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ell, as I write this, we are here at our headquarters, still in the month of September, and in the final stages for getting the October issues ready for print. We are so thankful for our local businesses that advertise with us. It’s a pleasure to work with them to meet their marketing needs. They have the services and we have their audience! There is a great partnership in this business. I also want to respond to our readers who so graciously let us know how much they enjoy Suburban Parent magazines, and even more importantly, how the publication has helped them in some way. Thank you for that, readers! I was fascinated with the comment that our publications have “a talent” for knowing what our readers need to know. It made me consider where talent comes from. I was taught that talent is God’s gift to us, and what we do with it is our gift back to God. Nothing can be better than that, right? Keep in mind that talent cannot be earned or faked; it’s a gift, not to be confused with passion or skill. These two are different. Skill is a learned behavior and passion is the enthusiasm or excitement we have for something. Now, I can agree that we are passionate about our work, and many who work here have talent, like art, writing, photography, and skills abound too. “Hey, whose turn is it to put together that researched based analysis to determine our audience’s wants and needs?” If you haven’t read the Gospel of St. Matthew 25:14-30, you would learn that if you believe you have gifts from God (and we all do), you should seize them. Use them for His glory. Present the results back to Him through prayer and thanksgiving. Then you will hear those blessed words, “Well done, good and faithful servant” echoing from your heart.

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Art is so much more than pretty pictures It actually helps children explore and process feelings about the world around them. When we encourage our kids to explore art, and provide them an environment to do it in, we give them an outlet to express themselves in a safe, reflective way. It’s also worth noting that while creating art helps children express their own feelings, observing art helps them understand the feelings of others. Visit local art studios, or join one!

Tired of saying “No” all the time? Try saying “Yes” instead. For example, if your daughter asks for a cookie, you could say, “Yes, you can have a cookie after dinner.” Or if a cookie is out of the question, offer another alternative like, “How about an apple?” It’s no fun to be the bad guy, so look for other ways to say “no” when you have to. The book How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk is a great resource.

Paying for college is a huge concern for parents, but counting on an athletic scholarship may not be your best bet. According to NCAA statistics, only about 2% of high school athletes receive athletic scholarships to compete in college. And, only a few of those are for full tuition. (Note DIII and Ivy League schools don’t offer any athletic scholarships.) There are certainly financial packages available for some athletes, but your best course of action is to look for merit and need based scholarships. There are plenty of those.

FAMILY + EXERCISE Exercise is one of the greatest things you can do together as a family. Here are some simple, fun (and cheap) things you can do to bond and burn calories. Hula Hooping, with the hit toy from the 1950s, can burn more than 500 calories an hour. Jumping rope burns an estimated 600 calories an hour. In-line skating will get you at least 300 calories an hour. And, hip hop dancing burns about 400 calories an hour. Don’t feel like dancing? Then take a hike, walk the dog, or play a game of kickball, tag or Frisbee.  

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science says. How we dress affects the way we think and feel. The phenomenon is termed “Enclothed Cognition” and has to do with the symbolic meaning of our clothing along with how they feel on our bodies (think wearing a white lab coat). Since we evaluate ourselves (and our abilities) based on the clothes we wear, it makes sense to dress for the occasion, be it work, play, worship, etc. Research also indicates that the colors we wear can affect our mental state. Feeling gloomy? Wear something bright!

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q&a Macy, mom of 1 Q. Which musical instrument should my 6 year old child start with? Piano, Harp or Violin? A.

