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Letting Dad Be Dad: Appreciating Our Differences by Lara Krupicka

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Getting There is Half the Fun: Twenty Tips for Traveling with Children by Janine Queenin

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How to Find Smooth Sailing on Vacation

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Summer is in the air and it is time for a change of scenery. Cruising is an affordable way of seeing many places for one reasonable rate. When you embark on a cruise you have the option to visit many different ports-of-call. Many times you will arrive at a different port daily. Once you arrive at the destination you can participate in a guided-tour, or activity, or just get off the boat and have fun exploring the location on your own. The hardest decision is deciding which magnificent place to go. A few options you have to choose from while cruising are: Eastern and Western Caribbean, Europe, Alaska, and Greek Isles. The Caribbean is popular for FUN IN THE SUN! Choosing cruising is financially beneficial. Most of your expenses are inclusive on the cruise, including your room, meals, entertainment and the kids club. Depending on the ship some cruise lines have some entertainment fee are attached (i.e. specialty restaurants, bowling, Ice Bar). Let’s say that you want to have a romantic dinner and go dancing with your partner for the families with young children the cruises offer evening babysitting hours

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by Lara Krupicka

It's our second time attending a gathering at the home of a family in our new church. Adults stand in clusters in the kitchen chatting and eating. Occasionally a few kids charge past. I'm in the middle of a conversation about school sports with another mom, when I hear a familiar twotoned sound. It's my husband's signature whistle. I hunch my shoulders toward my ears, shooting him the did-you-really-haveto-do-that look. But it is getting late. We do need to round up our kids. Sure enough, footsteps come quickly thudding from several directions. Pretty soon, our three girls are gathered around my husband, getting their departure instructions. He gives a knowing grin over their heads. I shrug back at him. Truth is, as much as

pride. I loved his knack for calming our girls when they were fussy. He'd put his brawn to work gently swinging our heavy car seat carrier, baby and all, until they settled. And I loved how he'd sing tenderly off-key as he deposited them in their beds for the night. There were other moments though, where I chafed at the differences between his parenting ways and mine. He'd wrestle and roll on the floor with our girls, eliciting shrieks and giggles. I worried. Worried he'd be too rough, that someone would get hurt. He'd brush off my over-cautiousness. I don't care for his Captain Von Trapp impression, it works. Before we had our first child twelve years ago, my husband offered to yield all the parenting to me. "After all, you were the babysitter. I know nothing about babies," he claimed. Yet something remarkable happened in that hospital room. While I was bedridden, recovering from childbirth, he figured out how to care for our daughter. By the time we got home with our new little one, he was teaching me how to swaddle her, scolding me for leaving the jumbled blanket too loose. When I couldn't coax a burp, he'd coach me on a hold he'd perfected for doing the job. Before long he was interjecting other ideas of his own, learning to assert himself as her father. And by the time our second child arrived, he truly was an old pro. Watching him grow into that role made me swell with

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"Loosen up," he'd say. "We're having fun." Or he'd lead our family on hikes through the woods of a campground, urging us to forge our own path. I'd call out often from the rear of our pack, "Are you sure this is the right way? These branches are getting awfully thorny. How are we going to get across this stream here?" Again he'd ignore my fears and cross that stream with his characteristic aplomb, guiding our trusting girls along behind him. Sometimes he simply has a different idea of what's appropriate for our children. Such as letting our tween head out into the cold with a thin jacket on because she's "not as chilly as you always are." Or feeding our girls Spam with their macaroni and cheese, like it makes a complete meal. When he first started whistling for our kids, I questioned his motives. Did he really think they could be summoned like dogs? True to his engineering nature, he rattled off a reasoned response I found hard to refute - something about efficiency and pitch. He remained insistent that the whistle worked. I relented. As with many of the other ways he parents differently from me, I've found his whistle is an improvement over the alternative (say, yelling). Just as I learned that wrestling with dad can be safe and fun, the wild can be a great place to conquer your fears and

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explore new things, and young girls can be warm enough in just a light jacket on chilly days, I've learned that a whistle summons has its place in our family life (we won't talk about those macaroni and cheese and Spam dinners). In all this, I'm glad my girls have their father to parent them too. They need his adventurous spirit and light-hearted nature to balance their straight-laced mom. And I need his differences too. I've grown through parenting with him. I've learned to let go more. I've learned to risk more. And I've found my way doesn't have to be the only way. Because of his role as a father, I've become a better mother. At last we've gotten together our kids, said our goodbyes and headed out the door of our new friends' house. As our girls scamper down the walk ahead of us, I reach out and squeeze my husband's hand. I give him a quick smile. In return he lets out another whistle, low and under his breath. It's a quiet catcall. It's directed at me. And it lets me know, in his own way, he appreciates our differences too. Lara Krupicka is a freelance writer and mom to three girls. She likes that her husband, Mike, is the one that her daughters go to for pulling splinters.

Malayan Tiger Expecting Cubs at Zoo The Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society has announced that Berapi Api, a ten-year-old Malayan tiger who mothered three male cubs at the Zoo in 2011, is expected to give birth within the next six weeks. This will be her fourth litter, and the second litter sired by Keemasan Mata, who returned to the Zoo in January. This pregnancy is significant because the Malayan tiger is a critically endangered species. The two tigers were paired in February through a breeding recommendation made by the Tiger Species Survival Plan (SSP) of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). The two tigers were separated after breeding, since tigers are solitary in the wild. Mata will remain on exhibit at the Palm Beach Zoo.

done the best we can in preparing for this,” said Jan Steele, General Curator for the Zoo. “Every pregnancy comes with risk, and we are giving Berapi space to allow her to have the safest birthing environment possible.” Zoo officials halted the construction of the Henry and Charlotte Kimelman Tiger Falls Habitat last month to ensure Berapi is not disturbed by loud noises. The new habitat will open in the fall, and will double the size of the current tiger habitat. Construction will resume a minimum of one month after the tiger cubs are born.

Berapi has been exhibiting signs of pregnancy, including steady weight gain and a growing belly that has shown movement in the past week. A tiger’s gestational period is typically 93-110 days, with 100 days being the average.

Berapi has preferred to remain in the tiger night house, only venturing out in the cooler evening hours. Zookeepers are following a normal routine with the expectant mother, and are making a point not to hover unnecessarily. Mother tigers have been known to kill their cubs if they feel threatened, and Berapi abandoned the first two of her three litters. A remote camera inside the night house allows zookeepers to monitor the pregnant tiger.

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and weighs 220 pounds. Mata was born on June 4, 2005, and weighs 340 pounds. Malayan tiger births are extremely rare, with only one other AZA zoo having Malayan tiger cub births this year. Zoo officials said each tiger birth is critical to help preserve the species from extinction, as scientists estimate fewer than 500 Malayan tigers exist in the wild. Every tiger cub born will contribute to the genetic diversity of the Malayan tiger population and species conservation efforts. Malayan tigers are among the smallest of the tiger species, and are named after the Malay Peninsula where they are found. Initially, decline in tiger numbers was primarily because of a tremendous loss of habitat. More recently, the greater threat has been from poaching for its body parts, persecution by angry villagers, and starvation as their prey is over-harvested.

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Summer is here and for many families that means a vacation away from home. According to American Express, 49 percent of American families hit the road each summer. Whether you go by plane, train, or car, traveling with kids is a challenge. Here are 20 ideas to get you to your destination stress-free and ready for some fun. Use “kid-time” when making plans and arranging itineraries. Give yourself plenty of time for bathroom breaks, pit stops for food and drink, forgotten items and general kid distraction. Disregard kid-time at your peril. Practice for airport security at home and tell children how to answer questions from TSA agents. When asked the name of his traveling companion, my son told a TSA officer my husband’s full name instead of saying Dad. It would have been funny, but TSA doesn’t have a sense of humor. Airport security is stressful under the glare of annoyed business travelers. Family lines at airport security are intended for families with strollers and piles of gear, use it. You won’t see a business traveler within 100 feet of this line. Let kids pack and carry their own small bag with toys and snacks. A rolling bag or small backpack is fun and lessens the pack-mule feeling for mom and dad. Pack a change of cloths for all family

members in a carry on. If luggage doesn’t arrive or a spill or accident occurs, you’ll be ready. I learned this lesson the hard way after my son got sick on me halfway through a seven-hour flight. Use time on the road or in the air to build excitement about the trip. Research your destination through guidebooks or websites and let kids plan a few activities. Traveling is a good time to break the family’s no electronics rule. Age appropriate apps and games are a lifesaver during long rides or delays. Dress all children in the same, bright colored shirt to locate them quickly at a busy rest area or airport. Lollipops help relieve ear pressure on airplanes during take off and offer a few minutes of quiet distraction while you rent a car, check in at a hotel or wait for a table at a restaurant. Sugar-free lollipops work too. Invest in a few new inexpensive books and toys, put each in wrapping paper or decorated paper bag, and let your child open one each hour during the trip. Old toys that have been out of rotation will work too. Pack an abundance of healthy snacks like fruit and whole-wheat crackers; include some protein like cheese or hummus to keep everyone’s energy up. Don’t forget a few treats. After airport security, buy bottles of water for the plane. The air in the cabin is dry and the cups given out by flight attendants are small (plus they’re too busy to keep you

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hydrated). Dehydration causes fatigue and worsens jetlag, so drink up. Write your cell phone number on your child’s arm in pen. Put a business card from the hotel or a note with your temporary address in the child’s pants pocket. Travel mid-week if possible to save money and avoid crowds on the road and in the air. Forgetting where you parked is a lousy way to end a vacation. Use a phone to snap a picture of your car’s location before heading into the terminal. Some airlines allow parents with children to board first. Board early and the kids will be cooped up on the plane for an extra 20-30 minutes. Wait until the end of the line. Tuck a soft duffle bag into your suitcase. Souvenirs are heavy and extra weight on a plane is pricey, so it pays (literally) to plan ahead. Fly early in the morning to avoid waiting in the airport. Afternoon and evening flights are more likely to be delayed. Reserve your seats on a plane as early as possible to avoid being separated from your children. Unless your kids are old enough to sit alone, think twice about booking with an inexpensive carrier without assigned seating. If you are separated, ask other passengers to change seats. Many are willing to help a mom, especially if you offer a better location in the plane. When getting on a bus, train, elevator, or even a revolving door, decide who will get on first and last, so no is lost or left behind. Keep your sense of humor, be open to adventures and most of all have fun. Happy summer! Janine Queenin is a writer, mother of two kids aged 11 and 9, and travel agent for her family of four. Her family can’t wait to hit the road this summer.

