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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,

Mary Ellen Choose life!

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Cover Model Keller, age 2 Our cover kid this month is Keller, 2 years. This little guy’s favorite activities include going to the park, playing golf, reading books and playing basketball. He enjoys being the only grandchild on both sides and is quite spoiled. He will, however, have to share the limelight because he has a sibling on the way, and he is excited about that. Keller also has two dogs, Ellie and Shiner. His favorite foods include pancakes, bananas, and broccoli. His mom reports that “Keller is one of the sweetest, most easy-going toddlers. We are blessed!” And we are too! Thanks for being our cover, Keller! Cover photography by

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Convenient Care – Close to Home. John M. Wiprud, MD has joined Baylor Family Medical Center at

Rockwall. He is board certified in family medicine and enjoys all aspects of medicine, from pediatrics to geriatrics, and has a special interest in sports medicine. Before joining Baylor Family Medical Center at Rockwall, Dr. Wiprud practiced family medicine at Family Medical Center at Garland for 11 years. Dr. Wiprud earned his medical degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, WI and completed his residency in family medicine at Scott & White Hospital in Temple, TX. Dr. Wiprud formerly served as a Flight Surgeon in the US Air Force before practicing family medicine. Baylor Family Medical Center at Rockwall offers a full range of primary care services, including most vaccinations, in-house lab and x-ray, and preventative screenings such as well child checks, well women exams and male physicals. For an appointment, call (469) 800-2100 or for more information about Baylor Family Medical Center at Rockwall, visit FMCRockwall.com 6435 S. FM 549, Suite 201 • Heath, TX 75032 Physician is an employee of HealthTexas Provider Network, an affiliate of Baylor Health Care System. ©2013 Baylor Health Care System. HTPN_2054 11.13

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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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Make-up Tricks of the Trade! Ooops! Dropped your blush or powder compact? When opened you find all those cracked pieces. There’s no reason to toss it to the bottom of your makeup drawer! Instead, repair it – here’s how: Wrap a clean tissue around your finger and put the pieces back in place as best you can. Add a few drops of rubbing alcohol and smooth the surface (a small flat knife works well). Allow to dry overnight; or use a hairdryer set on low for a few seconds. Now it’s ready to go back in your cosmetic bag! See more make-up quick fixes online at www.suburbanparent.com. Click on the You Should Know feature!

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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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The Know It All

February 2014

Lakeside Community 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 8. “Chicago” by Garland Civic Theatre. $ Sharp-edged tale of murder, greed, corruption, violence, exploitation, & treachery that features a dazzling music score! Matinee & Evening Performances. Granville Arts Center, Small Theatre, Garland. 972.205-2790 www.ci.garland.tx.us Thru Feb 9. DFW Winter Boat Expo. $ Dallas Market Hall, 2200 Stemmons Frwy., Dallas. www.dallasmarketcenter. com/public Thru Feb 9. Ghost the Musical. $ Matinee & Evening Performances. Music Hall at Fair Park, Dallas. 214.421-5678 www.dallassummermusicals.org 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.visitdallas.com 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. 469.554-7500 www. dallaszoo.com 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 21. Police Youth Program. Ages 7-14. Garland Police Officers help with homework assignments & school projects. Gain the knowledge needed to resist peer pressure & how to avoid involvement with drugs, gangs & violence. Parent must register in person. WEDNESDAYS 3:30pm-4:45pm Fields Rec Center, 1701 Dairy Rd., Garland. 972.205-3090 www.ci.garland.tx.us Feb 1. Home Depot Children’s Workshop. Ages 5-12. Register online to build a race- car. 9:00am-12:00pm All Area Home Depot Stores. www.homeimproverclub.com Feb 1. Target First Saturday at the Nasher Sculpture Center. Free admission & special activities. 10am-2pm 2001 Flora St., Dallas. 214.242-5100 www.nashersculpturecenter.org Feb 1. Movie & Popcorn at the Rowlett Public Library. All Ages. 10:30am-12:00pm 3900 Main St., Rowlett. 972.412-6161 www.ci.rowlett.tx.us Feb 1. Special Children’s Event at Barnes & Noble, Firewheel Mall. The Elf on the Shelf: A Birthday Tradition Story Time with a visit from the elf, stories, activities & more! 11:00am 190 Cedar Sage Dr., Garland. 972.496-2000 www.barnesandnoble.com Feb 1. Children’s Special Event at Barnes & Noble, Lincoln Park. The Elf on the Shelf: A Birthday Tradition. Birthday party for our elf with stories, an elf hide-and-seek game, treats & more! 11:00am 7700 West Northwest Hwy., Dallas. 214.739-1124 www.barnesandnoble.com Feb 1. Author Event at Barnes & Noble, Firewheel Mall. Stephanie Henry signs If Only I Could Sleep: A Survivor’s Memoir. 2:00pm 190 Cedar Sage Dr., Garland. 972.4962000 www.barnesandnoble.com

