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Beyond Books 20 THINGS WE LOVE ABOUT THE LIBRARY

TEACH YOUR KIDS TO

“WALK THIS WAY”

USE YOUR WORDS! ENCOURAGE EXPRESSIVENESS IN YOUR KIDS VOCABULARY

SEE OUR BOOKSHELF DO YOU HAVE A “FLIBBERTIGIBBET?


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Mary Ellen Caldwell, RD, LD, CLT editor@suburbanparent.com

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ell it’s Back to School season already. And I still have an at-home office over-run with my daughter’s school stuff from her freshman year. As a parent, I can tell you that my kids have both enjoyed their away time this summer. My daughter went to camp and was mentored by loving young women and men, who shared their faith with her and gave glory to God for everything, including the mud on the ground and the hot Texas air. She has been going to the same camp with the same friend since 3rd grade. She had a blast and always comes home filled with the love of God and an awareness that I can’t describe. She seems older and dare I say, wiser. My son had multiple events, including several friends’ weddings (yes, 20-somethings!) He also spent 6-weeks in sunny Florida at Ave Maria University learning about the missionary work he will be doing for FOCUS on campus for his senior year at TX A&M, and two years following, at another university, that we don’t know yet. My husband and I would find ourselves sitting close in front of his laptop to search the hundreds of photos posted from camp leaders looking for our girl. (She’s a red-head, so easily found!) Each picture of her reassured us that she was safe and having fun. But with that, these photos also told us another story. Mostly, that she is growing up. Then we would wait for the nightly posting or images sent to us as updates from our son. He too is now a mature 21 year old and an amazing young man that we are so proud of. My husband and I are not living vicariously through our children (we did enjoy our time alone too), we are living along-side them, even when they are away, and we always will be. Reflecting on the amount of love we feel for our children, and how we can become overwhelmed and filled with great joy, by simply looking at a photo or reading an evening post, I am reminded that our love for our children is but a mere reflection of God’s love for us. Hmm, I wonder if God is noticing I am getting older and maybe wiser. Parenting is a privilege bestowed on us and comes with rewards. Mine came in a large trunk filled with sweaty clothes, and a payment due request from our credit card! I couldn’t feel more blessed.

We love because he first loved us.

1 John 4:19

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Now that school is back in session... We need to watch out for the kids walking to and from school or the bus stop. At the same time, they need to be watching out for us! Hopefully there’s a sidewalk, but if there’s not, remind your student to walk on the edge of the left side of the road. That way they can clearly see cars coming toward them. Be safe out there everyone!

FAMILY + COOKING Cooking together is a great family activity. When cooking with our children, we can teach them how to choose healthy foods and make them taste good. Cooking also teaches patience, responsibility, gratitude, independence and teamwork. Not to mention a little reading, math and science too. Cooking together is also a wonderful way to bond while passing down family traditions. What’s on the menu tonight?

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We always thought so, but now we know for sure. Smiles are contagious. Research explains that our brains actually make us mimic all facial expressions when we see them in order to understand what others are feeling. Then we’re able to respond to each other appropriately. It’s an instinctive form of communication. So even if we’re not particularly happy, seeing a smile will make us smile. And smiling makes us feel happy. Kinda cool, huh?

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Think it’s too late to start running? Think again. New research shows that while elite runners peak at 35, average or late blooming runners won’t peak until 50. Basically, we have more gas left in our tanks, if you will. So, even if our physical peak has passed, there’s still plenty in there to push ourselves later in life. We do have to be smart about our training though. And take recovery time seriously. Try a running app for beginners and see what happens.

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By now you’ve heard about the benefits of keeping a gratitude journal – like better sleep, lowered stress, more happiness, even less illness. But what’s so important about writing our thoughts down instead of just thinking them? Gratitude expert and psychology professor, Robert Emmons, explains that writing things down makes us more aware of them and deepens their emotional impact. He also says not to hurry when journaling, but to “relish” the depth of your gratitude. You can journal anywhere, anytime, on anything. You don’t have to get fancy. And of course, there are apps for that.

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Carmen, mom of toddler Q. How does a Montessori education benefit younger children? A. Montessori education is based on a deep understanding of young children’s development and is a program that meets the specific needs of that development. This means that everything that happens in a Montessori classroom has a purpose and supports the development of executive functioning skills, independence, concentration, self-control, respect for others, and compassion and empathy. As well, the learning materials allow children to explore and discover key concepts in their world – whether it is in science and nature, language, math or their place in the culture of their community – the children are exposed to key academic concepts in a way that matches their development. A Montessori child discovers they have the ability to learn whatever they want to know, and have the tools to accomplish it. Peggy Larson | Director of Early Childhood Programs | Alcuin School

Anita, mom of 2 littles Q. What is the benefit of Heart Rate Inverval Training? A. The benefit of heart rate based high intensity interval training is the scientifically backed strategy for improving your health, building lean muscle, burning fat, and increasing your endurance. Since your workout is based on your own heart rate, most are able to stay within their limits of a safe workout and will continue to see improvements as their body continually becomes more conditioned. This way a high performing athlete can work alongside someone who is just getting started on their fitness journey, and still get the same benefits of the workout. Hilary Vitale | Marketing Manager | Orangetheory Fitness North Texas

