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New Rules of Teen Dating

Relationships 101 for parents

Child Sexual Abuse

Recognize the symptoms


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When to approach another mom about her teen’s behavior

10 Tips for Scholarships Where to find $ for college

ACT & SAT Testing

Understanding the differences between college assessments

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Editor’s Note

Is My Kid OK? Coping with teen’s changes


Growing Up


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College + Tweens/Teens + Exciting News


ccording to a recent report released by the Institute for College Access & Success, the average college student graduates with about $29,400 in debt. As a mom with three kids, one of whom who wants to study medicine (my daughter), I find that number eye-opening. Still, despite discouraging headlines about the skyrocketing costs of higher education, a college degree remains a wise investment for career success in a competitive job market. My oldest, 13, is five years away from college, and while he has had a college savings account since before he took his first steps, he will still need to rely on student loans and if he’s fortunate, scholarships, to finance his education. That’s why I read Dave Bergman’s article (10 Tips for Landing College Scholarships, page 18) with much interest. Bergman is a partner with College Transitions, a team of experts who help families with the college application and enrollment process, and he outlines advice on how to find legitimate scholarships opportunities. To increase the odds your child lands a coveted scholarship and receives an acceptance letter to the college of her choice, she’ll also need great scores on the ACT and SAT. Writer Anne Wooten Green shares tips for doing well on these tests, explains the differences between them and when students should take them (Understanding the Differences Between the ACT and SAT, page 20). This month’s issue, which also focuses on tweens/teens, tackles some tough topics for parents such as relationships (New Rules of Teen Dating, page 10) and when it’s OK to approach other parents about their child’s bad behavior (Tattletale Parents, page 16). And finally, Piedmont Parent is welcoming spring with exciting news. Carolina Parenting Inc., which owns this magazine and our sister publications, Charlotte Parent and Carolina Parent in the Triangle, is being acquired by Morris Media Network, a family-owned company based in Augusta, Ga., with media properties from Charlotte to Honolulu and around the globe. You may know Morris through the company’s Where travel publications, skirt! magazine or daily newspapers in Savannah, Ga., Jacksonville, Fla., and 10 other cities. What does this mean for our readers? You’ll be unlikely to see many changes. The dedicated staff at Piedmont Parent will remain — as will our commitment to being the No. 1 resource for Triad parents. We are thrilled to become a part of the Morris Media Network family, and we thank you, our loyal readers, for your continued support. As always, please call or email with your story ideas, comments or questions. | 336-983-4789





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Benefits of transitional kindergarten Our son has a fall birthday, but still makes the cutoff date. He is a bright child who already knows his letters and numbers, and definitely could handle kindergarten, according to his preschool teacher. Should we send him to kindergarten in the fall or enroll him in our district’s transitional kindergarten program? What are the benefits of transitional programs?

Today’s kindergartens are quite often yesterday’s first graders. On the other hand, transitional kindergartens are more like kindergartens used to be. In them, academics take a back seat to socialization. Children learn how to wait their turn, share ask the and play with other children. Most of teacher the learning is done through hands-on activities. These programs are fun, and children tend to fall in love with school. As far as research goes on the benefits of transitional programs, most of it is positive. The only big negative seems to be that it can add a year of schooling. Positives include less need for special education programs and higher achievement scores beyond grade three. Plus, children attending transitional programs will be older and more mature in high school and college.


of adolescents with psychiatric disorders receive no treatment of any kind. — Duke Center for Child and Family Policy

Not all children can attend a public transitional kindergarten program. In some areas there is no funding available, or enrollment may be limited to disadvantaged children. The advantage of attending a public program rather than non-schoolbased programs is that the teachers are certified in public programs and the curriculum is aligned with the school district’s kindergarten program. At the present time, far more children attend non-school-based programs. Parents should send questions and comments to dearteacher@dearteacher. com or go to — Peggy Gisler and Marge Eberts

Social ties trump biology in teen sleep problems A new study published in the December 2013 issue of the Journal of Health and Social Behavior suggests that social ties, including relationships with peers and parents, may be more responsible than biological factors in changing health sleep patterns among adolescents. David J. Maume, a sociology professor at the University of Cincinnati, analyzed the changes in school-night sleep patterns of nearly 1,000 adolescents ages 12-15. He found that during this period,


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the average sleep duration dropped from more than nine hours per school night to less than eight. Maume found that parental monitoring of adolescent behavior — especially in setting a bedtime — strongly determined healthy sleep habits. Adolescents also had sleep of longer duration and higher quality when they felt a part of the schools they attended or had friends who cared about academics and were positive, social people.

In other findings, minority adolescents reported less sleep on school nights than their white counterparts. Adolescent girls reported more sleep issues than boys, such as waking up in the middle of the night and not being able to fall back to sleep; worrying about homework, friends, or family and not being able to fall asleep as a result; and having trouble falling asleep at night or waking up in the morning. — Katherine Kopp

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Don’t miss ‘A T.Rex Named Sue’ at GSC The discovery of the Tyrannosaurus rex bones, known as Sue, in Hell Creek near Faith, S.D., by fossil hunter Sue Hendrickson ranks as one of the most significant fossil finds to date. At 90 percent complete and artfully preserved, Sue’s skeleton is a rare find and provided scientists unique opportunities to learn about her, her species and other animals that lived during the Cretaceous period. Now until May 4, Greensboro Science Center visitors will have the opportunity to discover what these

professionals have learned. Visitors can experience this 42-foot long, 12-foot tall at the hips, fully articulated, skeleton cast of Sue and will be able to get hands-on with replicas of Sue’s arm bone, tail, rib and teeth, engage in interactive activities and learn how Sue saw, ate, and sniffed out prey. Visitors will also have the opportunity to watch footage of the real Sue being excavated and sort fact from fiction as they learn all about this fascinating dinosaur. For more information visit

Cone Health to offer additional care for children in need The new Cone Health Center for Children, in the Wendover Medical Center, 301 E. Wendover Ave., Suite 400 in Greensboro, will serve children and adolescents in need ranging in age from birth to 21. After a recent announcement that Guilford Child Health will undergo a large layoff of staff, the new Cone Health practice wants to ensure that the nearly 40,000 children and adolescents in Guilford County who are insured by Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program or who don’t have insurance, continue to receive care. Some of the former Guilford Child Health physicians and providers will also staff the Cone Health Center for Children. The center will provide well visits and sick-child care Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. In addition, a variety of services will be provided to children who are chronically ill, developmentally delayed or affected by mental-health issues. For more information, visit

St. Leo to hold 19th annual Road Race & Fun Run St. Leo School will hold its annual 5K, 10K and Fun Run on March 15, starting from the school, at 333 Springdale Ave. in Winston-Salem. The USATF certified 5K and 10K courses wind through Buena Vista, while the one-mile Fun Run provides a family-friendly shorter route. With the help of their sponsors, all proceeds generated from the event fund St. Leo’s children’s programs. Prizes will be awarded for the top three overall male and female finishers in the 10K and 5K races, as well as for the top three runners in each age division. All children completing the Fun Run will receive a ribbon. Prizes will also be given in adult (age 16 and over) and kids categories for the most creative costume, the best group costume and the best “wearin’ of the green.” The award ceremony and door prize drawings will be held immediately after each race. Additionally, the Lucky Leprechaun Warm Up Fun Run and Pasta Dinner will be held the evening of March 14. For more information and for links to registration, visit

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How do you feel about Common Core? “When you blanket curriculum onto all children you disempower teachers to use their individual resources to actually teach. Not all children learn in the same way and it seems the only emphasis is on test scores these days. What happened to comprehension and the ability to apply information versus regurgitate it?” Christie Pleasants-Heffner “Not happy!”

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PARENTING TOOLBOX “Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain” by New York Times Best Seller Daniel J. Siegel, M.D. (Tarcher, $27.95), delves into brain development between the ages of 12 and 24 — often in “maddening” ways. Siegel explains that instead of dreading these years, parents can form a deeper understanding of how their teen’s mind works to view this period of cognitive growth as positive and transforming. Hardcover. “Soul Searching” by Sarah Stillman (Simon Pulse/Beyond Words, $17.99) leads teenage girls on a fulfilling journey of self-discovery. Written in 2000 by Stillman when she was only 16 years old (and updated in 2012), “Soul Searching” goes beyond “selfhelp” to offer journaling tips, meditation exercises, dream analysis, spa treatments, yoga exercises, and advice regarding social media, health and sexuality. Ages 12 and older. Hardcover.