Feb 1. Harlem Globetrotters. $ 2pm & 7pm American Airlines Center, Dallas. www.americanairlinescenter.com

Feb 1-25. NOOK HD or NOOK HD+ at Barnes & Noble, Firewheel Mall. Answers to all your questions! SATURDAYS 10:00am, TUESDAYS 7:00pm 190 Cedar Sage Dr., Garland. 972.496-2000 www.barnesandnoble.com

Feb 1. Catholic Charities of Dallas 16 Annual Bishop’s Gala. $ Exciting evening of dinner & music featuring the smooth jazz songs of three-time Grammy Award & two-time Emmy Award winner, Harry Connick, Jr.! 6pm Hilton Anatole Hotel, 2201 Stemmons Frwy., Dallas. www.visitdallas.com

Feb 1-28. Dallas Farmers Market. DAILY 8:00am-6:00pm Closed Christmas Day. 1010 S. Pearl St., Dallas. www. dallasfarmersmarket.org

Feb 1. Mesquite Symphony Orchestra Concert. $ In concert with MSO Pops featuring music of great movies. 7:30pm Mesquite Arts Center, 1527 N. Galloway Ave., Mesquite. 972.216-8127 www.cityofmesquite.com

Feb 3. Silver Cinema at the Rowlett Public Library. All Ages. Enjoy Casablanca complete with popcorn. 2:00pm-4:00pm 3900 Main St., Rowlett. 972.412-6161 www.ci.rowlett.tx.us

Feb 1. Monster Trucks-O’Reilly Auto Parts Outlaw Nationals. $ 7:30pm Mesquite Arena, 1818 Rodeo Dr., Mesquite. www.mesquiterodeo.com

Feb 4. Free Computer Class at the Mesquite North Branch Library. Computer Basics. Registration required. 9:00am-11:00am 2600 Oates Dr., Mesquite. 972.681-0465 www.cityofmesquite.com

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Feb 1. Sweetheart Dance in Garland. $ Dads, granddads & uncles, experience an enchanted evening with your special little one. Ages 4-7, 5:00pm-7:00pm & Ages 8-12, 7:30pm-9:30pm. The Atrium at the Granville Arts Center, 330 North Fifth St., Garland. www.garlandparks.com 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 1-2. 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. Lake Cities Chorale at the Rowlett Public Library. All Ages. The Lake Cities Chorale presents Songs and Spirituals Celebrating Black History Month. 2:00pm-3:00pm 3900 Main St., Rowlett. 972.412-6161 www.ci.rowlett.tx.us

Feb 1-22. ESL Class at the Rowlett Public Library. Beginners Mondays, Tuesdays & Thursdays at 1:00pm & Saturdays at 10:00am. High beginners Mondays at 6:00pm & Wednesdays at 1:00pm. 3900 Main St., Rowlett. 972.4126161 www.ci.rowlett.tx.us

Feb 1. 24th Annual Talent Hunt. Free to attend & open to all high school students. Cash prizes for 1st, 2nd, 3rd places. 2:00pm-5:00pm Granville Arts Center, Garland. 214.2802006 www.ci.garland.tx.us

Feb 1-23. Kid Fish at Bass Pro Shops. Free fishing experience for the kids. SATURDAYS & SUNDAYS 11:00am-12:00pm weather permitting. 5001 Bass Pro Dr., Garland. 469.221-2600 www.basspro.com

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Feb 4. First Tuesday at the Dallas Museum of Art. Designed for children ages 5 & under, but all ages are welcome. Enjoy thematic art-making activities, story times, performances & gallery activities. 11:00am-2:00pm 1717 North Harwood, Dallas. 214.922-1312 www.dallasmuseumofart.org Feb 4. Teen Library Club Meeting at the Sachse Public Library. 4:30pm-5:30pm 3815-C Sachse Rd., Sachse. 972.530-8966 www.cityofsachse.com Feb 4. Free LEGO Mini Build. Ages 6-15 ONLY. One free per child, while supplies last. Begins at 5:00pm Lego Stores Dallas, Frisco. www.lego.com Feb 4. Author Event at Barnes & Noble, Lincoln Park. Harry Hunsicker signs The Contractors. 7:00pm 7700 West Northwest Hwy., Dallas. 214.739-1124 www. barnesandnoble.com Feb 4-25. Story Time at Barnes & Noble, Lincoln Park. Ages 0-4. Reading & activities with Miss Jenn! TUESDAYS 10:30am 7700 West Northwest Hwy., Dallas. 214.739-1124 www.barnesandnoble.com Feb 4-25. Story Time at Pottery Barn Kids. All ages. TUESDAYS 11:00am Pottery Barn Kids Locations: Stonebriar Mall, Frisco and Knox St., Dallas. www.potterybarnkids.com

