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SPECIAL SECTION After School Guide • Health Checklist • Bullies & Bullying Facts • Open House Listings • School Calendars • Pack a Healthy Lunch

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August 2011 SPecial Section: After School Guide

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DEPARTMENTS 5 Editor’s Note 6 short stuff 8 Growing Up Online 10 The Doctor Is In 12 Reel Fun for Families 14 Calendar 36 FIT FAMILY 38 In the News 40 FAMILY FINANCES 44 Going Green 46 Book Beat 49,51 Meet the expert 50 Parent Resources 52 Peanut Gallery

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department | editor’s note

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o where did summer go? I sure hope you’ve found some time to kick back and enjoy, since— come later this month—it’s time to get back on the treadmill. We’re here to help, so this month’s theme is Backto-School! Writer Kathy Sena has years of experience preparing for back-toschool, so she’s able to make our lives easier by providing a comprehensive to-do list that will put us all at the head of the class. From immunization records to updating your emergency contact list, let this checklist be your guide for getting things done—before the school nurse sends home a reminder. Also in this section, find tips for packing a lunch with a healthy punch, plus school calendars and Open House schedules. Our Go Green and Family Finance columns likewise carry the theme with Earth-friendly and frugal ways to get ready for a new school year. Even as the mercury rises, we all still want to savor the rest of summer. So we’ve rounded up 10 top spots to “cool it” this summer—5 inside (and well air-conditioned) and 5 that allow you to get wet to keep cool. Check out “Cool It,” our round-up of the best places to keep cool in and around Wilmington.

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department | short stuff

short stuff “Moonlight and Magnolias” In 1939, legendary producer David O’Selznick shut down production of “Gone with the Wind” and locked himself, screenwriter Ben Hecht and director Victor Fleming in his office for a week while they hammered out the script for one of the most successful movies of all time. On August 5, Big Dawg Productions presents the story of “what might have happened in that room” with Dinner and a Show Night! Tickets for this special package are $40/person and include dinner at the Playhouse (provided by New York Pasta House) at 6:30pm before an 8pm performance. Call 367-5237 or visit www.bigawgproductions.org for all performance dates and times for this show.

It’s Mud Day at the Museum!

Dynamic Dinosaurs Cape Fear Museum welcomes children ages 5-12 (and their parents) on Saturdays in August from 1 – 4pm to experience Dynamic Dinosaurs. Explore bones, teeth and skin casts of creatures long extinct. Investigate “living fossils” and make a skeletal “dino” model to take home. The Museum’s Learning Center will feature prehistoric creatures big and small…from the Apatosaurus to the Velociraptor. Call 798-4362 or visit www.capefearmuseum.com for admission information.

The Children’s Museum of Wilmington presents the 9th Annual Mud Day on August 5, 2011 from 9am to 1pm. It’s a dirty job, but someone has to do it! This yearly event is devoted to messy Magic Mud, a concoction that’s somewhere between a solid and a liquid and provides endless creative opportunities in “mud art.” It’s a good idea to wear a swimsuit or old clothes and to bring a towel. The Museum will provide a rinse-off-station to rid kids of the muck. Visit www.playwilmington.org or call 254-3534 for more information.

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The Velveteen Rabbit Don’t miss The Dance Element’s summer dance camp presentation of The Velveteen Rabbit, the classic children’s tale of a stuffed rabbit and his quest to become real. Performances are Friday, August 5 at 7pm and Saturday, August 6 at 3pm and 7pm at the Hannah Block 2nd Street Stage. Please call 685-3787 or visit www.wilmingtoncac.org for more information.

African American Heritage Festival This two-day event, held on August 13 & 14, celebrates Wilmington’s rich African American culture and history. This year’s celebration is entitled “Unity in the Community.” Festivities include live entertainment, a kids’ pavilion, food and vendors. The “Battle of the Choirs” competition between gospel choirs from surrounding areas will be a part of Sunday’s activities. Call 762-5502 for a complete schedule of events!

The Blue & Gray Navies Visit the NC Battleship on August 13 from 9am to 6pm for this special event! Carolina Living History Guild members will set up displays to highlight the history of the Two North Carolinas – the USS North Carolina and the CSS North Carolina – during the American Civil War. Displays will include steam engineering, ironclad ship construction, navigation, small arms of the US and the CS navies, naval ordnance and more! Visitors will view reproductions of period small arms and working models of steam engines. This event is free with Battleship admission. Call 251-5797 or visit www.battleshipnc.com for more details!

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growing up online

department | growing up online

P

eople often think happiness is elusive, the result of good fortune that can’t be predicted or controlled.  Researchers working in the field of Positive Psychology dispute that point of view. Not only have they devised interesting ways to measure happiness, they’ve also become convinced that people can increase their sense of well-being by deliberately cultivating “a positive emotional style.”  For most

cause it helps you become aware of your own emotional state. Developed by a Harvard researcher who investigates what makes people happy, the app contacts you at random times and asks how you’re feeling and what you’re doing. The information goes into a research database and you get periodic reports about how your happiness varies depending upon your circumstances.  To sign up, visit trackyourhap-

Happiness Apps for Parents people, this means changing habits, letting go of negative patterns and adopting behaviors that boost happiness. 

By Carolyn Jabs

Of course, changing habits isn’t easy.  Most people need constant reminders to stay on course.  And that’s where smartphones enter the picture.  A growing number of applications provide gentle reminders that may actually help you become a calmer, happier, more optimistic parent.  Obviously, that’s good for you, but it’s also good for your kids because research shows that children whose parents have a positive emotional style are more resilient and, yes, happier.  Here are just a few of the apps that promise to lift your mood: Happiness Tracker is a good first step be-

piness.org and fill out a brief questionnaire. (Free). Live Happy is an app developed by Dr. Sonja Lyubomirsky, a psychologist at the University of California who has spent her career studying what makes people content.  The app encourages you to think about goals for yourself and your family and then take baby steps to achieve them.  It also encourages you to savor what is good about family life by arranging photos in an easily accessible album that will trigger happy feelings. And it reinforces meaningful social connections by prompting you to express gratitude to people who have made a difference in your life. (99 cents for the I-Phone).   Gratitude Stream is an app that focuses specifically on the thankful feelings that are cor-

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related with happiness. Many psychologists recommend keeping an individual gratitude journal, but Gratitude Stream puts you in touch with what makes people around the world feel grateful. Seeing what triggers gratitude in others can make you more attuned to good things in your own life.  One mom, for example, posted that she was grateful her daughter missed the bus because it allowed them to spend an extra thirty minutes together that morning. (Designed as an I-phone app, the Gratitude Stream is also available on Twitter and Facebook). Relaxation apps. For busy parents, the best way to get happy is often a simple time out. The quick break offered by a relaxation app may revive your spirits and induce a happy sense of relaxation. Koi Pond turns your phone into an aquarium where you can watch fish, rearrange the lily pads, create ripples and even induce the fish to nibble at your finger. White Noise immerses you in environments created by 40 soothing sounds ranging from ocean waves to a Tibetan bowl. Zen Garden lets you create a tiny tranquil space where you can rake sand, arrange rocks and read enigmatic quotations. (Programs designed for I-Phone but comparable programs are available on other platforms). The Grouchies. When kids are happy, par-

ents are happy. The Grouchies, a free app based on the book by the same name, has silly pictures and wacky rhymes that may just charm kids out of a grumpy mood. Released by the American Psychological Association, the app promises to boost emotional intelligence for children and includes a helpful ‘Note to Parents’ that offers advice about breaking the spell of a bad day. (Available for the I-Pad).   iCounselor Anxiety packs some of the benefits of cognitive therapy into an app so you can carry a counselor in your pocket. Developed by a psychologist and a social worker, the app asks you to rate your anxiety level and then suggests a calming activity as well as ways of revising the thoughts that provoke anxiety. Comparable programs are available for anger, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder and eating disorders. Although these programs aren’t a substitute for face-to-face counseling, at 99 cents, they provide an inexpensive way to reinforce the mental and emotional habits that make happiness more likely. (Available at icounselor.biz).   By now, it may have occurred to you that many of the apps you already have on your phone contribute to your sense of well-being because they help you stay organized and connected, qualities that are definitely associated

with happiness. Any app that makes you laugh is also a good bet, especially if you can share it with your kids. So make funny faces with FaceGoo or play a round of Cool Mad Libs or talk in goofy voices with Talking Carl.  Come to think of it, those are all things you can do without the benefit of a smartphone. With or without technology, the best happiness app seems to be staying alert so you notice life’s joys whenever and wherever they appear. v Carolyn Jabs, M.A., has been writing about families and the Internet for almost 20 years. She is the mother of three computer-savvy kids. Other Growing Up Online columns appear on her website w w w . growingu p online. com.  

Any app that makes you laugh is also a good bet, especially if you can share it with your kids.

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department | the doctor is in

are openings to drain the sinus cavities and the middle ear chambers. Also in the upper reaches of the nose are nerve cells that detect chemicals and provide us our sense of smell. Boogers are not considered part of the normal anatomy; they form when mucous dries and thickens.

the dr. is in

What makes noses stuffy and runny?

By Dr. David Hill

O

f all the truisms I learned in elementary school, it’s “You can pick your friends, you can pick your nose, but you can’t pick your friend’s nose” that continues to resonate. As simple and self-evident as this statement seems, I’ve come to see it with much more nuance. In junior high school, for example, I could not pick my friends. Were I truly able to pick my nose I would have chosen a model without allergies. And, while it’s true none of my friends have asked me to pick their noses, I have children; need I say more? To top it off, being a pediatrician involves a lot of time spent peering into little noses trying to figure out what’s going on up there. Today you’ll get a chance to pick my...brain.

What’s in a nose? A nose seems simple enough at first glance, but like all organs it turns out to be pretty complex. The nose filters, warms, and moistens air before it gets to the lungs. Nose hairs serve as the first line of defense against insects and large particles. Smaller particles and germs get trapped in mucous and carried to their doom by tiny little hairs called cilia that push the mucous toward the back of the throat where it’s swallowed and neutralized by stomach acid. The upper regions of the nasal cavity contain folds of moist tissue called turbinates that serve to warm and humidify air as we inhale. The two sides of the nose are divided by a cartilaginous wall called the nasal septum. The air itself travels straight back along the floor of the nasal cavity where it meets the back of the throat and travels down the trachea to the bronchi and the lungs. Tucked in the turbinates

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While we distinguish between nasal congestion (stuffiness) and rhinorrhea (runny nose), in fact both symptoms are signs of inflammation in the nasal cavity. They may occur together or alternate, but regardless of which symptom predominates they usually suggest the same conditions. The most common nose problems come from allergic rhinitis (allergies), viral upper respiratory infections (colds), and bacterial rhinosinusitis (sinusitis). Plenty of patients suffer two or even three of these conditions simultaneously. Then there are less common causes of stuffy and runny nose. Vasomotor rhinitis occurs when cold air or spicy food makes the nose run. Rhinitis medicamentosa afflicts people who use nasal decongestant sprays for more than a few days in a row. Anatomic problems include nasal polyps, deviated septum, or choanal atresia. Rarer conditions like cystic fibrosis or nonallergic rhinitis with eosinophilia cause runny nose, as does chronic cocaine abuse. Finally, no parent or pediatrician should forget that a bean, bead, or other foreign object may be blocking the airway and causing inflammation.

Should my child be tested for allergies? Allergic rhinitis is by far the most common chronic disease in childhood, affecting up to 40% of American children. The old terms “sea-

(Claritin) are available over the counter. For children ages two and older, inhaled nasal corticosteroids work better, but they do require a prescription. Examples include fluticasone (Flonase, Veramyst), mometasone (Nasonex), and triamcinolone (Nasacort). A third group of drugs, leukotriene modifiers, can help with allergies as well, although they are not as effective as the corticosteroids. Montelukast (Singulair) is the most popular. Doctors often use medications from two or even all three classes for combined effect.

How do I know if my child has a cold or sinus infection? Colds are caused by viruses. There are literally thousands of viral strains that can cause cold symptoms, which is why we never grow immune to colds. Common types include rhinovirus, adenovirus, coronavirus, parainfluenza virus, respiratory syncitial virus, and influenza, but the list goes on. Except for influenza, none of these viruses respond to medication. The good news is that they all pretty much go away in seven to ten days. Sinusitis, on the other hand, results from a bacterial infection, often following an initial viral infection. The only way to prove a runny nose comes from sinusitis is to surgically introduce a needle into the infected sinus cavity, but some symptoms strongly suggest bacterial infection. Green or yellow snot is NOT one of them. Mucous almost always turns green around the fourth day of a cold, and green snot does not mean a child needs antibiotics. The most reliable symptoms are fever lasting more than three days or occurring after the first several days of symptoms, runny nose lasting more than 10 to 14 days

The Stuffy Nose sonal” and “perennial” allergic rhinitis are falling out of favor, replaced by “intermittent” and “persistent” rhinitis. The concept is the same: some kids are allergic to things that are always around like dogs or dust mites; others flare when exposed to allergens like mold or pollen that may come and go. Allergic rhinitis occurs when parts of the immune system designed to fight off invaders like parasites instead respond to a harmless antigen like cat saliva (it’s not the dander, it’s the spit on the dander). Inflammation sets in, resulting in the release of a chemical called histamine that causes sneezing, itching, runny nose and nasal congestion. The vast majority of children with allergies present with more than enough historical and physical exam findings to make the diagnosis without testing. The small handful who require testing are those who fail to respond to medication or those for whom testing might lead to a major change in the home environment (Rex, Fluffy, I’m looking at you). Antihistamines are the most popular allergy medications, especially since medications like diphenhydramine (Benadryl), cetirizine (Zyrtec) and loratadine

without improvement, or nasal symptoms that seem to be worsening after a week of illness. Headaches are not usually a sign of sinusitis in children, especially under age ten. Since bacteria are involved, sinus infections do tend to respond to antibiotic therapy.

What should I give my child with a runny or stuffy nose? It depends. For allergies, you can start with an antihistamine. For a cold, no oral medications work well, including the medications that are sold as decongestants. Decongestant nasal sprays may help, but they are dangerous in infants and after a few days’ use tolerance will develop. For a sinus infection your child’s doctor will need to prescribe antibiotics. Your best bet for symptom relief, especially in infants, remains saline drops, which you can make at home using one cup of water and a half teaspoon of table salt. v Dr. David Hill is a board-certified pediatrician with Cape Fear Pediatrics (www.capefearpediatrics.com). He has three children.

