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Happy Mother’s Day!

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y youngest child somehow can remember all the gifts she, and everyone else in our home, has received. I’m not kidding, she remembers. Reflecting on Mother’s Days of the past that I have enjoyed with my family, I can’t truthfully say I remember every gift my children or my husband presented me, but I can say that I remember most of the gifts my kids made for me, especially those that were created by their own hands, in secret, behind closed doors. I also remember tiny hands coming into my room carrying my breakfast on a platter, and the spilt OJ when they hopped up to be with me. They apologized, I laughed. These are the gifts mom’s want. Memories of precious moments with their children. As kids get older, moms want something as simple as a thank you; and it would be truly fabulous if they followed with these words of pure, self-less love “This is what I am going to do for you today!” Ahhh, music to every mother’s ears. With all this being great, what I really want is for my children to continue to grow in their faith. I want their souls to be prepared for Heaven! This responsibility came when God handed over his creations to me. This is my vocation. For help with this I can always rely on our Blessed Mother, after all, Jesus gave his mother to us at the foot of the cross before he died. Through time she has been called upon as the Advocate for the People of God. Prayers to Mary for protection and aid have been recorded as early as AD 250. She will also graciously receive those (through prayer) who feel they cannot approach God directly. She loves us as a Mother and she has the ear of her son, Jesus! Mary’s role in salvation history was planned by God; He wants us to know her. And, to my Mom! Thank you for sharing your faith with your children; and thank you for praying to our Blessed Mother for my protection. I love you and this is what I am going to do for you today….

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MEET OUR COVER KID... MCKENNA GRACE, 10 YEARS Photo Credit: Kenneth Dolin This month’s cover kid is Texas native, McKenna Grace, age 10. She graced our Suburban Parent cover in July 2011, at the age of 3 years. She is back to promote her most current movie, GIFTED. A must see! Check out her Q & A inside this issue.

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Scientists are now studying what we already knew. Spending time near blue space (water) is good for your brain. The sights and sounds of the water have a calming effect on our overloaded minds. Calm minds lead to lower depression and stress levels, and improved creativity and overall well-being. Can’t make it to the beach? Go to the lake, find a waterfall or just sit by the pool.

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The name of love

Relax moms; we’re not losing our minds! A recent study explains that mixing up our children’s names is not unusual and is not due to memory loss or old age. Whew! It’s actually due to the way our brains categorize information. Apparently, we “store” our loved ones names in the same place so it’s quite common to pull out the wrong one when we’re tired, frustrated or in a hurry. And, we only mix up the names of the people we love (in the same category). Aww. Since family is stored with family and friends are stored with friends, you probably won’t call your kid by your neighbor’s name, but you might call him by your dog’s name. That’s because the dog tends to be included in the family category. Yes, we sure do love our dogs!

No, really! The benefits of hiking go way beyond health. Like any aerobic exercise, hiking conditions the heart, tones muscles, maintains weight, and lowers the risk of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, type 2 diabetes and even some cancers. But, it also reduces stress, increases energy and is good for your brain. Simply spending time outdoors increases attention spans and creative problem-solving skills. Plus hikers are just happier because they connect with nature in a way that brings about peace and a sense of well-being.

We got this idea from happiness guru (and author and blogger) Gretchen Rubin. Spend one hour a week tackling the things on your to do list that you’ve been putting off. You know, those mildly unpleasant tasks like finishing a photo album, dropping off donations or cleaning out the fridge. Don’t do normal chores during that time though. This hour is for crossing off the to-do’s that aren’t pressing yet still weighing you down.

Hello mom... Loneliness has been associated with the decline of quality of life in older adults and may even lead to an earlier death, studies say. Feeling lonely is not the same as feeling depressed, although they can go hand in hand. And note, you don’t have to live alone to feel lonely. So, don’t forget to call your mom this Mother’s Day. Better yet, call her more often than just on Mother’s Day.

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A. This is a good question. In order to have a pre-adolescent daughter exercise good mental hygiene, she needs to be encouraged to communicate the good and the bad, preferably with you. Also, recognize that errors will occur. Every moment is an experience, and every error permits area for growth and learning. Similarly, allow for a healthy relationship to blossom between parent and pre-teen that ensures trust, understanding, and patience through the next foreseeable rough years that adolescence will bring. Having an open relationship is important. Do not merely be a friend to your daughter, but rather be many roles: parent, teacher, supporter, advocate, protector, and yes friend as well. Mentoring healthy habits and modeling appropriate behavior is vital for the healthy development of any child. Nora Choubkha, M.D. | Psychiatrist at Dallas Behavioral Healthcare Hospital

Angelica, mom Q. I’m a mom of three busy boys, and often eat what they eat. I wish I could know just what I need. Thanks.

A. Yes, you do! Simply put, I can share with you what you need daily: fruit, vegetables, whole grains and reduced-fat milk (or other sources of calcium), also include lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, eggs and nuts. Make sure your diet is low in saturated fats, trans fats, salt (sodium) and added sugars. Also, instead of thinking bad food vs. good food, look for nutrient rich foods – those packed with vitamins, minerals, fiber. Eat a variety of foods from each food group. Moderately active women need 1800 to 2200 calories a day. Check out our Wholesome Ending editorial each month. I often feature foods and their benefits! Mary Ellen | Editor and Registered Dietitian

Ali, daughter Q. My dad and I read your magazine; I like the Fun Stuff and We Love This pages. He said I should send a question I have for you to answer. I’m 9 yrs old and my mom is in heaven. What can I do for her on Mother’s Day?

A. Ali, thank you so much for asking me. It’s great that you want to do something special for remembering your mom. Missing a mom is hard, so it may be helpful to write about it; just like you are talking to your mom. Then you can attach the note on to a pretty helium balloon or a few balloons if it’s a long letter with drawings and several pages. Then release the balloons up into the sky. Oh, and you can also include seeds of flowers that were your mom’s favorite in the balloon. When the balloon explodes they will fall and possibly grow in a field. You can say a prayer too! I’ll be thinking of you on Mother’s Day and I’ll say a prayer for you too. Mary Ellen | Editor and Mom

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ASKS... Does mental health really affect women more than men? A. According to the American Psychological Association, women are more likely (two times more than men) to be diagnosed with anxiety disorders or mood disorders like depression or bipolar disorder. Men have a higher likelihood to be diagnosed with substance abuse disorders and schizophrenia. Differences in brain chemistry may account for at least part of these variances. This is why educating women about mental health is key for prevention. Symptoms of depression in women include: *Persistent sad, anxious, or “empty” mood. *Restlessness, irritability, or excessive crying. *Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, helplessness, hopelessness, pessimism. *Sleeping too much or too little, early-morning waking. dallasbehavioral.com


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TART BY GETTING GOOD GRADES IN HIGH SCHOOL. Your GPA and ACT/SAT scores will award

you merit scholarships without even having to apply for them. Many schools have charts and scholarship calculators where prospective students can plug in their scores to reveal their automatic breaks.

