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Year 18 No. 2
“Going for the Green” by Anna Coffey, age 8, St. Teresa’s School
May, June and July
Family Guide for Summer 2011
Lincoln Kids! Eugene T. Mahoney State Park
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Horse Trail & Pony Rides
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• Pawnee Plunge Water Park • Shopping • Andrew Jackson Higgins National Memorial • Outdoor Recreation • Columbus Days: August 20-21 • Hotel accommodations for every budget
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From The Publisher
Bernie and Mark
Not Less–Just Different
y son Bennett and I are big movie watchers and we like to share our favorite films with each other. A while back Bennett made a recommendation for a movie that was made for HBO and at the time didn’t receive much publicity. He told me it is a semi-biographical film titled, Temple Grandin, starring Claire Danes as Grandin. The movie was released in 2010 and is about a real life person, Temple Gradin, who is currently a professor at Colorado State University. She holds a Ph.D. in Animal Sciences. Early on in her childhood she was diagnosed with
Lincoln Kids! autism and her mother was told that Temple would probably have to be institutionalized for the rest of her life. The movie is about how, thanks to her dedicated mother, some inspiring teachers, and strong personal courage, Temple worked to overcome the obstacles given her to become not only a Professor, but an inventor, a best selling author and a highly regarded consultant to the livestock industry. In the May issue of Time Magazine is an Ad for Colorado State University featuring Ms. Grandin so apparently the word is getting out about her. At the High School special needs school she attended I loved the term they used to describe their students, “Not less–Just different”. I’m not sure your kids will enjoy the movie but I found it to be quite inspirational. It is rated TVPG. In the past month Lincoln Kids has come into contact with a couple of neat people with programs created for kids who have some unique challenges in life. Heather Ackman publisher of O’Hana Kids’ News and Tamara Weber of Art Planet. Heather Ackman of O’Hana Kids’ has compiled an extensive resource publication featuring events, activities and information related to children
Advertising, Artwork, Article, & Calendar Deadlines for the Fall 2011 issue is July 10th. Covers August–October 31st. To view our issues online visit our website at: lincolnkidsinc.com
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with special needs. See page 8. Tamara Weber uses her educational and artistic background to create an environment for children with special needs to express themselves through art. See her ad and article on page 9. Speaking of art I should also mention about the Mourning Hope Grief Center’s Summer Art Workshop for children. This program is for children who have experienced a serious illness or the loss of someone significant in their lives. See their article on page 38. This is our big summer camp/activites issue so be sure to check out all the cool stuff going on for your kids. With the high price of gas there is no reason to travel very far to find great family activities. You’ll have to look through the paper for all the “neat stuff” going on but here’s a few activities worth checking out. On June 11th is BryanLGH’s 15th Annual Health and Safety Fair. This event
is very popular with the kids so for details see the back page. Like music? Well then check out the Kids Against Hunger Summer Concert Series; June 26, July 24, August 21 and September 11, see page 17. Have an Arts Afternoon at the Lux on Sunday August 7th go to page 8. Also, be sure to check out more events in our calendar at the back of the paper. I’m planning on putting in a big garden this year. If you don’t have space for a garden but would like to have fun growing some of your own food go to page 7. Finally, make sure to check out our Lincoln City Library librarian summer book recommendations on page 18. Then enjoy looking at their ad on page 19 to get information about their annual summer reading program. We have a fantastic library system here in Lincoln and I am always thrilled to see how many people take advantage of this great resource. Have a great summer.
Summer 2011 Cover Artist My name is Anna Coffey. I am 8 years old and in second grade at St. Teresa's Catholic School. My favorite subjects are art, reading, and science. I am a member of Eastridge and GNST swim teams. In my spare time I love to read, draw and write. I drew the picture of the girl golfing because I am going to learn how to golf this summer.
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Scouting Program Keeps Up With The Times
ave you ever thought that one day in the future we could have Boy Scouts that are robots? That probably won’t happen but today we have Boy Scouts learning about robots. If you think robotics is only used in the highest-level technology companies, think again. You probably have multiple robotic units in your own home. The field of personal robotics is growing as we look to technology to do some of the jobs that we don’t
want to do. There are robots that vacuum, mow the lawn, and clean the pool. But don’t stop at personal robotics—almost every aspect of agriculture, military combat, and waste containment involves robotic technology. To earn the badge, Scouts will spend approximately 10 hours designing a robot and keeping log books, among other requirements. This merit badge is part of the BSA’s new curriculum emphasis on STEM: science,
Have a “Ball” at the Lincoln Children’s Museum
his summer, the Lincoln Children’s Museum will be featuring an interactive exhibit children are sure to enjoy. This new exhibit, called Ball Works, is being built by museum staff and will be open June through August in the museum’s Discovery Gallery. Ball Works is an exhibit for all ages. Children and adults will be able to engineer and experiment with acceleration, gravity, motion, and velocity. “What makes this exhibit different is children will be able to control and manipulate how the ball moves,” said museum Director of Marketing and Operations, Ryan Gross.