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department |

reel life

Apes on the move, a few Gleeks, some Spy Kids, and two films

based on bestselling books are all

on tap for August. Here’s a sneak peek at what’s new in theaters this month.

Rise of the Planet of the Apes Not yet rated; likely PG-13. In theaters August 5. Ok for kids 13+. Reel Preview: 3.5 out of 5 Reels. http://www. By Jane Louise Boursaw apeswillrise.com/. The apes look frighteningly real in this remake of 1972’s ‘Conquest of the Planet of the Apes.’ That’s because the special effects and CGI apes 1 Reel were created by the genius minds Even the Force can’t save it. at Weta Digital, the crew behind 2 Reels ‘Avatar’ and ‘Lord of the Rings.’ Coulda’ been a contender 3 Reels It’s present day San Francisco, and Something to talk about. man’s experiments with genetic 4 Reels engineering lead to super-smart ! tflick Grea ? truth You want the apes who don’t plan on kicking 5 Reels back with a few bananas. Instead, Wow! The stuff dreams they wage war against humanity. This are made of. movie’s already taken some flack based on the trailer (if an ape is jumping towards a helicopter, how about just move the ‘copter over a few feet?), but the CG effects really are stunning. Directed by Rupert Wyatt, it stars James Franco, Tom Felton, John Lithgow, and Andy Serkis (Gollum from ‘Lord of the Rings’) as Caesar the Ape.

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Glee Live! 3D! Not yet rated; likely PG. In theaters August 12. Ok for kids 9+. Reel Preview: 3.5 out of 5 Reels. Couldn’t get tickets to Glee’s North American tour? Here’s your chance to see it on the big screen in 3D (you’ll feel like you’re right there! Maybe…). Starring 14 members of the award-winning show’s cast and shot live during the summer tour, this movie includes performances of ‘Teenage Dream,’ ‘Get it Right,’ and the show’s anthem, ‘Don’t Stop Believin,’ among others. Lots of fun for Gleeks and music lovers.

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The Help PG-13 for thematic material. In theaters August 12. Ok for kids 13+. Reel Preview: 4.5 out of 5 Reels. http://www.thehelpmovie.com/. Based on the bestselling book by Kathryn Stockett, this touching film stars Emma Stone as Skeeter, Viola Davis as Aibileen, and Octavia Spencer as Minny – three very different women in 1960s Mississippi who build an unlikely friendship around a secret writing project that breaks societal rules and puts them all at risk. The result? A remarkable sisterhood that gives them the courage to cross societal lines and bring the town face-to-face with the changing times. If you think a few people can’t make a big difference, this movie will offer some hope.

One Day PG-13 for sexual content, partial nudity, language, some violence and substance abuse. In theaters August 19. Ok for kids 14+. Reel Preview: 3 out of 5 Reels. http://www.experienceoneday.com/. Adapted from the bestselling novel by David Nicholls, the story finds Emma (Anne Hathaway) and Dexter (Jim Sturgess) meeting on the night of their college graduation – July 15, 1988. She’s a working-class girl who

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dreams of making the world a better place. He’s a wealthy charmer who dreams that the world will be his playground. For the next two decades, every July 15 reveals how the two are faring, as their friendship ebbs and flows with the passing years. I haven’t read the book, but can guess how the movie ends. If so, I don’t mind a nice romantic story now and then, and Hathaway and Sturgess seem like they have great chemistry.

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Spy Kids 4: All the Time in the World PG for mild action and rude humor. In theaters August 19. Ok for kids 8+. Reel Preview: 2.5 out of 5 Reels. http:// spykidsmovie.net/. These ‘Spy Kids’ movies have gotten worse with each sequel, but maybe there’s hope for this one. Directed by Robert Rodriguez (who helmed the previous three films), it stars Jessica Alba as Marissa Cortez Wilson, a woman who unbeknownst to her famous spy hunting reporter husband (Joel McHale), is actually a retired secret agent. Marissa is called back into action -- along with her bickering tenyear-old twin step kids -- when the maniacal Timekeeper (Jeremy Piven) threatens to take over the planet. With the help of famous Spy Kids Carmen (Alexa Vega) and Juni Cortez (Daryl Sabara), the group attempts to restore order to the world. Of course, there will be plenty of awesome gadgets, along with cool cast mates Antonio Banderas, Danny Trejo, and Ricky Gervais.

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1 Monday Smurf Blue List Contest

Entry Deadline 08/20 @ 6pm. Learning Express Toys. Make a list of everything one could think of that is blue and bring the list to 1437 Military Cutoff Road (Progress Point) or 3501 Oleander Drive (Hanover Center). The longest list at each store will qualify to win a $25 Learning Express gift card. (In case of a tie, a drawing will determine the winner.) Call 509-0153 or 251-6636 with questions.

Fritzi Huber: A Circus Life

Daily through 08/21. Cameron Art Museum. Exhibition features biographical artifacts and artwork relating to the art and family life of Wilmington artist, Fritzi Huber.Visit www. cameronartmuseum.com or call 395-5999 for details.

Collected Works of Abigail Blackerby

Daily through 08/27. Marc’s on Market.Art Soup presents this art exhibition featuring a variety of abstract work.Visit www.AbigailLea. com or www.marcsonmarket.com or call 6866465 for more information.

Operation Paperback

Daily through 09/15. Cape Fear Volunteer Center. In honor of the 10th Anniversary of 9/11, bring used paperback books to CFVC who will get the books to the troops and their families. Operation Paperback provides books to military and Veteran’s hospitals as well as overseas locations. For more information visit http://capefearvolunteercenter.org.

Pirates!

Daily. Cape Fear Museum.Welcome to the world of swashbucklers, scallywags, and scurvy sea dogs. Encounter pirates of the New World who ruled the waters from the Carolinas to the Caribbean. Play pirate games, learn to speak “Pirate,” and uncover a buried treasure of pirate facts and fiction. For more information, call 798-4350 or visit www.capefearmuseum.com.

Wrightsville Beach Farmer’s Market 8am – 1pm. Causeway Drive. Purchase fresh, locally grown produce, seafood and baked goods.Visit www.townofwrightsvillebeach.com or call 256-7925 for more information.

Airlie Butterfly House

9am - 5pm Daily.Airlie Gardens.View the seasonal native butterfly exhibit housed in a 3,000 sq. ft. screened Butterfly House. Free with Garden admission. Call 798-7700 or visit www. airliegardens.org with questions.

Totally Turtles

10 - 11am. Halyburton Park. Little Explorers come out to the Park to learn about turtles and get to view turtles in the park. $3/participant. Ages 2-5. Call 341-0075 to pre-register. Visit www.halyburtonpark.com for more information.

Trash to Treasures

10 – 11am. Children’s Museum of Wilmington. Take clean recycled materials and turn them into wonderful works of art. Something different each week. Free with Museum admission. For details, call 254-3534 or visit www.playwilmington.org.

Brilliant Sky Toys & Books Storytime

Surf Fishing

8 - 11am. NC Aquarium Fort Fisher. 3-hour workshop includes classroom discussion and surf fishing on the beach. All equipment and bait provided. Call 458-7468 with questions and required registration. $12/ Participant. $10.80/Member. (Aquarium admission not included.) Visit www.ncaquariums.com for details.

Art Attack at Learning Express Toys 10 – 11am. Learning Express Military Cutoff (509-0153) and Hanover Center (2516636). Join the art-making fun. Make a plate for Grandparent’s Day. Ages 4+. $6/Includes turning child’s artwork into melamine plate & shipping. Call store for reservations.

10:30am Mondays. Mayfaire Town Center. Visit www.brilliantskytoys.com or call 5093353 for details.

Totally Turtles

Extended Behind the Scenes Tour

Line Dancing

2 - 4pm. NC Aquarium Fort Fisher.Visit the top of the largest exhibit, the Cape Fear Shoals and get a birds-eye view of this 235,000-gallon tank as sharks, stingrays, moray eels and fish. Participants must wear close-toed shoes. $20/Age 13+. $18/Ages 8-12. $12/Member. No children under age 8. Call 458-7468 for information and pre-registration.

Muddy Buddies

3:30 - 4:30pm. Children’s Museum of Wilmington. Join the Muddy Buddy science fun. Free with Museum admission. Contact 234-3534 or visit www.playwilmington.org for registration information.

Peanut Butter & Jelly Night

5:30 - 7pm. Chick-fil-A Mayfaire. Crafts provided by Peanut Butter & Jelly Children’s Fashions. 

2 Tuesday Turtles on the Twos

All Day. NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher. Promoting the “Year of the Turtle,” the Aquarium is offering special turtle programs on the 2nd day of each month in 2011. Activities include feedings, live animal encounters, crafts and educator interactions. Call 458-8257 or visit www.ncaquariums.com/fortfisher for more information.

Boardwalk Blast

Various. Carolina Beach Boardwalk. Find fun activities Tuesdays - Saturdays on the Boardwalk. Featuring Family Night, Bingo, Jazz, Fireworks and Farmer’s Market.Visit www.boardwalkmakeover. org for more information.

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10 - 11am. Halyburton Park. See 08/01. 10:30am - 12pm. Leland Classroom Annex (Beside Town Hall). Come join the fun! Contact 332-4823 for more information.

Kids Cooking Club: Going Global 3:30 - 4:30pm. Children’s Museum of Wilmington. Explore foods from all over the world without leaving Wilmington. Discover new flavors and find out fun facts about a new country each week. Free with Museum admission. Call 254-3534 to pre-register.

Hometown Opry

7 - 9pm. Leland Classroom Annex (Beside Town Hall). Join the summer-time fun! Free. Call 332-4823 for event details.

3 Wednesday Poplar Grove Farmer’s Market

8am – 1pm. Poplar Grove Plantation.This market offers fresh fruits and vegetables, plants, herbs, flowers, eggs, honey, meats and more.Also features handmade, homemade and handcrafted items. Call 686-9518 or visit www.poplargrove. com for more information.

Preschool Science

10 - 11am. Children’s Museum of Wilmington. Visit the Museum for Preschool Science fun! Call 254-3534 or www.playwilmington.org for registration details.

Park Play Date

10am - 12pm. Ogden Park. Join Cape Fear Mothers & More for a FREE park play date. Open to non-members to play and learn more about this great group.Visit www. capefearmothersandmore.org for more information.

Fetch! Club Challenge

3:30 - 4:30pm. Children’s Museum of Wilmington. Call 254-3534 or visit www. playwilmington.org to pre-register.

Snake and Turtle Feeding

4 - 4:30pm. Halyburton Park. Enjoy a brief presentation about the live animals on display in the Events Center and watch them feed. $1/participant. Call 341-0075 to preregister or visit www.halyburtonpark.com for more information.

Shark Attack: Summer Evening Series

6:30 - 7:30pm. Halyburton Park. Enjoy a family evening in the Park learning about nature. $5/ Participant.To pre-register, call 341-0075 or visit www.halyburtonpark.com.

Bingo

7 – 9pm. Carolina Beach Boardwalk Gazebo. Join the fun for cash prizes. Ages 12 and older. Call 458-8434 for more information.

4 Thursday Kids Cooking Club: Storybook Series

10 - 11am. Children’s Museum of Wilmington. Cooking club for preschoolers. Read a new story each week and create a dish inspired by the book. Free with Museum admission. Please call 254-3534 to pre-register.

Expressive Art Group

2 - 4pm. Leland Classroom Annex (Beside Town Hall). Join the summer-time fun! Free. Call 332-4823 for event details.

Sounds of Summer

6:30 - 8pm.Wrightsville Beach Park. Bring picnics, lawn chairs and blankets for an evening of entertainment. Sponsored by WECT. Call the Park office at 256-7925 or visit www.townofwrightsvillebeach.com for details.

Fireworks by the Sea

6:30 – 9:30pm. Carolina Beach Boardwalk. Enjoy free fireworks and gazebo entertainment. Call 458-8434 entertainment information.

Music in the Courtyard

7 - 8pm. Cameron Art Museum. Hear the original acoustic music of Wilmington musicians, Lisa & Galen. CAM Members and students: $5, Non-members: $10. For more information, visit www.cameronartmuseum. com or call 395-5999.

Always, Patsy Cline

8 - 10pm.Thalian Hall Ballroom. A musical trib-

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ute honoring the life of Patsy Cline. $25/General Admission. Contact 632-2285 or www.thalianhall.com for more information.

5 Friday Tax Free Weekend

All Day. State-wide. Shop for back-to-school items over the tax-free weekend: clothing, footwear, school supplies, computers & more!

Audubon NC Free Birding Tours

9 - 11am. Wrightsville Beach, Mason Inlet Waterbird Management Area. Audubon NC staff lead tours for close-up looks at the natural marvels of unique coastal birds. Call 6867527 or visit www.ncaudubon.org for details.

Mud Day

9am – 1pm. Children’s Museum of Wilmington. The 9th Annual Mud Day has arrived. It’s a dirty job, but someone has to do it. Play with messy Magic Mud. Wear a swimsuit or old clothes and bring a towel.Visit www.playwilmington.org or call 2543534 for more information.

Toddler Time

10 - 10:30am. Children’s Museum of Wilmington. Projects and activities for toddlers (kids 4 and under) and their special grownups to work on together. Free with Museum admission. Contact 254-3534 to pre-register.

Craftsmen’s Classic Arts & Crafts Festival

10am – 6pm. Myrtle Beach Convention Center.Voted consistently a “top 100 Best Shows in the Nation.” Don’t miss this 29th annual event featuring the designs and work of hundreds of talented artists and craftspeople across America. Something for every style, taste and budget. $7/Adult. $1/Child (6-12). Under 6 Free. (Admission is good for all 3 days with free “return” pass.) Visit www.gilmoreshows.com/craftsmens_classics_myrtle_summer. shtml for details.

American Legion Fish Fry

11am – 7pm. American Legion Post 10, 702 Pine Grove Drive. $6/ Plate. Eat in or take out. Call 458-4253 for details.

Adventures in Art!

3:30 - 4:30pm. Children’s Museum of Wilmington. Designed for children ages 5-8 to create fun art projects. Limited to 15 children. Call 254-3534 to pre-register.

Game Time

View details at www.oldbaldy.org or call 457-7481.

