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Pocono Family The Pocono Mountains' Magazines


• March/April 2020 •


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HEALTH 12 14


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• Steps Towards Healthy Lifestyle • Get Ready to Run


• Welcome 4-Legged Family Members


• Ways to Add Wellness • Family Staycation Ideas




• All-Day Nutrition

HOME 30 34

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• Mom's We're Imperfect & It's Ok • Game Night Can Boost Skills

• How to Paint the Exterior of your Home • Ideas to Improve Curb Appeal


• Benefits of Sleepaway Camp • Pi Day


• Adulting - Tips for Gen Z


• Men's Health Matters


• In & Around the Poconos

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Marlana Holsten

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"When we expect perfection from ourselves, we often come to expect it from our kids, because having perfect kids is vital to the facade of being a perfect mom."

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Moms, we're imperfect & it's ok! YOUR VALUE IS UNMEASURABLE By Kimberly Blaker

“I realized when you look at your mother, you are looking at the purest love you will ever know.”—Mitch Albom

and behaviors in parenting. Even the unique characteristics of each of our own children play a role in this dynamic.

As moms, we all know Albom's statement is unequivocally true. We feel it through, and through from the moment our children are born. Our love and devotion to our kids are evident in daily selfless acts of caring for and raising our kids and in most of our interactions with them. Even after they're grown, our deep love and concern for them endure.

Basically, all moms have strengths and weaknesses. In most ways, we totally rock at being a mom. In some areas, we have to work a little harder. And, for most of us, there's probably an area or two where we may downright stink, harsh as it may sound. Inevitably, it's the areas in which we don't excel that we often use to compare ourselves to other moms we perceive to be perfect. Then we browbeat ourselves.

We don't always recognize or give ourselves credit for all we do for our kids (and sometimes to our frustration, they don't either). Even many of the mistakes we make along the way are the result of loving, honorable intentions. Admittedly, we do also sometimes falter despite our love for our children. After all, we're only human. But when we do err with our kids, particularly in ways we know better, we're often our own harshest critics. The thing is, despite the depth of our love for our kids and the plethora of child guidance material at our fingertips, the answers to raising kids aren't always so black and white. Add to that, every mom has her own unique combination of childhood and life experiences, temperament, and personality, among other factors that affect her decisions

All this makes me think back to being a kid and playing house and with dolls. In role-playing a mom, kids mimic to their dolls (or siblings and friends who are playing the part of their children), what they experience and witness at home with their own moms. We've likely seen our own children do the same. From this, we can glimpse how we, as kids began to formulate ideas on how to be a mom or dad. We've all probably watched our own children in awe over what tender, loving little moms (or dads) they are to their baby dolls. It's inspiring and tells you what a great job you've done. But then, the completely unexpected happens. Your child slips in one of your less than proud moments of being a mom. Ouch!

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As we grow, we develop independent ideas on the best ways to mom, based on our own experiences, what we've seen in other families or on television, and our personalities. So we formulate what the perfect mom looks like. My mom, for example, played a significant role in the formation of my own mom style. When my sisters and I were young, she was very involved and provided us plenty of enrichment and fun. We did crafts, played games, had parties and sleepovers, took trips to the library, went for walks and bike rides, and so much more. My mom was also a Camp Fire Girls leader for my younger sisters, and I got to be her big helper. My mom cooked, baked, and kept a clean home. She also taught me about money, responsibility, generosity, kindness, and so many other valuable lessons, skills, and traits. Still, like any other mom, she was imperfect. I knew the ways I wanted to be different or better. So when my kids were born, I let these lessons guide me in parenting my own kids. Throughout their childhood, I strove to be the best mom I could be. Actually, I was a perfectionist. Despite all this, I still fell far short of being a perfect mom. As a result, I did my fair share of berating myself, even after my kids had grown. That's especially easy to do when we watch other moms, who, from the outside, seem so ideal. Add to that, because of our deep love for our kids, it's painful when we fail them. Thankfully, now that my kids are grown, my mom has set me straight. She often points out what a great mom I've been. She's always amazed by my patience with my kids (though admittedly, there were times it ran thin and still does). But as I mentioned, moms are particularly good at noticing in others the traits they lack. This makes me think about what I notice in my own daughter, who's now raising two young kids. I always admire how much time she spends just cuddling them. I've always wished I had done better 8 | Pocono Family Magazine Š March/April 2020

with that. Not that we never cuddled. I've just never been good at relaxing or sitting still for long.

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The point is each and every mom is wonderful in her own ways. No two moms are alike – and none of us is perfect. In fact, always striving to be a perfect mom, which is unattainable, can undermine being the best moms we can be. When we become focused on perfection and comparing ourselves to those we see as ideal moms, we lose sight of what's most important. When we expect perfection from ourselves, we often come to expect it from our kids, because having perfect kids is vital to the facade of being a perfect mom. That's not only unrealistic; it's unhealthy for our kids because it teaches them to be perfectionists. Then they also fail to learn selfacceptance. So am I saying we shouldn't try to be better moms? Of course not. What I'm getting at is moms need to recognize their own strengths and value themselves for who they are. While striving to improve your weaknesses, don't expect perfection, and practice self-forgiveness and selfacceptance. Rather than shooting for an unobtainable goal, focus on being the best mom you can be. Despite the imperfections of every mom, there's one thing moms of all ages and generations have in common. It's true, ideals and parenting methods change over time as society evolves, new knowledge is gained, and information becomes more accessible. But two things have and will always remain constant – a mother's deep love and unfailing devotion to her kids – and her unsurpassable value to them throughout their lives. 

About the writer...

Kimberly Blaker is a parenting and lifestyle freelance writer. She also writes a blog, The Young Gma's Guide to Parenting at www.theyounggma.com

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eeling disconnected from members of your own family lately? You're not alone - a 2018 study by 72 Point for Visit Anaheim found that 60% of parents with kids between 4 and 18 described their daily lives as "hectic." The survey also found that today's families only spend about 37 minutes of quality time together per weekday. Between digital distractions and our often over-scheduled lives, even sitting down for dinner together can feel like a miracle to pull off, especially as children head toward the tween and teen years. What's a solution? Gather around the table together for a good old-fashioned family game night. Even if you start out monthly, chances are it will soon be popular enough to

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enjoy more often. Putting your family's game night on the calendar will ensure everyone keeps their schedules clear for a night of fun - and connection - together. Today's games provide a range of choices to suit any age, interests or gaming styles, so there's something for every family to explore and enjoy together. Kids can learn important lessons about sportsmanship and fair play, develop communication and collaboration skills, increase their fine motor, logic and strategic thinking abilities - and have a blast doing it. Here are some examples of how games can boost specific skills, while also providing plenty of giggles and excitement.