Typically the recommendation is to start with piano first. By learning to read both the treble and bass clef and playing both hands, students develop more complex brain connections. In addition, pianists also learn to use their right foot on the damper pedal when playing songs which also creates more complex coordination making the brain work at an even more complex level. The piano keys are also much easier to play for little fingers because they are right in front of the child and are smooth to the touch. Lastly, once a student has learned the basic music rudiments in 1-2 years of piano study, they can easily transition into playing guitar or harp or violin. Minda Music Store & School | www.mindamusicstore.com

Tori, mom of 3 Q. My daughter has taken dance lessons since she was 3 years old. She’s now 8. What is the best time or age to start looking towards putting her in a professional dance studio? A. From the ages of 3-5 years, the students are learning how to take a class, enhancing basic motor skills and dance vocabulary. Early lessons help develop attention span. Once they attend school, they have learned to think. Now the dancer is ready to focus and apply their mind to the physical effort of technique. Twice a week classes should be expected by age 8, whether at a professional school with a company or any reputable studio. Most professional ballet schools, such as Royal Ballet or Bolshoi Ballet don’t start serious training until age 10. Above all, the dancer must love it. Our passion must guide our heart. Kathy Willsey | Academy of Dance Arts

Patricia, grandmother of 7 Q. While there is no certain way to prevent breast cancer, would diet and exercise help to avoid Cancer? A. It has been found that leading a healthy lifestyle can help reduce your risk of getting cancer, and boost your odds for full recovery if you do get breast cancer. Along with exercise, choose your foods carefully. Eat cruciferous and dark leafy green vegetables, like, spinach, broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, collards and kale. Include citrus fruits, berries, and cherries. Whole grains like Oats, barley, bulgur, whole-grain pastas, etc. Also add legumes, like dried beans and peas, lentils and soybeans. Consider working with a licensed dietitian. Visit www. eatright.org for more information. Mary Ellen | RDN

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I’m worried about bullying, I’ve heard Martial Arts helps. A. The Martial Arts is all about teaching children to be confident and proud of themselves and their accomplishments. Often times, unfortunately, bullies target those who have low self-esteem or demonstrate a lack of confidence. Martial arts schools and the instructors within them are very aware of this problem. Thus, all martial arts schools focus on developing the skills necessary to prevent bulling before it occurs. Students learn to feel pride in their accomplishments, to make eye contact, and to advocate for themselves when someone bullies them. Even more importantly, however, martial arts schools teach the dangers of being the bully and often maintain a zero tolerance policy for bullies. At its very core, the Martial Arts are about respect and the true Martial Artist will never brag or use their skills to harm another. Texas Karate Do Master James Holan 6th Dan, Master Rebecca Walther 4th Dan


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PicsArt is a great coloring, drawing and learning app for kids 3 and up. Designed for kids and tested with kids, but parents love it too. Learn how to use simple shapes to draw animals, people and more! It was specifically designed for tablets, but works on phone size screens too. Free or upgrade for ads-free version. Find it at www.educationalappstore.com/app/ picsart-for-kids

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Art, art everywhere. We love to display our kids’ masterpieces, but there are so many! That’s why we also love Martha Stewart’s idea of storing artwork in mailing tubes. You can roll several papers together when storing in tubes. And tubes take up less space than those bulky plastic storage bins. Yes, there are digital storage options, but are you going to throw your kid’s art away after you snap a photo of it? Uh huh.

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but now lots of people, especially our youth, say reading is boring. However, science shows us that online reading with all that skimming and surfing on electronic screens is actually rewiring our brains, and if we don’t use the deep reading part of our brain, we will lose it!

642 Things to Draw Who Was Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart? Maybe your budding musician is interested how the Master Musicians started. This fascinating biography charts the musician’s extraordinary career and personal life while painting a vivid cultural history of eighteenth-century Europe. Black-and-white illustrations on every spread explore such topics as the history of opera and the evolution of musical instruments.