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By Gayla Grace Vacation can bring out the worst in a married couple. Long days together in cramped spaces with expectations of a picture-perfect time of rest and relaxation often results in conflict. If we don't relate well to the differentness of our spouse, we can't escape the tension. But working through differences with compromise can create an enjoyable vacation. We've all heard the old adage "opposites attract." It isn't hard to find extreme differences in most married couples. Some theorists believe we are attracted to those who represent our underdeveloped side of self, balancing out the qualities we lack. But the ironic part comes when we try to change that person to function as we do. We want well-developed plans for vacation while our spouse prefers spontaneity. We like order in the cabin and nag our partner's messiness. We can't relate to our spouse's punctuality since we don't mind being late. The list goes on.

we allow the time together on vacation to help teach us how to appreciate personality strengths and negotiate through differences, or will we spend our time trying to mold our spouse into a person more like us, creating inevitable tension while sabotaging the efforts of an enjoyable vacation? When opposites attract, we need good communication with one another to learn how to accept each other's uniqueness. Vacation needs require compromise for partners to get along while making decisions on where to go or how to spend money while travelling. It may involve acceptance of something we don't like, but will tolerate for the sake of our mate's creative or artistic side. Or it could include going separate ways one afternoon, with each one choosing different outings. But if we find ourselves trying to control every detail of the vacation or constantly manipulating our partner's personality to get our way, we need to evaluate our motives and talk about our differences.

We're confronted with a choice: Will My husband, Randy, and I have differences that initially brought us together, but turned difficult to manage as a married couple--particularly on vacation. Randy loves spending every waking hour with people as an extreme extrovert. Although I appreciate his strong people skills, I need time alone to recharge and reflect with my introverted disposition. Vacations became disastrous as

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I tried to keep up with his energy level that's re-charged by people, finding myself exhausted at the end of the day due to my need for time alone. Surrounded by our children exacerbated my need to find a corner to myself. After frustrating vacation stints because of misunderstood judgments of each other, we began to understand and accept our differentness. We changed our expectations of one another on vacation and learned to express our needs, such as my desire for an hour with a good book when I needed a break from activity. As you discuss your next vacation, consider the differences of your mate and the challenges of unique personalities in your family. Talk about what accommodations need to be made to create an enjoyable vacation for everyone. Stepmom Jan Gull recognizes her need for separation from her teenage stepson after extended hours together. She and her husband agree to stay in two hotel rooms at night with her husband and stepson in a separate room to give her time away from the tension her stepson creates. Although it might appear to be a radical compromise, for this stepfamily in its early years of bonding, it's a necessary one. Your family has unique differences that dictate what accommodations need to be made. As you recognize and verbalize your needs with your mate, you're more likely to find solutions in the midst of differences. Enjoyable vacations are created as you learn to appreciate one another's uniqueness and seek compromising solutions when personalities collide. Don't give up if you've had a bumpy vacation. Learn from your challenges and head out again. You might find smooth sailing at the next dock. Gayla Grace is a freelance writer, wife, and mom to five, who looks forward to vacationing with her family.

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10 Simple Dos and Don’ts for Parents to Raise Emotionally Healthy Children

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they don't do them. Taking something away from your child means you take it away with a chance for them to earn it back. Don't bend rules or be inconsistent with rules. Whatever was a rule yesterday should remain a rule today, tomorrow and next week. Don't compare your child to you when you were a child, to their sibling or to a friend they have. This only leads to judgment, resentfulness and anger. Your child will show you with their behavior what your constant comparing has done to them, and you won't like the way it looks. Everyone wants happy, successful children, but everyone parents in a way that increases the chance that this will happen. The reasons are simple: parenting great kids is a lot of work. It's uninterrupted, consistent, hands-on dirty work at times, but if you delegate parent's work to teachers, youth leaders, or someone other than yourself, then your kids don't end up getting what they need. What do they need? Well, they don't need more after school programs, computer classes, or the latest game. They need discipline, chores, family dinners and engaged adults who are willing to be parents and not friends.

Don't ever talk badly about your child's other parent. This makes children anxious and depressed and they end up with distorted views about what love is. Encourage your child to take calculated risks, and don't bail them out when they make a mistake. Your child is supposed to make mistakes. This is how they learn. Constantly hovering or making excuses for them turns them into enabled, entitled adults who cannot think for themselves without wanting help.

Do pay attention to your kids when they are talking and demand they do the same with you. Having your focus on your phone when your child is trying to talk to you tells them their feelings don't matter. Minimizing or ignoring your kid's feelings is a big no-no.

Do let your kids come to you for advice, but let them work out solutions for their own interpersonal and school-related relationships. The one exception is bullying, and this is an area you should get involved with taking your child's side if they are the victim.

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an assignment due in the morning and they must stay up late, make sure they have a well lit place to study, but don't make yourself a martyr staying up late with them. Compliment their commitment, but go to bed. In real life, we all have to make sacrifices for our choices. School represents work for a child. Whenever possible, no matter how old your child is, hug them as much as you can and tell them how happy you are they are yours. Parenting will always be the toughest job any of us can take on, but if you decide to take it on, do it with the commitment and follow through you give your other jobs. You cannot parent part-time, nor can you take a sabbatical when times get tough with your kids. Signing your kid up for one more class can never fix what is broken at home. Mary Jo Rapini, MEd, LPC, is a licensed psychotherapist and co-author with Janine J. Sherman, of Start Talking: A Girl's Guide for You and Your Mom About Health, Sex or Whatever. Read more about the book at www.StartTalkingBook.com and more about Rapini at www.maryjorapini.com.

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Everyone has a cell phone. At least, that’s what your teenager says to you during his/her constant pleas to have his/her own phone. One of the biggest questions making the rounds among parents of tweens and teens is not if, but when, to get your child a mobile device. Teen cell phone usage continues to make headlines, from teen sexting bringing to light an old Massachusetts law which makes sexting a felony, to stories of how teens’ late night usage of cell phones could lead to mental health problems. On the one

hand, parents like the thought of being able to reach their kids at any time; on the other hand, cell phones bring a whole slew of issues to the parenting realm that many parents, much less children, are prepared for. The majority of teenagers and parents report feeling safer when teenagers have their own cell phones because of GPS features, which allow parents to know where teens are, and also serve as insurance against abduction because of tracking capability. That said, if your child needs a phone for emergency, there should be restrictions in place for usage, and there should be consequences

prepared for ahead of time if your child breaks one of the golden rules. If you decide to allow your child to have his/her own cell phone, whether in middle school or high school, here are some helpful guidelines to keep in mind. Remember that tweens and teens with cell phones are still children. If you decide to give a tween or a teen a cell phone, you must remember that the brain of this child isn’t yet done forming. Scans show that the parts of the brain that manage impulse control and planning ahead are not finished developing in an adolescent brain, and in fact, are among the last parts of the brain to mature. So teens may still feel like they are invincible, take risks, embrace danger, and believe they are unbreakable and that nothing bad can happen. It is up to you as the parent to carefully and clearly layout the ground rules with your children if you choose to give them cell phones, so that they understand and are involved in both the rules and the consequences. Specify phone usage hours. Determine the time your teen can start using his or her cell phone and when the cell phone must be shut off for the night. You can even take the phone away at night and return the phone to your child in the morning. Studies show that kids actually like having these times set by parents, because it also gives them a socially acceptable “out” from having to be tethered to their phones for their friends 24/7. Communicate with your child often and openly. In a recent study, 26% of teens

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and this is the age where learning about consequences can be crucial to your child’s future. Consider a cell phone contract between you and your child. Cell phone “contracts” are all the rage online these days, and they’re not a bad idea. Basically, you take all of the cell phone usage guidelines you would like to set forth and print them out in an agreement that you and your child both sign. If you need inspiration, there are several online, including this popular contract and this printable cell phone contract that you can download and print out. report being harassed or bullied text messages or phone calls. This makes it critical for teens to feel that they can trust their parents enough to communicate if they are the victim of bullying or harassment via cell phones. Trust is based on experience, so begin by building open lines of communication by using my empathic process with your child from a very young age. That way if your child does find himself/herself in a questionable phone situation, he/she will feel comfortable coming to you with the information. Know what the rules are at school. Each school has its own rules regarding cell phone usage on the premises. Some schools forbid student cell phones at all on

school grounds, some allow cell phones to be kept in student lockers or backpacks, while others allow limited cell phone usage in-between classes or even during class time to aid with assignments. Talk with your child’s principal, guidance counselor, and teachers, read the school district guidelines, and make sure that you and your child know what the rules are for your child at school. Lay out the consequences clearly and from the beginning. Make sure your child knows that if X happens, then the consequence will be Y – and, make sure that you follow through with the consequence. Never go back on your word; that will only teach your child that there are no real consequences,

