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The UNBC Musical Productions Club and Theatre Northwest formally announced that they will be continuing their partnership. Solomon Goudsward sings a number from the Broadway hit The Last Five Years by Jason Robert Brown the musical the club is opening their season with.

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Alex Verge sings a number from the Broadway hit The Last Five Years by Jason Robert Brown. The UNBC Musical Club will present the show at Theatre Northwest later this year.


The two arts organizations have worked together before but Theatre Northwest and the UNBC Musical Theatre Club have now formalized a partnership. The UNBC club was accustomed to working out rehearsal and performance spaces as a patchwork of facilities cobbled together as best the students could find at the time, including recent uses of TNW.  Now, the guessing and negotiating has been removed. Both the rehearsal process and the performance space will be all under the TNW roof.  “Theatre Northwest is thrilled to be partnering with UNBC Musical Productions again this season,” said Marnie Hamagami, executive director of TNW.

“Having this group in our space makes so much sense for both organizations. They bring great energy to the building and we are able to offer mentorship to their members.” “We are excited beyond words to be working again with the folks at Theatre Northwest,” said Rylee Spencer, president of UNBC Musical Productions. “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels last season would not have been nearly as successful without the guidance and support of Theatre Northwest. We suddenly found ourselves able to bring a much higher quality of production to the community, and we’re now able to take on more challenging theatre with productions like The Last Five Years. This is such a wonderful opportunity for us.”

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The Last Five Years, said Spencer, follows the story of Cathy and Jamie over the course of a five-year relationship as the two fall in and out of love. The intimate and emotionally charged show uses an unconventional plot structure: Cathy tells her story in reverse, while Jamie expresses his chronologically, with the two only meeting once at their wedding in the middle of the show.  “This production features a gorgeous score performed by a live band and two extremely talented performers, and the show will remain with you long after the final bow is taken,” Spencer said. “We are always looking for opportunities to grow our club and expand what we can offer. This season opens with The Last Five Years, and, come fall, we will be an-

nouncing our large 2020 production. We welcome new partnerships, club members, sponsors, and fans. If you haven’t had the chance to catch one our productions in the past, it’s never too late to try us for the first time. This is not one you’ll want to miss.” The Last Five Years opens on Sept. 20 with shows on Sept. 21, 22, 27, 28, and 29th. One of the important offerings TNW can give the student-run UNBC Musical Theatre Club operation is a solid point of purchase for tickets. Seats for The Last Five Years can be bought at the theatre, online at the TNW website, or charge-byphone at 250-614-0039. Prices for this production are $20 for the general public and $15 for students.

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GROCERY SHOPPING ON A TIGHT BUDGET S ummer can be a time of backyard barbeques, picnics and family gettogethers, which can mean larger portions to prepare and a bigger grocery bill. The list below includes tips on how to save money while shopping for healthy options. 1. Make a grocery list and stick to it. Meal planning can help you create a list of the items you need. Think through breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as any snacks you might want or special occasion meals you need to prepare that week. Make the list at home so you can check your cupboards, fridge and freezer for any items you’re unsure of having. 2. Check grocery store flyers while completing your grocery list. Seeing an “On Sale” or “Special” sticker on food packaging seems to trigger the consumer into automatically believing they’re getting a good deal, regardless of whether they actually are. Checking grocery store flyers at home allows you to easily check your kitchen for missing items.  This also allows you to take your time in calculating whether the price is worth it. 3. Price compare online if possible. Several grocery stores in Prince George allow for online orders. This means you

can see what different grocery stores are charging for the items you need that week, ensuring you’re getting a better price and leading to a more efficient shopping trip. 4. Order your groceries online. If you find it difficult to stick to a grocery list and are swayed by the aisles of the grocery store, consider ordering the items you need online. Both Save-On-Foods and Real Canadian Superstore accept online orders, with Save-On-Foods offering delivery.  Ordering online is especially helpful when it comes to seeing how much you’re spending on produce, without having to weigh it in-store. Seeing your tallying climb as you add items to your cart can also help you stay on budget.   5. Compare the unit price for similar items. The unit price will tell you how much an item costs per “unit” or per 100

grams or 100 millilitres. You can usually find the unit price in small print under the main price. This price can help you compare whether a large or small size of an item is a better buy.  6. Compare your grocery bills from different stores. Keeping track of the regular prices of your commonly bought foods from different stores will help you to figure out which store offers the best value for your dollar and whether you’re getting a good deal on sale items at another store. 7. Bring a calculator. Whether you’re using a calculator, your phone or simply writing down your grocery bill as you shop, keeping a tally can help you stay on budget. 8. Avoid shopping when you’re hungry. This may likely be advice you’ve heard before, and for good reason. When you shop on an empty stomach, everything suddenly looks delicious! Shopping while hungry can lead you to buy foods you don’t need and/or less healthy choices. 9. Shop the international foods aisle. Consider shopping for staples such as dried herbs, spices, dried beans and rice in the international foods aisle of your

few sprigs. What do you do with the rest? Fortunately, solving the waste problem can bring joy and deliciousness. The key is to think of herbs - particularly the tender ones - not as accents used in mere tablespoons but rather as star players tossed in by fistfuls and cupfuls. Think of them as leafy greens and use them abundantly, and with abandon. As opposed to the hardy, tough herbs such as rosemary, thyme, oregano, marjoram and sage (which, in my opinion, are good when cooked with food, not eaten raw), the tender herbs are just that: leafy, tender, milder (though full of flavor and fragrance, which is why we adore them), easy and delicious to eat raw or cooked. The most versatile include parsley, cilantro, mint, basil, dill, tarragon, chives, with less familiar members including chervil, lemon verbena and lovage, among others. •Tend to your herbs to prolong their life First, liberate your tender herbs from whatever bondage they arrive in from the store: Take them out of the horrible plastic clamshell and release any rubber bands or twist-ties, which cut into the stems and damage them, leading to deterioration and rot. Discard any obvious wilted or yellowed leaves or stems. For storage longer than a few hours, some people swear by putting herbs in a glass with water as you would a bunch of flowers, but I don’t find that effective, and it requires counter space or, in hot weather, fridge space and the ability to keep the vase

