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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Love, Mom


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1 | TUESDAY 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.

Rubber Soul, Multi-Arts Camp 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

All You Need is Love & Art: 17th Annual Art Connection Members Show 9am-5pm. Two and threedimensional art works by artists of all ages are on view as part of the Art Connection visual arts membership program. Irving Arts Center, 3333 North MacArthur Blvd., Irving 972-252-7558 www. irvingartscenter.com

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2:30pm. Ages 4 & Up. Compete in three age groups to create the ultimate LEGO structure! Registration required. West Irving Library Meeting Room, 4444 W. Rochelle Road, Irving www.cityofirving.com

stop-motion animation, stomp rockets, laser cutting and more! East Irving Library, 440 S. Nursery Road, Irving 972721-3722 www.cityofirving.org

Kids Summer Movie Nights

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6:30. Popcorn served. PJ’s, blankets, pillows welcome! Firelife Church, 3033 W. Royal Lane, Irving 972-409-7272 www.wearefirelife.org

Rubber Soul, Multi-Arts Camp

Texas Rangers vs. Seattle Mariners

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

First Wednesday Book Sale 1-3pm. Members only book sale. Friends of the Irving Public Library, 3000 Rock Island Rd., Irving www. friendsofirvinglibrary.com

Perot Museum presents Tech Truck 4pm-6pm. All ages welcome. Plenty of hands-on STEAM learning and fun. Try out computer coding, robotics, 3D modeling and printing,

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

3 | THURSDAY JumpstART Stories & Art – Dog Days 10am. Beat the heat with stories about our cool canine friends. Irving Arts Center, 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd, Irving www.irvingartscenter.com. See ad in this issue.

Dallas Zoo Animal Adventures on the GeO-Deck 11am. Plan a daytime visit for weekday activities including

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up-close animal encounters with the Dallas Zoo. Reunion Tower, 300 Reunion Blvd. E., Dallas 214-712-7040 www. reuniontower.com

My Sister Eileen, Mainstage ILC 7:30pm. The play that inspired the hit musical favorite Wonderful Town. Meet clever-as-they-come Ruth and pretty-as-a-penny Eileen! The Sherwood sisters are headed to the Big Apple to chase their dreams! Furious fun flourishes in the city so nice, they named it twice! Dupree Theater, 3333 North MacArthur Blvd., Irving 972-252-7558 www. irvingartscenter.com

$10 per child. Please register online before Wednesday, August 2. First Irving Kids, 403 S. Main St., Irving 972-253-1171 www.firstirving.org/ministries/ elementary

My Sister Eileen, Mainstage ILC 7:30pm. The play that inspired the hit musical favorite Wonderful Town. Meet clever-as-they-come Ruth and pretty-as-a-penny Eileen! The Sherwood sisters are headed to the Big Apple to chase their dreams! Dupree Theater, 3333 North MacArthur Blvd., Irving 972-252-7558 www. irvingartscenter.com

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Farmers Market, Four Seasons Markets

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 972-869-9047 www. mustangsoflascolinas.com

Parents Night Out 6-10pm. Children enjoy Bible stories, crafts, games, and fun activities at the church! Cost is

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

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

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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

10am-2pm. The market replicates a European-style market where you can meet farmers, artisanal food producers and craftsmen, sample and purchase their products in a colorful, familyfriendly venue. Trinity Valley Shopping Center, 2722 N Josey Lane, Carrollton www. fourseasonsmarkets.com

Teen Splash Jam 7-10pm. You and teens enjoy an evening of swimming, music and fun. Open to all students and free with valid IPAR or student ID. West Irving Aquatic Center, 3701 Conflans Road, Irving 972-721-8090 www.irvingartscenter.com

6 | SUNDAY 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 Blvd., Irving 972-252-7558 www.irvingartscenter.com

Heritage Crossing Farmers Market 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. Heritage Crossing, 201 Rock Island Rd., Irving 972-839-0005 www. fourseasonsmarkets.com

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

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7 | MONDAY Summer Fun Day Going Bonkers 10am-2pm. Ages K-5th Enjoy the indoor play center “Going Bonkers” in Lewisville! Cost is $20 Registration required. First Irving Kids, 403 S. Main St., Irving 972-253-1171 www. firstirving.org/ministries/ elementary

8 | TUESDAY James Wand presents Secret Agent Man Magic Show 2:30. All ages. Help super-spy and master magician on a secret mission. West Irving Library Meeting Room, 4444 W. Rochelle Road, Irving 972721-3722 www.cityofirving.org

Monday Movie 2:30pm. All ages. Beat the heat with an animated family film. West Irving Library Meeting Room, 4444 W. Rochelle Road, Irving 972-7212691 www.cityofirving.org

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Kids Summer Movie Nights 6:30. Popcorn served. PJ’s, blankets, pillows welcome! Firelife Church, 3033 W. Royal Lane, Irving 972-409-7272 www.wearefirelife.org

