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An excuse to dress up Several of my friends posted pictures of their Halloween decorations on Facebook in early September. I totally understand. I bought Even though our trees don’t my kids’ Halloween costumes change colors, you can still feel in mid-August, as soon as they fall in the air as we edge toward went on the rack at Costco. November, and I love it! I also allowed them to get You can take advantage of more than one, because they overnight temps that historically were so cute and because Halhit the low 70s this month with loween never lasts for just one an early-morning breast cancer JENNIFER JHON night. With the holiday falling walk, several of which have been on a Monday this year, we have scheduled throughout South the whole weekend to dress up, and colFlorida in October. lect candy – my kids won’t let me forget The events raise awareness and money that part. for a great cause: finding a cure. Plus, while I need an excuse to dress They are also filled with stories of surlike a pirate and go out in public, my chilvival, which is a great way to teach your dren do not. Both of my kids wore their children that they can overcome anything. costumes as soon as I purchased them. I Plus, pink tutus are welcome, which went with a pirate princess to the library, leads to another October highlight and my with Batgirl to a back-to-school celebrasecond-favorite celebration of the year: tion and with a (weaponless) ninja to Halloween. Publix. I’m not the only superfan out there.

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GIRLS, 8, SET THEIR SIGHTS ON 2040 MAYORAL SEATS

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Boca Raton Mayor Susan Haynie, right, endorses Zepplyn Berry, 8, of Boca Raton, and Boynton Beach Mayor Steven Grant, left, endorses Giada Caniza, 8, of Boynton Beach, to run for mayor in 2040, with the support of Jeff Pearlman, center, of the DeVos-Blum Family YMCA in Boynton Beach.

BY JAN ENGOREN, FORUM PUBLISHING GROUP Two 8-year-olds plan to run for mayor in 2040. Zepplyn Berry and Giada Caniza announced their candidacy for mayors of their respective cities at the DeVos-Blum Family YMCA in Boynton Beach last month. Part of the YMCA’s Youth Development Program and national campaign, Zoe for President, the initiative aims to recognize the potential in every child. “We’re here to raise awareness and connect with people,” said Jason Hagensick, the YMCA of South Palm Beach County’s new president and CEO. Flanked by the real mayors - Susan Haynie of Boca Raton and Steven B. Grant of Boynton Beach - and former Delray Beach mayor Jeff Perlman, the candidates had a press conference, fielded questions about their platform and laid out their vision for the future. Noting that the year of their campaign is still 24 years away, Perlman jokingly told them, “Learn how to pace yourself.” Speaking about her future competitor, Haynie said, “Zepplyn is a mature young woman, and we are aligned on the issues.” When asked by Perlman about the benefits of the YMCA, Zepplyn replied,

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“The YMCA is fun, gives me confidence in school and a social life. It gives me discipline, keeps me active and teaches me the core values of responsibility, respect, honesty and caring.” “She’s a natural,” he said. A third-grader at Del Prado Elementary School, Zepplyn said her platform includes teaching all children to swim and read. Both girls spent a day shadowing their respective mayors. Throwing his vote behind Giada, who attends Freedom Shores Elementary School in Boynton Beach, Grant said, “She’s enthusiastic, loves swimming and dancing, is caring and an animal lover – what’s wrong with that?” Aldo Caniza and his wife Maria Martinez, who own a small cleaning service in Boynton Beach, said their daughter is outgoing and loves the spotlight. Char Berry, Zepplyn’s mother, said her daughter is excited and passionate about the YMCA and loves spending time there with friends. “She’s a leader in her school’s Battle of the Books and came in first place with her YMCA Barracuda swim team,” she said. “She would be an outstanding mayor.”

When first-time mom Adele Valencia traveled to Colombia from South Florida last week with 5-monthold daughter Lily Louise, it was a reminder of the embarrassment many moms often have to endure when nursing in public. It was difficult enough to juggle luggage and an infant without the added discomfort of pulling out her unfortunately named Udder Covers blanket to breastfeed among strangers, Valencia said. Forget trying to pump milk in a crowded airport. Now, a solution for nursing moms on-the-go is available at Miami International Airport, thanks to a partnership withVermont-based Mamava, a startup that builds 32-square-foot portable pods with space for moms to breastfeed or pump in private. Eight pods — two in Concourse D and one in each of the other concourses, were installed at MIA recently. Mamava already has pods in 13 other airports across the nation, but MIA’s order is its largest yet. “We are aware that traveling is difficult, especially for young moms.

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The thinking was, ‘What could we do to help these kinds of travelers?’” said Dickie Davis, the MIA public relations and digital marketing director who spearheaded the effort. “We came up with this idea of having these, but having them on a comprehensive basis.” Davis said the airport focused on making the pods readily available to moms wherever they are in MIA. The units are even located on the airport’s mobile app. If necessary, they will be relocated to best reach traveling mothers, she said. At the unveiling, Valencia and Lily Louise tried out the watercolor breastfeeding suites — branded as MIAmamas — inside Concourse D. The 4-by-8-foot pods have two benches — good if you are “if you are traveling with a companion or a toddler” said Mamava CEO Sascha Mayer — a pull-down table and a plug for the breast pump. On a mirror in the pod, a sticker says, “Looking good mama.” “While I feel that all women should have the right to breastfeed anywhere, I like to have privacy,” Valencia said. “This is just ideal because this is such a soothing, private, quiet environment that is free of distractions.”

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The day HIV stigma didn't stop me BY CRISTINA, TRIATHLONMAMI.COM

I wasn’t expecting this. I mean, I knew I would be writing about HIV as I was covering a testing event in Hialeah. But I had no idea what attending that event would personally mean to me. Though I consider myself rather liberal, I am a Latina woman from a conservative values family. HIV and AIDS are commonly confused, and both happen to “other” people – not nice girls from nice families. I had no idea how much bias I carried of this disease and my eyes were opened. Please take the time to read this. It is important. I knew my chances of being HIV positive were limited. I was tested for the virus during my two pregnancies, the last one in 2007. I am also a married woman in a monogamous relationship, and I don’t engage in the behaviors that would put me at risk of having the virus. I didn’t HAVE to get tested as part of my assignment; though when I learned the HIV test was free and took 20 minutes I thought, “why not?” The test is done by collecting a blood sample from a little needle, much like a diabetes blood sugar test. I figured, if I was at the event, the least I could do was get tested myself. I put my name on a rather short list. As I waited, an unexpected fear began to creep in. Here I was, thinking there is no way I could test positive, but what if I did? What if my husband had been unfaithful, what if some of my wilder youth caught up to me? What if in 20 minutes, I find out I am HIV positive? According to the CDC: + More than 1.2 million people in the US are living with HIV + Approximately 45,000 Americans become infected every year + About 1 in 8 people living with HIV don’t know they have it. And these people are not only putting others at risk, they are losing time in taking medication which can improve their health and prolong their life. Though a positive result would seem tragic, I know my husband and I would most likely be OK and figure it out. There is medication that helps you lead a full, long, life; there is also medication that can prevent infection (PrEP). An HIV positive diagnosis is no longer the death sentence it once was. My fear wasn’t imminent death, it was

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how would I live in my larger society, and specifically the conservative Latino community I am part of. Stigma is shame and disgrace that result from prejudice associated with something regarded as socially unacceptable. If I were HIV positive, I would be stigmatized by my community. Heck, I could sense my own bias now! I began to feel more and more uncomfortable, and it wasn’t because of the Miami summer heat. I was sweating fear. For a moment, I considered backing out of the test. My life could change dramatically with a positive result. But I love my life just the way it is; I don’t want it to change. Ignorance is bliss. If I don’t know, then I can put this HIV thing somewhere in the back of my mind as I didn’t know anyone living with this condition. AND THAT IS WHY I HAD TO GO THROUGH WITH IT. IGNORANCE KILLS. Not getting tested can be dangerous for you and for everyone you love. But I sure can understand the reluctance to sign up and get onto the testing bus. If as someone with low risk I felt this way, I can imagine someone with a higher risk deciding not to get tested because of the stigma associated with HIV. My turn came, and I got into the testing bus. The nurse was extraordinary. I told her what was going through my head, and she told me what would happen if the HIV test came back positive. She never

said, “Don’t worry, you probably don’t have it.” She couldn’t say that. But she was informative, helpful and, most of all, caring. Once blood is drawn, you need to wait 15 minutes for the results. While waiting, I asked about her experience as part of the team that works in this van. She mentioned how common my fear is, and how it is difficult to talk to someone who tested positive. She said the bus goes all around town, and even schools since teenagers as young as 13 can take the test without parental consent.

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HIV MYTHS, BUSTED + HIV is not spread by hugging, shaking hands, sharing toilets, sharing dishes or closed-mouth social kissing with someone who is HIV positive. + You can’t get HIV from consuming food handled by an HIV-infected person. Even if the food contains a small amount of HIV-infected body fluids, exposure to the air, heat from cooking and stomach acid will destroy the virus. + HIV is not spread by mosquitoes, ticks or other insects.

Here’s a stunning fact: 22 percent of new HIV diagnoses in 2014 were among youth aged 13-24. To my Hispanic/Latino peeps, you need to know this: In 2013, we accounted for about 23 percent of new diagnoses of HIV infection, even though we represent only 17 percent of the population. Do the math: We are disproportionally infected. Though most of the new diagnoses among Hispanics occur in men, LATINAS PLEASE READ THIS: 86 PERCENT OF HIV DIAGNOSIS IN HISPANIC/LATINA WOMEN WERE ATTRIBUTED TO HETEROSEXUAL CONTACT My Latina friends, please, please understand. This is not a “gay disease.” This is not something that happens to “different people.” We are being infected, most of the time, through heterosexual contact. You got that? This is important. Taboo at some dinner tables, but important. The HIV test shows one control line. And if it detects the HIV antibodies in your blood, then a second line will appear. If anyone has taken a pregnancy test, it’s that second line that appears and changes your life. I waited 15 minutes — 15 long minutes. And fortunately for me, the second line never showed up. The ONLY WAY TO KNOW if you are HIV positive is by testing, yet so many people avoid testing because of stigma. I almost fell victim to it, but I didn’t and you don’t have to, either. Get the facts, but most of all, get tested. For more information and to find a testing site near you, visit CDC.gov/DoingIt Please, get tested.

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Managing arthritis in children BY ARIELLE HAY, MD

It’s not unusual for children to complain about pain in their joints. The cause might be a cold or the flu, a minor injury or stress on the legs or arms from running, soccer, swimming or other sports-related activities. But if your child has persistent pain in the ankles, knees, hips, hands, elbows or shoulders – with no obvious cause – the problem could be juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA). While most people associate arthritis with older adults, this painful inflammatory disease can also strike infants, children and adolescents. It’s a serious condition that requires careful diagnosis and medical treatment. Juvenile idiopathic arthritis appears to be caused by a problem in the body’s immune system that leads to swelling of the synovial tissue inside your child’s joints. It may be triggered by a viral infection or genetic or environmental causes – no one is really sure of the reason. In some children, JIA may affect only one or two joints, but in others, it can affect many joints throughout the body, making it painful to move around. Signs that joint pain might be due to JIA include swelling, warmth, and stiffness of the joints. Compared with other causes of

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joint pain, in JIA the symptoms may get worse after long periods of rest, such as a nap or long car ride. Sudden onset of joint swelling associated with fever or redness should be evaluated by a physician to rule out an infection. For some reason, JIA can also affect the tissues in the eye, causing inflammation and even changes to vision. You should call your pediatrician if you notice these symptoms – especially if joint pain continues for several days or seems to come and go for no apparent reason. To determine if your child has JIA, your doctor will conduct a thorough physical exam and take blood tests and x-rays. In some cases, a small needle is inserted into a swollen joint to remove fluid for analysis. It’s important for the doctor to rule out other conditions with similar symptoms, such as an infection, sprain, broken bone, fibromyalgia, lupus or cancer. Treatment for JIA usually depends on the severity of the problem. A child with mild stiffness or pain in a small number of joints may benefit from over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen or naproxen. Typically, affected joints are also treated by injecting steroid medications directly into the joint. Children with more severe JIA, such

as arthritis present in many joints, or associated fever, rash and swollen glands, may need additional medications called disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs) or biologic treatments (which block specific chemicals in the immune system). In the past, children with JIA often needed surgery, such as joint replacement, to restore mobility to the joint. Thankfully, due to advances in available treatments, permanent damage to the joint can often be prevented. Any vision-related problems should be treated by an ophthalmologist to protect their sight.

Arielle Deborah Hay, MD, is a specialist in pediatric rheumatology at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, part of Miami Children’s Hospital System.

TIPS FOR PARENTS Here are some suggestions for parents to help a child with JIA or other types of chronic joint pain. • Encourage your child to stay active. Exercise strengthens muscles and joints and keeps them mobile. • Walking, bicycling and swimming can be good activities. • Make sure your child warms up by stretching and bending before exercising or taking part in sports. • Talk to your pediatrician or a physical therapist about exercises your child can do when joint pain occurs. • Make sure your child gets plenty of rest. • Have your child eat a healthy and nutritious diet. • Consider counseling if your child is feeling angry or depressed about JIA. As with most childhood disorders, early diagnosis and treatment is vital to treating and managing juvenile idiopathic arthritis. That’s the key to helping your child live an active, healthy life.

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Ditch the sugar! BY RACHEL SESTRICH, RD, LD

Sugar seems to be in everything we eat and drink these days. Some is added to foods (cookies, cakes, candy, soda) and some is natural, as in fruits (fructose) and milk (lactose). Too much sugar is not good for your body; it can lead to tooth decay, heart disease and weight gain and can weaken bones. Sugar provides calories but no nutritional benefit. We don’t need sugar to function properly. SO HOW CAN WE DECREASE/LIMIT THE AMOUNT OF SUGAR IN OUR DIETS? Start by looking at food labels and avoid buying products that list sugar as one of the first few ingredients. It may not be listed as “sugar,” so other ingredients to look for are: syrup, corn syrup, caramel, dextrose, fructose, fruit juice concentrate, glucose, honey, lactose, maltose, mannitol, molasses, sorbitol and sucrose. Check the grams of sugar on the nutrition facts panel and try to stick to those with 7 grams or less per serving. Labels do not differentiate between natural or added sugar currently, but this will be changing soon. 4 grams of sugar = 1 teaspoon of sugar Children and adult women should have no more than 6 teaspoons of sugar per day Adult men should limit sugar to 9 teaspoons or less per day You may see these terms on food labels, so it is important to understand what they mean Sugar-Free: less than 0.5 g of sugar per serving Reduced Sugar or Less Sugar: At least 25 percent less sugar per serving compared with a standard serving of the traditional variety No Added Sugars or Without Added Sugars: No sugars or sugar-containing ingredient, such as juice or dry fruit, is added during processing Avoid sweetened beverages such as soda, juice, lemonade, Kool-Aid and Gatorade and stick to water. Keep cookies, cakes, candy, ice cream and other sweets out of the

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house so you do not have the temptation to eat them daily; these items do not need to be included in your children’s lunch boxes. Do not add sugar to foods or beverages. Purchase fresh foods instead of packaged processed items as much as possible. When baking, cut the sugar in half or substitute unsweetened applesauce for sugar; you can also use almond, vanilla, orange or lemon extract for sweetness. ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS Splenda, Equal and Stevia are used as sugar substitutes in many sugar-free or “diet” products such as soft drinks, gum, baked goods, candy, ice cream and yogurt. Artificial sweeteners can help reduce calories but should be used in moderation. Products that contain these ingredients are processed and typically do not provide the nutrients and health benefits of whole foods. You may need to spend more time in the grocery store reading and comparing food labels to make healthy food choices. Lowering the amount of sugar you and your family consume will be beneficial to everyone’s health. It is OK to have special treats every once in a while, but limit the frequency and the amount. TIPS FOR A HALLOWEEN WITH LESS SUGAR Wait to buy candy until right before Halloween so you are not tempted to eat it. Have your children eat a healthy meal or snack before going out to trick-or-treat. Offer healthy treats instead of candy: 100-calorie snack packs or popcorn, small boxes of raisins, or pumpkin seeds. Hand out non-food items such as stickers, erasers, glow sticks or bouncy balls. Inspect the candy when your children get home and allow them to eat a few pieces; donate the remaining candy, give it away or switch it for a non-food treat.

