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Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Air travel with small kids takes bravery, planning

Dear Mr. Dad: I’m traveling alone with my 3-month-old daughter and my 4-year-old son over spring break. It’ll be a long flight and I’m already dreading it. How can I make it easier on myself, my kids, and the people around is? A: Air travel is already plenty stressful. Throw in two young kids and your hair will turn gray just thinking about it. For many traveling parents, the problems start when they try to get everyone through security. You can reduce some of the stress by putting everyone in slip-on shoes (you’ll all have to take them off – even the baby), and having the baby in some kind of wearable carrier (as long as it doesn’t have any metal parts you should be able to leave it on).

Family finds enrichment by helping others

Every month, the Collins Whitehead family throws a birthday party. They plan craft activities, buy presents, bring cake and celebrate with other families who might not have the money to host a party for their own kids. For the past six years, the Spokane Valley family has been volunteering at St. Margaret’s Shelter, an emergency and transitional shelter for homeless women and their children.

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Today All Saints Catholic School Information Night - For parents of children in kindergarten through eighth grade. Meet with the school’s teachers, learn about the curriculum and tour the facility. 7 p.m., 3510 E. 18th Ave. (509) 534-1098, ext. 215.

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Today All Saints Catholic School Information Night - For parents of preschoolers who will be age 3 before Aug. 31. Meet with the schools’ teachers, learn about the curriculum and tour the facility. 7 p.m., 1505 E. 34th Ave. (509) 534-1098, ext. 215

Teaching perils of drug use

As a mother, I get some of my best material from headlines. Every Hollywood princess in rehab, every celebrity death by overdose, and every pregnant teen from Bristol Palin to Jamie Lynn Spears provides more fodder for my favorite maternal lecture on how easy it is to mess up your life. But I had a hard time extracting simple lessons from the photo of Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps at a party with a bong.

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Ongoing After-School Camp - Hosted by the Northeast Youth Center. For children age 5-12. Children will be transported from school to the Northeast Youth Center II for a snack, games, computer play, arts and weekly field trips. Schools served include: Arlington, Bemiss, Cooper, Lidgerwood, Linwood, Logan, Longfellow, Ridgeview, Regal, Stevens, Whitman and Willard. Held Mondays-Fridays. 3-6 p.m., Northeast Youth Center II, 2121 E. Wabash Ave. $53/week. State pay accepted. Scholarships available. (509) 482-0708.

Important lessons can be learned in unstructured play

Beth Anne Cuda wasn’t sure if she should be proud or worried that her 13-year-old daughter Kacey was phoning and texting her classmates to set up appointments to work on their group homework project. She was glad to see her daughter step up and take responsibility, but she wondered if she had been teaching her child a bit too much about organization and not enough about free play.

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Ongoing “Team Up!” Exhibit - Explore the science of sports and test your own basketball, tennis, soccer and football skills while learning about math and physics. On display through June 11. Hours are Mondays-Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sundays, 11 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 one year and younger. 624-KIDS (5437).

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Today Beginning Ice Hockey - For children age 4-8. Learn the fundamentals. Participants must have a hockey helmet, mouth guard, hockey gloves, shin pads and hockey stick. Riverfront Park Ice Palace. $59, includes skate rental and five free public skate passes. 625-6200.

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Today Preschool Storytime - For children 3-5 years old. 11 a.m. library locations include Cheney, 610 First St. 893-8280; Moran Prairie, 6004 S. Regal St. 893-8340; North Spokane, 44 E. Hawthorne Road. 893-8350. 10:30 a.m. library locations include South, 3324 S. Perry St. 444-5385; Shadle, 2111 W. Wellesley Ave. 444-5390.

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Today “The Secret to Getting Ahead is Getting Started” - Shadle Park High School counselors will be sponsoring a workshop on post-high school options for students in grades 9-11. Parents and students will have an opportunity to attend three 20-minute breakout sessions. The sessions will include: Public four-year colleges; Private four-year colleges; Community Colleges of Spokane; Financial Aid; Apprenticeships; NCAA eligibility. Reservations requested to Stacey Donahue at 5-7:15 p.m., Shadle Park High School commons, 4327 N. Ash St. 354-6709.

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Today After School Specials - Celebrate children’s book author Kevin Henkes through stories, crafts and games. Library locations include: Cheney, 610 First St. 893-8280; Otis Orchards, 22324 E. Wellesley Ave. 893-8390; Moran Prairie, 6004 S. Regal St. 893-8340. 4 p.m. Free.