Tallulah’s Tutu A budding ballerina? Enlighten her passion with a wonderful story of Tallulah’s Tutu. This young ballerina just knew that she would be a great ballerina, if only she has a tutu. Even having given up on ballet, she can’t seem to stop doing it. Everywhere she looks she sees ballet. Follow her in this book and remember, ballet is about more than just a tutu. Marilyn Singer Children of all ages

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I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More! Ha! When this spirited, creative child was told not to paint on the walls, he painted himself instead! A perfect story for the oversized board book format, to the tune of “It Ain’t Gonna Rain No More, is a lighthearted frolic by the creators of “I Like Myself!” A story that centers on an aspiring young artist who makes elaborate paintings on the ceilings and walls, until mama shouts, “Ya ain’t a-gonna paint no more!” Karen Beaumont Children of all ages

Like to doodle? This book can fuel your inspiration with prompts. Take on a rolling pin, a robot, a pickle, a water tower, a hammock, a wasp, a safety pin, a kiss. All budding artists and experienced sketchers alike will find themselves invigorated by this collection of offbeat, clever, and endlessly absorbing drawing prompts. Pick up your pencil! A Journal

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oday 12% of women will develop invasive breast cancer, and more than 40,000 will die from it this year alone, reports BreastCancer. org. That’s why a refresher course on early detection and keeping up-to-date on latest studies is so important and the reason for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Risk factors

There are several risk factors for breast cancer, as identified by the American Cancer Society (ACS). Some of these factors are unchangeable but should be taken into account in developing a screening plan. Other risk factors are lifestyle-related. Therefore women, especially those already at higher risk, should consider those factors she can control. Still, the simple presence of risk factors does not mean a woman will go on to develop breast cancer. Likewise, lack of

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risk factors doesn’t mean a woman won’t develop the disease. For this reason, all women should be aware of the risks and symptoms and what screening does and doesn’t do. Some factors that are unchangeable and increase risk, according to the ACS, are: female gender, aging, genetics, race and ethnicity (white women are at slightly higher risk), dense breast tissue, a benign breast condition such as fibrosis or others, a greater number of menstrual cycles, previous chest radiation, and exposure to the drug diethylstilbestrol (DES). Other risk factors, however, can often be controlled. Pregnancy and child birth affect risk. Women who have never had a child have a slight increased risk over those who have had more than one child. Yet, women who give birth to only one child at the age of 35 or older have a slightly increased risk over

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those who had no children. Women who breastfeed have a reduced risk of breast cancer, and the longer they breastfeed during child rearing years, the greater the protection. Oral contraceptives slightly increase risks. But once a woman has been off contraceptives for a period of 10 years that risk is no longer present. Hormone therapy for menopausal women also increases risk for those women with a uterus. Because estrogen alone can increase risk of uterine cancer, progesterone is typically prescribed along with estrogen. This can then increase breast cancer risk. Women without a uterus are prescribed estrogen alone, and therefore are not at increased risk, says ACS. Alcohol is a risk factor. The greater the consumption, the greater the risk. More than 5 drinks daily can increase risks for other cancers as well.


After menopause, obesity increases risk as well. But, the ACS explains the risk of breast cancer related to weight is complex, and those who were overweight as a child may not be affected. Also, waist area fat may be more significant in increasing risk than fat in other parts of the body such as hips and thighs. A study by the Women’s Health Initiative says walking briskly 1.25 to 2.5 hours each week can reduce risk by 18%. For women with average risk factors, clinical breast exams should be done every one to three years starting at age 20. At age 40, clinical exams should be done annually. Women with greater risk factors should have exams more often. Early trials found mammography reduced breast cancer death rates by 25%. But some statistics have overstated mammography’s role in the reduction of breast cancer death rates. This is because increased use of mammograms occurred along with much improved treatments, and medical experts believe treatments have likely played the greater role in reducing deaths. Still, what is known is that among women in the United States, breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths. Though various studies If you notice any of these reveal mammography screening symptoms, consult your health care provider to seems to have very limited usefulrule out breast cancer. ness among women under 40, it is

