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Choosing Child Care Resources and questions to ask when selecting a child care

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Editor’s Notes After a very late last day of school for Vancouver School District students, summer is finally here! The sights, smells and sounds of summer surround us: sunshine, fresh produce, children playing outside. To encourage that last bit (battling the urge to set the kiddos in front of the television), I plan to take on Clark County’s many walking trails this summer. From Moulton Falls up north, to Cottonwood Beach down south, the Clark County Walkaround Guide details 10 great walks in our community, including the WSU-Vancouver Campus, Salmon Creek, Columbia Tech Center, Frenchman’s Bar, Burnt Bridge Creek, Padden Parkway, Lacamas Lake, and the Discovery Historic Loop downtown. Most of these trails are paved and easy going, and many meander through natural reserves, providing opportunities for wildlife observation. The guide can be picked up at several locations around town, such as Marshall Center and Firstenburg Center, or is available online at www.clarkcommunitychoices. org/walkaround_guide. Maybe I’ll see you out on the trail?

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Feature Article: Choosing a Child CareCare Provider

Choosing Care Care Get the facts. Do your homework. Trust your judgement.

Choosing a healthy, safe place for your child to thrive while you are at work is a daunting decision. Daycare horror stories making national news may suddenly keep you awake at night. But take a deep breath. Safe, healthy options for childcare are out there. It’s important to gather information, do the legwork, and ultimately trust your gut. Get the Facts: Narrow the Possibilities There are regulated daycare centers, regulated home daycares, unregulated home daycares, and preschools. Begin your search early. Ann Douglas, author of Choosing Childcare for Dummies, suggests embarking upon your quest between eight weeks and a year before your back-to-work date. Contact the Child Care Resource and Referral of SW Washington by calling 360-750-9735 for Clark County, or 360636-9751 for Cowlitz County, or visiting www.esd112.org/CCRR. Ask about licensing requirements in your area and how to collect information about 8

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complaints or licensing violations. Inquire about financial assistance programs for which you may qualify. Home Day Care or Center? Home day care may be the best fit for your child’s “home away from home.” These providers tend to have more flexible hours (especially helpful if you work an atypical work schedule). They may have less rigid schedules and policies which set you more at ease. If it is important to you that your caregiver be open to making lots of individual accommodations (irregular naptimes, for example), a home provider might suit you and your child best. Some home providers are regulated, but many are not so it’s a personal choice dependent on where you’re comfortable. Licensed day care centers offer many advantages. Centers may hire certified early childhood educators with training in child development and have

more clearly outlined policies so everyone knows what to expect. Also, having more than one caregiver on the premises provides peace of mind (especially if you’re concerned about TV watching or unfamiliar adults in a home setting). Centers offer reliability so you won’t have to scramble for care if one caregiver is ill or on vacation. The spaces in a center are typically kid friendly and designed with safety in mind. Because of government regulation, child to caregiver ratios, safety requirements, and criminal record checks are standard. Do the Homework: Visit and Assess Quality The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends considering the following 13 guidelines as you evaluate the quality of a provider: Supervision Are children supervised at all times, even when they are sleeping? Is discipline positive, clear, consistent, and fair?

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Feature Article: Choosing Child Care continued from page 8

Handwashing/Diapering Hands should be scrubbed with soap and water for at least 10 seconds and then rinsed and dried before and after diapering. The faucet should be turned off with a paper towel. Director Qualification The director should hold a B.A. degree and have worked in child care for at least two years. Teacher Qualifications  The lead teacher should hold a B.A. degree in a childrelated field and have worked in child care for at least a year. Child:Staff Ratio One family home caregiver should care for only two babies. The fewer children each caregiver care for, the better. Immunizations Does the provider have records proving that other children are up to date? Toxic Substances Are cleaning supplies and pest killers kept far from children? Emergency Plan Are first aid kits and emergency plans in place? Fire Drills Are these practiced monthly?

Child Abuse Can caregivers be seen by others at all times so a child is never alone with one caregiver? Have all caregivers gone through a background check? Have all caregivers been trained to prevent, recognize, and report child abuse? Medication Is it kept out of reach and labeled properly? Staff Training Have all caregivers been trained in first aid and CPR? Playground Is it developmentally appropriate, clean, and inspected regularly for safety? Quality Preschools The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) considers the following 10 signs indicative of a good preschool: 1. Children spend most of their time playing and working with materials or with other children. 2. Children have access to various activities throughout the day. 3. Teachers work with individual children, small groups, and the whole group at different times during the day. continued on page 21

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Feature Article: A Guide to Musical Playdates & Parties

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Musical play dates offer parents the opportunity to share in their child’s discovery of the music and singing, social skills and help them begin to grow a circle of friends. Here are a few ideas to turn your playdate into a number one hit! The Hokey Pokey I’m sure you remember the song, “You put your right foot in, you put your right foot out . . .” a favorite of every child. The Hokey Pokey is one of several circle dances. It is a great song to teach your child right from left, and to demonstrate body parts and body movement. For younger children, you can use colored stickers on their hands to identify which is their left or right.

