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January 2009

Education Issue 44 Calendar Events and activities

22 Character First Trait of the month: forgivness

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Dear MetroFamily Editor’s Note

38 Exploring Oklahoma Discover Stillwater

20 Family Finances Oklahoma’s Passport to Financial Literacy This issue is all about education! Check out our guide (page 25) and read about financial education in Oklahoma schools (page 14). Also get invaluable parenting tips from Love and Logic expert, Dr. Betsy Geddes (page 17), and Dr. Lisa Marotta (page 8).

10 Family Shorts News you can use

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In Touch with Relationships Parenting, Teens, and Technology

40 Iron Moms Practical Training Tips

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36 Oklahoma Reads

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Love & Logic

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Dear MetroFamily, Happy New Year to you! I love the new year, and all that it means when that calendar page turns. I’m excited for what 2009 will bring my way. My goals for this year are simple ones: live in each moment, and organize something (be it a closet or a process or my socks). I usually get caught up in the big resolutions, but this year I’m going to try to hit the small ones. When I stood in this same place one year ago, I was not encouraged by the New Year as I am today. Then, I only saw a calendar full of challenges, days spent here while my husband crossed off his year in Korea. I just hoped that I had the strength to overcome the challenges, be there for my children, and offer my husband my support and understanding from afar. I made it through a challenging year, not always gracefully, but with as much intestinal fortitude as I could muster. I had the blessings of a strong family and great friends, and I realized that I don’t have to do it all myself. Now, 2008 is behind me and I can appreciate the challenges that it brought. I believe that each experience gives us a choice—we can learn from it or we can throw it away. I try to learn from every experience, no matter how challenging it seems. This month’s picture is from New Year 1972, with my brother Randy and sister Juli on either side of me. It was probably closer to 7pm than midnight, but we rang in the New Year in style. I wish for you a wonderful New Year and the strength and grace you need to meet the challenges life brings! Cheers,

• Our February issue will focus on kids and arts education. Ad deadline is January 13. Distribution starts January 30. Call us today at 405-340-1404. • Get your tickets for MetroFamily’s Parent University, scheduled for February 5, 2009 and featuring Love & Logic speaker Betsy Geddes. Educator’s session will be held from 9am-2:30pm; the parent’s session will be held from 6:30-9pm. Tickets available at MetroFamilyMagazine.com/parentuniversity or call 405-340-1404.

Meet our Cover Kid: Heather Ryan, age 6, is the daughter of Dennis and Kris Ryan of OKC, and one of the winners of our Cover Kids contest. Heather’s favorite part of school is going to Centers in Mrs. West’s class at Northridge Elementary. Heather is a true girly-girl who loves the color soft pink and animals.

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Info And Questions: 405-340-1404 To submit events to our calendar Calendar@MetroFamilyMagazine.com Publisher Sarah L. Taylor Sarah@MetroFamilyMagazine.com Editor Mari M. Farthing Editor@MetroFamilyMagazine.com Art Director Mitzi Massie Mitzi@MetroFamilyMagazine.com Advertising Director Donna Stewart Ads@MetroFamilyMagazine.com Advertising Sales Rebecca Phansalkar Karl McKinney Office and Distribution Manager Kathy Alberty Kathy@MetroFamilyMagazine.com Marketing Specialist Whitney Fleming Calendar Editor & Special Projects Assistant Terri Fields Calendar@MetroFamilyMagazine.com Editorial Assistants Elizabeth Harvey Sherrie Horton Graphics Assistant Kathryne Taylor Kathryne@MetroFamilyMagazine.com Contributing Writers Drs Lori & Stewart Beasley Mandy Qualls Mari Farthing Gayleen Rabakkuk Shannon Fields Sue Lynn Sasser Lisa Marotta Terri Schlichenmeyer Karen Mitchell Lori Williams Annie Nashert Circulation 35,000 – OKC, Edmond, Nichols Hills, Norman, Moore, Midwest City, Yukon Also available as a digital edition at MetroFamilyMagazine.com. Articles and advertisements in MetroFamily do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the magazine or Inprint Publishing, Inc. We do not assume responsibility for statements made by advertisers or editorial contributors. The acceptance of advertising by MetroFamily does not constitute an endorsement of the products, services, or information. We do not knowingly present any product or service which is fraudulent or misleading in nature.

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In Touch With Relationships Parenting, Teens, and Technology

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t was not all that long ago when an annoyed teen would retreat to her room, slam the door and crank up the music to drown out nagging parents—or was that just me?

Parents knew where their teen was and could predict that before too long, they would re-emerge. Flash forward to today. Technology has now made it possible for teens to tune out annoying family members by plugging into iPods and texting friends without even having to leave the room. Consider this a wake up call to parents. Kids need parental guidance and boundaries to manage screens (iPod, cell phone, social networks). In order to preserve some measure of family time, decrease media-related arguments, and prevent easy access to big mistakes, you will need to apply some strategic parenting skills!

Determine your family culture: Parents can provide graduated exposure to media within predetermined limits. Although my daughter says she was humiliated to be the last in her school to get a cell phone, she is no longer suffering ill effects. It is appropriate for kids to have privileges to look forward to in the future. You also can limit the times that technology is used within your home. Preserving traditions like family meals without interference is worth the effort. Be an informed consumer: Do your research before you buy—some gadgets have more technology than you might expect. Likewise, some have hidden costs. Many parents have been surprised to learn that their teens were accessing wireless Internet on their iPod. I have heard bills of up to $1,000 for text messaging, which would take a long time for most kids to repay out of their allowance.

Establish clear expectations: Some families require that kids pay for unlimited text messaging or agree to a certain number of texts per month (preferably, before the bill comes). Others permit Facebook or MySpace only with the understanding that parents may monitor material at any time or with specific parameters about who has access to the site. Time spent, hours of use, cost, and screen-free times are all subject to consideration by you and discussion with your teen before granting privileges. Teach media safety and manners: Predators and bullies are look for identifying material on the Internet. Strict rules about the use of personal information, photos, and parents’ credit cards (it happens) need to be explained and enforced. Remind your teens not to send messages in haste; they should check their emotions before clicking “send.” If they need to walk away to cool

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• Set limits

down, the message will still be there when they return. Ask your teen to inform you if they receive a message that makes them uncomfortable.

• Research before buying • Discuss expectations

You might also remind them—texting a friend while Grandpa tells his war stories is impolite.

• Teach proper usage

Accountability: If you tell your teen ahead of time that you will periodically check their screens for content, it is not a violation of privacy. The reality is that with a press of a button, inappropriate material (photos, rumors, threats) may be delivered to whole groups of people—who are then only one click away from sending it on further. Letting your teen know that you are going to be checking on them provides a speed bump to temptation. Communication is a key element to helping teens successfully manage screens. If the holidays have brought more technology to your home than

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Bob the Builder Can we fix it? Yes we can! That’s the familiar refrain of the “Bob the Builder” theme song, and if you’re humming along with the tune, you might want to check out the live show, scheduled for the Oklahoma City Civic Center on Tuesday, February 17. “Spud’s Big Mess” features Bob and all of the characters made popular in the hit children’s television show. The stage show features original songs and promotes the messages of caring for the environment, recycling, teamwork, cooperation and, of course, the importance of a can-do spirit. Tickets, $17 and up, go on sale January 12 (call 405-297-2264 or visit CelebrityAttractions.com). Find out more about the show at BobTheBuilder.com.

Weathering Winter Storms Don’t let a winter storm take you by surprise this year. There are simple steps you can take to winterize your home and car before bad weather strikes.

At Home It’s not too late to check the insulation and caulking in your home, especially around doors and windows where heat is likely to escape. Items to keep in your home in case of severe winter weather: • A supply of non-perishable food and water • Firewood and/or a generator and fuel • Fire extinguisher • Rock salt or sand for sidewalks and driveway

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• Flashlight and weather radio with fresh batteries • Shovel • Candles and matches or lighter

In the Car When the weather changes, be sure to check your tire inflation levels (which may fluctuate with changing temperatures), and don’t let your gas tank drop below half full. Items to keep in your car: • A change of warm clothing, shoes, and blankets • Emergency kit stocked with candles, lighter, matches, snacks, water, flashlight, weather radio, fresh batteries, cell phone charger, and a clean container that may be used to melt snow for water • A small shovel “We never know what winter will bring, but the best approach is to be prepared for the worst and hope for the best,” said Brenda Elledge, director of the Southwest Center for Public Health Preparedness via press release.

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Workers Needed for 2010 Census Every ten years, the U.S. Census Bureau strives to account for every person in the United States. The numbers affect us all. More than $300 billion in federal funds is allocated to the states based on census data, which determines how federal funds are spent on community projects such as roads, housing, hospitals, parks, public safety, and schools. The number of Congressional seats per state is governed by the census as well. The Oklahoma City office of the U.S. Census Bureau is looking for interested applicants to help with the 2010 national census. Approximately 1,800 people will be needed

to staff positions which pay between $10-$17 per hour (plus mileage reimbursement if applicable). To apply for positions, applicants must be 18 years or older, have a valid social security number, and be able to work 20-40 hours per week. Applicants must pass a general competency test and a security check before hiring. To apply for a position, call the Oklahoma City Census Bureau office at 405-254-9141 or the national office at 866-861-2010. Learn more about the census and possible employment opportunities online at 2010CensusJobs.gov.

A Different Book Club

Flunked: The Movie

The Excite Books Book Club has been dubbed “the Netflix of Children’s Books.” Parents may sign their children up for one, two, or three teacher-certified, age-appropriate books per month. After 12 books are received, a pre-paid/pre-addressed envelope is sent so that books may be easily donated to a library in need. This makes the Excite Book Club more than your average book club—children can “pay it forward” and help children who don’t have easy access to quality reading material.

Ask any parent: what concerns you most about your children? Chances are, the answer you’ll hear has to do with education—is there enough of it, is the quality high enough, what can be done to improve it, and the list goes on. We see reports in the news that paint a bleak picture of American education, showing our students falling behind those of many other nations.

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The filmmakers of Flunked heard these statistics and saw these reports as well. They went out and found positive examples of those striving to improve American education—parents, professionals, and school staff dedicated to making a difference. Narrated by Joe Mantegna, Flunked shines a light on practices that make a difference—and those that don’t. Visit FlunkedTheMovie.com to learn more and purchase a copy or find a screening.

Audio Textbooks for Disabled Students Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic (RFB&D), a national nonprofit volunteer organization, produces audio textbooks for those who cannot read a standard textbook due to visual impairment, physical disability, or learning disorder. These audio textbooks create opportunities where none had previously existed. Nobody knows this more than Moore Public Schools teacher Theresa Bleecker. Born legally blind, Theresa began using RFB&D audiobooks at a young age while struggling in her classes. Despite being told that she would not succeed in college, Theresa attended the University of Central Oklahoma, where she earned a degree in Education.

