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I am reminded of a song from the early 60’s by Sam Cooke. “Cupid” It’s about enlisting the help of cupid to pierce the heart of a girl he wanted so badly to love only him. Cupid, draw back your bow And let your arrow go, straight to my lover’s heart for me…. Cupid with your arrow make her love strong for me, I promise I will love her until eternity… Reflecting on this, I started to remember how painful heartache can be. Realizing further that the heartache we endure leads us closer to God, closer to DIVINE LOVE! I felt the heartache of a friend of mine this past week. She was suffering, not because she was at the side of her dying father, but because she was uncertain of where he would be spending eternity. She ached for the love of her father’s soul. Wow! I was so moved by this, and so inspired by her love. She called on her friends to ask that they pray for him to turn to God in his last moments of life; and to ask God to have mercy on him. Now, it’s important to know that this was a very kind, compassionate, gentle man all of his life. However, she knew her father could not wrap his heart around all the suffering in our world and could not understand how our God could allow it, and turned away from him because of it. So thankful she asked me to pray for her father. So glad we have a merciful God. Why suffering? Suffering can bring about a good. If God eliminated suffering, the corresponding good also would be eliminated. So suffering leads to charity (love), the unleashing of love in a human person, the unselfish gift of one’s self. Only when we are weak do many of us rely on God. We become humbled and small and recognize our need to trust God. Think about cupid’s arrow piercing the heart of the girl. The result is that her heartache led her towards the man that loved her. She drew near. We saw Jesus suffer on the cross with a pierced heart. It was from his pierced heart and his suffering that we are given the opportunity of eternal life. His suffering brings us closer to Heaven. What power flows from the pierced heart! “Love is stronger than death” (Song 8.6) Love is stronger than death because love does not cease to give life even after death. I pray you love your soul and the soul of others as God Loves It,

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Brady, age 4 This month’s cover kid is Brady a 4 year old big brother to Mackenzie, 23 months. This active little guy enjoys karate, spending time with his friends and playing games on his computer. His favorite food is french toast. Brady also likes playing with his dog named tiger! When he grows up, he says that he wants to build things like his Daddy! Cover photography by

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Women’s Intuition: Choosing Good Dads A study conducted by UC Santa Barbara found that women could intuitively tell which men were more eager to be fathers by unconsciously picking up on physical cues. They were also more likely to categorize these men – based on physical appearance alone – as more attractive for long-term relationships. The study was inconclusive concerning which specific physical attributes ‘clued women in’ about the men’s interest in children, but the researchers noticed slightly rounder faces and less angular features in these particular men.

Fluoride provides health benefits throughout a person’s life, especially for bones and teeth. And while we know daily brushing with fluoride toothpaste and flossing are essential to a healthy smile, nutrition has an effect on your dental health too. Eating a variety of nutrient-rich foods from all the food groups promotes healthy teeth. And don’t forget your gums. Vitamin C promotes gum health, so make sure you eat plenty of potatoes, citrus fruits, tomatoes, fortified juice drinks (with no sugar added), broccoli and spinach. To make sure your smile is healthy, visit your dentist regularly. For more information on how nutrition is an integral component of good oral health, consult a registered dietitian in your area and visit KidsEatRight.org

Camps Rule! According to the RAND Corporation, a non-profit research organization, children who participate in summer programs, like experiential learning activities offered in an organized camp, are less likely to experience a significant summer learning slide. Camp also enhances a child’s physical and emotional well-being. Activities build social skills; teamwork and independence, which all contribute to stronger self-confidence and leadership abilities.

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Make Brushing Fun! Some dentists would recommend a small mechanical brush; maybe one that plays music (2 min.). It’s important that the brush head is small enough to brush each individual tooth; front, back, and bottom (the part that chews the food). Take about 10 seconds for each tooth, brush the tongue. Be careful not to go too far back. Gag! Rinse brush with very warm water after each use. It’s recommended that you replace the brush every 3 – 4 months.

According to the book “Home Buyer’s Checklist,” updating your kitchen is the best move you can make if you want to increase the value of your home. Today’s buyers are looking for abundant counter space, quality flooring such as hardwoods or stone tiles, and modern appliances. Because a lot of family life revolves around the kitchen, it should be open and have plenty of lighting and sunshine. Consider adding a window over the sink, updating light fixtures, and using lighter colors to add brightness.

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Stressed? Triggered by stress issues! Your thyroid doesn’t operate well under continued stress. This is because cortisol, our primary stress hormone, inhibits thyroid hormones, eventually leading to hypothyroidism. One way to minimize physical stress in the body is by eating well and often. Three balanced meals and two healthy snacks a day. And please take time to sit in a comfortable space while you eat. Stop eating at the kitchen counter! This is actually stressful!

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Dear “Momsolvers”, “How can I help my child (9 years old) develop a positive attitude? He is so competitive and is a bit of a sore loser, going so far as to refuse to congratulate the other team when his team loses.” u Personally I have noticed that our kid’s reactions have to do a lot with copying patterns they see at home. It has to do with our child’s perspective of what each competitive situation represents in their personal life. In my case, teaching our kids the relevance, for example, of a game in their life. We focus on doing our best and have a great time doing it. A good question to ask is why do you want to play in the first place? Usually It’s because they like the sport and want to have fun. When we stop having a good time and become angry all the time it defeats its purpose. We all want to win but it’s not all about winning. When we lose we learn how we can improve and get better; always maintaining the focus on why you started playing in the first place.

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u For picky eaters, I have a one bite rule. They have to eat one bite of everything I put on the table. If they don’t like it after that they can make themselves a bowl of cereal, but they have to clean it up themselves. However, my kids do eat almost everything, and this rule also applies to their friends who come over to eat with us. After the “one bite” rule, they discover they actually do like something they never would try before. There was one friend who had never tasted a pear, and loved it! ~ Sherrie E., reader and mom of 2

Dear “Momsolvers”, (The Chore Wars) “My husband did not have to do chores when he was a child and does not completely embrace my theory that chores help kids develop a sense of responsibility. I would like to know how other parents feel about giving kids chores. Thanks.”

~ Reader and mom u I have had a situation like this with one of my own boys (age 8). We immediately approached him after witnessing his bad behavior and let him know that if he ever acts so rude and ugly again we will take him off the team. Never a problem again, and he actually thanked us after his team won and he was paying attention to the losing teams’ attitudes; he was impressed with their good sportmanship behavior. ~ Beth, reader and mom of 4 boys u Witnessed this type of behavior with my daughter! She was warned about this being “ugly” and “disrespectful” behavior. She did it again, I pulled her from the team’s next game. Yes, I did get a lot of flack from other parents and her coach, however, she has time to think of what mattered most. ~ Paul, reader and dad of 2 girls and 2 boys

u I don’t think anybody likes doing chores, so I don’t know if the war ever ends. I just made them do it because it’s part of their participation in the house. I approached it more for the need of their help then because they need to be responsible. We all need to help out. ~ Reader and mom u In our home, each of our children has had an understanding, from little on, that as a family member they are to make a contribution to our small community’s success. This includes basics like making a bed and picking up after themselves, as well as occasional larger chores, such as helping rake the yard or wash a car. My oldest two (26 and 20) are independent, self-sufficient adults and I plan to continue this practice with my 15, 10, and 8 year old. Pitching in, being accountable, and working for a greater good are all really important life lessons. ~ Kimberly M., reader and mom of 5

Dear “Momsolvers”, “Help! I am a foodie with a child that is a ‘Picky Eater’! Suggestions from Momsolvers??” u I was a very picky eater myself; so in order for eating not to become an issue, make the things your child likes or try to disguise the food and flavors that displeases your child. For example, I didn’t like the texture of cooked onions, if a food had onions in it I would not eat it; but if the onion was blended and I could not see it, I would eat the meal. It is the same experience with my kids. Now I eat everything including onions and my oldest son loves them too. ~ Reader and mom u I like using Ellyn Satter Institute’s Division of Responsibility in feeding children, where the parent is responsible for the what (the food that is being bought, prepared and served) and when (regular, predictable meals and snacks) and the child is responsible for how much he decides to eat at those structured feeding times. I’m not only a registered dietitian nutritionist, but also a mom of three boys, including a preschooler who is a picky eater himself! ~ Rivka B., Nutrition Expert

u Children who have no sense of responsibility grow up to be selfish, entitled adults. By giving your children chores now, you are doing your part to develop responsible adults. It may sound like a good idea for your kids not to do chores now, but when they are 30 years old with no job and no motivation to get one, your husband may finally see your point. Proverbs 22:6. ~ Nikki W., reader and mom

Next month: How would you handle these dilemmas? Find these online at www.facebook.com/momsolvers I would like to take better care of my Husband. He is overworked and stressed. He will not go to a doctor. Surely, others have a man who carries the world on his shoulders. Thank you in advance for your answers. I would like to know from the Momsolver community if anyone has experience with starting a blog? I have a collection of recipes I have been holding for many years and would like to blog about them. Any suggestions on how to get started? Any “momsolver bloggers” out there? My husband wants to adopt a puppy. Don’t laugh but I am scared of most dogs, even puppies. Should I work on myself or keep saying, no way!


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TOP 10 Acts a Chivalrous Husband Does for His Wife 1. He always thinks of her first: This may sound like a “no-brainer,” but it’s also true that many of us play out our role as husbands while by-passing the brain as a matter of routine! Make this a personal discipline until it becomes second nature.

2. He opens the door (Not just the car door, but every door, every time): Yes, the car door thing is cliché. But it – and every door – is such a good opportunity to let both our wife and the entire world know how you honor her.

3. He holds her hand. A lot. For no good reason. Just holding your wife’s hand with no ulterior motive lets her know she’s deeply connected to you and that you prize her affection. It signals warmth and protection. And that she’s the only gal for you.

4. He walks on the street side of the sidewalk: Remember walking? Remember sidewalks? This action has its roots in shielding women from the mud and the splash. However, splash or no splash, it’s a posture that says, “I will protect you; I place myself between you and danger.” Simply moving around to that side is a huge statement of respect.

5. He gets soaked fetching an umbrella: Again, it’s the principle of the action. You get the car, you run around in the rain and open the door, you shield her with the umbrella. This kind of initiative is a way of life, not a novelty action.

6. He coaches his children in selfgiving love: Don’t let it stop with you, All Pro Dad. Teach your children, especially your sons, to look out for their mother and to put her first. Kindness, when they see it in you and practice it in their own lives, will heal your family.

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7. He serves her coffee or tea in bed in the morning: Don’t ride in on the horse, but do serve her in this way as much as possible. And it’s also a good idea when the whole family eats together, that no one takes a bite until mom lifts her spoon. It’s a way to honor her sacrifice of preparing the meal.

8. He is always courteous: Many men are un-chivalrous in the way they put themselves first and fail to think of the needs of their wives. Say “please” and “thank you.” Do not raise your voice. Turn off the distractions when you eat together (she’s more important than answering the phone). Make it obvious that the relationship is primary. Believe us, courtesy sets the tone and it is always reciprocated.

9. He washes her car before he washes his: We know the way things look around us. No family communication. Ten-plus hours of media saturation daily. Close to zero incidence of family mealtime in the average week. The disappearing act that used to be family vacation. Televisions in the kids’ bedrooms. But that doesn’t mean we throw our hands in the air and fold. Fight the battle for a family ethos defined by balance. Be deliberate and your kids will thank you.