TAKE AP COURSES OR COLLEGE CREDIT COURSES.

Many high schools offer college credit courses through a local community college. In addition, students taking AP classes in high school can test at the end of the school year and those who receive a C or higher on the test will get college credit for the class. The AP test is about $100.

APPLY FOR NATIONAL SCHOLARSHIPS. Before you

apply, make a list of all your associations as well as those of your immediate family. There are scholarships available for left-handers, children and grandchildren of war veterans and

family of members of groups such as the Lions Club. Check out websites like collegescholarships.com or books like “The Ultimate Scholarship Book” by Gen and Kelly Tanabe for an unbelievable list of scholarships available to you.

LOCAL SCHOLARSHIPS. Check out your high school’s website for information on local businesses, churches and sports organizations offering scholarships. While none of them offer full rides, the generous $500 to $1000 scholarships add up quickly and cover things like books, housing and travel expenses that merit scholarships don’t cover. SPORT SCHOLARSHIPS. Only 2% of high school athletes are offered some form of athletic scholarships and the opportunity to compete in college. Some athletes seek less popular sports such as bowling or rugby hoping for a smaller pool of scholarship contenders. Be aware that D3 schools, which are often small, private colleges, do not offer athletic scholarships at all.

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The average cost of a four year instate public college education is $98,440 according to collegedata.com. Out of state college fees are often higher and don’t report cost of travel expenses. Private schools average $197,280 for a four year education.

National Center for Education Statistics reports the average time to complete a bachelor’s degree is 52 months or just over 6 years. Sadly, that is an additional cost that families often don’t budget for, especially for those with more than one child.

According to the National Student Clearinghouse, only 52.9 percent of students who enrolled in U.S. colleges and universities in the fall of 2009 completed school within six years. That number is declining.

According to Student Loan Hero, the average Class of 2016 graduate has $37,172 in student loan debt, up six percent from the previous year.

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GET A SUMMER AND ON CAMPUS JOB. If a student works 20 hours at $7.25 per hour, they will gross $145 week. Even after minimal taxes, that is more than $5000 per year. CONSIDER JOINING A PUBLIC SERVICE PROGRAM

like AmeriCorps, Peace Corp, National Health Service Corp or ROTC. They often offer college scholarships, reduced loans or deferred loans in exchange for service.

COMMUNITY COLLEGES OFFER A LOT OF GREAT COLLEGE SAVINGS. Classes are available during the day

or evening so you can work full or part time. Because the school is local, students can live at home to save on room and board. The cost of classes, many of which transfer to a four year school, are much less per credit hour. Some community colleges even offer 3 and 1 programs allowing students to pay community college prices for three years and one year at a local four year institution.

EMPLOYER REIMBURSEMENT PROGRAMS. If you

are going to work while in college, consider working for a company who offers a tuition reimbursement program. UPS, Starbucks and Verizon are just a few of the companies that offer tuition reimbursement to full and part time employees. The average assistance is $5250 per year.

COLLEGE EMPLOYEES AND THEIR CHILDREN GET DISCOUNTS ON THEIR COLLEGE EDUCATION. Please

note, this is not available for a part time student position in the book store. This is for regular staff such as professors, the bursar office team and maintenance crew members. Full time employees and their children are usually offered a discount for tuition only, but since you most likely live within driving distance, you will also save on room and board.

TRY TO GRADUATE SOONER BY TAKING SUMMER AND ONLINE CLASSES AT YOUR COMMUNITY COLLEGE. You can also take an extra class or two each se-

mester to boost your credits and complete your requirements early. By graduating early you will save on room and board – an average of $10,000.

LOOK FOR BOOK OPTIONS. Books are crazy expensive. Don’t fall for the convenience of the college book store. Get your class syllabus and determine the best option for buying books. Look online at Amazon, consider used books, share with a roommate or rent the books for half the price. Try looking at local used book stores and Ebay to get the most bang for your buck. SP

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The average monthly student loan payment is $351. Yikes!

The National Association of Colleges and Employers projected the Class of 2016 to have an average salary of $50,556. Those numbers are compiled from 10 broad range degree areas such as Business, Education, Communication, Engineering and Healthcare.

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BY KATHRYN STREETER

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look up and there is a bird across the street perched on the topmost point of the firehouse bell-tower. Why does she just sit there? What does she see? I need to follow the way of this mama bird, to get up high above the trees so I know where I’ve been and where I’m going. To get my perspective. The blessing of perspective allows painful truths to emerge. Too often, I picked at blades of grass instead of getting up high. I’ve regarded myself as a good mom, yet as I’ve gained distance from the early days of babies and toddlers, preschool and elementary school, I can finally see. Like that mama bird sitting up high in the tree, I stand now as a humble mom of 17 years, better able to discern where I’ve been and where I’m going.  My husband cautions me to take the long view as a mother of teens, but how I wish I had taken the long view from the beginning. When motherhood began long ago, the popular parenting manual among my friends having kids helped them bring order to their newborn’s schedule. Sleep. Eat. Play. But my baby refused to neatly follow the espoused principles. Instead of making adjustments, I persevered.  It wasn’t noble. It was stubborn. I refused to be defeated.  I wish now I had comforted my firstborn more when she was crying. In retrospect, I missed the season of straightforward consoling because comforting a teenager is more complex.  Today, I practice a more grace and less legalism approach. I am taking the long view. In no way do I want my kids to think that their behavior changes my love for them. Though my toddlers may have resisted naptime because they couldn’t settle down, they were enough. Though my teens may head directly to their room after school and shut their door to me, they are enough. Just as they are.  Deep down I’ve always known that motherhood is mostly shooting in the dark. I also knew intellectually that there wasn’t an equation for raising perfect kids, but sometimes I was flush with confidence in my particular way of doing things.  One day I had an epiphany that I wasn’t just a teacher in this mom-child relationship. Motherhood had automatically enrolled me as her student, painful as it is beautiful. Certainly, this is one of life’s most unexpected gifts, the self-improvement that stems from raising children. Deeper in is where the substance lies, the less straightforward but relentless