5 Apps to Help Prevent ‘Drexting’

Kohl’s Cares’ beginner books support children’s health and education Kohl’s Department Store has launched a colorful Beginner Books series that comes with coordinating plush toys for $5 each through April 5. The program, known for recognizing and rewarding children and teens for their community volunteering initiatives, will contribute 100 percent of the series’ net profit to efforts that support children’s health and education initiatives nationwide. Titles include Dr. Seuss favorites such as “Put Me in the Zoo,” “Go, Dog. Go!” and “Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb.” Learn more at


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Teen “drexting,” or texting while driving, is becoming a leading cause of death for teen drivers. Researchers at Cohen Children’s Medical Center in New Hyde Park, N.Y., estimate that there are more than 3,000 annual teen deaths and 300,000 teen injuries nationwide due to texting while driving. A team of Cohen Children’s Medical Center investigators also found that among 8,947 teens ages 15-18 driving between September 2010 and December 2011, 49 percent of the boys and 45 percent of girls admitted to texting while driving. Find more “drexting” stats and facts at Here are five apps, according to Mashable, that can help prevent texting while driving: ■ DriveOFF (Android, free): ■ DriveMode (free for AT&T customers with Android or Blackberry devices): ■ TextBuster (Android, free): ■ DriveScribe (Android and iPhone, free): and ■ Canary (Android and iPhone, free): and

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Springtime Basket SUPPLIES: • Recycled cardboard egg cartons • Spray paint • Wire (electrical works great) • Buttons • Ribbon pieces • Paper grass • Tacky glue craft • Scissors corner • Hole puncher

1. Cut the lid and side piece

from the egg carton and spray paint it. Two coats will make it brighter and shinier.

the carton and thread the wire ends through, twisting them to secure a handle.

4. Tie 6-inch pieces of ribbon

onto the handle into double knots. You can double a few sections up to create a thicker and fuller look.

5. Eggcellent! Add paper grass

in each hole if you like that addition. If you want it to stay secure, put a little tacky glue in each hole first, then let it dry for a few hours before using the basket.

2. Cut a 24-inch piece of wire.

Add buttons to the wire every 2 inches or so by threading the wire through the holes and twisting it around.

3. Punch a hole in each end of

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Stop the junk mail It’s been estimated that we use as much as 100 million trees and 28 billion gallons of water to produce junk mail for just one year. Each American household also receives an estimated 850 catalogs, credit card solicitations and other junk mail. You can stop 75 percent of all junk mail by registering for the Mail Preference Service on the Direct Marketing Association website ( For a fee of $1, your name and address will be removed from prospective mailing lists. Be patient, as it may take up to 90 days for most mail to stop. But you’ll be glad you a day. —

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is my kid ok?

Coping with teen daughter’s transformation


By Susan Michels

Our 16-year-old daughter recently started dating someone we disapprove of. He does not do well in school, does not seem close to his family and we suspect that he is drinking. Our daughter’s attitude seems to be changing. She is not talking to us as she once did and her grades have slipped. What should we do?


The adage in real estate is “location, location, location.” In dealing with teens it is “communication, communication, communication.” At 16, your daughter is going through rapid physical and emotional changes. She is beginning to assert her independence and test boundaries. She is attempting to discern what she believes and why. Many teens at this age seek new relationships and begin to explore ideas and behaviors in an attempt to distinguish themselves from their parents. Offer your daughter your undivided attention and be wary of getting into power struggles over her attitude. If you make your time with her about her black fingernail polish or lack of eye contact, she will be more likely to shut down and not share what is happening in her life. Fads are fleeting; the love between you and your daughter is not. Talk with her about the qualities she is looking for in a relationship. Find out what she likes about the boy she is seeing and ask how she feels when she is with him. Listen. Really listen. Active listening requires minimal background noise and no cell phone disruptions. If this is impossible in your home, take your daughter to her favorite restaurant or for a walk in a park. Show her you enjoy her company and value her thoughts and opinions. Encourage her to include her boyfriend in a family activity or have


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him over for dinner. This will allow you to get to know him and for him to get to know you and the way in which you care for one another in your family. Acknowledge that your daughter is not being raised in a vacuum. She is influenced by the principles in your home, but is also bombarded with ideologies from school, world news, social media and the behaviors of everyone around her. Ask her open-ended questions about issues such as underage drinking and find out if she has any concerns about her friends and their safety. Once she feels comfortable sharing her thoughts about others, she is more likely to share concerns about herself. Introduce “hypothetical situations” such as teen pregnancy, shoplifting and bullying. This can be a great way to approach hard topics and explore your daughter’s potential responses to certain “scenarios.” Monitor your own body language and maintain neutrality as you listen, so that your daughter feels safe in sharing her opinions honestly. Get or stay involved in her education. Ask her about classes and

what she is learning. Teachers don’t mind concerned parents and sometimes it is helpful to have their feedback about behaviors noted at school. The African proverb “It takes a village to raise a child,” makes perfect sense in today’s busy world. Safety is paramount. Clear boundaries such as curfews, community limits and expected behaviors (ideally negotiated ahead of time) help teens know that they are not only accountable to you, but are still being backed by you as well. Encourage them to call you when they need help, even if they have compromised the expectations or broken the rules. Limits and consequences set within the boundaries of love are tools to help your teen create a stalwart selfportrait against the canvas of a changing and turbulent world. Susan Michels works with children and adolescents at Cone Health Behavioral Health Hospital. Please submit your questions to “Is My Kid OK?” by emailing sherri.mcmillen@conehealth. com.

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Moving? Help kids of all ages make the transition with ease By Malia Jacobson | Freelance writer and mother of two

Changing addresses — and sometimes schools, communities and friends — is a rite of passage for millions of children. According to U.S. Census Bureau data, the average American moves nearly 12 times in a lifetime, with two to three moves occurring before the age of 18. While a new hometown can be exciting, expansive and fun, it can also make a child’s world feel topsy-turvy. Here’s age-by-age guidance on helping children take a move in stride.

Ages 2-5

Ages 6-13

Facing fears

Moves aren’t just hard on older children and teens — very young children are affected by moving, too. Toddlers and preschoolers thrive on predictability, so a move that interrupts the daily routine can be distressing, especially if it means parting with a familiar school or daycare, a favorite park, or a cherished relative. “Some children are very upset by moving,” says Deborah Pardee, psychotherapist and core faculty at University of the Rockies in Colorado Springs, Colorado. “Parents can help in this process by recognizing that the child is going to experience loss, and talking about it.” Assure children that favorite people and places won’t be forgotten. Make a memory book full of photos and mementos from the old house and hometown. Little ones may fear forgetting something important at the old house or even of being left behind themselves. Let fearful tots know that nothing important will be forgotten by discussing how the moving van will deliver all of their toys and furniture to the new house. Show a child maps and driving routes or plane tickets and talk about how all family members, including Fido and Fluffy, will get to the new house, safe and sound.

New horizons

School-age children are beginning to exercise more control over their lives, and a move can make them feel powerless. When Charlotte mom Sydney Eggleston moved with her family from Seattle, she involved Hayden, 14, and Sophia, 12, in as many steps of the process as possible, asking them what they wanted in a new home and embarking on a cross-country “treasure hunt” during the actual move. Help ramp up excitement about the change by creating a new-home wish list together: Does your child dream of living near the beach, skyscrapers, or wide-open spaces? Checking out options for amenities like bike trails, skateboard parks, and swimming pools can help kids and tweens see the upside of a move. “The new neighborhood might offer activities and resources not previously available, so a move can be a good time to try something new,” says Paul A. LeBuffe, director of Devereux Center for Resilient Children in Villanova, Pa. “Joining an organization or club, taking a new class, or volunteering in the community can provide new experiences, cultivate new interests, and provide opportunities for making new friends.”

Ages 14-18

New networks

A move can uproot a teen’s social world at a time when relationships are crucial to self-esteem and personal growth. “Peers provide a sense of identity through shared values and interests, as well as a relatively safe context in which to explore a teen’s emerging personality,” says LeBuffe. Parents can minimize the stress of a move by encouraging teens to use technology to stay close to pals. Eggleston helped arrange Skype calls between her kids and friends in Seattle. Even with parental help and support, teens may display sadness, withdrawal, and resentment toward parents while they adjust to the new setting, says Marilyn B. Benoit, chief clinical officer at Devereux Center for Resilient Children in Villanova, Pa. This may look like depression, but in most cases, it’s not. “The ‘normal’ depressive reaction is situational,” she says. “A healthy teenager will use resilient coping skills, exploring new relationships and hobbies while staying in touch with old friends.”

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The New Rules for Teen Dating By Suzanne M. Wood

As prom season approaches, it’s easy to conjure romantic thoughts of dating rituals we experienced long ago. Perhaps the thought of all those sweet young couples slow dancing under paper streamers coaxes a nostalgic sigh or two. Ah, reality. If you’re the parent of a child who’s recently started middle school, get ready for a decidedly new dating scene. Yes, the prom as we knew it still exists, but even its drama pales in comparison to today’s boy-girl relationship issues. “It’s not your parents’ dating anymore,” concedes Robin Gurwitch, a clinical psychologist at the Duke Center for Child and Family Health. “We don’t have the vocabulary, and we don’t have the experiences to be able to help. We’re learning this at the same time our children are navigating through it.” What follows is a teen dating primer to help your child — and you — forge the valley between child and young adult.

Dating starts earlier It’s not unusual for sixth-graders to say “I have a boyfriend/girlfriend.” Often these relationships develop through texting. These first relationships usually don’t go beyond chatting, posing for pictures later posted on social media and requests to attend co-ed group outings. Most experts and parents consulted for this article say group “dates” to the mall, movies or even a friend’s house are fine as long as they’re supervised, even if it means just being in the same shopping center. Ed Parrish, a banker and father of four from Graham, has noticed that his 13-year-old son has started asking his older sister if her friend’s younger sister can join her on visits to the Parrish home. They’ll hang out while their older sisters visit. Sometimes, his son will go to the movies with guy friends and “meet up” with a group of girls from school, Parrish says. He feels comfortable with these early forays because “we’ve given him the talk about the need to respect young ladies and what we expect of him.” What to watch for: Cell phones and social media can lay traps for preteens and young teens. Parents should establish ground rules for texting members of the opposite sex and explain the importance of avoiding any form of “sexting.” Parents should also monitor their child’s text conversations and follow/friend them on any social media sites where they have accounts. Young teens have especially fragile egos, so negative peer feedback on social media can be especially damaging.