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nonetheless moderately effective • A new lump that feels different from the rest for detection in women ages 40 of your breast 49, and is most effective for those • Nipple discharge that in the 50-69 age group. occurs without squeezIt is now known there are at ing the nipple least four types and subtypes of • A lump inside the breast breast cancer. Mammography or in underarm area often does not detect the more • Breast swelling, lethal types until they are in the warmth, or redness • Breast skin dimpling or later stages. puckering “Ductal carcinoma in-situ • Scaly or itchy sore or [DCIS] accounts for approximately rash on the nipple 20% of mammographically detect• Any part of your breast ed breast cancers. As screening pulling inward mammography has become • Pain in one spot more prevalent, the rate of DCIS that doesn’t detection has increased.” Doctor go away Deanna Attai, explains, DCIS is also referred to as noninvasive, or Stage 0 breast cancer. It is primarily diagnosed by screening mammogram, as it often does not form a palpable lump. Some medical experts say DCIS is really not a form of cancer at all and by referring to it as such results in overly aggressive treatment. The likelihood of low grade DCIS developing into invasive breast cancer is only 16%, while high grade DCIS has a 60% chance over 10 years. The problem, however, is there is currently no way to determine which cases of DCIS will ultimately develop into breast cancer. This creates a major dilemma. The results of recent studies have revealed several needs. First, more studies are needed to better answer questions about approach to both detection and treatment. Additionally, better screening techniques should be developed for detecting the more deadly forms of breast cancer. And finally, mammography screening for breast cancer should be based on informed decisions and individualized plans taking into account a woman’s age, risk factors, and both the advantages and disadvantages of mammograms for each woman’s unique situation. SP

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how Combats Bullying martial arts A BY KERRIE MCLOUGHLIN

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ccording to StopBullying.gov, a study found that approximately 49% of kids in 4th through 12th grade said they had been bullied at least one time in the previous month. Bullying can lead to low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, poor performance in school and, in some extreme cases, even suicide.  Where is bullying happening? It’s happening most often at school, including at recess and on the school bus, but school isn’t the only place. It also occurs where kids are gathering in large groups, like at amusement parks, block parties, campgrounds and swimming pools. And of course we can’t forget about cyberbullying, which includes using cell phones and computers as ways to bully with words and spread untrue words and embarrassing photos.  So what can we, as parents, do about this widespread problem? Well, it turns out martial arts is a great place to start. Of course, martial arts can’t necessarily tackle the cyberbullying issue, but it can give our kids the self-confidence they need to handle people who are not treating them well in a specific situation.  Lindsey Watts, mom of a daughter who has been in martial arts for four years, says, “Martial arts gives kids discipline and teaches them respect. They learn self-control, perseverance and integrity. They learn to help build a more peaceful world.”  One mother shared a sad situation that happened to her son, “My son was in 2nd grade when he was being bullied. We had no idea it was going on; we just knew that something wasn’t right ...” Her son ended up bullying another child and was sent to see the principal, where the story came out that a boy at recess, someone her son called a friend, had been bullying him. Later other issues came out; like that he had been pushed, tripped and poked. “We then realized our good-natured son … may be setting himself up for more bullying. Our son was very shy, but just wanted everyone to like him so he befriended everyone.”  Dave Kovar, founder of Martial Arts Against Bullying (MAAB) and life-long martial arts professional, shares on his

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website www.DoneWithBullying.com “I believe that no other industry is in a better position to do something about bullying than the martial arts industry. The mere act of training in martial arts and having children develop a higher level of confidence decreases their chances of being bullied in the first place.” The mom from the previously mentioned bullying situation shared her family’s resolution. “We decided our son needed help with handling himself and building his confidence up. [Tae Kwon Do] gave my son confidence to know that he had the strength within him to stop something first with his words, and as a last resort, defense. Never to hit first, never to intentionally hurt the person hurting you, but to just keep yourself safe. My son is now 10 years old and has his high brown belt in TKD. My son walks tall now. He’s not afraid to stand up for himself or others. TKD has taught him that fighting is never the answer. It’s only a last resort to protect himself from harm or to protect someone else from harm.”  Robyn Morrow, mom of a Tae Kwon Do student, “I was teased and called four eyes as a child and had a hard time feeling connected to people, but that pales in comparison to the stories I’ve heard happening nowadays. My oldest child is skinny and tall, but holds his head high and walks tall … I think his confidence is in large part due to his years at Taekwondo … He knows he has the power to break boards, so I would guess that gives him more confidence too. I am so glad we made the choice to enroll him in Taekwondo classes before he reached the awkward teenage age he’s entering now.”  Martial arts comes with other benefits as well. Jody Jones, mom of 3, says, “I think martial arts helps form a great foundation for understanding the benefits of structure, discipline and hard work. Attaining a black belt, or any higher belt rank, is a manifestation of what you can gain through the physical and mental discipline of martial arts. It’s an experience that’s hard to duplicate for your children, and the concept of working extremely hard to attain your goals is one that you carry into your adult life and work.” SP