Riverfront Farmer’s Market

8am – 1pm. Riverfront Park. Visit Water Street where local farmers, producers, artists and more offer their goods. Call 538-6223 or visit www.wilmingtonfarmers.com for more information.

Pleasure Island Fresh Market

8am – 1pm. Carolina Beach Marina. Find the freshest, most flavorful and nutritious produce possible along with other delectable goodies. Call 431-8122 for more information.

Need for Speed

8am - 5pm. Battleship NC. Join the showcase of “acceleration.” See (up close) the power that creates adrenaline. Free with Battleship admission. Contact 251-5797 or visit www.battleshipnc.com for event details.

Mud Day

9am – 1pm. Children’s Museum of Wilmington. See 08/05.

Magic Milk Straw Flavor Guessing

10am – 12pm. Learning Express Toys, Hanover Center. Let the Magic Milk Straw Flavor Guessing begin as the Chick-fil-A Cow visits. (Lactose-free milk also available.) Free. Contact 2516636 for details.

Craftsmen’s Classic Arts & Crafts Festival

10am – 6pm. Myrtle Beach Convention Center. See 08/05.

Screen Gems Studios Tour

12 and 2pm. Screen Gems Studios. Learn how filming is done and view sets from previous productions. One hour walking tour. Arrive 15 minutes prior to tour time. $12/Adults. $10/Students & Military. $8/Seniors. $5/Ages 5-12. Reservations are not required. Call 343-3433 or visit www.screengemstudios.com.

Dynamic Dinosaurs

1 – 4pm. Cape Fear Museum. Explore bones, teeth and skin casts of creatures long extinct. Investigate “living fossils” and make a skeletal “dino” model to take home. Ages 5-12. Call 798-4362 or visit www.capefearmuseum.com for admission information.

Magic Milk Straw Flavor Guessing

3 – 5pm. Learning Express Toys, Military Cutoff. Let the Magic Milk Straw Flavor Guessing begin as the Chick-fil-A Cow visits. (Lactosefree milk also available.) Free. Contact 509-0153 for details.

4 – 5:30pm. Learning Express Toys, Hanover Center (251-6636) and Military Cutoff (509-0153). Come play “Kids on Stage Charades Game.” Ages 3+. No reservations necessary.

The Velveteen Rabbit

Airlie Concert Series

Oliver

7:30 - 9:30pm. Brunswick Little Theatre. See 08/05.

“Music on the Town” Concert Series

Tax Free Weekend

The Velveteen Rabbit

7pm. Hannah Block 2nd Street Stage. Don’t miss The Dance Element’s summer dance camp presentation of The Velveteen Rabbit, the classic children’s tale of a stuffed rabbit and his quest to become real. Call 685-3787 or visit www.wilmingtoncac.org for more information.

Hammerheads Soccer

7:30pm. Legion Stadium. General Admission is $10/Adults and $6/12 and under. Call 777-2111 or visit www.wilmingtonhammerheads.com for complete game schedule.

Oliver

7:30 - 9:30pm. Brunswick Little Theatre. Directed by Jen Iapalucci. Call 368-6261 or visit www.brunswicklittletheatre.com for ticket information.

6 Saturday Tax Free Weekend

All Day. State-wide. See 08/05.

7 Sunday All Day. State-wide. See 08/05.

Airlie Gardens Free Day

9am - 5pm.Airlie Gardens.Visit the parks and Arboretum for a full day of family fun for free on the first Sunday of each month. Contact 7987700 or visit www.airliegardens.org for more information.

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Farmer’s Market

11am - 3pm. Leland Municipal Park (Beside Town Hall). Join the summer-time fun! Free. Call 332-4823 for event details.

Screen Gems Studios Tour

12 and 2pm.Screen Gems Studios.See 08/06.

Cape Fear Museum Free Day

1 – 5pm. Cape Fear Museum. New Hanover County residents are admitted free to the Museum the first Sunday of every month. Call 798-4350 or visit www.capefearmuseum.com for information.

Canoeing the Salt Marsh

Katie B. Hines Senior Center Pancake Breakfast

Oliver

7:30 – 11:30am. Senior Center. Call 458-6609 for details.

3 – 5pm. Brunswick Little Theatre. See 08/05.

Bald Head Island Pirate Weekend

Historic Downtown Wilmington Marketplace

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10am – 6pm. Myrtle Beach Convention Center. See 08/05.

2 – 5pm. NC Aquarium Fort Fisher. Canoe to Zeke’s Island Estuarine Research Reserve.Activities include crabbing, seining, or birding. Participants should be able to swim and capable of sustained physical exertion.Tie up shoes required. $25/Person. $22.50/ Member.Ages 8+. Call 458-7468 for reservations.

Various times. Bald Head Island.A weekend of pirates and history all for the benefit of North Carolina’s oldest lighthouse, Old Baldy.

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Craftsmen’s Classic Arts & Crafts Festival

7am. Paris Mountain State Park, Greenville, SC. #13 of the “Go Tri Sports SC Series.” 500-meter swim/20 mile bike/5 mile run. Open until August 3 at 7am.Visit http://www.setupevents.com for registration information.

Paris Mountain International Triathlon

Kids Classes & Adult Classes

3 & 7pm. Hannah Block 2nd Street Stage. See 08/05.

6 – 8pm. Airlie Gardens. Enjoy “The Wilmington Big.” $8/ Adults. $2/Children. Free/Airlie Members. For more information, call 798-7700 or visit www.airliegardens.org. 6 – 9pm. Mayfaire Town Center. Bring a blanket or chairs and enjoy the FREE concert at Mayfaire. Call 256-5131 for details or visit www.mayfairetown.com for upcoming acts.

Art Classes Young Artist’s Series

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4 - 8pm. Downtown Wilmington, at Market & 2nd Street.

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Artists, crafters and other vendors join together to showcase original handcrafted arts, crafts and produce. For more information, call 254-0907.

Movies at the Lake

Dusk (around 8:45pm). Carolina Beach Lake. “Gnomeo & Juliet” rated G. Bring chairs and find a spot on the lawn to enjoy a FREE newly released movie. Snacks available for purchase.Visit http://www.pleasureislandnc.org for complete listing or call 458-8434 for details.

8 Monday Wrightsville Beach Farmer’s Market

8am – 1pm. Causeway Drive. See 08/01.

Trash to Treasures

10 – 11am. Children’s Museum of Wilmington. See 08/01.

Extended Behind the Scenes

2 – 4pm. NC Aquarium Fort Fisher. Visit the top of the Aquarium’s largest exhibit for a new view of the 235,000-gallon tank as aquatic animals swim below. Wear close-toe shoes. Only ages 8+. Ages 8–14 must be accompanied by an adult. $20/Ages 13+. $18/ Ages 8-12. Call 458-7468 for required preregistration. Visit www.ncaquariums.com for program details.

Muddy Buddies

3:30 - 4:30pm. Children’s Museum of Wilmington. See 08/01.

9 Tuesday Surf Fishing

8 – 11am. NC Aquarium Fort Fisher. Enjoy a 3-hour workshop with one hour of classroom discussion then surf fishing on the beach.All equipment and bait provided. Rain or shine.Ages 10+ (ages 10-14 must be accompanied by a paying adult). $12/ Participant. Call 458-7468 to pre-register.

Art Attack at Learning Express Toys 10 – 11am. Learning Express Military Cutoff (509-0153) and Hanover Center (251-6636). Join the art making fun. Create a personalized pencil box for school. Ages 6+. Free. Call store for reservations.

Line Dancing

10:30am - 12pm. Leland Classroom Annex (Beside Town Hall). See 08/02.

Kids Cooking Club: Going Global 3:30 - 4:30pm. Children’s Museum of Wilmington. See 08/02.

American Girl Club

7pm. Barnes & Noble, Mayfaire. Bring an American Girl doll and join the fun. Call 5091880 for more information.

10 Wednesday Airlie Bird Hike

8 – 9:30am. Airlie Gardens. 2nd Wednesday of each month. Free to members or free with Garden admission. $5/Adults & $3/Children (ages 6-12 years). Bring your own binoculars. Bird guides provided.Visit www.airliegardens. org or call 798-7700 for more information.

Poplar Grove Farmer’s Market

8am – 1pm. Poplar Grove Plantation. See 08/03.

Preschool Science

Hammerheads Soccer

7:30pm. Legion Stadium. See 08/05.

11 Thursday Cape Fear Sailfish Classic

All Day. Ocean Isle Beach. This tournament is built to experience the thrill of circle hook rigging. Format: Pig picking & circle hook demos (08/11), Fishing (08/12 & 08/13), Cookout & Prizes (08/14).Visit www.capefearsailfishclassic.com for details. Proceeds benefit Cy’s World foundation (www.cysworld.org).

7 – 9pm. Carolina Beach Boardwalk Gazebo. See 08/03.

Cape Fear Sailfish Classic

All Day. Ocean Isle Beach. See 08/11.

Cape Fear Sailfish Classic

Canoeing the Salt Marsh

Park Play Date

Kids Triathlon

10am - 12pm. Halyburton Park. Join Cape Fear Mothers & More for a FREE park play date. Open to non-members to play and learn more about this great group.Visit www.capefearmothersandmore.org for more information.

Behind the Scenes Tour

11:30am - 1pm. NC Aquarium Fort Fisher. Come explore the spaces for animal holding, husbandry, life support systems, and backstage accesses to exhibits that are hidden behind the aquarium walls. Guided tour. $15/Ages 13+. $13/Ages 8-12. $7/Members. Children under age 8 not permitted. For more information and required pre-registration, call 458-7468.

Silent Auction

5 - 8pm. Fox & the Hound, Mayfaire.Visit the Silent Auction with proceeds supporting “Sharing Our Bounty” local nonprofit organization. Auction items geared toward families include Sweet-N-Sassy package, playhouse, surf camp, skating, bowling, and more! Contact 6120390 for details!

Fireworks by the Sea

6:30 – 9:30pm. Carolina Beach Boardwalk. See 08/04.

12 Friday Cape Fear Sailfish Classic

All Day. Ocean Isle Beach. See 08/11.

Audubon NC Free Birding Tours

9 - 11am. Wrightsville Beach, Mason Inlet Waterbird Management Area. See 08/05.

Toddler Time

10 - 10:30am. Children’s Museum of Wilmington. See 08/05.

Hooks & Needles

10am - 12pm. Leland Classroom Annex (Beside Town Hall). Join the summer-time fun! Free. Call 332-4823 for event details.

Extended Behind the Scenes

2 – 4pm. NC Aquarium Fort Fisher. See 08/08.

Adventures in Art!

3:30 - 4:30pm. Children’s Museum of Wilmington. See 08/05.

Game Time

4 – 5:30pm. Learning Express Toys, Hanover Center (251-6636) and Military Cutoff (5090153). Come play “5 Second Rule.” Ages 8+. No reservations necessary.

“Music on the Town” Concert Series

Free Summer Concert

Bingo

All Day. Robert Strange Park, 8th St. See 08/13.

10 - 11am. Children’s Museum of Wilmington. See 08/04.

Kids Cooking Club: Storybook Series

Extended Behind the Scenes

3:30 - 4:30pm. Children’s Museum of Wilmington. See 08/03.

African American Heritage Festival

African American Heritage Festival

Screen Gems Studios Tour

6 – 9pm. Mayfaire Town Center. See 08/05.

Fetch! Club Challenge

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All Day. Robert Strange Park, 8th St. Celebrate Wilmington’s rich African American culture and history. Festivities include live entertainment, kids’ pavilion, food and more. “Battle of the Choirs” competition on Sunday. Call 762-5502 for schedule of events.

10 - 11am. Children’s Museum of Wilmington. See 08/03. 2 – 4pm. NC Aquarium Fort Fisher. See 08/08.

blankets or chairs and relax to music by Melodius Thunk. Beverages and gourmet snacks available. $8/members & $12/nonmembers. Call 251-3700 x104 or visit www. bellamymansion.org for details.

6:30 - 8:30pm. Fort Fisher Recreation Area. Sit back and enjoy summertime at the beach with a FREE Summer Concert. Bring blankets and prepare to boogie the night away. No pets. Beverages available for purchase. Call 458-8434 or visit www.pleasureislandnc.org for details.

Jazz at the Mansion

6:30 - 9pm. Bellamy Mansion Museum. Bring

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All Day. Ocean Isle Beach. See 08/11. 8am. Echo Farms. Join the TriCo Pools Kids Triathlon with proceeds benefiting the Melanoma Research Foundation. For ages 4-12. 4-8 years old 25 yd swim/1.1 mile bike/.5 mile run. 9-12 years old 100 yd swim/2.7 mile bike/.9 mile run. $35 Entry Fee. Contact john@tricopools.co or 617-9059 for more information.

12 and 2pm. Screen Gems Studios. See 08/06.

Behind the Scenes Tour

1 – 2:30pm. NC Aquarium Fort Fisher. See 08/11. 2 – 5pm. NC Aquarium Fort Fisher. See 08/07.

Historic Downtown Wilmington Marketplace

4 - 8pm. Downtown Wilmington, at Market & 2nd Street. See 08/07.

Movies at the Lake

Dusk (around 8:45pm). Carolina Beach Lake. “Toy Story 3” rated G. See 08/07.

Riverfront Farmer’s Market

8am – 1pm. Riverfront Park. See 08/06.

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Pleasure Island Fresh Market

Canoeing at Holly Shelter

8am – 1pm. Carolina Beach Marina. See 08/06.

The Blue & Gray Navies

9am - 6pm. Battleship NC. Displays set up to highlight the history of the ship.View reproductions of period small arms and working models of steam engines. Free with Battleship admission. Call 251-5797 or visit www.battleshipnc.com for details.

Canoeing the Salt Marsh

9:30am – 12:30pm. NC Aquarium Fort Fisher. See 08/07.

Music Club

10am. Children’s Museum of Wilmington. Make an instrument, learn a new song or hear someone perform. Free with admission or membership. Call 254-3534 or visit www.playwilmington.org for more information.

2nd Saturday at Brunswick Town

10am – 4pm. Ft. Anderson State Historic Site. “Bands at Brunswick.” Local artisans on site to demonstrate their crafts. Call 371-6613 for event schedule.

Battleship 101

10am - 4pm. Battleship NC. Engage in specific subjects and areas including: gunnery, radar, sickbay, galley, engineering, and daily shipboard life. Free with Battleship admission. Call 2515787 for more information.