The new ‘talking’ phase of dating


Kids today don’t plunge into dating without first going through the “talking to each other” phase. This means a boy and girl who feel an attraction spend time together, whether alone or in groups, then text and/or Snapchat in-between. A fairly high bar stands between this phase and actual “dating,” wherein one member of the couple — still usually the boy — officially asks the other out. Megan*, a senior at Myers Park High School in Charlotte, says only about 20 percent of these relationships result in an official couple. Jennifer*, a junior at Sanderson High School in Raleigh, notes that while it’s not cool to “talk” to more than one person at a time, some people go from one talking “relationship” to another without actually dating anyone, which tends to explain the relatively low numbers of actual couples. For instance, among Megan’s circle of about seven close girlfriends, only two have boyfriends. The rest MARCH 2014


tweens/teens are either single or talking to someone. up with people they’ve just met, casual acquaintances and “Maybe among the younger girls it’s more important to even friends. For most teens, there are no strings attached. have a boyfriend, but as we’ve gotten older, it’s just not as Jennifer, when asked if hooking up with a guy meant a girl important,” she says. had a crush on him, says dismissively, “Nope.” And Megan Parents should try to stay on top of who their child is concurs: “It would seem very strange to me that a girl would talking to or dating, and why — especially with younger think there’s something there” after a hookup. teens. This is a prime opportunity What to watch for: It’s time to to find out what they find approhave the “values and expectations” priate and desirable in a romantic talk if you haven’t already. This can We don’t have the partner, says Crystal Reardon, mean discussing your family’s views vocabulary, and we don’t director of counseling for Wake on sex before marriage as well as have the experiences to be County Public Schools. “There is a frank talk about abstinence, birth able to help. We’re learnbalance there. You have to respect control and sexually transmitted dising this at the same time your children’s feelings but also eases. Case in point: There’s a myth want to help keep them safe.” our children are navigating in teen circles that you can’t get STDs What to watch for: Girls usuthrough it. from oral sex, Gurwitch notes. She ally don’t want to bring someone — Robin Gurwitch, a clinical says as cringe-inducing as this converthey’re just talking to home to their psychologist at the Duke Center sation will be, it has to get done. “Try for Child and Family Health parents, say both Megan and Jenit while you’re driving,” she advises. nifer, so be prepared for some flak “There’s something about not sitting if you insist. next to each other on a couch that makes this easier for both “You never want the guy to think you’re going, ‘Oh, we’re you and your child.” dating, so I want you to meet them,’ ” Megan says. On the other hand, she adds, “if you’re really dating, at some point Love hurts, regardless of your age you absolutely do want your parents to meet him.” Just because teens are more casual and sophisticated about dating doesn’t mean they don’t still suffer heartbreak. Events are a group experience Even 14- and 15-year-olds can fall in love, Reardon says. Your teen doesn’t have to be dating or talking to anyone “To a child or teenager who is experiencing this, it is to have a date to the prom, winter formal or Sadie Hawkins dance. That’s because most kids go in large groups and are very real and very important,” she says. Broken hearts after couples in name only. Johnny may still ask Suzy to be his a breakup are real, too, and just as with adults, there’s no date, but only after the “group” has decided who will go with timetable for recovery. whom. The group eats dinner together, poses for pictures What to watch for: If your teen experiences signs of together and attends the dance together. Of course, kids depression weeks after a breakup, appears to be arguing or who already have relationships — and even some still in the behaving differently with their boyfriend/girlfriend, withtalking phase — will go with that special person, but still draws from other friends, or shows signs of physical abuse as part of a group. As Megan puts it: “It’s not, ‘Who’s your such as bruises or scratches, check with your doctor, school date? But, ‘What group are you going with?’ ” counselor or a community psychologist right away, advise What to watch for: Officially, it’s OK for kids who both Gurwitch and Reardon. aren’t part of a large friend group to go with just a date The new rules for teen dating may be daunting — and or with another couple, and it’s OK for kids to go “stag.” surprising — but they are very real and, whether today’s Unofficially, there are unwritten rules that your teen knows parents like it or not, guide many teen relationships. Plug might discourage him from attending even if he wants to. in, watch for signs and remember that regardless of how the If that’s the case, the only thing you can do is offer support rules change, love evokes the same positive and negative and perhaps plan a trip or outing for that night. emotions it always has, regardless of what decade it is.

Hooking up is common and accepted

To college students, hooking up means having casual sex. For high-schoolers, it can mean that, too, but usually refers to making out at parties or get-togethers. Kids hook

* Names were changed to protect identities. Suzanne Wood is a Raleigh-based freelance writer and mother of three.

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Too Close for Comfort Recognizing child sexual abuse By Lisa Hassell

One afternoon in May 2011, 32-year-old Brian* got a phone call from his sister, asking if he heard that their 12-year-old niece, Stephanie*, had confided in a school friend that she might be pregnant by her stepgrandfather. The friend told a teacher, and a school counselor immediately met with Stephanie and notified her mom. The Department of Social Services, sheriff’s department and family began investigating to discover that Stephanie’s stepgrandfather had definitely abused her. Mary*, Brian’s mother and Stephanie’s grandmother, was horrified, embarrassed and overloaded with guilt. How could her husband have been capable of something so horrendous? Two weeks after Stephanie disclosed the horrible truth that had been going on for more than a year, police arrived to serve Stephanie’s stepgrandfather a warrant for his arrest. Facing the reality of what was happening, he took his own life. Nearly three years later, Stephanie continues to receive therapy but may never fully trust anyone again. Her innocence was stripped away, and she lost a large part of her childhood forever.

The signs Looking back, Brian says that he could see slight signs of the abuse in Stephanie. She tried making herself look ugly and became flirtatious with men his age. He never thought it was anything other than just normal adolescent behavior, or a result of not knowing her biological father.


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When parents hear the term “sexual predators,” they may think of stories that have flooded the media, such as the sex abuse scandal involving Penn State University football coach Jerry Sandusky. As a society we shake our heads in disbelief or briefly feel sympathetic for victims. We often don’t take the time to truly consider that child sexual abuse happens in our own communities, and could happen to our own children. It isn’t something parents want to consider, but it can and does happen.

Identifying a sexual predator Child sexual abuse refers to exploitation, child pornography and physical contact. The most likely perpetrator is a trusted adult. “Stranger danger” is a

memorable phrase for parents, but the truth is, of children who are sexually abused, 80 percent of girls and 93 percent of boys are molested by someone they know. In the United States, 1 in 5 girls and 1 in 20 boys are victims of child sexual abuse. Children are most vulnerable to this abuse between the ages of 7 and 13, but it can happen at any age. There is no clear-cut definition or perfect description of a sex offender. Socioeconomic status, occupation and position within a community are in no way indicators of whether a person may be an abuser. Most often they are people we know, and may even be considered respectable people in our communities. “Typically no one in his own family or circle of friends has a clue as to the

family secret a pedophile hides,” says Mary. Thus, their pedophilia remains occult. Perpetrators live in all types of homes, in all types of neighborhoods. As of April 2013, there were 747,408 registered sex offenders living in the United States, with another 100,000 lost in the system. North Carolina has the fifth-lowest rate of sex offenders in the nation, with 149 per 100,000 people. You can perform an online search for your state’s sex offender registry for information, including addresses for convicted and registered offenders within a few miles of any address you put in the search. North Carolina’s search is at

How predators lure children A predator needs time alone with the child. He wants to earn the child’s complete trust, so he may give lots of attention by spending time with the child, talking to him or her on the phone or Internet, or planning special outings. Another common way a sexual predator works to win over a child or teen is to buy him or her gifts, toys, candy or forbidden items such as alcohol or cigarettes, which is something Stephanie had been given. These gifts make the child feel as though he or she owes something, or that there should be some reciprocity. If the child accepts items prohibited by parents, he or she is even less likely to come forward with what is happening. The Internet has become an easy way for predators to find what they want. “Unfortunately,” says Paul Adkison, founder of ZABRA, a social media monitoring and alert service, “predators can reach chil-

dren through a variety of methods, including social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. And the greatest danger is that they can target multiple people at once until they find someone who’s willing to share personal information with them or meet in person.”

