Safe and Fun Stuff to do with the Family: May 13-15
Spring Jam Fest with P.O.D.
The movement kicks off Saturday, May 14, at Bull Run Park – Special Events Center at 7700 Bull Run Drive, Centreville Virginia from 11am to 10pm! Doors open at 10:30am for General Admission. We have tried hard to put together the best possible lineup to complete our goal of outreaching through music, especially to youth and young adults, while keeping tickets at just $12 and $15! Top National and Local Bands, Games, Activities, Vendors, and an 11 hour party that everyone will enjoy.
Taste of Arlington
The restaurant bubble in Arlington these days translates into more choices than ever at this annual foodie street fair; among the restaurants serving up bites are Bayou Bakery, Rustico and Willow. Tickets include eight “tastes” (food can be purchased for one taste; beer and wine equal two tastes).Ballston Common Mall 4238 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA | 703-528-3527
Herndon Junior Golf Clinic
Annual Herndon Centennial Junior Golf Clinic. Open to kids age 7 – 16. Clubs provided, or kids may bring their own. Registration required. Town of Herndon Centennial Golf Course 909 Ferndale Avenue, Herndon, VA Admission: FREE
Korean Bell Garden Grand Opening 11am Meadowlark Botanical Gardens
This is a special event to celebrate the installation of a 3 ton bell that is the centerpiece of the Korean Bell Garden at Meadowlark. It is the only Korean Bell Garden in the Western Hemisphere and the only Korean bell pavilion on the east coast. The event on the 14th will include free Korean food, free Korean/English cook books for the first 200, as well special traditional Korean artists flown in by the Korean government just for this occasion. 9750 Meadowlark Gardens Court, Vienna, VA
History Comes Alive at Frying Pan Spring Meeting House
Celebrate the rich history and diverse culture of the Frying Pan Spring Meeting House, one of the oldest, racially-integrated churches in Virginia. Constructed in 1791, the simple white building located at Frying Pan Farm Park housed an integrated congregation, sheltered wounded Civil War soldiers and survived 200 years of community growth and change. The Victorian Society of Falls Church, dressed in period attire, will make history come alive with song and stories of the Civil War activity that took place at the Meeting House. Archaeologists will also be on hand to share historical artifacts found on the site and highlight cemetery restoration plans. Hear stories of the white and black 19th century parishioners who worshiped there and are buried on the church grounds. Enjoy light refreshments in the church yard, just as the orginial parishioners once did.Phone: (703) 437-9101 Times: 1pm-4pm Frying Pan Farm Park 2709 West Ox Road, Herndon, VA Admission: $5
Yoga on the National Mall
The big draw of Sunday’s afternoon of movement on the Mall will be a class at 3:30 led by California-based Shiva Rea, who is well-known among practitioners as the queen of the popular prana flow style of yoga. There will also be partner classes and demonstrations of acro-yoga, which, as the name suggests, is a gravity-defying blend of yoga and acrobatics.
Swashbuckling reenactors will explain what life was like for an 18th Century pirate. The event includes children’s activities, live music, a children’s pirate costume contest and a treasure hunt.
Darnall’s Chance House Museum | 14800 Governor Oden Bowie Dr., Upper Marlboro, MD | 301-952-8010
Kiddy Hop Swing Dance
Kids are invited to a family-friendly swing dance | Glen Echo Park | 7300 MacArthur Blvd | Glen Echo, MD | 301-634-2222
Butterfly Exhibit at Brookside Gardens.
Learn about the life cycle of butterflies, and be surrounded by hundreds of North American, Costa Rican and Asian butterflies flying freely inside the conservatory. Learn more about how to attract butterflies to your backyard. Brookside Gardens, Wheaton. Sunday, May 08, 2011, 10:00am – 4:00pm10 a.m.-4 p.m. All ages. $6 adults, $4 ages 3-12, under 2 years free. No strollers. montgomeryparks.org/brookside
Helping Flood Victims
You can help the Salvation Army as they serve residents throughout the Southeast, including Tennessee in the aftermath of the April 27, 2011 tornado outbreak. This morning, The Salvation Army sent in additional personnel to assist ongoing efforts in the Memphis area as the floodwaters continue to rise.