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

Summer Fun Day: Sandy Lake 10am-3pm. Ages K-5th grade. Fun day of swimming, games, and rides. Cost is $20. Registration required. Sandy Lake Amusement Park, 1800 Sandy Lake Road, Carrollton 972-253-1171 www.firstirving. org/ministries/elementary

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

11 | FRIDAY The Compassion Experience: Irving, TX 11am-6pm. Experience another country and culture as close as you can get without a passport. Grace Pointe Church, 208 S. Story Road, Irving www. mygracepointe.com

Friday Night Library – Back to School Bash 7-10pm. Crafts, Balloon Animals and Games. “Monster

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University” starts at 8 pm. South Irving Library, 601 Schulze Drive, Irving www. cityofirving.org

12 | SATURDAY 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

Open Book Sale 10am-5pm. Open to the public. Valley Ranch Library, 401 Cimarron Trail, Irving www. friendsofirvinglibrary.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

Whirled Tour: Ice Cream Social 2-4pm. All ages. Learn new folk dance steps and cool off with an ice cream sundae. South Irving Library Meeting Room #1, 601 Schulze Drive, Irving 972-721-2606 www. cityofirving.com

13 | SUNDAY Second Sunday Funday “Sculpt It” 1-4pm. Create a clay creation. Gallery inspiration: Irving Arts Center’s Sculpture Garden. Irving Arts Center, 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd, Irving www. irvingartscenter.com. See ad in this issue.

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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

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and improve your design. When the Earth Shakes! CR Smith Museum, 4601 Texas Hwy 360 at FAA Road, Fort Worth 817-967-1560 www. crsmithmuseum.org

Visit the Perot Museum 10am-6pm. Buy general admission online and save $2 per person! The Perot Museum is your all-in-one destination for family fun with 11 permanent exhibit halls, exciting special exhibits, hands-on activities, amazing films, live science demonstrations, and more! Perot Museum of Nature & Science, 2201 N. Field St., Dallas 214-428-5555 www. perotmuseum.org

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Free Third Thursday at Trinity River Audubon Center

Last Day to Register for Fall Classes at North Lake College

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

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When the Earth Shakes 9am-5pm. Jump on the Quake Karaoke platform and match an earthquake seismogram! Build your structure, set it on a “beach”, and launch a wave in the 16-ft Tsunami Tank! Then replay the impact in slow-mo

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Visit the Scouting Museum before it moves! 10am-5pm. Explore our map to learn what’s available at the museum. Things like our real pinewood derby racing track, laser shooting gallery, and our Cinemascope theater. Boy Scouts of America Museum, 1329 W. Walnut Hill Lane, Irving 800-303-3047 www. bsamuseum.org

Make Your Own Rainbow Floam 2pm. Teens in grade 6-12. Make ‘floam’, a slimy creation that molds into any shape. West Irving Library Meeting Room, 4444 W. Rochelle Road, Irving www.cityofirving.org


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timeout 18 | FRIDAY Late Nights at the DMA 6pm. Join us on the third Friday of each month, when the Museum is open until midnight. Each Late Night offers hundreds of experiences for visitors of all ages with performances, concerts, readings, film screenings, tours, talks, family programs, and more! Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 North Harwood, Dallas 214-922-1200 www.dma.org

North Texas Fair and Rodeo 6pm. The North Texas Fair and Rodeo (NTFR) is known throughout the Southwest as a leader in bringing the hottest country music talent to the North Texas area each August and offers professional and youth rodeos, livestock exhibitions, a premier midway and exciting exhibits. North Texas Fairgrounds, 2217 N. Carroll Blvd., Denton 940-3872632 www.ntfair.com

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

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

Walk Like MADD 10am. This is your chance to do something about drunk driving in our community. You can even be involved without

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attending the event by signing up as a virtual walker or making a donation to another walker or team. Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), 511 E John Carpenter Freeway, Suite 700, Irving 877-2756233 www.madd.org

Walkabout with a Chef 11am. Come join Walkabout with a Chef! Dallas’ best chefs will share their recipes, show how to shop DFM for the ingredients for their recipe, will demonstrate how to make their dish in The Shed and give culinary tips. The Shed - Dallas Farmers Market, 920 S. Harwood, Dallas www. dallasfarmersmarket.org

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

Deep Ellum Outdoor Market 11am-5pm. Local artists, live music, and food trucks in Dallas most unique neighborhood. Deep Ellum, 2800 Block of Main St, Dallas 214-785-9285

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

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Irving Heritage House Open House & Tours 3 & 4 pm. Among the many antiques are a Rosewood square piano (c. 1860), a mezzotint engraving from the American Art Union Lottery System, Flow Blue plates, and Limoges and Bavarian porcelains. Irving Heritage Society, 303 S. O’Connor Road, Irving 972-252-3838 www.irvingheritage.com

Heritage Crossing Farmers Market

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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. Heritage Crossing, 201 Rock Island Rd., Irving 972-839-0005 www. fourseasonsmarkets.com

