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have been there with my first child, now a senior at TX A&M, and in a few years I will be there again with my daughter! The best way to care for your young adult who is off to college is to pray for them without ceasing.

Below is a daily prayer for you that may be helpful.

Lord, as he looks for a fresh start, remind him of your faithfulness every morning no matter where he calls home. As she looks for community, remind her you are always with her no matter where she may go. May he know the greatest adventures are found in your presence, the greatest love comes from your heart. When insecurity, comparison, disappointment and failure knock on her dorm room door, may she turn to you with her questions rather than run the other way. Weave your wisdom into the fibers of his soul, bearing the fruit of confidence, clarity, contentment and a light heart. May she not despise her body, rather may she learn to receive and respect her shape as a gift. May he not despise his weakness, rather may he see how weakness brings a daily reminder to trust. May they not fear failure, rather may they thrive in the midst of it. Help them to find true friends and be a true friend in turn. Help them find their voice and to use it to be an advocate for themselves and for others. Replace her shame with courage. Replace his confusion with peace. Replace her fear with a love that moves within her beyond her ability to understand. May your grace surprise them kindly. Amen. Excerpted from: www.emilypfreeman.com

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Don’t discount these early years as a primer for setting good scholastic habits and foundations for learning. Studies have found that high quality preschool programs can provide academic advantages into the high school years and even college. Advantages include more positive interactions with peers, greater expressiveness, and some programs have been found to foster language development.

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Dinner and a movie are great, but if you really want to keep the love alive, try something new. Research shows that couples who spend time together doing new and exciting activities are more satisfied with their relationships. Bring back the spark by simply doing something different - together. Hey, skip the babysitter and go on a date while your child is in school. If you know you have personal or sick days at work, use them, and go to your favorite restaurant for lunch and enjoy the lower lunch-time rates. Maybe head over to the local museum. It’ll be fun.

Mosquito and Zika Safety Tips If you are pregnant or thinking about having a baby, learn how to protect yourself from the Zika virus. • Take steps to avoid mosquito bites • Practice safe sex with your partner • Avoid traveling to areas known to have Zika • Talk to your health care provider before and after you travel Learn more at BeMosquitoFreeTC.com

GET A HOBBY If your only hobby is “raising kids”, you might want to dabble in a new one too. Studies show that having a hobby, specifically one that involves visual thinking, learning from doing, and art and music, may help you become more successful. Other studies show that hobbies are good for your brain as you age. Enjoyable leisure activities are associated with lower blood pressure, lower body mass, less depression and improved heart functions. And we just thought they were fun!

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Homework + Social Media The lure of social media is more than most kids can handle. And that lure results in extending the amount of time it takes to do homework. Every time your student stops studying to check on a post, he has to retrace work he has already done when he gets started again. Encourage him instead to put the phone away while he studies and see how quickly he finishes his assignments. Then he can enjoy his social media time uninterrupted as well. Getting to bed earlier would be a nice bonus too.


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Samantha, mom of 2 Q. Is it true that children going into PreK need to know their numbers and alphabet before enrolling? A. When you are looking for a school, keep in mind that every school is different, just like every child is different. My first thought is to say no, requiring children as young as yours to know their numbers and alphabet before starting school, is not what you will find at most schools. But in today’s day and age, there are almost as many different types of schools available as there are types of children! Look for a school that makes you feel good about what they will learn there, regardless of what they know coming in. Kim Bacon | Sloan School Office Manager

Mary Beth, mom of 4 teens Q. Is eating gluten free an effective weight loss plan? A. Gluten free is trending, however, experts in the field of nutrition caution on jumping on a bandwagon that has little evidence to support the weight loss part of a gluten free diet. Those with celiac disease or who have been diagnosed with gluten sensitivity are directed to a diet plan that eliminates all foods that contain gluten, and there are a plethora of foods that naturally do not contain gluten. Going “no gluten” would eliminate many foods that are good for you, especially good fiber sources. And research does show that a fiber-rich diet is linked to lower body weight!

Amy, mom of teenage boy Q. My teenager seems to be a multi-tasker. How can I help him to focus more on getting a task done and then moving on to the next one. A. Well you may have part of the answer in your question. Help him to realize that multi-tasking is less effective. Research actually suggests that multi-tasking can make learning less effective because switching from one activity to another is less efficient and he may make more errors. Have him become more efficient by setting a pre-determined amount of time to study, read, explore or create. One subject at a time. Additionally, if he is using his cell phone to google information on a subject, he may be setting himself up for major distractions, like an incoming text or Instagram post alert that he just has to like. Help him recognize this. His overall test scores will also be an indication for a homework change. Mary Ellen | Editor and Registered Dietitian editor@suburbanparent.com

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How can I tell if my child is shy or scared of other children? A. It’s important to pay attention to your child’s physical responses inside their body in these situations. Does your child exhibit a physiological change when around other children? Fear responses can create increased heartbeat, create rapid breathing, fight or flight responses, or a child can freeze up and become paralyzed with fear. A child who does not exhibit these physical changes may simply be shy and guarded around peers. A child may cling to their caregiver for emotional safety in these situations. With either the shy or frightened child, the caregiver’s role is to provide emotional support and safety for the child. Try doing a quick check in with your child. Statements like “I notice you like to be hidden or close to mom when around other children. I wonder if you feel shy or scared.” Sometimes naming the feeling can help create a better understanding for the child and parent. Robi Heath, M.Ed, LPC Registered Play Therapist


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Laugh Out Loud All on One Plate This will be an invaluable resource for mothers who have internalized societal messages of obligation and might not see the big picture. “When mothers routinely feel guilty, stressed out and overcommitted, it is likely that something in our culture is contributing to this,” Brown writes. “Yet many of the mothers I interviewed thought the problem was with them and that they were doing something wrong, or that it is easier for other mothers.” Relax, Brown says. It’s not just you. Solveig Brown Age: Moms

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Whispers of Wisdom for Single Moms This brand-new devotional provides practical encouragement for single moms in the trenches of life. A beautiful book of encouragement for an entire year! 365 Whispers of Wisdom for Single Moms is a spiritual boost for those who need it most. Written by those who have been there. Brief, easy-to-read meditations are ideal for time-starved single moms and feature encouraging scriptures and prayers. Barbor Publishing Ages: Moms