Maddie, mom of 2 Q. How do I keep a good relationship with my daughter during the teen-years? A. I remember reading about The Mother Daughter Project. It showed that girls really do long for a good relationship with their mothers, especially for the love and support mothers provide. It showed that as teens grow up through adolescence, they look beyond their immediate families to discover who they are and how the world works. That’s why it’s best for mothers to forge close relationships with teen daughters in conjunction with other mothers and girls who value the same thing. Make time to do things together with other Moms with daughters. Your thirteenyear-old might not go to the movies with just you, but she’ll go with a friend, her friend’s mother and you. Plus, teen girls need other adults who can give them a positive vision of themselves and their future and who can open doors for our daughters that we can’t. Mary Ellen | Editor

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Someday, Someday, Maybe. He’s Not Lazy Capable teenage boys often seem lazy. Impervious to academic pressure and only making time for video games, Facebook, and friends. An attitude that can be frustrating to parents and teachers. But, Dr. Price, a clinical psychologist, has a different approach. With this book, parents can learn how to avoid power struggles and empower their son to believe in himself. Adam Price, PhD Ages: Parents

The School Year Survival Cookbook

Big Words for Little Geniuses

A wonderful book that addresses every major food dilemma parents face during the school year. Road tested and guaranteed to work effective strategies to keep your family on track; even during the most hectic weeks. Hey, you can become a “lunch ninja” that packs lunches that will not go un-eaten.

A fun book to read with your little “moppet” to learn impressively big words from A-Z. But don’t be surprised if they actually become a “flibbertigibbet” and whoo you and everyone else with conversation. Susan and James Patterson Ages: Read aloud with littles

Laura Keogh and Ceri Marsh Ages: Parents and kids

A charming novel penned by Lauren Graham, that you may know as the beloved star of Gilmore Girls and Parenthood. Graham’s witty, charming, and hilariously relatable novel about a struggling young actress trying to get ahead―and keep it together― in New York City, will become your favorite read – and your friends will want you to share it when done! This book is like a cozy night in, catching up with your best friend, laughing and swapping stories, and—of course—talking as fast as you can. Lauren Graham

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Use Your Words! Encouraging Expressiveness in Children

BY KATHRYN STREETER

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scuffle erupted in the adjoining room between the two cousins. The next moment, the sweaty girls, bedecked in matching Disney princess nightgowns, burst into the room to tell the adults what was happening. My toddler wanted to be the explainer: “Maddy was pulling my hair. I was pulling Maddy’s dress. I was so frustrated!” Though her tantrum didn’t make me happy, her ability to choose her words did.  I found her word choice reassuring because as a 30-something mom, I was concerned about how to nudge my verbal firstborn toward accurate, expressive language. She was quick, parroting every word dropped around her, enabling her tendency to sass back. Abandoning all the parenting books and research which effectively contradicted each other, I went the way of the simple, banning dumb, hate and boring. I believed that these particular throw-away words she randomly deployed masked what was going on inside. True feelings required a meatier vocabulary and I hoped banning these overworked words would help nurture robust language. A few years into my experiment, she first heard the “f-word” on the playground after kindergarten. On our drive home, instead of talking about the monkey bars she’d mastered or what happened in the lunchroom, my daughter wanted to discuss this new word. Like a piece of candy, she wanted to

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taste it and have more. This experience confirmed my belief that trying to protect kids from bad language—whether of the tsk-tsk-tsk-kids-shouldn’t-say-thesewords garden variety or raw sewage adult variety—is a misguided approach. I wouldn’t always be there to clap my hands over her ears and protect her from hurtful, ugly words thoughtlessly spewing around her. Words are untamed beasts and the world is a jungle full of them, stalking the elementary schoolyard as much as anywhere. I was glad I’d pursued a different path years before. I thought it to be better to help my chatterbox daughter learn what to say, not simply what not to say. “Mom! I hate sunscreen!” Well, I hated this sloppiness. I wanted to force her to use her words to precisely identify emotion and speak more accurately about her experience. So I ask her to slow down. “Use your words. Why don’t you like sunscreen?” What she really meant was that the slimy feel of sunscreen is yucky. Perfect. My concerns for my child are long-term. Indiscriminately blurting out words will blunt her ability to be emotionally in tune with herself. Precisely identifying her emotions would promote stronger decisions and build healthier relationships. Understanding her weaknesses and strengths would aid her to unapologetically play up her strengths. In short, I desired her emotional IQ to be as strong as her brain. The word boring repulses me in a

