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May 2013

Date Night Ideas: Orpheum's 2013 Summer Film Line-Up

06/05/13

Date Night Ideas: Orpheum's 2013 Summer Film Line-Up

As parents, we need two things to make family life a bit more sane: A night out alone with our honey, and a reliable (maybe even awesome) babysitter. Once those are in place, you can plan to spend part of your weekend nights this summer going to the movies at the Orpheum's 2013 Summer Movie series. This year's retrospective celebrates the Orpheum's 85th anniversary and gives a nod to its movie palace roots. The slate includes Thursday Night Chick Flicks, Friday Night Classics, and Family Matinees, all popular films from the past eight decades. So, line up a sitter or bring the crew, for night at the movies. The show starts at 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted. • $7/adults, $5/children 12 and under. $50/package of 10 tickets. JUNE 7 - AUGUST 9 The Cameraman...

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Ways to Help Families Affected by the May 20th Tornado in Oklahoma City

05/21/13

Ways to Help Families Affected by the May 20th Tornado in Oklahoma City

Looking for a way to help Oklahoma families in need in the aftermath of tornadoes of May 19-20? MetroFamily magazine in Oklahoma City compiled this list of outlets accepting donations of items and services. To find out about loved ones in Moore: safeandwell.org Donating Money Donations of $10 to assist those affected by the tornado can be made by texting STORM to 80888 for Salvation Army, texting REDCROSS to 90999 for Red Cross, or by texting FOOD to 32333 for the Oklahoma Regional Food Bank. United Way of Central Oklahoma’s Disaster Relief Fund • Donations can be made online at unitedwayokc.org or by mail to United Way of Central Oklahoma, P.O. Box 837, Oklahoma City, OK  73101 with notation for May Tornado Relief. Or call (405) 236-8441. United...

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Summer Scholars Camp for AP Students and Aerial Camp for Tweens and Teens

05/21/13

Summer Scholars Camp for AP Students and Aerial Camp for Tweens and Teens

Summer Scholars Camp for AP Students This camp is designed to prepare high school teens for the challenges of a college-level Advanced Placement course. Campers will meet other students from across the region during this week-long prep. Camp is open to rising 10th, 11th, and 12th graders who are registered for AP courses during the 2013-14 school year. Campers can be first-time AP students, or students who have taken an AP class in the past. This is free to Memphis City School students, $100/non-MCS students.   Sessions: June 3-7 or June 17-21 Time: Monday-Thursday, 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; Friday, 8:30-11:30 a.m. Lunch is provided. Location: University of Memphis To learn more, click here. or call 416-3471. On-line registration here.  ...

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Catch The WMB Quartet Live This Summer

05/21/13

Catch The WMB Quartet Live This Summer

Pictured left to right: Musicians Carl Maguire, Bradford Beard, writer Stephanie Painter, Alan Maguire, & Reginald White   I get to meet a lot of talented kids while on assignment for Memphis Parent magazine. In fact, several profiled for our Can-do Kids column have made music with prestigious groups like the Stax Music Academy Jazz Ensemble and Tennessee All State Band. This week, I ran into several young men I've written about who are now playing music together. Seventeen-year-old twins Carl and Alan Maguire from Houston High, played in the Stax's jazz ensemble this year. Meanwhile, 17-year-old Reginald White Jr., a senior at Southwind High, used his skills on the saxophone to qualify for All State Band. Until recently, these young men had never played...

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Summer Tips: All About Sunscreen

05/15/13

Summer Tips: All About Sunscreen

Healthy skin needs to be protected. With the approach of summer, we're spending more time outdoors with our family. So be sure you know what type of sunscreen to buy — and how to apply it. Just follow these five easy steps, recommended by the American Academy of Dermatology. 1. Choose sunscreen that has an SPF of 30 or higher, is water resistant, and provides broad-spectrum coverage. These will protect you from UVA and UVB rays. 2. Apply sunscreen generously before going outdoors. It takes approximately 15 minutes for your skin to absorb the lotion and protect you. If you wait until you are in the sun to apply sunscreen, your skin is unprotected and can burn. 3. Use enough sunscreen. Most adults need at least one ounce of sunscreen, about enough to fill a shot...

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More Summer Camp Ideas

05/13/13

More Summer Camp Ideas

Summer is just around the corner, what will your kids be doing? If you're still looking for last-minute possibilities, we've got a couple of suggestions. JR. RANGER CAMP - AGES 6-14 Let your kid develop a love of the outdoors by attending a Junior Ranger program at T. O. Fuller State Park. The camp takes place June 3-6 and runs from 5 to 7 p.m. It is free and open to kids ages 6 to 14. Campers will learn about birds of prey, do some hiking, study wetlands, and play games. Registration deadline: May 31. For more information, email michael.champagne@tn.gov or pick up packets at the park's visitor center, 1500 W. Mitchell Road. BASKETBALL CAMP - AGES 7-16 With all the playoff activity, Grizzlie-mania has got area basketball camps hopping. Get in on the fun by...

