at rspassante@gmail.com.

you buy a prepaid card, check the fine print on the back to make sure you know exactly what you’ll be paying for, and how often you’ll have to pay.

Look for extra features. Many prepaid cards allow you to do more than just use them like a credit card. Several allow you to withdraw cash from an ATM. And some let you pay bills online, authorizing payment to creditors, to whom your card company issues either a paper or electronic check. It’s even possible to set up recurring payments for monthly bills.

Use it, cautiously, as a tool for teens. The card Bieber is endorsing is through BillMyParents.com, a website that offers prepaid, reloadable debit cards that track teen spending and allow parents to control it. Every time the card is used, for instance, parents get a text message showing how much money was spent and where. Parents can even instantly lock the card or load emergency funds onto it. If you want to give your teenager a bit more

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hat does the word ‘summer camp’ make you think of? Swimming in a lake, making crafts, and singing silly songs with fellow campers? These are all fun things, but what would your kids think about spending a part of summer break writing, dancing, engineering Lego structures, and exploring art? These activities and more are offered at Southern Illinois University Academic camps for kids of all ages and interests!

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writing, as well as in other skill and content areas. It is in its 30th year and is one of the most respected and long-standing summer residential programs for academically talented students in the Midwest. Students are taught by instructors who have years of experience and are supervised by counselors who are teachers or SIU Carbondale graduate students. There are many fun evening programs also, such as activities at the SIU Recreational Center, bowling, and films.

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Cost for Residential Campers: $405.00 Cost for Commuter Campers: $330.00

Girls in Engineering & Science Girls in Engineering & Science Day Camp is a three-day program designed for students to learn about engineering and science through hands-on experiments, demonstrations, and conversations with College of Engineering and College of Science faculty and students. Sample projects and topics this year will include energy, water, climate and design challenges. Register now, because this camp fills up fast; enrollment is limited to 40 participants. For Grades 6-8: June 10-12 Cost: $100 32 • June2013 www.littleegyptfamilymag.com


TV News Participants will learn the skills of broadcast writing, producing, performance, videography, editing, and field reporting. The overnight camp is limited to 15 participants, so sign up now! For Grades 9-12: June 16-21 Cost: $90

Girls Make Movies This overnight camp is for girls interested in film and video. Through screenings, productions, and discussions with women who make and study the moving image, campers will learn about different formats such as documentary, experimental, and fiction film. Diverse approaches to telling stories with the moving image will also help campers develop their craft. Space is limited to 16 participants, so register soon!

Cost for Residential Campers: $350 Cost for Commuting Campers: $300

Architecture This award-winning camp is designed to introduce young people to the design of built environment. Participants will engage in group discussions and studio projects. Campers come from around the country and the world to build friendships and learn about buildings and design. For Grades 7-9: July 14-19 For Grades 9-12: July 21-26 Cost for Residential Campers: $510 Cost for Commuting Campers: $360

Art workshops These day camps will help students develop art-making

For Grades 9-12: June 23-28 Cost: $90

Young Writers Workshop Now in its 15th year, the Young Writers Workshop is a fiveday program designed to give high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors the chance to explore and develop their talents in poetry and prose writing. Students will strengthen their writing skills by participating in daily critique sessions lead by SIUC faculty. Campers will also participate in panels, readings, and craft discussions lead by SIUC creative writing faculty and graduate students. For Grades 10-12: June 25-29

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All art camps are held at Willow Street Studios, 205 W Willow St, Carbondale, IL. Cost: $99 + $10 materials fee Explore Art for Grades 1-3: July 15-19 Artists in Action for Grades 4-8: July 15-19 Globetrotters July for Grades 4-8: 22-26 Inspired by Nature for Grades 1-3: July 22-26