Kids absolutely love music, and they love to play games set to music! Nothing can quickly grab or hold their attention more easily than music. It is a strong catalyst for learning, creativity and development of language, movement and social skills. It has the power to captivate and charm young imaginations, giving children the wings to explore the world that surrounds them and delight the senses. 12

Animal Walk Parade While playing music, have the children dance and walk the way their favorite animal would. Include all kinds of animals, such as a bird, snake, bear, etc. Music and Motion This is a fun activity to have children experience movement as it relates to the music or rhythm they hear. Simply instruct each child to physically move how the music makes them feel. You’ll soon see them tiptoeing or swaying to soft music, marching to the beat of a parade song, run for fast music, hop and bounce for music that makes them feel happy, or stomp their feet to the rhythms they hear. Toot! Toot! This fun song activity will help your child learn to listen. Take a fun song the kids are very familiar with, such as Old MacDonald had a Farm. Sing the song to your child, but substitute wrong words or names in obvious places. For example, perhaps instead of a farm, Old MacDonald had a dog. When your child hears the wrong words have them sing “Toot-Toot!” Musical Hugs This puts a twist to the musical chairs game, but in this case, no one loses! It’s a great ice breaker for playdates. Simply round continued on page 14

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up some of your favorite kids CD’s. Instruct each child to dance and move to the music. When it stops, the children have to stop dancing and hug a friend. As the children become more acquainted, you’ll soon find 2–3 kids hugging each other in a group. End the session in one big group hug! Pass the Bear Another good ice breaker and helps children learn each other’s names. Have the kids sit in a circle. Hand a stuffed bear to one of the children to start the game and sing this song to the tune of Row-Row-Row Your Boat: “My friend (child’s name) has the bear, hug him with great care! Pass him on to my friend (next child’s name) because we like to share!” On the word “share,” instruct the child to give the bear to the next child named. Repeat for each child. Freeze Dance A twist on the Red Light, Green Light game, instruct the children that when the music plays, they can dance, jump, hop and move about. When the music stops, they have to freeze in whatever pose they are in when the music stops playing. Instead of holding a pose, you can also have everyone drop to the floor and sit until the music starts again. What Music Looks Like This activity incorporates both the world of music and art. Pick 2–5 songs, anything from funny songs to classical or slow music (make it a mix). A couple of Pitter Patter Production original songs are great for this activity, such as A Sweet Little Silly Song or The City Zoo. Hand each child enough sheets of paper for each song, and some crayons. Instruct them to draw what the music of each song sounds like to them—what they hear and feel. You’ll see some creative art. At the end

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Feature Article: Staycation: Long Beach

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By Nikki Klock

Although it shares its name with another western coastal town, residents of the Northwest know and love only one Long Beach, and it’s easy to see why. The pride that residents and business owners take in their unique town is apparent in the well kept lawns, monuments, and sculptures lacing almost every corner, as well as in the variety of events activities available to visitors. Drive on the Beach The World’s Longest Beach (over 21 miles long, that is) can also boast the world’s most vehiclefriendly beach. Packed sand makes it possible for most vehicles to drive right onto the beach—very convenient for families with armloads of supplies to carry to an afternoon beach outing. Events From Memorial Day through September, families will love Summerfest, Long Beach’s downtown celebration of the main tourist season. Visitors can enjoy free face painting, live music, horsedrawn wagon rides, children’s activities and shows, balloon art, appearances from Mother Goose. continued on page 18

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Feature Story: Staycation: Long Beach (Continued) continued from page 16

Other summertime highlights along the Long Beach peninsula: • • • •

Three different fireworks shows, July 3-4. SandSations sand sculpture contest at Long Beach, July 14-18. Long Beach Rodeo, July 23-25 Washington State International Kite Festival, August 16-22.

Visit www.funbeach.com for a comprehensive calendar of events. Hiking The Long Beach peninsula offers many opportunities for active exploring and spectacular views. Just a few miles south of Long Beach, two different lighthouses are accessible by hike: North Head and Cape Disappointment. Ten miles south of town is Fort Columbia, with views of Astoria and the mouth of the Columbia River. Other Activities and Attractions The Pacific Avenue strip through Long Beach has enough to keep any family busy playing: go karts, a Funland arcade, miniature and full-scale golf, shops galore, moped rentals, horseback riding, World Kite Museum, and Marsh’s Free Museum (full of the strange and curious, including Jake the Alligator Man), are all available within walking distance of one another. Rich in History and Significance Lewis and Clark may be the most celebrated explorers of the Pacific Coastline, but even they weren’t the first

Westerners to discover the Long Beach peninsula. Formerly known as military base Fort Canby, Cape Disappointment now retains its original name, given in 1788 by English Captain John Meares who, while in search of the Columbia River, missed the passage over the river bar and named the nearby headland Cape Disappointment for his failure in finding the river. Since then, the convergence of the Columbia River and the Pacific Ocean has been an important region, for both commercial and military interests. History buffs will enjoy the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center at Cape Disappointment, built at the ruins of the now nonoperational military base of Fort Canby, where more information about the region’s history can be found. Nikki Klock is the married mother of two daughters and the editor of Vancouver Family Magazine. See more pictures from her recent visit to Long Beach at www.vancouverfamilymagazine.com.

