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Avery is a Big Brother to his little sister Noemi and fur brother Mr. Miyagi. Avery loves to have fun! A few of his hobbies include: playing outside, searching for bugs and playing hide and seek with his sister. Avery is also an avid toy collector and quite the Ninja Turtle fan! Photographer: Colehearted Photography www.Colehearted

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departments 10 FUN FINDS

It’s Raining Prizes...Again!


Counselor, a Perfect Job for Teens


Upcycled Easter Craft Ideas



features 26 Keep Moving Mamas! 30 Dads Need Doulas, too 32 Does Birth Order Matter? 35 Books for your Little Bunnies 37 Spring: Sunshine, Flowers and Allergies

around town 41 CALENDAR Warm Weather Outings

48 EXHIBITS Appreciating Art

49 SHOWS Spring Showcase

23 Kids with Special Needs, Need Camp 50

Special Events

special advertising section 19 RESIDENTIAL CAMP ROUND-UP

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photographer: Colehearted Photography contributing writers: Brittany Fuller | Gayla Grace Christina Katz | Will Martin Christine Quarry | Laura Lyles Reagan Shannon Smith | Ashley Talmadge

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It’s time for Sacramento Parent to deliver our 9th Annual Babies and Bumps event! This is an amazing FREE and fun day for new and expecting parents and young families! There will be lots of surprises, but I will say that your kiddos will be so excited to interact with the faeries, clowns, princesses and superheroes all anxiously waiting to meet your family! It will be a day to remember, for sure! Once again, you’ll find me there helping out with our Cover Kid Search with the talented Alisha of Colehearted Photography. Come say hello and bring the kids out! Although Babies and Bumps is April 8th, this issue will last you all month long. From a dad’s perspective on hiring a doula, to what the experts are saying about how birth order determines personality traits... there’s lots for parents to ponder. I’ll let you hop right in to this issue, we can’t wait to see you on Saturday the 8th! Warmly, SacParent SacramentoParent

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April Showers Bring Fun Prizes! WIN IT!

We’re celebrating young families this month and we can’t wait to see you at Babies & Bumps 2017! Here’s a sneak peek at some of the awesome giveaways we have for all your baby lovin’ needs!

BubbleBum Car Booster Seat

Don’t leave the house without this inflatable and deflatable, portable and packable, car booster seat. It’s comfortable, safe, and easy to use!

Babee Talk Crib Rail Cover & Toys

These crib rail cover designs are so fun and modern, you’ll want to build your whole nursery around them. Created with your precious little one in mind using the finest quality materials. Crib Toys encourage reaching, grabbing, and uncontrollable belly laughs for little ones on the go.

YooHoo & Friends

Get your cuddle on with some of the softest, cutest, cuddliest little guys! Characterized by their big eyes, bushy tails and colorful soft fabrics, these cute characters represent endangered, extinct and extraordinary animals.

Baby Jack Sensory Lovie

Kids of all ages love this lovey. It's a perfect first and forever security blanket that can grow with a child and encourages early learning with basic shapes, colors, letters and numbers.


A parent-favorite for its comfort, style and adaptability, the MOBY Wrap is made from soft, stretchable and durable fabric that evenly distributes the weight of carrying baby across the back and hips.

Kleynimals Stainless Steel Rattle

Your sweet baby will shake, rattle and roll with their new favorite toy. This rattle is satisfying for baby with a pleasant jingling sound and a cool, shiny metal texture. Dishwasher safe, 100% stainless steel and American Made.

Pacific Baby Insulated Bottle

This Insulated Baby Bottle can keep the temperature up to 10-hours (whether it is hot or cold), and includes a straw top and drink top for toddlers.

Tottigo Pack n' Potty

Pack 'n Potty is a travel potty seat that provides your child with a stable, soft potty seat and clean sitting area, giving parents a way for super-fast setup to help give a child confidence when potty training on-the-go. 10 APRIL 2017

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These shades block 100% of uva/b/c rays! The flexible but durable and soft material is bpa-free and specially designed for baby's use and abuse. They even mold the logo into the design to avoid unnecessary paint.


These mittens protect precious newborn skin from scratches, and the unique base rolls up the arm to become a sleeve, giving warmth and a soft, comforting fit that grows with your child.


Multi-cute, multi-functional! DockATot is designed to offer a safe, snug and soothing environment for babies. Lightweight and simple to travel with it helps ease the transition from crib to toddler or big kid bed. The built-in, air-permeable bumpers act as bed rails for cozy comfort!

Lorena Canals Washable Area Rug

You will love putting your feet on this washable rug, perfect for baby’s nursery! Super cute and super easy to clean, don’t miss your chance to win this awesome prize at Babies & Bumps 2017!

Feltman Brothers Pima Cotton

Dress baby to impress in this high quality, exquisitely styled, hand embroidered clothing for baby boys and girls. The Pima is 100% cotton, cozy, goodness!

Ollie Swaddle

Swaddle your baby in the Ollie! It eases the transition from the womb, decreases irritability while promoting self-soothing, encourages calming to increase bonding, enhances quality of sleep to improve rest and cycle regulation, plus so much more!



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Camp Counselor: The Perfect Job for Your Teen

By Gayla Grace

1. Responsibility. A camp counselor is assigned a group of kids and asked to look after their needs and help manage their schedule. Responsibilities include ensuring they're at activities on time, helping with needs as they arise such as minor first aid or sunscreen application, playing with kids at activities, and being a friend on a bad day or a homesick moment. Teens gain maturity as they help young campers with needs that arise. 2. Endurance. Camp schedules are packed with activities to allow the kids opportunity to experience as much fun as possible in a short amount of time. Camp counselors must keep up, even on days they feel tired or unmotivated. Counselor Jamie Newman says, "The schedule is exhausting-you have to learn how to endure long days and persevere through exhaustion."

Kids love to go to camp and experience new adventures, enjoy a break from everyday life, and make new friends. But, as our kids get older, we want them to experience a summer job and the benefits that go along with earning an income. Why not consider the perfect blend of both: a camp counselor job? Teens can begin working as camp counselors during their high school years and continue during college as summer jobs if they choose. Some camps offer the opportunity for younger teens to begin as counselors-in-training during their junior high years. Our 13-year-old son will be working as a JCT (junior counselor-in-training) for two weeks this summer at a camp close to home and can't wait to get started. A camp counselor job has a lot to offer your teen beyond just an income. Here are a few life skills your teen will learn as a camp counselor or counselor-in-training:

3. Selflessness. The teen years typically include spells of sour attitudes and selfish behaviors. A camp counselor role forces a teen to remove his self-indulgent attitude and replace it with empathy and understanding for others. It shows teens how to put others' needs before their own, a valuable life skill that many teens never acquire. 4. Relationship skills. Camp counselors are thrown together with other counselors they don't know, some whom they might not like. They're forced to learn how to get along with others while working toward a common goal. Meaningful relationships are built as counselors work alongside one another day after day. 5. Overcome fears. Camp is all about new adventures, for campers and counselors both. Newman says, "We were constantly pushed outside our comfort zone. I had to encourage kids to be adventuresome and try new things, which meant I had to do that too. Sometimes I felt ridiculous, but I had to let go of my pride." Counselors gain self respect as they overcome their fears and push themselves outside their comfort levels. 6. Humility. Camp counselors learn how to work under someone else's leadership and follow directions. Counselors must do what's asked of them in taking care of kids and following a pre-determined schedule. 7. Self-Esteem. What a great feeling to know you're investing in others! That's the feeling a camp counselor experiences daily at camp. Whether it's one week or ten weeks, camp counselors go home knowing they've made a difference in young children's lives and that's something to be proud of! If your teen needs a job that builds life skills, consider a camp counselor position. Camps of all varieties fill their staff with teenagers that offer fun and camaraderie to young campers. Match the interests of your teen (sports, music, education, etc.) with an appropriate camp and watch your teen blossom. As camp counselors, teens gain valuable experience that rewards them with lifelong lessons and memories in the process.

Gayla Grace is a freelance journalist and mom to five who sends her kids to camp every summer. APRIL 2017 13










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Summer Day Camp PreK - 8th Grade June 12th - August 18th

Reduced Weekly Rates • Extended Childcare Included Meet new friends and enjoy lots of fun activities that will interest everyone. A variety of subjects and topics presented throughout summer, including: • Science • Computers • Games • Crafts • Academic Programs for Reading & Math • Sports Program

Camp activities will help students strengthen both academic and athletic skills over the summer months while having a great time!


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At Bear Valley, we offer a safe and supportive environment for youth to explore nature, camp under the stars, learn new skills, make lasting friendships,​and most importantly – have FUN!

916-452-9641 |


Join us for a fun and faith filled summer up in the pines at Camp Pendola. Teen Trips: boys only canoeing, girls only canoeing and backpacking trips. Summer Sessions: One week classic summer camp sessions for 2nd-12th graders. Financial assistance available.

530-389-2780 |


At Camp Rockin’U, we aim to impact the lives of children with quality programs in a creative, supportive, and safe environment, enabling all persons to reach their fullest potential, discover new abilities, develop friendships and instill a desire for lifelong learning.

530-300-8261 |


Join a summer adventure with Camp Tawonga. Teen Adventure Quests: Six unique Quests for teens interested in the ultimate outdoor adventure. Summer Sessions: One, two and three week classic summer camp sessions for 2nd-10th graders. Financial assistance available.

415-543-2267 |


Kids learn respect for themselves, others and the environment through our multicultural curriculum of circus and performing arts.

510-525-4304 |


Your child’s learning can last all year round thanks to San Juan Unified, the only district in the region with a summer camp in the Sierras. Camp Winthers offers a variety of program options, from art and music to computers and outdoor education.

916-971-7577 |


Horse programs, archery, innovation and more! Attend one of Girl Scouts Heart of Central California’s exciting camps – spend a day, a weekend or an entire week discovering all the amazing things girls can do! Join us for programs running June 5-August 6, with troop and family camps through September.