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There is a full line up of projects for this fun day camp! Campers will learn all about construction as they build a catapult, car, pulley, conveyor, simple crane, folding chair, draw bridge, motorized player piano, helicopter, airplane, motorized car, motorized conveyor belt, a motorized Merry-GoRound, and much, much more! Each camper will receive excellent faculty delivery, quality curriculum and a final project to take home on Friday. For Grades 1-2: Pick your week: June 10-14, June 24-28, July 8-12, or July 15-19 Cost: $99

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For Grades 3-8: July 15-19 Cost: $99

Art/Dance Workshops These day camps are for boys and girls; explore a variety of art media (2-D and 3-D) and dance forms, including modern, improvisation, hip-hop and martial arts. Art and dance will be taught individually as well as in combination. There is emphasis throughout the workshop on integrating the two art forms. Campers will make artwork inspired by dance, movement and choreography and dance and move to music with inspiration from artworks and the elements of art. Creativity, imagination, and collaboration will be encouraged.

Advanced Lego Engineering Camp In this day camp, students will participate in building a street cleaner, disk car, hand held crane, mechanical hammer, disk speedster, balance, balance with dial, windmill, sail car, motorized go-cart, motorized rail, motorized walking stick, motorized dog, motorized crane, weighted crane, motorized dragster, mobile crane, tow truck, helicopter and an airplane. There will also be a take home project, as well as challenged creative time. New projects will explore renewable energy sources; investigate energy supply, transfer, accumulation, conversion and consumption; and use measurements and data analysis to describe and explain outcomes through hands-on activities. For Grades 3-5: Pick your week: June 10-14, June 17-21, June 24-28, July 15-19, or July 22-26 Cost: $99 Held at Willow Street Studios, 205 W Willow St, Carbondale Art/Dance Workshop for Grades 1-3: June 10-14 Cost: $120 + $10 materials fee

Myth Busters Is the five second rule really true? Does one sense really sharpen when another is taken away? Can a phone book really hold thousands of pounds? These questions and more will be answered at this day camp!

Take Five-Exploring 2-D & 3-D Art for Grades 6-9: July 8-12 Cost: $135 + $13 materials fee As you can see, there is no excuse for you kids to sit around all summer! To register and learn more about the academic camps SIU offers, go to www.dce.siu.edu/index.php/youthprograms/academic-camps. v www.littleegyptfamilymag.com June2013 • 35


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very family knows about their local park. We take our kids to the playground as soon as the weather gets warmer each spring. But did you know that there are six parks in Marion, a soccer complex and a pool! Maybe it’s time to get to know one of Little Egypt’s best kept secrets. Marion Park District was established on July 15, 1957. The park district currently owns and provides services at seven park locations covering approximately 125 acres. There are five full-time employees, as well as one permanent part- time employee. The Director is Stan Motely and he is abled assisted by Debbie Fones. During peak

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Season, the District employs over forty additional workers to provide necessary service and support for park operations and recreation programs.

Ashley Park Ashley Park is located at 519 Parish Avenue near the South side of Marion. The Park is almost 10 acres and sits in a residential area on the North side of Boyton Street and East of Virginia Street. Facilities include a Boy Scout and Girl Scout cabin which are both available for rent, two picnic shelters, (one large and one small), restrooms, playground equipment, a basketball court and a large open field welcome all who visit.


Marion Aquatic Center The Marion Park District Aquatic Center is located at 500 East DeYoung Street and traditionally opens the last weekend in May. The facility includes a swimming pool, diving boards, water slide and separate baby pool with a mushroom sprinkler fountain. You can contact the Aquatic Center, during open season, at (618) 997-1115. The center offers swim lessons, parties and much more!

Ray Fosse Park Ray Fosse Park is centrally located at 500 E. DeYoung Street and offers playground equipment, four lighted picnic shelters, picnic tables, tennis courts, seven baseball fields, Goofy Golf, Batting Cages & three concession stands and the Park District’s Aquatic Center. Goofy Golf and Batting Cages open in April each year. For more information, please call Anthony or Peggy Rinella at (618) 9938761 or (618) 889-1575. Batting cages can be renting by the hour for team practice.