Test your knowledge, quick thinking and creativity A game that's always up-to-date, kNOW! uses the latest technology to help test the brain power of three to six players, ages 10 and up. Games go beyond trivia - there are also puzzles such as identifying a sound provided by Google Assistant, or creating a question to ask Google Assistant to prompt it to say a provided word or phrase. This fast-moving game provides constantly changing questions depending on where and when you play.

Enjoy the wicked side of strategy For a fun twist on everyone's favorite movies, Disney Villainous: Evil Comes Prepared allows two to six players age 12 and up to choose a sinister character to play: Scar from "The Lion King," Ratigan from "The Great Mouse Detective," or Yzma from "The Emperor's New Groove." Players put strategy and logic to the test to achieve their own diabolical goals - and stop other villains from completing their own dastardly objectives. Games like Disney Villainous can be expanded

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and played with other characters in the series. Players can choose from a treasure trove of villains including Maleficent, the Queen of Hearts, Ursula and more.

Create suspense while working cooperatively JAWS brings the classic movie and infamous shark to life in your very own living room. In this asymmetric, two-act board game, one player takes the role of the shark while others take on the parts of Chief Brody, Quint and Hooper and work together to defeat their toothy foe. For two to four players ages 12 and up, JAWS recreates the excitement and tension of the blockbuster film.

Boost problem-solving and small motor skills A brain-bending game for all generations, Invasion of the Cow Snatchers is an introduction to playing games at different levels of skill while challenging players as they learn how to follow directions and maneuver their flying saucer around obstacles. Though designed to be a one-player game, others can join in on the fun too by collaborating to solve puzzles and taking turns being the magnetic "UFO." Schedule a family game night and turn that 37 minutes into an entire hour or more! Enjoy hanging out together, and reconnecting as a family. ď Ź

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There isn't a better time than now to start getting fit with health information and products so easily accessible. Simply incorporate the basics into your daily routine - good nutrition, adequate exercise and a daily supplement - and start down the path toward better health.

Get Regular Exercise The Department of Health and Human Services recommends an adequate amount of exercise every day. This guide can point to the right amount of exercise to add to your schedule:

Plan a Nutritious Diet The Dietary Guidelines for Americans describes a healthy diet as one that emphasizes fruits, vegetables, lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, eggs, nuts, whole grains and fat-free or low-fat milk products. It should be low in saturated fat, trans fat, cholesterol, salt and added sugar.


Warm weather makes fresh produce more easily accessible. Eat more fruits and vegetables by setting freshly washed and prepared produce on the kitchen counter or at eye level in the fridge. At every meal, make sure half your plate is made up of fruit and vegetable servings.

} One-fourth of your plate at every meal should be made up of grains, such as wheat, rice, oats, cornmeal or barley. People who eat whole grains as part of a healthy diet have a reduced risk of some chronic diseases. }

The remaining one-fourth of your plate should be lean or low-fat cuts of meat, plant-based protein or seafood.


Get at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity every week. For best results, spread the time out over several days.


Do strength training exercises at least twice a week. Lifting weights builds muscle, which means the body burns more calories - even at rest.


It's important to keep in mind that when people are active, they produce more free radicals. The antioxidants found in supplements can help buffer the negative effects of the workout.

Improving your diet, exercising regularly, taking a daily supplement and getting enough restorative sleep are all important steps to overall wellness. Work to incorporate each step into your daily routine until you reach your goal of good health, and find more health-conscious tips at eLivingToday.com. ď Ź Courtesy of Family Features

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You've made the decision to get in shape, and whether your goal is a full marathon or simply a few laps around the neighborhood, there are a few steps to consider taking before you strap on those shoes and head toward the finish line. Here are a few tips to help get you ready for the big race:

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Seek Quality Sneakers

Feet come in a variety of widths and sizes, so visit a specialty running store to find perfect-fitting sneakers. These may come with a hefty price tag, but there are no shortcuts for comfort and support while running long distances.

Make a Schedule

Try to aim for at least 10 hours of training per week, including three days where you run and two or three days of other physical activity such as cycling or strength training. To avoid exhaustion, be sure to include at least 1-2 "rest" days per week.

Stick with Water

Avoid sports drinks that are loaded with preservatives and sugars. You can't go wrong with the hydrating power of water. As a rule, try to consume at least 6-8 ounces of water for every 20 minutes you run. Proper hydration after the run is also vital.

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Many websites have training guides for various skill levels or different types of races. If you have a smartphone, look for apps that can take you through day-by-day workouts to get you marathon-ready.


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Filling your body with the proper amount of fuel can help ensure finish-line success. Load up on quality carbohydrates, such as beans, peas, whole-wheat pastas, whole-grain cereals, apples, brown rice and root vegetables. Protein also plays an important role in a runner's nutrition, so fill up on lean meats, fish, eggs, low-fat dairy, peanut butter and soy protein sources, as well. By following these general rules, you'll be able to focus on achieving your goal and enjoy the thrill of finishing the race. Find more tips for a healthier lifestyle at eLivingToday.com.  Courtesy of Family Features

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Welcome a 4-Legged Family Member with Care TIPS FOR A SUCCESSFUL, LIFELONG PET ADOPTION

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Bringing home a new pet can be exciting and heartwarming. Before you get caught up in the excitement of adopting a pet, however, it's important to do a bit of homework and have conversations to ensure you're choosing a lifelong fit for your family. When considering adopting, keep in mind that pets can provide as many benefits to you as you do them, such as helping to reduce stress, providing companionship, getting the daily recommended amount of physical activity and more. As you take your options into account, remember these guidelines from the experts at PetSmart Charities to prepare for a successful homecoming for your newest family member.

Life Stages If you prefer a lower energy pet, seek a senior (age 7 or above) who may move a little slower. For higher energy, look for young puppies and kittens or active breeds such as Labradors, hounds, American terriers (commonly known as pit bulls) and mixed breeds. For first-time pet owners, a healthy adult dog or cat can help teach new pet parents the joys of having a pet and may not require as much attention as a puppy or kitten.