916-482-9181 |

JCC MACCABI SPORTS CAMP | SAN FRANCISCO, CA A Jewish overnight sports camp for athletes in grades 3-11. Community, character and culture are at the heart of our program that combines high-level specialized sports instruction with the traditional experience of a Jewish overnight camp. 1 and 2 week sessions available.

415-997-8844 |

SIERRA MOUNTAIN MUSIC CAMP-SIERRA FOOTHILLS NEVADA CITY Sierra Mountain Music Camp enriches lives through a week-long camp experience focused on musical excellence, exciting activities, friendship and fun! Camp dates: June 18-24, 2017

916-967-SONG (7664) |


Summer at Santa Catalina invites girls, ages 8 to 14, to join us for a summer of serious fun! Resident campers from all over the world and day campers from our community make our camp a place filled with fun, joy, and learning. From arts and athletics to yoga and marine biology, we offer attention-grabbing classes that spark curiosity and build confidence and independence. Come see why families have been a part of this tradition for 63 years!

831-655-9386 |


Located on a private lake in Northern California, Walton’s Grizzly Lodge provides the idyllic sleep-away summer camp setting for campers age 7 to 14. Campers choose daily from over 40 activities.

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Upcycled Easter Activities To Enjoy With Your Kids By Christina Katz

Upcycling refers to finding fresh uses for old things in ways that increase the value of the items. The victory is when you create instead of consume. Once you upcycle your Easter, your kids will not only learn an important lesson that will last a lifetime, but they will likely start begging for more opportunities to re-imagine everyday items that would otherwise be discarded. So what are you waiting for? Here are five ideas to get you started:


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g shears cut 18 With scissors or pinkin s from leftover banner-shaped triangle r garden twine, newspaper. Lay leftove ross the length string or thin ribbon ac ng at one end, of a table. Then, starti the each trianfold the widest end of glue it with a gle over the string and on each banglue stick. Write letters Spring," leaving ner to spell "Welcome een words, and a banner blank in betw e letters. You let the kids color in th angles on hand have a couple extra tri your banner in case of errors. Hang d prominently where it can be viewe then fold flat until summer arrives, xt year. and put it away for ne

Terrarium Garden Starters

Why should the turtles have all the fun? Use an old fish tank or an old glass baking dish (from home or the local thrift store) lined with one inch of gravel and two inches of lightweight potting soil. Push sections of leftover cardboard egg cartons into the soil and fill with a little more soil. Plant seed starters for the flower or veggie garden in the egg "pots." They can be pulled out after they sprout and replanted outdoors. Decorate your terrarium with cut patches of moss or grass from outdoors. Send children out to gather bark and sticks. Then let your child finish the look with rocks, shells, and old toys. Place your terrarium in bright Tiny Toy Wreath but indirect light and keep well misted This playful wreath is the perfect way with water from a spray bottle until to create a new hom e for tiny plastic seeds sprout. toys after a hearty ro und of spring cleaning. Start with a wire wreath shape and wrap it in a long strip of old fabric using a hot gl ue gun to secure fabric to frame. Have kids help with the selection and so rting of tiny toys and designate one person in charge of gluing toys to the w reath. Let dry, then hang. Create one sh ared family wreath or create a tiny toy wreath for each child's room.

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Bookish Eggs It's time for some of those plastic Easter eggs that have been piling up over the years to get a literary makeo ver. When a favorite volume is dam aged by grubby hands or a spill, dry it by hanging it open, then cut out the clean pages. Cut each page int o a strip, just a bit wider than the length of the egg and long enough to go all the way around the middle. Paint just the middle of the egg with Mod Pod ge and roll paper into a tube around egg. Seal the tube with more Mod Podge tucked under the overlap and let dry while you move on to the next egg. Then come back around and ma ke straight cuts a half-inch apart int o the ends of the paper, cutting from each end of the egg. This way the pie ces will smooth flat onto the tapere d ends with more Mod Podge. Let dry and voila, your children will remem ber their favorite books each year!

Colorful Candleholders Collect recyclable wide-mouth jars of all shapes and sizes. Run your glass jars through the dishwasher, removing any labels and tags first. Then gather up whatever colorful leftover tissue paper you have and tear it into half-inch squares. Using Mod Podge or white glue that has been diluted to half strength with water, coat the jar with a thin layer of glue, then add a colorful layer of overlapping tissue pieces as you go. When the jar is covered, go over the tissue layer once more with a thin coat of glue. When completely dry, add a tea light to each lantern and arrange them on the mantle or in the center of your dining table.

Author, journalist, and writing coach Christina Katz never gets tired of making a fresh start every spring in fun and creative ways. APRIL 2017 21

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Kids with Special Needs, Need Camp Too! By Ashley Talmadge

Sending a child to summer camp for the first time can make any parent nervous. But worries are often magnified for parents of kids with special needs. Images of sunlit lakes and carefree campers are often trumped by concerns about behavior, communication, and physical safety. Stacy De La O, whose daughter has high functioning autism, remembers the weeks leading up to Fia’s first overnight camp experience as a 10-year-old. “I was a wreck!” she admits. “But we prepared well, and in the end I trusted the counselors to take care of her.” Children with physical, cognitive, or medical challenges often have few opportunities to navigate the world without a parent close by. Kids with special needs benefit from summer camp in two major ways, according to seasoned camp director Kelly Kunsek of Camp Paivika, a program serving children with physical and developmental disabilities. “Time away from families increases their independence,” she says. “And as they meet other campers, their social connections expand.” Parents benefit too. After a positive camp experience, a parent is both more aware of what a child can do for himself, and more comfortable allowing others to assist when needed. Research indicates there are other benefits. Because many camps cater to specific needs, children can learn new social, physical, academic, or self-care skills. Interacting with others who share similar challenges—whether dietary, physical, or cognitive—lets a child’s self-esteem and confidence blossom. And for some kids, camp provides a welcome respite from routine-packed schedules and visits to therapists. De La O’s worries evaporated when she picked Fia up after the session. “I could just see in her face that she’d had a great time.” That was just the beginning, and Fia continues to have wonderful camp experiences each summer. Experts say that by planning well and following a few simple guidelines, you and your special needs child can reap the rewards of summer camp.

Decide what you want. Camps come in all flavors. In fact, the American Camp Association (ACA) states that “47 percent of camps offer specialized programs for individuals with disabilities.” Is your child ready for overnight camp? Or would a day camp suit her needs? Inclusive camps allow special needs kids to participate in activities with typical peers by making accommodations. Disability-specific camps hire staff trained to meet unique needs—visual impairment, autism, diabetes, severe allergies. Traditional camps offer tried-and-true activities like swimming, boating, crafts, and campfires. Specialty camps may focus on technology, sports, or the arts. Therapeutic camps offer interventions targeting speech/language, behavioral, and/or physical therapy goals. And combinations abound.

Do your research. De La O says the parents at her daughter’s school “exchange information to find the best camps and programs for our kids.” Recommendations from teachers and service providers who know your child are also valuable. Look at camp materials online, read brochures, and watch videos. Has the camp been accredited by the ACA, or received recognition from a reputable organization? Make sure the camp’s philosophy is a match for your family. Would your child do better in a competitive or cooperative atmosphere? Are you looking for a specific religious affiliation? Look at the physical layout of the camp and notice any potential problems. continued on page 25 APRIL 2017 23

We have several different sport camps and classes to keep the kids busy all summer long.

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Ask questions and get comfortable. Speak with the director and counselors who will be working with your child. Questions include: What is the staff-tocamper ratio? What training do counselors receive? What is the turn-over rate for staff? (Camps where staff members return summer after summer tend to offer more stability and consistency.) Is there medical staff on site 24/7, and where is the nearest hospital? How are special diets handled? How will I communicate with my child during the session? How are behavioral issues addressed? Be forthright and honest in describing your child’s challenges. Does the staff seem willing and competent to handle these specific issues?

Prepare your child. Talk about camp and the activities he’ll get to try. Ask what he’s looking forward to, as well as what makes him nervous.

Role playing potential social situations helps some kids feel more confident. Before attending overnight camp, Kunsek suggests trying a sleepover with a friend or family member. In addition, she says, “Go to the open house event if possible. It’s a good way for a child to become familiar with the setting and the staff, and to meet other campers.” If a family can’t attend the open house, Kunsek encourages scheduling a tour.

IEP goals. And if your child is receiving therapeutic interventions at camp, your medical insurance may cover some of the cost.

Think about funding. Camps can be expensive, but families of children with special needs have options if they plan ahead. Many camps offer full and partial scholarships. Some churches and fraternal organizations (e.g. Lions Club, Rotary Club) will sponsor a child at a specific camp. If there is a proven need for continued education services over the summer, some school districts will pay for a camp that targets your child’s

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Ashley Talmadge is a freelance writer and mother of two boys. She enjoys writing about the many facets of parenthood, and her articles have appeared in dozens of parenting publications throughout the U.S. and Canada.

SUMMER SOCIAL GROUPS Our 8 week groups begin the week of June 5. First session free with Early Bird Registration by May 31 AGES 4-6: LITTLE MIND READERS Adventures and journeys await for our youngest members! Children will learn how to think about others during fun voyages to outer space, underwater, the farm, and much more! This group focuses on school readiness skills such as: cooperative play, staying with the group, whole body listening, as well as developing imaginative thinking. AGES 7-9: SUPERFLEX TRAINING ACADEMY Come train to be a super hero! These members will help Superflex save the day by increasing awareness of their own behavior and the behavior of others through learning flexible thinking. Your child will learn the Superflexible strategies they need to succeed in becoming the ultimate superhero!