It is a parent’s job to teach teens that becoming an adult means finding and asserting your own authority. This is a great opportunity to model for your child what it means to be an adult by showing confidence in your rules, and also by gaining their trust. At the end of the day, parents must parent. When teens learn to find their own authority, they learn that people cannot pressure them. What you are modeling for your children is that strong central core so they’re not vulnerable to peer group socialization. Once they have that strong core and sense of self, things like bullying and peer pressure are no longer as big of an issue, and they are more confident in using a cell phone of their own and proud of the responsibility. by Ginny Grimsley Dr. Gross Ph.D., Ed.D., is frequently called upon by national and regional media to offer her insight on topics involving family relationships, education, behavior, and development issues. A dependable authority, Dr. Gross has contributed to broadcast, print and online media including CNN, FOX’s The O’Reilly Factor, MSNBC, The New York Times and USA Today. ABC, CBS and KHOU,Great Day Houston Show. She is a veteran radio talk show host as well as the host of the nationally syndicated PBS program,“Let’s Talk”. http:// drgailgross.com/meet-dr-gross

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How to Put Your Inner Child in Time-Out 3 Ways to Retrain Your Brain & Put the Adult in Charge

The human brain is a wonder of the universe, but our understanding of it can seem contradictory, says Steven Jay Fogel, author of the new book Your Mind Is What Your Brain Does for a Living. “On the one hand, we’re often told of those crucial years that our brain develops in childhood, when we’re rapidly progressing in development of our language and other skills, and our preadolescent and teenage years, when our brains undergo a sort of second Big Bang of learning,” says Fogel. “But although it may seem that the brain is pretty much set by adulthood, it remains malleable throughout adulthood; it continues to change as we learn and adapt.” Most of us are unaware that elements of our inner child’s development are constantly tugging at us, and we don’t have a clue that it’s happening, he says. In Jungian therapy there’s a concept called the dark side, or shadow side, the

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place in our unconscious to which certain feelings and thoughts are banished because they don’t support our image of ourselves, he says. “That is our inner child responding to the emotional pain we experienced and interpreted with the limited understanding we had when we were very young. It continues to steer our reactions and behavior as adults, often in inappropriate ways,” Fogel says. Awareness creates an opportunity for change. Fogel reviews how our adult brain can take command of the inner child. •  Recognize the elements of your self identity that keep you trapped. Our identity – how we want the world to see us – develops, in part, as a response to avoiding pain. Our identity may change from one situation to another (in the same way a chameleon changes its body color to match its surroundings) as we slip on the persona we believe is

expected in a particular environment or social setting. This automatic behavior is the opposite of making mindful choices, and it robs us of the joy of living in the moment and inhibits spontaneity. •  Be aware of when you’re acting. Many of us live our lives as though we’re playing parts in various movies, navigating different storylines every day. You may be the righteous Clint Eastwood manager at work and then shift into the town drunk during happy hour, and later the loving husband and father during brunch the following weekend morning. When you’re playing these roles, you’re not in the present. •  Be skeptical of what the voice in your head may tell you. It’s not easy to recognize and quiet the mental chatter associated with the different roles we play. We’ve become so accustomed to the voice in our head, that we don’t realize its messages are programmed – and not necessarily the truth. Is your voice telling you to feel guilty? Ashamed? Angry? Is that rational? If not, it may be your inner child acting out of a childlike fear. “Instead of simply responding to what we’re hardwired to think and react, we can hear, in mindful repose, those promptings as simply chatter,” Fogel says. “When you’re mindful, the inner child’s chatter can be seen for what it is, and you will be free to take a more mature direction in your day-to-day living.” Steven Jay Fogel is a longtime student of human behavior and development; he has studied with psychologists, educators, and rabbinical scholars. Your Mind Is What Your Brain Does for a Living, (Greenleaf Book Group Press, 2014), is his third book. He is also the author of My Mind Is Not Always My Friend: A Guide for How to Not Get in Your Own Way (Fresh River Press, 2010) and The Yes-I-Can Guide to Mastering Real Estate (Times BooksRandom House). For decades he has been an active participant in the human potential movement, inspiring and mentoring others to seek their true selves. Fogel is a principal and cofounder of Westwood Financial Corp., one of the largest owneroperators of retail properties in the United States. He is a licensed real estate broker and past chairman of the California Arts Council. www.StevenJayFogel.com.

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To Be a Stay at Home Mom Or Not To Be, This Is The Question… Motherhood, in general, involves long working hours, sleepless nights, extensive responsibilities, intensive physical activities and full dedication, yet its rewards are immeasurable. Despite, its challenges and complications, millions of females choose to be mothers. However, not all moms choose to be Stay at Home Moms. Some simply can’t afford staying at home and have to work to support their families. Some can’t give up their life and be cooped up in a domestic lifestyle. Some can’t let go of their prestigious jobs. The reasons are numerous and every mom at the end does what is best for her and her family. However, in this article, I’d like to discuss and highlight the role of a mom who decides to stay home and raise her kids. In my opinion, if Motherhood is a Bachelors Degree, then Stay at Home Motherhood is a PhD because you go deeper and wider into the motherhood topic and experience every aspect of it! In addition to everything a mom usually does, to be a Stay at Home Mom has a whole set of additional requirements! Unlimited work hours,

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on call 24/7, no breaks whatsoever, have to function under constant interruptions, have to be constantly active, have to be creative and entertaining to your kids. You explore everything together; from playgrounds and parks, to cooking and gardening, to crafting and story time, to activities and mommy & me classes, to reading and coloring, to dress up and make believe, to play dates and birthdays, to homework and school projects. That, of course, is in addition to all the domestic, nonstop, repetitive chores. With all the busy-ness and running around, you are deprived of any Me time, any adult conversation and any peace and quiet. Necessities such as having a quiet shower or a peaceful meal become privileges. You will be leading the busiest, repetitive and most physically tiring lifestyles. It is tough! Very tough! Yet the moments you spend with your children are priceless and the memories you accumulate in these days are so precious… You are there to see every development, hear every word and see every step! A smile from your mini you will melt your heart and makes you forget all your tiredness and exhaustion. “You will never have this day with your children

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By Miriam Ismail again. Tomorrow they will be a little older than they were today. This day is a gift. Just breathe, notice, study their faces & little feet. Pay attention. Relish the charms of the present. Enjoy today, it will be over before you know it.” Jen Hatmaker. I have recently published a book, “The Diary of a Floridian Mom” and it’s about a real Stay at home Mom and how she found balance, inspiration and success despite all the busyness and running around. The book is written from real life incidents and experiences that every mom can relate to, appreciate and smile about… It’s light hearted, filled with love, positivity and appreciation and gives a true glimpse of the Stay at Home Mom lifestyle. Available on www.amazon.com in both print & kindle. As a final word, I’d like to say that there is no right or wrong, every mother knows what’s best for her and her family and what lifestyle works for them. Motherhood, whether Stay at Home or Not, is a blessing and God’s greatest and most precious gift to mankind! Well, most of the time.

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A 3-year-old Milwaukee, Wisconsin boy remained in critical condition days after finding a loaded gun in his mother’s car and accidentally shooting himself. A Wichita Falls, Texas 4-year-old thankfully recovered from a head injury after police say the child found a handgun inside a vehicle and fired a round, hitting a church daycare. Police said the child discovered the gun under the driver’s seat when the child’s father went inside to drop off a sibling. On average, every single day in America a child age 14 and under is killed or injured by the accidental discharge of firearms, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. And most of these weapons are legal. Whether you are a gun owner, or firmly rooted in the anti-weapons camp, the fact is there are 3 million privately owned guns in the U.S. today. Guns are a part of our society. And even if you have no guns in your home, there’s always a chance your child may come into contact with one in another home when no adult is around. Politics aside, the critical question exists: How do we protect our children? Experts recommend some key steps parents can take to help keep children safe, and those steps start at the youngest ages.

Take Away The Mystery It’s human nature. When something is forbidden, it’s all the more intriguing. If you have weapons in your home, don’t keep them a secret, your child may want to see your gun, or touch it; allow them to do so under your direct supervision. Familiarizing children with guns and explaining the associated dangers is one way to avoid tragedy. “Guns are definitely points of interest,” says Captain John Lawton,

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certified firearms instructor. “If your child is curious, drop everything and let them satisfy that curiosity.”

Real Guns Are Not Toys Allowing kids to play with toy guns is a personal decision, and although a lot of toy guns are plastic, real guns are sometimes manufactured with plastic coverings making them easily mistaken for toys. Let children know they can’t always tell the difference, and teach them what to do if they encounter an unsupervised gun. Even young children are capable of understanding the basic safety message: Stop! Don’t touch! Go tell an adult. Reinforce to a child that even if it’s a toy he should never point a weapon at himself or anyone else. In addition, nobody can tell if a gun is loaded just by looking at it. “Teach children to treat all guns as if they’re loaded,” advises Lawton.