shaping and sharpening. The teen years promise personal growth because this season has a way of shaking foundations. Nothing is guaranteed. The inability to change mothering tactics to keep pace with their growth into young adults revealed I was not truly listening. It’s more than taking in the words, I learned. It’s getting up high like the mama-bird to hear pleas or complaints in their fullest context. Teens don’t act out in a vacuum. In fact, they long to be understood.  I’ve gradually come to appreciate I held myself as well as my kids to unrealistic standards. When my son was a toddler, he abruptly stopped eating his veggies. I needed his palate to change quickly. In today’s parenting climate, a child who refuses greens reflected poorly on me -- and I panicked. When he entered his tweens I finally consulted an older mom of three grown sons for advice. She questioned my plan to levy a $1 fine each time he refused greens, pointing to her husband in his mid-70s who still doesn’t eat his. She gently encouraged me to choose my battles carefully. Perhaps my relationship with my budding young man was far more important, she counseled.  Looking back, it was critical that I listened. In fact, a weight fell off my shoulders that day. I gave myself permission to stop measuring my success as a mother by my son’s diet. I let go of an expectation that had long held me hostage and inhibited my pure enjoyment of him.  Very slowly, I’ve learned to not beat myself up when I’ve fallen short of various expectations, themselves evidence that I was making motherhood more about myself than the raw acceptance of my kids.  Stepping out of the way to allow the children space to organically select their areas of interest isn’t easy. Projecting my aspirations on them through directing their enrichment activities early on could have hurt more than helped. At the end of the day, I know they will work harder and be happier if they are chasing their own dreams, not mine.  One can’t stop the days from rolling rapidly by. Years ago, each day ended with bedtime stories. If motherhood is about any one thing, it’s about teaching the art of story-telling. When I’m doing this well, I’m letting the kids tell their own stories. This is their life, after all.  Like that mama-bird, I humbly revel from my view up high. It’s a place I’ve finally found where I can fully see.  Come join me.  SP


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Q & A with McKenna Grace

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catching up with cover girl

McKenna Grace

Happy Mother’s Day COLLEGE WITHOUT DEBT

SEE WHAT WE LOVE THIS MONTH!

SP: When you were on the cover of

our Suburban Parent magazine in July 2011, you said you liked dancing, singing, cheerleading, acting, and playing with your best friend, Kenzie. As well as collecting stuffed animals Has anything changed?

MG: Not much has changed since

then! I still love all of those things and Kenzie is still one of my best friends. I love bringing my stuffed animals everywhere! 

SP: Tell us about your education. MG: I am homeschooled and I have

a tutor when I’m on set filming. My homeschooling program is through a public school, so I still do all the same things that kids that go to school do. I have to check in with my teacher every week and on Mondays if I’m not filming, I go to a creative writing class. Although I’m in 5th grade, I have been studying 6th grade math.

SP: Do you ever have to be away

from your family while filming?

MG: Sometimes. I filmed a show in

Photo Credit: Bobby Quillard

Toronto (Designated Survivor) so I spent a lot of time there. My Mom comes with me to everything I do, so we’re always together. If I am filming away for a few months my Dad or my grandparents will come visit me. We also FaceTime every day.

A MOM’S PERSPECTIVE IS EVERYTHING

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SP: What character was the toughest to change into? MG: Playing Mary in Gifted was tough. She is so different from me because I am a really happy person most of the time. Mary has been through a lot in her life and she was very sad and confused and angry at times.

SP: What was your first role as an actress? MG: My very first job ever was a commercial for the YMCA in Texas.

SP: Of all the roles you played in the past, which is your most favorite? MG: Playing Mary in Gifted is the most favorite role I have ever had. The whole experience and everyone on that set was, and is, so special to me.

SP: We heard you are now a Girl Scout. How were you inspired to join your Troop? MG: Yes! In Gifted, my character Mary

is a Girl Scout, so the Girl Scouts of America asked me if I would become an honorary Girl Scout. I was so excited because I had always wanted to be a Girl Scout. They had a special pinning ceremony and taught me their pledge. It was such a special day and I hope I can be involved with more things with them. I admire all girl scouts and I’m so thankful for them!

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THIS MONTH’S COVER KID IS TEXAS NATIVE, MCKENNA GRACE. SHE GRACED OUR SUBURBAN PARENT COVER ON JULY 2011. SHE IS BACK TO PROMOTE HER MOST CURRENT MOVIE, GIFTED. SHE PORTRAYS A 7 YEAR OLD CHILD PRODIGY NAMED MARY, WHO IS CARED FOR BY HER UNCLE AFTER HER MOTHER DIED. A MUST SEE! YOU MAY, OF COURSE, RECOGNIZE HER BECAUSE SHE HAS APPEARED IN MANY OF YOUR FAVORITE TV SHOWS FROM FULLER HOUSE, DOG WITH A BLOG, KC UNDERCOVER, AND THE DISNEY XD SERIES CRASH & BERNSTEIN! MCKENNA ALSO HAS APPEARED IN NICKELODEON SHOWS. WE HAVE ALSO DISCOVERED THAT ALONG WITH MCKENNA’S ACTING SKILLS, SHE ALSO HAS SOME GOOD VOCALS! SING ON MCKENNA!

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1 | MONDAY Crafty Mondays

10:30am. Nature themed craft included with admission. Texas Discovery Gardens - Fair Park, 3601 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Dallas 214-428-7476 www. texasdiscoverygardens.org

Mother Goose / Baby Storytime

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10:30am. Up to 18 months. Valley Ranch Library, 401 Cimarron Trail, Irving 972-7214669 www.cityofirving.org

Screen-Free Week: Crafternoon

4-5pm. See what you can make with a “potluck” of all sorts of craft pieces! Spend less time with digital screens and more time offline with family and friends. Valley Ranch Library, 401 Cimarron Trail, Irving www.cityofirving.org

Screen-Free Week: Storywalk & Craft

4-5pm. Join us as we walk and read a story in nearby Centennial Park, then return for crafts at the library. Spend less time with digital screens and more

time offline with family and friends. South Irving Library, 601 Schulze Drive, Irving www. cityofirving.org

Screen-Free Week: Super Hero Party

4:30-5:30pm. Join us for super hero games, crafts, and prizes, and build with super hero LEGO blocks. Spend less time with digital screens and more time offline with family and friends East Branch Library, 440 S. Nursery Road, Irving www.cityofirving.org

Brick by Brick in East Irving

4:30pm. 18mo-4yrs. East Branch Library, 440 S Nursery Rd, Irving www.cityofirving.org

2 | TUESDAY First Tuesday: Fiesta!

