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Volume 2 • 2011 Editor’s Note




Local Events Parks & Rec Famous Faces

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Get Organized Reader Review Rain Wear Wooden Toys

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Guide DIY

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Bully PACE

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What’s For Dinner Money Matters Date Night

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27 Relationships 22 4H Science Day

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PUBLISHER ZOLT Publishing EDITOR Emily Olson CREATIVE DIRECTOR Laura Olson CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Emily Olson | Laura Olson | Stephanie Waltz EDITORIAL INQUIRIES OR SUBMISSIONS Northwest Kids Magazine welcomes editorial inquiries and suggestions. Please contact Emily at Northwest Kids Magazine is published monthly by ZOLT Publishing 2600A E Seltice Way #306 Post Falls, ID 83854 Phone: (208) 457.7211 info@NorthwestKidsMagazine

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editor’s note Wow! What a month… First and foremost I need to say thank you to all of the fabulous readers who submitted information for this issue. Interaction is going to be what makes this magazine so engaging and fun to read. With our launch issue under our belt, and more than one sleepless night behind us (since in many ways starting the magazine hasn’t been much different than caring for a newborn baby!) we are thrilled to say that we have already grown! As you may notice when reading this month’s issue, we’ve added two new sections to expand the storyboard for our readers. After meeting so many amazing small business owners and hearing of all the great places I “must go in” from readers, it became evident that we needed to have a Local Business Profile for us to pass along all of our great discoveries to you. It was a nobrainer when it came time to select our first Local Business Profile, Figpickels Toy Emporium (p.9), as it is a store my family and I have always thought was the pinnacle of toy stores. Another new addition, Our Health, focuses on information about mental, physical and emotional health relevant to us and our children. Be sure to read this month’s story on what to do if you discover that your child may be a bully (p.24). We’ve also brought you fun products for getting your kids organized for a successful school year (p.12) and cool gear to outfit them for the rainy season (p.14). This month I was introduced to the PACE program (Partners Advancing Character Education) which has been implemented and run throughout several school districts in our area. The impact a community can have when we work together is astounding so be sure to check out our article and find out how you can get involved (p.23). There are so many exciting stories and topics to cover in the coming months and with Halloween right around the corner don’t forget to email me your favorite costume photos from last year…we want to see your kids in our Famous Faces! See you next month! Emily

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Coaster Classic Car Show at Silverwood Theme Park & Boulder Beach Water Park September 3rd & 4th Silverwood Theme Park One of the largest classic car shows in the region. For information and to register your car call ext 167. Check website for park hours. (208) 683-3400

Saturday Climbing @ REI Sept 10-Oct 1st 1-4pm REI 1125 N Monroe Spokane, WA Looking for a family activity on Saturdays? Don’t have any climbing gear? No problem, we have harnesses & shoes. Never climbed before? There are plenty of ways up the wall, with easy to moderate routes to choose from.

Hearts of Gold Parade Sept 23 7:30 pm City Hall to Sprague Avenue and University Road The “Hearts of Gold” Parade is the official kick-off for Valleyfest weekend! Join thousands of spectators and watch elaborate floats, dancers, animals, classic cars and much more!

Grandparent’s Weekend @ Silverwood Sept 9-25th 11am-7pm Silverwood Theme Park Grandparent’s Weekends are September 10-11, 17-18, 24-25, 2011 - Donate 2 cans of food for local food banks and receive 1/2 price general admission (only $20.99 all ages).

Cobra Polo Classic Sept 11th noon-4pm Spokane Polo Club 7500 W State Route 2 The Cobra Polo Classic benefits the Ronald McDonald House Charities Spokane. You may reserve your ticket by visiting our website http://, or contacting Dee Knight-DuBey at

Southeast Spokane County Fair Sept 23-25th 120 S 1st Street Rockford, WA Enjoy the parade, carnival, homemade food, bingo, exhibits, pie-eating contest, bingo, 3-on-3 basketball tournament, horse show, entertainment, vendors and animals.

Purpleride Spoke-d’Alene 2011 September 10th 1200 E Mission Spokane, WA Be part of a day of inspiration and hope, and support the fight against pancreatic cancer. All proceeds benefit the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. Enjoy a 56-, 36-, 14- or 4-mile bike ride and 5K walk to honor and family picnic, kids’ activities and much more!

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Community Weekend at Silverwood Theme Park Sept 17th 11am-7pm Silverwood Theme Park Community Weekend - Donate 2 cans of food for local food banks and receive 1/2 price general admission (only $20.99 all ages). Plus save 50% on all retail merchandise (excluding food, candy, beverages, and photos).

Erik Anderson Community Fun Run Sept 24th 3:30 pm Plantes Ferry Sports Complex E 12308 Upriver Dr All ages and abilities invited to participate. 100% of donations will benefit the Erik Anderson Memorial Fund. (509) 954-7373

Valleyfest September 24 & 25 Mirabeau Point Park 2426 N Discovery Place Spokane Something for everyone, all weekend long! Over 100 local vendors contribute to the three day festival which kicks off Friday night with the “Hearts of Gold” Parade. The festival continues with numerous events for the whole family including hot air balloons, pancake breakfast responsible dog ownership day, Classic Car Show, Trail Ride, 5K-10K Run for Hunger, food booths, children’s activities, a beer and wine garden, and music, dance and entertainment stages.

Octoberfest Oct 1st 1-7pm music 2-5pm City Park Downtown Harrison, ID Food, micro-brews, home brews, children activities and live music.

