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Beyond Books 20 THINGS WE LOVE ABOUT THE LIBRARY

TEACH YOUR KIDS TO

“WALK THIS WAY”

USE YOUR WORDS! ENCOURAGE EXPRESSIVENESS IN YOUR KIDS VOCABULARY

SEE OUR BOOKSHELF DO YOU HAVE A “FLIBBERTIGIBBET?


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

We love because he first loved us.

1 John 4:19

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

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

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

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

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

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q&a P.J., MOM OF 5 BOYS

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

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

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

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I’m a mom with kids playing in our yard and running through the sprinklers. In addition to EPA-approved insect repellent and protective clothing, what can I do to protect us? A. You can show pesky mosquitoes who’s boss with tactics to cut their numbers and discourage them from visiting your backyard in the first place! Guard your yard with mosquito traps. Keep your lawn free of puddles, and ask your neighbor to do the same. Check your gutters for clogs, which are wonderful locations for mosquito eggs. Drain flowerpot dishes and all containers in your yard. Mosquitoes breed in treerot holes, so fill them with sand or cement. Check for leaky faucets (you’ll be surprised how these can go unnoticed!) BeMosquitoFreeTC.com


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Recycle a soda can by turning it into a silly robot that can move! Kit includes all working parts, motor, wheels, arms, googly eyes, and full detailed instructions. The Tin Can Robot teaches basic electrical wiring, battery power, and recycling! Two AAA Batteries required. Find it at www. sensoryuniversity.com, $14.99

4 Family Time Idea – Breakfast!

With all the activities that seem to interfere with dinner time these days, consider having family meals in the morning. It’s the one time of day everyone is home together… and breakfast foods are fun! Plus, it’s the most important meal of the day… right?

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

The School Year Survival Cookbook

Big Words for Little Geniuses

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

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

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Susan and James Patterson Ages: Read aloud with littles

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

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beyond the books

BY PAM MOLNAR

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

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EBOOKS Many readers have chosen their ereaders over a

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

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

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

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VIDEOS Watch the latest release or binge watch TV shows

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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CLUBS There are several clubs that meet through the

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CLASSES Need to brush up on your computer skills?

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

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

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ONLINE RESOURCES. Online memberships at the

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

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

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

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

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A PLACE FOR THE TEENS Libraries are one of the

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

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

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

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

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WORK SPACES People often come to the library to

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

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Use Your Words! Encouraging Expressiveness in Children

BY KATHRYN STREETER

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

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

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

This essay was originally published by ParentMap 


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timeout community calendar | september 2017

1 | FRIDAY

Storytime with Sunshine at Sunshine Glaze

Arabian Show

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

American Miniature Horse Association - World Championship Show 8am. See all the things that these versatile horses can do. Will Rogers Memorial Center Coliseum, 3401 West Lancaster Avenue, Fort Worth www.fortworth.com

First Friday at the Farm: Needle Arts and Textiles

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10am-12pm. Create domestic art projects that will become treasured family heirlooms. Nash Farm, 626 Ball Street, Grapevine 817-410-3185 www.grapevinetexasusa.com

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First Saturday - Special Needs Playtime at JumpStreet

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

World Championship Miniature Horse Show

AdvoCare Classic: Michigan vs. Florida

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

Farmers Market, Four Seasons Markets 9am-2pm. Shop the market, then cool off while you peruse the galleries!

10am. Pregame festivities Access to the AdvoCare Classic Fan Fest is included with your AdvoCare Classic game ticket. ATandT Stadium, 1 ATandT Way, Arlington 817-892-4000 www.stadium. dallascowboys.com

Water Gun Fight 11am-1pm. Kid friendly, no water balloons, play guns

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

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

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only. Dress to get wet! Klyde Warren Park, 2012 Woodall Rogers Freeway, Dallas www.klydewarrenpark.org

Family Handprints in Clay at Sunshine Glaze 11am-1pm. All ages. Sign up for a time slot to have your prints taken in clay to create a one of a kind clay bowl! $15 per handprint. Reservations required. Sunshine Glaze, 405 N Carroll Ave, Southlake 817-424-1417 www. sunshineglaze.com

Showtime Saturdays 11:30am-12pm. 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

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 972-7242018 www.basspro.com

Drive-In Movie: Cars 2-4pm. Join us for a fun, one of a kind, movie going experience drive in-movie theater style! Watch the Pixar animated family friendly movie Cars while decorating your own car and enjoying ice cream floats. South Irving Library Program Room, 601 Schulze Drive, Irving 972-7212606 www.cityofirving.org