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Lakeside Community Calendar

COMMUNITY STORY TIMES All Story Times are free

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

Mesquite - Main Branch

300 W. Grubb Dr., 972-216-6220

Tues - Preschool Story Time 10:30am, ages 3-5; Evening Story Time 7pm, all ages Wed - Infant Lapsit Story Time 9:30am, ages 6-12mo; Young & Restless Story Time 10:30am, 13mo -2yrs Thursday - Toddler Time 10:30am, ages18mo-3yrs Saturday - Story Time 11am, ages 6-18mo

Garland - Central Branch 625 Austin St., 972-205-2517

Monday - Toddler Time 10am, ages 18-36mo.; Preschool Story Time 11am, ages 3-5

Mesquite - North Branch 2600 Oates Dr., 972-681-0465

Garland - North Branch

3845 North Garland Ave., 972-205-2802 Wednesday - Wee Read 10:30am, ages 0-17mo. Friday - Toddler Story Time 10am, ages 18-36mo; Preschool Story Time 11am, ages 3-5

Garland - South Branch

4845 Broadway Blvd., 972-205-3933 Wednesday - Toddler Story Time 10am, ages 1836mo; Preschool Story Time 11am, ages 3-5 Saturday - Family Story Time 10:30am, all ages

Garland - Walnut Creek

Tuesday - Preschool Story Time 10:30am, ages 3-5 Thursday - Toddler Time 10:30am, ages18mo-3yrs

Rockwall County Library

1215 E. Yellowjacket Ln., 972-204-7700 Monday - Toddler Story Time 10:15am, ages 2-3yrs; Preschool Story Time 11:15am, ages 3-6 Tues - Preschool Story Time 11:15am; ages 3-6 Wed - Toddler Story Time 10:15am, ages 2-3yrs; Preschool Story Time 11:15am, ages 3-6 Thu - Walkers Story Time 10:15am, ages 12-24 mo. Fri - Walkers Story Time 10:15am, ages 12-24 mo.

Rowlett Public Library

3319 Edgewood Dr., 972-205-2585

3900 Main St., 972-412-6161

Thursday - Family Story Time 7pm, all ages

Mon - Baby Story Time 10:30 (walking babies) & 11:30am (lapsit babies), ages 0-18mo Wed - Toddler Story Time 10:30am, ages 18mo-3yrs Friday - Preschool Story Time 10:30am, ages 3-5

