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Thriving as a Busy Family of 12

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contents October 2019 cover story 19 Meet the Halbur Family

With 10 children and a family business, flexibility and grace abounds.

baby 8 Pumping at Work

Five tips to make the transition a little smoother.

child 10 Conquering Toddler Tantrums

No more meltdowns (for you or your child)!

23 Kid Jokes

Local kiddos crack us up. Sponsored by Voyage Credit Union.




14 Inspiring Kids

26 Benefits of Yoga Calm

Area teen is granted a patent at just fourteen years old.

parent 16 Why Does My Child Smell So Bad?


in every issue 12 Craft Corner Bat Banners Craft

13 Good Eats

Sandwich Monsters

27 Mom Tips of the Month Valuable tips straight from our Hood panel.

31 Calendar of Events Area events for all ages.

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Fresh tips for talking about body odor.

22 Become a Strategist Superhero

Scheduling strategies to eliminate chaos in your life.

24 Mom Helps Woman

Along Breast Cancer Journey

You’re never too old for Mom’s love.

28 Yakkity Yak, A Coffee

Shop That Gives Back A place to celebrate and advocate for inclusion and acceptance.

29 Volunteering (and

Scaring) as a Family

One family’s story of volunteering with their passions.

Using yoga to impact our community.

38 Healthy Eating for Working Parents

Suggestions for eating healthy on the go.

40 Safety Tips for Trick or Treating

Keeping the tradition safe for the whole family.

home 42 Set Your Furnace Up for

Success as Winter Nears Simple maintenance tips to keep warm this winter.

44 Tire Tips for Parents On The Go

Taking care of the most valuable safety feature on your vehicle.

46 Child Safety in the Laundry Room

Taking precautions to keep kids safe around appliances.


Welcome to the working parent issue! Whether you are a stay at home parent, part- or full-time working parent, this issue is for you.

I am really excited for you to meet the Halbur family. When I met Colleen a few months ago, I knew we had to cover her family for our working parent issue. Colleen and her husband Scott, both have busy jobs and they also have 10 children at home! I had so many questions (I am sure you do too!) on how they make it all work. They took time out of their busy work and family schedules to tell us more about their family and how they make it work. Everyone in the family was so excited about being in the magazine and they were amazing at the photoshoot. Colleen’s son and my son are the same age, so of course I had to bring my little guy with me on this shoot! I wasn’t sure if we were going to be able to get all of the children to look at us at the same time, however, thanks to Journey Defined Photography we captured our first family of 12 and got all of them to look at the same time! We know parents are always looking for new tips and ideas. We have asked our ‘Hood panel of moms to give us some tips to share. Make sure to follow us on Facebook to meet some of our other panel members for Mom Tip Monday. This month’s Inspiring Teen is really special to me. Allie and her mom helped with our crafts and at our events when ‘Hood first started. I always knew Allie was going to do amazing things. Make sure to read her story to see her latest accomplishment. Fall means it’s time for Halloween events, did you know there were so many events for Halloween in our area? Make sure to check out the ones we have listed in print, but for a list to keep you busy every weekend in October, check out Make sure to search Halloween in the Calendar section to help find them faster. Happy Halloween!


and the ‘Hood team

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President & Publisher

Steffanie Liston-Holtrop 605-366-1479

Copy Editor Shelly Gaddis

Art & Design Director Ally Vogel

Digital Media Director Jaclyn Small

Intern We had a great time with our friends at KDLT talking about birthday party issue and online directory.

Chloe VanGerpen

Contributing Photographers Journey Defined Photography

Contributing Writers

Tina Beal, Jarett C. Bies, Myranda Dunmire, Kelcey Smith, Arianna Sparks, Danny Vanden Berg, Shannon Ward

Distribution courtesy of LifeScape: Andy Claflin, Brian Puetz, Brenton Newman, Ben Graff, Mitch Riley

‘Hood Panel Members

Did you know we do 90 Second Tips for KDLT? In September, we talked about kids staying home alone. Make sure to check out our website to see the tips.

Abir Aware, Natalie Barber, Claire Feterl, Brandy Fiala, Breanna Garbers, Kathy Horstman, Jennifer Jung, Laura Kattenberg, April Lewis Holly Liston, Brandi Martyna, Megan Maxon, Bobbi Nelson, Alison Overden, Ashley Rigge, Jen Rothenbuehler, Lyndsay Seivert, Jessica Schulte, Meghan Sireci, Nejla Smith Reproduction or use of the contents of this magazine is prohibited. ‘Hood Magazine is published 9 times a year by Hoodlum Productions, LLC and strives to publish only accurateinformation; however, Hoodlum Productions, LLC cannot be held responsible for consequences resulting from errors or omissions. All material in this magazine is the property of Hoodlum Productions, LLC and cannot be reproduced without permission of the publisher. We welcome article proposals, story suggestions and unsolicited articles and will consider all submissions for publication. Please send your thoughts, ideas and submissions to

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‘Hood Online We are so much more than a magazine. We are here to meet you where you’re at in life. You’ll find us in the community, online and in our printed issues, which are FREE! If you haven’t visited our website yet, you’ll want to check it out. There, you’ll find exclusive content not available in print! Here is what you’ll find this month:

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baby by Kelcey Smith Co-Owner, Elegant Mommy

Pumping at Work


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Whether you are a first-time mom, or have multiple kiddos, heading back to work after baby can be a stressful time. On top of adding another human to your morning routine, you may be concerned about pumping. Pumping at work is often stressful, but do not fret, Momma! You are not alone! Here are some tips to make the transition a little smoother. 1. Be consistent. Find 3-4 times in your day (initially) when you can block out 15 minutes to pump. Be sure to communicate these times openly with those working around you so they know what you are doing. Open communication leads to less confusion.