Gleaux Fest 7-11pm. Family fun activities and tons of lights. Food trucks, game tucks, laser tag, laser light show, bounce houses, rock climbing wall

and 106.1 KISS FM. Ronald Kirk Pedestrian Bridge, 109 Continental Avenue, Dallas 214-671--9500 www. dallascontinentalbridge.com

3 | SUNDAY Heritage Crossing Farmers Market 10am-2pm. 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

Traders Village COMICON 10am-4pm. Special guest artists and The Ninja Turtles will also be appearing on Saturday and Sunday afternoon during COMICON. Traders Village, 360 and Mayfield Rd., Grand Prairie 972-647-2331 www. tradersvillage.com

Westfest Head for the town of West, about an hour’s drive south of D-FW, for polka music and dancing, kolache eating, arts and crafts, carnival rides, washers and horseshoe tournaments, and more. The long-running Labor Day weekend festival is a salute to the area’s Czech heritage. Westfest Fairgrounds, Tokio Road and Old Dallas Road, West www.westfest.com

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

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

4 | MONDAY Forest Explorers Coppell Nature Park 9:30-11am. This is a chance for children to get together and play however their little hearts and hands desire. Coppell Nature Park and Biodiversity Education Center Park, 367 Freeport Parkway, Coppell www. forestschoolforall.com/collintx

All You Need is Love and Art 10am-5pm. Two and three dimensional 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

5 | TUESDAY Dallas Farmers Market Open Daily! 10am-8pm. 26,000 square feet of food and artisanal vendor market. Dallas Farmers Market, 920 S. Harwood, Dallas www. dallasfarmersmarket.org

6 | WEDNESDAY First Wednesday Book Sale 1-3pm. Members only book sale. Friends of the Irving

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Public Library, 3000 Rock Island Rd., Irving www. friendsofirvinglibrary.com

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

7 | THURSDAY JumpstART Stories and Art – Let’s Move! 10am. Get ready to wiggle, jump and dance during this interactive story time. Free. Irving Arts Center, 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd, Irving www. irvingartscenter.com. See ad in this issue.

Discover with Me Interactive Play 10:30am. Ages 1-3yrs. Interactive series with unstructured play and the opportunity to talk with a childcare specialist to promote the role of parent as the first teacher and other topics. South Irving Library Program Room, 601 Schulze Drive, Irving 972-721-2606 www.cityofirving.org

8 | FRIDAY Appaloosa Show 8am. Watch these versatile beauties compete. Fair Park Coliseum, 1438 Coliseum Drive, Dallas www.fairpark.org

Ahoy, Matey! Pirate Party 6:30-8:30pm. Ages 6 and Up. Celebrate “National Talk Like a Pirate Day” with a swash-buckling pirate party. Activities include a pirate craft, games and refreshments. Register in advance. $5 per person. Lee Park Recreation


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Back to School Dance 7pm-11pm. Ages 12-18yrs. Going back to school doesn’t have to be all bad. Middle and high school students can join us for food, music and dancing to help ease the pain. Admission is free with valid IPAR ID card. Cimarron Park Recreation Center, 201 Red River Trail, Irving 972-910-0702 www. ctyofirving.org

9 | SATURDAY Indoor Flea Market 8am-12pm. Shop a variety of items. Bring cash for purchases. Mustang Park Recreation Center, 2223 Kinwest Parkway, Irving 972556-1334 www.cityofirving.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

Arts and Autos Extravaganza 9am-3pm. Hot rods, classic and custom cars, trucks and even motorcycles! Festival includes an array of activities throughout the day, including hands-on arts/crafts and games, Chalk Fest and live music. Downtown Denton Square, 110 W. Hickory Street, Denton 940-382-7895 www. discoverdenton.com

Dallas Ultimate Women’s Expo 10am-5pm. Complimentary spa treatments, massages, haircuts, makeovers, manicure, wine tastings

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and retail therapy. Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas, 500 Las Colinas Blvd., W. Irving, www. dfwwomensexpo.com

Weekend Marionette Shows 11am-2pm. Fun with a few strings attached! Gepetto’s Marionette Theater, Inside the Hilton Anatole, 2201 N. Stemmons Freeway, Dallas 469-442-1925 www. geppettostheater.com

Hispanic Heritage Fiesta 2:30-3:30pm. Join us as we kick off National Hispanic Heritage month with a Fiesta. Enjoy festive crafts, Latin inspired snacks and more! South Irving Library, 601 Schulze Drive, Irving 972-721-2606 www. cityofirving.org

Teen Jam 7-11pm. Youth and teens join us for a late night at Lively Pointe. Music, games and complimentary food and soda. Lively Pointe Youth Center, 909 N. O’Connor Road, Irving 972-721-8090 www.cityofirving.org

10 | SUNDAY Second Sunday Funday “Comically Yours” 1-4pm. Tell a story by drawing a comic strip! Free with supplies provided. Irving Arts Center, 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd, Irving www. irvingartscenter.com. See ad in this issue.