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August 31st - September 5th Who’s ready to pig out? Spokane’s biggest cultural event and feeding frenzy is on our calendar once again and they have packed it full of food and fun! With 48 Food Booths, 225 menu items (none over $8.95), and 82 FREE concerts…this is sure to be six days in Spokane you don’t want to miss! Offering a diverse option of cultural foods, from Chinese to Hawaiian, Pig Out reigns supreme in testing the full range of your palate. Beginning August 31st and running through September 5th Pig Out opens daily at 10am and goes until 10pm and oh yeah, did we mention that the event is FREE?!? Bring a lawnchair and dress in layers to make your experience more comfortable but whatever you do…don’t forget to wear elastic-waist pantsthis eating event is a marathon, not a sprint. Located at Riverfront Park by the Gondola and Clock Tower Meadows with free parking available at the Spokane Arena parking lot. See you there!

September 9th - 18th

Fun at the Fair...

Spokane County’s Interstate Fair is a ten-day event beginning the Friday after Labor Day each year and held at the Spokane County Fair and Expo Center. Complete with PRCA Rodeo, Demolition Derbies, Concerts, carnival rides, food, exhibits and more! Each year, citizens of the Greater Spokane Area and beyond are invited to participate in the Interstate Fair by entering items such as arts and crafts and food preservation, as well as livestock, horticulture, floriculture, and photography, just to name a few of the areas. As one of Spokane’s largest annual events, the Interstate Fair strives to be a place where one can visit the past, explore the future, and enjoy the wonders of the present in a single location! Admission is $10 for Adults and Free to children 6 years and under. Parking available at the fairgrounds.

Opening October 1st Get your brave face on…it’s Scarywood time again! Silverwood Theme Park presents their 2011 Scarywood season, “Haunted Nights”. This year brings us not only many new attractions but only during Scarywood Haunted Nights can you experience the jaw dropping Timber Terror Roller Coaster…BACKWARDS! Here are a few of the new attractions presented this year. Mind Warp: The Maze, where you will lose your way in the dark mist of the ALL NEW Mind Warp maze. Fear waits at every missed turn to drag you into the shadows and the only way out is the Vortex! Blood Bayou, an indoor haunted attraction from your darkest imaginings, will challenge reality and keep you scared with every twist and turn. Terror Canyon Trail is the Thunder Canyon raft ride that’s been converted into a menacing experience with creatures that stalk you and a new Freak Farm which elevates fear to a new level. Scarywood is not for the timid, so be sure you bring an ample supply of courage! Visit www. for the complete schedule. 7


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Manito Park

1702 S Grand Blvd | Spokane, WA 99203 |

Manito Park is the place to see in Spokane! A public park located in the beautiful South Hill neighborhood of Spokane; Manito boasts five separate gardens, a greenhouse conservatory, a duck pond, and 90 acres of manicured lawns, playgrounds and walking and biking paths toured by over 150,000 visitors each year. Manito Park offers something for every season. With Fall quickly approaching now is the time to visit and take in all of the majestic autumnal foliage. The best gardens to view this time of year are Rose Hill, the Joel E. Ferris Perennial Garden, and the Nishinomiya Japanese Garden. Rose Hill hosts hundreds of different types of roses of varying size and color while the Perennial Garden displays over 300 varieties of plants that live for more than two growing seasons, beginning their bloom in the Spring and continuing blooming through the fall. The Nishinomiya Japanese Garden is one of the more interesting gardens in Spokane, complete with a magnificent Koi Pond stocked with a variety of Koi and providing secluded coves to relax and enjoy the peacefulness of the water.

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FIGPICKLES Toy Emporium by Emily Olson


206 3rd St. Coeur d’Alene, ID 208 667-2800

himsy…we hear of it often in movies but have we ever experienced it up close, felt its magic, or watched it spread across the faces of all those that come close to it? In downtown Coeur d’Alene, I wandered into an unpretentious brick building with an unusual child-sized red statue out front and in the moment it took for the old fashioned door bell to announce my arrival, I had fallen in love! Figpickles Toy Emporium cannot be understood simply by describing its parts; it cannot be appreciated simply by learning its history and there is no amount of lyrical prose I could ever put down on paper that would equal the effortless whimsy and wonder that this little toy store inspires in each and every visitor. This is not to say that the history and details that went into the making of Figpickles aren’t important, they are, and only add to the enchantment and character of the store. Brett & Susan Sommers are the proprietors of this charming store and have a passion for toys that are designed to teach, be touched and last forever.

Careful selection of high quality toys from around the world is a never ending project which they accomplish with natural ease. Here is where you go to find the beloved toys of your youth; from well crafted pick-ups sticks to elaborate brain games, not to mention the best stocking stuffers of all time. Always conscious of their customer’s needs, Brett & Susan not only select unique toys but always pay close attention to cost…the best toy in the world will have no impact if children and parents cannot afford it. With this in mind, prices are kept affordable and every customer is encouraged to test and play with the toys in the shop, making satisfaction a guarantee. If operating the finest toy emporium wasn’t enough, Figpickles has recently taken over as Publisher of the widely read Coeur d’Alene walking tour book, Madge & Millie, which guides residents and tourists alike along the Moose-statue trail through town. Figpickles will always have a place in the hearts and minds of children the world over. 9

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Dozen Roses Crystallized USB Drive

Silver Spots Organizer

Room It Up 3 ring binder

Melissa Beth Laptop Sleeve

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Really Good Storage Pail


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September Selections Brain Jack Brian Falkner Sam Wilson is a hacker; perhaps one of the best in the world. He can hack into any computer system, no matter what type of security is used. The government knows this; their solution put Sam on their team. Sam and his group of hackers work to keep “them” out of the United States Internet system. No one actually knows who “they” are, but they’re out there and are constantly trying to get at classified information. One entity, known as Ursula, wants more than just information; She wants total control of the human consciousness. Sam and his cohorts won’t let that happen. If you aren’t a techie, don’t worry; context clues are a wonderful thing, and Falkner makes the story accessible to all readers.