Sachse Public Library

3815 Sachse Rd. Bldg. C, 972-530-8966 Thursday - Preschool Story Time 11am, ages 2-6

Feb 4-25. NOOK 101 at Barnes & Noble, Lincoln Park. See what your new NOOK can do. TUESDAYS 6:00pm 7700 West Northwest Hwy., Dallas. 214.739-1124 www. barnesandnoble.com Feb 5. Free Computer Class at the Mesquite Public Library. Computer Basics. Seating available on first come first serve basis. 9:00am-11:00am 300 W. Grubb Dr., Mesquite. 972.216-6220 www.cityofmesquite.com Feb 5. Black History Month Story Time at Barnes & Noble, Firewheel Mall. 10:30am 190 Cedar Sage Dr., Garland. 972.496-2000 www.barnesandnoble.com Feb 6. Games & Gab at the Mesquite North Branch Library. Play games & talk with your friends or make new ones! 4:00pm 2600 Oates Dr., Mesquite. 972.681-0465 www.cityofmesquite.com Feb 6. Tween Scene at the South Garland Branch Library. Ages 10-13. Do-It-Yourself Diaries. 6:30pm 4845 Broadway Blvd., Garland. 972.205-3933 www.nmls.lib.tx.us Feb 6. Book Club at the Mesquite Public Library. 7:00pm 300 W. Grubb Dr., Mesquite. 972.216-6220 www. cityofmesquite.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. Prime Time at the Rowlett Public Library. Ages 6-11. After-school reading club. Limited to 40 participants. THURSDAYS 4:00pm-5:00pm 3900 Main St., Rowlett. 972.412-6161 www.ci.rowlett.tx.us Feb 6-27. Pajama Story Time at the Rowlett Public Library. Wind down the day with a blankie, pillow, lullaby & bedtime story. THURSDAYS 7:00pm-7:30pm 3900 Main St., Rowlett. 972.412-6161 www.ci.rowlett.tx.us Feb 7. Messy Hands Art. $10 Ages 3-6. Get your hands dirty while making a variety of arts & crafts. 10:00am-11:00am Holford Recreation Center, Garland. www.garlandparks.com Feb 7. Daddy Daughter Dance in Mesquite. $ Ages 4-12. Music, dancing, door prizes & light refreshments. 6:00pm-8:00pm for ages 4-8 & 8:30pm-10:30pm for ages 9-12. Mesquite Convention Center, 1700 Rodeo Dr., Mesquite. 972.216-6260 www.cityofmesquite.com Feb 7. Author Event at Barnes & Noble, Lincoln Park. Fawn Weaver signs Happy Wives Club: One Woman’s Worldwide Search for the Secrets of a Great Marriage. 7:00pm 7700 West Northwest Hwy., Dallas. 214.739-1124 www. barnesandnoble.com Feb 7. Daddy Daughter Dance in Sachse. $ A night of fun, games, activities, music, dance & snacks! Call to register. 7:00pm-9:00pm Sachse Senior Center, 3815-A Sachse Rd., Sachse. 469-429-0275 www.cityofsachse.com

Fellowship, 4141 International Pkwy., Carrollton. 972.3948245 www.himprov.com Feb 7. 1st Annual Chocolate Indulgence Fundraiser Benefitting Women in Need (WIN) in Rockwall. $ An evening of hand crafted chocolate, heavy hors d’oeuvres, silent auction & dancing to live entertainment. 7:30pm-11:30pm Allure Restaurant on Lake Ray Hubbard, 501 Yacht Club Dr., Rockwall. 214.415-4558 or 214.802-0826 www. rockwall.com 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. Parent’s Time Out. $7/Class Ages 3-6. Take some time for yourselves wile the kids play games, dance, do arts & crafts & more! FRIDAYS 9:00am-11:30am Fields Rec Center, Garland. www.garlandparks.com 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 8. Second Natural Science admission. Enjoy 8:00am. 1 Nature

Saturday Bird Walks at The Heard Museum and Garden. Included with a guided bird walk. Begins promptly at Place, McKinney. www.heardmuseum.org

Feb 8. Hands-On Learning at Barnes & Noble, Lincoln Park. Ages 4+. Crafting event designed to inspire creative exploration. Space is limited, please sign up. 10:00am 7700 West Northwest Hwy., Dallas. 214.739-1124 www. barnesandnoble.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 8. Home Depot Interior Paint & Drywall Repair Workshop. Register online. All area Home Depot Stores. 10:00am-11:30am www.homeimproverclub.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. Living History at the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza. $ Fort Worth native Eddie Griffin was outside the Hotel Texas when the Kennedys arrived on November 21, 1963. 2pm 411 Elm St., Dallas. 214.747-6660 www.jfk.org Mad Hatter Tea Party at the Rowlett Feb 8. Public Library. Meet Alive & other zany characters from Wonderland. Dressing up as a character of Wonderland is encouraged! 2:00pm-3:00pm 3900 Main St., Rowlett. 972.412-6161 www.ci.rowlett.tx.us 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. Little Sweetheart Dance in Rowlett. $ DaddyDaughter Dance with a dancing, fun, a keepsake photo & light refreshments. Rowlett Community Centre, 5300 Main St., Rowlett. 972.463-3946 www.rowlett.com

Feb 11. Free Computer Class at the Mesquite North Branch Library. Microsoft Word. Registration required. 9:00am-11:00am 2600 Oates Dr., Mesquite. 972.681-0465 www.cityofmesquite.com Feb 11. Willy Wonka’s Valentine’s Day Party at the Sachse Public Library. Come to the library for a sweet afternoon of stories, games, valentine crafts & snacks! 4:00pm-5:00pm 3815-C Sachse Rd., Sachse. 972.530-8966 www.cityofsachse.com Feb 12. Free Computer Class at the Mesquite Public Library. Microsoft Word 2010 Basics. Seating available on a first come, first serve basis. 9am-11am 7pm 300 W. Grubb Dr., Mesquite. 972.216-6220 www.cityofmesquite.com Feb 12. MOMS Club of Rockwall Monthly Meeting. This group for stay at home moms in Rockwall County with children birth-preschool features speakers, guided discussions & fun gatherings outside of group. Children always welcome to meetings. 2nd Wednesday of each month. 10:00am-12:00pm Rockwall Free Methodist Church. For more information email RockwallMOMSClub@hotmail.com or visit http://www. angelfire.com/tx5/rockwallmoms/. 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 8. Free Movie Hitchcock’s Notorious . Popcorn, candy & soda available for purchase. 7:00pm Plaza Theatre, Garland. 972.205-2780 www.ci.garland.tx.us