Heritage Crossing Farmers Market 10am-2pm. 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. Meet farmers, artisanal food producers and craftsmen, sample and purchase their products in a colorful, family-friendly venue. Trinity Valley Shopping Center, 2722 N Josey Lane, Carrollton www. fourseasonsmarkets.com

Break Kids 12-1pm. Join Reelstreetjams for break dancing classes – a fun and fit way to learn the true orginal dance of Hip Hop. Klyde Warren Park, 2012 Woodall Rogers Freeway, Dallas www. klydewarrenpark.org

11 | MONDAY Forest Explorers Coppell Nature Park 9:30-11am. This is a chance for children to get together and play however their little hearts and hands desire. Coppell Nature Park and Biodiversity Education Center Park, 367 Freeport Parkway, Coppell www. forestschoolforall.com/collintx

QuakeCon 2017 10am. Often described as the “Woodstock of Gaming,” QuakeCon is a four-day, non-stop celebration of games and the people who play them. Free to attend and open to the public, Gaylord Texan, 1501 Gaylord Trail, Grapevine 817-7781000 www.quakecon.org

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12 | TUESDAY Dora and 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.

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

Butterflies and Busy Bees 6-7:30pm. Learn about the pollinator garden at the Make A Wish Foundation in Las Colinas. Make-A-Wish North Texas, 6655 Deseo, Irving 214-904-3053 www. dallas-tx.tamu.edu

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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 214922-1200 www.dma.org

31st Annual GrapeFest 10am-10:30pm. Four days of family fun with a midway! Downtown Grapevine, 636 S. Main St., Grapevine www. grapevinetexasusa.com

Discover with Me Interactive Play 10:30am. Ages 1-3yrs. Interactive series with unstructured play and the opportunity to talk with a childcare specialist to promote the role of parent as the first teacher and other topics. South Irving Library Program Room, 601 Schulze Drive, Irving 972-721-2606 www.cityofirving.org

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6-10pm. Live Music, Cheerleader Competition, Kid’s Zone and more. Free admission. 217 S. Main St, Irving Heritage District. 972721-2501 irvingevents.org. See ad in this issue.

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

16 | SATURDAY Heart of Gold 5K Run for the Children Run to help fund research to find a cure and provide support services for families with a child battling cancer. Kids obstacle course, food, music, prizes and a commemorative balloon release. The Plaza at Galatyn Park, Richardson. www.runforthechildren.org. See ad in this issue.

Irving Main Street Event 6-10pm. Live Music, Cheerleader Competition, Kid’s Zone and more. Free admission. 217 S. Main St, Irving Heritage District. 972721-2501 irvingevents.org. See ad in this issue.

Trinity River Wind Festival 11am-5pm. Kite shows, giant inflatable kites, stage shows, kids zone, and more! Family fun and free admission. Trinity River Corridor Project, 146 W. Commerce Street, Dallas www.trinityrivercorridor.org

Dallas Walk Like MADD 7-11:30am. We walk to end drunk driving. Lake Carolyn Parkway, Irving 214637-0372 ext 4830 www. walklikemadd.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.,


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31st Annual GrapeFest 10am-10:30pm. Four days of family fun with a midway! Downtown Grapevine, 636 S. Main St., Grapevine www. grapevinetexasusa.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 972-7242018 www.basspro.com

Super Saturday at Irving Gymnastics 6-10pm. Ages 4 and Up. Free time on the equipment, trampolines, obstacle course, games. Dinner provided. Registration required in advance. $25 per child. Irving Gymnastics, 900 N. O’Connor, Irving 972-254-1914 www. irvinggymnastics.net

17 | SUNDAY 31st Annual GrapeFest 10am-10:30pm. Four days of family fun with a midway! Downtown Grapevine, 636 S. Main St., Grapevine www. grapevinetexasusa.com

Heritage Crossing Farmers Market 10am-2pm. 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. Meet farmers, artisanal food producers and craftsmen, sample and purchase their products in

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a colorful, family-friendly venue. Trinity Valley Shopping Center, 2722 N Josey Lane, Carrollton www. fourseasonsmarkets.com

African Dance 11:30am. All ages and skill levels welcome. Klyde Warren Park, 2012 Woodall Rogers Freeway, Dallas www.klydewarrenpark.org