Carrollton Farmers Market 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

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

Tejano August Music Festival 1pm-5pm. This is an outdoor concert with live Tejano music

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featuring a lineup of popular bands. There will be DJ’s playing games with audience participation and prizes. Traders Village, 2602 Mayfield Road, Grand Prairie 972-6472331 www.tradersvillage.com

21 | MONDAY Solar Eclipse Watch Party at Frontiers of Flight Museum 10am-3pm. Join us at the Frontiers of Flight Museum for this rare occasion when the Sun, Moon, and Earth align to create a total solar eclipse across the United States! The Museum will provide the first 300 visitors a pair of “Eclipse Glasses” FREE with regular admission. Frontiers of Flight Museum, 6911 Lemmon Ave., Dallas 214-350-3600 www. flightmuseum.com/solareclipse-watch-party

College: Getting There From Here 7pm. Edward Jones financial advisor will discuss the importance of establishing a college savings goal and options. Valley Ranch Library, 401 Cimarron Trail, Irving 972721-4669 www.cityofirving.org

22 | TUESDAY Dora & Diego Let’s Explore! On exhibit at Fort Worth Museum of Science and History all month. 1600 Gendy St, Fort Worth 817-255-9300 www.fortworthmuseum.org.

Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed 10am-6pm. Uncover a world buried over time. Explore the social, natural, and spiritual realms of the Maya – past and present – known for their monumental architecture, distinctive art, and intricate knowledge of astronomy and time. Perot Museum of Nature & Science, 2201 N. Field St., Dallas 214-428-5555 www. perotmuseum.org


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timeout 23 | WEDNESDAY Dollar Days at the Dallas Arboretum

4:30pm. Ages 4-12 yrs. We will mix ingredients to make an explosion of foam which learning about chemical catalysts and exothermic reactions. East Branch Library, 440 S. Nursery Road, Irving 972-721-3722 www. cityofirving.org

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

24 | THURSDAY QuakeCon 2017

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10am. Often described as the “Woodstock of Gaming,” QuakeCon is a four-day, nonstop celebration of games and the people who play them. Free to attend and open to the public, Gaylord Texan, 1501 Gaylord Trail, Grapevine 817778-1000 www.quakecon.org

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QuakeCon 2017 10am. Often described as the “Woodstock of Gaming,” QuakeCon is a four-day, nonstop celebration of games and the people who play them. Free to attend and open to the public, Gaylord Texan, 1501 Gaylord Trail, Grapevine 817778-1000 www.quakecon.org

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

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

Lone Star Youth Orchestra Auditions 10:30am-4:30pm. The Lone Star Youth Orchestra is the only tuition-free youth orchestra in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Open to all middle and high school students residing in the Dallas Metroplex. Irving Arts Center, 3333 North MacArthur Blvd., Irving 972-252-2787 www.irvingartscenter.com

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timeout stop celebration of games and the people who play them. Free to attend and open to the public, Gaylord Texan, 1501 Gaylord Trail, Grapevine 817778-1000 www.quakecon.org

Heritage Crossing Farmers Market 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. Heritage Crossing, 201 Rock Island Rd., Irving 972-839-0005 www. fourseasonsmarkets.com

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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

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10am-5pm. Explore our map to learn what’s available at the museum. Things like our real pinewood derby racing track, laser shooting gallery, and our Cinemascope theater. Boy Scouts of America Museum, 1329 W. Walnut Hill Lane, Irving 800-303-3047 www. bsamuseum.org

29 | TUESDAY All You Need is Love & Art: Art Connection Members Show 9am-5pm. Two and threedimensional art works by artists of all ages are on view as part of the Art Connection visual arts membership

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program. Irving Arts Center, 3333 North MacArthur Blvd., Irving 972-252-7558 www. irvingartscenter.com

30 | WEDNESDAY 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 Robert Glen. Mustangs of Las Colinas Museum and Sculpture, 5221 North O’Connor Road, Suite 110E, Irving 972-869-9047 www. mustangsoflascolinas.com

31 | THURSDAY Painting With A Twist! All-Stars Fundraiser 7-9pm. Mark your calendars and be sure to join the Dallas Derby Devils All-Stars for a fun night at Painting With a Twist!! $35 per seat. Painting With a Twist Las Colinas, 825 Royal Lane W, Suite 220, Irving www.paintingwithatwist. com/las-colinas

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OCTOBER 10 Grapevine Faith Christian School Open House 7pm. Grapevine Faith exits to develop and graduate authentic Christian leaders. Pre-K – 12th Grade. Next Open House dates are Nov 7 and Dec 5. 729 E. Dallas Rd, Grapevine, 817-442-1605 www.grapevinefaith.com. See ad in this issue.

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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SCHOOL AHEAD

GO SLOW

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

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

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

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

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

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Hummus is not just an appetizer; use it as a spread on a turkey sandwich and double up on protein!


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