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2 . Be prepared. Have all your pump supplies ready to go. Make a mental or physical checklist at home to make sure you have everything you need before leaving the house. Being prepared will help cut down on your prep/clean up time. Use a wet bag or pump bag to store pump parts as well as a hands-free pumping bra and extra nursing pads. After pumping, rinse your pump parts and toss them in the wet bag. Store them in the refrigerator or cooler with your milk until your next pump session. 3. Drink water. Use an app on your phone to remind you to drink water if needed! Have healthy snacks available to snack on throughout the day. 4. Be confident. It is your right as a mom to make milk for your little. Your baby needs the food you are making. The more open you are about pumping; the more receptive others will be. You are doing what is best for your baby and people need to be understanding of that! 5. Relax. Stressing about pumping is not going to do you or your baby any good. Try to enjoy the quiet moments of pumping, because as moms we never get enough of that! Take this time to try and reflect or meditate on the joyful moments you have had as a mom! l


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Tantrums come with the territory when raising a toddler. It can be difficult to take your little one out without someone (you or them) having a meltdown. Tantrums are normal and even expected during the early stages of development, but they don’t have to become a regular part of your routine. It’s important to remember that children often have tantrums to communicate a want or need. To minimize tantrums, you’ll need to teach your child the skills to appropriately communicate their wants and needs. This may be verbally or with the help of an assistive communication device—like a picture card or even a gesture. Be sure you respond to your child’s attempts at appropriate communication immediately; this lets them know what gets your attention, and potentially gets them what they are asking for. Conversely, it is important to communicate with your child that whining and tantrums are not going to get them what they want. The most effective ways to do this are to 1.) pre-teach appropriate attention-seeking behavior when they are calm and attentive and 2.) completely ignore all inappropriate attempts at communication. This is difficult to do in the freezer section of the grocery store while fellow patrons stare at you and your child, but it is important to remember that consistency is key. Another way to prevent tantrums in public settings is to give your child a small job to do to help make the outing more enjoyable. This could be

something as small as pointing out all the items with labels of their favorite color. It is also helpful to bring along a small bag of toys and activities to engage the child during situations that may be exceptionally boring. Remember, children have not learned to manage their emotions when faced with mundane tasks and they will create entertainment any way possible. It is also important to know when to seek additional help. Some signs that you may need additional help are: • A child who is often inconsolable • S everal tantrums a day, making it difficult to complete even simple tasks • Violent tantrums •A  child who is unable to communicate their wants or needs due to speech and language delay If you have concerns, talk to your pediatrician or call LifeScape for help from our one of our clinical psychologists. l

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BAT S R E N N BA This Halloween décor is too cute to be spooky! Supplies: • Black cardstock paper • P  atterned scrapbook paper or colored paper • Googly eyes • Scissors • Tape • Glue • String or twine

Instructions: Prep your supplies by cutting out 5”x 5” squares of colored paper or scrapbook paper for the wings. To make your bat, draw an “8” shape on the black cardstock, making the top slightly bigger than the bottom and don’t forget to include ears on top and some feet on the bottom! Cut your bats out. Cut as many as you need for the length of your banner. We like to start with six bats. For the wings, fold your colored paper or patterned paper back and forth like a fan. Leaving one side pinched, tape it to the back of your bat. Repeat for the other wing. Stick on googly eyes and use a little colored paper scraps and glue to add some colored ears and mouth. Continue making your bats and then tape to some twine to complete your banner.




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Inspiring Kids in the Community

Allie When faced with a problem, sometimes you need to invent your own solution. That’s what Allie Weber, a fourteen-year-old from Sioux Falls, did when she invented the Frost Stopper. The Frost Stopper is a temperature-sensing glove that senses when conditions could cause frostbite, so you know to go inside and warm up. Allie got frostbite on her finger when she was nine. Her experience gave her the idea to invent the Frost Stopper so others would not experience frostbite like she did.

As she continues refining the Frost Stopper, Allie said she will add more temperature sensors to the glove. She also considered adding something to warm your hands when they get cold.

After inventing the Frost Stopper, Allie entered it in the 2016 Spark Lab Global Invent-It Challenge. The grand prize was a patent, and Allie won. “I was very proud of the fact that I was able to accomplish something as big as that,” Allie said. “Ever since I first started making things when I was six, I wanted this patent. It’s like a dream come true.”

“I have been inventing for my entire life, and I’m not stopping now,” Allie said. “I just wait to find a problem and come up with an invention to solve it.” Allie reminds us to keep going, even when things get difficult. Keep up the great work, Allie!

After winning the grand prize in 2016, Allie received her patent in June 2019. It was a long wait, but Allie enjoyed the journey. “You think about all of the effort you put into it and it all pays off,” Allie said. Allie encourages other kids to keep working on their inventions, even when it seems like they aren’t getting anywhere. Patience is a necessity when working on inventions.

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teen by Avera Health

Why Does My Child Smell So Bad All of a Sudden? They get taller, stronger and smarter as they grow up – but kids also change in some ways that aren’t as pleasant – they develop body odor.

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It’s normal, but it can come as unwelcomed and surprising. Avera Medical Group Marshall Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Amanda Enestvedt, MSN, APRN, CPNP, offers parents and caregivers these straightforward tips on what to do – and what to avoid.

Build Better Bath Habits Yes, you’d be a millionaire if you knew how to convince kids to shower or take baths more often. “It’s a challenge and if you come up with the $1 million idea, please share it,” Enestvedt said. “But around age 9, kids will start to develop body odor as part of their normal development. Talk to them early about the necessity for keeping clean, using deodorant and how it’s a normal part of growing up.” Is It Too Soon? All kids develop and age at their own rates, but if a child who is younger than 7 starts to show signs of body odor or other changes that indicate puberty, see your health care provider. “It could be a sign of something significant, and should be checked,” she said. “It’s best to be thorough and safe.” New Routines Help Add daily showers to the schedule and make kids realize it’s not optional. “Like any other responsibility, kids should have consequences if they skip their shower,” said Enestvedt. “Make it just part of life – like it is for mom, dad and older siblings.” Kindness Goes a Long Way Any changes – in height, weight and yes, smell – can be fodder for unfriendly comments or cringeinducing statements. Take heed – and teach. “It can help to show kids that not everyone has access to a shower every day. They might have a classmate who doesn’t have deodorant or everything other kids have,” she said. “These situations can be cases where being nice and helping others comes into play. We all have shortcomings.” Talk About It More The development of a little body odor could be a good place to start conversations with your spouse or partner about other talks that will soon be coming up. “Allow for questions, be body-positive and try not to be embarrassed,” Enestvedt said. “Even adults can be uncomfortable talking about things like body odor with other adults, so remind kids the changes they are experiencing are natural and normal – and no big deal! l

