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Our 14th Year of Serving New Hanover, Brunswick & Pender County Families!

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Back To School Issue • The Right Questions to Ask at Open House • Open House Listings • School Calendars

7 Tips For Raising Polite Children

Meet the Expert

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Want to consign? Posh Whale Consignors make the most money for boutique & name brands. Consignors earn 70% and get to shop at the exclusive preview sale. New Larger Location: The Elks Club Lodge, 5102 Oleander Drive New this sale: The Posh Whale will accept all toys and gear (in good condition and checked from the cpsc.gov recall list). This includes exersaucers, strollers, playmats, bumbos,water tables, bikes, etc. Clothing and shoes will follow the accepted list of items on the website. Also, don't forget those halloween costumes. There will be no entrance fee. Fall Sale donations will be accepted and given to the March of Dimes 5K and Spring Sale donations will continue to go to the Blue Ribbon Run (for Colon Cancer awareness) Do you have a business you would like to promote? Our goody bags are a great way to advertise to families in the Wilmington community. We have over 1000 people attend the sale. Limited vendor space is available.

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Wilmington's Oldest Montessori School The Children's Schoolhouse The Children’s Schoolhouse is a small traditional Montessori School committed to a high quality of individual academic experience, administered with an enthusiastic but gentle approach. Now Enrolling students for 2, 3 or 5 day programs: ages 3-5, NC State recognized elementary kindergarten for 5-6 year olds, 1/2 day on-site Marine Science camp. Each classroom Directress is Montessori Certified Location: 612 South College Rd. (across from UNCW) Housed in St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church • Lucy Hieronymus, Directress (910) 799-1531 TCSH admits students regardless of race, religion, national or ethnic origin

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in this issue

August 2012 SPecial Section: Back to school

22 open house checklist 24 open house listings 26 school calendars

32 fundraising Ideas

26 lunchbox Success

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DEPARTMENTS 5

Editor’s Note

6

short stuff

8

family finances

10

Growing Up Online

13 Reel life 14

Calendar

21 In the News 37

school notes

38 FIT FAMILY 40

Going Green

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meet the expert

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Book Beat

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Peanut Gallery

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department | editor’s note

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his summer has flown by in a haze of hot, muggy days, but relief is in sight! Kids start back to school in a couple of weeks and fall is just around the corner. Be sure to check the special Back to School section for Open House dates, school calendars, a list of important questions parents should ask new teachers, and other helpful information that will help you get the school year off to an easy start. Has the time spent with your children this summer brought some rude behaviors to your attention? Cotillion is a fun way for the kids to learn some manners, and fall sign up is underway! In the meantime, take a look at the article by Rachael Moshman, “Manners Still Matter! 7 Tips for Raising Polite Children”, for some tips on how to help your kids brush up on their “please” and “thank you’s”. Don’t forget Tax-Free Shopping Weekend starts August 3rd. This is the perfect time to start shopping and save a little money on school supplies! Check the calendar this month for some ideas on a little last minute fun for your summer! Stay cool and rest up for the back to school excitement!

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department | short stuff

short stuff African American Heritage Festival

10th Annual Mud Day

The Wilmington Journal presents the 4th Annual SE NC African American Heritage Festival at Robert Strange Park (410 S. 8th Street) on August 18 & 19. The 2012 event theme is “Appreciating Your Community.”

Are you ready for this fun-filled event? It’s a dirty job but, once again, The Children’s Museum of Wilmington presents MUD DAY on August 10 & 11 from 9am to 2pm each day. The event features Magic Mud, mud pies, mud mask and mud cloth painting! Admission is $8. Participants are encouraged to wear bathing suits or old clothes and to bring a towel and change of clothing.

The kick-off begins at 9am Saturday with the annual Teen Summit event. Enjoy live entertainment, vendors, exhibitors, a Kids’ Pavilion and more! The Festival continues on Sunday at 2pm with more live performances. Please contact 352-6074 or bjohnson@sjconcierge.com for details.

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Fan Appreciation Night! Don’t miss “Fan Appreciation Night” on August 18 (7:30pm) at Legion Stadium when the Wilmington Hammerheads play the Charlotte Eagles! Tickets are $10/Adult and $6/Youth and may be purchased on-line at www.wilmingtonhammerheads.com. Please call 777-2111 for more information.

Gym Makeover! New Equipment! Register NOW Online “The World Goes Round” City Stage presents the musical theatre production “The World Goes Round” at the Cameron Art Museum, August 3 - 5. Friday, August 3 @ 8pm Saturday, August 4 @ 8pm Sunday, August 5 @ 3pm Ticket are $25. Senior discounts $2 and CAM discounts $3. For advance purchases and detailed information, visit www.citystagenc.com.

“Charlotte’s Web” The Dance Element presents the children’s theatre performance of Charlotte’s Web from August 3 – 5 at the Community Arts Center. The production of the classic children’s novel is set to a score of original music and includes kids ages 5 to 17. Friday, August 3 @ 7pm Saturday, August 4 @ 3pm & 7pm Sunday, August 5 @ 3pm Tickets are $12/general admission and may be purchased at the Community Arts Center (120 South 2nd Street). Please call 685-3787 or email fun@thedanceelement.com for more information.

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department | family finances

family finances

Figuring Out Fair

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grew up in a home where mom tried to keep things equal. With three kids with varying needs and wants, it wasn’t always easy or possible, but she tried. On Christmas morning, our presents were not a jumbled mass under the tree but arranged in three neat piles on separate beanbag chairs, each a different color but somehow symbolizing equality. You could clearly see how much we were each getting, and it was impossible not to notice if there was a discrepancy, which there rarely was. As a mom of my own two kids, I’d loosely adopted this same strategy, counting out the presents on Christmas Eve to make sure they By Robyn Passante were roughly even – not in dollar amounts but in number, to ensure one child wasn’t opening a lot more gifts than the other one. After all, I want them to know I treat them equally. What I’ve realized recently, though, is there’s a difference between treating them fairly and treating them equally. And when it comes to teaching kids about matters of both money and the heart, keeping things equal can actually hurt them in the long run. Debbie Davidson of upstate New York grew up with nine siblings and is the mother of three children. She had one rule in her home regarding equality. “If I ever saw my kids comparing what they were given to what the other had, they would

be getting nothing,” Davidson said. “I’d tell them, ‘Every time you compare yourself to someone else, the other always looks better.’” Davidson says her childhood looked a lot like mine in some ways. At Christmastime, she and her three sisters all got the same gift, in differing colors. While that kept everything very equal, Davidson said, “it wasn’t really a lot of fun that way.” Instead of playing the “equal” game, parents and professionals suggest treating your children as the individuals they are when it comes to extracurricular activities, gifts, even college. “I encourage parents to stress to their children that they won’t ever get the same thing because they’re not the same people,” said Davidson, who has spent 31 years running an at-home daycare. Instead of working overtime to treat them equally, focus on treating them fairly, she said. “To treat kids fairly, you treat each one with respect and consideration of who the individual is. That’s fair because different people need different things at different times,” Davidson said. That means sometimes one child will be involved in three activities while the other one just has one. And back-to-school shopping might mean three new pairs of jeans for the teenage boy who grew four inches that summer, but just one new pair for his sibling, who still fits into most of her old clothes. Erin Rose, a Pennsylvania mother of two, agrees with Davidson on focusing on the individual and allowing siblings to understand that their time will come. “It irritates me when it’s one child’s birthday and the parents or grandparents try to buy the sibling gifts too,” Rose said. “That takes away from the specialness of the birthday.” In fact, Rose, a children’s ministry coordinator for her church, doesn’t even like the word “fair.” “I told my kids they’re never to say, ‘That’s not fair.’ We have a great house and food to eat, and I think they have a great life,” she said. “They can say ‘I don’t like that,’ or ‘I wish it was different,’ but not ‘It’s not fair.’ We shouldn’t complain, or compare, when we have as much as we do.” Indeed, instilling in your children the simple appreciation of knowing their needs are met tips the scale over “fair” and “equal” in the long run. v Robyn Passante is a mother and a freelance writer.

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growing up online

department | growing up online

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f your child spent any unsupervised time online this summer, chances are he or she encountered content that would formerly have been considered “adult.”  Despite the best efforts on the part of parents, provocative sexual material is readily avail-

full of things that look tempting but aren’t, in the end, very healthy. Conversations about sex are, admittedly, more challenging than conversations about food choices so it will help to have your goal

The Real Way to Protect Kids from the Impact of Pornography

By Carolyn Jabs

able, not only from web sites that specialize in pornography, but also in music, videos, TV sitcoms, advertising and even cellphone apps. A recent New York Times article told the story of a father startled to discover that his twelve-year-old son had downloaded “pocket porn,” a cellphone app that consisted of nothing but photos of women’s breasts.  A parent’s first impulse may be the equivalent of putting a hand over a child’s eyes but that is, at best, a temporary measure. Instead, parents have to figure out how to help children develop healthy attitudes about sexuality despite the prevalence of unhealthy images. In some ways, this is like teaching kids to eat a nutritious diet. Junk food is ubiquitous, so you have to coach your child about how to make wise choices in a world

firmly in mind. Marty Klein, a family therapist and author of Sexual Intelligence, argues convincingly that what most people want from sexual relationships is closeness and pleasure. Both are more likely in trusting relationships, so the question is really how to help children develop the capacity for that kind of commitment. If you have kids, chances are you already have some thoughts about how to build a decent relationship with a sexual partner. The goal is to share your insights and your values (but not your anxieties) with your child. Here are some suggestions:

Take a deep breath. Your child is going to encounter sexual content. You don’t know when and you don’t know where. According to experts, exposure to sexual materials is not necessarily traumatic. The trauma occurs when parents overreact, making a child feel ashamed or even deviant. You are more likely to have a calm conversation if you prepare yourself by talking to other parents and doing a little reading. (A helpful list of websites, organized by developmental stage, is available at answer.rutgers.edu/page/websites/). The more you can normalize conversations about sex, the more likely you are to have a positive influence on your child.  

Point out the good stuff.   Often kids take an interest in sexually explicit materials because they want information about what bodies look like and how they fit together. Although you’ll want to encourage your child to come to you with questions and concerns, you can also point out websites that provide frank, accurate and reliable content. Kidshealth.org gives authoritative answers to common pre-teen questions in the Sexual Health section of their Teen portal. Information suitable for older teens is available at iwannaknow.org and sexetc.org.

Differentiate between sex and pornography. Sex is an utterly natural part of adult life. Pornography is…well, there’s no single message about pornography because the word is used to describe everything from simple pictures of naked people to violent depictions of criminal acts. For young children, the best strategy is to say that pornography is for adults, so you’re going to install filters that will block it. (Free filters for com-

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puters and cellphones are available at www. k9webprotection.com).  Tell your child that if, despite your efforts, something sexy pops up on a screen, he or she can talk to you or just click “close.” Once children get to puberty, they deserve more nuanced conversations about explicit sexual images.  Instead of labeling them “bad,” you can talk about how pornography varies a great deal and adults have different opinions about it. Some see explicit sexual material as a form of fantasy and entertainment that should be freely available to adults; others believe that pornography interferes with genuine intimacy by creating unreasonable expectations.  Share your point of view and listen to what your child has to say.  