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different way. I don’t think anyone should be bored. There are certainly tasks that are boring to execute, but sitting around feeling bored? No way. Teaching my child that “being bored” was utter-nonsense, an agenda item I couldn’t let go of, putting me on the hot seat more than the other words. When she would mumble the b word, I’d produce picture books for reading, notebooks, colored pencils and crayons from my big mom bag. Eventually, she’d lose herself designing mazes or drawing curvy women in fashionable gowns. Or maybe one of her beloved stuffed animals would emerge “talking” out of my pocket in the middle of Trader Joe’s when a meltdown was imminent. I played the role of magician in the short-term. In time, I reconsidered and made adjustments, gradually phasing myself out as entertainer. I left her to figure it out. Not helping her cope with feelings of boredom would ultimately help her learn resourcefulness, one of life’s most valuable lessons.  As a parent, I often feel bogged down by having to enforce all the rules I set up. With my early decision to ban just three words, I felt a weird sense of relief, that this was something I could enforce. In return, it was encouraging to watch my child respond.  Three words were doable for both of us. SP  

This essay was originally published by ParentMap 


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beyond the books

BY PAM MOLNAR

The library is a free resource found in many communities. While you may associate the library with hardcover and paperback books, library patrons know their local library has so much more to offer. If it has been awhile since you have been to the library, stop in today and get the full experience.

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EBOOKS Many readers have chosen their ereaders over a

paper book. To save money, check out the local library ebook catalog (which you can do online). OverDrive is used by libraries around the globe and offers 2.6 million titles available for check out for free.

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AUDIO BOOKS Audio books are also available through OverDrive or as CD sets to be checked out. Children’s versions at the library usually come with a matching paper book as a great reading aid.

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MUSIC Library collections include a large variety of music on CDs. Emusic is also available through apps like Freegal or Hoopla. It’s a great way to extend you own music library.

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VIDEOS Watch the latest release or binge watch TV shows

you have missed. Videos are available for all ages and genres. Check free DVDs or Blu Rays or watch them via online access through free apps like Hoopla.

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STORY TIME Most libraries offer story time in their children’s section. Kids can listen to the story while you browse

the adult section or parents can sit in, too. Often times, the library arranges a craft to go along with the story.

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library. Some clubs for adults found at your local library may include knitting club, scrabble club, English as second language conversation groups and book clubs for a variety of genres and meeting times.

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SPEAKERS Your local library may schedule speakers to come in and talk about many subjects, like super couponers, historians, tax advisors and small business consultants.

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COMPUTERS Not only do libraries offer free Wi-Fi for your

own devices, they also have computers and printers that you can use onsite. Libraries do charge a small fee per sheet for printing so bring along some pocket change.

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OTHER MEDIA Your local library might also have scanners, fax machines, equipment to convert VHS to DVD, 3-D scanners and printers. Check with the library about any fees associated with use or to reserve space during busy times.

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CLUBS There are several clubs that meet through the

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CLASSES Need to brush up on your computer skills?

Check with your local library for free seminars and classes on Microsoft Office, analog converting software or graphics software. While it is not enough to make you an expert, it will help you to get your feet wet.

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GENEALOGY AND LOCAL HISTORY You can research various historical databases, newspapers, archives, military records and more. Libraries often carry memberships to websites like Ancestry.com, Fold 3 or Heritage Quest.

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ONLINE RESOURCES. Online memberships at the

library are not limited to history. Ask your librarian about databases for business, legal, career assistance, medical, investments or to learn a language through Rosetta Stone.

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INTERLIBRARY LOANS If you can’t find it at your library, you can borrow it from another library through interlibrary loans. You can request books, DVDs, CDs, magazines or journals on microfilm. It’s a great resource for research not available online.

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BUSINESS SERVICES Libraries offer services to help you locate a job, freshen up your resume, brush up on your computer, speaking or writing skills. They can even help you to start your own business.

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SCHOOL BOOKS When your child forgets his book at school and the online book is having a glitch, contact your local library to see if they have a copy in their reference section. Some libraries may carry your school district’s books for 1st- 12th grade on a variety of subjects.

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A PLACE FOR THE TEENS Libraries are one of the

many places competing for teen’s attention. Libraries offer designated space for socializing, homework assistance, teen book clubs, writing contests, movie nights, teen clubs like Anime, ACT/SAT prep and video game loans.

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HOMESCHOOL SOURCES With more than 1.7 million homeschooled kids in the U.S. alone, libraries have stepped up to meet their needs. Ask your local library about library events for homeschoolers like daytime speakers, workshops, writing classes, book clubs or exhibits.

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PROGRAMS JUST FOR KIDS In addition to story time, libraries offer crafts, author celebrations like Dr. Seuss’ birthday, puppet shows and more. Kids also have a designated space with lower shelves and comfy spaces to sit. Computer games in the children’s section offer help with grammar, spelling, and math or just for fun.

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BOOK AND DVD SALES Friends of the Library sales allow libraries to cull their collection of multiple copies or slow moving materials. Prices are usually 25 cents to a dollar and go to purchase new books and media.

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WORK SPACES People often come to the library to

get away from the distractions of a home office, work with a tutor or work on group projects. Private rooms are available for small groups or larger community meetings. SP Pam Molnar is a freelance writer, mother of three and frequent visitor to the library.