Roadside Attractions Stop to stretch your legs along the 100 mile trip to Long Beach: Twilight Eagle Sanctuary: This short detour off Highway 30 in Clatsop County, Ore. offers views of the 35,000-acre Lewis and Clark National Wildlife Refuge where bald eagles and other majestic birds can sometimes be seen. Astoria Columbia River Maritime Museum: Overlooking the Columbia River, this ode to sea transportation past and present has recently undergone a $6 million renovation. Open daily 9:30-5:00, admission $10 adults, $8 seniors, $5 children (6-17), call 503-325-2323 or visit www. crmm.org for more information. Riverfront Trolley: Ride with a guide in a historic trolley along Astoria’s waterfront for only $1 per person.

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Astoria's Waterfront Trolley is a guided tour for only $1 per person. This is one of many activities rich in history along the southern Washington and northern Oregon coast.

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In Every Issue: Local Business Spotlight: Mini Mozarts' Preschool

Mini Mozarts' Preschool 1919 Main Street • Vancouver (360) 695-5235 www.minimozartspreschool.com

By Melissa Lindberg

When Janet Lindsley and her husband Thomas decided to open a preschool in the Vancouver area, they knew that they wanted to combine the traditional preschool academic basics with a rich music curriculum. As they began planning the concept of Mini Mozarts’, Lindsley contacted Mindi Dishaw, a longtime friend and co-worker, and discussed the possibility of her joining their team. Together they decided to build upon their individual strengths and their combined thirty years of music education experience to create the curriculum that would be offered at Mini Mozarts’ Preschool. Their unique approach to education offers a learning environment that is rich with traditional preschool curriculum, music and the educational benefits acquired through the study of music theory while simultaneously encouraging the curiosity and movement that is characteristic of young learners. Every aspect of the curriculum is music-focused, influenced by critical thinking, creativity and handson learning. “I am hoping that this influences people into believing that kids can learn better

music early on,” says Lindsley. “They don’t need to just have to rely on really basic songs, because people don’t feel that they are capable of more. They are so capable between the ages of 3 and 5.”

In addition, this fall, Lindsley and Dishaw are hoping to offer an after school program. Both are working to create a program designed to meet the artistic needs of the neighborhood.

Introducing the children to a wide variety of instruments is a key element to the classroom learning process. Instruments are always available for individual exploration, imaginative play through music and are available for use to enhance the child’s learning experience. Local musicians often visit the classroom and perform for the students.

“One of our goals has been to not just provide a service but that we want to be that place where the kids can come after school and there is a little bit of something for everybody; That we can be in the middle of the neighborhood and be the place where the kids come and meet friends and they grow together,” says Dishaw.

“We have a fun music curriculum that is really geared for these kids,” says Dishaw.

Melissa Lindberg is a freelance writer, educator, speaker and writing coach. She lives in Battle Ground with her husband and three sons. She is available at melissalindberg@q.com.

In addition to the daily preschool program, Mini Mozarts’ offers a multitude of musical programs for every age group from infant to adult. The Baby Bach’s program is a music program for parents and infants ages 6 to 18 months, while the Tuneful Tots program is for children ages 18 months to 2.5 years. The Baby Bach’s and Tuneful Tots classes are offered in the morning and evenings, availability depends upon demand. The Music for Young Children (MYC) is designed for children ages 2 to 5 and their parents. This preschool piano program is unique to this area and teaches both the parent and the child to learn to play the piano at the same time. The Vancouver Girls Choir is open to girls ages 5 to 15, and in the fall of 2010, Mini Mozarts’ will introduce The Vancouver Boys Choir. Private voice and music lessons for adults and children are available through Mini Mozarts’ music program. Private lessons are scheduled on an individual basis.

Summer Camps & Open Houses Mini Mozarts’ Summer Camps and Open Houses this summer: •

Summer and Choir Camps will be held in July and August for students of all ages. Prices for weeklong sessions start at $99. Visit www.minimozartspreschool. com for more information.

A free Music for Young Children (MYC) open house will be held on Saturday, July 17 at 3:00 p.m. This workshop will introduce parents and children to the MYC program.

A Mini Mozarts’ Preschool open house for fall enrollment will be held on Saturday, August 7 from 10:00 – 2:00 p.m.