11am-2pm. Ages Up to 5 yrs. Join our family and enjoy art-making activities, story time, family tours, and more in this fun-filled day designed specifically for children. Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 North Harwood, Dallas 214-922-1200 www.dma.org

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4-5pm. Spend an hour listening to relaxing music and color yourself into calmness. Spend less time with digital screens and more time offline with family and friends. Valley Ranch Library 401 Cimarron Trail, Irving www.cityofirving.org

Screen-Free Week: Messy Art Day

4:30-5:30pm. Wear your old clothes and make messy art including finger painting, string painting, construction paper collage and sidewalk chalk art. Spend less time with digital screens and more time offline with family and friends. East Branch Library, 440 S. Nursery Road, Irving www.cityofirving.org

Pizza and Picasso Art Night at John Haley

4-6:30pm. PTA fundraising event. View our photo album online to see the artwork up for bid during silent auction. John Haley Elementary, 1100 Schulze Drive, Irving 972-6006600 www.irvingisd.net

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3 | WEDNESDAY BOGO Wednesdays at the Arboretum

Screen-Free Week: Bubbles of Fun

9am-5pm. Buy One Get One Free at the Ticket Booth! Does not include parking. Dallas Arboretum, 8525 Garland Rd., Dallas 214-515-6615 www. dallasarboretum.org

4-5pm. Make bubbles big and small in this POP-ular ScreenFree Week activity! Spend less time with digital screens and more time offline with family and friends. Valley Ranch Library, 401 Cimarron Trail, Irving www.cityofirving.org

Stroller Buddies at the Dallas Zoo

Screen-Free Week: Board Games

9-10:30am. Join us for a wild time as our little one learns through nature exploration! Registration required. Dallas Zoo, 650 RL Thornton Freeway, Dallas 469-554-7500 www.dallaszoo.com

Toddler Storytime in Valley Ranch

10:30am. 1-4 yrs. Valley Ranch Library, 401 Cimarron Trail, Irving www.cityofirving.org

Toddler Storytime in South Irving

10:30am. 18mos-3 yrs. South Irving Library, 601 Schulze Drive, Irving www.cityofirving.org

Mother Goose / Baby Storytime in West Irving

10:30am. 4-18 months. West Irving Library, 4444 W. Rochelle Rd., Irving www.cityofirving.org

Friends of the Irving Public Library Members - Only Book Sale

1-3pm. The Friends warehouse is filled with thousands of gently-used donations and seldom-used items from the library’s collection. Friends of Irving Public Library Warehouse, 3000 Rock Island Road, Irving www.cityofirving.org

Screen-Free Week: Art in the Afternoon

4-5pm. Try your hand at painting with Q-tip cotton swabs. Spend less time with digital screens and more time offline with family and friends. South Irving Library, 601 Schulze Drive, Irving www.cityofirving.org

Skill for Life

4:30-5:30pm. Play a variety of classic and modern board games. Spend less time with digital screens and more time offline with family and friends. East Branch Library, 440 S. Nursery Road, Irving www. cityofirving.org.

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Family Fun Night: Geronimo Stilton Party

7-7:45pm. The whole family is invited to celebrate our favorite mouse adventurer with crafts, snacks, and a visit from Geronimo himself! Join us for an activity the entire family will love. Valley Ranch Library, 401 Cimarron Trail, Irving 972-7214669 www.cityofirving.org

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7pm. Come find out about our premier academics, exemplary fine arts, and championship athletics in our distinctly Christian school for students in grades PK3 –12. 901 Cheek Sparger Rd, Colleyville 817-281-4333x1 www. covenantchristian.net. See ad in this issue.

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10-10:30am. Ages 2 & Up. Create a take-home art project and then browse the galleries with your kids as part of this fun and free morning activity. Irving Arts Center, 3333 N. Mac Arthur Blvd., Irving 972-252-2787 www. irvingartscenter.com

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10am-5pm. Ages Up to 8 yrs. Step into the pages of beloved children’s books and enter a world of early literacy adventures! Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, 1600 Gendy Street, Fort Worth 817-255-9300 www. fortworthmuseum.org

3:30-10pm. Free Admission on Thursday! Trinity Park, 2401 University Drive, Fort Worth www.mayfest.org

Screen-Free Week: May the Fourth

Screen-Free Week: Outdoor Chalk Art

Mayfest

4-5pm. You won’t have to visit a galaxy far, far away to enjoy Star Wars fun - join us for crafts, refreshments and more. Spend less time with digital screens and more time offline with family and friends. Valley Ranch Library, 401 Cimarron Trail, Irving www.cityofirving.org

4:30-5:30pm. Dress as your favorite Star Wars character, watch the Star Warp puppet show presented by Le Theatre de Marionette and take home a goody bag. Spend less time with digital screens and more time offline with family and friends. East Branch Library, 440 S. Nursery Road, Irving www.cityofirving.org

5 | FRIDAY Preschool Safari

9am-2pm. Ages 3-5 yrs. Weekly topics and themes will change to explore animals from all over the globe and child interests. Dallas Zoo, 650 RL Thornton Freeway, Dallas 469-554-7500 www. dallaszoo.com

First Fridays at the Farm

10am-12pm. Ages 3 & Up. Themes that highlight the heritage skills that you could use to enrich your life today. $3 per person. Registration required. Nash Farm, 626 Ball

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Screen-Free Week: Block Party

4-5pm. Ages 5-12 yrs. Calling all LEGO fanatics! Stop by the Block Party and show off your building skills. We will provide building materials, you bring your imagination. Spend less time with digital screens and more time offline with family and friends. South Irving Library, 601 Schulze Drive, Irving 972-721-2606 www. cityofirving.org

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4-5pm. Create sidewalk masterpieces with chalk! Spend less time with digital screens and more time offline with family and friends (weather permitting). Valley Ranch Library, 401 Cimarron Trail, Irving www.cityofirving.org

6 | SATURDAY Vintage Blooms by Rusty Truck Vintage Market

9am-5pm. Come and join the Rusty Truck Vintage Market for a fun day of eclectic shopping had by all. Dallas Farmers Market, 920 S. Harwood , Dallas 214-537-6752 www. rustytruckvintage.com

North Dallas Toy Show

9am-3pm. Guests will find all types of collectibles. More than 70 vendor tables to browse. Dallas Events Center, 4343 Sigma Road Suite 600, Dallas 214-358-3628 www. dallas-events-center.com

Hoedown at Dallas Farmers Market

9am-1pm. Our music is better than it sounds. Honest. Dallas Farmers Market, 920 S. Harwood, Dallas 214-664-9110 www.dallasfarmersmarket.org