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Being a parent is a full-time job, but that didn’t stop Colleen Halbur from pursuing her passion and taking over as co-owner and Executive Director of Sylvan Learning Center in Sioux Falls. Colleen is excited to be working at a business that helps the community. Her sister, Michelle, is a co-owner and each of them possess different strengths, which supports the business’ success. When Colleen returned to work it was an adjustment for her and her husband, Scott, as well as their 10 children: Mike (16), Matt (14), Tim (13), Tessa (10), Aaron (9), Evan (7), Nathaniel (5), Cassandra (3), Rebecca (1), and Elizabeth (1). This will be the first school year in nine years that Colleen will be working while her kids are in school. “At this point, if we can get the seven kiddos who ride the bus to the bus on time, I am going to call it a win,” Colleen said. Colleen supports her kids in their educational pursuits and day-to-day lives. Sometimes, she

feels like there isn’t enough time in the day to make her business and family look the way she would like. When it gets difficult, Colleen relies on her support systems: her husband, sisters, parents, friends, co-workers, and her church family. “One of my passions is my children and my sister’s children,” Colleen said. “Education is important to us. I try to help my own children as much as I can and give them the support they need.” Being a working parent, especially with 10 kids, requires flexibility.

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Colleen is learning to let go of perfection and accept things as they come. “We were pretty flexible about bedtime this summer,” Colleen said. “Because the kids didn’t have to get up early in the morning and I didn’t get home until late due to work or a ball game, we had a late bedtime for everyone. It was about the only time I got to see all of the kids!”

How does she do it? Colleen has a few tips and tricks to share with other working parents: • Don’t be afraid to say “yes” when someone offers to help. I was for a long time, and it made my life harder. • I have been working on NOT working when I am home. That time is for Scott and the family. When I am at work, I try not to think about family or house obligations. My work time is just for work. •W  e go to as many sporting events as we can. The children in sports know that we can only do so much. • Scott is the organizer of our family. He is great at identifying a need and creating a system to fill that need. One of the systems that

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Scott implemented for our family is the buddy system. Each older child is assigned to a younger child. The older child is responsible for making sure that their buddy is ready when we leave the house. When we go to church, the older child knows they have to make sure their buddy is dressed, has matching shoes on, and is in the van ready to go. •W  e have assigned jobs to each person, including Scott and me. Older children do dishes, help with laundry, and supervise the younger ones during general clean up. •T  he things that the younger kids want to do usually don’t thrill the older kids. Sometimes we take the older ones out for their own outing and then take the younger ones to do the things that they want to do. •M  y best advice is to not be too hard on yourself. Do your best, love your kids, find some time for yourself, have fun with your spouse or partner, and don’t waste your time handwashing clothes. If clothes can’t survive the delicate cycle on your washer, it wasn’t meant to be! l

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parent by Tina Beal

Become a Strategist Superhero! I’ve heard my busy parenting friends refer to themselves as “Chaos Coordinators” before. I completely get it. As a parent, no matter how many children you have, chaos quickly moves into your space and permanently adheres to your every decision. Forget just leaving the house with a phone, keys and a wallet. Now when you leave the house, you need your phone, keys, wallet, snacks, diaper bags, sports bags, “busy” bags and a dozen other things!


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Here are some features that make using a Google Calendar a smart family planning calendar! •C  olor Choices! You can choose from twelve different colors to help visually see what is happening with your day. • I nvitations! You can send calendar invites to other members of your household as well as outside family members •R  eminders! You can schedule SMS or Email Reminders for any event you schedule (this is helpful the night before your child needs to take snacks to school) •N  otes! Under each scheduled event, you can add notes! Perfect for reminding yourself of full details of the scheduled event! •L  ocations! Through Google Calendar, you can add an address for the location of your event! Click the verified location, and Google Maps automatically opens! Being a parent is already stressful enough, don’t let managing schedules turn you into the “Chaos Coordinator”! Instead, be the “Strategist Superhero” and transform how you manage your lives. l

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I highly recommend using Google Calendars (a FREE online service) to pull off your smart scheduling strategy. Google Calendars can be utilized with an active Gmail account (and Gmail is also FREE). It’s a calendar that goes with you everywhere you go, and you can share the calendar with family members!

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When you’re sick as a child, the warmth and comfort from your mom seems as important as any medicine a doctor prescribes. When you’re sick as an adult, you may have outgrown your mom’s lap, but you still treasure those feelings of warmth and comfort.

rather than a mastectomy. Following surgery, she faced six rounds of chemotherapy, followed by 20 radiation treatments and then immunotherapy.

In the past year, Amy Marsh found out that 49 wasn’t too old to rely on her mom, and that her 89-year-old mom wasn’t too old to care for her when Marsh desperately needed it.

Focusing on the end goal helped Marsh stay healthy mentally through chemotherapy’s cruelties, including frequent fluid infusions and a two-day hospital stay.

In her work as an EMS educator for Sioux Falls Fire Rescue, Marsh is used to advocating for other people’s health. When her Sanford Health primary care doctor reminded her that she was due for her mammogram, Marsh went in last August. Having no family history of breast cancer, she always assumed her results would be fine – even when this mammogram led to an ultrasound and biopsy.

Her Sanford Health nurse navigator, social worker and dietitian and infusion center staff supported her through the whole process. “They took really good care of me, and they made sure that I was staying positive.”

But then her primary care doctor told her she had a cancerous tumor. “It just took my breath away,” Marsh said. “I was so not expecting that because I didn’t have any symptoms.”

