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MeSee magazine

i'm free... take me home!

october november

2017

designed for parents, by parents


• Publishers Smart Blonde Creative, LLC • Business & Marketing

CONTENT

CONTRIBUTORS

4 • OUR LETTER 5 • GREAT BOOK GIVEAWAY 6 • NEED A MINUTE 7 • GIVEAWAY 8 • POCONO CRIMSON DRAGON 12 • POCONO ROCKS

Amanda Kuhn

16 • DATE NIGHT @ RENEGADE WINERY

• Creative & Graphic Design

20 • SHAWNEE PLAYHOUSE

Kelly Slinger • Copy Editor

22 • KLINGEL'S FARM

Jamie Bowman

26 • NO CARVE PUMPKINS

• Contributing Writers Jamie Bowman

30 • MOM-PRUH-NUR

Amanda Kuhn

34 • NATIONAL BULLYING PREVENTION

• Contributing Little Artist

36 • MOTHER KNOWS BEST

Lila Smedley

38 • MESEE EVENT PICS 40 • CREATIVE LITTLE HANDS

CONTACT MeSee Magazine PO Box 431 • Cresco, PA 18326 570.807.6810 MeSeeMag.com facebook.com/MeSeeMagazine

ABOUT

41 • EVENTS Designed for parents by parents, MeSee is a creative collaboration of everyday ideas to celebrate the joys, swerves and curves of parenthood. Published bi-monthly, each issue will feature people, places and things that attract, entertain and inform both kids and their parents. Learn more about upcoming events, local businesses, local families, unique crafts and internet finds, activities and other inspiring editorial to make you laugh, cry and relate.

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ON THE COVER

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From MeSee By now the tears of another summer gone have dried and the struggles of a new routine have improved. School is in session and parents can collectively breathe a sigh of relief. The conversation has transitioned from pool time to Halloween costumes and we’re trading out flip flops for sneakers, bathing suits for long sleeves.

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• Schools & Libraries • Daycare Centers • Birthday Parties • Festivals & Church Groups • Scout Groups & camps • Corporate Events • Family Reunions Our presentations can be designed to meet your individual needs.

FUN FOR EVERYONE!

The first batch of pumpkin cookies has already been baked and visions of holiday treats are dancing in our heads. You just can’t deny the refreshing feeling that Fall brings and along with it comes activities perfect for all ages. In this issue of MeSee we have the best things to see and do to ensure that your Fall is just as great as those summer days. You have some planning to do though, so start plotting those costumes and making your menu. Between Halloween Parades and pumpkin patches, your schedule will be packed. Plus, you can’t forget that the holidays are just around the corner - can you believe it? If you’re like us, you have all the intentions of being ahead of the game but end up with a last-minute list. We have some great finds for you in this issue

EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS

that just might help get you in gear.

with Reptiles, Amphibians, Arachnids & more!

we received! We had a great time at our birthday

HOLIDAY PARTIES! Call today to book your special event!

Thank you to everyone for all the 1st Birthday love celebration and appreciate everyone’s kind words. We’re looking forward to bringing you more events and more fun in the future! As always, we love to hear from you! Join us for events. Share your stories and ideas. You can find us on Facebook or email us anytime at info@ meseemag.com. We know that moms and dads have all the secrets and know all the tricks to entertaining kids, so tell us what we need to know! We hope you enjoy this issue of MeSee…

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Here's something to keep them occupied so you can take a breath.

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Q&A

w/ Shihan Anthony Gilbert

@

Pocono Crimson Dragon Martial Arts Academy

Pocono Crimson Dragon www.got-karate.com 2657 Route 940 (Suite 106 - 108) Pocono Summit, PA 18346

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At Pocono Crimson Dragon, your students learn

your child enjoys martial arts before making a substantial

more than just martial arts. What are your goals

investment in the activity.

for your students?

We also offer a 100% money back guarantee. For example, if your child participates during the first two weeks and isn’t

The overall goal is character education. I want to make the unconfident kids more confident.

enjoying it, give us a call and we’ll refund 100% of your money.

The kids with low self-esteem gain that selfesteem. I want them to become leaders in life, and each

How does Pocono Crimson Dragon reinforce

child’s road to becoming a leader is a little bit different. Some

the character building aspects of martial arts?

children need more discipline, some need more confidence. Some need to be taught not to bully and some need to be taught to stand up to bullies. Some kids need to become

I enjoy martial arts because participants must

more physically fit. Martial arts is really just a tool to teach

build good character in order to advance. For

children the skills that will help them become successful in life. One of the biggest things we practice is public speaking. Our students speak in front of a group of their peers on a regular basis to get them comfortable with being leaders. Martial arts is really just our secondary goal but we create talented martial artists. Our demo team is often asked to perform both locally and throughout the tri-state area.

example, students must do well in school to advance in our program. I have always thought it’s really cool to coincide being a black belt with being an upstanding citizen. Our students are humble, disciplined, and focused. This aspect of martial arts sets it apart from most other sports. It’s difficult at times to withhold a belt because of a student’s behavior, but it’s important to tip that moral scale.

What aspects of Pocono Crimson Dragon set

How did you become involved in martial arts?

you apart from other martial arts schools?

Growing up I drove from East Stroudsburg to

One of the things that sets us apart is our ability

a small school in Tobyhanna to train with an

to use positive reinforcement. The general conception of martial arts is to show no mercy. What we actually do is build relationships with our students. In order to create long-term sustainable changes in a child, you need to build a relationship with him or her first and use

instructor that I really connected with. I trained 6 days a week, 4-5 hours a day. I earned 2 black belts in under 3 years because of that relationship. It’s all I wanted to do. One of my biggest inspirations was my instructor.

that relationship to help him or her make better choices. We found that our kids are performing better because of the

What inspired you to begin teaching?

relationships they have with their instructors. Remember parents, when you’re choosing an activity for your child, it’s actually more about who is teaching the activity than the

While I was in college, I was running the Martial

activity itself.