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Families with young children might consider a family-friendly breed or mixed breed such as a hound. Older kids may benefit from additional responsibilities such as walking the dog or cleaning the litter box.

Living Environment In addition to the type and age of pet you adopt, you'll need to consider the space you have available to welcome your furry friend.

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If you live in a home, consider fencing your yard for more relaxed playtime. If you live in an apartment, discuss any restrictions with your landlord and find out where the closest dog parks are to ensure your dog gets plenty of exercise.

Dogs need a place to call their own where they're contained overnight and while you're not home until they can be safely left to roam. Get a crate so your new pet can have an 'apartment' within your home. You should always have more litter boxes than you do cats; for example, if you have one cat make sure you have at least two litter boxes. Litter boxes need to be scooped daily and completely changed weekly.

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Veterinary Care Most adoptions come with a free veterinary check-up within the first week. Visit the veterinarian to have your pet's vaccine records reviewed and ensure you know the best options for food, exercise and preventative care. You can prevent many common diseases by keeping your pet at a healthy weight, current on flea, tick and heartworm prevention, fully vaccinated and on a highquality diet. Preventing diseases costs less money than treating them, so discuss any concerns you have with your veterinarian.



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Financial Considerations Most pets come with annual veterinary bills between $200-500 and food bills between $200-400. Adopting a pet can provide cost savings, however, as fees at shelters and adoption events are typically lower than breeders and many of these pets are already spayed or neutered. To ensure your pet is covered in case of emergencies, consider options like pet insurance or opening a designated savings account and depositing 5% of your pay each pay period. If you take out an insurance policy as soon as you adopt your pet, he or she will not have any "pre-existing" conditions excluded from your insurance plan. Find more tips for a successful pet adoption and locate upcoming adoption events in your community at petsmartcharities.org.  Courtesy of Family Features

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hy not focus on your health this year by planning a trip that will help you relax, recharge and refocus on your top wellness goals?


The following are a few ways to focus on your health while on vacation. Here are just a few ways you can make the most of your vacation while getting your health goals off to a great start.

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1. Stay active What's better than a great workout in the great outdoors? In Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, you can stroll along the shoreline, bike the Waccamaw Neck Bikeway, hike a trail or take an outdoor yoga class. You can also enjoy golf courses, like the Dunes Golf and Beach Club. Kayak tours at Black River Outdoors, fishing from the 2nd Avenue Pier and jet skiing with Action Water Sportz are other active outdoor options.

If your wellness resolution is to unwind more in 2020, consider a Himalayan Salt Stone massage at the Cinzia Spa in Myrtle Beach, where hand-carved warm salt stones gently soothe away the accumulation of stress and tension, while bringing the body and spirit into balance. Or you can plan an entire day of spa treatments at Awakening Spa, including facials, wraps and aromatherapy, on your own or with a partner or friend. You can just relax and soak up the sun on one of many beautiful beaches, or while enjoying a sailboat charter or riverboat tour of the Intracoastal waterway. Your idea of relaxation might include bathing in beauty. If so, spend a day at Brookgreen Gardens to enjoy both the natural outdoor beauty as well as the sculptures. The area is home to dozens of art galleries for your perusal, as well as The Burroughs and Chapin Art Museum, which features southern artists in a range of media. For those who find creative pursuits relaxing, the museum offers art classes.

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2. Relax and unwind

3. Eat healthy While eating healthy on vacation can be challenging at times, focusing on fresh, ocean-to-table seafood offerings can be easy. In Myrtle Beach, visit Hook & Barrel restaurant to enjoy a fresh take on dining with distinctive seafood dishes and local produce in its ethereal, eco-friendly environment. You can't get any fresher than the wide selection of seafood at Wicked Tuna in Murrells Inlet, or try the inventive take on elevated Southern fare at the Rivertown Bistro in Conway. Destinations like Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, make it easy to stick to your wellness goals while on vacation, providing plenty of water sports activities along 60 miles of pristine coastline, with plenty of places to walk, bike and relax, plus endless, fresh seafood offerings available. ď Ź

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Get Away Without Going Away

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5 family staycation ideas that won't break your budget

Family vacations are a great way to bond and take a step back from the hectic schedules that accompany everyday life, but sometimes time or money (or both) make planning an elaborate trip a non-starter. 22 | Pocono Family Magazine Š March/April 2020

However, a staycation - a vacation you take right in your hometown (or nearby) - can be much less expensive and fit into nearly any amount of available time with the added bonus of skipping out on potentially stressful travel. Consider these staycation ideas to take advantage of your local area's attractions and prove you don't have to go far to spend quality time together.



Visit local landmarks. Just because it's not a traditional

vacation doesn't mean you can't pretend to be tourists. Start by visiting the places you recommend to friends and family from out of town or pick up a city guidebook to uncover hidden spots you may not even know exist. Make a plan to seek out historic sites, visit local landmarks like museums or try an out-of-the-way restaurant (or two) you've never eaten at before.

Camp out in the backyard. Camping doesn't have to be

done far from home. In fact, it can be done right in your own backyard. Pitch a tent to sleep under the stars and plan a night full of traditional camping activities like roasting s'mores, telling spooky stories by flashlight and trying to identify stars and constellations.

Set up a picnic in the park. Pack a basket with

sandwiches, fruit and other treats and head to the park. You can enjoy a casual meal then take advantage of the open space for a family walk or game of tag before retreating to the playground to let the little ones expel any leftover energy.

Have a home spa day. If you're looking for some

relaxation but don't want to splurge on the full spa treatment, plan an at-home oasis instead. Light some candles, run a bubble bath and break out the facial masks and fingernail polish.

Visit an amusement park. No matter where you live,

there's probably an amusement or water park within driving distance. A quick online search before you arrive can help prepare a strategy for hitting the most popular thrill rides and waterslides while skipping those that may not provide quite the same entertainment value.

It’s not just a day of shopping here in the Pocono Mountains—it’s an experience. Wander our historic streets. Explore our art galleries. Find unique local goods. And stop for a bite at one of our top-rated neighborhood restaurants along the way. Discover all of our shopping and sights now at PoconoMountains.com.