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Fun Ways to Celebrate Mom for Mother's Day

05/10/13

Fun Ways to Celebrate Mom for Mother's Day

Celebrate Mother's Day all weekend long with one of these fun activities that will bring smile to your face as well as to your family. Get Your Greek On - The 55th Annual Greek Festival kicks off Friday, May 10. If mom loves trying new foods, get in line for the Greek dinner they serve here, it's delicious. Then head out to the marketplace, or watch Greek dancing. And don't forget to pick up an order of baklava, the gooey, honey walnut confection that is simply devine. Friday & Saturday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. $3/adults, $1/ages 6-11. Free/5 & under. Tap Your Inner Engineer • If you've never been to the Memphis Train and Trolley Museum at 545 South Main St., Saturday, May 11th, National Train Day, is the day to visit. Amtrak, MATA, and the Canadian...

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High School Musical Awards May 23 at The Orpheum Theatre

05/09/13

High School Musical Awards May 23 at The Orpheum Theatre

The air will be electric at the 2013 Orpheum High School Musical Awards. That's when more than 200 teens from 24 high schools drama departments learn who this year's winners are at this popular awards show. The curtain rises on Thursday, May 23rd, at 7 p.m. Awards are given for acting and musical performance as well as technical, costume, and set design. The students who win for Best Actor and Best Actress will travel to New York City in June for the Jimmie Awards. Tickets are $15-$35. People's Choice Award voting begins on Friday, May 10, 2013. View the award nominations here. The 2012 winners for Best Actor and Best Actress — Sam Shankman and Sabaa traveled to New York City last summer to compete in the national awards, which honor the best teen performers...

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05/09/13

Online Shopping: 4 Maternity Sites We Like

I longed to feel pretty when I was pregnant. Which is not easily accomplished when you look like you've swallowed a beach ball. Thankfully, a lot of designers get that today, and the selection for maternity clothes is vastly improved. Here's a round-up of cute outfits we found while doing a little online browsing this week. Babies N Bellies.com has a super-cute selection of maternity casuals, as well as outfits for dressy occasions. I was surprised by their selection and the style. While trendy, they aren't too pricey, and many of their fashions look like they'd work post-partum, too, (provided you don't want to bury that stuff once baby arrives). Bonus: They offer a decent selection of Plus-sized maternitywear. • $39.99   Bella...

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May Means Free Summer Family Memberships at the Memphis Pink Palace

05/02/13

May Means Free Summer Family Memberships at the Memphis Pink Palace

This time of year, we're all itching for the carefree days of summer. But you know by mid-June, the kids will be whining about having nothing to do. That's when you whisk them away for an afternoon of exploring at the Memphis Pink Palace Museum, for free.     That's right, through the month of May you can sign up your family for a free, 90-day membership to one of Memphis' most popular attractions. Your membership also gives you free admission to the Lichterman Nature Center, and the city's two historic homes in Victorian Village: the Magevney and Mallory-Neely House. Once you join, you'll receive email notices about other cool exhibits and special events happening all summer long at the Pink. Just go here to sign-up online and...

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Take It Outside! Books That Help You Explore the Great Outdoors

05/01/13

Take It Outside! Books That Help You Explore the Great Outdoors

As the weather warms up, kids want need to be outside playing. There are great adventures to be had, even in your own backyard. Here are are several new books that will make exploring more fun for everyone.     The Kid's Outdoor Adventure Book by Stacy Tornio and Ken Keffer offers a host of interesting activities that guarantee year-round fun. The book is divided into four sections, with activities that apply to each season. The authors round-up a serviceable collection of games (Kick the Can, Marco Polo), nature ideas (examine a bird's nest; wade in a stream, collect leaves), and many don't involve much time or investment on your end. An activity called the Nature Scrapbook, for example, is a perfect journaling idea for kids who enjoy...

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Our Weekend Picks for April 26-28

04/26/13

Our Weekend Picks for April 26-28

If you don't love music, you might need to have your Memphis citizenship revoked. Because music is really the heart and soul of the Bluff City. And this weekend shines a bright light on its evolution — from past to present. Live at The Orpheum through Sunday is Memphis, the colorful musical inspired by the story of Dewey Phillips, the manic disk jockey at WHBQ radio, who became hugely popular for playing a dizzying mix of country, boogie woogie, rhythm and blues, and records from Sun Studio. Phillips is considered one of the pioneers of rock 'n' roll and the musical, which won a Tony for Best Musical, is a racous, riveting celebration of music and dance. I saw it Tuesday night and it's a great time. Perfect for date night. This weekend is also the 10th...

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Why Immunizing Children Matters

04/24/13

Why Immunizing Children Matters

“Vaccines are one of the Top 10 health-related 20th-century accomplishments in the U.S. because of the vast number of infant lives saved,” notes Judy Martin, chief of nursing with the Shelby County Health Department. That's an important fact to remember as we recognize National Infant Immunization Week.  Immunizations today protect infants and children from 14 vaccine-preventable diseases. Routine childhood immunization not only prevents disease and death but also is a cost-effective health intervention, saving our nation about $13.6 billion. Martin points out that each year the Tennessee Immunization Program conducts a survey of 24-month-olds to keep track of the number of children immunized by their second birthday. The state's goal is to reach...

