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Community Theater


Halloween Photography



18 Warnings About Parenthood

Halloween Happenings


Fall Cleaning

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Prenatal & Baby Guide

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From Our Family

Interruptable When Grandma Newsome came to Michigan from Tennessee, it was the land of opportunity. She raised five children, and then help raise her grandchildren and her great-grandchildren. She did it without a high school diploma, or a driver ' s license, or a cell phone, or Facebook. She traveled abroad only once, to cross over into Canada at Niagara Falls. She never flew in an airplane. To the best of my recollection, she was the first person with whom I was ever personally acquainted whose grandchildren had grandchildren of their own. Her philosophy of life was not complicated. She believed that people needed to find steady work with benefits, and acquire cars that ran reliably. She was a regular churchgoer, and she did not allow clutter to accumulate in her house. Those who understand such things assure me that she had good taste. She liked to get her housework done first thing in the morning. Her cooking skills were notable. When she scrambled eggs she stirred them continuously, and added a liberal amount of butter. To my way of thinking, her most commendable quality was this: She was perhaps the most interruptable person I have ever met, and she always seemed to have time to visit and be hospitable. She faced the difficulties in her life with strength and grace. She passed away in mid September.

October Birthdays! 1

Joey Frelich

8 Nico Valenti

15 Tyler deBeauclair

25 Makayla Sapienza


Kayden Antieau Jace Hund

9 Lily Sidorski

16 Colin Wilson

26 Dante Somers Memphis Starr Oumedian Trevor Auer Jennifer Ann Curnalia


Avery Dobson


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Carter Dzieciolowski 11 Gabriella Markowski

Luke deBeauclair

17 Everett Sidorski 18 Alexandra De Cia

12 Gabriel Nowacki

19 Leda Catherine Pantelas

Cole Anthony Jones Caden Moe

13 Emma Roberts

20 Isabella Slawnyk

Carter James Kolarchick

14 Serena Wilhelm

21 Katrina Gray

Maryn Brodersen

30 Mikey Rittenberry

Sabella Ruiz 31 Sienna Dietze

Oliver Hammack

27 Zoey Lynn Barsegian 28 Sophia Bell

Griffin Brodersen Ian Litwin 29 Samuel Buesing

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Families Benefit From Involvement in Theatre When I was growing up, my single mother was lucky if she got $50 a month for the three of us kids, which certainly wasn’t enough for sports, dance, or gymnastics. Mom did take us camping and on all kinds of family vacations, but there really wasn’t time for sports and things until we got older and could manage to get ourselves to those activities on our own. One sister was a cheerleader, another sang in the choir and I played on the tennis team. There were ballet classes for my older sister before the divorce, and my middle sister and I did get to participate in scouts. My husband, on the other hand, grew up in a lower middle class family with three boys. They were all involved in music from a very young age, and received college music scholarships. They also performed together in church or school programs throughout their childhood. When our son was a toddler we started exploring various activities or adventures to broaden our child’s life experience. We wanted him to have opportunities we never had ourselves. We also wanted him to be a wellrounded child and a productive citizen with no entitlement mentality. We are a middle class family with a single income, so we are definitely not frivolous with our finances and we try to take advantage of local community education programs. We try to help our child discover his favorite activities and find his passion. When he was two we enrolled in a mom and me gymnastic program with Ms. Jan in Hartland. Then we tried a sports and swimming program. I loved soccer. I was the noisy one, cheering all the kids from the sidelines. I also scream while watching football on television with my husband and stepsons; who look at me like I am a crazy alien while I scream for the receiver to make that touchdown. Austin liked soccer but only played for a couple of years, although he asks occasionally (usually just after the sign-up deadline) if he is going to play again this year. We went on to try baseball and then basketball, unquestionably his favorite sport. We exposed him to all kinds of activities, including drawing, piano, and drums. But we noticed that what he really loved was to dress up in some self-created costume and act out whatever show he was watching on television. So from about age three we have encouraged involvement in some sort of performing, and since the age of six he has been acting in front of large audiences. His first real stage performance, outside of a brief appearance in a church service as Linus, was with Howell High School’s The Christmas Carole. For me as a parent, it was a very emotional experience watching students of all ages develop their characters. When you see hard work, dedication, self-discipline and camaraderie come together to create an amazing well-performed show, you cannot help feeling proud of every single child involved. I cried throughout the performances because I was proud of each kid, not just my own. Every single musical or play since then has evoked the same emotional response from me. And I am not alone. You can ask Theresia Rogers. “When Tori did the musical “13”, I don’t think there was one performance I didn’t bawl through.”

We currently find ourselves involved with two or three productions a year. As well as acting, there are sets to be built, costumes to be made, props to be found, tech support, producing and directing.. The Rogers family is another example of a family that has made community theatre a family activity in which each member plays some part in nearly every performance. Mary Jo Del Vero suggested that their daughter Tori check out theatre camp, which was a very big hit with the third grader. She promptly started working on her dad to get on stage with her. Tori is now a freshman in high school and preparing to audition for a role in “Little Mermaid, Jr.” which will be her 11th or 12th play. Theresia Rogers says, “When you get to the end of the production you are just so totally exhausted but yet you still get energized when you remember how much fun it was. On the Monday following the last performance you are so glad you finally have time to yourself. But, then a few days later you are thinking, ‘Ok, when is the next show?’ College sophomore Jesse Techentin sums it up best, “I was involved with community theater extensively for 5 years. Being in shows with my family helped us bond even more and create many fun and cherished memories. Theater itself helps people develop a wider range of skills beyond mere performance talents. Not only did it help me improve and exercise my creativity, imagination, and organizational skills, but it also gave me a second home in a way. All of the people who surrounded me truly loved me and cared about me, and nearly all of my lifetime friendships have come out of this amazing organization! I am currently 19 years old and pursuing a degree in Theatre Tech/Design at Central Michigan University. Theater helped inspire and prepare me for this particular degree, both through hands-on learning opportunities from the numerous shows and camps as well as though the aid of a financial scholarship. As of right now I'm well on my way to completing this degree and am enjoying my sophomore year of college.” Written by Laura Bickel, MBA Prior to becoming a performer's mom, Laura was an investment advisor in Tennessee and loved it! Upon transferring to Michigan she gave up her career to be a stay-at-home Mom. Laura volunteers on many boards, schools, scouts, church and is deeply entrenched in the theatrical world.

Community Theatre of Howell’s fall performance is “My Son Pinocchio, Gepetto’s Story”. It is the story of Pinocchio running away from home, told from Gepetto’s point of view. November 9, 10, 15, 16, 17 at 7:30 and Nov 10, 11, 17, 18 at 2:00. Get your tickets at Father and son Brian Bickel and Austin Bickel play the roles of Gepetto and Pinocchio, joined by an outstanding cast of actors.

