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contents October ’10 FEATURE ARTICLES

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Survivor Support: Breast Cancer Awareness Local and national support for breast cancer survivors

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Falling on Deaf Ears One mom wonders why her boy isn’t listening to her

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Making Memories: Creative Home Birthday Parties Creative twists on home birthday parties

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Candy, Candy Everywhere How long to hold on to that Halloween candy (and why now is a great time to stock up!)

14 Creative Home Birthday Parties

10 Falling on Deaf Ears

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Local Business Spotlight Simply Sweets

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Survivor Support

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Editor’s Notes

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Local Business Spotlight Simply Sweets

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Dear Dana Birthday gift no-nos

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EDITOR'S NOTES

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Trust Your Intuition

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ut check. You’ve got your kid in a super fun extracurricular activity at a highly recommended venue. Yet something about the instructor or coach or facility doesn’t sit well with you. It’s probably no big deal, but . . . is it worth the risk? Parents often run into situations when intuition overrides common sense and logic, leaving us with hard decisions to make, and sometimes awkward moments. Choosing a day care, a family physician, an activity, a friend for a young child—parents must rely mostly on gut feeling to guide us through these decisions. The mother of one of my daughter’s preschool classmates told me recently that she yanked her son out of a martial arts class when she got an inexplicable bad feeling about the instructor. Although she may never discover the reason she got the creeps, and it was difficult to explain to her son why he wouldn’t be returning to the class, she was acting in his best interest. Trusting that feeling and acting on it takes practice and confidence in our ability to be our kids’ best parents, since we’re the only ones they’ve got.

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Feature Story: Survivor Support

By Nikki Klock

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and while not all women will develop breast cancer themselves, many will feel the rippling effects of the disease through family or friends. The good news is that, along with working toward a long term cure, many local and national organizations are committed to improving the lives of survivors. In 1999, 47-year-old Vancouver mother of 6, Clara Jean Laible, was diagnosed with breast cancer. After a mastectomy, chemotherapy and radiation therapy, the cancer went into remission—only to return two years later and take her life. Soon after, Laible’s children took action by creating the Clara Jean Foundation, whose mission is to educate, support and empower those affected by breast cancer. Focusing on natural medicine and a holistic approach, the foundation hosts events throughout the year, including Moving You Forward, a walk and health expo held annually at Esther Short Park.

On a national level, Dara Marias, of Dara Marias (pictured with her daughter, Molly) underwent an optional mastectomy Las Vegas, a and breast reconstruction after testing 40-year-old positive for a gene linked to breast cancer working mother of two and breast cancer survivor, has been dealing with the effects of cancer her whole life: her grandmother, mother and aunt have all passed away from breast cancer.

Focusing on natural medicine and a holistic approach, the foundation hosts events throughout the year, including Moving You Forward, a walk and health expo held annually at Esther Short Park.

“At [Moving You Forward], people can come and talk with natural practitioners in person and learn about more options for breast cancer treatment,” says Stina Hatch, one of Laible’s daughters, and a Clara Jean Foundation board member. Hatch, now a mother herself, previously worked at Just Like a Woman, a Portland specialty lingerie store fulfilling the special needs of women who have undergone mastectomies, giving her insight into the struggles that breast cancer survivors face long after the cancer has left their bodies. A wealth of other resources, including local practitioner referrals, research news, and support group information can be found at www. clarajean.org.

Dr. Allen Gabriel of Southwest Medical Group has been working with cancer survivors for over a decade.

Unfortunately, at age 36, Dara tested positive for the BRCA gene, putting her at high risk of developing cancer, and led her to the incredibly hard decision to have a hysterectomy and a prophylactic mastectomy and immediate breast reconstruction with AlloDerm Regenerative Tissue Matrix, which is derived from donated human tissue. Through breast reconstruction, patients like Marias are able to regain a sense of self.

Dr. Allen Gabriel of Southwest Medical Group has been working with cancer survivors for over a decade. “Reconstructive breast surgery is an important part of emotional and physical healing for women who have endured a battle with breast cancer or another disease,” says Dr. Gabriel. While not all women are candidates for reconstruction, or choose not to have the procedure, “many patients feel better knowing that their illness hasn’t robbed them of their femininity . . . Our patients would like to have minimum reminders of their disease and our goal is to achieve this with their collaboration.” In the wake of her survival, and in memory of those lost to cancer, Marias recently founded the Butterfly Project, which provides women access to the resources and information they need about support groups, treatment options and breast reconstruction information (see Resources). “My mother taught me so many things, but her central message was always that if a person can act to better the situation, he or she has an obligation to do so,” says Marias. “Treat everyone with kindness, caring, dignity and respect, and do your best to continued on next page

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Nikki Klock is the married mother of two daughters and editor of Vancouver Family Magazine.

