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pring always makes everything feel fresh and new. It’s the perfect time for seeds planted long ago to sprout new life and that’s exactly what’s happening with this issue of Raise, the community’s resource for raising healthy, well-adjusted children in Tulare County.

Two years ago, we saw a tremendous need for families to have helpful, and often light-hearted, information with a local connection. We rose to that challenge and launched Raise, the only local publication of its kind. The response was overwhelmingly positive and we’ve continued to provide family-friendly content over the years. I have immensely enjoyed my time as executive editor, and especially the wonderful conversations with contributors and readers, so I thank you for that. Now it’s time for me to pass the baton to someone who is infinitely more connected to the issues young families face and I could not be more excited to introduce you to Devi McDonald. Devi is the mother of two children, and is also the founder and editor of the popular food blog, Diddles and Dumplings. With Devi’s passion, experience and talent in the ever-changing online atmosphere, Raise has already begun reaching beyond the borders of our local community.

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Please join me in welcoming Devi as the new executive editor of Raise and let her know how much you appreciate her by sending her a message either on our Facebook page or our new website at


recall someone telling me once that life is all one big adventure. Every special moment, every picture we take and every time we embrace a new direction in our journeys, we’re adding a page in the wonderful adventure that is life! Nearly 8 years ago, my husband and I added a new chapter to our lives, that I believe to be the biggest adventure of all: parenthood.

My name is Devi and I am wife to an amazingly talented man, a creative, sweet and somewhat shy 7-year-old girl and a crazy, adorable and somewhat clumsy 1-year-old little boy and I am delighted to be able to share my adventure with you. I’ve spent the last several years running a popular food and recipe site, developing unique recipes for family-friendly brands and contributing to numerous cookbooks and have adored every minute of it. To me, the smell of a delicious casserole or fresh cookies filling the house is a magical thing and something that I want my children to remember about their childhood.

DEVI MCDONALD, Executive Editor

I absolutely love raising my children in a community that truly embraces and promotes good family values. My hope is that through Raise Magazine, we can not only provide content to enhance your family’s lives, but to serve as a means to bring our community of parents and families together. After all, raising our children is one of the most important and noteworthy adventures we will ever enter into... we might as well do it together.

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TASTE Why Citrus is Your New BFF


LIVE Healthy Eating for Kids & Teens



CREATE Tissue Paper Sun Catcher


TRENDING Fun DIY Projects for You and the Kids this Summer


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GROW Through the Eyes of Love


FAMILIES Introducing Your Neighbor


LOVE What Influences Our Children



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CITRUS O IS YOUR NEW BFF ne of the many benefits of living in the valley, an agricultural epicenter, is that there is no shortage of delicious fresh produce. In fact, Tulare County is the second largest agricultural producing county in the entire nation! And what’s better than that? Not much, in our opinion.

A quick drive through our lovely community perfectly demonstrates that our citrus production is by no means lacking. Oranges are a great healthy snack for kids and adults, but did you know that they are also known to help prevent different types of cancers and diseases? Oranges are packed with citrus limonoids, which are proven to help fight against cancer. They can also lower cholesterol and protect your skin from signs of aging (hello gorgeous mom!) Nowadays, everyone has jumped on the lemon bandwagon and we’re finding out that lemons are not only great in lemonade, but they have amazing health benefits as well. For instance, did you know that they can help if you suffer from asthma? Lemons work as an anti-oxidant and fight off harmful oxidants in your lungs. They’re also great for fighting off the cold and flu, bad breath and can even help lower cholesterol and high blood pressure (this could come in handy for long road trips with young children.) Let’s face it, sometimes there are things in life that make us healthy but they aren’t always pretty and glamorous. For example, did you know that eating grapefruit is a great way to reach your recommended daily fiber intake amount? It will help keep your bowels clear and flowing. (This is a great way to keep little ones from any painful trips to the bathroom! Hooray!) The potassium found inside can also help increase heart function and rhythm!



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Dissolve sugar in lemon juice, then add water and mix well.

3/4 C (fresh) lemon juice 1/3 C sugar 3 strawberries, sliced

SUPPLIES NEEDED: Paper cups Popsicle Sticks Aluminum foil (squares)

Fill each cup with 1/3 of the lemonade mixture and add sliced strawberries. Place aluminum foil tightly around the top of the cups and poke popsicle stick through the center. Place in freezer for 4-5 hours, or until pops are completely frozen. Run under warm water to release pop from cup. Makes 3 strawberry lemonade pops.


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KIDS & TEENS Text by Angela Duran Isaacs, RD, CLC, Registered Dietitian and Certified Lactation Counselor


t is difficult to make healthy choices with food when you are busy trying to juggle busy schedules. It becomes even more difficult when convenience stores and fast food restaurants are so easily accessible. When it comes to the food choices for your toddler, child or teen, it becomes a family affair. Children look up to adults so it is important for you to make healthy food choices.

A great place to start is by encouraging family meals. Studies have shown that children who participate in regular family meals are less likely to snack on unhealthy foods, smoke, use marijuana or drink alcohol and are more likely to eat fruits, vegetables and grains. Involving your child or teen in the process of food preparation, meals and grocery shopping also helps create confidence. It encourages them to want to participate in healthy choices, as well as the desire to learn more about what they are eating. When it comes to nutrition, it’s important for parents and caregivers to lead by example. The best way to encourage healthy eating is to eat well yourself. Children will follow the lead of adults they engage with on a daily basis. Eating vegetables and fruits and not overindulging on non-nutritious foods will send the right message. This also goes for what foods are being purchased and brought into the household. If there

are unhealthy food choices in the home, then it should not be a surprise when the child or teen wants to consume it. It is important to pay attention to portion sizes and what is being served on the plate. Avoiding battles over food while still allowing your child or teen some control over what they choose to eat is the key. The “clean your plate policy” has been replaced with “pay attention to signs of fullness and portion sizes.” Keep in mind that it is not a good idea to use food as a way to bribe children or as a way to show love - instead show praise for your child when they try new healthy foods. The overall goal is to help children live a healthy life and prevent health conditions such as diabetes, high cholesterol, obesity and high blood pressure. It is never too early to start teaching children how to make good choices when it comes to food and eating habits, which will carry over into their adult years.