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Is Your Child Being Bullied? I am Sam Larioza, father of two fabulous kids and owner of Ohana Karate. One of the missions of our karate school is to help parents raise awesome kids by developing the attitudes, habits and most all, character traits that help them become happy and highly successful. But another mission is to help our schools stop bullying. Bullying can have a devastating and life-changing effect on a child even with a single incident. I wanted to share the strategy and techniques we use so that you can use the same effective tools with your child. First let’s start with two strategic keys: Culture and Simple. Most of the anti-bullying programs around lack in one or both of these two areas. 1.) First, to stop bullying it has to be a comprehensive “cultural” change in our kids, parents, teachers, administrators and community. Quick fixes or just addressing the symptoms do not work. 2.) Second, it has to be very simple. Change is already hard but if you make it complicated or complex it cannot be done. Now let’s go on to the simple tactics. This very simple solution is based on two pillars (both of which have to be done): “The adults take care of the BIG STUFF” and “The kids take care of the SMALL STUFF”. What we mean by the “BIG STUFF” is the bullying that is already going on or is very serious has to be handled by the adults. This is not hard. Just educate the adults with basic information then utilize a “consequence rubric” and be consistent, fair and fast in responding to incidents of bullying or mean behavior. But here is the real value – it’s the “SMALL STUFF”! Can you imagine a school where there is no bullying or mean behavior and the teachers do not even have to police it (they can just teach)? The bullies are too smart. They know now to fly under the radar. The only way for our schools to stop bullying is for the kids to learn how to protect themselves and each other. Here is how we teach this to our kids: • The “Brush Fire” – This has to make sense to kids. We start by telling the Brush Fire story. It goes like this – I Iight a match and throw it into some dry grass. If I wait a while what happens? The fire spreads. If I wait a little longer the bushes catch on fire. If I wait even longer the whole forest catches on fire. Can I put that fire out? Not without hundreds of firefighters! But what if I light that match then step on it right away? The fire is stopped. That match is like bullying. If you stop right away it is easy. The longer you wait the harder it is to stop. • Stop the “Small Stuff” – You have to learn to stop the small stuff. You have to stop all the mean small things that happen often like someone bothering you

or the friend testing you so you can be their friend. It takes courage and self confidence but you know what? When you do it the first time you will see your child’s courage and self confidence soar! • The “Script” – Okay we know to stop the small stuff but how do we do it? Simple. Just like learning to defend yourself from a knife attack you will do the same for a bully. You will learn (memorize) simple specific moves (words) to stop the attack. We use a simple “three strike” method. Remember this is for the small stuff and is best used on friends or kids that like you. • Strike one: As soon as the first incident happens you look them right in the eye and say calmly but strongly “Joey, don’t do that. I would not do that to you.” Now if the behavior stops, your confidence will grow. But if it does not stop you go to the next step. • Strike two: On the second incident you say “Joey, stop it. I asked you to stop once. If you do it again I will report it.” • Strike three: If it does not stop you will only give them three chances. On the third time you will say “Joey, I already asked you to stop twice. Now I will have to report it.” • To make sure they learn the difference between reporting and tattle-tailing we teach them to report the bullying in this way “Mrs. Smith, I don’t want to get Joey in trouble but he has been calling me names and it really hurts my feeling. I have asked him to stop three times. Can you help me please?” The place to stop bullying is in preschool, kindergarten and first grade. That is where it starts. I do not have enough room in this article to discuss what to do with severe bullying. I will have to save it for next time. But, if I can help you in any way please do not hesitate to contact me at (517) 586-1001 or at

Yours for a bully free world,

Sam Larioza

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When my teenage son died suddenly in an accident, his school friends filled our home. Some of them asked to look at pictures. I pulled out my carefully organized photo albums—one for every year, documenting birthday party games, Christmas stocking openings, summer holiday excursions, and Halloween costumes. It had been a spring ritual for me. As soon as I handed in my marks, I would buy the thickest album I could find, spread that year’s photo envelopes on the dining room table, and for the next few days slot the photos into the plastic pages, carefully labeling each one: “Tanya starts Brownies;” “Alex comes second in the cross-country marathon;” “Michael plays defense in Pee Wee Hockey.” “My children’s lives,” the albums said, “are well in order.” Once, I was collecting for the cancer campaign when I discovered a photo of Alex and his two siblings on a stranger’s fridge door, taken one dark Halloween night when my children knocked there years before. It isn’t easy collecting for a charity along West Vancouver’s waterfront. Recently built multimillion dollar houses have long gated driveways, with “Beware of Dog” signs and a barking Doberman or German Shepherd to prove it. I bypassed these, knocking instead on the doors of the few remaining cottages that were once holiday homes approached by boat before Lions Gate Bridge was built. Newly married, Woldy and I had bought one of those little clapboard cottages—not along the water, but close enough to see the ocean through the giant rhododendrons, and camellia bushes, grown over the years as tall as the house. Our cottage, too, had grown over the years, as we gave birth to one child and then adopted two more. Woldy loved to renovate. Approaching by a daffodil-lined stone path, I could hear a piano playing in what could have been the old witch’s cottage in Hansel and Gretel. In answer to my banging of a large brass knocker, the piano stopped and a stooped elderly woman with a grey pony tail opened the door. “ I’m so sorry to interrupt,” I stammered. “I’m collecting for the cancer campaign.” “Well bless your heart, dear, please come in. I’ll put on the kettle.” “Oh, don’t bother for me. I’ve just had supper.” “Well then you’ll need some tea to wash it down. Come, if you don’t mind we’ll sit in the kitchen.” Clearly the woman wanted company, and I found her blessing rather assuring— quite a contrast to some of the abrupt refusals I’d received on my previous night of canvassing. And since I was exposing myself on strangers’ doorsteps for the sake of my mother who died of lung cancer, it was comforting to be addressed as a child. “Come, dear, sit down, you must be tired.” “No, not really, I was just starting out. I just live across the railway tracks and down one block.” “Oh, those tracks, what a separation they make! And the new neighbors on this side are too fenced in to be friendly. My husband died twenty years ago and since then I don’t socialize much. We never were blessed with children. I used to see a lot of them when I taught piano, but my hands are too arthritic now.” “But you were playing so beautifully.” “Ah, dear, you must have an untrained ear, or only listened for a bit.” “Well, yes, I can’t even carry a tune. But I do love music.” As my still unnamed hostess started to fill the kettle, I turned to examine her fridge door full of photos. I do that whenever I’m in someone’s kitchen, trying to read their family’s story that way. And there they were. My three children in their Halloween costumes. “Where did you get this photo? Those are my children!” I said, realizing too late that my tone was accusatory. “Which photo, dear?” she asked, joining me at the fridge.“Oh, that one. I took it myself. The children looked so charming in their matching costumes. I did ask their permission first.” “I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to sound angry. I was just startled to find them here. The photo’s so old.” “Well I kept it because it’s one of my favourites. But maybe you’d like it for yourself,” and removing the black cat magnet, she handed it to me. “Thank you, thank you very much. But now I really do have to get going. I’m sorry I can’t stop for tea. I want to finish canvassing before dark. I’ll come by some afternoon if you’d like, and you can play for me.” “Well aren’t you kind. Why don’t you come tomorrow?” “Yes, I’ll try. Bye for now.” I hadn’t forgotten to ask for a donation. I just wanted to leave before she asked

