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ummer is a very important season to us. It’s a chance to relax a bit, enjoy the outdoors, and maybe take a vacation from work and home. It’s also important for our health. That’s right – almost all the processes in our body are regulated by sunlight! It’s interesting that we are less likely to die of a heart attack during summer. We’ve got to thank Vitamin D for that; which is synthesized by sunlight. Several studies also have shown that ovarian, breast and colon cancer are slowed by exposure to sunlight. Do you have skin issues? Some skin disorders are caused by an over-sensitive immune system, and UV rays are known to reduce that sensitivity. Be careful; the therapeutic effects of sun usually occur in 15-20 minutes of sun exposure. After that time, it’s important to apply sunscreen, and reapply after swimming or sweating. And eat summer fruits and vegetables! This is their season too, embrace it. Find a local farmer’s market. Oh, and don’t forget to stay well hydrated! Without water our bodies can’t properly flush those toxins that cause problems. Okay, now go forth and shine; enjoy these God given days of summer, with longer days, beautiful colors, playing outdoors and eating pie. All with a Godward gaze.

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Parenting experts agree that... Taking a few minutes to connect with your child first thing will make all the difference in your morning routine. Simply snuggling for five minutes before barking orders will “fill your child’s cup” and make them more motivated to cooperate. Don’t have 5 minutes? At least give a hug and ask how they slept. It will not only strengthen the bond between you, science says it will promote optimal brain development in your kiddo too.

why hire a doula?

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) issued a Committee Opinion citing evidence that shows continuous, one-to-one support from a labor companion (doula) improves outcomes for women in labor. Benefits include shortened labor, a decreased need for pain medications and a reduced likelihood of cesarean birth. The Committee Opinion recommends several beneficial labor and birth practices; use of a doula is just one of them.

BABY ON BOARD Travelling while pregnant is perfectly safe as long as it’s a normal, healthy pregnancy. It’s a good idea to discuss your trip plans with your doctor or midwife, though. When driving, keep travel time to around 5-6 hours and take plenty of breaks. When flying, choose an aisle seat so you can get up and stretch if you need to. And, it’s recommended that you don’t fly after 36 weeks.

sad dad. Dads can suffer from postpartum depression too. It’s true. Reported rates range from 1-25 percent. Lack of sleep, worry, and yes hormone changes play a role. Men are most vulnerable if they have other health problems, are unemployed and/or the mother is depressed. If that’s the case, the couple should seek outside help since dad may have trouble stepping up to help mom. It’s actually imperative for everyone’s well-being.

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The best shoes for your baby are no shoes at all, especially in the summer. Going barefoot helps build arches and strengthen ankles as babies learn to walk. Plus, kids keep their heads up more when walking barefoot. It’s looking down that throws them off balance.

Of course, shoes are important to protect tiny feet from rough surfaces when walking outside. Just make sure they are made with breathable material (not plastic), and have flexible nonslip soles and secure closures.


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Caitlin, new mom Q. I’ve had a fairly uneventful pregnancy so far, but now in my third trimester, my feet are all swollen. Why is that? A. It’s pretty common for your feet to swell when you’re pregnant. In the heat of the summer, it’s even more common. Not only are you retaining more water right now, your growing uterus is putting pressure on your pelvic veins. This pressure slows the return of blood from your legs to your heart and forces fluid from your veins into the tissues of your feet. To relieve the pressure, put your feet up whenever possible and drink plenty of water. After the baby is born, everything should go back to normal.

Patrice, mom of one Q. How long should my baby sleep on his back? A. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that babies sleep on their backs until they are one year of age. You should also make sure everyone who cares for your baby (including grandparents, babysitters and childcare providers, older siblings, and others) knows how to reduce the risk of SIDS and other sleep-related dangers. They may think one time won’t matter, but it can. When a baby who usually sleeps on his back is suddenly laid on his stomach to sleep, the risk of SIDS is very high.

Jenny Q. What is special education inclusion? I heard over-talk at a school event. A. Inclusion means giving all students access to regular classrooms, instruction and learning opportunities. Although the term “inclusive classrooms” is relatively new, it complies with the original intention of laws passed by Congress, beginning with the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) of 1975. Mary Ellen | Editor and Registered Dietitian editor@suburbanparent.com

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What can I do for allergies while pregnant? A. It is common for women with allergies to have changes in their symptoms during their pregnancy. Allergies can temporarily be treated with nasal saline, salt water, which is safe to use during pregnancy since it is not actually a drug. Generally it is recommended to spray 3 to 6 sprays in each nostril, leaving the saline in the nose for up to 30 seconds, and then blowing the nose. If needed, Antihistamines are safe to be used during pregnancy; many of them are ranked as Category B medications. By taking one you may be able to control your allergies. If you are an allergy sufferer who has been on allergy shots prior to becoming pregnant, you do have the option to continue allergy shots throughout your pregnancy. Typically the dose will not be increased and many Allergists may consider slightly decreasing the dose during pregnancy. It is necessary to speak to your Allergist and/or Obstetrics/Gynecologist prior to starting any new medications during pregnancy. Nana Mireku, MD FACAAI, FAAAAI Chief of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology USMD/MCNT


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BY SARAH LYONS

5 tips for

Choosing a Pediatrician

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fter your baby is born, you will visit the pediatrician often. In the first year, your baby will have seven well visits. Studies show that first time parents may visit their child’s pediatrician up to sixteen times before baby’s first birthday. Your child’s doctor plays an important role in your baby’s life; therefore, you will need to find one that is a good fit for you and the child. It can be challenging to find a pediatrician that is right for your family. Here are some tips to get you started on your search.