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Try to work fruits and vegetables into the daily routine by offering one, if not both options, at each meal or snack.

Take any opportunity and use it as a time to educate your children or teen on making healthy and nutritious food choices.

Decrease sugary drinks and offer substitutes such as water.

Keep the subject of eating as positive as possible.

Try to choose whole grain or high fiber products for breads and cereals.

Limit fast food intake as well as junk food.

Introduce new foods to your family as a way to encourage participation in healthy food selection.

Try using leaner meats and decrease fat intake by choosing chicken, fish, turkey and beans instead of red meat and pork.

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SUN CATCHER W Text by Lindsey Harrison, ImagineU Interactive Children’s Museum

hether it is in the soft glow of dawn or the warm shine of sunset, sun catchers are a fantastic addition to any window. The gentle glow of colors caught in the sunlight adds a spot of happiness wherever they touch. Here is a simple craft the kids can do to make a sun catcher of their very own. It can be used to bring a touch of color to a child’s room or a spot of sunshine in the living room. Perfect for a sunny day, but especially nice when all there is to see outside is cloudy and grey.

paper plates


colored tissue paper





Paper plates

2. Colored tissue paper 3. Clear contact paper 4. Scissors 5. Single hole punch 6. Yarn or string

yarn or string

hole punch

Cut out the center of the paper plate, leaving the rim of the paper plate intact as an unbroken circle.

2. Cut or rip the tissue paper into small pieces. Make sure to use many different colors. 3. Cover the hole in the center of the paper plate with clear contact paper. Cover the sticky side of the contact paper with the bits of tissue paper. 4. Use a second piece of contact paper to cover the exposed side of tissue paper to protect your design. 5. Use the hole punch to punch a hole in your sun catcher. String a piece of yarn through and hang it up in a window to catch the light.

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WATER BALLOON FLIP FLOPS TAKE A PAIR OF INEXPENSIVE FLIP FLOPS AND COVER THE STRAPS WITH COLORFUL WATER BALLOONS. Start at one end and tie water balloons tightly around the strap, making sure to push them close together after each new addition. Your kids’ feet never looked so fashionably fun.

SEASHELL CANDLES ADD A LITTLE BEACHY FLAIR TO BATHROOMS, BEDROOMS OR PARTIES BY MAKING SOME SUPER SIMPLE SEASHELL CANDLES. All you need are some tealight candles and seashells (clam shells work best.) Remove candle from metal base and take out the wick. Place wick in shell and the candle in a microwave-safe mug and heat it in the microwave in 30-second intervals until completely melted, stirring in between. Using a potholder, remove the mug and pour melted wax into the shell. Allow it to harden and now you have yourself an adorable seashell candle.


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HIDE IT HEADING TO THE BEACH THIS SUMMER BUT HAVE NO PLACE TO HIDE YOUR MONEY, KEYS OR PHONE? Clean out an old sunscreen bottle and store your valuables in there. No one will think twice about it and your precious possessions will be safe while you and the kids play in the water.

PLANT STACKER HAVE YOU BEEN WANTING TO START AN HERB GARDEN BUT JUST DON’T HAVE THE SPACE? Raise Magazine has you covered. Try stacking multiple sized planters on top of each other for a tiered effect and use each layer to plant a different type of herb! A delicious space-saving idea for all you gardeners-to-be.

MASON JAR MEMORIES FOR A FUN WAY TO DISPLAY YOUR MEMORIES FROM THIS SUMMER’S BEACH TRIP, TRY THIS. Fill a mason jar with a little sand from your vacation spot, along with some of your favorite shells, rocks, etc. (Don’t forget to make a cute label for the front with the location and the year.) Do this for every new beach you visit and over the years you will have an amazing collection of memories to look back on.





n Tulare County, we are just a short 50-minute drive from spectacles that world-travelers voyage long and far to see. Hiking is a perfect way to take in these magical sights - but have you ever had to hike while carrying a child on your back? If you have, we apologize for that uphill battle you endured. Here, we have listed a few hikes that are kid-friendly; meaning that no piggyback rides are needed…until you are heading back to the car, that is.

GENERAL SHERMAN TREE: As the largest Giant Sequoia in the world, this tree alone is worth the drive. A national monument, the General Sherman Tree is a fun first stop along your journey through the Sequoias. CONGRESS LOOP: If you can’t get enough after the General Sherman Tree, stroll through the Congress Loop. The President Tree and Lincoln Tree are just two of the trees in the loop, in addition to the House and Senate Clusters. BIG TREES TRAIL: This educational, paved, natural trail allows travelers of all ages to learn about Sequoia National Forest. Take a hike through Round Meadow and take in views of the “Ed by Ned” trees, two trees that grew shockingly close to each other. CRESCENT MEADOW TRAIL: This gentle hike is perfect for kids and adults. Along the trail you will see changing scenery, from an open meadow to the surrounding of the Sequoias. When the trail comes to a fork, head left toward the Chimney Tree where you might see woodland creatures. Right toward the Tharp’s Log to take a peek inside Tharp’s tree house. SUNSET ROCK: If you’re looking for a view without having to hike 30-plus miles, Sunset Rock is your destination. To end your family’s day, take this easy 1-mile forest trail and step out on the granite dome to watch the sun fade behind the Sequoias. A FEW THINGS TO BRING THAT WILL MAKE FOR A NO-FUSS DAY Bug Spray

