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Dear Friends February is almost always the most exhausting month of the year at Livingston Parent Journal. The issue you now hold in your hands is the biggest issue of the year, with information on almost 50 local summer day and resident camps. We hope those of you who are looking for a summer camp experience for your child ﬁnd just the right one in between these covers. And if what you are looking for isn’t in here let us know, and we’ll try to ﬁnd it for next year. On top of that, most of you already know that last month we hosted our second annual Camp Fair. It was a pleasure to see so many
of you face to face, and we deﬁnitely want to thank every organization that exhibited as well as everyone who attended. Finally, a word about the ads in this issue. Courtesy of our friends at Whazop advertising, those of you with mobile devices will be able to enjoy some new special features on most of our ads. Look for complete directions on page 3. As always, thanks for reading and responding.
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You Are Raising Men Of all the animals, the boy is the most unmanageable.
to make puppets when they made him serve in-school suspension. In the science room. – Plato, Greek philosopher, 2300 years ago Alone. Duh. I’m lucky I know what it’s like to raise boys; to live he didn’t blow sometoo long with too little sleep and too many thing up. worries. I have had dozens of forks stuck in my ceiling, countless shattered dishes My seventeen year and lamps and sliding glass doors, numer- old spent the night ous stretched-out bandaids clogging up in juvenile hall for the bathtub. I have learned that feet can throwing ﬁrecrackers actually smell exactly like puke. Trust me, over the fence at the I could tell you stories for days about what tennis team, which then ignited some dry grass. Yeah. Fire + it’s like to be a mom of boys. school property = no bueno. Oh, and anThe Benton brothers have broken things, other one? BB gun + antique stained glass smashed things, burned things, stained church windows = mucho dinero. things, shot things and ruined things. They have gone way too fast on bikes and scoot- And speaking of dinero, if I had a dollar ers and skateboards, gotten lost, beaten for every crusty booger I chiseled from my each other to bloody pulps, climbed things walls I could retire tomorrow. that are way too high, and generally have And yet, somehow I survived it. I survived kept me up at night worrying they might being a mom of boys, and now I am a mom not make it through another day. of grown men. I’m still not used to that. Once my youngest son pushed a chair across the house, unlocked two deadbolts, climbed over a mountain of boxes in the garage and locked himself inside my pristine Honda Civic. He then proceeded to coat the upholstery, the windows and himself with a brand spankin’ new tube of red lipstick. During which time he joyfully honked the horn for 30 minutes while Momma frantically tried to coax him out. I wish I could say this was the only time he escaped to wreak havoc. Hedrick Jr High School’s Vice Principal and I were on a ﬁrst name basis. We had a chat at least once a week over the span of a few years while my 3 boys were students there. Once she called to tell me my middle son almost cut his best friend’s ear off in sewing class. Sewing class for a 12 year old boy? Duh. Another time she called because my oldest used a whole box of rubber gloves
him, ask yourself: Is this rebellion or is this boyish behavior? Save the harshest discipline for rebellion, and use it sparingly. Be creative and use natural consequences when dealing with boyish foolishness. Still reading? Stay with me now; this last one is a tough one. 3] Let your son be brave more often than he is safe. Read that last sentence again. I mean it. As Mama Bears we tend to protect our children at all costs. We hate to see them hurt or afraid. But boys who aren’t allowed to test their own limits wind up living lives of fear and insecurity.