what my children were doing now. I didn’t want to share the answer with a stranger, especially a kind and caring one. Sometimes, when asked, I lied. Alex, two years older and a head taller than his adopted brother, looked rather solemn in his choice of a knight’s costume. Our old velvet curtains form a rich cape over the plastic breast plate. His dad somehow managed to construct a horse for him to ride, cutting out a white Styrofoam head and attaching it to a box which surrounds Alex’s waist, the box also draped with orange velvet curtain. False legs in yellow stockings dangle down on either side, ending in silver boots made from blocks of wood covered with duct tape. It couldn’t have been easy to collect goodies while one hand held the reins and the other a broomhandle staff with stripes created by winding black electrical tape. Maybe that’s why he looks so sad. Michael stands beside Alex, dressed as a dragon, the green paper mache headpiece almost hiding his face. What I can see of it looks worried, frightened. He said he wanted to be a dragon, but what kind of world was this young predator asked to conquer? His hands are folded across his chest. What fear is this six-year-old newly adopted boy holding in? Just a few months ago, he wandered the lanes of East Vancouver gathering scraps of food from garbage cans for himself and his little sister. Now, he simply knocks on a door and his held out bag is filled with candy, accompanied by approving clucks: “Well, aren’t you a ferocious dragon! What’s your name and where do you live?” Michael, I imagine, doesn’t answer. He grabs more candy from the proffered basket. Tanya, an undersized four-year-old, is made taller by her red coned cardboard hat, a filmy curtain piece hanging down from its peak to give a medieval touch. I’ve painted her cheeks red, lined her eyes and lent her my rhinestone snap-on earrings (a memento from my high school graduation). Her bright red lips are parted—not in a smile—just in an effort not to smudge the lipstick. The same awkward expression I wore at that age when my sister and I donned our mother’s dresses and high heel shoes to visit the firemen at the hall on Main Street. That small but ornately framed black-and-white photo still sits on my living room buffet. Where did I find that sparkling red dress for Tanya? She’s wearing my mother’s large Scottish brooch with its false gems stones to hold crossed blue ribbons on her chest. I wonder if Tanya’s little daughter Ainsley would like to have the brooch? She too likes to dress up as a princess. Tanya’s eyes, like Michael’s, look worried. There they are, my apparently matched children, spaced two years apart, all with blue eyes and light brown hair, the ideal family I longed for. Stuck for years on a stranger’s fridge, waiting for me to reclaim them. Excerpted from Snapshots: A Story of Love, Loss, and Life, by Cathy Sosnowski

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Halloween Happenings There is no charge to list your Halloween event at

Costume Exchange IXL Learning Center Bring your gently used costume to IXL between September 17 and September 28, and get a ticket to exchange for a different costume on October 3 or 4 from 5:00 – 6:30pm. Costumes will also be available for sale at that time for $5. October 3 & 4 5:00 – 6:30pm

Cromaine Library 810.632.5200 Silent Films with Organ at Hartland Music Hall “Haunted Spooks” at 2pm with Harold Lloyd is a movie for youth. $1 donation goes to Big Read 2013. Registration required. “Phantom of the Opera” at 7pm is for adults and teens. $5 donation goes to Big Read 2013. Registration required. October 5 Celtic Origins of Halloween Join Professor John Ellis, University of Michigan professor and Hartland resident, to explore the Celtic origins, traditions and customs of our modern Halloween. Registration required. October 10 6:30pm

Kensington Metropark 2240 W. Buno Road, Milford 810.227.8910 Pick Your Pumpkin Horse-drawn hayrides to and from the pumpkin patch to select the perfect Jack-O-Lantern. Pumpkins priced according to size. Reservations required. Saturdays and Sundays Noon-4pm New for 2012: Come out any day in October for a tractor-drawn hayride to the pumpkin patch, no reservation needed. October 1-31 10am-2pm Fun on the Farm Halloween Party Story time, trick or treat, hayride and animal parade. Costumes are encouraged. This event is designed for toddlers. October 25 10am

Haunted Hartland History Tour Take a walk through the Village of Hartland for some spooky treats and learn where the haunted places are. Children must have a parent present at all times. Wear walking shoes. Registration required. October 12 & 13 6:00pm Zombie Walk for Gleaners Come dressed as your favorite Zombie and bring a nonperishable food item to donate to Gleaners Food Bank. Meet on the south lawn of Cromaine Library. All ages are welcome. Registration required. There is an opportunity to meet with costume and make-up experts to plan your costume on October 2 at 6:30pm at Crossroads Library. October 13 Noon Monster Ball Come dressed in your best costume and go for the crown in the costume contest. Participate in a monster dance contest, play some horrifying games, and eat some gruesome treats! Registration required. October 30 6:30pm

Halloween Hocus Pocus Marquis Theatre 135 East Main, Northville 248.349.8110 Fun-filled, not scary, live musical adventure with lots of singing and dancing. Children in costumes welcome. Concession stand with popcorn, candy, water, & soda pop. No children under the age of 3 October 6 -28 8.50

Sloan Museum and Longway Planetarium 1221 East Kearsley St, Flint 810.237.3409 Laser Spooktacular Laser Show Slightly spooky but frightfully fun laser show featuring Halloween favorites such as "Monster Mash", "Ghostbusters", and "The Purple People Eater". Suitable for ages 5 and older. October 6-28 Saturdays and Sundays 12:30 & 3:30pm $5 Eerie Experiments Fast-paced and fun hands-on science activities and demonstrations with U of M Flint’s Chemistry Club. Make a genie in a bottle and a pet sea monster to take home. Hold on to a ghostly bubble and make glow in the dark worms. Top it all off with pizza, pop, and candy. For families with kids ages 8 and up. Reservations are required. October 26 6:00-8:30pm $12 per person/$40 for a family of 4

