CARMICHAEL, CA (MPG) - A sizzling art fiesta filled Pavilions Shopping Center last weekend. Enduring mid-90s temperatures during its 61st annual show, the festival raised funds for Sacramento Suburban Kiwanis Club and paraded wares by more than 100 artists and crafters.
Revenue from the event will assist disadvantaged children and adults in the Sacramento region. Other beneficiaries include Just for Kids (helping youth with a family member undergoing cancer treatment); Dyer Kelly Elementary School; Wellspring Women’s Center; Sacramento Crisis Nursery; Stanford House; Easter Seals; Sierra-Arden Food Closet and the Kiwanis Family House. Sacramento Suburban Kiwanis also sponsor four high school Key Clubs and Troops 53 Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts. For information on the club, call (916) 972-7337.
SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - From learning about artistry, aviation or even deep space, a number of Sacramento area museums and destinations are offering unique classes, camps and activities for kids this summer. Space is limited, camps are already filling up fast and parents are encouraged to connect with the individual museum(s) of interest to explore availability.
A number of the 2019 summer camps, classes and activities offered by Sacramento area museums includes the following:
Aerospace Museum of California - The Aerospace Museum is proud to offer an ACE Academy Summer Camp June 17-21 where participants (ages 13-18) will have the opportunity to meet aviation professionals, learn the basics of flight planning and aviation history, explore the physics of flight, take field trips to various airports and aviation-related sites, pilot an aircraft in a flight simulator, and take an orientation flight in a single engine aircraft. To find out more details about this exciting camp led by two Southwest Airlines pilots and/or register, please visit www.aerospaceca.org/ace/;
Crocker Art Museum - The Crocker's high-quality, full-day art camps are designed to support campers (ages 5-6 and 7-9) as they explore, imagine, experiment and create. Camps, which start on June 17 and continue into early August, focus on process over product and offer participants an opportunity to explore diverse subjects and materials through the Museum’s renowned collection and special exhibitions. Campers develop friendships and critical thinking skills through looking at, talking about, and creating art. For more details and/or register, please visit www.crockerart.org/camps2019;
Fairytale Town - Fairytale Town offers 27 exciting and educational summer camps for children ages 4 – 6 and 7 – 9. Each weeklong camp is designed for a specific age group and features a unique theme, including visual and theatre arts, literature, puppetry, animals, gardening and more! Children can explore new areas of interest or dive deeper into their favorite topic. For more information or to register, visit www.fairytaletown.org;
Maidu Museum & Historic Site – If your kids (ages 8-10) love the outdoors, getting dirty and having fun, consider enrolling them in the Center’s nature camp for fun activities and crafts about the natural world around us. With a half-day summer camp scheduled June 10-14, participants will enjoy hands-on experiences with plants and learn fun facts about the fascinating animals that live in our community. For more information and/or to register, visit this link (click on “Register” then “Specialty Camps): www.roseville.ca.us/cms/One.aspx?portalId=7964922&pageId=8890615
Powerhouse Science Center – Powerhouse summer camps (targeted to 2nd to 6th graders) combine innovative science projects, creative challenges, outdoor games and, of course, lots of fun. Starting on June 10 and continuing into early August, summer camp themes revolve around central concepts such as space, nature and general science with titles such as Whodunit? CSI 2019, Mission Blast-Off: Escape from Mars!, Hacking 101: Where Science & Technology Collide, Prehistoric Life: On Land, In Air and Under the Sea, Robots and Rovers: Space Exploration Through Time, and Lights, Camera, Action: Summer Science Blockbusters. For more details and/or register, please visit www.powerhousesc.org/summer-camps/;
Sacramento Children’s Museum – The Museum offers a variety of summer camps starting in June and continuing into August that take place at three locations including the Laguna Town Hall in Elk Grove, Hagan Park in Rancho Cordova and at the Museum also in Rancho Cordova. Camps appeal to various ages with topics that include the following: Drama-Rama Theater Play Camp, Jurassic Camp, Art Studio Camp, Ocean Explorers Camp, Story Factory Camp, Outer Space Camp, Global Art Camp, Cooking Around the World Camp and Concoction Lab Camp. To find out more details and/or register, please visit www.sackids.org/camps;
Sacramento History Museum – The Museum is proud to offer fun and history-rich summer camps through the month of July. Camps include a theater based camp, History Live!, a Sacramento history centered camp, Gold Fever!, and a camp all about archaeology, Dig It!, that will engage, stimulate, and captivate young minds. Plus, all summer camp participants will visit Old Sacramento museums, state historic parks and local historic sites as part of the memorable experience. To find out more details and/or register, please visit www.sachistorymuseum.org/2019-history-camp/;
Sacramento Zoo – The Zoo offers a series of summer camps and classes from June through August that are very popular and sell out quickly. The camps and classes are targeted by age (K-12 grades) and take place in an exciting atmosphere that allows camp counselors a unique opportunity to reach kids and inspire them to care about wildlife, wild spaces and learn how to help protect them. To find out more details and/or register, visit www.saczoo.org/education/camps/;
Verge Center for the Arts – The Center is excited to offer three themed studio camp weeks per age group (kids ages 6-9 and 10-13) that start on June 17 and continue into August. Topics include Immersive Space: Installation Art, Paper Mache Creatures: Puppets & Alebrijes, and Art on the Walls: Murals. The summer camps are designed to introduce and foster a love for the arts through hands-on activities, instruction and exploration. For more details or register, please visit https://www.vergeart.com/classes/kidscamp2019/.;
For more information about upcoming activities offered by Sacramento area museums, “like” them on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/SacMuseums, follow them on Instagram and Twitter @SacMuseums or visit the user-friendly website at www.SacMuseums.org.