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Spooky events across Florida on tap for Halloween season SUN SENTINEL REPORT With Halloween right around the corner, things are getting spooky in the sunshine state. Events range from terror-inducing to family friendly, but there’s definitely something for everyone. A full list of Halloween events is available below: Through Oct. 31 (select nights): Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, Lake Buena Vista. Guests are invited to dress in costumes and trick-or-treat throughout the Magic Kingdom from 7 p.m. to midnight (after regular park closing). The boo-free bash includes a parade, candy and bewitching fireworks spectacular. 407-939-5277, disneyworld.com Through Oct. 31 (select nights): Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights, Orlando. The event is considered one of the world’s largest, most elaborate Halloween celebrations. See if you can survive new haunted houses, spine-chilling street experiences, outrageous live shows and more. 407-3638000, halloweenhorrornights.com Through Oct. 30: Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens, Tampa. Howl-O-Scream

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and group packages are available. 407300-1950, apetrifiedforest.com Oct. 7-8, 14-15, 21-22, 28-29: Creatures of the Night, Tampa. Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo offers a fun Halloween celebration filled with scare zones, animal encounters, a ghoul dance party and more with “scares and startles” instead of horror and gore. Zoo members and “Pay for a Day” ticket holders can enter for free; “After 4 p.m.” tickets available online for $19.95. 813-935-8552, lowryparkzoo.org/events/ creatures-of-the-night Oct. 7-9: Spooky Empire, Orlando. This gathering at Orange County Convention Center brings stars and fans of horror together. Billed as a Rock ‘n Roll, horror, Halloween, tattoo and film festival, headliners include Weird Al Yankovic, Robert Englund of “Nightmare on Elm Street,” plus actors from “Hellraiser,” “Friday the 13th,” “Halloween” and more. Also see stars from Netflix’s hit series “Stranger Things” and Karen Fukuhara of “Suicide Squad,” wrestler Ric Flair, and actress and stunt woman Zoe Bell. 5-11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Three-day passes $60; single-day tickets $30-$35; VIP passes $199; age 11 and under free. spookyempire.com Oct. 14-16, 21-23, 27-31: Spooktacular, Jacksonville. The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens is hosting a Halloween event with entertainment from DJs to Peter Pan’s Neverland to Scare Zones offering zombies, witches and more. Tickets start at $7 for members and $9 for non-members. Group rates are available. 904-757-4469, spooktacular.jacksonvillezoo.org Oct. 14-16, 21-23, 28-30: Boo at the Zoo, Melbourne. The Brevard Zoo’s annual Halloween zoo party runs every FridaySunday in late October with more than 30 treat stations, a DJ, games, costume contest and haunted house. The event is 5:30-9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 5:30-8 p.m. Sundays, at 8225 N. Wickham Road. Admission is $8-$14. 321-254-9453, brevardzoo.org/special-events/boo-at-the-zoo Oct. 15: 4th Annual Autumn in the Oaks Festival, DeLeon Springs. Music and crafts are part of the country fair atmosphere with free kidzone, historic exhibits and a collection of Model A cars along with Old

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dastateparks.org/content/24th-annualhaunted-woods Oct. 21-22: Haunted Trail, Bushnell. This Dade Battlefield Historic State Park event includes a walking tour of the Haunted Trail and the Historic Village from 7 to 9 p.m. The cost is $6 per vehicle. 352-793-4781, floridastateparks.org/content/haunted-trail Oct. 21-22: 4th Annual Haunted Trails, Osprey. Oscar Scherer State Park hosts its annual haunted trails with trick-or-treating, costume contests, the spooky haunted trail and more from 8 to 10 p.m. each night. 941-483-5956. floridastateparks.org/ content/4th-annual-haunted-trails Oct. 21, 23, 28, 30: Boo at the Zoo, Palm Beach Gardens. The Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society will be holding a Halloween celebration aimed at children in late October. The event will offer trick-or-treat stations and more. 561-547-9453. palmbeachzoo.org/boo-at-the-zoo-2016 Oct. 22: 12th Annual Florida Bat Festival, Gainesville. Get up close and personal with giant fruit bats on the conservancy grounds. The family-friendly event will feature free bat-themed crafts, games for children, educational exhibits, bounce houses and bat experts from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $8; $5 ages 5-12. The Lubee Bat Conservancy is at 1309 NW 192nd Ave. 352-485-1250, lubee.org/ event/12th-annual-florida-bat-festival Oct. 22-23, 29-30: Zoo Boo Bash, Sanford. The Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens invites children and adults to trick-or-treat throughout the park while learning about the myths and realities of endangered animals. Kids are encouraged to wear costumes and bring goody bags. Events include costume contests, face painting and more. 407-323-4450, centralfloridazoo.org/events Oct. 24: Heroes and Villains 5K, Key West. The Last Key sets the scene for the Heroes and Villains 5K Run/Walk. Participants are encouraged to dress as their favorite superhero or villain. Prizes are awarded for the most creative, best group, scariest and funniest characters. The race starts at 6 p.m. at the Reach, a Waldorf Astoria Resort. Pre-register for $30; $35 at event. 305-747-8563, themeruns.com Oct. 28-30: Tampa Bay Megacon. This three-day convention will offer entertainment ranging from comic artist sketch battles to costumed characters. Celebrity guests will include William Shatner, Alex Kingston, Rob Liefield, David Tennant and

more. Tampa Bay Convention Center is at 333 S. Franklin St. megacontampabay.com Oct. 28 -30: Sarasota Pumpkin Festival, Sarasota. enjoy a pumpkin patch, a Not So Scary Party Circus, maze, midway rides and games, pie eating contest, shows, petting zoo, crafts, hayrides, pony rides and a beer garden. Friday and Saturday noon-10 p.m.; Sunday noon- 8 p.m. Premier Sports Campus is at 5895 Post Blvd. in Lakewood Ranch. sarasotapumpkinfestival.com Oct. 29-30: ZooBoo, Miami. Zoo Miami is hosting ZooBoo from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 29 and 30. The event will offer costume contests, special performances, treats for the animals, music, games and more. 305-251-0400, zoomiami.org/Zoo_Boo Oct. 30: Owl-o-ween, Miami. At this event, hosted by Barnacle Historic State Park, learn about and celebrate owls with games, a costume parade, contests, crafts and more from noon to 4 p.m. Prizes for the best bird costume and owl call. Leashed pets welcome. $2 entry fee for those over 5. 305 442-6866. 3485 Main Highway, Miami. floridastateparks.org/ park-events/The-Barnacle

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Hottest costumes of the season BY JENNIFER JHON As Oct. 31 approaches, stores fill with costumes and candy, and trick-or-treaters start planning their night of revelry. But if a child wants to dress as any of the currently popular characters in entertainment, parents should get the costume sooner rather than later, warns Mathew Shanley of CostumeSupercenter.com. Last year, the company released its “Star Wars” Episode 7 costumes on Sept. 4, and they were sold out by Sept. 5, he said. “A lot of costumes are going to be extremely hot sellers,” he cautioned. “If you think your kid is going to want to buy anything that is remotely popular, buy early.” The company has a page, “What’s Hot,”

dedicated to the lines it predicts will be the hottest this season, including Alice in Wonderland, Avengers, Disney Princess, Finding Dory, Ghostbusters, Justice League, Star Wars and Suicide Squad. “Star Wars is timeless,” Shanley said. “Star Wars is always going to be one of the most popular costumes,” especially with Episode 7 now on DVD and the new movie in December. Elena of Avalor leads the Disney Princess line, he said, which is also bolstered by the live action “Cinderella” movie last year and the live action “Beauty and the Beast” release in December. Strong female characters are also helping the superheroes lines. “Superheroes are becoming even bigger now for girls, it’s not just boys anymore,” Shanley said. “DC Superhero Girls, that is huge for us right now.”

Spirit Halloween also expects big things in the girl power line, with Batgirl, Supergirl and Wonder Woman leading the way, along with anti-hero Harley Quinn, according to a news release. The elections, gaming (such as Pokémon) and classic throwbacks (such as Cat in the Hat’s Thing 1 and Thing 2 and TMNT) also made its hot list. Party City is also looking to movies, cartoons and video games for inspiration for kid’s costumes. It has three preteen costumes on its list — Mel, Evie and Ally from Disney’s popular “Descendants” movie-turned-TV-show. The company is also looking for success this season with Dory and Nemo from the movie “Finding Dory,” Disney’s Princess Elena of Avalor, and the classic Pokémon characters Ash, Pikachu, Charizard and Squirtle.

SAFETY ADVICE FOR PARENTS: Light it up: Have your children carry flashlights, or wear lit safety bands or glow bracelets, to make them more visible as they trick-or-treat. Watch your load: Make sure your child’s props are not too heavy. The Ghostbusters costumes have backpacks that can get heavy with props and candy, Shanley warns. Check your children before they go out and periodically during trick-ortreating to keep them from being overburdened. Make your mark: Have a recognizable mark on your child other than the costume, Shanley advises. Many costumes look alike, and many superheroes have masks, so add something to your child’s look so you can spot him in a crowd. Check the costume: If your child is going to be wearing a mask, make sure it is not loose and does not block your child’s vision or airway. Also, take a test stroll with the costumes to make sure your child does not trip on loose fabric or props while walking.

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able prices. 12. Mini Playdough Containers. Choose orange, black and white colors if you want to be festive. 13. Fake Vampire Fangs. Remember trying to stuff those vampire fangs into your mouth as a child? They’re fun and just a little creepy, and definitely perfect to hand out on Halloween night. 14. Water Bottles. Trick-or-treating makes you thirsty! 15. Sidewalk Chalk. Small packages of chalk will encourage kids to get outside and get artistic. 16. Crayons. These may not excite older children, but younger trick-or-treaters will love them. 17. String Cheese. If you want to hand out an edible option, consider a healthy, high-protein snack like string cheese. 18. Individually Packaged Snacks. Individually packaged snacks like pretzels, goldfish and granola bars are usually available in special Halloween packaging this time of year, making them seem like more of a treat to kids. 19. Individual Packets of Hot Chocolate. Buy several boxes and hand out the individual packets inside. If it’s cold on Halloween night, kids can take these packets home and warm up with a mug of steaming cocoa. 20. Individual Bags of Microwavable Popcorn. Same premise as the hot chocolate; buy several boxes and hand out the packets inside. Kids are likely to appreciate this salty alternative to their other sweet treats. 21. Halloween Whistles. Encourage kids to make some noise while they’re out trick-or-treating. 21. Punching Balloons. Get orange and black for Halloween if you can find them. 22. Bookmarks. Bonus points if they have a Halloween theme like pumpkin, ghosts or monsters. 23. Flavored Lip Balm. Choose from kid-friendly flavors like Strawberry, Root Beer Float or Hot Fudge Sundae. 24. Mini Jack-O’-Lantern Slinkies. Does anything say Halloween quite like an orange slinky with a jacko’-lantern face?

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When Cancer Affects One, It Affects All BY CHRISSIE FERGUSON The physical, mental and emotional journey that one faces when battling cancer is formidable. But it’s not just the patient who experiences great challenges during this difficult time; cancer also takes a toll on family members. Breast cancer survivor Laurie Rapaport of North Palm Beach remembers when her family’s world was turned upside down when she detected a lump in her breast in 2012. She scheduled a mammogram to have it checked, but she wasn’t worried. It wasn’t until the doctor wanted to speak with her after the exam that she knew the results were not good. The scans had shown an abnormality in the mammogram, and there was about an 80 percent chance that she had cancer. Tests would prove – one week later – that Rapaport did have breast cancer. She was 45. “In the beginning, [the cancer diagnosis]

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really shook our family,” Rapaport said. “[My husband] was scared, and so was I.” Determined to beat cancer, Rapaport ended up flying to Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City in June to have a lumpectomy. She ended up having two surgeries to remove the lump, and when she returned home in August, chemotherapy began. “My hair was coming out in clumps, but I wanted to be at [my son’s] first football game,” Rapaport said. “It was a big step going to the school after no one has seen you all summer.” Rapaport worried how her son Zach would react to her sitting in the stands with a bandana on her head. Instead of being embarrassed, he offered support and gave his mother a thumbs up when he saw her. Zach was in ninth grade at the time and more accepting of the diagnosis, Rapaport said. “He knew from what we were telling him that it would be OK.”

“My younger son [who was in 6th grade] was more verbal than Zach,” Rapaport said. He was more scared, asking, “Is mom going to die?” or “What does chemo do?” While often emotionally drained, Rapaport never wanted to show her children her fear. Instead, she shared the facts about her cancer with them whenever possible so that they could process the information in their own way. “I also wanted to show my kids that I wasn’t going to let this disease get to me,” Rapaport said. “I did boot camp and yoga with my son. We practiced the yoga together, and that was very special.” Lauren Bendesky, who grew up in Coral Springs and has fought her own battle with cancer, also said it was important to stay positive for herself and her family throughout treatment. Bendesky was diagnosed at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital with stage four neuroblastoma when she was 14 and fin-

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ishing her freshman year at Coral Glades High School. The news came shortly after her mother – Sharon Frankel – felt a huge mass the size of a football in Lauren’s abdomen one morning. “Even before I actually knew what I had, the hardest part to me was possibly losing my hair,” Bendesky said. And watching her daughter go through this process was not easy for a mother to witness either. “She had long hair, and for teenagers their hair is everything,” Frankel said. But through it all, “even though treatment was horrific and brutal and horrible, Lauren’s positivity helped us to deal with it,” Frankel said. “[Treatment] is just something you have to go through. If you look at it that way, you can take the good out of every situation,” said Bendesky, who is currently studying at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo., to be an oncologist. “And when it’s bad, let yourself go through those emotions. Take advantage of the connections and relationships you can form with other people, especially other patients who are going through it.” Bendesky had an opportunity to participate in a five-week lab study at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston with Dr. Dean Lee, a pediatric oncologist and St. Baldrick’s researcher. “Sometimes as physicians, we are blind to the pressure on the family,” said Lee, who currently works at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. “We don’t think about the things that insurance doesn’t pay for,” such as babysitters, or that mom had to take off work or quit work because she had to be at the clinic so often, he said. “It is partly why we have social workers working at our cancer centers to make sure that we are doing everything possible that we can to

Laurie Rapaport and her son Zach

Lauren Bendesky and her mom, Sharon Frankel

How can you support families who are affected by cancer? FAMILY AND FRIENDS CAN: Help with household chores and laundry. Offer to drop off dinner once a week. Offer to help with carpooling or babysitting. Drop off goody bags filled with lemon drops for the patient to eat during chemo treatment and snacks for the children. BOSSES OR COLLEAGUES CAN: Be supportive and flexible. If possible, allow family members to work from home. Allow short naps.

THE COMMUNITY CAN OFFER SUPPORT THROUGH: Family Chat groups on Facebook The Caringbridge.com website where families can share the journey with others. Organizations such as St. Baldrick’s, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation. Cancer support centers, such as Sari Center in West Palm Beach and Palm Beach Gardens, which offers acupuncture, nutrition advice and therapy. Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center has locations in Miami-Dade and Broward. The Cancer Support Community of Greater Miami, Gilda’s Club South Florida and Power of Pink Support Group at Westside Regional also serve South Florida.

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Study: Parents passionate but missing mark in 1st year BY CHRISSIE FERGUSON

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As parents, we want to give our children the world – providing them with the best of everything. But parenthood is not always easy, and sometimes we wonder if we are doing the best we can. The good news is that recent research conducted by Zero to Three – an organization working to ensure that children benefit from the early connections that are critical to their well-being and development – proves that parents are not alone. “There’s more that unites than divides parents,” says Claire Lerner, a licensed social worker and senior parenting strategist at Zero to Three. “Our data reveals

that parents from diverse backgrounds show strikingly similar levels of passion for their roles as parents and an even more common desire to keep doing better.” To identify the support parents need most, Zero to Three conducted a national parent survey in October 2015, examining parenthood from the perspective of Millennial and Generation X parents of children ages 0 to 5. To aid in the development of the 50-question Internet survey, Zero to Three conducted 10 in-depth discussion groups in the homes of parents from a wide range of backgrounds throughout the summer

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and fall of 2015. The results of this large scale research effort revealed important insights about the challenges parents face and what support and information they seek. “One major insight is something we are calling ‘the missing first year,’” Lerner says. While scientific research proves that 700 neural connections are formed in the brain every second during the first 1,000 days of a baby’s life (the time of greatest opportunity and highest risk), survey results showed many parents underestimate an infant’s rapid brain development. It found 50 percent of parents said the quality of a parent’s care has a long-term impact on a child’s development starting at 6 months or older, although research proves that it starts at birth. Additionally, 59 percent of parents believed that children can begin to feel sadness or fear starting at 1 year or older, when in reality, this happens as early as 3 to 5 months. For these reasons, “you have to take care of yourself to take care of your baby,” Lerner says. “Your tone and your mood really matter. Your mental health is critical to your child’s mental health.” Almost 50 percent of the parents surveyed also underestimated when children benefit from important verbal experiences – missing the mark by months or even

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years. Many were unaware of the importance of reading aloud to a child as young as 6 months old and talking to a child beginning at birth – both acts that support growing language skills. “Without this knowledge, parents are missing out on engaging in critically important activities that don’t just build language and communication skills but also cognitive and social and emotional as well,” Lerner says. Other survey results reveal that parents believe that children are capable of selfcontrol and other developmental milestones much earlier than they actually are. Zero to Three calls this “the expectation gap.” Parents should try to look through the lens of empathy before responding to a child’s behavior, says Lerner. Maybe your daughter is acting a certain way because she’s tired and missed her nap. Or maybe your son gets overstimulated in a store full of toys. If you stop to think about what your child might be struggling with, or remember that the behavior is age-appropriate and he is not purposely trying to drive you crazy, then you might be more likely to take a calm, loving and supportive approach while still setting limits. The way parents feel about how they

respond to their child’s behavior leads to another concern – “the discipline dilemma.” Parents greatly struggle with this key responsibility, says Lerner. The good news is they are eager to learn more about effective discipline, patience and better selfcontrol. “The way parents approach discipline shapes the whole nature and relationship between parent and child, the kind of connections they form, and the child’s sense of self that lasts into the future,” Lerner says. Matthew Melmed, executive director of Zero to Three, said he hopes that, in addition to helping parents, this research will help professionals who support parents – including pediatricians, child care providers, early intervention specialists and home visitors. “If we listen carefully, I believe we can really partner with parents in ways that will really help them be the parents that they want to be,” he said.