Spooky Science Practice science skills at several hands-on science tables with U of M Flint’s Chemistry Club. Make a pattern with beads for a batty bracelet to take home. See how you measure up compared to Mr. Bone, the resident skeleton. Dress your mommy up as a mummy and make a graham cracker and frosting snack to eat. For families with kids ages 4-7. Reservations are required. October 27 1:00-2:30pm $7 • (866) 806-1680 • Livingston Parent Journal • 9

Halloween Happenings Brighton Library

Halloween Fun

100 Library Drive 810.229.6571 Teen Craft - Spooktacular Frame Display your favorite Halloween picture in this eye-catching frame. No experience is required to participate. All materials supplied. Ages 1118. Registration required. October 16 6:30-7:30pm Teen Pumpkin Carving Contest Win a $25 Target gift card. Pumpkins and carving tools supplied. Ages 11-18. Registration required. October 23 6-8pm

Hudson Mills Metropark 734.426.8211 Join an interpreter to make cider, decorate doughnuts and create spooky crafts. Meet animals from the Great Lakes Zoological Society. Admission is by advance ticket purchase only. October 21 10am & 1pm $6

Preschool Halloween Lunch and Skate

Great Costume Parade Stories, songs and crafts for ghosts,goblins, and princesses. For children ages 2-5 and their caregiver. Free ticket available 30 minutes prior. October 31 10:30-11:30am

Reservations required. October 13 10am October 14 2pm

Trunk or Treat

Pumpkin hunting, monster mashing and goodie gobbling. Join the DJ for some great dance music while you wait your turn to visit the Pumpkin Patch. Come in your costume and bring a bag to carry your pumpkins filled with candy or small prizes. October 20 5:30-7:00pm $10

Campers check in Friday night at 6pm for a special opening campfire and a friendly visit from the ghost of Joe Copneconic. Saturday is full of theme related activities and traditional camp favorites. The highlight of weekend will be the Haunted Treasure Trail complete with prizes and friendly frighteners. Sunday begins with a morning character development that celebrates the friendships made at camp and lessons of respect, caring, responsibility, and honesty. Following lunch there will be a special closing ceremony. Parents are invited to the closing slide show at 2pm. For kids age 7 up to those entering Grade 9. October 26-28 $130

Price includes admission, skate rental, hot, dog, pop, snack, and a special Halloween treat. Ages 8 and under. October 24 10am-Noon or 12pm $6

Lowe’s Build and Grow Clinic 517.548.3475

Miller Intergenerational Center

Camp Copneconic 10407 North Fenton Road, Fenton 810.629.9622

Rollerama 810.227.2010

Build a Ghoul Bus

Party at the Pumpkin Patch

Halloween Camp

Heart of the Shepherd Lutheran Church 228 N. Burkhart Road, Howell 517.552.7218 This family event will include cider, donuts and a Halloween message for the young from the pastor. October 24 6-7pm

Trunk or Treat Community Bible Church 810.227.2255 For kids toddler-4th grade. No scary costumes. October 24 6:30-8:00pm

Hamburg Library Halloween Party 810.231.1771 Hay rides, haunted library, caramel apples and games. Reservations required. October 26 7pm FREE

Monster Splash Howell Aquatic Center 517.546.0693 Costume contest, kid-friendly sunken haunted ship, Halloween crafts, swimming contest, cannonball contest and diving for lost gold. October 26 5:00-8:30pm $5

Pinckney Halloween Spooktacular Downtown 734.954.0503 Costume parade with prizes at 6:30, a jack-o-lantern contest at 8:00 and a haunted forest from 7:30-10:00. There will also be trunk or treating, refreshments, prizes and spooky sports events. Pets are not allowed. October 26 6-9pm

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Halloween Happenings Detroit Institute of Arts Friday Night Live Museum Mystery Tours Explore the artists whose works haunt the American, European and contemporary art galleries. Follow the trail in the printed map to spaces featuring eerie lighting, sounds in the dark and secret-spilling guides. Costumes are strongly encouraged. (ages 5 and up with adult) 6–9pm Class: Clay Masks Take a brief tour of the Native American galleries and look at the variety of masks on display. Then explore mask making using terra-cotta clay in the art studio. Projects will be fired and ready for pick-up at a later date. $32. To register, call 313-833-4005. (ages 5 and older with adults) 6–8pm Music: Aerial Angels Ghost Circus The high-flying Aerial Angels conjure up their dark side for a special Halloween Creepfest, featuring feats on the aerial hoop and aerial silk, including acrobatics, fire eating and crack bullwhip target taking. 7pm October 26 Museum hours are 10am–10pm Admission is $8

Trunk or Treat The Father's House Christian Fellowship 1623 US Old 23 Brighton 810.227.2005 Willy Wonka and Chocolate Factory theme. October 27 6:00 pm

Legend of Sleepy Howell Main Street 517.545.4240 x3

Headless Horseman 10K Downtown Howell 517.546.0693 1200 runners participated last year in this 5K/10K costumed run/walk. October 27 7:30pm $30

Scary Storytelling Howell Opera House Stories for kids and families on the first floor at 7pm. Free admission. Stories for adults only on the second floor at 9m. $15 admission includes dessert and coffee. Stories told by professionals of Ann Arbor Storytelling Guild. October 27

Trick or Treat Night with the Whalers The Whalers have tricks on the ice & treats on the concourse during their game agains the Kitchener Rangers. Kids can wear their costumes and trick or treat from over 30 sponsors. October 27, 7:05pm

Brighton Mill Pond 810.299.4140 Kids will follow a fun-filled route through the Tridge and the spooky cemetery to get candy from costumed characters. Candy bags will be provided. Costume contest from 6-8 at the Fire Station with cash prizes for the scariest, funniest, prettiest, most original, and best overall. Fresh apples, donuts, cider, and Hungry Howies pizza will also be provided. October 31 5:30-7:30pm FREE

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Teen Halloween Party Howell Opera House 866.440.7233 For youth ages 13-20. Music by DJ Shock, costume and door prizes. October 30 5-9pm FREE

Trick or Treat on Barnard Street 517.546.0693

Family friendly event with vendors hosting games, raffles and giveaways, candy stations, live entertainment, maze, hay rides, free movie, inflatables and kids activities. Call the Howell Main Street October 27 5-9pm

SELCRA Halloween Spooktacular Tridge or Treat

Enjoy cider and donuts, and spin the Wacky Witch’s Wheel for a Halloween prize. October 31 6-8pm FREE