upright, which in my jumbled refrigerator can be a challenge. Instead, I loosely wrap the bunch in a barely damp paper towel and seal that in a lidded plastic or glass storage box to create an environment humid enough to keep the herbs moist but not so damp to encourage rot. If you’re not going to use the herbs within two days, do periodic spot checks and remove any newly wilted or yellowed sprigs, and refresh the damp paper towel. To wash the herbs, separate the sprigs and put them into a salad spinner. Submerge in cold water, soak for a few minutes, and then drain, rinse again, drain again, and then spin them until dry. You don’t want to be chopping wet herbs, or you’ll end up with something resembling lawn clippings. If you don’t have a salad spinner, soak the herbs in a bowl, drain in a colander, and then gently pat dry with a clean dish towel or paper towels. •Use the whole bunch See how many places you can deploy the herbs over the next day or two. Once you get comfortable and committed to not wasting these important ingredients, you’ll find your own delicious destinations as well. As you consider the possibilities, remember: The stems, particularly of cilantro and parsley, are full of juicy flavor. When you chop their leaves, always include some stems, unless you can see that they are damaged or too fibrous. Take a nibble and then decide. In addition to my Any Tender Herb Rice Pilaf, here are a few ideas



grocery store, where they’re often less expensive. Getting to know the layout of your grocery store can help you to find the best price on a product since the same items, such as herbs and spices, can be stocked on multiple aisles. 10. Shop the “reduced” section of the produce department. Fruits and vegetables that appear past-their-prime can still be nutritious; just consider how that fruit or vegetable can be used. If you buy brown bananas and never use them, you’re not saving any money. Less esthetically pleasing vegetables are good for soups and stews if you don’t want to eat them raw. Ripe fruit, such as bananas, pears and strawberries are good for making muffins and loaves. Day-old bread is still safe for eating as is, but makes good French toast or grilled sandwiches. Ripe melons can be diced and frozen, or puréed to make smoothies.   For more budget friendly tips go to and search “budget.” — Kelsey Leckovic is a registered dietitian with Northern Health working in chronic disease management.


Fresh herbs are one of the most straightforward and effective ways of elevating simple home cooking into something notable, and I cook with them almost daily. A few snips of chives on scrambled eggs, a shower of torn basil on tomato salads, sprigs of rosemary in the sauté pan for a steak, and a pinch of chopped parsley for the anchovy butter to top it. And let’s not forget a fragrant peppermint stem, gently bruised to release its oils, as a garnish for my G&T. I grow herbs on my deck, just a step from my kitchen door, so it’s easy to cook this way for much of the year. Rosemary and thyme stick with me throughout the calendar, and every spring I plant an assortment of those that don’t survive the winter. The lineup usually includes chives, tarragon, dill, marjoram, savory, some oreganos, mints, a few types of basil and boatloads of cilantro and parsley. When I encounter something unique, such as Cuban oregano, chervil or salad burnet, I give it a try, and if I end up using it throughout the season, it becomes one of the regulars, too. For just a few dollars and a couple hours of investment, I have a supply of vivacious herbs ready to snip at will. But in the offseason – or if you don’t have your own garden – a desire to cook with fresh herbs can cause some supply-anddemand conflicts. Most of the time you’re buying a bunch but perhaps using only a

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for using those generous bunches to their utmost potential. Go beyond basil pesto. Use nuts other than the pricey pine nuts. Parsley, dill, and walnuts are gorgeous together, perhaps with a few crumbles of feta thrown in. Cilantro and almonds are a natural pairing, as are basil and parsley with hazelnuts. Spread a thick layer onto fish filets and roast at high temperature. I love this with salmon, in particular. Add finely chopped herbs to a basic crepe batter, spread some fresh cheese over the crepes and add a good twist of black pepper, then fold or roll. Step it up by adding a thin layer of gravlax or other cured fish. Make a frittata with tons of herbs, gently sautéed green onions and crumbles of feta. Serve at room temperature, plain or with a drizzle of pesto. Make a smashed potato salad. Boil some new potatoes, drain and crush gently, dress with a combo of butter and extra-virgin olive oil, a juicy squeeze of lemon, and then fold in a big bunch of roughly chopped herbs. Serve at warm room temperature. Make a perfect herb salad, keeping the herbs in tender sprigs or whole leaves, and adding a bit of bulk with arugula leaves or thinly sliced endive for texture, if you like. Dress simply with lemon juice, extra-virgin olive oil, salt and pepper. Serve with lamb chops, the pesto-coated fish above or on top of a crispy chicken schnitzel.


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final signal. How did this battle come to define or display the strength, of Canadians? Less than 100,000 young Canadians won an important lookout that had already cost the French 100,000 casualties.   Berton writes that the Canadians brought characteristics the previous soldiers didn’t. The Canadians were mostly farm boys, used to handling a shovel, used to working in rain, mud, and cold, used to persevering because there was simply no other way to survive in the vast Canadian wilderness. They were used to doing the nearly impossible.  For leadership, we had Gen. Arthur Currie a failed Vancouver real estate agent, who finally found his calling in the military. Currie worked his way up the ranks to general, unlike the British practice of handing senior roles to the aristocratic class. He was a different kind of general. During debriefing sessions after the Battle of Verdun, he compared the accounts of the senior officers with the junior officers to get a more accurate perspective.  He developed battle tactics utilizing

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artillery in a new way which would preserve men at the expense of shells, rather than the other way around. He faced significant pushback, but he persevered and was proven correct. Also, unlike the British generals, Currie informed every soldier, down to the lowest rank, about the plan of battle in the last hours before it began, so that they would know what the objective was even if they were the only remaining soldier in their unit.  Perhaps it was these qualities, combined with the opportunity to show they could do the impossible, that drove our young men that day? To single-handedly charge fortified artillery positions? If they found themselves the last man standing in their unit, to find another unit to join and continue the battle? They won the ridge in pretty much the time and losses Currie predicted.  Is this respect for the lowest member in a group a quality of Canadian leadership? To inform, as well as affirm, the wisdom of the individuals in the crowd? To value the individual, without losing sight of the goal?  Perhaps it is just good leadership, and not particular to Canadians, but either way it was a very successful strategy. France was grateful and, as a token of their appreciation, they gave Canada a portion of the battlefield in perpetuity. The magnificent Vimy memorial to

those brave men stands on that battlefield. It is a breathtaking sight and the purity of the white stone reaching up to the heavens, even while Canada mourns, is testament to the individuals who gave everything that day. After the war, holding only a high school diploma, Currie went on to become vice-chancellor of McGill University and is credited with its revival. His story, his perseverance, should inspire every middle-aged person who wonders if they have anything to contribute after a failed career. Perhaps the inner qualities of the soldiers, and the leadership qualities of Currie, can again can help us to solve the problems of today. The battles may be different, but I would guess, and hope, that the same outside-the box solutions, respect for even the “lowest” individual, and imaginative thinking, that the young men and Currie displayed are still Canadian qualities.  We certainly have enough problems to address. From Reconciliation to land-locked natural resources, from climate change to challenges of our freedom of speech, to political interference in our courts and media. One person alone cannot tackle everything, but perhaps if each one took on one problem with the same imagination and vigour as those heroes did, we could fulfill a destiny worthy of their sacrifice.