What a parent can do Monitoring social media use is crucial. “Friend” or “follow” your son or daughter on Facebook or Twitter, but do more. Have many candid conversations with him or her. “Remind them to always ask, ‘Do I know this person?’ If not, there is no reason to interact with him or share personal information,” says Adkison. “Teach your child to never keep secrets of any kind and teach her good judgment,” says Bryte Marziano, psychologist at the Lucy Daniels Center for Early Childhood in Cary. “Teach what is improper behavior and inappropriate touch. Never leave her with anyone who makes you feel uncomfortable.” Parents should ask themselves if there are any adults who could use their social status or relationship to gain access to and isolate their child, and also stay involved and informed about children’s interactions with coaches, youth directors, family friends and other trusted advisors. In an attempt to teach children about appropriate versus inappropriate relationships with adults, Julie Clark, founder of The Baby Einstein Company, teamed up with John Walsh, whose 6-year-old son was abducted and murdered, to create a video series called The Safe Side. The concept helps children identify three types of grown-ups — Don’t Knows, Kinda Knows and Safe Side Adults — terms that are more understandable to young children

10 SIGNS OF POSSIBLE SEXUAL ABUSE 1. Sudden unexplained mood swings, changes in personality or suicide attempts. 2. Nightmares and unexplained sleep problems. 3. Changes in eating habits or trouble swallowing. 4. Suddenly has money, toys or gifts without reason. 5. Develops new or unusual fear of certain people or places. 6. Physical signs, such as bruises or soreness around genitals or mouth. 7. Fear of intimacy or closeness with others. 8. Acts out sexual behavior during play. 9. Exhibits adultlike sexual behaviors, language and knowledge. 10. Regression in behaviors, such as bedwetting.

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than the general word “stranger.” For more information, visit Children need to know, beginning at an early age, that their parents love them no matter what, that mistakes happen, and that their parents aren’t too busy for them. “Listen to your child more than you talk. Children who feel heard and taken seriously are more likely to stand up for themselves,” says Marziano. Only 38 percent of child victims disclose that they have been abused. Most never share what is going on with anyone else. Of those who do, 40 percent only tell a close friend and not a trusted adult or authority, which doesn’t always result in the abuse being reported. “Listen to what the child is NOT telling you,” says Mary. “Although every parent wants to believe that her child would come to her for protection, this belief puts your child at risk.”

When the unthinkable happens

to intervene if you’re at all suspicious, contact authorities or take the child to speak with a professional. Jessica Bloomfield, psychologist at Southeast Psych, suggests a calm approach to the conversation. “Calmly tell him you’ve noticed he seems quiet lately and that you’re a safe adult and it’s OK to talk. It’s OK to say, ‘Has someone hurt you or touched you in a way that made you uncomfortable?’ This leaves the door open for a child to talk.” If your child does disclose that he was abused, believe him. “Listen without blaming the child or anyone else, and then report the abuse to the appropriate agency,” says Marziano. “Children who experience sexual abuse may react in various ways, so seeking out a therapist who specializes in child sexual abuse can help her cope with what has happened.” Also try to realize that blaming yourself won’t help anyone and that continuing to love and assure your child is the best thing you can do for him or her.

If you suspect your child is interacting inappropriately with any adult, either online or in person, intervene immediately. Even if the child denies the relationship, continue

Lisa Hassell is a freelance writer, mom and former elementary school teacher who lives in Indian Trail.

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Tattletale Parents When to approach another parent about her teen’s behavior By Myrna Beth Haskell

He also cautions that perceptions and opinions about teen sexuality differ greatly among parents. “The potential for misperception and misunderstanding is very high,” he says.

When is it OK to get involved in someone else’s business? If you’ve been privy to another parent’s teenager engaging in Best approach destructive or illicit behavior, is it appropriate to report the “One parent should approach the other directly, in perbehavior to the parent? In such delicate situations, parents son, and with total privacy and discretion,” Velez-Domenech are understandably unsure about whether to play the role of says. “The conversation should be straight to the point and informant. nonjudgmental, making reference only to the actions of the Rebecca L. Hashim, an attending psychologist at the teen involved and not to his or her person or values.” Children’s Hospital at Montefiore Medical Center and However, he advises against being apologetic. “Protecting assistant professor of psychiatry and pediatrics at the Albert their own children is every parent’s right and duty,” he says. Einstein College of Medicine, in Bronx, N.Y., says parents “Protecting other parents’ children is a very noble act.” often talk themselves out of reporting such information because they believe it’s not their problem or they convince Possible repercussions themselves that maybe they’re just imagining it and don’t Be aware that reporting distressing information to investigate further. another parent may result in a loss of a friendship, strained “If you become aware of a teen’s destructive behavior, it relations between families or the other parent not believing is important to communicate these concerns to that teen’s her teen would do such a thing. parent,” she says. “If what you have seen or have been told is “You do run the risk of the other parent not believing actually happening, and you don’t share that information, you or becoming upset that you would ‘accuse’ her child,” you run the risk that the destructive behavior continues or Hashim warns. even escalates, which can lead to serious consequences.” She reminds parents to weigh the possible consequences Dr. Gilberto Velez-Domenech, chief of adolescent mediand seriousness of the behavior first. A parent who truly feels cine at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital in Valhalla, N.Y., that the well-being of another child is at risk should put this advises parents to consider possible threats to their own ahead of worrying about whether the teen’s parent will still children first. like her. “When a parent personally believes that there is a credible “If the behavior is potentially and reasonable threat to the life, serious, it’s better in the long run safety or well-being of her teen as to make the parent aware of it and MAKE THE CALL OR DISCONNECT? a result of another teen’s behavior, let him or her handle it as he or Consider the following when deciding whether the first and most important conshe sees fit,” she says. to inform another parent about her teenager’s sideration should be the safety of Velez-Domenech says emodestructive or dangerous behavior. her teen,” she says. tions may run high because ■ Separate hearsay from fact. Witnessing such Some situations are not so someone’s privacy has been behavior is not the same as hearing about it at a clear cut, however, such as issues violated. “There is a good chance soccer game from a third party. Even if a parent involving sexual behaviors. “I that relationships will be permatrusts the source, he should gather solid evidence would advise parents to serinently damaged, but it’s the price before approaching the teen’s parent with disturbously think twice before ever to pay for the safety of the teens ing news about her child. discussing their own teen’s or involved,” he says. someone else’s teen’s sexuality ■ Evaluate the behavior. Is it endangering the with another parent,” Velezteen’s — or someone else’s — well-being, health Myrna Beth Haskell is a feaor safety? Substance abuse, self harming, relationDomenech says. “The source ture writer, columnist and author ship violence and gang activities are behaviors that of the information about a of “LIONS and TIGERS and have potential life-threatening consequences and teen’s sexuality is almost always TEENS: Expert Advice and should be reported. secondhand and intrinsically Support for the Conscientious Parent Just Like You.” unreliable.”


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10 Tips for Landing College Scholarships By Dave Bergman

Attempts to navigate the world of private college scholarships often result in students and families left adrift in the proverbial mile-wide, inch-deep ocean of cyberspace. Let the following tips serve as your guide, helping you and your child streamline the search for her “best-fit” scholarships and maximize her chances at emerging with the ultimate prize: substantial funds for her college education.

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2. Start before your child’s senior year. Many students make the mistake of waiting until the middle of their senior year to pursue scholarship opportunities, when a good number of scholarships are available only to high-school juniors, sophomores or even freshmen. The aforementioned websites all have a search feature that will allow you and your child to view scholarship opportunities available specifically for students in his current grade.


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child’s strengths. Your child should only apply to scholarships that are right in his wheelhouse. If your son is a top-notch violinist who pulls Cs in chemistry and biology, he shouldn’t waste his time applying for a scholarship in the sciences. He should instead pour all of his time and energy into pursuing areas of genuine interest and accomplishment.

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colleges’ “over-award” policies. Many institutions count scholarships against students when awarding aid, because they view the acquisition of extra funds as causing a reduction in financial need. It is important to know which colleges will alter your child’s

aid package should she win a scholarship, and whether these colleges will reduce her grants, loans or a combination of both. You can typically find over-award policies on any college’s financial aid website.

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TEST PREP: Understanding the differences between the ACT and SAT By Anne Wooten Green

The ACT and SAT, college entrance assessments, are mainstays of the junior and senior years of high school for most students. But, according to a guidance counselor and test prep expert, the foundation for doing well on these exams starts years earlier. Stan Huck, director of guidance at Mount Tabor High School in Winston-Salem, says parents can begin preparing their children for the test by exposing them to enrichment opportunities as early as the elementary-school years. “Make sure they are developing problem-solving and reading skills,” Huck says. “Enroll them in honors and advance placement classes in high school.” Ready Accountability Standards. The state pays the fee for The SAT, first given in 1926, was initially called the the test. High-school sophomores are now required by the Scholastic Aptitude Test, and then the Scholastic Assessstate to take the pre-ACT test, called PLAN. ment Test. The SAT covers critical reading, math and writHuck says the composition of the SAT is more aligned ing. Possible scores range from 600 to 2400, combining test with Common Core, the curriculum implemented with the results from three 800-point sections. 2012-2013 school year. The Common Core state standards The ACT, first administered in 1959, was originally in K-12 math and English language arts are taught and known as the American College Test. The test covers Engassessed. lish, reading, math, science and writing. The main four tests Huck recommends that students take the Preliminary are scored individually on a scale of 1 to 36, and a composite SAT, or the PSAT, as many times as they can to prepare for score is provided that is the whole number average of the the SAT. four scores. Jackie Pace, executive director of Huntington Learning According to Huck, most Centers in Charlotte and Huntersville, a students take the tests for the first test prep company, points out the differTIPS TO HELP STUDENTS time in the second semester of their ences in the two tests. junior year, and a second time in the DO THEIR BEST ON TEST DAY “The ACT is course-relevant. This first semester of their senior year. means that the passages on an ACT ■ Get a good night’s sleep. They can then take the better of the relate to topics that students have dis■ Eat a nourishing breakfast. two scores and use those in their cussed in their classes,” Pace says. “For ■ Do some light exercise. college applications. instance, there could be a passage about ■ Know the location of the test center. Though the SAT has been the biology. On an SAT, the passages do dominant test given in North Caronot relate to any particular subjects and ■ Check your gear. You will need sharplina for years, Huck says new state may not have been studied by students ened No. 2 pencils and a calculator. requirements are bring the ACT to in their high-school classes. A second ■ Show up early. Be prepared to wait the fore. difference is the length of the sections in line. “Beginning in spring 2012, all of the test because some of the ones on ■ Leave your cell phone at home. high-school juniors in the state an ACT are 75 minutes long, but those ■ Tune out. Be prepared to deal with were required to take the ACT,” on an SAT are 25 minutes long. A third annoying noises from other students. Huck says. Those scores are part of difference is the scoring. It is important the formula for the North Carolina to limit guesses on an SAT because