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Feature Story: Falling on Deaf Ears

By Joanna Nesbit

On any given school morning, my 11-year-old daughter was ready to leave ten minutes before departure time. Her 8-yearold brother, on the other hand, could be found lounging in the living room, pajama-clad, teeth unbrushed. “Ty, we’re leaving in ten minutes! You have to get dressed,” Leah would bark. She abhors being late (she’s never late), and every morning Ty unwittingly sent her to the edge with his glacial pace. Not that I hadn’t reminded him several times. Yet not until Leah barked at him, or I did, would he begin to dress. But jeans took a while. Socks—well, there were two of them, after all. And shoes. Hmmm. By the back door? Upstairs? At the bottom of the cavernous shoe basket like some ancient maritime disaster? This is a kid who can play chess with great concentration, outwitting you to put your king in a complicated checkmate. Who can follow a recipe’s directions to produce a result everyone wants to eat. Who can sit and listen to a book for hours, throwing in germane observations now and again. Why couldn’t he get out the door on time? I tried a list, posting one next to the front door that detailed all the items Ty needed to complete or gather before leaving for school. It didn’t work. So I fell back on reminders. “Time to get dressed, Ty.” “Put your clothes on, please.” “Get dressed.” “NOW.”

What is it with boys? Or is it kids? Or moms who aren’t strict enough? Soon after, I read somewhere boys may have a harder time hearing than girls, particularly the softer voices typically used by women. Aha, just speak louder.

Use Fewer Words

Well, no. Yes, boys are more attuned to louder and lower sounds than girls, and their cochleas (inner ears) are longer than girls’, so they don’t hear sound as quickly as girls do. But the picture is more complex—no surprise—than hearing ability. According to Abigail Norfleet James, psychologist and author of Teaching the Male Brain: How Boys Think, Feel, and Learn in School, you don’t have to speak louder, but you do need to speak firmly and use fewer words. Not because boys can’t hear us, but because they may not be interested in what we’re saying, at least not all the extraneous verbiage moms tend to throw in (nor are girls, my daughter would say). And they aren’t as apt to take us seriously if we do throw it in. I’m talking too much? “Women are oxytocin-driven humans who want relationships, and we want our kids to like us,” says Kathy Stevens, coauthor of The Minds of Boys: Saving Our Sons from Falling Behind in School and Life. “We think the more we talk, the more we connect. Mothers use a lot more words than boys need from us. As boys get a little older, they pick and choose, and they tune out what they consider to be the noise in between.”

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Feature Story: Falling on Deaf Ears (Continued)

Try touching his shoulder, if necessary, to redirect his focus.

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Give the Bottom Line

Boys tend to be less verbal than girls until about age 10, some boys much longer, and they can get lost in words, especially when those words start to walk in circles like mine do. Even if they’re very verbal, as my son is, boys don’t want all the reasons why they should do something. Boys want the bottom line, says James, a veteran boys’ school teacher, in part because they have a harder time than girls remembering auditory information. Of course, boys do need us to talk to them, especially when they’re young, for verbal skills to develop. Chat to him about his favorite book, but skip the to-do list when you want him to feed the bunny. So, not only does Ty not need to listen to the language version of an upset stomach, but it appears I’m actually creating a bad habit by expecting him to. In short, I’ve been giving Ty tutorials in the fine art of tuning out.

Strategize Together

James advises being specific about the behavior you want your child to stop, and specific about what will happen if it doesn’t

(and yes, follow through). She also suggests bringing your child into the problem-solving process. “The plan needs to be his idea; otherwise, he may just agree to get you off his back,” says James. For example: “Your toys need to be put away, how do you plan on getting this done?” So I sat Ty down and asked him what would help his mornings go more smoothly without me nagging. We brainstormed, landing on an easy-to-read chart with pictures—not a list of tiny words—and tasks broken down into time increments (his idea). If he ran late, he would miss out on playing in the afternoon. The chart worked. But I suspect more than the chart, it was the simple act of taking action that changed the flow. Ty is spared the naggy reminders, and not once has he missed out on playing in the afternoon. I guess I finally sound like I mean it. Joanna Nesbit is thankful her daughter is now a middle schooler and leaves an hour before Ty, taking the morning panic with her.

Tips for Getting (and Keeping) your Child’s Attention Psychologist Abigail James and Kathy Stevens, Executive Director of the Gurian Institute for parents and educators, offer the following tips: • Put yourself on his level by squatting next to him (under fives) or sitting in a chair while he’s standing. • Try touching his shoulder, if necessary, to redirect his focus. • Use fewer words, a firm voice, and directive language without lecturing. “It’s time to get your shoes on.” Allow a little transition time. • 12

Use positive language (“You’re almost ready to go”) rather than confrontational language (“You’re not leaving the house until you [fill in the blank]”), so he doesn’t begin to see every task as a negative.

Skip the big picture. Boys will feel overwhelmed and tune you out. “Clean your room” is the big picture. Be specific about what you want him to pick up, and if he’s young, consider keeping him company. By middle school, you can say “It’s your job to do such-and-such,” and let him decide when and how he does it, says James.

