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The Teal Pumpkin Signaling food allergies is key to a fantastic Halloween for all kids. Halloween Stories Our picks for top Halloween reads for all ages.

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Halloween Arts & Crafts Make memories with your little ones creating this colorful keepsake

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A Small Studio Approach To Achieving Big Dreams Kids thrive with the personalized attention and technical training in this small studio environment.

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A Literary Extravaganza: The Great Valley Bookfest comes to Manteca Bring the family to this celebration of books. Get a signed copy of your favorite while enjoying local vendors, contests, and more.

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Extravaganza The Great Valley Bookfest comes to Manteca October 8th!

Teal PUMPKIN the

 BY COPPER WILLIAMS

The Great Valley Bookfest has taken our Central Valley by storm, ushering in a mighty wave of local and regionally known authors, tons of incredible books, and activities galore! It’s a reader’s paradise, delivered each year to The Promenade Shops at Orchard Valley Shopping Center in Manteca. This admission-free, one-day event hosts a costume parade for guests young and old, story time readings throughout the day, and plenty of arts and crafts. Now in its fourth year and still growing, the family-fun festival begins at 10 AM and lasts until 4 PM, providing you and your little ones with a full day’s worth of activities! Talk about your favorite plot twists with the authors themselves, all while leaving the table with a signed copy of your book! And with vendor booths and plenty of local dining venues open for business, you won’t have to worry about leaving the shopping center to track down something to eat that everyone around the table can enjoy! The Great Valley Bookfest takes the fun up another few notches with interactive contests like the Seek n’ Stamp Scavenger Hunt. Open to both adults and kids, it’s the perfect way to learn about famous authors from the past and present while winning amazing prizes, such as last year’s Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook. Scoop up the whole family and take a trip down to Manteca to enjoy a day’s worth of reads, workshops, and more!

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One in 13 children in the United States suffer from food allergy, a potentially deadly disease that research shows in on the rise. These kids (and their parents) must be diligent about what they put into their bodies, which makes social events like parties and trick-or-treating especially dangerous. To give these kids a way to participate in annual Halloween traditions and festivities, Food Allergy Research & Education launched the Teal Pumpkin Project™ to both raise awareness and promote inclusion of children who have food allergies. This allows kids who can’t have candy to participate and not feel like an outsider. HOW TO PARTICIPATE:

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The original campaign asks participating households to paint a pumpkin outside of their house teal to indicate that they have non-food treats inside. Foodallergy.org also offers a sign that can be hung on the door or in the window to show support.

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Stock up on non-food items to dole out in lieu of, or in addition to, Halloween candy. Items like pencils, erasers, small toys, etc. can be given to children who request a non-food treat.

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Spread the word. If you have a child with a serious food allergy or other dietary restrictions, alert neighbors and encourage them to participate, too.


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Family Costume  BY NORA HESTON TARTE

Halloween is just around the corner, and that means it’s time to pick costumes! As a parent, sometimes it’s fun to participate; don’t just be a spectator! Instead, embrace the family costume—a set of themed outfits to wear together. Young kids will love to see mom and dad in full garb, while you can watch older children cringe at the suggestion of matching their parents on purpose. (TIP: When your genius is met with eye rolls, use it as an incentive to earn a later curfew.)

STEP 1:

Commit. Pick a theme the whole family can get into, whether from a favorite movie, television show, book, or other form of inspiration. If you’re low on ideas, check Pinterest and Instagram (#familyhalloweencostumes). TIP: The earlier you start searching for ideas, the better!

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Get everyone involved. Draw from your kids’ interests to add to the appeal. If your kids are toddlers and infants, you’ll likely have full say over what they wear, but for older kids, embrace their ideas, too. Suit up in brightly colored leggings and paper mache bodies to depict Dory, Nemo, and Marlin, or go more generic and be farm animals. If you have family members outside of your immediate family, or neighbors who are up for a good time, ask them to join. Do your kids love Toy Story? Get as many of the characters together as you can to be Buzz Lightyear, Woody, Bo Peep, Rex, Mr. Potato Head, and Ham. Don’t forget the dog—he can be Slink.