ENDLESS SUMMER REQUIRES PLANNING T his shall forever be known as The Summer of Childcare Organization and shall henceforth require many favours from families and friends. It is with great sadness that we lost our steady babysitter last summer. It coincided with time off last year so we did not have to do the mad rush of planning camps and begging favours from everyone we know in order to have our kids in some form of childcare in the summer.  This summer, alas, we had to plan the summer with the precision of a military offensive. My husband and I planned our holiday weeks based on when we needed to be off with the kids. We have mixed day camps with grandparents and teens without jobs in order to be covered. A planned session would generally look something like this: the two of us sitting around the table with a beverage in hand flipping calendar pages and counting weeks.  Conversation would be something like: “Can you get this day off?” “No, I can’t but I can get this day off.” “OK, I’ll ask mom if she’s available.” “Right, we need week one, week three, week five and  seven for camps and mom and dad said we use them for week two, six and eight but we don’t have anything for week four so it looks like we’re taking a holiday.” Back and forth and signing up for camps that make you pay in advance and, upon discovering that precious little tidbit, realizing that you cannot afford to put your kids in camps the whole summer because you will go broke. But was does happen in The Summer of Childcare Organization is that you end up reminded how grateful you are to live in a community where your family is here and is


able to stay with your kids at the lake while you and your husband have to go back to work. When your kids come back from a week of sunshine, rain, playing, eating and swimming all day, they are tired but extraordinarily happy. They came into town mid-week to refuel and they called me.  I asked them if they wanted to come home and if they missed me.  After a brief pause, my son said, “A little yes and a little no. I am having fun so it’s hard to choose.”  My daughter was a hard “No mama.”  She did wish we were there but she wasn’t willing to stop having fun and who blames her.  This is what summers were like for me growing up here.  Often in the summer, my mom would take my brother and I to the lake with friends of ours during the week. When my dad was off work, he would come in the evenings and the weekends because he had to work but we stayed and played.  Swimming all day, exploring, eating junk and sleeping harder than ever. What a wonderful release from a long school year for them being able to just play.  How grateful I am so live here with these people in my life.  My deepest thanks to the village helping raise our children.



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‘NEVER AGAIN’ REQUIRES US TO ACT T he Cambridge Dictionary defines a concentration camp as “a place where large numbers of people are kept as prisoners in extremely bad conditions, especially for political reasons.” While no mention of Nazi Germany is made in this definition, names like Dachau and Auschwitz come to mind when we hear this term. How did the world respond when we learned the truth of the Holocaust?  We vowed “Never Again.”   We proclaimed that the deaths of millions of innocent people would not be in vain. We stated that we would hear the voices of survivors and make a world where human rights would be respected, regardless of a person’s ethnicity. Yet so often have we ignored the most horrendous crimes against humanity. And we are doing it again. Today, thousands of Latin American refugees are being detained in squalid and inhumane conditions at the United States border with Mexico. It is easy to blame U.S. President Donald Trump for this humanitarian crisis, but the causes are far more profound and the responsibility to love one’s neighbour is not unique to the American president. People are fleeing the tropical paradise of Central America for good reason. Centuries of political and economic exploitation have resulted in rampant crime and corruption.   El Salvador experienced decades of civil war as both sides of the conflict were being armed by opposing superpowers. Guatemala experienced geno-


cide. The entire region has experienced the long-term impact of foreign interference. Today, El Salvador has the highest murder rate in the world, while murder and sexual violence are also rampant in Honduras and Guatemala.     Historically, Latin American immigration has been good for the American economy. Today, farmers are so desperate for workers that they are engaging prison populations. This too has ethical ramifications, reminding us of days when people were incarcerated for petty crimes in order to provide slave labour for industry.

It is very easy for Canadians to look south of our own border with horror and arrogance while we do nothing. It is very easy for Canadians to look south of our own border with horror and arrogance while we do nothing.  We claim that this is an American issue.   The fact of the matter is that Canada is not innocent. Canada is also guilty of political and economic interference in the region. We even signed the Safe Third Country Agreement with the

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United States regarding Latin American asylum seekers, an act that has been challenged by Amnesty International and several other human rights organizations. There is actually a great deal that Canada can do to alleviate the suffering of our neighbours. The United Nations is asking us to take in more refugees. Many of the victims of violence are women and members of the LGBTQ community. There are thousands of families who fear returning home with their children. Yet our government refuses to intervene and our population is eerily silent. Canadians have responded in the past. In the 1980s, we accepted roughly 16,000 refugees from Central America. These people adapted well to life in Canada. They learned French and English with relative ease, and are productive, taxpaying citizens today. Why wouldn’t we respond again, especially when our country is facing a growing shortage of both skilled and unskilled labourers?

In the 1930s, the government of Mackenzie King refused to allow Jewish immigrants into Canada. How different things might have been had we been able to see beyond our prejudices and fears. Have we learned nothing from history? We do not have to simply watch in horror as our neighbours are detained in what can rightly be called concentration camps. Unlike many people in the world, Canadians are free to discuss the issue, post stories on social media and join with groups appealing for justice. We can also easily contact our elected officials and demand that our country respond to UN appeals to take in refugees. We can and we need to make a difference. “Never again” is right now. — Gerry Chidiac is a champion for social enlightenment, inspiring others to find their greatness in making the world a better place. For more of his writings, go to

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The Northern Orchestra is staging its most ambitious season of music to date. The region’s premier community development ensemble has a Mainstage Series, a “Coffee Series” and a Special Event Series. These performances are shared between Prince George and Vanderhoof. “Next season will be truly special, and we have planned terrific concerts and a very special event, a concert with yours truly as soloist with the orchestra,” said the group’s founder and music director Gordon Lucas. “I’ll be playing Mozart’s Concert No. 3 and, in recital after intermission, with Maureen Nielsen on the piano, playing a bunch of showpieces by Wieinawski, Gershwin-Heifetz, Bloch, Sarasate and Novacek.” The special focus on Lucas is not a vanity project, but rather an opportunity to capitalize on the novelty of this rare personal appearance in order to gather some extra funding for a good Northern Orchestra cause.  “I’ve not played a public solo concert in 20 years, or with our orchestra as soloist ever, and this will be my last solo performance in public, period,” Lucas said. “This is a special event concert (I am currently calling it a suicide mission, LOL) with a special admission price of $30, because it will be a fundraiser for our tour the following year.”  The productions in the upcoming 201920 season start on Oct. 26 and 27 with a Mainstage show featuring the works of Mozart, Beethoven and more.  The first of the Coffee Concerts happen on Nov. 16 with the Autumn quarter of