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Start with recommendations

As a first time parent, or a family that has just relocated, it’s hard to know where to

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begin your search for a pediatrician. “I asked other moms for a recommendation. It’s a great way to see what names came up repeatedly,” says local mom, Jill. Stacy, nurse and mom of three suggests asking your OB GYN for a recommendation. “I figured if they were good enough for my doctor’s kids then they were good enough for mine.” Some parents, like Nathan and Wendy, chose the same primary care doctor for the whole family. “All four of us use the same doctor. It is super convenient.” says Nathan. Another great way to narrow your search in a new area is to call a local NICU and ask the nurses who they would recommend. “The nurses are more likely to give unbiased feedback,” says Rodganna, mom of three.

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Cover the basics

First you must compare your list of candidates with your insurance policy. Look to see what providers are in your network and then start looking for reviews of those doctors online. “I was able to find a doctor that was better than we ever expected,” says Stephanie, mom of two. Check if the doctor is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics. This means the doctor has passed a specialized test in pediatrics. If you choose a family doctor, ask if the doctor is certified in the American Board of Family Medicine. Family doctors are trained to treat patients of all ages, including children, but they do not have a specialty in pediatrics. Next consider the basic office information that can be

found online or with a quick phone call. What are the office hours? Do they have walk in hours? Will the doctor visit the hospital where you will deliver your baby? What hospital will your child be admitted to if needed? Is the office location convenient to your home, work, school, and daycare? Take these things into consideration as you narrow down your list.

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Visit the office

To find out if you feel comfortable in the pediatrician’s office, you will have to take a tour. Call the office and ask if they have times set up for potential patients to come and visit the office, or if you would need to make an appointment. Maybe ask if you can interview the doctor at the same time. Remember to ask if there is a charge


for visiting. Verify with your insurance company to see if the cost would be covered or if you would be responsible for the fees. When visiting the office be aware of what the overall environment feels like. Take into consideration if the office staff is courteous, polite, and willing to help. Is the office clean and inviting? Was parking convenient? Do they have separate sick and well waiting areas? Take all of these things into consideration in your decision. If you plan to visit more than one office, be sure to take notes for later consideration.

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Ask some questions

After you have decided that the office environment is a good fit, you will need to interview the pediatrician. Pharmacists, Darcy and Phil said, “After collecting recommendations, I scoured their websites, set up appointments and interviewed them. After the visits, it was very clear which was a good fit.” Start by asking how sick appointments work. How long would it take for a sick child to be seen? Is there a good chance the child will be seen by his own doctor? Do you have similar views on health and wellness such as circumcision, breastfeeding, and immunizations? It’s also important to consider what your preferences are. “Do you want a doctor who offers choices and lets you decide which one works best for you? Or would you be more comfortable with one who gives a lot of directions?” Overall, does the doctor seem genuinely interested in your child or does he seem distracted or rushed? Take your overall impression into account when making your decision.

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Bedside manner

How the doctor interacts with your child will have a lot of impact on the decision to choose a pediatrician. Do you feel comfortable around the doctor? Does your child? Are they willing to take the time to

listen to your questions and concerns? A good bedside manner can go a long way in making you and your child feel comfortable. Finding the right pediatrician can be overwhelming, but realize your decision does not have to be permanent. “It’s important to recognize you are

When is it time to find a new pediatrician?

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If your child cries the wholetime, that alone, is not cause to switch. However, if the doctor doesn’t seem to care or make an effort to soothe your child, you may have a problem.

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If you’re unclear why a certain medication is prescribed or why a test is done. If you can’t come to an agree ment, or at least a middle ground, on most issues. If the location and hours are no longer working for your family. If the doctor often seems inaccessible when your child is sick. If the doctor is making you feel bad or consistently reproaching you for parenting choices.

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not stuck with your decision. You see your pediatrician a lot in those first months and if there is something really bothering you, it’s okay to switch,” says Becky, mom of 3. The parent’s goal is the same as the pediatrician’s, a happy and healthy child. When you find a doctor that is a good fit for your family, you can all work together to reach this goal. SP

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When a friend suffers from Postpartum Mood Disorder BY RUTH HANLEY

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our friend just had a baby and at first she seemed happy and excited to be a new mom. As you drop by in the following weeks however, she seems anxious, angry, or withdrawn in a way that you wouldn’t expect. She confides one day that being a new mom isn’t what she expected. What can you do to help when you think a friend might have more than “the baby blues”? What if she still seems unlike herself weeks after the baby is born and might need some extra help? Postpartum mood disorder (PMD) is the number one complication with childbirth. It affects fifteen to twenty percent of new mothers and is often undiagnosed in women, leaving new moms worrying and wondering why they don’t feel “normal”. PMD can affect women who have had a baby, stillborn child, or miscarriage, women who are pregnant, or women who have ended breastfeeding. PMD can include any number of symptoms: obsessive-compulsive behavior, depression, anxiety, or anger. Talking with a trusted friend may be the first step in reaching out for help. Though you can’t diagnose PMD yourself, if you have a friend who you think is struggling, there are ways that you can help.