AGES 10-12: IT’S SHOWTIME! Come to the movies to explore thinking about social skills in a fun and interactive way! These members learn to be directors by hitting the “pause” button frequently and freezing the action in order to interpret the context, emotions, intentions, and plans of our favorite movie characters. Once the scene is right, our directors promote to producers, making this movie of life come to action! 916.575.8800 | | 1972 Del Paso Rd. Suite 156, Sacramento, CA 95834 •Autism Spectrum Disorder

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Keep Movi Edited by Shannon Smith | FIT4MOM Photos courtesy of Mischa Photography

Those who hold the title of Mom would probably agree with Elizabeth Stone, and although you gladly bestow your heart to these precious little beings, many parents find “me time” quickly becomes a distant memory. Ready to find balance, and get your groove (and your body) back? Fortunately, Greater Sacramento has much to offer busy parents…here are a few fun options for new and expecting moms.

Q&A WITH JULIE TARANTO, FIT4MOM SACRAMENTO FRANCHISE OWNER/INSTRUCTOR FOR THOSE WHO HAVE NEVER HEARD OF FIT4MOM, HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE IT IN A NUTSHELL? FIT4MOM is an amazing community of support, fitness, and like-minded mamas who come together for great workouts and end up making lifelong friendships. TELL US ABOUT THE PROGRAMS YOU OFFER. Stroller Strides is the signature program of FIT4MOM. This is our workout for mamas with little(s) in tow. In addition to our Land Park and McKinley Park locations, we recently launched an Arden Park location as well. Body Back Transformation is our 8-week program just for moms (little ones stay home) where we focus on nutrition, HIIT workouts, and making positive changes from the inside out. We will also offer Stroller Barre and Run Club coming Spring of 2017. Stroller Barre is a unique blend of ballet, Pilates, barre, and yoga with your stroller alongside. At Run Club we meet to train for a local race in Sacramento throughout the year! CAN YOU SHARE WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO BECOME INVOLVED WITH FIT4MOM IN THE SACRAMENTO REGION? I discovered FIT4MOM while living in San Francisco. I just had my first baby and desperately needed to find activities, support, and mom friends! I joined the local Stroller Strides class there and fell in love. Shortly after, I moved to Sacramento and was thrilled to find there was a franchise here. After two years, the original franchise owner/instructor in Sacramento announced that she would be returning to work full-time and was selling the franchise. I decided this was my chance to continue to provide the community, friendships, and strength we all needed for motherhood! It was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. WHAT TRAINING DO FIT4MOM INSTRUCTORS RECEIVE? We are all trained by Nationally Certified FIT4MOM fitness trainers. You can come with a fitness background, or none at all, and walk away confident to provide a quality program if this is your passion. CAN YOU SHARE A FEW EXAMPLES OF WHAT MOMS CAN EXPECT TO GET FROM THE PROGRAMS? Moms can expect a warm, comforting welcome at all of our classes! Your first class is always free, so it’s a great opportunity to try out our program. At Stroller Strides, you will be led through a total body workout including cardio, resistance training, and stretching. This happens while we entertain, sing, and interact with your little one(s)! We understand that our children aren’t just our audience, but an integral part of our workouts. Our exercises are designed to support and strengthen the pre/post-natal body as we understand the changes that pregnancy and now an infant bring. Our community also meets outside of class at our monthly Mom’s Night Out, field trips, and gymnastics playdates. We have specialty themed classes each month and potlucks that follow—seriously good eats at these events! If you are looking for a workout without your kiddos, Body Back Transformation is for you! 8-weeks of HIIT workouts, a focus on clean eating, and accountability is the perfect trifecta to success. Meeting twice weekly with other like-minded moms who will push you beyond your perceived limits is the magic of Body Back. We have seen staggering results—not just physical, but also emotional and mental paradigm shifts. We come together to find strength in the commonality of motherhood!

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ing Mama! “Making the decision to have a child–it’s momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking outside your body.”

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–Elizabeth Stone ARE DADS OR COUPLES PARTICIPATING? That’s exactly what makes our programs unique—they are just for moms! Dads or partners are invited to join us at specialty classes throughout the year, but our workouts are designed for moms. HOW WOULD SOMEONE GO ABOUT TRYING IT OUT? WHAT DO YOU RECOMMEND? If you are interested in joining us at a class, simply sign up for one online! Your first class is free— there’s nothing to lose! You can go to, create your account, and sign the liability waiver before attending your first free class. Bring a sturdy stroller (doesn’t have to be a jogging stroller), water, comfort objects/snacks for your little one(s), and we’ll have bands waiting for you at your first class! WHAT MAKES THIS DIFFERENT FROM JUST JOINING A GYM? Joining FIT4MOM Sacramento is the total package! Your little one(s) aren’t in childcare at a gym— they’re watching YOU model fitness and strength! They see, firsthand, what it looks like for a mama to take care of herself first so she can then take care of her children and family. They see that fitness is FUN with songs, tickles, and kisses. Don’t get me wrong—this workout is no walk in the park. Your instructors design workouts to challenge and push you, all while providing interaction with the most important people in your lives! You’re being led by instructors who are also moms and understand the challenges and recovery of childbirth. They will give you many modifications to jumping jacks if needed! You are surrounded by other mamas who are in the trenches of motherhood. You’re not alone! DO KIDS THAT ARE TODDLER-AGED PARTICIPATE AND GET OUT OF THE STROLLERS DURING ANY OF THE WORKOUTS? The safety of our little one(s) are our first and foremost concern. In order to ensure that safety, children remain buckled in their strollers throughout class. The only exception to that is if an infant is fussy and needs to be closer to mama, mamas are welcome to “wear” their babies in an infant carrier or wrap, and modify exercises as necessary. We do offer Our Village playgroups at our Stroller Strides locations, though. These are activities specifically designed for the little ones after our workout is complete. Handprint crafts, story time, fun with hula hoops, or an annual berry picking field trip—these are just a small sample of the wide variety of experiences we provide for the littlest in our community! TELL US ABOUT THE BONDS AND FRIENDSHIPS FORMED THAT EXTEND BEYOND THE CLASSES/ PROGRAMS? This might be the best part of FIT4MOM Sacramento: the friendships! We meet and sweat together almost everyday of the week—but, the magic doesn’t end there. Coffee dates, playdates, babysitting swaps, meal trains to deliver meals to new mamas for a few weeks (these are the best!), birthday parties, the list goes on and on. It’s such an organic part of what we do. Find your village! I have been there—you’re holding your brand new bundle of joy with overwhelming love and excitement for what’s to come. It’s just the two of you, day in and day out. You’re nervous to venture out to the store, the mall, or even just for a stroll around the neighborhood. But you know you need connection, support, adult conversation! Joining a new group is intimidating…What if you aren’t as strong as the other moms there? What if you can’t do all the exercises? What if your baby cries? What if you cry? Guess what? THAT’S the safety of Stroller Strides. We GET it. We GET you. That’s why we’re continued on page 28 APRIL 2017 27

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here—motherhood wasn’t meant to be done alone. You have a community waiting for you whenever you’re ready, Mama. Open arms. Judgement free. —Julie Taranto, FIT4MOM Sacramento Franchise Owner/Instructor

Q&A WITH JILLIAN VAN NESS, WATSU® PRACTITIONER, CIMT, CPMT, GROOVAROO™ DANCE INSTRUCTOR FOR THOSE WHO HAVE NEVER HEARD OF GROOVAROO™, HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE IT? GroovaRoo™ is a prenatal and babywearing dance class that focuses on creating a safe, sacred, and soulful dance experience for the whole family. More than just a workout, it is a community of fun-loving folks who come together each week to move and connect with their babies and one another to soulful, feelgood tunes. Sacramento GroovaRoo™ classes are all-levels and open to all caregivers. No prior dance or babywearing experience necessary. HOW DID YOU GET INVOLVED AND WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO BRING GROOVAROO™ TO THE SACRAMENTO AREA? I have been working with and supporting new and expecting families in the Sacramento area ever since moving here; first, in the warm water pool with pre and postnatal aquatic massage, and then as a pediatric massage therapist and instructor teaching weekly “Bonding & Baby Massage” classes. When a GroovaRoo™ video of babywearing parents dancing in a San Diego class went viral, friends and clients started forwarding it to me, asking if I would bring the classes to our community in Sacramento. I’ve always had a passion for dancing and movement and even though it seems to fall outside the “nurturing touch” mission of my practice, it’s still closely aligned with my passion for inspiring connection and bonds within growing families. So to me, it just made perfect sense. ARE YOU THE ONLY CERTIFIED GROOVAROO DANCE™ INSTRUCTOR IN THE AREA, WILL YOU BE EXPANDING? I was in the very first wave of certified instructors and am now one of 10 certified GroovaRoo Dance™ instructors in the world, from Colorado and Florida, to Alabama and even India. But there are more instructors on the way! GroovaRoo™ is offering an instructor training on both the east and west coast this year and there

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are still spots left to join. Another woman from my training will likely begin teaching locally this summer. Between the two of us, I’m hoping we’ll be able to expand to offer even more class locations, days, and times. ARE DADS OR COUPLES PARTICIPATING MUCH? We have definitely had dads, grandparents, and siblings join our classes here in Sacramento since the launch, but I’d love to see even more. Timing classes so that both parents can attend can be difficult however, which is why I try to offer one evening class a week and one weekend class a month. It’s definitely not as common in our culture for men to dance in public, but I want folks to know that GroovaRoo™ classes are a safe and fun place. It’s not about skill or performance or doing the moves right. I can’t tell you how many dads who “don’t dance” are shocked to discover how much they love dancing while wearing their babies. Why? Because the babies love it. It’s something dads/non-nursing partners can do to feel connected to their baby early on and to other dads/partners; and it’s a tool they can take home to use to help soothe baby to sleep. Classes are broken down step-by-step so that they are accessible to all levels, regulars and newbies alike. HOW WOULD SOMEONE GO ABOUT TRYING OUT A CLASS? The best way to learn more about upcoming classes, flashmobs, potlucks, and events is to join our GroovaRoo™ Sacramento Facebook Group ( If you’re not on Facebook, you can also email me through my website ( to be notified of the upcoming/monthly class and event schedule. Bring a friend or come meet a new one! ARE THERE ANY OPTIONS FOR TODDLER-AGED KIDDOS THAT ARE OUT OF BABY CARRIERS TO JOIN THEIR PARENT AND BABY SIBLING? Older siblings love this class and often times dance along with us. It’s very sweet to see. The class is definitely geared towards adults, but is fully

inclusive of older children and the whole family. I’ve had the most success including children 5-years and older, but younger children have attended and either watch or bring toys to play at the back of the class while we dance. WHEN IS IT SAFE TO START DANCING WITH BABY? We can start dancing with baby at 6-weeks-old and continue as long as your baby or toddler is happy being in the carrier. In other words, there really is no upper age limit. We have a handful of carriers that are approved for class, ones that we believe are safest and offer the best support for dancing. I highly recommend attending one of our fabulous, local babywearing meet-ups prior to coming to class; there, you can work with a certified babywearing expert who can spend one-on-one time with you and baby so that you are comfortable with your carrier and the basic safety principles. DO YOU FIND PARTICIPANTS OFTEN MAKE CONNECTIONS THAT EXTEND BEYOND THE CLASSES? Absolutely! It’s hard not too in this class since we’re all about nurturing connection and inclusivity. We start and end class in a circle, with fun introductions and a little dancing. Class is full of high-fives and jokes and babies smiling at one another and “singing” along. We don’t take ourselves too seriously and this helps dissolve barriers (both internally and externally). Class ends on time but parents often stick around to feed, change diapers, let baby crawl around and interact, and chat with other parents. Seeing these connections and sparks between families is the highlight of my week.