Don’t require eye contact. Looking a boy in the eye while discussing a problem makes him uneasy, says James. Try a joint task such as sorting laundry for a meaningful discussion.

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Feature Article: Making Memories: Creative Twists to Home Birthday Parties

Making Memories:

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By Catherine Misener Two birthday boys, one bounce house, a half-dozen carnival games, and enough prizes to fill the goody bags of fifty excited kids. Read that and one word may come to mind—exhaustion. Or perhaps, crazy. It was not the first combined party for our two boys, but certainly the best attended. Our boys started school that year— one in kindergarten, the other in a pre-school program, and so we decided to invite all of their classmates. My husband and I thought we could make an outdoor party work in our small backyard. We decided on a carnival theme—who doesn’t love a carnival? Apparently everyone loves one, because every invitation we sent out was accepted. Fortunately, we had prizes and food enough for all, including the parents who so kindly stayed to help out. When I think back on that summer afternoon, it is not the work that went into the party that first comes to mind. It is the image of my two boys, enormous smiles on their faces as the sound of forty-eight friends singing Happy Birthday filled the neighborhood. When I do think of the effort involved, I keep in mind that of all the birthday parties the boys have enjoyed, it is the ones hosted at home that stand out the best. There are challenges and advantages to hosting a birthday party at home, but with some thought and planning, you can tailor a party to your child’s tastes and help create a birthday

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There are challenges and advantages to hosting a birthday party at home, but with some thought and planning, you can tailor a party to your child’s tastes and help create a birthday that will stand out for everyone. 14

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Feature Story: Making Memories: Creative Twists for Home Birthday Parties (Continued)

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Backyard Carnival

Costume Party

While I don’t necessarily suggest a carnival for fifty kids, if you have a big enough yard and a few helpers, this theme can work for any size group, and most ages.

Dress-up is not just for Halloween. Guests can arrive in costume, but for more spontaneous creativity, provide items so kids can create costumes during the party.

Games: Duck pond, ring toss, bowling alley—fairly easy to build if you’re handy with tools or know someone who is. If not, you can rent games from local party suppliers (see resources).

Supplies: Check your closet for vests, jackets, hats and other accessories. A quick trip to a resale store can yield fun finds, or scour garage sales a few weeks before the party.

Supplies: Six to ten games should prove enough. Figure everyone will play each game at least four times, with a prize rewarded each time. Oriental Trading Co. (www.oriental trading.com) is my go-to online site for party supplies, including a vast selection of prizes at affordable prices. For the buildit-yourself route, find ideas at www.schoolcarnivals.com or contact your local party supplier (see resources) for games to rent. The advantage to renting games is that the cost usually includes delivery, set-up, and pick-up.

How-to: As part of the fun, fill a box with clothing and accessories. Starting with the birthday kid, everyone gets a turn selecting items from the box. The trick—each guest wears a blindfold before putting together a costume.

How-to: Place games throughout your yard, with box of prizes near the game (on your honor system) or hand out tickets as kids play each one. Redeem tickets for prizes at the end of the party. Tips: If your budget allows, rent a small inflatable bounce castle to entertain kids in between playing games, and a cotton candy or popcorn machine to get that true carnival atmosphere.

Tips: Hire someone to apply face paint to accessorize the costumes (check the local high school for drama students who may know how to apply stage make-up) Bonus Idea! Sweet Wishes: this one certainly fits with the Chef Party, but can work with any theme. Provide the kids with baked cupcakes, pasty bags filled with frosting, and toppings (sprinkles, teddy grahams, gummy bears, crushed cookies)—it will be the sweetest ending to any party. Catherine Misener lives in Vancouver with her husband, their two boys, and enough chocolate to weather any crisis. Follow her exclusive Vancouver Family Magazine blog at www. vancouverfamilymagazine.com/blog.html, and her writing endeavors at justwritecat.wordpress.com.

Resources Carnival Rental: For carnival games, inflatables, cotton candy and popcorn machines contact Parties Inc. Huge selection, good prices. (360) 885-7549, www.partiesinc.com. Party Supplies: Party City has just about anything you need for a party! Two Vancouver locations, one in Hazel Dell and one on Chkalov. www.partycity.com. Aprons and Hats: www.kidsaprons.com or www.growingcooks.com. Cool Cupcake Sprinkles: www.shopbakersnook.com

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Feature Story: Candy, Candy Everywhere

Candy, Candy

Pictured: Ashley (kitten), Katie Scarlette (pink fairy), Susannah (pink poodle), and Chad (Dracula).

How long to hold on to that Halloween candy (and why now is a great time to stock up!) By Laura Amann Feeling overwhelmed by all the candy around you? Bags and bags of sugary treats spring from store shelves and kitchen cabinets this time of year. But before you turn away in overload, think again. By knowing how long the candy stays fresh and how to store it properly, you can save time and money. Keep an eye out for tell-tale wrappers bearing pumpkins and fall leaves and be sure your loot stays hidden from sticky fingers. After that, simply store any extra candy in an airtight container, either in the original package, a plastic box, a tin jar, or a plastic zip bag. And follow some good rules of thumb regarding shelf life:

Once you’ve figured out storage and freshness, there are plenty of uses for your candy loot long after the trick-ortreaters have left.