Ball Works will have multiple interactive exhibits where children and adults can place a ball and watch it travel through a creation they have made. Some areas will test timing and speed. At one exhibit, children will place a ball on a ramp and it will travel through a loop and then into one of many buckets. “Depending on where the ball is placed will determine which bucket the ball will land in,” Gross said. This new exhibit is included in the price of admission or a museum membership. More information can be found at www.lincolnchildrensmuseum.org or by calling 402-477-4000.
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technology, engineering, and math. More than 10,000 Robotics merit badges are expected to be earned in its first year. The Robotics merit badge is just one example of how Scouting
remains true to its roots to help young people be prepared. In the early 1900s, they were teaching scouts how to shoe a horse; now we are helping prepare them for the world today and tomorrow.
Yoga Center Stretches to Serve Kids The Lincoln Yoga Center is is offering childrens Yoga at their 2127 Winthrop location over near 31st & South Street. According to owner Sheila Palmquist, RYT, “We want the best for our children and future leaders. But do we know what is best? Our country’s physical health is in crisis. And we seem to have a mental and spiritual disconnect with nature and others. Maybe we need the lesson? Children love to move, imagine, and explore without limits and expectations. Let them play, step back and watch what they teach you. In our children’s yoga class we move like the animals, become still like a giant oak tree. Celebrate each individual without judgment. We learn to work
together in a non-competitive environment, promoting inner and outer peace.” The physical benefits include strength, flexibility, coordination, and positive body image. Mentally, it enhances focus, concentration, self-esteem, and sense of calmness. Children are spiritual beings, they are encouraged to honor their inner light and believe in themselves. Yoga is a great gift to give your children. They will learn how to navigate life’s challenges with a little more ease and live a life of balance. For more information call Sheila Palmquist at (402) 570-1114 or visit their website at: www.LincolnYogaCenter.com *Ask about their Girl Scout Yoga Merit Badges!
Saturday Kids Chess Club Anne Dake and her daughter share their love of the game of chess by hosting a Chess Club just for kids. Kids ages 3-17 are invited to come by Cultiva Coffee Company, at 727 South 11th Street. Saturdays from noon to 2pm. Phone number at Cultiva is 402-435-1133.
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Dine Out for Foster Children on May 5 By Rachel Williams, Communications Associate, KVC Behavioral HealthCare Nebraska
VC Behavioral HealthCare Nebraska is hosting its annual Dine Out for Foster Children Event on Thursday, May 5. May is National Foster Care Month, so by dining out at a participating restaurant, you will be helping to raise awareness and resources. Up to 25% of your proceeds on May 5, will go toward supporting KVC foster children in our community. KVC believes that children grow best in families, but when children cannot safely reside in their own home, foster parents are there to open their hearts and homes. Below is a list of participating restaurants in your area: Auburn: Pizza Hut; Beatrice:
Back Alley, Classics, Dairy Queen West Court, and Valentino’s; Lincoln: 9 South Chargrill, Billy’s, Carlos O’Kelley’s Mexican Café, Highnooners, The Oven (East & Haymarket), Red Mango and Sam & Louie’s; Nebraska City: Valentino’s and Pizza Hut; Seward: Subway Visit www.kvc.org/dineout for more information. KVC Behavioral HealthCare Nebraska is a not-for-profit organization that was established in Nebraska in 2009. KVC is a lead contractor in the Families Matter initiative and helps children and families in crisis, child victims of abuse and/or neglect, and children involved in the juvenile justice system. KVC serves children and families in 19 southeast and eastern Nebraska counties.
Parent-Child Book Group
arent-Child book groups are a great way to encourage your kids to read, as well as share some special time together. Reading the same book as your child gives you a common bond and is a great conversation starter. Lincoln City Libraries offers monthly parent-child book groups led by trained facilitators year round. R.A.P. Around the Year @ Gere. For first through third graders and their reading partners, meet at Gere Branch, 2400 S. 56th Street, from 6:30–7:15 monthly on the second Monday except June and July. Call 441-8560. The Bookworms meet at the Anderson Branch, 3635 Touzalin Ave. Third through fifth graders and their reading partners gather the first Thursday of every month at 6:30 p.m. To sign up, call
Anderson Branch, (402) 441-8540. Lincoln City Libraries also has a Parents and Caregivers’ Page at: l i n c o l n l i b r a r i e s . o rg / K i d s / Parents_and_Caregivers_Page.htm which includes recommendations (not endorsements) covering a variety of reading-related sites. Dig a little deeper on their website lincolnlibraries.org/Kids/ Great_Web_Sites_for_Kids.htm and you will uncover dozens of links that will inform you on a variety of subjects including preschool fun, science and math, literature, creatures of all kinds, homework help, activities, interesting people and places, and more.