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Assemble your costumes. Whether store-bought Power Ranger outfits in varying colors and sizes are for you, or expertly handsewn separates are in your wheelhouse, make sure to give yourself plenty of time to assemble the pieces you’ll need, especially if you’re going for an out-of-the-box movie reference you may not be able to find a pattern for at the local craft store.

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STEP 4:

Accessorize. The fun is in the details. Princess Peach needs a crown, Baby Mario will benefit from a mustache pacifier, and your iffy-middle schooler may be persuaded by a cardboard kart and bananas to throw (and pick up after). TIP: Get the whole family involved in hand-making props.

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Have fun! The more you enjoy this, the more your kids will love it. Go trick or treating, take plenty of photos, and let tons of people see you so they can dole out compliments for both your genius and never-grow-up attitude.


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LITTLE BLUE TRUCK’S HALLOWEEN BY ALICE SCHERTLE, ILLUSTRATED BY JILL MCELMURRY

AGE: 0-3 The newest tale in the Little Blue Truck series, this installment follows the friendly truck as he picks up his animal friends for a costume party! Lift-the-flap pages make it fun for little hands.

CREEPY CARROTS BY AARON REYNOLDS, ILLUSTRATED BY PETER BROWN

AGE: 3-6 Some kids aren’t quite ready for really scary monsters, and that’s okay. This cleverly illustrated orange-andblack picture book (a 2013 Caldecott Honor Book) tells the story of a little bunny who loves carrot but grows scared that creepy carrots are following him.

WHAT WAS I SCARED OF? A GLOW-IN-THE-DARK ENCOUNTER BY DR. SEUSS

AGE: 4-8 This re-imagined picture book first appeared as a story in The Sneeches and Other Stories. It follows two characters (both afraid of the other) until one of the creatures— the narrator—realizes the creature he’s afraid of is scared, too. Some of the pages glow in the dark!

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AGE: 8-12 The newest installment of the popular R.L. Stine series follows Sammy Baker, a shy kid trying to prove to his friends just how brave he can be when he comes face to face with The Haunter in an abandoned mansion on Halloween night.

HALLO-TWEEN (13 SCARY STORIES FOR TWEENS!) BY LISA, GINA AND SUCIA NARDINI, AND MARINA UMMEL

AGE: TWEENS A collection of short stories made just for tweens feature stories about witches, ghosts, gypsies, creatures of the night, superstitions, fortune-telling, shape-shifters, mythological creatures, and magic. (Bonus: Read it online for free!)

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It’s never too early to start reading with your kids. After all, readers are made on the laps of their parents. “Early literacy is extremely significant as it directly relates to school readiness and overall success in school across all academic areas,” says Jamie Baiocchi, SJCOE Director of Early Education and Support. “Research demonstrates that children who are not strong readers by the end of third grade fall behind and many will never catch up.” In addition to serving as a bonding opportunity, reading together promotes the development of oral language and exposes children to letters and letter sounds, helping them grow into strong readers. “The idea is to foster early literacy development through positive experiences that will facilitate a love of reading early in life,” Jamie says.

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CRAFT corner

HALLOWEEN

Arts & Crafts  BY NORA HESTON TARTE

Get those little hands and feet ready! With Halloween just around the corner, even the littlest kids need fun arts and crafts to commemorate the holiday. Check out these spooky designs and create a collage for your child’s scrapbook, or dole them out as gifts for grandparents, aunts, and uncles. WHAT YOU’LL NEED: - At least one child (the more the merrier!) - A large towel or old sheet - Paint in various colors - Paper plates - Paintbrushes - Colored markers - Canvas board (in black or white) - Wet paper towels or baby wipes - Googly eyes - Glitter, pipe cleaners, scissors, construction paper, and other art supplies (optional)

DIRECTIONS: Set up your workstation by laying a towel or old sheet out picnic-style on the ground. (For infants and young toddlers create the workstation on a table and place the child in a high chair or booster seat to limit mess). Prepare paper plates with one paint color per plate. Set out paintbrushes. Add Glitter to paint colors (optional). Paint children’s hands and feet in coordinating colors and place them on the canvases, making sure to push down firmly on all toes and fingers to create a solid print. Wipe hands and feet down completely using wet paper towels or baby wipes in between colors. Beware of fidgety limbs—the paintbrushes tickle! Let dry.