THE GIFT OF A NAP

Offer to babysit so that she can take a nap. Sleep not only helps ease symptoms of PMD, it will help any mom who is feeling the toll of sleep deprivation. If she is willing, take the


baby out on a walk with your own little one or let her drop her baby off at your house. You can babysit while your child plays and she can take a nap back at her house or at yours.

BRING COFFEE AND LEAVE JUDGMENTS AT THE DOOR

Bring her a cup of coffee or her favorite decaffeinated drink and listen to her celebrations and fears. Don’t dismiss or try to solve all her problems, but listen and let her feel heard. It might be hard to listen without trying to fix all her problems, but a listening ear is what she really needs right now. If she says something that truly concerns you, encourage her to reach out to a professional who can help her.

SHARE YOUR EXPERIENCE

Perhaps you’ve been through PMD yourself. Share your experience with her and let her know that she is not alone. This type of sharing can help others feel less isolated. PMD is misunderstood and undiagnosed for so many moms. Let your friend know that how she feels is not her fault, and that she deserves health and happiness.  

HOOK HER UP WITH A COMMUNITY

Did you have a baby group that helped you feel a part of a community? Perhaps you found it through the hospital where you had your baby, or perhaps there was a walking group or a ‘mommy and me’ class that helped you meet other moms. Let your friend know which organizations and groups support new moms and provide a community of other moms with babies the same age as hers. There is a normalizing power to having a safe place where you can talk about your fears and know that other moms are going through the same challenges at the same time.

HELP HER TO REACH OUT FURTHER If your friend would like more support, she can start by contacting Postpartum Support International. PSI has a national “warm line” at 1-800-944-4773. This number is staffed by trained volunteers, some of whom have had PMD themselves. They quickly return the messages left on their confidential voicemail and help with support, information, and resources. PSI also has information on local area coordinators who give resource suggestions that are closer to home. So, if a friend thinks she may have PMD, she should try to get help as soon as she can, not because she needs to feel guilty, but because she is worth it. It can be hard to just listen to a friend rather than trying to “fix” her. Sometimes you may feel like you’re not doing enough to make a difference. However, sharing your own story and being open about your experiences lets them know they’re not alone. It creates a better climate for others to share their thoughts and feelings as well. Sometimes helping a friend means being present with them through their storm and reminding them that they are not alone, it’s not their fault, and there is help. SP Ruth Hanley had PMD after each of her two children were born and has a special interest in helping moms advocate for themselves and know that they are not alone.

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lemon-basil shrimp summer salad SERVES 4

What you need... - 3 pounds unpeeled, cooked shrimp (large) - 1 red onion, diced - 1 red bell pepper, diced - 1 yellow bell pepper, diced - Lemon-Basil Marinade (see recipe below) - Bag of Mixed Salad Leaves

What you do:...

Peel shrimp and devein, place shrimp and next ingredients into a large zip-top bag. Chill for 8 hours or up to 24 hours, turning bag occasionally. Stir in basil 1 hour before serving. Drain and discard marinade.

Basil-Lemon Marinade...

Can be prepared 1 day in advance - 1 cup vegetable oil - 1 cup red wine

Try this recipe!

- 2 tablespoons grated lemon rind - 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice - 1 tablespoon sugar

Pregnant moms – don’t worry, shrimp is considered a low mercury safe fish.

- 2 tablespoons hot sauce (if you want) - 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard - 2 garlic cloves, pressed - 1/2 teaspoon salt - 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil – Add to marinade 1 hour before serving Divide greens evenly in serving bowls; arrange shrimp mixture evenly over lettuce. Enhance with Fresh Lemon Vinaigrette served on top.

Fresh Lemon Vinaigrette - 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice - 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard - Garlic clove, pressed - 1/4 teaspoon salt - 1/4 teaspoon black pepper - 1/2 cup vegetable oil

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Eating the Mediterranean Way

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t meout community calendar | july 2017

1 | SATURDAY Watermelon Giveaway 8am-1pm. Free Watermelon for the first 75 guests (*w/ additional market purchaselimit one per family). Grand Prairie Farmers Market, 120 W. Main Street, Grand Prairie www.gptx.org/farmersmarket

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Jewelry, Gems, Minerals & Fossils 9am-6pm. The 60th AGMC show consists of over 25 vendors, a mobile mine, silent auction, kids area and classes. Grapevine Convention Center, 1209 S. Main Street, Grapevine www.agemclub.org

Fourth of July Weekend 11am. The Garden will feature blues bands throughout the garden to enliven your Independence Day picnic. Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, 8525 Garland Road, Dallas 214-5156615 www.dallasarboretum.org

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2017 Rockin’ the River Music Series 1-10pm. Free weekly tubing and concert series – an

outdoor live music venue and waterfront stage right on the Trinity River. Panther Island Pavilion, 395 Purcey Street, Fort Worth 817-698-0700 www. pantherislandpavilion.com

Prairie 972-237-4120 www. loydpark.com

3rd Annual Billy Bob’s 4th of July Picnic

10am-2pm. The market replicates a European-style market where you can not only meet local farmers, artisanal food producers and craftsmen, but sample and purchase their products in a colorful, family-friendly venue. Trinity Valley Shopping Center, 2722 N Josey Lane, Carrollton www. fourseasonsmarkets.com

7pm. Featuring Eli Young Band, Green River Ordinance, Charlotte Leigh & more Billy Bob’s Texas, 2520 Rodeo Plaza, Fort Worth 817-624-7117 www.billybobstexas.com