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There’re Seeds Inside the Fruit Becky Seth, Naturalist, Pioneers Park Nature Center
his is a song we sometimes sing with children when they are here for guided hikes. Try it to the tune of ‘The Farmer in the Dell’. It is about my favorite subject: plants! Now, I know plants are not everyone’s passion, but I want to invite you to think a bit about how amazing they are and how much we depend on them. There’s a seed. Maybe you have even planted some in your garden this Spring. A seed can be tiny, but inside is a new plant and a little food to get it going. It drops to the soil, and if it has good enough soil, and some space, and gets rain and sunshine, it puts down roots. The roots take up the water and nutrients the plant needs to grow and also hold it in place. Then the plant sends up a tiny stem and one or two leaves. If it continues to get enough rain and sunshine, and nothing eats or squishes it, that stem grows. The stem is like a pipe that carries water and food around the plant and holds up the leaves. Those leaves do the work of the plant: they make food. With the help of chlorophyll, the pigment that makes leaves green, they are able to do a magic trick. They can use the sun’s energy, with water and carbon dioxide, to make food and oxygen. Almost all living
seeds move to a good place to grow. Those juicy fruits may tempt animals to eat them and spread their seeds in their scat, or hide that fruit for winter and then forget where it is hidden. The fruits can have tails or fluffy threads that A seed drops to the ground, a seed drops to the ground help the seeds blow in the wind. (Hi-ho a-grow-e-o, a seed drops to the ground.) (repeat for each verse) Then some seeds, the lucky ones, get to a place where the cycle can The rain begins to fall, the rain begins to fall… begin again. The sun begins to shine, the sun begins to shine I invite you to come out and see The seed begins to grow, the see begins to grow some of the plants that live here at The plant grows big and strong, the plant grows big and strong the Nature Center and to learn A flower blooms so bright, a flower blooms so bright more about them. We have some The fruit begins to form, the fruit begins to form new exhibits, including a bulletin There’re seeds inside the fruit, there’re seeds inside the fruit board on plants, and a game to A seed drops to the ground, a seed drops to the ground match caterpillars with the butterfly they grow into. There are exciting summer nature camp options things need both food and oxygen. sweet nectar that plants produce for you. And if you STILL prefer This process is called photosynas a bribe (or a thank-you packanimals we have a great drop-in thesis and it just may be the most age), can help the pollen move program called Animal Antics important thing that happens in from the stamen to the pistil. each Wednesday from June 1 to our world (though there are LOTS Some flowers aren’t very bright. July 27 when you can meet a difof other important things!). In fact, you might be tempted to ferent group of animals that live OK, so the leaves make enough think they have no flowers. here each week. To find out more food for the plant to grow big and Grasses and some trees are like about the fun things happening strong. Many plants then produce that. They depend on the wind to here call 402-441-7895 or visit a flower. Now, some flowers move their pollen around. parks.lincoln.ne.gov/naturecenter bloom bright to attract the insects Now the flowers have been polI hope you enjoy the outdoors a or other animals they depend on to linated and a fruit grows. Maybe lot this summer and maybe even help them. Flowering plants need when you think ‘fruit’ you think watch some plants to track how to be pollinated. Flowers have about apples and oranges, maybe they grow. male parts called stamens that about tomatoes and peppers, permake pollen. Flowers also have a haps even about walnuts and female part called the pistil. The acorns, but wheat kernels are also top of the pistil is often sticky. The fruits. So are maple tree helicoppistil “catches” pollen so that fruit ters. Fruits have seeds inside. with seeds inside can form. Insects They protect those seeds and may and other animals, attracted by be responsible for helping the
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Community CROPS: Come Grow With Us! by Erin Frank, Community CROPS Production Manager
Meet one of our new baby chicks! Did you know that you can raise two chickens in your own backyard? That’s right—here in Lincoln, you and your family can take care of these birds, and
f you’ve never enjoyed the seasonal fruits and vegetables of your own gardening labor, now is the time to gear up for this year’s growing season. Or maybe it’s the case that you’ve gardened for years, but want to increase your knowledge or volunteer and share your expertise and enthusiasm. Either way, Community CROPS has an outlet for you and your family and friends. Community CROPS, Lincoln’s non-profit community gardening organization, welcomes you all to participate in our many fun and educational activities this spring and summer. These activities can help educate and excite your family about gardening and shopping for local produce. The benefits are endless, from increased flavor and nutrition to a more sustainable, local food system. And it’s fun for the whole family! Join us in for some of our upcoming events and classes, many of which are great for families: May 14, Annual Plant Sale; May 20, CROPS Wine Fundraiser; June 26, Annual Garden Gala; September 9, Annual Farm Walk. In addition, we will have monthly cooking classes with seasonal vegetables and monthly farm events and workdays for our CSA