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4. The classroom is decorated with children’s original artwork and projects. 5. Children learn numbers and the alphabet in the context of their everyday experiences. 6. Children work on projects and have long periods of time to play and explore. 7. Worksheets are used rarely, if at all. 8. Children have an opportunity to play outside in a safe play area every day. 9. Teachers read books to children individually or in small groups. 10. Curricula are adapted for those who are ahead as well as those who need additional help. Tst Your Judgment: Notice your Gut One of the most helpful factors to consider when choosing a provider is the interaction between caregiver and children. Is there good communication? What is the caregiver’s interpersonal style? Notice how the interaction makes you feel. Is it a place you would look forward to coming each day?

Local Resources: ESD 112, www.esd112.org School’s Out Let’s Go, www.schoolsoutletsgo.org National Resources: Child Care Aware, www.childcareaware.org Choosing Childcare for Dummies, by Ann Douglas American Academy of Pediatrics, www.aap.org National Association for the Education of Young Children, www.naeyc.org

In order to find the best fit for your child, consider how the provider’s philosophy of child rearing, discipline, education, and nurturing meshes with your own. As Douglas writes in her book, “You can’t count on anyone else to guarantee your child’s health, safety, and well-being in a particular child care setting. Like it or not, the buck stops with you.” Do you agree with how a provider believes your child should be guided and cared for each day? You should feel a sense of trust in the caregiver/program and that your child will learn and grow happily within a particular environment. Michele Ranard is a professional counselor, tutor, and freelance writer. She is a former preschool teacher.

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In Every Issue: Your Money’s Worth: When Bargain Shopping Becomes Costly

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Buyers beware! In your eagerness to save big bucks at the grocery store, you may actually put yourself at risk for overspending or missing out on other great deals. Stores and manufacturers are as good at offering real bargains as they are at enticing shoppers to pay unreasonable prices for unnecessary items. Abide by a few Dos and Don’ts of Thrifty Shopping, and you’ll be on your way to safely saving money.

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up sticky, nolonger-wanted chewing gum, and tossing them into the trash. But I’ve learned that they hold far greater value. Named after the machine that creates these customized coupons, Catalinas are generated based on a shopper’s previous purchases. It pays to give them a second glance.

DON’T fall for bigger is better. DO shop with cash. Swiping plastic Shoppers have been led to believe through a pin pad to pay for a purchase that buying economy sized packages is a deceivingly simple and painless way is cheaper than purchasing packages to shop. Credit and debit card users don’t DO make a list and stick to it. I’ve containing smaller quantities. This is not truly experience the impact on their bank been known to walk out of a store with always the case. To uncover the real accounts until the monthly statement arm loads of groceries, despite walking bargain, find the price per unit on the arrives (sometimes weeks after the into the store for just a gallon of milk and shelf label adjacent to each product. purchase). Shelling out cash at the time a loaf of bread. Half way to the car, I kick Then compare the per unit prices of of purchase, on the other hand, is a more myself for spending far more than I’d similar items and choose the lowest price sacrificial experience which can motivate regardless of package size. shoppers to spend more wisely. (Caution: When comparing price per unit, be sure the units As I write this article, my 9-year-old To uncover the real bargain, find of measure are the same. is reading over my shoulder, “Mom, Comparing price per ounce the price per unit on the shelf label you always use your debit card with price per pound will require when you shop! How can you tell adjacent to each product. extra number crunching. It people to use cash if you don’t do helps to pack a calculator with it yourself?” Busted! “Some habits your shopping list). are harder to break than others,” I rationalize, “but from now on, I’ll try DO scoop up savings in the bulk harder to practice what I preach.” Savvy planned. Stores make mega profits on bins. Oatmeal, nuts, grains and spices spending is an art, developed over time. impulse purchases, and they are masters are just a few of the goodies found So cut yourself some slack if you fall at strategically displaying products in the in popular serve-yourself barrels and short, but keep in mind that marketing most convenient locations. Unless it is dispensers these days. Not only is the experts are not the only ones taking note a steal of a deal, fight the temptation to per unit price of these products less of our spending patterns. buy impulsively by arming yourself with a than their packaged competitors, but I shopping list, no matter how small. appreciate the freedom to purchase only Davi Nabors is a Battle Ground mom the amount that I need at that given time. of two growing boys with voracious DON’T discard your Catalinas. Those appetites. Frugal, mouthwatering recipes annoying strips of paper that are printed DON’T believe everything you read. can be found on her website at www. and spit out with your receipt are called Just because an item is splashed across triathalonparenting.com. Catalinas. I once used them for wrapping 22

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In Every Issue: Dear Dana

DEAR DANA

Dear Dana is a regular, interactive feature in Vancouver Family Magazine. Each month, mediator Dana Greyson tackles tough questions with insightful advice and suggestions.

Dear Dana, I have a bad case of the summertime blues. My 16-yearold son “Matt” seems sulky, snippy and also reluctant to spend time with me, and I don’t ask for much. My ex isn’t making matters any better. She says, “He can drive. I can’t make him do anything, and sometimes that means seeing you.” I’m toying with charging her with contempt, so I can see my son more. What do you suggest? –Sad, Mad Dad

Dear SMD, For starters, keep in mind that it’s normal for teens to prioritize their time with their peers, their play and their preparation for the adult world, over time with their parents. They’re struggling with an odd mix of a keen desire to develop their own independence, while still holding fast to the best parts of being a kid. Court contempt charges are costly, and even if you do win the battle, you’ll lose the war. You’re more likely to get better results though a combination of consideration, cooperation, compassion and commitment, than coercion.