DO YOU RECOMMEND THE CLASSES IF YOU ARE EXPECTING? GroovaRoo™ is also fabulous for women who are pregnant! I myself am expecting and have been dancing/teaching throughout my pregnancy. It’s a low impact exercise that’s geared for women with relaxin running through their bodies, as well as a wonderful way to connect with baby in utero; I believe babies sense and love the rhythm and movement even before they’re born (making the transition into experien life, movement, and dance Prenata ce groovaRoo™ l & Baby class outside the womb we dance aring even more seemless). Plus, On stage a it’s a great way to start Saturda t 10:00am y, April building community 8th Citrus H e ig h t s C o before baby arrives so that mmunity Center www.Ba a support network already biesand Bumps.n exists in those first few weeks et and months. “GroovaRoo™ is special because we focus on community, connection, and empowerment. Will you get a good workout? Yes. Will you learn some dance moves? Yes. But more importantly, you will connect to yourself and your body. You will move from a place of joy and freedom alongside other adults and babies. You will connect with your baby in a new and fun way: as your dance partner. And you will very likely walk out with an elevated mood, feeling uplifted and optimistic. What’s not to love?” —Jillian Van Ness, GroovaRoo™ Dance Instructor

MORE SPECIAL GUESTS AND PERFORMANCES AT BABIES AND BUMPS 2017! In addition to Fit4Mom and GroovaRoo™ Babies and Bumps will have many FREE, fun activities and special guests throughout the day! Starting at 9am check-in to reserve a time with Colehearted Photography to be entered in Sacramento Parent’s 2017 Cover Kid Search sponsored by Sunrise Mall. Don’t miss the fantastic Oops C Daisy who’s always clowning around, twisting balloons and sharing glitter tattoos all day! When you get hungry, stop in at the delicious Good Dog food cart stocked with goodies and healthy snacks! Plus, we’ve got the most beautiful and elegant princesses that just can’t wait to greet our guests, too.

9:30am Join Lauren of 5 Feathers Yoga for a peaceful Family Yoga time to kick off the morning. 9:30aM-11:30am Experience the whimsical and enchanting Happily Ever Laughter Faeries. 11am Tracy of Amazing Animal World will bring some of her critters and reptiles to meet you! 11am-1pm Your favorite Bat Hero will be dropping in to save the day and meet all of the little superheroes in training.

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Doulas Are For Dads, Too! By Will Martin When I agreed to hire a doula, it was more a gift to my wife than an endorsement of the profession. I’d heard of doulas, but they only came up in conversations with my crunchiest friends, the same folks who were prone to wheatgrass smoothies. A career soldier with blue-collar roots, I was cynical. I might have even uttered the words “witch doctor” within earshot of my wife. But she was rocking her pregnancy. My wife had navigated the first few months with grit and grace. And if an extra set of hands would add to her comfort or boost her confidence, why not write one more check? What I didn’t anticipate is that I would reap the bigger return on investment. I’d learn doulas are for dads, too.

I was drowning under a steady stream of books and jargon. A skilled doula, however, can empower a father with practical information and hands-on rehearsals. Knowledge and muscle memory can transform a dad from anxious observer to cool-headed participant. “Often, fathers just need the right resources, “said Brooke Lonergan, a birth and postpartum doula with Birthlight Doula Services in Sacramento. “Doulas teach comfort-measure tools and give fathers a safe, non-judgmental space to express their concerns.”

What I didn’t anticipate is that I would reap the bigger return on investment. I’d learn doulas are for dads, too.

JUST WHAT IS A DOULA? Doulas have been around nearly as long as babies. The word comes from the ancient Greek for “maidservant,” a woman who attended births alongside expecting mothers. The modern doula stands in this tradition of birth-support professionals by offering services that range from prenatal education to physical and emotional care during the actual birth. “Because every woman wants and needs something different, I think a doula can be a great many things,” said Tashina Benning, of Indulgent Birth Doula Services in Sacramento. “Doulas are lovingly able to support women for every birth plan.” According to studies cited by the Capital City Doula Collective in Sacramento, births involving doulas often result in fewer C-sections, less labor-inducing drugs and shorter labor times. “Most providers are still mocking the use of doulas in this city, yet ACOG (the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists) has explicitly mentioned us as an impactful measure in preventing a woman’s initial C-section,” said Benning. “We need to look at that.”

HAVING DAD’S BACK The mystique surrounding childbirth can overwhelm the most motivated of fathers. By the time my son was born, I felt as if

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Doulas speak the language of birth. Through education, they instill confidence in fathers by addressing the unknown. By being present at the birth, they help dads navigate the nuances of a home birth or hospital setting.

“We help demystify birth, somewhat, so that it’s not as scary,” said Benning. Justin Crandell, of Penryn in Placer County, was skeptical when his wife, Halley, suggested hiring a doula; “I was presented with something that I didn't know existed, and it was going to cost me extra money.” But their doula won over Justin well before the birth of their daughter, Kyra Mae. “Going through the birth plan and knowing the answers to questions we wouldn't have expected allowed us to have confidence as first-time parents,” he said.

COST AND CONCERNS Like Justin my hesitation in hiring a doula centered on cost (local doulas charge anywhere from several hundred to more than a thousand dollars). But I also feared it might be part of a larger anti-science, fringe philosophy. Both concerns, while common to men, don’t typically bear out. “I actually do believe hiring a doula is a costly luxury,” said Benning. “It is not an essential need, but you can say the same about…changing tables, baby swings, or a great many other things we decide are useful and likely to meet some need we have decided we have.”

“I think it depends on what we truly value,” said Lonergan. “People spend one to two hundred dollars a month on cable or eating out, but waiver on investing in…one of the most intense and important experiences of their lives.” While Lonergan concedes there are “zealots” within the doula community, she and Benning believe the anti-science charge is rooted in a false narrative. “I can deeply respect medicine and still believe that outcomes for women giving birth are not what they could be,” said Benning. “I think everyone should be in a state of examination as to why that is and what we can do about it.”


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“I like when they almost bombard me with questions,” said Benning of her interview experiences. “I am so excited for people to be their own advocates.”

Like any profession, quality in doulas varies. And, even the best doulas might not be a good fit for every couple.


“Interview at least three,” said Lonergan. “Ask that they have had some formal training and what their continuing education is like. (But) more important than their actual experience, is how you feel when you are with them. It’s all about the vibe.”

Sutter Davis Hospital Volunteer Doulas Program

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Tashina Benning | Brooke Lonergan |

The Capital City Doula Collective holds regular “Meet the Doulas” events, as does Sutter Davis Hospital, which is home to an in-house volunteer doulas program. Will Martin is an Army officer and freelance journalist. Read more of his writings at or follow him on Twitter at @wmartin89.




It’s All About Birth Order, Baby! By Laura Lyles Reagan, MS


The Achiever, The Peacemaker, and The Life of The Party Parenting expert, Dr. Gail Gross summarizes the existing roles and research on birth order by naming the first born as the achiever, the middle child as the peacemaker and the youngest child as the life of the party. While the eldest child is programmed for excellence and achievement, the middle child is raised to be understanding and conciliatory and the baby seeks attention. Only children relate to the personality traits of the achiever and the life of the party. Personality traits may be clustered in the following ways as a result of birth order.

Firstborns: Achievers

Middle Children: Peacemakers

The Last Child: The Life of the Party

Reliable Conscientious Structured Cautious Controlling

People-pleasers Somewhat rebellious Thrives on friendships Has large social circle

Fun-loving Uncomplicated Manipulative Outgoing Attention-seeker

Some researchers state that birth order can be as powerful a variable in personality development as gender. It returns us to the old nurture vs. nature argument. Ultimately, we are different parents to different children in part due to their birth order.

Birth Order + Parenting = Behavior Meri Wallace, author of Birth Order Blues (Owl Books) states, "Birth order has to do with the way the parent relates to the child in his spot, and some of it actually happens because of the spot itself. Each spot has unique challenges," she explains. By being the firstborn with inexperienced, new parents, the parenting approach might be a mixture of instinct and trial-and-error. Perhaps this will cause the parents to consult parenting books, be extremely attentive and rigid about how they enforce “the rules.” This approach might cause the child to be perfectionistic and become a people pleaser. In contrast, if the couple decides to have a second child, they might raise their second-born with less rigidity due to their experiences raising their firstborn. They might also be less attentive to the second-born since there's another child competing for attention. This might cause the second-born to be less perfectionistic, more relaxed but more likely to compete negatively for attention. It is not so much that the child came out of his mother's womb first that caused him to be a leader. Rather, it's the fact that his parents treated him as their firstborn child that shaped his attitude and behavior.