members—see our website or Facebook page for dates and details! CROPS has a community training farm and also hosts 15 community gardens around town; If you have a plot with us, garden on your own, or just enjoy the fresh bounty of the season from farmers’ markets, we hope you take advantage of Lincoln’s local harvest. There are many ways to participate with CROPS; you can purchase a share in our Community Supported Agriculture program (in a CSA, members purchase a share in the farm and receive a weekly box of fresh, seasonal, naturally-grown produce), visit the beginning farmers in our training program at the Old Cheney Road Farmers’ Market, attend workshops and volunteer. We also do farm tours, work-share options, and outreach events. Give us a call at (402) 474-9802 or go to the website at communitycrops.org. Whether you’re a seasoned gardener or a first-time gogetter, we wish you sun and rain and tasty tomatoes; get out there and grow!
they’ll help take care of you by each laying around 300 eggs a year! This is a fun and educational project. Call our office if you want to purchase chicks from us; you can pick them up May 9th. Call (402) 474-9802.
ou don’t have to have a big garden to enjoy the tasty benefits of fresh garden veggies. As a matter of fact you don’t even need a back yard! These days many people are rediscovering the simple method of growing vegetables in flower pots. All you need is a large pot, some potting soil and a spot in the sun.
Chris Campbell, of Campbells Nursery, offered a suggestion on a tomato variety you might want to consider. She recommends Husky Cherry Red tomatoes because they are selfsupporting and don’t require a cage. Other veggies easily grown are Radishes, Fingerling Potatoes, and for food and beautiful follage try Bulls Blood Beets.
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Family-Friendly Community Arts Afternoon at the LUX
Flying Saucers Spotted E.T. Mahoney State Park
Sunday, August 7 from 1-4pm, by Natalie Nelson, LUX Center for the Arts, Education Director
his summer, as a great way to finish out the season and jump back into the school season, enjoy some family fun at the LUX Center for the Arts’ biggest community event of the year: Community Arts Afternoon. On Sunday, August 7th from 1-4pm, the LUX Center will host our annual family-friendly day of hands-on art activities, live music and demonstrations. This event is free and open to the public. This is a great opportunity to enjoy the weather while creating hands-on art projects with your loved ones. Activities will be spread throughout our two-story building and parking lot. Community Arts Afternoon is an afternoon for you to explore your passion for the arts! Have a chance to sculpt in clay to create figurines and sculptures with ceramics instructors. Move into our print studio to discover printmaking! Everyone will have the opportunity to use one of our printing presses to hand print their own postcard. Work with LUX Artist-in-Residents and learn about the beautiful effects that
watercolor paints create while painting a bookmark. Enjoy the weather outdoors while tie-dying a t-shirt. Learn various rubber band and tying techniques to establish various effects. (Please bring your own white tee shirt to tie-dye, or you can purchase one for $5 at event). Enjoy local live music, dancing and pottery wheel demonstrations going on in our parking lot. And for some extra fun and flair, be sure to get a henna tattoo or your face painted by local artists! All of these activities are free and open to the public. So at the end of the summer, after you have done all of your vacationing, come join other families from the Lincoln area from 1-4pm at the LUX Center for the Arts August 7. This free, familyfriendly event is located at the LUX Center for the Arts located on the corner of 48th and Baldwin in North Lincoln. For more information about attending or helping out with this event please contact Education Director, Natalie Nelson, at (402) 466-8692.
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etween Lincoln and Omaha lies one of my favorite places for outdoor recreation, E.T. Mahoney State Park. As if there wasn’t already a ton of fun things for a family to do now they have added a new 9 hole Disk Golf course. So what is disc golf? Disc Golf (or frisbee golf, or frolf) is an outdoor, competitive game where players attempt to throw frisbee discs into a basket or onto a target object or zone. The object is to complete each course, or “hole,” by moving from start to finish in the least number of throws possible. To state the obvious, it’s golf played with a frisbee instead of a ball and clubs! Disc Golf is inexpensive, and physically accom-
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Stargazing Too! The Omaha Astronomical Society & the Prairie Astronomy Club of Lincoln has set up powerful telescopes for glimpsing the night sky spectaculars. Star gazing begins at the golf driving range from dusk till 11PM, weather permitting. Dates are May 13, June 10, July 22, August 19 and September 16. Park Entry Permit is required for both activites.