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How to Raise an Amazing Child the Montessori Way, 2nd Edition An updated edition which includes information about the neuroscience of child development! And sensitive periods (birth to six years) in which they are primed to learn. These opportunities don’t come twice. Packed with Montessori-based preschool activities and games that build confidence and independence through active learning. Tim Seldin Ages: Parents and Caregivers

Jimmy loves reading so much that he’s inspired to start his own book company—as marvelous and fun as Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory. It’s a big dream for a twelve-year-old boy— some would even say it’s laugh-out-loud ridiculous! But Jimmy’s doubters soon learn that he’s not the kind of kid who gives up easily. Jimmy’s story is entertaining and relatable in every way – what kid wouldn’t want to be their own boss and leave the grown-ups in the dust? James Patterson

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As I sit here, I can see you standing at the edge of our nest, peering down into the vast world that awaits you and my only thought is, “What if I pushed him?” That’s right. I said it. Pushed him. Oh, don’t look so surprised. Many mother birds with teenagers feel the same way. I’m just saying it out loud. Baby birds have a sense of entitlement like no other creature. You lay around the nest all day waiting for my return with today’s catch. When I am home, you snuggle under my warm wing while I face the pelting rain and wind. Do you realize how hard I work to bring home a well-balanced meal to a picky eater? We are not ducks, you know. People are not just throwing bread to us. Your father and I have to work for our food. All I hear are complaints. “Worms again? Why don’t you bring home any grasshoppers?” I’ll tell you why. The grasshoppers are harder to find. They hide in tall grasses. I’m not going in there. If something happened to me, you would have to fend for yourself. I know you think you are ready, but you are not. Have you even practiced flapping your wings on your own? When your scores at flying school were low, your father and I paid for you to have a private tutor. Yet you are still falling behind on your flying ability. Do you know what happens to birds that can’t fly? They crash into windows and get caught in garages. Do you remember what happened to the Robins? They built their nest in the Dogwood bush so their sons wouldn’t be too high off

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the ground for their first solo flight. The boys didn’t think they needed to practice and fell to the ground during their first attempt. I don’t even think they saw that Labrador coming. And flying is just a part of it. How do you plan to feed yourself? Mrs. Bluebird told me that her son Jay brought home some Japanese Beetles that were sitting on the leaves outside of their nest. Now that’s what I am talking about. He can’t fly yet, but he is still able to find something to eat. How is that possible? Ingenuity. It’s something you are lacking. You are too busy chirping to your friends across the park. Yeah, I hear you. Practicing that high pitched mating call and boasting about finding a big breasted chick. What woman in her right mind is going to want to lay her eggs in her motherin-law’s nest? No chick worth having, I’ll tell you. If you want to get the attention of the girls in the oak tree, you better start listening to what I am saying. Don’t get your feathers ruffled. We understand. We want you to leave this nest as much as you do. You are growing too big and eating us out of nest and tree. We love you, spend our time protecting you and teaching you everything we know. But now it is time for you to apply what you have learned. Find your own bugs, make your own home, stay away from the wrong side of the food chain and you will do fine. But please hurry up. Your father and I are headed to our nest in Florida this winter and there is only room for two. SP

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f your child is starting a new school this year, he may be concerned about finding his classroom, getting along with his teacher or making new friends. Academic pressure increases kids’ anxieties. As a parent, you can help your child confront and conquer newschool jitters. Here are 10 ways to help kids get comfortable.

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Find friends “Don’t make a kid go in cold,” says early childhood

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education specialist Maureen Taylor, Ed.D. “Spend your summer finding and introducing your child to students their age or younger who will attend the same school.” Even one familiar face can go a long way to increase kids’ confidence.

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Check yourself “Sometimes kids pick up on parents’ worries about sending the child to school,” says clinical psychologist

Lawrence Levy, Psy.D. Monitor your own anxiety and be vigilant of signals you send. Talking with the principal, teacher and other parents can calm your fears and prevent them from amplifying kids’ school-related stress.

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Visit the school Attend orientation or create your own self-guided tour. Walk around the buildings and grounds with your child. Give him a campus map if


one is available. If students must walk from one class to another between periods, practice the shortest route so your child knows he can get from gym to English class in the time allotted.

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Talk it up The stories kids tell themselves about their new-school transition have a major impact on their emotions. Count down the days until school begins with X’s on the calendar or using a paper chain in the new school colors. Create a sense of anticipation and excitement. Use optimistic words and phrases to give her story a positive tone.

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Meet the staff Head to campus before school starts to meet the principal, teachers and other personnel – including coaches, the nurse and the office staff – if possible. Many staff members go back to work several weeks before the first day of school.

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Be a player Pack a picnic lunch and go to the school playground just for fun. Spend unstructured time in your child’s soon-to-be stomping grounds. Familiarity with the outdoor environment and play equipment makes recess and lunch time less intimidating for school-age kids.

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Team up “Make your child a participant in back-to-school preparations, instead of doing things for him,” says Levy. Shop together for supplies, clothing and athletic gear. Let your child express his personal style and favorite hobbies with a special backpack or book covers. Kids gain a sense of control and independence when they assist with back-to-school prep.

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Stack the deck Work with your child to list appropriate get-to-know-you questions and personal facts she can use during early (and sometimes awkward) peer interactions. Favorite movies, hobbies, sports and magic tricks are interesting things to share with new friends. Knowing what to say eases fears about the social scene.

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Anticipate challenges. The level of difficulty, class schedule or homework load may be different at your child’s new school. Tune in to kids’ concerns. Help your child create a plan to keep track of assignments and complete work on time. Look for tutors in subjects that are most challenging for your child. An academic plan of attack can relieve the performance pressure your child may feel.

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Take a token Kids feel more secure when they have a comfort object tucked away in their book bag or locker. Let your child select a small token to take with him to school – it can be his secret worry-busting weapon. A tiny toy, a favorite piece of clothing, or a silly photo of the family dog can bring a smile to a nervous new student. New school transitions are harder for some students than others – you know your child’s temperament best. “Some kids breeze into a new classroom as if they did it every day,” says Taylor. “Others are anxious and withdrawn whether they are 5 years old or 11.” Offer extra reassurance and be patient while your student adjusts. Before long, she’ll be singing the school fight song and looking forward to the upcoming carnival. SP

Heidi Smith Luedtke is a personality psychologist, former educator and mom of two. She is the author of Detachment Parenting.