Sounds of Fort Fisher History

10am - 4pm. Fort Fisher. Explore Fort Fisher’s lighter side. Enjoy music by the Huckleberry Brothers while learning about the Fort’s role in the American Civil War. Costumed tours at 11am & 3pm.Visit www.nchistoricsites.org/ fisher/fisher.htm or call 458-5538 for details.

8am – 12pm. NC Aquarium Fort Fisher. Explore a local tributary of the Cape Fear River by canoe. Meet in Pender County. Recommended for novice paddlers. Participants should be able to swim and capable of sustained physical exertion. Tie shoes required. Ages 8+. (Ages 8-12 must be accompanied by 2 adults. Ages 13-14 must be accompanied by 1 adult.) Call 4587468 to pre-register.

Wrightsville Beach Farmer’s Market

8am – 1pm. Causeway Drive. See 08/01.

Trash to Treasures

10 – 11am. Children’s Museum of Wilmington. See 08/01.

Extended Behind the Scenes

2 – 4pm. NC Aquarium Fort Fisher. See 08/08.

Muddy Buddies

3:30 - 4:30pm. Children’s Museum of Wilmington. See 08/01.

16 Tuesday Cape Fear Mothers & More Meeting

Email for time and location. Come find out more about this great support network. Please email capefearmothersandmore@ yahoo.com for more information.

Surf Fishing

8 – 11am. NC Aquarium Fort Fisher. See 08/09.

Mommy & Me

Dynamic Dinosaurs

9 – 10am. NC Aquarium Fort Fisher. Moms and their children interact and learn together about Aquarium animals. Enjoy playtime in the Freshwater Wonders Room. Children ages 1-2. $13/One Adult and Child. $1/Each additional child. Call 458-7468 to pre-register.

Aquarist Apprentice

Art Attack at Learning Express Toys

Screen Gems Studios Tour

12 and 2pm. Screen Gems Studios. See 08/06. 1 – 4pm. Cape Fear Museum. See 08/06. 2 – 4:30pm. NC Aquarium Fort Fisher. Join staff on a behind-the-scenes tour and participate in daily care and maintenance tasks. Includes an animal feeding. All participants wear closed-toe shoes. $25/Ages 13+. $23/Ages 10-12. $17/ Members. (Price includes Aquarium admission.) Ages 10+ welcome. Call 458-7468 for required pre-registration.Visit www.ncaquariums.com for details.

LEGO Creationary Game Play

3 – 4 pm. Learning Express Toys, Military Cutoff (509-0153) and Hanover Center (251-6636). Join the fun. Free. Contact store for details.

10 – 11am. Learning Express Military Cutoff (509-0153) and Hanover Center (251-6636). Join the art making fun. Bling a Sticky Mosaics Funky Notebook. Ages 5+. Free. Call store for reservations.

Line Dancing

10:30am - 12pm. Leland Classroom Annex (Beside Town Hall). See 08/02.

Kids Cooking Club: Going Global 3:30 - 4:30pm. Children’s Museum of Wilmington. See 08/02.

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Hometown Opry

7 - 9pm. Leland Classroom Annex (Beside Town Hall). See 08/02.

17 Wednesday Poplar Grove Farmer’s Market

8am – 1pm. Poplar Grove Plantation. See 08/03.

Canoeing the Salt Marsh

9am - 12pm. NC Aquarium Fort Fisher. See 08/07.

Preschool Science

10 - 11am. Children’s Museum of Wilmington. See 08/03.

Extended Behind the Scenes

2 – 4pm. NC Aquarium Fort Fisher. See 08/08.

Fetch! Club Challenge

3:30 - 4:30pm. Children’s Museum of Wilmington. See 08/03.

Bingo

7 – 9pm. Carolina Beach Boardwalk Gazebo. See 08/03.

18 Thursday Children’s Discovery Time

10 – 11am. NC Aquarium Fort Fisher. Turtles! Watch creatures come alive in this story-telling and critter-creating program. Children meet live animals, hear a story and make ingenious crafts. Ages 3 – 5. $11/Child. Admission included. Call 458-7468 for required pre-registration.

Kids Cooking Club: Storybook Series

10 - 11am. Children’s Museum of Wilmington. See 08/04.

Behind the Scenes Tour

11:30am - 1pm. NC Aquarium Fort Fisher. See 08/11.

Expressive Art Group

2 - 4pm. Leland Classroom Annex (Beside Town Hall). See 08/04.

Fireworks by the Sea

6:30 – 9:30pm. Carolina Beach Boardwalk. See 08/04.

A Pirates Revenge Dinner Theatre

6:30 - 10pm. Front Street Brewery. One-of-a-kind dinner theatre performance with puzzles and word play. A family friendly atmosphere with puzzles for the audience to solve. Call 2326611 for more information.

Magic Tree House Book Club

7pm. Barnes & Noble, Mayfaire. Meet in the Children’s Department and have fun discussing the adventures of Jack and Annie while creating crafts and enjoying activities. Call 5091880 for more information.

19 Friday Salt Marsh & Crabbing

8 – 10am. NC Aquarium Fort Fisher. Hands-on program. Lessons in crab biology and crabbing equipment prepare participants for an exciting expedition outdoors to catch (and release) crabs. All bait & equipment provided. Ages 7 & Up. $16/Ages 13+. $14/Ages 7-12. Aquarium admission included. Call 458-8257 pre-register.

Audubon NC Free Birding Tours

9 - 11am. Wrightsville Beach, Mason Inlet Waterbird Management Area. See 08/05.

Toddler Time

10 - 10:30am. Children’s Museum of Wilmington. See 08/05.

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Park Play Date

10am - 12pm. Wrightsville Beach Playground. Join Cape Fear Mothers & More for a FREE park play date. Open to nonmembers to play and learn more about this great group.Visit www.capefearmothersandmore.org for more information.

Extended Behind the Scenes

2 – 4pm. NC Aquarium Fort Fisher. See 08/08.

Adventures in Art!

3:30 - 4:30pm. Children’s Museum of Wilmington. See 08/05.

Game Time

4 – 5:30pm. Learning Express Toys, Hanover Center (251-6636) and Military Cutoff (509-0153). Come play “Bananagrams.” Ages 8+. No reservations necessary.

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Airlie Concert Series

6 – 8pm. Airlie Gardens. Enjoy “L Shape Lot.” $8/Adults. $2/Children. Free/Airlie Members. For more information, call 798-7700 or visit www.airliegardens.org.

“Music on the Town” Concert Series 6 – 9pm. Mayfaire Town Center. See 08/05.

Stand Up Paddle Boarding & Kayaking Workshop

7 - 9pm. Wrightsville Beach Recreation Center. FREE workshop! Topics include water safety, wind, weather, and tide information. Presentations on types of paddling. Conducted by Hook, Line & Paddle. No need to pre-register. Call 256-7925 or visit www. townofwrightsvillebeach.com for details.

20 Saturday 15th Annual East Coast Wahine Surfing Tournament

Historic Downtown Wilmington Marketplace

4 - 8pm. Downtown Wilmington, at Market & 2nd Street. See 08/07.

21 Sunday

15th Annual East Coast Wahine Surfing Tournament

All Day. Wrightsville Beach @ Columbia St. See 08/20.

9am - 12pm. NC Aquarium Fort Fisher. See 08/07.

Preschool Science

10 - 11am. Children’s Museum of Wilmington. See 08/03.

Extended Behind the Scenes

2 – 4pm. NC Aquarium Fort Fisher. See 08/08.

Fetch! Club Challenge

Farmer’s Market

3:30 - 4:30pm. Children’s Museum of Wilmington. See 08/03.

Screen Gems Studios Tour

Turtle Tales: Summer Evening Series

11am - 3pm. Leland Municipal Park (Beside Town Hall). See 08/07. 12 and 2pm. Screen Gems Studios. See 08/06.

Behind the Scenes Tour

1 – 2:30pm. NC Aquarium Fort Fisher. See 08/11.

Cape Fear Skies: Star Light Star Bright

All Day. Wrightsville Beach @ Columbia St. Wahines partner with Sweetwater Surf Shop to celebrate 15 years of women’s surfing. Includes shortboard, longboard, bodyboard and novice.Visit www.eastcoastwahines.com for entry information. 

1:30, 2:30 & 3:30pm. Cape Fear Museum. 3…2…1…Blastoff! Venture into the Museum’s portable planetarium and explore the night sky in the daytime. Journey into the night sky to explore star characteristics. Free with paid Museum admission. Appropriate for all ages. Call 798-4357 for more information.

Kids Traithlon Race

Canoeing the Salt Marsh

8am. Wilmington YMCA. Ages 5-13. $35/Y Members. $45/Non-Members (early registration before 08/05). NO race-day registration! Ages 5-6: 25 yd swim/1 mile bike/.5 mile run. Ages 7-8: 50 yd swim/2 mile bike/.5 mile run. Ages 9-10: 100 yd swim/2 mile bike/1 mile run. Ages 11-13: 200 yd swim/3 mile bike/2 mile run. Drop by the Y or call 251-9622 x253 for registration forms and details.

Canoeing the Salt Marsh

2 – 5pm. NC Aquarium Fort Fisher. See 08/07.

Movies at the Lake

Dusk (around 8:45pm). Carolina Beach Lake. “Tangled” rated PG. See 08/07.

6:30 - 7:30pm. Halyburton Park. Enjoy a family evening in the Park learning about nature. $5/ Participant. Call 341-0075 to pre-register or visit www.halyburtonpark.com for more information.

Bingo

7 – 9pm. Carolina Beach Boardwalk Gazebo. See 08/03.

25 Thursday Children’s Discovery Time

10 – 11am. NC Aquarium Fort Fisher. Sharks! See 08/18.

Kids Cooking Club: Storybook Series

10 - 11am. Children’s Museum of Wilmington. See 08/04.

Behind the Scenes Tour

22 Monday

11:30am - 1pm. NC Aquarium Fort Fisher. See 08/11.

Salt Marsh & Crabbing

Adventures in Art!

Riverfront Farmer’s Market

8 – 10am. NC Aquarium Fort Fisher. See 08/19.

Pleasure Island Fresh Market

Wrightsville Beach Farmer’s Market

Fireworks by the Sea

8am – 1pm. Riverfront Park. See 08/06. 8am – 1pm. Carolina Beach Marina. See 08/06.

Daddy & Me

9 – 10am. NC Aquarium Fort Fisher. Dads and their children learn together about aquarium animals and enjoy playtime in the Freshwater Wonders Room. $13/Ages 1-2 for one adult and one child ($1/each additional child). Call 458-7468 for required pre-registration.Visit www.ncaquariums.com for program details.

Happy Hoppers

Oakdale Summer Walking Tour Series

Muddy Buddies

3:30 - 4:30pm. Children’s Museum of Wilmington. See 08/01.

23 Tuesday Surf Fishing

12 and 2pm. Screen Gems Studios. See 08/06.

8 – 11am. NC Aquarium Fort Fisher. See 08/09.

Kids at CAM

Happy Hoppers

10 - 11am. Halyburton Park. See 08/22.

Line Dancing

Breakfast & Playtime with the Fishes

8 – 9am. NC Aquarium Fort Fisher. Toddlers & their parents are invited to explore the Aquarium before the doors open. Ages 1-3. Meet animals, hear a fishy story, have breakfast and playtime. $15/Ages 13+. $13/Ages 3-12. (Includes admission for the day.) $5/Age 2. Free/Under 2. Call 458-7468 for required pre-registration.

Salt Marsh & Crabbing

8 – 10am. NC Aquarium Fort Fisher. See 08/19.

Audubon NC Free Birding Tours

9 - 11am.Wrightsville Beach, Mason Inlet Waterbird Management Area. See 08/05.

Toddler Time

8am – 1pm. Riverfront Park. See 08/06.

Pleasure Island Fresh Market

8am – 1pm. Carolina Beach Marina. See 08/06.

Mommy & Me

9 – 10am. NC Aquarium Fort Fisher. See 08/16.

Canoeing the Salt Marsh

9am - 12pm. NC Aquarium Fort Fisher. See 08/07.

Music Club

10am. Children’s Museum of Wilmington. See 08/13.

Story Station & Character Appearance

10 – 11am. Learning Express Toys, Hanover Center. Meet Amelia Bedelia. See what happens when she Goes Back to School (brand new book). Have Amelia Bedelia books autographed. Free. Contact 251-6636 for details.

Beginner Skateboard Clinic

10:30am - 12pm. Greenfield Grind Skatepark. Participants begin to develop fundamental skateboarding skills. Ages 7-12. $15. Call 3628222 for registration information.

Turtle Talk

2 – 4pm. NC Aquarium Fort Fisher. See 08/08. 4 – 5:30pm. Learning Express Toys, Hanover Center (251-6636) and Military Cutoff (5090153). Come play “Jenga.” Ages 6+. No reservations necessary.

7pm.Wrightsville Beach Town Park, Shelter #2. The community is invited to a discussion about sea turtles nesting on beaches in the area. Free. Visit www.towb.org or call 256-7925 for details.

“Music on the Town” Concert Series

24 Wednesday

Fourth Friday Gallery Walk

Poplar Grove Farmer’s Market

8am – 1pm. Poplar Grove Plantation. See 08/03.

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1 – 4pm. Cape Fear Museum. See 08/06.

Aquarist Apprentice

2 – 4:30pm. NC Aquarium Fort Fisher. See 08/13.

Story Station & Character Appearance

3 – 4pm. Learning Express Toys, Military Cutoff. Meet Amelia Bedelia. See what happens when she Goes Back to School (brand new book). Have Amelia Bedelia books autographed. Free. Contact 509-0153 for details.

3rd Annual Beach Soccer Classic 2011

10am - 12pm. Leland Classroom Annex (Beside Town Hall). See 08/12.

Game Time

Aquarist Apprentice

Dynamic Dinosaurs

Hooks & Needles

Kids Cooking Club: Going Global

1 – 4pm. Cape Fear Museum. See 08/06.

12 - 11pm. NC Battleship. Join this family-friendly event that celebrates music, community and culture! $30/person. Children under 15 admitted free. Portion of proceeds fund downtown beautification projects. Contact Kevin Rhodes at 443-4790 or kevin.winocarecords@gmail.com for more information.

28 Sunday

Extended Behind the Scenes

Dynamic Dinosaurs

12 and 2pm. Screen Gems Studios. See 08/06.