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Regular pool hours are: Mon: Tues: Wed: Thurs – Sat:

1.00 p.m. 6:00 p.m. 1:00 p.m. 1:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m. 1:00 p.m.

4:00 p.m. 8:00 p.m. 4:00 p.m. 4:00 p.m. 8:00 p.m. 4:00 p.m.

day of event registrants may not receive a T shirt in their size as these are pre-ordered. This highly regarded triathlon features Racemaker Productions, champion running shoe chip timing for all runners. This allows professional timing for all participants. Triathlons are fun and challenging, and this children’s triathlon is a great way for your child to test out their skills, stamina and interest. Remember that all participants must wear appropriate swimming attire and a bike helmet when participating.

Poolooza! Also on July 20th 2013, is the annual Poolooza Pool Celebration! This event will kick off around 10 a.m. right after the triathlon. There will be a DJ playing music all day, a dunk tank, basketball relays, a free throw competition, a ‘home run’ derby and carnival games. The batting cages and goofy golf will also be open. There will also be carnival games, bounce houses and concessions available.

Blue & Gold Triathlon The Marion Park District hosts a yearly triathlon with proceeds benefiting the Marion Aquatic Center. Now in its 4th year, the Blue and Gold Triathlon will take place on July 20th this year. The Triathlon will take place in Ray Fosse Park and at the Aquatics Center. Several events are offered for all age groups, and are broken into male, female, kids, and relay categories. The individual triathlon for adults includes a 300 meter swim, 12 mile bike, and 3 mile run. The relay triathlon consists of the same three events listed above, completed by a team of 3 individuals. Each individual will compete in one of the above events for their team. There are two categories for the ‘Try Hard’ Kids Triathlon: For kids 7-10 years old: 50 meter swim, 2 mile bike and 1/2 mile run. For kids 11-14 years old: 150 meter swim, 6 mile bike and 1.5 mile run. Pre-registration is highly recommended and can be completed online at www.marionparks.com. The fee for individual adults is $50; Relay teams of 3 are $100 and its $20 for youth ages 7 – 14. Day of the event registration will begin at 6.30 a.m. and the event will start promptly at 7 a.m. Please note that 38 • June2013 www.littleegyptfamilymag.com

In the early evening there will be a FREE live bluegrass music concert. The Bankesters, a nationally acclaimed band from Carbondale, will be performing. Check out their website for more information and samples of their music. www.bankesters.com. There will be multiple drawings for tickets to a Friday Night Fireworks game at the Miners baseball. Up to ten sets of 4 tickets will be given away. You must sign up for a ticket on the day of the event to be eligible to win. The Poolooza is sponsored by People’s National Bank, Pepsi Mid America and staffed by volunteers from the Girl v Scouts of Southern Illinois.


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FAT H E R H O O D F O D D E R

by: Rick Epstein

A Father’s Garden of Admonitions

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oving fathers are here for all kinds of good reasons. Mine was here to provide a good example, encourage us to learn all we could, and to enjoy books, travel and good music. But most of all, he was here to warn us. This’ll be my first Father’s Day without my father. He passed away a few months ago, leaving me heir to lots of books, a little money, one-third of a house and – most significantly – the gift of grim prophesy. Murphy’s Law is: Anything that can go wrong will go wrong. My dad used to say, “Epstein’s Law is: Murphy was an optimist.” I try to keep to myself my crystal-clear glimpses of the future. But they leak out. In December I told my daughter, “Marie, make sure the Christmas tree has enough water.” Apparently it wasn’t the first thing I’d said about the tree, because my wife Betsy laughed and said, “That’s right, Marie. To Daddy, this isn’t a Douglas fir, it’s a flaming torch.” Which is exactly how I’d been seeing it. WHOOOSH!

