Thursday, May 31, 2007
Consumers should immediately take this recalled jewelry away from children and return it to any Limited Too or Justice stores for a full refund and a coupon for a 15 percent discount off a future purchase. For additional information, call Tween Brands at 800-934-4497 between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit http://www.limitedtoo.com/ and www.justicejustforgirls.com
Consumers should move the mattress support to the lower setting if their child is able to sit or stand up in the crib. Consumers should also contact Song Lin Industrial Inc. to obtain a revised version of the assembly instructions, which includes directions on how to lower the mattress support. For additional information, contact Song Lin Industrial Inc. toll-free at 888-589-0088 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Central Time, Monday through Friday, or visit www.songlinfurniture.com
Wednesday, May 30, 2007
The baby gift basket arranged in a classic tin beach pail includes 7 pairs of assorted primary colored socks (size 9-18 months), a colorful musical activity sunflower toy by Kids II, a baby animal rattle book, a ladybug brush, an inch worm comb, and a honey bee nail clipper by Sassy.
Thanks to everyone who entered the contest. Look for other contests online at http://www.baystateparent.com/ and in our next print issue.
Consumers should immediately stop using the swing and contact Fisher-Price for instructions on how to return it to receive a voucher for a replacement product. For additional information, call Fisher-Price toll-free at 888-303-5631 anytime, or visit http://www.service.mattel.com/
Consumers should immediately take the recalled decorative toy drums away from children and return them to the store where purchased for a full refund. For additional information, contact The Boyds Collection Ltd. toll-free at 877-772-3277 ext.2179 or visit www.boydsstuff.com
Heather Jack of Ashland won a birthday party package for a child at the EcoTarium
Naomi Desilets of Worcester won a $1,000 modeling scholarship to Karon Shea Model Management.
Thanks to everyone who attended our year-long 10th birthday party celebrations throughout Eastern & Central Massachusetts!!!
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Some we like and some we don't.
One label that always gets a reaction - be it positive or negative - is "soccer mom."
Freelance writer Michelle Xiarhos Curran, in her first article for Bay State Parent, interviewed local moms about that title, their opinion of it, and the stereotypes attached to it. Check out her article in the May issue at www.baystateparent.com/news/2007/0501/Articles/008.html
And look out for the June issue which will be back from the printers this week!!!
Saturday, May 26, 2007
Thursday, May 24, 2007
Below are a trio of picks for Saturday, May 26:
1) Weekend for the Birds!! Beginning Saturday, May 26 the Birds of Prey will swoop into Stone Zoo for a return engagement of the seasonal, free-flight bird show “Lord of the Wings." During the 30-minute show, guests will learn fascinating bird facts and have the rare opportunity to observe natural bird behaviors. The three daily shows will feature a variety of birds including runner ducks, an American kestrel, an African pied crow, a red-legged seriema and a king vulture – to name a few. Throughout the show, several of the show’s stars will swoop into the amphitheater – flying inches above guests’ heads. Birds from around the world will demonstrate natural behaviors including unique survival techniques and food foraging, as well as specialized physical adaptations. “Lord of the Wings” runs through Sept. 3. Daily show times are 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. This season, admission to the bird show is free with regular paid admission. To plan a visit, go to: www.stonezoo.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=Page.viewPage&pageId=528
2) Circle Time!! The EcoTarium in Worcester unveils its newest exhibit -- Secrets of Circles Saturday, May 26. Families can investigate, explore and celebrate the circles hidden-- and not-so-hidden-- all around us in this fun-filled, tri-lingual exhibit. (Signage is English, Spanish and Vietnamese.) Opening activities include performances by YoYo Mama at 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., a special Circles in the Sky live planetarium show at 2:30 p.m., craft activities, animal encounters (can you think of a round animal?), hula hoops, and more. Circular snacks provided at 11 a.m. Get them while they last! The exhibit, perfect for children ages 3-10, was Secrets of Circles was created and circulated by the Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose. To plan a visit for the opening on Saturday or for another day, visit http://www.ecotarium.org/
3) SeaSide Adventures!! The Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston is hosting "Fantastic Seaside Adventures" Saturday, May 26 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Families can make a painting of Boston Harbor, tour the museum, and create puppets in the Bank of America Art Lab. Located at 100 Northern Avenue, on the last Saturday of each month, the Museum offers its popular Play Date for Families, where activities, tours, and performances are catered to children. And best of all, the events are free. Typically, admission: is $12, $10 for students and seniors, and free for children 17 and under. Admission is free from 5 to 9 p.m. on Thursdays and for families (2 adults with children under age 12) on the last Saturday of each month. To plan a visit, go to http://www.icaboston.org/
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Looking for a great weekend getaway, when the weather calls for rain this summer?
Then, consider booking a room at the Sheraton Ferncroft Hotel in Danvers/Middleton --- home to CoCo Key Water Resort, New England's only Indoor Water Park.