But when Marsh talks about her mom, she tears up. After Marsh told her mom the diagnosis, “The first thing she said to me was, ‘It should be me,’” Marsh said. Her mom checked on her constantly, made light with Marsh of her hair loss and fixed chocolate malts when that was all Marsh could eat. “She took such good care of me through the whole thing. She was a mom.” l

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Benefits of Yoga Calm With the routine of school now in full swing, has the transition from summer break back to school been a bit difficult for your child? Are your kids wound up and bouncing off the walls or are they feeling a bit deflated after school? With the demands of academics and challenging peer interactions, children are becoming more and more stressed and anxious. Their self-confidence is dropping. Skilled occupational therapy treats a variety of concerns ranging from anxiety to depression, from building and maintaining peer relationships to tolerating changes in plans and routines. While these difficulties can be addressed within a 1:1 setting in traditional occupational therapy, Yoga Calm provides another opportunity for children to come together in a safe environment, build connections, ground the body, and encourage comfort and peace. Developed by a school counselor, Yoga Calm builds balance, resilience, communication, focus and self-control for students using breathwork, movement, mindfulness, and social-emotional activities.

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By improving students’ abilities to calm themselves from within as well as be better aware of others and their feelings, Yoga Calm will not only impact children and their family units directly, but it has the capacity to positively impact the larger community as a whole. After our last Yoga Calm program, we celebrated with parents who reported: • “ My child enjoyed going to class and came out calm and more relaxed.” • “ Kristin is so good at working with the kids, helping them learn calming strategies and body awareness.” • “ My child became more comfortable in his own skin as a result of this class!” l


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We know moms are looking for new tips and ideas. We reached out to our panel of moms we work with and asked them to give us a tip or trick to share with you. Meet our moms for the month of October.


Name: Kathy Horstman Number of kids: 2 Kids’ Ages: 13, 11 Your Job: Owner, HouseMaster Home Inspections Spouse’s Name: Brad Horstman

Your Mom Tip:

1. School lunches can get mundane after so many. Remember, leftovers make a great lunch as well as snack lunches: cheese, fruit, veggies, and a treat. It doesn’t have to be a sandwich every day. 2. If you have an opportunity to go to school and eat lunch with your kiddos in elementary school, take it! They are truly precious years and go fast. 3. Take a mom trip or two. Find a community of moms to support and love you through each stage of motherhood. You need other moms in your life going through the same thing and moms with older kids, so you know what to expect. Help out moms with younger kids by being a mentor to them. We need each other.


Name: Claire Feterl Number of kids: 1 Kids’ Age: 2.5 Your Job: Membership & Marketing Associate Spouse’s Name: Tyler Feterl

Your Mom Tip:

When traveling, pack everything your child will need for the day (i.e. diaper, shirt, pants, sweater, etc.) in a Ziplock bag for each day. Plus, when you squeeze all the air out, it’s a space saver too!

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A Coffee Shop That Gives Back

In making the decision to construct a new building, Gene and Kathy Luke wanted to lay the foundation for an environment that would make people feel welcome and comfortable. They desired to create a destination for families to utilize not only while their children were participating in classes, but also for the whole community to enjoy. During their years of planning, they wanted to have a space that would help promote and enhance inclusion. Inclusion is a term that promotes the desire that all people, regardless of their abilities, disabilities or health care needs, have the right to be respected and appreciated as valuable members of their communities. Gene and Kathy thought there was a perfect opportunity to design a family friendly space by founding a coffee shop that would be run by individuals effected with Intellectual and Developmental Differences. (IDD)

The Luke Family is leading the way to be the change for making the world a better place for people of all abilities, a world where everyone can be celebrated and live up to their full potential. The Yakkity Yak Coffee Shack is excited to serve all area residents too, not just the families that utilize the All-American Gymnastics Academy and Activities Campus. The coffee shop will be open to the public during all hours of operation. So, go support them and their mission! l

As the owners of the brand new All-American Gymnastics Academy and Activity Campus, the Luke Family decided to establish the Yaks Give Back Foundation which is a non-profit organization that will provide employment, services, equipment and opportunities to individuals of all abilities. On-site of the newly built Activity Campus, The Yakkity Yak Coffee Shack is being opened to create an atmosphere that seeks to empower acceptance for all individuals and to advocate inclusion. The Yakkity Yak Coffee Shack will offer more than just a cup of coffee‌. it will be a unique customer experience.

Owner Kathy and Ben, one of the many amazing staff you will meet.

Sioux Falls is a very caring and driven community. We live in a city that looks out for its neighbors and always steps up to support each other.

A view from the window of the future coffee shop!

Opening Soon! The Yakkity Yak Coffee Shack is opening at 7321 S. Grasslands Place in January, 2020.

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Volunteering (and Scaring) as a Family Whether it’s camping, music, fishing, or another pursuit, parents love to share their passions with their children. The Rierson family has found a way to combine their passions with volunteering — allowing them to give back and share their love for scaring people at Halloween. Jesse and Helena Rierson and their son, Gerald, volunteer with the Jaycees Feargrounds, the Sioux Falls Jaycees’ haunted house project. Located at the W.H. Lyons Fairgrounds, it is run by the Sioux Falls Jaycees, a nonprofit which provides young people opportunities to develop leadership skills through community service projects. Jesse volunteers his skills as an EMS, while Helena and Gerald don makeup and costumes to scare the haunted house’s patrons. It all started when Jesse was volunteering at the haunted house and Helena brought Gerald to say good night after trunk or treating. “While Jesse and I were talking, Gerald started walking by the line outside and a few girls were frightened by him,” Helena said. “He fell in love with scaring right then.” Gerald created his character, Chuckles the Clown, when

he was 6 years old. Now, the whole family scares together at the haunted house every year. But scaring isn’t the only passion the family shares. They also volunteer with the Sioux Falls Herpetological Society, where Jesse is the current president of the non-profit. The whole family is involved with It’s another way the Riersons get to spend quality time together and give back to their community. “We have around 20 reptiles,” Helena said. “We usually bring as many as we can to events so that people can have the interactions that they wouldn’t normally have.” “Being able to volunteer as a family means the world to us, because like any family, life gets crazy sometimes,” Helena said, “but it’s amazing to be able to come together and create these memories while still helping others and making new friends.” l

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Fall Winter Sale Children's & Maternity Consignment Sale!