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1 | SUNDAY State Fair of Texas

Celebrate all things Texan with more than 100 daily attractions offering a wide variety of entertainment, art, agriculture, history, and cuisine. Runs through Oct 22. Fair Park, Dallas. Plan your trip at BIGTEX. COM. See ad in this issue.

Addams Family Musical

3pm The Addams Family has lived by their unique values for hundreds of years, and Gomez and Morticia would be only too happy to continue living that way. Their macabre, beloved daughter Wednesday, however, is now a young woman who is ready for a life of her own. She has fallen in love with a sweet, smart boy from a respectable, traditional family. In one fateful, night, everything will change when they host a dinner for Wednesday, her boyfriend, and his

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parents. Book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elise. Rated PG. Tickets $22-$25. Runaway Theater, 215 N. Dooley St., Grapevine, www. runwaytheatre.com

Toddler Tuesdays at LEGOLAND Discovery Center

Texas Rangers vs. Oakland A’s

2pm The final regular season game for our Texas Rangers is also Fan Appreciation Day! Come out to Globe Life Park and cheer on the Rangers! Ticket prices start at $2. Globe Life Park, 1000 Ballpark Way, Arlington, www.mlb.com/rangers

2 | MONDAY Autumn at the Arboretum

Daily through 11/22. Autumn in the Arboretum includes the one-acre Pumpkin Village in the Pecan Grove, which contains pumpkin houses featuring designs inspired by this year’s theme, The Wizard of Oz. Free with paid admission. Dallas Arboretum, 8525 Garland Road, Dallas www.dallasarboretum.org

10am-6pm Little LEGO lovers can enjoy big fun this fall with the return of Toddler Tuesdays featuring discounted admission every Tuesday now through December 12. Valid all day, $15 admission includes one adult and up to two toddlers ages 4 and under. Additional children are $5 each. LEGOLAND Discovery Center, 3000 Grapevine Mills Parkway, Grapevine 877-818-1677 www. legolanddiscoverycenter.com/ dallasfw

Family Storytime

11am All ages are invited to listen to stories, sing songs and participate; a perfect bonding time for the whole family. Free. Irving Public Library- East, 440 S. Nursery Road, Irving www. cityofirving.org

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Hall’s Pumpkin Farm and Corn Maze

Open throughout the Fall season. The Hall family celebrates the harvest by inviting you to visit their farm. Pick out a pumpkin and take a journey in a hay-filled trailer pulled by a genuine farm tractor. The corn maze is two acres of towering corn stalks surrounding the paths of unbelievable twists, turns and dead ends. $5 admission (cash only). Visit the website for hours of operation. 3420 Hall Johnson Road, Grapevine www.hallspumpkinfarm.net

5 | THURSDAY Movies in the Park

7:30-9:30pm Fun, free and family friendly! Bring your own chair and blanket. It’s an evening under the stars, including an outdoor showing of Forrest Gump. First 100 people will receive awesome giveaways. Main Street Garden, 1902 Main St., Dallas www.mainstreetgarden.org

JumpstART – Wild, Wild West!