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ith spring fading into summer, now is the perfect time to plan a unique and action-packed outdoor party. Whether you’re celebrating a birthday, the end of another school year or any other special day, having a backyard campout is a fun way to enjoy the great outdoors without subjecting your kids – and yourself – to things like bears, bugs, poison oak, long car rides and dirt in places you didn’t even know existed. FIRST THING’S FIRST: Get all of that camping gear out of storage. You’ll need a tent or two, depending on how many are coming to your party. Even if you aren’t doing a sleepover-style campout, a tent is great for ambiance and can be fun for the kids to set up. Other important items to have on hand are sleeping bags, pillows, flash lights/lanterns, bug spray, an ice chest full of water and drinks and, of course, some snacks. Speaking of snacks, below is a fun campfire-themed treat. You can make this as favors for the guests to take home or simply leave out as a sweet treat.



3 C Chex cereal

In a microwave-safe bowl, melt chocolate chips; allow to cool slightly. Add Chex cereal to a gallon storage bag; add melted chocolate, seal bag and shake until evenly coated. Add powdered sugar and cocoa powder, seal and shake until evenly coated. Add Golden Grahams and miniature marshmallows and enjoy!

1/2 C milk chocolate chips 1/2 C powdered sugar 1 T cocoa powder 1 C Golden Grahams cereal 1 C miniature marshmallows


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Do you remember playing red rover as a kid? Well this is the updated version. One person starts as the park ranger and stands in the middle of the space. Everyone else lines up in a straight line facing the park ranger and chooses an animal (in their mind) to become their new identity. The park ranger then says an animal characteristic, i.e. “Do you have a beak?” or “Do you have four legs?” If the description matches your new animal identity, you run across the lawn. The park ranger tries to tag as many players as possible, turning them into trees. Once a player becomes a tree, they are frozen in place and cannot move their feet. Trees can, however, sway back and forth to tag other players in the next round and turn them into trees, as well. The last person who is not a tree is the winner and gets to be the next park ranger.

CAMPGROUND OBSTACLE COURSE There are no winners or losers with this game that can be adapted to just about any type of outdoor layout you have. To play, all you have to do is make your own obstacle course in and around your faux campground. Examples of obstacles could be going in and out of tents, balancing marshmallows on sticks, building campfires (without the fire), going over picnic tables and whatever else works for your set-up.

SLEEPING BAG RACE This game is just like a traditional sack race, but with sleeping bags as the transportation vessels. To play, everyone climbs into a sleeping bag, feet first, and then has to stand up and hop, while still inside the bag, across the lawn (or whatever outdoor space you choose to use) to a pre-determined finish line. First one across the line wins!

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et’s face it. Children aren’t exactly always interested in expanding their palates. They tend to pick something they like and stick with it and your delicious homecooked meal may not get the 5-star rating that you had hoped. But whoever said that chicken nuggets couldn’t be a gourmet meal? No ketchup or mustard will be found here! Whip out your inner chef as Raise puts a new twist on your kid’s favorite dinner! (Note: May pair well with juice box or milk.)


INGREDIENTS: 1 (13.5 ounce) package frozen chicken nuggets

DIRECTIONS: 1/3 C rice vinegar 2 T soy sauce

Bake chicken nuggets according to package directions.

2 T orange juice

While nuggets are baking, prepare the sauce. Mix cornstarch and cold water together in a small bowl and pour into a medium saucepan. Add remaining ingredients to saucepan and place over medium heat. Cook for 5-6 minutes, or until sauce has thickened significantly.

1/4 C lemon juice

Toss chicken nuggets with sauce to coat.

3 T cornstarch 3 T cold water 1 1/2 C water

1 T orange zest 1 C brown sugar 1/2 tsp. ground ginger 1/2 tsp. minced garlic

Serve over white rice.


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INGREDIENTS: 1 (13.5 oz) package frozen chicken nuggets 1/2 C Parmesan cheese, shredded 1 (25.75 oz) jar spaghetti sauce 3/4 C mozzarella cheese, shredded

DIRECTIONS: Preheat oven to 350°F. Place frozen nuggets on lightly greased baking sheet or baking dish. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese, evenly distribute spaghetti sauce over the top and sprinkle with mozzarella cheese. Bake in preheated oven for 35-40 minutes, or until nuggets are hot and sauce and cheese are bubbly. Serve over cooked spaghetti noodles.


INGREDIENTS: 1 (13.5 ounce) package frozen chicken nuggets 6 slices Swiss cheese 1/2lb (deli) honey ham 1 (10.75 oz) can cream of chicken soup 1 C milk

DIRECTIONS: Bake chicken nuggets according to package directions. While nuggets are baking, cut honey ham into small pieces and set aside. Combine cream of chicken soup and milk in a small bowl and set aside.

Place baked nuggets in a 9”x13” casserole dish, layer with honey ham pieces and swiss cheese. Finally, pour cream of chicken mixture evenly over the top. Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until nuggets are hot and sauce is bubbly.

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DO IT YOURSELF Upcycle empty


Frappucino bottles into trendy glass milk bottles to serve drinks in.



e’ve all seen those adorable vintage-style milk bottles on Pinterest, but the steep price combined with shipping costs likely exceeds party budgets. Get the same look for much less by upcycling an empty coffee bottle. If you don’t drink bottled coffee, ask your friends to save theirs. You may end up getting two dozen for free and they were just what you needed for a party. One thing that is especially great about these is that you can change embellishments to suit the occasion or holiday and reuse them again and again.