“Every textbook in college was from RFB&D and that’s how I made it,” Theresa said. “I couldn’t do everything the traditional way. I just had to find other resources and other ways of approaching my goals and I let that be a motivator.” Theresa has been teaching since 1992, and she currently teaches students with different disabilities, including visually-impaired students. The services provided by RFB&D include audio textbooks on CD and downloadable audio textbooks that can play on portable media players. Visit rfbd.org to learn more.

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Making Learning Fun! According to a recent study by the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS), American students in fourth and eighth grades rank in the top one-third to one-fourth among the nations participating in the study. “[These] results reconfirm what we have long known—if we set high expectations, our children will rise to the challenge,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings via press release. Math and science can be challenging for children, but if learning is made fun, difficult concepts may be easier to grasp. A few ideas to spark an interest in science and math: The Quercetti Tables Tube ($22.95; IntPlay.com) helps children ages five and up learn multiplication and division with an ingenious design. Better than a calculator, children get a hands-on learning experience when they turn the red and blue ends of the tube to adjust the calculations. The tube also displays the multiplication and division tables fr from 1-10. The Smithsonian Institute’s Dig That Dinosaur board game ($14.98; PressmanToys.com) lets children age six and up excavate a site to find dinosaur bones. A creative variation on the classic Memory game, children will learn scientific facts about dinosaurs while having fun. The Scholastic Animal Genius PC game ($20; Scholastic.com) teaches children science, animal facts, and problem-solving skills while they play games, explore animal habitats, and answer trivia questions. For ages 5 and up, also available for Nintendo DS and Leapster.

The Importance of Reading According to the National Institute for Literacy (NIFL), children are able to learn reading skills long before they step foot in a classroom. Parents can use the early years of development to instill the love of reading in their children. But where to start? The NIFL’s Partnership for Reading program (nifl.gov/ PartnershipForReading) provides research and information on the importance of reading for both children and adults. It also contains downloadable reading resources such as the Shining Stars booklets with information about readying toddlers and preschoolers to read, publications, study details, and helpful links. When you are ready to select books for your children, the ABCs of Literacy ($16.95, CumberlandHouse.com) by Cynthia Dollins, EdD, is a good place to start. A primer for parents who want to get their children interested in reading, this book is an exhaustive resource that includes chapters with tips for reading to younger children and ideas for activities to pair with books. The booklists include details on hundreds of titles appropriate for children, and appendices include a table of developmental reading levels, sight word lists, Caldecott Award winning books from 1938-2008, and parent information sheets.

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Green The Case for Tap Water Do you remember life before bottled water? Today, bottled water is everywhere, at every price point. As consumers, we demand the convenience—but at what cost? In today’s economic environment, we’re all looking for ways to save money. Avoiding bottled water is one way to save. Investing in reusable water bottles not only saves money in the long-run, it also saves energy. Americans use an estimated 29 billion bottles of water a year—more than any other nation. According to National Geographic Kids, the crude oil required to make these bottles (17 million barrels) could power a million cars for a year. Tappening.com promotes the use of tap water over bottled water, and offers a host of information about each, along with links to water quality reports for most states in the nation, including Oklahoma. Reusable water bottles are available at many outlets at a variety of price points. Tappening.com offers a variety of BPA-free plastic and stainless steel reusable bottles. For the younger set, the Kid Friendly 12 oz stainless steel bottles offered by Watergeeks ($12.95; TheWatergeeks.com) can be purchased with a sippy cup adaptor ($3.95). Watergeeks also pledges to donate 20% or more of the online retail price of this product (and others) to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, whose Tap Project works to bring safe and clean drinking water to children around the world. Who knew tap water could make such an impact?

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Help Fight Meth in Oklahoma The “Crystal Darkness” documentary film will air on all Oklahoma television stations on Tuesday, January 13 at 6:30pm. The 30-minute film features graphic testimonials that uncover the devastating impact of meth usage on families across the state. “Crystal Darkness” first aired in northern Nevada in 2007. The film proved to be a powerful tool to gather together a community to fight against this pervasive evil in Nevada and the other cities where it has aired. It is expected to have a similar impact in Oklahoma. Parents are encouraged to watch the film with their children, especially those in the tween and teen age groups. The film presents an opportunity for parents and children to discuss meth and drug use, but parents don’t have to wait until January 13 to get the conversation rolling.

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The CrystalDarknessOklahoma.org website contains talking points that parents can print out and discuss with their children about the health impacts, facts, and myths surrounding meth usage. Other resources available on the website include downloadable files that detail how to recognize a potential meth lab and background on why kids do drugs.

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How can you become involved now? You can host or participate in a community watch party, distribute flyers, or make a monetary donation. Visit CrystalDarknessOklahoma.org to find out more.

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Used Child Car Seat Tips by Mandy Qualls

Buying or receiving used items like toys and clothes can save parents a lot of money. However, parents must be especially careful when considering a used child car seat. Some things to keep in mind before using a second-hand seat: • Never use a seat that has been involved in a crash. If you don’t know the history of the seat, don’t use it. • Find out if the seat has been recalled. First, identify the seat—and if you can’t identify the model name, don’t use it. Then, call the manufacturer or visit www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/cars/problems/recalls/childseat.cfm, the National Highway Traffic Administration’s website, to check recall data. • Check the seat carefully for any evidence of cracking, twisting, worn harness webbing, or broken buckles. If there is any visible damage, don’t use the seat. • Find the individual “birth date” of the seat. It should be on a computerprinted label or tag stuck to the side or back of the seat. Plastic degrades over time, so if the seat is older than five years, don’t use it, even if you know the seat’s history. It is recommended that you never purchase a used child car seat from a thrift store or a garage sale. However, if you have been given a car seat by a friend or relative, this checklist may assist you in determining whether it is safe for use. Sources: Oklahoma City-County Health Department, SafetyBeltSafe U.S.A. January 2009

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Q & A with the Beasleys Recession-proof your children Dr. Stewart: Negative effects—what negative effects? I think the chances are greater that your children will benefit from seeing their parents being responsible and living reasonably. More parents should take their financial responsibilities as seriously as you two.

Dear Drs. Beasley: We are embarrassed. We have always lived beyond our means. However, finances have been extremely tight for several months and Christmas was especially difficult this year. We have three children, ages 8 months, 2 ½, and 4. My husband and I are determined to live without debt and are sticking to a tight budget, but we both worry about the negative effects that our austere new lifestyle might have on our children. What are your thoughts? Michael and Kitt

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Dr. Lori: I agree. You are looking at short-term pain but long-term gain. Our entire country is going through a financial identity crisis that has been coming for a long time. As long as your children have food, medicine, shelter, love, and trust, they will be fineâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;if you are. Children look to their parents to gauge their level of safety and security. As long as the two of you maintain your strong relationship and commitment to your financial goals, your family will remain strong and resilient. Dr. Stewart: Resiliency is a relevant term here. Imagine your family as a rubber band stretched to its limits, which is how you have been living for the past several months. But, when relaxed, a rubber band will take its original shape. Your family is in the process of relaxing and regaining its original shape. Wealth is no longer just a financial term; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s taking on new emotional and spiritual meaning. Security isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t just an abstract concept; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a family concept. Families like yours who spend time together, talk together, play together, and pray together are more resilient and better prepared to overcome the small speed bumps of life.

Dr. Lori: We also need to address your embarrassment. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s always a little embarrassing to operate outside the norms of societyâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and you certainly are. But you have more reason to be proud rather than embarrassed. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t waste time looking over your shoulder at the past; instead, focus on your future. You may need to downsize your lifestyle to meet your financial goals, but you and your children can grow strong together. Fewer fast food meals mean more opportunities for picnics in the living room or wiener roasts in front of the fireplace. Fewer car trips mean more frequent walks in your neighborhood or at the local school track. Get creative, get enthusiastic, and stay committed. Dr. Stewart: Be aware of your stress levels as you modify your lifestyle. Change is almost always stressful, and when couples become stressed, they often take their stress out on each other. Even the strongest marriage can be tested by financial stresses. Several times each week, sit down to discuss how you both feel. Lori and I call this touching base, and it should be a part of the maintenance of your marriage. Even if you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have anything in particular to talk about, spend the time together anyway. You will eventually feel more relaxed knowing you have this time to connect. Dr. Lori: A lean Christmas was probably harder on you than on your children. They probably didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t feel deprived at all, particularly the younger

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ones. We hope you spent some family time preparing homemade gifts for others. Homemade gifts show the children the pride of accomplishment as well as the joy of giving. Continue the tradition for friends’ and relatives’ birthdays, anniversary, etc. Dr. Stewart: We think you and your family are off to a great start for 2009 and commend you for your insight and selfdiscipline. Those are both strong legacies to leave to your children. Your children and their children will be the real winners. Lori Beasley, EdD is Asst. Vice President of Academic Affairs and Professor of Family Life Education at the University of Central Oklahoma. Stewart R. Beasley, PhD is a licensed psychologist who practices in Edmond and Oklahoma City and is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine.

