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August 2013

It's Festival Time — Here's What's Happening in August & September

08/28/13

It's Festival Time — Here's What's Happening in August & September

Music, crafts, and fair food can only mean one thing: fun. Mark your calendar for these festivals and get out there! FRIDAY, AUGUST 30—SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 8 Delta Fair & Music Festival. The Agricenter. Features live musical entertainment, midway rides, educational expo, Delta Livestock Show, contests, a Kid’s Zone, and fair food. $10/adult. $5/child ages 5-12. Midway Wrist Band: $25.  deltafest.com | 213-7469. SATURDAY, AUGUST 31 & SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 1 Memphis Music and Heritage Festival. Peabody Place Trolley Stop. Saturday, 10:30 a.m.-11 p.m. Sunday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Showcases musicians, dancers, talkers, and cooks of the Memphis/Delta region. Free. • southernfolklore.com | 525-3655. FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 6—SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 8...

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Boys & Girls Club Nurtured By Partnerships w/Michaels, Old Navy, & Buffalo Wild Wings

08/15/13

Boys & Girls Club Nurtured By Partnerships w/Michaels, Old Navy, & Buffalo Wild Wings

Local kids receive support at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis, where they're encouraged to shine and grow. The organization serves 4,000 children in Memphis with after-school tutoring, recreation, and leadership programs. This month, you can help the Boys & Girls Club while buying school supplies or dining out. Simply pay a visit to Michaels, Old Navy, or Buffalo Wild Wings, and make a $1 donation at the register. Michaels is also collecting school supplies.  Donations through August will have an impact by funding scholarships. “We’re seeing lots of need-based growth now,” says Megan Kline, vice president of development and marketing. “Eighty-five percent of our children live in single-parent households.” At the six...

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Team Read Needs You to Volunteer

08/08/13

Team Read Needs You to Volunteer

If you've ever wanted to volunteer in the public schools and work with children, here is a great opportunity. Team Read sends coaches into elementary schools to work on reading with second graders. A training workshop for new volunteers takes place Tuesday, August 13, at Germantown United Methodist Church (GUMC). The session runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and includes lunch and special guest speakers. The training is a gift to the community but donations are welcome. Team Read will show faith-based volunteers how to go into Shelby County Schools and help second graders learn foundational reading vocabulary words, also called sight words. Team Read sprang from a partnership between Germantown United Methodist Church and Caldwell-Guthrie Elementary in north Memphis, and has been...

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School Savings: Free Eye Exams in August at The Eyewear Gallery

07/31/13

School Savings: Free Eye Exams in August at The Eyewear Gallery

Parents frequently don't discover that their child has a vision problem until he or she struggles to read the board. Don't wait until school struggles surface to have your child's eyes checked. Every Friday during the month of August, optometrists at The Eyewear Gallery will be offering free eye screenings to determine the health of your child's vision. Dr. Do Nguyen will conduct a mini exam and discuss any vision problems with you. You can then schedule another appointment to have a full exam, however, there is no obligation. Free exams are available for both children and adults. The back-to-school screenings take place each Friday, August 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. To make a reservation, call The Eyewear Gallery, 428 Perkins Ext. at...

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Get Your Toddler Brushing His Teeth With Baby Banana Brushes

07/30/13

Get Your Toddler Brushing His Teeth With Baby Banana Brushes

Toddlers hate to brush. So why not make it fun? These easy-to-grip toothbrushes by Baby Banana Brushes are a great way to introduce tooth-brushing and help your little one develop good health habits. Baby Banana Brushes was invented by grandmother Sandra Philips after her own grandson hurt the roof of his mouth during a fall with a hard toothbrush. His accident was serious enough to puncture the roof of his mouth. Determined to come up with something safer, she worked alongside her daughter-in-law, a dental hygentist, to create this fun line of toddler-friendly toothbrushes that include Baby Sharky, Baby Banana, and more. Made of medical grade silicone, they're a bendable, durable, and safe. The company also offers other animal-shaped teethers. To learn more, go to their...

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School Savings: Free Hair Cuts in August at Remington College During August

07/30/13

School Savings: Free Hair Cuts in August at Remington College During August

You can save money on your child's haircut and salon services for you through the month of August by visiting Remington College. This trade school is continuing their Cuts for Kids program — which reached 10,000 kids nationally — by offering free hair cuts for children 17 and under. Here's how it works. Free cuts are offered Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. from Thursday, August 1-Saturday, August 31. To make an appointment, call the Student Salon at Remington College (901) 396-8625. Walk-ins are also welcome. In addition to helping families, Remington College will be collecting school supplies for area schools. During August, anyone who brings in a donation of school supplies, such as pens, pencils, notebooks, or folders, will receive a...

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Public School Registration: Shelby County School

07/24/13

Public School Registration: Shelby County School

Registration for the  Shelby County Schools will be held Tuesday, July 30, 2013, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Go here to see the SCS website. Elementary and Middle School students can be registered in the morning or evening. Morning session: 7:30 a.m.-noon Evening session: 4 to 7 p.m. High School students can be registered in the afternoon: Grade 12: 2 p.m. Grade 11: 3 p.m. Grade 10: 4 p.m. Grade 9: 6 p.m. New High School students can be registered: From 2 to 6:30 p.m. In order to register your child, bring the following documents: • Your child’s birth certificate • Social security number • Place of birth • Most recent address • Current telephone number • Last school attended...

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Hot Fun in the Summer Time

07/11/13

Hot Fun in the Summer Time

  We're midway through summer, which means families are busy hitting the beach, lake, splash parks — any place that offers cool, relaxing fun. Here's a collection of reader photos as families across Memphis celebrate the dog days of summer.       When swimming at the lake, choose fashionable shades that accent your bikini and floaties.   ERICA'S LOVE                   Attitude is everything if you want to rock your  favorite swimsuit.    REAGAN (3)                        ...

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New Goodies from Mike the Knight, The Popular Nick Jr. Cartoon

07/10/13

New Goodies from Mike the Knight, The Popular Nick Jr. Cartoon

If you've got a preschooler at home, chances are you've discovered Mike the Knight. This popular Nick Jr. cartoon, set in the colorful world of Glendragon, celebrates the virtue of doing right. Mike and his sister, Evie, live with their parents (a king and queen, of course) in a colorful mideval castle, where their adventures involve their pet dragons, Squirt and Sparky, Mike's horse, Gallahad, and Evie's pet frog, Mr. Cuddles. Part of Evie's charm is her ability to cast spells, which sometimes get her into trouble. But regardless of where their journeys lead, the pair always learn a valuable lesson. This summer, Nick Jr. makes the series available on DVD. The new release, Knight in Training, includes five fun stories plus several bonus features: a game,...

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Preparing Your Child for Kindergarten or Preschool

07/08/13

Preparing Your Child for Kindergarten or Preschool

The cut-off date for kindergarten and pre-kindergarten enrollment has been changed from September 30th to August 31st for the 2013-2014 academic year. According to new public school guidelines, children entering kindergarten must turn 5 on or before August 31st. Likewise, children entering pre-kindergarten must turn 4 before August 31st, to attend school this year. From 2014-2015 onward, that date will be pushed to August 15th. The September 30th cut-off date will still be accepted if the child was born in 2008 and it is requested by a parent or legal guardian. The school director will evaluate your child to determine if she is academically and emotionally ready for kindergarten. Given this new requirement, it is important to prepare your child for a successful school...

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