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When children reach school age, consider enrolling them in an age-appropriate gun safety program. Lawton has conducted many such presentations for families. He finds parents are often shocked when they learn their child knows where guns are hidden in neighbors’ or friends’ homes or admit they’ve played with a gun when no adult was around. Education can mean the difference between whether a child “plays” with a gun or leaves it alone. Dan Zelenka, attorney and president of the Louisiana Shooting Association believes older children benefit significantly from gun safety courses. “When they’re old enough to handle shooting, enroll them in a familiarization course that includes firing, or at least an understanding of the firing mechanism,” he suggests. When children have at least some basic knowledge, the likelihood of an accident occurring decreases significantly.

Communicate "Parents need to learn how to talk to their children about gun safety, whether they own a gun or not, to be sure their children are prepared should they ever encounter a situation where a gun is present," says Matthew Davis, associate professor of pediatric and internal medicine at the University of Michigan. And if your child will be under the care of another adult, ask them if they own guns, even if it’s awkward.

Explain that your child may be curious about them and ask what safety measures are being taken to keep guns out of the children’s reach. If you’re not comfortable with the situation, offer to host the play date at your home instead. And gun-owning parents must be particularly attentive when their children have visitors.

Lock ‘Em Up Gun owners should never leave firearms unsecured in their homes. They should be stored unloaded and in a safe place that’s inaccessible to children. One of the most basic and effective forms of protection is simply to use a trigger lock. Then, even if a child gets their hands on a gun, they won’t be able to use it. Another effective method for keeping guns out of children’s reach is to use a gun safe. In all cases, store ammunition separate from guns, and keep gun safe and trigger lock keys in a separate place from the rest of the household keys. Lock up gun-cleaning supplies as well, as they’re often poisonous.

Monitor Media Even though the vast majority of children who play video games don’t pick up a gun and shoot someone, experts agree that parents should monitor the media content their children are viewing. TV, video games and movies regularly show people handling guns and loading them with ammunition. Some younger children aren’t developmentally able to discern the difference between fantasy and reality. We teach children to be on guard against strangers and other dangers, but the same cannot be said about guns. “Children don’t have that natural fear towards guns because they see them everywhere in the media,” says Lawton. “They’re a symbol of power. They’re intriguing.” The reality is, whether it’s at home, a relative or friend’s house, at some point your child may encounter a firearm when you’re not around. Spending time now to educate your child about a gun’s dangers could be the critical difference in preventing a future accident. Lawton believes this issue is unique, because whether he presents to groups that are pro-gun or antigun, there is one thing upon which they all agree: We must protect our children. Holly Bowne Freelance Writer, Travel Copywriter and Professional Blogger

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CALENDAR June 2014 Monday June 2 Monday Madness Happy Hour Cool Beans 561-627-1782 11701 Lake Victoria Gardens Ave #3115 Palm Beach Gardens Check-in between 3-5 pm. when admission is just $5 (Regularly $10.95)! Plus, your little one can enjoy free face painting!

Tuesday June 3 Gumbo Limbo Nature Center 1801 N. Ocean Blvd Boca Raton 10-11 a.m. Join us for a guided walk on our quarter-mile long boardwalk. Explore this rare remnant of coastal hardwood hammock, and get a glimpse of the past. All ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult. No reservations required. Meet at the boardwalk entrance. Free Grab N Go Packs 561-347-3913 Sugar Sand Park Community Center 300 S. Military Trail Boca Raton Available during normal Explorium hours. Grab a pack and set out to explore Sugar Sand Park! Backpack themes vary and are supplied with tools and materials to guide your family through an investigation of the plants, animals, insects and geology of the park. Rent a pack today! Ages 5+ with parent/guardian. Free Free Kids Movies Downtown 16 561-253-1444 11701 Lake Victoria Gardens Ave Palm Beach Gardens 10:00 am. Free Kids Movies every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Call for Show. Doors open at 9:30. Discount popcorn and soda combo for groups of 25 people or more. Order must be placed by one person from the group and paid for as one order. Chickee Chat 561-747-8380 x101 500 Captain Armour’s Way Jupiter 10:00 am - 10:45 am. Attention Kids: Join us under the Lighthouse Chickee for storytime

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& craft activity about Lighthouse Keepers, Florida History and People & local Plants and Animals. Moms & Dads, this is ideal for kids ages 10 and under. Please bring a small beach/picnic mat for your child. Program is free, space is limited, runs approximately 45 minutes, weather permitting, RSVP required. Hammock Trails 561-544-8605 Gumbo Limbo Nature Center 1801 N. Ocean Blvd Boca Raton 10-11:30 a.m. Join us for a FREE guided walk on our quarter-mile long boardwalk. Explore this rare remnant of coastal hardwood hammock, and get a glimpse of the past. All ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult. No reservations required. Meet at the boardwalk entrance Gardens Gymnastics at the J Mandel JCC 561-689-7700 This nonstop gymnastics class will keep your kids flippin’ head over heals. 3 and 4 year olds The fundamentals for gymnastics (and all sports) are developed as children improve their skills on various gymnastics equipment. In a class filled with laughter, your child will develop self confidence while experiencing the joys of gymnastics. Located in the new, beautiful Mandel JCC in Palm Beach Gardens. Classes taught by Ms. Patti and Ms Liz. Please call for class times and fees. Kids - Preschool Storytime Mandel Public Library 561-868-7700 411 Clematis Street West Palm Beach 10:30-11:30 am. Join Ms. Sarah on Tuesdays for stories, songs, crafts and fun while building language skills. For preschoolers aged 3, 4 and 5. Sign-up at the desk upon arrival. Call KidSpace at 561-868-7703 for more information. Owl Feeding 561-629-8760 Daggerwing Nature Center 11200 Park Access Road Boca Raton 3:15-3:30pm. Gather round the owl enclosure in the Daggerwing Nature Center

exhibit hall and get a short talk about our Eastern Screech Owl while she is given her food. Feel free to ask questions! Families and all ages, FREE - No reservations needed. Every Tuesday during the summer. Walk and Talk: Women from the Heart Royal Palm Place 561-251-4164 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm. Come Right from work, kick off the heels for comfy shoes, meet other women while we walk and talk around Royal Palm Place. Join Sheree Thomas, South Florida’s Lifestyle fitness coach, and window shop while we walk. Learn healthier choices from the Restaurant Menus and receive discounts for the healthier meal choices. All fitness levels are welcome. For more information, contact Sheree. Every Tuesday. Cool Beans 561-627-1782 11701 Lake Victoria Gardens Ave #3115 Palm Beach Gardens Big Brother Big Sister Play, Every Tuesday for all children up to 10 years old. Regular admission and rules apply.

Young Artwork 561-367-7035 James A. Rutherford Community Center Patch reef park 2000 W. Yamato Road Boca Raton 3:30-4:15pm. Ages 4-6, 4:30-5:15pm. Ages 2-3. Children experiment and discover art through colors, shapes, textures and forms and will have a blast making their own masterpieces.

Wednesday June 4 Beach Teasures 561- 544-8615 Gumbo Limbo Nature Center 1801 N. Ocean Blvd Boca Raton 9-10:30 am. Limpets & topsnails are a few of the shells you can find on Florida’s beaches. Meet at the Center to learn about seashells and the animals that make them. Caravan to Red Reef Beach Park and search for ocean treasures. All ages. An adult must sign-up and participate with children. Story Time Busch Wildlife Sanctuary 561-575-3399 2500 Jupiter Park Drive Jupiter 9:30am Story Time for Toddlers. (Cypress Amphitheater) Free. Free Kids Movies Downtown 16 561-253-1444 11701 Lake Victoria Gardens Ave Palm Beach Gardens 10:00 am. Free Kids Movies every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Call for Show. Doors open at 9:30. Discount popcorn and

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soda combo for groups of 25 people or more. Order must be placed by one person from the group and paid for as one order. Guided Hammock Walk 561- 544-8615 Gumbo Limbo Nature Center 1801 N. Ocean Blvd Boca Raton 10 -noon. Join us for a guided walk on our elevated quarter-mile long boardwalk. Discover the hidden treasures of the coastal forest and mangrove swamp as you search for the unique plants and animals that call these rare habitats “home”! Meet at the boardwalk entrance. No reservations. All ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Free Hatchling Tales: Children’s Story Time Loggerhead Oceanfront Park 561-627-8280 14200 U.S. Hwy 1 Juno Beach 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM. Every Wednesday bring your “hatchlings” for ocean inspired stories, crafts, and more. Storytimes are wonderful opportunities for our youngest audiences to enjoy books, music, and group activities right here at LMC. Hatchling Tales are FREE, open to the public, no preregistration. Toddler Storytime 561-868-7703 West Palm Beach Public Library 411 Clematis Street West Palm Beach 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM & 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM. Join Ms. Jeanne every Wednesday to nurture a love of books; learn rhymes, sounds, and new words. Enjoy musical activities! Ages, 2 - 3 years. Registration required. Free Guided Kayak Tours 561-624-6952 John D. MacArthur Beach State Park 10900 Jack Nicklaus Dr. North Palm Beach 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Rent one of our single or double kayaks and explore the estuary. Manatees, great blue herons and osprey are some of the wildlife you will see. Hourly, half day and full day rates are available. Call the Nature Center at (561) 624-6952 for more details.