My days of little army men littering the bathroom ﬂoor are over. I sleep in on SatI don’t pretend to be an expert, but along urdays and I can’t remember the last time the way I’ve learned some things. Here are I yelled, “I can never have anything nice!” three of the biggies. And you know what? Being a mom of boys 1] Do not humiliate your son in has been one of the biggest blessings of my public. I don’t care how much of an ass life. I wouldn’t change a thing. If your little he is already making of himself. Do not tell guys still yell when they need to be wiped, him he is acting like a girl, do not point out or they still make the neighbors angry, or his ﬂaws publicly, do not try to be funny they still beg you to read them just one by embarrassing him in front of anyone. more story – take a deep breath and know Ever. Know the difference between friendly that this time will not last forever. You will banter and humiliation. Protect your son miss it when it’s gone. Make the most of it. by protecting his dignity. As a Momma, you have more power than you know. Use it wisely. You are raising 2] Don’t succumb to cookie-cutter men. parenting. Become an avid student of Jenna is married to her prom date (Dayour little man. Every boy is different. If vid) and is the proud mom of Ethan (22), he wants to get dirty, let him be dirty. If he Evan (20) and Ellis (18). She is learning loves music, let him make noise and dance. how to live like Jesus and to love urgentIf he loves to read, buy him books. Learn ly, extravagantly and invisibly. She is a hopeless coffee freak, a mentor for teens which type of discipline is most effective and college kids, and blogger. for him individually, and pray for discernjumpingintoawkward.blogspot.com/ ment when using it. Before you discipline
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Alleviating Separation Anxiety When I was ten years old, my parents decided to send me to a sleep-away sports camp in a different state. They ﬁgured I’d enjoy it because my brother did, and because I loved sports. My mom and dad were wrong, despite their best intentions! The ﬁrst night away from home I barely slept, and the next day I felt panicked and sick. Soon, I was experiencing full-blown anxiety attacks (though I didn’t recognize them as such). My heart was pounding so hard I thought I was going to die. After seventy-two hours away, I was willing to do anything to get home, so I tried to drink some of the paint in the art shop to force my ticket home. Luckily a counselor caught me before I could really harm myself, and my parents were called to bring me home early.
Talk it over with your child. Before signing up for any camp or an away-from-home activity, talk to your child about it. Ask him how he’s feeling and what he thinks about these plans. Above all, be sure to acknowledge your child’s feelings as legitimate. Even if you don’t believe there’s any real reason for him to be upset, remember that his feelings and fears are very real in his own mind. It’s a good idea to let your child have some say in decision making—if he ﬂat-out doesn’t want to go to camp, don’t force him. You might also consider giving him a choice—day camp as opposed to sleepaway, for example.
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I know from ﬁrsthand experience, as well as subsequent study, that separation anxiety can be more than just a harmless childhood phase. As parents, we need to be careful that we aren’t unwittingly harming our children by trying to make them stronger, or by expecting them to do what we did or what all of the neighbors’ children are doing. For many children, the prospect of leaving home for a day, a week, or more can be more distressing than it is exciting. That’s why it’s crucial for parents to know the basics of alleviating separation anxiety and how to tell if a child’s fears are downright unhealthy.
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I have been haunted by memories of that terrible experience at camp from time to time ever since. I found it difﬁcult to sleep away from home throughout my teens, needed to attend a college close to my parents’ home, and even today, at age forty-six, I often have to push myself through a brief period of anxiety when I’m leaving home on an extended business trip.