Arts program at ESU and working with some If someone is interested, what is the best way to experience Pocono Crimson Dragon?

other local instructors. While giving a yellow belt test, a student gave me a soft kick to the chest. What I didn’t know was that the nagging pain in my chest was actually the result of a collapsed lung. Thankfully, my dad convinced me

Another aspect that makes us unique is that we give parents a 6-week long trial, often at

to get a chest x-ray. I ended up having emergency surgery to fix my lung.

a discounted rate. For MeSee readers, I will

Two weeks after I was released from the hospital, my Sensei

reduce the price by 75%. That’s 6 weeks of karate plus a

called me and said he was looking for someone to take over

uniform for just $17.25! This is a great way to make sure

his school. With the patch from the chest tube still on my

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chest, I decided it was time to focus less on myself and more on students. When I took over the school, we had 5 students. By the end of month two, we were up to 40 students. After six months and 60 students, we moved the school to a new location. At the grand opening, we doubled in size to around 120 kids and we have grown from there, adding space and staff. We’ve had steady growth ever since. My anti-bullying movement is another reason I began to teach. I’ve reached over 10,000 kids with my anti-bullying assemblies, teaching students to fight bullies with their minds

confidence, what to do if you’re being bullied and what to do if you see someone else being bullied. This workshop includes the use of social media. You can’t shield your children forever so you need to teach them.

not their fists. I do them for free, and have done them for

Since becoming involved in anti-bullying movement I’ve

both school districts and private groups.

been named the “Upstander of the Week” by the Bully Movie, inducted into the World Karate Union Hall of Fame and named one of the Pocono Record’s 30 Most Influential

Tell us about your anti-bullying work?

People Under 30. The program is always free and I’m happy to discuss it with any interested groups.

I went to the Martial Arts Super Show in Las

At what age can a student begin taking Martial

Vegas. During part of the show they showed

Arts at Pocono Crimson Dragon?

The Bully Movie, a film about the problem with bullying in places like schools. After the movie, they brought out two parents who shared a story about how their son committed suicide because of bullying. The whole room was

Our programs are designed for each stage in

completely silent. The parents asked for the martial arts

development. 3 - 4, 5 - 6, 7 - 11, 12 +.

community to make it a commitment to work to end bullying

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in our communities. This was one of the most influential moments in my career. I strive to do this and I know that I’ve made a difference.

To learn more or to register, visit Pocono Crimson

From there I began doing local assemblies or schools and

initial 6 week trial use the code MESEE when checking

other groups. The workshop has 3 components which are

on online.

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Dragon online or call today. To receive 75% off your


meevsenet e

Join us for a free Anti-Bullying Presentation by Shihan Anthony Gilbert @ Pocono Crimson Dragon Not only does Shihan Gilbert educate his students on martial arts, he also teaches them to defend against bullies. Named “Upstander of the Week” by the Bully Project and WNEP’s Salute, Anthony knows that taking action is most important.

Where When Cost

Pocono Crimson Dragon 2657 Route 940 | Pocono Summit, PA Saturday, October 14th 1 p.m. FREE RSVP via MeSee’s Facebook Page or email info@meseemag.com

Presentation will focus on 1. Confidence in yourself. 2. What to do if you’re being bullied. 3. What do to if you see someone being bullied.


BOULDER CLIMBING OBSTACLE COURSES

BOUNCE HOUSES

CAFE & MORE!

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Catering to parents while entertaining the kids! Maybe it’s one of those days you need to get the kids out

cream cheese and accented with fresh fruit. And if you want

of the house. Maybe you want to reward good behavior or

to start your day fully fueled, you can try Darien's Famous

celebrate a special day. Maybe you just want to have some

Steel Cut Oats loaded with nutrition packed oats, Greek

fun with your kids. Whatever the occasion, a trip to Pocono

yogurt, and healthy fresh fruit, lightly sprinkled with shaved

Rocks is something everyone can look forward to.

chocolate. For those that like their breakfast on the sweet

Walking through the doors is enough to send any kid into overdrive. Do you start on the inflatable obstacle course or the giant slide? Or do you want to leave your shoes on and

side there's the Classic Pocono Pancake stack, Pancake Foster, or Sweet French Toast. Take a look at all the other options too and best of all, they are SERVED ALL DAY!

head up the rock wall? Don’t worry, there’s plenty of time to

Competing lunch dishes will captivate you and just plain

enjoy everything that Pocono Rocks has to offer.

make your mouth water with delight! Jodi's Signature Chicken

Designed for toddlers and teenagers alike, the bounce houses are equipped with platforms, slides, and obstacle courses that can be conquered by all ages - even you, Mom! When you need a break from bouncing, prepare to tackle the nearly 16-foot boulder climbing wall. You don’t need to be a pro, the boulder wall is made to help beginners learn balance and technique, but if a challenge is what you’re looking for there are plenty of advanced routes too. After your muscles

Burger may be a leaner choice, but the infusion of the perfect balance of spinach & brie will rock your world! But if you're looking for a good old-fashioned beef burger, then you may want to try the "The Rock,” a bacon and blue cheese beef burger specially seasoned and prepared just the way you like it. This one will leave you with a long-lasting memory of the Poconos. There are sandwiches, wraps, homemade pierogies, pizzas, and more!

are loose, get a taste of the ninja course complete with

Coffee, cappuccinos, lattes, and teas coupled with the perfect

standing disks, rings, and other items for you to swing and

dessert can complete every great meal and they have it all.

climb on.

Whether you’re planning a day of fun or a party, Pocono

While your children will be impressed by the activities at

Rocks is the perfect place to spend the day with your family.

Pocono Rocks, you’ll be amazed by the FOOD! As a parent,

Visit their website for more information or stop in, grab a

the most we expect to get during a visit to a bounce house

meal, and check it out! We’re sure you’ll be impressed.

is a few moments of peace and some happy, tired kids. At Pocono Rocks, you can have a complete, hearty and delicious meal. Fresh, never frozen and personally made by Jodi, co-owner of Pocono Rocks, the food is as much of an attraction as the fun. Breakfast can be as hearty as "The Bounce Platter,” thick bacon and eggs the way that you want with Jodi's specially

POCONO ROCKS 1428 Pocono Blvd., Mount Pocono, PA 570.580.4100 | poconorocks.com www.facebook.com/PoconoRocks

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e e s e m event Join us for a rockin' time @ Pocono Rocks! A morning of bounce house jumpin', rock wall climbin', ninja swingin' FUN!