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Gordon Lucas conducts the Northern Orchestra in their presentation of From the Golden Age at the Prince George Playhouse in November 2011. Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons as the lead composition. The next of the Coffee Concerts also has the next of the Vivaldi pieces, when Winter is played on Nov. 23.  On Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 the Northern Orchestra showcases its first special event concert of the set when highlights from Handel’s Messiah will be their featured work, along with Corelli’s Concerto Grosso In G Minor (commonly known as the Christmas Concerto), and a selection of other Christmas music.  The Coffee Concert format returns on Feb. 8 with the orchestra playing the Spring corner of the Vivaldi masterpiece. 

The final Vivaldi installment, Summer, happens on Feb. 22 in the final Coffee Concert. The Lucas solo showcase happens on April 18-19.  The Northern Orchestra season’s finale takes place May 9-10 with the works of Strauss, Haydn, Siegfried Idyll by Richard Wagner, Gli Uccelli (The Birds) by  Respighi, and more.  “It will be a grand season and we’re the best entertainment value in the region, so I’ll hopefully see you in the audience next year,” said Lucas, alluding to the price of admission.  Special Event ticket prices will be $20 ($12.50 seniors, students) at the door

for the Messiah showcase and $30 for the Gordon Lucas solo concert ($20 for seniors, students) at the door. However, these shows are also included in the package if you buy a season’s pass. Those are $40 for adults, $30 for students/seniors, or a family pass for $110 to include two adults plus their children for the whole set of Northern Orchestra shows.  All Prince George shows will be held at the First Baptist Church. Vanderhoof venues are still to be announced (Coffee Concerts are confirmed for the Vanderhoof Lutheran Church).  For ticket and concert information, email Lucas at

Two well known addicts in Kamloops recently died of overdoses, they did wonderful things for us, they contributed a lot in their very short lives. One was a very accomplished national author, the other a high profile community member who started many charitable, volunteer activities which benefited many. People were shocked, even angered with their deaths. In one, I recall reading in a Vancouver-based paper (he was that high profile) a letter to the editor – a person wrote about how this evil person should never have been allowed to do the work that he did (he had never met the man in question, only had read the story about this man had died).  I only hope the deceased young man’s children never read that hurtful post. You might ask why I don’t reveal myself if I feel so strongly about being visible in life. I don’t hide in my personal life. Many who know me know I live with the addictive disease. This truly helps in keeping

me accountable. Unfortunately, due to comments like those that I receive when I write this column, I cannot be public. Even the anger expressed at me by anonymous people has been incredibly harsh, considering the fact that all I am doing here is trying to make living amends, trying to help other people by sharing my tale. One day, I will reveal who I am. I eventually want to write a book based upon experiences in my life. I recently read an excellent novel called Blackout: Remembering The Thing I Drank To Forget by Sara Hepola. It is a New York Times bestseller. I am envious of her. Envy always points me to what I want in my life.   Her book starts with nine pages of raving reviews. it shows that many want to know what we live. Even though I am met with hatred at times, this is what keeps me alive and gives me some hope. It is dream of mine which doesn’t involve the consumption of drugs.

TRYING TO EMERGE FROM THE SHADOWS A young doctor I know who wants to work in addictions medicine because of his dad, recently said that overdose deaths were good as they were a form of natural selection.   This morning, I read on a Facebook forum for mothers whose children are addicted to drugs that a nurse told a mom she was happy when drug addicts died as this meant they would not infect other people.  This mom then posted a photo of her son, an addict; one in which he was three years old, just an innocent child. People jump on bandwagons like this.   They say people like me, a loved, decent human being, well respected in my professional life, are nothing but demons, the scourge of the earth. Many hard working, contributing people like me live in the shadows – you’d be surprised.  There is a group of people in Kamloops, who meet weekly to be accountable in their work (a referral is needed). This group is comprised of doctors, nurses, people in safety


sensitive positions (jobs which impact us in our daily living), lawyers, police officers, pharmacists and judges. They attend either because they are mandated or because they wish to voluntarily come. Sadly, it is a fact that those who have to account to a supervisory body do much better in recovery. These are the people who don’t (or can’t) hide with the disease, they may have come voluntarily forward or they might have been caught.  I truly believe that if more people came forward and shared openly who they were, the disease would hold less stigma. By not being open, we addicts become like the boogymen who live under your bed. All nasty things are attributed to us. 

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Even as a former lifeguard, I nearly missed it. With my toddler’s hand in mine, I watched my friend’s child as he bobbed up and down in the hot tub. At three years old, my friend’s son had already taken swimming lessons and was comfortable in the water. But something seemed off. “Hey, buddy, are you okay?” I called out. “Buddy?” The boy didn’t answer. Heart racing, I hoisted my toddler in one arm and ran toward the water. I crouched down and used my free arm to scoop him onto the pool deck. Wide-eyed, he took a deep breath. I did, too. I looked around for his dad, who had been nearby moments earlier. What went wrong here? Though drowning is the leading cause of unintentional injury-related death among children ages one to four, many parents inadvertently put young children at risk around water. Nearly every child rescue I made during six summers as a lifeguard startled a bewildered caretaker. With summer in full swing, families are congregating at their pools, the beach and more. How do parents prevent the unthinkable from occurring? Sarah Denny believes parents need to start by honestly acknowledging that drowning is a threat to their children. Denny is lead author of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Prevention of Drowning policy statement. “If your child has swimming lessons, don’t assume that they’re drown-proof; assume they need supervision,” she said. “Parents must be aware of the risks and take proper