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timeout community calendar | september 2017

1 | FRIDAY Arabian Show

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8am. The Arabian show is a series of different classes wherein a group of horses will compete against each other for prizes. Fair Park Coliseum, 1438 Coliseum Drive, Dallas www.fairpark.org

American Miniature Horse Association - World Championship Show

8am. See all the things that these versatile horses can do. Will Rogers Memorial Center Coliseum, 3401 West Lancaster Avenue, Fort Worth www.fortworth.com

Storytime with Sunshine at Sunshine Glaze

10:30am-12pm. Ages 3-5 years. This class combines the love of reading with art education. $25 per child. Reservations required. Sunshine Glaze, 405 N Carroll Ave, Southlake 817-424-1417 www.sunshineglaze.com

Bedford Blues & BBQ

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2pm-10pm. This year’s event features fun, food, and

fountain in front of Keller Town Hall. 1100 Bear Creek Parkway, Keller www.facebook.com/ kellerfarmersmarket

Friday Firework at Globe Life Park

9am. Open early for a semiprivate event for children who have special needs and their families. For more details, please check the calendar for your closest location at www. gotjump.com

7:05pm. Fireworks shows follow Texas Rangers’ Friday home games this season. Globe Life Park in Arlington, 1000 Ballpark Way, Arlington 817-273-5222 www.mlb.com/ rangers

Lakeside Music Series

7:30pm. Enjoy the music, restaurants, shops, and street life of Lakeside DFW. The Shops at Lakeside DFW, 2314 Lakeside Parkway, Flower Mound 469-533-4131 www. lakesidedfw.com

2 | SATURDAY Keller Farmers Market

8am-12pm. Texas farmers, food vendors and artisans can be found at the open-air Texas seasonal market around the

First Saturday - Special Needs Playtime at JumpStreet

AdvoCare Classic: Michigan vs. Florida

10am. Pregame festivities Access to the AdvoCare Classic Fan Fest is included with your AdvoCare Classic game ticket. AT&T Stadium, 1 AT&T Way, Arlington 817892-4000 www.stadium. dallascowboys.com

Arlington HodgePodge Market & LulaRoe Expo

10am-5pm. Shop a variety of vendors and lots of LulaRoe. Knights of Columbus, 2625 S.Cooper St., Arlington, 817-659-9249 www. ggaproductions.org

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performances by Buddy Guy, Delbert McClinton, Marcia Ball, Ronnie Earl and many more! Bedford Blues & BBQ Festival, 1951 L Don Dodson Dr., Bedford 817-952-2128 www. bedfordbluesfest.com

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Traders Village COMICON

10am-4pm. Special guest artists and The Ninja Turtles will also be appearing on Saturday and Sunday afternoon during COMICON. Traders Village, 360 & Mayfield, Grand Prairie 972647-2331 www.tradersvillage. com

Family Handprints in Clay at Sunshine Glaze 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 N Carroll Ave, Southlake 817-424-1417 www.sunshineglaze.com

Taste of Arlington

2pm-7pm. Our delicious endeavor unites restaurants, specialty beverages, gourmet food stores, live music and exciting raffles. Downtown Arlington Cultural District, Main Street (between West and Pecan), Arlington, www. tasteofarlington.info

4601 Hwy 360 at FAA Road, Fort Worth 817-967-1560 www. crsmithmuseum.org

5 | TUESDAY Lapsit Story Time

10am. Gather around a parachute with other moms and caregivers to sing, read and book and chant favorite nursery rhymes. This venue is wheelchair accessible. Southlake Public Library, 1400 Main Street, Suite 130, Southlake 817-748-8243 www. cityofsouthlake.com/library

Seeing is a Nervous Habit

10am-5pm. Kenda North’s work accompanied by a group exhibition of former UTA students who were inspired or taught by Kenda. Arlington Museum of Art, 201 W. Main Street, Arlington 817-275-4600 www.arlingtonmuseum.org

6 | WEDNESDAY BOGO at the Arboretum

3 | SUNDAY Sunday Fun Day at Sunshine Glaze

12-5pm. 10% off ceramic painting, mosaics, canvas painting, clay, & glass fusion (excludes ready-made items). Reservations not required. Sunshine Glaze, 405 N Carroll Ave, Southlake (817) 424-1417 www. sunshineglaze.com

Sunday Funday at Panther Island

12-6pm. Family friendly relaxation with tubes, tunes, water sports, food trucks, shaved ice and brews. Free parking. Tube rental $5. Panther Island Pavilion, 395 Purcey Street, Fort Worth 817-698-0700 www. pantherislandpavilion.com

4 | MONDAY Big Blue Blocks

9am-5pm. Visit the exhibit for open ended, creative play where kids build a new world every day. CR Smith Museum,

Buy one general admission, get one free. Available at the ticket booth only. Dallas Arboretum, 8525 Garland Road, Dallas www. dallasarboretum.org

Visit the Perot Museum

10am-6pm. Buy general admission online and save $2 per person! Perot Museum of Nature & Science, 2201 N. Field St., Dallas 214-428-5555 www.perotmuseum.org

7 | THURSDAY JumpstART Stories & Art – Let’s Move!