Who Where When Cost

Kids of all ages Pocono Rocks 1428 Pocono Blvd. | Mount Pocono, PA 18344 Saturday, October 21st 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. FREE (for kids only)

Reservations are required. Space is limited to the first 50 children. Email amanda@meseemag.com to reserve your spot(s) or reply via Facebook. Only children are free. Parents are able to purchase additional food and passes.

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YOUTH BLASTS where kids can have fun!

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Ignite your faith and fire up your life! Register as individuals or groups @ $114/person

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Callie’s pretzel factory (3 miles South of Callie’s (570) 595.3257 Candy Kitchen) Open 10am – 5pm Route 390, Cresco, PA 18326

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LIVE. LOVE. REVOLT

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By: Jamie Bowman

Renegade offers a variety of wines, including dry and sweet whites and reds, a sweet rosé, and even a few fruit wines. As a diehard white wine drinker, I chose a glass of Riesling and couldn’t believe my tastebuds. Unlike the stereotypical “local wine” that often tastes more like juice than vino, the Riesling was tasty and, get this, just $6 a glass. (In that case, I’ll take another!) My date opted for the Cabernet Sauvignon and gave it his stamp of approval. Having trouble deciding? Participate in a tasting and try several different varieties. They’ll even send you home with a complimentary wine glass. Winery tours are also I have a tradition. Since I can remember, I’ve gone out to dinner on the first day of school. What started as a spur of

available, where you’ll get a behind the scenes look at Renegade’s wine-making process.

the moment meal as a student is now an event that I look

“Like” The Renegade Winery on Facebook to stay

forward to each year as a teacher. To celebrate the start

informed of upcoming events. From Open Mic Nights to

of the 2017-2018 school year, my main squeeze made

Paint & Sip parties and Yoga, Renegade is a happening

sure my first day was the best one yet. After a day full of

place with something for everyone to enjoy. The Renegade

surprises, we wrapped up our night out with a trip to The

Winery is open 7 days a week, so grab your sweetheart or

Renegade Winery on Main Street in Stroudsburg. Talk

your besties and stop by for a drink. Cheers!

about the perfect end to date night! If you’re like most locals and roll your eyes at the thought of yet another winery, you’re in for a pleasant surprise. Not only is the wine delicious, but the atmosphere is awesome. Renegade proudly identifies as “An Unconventional Winery,” a welcome change from traditional tasting rooms. Its rustic appearance and array of seating options make it a versatile location for any occasion. Whether you’re

The Renegade Winery (570) 350-2638 600 Main Street, Stroudsburg, PA 18360 www.therenegadewinery.com

chatting one-on-one about your day or sharing a bottle with a group of friends, you’re sure to enjoy your visit. MeSee Magazine ▪ 17


mini

pumpkin pie pops

By: Debbie @ One Little Project at a Time I’ve heard rumors that pumpkin is on the way out and maple is on the way in. Do you believe that? Neither do I. So bring on the PUMPKIN! Nothing says Fall like pumpkin and pies. What if you made them miniature and put them on a popsicle stick? A cross between a pumpkin cookie and a pumpkin pie, on a stick, is what you get. Just in case you’re part of the small percentage that’s not feeling the pumpkin this year, Debbie added a little maple glaze just for you! For complete instructions on how to make these little cuties visit One Little Project at a Time.

Photo courtesy of: One Little Project

onelittleproject.com/mini-pumpkin-pie-pops

ingredients • Frozen Pie Crusts • Pumpkin Puree • Brown Sugar • Maple Syrup • Pumpkin Pie Spice • Egg • Lollipop Sticks

One Little Project at a Time Debbie

Love to cook, bake, craft, create? Join us as we make things one little project at a time!

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Relax. Replenish. Ribbit.

hop into fall! join us for some fun FALL & WINTER NIGHTS

Relax, enjoy & eat! Basso’s family-run Italian restaurant takes pride in the restaurant’s authentic family atmosphere & carefully prepared menu.

New Bar Menu available at the bar & lounge! Children’s Menu. Outdoor patio dining. 6525 Rt. 191 • Cresco, PA 18326 (570) 595.0500 • bassoitaliana.com

Relax. Replenish. Ribbit. MONDAYS: Wing Night REINVENTED! Don’t miss our award winning wings! Check us out on Facebook for our weekly wing features! WEDNESDAYS: Burger & a Beer. Still only $10.50 for 5 years running! SUNDAYS: Ribbit, Ribbit, RIB IT! 1/2 Rack of Ribs, Mashed Potatoes & Collard Greens for $17.49 / Full Rack $22.49 MARK YOUR CALENDARS... 3rd Annual Music Monday’s! Join us every Monday in February and March for the best local musicians and a Chef inspired tapas menu!

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SHAWNEE PLAYHOUSE

From Children’s Theater to Shakespeare By: Jamie Bowman

“There’s no business like show business, like no business

interns. Whether you’re 8 or 80, it’s never too early (or late)

I know. Everything about it is appealing, everything that

to stand in the spotlight.

traffic will allow. Nowhere could get you that happy feeling when you are stealing that extra bow.” Seeing a show is one of the few times where you can take a break from reality, travel to faraway places, and meet exciting characters. Here in the Pocono Mountains, we are fortunate to have the Shawnee Playhouse, where you can experience professional productions at affordable prices. This fall, save yourself a trip to Broadway and take a scenic drive to the Shawnee Playhouse in Shawnee on the Delaware, PA.

While Ginny and Charlie Kirkwood are still at the helm of Shawnee Playhouse, their five children and seventeen grandchildren work closely alongside them and have even taken the stage at the Playhouse! It is both rare and refreshing to see a small, family business thriving after so many years. For more information on shows, schedules, and tickets, visit www.theshawneeplayhouse.com. See you at the show!