A Sick Day for Amos McGee Philip C. Stead, Erin E. Stead (Illustrator) With quiet affection, this husband-and-wife team tells the story of a zookeeper whose devotion is repaid when he falls ill. On most days, the angular, elderly Amos rides the bus to the zoo, plays chess with the elephant (“who thought and thought before making a move”), sits quietly with the penguin, and spends time with his other animal friends. But when Amos catches a cold, the animals ride the bus to pay him a visit, each, in a charming turnabout, doing for Amos whatever he usually does for them. The elephant sets up the chessboard; the shy penguin sits on the bed, “keeping Amos’s feet warm.”

Reader Review

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Chick ‘n’ Pug Jennifer Sattler As Reviewed by Mundie Moms This is a cute book about a chicken whose only source of excitement comes from his The Adventures of Wonder Pug, book. The chicken coop offers very little excitement that he’s craving, so he ventures out to find it. With his book in hand he stumbles across a real live wonder pug. What chick doesn’t realize is this “wonder pug” wants to sleep, not play. No matter what Chick does, Wonder Pug hardly budges. My kids laughed at all Chick tries to do to get pug up, until finally he takes matters into his own hands and becomes Wonder Pug’s side kick and creates just the adventure he was looking for. With fun illustrations and a cute story, Chick ‘n’ Pug is fun family read. 13


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iPlay Print Umbrella

Western Chief Kids Stanford

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Western Chief Frenchy French 14 northwest kids magazine Buggz Ladybird umbrella

North Face Zip Line

Western Chief Kids Frog

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Paul Frank Julius Rain Boot

Sperry Kids Pelican

Tretorn Kids Strala Vinter

Keen Kids Coronado Rain Boot

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Hattie the Elephant Captain Jack’s Deluxe “Venture Ship” Fig Pickles Toy Emporium 206 3rd St. Coeur d’Alene, ID (208) 667-2800

18 piece Wooden Block Set

Funky Cat Wooden Clip-On Toys

Ron the Rooster Push Toy

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Smart Gear Classic Wooden Training Bike


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Funny Frog Toothbrush Timer

Jolly Wood Crafts Clock

Farm Cube Wooden Puzzle

Educo Discovery Box

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F ROYO Are you the next Ben & Jerry, sitting around thinking up amazing combinations of ingredients to deliver the best tasting frozen treat around? Or perhaps you are just interested in variety…combining a lot of fun with a low calorie treat. The latest trend to hit our region will give you just that! Self serve frozen yogurt shops have been popping up steadily for the last year and they combine a variety of flavored frozen yogurt with a multitude of guilty pleasures! We’ve put together a list of the best places to satisfy your froyo cravings in this month’s Guide. Check out what our local neighborhoods have to offer for you and your whole family. DiDiEr’S yogurt & More: 10410 N. Division St., - (509) 466-8434 Awesome frozen yogurt with amazing flavor selections and topping options coupled with fast and friendly service. The flavors change and seasonal additions are added. Be sure to ask for samples of their interesting selections. Tuesdays specials. Froyo Earth 172 S Division St, Spokane, Washington - (509) 455-8000 A unique and exciting new frozen yogurt experience where you serve yourself and pay by the ounce to get just the amount of refreshment and nourishment you need. Using the finest ingredients this is a treat that is not only great tasting but full of health benefits too! Chill Spot Frozen Yogurt & More 2706 N. Monroe, Spokane, WA 99205 - (509) 290-6689 A self serve frozen yogurt shop proudly serving YoCream Yogurt. A warm and inviting place to get yogurt. Offering free WiFi and big TVs, games, magazines and coloring activities, it is a great place for family or friend get-togethers.

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GUIDE More local listings... Blu Berry Frozen Yogurt 3007 E. 57th Suite 3, Spokane, WA 99223 - (509) 443-6588 Blu Berry Frozen Yogurt and Topping Bar is created for everyone. You create your frozen yogurt treat just the way you want it. You decide how much you want to eat and you decide how much you want to spend. It’s simply delicious, simply healthy and made Simply Your Way. Your frozen yogurt experience is a unique and affordable alternative to the high sugar, high fat, and high calorie ice cream desserts. Our selfserve process is easy and fun! Ben’s Yogurt-n-Deli 9119 E Broadway Ave Suite B Spokane, WA 99206 893-8050 Frozen Yogurt is back in the Spokane Valley! Come in and cool down from the heat with some frozen yogurt! YOGURT FLAVORS change every week(*3 yogurt flavors rotate weekly*)! Yogurt and toppings are all self serve! Stop in to see what **SUNDAY YOGURT MADNESS** is all about!

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Top This Frozen Yogurt & Treats 202 W. Ironwood Dr., CDA - (208) 676-1199. Top This !!! Self Serve Frozen Yogurt & Treats was created by two Health Conscious, self proclaimed Yogurt Fanatics. Who wants to be limited to the amount of yogurt or the amount of toppings you can have? Using only ProBiotic yogurt and the finest, tastest, creamest, Kosher Dairy Certified product you will ever taste with choices ranging from non fat or low fat, gluten free, low in sugar & low in calories. JaMMS Frozen Yogurt: 3500 N. Government Way, #107 CDA (208) 665-0485 Enjoy 10 different flavors of frozen yogurt topped with over 55 toppings. You decide the flavor, You decide how much, You decide the topping, You decide how many!