Publication is for Kids with Special Needs Heather Ackman is the creator/editor of O’Hana Kids’ News. Her publication is dedicated to providing a central location for parents to locate events, activities and information in South-East Nebraska for our amazing kids with special needs of any kind. For information on O’Hana Kids call 402440-2602. or visit: email@example.com
Look for them on FACEBOOK as well. Open Monday-Thur. 10-6 Friday-Sat. 10-5 & Sunday 12-4
modating to players from a wide range of age, ability, and athleticism. Necessary equipment consists solely of frisbee discs (or even a single disc, as multiple discs are not an absolute necessity), which are very inexpensive – around $12 each. Bring your own or you can purchase what you need at Mahoney. Give it a try, you’ll like it.
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“Our small preschool offers a cozy, nurturing environment for children to learn in the time-honored Montessori tradition. With only eight students in our program, your child’s days will be full of fun, friends, and the foundation for a great education.” Kellie Frerichs-Dalrymple Open Monday – Friday 8:30am to 3:30pm Before and after school care available. Full and part time programs available for children ages 2½ to 5.
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Art Planet Offers Creative Fun for Children with Special Needs
hildren with special needs often have trouble expressing themselves, but one form of communication can help transcend all barriers – art. A new kids’ art studio opening in Lincoln aims to nurture the creative spirits of specialneeds children, and along the way help them gain confidence, develop social skills, and of course create their very own works of art. The studio, Art Planet, is the creation of artist and educator Tamara Weber, who got the idea while talking with a parent of a child who has Asperger’s syndrome. “There just aren’t a lot of creative programs in Lincoln that are geared towards children who have special needs, such as those on the autism spectrum,” says Weber, who has a Master of Education in Special Education and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. “Art Planet is a place where these students can
explore the creative universe in a way that’s developmentally appropriate and also a lot of fun.” So, why the name Art Planet? According to Weber, kids with special needs (specifically, those on the autism spectrum) have long been described as being “in a world of their own.” “If they really are in their own world,” she explains, “why not their own planet? Why not embrace that? At Art Planet, being in your own world isn’t a dismissive phrase. Here, they can get out of the house, interact with others, and enjoy social and creative outlets where their expressive side is welcomed and encouraged.” Art Planet is currently accepting enrollment for “Three Week Adventures in Art” classes and summer camps running June through August. Students up to age 21 will get the chance to try their hand at cartooning, painting and even explore papermaking and clay. Class sizes are
limited to three or five participants, depending on age and ability, allowing each child to receive plenty of individual attention.
Art Planet takes pride in offering classes to provide opportunities for a wide range of students. The “Partners and Picasso” program is designed for students and their caregivers who will come to class with them each time to provide support during the art-making process. Students without special needs who want to enroll in the Peer Mentoring Option will receive quality art instruction while fostering the development of age appropriate social skills in the creative setting. Weber is also available for one-on-one instruction tailored to a student’s area of interest and personal and educational goals. “I am confident Tamara Weber is going to provide a wonderful experience for children and adolescents
with unique learning and social needs the opportunity to express themselves through art. Art experiences as a means to develop an increasing awareness and knowledge of skills for developing social relationships with peers and adults represents a novel approach that benefits exploration by families. I look forward to future opportunities to attend art showings to view these individuals’ creativity while consulting with Tamara to address the social and emotional growth of this population.” says Lorrie E. Bryant, Ph.D. and a Licensed Psychologist. Weber has 13 years of experience in education and a lifetime of experience making art including; drawing, pottery, textiles, photography and tiedying. She is constantly looking for innovative new ways to create art. For more information visit their website at: www.artplanetlincoln.com or call 402-610-2295.
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South Location– 3901 Pine Lake Road (40th and Pine Lake)
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East Location– 8201 Northwoods Drive (82nd and Holdrege)
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Did you know that some orthodontic problems can be corrected before all the permanent teeth erupt? The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children see an orthodontist by the age of 7 to evaluate jaw growth and dental development. Please call to schedule your child’s no fee consultation.
6825 South 27th Street (west of Southpointe Mall)
Paula L. Harre, D.D.S., M.S. Certified, American Board of Orthodontics
Creating beautiful smiles since 1995!