Oct. 19-20th

WH Lyon Fairgrounds Expo Building

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at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis

Shop & save 50-90% off of retail! Sat. Oct 19: 9am-5pm Sun. Oct 20: 9am-1pm Half off day most items are 1/2 off

December 7, 2019 | 8 PM Jeschke Fine Arts Center

Free Admission! Cash and credit cards accepted!

Tickets on sale through the Washington Pavilion Box Office. 605-367-6000

THE CORN MAZE at Yogi Bear’s™ Jellystone Park SIOUX FALLS, SD


EVERYONE! Come explore over 7 acres of corn maze!

Also included with admission: • The areas only jumping pillow • FREE miniature golf on the new 9-hole course! • Plenty of photo ops!

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happenings n n YogaCalm 4:30 PM-5:15 PM Vision Eye Care and Therapy $65/series n n Toddler Sports 6:30 PM-7:30 PM MariCar Community Center $5/child Wednesday, October 2 n ZOOCUB (Infants and Toddlers) 9:15 AM-10:00 AM Great Plains Zoo $22/members; $39/non-members. n Family Story Time 10:30 AM-11:00 AM Crooks Library n ZOOCUB (Preschool) 10:30 AM-11:30 AM Great Plains Zoo $29/members and $48/non-members n n Kid’s Club Craft Night 6:00 PM-7:30 PM The Makers Nook

October 2019

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Visit our website and post your event. For additional information about the events listed, please check our website. ‘Hood Magazine publishes the most recent information provided. Please remember to call ahead to confirm event details; some events may require pre-registration.

n Birthing with Confidence 6:00 PM-9:00 PM Sanford Health $60 Thursday, October 3 n n Tot Time 5:30 AM-10:30 AM Midco Aquatic Center Varies

Tuesday, October 1

n ZOOCUB (Prkindergarten) 9:00 AM-10:00 AM Great Plains Zoo $35/members and $55/non-members

n Children’s Activities 9:00 AM-4:00 PM Museum of Visual Materials

n n Toddler Story Time 10:30 AM-10:55 AM Siouxland Libraries - Caille Branch

n Milk Maker Meet up 10:00 AM-11:00 AM Educated Mommy

n ZOOCUB (Preschool) 10:30 AM-11:30 AM Great Plains Zoo $29/members and $48/nonmembers

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n Pavilion Storytime 10:30 AM-11:00 AM Washington Pavilion Free/paid admission








All Ages

n Inflatables and Play Dome 11:00 AM-8:30 PM County Fair Brandon $5 for 3 hours of play

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n Prepared Childbirth Class 6:00 PM-9:00 PM Avera Prairie Center $100/couple

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Friday, October 4




All Ages

n Family Maker Studio 1:00 PM-4:00 PM Children’s Museum of South Dakota Free/paid admission

n MAMMA MIA! 2:00 PM Sioux Falls Orpheum Theater Center Varies

n MAMMA MIA! 2:00 PM Sioux Falls Orpheum Theater Center Varies

Monday, October 7

n Ladies Night Skate City 8:00 PM-11:00 PM Skate City

n Cosmic Skate 7:30 PM-10:00 PM Scheels Ice Plex $6 plus skate rentals

Sunday, October 6 n Muttz in the Maze 8:00 AM Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park CampResort Varies

Saturday, October 5 n Sioux Empire Smiles-Free One Day Dental Clinic 8:30 AM-2:00 PM Children’s Dental Center n New Baby in Our Family Class 10:00 AM-11:30 AM Avera Mckennan Hospital $10/family n n Youth Kickball 10:00 AM-12:00 PM Kuehn Park

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n n Super Saturday 6:00 PM-8:00 PM All American Gymnastics Academy $15/child

n The Corn Maze 5:00 PM-9:00 PM Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resort $8/adult, $5/under 12, 3 & under free

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n Sensory Sensitive Sundays 9:00 AM-11:00 AM Chuck E Cheese’s n Harvest Fest 10:00 AM Country Apple Orchard n The Corn Maze 12:00 PM-5:00 PM Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park CampResort $8/adult, $5/under 12, 3 & under free

n Harvest Fest 10:00 AM Country Apple Orchard n Family Story Time 11:00 AM-11:30 AM Downtown Library

n n Wildlife Wonders 6:00 PM-7:00 PM Oyate Community Center $5/child n n Kids Road Races 6:30 PM Spencer Park Tuesday, October 8 n n Toddler Time 9:30 AM-11:30 AM Sky Zone $5.00+socks n Ninja Warrior Training 6:00 PM-7:00 PM Kuehn Community Center $5/child n Yoga 7:30 PM-8:15 PM The Studio 605 $10/class Wednesday, October 9 n n Toddler Jump! 9:00 AM-12:00 PM Air Madness Trampoline Park $8/child Thursday, October 10

n Inflatables and Play Dome 11:00 AM-9:30 PM County Fair Brandon $5 for 3 hours of play n Pumpkin Festival 12:00 PM-5:00 PM Riverview Tree Farm Varies

n The Corn Maze 12:00 PM-9:00 PM Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park CampResort $8/adult, $5/under 12, 3 & under free



n n Wildlife Wonders 10:00 AM-11:00 AM Oyate Community Center $5/child

n STEM Explorers 1:00 PM LaunchPAD Children’s Museum Free/paid admission

n Inflatables and Play Dome 11:00 AM-8:30 PM County Fair Brandon $5 (3 hours of play) n Kids Mystery Dinner Theater 5:15 PM-7:30 PM Children’s Museum of South Dakota $28