Take a hard line on violence. Exposure to violent sexual images is harmful to both boys and girls.  One study found that girls who watched violent pornography were more likely to become victims of assault while boys were more likely to engage in sexual harassment and aggression. Parents should be consistent in limiting access to movies, video games and websites that feature sexual violence. Make it clear to both boys and girls that coercion should never be part of a sexual relationship. Talk about feelings. Sexual images give the impression that sex is about bodies. That’s only part of the story. People who have satisfying sexual relationships are also attuned to feelings—both their own and those of their partner. Parents can help kids become aware of their own emotions by regularly asking, “How does that make you feel?” Klein recommends using this question to help children explore emotional responses to everything from a provocative photo on Facebook to a sexualized version of a favorite cartoon. Do the images seem confusing, exciting, upsetting, funny, intimidating? Cultivate empathy by asking how other people, including the characters in a movie or the models in a photograph, might be feeling. Perhaps the best way to inoculate your child from crass sexuality online and in the media is to nurture loving, positive, emotionally open relationships in your own home. Recent research from the Netherlands found that boys and girls who have strong connections with parents and friends are more likely to develop committed romantic relationships. That, of course, is the kind of relationship that is “adult” in the fullest and best sense of the word. v Carolyn Jabs, M.A., raised three computer savvy kids including one with special needs. She has been writing Growing Up Online for ten years and is currently at work on a book about ethics for families and other cooperative systems. Visit www.growing-up-online. com to read other columns.  

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Robotic Hysterectomy Allows For Remarkably Fast Recovery At 55, Betsy Hicks had raised three grown children and been through menopause, so having a hysterectomy didn’t bother her. “I didn’t need my uterus and I didn’t want it,” she said. “I was ready to be done with it.”

For more than a dozen years, Betsy’s PAP smears had been causing concern for her and her doctor, Timothy L. Chase, MD, FACOG, of Glen Meade Center for Women’s Health. “He recommended a conservative approach, trying just about everything else first,” she

said. “But I was having to see him constantly and nothing was working.” So when Dr. Chase proposed a da Vinci robotic hysterectomy, she didn’t hesitate. “I trust him immensely,” she said, “so when he said I would be a good candidate for it, I immediately agreed.” Betsy had the surgery in April of 2010, on a Wednesday. “I was out of the hospital on Thursday and I took it easy over the weekend, but felt fine,” she recalled. “I was supposed to be out of work the next week, but I felt so good, I went back on Monday.” Betsy describes herself as “hyper,” so she said she felt like she would recuperate better at work than at home because of how well she felt. Her work as the surgical scheduler for Wilmington Plastic Surgery does not require physical exertion, so “being in the office was probably better for me,” she said. “At home, I probably would have been working in the yard or doing more physical work; I felt that good.” “I really couldn’t tell I had anything done,” she continued. “It was such a simple procedure, with tiny incisions covered by tiny BandAids.” Betsy said she didn’t take any pain medication because she didn’t need it, and was also able to drive herself to work. “I’m not afraid to have surgery or be put to sleep at all,” said Betsy, “but I was expecting this to be a much bigger deal than it was. It was just so simple. I had no complications and no downtime.”

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“I would tell anybody considering it to do it,” she said. “I’m so glad I did.” A partner with Glen Meade Center for Women’s Health and co-founder/ director of both Glen Meade Center for Robotic Surgery & Glen Meade Incontinence Center, Timothy L. Chase, MD, FACOG, performed the first robotic sacrocolpopexy at NHRMC. Dr. Chase is a local pioneer in the use of the da Vinci Robotic Surgical System, and he teaches surgeons from around the country the latest techniques in minimally invasive surgery for the treatment of stress incontinence and pelvic www.wilmingtonparent.com organ prolapse.


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a huge Motown sensation. But fame presents its own challenges as the close-knit family begins to fall apart. Derek Luke, Mike Epps, and Ceelo Green also star in this film, which features new music from Houston, Sparks and Green. We’ve seen this movie before (Dreamgirls, to name one), but the players give it a different spin.

The dog days of August bring movies about wimpy kids,

unexpected kids, singing kids, and kids who talk to ghosts.

Here’s a sneak peek at what’s new in theaters this month.

The Odd Life of Timothy Green

PG for mild thematic elements and brief language. In theaters August15. Ok for kids 8+. Reel Preview: 4 out of 5 Reels. By Jane Louise Boursaw http://disney.go.com/the-odd-life-oftimothy-green/. I’ve been lamenting the fact that Jennifer Garner has been absent from theaters lately, and look, here she is! (In all fair1 Reel ness, she’s been doing the hard work Even the Force can’t save it. of raising her kids). In this movie, she 2 Reels plays Cindy Green, who along with Coulda’ been a contender her husband Jim (Joel Edgerton) has 3 Reels been eagerly waiting to start a famSomething to talk about. ily. But the fertility gods are not in 4 Reels their favor, so the Greens bury a box You want the truth? Greatflick! in their backyard containing all their 5 Reels wishes for a child. One dark and stormy Wow! The stuff dreams are made of. night, young Timothy (C.J. Adams) shows up on their doorstep to teach the Greens and their small town of Stanleyville that sometimes the unexpected can bring some of life’s greatest gifts. This sweet, magical story from Walt Disney Studios is directed and written by Peter Hedges (Dan in Real Life) and also stars Ron Livingston, Dianne Wiest and David Morse. Of note is that Frank Zappa’s son, Ahmet, is a writer and producer on this movie, which seems wildly appropriate, when you think about it.

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days

PG for some rude humor. In theaters August 3. Ok for kids 8+. Reel Preview: 4 out of 5 Reels. http://www.diaryofawimpykidmovie.com/. Wimpy kid Greg Heffley – who really isn’t so wimpy – is back, and this time he’s trying to figure out what to do on his summer vacation. First, he hatches a plan to pretend he has a job at a ritzy country club. In this being a Wimpy Kid movie, there’s plenty of awkward moments and gross-out humor, including an embarrassing mishap at a public pool and a camping trip that goes horribly wrong. I love movies that are based on books – in this case, by Jeff Kinney -- because they not only get kids reading, but also give them a sense of how a story translates to the big screen. Reprising their roles from the first two movies are Zachary Gordon (Greg), Steve Zahn and Rachael Harris (Greg’s parents), Devon Bostick (Rodrick) and scene-stealer Robert Capron (Rowley).

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SPARKLE

Not yet rated; likely PG-13. In theaters August 17. Ok for kids 13+. Reel Preview: 3 out of 5 Reels. http://sparkle-movie.com/. Sparkle will forever be known as Whitney Houston’s last movie (she was also an executive producer), but it’s a well-done – if somewhat cliché -- movie in its own right. Set in the 1960s, Houston plays the mother of three sisters (Jordin Sparks, Carmen Ejogo and Tika Sumpter) who form a girl group and become

PARANORMAN

PG for scary action and images, thematic elements, some rude humor and language. In theaters 8/17. Ok for kids 8+. Reel Preview: 3.5 out of 5 Reels. http:// paranorman.com/. ParaNorman is this year’s Monster House. When that movie was released in 2006, the Los Angeles Times called me to comment on whether it was ok for kids. I said the same thing I’ll say about ParaNorman: too scary for kids younger than seven, possibly eight, depending on the kid. Kodi Smit-McPhee voices the part of Norman, a misunderstood boy who talks to supernatural beings. Turns out his town is under a centuries-old curse, and the young ghoul-whisperer will have to take on zombies, ghosts, witches and a few moronic grownups to save the town. Directed by Chris Butler (the storyboard supervisor on Coraline and Corpse Bride), this movie also features the voices of John Goodman, Casey Affleck, Anna Kendrick and Leslie Mann.

Jane Boursaw is a syndicated family entertainment writer specializing in movies, TV and celebrities. Visit her at http://www.reellifewithjane.com or email jboursaw@charter.net.

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August | 2012 1 Wednesday Haunted Cotton Exchange Tours Daily (Year Round). Cotton Exchange, Downtown. Experience chills and thrills! Tales of mystery of the Cotton Exchange ghosts. $10/Adults. $8/Students & Seniors. Free- under age 12. Visit www. TourOldWilmington.blogspot.com or call 409-4300 for tour information. Poplar Grove Farmer’s Market 8am – 1pm (through 11/21). Poplar Grove Plantation. Featuring fresh local fruits and veggies, dairy products, meats and cheeses, baked goods, plus arts & crafts, cut flowers, and more. Free admission. Visit http://poplargrove.com for details. Toys & Games Exhibit 9am – 5pm (through 9/9). Cape Fear Museum. An exhibit for everyone with toys here, games there, and fun everywhere. $7/Adults. $4/Ages 3-17. Free/ Under Age 3. Call 798-4367 or visit www.capefearmuseum.com for details. Lap Sit Story Time 9:30 – 9:50am. Myrtle Grove Library. Designed for babies under 18 months. Features stories, songs, rhymes and activities. No reservations required. Call 798-6393 for more information. Preschool Science 10am. Children’s Museum of Wilmington.  Hands-on activities for preschoolers to explore the world around them!  Call 254-3534 or visit www.playwilmington. org to pre-register. The Art of Breastfeeding & Overcoming Difficulties 10am. Wrightsville Beach United Methodist Church, 4 Live Oak. Join the La Leche League for a morning of information. Babies welcome. Call 375-9555 for more information. NHCPL Toddler Story Time 10 – 10:20am. Myrtle Grove Library. Children 18 - 36 months are invited to story time. Enjoy stories, songs, and pre-literacy activities. No reservations required. Call 798-6393 for further details. Preschool Story Time 10:30 – 10:55am. Myrtle Grove Library. Ages 3-5 come for stories, finger play, and songs. No registration required. Groups welcomed. Call 798-6391 with questions. Family Story Time @ NHC Main Library 10:30 – 11am. Main Library. Children under age 5 enjoy stories, finger play, and activities. No registration required. Groups welcomed. Call 798-6353 with questions. Family Story Time @ Carolina Beach 10:30 – 11am. Carolina Beach Library. All ages come for stories, finger play, and activi-

ties. No registration required. Groups welcomed. Call 798-6385 with questions. Family Story Time @ NE Branch 11 – 11:30am. Northeast Library. All ages come for stories, finger play, and activities. No registration required. Groups welcomed. Call 798-6373 with questions. Family Story Time @ Myrtle Grove 11:30am – 12pm. Myrtle Grove Library. All ages come for stories, finger play, and activities. No registration required. Groups welcomed. Call 798-6391 with questions. Canines for Literacy 2 – 3pm. Northeast Library. Elementary age children practice summer reading with Ivy, a listening therapy dog. Call 798-6373 for information and appointments. Discover Science 3:30pm.  Children’s Museum of Wilmington. “Sky Diver.” Explore and learn about the scientific process through critical thinking. Call 254-3534 or visit www.playwilmington.org to pre-register.   Mini Math 4pm Wednesdays. Children’s Museum of Wilmington. Familiarizing children with math concepts. Call 254-3534 to reserve a spot. Visit www.playwilmington.org for weekly details. Hello Dolly 8pm. Thalian Hall Main Stage. Opera House Theatre Company presents a musical with high-energy choreography, joyful tunes and a show with personality. $25/General Admission. Call the Box Office at 632-2285 or visit www.thalianhall.com for tickets and show dates. Summer Evening Series: Bats 8:30pm. Halyburton Park. Familyfriendly evening learning about nature. $5. Call 341-0075 to pre-register. Visit www.halyburtonpark.com for details.

2 Thursday Lapsit StoryTime 9:30 – 9:45am. Northeast Library. Babies 3 - 18 months enjoy fun stories and songs. No registration required. Call 798-6373 for more information. StoryCOOKS 10am. Children’s Museum of Wilmington. “Orange Pear Apple Bear – Fruit Dip.” Cooking club for preschoolers. Read a story and create a dish inspired by the book. Call 254-3534 to pre-register. Toddler Story Time 10 – 10:20am. Northeast Library. Children ages 18 – 36 months join others for stories, songs and other fun activities. No registration required. Call 7986373 for details.

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Bi-lingual Story Time 10:30am. Main Library. Preschoolers and their adult chaperones enjoy stories and songs in Spanish and English. Call 7986301 for details.

Flashback Friday 9am & 1pm. Fit for Fun Center. Ages 6 months to 9 years enjoy cool summer activities. $4. Visit www.fitforfuncenter. com for more information.

Preschool Story Time 10:30 – 11am. Northeast Library. Ages 3 to 5 years are invited to enjoy a different weekly theme. Includes stories, songs, and activities. No pre-registration. Call 798-6373 with questions.