Scarborough Renaissance Festival: Live the Fantasy Weekend

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Children’s Fairy Initiation Ceremony at 12 pm. Scarborough Renaissance Festival, 2511 FM 66, Waxahachie 972-9383247 www.srfestival.com

Houses, Pop Up Dog Park Free Admission. East Main St., Arlington 682-248-8424 www. arlingtonproud.org

Cottonwood Arts Festival

10am-5pm. Bring out your children’s artistic talents and broaden their understanding and appreciation of the world and enjoy free admission and fun family programming. Nasher Sculpture Center, 2001 Flora St, Dallas 214-2425100 www.nashersculpturecenter.org

10am-5pm. The two-day event will bring music, art, food and creativity to Cottonwood Park. Cottonwood Park, 1321 W. Belt Line Road, Richardson www. cottonwoodartfestival.com

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10am-2pm. Day filled with entertainment and activities, including: Live music, food trucks, Kids’ Bicycle Safety Rodeo. Bicycle check-up station; Group ride, marketplace, there’s something for everyone. North Lake College, 5001 N MacArthur Blvd, Irving, Texas, www.cityofirving.com

Free Comic Book Day 2017

10am-12pm. All ages. It’s the first Saturday in May, and your yearly chance for a free special-edition comic book! West Irving Library, 4444 Rochelle Rd. Irving www.cityofirving.org

Flight2Freedom Festival

10am-12pm. Flight 2 Freedom is designed to draw attention to mental health issues in children and youth. Fort Worth 1895 Courthouse – East Side , 100 W. Weatherford Street, Fort Worth 817-881-6451 www.facebook. com/familyconnectiontc

The Royal Falconer

11am-2pm. The Royal Falconer shares the amazing Birds of Prey and demonstrates a small part of what we do to help sick, injured and orphaned birds and restore their freedom to them. Demonstrations occurr 4 times daily at 11:00a, 12:30p, 2:30p and 4:30p Scarborough Fair, 2511 FM 66, Waxahachie, www.srfestival.com

East Main St. Arts Festival 2017

12-8pm. Full day of activities including: Artists, Vendors, Food Booths, 26 Bands & Musicians on four stages. Bounce

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Crayon Art

2-3:30pm. Teens grades 6-12. Create a masterpiece by melting crayons on canvas! The only thing you need to bring is your creativity! West Irving Library, 4444 Rochelle Rd. Irving www.cityofirving.org

Screen-Free Week: Zumba for the Entire Family

2:30-3:30pm. Get fit as a family with fun Zumba dance moves, led by Evelyn from D-Fit House. Spend less time with digital screens and more time offline with family and friends. East Branch Library, 440 S. Nursery Road, Irving www.cityofirving.org

7 | SUNDAY Heritage House Ice Cream Social

2-5pm. Hosted by The Heritage Society on the lawn of the Heritage House. General meeting then refreshments. Tours of Heritage House and Mary’s Playhouse following. Heritage House, 303 South O’Connor Blvd., Irving 972-816-1324 www. irvingheritage.com

Bike MS 150

10:30am-4pm. The 2017 Texas Bike Tour benefits the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Over 3,000 cyclists will roll into the Sundance Square Finish Line starting Sunday morning and will be treated to a tour-wrap-up party on the Sundance Square Plaza featuring a live band at noon to


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Cheep Thrills: Trained Bird Show

1-4pm. All ages. The show creates a spell-binding aura of intrigue as trained Macaws and Cockatoos perform unusual feats of balance, memory and coordination in an exciting and fast paced 20 minute review. Traders Village, 2602 Mayfield Rd, Grand Prairie 972-6472331 www.tradersvillage.com

Cruzar la Cara de la Luna

2-4pm. A one-of-a-kind operatic experience, Cruzar la Cara de la Luna, blends the folk traditions of mariachi music with opera. Bass Performance Hall, 525 Commerce St., Fort Worth 817-212-4200 www. basshall.com

8 | MONDAY Dora & Diego - Let’s Explore!

10am-5pm. All ages. Children and families are invited to the enchanting world of Dora the Explorer. Fort Worth Museum of Science & History, 1600 Gendy St., Fort Worth 817-255-9300 www.fortworthmuseum.org

9 | TUESDAY Preschooler Storytime

Toddler Storytime in Valley Ranch

10:30am. 1-4 yrs. Valley Ranch Library, 401 Cimarron Trail, Irving www.cityofirving.org

Toddler Storytime in South Irving

10:30am. 18mos-3 yrs. South Irving Library, 601 Schulze Drive, Irving www.cityofirving.org

Mother Goose / Baby Storytime in West Irving

10:30am. 4-18 months. West Irving Library, 4444 W. Rochelle Rd., Irving www.cityofirving.org

American Sign Language Conversation Table

4:30pm. All ages, abilities, and levels of experience are welcome. South Irving Library, 601 Schulze Drive, Irving 972-7212606 www.cityofirving.com

11 | THURSDAY Bloom: A New & Expectant Mom Event

10:30am. 18 mos-4 yrs. Valley Ranch Library, 401 Cimarron Trail, Irving 972-721-3723 www. cityofirving.org

Family Storytime in Irving for All Ages

Momma’s Boy on Mother’s Day Weekend

Brick by Brick Storytime

7pm. Storytime for all ages. Valley Ranch Library, 401 Cimarron Trail, Irving 972-7214669 www.cityofirving.org

Julie Murphy & Jeramey Kraatz Launch Party

7-9pm. All ages. Join local YA authors Julie Murphy (Dump-

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6:30-9pm. This event is geared towards moms who are currently expecting a baby, had a baby within the last year, foster moms of infants, or are planning on growing their family soon. Texas Scottish Rite Hospital For Children, 2222 Welborn St, Dallas 214-5595000 www.tsrhc.org

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lin’) and Jeramey Kraatz (The Cloak Society) for a joint book launch party to celebrate the release of their new books. South Irving Library, 601 Schulze Dr. Irving 972-721-2606 www.cityofirving.org

Stage play with an all-black cast, telling the funny and dramatic story of a mother and her adult son, who both must learn to let go of their past relationship for him to grow up. Bruton Theatre, 1309 Canton Street, Dallas 214-943-2893 www.alwe.com


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5:30-7pm. The event includes a high-energy fashion show sponsored by Macy’s and the beautiful girls from Miss Texas Latina, art classes, vendors, music, give-aways and cocoa! Irving Mall, 3880 Irving Mall, Irving 972-255-0572 www. irvingmall.com