Marion Township Trunk or Treat Marion Township Hall 517.546.1588

Children can turn in Halloween Candy at any one of these four Livingston County dentists. Candy will be donated to Operation Gratitude. Howell Dental Center (517)618-0983 Siomka Orthodontics in Brighton (810)227-6995 Adiska Family Dental in Pinckney (734)878-9019 Hartland Smilemakers (810)632-5533

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{ Things To Do In Livingston County { October Post your event for free at

Farmers’ Markets Brighton Saturdays 8am-1pm 200 North 1st Street 810.955.1471 Fowlerville Wednesdays 2-7pm City Parking Lot on Grand River 517.375.5132 Hartland Old Hartland High School Saturdays 9am-1pm 810.632.1030 Howell Sundays 9am-2pm Downtown on the Courthouse Lawn 517.546.3920 The Green Oak Village Place Sundays 9 am-2 pm 313.590.1960 Whitmore Lake Thursdays 2-7pm 75 Barker Road 248.974.3121

Tues 2 & 9 Archery for Beginners Safety techniques, equipment, mental concentration, and self-improvement. Equipment provided. Marion Township Hall 9:3011:30am $80 517.546.0693

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Sat & Sun 6 & 7 Climbing Tower and Zip Line Tallest outdoor climbing tower in Michigan. 500foot Zip Line over a pond. Paid reservations required. Howell Nature Center $15 517.546.0249 Fall Festival Tour the farm. Cider-making, timber-framing, Rosco the Clown, pumpkin carving, face-painting, and hayrides. Kensington Noon-4pm 810.227.8910

Disc Golf Tournament A cookout lunch will follow tournament play. Cleary University 9am $5 517.338.3011

Build a Fire Truck at a hands-on workshops for children ages 5-12. Free workshop apron, commemorative pin and certificate of achievement. Home Depot 9am-Noon 517.548.3742

Saturday 13 Kids Komedy Chuckle Buckets Clean Comedy Club will present comedy for kids with Chris Clark’s got Talent and John Daniel Charlton, the Balloon Baffoon. The Opera House 11am $10 517.518.8131 Mom to Mom Sale Cash only. Strollers welcome. First United Methodist Church in Howell Early Bird Entry 8am, $2; 9am1pm, $1. 248.343.1573.

Mom to Mom Sale Our Savior Lutheran Early Bird Entry 8:30am, $2; 9:00am1:00pm, $1.

Saturday 6 Wild Wonders Wildlife Park Learn about the animals who live in the Park during staff-guided tours of the park and live wildlife programs. Reservations required. Howell Nature Center 10am $10 517.546.0249

Sunday 14 Climbing Tower and Zip Line see October 6 & 7

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Bird Hike Bring binoculars and a field guide. Hudson Mills Metropark 8am $3 734.426.8211 Cycle Howell 10 miles of non-competitive family biking through downtown Howell. No training wheels. Helmets required. Bennett Recreation Center 9-11am $5 517.546.0693 LAPOM Mom to Mom Sale Clean, highquality, clothes; also toys, books, footwear, larger items, and maternity clothes. Strollers welcome. Cash only. Knights of Columbus Hall Early bird entry at 8:30 for $3. After 9, $1. Mom 2 Mom Sale Gently used clothing, toys and furniture. Scranton School 8am1pm $1 810.299.4130 Mom to Mom Sale Cash only Challenger Elementary Early bird entry 8am-9am, $2; after 9am, $1

Family Tae Kwon Do Tuesdays and Thursdays through 10/25 Kil’s Tae Kwon Do 6:30-7:30 or 7:30-8:30 $52 517.546.0693

Pokemon Learn the basics of Pokémon. Bring your own cards. Ages 5 and up. Brighton Library 6:15-7:30pm FREE 810.229.6571

Tuesday 9 Intro to Karate for Kids Tuesdays and Thursdays through November 1 Ohana Karate 6:30-7:00pm $150 517.546.0693

Thursday 11 Black and Blue A presentation of the Emmy nominated film “Black and Blue: The Story of Gerald Ford, Willis Ward and the 1934 Michigan-Georgia Tech Football Game,” followed by a discussion with the producer, Brian Kruger, and the writer, Buddy Moorehouse. Howell High School 7pm 517.546.0720

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Tuesday 16 Basics of Child Development Leaps and Bounds Therapy Services brings experts to help parents and caregivers recognize typical pediatric development as well as red flags. Hartland Crossroads Library 6:30pm FREE 810.632.5200

Thursday 18 Comedy Club Chuckle Buckets Clean Comedy Club brings back Kathie Dice and Julie Lyon. The Opera House 7pm Open mic at 6:30 $10 517.518.8131

Sat & Sun 20 &21 Climbing Tower and Zip Line see October 6 & 7

Flick n’ Float Float on an inner tube while watching a movie. Children under 48” or younger than 3 must have an adult in the water. Children under 14 must have an adult in the building. Howell Pool 7:008:30 pm $4 517.546.0693

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School Success through Motor Skills Nancy Sornson, author of Motor Skills for Academic Success and Director of Northville First Care, explains the connections between motor skill development and academic success for parents and educators of preschool through 2nd Grade. FREE 810.632.5200

Open Mike Poetry, comedy, singing, dancing, and other performance art. Bennett Recreation Center 7-9pm $2 517.546.0693,


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{ Things To Do In Livingston County { Saturday 20 Learn to Skate Forward, backward, start, stop and balance. Saturdays thru 11/17 Rollerama Noon-1pm $50 810.227.2010

Thursday 25 Bring your own tools and tech Tear things apart. Put them back together. Build simple robots. Cromaine Library 6:30pm FREE 810.632.5200

Saturday 27 Climbing Tower and Zip Line see October 6 & 7 Livingston Symphony Orchestra Brahms: Hungarian Dances nos. 1, 5, 6 & 7; Debussy: Sacred and Profane Dances (with guest harp soloist); Marquez: Danzon no. 2; Borodin: Polovtsian Dances from Prince Igor Brighton Nazarene Church 7:30-9:00pm $10; children 12 & under free. More event information at

Out-of-County Events October 2 & 9 Halloween Events on Pages 9-11

Teens Using Drugs: What To Know and What To Do Helpful practical information for parents and caretakers of teens. St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Education Center in Ypsilanti 7:30-9:00pm FREE 734.973.7892

October 11 Train Fall Color Tour Ride the rails along the River Raisin. Train leaves from Tecumseh 11am & 2pm. $15 517.456.7677

October 12 The King’s Men Kirk Franklin, Marvin Sapp, Donnie McClurkin and Israel Houghton. Fox Theatre 8pm $25 313.471.6611