Toddler Time 10am. Children’s Museum of Wilmington. “Bubble Wrap Painting.” Projects and activities for ages 4 and under and their special grownups to work on together. Call 254-3534 or visit www.playwilmington.org for more information.

Family Story Time @ Carolina Beach 10:30 – 11am. Carolina Beach Library. See 08/01. Family Story Time @ NE Branch 11 – 11:30am. Northeast Library. See 08/01. Family Story Time @ Myrtle Grove 11:30am – 12pm. Myrtle Grove Library. See 08/01. stART with a Story 3:30pm. Children’s Museum of Wilmington. “Spoon – Fancy Spoons.” Create a masterpiece that reinforces a fun book. Call 254-3534 or visit www. playwilmington.org with questions. Fireworks by the Sea 6:30pm. Carolina Beach, Cape Fear Blvd & Canal Dr. Enjoy live music and fireworks at sunset. Free. Visit www.pleasureislandnc.org for events schedule. Sounds of Summer 6:30 – 8pm. Wrightsville Beach Park. Bring a picnic for an evening concert in the park sponsored by WECT. Free. Call 256-7925 or visit www.townofwrightsvillebeach.com for band listings. Music in the Courtyard 7 – 8:15pm. Cameron Art Museum. Final summer performance where Elijah’s Best showcases a range of toetapping music. $5/Members. $10/NonMembers. Visit www.cameronartmuseum.com for details. The Dixie Swim Club 8pm (through 8/19). Big Dawg Productions, 613 Castle. A touching comedy about friendships that last forever. Call 367-5237 or visit www.bigdawgproductions.org for ticket information and performance schedule.

3 Friday (Tax Free Weekend Begins) Free Friday Field Trips 9 – 11am Fridays (through 9/7). Mason Inlet, N. Lumina Ave. Join Audubon NC naturalists on a free guided tour of the sanctuary. Get close-up looks at nesting birds and chicks. Call 686-7527 for details.

Family Story Time @ Carolina Beach 10:30 – 11am. Carolina Beach Library. See 08/01. Family Yoga 10:30 – 11am. Main Library. Parents & children 6 months and older listen to stories while stretching and learning basic yoga postures. Wear comfortable clothing and bring a mat or towel. No registration. Call 798-6353 for details. Canines for Literacy 10:30am – 12pm. Northeast Library. Elementary age children practice summer reading with Ivy, a listening therapy dog. Call 798-6373 for information and appointments. Family Story Time @ NE Branch 11 – 11:30am. Northeast Library. See 08/01. American Legion Fish Fry 11am – 7pm. American Legion Post 129. $8/plate includes whiting fillet or catfish, hush puppies, slaw, potato salad and drink. Call 458-4253 for more information. Family Story Time @ Myrtle Grove 11:30am – 12pm. Myrtle Grove Library. See 08/01. Book Break @ Myrtle Grove 2 – 2:45pm. Myrtle Grove Library. Children ages 5-10 enjoy stories and more. Summer camps and other groups welcomed (call ahead with number of participants). Contact 798-6391 for details. Adventures in Art 3:30pm. Children’s Museum of Wilmington. “Colored Sand Collage.” Experience different forms of art each week. Ages 5-8. Space is limited. Call 254-3534 to pre-register. Learning Express Junior Olympics 3:30 – 5pm. Learning Express, Military Cutoff. Fun with relays, cup stacking, kendama, and other displays of skill and talent. Ages 5+. Free. Call 509-0153 to sign up for event. Airlie Concert Series 6 – 8pm. Airlie Gardens. Enjoy the music of The Mako Band. Tickets $8/ Adults. $2/Children. Free parking for Airlie members. Contact 798-7700 or visit www.airliegardens.org for details.

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Sundown Concert 6 – 10pm. Riverfront Park. “Yellow Dub Marine” (Beatles Reggae Tribute). Live music on the riverfront. $1 Wristbands. Visit www.wilmingtondowntown.com for more information. Barnes & Noble Story Time 7pm Fridays. Barnes & Noble. Enjoy weekly story time in the Children’s section. Call 509-1880 for details. Charlotte’s Web 7pm. Community Arts Center. The Dance Element presents an original staged production showcasing a cast of local children in a dazzling performance. $12. Call 6853787 for schedule. The Wizard of Oz 7:30pm. Odell Williamson Auditorium. Brunswick Little Theatre presents the classic fairy tale and musical. Admission $6 $17. Contact 755-7416 or visit www. bccowa.com for details. The World Goes ‘Round 8pm. Cameron Art Museum. City Stage presents a revue of beloved songs of John Kander and Fred Ebb. Tickets $25. Contact 264-2602 for information.

4 Saturday Katie B. Hines Senior Center Pancake Breakfast 7:30 – 11:00am. Senior Center. $6 includes pancakes, sausage, eggs, juice and coffee. Call 458-6609 for details. Stepping Up Men’s Conference 8am – 1pm. Lifepoint Church, 3534 S. College Rd. A national simulcast by Dennis Rainey to unpack what authentic, courageous manhood looks like. $10/includes breakfast.Visit www.lifepointnow.com to register or call 794-3100 with questions. Riverfront Farmer’s Market 8am – 1pm Saturdays (through 12/22). Water Street Downtown. Features fruits and vegetables from local farmers, plants, herbs, flowers, dairy, meats, baked goods, jams and more. Free admission. Call 5386223 for more information. Carolina Beach Farmer’s Market & Art Show 8am – 1pm Saturdays (through 10/13). Carolina Beach Lake. Come for locally produced fruits and vegetables, plants, baked goods, live entertainment and more. Free parking. Contact carolinabeachfarmersmarket@gmail.com for details. ONE Coffee/Tea 9am. Port City Java, 2099 Market St. Join ONE (an advocacy organization giving voice for those living in extreme poverty) participants to learn how to help the community with poverty issues. Contact rachelfox.onewilmington@gmail.com for event details. Learning Express Junior Olympics 10 – 11:30am. Learning Express, 3804 Oleander. Fun with relays, cup stacking, kendama, and other displays of skill and talent. Ages 5+. Free. Call 313-3100 to sign up for event. Ranger’s Choice 11am. Carolina Beach State. Join a ranger to learn about the animals the ranger sees on the job. Call 458-8206 for details. Screen Gems Studios Tour 12 & 2pm Saturdays. 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. $5/Ages 5-12. Reservations not required. Call 3433433 or visit www.screengemstudios.com . Dynamic Dinosaurs 1 - 4pm. Cape Fear Museum. Meet dinosaurs big and small, dig for fossils and more. Free for members or with Museum admission. Contact 798-4362 or visit www.capefearmuseum.com for information.

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Charlotte’s Web 3 & 7pm. Community Arts Center. See 08/03. The Wizard of Oz 7:30pm. Odell Williamson Auditorium. See 08/03. Hammerheads vs. Charleston Battery 7:30pm. Legion Stadium. Enjoy the Wilmington Hammerheads soccer team. $10/Adult. $8/Senior (65+) & Military. $6/ Child (ages 4-12). Visit www.wilmingtonhammerheads.com for ticket purchases.

Art Classes Young Artist’s Series • drawing • painting

The World Goes ‘Round 8pm. Cameron Art Museum. See 08/03.

5 Sunday Flapjack Fundraiser 8 – 10am. Applebee’s Restaurant, 5120 New Centre Drive. Benefits “Breathe Deep Wilmington,” raising money for lung cancer research. $7/Person includes pancakes, sausage & drink. County Attraction Day Airlie Gardens 9am - 5pm. Airlie Gardens.Visit the parks and Arboretum for a full day of family fun. Contact 798-7700 or visit www.airliegardens.org for more information. County Attraction Day - Cape Fear Museum 1 – 5pm. Cape Fear Museum. NHC residents are admitted free to the Museum the first Sunday of every month. Call 7984350 or visit www.capefearmuseum.com for information. Young Writer’s Club 2pm. Children’s Museum of Wilmington. Experiment with writing activities. “What’s the Ending?” Free with admission. Call 254-3534 to reserve a spot. Visit www.playwilmington.org for details.

Kids Classes Adult Classes Abby Kampschroeder Age 7

Nationally Recognized, Professional Artist & Art Educator Carolyn Faulkner 3803 Wrightsville Ave #8, Downey Branch Office Park

Call 910-685-5137 www.carolynfaulknerart.com

Charlotte’s Web 3pm. Community Arts Center. See 08/03. The Wizard of Oz 3pm. Odell Williamson Auditorium. See 08/03. The World Goes ‘Round 3pm. Cameron Art Museum. See 08/03. No Foolin Fun 4 – 7pm. Poplar Grove Plantation. Family friendly concert in the air conditioned barn. $5/Adults. Children free. Call 6869843 for information. Historic Downtown Marketplace 4 – 8pm Sundays (through Labor Day). Riverfront Park. Featuring fine arts and craft vendors with weekly entertainment. Contact 254-0907 for details. Movies by the Lake 8:45pm. Carolina Beach Lake Park. “The Adventures of Tin Tin” (PG). Free movie every Sunday evening. Bring a chair. Visit www.pleasureislandnc.org for complete event list.

6 Monday Light It Up with 4-H Surf Day 7:30am – 12pm. NHC Arboretum & transportation to beach. Bring sunscreen & towel for two hours of surfing fun. $40. Ages 9-13. Call 798-7660 to pre-register. Wrightsville Beach Farmer’s Market 8am – 1pm Mondays (through Labor Day). Old Causeway Drive. Shop for fresh, locally grown produce. Contact 256-7925 for details. Little Sprouts Story Time 10am. Children’s Museum of Wilmington. “Are You a Ladybug?” Preschoolers meet new people, hear wonderful stories, and enjoy an activity. Visit www.playwilmington.org or call 254-3534 to pre-register.

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Brilliant Sky Story Time 10:30am Mondays. Mayfaire Town Center. Visit www.brilliantskytoys.com or contact 509-3353 for details. Railroad Museum Story Time 10:30am. Wilmington Railroad Museum. Designed for young visitors to hear a story, enjoy a snack and participate in “creative” time. $4/Family. Free/ Members. Call 763-2634 for information. Canines for Literacy 10:30am – 12pm. Northeast Library. See 08/03. Family Story Time @ NE Branch 11 – 11:30am. Northeast Library. See 08/01. Go Green Engineer Team 3:30pm. Children’s Museum of Wilmington. “Design & Build Back-toSchool Desktop Organizer.” Hands-on challenges that focus on the engineering design process using simple materials. Ages 5-9. Visit www.playwilmington.org or call 254-3534 to pre-register.

7 Tuesday Leland’s Little Learners 9 – 10am Tuesdays. Town of Leland. Enjoy story time, arts & crafts, and playground time. Free. Ages 3-5 (parents/ guardians remain with children). Contact 332-4823 to pre-register. Barnes & Noble Story Time 10am Tuesdays. Barnes & Noble. Enjoy weekly story time in the Children’s section. Call 509-1880 for details. Baby Musik 10 - 11am. Learning Express Toys, 3804 Oleander. Low key music and movement for newborns to age 1 ½. Taught by Kindermusik educator and LE elf, Karen Stirnitzke. Free with reservations. Call 313-3100 for more information. Out of Fashion 10am – 5pm (through 8/19). Cameron Art Museum. Featuring performance art and site specific work in the galleries and on the grounds. Free/Members. $8/ Non-Members. $3/Children Ages 2-12. Call 395-5999 and visit www.cameronartmuseum.com for more information. Canines for Literacy 2 – 3pm. Northeast Library. See 08/01. Kids Cooking Club – Going Global 3:30 - 4:30pm.  Children’s Museum of Wilmington.  “Going Chilean – Causa Rellena.” Explore foods from all over the world.  Free with Museum admission. Visit www.playwilmington.org for details. Call 254-3534 to pre-register. Boardwalk Blast Family Night 6:30pm Tuesdays. Carolina Beach. Activities for all ages including karaoke, bouncy toys, line dancing, face painting, and more. Free. Visit www.pleasureislandnc.org for details. Turtle Talk 7pm. Wrightsville Beach, Salisbury Street. An opportunity for the community to learn about nesting sea turtles in the area. Meet on the beach next to Johnnie Mercer Pier. Free. Contact WBTurtleWatchers@ gmail.com for information.