If you’d like to help, you can call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (725-2769) or visit the Salvation Army Memphis website: www.salvationarmymemphis.org . Text to give is also available by texting the word “give” to 80888; a $10 donation will appear on your cell phone bill.
To know more, click here.
Free Prom Dresses this Week!
D.C.’s Shaw Middle School is giving away prom dresses donated by the community all week. The Prom Dress Shop — which also offers shoes and accessories — was originally geared toward middle school students who could not afford to buy their own dresses for the school’s big dance. Thanks to a deluge of donations, the shop’s hours have been extended and it is open to high school students, too. Stop by and shop for free from 3:30 to 5 p.m. this week at Shaw Middle School at 2001 10th St NW. –
Family Safety Tip:
Gov’t warns kids’ tabletop chairs not safe
The Associated Press
The Consumer Product Safety Commission says children could be hurt in certain versions of the “metoo” clip-on tabletop chairs imported by Colorado-based phil&teds USA Inc. The CPSC says numerous children – believed to be about a dozen – have been injured.
The chairs have metal clamps that attach to most table tops, such as a restaurant table. The CPSC says those clamps can easily come loose, causing the chair to detach and sending the child plummeting to the floor.
Fingers or hands can also be pinched or crushed when the chairs partially detach from a table, catching a child’s fingers or hands between the clamp and a metal bar on the front of the chair.
The commission says the company refused to agree to a national recall that was acceptable to the agency.
A call to the company in Fort Collins seeking comment was not immediately returned.
The clip-on chairs involved in the commission’s warning do not have plastic spacers between the table clamps and the front metal bar.
The company also has clip-on chairs with plastic spacers between the clamps and bar – and those chairs are under investigation, the CPSC said.
On its website, the company is offering rubberized grips to cover the chair’s clamps. CPSC spokesman Scott Wolfson says the grip replacement kits being offered by phil&teds will not keep children safe in the seat.
“Even with those rubber boots, the chair can still slip off a table,” said Wolfson. “We believe the company needs to come up with a free remedy that will prevent children from falling or having an amputation hazard if one side of the chair detaches.”
The commission said the company had claimed on its website to be offering the replacement kits in cooperation with the CPSC. The commission says there was no such agreement and maintains the kits fail to keep children safe in the chair.
The “metoo” chairs have been sold at nationwide retailers such as Target and Toys R Us as well as online.
WGTS 91.9 Featured Item of the Day: Homemade Granola
Courtesy of the Potomac Adventist Book & Health Food Store
1 cup pitted dates
2 Tbsp maple syrup (optional)
2 ripe bananas
1/2 cup water
1 1/2 tsp salt
8 cup rolled oats
1 cup chopped nuts (I use 1/2 cup each of pecans, slivered almonds)
1 cup unsweetened, shredded coconut (optional)
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
Process first 4 ingredients in blender until smooth. Pour over remaining ingredients. Stir together and mix well. Spread on cookie sheets to about 1/2″ thick. Bake 200 F degrees for 2 hours, stirring every hour, until golden and almost dry. Continue to bake, stirring every hour until dry. Store in airtight container.
May 5, 2011 – Mother’s Day Deals
If money is a bit tight, you can still show your mom how much you care without breaking the bank:
- DSW Shoes – $10 bonus card for every $50 gift card you buy
- Kate Spade – Free shipping on all orders plus $50 off orders of $250 or more with coupon: YOCSP11
- 1-800-Flowers – Free shipping and no service charge when you order from their Mother’s Day collection using coupon: MDAY46
- Sears – Take 20 percent off jewelry using coupon: MOTHER20
- Coldwater Creek – Free shipping plus 25 percent off your order using coupon: AFLC451
- Teleflora – Take 15 percent off your order using coupon: AFPX15
- Ann Taylor – An additional 25 percent off sale styles using coupon: EXTRA25
- Nine West – Free shipping on all orders
- Snapfish – Free shipping on orders over $20 using coupon: SHIPIT20
- FragranceX – Free shipping on order using coupon: FREE
May 4, 2011 – Family Safety Tip: Kids & Sports
Looks like it may be best for kids to dabble in several different sports. The folks in the white lab coats suggest that the kids they studied who only played one sport were twice as likely to get injured than kids who played several sports. Doctors say it’s got to do with how much cross-training kids get and their bodies being able to be exposed to different types of movement. That lowers the risk of getting hurt. You can read more about it here.