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1 | TUESDAY 20% Military Discount at Dave & Buster’s

10am-midnight. Show your valid military ID to get 20% off food & game play for you & up to 4 Guests (offers cannot be combined) Dave & Buster’s, 2525 Rio Grande Blvd, Euless 817-786-1600 www. daveandbusters.com

Disney’s 101 Dalmatians Kids

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Summer Art Camp at Sunshine Glaze

Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl’s Courage Changed Music

9am-12pm. Ages 8-12 yrs. Enjoy hiking, fishing, archery and more at Loyd Park. Loyd Park, 3401 Ragland Rd, Grand Prairie 972-237-4120 www. joe-pool-lake.org

10:30-11:45am. Ages 4-6 yrs. with adult. Special program for young children. Registration required. Kimbell Art Museum, 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth 817-332-8451 www. kimbellart.org

FEAT-NT Teen Asperger Social Night

6:30-8:30pm. Ages 13-17 yrs. Social night for teens with Aspergers. FEAT-NT Center, 7286 Glenview Dr, Richland Hills 817.919.2228 www.featnt.org

Texas Rangers vs. Seattle Mariners

7 pm. Visit the legendary Globe Life Park, 1000 Ballpark Way, Arlington www.texas. rangers.mlb.com

3 | THURSDAY Adventure Days at Joe Pool Lake

9am-12pm. Ages 8-12 yrs. Enjoy hiking, fishing, archery and more at Loyd Park. Loyd Park, 3401 Ragland Rd, Grand Prairie 972-237-4120 www. joe-pool-lake.org

Dallas Zoo Animal Adventures on the GeO-Deck

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7:30am-5:30pm. Full and half day camps thru Aug 11 for ages 4-12 with luaus, leis, gymnastics, obstacle courses, swim lessons, arts & crafts and tons of fun! 900 N. O’Connor, Irving 972-254-1914 www. irvinggymnastics.net.

10am & 12pm. With a highspirited score and lovable characters, this show is certain to charm and delight all audiences. Artisan Center Theater, 444 E. Pipeline Road, Hurst 817-284-1200 www. artisanct.com

Ages 5 & Up. Explore different art mediums with new projects each day. Call for times. $28 per child, per class. Reservations required. Sunshine Glaze, 405 N Carroll Ave, Southlake 817-424-1417 www.sunshineglaze.com

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Tween Wilderness Workshop

1pm-4pm. Ages 10-14 yrs. Fun, inspirational Wilderness Workshops this summer specifically designed for tweens. Bob Jones Nature Center, 355 Bob Jones Rd., Southlake 817-4916333 www.bjnc.org

4 | FRIDAY Early Birds

8am. Join a naturalist and search for the birds that spend the summer at the Nature Center. Preregistration required. Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge, 9601 Fossil Ridge Road, Fort Worth 817-3927410 www.fortworthtexas.gov

First Fridays at the Farm

Les Miserables School Edition

7:30pm. A beloved tale of forgiveness and repentance follows the life of an ex-convict hunted for decades after he breaks parole by a ruthless policeman. Artisan Center Theater, 444 E. Pipeline Road, Hurst 817284-1200 www.artisanct.com

Beehive - The 60’s Musical

8-10pm. A wild toe-tapping, head shakin’ musical tribute to the rockin’ women who made the music of the ‘60s so special. Jubilee Theatre, 506 Main Street, Fort Worth 817338-4411 www.dfwi.org

10am-12pm. Each month features a different theme and a participation fee of $3 per person is required. Nash Farm, 626 Ball St, Grapevine, Texas, 817-410-3185 www. grapevinetexasusa.com/ nash-farm

Sizzling Summer Music Series

6pm-9pm. Enjoy live music on the lawn at Viridian. Event is free and open to the public. Overlook Park at Viridian, 1210 Viridian Park Lane, Arlington 817-200-6543 www. ViridianDFW.com

Adult Canvas Class at Sunshine Glaze 7-9pm. Mature Teens & Adults. Learn to paint your own gorgeous succulent painting! $35 per person. Reservations required. Sunshine Glaze, 405 N Carroll Ave, Southlake 817-424-1417 www.sunshineglaze.com

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Ages 5 & Up. Explore different art mediums with new projects each day. Call for times. $28 per child, per class. Reservations required. Sunshine Glaze, 405 N Carroll Ave, Southlake 817-424-1417 www.sunshineglaze.com

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6th Annual Family Expo and Big Latch On

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9am-1pm. Celebrate World Breastfeeding Week at the 6th Annual Family Expo & Big Latch. This is a FREE, mostly indoor event and is open to the public. Fort Worth Botanic Garden, 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd., Fort Worth 817-871-7680 www.fwbg.org

River Adventures with Trinity River Audubon Center 9am-12pm. Explore the Great Trinity Forest with our expert kayak guides. Trinity River Audubon Center, 6500 Great Trinity Forest Way, Dallas 214-309-5814 www.trinityriver. audubon.org

Disney’s 101 Dalmatians Kids 10am & 12pm. With a highspirited score and lovable characters, this show is certain to charm and delight all audiences. Artisan Center Theater, 444 E. Pipeline Road, Hurst 817-284-1200 www. artisanct.com

Family Festivals - Musical Moderns: Family Weekend

10am-5pm. Drop by the education studios to groove with some lively tunes and create colorful mixed-media works inspired by modern artists who also loved music. Kimbell Art Museum, 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth 817-332-8451 www.kimbellart.org

Folk Songs of the Cowboy and Pioneer

10am. The cowboys and the pioneers spent a lot of slow moving time on the range making up folk songs and cowboy ballads. Join us to hear history. Log Cabin Village, 2100 Log Cabin Village Lane, Fort Worth 817-392-5881 www.logcabinvillage.org

Kids Fishing at Bass Pro

11am. Bass Pro supplies a fishing rod, reel, bobber and worms. All fishing is catch and release. Bass Pro Grapevine, 2501 Bass Pro Drive, Grapevine 972-724-2018 www.basspro.com