Consideration

What is important to Matt? What are his hopes? His fears? His dreams? His responsibilities? Connect with Matt; get a clear sense of what he needs. Don’t be surprised if it’s not an easy conversation. Try doing it

Keep in mind that it’s normal for teens to prioritize their time with their peers, their play and their preparation for the adult world, over time with their parents.

while you’re doing something other than just talking, while taking a hike or shooting some hoops. Eyeball-to-eyeball conversations don’t set well with typical teens. You may also find his Mom, whom he spends (at least some) more of his time with than you, can and likely will be happy to offer some insights. An honest plea for co-parenting advice is worth a try, and is more likely to help than hurt (and generally costs a lot less than attorney fees).

Cooperation

Once you have a better sense of what rocks Matt’s world, you can structure you time with him more productively. For example, if he’s spending time in sports, can you attend his games? Take the team out afterward? If it’s with a girlfriend, could a dinner together be a “three’s company”? Can Matt’s Mom offer some suggestions that might include shifting your parenting time a bit?

Compassion

From the heart, can you tell Matt how much he means to you, what your hopes and dreams are for him? Tell him what your family did that made a positive impact on your life, and what you wish they had done, that you want to do for Matt. How does your desire to be a good father for Matt match with what he needs from you? Be open to hearing Matt’s challenges in spending time with you. Are you too critical, too competitive, too unavailable, holierthan-thou, or needy?

Commitment

Hang in there. Work with Matt to carve out some quality time that works for both of you. Consider some activities that push you both a little bit past your comfort zone (ideally with Mom’s cooperation), that you can both learn from and support each other: hiking, rafting, exploring new territory, working together on a project. Be courageous in your efforts to be an active part of Matt’s life. Many parents find their teens aren’t too enthusiastic up front, though after, sometimes years after, they express their appreciation. As Mark Twain quipped, “When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished by how much he’d learned in seven years.” Email your questions for Dana to dana.greyson@gmail. com. Visit her websites at www.xandparent.com and www. positivechangemediation.com.

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1 Thursday Free Family Film Festival at Regal Cinema 99, 9010 NE Hwy 99, Hazel Dell. See ad on pg 29 for movie schedule. 10 am Creature Feature at Three Creeks Community Library, 800-C NE Tenney Rd., Vancouver. An unforgettably slithery journey through the world of reptiles. This handson, educational presentation of live reptiles will fascinate all audiences. 11 am Paradise of Samoa at Cascade Park Community Library, 600 NE 136th Ave., Vancouver. Learn the Hula with this interactive dance troupe. Enjoy traditional dances from the Pacific Islands. 11 am Clark County Historical Museum Downtown Vancouver Walking Tours. Rain or shine, participants will start the 40-minute walk at the Museum, 1511 Main St., Vancouver. Bring an umbrella or rain hat for a look at some of Downtown Vancouver’s most interesting brick buildings and learn a little something about their history and architecture while you get a bit of fresh air and a very nice walk with your Museum tour

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2 Friday Free Movie Nights at Café Sip ‘n’ Play, 3000 SE 164th Ave., Vancouver – Finding Nemo. 5 pm

3 Saturday Free Movie Nights at Café Sip ‘n’ Play, 3000 SE 164th Ave., Vancouver – Finding Nemo. 5 pm

6 Tuesday Café Learn and Play. Storytelling every Tuesday at Café Sip ‘n’ Play, 3000 SE 164th Ave., Vancouver. Songs and ABC’s for ages 5 and under. Free. 360-896-4446. www.cafesipnplay.com. 10 am Free Family Film Festival at Regal Cinema 99, 9010 NE Hwy 99, Hazel Dell. See ad on pg 29 for movie schedule. 10 am Read and Play every Tuesday in July at Sacajawea Elementary School, 700 NE 112th St., Vancouver. Stories, games and fun for young children and their parents or caregivers. Parenting topics, plus Discovery Kits, in partnership with ESD112’s Parents as Teachers program. 10 am Kazoodles Toys East Side Stories and Songs for

Preschoolers. Free every Tuesday at 13503 SE Mill Plain Blvd. #B-3, Vancouver. 10:30 am Jugglemania at Three Creeks Community Library, 800-C NE Tenney Rd., Vancouver. Join us for the hilarity and dexterity of Rhys Thomas - a one-man threering circus! 11 am Oceans, and Orcas and Octopi, Oh My at Vancouver Community Library, 1007 E. Mill Plain Blvd., Vancouver. Make a larger than life undersea mural to display in the library all summer long. We’ll use torn paper and other collage materials along with lots of your creativity. 2 pm Puckett Family Magic at Ridgefield Community Library, 210 N. Main Ave., Ridgefield. Through the multi-sensory approach of illusion, Mike encourages the one who struggles with reading and the avid reader to reach their full potential by reading for fun and knowledge. Designed for all ages. 2 pm