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Approach to Responsibility Personal responsibility has become all too uncommon in today’s society. Whether it’s corporate giants who refuse to acknowledge bad business decisions or the kids from the Family Circus comic insisting that “Not Me” caused the problem, it seems everyone is looking for someone to blame. But, playing the blame game and making excuses often leads to more problems instead of solutions. January 2009

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Dr. Betsy Geddes of the Love and Logic Program will offer insight on becoming more responsible at MetroFamily Magazine’s Parent University, set for February 5. Her daytime workshop for teachers will focus on discipline that builds self-discipline, while the name of the parents’ evening workshop is “Responsible Parents Raise Responsible Kids.” We recently talked with Dr. Geddes about her approach and what attendees can expect to learn at Parent University. MetroFamily Magazine: Tell me about Love and Logic and how you got involved with the program. Betsy Geddes: I first became involved with Love and Logic through the schools. I worked for 40 years as a teacher and administrator in Portland, Oregon schools. I was principal of an inner-city school and I got to see how well Love and Logic works firsthand. I speak from my own experience. You might call it a program, but really it’s a philosophy, a way of interacting with people. The core principle is to treat others with respect, no matter what. That means treating the child as you would like to be treated. Really, it all goes back to the Golden Rule—do unto others as you would have them do unto you. MFM: How does that apply to parenting? BG: People try a lot of different things when they want children to behave a certain way. They may give treats or count to three, but what do you do when you get to three and the child persists with the undesirable behavior? You have to remember that the only power you have in a situation comes from controlling yourself. When you try to control someone else, you lose your power. One thing we can do is drop statements that don’t work. Saying things like, “You’re 18

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not leaving this house until your room is clean” is less effective than saying, “When your room is clean, I will drive you to soccer.” It’s a subtle difference but such an important one. That’s one of the two things I always try to include in my workshops. MFM: What’s the other? BG: I remind people that you have to fail in order to be successful. Very few of us get everything right on the first try; there are probably a lot of things I’m going to do wrong today. But we don’t accept that for our kids. We want them to do everything right and excel at whatever they are working on. But it’s not whether you fail, it’s how you handle it. You need a belief in yourself and the skills to handle difficult situations. Having failures during childhood gives parents the opportunity to offer support and encouragement, then go into logical problem solving together. MFM: Thus the Love and Logic? BG: Exactly. It’s saying, “I love you enough to help you be a responsible human being.” When we are responsible, we stand up and do what we have to do. We don’t make excuses or blame others. That applies at home, in the classroom, and in the workplace. It carries over into all the relationships we have. MFM: So when we’re in that situation of letting our child sink or swim, we should let them sink? BG: The skills they learn from dealing with the failure will help them more in the long run. Plus, most of us don’t change unless it is in our best interest to change. Having something go wrong and letting the child deal with the consequences may help them see that a change is in his best interest. Many parents set up power struggles with their children over doing chores or homework. It usually doesn’t work and it leaves [parents] feeling stressed. But it doesn’t have to be that way. When I see people a few days after the workshops, they almost always say the same thing about using these techniques: “I don’t know if it is doing anything for the kids yet, but I feel a lot better.” And where the parents lead, the kids will follow. Gayleen Rabakukk is a freelance writer who spends her time in Edmond keeping up with her teenage and preschool daughters.

At the Parent University, parents will learn how to: • Build and support self concept • Share the thinking • Share control • Use equal shares of empathy and logical consequences

The teachers’ seminar will show educators how to: • Help students take responsibility for their learning and behavior • Teach students to own and solve their own problems • Replace punishment and rewards with problem solving • Increase student motivation to learn • Help students achieve their potential • Achieve consistency in school discipline • Generate positive responses from negative people • Renew enthusiasm for teaching.

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Family Finances Oklahomaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Passport to Financial Literacy School districts have a great deal of flexibility for implementing the new state requirements. For example, the districts can start a new class or integrate the topics into one or more existing classes. Districts can also choose to teach the topics at one or more grade levels, as long as they are completed in grades 7-12.

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Starting this fall, several schools across Oklahoma implemented HB 1476, Oklahomaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Passport to Financial Literacy. Students in every Oklahoma public school will soon be required to complete 14 areas of instruction as part of their high school graduation requirements. These broad areas of topics include earning an income, taxes, balancing a checkbook, financial services, insurance, housing, bankruptcy, gambling, fraud and identity theft, savings and investing, retirement planning, charitable contributions, credit cards and borrowing money.

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The primary intent of the new legislation is to help students make more informed financial choices and to show students how individual choices will impact the ability to meet their personal goals. In addition, it will help them become better consumers, savers, investors, and money managers. You can reinforce the topics being taught in our public schools by taking the following steps with your children: 1. Talk to your children about money. Young people should be involved in discussions about family finances. Whether buying a new car, planning a vacation, making plans for the holidays, or going to the grocery store, children can learn the value of money. Discussing the amount of the house payment or utility bills will give them an idea of the cost of living and help prepare them for the real world. 2. Encourage them to find ways to earn an income. Young children may start by walking the neighborâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dog, pet sitting, helping with chores around the house, or opening a frontyard lemonade stand. Older children

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can babysit, mow yards, clean house, or wash cars. Earning an income helps them connect work with money. 3. Set up a savings account. Once children have earned an income or received an allowance, require them to pay themselves first by putting a minimum of 10% of their earnings into their savings account. Starting a pattern of savings while they are young sends the message that saving is important. You may even want to match their amount as an incentive to save for future expenditures. 4. Help them set up a budget for their monthly expenses. Instead of buying everything for them, encourage children to establish a spending plan for clothes, school supplies, charitable contributions, gifts, and other things they want to buy. Working from a budget builds personal responsibility. 5. Take them along to the bank or your financial planner. Involving them in the process will help them understand the importance of building a relationship with financial service providers. 6. Open a checking account in their name. Setting up an account will allow them to learn how to manage their money, balance their account, and reconcile their statements each month. You may want to get them a debit card to help them understand how to record purchases


and cash withdrawals on their account. Learning how to manage their accounts will keep them from incurring costly fees and potential legal problems. 7. Teach them to set goals. Having personal and financial goals is one of the best ways to ensure children learn the importance of money. Few goals can be achieved without sufficient savings or financial resources to get there. Help them establish short-term goals that can be met in a year or less and longterm goals that take several years to accomplish.

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Character First Forgiveness

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magine that your son Sam comes home from school very upset because the model airplane he brought for show-and-tell is now broken. As you talk to him, the story emerges: at recess he was playing with his best friend, John, and they started talking about whether the plane could really fly. After a few minutes of discussion, the boys decided to test it out. They tossed it back and forth several times, but on the fifth throw, John missed the plane and it landed behind him where it was stepped on by other boys playing football.

Forgiveness is clearing the record of those who have done us wrong and not holding a grudge.

Sam is furious with John and vows never to speak with him. Although both boys made poor choices, in Sam’s mind, John is completely to blame because he failed to catch the model plane.

This is a good opportunity to talk about forgiveness. Forgiveness is clearing the record of those who have done us wrong and not holding a grudge. While it is easy to say that we’re going to let go of anger and move on, it is often very difficult—no matter what age we are. In his book, Dare to Forgive, Dr. Edward Hallowell offers advice on forgiving others. In order to achieve true forgiveness, it’s necessary to acknowledge the pain and reflect on what happened, and often this is where people get stuck. Playing the episode over and over in our mind gives it immense energy and can make feelings of hurt grow. We have the choice of what to do with that pain—we can continue to let our anger and hurt grow and spread to others (through revenge) or we can decide to not let the offense rule us. Next comes releasing the anger and moving on to a peaceful place. This may be easier said than done, but each time we are faced with a situation, we have the power to decide whether our actions come from a spirit of love or a spirit of anger. Finally, taking stock and moving forward. This may mean that we make an effort to avoid the same situation in the future. It may also require that we

take responsibility for our part in the disagreement. When your child presents you with a situation like the one above, acknowledge his hurt feelings then remind him of his friendship and the joy it has brought him. Let him know he has a choice to make in deciding how to deal with this. In this instance, it is up to him whether he just loses a model airplane or a friend too.

Read about Forgiveness Forgiving a Friend by Virginia Kroll is good for younger elementary school readers discussing the aspects of forgiveness. Dare to Forgive by Edward Hallowell, M.D. offers adults insight about forgiveness that can be applied to relationships both at home and at work.

Talk About Forgiveness Discuss this story with your children. What would they do if they were the child with the airplane? If they were John?

Gayleen Rabakukk is a freelance writer who spends her time in Edmond keeping up with her teenage and preschool daughters.

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Let’s Eat: Review Spencer’s Smokehouse & Barbeque

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innamon rolls, apple fritters, and barbeque; a meal made in heaven, fit for any man, woman, or child. Recently, while shopping at Sam’s and tasting some yummy cinnamon rolls, I learned of Spencer’s Smokehouse & Barbeque and met the owner, Mike Spencer.

to take home for dinner ($ .50 each or $2.50 for six).

Spencer’s has an unassuming location on 23rd Street, but just roll down your window to get a whiff of the wood smoke and you will find yourself stopping to find the source of that tantalizing aroma. Along with the restaurant, Spencer’s offers a special event center that can seat up to 200 people in the main room, a smaller banquet room that seats up to 50 people, and catering services. Chopped beef sandwich or cinnamon roll? The choice may be too great, so I recommend both. On our visit, I chose the lunch special ($7.00) and had a chopped beef sandwich, baked beans, and a drink. To that, I added a side of potato salad ($1.99). They ask your sauce preference (mine being hot, of course) and the moist, juicy, chopped beef is coated with your choice of sauce and placed on a soft bun. The potato salad had a very good flavor, with celery, a little onion, and red pepper, not too much mustard but not enough black pepper for my taste. I would certainly order it again. The baked beans had a good texture and flavor with pieces of red pepper. I chose the regular size sandwich, but a large is also available ($7.95). The regular was loaded with beef and would be sufficient to satisfy all but the most robust of appetites. Joe chose the #1 pork rib dinner ($13.25) that included five pork ribs, two sides, and a large, fresh roll. This dinner is also offered in a light portion ($10.05) with three ribs. Joe chose baked beans and cole slaw as his sides. The ribs were huge with a lot of meat, neither fatty nor greasy, served coated with the sauce of your choice. The cole slaw was fresh, creamy, tangy, and crunchy. Joe said he would definitely order it again. The large, fresh, yeasty roll was so good that you may want to get some of these 24

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You will want to start slow and pace yourself so you can enjoy all the flavors. Complimentary warm apple fritters coated with powdered sugar that melt in your mouth—these are a sweet morsel to be relished, so be sure to savor them. Better yet, get some to take home. Spencer’s offers pork loin, pulled pork, meat combo meals, and more, priced from $9.75-$17.95. The sandwich variety includes a hot dog ($1.75), perfect for your little one. If you want to get dinner to go for the family, try the 15 piece chicken ($17.50-$37.50), meats by the pound ($19.95 for a slab of ribs), or the family pack ($30.50) with 2 pounds of meat, three pints of sides, and four dinner rolls. Finally, if the sweetness of the apple fritters isn’t enough for your sweet tooth, a variety of cakes or pies are also offered—but don’t forget the cinnamon rolls ($2.25 each). We have bought the rolls at Sam’s, and they are tasty and also freeze well.

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Bishop John Carroll School Grades PreK-8 1100 NW 32nd Street OKC, OK 73118 405-525-0956, bjcs.org Programs offered include after care, Spanish, keyboarding, guitar, chess club, photography, athletics, and algebra I. BJCS has provided excellence in education for ninety years. Located minutes from Downtown Oklahoma City.

Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School Grades 9-12 891 NW 50th St OKC, OK 73118 405-842-6638, bmchs.org Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School is a college preparatory high school that serves a diverse student body. As a Catholic community of faith, Bishop McGuinness is dedicated to educating and developing the whole person, providing a moral, ethical and Christ centered compass for life. Through its college prep focus, the school is proud to report that 99% of its seniors attend college.

Children’s House Montessori School Grades PreK-Kindergarten 606 S Santa Fe Norman, OK 73069 405-321-1275, CHMontessoriNorman.com Children’s House Montessori School is a full affiliate with the American Montessori Society and a non-profit organization. Lead teachers are AMS certified and the Montessori philosophy is followed, including individualized attention for each child and mixed age classes.