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MIAMI-DADE KNOCK! KNOCK! HALLOWEEN AT JUNGLE ISLAND Call or visit website for dates, prices and information. Jungle Island, 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, Miami. 305-400-7000 or jungleisland.com HOUSE OF HORROR HAUNTED CARNIVAL Sept. 29-Oct. 31. Haunted houses, horror movies and circus stunt-show and sideshow. Houseofhorrorpark.com PUMPKIN PATCH Oct. 8-31. Pony rides (with purchase), petting fair, scarecrow kits, harvest decor and refreshments. 3-7 p.m. Monday-Friday; 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. The Little Farm, 13401 SW 224th St., Goulds. $5 parking. 305-258-3186, thelittlefarm.us FLIPPER’S FALL FEST Oct. 15-16, 22-23, 29-30. Maze, pumpkin patch, create-a-scarecrow, Flipper’s Dance Party, face painting, inflatables and rides. Buy online to save $10 per person. 11 am.-4 p.m. Miami Seaquarium, 4400 Rickenbacker Causeway, Key Biscayne. 305-361-5705 or miamiseaquarium.com

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NOT-SO-SCARY FAMILY HALLOWEEN BASH Oct. 16. Haunted house, trick or treating, Mad Scientist Lab and crafts. 1-5 p.m. Miami Children’s Museum, 980 MacArthur Causeway, Miami. $45-$50. 305-3735437 or mcmhalloween.com

kin decorating, food court and Pumpkin Beer Garden. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Regatta Park, 2699 SW 27th Ave., Coconut Grove. Ages 2 and up, $15. 877-471-8499 or coconutgrovepumpkinpatch.com ZOO MIAMI ZOO BOO Oct. 29-30. Ages 12 and younger. Trickor-treat in costume, music, games, prizes, costume contests, special performances, and more. Included with zoo admission. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Zoo Miami, 1 Zoo Blvd., 12400 SW 152nd St., Miami. 305-2510400 or zoomiami.org/Zoo_Boo SAFE NIGHT OF FRIGHT Oct. 29. “Trunk or Treat” and refreshments 4-6:30 p.m. Movie in the park starts at 7 p.m. North Shore Park Youth Center, 501 72nd St., Miami Beach. 305-861-3616 or miamibeachfl.gov/parksandrecreation BOOOGIE BY THE BEACH Oct. 29-30. Haunted house, rides, games for kids. 7-10 p.m. Pelican Community Park, 18115 North Bay Road, Sunny Isles Beach. $5-$10. 305-792-1706 or sibfl.net AMERICAN GIRL HALLOWEEN SPOOKTACULAR Oct. 30. Ages 3 and up. Craft, photo op. Girls in costume get extra surprise. Enter to win a Truly Me doll, the Skeleton Outfit for Dolls, and the Skeleton Tee for Girls. 1 p.m. The Falls, 8888 SW 136th St., Miami. 877-247-5223 or americangirl.com

BROWARD FLAMINGO GARDENS HARVEST FESTIVAL Weekends Oct. 8-30. Free hayrides, pumpkin patch, pumpkin decorating, bounce houses, DJ, games, contests, more. 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Flamingo Gardens, 3750 S Flamingo Road, Davie. $9.95; ages 3-11, $6.45. 954-473-2955, flamingogardens.org FREE PUMPKIN CARVING CONTEST Oct. 15. Pumpkins for first 50 people or bring your own. Pumpkins judged by age and ability categories. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Pembroke Pines Community Garden, Washington Street & Hiatus Road, Pembroke Pines. 954-392-2116 or ppines.com 2016 HALLOWEEN & SAFETY FESTIVAL Oct. 22. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Carnival, pony rides, costume contests, DJ, games, hay rides, fire exhibits, kids’ fingerprinting, K-9 demos, pumpkin patch, puppet show. Volunteer Park, 12050 W. Sunrise Blvd., Plantation. $5. plantation.org HALLOWEEN HAPPENING Oct. 27. Ages 12 and under. Costume contest, bounce houses, face painting, rides, candy. 6-9 p.m. Dan Witt Park, NE 21st Terrace, Lighthouse Point. 954-7843439 or lighthousepoint.com BOO BASH Oct. 28. Games, performers, DJ, haunted

SPOOKY ADVENTURES Oct. 21-22. Trick-or-treating stations, monster movies, haunted train rides. 6-9 p.m. Gold Coast Railroad Museum, 12450 SW 152nd St., Miami. $10-$12; 3 and under free. 305-253-0063 or gcrm.org. COCONUT GROVE PUMPKIN PATCH FEST Oct. 21-23. Pumpkins, unlimited kids carnival rides, kids maze, dress-your-own scarecrow village, entertainment, pump-

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bus, inflatables, games, costume contest. 6-9 p.m. Community Park, 820 NE 18th Ave., Pompano Beach. Free. 954-786-4111 or pompanobeachfl.gov YOUNG AT ART HALLOWEEN PARTY Oct. 28. Family costume contest, parade, stories, more. 3-8 p.m. Young At Art, 751 SW 121st Ave, Davie. $14. 954424-0085 or YoungAtArtMuseum.org TRUNK OR TREAT Oct. 28. Decorate for a car costume contest. Bounce house, movie and candy. Preregistration and prepayment required. 6:30-9 p.m. Quiet Waters Park, 401 S. Powerline Road, Deerfield Beach. $2 per car. 954-357-5100 or broward.org/parks TRICK-OR-TREAT THROUGH THE TREES Oct. 28-29. Ages 3-10. Games, activities, trick-or-treat adventure through the forest (one mildly scare trail, one scare-free). 6-9 p.m. Long Key Natural Area & Nature Center, 3501 SW 130th Ave., Davie. $5. RSVP. 954-357-8797 or broward.org/parks HAUNTED HOUSE Oct. 29. Non-scary haunted house, bounce houses and slides. Trick-or-treaters will get candy as they leave. 2-7 p.m. Coral Springs Gym, 2501 Coral Springs Drive, Coral Springs. Adults, $2; children,

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BOOVILLE HALLOWEEN EVENT Oct. 29. Costume contest, rides, pumpkin patch, trick-or-treating, movies, Food Truck Invasion and activities. 6-9 p.m. Pines Recreation Center, 7400 Pines Blvd., Pembroke Pines. Ages 17 and under, $2. 954-392-2116 or ppines.com FALL FESTIVAL Oct. 29. Family fun, hayrides, booths. Call for fees. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tradewinds Park & Stables, 3600 W. Sample Road, Coconut Creek. Gate fee, $1.50 per person. 954-357-8870 or broward.org/parks HOLLYWEIRD HALLOWEEN BLOCK PARTY Oct. 29. Trick or treating, music, magic show, balloon twisters, face painting, children’s costume contest 6-9 p.m. Adult activities begin at 9 p.m. with bands, bars, costume contests. ArtsPark at Young Circle Amphitheater, 1 Young Circle, Hollywood. Free. visithollywoodfl.org/events HALLOWEEN HAPPENINGS Oct. 29. Costume contest, pumpkin patch, food, haunted house, Zombie fun run, bounce houses, spooky music, petting farm, hayrides, train rides and games. 1 p.m. Robbins Lodge, 4005 S. Hiatus Road, Davie. 954-797-1181 or davie-fl.gov

SCHOOLHOUSE CHILDREN’S MUSEUM SPOOKTACULAR: HAUNTED SCHOOLHOUSE Oct. 22-23. Ages 3-9. Slightly spooky “Wizard of Oz” first floor; scarier “Zombie” second floor. Schoolhouse Children’s Museum, 129 E. Ocean Ave., Boynton Beach. $5 per child, with one free adult. 561-742-6780 or schoolhousemuseum.org SPOOKYVILLE Oct. 21-23, 28-31. Ages 12 and under. Trick-or-treating, kiddie rides, contests, games, crafts, costume contests on Sundays. Pet costume contest Oct. 22. Fridays 5-8 p.m., Saturday-Sundays 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Halloween 5-8 p.m. Yesteryear Village, 9067 Southern Blvd., West Palm Beach. Ages 2 and up, $10. southfloridafair.com/Spookyville BOYNTON BEACH HAUNTED PIRATE FEST AND MERMAID SPLASH Oct. 21-23. Magicians, fairies, wheel walkers, live pirate reenactments, treasure hunt, parade, kids’ costume contest and mermaid pageant, mermaid grotto, live mermaid tanks, pirate ship for kids, face painting, crafts, games, concert. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. 129 E. Ocean Ave., Boynton Beach. Free. 561-600-9093 or bbpiratefest.com

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SHRIEK WEEK Oct. 21-22, 27-29. Haunted house, blacklight games, giant LED robots & DJ, train rides, magic shows, trick-or-treat trail, and Kids’ Scary Film Festival. Visit website for schedule. Sugar Sand Park, 300 S. Military Trail, Boca Raton. Prices vary. 561-3473900 or sugarsandpark.org/shriek-week SCARECROW FESTIVAL AND CONTEST Oct. 22. Pie-eating contest, face painting, pumpkin patch, scarecrow competition. 2-5 p.m. History Museum, 300 N. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach. $10. 561-832-4164 or historicalsocietypbc.org WELLINGTON’S ANNUAL FALL FESTIVAL Oct. 22. Haunted Hallways, trick-ortreating, costume contests, pie-eating contests, petting zoo, bounce houses, pony rides, face painting, food trucks. 6-10 p.m. Village Park, 11700 Pierson Road, Wellington. Adult, $5; child, $10. wellingtonfl.gov TURTLEWEEN Oct. 22. Mad Science Lab, costume contests, face painting, sea turtles and more. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Loggerhead Center, Juno Beach. marinelife.org/turtleween TRICK‘EM, TREAT‘EM COSTUME PARTY Oct. 28. Ages 2-5. Costume party, games, more. 10 a.m.-noon. Rutherford Community Center, Patch Reef Park, 2000 Yamato Road, Boca Raton. $5 per child. 561-367-7035 or bocaboodays.com

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KOOKY HALLOWEEN Oct. 28. Bounce houses, candy, music, prizes, games, a flashlight Egg Haunt and more. Bring a bag for candy. 6-9 p.m. Jupiter Community Center, 200 Military Trail, Jupiter. Free. 561-741-2400 or jupiter.fl.us HALLOWEEN COSTUME PARTY Oct. 29. Ages 6 and up. Trick-ortreating, bounce house, face painting, popcorn and more. Come in costume, bring a swimsuit, or both. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. The Swim & Racquet Center, 21626 St. Andrews Blvd., Boca Raton. $3-$4. theracquetcenter.org/monster-mash

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KIDSFEST AND HALLOWEEN FESTIVITIES Oct. 29. Trick-or-Treating, parade and Kidsfest in Veterans Park with entertainment, bounce house, food. See website for locations. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Downtown Delray Beach. mydelraybeach.com HALLOWEEN IN THE GARDEN Oct. 30. Ages 2-6. Treats, crafts, games, face painting, picture with Luna the sea turtle. RSVP and prepayment recommended. 10 a.m.-noon. Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, 1801 N. Ocean Blvd., Boca Raton. $7-$10. 561-544-8615 or gumbolimbo.org OCTOBER 2016 |

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WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE Book by Maurice Sendak • Directed by Kim Selody Originally adapted by TAG Theatre of Glasgow Saturday, October 29 at 10 am • Persson Hall Creature feature – Help bring a mischievous boy home in this guided play based on classic book Tickets $12 • General Admission Sponsored by The Stiller Family Foundation

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ASK THE EXPERTS: Halloween’s scary side Halloween is an amazing holiday, but it has a scary side, medically speaking. It is one of most dangerous holidays for children, with the highest rates of emergencies and deaths. It is also the time of year when more pets go to the veterinarian with emergencies and illness.

DR. KATIE’S TIPS FOR KEEPING KIDS SAFE ON HALLOWEEN We treat a lot of upset stomachs and food allergies, but burns, cuts and broken bones are the common injuries we see at the emergency room on Oct. 31. As children dash from house to house, focused on their next treat, roaming the dark streets can lead to serious injuries and even fatalities. BURNS, BRUISES AND BROKEN BONES Make sure your child’s costume fits appropriately. It is important to avoid oversized dresses and uncomfortable shoes. The bottom of your child’s costume should be a least an inch off the floor. Try to find a costume that your child can safely run in without tripping. The brighter the costume the better. You want your child to be seen by possible passing cars. Get creative and incorporate reflective tape into the costume if possible. Remember candles are frequently used to light up pumpkins and other decorations. Running children, loose fabric and fire are a horrible combination. Try to find costumes that are made with flameretardant materials. Practice the principle of stop-drop-roll with your child, just in case his or her clothes catch on fire. Try to skip a mask and limit the amount of accessories. Masks can easily obstruct a child’s vision. Use non-toxic hypoallergenic face paint instead. Lastly, try to avoid swords, knifes and other sharp, pointed accessories. It is not only a threat to your child, but to other trick-ortreaters, too. STREET SAFETY Twice as many

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child pedestrians will be hit by a car on Halloween than any other day of the year. If you have smaller children, try to start your trick-or-treating while it is still light out. Go over street safety with your child before heading out. Children under 12 should always hold an adult’s hand while crossing streets. Make sure to use sidewalks. If there is not a sidewalk, walk facing traffic and as far off the road as possible. Designate an adult to walk the children in your group. CANDY CATASTROPHES. Make sure you go through your child’s bag before you let them dive in. If you have a infant or toddler in the house, hard candy and small toys can become a serious choking hazard. Make sure to eliminate all small and hard items from the bag. If your child has a specific allergy, do the research ahead of time. Look up the popular candies given out on Halloween and make sure the factory is peanut free. Never allow your child to eat something homemade. If you are hosting a Halloween party, ask your guests ahead of time if their child has a specific allergy and label foods that have peanuts in them. If your child has an allergy, make sure an epi-pen is with you before leaving the house.

DR. ALISON’S TIPS FOR KEEPING PETS SAFE Place the treats out of reach of your pets. The most popular Halloween treats are toxic to pets. Chocolate in all forms, especially dark or baking chocolate, can be very dangerous for cats and dogs. Sugar-free candies containing the artificial sweetener xylitol can also cause serious problems in pets. Keep the

treats away. Watch the decorations and keep wires away from pets. Pumpkins are popular decorations that can pose a dangerous hazard, especially when used as jack-olanterns. Kittens and puppies are especially at risk of getting burned by candle flame. Although pumpkins and decorative corn are nontoxic, they can cause stomach discomfort in pets who nibble on them. BE CAREFUL WITH COSTUMES. Nothing is cuter than seeing pets in adorable Halloween costumes. However, unless your pet is used to getting dressed up, I do not recommend it. If you do dress up your pet for Halloween, check the costume for small, easily chewed-off pieces that could present a choking hazard. Make sure the costume does not limit their movement, vision or ability to breathe, bark or meow. Costumes that do not fit properly can get twisted on your pet or caught on external objects, leading to injury. Keep pets calm and easily identifiable. With all the trick-or-treating, and visitors arriving at your door, Halloween can often be scary and stressful for pets. Keep dogs and cats in a separate room away from the front door during peak trick-or-treating hours unless you are certain they are very social. Also, the open door can lead to escaping pets. Always make sure your pet wears proper identification. I always recommend microchipping your pet.

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BULLYING: ASTHMA & FOOD ALLERGY Advocating for patients with asthma and allergies is an ongoing labor of love that we pursue with integrity every day of the year. October is National Bullying Prevention Awareness month and we decided to take the opportunity to address the issue. We believe that prevention and early identification are the best step to be taken. By educating the adults involved in the development of a child about symptoms, risks and consequences, we are providing them with the tools to help in the prevention of bullying. Symptoms: how to recognize if your child is a subject of bullying Dr. Dana V. Wallace says: “Victims of bullying feel powerless and vulnerable, which often produces devastating psychological consequences such as severe depression or even suicide. Early identification of potential bullies and victims is critical for intervening effectively to stop the cycle and prevent harmful, even fatal outcomes.”

be referred to a mental health professional experienced in dealing with such problems. With children with asthma or food allergies, effective collaboration [with] the allergist, the family, and the student’s school is necessary for effective prevention and intervention”, says Dr. Dana Wallace.

Children with asthma often are absent from school, have restricted physical activity, may experience attacks during school hours, all of which can cause sadness, exclusion that can trigger problems with socialization and eventually victimization.

Studies have shown that a reduction in household smoking and maintaining asthma under control may lower parental worry about their child’s health and reduces the potential of becoming victim of bullying. Teens with food allergies face challenges in school such as limited social activities, limited food choices, and being a burden to others and victims of misunderstanding due to lack of education about food allergies.

The stats It is to be taken into consideration that children with chronic illnesses (i.e. asthma, food allergies) are more likely to be singled out, teased, harassed, which can degenerate in to being bullied. They bear the additional burden of taking care of themselves medically, as the condition could potentially escalate to be life threatening.

The impact The impact of bullying in all forms is profound and pervasive, producing emotional distress; underachievement and diminished productivity; potential physical damage or even death. This is due to injuries, anaphylaxis, or suicide; and often somatization of stress. The majority of bullied children report feeling sad, depressed, or embarrassed.

Numbers show that an average of 25% of children with food allergies are bullied, teased, or harassed. For children over five, the figure is 35 %, and among students in grades six through 10, it is as high as 50 %.

It is critical that an allergist has confirmed the presence of a food allergy. A positive skin or blood test without a history of an allergic reaction does NOT constitute a true food allergy, and in most cases the food does not need to be avoided. Inappropriate labeling of a child as having multiple food allergies indirectly contributes to bullying.

Where there is a true food allergy, exposure to the allergen can result in anaphylaxis, a generalized allergic reaction that can result in death. Schools and parents must make every effort to prevent the child from ingesting food allergens AND to be prepared to treat if a reaction occurs. Team efforts There is no time to waste from the initial suspicion: the moment that the victim is identified, “he or she should

The emphasis should be on how to recognize an allergic food reaction, to treat with an epinephrine auto-injector in the event of an emergency, and not to place so much emphasis on “banning” foods at school. Having a peanut-free school, classroom, or cafeteria is not an evidence-based intervention. An injection of epinephrine is the only treatment that will prevent progression of symptoms of anaphylaxis!

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Room Mom: (noun) a mother who gives 100 percent of her time, energy, resources and creativity to a group of students and teachers for free. Now that we’ve established what a room mom is, does this type of position sound rewarding or appealing to you? Of course it does! Remember that look on your child’s face when you show up for all of the parTEANA MCDONALD ties? Remember the smile of satisfaction on the teacher’s face that simply reads “job well done”? Oh, and the BEST part is knowing that the parents see that you did a great job (while they are secretly thanking the Lord above that you stepped into this role). I took the “room mom” dive for three years and took my job very seriously. I made my lists, planned the parties, gathered the supplies, emailed the parents and the list goes on. Why do we take on these roles, ladies? The simple answer is because we love our kids and we want them to know that we are ROCK STARS! Over the years (since my room-mom retirement), I’ve found thousands of ways to be a rock star without having to sacrifice my time and my sanity (the job is not for everyone). I think, actually I know now, that it takes a certain type of individual to be a successful room mom. One who has plenty of time, tons of creativity and the patience of a saint would be the perfect mix. Unfortunately, many of us (or maybe just me) do not encompass these qualities all of the time. There are certain individuals who are born to be the best room moms on the planet; to everyone else, I say, “Step aside and enjoy the ride.” Lend a hand when you can, buy things for the parties and make an effort to support these women, but do not feel guilty or take on this role if you know you’re not fully committed. In addition to being creative and patient, you have to have a VERY thick skin for the “room mom mischiefs.” Oh, yes, they do exist. You know, the parents who show up to the field day games in 90-degree weather with a case of hot bottled water for the kids to drink. Or the parents who forget to send the main ingredient for an arts and craft project for the kids. These same parents have the audacity to complain about the parties and the decorations without considering how much time, money and effort it took. Room moms, you cannot let them tear you down; just know that this negativity isn’t about you. Sometimes the guilt of not being able to volunteer at their child’s school is what is fueling this feedback and behavior. Try to keep those parents involved and informed through emails, text messages and other types of communication. For those parents who are feeling guilty for not having a larger role in classroom activities, you need to thank these room moms for supporting your child and their teacher. Be content that your child has an effective room mom who has the time to volunteer and create these delightful memories. It’s a hard job, and those women who step up should be recognized and appreciated.