10am. Get ready to wiggle, jump and dance during this interactive story time. Free. Irving Arts Center, 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd, Irving www. irvingartscenter.com.

Garden Brothers Circus

4:30pm. Its 1 1⁄2 hours of excitement and fun. Cowtown Coliseum, 121 East Exchange Ave, Fort Worth 888-620-8936 www. gardenbroscircus.com Let our advertisers know you found them in Suburban Parent

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6pm. Bands on the Bricks is back! Grab a bite to eat and come out to the plaza for good music and good times. Sundance Square, 420 Main Street, Fort Worth 817-255-5700 www.sundancesquare.com

8 | FRIDAY Preservation is the Art of the City

9am-5pm. In its 15th year, the art show and sale is comprised of almost 60 local artists who paint in a variety of mediums. During the month thousands of people visit the show from September 8 through September 23, Monday through Saturday. Fort Worth Community Arts Center, 1300 Gendy, Fort Worth, 76107

10am-2pm. Dogs can dive, swim and play in the water at Grapevine’s 11th annual Doggie Dive In. Pleasant Glade Pool, 1805 Hall Johnson Road, Grapevine 817-410-8137 www.grapevinetexas.gov

W.A.T.E.R. Festival

10am-2pm. Join us for the W.A.T.E.R. (Water Awareness Through Education &Recreation) Festival to celebrate the wonderful resource of water with a variety of family-friendly activities, crafts, games and demonstrations at this FREE water science fair. River Legacy Living Science Center, 703 NW Green Oaks Blvd, Arlington 817-860-6752 www. riverlegacy.org

Animal Exploration

Open House at North Richland Hills Montessori

10am-2pm. 8725 North Tarrant Pkwy, North Richland Hills 817281-9992 www.nrhmontessori. com. See ad in this issue.

Open Auditions for The Nutcracker

Texas Rangers vs. New York Yankees

Open Auditions for ages 5 and up. Age 5 at 10am. Ages 6-8 at 11am. Ages 9-12 at 12:15pm. Ages 13+ at 1:30pm. Performance dates 11/30-12/3. $10/dancer. North Central Ballet, 12077 Katy Rd, Ste 713, Keller 817-428-8232 northcentralballet.com.

7:05pm. Hispanic Heritage Night. Globe Life Park Arlington, 1000 Ballpark Way, Arlington www.mlb.com/ rangers

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Sunday Fun Day at Sunshine Glaze

9am. Make a day of it with the family pooch starting with a 2K walk around Boys Ranch Park followed by a cool dip at Bedford Splash aquatic center. Bedford Splash, 2801 Forest Ridge Drive, Bedford 817-9522384 www.bedfordsplash.com

Fossil Fest and Jurassic Gardens

9am-3pm. Come alongside the paleontologists of Grapevine Parks and Recreation for the 3rd annual Fossil Fest. Grapevine Botanical Gardens, 411 Ball

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Grapevine Doggie Dive In

2-3pm. Discover the habits and adaptations of one of our native animals during a live animal observation with a River Legacy Naturalist. Space is limited, please RSVP. River Legacy Living Science Center, 703 NW Green Oaks Blvd, Arlington 817-860-6752 www. riverlegacy.org

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10 | SUNDAY 12-5pm. 10% off ceramic painting, mosaics, canvas painting, clay, & glass fusion (excludes ready-made items). Reservations not required. Sunshine Glaze, 405 N Carroll Ave, Southlake (817) 424-1417 www. sunshineglaze.com

Sunday Funday at Panther Island

12-6pm. Family friendly relaxation with tubes, tunes, water sports, food trucks, shaved ice and brews. Free parking. Tube rental


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timeout $5. Panther Island Pavilion, 395 Purcey Street, Fort Worth 817-698-0700 www. pantherislandpavilion.com

11 | MONDAY When the Earth Shakes

9am-5pm. Be an engineer as you design and build structures to withstand earthquakes on the Shake Table. CR Smith Museum, 4601 Texas Hwy 360 at FAA Road, Fort Worth 817-967-1560 www. crsmithmuseum.org

Homeschool Monday in Arlington

2-3pm. Ages 5-12 yrs. Explore science projects, books, crafts, poetry and more. Southeast Branch Library, 900 SE Green Oaks Blvd, Arlington www. morelibrary.org

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3-4:30pm. Ages 5 & Up. Your child can read aloud to one of our therapy dogs! Be sure to sign-up at the desk the day of the event. Keller Library, 640 Johnson Rd, Keller 817-7434840 www.cityofkeller.com

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12 | TUESDAY Public Tour of the Japanese Garden

10am. Come learn about the aesthetic and design of Japanese Gardens and receive an introduction to the horticulture and history. Fort Worth Botanic Garden, 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd., Fort Worth 817-871-7680 www. fwbg.org

Bilingual Story Time in Arlington

Our unique open concept office provides a cheerful and enthusiastic environment to educate and promote oral health for the children of our community. We are excited to share this journey with you and your family. Accepting Medicaid, CHIPS and Private Pay Insurance at ALL locations!