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Mommy & Me is Growing! 561-340-1600 11701 Lake Victoria Gardens Palm Beach Gardens 11am-1pm. Come for the FREE carousel and train rides, peruse the shops, enjoy our restaurants and specialty food eateries and constant entertainment. There’s always something happening at Downtown at the Gardens where we love moms and kids, too! Every Wednesday Craft Wednesday Cool Beans 561-627-1782 11701 Lake Victoria Gardens Ave #3115 Palm Beach Gardens 3 - 3:45 PM for a new creative activity your child can take home! We have a variety of age appropriate activities for children ages 2 to 6. $14.95 includes all-day admission or $6 for only the class. Encouraging creativity through fun! Call to register. June 4, Make Your Own Puzzles, June 11, Father’s Day Cards, June 18, Butterfly Watercolors, June 25, Beach Ball Craft. Sunset Tour 561-747-8380 Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Museum 500 Captain Armour’s Way Jupiter 7:30 pm- 8:15 pm. Take in the spectacular sunset views and witness the Jupiter Light turning on to illuminate the night sky. Visitors get an inside look at the nuts & bolts of a working lighthouse watchroom. Tour time approximately 75 minutes, $15 Members, $20 Non-Members, RSVP required. Tours are weather permitting, call for tour time. Children must be be at least 4ft. tall to climb.

Thursday June 5 Flagler Museum Founder’s Day 561-655-2833 One Whitehall Way Palm Beach On June 5th each year the Flagler Museum celebrates its anniversary by opening free of charge in honor of the Museum’s founder, and Henry Flagler’s

granddaughter, Jean Flagler Matthews. Visitors may take a self-guided tour of Whitehall, view the permanent collection of art and objects related to the Gilded Age, and climb aboard Henry Flagler’s Railcar No. 91. FREE Story time 561-233-1400 Okeeheelee Park 7715 Forest Hill Blvd. West Palm Beach 10-10:30 am. Ages 2-5, $2/child, Introduce your little ones to Mother Nature through nature-based stories! Class activities may include live animals, games, nature. Reservations Required. Kids Story Time Burt Reynolds Park East 561-743-7123 805 N US Highway 1 Jupiter 9:30 a.m. the River Center hosts a FREE children’s Starfish & Coffee Story Time. This program is designed for kids ages 0 to 7 years. Story Time includes book readings, songs, and an interaction with the touch tank animals. No RSVP required. This program occurs every Thursday morning. Free Kids Movies Downtown 16 561-253-1444 11701 Lake Victoria Gardens Ave Palm Beach Gardens 10:00 am. Free Kids Movies every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Call for Show. Doors open at 9:30. Discount popcorn and soda combo for groups of 25 people or more. Order must be placed by one person from the group and paid for as one order. Super Heroes & Princesses Thursday Cool Beans 561-627-1782 11701 Lake Victoria Gardens Ave #3115 Palm Beach Gardens Every Thursday all day long are themed dress-up days. If your child dresses up in or wears something reflective of the special theme of that day, admission is $2 off per child! Forgot your costume? Select one from the Cool Beans Retail Boutique!

Green Market 561-630-1107 4301 Burns Road Palm Beach Gardens 5:30-9:00 pm. NEW! Spend your Thursday evenings with the City of Palm Beach Gardens under the beautiful Florida sky. Come and enjoy live music and shop for prepared food and drink items, plants, flowers, produce and handmade crafts. Bring your whole family and don’t miss what is sure to become a Gardens tradition! Rain or Shine event. FREE

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Clematis by Night 561-822-1515 Centennial Square West Palm Beach 6:00 PM - 9:30 PM. Clematis by Night is the area’s Hot Spot to Chill every Thursday night in downtown West Palm Beach. Clematis by Night is the place to be for great music, a taste of mouth-watering foods, and sidewalk shopping of the trendiest items around. Free. Children’s Library Preschool Story Time Society of the Four Arts 2 Four Arts Plaza Palm Beach 10:30 am. Free story time.

Friday June 6 Early Bird Walk Okeeheelee Park 561-233-1400 7715 Forest Hill Blvd. West Palm Beach 7 am. Want to learn more about the wild birds residing at Okeeheelee Nature Center? Join the Nature Center Manager on a leisurely and informative stroll through the woods at Okeeheelee, where you’ll learn to identify and observe birds and their behavior. Ages 13+, $3/person. Reservations Required.

Kids Story Time Burt Reynolds Park East 561-743-7123 805 N US Highway 1 Jupiter 9:30 a.m. the River Center hosts a FREE children’s Starfish & Coffee Story Time. This program is designed for kids ages 0 to 7 years. Story Time includes book readings, songs, and an interaction with the touch tank animals. No RSVP required. This program occurs every Thursday morning. Tot Time at Sugar Sand 561-347-3900 300 S. Military Trail Boca Raton 10am-12pm. Crafts, snacks, and indoor play stations. No registration required. Ages 2-5. $5 per child, walk – up. Playdate 561-482-3412 Sunflower Creative Arts 10:30 am – 12 pm. Bring your children for a monthly playdate at a local park. Director Susan Caruso will lead parents in a discussion of current parenting topics and concerns. All ages. Every Friday. Free Mommy, Mother Nature and Me! Daggerwing Nature Center 561-629-8760 11435 Park Access Road Boca Raton 10:30 am. Make your own sand art and learn about what else can be found on the beach! Our Mommy & Me program introduces toddlers to nature with activities,

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stories, and crafts designed especially for little hands and big imaginations. Space and supplies are limited, so please RSVP to reserve your child’s spot today. Story Time 561-233-1400 Okeeheelee Park 7715 Forest Hill Blvd. West Palm Beach 10-10:30 am. Ages 2-5, $2/childIntroduce your little ones to Mother Nature through nature-based stories! Class activities may include live animals, games, nature walks and/or crafts specifically designed for toddlers and preschoolers! Topic varies for each class. Reservations Required Baby Storytime 561-868-7703 West Palm Beach Public Library 411 Clematis Street West Palm Beach 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM & 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM. Join Ms. Judy every Friday to delight and stimulate your baby’s senses with books and music. Ages, 12 – 24 months. Reg. required. Free

Beginning Tai-Chi @ your City Library 561-868-7703 Mandel Public Library West Palm Beach 11:00 am. Come to the library for an introduction to tai-chi. Learn the benefits of tai-chi and how it can relax, energize & balance you! Beginning Tai-chi lessons will be held every Friday morning at 11:00AM in the library’s Auditorium. Optional donations accepted by instructor at time of class. For more information contact the library. Free. Donations accepted.

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Skunk Feeding 561-629-8760 Daggerwing Nature Center 11200 Park Access Road Boca Raton Every Friday 3:15-3:30 pm. Families and all ages, FREE - No reservations needed. Come into the nature center classroom and get a short talk about one our Striped Skunk, George, while she is being fed. Feel free to ask questions! Meyer Academy New Building Tours 561-686-6520 4 p.m. Meyer Academy will be giving tours of its new, 68,000-square-foot, K-8 school in Palm Beach Gardens, every Friday afternoon. Come experience the new location. Reservations required. Historical Walking Tour 561-832-4164 Richard and Pat Johnson Palm Beach County History Museum 300 North Dixie Hwy. West Palm Beach 4:00 pm. The Historical Society of Palm Beach County will host Downtown West Palm Beach History Strolls led by architect and historian Rick Gonzalez of REG Architects. The one-hour guided tour showcases the evolution of downtown West Palm Beach buildings and landmarks and includes an historical urban design overview through recent area development. The tours have been organized each season

Friday Films: 561-655-7226 Society of the Four Arts 2 Four Arts Plaza Palm Beach 2:30, 5:15 & 8:00 pm. $5; no charge for members (membership card required)

Fun Fridays Cool Beans 561-627-1782 11701 Lake Victoria Gardens Ave #3115 Palm Beach Gardens Come celebrate every Friday with us for Fun Friday! Each week at 3:00 pm, a different activity promoting learning, imagination, physical activity and more will be taking place at Cool Beans. These are classes you don’t want to miss! $14.95 includes all-day admission or $6 for the class only. Encouraging creativity through fun! Call Cool Beans Indoor Playground & Cafe to

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since the development of CityPlace, West Palm Beach. Tour groups should meet at the Dixie Highway entrance to the historic 1916 courthouse in West Palm Beach. Advance reservations are required. First Friday of the Month starting October. Free! Rock N Roll 561-340-1600 11701 Lake Victoria Gardens Palm Beach Garden 7-10 pm. Family-Friendly. Rock-n-Roll Tribute Bands. Free Every Friday Sushi & Stroll Summer Walk Series 561-495-0233 Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens 4000 Morikami Park Road Delray Beach 5:30-8:30 pm. Summer nights in South Florida are something special, especially when they are augmented with taiko drums and a cultural backdrop that can’t be beat! Add a cold drink, a breathtaking sunset and a walking path through a tranquil garden and you’ve got Sushi & Stroll Summer Walks! Stroll the gardens at your own pace and take advantage of our free tour of the museum and gardens for smart phones. Excite your palate with something delicious from our own Cornell Café, indulge in some shopping at the Museum Store or tantalize your senses with a drumming performance by Fushu Daiko. Please note that the museum galleries are closed for these special nights. $8 adults, $6 children (4-10) (museum members and children 3 and under FREE); $2 for taiko performance (optional). Reservations are not required.

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Open Gym 561-383-8681 TNT Gymnastics 3120 Fairlane Farms Rd. Wellington Every Friday Night from 5:30-7:30pm! Not a member? No worries! Join us for 2 hours of supervised free time! Squeeze in some extra practice time or just jump around! $10 for registered members, $15 for non-members. Free Movie Night Noah (PG-13) 561-283-5856 The Wellington Amphitheater 12100 Forest Hill Boulevard Wellington 8:30 pm. Please bring seating!