10. He stands up and takes the heat: Does she know you “have her back?” Was the repair guy surly when she talked with him on the phone? Is she getting the run-around trying to sort out the insurance claim? Was the waiter at the restaurant or the clerk at the store out of line? We’re not suggesting you go Rambo on these people, but consider stepping up and saying, “Excuse me, but it’s unacceptable for you to talk to my wife that way.” But leave the shield, the lance, and the sword in the car. Reprinted with permission: This is where dads in any stage of fatherhood can find helpful resources to aid in their parenting. Fathers can also sign up to start or attend one of our All Pro Dad’s Days chapters.

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Encourage family members to express what they need and want. You can’t give people what they need and want if they don’t know what that is. Offer extra support to a family member who can’t identify what she needs and wants. Don’t let her always sacrifice her opinion for whatever the rest of the group wants. Every member of the family needs to know how to dig deep and express her own point of view. If you ask for wants and needs, you’ll encourage every family member to figure theirs out. Spend quality time with each person in the family. Love should never be a competition. My daughter loves to spend daddy-daughter time with my husband, and I’m glad she does. They have the things they like to do together, like watching slapstick comedy shows on TV or going out to their favorite breakfast place. And my daughter and I have our favorite things to do like watching chick flicks or going shopping. Be sure to carve out quality time with every family member, including your spouse. Teach kids to be caring to others. Teach kids how to make thoughtful gestures that make the most of their talents. Or get them out of the house and involved in assisting a good cause. If family members have trouble expressing care to each other, maybe they will have an easier time expressing affection and concern outside the family. If having you around seems to make them less charitable, then let another trusted adult guide them. Hug your family members at every age. It has been scientifically proven that hugging lowers blood pressure and reduces stress, so what more of an excuse do you need? If your older kids try to brush you off, tell them you have to hug them - it’s for their good health. And, of course, encourage kids to receive hugs when they are struggling emotionally, so they don’t become habitual sufferers.

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then teach your family members to become conversant. According to Gary D. Chapman in his book, The Five Love Languages, people experience love in five ways. We experience love through words of affirmation, by spending quality time together, by receiving gifts, by performing acts of service, or through physical touch. According to Chapman, every person on earth has a primary “language of love.” I understand what Chapman means when he says every person processes love uniquely. And I also think that there is much to be gained by playing around with all the love languages and encouraging members of our families to do the same. Which acts of love make you feel seen, appreciated, and cherished? What about your spouse and the kids? We can all learn to communicate what we like and need to our family members, so everyone can get their needs met and no one has to end up feeling misunderstood or neglected. Here are ten ways to increase family affection at home: Set a loving example. If you want your kids to have self-esteem and so they can live the best lives possible, you have to teach them to love themselves first and foremost. Unfortunately, if the parents can’t model this, the children are not likely to learn it, at least not from them. So, take good care of you first, and then take good care of your brood. Love yourself and care for yourself so you can best love others and care for others. Personalize “I love you” for each family member. Childhood nicknames can create affectionate moments in later years. If calling your child by a nickname will offend, even in private, then express the sentiment in whatever way the recipient will hear you best. Forget how you want to say it, and opt for what will garner the most positive response from your child.

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Picture books about love and affection:

Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBranty, Illustrated by Anita Jeram

The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown, Illustrated by Clement Hurd

Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown, Illustrated by Clement Hurd

Hug by Jez Alborough

Love You Forever by Robert Munsch, Illustrated by Sheila McGraw

On The Night You Were Born by Nancy Tillman

Don’t forget, “We all love you.” Get in the habit of speaking for the whole family. A family is a “we,” and love goes at the center of this complex constellation. This does not mean your toddler, teen, or college grad will always be eager to express emotion. So go ahead and be the voice of the whole family, as needed. Then, once you have spoken for all, let even a begrudging nod of agreement be enough. Love life and it will love your family back. Your attitude towards life is either going to inspire or haunt your family.You may think you are being realistic, but if you constantly chorus that life isn’t fair, that money doesn’t grow on trees, and oh well, it could have been worse, your kids are going to grow up expecting life to let them down. Sure, life can be a bumpy ride sometimes, but never forget that it’s unconditional love and positive encouragement from the people we love most that makes the challenges more bearable.

Squeeze in small gestures of love. Find little ways to express physical touch, especially for those family members who try to shirk it. Squeeze a shoulder, pat a knee, rumple some hair, kiss your hand and then pat their cheek. And mix it up a little. It’s when affection becomes rote that teens roll their eyes at you and groan. So, get creative and say it like you mean it. Catch them when they least expect it, and they won’t have time to duck away. Appreciate the attempt. Remember that there is no such thing as perfect families. Also remind yourself that sometimes love will flow more readily and easily between family members than other times. And when a family member tries to do something genuinely kind or nice, try to appreciate the sentiment behind the gesture. Don’t let them be teased or called names for expressing affection. Love is a sign of strength, not weakness. When it comes to love and affection, you can’t always get what you want, but if you try consistently, you will find there are plenty of opportunities in any given day to acknowledge and appreciate the most important people in your life. • Christina Katz is an author and freelance journalist. She loves her family, her pets, the world, and what she does for a living. Her latest book is Permission Granted, 45 Reasons To Micro-publish.

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Fabulous Moms Share Their Best Advice... “Be flexible. It’s nice to have a schedule when kids are young but they are people, not machines. Eating early or staying up late once in a while will not bring the world to an end.” Caroline, mom of 2 “If you have more than one child, try to do something alone with each one regularly. Whether it’s playing Legos when siblings are otherwise occupied, bringing special lunch to school and eating with that child or even taking them shopping for new shoes while dad stays home with the siblings they will appreciate the one on one time with you.” Caroline, mom of 2

“Eat together as a family whenever possible.” Robin J.W., reader and mom of 3 “Sometimes listening to your child is better than always advising.” Robin J.W., reader and mom of 3 “Pick your battles.” Robin J.W., reader and mom of 3

“Keep your sense of humor, it can be catching.” Robin J.W., reader and mom of 3 “Remember to SMILE at your husband and children each day. Talk to them with even more courtesy than you would a friend.” Bobbi, mom of 5

“Remember to treat YOUR parents with respect and honor... you’re teaching your children how to treat you, both now and in your old age.” Bobbi, reader and mom of 5

“If you need to talk about something uncomfortable with older kids, do it in the car. They are more likely to be open if they don’t have to look you in the face.” Caroline, mom of 2 “You can never give too many hugs or say I love you too many times!” Libby, reader and mom of 2

“Trust God with your family size. His plan is best...you’ll never know who you missed!” Bobbi, mom of 5 “Don’t scrub dishes...let crusty dishes sit overnight with a dryer sheet and water in them ...in the morning, the crust comes off easily-with no fuss!” Bobbi, mom of 5

“My grandmother told me never to leave my children any place where I wouldn’t feel safe leaving a million dollars.” Kelly, reader and mom of 3

What makes someone a fabulous mom? She doesn’t necessarily wear pearls and high heels to vacuum (but she might!). She doesn’t necessarily spend her weekends hiking in the wilderness, pointing out the various species of vegetation and animal life (but she might!). These fabulous moms are just like you: they love their kids! Here are some gems they’ve found make their family lives just a little bit easier....

“Teach your kids to do household chores as soon as possible, while it’s still fun for them. Then, never do for them things they can do on their own, teaching them responsibility and the value of being a contributing member of the family.” Bobbi, mom of 5

“When we got married, the priest told us that “the best thing you can do for your children is to love your spouse.” In light of that advice, in lieu of buying us a Christmas present every year, my in-laws come to town to watch our children once a year so my husband and I can get away for our annual “honeymoon trip”. Our children have fun spending time with their grandparents and my in-laws love spending time with our children, not to mention, it’s our favorite Christmas present ever!” - Anonymous

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“Wisdom is not knowing right from wrong, it is distinguishing between right and almost right.” Bobbi, reader and mom of 5

“Don’t try to mediate every little argument. Kids are working out interpersonal skills, and if you get in the middle of everything they won’t know how to remedy disagreements themselves one day.” Kelly, reader and mom of 3

“Teach them to cook. For both boys and girls, this will be one of the best skills they will have later in life.” Angie, reader and mom of 2 “Sometimes a hug is better than anything you can say.” Shelly, reader and mom of 1 Try potty training in the warmer months! Just set our a couple of little potties and let the children wear loose fitting clothes or for girls sun dresses are a great option! Natasha, mom of 3

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The Know It All SUBURBAN PARENT CALENDAR Parents: Some programs require tickets and/or reservations, always contact event locations to confirm times and requirements. Thru Feb 2. Dinosaurs Live! at The Heard Natural Science Museum and Garden. $ Enjoy a fun, educational activity with a 46-foot T-Rex & 8 new life-size animatronic, dinosaurs. 1 Nature Place, McKinney. www.heardmuseum.org Thru Feb 2. Texas Vietnam Heroes Exhibit at the Cavanaugh Flight Museum. $ 10:00am-5:00pm 4572 Claire Chenault, Addison. www.cavanaughflightmuseum.com Thru Feb 9. DFW Winter Boat Expo. $ Over 650 all new 2014 boat & watercraft models on display & available for purchase & nearly 150 vendor booths. Dallas Market Hall, 2200 Stemmons Frwy., Dallas. www.dallasmarketcenter.com/public Thru Feb 15. Richardson Civic Arts Society Young People’s Show at the Richardson Public Library. Select young artists from local schools have their artwork on display. 900 Civic Center Dr., Richardson. 972.744-4358 www.cor.net Thru Feb 17. 2013 Chinese Lantern Festival at Fair Park. $ “Light a New Dream”. Go online for festival schedule. Fair Park, Dallas. www. chineselanternfestival.com Thru Feb 17. Animal Inside Out at the Perot Museum of Nature & Science. $ Explore the intricate biology, zoology & physiology of the world’s most spectacular creatures, large & small. 2201 N. Field St., Dallas. www.perotmuseum.org Thru Feb 23. Dallas Children’s Theater: Go,

Dog. Go! $ Enjoyed by ages 4+. From the book by P.D. Eastman. It’s a carnival of color & dance & song! Matinee & Evening Performances. American Sign Language Interpretation Performance on 2/2 at 1:30pm. Rosewood Center, 5938 Skillman, Dallas. 214.740.0051 www.dct.org Thru Feb 28. Penguin Days at the Dallas Zoo. $ Admission is just $5/person & parking is $8. 650 South R.L. Thornton Freeway (I-35E), Dallas. 469.5547500 www.dallaszoo.com Thru Mar 16. Taste of Mah Jong at the Haggard Library. Ages 8 and Up. American & Chinese Mah Jong sets will be provided. Come and go. SUNDAYS 2:00pm-4:30pm 2501 Coit Rd., Plano. 972.769-4250 www.planolibrary.org Thru May 3. First Saturday Tours in the Dallas Arts District. Recommended ages 8+. Tours begin at the reception desk of the Winspear Opera House. 45 minute tours run First SATURDAYS on the half hour from 10:00am-12:00pm. www.attpac.org Thru May 13. Tutoring Tuesdays at the Harrington Library. Grades 1-12. Free math tutoring. All materials provided, but students are encouraged to bring unfinished math homework with them. TUESDAYS 6:00pm-7:30pm 1501 18th St., Plano. 972.941-7175 www.planolibrary.org Thru May 15. Tutoring Thursdays at the Schimelpfenig Library. Grades 1-12. Free math tutoring. All materials provided, but students are encouraged to bring unfinished math homework with them.