Feb 12-26. Children’s Story Time at Barnes & Noble, Firewheel Mall. Infants & Toddlers. A reading following by an activity or craft. WEDNESDAYS 10:30am 190 Cedar Sage Dr., Garland. 972.496-2000 www.barnesandnoble.com

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 12. Mystery Book Club at Barnes & Noble, Firewheel Mall. 7:00pm 190 Cedar Sage Dr., Garland. 972.496-2000 www.barnesandnoble.com

Feb 8. Free Concert at the Mesquite Arts Center. Yuri Anshelevich, cellist & Gabriel Sanchez on piano. Featuring Brahm’s Sonata for Cello & Piano in F Major, Debussy’s Sonata for Cello & Piano and more. Free seating, no tickets required. 7:30pm Mesquite Arts Center, 1527 N. Galloway, Mesquite. 972.216-6444 www.mesquiteartscenter.org Feb 8. Chinese New Year Celebration. $ Celebrate the year of the horse with grand art & cultural performances & demonstrations of regional customs & traditions. 7:30pm UT of Dallas, Alexander Clark Center, 800 W. Campbell Rd., Dallas. 972.883-2552 www.visitdallas.org Feb 8. Willie & the Wheel Together Again! $ Willie Nelson appearing with Ray Benson & Asleep at the Wheel playing selections from their 2009 CD Willie & the Wheel along with other classic hits. 8pm Eisemann Center, 2351 Performance Dr., Richardson. 972.744-4650 www.eisemanncenter.com Feb 8, 15, 22. Fabulous Saturday Story Time at Barnes & Noble, Firewheel Mall. Enjoy Valentine’s Day themed books with an activity or craft. 11am 190 Cedar Sage Dr., Garland. 972.496-2000 www.barnesandnoble.com Feb 8-9. Tour of Texas & Texas Fest. Volleyball tournament. Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center, 650 South Griffin St., Dallas. www.austinsportscenter.com Feb 9. Hands-On Learning Event at Barnes & Noble, Firewheel Mall. Ages 4+. Features creative exploration with crafty materials. 1:00pm 190 Cedar Sage Dr., Garland. 972.496-2000 www.barnesandnoble.com Feb 9. Home Depot How to Install a Toilet Workshop. Register online. All area Home Depot Stores. 1:00pm-2:30pm www.homeimproverclub.com Feb 9. Sting & Paul Simon in Concert. $ 8pm American Airlines Center, Dallas. www.americanairlinescenter.com Feb 10. Creative Kids Valentine Fun. $ Ages 7-12. 4pm-5pm Holford Rec Center, Garland. www.garlandparks.com Feb 10. La Leche League Lake Ray Hubbard. 2nd Mondays. Leader info available online. 7:00pm Lake Pointe Medical Center, Education Office, Rowlett. www.texaslll.org

Feb 13. La Leche League in Garland. 2nd Thursdays. Leader info available online. 10:00am Peace Lutheran Church, Garland. www.texaslll.org Feb 13. Tween Scene at the North Garland Branch Library. Ages 10-13. 4:00pm 3845 North Garland Ave., Garland. 972.205-3933 www.nmls.lib.tx.us Feb 13. Valentine Craft at the Mesquite Public Library. Ages 5+. 4:00pm 300 W. Grubb Dr., Mesquite. 972.216-6220 www.cityofmesquite.com Feb 13. Valentine Craft at the Mesquite North Branch Library. Ages 5+. 4:00pm 2600 Oates Dr., Mesquite. 972.681-0465 www.cityofmesquite.com Feb 13-16. Much Ado About Nothing by Company of Rowlett Performers. $ 8:00pm 2/13-15 & 2:00pm 2/16. Plaza Theatre, Garland. 972.977-7710 www.ci.garland.tx.us Feb 13-Mar 2. The Little Mermaid. $ Matinee & Evening Performances. Music Hall at Fair Park, Dallas. 214.421-5678 www.dallassummermusicals.org Feb 14. readers!