7 Wednesday Free Family Film Festival at Regal Cinema 99, 9010 NE Hwy 99, Hazel Dell. See ad on pg 29 for movie schedule. 10 am Summertime Puppet Show with Ruby’s Troupe at Café Sip ‘n’ Play, 3000 SE 164th Ave., Vancouver. Free with paid admission into play area

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never-seen-before tricks! Music, audience participation, sleightof-hand, and comedy combine to make this show an unforgettable magical experience! 3 pm

8 Thursday Free Family Film Festival at Regal Cinema 99, 9010 NE Hwy 99, Hazel Dell. See ad on pg 29 for movie schedule. 10 am Amazama (Zephyr Brown) at Cascade Park Community Library, 600 NE 136th Ave., Vancouver. Great for all ages and abilities, Zephyr brings the circus to you. Explore juggling, balance, movement and creativity in a hands-on learning environment. 11 am Heather Pearl at Three Creeks Community Library, 800-C NE Tenney Rd., Vancouver. Dancing, physical comedy and an ending hands-on workshop will keep you going a long time after experiencing Mz. Pearl’s Variety Show. 11 am

Clark County Historical Museum Downtown Vancouver Walking Tours. (See July 1) 12-1 pm

9 Friday Free Movie Nights at Café Sip ‘n’ Play, 3000 SE 164th Ave., Vancouver – Mulan. 5 pm

10 Saturday Heerman Homestead miniature horse and donkey farm tour for adults and children age 6+, $10/ person. Dress for the weather and mud, and bring a sack lunch. Tour departs from Marshall Center, 1009 E McLoughlin Blvd., Vancouver. Call Marshall Center at 360-487-7070 f‎ or more information. 10 am Free Movie Nights at Café Sip ‘n’ Play, 3000 SE 164th Ave., Vancouver – Mulan. 5 pm

12 Monday Creature Feature at La Center Community Library, 1411 NE Lockwood Creek Rd., La Center. An unforgettably slithery journey through the world of reptiles. This hands-on, educational presentation of live reptiles will fascinate all audiences. 10 am Paradise of Samoa at Vancouver Community Library, 1007 E. Mill Plain Blvd., Vancouver. Learn the Hula with this interactive dance troupe. Enjoy traditional dances from the Pacific Islands. 2 pm

13 Tuesday Café Learn and Play. Storytelling every Tuesday at Café Sip ‘n’ Play. (See July 6) 10 am Free Family Film Festival at Regal Cinema 99, 9010 NE Hwy 99, Hazel Dell. See ad on pg 29 for movie schedule. 10 am

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Read and Play every Tuesday in July at Sacajawea Elementary School. (See July 6) 10 am Kazoodles Toys East Side Stories and Songs for Preschoolers. (See July 6) 10:30 am Pioneer Living at Yale Elementary School, 11842 Lewis River Rd., Ariel. Journey back in time with this traveling hands-on museum and learn about the day-to-day activities of our 19th century ancestors. Play with handmade folk toys, grind corn, spin wool and much more. 10:30 am Steve Taylor at Three Creeks Community Library, 800-C NE Tenney Rd., Vancouver. This magician-ventriloquist show draws on magic, comedy and the audience’s imagination to entertain the whole family. 11 am Add a Splash of Color at Vancouver Community Library, 1007 E. Mill Plain continued on page 28

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Blvd., Vancouver. Swirl, swipe, saturate—add a little color to your world! Be sure to wear clothing that can handle creative coloring. 2 pm Henrik Bothe at Ridgefield Community Library, 210 N. Main Ave., Ridgefield. Henrik Bothe’s performance includes free-flowing impromptu comedy, juggling, stick twirling, physical comedy, and some might say, magic. 2 pm

14 Wednesday Free Family Film Festival at Regal Cinema 99, 9010 NE Hwy 99, Hazel Dell. See ad on pg __ for movie schedule. 10 am Kazoodles Toys Stories and Songs for Preschoolers. (See July 7) 10:30 am Captain Bobella of the Beast at Washougal Community Library, 1661 C St., Washougal. In this interactive pirate play, members of the audience become lookouts, first mate, deck swabbers and knot-tyers as LaGee tells the story of how the fog saved his life from the cruel Captain Bobella! 2 pm Creature Feature at Woodland Community Library, 770 Park St., Woodland. An unforgettably slithery journey through the world of reptiles. This hands-on, educational presentation of live reptiles will fascinate all audiences. 2 pm Creature Feature at Battle Ground Community Library, 1207 SE 8th Way, Battle Ground. An unforgettably slithery journey through the world of reptiles. This hands-on, educational presentation of live reptiles will fascinate all audiences. 7pm Henrik Bothe at Vancouver Mall Community Library, 8700 NE Vancouver Mall Dr., Ste. 285, Vancouver. Henrik Bothe’s performance includes freeflowing impromptu comedy, juggling, stick twirling, physical comedy, and some might say, magic. 7 pm