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10am. Celebrate everything gaming with tables of vendors, arcade cabinets, tournaments, video game panels and special guests from the world of gaming. Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas, 500 W. Las Colinas Blvd., Irving www. letsplaygamingexpo.com

Spiders on the Move

1-2:30pm. Discover the incredible diversity of the local spider community. Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge, 9601 Fossil Ridge Road, Fort Worth 817-392-7410 www. fortworthtexas.gov

Free Music Shows

2pm. There’s family fun and cowboy music when Cowtown Opry presents public Texas-western music shows. Fort Worth Stockyards Livestock Exchange Bldg, 131 E. Exchange Avenue, Ft Worth www.cowtownopry.org

7 | MONDAY Minecraft Engineering with LEGO® Materials

9am-12pm. Ages 5-12 yrs. Bring Minecraft to life using tens of thousands of LEGO® parts! Create your favorite Minecraft objects with the guidance of an experienced Play-Well instructor. Colleyville Rec Center, 2512 Glade Road, Colleyville 817-503-1180 www. colleyville.com

Middle School Choral Camp 1pm-5pm. Free of charge. Lunch and music packet provided. Bass Performance Hall, 525 Commerce St., Fort Worth 817-212-4200 www. basshall.com

8 | TUESDAY Adventure Days at Joe Pool Lake

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Public Tour of the Japanese Garden

Apprentices of Fiction

10-11am. Learn about the design of Japanese Gardens and receive an introduction to the horticulture and history found in the Fort Worth Japanese Garden. Fort Worth Botanic Garden, 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd., Fort Worth 817871-7680 www.fwbg.org

Summer Art Camp at Sunshine Glaze

Ages 5 & Up. Explore different art mediums with new projects each day. Call for times. $28 per child, per class. Reservations required. Sunshine Glaze, 405 N Carroll Ave, Southlake 817-424-1417 www.sunshineglaze.com

Battle Sabers

4:30-6pm. Teens and Tweens. Join us for a battle with padded sabers from everyone’s favorite sci-fi movies. Learn the basic spins, slashes, and parries. Come dressed in character for even more fun! Keller Public Library, 640 Johnson Road, Keller

9 | WEDNESDAY Adventure Days at Joe Pool Lake

9am-12pm. Ages 8-12 yrs. Enjoy hiking, fishing, archery and more at Loyd Park. Loyd Park, 3401 Ragland Rd, Grand Prairie 972-237-4120 www. joe-pool-lake.org

Little Naturalists

10:30am. Ages 3-5 yrs. Come learn about nature through exploration! Registration required. Elmer W. Oliver Nature Park, 1650 Matlock Road, Mansfield www. mansfieldtexas.gov

Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl’s Courage Changed Music

10:30-11:45am. Ages 4-6 yrs. with adult. Special program for young children. Registration required. Kimbell Art Museum, 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort

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5-6pm. For Teens. Love to read? Join the Apprentices of Fiction: a book club just for teens. We meet on the 2nd Wednesday of every month at 5pm. This month we will discuss The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness. Keller Public Library, 640 Johnson Road, Keller

10 | THURSDAY Adventure Days at Joe Pool Lake

9am-12pm. Ages 8-12 yrs. Enjoy hiking, fishing, archery and more at Loyd Park. Loyd Park, 3401 Ragland Rd, Grand Prairie 972-237-4120 www. joe-pool-lake.org

Dallas Zoo Animal Adventures on the GeO-Deck

11am. Plan a daytime visit for weekday activities including up-close animal encounters with the Dallas Zoo. Reunion Tower, 300 Reunion Blvd. E., Dallas 214-712-7040 www. reuniontower.com

Tween Wilderness Workshop

1pm-4pm. Ages 10-14 yrs. Fun, inspirational Wilderness Workshops this summer specifically designed for tweens. Bob Jones Nature Center, 355 Bob Jones Rd., Southlake 817-491-6333 www. bjnc.org

Night Hike Owl Prowl

8pm-10pm. Join the Trinity River Audubon Center for a night hike, owl prowl, and s’mores! Trinity River Audubon Center, 6500 Great Trinity Forest Way, Dallas 214-398-8722 www. trinityriver.audubon.org

11 | FRIDAY Baby Yoga

10:30am. Ages 0-2. This class will help promote a wonderful bond for parent and child, as they play and stretch together. Northeast Branch Library, 1905


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Me and My American Girl Doll Class

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4:30-6:30pm. Ages 5 & Up. Paint a flip flop box for yourself & make DIY sandals for your doll! Reservations required. Sunshine Glaze, 405 N Carroll Ave., Southlake 817-424-1417 www.sunshineglaze.com

Sizzling Summer Music Series

6pm-9pm. Enjoy live music on the lawn at Viridian. Event is free and open to the public. Overlook Park at Viridian, 1210 Viridian Park Lane, Arlington 817-200-6543 www. ViridianDFW.com

Food Truck Friday

11am-1pm. Food truck Fridays is a program of Arlington Parks & Recreation. Levitt Pavilion, 100 W. Abram St, Arlington 817-543-4308 www. levittpavilionarlington.org

12 | SATURDAY Zumba in Sundance Square

8am. Join us for a free morning class presented by the friendly instructors from the Amon G. Carter, Jr. Downtown YMCA. Sundance Square Plaza, 420 Main Street, Fort Worth 817-255-5700 www.dfwi.org

Keller Farmers Market

8am-12pm. Texas farmers, food vendors and artisans can be found at the open-air Texas seasonal market around the fountain in front of Keller Town Hall. 1100 Bear Creek Parkway, Keller www.facebook.com/ kellerfarmersmarket

Canoe Tour

9-11:30am. Ages 5 & Up with adult. Registration required. Join us in the water as we search for reptiles like alligators, turtles and snakes. All equipment is provided. Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge, 9601 Fossil Ridge Road, Fort Worth,17-392-7410 www.fortworthtexas.gov

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Disney’s 101 Dalmatians Kids 10am & 12pm. With a highspirited score and lovable characters, this show is certain to charm and delight all audiences. Artisan Center Theater, 444 E. Pipeline Road, Hurst 817-284-1200 www. artisanct.com