TIP: Get creative. Break out the craft box and add more design elements. Let your child’s imagination run wild, using pipe cleaners for limbs, cutting out extra shapes and accessories from construction paper, and drawing scenes around their character creations to tell a story.

TIP: For multi-colored designs, paint your desired look directly onto your child’s foot, (i.e. for candy corn, diaganol stripes of white, orange, and yellow should be painted onto your child’s foot and then pressed firmly onto the canvas. Working quickly is key so paint doesn’t transfer unevenly or start to dry before you’re ready.

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Once all of the prints have dried, let your child decorate to their heart’s desire and create spooky, Halloween-themed characters. Add googly eyes to faces, draw arms and legs on witches, and add polka dots and stripes to monsters. For infants and young toddlers, you’ll have a big role in helping bring their artwork to life!


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EXTRA CURRICULAR

A SMALL STUDIO APPROACH TO ACHIEVING

Big Dreams  BY NORA HESTON TARTE

At Unique Visions Dance Company, owner, director, teacher, and choreographer Chelsea Hill strives to create a one-of-a-kind, small studio environment, where kids thrive with personalized attention without missing out on the quality or opportunity associated with large dance academies. “We provide… quality technical training, a certified teacher for instruction, dress code and strict policies that keep the studio operating efficiently, but along with that [students] get the personal attention and benefits of being a single classroom studio,” Chelsea explains. Chelsea, a certified dance instructor in classical ballet, jazz dance, tap dance, modern dance and theatrical acrobatics/tumbling, teaches every class—“I know every one of my students and see them in each class that they take.” Co-director Lethia Hill helps run the studio. The duo pride themselves on managing the company on their own, allowing both students and parents to get comfortable with them. “Parents and dancers always have direct communication with the directors of the studio. When people call or e-mail they are guaranteed the response is only from either one of us,” Chelsea says. The company started in 2007, sharing a space with Polynesian dance group, Na Hoku Mai Kanoelani. In 2010, they secured their own studio on Porter Avenue in Stockton where they remain today. Since then, the annual showcase has grown from 9 students (in 2010) to 70 students this year. Students as young as three years old are invited to dance with Unique Visions (as long as they are potty trained), and every student is required to take a trial class to ensure the studio is the right fit.

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“We find that the students and parents who enjoy our studio environment are the ones looking for structure and self-discipline for their child, but also know that we care for them,” Chelsea says. “Everyone has to find the right place for them.” Whether students are looking for an introductory class (a combination of ballet and tap and for the studio’s youngest students, usually ages three to six), or hope to become part of the competition team, Chelsea and Lethia are

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dedicated to fostering their love of dance. “I have a passion for dance and I want students to see the benefits and the joy of dance, and use it how they like in life, even if it was as simple as ‘dance taught me to stand up straight and be proud,’” Hill says. FOR MORE INFORMATION:

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SWEETS & TREATS

Udderly Incredible

YOGURT  BY DAVID REUANG

Look out, Lodi! You’re going to have plenty more to taste than just fantastic wine when Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt opens their doors. With a mission to take over the world and dish out smiles while doing it, Menchie’s is the delectably desirable destination to enjoy delicious self-serve frozen yogurt with friends and family.    There’s something for everyone when there’s a hankering for fro-yo, especially when you’re a mint chocolate chip-er, a classic vanilla connoisseur, or all things in between. Enjoy Girl Scout’s famous Thin Mint, indulge in a little red velvet, and sample a variety of other gluten free, vegan, kosher tastes! As extensive as their flavors is their promise of quality products and healthy options. Fill your cup with power-boosting protein and bone-building nutrients, thanks to California milk, containting more protein, calcium, and other nutrients than just federal standard milk. “Menchie’s ensures that only the highest quality milk and flavors are used to make its frozen yogurt”, says Paul and Christina Siapno, owners of the upcoming Lodi location. “We use California ‘smiley’ cows, which aren’t treated with artificial growth hormones.” Local orchards that provide Menchie’s endless confections only compliment