Saturday June 7 Chi Gung/Tai Chi/Meditation for girls and women over age 13. 561-585-2700 Gold Coast Gymnastics, Inc. 1420 Rupp Lane Lake Worth 8-9 am. Gentle, natural, movement, breathing, stretching for women only, age 13-adult.No experience necessary. Can be 6 weeks postpartum, breast feeding ok, not for pregnant women. $12 or $6 if student.

Gardens Summer Green Market at STORE 561.630.1100 10500 N Military Tr. Palm Beach Gardens 8:00am - 1:00pm. The City of Palm Beach Gardens is pleased to announce the Gardens GreenMarket has moved to the STORE Self Storage Facility for the summer season. The market will still offer wonderful produce, flowers, plants, breads, seafood, bakery items, cheeses, sauces, and much

more! We look forward to seeing you there. For vendor questions please call 561-6301146. RPB Green Market & Bazaar 561-792-9260 Commons Park Royal Palm Beach 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Shoppers can spend a beautiful day outside with family and friends and connect with your community and support locally grown and organic vendors. Enjoy a stroll through the park as you shop the many selections of produce ranging from fruits, vegetables, arts & crafts, fresh flowers, baked goods, pastries, herbs & spices, and a bazaar twist to your traditional Green Market. All applicants interested in being a vendor may visit www. pottcevents.com. Green Market In Boynton Beach At The S.E. Corner of Boynton Beach Blvd and US 1 Our Market is comprised of and run by a select group of artisan creators; making uniquely delicious products that you will not find anywhere else. We are a group of individuals who’s main goal is to provide a pleasurable and fun shopping experience. We are also dedicated to selling only the best quality local, sustainable, and freshest quality products and produce. Keeping a “Family of Vendors” is something we strive to do. As vendors ourselves, we created a market where we can strive to grow our business’ and keep consistency for our customers. We are pleased to have a market filled with wonderful products and friendly vendors. We cannot wait to share it with

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you. Please come to our market to see just how different it is and how much you’ve been missing. Wellngton Green Market 561-283-5856 12300 Forest Hill Blvd. Wellington 9:00 am-1:00 pm. Find varirty of locally grown and produced plants, fruits, vegetables, prepared-foods, homemade and gourmet goods!

Green Market 561-276-7511 20 N. Swinton Avenue Delray Beach Every Saturday 9am -2pm at Old School Square Park, NE 2nd Avenue, half block south of Atlantic Ave, downtown Delray Beach. Over sixty food vendors and live entertainment each week. Dog friendly. Free Fitness On Saturdays 561-393-7040 Zumba & Yoga 9:00 am - YOGA at Sanborn Square, 72 N Federal Highway Boca Raton 10:30 am - ZUMBA, South Beach Pavilion at Palmetto Park Road and A1A “Free” shape up fitness classes from Yoga and Zumba to Pilates and others EVERY Saturday morning at Sanborn Square and the South Beach Pavilion. Contact: Nicole Gasparri. Email: ngasparri@myboca.us Swamp Tromp Grassy Waters 561-804-4985 8264 Northlake Blvd West Palm Beach 9 am – 11 am. Get off the boardwalk and into the swamp! Get your feet wet as we explore the mysteries of the Everglades while hiking through our pristine cypress swamp. Ages 10 and over. $10/Adult, $4/ Child. Reservations Required. Nature Walk Green Cay 561-966-7000 12800 Hagen Ranch Rd. Boynton Beach Guided, 1/2 mile, boardwalk tours. Every Saturday at 9:00 am & 11:00 am and Wednesday at 3:00 pm. FREE!! No reservations required, sign in at the front desk Build a Riding Lawn Mower Have Fun With Kids Workshops! Home Depots 9:00 a.m. – 12:00. Come learn how to build a pint-size riding lawn mower. FREE handson workshops; designed for children ages 5 - 12 All kid get to keep their craft, receive a FREE certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron, and a commemorative pin while supplies last. Children must be present at the store to participate in the workshop and receive the kit, apron and pin. Kids Workshop activities are scheduled on a first come/first served basis. Please do not arrive before 9:00 a.m. Thank you for registering

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online to help us better plan our craft kit quantities needed. Story Time 561-792-1292 Barnes & Noble 10500 West Forest Hill Blvd. Wellington 10 am – 11 am. Come and discover the wonderful books that are offered in the children’s department of Barnes & Noble. Join us for this weekly storytime. Free Newbie Canoe 561-804-4985 Grassy Waters Preserve West Palm Beach 10:00 am. New to canoeing? Then you’re a newbie! Whether you’ve never been in a canoe before or it’s just been awhile, this short trip is a great place to start! Learn the basics and then put your new skills to the test on an easy paddle through the Everglades. Bring a hat, sunscreen and water. Ages: 6 and over (with participating adult) Fee: $6/adult, $2/child Story Time at Green Cay Nature Center 561-966-7000 12800 Hagen Ranch Road Boynton Beach 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM. Ages 3-5, Join us monthly as we read stories, have learning time, and make crafts about animals and other nature-related themes! Topics will vary each month. $2 per child. Learn to Kayak 561-624-6952 John D. MacArthur Beach State Park 10900 Jack Nicklaus Dr. North Palm Beach 10:00 a.m. (about 1 hour) Representatives from Adventure Times Kayaks will teach a land-based course that gives beginners the skills necessary for kayaking. Reservations are recommended. The program is free with park admission. For information and reservations call the Nature Center. Mini-Canoeing Grassy Waters 561-804-4985 8264 Northlake Blvd West Palm Beach 10am – 11am. New to canoeing or short on time? Try this 1-hour canoe trip! Ages 6 and up. $6/adult, $2/child. Reservations Required. Trolley Tour 561-279-8883 Spady Cultural Heritage Museum 170 NW 5th Ave. Delray Beach 10 am - 12 pm. The Spady Museum’s “Ride & Remember” Trolley Tour, one of the museum’s most popular programs, is now entering its seventh year of showcasing the best of Delray Beach to tourists and residents. Cost is $20 per person. To reserve a spot call. Swamp Tromp Grassy Waters

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8264 Northlake Blvd West Palm Beach 9 am – 11 am. Get off the boardwalk and into the swamp! Get your feet wet as we explore the mysteries of the Everglades while hiking through our pristine cypress swamp. Ages 10 and over. $10/Adult, $4/ Child. Reservations Required. Build a Delivery Truck 10:00-11:00 am. Free hands on kids workshop. Registration required.

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Dr. Logger Vet Lab 561-627-8280 Loggerhead Marine Life Center 14200 U.S. Highway One Juno Beach 11:00 am - 11:30 am. Rinker LabThe Children’s Research Station presented by the Marshall E. Rinker, Sr. Foundation exercises science skills in children through an experiential lab. Geared at children ages up to 12, the junior veterinary lab accommodates up to 10 children at a time during daily half hour programs, taking participants from sea turtle rescue to release.

Little Wonders 561-544-8615 Gumbo Limbo Nature Center 1801 N. Ocean Blvd Boca Raton 10-11:00 a.m. Take this opportunity to introduce your novice naturalist to the plant and animal communities all around them, through hikes for little feet, crafts for tiny fingers, stories for growing minds. Ages 3 & 4 with an adult. Prepayment required Cost per child: Member $5, Non-member $8 Children’s Library Preschool Story Time Society of the Four Arts 561-655-2776 2 Four Arts Plaza Palm Beach 10:30 am. Free story time.

Dog Tales @ your City Library 561-868-7703 Mandel Public Library West Palm Beach 10:30 am. Meet our specially trained therapy dogs that will “listen” to your child read! This is an awesome way to get your reluctant reader to read! Sign-in upon arrival. Sponsored by the Scaife Family Foundation and the WPB Library Foundation. Join us in KidSpace. Free Boomers Green Market 561-929-0237 3100 Airport Rd Boca Raton 11am – 4pm. Boomers will be offering great specials for gaming, and fun for that day only plus 60 plus vendors will be displaying and selling their goods and services to the masses. One of south Florida’s best attractions for families and kids has created the biggest green market and business expo anywhere in the southern palm beach area. For information contact, questions and issues with this event, please contact

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whoduz@gmail.com Riverbend Park Wetland Ecology 561-741-1359 9060 Indiantown Road Jupiter 8:00 am & 11:00 am. Come learn about the health and role of the wetlands in Riverbend Park on the Loxahatchee. Please come prepared for your feet to get wet! Catch and observe aquatic organisms from the slough. Advance registration required. Cost: $5.00 per person. Cash or check only please. Also, at 8:00am June 14 & 28. Animal Feedings 561-233-1400 Okeeheelee Park 7715 Forest Hill Blvd. West Palm Beach Every Saturday, 11 am and 12 pm. Join us at 11 am for our Fish Feeding Frenzy, and at 12 pm for our Reptile Feedings. Staff will give a short talk about the critters as they eat. Feel free to ask questions! Families. All Ages, FREE (Reservations Not Required)

Wildlife Encounter Busch Wildlife Sanctuary 561-575-3399 2500 Jupiter Park Drive Jupiter 11:00am Wildlife Encounter Program (Cypress Amphitheater) again at 2:30. Free Green Market at the Palm Beach Zoo Palm Beach Zoo 561-533-0887 1301 Summit Blvd. West Palm Beach 11:00-5:30. Visitors can browse a wonderful selection of fresh, locally-grown produce and other sustainably harvested items near the exit gate, and learn about how buying local produce protects wildlife. The market stand will remain open until 5:30 pm so that all zoo-goers have a chance to shop before they head home for the evening. This

market will run every other Saturday from March through June. Contact Green Market Coordinator, Krista Gardner (kgardner@ palmbeachzoo.org), with questions or requests for a vendor packet.