Nature Flow – Yoga

10am. Yoga classes in our classrooms with a forest view. Please bring your own mat and water bottle. All levels from beginner to advanced are welcome. River Legacy Living Science Center, 703 NW Green Oaks Blvd., Arlington 817-860-6752 www. riverlegacy.org

$1 Hot Dog Day at Traders Village

10am-5pm. Good food for a great price all with a live DJ and clowns under the Big Red Patio near the rides and family entertainment area. Traders Village, 2602 Mayfield Road, Grand Prairie 972-647-2331 www.tradersvillage.com

Kids Fishing at Bass Pro

11am. Bass Pro supplies a fishing rod, reel, bobber and worms. Catch and release. Bass Pro Grapevine, 2501 Bass Pro Drive, Grapevine 972-7242018 www.basspro.com

Family Handprints in Clay

11am-1pm. All ages. Sign up for a time slot to have your prints taken in clay to create a one of a kind clay bowl! $15 per handprint. Reservations required. Sunshine Glaze, 405 Carroll Ave, Southlake 817-4241417 www.sunshineglaze.com

Misunderstood Wildlife

1pm. Join us as we talk about some misunderstood wildlife. Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge, 9601 Fossil Ridge Road, Fort Worth 817-392-7410 www.fortworthtexas.gov

Kimbell Kids Drop-In Studio

1pm. Ages Up to 12 yrs. Each session features a brief gallery activity and a related studioart project. Space is limited; sign-up begins one hour prior


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timeout to the program. Piano Pavilion Education Studios Kimbell Art Museum, 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth 817-332-8451 www.kimbellart.org

13 | SUNDAY Open House at North Richland Hills Montessori

10am-2pm. 8725 North Tarrant Pkwy, North Richland Hills 817-281-9992 www. nrhmontessori.com. See ad in this issue.

Kayak Tour

9am-11:30am. Ages 14 yrs & Up with adult. All equipment is provided. Pre-registration required. Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge, 9601 Fossil Ridge Road, Fort Worth 817-392-7410 www. fortworthtexas.gov

Adoption Event - Meet & Greet

12-4pm. Come meet adorable dogs for adoption who are looking for their forever homes. PetSmart, 8100 Walton Blvd., Irving wwwpawsforirvinganimals.org

Beating the Trees and Bushes 1pm-2:30pm. Walk with us and inspect the trees and shrubs as we document the concealed species. Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge, 9601 Fossil Ridge Road, Fort Worth 817-392-7410 www. fortworthtexas.gov

Free Music Shows

2pm. There’s family fun and cowboy music when Cowtown Opry presents public Texas-western music shows. Ft Worth Stockyards Livestock Exchange Bldg, 131 E. Exchange Avenue, Ft Worth www.cowtownopry.org

14 | MONDAY Visit the Perot Museum

10am-6pm. Buy general admission online and save $2 per person! The Perot Museum is your all-in-one destination for family fun.

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Perot Museum of Nature & Science, 2201 N. Field St., Dallas 214-428-5555 www. perotmuseum.org

Spanish Storytime

11:30-12pm. Presented by Spanish Schoolhouse. Hola! Immerse your children and yourself in another language. Enjoy and learn Spanish through story time for children 18 months to 5 years of age, and their caregivers. Enjoy songs, crafts and cultural activities too. Keller Public Library, 640 Johnson Road Keller

15 | TUESDAY When the Earth Shakes

9am-5pm. Jump on the Quake Karaoke platform and match an earthquake seismogram! Build your structure, set it on a “beach”, and launch a wave in the 16-ft Tsunami Tank! Then replay the impact in slow-mo and improve your design. When the Earth Shakes! CR Smith Museum, 4601 Texas Hwy 360 at FAA Road, Fort Worth 817-967-1560 www. crsmithmuseum.org

Disney’s 101 Dalmatians Kids 10am & 12pm. With a highspirited score and lovable characters, this show is certain to charm and delight all audiences. Artisan Center Theater, 444 E. Pipeline Road, Hurst 817-284-1200 www. artisanct.com

Last Day to Register for Fall Classes at North Lake College

Classes begin Aug 21. Visit northlakecollege.edu for more information.

16 | WEDNESDAY 1/2 Price Games All Day Wednesday

10am-midnight. Get 1/2 Price Games* all day every Wednesday! Dave & Buster’s, 425 Curtis Mathes Way, Arlington 817-525-2501 www. daveandbusters.com


Little Naturalists

10:30am. Ages 3-5 yrs. Come learn about nature through exploration! Registration required. Elmer W. Oliver Nature Park, 1650 Matlock Road, Mansfield www. mansfieldtexas.gov

Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl’s Courage Changed Music

10:30-11:45am. Ages 4-6 yrs. with adult. Special program for young children. Registration required. Kimbell Art Museum, 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth 817-332-8451 www. kimbellart.org

North Texas Fair and Rodeo

1pm. The North Texas Fair and Rodeo (NTFR) is known throughout the Southwest as a leader in bringing the hottest country music talent to the North Texas area each August and offers professional and youth rodeos, livestock exhibitions, a premier midway and exciting exhibits. North Texas Fairgrounds, 2217 N. Carroll Blvd., Denton 940-3872632 www.ntfair.com

17 | THURSDAY Disney’s 101 Dalmatians Kids 10am & 12pm. With a high-spirited score and lovable characters, this show is certain to charm and delight all audiences. Artisan Center Theater, 444 E. Pipeline Road, Hurst 817284-1200 www.artisanct.com

Free Third Thursday at Trinity River Audubon Center

10am-6pm. Enjoy free admission during regular hours on the third Thursday of every month. Trinity River Audubon Center, 6500 Great Trinity Forest Way, Dallas www. trinityriver.audubon.org

Bilingual Story Time

10:30am. Ages 3-6 years old, both English and Spanish speakers with a caregiver. Books, songs, finger-plays and rhymes in both English

and Spanish. Mansfield Public Library, 104 S. Wisteria, Mansfield www.morelibrary.org

AnimeFest

12pm-7pm. A four-day convention for fans of anime, comics, music and related pop culture. Tickets start at $30 for early bird pricing. Sheraton Dallas Hotel, 400 N. Olive Street, Dallas 214-922-8000 www.animefest.org