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Rowdy Gaines, three-time Olympic gold medal swimmer, teaches safe swimming to Kai Robinson, 7, as summer camp students look on at the Eatonville, Fla. Community Pool on June 10 as part of the ZAC Foundation watersafety initiative. with special medical conditions, the AAP precautions.” Denny adds that parents should never statement noted. In 2017, nearly 1,000 children died of leave their child alone near standing When I unpack what happened with drowning. Children ages 1-4 have the water in the home (e.g., bathtubs, toilets, my friend’s son, my friend and I both greatest risk of drowning, followed by buckets of water) and outside of it (e.g., made assumptions about the boy’s swim- wading pools or puddles), which pose teens age 10-19. And the risk is higher for boys, children of color and those the greatest drowning threat to children ming ability that blurred our judgment. younger than 1. At the time, we weren’t aware his age Furthermore, if you own a pool or and sex put him at greater risk. Although vacation someplace with a pool, barriAAP Bright Futures encourages pediatricians to discuss water safety during well ers are paramount, Denny said. The AAP visits, neither of us heard that from our recommends four-sided fencing with a children’s doctors. minimum height of four feet and selfAnother misconception about drownclosing, self-latching gates. At non-swim times, doors facing water should be shut ing is that it’s loud and active, said Wiland locked. Ramos also suggests checkliam Ramos, a member of the American Red Cross Scientific Advisory Council. In ing the pool’s water clarity and ensuring reality, it’s quick and quiet. “About 30 to its drain is visible. 60 seconds is about all it takes,” Ramos Swimming in guarded areas adds ansaid. “The body goes into shock and all other layer of protection. However, “the actions are made to attempt to keep the supervising rules still apply when you’re head above water… We do not see a lot in a guarded area,” Ramos noted. “Parof waving and calling for help.” A drown- ents should see themselves as part of a safety team keeping their children safe.” ing person will bob in the water, but Even in shallow water, close supervimake no forward progress, he added. (Recently, country star Granger Smith sion is required. Jeff Ellis & Associates, a and his wife announced that their son, water safety consulting firm that, among River, age three, drowned in moments at other things, trains lifeguards, found that their home.) 75 percent of its lifeguards’ saves took As important as it is to identify drownplace in shallow water (5 feet or less) for the past eight years. ing, Denny said it’s critical to know it When visiting open water like the happens both when children are expectbeach, Ramos advises parents to be ed to be around water and when they’re proactive and research challenges unique not expected to be around water. In fact, to that environment (e.g., riptides), and according to the U.S. Consumer Product know what to do in the event of a drownSafety Commission, 69 per cent of children younger than 5 were not expected ing emergency. to be at or in the pool at the time of a Evidence shows kids between one drowning incident. and four can benefit from swim lesTo prevent drowning, Ramos points to sons, according to Denny. Conversely, the organization’s “Circle of Drowning “there’s some data that parents have Prevention”: a false sense of security,” she said. R0011694344 - Fence pools and spas with barriers, Be sure “in swimming lessons you’re including four-sided fencing. getting feedback on what your child - Children, inexperienced swimmers realistically is capable of.” and all boaters should wear U.S. Coast When preparing for a play date, Guard-approved life jackets. Hughes suggests that in the same way - Learn swimming and water-safety parents ask other parents if kids are gosurvival skills. ing to be around guns, they should also - Provide close and constant attention ask about water. “Water is a threat… to children you are supervising in or near We don’t treat it with respect,” Hughes #201-1777 3rd Ave | pgcitizen.cA | 250.562.2441 | @pgcitizen water. said. “We have to change how we ap- Always swim in a guarded area. proach it.”

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If you do a quick web search for Croatia’s Plitvice Lakes National Park, you’ll get endless results of a natural wonder. Empty pathways snake over emerald waters, surrounded by rambling foliage. The occasional photo shows a traveler or three lingering by the lakes, enjoying the place practically to themselves. In 2010, I was not that traveler enjoying the place to myself. I was smashed in line with so many other tourists that it felt like a Croatian cattle call. We stayed on a packed tourist conveyor belt through the park, taking photos that attempted to crop out other people and signs with messages like “Do not touch the water.” Once my family reached the other side of the park, we wondered whether the experience had been worth it. No one wants to spend their hardearned vacation stuck in a tourist assembly line, but there are many ways to end up there. One minute you’re excited to be visiting an iconic point of interest, and the next you’re stuck staring at the commemorative T-shirt on the tourist in front of you, wondering why you came at all. It’s easy to have a terrible summer vacation. Here’s exactly how. • Book a trip through the most hectic airports and show up late Summertime travel madness begins at the airport. Although airline travel is up because airlines are adding more seats, those extra seats aren’t necessarily leading to longer wait times at the airport, according to Michael Boyd, president and co-founder of Boyd Group International, an aviation consulting and research firm. The main factor that may slow down the line at airport security is who is in the queue. The big difference around holiday travel and regular travel is that you’re dealing with different flying clientele. “There are fewer business travelers and more leisure travelers,” Boyd says. “You get the, ‘What do you mean, I can’t bring my Swiss Army knife on the airplane?’ people. That gums things up.” Boyd notes that two U.S. airports in particular might be more congested than others during summer travel periods: Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson (ATL) and Orlando, Florida’s (MCO). Atlanta’s gets clogged because of its layout, as well as the huge number of flights running through daily, while Orlando’s can be swarmed by Disney tourists. “In Orlando, it’s kids. And it’s people who don’t travel a lot because they’re down there to see Mickey Mouse,” Boyd says. “That does slow things down.” • Pick the most popular time of the year to experience Disney World So what about when you get out of the Orlando airport and head to Disney World? Is summer the worst time to go to the park? “Late summer is generally better than early summer,” says Disney expert Laura Begley Bloom, chief content officer of “There can be times in the summer when it is quieter. Early August is usually a good time.” She suggests looking at hotel and plane ticket prices to determine when crowding will hit. To fill empty beds and seats in slower periods, companies will drop room and ticket fares to incentivize travelers to book at off-peak times. The lower the price, the fewer people jockeying for places in line at the Matterhorn.