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When Tarah and Jordan Meyers moved from New York City to Parkland, they couldn’t bear to leave the Songs For Seeds music class their sons loved so much. So the innovative couple decided to bring the class to Boca Raton. The 45-minute interactive music class involves a three-piece live band and is designed for ages 0 to 6. Parents are invited to clap along and sing as their children pick up various instruments and take a musical journey each week to a different region of the world while learning rock ’n’ roll, reggae and other popular tunes. “We decided to open a Songs For Seeds franchise here, and the response has been pretty fantastic,” Tarah Meyers said. Tarah’s sons – Dylan, who will be 3 in November, and 15-month-old Tyler – have learned some of their first words through Songs For Seeds music. “We have a song that teaches shapes and colors and other songs that teach ‘hello’ in different languages,” Tarah said. “It’s definitely not a class that’s boring.” With 96 weeks of unique curriculum, various props, instruments and magic tricks, Songs For Seeds is also conscious of keeping a safe, clean environment for kids. “We clean all the instruments after

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each class and wipe everything down and vacuum,” Tarah said. She said their team of musicians trained with the team in New York, “and they are an amazing group of guys.” Anson Onishi leads the group on guitar and vocals, with Freddie Colloca on keyboard and Sean Chesal on drums. The trio blends well together as they get kids grooving to Bob Marley and tunes such as “Mustang Sally.” “It’s so nice to see kids enjoying music and instill this in them at such a young age,” said Onishi, who is a music director at a church in Coral Springs and a private music teacher. Colloca, who is in the rock band Cleo/ Bade, never gets tired of watching the expression on kids’ faces when a Songs For Seeds session starts. “I started playing piano at age 10,” Colloca said. “I love how these kids react to the music.” Chesal, who performs with the bands Que Lastima and The Riot Act, is a thirdgeneration drummer who enjoys practicing his Songs For Seeds repertoire with kids, ages 1 and 4. “I really enjoy working with kids, and I love playing music with my kids at home, too,” Chesal said. “They know all the Songs For Seeds music now.”

THE ART OF THE PARTY With holiday time just around the corner, it’s never too late to ditch that Pinterest board for some real-life advice from Debi Lilly, a pro whom Oprah deemed a favorite after she planned O’s on-air, live, 50th birthday celebration. Lilly traveled to Safeway in Oakland Park this summer to introduce her collection of festive décor and party supply items. “Nothing makes me happier than making entertaining and hosting celebrations that are easy and accessible,” Lilly said during a phone interview. As a florist and party planner who owns her own boutique in Chicago, Lilly spends a lot of time in Paris and has been inspired by that culture. “French culture is all about family time and celebrations,” Lilly said. “I’d like to bring that here. On a recent trip to Paris, I noticed tons of color, and party planning really follows the trends of fashion. Last year, there were a lot of winter pastels, and this year, it’s all about bold, bright colors. Tropical is hot with big palm leaves, and everything has become mini. People are living smaller, and there’s a trend with tiny, Victorian posies. They’re popular in Europe; they call them nano bouquets.”

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tricked and waiting for treats BY PATRICK HEMPFING My wife, Mattie, played a trick on me. “I’ve been offered the job,” she said, turning life upside down for me, our daughter Jessie, and even the dog. Shortly before Halloween last year, Mattie went on an interview for a job six hours away. Though I’m my wife’s biggest fan, we’ve moved several times together in the past, so I’ve seen that trick before. Moving is no treat! “I’m launching my first book; the timing is terrible,” I said. For Jessie, 11 years old and strongly attached to friends she had known since she was 2, leaving seemed unthinkable. Jessie’s opinion about moving was an unqualified “No!” Many tears punctuated her words. But we supported Mattie’s decision, and she signed the employment contract. The past few months, like Halloween, have been scary at times and fun at others, and lots of chocolate has mysteriously vanished from our kitchen. It takes a bagful of patience (and quite a few pounds of sweet comfort food) before, during and after a move. Jessie’s last day at her old school proved especially challenging. I held my breath that she would “hold it together” through the end-of-year program. Fortunately, she kept her composure and appeared poised on stage for all of her parts. However, when the program ended, Jessie and her friends had a hug and cryfest that started in the auditorium, moved to the classroom and continued down the hallway as we tried to leave. Her teacher commented that we might have to take one of the girls with us because she kept clinging to Jessie and sobbing. The dreaded packing came next. How did we accumulate so much stuff? If there is a positive in moving, it’s the opportunity to get rid of things that haven’t been used in years. “Goodbye, tight pants. You won’t be taking up my limited closet space.” Conversely, for a “hoarder of memories,” letting go of sentimental stuff is painful. From Jessie’s preschool through third grade, I dutifully saved all of her art and school work. I’m an “organized saver,” so I had most things in boxes, labeled with the year and place of the masterpieces,

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plus a big cabinet full of larger pieces that wouldn’t fit into the boxes, like the purple monster she made from a milk jug. My self-imposed goal was to select the “best of Jessie” from seven boxes and squeeze it into one box of the same size. With lots of help from my less-sentimental wife and daughter, I reached my goal, even though the lid wouldn’t stay on. Jessie and I used some ground rules as we sifted through the boxes over several days. Anything with her hand or foot print, photos of her, or that said “I Love You, Daddy,” was a keeper. Mattie assisted for some of the sorting sessions, and she and Jessie often repeated the dreaded words “Toss it!” Though it wasn’t a fun process for a dad who likes to hold on to anything associated with his little girl (after all, my first book’s subtitle is “A Dad Holds On”), we had some special family moments as we recalled Jessie’s early years. By the time you read this column, Jessie will be a middle-schooler and I’ll probably have a new box labeled “6th Grade” hidden under the bed. Speaking of boxes, as I unpacked a wardrobe box, I came up with a great idea for a Halloween costume. I could cut arm holes in the side of the box and stand in it. There would be plenty of room to

stash Halloween candy. Though the move is technically over, hours of work remain to unpack, organize and hang pictures. We also need to begin the long process of getting to know our new city in central Florida. That’s when, I hope, the treats will come, as we find new things to love about the place where we now reside and the people who live here. In the meantime, I’ll need a boxful of patience (and more chocolate). And when Mattie thinks of something else to add to my lengthy to-do list, I think I’ll hide in my wardrobe box. Maybe she’ll walk right past me, since I’ll blend in with all the other unpacked boxes. I just hope she doesn’t look under the bed. Until next month, remember to cherish the moments. Happy Halloween!

Patrick Hempfing had a 20-year professional career in banking, accounting, and auditing before he became a father. He is now a fulltime husband, stay-at-home dad and author of the book “MoMENts: A Dad Holds On,” available at Amazon.com.

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Teach lifelong lessons by rewarding savings BY ELIZABETH ROBERTS Trent Hamm, a well-known personal finance blogger, says the key to making financial lessons stick is to make them tangible. But how does one make the rewards of savings tangible? There is the time-honored method of introducing kids to the idea of savings using three jars. It is always three; they are labeled “Spending,” “Saving” and “Giving.” It doesn’t always translate so neatly in life – or am I the only Mom to find one or more jars empty? The habit of filching from one jar, just once, just this time – if carried into adult life – goes far toward explaining why onethird of Americans have nothing saved for retirement, according to a “Money” magazine survey posted on time.com. Another 23 percent have less than $10,000 saved, according to that survey, and psychologist Daniel Goldstein has a theory why. Speaking in a TED talk, Goldstein describes an losing battle between the present and the future – resisting donuts, for example. “Let’s face it. The present self is present. It’s in control right now. It has these strong heroic arms that can lift donuts into your mouth. And the future self … doesn’t even have a lawyer … to stick up for the future self.” The marshmallow experiment shows the same reasoning applies in younger children. In this experiment, small children are told they can have a marshmallow right now. Or they can wait for one hour and earn two marshmallows. Most of the youngsters opt for a single immediate marshmallow. Doing so as adults will leave them broke in old age. So what is a parent to do? Example is a powerful tool. Share with kids the reasons the family doesn’t give a car for a 16th birthday present (the money is better invested in college with a longer return), eat dinner out more often (it is cheaper and healthier to eat at home) and didn’t buy sweatshirts at Stone Mountain in Georgia (not often worn in Florida, an impulse buy, and doesn’t preserve the memory as well as a selfie).

It doesn’t hurt for kids to witness parents modeling good habits: delaying purchases, paying with cash instead of a credit card, saving for a long-term goal. But all of that reasoning goes out the window when friends are headed to Panera or the mall, unless somehow that resolve has been internalized. That’s where parents come in. Psychologists long have known that rewards are more effective than punishment. In an article “Rewards are Better than Punishment: Here’s Why,” British psychologist Jay Belsky has explored the idea and found that younger and older children learn differently. While brain scans show older children respond strongly to negative feedback, younger children’s cognitive control centers in the cerebral cortex lit up more with positive feedback. Translating that to the jar method, Hamm says, means making money lessons tangible. In our house, we did that with financial marshmallows: When Paul went to the grocery store with enough money for chicken broth, and came home with

savings because he compared prices and bought generic instead of brand-name, I let him keep the money. Likewise, when Sarah and Paul went to camp with spending money and a week with nothing to spend it on but cookies, candy and sundries at the canteen, Paul came home with nothing but wrappers. Sarah came home with all but $1. I let her keep the balance. Some financial experts suggest when kids reach a certain savings goal, parents match it. Such lessons teach that a windfall today can lead to a nest egg tomorrow.

Elizabeth Roberts was a “Money” magazine correspondent for 17 years and is now a professional journalist in South Florida.

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Balancing Act:

My 10-year-old wears makeup, and I’m (mostly) fine with it

BY HEIDI STEVENS My 10-year-old daughter has started wearing makeup. I think it’s supposed to bother me. It’s familiar – the not-bothered feeling, followed by the supposed-to-be-bothered feeling. I felt it when she was 3, and strangers stopped to tell me she was wearing two different Crocs. I felt it when she didn’t brush her hair for nine months. Felt it again when she paired a striped top with a floral skirt, leopard-print leggings, athletic socks and sandals for her second-grade school photo. (“Oh, wow,” my neighbor said at the time.) The less I sweat her appearance, I figure, the less she will. Enough people in her lifetime will make their love and acceptance conditional on what she looks like; I won’t. This is the opposite. Suddenly she’s quite interested in her appearance, and that will be met with a different sort of raised eyebrow. Her friends aren’t allowed to wear makeup, and I get that. I understand what makeup appears to signal: girls in a hurry to grow up, girls fussing over their looks instead of enjoying their hobbies, girls trying to be sexy. “My mom told me red lipstick is for whores,” a colleague told me. “So did mine,” another colleague chimed in. I never want to say anything that implies my daughter’s values are dictated by what she wears. She’s the same strong, funny, brave, beautiful human whether she’s wearing red lipstick or red soccer cleats. I truly don’t care what she puts on her face. But others do. And that’s what I have to get my head around. “Girls have to understand, from a very early age, that how they present themselves sends messages,” clinical psychologist Roni Cohen-Sandler told me. “How she presents herself will elicit reactions, and they may be reactions she finds very unwelcome.” I don’t love this reality, but it’s reality. For now, my daughter isn’t interested in wearing makeup outside the house. She experiments with various looks in front

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of the mirror (something she's never witnessed me doing) and washes it off before heading to her various endeavors. But the day will come, probably soon, when she'll want to venture to school or elsewhere in makeup. Then what will I do? I'm inclined to let her. Cohen-Sandler advises otherwise. “If she's the only one in her class wearing makeup, that sends a very strong message,” she said. “It’s not the same as, ‘She’s just being herself and doesn’t care what people think.’ That’s a wonderful attribute if we’re talking about not having brand-name sneakers. Being different in this way is going to cause her to attract attention in ways that are not serving her well.” The attention of older boys. The judgment of her teachers. Pointed remarks from her peers. It’s not the makeup itself, she said. It's what it symbolizes. “It signals that her sensibilities are changing from a girl’s to a young woman’s,” she said. I would love to live in a world where that’s not scandalous. Where a girl turning 11 and liking different things than

she liked when she was 8 or 9 or 10 is a normal, unremarkable progression – not a red flag. But I also know that makeup is loaded. It’s a means of transforming into a slightly different version of yourself. It’s look-atme. It’s war paint. So I owe it to her to take this transition seriously. “My advice is to create a template for everything she’s going to be asking to do and experience between now and the time she leaves home,” Cohen-Sandler said. “Ask her, ‘So what’s appealing to you about this?’ Discuss the pros and cons and help her set parameters. ‘I’m totally OK with you experimenting at home or wearing lip gloss to a slumber party, but when you start getting into eye shadow, I don’t think that’s appropriate.’ Or whatever you decide.” The whatever-I-decide part is tough. “Whatever you decide, remember your relationship with your daughter should be first and foremost in these conversations,” Cohen-Sandler added. “You never want to denigrate her or make her feel bad about herself for wanting to explore.” That part is a given.

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New mom myths debunked BY NICOLE RADZISZEWSKI When it comes to telling new moms what they need to hear, we've got it all wrong. Recently, I was chatting with my sister Natalie, whose daughter is 10 weeks old. "I totally don't understand the logic of losing weight while breastfeeding," Natalie said to me. "I mean, you're still eating for two, except now person No. 2 is bigger and hungrier. "And on top that, I have zero time or energy to work out or prepare healthy meals." Instead of saying, "Breastfeeding leads to weight loss," we ought to encourage new moms to take in adequate calories. Breastfeeding moms need about 500 more calories per day than moms who don't nurse, which means you might be even hungrier postpartum than during pregnancy. Also, lack off sleep affects hormones our appetite, so when you're that regulate your exhausted and just want to eat all the urself some cookies, cut yourself slack — there'ss not much out a baby you can do about u up to eat that wakes you urs. every three hours. d I kept chatMy sister and ve been on ting because I've her case to see a woman's health physicall therapist vered, and she since she delivered, de an appointstill hasn't made ment. y six-week "I went to my checkup. My midwife said ll and everyI'm healing well od," she told thing looks good," me. "But I still have some now aren't things that I know right." oing to see a "So you're going id. PT, right?" I said. "Yes, I told my midwife that I want to see one. And actually, she was impressed he said she that I asked. She er patients wishes all of her would do the same." octors and Instead of doctors ng new midwives telling hing looks moms "everything nt-line health fine," these front-line professionals might coning every sider encouraging new mama to see a women's

health physical therapist. Perhaps you saw the article in Cosmopolitan magazine (or at cosmopolitan.com) revealing just how common postpartum injuries are and how frequently they go undiagnosed. Recent studies found that a year after pregnancy, many women were still experiencing incontinence, pelvic pain and back pain. Stephanie Prendergast, MPT, co-founder of the Pelvic Health and Rehabilitation Center in Los Angeles, told Cosmo: "Contrary to what one may think, ob-gyns are not trained to evaluate pelvic floor muscles or nerves even though they work in this region." Women's health and pelvic floor physical therapists are trained to evaluate pelvic floor muscles and treat dysfunction, and in other countries, it is common practice to see a women women'ss he health PT after delivery. I think it's about tim time American women hear this message. My sister tends to get ann annoyed with me because of my "know what's best for her" at attitude (I'm older), so I kne knew she wasn't going to be thr thrilled when I saw a pull-up bar hanging over the kitche kitchen doorway and said, "You better not be doing pull-ups pull-ups!" sh told me. "I "I know," she tried and I cou could tell right away my abs d didn't feel right. I didn't eeven do one." (This crazy str strong mama was up to 10 iin a row prepregnancy!) Instead of te telling new moms, "You've carried all that extra weig weight around for nine months. N Now that it's gone, you shou should be stronger than ever!" we ought to say, "Your body we went through so many chang changes over nine months that it is going to take at least th that long for you to start fee feeling like yourself again." Changes to tthe body during pregnancy are about so much more than weight gain. As your b baby grows, your pelvis tilt tilts to counterbalance this load, which in turn leads y your upper

back to increase its curve. Your rib cage expands to make room for your lungs as your uterus expands. Your abdominal muscles may separate (diastasis recti) as the baby grows, and your pelvic floor muscles are subject to increased pressure. To think that pushing out a baby is all it takes for your body to be strong and functional again is crazy! A woman's initial focus postpartum shouldn't be to get back to 5K race speed or hit big numbers in the weight room. It should be to restore alignment and gradually build up strength so that she can move well. Last thing – while I was writing this column, my sister shared with me that she spent the first month of her daughter's life feeling anxious and paranoid that something would happen to her baby. "Overwhelmed is an understatement. Every sound, every breath, I thought I was going to lose her," she said. I'm not gonna lie. I really didn't ask my sister how she was feeling about her new role as a mom. I asked how the baby was sleeping. I asked how her body was healing. I assumed that my sister, who has always wanted nothing more than to be a mom and who is a natural when it comes to all things mommy, was feeling nothing but joy. But you can never assume. Instead of assuming new moms are feeling happy, we ought to say, "This is going to be one of the most intense experiences of your life; it's hard to predict how you'll feel, but if you're scared or sad or overwhelmed, you're not alone." And we ought to be checking in, asking tough questions, making sure everything really is OK. Postpartum depression, postpartum anxiety and other postpartum mood and anxiety disorders are real. Symptoms of postpartum depression affect an estimated 11 to 20 percent of new moms – many of whom are afraid to ask for help. In fact, only about 15 percent of women with PPD ever receive professional treatment. And that's not OK. I love the term "fourth trimester" because it acknowledges that women are not done after delivery. They're still growing a human, they're still dealing with physical changes to their body and they're still overwhelmed with hormones – only now there's pressure to return back to normal. But there doesn't have to be. New moms just need to hear the right words.

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Independent kids with a parent back-up BY KAREN DEERWESTER, ED.S.