Besides notifying me of the hazards of wrapping a tinderdry evergreen with cheap electric wire and hot light bulbs, my dad taught me lots more: Never count your money in public or in front of an un-shaded window. Garbage cans sitting empty at curbside are “an engraved invitation” to burglars. Wearing a campaign button reveals your secrets to unknown enemies, and bumper stickers can antagonize vandals or police officers. Never discuss politics or religion. Don’t be a showoff, loudmouth or wise guy. Don’t lie. Don’t experiment. (If the clothes dryer were suited to defrosting hamburger meat, the owner’s manual would mention it.) Never go out looking like a bum. Stay away from trouble, situations that can turn into trouble and people who attract trouble. And if you DO get into trouble, you are probably guilty of something – unluckiness at the very least. That’s not a crime, but it might as well be. Buy clothes that won’t go out of style. Always carry a handkerchief. In case of war, volunteer for the entertainment committee and become indispensable. Always leave an audience wanting more. Avoid the spotlight; public attention invites public criticism. Make reservations. Check references. Maintain your equipment. (“Grease is cheaper than metal.”) Use the right tool for the task, and put it back where it belongs. But if something is really hard to fix or build; hire people who know what they’re doing. Keep your papers in order. Save your receipts. Neatness and spelling count. Wash all fresh produce. (Dad could look into the past, too, and shared horrifying visions of fruit-picker hygiene.) Rely on the perspective of others. (“If two people tell you you’re drunk, go home and sleep it off.”) Don’t try to get away with anything, and that includes using artificial sweeteners. There are no freebies or bargains. Read all instructions. Ask for directions. Save your money. Buy insurance. Running out of gas is not only foolish, but it sucks the sludge from the bottom of the tank into your carburetor and gums it up. Don’t put furniture in front of a heating vent. Good intentions aren’t enough. Never underestimate the importance of clean fingernails, good grammar, perfect attendance, a clear conscience and a balanced diet. When outdoors, stay on pavement. Stay out of barrooms, tattoo parlors and casinos. Keep mayonnaise refrigerated. And the less you have to do with animals, the better.

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With all of this good advice, is it any wonder, when I got out of school I naturally gravitated toward unsavory characters, taverns, motorcycles, guns, tequila, wild parties, chewing tobacco, sleeping in vacant lots and riding freight-trains? Having survived my youth pretty much by accident, I’ve ripened into a middle-aged guy who believes that Dad’s practical and un-heroic advice was right on target. Even the things that shouldn’t be true are. I’ve been trying to impart this wisdom to my kids gently so I don’t challenge them to test it or dampen their zest for life. But a little while ago I went into the kitchen for a late lunch and found one of the kids had left the mayonnaise

out on the counter. (Lucky thing I happened by when I did.) I assembled the usual suspects and said, “Somebody left the mayonnaise out on the counter; it doesn’t matter who. But don’t do it again because bacteria breed in warm mayonnaise turning it into a witch’s brew of toxic slime that looks like regular mayonnaise.” My wife got right to the crux of the matter, saying, “It’s a wonder you and your brothers are bold enough to get out of bed in the morning.” But my point was made. I wish Dad had left me in charge of joie de vivre instead of safety, but what is joy to a kid who’s writhing in agony in the Poisoned Children’s Ward? v

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SCHOOL NOTES

by: Joy Navan

Tales Out of School: Make-Believe Play

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any, many years ago our family had milk and eggs delivered on our doorstep by the milkman. I remember well that one day when I decided to use the eggs to make “pies.” I took the carton of eggs around the corner of our house to my play yard by our big tree swing and, in no time, I had the most beautiful mud pies laid out in a row! Of course my mother did not quite appreciate my handiwork and this was long before toy kitchen sets came with their own cake mixes and the like. Looking back, I still thrill at the imaginative play of my childhood when my brothers and I could create just about anything with what we found in our environment. Blankets became tents or capes, sticks were teepees or sabers; and the wooded creek at the back of our property was our very