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Charter School for Grades 9-12 3333 N Shartel OKC, OK 73118 405-702-4322, HardingFineArts.org The mission of the Harding Fine Arts Academy is to provide an arts-enriched learning environment merging aesthetic and academic content to enhance student achievement and to encourage arts-related careers and lifelong arts appreciation.

Heritage Hall Grades PreK-12 1800 NW 122nd Street OKC, OK 73120 405-749-3002, HeritageHall.com Heritage Hall challenges each student to prepare for living in an increasingly complex global society. Students graduate with extensive knowledge in multiple disciplines, with a readiness to question, evaluate, and reach new understandings.


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Grades PreK-5 308 NW 164th Street Edmond, OK 73013 405-844-4000, HolyTrinityEdmond.org Holy Trinity Christian School offers a small student to teacher ratio, Christian education, Spanish, and physical education classes. Due to our small class size we are able to meet each child’s individual needs. HTCS provides excellent Christian education that will assist parents in the raising of their children. Before and after school care available.

Grades PreK-5 19201 N Western Edmond, OK 73012 405-216-5400, KeystoneAdventureSchool.com Keystone is a hands-on, art based, private elementary school.

Holy Trinity Catholic School Grades PreK3-8 PO Box 485 Okarche, OK 73762 405-263-4422, HolyTrinityOK.org Holy Trinity Catholic School aspires to the continuous formation of the whole Christian person by addressing the spiritual, intellectual, social, moral, cultural and physical development of the person. This is accomplished by offering an excellent academic program integrated with religious truths and values.

Messiah Lutheran School Grades PreK-6 3600 NW Expressway OKC, OK 73134 405-946-0462, MessiahLutheranSchool.com Messiah is an accredited private Christian school, focused on excellence, centered in Christ. PE, art, music, Spanish, technology, and band also offered.

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on improving reading and math skills, while the high school challenges the cadets with a rigorous college prep curriculum. MMAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s boarding and activities programs offer 11 varsity sports, marching band, drama, Army JROTC, chorus, drill team, and scouting.

Mount St. Mary Catholic High School Grades 9-12 2801 S Shartel OKC, OK 73109 405-631-8865, MountSTMary.org Mount St. Mary Catholic High School has provided college preparation for 100+ years. The Mount is fully accredited by the State Education Department and Advanced ED. Offers eleven Advanced Placement courses and an excellent fine arts department with recognition in art, choral, and band.

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Oakcrest Christian School Grades Preschool-Kindergarten 405-313-3034

Oklahoma Christian School Grades PreK-12 4650 East 2nd Street Edmond, OK 73034 405-341-2265, OCSSaints.org Oklahoma Christian School is an Interdenominational Christian school offering students opportunities to develop in all important areas of life: spiritual, academic, cultural, physical, and social. Its foundation is based on the principles of the Word of God, holding to the basic tenets of the faith, while aiming to make Jesus Christ the focal point of all school activities.

Primrose School of Edmond Grades PreK-Kindergarten 15000 N Western Edmond, OK 73013 405-285-6787, PrimroseEdmond.com Primrose Schoolsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Balanced Learning propriety curriculum includes accredited academics, character development, purposeful play, and child initiated activities for each age level. With a thoughtful combination of academics and play, children are being prepared for challenges they will encounter when they go elementary school.

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Rosary Catholic School Grades PreK-8 1910 NW 19th Street OKC, OK 73106 405-525-9272, RosarySchool.com Rosary Catholic School provides an excellent educational, athletic, artistic and social program for children. Rosary is an accreditated school that was established in 1929 in the historic Gatewood neighborhood.

Sacred Heart of El Reno Grades PreK3-5 210 South Evans El reno, OK 73036 405-262-2284, ElRenoSacredHeart.com Sacred Heart Catholic School is an educational community where parents, students, faculty, and clergy seek to grow in understanding, appreciating, and living the Gospel message. The school environment promotes spiritual, academic, social, personal, and physical growth.

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OKC, OK 73109 405-634-5673; SacredHeartOKC.org Excellence in Education since 1911.

St. Charles Borromeo School Grades PreK-8 5000 N Grove OKC, OK 73122 405-789-0224, SCBSchool.org Offers an excellent education to students, a safe environment where students grow in self-discipline and individuality.

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic School Grades PreK-8 925 S Boulevard Edmond, OK 73034 405-348-5364, StJohn-Catholic.org/s_e_a_s.htm Catholic School for St. John the Baptist Parish in Edmond.

St. Eugene Catholic School Grades PreK-8 2400 West Hefner

OKC, OK 73120 405-751-0067, STEugeneSchool.org Keeping Christ central by nurturing spiritual growth and academic excellence in students, families, and the community in the tradition of the Roman Catholic faith.

St. James Catholic School Grades PreK-8 1224 SW 41st OKC, OK 73019 405-636-6810, STJames-Catholic.org St. James is a private Catholic School offering academic competitions, Soliloquy Reading Assistance, a Certified Academic Language Therapist, music, keyboarding, Spanish and an after care program.

St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal School Grades PreK-8 5201 N. Brookline OKC, OK 73112 405-943-8583, StJohnsOKC.com Serves children from age 6 weeks to grade 8. School is state

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certified for care of youngest children and accredited for the oldest. The school educates the whole child in a warm and caring Christian atmosphere.

St. John Nepomuk Catholic School Grades PreK-8 600 Garth Brooks Blvd Yukon, OK 73099 405-354-2509, SJNOK.org As a Catholic community of faith, the school has a mission to model the teachings of Jesus Christ and the principles of the Catholic Church. The school is committed to the education and development of life-long learners and leaders.

St. Mary’s Catholic School Grades PreK-8 502 E Warner Guthrie, OK 73044 405-282-2071, StMarysGuthrie.com St. Mary’s strives to provide integral formation that focuses on the whole child—mind and spirit. The school’s mission is “Seeking and Sharing God’s wisdom, knowledge, and truth.”

St. Philip Neri School Grades PreK-8 1121 Felix Plaxe Midwest City, OK 73110 405-737-4496, StPhilipNeriSchool.com Quality Christian education with certified teachers.

Villa Teresa Moore is a Catholic Early Childhood Center and school. The program is a ministry of the Carmelite Sisters of Saint Therese. At Villa Teresa Moore children not only learn in a developmentally appropriate setting, but also learn to love God and one another.

Westminster School Grades PreK-8 600 NW 44th Street OKC, OK 73118 405-524-0631, WestminsterSchool.org Westminster is an independent school whose mission is to educate boys and girls by engaging them actively in experiences that challenge them to solve problems as cooperative, confident, and responsible learners.

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The Castle of Muskogee, Muskogee 918-687-3625

Chisholm Trail Heritage Center

Grades PreK-8 1120 Hefner Road OKC, OK 73131 405-478-5476, TrinitySchoolOKC.org Private School for students with language-based learning differences

1000 Chisholm Trail Parkway Duncan, OK 73533 580-252-6692, OnTheChisholmTrail. com “Making History with the Arts” education program, enhanced field trips & field trips. Trips include viewing the Experience Theater, touring the Garis Gallery of the American West, the Camp Fire Theater and much more. Great Expectation trained instructors for Enhanced field trips and Education Program.

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Frankoma Pottery, Sapulpa 918-224-5511

Gaylord-Pickens Oklahoma Heritage Museum 1400 Classen Drive OKC, OK 73106 405-235-4458, OklahomaHeritage.com Experience Oklahoma’s story through its people. Meet Oklahomans like Reba McEntire, Wiley Post and Jim Thorpe via high-tech, interactive exhibits. Free field trip program with curriculum includes either lunch or help with transportation.


Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa

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Harn Homestead Museum 1721 N Lincoln Boulevard OKC, OK 73105 405-235-4058, HarnHomestead.com The Harn Homestead Museum sits on ten acres of original Oklahoma Land Run property owned by William Fremont Harn, one of the state’s early community leaders. Seven historic buildings on the grounds include one-room schoolhouse, the first two-story home built in Oklahoma, and a Sears Catalog home where Mr. & Mrs. Harn resided. Educational programs serve school children from across the State and provide them with valuable hands-on learning about Territorial Oklahoma history.

HeyDay Entertainment 3201 Market Place Norman, OK 73032 405-310-3500, HeyDayFamilyFun.com

Jasmine Moran Children’s Museum 1714 W Wrangler Seminole, OK 74868 405-382-0950, JasmineMoran.com 36,000 square feet of interactive exhibits make for a fun day for children of all ages. An outdoor train ride gives visitors an additional value to their day. Visit the newly completed Kim Henry ScienceWorks Wing, complete with a surgical suite.

Little River Zoo 3405 120th Ave SE Norman, OK 73026 405-366-7229, LitteRiverZoo@gmail.com Little RIver Zoo includes animals from all over the world. Take a tour of the zoo with specially-trained guides who are eager to answer questions. Also offers outreach programs to bring the

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zoo to the classroom or other groups. Ask for information about their variety of specially-designed educational programs to fit the individual needs of the group or facility.

include Plainsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Indian Life, Red River Trading Post, Cow Camp Culture, Blue Beaver #61 One-room Schoolhouse, and Chores Before School.

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Myriad Botanical Gardens

344 South Santa Fe Avenue Edmond, OK, 73003 405-285-9643, MadScience.org/CentralOklahoma Mad Science sparks imaginative learning by providing the finest in Science Enrichment for Pre-K through 6th grade. Offering after school programs, in-school workshops, summer camps, scout events, and major assemblies. Programs held at their new FUNLAB in Edmond or brought to your location.

201 West Reno OKC, OK 73102 405-297-3995, MyriadGardens.com The Myriad Botanical Gardens is a 17-acre botanical garden and nature conservatory. Education programs focusing on environmental and Rainforest education are available year-round. Youth field trips inside the Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory also focus on conservation and environmental education.

Museum of the Great Plains

National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum

601 NW Ferris Avenue Lawton, OK 73057 580-581-3460, MuseumGreatPlains.org The Museumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s interpretation is broad, covering a time period that begins with the arrival of the first humans on the Great Plains region and carries through to the present day. Educational programs derive from the Museumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s scope and themes. They

1700 NE 63rd Street OKC, OK 73111 405-478-2250 Through stunning art and splendid exhibitions, the Museum tells Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s story as it unfolds across the West. Educational opportunities are available for grades Kindergarten-6. Two hour programs consist of hands-on activities in a classroom setting and guided tours focus on selected themes. Programs require a minimum of ten students and must be scheduled in advance.