Built in 1904 by C.C. Worthington, the Worthington Hall was established as a way to entertain and educate residents and visitors of Shawnee on the Delaware. In 1978, Ginny and Charlie Kirkwood purchased and renovated the hall and began, once again, providing the area with high-quality entertainment. In 1985, the Shawnee Playhouse burned

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down, so performances were relocated to East Stroudsburg University during the rebuild. But have no fear, the Shawnee Playhouse reopened, thanks to a lot of hard work and generosity from area organizations and individuals. Now, with approximately 15-20 productions per year, the Shawnee Playhouse is busier than ever! From children’s theater to Shakespeare, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. The Playhouse is bustling from May through December, with special events taking place in the remaining months. This fall’s lineup holds some classic favorites, like The Nutcracker Ballet. See the full ballet or bring the kids for the children’s version they’re sure to love. Not only does

● Legally Gray (October 6 - 22)

● Christmas Musical Memories (November 10 - December 23)

● A Christmas Peter Pan (November 17 - December 23)

● The Nutcracker Ballet (December 1 - 22) ● The Nutcracker Ballet

the Shawnee Playhouse work with professional actors and

- Children’s Version

actresses, they also cast volunteer beginners and student

(December 4 - 18)

● Kidz Kabaret (December 7 - 14) 20 • MeSee Magazine


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MAZEZILLA

Klingel's Farm

Corn Maze & Produce Stand

Nothing says fall like a giant maze of corn! We’re not just talking about a quick maze with a few dead ends, we’re talking 11 acres of MAZEZILLA. You can find this and more at Klingel’s Farm Corn Maze & Produce Stand. A family farm that works all year to offer adventure, fun, and delicious local food. Since 1998 Mazezilla and Klingel’s Farm has welcomed countless visitors in search of the perfect fall experience. Educational and family-oriented, the farm is a great way to spend time with your kids while enjoying the spectacular time of year. Mark your calendar and plan to spend the day taking advantage of all you’ll find on the farm. Here are a few activities you can expect.

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Corn Maze Get lost in the “CORNFUSION!” Open now through November, Mazezilla is new and unique every year. 11 acres complete with check points and “corn-helpers” throughout the maze, the winding corn rows offer a challenging task for everyone. Even if you’ve tried the maze once, each time will offer a different experience.

Family Fun Includes a giant corn box (like a sandbox full of corn kernels!), a pumpkin launch, 100’ mountain slides, wagon rides, animals, duck races, food & more!

Produce Stand Every day is a farmer’s market! Fresh vegetables and produce are picked daily. You’ll find sweet corn, tomatoes, peppers, onions, cucumbers and more. They also have fall decor ready to bring home. Pumpkins, mums, gourds, straw bales, and all of your seasonal favorites. Make sure you have some cider, local honey, and homemade breads and cookies while you shop!

Pumpkin Patch Wander the field and search for that perfect pumpkin! From tiny table toppers to the perfect carvers, the selection is diverse. The hay wagon will give you a ride to the patch and you can spend your time browsing the field.

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FALL WINTER SPRING SUMMER

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No Carve Melted Crayon Pumpkins by Princess Pinky Girl A fun way to decorate pumpkins while making use of all those broken crayons. princesspinkygirl.com/cool-pumpkin-ideas

Chalk-O-Rama Dustless Chalk Crayons at OOLY.com With Chalk-O-Rama Chalk Crayons, you can show off your creative expression on nearly any surface. You can write with chalk on glass, wood and a whiteboard? Yep, yep and yep. Chalk-O-Rama is the go-to chalk set for coloring your world and they work great on pumpkins too! blog.ooly.com/no-carve-pumpkin-decorating-ideas

Glow in the Dark Pumpkins by One Little Project What kid doesn’t like something that glows in the dark! Grab some spay paint and make those pumpkins glow! onelittleproject.com/glow-in-the-dark-pumpkins

Mummy Pumpkins by A Little Bit of This and That Pumpkin, gauze, eyeballs… voila! lizzandlittlebit.wordpress.com/2011/10/31/halloweenmummy-pumpkin

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& Village Malt Shoppe

Party Time atre e h T o in s a C e @ th ty to d ay ! r n ex t p ar B o o k yo u

The Casino Theatre Entertainment Center is a great place to celebrate so bring the kids, cake and candles & let us do the rest!

Entertainm

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a movie, miniature golf and/o r tokens to the Gam e Room

Food

a choice of kid-frie ndly food s, snack & ice cream from the Village M alt Shopp e

& Fun

Visit casin otheatre.n et for more informatio n or to revi ew our party pack ages.

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IT’S SUMMER! the frogs return to the pond.

You’re Invited to enjoy the

Frogtown Experience Memorable Food • Superior Service Welcoming Atmosphere

Join us every Thursday - Monday @ 5:30pm Monday - Prime Rib Night Book your Holiday parties! Offering Holiday catering. Make your reservations now for our Christmas Eve & New Years Eve dinner!

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T H E K I N D N E S S R O C K S P R O J E C T: R E M I N D I N G U S T O P R A C T I C E K I N D N E S S E V E R Y D AY. By now you’ve probably seen your fair share of painted rocks. You can find them at the park or outside your favorite store. You may enjoy checking in on the Pocono Kindness Rocks Facebook page or maybe you just like to hide and seek on your own. Whatever you do, Kindness Rocks are created to bring a smile to your face. The goal of The Kindness Rocks Project, besides making us smile, is to promote random acts of kindness and remind us that kindness is contagious. Through the painted rocks we’re able to bring positive words and uplifting images to our everyday awareness. Words like hope, faith, love, and gratitude can remind us to practice kindness everyday.

HOLD THE DOOR FOR SOMEONE. SMILE AT A STRANGER. HELP SOMEONE IN NEED.

We become the change we wish to see in the world. We all have the power to make small, positive shifts, so what are you going to do? FIND MeSee’s KINDNESS ROCK! Find MeSee’s Kindness Rock and share your pictures with us on our Facebook page as we map its travels.