8 Wednesday

Chinese for Tots 10am. Learning Express, Military Cutoff. Chinese language classes for ages 6 months to 5 years taught by native Chinese speaker from Accents on Fun. Free with reservations. Call 509-0153 to pre-register. Preschool Science 10am. Children’s Museum of Wilmington.   See 08/01. Black River Cruise 10am – 2pm. 101 S. Water Street. Enjoy a 4-hour relaxing getaway with miles of scenic wilderness. $59. Call 343-1611 or visit www.cfrboats.com for ticket purchases. Canines for Literacy 2 – 3pm. Northeast Library. See 08/01. Discover Science 3:30pm.  Children’s Museum of Wilmington. “Gumdrop dome.” See 08/01. Snake & Turtle Feeding 4pm. Halyburton Park. Ages 3+ enjoy a brief presentation about live display animals and watch them feed. $1/person. Call 341-0075 to pre-register.

9 Thursday StoryCOOKS 10am. Children’s Museum of Wilmington. “Little Pea – Spinach Smoothies.” See 08/02. stART with a Story 3:30pm. Children’s Museum of Wilmington. “Have You Ever Seen a Smack of Jellyfish – Animal Alphabets.” See 08/02. Fireworks by the Sea 6:30pm. Carolina Beach, Cape Fear Blvd & Canal Dr. See 08/02. Sounds of Summer 6:30 – 8pm. Wrightsville Beach Park. Last opportunity of the season. See 08/02. Concert on the Coast 6:30 – 8pm. Leland Municipal Complex Park, 102 Town Hall Drive. Last concert of the season. “Sea Cruz” (Beach Band). Bring lawn chairs, picnics and dancin’ shoes. Free. Contact 371-0148 or info@ townofleland.com for details. Multiple Sclerosis Support 7pm. NHRMC Women’s Center, 1st Fl. All those with MS along with family and friends welcomed. Contact 343-7000 for more information.

10 Friday Flashback Friday 9am & 1pm. Fit for Fun Center. See 08/03. Mud Day 9am – 2pm. Children’s Museum of Wilmington. Make mud pies, a mud mask, and create Mud Cloth Paintings for a messy day of fun. Wear a bathing suit or old clothes and bring a towel. Call 254-3534 or visit www.playwilmington.org for details. Toddler Time 10am. Children’s Museum of Wilmington. “Tot’s Mud Day.” See 08/03.

Airlie Bird Hike 8 – 9:30am. Airlie Gardens. 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.

Hooks & Needles 10am – 12pm. Leland Classroom Annex, 102 Town Hall Drive. Come crochet with others. Bring a current project or start a new one. Free. Call 371-5563 or 371-1117 for more information. Family Yoga 10:30 – 11am. Main Library. See 08/03.

Poplar Grove Farmer’s Market 8am – 1pm. Poplar Grove Plantation. See 08/01.

Canines for Literacy 10:30am – 12pm. Northeast Library. See 08/03.

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Adventures in Art 3:30pm. Children’s Museum of Wilmington. “Wet Tissue Paper Designs.” See 08/03.

Experiment with writing activities. “Choose your own adventure.” See 08/05.

Back to School Locker Lookz-Palooza 4 – 5pm. Learning Express, Military Cutoff. Make Loopdeedoo friendship bracelets, use Hair Chox Rox to paint hair, enjoy glitter tattoo jewelry, and check out the fabulous fall Locker Lookz line. Girls ages 8+. Call 509-0153 with questions.

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Sundown Concert 6 – 10pm. Riverfront Park. “The Breakfast Club” (1980’s Tribute Band). See 08/03. Jazz at the Mansion 6:30pm. Bellamy Mansion. Enjoy Roxanna Goudarzi. $12/General Admission. $8/Members CFJS or Bellamy Museum. $5/Students. Call 251-3700 or visit www.bellamymansion.org for details. Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre 6:30pm. Brooklyn Arts Center. Enjoy a CLUE Murder Mystery where the audience holds the key to solving the crime. $45/Advance. $50/Day-of. Contact 2326611 for event information. Summer Concert Series 6:30 – 8:30pm. Kure Beach, Ft. Fisher Air Force Recreation Area. Enjoy the bluegrass music of “South of K.” Food allowed. No beverages or pets please. Free. Contact 458-8434 or visit www. pleasureislandnc.org for details.

11 Saturday Second Saturday Clean Up 8am. Various Locations. Clean up a different area each month with Cape Fear River Watch. Wear dirty clothes and close-toe shoes. Contact 762-5606 for location. TriCo Pools Kids Triathlon 8am. Echo Farms. Ages 4-14. 8 & Under: swim 25 yards, bike 1.1 miles, run .5 miles. Ages 9-14: swim 100 yards, bike 2.7 miles, run .9 miles. Proceeds benefit the Melanoma Research Foundation. $35. Call 617-9059 or visit www.tricopools.com for registration information. Mud Day 9am – 2pm. Children’s Museum of Wilmington. See 08/10. Nutrition & Weaning 10am. Pine Valley United Methodist Church, Shipyard Blvd (Bldg B/Rm 3). Join the La Leche League for a morning of information. Babies welcome. Call 375-9555 for details. Battleship 101 10am – 4pm. Battleship NC. Engage in a Battleship tour including the gunnery, radar, engineering, and more. Free with Battleship admission. Call 251-5797 or visit www.battleshipnc.com for more information. Second Saturday: Fort Fisher 10am – 4pm. Fort Fisher. Hands-on activities and creative topics. Call 4585538 for details. Dynamic Dinosaurs 1 - 4pm. Cape Fear Museum. See 08/04. Back to School Locker Lookz-Palooza 3 - 4pm. Learning Express, 3804 Oleander. Make Loopdeedoo friendship bracelets, use Hair Chox Rox to paint hair, enjoy glitter tattoo jewelry, and check out the fabulous fall Locker Lookz line. Girls ages 8+. Call 313-3100 with questions.

12 Sunday Young Writer’s Club 2pm. Children’s Museum of Wilmington.

Movies by the Lake 8:45pm. Carolina Beach Lake Park. “Mars Needs Moms” (PG). See 08/05.

Little Explorers: Animal Needs 10am. Halyburton Park. Ages 2-5 enjoy the natural world through stories, songs, activities, hikes, and crafts. Call 3410075 to pre-register or visit www. halyburtonpark.com for details. Little Sprouts Story Time 10am. Children’s Museum of Wilmington. “Are You a Bee.” See 08/06. Train Camp 10am – 3pm. Wilmington Railroad Museum. Experience “The World’s Greatest Hobby.” Build models, tour rail sites, learn model design and more. Ages 13-15. Call 763-2634 to register. Go Green Engineer Team 3:30pm. Children’s Museum of Wilmington. “Ping-Pong Ball Flight.” See 08/06. Family Reading Night 5:30pm. Main Library. Reading night with Mr. Scooter for families with preschoolers. Call 798-6301 for details. CPR Class 6 – 9pm. Leland Town Hall Classroom Annex. Free class with purchase of the CPR manual. Call 332-4823 to reserve a spot. Auditions for 9 to 5 7pm. Community Arts Center. Prepare a song to sing a cappella and be prepared to dance (no flip flops or sandals). Show runs 09/27-10/07. Contact 251-1788 or tombriggs@thalian.org for details.

14 Tuesday Little Explorers: Animal Needs 10am. Halyburton Park. See 08/13. Baby Musik 10 - 11am. Learning Express Toys, Military Cutoff. Low key music and movement for newborns to age 1 ½. Taught by Kindermusik educator and LE elf, Karen Stirnitzke. Free with reservations. Call 509-0153 for more information. Kids Cooking Club – Going Global 3:30 - 4:30pm.  Children’s Museum of Wilmington.  “Going Chinese – Sesame Noodles.” See 08/07. American Girl Night 7pm. Barnes & Noble. Discuss American Girl books, enjoy a craft activity and have fun. Free. Contact 5091880 for more information. Auditions for 9 to 5 7pm. Community Arts Center. See 08/13.

15 Wednesday Poplar Grove Farmer’s Market 8am – 1pm. Poplar Grove Plantation. See 08/01. Chinese for Tots 10am. Learning Express, 3804 Oleander. Chinese language classes for ages 6 months to 5 years taught by native Chinese speaker from Accents on Fun. Free with reservations. Call 313-3100 to pre-register. Preschool Science 10am. Children’s Museum of Wilmington. See 08/01.

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Klutz Explore the Galaxy Event 11am. Barnes & Noble. Parents and children ages 4+ enjoy a hands-on learning event. Design and color stickers to decorate the night sky & space-themed scenes. Call 509-1880 for details. Discover Science 3:30pm.  Children’s Museum of Wilmington. “Layered Colored Salt & Test Tubes.” See 08/01. HWF Tree-Canopy Event 5:30 – 7:30pm. Bellamy Mansion. Historic Wilmington Foundation’s “History’s Future” and Port City Young Professionals sponsors the Market Street Tree Canopy Reforestation Fundraiser. Call 251-3700 for information. Cape Fear Orchid Society 7pm. NHC Arboretum. “Tips” for orchid enthusiasts from beginner to expert. Call 256-1808 for details.

16 Thursday CPR Class 9am – 12pm. Leland Fire & Rescue, 1004 Village Rd. Free class with purchase of the CPR manual. Call 332-4823 to reserve a spot. French for Tots 10am. Learning Express, Military Cutoff. French language classes for ages 6 months to 5 years taught by native French speaker from Accents on Fun. Free with reservations. Call 509-0153 to pre-register. StoryCOOKS 10am. Children’s Museum of Wilmington. “Goodnight Baby Bear – Oatmeal Cookies.” See 08/02. stART with a Story 3:30pm. Children’s Museum of Wilmington. “Rocks Hard Soft Smooth and Rough– Rock Mandalas.” See 08/02. Fireworks by the Sea 6:30pm. Carolina Beach, Cape Fear Blvd & Canal Dr. See 08/02. Magic Tree House Night 7pm. Barnes & Noble. Discuss the book Polar Bears Past Bedtime. Contact 509-1880 for more information. Advantages of Breastfeeding 7pm. Pine Valley United Methodist Church, 3788 Shipyard, Bldg B, Rm 3. Join the La Leche League for breastfeeding education. Babies and Dads welcome! Call Julia at 7912853 for more information.

17 Friday Toddler Time 10am. Children’s Museum of Wilmington. “Nature Crowns.” See 08/03. Kids Exchange 10am – 6pm. National Guard Armory, 2221 Carolina Beach Rd. Bi-annual event featuring gently used kids’ items. Free admission. Contact kxwilmington@gmail.com for details. Family Yoga 10:30 – 11am. Main Library. See 08/03. Adventures in Art 3:30pm. Children’s Museum of Wilmington. “Metal Etchings.” See 08/03. Art Attack: Etch a Tag 4 – 5pm. Learning Express Toys, Military Cutoff. Use a special safe etching tool to create a design or engrave a name on a metal tag necklace. Ages 8+. Free. Call 5090153 to reserve a spot.

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Airlie Concert Series 6 – 8pm. Airlie Gardens. Enjoy the music of Shine. See 8/3

18 Saturday Fish Tales Tournament 7am – 7pm. Dockside Restaurant. Wilmington-Cape Fear Home Builders Assoc. hosts the 4th annual tournament. Contact 799-2611 for details. African American Heritage Festival 9am. Robert Strange Park. The 4th Annual Festival celebrates Wilmington’s rich culture and history with the theme “Appreciating Your Community.” Free. Contact 352-6074 for details. Kids Exchange 9am – 5pm. National Guard Armory, 2221 Carolina Beach Rd. See 08/17.