Remove labels and use GooGone to remove residue. Use nail polish remover to remove the stamped-on date from the bottle.

Thoroughly wash bottles with hot, soapy water and rinse well. Run the bottles through the dishwasher or boil in a pot to sanitize.

Add ribbon or paper embellishments and a paper straw. Get creative and even customize a bottle for each guest.

Serve! The best part about these is that they can be reused for different parties, and all you need to do is change the embellishments.

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“SWEETIE” Reagan Nottingham channels her favorite fairytale princess, Cinderella. Although she was born with congenital myopathy, now at the age of 5, she is showing incredible strength. Text by Central Valley Regional Center


hat do you see when you look at a child with a life limiting illness or disability? The answer may very well depend on your personal struggles with pain and suffering, and what you perceive as normal. For families whose children are differently abled, or who are faced with a disease that may take this child from them, perceptions become redefined almost daily in this new reality of life. The tiny face that held his parent’s hopes and dreams on the day he was born may now look very different than what was planned for or imagined. The love of a parent may see no difference or limitation that love may see only the beauty found in the soul. Daily sustenance for families with children with serious illnesses and special needs are hope, courage and strength. There is an organization that recognizes the beauty of these children and seeks to make a difference for their families. The Sweet Nectar Society began when Brittany Wilbur was faced with her own daughter’s unknown health struggles. Through her own journey came the desire to make a difference in the lives of other families with similar struggles. She saw their little ones through her own unique lens: photography. Brittany shared her vision with fellow photographer Carrie Anne Miranda, and together their vision became reality. Their

mission is to capture a message of love, hope and courage through photography. They give families the precious gift of tangible memories. While working with families, the photographers of Sweet Nectar Society are also raising awareness of childhood illnesses and disabilities by telling their stories on the organization’s website. The organization has chosen the hummingbird as a symbol to represent who they are and whom they serve. Citing that the hummingbird is thought of as a symbol of love, joy and beauty, and that despite its small size it is able to accomplish great feats. Legends say that the hummingbird floats free of time, teaching us to enjoy the sweetness in life, just as it enjoys the sweet nectar of flowers. The Sweet Nectar Society is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that combines the talent of a team of photographers to provide comfort to families through cost-free photography sessions. They believe these priceless images provide hope, courage and strength in a time when every moment is precious. These children are their “Sweeties.” Their work is now expanding to help provide meals to families of children who are hospitalized through the “Sweet Eats” program. These children are sweet reminders that life is precious and that each of us is a beautiful gift to someone. Please join them at their Color of Life Gala on Friday, June 20 at The Loft in Fresno. We encourage you to visit the Sweet Nectar Society website, to see children through the eyes of love at

If you have a child with special needs, or have questions about services for children with special needs in the Central Valley, please contact Central Valley Regional Center at any of our three offices.

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THE FAMILY UNIT: We are a family of four, soon to be five! Derrick and Amy Wessel have Brooke, Lily and a baby brother still in Mommy ’s tummy due August 26th. THE BEGINNINGS: We both grew up in Visalia and graduated from Mt. Whitney High School, but didn’t actually meet until Derrick was home during one summer while attending Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. We were introduced by our younger siblings who were friends and we spent that entire summer together falling in love. We eloped to Las Vegas in the middle of the night in 2005 and are currently living happily ever after.


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family memories is the trip to Hawaii we took at the first of s this year. We tasted new food We n.) dow bs thum a got (poi tried new things together (swimming with dolphins got two thumbs up!). We learned new skills and tried to learn a bit of the language (ukulele lessons were fun, even though none of us are what you’d call gifted, BUT we can pronounce t ukulele correctly now.) The bes all ing hav part of the trip was those experiences together. WHERE WILL YOU R FAMILY s, BE IN 10 YEARS?: In ten year y read ing gett be Callie will to head off to college (gulp.) Our greatest desire is that she continue to grow into a Godly to young woman. We still hope a as s orie mem fun ing mak be family whether traveling or at s home and using the blessing rs. othe s bles to we have

toddler potty to the big potty. She had this huge fear of the big potty and did not want anything to do with it. Until one day I heard Brooke tell her, “You know you can sit backwards on the toilet and pretend the lid is a computer, it won’t be scary that way,” Lily says “Oh, ok Sissy” and from then on her fear was gone. WHERE WILL YOUR FAMILY BE IN 10 YEARS?: Hopefully living in a castle on the beach reading books to each other all day! Plan B would be to be just as happy as we are today, living in a house full of happy, healthy teenagers and our pets.




THE FAMILY UNIT: Lars, Lindsay, Case, Ellie and Gunnar. Lars is in Sales/Supervisor for Windows Plus Construction and Lindsay is the GME Program Coordinator at Kaweah Delta Health Care District. THE BEGINNINGS: Lars and I have been together for 10 years this year. Lars’ family is a transplant to Tulare County and removed to Visalia at the age of 15. He graduated from Mt. Whitney High School and went on to play baseball at COS and Menlo College. I am a 4th generation of Tulare County, grew up in a very large farming family, graduated from Immanuel High School and went to COS. We live in Exeter and are involved in the community. Both our older two kids play sports in Exeter and attend public schools .

PARENTING PHILOSOPHY: Having a Christ-centered family is what drives us to always do our best and to have the understanding of the Lord’s mercy, grace and forgiveness. We attend The Road church in Visalia regularly and are involved in leadership for the church. I teach in the Children’s ministry each Sunday and Lars is involved with the media team and Ironmen’s ministry. We want to instill this in our children and when they are older and understand, we plan on being very open with them about our faults and failures . Then they can develop their own understanding and hopefully come to put Christ first in all they do as well. FAVORITE FAMILY MEMORY: We try our best each night to sit down to dinner as a family

and talk about our day. But the best thing right now is when the dinner is done and dishes put away, homework and baths are completed, the lights are turned down and we all snuggle up on the couch and watch something on TV or just hang out before bedtime. It’s the quiet, little moments like this when we can shut the world out and focus just on the five of us. It’s these things that we are enjoying the most right now. WHERE WILL YOUR FAMILY BE IN 10 YEARS?: It’s hard to believe we will have teenagers and be looking at colleges then. What we would want more than anything is to have each of our children be good human beings, to be kind and honest, to know the Lord and always do their best in everything they do.