Accepting New Patients at all Locations NORTH OFFICE 696 N. Fielder Ste. 102 • Arlington 817-459-1313

SOUTH OFFICE 4220 Little Rd, Arlington 817-478-2300

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MANSFIELD OFFICE 2300 Matlock Rd. Ste. 28 • Mansfield 817-539-0500

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10:30am. A Bilingual Storytime that focuses on parent-child interaction. Southwest Branch Library, 3311 SW Green Oaks Blvd, Arlington www. morelibrary.org

Virtual Reality Experience

5-7pm. Ages 13 & Up. Come try out the brand new HTC Vive, the latest in technology. Lake Arlington Branch Library, 4000 W. Green Oaks Blvd., Arlington www.morelibrary.org

13 | WEDNESDAY Born to Stand Out – A Special Needs Story Time

10:30am. All ages & abilities. This story time is designed with special needs in mind. Southwest Branch Library, 3311 SW Green Oaks Blvd, Arlington 817-459-6386 www. morelibrary.org

Seedlings: Treasure Garden

11am-12pm. Ages 4-6 yrs. Bring gardening gloves. Fort Worth Botanic Garden, 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd., Fort Worth 817871-7680 www.fwbg.org

After School Pottery Wheel Class at Sunshine Glaze

4:30pm-6pm. Ages 6-13 yrs. Learn to throw pots on the pottery wheel! Reservations required. Sunshine Glaze, 405 N Carroll Ave, Southlake 817-4241417 www.sunshineglaze.com

14 | THURSDAY 31st Annual GrapeFest

10am-10:30pm. Four days of family fun with a midway! Downtown Grapevine, 636 S. Main St., Grapevine www. grapevinetexasusa.com

Family Fun: Shoo Crows!

6pm. It’s the time of the year to scare the crows! We will make not-so-scary scarecrows. FREE activity. Fort Worth Botanic Garden, 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd., Fort Worth 817-871-7680 www.fwbg.org

15 | FRIDAY 31st Annual GrapeFest

10am-10:30pm. Four days of family fun with a midway! Downtown Grapevine, 636 S. Main St., Grapevine www. grapevinetexasusa.com

Annual Native American Pow Wow

10am-5pm. A Native American Pow Wow with colorful tribal dance contests, an arts & crafts show, tipis, honoring ceremonies, singing and much more. Traders Village, Hwy 360 & Mayfield Rd, Grand Prairie 972-647-2331 www. tradersvillage.com


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timeout Lakeside Music Series

7:30pm. Enjoy the music, restaurants, shops, and street life of Lakeside DFW. The Shops at Lakeside DFW, 2314 Lakeside Parkway, Flower Mound 469-533-4131 www. lakesidedfw.com

16 | SATURDAY Heart of Gold 5K Run for the Children

Run to help fund research to find a cure and provide support services for families with a child battling cancer. Kids obstacle course, food, music, prizes and a commemorative balloon release. The Plaza at Galatyn Park, Richardson. www. runforthechildren.org. See ad in this issue.

Artisan Market & Fitness Fair

8am-1pm. Come experience all things local. Each market will feature tastings from a variety of local brewers, wineries or malts. Overlook Park at Viridian, 1210 Viridian Park Lane, Arlington 817-200-6543 www.ViridianDFW.com

31st Annual GrapeFest

10am-10:30pm. Four days of family fun with a midway! Downtown Grapevine, 636 S. Main St., Grapevine www. grapevinetexasusa.com

Grapevine Fall HodgePodge Market & LulaRoe Expo 10am-7pm. Gifts, vintage/ refurbished, jewelry, arts/ crafts, food, and more!!! Grapevine Convention Center, 1209 S. Main Street, Grapevine, 817-6589-9249 www.ggaproductions.org

Japan Otaku Day

2:30pm-4:30pm. Make new friends, play awesome games, and watch some new anime. Northeast Branch Library, 1905 Brown Blvd., Arlington www. morelibrary.org

17 | SUNDAY 31st Annual GrapeFest

10am-10:30pm. Last day of family fun with a midway! Downtown Grapevine, 636

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S. Main St., Grapevine www. grapevinetexasusa.com

Grapevine Fall HodgePodge Market & LulaRoe Expo 10am-7pm. Shop til’ you drop! Grapevine Convention Center, 1209 S. Main Street, Grapevine 817-6589-9249 www.ggaproductions.org

Annual Native American Pow Wow

10am-5pm. A Native American Pow Wow with colorful tribal dance contests, an arts & crafts show, tipis, honoring ceremonies, singing and much more. Traders Village, Hwy 360 & Mayfield Rd, Grand Prairie 972-647-2331 www. tradersvillage.com

18 | 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 with 11 permanent exhibit halls, exciting special exhibits, hands-on activities, amazing films, live science demonstrations, and more! Perot Museum of Nature & Science, 2201 N. Field St., Dallas 214-428-5555 www. perotmuseum.org