Blended Families: Exceptions to Traditional Birth Order Structure? In the case of divorce, remarriage, and the melding of stepchildren, Dr. Kevin Leman, a psychologist who has studied birth order since 1967 and author of “The Birth Order Book: Why You Are the Way You Are” (Revell) says blended families don’t summarily fit the traditional structure. Firstborn children who used to be the leader of the pack may find themselves unceremoniously thrown off the top of the hill by an older stepsibling, and the youngest of the family may suddenly have to deal with all the attention on the new baby. Despite a child's new position in a blended family hierarchy, he will not tailor his existing personality to his new position 32 APRIL 2017

unless he is still in infancy. Many psychologists agree that personality develops tremendously during the first few years of life during the bonding stages.

his findings on birth order. Generally, the wealthier a family, the better able they are to protect children during difficult times.

The Sociology of Birth Order

All children struggle when a parent dies, becomes ill or loses a job, but those with larger financial savings have more resources to cope. Children might attend therapy, or those that develop behavioral problems can be sent to special schools. Lower income families might need children to pitch in with household chores or jobs instead of pursuing extracurricular interests or higher education. A child in pain who acts out might find themselves in trouble with the law instead of in therapy. Remarriage after the death or divorce might benefit children in some circumstances.

While we might be tempted to think similarities or differences among siblings are the result of inborn personality traits or birth order, Dalton Conley’s book “The Pecking Order” reminds us that families are affected by social forces. These forces in turn shape children’s identities and opportunities. In other words, even though we grow up in the same families, events like economic changes, illness, and death affect us differently based on our age and gender. Conley used census data, the Panel Study of Income Dynamics and the General Social Survey as well as indepth interviews with siblings to arrive at

This might not be surprising, but some other findings are. Social psychology research and popular wisdom tell us that middle children are long suffering but Conley’s research findings teach us that this is usually only the case in large families with fewer resources to go around. Birth order theories are more complicated than assumed at first glance because they are affected by forces outside the family as well as forces within the family. The real issue is, how do these forces affect how we parent? Being conscious of our own behavior as parents and how it affects our parenting, will help us honor the individual journeys, personalities and choices of each of our children. Isn’t that the very purpose of parenting?

Laura Lyles Reagan, MS is a family sociologist and author of the upcoming book, How to Raise Respectful Parents. She can be reached through her website, APRIL 2017 33

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BOOKS FOR YOUR LITTLE BUNNIES By Penguin Young Readers | Edited by Shannon Smith

Looking for Easter treats sweeter than a chocolate bunny? “Penguin Young Readers’ Easter Round-up” features some brand new friends, like a fashion-loving bee or a magic bunny, as well as some familiar faces like The Very Hungry Caterpillar who will teach your youngest reader about Easter pastels. Perfect for Easter baskets and celebrating spring!

BOARD BOOKS BUNNY ROO, I LOVE YOU by Melisa Marr, Teagan White A book that celebrates the many ways loving mothers make their babies feel at home in the world. THE EASTER EGG by Jan Brett Every year the Easter Rabbit arrives to pick up the eggs that the rabbits have been busy decorating. The rabbit who makes the most beautiful egg gets to help hide the eggs on Easter morning. This year Hoppi is old enough to decorate an egg, and more than anything he wants to win. THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR’S EASTER COLORS by Eric Carle The colors of the rainbow jump off the page in this colorful celebration of the Easter season. Young readers will love learning about colors along with The Very Hungry Caterpillar in this delightful board book filled with the joyful art of Eric Carle. SWEET DREAMS, PETER by Beatrix Potter In this charming and whimsical board book, Peter Rabbit and his friends are lulled softly off to sleep. Artistic and lyrical, this is a perfect introduction to the world of Beatrix Potter for very young children. A PETER RABBIT TALE by Beatrix Potter, Eleanor Taylor Peter Rabbit is used to being an only bunny, so he gets quite a surprise when not one, not two, but three baby rabbits join the family! Peter is not sure at first how he feels about his new siblings. Mrs. Rabbit has thought of names for two of them: Flopsy and Mopsy—but, it’s Peter who gets to choose the third one! Suddenly he feels important and useful. LITTLE BITTY FRIENDS by Elizabeth McPike, Patrice Barton From marveling over ladybugs and caterpillars, marching like ants, stretching to the sun like a buttercup, and more, toddlers make friends with animals and plants alike. Of course playing with little bitty friends tires them out and the action winds down for a nap.

PICTURE BOOKS THIS BOOK IS MAGIC by Ashley Evanson Did you know that you’re a magician? In this interactive book, use your fingers to perform all kinds of magic tricks. Tap a hat to make a bunny appear, recite a spell to make books bigger, say “Gonzo!” to make a ship disappear, and much more. But beware: the clever magic tricks don’t always turn out the way you’d expect! A SEASON TO BEE by Carlos Aponte Fashion illustrator Carlos Aponte gives readers front-row seats to the most colorful show of the season. Join Miss V. McQueen and her fashion bugs as they flit and flutter down the runway. Ladybug reds, butterfly golds, and grasshopper greens provide young readers with a chic introduction to colors.

ACTIVITY BOOK THE FLOWER FAIRIES COLORING BOOK by Cicely Mary Barker This beautifully illustrated coloring book features the magical world of the Flower Fairies. With stunning pages to color, this enchanting coloring book is the perfect gift for any Flower Fairies fan. Thanks to Penguin Random House for sharing “Penguin Young Readers’ Easter Round-up,” to find these book titles and more, visit APRIL 2017 35

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Hello Spring...

Did You Have to Bring Seasonal Allergies Back? By Brittany Fuller Springtime is considered one of the most beautiful times of the year. As the temperatures rise and the nights get longer, all of nature begins to come out of hibernation. Right before our eyes, trees, flowers, and plants start to come to life. For many, this doesn’t pose a threat to everyday life. Although for allergy sufferers, springtime is the season to start stocking up on remedies to ease their irritation.

Over the counter remedies for seasonal allergy sufferers include oral antihistamines, decongestants, nasal sprays and some combination medications. Other ways to avoid and reduce your exposure to allergens is to stay indoors on windy days. Spring cleaning, lawn mowing, and weed pulling can stir up allergies in many people. Delegating those tasks to someone less prone to suffer from seasonal allergies can also prove helpful.

Dr. Travis Miller, the Medical Director of The Allergy Station at Sacramento Ear Nose and Throat, says there are many things that cause allergies in our area. According to Dr. Miller, symptoms like sneezing, itchy eyes, stuffy nose, sore throat, runny nose, cough and post nasal drip are all thanks to several factors many cannot escape.

Checking local news on the T.V., radio, newspaper or internet can help with keeping an eye on the current pollen forecast and levels. Closing the windows and doors to your house when pollen counts are high can also help seasonal allergy sufferers from prolonged suffering.

“Allergens are small particles including pollen, dust mites, pet dander, mold spores and others,” says Miller. “Contributing factors [to seasonal allergies] include longer days in the spring and fall, vigorous exercise, living in an area endemic for airborne distribution and alternating weather patterns.” According to Dr. Miller, seasonal allergies cannot be cured. However, he offers some tips for dealing with seasonal allergies. For example, taking a symptom assessment can be helpful. As well as loading a pollen count app on your smart phone. Some other items the medical director suggests to help allergy sufferers are staying indoors during high pollen times or showering frequently. “Talk to an allergist,” suggests Dr. Miller. “Or consider medication or immune therapy. Wear sun glasses and hats when outdoors, use saline products, or try over the counter allergy medications.”

Some seasonal allergy sufferers need to take extra caution as their allergies may put them at risk for allergy induced asthma. This form of asthma is one of the more common

forms, as it happens when someone is exposed to an allergen that causes their body to produce histamines. This then causes inflammation and irritation in the person’s lungs, which in turn makes it difficult to breath as their body tries to overcome the allergen. “Allergens are very common triggers of asthma reactions, as allergens can be easily delivered to the lungs by regular breathing or exercise,” says Dr. Miller. “Common symptoms include coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath or chest tightness. Responses in the lungs include airway narrowing, muscle spasm, mucus production and inflammation.” Asthma is diagnosed differently depending on the age of the patient. Children under the age of five typically are diagnosed using the family’s medical history (due to the fact that it may be difficult for a young child to perform or follow instructions on a breathing capacity test). As they get older, they are given breathing tests that determine the asthma severity. In most circumstances, the easiest treatment option is reducing the exposure to the known allergens causing the asthma. Inhalers and nebulizers can continued on page 39 APRIL 2017 37

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be used when directed by your doctor. Other products can also be purchased to help make your home as allergen free as possible. These products include mattress and pillow covers for your beds, as well as air filtration systems. When asked when someone should see a health care professional, Dr. Miller suggests as soon as your allergies interfere with your everyday life and routine. “Someone should see a professional as soon as symptoms are impacting your quality of life, ability to go to school or work, simple treatments are not effective, or asthma symptoms are present,” informs the doctor. According to Dr. Miller, allergies are genetic and there are studies that do show that children are more likely to have allergies if their parents or previ-

ous family generations had. However, the doctor also advises that people can develop allergies on their own, without a family history. For more tips on how allergy sufferers can determine their triggers and find relief, Dr. Miller suggests, “Seeing a board-certified allergist for discussion of an allergy evaluation. Effective treatments include general immune support, medications, desensitization or immunotherapy. The best resources for allergy sufferers are to find a patient support organization such as,,, or a board-certified allergist.”