Find more tips and tricks for enjoying family time together at eLivingtoday.com.  Courtesy of Family Features

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All-Day Nutrition

Dairy-inspired, plant-based dishes to serve from morning to night

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With the rise in popularity of plant-based diets, dairy can help optimize nutrient absorption from plant foods and provide additional nutrients like high-quality protein, calcium, vitamin D and vitamin B12. You can create delicious meals with the nutrition you need while enjoying the best of plants and dairy.

with Broccoli, Tomatoes & Cheese

Recipe courtesy of: culinary dietitian Marcia Stanley, MS, RDN Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: 5 minutes Servings: 6   

Combining dairy and plant-based foods can be easier with these dairy-powered recipes from Milk Means More. They are ideal for creating a nutritious and delicious plan for every meal throughout the day. Start with a Blueberry Apple Crisp Smoothie Bowl in the morning then build out your lunch or dinner plans around an appetizer like this traditional Middle Eastern Labneh Spread with grilled pita bread and assorted veggies. For the main course, try Lentil Tacos with Tangy Guacamole and a classic Moroccan staple, Creamy Couscous with Broccoli, Tomatoes and Cheese, on the side. Find more recipes that combine the goodness of dairy and plant-based foods at milkmeansmore.org.

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1/2 cup chopped onion 2 tablespoons butter 3 cups broccoli florets 1 teaspoon minced garlic 1/2 teaspoon pepper 3 cups fat-free, 2% or whole milk 1 1/2 cups plain couscous (wheat pasta) 1 cup finely shredded Parmesan cheese 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese 1 1/2 cups seeded and chopped tomatoes 2 tablespoons slivered fresh basil leaves

In large nonstick skillet over medium heat, cook onion in butter 2 minutes. Add broccoli, garlic and pepper. Cook and stir 2 minutes. Stir milk into broccoli mixture. Bring to boil. Stir in couscous. Remove from heat. Cover and let stand 5 minutes. Gently stir Parmesan cheese into couscous mixture. Spread on serving platter. Sprinkle with cheddar cheese. Top with tomatoes and fresh basil leaves.

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From cereal and milk to yogurt and fruit to broccoli and cheese, combining dairy with plant-based foods creates a superfood power couple that can help ensure you and your family are getting the nutrients you need any time of day.

Creamy Couscous

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Lentil Tacos with Tangy Guacamole

Recipe courtesy of: culinary dietitian Marcia Stanley, MS, RDN Prep time: 40 minutes Servings: 6

To make Tangy Guacamole: In small bowl, mash avocado, juice, hot pepper sauce and garlic. Stir in yogurt. Cover and refrigerate until serving time.

Tangy Guacamole:

To make Lentil Tacos: Heat oven to 400 F.

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1 medium ripe avocado, pitted, peeled and chopped 1 tablespoon orange, lime or lemon juice 1/4 teaspoon hot pepper sauce 1 clove garlic, minced 1/2 cup plain, fat-free Greek yogurt

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2 1/3 cups water 1 cup dry brown lentils, rinsed and drained 1/2 cup finely chopped onion 2 teaspoons chili powder 2 cloves garlic, minced

1/2 teaspoon salt 1 1/2 cups seeded and chopped tomatoes, divided 1 1/4 cups (5 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese, divided 12 yellow corn taco shells

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In medium saucepan over medium-high heat, combine water, lentils, onion, chili powder, garlic and salt. Bring to boil. Reduce heat. Cover and gently boil 12-15 minutes, or until lentils are just tender. Uncover and boil 5-15 minutes, or until most liquid evaporates. Remove lentils from heat. Stir in 1 cup tomatoes and 3/4 cup cheese. Spoon into taco shells. Stand filled tacos in 13-by-9-by-2-inch baking dish. Sprinkle tacos with remaining tomatoes and cheese. Loosely cover dish with foil. Bake 3-5 minutes, or until cheese melts. Stir guacamole. Serve with warm tacos.


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12 ounces whole milk Greek yogurt 1/8 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 pinch sea salt, for garnish fresh herbs, for garnish pita bread, grilled assorted seasonal vegetables

In bowl, mix Greek yogurt, salt and lemon juice. Transfer mixture to fine mesh strainer lined with cheesecloth. Wrap mixture in cheesecloth and strain over bowl in refrigerator 24-48 hours. Strain longer to make thicker. Once thickened as desired, remove from cheesecloth and top spread with olive oil, sea salt and fresh herbs. Serve with grilled pita bread and assorted seasonal vegetables.

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Blueberry Apple Crisp Smoothie Bowl

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2 tablespoons oats 1 teaspoon pure maple syrup 1 tablespoon pecans, chopped 2 tablespoons reserved chopped apple fresh blueberries

Celebrate the holidays surrounded by great company and even better cuisine in the Pocono Mountains. From romantic dinners by candlelight to farm-to-table experiences, our local chefs are serving up something for every palate. Visit PoconoMountains.com to see all of our mouth-watering dining options and make your reservation.

In blender, blend blueberries, apples, cinnamon, yogurt and spinach until smooth. Taste and add maple syrup, to taste. If thicker mixture is desired, add ice cubes. Pour into bowl. Mix oats with maple syrup. Top smoothie mixture with oats, pecans, apples and blueberries.  March/April 2020 Pocono Family Magazine © | 29

"This will give your house a professional, cohesive appearance after you've painted."

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How to Paint the exterior of

Your House From Prep to Finish By: Kimberly Blaker

Does your home's exterior need a facelift? If so, it doesn't have to cost an arm and a leg. A bit of time and effort in prep work and a fresh coat of paint can restore your home's curb appeal and make it look new once again. With the right tools and resources, you can paint your home yourself and save a bundle on the cost of labor. The following guide will help get you started.