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the delicious yogurt base further! “There will be 32 dry toppings such as nuts, fresh fruits, and popping boba to name a few,” says Christina, “and syrups, from hot fudge to caramel. The creation options are endless!” Looking for the perfect place to plan a birthday party or special event? Menchie’s is the ticket to a fantastic time! With plenty of seating available and their plethora of flavors, even the pickiest guest can create a

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masterpiece, customized to fit their finicky palate! And don’t you fret about bringing in that birthday cake- Menchie’s offers personalized cake options, the icing on an already incredible occasion! Wrap this all up in a neat little bow with Menchie’s aim to take an active role in the region. “The community is our number one priority and we want Menchie’s to be known as a gathering place for friends and

families in Lodi,” says Paul. Keep an eye open for Menchie’s partnering opportunities and give your local school a head’s up in fun fundraising activities and education incentive programs! When you’re ready to beat the heat or sample something as extraordinary as what your imagination can concoct, take a trip to Menchie’s after its opening in September and find a flavor that will make you smile!

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LOCAL LEARNING

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& Beyond UOP’s CIP Program nurtures students and provides financial assistance  BY DAVID REUANG

Whether you’re a Stockton high school senior or an incoming transfer student from Delta College, the Community Involvement Program (CIP) could be the next step in your journey for higher education. CIP is a comprehensive, needbased scholarship program for first-generation college students from the Stockton community who have demonstrated community awareness and service, along with the potential for responsible leadership. The program serves the educational needs of lowincome students by providing financial access to college along with a wide range of support as they pursue higher

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education. In addition to substantial financial support, each cohort of CIP students forms a learning community. CIP has a six-year graduation rate of 87% and includes an experienced curriculum with an emphasis on leadership development and community service. CIP Students have access to comprehensive retention services and opportunities to network with CIP alumni. “We have an alumni network that includes many different occupations such as Lawyers, District Attorneys, Doctors, Principals, and NonProfit Directors to name a few,” says Alicia Perry,

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Assistant Director of CIP. More than 1,000 students have graduated from the program since its inception in 1969. Most CIP alumni remain connected to and reside in the Stockton community. CIP students explore their identity and leadership development and value community engagement via cohort project. CIP Students distinguish themselves from other students on the Pacific campus by making a conscious choice to serve the philosophy, ideas, and goals of the program thus preparing them to become agents of social change in their communities. So much more than a scholarship, “CIP has always been my number one resource as a student at Pacific,” says Somarly Tep, a CIP senior, majoring in Business Administration Marketing. “CIP is a family, and as family, we all help each other out. Whether it’s late night study groups or turning to each other for advice about anything.”

With friends like these, success in college won’t be done alone. Nor will building our community into a better place. For Somarly, being a CIP scholar means, “Everyone is there for each other and working together to build the community into a better place. Amongst each other, it’s a safe zone. No one is afraid to be themselves.”

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Prep for SUCCESS:

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Parent's Role in Academic Preparedness and Success  BY NORA HESTON TARTE

When it comes to school, all parents want their children to be successful. However, it’s sometimes hard to envision how you fit into the school setting. Just because you’re not at school with your child, doesn’t mean you don’t play a huge role in their school life. Get involved by helping your child prepare for the school year, and ensuring they don’t fall behind.

Achieving Preparedness

Overall preparedness contributes to a student’s feelings of empowerment and confidence in the school setting and beyond. “When their needs are taken care of… they feel more confident. It helps build their independence,” says Pam Dunham, coordinator at Teachers College of San Joaquin. She breaks preparedness into five main categories: emotional, social, practical, physical, and academic.

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Emotional

“Set a tone about school and learning,” Pam says. “Say something the child can look forward to.” Using language such as, you get to play on the big playground this year, or you will learn how to multiply numbers, help children get excited about school. While it may be tempting to tell cautionary tales, try to avoid horror stories about less-than-stellar school experiences. “As a classroom teacher, one of the things I’ve noticed is that a lot of students have anxiety about the beginning of a new school year. Even if they are attending the same school site, they wonder about their teacher, what the classroom environment will be like, who’ll they’ll sit by in class, etc.” says Katie Burns, an elementary and middle school teacher in San Joaquin County. “It’s really important for kids to be able to visualize where they are going to be,” Pam says. If school hasn’t started yet, ask if your child can tour the school and their new classroom. Parents can read and discuss books about going to school to help prepare younger students for a new school year. It’s important not to dismiss a child’s concerns about school, even if

IS YOUR CHILD STRUGGLING?