18 | FRIDAY Baby Yoga

10:30am. Ages 0-2. This class will help promote a wonderful bond for parent and child, as they play and stretch together. Northeast Branch Library, 1905 Brown Blvd., Arlington www. morelibrary.org

Sizzling Summer Music Series

6pm-9pm. Enjoy live music on the lawn at Viridian. Event is free and open to the public. Overlook Park at Viridian, 1210 Viridian Park Lane, Arlington 817-200-6543 www. ViridianDFW.com

Highland Village Balloon Festival

5pm-10pm. Free. Runs thru Aug. 20th. The 30th Annual Highland Village Balloon Festival will feature fun for the whole family! Come out to Unity Park and enjoy the Kids Zone, Food, Live Music, a Car Show, Arts/Crafts booths, and of course the iconic Hot Air Balloons. There is no entry fee t the festival. ($5.00 donation is requested for parking). 2200 Briarhill Blvd., Highland Village. 972.3179073. See other times at www. lionsballoonfest.com

Late Nights at the DMA

6pm. Join us on the third Friday of each month, when the Museum is open until midnight. Each Late Night offers hundreds of experiences for visitors of all ages with performances, concerts, readings, film screenings, tours, talks, family programs, and more!

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North Texas Fair and Rodeo 6pm. The North Texas Fair and Rodeo (NTFR) is known throughout the Southwest as a leader in bringing the hottest country music talent to the North Texas area each August and offers professional and youth rodeos, livestock exhibitions, a premier midway and exciting exhibits. North Texas Fairgrounds, 2217 N. Carroll Blvd., Denton 940-387-2632 www.ntfair.com

19 | SATURDAY Zumba in Sundance Square

8am. Join us for a free morning class presented by the friendly instructors from the Amon G. Carter, Jr. Downtown YMCA. Sundance Square Plaza, 420 Main Street, Fort Worth 817-255-5700 www.dfwi.org

Artisan Market & Hatch Chile Roast

8am-1pm. Tastings from a variety of local brewers, wineries or malts. Come experience all things local and enjoy tasty boba tea from the bobaddiction Food Truck. Overlook Park at Viridian, 1210 Viridian Park Lane, Arlington 817-200-6543 www. ViridianDFW.com

Itty-Bitty Art: Creative Movement

9:30am. Bring your baby (up to 11 months) to the Amon Carter for an art-filled experience! Amon Carter Museum of American Art, 3501 Camp Bowie Blvd, Fort Worth 817-738-1933 www. cartermuseum.org

Folk Songs of the Cowboy and Pioneer 10am. The cowboys and the pioneers spent a lot of slow moving time on the range making up folk songs and cowboy ballads. Join us to hear history. Log

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Cabin Village, 2100 Log Cabin Village Lane, Fort Worth 817-392-5881 www. logcabinvillage.org

Disney’s 101 Dalmatians Kids 10am & 12pm. With a highspirited score and lovable characters, this show is certain to charm and delight all audiences. Artisan Center Theater, 444 E. Pipeline Road, Hurst 817-284-1200 www. artisanct.com

Walk Like MADD

10am. This is your chance to do something about drunk driving in our community. You can even be involved without attending the event by signing up as a virtual walker or making a donation to another walker or team. Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), 511 E John Carpenter Freeway, Suite 700, Irving 877-2756233 www.madd.org

Tea Ceremony in the Japanese Garden

11:30am. Take part in an authentic Japanese tea ceremony set in the Japanese Garden. For more information or to reserve a seat please call. Fort Worth Botanic Garden, 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd., Fort Worth 817-871-7680 www.fwbg.org

Reptile Rendezvous

1pm. Join the fun as we discuss these cold blooded creatures and cover how reptiles are beneficial to our habitats. Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge, 9601 Fossil Ridge Road, Fort Worth 817-392-7410 www. fortworthtexas.gov

20 | SUNDAY Comedy and Magic Show for All Ages

1pm. Two very talented magicians have you in awe no matter your age! With a combination of comedy and magic, the FUN doesn’t stop!!! Come early for lunch. Improv Addison, 4980 Belt Line Road #250, Dallas 972-404-8501 www.improvaddison.com


Tejano August Music Festival 1pm-5pm. This is an outdoor concert with live Tejano music featuring a lineup of popular bands. There will be DJ’s playing games with audience participation and prizes. Traders Village, 2602 Mayfield Road, Grand Prairie 972-6472331 www.tradersvillage.com

Free Music Shows

2pm. There’s family fun and cowboy music when Cowtown Opry presents public Texas-western music shows. Ft Worth Stockyards Livestock Exchange Bldg, 131 E. Exchange Avenue, Ft Worth www.cowtownopry.org

Highland Village Balloon Festival

6am-12pm. Free. The 30th Annual Highland Village Balloon Festival will feature fun for the whole family! Come out to Unity Park and enjoy the Kids Zone, Food, Live Music, a Car Show, Arts/ Crafts booths, and of course the iconic Hot Air Balloons. There is no entry fee t the festival. ($5.00 donation is requested for parking). 2200 Briarhill Blvd., Highland Village. 972.317-9073 www. lionsballoonfest.com

21 | MONDAY Solar Eclipse Watch Party at Frontiers of Flight Museum

10am-3pm. Join us at the Frontiers of Flight Museum for this rare occasion when the Sun, Moon, and Earth align to create a total solar eclipse across the United States! The Museum will provide the first 300 visitors a pair of “Eclipse Glasses” FREE with regular admission. Frontiers of Flight Museum, 6911 Lemmon Ave., Dallas 214-3503600 www.flightmuseum.com/ solar-eclipse-watch-party

22 | TUESDAY Visit the Perot Museum

10am-6pm. Buy general admission online and save $2 per person! The Perot

Museum is your all-in-one destination for family fun. Perot Museum of Nature & Science, 2201 N. Field St., Dallas 214-428-5555 www. perotmuseum.org

Power Hour™ Games at Dave & Busters

4:30pm-7pm. Power Hour™ is the only time of day you can play an entire hour of UNLIMITED video games for just $10! Dave & Buster’s, 425 Curtis Mathes Way, Arlington 817-525-2501 www. daveandbusters.com

Dora & Diego Let’s Explore!