October 14 Ford Free Sunday at Detroit Institute of Arts Trio Voronezh plays traditional Russian folk instruments: a double-bass balalaika (a three-stringed instrument), a domra (a three-stringed ancestor of the mandolin) and a bajan (a chromatic-button accordion). 1 & 3 pm Paul Mesner Puppets presents a love story about two avid gardeners, Okra and Romaine, who meet, marry and have a beautiful daughter named Rapunzel, who is taken to live in a tower until her prince arrives. 2pm Museum hours are 10am-5pm 313.833.7887

October 18-20 Frog and Toad Presented by Wild Swan Theater, based on the books by Arnold Lobel, and featuring storytelling, puppets, and props for ages 3-8. Towsley Auditorium, Thur 10am, Fri 10am &1pm, Sat 11am $12 734.995.0530

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Dance is a wonderful way to express creativity and beauty. Dance is also a wonderful relationship builder between boy and girl, friend and friend, child and parent. As Pierre Dulaine (Antonio Banderas) said in the movie Take the Lead, “If your 16-year-old daughter is strong and secure and trusts herself, how likely is she to let some idiot knock her up? And if your son can learn to touch a girl with respect, how will he treat women throughout his life? … I teach dance. And within it a set of rules that we teach your kids about respect, teamwork, and dignity. And that will help to give them a vision of the future they could have.” Learning to dance can be a really powerful, influential experience. When interviewed, students and parents involved with the local dance program The Dance Project (a program devoted to teaching high school students swing dancing) said that learning to dance with their siblings and being involved with the dances really brought their family together. The Dance Project participant Christine Auxier explained: “Swing dancing has had a huge impact on my family relationships, in a good way. Before swing dancing, my brothers and I didn’t have many activities in common. Through spending time together learning to dance, we’ve grown very close, something that may have not happened, or would have taken longer, without having this common interest.” Auxier also tells of the personal gains she received through dancing: “Learning to dance has also helped my confidence, helped me make friends, and is, of course, a ton of fun!” Another participant, K.T., also tells her story: “I’ve been attending since the Blue Dance (2010), so a little over two years. [I’ve also gone] to two private school dances. There was no dirty dancing and it was fun, but not everyone was dancing and involved... At one, my friend and I did some swing moves and everyone stopped to watch and started asking where they could learn to do that… I’ve made new friends through the swing dances and it’s a great activity to invite people to. I introduced a friend of mine to swing dancing and it was something we could do together… I’m really glad I can go to these dances.” Parents also get a benefit out of this: Michelle Traynor, a parent and strong supporter of The Dance Project, comments “(Learning to dance has) been a very positive experience, one that we have also begun to embrace at our church as well. And my sons just wowed several elderly relatives at a recent wedding too!” Jamie Nicholson, a founder of The Dance Project, says “Swing dancing is very fun and has brought a lot of joy to our family. We parents were taught by our children, which was a great opportunity for them to show us a ‘thing or two.’ …And, because we enjoyed our swing dancing lessons, we were interested in learning more types of dancing. We did, and have found many fun ways to dance.” Dancing unfortunately, is not always such a positive influence in the lives of teens. Parents often worry about their teenagers who are going through a very difficult stage of their life where all the odds are stacked against them and where they are given every opportunity to fail, but are also pointedly refusing to connect with their parents and ask for guidance. This of course is a generalization; there are many teens that have a very open relationship with their parents. But the stereotypical teen is still out there, and school dances are one place to find these negative stereotypes.

Many community members say that they find the school dances to be far too sexual and that kids can easily get away with bumping and grinding. Nicholson comments “Most parents do not know the level of sexual behavior involved at school dances, and if they do know, many still prefer to be uninvolved. This is surprising, when so many parents invest so much time and money in expensive dresses,

elaborate dinners, and numerous photos only to send their children into a mob of ‘bumping and grinding.’” Traynor says “Chaperones may try to stop this behavior, but it continues the minute their backs are turned. The kids just need an option to that type of dancing… It’s not a generational gap thing either, there are kids who refuse to go to dances because of the type of sexual dancing that is done in a beehive of sweat and heavy breathing. I believe that two thirds of the kids at a dance are not interested in that type of dancing, but that the one third that is interested are the ones in control.” If parents want a chance to reconnect with their kids and protect them from some negative influences, then what better way then find an activity where both teen and parent are enjoying themselves that is in a safe environment with more good stimuli than bad. There are many opportunities to learn how to dance right here in the community. Not only are there community dances and lessons for students of all ages offered by The Dance Project, but there are numerous dance classes advertised on the Howell Area Parks and Recreation Authority’s website, Their classes include, but are not limited to ballroom dancing and ballet. Contra Dancing at the Howell Opera House is another great option for families. Miss Tessa O'Doherty is a student who regularly attends Dance Project events. • (866) 806-1680 • Livingston Parent Journal • 17

Warnings about the Early Days of Parenthood The early days of Anna’s life were among the most traumatic of my rather boring life. I remember wondering why no one warned me about certain things, so I’m assembling a list for all soon-to-be-parents, or those who are considering this path in life.

• The hospital will force you to ask for hints about how to change a diaper. They provide all the proper tools like diapers and washcloths and cream, but you’re left on your own to assemble this strange jigsaw puzzle. Luckily Tim had way more logic than I did and chastised me for calling the nurse for a tutorial. But it’s best to make sure that at least one parent has practiced this activity. Practicing on a doll is not realistic. Borrow a small, hyper dog and make sure that rehearsal includes a bleary-eyed, middle-of-the-night changing. • The hospital will wisely not allow new parents to leave until competency with a car seat is demonstrated. Beyond this, there is no instruction booklet for the child. (When I bought a blender, it was accompanied by a manual in English, Spanish, and French, along with a DVD.) Once the child is buckled in, they send you on your merry way with a free diaper bag and some formula samples. This trend is alarming. • You really don't get any sleep for a while. It’s not pleasant. Buy lots of eye cream and strong coffee. Don’t make any hasty decisions for the first several weeks, like giving the child up for adoption or getting a divorce. You will never again look with disdain upon a hotel that rents rooms by the hour where you can hide and take a nap. • An awful lot of things can be done with one arm. However, if evolution continues then I believe people would spontaneously generate a third arm upon becoming parents.

the bed, empty the dishwasher, throw in a load of laundry, take a shower, and have three gulps of the extra-strong coffee before having to entertain the kid and change a diaper. • You start to intensely dislike your pets and their simple demands. You sigh loudly when you have to feed them or walk them. “What do you mean you need another walk? You had one yesterday.” And they become so darn clingy. Mackensie was a normal healthy dog before Anna was born and then suddenly had three paws in the grave with all her illnesses. Be prepared for the pets to take a back seat. • Babies really do say goo goo. I always thought that was some weak representation of baby cooing, kind of like bow wow or woof woof for dog barking. But they really do say goo, and it is the cutest sound in the world.