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Kid Event 10am – 12pm. Jenkins Preschool Academy, 7888 Market St. Open gym and free bike clinic next door at Kim’s Gym 4 Kids, art fun, and treats. Call 297-0179 for event details. Summer Walking Tour 10am – 12pm. Oakdale Cemetery, 520 N. 15th St. Historical walking tour of NC’s oldest rural cemetery. $8/ Non-Members. Free/Members. Call 762-5682 or visit www.oakdalecemetery.org for more information. Civil War Activities 10am – 2pm. Cameron Art Museum. Watch drills, rifle firings, speak with re-enactors about Civil War history, and explore the Museum’s historic site of 1st NC Company E. Free. Call 395-5999 or visit www.cameronartmuseum.com for details. Dynamic Dinosaurs 1 - 4pm. Cape Fear Museum. See 08/04. Art Attack: Etch a Tag 3 – 4pm. Learning Express Toys, 3804 Oleander. Use a special safe etching tool to create a design or engrave a name on a metal tag necklace. Ages 8+. Free. Call 313-3100 to reserve a spot. Duplin Dinner Theatre: Golden Oldies 3:30 – 9:30pm. Duplin Winery, Rose Hill. Enjoy music from the 50’s and 60’s in this audience-infused performance. $42/Person includes tour and tasting along with dinner and show.Visit www. duplinwinery.com or call (800) 774-9634 for reservations. Annual Barbecue 4 – 8pm. Kure Beach Community Center. Enjoy the KBCC Committee’s annual barbecue featuring pulled pork from Middle of the Island Catering along with all the sides. Take-out available. $8/plate. Call 458-8944 for information. Hammerheads vs. Charlotte Eagles 7:30pm. Legion Stadium. “Fan Appreciation Night”. $10/General Admission. $6/Youth. Call 777-2111 for event details. Tuscan Dreams, Landscapes Opening reception August 18th 6-8 pm at Patterson Behn Professional Picture Framing and Design, 511 1/2 Castle St, Downtown Wilmington. Call 1(910)233 8573 for more details

19 Sunday Kids Exchange 10am – 5pm. National Guard Armory, 2221 Carolina Beach Rd. “Half Price Day”. See 08/17. Cape Fear Skies: Sky Mapping 1:30, 2:30 & 3:30pm. Cape Fear Museum. Listen to mythical tales and explore stars, planets, and more. Parent participation required. Free with admission. Call 798-4357 or visit www.capefearmuseum.com for more information. African American Heritage Festival 2pm. Robert Strange Park. See 08/18. Young Writer’s Club 2pm. Children’s Museum of Wilmington. Experiment with writing activities. “Advertising 101.” See 08/05. Movies by the Lake 8:45pm. Carolina Beach Lake Park. “Happy Feet Two” (PG). See 08/05.

20 Monday Little Sprouts Story Time 10am. Children’s Museum of Wilmington. “Are You an Ant?” See 08/06. Railroad Museum Story Time 10:30am. Wilmington Railroad Museum. See 08/06. Go Green Engineer Team 3:30pm. Children’s Museum of Wilmington. “Build a 4-String Instrument.” See 08/06. Family Reading Night 5:30pm. NE Library Branch. Reading night with Mr. Scooter for families with preschoolers. Call 798-6373 for details.

21 Tuesday The Family & the Breastfed Baby 10am. Grace United Methodist Church, 4th & Grace. Join La Leche League for an informational evening. Babies welcome. Call 375-9555 for more information. Makin’ Music Hawaiian Style 10 – 11am. Learning Express, Military Cutoff. Music and

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movement classes for ages 1 ½ - 5. Celebrate the anniversary of Hawaii’s statehood. Free. Call 509-0153 to reserve a spot. Kids Cooking Club – Going Global 3:30 - 4:30pm. Children’s Museum of Wilmington. “Going Australian – Lamington Dessert.” See 08/07. Turtle Talk 7pm. Wrightsville Beach, Salisbury Street. See 08/07.

22 Wednesday Poplar Grove Farmer’s Market 8am – 1pm. Poplar Grove Plantation. See 08/01. Chinese for Tots 10am. Learning Express, Military Cutoff. See 08/08.

Dynamic Dinosaurs 1 - 4pm. Cape Fear Museum. See 08/04. Art for All II 1 - 9pm. Brooklyn Arts Center. A chance to see more than 50 regional artists and their work: pottery, paintings, drawings, sculpture, jewelry, photography and more. All priced from $25 to $250. $5 admission. Contact 538-2939 for information. Blue Orange Game Time 2 – 4pm. Learning Express, Military Cutoff & Oleander Dr. Learn to play the newest games from the makers of Spot It and Fastrack. Enter to win games while playing. Ages 5+. Call 509-0153 or 313-3100 for details. UNCW Cello Festival Student Concert 5 - 6pm. Beckwith Recital Hall. Enjoy student performances. Free. Contact 962-2901 for details.

Preschool Science 10am. Children’s Museum of Wilmington. See 08/01.

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Black River Cruise 10am – 2pm. 101 S. Water Street. See 08/08.

Young Writer’s Club 2pm. Children’s Museum of Wilmington. Experiment with writing activities. “How Do I Make a PBJ?” See 08/05.

Discover Science 3:30pm. Children’s Museum of Wilmington. “Invent a Backscratcher.” See 08/01. State of the Art Tour 9pm. The Soapbox. NC homegrown State of the Art Tour begins. Call 251-8500 for details.

23 Thursday French for Tots 10am. Learning Express, 3804 Oleander. French language classes for ages 6 months to 5 years taught by native French speaker from Accents on Fun. Free with reservations. Call 313-3100 to pre-register. StoryCOOKS 10am. Children’s Museum of Wilmington. “Pancakes for Breakfast – Pancakes.” See 08/02. stART with a Story 3:30pm. Children’s Museum of Wilmington. “Otto the Book Bear – Book Bears.” See 08/02. Fireworks by the Sea 6:30pm. Carolina Beach, Cape Fear Blvd & Canal Dr. See 08/02.

24 Friday Fit for Fun 13th Birthday 9am & 1pm. Fit for Fun Center. Free admission to celebrate the Center’s 13th Birthday. Call 341-4630 for details. Toddler Time 10am. Children’s Museum of Wilmington. “My First Baking Soda Experiment.” See 08/03. Hooks & Needles 10am – 12pm. Leland Classroom Annex, 102 Town Hall Drive. See 08/10. Family Yoga 10:30 – 11am. Main Library. See 08/03. Adventures in Art 3:30pm. Children’s Museum of Wilmington. “City at Night.” See 08/03. Fourth Friday Gallery Night 6 – 9pm. Downtown Wilmington. A self-guided tour through several Wilmington galleries and studios. Includes artist discussions, live music, wine tasting and other artbased activities. Call 343-8997 for more information. Sundown Concert 6 – 10pm. Riverfront Park. “The Dave Matthews Tribute Band.” See 08/03.

Lumina Daze 4 – 9pm. Blockade Runner. Benefit for Wrightsville Beach Museum featuring live music, silent & live auctions and refreshments. Contact 256-2569 for details. Movies by the Lake 8:45pm. Carolina Beach Lake Park. “Blue Hawaii” (Elvis - 1962). See 08/05.

27 Monday Little Explorers: Nature Detectives 10am. Halyburton Park. Kids ages 2-5 enjoy the natural world through stories, songs, activities, hikes and crafts. Call 341-0075 to pre-register. Visit www.halyburtonpark.com for information. Little Sprouts Story Time 10am. Children’s Museum of Wilmington. “Are You a Dragonfly?” See 08/06. Go Green Engineer Team 3:30pm. Children’s Museum of Wilmington. “Build a Rubber Band Car.” See 08/06. Family Reading Night 5:30pm. Myrtle Grove Branch. Reading night with Mr. Scooter for families with preschoolers. Call 798-6393 for details.

28 Tuesday Little Explorers: Nature Detectives 10am. Halyburton Park. See 08/27. Kids Cooking Club – Going Global 3:30 - 4:30pm. Children’s Museum of Wilmington. “Going Spanish – Torrijas (Spanish French Toast).” See 08/07.

29 Wednesday Poplar Grove Farmer’s Market 8am – 1pm. Poplar Grove Plantation. See 08/01. Chinese for Tots 10am. Learning Express, 3804 Oleander. See 08/15. Preschool Science 10am. Children’s Museum of Wilmington. See 08/01. Discover Science 3:30pm. Children’s Museum of Wilmington. “Fly a Kite.” See 08/01.

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Summer Concert Series 6:30 – 8:30pm. Kure Beach, Ft. Fisher Air Force Recreation Area. Enjoy the beach boogie blues music of “MAKO.” See 08/10.

French for Tots 10am. Learning Express, Military Cutoff. See 08/16. StoryCOOKS 10am. Children’s Museum of Wilmington. “S is for S’mores – No-cook S’mores.” See 08/02.

UNCW Cello Festival 7:30pm. Beckwith Recital Hall. Features Alan Black on cello accompanied by Dana Protopopescu on piano. $5 or free with valid UNCW ID. Call 962-3415 for details.

stART with a Story 3:30pm. Children’s Museum of Wilmington. “Extra Yarn – Yarn Designs.” See 08/02.

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Songs for a New World 8 – 10pm. Cameron Art Museum. Exquisitely crafted score of today’s popular music. Call 395-5999 or visit www.citystagenc.com for event details.

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Toddler Time 10am. Children’s Museum of Wilmington. “Squish Painting.” See 08/03. Family Yoga 10:30 – 11am. Main Library. See 08/03. Adventures in Art 3:30pm. Children’s Museum of Wilmington. “Kool-Aid Still Life Painting.” See 08/03. Sundown Concert 6 – 10pm. Riverfront Park. Final concert of the season: “Slippery When Wet” (Bon Jovi Tribute). See 08/03. Fireworks by the Sea 6:30pm. Carolina Beach, Cape Fear Blvd & Canal Dr. Last opportunity of the season. See 08/02. Melissa Cox in Concert 7 – 9pm. Unity Christ Church, 717 Orchard. Classically trained vocalist and multi-instrumentalist, this artist weaves seamlessly between rock, folk, Celtic and more. Call 763-5155 for details. Coastal Fine Arts & Crafts Festival 7 – 10pm (through 09/02). Coastline Convention Center. Inaugural event featuring local talent. Portion of proceeds benefit DREAMS of Wilmington. Contact 799-1638 or art@focusonthecoast.com for information.

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Celebrate Wilmington’s community of fine artists at the Brooklyn Arts Center on August 25 from 11am to 7pm. Expect beautiful pottery, paintings, drawings, sculpture, jewelry, photography, watercolors, glass, metal and more … all priced between $25 and $250.

Don’t miss the “ultimate recycle” community event from August 17 – 19 for top quality, gently used children’s items and clothing! This biannual event is free, open to the public, and will be held at the National Guard Armory located at 2221 Carolina Beach Road. For information regarding consigning, shopping, or volunteering contact Mary Ellen Wells at (252) 561-7751 or visit www.KidsExchange.net.

Admission is $5 at the door. Contact 6169882 or heather@brooklynartsnc.com for more information.

Coastal Fine Arts & Crafts Festival The inaugural Coastal Fine Arts & Crafts Festival will be held at the Coastline Conference and Event Center in downtown Wilmington from August 31 – September 2. The event will feature local talent along with regionally and nationally recognized artisans and craftspeople. August 31 (Opening Reception): 7 – 10pm September 1 & 2: 10am – 5pm A portion of the proceeds from this Festival will benefit DREAMS of Wilmington. Please contact 799-1638 or art@focusonthecoast.com for more information! (Visit www.dreamswilmington.org/ to learn more of about DREAMS of Wilmington.)

Lumina Daze Lumina Daze is an evening full of activities to benefit the Wrightsville Beach Museum! Join the fun on August 26 from 4 - 9pm at the Blockade Runner Resort. The event features shag, jazz and big band music, live and silent auctions, and refreshments. Please contact 256-2569 or visit www.wbmuseum.com for event details.