Ann, The Ann Richards Play, Stage West 7:30pm. Ann is an inspiring and hilarious new play that brings you face to face with a complex, colorful, and captivating personality bigger than the state from which she hailed. Dupree Theater, 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd., Irving 972-252-7558 www. irvingartscenter.com

Movies on the Beach Rogue One 8:30pm. Free movie with park entry. Concessions will be available for cash purchase. Loyd Park at Joe Pool Lake, 3401 Ragland Road, Grand

2 | SUNDAY Carrollton Farmers Market

Spanish-Language Tour 2-3pm. Free admission. The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell Street, Fort Worth 817-738-9215 www. themodern.org

The Music of Led Zeppelin 8:15pm. Come out to hear the FWSO’s tribute to one of the most famous bands on the planet. Fort Worth Botanic Garden, 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd, Fort Worth www. fwsymphony.org

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Concerts in the Garden: Old-Fashioned Family Fireworks Picnic

Southlake 817-748-8019 www. visitsouthlaketexas.com

8:15pm. Fort Worth Botanic Garden, 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd, Fort Worth www. fwsymphony.org

Patriotic Pops in Plano

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Texas Rangers vs Boston Red Sox & Post Game Fireworks

4pm. Annual Fourth of July fest which features an airshow, live entertainment, concessions, games, rides and 30 minutes of awesome fireworks. Addison Circle, Addison www. addisonkaboomtown.com

Red, White and Boom on the Bridge 6pm. Plenty of fun including the fireworks display, music, food, vendors, children’s activities and more. Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, Dallas www. kluv.cbslocal.com

Red, White, and Blue Blast 6pm. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, bug spray and join us for an evening of good, oldfashioned family fun. Heritage Park, 4408 Hudson Drive, Sachse www.cityofsachse. com/parks

Southlake Stars and Stripes 6pm. Patriotic music in the park with activities for all ages and fireworks. The Plaza at Town Square, Between Grand Ave E & W,

7:05pm. Watch the game then stay seated for post-game Fourth of July fireworks display. Globe Life Park in Arlington, 1000 Ballpark Way, Arlington 817-273-5222 www. mlb.com

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4 | TUESDAY Irving Independence Day Parade and Reception 9am-12pm. The celebration begins with Irving’s community parade. Community Reception Immediately following at Heritage Park! Live music, free children’s activities. Irving Heritage District / Heritage Park, 217 S. Main Street, Irving www.cityofirving.org

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Arlington 4th of July Parade 9am. Downtown Arlington 817-330-9USA www. arlington4th.org

Highland Park Fourth of July Parade 9am. Highland Park Village, 47 Highland Park Village, Dallas 214-443-9898 www. hpvillage.com

Red, White and Boom Parade & Yankee Doodle Block Party 10am. Historic Downtown McKinney, 111 N. Tennessee St., McKinney www. mckinneytexas.org

Independence Day Pool Party 12pm. Veterans and active duty military get in free with ID. The Texas Pool, 901 Springbrook, Plano

Fair Park Fourth 12pm. Fair Park, 1300 Robert B. Cullum Blvd., Dallas 214-4263400 www.fairpark.org

Fort Worth’s Fourth 2pm. Free Kidzone, Festival Fare, Live Music, Flyovers, Fireworks & more! Panther Island Pavilion, 395 Purcey Street, Fort Worth www. fortworthsfourth.com

Bedford 4thFest 12pm. Live musical entertainment, a variety of themed family friendly activities, classic car show,

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yummy festival food and, of course, fireworks. Boys Ranch Park, 2801 Forest Ridge Drive, Bedford 817-952-2101 www. bedfordtx.gov

Hurst Stars & Stripes 5pm. Kids area, two food courts onsite, main stage with music. FREE shuttle buses to and from the Northeast Mall Nordstrom Parking Lot. Hurst Community Park Soccer Fields, Hurst 817788-7320 www.hursttx.gov/ hurststarsandstripes

Irving Independence Day Fireworks Show 6-10pm. An evening festival, featuring free activities and rides for children, a wide range of food vendors and live music performances and fireworks. Lake Carolyn, 601 E. Las Colinas Blvd., Irving www.cityofirving. org/1291/Independence-DayFireworks-Show

Family 4th Celebration 6pm. City of Richardson Breckenridge Park, Richardson 972-744-4300 www.cor.net/parks

5 | WEDNESDAY Affordable Spay/Neuter for Pets - Appointments Required 8am. Pet parents: schedule your appointment to have your pet spayed or neutered


• Certified, American Board of Pediatric Dentistry • Adjunct Assistant Professor at Baylor College of Dentistry • Comprehensive Dental Care for: - Infants, Children and Adolescents - Patients with Special Needs • Sedation Dentistry • Hospital Dentistry, privileged at Children’s Medical Center • Medicaid, CHIP and most major PPO Insurance accepted • Certified EZ Pedo Zirconia Crown Provider • Certified Waterlase Laser Dentistry Provider

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timeout at an affordable cost. Services provided by Texas Coalition for Animal Protection (TCAP). Spay / Neuter Clinic - Irving Animal Care, 4140 Valley View Lane, Irving 940-566-5551 www.cityofirving.org

Park, 2012 Woodall Rogers Freeway, Dallas 214-716-4500 www.klydewarrenpark.org

Storytime at Amon Carter 10:30am. Ages up to 8 yrs. Register to win a free book! Amon Carter Museum of American Art, 3501 Camp Bowie Blvd, Fort Worth 817-7381933 www.cartermuseum.org