Please register in person. THURSDAYS 6pm-7:30pm 5024 Custer Rd., Plano. 972.769-4200 www.planolibrary.org Feb 1. Home Depot Children’s Workshop. Ages 5-12. Register online to build a race -car. 9am-12pm All Area Home Depot Stores. www.homeimproverclub.com Feb 1. College Search Series at the Davis Public Library. Grades 9-12. Learn about admissions, academics, housing, financial aid & student life from representatives of approximately 20 colleges. 10:00am-12:00pm 7501-B Independence Pkwy., Plano. 972.208-8000 www.planolibrary.org Feb 1. Target First Saturday at the Nasher Sculpture Center. Free admission & special activities. 10:00am-2:00pm 2001 Flora St., Dallas. 214.242-5100 www.nashersculpturecenter.org Feb 1. Babysitting with Cross Lifeline in Allen. $ Ages 10-17. Learn the necessary skills to care for infants & children on a daily basis & in emergency situations. 10:00am-2:00pm Joe Farmer Recreation Center, 1201 E. Bethany, Allen. www.cityofallen.org Feb 1. Meet the Candidates, Collin County Primary Elections. Sponsored by League of Women Voters of Collin County. 10:30am-2:30pm Parr Library, 6200 Windhaven Pkwy., Plano. www.plano.gov Feb 1. The Elf on the Shelf Event at Barnes & Noble, Preston & Park. A birthday tradition: a visit from the Elf, stories, activities & more! 11:00am 2201 Preston Rd., Plano. 972.612-0999 www. barnesandnoble.com

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The Know It All cont.’d February SUBURBAN PARENT CALENDAR Feb 1. Black History Month Special Presentation at Frontiers of Flight Museum. $ Master storyteller & historical re-enactor/actress M. Waddyi Thibodeaux brings the story of aviation pioneer Bessie Coleman to life. Presentations 11:00am, 12:30pm, 2:00pm & 4:00pm. 6911 Lemmon Ave., Dallas. www.flightmuseum.com Feb 1. Story Time at Barnes and Noble, Stonebriar Mall. Bedtime for Chickies by Janee Trasler. 12:00pm 2601 Preston Rd., Frisco. 972.668-2820 www.barnesandnoble.com Feb 1. Free Adobe Photoshop Class at the Haggard Library. Grades 6-12. Intro to Adobe Photoshop CS6-Selections. Registration required. 12:00pm-1:00pm, 1:30pm-2:30pm, 3:00pm-4:00pm, 4:30pm-5:30pm. 2501 Coit Rd., Plano. 972.769-4250 www.planolibrary.org Feb 1. Author Event at Barnes & Noble, Creekwalk Village. Jaye Wells, Dirty Magic. 2:00pm 801 W. 15th St., Plano. 972.422-3372 www.barnesandnoble.com Feb 1. Dewey KNIT? at the Richardson Public Library. Knitters of all ages & abilities are welcome. 2:00pm-4:00pm 900 Civic Center Dr., Richardson. www.cor.net Feb 1. Harlem Globetrotters. $ 2:00pm & 7:00pm American Airlines Center, Dallas. www.americanairlinescenter.com Feb 1. Daddy Daughter Dance in Frisco. $ “All That Glitters” Masquerade Ball. PreK-K 2:00pm-3:30pm, 1st-2nd 4:00pm-5:30pm, 3rd-4th 6:00pm-7:30pm, 5th-6th 8:00pm-9:30pm. Will sell out, buy your tickets early! Frisco Conference Center. www.friscofun.org Feb 1. Movies & Munchies at the Frisco Public Library. Teens, Grades 6-12. Come watch a movie, munch on delicious snacks & hang out! 3:00pm 6101 Frisco Square Blvd., Frisco. www.friscolibrary.com Feb 1. Teens Write Now! at the Parr Library. Ages 13-18. Join fellow teens to share your work, exchange ideas, get feedback & discuss the ins-and-outs of being a writer. 3:00pm-4:00pm 6200 Windhaven Pkwy., Plano. 972.769-4300 www.planolibrary.org Feb 1. Catholic Charities of Dallas 16th Annual Bishop’s Gala. $ Exciting evening of dinner & music featuring the smooth jazz songs of threetime Grammy Award & two-time Emmy Award winner, Harry Connick, Jr.! 6pm Hilton Anatole Hotel, 2201 Stemmons Frwy., Dallas. www.visitdallas.com Feb 1. Daddy’s Little Sweetheart Dance in Plano. $ 4-12 years. Enjoy an evening of music & dancing for fathers & daughters. 7pm-9pm Plano Centre, 2000 E. Spring Creek Pkwy., Plano. www.plano.gov Feb 1. Wings Silent Film with Organ at MPAC. $ The first film (and the only silent movie) to win the Academy Award for Best Picture presented with live organ music. 7:30pm-10:00pm McKinney Performing Arts Center, 111 N. Tennessee St., McKinney. 214.544-4630 www.mckinneytexas.org Feb 1-2. Shakespeare Staged Reading. $ Troilus and Cressida: Featuring heroes from Greek mythology, this classic tragedy covers the themes of betrayal & jealousy. 7:00pm 2/1, 3:00pm 2/2. Hamon Hall, Dallas. www.attpac.org Feb 1-2. International Conservatory of Performing Arts (ICPA) Young Artist Competition, String & Piano Auditions. Open to any music students, age 4-18. Top prize is a solo performance with the Dallas Chamber Orchestra & a modest cash award. 3321 Premier Dr., Plano. 972.881-1915 www.icparts.org Feb 1 & 15. Saturday Night Rec N Roll in Allen. $ 3 -6 Grades. Gym games, dance music, DJ, bounce houses, dodge ball, pool, table tennis & more! 7:00pm-11:00pm 1201 E. Bethany Dr., Allen. www.cityofallen.org rd

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Feb 1-22. Digital Drop in at the Richardson Public Library. Bring your portable device & the library will work with you to answer all your questions. WEDNESDAYS 10:00am-12:00pm 900 Civic Center Dr., Richardson. 972.744-4350 www.cor.net Feb 1-April 14. Tax Assistance Workshops at the Frisco Public Library. First-come, first-served. Go online for list of what to bring. SATURDAYS 11:00am-2:00pm & THURSDAYS 10:00am-3:00pm 6101 Frisco Square Blvd., Frisco. www.friscolibrary.com Feb 2. Setsubun Celebration at the Allen Public Library. Bean-Throwing Festival celebrated yearly as part of the Spring Festival in association with the Lunar New Year in Japan. Enjoy performance of the Dallas Kiyari Daiko Drummers, crafts & other activities. 2:00pm-4:00pm 300 N. Allen Dr., Allen. 214.509-4900 www.cityofallen.org Feb 2. Readers & Waggers at the Davis Public Library. Grades 1-5. Read to a Heart of Texas Therapy Dog. Free tickets available on first-come, first-served basis beginning at 2:30pm. 3:00pm 7501-B Independence Pkwy., Plano. 972.208-8000 www.planolibrary.org Feb 2. Harry Potter and Me at the Parr Library. Grades 3 & Up. Rediscover Harry & his adventures at Hogwarts. Please call to RSVP. 3:00pm-4:00pm 6200 Windhaven Pkwy., Plano. 972.769-4300 www. planolibrary.org

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COMMUNITY STORY TIMES All story times are free.

Plano - Davis Branch 7501-B Independence Pkwy., 972-208-8000 Monday - Toddler Time 10 & 11am, ages 18-36 mo. Tues - Babes in Arms 10am, ages 0-9 mo.; Preschool Storytime 11am, ages 3-5 Wed - Preschool Storytime 10am, ages 3-5; Family Storytime 7pm, all ages Thursday - Toddler Time 10 & 11am, ages 18-36 mo. Friday - Rhyme Time 10 & 11am, ages 0-24 mo. Saturday - Family Storytime 11am, all ages

Plano - Haggard Branch 2501 Coit Rd., 972-769-4250 Monday - Family Storytime 7pm, all ages Tuesday - Family Storytime 10:30am, all ages; Toddler Time 10 & 10:45am, ages 18-36 mo. Wednesday - Family Storytime 10:30am, all ages; Toddler Time 10 & 10:45am, ages 18-36 mo. Thursday - Family Storytime 10:30am, all ages; Rhyme Time 10:15am, ages 0-23mo.

Allen Public Library 300 N. Allen Dr., 214-509-4900

Note: these are the regularly scheduled sto rytimes, call to confirm as schedules are subject to change.

Monday - Fun Ones Story Time 10:15 & 11:15am, ages 12-23 mo Tuesday - Baby & Me 10:15am, pre-walkers; Fun Ones Story Time 6:30pm, ages 12-23 mo; Family Story Time 11:15am ages 2-6 w/family Wed - Together Time 10:15am, ages 2-3; All By Myself 11:15am, ages 4-5 Thursday - Together Time 10:15 & 11:15am, ages 2-3; Family Story Time 11:15am & 7pm, ages 2-6 w/family

Frisco Public Library 6101 Frisco Square Blvd., 972-292-KNOW All story times are free with registration at front desk. Tuesday - Toddler Story Time 10:15 (ages 18mo.-23mo.) & 10:45am (ages 2-3yrs); Preschoolers Story Time 11:30am, ages 3-5 yrs Wednesday - Babies and Books 10, 10:30, 11 & 11:30am, ages 0-17 mo.; Bedtime Stories 7pm, all ages Thursday - Toddler Story Time 10:15 (ages 18mo.-23mo.) & 10:45am (ages 2-3yrs); Preschoolers Story Time 11:30am, ages 3-5 yrs Friday - Toddler Story Time 10:15 (ages 18mo.-23mo.) & 10:45am (ages 2-3yrs); Preschoolers Story Time 11:30am, ages 3-5 yrs Saturday - Family Story Time 10:30am, all ages

McKinney - Roy and Hellen Hall Branch 101 E. Hunt St., 972-547-7323 Monday - Fun with Baby 10:15am, ages 6-17mo & caregiver; Hold My Hand 10:15am, ages 18mo-3yrs & caregiver; On My Own 11am, ages 3-5 Wednesday - Family Story Time 6:30pm, all ages & caregivers

Plano - Harrington Branch

*Tickets will be handed out for all preschool programs beginning at 10am

1501 18th St., 972-941-7175

McKinney - John and Judy Gay Branch

Monday - Family Storytime 10:30am, all ages Tuesday - Family Storytime 7pm, all ages Wednesday - Family Storytime 10:30am, all ages Thursday - Rhyme Time 10:15am, ages 0-23mo

Plano - Parr Branch 6200 Windhaven Pkwy., 972-769-4300 Monday - Family Storytime 10:30am, all ages Tuesday - Family Storytime 7pm, all ages Wednesday - Family Storytime 10:30am, all ages Thursday - Rhyme Time 10:15am, ages 0-23mo