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 14-23. Dallas Children’s Theater: Little Women. $ Enjoyed by ages 9+. Celebrates life, love & home set against the background of the American Civil War. Matinee & Evening Performances. Rosewood Center, 5938 Skillman, Dallas. 214.740.0051 www.dct.org Feb 14-Mar 1. Mesquite Community Theatre Presents

Feb 8. Pet Adoptathon in Rowlett. All available pets only $25 to adopt. Fee includes vaccinations, sterilization & a microchip. 10:00am-5:00pm 4402 Industrial St., Rowlett. 972.412-6219 www.ci.rowlett.tx.us Feb 8. Saturday Craft at the Rowlett Public Library. All Ages. 10:30am-11:30am 3900 Main St., Rowlett. 972.412-6161 www.ci.rowlett.tx.us

Feb 7. HIMprov. This improv comedy troupe is composed of Christ-believing 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

Feb 8. Valentine’s Day Story Time at Barnes & Noble, Lincoln Park. Enjoy Love Monster by Rachel Bright & fun Valentine’s Day activities & cookies, too! 11:00am 7700 West Northwest Hwy., Dallas. 214.739-1124 www. barnesandnoble.com

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Feb 14-16. Dallas Autorama. $ Discount tickets available at O’Reilly Auto Parts. Dallas Market Hall, 2200 Stemmons Frwy., Dallas. www.dallasmarketcenter.com/public

Feb 8. Paws on the Prairie. A fun day of fun for dogs & their families. Parking $5. 10:00am-2:00pm Trinity River Audubon Center, 6500 Great Trinity Forest Way, Dallas. 469301-0990 www.trinityriver.audubon.org

Feb 8. Valentine’s Day Story Time at Barnes & Noble, Firewheel Mall. Love Monster & other stories, as well as activities & Valentine’s treats! 11:00am 190 Cedar Sage Dr., Garland. 972.496-2000 www.barnesandnoble.com

Happy Valentine’s Day.

Feb 14. Garland Symphony Orchestra, Concert VI. $ 8:00pm Granville Arts Center, Garland. 972.205-2790 www.ci.garland.tx.us

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 7. The Samurai Maiden by millermuller ballet. $ Ages 5+. 7:30pm Plaza Theatre, Garland. 214.861-7221 www.ci.garland.tx.us

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February

Lakeside Community Calendar Feb 15. Storyteller at the Garland Central Library. All Ages. Celebrate Black History Month with Storyteller Decee Cornish. 2pm 625 Austin St., Garland. 972.205-2502 www.nmls.lib.tx.us

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Feb 15. Webelos Naturalist 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

DALLAS MAVERICKS American Airlines Center • 2500 Victory Lane, Dallas www.nba.com/mavericks

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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

Cleveland Cavaliers Utah Jazz Miami Heat New Orleans Pelicans Chicago Bulls

Feb 15. Jeff Dunham. $ 7:00pm American Airlines Center, Dallas. www.americanairlinescenter.com

DALLAS STARS

Feb 18. Free Computer Class at the Mesquite North Branch Library. Microsoft Excel. Registration required. 8:30am-11:00am 2600 Oates Dr., Mesquite. 972.6810465 www.cityofmesquite.com

American Airlines Center • 2500 Victory Lane, Dallas stars.nhl.com

Feb 8 Feb 27

7:00 7:30

Phoenix Coyotes Carolina Hurricanes

Feb 18. Special Story Time at Barnes & Noble, Lincoln Park. Stories celebrating African American history. 10:30am 7700 West Northwest Hwy., Dallas. 214.7391124 www.barnesandnoble.com

DALLAS SIDEKICKS Allen Event Center • Allen • dallassidekicks.net

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4:00 7:00

Feb 18. 50 Anniversary Reception at the Mesquite Public Library. 2:00pm-4:00pm 300 W. Grubb Dr., Mesquite. 972.216-6220 www.cityofmesquite.com th

Harrisburg Heat (Playoff Game)

Feb 18. Bubble Artist at the Rockwall County Library. All Ages. Linda Berman & her Incredible Bubble Show with bubble basics, creating hand-blown bubbles, bubbles of all sizes, bubbles within bubbles & more! 6:30pm 1215 E. Yellowjacket Ln., Rockwall. 972.204-7700 www.rockwallcountytexas.com

ALLEN AMERICANS Allen Event Center • Allen • www.allenamericans.com

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Wichita Thunder Arizona Sundogs Missouri Mavericks Quad City Mallards Arizona Sundogs