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pen house is coming soon! Kids are excited to meet their new teachers and see their friends. Parents are eager to discover what their children will be expected to learn this year. In all the excitement of meeting new people and visiting with old friends, parents often forget to ask some important questions that could make the school year a little easier on everyone. Use these questions to keep you on track this year at open house!

r What skills and knowledge will my child be expected to master this year? – This changes every year! Even if you’ve already had a child go through Kindergarten, that doesn’t mean your second or third child will be expected to learn the same things. Also, ask what you can do at home to help your child and the teacher.

r What is the READY initiative and how will it affect the curriculum this year? – Did you know that North Carolina Public Schools will be implementing a new Standard Course of Study this school year? Don’t forget to ask your child’s teacher how that will effect what will be taught in the classroom. Also, visit this website to learn more www.ncpublicschools.org/ready/parents.

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What is your homework policy? - If you talk to parents with children in other classrooms, you’ll learn that all homework is not created equal. Some teachers are known for large amounts of assignments, and some teachers rarely give any. Some have homework assignments due each day, while others prefer to have an entire week’s homework handed in at the end of the week. Find this out early in the year, and avoid some surprises.

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Policy on make-up work in the event of an absence? – This goes for sick days and vacations. Find out in advance what work can be made up. This will also be a good way for you to get a feel for the flexibility of the teacher on absences. Most schools have strict guidelines they must follow, but often a teacher can allow some wiggle room when it comes to classwork and homework. Knowing ahead of time that there may be a problem will help your family plan vacations accordingly.

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All traditional elementary school open houses will be held on Thursday, August 23, 2012, during each school’s designated time.

• Infant & Toddler Program - Safe, nurturing & Loving environment • 2 to 4 year old Preschool Classes - Preparing your child for kindergarden • 2 to 4 year old Morning Program - 8:30 - 12:30pm Tues - Fri • School Age - After School & Summer Camp • We are an official 4-H club. Located off 23rd St. w/ easy access from MLK or Market St

All Elementary Schools (except the schools listed below) Hours 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Ogden and Parsley elementary Hours 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Wrightsville Beach Elementary School hours: 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Last name beginning with A – M 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Last name beginning with N – Z Lake Forest Academy will hold open house for K – 8 students on Thursday, August 23, 2012, from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Middle Schools D.C. Virgo Preparatory Academy will hold a family orientation on Thursday, August 16, 2012, from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. and an Open House on Wednesday, August 22, 2012, from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. All traditional middle school open houses will be held on Wednesday, August 22, 2012, during each school’s designated time. Holly Shelter Middle School 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Murray Middle School 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. - 6th graders & new students 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. - 7th and 8th graders Myrtle Grove Middle School 6th graders – 2 sessions 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. - last names A-L 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. - last names M-Z 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. - 7th and 8th graders Noble Middle School 4:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. - Information session for new students 4:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Roland-Grise Middle School 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Trask Middle School 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. - 7th and 8th graders 6:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. - 6th graders Williston Middle School 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. – 6th graders 6:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. – 7th and 8th graders

High Schools Traditional high schools will host their open houses on Tuesday, August 21, 2012, during each school’s designated time. Ashley High School will offer a 9th grade freshman orientation on Wednesday, August 22, 2012. Ashley High School Grades 10 through 12 only Tuesday, August 21, 2012 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Grade 9 – Freshman Orientation Wednesday, August 22, 2012 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Hoggard High School Tuesday, August 21, 2012 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Laney High School Tuesday, August 21, 2012 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. New Hanover High School Tuesday, August 21, 2012 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Mosley Performance Learning Tuesday, August 21, 2012 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Early College High Schools Wilmington Early College High School will hold their 9th grade orientation on Thursday, August 9, 2012, from 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. WECHS will begin the 2012-2013 school year on Monday, August 13th.

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Isaac Bear Early College High School will hold their 9th grade orientation on Tuesday, August 21, 2012, from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. IBECHS will start the 2012-2013 school year on Wednesday, August 22nd.

Pre-K Centers Open house information for Mary Washington Howe Pre-Kindergarten Center and Dorothy B. Johnson Pre-Kindergarten Center will be held on staggered enrollment days. Parents will be notified of dates and times.

Private Schools Open House Dates for the 2012-2013 School Year Calvary Christian Academy Call for information

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Tuesday, October 16: Fall Open House, Sessions from 9-10:30 or Noon to 1:30.

Coastal Christian High School Friends School of Wilmington Call for information

Leland Christian Academy August 16: Open House 6-8pm

Myrtle Grove Christian School August 21: Open House K-8, Call for times

New Horizons Elementary School Call for information

St. Mark Catholic School August 23: Open House, call for time

St. Mary Catholic School Call for information

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Thursday, August 16: Back to School Night 6:00pm Thursday, March 15: New Admissions Open House 6:30-8:00 pm

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Follow us on Facebook: Teacher’s Aid Inc (Wilmington, NC) University Square 831 South Kerr Avenue Wilmington, NC Mon-Fri - 10a.m. - 6p.m. & Saturday - 9a.m. - 5p.m.

910-799-0101 • www.teachersaidnc.com

http://www.academyofexcellence.co/ • Openings available in grades 5 though 12. • Elementary and Middle School students enjoy personal and individualized attention.

• High School students have their own learning track - College or Vocational.

• Our College Track prepares graduates for acceptance to all universities.

• Our Vocational Track allows students to leave at lunchtime to work at jobs of their choosing, apprenticeship programs, or skills training.

• Our program meets the unique needs of each student. • All students experience learning at their own pace. YOU NEED MORE THAN BOOKS TO GET AN EDUCATION. LEARNING THROUGH HANDS - ON EXPERIENCE IS A POWERFUL TOOL MISSING IN TODAY’S SCHOOLS.

A New School • A New Concept • A Changed Student

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• Teachers, win gift cards for you and your schools PTA! Shop our website and you will be entered to win! See our website or store for details.


Brunswick County Schools 2012 - 2013 Traditional School Calendar

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Call to schedule a tour A unique half-day academic program for students in grades 1-8 with learning disabilities and/or attention deficit disorder 4:1 teacher to student ratio Empowering children who have learning differences with the skills needed to become confident, independent learners

GIVE THE GIFT OF LANGUAGE FUN Chinese, French and Spanish programs for ages 6 Months to 9 Years

Personal Tours Available Contact Us Today!

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Wilmington School of Ballet

Fundraising

From pre-school to pre-professional

Ideas for Busy

open house Aug. 18th

Parents

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ith the beginning of the school year upon us, we all know what’s coming…fundraisers! If you are the lucky mom in charge of raising money for your child’s school PTA, club, or sport then here is a helpful boost in the right direction.

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Cookie dough/doughnuts/candy sales – These fundraisers are an easy sell, it’s nearly impossible to resist a sweet treat.

Game nights/Movie nights – Host a game or movie night once a month at the school. Display My Art – This is a fun fundraiser!

794-9590 • www.wilmingtonschoolofballet.com

Creative Arts Music Together Music for the whole family - birth to three

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Wilmington Arts Preschool

Every day includes art time, music class, movement programming, literature learning, academic preparation, discovery exploration, and center play. Half & Full Day 1 year old to Pre-K

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Children work on the art project at school, then the art is sent to the company, Display My Art. Your child’s artwork can be displayed on a coffee mug, t-shirt, garden flag, just about anything. Parents can go online and preview the item they want to buy with their child’s artwork, and order from the website. Profit is about 30%. Bonus – all children receive a free magnet displaying their drawing. www.displaymyart.com/FundraisingIdeas

Scratch off cards – With this fundraiser, you purchase a card for each person in the group. Then they ask people to scratch off a circle that will give them a donation amount between $.50$5.00. In return the person donating receives a sheet of coupons. Make sure you purchase your scratch-off fundraiser cards from companies that allow you to customize the coupon sheet. Fall Festivals and Silent Auctions – These take a little more time and planning, but they are big money makers! Have parents go out in the community and ask for prize donations, then auction them off at the festival.

Restaurant/Family nights – Chick-fil-A, Moe’s, Neptune’s, and even Jungle Rapids will donate a portion of the proceeds from a chosen night to a school or club. Contact the restaurant manager early in the year and set up which days you would like to have your family nights. They fill up fast!

Social networking – It’s a good idea for your organization to use Facebook, Twitter, and other social networking sites to promote their fundraising efforts. Family members who live too far away to buy candy bars might be willing to send a donation to support your child’s school or club. v www.wilmingtonparent.com


Afterschool sites are available at: Castle Hayne Parsley Pine Valley YMCA www.wilmingtonfamilyymca.org

251-YMCA(9622)

Transportation is provided to the Y from: Blair Bradley Creek CFCI College Park Forest Hills Gregory Rachel Freeman Snipes Academy Wrightsboro

Why choose the Y? Staff to student ratio is 1:10 We focus on the values of Caring, Honesty, Respect, Responsibility, & Faith Activities include: Homework Help Snacks Kids Zone Swimming Arts and Crafts Game Room Sports Board Games

For more information, please contact the Y, Located at 2710 Market Street, Wilmington, NC 28403,

at 910-251-YMCA (9622) or

corey.maarschalk@wilmingtonfamilyymca.org

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LEARN, GROW, & THRIVE in the YMCA's AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAM!


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Physical activity makes for a healthier child, instills self-confidence, develops social skills, and helps kids perform better academically. Get your kids moving with us today.

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homework assistance • field trips

• Small Class size • Before and After school care for LCA students 7:00am - 6:00pm • Challenging academic curriculum with a Biblical World View • Affordable tuition • Summer Day and Sports Camps

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Providing Quality Childcare for over 30 years in Wilmington, Burgaw, Leland, Jacksonville and Swansboro, NC (888) 855-SPEC info@speckids.com www.speckids.com

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Show us your Healthy Lunch Photo and win a

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ome parents seem to have it all together when it comes to packing their child’s lunchbox every day. Whether you are one of those ultra-organized parents that pre-slice lunch items a week in advance and have little containers neatly arranged in each lunchbox. Or if you’re the parent that gives yourself a high-five for remembering to toss a piece of fruit into the lunch bag with the hastily made sandwich in the morning. These tips will help guide you towards lunchbox success!

Experiment with food amounts during the summer – Summer is a good time to test your kid’s appetite. Start small and see if your child finishes all their lunch, or if there is food left on the plate. Adjust a little every day until you find the right amount. This will help you avoid hungry children and wasted food. Use a template – A template can help to ensure the lunch box is filled with a variety of nutritional items. Each child may have a different number of items, but at least one item from each category should be offered. • sandwich or 1 wrap • whole piece of fruit

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Wilmington Academy of Arts and Sciences (WAAS) offers a challenging and nurturing environment for academically gifted and highly motivated learners in Grades 4-8.

• piece of vegetable – carrot, cucumber, celery, etc. • container of fruit pieces – strawberries, grapes, watermelon • container of crackers, dried fruit, dry cereal, pretzels, veggie sticks, or nuts • drink – water, milk, or fruit juice

Lunchbox organizer drawers – Buy some of those clear plastic organizer drawers and use labels to identify what is in each drawer. Pre-fill these with items that meet your approval, and then have your child pick 1 item from each drawer to pack their own lunch. This will allow them to choose what they want from the drawer (pretzels vs. dry cereal), while saving time and still giving you control over what goes in the lunchbox.

Use that freezer! – Try making sandwiches and cut up fruit ahead of time and freezing them in individual baggies. This could be a big time saver!