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own fairy kingdom. Little did we realize then that we were not only having fun, but we were also enriching our minds and enhancing our emotional development. There was a piece on National Public Radio a few weeks ago in which the commentator, Alix Spiegel, described the first time we saw a television commercial that advertised a toy other than around the Christmas holidays. It was on the Mickey Mouse Club, in 1955. That is the day that many point to as significant in terms of how play has changed over the years. From that time on, American children began to focus on a specific toy to have fun, rather than on the play itself. Prior to that, children did as my siblings and I did; they improvised, made up their own play, and set their own rules.


Educational psychologists such as myself recognize play as a critical part of a child’s development from the toddler years throughout childhood. Early on, functional play helps the child develop motor skills. Beginning around three years children begin constructive play, in which they make things with blocks, crayons, or puzzles. During those same years, functional play is accompanied by make-believe play in which the child acts out roles. Children might choose to be a prince or princess, a doctor, a pirate or perhaps a parent. Later, beginning at around six years, when the child understands the concept of rules, he or she may choose passive games like board games or active games like kickball, tag, or Mother May I. Each of the play stages is important for the child because they all promote cognitive, behavioral and social development.

lem-solving, and teach socialization skills. Perhaps most importantly, they help the child to learn to self-regulate. Spiegel, the NPR commentator, reported on a study that was done in the 1940’s in which children were asked to stand still. Three year-olds could not do so at all, but 5year-olds were able to be still for around three minutes.

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Seven year-olds were able to selfregulate and be still as long as the researchers requested. In 2001, psychologists repeated the study and found that this century’s 5-yearolds were at the previous study’s 3year-olds. The older 7-year-olds were scarcely at the 5-year-old level. Self-regulation, controlling one’s feelings and attention, is a highly important skill for children. It is a strong predictor of success in school, it benefits the child’s ability to socialize well with others, and it helps children to manage their behavior in positive ways. In makebelieve play children practice private speech; they narrate their own stories, self-correct and make decisions as they perceive themselves in social settings as they play house, play school, or create other imaginative environments. On the other hand, the more structured the play, such as in current environments, where the child is besieged with lessons and rules as imposed by adults, the more make-believe play and self-regulation are repressed. My suggestion to parents is to encourage imaginative play and to de-emphasize toys and video games whenever possible. When the child enters school playtime remains crucial. However, with the emphasis on testing, adequate time for recess has become a luxury that more and more educators choose to disregard. Getting back in touch with how the child develops and what enhances that development would benefit us all. We would see that – as our oldest son did when he was in his sandbox creating the most marvelous magical worlds or when our youngest son went to a stand of trees in our yard that he called his magic place – children need to have the v time and space to make-believe, for real.

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References: Spiegal, A. (2008). Old-Fashioned Play Builds Serious Skills. Retrieved February 21, 2008 from www.npr.org. Dacey, J.S. & Travers, J.F. (2006). Human Development Across the Lifespan, 6th Edition. New York: Mcgraw-Hill.

Dr. Joy Navan and is an associate professor and a consultant in education. She brings to this series 39 years in the profession, including her work as a classroom teacher, a teacher of the gifted, and a teacher of teachers.


by: Dr. LaNita Flanary

C L A W S A N D PA W S

It’s Here! Flea and Tick Season

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ew creatures can inflict more misery, ounce for ounce, than fleas. These tiny, almost-invisible pests can make life miserable and disrupt your household with a vicious cycle of biting and scratching. Fleas may also cause flea allergy dermatitis in some pets and may be carriers of dangerous diseases. No matter what the weather is like outside, the climate inside your home is always perfect for supporting an entire population of fleas. That is why your veterinarian may recommend your pet have protection applied

monthly, year round. Some favorite hiding places for fleas are your carpets, furniture, and drapes/curtains. Although fleas can be found year round, typically the flea population explodes about 5 or 6 weeks after the weather starts to warm up.