The grand opening of the 190,000-gallon, four-slide, 65,000-square foot water resort was yesterday afternoon. Hundreds of families got to try out the four water slides ranging in length from 286 to 353 feet (some enclosed). Invited guests also experienced floating along a 320-foot-long adventure river; feeling the rush of 300-gallons of water from a bucket, that tips every seven minutes from the Parrot Perch play structure; and splashing and sliding around in a very, kid-friendly dip-in theater area.
There is no general admission for families, without booking a hotel room, which start at $159 a night for a family of four.
CoCo Key is booking for birthday and private parties (post June 15), field trips, and group outings, too. Party and outing admission ranges from $29 to $45 per person.
For more information visit www.cocokeywaterresort.com/index.php?/Boston/index/ and please pick up a copy of the July issue of Bay State Parent magazine for a complete review of New England's only indoor water park.
Consumers should immediately take these toys away from children and return them to the store where purchased for a refund. For additional information, contact Tri-Star at 510-856-8785 anytime or CPSC’s Hotline at 800-638-2772 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Thursday, May 17, 2007
• A chance to meet Mother Nature in person!
• Official ribbon cutting (both days) at 12:30 p.m.
• Cut the cake and enjoy "nature inspired" snacks at 2 p.m.
• Check out the fossil display
• Make nature crafts
• Enjoy a visit from the staff at the Natural Resource Trust of Easton
• Check out the recycling activities offered by Waste Management, who is also sponsoring the weekend's grand opening festivities
All activities are FREE with admission, no pre-registration is neccessary. Come on down and help celebrate the museum's newest addition, The Wild Place!
“Reske wrote a very emotional and uplifting article for Bay State Parent,” said Petroni. “She deserves to be honored for her writing and for the hope she gave many of our readers who have or are battling cancer.” Read the award-winning article online at: www.baystateparent.com/news/2006/0401/Articles/024.html
The judges for the 2007 American Cancer Society Sword of Hope Awards were: Ann LoLordo, deputy editorial page editor at The Baltimore Sun; Garland Waller, associate professor of television at Boston University; David Galletly, vice president at WAMC/ Northeast Pubic Radio, Albany, New York; and K. Viswanath, PhD, associate professor at Harvard School of Public Health, and a researcher at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston.
This is the second time Bay State Parent magazine has been honored with this award. Freelance writer Stacy Juba won in 2005, for an article on skin cancer facts.
Thus far this year, the magazine has won 29 awards. In fact, Bay State Parent has won 75 awards since changing our name to Bay State Parent from Today's Parent three years ago. We truly are Massachusetts' Premier Magazine for Families.
Established in 1974, the American Cancer Society’s Sword of Hope Awards pay tribute to the essential role of the news media in raising public awareness of cancer, deepening the understanding of cancer, and ultimately saving lives.
Other 2007 award winners were:
* In the Daily Newspaper, circulation over 50,000, category, Irene Sege of the Boston Globe won for “Wednesdays with Perry and Jay,” a feature story following breast cancer survivor Perry Colmore as she provided emotional support to newly diagnosed breast cancer patients.
* In the Daily Newspaper, circulation under 50,000, category, the Fairfield Citizen-News won the award for an article entitled “Two-Time Cancer Survivor Urges Young Mothers Not to Wait to Get a Mammogram” by Michele Hermann.
* In the Weekly Newspaper category, Boston’s Bay State Banner tied with The Forecaster of Falmouth, Maine. In the Bay State Banner, Karen Miller’s “Be Healthy” section won, along with Mo Mehlsak’s story about colon cancer prevention and detection in The Forecaster.
* In the Radio category, WBUR-FM, Boston, won for Allan Coukell’s piece entitled “New Lung Cancer Test,” tied with WNPR-FM in Hartford, with “The Mystery of Breast Cancer,” produced by John Dankosky, George Goodrich, and Evette Cooke.
* In the Magazine/Periodical category, The Women’s Times of Great Barrington, won for their “Guide to Breast Cancer Resources.”
* WFXT Fox 25 in Boston won in the Television News/Feature Story category for “Fenway First Pitch” by Butch Stearns.
* The Local Cable Access award went to Community Vision 21 in Newtown, Connecticut, for the Charter Communications program “In Your Community,” produced by Dave King.
* In the Continuing Overall Effort category, there was a tie between WCSH6 in Portland, Maine, for their “Buddy to Buddy” program, and the Connecticut Post for Meg Barone’s series of cancer articles.
* A special Judges’ Award was given to the Sunday Republican of Springfield, for “Where Hope Dwells” by Ronni Gordon.