The road to independence is often a bumpy one. Too much independence and your child is scaling the bookcases like Spiderman at 10 p.m., saying she isn't tired yet. Too little independence and your child is becomes fearful at relying on his own skills. It takes a balance of freedom and support to raise resourceful, resilient children who know they have the help and guidance they need when they need it. But how do you give kids the right balance of “you got this” and “I got you”? The perfect balance is individual and personal, unique to every parent and child, that continually adapts and changes to new situations, new skill-building and greater emotional understanding. Young children, even toddlers and babies, need opportunities for independence with love and support. Children need emotional support to reach their fullest potential. Harvard’s Center on the Developing Child is emphatic: “The single most common factor for children who develop resilience is at least one stable and committed relationship with a supportive parent, caregiver or other adult.” One essential, supportive, nurturing relationship helps children manage adversity and create a successful life. And yet, children also need to self-manage age-appropriate challenges. They need to learn from mistakes. They need to negotiate and resolve minor social conflicts. Caring adults are not there just to soothe and protect; we also model and help with social-emotional skill building. We must support each child according to their strengths and their temperament. Ultimately, we have the knowledge and the experience to help our children take on challenges, frustration, disappointment and even temporary failures. Here are a few suggestions:

YOU GOT THIS Your child doesn’t know all that he is capable of ... yet. High expectations are the faith in your child’s ability to try new things. If she isn’t ready, no pressure, just put it on hold to try again when development catches up. • Be adventurous! Show children the world of “wow” around them. Be positive

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about new experiences while respecting your child’s temperament (a watchful child is still learning and engaged). • Encourage without pushing. Children take cues from their parents about whether something is OK and safe. If a parent is ambiguous, full of doubt or guilt, there’s no way a child can take the leap. • Honor your child’s individuality. Let your child connect to activities and experiences his way – that cultivates acceptance and inner confidence. • Commit (with support) to stay the course. Doubt and guilt are slippery slopes that can undo every new opportunity. Anxiety opens up the fight-or-flight response, and the first response is often to run away or rescue a child while they are still trying to manage a challenge. Try to stick it out a little longer than feels comfortable. Be there with hugs and encouragement, but don’t give up before your child discovers what's within reach. • Build skills. Learning how to do something means learning all the baby steps that precede success. Big early childhood skills take years – sharing, taking turns, helping a friend or helping at home, listening, remembering rules. Be patient while keeping focus on the goal.

to feel your presence is always there and will be there tomorrow. Let them expect you'll be there no matter what. • Create routines where you can review the good parts of the day and the challenging times: 10 minutes at bedtime, in the car, over meals when toddlers can hear you review what happened today (connect to feelings and problem solving). • Be an ally. Don’t criticize. Mistakes and challenges are opportunities, not fault-finding missions. Raising independent, resilient children means giving them the tools to correct, adapt and try again. When the person they love most has their back and believes in them, they learn and grow with conviction and confidence. • Comfort, soothe, restore. Hugs and ice cream, a snuggle chair, a special dance – connect in all the ways your child feels loved and honored, no matter what. Home is where everyone gets to be themselves with the people who love them most. Be boundless with your love! It's free and forever. Karen Deerwester is the owner of Family Time Coaching & Consulting.

I GOT YOU Of course, nothing is possible without your love and support. • Be an emotion coach. Help your child recognize and accept all feelings, happy ones and difficult ones. All children, even babies, experience sadness, frustration, anger and more. Let them know they are safe and loved in all their feelings. Sadness, anger and frustration need not be scary; they are part of being a feeling person. • Make time to be present, without to-do lists and multitasking. Children need time, daily, in regular routines

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Permission to be brave BY MARGARET SAGARESE While reviewing a book titled “50 Dangerous Things (you should let your children do)” by Gever Tulley and Julie Spiegler, a word-association game involuntarily hijacked my brain. When I read “Burn things with a magnifying glass,” I pictured a budding arsonist and California wildfires. “Walk home from school” – pedophiles lurking in big old cars ready to pounce. “Spend an hour blindfolded.” I wondered: Who could a tween trust in a world populated by mean girls who would delight to see someone make a fool of themselves banging into a wall? I suspect I am like most parents: riddled with fear. Yet simultaneously, I don’t want my daughter hobbled by fear, my terror or her own. Apparently, we have a double standard where fear and bravery are concerned. In her new book, “The Gutsy Girl: Escapades for Your Life of Epic Adventure,” firefighter and fear fighter Caroline Paul wants liberate young girls from the fear we inject into them. Paul insists we recognize and come to grips with the way we isolate and insulate our daughters from heart-pounding, risktaking adventure. According to a “Journal of Pediatric Psychology” study, parents are four times more likely to tell girls to be careful (compared with boys) after a mishap. Another study monitored how parents differed when their kids attempted to slide down a fire pole. Girls heard warnings to be cautious about this dangerous stunt and offers of assistance. Boys, on the other hand, got orders to face their fears and do it on their own from both mothers and fathers. The bottom line illustrates that boys are expected to do things that embody boldness, risk, courage and, yes, danger. Shenanigans, pocketknives, bruised knees and broken bones – this is all part of the snips and snails and puppy dog tales that boys are made of. Girls get the sugar and spice and everything nice, minus any high adventure. Our double standard conditions girls to become fearful. As they grow, any bravery that inspires tomboys to tackle tree climb-

ing or other risky escapades disappears from their portfolio of expectations. Risktaking eventually feels unnatural. “When girls become women, this fear manifests as deference and timid decisionmaking,” wrote Paul in a “New York Times” piece “It’s Not Cute to Be Scared.” DO SPORTS RACK UP POINTS IN BRAVERY? Since Title IX, girls have become naturals at sports. Playing soccer or lacrosse demands females to be fit, strong and, above all, aggressive. You can’t dominate the opposition or competition without it. My daughter, Skyler, a left-footed defender, had to have stamina and strength to excel on the soccer field, but did she need courage? Learn courage? Are bravery and aggression the same thing? Yes and no. I’d have to say that Sky did demonstrate bravery. There were many games when an opponent shadowed and rammed my 5-foot-3 athlete. I shuddered. Skyler didn’t flinch, and that took a brave heart. Caroline Pla, a 13-year-old, 5-foot-4 football player, says she takes on mostly boys twice her age in her Philadelphia CYO co-ed football games, in “Why I’m fighting for girls who want to play football.” That takes courage, too.

IS PLAY PRACTICE FOR COURAGE? If preteen girls construct makebelieve scenarios of a “Hunger Games” cornucopia and battle as if they were in a dystopian world, will that fantasy playacting forge courage? If girls watch Charlize Theron in “Mad Max: Fury Road” or “Supergirl” on TV, will formidable role models instill a craving for adventure and danger? It would seem so. GET ON THE BRAVERY BANDWAGON. The most important lesson here is “Stop telling your daughters to be careful all the time,” Paul says. In “The Gutsy Girl,” she recommends exposing girls to adventurous women through history (think pilot Amelia Earhart). Provide journals and encourage adventure. If sports and play and entertainment prime young females for high adventure and risk-taking in dangerous terms, it’s up to us as mothers and fathers not to stifle them along with way. Maybe I’ll go back to “50 Dangerous Things” and start small. Fly your homemade kite in a gale. (OK, check beforehand for lightning warnings.) Sleep in the wild. (Forget about those bear videos on YouTube.) Make a slingshot. If we want to raise girls to be brave and courageous, it starts at home.

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Car Show and Movie in the Park. Classic cars will be on display and the classic film “Grease” will be shown. 4-10 p.m. Heritage Park, 19200 Collins Ave., Sunny Isles Beach. Free. 305-792-1706 or sibfl.net Discovery @Deering. Ages 6-14. World Habitat Day. Bike through Deering on your own bike. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. 16701 SW 72nd Ave., Miami. $15. 305-235-16668 or deeringestate.org

Fantasy Theatre Factory Presents: Little Monster Tales. Funny stories about monsters, children and other squiggly creatures with puppets, music, and more. 3 p.m. Coral Gables Branch Library, 3443 Segovia St., Coral Gables. Free. RSVP. 305-442-8706

Free First Saturday At Gold Coast Railroad Museum. Fun, food, bounce houses, and train rides.

Downtown Abacoa Classic Car Show & Oldies Concert. 4 p.m. first Saturday of the month. Abacoa Town Center, Main Street & University Blvd., Jupiter. 561-704-0669 or carshowjean@aol.com Cardboard Car Drive-In. Ages 4-7. Transform cardboard boxes into kid-friendly cars watch the show. 11 a.m. Greenacres Branch Library, 3750 Jog Road, Greenacres. RSVP. 561-641-9100

“The Largest Drum Circle in the World for Peace and Unity”. 7-10:30 p.m. Veterans Park, 802 NE 1st St, Delray Beach. 561-243-7350 or mydelraybeach.com Guided Paddle. Age 8 and up. 9:30 a.m. Riverbend Park, 9060 W Indiantown Road, Jupiter. $10. 561-7411359 or pbcgov.com

11 a.m.-4 p.m. Gold Coast Railroad Museum, 12450 SW 152nd St., Miami. Free. 305-253-0063 or GCRM.org

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Mayors’ Chess Challenge. Chess players of all ages and skills play with elected officials and community leaders. Instructors are on hand to help those new to the game. 10 a.m.-noon. Sunrise Civic Center Grand Ballroom, 10610 West Oakland Park Blvd., Sunrise. Free. 954-747-4600 or sunrisefl.gov Princess and Pirate Party. Call for more information. 10 a.m.-noon. Tamarac Community Center, 8601 W. Commercial Blvd., Tamarac. Free. 954597-3620 or tamarac.org The Frog Prince Puppet Show. 11 a.m. Weston Branch Library, 4205 Bonaventure Blvd., Weston. Free. RSVP. 954-357-5430

National Substance Abuse Prevention Month Weekend Activities. Meet federal dogs and explore and take pictures with special response vehicles. Noon-4 p.m. Miami Children’s Museum, 980 MacArthur Causeway, Miami. 305-373-5437 or miamichildrensmuseum.org

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Artist Encounter Series at IKEA Sunrise. Live demonstrations, performances or hands on workshops. 1-4p.m. First Sunday of the month. IKEA Sunrise, 151 NW 136th Ave., Sunrise. 888- 888-4532 or ikea.com

Downtown Hollywood Dream Car Classic Car Show. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. First Sunday of every month. Free. Downtown Hollywood on Hollywood Blvd. 954-8251027 or cobrajoeproductions.com

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Totally Teachers Week! At Miami Seaquarium. Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach County teachers and school employees, in both private and public schools with proper school ID, receive free admission to Miami Seaquarium, plus half-price admission for up to 4 guests. Miami Seaquarium, 400 Rickenbacker Causeway, Key Biscayne. 305-361-5705 or miamiseaquarium.com

October 16, Sunday PALM BEACH COUNTY

The 22nd Annual Buddy Walk. One-mile walk, free breakfast, bounce houses, petting zoo, rock wall, pony rides, games, face painting, dunk tank, live entertainment, DJ and dancing, raffle and silent auction. The event raises funds for the Gold Coast Down Syndrome Organization. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. John Prince Park, Center Drive Pavilion, 4759 S. Congress Ave., Lake Worth. Registration, $15-$20. 561-752-3383 or gcdso.donordrive.com/bw2016/

October 21, Friday BROWARD COUNTY

Family Hayride & Campfire Series. Price includes one hayride and one bag of fixings for s’mores. Ages 3 and up, $3.50 plus tax. 7-9:30 p.m. Quiet Waters Park, 401 S Powerline Road, Deerfield Beach. Must RSVP. 954-3575100 or broward.org 6-9 p.m. T.Y. Park, 3300 N. Park Road, Hollywood. Must RSVP. 954-357-8811 or broward.org

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» breast cancer awareness events BOATING FOR BREAST CANCER Oct. 1. Fort Lauderdale’s Water Shuttle, known for its hot pink boats, is donating 100 percent of ticket sales purchased on Oct. 1 at the kiosk on the Riverwalk (300 SW 1st Ave., Fort Lauderdale) to Gilda’s Club South Florida. 954-463-3440 or bit.ly/ WaterShuttleBC

PEI WEI GIVES BACK Oct. 3, 11 a.m.- 9 p.m. To support Susan G. Komen Miami/Fort Lauderdale, PEI WEI will donate 20 percent of proceeds on Oct. 3 from its locations in Boca Raton, Coral Springs, Fort Lauderdale, Plantation, Pompano Beach and Weston. komenmiaftl.org/event/peiwei-gives-back/ DINE AT CALIFORNIA PIZZA KITCHEN Oct. 5. Dine at California Pizza Kitchen in Boca Raton Town Center mall, present the flyer and get 20 percent of your check donated to Susan G. Komen South Florida. California Pizza Kitchen is at 6000 Glades Road, Suite 1230, Boca Raton. 561-514-3020 or komensouthflorida.org/events/californiapizza-kitchen GIRLS, PEARLS, HATS AND HEELS Oct. 6, at 10:30 a.m. at the Delray Beach Public Library. This signature trunk show will recognize Breast Cancer Awareness Month and benefit The Delray Beach Public Library and Bethesda Hospital Foundation. $60. Seagate Country Club, 3600 Hamlet Drive, Delray Beach. delraylibrary.org/gphh2016 SIP & SHOP Oct. 6, 2-6 p.m. Enjoy light bites and refreshments while you shop J.McLaughlin’s Fall 2016 Collection. J.McLaughlin will donate 15 percent of proceeds during the event to Susan G. Komen Miami/Fort Lauderdale. 5819 Sunset Drive, South Miami. komenmiaftl.org/event/ sip-shop/ MARTINIS FOR MAMMOGRAMS: A PINK TIE AFFAIR Oct. 6, starting at 6 p.m. The pink-themed night out will include a live DJ, specialty

Sunday Jazz Brunch. Bring chairs, blankets, and picnic baskets to enjoy live music and local vendors. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. First Sunday of the month. Performances take place along the Riverwalk area off Las Olas Blvd. 954828-5363.

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Fitness in the Park. Free fitness class. 10 a.m. Delray Marketplace, 14851 Lyons Road, Delray Beach. 561-865-4613

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Miami Seaquarium Day Camp. Grades K-12. Theme: “Wild Thing.” Explore various marine mammal species, animal interactions, shows, art projects, games and marine biology. Lunch included. Before and after care available. 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Miami Seaquarium, 4400

cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, hair styling, raffles and a silent auction to benefit Glam-A-THON. Guests are encouraged to wear pink. $20. Himmarshee Public House, 201 SW Second St., Fort Lauderdale. 954-616-5275 or bit.ly/2bSJpcR ROUND UP IN PINK 2016 Oct. 8, doors open at 6 p.m. Join the Round Up Nightclub in Davie and help give breast cancer the boot. A $20 donation includes admission, dance lessons, an appetizer buffet, door prizes and a specialty cocktail; proceeds benefit the Florida Breast Cancer Foundation. 9020 W. State Road 84, Davie. 954-423-1990 or roundupinpink.org MAKING STRIDES AGAINST BREAST CANCER 5K WALK Raise funds for the American Cancer Society and enjoy entertainment and survivor recognition ceremonies. makingstrides.acsevents.org Oct. 8. Register at 7 a.m. for the 9 a.m. walk at Marlins Park, 501 NW 16th Ave, Miami. 305779-2847 or MiamiDadeFLStrides@cancer.org Oct. 15. Register at 7:30 a.m. for the 9 a.m. walk at Meyer Amphitheater, 104 Datura St. in West Palm Beach. 561-650-0136 or PalmBeachFLStrides@cancer.org Oct. 22. Register at 6:30 a.m. for the 8:30 a.m. walk at Mizner Park Ampitheater, 590 Plaza Real in Boca Raton. 561-650-0119 or SouthPalmBeachFLStrides@cancer.org Oct. 29. Register at 6:30 a.m. for the 8:30 a.m. walk at Huizenga Plaza, 1 E. Las Olas Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale. 954-200-7516 or BrowardFLStrides@cancer.org SUSAN G. KOMEN RACE FOR THE CURE Oct. 15. Registration opens at 6 a.m. and events include a survivor procession and ceremony, 5K run, 5K walk, 1-mile fun run, tot run and afterrace celebration. Bayfront Park, 301 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. komenmiaftl.org/events/ GLAM DOLL STRUT Oct. 15. Divas, dudes and doggies will descend on downtown Fort Lauderdale wearing some of the most fashionable, funny and fabulous attire. The Strut raises funds for local under-insured women undergoing breast cancer treatment and therapy through Broward Health Foundation. 11

Rickenbacker Causeway, Key Biscayne. Pass holder, $45; $50. RSVP. 305-361-5705 or miamiseaquarium.com

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IGFA Fishing Day Camps. Ages 7-12. Campers will learn fishing techniques, knot tying, conservation, marine biology, jig tying and more. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Broward College Tigertail Lake, 580 Gulf Stream Way, Dania Beach. $50. igfa.org/educate/fishing-day-camp.aspx Anti-Bullying Parade. Bullying prevention guest speakers and activities 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Call or visit website for locations. 954-357-8100 or broward.org/parks School’s Out Day. Ages 6 and up. Educational activities and sports. 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Call or visit website for locations. 954-357-8100 or broward.org/parks Food Trucks At Artspark. Over 20 different food trucks. 5:30-10 p.m. Mondays. ArtsPark at Young Circle, 1 Young Circle, Hollywood. Free. 954-921-3500

a.m.-3 p.m. Esplanade Park, 400 SW 2nd St., Fort Lauderdale. Entry, $55. Glam-A-Thom.com PINK TIE BASH/VIP PINK DINNER Oct. 16, 6 p.m. Mix and mingle with Miami Dolphins players including Koa Misi, Dolphins cheerleaders and VIPs onboard an 80-foot yacht, then experience an intimate dinner with LYC’s Chef Tom Azer, all to benefit NSU’s Institute for Breast & Solid Tumor Cancer Research. $50 bash; $250 VIP dinner. Lauderdale Yacht Club, 1725 SE 12th St., Fort Lauderdale. tracy.roloff@att.net or blacktiesouthflorida.com/tickets

GO PINK LUNCHEON Oct. 21, 11 a.m. “Good Morning America” news anchor and breast cancer survivor Amy Robach will appear with her husband, Andrew Shue, of “Melrose Place” fame, in an event to benefit Boca Raton Regional Hospital Foundation. $175. Boca Raton Resort & Club, 501 E. Camino Real, Boca Raton. 561-955-4142, kread@brrh.com or donate.brrh.com/gopink EVERY BOOB COUNTS 5K RUN/WALK Oct. 22, 7:30 a.m. This breast cancer awareness 5k run/walk is hosted by the Every Boob Counts Foundation with a portion of proceeds benefiting Susan G. Komen South Florida. John Prince Park, 4759 S. Congress Ave., Lake Worth. 561-514-3020, info@komensouthflorida.org or everyboobcounts.com PARTY IN PINK Oct. 27, 6:30 p.m. Celebrate life and breast cancer awareness with designer cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and Lisa Vanderpump of Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.” VIP guests can enter at 5:30 p.m. W Fort Lauderdale, 401 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. $75; $125 for VIP. sunsentinel.com/partytix SAKS FIFTH AVENUE KEY TO THE CURE Oct. 27-30. This shopping event helps raise breast cancer awareness, with a portion of proceeds benefiting Susan G. Komen South Florida. Saks Fifth Avenue, 172 Worth Ave., Palm Beach. 561-514-3020, info@komensouthflorida.org or komensouthflorida.org/ events