For more information about Dr. Miller or The Allergy Station at Sacramento Ear Nose and Throat please visit

Brittany Fuller is a writer from El Dorado Hills where she lives with her husband and three children. In addition to her work as a journalist, she is an aspiring author. When she is not writing she enjoys reading, gardening, working out, and spending time with her family. APRIL 2017 39

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25th Anniversary Community Celebration 11am at Inderkum High School, Sacramento Natomas Unified School District is holding a community wide event to celebrate its 25th Anniversary. There will be student performances throughout the afternoon, a barbecue and fun activities for the children. 567-5402 | Critter Corner: April Fools Edition! 10:30am at Effie Yeaw Nature Center, Carmichael The world of animals is a wild, wacky place where animals have to be clever in order to survive. Animals have the ability to mimic plants, ground cover, or even other animals in order to hide or hunt. Meet a few nature center resident animals that are masters of camouflage and deception. 489-4918 | Model Railroad Party 1pm at Belle Cooledge Library, Sacramento Join the American River Model Railroad Society to learn about where trains travel. Experience the history of America through the magic of model trains. You may even meet Thomas and Friends! 264-2920 | River City Marketplace 11am at Fremont Park, Sacramento Sacramento creatives are sending the message loud and clear: we are a hub of talent and creativity! Enjoy the area’s largest maker faire while listening to live music and tasting local bites at one of Sactown’s favorite parks. 505-0663 Tale of the Dragon’s Tail (4/1-4/2) 12:30, 1:30 & 2:30pm at Fairytale Town, Sacramento Princess Penny is happy to be home from her world travels, until she discovers there are problems in the kingdom. A dragon has been spotted in the hills above the castle, and her father, the King, has been giving the kingdom’s gold to a wizard who claims he can keep the dragon away. Penny suspects something fishy. Will Penny get to the bottom of the mystery? Is there really a dragon? 808-7462 |

1st Annual Sierra Poetry Festival 9am at 250 Sierra College Dr., Grass Valley Nevada County Arts Council presents the inaugural Sierra Poetry Festival bringing together an array of local, national and international poets and performers to kick off National Poetry Month! 530-575-7934 |


Friday Family Flicks 4pm at Southgate Library, Sacramento Join the library for the latest Disney movie, “Moana.” Free popcorn will be provided. 264-2920 | Kids & Company Gallery Adventure 10:30am at Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento Amusing and educational, this tour is the perfect way to introduce art to children ages 5 and older (and the adults who tag along with them) in a fun and playful manner. 808-1182 | Natomas Rabbit Run 8am at North Natomas Regional Park The Natomas Rabbit Run is an annual 5K/10K race hosted by The River Community Services, a non-profit organization devoted to benefiting the children and families of Natomas. 2017’s event will include a kid’s run! There will be tons of fun for all ages. Run Rocklin 6:30am at Johnson-Springview Park, Rocklin The annual Run Rocklin event offers a variety of athletic experiences–from the flat 5K, the scenic 12K , the ‘Run the Rock’ Half-Marathon to the Free Kids Run! Proceeds to support local charities. 625-5000 | Sun Seekers 1:30pm at Effie Yeaw Nature Center, Carmichael The weather is warm and so are the reptiles! Slither on in to learn all about these ectotherms (and what that word means!), what kind you may find in our area, and meet a resident reptile up close! 489-4918 |


Baby Stay and Play 12pm at Elk Grove Library Looking for a fun, fabulous and educational

program for you and your baby? Join the library for baby stay and play. Intended for babies 0 to 18 months. 264-2920 | Comix Club 6pm at Valley Hi North Laguna Library, Sacramento Learn to draft, write, pencil, ink, and publish a comic book at Valley Hi Library’s Comix Club. Whether you aspire to be the next Fiona Staples, a world class mangaka, or a punk underground artist, they’ve got the tools and the teacher for you. All ages are welcome! 264-2920 | Tuesday Train Rides (Every Tuesday) 11am at California State Railroad Museum, Sacramento Appealing to all ages, the experience offers guests the chance to relax and enjoy train travel from an earlier era. Passengers are treated to a six-mile, 45-minute round-trip excursion along the levees of the Sacramento River. The train features a combination of vintage closed coaches with comfortable seats and open-air “gondolas” with bench style seating. 323-9280 www.CaliforniaRailroad.Museum


Pixie Fairy Party 10:30am at Rancho Cordova Library Join the library for a fairy party with the Pixie Tribe fairies. The fun includes face painting, balloon twisting, and a magic show! For ages 2 to 9. 264-2920 | Walk to Thrive by Kaiser Permanente 8am at Westfield Galleria, Roseville Westfield Galleria is proud to team up with Kaiser Permanente to help you enjoy the benefits of a good walk. A weekly walking club and a great way to get fit while meeting new people! As a member of the club, you’ll enjoy a peaceful, climate-controlled environment–no traffic congestion or intersections to cross–just an easy to follow 1 or 2-mile route through the center. Enjoy weekly email reminders with health tips, a free t-shirt for signing up and a free gift after five walks. Plus, free monthly health-related presentations by Kaiser Permanente physicians and other health professionals. 787-2000 | APRIL 2017 41

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Masking Tape Painting 4pm at Arden-Dimick Library, Sacramento Make a word or design with masking tape, paint over it, and remove the tape to reveal your design! This program is for kids of all ages and their adults. Plan to get messy. 264-2920 | U-Create! 5pm at Verge Center for the Arts Part of Festival of the Arts, this event is a celebration to showcase research and creative activities by faculty and students and will feature live music, dance performances, student readings and other exciting showcases. 278-6166 |


Easter Eggstravaganza (4/7-9) 11am at Funderland Park, Sacramento Join the annual Easter Eggstravaganza with egg hunts, visits from the Easter bunny, free arts & crafts, and free ride tickets when you bring in new games or art supplies to donate to River Oak Center for Children. The Easter Bunny and Happy the Squirrel will be making visits throughout the day in the park. Free arts and crafts are available to everyone! 456-0131 | Interactive Harry Potter Movie for Teens 5pm at Arden-Dimick Library, Sacramento Experience the Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone movie with interactive elements. Free popcorn provided. Open to youth in 6th to 12th grades. 264-2920 | Story Time 11am at California Auto Museum, Sacramento Recommended for children 6 and under. Embark on an adventure through the sights, sounds, and stories that make the automobile come alive! Kids can gather around and listen to a story about common themes we see in cars like lights, horns, and wheels. Then explore the museum and see, touch, and even climb into different cars and car parts to experience the story first hand. 442-6802


9th Annual Babies and Bumps 9am at Citrus Heights Community Center Sacramento Parent is excited to deliver this premier event celebrating parenthood and pregnancy, babies and families. Don’t miss this free and fun day which will include its fourth annual Cover Kid Search, the chance to meet face-to-face with a vast array of vendors, shop our lovely boutique of hand-crafted items. Plus, entertainers will have the room jumping all day with fairies, clowns, face painters, princesses, special guests, and performances. And of course, everyone in attendance is eligible to win incredible prizes, too! 530-888-0573 | www.SacramentoParent. com/babies--bumps.html

Community Day 1pm at Maple Neighborhood Center, Sacramento All ages are invited for a day of play at the Sacramento Adventure Playground! Children get to create their own play structures and spaces by re-purposing everyday items such as cardboard boxes, plus household wares, natural elements and unexpected items. The Playground is a fun and safe environment where children can use their imagination and creativity to direct their own play! 222-3831 | Gifts from The Heart Of Elk Grove 10am at 9685 Elk Grove Florin Rd., Elk Grove Need something to keep the kids busy over Spring Break? Head to this FREE family event for make and take projects from the amazing KLUTZ product line-up. Try your hand at Paper Twirling, Star Wars Folded Flyers, Stencil Stamping, and more! 714-0914 | Kestrel Connection 10:30am at Effie Yeaw Nature Center, Carmichael Meet Rocky, the Nature Center’s resident Kestrel, hear his story and learn all about North America’s smallest falcon. After a good look at this handsome bird, make a Kestrel bracelet to remember your new friend. All ages welcome. 489-4918 | Rocklin Reveal 2017 Quarry Park 11am at Quarry Park, Rocklin This special event kicks off the 2017 entertainment season giving you a sneak peek at upcoming events, and includes a special City of Rocklin open house! Join the fun for a behind the scenes look at what’s happening in Rocklin! Free!


Fly By Butterfly 1:30pm at Effie Yeaw Nature Center, Carmichael What is a pipevine swallowtail? Explore the pipevine swallowtail world as you hike through the Nature Preserve in search of different phases of its life cycle. 489-4918 | Ogling Raptors and Sparrows at Salmon Falls Ranch 9am at Salmon Falls/Folsom Lake area Join Point Blue Central Sierra biologist Alissa Fogg on this rugged hike to Salmon Falls Ranch to find soaring raptors, wintering sparrows and perhaps even spy a bobcat. This is an advanced hike of 4 miles with elevation gain. Ages 10+ welcome. Rain cancels. Suggested donation: $5/ members, $10/non-members. Spring Fling 1pm at Palladio, Folsom Hop on over and celebrate with the Easter Bunny! Enjoy crafts and games for the kiddos! Fun for the whole family!