Plano - Schimelpfenig Branch 5024 Custer Rd., 972-769-4200 Monday - Family Storytime 10:30am, all ages Wednesday - Rhyme Time 10:15am, ages 0-23mo; Family Storytime 2:15pm, all ages Thursday - Rhyme Time 10:15am, ages 0-23mo

Feb 2-23. NOOK 101 at Barnes & Noble, Creekwalk Village. SUNDAYS 3:00pm 801 W. 15th St., Plano. 972.422-3372 www. barnesandnoble.com Feb 2-23. NOOK 101 at Barnes & Noble, Preston & Park. SUNDAYS 3:00pm 2201 Preston Rd., Plano. 972.612-0999 www. barnesandnoble.com Feb 3. Book Club at the Haggard Library. Adults. What are you reading now? 1:00pm-2:30pm 2501 Coit Rd., Plano. 972.769-4250 www.planolibrary.org Feb 3. Murder on Mondays Book Group at Barnes & Noble, Preston & Park. 7:00pm 2201 Preston Rd., Plano. 972.612-0999 www.barnesandnoble.com Feb 3-Mar 3. Poetry Contest at the Frisco Public Library. 1st-12th Graders. Submit original poems. 6101 Frisco Square Blvd., Frisco. www. friscolibrary.com Feb 4. Story Time at Barnes & Noble, Creekwalk Village. TUESDAYS 10:00am 801 W. 15th St., Plano. 972.422-3372 www. barnesandnoble.com Feb 4. Heart Your Valentine at the Allen Public Library. Create some fun paper heart crafts to share with your special Valentine. 1:30pm 300 N. Allen Dr., Allen. 214.509-4900 www.cityofallen.org Feb 4. Plano Bibliovores at the Harrington Library. Ages 13-18. Read & discuss the featured book. Free books given while supplies last. 4:45pm-5:45pm 1501 18th St., Plano. 972.941-7175 www.planolibrary.org Feb 4. Free LEGO Mini Build. Ages 6-15 ONLY. One free per child, while supplies last. Begins at 5pm Lego Stores Dallas, Frisco. www.lego.com Feb 4. Strategies for Bullying at the Haggard Library. Adults. Get a practical understanding of what bullying is, the impact it can have on children with disabilities & learn intervention strategies that you can use as a parent. 6:30pm-8:00pm 2501 Coit Rd., Plano. 972.769-4250 www. planolibrary.org

6861 W. Eldorado Pkwy, 972-547-7323 Wed - Fun with Baby 10:15am, ages 6-17mo & caregiver; Hold My Hand 10:15am, ages 18mo-3yrs & caregiver; On My Own 11am, ages 3-5 *Tickets will be handed out for all preschool programs beginning at 10am

Richardson Public Library 900 Civic Center Dr., 972-744-4350 Monday - Family Story Time 6:45pm, ages 3-7 Tuesday - “It’s Elementary!” Storytime 4:15-4:45pm, ages K - 4th grade

Smith Public Library – Wylie 800 Thomas St., 972-456-6250 Tuesday - Family Storytime 6pm, all ages Wednesday - Toddler Time 9 & 9:45am, ages 1-2; Big Kids 10:30 & 11:15am, ages 3-5 Fri - Babies & Books 11am, ages 0-1; Toddler Time 11:30am, ages 1-2 *Tickets required for Toddler, Big Kid and Family Story Times. Seating is limited.

Feb 4. Author Event at Barnes and Noble, Stonebriar Mall. Kevin D. Freeman, Game Plan: How to Protect Yourself from the Coming Cyber-Economic Attack. 7pm 2601 Preston Rd., Frisco. 972.668-2820 www.barnesandnoble.com Feb 4. Family Storytelling Movie Series at the Allen Public Library. The Princess Bride (1987). 7:00pm-9:00pm 300 N. Allen Dr., Allen. 214.509-4900 www.cityofallen.org Feb 4-25. Story Time with Ms. Kayla at Barnes & Noble, Preston & Park. TUESDAYS 10:00am 2201 Preston Rd., Plano. 972.612-0999 www.barnesandnoble.com Feb 4-25. Wagging Tales at the Smith Public Library. Come perfect your reading aloud skills by reading to Abby. Tickets are free & available beginning at 2:00pm at the children’s desk. TUESDAYS 3:30pm-4:15pm Abby’s birthday party on 2/18. 300 Country Club Rd., Bldg. 300, Wylie. 972.516-6250 www.wylietexas.gov Feb 4-25. GED Classes at the Smith Public Library. Follows same holiday schedule as Wylie ISD. TUESDAYS 5:00pm-8:00pm 300 Country Club Rd., Bldg. 300, Wylie. 972.516-6250 www.wylietexas.gov Feb 4-25. ESL Class at the Frisco Public Library. Learn & practice conversational English. TUESDAYS 6:00pm-8:00pm 6101 Frisco Square Blvd., Frisco. www.friscolibrary.com Feb 4-25. NOOK Tablet & NOOK HD 101 at Barnes and Noble, Stonebriar Mall. TUESDAYS 7:00pm 2601 Preston Rd., Frisco. 972.668-2820 www.barnesandnoble.com Feb 5. Genealogy at the Haggard Library. Adults. Where in the World is He? Tracing your ancestor’s immigration. 9:30am-11:00am 2501 Coit Rd., Plano. 972.769-4250 www.planolibrary.org Feb 5. Noontime Pageturners Book Club at the Allen Public Library. Bring your lunch & share the joy of reading. 12:00pm 300 N. Allen Dr., Allen. 214.509-4900 www.cityofallen.org Feb 5. Book Club at the Roy & Helen Hall Memorial Library.

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online. MONDAYS 9:30am-10:30am Environmental Education Center, 4116 W. Plano Pkwy., Plano. 972.769-4130 www.livegreeninplano.com Feb 6-27. Children’s Story Time at Barnes and Noble, Stonebriar Mall. THURSDAYS 11:00am 2601 Preston Rd., Frisco. 972.668-2820 www.barnesandnoble.com Feb 6-27. NOOK Simple Touch 101 at Barnes and Noble, Stonebriar Mall. THURSDAYS 7:00pm 2601 Preston Rd., Frisco. 972.668-2820 www.barnesandnoble.com Feb 6-Mar 1. Rover Dramawerks Presents: Out of Sterno. $ 8:00pm Cox Building Playhouse, 1517 Avenue H, Plano. 972.849-0358 www.plano.gov Feb 7. Daddy-Daughter Valentine’s Dance in McKinney. $ Dinner & dessert, too. 6:30pm-9:00pm McKinney Community Center, 2001 S. Central Expwy., McKinney. 972.547-2690 www.mckinneytexas.org

Ashly

10 years W Feb 17

Declan

2 years W Feb 17

Feb 7. Hands-On Learning at Barnes and Noble, Stonebriar Mall. Ages 4+. Creative exploration with crafty materials. 7:00pm 2601 Preston Rd., Frisco. 972.668-2820 www.barnesandnoble.com Feb 7. HIMprov. This improv comedy troupe is composed of Christbelieving comedians whose mission is to bring joy & laughter to people of all ages. Free, but they are collecting food & household goods to donate to Food 4 Hunger. Check the website for suggested donation items. 7:30pm Bent Tree Bible Fellowship, 4141 International Pkwy., Carrollton. 972.3948245 www.himprov.com Feb 7. A Hard Night’s Day Tribute Band at the Allen Public Library. Celebrating the anniversary of The Beatles first appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show. 7:30pm-9:30pm 300 N. Allen Dr., Allen. 214.5094911 www.cityofallen.org

Quinn

2 years W Feb 28

Alex

10 years W Feb 29

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Feb 7-9. 5th Annual Collin County Home and Garden Show. $ 2:00pm-7:00pm 2/7, 10:00am-7:00pm 2/8, 11:00am-5:00pm 2/9. Allen Event Center, Allen. www.allenhomeandgardenshow.com Feb 7-28. Story Time at the Interurban Railway Museum in Plano. All Ages. All aboard! Join professional storyteller Genie Hammel and her sidekick Rags on a magical train ride. 10:30am Plano Conservancy, 901 East 15th St., Plano. www.planoconservancy.org/events/story-time-at-the-interurban Feb 7-Mar 21. Game Day Fridays with the Parr Library Staff at TMC. Ages 13-18. Join staff from the Parr Library at the Muehlenbeck Center for video games, crafts, book talks & more. Register through the Parks & Recreation Department. FRIDAYS 4:00pm-5:00pm 5801 W. Parker Rd., Plano. www.planolibrary.org

Adults. Conversation & refreshments. 12:00pm-1:00pm 101 E. Hunt St., McKinney. 972.547-7323 www.mckinneytexas.org

Feb 8. Hot Chocolate 15/5k. $ America’s sweetest race! 5k at 7:30am, 15k at 8:10am. Fair Park, near the Cotton Bowl. www. hotchocolate15k.com/dallas/

Feb 5. Teddy Bear Campout at the Schimelpfenig Library. All Ages. Bring your teddy bear (or other stuffed animal) & a blanket for our campout story time. Kids can leave stuffed animals for a sleepover. 7:00pm 5024 Custer Rd., Plano. 972.769-4200 www.planolibrary.org

Feb 8. Second Saturday Bird Walks at The Heard Natural Science Museum and Garden. Included with admission. Enjoy a guided bird walk. Begins promptly at 8:00am. 1 Nature Place, McKinney. www.heardmuseum.org

Feb 5. First Wednesday Book Club at the Richardson Public Library. 7:30pm 900 Civic Center Dr., Richardson. www.cor.net

Feb 8. Trick-A-Trout Kid Fish in Frisco. Up to age 16. 3,000 rainbow trout will be released in the Commons pond. 8:00am-11:00am Frisco Commons, 8000 McKinney Rd., Frisco. www.friscofun.org

Feb 5-26. Mad Scientists at the Davis Public Library. Grades 1-5. Books, activities & experiments to reinforce STEAM principles. Registration required. WEDNESDAYS 3:30pm 7501-B Independence Pkwy., Plano. 972.208-8000 www.planolibrary.org Feb 6. Teen Book Club at the Smith Public Library. 6th-12th Grade. 6:00pm-7:00pm 300 Country Club Rd., Bldg. 300, Wylie. 972.5166250 www.wylietexas.gov Feb 6. Small Business Success at the Harrington Library. Adults. Presented by Collin County Small Business Development Center. 6pm-8:50pm 1501 18th St., Plano. 972.941-7175 www.planolibrary.org Feb 6. App It Up! at the Frisco Public Library. Adults. Learn best practices, where to find app reviews & see demos of some of the best apps for toddlers & preschoolers. 6:30pm-8:00pm 6101 Frisco Square Blvd., Frisco. www.friscolibrary.com Feb 6. Stitchers Book Club at the Frisco Public Library. Adults. Discuss books & work on your needlework projects. 7:00pm-8:30pm 6101 Frisco Square Blvd., Frisco. www.friscolibrary.com Feb 6. Mystery Book Club at Barnes & Noble, Creekwalk Village. 7:30pm 801 W. 15th St., Plano. 972.422-3372 www. barnesandnoble.com Feb 6, 7, 9. Bernadette Peters at the Dallas Symphony. $ A celebration of American song & musical showstoppers. 8:00pm 2/6 & 2/7, 2:30pm 2/9. Meyerson Symphony Center, 2301 Flora St., Dallas. 214.692-0203 www.dallassymphony.com Feb 6-27. Eco Tots Discovery Hour. Ages 2-5. Stories, crafts & activities about the environment, gardening or nature-related themes. Register