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

10am-close. Show your valid military ID to get 20% off food & game play for you & up to 4 Guests. Dave & Buster’s, 2525 Rio Grande Blvd, Euless 817-786-1600 www. daveandbusters.com

The Library Show: Music & Movement Storytime

10:15am. All ages. Lots of interactive fun with shakers, ribbons, beanbags, scarves, books, parachute, and puppets with air dancer and disco lights! Grapevine Public Library, 1201 Municipal Way, Grapevine 817-410-3405 www. grapevinetexas.gov

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Ave, Southlake 817-424-1417 www.sunshineglaze.com

23 | SATURDAY 20 | WEDNESDAY BOGO at the Arboretum

Buy one general admission, get one free. Available at the ticket booth only. Dallas Arboretum, 8525 Garland Road, Dallas www. dallasarboretum.org

After School Pottery Wheel Class at Sunshine Glaze

4:30pm-6pm. Ages 6-13 yrs. Learn to throw pots on the pottery wheel! Reservations required. Sunshine Glaze, 405 N Carroll Ave, Southlake 817-424-1417 www. sunshineglaze.com

21 | THURSDAY Children’s Park at Klyde Warren Park

8am-8pm. Klyde Warren Park, 2012 Woodall Rogers Freeway, Dallas 214-716-4500 www.klydewarrenpark.org

Bands on the Bricks

6pm. Bands on the Bricks is back! Grab a bite to eat and come out to the plaza for good music and good times. Sundance Square, 420 Main Street, Fort Worth 817-255-5700 www.sundancesquare.com

22 | FRIDAY Traders Village Auto Swap Meet

10am-5pm. Browse through vendors selling a large variety merchandise related to the automobile industry. Traders Village, Hwy 360 & Mayfield Rd, Grand Prairie 972-2527558 www.tradersvillage.com

Storytime with Sunshine at Sunshine Glaze

10:30am-12pm. Ages 3-5 years. This class combines the love of reading with art education. $25 per child. Reservations required. Sunshine Glaze, 405 N Carroll

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Corner Store Country Run

8:30am-11am. All ages and abilities. A country fair with free sponsor swag, food, live music, carnival games and two free beer tickets for adults. Will Rogers Memorial Center & Facilities, 3401 W. Lancaster Avenue, Fort Worth 817-392-7469 www. willrogersmemorialcenter.com

Monarch Butterfly Festival

9-11am. Third Annual Monarch Butterfly Festival! Bob Jones Nature Center, 355 Bob Jones Road, Southlake 817-491-6333 www.bjnc.org

Kiwanis Butterfly Festival 9am-6pm. Walk through a landscaped mesh tent and experience hundreds of Texas Butterflies. Beneath the pavilion. Southlake Town Square, 1256 Main Street, Southlake www. southlaketownsquare.com

Flight of the Monarch Celebration

10am-4pm Grand Prairie will celebrate the annual migration of the monarch butterfly from North America to Central Mexico. Monarch butterfly releases at 12pm, 2pm & 4pm. Kid zone with bounce houses, vendors, food, and live music and more. Grand Central, 2975 Esplanade, Grand Prairie www.gptx.org

Traders Village Auto Swap Meet

10am-5pm. Browse through vendors selling a large variety merchandise related to the automobile industry. Traders Village, Hwy 360 & Mayfield Rd, Grand Prairie 972-252-7558 www. tradersvillage.com

FireFest

10am-4pm. Educational safety programs, giant fire truck slide n bounce, hose cart races and more! Dallas Firefighters Museum, 3801 Parry Avenue, Dallas www. dallasfiremuseum.com


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Southlake 817-424-1417 www. sunshineglaze.com

Public Tours at the Kimbell 3pm. Scheduled tours of the permanent collection and special exhibitions. No reservations are required. Kimbell Art Museum, 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth 817-332-8451 www. kimbellart.org

25 | MONDAY Adventures with Clifford The Big Red Dog™

Daily. Visit the world of Clifford, Emily Elizabeth and all of the residents of Birdwell Island. Fort Worth Museum of Science & History, 1600 Gendy Street, Fort Worth 817-255-9300 www. fortworthmuseum.org

4-8:30pm. Come and enjoy some amazing food, meet with different businesses and crafters and ride on some spectacular rides! All food samples are FREE! Traders Village, Hwy 360 & Mayfield Rd, Grand Prairie 972-2641558 www.tasteofgp.com

Bands on the Bricks

6pm. Bands on the Bricks is back! Grab a bite to eat and come out to the plaza for good music and good times. Sundance Square, 420 Main Street, Fort Worth 817-255-5700 www. sundancesquare.com

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20% Military Discount at Dave & Buster’s

State Fair of Texas Opens

Baby & Me in Woodland West

11:15am. Introduces a love for books through song, movement, rhythm, and rhyme. Woodland West Branch Library, 2837 W. Park Row, Arlington www.morelibrary.org