10am Explore new stories and fun art projects on the first Thursday of each month during this creative story time that combines art and children’s literature. Saddle up the whole family for tales of the Wild West and create a take-home art project fit for a pioneer. Ages 2 and up. Free. Irving Arts Center, 3333 North MacArthur Blvd, Irving 972-252-2787 www. irvingartscenter.com/event/ jumpstart-wild-wild-west

Baby Bookworms

10:15am Storytime for 0-18 months every week. South Irving Library, 601 Schulze Dr., Irving, www.cityofirving.org

kin patch, animal encounters, bounce houses and a variety of children’s games, crafts and activities. Admission is $8 per person ages 3 & up. Runs through 10/8. River Legacy Living Science Center, 703 NW Green Oaks Blvd, Arlington, 817-860-6752 www. riverlegacy.org

Southlake Oktoberfest

5pm-11pm Come take a stroll in Southlake’s beautiful Town Square while looking at the unique, handcrafted arts and crafts booths. Great food and live entertainment are also at your fingertips. Free. Southlake Town Square, 1256 Main St. Ste. 244, Southlake www.southlakechamber.com/ oktoberfest-home

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Cottonwood Art Festival

10am-7pm Talk with more than 200 artists and artisans about their works at this semiannual art show. The festival also includes live music, food trucks, a craft beer garden and a children’s art area. Free. Cottonwood Park, 1321 W. Belt Line Rd., Richardson cottonwoodartfestival.com

Irving Arts Center Farmers Market

9am - 2pm Four Seasons Markets was established to develop and manage European style markets where ranchers, farmers, specialty food producers and artisanal craftsmen can interact with customers and other vendors in a colorful, exciting, familyfriendly atmosphere that mimics the village markets popular throughout Europe. 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

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9 | MONDAY Bilingual Story Time in Arlington

10-11:15am A Bilingual Storytime that focuses on parent-child interaction. This program uses a wide variety of activities designed to help toddlers and preschoolers with dual language acquisition and pre-literacy skills, all while being fun and engaging. Southwest Branch Library, 3311 SW Green Oaks Blvd, Arlington www.morelibrary.org

10 | TUESDAY Grapevine Faith Christian School Open House

7pm. Grapevine Faith exists to develop and graduate authentic Christian leaders. Pre-K – 12 th 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.

English Conversation Circle

6-7pm Practice speaking with other students and native English speakers to improve your conversation skills, or sit in and listen to conversations to enhance your understanding. No registration necessary! Literacy House, 101 E North St, Arlington www.morelibrary.org

Christmas in Cowtown Holiday Market

12-7pm The Junior League of Fort Worth hosts more than 200 merchants selling home decor, jewelry, clothing, gourmet food, toys and more in this event that kicks off the holiday season. $12 per single ticket or $30 buys admission for the entire family. Runs through 10/15. Hours vary by day so check website for more info. Will Rogers Memorial Center, Ft. Worth www. members.juniorleaguefw.org.

Baby Bookworms

10:15am Storytime for 0-18 months every week. South Irving Library, 601 Schulze Dr., Irving, www.cityofirving.org

13 | FRIDAY Friday Nite Live Forestwood

11am All ages are invited to listen to stories, sing songs and participate; a perfect bonding time for the whole family. Free. Irving Public Library- East, 440 S. Nursery Road, Irving www. cityofirving.org

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14 | SATURDAY

Flower Mound Pumpkin Patch

Plano International Festival

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7-11pm While you’re out to dinner or shopping your kids are with us playing dodgeball, dancing the night away with our super cool DJ, making cool crafts, getting their face painted and hanging out with friends. $12 per child. Forestwood Middle School, 2810 Morriss Rd., Flower Mound 972-880-6699 www. friday-nite-live.com

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Pumpkin Patch at Double Oak Ranch for a fun outing with the kids! You will find hundreds of pumpkins to choose from, cornstalks, hay bales, baked goods, and refreshments. All activities are FREE. The pumpkin patch features cartoon character cutouts for photo-taking and bounce houses for the kids. In addition a number of local vendors provide food for purchase. Parking is $5 during the week and $10 on the weekends. Double Oak Ranch, 5100 Cross Timbers Rd., Flower Mound www.flowermoundpumpkinpatch.com