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Feb 8. Madly Madagascar Family Valentine’s Breakfast in McKinney. $ Ages 2+. Enjoy a movie, breakfast & fun. Registration is required. 9:00am-10:30am McKinney Community Center, 2001 S. Central Expwy., McKinney. 972.547-2690 www.mckinneytexas.org

Feb 8. Valentine’s Day Story Time & Party at Barnes & Noble, Creekwalk Village. Sing songs, make valentines, eat treats & hear fun stories! 11:00am 801 W. 15th St., Plano. 972.422-3372 www. barnesandnoble.com Feb 8. Valentine’s Day Story Time at Barnes & Noble, Preston & Park. Love Monster & other stories, activities & Valentine’s treats! 11:00am 2201 Preston Rd., Plano. 972.612-0999 www.barnesandnoble.com Feb 8. Hands-On Learning at Barnes & Noble, Preston & Park. The Creativity Can is filled with feathers, colored paper & silly eyes…create amazing new objects. 12:00pm 2201 Preston Rd., Plano. 972.612-0999 www.barnesandnoble.com Feb 8. ICPA Young Artists Competition Concert. Young Artists Competition winners will perform. 2:00pm 3321 Premier Dr., Plano. 972.881-1915 www.icparts.org Feb 8. Brownies Senses Badge Workshop at The Heard Natural Science Museum and Garden. $ 2:00pm-4:00pm Pre-Registration & Pre-Payment Required. 1 Nature Place, McKinney. www.heardmuseum.org Feb 8. Heart-y Arty Valentine Party at the Richardson Public Library. Preschool-4th Graders. Make Valentine crafts, enjoy a puppet show! 2:30pm-4:30pm 900 Civic Center Dr., Richardson. 972.744-4358 www.cor.net Feb 8. Teen Writers Group at the Frisco Public Library. Teens, Grades 6-12. We’ll talk all things writing, share our writing, and, oh yeah, we’ll write! 3pm 6101 Frisco Square Blvd., Frisco. www.friscolibrary.com Feb 8. Community Helpers 911! at the Davis Public Library. All Ages. Enjoy a 911 story time & learn about emergency safety. Get up close to an ambulance! 3:00pm 7501-B Independence Pkwy., Plano. 972.2088000 www.planolibrary.org Feb 8. Read to Rover at the Frisco Public Library. 1st-5th Graders. Read to a Heart of Texas Therapy Dog. 3:00pm-4:00pm 6101 Frisco Square Blvd., Frisco. www.friscolibrary.com Feb 8. Allen Depot Coffeehouse Concert. $ Listen to local artists perform some of your favorite folk music. 7:00pm Allen Heritage Center, 100 E. Main, Allen. www.cityofallen.org Feb 8. ICPA Second Saturdays. Sit back & enjoy free live performances in dance, theatre & music by faculty & students. 7:00pm-9:00pm 3321 Premier Dr., Plano. 972.881-1915 www.icparts.org Feb 8. Second Saturday in McKinney. Enjoy an evening of art, music, food & spirits as most downtown business stay open a little later. 7:00pm-10:00pm Historic Downtown McKinney, 111 N. Tennessee St., McKinney. www.mckinneytexas.org Feb 8. Willie Nelson & Asleep at the Wheel. $ Together Again! 8:00pm Eisemann Center, 2351 Performance Dr., Richardson. 972.7444650 www.eisemanncenter.com Feb 9. Home Depot How to Install a Toilet Workshop. Register online. All area Home Depot Stores. 1pm-2:30pm www.homeimproverclub.com Feb 9. Board Game Club at the Frisco Public Library. All Ages. Bring your favs or play one of ours. 2:00pm-4:00pm 6101 Frisco Square Blvd., Frisco. www.friscolibrary.com Feb 9. Sting & Paul Simon in Concert. $ 8:00pm American Airlines Center, Dallas. www.americanairlinescenter.com

Feb 8. Lowe’s Build & Grow Kids Clinic. 10:00am-11:00am Register online to build a love note holder. All area Lowe’s locations. www. lowesbuildandgrow.com

Feb 9 & 10. Nature Explore Family Club in Plano. Connecting children & families with nature & each other through fun, age-appropriate activities. Free, but please register online. Environmental Education Center, 4116 W. Plano Pkwy., Plano. 972.769-4130 www.livegreeninplano.com

Feb 8. Home Depot Interior Paint & Drywall Repair Workshop. Register online. All area Home Depot Stores. 10:00am-11:30am www. homeimproverclub.com

Feb 10. Write Club at the Frisco Public Library. Critiques, support & networking opportunities to both published & aspiring authors in all genres of writing. 7:00pm 6101 Frisco Square Blvd., Frisco. www.friscolibrary.com

Feb 8. Brownies Wonder of Water Badge Workshop at The Heard Natural Science Museum and Garden. $ 10:00am-12:00pm Pre-Registration & Pre-Payment Required. 1 Nature Place, McKinney. www. heardmuseum.org

Feb 10 & 24. Novel Knitters at the Haggard Library. Adults. Share knitting tips, learn to knit & bring your project. 7:00pm-8:00pm 2501 Coit Rd., Plano. 972.769-4250 www.planolibrary.org

Feb 8. The Duck Derby in Allen. $ Race your duck against the best Allen has to offer. 10:00am-12:00pm Don Rodenbaugh Natatorium, 110 E. Rivercrest, Allen. www.cityofallen.org Feb 8. Practice SAT Test & Tutorial at the Parr Library. Grades 9-12. Take an actual SAT test & find out right away how you can improve. Registration required, limited to 40. Bring snacks & a bottle of water. 10:30am-3:30pm 6200 Windhaven Pkwy., Plano. 972.769-4300 www. planolibrary.org Feb 8. Valentine’s Day Story Time at Barnes and Noble, Stonebriar Mall. Love Monster & other Valentine stories, activities & treats! 11:00am 2601 Preston Rd., Frisco. 972.668-2820 www. barnesandnoble.com

Feb 11. Black History Story Time at Barnes & Noble, Preston & Park. 10:00am 2201 Preston Rd., Plano. 972.612-0999 www. barnesandnoble.com Feb 11. La Leche League Plano. 2nd Tuesdays. Leader info available online. 10:30am Lord of Life Lutheran Church, Plano. www.texaslll.org Feb 11. Beginning Reader Book Club at Barnes & Noble, Creekwalk Village. Ages 5-7. Go online for a list of books. 3:30pm 801 W. 15th St., Plano. 972.422-3372 www.barnesandnoble.com Feb 11. Free & Easy! Sales Leads & Market Research at the Davis Public Library. Adults. Learn how to use the ReferenceUSA database. 7:00pm-8:00pm 7501-B Independence Pkwy., Plano. 972.2088000 www.planolibrary.org

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The Know It All cont.’d February SUBURBAN PARENT CALENDAR Feb 11. Undead & UnRead Book Club at the Frisco Public Library. Explore Sci-Fi & Fantasy books. 7:00pm-8:00pm 6101 Frisco Square Blvd., Frisco. www.friscolibrary.com Feb 11. Family Storytelling Movie Series at the Allen Public Library. Secondhand Lions (2003). 7:00pm-9:00pm 300 N. Allen Dr., Allen. 214.509-4900 www.cityofallen.org Feb 11. Book Club at the Schimelpfenig Library. Adults. 7:15pm-8:30pm 5024 Custer Rd., Plano. 972.769-4200 www.planolibrary.org Feb 11 & Apr 8. Junior Robotics at the Haggard Library. Ages 7-9. Airplane rescue. Registration required, limited to 24. 3:30pm-5:00pm 2501 Coit Rd., Plano. 972.769-4250 www.planolibrary.org Feb 11-12. Puppet Show at the Davis Public Library. All Ages. Mucky Moose. 11:00am 2/11, 10:00am & 7:00pm 2/12. 7501-B Independence Pkwy., Plano. 972.208-8000 www.planolibrary.org Feb 12. Parkinson Voice Project Free Parkinson’s Information Session. Lecture & video presentation. 9:30am-11:00am 646 N. Coit Rd., Richardson. www.parkinsonvoiceproject.org Feb 12. Twisted Threads at the Allen Public Library. Social group for knitters, crocheters, felters, quilters & any other type of craft done with thread or yarn. All skills levels welcome. 6:30pm 300 N. Allen Dr., Allen. 214.509-4900 www.cityofallen.org Feb 12. Free Computer Class at the Frisco Public Library. Adults. Word I. 7pm-8:30pm 6101 Frisco Square Blvd., Frisco. www.friscolibrary.com Feb 12 & 14. My Very Own Book Club at the Smith Public Library. 1st-3rd Graders. Read the book on your own & come for discussion & craft. Sign up at children’s desk. 3:30pm-4:30pm 300 Country Club Rd., Bldg. 300, Wylie. 972.516-6250 www.wylietexas.gov Feb 12-16. Dallas Opera Death and the Powers. $ One of the most stunning, cutting-edge operas of the 21st century. 7:30pm 2/12-2/15 & 2:00pm 2/16. Winspear Opera House, Dallas. www.attpac.org Feb 13-Mar 2. The Little Mermaid. Broadway’s Under the Sea Spectacular Live on Stage at the Music Hall at Fair Park. For tickets, go online at Ticketmaster.com, call 800-982-ARTS or visit the box office at 5959 Royal Ln, Ste 542. www.dallassummermusicals.org. See ad in this issue. Feb 13. Discover a Healthier You at the Allen Public Library. Ages 18+. Strength/Weight Training at Home. Registration requested. 12:00pm 300 N. Allen Dr., Allen. 214.509-4913 www.cityofallen.org Feb 13. Teen Chocolate Tasting at the Smith Public Library. 6th-12th Graders. Celebrate Valentine’s Day by testing your sweet tooth & sampling various chocolates. Trivia & prizes. No registration required. 5pm-6pm 300 Country Club Rd., Bldg. 300, Wylie. 972.516-6250 www.wylietexas.gov Feb 13. Author Event at Barnes and Noble, Stonebriar Mall. Neal Shusterman & Eric Elfman, Tesla’s Attic. 7:00pm 2601 Preston Rd., Frisco. 972.668-2820 www.barnesandnoble.com