About Sacramento Area Museums (SAM)
Comprised of 30 greater Sacramento area museums working in partnership with Visit Sacramento, SAM’s mission is to raise awareness of local museums by giving the community the opportunity to discover the region’s fine art, history, science and wildlife treasures. SAM achieves its mission through implementing cooperative promotions and developing strategic marketing alliances, by encouraging sharing of knowledge and resources among its partner institutions. For more information, visit www.SacMuseums.org.
(BPT) - When school dismisses for the summer, parents across the country worry about how much their children will forget over the vacation months. Will all those hours helping them with math and reading dissolve with the carefree hours spent at the pool or playground?
“While a break from the long days of school is needed, studies show that most kids lose up to two months of their math skills between school grades,” says Dominique Ciccarelli, Ed.M., education specialist for Kumon North America. “The brain is like a muscle and needs a regular dose of exercise to stay strong. Connections in your brain multiply when you learn new topics, and through this process, you get smarter.”
Added to this concern is how much time over the summer parents will be able to commit to helping their children retain and reinforce what they learned during the previous school year. While millions of children are eager for the freedom of summer, parents are coming up with plans to keep the learning momentum going.
Here are seven fun ways to keep your child engaged over the summer with enriching experiences.
Have a scavenger hunt at the museum. One way to turn a visit to the museum into a fun and educational experience is to make it a scavenger hunt. If you’re going to an art museum, your list can include things you might see in paintings or sculptures from a certain country. If it’s a natural history museum, you can include dinosaurs and animals.
Find the right learning program. For families with children looking for enrichment activities, the right learning program is invaluable. With nearly 1,500 centers throughout the United States, Kumon uses an individualized approach that helps children develop a solid command of math and reading skills. To help students continue learning through the summer, Kumon is offering free registration in June at participating centers.
Develop their green thumb. Gardening allows children to not only play and build something - as they might do in a sandbox - but learn about the life cycle of plants and the importance of nutrition. One way to make this more exciting is to try to grow something giant, like a huge squash or zucchini that will provide an end goal to the entire experience.
Let them be your travel agents. Before you set off on your summer vacation, get your children involved in the planning process. Let them help you search for lodging within your budget and in the area you want to stay. Together, you can learn about nearby attractions and plan your visit accordingly. The entire process not only builds confidence, but serves as a finance, geography, history and social studies lesson all wrapped in one.
Have adventures in reading. Reading is one of the most important skills to maintain and develop. Reading to your children each day establishes a positive association in their mind and makes them excited to read on their own. Be sure to stay up to date with the activities at your local library, which provides fun and sociable learning opportunities.
Make something. While there are plenty of kits out there to promote STEM learning skills, you can encourage your children to use their creativity and knowledge to build projects from common household materials. Some classic examples of this would be making a raft out of empty milk cartons or plastic bottles, a homemade volcano using vinegar and baking soda or a homemade electromagnet.
Become a collector. A great way for children to get hands-on knowledge of the natural world is for them to build a collection while discovering the outdoors. Rocks, plants, bugs - these are the things that excite a young mind. Search for different kinds of leaves to press at home, then work with your children to identify their types.
(BPT) - You’ve probably heard of Down syndrome, but did you know:
About one in every 700 babies in the U.S. is born with this condition?
A 45-year-old woman is 10 times more likely to conceive a child with Down syndrome than someone who is 35 years old?
Down syndrome is only one of several chromosome abnormalities called trisomies, and that two of the others, Trisomy 18 and Trisomy 13, are much more serious?
“Most women know very little about their risk of giving birth to a child with Down syndrome. Many know nothing at all about other trisomy conditions that cause the majority of miscarriages, and are much more life-threatening to the baby,” says Dr. Jill Hechtman, medical director of Tampa Obstetrics. “With today’s highly accurate, non-invasive prenatal genetic screening tests (NIPTs), they can find out as early as nine weeks from a simple blood draw if their unborn child is at risk.”