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300 Aquarium Drive Jenks, OK 74133 918-296-FISH, OKAquarium.org Oklahoma Aquarium programs are designed to get students excited about marine animals, aquatic science, and the environment. The Aquarium also has many fascinating exhibits like the one-of-a-kind walk-through shark tunnel, plus hundreds of other fascinating creatures including seahorses, jellyfish, and eels.

Oklahoma City Museum of Art 415 Couch Dr OKC, OK 73102 405-236-3100, okcmoa.com The museum offers educational opportunities including home school art classes.

Oklahoma City Zoo 405-425-0218


Oklahoma History Center 2401 North Laird Avenue OKC, OK 73105 405-522-0765, OKHistory.org The Oklahoma History Center is a unique field trip destination for students from across the state. Multiple educational programs offer diversity and creative opportunities for kids to explore Oklahomaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s distinct history. From living history programs to hands-on classes, each group will receive a program tailored just for them. Admission for school groups and sponsors is free.

Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame & Museum, Muskogee 918-687-0800

Orr Family Farm 14400 S Western OKC, OK 73170 405-799-3276, OrrFamilyFarm.com Enjoy entertaining and educational farm field trips for schools and daycares.

Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History 2401 Chautauqua Ave Norman, OK 73072 405-325-4712, snomnh.ou.edu The museum offers field trips for children in Pre-K through grade 12. The museum hosts hands-on educational programs that address PASS standards set forth by the Oklahoma State Department of Education.

Science Museum Oklahoma 405-602-6664

Stone Bluff Cellars Winery, Farm Tour, Haskell 918-482-5655

Woolaroc Museum & Wildlife Preserve 1925 Woolaroc Ranch Road Bartlesville, OK 74003 918-336-0307, Woolaroc.org Woolaroc is a 3,700 acre working ranch built in 1925 by Frank Phillips, founder of Phillips Petroleum Co. Features include museum of Southwestern art, original lodge home, and herds of buffalo, elk, deer, water buffalo, and longhorn. Many field trip options available.

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Higher Education Canadian Valley Technology Center (Chickasha, El Reno, Mustang, Tuttle) Technical/Trade School 405-262-2629

University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma 1727 West Alabama Avenue Chickasha, OK 73018-5322 405-224-3140, usao.edu USAO is Oklahomaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only public liberal arts college, celebrating its 100th anniversary of service to Oklahoma. USAO is ranked a No. 1 Best Buy in U.S. News and

named to the exclusive, national Colleges of Distinction guidebook and website. With the highest admission standards in Oklahoma, USAO is uniquely positioned to deliver the highest quality liberal arts education at affordable state-college prices.

University of Oklahoma OUTREACH College of Continuing Education 1700 Asp Ave, Norman, OK 405-325-1983, outreach.ou.edu Offering options to earn everything from a high school diploma to a doctorate degree online and at a distance. The Independent Learning High School compliments students in public or home school education. The College of Liberal Studies offers bachelorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and masterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree programs 100% online. Advanced Programs allow military and civilian students to pursue a doctorate from anywhere in the world.

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Oklahoma Reads Book Reviews Picture books for Preschoolers

Non-fiction for grades 5 and up

Diggers and Dumpers

Phenomena: Secrets of the Senses

by Margaret Want (Silver Dolphin Books, hardcover $12.95)

by Donna M. Jackson (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, hardcover, $16.99)

Is it a toy disguised as a book or a book disguised as a toy? This sturdy board book about heavy machinery includes press-out vehicles, wheels to make them go, and stickers to play with, plus pictures and information about diggers, dump trucks, and cement mixers.

With this book, children can learn about how their senses work, the importance of coincidence, and how the brain processes dreams. A great tool for both children and parents to learn about the way our minds and bodies interact with the world at large.

Non-fiction for grades 1-3

Cookbooks for Kids The Playful Chef Cookbook: A Culinary Education for Kids (A Playful Live Company, spiral-bound, $19.95)

One by Kathryn Otoshi (KO Kids Books, hardcover, $16.95)

This cookbook is geared for kids from ages 3-11, and it provides a comprehensive culinary education from prep work and planning to cleanup. Kid-friendly recipes like scrambled eggs, spaghetti, and snack mixes are interspresed with more challenging foods, holiday favorites, and ethinic foods that will stretch your child’s palate and perhaps yours as well. Tips and lessons in basics and ettiquette make this a reference tool that your children will turn to again and again.

A beautifully simple book that sneaks lessons into the story; identifying colors, counting, and standing up to bullies. The story reminds children that it only takes one person to make a positive difference.

Cookbooks for Adults

Non-fiction for grades 4-6

The Military Wives’ Cookbook

Moon Landing

by Carolyn Quick Tillery (Cumberland House, hardcover, $19.95)

by Richard Platt and David Hawcock (Candlewick Press, hardcover, $29.99) Celebrate the 40th anniversary of the moon landing (July 20, 2009) with this pop-up book that takes readers inside the early space program through an innovative series of pop-ups, foldout pages, booklets, and official NASA photographs. Astronaut Buzz Aldrin said: “This wonderful book retells our story vividly. I should know; I was there.”

Written by a military wife, this book is much more than a cookbook; it includes a valuable history lesson on the lives of military wives and families for the past 200 years. Recipes in menu-format go back to the Revolutionary War period and reflect every corner of the country—and beyond. It’s a reminder of how important the family is to the men (and women) in the armed forces. A must-read for both those who love to cook and military history buffs. Reviews by MetroFamily Magazine editor Mari Farthing.

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Mama Rockâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Rules by Rose Rock (Harper Audio, $29.95)

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ittle brats. Those two words best describe so many kids you know, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not right. Sure, your kids arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t angels but they arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t completely rotten, either. Still, you wonder how some parents do it. How do they raise successful, well-balanced, polite, wonderful children in todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s world?

In the new audiobook Mama Rockâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Rules by Rose Rock with Valerie Graham, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll hear some common and not-socommon sense advice from a woman who raised a passel of kids, including one famous son. As a parent, you know you have some hard decisions to make. Raising a good kid isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t something you take lightly, and neither does Rose Rock. Rock, the mother of 10 and foster mother of 17, is the person that comedian Chris Rock calls â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mama,â&#x20AC;? and sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also an educator. Although the sub-title of this book says that Rock gives â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ten Lessons for Raising a Houseful of Successful Children,â&#x20AC;? the reality is that she gives ten times that. First ruleâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the most important oneâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;is that you are the adult, and as the adult, you make the rules. While yes, your kids are part of the family, they are not the decision-makersâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;you are. Know who your child is hanging out with and where heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going. If you have to snoop in your childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s room, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s okay; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s your house, but do it wisely and not maliciously or as punishment. Since education is important in raising a successful child, keep it in the forefront of your home. Make sure homework is done, always. Communicate with your childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s teachers often and let your child know it.

Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t argue with your spouse in front of the kids and donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t talk badly about the other parent. Bring the family to the dining table at least once a day, and listen to what your children say during the meal. Make your kids proud to be a member of the family, respect your children and expect it in return. Above all, honor your children and they will honor you with success. While I really enjoyed the tips and ideas in here; while I found the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mojoâ&#x20AC;? asides to be charmingly useful, quick-reference information; and while the stories author Rose Rock tells make you feel like a close insider, I had one issue here. Mama Rockâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Rules is read by the author, and therein lies the problem. Rose Rock sounds like sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reading her book. I would have much rather she told us her ideas, mojo, and stories. It didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t at all ruin the information in the audiobook, but less reading and more telling wouldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve made it more enjoyable. Still, this audiobook is helpful, particularly for brand-new parents or step-parents. If you want to avoid brat-dom in favor of raising great kids, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mama Rockâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Rulesâ&#x20AC;? is solid as a rock.

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Exploring Oklahoma Discover Stillwater

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etting the winter cabin fever blues? Consider a Stillwater getaway. Beyond Oklahoma State University-related events, most families are not aware of the many attractions offered in the town, an easy drive north on I-35 from the Oklahoma City Metro. Whether for a day trip or an extended weekend, you will find educational and family-friendly fun abounding here.

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Washington Irving Trail Museum

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Lake Carl Blackwell Cabins/ Trout Fishing I recommend a stay at one of Lake Carl Blackwell’s cozy cabins. Located just west of Stillwater on State Highway 51, Lake Carl Blackwell, owned by the university, is conveniently located on the way into town. Complete with fireplaces and full kitchens, the cabins sleep up to six, depending on the cabin. The price is reasonable and varies by season. Two cabins are currently available for rent, one is scheduled to be renovated in early 2009, and a larger unit is under construction.

You can also try your hand at trout fishing. From November-March, a separate pond near the lake is stocked with hundreds of pounds of trout. You’ll need to bring your own poles, but the lake store has plenty of bait. It’s a great, family-friendly and inexpensive activity—and you may even catch dinner. Call the Lake Carl Blackwell store at 405-372-5157 or visit the website at lcb. 38

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museum where you’re likely to receive a personalized tour. Open WednesdaySunday, the museum is located six miles east of Stillwater on State Highway 51 and three miles south on Mehan Road. Admission is free. 405-624-9130.

After breakfast, take the kids on a unique, educational history lesson at the Washington Irving Trail Museum, just east of Stillwater. This small, unexpected museum is a fifty-year labor of love by owners/curators Dale and Carla Chlouber, and it recently received a Certificate of Commendation by the American Association for State and Local History. Dale describes his museum as “folksy and innovative,” and you’ll find an eclectic assortment of antiques to buy and over 200 artifacts of national, state, or local significance. Irving, America’s first internationallyacclaimed writer and the museum’s namesake, camped on the Chloubers’ land in the early 19th century as part of a United States exhibition through central and eastern Indian Territory. A trail on the property leads you to the

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By now, you’ll be ready for lunch. Head to the Red Rock Bakery and Deli at 910 N. Boomer. The specialty is fresh baked bread and each sandwich is made with mouthwatering, thick slices of it. The turkey-pesto sandwich is especially yummy. Soups and salads are also available. Weather permitting, order takeout and make it a picnic at one of Stillwater’s many parks. For hours and menu information, check their website at RedRockBakery.com.

The Kameoka Multi-Use Trails Stillwater was recently named by Prevention magazine as the “best walking city in Oklahoma,” according to Sherry Fletcher, Marketing and Public Relations Director for the City of Stillwater. This recognition is due to Stillwater’s vast park system. The Kameoka Trail offers 7.5 miles of concrete trails and three miles of nature trails. (For the really adventuresome, another 27 miles of mountain bike trails can be found at Lake McMurtry, north of Lake Carl Blackwell). Picnic shelters and playgrounds are offered along the trail, which can be picked up at Boomer Lake, located north of town on Boomer Road. Along the lake portion of the trail, you’ll find a memorial to David L. Payne, considered


the “Father of Oklahoma” and the Payne County Veteran’s Memorial.