HOW TO CHOOSE COLORS There are several considerations to choosing the right colors for your home. Your street or neighborhood will be affected by the color you choose. So take into account the colors of other homes on your street and immediately surrounding yours. The architectural style of your house and its era also play a role in color selection. Is your house contemporary? Or is it a mid-century or turn-of-the-twentieth century craftsman home? To determine the best colors for the era and style of your house, browse through books or online to see what's appropriate and appealing. Are there any exterior elements that'll be difficult, costly, or unnecessary to change, such as the roof or driveway? If so, choose paint colors complementary to those existing elements. March/April 2020 Pocono Family Magazine Š | 31

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Another consideration is visual effects. Determine whether your house would look better in a lighter or darker shade based on its distance from the road, the landscape, and other factors. Use color and visual tools to choose colors that are complementary to each other for the primary color of your home; window trim, shutters, and doors; and the trim casing, roof casing, and railings. Many paint brands offer online color visualizers where you can upload a photo of your house to try out different paint colors and combinations virtually. One option is www.sherwin-williams.com/ visualizer#/active Once you've decided on colors, buy a sample of each and try it out on a small area of your house to avoid a costly mistake. Paint color sample cards and even online visualizers don't tell the full story. You need to see the actual paint color on your real-life home to know how it will really look. 32 | Pocono Family Magazine Š March/April 2020

PAINT TYPES The best all-around paints are those that say "100 percent acrylic latex" on the label, says Thomas Baker of This Old House in "All About Exterior Paint." He explains that one hundred percent acrylic resin "remains flexible, breathable, and colorfast far longer than paints made with vinyl resins or acrylic blends." Still, even among 100 percent acrylics, quality varies. So it's worth comparing coverage rates, dryfilm thicknesses, and proportion of ingredients. For certain surfaces, however, oil-based paints are better because of their smoothness, hardness, gloss, and resistance to dirt. Doors, trim, railings, wrought iron, and elements that get touched hold up better with oil-based.

PREP WORK Before you begin painting, you'll need to inspect the exterior of your house, make repairs, and prep the surface. Look for and resolve the following issues:  flaking paint (remove by scraping, sanding, or with a wire brush)  rust on iron details (scrub with a wire brush then apply a rust-inhibitive primer)  chalky residue (efflorescence) on aluminum siding, trim, and soffit (lightly power wash siding, scrub it with a cleaning agent and brushes or pads, then rinse thoroughly)  mold and mildew (clean light mold with bleach; replace extensively damaged elements)  deteriorated or missing caulk in window sills and doors (remove deteriorated caulk and apply fresh high quality, paintable exterior caulk)  rotted wood (remove or cut it out and replace) After you've completed your inspection, and cleaned or

repaired any problems, wash the exterior to remove dust and debris. You can use a hose, bucket, and rags, or rent a power washer, available through most home improvement stores. Next, fill any cracks and crevices between siding and trim panels with an exterior, paintable caulk. This will give your house a professional, cohesive appearance after you've painted. Choose a primer with a vinyl sealer, so both the sealer and paint adhere better. If you're adding a fresh coat of the same color paint, a sealer isn't necessary. Also, gather your paint and the tools you'll need, including sturdy ladders, sprayers, brushes, rollers, drop cloths, plastic sheeting, and painter's tape. Finally, just before priming or painting, tape off edges including trim, windows, doors, and hardware to protect them from paint. Even with tape, paint does tend to bleed through. So run a putty knife along the edge of the tape, to ensure it is flush and adheres. If you're using a paint sprayer,

also tape up plastic sheeting to cover doors, windows, fixtures, and anything you want to protect.

HOW TO PAINT Paint sprayers offer the most coverage in the shortest amount of time. Brushes and rollers are better for precision and control. Begin by applying the primer, which can be sprayed, rolled, or brushed on. Make sure it covers rusty nails, sap, or other similar problems to prevent bleedthrough. After waiting for the recommended time for the primer to dry, you're ready to apply color. You can spray the siding then roll or brush the trim and doors. Another option is to spray large areas that require minimal taping off and use brushes and rollers on the front of the house and in other areas where there's a lot of detail. Alternatively, you may decide not to deal with spraying at all. Just carefully follow the instructions on the paint cans to ensure the paint properly adhere's and provides lasting coverage.

WHERE TO LEARN ABOUT HOUSE PAINTING Before you begin painting, learn as much as you can to avoid mistakes and discover time-saving tips. The following resources may be helpful:  Check home improvement stores to see if they offer any workshops. These are often provided in larger stores.  Visit your library, bookstore, or hardware store for a book on exterior painting.  Look for articles online, particularly those that address the specific type of siding on your home.  Watch Youtube videos to see house painting in action, so you understand how to properly tape off, use a paint sprayer, and other steps.  March/April 2020 Pocono Family Magazine © | 33

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"A welcoming home is typically an attractive one, and there are few better ways to create a cozy vibe than a seating or gathering area on the porch."

Whether you're hoping to sell in the near future or simply looking to touch up outdated areas, there's one aspect of home maintenance most homeowners agree is important: curb appeal. It's a broad term that may reference any number of visible features, meaning there are plenty of ways to enhance the appearance of your house. Consider these ideas - some big, some small - for bringing new life to your home's look from the experts at the National Association of the Remodeling Industry.

Swap Out Your Front Door As one of the first things a guest, passerby or potential homebuyer may notice, the front door is the gateway to your home and a likely opening impression. Upgrading to a heavier, bolder door or simply repainting the existing threshold can capture positive attention. Alternately, 36 | Pocono Family Magazine Š March/April 2020

swapping out hardware for a more eye-catching look is an easy way to achieve a fresh facelift.

Create Seating Areas A welcoming home is typically an attractive one, and there are few better ways to create a cozy vibe than a seating or gathering area on the porch. Whether it's the classic porch swing or chairs and a coffee table suitable for the outdoors, a small zone ideal for conversation and camaraderie can help create an at-home appearance.

Plant Shrubbery Billowing trees and blooming flowers are certainly eyecatching accessories outside a home, but many varieties require intense care to grow the way you envision and may adhere to seasonal weather patterns for optimal appearance.

For a quicker result, shop around for fully mature shrubs and plants that can withstand elements throughout the year.

Rethink the Mailbox It may not be as exciting of a project to undertake, however, giving your mailbox a fresh look helps it stand out and especially if it's directly in front of your home - may turn an ordinary object into a worthy attractant. Your work may be as simple as updating to a newer model or as thought-out as constructing a small rock wall around the base.

Add Stonework For a project that can give your house a new look altogether, consider incorporating stonework or a stone veneer for a natural appearance. If changing your facade isn't in the plans, less complicated ideas like pavers, brick sidewalks and landscape rings are ways to introduce a classic touch.

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Changing the exterior paint color of a home is one of the most popular renovation projects, and one of the first that comes to mind for many homeowners. Simply altering the colors of trim, gutters and other accent pieces may be enough for some homes, and repainting the exterior doesn't have to mean a new color altogether - consider a brighter shade or simply a fresh coat to help your home pop.