Fun Days. Ages 6 to 13. Crafts, organized play, games, and more. 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Recreation Complex, 4455 Sol Press Blvd., Coconut Creek. Residents, $25; nonresidents, $35. 954-956-1580coconutcreek.net/webtrac

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Cutest Pumpkin in the Patch. Ages 2-3. Stories about pumpkins and pumpkin craft. Costumes welcome. 10:15 a.m. Gardens Branch Library, 11303 Campus Drive, Palm Beach Gardens. RSVP. 561-626-6133 Pumpkin Patch Babies. Ages 3-12 months. Rhymes, songs, puppets and movement activities. 11:30 a.m. Gardens Branch Library, 11303 Campus Drive, Palm Beach Gardens. RSVP. 561-626-6133

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» theater, shows & concerts JUSTIN ROBERTS & THE NOT READY FOR NAPTIME PLAYERS Oct. 1. Smart, fun and robust fare, including family favorites from the Grammy-nominated album “Recess.” This is a free event and part of the 25th Anniversary Community Salute. 10 a.m. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach. Free. 561-832-7469 or kravis.org

JUSTIN ROBERTS & THE NOT READY FOR NAPTIME PLAYERS Oct. 4. Entertainment that helps children learn about musical instruments, song structure, composition and improvisation, melody, harmony and tempo, as well as life lessons. 10 and 11:30 a.m. Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 SW 5th Ave., Fort Lauderdale. $3-$7.20. 954462-0222 or browardcenter.org

ANNIE JR. Oct 1. Based on the popular comic strip and adapted from the Tony Award-winning Best Musical, Annie Jr. features everyone’s favorite little redhead in her very first adventure. 3 and 7 p.m. Adults, $15; children, $10. Miami Children’s Theater, 1155 SW 112th Ave., Miami. 305-274-3595 or miamichildrenstheater.com

GOODNIGHT MOON & THE RUNAWAY BUNNY Oct. 8. Show uses animal puppets, scenic effects and evocative music to re-create tales for ages 2 to 7. 10 a.m. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach. $12. 561-832-7469 or kravis.org

JUSTIN ROBERTS & THE NOT READY FOR NAPTIME PLAYERS Oct. 2. Entertainment that helps children learn about musical instruments, song structure, composition and improvisation, melody, harmony and tempo, as well as life lessons. Arrive early as the ticket includes art activities and other surprises. 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Aventura Arts & Cultural Center, 3385 NE 188th St, Aventura. $3-$16. 305-466-8002 or aventuracenter.org

LITTLE MONSTER TALES Oct 8. Stories from children’s books about monsters, children and other squiggly creatures. The show combines reading, literature, comedy, puppets, music and more. 3 and 7 p.m. Adults, $15; children, $10. Fantasy Theater Company, 7069 SW 47th St., Miami. 305-284-8800 or ftfshows. com GOODNIGHT MOON & THE RUNAWAY BUNNY Oct. 9. Adapted from Margaret Wise Brown’s classic children’s books. Each story is backed by large-scale animal puppetry and music. Suitable for very young audience members. 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Broward Center for the Performing Arts,

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AMERICA: THE DREAM Oct. 11. Drama, comedy, dance and music bring the Constitution to life for young audiences. Featuring the words of Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, Abraham Lincoln, Susan B. Anthony, and Martin Luther King, Jr. Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 SW 5th Ave., Fort Lauderdale. $7.20. 954-462-0222 or browardcenter.org THE ILLUSIONISTS Oct. 11-16. Seven of the most incredible Illusionists on earth. Adrienne Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd. Miami. Tickets start at $27. 305-949-6722 or arshtcenter.org SOUNDS OF THE SILENT SCREEN PRESENTS NOSFERATU (1922) Oct. 13. The mysterious Count Orlok summons Thomas Hutter to his remote Transylvanian castle in the mountains. Peter Tavalin provides live music to accompany the screening. 7 p.m. Willow Theatre at Sugar Sand Park, 300 S Military Trail, Boca Raton. $7. 561-347-3948 or WillowTheatre. org LAUGH OUT LOUD WITH TAYLOR MASON October 14. Family-friendly comedy featuring Disney comedian, ventriloquist and musician Taylor Mason. 7 p.m. Oceanview Church, 701 Ocean Drive, Juno Beach 954-7011518, 561-626-2500 or OceanViewConcerts.com PETE THE CAT Oct. 15. Join Jimmy and the hilarious blue cat, Pete, on a new adventure of friendship, all the way to Paris and back again in a VW Bus. 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Aventura Arts & Cultural Center, 3385 NE 188th St, Aventura. $16. 305-466-8002 or aventuracenter.org

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4 Tuesday 305-949-6722 or arshtcenter.org MUSIC CLUB OF HOLLYWOOD CONCERT Oct. 23. Enjoy a free concert and help the Friends of Anne Kolb Nature Center as they support the environmental efforts of the nature center. 2-4 p.m. Anne Kolb Nature Center, 751 Sheridan St., Hollywood. Free. 954-357-5161 or broward.org/parks OMARA PORTUONDO 85 TOUR Oct. 25. With special guests Cuban pianist Roberto Fonseca, clarinetist/saxophonist Anat Cohen and violinist Regina Carter. 8 p.m. Adrienne Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd. Miami. Tickets start at $49. 305-949-6722 or arshtcenter.org BELLA & HARRY – LET’S VISIT LONDON! THE MUSICAL! Oct. 26. Based on the educational series The Adventures of Bella & Harry, these two jet-set pets help to foster an education and an appreciation of the world in an informative, interactive musical as they explore the sights and sounds of London. 7 p.m. Crest Theatre at Old School Square, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach. Adults, $25; students, $15. 561-2437922, ext. 1, or OldSchoolSquare.org THE SECRET COMEDY OF WOMEN: GIRLS ONLY Oct. 26-30. Suitable for age 12 and older. A show that celebrates the silly side of being female; from teenage diaries and monthly drama to slumber parties and pantyhose. Men are welcome. Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach. Tickets start at $35. 561-832-7469 or kravis.org WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE Oct. 29. For ages 3 to 7. The audience helps transform the bedroom of “Where the Wild Things Are” main character, Max, into a creature-filled forest and then, with leadership from the performers, helps to bring the mischievous boy safely home. 10 a.m. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach. $12. 561-832-7469 or kravis.org THE PHANTOMS … UNMASKED! Oct. 29. Three Broadway Phantoms share untold stories of their experiences behind the mask and face their darkest fears while performing classics of passion and seduction from such Broadway hits as “Les Misérables,” “Man of La Mancha,” “Jekyll & Hyde,” “West Side Story,” “South Pacific,” “Jesus Christ, Superstar” and “The Phantom of the Opera.” The Phantoms will be joined onstage by local talent. Miramar Cultural Center, 2400 Civic Center Place, Miramar. $50-$75; student tickets, $25. 954-602-4500 or miramarculturalcenter.org A “FROZEN” EXPERIENCE Oct. 30. Watch “Frozen” and meet and greet characters after the movie. Cost includes popcorn and a drink. 2 p.m. Sunrise Civic Center Theatre, 10610 West Oakland Park Blvd., Sunrise. $7. 954-747-4646 https://www.sunrisefl.gov/tickets.html

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Pokémon Go Crafts. Ages 5-12. Make Pikachu bracelet and other crafts. 4 p.m. California Club Branch Library, 700 Ives Dairy Road, Miami. Free. RSVP. 305-770-3161 Family Fun Night. Stories, games, activities. 6:30 p.m. Coconut Grove Branch Library, 2875 McFarlane Road, Miami. Free. RSVP. 305-442-8695 Bedtime Stories. 6:30 p.m. Coral Reef Branch Library, 9211 SW 152nd St., Miami. Free. RSVP. 305-233-8324 Family Game Night. Play board and video games. 5:30 p.m. West End Regional Library, 10201 Hammocks Blvd., Miami. Free. 305-385-7135

BROWARD

11 a.m. 2003 Lion Country Safari Road, Loxahatchee. $7 per vehicle; Ages 10 and up, $33; ages 3-9, $24. 561793-1084, ext. 2127, or lioncountrysafari.com Small Fry Programs. Ages 3 and up. Story, songs, and crafts. 4 p.m. Tuesdays. Highland Beach Municipal Library, 3618 S. Ocean Blvd., Highland Beach. Free. 561-278-5455 Pokémon Party. Ages 9 and up. Pokémon activities and games. 4:30 p.m. Royal Palm Beach Library, 500 Civic Center Way, Royal Palm Beach. 561-790-6030 Mother Nature & Me. Ages 2-5. Spiders Are Special. Stories, live animals, activities, and a craft. 10:30 a.m. Burt Aaronson South County Regional Park, 11435 Park Access Road, Boca Raton. $4. RSVP. 561-629-8760 or pbcgov.com

Nature Tots. Ages 2-4. Learning and play through storytelling, art and crafts, and active play on the playground and splash pad. 10-11 a.m. Miramar Pineland, 3600 S University Drive, Miramar. $5. 954-357-8776 “Retooled” Green Workshop. Free, one-hour, dropoff workshop offered by Young At Art Museum. Includes hands-on art projects and more. 5-6 p.m. IKEA Sunrise, 51 NW 136th Ave., Sunrise. 888-888-4532 Family Storytime and Craft. 6:30 p.m. Deerfield Beach Percy White Branch Library, 837 E Hillsboro Blvd., Deerfield Beach. Free. RSVP. 954-357-7680 Twilight Tales. 7 p.m. South Regional/BC College Library, 7300 Pines Blvd., Pembroke Pines. Free. RSVP. 954-201-8825 Tuesday Night Beach Dances. Movie, dancing and more. 7-9 p.m. Main Beach Parking Lot, 149 SE 21st Ave., Deerfield Beach. Free. 954-480-4429 or deerfield-beach.com Family Nights With Food Trucks. 5:30-9:30 p.m. every Tuesday. Plantation Heritage Park, 1100 S Fig Tree Lane, Plantation. Free. 954-357-5135

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Read Around The World: Family Storytime. Stories from around the world. 6:30 p.m. Arcola Lakes Branch Library, 8240 NW 7th Ave., Miami. Free. RSVP. 305-694-2707 Boo! Giggle. Not-so-scary stories and activities with storyteller Melinda Munger. 5:30 p.m. North Dade Regional Library, 2455 NW 183rd St., Miami Gardens. Free. RSVP. 305-625-6424

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“Know Your Risks” Luncheon. Spend an afternoon learning more about breast cancer with Cara Kondaki, clinical social worker for the department of oncology at Cleveland Clinic Florida, who will speak on the topic of prevention and screening. 10 a.m. Building 46, Room 152, North Campus, 100 Coconut Creek Blvd., Coconut Creek. Free. 954-201-6328. Tamarac Food Trucks. 5:30- 9:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Tamarac Park, 7501 N University Drive, Tamarac. Free. 954-597-3620 Family Films. Call library for movie title. 3 p.m. South Regional/BC College Library, 7300 Pines Blvd., Pembroke Pines. Free. RSVP. 954-201-8825

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Explorium Science Squad. Ages 7-9. This Month: Under the Lens. Use microscopes to see real microbe specimen and understand of their importance. 4-5 p.m. Children’s Science Explorium At Sugar Sand Park Community Center, 300 S Military Trail, Boca Raton. $10$12.50. 561-347-3913 or ScienceExplorium.org

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GameTime ‘Play Your Way’. Up to five hours of timed play for $10. 7 p.m. GameTime, 5701 Sunset Drive, Suite 330, Miami. 305- 667-4263 or gametimeplayers.com Family Storytime. 6:30 p.m. International Mall Branch Library, 10315 NW 12th St., Doral. Free. RSVP. 305-594-2514 Boo! Giggle. Not-so-scary stories and activities with storyteller Melinda Munger. 6:30 p.m. Kendale Lakes Branch Library, 15205 SW 88th St., Miami. Free. RSVP. 305-388-0326

BROWARD

Fire Safety Puppet Show. 3:30 p.m. Northwest Regional Library, 3151 University Drive, Coral Springs. Free. RSVP. 954-357-7990 Food Truck Invasion. 5-10 p.m. Quiet Waters Park, 401 S Powerline Road, Deerfield Beach. Free. broward.org Family Storytime. 3 p.m. Tyrone Bryant Branch Library, 2230 NW 21 Ave., Fort Lauderdale. Free. RSVP. 954-357-8210 South Florida Jubilee Chorus. Moms learn to sing a cappella harmony. 7:15-9:45 p.m. Polynesian Gardens Clubhouse, 400 NW 68th Ave., Plantation. 954-6784223 or southfloridajubilee.org

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Craft Time Program. Ages 4 and up. Story and craft. 4 p.m. First and Third Thursday of the month. Highland Beach Municipal Library, 3618 S. Ocean Blvd., Highland Beach. Free. 561-278-5455 Clematis by Night. Drink specials, food vendors, and music. 6-9 p.m. Thursdays. West Palm Beach Waterfront, 101 S Flagler Drive, West Palm Beach. wpb.org/events Wellington Food Trucks. 5-9:30 p.m. Thursdays. Wellington Amphitheater, 12300 Forest Hill Blvd., Wellington. Free. foodtruckinvasion.com Free Concert. “The Ocoee River Band.” 6:30 p.m. Thursdays. Wellington Amphitheater, 12100 Forest Hill Blvd., Wellington. wellingtonfl.gov

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Nature Film Night. “The Crimson Wing: Mystery of the Flamingos.” Film follows the adventures of a single chick. Experts will provide activities about flamingos, with hands on educational programs. 7 p.m. Pinecrest Gardens, 11000 Red Road, Pinecrest. $5. pinecrest-fl.gov Friday Night Food Trucks. 5:30-10 p.m. Palmetto Bay Village Center, 18001 Old Cutler Road, Palmetto Bay. Free. foodtruckinvasion.com Mommy and Me Storytime. Ages 8-18 months. 11 a.m. Key Biscayne Branch Library, 299 Crandon Blvd., Key Biscayne. Free. RSVP. 305-361-6134 TGIF: Movie Matinee. Call or visit for movie listings. 3:30 p.m. North Dade Regional Library, 2455 NW 183rd St., Miami Gardens. Free. RSVP. 305-625-6424

BROWARD

Kids Night Out. Ages 5-12. Games, making new friends, arts and crafts projects, and pizza while under the care of recreation professionals. 6-11 p.m. Emma Lou Olson Civic Center, 1801 NE 6th St., Pompano Beach. $10. 954-786-4111 or pompanobeachfl.gov Movie in the Park. Activities at 6 p.m., movie at 7:30 p.m. 6-9 p.m. Tamarac Sports Complex, 9901 NW 77 St., Tamarac. Free. 954-597-3624 or tamarac.org Friday Night Sound Waves. Visit website for complete schedule of performances. 5:30-8:30 p.m. The Hub, Las Olas Boulevard and A1A, Fort Lauderdale. FridayNightSoundWaves.com

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Rockin’ & Reelin’. The Larry Dogg Band (R&B/ Motown). 7 p.m. Provident Park, 1412 NW 6th St., Fort Lauderdale. 954-828-5363 or fortlauderdale.gov/rockin Reading Buddies. Ages 5-10. Children practice reading with a teen volunteer. 2 p.m. Miramar Branch Library & Education Center, 2050 Civic Center Place, Miramar. Free. RSVP. 954-357-8095 Family Fun Fridays. Free entertainment. 7-9 p.m. Fridays. The Village at Gulfstream Park, Champions Plaza, 501 South Federal Highway, Hallandale Beach. 954-3999953 or thevillageatgulfstreampark.com Artspark Funtastic Fridays And Movie Night. Bounce house, face painters and more. Movie begins at 8 p.m. 5-8 p.m. ArtsPark, 1 Young Circle, Hollywood. Free. 954-921-3500 or visithollywoodfl.org First Friday Food Trucks. 5-9 p.m. Flamingo Gardens, 3750 S Flamingo Road, Davie. Free. 954-4732955

     

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STEAM Make and Discover Friday. Ages 7-11. The Waterwheel: Learn how to lift a weight and extract energy by pouring water as we create our own waterwheels. 3 p.m. Main Library, 3650 Summit Blvd., West Palm Beach. RSVP. 561-233-2600

Going Going Gone: Paper Airplane Contest. Ages 5-12. Create your own paper airplane and compete against your peers to see how far your paper airplane can go. Winner gets a prize. 3 p.m. Wellington Branch Library, 1951 Royal Fern Drive, Wellington. RSVP. 561-790-6070 Evening On The Avenue. Music, food trucks, art, specialty vendors. 6-10 p.m. First and third Friday of the month. Lake Worth Cultural Plaza, 414 Lake Ave., Lake Worth. Free. lakeworth.org September - May Friday Night At The Museum. Ages 7-12. Enjoy pizza, watch a movie, and conduct a science experiment. 6-9:30 p.m. Children’s Science Explorium At Sugar Sand Park Community Center, 300 S Military Trail, Boca Raton. $20-$25. 561-347-3913 or ScienceExplorium.org Free Movie Night. Ice Age: Collision Course (PG). 7:30 p.m. Wellington Amphitheater, 12100 Forest Hill Blvd., Wellington. wellingtonfl.gov

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Get in Gear Community Monthly Bike Ride. A 10-mile ride through North Miami. Stops are made for water and bathroom. Bring your own bike. Helmets required for ages 16 and under. 8 a.m. MOCA Plaza, 770 NE 125 St., North Miami. 305-895-9815 or 305-8959818 or northmiamifl.gov Museum Free Second Saturday. Hands-on activities and guided tours. 1-4 p.m. PĂŠrez Art Museum, 1103 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. Free. 786-345-5643 HistoryMiami Family Fun Days. Educational, hands-on activities and kid-themed projects. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. HistoryMiami, 101 W Flagler St., Miami. Free. 305375-1492 or historymiami.org Family Day on Aragon. Family And Kid Flix Mix Admission includes a free popcorn and soda. Second Saturday and Sunday of the month. 11 a.m. Coral Gables Art Cinema, 260 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. $5. 786-3859689 or gablescinema.com The Writing Circle with Priscilla Martin. Ages 7-11. Workshop to help children enhance their creative writing skills. 10:30 a.m. Pinecrest Branch Library, 5835 SW 111th St., Pinecrest. Free. RSVP. 305-668-4571