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Realize that some amount of separation anxiety is normal. The timing and duration vary, but every child experiences some level of stress when facing a separation from his or her loved ones—so there might be no need to panic. The fact is, no matter how independent or self-possessed your child is, chances are she’ll probably be reluctant to leave you. That’s normal. Especially for overnight campers, spells of apprehension and homesickness often occur, which isn’t surprising, since your child loves you and isn’t used to being so far away from you. Remember that you know your child best, so simply trust your instincts if you suspect that she’s more than just a temporarily unhappy camper. Look for causes. While almost every child does experience some degree of separation anxiety, these feelings don’t always
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originate within the child. They can also be caused or exacerbated by outside circumstances. For example, a divorce, a recent or upcoming move, or even observing your own stress can trigger separation anxiety. Practice shorter separations. If your child is apprehensive about being away from you and from home, it makes sense to work your way up to longer separations. One of the many factors that played into my summer camp meltdown, I think, is that I really hadn’t spent too many nights away from home beforehand. If I’d had more ‘practice’ before being left in another state for what was supposed to be four weeks, perhaps my reaction wouldn’t have been so severe, or perhaps my family and I would have known that camp wasn’t a good idea to begin with. Stay calm and positive. You’ve probably noticed that negativity, pessimism, and worry tend to breed more of the same—and it should come as no surprise that this trend holds true when it comes to your children. If your prospective camper voices worries, acknowledge them, but don’t feed into them by adding your own apprehensions to the pile. Lastly, if you do receive an upset phone call, email, or letter, don’t make a fuss that your child can feed off of. Instead, try to talk to a counselor or camp administrator about your child’s homesickness before making a decision regarding how to proceed.” Feed your child’s interests. Sometimes homesickness can be
sparked by boredom and unhappiness, so don’t assume that just because you enjoyed science camp in your youth, for example, your child will too. It’s always a good idea to make sure that any camp you’re considering for your child is a good ﬁt for him. After all, if he’s happy and engaged, his attention is more likely to be focused on what’s right in front of him, and not on what he’s missing. I was unsuited for sleep-away camp for many reasons, but I think the only reason that I lasted as long as I did, even though it was just three days, is because I was at a sports camp, and I loved sports. Let your child take “home” with him. Your child may be traveling miles away, but there’s no reason why she needs to leave home behind altogether. Send familiar objects with her, such as a favorite stuffed animal, a small picture of you, and phone numbers. She’ll feel less cut off from everything that’s familiar, and will therefore be less likely to experience severe homesickness. It’s even better if she can go to camp with a friend from home. However, don’t go overboard. You don’t want her to be so focused on things she’s brought from home that she doesn’t get engaged in camp activities. For this reason, it can also be smart to wait a few days to send letters. For many children, contact from home is less likely to trigger homesickness if they have already established friends and interests in their new environment. Don’t be too quick to provide an out. When dealing with separation anxiety, this is often the hardest line of all for parents to walk. If your child is upset and emotional and begs to be with you, you’d need to have a heart of stone not to be affected. Ultimately, though, you know what’s best for your child, so if you truly feel that he’s in a bad situation, err on the side of caution. This is why it’s so important to make the right decision regarding camp upfront—so that you can avoid causing your child to experience unnecessary anxiety.” “I believe that there are very few children who won’t at least feel a twinge of homesickness when overnight camp, or any signiﬁcant separation, rolls around. But if you approach the situation positively and rationally and encourage your child to do the same, you’ll both be better prepared for the separation, and you will be better equipped to determine if your child’s anxiety levels aren’t normal or healthy.” Todd Patkin, author of Finding Happiness: One Man’s Quest to Beat Depression and Anxiety and–Finally–Let the Sunshine In, graduated from Tufts University, joined the family business and spent the next eighteen years helping it to grow. After it was purchased by Advance Auto Parts in 2005, he was free to focus on his main passions: philanthropy and giving back to the community, spending time with family and friends, and helping more people learn how to be happy. www.ﬁndinghappinessthebook.com
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Tim Holmes is a Lansingborn father of three-yearold twin boys who has successfully moved from his career as a ﬁreﬁghter into a starring role in Oz The Great and Powerful, coming to theaters on March 8. Tim has already been seen in multiple feature ﬁlms, including DreamWorks Pictures’ Real Steel, Raw Nerve’s Hostel 3, Sony Pictures’ S.W.A.T.: Fireﬁght and QED Internationals’ Alex Cross.
Michigan, became a ﬁreﬁghter, started a successful business, got married and had twin boys. With the rise of the ﬁlm industry in Michigan, Tim returned to acting in 2009. He explains it this way: “My only goal in my acting career is to be able to work full time as an actor and ﬁlmmaker. To me, spending your life doing what you love is a gift. Everyone enjoys different walks of life, so everyone should ﬁnd what they love to do and try to make a living at it. Even if I make less money, pursuing my passion for acting will be worth it to me.” Tim was nice enough to take some time to answer a few of our questions about parenting and families. Where was the family ﬂower shop at which you worked?