Fleas have 4 stages to their life cycle: • Stage 1 is the egg stage. A female lays about 2,000 eggs in her lifetime. In one day, a single female flea can lay up to 50 eggs. The eggs are not sticky – some may quickly fall off your pet into areas of your home. In 2 to 5 days, the eggs hatch.

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• Stage 2 is the larval stage. After hatching, the larvae head toward dark places around your home and feed on “flea dirt” – excrement of the partially digested blood of your pet. The larvae grow, molt twice, and then spin cocoons, where they grow to pupae. ‘ • Stage 3 is the pupa stage. Immature fleas spend approximately 8 to 9 days in their cocoon. During this time, they continue to grow to adulthood, waiting for the signals that it is time to emerge. • Stage 4 is the adult stage. Full-grown adults detect heat, vibrations and exhaled carbon dioxide (other than your pet that exhales CO2) from inside their cocoons, telling them a host is nearby. The adults leave their cocoons, hop onto a host, find a mate and begin the life cycle all over again. The entire life cycle can be as short as 3 to 4 weeks. That is why monthly flea control with a product, such as Frontline, will stop the flea cycle.

Warning Signs of Fleas Fleas are difficult to see, but you can certainly tell when they are around. One of the warning signs that your pet may have fleas is black specks. Black specks on your pet or in your dog’s or cat’s bed may be “flea dirt” – the fecal matter from adult fleas. There are two easy ways to check for black specks: The first way is a flea comb available at most pet stores (the metal ones are the best). Run the comb over your pet, making sure the comb reaches the skin through the coat. If black specks are on the comb when you pull it off, they might be flea dirt. If fleas are on the comb, drown them in a bowl of soapy water before they can get away or jump back on your pet. Another method is to place a white paper towel beneath your pet and rub your hands across its fur. If black specks

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appear on the towel, they may be flea dirt. Further warning signs of possible flea infestation include agitation and scratching. If your pet is infested with fleas, he/she will become very nervous and annoyed and may scratch excessively. If you find fleas on your pet, consult your veterinarian’s office immediately.

Some of the Ways Fleas Affect Your Pet’s Health When a flea bites your dog or cat, it deposits a small amount of saliva in the skin. Your pet can develop Flea Allergy Dermatitis (FAD) in reaction to the saliva, which causes severe itching. In addition to your pet scratching or biting excessively around the tail, groin, or backside, scabs or bumps may also appear on your pet’s neck or back. Anemia occurs in young, older or ill pets if too many fleas suck their blood. The symptoms of anemia include pale gums, weakness, and lethargy in your pet.


One swallowed flea can lead to a daunting case of intestinal tapeworms in dogs and cats. The tapeworm is the most common flea ally. Tapeworms count on fleas to carry their larvae deep into enemy territory: your pet’s intestine. Dogs and cats infected by tapeworms may have intense anal itching and weight loss. However, they may show no signs at all. You may notice the presence of tapeworm segments in your pet’s stool or on his fur in the anal area (has the appearance of a small grain of rice). People can also be infected. As with pets, people may also have no symptoms. Even a non-reproducing flea can carry tapeworms, so this is another good reason to use a product on your pet that repels fleas as well as kills them. Fleas also carry Cat Scratch Fever. Although cats usually have no signs of Cat Scratch Fever, it can be passed to people. Symptoms in infected people include a pustule at the infection site, low-grade fever, enlarged lymph nodes and listlessness. FAD, anemia and tapeworms are the most common problems caused by fleas. Fleas were the carrier of bubonic plague and can carry Cat Scratch Fever. If you believe your pet is suffering from any of these ailments, consult your veterinarian. If you are concerned about you or a family member being infected, contact your physician.