What is a trisomy?
A trisomy condition means that some or all of a person’s cells have an extra chromosome. How a trisomy affects a person will depend on which chromosome is affected and other factors. Health issues associated with the condition can range from mild intellectual and developmental disabilities and physical abnormalities (learning differences or infertility) to life-threatening problems with the heart or other organs.
What are the most common trisomies and their risks?
Trisomy can occur with any of a person’s 23 pairs of chromosomes, but the most well-known syndromes are:
Trisomy 21, more commonly known as Down syndrome.
About 400,000 Americans have Down syndrome and about 6,000 U.S. babies are born with this condition each year. People with Down syndrome usually have mild-to-moderate intellectual and developmental disability and heart abnormalities. They also are at risk for hearing and vision loss and other health conditions. Although children with Down syndrome will need extra medical care, most will live into their 60s.
The chance of having a child with Down syndrome increases as the age of the mother increases. At 35, a woman has about a one in 350 chance of conceiving a child with Down syndrome. But by 40, the chances are one in 100, and at 45, they go up to one in 30.
Learn more at National Down Syndrome Society
Trisomy 18, also called Edwards syndrome.
This is the second most common trisomy syndrome and occurs in about one in 7,000 live births each year. Babies with trisomy 18 have severe intellectual disabilities and birth defects that typically involve the heart, brain and kidneys. A small number of infants (more often girls) with the condition are able to live into their 20s and 30s, although they require full-time caregiving because of their significant developmental problems.
Only about 50 percent of babies who make it to term will live longer than one week and about 5-10 percent will live past one year. As with Down syndrome, trisomy 18 is more prevalent among older mothers.
Trisomy 13, also called Patau syndrome.
This condition occurs in about one in 10,000 live births. Trisomy 13 infants will have severe intellectual disabilities as well as physical disabilities that could include heart defects, brain and spinal cord problems, and extra fingers and/or toes.
Although about 5 percent will survive the first year. More than 80 percent of babies with Trisomy 13 have birth defects that may involve the heart, brain, kidneys and other organs. Survivors experience severe intellectual disability.
How can I find out if my child is at increased risk for Down syndrome or other trisomies?
Prenatal genetic screening tests from a simple blood draw that can be done in a physician’s office can determine your chance of having a baby with these conditions or other abnormal or missing chromosomes is increased or decreased.
Keep in mind, however, that not all NIPT tests are the same. For example, the Natera Panorama screening test is the only one currently available that can differentiate between mom and baby’s DNA.
Genetic screening tests are not replacements for diagnostic tests such as the CVS or amniocentesis. It is important to discuss all test results with your health care provider and obtain any recommended follow-up testing.
For more information on prenatal as well as other genetic tests, go to natera.com/awareness.
(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - Just in time for Earth Day, a new book introduces young readers aged 7 to 11 to a whole new world of unique and compelling endangered species, environmental awareness, teamwork and, best of all, a rollicking, outlandish group of characters that entertain the whole family.
The Nocturnals: The Mysterious Abductions, by Tracey Hecht, focuses on a group of animals who form an unlikely team to solve the mystery of why other nocturnal denizens of their forest are disappearing. Dawn the fox, Tobin the pangolin and Bismark the sugar glider embark on a fantastic adventure that takes them to the depths of the earth and places their survival at stake.
R.L. Stine, author of the bestselling Goosebumps children’s series, describes the book as “an enchanting story about a group of animals who band together to protect their friends and find adventure. The characters are delightful, and the nighttime landscape is captivating. It was just as I expected -- because the best stories always take place in the dark!”
The book is aimed not only at children, but at their parents, and is written with an ear toward being read aloud to educate all ages about the importance of protecting animals and the environment. The story combines snappy dialogue with plot twists and action, and slips in education about different types of animals and how they live and behave.
Author Tracey Hecht noted in an interview that the benefits of shared reading aren’t limited to pre-readers.
“I didn’t stop reading aloud to my kids -- I still haven’t -- and it’s the best part of my day,” she said. “I keep books everywhere and I think of reading like a conversation -- just have it. Just pick up a book and have it. You’ll be amazed at how well it bridges the gaps,” she emphasized.
Children, parents and teachers can visit www.nocturnalsworld.com for more information about the book, including a sample chapter that introduces the main characters. In addition, the website offers bonus animated shorts, activities and educational materials, including a Next Generation Science Guide, templates for animal trading cards and library resources including guidelines for middle grade book clubs.
(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - If choosing the right Mother’s Day gift has been your biggest challenge over the years, try taking a cue from mom herself.
Millions of dollars have been spent researching and/or polling what moms desire most, so use it to your advantage! Thank mom, a mother figure or wife for all that she does -- from giving you style advice to motivating you when you needed it most -- celebrate your unique bond with a gift she will celebrate for many years to come.