Tim grew up working in his family’s ﬂower shop. After graduating from high school, he moved to Los Angeles to Tim Holmes Holmes Floral was located pursue a career with MCA on Logan street in Lansing, Records as a solo artist, T.C. Holmes. He which is now called MLK. My aunt Murti also appeared in afternoon soap operas, B owned the ﬂower shop ﬁrst and then my ﬁlms and various other TV pilot projects. dad worked there when he was a teenagDuring a 10-year sabbatical from the en- er and eventually bought it from my aunt tertainment business he moved back to when he was only 21 years old.
What did you learn working in the ﬂower shop, making music, and ﬁghting ﬁres that helped you with your ﬁlm career? Working in the ﬂower shop gave me my entrepreneurial attitude. I’ve pretty much always been self-employed which is a great asset in the ﬁlm industry. Making music helped me tap into my emotions. When you are singing a song you have to be that character, you have to emote that feeling, go back in time to past events and relive it to emote those feelings through your voice.
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Fireﬁghting is the best team-building experience you can have, becauseif you do not work as a team someone could die. When you are on set ﬁlming a dangerous stunt you also need to work as a team or someone could die. It also gave me the courage to try any stunt. If I can go into a burning building with a water hose, I sure as heck can ride that motorcycle in a ﬁlm and do stunts on it.
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It’s a PG movie, so families should deﬁnitely go and see it. Have the little ones dress up as characters, boys as magicians with caps, girls as good witches. Take the kids to the 3D version, and objects will actually ﬂy out at them from the screen. Why? It is a great escape, the visuals are amazing, the whole family will enjoy it. Read more about how Tim landed the role in OZ and prepared for it, along with more of his ideas about parenting at LivingstonParentJournal.com
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What Can Karate Do for Your Child? It is so much more than punching and kicking. Dear Fellow Parent, I am Sam Larioza, a father of two wonderful kids and the owner or Ohana Karate. I feel fortunate to have the opportunity to change the lives of so many children and families over the years. Karate is an amazing vehicle for not only changing behaviors and habits but more importantly attitudes and character. Children learn from their life experiences. They have to “do” to learn and grow into highly successful and happy people. But don’t take my word for it! Here is what some of our parents say: “….. We enrolled Caleb in the character building program to help him learn to focus and build conﬁdence. Just in over the last year and half, we have seen wonderful growth and increased focus which has been reﬂected in his school report grade cards. We even have seen his self-conﬁdence build by him volunteering to get in front of the class to show new moves or offering to go ﬁrst during stripe testing. We strongly believe Ohana karate is a huge part of who Caleb is today and can’t thank the instructors enough for putting their time and energy into the program.” - Brandi C., mother of two, Howell “My son, John , is a student of Ohana Karate. For those parents who are on the fence about getting their kids started in Karate...time to get going. My son is 4 it has helped him immensely. He’s more controlled, more disciplined and more conﬁdent. The Larioza’s have a great system here and I’m proud to have my son participate.” - Chris W., father of one, Fowlerville “This note is to any parent who knows that their child has more in them than the child is showing……….After only being in the program for about 2 weeks, the only regret I have is that we didn’t start sooner. I have already noticed an improvement in his self conﬁdence, and his ability to accomplish tasks. The staff at Ohana Karate has been beyond incredible. They care deeply for every person in every class, and take time not only to get to know each child, but