Every child is different, and struggling has more than one meaning. If your child is complaining about a class being too difficult, get to the bottom of the problem. Be involved and pay attention to warning signs such as excessive crying or not wanting to go to school. Most importantly, trust your gut. “I think that parents inherently know somehow when something is wrong,” Pam says. If a child says a class is too difficult, they could be uninterested or unchallenged. Or, they may have too many activities to focus on the class. Try cutting back on extracurricular activities if they are interfering with schoolwork. If a class truly is too hard, consider the options. Will tutoring

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they sound silly. Give merit to their feelings, and answer questions as best you can.

Social

“Kids are really concerned about, am I going to fit in? Am I going to have what I need?” Pam says. “It’s important for us to verbalize to those kids that the adults at school will help.” If students know whom to turn to when they feel uncomfortable or need help, they may feel less nervous about starting at a new school, or making new friends. Your child can also learn to help others who are shy or anxious about school. If a peer seems nervous, sad, or alone, encourage your child to talk to them or invite them to play. “That helps build inclusiveness,” Pam says. “It also takes the focus off of your own child’s nervousness.”

activities they will be doing and talk to them about how and when they will get lunch, and how they are expected to get to and from school.

Physical

Children should get a good night sleep, eat a healthy breakfast, and have clean clothes before heading to school. All of these basic needs help students feel comfortable, focused, and ready to succeed.

Academic

Read to and with your child for fun. In general, children who are read to have a higher aptitude for learning.

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Practical

Ensure children have supplies, proper clothes, and a plan. Provide items on the supply list, dress kids for the

or lunchtime meetings with the teacher help your child catch up, or do they lack the prerequisite skills to understand the concepts? Is the class a graduation requirement or can it be dropped? Katie says parents should look at the flipside, too. “One thing to remember is that with common core, students are being asked to ‘struggle’ like never before… Some academic struggling is good, because it helps the student to be successful with real world problem solving.” If you think your child may need accommodations to be successful, or may have a learning disability, consult an expert. Whatever you do, don’t compare your child to one or two peers. Instead, ask a pediatrician, teacher, or other expert about milestones.

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Reviewing a child’s letter and number formation, sentence construction, paragraph writing and reading ability/word pronunciation can be a good place to start, according to Katie.


STUDY TIPS FROM THE EXPERTS – Make a studying routine. – Consider a child’s learning style and create an environment that meets their individual needs. – Ask open-ended questions such as “how did you come up with that answer?” to support your child’s learning. – Provide guided choice, (i.e. what homework would you like to do next?) – Test knowledge before a test by picking a random problem on the page to solve. If a child can’t do it, go back and study the concept again.

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Above & Beyond At Chiminike’s  BY DAVID REUANG

At Chiminike’s Child Care, your little ones aren’t just supervised; they’re being brought into an environment that fosters fun, learning, and growth! It’s these key elements that parents appreciate most when they leave their children in the care of CPR and First Aid certified staff. Chiminike’s team provides an atmosphere that promotes social, physical, intellectual, creative, and emotional development. It truly is, as the program calls it, the “SPICE” of life!

“We believe environment plays a very important aspect in our program,” says Iris Valencia, head coordinator and owner of the Stockton establishment. “We always strive to keep our environment neat and clean, making the play area a peaceful place for children to play gracefully, rather than having the opposite effect.” Officially opening their doors in October 2005, Chiminike’s name stems from a learning museum of the same name in Iris’ home country, Honduras. “It inspired what I strive to achieve in my environment,” says Iris. “An amusing child care program where children will be excited to be here every day as they play and learn.” Iris’ ambitions have proven successful, bringing not just fun, but stability and comfort to families that call her program home. And with homemade, USDA approved meals available for children, parents can be sure that their sons and daughters are being provided with the veggies, grains, proteins, and fruit they need to continue growing up