12-4pm. A great event that provides entertainment for the public with numerous Mariachis from the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Traders Village, 2602 Mayfield Rd, Grand Prairie 972-647-2331 www. tradersvillage.com

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North Dallas Toy Show

JumpstART Stories & Art!: “On the Beach” 10am. Ages 2 & Up. Explore new stories and fun art projects during this creative story time that combines art and children’s literature. Irving Arts Center, 3333 North MacArthur Blvd., Irving 972-252-2787 www. irvingartscenter.com

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

7 | FRIDAY Texicon 12:00pm. Gaming extravaganza featuring miniature, role-playing and board games. Come out for a weekend of family fun. Hurst Conference Center, 1601 Campus Drive, Hurst 817-5810044 www.hurstcc.com

Children’s Park at Klyde Warren Park 8pm. It’s storytime! The child-size amphitheatre and storytelling tree will be a treasured spot in the children’s park and playground. Klyde Warren

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8 | SATURDAY Festival de Mariachi

9am-3pm. Dallas Events Center, 4343 Sigma Road Suite 600, Dallas 214-358-3628 www.dallas-events-center.com

DFW Family Kick-Off 12pm. It’s a kick-off for the 2017 Greater Dallas/ Fort Worth WALK to End Hydrocephalus! It will be a great opportunity for every affected by hydrocephalus to meet, network, and learn more about our WALK. Cottonwood Creek Park, N. Story Road South of Walnut Hill Lane, Irving 888-598-3789 www.support.hydroassoc. org/2017dfwwalk

Irving Chautauqua: Birds of the World 2pm. All ages. This presentation is an interactive free-flight show, featuring birds from around the world. South Irving Library, 601 Schulze Drive, Irving 972-7212606 www.cityofirving.org

2nd Annual Christmas in July 9am-4pm Ho,Ho,Ho...Merry Christmas in July! Come join us on July 8 from 9am-4pm for the 2nd Annual Christmas in July Craft Show! There will be vendors, food, holiday music and Christmas decor throughout the entire day. FREE admission to the public! Will Rogers Memorial Center, 3401 W. Lancaster Avenue, Fort Worth www.facebook. com/cieventsandproduction


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timeout Fourth of July Weekend 11am-2pm. The Garden will feature blues bands throughout the garden to enliven your Independence Day picnic. Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, 8525 Garland Road, Dallas 214-5156615 www.dallasarboretum.org

9 | SUNDAY Dallas Farmers Market Open Daily! 10am-8pm. 26,000 square foot food hall and artisanal vendor market. Dallas Farmers Market, 920 S. Harwood, Dallas, www.dallasfarmersmarket.org

28th Annual Yellow Rose Classic Car Show www.mistystagnonephotography.com www.facebook.com/mistystagnonephotography

10am-6pm. Admission $12, Kids 12 & Under Free. All Ford Powered Vehicles. Arlington Convention Center, 1200 Ballpark Way, Arlington www. arlington-tx.gov

Dub Splash 2017 10am-6pm. One of the largest Volkswagen car shows in the country. Fun for the whole family. Sandy Lake Amusement Park, 1800 Sandy Lake Road, Carrollton 972242-7449 www.sandylake.com

Second Sunday Funday “Summer Splash” 1-4pm. Hands-on art days give parents and children projects they can co-create, far from daily distractions. Irving Arts Center, 3333 North MacArthur Blvd., Irving 972-252-7558 www.irvingartscenter.com

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Summer of 17: Peace, Love & Art - Art Camps at Irving Arts Center Weekly Camp adventures in visual arts, theatre, music, and creative writing. For ages 4-16. Camp runs thru Aug 11. 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd, Irving. Visit www.irvingartscenter.com for complete list of camps. See ad in this issue.

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

Free Ballet Classes Join us for a month of free classes during our Grand Opening Special. Runs through July 31. Irving Ballet School, 3248 Skyway Circle N., Irving. 214-222-9215 www. irvingballetschool.com. See ad in this issue.

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. Camp runs thru 7/14. Next camp Jul 17-21. Register at www.utdallas.edu/chess. See ad in this issue.

Live & Let Dye, Multi-Arts Camp #3 8am-5pm. Featuring 5 classic topics/focus areas throughout the week: Irving Arts Center, 3333 North MacArthur Blvd., Irving 972-252-7558 www. irvingartscenter.com

Mad Science Fun on the GeO-Deck 11am. The Mad Science team will transform laboratory science into fun, interactive learning experiences. Reunion Tower, 300 Reunion Blvd E, Dallas 214-712-7040 www. reuniontower.com

11 | TUESDAY Summer II Session begins at North Lake College Enroll now for summer and fall classes. Fall session starts Aug 21. Visit www.northlakecollege. edu for more information. See ad in this issue.


