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Teenager’s brownie recipe well worth trying

Garage sale season arrived in our neighborhood in grand style recently. A group of energetic teens and their parents put on a super sale under a big white tent in the middle of the block to raise money for their coed youth rowing team. Eager passers-by snapped up the usual skates, skis and salad bowls, but the surprise attraction was the tempting “Bake Sale” table. That’s where I spotted “Jack’s Million-Dollar Bars.” At only 75 cents each, how could I resist?

Study: Parents wrongly believe some medicines safe for babies

A new study shows parents widely hold the mistaken belief that they should use over-the-counter cough and cold medicines on babies under age 2, despite doctors and federal health officials advising against it as far back as 2006. The reason? Packaging.

Family calendar

Today “Team Up!” Exhibit – Explore the science of sports and test your basketball, tennis, soccer and football skills while learning about math and physics. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Visit Mobius Kids, River Park Square, lower level, 808 W. Main Ave. $5.75/general, $4.75/seniors and military, free/age 1 and younger. (509) 624-KIDS.

Toss in Father’s Day fun

Make a wonderfully versatile toy for the family to enjoy with Dad on Father’s Day and all summer long. These scoops for tossing and catching lightweight balls are perfect for play in the backyard, at a park or especially when you’re at the beach: When the family wants to play a game of catch, you’ve got that one covered. And when you need a sand shovel, you’ve got that, too.

No break for the brain

It’s almost summer vacation time, but even when school is out, learning still will be very much in. Summer vacation, educators say, is no time for parents to let their kids forget about academics. Research has shown that if you don’t keep your child’s brain working during this interlude, they could lose, on average, 2.6 months of grade-level equivalency in math skills and as much as a year’s reading level.


For 06-08-2009

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Today Baby Lapsit (Moran Prairie) - Enjoy nursery rhymes, songs, and stories. For children up to 18 months of age. 10:30 a.m., Moran Prairie Library, 6004 S. Regal St. Free. (509) 893-8340.


For 06-01-2009

Turn sand into crazy clay

I enjoy taking long walks on the beach. I love the feel of sand under my feet and the way it stretches for miles before me. And then, with kids tagging along with me, I suddenly feel inspired, thinking of the pounds and pounds of sand clay that could be made. That’s when I know it’s time to go home and have some more fun making this unusual and simple concoction. This zany recipe for making play clay out of sand will provide unforgettable summertime fun. Let your kids be the first on the block to say, “We cook sand!”

Visual interaction with art boosts academic achievement

As they sit in silence on the floor, the children ponder the image before them – a 15th-century painting of a human figure in the woods, a few dogs and a deer. When teacher Heather Sutherland asks them what’s going on in the picture, nearly all the students raise their hands. “I see there’s a hunter and lots of grass,” says a 7-year-old in Sutherland’s class of first- and second-graders at Garfield Elementary. “I see a deer. It looks like a dad deer.”

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Today “Lighthouse Fire Station” - Minimusical by Northwest Christian School’s elementary students. 9 a.m., Northwest Christian Central Campus gym, 1412 W. Central Ave. Free. (509) 238-4005.

On the blog: The blowout bash for graduation

To celebrate the culmination of high school next month, hundreds of area graduates will stay up all night partying with friends at a bash complete with karaoke, casino-style gambling and raffle prizes including iPods and gift certificates to local stores and restaurants. It’s called the senior all-nighter – a lavish party that requires dozens of parent volunteers and many months of planning. For the past year, the parents of these graduating seniors have been selling poinsettias, hosting garage sales and car washes, asking businesses for donations and doing all they can to raise money for the festivities.

Hangups about camp

Tim Chai keeps in touch with friends through Facebook, listens to music on his iPod and never goes anywhere without his BlackBerry. So when the 17-year-old was looking for a summer camp, he ruled out a church camp with a no cell phone, no computer policy.

Mr. Dad: Pregnancy shouldn’t stifle intimacy

Dear Mr. Dad: I’m now in my seventh month of pregnancy and our sex life is nonexistent. My husband used to want it all the time and we made love a lot. But he has hardly touched me since my first trimester ended. I haven’t gained that much weight and I don’t feel unattractive. He says I look adorable and cute but it never goes any further. Even more depressing, I caught him texting an ex-girlfriend sexually graphic messages. She lives out of town so I know he’s not sleeping with her, but I feel cheated and betrayed. What have I done wrong?

Things to do

Today Battle of Spokane Falls - See history in action with cavalry, artillery, medical, infantry and civilian units putting on demonstrations that depict the military and civilian lifestyles of the 1860s. Sponsored by the Washington Civil War Association. 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Riverside State Park, equestrian area. $7/adults, free/age 15 and younger, $20/family. (509) 879-0680

Keeping kids busy during break on a budget

Kiley Krzyzek is going to be a counselor-in-training for a month this summer. She’ll do choir camp for a week. But it’s the rest of the time the 14-year-old wants to fill up, the weeks when there is nothing going on.

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Today ”The Magic of Getting Kids to Listen” - Hosted by Spokane Child Abuse Network. This parent education class will discuss how to encourage good behavior. Curriculum is based on the book “1, 2, 3 Magic” by Thomas W. Phalen, Ph.D. Child care will be available. Registration is required. 4-6 p.m., East Central Community Center, 500 S. Stone St. Free. (509) 458-7445.

Co-op gives kids, parents opportunities to learn

Parents at South Spokane Co-op don’t just bring their children to school. They stay and play and explore alongside them. When toddlers and preschoolers learn about nature and the environment by digging in the soil and searching for bugs, their moms and dads also get their hands dirty.

Things to do

Tuesday After School Specials - Make your own book. Library locations include today, 4 p.m., Airway Heights, 1213 S. Lundstrom St., (509) 893-8250; Fairfield, 305 E. Main St., (509) 893-8320. Wednesday, 4 p.m., Argonne Library, 4322 N. Argonne Road, (509) 893-8260. Thursday, 4 p.m., North Spokane, 44 E. Hawthorne Road, (509) 893-8350. Free.