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June 2012

Fourth of July Festivities

07/02/12

Fourth of July Festivities

From festivals and live music to fireworks displays, you'll find plenty of ways to celebrate Independence Day around the Mid-South. * TUESDAY, JULY 3 *   All Day • Millington Flag City Freedom Celebration 2012 Food, music, and family fun all day. Culminates in a fireworks display after dark. $5/carload. Navy Lake, 6234 Kerr-Rosemark Road, Millington. 6 p.m. • Collierville 27th Annual Independence Day Celebration Features Dr. Zar's Amazing Funk Monsters band, food vendors, and bounces for children, veterans hospitality tent. Fireworks start at 9:30 p.m. Free. Free shuttle service from Collierville High to Cox Park, 5:30-10:30 p.m. • H. W. Cox Jr. Park, 440 West Powell Road, Collierville 6:30 p.m. • Bartlett 4th of July...

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Fashionista of the Week: Ella

06/29/12

Fashionista of the Week: Ella

Nothing shines brighter on a gentle summer's morning than a baby's smile. I happened to be out walking the leafy V & E Greenline when I came upon this charming sprite. Miss Ella was so content to be out strolling with her daddy that she simply beamed. Her father, Jeff, says this is typical Ella style: happy, charming, and never wanting for cute attire. That we should all be so lucky! Thanks to her hip grandmother, a fashionista in her own right, Ella always look splendid. Take today's outfit by Carter's, for example. This key lime green romper is brightly decorated with broadbrushed flowers and hot pink accents. And the leggings are just perfect for babies on the go. So yummy, she reminds me of one of my favorite desserts. Tres bien! At...

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Vote for Make A Splash Mid-South and Give a Child Free Swim Lessons

06/28/12

Vote for Make A Splash Mid-South and Give a Child Free Swim Lessons

In 2008, the joy of summer in Memphis was shattered when two young children drowned — in the same day. They shared several things in common: both were young, both were African American, and both were vulnerable because they didn't know how to swim. In fact, studies show that 68 percent of minority children in Memphis don't know how to swim, making them three times more likely to drown than white children. That tragedy became a clarion call to make swim lessons available to kids in need. Thus was born Make A Splash Mid-South, organized by Safe Kids Mid-South and led by Le Bonheur Children's Hospital and a community coalition of 30 organizations. Now, this nonprofit needs your help. Make a Splash Mid-South is one of five cities vying for the USA Swimming...

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What It Takes To Prevent Child Abuse

06/27/12

What It Takes To Prevent Child Abuse

The recent news of Penn State Coach Jerry Sandusky being found guilt on 45 counts of sexual abuse should be a wake-up call for us all. We: parents, grandparents, camp counselors, teachers, youth group leaders, must take steps to keep kids safe. We must change the way we talk about sexual abuse. We must change the way we respond to children who have been sexually abused. When a child devulges the painful secret of abuse to an adult, we must take their words seriously. Children rarely make up stories about abuse. Reading the Sandusky trial testimony, it's understandable how confusing abuse can be for a child. Especially when the abuser is someone who is popular and well thought of, an individual who has made a conserted effort to win a child's trust by lavishing him...

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Discover Classic Literature: Babar the Elephant

06/26/12

Discover Classic Literature: Babar the Elephant

One of the delights of parenthood is revisiting the books you grew up with. I remember my mother reading the story of Babar the Elephant to me as a child. I loved the sweetness of this family, with children Pom, Flora, Alexander, and Isabelle, and the adventures they encountered. So when my son was young, I began reading these magical tales to him. Remarkably, Babar turned 80 last fall, yet his storyteller, Laurent de Brunhoff, remains as busy as ever, writing and imagining wonderful new places for Babar and his family to explore. Now 86, Brunhoff's creative energy continues to pulse, something that, as a writer, I find inspiring. The author lives in Manhattan where he develops his children's books from his studio, infusing them with warmth and simple lessons about...