Use leftover candy in treat bags at your next birthday party

Save some for the next time you need to stuff a piñata

Pop some in a lunch bag instead of the usual cookie treat

Gum lasts anywhere from 4-6 months (bubble gum) to a year (chewing gum)

Dole it out as an after school snack with a glass of milk

Gummy candy stays fresh about 6 months

Licorice and caramel candy stay soft for about 2-3 months

Make a donation to a local food pantry, homeless shelter or school for the mentally challenged

Lollipops last indefinitely but if they are exposed to heat, they may stick to the wrappers

Check the Internet for recipes—cookies, cakes, even some drinks can be made with candy

Chocolate will stay fresh for about one year

Hold on to some for holiday stocking stuffers

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white or doesn’t melt properly). Your best bet is to simply store it in a cool, dry place around 65-75 degrees (F).

So stock up now! Or quietly stash away some pieces in those bulging loot bags. But if you’ve got any leftover Peeps from Easter, that’s another story entirely. Laura Amann is a freelance writer and the mother of four children. She can make Halloween candy last well into spring.

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By Melissa Lindberg Prior to her recent role as owner of creative design bakery Simply Sweets, Jen Allpress worked in the Emergency Room (ER) at Southwest Washington Hospital. “I have to say that working ER for 15 years, I got to see people on the worst day of their lives. My goal was always to leave a positive impression and somehow leave them with not such a horrible feeling about whatever had just happened to them that day. I went from that, people’s worst day of their life, to now, when we do weddings, birthdays and celebrations and it is the best day of somebody’s life,” says Allpress. When she decided to leave, to pursue her passion in baking, her “ER family” fully supported her decision. “The whole reason I am here is because of my family [at Southwest Washington Medical Center],” says Allpress, “how they supported me and told me to go for it. They were pretty amazing.” Allpress learned to bake as a toddler in her grandmother’s kitchen. “I loved to lick the beater of her kitchen aid,” says Allpress. “I have always been a baker ever since I can remember, always. Cakes started out of a necessity for my wedding; then they just took off, probably seven years ago.” While she had always enjoyed baking, it was her limited wedding budget that prompted her to attempt making her own wedding cake. “I tried cake decorating for the first time the day before my wedding,” says Allpress. While her wedding cake was a success, she made a promise to herself to never let anyone she knew be in that position again. Two years later her best friend from high school called and Allpress found herself traveling to Canada to make another wedding cake. That was the start of her transition from the ER to the owner of Simply Sweets; a transition that combined of her love of cake decorating while maintaining her job in the ER. In April 2010, when she opened the store, she was operating the shop by herself. A booming business has offered her the opportunity to add team members to her staff. While Jen is completely self taught, her staff members have the culinary background to complement her own creative flair. “It is so much fun. We are always laughing and having a really good time,” says Allpress. As a custom cake design shop, clients are able to design their own cakes, flavor combinations or choose from a variety of pictures and flavors already on the menu.

Jen Allpress puts the finishing touches on a custom wedding cake.

“I like guiding people through the process of picking a cake,” says Allpress. “Nothing makes me happier than to see somebody get their cake and have that giant smile on their face, because what we do is such custom work here that you just don’t get it anywhere. I run my business with my heart and it just makes me so happy when I can touch somebody that way.” Cupcakes are always available in the shop for purchase. “We do five set flavors every week and you can find those on the website. Then we usually throw in one or two wildcards,” says Allpress, “We change [the flavors] every Monday.” The pastries are freshly baked each day. The store is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., with a happy hour from 2-3 p.m., offering two cupcakes for the price of one. In addition to offering cake design services, Allpress teaches a variety of classes, both private and small group, for children and adults. Class size is limited to 6-8 people. For a detailed description of the different classes and fees, visit www. simplysweetsbyjen.com. Cupcake decorating birthday parties are available by request. continued on next page

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“The group lessons have been really popular with mommy groups that want to get out for an evening,” say Allpress. She likes offering a variety of classes because she understands that not every parent wants to purchase the cakes for their family celebrations. “Not everybody want to buy products made, they want to be able to do it themselves,” says Allpress. An exciting development for Simply Sweets is the recent partnerships created with two neighboring businesses in the Westfield Mall. “We have partnered with Build-a-Bear so we can offer a 10% discount to anyone who is referred from them or comes from them,” says Allpress. In addition to the partnership with Build-a-Bear, Simply Sweets cupcakes will now be available at the Nordstrom Café, in special flavors that will only be available at the café. Melissa Lindberg works as a freelance writer, educator, marketing consultant and writing coach. She owns and operates LindbergMarketing. She lives in Battle Ground with her husband and three sons. She is available at melissalindberg@q.com.