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INFLUENCES OUR CHILDREN? Text By Tulare County Children’s Services Network


ur children are influenced every day by a countless number of factors. These pressures are what shape the attitudes and behaviors that our youth display. From the clothes they wear, to the slang that they use, to the way they respond to the range of situations they encounter, all are a result of the combination of influences that have been exerted upon them. Here are a few examples of things that can impact your child: Friends at school. The individuals whom your child spends their time with will inevitably influence their actions. Even if your child doesn’t participate in the activities that their friends do initially, it’s very likely that they will rub off on each other. For example, if your child is friends with a bully, even though your child may not participate in the bullying at first, they may begin to engage in this type of behavior because that’s what their friends do. Encourage your child to make friends with children who make good decisions and don’t make a habit of getting themselves into trouble. Let your child know that it is okay to no longer be friends with someone who isn’t making good decisions, or does not make them feel good about themselves on regular basis. Friends should always be a positive influence, and parents should ensure that the individuals who their child is close with have this type of impact on them. Various forms of media also can impact your child’s behavior


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because it can alter their perception of what is “normal.” Violent video games, movies or T.V. shows with characters that engage in illegal activities and are dishonest can make your child believe that these types of behaviors are acceptable, and that everyone does it. Monitor what your child watches on T.V., and the video games they play, to ensure that they are age appropriate. Having a conversation about what is acceptable and unacceptable in the forms of entertainment that your child engages in is also a good way to have a teaching moment regarding behaviors that you approve of. Lastly and most importantly, always remember that you as a parent are the biggest influence on your child. As their first teacher, your child always watches you as you go about your daily routines and notices how your respond to various situations. Model behavior that you want to see them exhibit and they will learn from you. When you make a mistake, take responsibility and apologize if necessary. If you have to change plans, be honest and explain the reason why. Your child will follow suit if they see you consistently displaying the same behaviors. It may seem overwhelming when you stop and think about what your child is exposed to; there are plenty of negative influences out there, but there are also positive influences that our children can be exposed to as well. The important thing is to give your child the tools to determine which influences will have a beneficial impact them, and which influences potentially could have negative consequences. Teach them the message that by steering clear of the friends and forms of media that don’t have a healthy influence on their overall well-being, they are empowering themselves to develop into responsible adults.


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CHARACTER COUNTS Text by Kelley Petty, CHARACTER COUNTS! Coordinator, Tulare County Office of Education


MARCUS MCMARYION             Oregon State’s latest football recruit is certainly one of Dinuba High School’s finest athletes, but even more impressive is his humble character. Senior Marcus McMaryion carries a 4.0 GPA, has taken every possible Advanced Placement class offered and makes time to volunteer with his church and mentor elementary school students. Dinuba High School Counselor Monica Arreola states, “Marcus values his family, school and friends. He always tries to be a better person and challenge himself on every level.” Marcus says, “My mom is a great role model and the strongest woman I know. I would be happy to be half the person she is.” Since he was seven years old, he knew sports would be a big part of his life. With or without an organized practice Marcus is on the field, at the track or in the weight room training to be his best. Even before he signed with the Oregon State Beavers, Marcus was already a hometown hero who, with his coach, visited all of Dinuba’s elementary schools. Marcus spoke to students about the importance of good grades and surrounding themselves with positive role models. Dinuba doesn’t have to look any further than Marcus McMaryion for their own positive role model.


VIVIANA NAVARRO When Principal Mark Thompson needed a student spokesperson to promote a districtwide, middle school community service project, he knew just who to ask – Viviana Navarro. As an eighth-grader at Alice G. Mulcahy Middle School, Viviana embraced the United for Good campaign by addressing her school and later representatives from Tulare’s other middle schools, members of the district’s board and local Rotary International. Her message was, “Too often we think about ourselves; let’s think about others in this world and their needs.” This year, the United for Good campaign focused on the needs of Guatemalan students. Viviana encouraged her audiences with a scenario, “If we have a pencil we might use it for a while until it breaks and we throw it away. Guatemalan students consider a pencil an opportunity because if they do not have one, they have to work in the fields for the day.” Viviana has been pleasantly surprised and supported by her peers. As a result of the project and Viviana’s leadership, the middle school students of Tulare City School District raised $6,500 for Tulare Rotary International to build three classrooms and six bathrooms in Guatemalan schools. Principal Thompson says, “Viviana is intelligent and very capable to challenge and encourage her peers through her passion to help others.”


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JORDAN SANCHEZ-ROWLEY When Mrs. Hernandez asked her class if they could change their name to anything, half the students chose the name Jordan. She is certain they were thinking about Jordan Sanchez-Rowley, an eighthgrade student at Valley Oak Middle School in Visalia. Mrs. Hernandez teaches students with special needs and has had Jordan’s help as a student aide. Mrs. Hernandez says, “Jordan takes time to include all of my students in other school activities, such spending his own time to play basketball with them during lunchtime, and giving them “high fives” when he sees them on campus. Because of Jordan, many of my students can say with confidence they have a friend.” Jordan asked for his schedule to be changed so that he could be an aide in Mrs. Hernandez’s class again this year. He says, “Mrs. Hernandez’s students are not judgmental or worried about popularity, and they are some of the coolest friends I have.” Jordan is an excellent student with a 3.6 GPA and is a gifted and highly-motivated athlete who sets goals for himself. Jordan is willing to do everything in his power to be a successful student, basketball player and compassionate role model who is respectful and willing to interact with everyone.