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Fashionister of the Week: Ryan

06/23/12

Fashionister of the Week: Ryan

Winsome, wiggly, always on the go, little boys are poetry in motion. I was surveying the Wolf River on Mud Island one afternoon when handsome Ryan streaked past. He was out with his family, hip-hopping through the community garden, without a care in the world. What's more, he was dressed like such a hipster, I had to stop and say hello. Don't you love his newsboy cap (not to mention those soulful brown eyes)? He pulls it off with such playfulness, you can't help but smile. Dressed in a bright cherry and turquoise plaid from Old Navy, plus cargo shorts from The Children's Place, he's ready for action.   His parents tell me he's quite athletic, and judging from his movement, I would have to agree. He's also lucky enough to have big...

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Share Your Home With An International Exchange Student

06/21/12

Share Your Home With An International Exchange Student

If you've ever wanted to share your home with a cultural exchange student, the ASSE International Student Exchange Programs is seeking host families in the Mid-South for the upcoming school year. ASSE, a not-for-profit organization, operates an international exchange program that brings 3,0oo students annually from abroad to experience high school and life in America. Their aim is to foster international understanding through educational and cross-cultural programs. Here's how it works: Your family provides room, board, and meals to an international student between the ages of 15 and 18. Your job is to give your teen a glimpse into the American way of life. "It's like accepting a new son or daughter into your home," notes Lisa Reis, ASSE regional director....

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Let's Go: Canoeing the Scenic Eleven Point River in Alton, Missouri

06/20/12

Let's Go: Canoeing the Scenic Eleven Point River in Alton, Missouri

If you've canoed the Wolf River and want more of a challenge, put the beautiful Eleven Point National Scenic River on your list. Situated in the picturesque Ozark hills of southern Missouri, this winding river offers lush scenery, enchanting springs, and Class I & II rapids. Thanks to a nearly pristine shoreline, a 44-mile stretch of the Eleven Point (from Thomasville, Missouri, to the Highway 142 bridge) was named to the National Wild and Scenic Rivers system back in 1968, making it among the first of eight units and the only river in Missouri to attain this protected status.  I'd never heard of the Eleven Point before this trip, but judging from how few people we saw on the river, I'm not alone. That's part of its beauty. There are 11 public access...

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Fashionista of the Week: Emma

06/15/12

Fashionista of the Week: Emma

Pretend play is perfect when you're almost 3. And I'm sure adorable Emma would agree. I met her while exploring the Children's Museum of Memphis, where all inquisitive children find plenty of fun. Emma was perfectly dressed for her playdate, sporting this colorful little ladybug T-shirt and matching black shorts from the Children's Place. She's naturally curious, so her morning at the museum was full of learning. I loved this great detail, a charming, handmade ladybug hairbow, fashioned by Maddie's Ribbons. Emma's clever mom, Rachel, says she picked it up at a Barlett crafts fair, but this mompreneur sells her bows in shops around Jackson, Tennessee, and on Facebook. Emma's mom also found these cute Salt Water Sandals online at Zappos.com. The...

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CMOM's Birthday Bash & A Sneak Peek At Their New Splash Park

06/15/12

CMOM's Birthday Bash & A Sneak Peek At Their New Splash Park

It's time to get wet and wild at CMOM! The Children's Museum of Memphis celebrates their 22nd birthday this Saturday, June 16, with a Splish Splash Birthday Bash. The fun unfolds from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. General admission is $15, $3 for members. Wear your swimsuits and plan to get wet on the 22-foot waterslide and giant slip n' slide — or try out the rock-climbing wall and games. It promises to be lots of fun for all. We also got a sneak peek at the new splash park exhibit the museum has underway. And judging from the plans, it's going to be a great destination for families. CMOM's Splashpad will be a garden of fountains, squirting flowers, spray poles, and geysers where kids can cool off. A water organ that can be played like a piano will be one of the...

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Hutchison's Caroline Orr Travels to Washington as Presidential Scholar

06/14/12

Hutchison's Caroline Orr Travels to Washington as Presidential Scholar

Hutchison senior Caroline Orr is headed to Washington, D.C., this weekend as part of the 2012 class of U.S. Presidential Scholars. Orr was one of 141 teens nationally to receive the award (three students were selected from Tennessee), which recognizes graduating seniors who have achieved excellence in academics or the arts. It is one of the nation's highest honors for high school students. Caroline distinguished herself as a leader while at Hutchison by starting a Global Ambassadors program, and selling her artwork to raise money for children in Tanzania. Her honors include: the 2011 Princeton Prize in Race Relations, AP Scholar of Distinction, The Commercial Appeal C Spire Academic All-Star Overall Winner in General Scholarship, and National Merit finalist. Caroline...