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mistakes count against the total score. This is not true on an ACT,” Pace says. Huck and Pace both say that almost all colleges and universities accept both tests equally. “Colleges look at many things, not just ACT or SAT scores,” Pace says. “They will tell you that these scores are only one part of the admission process. It is important that a student’s grades in school be strong and that the student take academically challenging classes.” Anne Wooten Green is a freelance writer in WinstonSalem.

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Elon: Western Alamance High School (April only). Graham: Alamance Christian School (April only). Kernersville: East Forsyth High School (April only). Lexington: Central Davidson High School. Mebane: Eastern Alamance High School (April only).

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MARCH 1-31 A T. Rex Named Sue. Visitors can view the fossilized remains of an ancient Tyrannosaurus rex. All ages. Adults, $17.50-$18.50; ages 2 and under, free; $6, GSC members. Daily 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Last ticket will be sold at 4 p.m., and last entry is 4:30 p.m. each day. Greensboro Science Center, 4301 Lawndale Drive, GSO. 288.3769. Metabolic Effect for Moms. Bring your kids to the playground to get some energy out while you exercise with an intense 30-minute workout. Bring a mat, hand weights if you have them, and water. $10 per class; discount available for multiple classes. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 8:30 and 9:30 a.m. Tanglewood Shelter 4 by the playground, Clemmons. Strange Matter Exhibit. This dynamic, handson exhibit delves into the world of materials science. Explore the bizarre properties of modern materials — from basketball backboards and cell phones to antennas, DVD players, and golf clubs — and get a glimpse into where the future may take us. Closed Mondays. SciWorks, 400 W. Hanes Mill Road, W-S. 767-6730.



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MARCH 15-22 Forsyth Creek Week. It’s a full week of fun, educational and hands-on opportunities to discover, explore and help our local waterways. Forsyth County Parks and Recreation will be participating in Forsyth Creek Week, and residents can participate in kayak fishing demonstrations, creek crawls, creek education programs and Audubon bird walks at Tanglewood Park. For a complete list of activities, visit


A Morning with Frog and Toad at Benjamin Branch. Meet the stars of the N.C. Theatre for Young People’s upcoming performance of “A Year with Frog and Toad” at a short story time and make Frog and Toad finger puppets. Free.10:3011 a.m. Benjamin Branch Library, 1530 Benjamin Parkway, GSO. 373-7540. greensboro-nc-gov.

Blacksmithing Demonstration. Free. 10 a.m.4 p.m. High Point Museum, 1859 E. Lexington Teen to Teen Theatre presents “OZ! The Ave., HP. 885-1859. Musical.” Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Sunday at 2 p.m. The timeless “Cheaper by the Dozen.” Based on a real-life “Wizard of Oz” has been adapted into an alluring story, this play chronicles a year of rebellion, musical that’s fun for the family. $7-$10. To buy reconciliation, love, laughter, selfishness and tickets, call 222-TIXS. Paramount Theater, 128 E sacrifice in the life of a large and loving family. A Front St., Burlington. 222-8497. comedy for all ages. $6-$12. 8 p.m. on March 1; 2 p.m. on March 2. James Fitzpatrick Auditorium Pinnocchio, The Original Story. Join us for this fast-paced comedy retelling of a puppet who at Kernersville Elementary School, 512 W. MARCH 2014


Mountain St., Kernersville. 993-6556. Chocolate-Dipped History. Visitors will learn the value of chocolate, tea and coffee in Salem through demonstrations, hands-on activities, tastings and more. Adults, $23; kids, $11; and under 6, free. 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Old Salem Museums & Gardens, 900 Old Salem Road, W-S. 721-7300. “Cinderella.” Based on the classic fairy tale by Charles Perrault, this full-length musical version by the Prince Street Players is the iconic ragsto-riches story told with side-splitting slapstick in a tuneful, fast-paced piece that will enthrall audiences of all ages. $20-$25. March 1 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; March 2 at 2 p.m. High Point Theatre, 220 E. Commerce Ave., HP. 882-2542. Family Vegetable Gardening. The Master Gardeners offer gardening fun for children and adults and explain how to grow vegetables and provide tips. All ages. Free. 10-11 a.m. Kathleen Clay Library, 1420 Price Park Road. GSO. 373-2923. Fossil Dig. Search for shark teeth and fossil replicas. All ages. Included with museum admission. 11 a.m. Children’s Museum of Winston-Salem, 390 S. Liberty St., W-S. 723-9111. Read Across America Day Celebration. In recognition of the birthday of beloved children’s author Dr. Seuss (his birthday is March 2), we will host a celebration with crafts, games, giveaways and plenty of readings from all of the Seuss collection. Free and open to the public. All ages. Free. 2-4 p.m. High Point Public Library, 901 N. Main St., HP. 883-3660. highpointpubliclibrary. com.

calendar “Romeo & Juliet.” The Jabberwacky Players bring this timeless tale to life in a condensed version perfect for young audiences. $9-$14. 7 p.m. The Children’s Theatre of Winston-Salem, 610 Coliseum Drive, W-S. 748-0857, ext. 201.

Strange Matter Exhibit at SciWorks March 1-31

Saturday Children’s Story Hour. Join dynamic leaders from the community as they conduct a story hour every Saturday. After the stories, children will complete a make-and-take arts activity. For ages 5-12. Does not include museum admission. Adults, $6; ages 6-12, $4; under 6, free. 11 a.m. International Civil Rights Center and Museum, 134 S. Elm St. GSO. 274-9199. Wolfgang Puck Pizza/Bar Young Chefs Cooking Class. Future culinary stars, ages 6-12, are invited to join Executive Chef Scott Wallen and learn how to make delicious Wolfgang Puck pizza. The two-hour cooking class includes hands-on pizza-making and recipes. Admission is free for adults. Call 854-0303 to reserve a spot. 6-12. Registration required. $15 per child. 10 a.m. Wolfgang Puck Pizza/Bar, 607 Green Valley Road. GSO. 854-0303.


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“Cheaper by the Dozen.” See March 1 listing.


“Cinderella.” See March 2 listing.

An Evening with Joshua Bell. This one-night-only event is a unique opportunity to hear one of the world’s most acclaimed classical music superstars, violinist Joshua Bell. The Winston-Salem Symphony will perform Prelude to Die Meistersinger by Richard Wagner; Suite from The Firebird by Igor Stravinksy; and Johannes Brahms’s Violin Concerto, with Joshua Bell performing as guest soloist. $45-$125. 7:30 p.m. Stevens Center, 405 Fourth St. NW, W-S. 464-0145.

Dance Story Time. Included with museum admission fee. 2 p.m. Children’s Museum of Winston-Salem, 390 S. Liberty St., W-S. 723-9111. Family First Workshop: Homage to Georgia O’Keeffe. Family First Workshops are scheduled on the first Sunday of every month. The program is designed for children in grades 1 through 6 and their favorite adult to make art together. $10. Registration required. 2-4 p.m. Reynolda House Museum of American Art, 2250 Reynolda Road, W-S. 758-5150.

Celebrate Dr. Seuss’ Birthday. Enjoy pre-K stories, felt board activities, songs, crafts and more. Free. 10-11 a.m. McGirt-Horton Branch Library, 2501 Phillips Ave., GSO. 373-5810.


Book Babies. Infant-1 year. Free. 10 a.m. High Point Library, 901 N. Main St., HP. 883-3660.

Home School Day at SciWorks. Special programs for home-educated children and other small groups. Group admission rates apply and preregistration is required. Down to Earth (grades K-4) 10 a.m. Science of Electricity (grades 5-9) 11 a.m. Registration required. Group admission rates apply. 10 a.m.-noon. SciWorks, 400 W. Hanes Mill Rd. W-S. 767-6730.

Busy Bees. For Greensboro Children’s Museum members only. This program is best suited for preschool-aged children (12 months-4 years) and their caregivers. Dance, sing, create, explore and discover the world in which we live. 10-11 a.m. Greensboro Children’s Museum, 220 N. Church St., GSO. 574-2898.