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Passengers wait to check in at Gatwick Airport near London on Dec. 21, 2018. This year will be particularly busy, thanks to the arrival of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, now open at Disneyland in California and opening at Walt Disney World, in Orlando, in August. Bloom’s move is to use FastPass+ strategically. Know that lines to enter the parks and lines for the rides will be the shortest in the early part of the day. You can also break up your visit into shifts. “Another smart idea is to get there early, leave the parks during the middle of the day for a break back at your resort, then come back in the late afternoon or early evening,” Bloom says. “The only caveat is that if you are there during a time of extreme overcrowding, you might have a hard time getting back in until much later.” Sometimes that extreme overcrowding can lead to the parks closing temporarily. Bloom says Disney has procedures to close the parks in phases when attendance gets near capacity. “The Magic Kingdom is the most popular and typically the first to close,” Bloom says. “Once it does, the other parks are usually not far behind, though Epcot closes less frequently than Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Disney’s two water parks, Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon, have also been known to reach capacity.” Don’t panic if this happens. The closings shouldn’t last all day. Bloom says that as guests leave the park, more are allowed to enter. To avoid a full-family freakout, buy a park-hopper ticket at Walt Disney World so you have the option of going to a less-crowded park should one (or more) temporarily close. • Opt for obvious attractions in famous cities Lines aren’t only a Disney problem. You’ll run into them if you head to Paris, too. Paris is a popular travel destination year-round, but it truly sees a surge in tourism during the summer months. And while Parisians tend to leave town during this time for their own vacations, it doesn’t result in a perfect balance. The Louvre - the world’s most popular museum - has become so overwhelmed that its employees went on strike. “Waiting times and long lines are a nightmare and a real issue we - the tourism board, Paris City Hall and the cultural sites - want to avoid and to fight,” says Veronique Potelet, press and public relations manager at the Paris Convention and Visitors Bureau.

The city is working on promoting activities that are off the beaten path and developing hotels in outer arrondissements to guide visitors away from the center of the city. It’s an attempt to help travelers “discover a Paris less cliche and more authentic, the one that the Parisians have the chance to live in daily,” Potelet says. New York is working with a similar goal. Like in Paris, more locals leave the city during the summer, offering room for tourists. That may help with subway traffic, but you’re still going to run into trouble if you’re headed to the Empire State Building.

Approach New York’s attractions in a different way, suggests Chris Heywood, executive vice president of NYC & Co. Hot spots this summer will be the High Line, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Vessel at Hudson Yards. You don’t have to skip them - just plan accordingly. Heywood recommends getting to the High Line early or late in the day to avoid most of its visitors and to the Empire State Building very late at night (it’s open until 2 a.m.). He also recommends booking your ticket to Vessel well in advance. Try visiting the Met’s other sites, not only the museum on Fifth Avenue. And after you hit up your standard must-see spots, get out of the city centre. “Some people think of New York as Manhattan only, and that’s a shame,” Heywood says. His picks for alternative exploration include Little Italy in the Bronx, Chinatown in Flushing, Corona Park and Rockaway Beach, a surf spot 50 minutes from Manhattan by train. To avoid the worst summer vacation, take advantage of appropriate loopholes. In most cases, flexibility with timing can alleviate a lot of the pressure and make all of the difference. Don’t show up to the Eiffel Tower or Tate Modern at noon on a Saturday. Book the afternoon slot at Machu Picchu. Save supervisited destinations for off-peak parts of the year altogether if your schedule allows it. And above all else, get to the airport ahead of schedule - if only for the peace of mind.


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Beastly Beauty

July 11-27 Judy Russell Presents brings incredibly popular musical theatre show Beauty & The Beast to the Prince George Playhouse stage for 15 shows. See the best of the city’s homegrown stage talent and the storytelling power of Disney in a live summer blockbuster. Get tickets at all Central Interior Tickets platforms.

Jordan ‘n’ Wine July 11 Prince George’s popular singer-songwriter Theresa Jordan is in the music spotlight at Northern Lights Estate Winery. Her free solo appearance runs 6-8 p.m.

DOA Alive July 12 DOA is returning to Prince George. The iconic punk band, a natural treasure of Canadian counterculture, will be at The Legion along with local openers Children Of The Wave. Tickets are $15 in advance (at Handsome Cabin Boy Tattoo) or $20 at the door, while supplies last.

Goodwin Sings July 12 Singer-songwriter Chris Goodwin is the featured artist at the Oakroom Grill for a free performance from 8-10 p.m.

CrossRoads Music

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Christine Zammic from the Prince George Public Library tells a story in the Knowledge Garden druing storytime in the garden in July 2016. July 13 The Chris Buck Band is the headliner, with opening acts Bralorne, SubTotal at the July edition of the CrossRoads Street

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Downtown Summerfest July 14 Downtown Prince George’s signature event in the summertime is a celebration of food, entertainment and activities for the whole family. Live music, merchant booths, arts and culture displays and much more make this a day to circle on the calendar, headlined by the popular food pavilion. The extravaganza runs 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Canada Games Plaza. 

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July 17 REAPS offers a set of courses for kids that shows how common household items and discarded things can be given new life through the fun art of green crafting. Their “Go For Green Crafts” workshop runs 1-4 p.m. for four days. Two crafts every day, all for free.  

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July 18 Internationally renowned Canadian writer George Elliott Clarke will teach the writing craft at Island Mountain Arts in Wells. He’s calling his seminar Rooting Deep And Branching Out: Seeding The Poetic Imagination. Class size is limited to 10 seats for the four days.

Storytime July 18 Small children have a storytime all their own, outside at the public library.

The Knowledge Garden is the place for gathering around for a good yarn and a song or two. It runs for 30 minutes every summer Thursday from 10:15 a.m., free of charge. It is aimed at kids up to five or six years old. It is the companion to the indoor storytime at the downtown library every Tuesday at the same time.

Writers Stage July 18 Books & Company is the site for an open mic for writers. Whether you are aspiring or established, if you have a story to share, come join the live readings and performances of literary works from 7:30-8:30 p.m. Free to participate, free to attend. 

Electronic Fest July 19-21 The Mountain Valley Music Festival holds its debut weekend, celebrating electronic music and art. It happens at Crescent Spur near McBride. Prices range from $30-$150. Two stages of deejays, producers, rappers and rockers, all with the amphitheatre of the Robson Valley’s sharp peaks to enhance the sounds and sights. Get tickets on the www.showpass. com website. 

Huble For Kids July 20 Huble Homestead Historic Site hosts their annual Kids’ Carnival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It’s a pioneer blast of activities for children and all ages. Enjoy magic shows with William The Conjurer, take part in games and races, try your hand at crafts with Two Rivers Art Gallery, and play carnival games with guaranteed prizes. There is a treasure hunt, food, and all the sights and activities that always makes Huble a pleasant drive north of the city. Admission is by donation, with a recommended amount of $10 per family.




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Be It Tour. His PG shows are always a sell-out. Get tickets at the TicketsNorth website/box office.  

Patrick, Scott & Tessa Oct. 12 During last year’s sold out Thank You Canada tour, it was clear to figure skating superstars, Tessa Virtue, Scott Moir and Patrick Chan, that they were far from done creating and developing a new style of skating entertainment. They and some special guest performers come back to CN Centre to show the Prince George fans what they’ve come up with next.  Rock The Rink is the first edition of an annual tour that focuses on being more than a figure skating show. Combining the highest level of on-ice superstar talent with an ever-evolving touring production, Rock The Rink will produce the highest value of entertainment in the figure skating realm. This year – along with upgrades to lighting, video and interactive technology – live music will be introduced to the show, with featured special musical guest, Birds of Bellwoods.