For evening or matinee entertainment, you may be able to catch a play or musical at the Town and Gown Theatre, located at 3524 S Perkins. Since 1951, this intimate theatre-inthe-round gives the audience a feeling of being part of the action. Shows are put on by a local acting troupe and university drama students. For schedule and ticket information, visit the website at TownAndGown.org.

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Need to warm up? Shop the Stillwater Antique and Collectible Mall. The three owners, Amy, Linda, and Jinnings, have the 20,000 square foot space filled with items from 85 dealers. According to Amy, the building was originally built in 1901 for use as an opera house. You can spend hours looking and reminiscing over the thousands of vintage items. Located at 116 E 9th Avenue, the mall is open daily. For hours, call 405-372-7833.

Stillwater offers a lot of family-friendly fun, no matter your university loyalties. For more information, visit the visitor’s bureau website at VisitStillwater.org or call 405-7423697.

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Iron Moms Practical Training Tips What does it mean to be an â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iron Momâ&#x20AC;?? To MetroFamily, an Iron Mom is one who recognizes the importance of her health, the health of her children, and the health of the community. MetroFamily and our Iron Mom sponsors, including Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Yoga Center, OU Cancer Institute, and Devonne Carter Counseling, invite to you to join our Iron Mom movement Together, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll learn and implement the â&#x20AC;&#x153;how-toâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;sâ&#x20AC;? for healthy living. And as our first challenge, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll either run or walk the RedBud Classic on April 5. Sign up at MetroFamilyMagazine.com/Iron-Moms and together,weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll get off the couch and on the road to better living.

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and portion size information. 3. Keep a food journal. We simply do not realize how much or what we eat unless we write it down. 4. Eat low fat desserts. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t deprive yourself from all sweets, just cut back and eat low fat whenever possible.

The Importance of Proper Nutrition

5. Chew gum. Sometimes we just need to chew. Chewing gum is not adding any pounds to your hips!

Licensed Clinical Social Worker Devonne Carter counsels people on proper eating. Not sure where to start? Here are Devonneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tips:

6. Find an accountability partner. When you are making changes in your life, you need to talk to someone else about it.

1. Get eight hours of sleep every night. When you are tired, your body craves unhealthy foods.

7. Drink water. Dehydration can make you feel hungry, so be sure to drink eight 8-ounce glasses each day.

2. Watch your portion size. Get familiar with what a portion of food really looks like (visit MyPyramid. gov for the revised food pyramid

8. Set eating goals. Just like anything in life, if you are going to change, you have to have a plan.

Overcome Overeating ! Devonne Carter, LCSW, has been counseling couples and individuals for over 18 years and knows the heartache and pain that people feel in life. She has been helping others deal with their infertility, depression, unplanned pregnancies, living skills, weight loss, money management and many other life issues.

Join the Overcome Overeating four-week seminar and learn to identify the psychological cues that trigger overeating. Classes start in late January. Find details online; call to register.

9. Practice. Change takes time and energy, and you must practice healthy eating to get good at it. 10. Keep a positive attitude. Staying positive helps to combat the obstacles of a new lifestyle. Visit CartersCounseling.com to learn more about Devonne Carter and her Overcoming Overeating program, which begins January 22.

The Importance of Stretching Rebecca Taylor is the owner/operator of the new Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Yoga Center in Oklahoma City. Why is yoga and stretching important? According to Rebecca, they are important because: â&#x20AC;˘ Yoga and stretching exercises warm muscles before exercise. â&#x20AC;˘ Yoga is the perfect compliment for athletes to balance repetitive motions. â&#x20AC;˘ Yoga brings awareness to the inner workings of the body. â&#x20AC;˘ Practicing yoga poses creates space in the spine and lubricates body joints. â&#x20AC;˘ Yoga both stretches and relaxes as a stand alone practice or as a post workout cool down. â&#x20AC;˘ Yoga uses your own body weight as a counterbalance to strengthen muscles, requiring no equipment for you to get started. â&#x20AC;˘ A yoga practice teaches mindfulness of all beings (yourself included) and creates a place of peace even when off the mat.

The Importance of Exercise Tony Arroyo is the Fitness Program Manager at Tinker Air Force Baseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Health and Wellness Center. What do you need to keep in mind when starting an exercise regimen? Tony suggests you strive for consistency in your plan for physical activity. Tips for getting started:

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â&#x20AC;˘ Set goals. Write it down, identify potential barriers, mark your calendar,


and get started. Your goals should be life-enhancing rather than liferestricting.

your workouts program develops with your improving level of fitness.

• Give yourself rewards and • Practice proper progression. encouragement for your achievements. Start slow and steady to develop Don’t lose confidence or overdo selfconsistency and stay injury free. criticism. Increase your physical activity to • Be consistent. Don’t give up. Some include 2-3 days a week of 20-30 days will be tough but keep sight minutes. And remember that splitting of your goals and remember how that time into a short workout in the important your quality of life is. morning, afternoon, and evening adds up to meet that total time goal. Regardless of the type of exercise activity you select, your routine • Participate in a variety of activities. should include five basic components. Variation adds physical and psychological benefits. • Warm-up: This involves stretching and rhythmic movements to warm up • Have fun and enjoy yourself. the muscles and gradually elevate the Choose activities that you really enjoy. heart rate. Focus on activity and not exercise; there are so many ways to stay active. You are more likely to be consistent when you participate in activities that you find enjoyable.

• Exercise with a friend. It makes the activity more fun and also provides great motivation and accountability for your consistency. • Wear proper shoes. Invest in a good pair of shoes, specific for exercise. Shoes are the most important piece of equipment you will need in order to support your feet and help to keep you injury-free.

• Aerobics: The most important part of the routine, this is when your aerobic capacity and endurance are improved. • Cool-down: This involves a slow, rhythmic tapering down and stretching to get the pulse rate gradually down and to remove muscle tissue waste products.

• Conditioning calisthenics: Calisthenic • Drink plenty of water. When you exercises or exercise you will sweat and as a result weight training your body will become dehydrated. (or both) for It’s important that you replenish overall muscle lost fluids during and after physical conditioning is activity. an important part • Work with professionals. Schedule of a total body regular appointment with a fitness workout. professional; they will ensure that • Final cool-down: During the final cool-down, concentrate on stretching while your heart rate continues to decrease. Find more healthy living ideas at

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Mammograms for All Oklahoma Women

Thanks to a grant from Susan G. Komen for the Cure of Central Oklahoma, the OU Cancer Institute is helping ensure that all Oklahoma women receive a mammogram AT NO COST. To qualify to receive a mammogram at no cost, you must be an Oklahoma resident and meet the following financial guidelines: Family Size - Annual Income 1 - $41,600 2 - $56,000 3 - $70,400 4 - $84.800 To schedule an appointment call (405) 271-4514 Mention Event 86 at the time you book your appointment Mammograms will be performed at the OU Breast Institute 825 NE 10th Street, Suite 3500, Oklahoma City Complimentary valet parking, or if preferred, weather-protected self-parking The University of Oklahoma is an equal opportunity institution (#45778. 12/08)

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Your Healthy Family How to Handle Head Lice

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very year, more than six million people in the United States have to contend with a head lice infestation. It’s a subject no one wants to discuss, and I admit, as a parent of

Parents, remember:

school-aged children, just the phrase “head lice” makes my own head itch. As common as it is, the shudder factor is very real for most people. Another concerning factor for those unlucky enough to become infested with head lice is the prospect of having to treat a child with a pesticide. Fortunately, there are many remedies available that can effectively treat and prevent head lice without the use of potentially dangerous chemicals.

Head lice are parasitic insects that live close to the scalp and feed on human blood. Infestation with head lice is most common among preschool and elementaryaged children. Head lice are typically spread by direct contact with the head or hair of an infested person. Less frequently, sharing personal items DOES YOUR CHILD HAVE ADHD such as clothing, AND / OR combs, or towels A LEARNING DISABILITY IN READING can spread lice. Personal hygiene or (DYSLEXIA)? cleanliness of the home has nothing Your child may be eligible to take part to do with getting in a research study. head lice.

Personal hygiene or cleanliness of the home has nothing to do with getting head lice.

• ADHD is a condition in which a child is easily distracted. • It is hard for the child to pay attention or wait for his or her turn. • It is tough for the child to sit without fidgeting and squirming, or jumping up to do something else. • Children with ADHD act first and think later. • Children with reading disabilities (dyslexia) have persistent problems with reading. If this sounds like your child, take this opportunity to learn more about your child’s behavior and this study. A pharmaceutical company is studying an investigational medication that may help girls and boys who experience these symptoms. If your boy or girl is between the ages of 10 and 16 and has ADHD and / or a reading disability contact: CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL OF OKLAHOMA CHILD STUDY CENTER AT 405-271-5700 EXT. #45167 THE UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY INSTITUTION 42

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The obvious question, then: Is there anything we can do to prevent infestation in our school-aged children? First, educate your children about avoiding head-tohead contact with their playmates when possible, and caution them against sharing hats and brushes. Lice can’t jump or fly, so crawling is the only way they can get around. Children with very

long hair are less likely to contract head lice if their hair is kept up, so braids and ponytails offer a simple step that may help to prevent infestation. Further, there are a few natural products that can act as repellants. Edmond pharmacist Dave Mason recommends finding a shampoo containing tea tree oil. Both tea tree and eucalyptus oils act as natural repellants for head lice. “Rosemary and lavender oils also can be helpful,” said Dave. Adding a few drops of essential oils such as these to shampoo or hair product bottles is an easy way to provide a measure of protection on a daily basis. “Used sparingly and diluted properly, these products have virtually no side effects.” Essential oils can be irritating to the skin, so don’t try to use them undiluted. Further, Mason contends that treating lice doesn’t require pesticides. “Lice are actually becoming resistant to many of the pesticide products, such as those containing malathion. We prepare a lotion that is completely non-toxic and works by suffocating the lice,” said Dave. “We get a lot of prescriptions for this, and feedback has been great.” The lotion is applied all over the hair and scalp, and dries into an almost waxy coating. After eight hours, the prescription is washed out and the hair carefully combed to remove nits. Mason recommends repeating the process a week later, and treating the whole family. Another natural alternative that can be done at home is a mayonnaise treatment. This therapy involves a generous application of real mayonnaise (nothing light, no Miracle Whip) throughout the hair. Don a shower cap for the next four

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hours, then rinse the mayo out with vinegar and water and comb hair thoroughly. A pediatrician friend recommended this treatment to me last summer after my own daughter spent time playing with a child who was later discovered to have head lice. Though in the end my daughter never showed any signs of head lice, I had a three-pound tub of mayonnaise at the ready, and was glad to know that I had options that didn’t involve pesticides. Head lice are a nuisance, and an unfortunate reality for a number of school-aged children and their families. If, in spite of your best efforts, you or your child contract head lice, contact your doctor or a pharmacist. Non-toxic treatment options are available that can effectively treat head lice infestation.