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Childbirth Education

CHILDBIRTH EDUCATION Center for the Childbearing Year 722 Brooks St., Ann Arbor, MI 48103 734.663.1523 Center for the Childbearing Year is a thriving community center where expectant parents prepare for birth and new parents gather with their babies. They offer a variety of interactive childbirth preparation programs at their cozy Ann Arbor center, as well as online childbirth classes hosted by Patty Brennan. The online multi-media library allows expectant parents to learn at your own pace, in the comfort of your own home, and at your convenience. Customize your own blend of onsite and online learning. Don’t put yourself in a box with Hypnobirthing, Lamaze, or other brands! The Center's childbirth experts have gleaned what works best from all of the “method” approaches and will help you. • Increase your odds of having a healthy baby • Identify essential nutrients for your baby’s brain • Enjoy a more energetic pregnancy • Overcome fear (the monster in the room) • Learn how to manage pain • Master a step-by-step labor support guide (just for partners) • Plan for birth without trauma • Tap into your instinctive nature • Avoid unnecessary cesareans • Enjoy your “BabyMoon” (postpartum recovery tips) • Breastfeed with confidence • Read and respond to your baby’s cues Additionally, the Center offers comprehensive breastfeeding support, an extensive lending library, and an online directory of care providers and doulas. The curriculum has been designed by acclaimed author, expert childbirth educator, and doula trainer Patty Brennan, who has invested nearly 30 years in helping expectant parents make informed choices and realize their own best vision for their baby’s birth. If you don’t know that you have choices, then you may as well not have any! Trustworthy, convenient, and comprehensive education and support—all in one place.

St. Joseph Mercy Brighton 800.231.2211 Labor and delivery preparation class for expectant mothers and their labor support coach. Information regarding natural childbirth techniques, relaxation exercises, medical intervention and Caesarean births is included. Please bring two pillows (or more), something suitable to use on the floor during breathing exercises, and your labor coach. Bring drinks/snacks if desired. Register online at $75 per couple. Reimbursed by some health insurance plans.

Birthing Classes Providence Park Hospital 47601 Grand River, Novi 866.501.DOCS Childbirth Preparation Classes are offered on various days for expectant parents. Includes stages of labor, what to expect at the hospital, postpartum care. Saturday “Express” classes are also available.

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Survival Skills for New Moms

BABY CARE 101 Answers for New Parents St. Joseph Mercy Primary Care Pediatrics, Howell 517.545.6600 A free one-hour question and answer session with a board certified pediatrician. Common topics include but are not limited to fussiness, colic, fevers, breastfeeding, digestive concerns, sleep positions, cold symptoms and infant breathing patterns. Register online at FREE

Happiest Baby on the Block

St. Joseph Mercy Brighton 800.231.2211 This prenatal class is for women expecting their first baby. You will learn lots of practical information on caring for yourself, and adjusting to life with a new baby. New mother "survivors" with their babies will share successful strategies. This class is offered at the same time and location as Boot Camp for New Dads. Register online at $25

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St. Joseph Mercy Brighton 811.231.2211 Sleepless nights, crying baby, parent stress? Learn an extraordinary approach to calm your baby in the Happiest Baby on the Block class. New parents will learn step by step how to help babies sleep longer and how to soothe even the fussiest babies in minutes. Class fee includes parent kit: Happiest Baby on the Block DVD and Soothing sounds CD. Register online at $30 per couple

This unique three-hour orientation workshop is for the first time father. Taught by Boot Camp Veterans (along with their babies) under the direction of a trained coach, this program enables new fathers to step up to the challenge of being dad and feel confident bringing their new baby home. Register online at $25

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Class for expectant mothers and their partners to learn about normal newborn characteristics and care, both in the hospital and at home. The class includes information on feeding, burping, bonding, diapering, bathing, infant safety and much more. Register online at $25 per couple

Breast Feeding Preparation Class Providence Park Hospital 47601 Grand River, Novi 1.866.501.DOCS Learn the skills of breastfeeding and pumping to help the mom and new baby have a successful experience. Support persons are welcome and encouraged to attend. Please bring a doll or stuffed animal to practice positioning.

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Breastfeeding Assistance Program Providence Park Hospital 47601 Grand River, Novi 248.465.3887 Certified Lactation Consultants will see you in the hospital to get breastfeeding off on the ‘right foot’. Breast pump rentals, supplies and support are also available. Bra-fitting services and maternity/nursing bras are available.

St. John Providence Outpatient Breastfeeding Clinic Providence Park Hospital 47601 Grand River, Novi 248.465.3887 Support for mothers and infants who are experiencing breastfeeding difficulty after they go home from the hospital, such as: poor latch, insufficient milk supply, engorgement, painful breastfeeding, poor weight gain. prematurity, cleft palate, Down Syndrome and tongue-tie. Covered by most insurance companies. Call to schedule an appointment. Clinics are held two days a week in Novi and every other Wednesday in Southfield

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This class is taught by certified lactation consultants and offers expectant mothers and their partners (optional) instruction on breast-feeding techniques to help you and your baby to get off to a good start. Register online at $25 per couple.

Immunizations: Immunizations are available Wednesdays from 8:30am until 4:30pm, and until 7:00pm on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of every month. LCDPH offers all childhood immunizations, and many immunizations for adults. There may be a charge for immunization services. MI Child, Healthy Kids, and MOMS: LCDPH assists children and pregnant women who are income eligible in obtaining health insurance, and can assist with referrals to LCDPH programs and medical providers. WIC: Women, Infants and Children Nutrition Education and Supplemental Food Program provides benefits for nutritious foods to pregnant women, women up to 6 months post partum, breast-feeding women up to 1 year, infant, and children up to 5 years of age who are income eligible and have a nutrition related health risk. Call the WIC office at 517.546.5459. This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer. Hearing and Vision Screening: Hearing screening for children from birth to age 21 and vision screening from 6 months to age 21. Screening is conducted in public, private, and charter schools, and by appointment at the Health Department.

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Pregnancy Help Clinic 7743 W Grand River, Suite 101, Brighton 810.494.5433 Dedicated to supporting women in crisis situations, PH provides free pregnancy testing, ultrasound, nurse consultation, STD and HIV testing. Through the Earn While You Learn program PH provides maternity and infant clothing newborn to size 2T, diapers, formula, baby food, baby supplies, combined with parenting education. The Dad’s Team offers an Earn While You Learn program, providing a dad mentor and the opportunity for men to earn the supplies every infant needs New Dad's Baby Care Boot Camp the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month. Mon 10am-5pm, Tue 10am-7pm, Wed 10am-4pm, Thurs 10am-7pm, 2nd & 4th Sat 10am-2pm.