10 - 10:30am. Children’s Museum of Wilmington. See 08/05.

10:30am - 12pm. Leland Classroom Annex (Beside Town Hall). See 08/02.

3:30 - 4:30pm. Children’s Museum of Wilmington. See 08/02.

3 – 4 pm. Learning Express Toys, Military Cutoff (509-0153) and Hanover Center (2516636). Excavate rocks and minerals. Use the resource material to identify what’s unearthed. Free. Contact store for details.

Riverfront Farmer’s Market

WinocaFest

10 – 11am. Children’s Museum of Wilmington. See 08/01.

2 – 4pm. NC Aquarium Fort Fisher. See 08/08.

Mystery Rock Dig

All Day.Various Wilmington Fields. Cape Fear Soccer Association is pleased to host this event. For more information, email tournaments@capefearsoccer.com.

26 Friday

Extended Behind the Scenes

2 – 4:30pm. NC Aquarium Fort Fisher. See 08/13.

3rd Annual Beach Soccer Classic

Trash to Treasures

10am. Children’s Museum of Wilmington. See 08/13.

12 - 3pm. Cameron Art Museum. Enjoy an afternoon of creativity and imagination! Make art to take home and explore exhibitions. No pre-registration necessary. Parental supervision required. $3 per child (family membership). $5 per child (non-members). Adults free. Call 395-5999 or visit cameronartmuseum. com for more information.

27 Saturday

Screen Gems Studios Tour

Music Club

Screen Gems Studios Tour

6:30 - 8:30pm. Fort Fisher Recreation Area. See 08/12.

6:30 – 9:30pm. Carolina Beach Boardwalk. See 08/04.

9am - 12pm. NC Aquarium Fort Fisher. See 08/07.

10am - 12pm. Oakdale Cemetery. Historical Walking Tour of North Carolina’s oldest rural cemetery. No advance reservations. $8/Person. Visit www.oakdalecemetery.org or call 762-5682 for more information.

Free Summer Concert

8am – 1pm. Causeway Drive. See 08/01.

10 - 11am. Halyburton Park. Little Explorers come out to the Park to learn about animals that hop.Take a hike to look for “hoppers” and learn about how they survive in the park. $3/participant.Ages 2-5. Call 341-0075 to pre-register.Visit www.halyburtonpark.com for more information.

Canoeing the Salt Marsh

3:30 - 4:30pm. Children’s Museum of Wilmington. See 08/05.

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6 – 9pm. Mayfaire Town Center. See 08/05. 6 – 9pm. Downtown Wilmington.A self-guided tour through several Wilmington galleries and studios. Includes artist discussions, live music, wine tasting and other art-based activities. Call

All Day.Various Wilmington Fields. See 08/27.

Race to the Rock

All Day. Chimney Rock. Join the 5th Annual 5K Run or 25-Mile Bike Race. The ONLY time one can run or bike up to Chimney Rock. Medals awarded in age groups. $35/pre-registration. $40/day-of registration.Visit www. hickorynutolympiad.com or call 800-277-9611 for more information.

Screen Gems Studios Tour

12 and 2pm. Screen Gems Studios. See 08/06.

Behind the Scenes Tour

1 – 2:30pm. NC Aquarium Fort Fisher. See 08/11.

Canoeing the Salt Marsh

2 – 5pm. NC Aquarium Fort Fisher. See 08/07.

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Historic Downtown Wilmington Marketplace

4 - 8pm. Downtown Wilmington, at Market & 2nd Street. See 08/07.

Lumina Daze 2011

4 - 10pm. Wrightsville Beach Blockade Runner. An evening filled with shag, jazz and big band music. Includes live auction and silent auction. Stroll through Wrightsville Beach history. Call 256-2569 or visit www.wbmuseum.com for details.

Movies at the Lake

Dusk (around 8:45pm). Carolina Beach Lake. “Secretariat” rated PG. See 08/07.

29 Monday Salt Marsh & Crabbing

8 – 10am. NC Aquarium Fort Fisher. See 08/19.

Wrightsville Beach Farmer’s Market

8am – 1pm. Causeway Drive. See 08/01.

Trash to Treasures

10 – 11am. The Children’s Museum of Wilmington. See 08/01.

Extended Behind the Scenes

2 – 4pm. NC Aquarium Fort Fisher. See 08/08.

Muddy Buddies

3:30 - 4:30pm. Children’s Museum of Wilmington. See 08/01.

30 Tuesday Surf Fishing

8 – 11am. NC Aquarium Fort Fisher. See 08/09.

Mommy & Me

9 – 10am. NC Aquarium Fort Fisher. See 08/16.

Line Dancing

10:30am - 12pm. Leland Classroom Annex (Beside Town Hall). See 08/02.

Kids Cooking Club: Going Global

3:30 - 4:30pm. Children’s Museum of Wilmington. See 08/02.

31 Wednesday Poplar Grove Farmer’s Market

8am – 1pm. Poplar Grove Plantation. See 08/03.

Canoeing the Salt Marsh

9am - 12pm. NC Aquarium Fort Fisher. See 08/07.

Preschool Science

10 - 11am. Children’s Museum of Wilmington. See 08/03.

Extended Behind the Scenes

2 – 4pm. NC Aquarium Fort Fisher. See 08/08.

Fetch! Club Challenge

3:30 - 4:30pm. Children’s Museum of Wilmington. See 08/03.

Bingo

7 – 9pm. Carolina Beach Boardwalk Gazebo. See 08/03.

Man of La Mancha

8 - 10pm. Thalian Hall Main Stage. Opera House Theatre Company. A powerful blend of tragedy, romance, comedy, and adventure. $25/Ticket. $23/Students & Seniors. Call Box Office at 632-2285 or visit www.thalianhall.com for details.

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Back-to-School Health Checklist Along with books and bedtimes, it’s time to think about your child’s health — before that school bell rings… By Kathy Sena your child vaccinated is the best method for protecting him from the flu.

• Have your child’s vision checked. Basic vision screening should be performed by your child’s doctor at each well-child examination. If a child fails a vision screening, or if there is any concern about a vision problem, she should be referred for a comprehensive professional eye exam, according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO). For children who wear glasses, the AAO recommends one-piece wrap-around polycarbonate sports frames for contact sports. • Schedule a dental check-up. Students in the U.S. miss more than 51 million school hours per year because of dental problems, says the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. Teach your child to floss daily and brush twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste. And visit your child’s dentist twice a year for a professional cleaning and check-up.

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h, the smell of sunscreen. The joy of homework-free evenings. The less-scheduled family calendar… How did summer pass so quickly?

Yep, it’s time to get the kids ready to head back to school. Are your child’s immunizations up to date? Does he need new glasses? What time should she go to bed? We’ve rounded up expert advice on all this and more so your kids will be ready for the big day!

• Schedule a well-child checkup. Most states require only two well-child exams for school enrollment: at the start of kindergarten and high school. Some states vary, so check with your school. An additional exam is often required for participation in a school sport. Check with your child’s doctor regarding how often to schedule additional well-child check-ups. • Make sure your child is up-to-date on all immunizations, including seasonal flu/H1N1. Ask your doctor for a copy of your child’s immunization record. You may need it to prove her immunization status for school. Visit the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Childhood Immunization Support Program website at www.cispimmunize.org for lots of helpful information, including: - The AAP’s 2011 Childhood Immunization Schedule (for infants through teens) and a catch-up schedule for children who may have missed a scheduled vaccination. - Updates on vaccine safety and vaccines that are temporarily in short supply. - Frequently asked questions about childhood immunizations. - The AAP’s Immunization Newsletter As in 2010, this year’s seasonal flu vaccine includes protection against the H1N1 virus, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). That means that, barring some unforeseen circumstance, most Americans will be able to get one flu shot to protect against the major flu viruses. (Younger children who have never had a seasonal flu vaccine before will need two doses, says the CDC.) Everyone six months of age and older should get vaccinated against the flu, says the CDC. Getting

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• Have your child’s hearing tested. Most states now mandate hearing tests for infants. But many school-age children haven’t been tested. If your child is listening to the television or music at a very loud volume, or tends to favor one ear over the other when listening to you speak, it may be a sign of hearing loss. Talk with your doctor about having your child’s hearing tested. • Communicate about medications. Does your child receive medication on a regular basis for diabetes, asthma or another chronic health problem? School nurses and teachers must be made aware of your child’s needs, especially if they are the ones who will administer the medicine. Speak with them about the prescribed medication schedule, and work out an emergency course of action in case of a problem. • Schedule testing if you suspect a learning disability or dyslexia. If you feel your child may not be processing information as she should, speak with her teacher and her doctor as soon as possible. Your child’s doctor can provide a referral for testing.

• Plan ahead for brain-power breakfasts. Studies show that children who eat breakfast are more alert in class. Try to include protein (peanut butter or low-fat cheese, milk or yogurt are good choices), fruit and whole grains.

• Talk with your child — and with your school principal — about healthy eating at school. The AAP suggests encouraging your child’s school to stock healthy lunch choices

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such as fresh fruit, low-fat dairy products, water and 100-percent fruit juice in school vending machines. A 12-ounce soft drink contains approximately 10 teaspoons of sugar and 150 calories. Drinking just one can of soda a day increases a child’s risk of obesity by 60 percent, says the AAP. Restrict your child’s soft-drink consumption to special occasions.

• Update emergency phone numbers. Are your current emergency phone numbers on file at school? Make sure the school and your child know how to reach you or another caregiver at all times.

• If your child has a cell phone, talk with him about when and where it can be used safely. Chatting on a cell phone or texting

• Choose the right backpack — and use it safely. Look for wide, padded shoulder straps. Narrow straps can dig into shoulders, causing pain and restricting circulation. A padded back increases comfort. The backpack shouldn’t weigh more than 10 to 20 percent of the student’s body weight, according to the AAP. Remind your child to always use both shoulder straps. Slinging a backpack over one shoulder can strain muscles and may increase the chances of developing curvature of the spine. Pack heavier items closest to the center of the back. Even better: Use a rolling backpack, if school policy permits.

• Review school-bus safety rules. Designate a safe place for your child to wait for the bus, away from traffic and the street. And review these safety rules, from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, with your child: - When getting on the bus, wait for the driver’s signal. Board the bus one at a time. - When getting off the bus, look before stepping off the bus to be sure no cars are passing on the right. (It’s illegal, but it happens.) Move away from the bus.

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- Look left-right-left when coming to the edge of the bus to make sure traffic is stopped. Keep watching traffic when crossing. - Ask the driver for help if you drop something near the bus. If you bend down to pick up something, the driver cannot see you and you may be hit by the bus. Use a backpack to keep loose items together.

• Create a healthy sleep schedule. The National Sleep Foundation says school-age kids need the following amounts of sleep, depending on age: - Preschoolers: 11 to 13 hours - Ages 5 to 10: 10 to 11 hours - Ages 10 to 17: 8.5 to 9.25 hours That can be a tough prescription to follow, with the increasing demands on kids’ time from homework, sports and other extracurricular activities. As they get older, school-aged children become more interested in TV, video games and the Web (as well as caffeinated beverages). This can lead to difficulty falling asleep and sleep disruptions. Poor sleep can lead to mood swings, behavioral problems and cognitive problems that affect a child’s ability to learn. To help your child get a good night’s sleep, teach healthy sleep habits, emphasize the need for a consistent sleep schedule and bedtime routine, create a good environment for sleep (dark, cool and quiet) and keep TV and computers out of the bedroom. v Sources: U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, New York Presbyterian Hospital, American Academy of Pediatrics, Texas Children’s Hospital, Mayo Clinic, National Sleep Foundation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, American Academy of Ophthalmology

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while walking or biking to school can be dangerous. Explain to your child the importance of paying attention to his surroundings and being aware of cars and bikes. Set a good example by not using a cell phone (even a hands-free model) while driving.

- Before crossing the street, take five “giant steps” out from the front of the bus, or until the driver’s face can be seen. Wait for the driver to signal that it’s safe to cross.


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• Teach your child how to say in a firm voice: — “I don’t like what you’re doing.” — “Please do NOT talk to me like that.” — “Why would you say that?” • Teach your child when and how to ask for help. • Encourage your child to make friends with other children. • Support activities that interest your child. • Alert school officials to the problems and work with them on solutions. • Make sure an adult who knows about the bullying can watch out for your child’s safety and wellbeing when you can’t be there.

When your child is the bully • Be sure your child knows that bullying is never OK. • Set firm and consistent limits on your child’s aggressive behavior. • Be a positive role mode. Show children they can get what they want without teasing, threatening or hurting someone. • Use effective, non-physical discipline, such as loss of privileges. • Develop practical solutions with the school principal, teachers, counselors and parents of the children your child has bullied.

When your child is a bystander • Tell your child not to cheer on or even quietly watch bullying. • Encourage your child to tell a trusted adult about the bullying. • Help your child support other children who may be bullied. Encourage your child to include these children in activities.

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ullying can lead to emotional and sometimes physical pain, and it’s something that most children will be exposed to, either directly or indirectly (by witnessing others being bullied), at school. It can be physical, verbal or social, says the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Bullying can occur on the playground, on the school bus, in the neighborhood, via phone or text message or over the Internet. The AAP offers the following advice:

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ew Hanover County Schools has scheduled the annual district-wide open houses for the 2011-2012 school year. The open house dates are set to encourage students and their parents to visit their assigned school before the new school year begins.  Thursday, August 25, 2011, will be the first day of school for traditional calendar students.

The NHCS Open House schedule for the 2011-2012 school year is as follows:

Traditional Elementary Schools All traditional elementary school open houses will be held on Monday, August 22, 2011 from 5 – 7 pm.  

Middle Schools: All middle school open houses will be held on Wednesday, August 17, 2011 during each school’s designated time. Holly Shelter Middle School 5 – 7 pm Murray Middle School 5:30 – 7 pm Myrtle Grove Middle School 6th graders – 2 sessions 5 – 6 pm - last names A-L 6 – 7 pm - last names M-Z   6:30 - 7:30 pm - 7th and 8th graders Noble Middle Schoo l3 – 5 pm - 6th graders and new students 5 – 7 pm - 7th and 8th graders Roland-Grise Middle School 5 – 7 pm Trask Middle School      5 – 6 pm - 7th and 8th graders  6:30 – 7:30 pm - 6th graders Williston Middle School 5 – 7 pm

High Schools All high schools, including Ashley, Hoggard, Laney, New Hanover and Mosley PLC, will host their open houses on Thursday, August 18, 2011 from 5 – 7 pm.