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YOUR MONEY'S WORTH Your Money’s Worth

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Read each month as Battle Ground mother, Davi Nabors, coaches us on the art of penny pinching.

Discovering the hidden value of by Davi Nabors As a mom, I used to dread Halloween and the thought of tummy aches, cavities, and sugar induced insanity. After all, what good could possibly come from the colorfully wrapped confections found in abundance this time of year? As I’ve watched my kids amass small fortunes of candy during Octobers past, I’ve been pleasantly surprised to find them learning lessons in math and economics as a result. Each year, an incredibly gracious friend of mine hosts a Halloween party in her festive home. After a hearty, potluck dinner, our hoard of costumed kids heads out into the neighborhood to Trick or Treat. They return about an hour later, lugging goody bags bulging with loot and eager to trade up for more and better candy. Off to the living room they dart and stake out prime territory on the carpet. Carefully dumping their riches into piles in front of them, the entrepreneurial spirit of each child emerges. The budding capitalists take careful inventory of what they have, sorting their goods by size and value (basing worth on anticipated demand). Meanwhile, over in the corner, the more impulsive of the bunch can be found sampling tasty profits with blatant disregard for long-term investing. Suddenly, as if the opening bell on Wall Street has rung, a controlled frenzy of activity commences on the trading floor. Simultaneous proposals shoot across the room. Hey, Matthew, I want to trade with you first. How much do you want for those Snickers? Does anyone have any Gummy Worms? I’m looking for a BIG box of Nerds . . . the sour ones. I’ve got lots to trade for it. Inevitably, hurt feelings and perceived injustices emerge

Left: Katie Kogler and Mason Cunningham of Battle Ground negotiating a Halloween candy trade. Right: Mason Cunningham and Wyatt Coplin of Battle Ground get a taste of market economy concepts while bartering their Halloween candy.

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during these initial transactions, and the need to establish fair trading practices becomes apparent. Bargaining reluctantly ceases until the basic rules are defined and all are in agreement. Once negotiations resume, the natural consequences of loss and gain motivate each child to refine his or her trading strategy. It’s fascinating to watch even the youngest dealer learn first-hand the workings of a market economy. When supply can no longer keep up with demand, the market gradually closes, and exhausted traders stuff their prized possessions back into their bags to begin their journey home. The quiet stillness of the car is a perfect environment to reflect on the night’s events. Siblings analyze their bartering skills and pose questions to themselves and each other. Their innocent words seem to reveal deeper meaning. I can’t believe I did not win that Kit Kat! It’s not fair. Translated: How can I improve my strategy next year? Should I be more aggressive in my negotiations? OR I ran out of candy in the very beginning! Translated, How can I budget better? Maybe I should wait to eat my candy next time. Throughout the year, I find my boys creating similar markets with Valentine’s candy, trading cards, and prizes found in birthday party goodie bags. With each fun-filled opportunity, not only does their understanding of market economies and mathematical reasoning increase, but their interest in these typically unpopular subjects also gains momentum. Despite the learning that takes place, the issue of too much candy in the possession of sweet-toothed kids still remains. This Halloween I plan to follow the lead of the Hertner family and enlist the help of the Great Pumpkin. Each year, Logan and Abby Hertner leave all but one precious handful of their candy for the Great Pumpkin, who visits their Battle Ground home and leaves something bigger and better than candy in return. Over time, the kids have learned that the more candy they leave, the better the prize they receive, (cash, dolls, books, sporting goods and movie passes, to name a few). The Great Pumpkin was unavailable for comment, but Paige, Logan and Abby’s mom, reports that the sacrificed candy is donated annually to a local charity . . . after she gets a cut off the top, that is. Davi Nabors is a Battle Ground mother of two boys, and freelance writer. Visit her website at www.triathlonparenting. com.

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DEAR DANA

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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, Our daughter’s birthday is coming up and my husband and I disagree on the how to handle inappropriate birthday gifts, and even what they are. I believe honesty is the best policy, and it’s a “teachable moment” for all. He says he was taught “If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything.” Who’s right, here? What are some reasonable guidelines for gift giving and receiving? —Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth Dear DLGHM, Confession: to get back at my older brother, I once gave my hammy nephew a microphone and was sorely tempted to purposefully provide him with a real carpentry set when I knew he was too young to use it. Given that, figured it was best in this case to confer with local experts who provided some nonos, good gift ideas and excellent strategies for handling those potentially awkward moments. First, some gifts guidelines, then, let’s proceed to what to do when those guidelines are misunderstood or not respected. Gift No-nos. The gift . . .