27 | WEDNESDAY BOGO at the Arboretum

Buy one general admission, get one free. Available at the ticket booth only. Dallas Arboretum, 8525 Garland Road, Dallas www. dallasarboretum.org

After School Pottery Wheel Class at Sunshine Glaze 4:30pm-6pm. Ages 6-13 yrs. Learn to throw pots on the pottery wheel! Reservations required. Sunshine Glaze, 405 N Carroll Ave,

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Taste of Grand Prairie

26 | TUESDAY 10am-close. Show your valid military ID to get 20% off food & game play for you & up to 4 Guests. Dave & Buster’s, 2525 Rio Grande Blvd, Euless 817-786-1600 www. daveandbusters.com

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28 | THURSDAY

The Fair runs through Oct 22. Fair Park, Dallas. Plan your trip at BIGTEX.COM. See ad in this issue.

Lakeside Music Series

7:30pm. Enjoy the music, restaurants, shops, and street life of Lakeside DFW. The Shops at Lakeside DFW, 2314 Lakeside Parkway, Flower Mound 469-533-4131 www. lakesidedfw.com

30 | SATURDAY Country Critters Pumpkin Patch Opens

10am-6pm, Saturdays and Sundays through Nov 19. Bounce house, playground, pony rides, petting zoo, train rides, hay rides, games and more. $10/adults; $12/child (kids receive a pie-sized pumpkin with paid admission). 3709 County Rd 617, Alvarado. 817-477-3060 www. countrycrittersfarm.com. See ad in this issue.

North Dallas Toy Show

9am-3pm. Vintage collectibles and more than 70 vendor tables to browse. Admission


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is $2 (free for kids under 12). Dallas Events Center, 4343 Sigma Road Suite 600, Dallas 214-358-3628 www.dallasevents-center.com

23rd Annual Dog Day Afternoon

10am-12:30pm. Celebrating dogs and the people that love them. Free microchipping for the first 125 dogs; low cost vaccinations; pet related vendors. Free parking and admission. Operation

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1pm. Join us to commemorate National Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness month. Calvary Church 4401 State Hwy 161, Irving. Register by Oct 4 at www.mend.org. 972-506-9000. See ad in this issue.

OCTOBER 9 Open House at Holy Trinity Catholic School

9am-1:30pm. See the school while classes are in session. PreK-8th Grade. 3750 William D. Tate Ave, Grapevine. 817421-8000x121, admissions@ holytcs.org. See ad in this issue.

OCTOBER 10 Grapevine Faith Christian School Open House

7pm. Grapevine Faith exists to develop and graduate authentic Christian leaders. Pre-K – 12th Grade. Next Open House dates are Nov 7 and Dec 5. 729 E. Dallas Rd, Grapevine, 817-4421605 www.GrapevineFaith.com. See ad in this issue.

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let’s get organized Organization is a big part of raising kids! How about a Wall to Ceiling Calendar of Events! A bit of wall prep, some chalk paint, wooden letters, 42 pieces of paper (in the size you want the calendar squares to be) and a few more items and you are ready to create an amazing planner/scheduler. Get detailed instructions at www.pinterest.com/suburbanparent/back-to-school

You kidding me?

Barbara Aberc Determination is an inside job, but inspiration comes from the outside.

LOVE ‘EM At a recent visit to the Aquarium with our five year old daughter, we had stopped to watch some jelly fish in their tank. I said, “Look honey, these are jelly fish!” She looked intently for a few moments then asked, “Mommy, where’s the peanut butter fish? — Donna C.

How do you turn soup into gold? You add 24 Carrots,

Because it wasn’t peeling well.

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Source: The Book of Jokes, For Kids, From Kids.

Why did the Banana go to the doctor?


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The Good and Bad. Any time we prepare food, like baking or cooking, we are processing food (even sliced apples and boiled eggs are considered processed). Many of these processed foods are good for us and have a place in a balanced diet. Learn what’s healthy and what’s not-sohealthy. For instance, foods that are minimally processed could include roasted nuts, spinach (bagged), frozen vegetables and fruit, and canned tomatoes. These are typically processed at their peak to lock in freshness and optimum nutritional quality.

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Kids learn how to eat by trying new foods at least 15 times. If they don’t like it, don’t force it, but do have them try it again. Let them know that your encouragement is setting them up for a lifelong habit of healthy eating so they can live a healthier life.

Heavily processed foods are those that are not in their original form, and foods that have added ingredients, such as salt, sugar and fat. Foods like breakfast cereal, savory snacks, pies, biscuits and cakes. Also, convenience foods, like microwave meals may lead people to eat more than the recommended amounts of sugar, salt and fat. Always read nutrition labels so you can choose wisely.

after school enrichment All kids are ready for a snack when they get home from school. Having these ready for when they return can be the beginning of a great evening. Try washed and cut fresh fruits and veggies, and keep them within an easy reach in the refrigerator. Also, consider a snack drawer filled with healthy foods for your older students.

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tip Research shows that the simple act of cutting fruit will increase children’s consumption!


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