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n Family Fun Night 5:30 PM-6:30 PM LaunchPAD Children’s Museum Free/paid admission

n STEM Explorers 11:30 AM LaunchPAD Children’s Museum Free/paid admission

Tuesday, October 15

n Youth Whirlyball 6:30 PM-7:30 PM Kenny Anderson Community Center $5/child

n The Corn Maze 12:00 PM-9:00 PM Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park CampResort $8/adult, $5/under 12, 3 & under free

n Family Story Time 10:45 AM-11:15 AM Ronning Library

n n Indoor Archery 7:00 PM-8:00 PM Kuehn Community Center Friday, October 11 n Moms Need Moms + Coffee 9:00 AM Educated Mommy n n WERQ Kids 3:30 PM-4:30 PM Morningside Community Center

n Family Maker Studio 1:00 PM-4:00 PM Children’s Museum of South Dakota Free/paid admission n All Things Pumpkin 2:00 PM-4:00 PM Mary Jo Wegner Arboretum & East Sioux Falls Historic Site $10

Saturday, October 12 n Pumpkin Festival 10:00 AM-9:30 PM Riverview Tree Farm Varies n Pumpkin Fest 10:00 AM Country Apple Orchard

n Maybe a Baby 6:00 PM-7:30 PM Avera Mckennan Hospital n Floor Hockey 6:30 PM-7:30 PM Oyate Community Center $5/child

n Children’s Activities 10:00 AM-4:00 PM Museum of Visual Materials n 3rd Annual Harvest Festival 3:00 PM-6:00 PM Springdale Lutheran Chuch

n n TLC- Toddlers Love Crafting 1:00 PM-2:30 PM The Makers Nook $8/child

n Jaycees Haunted House Feargrounds 6:45 PM-12:00 AM W.H. Lyon Fairgrounds & Expo Center Varies

n Homeschool Jump 1:00 PM-3:00 PM Air Madness Trampoline Park Varies

Sunday, October 13

Thursday, October 17

n Pumpkin Fest 10:00 AM Country Apple Orchard

n n Tot Time 5:30 AM-10:30 AM Midco Aquatic Center Varies

n Bilingual Storytime 10:30 AM-11:00 AM Siouxland Libraries - Caille Branch n Infant and Child CPR Training Class 11:00 AM-1:00 PM Educated Mommy $25/person or $40/couple

n YogaCalm 4:30 PM-5:15 PM Vision Eye Care and Therapy $65/series

Wednesday, October 16

n Jaycees Haunted House Feargrounds 6:45 PM-9:30 PM W.H. Lyon Fairgrounds & Expo Center Varies n Big Band Ballroom Dance 6:45 PM-11:00 PM El Riad Shrine $14/person or $7/student ID

n Children’s Activities 9:00 AM-4:00 PM Museum of Visual Materials

n Family Story Time 10:30 AM-11:00 AM Hartford Library

n Wibit 12:00 PM-5:00 PM Midco Aquatic Center Varies

n Inflatables and Play Dome 11:00 AM-8:30 PM County Fair Brandon $5 for 3 hours of play

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n The Corn Maze 12:00 PM-9:00 PM Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park CampResort $8/adult, $5/under 12, 3 & under free

Friday, October 18 n Sky & Fin Story Time 10:30 AM-11:00 AM Butterfly House and Aquarium Varies n Family Story Time 10:30 AM-11:00 AM Siouxland Libraries Colton Branch

n Floating Pumpkin Patch 2:00 PM-3:30 PM Midco Aquatic Center $10/person

n Sensory Friendly Play 5:00 PM-8:00 PM Children’s Museum of South Dakota Free/paid admission

n Trunk or Treat 6:00 PM-8:00 PM St. Katharine Drexel Parking Lot & School

Saturday, October 19

n Jaycees Haunted House Feargrounds 6:45 PM-12:00 AM W.H. Lyon Fairgrounds & Expo Center Varies

n Home Alone Class 9:00 AM-12:00 PM Avera Mckennan Hospital n Just Between Friends Children’s consignment event! 9:00 AM-1:00 PM W.H. Lyon Fairgrounds & Expo Center Varies

n Cosmic Nights 7:00 PM-11:00 PM Air Madness Trampoline Park Varies

n Bonding Through Babywearing 9:00 AM Educated Mommy

n THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG 7:30 PM-10:00 PM Washington Pavilion Varies

n n Colors of Fall 10:00 AM-11:00 AM Arrowhead Park $5/child

Sunday, October 20 n Just Between Friends Children’s consignment event! 9:00 AM-1:00 PM W.H. Lyon Fairgrounds & Expo Center Varies

n Youth Futsal 10:00 AM-11:00 AM MariCar Community Center $5/child

n Science Sunday 2:00 PM-4:00 PM Children’s Museum of South Dakota Free/paid admission

n n Toddler Gym 6:00 PM-7:00 PM Kuehn Community Center $5/child Tuesday, October 22 n n Tot Time 5:30 AM-10:30 AM Midco Aquatic Center Varies

n Kids’ Halloween Party 10:00 AM-6:00 PM Museum of Visual Materials n Trick-or-Treat for Dogs 4:00 PM The Resort by SDK n Ben Gulley with the Mark Lowrey Trio 7:00 PM-9:30 PM Washington Pavilion Varies Wednesday, October 23 n Children’s Activities 10:00 AM-4:00 PM Museum of Visual Materials n Kids’ Halloween Party 10:00 AM-6:00 PM Museum of Visual Materials n Women’s Center Tour 6:00 PM-7:15 PM Avera Mckennan Hospital


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n Jaycees Haunted House Kids day 2:00 PM-4:00 PM W.H. Lyon Fairgrounds & Expo Center Varies

n n Weekday Morning Playgroup 10:00 AM-12:00 PM Kuehn Community Center

You can digitally add events to your personal calendar from our website! Check it out at:

n n Toddler Story Time 10:30 AM-10:55 AM Siouxland Libraries - Caille Branch n Family Story Time 10:30 AM-11:00 AM Hartford Library n Kids’ Halloween Party 5:30 PM-7:30 PM Museum of Visual Materials n MADDEN NFL 19 TOURNAMENT 6:00 PM-8:00 PM Kuehn Community Center $5/person n Prepared Childbirth Breastfeeding Class 6:30 PM-8:30 PM Avera Prairie Center $20/couple

n Jaycees Haunted House Feargrounds 6:45 PM-9:30 PM W.H. Lyon Fairgrounds & Expo Center Varies n n Indoor Archery 7:00 PM-8:00 PM Oyate Community Center Friday, October 25 n Moms Need Moms + Coffee 9:00 AM Educated Mommy n Family Story Time 10:30 AM-11:00 AM Siouxland Libraries Colton Branch n Autumn Festival, An Arts & Crafts Affair 11:00 AM-9:00 PM Denny Sanford PREMIER Center $9/Adults, $8/Seniors, Children Under 10 are Free