Natural Science Museum and Garden. $ 10am-12pm Pre-Registration & Pre-Payment Required. 1 Nature Place, McKinney. www.heardmuseum.org Feb 15. The Write Stuff at the Richardson Public Library. Ages 15+. Interactive writing & performance workshop presented by C. J. Critt for writers of all skill levels. Call to register. 10:15am-12:15pm 900 Civic Center Dr., Richardson. 972.744-4376 www.cor.net Feb 15. Webelos Naturalist Badge Workshop at The Heard Natural Science Museum and Garden. $ 2pm-4pm Pre-Registration & Pre-Payment Required. 1 Nature Place, McKinney. www.heardmuseum.org Feb 15. Ponder Your Pond at the Allen Public Library. Learn about the ecology of ponds, their importance as wildlife habitats & how to build your own pond with naturalist Jim Klinger of Jungle Jim’s Wild Encounters. 2pm-4pm 300 N. Allen Dr., Allen. 214.509-4911 www.cityofallen.org Feb 15. Critterman Extra Furry Junior Safari at the Schimelpfenig Library. All Ages. Come see come furry feathered friends. 3:00pm 5024 Custer Rd., Plano. 972.769-4200 www.planolibrary.org Feb 15. Fabulous Fathers Priest Talent Show Benefitting Regina Caeli Academy. $ Enjoy performances from local priests, dinner, drinks, live & silent auctions. Emcee will be Lino Rulli, host of The Catholic Guy radio show. Doors open at 5:00pm. Hilton Doubletree Dallas Galleria, 4099 Valley View Ln., Dallas. www.rcahybrid.org Feb 15. 2014 Plano Symphony Valentine Gala. $ Deep in the Heart of Texas. Silent auction, cocktail hour, dinner, live auction. 6:00pm Marriott at Legacy Town Center, Plano. www.planosymphony.org Feb 15. Jeff Dunham. $ 7:00pm American Airlines Center, Dallas. www.americanairlinescenter.com Feb 16. Readers and Waggers at the Parr Library. Grades 1-5. Read to a Heart of Texas Therapy Dog. Free tickets available first-come, first-served at 2:30pm. 3:00pm-4:00pm 6200 Windhaven Pkwy., Plano. 972.769-4300 www.planolibrary.org Feb 16. Inner Engineering at the Frisco Public Library. Meditation & relaxation. 3rd Sundays 4pm-5pm 6101 Frisco Square Blvd., Frisco. www. friscolibrary.com Feb 17. Mother/Daughter Book Club at Barnes & Noble, Preston & Park. 2201 Preston Rd., Plano. 972.612-0999 www. barnesandnoble.com Feb 17. Fit & Fun Challenge in Plano. $ Annual event designed to promote kids health, physical fitness, teamwork & mild competitive sport. Fee includes healthy lunch & event t-shirt. Register online. 8:00am-12:00pm Carpenter Park Rec Center, 6701 Coit Rd., Plano. www.plano.gov Feb 17. Best in Show at the Parr Library. All Ages. Bring your favorite stuffed animal to our pet show for pampering & prizes. 2:00pm

6200 Windhaven Pkwy., Plano. 972.769-4300 www.planolibrary.org Feb 17. Dojo Day! at the Schimelpfenig Library. Grades 1-5. Create your own ninja action figure, practice your ninja star throwing & get your picture taken with a sensei. 2:00pm-3:00pm 5024 Custer Rd., Plano. 972.769-4200 www.planolibrary.org Feb 18. Come Play & Learn at the Frisco Public Library. Toddlers & Preschoolers with caregiver. Enjoy fun learning activities on a come-and-go basis. 2pm-4pm 6101 Frisco Square Blvd., Frisco. www.friscolibrary.com Feb 18. Abby’s Birthday Party at the Smith Public Library. Come celebrate with cake & crafts. All ages welcome, no registration required. Takes place of Wagging Tales on this day. 3:30pm-4:15pm 300 Country Club Rd., Bldg. 300, Wylie. 972.516-6250 www.wylietexas.gov Feb 18. Teen Anime Club at the Haggard Library. Teens. Bring your snacks & enjoy watching anime with other fans like you! 5:00pm-6:30pm 2501 Coit Rd., Plano. 972.769-4250 www.planolibrary.org Feb 18. Family Storytelling Movie Series at the Allen Public Library. Blazing Saddles (1974). 7:00pm-9:00pm 300 N. Allen Dr., Allen. 214.509-4900 www.cityofallen.org Feb 18-Mar 2. Godspell. $ A timeless tale of friendship, loyalty & love. Matinee & Evening Performances. 214.880-0202 Winspear Opera House, 2403 Flora St., Dallas. www.attpac.org Feb 18, 25, & Mar 4. Lunchtime Lectures at the Richardson Public Library. The Vanderbilts presented by Richard Cudlipp. Bring your lunch. 11:30am-12:45pm 900 Civic Center Dr., Richardson. 972.7444376 www.cor.net Feb 19. Camp Olympia Party. Come learn all about camp from staff, camp parents and current campers. 6:30pm at Picasso’s Pizza, 7215 Skillman St, Dallas www.campolympia.com. See ad in this issue. Feb 19. Classic Readers Book Club at the Frisco Public Library. 3rd Wednesdays 10:00am Frisco Senior Center www.friscolibrary.com Feb 19. Children’s Author Event at Barnes and Noble, Stonebriar Mall. Erin Hunter, Survivors #4 The Broken Path. 5:00pm 2601 Preston Rd., Frisco. 972.668-2820 www.barnesandnoble.com Feb 19. Banish Body Fat Informational Meeting at the Schimelpfenig Library. Adults. The Secrets to Weight Loss Experts Haven’t Told You. What you can do to get rid of body fat for good! 7:00pm 5024 Custer Rd., Plano. 972.769-4200 www.planolibrary.org Feb 19. Ladies Night Out Book Club at the Allen Public Library. Registration is required. 7pm 300 N. Allen Dr., Allen. 214.509-4900 www.cityofallen.org Feb 19. Free Computer Class at the Frisco Public Library. Adults.

Feb 13. BYOBook Club at the John & Judy Gay Library. Come share your latest great reads! 7:00pm-8:00pm 6861 W. Eldorado Pkwy., McKinney. 972.547-7323 www.mckinneytexas.org Feb 14. Happy Valentine’s Day. We love our readers! Feb 14. North Dallas Newcomers Book Club at Barnes & Noble, Creekwalk Village. 10:30am 801 W. 15th St., Plano. 972.422-3372 www.barnesandnoble.com Feb 14. Puppet Show at the Parr Library. All Ages. Kiss for Little Bear. Celebrate Valentine’s Day with crafts & a puppet show! 11:00am 6200 Windhaven Pkwy., Plano. 972.769-4300 www.planolibrary.org Feb 14. Booked on Fridays at the Smith Public Library. Fun reads & light conversation. Bring your lunch! 12:00pm 300 Country Club Rd., Bldg. 300, Wylie. 972.516-6250 www.wylietexas.gov Feb 14. Art Attack! at the Haggard Library. Grades 1-5. Learn about picture book illustrators & make original creations in their style. Registration required. 3:30pm-4:30pm 2501 Coit Rd., Plano. 972.7694250 www.planolibrary.org Feb 14-16. Third Monday Trade Days in McKinney. $5 Parking. Oldest & largest monthly trade days/flea market in North Texas with roots back to the old county-wide market that began in the 1870’s in McKinney. 4550 W. University Dr., McKinney. 972.562-5466 www.tmtd.com Feb 14-16. Love is in the Air at the Dallas Symphony. $ Music’s most passionate melodies are guaranteed to make you fall in love all over again. 8:00pm 2/14 & 2/15, 2:30pm 2/16. Meyerson Symphony Center, 2301 Flora St., Dallas. 214.692-0203 www.dallassymphony.com Feb 15. Home Depot Closet & Storage Organization Workshop. Register online. All area Home Depot Stores. 10am-11:30am www. homeimproverclub.com Feb 15.

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Feb 22. Open House at Eldorado Montessori. 10am-2pm. 11600 Teel Pkwy, Frisco 972-334-9444 www.eldoradomontessori.com. See ad in this issue. Feb 22. Classics on the Square in McKinney. Local classic car & truck enthusiast group host a show. 7:30am-10:30am Historic Downtown McKinney, 111 N. Tennessee St., McKinney. www.mckinneytexas.org

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Feb 22. Trout Derby in McKinney. $ Cast your line for fun! Over 4,000 stocked trout. All participants must provide own pole & bait. 8:00am-12:00pm Towne Lake East Pavilion, 1405 Wilson Creek Pkwy., McKinney. 972.547-7480 www.mckinneytexas.org Feb 22. Home Depot Saturday Workshops. Learn home improvement skills at your favorite local store. Contact store for workshop topic. Register online. All area Home Depot Stores. 10:00am-11:30am www. homeimproverclub.com

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Feb 22. Movie Mornings at the Richardson Public Library. Monsters University. 10:30am-12:30pm 900 Civic Center Dr., Richardson. 972.744-4358 www.cor.net

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Feb 22. Sam Bass Day 2014 Honoring Railroad History. Commemoration of the infamous first successful train robbery in Texas as well as learning more about trains & how they impacted our community. 11am-3pm Reenactments at 12:30pm & 1:30pm. Allen Heritage Center, 100 E. Main, Allen. www.cityofallen.org

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Feb 22. Mardi Gras Texas Style at Fair Park. $ 28 bands on 5 stages. 12:30pm Fair Park, Dallas. www. mardigrasdfw.com Feb 22. Pet Adoption at the Parr Library. All Ages. Plano Animal Services will be at the library with animals available for adoption. 1:00pm-5:00pm 6200 Windhaven Pkwy., Plano. 972.769-4300 www. planolibrary.org

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Word II. 7:00pm-8:30pm 6101 Frisco Square Blvd., Frisco. www.friscolibrary.com Feb 19. History of the Eagles. $ 8:00pm American Airlines Center, Dallas. www.americanairlinescenter.com Feb 19-23. 2014 DFW Auto Show. $ Dallas Convention Center, 650 South Griffin St., Dallas. 214.637-0531 www.dfwautoshow.com Feb 20. La Leche League McKinney. 3rd Thursdays. Leader info available online. 10:15am-11:45am First United Methodist Church, McKinney. www.texaslll.org Feb 20. Friends of the Library Meeting at the Smith Public Library. 6pm 300 Country Club Rd., Bldg. 300, Wylie. 972.516-6250 www.wylietexas.gov Feb 20. Teen Anime Club at the Frisco Public Library. Teens, Grades 6-12. 6:00pm 6101 Frisco Square Blvd., Frisco. www.friscolibrary.com

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Feb 23. Mobile App Development Workshops at the Haggard Library. Grades 6-12. Go online for what to bring. Registration required, limited to 20. 1:30pm-4:30pm 2501 Coit Rd., Plano. 972.7694250 www.planolibrary.org Feb 23. Tales for Tails at the Richardson Public Library. Grades K-4th. Read to real dogs from Heart of Texas Therapy Dogs. 3:00pm-4:00pm 900 Civic Center Dr., Richardson. 972.744-4358 www.cor.net Feb 23-25. Divine Consign Children’s & Maternity Consignment Sale. $ High quality gently worn children’s & maternity clothing, toys, books, games, baby equipment & more. Plano Centre, 2000 East Spring Creek Pkwy., Plano. 214.384-2716 www.divineconsign.net Feb 24. Free Computer Class at the Frisco Public Library. Adults. Introduction to Google Drive & iCloud. 7:00pm-8:30pm 6101 Frisco Square Blvd., Frisco. www.friscolibrary.com Feb 24. Philip Glass: An Evening of Chamber Music. $ 8pm Winspear Opera House, Dallas. www.attpac.org Feb 25. RNNC Daytime Book Club at Barnes & Noble, Creekwalk Village. 1:00pm 801 W. 15th St., Plano. 972.422-3372 www.barnesandnoble.com Feb 25. Legacy Research at the Haggard Library. Adults. Join the Legacy Users Group for information sharing, research tips, webinars & one-onone help. Come and go. 1:30pm-5:00pm 2501 Coit Rd., Plano. 972.769-4250 www.planolibrary.org Feb 25. Family Storytelling Movie Series at the Allen Public Library. Big Fish (2003). 7pm-9pm 300 N. Allen Dr., Allen. 214.509-4900 www.cityofallen.org