Update Lighting Light fixtures come in all shapes and sizes, and many times the beauty is in the eye of the beholder. While updated porch illumination may not drive home a potential sale, it's a subtle touch right as guests arrive. Adding smaller lights in previously unlit areas like around landscaping (consider solar-powered for easier maintenance) can help your hard work shine. To find more ideas to increase curb appeal, or to find a certified remodeler near you, visit RemodelingDoneRight. com.  Courtesy of Family Features

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sleepaway camps FOR CHILDREN AND TEENS As a parent, you worry about your child's future. Will they be confident enough to weather life's ups and downs? Will they find happiness and success? How will they navigate their future challenges? According to research by the American Camp Association (ACA), a traditional sleepaway camp where a child or teen spends 1-4 weeks away from home - helps them experience growth and development beyond a specialized day "camp" or class. Rather than spending a week learning computer coding or at a hyper-focused sports camp, a sleepaway camp develops qualities that last a lifetime.

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Enhanced self-development It may seem hard to let your child spend so much time away, but camp can be a huge boost to their confidence, independence and resilience. It also builds social-emotional skills to benefit them through adulthood.  Confidence comes from doing. A child who must do things on their own, without a parent nearby, learns they can accomplish much more than they thought.  Becoming self-reliant and developing a feeling of competence comes from attempting - and sometimes failing - until they succeed.  Learning to persevere through discomfort helps a child feel like they can handle anything, creating resilience. A camp experience that builds independence, self-reliance and confidence is a huge gift - and parents can give that gift to their children by finding a camp that boosts a child's sense of self. For example, Cheley Colorado Camps, a traditional sleepaway camp celebrating its 100th year, is designed to give children a chance to slow down, learn about themselves, connect with nature and explore new things in a relaxed, supportive environment. 40 | Pocono Family Magazine © March/April 2020

According to Brooke Cheley-Klebe, camp director and fourth-generation Cheley family camp leadership, "Parents and campers tell us the camp experience was life-changing. It is not only a mechanism for growth, but an experience that shapes their life in a positive way for years to come."

Expanding horizons Being away from home means your child leaves their comfort zone. Sharing space with kids they've never met, from different backgrounds, states or countries is also a completely new experience. Exploring challenging activities expands your child's world, which can be fun, exhilarating and self-affirming. If your child or teen has never ridden a horse or gone rafting, these activities may stretch their abilities beyond what they thought they could achieve. Cheley campers partake in dozens of outdoor activities, crafts and more. Trying a variety of new things changes a child's idea of what they're capable of - much more than camps focusing on one subject - fostering curiosity, perseverance, a love of learning and inner confidence.

Connecting with nature As young people increasingly spend time indoors, they lose opportunities to connect with nature and appreciate the beauty around them. Spending time outdoors improves young people's ability to live in the moment. Affinity for nature was one of the top benefits of camp found in the ACA study. Sleeping under the stars and exploring the outdoors foster an appreciation for nature that can't be achieved any other way.

Unplugging from technology Sometimes it seems like technology and social media have taken over, especially for young people. Giving up technology for weeks may seem impossible, but the results are astonishing. A decrease in anxiety and an increase in happiness are noticeable in most campers when they unplug. In the ACA research, teens and children who unplugged reported learning how to live in the moment. They stopped worrying about the past or future, instead focusing on their present experiences. Putting down technology means learning to look other people in the eye. They develop better social skills while reading each other's non-verbal cues, like facial expressions and body language. Face-to-face interaction is the only way to develop those skills.

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Lifelong friendships Kids at sleepaway camp bond with other campers in a deep, lasting way. Sharing the camp experience creates a sense of community, fostering lifelong friendships. In the ACA research, children and teens said making new friends was the best part of camp. They - and their parents - said social skills learned from camp helped them develop friendships at school, long after camp ended. While you may initially feel reluctant to send your child to camp, giving your child this gift can be life-changing. To learn more, visit Cheley.com. ď Ź

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Pi Day, is not only an annual opportunity to celebrate math, it’s also a day to honor the renowned scientist and mathematician, Albert Einstein, born on March 14. Here are some great ways your family can make math fun this Pi Day:

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• Visit a math museum: Take the kids to a hands-on math museum featuring fun interactive exhibits, events, puzzles, games and more that bring math to life. • Bake a ‘pi’: Bake a pi-themed pi. Whether you love cherry, chocolate or lemon meringue, you can honor the day by baking a pie and carving the symbol for pi into your creation. This is also a great opportunity to calculate fractions, angles, percentages and areas! • Learn the meaning of pi: A very special number, pi is the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter, making its value essential for those studying geometry. It’s also an “irrational number,” meaning it’s exact value can’t be expressed as a fraction. While scientists have calculated trillions of digits of pi, you are likely familiar with the first few -- 3.14. Use a high-quality graphing or scientific calculator, such as those from Casio, to study up on several more of pi’s digits and practice using its value in equations. • Learn more about Einstein: There are many terrific biographies for all reading levels available, as well as documentaries and biopics that can help your family learn more about the life and work of the legendary Albert Einstein. Math may sometimes get a reputation for being one of the tougher school subjects, but it can also be a lot of fun. Let this Pi Day be an opportunity to show your kids that math is something to celebrate.  Courtesy of StatePoint


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s more states nationwide adopt laws requiring high schools to offer personal finance classes, a new survey suggests that generation Z is on board with the trend.


Seventy-six percent of recent high school graduates agree personal finance education should be required, according to a national survey by Experian. The survey, among 18 and 19-year-olds, revealed that 46 percent say they have a lot of unanswered questions about money and finances, and feel “uncertain” and “nervous,” when it comes to managing finances. To launch a successful financial future, consider the following tips:

• Learn Credit Card Basics

Before leveraging the benefits of a credit card, understand the terms and conditions and the potential impact it can have on your credit score. Read the paperwork thoroughly and ask a parent or friend to help you with anything you don’t understand. Only use credit for an amount you can pay off entirely each statement. Interest rates are high, so you don’t want to be paying more for what you purchase.

• Study Student Loan Requirements

Study the different types of student loans available, and then run the numbers. Before borrowing a dime, figure out what your payments are actually likely to be, and make sure you can truly afford to borrow without putting other financial necessities at risk.