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Meet Pediatrician Harvey Karp, author of "The Happiest Baby on the Block," Live

06/13/12

Meet Pediatrician Harvey Karp, author of "The Happiest Baby on the Block," Live

A crying baby can be distressing for parents. Is he hungry, tired, wet? It's not always easy to know how to calm your little one. So parents will be happy to learn that pediatrician Dr. Harvey Karp offers real solutions. To celebrate his newest book, The Happiest Baby Guide to Great Sleep, Karp is bringing his baby soothing methods to movie theaters nationwide for a live, one-night event. Hosted by actress Ali Landry, the program, Parent's Night Out with The Happiest Baby and Happiest Toddler, starring Dr. Harvey Karp, takes place at Malco's Paradiso Theater on Thursday, June 21, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $12.50 and can be ordered here. We caught up with the popular pediatrician to learn more about his communication tips for parents. For those parents who may be...

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Educator John Hunter To Present At Martin Institute

06/11/12

Educator John Hunter To Present At Martin Institute

What would happen if you gave fourth-graders the opportunity to grapple with some of the world's thorniest political problems? Too complex for tender young minds? Think again. John Hunter has learned that 10-year-olds can arrive at some pretty sophisticated solutions when given the tools and freedom to think critically. That's exactly what unfolds each year in Hunter's classroom when his students play the World Peace Game, a multi-dimensional game Hunter created that encourages kids to find solutions for international problems that range from global warming to water rights. As a fourth-grade teacher with the Albemarle County Schools in Charlottesville, Virginia, Hunter has won numerous awards for his instructional model. But the educator gained national acclaim...

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Fashionister of the Week: Eric

06/08/12

Fashionister of the Week: Eric

Ah, little boys! They race and leap and zoom about — it's all they can do to contain their exhuberance. As I explored Johnson Park earlier this week, I happened upon this handsome Fashionister at the playground, and he was kind enough to stop briefly for a pose. Six-year-old Eric was clad in a mod sky blue T-shirt from the Children's Place; I love how the guitar creates a bold diagonal across his body. The tee was paired with these colorful patchwork cargo shorts from the Gap. Word has it his sister, Selina, loves to help pick out clothes. And it turns out that Eric is as clever as he is athletic. His mother Elena tells me, in fact, that both children are quite accomplished on piano. This spring, Eric received first prize at the International Youth Sonatina and...

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Etiquette Rules at Girls Inc.

06/07/12

Etiquette Rules at Girls Inc.

Manners were the topic of conversation at a recent Girls Inc. luncheon I attended. The activity brought together 15 business women and 20 teenage girls for an afternoon of dining and conversation. The event was coordinated by Deborah Hester, CEO of Girls Inc., and Jeremy Park, the director of communications for Lipscomb & Pitts Insurance. The company also hosts the Lipscomb & Pitts Breakfast Club and Female Business Leaders Lunch. Our group savored a four-course meal, generously prepared by Napa Cafe, as we talked about our lives and interests. Joining the girls were attorneys, account execs, financial advisors, PR execs, and insurance reps from FedEx, Merrill Lynch, the Boys & Girls Club, the University of Memphis, and Lipscomb & Pitts, among others....

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Summer Fun: Top 10 Reasons for Visiting Your Local Library

06/06/12

Summer Fun: Top 10 Reasons for Visiting Your Local Library

The library is a one-stop shop for resources that will make your life easier and more fun this summer. Here are the Top 10 reasons to bring your child in for an afternoon of exploring. 10. You Want To Improve Your Puppet Play — Early literacy kits come loaded with books, puppets, audio, and a teacher's guide. They're free for check-out to caregivers and parents. 9. You Can't Get Enough of Baby Board Books — Baby storytime uses fun, age-appropriate activities to bring stories to life while promoting literacy. Storytime takes place at the Central and Poplar-White Station branches and is geared for those with babies 9 to 18 months of age. Call 415-2739 for details. 8. Your Budding Chef Has Mastered Boiling Water — Cookbooks for kids will get...

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