Ticks: Another problem Often too tiny to be seen, ticks attach to pets and feed on blood until they are engorged. They thrive in high humidity and moderate temperatures but can be found all over the country. Ticks may carry and transmit diseases, including Lyme disease and Ehrlichia that can cause serious health problems not only for your pet, but for your family as well. Depending on the tick and environmental conditions, the life cycle of a tick can range from a few months to two years. Each developmental stage of a tick’s life requires a blood meal in order to reach the next stage. Some species can survive for years without feeding. At your veterinarian’s office, they probably have a simple blood test requiring only one drop of blood which tests for Heartworms, Ehrlichia, and Lyme’s Disease so treatment can be initiated hopefully before damage is done.

The battle against fleas and ticks The first thing your veterinarian may recommend is monthly application of a product such as Frontline Plus. Products like these break the flea’s life cycle by killing adult fleas before they can lay their eggs and provide additional flea protection by keeping eggs and immature fleas from maturing into adults. These types of products do not enter the blood stream and works like a candlewick: Starting at the point of application, they use the pet’s body oil to wick down his body, hair follicle by hair follicle.

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Fleas can jump over 6 feet, and they enter the house by any carrier available: pets and humans. White clothing, socks, and sneakers excite and invite them right into the living room where they remain unseen and reproducing without you ever knowing until the problem is advanced. There are several things you can do to prevent an infestation of fleas and ticks. Treat your entire square footage indoors including garages, outbuildings, and doghouses or kennels. Frequently vacuum the areas your pet is around especially carpeted areas in your home, any furniture that is frequented by your pet and in your car (if your pet rides in your car). This will clean up as many immature fleas (eggs, larvae and pupae) as possible. If your home is already infested, there are commercial carpet aerosols, foggers, and powders made especially for the home front battle. Regularly wash your pet’s bedding, blanket and other washable items in the hottest water. Mow your lawn and rake up any leaves, brush or clippings. Pay particular attention to the areas where your pet spends his time outdoors. Your local nursery can give your tips on what sprays and insecticides are safe for use around pets v and children. 48 • June2013 www.littleegyptfamilymag.com


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ADVERTISERS INDEX

www.attitudedesigns.com American Chillers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 29 www.amchiller.com Animal Tales . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 27 www.animaledzoocation.com Brad Rankin Photography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 23 www.bradrankin.com Carson Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 2

Paducah Professional Associates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 42 Paducah Symphony Orchestra. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 34 www.paducahsymphony.org Robin’s Tree . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 5 therobinstree.etsy.com Sixth and Vintage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 14

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Southern Illinois Heathcare . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 51

www.thecarsoncenter.org

www.sih.net/3TMRI

Dava Hayden . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 41

Triangle Enterprises . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 40

Extreme Entertainment. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 21

www.triangle-co.com

First Baptist Church. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 16

Trinity Christian School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 3

www.fbcmurphy.org

www.tcsoc.org

First Southern Bank . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 24

White Lilli Boutique . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 14

www.firstsouthernbank.net

www.facebook.com/whitelilliboutique

Giant City Riding Stables . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 1

WKCTC. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 48

www.giantcitystables.com

www.kctcs.edu

Green Turtle Bay . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 46 www.greenturtlebay.com

Women’s Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 37 www.thewomensctr.org

Hooked on Science . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 13 www.hookedonscience.com Jen Upton, Mousekeplanner. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 42 www.facebook.com/DisneyJennifer Jim Stott Magic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 43 www.jimstottmagic.com Little Egypt Family Magazine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 25 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 28 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 31 www.littleegyptfamilymag.com Marion Eye Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 52 www.marioneye.com Market House Theater . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 22 www.mhtplay.com Medical Spa 7 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 39 www.medicalspa7.com Metropolis Tourism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 12 www.metropolistourism.com National Quilt Museum . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 22 www.quiltmuseum.org Navan Consulting. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 42 www.Navanconsultation.net NECCO . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 49 www.necco.org

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Little Egypt family magazine June 2013