Mom has always been there when you needed it, and she deserves the best. Below are a few ways to treat her on Mother’s Day:
Handwritten Letter. Showing your appreciation for mom with a handwritten note takes time and thought, and she’ll recognize this. Remember all of the moments that mean the most to you and express your gratitude in a way that is unique to the bond you share. It will be a letter she’ll cherish.
Time to Unwind. A thoughtful way to thank mom for all she does is to give a gift that helps alleviate her busy schedule so she can relax. Whether giving a spa package or simply cleaning the home, research has shown that moms expressed wanting to have time to themselves as a top Mother’s Day gift.
Create Unexpected Wrapping Paper. Because mom wants a thoughtful gift, why not put extra care into how you wrap it? A unique way to showcase the special bond you share is to create custom wrapping paper decorated with photos of the two of you at different stages of your life.
Jewelry. Research has shown that jewelry is one of the best-received gifts on Mother’s Day. The question then becomes which jewelry to choose for the one-of-a-kind woman in your life.
Country singer Jessie James Decker and wife to football player Eric Decker, has her own personal favorite: “I’m a huge fan of PANDORA Jewelry,” says Jessie, herself a mother of two. “Their handcrafted pieces are so customizable that you can have fun stacking and layering them to wear every day or on special occasions. On the top of my wish list at the moment are the Sparkling Love Knots earrings and Sparkling Love Knot Pendant, which can be styled on one of PANDORA’s .925 sterling silver or 14K gold necklace chains.”
PANDORA Jewelry (Pandora.net) released a special Mother’s Day collection of 14K gold and .925 sterling silver rings, bracelets, necklaces, charms and earrings with whimsical blooms, symbolic knots and love-filled hearts sure to be on mom’s “most wanted” list.
Whether the woman in your life is modest or tuned into the latest trends, she deserves a gift that makes her feel as special as she actually is. So this Mother’s Day put some thought into it and give her something she’ll actually want to keep.
(BPT) - Nearly one in six of all U.S. children and adolescents are obese, according to the U.S. Center for Disease Control. And with some struggling schools forgoing traditional physical education classes, health experts view this issue as a growing concern. The regular physical activity encouraged in PE classes not only helps build and maintain healthy bones and muscle, it has also been shown to improve students’ academic performance.
“Research shows that school is one of the first places where kids establish health habits,” says Jen Ohlson, co-founder of Interactive Health Technologies LLC (IHT), a company pioneering customized P.E. curricula through the use of heart rate monitoring. “As a solution, many health advocates are turning to physical education to positively impact adolescents’ overall health. With the right tools and resources available in school that can extend to home, teachers and parents alike can reach students on an individual level, helping them achieve their own fitness goals.”
Ohlson offers her top five tips for teachers, parents and caregivers looking to help their kids get more active:
1. Set measurable short term goals.
Motivation is all about goal setting. Teaching your kids or students to evaluate their habits and make changes that will improve their well being helps them learn the importance of living a healthy lifestyle. Setting goals can be a fun project that teachers, parents and students can work on collaboratively, just be sure the goals are measurable, timely and realistically achievable.
2. Use technology to help them understand.
“Research shows kids in the U.S. are spending more than 7.5 hours a day using technology. Alarming as it may sound, we see leveraging technology as an opportunity to help kids get and stay active,” Ohlson says. “Having worked with adidas to develop adidas ZONE for IHT Spirit, the first wrist-based heart rate monitoring device built specifically for PE, we’re using wearable technology to motivate students to work out to their own individual potential. Harnessing the power of heart rate zone training, these young athletes can reach their goals by running around, jumping, dancing, really any activity that raises their heart rate, no longer needing to race against their classmates or shoot a certain number of baskets.”
3. Make sure they know the “why” and “how.”
For students to excel athletically, they need to understand the “how,” “why” and “feel” behind the skill in their activity. If a child gets involved in a sport simply because their parents pushed them to, they likely won’t be motivated to improve or continue playing. It’s important to help your kids find activities that boost their self-esteem.
4. Be a model for active behaviors.
Show your kids how important staying active is by setting a good example. Younger children tend to follow the lead of their parents, so make sure you’re looking after your own health. Make the physical health of your entire family a priority.
5. Get involved in group activities.
Kids are more likely to be motivated when they receive support from a group of peers. Whether it’s a sports or dance team, running club or an active play date, encourage your kids to get out and be active with their friends.
While rising obesity rates and dwindling physical education classes continue to be a concern, the right approach and resources can help teachers and parents take matters into their own hands. Tools like the IHT Spirit System are certainly a big step forward, and following these tips can also play a part in helping every child get their health on track. For more information and resources visit ihtusa.com/zone.