Feb 22. ICPA Andres Diaz Master Class. $ Diaz is Professor of cello at SMU & holds The Koerner Chair in Cello at The Glenn Gould School of The Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. Call in advance to reserve your spot. 1:30pm-3:30pm 3321 Premier Dr., Plano. 972.881-1915 www.icparts.org

Feb 26. Gluten 101 Informational Meeting at the Schimelpfenig Library. Adults. Learn the difference between Gluten Intolerance & Celiac Disease, how to test for gluten intolerance, reading labels & how to go gluten free. 7:00pm 5024 Custer Rd., Plano. 972.769-4200 www.planolibrary.org

Feb 22. Webelos Forester Badge Workshop at The Heard Natural Science Museum and Garden. $ 2pm-4pm Pre-Registration & Pre-Payment Required. 1 Nature Place, McKinney. www.heardmuseum.org

Feb 27. Brown Bag Book Club at the Parr Library. Adults. 12:00pm-1:30pm 6200 Windhaven Pkwy., Plano. 972.769-4300 www.planolibrary.org

Feb 22. Free Family Concert at the Dallas Museum of Art. Fine Arts Chamber Players present a family concert featuring strings of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra & Principal Flutist Demarre McGill. Doors open at 2:30pm, concert at 3:00pm. 1717 North Harwood, Dallas. 214.922-1312 www.dallasmuseumofart.org Feb 22. Butterflies, Bugs & Botany at the Davis Public Library. Grades 1-6. Presented by Texas Discovery Gardens. 3:00pm 7501-B Independence Pkwy., Plano. 972.208-8000 www.planolibrary.org

Mar 2 & 3. Nature Explore Family Club in Plano. Connecting children & families with nature & each other through fun, age-appropriate activities. Free, but please register online. Environmental Education Center, 4116 W. Plano Pkwy., Plano. 972.769-4130 www.livegreeninplano.com Mar 11. Mad Hatter Tea Party at the Smith Public Library. Geared towards ages 4-9, but all ages welcome. Come and go party with games, prizes & crafts. Come in costume as your favorite Alice in Wonderland character or in your tea party best. 3:30pm-5:30pm 300 Country Club Rd., Bldg. 300, Wylie. 972.516-6250 www.wylietexas.gov Mar 13. Teen Divergent Party at the Smith Public Library. 6th-12th Graders. Celebrate the movie release by dressing up as Tris, Four or your favorite character for the costume contest. Trivia & games. No registration required. 3pm-5pm 300 Country Club Rd., Bldg. 300, Wylie. 972.516-6250 www.wylietexas.gov Mar 14-16. Third Monday Trade Days in McKinney. $5 Parking. Oldest & largest monthly trade days/flea market in North Texas with roots back to the old county-wide market that began in the 1870’s in McKinney. 4550 W. University Dr., McKinney. 972.562-5466 www.tmtd.com Mar 29-30. Arts on the Square in Frisco. Some of the best local & regional artists will be selling their handmade creations. Listen to local musicians, watch ongoing performing arts, enjoy interactive art activities & treat yourself to the food & spirits available at the variety of award –winning restaurants on site. 11:00am-7:00pm Frisco Square. www.friscosquare.com/AITS

Feb 27. Graphic Novel Book Club at the Frisco Public Library. Adults. Ages 18+. Share, discuss & explore the world of graphic novels. 4pm-5pm 6101 Frisco Square Blvd., Frisco. www.friscolibrary.com Feb 27. BeTween Book & Movie Club at the Smith Public Library. 4th-5th Graders. Never judge a book by its movie. Sign up at the children’s desk. 6:00pm 300 Country Club Rd., Bldg. 300, Wylie. 972.516-6250 www.wylietexas.gov

Feb 22. Computer Programming at the Haggard Library. 3rd Grade & Up. Animate, Draw & Explore using Scratch. 3:00pm-4:00pm 2501 Coit Rd., Plano. 972.769-4250 www.planolibrary.org

Feb 27. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder at the Harrington Library. Adults. Understand the diagnosis of ADHD & learn ways to assist children with ADHD in school, at home & in the community. 6:00pm-7:30pm 1501 18th St., Plano. 972.941-7175 www.planolibrary.org

Feb 20. Mysteries Book Club at the Davis Public Library. Adults. 7pm-8:30pm 7501-B Independence Pkwy., Plano. 972.208-8000 www.planolibrary.org

Feb 22. Author Event at Barnes & Noble, Preston & Park. John Antal, 7 Leadership Lessons of the American Revolution. 5:00pm 2201 Preston Rd., Plano. 972.612-0999 www.barnesandnoble.com

Feb 27-Mar 2. Bolero at the Dallas Symphony. $ 8:00pm 2/27-Mar 1, 2:30pm 2/2. Meyerson Symphony Center, 2301 Flora St., Dallas. 214.6920203 www.dallassymphony.com

Feb 20-23. Verdi’s Requiem at the Dallas Symphony. $ A work of such imposing power, no music can match its scope & glory. 8:00pm 2/20-22 & 2:30pm 2/23. Meyerson Symphony Center, 2301 Flora St., Dallas. 214.692-0203 www.dallassymphony.com

Feb 22. Plano Symphony Orchestra Ballroom with a Twist. $ Featuring cast & judges from Dancing with the Stars, So You Think You Can Dance & American Idol. 8:15pm Eisemann Center, Richardson. 972.4737262 www.planosymphony.org

Feb 28. Elementary Book Group at Barnes & Noble, Creekwalk Village. 2nd-8th Grades. 3:30pm 801 W. 15th St., Plano. 972.422-3372 www.barnesandnoble.com

Feb 21. Pajamarama with Clifford the Big Red Dog at Barnes & Noble, Preston & Park. 7:00pm 2201 Preston Rd., Plano. 972.612-0999 www.barnesandnoble.com

Feb 23. Open House at Frisco Montessori Academy. A private school for 18 mos – 5th grade. 2-4 pm. 8890 Meadow Hill Dr, Frisco 972-712-7400 FriscoMontessori.com. See ad in this issue.

Feb 21. Imagine Dragons in Concert. $ 7:00pm American Airlines Center, Dallas. www. americanairlinescenter.com

Feb 23. Home Depot Sunday Workshops. Learn home improvement skills at your favorite local store. Contact store for workshop topic. Register online. All

Feb 20. Home Depot Do-It-Herself Workshops. How to make a modern mirror. Register online. All area Home Depot Stores. 6:30pm-8:00pm www. homeimproverclub.com

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Feb 28. Baby Boomer Comedy Show. $ Clean comedy for people born before seatbelts, safety helmets & Facebook. 7pm Hamon Hall, Dallas. www.attpac.org Feb 28. Wanda King Blues Band at the Allen Public Library. Her voice resonates with a ferocity that matches her stage presence. Part of the city’s celebration of African-American History Month. 7:30pm-9:30pm 300 N. Allen Dr., Allen. 214.509-4911 www.cityofallen.org

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treasure the stories my children tell after arriving home from summer camp. The week-long adventures include experiences sure to build character and bond relationships. Every camp has a unique way of teaching kids their value while giving them opportunities to experience all kinds of fun they would never find at home. The spring months are the perfect time to begin exploring summer camps. To find one that fits your child’s needs, seek out opinions from friends and neighbors; ask teachers and church counselors what camps they recommend. Whether day camp or overnight camp, there’s sure to be one your child will love and gain valuable skills from while attending.

Camp counselor Jamie Newman, who has worked the past two summers at a children’s camp for kids ages 5-16, expresses her enthusiasm for sending kids to camp. She says, “Camp encourages kids to try new things and teaches them confidence through new experiences. They learn valuable life lessons when encouraged to work through their fears and try something even if it doesn’t feel comfortable to them. Also, when kids are thrown together in a cabin for a week,

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they’re forced to learn how to get along with others and often build lasting relationships that can continue when they return home.” Our five kids have attended summer camps ranging from athletic camps to church camps to choir and band camps. Each camp plays a unique role in building character qualities and creating life-long memories through everyday activities and interactions with others. If you need some encouragement to give your child the gift of summer camp, here are a few thoughts to consider:

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Camp encourages independence and allows children a chance to

make decisions on their own in a safe, caring environment. Kids benefit from new relationships with camp counselors who care about them and want to help them with everyday struggles.

Camp forces kids to unplug from technology and enjoy the beauty and benefits of nature. Through outside activities, kids find new hobbies they can’t experience at home, without academic pressure or expectations. Kids gain self-confidence through trying new things and discovering talents they didn’t know they had.

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Camp teaches good sportsmanship by encouraging each

child to be fair and kind, win or lose. Team activities teach kids how to cooperate with another and the value of getting along with others through working together and supporting one another.

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Camp fosters new friendships with kids who come from vary-

ing backgrounds--helping kids gain an understanding of how others live outside their community. In a relaxed atmosphere, kids easily make friends while they play, sing, work, eat, and bunk together.

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Camp creates life-long memories of new adventures in places

they’ve never experienced before. Camp offers carefree days where kids can learn how to thrive outside the structure of overscheduled days. So what are you waiting for? Have you signed your child up for camp yet? There’s week-long adventure and character-building experiences waiting for your child this summer! • Gayla Grace sends her kids to camp every summer and always looks forward to hearing new stories when they return.

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Bent Trail 972-380-1275 Breckinridge Park 972-671-5437 East Allen 214-547-7267 Deerfield 972-208-1754 Firewheel 972-496-0011 Frisco West 469-404-4222 Griffin Parc 214-618-2700 Lakehill 972-668-4300 North Plano 972-964-6826 Prestmont 972-712-7746 Prestonwood 469-791-9131 Stone Brook 972-529-6863 West Plano 972-403-3444

AquaTykes

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Cooper Fitness Center at Craig Ranch

SafeSplash Swim School

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Dallas Summer Musicals

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Destination Science

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Small Miracles Academy

Eldorado Montessori

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972-334-9444 www.eldoradomontessori.com

Smarts Club

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Episcopal School of Dallas www.esdallas.org

First Baptist Plano Weekday School 972-422-5904 melodyw@fbcplano.org

Frisco Indoor Sports

214-578-7741 214-872-8592 www.smartsclub.net

St. Monica Catholic School 214-351-5688 www.stmonicaschool.org

U.S. Taekwondo Academy

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Allen 469-632-0828 Richardson 972-238-7073 www.ustacademy.com

Frisco Montessori Academy

UTD Chess Camp

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972-883-4899 www.utdallas.edu/chess

Great Lakes Academy

Willow Bend Academy

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972-599-7882 www.willowbendacademy.com

The Guthrie School

Weekday Kids at First

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Ra M o ch a e l sh m an isiting the dentist

is a scary experience for many children. The dentist is a virtual stranger, even after several visits. Plus, the dentist and hygienists wear masks that cover their faces for most of the visit, making them appear even less friendly. It can be a very over stimulating experience with the bright lights, loud buzzing and smell of chemicals. Plus, the expectation of holding still for an extended length of time is frustrating for many children. Fortunately, there are some ways to make the visit a bit less frightening and easier to handle.