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Early College High Schools Wilmington Early College High School will hold their 9th grade orientation on Thursday, August 4, 2011 from 5:30 – 7 pm. WECHS will begin the 2011-2012 school year on Monday, August 8th.  Isaac Bear Early College High School will hold their 9th Grade Orientation on Monday, August 22, 2011 from 5 - 7 pm. IBECHS will start the 20112012 school year on Wednesday, August 24th.

Pre-K Centers

New Horizons Elementary School Call for information Roger Bacon Academy – Charter Day School Call for information St Mark Catholic School August 24th 4-6pm St. Mary Catholic School August 22 Parent/Student Orientation – PreK3&4,K 5:30-6:30pm August 23 Parent/Student Orientation – Grades 1-8 6:30-7:30pm

Open house information for Pre-Kindergarten Centers will be announced at a later date.

Wilmington Academy of Arts & Sciences Call for information

Private School Open Houses

Wilmington Christian Academy August 5 Senior Portraits 16 New & Returning Parent Orientation - Grades K3 - 5th (Parents only) - 7:00 pm 17 Student Open House - Grades K4 - 5th - 9:00 10:00 am 17 New & Returning Parent/Student OrientationGr. 6-8 - 6:00; Gr. 9-12 -7:30

Calvary Christian School August 23rd, 6pm Cape Fear Academy Thursday, August 11 6:30pm  New Parent Social Wednesday, August 17 9:00am Orientation for New Students and Parents Wednesday, August 24 6:30pm US Parent Night Thursday, August 25 7:00pm  LS Parent Night Tuesday, August 30 7:00pm MS Parent Night Coastal Christian High School Call for information Friends School of Wilmington Friends School Faculty & Student Meet and Greet. Aug 23 Leland Christian School New Family Orientation: August 18th 6-7:30pm Back to School Night August 22nd 6:30-8 pm Myrtle Grove Christian School August 16th k - 8th open house

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Stoffregen is also head teacher for a lunch bunch preschool program, where she supervises kids who bring their own lunch. “It is really hard to beat the ‘PBJ’ (peanut butter and jelly) classic,” she says. “On an average day, 10 out of 16 kids will bring PBJ.” While PBJ is great, Stoffregen offers a couple of twists on the classic PBJ. For starters, try to entice your child to eat a wholesome sandwich by giving it a crazy name. “It’s hard to resist a ‘Jammin’ Banana Sandwich,’ ” she says. “That sounds better than a ‘Banana and Peanut Butter Sandwich.’ ” To make a Jammin’ Banana Sandwich, spread peanut butter on whole wheat or other multi-grain bread. Always use whole grain bread, as it’s a much healthier alternative to white bread. Next, top the peanut butter with sliced bananas, add a slice of bread on top, and it’s ready for the lunch box. Another great take on PBJ is the Super-Charged Jammin’ Banana. Prepare the peanut butter and banana sandwich with honey on whole wheat bread. “This is a high energy sandwich that hikers make a lot,” Stoffregen says. “The body burns honey slowly so it stays with you longer.” Think of your child beating that afternoon slump after eating a Super-Charged Jammin’ Banana sandwich. Along with peanut butter, school-age kids usually enjoy turkey and ham. A Cool Cuke Turkey Sandwich is made on whole wheat bread, with mayonnaise, turkey and cucumbers—with or without cheese. “A mom came in to the shop wanting to make her daughter a sandwich but didn’t know what to put on it,” she says. “I suggested cucumbers for the crunch,

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and they loved it. The mom later told me that now the whole family adds cucumbers to their sandwiches.� As wheat allergies have become more prevalent, sandwiches made with wheat-free wraps, such as lettuce leaves or tortillas, are a great alternative. One popular pick is the Leafy Ham Wrap. Use a large lettuce leaf and your choice of ham and cheese. Layer the ham and cheese on a piece of lettuce, and then roll the lettuce until the ham and cheese are enclosed. Close the wrap with a toothpick. Any type of vegetables can be added to this leafy roll-up. The Snuggly Meat and Cheese Wrap is made with a tortilla shell, a little mayo, and choice of meat, cheese and veggies. Lightly spread some mayo on the tortilla, layer the meat, cheese and veggies, and roll it up. And here are a few more sandwich ideas that Stoffregen says get high marks as kid favorites: Apple Tuna Sweetie is made on organic raisin bread. Top with tuna salad and sliced Granny Smith apples. This sandwich also can be made into an Apple Chicken Sweetie with chicken salad. The Smokin’ Strawberry Sandwich is also made on organic raisin bread. Top with smoked turkey, strawberry cream cheese and Granny Smith apples. Along with adding unique ingredients, another trick to making sandwiches fun is to cut them into various shapes using different types of cookie cutters. So use your imagination to combine healthy ingredients and a creative presentation, and I bet your kids will look forward to lunchtime every day of the week! v Kim Seidel is a writer and mother of two daughters who enjoys experimenting with new lunch ideas.

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Drivers • When backing out of a driveway or leaving a garage, watch out for children walking or bicycling to school. • When driving in neighborhoods with school zones, watch out for young people who may be thinking about getting to school, but may not be thinking of getting there safely. • Slow down. Watch for children walking in the street, especially if there are no sidewalks in neighborhood. • Slow down. Watch for children playing and congregating near bus stops. • Be alert. Children arriving late for the bus may dart into the street without looking for traffic. • Learn and obey the school bus laws in your state. Learn the “flashing signal light system” that school bus drivers use to alert motorists of pending actions: • Yellow flashing lights indicate that the bus is preparing to stop to load or unload children. Motorists should slow down and prepare to stop their vehicles. • Red flashing lights and extended stop arms indicate that the bus has stopped, and that children are getting on or off. Motorists must stop their cars and wait until the red

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• Is unable to sit still; cannot stay on task for any length of time • Reverses words, numbers, or letters

In this lively, hands-on workshop, you'll learn how to assess and distinguish visual conditions that keep some children from doing well in school.

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Dr. Stephen Kaluzne, Optometrist, specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of visual efficiency and visual perception problems.


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fit family Roll with it, Baby!

Looking for a little “family fun” that is also good exercise? Try roller skating! Whether you prefer in-line or traditional style skates, skating is a fun, inexpensive way to enjoy time together! Equipment: • Skates, helmet and padding for each family member Outdoor Places to Skate: • Your neighborhood or cul-de-sac • The park • Wilmington’s new Cross City Trail Initial Costs: • Visit local sporting goods stores, sports re-sale stores, or sites such as www.skate-buys.com to find quality skates for affordable prices. • Invest in a helmet and safety padding (which you may already have for bicycling). Why not enjoy time together as a family by choosing a yearround activity that promotes time outdoors, exercise (that doesn’t feel like exercise), and the opportunity to talk and laugh together? (Don’t let rainy days stop your fun. Simply visit a local skating rink. For extremely hot days, try an ice skating adventure at the local ice rink.)

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Bowling:

An activity in which the object is to knock over pins placed upright at the end of an alley with a ball. After reading the definition above, one might assume that bowling is only good for enjoyment and that it is not a “physical enough” sport to provide good exercise. Along with pure enjoyment, however, we’ve found a list of health benefits that might encourage you to add “bowling” to your list of family activities: 1. Bowling promotes muscle strengthening. Not only are you walking while bowling, you are also holding a ball weighing several pounds, which provides toning. 2. Bowling helps burn fat. Depending on how much effort you use, one game of bowling can burn up to 300 calories. 3. Bowling can help you meet new people. Building relationships is a part of being healthy. Bowling is a sport that is not too hard on the muscles, but doesn’t allow you to rest long either. It’s active enough to burn calories and help with muscle toning, but not so active that you miss out on building relationships. Doesn’t that sound like an all-around winner? Try bowling nights with your family… you surely won’t strike out! Source: http://EzineArticles.com

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Fit as a Fiddle The word “fit” didn’t always mean being healthy or energetic. In fact, its original meaning leaned more toward having “purpose.” When we think of being a “Fit Family”…we most often think of eating the right foods or making sure physical exercise is a part of our daily activity. Let’s venture out a little further, though! Let’s discover family fitness

in building strong relationships, talking and laughing with those we love the most. Try these activities on for size! Although they may very well promote exercise, they’ll feel more like you’re simply “playing” as you spend time together…with a purpose!

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Would your child like to participate in a Triathlon? Join the fun on Saturday, August 13, 2011 at 8am for Trico Pools Kids Triathlon at Echo Farms. DETAILS: Ages 4-12 Welcomed 4 – 8 year olds: 25 yard swim / 1.1 mile bike / .5 mile run 9 – 12 year olds: 100 yard swim / 2.7 mile bike / .9 mile run $35 Entry Fee Proceeds benefit the Melanoma Research Foundation For more information: e-mail john@tricopools.com or call 617-9059

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We live in an area where water nearly surrounds us. Have you had opportunity to spend time with your family…sharing the outdoors, fresh air and ALL that life on the east coast has to offer? Try these sure-to-be-smile-filled water activities: • Canoeing/Kayaking/Pedal Boating Visit local places like Greenfield Lake (762-5606) and Carolina Beach Lake (617-9792) for leisurely boating fun. Call ahead to make arrangements for the boat that fits your family’s needs. • Surfing/Kite Boarding Have you thought about signing up your family for surfing or kite boarding lessons? You will find a variety of local businesses ready to teach you these skills—and pass on a love for the ocean. • Scuba Diving/Snorkeling Living on the Atlantic provides opportunities that many folks in the U.S. have never experienced. Would your family enjoy this type of adventure? Call local aquatic businesses for information on classes and open water outings. • Fishing One can rarely visit a pier, river, lake or beachfront location in this area without finding someone fishing. As relaxing as this sport can be, excitement abounds when someone’s line is tugged and everyone around cheers as the fisherman brings in his catch! • Tours/Cruises A variety of boat tours are offered on the waters surrounding Wilmington. Adventures on the Cape Fear and Black Rivers are especially plentiful. There is no shortage of water activities in our area…whether your family would enjoy pursuing one as a sport or simply for leisure, adventure certainly awaits! Bon Voyage!

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Leland Garden Expands to Provide Fresh, Healthy Food for the Community The Leland Community Garden recently received a $1,300 grant through Nourishing North Carolina, a statewide community garden program making local, healthy food more accessible to people across the state. “This grant will allow us to expand our garden so we can provide fresh, local produce for more people in our community and encourage healthy eating habits,” says Niel Brooks, Leland Manager of Parks, Recreation and Environmental Programs. The garden not only provides healthy food, but also a safe place for neighbors to work together, share a public green space, and be physically active through gardening. The garden currently has 13 individual plots and a communal plot where excess produce will be donated to the Manna Ministries Food Pantry. Nourishing North Carolina is expected to ultimately provide North Carolina communities with 190,000 pounds of produce, which will enhance the nutritional value of nearly 150,000 meals and direct 10 tons of fresh produce to food shelter and rescue organizations across the state. For a complete list of participating gardens, visit NCRPA’s Nourishing North Carolina webpage at www. ncrpa.net/NourishingNC. As the Leland Community Garden expands, the Town looks to partner with Brunswick County Cooperative Extension, the Brunswick County Health Department, Brunswick County Master Gardeners and a number of other private and public community partners. For more information about the Leland Community Garden, visit www.townofleland.com.

WinocaFest Winoca Records proudly presents WINOCAFEST, a family-event celebration of music, community and culture! This day-long festival will be held August 27, 2011 on the USS North Carolina Battleship grounds. Activities will begin at noon and continue until 11pm. A wide range of organizations will be on site to share current projects and to promote socially and environmentally conscious efforts taking place within the greater Wilmington community. The underlying goal of Winocafest is to galvanize and mobilize the community by raising awareness about active nonprofits in our region. We are providing free space to these community organizations as a way to highlight and grow support for their creative endeavors. Day-long passes to the event will be $30 in advance and can be purchased at Gravity Records or through the Winocafest website at www.winocarecords.com. Children under age 15 admitted free. A portion of the proceeds from this event will be used to fund several downtown renewal and beautification projects through the non-profit organization 1,000 People Who Care. For details contact Kevin Rhodes 443.4790 or by email at kevin.winocarecords@gmail.com.

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Silent Auction Don’t miss the 1st Annual Silent Auction where all proceeds go directly to support the local nonprofit organization “Sharing Our Bounty” Thursday, August 11, 2011 5:00 - 8:00pm Fox and the Hound @ Mayfaire Town Center 920 Town Center Drive  Wilmington, NC 28405 The Silent Auction will feature items geared toward children and families: Sweet-n-Sassy package, Innovative Construction Children’s Play House, Surf Camp, Scooter’s Skating, Thunder Alley Bowling, Family Portrait Photography Package, and more! Sharing Our Bounty is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that helps Wilmington, NC families who are facing significant hardship. They utilize their large e-mail network of people who have signed up to receive monthly “needs” letters, highlighting items needed for donation. Sharing Our Bounty then provides these tangible items such as furniture, kitchenware, linens, appliances, home goods, and clothing to the families in need who have been referred to them. Items accepted for donation must be in good condition and working order. Items are provided free of cost to the recipient, including delivery. For more information visit www.sharingourbounty.com. “Using one person’s bounty to meet another person’s need.”

Save Big on Tax-Free Weekend Don’t miss North Carolina’s annual tax-free weekend for all sorts of back-to-school items. Taxfree weekend is scheduled for Friday, August 5 through Sunday, August 7, 2011 and applies to the following items: • Clothing, footwear, and school supplies under $100 • Sports and recreation equipment under $50 • Computers under $3,500 • Computer equipment under $250

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omen expecting twins should expect twice the joy, but unfortunately also should expect to face higher risks. Specialized care can help better identify problems early, help give moms time to prepare, and improve outcomes.