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Thousands of people made their way to Canada Games Plaza last July to take part in Downtown Summerfest 2018.

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July 20 Northern Lights Estate Winery will show a Movie Under The Stars (doors at 9, show at 10 p.m.). The film for the whole family is Grease. Admission is $17 ($15 for Wine Club members). Book Aug. 23 (Dirty Dancing) and Sept. 20 (Blair Witch Project) for other nighttime films at the city’s vintner. Seating is available, but feel free to bring the comfort of your own chairs or blankets. Concession, wine and beer are all available. Children are welcome. 

July 24 Popular local painter Erin Stagg will set up her easel at Café Voltaire from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for a live painting demonstration that is part instructive and part entertaining. “Come watch Erin bop to tunes and create a painting start to finish. It’s magical,” said organizers. “Erin Stagg is best known for her diverse range of colourful acrylic and oil paintings. Her style ranges from thoughtful, such as her Flora and Fauna collection to light-hearted and comical, like her Yoga animal collection.” Free to attend. Enjoy the food and browse the shelves at Books & Company. 

Northwest. The Sewing For Young Children classes run July 2-5 with options for morning (9 a.m. start) or afternoon (1:30 p.m. start). This class is designed for young children with an interest in learning to sew, ideal ages 8-10 years old. The class consists of 3 hours per day for 4 days. The Sewing Camps-Beginners program runs July 22-26 afternoons only starting each day at 1:30. The ideal ages are 1015 years (as young as 8 for experienced kids) with no experience necessary. It runs three hours per day, producing a project each day.  Sign up at the Theatre Northwest website. 


Walking Tours

July 26 At 8 p.m. hear the rock stylings of the band Subtotal. Strong local musicians Roman Kozlowski, Mike Howe and Brad Martin are excited to be back playing at the Oakroom Grill. Have dinner or enjoy a drink while they play some great cover and original tunes for you. No cover charge.

Tuesdays and Thursdays, take an interesting trip through the city’s core. Meet in the main lobby of the Bob Harkins Branch for a guided tour of Prince George’s fascinating historic sites. Done in partnership with The Heritage Commission and The Exploration Place.

Sewing Up Theatre

Sept. 26 He’s colourful in name and deed. Red Green is the bumbling but pleasantly practical TV fix-it man, the clown prince of duct tape, the sage of the man-shed. This Canadian comedy icon is coming to Vanier Hall on his Red Green-This Could

Penny Days July 20-21 For two days of railroad community fun, come celebrate the little town east of PG that emblemizes the rail and forest pioneering past of this region. The Railway & Forestry Museum is the host of this extravaganza, at the actual Penny Station that now sits on their grounds.  Tour the Museum, hop onto the Cottonwood Mini-Train and learn about the onsite Heritage Gardens. Enjoy local artisan demonstrations such as blacksmithing, wood-turning and wool-spinning and visit Penny Market with local vendors. At scheduled times during the event, there will be speakers and musicians for entertainment. The R&F Museum’s oldfashioned concession will take care of your culinary well-being. 

Registration is now open for Sewing For Young Children and for Sewing CampsBeginners, a pair of fiber art summer programs for youngsters being offered by the costume department at Theatre

July 19 – October 6

REDRESS: Sacred Obligation Indigenous Voices on Reconciliation


Co-curated with Rose M. Spahan, Lower Nicola & Tsartlip Nations

Jennifer Annaïs Pighin. ‘Uloo Nalhjeh-a Dit, 2019. Digital print. 

Red Green

Oct. 18 Canada’s piano man, the Guess Who’s epic vocalist, the only artist inducted into the nation’s music Hall of Fame for both his band and his solo career, the incomparable Burton Cummings is coming to P.G. He was the power voice propelling American Woman, These Eyes, No Time, Clap For The Wolfman and many other hits of the groundbreaking band The Guess Who, but then when he went solo he continued the multi-platinum success with I Will Sing A Rhapsody, Stand Tall, My Own Way To Rock, Fine State Of Affairs, You Saved My Soul, Break It To Them Gently, and more besides. Cummings will be solo at the piano at Vanier Hall. Tickets are on sale now through all TicketsNorth platforms. 

World Curling March 14 start Don’t let the date fool you. The event may be in 2020 but the plans are underway now and the tickets are on sale for this Prince George groundbreaker. P.G. goes global as the host of the World Women’s Curling Championships starting. Get your tickets now, and spread the word to friends and family everywhere that this is the time to come spend some Prince George time, and get a close, personal view of the world-class action the rest of the winter sports community will only get to see on TV. Oh yeah, and there’s also the great social side of curling – there’ll be no bigger party in Canada. Contact Tickets North for tickets and info. 

Opening Night · Thur · July 18 · 7:30pm Opening Remarks | Lheidli T’enneh Men’s Drum Group Mike Schubert | Emily Dundas Oke – Performance Opening Nights are free, all are welcome. Please join us. Please be aware that some of the artworks in this exhibition may provoke emotional experiences. 725 Canada Games Way

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© 2019 by Vicki Whiting, Editor Jeff Schinkel, Graphics Vol. 35, No. 32


There can be many solar systems within a galaxy.

Use the Kid Scoop Secret Decoder Ring to discover the name of this book by Fran Hodgkins and Mike Taylor, which is available at the library.

solar system

What is a galaxy?

A galaxy is a group of stars held together by gravity. Some stars in a galaxy have planets orbiting them. These are called solar systems. The earth is part of a solar system of planets that orbit our sun. Our solar system is in a galaxy called the Milky Way.

How many star shapes can you find on this page?

Milky Way

We live in the galaxy called the Milky Way. The Milky Way is a spiral-shaped galaxy and is estimated to be made up of around 300 billion stars.

Photos: NASA / Hubble Telescope

Types of Galaxies


The word galaxy comes from the Greek word for “milky.” An Elliptical Galaxy is smooth and oval shaped.

An Irregular Galaxy is a galaxy that isn’t spiral or oval. It has an irregular shape and looks like a blob.

A Spiral Galaxy has curved arms that make it look like a pinwheel.

The closest galaxy to the Milky Way is Andromeda, which is around 2.6 million light years away from us.