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7:30-9:30pm. Irving Chorale will spend the evening mixing old and new and giving a great flavor of what Broadway is now and what it once was. Irving Arts Center, 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd., Irving 972-252-2787 www. irvingartscenter.com

Disney’s The Little Mermaid

7pm. Based on the classic animated film, Disney’s The Little Mermaid, this fishy fable will capture your heart with its unforgettable songs. Casa Manana Theatre, 3101 W Lancaster Ave, Fort Worth 817-332-2272 www.casamanana.org/childrens-season-tickets

The Sounds of New Orleans – T’Monde

7pm. All ages. Free parking & admission. T’Monde plays music for the ears as well as the feet. Whistlestop Plaza, 123 W. Irving Blvd., Irving www. cityofirving.org

13 | SATURDAY Discovery Days: Meteorology

10am-4pm. Learn all about our weather as you create your own storm, explore lightning, and make your own weather forecast as you become a junior meteorologist for a day! Tickets required. Perot Museum of Nature and Science, 2201 N. Field St., Dallas 214-428-5555 www. perotmuseum.org

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Frontier Forts Muster

10am-4pm. During this free, two-day heritage event, the Stockyards National Historic District is transformed into an authentic representation of Texas frontier life. See authentic wagons, flags, music, colorful uniforms and military gear from Texas landmarks. Fort Worth Stockyards Station, 130 E. Exchange Avenue, Fort Worth 817-625-9715 www. stockyardsstation.com

Scarborough Renaissance Festival: Mother’s Day Brunch & Renaissance Romance Weekend

10am-6pm. Mother’s Day Brunch for the whole family with lively entertainment and buffet. Scarborough Renaissance Festival, 2511 FM 66, Waxahachie 972-938-3247 www.srfestival.com

Pop-Up Art Spot at DMA

1-4pm. All ages. Free. Visit the Pop-Up Art Spot and experience art in a new way. Dress up as a character, listen to songs scored by local musicians, or imagine a fantastical landscape inspired by nearby works of art. Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 North Harwood, Dallas 214-922-1200 www.dma.org

Safari Nights Concert Series Featuring: Petty Theft

5-9pm. Bring blankets or lawn chairs to watch the show, or reserve a private cabana that includes chairs and fans under a tent. Food will be available for purchase along with soft drinks, cold beer, and wine, or pack your own food and have a picnic. The Dallas Zoo, 650 S. RL Thornton Frwy, Dallas 469-554-7500 www.dallaszoo.com

55th Anniversary Spring Celebration Concert

7-10pm. Watch our 250 member choir perform plus an extra special musical set with members from our Alumnae Choir. Will Rogers Memorial


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14 | SUNDAY Mother’s Day Brunch at American Girl

10am-2pm. Ages 8 & Up. Have a special outing with your girl for Mother’s Day. Together, you’ll savor a delicious meal in our restaurant, and you’ll make new memories both of you will cherish! Reservations required. American Girl Bistro, 13464 Dallas Parkway, Dallas 214-530-2154 www.americangirl.com

Nordstrom Spring Beauty Trend Week

10am-6pm. Join us in stores for a week of all things beauty. You’ll get the scoop on the newest trends and products, insider tips and tricks, consultations, free samples and exclusive gifts with purchase (while supply lasts). Nordstrom - Galleria, 5220 Alpha Road, Dallas 972-702-0055 www. nordstrom.com

Second Sunday Funday: Masterpieces with Mom

1-4pm. Commemorate Mother’s Day by creating a tribute to Mom based on famous mothers in art through the ages. Irving Arts Center, 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd., Irving 972-252-2787 www.irvingartscenter.com

Spring Song - Honor

2-3pm. Honor those special, maternal figures in your life by joining The Women’s Chorus of Dallas for its annual Mother’s Day concert Texas Discovery Gardens, 3601 Martin Luther King Junior Blvd, Dallas www.thewomenschorusofdallas.com/concert-season.html

15 | MONDAY AT&T Byron Nelson

8am. It’s more than a golf tournament. It’s the AT&T Byron Nelson. Four Seasons Resort

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Mother Goose / Baby Storytime

10:30-11am. Up to 18 mos. every week. Valley Ranch Library, 401 Cimarron Trail, Irving 972-721-4669 www. cityofirving.org

Fort Worth Cattle Drive

11:30am & 4pm (subject to weather and the longhorns’ dispositions) the world’s only daily cattle drive clip-clops its way over the brick-paved streets of the Historic Fort Worth Stockyards. Fort Worth Stockyards, 121 E Exchange Ave, Fort Worth

Skyline 360 Tours with DCFA 12:30pm. In 20 minutes, you’ll learn all about the buildings that define our skyline in Uptown and Downtown Dallas. Meet at the Reading Room games cart! Klyde Warren Park, 2012 Woodall Rogers Freeway, Dallas 214-716-4500 www.klydewarrenpark.org

16 | TUESDAY Preschooler Storytime

10:30am. 3-6 yrs. South Irving Library, 601 Schulze Drive, Irving www.cityofirving.org

Brick by Brick Storytime

10:30am. 18 mos-4 yrs. Valley Ranch Library, 401 Cimarron Trail, Irving 972-721-3723 www. cityofirving.org

Toddler Storytime in Valley Ranch

10:30am. 1-4 yrs. Valley Ranch Library, 401 Cimarron Trail, Irving www.cityofirving.org

Family Storytime in Irving

11am. All ages are invited to join us for stories, songs, crafts and more. East Branch Library, 440 S. Nursery Rd., Irving 972721-3723

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17 | WEDNESDAY BOGO Wednesdays at the Arboretum

9am-5pm. Buy One Get One Free! Does not include parking. Dallas Arboretum, 8525 Garland Rd., Dallas 214-515-6615 www.dallasarboretum.org

Toddler Storytime in Valley Ranch

10:30am. 1-4 yrs. Valley Ranch Library, 401 Cimarron Trail, Irving www.cityofirving.org

American Sign Language Conversation Table

4:30pm. All ages, abilities, and levels of experience are welcome. South Irving Library, 601 Schulze Drive, Irving 972-7212606 www.cityofirving.com

Young Adult Library Leaders (Y’ALL)

5-6pm. Ages 11-18. Join us for feedback on teen events and a fun activity. Valley Ranch Library Meeting Room, 401 Cimarron Trail, Irving 972-7214669 www.cityofirving.org

18 | THURSDAY Bureau of Engraving & Printing – Tours

8:30am-5:30pm. Free. Reservations not required. Visitors can see where billions of dollars are printed from an enclosed walkway, which is suspended above the production floor! Bureau of Engraving and Printing, 9000 Blue Mound Road, Fort Worth 817-231-4000 www.moneyfactory.gov