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Kids in the Kitchen with Grandma Noble By Lois Noble
Terrific Summer Treats
aybe I should have named this article “Fun With Peanut Butter”. I recently learned about a cozy cafe in New York’s Greenwich Village named Peanut Butter & Company. They advertise that their cookbook includes over 80 recipes using peanut butter as one of the ingredients. They include desserts, nutritious snacks like Baked Apple, and even offer a recipe for a sandwich called a Peanut Butter BLT. I have not seen the cookbook but it sounded like fun to me so I decided to try adding peanut butter to a few of our favorite recipes. Try them! We like them!
Double Chocolate/ Peanut Butter Pie 1 Chocolate Graham Cracker Pie Crust 2 1/2 c. milk 2/3 c. peanut butter, can use chunky if preferred 2 small packages Instant
Chocolate Pudding mix, we use sugar free pudding Cool Whip for topping, optional Combine milk and peanut butter in mixing bowl. Add pudding mix to ingredients in mixing bowl and mix together with electric mixer, at low speed for two minutes (until thick). Spoon into pie shell and chill for two hours. Serve topped with a dollop of Cool Whip.
Peanut Butter and Chips Dessert Loaf Preheat oven to 375˚. Grease bottom of loaf pan or 9 x 5 baking dish. 2/3 c. peanut butter 1/4 c. cooking oil 2 eggs 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract 1 c. water 1-14 oz. box Pillsbury Banana Quick Bread mix 1 c. chocolate chips Mix peanut butter, cooking oil, two eggs, vanilla extract and one cup water in large mixing bowl until well blended. Then stir Quick Bread Mix into the bowl of ingredients. Add chocolate chips and stir all ingredients together until combined. Spoon batter into loaf baking pan or baking dish. Bake 45 to 50 minutes, in preheated oven, until done.
PARENTS, We need your children ages 4 – 14. The Link N Literacy Lab, University of Nebraska-Lincoln is looking for children ages 4 –14 years old who are experiencing speech, language, or reading difficulties.
Interested parents please contact Jean at: 402-472-4680 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Note: Peanut butter may be added to almost any quick bread mix you wish. Just blend the peanut butter into all of the liquid ingredients and then follow the instructions on the box for rest of the preparation procedure.
Creamy Peanut Butter Snacks 20 vanilla wafer cookies 1/4 c. creamy peanut butter 1 banana cut into 10 slices 1 1/2 c. vanilla ice cream Spread the bottom of 10 vanilla wafers with peanut butter. Add a banana slice on top of the peanut butter. Layer each with one tablespoonful of ice cream and cover the ice cream with a second vanilla wafer. Press together to make a sandwich. Freeze for one hour before serving.
Cool Peanut Butter/ Banana Milkshake 1 whole banana, sliced 2 T peanut butter 4 scoops ice cream (about 1 cup) 1 c. milk cinnamon (optional) Place first four ingredients in blender and blend until smooth. Makes one large or two small servings. Sprinkle top of each milkshake with cinnamon. Editors Note: I just love peanut butter. My favorite sandwich is peanut butter and honey! My favorite brand of peanut butter is Smuckers Natural Creamy. I like it because there are no added sugars or hydrogenated oils. It’s worth the stirring! Mark
LINCOLN PEDIATRIC GROUP, LLC
William P. Swisher, M.D., F.A.A.P. Douglas D. Ebers, M.D., F.A.A.P. Jeffrey J. David, M.D., F.A.A.P. Kurstin L. Friesen, M.D., F.A.A.P. Michael J. Germer, M.D., F.A.A.P. Kay Anderson, M.D., F.A.A.P. Joel A. Greisen, M.D., F.A.A.P. Jason J. Davis, M.D., F.A.A.P. Heather A. Dews, M.D., F.A.A.P. Carrie A. Dell, M.D., F.A.A.P. Dallas D. Schlegel, PA-C Julie E. Timme, PA-C Becky D. Waegli, PA-C Michael J. Huckabee, PA-C Valerie A. Vernon, PA-C
Welcome Dr. Dell
Call now to schedule your school/sports physical.