On exhibit at Fort Worth Museum of Science and History all month. 1600 Gendy St, Fort Worth 817-255-9300 www.fortworthmuseum.org.

23 | WEDNESDAY Dollar Days at the Dallas Arboretum

9am-5pm. Admission is just $1, with $2 hotdogs, root beer floats, ice cream sundaes and pies. Dallas Arboretum, 8525 Garland Road, Dallas 214-5156615 www.dallasarboretum.org

1/2 Price Games All Day Wednesday

10am-midnight. Get 1/2 Price Games* all day every Wednesday! Dave & Buster’s, 425 Curtis Mathes Way, Arlington 817-525-2501 www. daveandbusters.com

Little Naturalists

10:30am. Ages 3-5 yrs. Come learn about nature through exploration! Registration required. Elmer W. Oliver Nature Park, 1650 Matlock Rd, Mansfield www.mansfieldtexas.gov

24 | THURSDAY QuakeCon 2017

10am. Runs through Sunday. Often described as the “Woodstock of Gaming,” QuakeCon is a four-day, nonstop celebration of games and the people who play them. Free to attend and open to

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Bilingual Story Time

10:30am. Ages 3-6 years old, both English and Spanish speakers with a caregiver. Books, songs, finger-plays and rhymes in both English and Spanish. Mansfield Public Library, 104 S. Wisteria, Mansfield www.morelibrary.org

U.S. Citizenship Preparation Class

4-5pm. Interested in learning how to prepare for U.S. Citizenship? Join us on Thursday’s at the library for free help. Register by calling 817-743-4840 or email library@cityofkeller.com

25 | FRIDAY Baby Yoga

10:30am. Ages 0-2. This class will help promote a wonderful bond for parent and child, as they play and stretch together. Northeast Branch Library, 1905 Brown Blvd., Arlington www. morelibrary.org

The Park at The REC

At Dusk. Free event. All Ages. The third annual Fourth Friday Film series. Simply bring lawn chairs, blankets and your family to enjoy the movie HOOK, 1175 Municipal Way, Grapevine, www.playgrapevine.com

Parent’s Night Out at Sunshine Glaze

5:30-8:30pm. Ages 5 & Up. Bring the kids to create with us. Reservations required. Sunshine Glaze, 405 N Carroll Ave., Southlake 817-424-1417 www.sunshineglaze.com

Sister Act

7:30pm. A feel-good musical comedy based on a hit 1992 film. Artisan Center Theater, 444 E. Pipeline Rd, Hurst 817-284-1200 www.artisanct.com

26 | SATURDAY Zumba in Sundance Square 8am. Join us for a free morning class presented by the friendly instructors

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from the Amon G. Carter, Jr. Downtown YMCA. Sundance Square Plaza, 420 Main Street, Fort Worth 817-255-5700 www.dfwi.org

Keller Farmers Market

8am-12pm. Texas farmers, food vendors and artisans can be found at the open-air Texas seasonal market around the fountain in front of Keller Town Hall. 1100 Bear Creek Parkway, Keller www.facebook.com/ kellerfarmersmarket

QuakeCon 2017

10am. A four-day, non-stop celebration of games and the people who play them. Free to attend.Gaylord Texan, 1501 Gaylord Trail, Grapevine 817778-1000 www.quakecon.org

Back to School Showcase

11am-2pm. Visit with local businesses and organizations to learn about sports, theater, and academic program offered in the area. Flower Mound Public Library, 3030 Broadmoor Lane, Flower Mound www.fmlibrary.net

Kids Fishing at Bass Pro

11am. Bass Pro supplies a fishing rod, reel, bobber and worms. All fishing is catch and release. Bass Pro Grapevine, 2501 Bass Pro Dr, Grapevine 972-7242018 www.basspro.com

27 | SUNDAY QuakeCon 2017

10am. Free. Gaylord Texan, 1501 Gaylord Trail, Grapevine 817778-1000 www.quakecon.org

Free Music Shows

2pm. There’s family fun and cowboy music when Cowtown Opry presents public Texas-western music shows. Ft Worth Stockyards Livestock Exchange Bldg, 131 E. Exchange Ave, Ft Worth www. cowtownopry.org

28 | MONDAY Spanish Story Time

11:30am. Ages 18mos-5yrs. Immerse your children


and yourself in another language! Enjoy stories, songs, crafts, and cultural activities Keller Public Library, 640 Johnson Rd, Keller www. cityofkeller.com

Chess Club

4-5pm. For elementary ages and up. Visit Hurst Public Library, 901 Precinct Line Road, Hurst.

29 | TUESDAY Power Hour™ Games at Dave & Busters

4:30pm-7pm. Power Hour™ is the only time of day you can play an entire hour of UNLIMITED video games for just $10! Dave & Buster’s, 425 Curtis Mathes Way, Arlington 817-525-2501 www. daveandbusters.com

30 | WEDNESDAY Little Naturalists

10:30am. Ages 3-5 yrs. Come learn about nature through exploration! Registration required. Elmer W. Oliver Nature Park, 1650 Matlock Road, Mansfield www. mansfieldtexas.gov

Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl’s Courage Changed Music

10:30-11:45am. Ages 4-6 yrs. with adult. Special program for young children. Registration required. Kimbell Art Museum, 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth 817-332-8451 www. kimbellart.org

Film Feast at the Modern

6pm. Join us as we celebrate film and food. Come savor amazing cinema and celebrate summer’s bounty with us. Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell St., Fort Worth 817-735-1161 www. themodern.org

Ladies Night at Sunshine Glaze

6-9pm. Ladies enjoy 15% off ceramic painting, mosaics, canvas painting, clay, & glass fusion (excludes readymade items). BYOB. Sunshine Glaze, 405 N Carroll Ave, Southlake 817-424-1417 www. sunshineglaze.com

Salsa & Salsa

6-8pm. Begin with free salsa lessons! Bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy an outdoor concert featuring the Salsa band Havana NRG at 7pm. Don’t forget to grab your free jar of Mrs. Renfro’s salsa and a glass of aqua fresca – FREE! Heritage Village Plaza, 841 W. Pipeline Road, Hurst.