Habit Hunt 561- 544-8615 Gumbo Limbo Nature Center 1801 N. Ocean Blvd Boca Raton 11 am-Noon. Hike around Gumbo Limbo’s property. Learn about the different habitats there, and make a nature journal with your findings. Ages 7-11. Adults must sign-in children, but do not have to stay. Reservations and prepayment required at least 24 hours in advance. Cost per child: Member $8 Non-member $12 Science Stories 561-347-3913 Sugar Sand Park Community Center 300 S. Military Trail Boca Raton 11:30am. Join us for your favorite science inspired stories. Ages 5+, each Saturday. Free Hatchling Tales: Children’s Story Time Loggerhead Marinelife Center 561-627-8280 14200 U.S. Hwy 1 Juno Beach 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM. Join us every Saturday at 11:30 am for a Free kid’s story time held just outside our gift shop featuring selected readings that we will have available for purchase. FREE! Loggerhead Marinelife Center 561-627-8280 14200 U.S. Hwy 1 Juno Beach 12:00 PM - 12:30 PM. Dr. Logger is an educational ambassador for sea turtles.

Through an interactive show, Dr. Logger educates the audience on the life of a sea turtle, by addressing various topics: threats, nesting, anatomy, lifestyle, etc. This 30 minute show is for guests of all ages, it’s interactive with the audience and fast paced. Dr. Logger looks forward to talking turtle with you on your next visit to the Loggerhead Marinelife Center. For children up to 12. Free. Junior Naturalist 561-544-8615 Gumbo Limbo Nature Center 1801 N. Ocean Blvd Boca Raton 1-2:30 pm. Spend some time outside this fall! It’s a great time of year to be a junior birdwatcher looking for birds, or planting fall flowers in the garden while observing the insects nearby. Ages 7-11. Adults must sign-in children, but do not have to stay. Reservations and prepayment required at least 24 hours in advance (561) 544-8615. No refunds. Cost per child: Member $7 Nonmember $10 Creating A Backyard Habitat Okeeheelee Park 561-233-1400 7715 Forest Hill Blvd. West Palm Beach 1:00 pm. Families / All Ages, $3/person (Reservations Required – Call 561-233-1400) Do you enjoy watching wildlife and want to attract animals to your home? Come to this class and learn tips that will help you enhance your yard and make it more appealing to wildlife. Raptor Ecology 561-233-1400 Okeeheelee Park 7715 Forest Hill Blvd. West Palm Beach 1:00 pm. Families prepare to be amazed as you’re introduced to residen birds of prey at Okeeheelee Park. See these birds up close and develop an appreciation for their role in the environment. All Ages, $3/person (Reservations Required).

Wetlands & Wildlife 561-544-8615 Gumbo Limbo Nature Center 1801 North Ocean Blvd. Boca Raton 3-5 pm. Wakodahatchee is a man-made wetland which has become a favorite for birders and photographers. Bring your binoculars and join us for a ¾ mile guided boardwalk tour to learn more about Florida’s wetland ecosystems. Meet at the boardwalk’s entrance (call for directions). Reservations required at least 24 hours in advance. Ages 7-adult. An adult must signup and participate with children. Free Mazes 561-832-1988 South Florida Science Center and Aquarium 4801 Dreher Trail North West Palm Beach

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Twists and turns will help you learn at our newest travelling exhibit Mazes. Opening May 3rd at 5pm, guests will go on an adventure through a series of interactive brain teasers, 3-D puzzles and full body games. It’s sure to ‘amaze’ all summer long!

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Food Truck Invasion 561-283-5856 The Wellington Amphitheater 12100 Forest Hill Boulevard Wellington 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm. Food Trucks Attending: BC Tacos, Best French Fries, Big Mike’s BBQ, The Big Ragu, Che Grill, Crazydilla, Dolce Gourmet Cupcakes, Fry Daddy, Grill Master Cafe, Joji Yogurt, The Loaded Burger, Lucilles on Wheels, The Philly Grill, Stocked N Loaded Taco Fresh. A weekly Food Truck event on some Saturday nights at the Wellington Amphitheater.

Palm Beach Gardens 3 - 3:45 PM for a new creative activity your child can take home! We have a variety of age appropriate activities for children ages 2 to 6. $14.95 includes all-day admission or $6 for only the class. Encouraging creativity through fun! Call to register. June 11, Father’s Day Cards, June 18, Butterfly Watercolors, June 25, Beach Ball Craft.

Free Concert 561-283-5856 The Wellington Amphitheater 12100 Forest Hill Boulevard Wellington 5:30 pm. Bring your own seating.

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Cool Beans 561-627-1782 11701 Lake Victoria Gardens Ave #3115

Ashley’s Performing Arts Center and Jampac Dance Team in “5..6..7..8..10 Years to Celebrate” 561-793-1122 Eissey Campus Theatre - PBSC 11051 Campus Drive Palm Beach Gardens 5:00 pm. Performance.

Jupiter Dance Academy presents Spring Performance 561-747-7133 Eissey Campus Theatre - PBSC 11051 Campus Drive Palm Beach Gardens 7:00 p.m. & Thurs, June 12 at 7:00 p.m.

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Ballet Palm Beach 561-207-5900 School Time Series Eissey Campus Theatre - PBSC 11051 Campus Drive Palm Beach Gardens 10:15-11:15 am. For School Groups and Geared for Grades: 3 - 12. Ballet Palm Beach presents a ballet entitled Short Stories II with ballet scenes based on classic children’s literature. Free

Kids’ Music Circle 561-584-2290 Lake Worth Public Library City Hall Annex Bldg 414 Lake Avenue Lake Worth 5:30-6:30 pm. Parents and children sing, dance, and make music together led by song leader Noam Brown on the 2nd Monday of every month. Join us for a potluck following the music circle. Visit www.kidsmusiccircle.com Free

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Beach Treasures 561-544-8615 Gumbo Limbo Nature Center 1801 N Ocean Blvd Boca Raton 3-4:30 p.m. Jingle shells? Kitten’s paw? Oh, what treasures you may find… sea beans, coral, shells and more; see what the sea has left behind! Meet at the Center to learn about shells and sea life; caravan to Red Reef Beach Park, for beachcombing with the experts! All ages; children under 18 must sign-up and participate with an adult. Prepayment recommended (561) 544-8615 and online at gumbolimbo.org; walk-ins welcome based on availability. Cost per person: Member $5, Non-member $8

Friday June 13 Annie 561-447-8829 Sol Children Theatre 3333 N. Federal Highway Boca Raton 7:00 pm. The award winning broadway musical of orphan Annie. $12 adults and $8 junior 11 and under. Also, Jun 14, 2014: 7 pm - 9 pm, Jun 15, 2014: 2 pm - 4 pm, Jun 20, 2014: 7 pm - 9 pm, Jun 21, 2014: 7 pm

- 9 pm, Jun 22, 2014: 2 pm - 4 pm, Jun 27, 2014: 7 pm - 9 pm, Jun 28, 2014: 7 pm - 9 pm, Jun 29, 2014: 2 pm - 4 pm. Wetlands & Wildlife 561-544-8605 Gumbo Limbo Nature Center 1801 N. Ocean Blvd Boca Raton 3-5 p.m. Wakodahatchee is a man-made wetland which has become a favorite for birders and photographers. Bring your binoculars and join us for a ¾ mile guided boardwalk tour to learn more about Florida’s wetland ecosystems. Meet at the boardwalk’s entrance (call for directions). Ages 7-adult. An adult must sign-up and participate with children. Reservations required. Safari Nights: Father’s Day 561-547-9453 Palm Beach Zoo 1301 Summit Boulevard West Palm Beach 5:30 PM - 9:00 pm. Join us on select Friday evenings for our newly expanded Safari Nights Series. Each night will feature a different family-friendly theme and will include a ton of children’s entertainment. Eyes To The Skies 561-347-3913 Sugar Sand Park Community Center 300 S. Military Trail Boca Raton 6:30pm. Explore the night sky and the constellations in the Planetarium. All

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children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. No registration required. Ages 8 +, Free.

Screen on the Green 561-868-7703 Waterfront West Palm Beach 8:00 pm. Bring your blankets and chairs down to the waterfront and don’t forget the kids for our family friendly movie the 2nd Friday of every month. Go to our website at www.wpb.org for more information or call FREE Movie Mr. Peabody & Sherman (PG) 561-283-5856 The Wellington Amphitheater 12100 Forest Hill Boulevard Wellington 8:30 pm. Bring your own seating.

Saturday June 14 Story Time at Green Cay Nature Center 561-966-7000 12800 Hagen Ranch Road Boynton Beach 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM. Ages 3-5, Join us monthly as we read stories, have learning time, and make crafts about animals and other nature-related themes! Topics will vary each month. $2 per child. Science Stories 561-347-3913 Sugar Sand Park Community Center 300 S. Military Trail Boca Raton 11:30am. Join us for your favorite science

inspired stories. Ages 5+, each Saturday. Free

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Happy Father’s Day Picasso Maybe 561-868-7703 Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach

411 Clematis Street West Palm Beach 2:00 pm June 15 - July 27. Picasso? Van Gogh? Join artist Romario Brown of Dance4Art to learn how to create your own masterpiece. For children ages 6 - 12. Space is limited. Sign-up at the desk upon arrival. KidSpace. Free

Tuesday June 17 Music for the Mind 866-449-2489 Harriet Himmel Theater at CityPlace 700 S. Rosemary Ave. West Palm Beach 7:00-9:00 pm. The Music for the Mind Concert Series is held on the third Tuesday of every month at The Harriet Himmel Theater in CityPlace. Each concert presents a different musical group from local area schools and community organizations. The Stuart School of Music is the only group outside of Palm Beach County invited to participate in this concert series. All proceeds are used to benefit music education and for music scholarships. Since its inception in 2002, the Music for the Mind concerts series has given over 9,000 young musicians the opportunity to perform and has raised over $350,000 to help keep music in our schools and community. $10 for Adults / $5 for Children.