to zero in on that child’s needs. I am astounded at the level of attention that is paid to every single child. I am a single dad, and to have the new found help in raising my 6 year old into a man, is truly amazing. My son wakes up every day and asks if he has karate today, and is disappointed if it’s one of those days where it is not. My appreciation for Sensei is beyond measure, and could never be repaid. My son recently received his ﬁrst stripe, and can’t wait to get his next. This school is not just about karate, but about turning a child into a responsible, loving, respectful adult. Don’t wait. It’s worth the effort to get your child to this school.” - Brad B., single father of one, Howell “We are very amazed with your program. It has only been a short time that Walker has been with you, but we are seeing a lot of changes in him for the better. He seems to be more focused and wanting to do his best, at listening, helping with chores, being respectful, and he even called me ma’am yesterday, wow!!!!!!!!. Thanks for all of you hard work and support, with help from you and your program and our family. Walker should turn out to be very well rounded.” - Trisha B., mother of one, Howell If you think we can help you with the behavior, self conﬁdence, attitude or character of your child give me a call at (517) 586-1001 or visit our website at www.ohanakarate..com. “It takes a village to raise a child”,
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Dentists are becoming more and more aware of the need to reduce the fear and anxiety that comes along with a visit to their ofﬁces, especially for children. Some dental ofﬁces are trying to show children that they are safe, healthy and even fun places Some wating rooms now include bright colorful open areas with a video arcade offering the excitement of a variety of games like X-Box, Play Station or Wii. Other features include computer stations, board games and colorful tanks ﬁlled with ﬁsh. Somoe dental work is even done in rooms with Star Wars or Disney themes, dental chairs shaped like dinosaurs, or TV’s on the ceiling. The dental profession is also becoming even more committed to preserving as much tooth structure as possible when treating teeth. This is commonly known as Minimally Invasive Dentistry. New tooth ﬁlling materials, such as bonded composite resins, i.e.; white ﬁllings, allow the dentist to remove decay in a tooth without drilling away much tooth structure, and then place a ﬁlling. Dental lasers and air abrasion (mini sand blaster) are often used which painlessly remove the decay without the need for the noise and friction of the drill. Digital x-rays provide better accuracy and computerized storage with up to 90% less radiation exposure. Laser Diagnostic Technology can painlessly detect small cavities in the grooves of teeth at their earliest stages before they become large, without the use of x-rays at all.
can see together on a TV monitor) are much more exciting and kid friendly than your child holding a mirror trying to watch what the doctor is doing. Finally a new product called DentalVibe claims to block the pain of injections. It looks and sounds like a battery-powered toothbrush. It is placed on the gum while an injection is given and many patients report feeling a gentle vibration, but no pain from the injection. Tips for parents with fearful children: UÊ Ê V `½ÃÊ ÕÌ Ê ÃÊ >Ê gateway to the rest of their body. According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), it is of utmost importance to have your children visit the dentist as soon as their ﬁrst tooth erupts or by age one, whichever occurs ﬁrst. “Seeing children early, age 6 months, is the ﬁrst step in establishing a fun, healthy and preventive based relationship with our Dental Team. We pride ourselves on having a patient base of happy kids who love to visit their dental home. Our ofﬁce is set up speciﬁcally to see kids. We have a children’s fun center, No Cavity Club, great team of mom’s with their own kids and prize center for great visits,” reports Dr Kellogg from Howell Dental.
Sarah Young from Adiska Family Dental in Pinckney says, “One advance in dental technology that we have found to be especially helpful with children would be external digital radiographs. It allows us to take xrays without the need for placing ﬁlms or sensors within the child’s small mouth.”