19 | FRIDAY DFW ICON Vocal Competition

10am-8pm. Ages 7-30 yrs. The Most Fun Singing Contest in DFW w/ $20,000 in Prizes! Palace Theatre, 300 South Main Street, Grapevine 913708-4264 www.dfwicon.com

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Craftworks: Decorated Glass Candles

1-3pm. Ages 16 & Up. Decorate a glass pillar candle to keep or give as a gift! This twice-monthly program is for the crafty and not-so-crafty. West Irving Library, 4444 W. Rochelle Rd., Irving 972-7212691 www.cityofirving.org

20 | SATURDAY Taste of Irving

12-6pm. Food vendors, activities for children, culinary demos, live music and a craft marketplace. Free admission. Cimarron Park Recreation Center with complimentary shuttle service from Ranchview High School, 8401 E. Valley Ranch Parkway, IrvingEvents.org. See ad in this issue.

Scarborough Renaissance Festival: Legends of the Sea

10am-6pm. Children in mermaid and pirate costumes are invited to participate in pirate games and compete in a costume contest. Scarborough Renaissance Festival, 2511 FM 66, Waxahachie 972-9383247 www.srfestival.com

Tejano Heritage Festival at the Texas Musicians Museum

10am-5pm. The first ever Tejano Heritage Festival will celebrate the rich culture of the Tejano experience. Texas Music Museum, 222 East Irving Blvd, Irving 214-734-3915 www. tejanoheritagefestival.com

Gaming Marathon: Minecraft Party

2-5pm. Grades 6-12. Join us for our annual Gaming Marathon Minecraft Party! Play this bestselling game and create themed crafts. Avoid mobs and creepers as you craft your way to victory! South Irving Library, 601 Schulze Drive, Irving www.cityofirving.org

Safari Nights Concert Series Featuring: Memphis Soul 5-9pm. Bring blankets or lawn


chairs to watch the show, or reserve a private cabana that includes chairs and fans under a tent. Food will be available for purchase along with soft drinks, cold beer, and wine, or pack your own food and have a picnic. The Dallas Zoo, 650 S. RL Thornton Frwy, Dallas 469554-7500 www.dallaszoo.com

Sunny Ozuna and the Sunliners Tejano Heritage Festival

7pm-10:30pm. Tejano Heritage Festival featuring Sunny Ozuna and the Sunliners Texas Musicians Museum, 222 East Irving Blvd, Irving 972-2594444 www.texasmusiciansmuseum.com

Library, 601 Schulze Drive, Irving www.cityofirving.org

Brick by Brick Storytime

10:30am. 18 mos-4 yrs. Valley Ranch Library, 401 Cimarron Trail, Irving 972-721-3723 www. cityofirving.org

Family Storytime

11am-12pm. All ages are invited to join us for stories, songs, crafts and more. East Branch Library, 440 S. Nursery Rd., Irving 972-721-3723

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10:30am. 18mos-3 yrs. South Irving Library, 601 Schulze Drive, Irving www.cityofirving.org

Scarborough Renaissance Festival: Legends of the Sea

Mother Goose / Baby Storytime in West Irving

10am-6pm. Children in mermaid and pirate costumes are invited to participate in pirate games and compete in a costume contest. Scarborough Renaissance Festival, 2511 FM 66, Waxahachie 972-9383247 www.srfestival.com

Irving Dog Park

Daily. 4140 Valley View Lane, Irving 972-721-2501 www. cityofirving.org

Bleu Edmondson

8-10pm. Earthy & electrifying modern country. Levitt Pavilion, 100 W. Abram St, Arlington 817-543-4308 www.levittpavilionarlington.org

22 | MONDAY Dora & Diego - Let’s Explore!

10am-5pm. All ages. Children and families are invited to the enchanting world of Dora the Explorer. Fort Worth Museum of Science & History, 1600 Gendy St., Fort Worth 817-255-9300 www.fortworthmuseum.org

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10:30am. 3-6 yrs. South Irving

10:30am. 4-18 months. West Irving Library, 4444 W. Rochelle Rd., Irving www.cityofirving.org

American Sign Language Conversation Table

4:30pm. All ages, abilities, and levels of experience are welcome. South Irving Library, 601 Schulze Drive, Irving 972-7212606 www.cityofirving.com

25 | THURSDAY Irving Concert Series 4 Kids – Big Bang Boom

9am. Up to 5 yrs. Dynamic dads turned power pop band blend music genres for a sound that both parents and kids enjoy. Music, playground, concessions and more. Free admission. Irving Soccer Complex, 3585 World Cup Way, Irving 972-721-2501 www.irvingevents.org. See ad in this issue.

Tall Tales at Reunion Tower GeO-Deck

11am-12pm. Ages 2–5 yrs. Hear a story and sing a song. Seating is lounge inspired and will fill quickly. Reunion Tower, 300 Reunion Blvd E, Dallas 214-712-7040 www. dallaslibrary2.org

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7:30pm. Ride the wind and dream with Air Play, a modern spectacle that brings to life the very air we breathe. Flying umbrellas, larger-than-life balloons, giant kites floating over the audience, and the biggest snow globe you’ve ever seen will make you gasp in wonder and laugh until it hurts. Wyly Theatre, 2400 Flora Street, Dallas www.attpac.org

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11am-5pm. Food and Water storage, emergency power, training classes, supplies, gear! Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas, 500 Las Colinas Blvd W, Irving 972-2527476 www.irvingconventioncenter.com

Sarah Jaffe

8-10pm. Sarah Jaffe is a truth singer. Her words and voice seem to speak only to you, yet they contain a universal appeal. Levitt Pavilion, 100 W. Abram St, Arlington 817-5434308 www.levittpavilionarlington.org

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10am-6pm. Three days of music, merriment and magic will bring the event to a close. Scarborough Renaissance Festival, 2511 FM 66, Waxahachie 972-938-3247 www. srfestival.com

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5-9pm. Bring blankets or lawn chairs to watch the show, or reserve a private cabana that

includes chairs and fans under a tent. Food will be available for purchase along with soft drinks, cold beer, and wine, or pack your own food and have a picnic. The Dallas Zoo, 650 S. RL Thornton Frwy, Dallas 469-554-7500 www.dallaszoo.com

28 | SUNDAY Scarborough Renaissance Festival: Final Knights Weekend

10am-6pm. Three days of music, merriment and magic will bring the event to a close. Scarborough Renaissance Festival, 2511 FM 66, Waxahachie 972-938-3247 www. srfestival.com