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E 3154 29th Ave Spokane, WA 99223

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Bento Boxes

Gone are the days of boring brown paper bag lunches with boring bologna sandwiches... here comes the bento! Bento is the Japanese art form of making a packaged lunch using boxes or bags with individual compartments and sometimes multiple tiers. The Japanese have taken a meal and turned it into an occasion, with beautifully designed lunchboxes and food that is so fun it resembles culinary art. In recent years Americans have taken the concept of the bento lunch and made it our own. What makes bento boxes so dynamic is the way the food is displayed inside, turning a plain hotdog into an octopus and carrots into grass.. Make your child’s lunch hour and yours a fun one! Not only do bento boxes make lunch time fun but it also encourages healthy eating and gets rid of your leftovers in a cleverly restructured way! Next time you go to pack your child’s lunch, take a look around and let your creativity run wild.

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INGREDIENTS: 1/2 cup sugar 1 Half Stick Butter (1/4 cup), softened 2 tablespoons firmly packed brown sugar 1 Egg 1/2 teaspoon vanilla 1 cup all-purpose flour 1/2 cup uncooked quick-cooking oats 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup condiment... gum drops!

DIRECTIONS: Combine sugar, butter and brown sugar in large bowl. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until creamy. Add eggs and vanilla; continue beating until well mixed. Reduce speed to low; add flour, oats, baking soda and salt. Beat until well mixed. Stir in gumdrops. Shape dough into 9x1 1/2-inch roll. Wrap in waxed paper; refrigerate until firm (at least 2 hours). Heat oven to 350°F. Cut roll, using serrated knife, into 3/8-inch slices. Place 1 inch apart onto lightly greased cookie sheets. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until lightly browned and set. Immediately remove from cookie sheets. Cool completely. Carefully cut gumdrops into small pieces using a kitchen scissors. Dip the blades of scissors into water to prevent sticking.

Recipe Tips: • Vary this recipe easily by using a variety of stir-in ingredients such as mini real semi-sweet chocolate chips, raisins and sweetened dried cranberries. • Roll of cookie dough may be refrigerated for up to 2 to 3 days. The roll may also be frozen. Place wrapped roll of cookie dough into plastic resealable freezer bag; freeze up to 3 months.



Taylor (5), of Rathdrum, chose to use gum drops for her creative cookie condiment. Fun and easy to make, your child will enjoy helping in the kitchen to make this delicious dessert. 21

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5 October

(em)Powering the Future by Emily Olson

4-H National Youth Science Day is the premiere national rallying event for year-round 4-H Science programming, bringing together youth, volunteers and educators from the nation’s 111 land-grant colleges and universities and the Cooperative Extension System to simultaneously complete the National Science Experiment. 4-H National Youth Science Day is intended to spark an early passion for science, engineering and math and to encourage young people to consider these paths of study and future careers. This year’s National Science Experiment is Wired for Wind, an in-depth look at renewable energy technologies in the form of wind-power. Developed by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the University of Nebraska Cooperative Extension program, this three-tiered experiment helps 4-H youth enhance their science, engineering, technology and applied math skills by allowing them to: • Design, build and test two different wind turbine models • Experiment with variables by examining three different blade pitch angles to determine the effect of pitch on rotor speed • Relate their scientific experiences back to their own lives by determining how their communities can harness the power of wind and create a more sustainable and clean energy system • Determine the best location for a wind farm in their state or local area by calculating wind power and studying wind data and maps By connecting these important scientific lessons to civic engagement, 4-H youth become a living, breathing, culture-changing movement for doing the right thing, breaking through obstacles and pushing the country forward to successfully face the challenges of the future. As part of the 2011 4-H National Youth Science Day (NYSD) initiative, National 4-H Council, with support from Toyota, will award a total of $10,000 in Innovation Awards to state and local 4-H programs that hold NYSD events promoting creativity, community action and promotional visibility for 4-H.

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What is PACE?

Partners Advancing Character Education (PACE) is a grassroots Spokane Valley initiative to promote the importance of good character through partnerships with schools, businesses, public agencies, residents, faith-based organizations and community service groups. Working from a common list of monthly character traits, partners strive to promote and integrate each trait into the regular activities of the organization.

What is Character Education?

It is the intentional effort by schools and communities to develop and foster important qualities such as honesty, respect, responsibility and citizenship in their students. Character by character Emily Olson education helps students learn to first judge what is right and then set out to do what is right. It teaches students how to build good traits to help improve student attitudes and academic performance, reduce and/or prevent disciplinary problems in and out of the classroom, and nurture a strong work ethic to create a productive future work force.

Who is involved?

A PACE Leadership Team formed in September 2009 and continues to grow as more individuals and organizations learn about this initiative. The team includes representatives from Avista, State Farm, Better Business Bureau, KiDDS Dental, National Football League, City of Liberty Lake, City of Spokane Valley, ITT Technical Institute, Greater Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce, Whitworth University, Millwood Presbyterian Church, Central Valley School District, East Valley School District, Freeman School District and West Valley School District.

How does it work?

Each month features a character “trait of the month” which is the focus of a multi-faceted communication, motivation and educational program for an entire month. For example, “honesty” as a trait could be addressed in a variety of ways: • In school: Discussions of “honesty” are integrated into classroom and school-wide activities for the month, reinforced with special projects and activities, and tied to achievement awards or other positive feedback methods. Community leaders, acting as “Character Champions,” are invited to speak to illustrate the trait and motivate students. • At home: Parents are encouraged through school materials, parent meetings, volunteer programs and visibility of the trait in their community to discuss “honesty” with their children. • In the community: Businesses, civic organizations and community service groups are asked to support the “honesty” message through discussions, programs and various means of communications with their employees and/or members. • In the media: Public service announcements are produced defining and advocating “honesty”. News releases inform the media of relevant events and activities.

What are the character traits?