Family Safety Tip: How to talk to your kids about Osama bin Laden
It’s all over the news, and your kids are listening and watching. Maybe you’re getting the question: ”Mommy…why are people happy that Osama bin Laden was killed?
The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry has some advice for how to approach a discussion with your child about recent terrorism related events, like the killing of Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden:
1. Wait until your child is ready to talk, don’t force a conversation. Help them express themselves, through art or writing.
2. Answer a child’s questions honestly, using age appropriate concepts for their level of understanding. Don’t overload a child with too much information.
3. Be prepared to repeat explanations or conversations. Asking the same questions over may be your child’s way of asking for reassurance.
4. Avoid stereotyping groups of people by race, nationality, or religion. Use the opportunity to teach tolerance and explain prejudice.
5. Don’t let children watch lots of violent or upsetting images on TV. Repetitive frightening images or scenes can be very disturbing, especially to young children. Children who have experienced trauma or losses may show more intense reactions to tragedies or news of war or terrorist incidents. These children may need extra support and attention.
“Watching, reading, or examining the news together is the best way to gauge a child’s reaction and to help a child or teen deal with the information”, according to Robin F. Goodman, Ph.D. , a clinical psychologist specializing in bereavement issues. “In discussing what is viewed or heard when together, parents and professionals become informed about how the children processed the material and how they feel about it.”
Continue reading on Examiner.com: Osama bin Laden killed: Talking to kids about terrorism and war – Providence Children’s Health | Examiner.com http://www.examiner.com/children-s-health-in-providence/osama-bin-laden-killed-talking-to-kids-about-terrorism-and-war#ixzz1LCC0HGuk
Family Safety Tip: Lock Your Meds
Lock Your Meds™ is a new national campaign from the National Family Partnership to inform families that they are frequently the “unintentional suppliers” of prescription medications being abused by young people.
The CDC lists prescription drug abuse as the fastest-growing drug problem among 12-17 year olds.One in five high school students in the U.S. admits to having taken a prescription drug without a prescription.The number of teens going into treatment for addiction to prescription drugs has increased by more than 300%.
Emergency room visits for prescription drug abuse have more than doubled since 2004, and 48% of all ER hospital visits for prescription drug abuse are by young people ages 12-20.
Prescription drugs are now involved in more overdose deaths than heroin and cocaine, combined.The National Family Partnership is the largest and oldest drug-prevention group in the United States, and in 1988 developed “Red Ribbon Week” into the annual campaign that now reaches more than 80 million people each year, mobilizing parents, schools and communities. As the nation’s oldest and largest drug prevention group, the National Family Partnership is committed to keeping families informed.
It’s a good idea to put away your prescription drug medication and make sure your children’s Grandparents do as well.
For more information go to: http://www.lockyourmeds.org/
Family Safety Tip: How to talk to your kids about Japan
With all the coverage of the devastating Japan earthquake on TV, many children may have questions regarding what is going on. Here are some guidelines on talking to your kids about the disaster, adapted from material provided by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, headquartered at UCLA in Westwood.
1. Develop an environment that supports communication.
2. Answer children’s questions truthfully.
3. Express your own thoughts and concerns; it can help children talk about their own feelings as well.
4. Monitor children’s exposure to disaster-related media coverage.
5. Monitor adult conversations in front of children about the disaster.
6. Identify ways for your child to help. Children gain self- esteem and a sense of how to respond constructively.
7. Are there families at your school who may have suffered loss or worry about family living in Japan? Providing support to these families and children can also be a helpful step.
8. Use this time to talk with your children about the needs of others who may be in difficult circumstances, both in Japan as well as in your community. Consider ways that your family may want to address these needs.