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calendar Sunday Funday 11am at Sacramento State (CSUS) Sunday Funday is an opportunity for the college to welcome students, staff, faculty, alumni, neighbors, and their families to campus for one day to experience creative and explorative programs of study. This is a day to have fun and thank the community for supporting Sacramento State. 278-6011 |


Kristi Oshiro-Japanese Drums, Flute & Storytelling 4pm at Orangevale Library Feel the thunderous sounds of the drums vibrating through your body and feel the song of the flute move your mind as language, culture, and history combine into an exciting educational experience. All ages welcome. 264-2920 | Music Time with NewSongs of Elk Grove 11am at Elk Grove Library Move and groove to the music and stories of Michael Hemsworth and Friends from NewSongs of Elk Grove. For all ages. 264-2920 |


Breakfast with the Bunny 9am at Community Clubhouse, Fair Oaks Grab your camera and hop on over and enjoy a continental breakfast, craft and pictures with the bunny! Seating is limited and tickets must be purchased in advance. 966-1036 | Garden Fun for Kids 11am at Rancho Cordova Library Get your hands dirty and have lots of fun in the garden with Yisrael Farm. Learn about organic farming–what to grow and plant, how to cultivate vegetables and harvest them. For kids 0 to 9 years of age. 264-2920 |


Homework Zone 4pm at Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, Sacramento Need help with your homework? Have a difficult assignment? Meet with a friendly and knowledgeable tutor to help you. No appointment necessary. 264-2920 |


Board Games at the Library 3:30pm at Carmichael Library Come play board games, including chess, at the Carmichael Library! 264-2920 |


Aqua-Egg Hunt 9am at El Dorado Hills Community Pool Easter Eggs will be drifting throughout the pool and can be redeemed for candy and assorted special goodies! 933-6624 |

Birding for Families 10:30am at Effie Yeaw Nature Center, Carmichael Bring the family out for a birding and nature walk led by a Naturalist and special guest guides from the Sacramento Audubon Society. Birdwatchers of all levels welcomed. Make sure to bring your binoculars, or the nature center can loan you a pair. 489-4918 | Easter Egg Hunt 9am at El Dorado Hills Community Park The Easter Bunny will be hopping into El Dorado Hills to visit the boys and girls and join in the celebration. Activities will include arts & crafts, visits from the Easter Bunny and an egg hunt at 10am sharp! 933-6624 | Easter Eggstravaganza 9am at Fair Oaks Park Find the Golden Eggs, head to the Petting Zoo or try your hand at the craft table! There are plenty of spring activities to keep the family busy and you can even get a photo with the Easter Bunny! 966-1036 | Egg Hunt & Pancake Breakfast 9am at Carmichael Park Here comes Peter Cottontail, hopping down the bunny trail to Carmichael Park! Join the egg hunts, arts and crafts, visits with the Bunny and a pancake breakfast. The egg hunt will be held rain or shine and begin at 10am sharp. Please arrive at least 30-45 minutes early so you don’t miss this EGGCITING adventure! 483-7826 | Eggstravaganza 2017 11am at Lembi Park, Folsom Sponsored by Folsom Parks & Recreation, Eggstravaganza is a Folsom tradition! Egg hunts, pancake breakfast, games, activities, and vendors all at Lembi Park. We are looking for volunteers to help with egg stuffing, game stations, field marshals, event set up and take down, etc. 355-7200 | Invention Convention for Kids 2pm at Ella K. McClatchy Library, Sacramento Do you want to be an inventor? Then head to the library to make a model of your own invention! Look at the flying machines, catapults, and other inventions of Leonardo da Vinci, and use his creations for inspiration to make our own inventions for the 21st century. 264-2920 | Spring Eggstravaganza (4/15-16) 11am at Fairytale Town, Sacramento This fun-filled family weekend features egg hunts, prizes, spring-themed hands-on activities and visits with Peter Cottontail. Puppet Art Theater Company will perform “Bunny Bootcamp” in the Children’s Theater! Check the website for the bunny-hopping itinerary! 808-7462 | Time Your Race Johnson-Springview Park Various times at Johnson-Springview Park, Rocklin

Time Your Race and The Folsom Lake Grom MTB Series have teamed up together to bring you a three-race Saturday morning series. This series provides a place where youth mountain bikers, ages 8 to 14, can learn how to race in a safe, fun environment. Register today! W.O.W. Bus 9am at Fair Oaks Park Take the Wonderful Outdoor World Bus and explore the outdoors together! 966-1036 |


Spring Egg-stravaganza! 1:30pm at Effie Yeaw Nature Center, Carmichael Join the Nature Center for a program that celebrates animals that hatch from eggs! Egg-xamine their nest and egg collections, then hit the trails in search of nests. 489-4918 |


After School Science Club 4pm at Southgate Library, Sacramento Do you like to investigate, create and get messy? Join the afterschool science club and explore fun hands-on science activities. In April, they’ll be exploring Bubble Science! Kids in grades K-8 welcome. 264-2920 |


Storytime 3:30pm at Folsom Zoo Visit the Folsom Public Library (indoors) every 3rd Wednesday of the month for a special storytime featuring zoo animals. 351-3527 | Tea with Belle and Friends from Beauty and the Beast 12:30pm at Del Oro Performing Arts Center, Loomis Tea with Belle and friends will be an unforgettable memory! Enjoy lemonade, tea sandwiches, and a very special dessert while Belle reads a beloved story. Each child will decorate their own hat and dress-up is encouraged. Tickets include entrance to the musical production of “Beauty and the Beast” following the tea. Each child will leave with a special gift. Reservations are required. 276-5430 |


Earth Day Upcycling 4pm at Arden-Dimick Library, Sacramento Bring your empty cans, boxes, bottles and transform them into something fun! If you have nothing to bring, head over to the library anyway. Plenty of materials will be provided. This program is for kids of all ages and their adults. 264-2920 |


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April “Pools” Day 2pm at El Dorado Hills Community Pool March to the pool to kick off the Drowning Prevention Campaign! Swim for free and get tips on drowning prevention! 933-6624 | Color Fun Fest 5K 4pm at Johnson-Springview Park, Rocklin An epic 5k run full of energetic music and carnival activities, where runners are showered with over 10,000 pounds of color as they navigate the course. Offering a day and night run, proceeds benefit the Just Care More Foundation, providing foster kids and underprivileged youth with endurance and life-altering activities. Register today! Dia de los Ninos 3:30pm at Carmichael Library Join the library for fun crafts exploring Latin American culture. Dia de los Ninos/Dia de los Libros (Day of the Child/Day of the Books) is a celebration of Hispanic heritage and literacy. Children under age 8 need to be accompanied by an adult but all ages welcome. 264-2920 | Earth Day Recycled Art Contest/Exhibit and “Maker” Station 11am at Gifts from the Heart of Elk Grove Pick up a 12x12 tile at the shop to decorate with recycled items and return it on or before Earth Day to be part of the contest. Local classes will be creating recycled art using themed “Mystery Packages” of recycled materials. Free! 714-0914 www.GiftsFromTheHeartOfElkGrove. Earth Day Storytime 10:30am at South Natomas Library, Sacramento Families with children ages 5 and under are invited to join the library for fun songs, stories, and activities focused on celebrating Earth Day. 264-2920 | Earth Fest 9am at the Sacramento Zoo

Join the zoo as they throw a party for the planet! Learn about the environment and conservation both locally and globally and how you can have an impact on the world around you right from home! Enjoy face painting, crafts, hands-on activities and games all focused on the planet we call home. 808-5888 | Ohana Dance Group 2pm at Ella K. McClatchy Library, Sacramento Celebrate Día de los Niños with the Ohana Dance Group as they teach the music and dances of the Hawaiian Islands! In this interactive event, the audience will be given coconut halves, sea shells, and sticks to join in the rhythm of the music as we enjoy traditional Hawaiian dances. The audience will then be taught the dances and invited to join in the fun! 264-2920 | Stuffed Animal Clinic 9am at the Sacramento Zoo Is your teddy bear feeling under the weather? Does your stuffed animal have a cut that needs fixing? A Stuffed Animal Veterinarian will assess the overall health of your stuffed animal and make a diagnosis based on the symptoms. Donations are gladly accepted and proceeds benefit the Zoo’s Conservation Fund. 808-5888 | Water Wonderful World 10:30am at Effie Yeaw Nature Center, Carmichael “Water” you doing this Earth Day? Join the nature center in exploring local waterways! Take a hike to the river and learn all about its journey, see what kinds of animals are living in and along its edge, and learn how keeping our local waterways clean can make life better for all that share this earth! 489-4918 |


Living in Water 1:30pm at Effie Yeaw Nature Center, Carmichael Discover the hidden world of water insects and polliwogs! Using catch and release activities get a close-up look at amazing little animals that live in the nature centers pond and can be found in our local waterways. All ages welcomed. 489-4918 | Vernal Pool Flower Walks 10am & 1pm at Sacramento Splash Education Center, Mather In the month of April vernal pool flowers bloom in an ever-changing abundance of colorful rings and patches. Explore this rare and fascinating natural treasure. Free! 364-2437 www.SacSplash.orgvernal-pool-public-tours


Taiko Drum Artist Kristy Oshiro 4pm at Southgate Library, Sacramento Celebrate Día, a celebration of children, families and reading, with Kristy Oshiro, a Taiko drum artist. Taiko has a mythological origin

calendar in Japanese folklore and Kristy will introduce traditional Japanese music and culture through drumming. 264-2920 |


Garden Fun for Kids 11am at Rancho Cordova Library Get your hands dirty and have lots of fun in the garden with Yisrael Farm. Learn about organic farming–what to grow and plant, how to cultivate vegetables and harvest them. For kids 0 to 9 years of age. 264-2920 | Music Circle with Felipe Ferraz 3:30pm at Elk Grove Library Join the library for a fun, fabulous time filled with the music, songs and stories of musician Felipe Ferraz! All ages welcome! 264-2920 |


Ohana Hawaiian Dance Group 4:30pm at Rio Linda Library Would you like to dance a hula? Sacramento Valley’s own Ohana Hawaiian Dance Group will share the stories of Hawaii and its people through hula traditions and dances. Everyone will have the opportunity to dance along! All ages welcome! 264-2920 | Storytime 10:30am at Folsom Zoo Visit the Folsom Zoo Sanctuary (Weather Permitting) on the Canid Deck every 4th Thursday of the month for a special storytime featuring puppets and zoo animals. 351-3527 |


Girls Night Pajama Party 6pm in El Dorado Hills CSD Gym The 4th Annual Mother Daughter night is sure to be a crowd pleaser! Stations will be set up around the gym to pick and choose what you want to do with your daughter (paint nails, arts & crafts, take photos, and more) plus some classic Pajama Party junk food while you watch a classic movie (appropriate for all ages). Pre-Registration required. 933-6624 |


28th Annual Kids Day in the Park 11am at Hagan Park, Rancho Cordova Kids Day in the Park is a festival geared to families of small children. A fun day of activities for small children and their families, it is also a health and resources fair with providers on hand to engage parents and provide information. Target group is children 12 and younger and their parents. 273-5704 A Spring Celebration 10am at Maidu Museum & Historic Site The Yomen spring celebration is one of many traditional acknowledgements and celebrations of the natural cycles of the earth by the local