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timeout Dallas Farmers Market Open Daily! 10am-8pm. The Market is a 26,000 square foot food hall and artisanal vendor market. Dallas Farmers Market, 920 S. Harwood, Dallas www. dallasfarmersmarket.org

12 | WEDNESDAY Register Online for Parks and Recreation Programs Join an exercise class or sign up your child for day camp online at www. activecommunities.com

Putting Green at Klyde Warren Park 10am-8pm. Bring your favorite club and enjoy the Putting Green on the East Lawn anytime of the day. Klyde Warren Park, 2012 Woodall Rogers Freeway, Dallas 214-716-4500 www. klydewarrenpark.org

13 | THURSDAY Summer Fun Thursdays presents SciTech Discovery Center 1-2pm. Summer Fun Thursdays offers free indoor activities for families every Thursday in June and July. All events take place in Grand Court between Neiman Marcus and the Food Court. The Shops at Willow Bend, 6121 W. Park Blvd., Plano 972-202-4900 www. shopwillowbend.com

14 | FRIDAY Steven Benezue: Mapping Spaces 9am-5pm. Inspired by studies in architecture, urban design, real estate and land management as well as passion for photography, travel and maps, works of artist Steven Benezue are presented in the Carpenter Lobby gallery. Irving Arts Center, 3333 North MacArthur

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Blvd., Irving 972-252-7558 www.irvingartscenter.com

Gustafer Yellowgold’s Show 12:15pm. An absurdly funny and touching live multi-media concert of live songs, stories and animation, performed by award-winning illustrator/ songwriter MorganTaylor. Hurst Public Library, 901 Precinct Line Rd, Hurst 817-788-7300 www.hursttx.gov

Cowpoke Camp: Wild West 8:30am-12pm. Ages 6-10yrs. Come on down to the Wild West show. Learn a few roping skills and show off your western style through games and crafts! National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame, 1720 Gendy Street, Fort Worth 817-336-4475 www.cowgirl.net

15 | SATURDAY Artisan Market & Dog Day at Viridian 8am. Come experience all things local and enjoy tasty Overlook Park at Viridian, 1210 Viridian Park Lane, Arlington 817-200-6543 www. ViridianDFW.com

Farmers Market, Four Seasons Markets 9am-2pm. Shop the market, then cool off while you peruse the galleries! Irving Arts Center, 3333 North MacArthur Blvd., Irving 972-252-7558 www.fourseasonsmarkets.com

Super Hero Family Paint Party! 10am-2pm. Come dressed as your favorite Hero or Shero and enjoy canvas painting, face painting, snacks and more!! Valley Ranch Association, 8830 N MacArthur Blvd, Suite 101, Irving 972-869-1430 www. valleyranch.org

Zombie King Arthur Suydam at the NTX Comic Book Show 10am-5pm. Professional Artist (Marvel, Batman, etc.), Arthur Suydam, The Zombie King, heads to the North Texas


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timeout Comic Book Show. He will be doing free sketches for the kids. Tickets are $15 for single day / $25 for two days. Comic Book Dallas (North Texas Comic Book Shows), 500 West Las Colinas Blvd., Irving www.eventbrite.com

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

Super Saturday at Irving Gymnastics 6-10pm. Ages 4 & Up. Free time on the equipment, bounce on the trampoline, tumble through obstacle courses, play games, learn gymnastics moves, and make new friends. $25 per child at the door. Irving Gymnastics, 900 N. O’Connor, Irving 972-254-1914 www. irvinggymnastics.net

16 | SUNDAY Carrollton Farmers Market 10am-2pm. Meet local farmers and sample and purchase their products in a colorful, family-friendly venue. Trinity Valley Shopping Center, 2722 N Josey Lane, Carrollton www. fourseasonsmarkets.com

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

Bonus Funday and Artist Receptions 2-4pm. Irving Arts Center hosts a bonus Family Funday with free guided craft projects that are fun for the whole family. Irving Arts Center, 3333 North MacArthur Blvd., Irving 972-252-2787 www. irvingartscenter.com

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17 | MONDAY Summer Camp at Fencing Institute of Texas Learn how to fence at this fun camp. Camp runs thru 7/21. Next camp July 24-28. 1000 W. Crosby Rd, Ste 134, Carrollton 972-242-0399 www. fenceintexas.org.

Good Vibrations, Multi-Arts Camp #4 8am-5pm. Featuring 5 classic topics/focus areas throughout the week Irving Arts Center, 3333 North MacArthur Blvd., Irving 972-252-7558 www. irvingartscenter.com

18 | TUESDAY 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 817-9671560 www.crsmithmuseum.org

Dallas Farmers Market Open Daily! 10am-8pm. 26,000 square foot food hall and artisanal vendor market. Dallas Farmers Market, 920 S. Harwood, Dallas www. dallasfarmersmarket.org

19 | WEDNESDAY Affordable Spay/Neuter for Pets - Appointments Required 8am. Pet parents: schedule your appointment to have your pet spayed or neutered at an affordable cost. Services provided by Texas Coalition for Animal Protection (TCAP). Spay / Neuter Clinic - Irving Animal Care, 4140 Valley View Lane, Irving 940-566-5551 www.cityofirving.org

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Dollar Day at the Dallas Zoo

World’s Largest Super Soaker Battle

9am-5pm. Annual Dollar Day with special $1 admission and other discounts. Dallas Zoo, 650 South RL Thornton Freeway, Dallas www.dallaszoo.com

Fair Park Crits 5:30pm. KRG’s Thursday Night Criterium in Fair Park draws consistent crowds and an average of more than 300 elite and novice amateur racers each week. Fair Park - Parking Lot 8, 1121 First Avenue, Dallas 214-426-3400 www.fairpark.org

Fritz Park Petting Farm 10am-6pm. All Ages. Free. Learn about farming and farm animals-from goats, sheep, chickens, horses, ducks and rabbits. Fritz Park, 312 Vilbig St., Irving 972-579-1319 www. cityofirving.org