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Is not age or developmental stage appropriate • An iPod to an elementary school child • A baby doll to a 12-year-old girl • A large make-up kit to a girl just getting into junior high Conflicts with one or both parents’ value systems. Check first; some really risky areas include • Guns, even if they’re toys and not the real deal • Anything “magic” related for many religious families, particularly the popular Pokémon, which can be considered Satanic to some

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Requires further “investment” or significant commitment • Video games when the family doesn’t have the gaming console, battery devouring gifts, and puppies or other pets

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Causes embarrassment • A training bra from dad and opened in front of friends would be a humiliating experience for a teen • Any gifts poking fun at a flaw for its recipient is likely not going to be appreciated

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Is clearly clearance • Price should not be the #1 deciding factor. At 50% and 70% off, who could resist giving the same Melissa & Doug calendar sets for every birthday party!

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Is obnoxious • Loud, flashing toys quickly wear out their welcome, and can be disruptive to the family (ironically, a drum set can be alright if the family is supportive and there’s a non-disruptive place to practice – ask first)

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Is not taking into what the child will like – the list for this is endless! Good Gift Ideas “Open ended” gifts that foster creativity, learning and connection are typically welcome. Some examples: • Books, selected with the child in mind, are likely to be enjoyed over and over • Block sets spur creativity and can be used in many ways • Board games can bring friends and families together for hours of fun Graceful Handling of Awkward Moments Socially, the most productive “teachable moment” is not for your children’s friends or their parents; it’s preparing your children to handle awkward situations with grace. Make it a game. Pre-party, brainstorm with your children what continued on next page

Avoid gifts that are overly expensive or could embarrass the child when opening in front of other children.

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS & ACTIVITIES

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Events are subject to change. Please contact organization directly to confirm. 1 Friday Teen ‘Scape for ages 12-19 every Friday at Vancouver Community Library, 1007 E Mill Plain Blvd., Vancouver. A relaxing time to kick back, have fun and meet other teens in our community. Fun-loving teens are welcome to join in on Dance Dance Revolution, Guitar Hero, Rock Band, food, fun and friends. 2:30-4:30 pm Portland Children’s Museum Free First Friday. Enjoy the museum free of charge, sponsored by Target. 4015 SW Canyon Rd., Portland. www.portlandcm.org. 4-8 pm Free Movie Nights at Café Sip ‘n’ Play, 3000 SE 164th Ave., Vancouver – Aladdin. 5 pm 2 Saturday Home Depot Kids’ Workshop. Free, monthly hands-on, “how-to” craft workshops designed for kids ages 5-12. Home Depot, 8601 NE Andresen Rd., Vancouver. 9 am-12 pm Old Apple Tree Festival. A celebration for the Oldest Apple Tree in the Pacific Northwest, at the Old Apple Tree Park. Free and for all ages at Columbia Way in Vancouver on the south end of the land

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bridge. For more information, call 360-8166230 or visit www.nps.gov/fova/planyourvisit/ events.htm. 10 am-2 pm Family Storytime at Three Creeks Community Library, 800-C NE Tenney Rd., Vancouver. Stories and songs for all ages. 10:30 am Barnes and Noble Family Storytime. Story, snack and activities free for families of all ages every Saturday and Wednesday. 7700 NE 4th Plain Blvd., Vancouver. 11 am Family Storytime at Cascade Park Community Library, 600 NE 136th Ave., Vancouver. Stories and songs for all ages. 11 am

Washington in its continuing efforts to make southwest Washington a better place for pets, and people. Proceeds from the event will help provide well-equipped facilities and a welltrained staff to ensure the care our animals deserve. Visit www.southwesthumane.org for more information. 5 pm Fort Vancouver Lantern Tour. View and learn about the Fort during a night time tour. Recommended for ages 10 and up, at Columbia Way, Vancouver on the south end of the land bridge. Admission is $10 for adults and $7 for children under 15 years of age. Reservations required by calling the Vancouver National Historic Reserve Visitor Center at 360-816-6230. 7-8:30 pm 3 Sunday

Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Concert at Skyview High School Concert Hall, 1300 NW 139th St., Vancouver. Cello Concerto, Op. 129, A minor by Schumann Hamilton Cheifetz, guest cellist Symphony No. 5 by Tchaikovsky. Visit www.vancouversymphony. org or call 360-735-7278 for ticket information. 3 pm

$2 Days at OMSI. Admission is just $2 per person on the first Sunday of each month at Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, 1945 SE Water Ave., Portland. Visit www. omsi.edu or call 503-797-4000 for more information.

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

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ages. Support for stay at home mothers as well as playgroups and activities for children. 9:30-11:30 am Café Learn and Play. Free storytelling, songs and ABC’s for ages 5 and under every Tuesday at Café Sip ‘n’ Play, 3000 SE 164th Ave., Vancouver. 10 am

Family Storytime at Starting Grounds Church, 203 S Parkway in Battle Ground. Stories, songs and crafts, donationbased coffee shop open on site. For more information visit http://www. startinggroundschurch.com/kids. 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

Family Storytime at Three Creeks Community Library. (See Oct. 2) 10:30 am

After-School Special for grades 4-12 at Three Creeks Community Library, 800-C NE Tenney Rd., Vancouver. Bring YuGiOh or Magic-the-Gathering cards, or play with library’s board games, dice, cards and puzzles. 4-6 pm