Office Hours Monday–Thursday 8 am-7:00 pm Friday 8 am-4:30 pm Saturday 8 am-2:00 pm Sunday 1 pm-4:30 pm
Lincoln Pediatric Group, LLC • 402-489-3834 4501 S. 70th, Suite 110, Lincoln
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Topics dealing with pregnancy, infants, and toddlers
MilkWorks Receives National Attention by Ann Seacrest, RN, IBCLC, Executive Director, MilkWorks
the www.surgeongeneral.gov or www.milkworks.org websites.
n January, 2011, the US Surgeon General issued a new Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding. The report states that many mothers choose to breastfeed their babies, but experience a lack of support from their families, friends, health care providers, employers and policy makers. As part of the national Call to Action, MilkWorks, a community breastfeeding center in Lincoln, was chosen as one of eight projects to demonstrate what breastfeeding support looks like in our country. A local photographer, Erica Thompson from Images for a Lifetime, documented the activities at MilkWorks. These photos were then included in the web cast and appear in the 100 page document that was released by the US Surgeon General. MilkWorks, a non-profit organization founded in 2001, is governed by a board of directors. The mission of MilkWorks is to create a healthier community by helping
MilkWorks Celebrates Ten Years!
Dr. Kathy Leeper, a pediatrician who specializes in breastfeeding medicine, is the medical director at MilkWorks. mothers breastfeed their babies. A variety of educational, support and clinical services are provided by a breastfeeding medicine specialist, board certified lactation consultants, breastfeeding educators and a registered dietician. Clinical services are not denied based upon ability to pay and many of the support services are provided at no cost. All of the proceeds from babyworks, a retail shop selling quality and functional baby products, support the clinical and educational programs at MilkWorks. For additional information, visit
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On June 4th and July 16th volunteers are hosting two fundraising events to assure that MilkWorks remains a resource in the Lincoln community for new families. A Milk & Cookies Cocktail Party and Dessert Tasting will be held Saturday, June 4th, at the home of Tim and Patti Gardner in the beautiful Southfork neighborhood.
The event will feature a signature milk-based cocktail and signature cookie along with a variety of desserts and beverages. Tickets are $40 each. Families are also invited to a Festival at Prairie Hill Learning Center on Saturday morning, July 16th. This outdoor event will include childrenâ€™s activities, light refreshments and music by Curt Bright of the String Beans. Cost is $15 per family. Registration is available online at www.milkworks.org or by stopping at MilkWorks, at 5930 South 58th in the Trade Center.
Wendyâ€™s Kidsâ€ŚMeet Stephaney
Stephaney is a sweet and charming 16 year old girl. She loves shopping, jewelry and playing with make-up. She enjoys listening to music and hanging out with friends. She is an energetic gal who likes to stay active playing sports, including her favorites, swimming, volleyball and basketball. She also enjoys baking in her free time; however, her favorite foods are macaroni, cereal and oatmeal. Stephaney states that one of her favorite things about school is learning. She admits that she
does struggle a bit with Math and English. Her favorite subjects are Science and History. When Stephaney grows up, she would like to become a pediatric nurse. Stephaney describes herself as pretty and kind. When asked what she would like in a family, she said that she wants a family that â€œdoesnâ€™t hit kidsâ€? or is â€œmeanâ€?. As most teenagers, she would also like a family that allows her to have some personal space and freedom. Stephaney would do best in a home that could provide consistency, structure, supervision and appropriate modeling regarding building healthy relationships. It will be important that Stephaney continue to have contact with her siblings and that these relationships continue to grow and remain a part of her life. Please contact Lisa Kelly, Adoptive Family Recruiter, at (402) 661-3135 for further information.
Baby’s Directory of Services Ager Indoor Play Center
Classes for ages 6 mos-5 yrs: music, arts & crafts, watercolor painting, and play group. Sessions begin every month. Play Center is open Mon-Sat for indoor play. Admission is $2.75/person, 12 mos and under free.
1300 S. 27th St 441-6788 (recorded info); 402-441-6792; web: parks.lincoln.ne.gov
babyworks, the boutique at MilkWorks. Find practical items like hip baby slings and designer diaper bags, Miracle Blankets and cute nursing clothes. Indulge your stylish baby with Robeez or PediPeds footwear or cuddly Little Giraffe blankets. Check out our new space for baby showers! Baby registry available. Open daily.
In the Trade Center at 58th and Old Cheney 402-423-6402 www.milkworks.org
circle ME is a natural family resource specializing in cloth diapers, baby carriers, wood toys, diaper bags and much more. Our vision is that peace will be extended to all those who visit; that the children will be nursed and carried upon the hip; that the entire family would be comforted.
402-435-6767 • 3120 ‘O’ St. www.circleme.me
COMPLETE Children’s Heath
Lincoln’s most innovative pediatric practice is accepting new babies at each of our locations. Complete Children’s Health provides health care to babies, children and adolescents. Call to schedule a prenatal appointment with a pediatrician today!