21 | FRIDAY Flight 1549: Miracle on the Hudson 9am-5pm. Retrace the path of US Airways Flight 1549 from its departure from La Guardia International Airport to the emergency landing and evacuation on the Hudson River. CR Smith Museum, 4601 Texas Hwy 360 at FAA Road, Fort Worth 817-967-1560 www. crsmithmuseum.org

The Mustangs of Las Colinas 11am-5pm. Visit the bronze sculpture of nine wild mustangs galloping across a granite stream then visit the Mustangs of Las Colinas Museum and learn the story of African wildlife artist Robert Glen. Mustangs of Las Colinas Museum and Sculpture, 5221 North O’Connor Road, Suite 110E, Irving 972-8699047 www.mustangsoflascolinas.com

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2-4pm. This second attempt to make a Guinness record will be a family-friendly event with food, fun, games & giveaways. Mavericks Stadium, 1309 W. Mitchell Street, Arlington www.uta.edu

Autism Awareness Family Celebration 9-11am. On selected days, the DMA will be open early for children with autism and their families to enjoy art together in a fun environment. Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 North Harwood, Dallas 214-922-1200 www.dma.org

Farmers Market, Four Seasons Markets 9am-2pm. Shop the market, then cool off while you peruse the galleries! Irving Arts Center, 3333 North MacArthur Blvd., Irving 972-252-7558 www.fourseasonsmarkets.com

The Human Library 10am. Read a person-look behind the “cover” and learn his or her story. Visit www. humanlibrary.org. West Irving Library Meeting Room, 4444 W. Rochelle Road, Irving 972721-2691 www.cityofirving.org

Garden Time for Kids 10am. Bring your little ones over to the Learning Garden under the flag pole for a hands on lesson about where their food comes from, how gardens work and what’s ripening this week. Coppell Farmers Market, 768 W Main St, Coppell www. coppellfarmersmarket.org

Dora & Diego - Let’s Explore! 10am-5pm. Enter the enchanting world of Dora the Explorer, Diego, and Boots and Baby Jaguar! Fort Worth Museum of Science & History, 1600 Gendy St., Fort Worth 817-255-9300 www. fortworthmuseum.org


IRVING ARTS CENTER................................................................................ 24 irvingartscenter.com IRVING GYMNASTICS....................................................................... 23 & 31 972-254-1914 • irvinggymnastics.net MISS BLOOMINDALE’S ACADEMY........................................................ 3 972-869-9145 • missbloomingdales.com RBR MUZIK.......................................................................................................... 13 214-446-5225 • rbrmuzik.com REX PROGRAMMING.................................................................................... 31 972-215-9962 • rexprogramming.com UTD CHESS CAMP........................................................................................ 26 972-883-4899 • utdallas.edu/chess

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

Showtime Saturdays 11:30am. Every Saturday DFW children and families are invited to enjoy the amazing FREE entertainment provided by Galleria Dallas and our friends from Slappy’s Playhouse. Dallas Galleria Level 3 Near the Children’s Play Place, 13350 Dallas Parkway, Dallas 972-258-6313 www.slappyandmonday.com

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25 | TUESDAY Adventures with Clifford The Big Red Dog™

23 | SUNDAY Flight 1549: Miracle on the Hudson

Fritz Park Petting Farm

9am-5pm. Retrace the path of US Airways Flight 1549 from its departure from La Guardia International Airport to the emergency landing and evacuation on the Hudson River. CR Smith Museum, 4601 Texas Hwy 360 at FAA Road, Fort Worth 817-967-1560 www. crsmithmuseum.org

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10am-6pm. All Ages. Free. Learn about farming and farm animals-from goats, sheep, chickens, horses, ducks and rabbits. Fritz Park, 312 Vilbig St., Irving 972-579-1319 www. cityofirving.org

Breastfeeding Boot Camp

24 | MONDAY 8am-5pm. Participants are challenged to imagine themselves stranded on an island and tasked with group organization and survival. Irving Arts Center, 3333 North MacArthur Blvd., Irving 972-252-7558 www. irvingartscenter.com

Mad Science Fun on the GeO-Deck

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7-8:30pm. We meet every other month, on the 4th Monday. Our goal is to protect and enhance the natural resources and wildlife in Valley Ranch. Java Me Up, 401 Cimarron Trail #150, Irving 972-409-6838 www.facebook. com/VRGreenClub

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

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11am. The Mad Science team will transform laboratory science into fun, interactive learning experiences. Fun for all ages. Reunion Tower, 300 Reunion Blvd E, Dallas 214-7127040 www.reuniontower.com

8am-12pm. Learn hand expression, latch and position, breast pumps, skin-to- skin, supplemental devices with positive messaging. Tarrant County Public Health, 1101 S Main St., Fort Worth 817-321-4700 www. tarrantbfcoalition.com

27 | THURSDAY Annual Reception, Clay Shoot, & Golf Tourney 5pm. Our annual reception, clay shoot, and golf tournament benefiting The Carl McCain Foundation and HopeKids North Texas. Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas, 4150 N MacArthur Blvd, Irving 972-717-0700 www. fourseasons.com/dallas


BabySitters of Dallas 28 | FRIDAY Affordable Spay/Neuter for Pets - Appointments Required 8am. Pet parents: schedule your appointment to have your pet spayed or neutered at an affordable cost. Services provided by Texas Coalition for Animal Protection (TCAP). Spay / Neuter Clinic - Irving Animal Care, 4140 Valley View Lane, Irving 940-566-5551 www.cityofirving.org