• Open a Checking Account

You can open a checking account by filling out an application online or in person, usually in just a few minutes, as long as you have the necessary documentation banks require. The bank will issue you a debit card, allowing you to pay for items using funds from your account. Monitor the flow of funds by checking your account online frequently.

• Monitor Credit Scores

There are three national credit bureaus that may have a credit report file for you once you start using credit. What’s in your file is what is used to calculate a credit score that lenders look at to determine if you’re a good

candidate for credit. You can obtain a free credit report annually at annualcreditreport.com. If you’re responsible for your cell phone bill and utility bills, consider using Experian Boost – a free online tool – to add these accounts to your Experian credit file and potentially increase your credit score instantly. A consistent history of on-time payments may increase your credit score.

• Budget

Learning to budget is essential, teaching you to set goals, live within your means and manage your money responsibly. Create a spreadsheet and review it on an ongoing basis.

“It’s important that we reach students early, before they start making decisions about student loans, credit cards, buying a car and renting an apartment.”

• Use New Tech Tools

Unfortunately, the topic of money management doesn’t always appeal to young people. Only 38 percent of those surveyed find personal finance topics interesting. Luckily, tech-driven tools like apps and YouTube tutorials are making financial education more interesting and accessible to generation Z. More tips for getting financially savvy, can be found at experian.com/education. “Understanding money basics means not having to learn financial lessons the hard way,” says Rod Griffin, director of public education for Experian. “It’s important that we reach students early, before they start making decisions about student loans, credit cards, buying a car and renting an apartment.”  Courtesy of StatePoint

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"Many men living with BPH symptoms take prescription medications after they have been diagnosed, but relief can be inadequate and temporary,"

hile family history and age cannot be changed, there are everyday steps men can follow to take charge of their health, including prostate health, and maybe even prevent problems down the road. Consider these tips to help lead a healthier lifestyle.


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Get checked out regularly. Just because you're healthy

doesn't mean you should eschew routine checkups, and that includes self-examinations. While regular visits to your health care provider can keep you up-to-date on preventative screenings and immunizations, getting to know your own body can have similar benefits.

Care for your prostate. If you're experiencing frequent urination, a weak or slow urine stream, incomplete bladder emptying, difficulty or delay in starting urination or a urine stream that stops and starts, these may be signs you may be suffering from Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH), otherwise known as enlarged prostate. Enlarged prostate, which is noncancerous and affects more than 40 million American men,

can also cause loss of productivity and sleep, according to research published in the "Journal of Urology." Medication is often the first line of treatment, but some patients may suffer uncomfortable side effects including dizziness, headaches and sexual dysfunction, which can prompt them to quit using their medications. "Many men living with BPH symptoms take prescription medications after they have been diagnosed, but relief can be inadequate and temporary," said Dr. Peter Walter, M.D., urologist and paid consultant for Teleflex Incorporated, the manufacturer of the UroLift(r) System. As one alternative to medication, an option like the UroLift System treatment is a minimally invasive procedure that doesn't require any cutting, heating or removal of prostate tissue. A urologist places small implants to lift and move enlarged prostate tissue so it no longer blocks the urethra and can allow for normal urine flow. Most common side effects are mild to moderate, and patients generally can return to their normal routines with minimal downtime. For more information about treatment options, or to find a urologist near you who treats BPH, visit UroLift.com.

Focus on a more nutritious diet. Aim for a pattern of

healthier eating that includes more fruits, vegetables and leafy greens such as lettuce, spinach, kale and broccoli, which can help keep you - and your prostate - healthy. Also try to cut back on consumption of red meat - specifically processed meat - as well as salt and sweets.

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In & Around the Poconos PEEC into the Kitchen

Sunday, March 1 – 1:00 - 3:00 pm PEEC in the Kitchen is a new cooking class series that

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Saturday, March 7 – 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Sunday, March 8 – 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

will offer participants a peek into the PEEC Dining Hall’s

Join us for a hike through the woods out to the “Two Saps”

Erin Taylor. Participants will learn basic kitchen skills, tips

maple syrup! Sign up for a 9am or 9:30am start time.

Kitchen for a fun and creative cooking experience with Chef and tricks of the trade, and make easy, delicious, family

friendly meals to satisfy the gourmet culinarian, pickiest eaters, or even strictest dietary concerns. Each class will

include an informational hands-on cooking demonstration,

recipes for participants to take with them, and a family style meal of the items prepared in class. peec.org

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Sugar Shack and enjoy hot cocoa and pancakes with fresh Spaces are limited! peec.org

Ecozone Discovery Room!

Sunday, March 8 – 1:00 - 4:00 pm Climb into a bald eagle’s nest, crawl into a bat cave, explore a beaver lodge, and dig in a fossil pit! Explore this indoor

discovery room and enjoy hands-on exhibits on natural history, sustainability and the local environment. No registration required. peec.org

Beekeeping Basics with Erik Diemer of Blossom and Buzz Beekeeping Tuesday, March 10th - 5:00 - 6:30 pm

Pocono Heritage Land Trust hosts Erik Diemer as he touches on all the major introductory topics, such as

the honeybee caste system, how they distribute jobs, pollination basics, and a discussion on beekeeping equipment.

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Wacky Science Adventures

Saturday, March 14 – 1:00 - 3:00 pm Put on your lab coats and prepare to conduct some

crazy experiments! We’ll get to create your very own slime, oobleck, and attempt to launch a rocket into space. All ages welcome.

Salamanders, Frogs, and More! Saturday, March 21 – 1:00 - 3:00 pm

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Woodcock Walk

Saturday, March 21 – 6:30 - 8:00 pm Join us for a walk to see the mysterious woodcock

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Ecozone Discovery Room! Sunday, March 22 – 1:00 - 4:00 pm Climb into a bald eagle’s nest, crawl into a bat cave,

explore a beaver lodge, and dig in a fossil pit! Explore this indoor discovery room and enjoy hands-on

exhibits on natural history, sustainability and the local environment. No registration required. peec.org

BSA Scouts Badge Festival

Saturday, March 28 – 9:30 am - 4:00 pm Bears will work on completing the Bear Necessities while Webelos will work on their Castaway badge.