Building on the character education program established in the West Valley School District in 1998, the PACE initiative adopted West Valley School District’s existing 10 character traits and expanded the list through a community effort by adding two more traits to cover a full 12-month time period. The traits are:





Respect Recognizing, considering and properly honoring the worth of one’s self and others

Responsibility Being accountable, the pursuit of excellence, and the exercise of selfcontrol

Citizenship Positively contributing to society and community as well as dutifully respecting authority and the law

Caring Showing a genuine concern for the welfare of others and being a kind, supportive helper

Fairness Treating people and ideas with justice and impartiality










Living a set of values which includes honesty, respect for others and a sense of personal responsibility

Unselfish giving and sharing of resources, time and talents with others

Feeling and expressing thankful appreciation for benefits received


Diligence Persistence, dedication and hard work

Trustworthiness Inspiring complete reliability and confidence in his/her truthfulness, integrity and discretion

Courage Displaying integrity in spite of obstacles and challenges

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Bully... do you have one? by Emily Olson

Your child’s teacher calls you and tells you that there is a problem with your child and bullying…of course your first thought is “My poor sweet baby…why would anyone taunt or torment him?” but then the conversation goes on longer and your child’s teacher reveals the unthinkable…it isn’t your child that is being bullied but rather he is the bully. What?!? How could that be? Your sweet angel couldn’t be capable or inclined toward hurting another child!

The first response may be disbelief and denial and that is to be expected but what you do next could change the outcome of both your child’s life and other children’s lives immeasurably. Take Action: One of the biggest mistakes parents make is assuming that bullying is just a stage and that like sucking one’s thumb it will just fade away in time. One study found that nearly 60% of males who were identified as chronic bullies in middle school had at least one criminal conviction by the age of 24. Begin re-teaching your child from the ground up: Because bullying is a learned behavior it can also be unlearned. So, what constitutes “Bullying”? Bullying behavior fulfills the following criteria: Aggression, Repetition, Power Imbalance (your child being physically or socially stronger than the other child), Intention (hurting a child on purpose), and Lack of Remorse (often heard in the form of it being the victim child’s fault or that he deserved it for whatever reason). You are probably thinking almost all children misbehave, have an off day or have exhibited one or more of those behaviors in the past and yet they aren’t considered bullies. What you need to be able to recognize and acknowledge are repeated and intentional patterns. Remember that bullying can be physical, verbal, emotional, sexual or electronic (cyberbullying is rapidly on the rise and needs to be addressed proactively). As is often the case, your child may act differently away from you then they do under your watchful eye. Ask others, teachers, coaches, and relatives for their impression and don’t just disregard any negative comments you may hear…dig deeper and try to get the facts. There is no one profile to a bully so here are a few typical behaviors of bullying to watch for. Remember, Bullying is NOT teasing. Teasing usually involves two kids who are on an “equal plane” – which means the victim or teased child can hold his or her own to the teaser. If the teased child asks the teaser to stop, the teaser usually complies. Teasing is also usually amongst friends or acquaintances. A bullied child never considers the bully to be a friend and the bullied child can never hold his or her own. What to look for (remember to pay close attention to repeated behavior):

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Signs of Possible Bullying (Hint: Look for a repeated pattern) • Excludes or shuns another child • Is insensitive to the feelings or needs or others; a lack of empathy • Taunts, intimidates or harasses • Spreads vicious rumors verbally and/or electronically that hurt or ruin another’s reputation • Physically aggressive (hits, punches, kicks, slams, chokes) • Positive views of violence • Threatens with force or fear; extortion • Marked need to control and dominate others • Damages another child’s property or clothing • Quick-tempered, impulsive, easily frustrated, flares off the top • Takes pleasure in seeing a child (or animal) in distress, unconcerned if someone is upset • Finds it difficult to see a situation from the other person’s point of view • Refuses to accept responsibility or denies wrong doing when evidence shows guilt • Blames the victim or says the child “deserved what he got”; good at talking way out of situations • Shows little sympathy or concern for the victim or a child who was hurt • Targets those who are weaker or younger or animals • Intolerant of “differences” whether it be sexual orientations, cultures, religious beliefs, appearances, age, gender, or ` abilities and often slams those differences.

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Begin re-teaching your child from the ground up: Because bullying is a learned behavior it can also be unlearned. Catching an aggressive behavior early is the best way to stop it. Here are ways to dig a little deeper and find out what’s really happening (and it may take a bit of detective work).

understand what it’s like to be in the other person’s shoes.

Monitor your child a bit closer. Show up sooner at school events. Go to those soccer games. Pick your child up a bit earlier at those play dates. Your goal is to observe your child closer and ideally spot the actual bullying behavior (which is not always easy). The trick is to try to do so without your child watching you. But you need to see the bullying for yourself to get a better handle on what’s happening. Once you recognize this behavior is a fact, then you will need to intervene immediately. Observe your child in a number of different settings. The dynamics (who is in the group, who is leading the group, what the makeup and concept of the group are) all can be clues as to why your child may be bullying.

Provide positive feedback. When your child handles conflict well, shows compassion for others, or finds a positive way to deal with feelings, provide praise and recognition. Positive reinforcement goes a long way toward improving behavior. It is more effective than punishment. If your child doesn’t stop bullying, speak to a child psychologist or other counselor who specializes in helping children to manage their behavior and feelings. It is critical to help your child now. Teen and adult bullying is much more serious and much harder to stop.

Require him to apologize to the child he bullied-either verbally, in a letter (or sometimes both) and continue to follow-up to make sure that the bullying has stopped.