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healthy and happy. “I know our hard working parents are busy, tired, and would rather spend time with their child before going off to work.” Iris explains. “That's why we have incorporated these meals into my program. Parents thank me every day!” Children explore their inner artist in coloring and painting sessions while incorporating positive life habits, such as hygiene and good manners, with sing-alongs. And with our valley being so agriculturally abundant, kids learn a few tricks of the trade in gardening and farming throughout the seasons. At Chiminike’s the fun continues throughout the year, indoors and out! Stop by to take a tour of the facility and see why your son and daughter belong in a community that promotes the well-being of its little charges! FIND OUT WHERE THE FUN BEGINS AT: CHIMINIKE’S CHILD CARE 2708 Twin Bridges Lane., Stockton (209) 639-4203 | ChiminikesChildCare.com


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know how many servings of each Q:“Ifood group my child is supposed to

have, but what’s the best way to determine how much a ‘serving’ is for each kid?”

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“Portion control is very important to prevent overfeeding and overeating. With everything being ‘super-sized’ now days, this can be difficult to gauge. Use smaller plates based on the child’s age and size. Choosemyplate.gov is a great resource that provides guidelines for all age groups, including recommended serving sizes and age appropriate foods.”

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topic. How can I broach the subject without harming their self-esteem?”

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“The topic of weight is sensitive at any age. Children are very fragile and can get hurt easily. A parent does not have to let the child know that they are concerned about their weight, but more concerned about their health. Participate in the weight loss process; limit television time, take walks together as a family, play outdoors, enroll them in a sport, and make healthy meal choices. Children look up to their parents as role models, so lead by example. What better motivation do we need other than our own health and that of our children.”

kid keeps getting sick! What can Q:“My I do to keep them healthy during the school year?”

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Sometimes illnesses are inevitable when it comes to children. Children are more occupied with playing and having fun than looking out for the kids that have running noses and coughing everywhere. Some tips to help prevent illness during the school year include: promoting a healthy diet to boost immunity, vaccinating your child, routine follow-ups with a pediatrician, teaching your child to wash their hands (especially prior to eating), and covering both coughs and sneezes if present. CONSULT A DOCTOR:

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MOVIES AT THE POINT: ZOOTOPIA

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Pack blankets, lawn chairs, and a picnic dinner and bring the family out to this free outdoor movie showing of Avengers: Age of Ultron! Gates open at 6:30 PM. Weber Point, 221 N. Center St., Stockton, VisitStockton.org

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LODI GRAPE FESTIVAL

SEPT. 15-18

Living in a town known for its grapes, don’t miss out on Lodi’s most popular annual event! With so many exhibits to see, games to play, and food and drinks to taste, this event is the perfect summer festival! Lodi Grape Festival Grounds, 413 E. Lockeford St., Lodi, (209) 369-2771, GrapeFestival.com

KID’S NIGHT OUT AT WORLD OF WONDERS SCIENCE MUSEUM

SEPT. 17

Do I sense a date night coming?? Drop off the kids for some educational fun and head out by yourselves! Your kids will enjoy plenty of activities as they make new friends at the science museum! World of Wonders Science Museum, 2 N. Sacramento St., Lodi, (209) 368-0969, WowScienceMuseum.org


THE STOCKMARKET

SEPT. 17

Find your locally crafted goods, foods and more right in downtown Stockton, San Joaquin, because the STOCKMARKET is where it’s at. Enjoy live music, sample a wide variety of tasty treats and best of all? Have a ball with all your family and friends, both old and newly made alike! Downtown Stockton, 630 E. Weber Ave., Stockton (209) 323-4389, StockMarketca.com

MICKE GROVE ZOO ZOOM 5K FUN RUN

SEPT. 18

Fun and exercise is the perfect combination for a healthy kid! Run, walk, and dance through beautiful Micke Grove Park and receive a t-shirt, food, and refreshments when you finish! Micke Grove Park, 11793 N. Micke Grove Rd., Lodi, (209) 953-8840

STOMP OUT CHILDHOOD CANCER GRAPE STOMP COMPETITION

SEPT. 24

Grab the whole family and head on out to Micke Grove Park for a day of epic fun! Enjoy the grape stomp, fire truck pull, bucket brigade and the competitive spirit of San Joaquin’s finest, pitting the fire force against the police force! Micke Grove Regional Park 11793 N. Micke Grove Rd., Lodi (209) 481-7451