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Friday 1 Roy Scoutz Solo Guitar music at the Acoustic Café. Howell Opera House $7 7pm 517.540.0065
Sat & Sun 2 & 3 Maple Sugaring: Journey to the Sugar Bush See how to tap trees, collect sap and boil it into maple syrup. Guided tours are $3. Pancake and sausage breakfast 9am-2pm, $5.50. Tap your own tree at the park and collect your own sap with the purchase of a starter kit for $25. Hudson Mills Metropark 10am, 11am, and Noon 734.426.8211. metroparks.com Maple’s Sweet Story Learn how to pick the right tree, then watch how maple trees are tapped. Stop by an Algonquin winter camp to learn how maple sugaring techniques have changed through the years, then visit to the sugar shack to see, smell and taste the sap being boiled down into syrup. Kensington Noon-3pm $5 810.227.8910. metroparks.com
Saturday 2 Lunch with Ariel, her mersisters, and Flounder. Sing-a-longs and story-time. Kahuna Coffee 1-3pm 734.678.8377 hpencoreyouththeater.weebly.com Build A Race Car Hands-on workshop for children ages 5-12. Free workshop apron, commemorative pin and certiﬁcate of achievement. Home Depot 9am-Noon 517.548.3742 Chickadee Chowdown In winter, a variety of songbirds will actually take sunﬂower seeds from your hands. Bird seed will be provided for this short walk along the nature trails. Kensington 2pm $3 810.227.8910 metroparks.com
Mom to Mom Sale Gently-used youth items including clothing, toys, books, games. St. Joseph Catholic School 9am-1pm,$1; Early Bird entry at 8:30, $2 517.546.0720 x114
Conﬁdent Kids and Comedy Livingston Players Junior Theater Workshop ends with a kid-friendly Vaudeville style show on March 31. For ages 10 & older. Every Sunday in March. CoBACH center 2-4pm $2 information@LivPlayers.org livplayers.org
Tuesday 5 Family Tae Kwon Do Tuesdays and Thursdays through 3/28 Kil’s Tae Kwon Do 6:30-7:30 or 7:30-8:30 $52 517.546.0693 howellrecreation.org
Livingston County Concert Band Suite of Old American Dances by Robert Russell Bennett and Slavonic Dances by Antonin Dvorak. Brighton Center for the Performing Arts 3pm $8 810.229.5991 lccbmusic.wordpress.com
Mission, Art & Music Festival Juried art exhibit and Guatemalan handcrafted items. Mix and mingle with artists 10-11am. Free soup luncheon at noon. Brunhilde Saur Baur Workshop 1-3pm. Concert from 3-4pm. 1st Presbyterian Church of Brighton 810.923.6940
Beverly Meyer, The Music Lady Free family concert at 10:30 am, stories, parenting displays and free books for children ages 1-5, and door prizes. Brighton Library 10am-1pm FREE 810.229.6571 brightonlibrary.info Monster Jam®, featuring Monster Mutt® Lowe’s Build and Grow Clinic 10am 517.548.3475 lowesbuildandgrow.com Hockey Night in Brighton Charity game featuring the Detroit Red Wing Alumni. Kensington Valley Ice House. 6:30pm $10 email@example.com
Mother/Son Dance Dancing, cookies, punch, and a small gift. Crystal Gardens 6:30-8:30pm $20/couple 517.546.0693
Mom to Mom Sale Hartland Village Elementary 9am-Noon, $1, 8:30-9:00, $2. 810.333.5984 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bluebirds, Their Homes and You Participants will learn more about bluebirds and how they can help them through a movie, discussion and a ﬁeld trip. For ages 10 and older. Kensington 1pm $3 810.227.8910
Thursday 7 Christian School Open House Tour the facility, meet with principal and pastor, visit classrooms, and learn what the school has to offer students in preschool through 8th grade. Our Savior Lutheran School 8:00am3:30pm 248.887.3836 oursaviorhartland.org/school.html
Fri-Sun 8-10 Fiddler on the Roof Presented by Howell High School Performing Arts Department
Friday 8 Calling All Owls Join an interpreter and separate fact from ﬁction followed by an attempt to locate resident screen owls. For ages 6 and older. Kensington 8pm $3 810.227.8910 metroparks.com. 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 7:00-8:30 pm $4 517.546.0693 howellrecreation.org