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Squirrel Studios Art classes for kids! Nicole is the owner/operator of Squirrel Studios and offers group and private art lessons out of her home-based studio in Stroudsburg, PA. Equipped with an Associates Degree from Northampton Community College in Fine Arts and a Bachelors from ESU in Art and Design, Nicole continues to study art while raising 3 beautiful girls. She has loved art from a young age and wants other kids to love art too! Join Squirrel Studios on Facebook for more information and to learn how you can boost your child’s creativity and imagination! Nicole, Owner 570.460.4582 | nls1985@hotmail.com www.facebook.com/KidsArtSquirrelStudios

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SUPERSUNDAECHALLENGE

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during business hours, at Kasa’s Pizza in Paradise Valley. Watch me stuff my face at the Rotary Club of the Pocono Mountains’ Concert in the Park on Saturday, October 7th from 11am - 4pm at the former Barrett Elementary Center. Will I leave as a champion or with a brain freeze? Stay tuned.

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There is excitement this time of year as students and teachers head back to school. For students who experience bullying, however, going back to school can be a time of anxiety and apprehension, impacting their education, health, and safety. October marks National Bullying Prevention Month, which was initiated by PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center in 2006 and brings together communities around the world to educate and raise awareness of bullying prevention. National Bullying Prevention Month is supported by hundreds of schools, community members, major corporations, and celebrities, and is an opportunity to encourage everyone to unite for kindness, acceptance, and inclusion. One of every five students reports being bullied during the school year. Online, the percentage of individuals who have experienced cyberbullying has nearly doubled over the past decade. “October is a time when educators, students, parents, and community members can unite to share their support for the important issue of bullying prevention,” said Julie Hertzog,

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director of PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center. “Together, we can make our schools, communities, and online environments safer.” There are many ways to be involved during National Bullying Prevention Month, such as wearing and sharing orange on Unity Day, Wednesday, Oct. 25, to send a unified, orange message of hope and support to those who experience bullying. PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center offers resources for students, parents, schools, and communities to address bullying. Engagement begins with its three innovative websites, all created to target a specific audience: • PACER.org/bullying for parents and professionals • PACERTeensAgainstBullying.org for middle and high school students • PACERKidsAgainstBullying.org for elementary school students These websites provide information about bullying at school, in communities and online, and support to those who experience bullying. The sites include classroom toolkits and activities, videos, personal stories, statistics, and resources to raise awareness of this important issue, and includes a pledge kids and teens can take to be together against bullying. For more information about National Bullying Prevention Month and to learn how to become involved in this worldwide campaign, call 952-838-9000 or visit PACER. org/bullying.

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M OT H E R K N O W S B E S T

Advice from local moms, courtesy of Pocono Moms on Facebook

question

How do you tackle your holiday shopping? Where do you go? Do you prefer online or in-store?

answers

• Walmart is offering layaway. - Katie • Yep, they did last year too! I take advantage of it every year, both Walmart & Kmart. I do most of our shopping between Walmart and Target and also tend to shop quite a bit at Amazon! - Laurie • I buy a $25 gift card each pay week and then use those cards to do all of my shopping. - Tracy • Genius Kid’s Academy www.genius-kids.us - Katie • Amazon!!! - Kelly

• I am a bargain shopper so I am always comparing prices and buying online. Mostly I buy toys from Target, Toys R Us, Kohls and Amazon. I bought a ton of stuff at Kmart when they were going out of business this year too. If you like to shop early, Zulily often has things in their Santa's Workshop that you don't see other places but it takes forever for shipping so shopping now is a must. - Brandi • I started today! I hit the Crossings while the kids were in school... no crowds and picked up a few things. I buy one or two things a few times a week and manage to get most of it done before it gets cold. There are LOTS of clearance things now. - Christine • Fat Brain Toys - Mikki • I know I'm silly, but having had 3 children I started shopping in September. One dollar amount per paycheck, and one present for one child each time. Then I would order online and just put the unopened

• I do Amazon and also layaway. Layaway makes it

presents in the attic. At holiday time I knew I had an

so much easier than having to find a hiding spot so

equal amount of gifts per child, and there were no

fast! - Heather

credit cards to pay off and no hustle or stress. - Marilyn

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events

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Grape Stomping Harvest Celebration Celebrate the harvest season with a seriously fun grape stomp. There will be vineyard and winery tours at noon and 1pm followed by stomping and live entertainment. Your ticket includes a glass of caramel apple cider sangria and a serving of brioche bread pudding with apple pie moonshine caramel sauce. There will also be local crafters selling some of their favorite wine and harvest-themed items.

Mountainview Vineyard Winery & Brewery October 1 www.mountainviewvineyard.com

Fall Fest at Camelback Zip. Zoom. Scream! Camelback Mountain Adventures offers an all-new, spooky experience this October filled with creatures, time warps and more. When the sun goes down, Camelback's classics transform into high-energy haunts. Speed through the dark woods on the Monster Coaster, race through the night sky on the Lights Out Zip Line, and embark on Trams of Terror for an eerie expedition to Kartrite's haunted house. Daylight adventures abound for the entire family. Enjoy fall festival classics from pumpkin painting to apple chuckin' and kids' crafts. Once the sun sets, the spooky trail lights up with adventure for all ages. Open on select dates September 29 through October 31, 2017.

Camelback Mountain Adventures Now - October 31 www.camelbackmountainadventures.com

Haunted Trail of Screams Let the chills run down your spine while you experience ghastly witches, flesh-eating zombies, chainsaw maniacs and so much more on the 70 acres of Trails of Screams. Take a tractor-pulled hayride or ride one of the 2017 Kawasaki

Hotel of Horror featuring Altered Nightmares Award-winning sound and lighting, live actors, and paranormal activity await at this Pocono Mountains haunt. The Hotel of Horror featuring Altered Nightmares presents three state-of-the-art attractions inside the legendary Lake House Hotel. The walk-through haunts are open rain or shine on select weekends September through November and on Halloween night.