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timeout the whole family. Enjoy multicultural music and dance performances, ethnic food trucks, and cultural displays from over 100 countries. Come early for the popular Fitness and Wellness Fair with free flu shots and health screenings for kids and adults. Free. Fitness and Wellness Fair is from 10am to 1pm in the Courtyard Theater. Haggard Park, 901 E. 15th Street, Plano 214-495-7838 www. planointernationalfestival.org

15 | SUNDAY Kidz Bop “Best Time Ever” Tour

3pm Fans can look forward to the ultimate family-friendly live concert featuring brandnew songs, choreography and an eye-popping set design! The tour is headlined by the newest group of KIDZ BOP Kids, who were introduced with the release of KIDZ BOP 34. Tickets start at $29.50 Irving Music Factory, 300 W. Las Colinas Blvd, Irving www. thepavilionimf.com/events

16 | MONDAY Baby Bookworms

10:30am-11am Storytime for 0-18 months every week. Valley Ranch Library, 401 Cimarron Trail, Irving, Texas, 972-721-4669 www.cityofirving.org

17 | TUESDAY Toddler Tuesdays at LEGOLAND Discovery Center

10am-6pm Little LEGO lovers can enjoy big fun this fall with the return of Toddler Tuesdays featuring discounted admission every Tuesday now through December 12. Valid all day, $15 admission includes one adult and up to two toddlers ages 4 and under. Additional children are $5 each. LEGOLAND Discovery Center, 3000 Grapevine Mills Parkway,

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Family Storytime

11am All ages are invited to listen to stories, sing songs and participate; a perfect bonding time for the whole family. Free. Irving Public Library- East, 440 S. Nursery Road, Irving www. cityofirving.org

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Cine de Oro

10am–12pm Join us the 3rd Wednesday of every month for Cine de Oro, our monthly movie screening series. Light food and refreshments provided before every movie. Free. Latino Cultural Center, 2600 Live Oak Street, Dallas 214-671-0045 www. artandseek.org

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1, 2, Me & You

10:30am & 11:3am Storytime for Ages 1-3 yrs Valley Ranch Library, 401 Cimarron Trail, Irving, Texas, www. cityofirving.org

20 | FRIDAY Bloomin’ Bluegrass Festival

4:30-10pm This is an outdoor, rain-or-shine music festival and chili cook-off in the beautiful Farmers Branch Historical Park! Bring your blanket or lawn chairs. You won’t want to miss the fun! Free. Farmers Branch Historical Park, 2540 Farmers Branch Lane, Farmers Branch 972-919-2631 www. bloominbluegrass.com

21 | SATURDAY Fall Fest

8am-3pm Join us for our Viridian Artisan Market and experience the best Fall has to offer with a Pumpkin Patch, Craft Beer Sampling and cooler weather! The market takes place at Overlook Park next to the


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timeout Viridian Lake Club. Fall Fest will also feature a petting zoo, games, and live music. Free. Overlook Park at Viridian, 1210 Viridian Park Lane, Arlington 817-200-6543 www. ViridianDFW.com

3-4pm Join us as we whip up tasty Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookie Pies filled with Cream Cheese frosting and rolled in rainbow sprinkles. Let’s Bake it Happen to raise money for breast cancer research. $20 per parent/child. Taste Buds Kitchen Southlake, 2140 E. Southlake Blvd, suite V., Southlake www.tastebudskitchen.com/southlake/ kids-cooking-classes

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Baby Bookworms

10:30am-11am Storytime for 0-18 months every week. Valley Ranch Library, 401 Cimarron Trail, Irving, Texas, 972-721-4669 www. cityofirving.org

24 | TUESDAY Toddler Tuesdays at LEGOLAND Discovery Center

10am-6pm Little LEGO lovers can enjoy big fun this fall with the return of Toddler Tuesdays featuring discounted admission every Tuesday now through 12/12. $15 admission includes one adult and up to two toddlers ages 4 and under. Additional children are $5 each. LEGOLAND Discovery Center, 3000 Grapevine Mills Parkway, Grapevine 877-818-1677 www. legolanddiscoverycenter.com/ dallasfw