FREE Preview Classes! Listen & Move; Play & Grow! Kindermusik–the most trusted music and movement program for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, & young children. Our university-trained music educators provide quality, positive instruction.
at Harris Music Studio
Kindermusik of Lincoln
Kindermusik of Lincoln, Infant Music and Sign Language is Lincoln’s longest running Kindermusik program. Directed by Shawna Gordon, it features music, movement and ASL combined for the total development of your infant.
(402) 465-5600 3901 Pine Lake Road, Suite 210 3262 Salt Creek Circle • 8201 Northwoods Drive
2935 Pine Lake Rd (across from South Pointe Mall)
402-423-7121 • www.HarrisMusicStudio.com
402-770-1486 South & Southeast locations
Family Fun at the Market every Tuesday from June 7th – Oct. 11th. St. Paul UCC (corner of 13th & F Street) will be having a Farmers Market every Tuesday evening from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Area vendors will be selling farm fresh produce and handmade crafts. FREE live music and cooking demonstrations! NEW this year are FREE hands-on activities for youth … make a craft, play a game, talk to a vendor, learn something new! Something for the whole family! “BIG BANG” Market Kick-Off is on July 5th with give-aways, & prizes. Join us on Tuesday evenings for family fun at the St. Paul UCC Farmers Market, 13th & F Street.
Personalized Care for Infants, Children and Adolescents in the Lincoln Area for more than 40 years.
Dental Care Designed For Your Child Jo A. Kinberg, M.D., F.A.A.P. Robert K. Koch, M.D., F.A.A.P. Michelle E. Walsh, M.D., F.A.A.P.
Call us today for an appointment
Alicia A. Cruce, M.D., F.A.A.P. David D. Duensing, D.O., F.A.A.P. Jennifer A. Genthe, A.P.R.N., C.P.N.P., I.B.C.L.C.
402-423-3322 3901 Pine Lake Road,
Currently booking Sports, Camp and School Physicals
Suite 250 7001 South 70th, Suite 110 • (402) 489-0800 Website: www.pediatricdentistrypc.net
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Brent D. Johnson, DDS, MS
( corner of 70th & A)
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Summer Supervison by Paul Ries, LCSW
ith summer approaching our house, like just about any other, is in the planning and organization mode. We are looking at what camp to enroll the children in and what our family vacation may be. But the real challenges are the day-to-day changes that occur during the summer. The summer break for children, although needed and necessary, has the potential to throw our delicately balanced life into chaos. Some of the challenges are clear-cut with the type of summer supervision children need. When transportation to different activities is needed one great option to consider is an in-home provider or sitter but make sure to take all the measures necessary to ensure you make the safest and most competent choice possible. Request that they consent to, or provide you with, a background check. In my experience, Iâ€™ve found that talking to other parents about their sitters can tell you a lot about their character and skill-levels. Iâ€™ve even found wonderful providers at the local universities. Check references and ask questions about their decision-making skills, organization and reliability. Look for qualities that make that person qualified to take care of your children. In-home care can be a great option for some fami-
lies. (We have had wonderful experiences.) You may find that the value of having children at home and active with their siblings and in the neighborhood builds their connections to others in the community. They can also pitch in around the house during the day by completing simple chores and developing their responsibilities around the home. I try to build in time during the day to make unannounced returns to the home to check in on how things are going. I also ask the children about their day. I become concerned if the children have changes in personality or show great resistance to having this person care for them. You also want to talk to children about stranger danger, boundaries and the importance of telling an adult if they are concerned about any of these things. You should review these same safety issues with any provider you choose, be it an inh o m e , agency or home-based provider. Another option for summer supervison, for short periods of time â€” up to three or four hours â€” is to consider using your middle school or high school aged
child. Although this can be a fine solution for some families, age alone should be the last factor to consider when making this decision. Make sure your child demonstrates strong organizational and responsibility skills by handing in all homework on time, doing chores without being asked or communicating with you about scheduling plans from their activities. They should also be trustworthy. Children who adhere to expectations, take responsibility for their actions and communicate about these challenges are demonstrating these attributes. If you decide that your child is ready for this responsibility make sure you discuss daily expectations
with all your children. Make sure they have activities planned to help structure their time. Have your child complete a baby-sitting class and know when to call 911 for help. Have all emergency contact information in one
location and be aware of adult neighbors who will be home if needed. Follow up each day of supervison by asking how things went and attempt to problem solve if there were struggles. Above all be sure to have a fun and safe summer!
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Paul Ries, LCSW 1650 South 70th St., Suite 202
Serving children and families for over seventeen years. Offering help to your child, adolescent and/or family relationships.
Licensed Clinical Social Worker Child, Adolescent and Family Therapist
805-0879 Call about a Free half hour consultation. Home or office visits available â€˘ Insurance accepted
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