LAST SUMMER Text by Missy Yavasile, Independent College Consultant, SOAR College Planning and Consulting


ne of the questions many colleges ask on the application is, “What do you do in your spare time?” or “What have you done your last two summers?” Most college-bound students do not have spare time during the year, but summer affords them the time to choose something productive to do. Let’s take a look at some options that will enhance their college application. One option is to take a summer class. Some high schools offer summer classes for their students, but another option is to take a community college class. After a two year break, COS brought back its summer program in 2013. Check out for some other ideas that promote academic enrichment. Students can also show their intellectual side by reading, writing a book or play or doing their own research project. Learning a new skill can also show initiative. All colleges favor community service projects. Many students go on mission trips, but it is important to remember that students want to set themselves apart from other students; so doing something “original” might be beneficial. How about volunteering at a summer camp? If they love animals, how about volunteering at the SPCA? It is a good idea to deepen their involvement in something they already do. For example, a student who rides horses could volunteer at Happy Trails Riding Academy in Tulare. If they enjoy building things, a summer helping Habitat for Humanity could help them develop those skills. They should think of things they can do for others in the

community that will also improve their own experience in a field they are interested in. Some students may want or need to work for the summer. If they love to swim, they might try to become a lifeguard or teach swimming lessons. Working in a sandwich or ice cream shop gives the student on-the-job training and they can learn responsibility, leadership and how to be a good employee. The entrepreneurs, should consider starting a small business. Think, “out-of-the-box.” Maybe they can develop a website or use their skills to teach music or dance. Many students who are interested in photography or video production produce a portfolio. There are many valuable skills that can be learned through entrepreneurship. For students who know where they would like to attend college, summer is a great time to make college visits. Although visiting colleges can be expensive, an early visit may save a lot of money in the long run. A college visit can help in the selection, but if visits are not possible, then virtual tours are usually available. Lastly, summer is a great time for them to become more familiar with a specific career. Suggest they spend time, either paid or unpaid, in an area of interest. Are they interested in becoming an attorney? Look into shadowing or volunteering at an attorney’s office. Interested in medicine? They can volunteer in a hospital. There are many things they can do in the summer to enhance their application and develop their skills. How they choose to spend their time can definitely have an impact on admission to the college of their choice. Have a plan. Be sure that when the college admissions officer says, “I know what you did last summer,” that it is everything they hoped your student would do.

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Text by Susan Schieferle, Master Gardener, University of California Cooperative Extension


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hat does your child think about when he or she hears the word pumpkin? The answers will most likely be pumpkin pie and Jack-o-lanterns. When Pilgrims came to America, the Indians taught them how to grow and eat pumpkins. Now you can teach your children how to grow pumpkins in your backyard. Pumpkin seeds are planted in May or June for October harvest. Pumpkin seeds LOVE hot climates like we have in Tulare County. HOW TO PLANT WHAT TO PLANT

Here are 3 popular vining varieties: 1. Jack-Be-Little: Pumpkins are 3-inches by 2-inches at harvest with shorter vines, only 10-15 feet long. Harvest occurs in about 95 days with 6-12 mini pumpkins per plant. 2. Small Sugar: Pumpkins are 5-8 pounds each, with longer vines. Harvest occurs at 100105 days with 2-3 pumpkins per plant. 3. Jack O’ Lantern: Pumpkins are quite large at 18-24 pounds, a perfect carving size. Harvest occurs at 110 days with 1-2 pumpkins per plant.

WHERE TO PLANT Most pumpkin plants need an incredible amount of space for their vines to grow in. A suggested growing area is 20 square feet for each plant. Remember that you need space for the vines to grow. Pumpkin vines can be twined alongside a fence, beside a driveway, across the back of a flower bed and even twined around the outside of a basketball court (watch out for the balls). You will be able to gently guide the vines anyway you would like.


In the area you have designated, plant directly into native soil or use a vegetable planting soil from your local nursery. You could also use a 5-10 gallon plastic container with drainage holes.

2. Make a mound of soil for planting the seeds. In the mound, plant three (3) pumpkin seeds about 1-inch deep and 1-inch apart to assure germination (growth) of at least 1 seed. If 2-3 seeds germinate, choose the healthiest looking seedling and pull out the others to ensure one strong pumpkin plant. 3. Watering twice daily, morning and afternoon, will help your young seedling grow. As plant vines start to cover the soil surface, it is time to switch to deep watering every 5-7 days, letting the soil surface dry near the plant base between watering. 4. If planting more than one pumpkin plant, space them every 2-3 feet. 5. Fertilize monthly, with one (1) tablespoon recommended vegetable fertilizer raked into soil. If growing pumpkins in a container, then dilute the fertilizer in 2 gallons of water and apply. 6. Bees visit the flowers and move the pollen from male flowers to female flowers, then pumpkins will start to form. Now the waiting comes. Have your child chart the growth of the vines weekly and mark off the days on a calendar. Then you can have a harvest celebration of your own with neighbors and friends.

Have fun!

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SPIRITED CHILD (Part One) Text by Mindy Mauro, LCSW, The Helix Group


child’s first and most natural way of reacting to the world is called their “temperament.” The nine dimensions of temperament are: Intensity, Persistence, Sensitivity, Perceptiveness, Adaptability, Rhythmicity, Energy, First Reaction and Mood.