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15 Thursday Family Story Hour at Starting Grounds Church, 203 S Parkway, Battle Ground.  Stories and crafts for families. Donationbased coffee shop also open. For more information visit www. startinggroundschurch.com. 10 am  Free Family Film Festival at Regal Cinema 99, 9010 NE Hwy 99, Hazel Dell. See ad on pg 29 for movie schedule. 10 am Knights of Veritas at Held at LeRoy Haagen Memorial Community Park, NE 9th St. (West of NE 136th Ave.). History comes to life with thrilling demonstrations of historical combat techniques! Authentically weighted and detailed swords and armour provide an eyeopening experience. 11 am Mad Science at Three Creeks Community Library, 800-C NE Tenney Rd., Vancouver. How do you know that a chemical reaction has occurred? Start with a change of color in our chemically challenging “magic” trick. Watch in awe as the Mad Scientist creates numerous versions of erupting science. 11 am Clark County Historical Museum Downtown Vancouver Walking Tours. (See July 1) 12-1 pm

16 Friday Free Movie Nights at Café Sip ‘n’ Play, 3000 SE 164th Ave., Vancouver – Mary Poppins. 5 pm

17 Saturday Free Movie Nights at Café Sip ‘n’ Play, 3000 SE 164th Ave., Vancouver – Mary Poppins. 5 pm

19 Monday Mad Science at La Center Community Library, 1411 NE Lockwood Creek Rd., La

Center. How do you know that a chemical reaction has occurred? Start with a change of color in our chemically challenging “magic” trick. Watch in awe as the Mad Scientist creates numerous versions of erupting science. 10 am Slightly Illusional at Vancouver Community Library, 1007 E. Mill Plain Blvd., Vancouver. Ahoy, mateys! “Set Sail” is a high-seas adventure using books, magic tricks, puppets, story-telling, music and audience participation. 2 pm

20 Tuesday Café Learn and Play. Storytelling every Tuesday at Café Sip ‘n’ Play. (See July 6) 10 am Free Family Film Festival at Regal Cinema 99, 9010 NE Hwy 99, Hazel Dell. See ad on pg 29 for movie schedule. 10 am Read and Play every Tuesday in July at Sacajawea Elementary School. (See July 6) 10 am Kazoodles Toys East Side Stories and Songs for Preschoolers. (See July 6) 10:30 am Angel Ocasio at Three Creeks Community Library, 800-C NE Tenney Rd., Vancouver. Don’t miss Angel’s high-energy interactive variety act, combining laugh-out-loud comedy, juggling and magic. 11 am Bubble Blast at Vancouver Community Library, 1007 E. Mill Plain Blvd., Vancouver. Bubbles here, bubbles there, bubbles, bubbles everywhere! A full hour of bubble fun. 2 pm Knights of Veritas at Ridgefield Community Library, 210 N. Main Ave., Ridgefield. History comes to life with thrilling demonstrations of historical combat techniques! Authentically weighted and detailed swords and armour provide an eyeopening experience. 2 pm

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21 Wednesday Free Family Film Festival at Regal Cinema 99, 9010 NE Hwy 99, Hazel Dell. See ad on pg 29 for movie schedule. 10 am Kazoodles Toys Stories and Songs for Preschoolers. (See July 7) 10:30 am Richard Ritchey at Battle Ground Community Library, 1207 SE 8th Way, Battle Ground. Get a close look at some of nature’s most captivating creatures. Snakes, lizards and other exotic creatures slither through the library for an amazing show. 11 am Mad Science at Woodland Community Library, 770 Park St., Woodland. Did you know with the vast amount of water on our planet, only 1% is fresh and drinkable? “Make a Splash” at your Library” as you learn about the amazing attributes of water while focusing on the importance of conserving this precious resource! 2 pm William Scott Anderson “Magic of Patriotism” at Washougal Community Library, 1661 C St., Washougal. Celebrate your love for the USA with us! Scott has entertained children and adults from around the world through his travels with the US Army as a Blackhawk Helicopter pilot. His unique magic show will amaze and delight audiences of all ages. 2 pm Captain Bobella of the Beast at Vancouver Mall Community Library, 8700 NE Vancouver Mall Dr., Ste. 285, Vancouver. In this interactive pirate play, members of the audience become lookouts, first mate, deck swabbers and knot-tyers as LaGee tells the story of how the fog saved his life from the cruel Captain Bobella! 3 pm

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Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings at 10am. Doors will open at 9am. Admission is free. Kids meals available. Seating is limited. First come, first served. Cinema 99 9010 NE Hwy 99 (360) 571-0984

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Tale of Despereaux

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Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything

Astro Boy

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Charlotte’s Web

Planet 51

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Rugrats the Movie

Ice Age 3

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Rugrats in Paris

Kung Fu Panda

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Wallace & Grommit

Cloudy w/Meatballs

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Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius

Monster vs. Aliens

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Hotel for Dogs

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Muppets from Space

Paul Blart: Mall Cop

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Muppets take Manhattan

Aliens in the Attic

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Border Collies International at Cascade Park Community Library, 600 NE 136th Ave., Vancouver. This team of rescued Border Collies entertains and educates their audience by performing world-class tricks. Fun and interesting for all ages. 11 am Creature Feature at Yacolt Primary School, 406 W Yacolt Rd., Yacolt. An unforgettably slithery journey through the world of reptiles.This handson, educational presentation of live reptiles will fascinate all audiences. 11 am Paradise of Samoa at Three Creeks Community Library, 800C NE Tenney Rd., Vancouver. Learn the Hula with this interactive dance troupe. Enjoy traditional dances from the Pacific Islands. 11 am Clark County Historical Museum Downtown Vancouver Walking Tours. (See July 1) 12-1 pm

23 Friday Free Movie Nights at Café Sip ‘n’ Play, 3000 SE 164th Ave., Vancouver – Doogal. 5 pm

24 Saturday Free Movie Nights at Café Sip ‘n’ Play, 3000 SE 164th Ave., Vancouver – Doogal. 5 pm

26 Monday Alexander Master of Marvals at La Center Community Library, 1411 NE Lockwood Creek Rd., La Center. Presenting mindboggling classics of magic and original never-seen-before tricks! Music, audience participation, sleight-of-hand, and comedy combine to make this show an unforgettable magical experience! 10 am Captain Bobella of the Beast at Vancouver Community

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Library, 1007 E. Mill Plain Blvd., Vancouver. In this interactive pirate play, members of the audience become look-outs, first mate, deck swabbers and knottyers as LaGee tells the story of how the fog saved his life from the cruel Captain Bobella! 2 pm

27 Tuesday Café Learn and Play. Storytelling every Tuesday at Café Sip ‘n’ Play. (See July 6) 10 am Free Family Film Festival at Regal Cinema 99, 9010 NE Hwy 99, Hazel Dell. See ad on pg 29 for movie schedule. 10 am Read and Play every Tuesday in July at Sacajawea Elementary School. (See July 6) 10 am Kazoodles Toys East Side Stories and Songs for Preschoolers. (See July 6) 10:30 am BJ the Clown at Three Creeks Community Library, 800-C NE Tenney Rd., Vancouver. Comedy, magic, juggling, music and always includes oodles of audience participation. 11 am Calling All Arctic Explorers to Vancouver Community Library, 1007 E. Mill Plain Blvd., Vancouver. Chill out at your library with cool science fun! Experience and experiment with fog, snow, and ice at an interactive hands-on afternoon. 2 pm Water, Water Everywhere at Ridgefield Community Library, 210 N. Main Ave., Ridgefield. Have a blast as we send up our water rocket. Get soaked in a variety of “beat the heat” games! Dress comfortably—and washably! 2 pm

28 Wednesday Free Family Film Festival at Regal Cinema 99, 9010 NE Hwy 99, Hazel Dell. See ad on pg 29

for movie schedule. 10 am Kazoodles Toys Stories and Songs for Preschoolers. (See July 7) 10:30 am Celeste Rose Marionettes at Woodland Community Library, 770 Park St., Woodland. “The Fish that Swallowed the Sun” marionette show. Come see Gilly, Shark, and King Serious on their latest adventure. 2 pm Jay Frasier at Washougal Community Library, 1661 C St., Washougal. Jay connects his amazing balloon sculpting, storytelling, puppetry and juggling to the fun of books and reading. 2 pm Creature Feature at Vancouver Mall Community Library, 8700 NE Vancouver Mall Dr., Ste. 285, Vancouver. An unforgettably slithery journey through the world of reptiles. This handson, educational presentation of live reptiles will fascinate all audiences. 7 pm Steve Taylor at Battle Ground Community Library, 1207 SE 8th Way, Battle Ground. This magicianventriloquist show draws on magic, comedy and the audience’s imagination to entertain the whole family. 7 pm

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Community Library, 800-C NE Tenney Rd., Vancouver. Charlie’s special blend of silly comedy and technical juggling feats creates a memorable experience for everyone. 11 am Clark County Historical Museum Downtown Vancouver Walking Tours. (See July 1) 12-1 pm

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Creature Feature at Vancouver Mall Community Library. Enjoy a slithery world of reptiles in this hands-on display.

Free Family Film Festival at Regal Cinema 99, 9010 NE Hwy 99, Hazel Dell. See ad on pg 29 for movie schedule. 10 am Bubble Festival at Cascade Park Community Library, 600 NE 136th Ave., Vancouver. Crazy bubble-making at its best! Celebrate the end of Summer Reading with the annual Bubble Festival. 11 am Charlie Brown at Three Creeks

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