Lake House Hotel, Corner of Old Route 115 & Cherry Valley Road Now - November 4, recurring every Friday, Saturday & Sunday www.hotelofhorror.com

The Great Pocono Pumpkin Festival There's so much to see and do at the Great Pocono Pumpkin Festival! Pick pumpkins, play games, and enjoy some great food. A $10 “funband" gets you access to daily hayrides, family corn maze, ghost ship, haunted house, and costumed characters. There's even more fall fun on weekends, including the zombie paintball wagon ride, midway rides, bumper balls, gourd grenade activity, and Frozen Funland. The escape rooms will be open! Fees apply to weekend additions. See website for details.

Country Junction, Lehighton Now - October 29 www.countryjunction.com

Hallowscream Nights Experience Hallowscream Nights at Pocono TreeVentures! Fly through the dark forest on aerial ropes courses and zip lines and enjoy autumn activities like the haunted trail, pumpkin painting, and scary movies.

Pocono TreeVentures October 7 - 29, check website for complete schedule www.poconotreeventures.com

Brute Forces. While you wait for your tour to begin, brave the all-new, free Katie's Garage haunted attraction. Haunted hayrides and ATV tours last approximately 20-minutes and are first-come, first-served. S'mores kits and refreshments will be available for purchase.

Alvin’s Offroad Playground Now - October 28

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Insane Inflatable 5K The Insane Inflatable 5K is coming to the Poconos! Get ready to experience the most fun, wild, and insane obstacle run in the world. Get “pumped up” for a course filled with the world’s largest and most extreme inflatable obstacles ever produced. Here’s your chance to be a kid at heart and insane by choice!

Pocono Raceway October 5 insaneinflatable5k.com/event/poconos-pa

Harvest Moon Hike at Kettle Creek On the night of the Full Harvest Moon, Kettle Creek will open its gate for a special hike through the wooded trails, illuminated by the full moon from 6:30-8:30pm. We'll listen and watch for animals that become active when the light begins to fade and learn about their unique nocturnal adaptations. We will try to avoid using flashlights or headlamps, but bring them along just in case (red filters are recommended). Please wear sturdy shoes and dress for the weather. Light refreshments will be available after the hike.

Kettle Creek October 5 www.mcconservation.org

HarvestFest @ the Monroe Farmers' Market HarvestFest is brand new to Monroe Farmers Market in 2017. It's a celebration of peak season and the year's harvest. We'll have live music, free face painting and balloon animals, costume contests, an apple pie baking contest, and more.

Courthouse Square Saturday, October 7 monroefarmersmarket@gmail.com

43rd Annual Harvest Festival Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm celebrates their 43rd Annual Harvest Festival. The 2017 theme is "The Forgotten Arts and Crafts" and will showcase presentations of early American crafts. There will be plenty of visitors' favorite traditional skills and heritage craft demonstrations such as spinning, weaving, yarn dyeing, black smithing, basket making, scrapple making, apple butter making, and much more. Enjoy folk entertainment, good country food, children's activities, pumpkin decorating, a quilt raffle, pony rides, horse-drawn wagon rides, one-room schoolhouse presentations, outdoor brick bake oven and much more. The 142nd Civil War re-enactors will hold their yearly encampment, which is always a favorite. The NJ Frontier Guard, portraying French and Indian soldiers, will be encamped and trekking trough the farm. The festival will be

Barrett Paradise Concert in the Park & Fall Festival

held rain or shine. Demonstrations are under tents.

Event celebrating Barrett & Paradise Townships!

Boo @ the Zoo

With great live music and wonderful food from our local restaurants. Activities for children including, a hay maze, hay rides, face painting, bounce houses and pumpkin painting! And don't forget to visit crafters row with all our local business displaying their wonderful goods! Admission is $5 and children 5 & under are free! (Rain Date Oct. 8) Admission proceeds benefit the Rotary Club of the Pocono Mountains

Former Barrett Elementary Center, Cresco Saturday, October 7, 11am - 4pm rotaryclubofthepoconomountains.com

Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm October 7 - 8 www.quietvalley.org

Happy Halloween! Come dressed up and join the Zookeepers with their favorite animals in the parade! There will be face painting, snacks and goodie bags for the kids!

Claws 'N' Paws Wild Animal Park October 7 - 8

Harvest & Heritage Days Historic Honesdale rolls out the pumpkins, hay bales and fall colors for its annual Harvest and Heritage Days. Honesdale's historic Main Street will be alive with music, demonstrations, vendors, great food and fun for the whole family. Highlights

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include pumpkin painting, horse-drawn hayrides, train


excursions, historical exhibits and tours. There will be a farmers' market on Saturday morning and an antique car cruise on Saturday night. Fees apply to some activities. See website for complete details.

Downtown Honesdale October 7 - 8 www.visithonesdalepa.com

Autumn Timber Festival Catch a glimpse of nature’s splendor at beautiful Shawnee Mountain Ski Area during prime fall foliage time in the Pocono Mountains. Join us for this action packed autumn event including lumberjack competitions, blacksmith demos by Jim Doherty, saw mill demos, chainsaw sculptures, scenic chairlift rides, live music, children’s activities, and food and craft vendors galore. New this year is Classic K-9 Performance Team. The Classic K-9 Show is known internationally as the most memorable and enjoyable canine arena show for audiences of all ages. Join us for a weekend of family fun and entertainment.

Shawnee Mountain Ski Area October 7 - 8 www.shawneemt.com

Jim Thorpe Fall Foliage Weekends Your whole family will enjoy fall foliage weekends in Jim Thorpe. There will be scenic train rides, handmade arts and crafts, delicious food, free live music, children's activities, spooky ghost tours, headline acts at the Opera House, and seasonal specials from local restaurants, shops and galleries. VIP parking is available at Mauch Chunk Lake Park. Space is limited. See website for details.