Mardi Gras Party! (Kernersville) Let the good times roll. You can make a jester hat, try some king cake and grab some beads at our Mardi Gras party. 130 E. Mountain St. Kernersville. Ages 11 and under. To register, call 703-2930 or email Stefanie at

Seussical. All-new musical of Dr. Seuss’ best loved stories, Emceed by Cat in the Hat, 9:45 and 11:45 a.m. Geared toward PreK through fourth grade. $8. War Memorial Auditorium, 1921 W. Lee St., GSO.


Teen to Teen Theatre. Explores difficult issues that affect adolescents through the creation and presentation of dramatic skits and workshops. For ages 13-19. Free. Monday 7-8:45 p.m. Thataways Youth Center, 1334

Cherokee Folktales. Enjoy three magical and mystical folktales as told by the Cherokees. Included with an

All-in-One ticket or $2 per person. Showtimes are 10 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 1 p.m. Frank L. Horton Museum Center at Old Salem, 600 S. Main St., W-S. Dear Dr. Seuss Preschool Story Time at Chavis Branch. We’ll enjoy stories, songs, a short film and a craft inspired by Dr. Seuss. Free. 11 a.m.-noon. Vance Chavis Branch Library, 900 S. Benbow Road, GSO. Irish Tales. Get a jump start on St. Patrick’s Day fun. Hear tales of leprechauns and Irish lore, enjoy a traditional snack, and make a St. Patrick’s Day craft. Free. 4-5 p.m. Kathleen Clay Edwards Library, 1420 Price Park Road, GSO 373-2923. La Leche League of Winston-Salem. Pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers are welcome for breastfeeding information and support. Babies and toddlers also welcome. Free. 10 a.m. Redeemer Presbyterian Church, 1046 Miller St., W-S. 462-5782. Pregnancy Yoga. A one-hour class incorporating gentle and relaxing yoga postures suitable for any fitness level or stage of pregnancy. Light refreshments provided after class on nights, giving each woman an opportunity to meet other soon-to-be mothers. $12 for a single rate; can also purchase monthly passes at reduced rates. Wednesday 6:30-7:30 p.m. Forsyth Medical Center: Maya Angelou Center Community Room 2 (first floor), 3333 Silas Creek Parkway, W-S. 414-5942. Preschool Story Time (Kernersville). A themed story time with plenty of singing, dancing and coloring. Parental supervision required. 3-6 years. Free. 10:15 a.m. Kernersville Branch, 130 E. Mountain St.,

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Kernersville 703-2930. library. Rhythym Stick Story Time. Story time with a beat. Free with museum admission. 11 a.m. Children’s Museum of Winston-Salem, 390 S. Liberty St., W-S. 723-9111. Wind and Rain Story Time at Kathleen Clay Edwards Library. Stories, finger plays and short movies for ages 1-5. Free. 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Kathleen Clay Edwards Library, 1420 Price Park Road. GSO.


Kid’s Building Event at Hemphill Library. Kids’ Building Event at Hemphill Library. Release your inner architect with a different building material each week. Explore Tinker Toys, Legos, Kapla Blocks and more. All ages. Free. 3:30-5:30 p.m. Hemphill Branch Library, 2301 W. Vandalia Road, GSO Mocha Moms. Mocha Moms is a support group for mothers of color who have chosen not to work full time outside the home to devote more time to their families and communities. Mocha Moms serves as an advocate for mothers and encourages the spirit of community and activism. Free. 9:30 a.m. Georgia E. Taylor Recreation Center, 471 W. Clemmonsville Road, W-S. 650-7695. Paws to Read. Registration required. Free. 4-5 p.m. High Point Public Library, 901 N. Main St., HP. 883-3666. Preschool Discovery. An action-packed program for young children including stories, music, movement and more. Free with paid museum admission. 11 a.m. Children’s Museum of WinstonSalem, 390 S. Liberty St., W-S. 723-9111.

Cub Scout Camp-ins at SciWorks. Camp-ins include activities related to scout requirements and a planetarium show or Science Discovery program. Registration required. Friday details and registration forms available at sciworks. org. SciWorks, 400 W. Hanes Mill Road, W-S. 767.6730. La Leche League of Greensboro Monthly Meeting. Pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers are welcome for breastfeeding information and support. Babies and toddlers also always welcome. Free. 10 a.m. Leonard Recreational Center, 6324 Ballinger Road, GSO. Small Fry Friday. Enjoy story time with your preschoolers and then create a fun craft. 11 a.m. Children’s Museum of Winston-Salem, 390 S. Liberty St., W-S. 723-9111.


Blacksmithing Demonstration in the Historical Park. Watch a blacksmith craft iron pieces. Free. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. High Point Museum, 1859 E. Lexington Ave., HP. 885-1859. Kids Saturday Movie Matinee at Central Library: “Turbo.” Rated PG. Free. 2-3:30 p.m. Central Library, 219 N. Church St., GSO.

“Percy Jackson Sea of Monsters.” All ages. Free. 2 p.m. High Point Public Library, 901 N. Main St. HP. 883-3660. Play with Paint. 10 a.m.-noon. Children’s Museum of Winston-Salem, 390 S. Liberty St., W-S. 723-9111. Saturday Children’s Story Hour. See March 1 listing.


Saturday Morning Lego Club. Saturday Morning Lego Club. Children in grades 1-5 will work in groups to create robots. Grades 1-5. Free. 10 a.m.-11 a.m. Central Library, 219 N. Church St., GSO.

Cherokee Folktales. See March 5 listing.

Seventh Annual ScottCares Foundation Step Show. Help support local student scholarships. The public is invited to witness college and university Greek letter organizations participate in a high-energy, high-impact step show.

$2 First Friday Nights. Experience the fun for a thrifty price. 5-8 p.m. Greensboro Children’s Museum, 220 N. Church St., GSO. 574-2898. gcmuseum. com.

calendar Teen to Teen Theatre. See March 3 listing.

Stepping is choreographed music produced from people’s own instruments: their hands, chests, feet and legs. The decibel level during the event is high as the vibrations from the heavy steps shake the stage. $5-$15. 7-9:30 p.m. Salem College Hanes Auditorium, 601 S. Church St., W-S.

noon. SciWorks, 400 W. Hanes Mill Road, W-S. 661-1777.


Cherokee Folktales. See March 5 listing.

Becoming the Woman You Desire to Be/ Empowerment Series. Explore how you can experience greater satisfaction and increased happiness, and feel more capable to direct your life, your relationships, and your goals and dreams. This program is free, but registration is required. 5:30-7 p.m. Women’s Resource Center of Greensboro, 628 Summit Ave., GSO. 275-6090.


Creative Writing for Kids. UNCG’s Center for Creative Writing and the Arts is sponsoring this five-week creative writing workshop for children ages 9-12. All abilities are welcome. Snacks will be provided. Sessions will meet every Sunday from March 9 to April 6. It is not mandatory to attend all sessions. For more information or to register, call 297-5000. Registration required. Free. 3-4:30 p.m. Glenwood Branch Library, 1901 W. Florida St., GSO.

Mary Time Music. A bonding experience filled with joyful songs, percussion and parachute play, chants, and lap rides. Your child will learn basics like fast and slow, loud and soft, and high and low. More importantly, you’ll see them glow! Take home memories that will last a lifetime and tools that will keep them smiling. Free with museum admission, $7 per person, 11 months and under, free. 11 a.m. Children’s Museum of Winston-Salem, 390 S. Liberty St., W-S. 723-9111.

Fossil Dig. Free with paid museum admission. 2 p.m. Children’s Museum of Winston-Salem, 390 S. Liberty St., W-S. 723-9111.


Open House (Pre-k to 8th Grade). Join us for a schoolwide open house. For more than 60 years, OLG has offered an academically challenging curriculum in a faith-filled environment. We welcome students of all faiths who are ready to reach their full potential. All ages. Free. 9:30 a.m. Our Lady of Grace School, 2205 W. Market St., GSO 275-1522.

Book Babies. See March 3 listing. Busy Bees. See March 3 listing. Family Story time at Central Library. Families are encouraged to join us as we enjoy books, rhymes, feltboard stories and fun-filled learning. Free. 6:15-6:45 p.m. Central Library, 219 N. Church St. GSO.

Zoo Animal Story Time. Stories, finger plays and short movies for ages. Free. Ages 1-5 at 9:30, 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. Repeats at 1:30 p.m. for ages 3-5. Kathleen Clay Edwards Library, 1420 Price Park Road, GSO.

Kick-Off to Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten. Get information about curriculums, school health services, pediatric dentists, libraries, pediatricians, nutrition, Parent Teacher Associations and more. Free. 11 a.m.-1 p.m.; 5-7 p.m. Greensboro Children’s Museum, 220 N. Church St., GSO. 574-2898.

Make & Take Moon Sand. Dress for mess. Included with museum admission. 11 a.m. Children’s Museum of Winston-Salem, 390 S. Liberty St., W-S. 723-9111. Mother Goose on the Loose Story time. We’ll enjoy stories, songs, a short film and a craft inspired by Mother Goose. Free. 11 a.m.-noon. Vance Chavis Branch Library, 900 S. Benbow Road. GSO. Pregnancy Yoga. See March 5 listing. Preschool Story Time (Kernersville). See March 5 listing. “Too Many Frogs.” Based on the book by Sandy Asher and Keith Graves. Rabbit lives alone, but decides to share his nightly ritual of a bedtime story with his visitor, Froggie. When Froggie brings home dozens of his frog cousins, Rabbit has to choose between his old life and his newfound audience. Classic fairy tales such as “Goldilocks and the Three Bears,” “The Elves and the Shoemaker” and “The Ugly Duckling” all magically come to life in this unique story about a little rabbit and his Froggie friends. Geared toward preschoolers through second-graders. $5. High Point Theatre, 220 E. Commerce Ave., HP.