Scouts will work towards their Backpacker merit badge. Payment is required at registration. Space is limited -

call early! Overnight accommodations with meals are available for $43/person. peec.org

Bridge the Gap: Intro to Tent Camping Sunday, March 29 – 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Learn everything you need to know about camping right here. From basic shelters, to common knots, and even

how to build a fire from scratch. It’ll be great practice

for any future family vacations. *Lead support provided by the William Penn Foundation* peec.org

Salamanders, Frogs, and More! Sunday, March 29 – 1:00 - 3:00 pm

Amphibians are stirring in the woods! Join us as we

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Thursday, April 2 – Saturady, April 11 Rebel Stages presents: Godspell - Performers tell

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techniques, and hefty doses of comic timing. Led by

the international hit, "Day by Day," Godspell features a parade of beloved songs, including "Prepare Ye the

Way" "and "All for the Best." Celebrate with us during this Easter season!

Girl Scout Badge Festival

Saturday, April 4 – 9:30 am - 4:00 pm Brownies will work on their Senses and Outdoor Art

badges. Juniors will fulfill the Animal Habitat badge. Cadets and Seniors will participate in our GS Ranger program. Overnight options are available for all age

levels, ask for more information! Payment is required

at registration. Space is limited - call early! Overnight accommodations with meals are available for $43/ person.

Bridge the Gap: Bike the McDade Sunday, April 5 – 1:00 - 4:00 pm

Join us for a bike ride along the McDade Trail! We

will provide all equipment and transportation. Please

bring a water bottle and wear sturdy footwear. We will have extra water and snacks available. *Lead support provided by the William Penn Foundation* peec.org

Bridge the Gap: Spring Peeper Search Sunday, April 5 – 7:30 - 9:00 pm

These tiny tree frogs have thawed out and are active

again in our forested wetlands. Listen to the impressive choir made by these vocal amphibians as we carefully catch, study, and release them. Bring a flashlight

for better searching! *Lead support provided by the William Penn Foundation* peec.org

C&K's Beauty & the Beast - A Dance Story Friday, April 17 – Sunday, April 19

Children's Theatre - C&K Dance Theater presents

Beauty and the Beast - A Dance Story, a famous fairy tale written by French novelist Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve.

Salamanders, Frogs, and More!

Saturday, April 18 – 10:00 am - 12:00 pm Amphibians are stirring in the woods! Join us as we

explore nearby breeding pools for salamanders, frogs,

The 5K event will feature wine tasting from Eagles

Nest Cellars Winery, food vendors, a guided walk to

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for gentle, up-close study. Wear boots and clothes that

Saturday, April 18 – 1:00 - 4:00 pm Climb into a bald eagle’s nest, crawl into a bat cave,

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Pocono Knitting Retreat

Thursday, April 23 - Sunday, April 26 In this workshop, led by Patti Shreiner, enjoy a nice relaxing weekend with your fellow knitters. Come prepared to start some new projects guided by our leader. Includes lodging and meals! peec.org

Earth Day Festival

Saturday, April 25 – 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Environmental Education Center Sponsors Elk Viewing

The EE Center will be leading a three day bus trip

“Elk Viewing in the Pennsylvania Wilds”. This will be offered September 14-16, 2020. The EE Center’s past trips were a big success, numerous elk were observed

during each trip and participants heard the bulls’ bugling calls. This year’s trips will not only feature Elk viewing opportunities, but also stops at several state parks,

including the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon. A complete schedule and cost is available on their website, or you

can call and they will send you the information. Space is limited to 13 people for each trip.

The office is open Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and most Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For

information on other programs we offer, visit our website at www.mcconservation.org.

Steel Magnolias

Help us celebrate the Earth! There will be hands-

Thursday, April 30 – Sunday, May 3

exhibits, crafts, food, music, and much more! Pre-

Rebel Stages presents... Steel Magnolias

on learning stations, interpretive hikes, conservation registration is NOT required. peec.org

Creek 5K 2020

Sunday, April 26th

Delicate as magnolias but tough as steel, they are

gossipy, southern ladies in a small-town Louisiana

beauty parlor who laugh, cry, and teach a thing or two about life and how to live it.

Support local conservation efforts through the Creek 5K. Enjoy this scenic run within Stroud Township's

ForEvergreen Nature Preserve. Participants will enjoy the course's winding trails throughout the Preserve along the historic Brodhead Creek in the Poconos.

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PARTING SHOT Spring Sunset

Photo taken by Dave Sandt

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Theatre Year Round in the Poconos SHAWNEE ON THE DELAWARE, PA

• Godspell April 2, 2020 - April 11, 2020 Rebel Stages presents: Godspell - Performers tell parables by using a wide variety of games, storytelling techniques, and hefty doses of comic timing. Led by the international hit, “Day by Day,” Godspell features a parade of beloved songs, including “Prepare Ye the Way” “and “All for the Best.” Celebrate with us during this Easter season!

• C&K’s Beauty & the Beast - A Dance Story April 17, 2020 - April 19, 2020 CHILDREN’S THEATRE - C&K Dance Theater presents Beauty and the Beast - A Dance Story, a famous fairy tale written by French novelist Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve.

• Steel Magnolias April 30, 2020 - May 3, 2020 Rebel Stages presents.....Steel Magnolias Delicate as magnolias but tough as steel, they are gossipy, southern ladies in a small-town Louisiana beauty parlor who laugh, cry, and teach a thing or two about life and how to live it.

(570) 421-5093 www.theshawneeplayhouse.com

Pocono Art & Design The Pocono’s best artists & designers helping you build your business!

• Logos • Business Cards • Print Ads • Brochures • Websites • & More New Business Starter Kits from $495 Business Growth Kits from $695 Credit Terms Available

Barrett Paradise Friendly Library Cresco, PA 570-595-7171 www.barrettlibrary.org

Pocono Mountain Public Library Tobyhanna, PA 570-894-8860 www.poconomountpl.org

Clymer Library Pocono Pines, PA 570-646-0826 www.clymerlibrary.org

Western Pocono Community Library Brodheadsville, PA 570-992-7934 www.wpcl.lib.pa.us

Eastern Monroe Public Library Branches Hughes Library (main branch) Stroudsburg, PA 570-421-0800 www.monroepl.org Pocono Township Branch Tannersville, PA 570-629-5858 Smithfield Branch Marshalls Creek, PA 570-223-1881 Bookmobile 570-421-0880 x49

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You know your business better than anyone else... we know how to market it! 1929 North Fifth Street,  Stroudsburg, PA 18360 570-424-1000 Visa / Mastercard

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