Mary Sheedy Kurcinka coined the term “spirited” to describe kids who are more “lively, creative, keen, eager, full of energy and courage, and have a strong, assertive personality.” She recognized that negative labels often reflect strengths that are being overused. Many terms are used to describe kids that are challenging for parents (difficult, strong-willed) however negative labels result in low self-esteem and self-fulfilling prophecy. Our expectations and attitude strongly influence how we respond to a child - a positive reframe helps us behave in a more friendly, supportive and informative style, and enhances our child’s strengths. A spirited child is more intense, persistent, perceptive and has difficulty with transitions; is more irregular, energetic, resistant to change and negative in mood. The following are descriptions of the spirited manifestations of the first three temperament traits.

+ + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + We do not get to choose our child’s temperament, but we can make a big difference in his or her life when we adapt our parenting techniques to fit his or her temperamental style.


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This spirited child has strong and immediate reactions that can be focused outward (loud and dramatic) or inward (quiet and observant). The goal in dealing with intensity is to diffuse strong reactions. We do this by teaching “self monitoring” - identifying the cues that tell them intensity is building: “Your voice is getting loud” or “you threw the game down, are you feeling too frustrated to continue?” Teach your child to use feeling words to describe intense emotions. Model appropriate responses to your own strong feelings - “I’m so upset I am going to take a break and calm down.” Utilize calming activities like taking a bath, stroking their hair, a back rub or reading in a quiet place. Use time outs for respite rather than punishment. (Positive labels - enthusiastic, expressive, focused, exuberant).

PERSISTENCE This spirited child will push where other kids don’t and demand much more. They love debate, are willing to assert themselves and are unwilling to give up. Normal strategies for dealing with tantrums don’t work as these kids can protest for hours and in ways parents can’t ignore. With these kids, it’s important to choose your battles. When possible, anticipate and avoid high-risk situations like shopping if there is always a battle over buying a toy; if there’s too much drama when Mom helps with spelling, let Dad try. When the answer is “No,” be firm and gentle, take a stand early on and state the expectations and consequences clearly. Offer choices and negotiate when there is a mutually respectful, win-win solution. (Positive labels - goal oriented, assertive.)

SENSITIVITY Sensitive kids are easily overwhelmed by stimulation and emotional stress around them. The most common places for “melt-downs” include parties, shopping centers and noisy classrooms. It is our job to help them monitor the stimulation and teach them how to release it in appropriate ways. To reduce stimulation levels in your environment, take your child to a quiet place or use calming activities. If your child is sensitive to tastes and textures, getting dressed and mealtimes are often difficult, so allow extra time. Monitor your emotional state since they are keenly aware of your stress, moods and anxieties. (Positive labels - tender hearted, warm, affectionate).


OUT-AND-ABOUT IN TULARE COUNTY SELMA RAISIN FESTIVAL This annual five-day carnival will include food and craft booths, art, baking, photography, poetry, floriculture and family fun run competitions. Don’t miss out on this free event that will be fun for all!


When: May 1-4

The Heritage Complex in Tulare will be transformed into a showcase of student projects. The event will feature dozens of documentaries, live performances, literacy projects, enterprise ventures and other exhibits from elementary, middle and high school groups across the county.

Where: Lincoln Park, Selma

When: May 14, 5p-8p


Where: Heritage Complex, 4500 S. Laspina St., Tulare Contact: 733-6606

REEDLEY STREET FAIRE Come and check out what Reedley has to offer! This fun all-ages event will include craft, retail, information and food booths. There will also be a car show, health fair and children’s rides.


Where: G St., Reedley

This annual, cultural appreciation event will start off with a traditional pancake breakfast. The rest of the day will be filled with entertainment, food and fun for everyone. Come out and see what being Swedish is all about!


When: May 17, 10a


Where: Kingsburg Swedish Village, Kingsburg

When: May 5, 10a-4p

A spring event for students consisting of a half-day of activities that provide an opportunity to learn about the importance and care of our trees and environment. (Grades 3-5.) When: May 9, 9a-2p Where: Mooney Grove Park, Visalia Contact: Jared Marr at 651-3031

EXETER GARDEN WALK Bring the whole family outside as you enjoy the 11th annual Full Bloom Garden Walk where you will get to enjoy the sights and scents of flowers in bloom. Enjoy refreshments and get all your gardening questions answered as you discover downtown Exeter and all it has to offer. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at By the Water Tower Antiques, 141 South B, or the Exeter Chamber of Commerce at 101 West Pine Street in Exeter.

Contact: 897-1111 or 10TH ANNUAL ADVENTURE PARK FUNDRAISER Join the Visalia Sunset Rotary’s 10th annual Adventure Park FUNdraiser. Tickets are $20 and includes all-youcan-eat buffet, mini golf, bumper boats, family cars, laser tag and game tokens. Large and small prize raffle tickets are also available that night. All proceeds go mostly to youth-oriented groups and non profits throughout the year. When: May 19, 5p-9p Where: Visalia Adventure Park, 5600 W. Cypress Ave., Visalia Contact: NIGHT AT THE RACES Join Happy Trails Riding Academy at their annual fundraising event that includes dinner, horse racing, prizes and more. Tickets are $50 per person.