Sunday Fun Day Family Matinee

1-5pm. All ages. Bring the family and create a memory aboard the excursion into the beautiful Piney Woods of East Texas. The Texas State Railroad, 789 Park Road 76, Rusk 877-726-7245 www. texasstaterr.com

29 | MONDAY Crafty Mondays

10:30am-12pm. Nature-themed crafts with your children included with admission. Texas Discovery Gardens - Fair Park, 3601 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Dallas 214-428-7476 www. texasdiscoverygardens.org

Mother Goose / Baby Storytime

10:30am. Up to 18 months. Valley Ranch Library, 401 Cimarron Trail, Irving 972-7214669 www.cityofirving.org

Brick by Brick in East Irving

4:30pm. 18 mos-4 yrs. East Branch Library, 440 S Nursery Rd, Irving www.cityofirving.org

30 | TUESDAY Preschooler Storytime

10:30am. 3-6 yrs. South Irving


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11am-12pm. All ages are invited to join us for stories, songs, crafts and more. East Branch Library, 440 S. Nursery Rd., Irving 972-721-3723

31 | WEDNESDAY LPGA Leadership Academy

8am-4pm. A two-day LPGA Leadership Academy to keep teenage girls engaged in golf and prepare them for leadership opportunities. The LPGA Leadership Academy uses golf as a vehicle to provide a framework for young women to develop their confidence, communication, and leadership skills. Las Colinas Country Club, 4400 N O’Connor Rd, Irving 972-541-1141 www.lascolinascc.com

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Summer of 17: Peace, Love & Art - Art Camps at Irving Arts Center

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14 Camp adventures in visual arts, theatre, music, and creative writing. For ages 4-16. 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd, Irving. Visit www.irvingartscenter.com for complete list of camps. See ad in this issue.

JUN 5 - AUG 18 Hula Fest Summer Camp at Irving Gymnastics

FENCING INSTITUTE OF TEXAS.......................................................... 33 972-242-0399 • fenceintexas.org

REX PROGRAMMING................................................................................... 29 972-215-9962 • rexprogramming.com THE SLOAN SCHOOL.................................................................................. 23 972-659-1199 • thesloanschool.com UTD CHESS CAMP........................................................................................ 22 972-883-4899 • utdallas.edu/chess

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7:30am-5:30pm. Full and half day camps for ages 4-12 with luaus, leis, gymnastics, obstacle courses, swim lessons, arts & crafts and tons of fun! 900 N. O’Connor, Irving 972-2541914 www.irvinggymnastics. net. See ad in this issue.

JUN 12-16 2017 Summer Chess Camp at UT Dallas

Join beginner, intermediate or advanced chess classes for ages 7-14. Morning (9amnoon) and afternoon (1-4pm) plus extended playing classes available. Other camps Jun 19-23, Jul 10-14 & Jul 17-21. Register at www.utdallas.edu/ chess. See ad in this issue.

JUN 19-23 Summer Camp at Fencing Institute of Texas

Learn how to fence at this fun camp. Other camps run July 17-21 and July 24-28. 1000 W. Crosby Rd, Ste 134, Carrollton 972-242-0399 www.fenceintexas.org. 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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scene Can you hear the first signs of spring? Or is your garden heralding the season with groups of daffodils and tulips? GOTTA

LOVE ‘EM I told my 10 year old daughter that it would be great if she enrolled in a few “Summer Enrichment” classes. She responded, “Sure, sign me up! I would love to be rich!” — Monica, mom of 3 jokesters

If so, bring part of that scene indoors. Daffodils and Tulips are great for arrangements. Some suggestions for you from our friends at www.learn2grow.com.

Daffodils have a sticky sap that’s not so friendly, so simply place them by themselves in water for 24 hours, after which you can combine with tulips and other spring wonders. Cut Tulips Don’t be shy – since these plants only produce one flower and rarely bloom more than one year you can cut the tulip all the way to the ground or pull it out and remove the lower foliage. No preservatives for tulips please, simply place in water and enjoy for a week of beauty. Of course, you can always go to your local grocer and purchase a bunch or two and design your very own bouquets to place around your home. Don’t forget the guest bathroom!

words of wisdom

Oprah Winfrey Biology is the least of what makes someone a mother.

Jokes: www.funology.com

You kidding me?

Why did the little bird get in trouble at school? Because he was caught tweeting on a test.

How does a bird with a broken wing manage to land safely? With its sparrowchute.

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wholesomeending hello fennel

women’s rights You may be shocked about this at first.

But, if you want to eat healthier it’s your right to be selfish with your food. Yes, you heard right! Look at your plate and ask yourself, “what’s in it for me?” What will eating this food give back to me? Good nutrients, vitamins and minerals? If yes, pick up your fork.

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Foods to consider often...

Asparagus. This veggie superfood is a prebiotic (which increases the probiotics in our digestive system) works to better absorb food and decrease discomfort from bloat. Awesome grilled or chopped up in a salad!

Cucumbers. Rich in

two of the most basic elements needed for healthy digestion: water and fiber. Also contains multiple B Vitamins. Make sure to eat the skin too! Because, just like cucumber helps your eyes de-puff, it will help your stomach de-bloat, too. Sip on chilled cucumber soup for a few days to reduce bloat.

Dandelion greens. Considered nutrient dense and a prebiotic too. A bit harder to find than asparagus, but definitely worth a trip to your local farmers market! Use the root and leaves in a tea, or include the greens in your favorite salad!

Embrace the Exotic That’s right, branch out from fruits of your childhood and embrace some of the odd and sometimes curious looking fruits native to tropical and sub-tropical regions. Like Dragon fruit. This juicy fruit has a subtle refreshing flavor, is low-calorie, high fiber and a good source vitamin C.

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go-to food for a bloated belly, an anti-inflammatory and a powerhouse digestive aid. You can add fresh ginger to smoothies and salad dressings. Try making Ginger Lemonade with ginger powder!

This un-sung hero looks oddly like celery and is eaten as a vegetable. The leaves and seeds are used to flavor foods. Some of the benefits of Fennel are the seeds, which when chewed (1/2 teaspoon) after meals can help facilitate proper digestion and also eliminate bad breath. Thank the essential oils for that. It’s also an anti-flatulent, due to special properties of the aspartic acid found in fennel. With fennel being a rich source of potassium, it can help with reducing high blood pressure, by relaxing the tension of blood vessels. Keep in mind not to overindulge in any one food source.

tip Decrease your risk of heart disease by eating less highly processed foods; Americans get 77% of sodium from processed foods.


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