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Create a Safe Place for Children in Times of Stress

04/23/13

Create a Safe Place for Children in Times of Stress

Providing a safe, secure environment for your child is always important, but particularly during times of stress. Although events like the Boston Marathon bombings or the shooting at Sandy Hook happened far away from Memphis, television news can make it feel much closer. Seeing such violent images on TV, and noticing how those they love respond, can really create a level of anxiety for children. Our job as a parent is to protect our children. So during times of crisis, limit your child’s exposure to television viewing, newspapers, and radio broadcasts (during carpool, for instance). As adults, we can make some sense of tragic events. But for children, it can be hard to understand that those explosions or shootings aren't happening in their town or school. Children...

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Shopping: Summer Kids Consignment Store

04/16/13

Shopping: Summer Kids Consignment Store

When my son was a baby, we were still in graduate school. You know what that means. No money. So once he outgrew all those delicious outfits we received as shower gifts, it was time to find cute stuff — cheap. That's when I discovered consignment stores. Some of the ones I loved have moved on, but others, like Summer Kids, have taken their place. Summer Kids is great for budget-conscious moms. In case you haven't heard, they recently moved into the same plaza as Garden Ridge at Summer/I-240. Now they're in a much roomier, more brightly lit store; better to hold their wide selection of gently-used merchandise, from children's clothing & maternity wear, to baby equipment, kids shoes, diaper bags, even custom monogramming. Here's what I recently...

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Talk to Your Baby

04/15/13

Talk to Your Baby

An article on Huffington Post's website, "The Power of Talking to Your Baby," drew much attention last week. Which surprised me, because I thought it was something many of us already knew.       Not so. In brief, talking to your baby is necessary and good. It helps her develop language skills and knowledge from birth to 3 before she's even talking herself. Research tells us that babies who come from homes where parents engage them and speak to them regularly often have a higher IQ than those who come from less verbal, less educated families. What does that mean, exactly? Well, we all give our little ones directives: “Don’t touch that!” “Be careful!” “Time to eat.” And in some families,...

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Break the Habit of Texting While Driving

04/12/13

Break the Habit of Texting While Driving

Tragically, another young driver has died while driving and texting. The parents of 22-year-old Alexander Heit of Greeley, Colorado, recently released his last text message, and their story quickly went viral. According to police, Heit drifted close to oncoming traffic. Perhaps trying to avoid being clipped, his car then swerved off the road before flipping and killing the 22-year-old college student. When his iPhone was recovered from the wreck, Heit's final words were, "Sounds good my man, seeya soon, ill tw..." The young man reportedly had a spotless driving record. His parents released te phone text in hopes of reminding others of the real danger that exists when distracted by texting. Matt’s mother Sharon Heit says of their decision: “I...

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Building a Community of Book Readers

04/11/13

Building a Community of Book Readers

A Twitter post caught my eye the other day. It was from a local dad who quipped, “The best part of living in Memphis is the free books Dolly Parton sends my kids each month.”  What a great testimonial for Shelby County Books From Birth program. Once you sign up, your child (from birth to age 5) receives a free children's book each month, mailed directly to your home. Books From Birth purchase their books from Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, a literacy program started in 1996 to benefit children in East Tennessee. Now, approximately 35,000 children in Memphis alone receive books through the program, according to Executive Director Peter Abell. In fact, 52 percent of the children under the age of 5 in Shelby County are enrolled. Those books...

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The Crying Game

04/09/13

The Crying Game

Have you seen the most recent parent blog to go viral? It’s “The Reasons My Son Is Crying.” I first ran across it on Facebook, where someone had posted a link to the Tumblr blog, posted by the boy's father, Greg Pembroke. After reviewing his blog, I found myself wondering why this had trended. I’m never a fan of parents capitalizing on their children’s misery — and this 1-year-old looks really miserable at times. While Pembroke's one-liners describing what makes his child unhappy (below: "He is bad at eating yogurt.") are funny, they also border on being detached. Oh wait, he's a comedian. “I think every parent experiences meltdown and I was trying to have a little fun with it,” Pembroke tells TODAY Moms.Of...

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Girls Becoming Leaders

04/05/13

Girls Becoming Leaders

What does it take to be a leader? Teen girls are asked to explore that question in an essay contest being sponsored by The Women's Foundation for a Greater Memphis. The essay contest is part of the nonprofit's 2013 Annual Tribute Luncheon and Symposium. Following the luncheon will be the Youth Leadership Forum. Both events take place at the Cook Convention Center on Friday, April 26th. The luncheon runs from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Youth Forum is scheduled for 1:30 to 3 p.m.  Girls from grades 9 to 12 are encouraged to submit an essay entitled The Leader In Me that examines a specific organization or activity you would like to be involved with, the challenges you would face, and how you would overcome these through your leadership. Excerpts from the winning...

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