Becoming the Woman You Desire to Be/ Empowerment Series. See March 11 listing.

Mocha Moms. See March 6 listing.


Movie Date. Bring your little princess to watch “Tangled” with Rapunzel. Snacks and juice included. All ages. Registration required. $20. 3-5 p.m. Girls Only-Play Palace and Dress Up Parties, 310-B E. Sycamore St. GSO 255-2739.

Brain Awareness Day at SciWorks. Learn about neurons, anatomy, memory and more as you visit stations hosted byWFU’s Brain Council. Co-sponsored by the Western N.C. Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience. Groups must pre-register by calling 7147105. Registration required. Members, free. Adults $11, Youth $9, seniors $9, children 2 and under, free. 9 a.m.-

Nature Crafts & Games “Plant a Flower Day.” Learn about different plants, how to plant them, and take home a seedling to nurture and put in the ground. Preregistration is required. 6-12 years. Registration required. $10 per child. 7:30 p.m. Oakview Recreation Center, 503 James Road, HP. 883-3508.

Paws to Read. See March 6 listing. Preschool Discovery. See March 6 listing.

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calendar Kids Saturday Movie Matinee at Central Library: ‘Turbo’ March 8

219 N. Church St, GSO. Knight for a Day. Pre-registration required; deadline March 7. Build your own suit or armor and learn the ways of the knight. For ages 4-7 years. Registration required. $10 per child. 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Deep River Recreation Center, 1529 Skeet Club Road, HP. 883-3407. Saturday Children’s Story Hour. See March 1 listing.


Creative Writing for Kids. See March 9 listing. Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “South Pacific.” See March 14 listing. St. Patrick’s Day Story Time & Craft. Included with museum admission. 2 p.m. Children’s Museum of Winston-Salem, 390 S. Liberty St., W-S. 723-9111.

Something Green Story Time at Benjamin Branch. Frogs and Turtles and Crocs, Oh My! Join us for a toddler and preschool story time with books, rhymes, a short film and a craft. Free. 10:30-11:15 a.m. Benjamin Branch Library, 1530 Benjamin Parkway, GSO.


$4 Fun Friday Nights. Explore the Greensboro Children’s Museum with the whole family when admission is discounted to $4 per person. $4. 5-8 p.m. Greensboro Children’s Museum, 220 N. Church St. GSO. 574-2898. AHOY Trip. We will take a tour of the new aquarium at the Greensboro Science Center. After the tour, the group will enjoy lunch before returning. Participants are responsible for admission and lunch. Registration required. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Oakview Recreation Center, 503 James Road, HP. 883-3508. Cherokee Folktales. See March 5 listing. Cub Scout Camp-ins at SciWorks. See March 7 listing. Preschool Art Event at Hemphill Library. Preschool Art Event at Hemphill Library. Enjoy painting, Play-Doh and more at this art exploration for preschoolers and their caregivers. Offered in partnership with ArtQuest of GreenHill Center. Free. 1-5 years. 10-11 a.m. Hemphill Branch Library, 2301 W. Vandalia Road, GSO. Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “South Pacific.” Set on a tropical island during World War II, the production tells the sweeping romantic story of two couples and how their happiness is threatened by the realities of war and by their own prejudices. $15-$85. Friday at 8 p.m.; Sunday at 2 p.m.; and Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. Stevens Center, 405 W. Fourth St., W-S. Small Fry Friday. See March 7 listing. St. Patrick’s Day Craft. Wear your green and come


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prepared to make some green things in this holiday craft program. For school-age children. Free. 4 p.m. High Point Public Library, 901 N. Main St., HP. 8833660.


Celebrate Holi, the Hindu Festival of Colors! Celebrate Holi, the Hindu Festival of Colors! Holi is a carnival of fun, fire, colors and dance marking the end of the winter and coming of the spring. Join us for face painting, local Indian fare and most of all, a celebration of color. $8. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The Greensboro Children’s Museum, 220 N. Church St., GSO. 574-2898. Daddy/Daughter Butterfly Dance. Enjoy a pizza dinner, craft activity, cookie decorating, story time and dancing with your little girl. Hearts & Arrows Photography will be here to photograph you and your little girl, a cherished keepsake that will be emailed to you after the event. Registration required. $10/member, $12/nonmember. 6-8 p.m. Children’s Museum of Winston-Salem, 390 S. Liberty St., W-S. 723-9111. Girl Scout Multiple Badge Day at Sawtooth. Calling all Daisies, Brownies and Juniors to come fulfill some badge requirements in one afternoon of creative fun as you explore visual art and get a Sawtooth Participation patch. Open to all girls in kindergarten through fifth grade. Registration required. $15. 1-4 p.m. Sawtooth School for Visual Art, 251 N. Spruce St., W-S. 723-7395. Greensboro Concert Band OPUS Concert. Join the Greensboro Concert Band, under the direction of Evan Feldman, for its winter OPUS Concert. Free, but donations accepted. 7:30 p.m. Dana Auditorium, Guilford College, 5800 W. Friendly Ave., GSO. 373-2549. Kids’ Saturday Movie Matinee: “Ring of Bright Water.” Rated G. Free. 2-4:30 p.m. Central Library,

17 MONDAY | ST. PATRICK’S DAY Book Babies. See March 3 listing. Busy Bees. See March 3 listing. Monster Story Time at Benjamin Branch. Join us for a toddler and preschool story time with books, rhymes, a short film and a craft. Free. 10:30-11:15 a.m. Benjamin Branch Library, 1530 Benjamin Parkway, GSO. Teen to Teen Theatre. See March 3 listing. St. Patrick’s Day Family Event at Hemphill. Enjoy St. Patrick’s Day stories and create a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Free. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Hemphill Branch Library, 2301 W.Vandalia Road, GSO.


Becoming the Woman You Desire to Be/ Empowerment Series. See March 11 listing. La Leche League of Kernersville. Pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers are welcome for breastfeeding information and support. Babies and toddlers also welcome. Free. 7 p.m. Fountain of Life Lutheran Church, 323 Hopkins Road, Kernersville.

Meow Kitties. Enjoy pre-K stories, felt board activities, songs, crafts and more. Free. 10-11 a.m. McGirt-Horton Library, 2501 Phillips Ave. GSO. Parachute Play. Included in paid museum admission. 11 a.m. Children’s Museum of Winston-Salem, 390 S. Liberty St., W-S. 723-9111. Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “South Pacific.” See March 14 listing. Science Cafe at Silo Deli in Reynolda Village. Science Cafes are free informal talks that offer you a chance to learn about the latest groundbreaking research from

calendar regional scientists. Visit for details about speaker and topic. Free. 7 p.m. Silo Deli in Reynolda Village, 114-D Reynolda Village, W-S. 608-4359.

when the 2014 Fans Rule World Tour comes to WinstonSalem. All ages. $24.50-$94.50. 7 p.m. LJVM Coliseum, 2825 University Parkway, W-S. Middle School Night. For sixth through eighth grades. Theme is neon night. $5. 7-10 p.m. Deep River Recreation Center, 1529 Skeet Club Road, HP. 883-3407.


Cherokee Folktales. See March 5 listing. Mathematics Through Reading. Kids will enjoy reading a story and figuring out the mathematics in the tale. Free. 4-5 p.m. McGirt-Horton Library, 2501 Phillips Ave., GSO.

Parents Night Out at Sawtooth. Check out our Parents Night Out on the third Friday of each month. Drop the children off and go enjoy a night out! We will fill their evening with fun art projects. They will explore types of art and design, from drawing and painting to collage, mosaics, papercrafting, printmaking, sculpture, clay, and more. Register to save your child’s spot. $45. 5:45-9 p.m. Sawtooth Center for Visual Art, 226 N. Marshall St., W-S. 723-7395.

Music & Movement. Included in museum admission. 11 a.m. Children’s Museum of Winston-Salem, 390 S. Liberty St., W-S. Pregnancy Yoga. See March 5 listing. Preschool Story Time (Kernersville). See March 5 listing.

Small Fry Friday. See March 7 listing. Teen Cooking Class: Pasta From Scratch. Drop-off program for ages 11-15. Learn to prepare and mix dough, roll it through the pasta machine, and make noodles like a pro. We’ll go over proper cooking technique for fresh pasta and create simple, delicious sauces. Registration required. $. 5-6:30 p.m. Greensboro Children’s Museum, 220 N. Church St. GSO. 574-2898


Becoming the Woman You Desire to Be/ Empowerment Series. See March 11 listing.

Culinary Kids. A program for school-age children teaching them how to make healthy eating choices. Hands-on with crafts and always something to eat. Free. 6:30 p.m. High Point Public Library, 901 N. Main St., HP.