Feb 18. Sachse-Wylie Authors Group (SWAG) Monthly Meeting at the Sachse Public Library. A fantastic writer’s forum with author, career coach & volunteer Ruth Glover facilitating. 6:30pm-8:00pm 3815-C Sachse Rd., Sachse. 972.530-8966 www.cityofsachse.com Feb 18. Sci-Fi & Fantasy Book Group at Barnes & Noble, Firewheel Mall. 7:00pm 190 Cedar Sage Dr., Garland. 972.496-2000 www.barnesandnoble.com

TEXAS REVOLUTION Allen Event Center • Allen • www.texasrevs.com

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7:00 7:00

Feb 18-Mar 2. Godspell. $ A timeless tale of friendship, loyalty & love. Matinee & Evening Performances. 214.8800202 Winspear Opera House, 2403 Flora St., Dallas. www.attpac.org

North Texas Crunch Cedar Rapids Titans

Feb 19. History of the Eagles. $ 8:00pm American Airlines Center, Dallas. www.americanairlinescenter.com Steel Magnolias. $ Filled with hilarious repartee & not a few acerbic but humorously revealing verbal collisions, the play moves towards tragedy. Matinee & Evening Performances. Mesquite Arts Center, 1527 N. Galloway Ave., Mesquite. 972.216-8126 www.mesquitecommunitytheatre.com Feb 15. NOAA Storm Spotter Training. Part of the National Weather Service Office’s area-wide weather preparedness campaign. 9:00am-4:00pm Granville Arts Center, Garland. 817.831-1157 www.ci.garland.tx.us Feb 15. Home Depot Closet & Storage Organization Workshop. Register online. All area Home Depot Stores. 10:00am-11:30am www.homeimproverclub.com Feb 15. Webelos Geologist 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 15. Saturday Games at the Rowlett Public Library. All Ages. 10:30am-11:30am 3900 Main St., Rowlett. 972.412-6161 www.ci.rowlett.tx.us

Feb 19-23. 2014 DFW Auto Show. $ Dallas Convention Center, 650 South Griffin St., Dallas. 214.6370531 www.dfwautoshow.com Feb 20. Library Lane at the Mesquite North Branch Library. A board game where everyone plays & everyone wins! 4:00pm 2600 Oates Dr., Mesquite. 972.681-0465 www.cityofmesquite.com Feb 20. Come Build with Legos at the Mesquite Public Library. 4:30pm 300 W. Grubb Dr., Mesquite. 972.216-6220 www.cityofmesquite.com Feb 20. Friends of the Library Meeting at the Garland Central Library. 6:00pm-7:00pm 625 Austin St., Garland. 972.205-2543 www.nmls.lib.tx.us 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 Feb 20. Romance Thursdays Book Club at Barnes & Noble, Lincoln Park. 7:00pm 7700 West Northwest Hwy., Dallas. 214.739-1124 www.barnesandnoble.com

Feb 20. Friends of the Library Meeting at the Mesquite Public Library. Special program about the history of Mesquite at tonight’s meeting in honor of the Library’s 50th anniversary. 7:00pm 300 W. Grubb Dr., Mesquite. 972.216-6220 www.cityofmesquite.com

Feb 22. Princess & Papa Wonderland Ball 2014. $ Ages 2-12. Sit down dinner, dancing, photo booth, artists, princesses, performances & more! 5:00pm Hilton Bella Harbor Hotel, Rockwall. www. princessandpapawonderlandball.com

Feb 20-22. I Never Saw Another Butterfly by Austin Academy. $ The story of hope of one of the survivors of a concentration camp in the Czech Republic. 7:00pm 2/2021 & 2:00pm 2/22. Granville Arts Center, Garland. www. ci.garland.tx.us

Feb 22. RFD TV Rodeo Semi-Finals. $ 7:30pm Mesquite Arena, 1818 Rodeo Dr., Mesquite. www.mesquiterodeo.com