OCTONAUTS LIVE AT THE BOB HOPE THEATRE

SEPT. 25

This is a “must-sea” show! Featuring brand new songs, this Disney Junior series follows the Octonauts through their deep sea adventure! Bob Hope Theatre, 242 E. Main St., Stockton, (209) 373-1400, StocktonLive.com

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SUPER HERO RUN AND HEALTH & WELLNESS FAIR AT LODI LAKE

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Run like the wind! Embrace your inner superhero and dress up as your favorite at this 2nd annual event! Adults and kids alike can participate in this walk/run and health fair, which donates its proceeds to the Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children organization. Lodi Lake, 1101 W. Turner Rd., Lodi, NoChildAbuse.org/SuperHero

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BAY POINTE BALLET PRESENTS: PETER PAN AT THE BOB HOPE THEATRE

OCT. 8

Embrace childhood with the boy who wouldn’t grow up and his friends as they take on Captain Hook! Enjoy this fairytale classic with the whole family and get your tickets today! Bob Hope Theatre, 242 E. Main St., Stockton, (209) 373-1400, StocktonLive.com

RUSSIAN GRAND BALLET PRESENTS: THE SLEEPING BEAUTY AT THE BOB HOPE THEATRE

OCT. 21

Take a journey to a magical fairy kingdom as portrayed by the beautiful Russian Grand Ballet dancers. This show is perfect for all generations and Disney lovers! Get your tickets before they sell out! Bob Hope Theatre, 242 E. Main St., Stockton, (209) 373-1400, StocktonLive.com

HALLOWEEN AT PIXIE WOODS

OCT. 22

Superheroes, clowns, animals, ghosts and more are welcome at Pixie Woods’s Halloween Fun Day! Dress up in your favorite costume and enjoy a day of rides, activities, games, food, and fun! Pixie Woods, 3121 Monte Diablo Ave., Stockton, VisitStockton.org


LAST word

Bigger  BY NORA HESTON TARTE

Today as I sat at the table with my two-and-a-half-year-old, I couldn’t help but marvel at just how BIG he was. Watching him heave spoonfuls of macaroni and cheese into his mouth, expertly maneuvering the spoon without even looking at it, I longed a little for the days when I had to feed him: highchair, bib, tiny plastic spoons—the whole nine yards. Today, he did not need my help to eat his lunch, and honestly, it’d been a long time since he had. For some reason, in that moment, his eyes fixed on Curious George as he ate; he seemed so much bigger than the day before. Heck, he seemed bigger than he had at breakfast. Maybe I had finally sat down long enough to notice, or maybe it had something to do with the fact that we had taken our first preschool tour that morning. All he ever talks about is being bigger. He wakes up from a nap, “I’m bigger, Mom!” From the backseat of my car he says

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matter-of-factly, “when I’m 16, I can reach the pedals.” I tell him it’s good to be little, to stay little as long as he can, but he’s in a rush to grow up. It seems like forever from now that he’ll truly be big enough to not need me anymore, to be able to reach those pedals, to secure true independence, but I suppose when he was an infant, lounging in my arms most of the day, I thought having a toddler was a long ways off, too. Being bigger is all he wants to think about, and I can hardly bear the thought of it. We’ve left behind everything “baby,” about him. Every time I call him baby, he stands tall and corrects me, “Mom, I’m not a baby. I’m a big boy!” And he’s right. I simultaneously fight and embrace him growing him. We’ve left behind the binkies, the bottles, the crib, and

the high chair. We’re almost done with the diapers. And I’ve marveled in every milestone. Clapped for him, gave rambunctious high fives, celebrated his every success right there with him, a wide grin pulling across his face as he cheers and says, “I’m big!” After I tuck him into bed, savoring the song he still asks for and the stories I still read to him, I retreat with a simple, “goodnight, I love you.” He returns the sentiment, and I let go a sigh of relief that the day is over, before pressing my fingers to my eyes to staunch the tears. Because when he wakes up, I know one thing is true: he’ll be bigger.

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