Wednesday June 18 Kidz Cook’n Class Cool Beans 561-627-1782 11701 Lake Victoria Gardens Ave #3115 Palm Beach Gardens 4:30 pm. Come cook up some tasty treats with us!

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Beach Treasures 561-544-8605 Gumbo Limbo Nature Center 1801 N. Ocean Blvd Boca Raton 9-10:30 a.m. Jingle shell? Kitten’s paw? Oh, what treasures you may find… sea beans, coral, shells and more; see what the sea has left behind! Meet at the Center to learn about shells and sea life; caravan to Red Reef Beach Park, for beachcombing with the experts! All ages; children under 18 must sign-up and participate with an adult. Prepayment recommended (561) 544-8615 and online at gumbolimbo.org; walk-ins welcome based on availability. Cost per person: Member $5, Non-member $8 Children’s Library Preschool Story Time Society of the Four Arts 2 Four Arts Plaza Palm Beach 10:30 am. Free story time. Once Upon a Story 561-868-7703 Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach 411 Clematis Street West Palm Beach Once Upon a Story Interactive Room Tuesdays, 1:00—4:00pm. Kids in grades K thru 5 will explore exciting, new adventures each week in an interactive program! Signup upon arrival. KidSpace. Free

Stories at Sunset for Families and Friends Mandel Public Library 411 Clematis Street West Palm Beach 5:45pm June 19 - July 31, Thursdays Families with preschool- and elementaryage children, join us for an evening of interactive stories and songs with local celebrity storyteller Mij Byram. Sign-up at the desk upon arrival. KidSpace. Free

Friday June 20 Mommy, Mother Nature and Me Rumble In The Jungle Daggerwing Nature Center 561-629-8760 11435 Park Access Road Boca Raton 10:30 am. Learn about the rainforest through interactive stories, activities, music and crafts designed specifically for toddlers! Explore the rainforest and meet our resident tree frogs while learning about an ecosystem far from home. This program series is designed especially with toddlers in mind and introduces them to nature through active play. Ages 2-5, $4/child Please RSVP as space is limited. Ballet East presents “Cinderella” and Mixed Rep in Season-End 561-683-0096 Eissey Campus Theatre - PBSC 11051 Campus Drive Palm Beach Gardens

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6:30 p.m. and Sat, June 21 at 1:30 p.m. Ballet East (formerly Susan Lyle Studios) presents their 43rd annual Season-End Gala. The first half will be a mixed repertoire featuring the children’s and pre-professional division of the school including pieces from the Ballet East 2013-14 Youth Ensemble repertoire. The second half will be the timeless fairy tale “Cinderella” - this expansive and lighthearted ballet tells the triumphant story of a young girl who encounters magic and love at a dazzling ball. Tickets: $25 - $35 Free Movie Night Frozen 561-283-5856 The Wellington Amphitheater 12100 Forest Hill Boulevard Wellington 8:30 pm. Please bring seating!

Saturday June 21 Run 4 The Sea 561-627-8280 Loggerhead Marinelife Center 14200 U.S. Highway 1 Juno Beach 7:00 am. Loggerhead Marinelife Center’s 3rd annual Run 4 The Sea will be held in beautiful Juno Beach along the scenic Atlantic Ocean and A1A at Loggerhead Park. The event features a fun one-mile run for children and a four-mile run for adults, as well as a post-race celebration with music and breakfast in celebration of ocean conservation and endangered sea turtles. There will be a 1-mile Kid’s Run beginning at 7:00 a.m. and the 4-mile race starts at 7:15 a.m. Registration opens at 6:15 a.m. Package pick up will be at Loggerhead Marinelife Center on Thursday, June 19th and Friday, June 20th between 10:00 AM and 5:00 PM. Race day pick up will begin at 6:15 AM. Goody bag includes a Run 4 The Sea shirt! Race proceeds benefit Loggerhead Marinelife Center’s mission to promote conservation of Florida’s coastal ecosystems with a special focus on threatened and endangered sea turtles. What are you waiting for? Get out there and Run 4 The Sea! 17th Year at the Boca Raton Greenmarket 561-299-8684 S Federal Highway and SE Mizner Blvd 8:00-1:00. Grab your shopping bags and head on over to the Boca Raton GreenMarket. Boca’s GreenMarket has continually been dedicated to local food production and consumption…. produce that travels from farm direct to the dining table……and

through the process supporting the Florida agricultural industry and the economy of our south Florida area. Each Saturday, fresh locally-grown fruits and vegetables as they become available in their individual growing seasons---along with fresh herbs, soaps & lotions, juices, potted orchids, ocean shells, fresh cut flowers, assorted variety of plants, fresh baked goods, prepared foods, oils & vinegars, gourmet foods, hydroponic and organic foods, fresh fish and seafood, fresh pasta, doggie treats ---are available for purchase. Kids - Saturday Craftastic Family Movie Mandel Public Library 561-686-7700 411 Clematis Street, West Palm Beach 9:30-4:00 pm. Join us in KidSpace for a fun family movie with a self-led, kid-friendly craft. For all ages! Call 561-868-7703 for a movie schedule and more information. The fourth Saturday every month. Camouflage at Okeeheelee Nature Center Okeeheelee Park 561-233-1400 7715 Forest Hill Blvd. West Palm Beach 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm. Did you ever wonder why some animals are brightly colored and others are cryptically colored? Come to this class, and meet a variety of live animals and learn why animals are colored so differently. http://www.co.palm-beach.fl.us/ parks/nature/okeeheelee_nature_center/ Families / All Ages, $3/person (Reservations Required) Science Demonstrations 561-347-3913 Sugar Sand Park Community Center 300 S. Military Trail Boca Raton 3:30pm. Ages 7+, Also 22, Free Fabulous Fleetwoods Canyon Amphitheater 561-966-7094 Canyon District Park 8802 Boynton Beach Blvd. Boynton Beach 7:00 pm. GL Commercial Presents: The Fabulous Fleetwoods will take the stage playing rock and blues music. Lawn chairs, and pets on leashes are permitted. Free admission

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Sunday June 22 Sunday Movies 561-347-3948 Sugar Sand Park Community Center 300 S. Military Trail Boca Raton 11 am & 2 pm. Please visit the website for movie titles. Parents must accompany kids 12 & under. Cost: $1 (movie, popcorn, & drink). Page Turner Adventures: STEAM Trunk Circus 561-868-7703 Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach 411 Clematis Street West Palm Beach 2:00 pm. There’s magic, juggling, unicycling and huge physical comedy in this multimedia extravaganza! The STEAM Trunk Circus will get kids EXCITED about Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math. For all ages. Auditorium. Free

Tuesday June 24 Once Upon a Story 561-868-7703 Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach 411 Clematis Street West Palm Beach Once Upon a Story Interactive Room Tuesdays, 1:00—4:00pm. Kids in grades K thru 5 will explore exciting, new adventures each week in an interactive program! Signup upon arrival. KidSpace. Free

Wednesday June 25 Craft Wednesday Cool Beans 561-627-1782 11701 Lake Victoria Gardens Ave #3115 Palm Beach Gardens 3 - 3:45 pm. For a new creative activity your child can take home! We have a variety of

age appropriate activities for children ages 2 to 6. $14.95 includes all-day admission or $6 for only the class. Encouraging creativity through fun! Call to register. Beach Ball Craft.

Friday June 27 Fishing Fun Daggerwing Nature Center 561-629-8760 11435 Park Access Road Boca Raton 10:00 am. Come fish with us! Learn the basics for freshwater fishing and practice your new skills. Class includes: fishing pole basics, casting tips, freshwater fish identification, and fish habits. All fishing supplies are provided. Please bring sun protection, a water bottle, and wear closedtoed shoes (or water shoes) that can get wet/muddy. Ages 8 – 15, $10/child. Free Movie Night The Pirate Fairy 561-283-5856 The Wellington Amphitheater 12100 Forest Hill Boulevard Wellington 8:30 pm. Please bring seating!

Saturday June 28

Shaped by Fire 561-741-1359 Riverbend Park 9060 Indiantown Road Jupiter 10:00 am. Come and learn about the important role of fire in the ecosystem and how fire is utilized in the park. Program will include a short walk over a burned area and a take home craft. $5.00 per person. Food Truck Invasion 561-283-5856 The Wellington Amphitheater 12100 Forest Hill Boulevard Wellington 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm. Food Trucks Attending: BC Tacos, Best French Fries, Big Mike’s BBQ, The Big Ragu, Che Grill, Crazydilla, Dolce Gourmet Cupcakes, Fry Daddy, Grill Master Cafe, Joji Yogurt, The Loaded Burger, Lucilles on Wheels, The Philly Grill, Stocked N Loaded Taco Fresh. A weekly Food Truck event on some Saturday nights at the Wellington Amphitheater. Free Concert 561-283-5856 The Wellington Amphitheater 12100 Forest Hill Boulevard Wellington 5:30 pm. Bring your own seating.

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