Very early in a twin pregnancy, it is critical to determine if the fetuses are “monochorionic.” These twins are identical and share parts of the placenta, which exposes them to the risk for twin-twin transfusion syndrome. This potentially deadly syndrome only occurs in a few percent

of cases, but must be found early to allow the best chances for successful therapy. Some common problems, such as one of the babies being in an unfavorable position, can be resolved by cesarean delivery. Gestational diabetes is more common with twins and is managed primarily by diet and monitoring, just as one would with a single baby. Due to the possibility that the uterus cannot adequately supply the growth of twins, fetal growth is closely tracked to assure the uterus continues to supply the necessary fetal nutrients and oxygen. By far, the most common major complication in twin pregnancies is preterm birth. Half of twins are delivered preterm, primarily because the uterus simply cannot hold the babies to term. Severely preterm babies may not survive or may experience respiratory distress or other major organ system problems and may ultimately have blindness, deafness or cerebral palsy. Mildly preterm babies may not have such severe physical issues, but may later develop learning disorders or attention deficit disorder. Sonographic monitoring of the cervix can provide an early warning in many cases and allow the mother and her physicians to take steps to delay the onset of labor. One common “therapy” is bed rest. A range of medications is used depending on individual circumstances, but none are highly successful in delaying delivery in the long term.

Total care for when you’re expecting,

even for the unexpected. Glen Meade offers complete obstetrics care, including the expertise of a boardcertified Maternal Fetal Medicine (MFM) specialist with more than 20 years of experience. While not every expecting woman needs to see a MFM, 100% are relieved to know one is readily available. So whether your pregnancy goes as expected, or you have unexpected factors that need to be monitored, Glen Meade delivers.

As with all pregnancies, the single most important thing remains the mother’s own attention to her health prior to and during the pregnancy. So while multiple births can bring multiple blessings, it’s vital that medical and maternal vigilance multiply as well.

We’re pleased to welcome Susan Lorencz, Family Nurse Practitioner. An experienced FNP in obstetrics and gynecology, Susan is currently accepting new patients. Call us today for an appointment or for more information. ©2011 Glen Meade Center For Women’s Health

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Back-to-School on a Budget

Using dollars and sense to teach the difference between wants and needs…

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ack to school shopping is a rite of passage for both kids and parents, but too often a happy outing to the mall unravels into a tug of war in the aisles over what your child actually “needs” for school. The problem, financial experts say, is twofold: First, families don’t do their homework before they hit the stores. And second, children aren’t given a chance to hold the purse strings (or at least think they’re holding them) when it comes to back-to-school shopping — or any family spending, really.

By Robyn Passante

The first homework assignment of the school year starts weeks before the first day of classes. That assignment is to pull out all your child’s fall and early winter clothes and shoes to see what still fits and is suitable for the new school year. Do the same with any leftover classroom supplies. How many pens, pencils, unused notebooks and other necessities are already hiding in desk drawers and closets from last year? Don’t overspend on things you already have! Once you have an agreed-upon list of “needs,” arm yourself with a rock solid amount you have budgeted to meet those needs. Be direct and honest with your child about how

Staying positive but realistic when it comes to money teaches children that we are more powerful than the “almighty” dollar.

much that budget is — and then let your child help spend it. That’s right, says Ellie Kay, a national financial expert in the realm of family finances: Children as young as 7 should be allowed to hold the purse strings — with assistance from their parents, of course. “From about age 7 you can introduce fun kid budgets that help them learn the value of a dollar and how to stay within a budget,” says Kay, who has raised seven children and has written several books on family finances. “And it’s easy. When you go to a restaurant, for instance, you can look at your child and say, ‘OK at this restaurant you can spend 10 dollars.’ And you help them decide what they need — a drink, an entrée, maybe a dessert — and tell them what they don’t spend they get to keep. It teaches them the beauty and value of living within your means, of spending less than what you make.” It also gives children a sense of how much things cost, Kay says. And the same tactic works for back-to-school shopping. Hit the mall with a pad of paper and a pencil, and don’t buy anything during the first pass through the stores. Instead help your child keep track of everything he or she wants, including the price of each item. When you hit your budget limit, stop and go over the list. Compare the previously agreedupon “needs” with the child’s “wants.” Let the child see on paper that if he buys the $200 pair of sneakers he really wants, he’ll blow his budget and won’t be able to get the new jeans and shirts he needs. When children, particularly teenagers, feel like they have some control over a situation they are far less likely to argue and pout about it. Allowing them to see in black and white how much everything costs, and allowing them to choose which items to get, gives kids a greater sense of pride in their new wardrobe and in their new budgeting skills. And if there’s an item on your child’s “desperately want” list that is simply not in the budget, don’t say “no” outright. Instead use that “want” as a tool to reinforce the power of earning through an allowance or part-time job, and help your child come up with an actionable plan for how to buy that item sometime in the future. Staying positive but realistic when it comes to money teaches children that we are more powerful than the “almighty” dollar. v Robyn Passante is a freelance journalist whose mother once allowed her to bust most of her back-to-school budget on a pair of Jordache jeans.

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s the temperature rises, we’re all looking for ways to keep our cool. Here we’ve compiled our top 5 picks for indoor (and well air-conditioned) destinations, as well as 5 favorite spots for getting wet to beat the summer heat. So don’t let the dog days of summer get you down; instead, get out and enjoy!

Cape Fear Museum Welcome to a world of swashbucklers, scallywags, and scurvy seadogs! In this engaging exhibit at the oldest history museum in North Carolina, visitors will encounter pirates of the New World, a motley mob that once sailed the waters from the Carolinas to the Caribbean. Meet Stede Bonnet and, aye, Blackbeard himself. Play pirate games, learn to speak like a pirate (Ahoy! Avast! Arr!), and discover a rich treasure trove of pirate facts and fiction. But hurry, this crew departs our port on September 5. Cape Fear Museum 814 Market St. Monday-Saturday 9 am - 5 pm Sunday 1-5 pm 910-798-4367 www.capefearmuseum.com

Fire Department HQ Every bit as exciting as hitching a ride on a shiny red fire truck is touring the impressive Wilmington Fire Department Headquarters. The awesome show-and-tell is both educational and fun. See where our brave firefighters work, find out what’s cooking in the kitchen, glimpse the pole that firefighters slide down, and learn how the huge fire engines operate. Step back when the big bell clangs! Kids’ questions are cheerfully answered. To make an appointment for a tour, please call 910-343-4784.

through play in the Forest Friends Toddler Treehouse at The Children’s Museum, where littlest visitors can crawl, climb and slide, fish for numbers in the ‘pond,’ and put together simple puzzles. This is a cozy and safe space, separated from other exhibits, designed especially for babies and toddlers under 4. The Museum serves youngsters ages 1-10 and their adult company. Its goal is to stimulate a child’s imagination, curiosity and innate love of learning by providing magical and playful experiences. The Children’s Museum of Wilmington 116 Orange St. Monday-Saturday 9 am - 5 pm Sunday 1 - 5 pm 910-254-3534 www.playwilmington.org

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1888 Skate Club Imagine, 3,500 spectacular square feet of custom-made platforms, stairs, rails and ramps in a beautifully restored historic church in downtown Wilmington. With soaring 50-ft cathedral ceilings, the awesome space is fully air-conditioned. Named for the year the church was built, this nonprofit affiliate of the Brooklyn Arts Center at Saint Andrews aims to provide a safe, secure, and supervised indoor skate park for school-age children and their families. The focus is on responsible behavior and a fitnessfirst lifestyle. Join the club for $25 or apply a $10 admission fee toward membership. 1888 Skate Club 516 North 4th St. 910-538-2939 www.1888skateclub.com

Invasion of the jellyfish! Visitors to the Aquarium will find a new exhibit in the Exotic Aquatics Gallery featuring white-spotted jellyfish. The species looks almost exactly as its name suggests. Native to Australia, this variety of jellyfish has become invasive in the Gulf of Mexico as well as in the Atlantic Ocean near the Cape Fear coast. (The largest white-spotted jellyfish on record, measuring 28 inches in diameter, was found on Sunset Beach.) The exhibit furthers the Aquarium’s objective to educate the public on the importance of well-balanced ecosystems, which can easily become disrupted by invasive species. NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher 900 Loggerhead Rd., Kure Beach 9 am - 5 pm daily 910-458-8257 www.ncaquariums.com

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Topsail Beach Just a short drive north of Wilmington, and situated at the southern end of Topsail Island, the Town of Topsail Beach is a worthwhile destination for your family. Its wide sandy beach and easy access to the calm waters of the inlet make this a great place to take kids of all ages. Add free (and easy to find) parking and a dog-friendly atmosphere and you’ll know why Topsail Beach has quickly become one of my family’s favorites. And when you need a break from the beach, visit the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center, the only sea turtle hospital in the state. Topsail Beach

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Gliding through pristine waterways is one of the best ways to take in our beautiful coastal surroundings—and sneak a peek at a variety of indigenous birdlife. Families with children of all ages are welcome aboard the kayak adventures led by Don & Diane Harty of Mahanaim Adventures. Popular destinations include the Cape Fear River and the Fort Fisher Basin, with most tours lasting several hours. The Hartys bring years of outdoor experience to their tours and will tailor just the right adventure for your family!

Beat the heat at one of Wilmington’s city pools! For just $1/youth (18 & under) or $2/ adult, the Robert Strange, Northside and Legion facilities offer a real deal for getting wet and keeping cool. And, the Splash Pad, located at Northside, provides FREE summer fun for kids of all ages. Robert Strange and Northside are open Monday – Friday 1 – 6 pm; Legion is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday 1 – 5 pm and Wednesday 1 – 6 pm. All pools are open 12 – 5 pm on Saturdays and are closed on Sundays. Splash all day at the Splash Pad, 8 am – 8 pm.

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Wrightsville Beach Family Surf Camp Has your family always wanted to learn to surf? Well, Wrightsville Beach Surf Camp has the program for you. Sign up for a 5-day learn to surf program, where your family will learn the fundamentals from professional instructors. Family Surf Camp, designed for ages 11 and up, maintains a low student to instructor ratio of 3:1, which allows everyone to receive the personalized instruction they need. Camp enrollment is limited to 15 students, so sessions fill up fast. Call or check out the web site for August availability. Wrightsville Beach Surf Camp 530 Causeway Drive, Suite B -1 Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480 910-256-7873 www.wbsurfcamp.com

Jungle Rapids Family Fun Park There are more ways to get wet than you can imagine at Jungle Rapids waterpark. Whether you’re looking for low-key and leisurely (Lazy River) or wild and crazy (The Side Winder Half-Pipe Waterslide), there’s something for everyone. For the little ones, Kiddie Splash offers the perfect spot to get soaked with a shallow playpool, water-squirting mushrooms, and a giant play structure. Discounted passes available after 4 pm. Jungle Rapids Family Fun Park 5320 Oleander Dr. 910-791-0666 www.junglerapids.com v Local writer Gretchen Lamont and Ann Jaworski, Editor of Wilmington Parent, contributed to this article.

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department | going green

going green

Back-to-School Basics: Save $ and Save the Planet

By Brandy Metzger

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t’s back-to-school time again! With that in mind, parents and students ready themselves to rush out to buy new clothes and supplies in preparation for the new school year. Considering tight economic times and the importance of using resources wisely, there are ways to prepare for the new school year— without putting a strain on your budget or the environment. 1. Take inventory of what you already have before shopping. If clothes still fit from the previous year you shouldn’t need to buy a whole new wardrobe. School supplies such as paper,

Packing a stainless steel water bottle instead of a plastic bottle will cut down on expenses and keep that plastic out of the landfill pencils, pens, notebooks, etc. should be collected from around the house and placed into a central location so parents can determine what needs there are before shopping. 2. If your child has outgrown their clothes there are many wonderful alternatives to buying brand new clothes. Check out local consignment shops and Goodwill stores. Many times you will find like new clothing in these stores. There are also websites where you can exchange your child’s gently used clothes for the next size up. Check out www.flipsize.com and www.thredup.com for these opportunities. 3. Look for backpacks made of recycled mate-

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rial or natural materials such as hemp or cotton. Try to avoid nylon or new plastic backpacks as they are not environmentally friendly choices. 4. Packing lunch daily is a great way to save money while making sure that your child has a healthy meal. Reusable containers in lunch boxes instead of plastic baggies are a good choice. If you can avoid plastic containers and stick to stainless steel or glass they are the healthiest choices, as some plastics have been known to leach chemicals into food. Also, packing a stainless steel water bottle instead of a plastic bottle will cut down on expenses and keep that plastic out of the landfill. It is estimated that 28 billion plastic bottles end up in landfills each year. Because cloth napkins and stainless steel cutlery are reusable, they are a cheaper option and a good earth-friendly choice. 5. While shopping, seek out school supplies that have been made from recycled materials. Many paper products are made from recycled paper and are easy to find. Other products are made from waste that has been “upcycled.” Terracycle is one example of a company that uses chip bags, cereal boxes and other waste streams to produce great notebooks, bags and other school supplies. Pens that are refillable are also an excellent choice as they are reusable and, therefore, produce less waste. v Brandy Metzger is a gifted education specialist teaching in New Hanover County. She is also the owner of Green Giggles (www.greengiggles. com), an online store specializing in eco-friendly baby items.

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Bringing Up Baby

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by James Solheim, illustrated by Simon James. The perfect book for an older sibling, this book is the “Diary of a Young Journalist.” The thoughts of this precocious baby are revealed with hilarious detail of mundane but important events, like sucking on feet or crying for big sister! The illustrations will make you gurgle and coo. (Philomel)

by Beatrix Potter, developed by Loud Crow Interactive for iPad, iTouch and iPhone. This classic tale has made the tremendous leap to the app environment with all the charm and sophistication Potter would expect. The interactions mimic a popup book, with tabs to pull and twirl. But the standard popup book doesn’t allow the reader to swirl leaves or to pick blackberries and have one squish on the page! The British narration and classical music heighten the original beauty of the book.