Pet Preparation Before Baby Comes St. Joseph Mercy Livingston Hospital 800.231.2211 These days, many couples make the first "child" in their household one with four legs. When a human child enters the picture, even the most well mannered pets can develop behavior problems. This class will educate dog and cat owners about common behavior problems that occur and strategies to prevent these issues. Register online at $20 per couple

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MISCELLANEOUS Baby Envision 4D Ultrasound Studio 455 E. Grand River Avenue, Ste 201A 810.229.9899 Baby Envision welcomes you to come to their relaxed and family-friendly studio so that you may experience your little miracle through 3D 4D ultrasound technology. They are a non-medical, elective ultrasound studio that takes extra time to provide clients with a unique bonding experience while providing superior quality and satisfaction. The ultrasound studio invites you and your family and friends to experience your baby's yawn, hiccups and smiles with our 3D 4D ultrasound imaging. If you haven’t yet experienced 4D, it’s unlike the standard 2D black and white imaging used most widely throughout the years. Through 3D ultrasound, the outside of the baby is viewed rather than layers and 4D imaging is 3D set in motion. This form of imaging is the closest type produced to a real photograph of the fetus. Baby Envision can capture these moments on DVD and in 3D photographs so that you can treasure them forever. They offer gift certificates, a monthly 4D sweepstakes, specials and military discounts. Baby Envision 4D with offices in Brighton and Troy, is a non-medical facility and only offers non-diagnostic ultrasounds for entertainment purposes. Women must already have prenatal care in place before seeking an elective ultrasound with us. See website for specific details, or to get package and pricing information. Prices vary, please see website or call for current up to date specials and pricing on the various packages."

248.642.5703 Half of all American parents now choose to keep their sons intact (not circumcised). NOCIRC of Michigan can assist parents in understanding the risks of circumcision. NOCIRC is internationally recognized as the center of expertise on circumcision. The American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Medical Association have both declined to recommend routine infant circumcision, but much misinformation still exists. Since 1994, NOCIRC has been a clearinghouse offering the latest information on routine infant circumcision. They inform parents and healthcare providers in Michigan about the impact of circumcision on children and about the proper care of intact genitals. They protect consumers from fraudulent medical claims. They promote the benefits of normal genitals. Call for their FREE FACT Kit. Find out what your doctor may not tell you—but your baby boy would sure like you to know. NOCIRC also offers free pamphlets and article reprints to health care providers.

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FALL CLEANING As I prepare to pack away my girls’ summer clothes and bring out the winter outfits again, here are a few Autumn house-keeping tips I would like to pass along. I have three little girls, (ages 3, 5 and 7) and after being cooped up all winter, spring cleaning just never happens. I clean houses for a living, but that doesn’t make indoor spring cleaning any more enticing. So, I prepare my house before winter instead. After all, that’s when you spend most of your time indoors! Also, my daughters are a little less demanding after school starts, so I have more time to do the things that need to be done around the house. Here are a few tasks I find necessary. I offer my list as a helpful reminder for anyone else who doesn’t always accomplish as much cleaning and organizing in the spring as they would like.

Day Light Savings Time Reminders Day Light Savings Time Day is a great reminder to replace the batteries in my smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detectors. Dust can accumulate around both of these important safety devices, causing them to not perform as well. I use my vacuum cleaner's soft brush attachment. That way, I can effectively clean inside and around the alarm openings. If any of these units are more than 10 years old, I replace them entirely. My business partner is fire-safety trained, so she regularly reminds me of the importance of this. You can write the date on the inside of the device in permanent marker. Daylight Savings Time Day is also when I turn my mattresses over. This will increase the life of the mattresses. I flip my children’s mattresses over and then rotate them 180 degrees to prevent body impressions from setting-in. When I do this, I sprinkle the mattresses with baking soda to neutralize odors, and then vacuum it up. A little spritz of clove oil mixed with water in a spray bottle will help my girls feel more relaxed and my husband and I feel more romantic for the long winter ahead. I’ve been warned to make sure to let the spray dry completely before replacing the bedding. This is a half day job already though, so between lunches, snacks, and helping the little one with her seemingly endless bathroom needs, this is one place I feel like I can cut corners.

Before the Holiday Season All summer, my carpets get trampled on. The girls are supposed to remove their shoes before coming in, but then again, they rarely remember to put their shoes on in the summer, so dirt comes in on their bare feet. Regular carpet cleaning makes carpets last longer, so I set an autumn date to clean my carpets. I put it on the calendar and (attempt to) stick to it! Trapped dirt will slowly erode the fabric. People are usually surprised to see the amount of dirt that can accumulate even on regularly vacuumed carpet. I also like to get a jump on the holidays and give my carpeting a shampooing. You can have your plush flooring professionally cleaned, rent a carpet shampooer, or even invest in a carpet cleaner of your own. There are rarely enough chairs to go around during holiday festivities and the little ones tend to lounge around on the ground, so making sure the carpet is clean is a good way to reduce winter allergies as well.

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My couch cushions may seem clean, but if you plop on them at the end of the summer, you will probably notice a haze of dust springs up from a summer of children playing outside. I avoid that embarrassment by vacuuming all the surfaces of my upholstery before holiday guests come over, including both sides of the cushions, the back, sides, arms, and even the platform underneath the cushions. When I clean my carpets, I also use the attachment to clean my cushions.

Stay Healthy! Remember, a new school year means our kids are bringing home extra germs. Washing hands is especially important but so is considering all those surfaces little fingers contact on the way to the sink. Especially after the first round of sniffles, I wipe all light switches, door handles, door frames, fridge handles, remote controls, telephones and surfaces our smaller housemates may have touched, sneezed or coughed on. For my children’s good health and safety, I often use vinegar to disinfect inexpensively. Seventh Generation also makes a fabulous sanitizing spray that derives its strength from thyme oil. You can pick up either of these at most of our local supermarkets. I try to set a day or two each week and mark it on my schedule. Ten quick minutes a week of cleaning these often overlooked surfaces helps keep my house hold much more sanitary! If I manage to keep up with these important chores, I won’t feel so bad when spring comes and we end up ignoring the house again. Because, let’s face it, with three little girls, I don’t get to stay in the house for long once the winter weather breaks and the flower buds come up . Bree DeCare is co-owner of 50 Shades of Clean, a commercial and residential cleaning service that offers eco-friendly options, is experienced in fire safety and is hospital trained. Learn more tips on their Facebook page: • (866) 806-1680 • Livingston Parent Journal • 25


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