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    February 11, 2011 by  
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    Make a Valentine

    Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores has a heartfelt way to help kids create a gift for family and friends to love this Valentine’s Day.

    On Saturday, February 12, in every Jo-Ann store nationwide, kids can create colorful Valentine keepsake boxes during a free Make It-Take It event.

    From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the crafting experts at Jo-Ann will be on hand to help kids create works of art using Core’dinations papers, Provo Craft cutting tools, and 3M adhesives.

    These boxes are sure to be treasured by anyone who is the lucky recipient.

    Family Movie Review:  Justin Bieber:  Never Say Never:

    From Christianity.com:  Your preteen daughter surely knows that Justin Bieber’s first feature film is opening this Friday, Feb. 11, in theaters everywhere. But does your pastor know? Or your church’s youth leaders?

    There’s a subtle-but-fascinating marketing campaign going on for Justin Bieber: Never Say Never, accentuating the faith angle of the movie. Well, maybe not so much the movie as Bieber himself. Other than a quick pre-show prayer or two, the film is not overt about Bieber’s faith; one publicist clarified that “while Justin and his mother [also prominently featured] are Christians . . . this is a secular film about Justin and his music. However, it is clean, safe, wholesome entertainment that parents and grandparents can take their kids to.”

    In conjunction with the new Bieber film, Allied Faith & Family has put together a 12-page Bible study discussion guide titled, “Never Say Never: For Nothing Is Impossible With God,” based on the film and Bieber’s own faith journey. The guide bills itself as “an opportunity to teach our children about the power of hope, prayer, faith and family.” It includes sections on “Discerning God’s Plan for Your Life,” “The Power of Prayer,” and “The Importance of Godly Friendships.”

    We already knew that Bieber was a Christian, but Allied Faith & Family’s efforts — which include a video interview with Bieber’s mother, Pattie Mallette — have helped members of the media learn even more about his faith journey. Cobbled from press releases, videos, and the interview with Mallette, we learn that:

    Bieber, in his own words, is “a Christian. I believe in God. I believe that, you know, Jesus died on the cross for my sins. I have a relationship with him. And he’s the reason I’m here.”


    National Aquarium

    Workers at the aquarium must have been on the good list because they got two new water-loving friends: Jimmy and Teddy. See loggerhead sea turtles before they leave the District in the fall.  14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW | Department of Commerce Building | $9, $8 seniors and military, $4 ages 3 to 11, younger free.

    The Power of Chocolate

    The importance of chocolate is conveyed through crafts, performances, puppetry, art and talks about a cacao cooperative and the history of chocolate. at the National Museum of the American Indian | Fourth Street and Independence Avenue SW | FREE


    Tot Trails Grand Opening at Port Discovery.

    Non-walkers delight in exploring the padded, squishy tidal pool area, featuring sensory tubes and plenty of lean-on areas for parents to cuddle with their infants. Toddlers climb and slide through the Crystal Cave, crawl along the dune walk, and dig for fossils. Then enjoy some quite time in the reading nook. Port Discovery, Baltimore. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat., 12-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission. portdiscovery.org

    Living Our History: An Afternoon of Stories:

    Learn about the lives of African American women during the Civil War through dramatic performances by historic re-enactors. Banneker-Douglass Museum, Annapolis. 2-3:30 p.m. All ages. Free. Registration encouraged. 410-216-6180, BDMPrograms@goci.state.md.us


    Silverlicious Celebration.

    Celebrate the new Children’s book Silverlicious featuring Pinkalicious with games, crafts, giveaways, and a Pinkalicious Parade. Borders, Vienna/Tyson’s Corner, Annapolis Mall, or Bowie locations. 2 p.m. Ages 4 to 8.