School approved foods – Don’t forget to check with your child’s school about lunchbox no-no’s. Some schools don’t allow certain foods and drinks, especially if there is a child with severe food allergies in the classroom. v

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At WAAS, we extend the Common Core State Standards and maintain a low Student/Teacher ratio and Student/Computer ratio. Our highly qualified teachers use best teaching practices and current technology to enhance instruction. WAAS equips students with the knowledge, experience and skills to substantially prepare for high school and college. Contact WAAS Director Beth Upton to arrange a private tour. 6201 Myrtle Grove Road Wilmington, NC 910-392-3139 Ext. 101 waasdirector@wilmingtonacademy.org • wilmingtonacademy.org Wilmington Parent | August 2012 | 35

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Manners Still Matter! 7 Tips for Raising Polite Children

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recently heard an elderly couple chatting with a waitress at a little diner. I was there alone, treating myself to breakfast in between dropping my daughter off at school and staring my work day. The topic of discussion was manners. (Yes, I was eaves dropping on a conversation about manners. No, I don’t think Emily Post would approve.)

follow them. If your child would like milk, let her know that she may have some when she says please. Then wait for her to ask properly. It’s normal for kids to forget their manners sometimes. Simply remind them of your expectations and instruct them to try it again.

The waitress was entertaining the couple with horror stories of rude, demanding and disrespectful children. The couple assured her that they often noticed children behaving badly in public and were appalled that they rarely saw parents attempt to correct these issues. They wondered why society as a whole no longer seems to care about manners.

Praise your child when he is polite and respectful! Tell him that you noticed and appreciated the good manners he used. Most children love to please their parents. I encourage my daughter to take pride in herself, as well. “Wow! You said ‘excuse me’ when you wanted your cousin to move. What great manners! You must be so proud of yourself!”

Are you afraid your child’s behavior is what sparked the conversations? Do you cringe at your child’s manners, but feel as though you don’t have time to correct them? Teaching a child to be polite and well-mannered should be a priority for even the busiest parents. These are important characteristics for gaining friendships and respect in social, academic and (future) career situations. Plus, your child’s manners are a reflection on your parenting in the eyes of many people.

Practice possible responses.

Here are some quick and easy ways to teach good manners.

Model good manners. You can’t expect your child to use good manners if they don’t see you do it. Be polite and respectful from everyone you encounter from your boss to the gas station attendant. Say “please”, “thank you” and “excuse me”. Show the same courtesy to your partner and children. I realized modeling manners was paying off as I watched my daughter and her friend play “tea party”. She was prompting her friend to say, “May I please have more sugar?” and to keep her elbows off the table.

Demand proper manners are used. Once you model the manners you want used, expect your children to

Use positive reinforcement.

Being polite is sometimes difficult. Role play using good manners in stressful situations, such as when Grandma insists on serving them a vegetable they despise. Give them the polite responses to use ahead of time and practice saying them at home.

Give them a chance to respond. I am horrible at this. Every time someone gives my daughter a gift or compliment, I immediately ask her, “What do you say?” I don’t give her the chance to say “thank you” on her own. Teaching, modeling and setting boundaries aren’t nearly as effective if you don’t allow your child to practice on her own. It’s not too late to help your child turn their manners around. Then you’ll have people complimenting you on your children’s good manners instead of whispering about how horrible they are behind your back. v Rachael Moshman is a mother, freelance writer, educator and family advocate. She loves listening in on other people’s conversations, but always remembers to say “please” and “thank you”. Visit her at www.rachaelmoshman.com.

A few basic manners

Practice until polished!

Eye contact – especially during introductions and always while having a conversation. Table manners – make sure kids get restaurant practice time too! Don’t bring toys and electronics to distract the children. Keep them involved in the social interaction throughout the entire meal. Telephone etiquette – teach all children the proper way to answer a phone, place someone on hold, and don’t forget to show them how to end a phone call properly. Sending thanks – children should learn how to send timely thank you cards or notes for gifts received. Electronics – older children need to learn to remove their headphones when speaking with an adult, and no texting or checking your phone while having a conversation.

Tracee Meyer, owner of Cape Fear Cotillion, teaches the children of Wilmington ages 3-13 how to have Good Attitudes, Respect and Consideration for others in everything they do so they will be Comfortable and Confident in any situation they find themselves. According to a study conducted by the Stanford Research Institute, Harvard University, and the Carnegie Foundation, 85% of your professional success is attributed to your social skills, or polish and only 15% from your technical knowledge. When you compare two equally qualified employment candidates, the skills of polish they have acquired through the years will provide a competitive advantage when competing in the real world. Cape Fear Cotillion classes will prepare your children to have dinner at a friend’s house or the White House, and help them feel confident in themselves in any situation. They will literally use what they learn throughout their entire lives.

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Pre-Cotillion Part 1 Ages 3-7 Wrightsville Beach Rec. Tuesdays, September 11-October 9 4:00-4:45 pm

Pre-Cotillion Part 2 Ages 3-7 Wrightsville Beach Rec. Tuesdays, November 13-December 11 4:00-4:45 pm

Cotillion Part 1 Ages 8-13 Wrightsville Beach Rec. Tuesdays, September 11October 16 5:00-6:00 pm

Cotillion Part 2 Ages 8-13 Wrightsville Beach Rec. Tuesdays, November 13-December 18 5:00-6:00 pm

Register soon! Classes fill up quickly. Call Wrightsville Beach Recreation Center for registration information at (910) 256-7925.

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school notes

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Wilmington Health Access for Teens Receives Grant for School-Based Health Center at Laney High School Wellness Center to offer accessible, affordable primary care, behavioral health and health education services. Wilmington Health Access for Teens (WHAT) is the recipient of a $224,980 grant from the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust’s Health Care Division to provide mental health and primary care services to students at Laney High School. The Wellness Center at Laney will be modeled after WHAT’s Wellness Centers at Ashley and New Hanover High Schools, both credentialed by the State of North Carolina.

NHCS Vendor Fair Local businesses and organizations are invited to participate in the NHCS Employee Vendor Fair on August 21 from 9:30am – 5pm at Ashley High School’s gym. The NHCS Public Relations Department developed the Vendor Fair as a way to expose local businesses to school employees in an effort to create community partnerships. It is the only opportunity for businesses to directly contact NHCS employees during the school year and allows businesses to market services, products and incentives to approximately 3,700 NHCS employees. Contact Crystal Buie at 254-4317 for details about the event!

Cape Fear Academy Welcomes New Head of School

School’s Out CFCI Charter School: August 15–21 – Teacher Work Days August 22 – First Day of School

August 20–24 – Staff Work Days August 27 – First Day of School

Brunswick:

Penderlea Year Round School: August 24 – Staff Work Day / Student Vacation

Mr. Donald S. Berger, has assumed the role as Head of School of Cape Fear Academy, as of July 1, 2012. Mr. Berger, who was Head of School at Cary Academy in Cary, NC for the past 15 years, is succeeding retiring Head, Mr. John B. Meehl.

New Hanover County:

Year Round Schools: August 23–24 – Teacher Work Days

Traditional Schools: August 20–24 – Teacher Work Days August 27 – First Day of School

Mr. Berger will conduct weekly sessions on Tuesday mornings from 9-10:00 AM from July 24th to August 7th to introduce himself to the community.

Isaac Bear Early College: August 15–21 – Teacher Work Days August 22 – First Day of School

RBA Charter Day School: August 17 – Professional Development Day / No School

All who are interested in meeting him and learning more about Cape Fear Academy are welcomed to attend these meetings which will be held on the Cape Fear Academy campus at 3900 S. College Rd. in the Athletic Center Conference Room.

Wilmington Early College: August 8–10 – Teacher Work Days August 13 – First Day of School August 23 – Teacher Work Day

Brunswick Early College: August 17–24 – Teacher Work Days August 25 – First Day of School

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Traditional Schools: August 20–24 – Teacher Work Days August 27 – First Day of School

Pender: Traditional Schools:

Pender Early College: August 2–6 – Staff Work Days August 7 – First Day of School August 20 – CFCC Classes Begin August 24 – Staff Work Day / Student Vacation Visit www.nhcs.net, www. co.brunswick.k12.nc.us or www. pendercountyschools.net for more information.

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department | fit family

fit family Get Fit for School! Well-child checkup North Carolina only requires two well-child exams for school enrollment: at the start of kindergarten and high school. If your child plans to participate in a school sport they will need an additional exam. North Carolina vaccination requirements In North Carolina, vaccination records are checked when a child is enrolled in a child care facility or school. Children are not allowed to attend school (whether public, private or religious) or a child care facility unless they have received all immunizations appropriate for their age. North Carolina law provides for two types of exemptions from required immunizations, medical and religious.

Local Races Visit www.immunize.nc.gov for a list of required vaccinations and their possible side effects. Vision Screening Did you know 1 in 4 school aged children have a vision problem significant enough to affect their learning? Children with vision problems don’t always know how to communicate their struggles to an adult. North Carolina law requires all children entering Kindergarten to receive a vision screening. But don’t stop there! As children grow their eyes change and children can develop vision problems later in life. During puberty many children become myopic, near sighted, and may need glasses for distance vision. When should children get eye exams? • At 6 months of age • At 3 years of age • Before first grade and every two years thereafter

Times to vaccinate: Child Care entry Kindergarten 6th Grade College/University entry

Sources: www.aoa.org; www.pbnc.org; www.immunize.nc.gov

Coastal Kids Therapy is a pediatric occupational therapy practice providing therapy in a fun, playful and nurturing atmosphere in which the therapist/child relationship is vital. We offer the following services: * Sensory processing * Assistive Technology * Motor Skill Development * Oral Motor/Feeding Skill Development * Visual motor/Visual perceptual skill development * Self care skill training * Handwriting without tears Laurel Thornton, OTR/L 219 Racine Drive Suite 1-A Wilmington, NC 28403

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August Flashback 5K/10K/1 Mile Saturday, 08/25 @ 7:30am Mayfaire Town Center September Run for Healthier Babies 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run March of Dimes Saturday, 09/01 @ 8am TrySports Event Field at Mayfaire Sea Trail Plantation 10K/5K/1 Mile Fun Run Saturday, 09/08 @ 8am Sea Trail Plantation Golf Resort, Sunset Beach Race for Preservation 5K Historic Wilmington Foundation Thursday, 09/13 @ 6:30pm Best Western Plus Coastline Inn *Visit www.wilmingtonroadrunners.org to find race information and registration.

we now offer afterschool care

It's our 5th Birthday! Thanks Wilmington for playing with us!

791-0022 3818 Oleander Drive www.playsimplyplay.com

Like us on facebook We will be closed September 1st through the 9th to update our playspace and make room for new toys! M-Th 8:30am - 8:30pm • F-Sa 8:30am - 11:30pm

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Go Greek!

Don’t come unglued.

Healthy Mini Meals from local Greek Chef Alexis and wife Betsy Fouros

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Source: Chef Alexis Fouros and his wife Betsy teach parents how to feed their families healthy meals on Wednesdays from 8-1 at Poplar Grove Plantation. Contact Betsy for registration information at boyden2@aol.com and visit their website www.feastforthegods.com

Youth Tennis Play Day: August 10th – 4:00 to 5:30 PM AGTC @ Empie Park Ages 10 and under Round Robin play for experienced players, games and instruction for beginners. Prizes and Pizza Tennis in the Parks: 5 weeks of tennis instruction August 25th – September 22nd @ Ogden or Hugh MacRae Park Ages 8U to 14U; beginners to intermediate For further information and registration go to: www.wilmingtontennis.com

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department | going green

An App a Day

going green

Apps for your smartphone make green living easier than ever

By Brandy Metzger

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martphones are an essential part of daily life for many of us. Do you know that they can even be used to access resources to help live a greener lifestyle? Applications (apps) are available for everything from finding local produce to green businesses and recycling locations. Here are some free green apps to add to your Smartphone:

Dirty Dozen, provided by the Environmental Working Group, gives users quick access to a list of conventional produce that is the most contaminated by pesticides. It also lists the least contaminated produce available. This app is handy when determining whether or not to buy organic produce.

Good Guide rates products based on their environmental impact, the level of health concern in ingredients, and the company’s social policies. A product search feature is included as well as a scanner within the app to look up a product using the bar code.