Matthew Ball, The Boogie Woogie Kid Music at the Acoustic Café. Howell Opera House $7 7pm 517.540.0065 Open Mic Poetry, comedy, singing, dancing, and other performance art. Bennett Recreation Center 7-9pm $2 517.546.0693 howellrecreation.org
Madcap Puppets: The Cinderella Files This time, it’s up to husband Ralph, the Fairy Godfather to get Cinderella to the ball. Brighton Center for the Performing Arts 2pm $10 810.299.4130 brightonperformingarts.com. Parent Talk: Words That Heal, Words That Wound Chick Moorman shares his intuitive, insightful and humorous parenting experiences. Maple Tree Montessori Academy 1-4pm $20 810.225.8321 mapletreemontessori.com Your Child’s Personality Style True Colors System fosters a healthy and happy relationship with your child at any age. Presented by Lisa Miles MPS, CPS. This program is for adults. Brighton Library 10:30-11:15am FREE 810.229.6571 x223 brightonlibrary.info
Sunday 10 Pride and Prejudice Movie, popcorn and beverages. Brighton Library 2-4pm FREE 810.229.6571 brightonlibrary.info
Tuesday 12 Understanding Attention Deﬁcit Disorder How does ADD affect family dynamics, education, and social relationships? Presented by Johana Ciak, MSW, Director of William A. Presti Center for Families and Youth. Adults only. Brighton Library 7-8pm FREE 810.229.6571 brightonlibrary.info
Saturday & Sunday 9 & 10
Maple Sugaring: Journey to the Sugar Bush See March 2 & 3
Easter Owls Build your own Easter-themed pillow box. No experience required. Materials supplied. Ages 11-18. Brighton Library 6:30-7:30pm FREE 810.229.6571 x227
Maple’s Sweet Story see March 2 & 3
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Maple’s Sweet Story see March 2 & 3
The Wizard of Oz Presented by Fowlerville Community Theatre. Alverson Center for Performing Arts Fri & Sat 7:30pm Sun 2:30pm $12
Maple Sugaring: Journey to the Sugar Bush See March 2 & 3
Saturday 16 Run for the Gold 5K and Kids Fun Run Pinckney’s Putnam Township Square 9:30am-Noon Festive Activities at 11:30am $20 734.878.3301 lightoftheworldacademy.org South Lyon Mother’s of Multiples Spring Sale Gently used children’s clothing, toys, equipment, books, in a department like setting. Cash only. First United Methodist Church 9am-1pm $1 email@example.com U of M Family Reading & Science Museum of Natural History Workshop. Kids ages 6-11 and their parents will learn what makes some instruments more common than others, how cultural transmission inﬂuences music, and will get to make their own instruments. Howell Library 10:30am-11:30am FREE 517.546.0720 x107 howelllibrary.org
Tuesday 19. LEGO Open Play Create your own unique LEGO design. For ages 5-7 with a parent, and ages 8-12. Brighton Library 4-6pm FREE 810.229.6571 brightonlibrary.inf
Thursday 21. Christian School Open House see March 7
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Fri & Sat 15 & 16 The Little Mermaid Adapted from Disney’s 2008 Broadway production. Performed by Encore Youth Theater at Old Hartland High School Fri 7:30pm Sat 2:30pm $6 734.678.8377 hpencoreyouththeater.weebly.com
Friday 15 Jill Jack, Singer and Songwriter Folk music at the Acoustic Café. Howell Opera House $7 7pm 517.540.0065
Saturday 16 Pinckney St Patrick’s Day Parade Best Legs/Kilt Contest for Men, 5th Annual Paddy Wagon Bed Race, Cutest Leprechaun Contest for children ages 5 and under & Irish Dancers. villageofpinckney.org
Sat & Sun 16 & 17 Performing Arts Dance Theater presents “Time Stand Still,” with guests from Glenns’ School of Dance, under the direction of Ginger Gray and Anni Ulman. Howell High School Auditorium Sat 7:30pm Sun 2pm $15 517.546.9787 glennsschoolofdance.com
Livingston County Home Show Held in conjunction with The Community Resource Fair and Livingston Fine Arts Show. Howell High School Fri 5-9 Sat 10-8 Sun 10-4 $6 517-546-3920 livingstoncountyhomeshow.com
Friday 22 Schools Out...We’re In! Gym Games, Open Bounce, Crafts, and Gym Play. Hartland Sports Center - Bounce 9am-5pm $5/ hr or $35/day 810.632.7222 http://hartlandsportscenter.com/