Family Storytime at Cascade Park Community Library. (See Oct. 2) 11 am

Family Storytime at Vancouver Mall Community Library, 8700 NE Vancouver Mall Dr., Suite 285, Vancouver. Stories and songs for all ages. 7 pm 6 Wednesday Building Blocks to Successful Learning. Every Wednesday, stories, songs and fun for families and child-care providers with children birth to age 5 at Fircrest Elementary, 12001 NE 9th St., Vancouver. No programs on non-school days. Visit www. vancouverfamilymagazine.com and click on Calendar for more Building Blocks times and locations. 9:30-10:30 Kazoodles Toys Stories and Songs for Preschoolers. Free every Wednesday at 575 W 8th St, near Esther Short Park. 10:30 am Barnes and Noble Family Storytime. (See Oct. 2) 11 am 7 Thursday Puppet Show with Penny the Puppeteer at Café Sip ‘n’ Play, 3000 SE 164th Ave., Vancouver. Free with paid admission into play area ($3.95).10 am 8 Friday Teen ‘Scape for ages 12-19 every Friday at Vancouver Community Library. (See Oct. 1) 2:30-4:30 pm Free Movie Nights at Café Sip ‘n’ Play, 3000 SE 164th Ave., Vancouver – Wall-E. 5 pm

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Barnes and Noble Family Storytime. (See Oct. 2) 11 am

Second Saturdays at the Water Resources Education Center, 4600 SE Columbia Way, Vancouver. Each second Saturday of the month, kids and their families are invited to explore a different topic through hands-on activities, games and stories. October theme: Autumn leaves and trees. Please note: Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. 1-3 pm Free Movie Nights at Café Sip ‘n’ Play, 3000 SE 164th Ave., Vancouver – Wall-E. 5 pm 11 Monday Read and Play programs every Monday at Eisenhower Elementary. (See Oct. 4) 10 am 12 Tuesday MOMS Club (See Oct. 5) 9:30-11:30 am Café Learn and Play. Storytelling every Tuesday at Café Sip ‘n’ Play. (See Oct. 5) 10 am Kazoodles Toys East Side Stories and Songs for Preschoolers. (See Oct. 5) 10:30 am After-School Special for grades 4-12 at Three Creeks Community Library. (See Oct. 5) 4-6 pm Library Lego Lovers at Vancouver Community Library, 1007 E Mill Plain Blvd.,

Vancouver. For ages 5-11, a new Lego challenge on the second Tuesday of each month. Bring your own Legos or use the library’s Lego collection. 4 pm Family Storytime at Vancouver Mall Community Library. (See Oct. 5) 7 pm 13 Wednesday Building Blocks to Successful Learning at Fircrest. (See Oct. 6) 9:30-10:30 Kazoodles Toys downtown stories and songs for preschoolers. (See Oct. 6) 10:30 am Barnes and Noble Family Storytime. (See Oct. 2) 11 am 14 Thursday AWARE Annual Fundraiser Dessert at Hilton Vancouver, 301 W. 6th St., Vancouver. Learn more about Aware, a program that educates teens about sex and relationships. For more information, visit www.awareprogram.net or call 360-699-2384. 7 pm 15 Friday Teen ‘Scape for ages 12-19 every Friday at Vancouver Community Library. (See Oct. 1) 2:30-4:30 pm Free Movie Nights at Café Sip ‘n’ Play, 3000 SE 164th Ave., Vancouver – Cinderella. 5 pm 16 Saturday Family Storytime at Three Creeks Community Library. (See Oct. 2) 10:30 am Barnes and Noble Family Storytime. (See Oct. 2) 11 am continued on page 30

Family Storytime at Cascade Park Community Library. (See Oct. 2) 11 am

Library Lego Lovers at Vancouver Community Library for kids ages 5-11. A new Lego challenge the 2nd Tuesday of each month.

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Calendar of Events & Activities (Continued) continued from page 28

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

Free Movie Nights at Café Sip ‘n’ Play, 3000 SE 164th Ave., Vancouver – Babe: Pig in the City. 5 pm

Fort Vancouver Lantern Tour. (See Oct. 2) 7-8:30 pm

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18 Monday Read and Play programs every Monday at Eisenhower Elementary. (See Oct. 4) 10 am 19 Tuesday MOMS Club (See Oct. 5) 9:30-11:30 am Café Learn and Play. Storytelling every Tuesday at Café Sip ‘n’ Play. (See Oct. 5) 10 am Kazoodles Toys East Side Stories and Songs for Preschoolers. (See Oct. 5) 10:30 am After-School Special for grades 4-12 at Three Creeks Community Library. (See Oct. 5) 4-6 pm Family Storytime at Vancouver Mall Community Library. (See Oct. 5) 7 pm 20 Wednesday Building Blocks to Successful Learning at Fircrest. (See Oct. 6) 9:30-10:30 Kazoodles Toys downtown stories and songs for preschoolers. (See Oct. 6) 10:30 am Barnes and Noble Family Storytime. (See Oct. 2) 11 am 22 Friday Teen ‘Scape for ages 12-19 every Friday at Vancouver Community Library. (See Oct. 1) 2:304:30 pm