Ask your child. While most bullies deny their actions, don’t overlook discussing this with your child. Don’t ask “Why” are you doing this? Kids usually don’t respond well to “why questions” and may not know the reason. Ask instead “What” queries: “What did you want to happen?” “What did the child do to you?” “What happened right before?” Your child may be the “lead” bully who is initiating the aggressive behavior. But we are seeing a pattern that children who are repeatedly bullied may resort to bullying themselves. No one is defending them and they have no recourse and so they bully. Identify the exact location and time. Bullying is a repeated behavior that usually happens in the same places (called “hot spots”). Those places typically are not adult supervised (such as the back of the school bus, the fringes of a playground, bathrooms, under stairwells, in locker rooms). If possible find out where the bullying is happening. Your first line of duty: tell your kid those spots are off-limits. Make a change: Your first response should NOT be to yell, scream or punish! Remember that many bullies are masking their own low self-esteem. However, it is critical to provide clear, consistent consequences for bullying. Be specific about what will happen if the bullying continues. Try to find meaningful consequences, such as loss of privileges or a face-to-face meeting with the child being bullied. Talk to her about role-reversal: “how would it feel if you were the one being bullied?” Any psychologist will tell you that role playing with children can be an instrumental activity in modifying behavior. Help your child practice different ways of handling situations. Take turns playing the part of the child who does the bullying and the one who is bullied. Doing so will help your child 25

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Honey Chicken Kabobs

1/4 cup vegetable oil 1/3 cup honey 1/3 cup soy sauce (regular or low sodium) 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper 8 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves(cut into 1” cubes) 2 cloves garlic


5 small onions (cut into 2” pieces) 2 red/yellow or green bell peppers (cut into 2” pieces) skewers


In a large bowl, whisk together oil, honey, soy sauce, and pepper. Before adding chicken, reserve a small amount of marinade to brush onto kabobs while cooking. Place the chicken, garlic, onions and peppers in the bowl, and marinate in the refrigerator at least 2 hours (the longer the better). Preheat the grill for high heat. Drain marinade from the chicken and vegetables, and discard marinade. Thread chicken and vegetables alternately onto the skewers. Lightly oil the grill grate. Place the skewers on the grill. Cook for 12 to 15 minutes, until chicken juices run clear. Turn and brush with reserved marinade frequently.

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Could it be time to…tune out? Most adults rely on TV to lull them to sleep yet most research suggests that the bedroom TV is doing a lot more harm than good. Sleep and marriage experts generally think that having a television in your bedroom is a bad idea. The experts agree you should only be doing two things in your bedroom: sleeping and having sex. Bills, kids, computers, TVs ... they’re all roadblocks for healthy sleep and definitely for your sex life. So why do we do it? The answer is obvious, we are sometimes worn out people first and romantic couples second. There are times when the only energy a person has left to give at the end of the day is as an impassive audience. For others the decision to maintain pre-sleep TV time is intentional, insisting that the white noise of a television helps them fall asleep or that a second TV helps avoid conflict over program selection. Convenience is definitely at the heart of the matter since no couple would read studies stating that TV in the bedroom dulls their marital bliss and still elect to put a TV in their room. No, convenience is what takes over…we become busy, realize that the first time we have all day to unwind is also the same time we have to watch TV which is also the same time to snuggle up with our honey…so what happens? We economize…we move both the unwinding time and TV time into the bedroom and try to combine it with snuggle time. This is no great crime; however, here are some things to consider when deciding whether that economy is helping your relationship or hindering it.

More/Better sleep. No one sets out to spend 5 hours/day watching television, yet statistically this is the norm for most Americans. Not only does television in the bedroom keep us up later at night, but there are also studies that indicate watching television before bed actually disrupts sleep cycles. Removing the television from your bedroom can result in not just more sleep but better quality sleep as well. More conversation. As a married couple, some of your most important, intimate conversations will take place in your bedroom during the waning hours of the day… unless of course, the television is on instead. More/Better sex. Couples who keep a TV in the bedroom have sex half as often as those who don’t. Enough said. Realistic expectations for your marriage. In almost all regards, television rarely depicts the world and life accurately. As a result, too much television results in disillusionment about what to expect from the world around us. This can be most detrimental to our relationships when the unrealistic expectations are applied to our marriage, family, love, romance, and sexuality.

Rooms serve a purpose. Kitchens are for cooking… Dining Rooms are for eating… Toy Rooms are for playing… Offices are for working… Rooms serve purposes. The better we define those rooms and their purposes, the more productive they become. Use your bedroom only for sleep and sex by taking work materials, computers, and televisions out of the sleeping environment.

Going to sleep together. While some couples have successfully navigated the television schedule and actually go to sleep together, more often than not one of you doses off during a program while the other remains awake. Removing the television helps foster intimacy by not just going to bed at the same time, but by falling asleep at the same time as well. Masking problems in your marriage. When two imperfect people come together to form an intimate union that shares everything, there are bound to be some problems along the way. Successful couples notice them, discuss them, and find compromise that makes both sides better. Unsuccessful couples don’t. Our marriages require us to be intentional and thoughtful. And that rarely happens when the television is on. Perhaps you have found the balance between TV time and couple time but if not, why not try a 30 day experiment? Tune out for 30 days and see how you feel on day 31. The benefits of having a TV-free bedroom may outweigh the convenience. 27

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Thrifty reading...

ways to save on a guilty pleasure Who doesn’t love a good book? A recommendation from a friend will often send us running to the bookstore to pick up what we believe will be the greatest novel of all time. And yet, as is most often the case, we end up spending way more than we would have liked on a good book at best. Today’s economy might be forcing us to cut back on extravagant expenses ($100 at Barnes & Noble could certainly be considered by some to be an “unnecessary” expense). For those of us die-hard readers out there, we have another option…used books! It sounds so basic and yet BRANDY most adult readers overlook this option. We are perfectly comfortable having a friend or family member loan us their copy but fail to make the connection when it comes to purchasing secondhand books. Lucky for us we have some great local options to visit (listed below) which allow us to thoroughly scrutinize the quality of each used copy or more likely just to simply read the back cover as we normally would do. For those short on time and inclined toward online buying there are an infinite number of ways to procure that novel you’ve been wanting but haven’t been able to justify spending cash on and we’ve given you a list of our favorites. Enjoy and happy reading/saving!