BROWARD

Fourth Annual Bowwow Ween. For dogs and their owners. Costume contest for different sizes and categories (including Miss Bow Wow Ween, best family costume, funniest, scariest, cutest, and most original), games, prizes and pet related vendors. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Pembroke Pines Dog Park, 9751 Johnson St., Pembroke Pines. Free. 954392-2116 or ppines.com Barktoberfest. Dog-oriented event where dogs get splash time at the water park. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Quiet Waters Park, 401 S. Powerline Road, Deerfield Beach. $5 per dog; gate fee, $1.50 per person. 954-357-5100 or broward.org/parks

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Date Nite. Activities, dinner and a movie for children while parents go on a date. Wear PJs. Movie: “Kung Fu Panda 3” (PG). 6:30 -10 p.m. Muzart - Creative Arts Studios, 1955 Harrison St., Unit 101, Hollywood. $30-$35; sibling discount. muzartstudios.com/date-nite.html Movies in the Park. 6 p.m. Sports Complex, 1695 Banks Road, Margate. margatefl.com Margate Under the Moon. Local businesses, a unique art and crafts bazaar, DIY kid’s activities, 15 food trucks, beer, and indie rock and roll. 5-10 p.m. NW corner of Margate Blvd. & 441, Margate. 772-708-0230 or sarah@rma.us.com Dip Your Car Event. Car show. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tradewinds Park, 3600 W Sample Road, Coconut Creek. Gate entrance fee, $1.50 per person. 954-357-8870 or dipyourcar.com Pediatric Associates New Parent Class. Learn what to expect with a baby and other topics about preparing for your new arrival. Free. pediatricassociates.com 12:30-1:30 p.m. Royal Eagle Plaza, 9120-A Wiles Road, Coral Springs. RSVP. 877-334-5437 12:30-1:30 p.m. Emerald Hills Medical Square, 4500 Sheridan St., Hollywood. RSVP. 877-334-5437 12:30-1:30 p.m. The Professional Centre at Pembroke Lakes Mall, 400 N Hiatus Road., Suite 105, Pembroke Pines. RSVP. 877-334-5437 Free Car Seat Inspection. Have your car seat inspected or installed. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Imperial Point Center, 6181 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale. pediatricassociates.com

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Coding for Kids. Ages 8-12. Practice the basics of web design and learn the fundamentals of computer programming by learning HTML5. 2 p.m. Glades Road Branch Library, 20701 95th Ave., South Boca Raton. RSVP. 561-482-4554

Get Your Hands Dirty for Some Terrarium Fun. Ages 8 and up. Learn about the water cycle and create your very own terrarium. 3 p.m. Main Library, 3650 Summit Blvd., West Palm Beach. RSVP. 561-233-2600 Family Fun Fest. Hands-on science activities, themed crafts, face painting, a bounce house, science demonstrations, carnival games, petting zoo, food. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. South Florida Science Center and Aquarium, 4801 Dreher Trail N., West Palm Beach. $13, ages 3-12, $9. 561832-1988 or sfsciencecenter.org Cruise Night at Packy’s. View classic cars to new cars, DJ music, and refreshments. Second Saturday of every month. 4 p.m. Packy’s Sports Grill, 11379 W Palmetto Pk. Road, Boca Raton. Free. 561-482-0052

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Family Day on Aragon. Family And Kid Flix Mix Admission includes a free popcorn and soda. Second Saturday and Sunday of the month. 11 a.m. Coral Gables Art Cinema, 260 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. $5. 786-3859689 or gablescinema.com Barnacle under Moonlight Concerts. Free concert on the second Sunday of the month. September-May Barnacle Historic State Park, 3485 Main Highway, Coconut Grove. Free. 305-442-6866 or thebarnacle.org

BROWARD

Barktoberfest. Dog-oriented event where dogs get splash time at the water park. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Quiet Waters Park, 401 S. Powerline Road, Deerfield Beach. $5 per dog; gate fee, $1.50 per person. 954-357-5100 or broward.org/parks The Dan Barrow Memorial Bluegrass Jam. Free unplugged jam session for musicians and listeners interested in bluegrass, folk, and mountain music. Bring an instrument if you like (no amplifiers). 2-4 p.m. Fern Forest Nature Center, 201 Lyons Road South, Coconut Creek. 954-357-5198 or broward.org

PALM BEACH

“Pokémon Go” Meet. Ages 6-17. Bring your DS’s and cards to play and trade. Wear your team colors. 2 p.m. Lantana Road Branch Library, 4020 Lantana Road, Lake Worth. RSVP. 561-304-4500

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Mini Monday Mornings. Ages 0-3. Painting, sand play, story times, and a puppet show. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Miami Children’s Museum, 980 MacArthur Causeway, Miami. $18; Florida residents, $14. 305-373-5437 or miamichildrensmuseum.org

BROWARD

Food Trucks At Artspark. Over 20 different food trucks. 5:30-10 p.m. Mondays. ArtsPark at Young Circle, 1 Young Circle, Hollywood. Free admission. 954-9213500

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Lake Worth Food Truck Invasion. 6-10 p.m. Second Monday of the month. Cultural Plaza, Lake Worth. Free. lakeworth.org or foodtruckinvasion.com

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A Haunting We Will Go. Stories with Storyteller Sandra Walker. Costumes welcomed. 6 p.m. Coconut Grove Branch Library, 2875 McFarlane Road, Miami. Free. RSVP. 305-442-8695

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up practice reading to a pet therapy dog. 4-5 p.m. Davie/ Cooper City Branch Library, 4600 SW 82nd Ave., Davie. Free. RSVP. 954-357-6399 Family Storytime. 7 p.m. Margate Catharine Young Branch Library, 5810 Park Drive, Margate. Free. RSVP. 954-357-7500 Early Readers Book Club. Grades K-2. Children discuss the book selection followed by a craft activity. Light refreshment will be provided. 4 p.m. Young At Art Youth Services Story Corner, 751 SW 121 Ave., Davie. Free. RSVP. 954-357-8585 Art Time Tuesdays. Art project courtesy of Young At Art Museum 5-7 p.m. Second Tuesday of the month. IKEA Sunrise, 151 NW 136th Ave., Sunrise. 888-888-4532 or ikea.com

Paco Moreno & Friends: Hispanic Heritage Month Concert For Kids. Musician/educator Paco Moreno and surprise guests perform music and dances from Spanish-speaking countries throughout the world. Children can touch and play handmade Andean musical instruments in this interactive celebration. 6-6:45 p.m. Alvin Sherman Library, 3100 Ray Ferrero Jr. Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. Free. RSVP. 954-262-4543

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Small Fry Programs. Ages 3 and up. Story, songs, and crafts. 4 p.m. Tuesdays. Highland Beach Municipal Library, 3618 S. Ocean Blvd., Highland Beach. Free. 561-278-5455 Guatemalan Worry Dolls. Ages 7 and up. Create a Guatemalan “Muñeca Quitapenas” (Worry Doll). 3:30 p.m. West Boynton Branch Library, 9451 Jog Road, Boynton Beach. RSVP. 561-734-5556

Interactive Acoustic Music and Art in the Park. Bring family, friends, and musical instruments to Veterans Park and enjoy interactive music and art. Art supplies will be provided free of charge. 6-9 p.m. Second Tuesday of each month. Veterans Park, 802 NE First St., Delray Beach. Free. 243-7350

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» exhibits for families GROSSOLOGY: THE (IMPOLITE) SCIENCE OF THE HUMAN BODY Through Oct. 11. Animatronics and imaginative exhibits tell you the good, the bad and the downright ugly about runny noses, body odor and more. Florida Science Center and Aquarium, 4801 Dreher Trail North, West Palm Beach. Adults, $15; children 3-12, $11. 561832-1988 or sfsciencecenter.org GIVERNY: JOURNAL OF AN UNSEEN GARDEN Through Oct. 30. Five screens showing high definition underwater video footage during different times of day are looped in endless repetition. Norton Museum of Art 1451 S. Olive Avenue, West Palm Beach. Free. norton.org

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FIFTEEN MINUTES AND A LIFE IN PORTRAITS Through Jan. 15. “Fifteen Minutes” features work that expresses the idea of fame and works by artists who have become celebrities. “A Life In Portraits” brings together contemporary American artists who have created portraits of art patron Joan Quinn. Cornell Art Museum at Old School Square, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach. $5 suggested donation. 561-243-7922 or OldSchoolSquare.org

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Nature Tots. Ages 2-4. Nature theme based learning and play through storytelling, art and crafts, and active play on the playground and splash pad. 10-11 a.m. Fern Forest Nature Center, 201 Lyons Road South, Coconut Creek. $5. 954-357-8776 or broward.org/parks Mother Goose Halloween Craft. Ages 2-5. 11 a.m. Miramar Branch Library & Education Center, 2050 Civic Center Place, Miramar. Free. RSVP. 954-357-8090 Concerts in the Park. Music, bounce house, food trucks. 6-9 p.m. second Thursday of the month. Old Davie School Bandshell, 6650 Griffin Road, Davie. Free. 954797-1166

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Knitting Club. Ages 7 and up. Children may create a project to keep or donate to a local hospital. Yarn is provided, bring knitting needles. The Children’s Museum, 498 Crawford Blvd., Boca Raton. 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free with museum membership or visitor admission of $5 per person. 561-368-6875 or cmboca.org Wellington Food Trucks. 5-9:30 p.m. Thursdays. Wellington Amphitheater, 12300 Forest Hill Blvd., Wellington. Free. foodtruckinvasion.com

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Mommy and Me Storytime. Ages 8-18 months. 11 a.m. Key Biscayne Branch Library, 299 Crandon Blvd., Key Biscayne. Free. RSVP. 305-361-6134 TGIF: Movie Matinee. Call for movie listings. 3:30 p.m. North Dade Regional Library, 2455 NW 183rd St., Miami Gardens. Free. RSVP. 305-625-6424

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Haunted Nature Preserve. Guided excursion and costume contest. 6 p.m. Lantana Nature Preserve, 206 N. Atlantic Drive, South Palm Beach. lantana.org Free Friday Concerts. Orange Sunshine (60’s Hits). Lawn chairs welcome. Food trucks and cash bar. 7:30 p.m. The Pavilion at Old School Square, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach. Free. 561-243-7922, ext 1 or OldSchoolSquare.org Hear Ye, Hear Ye: Teasing Isn’t Nice. Ages 3-6. Stories, songs, and activities about the power of words. 3:15 p.m. Gardens Branch Library, 11303 Campus Drive, Palm Beach Gardens. RSVP. 561-626-6133 Screen On The Green. Star Wars: The Force Awakens. 8 p.m. Second Friday of every month. Waterfront Commons, 101 N. Flagler Drive, West Palm Beach. Free. wpb.org/screen-on-the-green Eyes To The Skies. Ages 8 and up. Call on the day to confirm. 7:30 p.m. Children’s Science Explorium At Sugar

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» fairs & festivals FAIRCHILD BIRD FESTIVAL Through Oct. 2. Bird walks, lectures from birding experts, bird-attracting plant sales, and special avian guests. 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Fairchild Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables. Adults, $25; youth, $12. 305667-1651 or fairchildgarden.org/Bird-Festival ZUN ZÚN CHILDREN’S FEST Oct. 1. Afro-Caribbean rhythms, multicultural stories and songs for children, music and a production of “My Superhero Roberto Clemente.” 2- 5 p.m. Miami Dade County Auditorium, 2901 W Flagler St., Miami. Adults, $20; children under 14, $5. 305-547-5414, 800745-3000 or ticketmaster.com MIAMI BROWARD JR. CARNIVAL Oct. 1. Parade to experience the culture of the Caribbean. Junior Calypso Competition, Panorama show, face painting, food vendors and kids’ zone. Gates open at 11 a.m. Event runs noon-9 p.m. Central Broward Regional Park, 3700 NW 11th Place, Lauderhill. $10; parking is $1.50. miamibrowardcarnival.com LA FIESTA CULTURAL Oct. 1. Latin-infused music during the day and live music at night. Food trucks and bar. Palm Beach Zoo, 1301 Summit Blvd., West Palm Beach. 561-547-9453 or palmbeachzoo.org OAKLAND PARK OKTOBERFEST Oct. 1-2. Live German music, German-style beer and food, rides, craft vendors, Bavarian folk dancers, singing and more. Jaco Pastorius Park, 4000 N. Dixie Highway, Oakland Park. Ages 12 and older, $5. 954-630-4507 or oaklandparkfl.gov/228/Oktoberfest SAINT ANDREW’S CRAFT FAIR Oct. 1-2. More than 50 crafters and merchants selling handmade items, baked goods made and sold by the Girl Scouts, and more. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. St. Andrew’s Social Hall, 9950 NW 29th St., Coral Springs. 954-227-1640 or coralsprings.org MOTHER OF ALL BABY SHOWERS Oct. 7. For expectant and new parents. Adultsonly event with products, services and over 50 brands. 5:30-9 p.m. Young at Art Museum, 751 SW 121st Ave., Davie. Tickets start at $15. themotherofallbabyshowers.com HISPANIC HERITAGE FESTIVAL Oct. 7. Music, dance, carnival rides and more. 6-9 p.m. North Shore Park Youth Center, 501 72nd St., Miami Beach. Free. 305-861-3616 or miamibeachfl.gov OKTOBERFEST! Oct. 7. German culture, art, entertainment, stein-holding competition and a yodeling contest. 5-10 p.m. ArtWalk, 9405 NW 31st Court, Coral Springs. CoralSprings.org/events JOUVERT CARNIVAL Oct. 7. Costumes, music and a parade. 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Central Broward Regional Park & Stadium, 3700 NW 11th Place, Lauderhill. Gate fee, $1.50 per person. 954-357-5400 or rafiekm@hotmail.com

CORAL SPRINGS CRAFT GUILD HOLIDAY & CRAFT SHOW Oct. 7-8. Jewelry, holiday décor and ornaments, wearables, children’s giftware, Hanukkah and home décor. LaQuinta Inn & Suites, 3701 University Drive, Coral Springs. Free. coralspringscraftguild.com or anjscarbro@gmail.com

DOC RENO’S BACON BLUES & BREWS 2016 Oct. 15. Prizes, music, bacon dishes, food trucks, live blues bands and craft beers. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Bergeron Rodeo Grounds, 4271 Davie Road, Davie. $15-$20 for ages 10 and up. docsbaconfest.com

ST. ELIZABETH ANN SETON CRAFT SHOW Oct. 7-9. Handmade crafts, Cash prize raffles, gift baskets, and bake shop. Strollers welcome. St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church,1401 Coral Ridge Drive, Coral Springs. Free. 954-7533330 or setonoffice@aol.com

BUCKLER CRAFT FAIR Oct. 15-16. $2 off coupon on website. South Florida Fair Expo, 9067 Southern Blvd., West Palm Beach. $7; 12 and under free. bucklercraftfair.com

SOUTH FLORIDA ITALIAN CULTURE AND HERITAGE FESTIVAL Oct. 8. Italian games, food, arts and jewelry vendors, and music. Noon-8 p.m. ArtsPark at Young Circle, 1 Young Circle, Hollywood. Free. 954825-1027 or soflaitalianfeast.com BACON BASH 2016 Oct. 8. Games and activities, DJ, pig-inspired dishes, both sweet and savory. Vote on Most Creative Use of Bacon and Best Overall Bacon Dish. 1-5 p.m. Esplanade Park, 400 SW 2nd St, Fort Lauderdale. Free. 954-468-1541 ext. 205 or cristina@goriverwalk.com BIRTHDAY PARTY @ 10 Oct. 8. The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County turns 10. Celebrate starting at 11 a.m. with 10 hours of free performances, family-friendly activities and outdoor after party. Adrienne Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. Free. 305-949-6722 or arshtcenter.org MIRAMAR LATIN MUSIC FEST Oct. 8. Live entertainment, food and beverages. Blankets or portable seats recommended. 6-10 p.m. Miramar Regional Park, 16801 Miramar Parkway. 954-602-3319 LAUDERDALE BY THE SEA CRAFT FESTIVAL Oct. 8-9. Exhibits, handcrafted art, decorative and functional pieces, and gift items. 4400 N. Ocean Drive, Lauderdale By the Sea. Free. 561746-6615 or artfestival.com THE FITEXPO FORT LAUDERDALE Oct. 8-9. Group exercise, fashion shows, parkour, kids zone, crossfit-style competition, celebrity athlete seminars and more. Broward County Convention Center, 1950 Eisenhower Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. Daily, $25; weekend, $40. 954-7655900 or thefitexpo.com/TFEFL_tickets.asp DIWALI FESTIVAL/FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS Oct. 9. Special dance performances by the Palm Beach Hindu Mandir Group, Bhakti Nataraj Dance Academy and local high school students. Stories, dance and the lighting of the diyas. 2:30 p.m. Main Library, 3650 Summit Blvd., West Palm Beach. RSVP. 561-233-2600 OKTOBERFEST LOS OLAS Oct. 15. Authentic German beer, live music, local cuisine and more. 1-11 p.m. 32 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. Tickets start at $10. octoberfestlasolas.com

DIWALI FESTIVAL/FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS Oct. 16. Dresses, dances and lights. 2:30 p.m. Wellington Branch Library, 1951 Royal Fern Drive, Wellington. RSVP. 561-790-6070 DIVALI NAGAR Oct. 20. East Indian Cultural Celebration - City of Lights. 2-10 p.m. Central Broward Regional Park & Stadium, 3700 NW 11th Place, Lauderhill. Call for prices. 954-357-5400 or derekrag@gmail.com SAINT DAVID CARNIVAL Oct. 20-23. Events, rides, live music and international foods. Free parking. Unlimited ride bracelets: $20 in advance, $25 at gate. Saint David Catholic Church, 3900 S. University Drive, Davie. 954 475-8046 or www. saintdavid.org/carnival.aspx THE EXPO Oct. 22. Family-friendly resource fair for all ages with any disability. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Alvin Sherman Library and Don Taft University Center, Nova Southeastern University, 3100 Ray Ferrero, Jr. Blvd., Davie. Free. theexpofl.com BRAZILIAN FESTIVAL OF POMPANO BEACH Oct. 22. Music, kid’s zone, vendors, food, Brazilian bands, dancers and more. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Pompano Beach Community Park, 820 NE 18th Ave., Pompano Beach. Free. 305-8030338 or brazilianfestpompano.org ANNUAL FEAST OF THE SEA Oct 22. Seafood festival. Free admission 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Chef’s Challenge Grand Tasting 6-10 p.m. starts at $125. Meyer Amphitheater, 105 Evernia St., West Palm Beach. 561-2881322 or feastofthesea.com CORAL GABLES HISPANIC CULTURAL FESTIVAL Oct. 22-23. Art, culture, live dances/folkloric performances and musical acts. Free. 405 Biltmore Way, Coral Gables. gableshispanicfestival.com LAS OLAS ART FAIR Oct. 22-23. Art festival and sale. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. East Las Olas Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale. Free. 561-746-661 or artfestival.com DELRAY MARKETPLACE ART & CRAFT FESTIVAL Oct. 29-30. Over 100 fine artists and crafters in a gallery-style outdoor festival. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 330 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach. Free. 561-746-6615 or artfestival.com