Family Storytime

11am All ages are invited to listen to stories, sing songs and participate; a perfect bonding time for the whole family. Free. Irving Public Library- East, 440 S. Nursery Road, Irving www. cityofirving.org

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25 | WEDNESDAY Ghouls and Graveyards

The Dallas Children’s Theater Teen Scene Players present Ghouls and Graveyards, featuring the works of Edgar Allan Poe, W.W. Jacobs, Philip Schaeffer and The Coterie Theatre. Things do go bump in the night! This spine-tingling collection of chilling masterpieces and supernatural surprises arrives just in time for Halloween. Join the allteen cast for a night of fright as they present a collection of stories from horror’s greatest authors—Edgar Allan Poe and W. W. Jacobs. Recommended for ages 12 and up. Check the website for all times and dates. Dallas Children’s Theatre, 5938 Skillman, Dallas, www.dct.org/plays

26 | THURSDAY Cool Thursdays Concert Series – Molly Ringwalds

7-9pm Gates open at 6pm. Dallas Arboretum Martin Rutchik Concert Stage & Lawn, 8525 Garland Rd, Dallas www.dallasarboretum.org


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10:30am & 11:30am Storytime for Ages 1-3 yrs Valley Ranch Library, 401 Cimarron Trail, Irving, Texas, www. cityofirving.org

27 | FRIDAY Boo at the Zoo

10am-5pm Get ready for Boo at the Zoo! Enjoy treat stations, carnival games, animal shows and more. This entertaining daytime event is free with Zoo admission and packed with fun for the whole family. Runs through 10/29. Fort Worth Zoo, 1989 Colonial Pkwy, Ft. Worth www.fortworthzoo.org

28 | SATURDAY Monster Mash Dash Halloween Fun Run 5K & Walk 8:30am-12pm Costumes

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are encouraged for this Halloween 5K, where children and families can enjoy food, fun, and entertainment. Money raised helps provide after school tutoring, tennis instruction and life skills development to over 25,000 under-resourced youths. See website for registration info. University of TX at Dallas, 800 W. Campbell Road, Richardson www.runsignup. com/Race/TX/Richardson/ monstermashdash

Star Wars Halloween

10am-2:00pm Come join us for the 3rd Annual Star Wars Day Halloween Sci-Fi Extravaganza! Trick-or-Treat at the museum with your favorite Star Wars Characters! Visit museum website for all the details! Frontiers of Flight Museum, 6911 Lemmon Avenue, Dallas 214-350-3600 www.flightmuseum.com/starwars-2017


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Boo Bash

Family Storytime

10am-5pm Throw on your best Halloween costume and get ready for the biggest free spooktacular for kids in the Metroplex. Come celebrate Halloween with a costume contest with prizes and lots of candy. Traders Village, 2602 Mayfield Road, Grand Prairie 972-647-2331 www. tradersvillage.com

11am All ages are invited to listen to stories, sing songs and participate; a perfect bonding time for the whole family. Free. Irving Public Library- East, 440 S. Nursery Road, Irving www. cityofirving.org

MON 30 Baby Bookworms

10:30am-11am Storytime for 0-18 months every week. Valley Ranch Library, 401 Cimarron Trail, Irving, Texas, 972-721-4669 www. cityofirving.org

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Are we surrounded by supportive, healthconscious people? Those who will support and encourage our goals.

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a reason to want to eat healthy? Maybe to avoid or reduce diabetes, or to set an example for our children.

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financial stress is the worst. Just something to think about when making new friends, changing careers or – spending our hard earned money.

eat your breakfast Once again, studies show that an early meal (aka: breakfast) kick starts your metabolism; you know, the process that breaks down the food you eat into energy. But stay away from saturated fats, they thwart the whole game plan.

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