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September 2013

New Kitchen and Cutting Garden opens at the Tennessee Residence

09/18/13

New Kitchen and Cutting Garden opens at the Tennessee Residence

The Governor’s home in Nashville has a new Kitchen and Cutting Garden, thanks to First Lady Crissy Haslam. The new garden will help to promote state agriculture and encourage healthy farm-to-table eating habits among children and their families. As chair of the Tennessee Executive Residence and Preservation Foundation, Haslam worked to generate funds for the landscape renovation project, which is ongoing. The cutting garden was completed in July. Other programs stemming from the First Lady’s Office also have ties to the garden. The Read20 Family Book Club initiative, which encourages families to read together for at least 20 minutes every day, has chosen Tops & Bottoms by Janet Stevens for the September Book of the Month. This funny folktale sets the stage for...

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Good Tips for Your Kid's Theatre Auditions

09/17/13

Good Tips for Your Kid's Theatre Auditions

Memphis holds a myriad of opportunities for budding young thespians. If the idea of first time auditions brings on stage fright, here’s our playbill to help guide your little star. Be a Good Communicator Audition day brings excitement, anticipation and quite often, the jitters. Parents might find they have a few butterflies themselves when it comes to their kids’ auditions. Jason Spitzer, director of Theater Memphis’ A Christmas Carol, says knowing what to expect will help calm fears. “We look for kids who follow directions well and are good communicators. Practicing speaking clearly and getting comfortable in front of a crowd are two ways parents can help their kids ready beforehand.” Learn the Show You're Auditioning For After you...

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Haunted Fun Featured at Shelby Farms as Spooky Nights Opens October 4

09/14/13

Haunted Fun Featured at Shelby Farms as Spooky Nights Opens October 4

Halloween lovers have a new way to celebrate this October, as Shelby Farms introduces Spooky Nights. Park officials unearthed their plans for ghoulish fun at a press event that included zombies, clowns, and plenty of surprises. A cast of goblins wandered from the cemetary through the crowd, thoroughly scaring one man's dog as they gave the press a taste of what's to come. Every Friday and Saturday night in October from 7 to 10 p.m., families will be treated to a host of activities, including a nocturnal hike that explains those things that go bump in the night, a Headless Horseman hayride, zombie laser tag, and pumpkin painting for children. But the event's centerpiece is the Haunted Trail (for ages 12 and up), a .6 mile bridle path transformed into a ghoulish...

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Give a Children's Book to the Library & Receive a Free Ticket to Disney On Ice

09/07/13

Give a Children's Book to the Library & Receive a Free Ticket to Disney On Ice

NOTICE: As of Tuesday, Sept. 17, free tickets are no longer available. Bring a new or gently worn children's book to the library this month and you can receive a free ticket to Disney On Ice. The tickets (up to two per family) are good for the opening night performance of Disney on Ice's Rockin' Ever After. Tickets may only be used on  Friday, September 20. The show starts at 6:30 p.m. The book drive is a great way to share your children's books with the library and enjoy Disney on Ice with your child for free. Performances runs through Sunday, September 22, at the FedEx Forum. Tickets are $19-$135. You can purchase tics here, or at the FedEx Forum box office. The giveaway is being held as a fund-raiser for the Friends of the Library. Their aim is to...

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Celebrate Grandparents Day on Sunday, September 8

08/29/13

Celebrate Grandparents Day on Sunday, September 8

She’s a modern Glammy, he’s a zippy Papster. Grandparents these days may have trendy titles, but their they can still be counted on for unwavering love and encouragement. The designation of National Grandparents Day, on the second Sunday of September (September 8), offers a chance to shower your grands with extra appreciation. A leisurely phone chat or Skype call is great if you're far. A hug delivered in person works for those in the neighborhood. Kids may also love surprising their grandparents with an original poem, photo collage, or craft. Diamond poems are perfect for young children, who can fill-in-the-blanks of this verse by supplying nouns, verbs, and adjectives that describe their special relationship. You'll find the printable example here....

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