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

18 | MONDAY Bolero Texas: Community Dance Workshop 5:30-8:30pm. Free, open workshop. Following the first workshop, rehearsals for the creation of “Bolero Texas” will take place in the evenings over the course of the next two weeks. No prior dance training is required! Irving Arts Center, 3333 North MacArthur Blvd., Irving 972-252-2787 www. irvingartscenter.com

19 | TUESDAY 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


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

After School Pottery Wheel Class at Sunshine Glaze

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

21 | THURSDAY Discover with Me Interactive Play 10:30am. Ages 1-3yrs. Interactive series with unstructured play and the opportunity to talk with a childcare specialist to promote the role of parent as the first teacher and other topics. South Irving Library Program Room, 601 Schulze Drive, Irving 972-721-2606 www.cityofirving.org

22 | FRIDAY Plano Balloon Festival 4-10pm. Three day festival with music, food, fireworks, kid’s activities and incredible hot air balloons. Ampitheater at Oak Point Park, 2801 E. Spring Creek Parkway, Plano www.planoballoonfest.org

Wacky Family Game Night 6:30-8:30pm. Ages 7 and Up. Evening of fun, wacky games and refreshments! Register by Sept 14. $5 pp.

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Northwest Park Recreation Center, 2800 Cheyenne Street, Irving 972-721-2529 www.cityofirving.com

Movies on the Lawn 7pm. Enjoy an evening on the lawn with a free family-friendly movie and concessions. Bring your lawn chair and blankets. Cimarron Park Recreation Center, 201 Red River Trail, Irving 972-910-0702 www. cityofirving.org

23 | 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

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

Pumpkin Village at the Arboretum The Wonderful World of Oz. Spectacular display of color with 4,500 Chrysanthemums and 150,000 more stunning fall blooming plants. Pumpkin Village utilizes more than 90,000 pumpkins. Worth the trip! Dallas Arboretum, 8525 Garland Road, Dallas www. dallasarboretum.org

Teen Jam 7-11pm. Youth and teens join us for a late night at Lively Pointe. Music, games and complimentary food and soda. Lively Pointe Youth Center, 909 N. O’Connor Road, Irving 972-721-8090 www.cityofirving.org


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10am-2pm. 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. Meet farmers, artisanal food producers and craftsmen, 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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Dare to Prepare 6:30pm. Ages 14-16. This fun, interactive program teaches teens and their parents the requirements for obtaining an instructional permit and driver’s license in Texas. Topics include safe driving habits, the licensing process, state regulations and parent and teen responsibilities. This class is free, but space is limited. A parent or guardian must accompany participating teens. Lively Point Youth Center, 909 N. O’Connor Road, Irving 469221-8217 www.cityofirving.org

27 | WEDNESDAY 25 | MONDAY When the Earth Shakes 9am-5pm. Jump on the Quake Karaoke platform and match an earthquake seismogram! Build your structure, set it on a “beach”, and launch a wave in the 16-ft Tsunami Tank! Then replay the impact in slow-mo and improve your design. When the Earth Shakes! CR Smith Museum, 4601 Texas Hwy 360 at FAA Road, Fort Worth 817-967-1560 www. crsmithmuseum.org

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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

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 and Science, 2201 N. Field St., Dallas 214-428-5555 www. perotmuseum.org

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

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


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Discover with Me Interactive Play 10:30am. Ages 1-3yrs. Interactive series with unstructured play and the opportunity to talk with a childcare specialist to promote the role of parent as the first teacher and other topics. South Irving Library Program Room, 601 Schulze Drive, Irving 972-721-2606 www.cityofirving.org

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opponents in this free Madden 2018 tournament. Games will be played on the PS4 and Xbox One. Register by Sept. 29th for a chance to be the Champion. Georgia Fallow Recreation Center, 530 Davis Drive, Irving 972-721-2519 www. cityofirving.org

Fun Time Puppet Show 2:30pm. All ages. The Puppet Guy stops by to share stories and plenty of laughs. West Irving Library Meeting Room, 4444 W. Rochelle Road, Irving 972-721-2691 www. cityofirving.org

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

30 | SATURDAY 23rd Annual Dog Day Afternoon 10am-12:30pm. Celebrating dogs and the people that love them. Free microchipping for the first 125 dogs; low cost vaccinations; pet related vendors. Free parking and admission. Operation Kindness, 3201 Earhart Drive, Carrollton 972-418-7297 www. operationkindness.org

Madden 2018 Video Game Tournament 10am-3pm. Youth and teens are invited to challenge

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

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

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

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

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

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