Mine! by Shutta Crum, illustrated by Patrice Barton. A baby and a preschooler find themselves in a room filled with toys and one watchful puppy. With only the title word used throughout the book, (plus a questioning “Woof?” from the dog,) boundless emotion fills this little book as the preschooler’s arms overflow with possessions. When the dog’s water bowl becomes involved, Barton’s expressive illustrations take off with perfect energy and charm. (Random House)

Local Storytimes New Hanover County Libraries

http://www.nhcgov.com/AgnAndDpt/LIBR/Pages/DeptInfo.aspx Main Library – 201 Chestnut Street – 798-6301 Myrtle Grove Branch – 5155 South College Road – 798-6391 Northeast Branch – 1241 Military Cutoff Road – 798-6371 Carolina Beach Branch – 300 Cape Fear Blvd. – 798-6385   Lapsit Storytime (Babies under 18 months) @ 9:30am Main Library: Tuesday 08/02 Myrtle Grove Branch: Wednesday 08/03 Northeast Branch: Thursday 08/04 Toddler Time (18 – 36 months) @ 10am Main Library: Tuesday 08/02 Myrtle Grove Branch: Wednesday 08/03 Northeast Branch: Thursday 08/04 Preschool Storytime (3 – 5 years) @ 10:30am Main Library: Tuesday 08/02 Myrtle Grove Branch: Wednesday 08/03 Northeast Branch: Thursday 08/04 Carolina Beach Branch: Monday 08/01 (Under age 3 welcomed too) School Age Storytime (up to 5th Grade) @ 11:00am Main Library: Tuesday 08/02 Myrtle Grove Branch: Wednesday 08/03 (Regular storytimes will resume after Labor Day.) Special Events – Northeast Library

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Main Library Drawing Manga: 08/03, 08/10, & 08/17 from 1:30 – 2:15pm Chinese Zodiac: 08/03, 08/10, & 08/17 from 2:30 – 3:15pm Year of the Rabbit: 08/03, 08/10, & 08/17 from 3:30 – 4:15pm Summer Dance Night: 08/08 from 5:30 – 6:30pm Free Family Yoga Storytime: 08/09 from 10:30 – 11am Northeast Library PAWS for Reading: 08/01 & 08/05 from 2 – 3:30pm Movies at Northeast Branch: 08/03 & 08/17 from 3 – 5:30pm Louisa’s World: 08/11 from 3 – 4pm Carolina Beach Gaming at CB: 08/18 from 3 – 5pm Free Family Yoga Storytime: 08/22 from 10:30 – 11am All Branches Contact Branch for Family Storytime activities scheduled for the first week of August.

Pender County Public Libraries

www.youseemore.com/PENDERPL/ Burgaw Central Library – 103 S. Cowan Street – 259-1234 Hampstead Branch Library – 75 Library Drive – 270-4603 Burgaw Contact Branch for August events schedule. Hampstead Toddler Summer Reading: 08/03, 08/10, 08/17, 08/24, 08/31 at 10:15am Preschool Summer Reading: 08/03, 08/10, 08/17, 08/24, 08/31 at 11am

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http://library.brunsco.net/ Barbee Library – 8200 East Oak Island Drive – 278-4283 Harper Library – 109 West Moore Street – 457-6237 Hickmans Crossroads – 1040 Calabash Road – 575-0173 Leland Library – 487 Village Road – 371-9442 Rourk Library – 5068 Main St. – 754-6578 Contact branch for August schedule.

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This website is sure to be the next big idea. It is the Netflix of Toy Rentals for kids! Once users sign up, there are three different plans available, based on how many toys rented. The toys are shipped overnight, and can even be purchased at a discounted rate if it becomes THE toy for a child. Sanitation is a high priority, which the website explicitly confirms. So when Baby loses interest in a toy, it can be returned instead of collecting dust for years to come.

by Melissa Errico. Broadway star Melissa Errico’s collection of songs about motherhood is a perfect gift. The quality of her voice mesmerizes as she delivers Gershwin’s “Someone to Watch Over Me” and Tom Petty’s “Wildflowers.” Jazzy and mellow, it will surely help calm both parents and children. (SH-K Boom Records)

A Double Life: Discovering Motherhood,

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by Lisa Catherine Harper. With incredible intimacy and articulation, Harper documents the nine months of childbearing. Her clear and honest writing is at once familiar and altogether fantastic as she recounts the hormonal nausea to ravenous hunger, and her transformation from being a dancer to having sciatica. After most babies arrive, those nine months dissolve into memory. Harper brings that miraculous time back in a stirring way. (Bison Books)

by Putamayo Presents. Another fantastic collection of music from diverse Putamayo. As the booklet spells out “electric instruments were not used.” Songs by Wilco and James Taylor are performed by others, with a relaxing and chilled-out effect. Do not play while driving. (Putamayo World Music)

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or years, Power of Play has been helping children of Wilmington expand their knowledge of the physical world, understand themselves and others and enhance their ability to communicate through the power of play. The owners of Power of Play and Playnation of Wilmington are teaming up to bring an even more exciting and new experience to the families of Wilmington. Power of Play has always had a wonderful design to bring children together, learn about sharing, working as part of a team or just doing their own thing. The facility is over 14,000 square feet and will include new and improved play stations in “My Town” such as a market, café, veterinarian clinic, dinosaur station, and music station to name a few. The imagination stations will feature toys by Melissa and Doug, which will also be available for purchase in the gift shop. There will be a soft play jungle gym, ride on race track, putting green, numerous swing sets by Playnation of Wilmington, a basketball court, and snack bar. The best thing about all of these things being housed under one roof is that it is climate controlled and meets the imaginations and play needs of children ages 1 through 12! Power of Play and Playnation of Wilmington will be offering summer camp and afterschool programs. The afterschool program will provide pickup from various local elementary schools such as Eaton, Ogden, Blair, College Park, Wrightsville Beach, Castle Hayne, Murrayville, Milestones, and Dorothy B. Johnson. They will be offering sports clinics to children in the afterschool program that would be interested in dance, basketball, etc. Homework help will be provided, snack, fun-filled activities and of course, playtime. This facility will also provide Pay to Play, Parent’s Night Out and Drop-N-Shop for ages 1 and older. There will be various frequent player passes available for purchase. Other business features include birthday parties, group events and fundraisers. Playnation of Wilmington will be onsite providing Wilmington with top of the line swing sets by Playnation and Gorilla, Softrak Putting Greens, basketball goals, sport courts, and Magic Circle Trampolines. Come by and try any of these products at their indoor playground before you buy! Renovations are due to begin over the course of the next few weeks. This facility will provide an open floor plan so that parents can keep an eye on their children while relaxing in the café and enjoying a cup of coffee or snack. Parents are also encouraged to join in the fun! Be sure to reserve your spot in their after school program as spaces are limited and filling up fast! Power of Play/Playnation of Wilmington 6644 Gordon Road Wilmington, NC 28405 (910)262-2300 Elizabeth Kramer, Owner Armand and Jessica Daniel, Owners

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department | parent resources

Child Care Resource & Referral of Brunswick County (CCR&R) 755-3362

(FCC) – Wilmington www.fcc-wilmington-nc.org email: shelley@fcc-wilmington-nc.org

Pender County Child Care Resource & Referral Agency 259-9978 or email: penderchildcare@ bellsouth.net

AWAA Fellowship Group 794-4479 email christina.keegan@awaa.org

Latino Community Services/CCR&R 815-3731 Oak Island Family Resource Center 278-3622

Empty Cradle 270-8783 or email: ngolden28@ yahoo.com 342-3413 or email: patty.white@ nhrmc.org

DREAMS Center for Arts Education 772-1501 www.dreamswilmington.org.

Family Support Network of Southeastern NC 792-6133 or email FSNSoutheastern@gmail.com

Nanny & Childcare Provider Support Groups Nanny Networking 431-1867

Autism Society of NC Pender County Chapter www.pendercountyasnc.com

Wilmington Area Lupus Support Group Call 685-6555 or email wilmingtonlupusgroup@gmail.com.

Autism Society of North Carolina – New Hanover Chapter 792-6133 asnc.newhanover@gmail.com

Wilmington Nanny Support 232-8061or nannyoncall@yahoo.com

Autism Society of North Carolina – Brunswick Chapter bcasnc@yahoo.com

Family Childcare Network 799-2631 http://groups.yahoo.com/ group/familychildcarenetwork

Health Care

Preemie Support Group of Brunswick County 253-8936 or email preemiesmom@ mindspring.com

Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS)Oak Island 278-4189 or email: rhiannonmw@bellsouth.net Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) -Harbor United Methodist Church 616-3263 Cape Fear Mothers of Twins Club Email: membership@capefearmotc. org Cape Fear Mothers & More capefearmothersandmore@yahoo. com Moms Need Moms 264-1713 The Wrightsville Beach Playgroup Email: wbplay@gmail.com Luna Moms Club www.meetup.com/WilmingtonLMC

Homeschooling HEArts: Home Education Arts 632-9454 http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ HEArts_HomeEducationArts/ Christian Home Educators of Wilmington (CHEW) 398-7172 www.chewilm.com Wilmington Homeschool Organization 200-9642 http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ Wilmington_WHO/

Wilmington Health Access for Teens (WHAT) 790-9949 www.whatswhat.org

Juvenile Diabetes (JDRF) Family Connections Program 352-2803 or 509-9899 www.jdrftriangle.org

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Child Care Health Consultant 815-3731

First in Families of Southeastern NC 350-2737

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Community Resources

Parenting Classes

Mental Illness Support Group 313-6004 or 343-8584

Language Immersion Co-op French Children’s Group 632-6244 or 755-6821 or 233-9831

Autism Society of North Carolina Training, advocacy, information and support. 800-442-2762 or 910-332-0261 www.autismsociety-nc.org, info@autismsociety-nc.org

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Parent Support Group at Leland Family Resource Center 371-5411

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Parents of Dyslexic Kids Support Group Email: carolefirdsmith@yahoo.com 232-2122

Health Check/NC Health Choice call NHC Health Department at 7986687, Smart Start of NHC at 815-3731, or DSS at 798-3400

Child Advocacy & Parenting Place Exchange Club 791-1057 Ext. 14 www.childadvocacywilm.org.

Cooperative Parenting 362-8000 www.theADRcenter.org

Circle of Parents Special Needs Support Group 287-6155 • www.cisbrunswick.org

Counseling Center of Family Services 343-1910

Child Advocacy & Parenting Place Exchange Club 791-1057 ext. 15

Parent Support Group—Shallotte 253-8221

Smart Start of New Hanover County 815-3731 www.newhanoverkids.org

Brunswick County Communities in Schools 253-8221

CIS Waccamaw Family Resource Center 287-6155 www.cisbrunswick.org

Parenting of Teens 253-8220 or email: teencourt@brunsco.net

Leland Family Literacy Program 371-5760

Parent Support Groups

Leland Communities in Schools Family Resource Center 371-5411 or cisfrc-leland@bizec.rr.com

The dRC Parent Advocacy Council for Exceptional Children 815-6618 or info@drcwilmington.org

Brunswick County Partnership for Children 754-3166

Parents of Children with Sensory Processing Disorder Email: ktrout@NHHN.org

Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) in New Hanover County 397-9346 www.region4ccrr.nc.gov

AD/HD Support Group www.WilmingtonCHADD.org Families with Children from China

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Cleft Palate & Lip Support Group 793-4110 www.bcwilmington.com Down Syndrome Parent Support (DSPS) 431-8820 or email: racheldsps@ yahoo.com Loving LINKS to Guidance: Family Support Group 259-9978 or email: akahney@bellsouth.net

Breastfeeding Resources La Leche League —New Hanover County 279-9535 or 799-4344; 392-1335 (Se habla espanol) www.lalecheleague.org La Leche League —Brunswick County 547-7168 www.lllusa.org/web/ BrunswickCountyNC The Breastfeeding Center of Wilmington 793-4110 or email: tkb63@bellsouth. net www.bcwilmington.com

Mothers’ Support Groups

Duplin County Health Dept. 296-2130

MOMS Club of Wilmington Email: wilmingtonmoms@yahoo.com

Breast Cancer Support Group:

First Baptist Church Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) 452-7759

Lump to Laughter 617-4455 or email: connie@lumptolaughter.org

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ith the new school year fast approaching, we felt it was a great time to discuss topics of prevention. We will briefly consider the prevention of: cavities, dental trauma, anxiety at the dentist, and sun exposure to the head, face and neck.

Cavity Prevention 1. Start Early!-the AAPD recommends a child’s first dental visit be by one year of age. The exam is surprisingly simple and the information for the parent is invaluable!! 2. “I’m Thirsty”-make sure children drink WATER between meals. NOT juice, tea, milk, soda, sport drinks, etc. 3. “Can I have a snack?”-try to limit “grazing behavior” or frequent snacking. Avoid carbohydrates choosing cheese, vegetables, or fruits instead. 4. Time to Brush!-Brush after breakfast and before bedtime EVERYDAY.  Most children under 10 will need your help to brush properly. 5. Uggh, Flossing!-Yes, at least 2-3 times a week. Again, children under 10 will need your help. 6. Gum is Good!-chewing sugar-free gum between meals has been shown to decrease cavities.

Trauma Prevention 1. Wear a mouthguard when playing sports! 2. Baby/child proof your home as best as possible. 3. Don’t let your children run or walk around with objects in their mouths.

4. Wear bike helmets when riding bikes, scooter, riding toys. 5. Have your first regular dental visit young, like recommended above. Injuries happen when you least expect them and to very young children, learning to walk. It is nice to have someone to call if something happens for advice or to be seen immediately if necessary, especially in the evenings or on weekends.

Anxiety Prevention 1. Consider a pediatric dentist for your very young children. We are accuswww.wilmingtonparent.com

tomed to treating very young children and nervous children and many general or family dentists will not see your child until age 3 or 5. We believe starting early will make your child more comfortable in the long run. 2. Bring your child for regular check ups, don’t wait for something to be wrong to bring your child to the dentist. The regular check ups help prevent anxiety by detecting problems early and regular check ups build confidence because they should be FUN and EASY for you and your child! 3. Positive Reinforcement at home! Speak positively about the dental visit and the dentist at home between visits. Don’t use cavities or the dentist as a threat to get children to brush their teeth.

Sun Exposure Wilmington’s location, climate, and availability of outdoor activities in the summer (beaches, pools, boating, sporting events, etc) make us a “hotspot” for dangerous sun exposure. 1. REMEMBER, skin damage from overexposure to the sun is cumulative over the years and cannot be reversed. Once it occurs, the damage cannot be undone and most of the serious damage is done BEFORE 18 years of age!!! So…… 2. Be careful at midday during the summer, the most intense rays are between 10 AM and 4PM. 3. Apply sunscreen at least 20 minutes before going out in the sun and reapply at least every 2 hours (about every 40 to 60 minutes if swimming) 4. Specific thoughts for the head, face and neck: consider using a hat for your child, remember lip balm with an SPF of at least 15, apply liberally to the places most likely to be burned (forehead, nose, lips, and cheekbones.) 5. Have Fun!!! Enjoy the rest of your summer and keep those chompers clean!!! Skip Tyson, DDS and Stephanie Heaney, DDS Wilmington Pediatric Dentistry 910-791-7380 www.catchasmile.net

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