ONLINE RESOURCES: - Shop over 9 million new and used books, college textbooks and more at bargain prices. Free shipping worldwide. They donate a portion of all sales to fund literacy programs around the world. - It’s easy: List books you’d like to swap with other club members and once your book is requested, mail it to the club member. In return, you then choose from 5,140,330 available books which are mailed to you for free. - Powell’s Books is the largest independent used and new bookstore in the world, carrying an extensive collection of out of print rare books as well as more commonly found titles. - Biblio brings together thousands of independent booksellers worldwide to offer you over 50 million used, rare, outof-print, signed and first edition books. I checked for my favorite book, The Crimson Petal and the White, and it was available for only $3.96…had I only known then what I know now!

LOCAL USED BOOKSTORES: Auntie’s Books 402 W. Main, Spokane - (509) 838-0206

Literary Souls 205 E Seltice Way # D, Post Falls - (208) 457-0494

2nd Look Books 2829 E. 29th, Spokane - (509) 535-6464

Bookworm 1132 North 4th Street, Coeur d’Alene - (208) 765-0335

Booktraders 907 West Garland Avenue, Spokane - (509) 326-7653

Common Knowledge Bookstore 823 Main Street, Sandpoint - (208) 263-0178

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Located in the cellar of the historic Montvale Hotel, Catacombs Pub combines great food with old-world architecture, making for an unforgettably unique dining experience. Catacombs is located in what was once the Montvale Hotel’s boiler room. Coal was brought into the building through the coal chute, which is now the “cave” seating area on the pub’s east end. The coal was then shoveled into the boiler, which was located where the brick oven now stands. The exposed stone, solid oak beams and warm brick hearth are features modeled after the finest German and Viennese pubs.

Catacombs Pub 110 South Monroe St Spokane, WA 99201 (509) 838-4610

The food reflects the cuisine styles from Central Europe including Austria, Germany, Hungary and Italy.

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Adoption Open Adoption Services 1623 W Gardner Ave Spokane, WA 99201 (509) 328-6274

Dr. Tracy Ridgeway 920 N. Spokane Street Post Falls, ID 83854 (208) 819-6472

Mark Iverson, Adoption Attorney 900 N Maple St Ste 201 Spokane, WA 99201 (509) 462-3678

Pooch Parlor 5602 North Wall Street Spokane, WA 99205-6436 (509) 489-2886

Adoption Services 2201 N Government Way Coeur D Alene, ID 83814 (208) 667-1898

SCRAPS 2521 North Flora Road Spokane Valley, Washington 99216(509) 477-2532


Arts & Crafts

Call (208) 457-7211 or visit:

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Sticker Planet 610 West Hubbard Ave Coeur d’ Alene, ID 83814 (800) 557-8678

Celebrations 713 W Garland Ave Spokane, WA 99205 (509) 327-3471

Jo-Ann Fabrics and Crafts 1003 N 4th St Coeur D Alene, ID 83814 (208) 667-8103

Madeleine’s Cafe & Patisserie 707 W Main Ave Spokane, WA 99201 (509) 624-2253

In Control Hobbies 2700 E Seltice Way Ste 1 Post Falls, ID 83854 (208) 457-8166

White Box Pies Bakery 28 E Sharp Ave Spokane, WA 99202 (509) 927-8850

Bear Paw Quilting 600 W Kathleen Ave Coeur D Alene, ID 83815 (208) 664-1554

Coco Belle Cakes Spokane, WA 99204 (208) 661-6865

Sew EZ Too 603 W Garland Ave Spokane, WA 99205 (509) 325-6644 The Top Stitch 3808 N Monroe St Spokane, WA 99205 (509) 328-7397 Quilting Bee 12117 E Mission Ave Spokane Valley, WA 99206 (509) 928-6037 A Child’s Dream Come True 1223 Michigan St Sandpoint, ID 83864 (208) 255-1664 Adele’s Sewing Center 516 Oak St Sandpoint, ID 83864 (208) 263-9646

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Animal Care

Animal Care Kootenai Humane Society 11600 North Ramsey Road Hayden, ID 83835 (208) 772-4019 Spokanimal 710 N Napa St Spokane, WA 99202 (509) 534-8133

Mad Batter Bakery 210 W Pacific Spokane, WA 99201 Happy Cake Co. 1312 N Mullan Rd Spokane Valley, WA 99206 (509) 924-8455 Desserts by Sara 10502 E Montgomery Dr Ste 3 Spokane Valley, WA 99206 (509) 922-6039 Sweetwater Bakery 119 E 3rd Ave Post Falls, ID 83854 (509) 326-0806 Pastry and More Northern Lights Mall Coeur D Alene, ID 83814 (208) 667-3808 Sweet B Cupcakes 501 E Sherman Ave Coeur d’alene, ID 83814 (208) 704-2506 Bakery by the Lake 314 N 3rd S Coeur d’Alene, ID 83814 (208) 209-3129

Beauty Salons 14th and Grand Salon 1337 S Grand Blvd Spokane, WA 99202 (509) 624-7263

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Child Care


Koi Salon 319 W 2nd Ave Spokane, WA 99201 (509) 747-3263

Montessori Certified Pre Schools 9009 N Wall St Spokane, WA 99218 (509) 466-6959

Little Smiles Pediatric Dentistry 602 N Calgary Ct Ste 201 Post Falls, ID 83854 (208) 777-9331