Affordable Vaccinations for Pets - No Appointment Needed 10am-12pm. Available services include vaccinations, microchipping, heartworm testing, heartworm prevention and flea/tick control. Irving Animal Care Campus, 4140 Valley View Lane, Irving 940566-5551 www.cityofirving.org

Coalition for Animal Protection (TCAP). Vaccination Clinic, 4140 Valley View Lane, Irving 972-721-2256 www. cityofirving.org

30 | SUNDAY B Kustoms Lowrider Expo

Sunday Fun Day Family Matinee

29 | SATURDAY Flight 1549: Miracle on the Hudson

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Farmers Market, Four Seasons Markets 9am-2pm. Shop the market, then cool off while you peruse the galleries! Irving Arts Center, 3333 North MacArthur Blvd., Irving 972-252-7558 www.fourseasonsmarkets.com

Free Rabies Vaccinations, Microchipping for Pets of Irving Residents 10am-12pm. Proof of residency required. Services are provided by the Texas

DATE NIGHT • AFTER SCHOOL • SICK CHILD/TEACHERS DAY

12-6pm. Art on Wheels. This is a different kind of automobile show at the Fair Park Automobile building. Fair Park - Automobile Building, 1121 First Ave., Dallas 214-4263400 www.fairpark.org

1-5pm. For every adult ticket purchased, a child (age 2-12) can ride for free. Two years & younger ride free in laps. Create a memory aboard the excursion into the beautiful Piney Woods of East Texas. The Texas State Railroad, 789 Park Road 76, Rusk 877-7267245 www.texasstaterr.com

9am-5pm. Retrace the path of US Airways Flight 1549 from its departure from La Guardia International Airport to the emergency landing and evacuation on the Hudson River. CR Smith Museum, 4601 Texas Hwy 360 at FAA Road, Fort Worth 817-967-1560 www. crsmithmuseum.org

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End of Summer Reading Challenge Block Party 2:30pm. All ages. Let’s say good-bye to summer fun with a hot dog cookout! Everyone can build with LEGOs and construction toys, enjoy refreshments, play games and even win prizes. East Branch Library, 440 S. Nursery Road, Irving 972-721-3722 www. cityofirving.org

offers over 30 different shows for daycares/ schools/libraries & More!

Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra KidsNotes in Coppell 3pm. KidsNotes is a one-hour program that begins with the reading of a book which introduces the different families of instruments in an engaging and fun way. Cozby Public Library, 177 North Heartz Road, Coppell 972304-3655 www.coppelltx.​gov​

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Making the decision to have a child is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.

Beat the heat with these in-house games that are fun for special needs kids too! Guess the Object

Ball Darts

In this game, the conductor has an object which he or she hides in a box. The children have to guess what the object is. They can only ask questions for which the answer is “yes” or “no”. Some questions could be - Is it something we eat? Is it something we play with? In this manner, the children collect clues and guess what the object is.

This game requires a cardboard box in which a few holes have been cut out. The children need to take turns and throw a small ball into any one of the holes. If a child has difficulty in using their arms, the box can be brought closer to the child. Otherwise, the holes can be made very big. This game requires visual skills.

Passing the Hat In this game, children sit in a circle and music is played. A hat is passed around. Each child has to place the hat on their head and then pass it on. When the music stops, the person who has the hat has to sing a song, or tell a little story, or do a little dance.

Musical Numbers Children move around and dance when the music is playing. When the music stops, the conductor calls out a number. The children have to get into groups of that number. excerpted from www.brighthubeducation.com

You kidding me? What does a baby computer call his father?

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What did Baby Corn say to Mother Corn?

Where’s Pop Corn?


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pregnancy nutrient plan Do you have one? You may have heard this already, however, it’s worth hearing again. It’s important for pregnant, or soon to be pregnant, mom to eat a variety of foods from each food group. The goal is to provide you and your growing baby with key nutrients. Ideally, you should have foods that will supply you with Folic Acid, Iron, and Calcium; vital nutrients during pregnancy.

Natural Food Sources

Off to the farmers market By cutting out middlemen, farmers receive more food dollars and shoppers receive freshly picked in season produce at its peak in flavor and nutrition. Also, a great way to get your kids involved is to let them pick out something new to try. Some farmers also have recommendations for preparing their products. So support your local farmers, it can strengthen your community.

Folic Acid. Reduces the risk of birth defects.

Pregnant women should consume at least 400 micrograms daily. Eat legumes, green leafy vegetables and citrus fruits, as well as cereals, pastas and bread that are fortified with folic acid. Always read the food label.

Iron. Pregnant women need 27 milligrams of iron each day. Foods include red meat, chicken and fish, fortified cereals, dark green vegetables, and more! Not a meat eater? Increase your iron absorption by combining plant-based sources of iron with Vitamin C rich foods. Calcium. Not just for you, but your baby too! Aim for 1000 milligrams per day. Your developing baby needs calcium to build strong bones, teeth, a healthy heart and more, and if you don’t get enough in your diet your baby will draw it from your bones. And for you, enough calcium can reduce the risk of hypertension and pre-eclampsia. At least 3 servings/daily.

Not pregnant yet? Out of every 100 couples, 20 will conceive within a month. It takes time, and stress doesn’t help. Finding out when you ovulate and having sex in your ‘fertile window’ can increase your chances of conceiving. But, shhh, don’t tell him, just plan for “no stress fun!”

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