Feb 20-22. Catch a Train at the Garland Central Library. All Ages. Free model train exhibit sponsored by The Spring Creek Model Railroad Club. 4:00pm-8:00pm 2/20, 1:00pm-5:00pm 2/21, 11:00am-3:00pm 2/22. 625 Austin St., Garland. 972.205-2502 www.nmls.lib.tx.us Feb 20-23. Dallas RV Super Sale. $ Dallas Market Hall, 2200 Stemmons Frwy., Dallas. www.dallasmarketcenter. com/public 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 21. Library Olympics at the Rockwall County Library. All Ages. In honor of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, let’s have our own Library Olympics! Goldmedal stories, craft fun & a couple of events like curling with balloons! Opening ceremony at 11:00am. Let the games begin! 1215 E. Yellowjacket Ln., Rockwall. 972.204-7700 www.rockwallcountytexas.com Feb 21. Late Nights at the Dallas Museum of Art. Free admission & special activities. 6pm-Midnight 1717 North Harwood, Dallas. 214.922-1200 www.dallasmuseumofart.org Feb 21. Imagine Dragons in Concert. $ 7pm American Airlines Center, Dallas. www.americanairlinescenter.com 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 Feb 22. Mardi Gras Texas Style at Fair Park. $ 28 bands on 5 stages. 12:30pm Fair Park, Dallas. www. mardigrasdfw.com 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 22. Books and Beyond at the Garland Central Library. Ages 6-12. Kids Explore Science with several hands on scientific activities. 2:00pm 625 Austin St., Garland. 972.205-2516 www.nmls.lib.tx.us Feb 22. Webelos Forester 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 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. Author Event at Barnes & Noble, Lincoln Park. Leila Meacham to sign Somerset. 3:00pm 7700 West Northwest Hwy., Dallas. 214.739-1124 www. barnesandnoble.com

Feb 22. Ballroom with a Twist. $ Join the Plano Symphony Orchestra for an evening filled with incredible entertainment highlighted by stunning costumes, breathtaking performances & magnificent music. 8:15pm Eisemann Center, 2351 Performance Dr., Richardson. www. planosymphony.org Feb 23. Home Depot Sunday Workshops. Learn home improvement skills at your favorite local store. Contact store for workshop topic. Register online. All area Home Depot Stores. 1:00pm-2:30pm www.homeimproverclub.com 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. Creative Kids Teacher Gifts. $ Ages 5-10. 4:00pm-5:00pm Holford Rec Center, Garland. www. garlandparks.com Feb 24. Philip Glass: An Evening of Chamber Music. $ 8:00pm Winspear Opera House, Dallas. www.attpac.org Feb 25. Resume Class at the Mesquite North Branch Library. Registration required. 9am-11am 2600 Oates Dr., Mesquite. 972.681-0465 www.cityofmesquite.com Feb 25. Friends of the Sachse Public Library Monthly Meeting. 7:00pm-8:30pm 3815-C Sachse Rd., Sachse. 972.530-8966 www.cityofsachse.com Feb 25. Dallas Chamber Symphony Performs Carnival of the Animals with Dancers. $ Enjoy a captivating live-to-film performance of the classic comedy, Sherlock Jr., starring Buster Keaton, in this exciting concert. 8:00pm Dallas City Performance Hall, 2520 Flora St., Dallas. 214.449-1294 www.showclix.com Feb 26. Free Computer Class at the Mesquite Public Library. Microsoft Excel. Seating available on a first come, first serve basis. 9:00am-11:00am 300 W. Grubb Dr., Mesquite. 972.216-6220 www.cityofmesquite.com Feb 27. Get in the Game, Jr. at the Mesquite North Branch Library. Ages 7-12. Play video games at the library! 4:00pm 2600 Oates Dr., Mesquite. 972.681-0465 www.cityofmesquite.com Feb 27. Page Turners Books Discussion Group at the Garland Central Library. Adults. 7:00pm 625 Austin St., Garland. 972.205-2533 www.nmls.lib.tx.us 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. 214.692-0203 www. dallassymphony.com Feb 28. Baby Boomer Comedy Show. $ Clean comedy for people born before seatbelts, safety helmets & Facebook. 7:00pm Hamon Hall, Dallas. www.attpac.org Feb 28-Mar 2. Dallas Home & Garden Show. $ Dallas Market Hall, 2200 Stemmons Frwy., Dallas. www. dallasmarketcenter.com/public Feb 28-Mar 2. North Texas Irish Festival. $ Top Irish musicians & dancers from around the world, food booths, cooking presentations, children’s entertainment & more! Dog friendly! Fair Park, Dallas. www.ntif.org

Submit your club or event information to us by the 10th of each month. Email calendar@suburbanparent.com or fax to (972)887-9997.

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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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by Gayla Grace

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:

1

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.

4

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.

5

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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Pecan Creek Day School 972-463-1661 www.pecancreekkids.com

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UTD Chess Camp

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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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Although your brain chooses to ignore it, you see your nose at all times. (can you see it now?) The first man to survive going over Niagara Falls is reported to have later died by slipping on an orange peel. The average person falls asleep in 7 mins. 85% of plant life is found in the ocean.


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Top 10 Rules for Men Who Want to Stay Out of The Dog House

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by Ken Swarner

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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