Fringe Salon & Boutique 2622 E 29th Ave Spokane, WA 99223 (509) 315-8138

The Nurturey Child Care Center 116 W Indiana Ave Spokane, WA 99205 (509) 328-5677

Molly Gunsaulis DDS 15404 Springfield Avenue #102 Spokane, WA 99201 (509) 922-1333

Brickhouse Massage & Coffee Bar 14222 E Sprague Ave Spokane Valley, WA 99216 (509) 891-1999

Pavlish Playhouse & Preschool 404 E 30th Ave Spokane, WA 99203 (509) 624-1286

Dr. Dance Dentistry for Kids 1027 W Prairie Ave Hayden, ID 83835 (208) 772-2202

True Colors Salon 12016 E Sprague Ave Spokane Valley, WA 99206 (509) 924-3119 Lather Salon & Spa 1710 N 4th St Coeur D Alene, ID 83814 (208) 664-1325 Zi Spa & Salon 1859 N Lakewood Dr Coeur D Alene, ID 83814 (208) 765-9400


Children’s Clothing Berg’s Junior Shoe Shops 818 W Sprague Ave Spokane, WA 99201 (509) 624-2342 Wee Ones Wear 6821 N Division St Spokane, WA 99208 (509) 328-7768 Other Mothers 14214 E Sprague Ave Spokane Valley, WA 99216 (509) 927-3429

Tangerine Boutique 1019 West 1st Spokane, WA 99256 (509) 413-2169

Lollipop Lemondrop 23129 E Mission Ave Liberty Lake, WA 99019 (509) 927-2005

Swank Boutique Spokane, WA 99207 (509) 468-1839

Babies & Beyond 4025 N Government Way Ste 7 Coeur D Alene, ID 83815 (208) 676-8687

Cues 707 W Main Ave Spokane, WA 99201 (509) 838-5837 Coco Boutique 14700 E Indiana Ave Spokane Valley, WA 99216 (509) 921-5592 Runway 210 E Sherman Ave Coeur d’Alene, ID 83814 (208) 667-1100

Child Care Childrens Academy 2231 West Ironwood Center Dr Coeur d’Alene (208) 665-0630 Creative Kids 2225 West Seltice Way Post Falls, ID 83854 (208) 773-1301

Day Spas & Massage Urbana Day Spa 168 S Division St Spokane, WA 99202 (509) 747-7076 Highlands Day Spa 4365 E Inverness Dr Post Falls, ID 83854 (208) 773-0773 Grassroots Wellness Spa 1303 S Grand Blvd Spokane, WA 99202 (509) 474-0213 Serenity Spa & Salon 1727 E Francis Ave Spokane, WA 99208 (509) 487-5555

Entertainment North Bowl 125 W Sinto Ave Spokane, WA 99201 (509) 328-7090

Kinder-Magic 218 Miller Avenue Coeur d’Alene (208) 676-1968

Kidds Dental 1327 N Stanford Ln Ste B Liberty Lake, WA 99019 (509) 891-7070

Little Learner Child Development 15321 E Mission Ave Spokane Valley, WA 99037 (509) 926-0515

Dr. Scott Ralph Orthodontics 3154 E 29th Ave Spokane, WA 99223 (509) 892-9284

Northwest Pediatric Ophthalmology 105 W 8th Ave Ste 512 Spokane, WA 99204 (509) 838-6686

Schools I Can Do It Learning Center (208) 773-4773

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Sports & Recreation

Laser Quest 202 W 2nd Ave Spokane, WA 99201 (509) 624-7700

Wild Walls Climbing Gym 202 W 2nd Ave Spokane, WA 99201 (509) 455-9596

Triple Play 175 W Orchard Ave Hayden, ID 83835 (208) 762-7529

Sky High Sports 1322 E Front Ave Spokane, WA 99202 (509) 321-5867

Splash Down 11023 E Mission Ave Spokane Valley, WA 99206 (509) 924-3079

Skyhawks Sports Camps 6311 E. Mt. Spokane Park Dr Mead, WA 99021 (800) 804-3509

Wonderland Family Fun Center 10515 N Division St Spokane, WA 99218 (509) 468-4386

Jump and Bounce 15310 E Marietta Ave Ste 2 Spokane Valley, WA 99216 (509) 892-6655

Silverwood Theme Park 27843 N Highway 95 Athol, ID 83801 (208) 683-3400 The Garland Theater 924 W Garland Ave Spokane, WA 99205 (509) 327-1050

Home Improvement Rainbow International (509) (208) 762-1252

Pediatric Health Dentists/Orthodontists

Pediatric Health

Coeur d’Alene Pediatrics 9095 N Hess St Hayden, ID 83835 (208) 772-8940 Northwest Spokane Pediatrics 5901 N Lidgerwood St Spokane, WA 99208 (509) 483-4060

Womens Health Northwest OBGYN 105 W 8th Ave Ste 6020, 6025 Spokane, WA 99204 (509) 455-5050 Ajuva Medical Spa 9425 N Nevada Spokane, WA 99208 (509) 468-7546 North Spokane Womens Health 235 E Rowan Ave #102 Spokane, WA 99207 (509) 489-2101 Spokane Obstetrics & Gynecology 105 W 8th Ave #6060 Spokane, WA 99207 (509) 838-4211 Healthcare for Women 980 W Ironwood Dr #101 Coeur d’Alene, ID 83814 (208) 765-1455 Dayspring Midwifery Service 1076 W Hayden Ave Hayden, ID 83835 (208) 772-2823

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Northwest Kids Magazine Sept 2011  

Welcome back to school...check out the latest and greatest finds in our September issue. Spokane, Coeur d'Alene & Sandpoint's go to guide f...