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All Ages

n 10th Annual Monster Mash 1:00 PM-5:00 PM Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park CampResort Varies

n ZooBoo 3:30 PM Great Plains Zoo Varies n Parent’s Night Out 5:30 PM-8:30 PM The Studio 605 $25/child+tax n Cosmic Skate 7:30 PM-10:00 PM Scheels Ice Plex $6 plus skate rentals

n ZooBoo 3:00 PM Great Plains Zoo Varies Monday, October 28

n ZooBoo 3:00 PM Great Plains Zoo Varies

n Children’s Activities 9:00 AM-4:00 PM Museum of Visual Materials

n n Super Saturday 6:00 PM-8:00 PM All American Gymnastics Academy $15/child

n n TLC- Toddlers Love Crafting 1:00 PM-2:30 PM The Makers Nook $8/child

Sunday, October 27

Tuesday, October 29

n Autumn Festival, An Arts & Crafts Affair 10:00 AM-5:00 PM Denny Sanford PREMIER Center $9/Adults, $8/Seniors, Children Under 10 are Free

n n Halloween Craft Time at Playgroup 10:30 AM Kuehn Community Center

n n Glow Fridays at Skyzone! 8:00 PM-10:00 PM Sky Zone $20

n Yoga 7:30 PM-8:15 PM The Studio 605 $10/class Wednesday, October 30

Saturday, October 26 n Hallowerq 9:00 AM-10:00 AM Kenny Anderson Community Center $5/person

n The Corn Maze 12:00 PM-5:00 PM Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park CampResort $8/adult, $5/under 12, 3 & under free

n Family Story Time 10:30 AM-11:00 AM Prairie West Library

n Science Sunday 2:00 PM-4:00 PM Children’s Museum of South Dakota Free/paid admission

n n Toddler Jump! 9:00 AM-12:00 PM Air Madness Trampoline Park $8/child n n Halloween Craft Time at Playgroup 10:30 AM Morningside Community Center

n Lake Lorraine Halloween Event 11:00 AM-2:00 PM Lake Lorraine n Family Maker Studio 1:00 PM-4:00 PM Children’s Museum of South Dakota Free/paid admission

n Flick and Float-COCO 2:00 PM-4:00 PM Midco Aquatic Center Free/paid admission



n Inflatables and Play Dome 11:00 AM-8:30 PM County Fair Brandon $5 for 3 hours of play

You can search “Halloween” on our calendar page and it will pull up all events in the area! Check it out at:

happenings n Homeschool Jump 1:00 PM-3:00 PM Air Madness Trampoline Park Varies n Mommy’s Maternity Closet 4:00 PM-6:00 PM Educated Mommy n n Kid’s Club Craft Night 6:00 PM-7:30 PM The Makers Nook Varies Thursday, October 31 n n Tot Time 5:30 AM-10:30 AM Midco Aquatic Center Varies n Jaycees Haunted House Feargrounds 6:45 PM-9:30 PM W.H. Lyon Fairgrounds & Expo Center Varies

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by Myranda Dunmire, MS, LN Health and Wellness Specialist, Sioux Falls Hy-Vee

Healthy Eating For Working Parents

When you are a working parent, it is often difficult, if not impossible, to take time for yourself. It may not seem like an easy thing to do, but there are many ways for you to eat healthy during the busy times and while you are on the go! Don’t skip breakfast. It may not be the first thought in your mind when you wake up, but it is important for both you and your children to eat breakfast in the morning. It is needed to help give your metabolism a jump-start as well as keep you fueled and energized for the beginning of your day. But sitting down and eating breakfast may not always be attainable. So try something simple like an apple and yogurt, or try prepping breakfast the night before.

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Lunch and Snacks, easy as 1, 2, 3: If you already pack snacks and lunches for your children, go ahead and pack yours at the same time! These don’t have to be elaborate, but by packing simple ingredients, you can still make a huge impact on your healthy eating habits. These are healthy and convenient food items that are easy to grab without any mess.

The Flavor Starts Now.

Dijon and Herb-Crusted Pork Chops Get the recipe at ©2018 National Pork Board, Des Moines, IA USA. This message funded by America’s Pork Producers and the Pork Checkoff.

Some throw-together lunch ideas can include: • Canned tuna + whole-grain crackers + raw veggies + mini hummus container + fruit • Homemade muffin + cheese slices + hard-boiled egg + mandarin oranges + homemade trail mix Try choosing lean protein and fiber-rich carbohydrates for snacks to help with mid-afternoon energy boosts: • apple + handful of unsalted nuts • carrot sticks + string cheese • berries + low-fat Greek yogurt Snacks are intended as such; they are not meant to fill you up, but to be a bridge between meals.

Don’t forget to hydrate: Health is not always about the foods we eat but the fluids we drink. It can be hard to stay hydrated during those busy days, so keep a water bottle on hand. This can help remind you to drink water and even help you track how much you’re drinking. l


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by Shannon Ward, Thrive After Birth

Safety Tips for

Trick-or-Treating Trick-or-Treating is a tradition many families enjoy in our area! As with any holiday, there are always some considerations to make to ensure that the tradition can be safe and fun for everyone involved. From food allergies and sensitivities to costume safety, we have outlined some tips to make this Halloween a memorable one! Costumes: •C  onsider using non-toxic face paint, as masks can obstruct vision •M  ake sure to test any makeup ahead of time on a small patch of skin & remove before bedtime •D  o not use colored or decorative contact lenses, unless prescribed by a licensed eye doctor •M  ake sure that all costume pieces fit well, including shoes, to prevent tripping or entanglement

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•A  lways check for a flame-resistant label when purchasing and avoid walking near luminaries and lit candles •A  ny props your children carry should be short and flexible

Roads, Walkways, and Properties: •B  e highly visible & always use the sidewalk. If no sidewalk is available, walk at the far edge of the roadway facing traffic

• Bring a flashlight with you •R  emain on well-lit streets and never cut across yard or use alleys •O  nly cross the street as a group in established crosswalks • T each children to make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them •N  ever cross between parked cars or at the end of driveways •D  on’t assume the right of way, just because one car stops, doesn’t mean others will!