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Open Auditions for The Nutcracker

10am-12:15pm. Ages 5 & up. Call for schedule. Performance dates 11/30-12/3. $10/dancer. North Central Ballet, 12077 Katy Rd, Ste 713, Keller 817-4288232 www.northcentralballet. com. See ad in this issue.

SEPTEMBER 29 State Fair of Texas Opens!

31 | THURSDAY Bilingual Story Time

10:30am. Ages 3-6 years old, both English and Spanish speakers with a caregiver. Books, songs, finger-plays and rhymes in both English and Spanish. Mansfield Public Library, 104 S. Wisteria, Mansfield www.morelibrary.org

Plan your trip at www.bigtex. com. Fair Park, Dallas. See ad in this issue.

OCTOBER 10 Grapevine Faith Christian School Open House

7pm. Pre-K – 12th Grade. 729 E. Dallas Rd, Grapevine, 817-4421605 www.grapevinefaith.com. See ad in this issue.

Please note: Although we strive to bring you the most current information available regarding event dates & times, confirming with the event venue before going is always a good idea.

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5 Ways to Stay Safe While Jogging Don’t be victim! Keep these five tips in mind. BY STEVE KARDIAN 1. KNOW YOUR ROUTE. Being familiar with your route will help you identify abnormalities or deviations in what should be expected. Every environment, and every person, has what is known as a baseline of what is normal noise and behavior. Note any changes, such as a car repeatedly driving by or an unknown person or a hazard along your route. Stay alert and don’t be taken by surprise when there is a change. 2. PAY ATTENTION TO YOUR SURROUNDINGS. In order to identify potential danger or a hazard, you need to monitor your surroundings. It’s another way of saying keep your guard up, but it’s not about being hyper vigilant or paranoid. Think of it like a low-level hum of mental activity, like when you look both ways before crossing the street. As you jog, don’t zone out and get lost in thought. Scan your surroundings, and be aware of who and what is around you, including behind you. 3. LISTEN TO YOUR INTUITION. Intuition is knowing something without knowing why. If you get an uneasy feeling about someone or something, heed that internal warning. 80% of your brain is dedicated to the subconscious and you are constantly receiving input that could alert you to a danger. Do a tactical pause and ask yourself, how does my body feel? An intuitive feeling could reveal itself by an uneasy sensation in your gut or the hair on the back of your neck standing up or a lump in your throat.  4. DON’T GIVE AWAY YOUR AUDITORY POWER. If you wear earbuds, you will not be able to take in sounds that may identify a danger or hazardous situation. The brain processes

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sound much faster than the eyes, as much as 20 to 100 times faster. Listen for noise behind you, and don’t text or chat on the phone while running. If you must wear earbuds, I suggest that you use only one ear bud to give you a slightly better advantage. 5. SELF-DEFENSE DEVICE. I highly recommend the Tigerlight D.A.D. It has police grade pepper spray, a flashlight and a GPS alert system that activates when you deploy the pepper spray. It will alert your contact list that you are in danger and give them your GPS location. Most importantly, it wraps around your hand. Your body has an autonomic reaction when you are surprised, and your hands will automatically open. The Tigerlight D.A.D will remain in your hand. This device is also durable enough to be used as a bludgeon. Use commonsense and be aware of your surroundings when you run, especially if in isolated areas. Don’t let yourself be surprised by blasting music in your earbuds and missing cues from your environment. If you do notice something unexpected, stay alert and monitor whatever caught your eye. Trust your intuition and if something doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t. Consider running with the Tigerlight D.A.D. so you are never completely isolated and your contact list will be aware if something happens to you. Practice safe habits for healthy and secure runs. SP Steve Kardian has spent more than thirty years as a career law enforcement officer. He is a certified New York State/FBI defensive tactics instructor and an expert on the criminal mind. Kardian is the author of The New Superpower for Women.


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funstuff

banana sushi Coolest after school snack ever! Moms, keep in mind little surprises make for a happy kid.

Not a nut fan? See more recipes like this on our Pinterest Page.

We found this on #FITFOODIEFINDS on Pinterest! See more fun snack ideas at #suburbanparent.

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What you need... - 1 medium banana - 1 tablespoon nut butter (any kind will work!) - Optional toppings: chopped nuts, chia seeds, shredded coconut

Nutritional Facts Calories: 202 Fat: 8g Carbohydrates: 32

What you do... - Peel banana and then spread on 1 tablespoon of nut butter. - Sprinkle on optional toppings and press them lightly into the nut butter to ensure they will stick. - Using a sharp knife, evenly slice banana into “sushi” pieces. - Enjoy right away or transfer onto a baking sheet and freeze for later!

Sugar: 17g Fiber: 5g Protein: 4g

You kidding me? words of wisdom

The difference between TRY and TRIUMPH, is A LITTLE UMPH! ­— Unknown

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SCHOOL AHEAD

GO SLOW

Why are you late for class, Johnny? Because a sign on the road-side said “School Ahead, Go Slow.”

What food do math teachers eat? Square meals!


wholesomeending lunch box bug

what’s for lunch? Packing a healthy whole food lunch is important, Research shows how our children’s attention span, concentration and memory are all impacted by the daily nutrition they receive. All it takes is a little preparation and a weekly plan. Get your grade school kids involved with the meal planning, lunchbox purchase and don’t forget to send them off with a cute and funny note from you!

My son brought a triple decker PB&J nearly daily when he was in high school. It can’t get easier than that! — Mary Ellen, Editor and Registered Dietitian

Also known as food poisoning! At home, make sure your kid’s lunchbox is well cleaned. Wash your hands before preparing lunches on your clean counter surface. Along with the lunch, pack your kid’s lunchbox with moist towelettes so they can have clean hands before eating. Invest in an insulated lunch box or double-up paper bags. Keep it simple with a supply of shelf-stable foods such as crackers, fresh fruits, packaged puddings and canned fruits. Include a high quality cold pack in the lunch box when sending perishable foods for lunch, such as hard-boiled eggs, milk, yogurt, cheese or a sandwich with meat, chicken, turkey or tuna.

tip nutrition label While it may be tempting to choose foods based on marketing phrases such as “all natural” on the label, it’s far more important to pay attention to what’s really inside. Knowing the percent daily values, calorie counts and serving sizes will help you make the best food selections for yourself and your family.

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