Sat & Sun 23 & 24 Maple’s Sweet Story see March 2 & 3
Saturday 23 Earth Hour Astronomy Celebrate international “lights out” night with an astronomy program. An indoor program will be followed by outdoor viewing. For ages 6 and older. Kensington 8pm $3 810.227.8910 metroparks.com
younger than 3 must have an adult in the water. Children under 14 must have an adult in the building. Howell Pool 1:00-2:30pm $6 517.540.8355 howellrecreation.org Eggstravaganza Arts and crafts, inﬂatable’s, egg hunt, magician, photo with the Easter Bunny and Bunny mile race. Maltby School 10am-1pm selcra.com
Sunday 24 Easter Egg Hunt Children 12 and under can watch the Farmer John and the Barnyard Express animal show, hunt for eggs and meet the Easter Bunny. Hudson Mills Metropark Noon-2pm $6 734.426.8211 metroparks.com Family Fun Days Camp Open House: Tour camp, meet the staff,try camp activities. YMCA Camp Ohiyesa 1-4pm FREE 248.887.4533 miymcacamps.org
Wednesday 27 A Jane Austen Tea Barb Gulley of Barb’s TEA Shop in Troy shares how Austen procured her tea, what type of teas were available, how she prepared it, and the social customs surrounding her life and those of her characters. Brighton Library FREE 810.229.6571 x227 brightonlibrary.info
Thursday 28 Egg Hunt Get to meet the Easter Bunny. Kensington 10am $5(cash only) 810.227.8910 metroparks.com Marshmallow Drop and Moon Glow This night-time egg hunt for children 10 and under begins with a helicopter ﬂy-over and a marshmallow drop. Bring a ﬂashlight. Genoa Township Hall 7-9pm $8 517.546.06963 howellrecreation.org/MoonGlow.html
Friday 20 Schools Out...We’re In! see March 22
Saturday 30 Breakfast with the Bunny Pancake and sausage breakfast, visit with the Easter Bunny, special gift, and oldfashioned egg hunt. Howell Conference and Nature Center 9am $8 517.546.0249 howellnaturecenter.org/ Maple’s Sweet Story see March 2 & 3 The Great Egg Hunt Pose for pictures with the Easter Bunny and watch the Farmer John and The Barnyard Express animal show. Kensington Metropark 10:30am $5 810.227.8910 metroparks.com More event information at LivingstonParentJournal.com
Underwater Egg Hunt Eggs that sink and eggs that ﬂoat. Bring a waterproof container for your eggs. Children
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WORTH THE DRIVE Out Of The County March 8 & 9 The Hound of the Baskervilles Adapted by Kent R. Brown, this comic thriller will be performed by 6th-9th graders, and is suitable for all audiences. Scarlett Middle School Fri 7pm Sat 2 & 7pm $10. aayag.org
March 14-16 Shipwrecked! This coming of age drama is set during a ďŹ erce winter storm on Lake Huron. This historically-based, original drama has been written by long time Wild Swan playwright Jeff Duncan. Towlsey Auditorium Thur & Fri 10:00am & 12:30pm Sat 2pm $15 734.995.0530 wildswantheater.org
March 14-17 Disney on Ice Presents Dare to Dream starring Rapunzel, Tiana and Cinderella. Relive memorable moments from Tangled, The Princess and the Frog and Cinderella. Palace of Auburn Hills $18 ticketmaster.com See ad on page 26
Sesame Street:The Body, now through May 27 at Sloan Museum SloanLongway.org
March 16-17 The Potted Potter: Witness British stars, Daniel Clarkson and Jefferson Turner, in their comical retelling of the Harry Potter series during a 70-minute mad dash while portraying character favorites to include Harry, Hermione, Dumbledore, Snape, MadEye Moody, Sirius Black, Hagrid, and Voldemort. City Theatre Olyent.com
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Peter Rabbit Wild Swanâ€™s actors and designers bring this classic tale charmingly to life in an engaging style intended to inspire the youngest theater goers. Towsley Auditorium Thur & Fri 10am & 1pm Sat 11am $12 734.995.0530 wildswantheater.org More event information at LivingstonParentJournal.com
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