Tricks & Treats: • T ravel as a group & only go to houses with their lights on • If older children are going without you, review their route and establish a clear time they should return home • Make sure someone has a cell phone •W  ait until children are home to sort and check treats •D  on’t eat homemade treats (unless it is an approved source) •C  heck your candy, if it looks old or tampered with don’t eat it! •C  onsider purchasing non-food treats for those who visit your homes, such as stickers, erasers, crayons, pencils, and coloring books l

See for yourself IN Splash, our new interactive moving water exhibit. How will you use your imagination to make a splash?

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by Foley’s Heating & AC, Inc.

Set Your Furnace Up for

Success as Winter Nears

What’s the worst part of summer ending? The coming cold winter months. One of the worst scenarios that could happen while weathering the winter is your home furnace breaks down and needs replacement. Typically, when this happens, an HVAC contractor is rarely able to solve the problem immediately. There may be a line of other customers, the right unit might not be immediately available or there could be weather delays. In order to avoid spending time transitioning from a broken furnace to a new one, it is wise to take some preventative steps now. • If your current furnace is approaching 20 years old, it may be a good time to schedule an inspection by a HVAC professional. You will want to have items such as the heating system’s belts, motors and electrical switches checked, as well as thermostats and gas pressure. If it is determined that the unit is at risk for failure soon, it may be better to incur the expense now when you and your pipes won’t freeze. • T he easiest and most affordable maintenance step to keep your furnace running well is to clean or replace the filter every month during heavy use months. Reusable filters can be rinsed and reused, which can save you considerable cost and time over their usable life.

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• F or a reasonable cost, you can update your thermostat to digital and then be able to program heating schedules for more efficient operation and cost savings. •C  hances are that your ducts can use a good cleaning. Dirty, leaky ducts can be the source of all sorts of problems, such as, bad air circulation, distribution of contaminants such as mold and elevated utility bills. A professional can also check for leaks and disconnected parts during a duct cleaning service. • F inally, the last key to keeping down heating costs and avoiding future issues is to make sure your home is properly insulated and ventilated. In the winter, an improperly ventilated home can experience moisture build up which can lead to rot and mold, while poor insulation can result in overworking your furnace. As always never be in doubt, just call a professional contractor to assess your needs. l

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Your tires are the most valuable safety feature on your vehicle. But with a hectic schedule -- dropping your kids off at school, heading to work, grocery shopping -- it is easy to forget your tires are constantly at work too. Routine tire maintenance will not only help to extend the life of your tires, but also your whole vehicle. Here are some helpful maintenance tips for keeping your tires in shape to run around:

1. Check Your Tires For Treadwear With this easy test, a penny can buy you peace of mind when it comes to your tires. Place a penny, head first, into the tire’s tread grooves. If you can see the top of Lincoln’s head, you have less than 2/32 of an inch of tread depth remaining, which means your tread is shallow and worn. If this is the case, your tires need to be replaced. 2. Check Your Air Pressure Tires can lose up to 1 PSI (pounds per square inch) of pressure every month. Underinflated tires tend to wear out faster, which makes regularly checking your air pressure a critical part of vehicle maintenance. It’s easy to let this slide to the bottom of your priority list, so buy a tire gauge and keep it handy in your car at all times. Your tires are properly inflated when they match the manufacturer recommended PSI listed on your vehicle’s tire placard or owner’s manual. The placard or manual should list appropriate PSI ranges for both the front and rear tires, as they may be different from one another. By having the proper air pressure, you help ensure that the tires wear evenly, provide a smooth ride, and increase fuel efficiency to help you save money at the gas pump.

3. Rotate Your Tires Routine tire rotations are an integral part of tire maintenance. Tires that are not rotated tend to develop uneven or irregular wear that can cause them to deteriorate prematurely. Rotating your car’s tires is an easy way to extend the life of the tire, cutting down on the amount you have to spend replacing tires as they wear. It will also make your ride smoother and handling safer. There are a variety of factors that can cause uneven treadwear, such as improper air pressure, vehicle alignment, and wheel/tire imbalance. As a general rule of thumb, Discount Tire recommends rotating your tires every 6,000 to 8,000 miles. l

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Child Safety In the Laundry Room There are more than 2,000 injuries each year of children, including some deaths, from laundry appliances. It’s shocking, and very concerning, that these seamlessly harmless, every day appliances could have this effect. Most of these injuries are accidental and happen among children under 5-years-old who are playing hide and seek. Industry statistics show these injuries and deaths have decreased over the past six years with the advancement of technology, education and training. Today’s technology has helped dramatically in lowering those incidents with both the washer and dryers as they have locks on the control panels to prevent the machine from accidentally turning on when the door is shut or from bumping the buttons.

How to keep your kids safe: 1. S  tart by making it a habit to use the safety features, like the lock mode. It is the first line of defense in the laundry room and the most effective. As consumers, we need to know and ensure the proper use of our appliances, especially when it comes to the safety of our children. 2. B  uy your machines from a well-known dealer with trained sales teams. Ask questions and expect answers. Anyone can tell you it’s a great

product because they want you to buy it. A sales associate who has been trained and knows the machine will educate you about the safety features. 3. R  eading the owner’s manual is also very important, to educate yourself with the product, including the safety features and how they operate. Once you know about the safety features, it’s important to turn those features into everyday habits. 4. E  ducating your kids about the dangers of appliances around the house and reminding them that they are not “toys” or good hiding places is also a VERY important step to practice. Kids are curious and are known to do the unexpected. Making sure you take precautions and talking to your kids about potentials dangers will keep them safe and put your mind at ease. l

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