• Find a pediatric dentist. Pediatric dentists have specialized training in treating children. Their offices are often designed to be more comfortable and inviting to children.

• Start early.

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children see a pediatric dentist as soon as their first tooth comes in, typically between six and twelve months of age. Getting children accustomed to dental visits from a young age often makes visits less traumatic.

• Tell your child what to expect.

Children typically only see the dentist twice a year. They may forget what happens at the visits in between appointments. Walk them through what to expect before each visit. Read books about going to the dentist. Don’t gloss over parts that they struggled with last time. For example, if they became agitated when it was time to swish the fluoride rinse around their mouth, gently let them know that they will have to do it again. Neglecting to mention it could lead to more anxiety, as well as possibly distrust in you when they are confronted with it again.

• Practice good dental hygiene at home. Brushing and flossing your child’s teeth daily will help keep teeth and gums healthy. This may result in quicker and easier dental visits. Feeding your child a healthy diet and limiting sweets will also help accomplish this.

• Let the braver child go first. Most people with multiple children have the oldest child receive treatment first. This isn’t necessarily the best order. If a younger child is less fearful, let them go first. • Start some traditions. A few days before the dentist appointment, start reading books or watching cartoons about dentists, teeth and tooth care. Find a song about going to the dentist or make up one of your own. Sing it in the car on the way to the appointment. Have a special plan for after the dentist, such as visit to the park or trip to the movie theater. Do these things before and after every visit to give your children good memories of going to the dentist. • Deal with your own fears. Many adults still have severe dental anxiety. Children pick up on their parent’s worries. Your child won’t be able to be calm or relaxed if she knows you aren’t. Take time to address your own issues before the appointment so you don’t project your negative feelings onto your child’s experience. Dentist visits don’t have to be terrifying – for child or parent! • Rachael Moshman is a mom and freelance writer. She actually enjoys going to the dentist. Find her at www.rachaelmoshman.com

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e d i R a e t i Qu

I can’t say I’m very good at it either. After I took a few pictures of the girls sitting on a bale of hay at the rear of the ungated wagon, I said, “Alice, you keep an eye on Jessie.” Dang, the second I finished the sentence, I knew I had embarrassed Jessie…and her nonverbal communication confirmed it. I quickly came back with,“Jessie, you watch after Alice, too.” Good save, Daddy.

One mom to ld me her daug hter made her sig n a “Do Not Embarra ss Me” contract.

While the girls enjoyed their hay ride, I commiserated with the parents of a twelve-yearold daughter. She was off enjoying the festival with a friend, too.

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arenting can be quite a ride, and I’m not referring

to the spinning Tea Cups at Disney or sailboat rides with my daughter, Jessie’s, Uncle Gary (both of which this dad, prone to motion sickness, avoids). Some rides, you don’t want to get off. “Hey, that was my daughter who just made that 12-foot basket!” “Jessie, this is an excellent report card!” Other rides don’t end quickly enough, such as birthday parties with screaming kids sugared up on cake and ice cream. For still other rides, I wonder, “Why did I get on?” I’m thinking of the time three-yearold Jessie pulled my shorts down on an elevator, exposing my jock strap to the other passengers. Recently, I took Jessie, age 9, on a daddy-daughter date to our church’s annual festival. Having made a few mistakes in the past, I try my best not to say anything that might embarrass Jessie in front of her friends. I still haven’t mastered this discipline, even though my comments are always out of love and concern. I guess it could be worse. One

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mom told me her daughter made her sign a “Do Not Embarrass Me” contract. As soon as we arrived at the festival, Jessie’s “find friends” antennae went up. She climbed up and slid down a tall inflatable slide, with eyes peeled for friends. She did close her eyes when she had her hair spray painted orange, blue, and green. Of course, I had my camera. Parents can’t have too many photos of their children. Then Jessie spied Alice, and I dutifully found an inconspicuous place to stand as I watched the girls play. Okay, I did take pictures of Jessie and Alice at the cakewalk, but only a few. The three of us ate hot dogs and burgers together before heading to one of my favorite parts of the festival – the hay wagon ride. As we were preparing to climb on, Jessie turned around and said, “Dad, may I take the ride with just Alice?” This caught me completely off guard. I maintained a stiff upper lip and brokenheartedly gave my approval. This “letting go” stuff isn’t easy.

As the festival came to a close, Jessie and I were headed to the parking lot when we saw the hay wagon loading for one final trip. We ran to get on. Jessie called, “first,” then promptly sat on the first bale as she stepped onto the wagon. I was a happy “second” as I got to sit next to the pretty girl with orange, blue, and green hair. I cherished the moment with my arm curled around my daughter to keep her safe during the ride. I wish I could end the story here with the hay wagon riding out into the night with its passengers living happily ever after. However, back in the car, on what should have been a blissful drive home, Jessie shocked me with another request. From the backseat, she asked, “Dad, can you just drop me off at the festival next year and let me play with my friends? You can talk with the other parents.” Thank goodness the steering wheel caught my chin. I don’t know what lies ahead in my parenting world. I wish it would be as easy as calling “second,” to be with her for important events. Yet I know the time will come when I’ll be lucky to make the top five. Whatever my spot, I’m looking forward to sharing lots of good rides, maybe just not as many as I thought. At least, I’ll get to talk with other parents. It helps to know I’m not alone. Until next month, remember to cherish the moments. •

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y l i p p Ha 12 Secrets of

Married Couples

Build Each Other Up!

Be sure you point out the things you like about your spouse. It can be cerebral or simple. “I love your cooking!” or “You are so good at fixing things!” or even, “You look great in blue.” Can’t think of any right offhand? Make a list of the reasons you married your partner. It might surprise you to realize all of those great traits are still there!

Be Realistic

Sure he loves his worn out sneakers, but you like to lounge in your old sweatpants. And he still thinks you’re great! Remember to allow for imperfections in your partner, just as you hope he overlooks yours.

Make Time for Each Other

Never Compare

Even the busiest couples should mark the calendar on a regular basis to spend time alone. It can be a weekly lunch date, or a monthly night out.

Don’t Be Over Competitive

Remember when you were dating and you always put your best foot forward? You don’t have to be extreme, just consider dumping those worn out granny nightgowns for some new ones. Men, remember the mouthwash or your wife’s favorite cologne. It’s nice to know your spouse still wants to be attractive for you.

It is a good thing to have role models, but don’t cross the line and compare your partner to someone else in a negative way.

A little healthy competition can be fun, but if you sense your partner’s feelings are getting hurt cool it immediately.

Opposite Sex Friendships

Get “Gussied Up” for Your Partner Fight Fair

There is no reason to have a friendship with a member of the opposite sex that excludes your spouse. Ask yourself the following questions to see if your friendships are inappropriate: If my friend calls me, can my spouse answer the phone without any awkward feelings from either party? If I meet my friend for lunch or dinner, would I be disappointed if my spouse wanted to join us? Do I find myself thinking about my friend in appropriate ways? Do I exchange emails with my friend that I would prefer my spouse not see?

Notice we didn’t say “never argue.” It can be natural to have disagreements, just make sure they are constructive, there is a solution and you aren’t just getting rid of frustration, and it is done with love. Name calling, bringing up the past, and threats should all be considered out of bounds.

Cultivate at Least One Common Interest

There will be times when you disagree about how to handle situations – life is full of decision making! Just remember, you do not have to be 100% happy with every decision. Marriage requires give and take, but the important thing is to provide a united front and move forward together.

Find something you both enjoy doing and enjoy this together. It could be camping, fishing, movies… this shared interest continues to feed the friendship aspect of your relationship.

Maintain an Interest That is Just for You

Remember to keep your own hobbies. There is no reason you have to give up a passion for theatre, for instance, if your hubby doesn’t enjoy it.

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Support Each Other’s Decisions Share the Housework

If you can afford to have someone come to clean your home, you will find this is one of the best investments you can make in your marriage. Beyond that, housework should be shared. Don’t forget to give credit for the yardwork! Y

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barn, chicken coop, etc. As his grandfather sat with him discussing the ants, he said casually, “you know I used to live on a farm just like that.” My son’s eyes grew wide and, encouraged by the enthusiastic reaction, his grandfather continued his story. When he finished my son said admiringly,

“WOW! I can’t believe you used to be an ant!” Do you have a funny story about your child? We’d love to hear it. Send them to: editor@suburbanparent.com

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have been together since our junior year in high school. In dog years, that is 161 Valentine’s Days. While some men (men with a death wish) may not already be thinking about Valentine’s Day, now is the time to start planning your attack—unless, of course, your plan this year hinges on a table for two at McDonald’s and candies from your Christmas stocking. In that case, I hope you can out-run your wife. I’m somewhat of an expert when it comes to how husbands and boyfriends should behave on Valentine’s Day. And, in the interest of science and personal safety, I would like to present my...

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The three questions every man should ask himself about the Valentine’s gift he is about to give: Is it romantic? Will it be an accurate measure of the love in our relationship? If the answers to both the first two questions are no, if thrown at me, will the gift cause a concussion?

3.

The single satin rose in cellophane at the gas station is not appropriate. Sure, I understand that guys like to be efficient with their time and could pick up a quart of oil and a pack of sunflower seeds at the same time, but the only guy who should consider the lame satin rose would be four and a half feet and calling his special girl “mommy.” The three questions every guy should ask himself before buying the slinky baby-doll nightie for his special girl: Do I really want to see her in a teddy? Does she really want me to see her in a teddy? What will we say when we find our children with the teddy…outside…playing dress up with the neighbor kids?

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Jewelry is always an appropriate gift, as are flowers, chocolates, and silky pajamas. Not appropriate are snow tires, high-waist granny panties, clearance Christmas decorations, or anything NASCAR.

It’s important to be able to interpret your honey’s thoughts and feelings before the big day. When she says: “For Valentine’s Day, dinner at home is fine with me—we don’t need to go out to a romantic restaurant.” What she really means is: ”I hope you enjoy sleeping on the couch.”

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When she says: “You don’t have to do anything fancy for me like flowers or chocolates.” What she really means is: ”I hope you enjoy sleeping on the couch.”

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When she says: “I don’t need to do or receive anything for Valentine’s Day this year. Let’s skip it.” What she really means is: ”I hope you enjoy sleeping on the couch.” Diamonds in lieu of flowers is fine. Olde English 800 in lieu of flowers, not so fine. Valentine flowers are red roses, not orange… carnations. Don’t ask her where she wants to go for Valentine’s Day. Women already feel they do everything in the relationship (as well as around the house, for the children and with your mother)— don’t add fuel to the fire. Don’t think that you always need to out-do the previous year, unless of course, last year you were in jail. Six words she doesn’t want to hear come out of your mouth on Valentine’s Day: “My mom made it for you.” Three words she does want to hear: “I love you.”

Good luck! W

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