Shannon Fields is a freelance writer and a Certified Pharmacy Technician at Innovative Pharmacy Solutions.

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Quick Reference City Arts Center Fair Park, 3000 Pershing Blvd, OKC 951-0000, CityArtsCenter.org. Fine Arts Institute of Edmond 27 E. Edwards, Edmond 340-4481, EdmondFineArts.com Fred Jones Jr Museum of Art 555 Elm Ave, Norman 325-3272, ou.edu/fjjma Little River Zoo Hwy 9, Norman 366-7229, LittleRiverZoo.com Myriad Botanical Gardens 301 W Reno, OKC 297-3995, MyriadGardens.com National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum 1700 NE 63rd St, OKC 478-2250, NationalCowboyMuseum.org Oklahoma Aquarium 300 Aquarium Dr, Jenks 918-296-FISH, OKAquarium.org OKC Museum of Art 415 Couch Dr, OKC 236-3100, okcmoa.org OKC National Memorial 620 N Harvey, OKC 235-3313, OklahomaCityNationalMemorial.org OKC Zoo 2101 NE 50th St, OKC 424-3344, OKCZoo.com Oklahoma Children’s Theatre 2501 N Blackwelder, OKC 606-7003, OklahomaChildrensTheatre.com

Weekly

Children’s Story Time at Edmond’s Best of Books, Saturdays, 11-11:30am. 340-9202.

Make & Take craft activities at Lakeshore Learning (6300 N May, OKC), Saturdays, 11am-3pm. Free for kids 3 and up. 858-8778, LakeshoreLearning.com. Family Fun Night at JumpZone (SW 104th & Western) Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:30-8pm. 2 adults, 2 children, 1 large pizza, 2 liter pop for $25. For open play hours call 200-1691, JumpZoneParty.com.

Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum examines the impact of this American icon. American Artists from the Russian Empire at Norman’s Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art. More than 90 works examine the impact of American culture on Russian Artists.

Jan 16-Jul 12

Did She Kill ‘em All?! Martha Maxwell, Colorado Huntress Exhibit at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum. Explore Maxwell’s life and career.

Silly Sundays at Unpluggits Playstudio (575 Enterprise Dr, Edmond). Sundays, 1-6pm. Free face painting with paid admission or craft purchase. 340-7584, Unpluggits. com.

Through Jan 18

Tired GrownUps Night at Unpluggits Playstudio. Thursdays, 4-8pm. Reduced admission price, free snacks. 340-7584, Unpluggits.com.

The American Impressionism: Paintings from the Phillips Collection exhibit at the OKC Museum of Art.

The UCO Jazz Lab features performances most Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm. $7 adults, $5 age 12 and under. 359-7989, UCOJazzLab.com for schedule. Children’s Storytime at Full Circle Bookstore (1900 NW Expy) Saturdays, 10:15am. 842-2900, FullCircleBooks.com. Drop in Art at the OKC Museum of Art, Saturdays 1-4pm. Kids create art inspired by the Museum’s exhibitions. Free with paid admission. Sunday Nature Hikes at Martin Park Nature Center. Guided park tour and nature hike, Sundays 2:30pm. $2; reservations required. 755-0676. Thursday Noon Tunes at the Downtown Library, 11:301pm. Every Thursday. Enjoy live music. Free.

Exhibit: Craft in America—Expanding Traditions at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum.

Through Jan 19

Hatching the Past: The Great Dinosaur Egg Hunt Exhibit at the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History.

Jan 19-March 14

Children’s Pottery Winter Class every Friday at the City Arts Center, 12:30-2:30pm. Learn how to throw a pot on the wheel, create sculptures, and make beautiful hand-built works of art from slabs of clay. $140. For ages 7-12.

Jan 23-May 1

Gardens in Focus at the Myriad Botanical Gardens. This photography exhibit features local artists of all ages and skill levels who placed in the Gardens in Focus photography contest.

Oklahoma Heritage Center 13th & Shartel, OKC 235-4458, OklahomaHeritage.com

Oklahoma River Cruises Public Cruises on the Oklahoma River, Wednesday–Sunday. Tickets start at $9 adult, $6 children 6-12, children 6 and under free. Departure times vary. 702-7755, OKRiverCruises.com.

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Oklahoma History Center 2401 N Laird Ave, OKC 522-5248, OklahomaHistoryCenter.org

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Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History 2401 Chautauqua Ave, Norman 325-4712, snomnh.ou.edu Science Museum Oklahoma 2100 NE 52nd St, OKC 602-OMNI, ScienceMuseumOK.org

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Gymboree Play & Music of Norman’s Family Arts Studio is held the third Saturday, 11am-noon. Includes arts & crafts for children 18 mos–5 years. $5 per child. Reservations required; 307-8454. StoryTime at Gymboree Penn Square, first Friday of every month, 10am. 842-7540. Melody Hounds music classes for children ages 3-5 at the Norman library is held the first and third Friday (except May & December). 9:30am & 10:30am.

Through Jan 4

The Savior or Spoiler: Teddy Roosevelt as a ThirdParty Candidate in 1912 exhibit at the National

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The Color Purple at the Civic Music Hall. Tickets $28 and up. 800-869-1451, CelebrityAttractions.com. Barefoot in the Park at the Pollard Theater in Guthrie, 8pm. Tickets $17.50. 282-2800, ThePollard.org.

Through February

Free admission to the OKC Zoo on Mondays.

Through May 25

Shipwreck! Pirates & Treasure on exhibit at Science Museum Oklahoma.


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The Oklahoma City Thunder play the Denver Nuggets at the Ford Center, 7pm. Other home games this month: 1/6, 9, 14, 16, 18, 26, 28. Tickets, visit OKFordCenter.com.

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The Annual Eagle Watch at Edmond’s Lake Arcadia is held from 7:30am-4:30pm daily. $3 per vehicle entrance fee. 9000 E 2nd St, Edmond. 216-7471.

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Exhibit: Oklahoma’s Winter Birds at the Midwest City Library. Information about Oklahoma’s winter birds and the annual Winter Bird Survey, coordinated by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation.

3 • Saturday

The Oklahoma City Blazers play the Mississipi River Kings at the Ford Center, 7:10pm. Other home games this month: 1/4, 7, 10, 11, 17, 27. Tickets, OKFordCenter.com. Drop-in Art: Spectacular Snowflakes at the OKC Museum of Art, 1-4pm. Free with paid admission. Daylight Disco at Unpluggits Playstudio, (575 Enterprise Dr, Edmond). Dress up in disco attire or your favorite costume. 20 minute dance lesson, snacks and face painting. $10 for ages 11 and under; parents and older siblings free. 340-Plug, Unpluggits.com.

4 • Sunday

The Oklahoma Bridal Show at the Cox Convention Center includes vendors, prizes, drawings, and Hands-On and Minds-On, Mad Science® is the Leading Fun Science Provider for kids.

information for wedding planning. 1-5pm, $8 at the door, $6 in advance; OKBride.com, 528-3548.

5 • Monday

Free museum admission today at Norman’s Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History.

Sweeny Todd at Rose State Performing Arts, 7:30pm. Tickets $49.50 and up. OKCCivicCenter.com.

7 • Wednesday

Wednesday Night at the Movies at the Downtown Library, 6-8pm. Tonight’s movie is The Poseidon Adventure. 606-3876. Also held 1/14, 21, and 28.

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8 • Thursday

The 2009 OKC Winter Quilt and Embroidery Show, 10am-5pm daily at the Cox Convention Center. $8 per day, $20 for all 3 days. CoxConventionCenter.com. Yoga for Change at Edmond’s Women’s Yoga Center (9119 N Western), 6pm; through February 12. 607-6699.

Capitol Hill, 334 SW 26th, 634-6308 Choctaw, 2525 Muzzy, 390-8418 Del City, 4509 SE 15th, 672-1377 Downtown, 300 Park Ave, 231-8650 Edmond, 10 S Boulevard, 341-9282

9 • Friday

Artist talk with printmaker David Conn at Untitled [ArtSpace], 6pm. Free, 815-9995, 1ne3.org.

Midwest City, 8143 E Reno, 732-4828

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Orphans at the Stage Center, 8pm. Tickets $18. For more mature audiences. 232-6500, ArtsCouncilOKC. com.

The Village, 10307 N Penn, 755-0710

10 • Saturday

Harrah, 1930 N Church Ave, 454-2001

International Flavors concert at the Civic Center Music Hall, 8pm, features soprano Celena Shafer, tenor Andrew Skoog, and baritone Weston Hurt. Tickets $12 and up. 842-5387 OKCPhilharmonic.org.

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Family Fun

Gnome Home at Martin Park Nature Center, (5000 W Memorial), 3pm. Explore your imagination and the twisted gnarly trees that make a home for the gnomes at this adventurous nature walk. $2. Registration required. 755-0676.

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Relief Printing Workshop at Untitled [ArtSpace], 10am-6pm. $150, 1/2 price available for high school and college students. 815-9995, 1ne3.org.

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Pianist Amy I-Lin Chang performs at the Downtown Libraryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Second Sunday Concert. 2pm.

The 27th Annual Oklahoma City Home & Garden Show comes to the State Fairgrounds January 16-18. Get a taste of summer weather this winter among more than 400 local and national exhibitors. This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s features include an appearance by Shane Tallant, host of HGTVâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s popular show â&#x20AC;&#x153;Designed to Sell;â&#x20AC;? favorite products of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Extreme Makeover: Home Editionâ&#x20AC;? host Ty Pennington; gardening tips from the Renegade Gardener Don Engebretson; and tips on making your home environemntally-friendly and energy efficient. Admission to the show is $10 for adults, $2 for children ages 6-12, and children 5 and under are free. Discounted advance tickets are available online at OklahomaCityHomeShow.com. Show hours are Friday, noon9pm, Saturday 10am-9pm, Sunday 10am-6pm. Call 1-800-466-7469 or visit the Home Show website for more information.

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Smart Plate Workshop at Untitled [ArtSpace], 10am6pm. $150, 1/2 price discounts available for high school and college students. 815-9995, 1ne3.org.

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Marcy Priest at the UCO Jazz Lab, 8pm. Tickets $7. 359-7989, UCOJazzLab.com

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9th Annual Winter Ball at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, 5-11pm. Families will enjoy a special guest and ballroom instruction. Tickets $40, children 12 and under $20. To RSVP visit AnnualWinterBall.com. Pizza and Pillow Party at Unpluggits Playstudio, (575 Enterprise Dr, Edmond) 6-10pm. A evening of crafts, pizza and organized playground games. $25 includes craftand dinner. Ages 6 and up. Reservations required. 340-plug, Unpluggits.com.