Night sky photography by Mike Taylor and NASA images of the births and deaths of stars and galaxies help tell the story of the Milky Way along with details about stars, planets, nebulae, super novae and more. To discover the name of this book, find the letter on the outer ring, then replace it with the letter below it on the inner ring.


Hold this page up to a mirror to learn a couple of amazing facts about our sun.

A-maze-ing Stories

Around the world, there are many legends about the Milky Way. Follow the maze to discover what some cultures saw in the Milky Way.

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Source: Kids Discover Magazine

A circle of feathers A raven’s snowshoe tracks Smoke from a heavenly campfire A straw-covered road

Cut out the sentence fragments below and paste them to another sheet of paper in the correct order to reveal an interesting fact about our galaxy.

Shapes in the Newspaper Look through the newspaper for the following shapes: • Circle • Square • Oval • Rectangle • Triangle

Standards Link: Math: Recognize geometric shapes.

ANDROMEDA Find the words in the puzzle. How many of them can you IRREGULAR find on this page? PINWHEEL A I G M B E V I L S GRAVITY N R Y R I O L K A O PLANETS D R S X A W L Y R L GALAXY SPIRAL R E R L A V O B I A MILKY O G A Y K L I M P R SOLAR M U T S T T A T S A STARS E L S P U O R G Y R GROUP LIVE D A P L A N E T S S BLOB A R L E E H W N I P OVAL Standards Link: Letter sequencing. Recongized identical WAY words. Skim and scan reading. Recall spelling patterns.

Keeping a daily journal of what you do all summer is a good way to keep your writing skills sharp. Here’s a great summer tip from Reading Rockets. List on a piece of paper some ideas for Summer Journal entries. The list could include ideas, memories, wishes or questions. Cut these out and place in a clean jar. Pull one out per day and use the heading to write a journal entry.

Summer Jokes

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No matter how old I get, I will always have a childlike enchantment with summer and all its joys: jumping waves in the ocean, biking around town, biting into big wedges of watermelon, watching the fireflies come out at dusk. One of those pleasures is the refreshment of a frosty popsicle on a hot afternoon. I remember my mom used to put orange juice into paper cup pop molds and freeze them for us, and I loved those. But it was the occasional splurge on the package of chocolate pops that really excited me. This recipe taps that same summertime thrill in a way that is fairly healthful, as desserts go, since it is made with low-fat milk (or plant milk), minimal added sugar and dark chocolate. The chocolate mixture is essentially a simple pudding (albeit somewhat thinner than a typical pudding) that is poured into pop molds. Once frozen, they come out creamy, icy and refreshing, amply rich with the intensity of good dark chocolate, and clock in at just 100 calories apiece. Although enjoying one in the shade on a sweltering day brings me right back to my childhood, they taste so much better than the store-bought ones I remember, and they make me glad I’m all grown up.


Whisk together the sugar, cocoa powder and cornstarch in a medium saucepan. Gradually whisk in the milk until the mixture is smooth. Set the saucepan over medium heat. Cook, whisking constantly, until the mixture is gently bubbling and thickens slightly, about 3 minutes. Reduce the heat to low; continue to cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Remove from the heat. Add the chopped chocolate and stir until it has melted, then stir in the vanilla extract and the salt until well incorporated. Distribute the mixture evenly among your popsicle molds or small paper cups and place in the freezer. If using paper cups, place a popsicle stick in the center when the mixture is frozen enough for the stick to stand up straight, about 1 hour. Allow to freeze completely, about 6 hours.

CHOCOLATE PUDDING POPS 8 servings (makes 8 popsicles) This is a sweet treat you can feel good about serving. Dairy milk is called for, but a plant-based milk can be substituted. You will need eight 2-ounce popsicle molds or small paper cups and popsicle (craft) sticks. Make Ahead: The pops need to set up in the freezer until solid, about 6 hours.


1/4 cup sugar 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder 1 tablespoon cornstarch 2 cups cold, low-fat (1-percent) milk, or unsweetened plant-based milk such as coconut, almond or oat 2 ounces dark or semisweet chocolate (about 60% cocoa solids), finely chopped 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

Nutrition | Per serving: 100 calories, 3 g protein, 15 g carbohydrates, 4 g fat, 2 g saturated fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 75 mg sodium, 0 g dietary fiber, 12 g sugar (From nutritionist and cookbook author Ellie Krieger.)

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My husband’s mother believes she is going to continue the tradition of taking our kids (five and seven) for several weeks every summer, as my husband did as a kid with his grandparents. But they lived in the country with nature to explore. My mother-in-law lives in a suburb and loves shopping, restaurants and movies. I know she loves her grandkids and I have no problem with visits, but I don’t see this idyllic summer-with-grandparents thing working out. I don’t want to hurt her, but there are a lot of better options and camps for my kids to do during the summer. My husband is very passive about talking to her about this. The important themes here are kindness, love and tradition - so prioritize those as you establish new expectations. The longer you wait, the harder it will be for her to adjust. Express gratitude for her offer and for her desire to be part of their lives, and talk with your husband about possibilities for a special tradition that stops short of becoming Summer of the Mall. Maybe it’s just one week? Maybe they take a special vacation together at a different locale? Maybe you find some particular experiences near her that meet your needs: zoo, nature centre, museum or pool memberships? Then, suggest. “We’re excited to continue the special grandparent-grandkid bond that’s been so important in this family. Since schedules and circumstances are different this time around, here is what we had in mind for you and our kids. We know they’d have a blast with you.”


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My 35-year-old son has recently put on quite a bit of weight, and my husband and I are at odds about whether we should bring it up. He feels strongly that, because obesity and heart issues run in his family, we need to alert our son to the potential seriousness of this and help him get back on track. I feel like of course our son knows this, and it will only make him more ashamed and upset. He’s a grown man and our job is just to love him. I lean much more toward your side. Assuming he’s not totally in the dark about his specific genetic risks, I agree it’s doubtful there’s some special insight about weight or health that he doesn’t already know. That said, I don’t think total silence is necessary either. Significant weight gain could have not just troubling effects, but troubling causes too. Might he be depressed? Have a hormonal imbalance? Be sleeping poorly? There’s a sweet spot between the semi-critical nature of “You’ve put on weight and we’re concerned” and the vague dancing-around of “Is everything OK?” I won’t put those words in your mouth (for once!), but they will come to you when you establish a loving, listening conversation about how things are truly going in his life. Chances are, there’s something behind the weight gain. Be empathetic and loving as you try to figure out what it is. — Andrea is a clinical psychologist who writes a weekly relationships advice column in The Washington Post



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