Downtown Jim Thorpe October 7 - 22, recurring every Saturday & Sunday www.jimthorpe.org

Spooky Fun @ High Acres Park An afternoon of scarecrow making and other fun activities for kids! In the evening grab a blanket and join us for a movie in the park. Admission is free! (Rain Date Oct. 21)

High Acres Park October 14 Canadensis, PA

Hawley Harvest Hoedown Get into the spirit of fall and dive into a colorful pile of festive activities and autumn beauty! The Hawley Harvest Hoedown celebrates fall in the charming town of Hawley. Enjoy a Saturday full of cider tastings, brews, contests, demonstrations, family activities, crafts, entertainment, locally grown foods, shopping, and so much more.

Downtown Hawley October 14 www.visithawleypa.com

Oktoberfest Attend Oktoberfest at Blue Lightning for a day of tubing, food, activities, live entertainment, and fall beer features! Tubing participants must be 4 years or older and 40" or taller.

Blue Lightning October 14 www.poconomountainadventures.com

Family Field Day Pocono Manor is partnering with Dunkelberger's Sports Outfitters to bring you an ultimate outdoor adventure. This event is perfect for beginners or experienced outdoor enthusiasts. Enjoy a day of activities with instruction including fishing and shooting .22 rifles, airsoft rifles, shotguns and

Free Concert: Frances Drost Christian singer/songwriter Frances Drost will present a free concert at Spruce Lake Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at 7:00 pm in Black Cherry on the first floor of Spruce Lodge. An exuberant concert artist, Frances has a knack for distilling real life experiences and stories into compelling songs and lyrics.

Spruce Lake Retreat October 10 www.sprucelake.org

compound bows. There will be lawn games for younger kids and a BBQ to keep you fueled and having fun. Visit the pumpkin patch, petting zoo and pumpkin painting/carving areas. Plus Dunkelberger’s will have a vendor area set up, perfect for getting a head start on holiday shopping! This event is open to the public and resort guests. Registration begins at 9:30am on Field Day. Pre-registration is available online.

Manor Sports at Pocono Manor Resort October 14 www.poconomanor.com/events

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Pocono Food Truck Festival & Art on the Mountain The Pocono Food Truck Festival and Art on the Mountain have teamed up to bring you the best food trucks, art, crafts, and live music in the region. Featuring 25+ food trucks from the Pocono Mountains, Lehigh Valley, NJ, NYC and Philadelphia, the food truck line-up will feature the best food on wheels ranging from sweet, savory, spicy, and delicious. Festival attendees will get a chance to cast their vote for the best food truck. The 6th annual Art on the Mountain Art Show and Sale will also be featuring some of the regions most talented painters, crafters, photographers, sculptors, and more.

Shawnee Mountain Ski Area October 14 - 15 www.shawneemt.com

Tipsy Tractor Hayrides Enjoy a fun, fall day at the vineyard! Weather permitting, Tipsy Tractor Hayrides will be offered continuously from 1 to

Black Bear Film Festival The Black Bear Film Festival, at the Historic Milford Theatre, is one of Pennsylvania's premier independent film festivals.

Milford Theater October 20 - 22 www.blackbearfilm.com

Into the Woods Into the Woods combines the stories of Jack and the Beanstalk, Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, and Snow White into a story of deceit, dreams fulfilled and broken, wishes, death, love, deception, magic and almost happily ever after. Into the Woods has music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine.

Theatrical Gems Presented @ Evergreen Community Charter School October 20 - 22, 27 & 28 www.theatricalgems.org

Harry Potter Festival

4 pm. Admission includes the hayride and a glass of mulled wine or sangria. Tickets are available online. See website for

Wizardry and wonder fills the air each October when

details.

Chestnut Hill transforms for the Harry Potter Festival! The

Sorrenti Cherry Valley Vineyards October 14 - 22 www.cherryvalleyvineyards.com

Paint & Pour: Witch’s Hat

annual blockbuster festival takes over this charming town for spellbinding events that magically morphs the neighborhood into the much loved fictional world created by author J.K.Rowling.

West Apple Tours October 21 www.facebook.com/westappletours

Join instructor Ann Marie Bossard of Bossard Board Works to create “Witch’s Hat” on a wooden board. Call 570-481-4330, email info@thefriendlycommunitycenter.org.

Lehigh Valley Cider & Wine Festival

The Friendly Community Center October 17 www.thefriendlycommunitycenter.org

This is an on-field event featuring hard cider and wine

Mommy & Me Halloween Confetti Soap

and one evening. Attendees will each receive a collector’s

Come make soap with us! Confetti Soap is a perfect, unique activity for the little ones. Guide them as they use cookie cutters to cut colorful pieces of soap into shapes and create a full size bar to take home and use in the bath. Make a memory and let us handle the mess.

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tastings from local and regional cideries and wineries. There are two separate event sessions, one afternoon stemless glass to enjoy their cider and wine tastings and can also purchase a variety of food and crafts from local food trucks, vendors, and artisans. The festival also includes live entertainment, the ability to purchase cider and wine by the glass, bottle, or case, and other fun activities such as an apple launch competition.

Coca-Cola Park October 21 www.lvciderandwine.com


Future Cardinals - Fly in Early

52nd Annual Barrett Township Halloween Parade

Do you have a 3 or 4 year old at home? Your family is invited to participate in the following activities…

Join us for the 52nd Annual Barrett Township Halloween

• Fine and Gross Motor Activities

Parade. Relax along the parade route and watch some great

• Community Resources • Developmental Screenings • Vision Screenings • Snacks Raffles, prizes and a goodie bag along with a book will be given out to the families that attend. To register to attend the Future Cardinals Fly in Early event, families should contact Tracey Walker at 570-839-7121, ext. 29400

Swiftwater Elementary Center October 26 www.pmsd.org

floats and business displays roll by and don't forget your candy bags!