Native Peoples. Enjoy various California Indian traditionalists providing dancing, storytelling and singing to celebrate the coming of spring! Explore the Historic Site with guided tours every hour. 774-5200 | Kids Art Festival 10am at Village Park, Fair Oaks Youth and teens of all ages are invited to join the Fair Oaks Recreation and Park District and San Juan Unified School District for a community focus on creativity. The event will feature hands on workshops, take away stations, music and dance performances, art show, food trucks, and much more! 966-1036 | Mega Family Expo 11am at Destiny Church Event Center, Sacramento Don’t miss out on the 4th annual Mega Family Expo. This is a fundraising event for Kiddy Club Preschool and Daycare Center. There will be many of the most respected local, regional, and national companies that provide products and services designed to enrich the lives of your family. 800-816-9857 | Nature Explorers 10am at the Sacramento Zoo Thanks to a grant from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, the Zoo is excited to offer a new way for young nature explorers and their grownups to investigate the wilderness in their own backyard. Join the Zoo and the Sacramento Library as they read stories, play and explore the wonders of the natural world with a new topic each month. Activities are free with paid admission to the Zoo. 808-5888 | Save the Frogs Day! 10:30am at Effie Yeaw Nature Center, Carmichael Celebrate some of Earth’s most unique creatures…FROGS! See resident amphibians up close, learn how important they are in the web of life, and how they inform us about the health of our local waterways. Make beautiful art celebrating your favorites! 489-4918 | Star Wars Day: May the Forest Be With You 9am at the Sacramento Zoo Meet your favorite “Star Wars” characters without making a trip to a galaxy far, far away. Visitors are encouraged to bring their cameras and pose for free photos with the costumed characters from noon to 2pm. Learn how animal adaptations and behaviors in our galaxy relate to the creatures from the “Star Wars” universe through stage shows, crafts and other activities. 808-5888 |


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Circus Art Exhibit Through May 4 at Gallery at 48 Natoma, Folsom Three artists will balance tightrope walkers, stunt girls on horseback, clowns, jugglers, and brightly costumed performers in a circus of imagery. Painter Irene Belknap, mixed-media artist Marsha Balian and sculptor Jennifer Johnson will show their artwork in the exhibit, “Delicate Balance.” 355-7285 | Disfunctional Figures April 7-30 at Pence Gallery, Davis Join the Pence Gallery and Sandy Calhoun for a display you’re sure to enjoy! 758-3370 | Greg Kondos’ 94th Birthday and Exhibition Through April 15 at John Natsoulas Center for the Arts Recognized as one of the world’s most prominent California landscape artists, Gregory Kondos’ exhibition will feature many new drawings and paintings, as well as earlier works. Whether painting scenes of Northern California forest, the mountainous Yosemite National Park, or the shores of his ancestral Greece, Kondos continues to paint with a simplicity and clarity that have become hallmarks of his work. 530-756-3938 | Monterey Trails High School Student Show April 1-26 at Elk Grove Fine Arts Center Featuring the Student Art from Monterey Trails High School, in the Elk Grove Unified School District. Annually they honor a different High School in Elk Grove’s district as a way to celebrate National Youth Art Month to recognize, and promote, the talents of this very special, and unique group of teens. 685-5992 | Up Against the Wall Art Exhibit April 1-29 at Sacramento State (CSUS, Library Gallery) With the world focused on refugees and immigration, Flo Razowsky combines photos and installation pieces for “Up Against the Wall,” a free exhibit recreating border structures. Those include a 500mile long wall along the West Bank of Palestine and structures along the U.S./Mexico border. 278-6898 |


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Beauty and the Beast

April 7-9 and 21-23 at Del Oro Performing Arts Center Can Not a Beast Be Tamed? Find out as The Company and Del Oro High School Theatre Arts takes you back to the 18th century into the classic French fairy tale, “Beauty and the Beast”. This classical musical love story is a magical tale that comes to life with beloved characters such as Mrs. Potts, Lumiere, Cogsworth, and of course Belle and the Beast. Be whisked away with astonishing sets, costumes, and a stunning score including, “Be Our Guest,” “Gaston,” “Human Again,” and the Tony-winning title song, “Beauty and the Beast.” 276-5430 |

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March 31-April 9 at Woodland Opera House A heartwarming celebration of culture, honor, and the fighting spirit. The score includes such favorites as “Reflection”, Honor to Us All”, “I’ll Make a Man Out of You”. Recommended for ages 4 and up. 530-666-9617 |

Jack and the Beanstalk

April 9-30 at Sacramento City College Storytime Theatre presents the adaptation of “Jack and the Beanstalk” by Doug Lawson. Grab your magic beans and head to the Little Theatre, room 106 at Sacramento City College. Be whisked away by magical giants, a show the entire family will love! 558-2174 |

James and the Giant Peach

April 5-16 University Theatre, Shasta Hall (CSUS) California State University Sacramento Theatre and Dance Department is presenting Richard R. George’s dramatization of Roald Dahl’s classic. The play will incorporate actors, large scale puppets, dancers, and Roald Dahl’s fantastical words to tell this wonderful story. 278-4323 |

Mary Poppins

April 28-May 14 at Harris Center for the Arts One of the most popular Disney movies of all time is now a practically perfect musical! “Mary Poppins” delighted Broadway audiences for over 2,500 performances and received nominations for nine Olivier and seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical. 608-6888 |

Peter Pan

April 21-May 14 at Davis Musical Theatre Company The magical tale about a boy who refuses to grow up. Peter Pan and his mischievous fairy sidekick Tinkerbell visit the nursery of Wendy, Michael, and John Darling. With a sprinkling of pixie dust, Peter and his new friends fly out the nursery window and over London to Never-Never Land. 530-756-3682 |

Snow White and Rose Red

April 22-30 at Fairytale Town In celebration of their 10th anniversary season, the Fairytale Town Troupers present “Snow White and Rose Red”. This is the classic fairy story from the Brothers Grimm about two little sisters in the woods, the magical bond they share with a friendly bear, and their annoying misadventures with a grumpy old dwarf. Magic, mischief and more await all ages in this new staging of a happy, old-fashioned fairytale. 808-7462 |

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April 1-15 at Chautauqua Playhouse Join the Chautauqua Children’s Theatre for an adaptation of the “Velveteen Rabbit”! A show must for the whole family! 489-7529 |

Mama Mia! The Farewell Tour!

April 7-9 at Harris Center for the Arts A mother, a daughter, three possible dads and an unforgettable trip down the aisle…”Mamma Mia!”, the hit musical based on the songs of ABBA, returns to the Harris Center for five performances. It’s one of the most successful musicals ever—the eighth longest running show in Broadway history, and for good reason. 608-6888 | APRIL 2017 49

It’s National Autism Awareness Month! Check out these special events for families with special needs. APRIL 1 CCHAT coordinates & refers as appropriate with physicians, other health professionals, school personnel and those involved in hearing aid fittings to ensure your infant’s total hearing healthcare needs are met. We inform referring physicians and professionals of audiologic evaluation results and recommendations a s well as coordinate professional services as required.

Make outpatient appointments by calling 916-361-7290

Sensory Storytime 10:30am at Southgate Library, Sacramento This inclusive storytime was developed for youth with autism and/or sensory disorders and their families/caregivers. It features songs, stories, sensory activities and interactive materials. The program is targeted for a developmental age of 2 to 6 years-old. Behaviors and/ or noise are no problem. Siblings are welcome! 264-2920 |


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World Autism Awareness Day All day around the world Celebrate the ninth annual World Autism Awareness Day. Every year, autism organizations around the world celebrate the day with unique fundraising and awareness-raising events. How will you celebrate? Use #LIUB to share your experience across social media and help light the world up blue this April! world-autism-awareness-day


Free Autism Awareness Seminar 4:30pm at SMUD, Sacramento Free Autism Awareness Seminar hosted by The Fly Brave Foundation and SMUD. Join this interesting session learning about AUTISM. 968-5691 | free-autism-awareness-seminar-tickets-32517706335


Sensory Storytime 10am at North Natomas Library, Sacramento This inclusive storytime was developed for kids with Autism and/or sensory disorders. It features songs, stories, sensory activities and interactive materials. It is targeted for a developmental age of 2 years to 6 years-old. Behaviors and/or noise are no problem. Siblings are welcome! 264-2920 |


Autism-Friendly Family Movie 10am at Central Library Kids Place, Sacramento A special family movie event for kids with autism and/or sensory disorders. “Typical” kids are welcome, too! There will be lots of fidget toys, the lights will be slightly up, the sound will be slightly down, and kids don’t need to remain seated while enjoying the movie. This month, they will be showing Universal Pictures’ “The Secret Life of Pets.” 264-2920 |

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Autism-Friendly Family Movie 10am at Arden-Dimick Library, Sacramento Join the library for a special family movie event for kids with autism and/or sensory disorders. This month watch “Storks” (2016). “Typical” toddlers and preschoolers are welcome too! They’ll have healthy snacks, the lights will be slightly up, the sound will be slightly down, and kids don’t need to remain seated while enjoying the movie. There will also be lots of fidget toys! 264-2920 | WHO Wants to Race 5K & 10K for Autism Awareness 1pm wherever you want to run! Okay People! It’s time to sign up for the 2nd annual WHO’s Ready To Race 5K & 10K! April is Autism Awareness month, help raise awareness and help families that are affected by Autism. This is a virtual race, you choose to complete a 5K or 10K. You complete your race on your own and submit your time to WHO.

Special Needs Screenings at Studio Movie Grill These family-friendly movies are free for children with special needs and their siblings, with adult tickets available for before-noon price. Special Needs Screenings are shown with the lights up and the volume lowered and children are free to move around, talk, or even dance in the aisles during the movie. Film-Series/Special-Needs-Screenings

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MAY 13, 11AM


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