With the use of green apps, it’s easier than ever to live an environmentally conscious lifestyle. iRecycle, provided by Earth 911, helps users locate recycling facilities near them for all sorts of materials. It also provides articles about green living including some DIY ideas.

Animal-Free offers a list of ingredients that contain animal by-products and also a list of vegan ingredients. A search feature is available

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in which the ingredient in question can be entered to determine what it’s made of. This is a great app for those interested in leading a vegetarian lifestyle or simply cutting back on animal by-products.

Seafood Watch, provided by the Monterey Bay Aquarium, gives up to date recommendations for ocean-friendly seafood and sushi. The updated version also allows users to share market and restaurant locations where they’ve found sustainable seafood. TreeHugger provides the latest news about a variety of green topics in the form of written articles and podcasts.

Find Green locates sustainable businesses nearby. It also allows you to select the distance you’d like to travel by mode of transportation. Locavore provides information about where to purchase local produce and also gives information about what’s in season in your area. Seasonal recipes are provided as well.

Carbon-Meter tracks and logs eco-friendly activities such as running, walking and biking and notes the amount of CO2 emissions saved. This app also provides tips on how to offset CO2 by making simple daily changes. With the use of green apps, it’s easier than ever to live an environmentally conscious lifestyle. v Brandy Metzger is a freelance writer with a passion for green living. She is also a mother and a principal educator with STIZZil (an online education company).

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or our annual prevention discussion, we felt it would be a great time to give parents a few easy, small, “lifestyle changing” tips to aid their children in the prevention of cavities. With the busy fall season fast approaching, we have come up with some options for the busy parent for hydrating your child, as well as, keeping the cavity causing foods off of their teeth as they eat their snacks on the run….

Hydration Our motto at our office is “Brush, Floss, Drink Water.” I think that sums up how important we feel drinking water is to aid in the prevention of tooth decay. We don’t have enough room on this page to discuss all the other benefits of drinking water. But, in short, the more water your children drink, the less juice, soda, sweet tea, sports drinks, energy drinks, lemonade and chocolate milk they will drink…all of which contribute to cavities. But, we know children would like alternatives to water too, so consider drinks containing artificial sweeteners if they are craving a change once in a while. Artificial sweeteners or sugar substitutes will taste sweet but are “tooth-friendly” and will not cause cavities. It is important to point out that we only recommend using artificial sweeteners in moderation, not to replace water as the main source of hydration. There is some controversy over whether artificial sweeteners pose any health risks. Some artificial sweeteners or sugar substitutes are natural and others are synthetic. The FDA approved synthetic artificial sweeteners are aspartame (Equal, NutraSweet), sucralose (Splenda), neotame, acesulfame potassium and saccharin (Sweet’N Low). Stevia (Truvia) is a natural sugar substitute that is gaining popularity and becoming more available in an increasing number of products. So, if you are comfortable giving your children an artificial sweetener, drinks containing these sweeteners can be an alternative option that will not contribute to tooth decay. Again, we want to stress that water is the best option of all!

Chewing Gum We know, many of us remember our parents telling us that chewing gum was a yucky habit. Well, today, with the advances in sugar free substitutes, specifically xylitol, chewing gum is easily the next best thing to brushing your teeth after any snack or meal.  To understand why, you have to remember that cavities are caused by specific bacteria in our mouths. This bacteria digests sugars and carbohydrates and produces acid. It is this acid that can break down our teeth and cause tooth decay. Anything we can do to keep our mouths less acidic is very helpful in keeping our teeth healthy.

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Xylitol is a natural sweetener obtained from the fibrous part of plants. Xylitol can not be broken down by the cavity causing bacteria, therefore, the bacteria can not produce the harmful acid that causes tooth decay.  Awesome!!!  But there is more…xylitol also decreases the ability of the cavity causing bacteria to stick to the teeth at all, in turn, reducing the amount of these bacteria in the first place. Also, chewing any sugar free gum will aid in removing food debris from the teeth while also stimulating beneficial salivary flow. So, how much xylitol do you need to be effective?  As little as 4 grams of xylitol has shown to be effective.  A dose of 4-10 grams a day would be ideal. How do you find xylitol containing gum?  A Google search will reveal many options. Try to find gum with at least a gram of xylitol per piece.  Sugar Free Ice Breakers Ice Cubes by Hershey contain 1.1 gram per piece and are readily available at many of our stores.  Hershey’s Ice-Cubes come in many fun flavors.  Can you have too much xylitol? Yes, as with most things, too much of a good thing is not always better. For children, try to limit the amount ingested to 10 grams a day to avoid gastrointestinal upset. Also, keep all xylitol containing items away from your doggie!!!  So, finally something children like to do that can actually help their teeth. Chew sugar-free gum, especially that containing at least one gram of xylitol per piece. Much more information regarding the benefits of xylitol can be found at www.xylitol.org. Wilmington Pediatric Dentistry, Skip Tyson, DDS and Stephanie Heaney, DDS, have been providing state-of-the-art dental care to the children of Wilmington and surrounding counties for over 15 years. We strive to make pediatric dental care fun, warm and inviting for you and your child in a family-oriented environment. If you would like further information or to schedule an appointment for your child, please visit our website at www. catchasmile.net or call our office at 910-791-7380.

Wilmington Pediatric Dentistry Skip Tyson, DDS and Stephanie Heaney, DDS, PA 2606 Iron Gate Drive Suite 200 Wilmington, NC 28412 910-791-7380 www.catchasmile.net Wilmington Parent | August 2012 | 41


department | book beat

Citius, Altius, Fortius: Celebrate Olympic glory though reading! Touch the Sky: Alice Coachman, Olympic High Jumper

book beat

By Ann Malaspina, Illustrated by Eric Velasquez Albert Whitman & Company,

Profiles in Sports Courage

The first high jump cross bar that Alice Coachman ever cleared was made out of rags tied to sticks shoved into the Georgia clay, but from that humble beginning she went on to win a gold medal at the 1948 London Olympics. Kids will enjoy the catchy freestyle verse and colorful illustrations, and parents will appreciate the encouraging story of a young girl pursuing her dream to become an Olympic champion.

Ladies First,

By Ken Rappoport Peachtree

By Claire Walling

By Ken Rappoport Peachtree

Profiles of 12 brave athletes, many of them former Olympic greats, will get older kids thinking about the history that will be made at this summer’s games in London. The gripping narrative gives a glimpse of the struggles each athlete faced on their way to glory.

Today’s girls might be used to having all the same sports opportunities as boys, but don’t realize that many events at the Olympics haven’t been available to women for very long. Ken Rappoport shines a light on the trail-blazing athletes who paved the way for the women who followed them.

So You Think You Know the Olympics?, By Clive Gifford Hodder & Stoughton In the Olympic motto, does the word ‘citius’ mean higher, more powerful or faster? Or can you name one of the three sports that George Eyser, a man with a wooden leg, won at the 1904 Olympics? With over 1,000 questions on everything from the first Olympics to this summer’s games in London, this quiz book will put even gold medalists to the test.

Story Time 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 Myrtle Grove Branch: Wednesday 8/1 Northeast Branch: Thursday 8/2

NE Branch Family Storytime (All ages) @11am Wednesday 8/1 Thursday 8/2 Friday 8/3

Toddler Storytime (18 – 36 months) @ 10am Myrtle Grove Branch: Wednesday 8/1 Northeast Branch: Thursday 8/2

Book Break (ages 5-10) @2pm *Call ahead to register Myrtle Grove: Friday 8/3

Preschool Storytime (3 – 5 years) @ 10:30am Main Library: Wednesday 8/1 Family Storytime @10:30am Main Library: Monday 7/2, 7/9, 7/16, 7/23, 7/30 Northeast Branch: Monday 7/9, 7/16, 7/23 Main Library: Wednesday 7/11, 7/18, 7/25 Northeast Branch: Thursday 7/5 Main Library (Yoga): Friday 7/6, 7/13, 7/20, 7/27 Bi-Lingual Storytime (Preschool ages) @10:30am Main Library: Thursday 8/2 Carolina Beach Family Storytime (All ages) @10:30am Wednesday 8/1 Thursday 8/2 Friday 8/3

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Myrtle Grove Family Storytime (All ages) @11:30am Wednesday 8/1 Thursday 8/2 Friday 8/3

Special Events Main Library Family Yoga Storytime: Friday 8/3, 8/10, 8/17, 8/24 from 10:30 – 11am Family Reading Night (Preschool): Monday 8/13 from 5:30 – 6:30pm Northeast Library Canines for Literacy: 8/1, 8/7, 8/8 from 2 – 3pm Canines for Literacy: 8/3, 8/6, 8/10 from 10:30am – 12:00pm Family Reading Night (Preschool): Monday 8/20 from 5:30 – 6:30pm Myrtle Grove Library Family Reading Night (Preschool): Monday 8/27 from 5:30 – 6:30pm 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 Journey Stories: 8/1, 8/2, 8/3, 8/4 @10:30am Hampstead Fetch: 8/8 from 4 – 5pm Ask a Master Gardener: 8/20 from 10:30am – 1pm Brunswick County Public Libraries http://library.brunsco.net/”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. Brilliant Sky Toys & Books www.brilliantskytoys.com Mayfaire Town Center – 509-3353 Storytime Mondays at 10:30am Barnes & Noble http://store-locator.barnesandnoble.com/store/2156 Mayfaire Town Center – 509-1880   Toddler Storytime Tuesdays at 10am Fridays at 7pm

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ur slogan “from pre-school to pre-professional” truly captures the essence of the school. Our pre-k program is a delightful series of classes that nurtures a love of dance and music by making ballet and music fun for the small child. Young children sing songs, play instruments, dress up, and play games to learn terminology, rhythm, and coordination. Our little dancers are always twirling down the sidewalk as they leave these enchanting dance classes.

precious first or second birthday. Three to five year olds can choose from a princess or pirate themed party. Preschoolers are thrilled with the party class which includes  inflatable fun, blow-up shapes, parachute, body skates, giant scarves, dress-up, and more. Princess and Pirates all make a craft at the end of their class as a special take home treat. At only 150.00 per party, these custom parties are the best deal in town!!!! Call to book yours today!

At the other end of the spectrum, our advanced students have gone on (often on scholarship) to the best professional programs up and down the east coast including School of American Ballet, the Kirov Academy, Harid, Joffrey, Boston, and San Antonio Ballet to name a few. Ours is the only area school to ever have multiple students place at the internationally recognized Youth America Grand Prix (www.yagp.org). Recently one of our students (Dara Holmes) received a full contract with the international Joffrey Ballet. She trained exclusively locally at (prior to recieving a full scholarshiop to the prestigous Harid School of Ballet) and is currently featured in a full page ad in the nationally recognized Dance Magazine. These are simply highlights of our students accomplishments. Please see our web site for a more complete list of student accolades.

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The transition from creative young child dance to the pre-professional is strategically planned to fit every age group and technical level. We also offer recreational programs to those who want to dance just for fun (both student and adult). The Center has an entire recreational division as well as a Zumba and Yoga studio. Our aim is to make dance accessible to all people who want to learn, regardless of skill level or ability. It is truly a love for dance that is the driving force and foundation for the school. Please see www.wilmingtonschoolofballet.com for more information.

Themed Birthday Parties Our “Party perfect” program offers delightful themed birthday parties for the young child. The toddler can experience a “music and movement” party that is a blast for the whole family. Parachutes, balls, bounce house, instruments, and more are a joy to experience as a celebration of the most

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Kid’s Zumba and Yoga for only $3.00 per class.  It has never been so affordable to get your little guy in shape. Zfitness Wilmington offers daily fitness classes that are drop-in only. The flexibility and price can’t be beat. For parents who need help with transportation, there is also an afterschool program (www.skittleskids.com) that can provide transportation, homework help, and free play time. Call today for more information. The Wilmington School of Ballet & Creative Arts Center 3834 Oleander Drive Wilmington, NC 28403 (910) 794-9590

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