When: May 10, 9a-2p

When: May 30, 6p

Where: Downtown Exeter

Where: Visalia Convention Center, 303 E. Acequia Ave., Visalia

Contact: 592-2919 or

MOTHER & SON CAMPOUT Join Visalia Parks & Recreation for a night filled with adventure and fun, without the drive! Games, smores, crafts, stories and more throughout the afternoon and evening. This is the perfect opportunity for moms, aunts, grandmas and mother figures to enjoy a night with their special little man. Just bring your own tent and sleeping gear. When: May 31-Jun 1, 4p-9a Where: Kiwanis Park, McAuliff St. and Tulare Ave., Visalia Contact: 713-4365 or email

FIRST SATURDAY Food, fun and fabulous art. Every first Saturday of the month, the artists, restaurants and merchants of Three Rivers open their doors and invite you to join in a town-wide celebration. You can pick up a map and schedule at Anne Lang’s Emporium or the Historical Museum – art to see, locations and times for special events. When: Jun. 7, 10a-5p Where: Anne Lang’s Emporium, 41651 Sierra Dr. (CA 198), Three Rivers Contact: Nadi Spencer, 561-4373 or SCICON SUMMER ACADEMIES The SCICON Summer Academy is a combination summer camp and academic experience. Each weeklong session will allow students to participate in outdoor recreational activities every morning, and work on fun and engaging academic projects in the afternoon. (Students entering grades 6-8.) When: Jun. 15-20, or Jun. 22-27 Where: TBA Contact: Rick Mitchell at 539-2642 or visit summeracademy

Contact: 688-8685 or

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WHAT TYPE IS BEST? Text by Keith E. Williams DDS, Williams Family Dental



here are three types of mouthguards available, listed in order of increasing protection:

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1. Stock mouthguards are the least expensive and offers the lowest protection as they often don’t fit well and many times are not worn by the participant because of discomfort. An unworn mouthguard offers no protection. 2. “Boil and Bite” mouthguards are also relatively inexpensive. Hot water is used to soften the plastic so it can be better fitted to the teeth. The difference between a stock and “boil and bite” mouthguard is substantial and offers a greater level of protection. This type works best if you can have your dentist help fit it. Some do-it-yourself fittings don’t look or fit very well.

3. Custom-fit mouthguards are obtained from your dental office in about 1-2 weeks. This involves taking an impression of the teeth and sending it to a dental laboratory which will fabricate a unique mouthguard custom to the individual. The triple laminate mouthguard offers the best protection, yet is thin enough to allow maximum air intake. For best protection, the guard should cover the upper teeth from molar to molar to prevent back teeth fracturing when clenching under contact.

The quality of protection provided by any mouthguard is totally related to the quality of the product you place in your child’s mouth. Additionally, this protection is only available if your child is wearing the mouthguard. Everyone who participates in sports, particularly contact sports (many of the sports which traditionally are called non-contact, like basketball, actually involve potential for very heavy contact), should wear tooth protection. This includes even the very young participants. If they start wearing tooth protection early, it simply becomes another piece of gear, and consistent wear will continue as the child ages and moves up the ranks to more aggressive levels of their sport. It will become second-nature and will prevent many needless accidents involving their mouth and teeth.


important numbers at a glance: Fire & Police • Tulare County Fire Department, (559) 747-8233 • Visalia Fire Department, (559) 713-4266 • Tulare Fire Department, (559) 684-4300 • Exeter Fire Department, (559) 592-3714 • Woodlake Fire Department, (559) 564-2181 • Tulare County Sheriff’s Department, (559) 636-4625; (559) 733-6218 • Visalia Police Department (Non-Emergency), (559) 734-8116 • Visalia Police Department, Gang Suppression and Narcotics Unit, (anonymous tip hotline) (559) 713-4737 • Tulare County - End Gang Hotline, (888) 363-4264 • Tulare Police Department, (559) 684-4238; (559) 686-3454 • Exeter Police Department, (559) 592-3103 • Woodlake Police Department, (559) 564-3325 • Kings & Tulare County California Highway Patrol, (559) 441-5400

Medical • Family HealthCare Network, (877) 960-3426; • Kaweah Delta Medical Center, (559) 624-2000 • Emergency Room, (559) 624-2213 • Visalia Walk-In Medical Clinic, (559) 627-5555 • Tulare Regional Medical Center, (559) 688-0821 • Tulare County Health and Human Services Agency, (559) 624-8000 • Children’s Hospital Central California, (559) 353-3000 • Sierra View District Hospital, (559) 784-1110

Education • Tulare County Library, (559) 713-2700; • Tulare County Office of Education, (559) 733-6300; • Visalia Unified School District, (559) 730-7300; • Tulare City School District, (559) 685-7200; • Exeter Union School District, (559) 592-9421; • Woodlake Public Schools, (559) 564-8081;

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City Information • Tulare County website, • City of Visalia website, • City of Tulare website, • City of Exeter website, • City of Woodlake website, • Visalia Parks & Recreation, (559) 713-4365

Other Important Numbers County & City • Tulare County Services - United Way, Dial 2-1-1; • Delta Vector Control District, (559) 732-8606; • Tulare & Kings Counties Suicide Prevention Task Force, (Non-crisis) (559) 624-7471; • Child Abuse Prevention Council, (559) 735-0456; • Child Abuse 24-hr Hotline, (800) 331-1585 • Domestic Violence/Shelters, (559) 732-5941, (559) 685-9515; • Sexual Assault 24-hr Confidential Hotline, (559) 732-7273; • Alcohol/Drug Programs, (559) 733-6123 • Parenting Network, (559) 625-0384; • Tulare-Kings Right To Life, (559) 732-5000; • The IRMA Network, (559) 732-5000; • Latinos4Life, (559) 732-5000; • 5ive5ive9ine, (Teen Health) • Tulare County Animal Control, (559) 636-4050 • Visalia Animal Control, (559) 713-4957

Nationwide • American Association of Poison Control Centers, (800) 222-1222; • Center for Disease Control and Prevention, (800) 232-4636; • California Poison Control, (800) 222-1222; • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, (800) 273-8255; • The Trevor Project, (LGBTQ) (866) 488-7386; • • Missing Child Hotline, (800) 843-5678 • Road Conditions, (800) 427-7623

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May/June 2014  

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