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Sunny Serenade. Free concert under the stars. Seating is provided or you may bring a blanket. 7:30-9 p.m. Heritage Park, 19200 Collins Ave., Sunny Isles Beach. Free. sibfl.net National Chemistry Week Activities. South Florida American Chemical Society members present hands-on chemistry activities, CSI Chemistry experiments, “Egg”-speriments, and KaBoom! Science Show. Noon-4 p.m. Miami Children’s Museum, 980 MacArthur Causeway, Miami. 305-373-5437, miamichildrensmuseum.org Growing Gardens: Gardening Workshop. Topics include garden planning & design, container gardening and creating butterfly gardens. 3 p.m. West Dade Regional Library, 9445 Coral Way, Miami. Free. RSVP. 305-5531134

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2016 K9 Water Festival. Dogs and owners get to enjoy Castaway Island for some off-leash fun. Proof of vaccination required. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. T.Y. Park , 3300 N. Park Road, Hollywood. $5 per dog; gate fee, $1.50 per person. 954-357-8811 or broward.org/parks Moonlight Movie in the Park. Featuring Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Bring lawn chairs or blankets. 8 p.m. Weston Regional Park, 20200 Saddle Club Road, Weston. Free. 954-389-4321 or Westonfl.org Pediatric Associates New Parent Class. Learn what to expect with a new baby and other topics about preparing for your new arrival. Free. 12:30-1:30 p.m. Central Park Place, 9611 W Broward Blvd., Plantation. RSVP. 877-334-5437 or pediatricassociates.com ArtsPark Live!. Listen to live bands in the park. 8-10 p.m. ArtsPark, 1 Young Circle, Hollywood. Free. 954-9213500 or visithollywoodfl.org Make Believe Theater: Mariposa Martinez. 2 p.m. African-American Research Library, 2650 Sistrunk Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. Free. RSVP. 954-357-6282

Aztec Legends with Storyteller Victor Jimenez. 12:30 p.m. Pompano Beach Library, 1213 E Atlantic Blvd., Pompano Beach. Free. 954-357-7595

Model Steam Train Rides. Live steam train rides. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Tradewinds Park, 3600 W Sample Road, Coconut Creek. Gate fee, $1.50 per person; $1.50 per ride, cash only. 954-357-8870, livesteamers.org or broward.org/parks

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Pediatric Associates New Parent Class. Learn what to expect with a baby and other topics about preparing for your new arrival. Free. 12:30-1:30 p.m. Shoppes of Regal Centre, 1017 N State Road 7, Royal Palm Beach. RSVP. 877-334-5437 or pediatricassociates.com Loco for Cocoa. Ages 10-14. Chocolate games and activities, including an Oreo stacking game, “Name That Candy Bar” contest, and a chocolate cupcake decorating challenge. 11 a.m. Greenacres Branch Library, 3750 Jog Road, Greenacres. RSVP. 561-641-9100 Minecraft Mania. Ages 7 and up. Bring your device and challenge other players. Minecraft-themed activity pages also available. 10 a.m. West Boca Branch Library, 18685 State Road 7, Boca Raton. RSVP. 561-470-1600 S’mores and More. Ages 3-5. stories around a makebelieve campfire, s’mores, and a craft. 10:15 a.m. West Boynton Branch Library, 9451 Jog Road, Boynton Beach. RSVP. 561-734-5556 Saturday Music Nights. The Last Word: rock, pop, funk, and more. Lawn chairs, blankets, and picnics welcome. 7 p.m. 8802 W. Boynton Beach Blvd, Boynton Beach. Free. pbcgov.com

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Family Sukkot Celebration. PJ Library Story Time, Singin’ with Miss Susan, arts and crafts, games and sports, kosher snacks, and more. 2-3:30 p.m. Jewish Federation of SPBC Campus, 9901 Donna Klein Blvd., Boca Raton. Free. RSVP required. jewishboca.org/PJSukkah Buddy Walk. One mile walk, free breakfast, bounce houses, petting zoo, rock wall, pony rides, games, face painting, dunk tank, live entertainment, DJ and dancing, raffle and silent auction. The event raises funds for the Gold Coast Down Syndrome Organization. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. John Prince Park, Center Drive Pavilion, 4759 South Congress Avenue, Lake Worth. Registration, $15-$20. 561752-3383 or gcdso.donordrive.com/bw2016/ Fall Family Festival. Games, hands-on educational displays, pony rides, face painting, kiddie train, music and refreshments. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Mounts Botanical Garden, 559 N. Military Trail, West Palm Beach. $5. 561-2331757 or mounts.org Sunday on the Waterfront. B-Side Jones (Funk). 4:30 -7:30 p.m. Third Sunday of every month. Meyer Amphitheatre, 105 Evernia St., West Palm Beach. Free. 561- 822-1515 or wpb.org/sunday-on-the-waterfront

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Sharing Stories. Ages 3-5. Enjoy read-aloud stories. 3 p.m. Country Walk Branch Library, 15433 SW 137th Ave., Miami. Free. 786-293-4577

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Pokémon Club. Ages 7 and up. Play games, make crafts, and talk about your favorite Pokémon. 4 p.m. Main Library, 3650 Summit Blvd., West Palm Beach. RSVP. 561-233-2600

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Nature Tots. Ages 2-4. Learning through storytelling, art and crafts, and active play on the playground and splash pad. 10-11 a.m. West Lake Park/Anne Kolb Nature Center, 751 Sheridan St., Hollywood. $5. 954-357-8776 Mommy and Me Baby Cakes Group. Mother Earth Cloth Diapers. Noon-1:30 p.m. Memorial Regional Hospital, The Family Birthplace, 3501 Johnson St., Hollywood. RSVP. 954-265-4484 or family@mhs.net

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discussion meet up. 3:30 p.m. Hollywood Library, 2600 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. Free. RSVP. 954-357-7760 Wags ‘n Tales. Kids practice reading to a therapy dog. 4:30 p.m. Dania Beach Paul DeMaio Branch Library, 1 Park Ave. East, Dania Beach. Free. RSVP. 954-357-7073 Family Nights With Food Trucks. 5:30-9:30 p.m. Every Tuesday. Plantation Heritage Park, 1100 S Fig Tree Lane, Plantation. Free. 954-357-5135 Read-Along with Troop 10863. Girl Scouts will be reading to kids in the IKEA Children’s department. 6-7 p.m. Third Tuesday of the month. IKEA Sunrise, 151 NW 136th Ave., Sunrise. 888-888-4532 or ikea.com

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and more. Contact branch for this month’s title. 4:30 p.m. North Dade Regional Library, 2455 NW 183rd St., Miami Gardens. Free. RSVP. 305-625-6424 Halloween Stories for Children. Friendly stories and more. 6:30 p.m. West Dade Regional Library, 9445 Coral Way, Miami. Free. RSVP. 305-553-1134 Not-So-Scary Storytime. Wear your costumes for fun, not-so-scary: stories, songs and activities. 6:30 p.m. West Dade Regional Library, 9445 Coral Way, Miami. Free. RSVP. 305-553-1134

Pajamarama Story Time: Ding, Ding, Ding ... I Hear the Fire Engines. Ages 3-6. Stories, songs, dancing and a special guest appearance by community firefighters. Wear PJ’s. Stuffed animals are welcome. 6:30 p.m. Royal Palm Beach Branch Library, 500 Civic Center Way, Royal Palm Beach. RSVP. 561-790-6030

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Mommy and Me at Miami Seaquarium. Ages 2-5. October theme: “Picture Perfect Penguins.” Mothers and children learn about different animals, from stingrays to manatees. Register online. 1-3 p.m. Miami Seaquarium, 4400 Rickenbacker Causeway, Key Biscayne. Parent, $10; $5 per child. 305-361-5705 ext. 207 or 526 or miamiseaquarium.com Home School Science Class. Learn how to create different science projects. 10:30 a.m. Miami Lakes Branch Library, 6699 Windmill Gate Road, Miami Lakes. Free. RSVP. 305-822-6520

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Food Truck Invasion. 5-9:30 p.m. Brian Piccolo Park & Velodrome, 9501 Sheridan St., Cooper City. Free admission. 305-612-7779 or foodtruckinvasion.com

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music, and an artist colony featuring live art and artisan vendors. 6-10 p.m. 500 block of Northwood Road, West Palm Beach. northwoodvillage.com Kids Can Vote. Ages 7-12. Learn how elections work through an election and only kids can vote. 3:15 p.m. Gardens Branch Library, 11303 Campus Drive, Palm Beach Gardens. RSVP. 561-626-6133

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Kid Lit: Book Club. Discuss books, comics, poetry

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Food Truck Invasion. 5-10 p.m. Quiet Waters Park, 401 S Powerline Road, Deerfield Beach. Free. broward.org

Mother Goose Halloween Parade. Ages 2-5. Come in costume. 11 a.m. Miramar Branch Library, 2050 Civic Center Place, Miramar. Free. RSVP. 954-357-8090 Story Time Explorers. Ages 3-5. Stories, music and movement. 12:30 p.m. Pembroke Pines/ Walter C. Young Resource Center, 955 NW 129 Ave., Pembroke Pines. Free. RSVP. 954-357-6750 Wags and Tales. Children read to an animal assisted therapy dog. 3 p.m. Weston Branch Library, 4205 Bonaventure Blvd., Weston. Free. RSVP. 954-357-5430

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Gardens Cinema Family Movies. “Hotel Transylvania 2.” Includes popcorn, drink, hot dogs, and snacks. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. Movie at 8 p.m. Pinecrest Gardens, 11000 Red Road, Pinecrest. $5. pinecrest-fl.gov Target Free Third Friday. The Miami Children’s Museum is free every third Friday of the month. 3-9 p.m. Miami Children’s Museum, 980 MacArthur Causeway, Miami. 305-373-5437 ext. 100 or ext. 145

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Howl-O-Ween Dog Costume Contest. Dogs are encouraged to dress in their best costume; prizes will be awarded, and each dog gets a goody bag.. 6-7 p.m. Windmill Park, 700 Lyons Road, Coconut Creek. 954-5456670 or coconutcreek.net Family Bed And Breakfast. Participants receive a campsite overnight, a campfire with s’mores and a hayride, and a movie night. 3 p.m. Friday check-in and 1 p.m. Saturday check out. Quiet Waters Park, 401 S. Powerline Road, Deerfield Beach. Gate fee, $1.50 per person; $80 per campsite plus tax. 954-357-5100 or broward.org/parks Family Hayride & Campfire Series. Price includes one hayride and one bag of fixings for s’mores. 6-9 p.m. T.Y. Park, 3300 N Park Road, Hollywood. Halloween themed. Costumes welcome. Ages 3 and up, $3.50 plus tax. Must RSVP. 954-357-8811 7-9:30 p.m. Quiet Waters Park, 401 S Powerline Road, Deerfield Beach. Ages 3 and up, $3.50 plus tax. Must RSVP. 954-357-5100 or broward.org

Kids Night At The Museum (Parent Night Out). Ages 5 to 12. Movie: Tangled, Rated PG. Games, movie, art activities and more. 6-11 p.m. Young At Art Museum, 751 SW 121st Ave., Davie. Members, $35; nonmembers, $40. 954-424-0085 or youngatartmuseum.org

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Movies on the Lawn. Bring chairs and blankets. 8 p.m. third Friday of every month. Pompano Beach Great Lawn, Atlantic Boulevard and Pompano Beach Boulevard, Pompano Beach. 954-786-4111

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5th Annual Shriek Week Kids’ Scary Film Festival. Films created by young filmmakers ages 6-17 will be played in the Willow Theatre during Shriek Week. Sugar Sand Park, 300 S Military Trail, Boca Raton. 561347-3900 or SugarSandPark.org/shriek-week-film-festival Evening On The Avenue. Music, food trucks, art, specialty vendors. 6-10 p.m. First and third Friday of the month. Lake Worth Cultural Plaza, 414 Lake Ave., Lake Worth. Free. lakeworth.org September - May Easy Costume Workshop. Ages 6 and up. Work on your costume or get ideas and materials for an easy, quick outfit. 10 a.m. Hagen Ranch Road Branch Library, 14350 Hagen Ranch Road, Delray Beach. RSVP. 561-894-7500 Halloween Make and Take. Ages 4-7. Make Halloween crafts. 3:30 p.m. West Boynton Branch Library, 9451 Jog Road, Boynton Beach. RSVP. 561-734-5556 Free Friday Concerts. Chemradery (Pop rock /Blueeyed soul). Lawn chairs welcome. Food trucks and cash bar. 7:30 p.m. The Pavilion at Old School Square, 51 N Swinton Ave., Delray Beach. Free. 561-243-7922, ext 1 or OldSchoolSquare.org

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Fun French Storytime with Ms Nancie. Ages 3-8. Listen to a story read in French and practice your vocabulary. 4 p.m. Coconut Grove Branch Library, 2875 McFarlane Road, Miami. Free. RSVP. 305-442-8695 It’s Halloween!.Spooky stories, music and Halloweenthemed games. 11 a.m. North Central Branch Library, 9590 NW 27th Ave., Miami. Free. RSVP. 305-693-4541

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ence. 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Broward College Tigertail Lake, 580 Gulf Stream Way, Dania Beach. $125. Register by phone or email. 954-924-4340 or lmorse@igfa.org Kids Fishing With The Pros. Ages 6-16. 1 adult for every 2 children is required. Closed shoes, sunglasses or other eye protection required. 10 a.m. Free. Bass Pro Shops, 200 Gulf Stream Way, Dania Beach. RSVP. 954929-7710 or basspro.com Survivor Island. Ages 8 and up. Learn basic survivor skills with naturalists and compete in some fun challenges. Includes “Taste of the Island” edibles. Closed-toe shoes required. 9 a.m.-Noon. Deerfield Island Park, 1720 Deerfield Island Park, Deerfield Beach. $8. RSVP. 954357-5100 or WebTrac.Broward.org Hallo-Green. Environmentally friendly activities, games, arts, crafts and more. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Anne Kolb Nature Center, 751 Sheridan St., Hollywood. $2 plus tax. 954-357-5161 or broward.org/parks

Scary Stories Creative Writing Workshop with Patty Gomez. Ages 7-11. 11 a.m. Northwest Regional Library, 3151 University Drive, Coral Springs. Free. RSVP. 954-357-7990

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Super Science Sundays. Ages 7-12. Noon-1 p.m. Secret Woods Nature Center, 2701 W State Road 84, Dania Beach. $5. RSVP. 954-357-8884,broward.org/parks Bonnet House Birding Class. For beginner to skilled bird watchers. 2-5 p.m. Bonnet House Museum & Gardens, 900 North Birch Road, Fort Lauderdale. $20$25. RSVP. 954-703-2606 or bonnethouse.org/calendar

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Emoji Pop Art. Ages 7 and up. Make emoji stickers and cut outs. 2 p.m. Lantana Road Branch Library, 4020 Lantana Road, Lake Worth. RSVP. 561-304-4500 Outdoor Marine Aquarium Feedings. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. 1:30 p.m. Gumbo Limbo, 1801 N Ocean Blvd Boca Raton. Free. 561-544-8615 or gumbolimbo.org

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STEM Home School Classes. Grades 3 to 5.

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5th Annual Shriek Week Kids’ Scary Film Festival. Films created by young filmmakers ages 6-17 will be played in the Willow Theatre during Shriek Week. Sugar Sand Park, 300 S Military Trail, Boca Raton. 561347-3900 or SugarSandPark.org/shriek-week-film-festival Name That Mummy. The kid who finds the answers to the secrets of the mummy will win the right to name it. 2:15 p.m. Gardens Branch Library, 11303 Campus Drive, Palm Beach Gardens. RSVP. 561-626-6133

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“pHantastic Chemistry.” Miami Children’s Museum, 980 MacArthur Causeway, Miami. $15 per person. 305-3735437 or mods.org/stem/stem.html Preschool Storytime. 10:30 a.m. Concord Branch Library, 3882 SW 112th Ave., Miami. Free. RSVP. 305207-1344

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National Substance Abuse Prevention Month Weekend Activities. Meet federal dogs and explore and take pictures with special response vehicles. Noon-4 p.m. Miami Children’s Museum, 980

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5th Annual Shriek Week Kids’ Scary Film Festival. Films are created by young filmmakers ages 6-17. Films will be played in the Willow Theatre during Shriek Week while patrons are waiting in the queue for the Haunted House. Sugar Sand Park, 300 S Military Trail, Boca Raton. 561-347-3900 or SugarSandPark.org/shriekweek-film-festival Nights at the Museum. “Spooky Science!” crafts, activities, entertainment, exhibits, planetarium shows,

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Howl-O-Ween Dog Costume Contest. Dress dogs for Halloween and enter the costume contest to win prizes. 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Tails & Trails Park 11645 NW 50th St, Doral. cityofdoral.com Celebrate the Day of the Dead. Ages 5-12. Stories and craft in honor of the Day of the Dead. 11 a.m. Key Biscayne Branch Library, 299 Crandon Blvd., Key Biscayne. Free. RSVP. 305-361-6134 Spooktacular Halloween Craft. Create a spooky Halloween mask. 2 p.m. Lemon City Branch Library, 430 NE 61st St., Miami. Free. RSVP. 305-757-0662 A Magical Halloween with Robert Hermens. Special Halloween-themed magic show. 1 p.m. Main Library, 101 W Flagler St., Miami. Free. RSVP. 305-3752665

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