16-17

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer Breakfast at the Sheraton Midwest City Hotel, 7am. Activities include prayers, presentation of colors, live entertainment, appearances by local religious and political leaders, and is highlighted by a special keynote speaker. Free. VisitMidwestCity.com. 28th Annual Martin Luther King Birthday Celebration. Event includes a silent march down Northeast 23rd Street to the Oklahoma History Center, the ringing of the bell ceremony, holiday program, job fair, and holiday parade. 630-1577.

Arenacross and Freestyle Motorcross Show at the Lazy E Arena, 7:30pm. Pro and amateur motorcyle, ATV racing and freestyle show. For tickets 918-629-

School Break SeaCamp at the Oklahoma Aquarium, 9am-4pm. For grades K-5th. $50, 10% discount for members. Pre-registration is required. 918-528-1508, education@okaquarium.org.

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Dr. Kerry Magruder discusses The Works of Galileo, From Telescope to Trial at the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural Historyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Astronomy Lecture Series. 7pm.

Boys Night Out at Unpluggits Playstudio, (575 Enterprise Dr. Edmond) 6-10pm. Activities and pizza for ages 6 and up. $25. 340-PLUG, Unpluggits.com.

Artist Talk with artist Petah Coyne at Untitled [ArtSpace], 5:30pm. Free, 815-9995, 1ne3.org.

21-25

Walking With Dinosaurs at the Ford Center, 7:30pm. Fifteen life size creatures walk the arena floor in this entertaining and educational family show. Tickets $19.50 and up. DinosaurLive.com.

Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park presents Julius Caesar at Stage Center, 8pm. Tickets $15 adults, $12 student. 297-2264, OklahomaShakespeare.com.

22 â&#x20AC;˘ Thursday

Professor Emeritus Ken Taylor discusses Volcanology before Darwin: From burning mountains to Igneous Global Dynamics at the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural Historyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Darwinian Revolution: Presidential Dream Course Lecture Series. 6pm.

The Overcoming Overeating seminar with Devonne Carter, LCSW (2801 E Memorial), 7pm beginning January 22 through February 17. CartersCounseling. com, 326-3923.

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Chris Botti performs at the Civic Center Music Hall, 8pm. Tickets $27 and up. OKCCivicCenter.com.

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Authorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Book Fair at the Edmond Historical Society & Museum, 1-4pm. 340-0078, EdmondHistory.org.

25 â&#x20AC;˘ Sunday

Discovery Family Series presents Hold the Cannons! The Story and Glory of Tchaikovsky at the Civic Center Music Hall, 2pm. Tickets $9. OKCCivicCenter.com.

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Oklahoma City Boat Show at the OKC Fairgrounds, 4-9pm. Tickets $5, children under 12 free. 733-3474, OKCBoats.com.

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Scarletâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mid-Winter Renaissance Festival & Pirate Ball at the Farmers Market Event Center, 10am-6pm. With music, dance, and food. Shop and interact with bears, foxes, mermaids and Pirate King Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Hara. Masked ball will be Saturday night 9pm-midnight. Ages 5-12 $6, Adults $9, under 5 free, masked ball $15. 4761718, ScarletFest.com.

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Cafe City Arts 2009: On the Rocks at the City Arts Center, 7:30-11pm. Vegas theme with everything from showgirls to a catwalk. Advance tickets $50, at the door $60. Brian Gorrell & Shane Connaway at the UCO Jazz Lab, 8pm. Tickets $7. 359-7989, UCOJazzLab.com.

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The Revolve Tour at the Ford Center for tween and teen girls with appearances by Hawk Nelson, Natalie Grant, and Jenna Lucado. Friday 7-10pm, Saturday 9am-4pm; tickets $64. RevolveTour.com/Tour/OKCity.

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Winter Tales Storytelling Festival at the Stage Center. The ancient art of storytelling with workshops, matinees, and performances. 270-4848, ArtsCouncilOKC.com.

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An Affair of the Heart at the OKC Fairgrounds, 9am6pm. Find an array of gift items, antiques, collectibles and gourmet foods. Admission $6. 632-2652, AAOTH. com.

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Reinventing the Past: Part II violin concert at the Civic Center Music Hall, 8pm. Tickets $12 and up. 8425387, OKCPhilharmonic.org.

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There are as many support groups in the Metro as there are needs for them. To include your group in our listing, please email details to Calendar@MetroFamilyMagazine.com.

Childbirth & Babies

Breast Cancer awareness group for survivors and women who want to learn more. First Monday, 7pm. Eastside Church of Christ (916 S Douglas), 732-0393.

MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) support groups meet in Choctaw, Norman, Edmond, and OKC. Visit our online calendar for dates, times, and contact info.

La Leche League meets at Gymboree Play & Music in Norman the second Saturday of each month, 10amnoon. Family Gym is available at $5 per family for partners and children of La Leche League Meeting attendees.

Breast Cancer support group at the OU Breast Institute (825 NE10th), Suite 3500, third Thursday, noon1pm. Lunch provided; register 271-8001, ext 48592, or 271-8001 ext. 48527.

Edmond’s Mothers of Multiples, second Thursday at Edmond Hospital, Ambulatory Care Pavilion, 7pm (subject to change). 285-5208 and 315-0338, EdmondMoms.com.

Amputees’ Next Step support group, second Tuesday 1-3pm. O’Donoghue Rehabilitation Institute (1122 NE 13th, room 252). OUPhysicians.com.

Special Needs

DACO (Doula Association of Central OK), 455-1500, DACOinc.org.

La Leche League breastfeeding information and support. Meetings in Moore and NW OKC. Visit the calendar at MetroFamilyMagazine.com for dates, times, and contact info. lllusa.org.

Counseling & Support

Divorce Recovery Group, Wednesdays at 7pm, Quail Springs Church of Christ (14401 N May), room 308. 755-4790. Free drug and alcohol addiction classes offered by A Chance to Change Foundation at the Last Frontier Council Scout Service Center (3031 NW 64th), 6:308pm Mondays. 840-9000, AChanceToChange.org. Grief Support Group, Wednesdays at 7pm, Quail Springs Church of Christ (14401 N May), room 110. 755-4790. H.O.P.E. Gynecologic Cancer Support at the OU Physicians Building, (5th floor) the first Saturday of each month at 10am. 271-8001 ext 48165, 672-1748. Mondays Friends Breast Cancer Support Group second Monday, 7pm. Midwest Regional Breast Care Center. 610-8872, jean.pitzer@mrmc.hma-corp.com. Birth Parent support group, first Monday, 6-7:30pm. Deaconess Pregnancy & Adoption Services (5300 N Meridian). 949-4200 ext 13.

Parents of Children with Cancer support group, second Wednesday at noon (complimentary lunch). Children’s Hospital (930 NE 13th). 943-8888. Parents Helping Parents confidential meetings for parents of children who abuse drugs. First and third Tuesdays. Oklahoma Blood Institute in Edmond, 6428198, ParentsHelpingParents.info. Leukemia & Lymphoma Society-sponsored Family Support Group. First Thursday, 6pm, Integris Baptist Medical Center. 943-8888. Myeloma Support Group. Third Thursday, 6pm, 7th floor Conference room, Presbyterian Tower, OU Medical Center, 271-6557. Leukemia & Lymphoma Society-sponsored SpanishSpeaking Group. First Tuesday, 6pm at Integris Southwest Medical Center, 636-7560; and first Wednesday, 5pm at the 7th floor Conference room, Presbyterian Tower, OU Medical Center, 271-7930. Family Support Group for leukemia, lymphoma, and myeloma survivors and caregivers, second Tuesday, 6pm. Mercy Cancer Center, 943-8888.

Health

Parents Fighting Autism third Monday of the month, 7pm. Olive Garden in Norman. Free. Location subject to change, contact ParentsFightingAutism@gmail.com.

OKC Area Stuttering Support Group for adults. Third Tuesday, 6:30-7:30pm. First United Methodist Church, 303 E Hurd, Edmond. okcssg@yahoo.com. Grandparents Raising Grandchildren support group for grandparents and other relatives raising children. First and third Tuesday, 6pm, Trinity Church of the Nazarene. 634-4400 ext. 140. CHADD ADD/ADHD support meeting, second Tuesday at 7pm. Deaconess Hospital (5501 N Portland), Spencer conference room. 722-1ADD, 419-4176, or CHADD.org. Hope Link meetings for parents of special-needs children or children with undiagnosed disorders. Integris Baptist Medical Center, first Thursday, 6pm. 271-5072, OKCHopeLink.org.

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Baby Basics Workshop at the Warr Acres Library, 3:30-5pm focuses on developmental milestones and fun activities to enhance baby’s development. Discussion will include fun games, expectations, and how to recognize your baby’s cues. Free; 425-4412 to register.

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United Methodist Church of the Servant (14343 N MacArthur), holds Discoveries Program classes for adults. Call Gayle 720-8480 for full listing.

Daily Yoga Classes (adult, teen, prenatal, meditation, and senior) for beginning and advanced students. $12 and up. 203-8927, 3rdStreetYogaStudio.com.

Crossings Community Church (14600 N Portland) holds a variety of Care Series classes and support groups. 755-2227 or CrossingsOKC.org.

Prenatal & Postnatal Yoga. $8-$15 per class. 4743302 or MamasteYoga.com for locations and times.

Secrets of Weight Loss at the Midwest City Library, 7-8pm. Learn what sabotages good intentions and how to lose the fat permanently. Register at the Information Desk or call 732-4828.

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Pancreatic Cancer support group, last Thursday, 6pm. O’Donoghue Research Building (1122 NE 13th Street), 3rd Floor Surgery Research Conference Room. 271-2108 or ouhsc.edu/surgery/pancan. Breast Cancer Survivor support group, second Thursday, 6:30pm. Young Survival Coalition (for women under 40), third Wednesday, noon. Breast Imaging of OK (2601 Kelley Pointe Pkwy, Edmond). 844-2601 ext 1031.

Mom’s Got Connections Christian group for moms with young children (birth-5yrs). Chapel Hill United Methodist Church, OKC, 9:30-11am Tuesdays. Nadinebryant@sbcglobal.net or 359-9251.

Toddler Aerobics at the Midwest City Library, 1111:30am. Features lessons & exercises designed to develop fine & gross motor skills. Ages 2-5 with parent. Pre-registration is required. 732-4828.

MOMS Club (Moms Offering Moms Support) activity groups meet in Edmond, OKC, Moore, Midwest/Del City, and Norman. Visit our online calendar for dates, times, and contact info. MOMSClub.org. January 2009

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