Family Storytime at Three Creeks Community Library. (See Oct. 2) 10:30 am Barnes and Noble Family Storytime. (See Oct. 2) 11 am Family Storytime at Cascade Park Community Library. (See Oct. 2) 11 am Pet Spooktacular at Jantzen Beach. Join Fido City Guide, Petco, Dove Lewis, Gothic Beagle and K103 for pet trick-ortreating, vendor booths, a doggie treat stacking contest, pet adoption fair, monster photo opportunities, and a pet Halloween costume contest. A $5 donation is requested per animal entered and will benefit local animals advocacy groups. Registration is available on line at www.jantzenbeachpdx. com. 11 am-4 pm Free Movie Nights at Café Sip ‘n’ Play, 3000 SE 164th Ave., Vancouver – Babe: Pig in the City. 5 pm 25 Monday Read and Play programs every Monday at Eisenhower Elementary. (See Oct. 4) 10 am 26 Tuesday MOMS Club (See Oct. 5) 9:30-11:30 am Kazoodles Toys East Side Stories and Songs for Preschoolers. (See Oct. 5) 10:30 am Café Learn and Play. Storytelling every Tuesday at Café Sip ‘n’ Play. (See Oct. 5) 10 am After-School Special for grades 4-12 at Three Creeks Community Library. (See Oct. 5) 4-6 pm

Howloween at the Oregon Zoo on Saturday, October 30 and Sunday, October 31. Trick-or-treat, scavenger hunts and activity stations. College planning seminar from Guaranteed Education Tuition (GET), free and open to the public at Evergreen School District Community Education, 13501 NE 28th St., Vancouver. Select dates and register online at www.egreen.wednet.edu/ communityeducation/Pages/Classes.aspx or call GET at 800-955-2318. 6:30-7:30 pm. Family Storytime at Vancouver Mall Community Library. (See Oct. 5) 7 pm 27 Wednesday Building Blocks to Successful Learning at Fircrest. (See Oct. 6) 9:30-10:30 Kazoodles Toys downtown stories and songs for preschoolers. (See Oct. 6) 10:30 am Barnes and Noble Family Storytime. (See Oct. 2) 11 am 28 Thursday Clark County Mayors’ and Civic Leaders’ Prayer Breakfast at Hilton Vancouver, 301 W 6th St., Vancouver. Honors those who serve and protect our Clark County communities. Each year, the mayors, civic leaders, elected officials, armed forces, firemen, law enforcement and educators are all honored. Open to the public. Visit www. clarkcountyprayerbreakfast.org or call 360944-7523 for more information. 7-9 am 29 Friday

College Planning Seminar from Guaranteed Education Tuition (GET). Free and open to the public, Tuesday the 26th.

Teen ‘Scape for ages 12-19 every Friday at Vancouver Community Library. (See Oct. 1) 2:30-4:30 pm Free Movie Nights at Café Sip ‘n’ Play, 3000 SE 164th Ave., Vancouver – It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. 5 pm continued on next page

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30 Saturday Family Storytime at Three Creeks Community Library. (See Oct. 2) 10:30 am Barnes and Noble Family Storytime. (See Oct. 2) 11 am

the zoo. Goodie bags filled with candy and prizes will be given out for completed hunts at the zoo’s exit. Free with zoo admission. 11 am-4 pm

Free Movie Nights at Café Sip ‘n’ Play, 3000 SE 164th Ave., Vancouver – It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. 5 pm

Trick or Treat at Jantzen Beach. Children are invited to dress in costumes, fill their baskets with treats from participating mall retailers and take a free ride on the haunted 1921 Carousel. Scream at the Beach will host face painting, spooky stories, a magic show and photo opportunities with costumed characters. 3-6 pm

Howloween at the Oregon Zoo. Trickor-treaters in their various costumes can participate in an exciting scavenger hunt leading them to activity stations around the zoo. Goodie bags filled with candy and prizes will be given out for completed hunts at the zoo’s exit. Free with zoo admission. 11 am-4 pm

Trick or Treat at Westfield Vancouver Mall. Children are invited to enjoy an evening of fun, safe activities and trickor-treating at participating stores. Note: Children 10 years old and over are not permitted to wear masks or have their faces painted. Additionally, no weapons of any kind are allowed. 4-6 pm

Family Storytime at Cascade Park Community Library. (See Oct. 2) 11 am

31 Sunday Howloween at the Oregon Zoo. Trickor-treaters in their various costumes can participate in an exciting scavenger hunt leading them to activity stations around

Trick-or-treating at Westfield Vancouver Mall on Halloween. An evening of fun, safe activities beginning at 4 p.m.

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Above: Danceworks students from "Dolls on a Music Box" performance. Photos courtesy of Scarlette Richards ©

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