Concert for Community. The Winston-Salem Symphony’s annual Concert for Community features the orchestra side-by-side with the WSS Youth Symphony and the winners of the 2014 Peter Perret Youth Talent Search. This is a free concert, but tickets are required. Ticket reservations are made available through Eventbrite. 3 p.m. Wait Chapel at Wake Forest University, W-S.

Greensboro Astronomy Club meeting at NSC. Learn about the stars and our universe at these free meetings held at the NSC every third Friday of the month. Open to the public. Visit for more info. GAC membership is open to anyone and yearly dues are $20 for a family membership. 7:30-8:30 p.m. Natural Science Center of Greensboro, 4301 Lawndale Drive, GSO. 288-3769.

Greensboro Birthday Bash. Immerse yourself in all things Gate City during a birthday party everyone can enjoy. Tours, talks, and meet and greets. All ages. Free. 11a.m.-4 p.m. Greensboro Historical Museum, 130 Summit Ave. GSO. 373-2043.

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss! Time to party with stories, crafts and birthday cake. All ages. Free. 3-4:30 p.m. Central Library, 219 N. Church St., GSO. 373-2474.

"Menopause the Musical." Set in a department store, four women with seemingly nothing in common but a black lace bra meet by chance at a lingerie sale. The all-female cast makes fun of their woeful hot flashes, forgetfulness, mood swings, wrinkles, night sweats and chocolate binges. A sisterhood is created between these diverse women as they realize that menopause is no longer “The Silent Passage.” It is a stage in every woman’s life that is perfectly normal. $35-$55. 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Stevens Center, 405 W. 4th St., W-S.

Mocha Moms. See March 6 listing. Preschool Discovery. See March 6 listing. Springtime Sprouts: Barnyard Animals. Visit the barnyard animals that live at The Edible Schoolyard. Drop-off program. 5-9 years. Registration required. $8, members; $12, nonmembers. 3:30-5:30 p.m. Greensboro Children’s Museum, 220 N. Church St., GSO. 574-2898.


$4 Fun Friday Nights. See March 14 listing.

Mocksville Woman’s Club Presents: Woman’s Day of Beauty. Fashion show by Chico’s, a delicious lunch, silent-auction treasures, guest speaker Dr. Jordan Wallin, music by harpist Sally Duran and fabulous shopping from vendors. Enjoy the day and know you

Cherokee Folktales. See March 5 listing. Harlem Globetrotters. The world-famous Harlem Globetrotters will take fan interaction to a new level

are helping to make a difference in Davie by attending this fundraiser. $50. Bermuda Run Country Club, 324 Bermuda Run Drive. Pieces of the Puzzle: Autism Awareness Run. Receive info on autism awareness, talk with exceptional family member program and Marine Corps family teambuilding representatives about opportunities on base. Participants will collect pieces of a puzzle along the way. Choose either a one- or three-mile option. Registration starts at 8:40 a.m. and race will start at 9 a.m. This event is pet-friendly. Strollers are welcome. Free. Reynolda House Museum of Art: Front Lawn, 2250 Reynolda Road, W-S. Saturday Children’s Story Hour. See March 1 listing. Steve Aoki. International phenomenon and DJ sensation Steve Aoki will bring his talents to Winston-Salem. $45. 8 p.m. Winston-Salem Fairgrounds, 421 W. 27th St., W-S. The Color Run. The Color Run, also known as the Happiest 5k on the Planet, is a unique paint race that celebrates healthiness, happiness and individuality. The start-line window will open at 9 a.m. with waves going every few minutes. Make sure you plan your day with plenty of time. The start line is its own pre-race party with music, dancing, warm-up stretching and giveaways. Participants will be doused from head to toe in different colors at each kilometer. $40-$45. Winston-Salem Fairgrounds, 421 W. 27th St., W-S. Thread Buttons in the Historical Park. Before plastic, early American women made buttons from whatever they had available, wood, walnuts, bone, even thread. Let our costumed interpreters show you how to make your own thread button. Instruction available on the half-hour. Especially for ages 8 and up. Drop-in. $1 per button; Free for museum members. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. High Point Museum, 1859 East Lexington Ave., HP. 885-1859.


Creative Writing for Kids. See March 9 listing. Family Fun Sunday at Four Seasons Town Centre. Held the fourth Sunday of every month with a variety of family-friendly entertainment. 3-5 p.m. Center Court at Four Seasons Town Centre, 410 Four Seasons Town Centre. GSO. 292-0171. Harlem Globetrotters. The world-famous Harlem Globetrotters will take fan interaction to a new level when the 2014 Fans Rule World Tour comes to Greensboro Coliseum. All ages. $23 and up. 2 p.m. Greensboro Coliseum, 1921 W. Lee St., GSO. 373-7400.


Book Babies. See March 3 listing.

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calendar Etta May & The Southern Fried Chicks March 29

given rules, then have their work tested and stressed on Bridge Busting Day. 9-14 years. Registration required. Free. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Deep River Recreation Center, 1529 Skeet Club Road, HP. 883-3407. Etta May & The Southern Fried Chicks. The Southern Fried Chicks have busted out of the hen house for a night on the town. Always a crowdpleaser and always hilarious, it’s a fast and furious romp through the South. $25-$30. High Point Theatre, 220 E. Commerce Ave., HP.

Teen to Teen Theatre. See March 3 listing.



$4 Fun Friday Nights. See March 14 listing.

Busy Bees. See March 3 listing.

Magic Tree House Club. Free. 3:30 p.m. High Point Public Library, 901 N. Main St. HP. 883-3660. Readerobics. Energize your mind and body with your child. We begin each program with fun action rhymes and story time. Then, as the music starts rocking as we act out the story doing fun aerobic and dance moves. Wear comfortable clothing and sneakers as everyone (caregivers, too) will be on the move. Free with museum admission, $7 per person, 11 months and under, free. 11 a.m. Children’s Museum of Winston-Salem, 390 S. Liberty St., W-S. 723-9111.


Cherokee Folktales. See March 5 listing. Show times are at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., noon, 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. Pregnancy Yoga. See March 5 listing. Preschool Story Time (Kernersville). See March 5 listing. Wiggly Worm Wednesday. Explore worm habitats, feel their skin, watch them squirm and even read them a story. Free with paid museum admission. 11 a.m. Children’s Museum of Winston-Salem, 390 S. Liberty St., W-S. 723-9111.


Mocha Moms. See March 6 listing. Paws to Read. See March 6 listing. Preschool Discovery. See March 6 listing.


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Cherokee Folktales. See March 5 listing.

Seussibration! Make fun crafts, get your face painted, play games, listen to silly Seuss stories and meet the Cat in the Hat. Free with paid museum admission. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Children’s Museum of Winston-Salem, 390 S. Liberty St., Winston-Salem. 723-9111.


40th Anniversary Grand Seasonal Opening. Come celebrate 40 “wild” zoo years with the grand opening of “BUGS: An Epic Adventure” and the reopening of “kidZone!” Enjoy live music, dancing, puppet parades, educational activities and more. Don’t miss this exciting weekend full of family fun throughout the park. Included with zoo admission, $12-$16. North Carolina Zoo, 4401 Zoo Parkway, Asheboro. Blacksmithing Demonstration in the Historical Park. Watch a blacksmith craft iron pieces. Free. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. High Point Museum, 1859 E. Lexington Ave., High Point. 885-1859. Brain Power Day. Enjoy a day of engaging, hands-on activities geared toward teaching your child (and you) all about our amazing brains. This program is brought to you by the Brain Awareness Council of Wake Forest University. Free with paid museum admission. 10 a.m.1 p.m. Children’s Museum of Winston-Salem, 390 S. Liberty St., W-S. 723-9111. Bridging the Gaps: Bridge Building Competition. Ages 9-14. Pre-registration required; deadline March 24. Test yourself and build a bridge. Competitors will have a week to build their best bridge within the

NanoDay: The Biggest Event for the Smallest Science. Straighten a wire by adding heat, make snow and create a rainbow of colors from clear liquids as you explore the amazing properties of nanostructures. We’ll have hands-on activities for the whole family. Members, free; adults, $11; youth, $9; seniors $9; 2 and under, free. 1-4 p.m. SciWorks, 400 W. Hanes Mill Road, W-S. 767.6730. Saturday Children’s Story Hour. See March 1 listing.

30 SUNDAY 40th Anniversary Grand Seasonal Opening. See March 29 listing. Creative Writing for Kids. See March 9 listing. Make & Take Rainbow Slime. Dress for mess. Included with museum admission. 2 p.m. Children’s Museum of Winston-Salem, 390 S. Liberty St., W-S. 723-9111.

31 MONDAY Book Babies. See March 3 listing. Busy Bees. See March 3 listing. Chicken Masquerade. It’s a day of dress up fun and cooking at The Edible Schoolyard. We’ll visit the chickens, collect fresh eggs, dress up like kings and queens, and whip up some sweet and savory egg creations in the kitchen. Come meet the royal chickens. 5-9 years. Registration required. Members, $20; nonmembers, $30. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Greensboro Children’s Museum, 220 N. Church St., GSO. 574-2898. Teen to Teen Theatre. See March 3 listing. Calendar compiled by Judy Caldwell-Midero Send your organization’s events to The deadline is the 1st of the preceding month. For more events, including story times, visit our website at

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