Barrett Township, Route 390 October 29 www.barretthalloween.com

“Wildlife Signs at Quiet Valley” November brings colder temperatures and with it numerous animals are making their final preparations for winter. Join

Boos & Brews

Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center staff from 1-3

Adults 21 and over are invited for a night of trick-or-treating

will begin in front of the Gift Shop. Cost: $6/non-members,

at Blue Mountain Resort. Blue Mountain's award-winning

$4/EE Center or Quiet Valley members. Children under 12

culinary team will pair a variety of treats with seven pours of

free. For more information or to pre-register, call the EE

beer or wine. Come dressed in your best Halloween costume

Center at 570-629-3061. As an added bonus, on the day of

and you'll be entered to win a Blue Mountain Resort prize

walks Quiet Valley is offering a reduced entrance fee to the

pack, including a $25 gift card. Enjoy live music, views of the

farm for all walk participants.

fall foliage, and fire pits to keep you warm. This event is rain or shine and will be moved indoors in case of rain.

Blue Mountain Resort October 26 www.skibluemountain.com

Spooky Days on the Farm

pm on an outdoor hike to learn how to ID the signs these animals leave behind. Please dress to walk outside. The walk

Quiet Valley November 5 www.mcconservation.org

Cupcakes & Canvases Bring the kiddos ages 8 – 13 to create a masterpiece on canvas and enjoy a cupcake snack. $15 per child per class

Join us for the 52nd Annual Barrett Township Halloween

Registration required and and an adult must accompany

Parade. Relax along the parade route and watch some great

child.

floats and business displays roll by and don't forget your candy bags!

Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm October 27 - 29 www.quietvalley.org

Halloween Along Main 2017

The Friendly Community Center November 13 from 6:30 - 7:30pm www.thefriendlycommunitycenter.org

Great Brews Beer Festival The 27th Annual Great Brews Beer Festival is the beer event of the season with beer samplings, live musical

Join us as we celebrate the 3rd Annual Halloween Along

entertainment, games, giveaways, food and craft vendors,

Main in Downtown Stroudsburg! Trick-or-treating, games,

and more! Stouts, IPAs, ales, hard ciders, and more will be

music, dancing, spooky stories, and more! Bring the whole

available for sampling.

family in costume (yes, even the dog!). More details to follow.

Downtown Stroudsburg October 28

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A Christmas Story: The Musical Based on the classic 1983 movie, A CHRISTMAS STORY, THE MUSICAL, nominated for three 2013 Tony Awards including Best Musical, comes to hilarious life on stage! Set in 1940s Indiana, a young and bespectacled Ralphie Parker schemes his way toward the holiday gift of his dreams, an official Red Ryder® Carbine-Action 200-Shot Range Model Air Rifle. An infamous leg lamp, outrageous pink bunny pajamas, a maniacal department store Santa, and a tripledog-dare to lick a freezing flagpole are just a few of the distractions that stand between Ralphie and his Christmas wish. The Associated Press calls A CHRISTMAS STORY, THE MUSICAL "a joyous Christmas miracle," while The New York Times writes "I was dazzled. You'd have to have a Grinchsized heart not to feel a smile spreading across your face."

local jams and butters and gourmet treats. Daily specials and door prizes.

Ross & Ross Nursery November 24 - 26

Holiday Bows and Boughs Create your own holiday decorations using natural materials! We provide evergreen boughs and materials for you to make wreaths. You can also bring your own supplies and decorations, we’ll provide the music, drinks, and snacks! Preregistration is required for this program.

Pocono Environmental Education Center November 26 www.peec.org

Scranton Cultural Center November 17 - 19 ww.sccmt.org

6th Annual Buy Local Holiday Marketplace

Friendsgiving on Thanksgiving Eve

Come explore the historic Scranton Cultural Center as it

Celebrate the holidays with friends at Glass - Wine.Bar. Kitchen. This festive evening will feature live music by Eric Rudy. Call for reservations.

Glass - Wine.Bar.Kitchen November 22 www.ledgeshotel.com

Fuss Free Thanksgiving Join us for a family-style Thanksgiving meal at The Dock on

bursts at the seams with some of the area's finest artisans! We'll truly have something for everyone, from wine and cheese, to jewelry and accessories, handcrafted decor, beautiful fine art, children's items, pet gifts, and more! We'll feature approximately 120 vendors and offer FIVE FLOORS of shopping! Admission is $2 and the first 1,000 shoppers receive a FREE reusable shopping bag courtesy of FNCB Bank. Food and drinks will be available for purchase.

Scranton Cultural Center November 26 www.sccmt.org

Wallenpaupack. Call for reservations.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

The Dock November 23 www.silverbirchesresort.com

Rudolph and friends are soaring off the screen and onto the stage this Holiday season in a spectacle-filled musical, featuring all of your favorite characters and classic Johnny

Holiday Open House @ Ross & Ross Nursery Come join us for our Holiday Open House. Return to the basics with simple, holiday decor. Handmade wreaths, beautiful trees, and a wonderful collection of gift giving ideas.

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Marks songs. From fleeing the Abominable Snow Monster™ to saving Christmas, Rudolph® and friends teach us that what makes us different can be what makes us special.

F.M. Kirby Center November 29 www.kirbycenter.org


BARRETTHALLOWEEN.COM Throw on your Halloween costume. Grab your candy bag. Maybe grab some gloves & a hat too. Get ready for one of Barrett Township's favorite traditions. Featuring creative floats, live music, fire trucks, antique cars and of course, SANTA! Find your spot along Route 390 in Mountainhome. Parade begins at the former Barrett Elementary Center and ends at the Mountainhome Methodist Church.


Pregnancy is one of life’s most precious experiences. You expect only the best before, during and after your pregnancy. Whether you are planning to become pregnant or you just found out that you are expecting, now is the time to choose your St. Luke’s OB/GYN for the personal care that you and your baby deserve.

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Trust St. Luke’s to deliver… • doctors who know you and listen to you • small, welcoming practices where you feel more like family than like a number • personalized and compassionate care from a team who respects and supports your choices • a team of high-risk maternal fetal medicine specialists • the region’s highest level Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) • NEW! St. Luke’s Baby & Me App with access to tools and support as you go through pregnancy to parenting • Now Open! St. Luke’s Baby & Me Support Center – one convenient location with support for your prenatal and postpartum care including classes, support groups, emotional health services, lactation consultations, activities and more!

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Designed for parents by parents, MeSee is a creative collaboration of everyday ideas to celebrate the joys, swerves and curves of parenthood...