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
Not only is owner Vince Petryk serious about how he roasts his beans, but he is also serious about how he picks them. The J.P. Licks coffee importers have a direct relationship with the village of Trapichitos in Guatemala. The importers purchase the farmers’ entire crop, and in return, pay a fair price which helps to develop better farming and harvesting methods. This, in turn improves the living conditions of farmers and their families by using funds for the construction of housing, schools and community resources. Petryk and his operations staff have made several trips to Guatemalan farms to develop a better understanding for how his beans are selected and deeper relationship directly with the farmers who harvest his beans.
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Thursday, May 10, 2007
- A fall hazard prompts two government agencies and Evenflo to Announce today the recall of the Embrace™ Infant Car Seat/Carriers. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in cooperation with Evenflo recalled about 450,000 Evenflo Embrace™ Infant Car Seat/Carriers. When used as an infant carrier, the handle can unexpectedly release, causing the seat to rotate forward. When this happens, an infant inside the carrier can fall to the ground and suffer serious injuries. Evenflo has received 679 reports of the handle on the car seat/carriers unexpectedly releasing, resulting in 160 injuries to children. These reports include a skull fracture, two concussions, cuts, scrapes and bruises. The recall involves Evenflo Embrace™ Infant Car Seat/Carriers made before April 8, 2006. The recalled car seat/carriers have model numbers beginning with 317, 320, 397, 398, 540, 548, 549, 550, 556, 597, 598 or 599. The model number and production date information can be found on a white label on the bottom of the carrier and on the top of the convenience base. Models beginning with “5” are units sold with the travel system (compatible stroller). “Evenflo” is on the carrying handle and car seat base. Embrace™ infant car seat/carriers made on or after April 8, 2006 are not included in this recall. They were sold at department and juvenile products stores nationwide sold the car seat/carriers from December 2004 through September 2006 for between $70 and $100 when sold alone and between $140 and $200 when sold with a compatible stroller.
Consumers should not use the handle until the repair kit has been installed. The product can continue to be used as a car seat when secured in a vehicle. Contact Evenflo to receive a free repair kit that strengthens the handle latch. Recall notice will be sent to all registered owners of the recalled product. The recalled units should not be returned to the retailer. For additional information, contact Evenflo at 800-490-7497 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or visit the recall Web site at www.embracehandle.com/
Wednesday, May 9, 2007
Moms, you deserve a special outing away from your to-do lists where you can enjoy time with your family. Choose from one of the following events, and plan to make some memories.
-- Calendar Editor Carrie Wattu
Saturday, May 12
Mother's Day Picture Event. Auburn Mall. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Kidgit Club members, get dressed up and have a special picture taken for your Mom. Make a gift at the craft table. Not a Kidgits member? Sign up today for a $5 annual fee. 508-832-2314. shopauburnmall.com .
Free Garden Admission for Moms. Tower Hill Botanical Gardens, Boylston. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Stroll the gardens. Bring a picnic. A$8, Y $5, Free for 6 and under. 508-869-6111. towerhillbg.org . Also 5/13.
Mother's Day Tea. Willard House Clock Museum, North Grafton. 2 to 3 p.m. Treat your mother, daughter or granddaughter. Reminisce about the past and experience the slow pace of years gone by in the historic Willard House. Spend a leisurely afternoon in a quite country setting enjoying tea, coffee and pastries, and the sights and sounds of clocks. Daughters, 5 - 12, $9, Moms/Grandmoms $10 NM. Advance registration by 5/5: 508-839- 3500. willardhouse.org .
Mother's Day. Providence Children's Museum, Providence, RI. 1 to 3 p.m. Ages 3 - 8. Bring bears to share cookies and lemonade with moms and grandmoms. Listen to bear stories and make May baskets. $6.50pp. 401-273-KIDS childrenmuseum.org .
Mother's Day Craft Station. Heritage Museums & Gardens, 67 Grove St., Sandwich. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tour the gardens & buildings; stop by the craft table at the Art Museum to make a unique gift tag and a sachet of relaxing bath salts with the scent of your choice. Free w/admission: A$12, Y (6-16) $6, C 5 and under free. 508-888-3300. 508-888- 3300. heritagemuseum.org .
Mothering Sons Retreat. For mothers of all boy families. Held in Sudbury. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. What makes mothering sons unique? How do we honor the "feminine" in our households? Facilitated by Betsy Wisch M.A., LMHC. Call for fees. Registration: firstname.lastname@example.org or 978-394-6316.
Flowers for Mom. Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary, Worcester. 10 a.m. to noon. Take a gentle family hike to view the wildflowers in bloom. Then, sit and relax on the deck, while dad (or other adult) and kids make special gifts to present to moms. All ages. A$10, C$6 NM. Register: 508- 753-6087.
Sunday, May 13
Half-Price Admission for Mom. Discovery Museum, Acton. Mothers, Stepmothers, and grandmothers enjoy half-price admission. $8pp; Both museums $12pp. 978-264-4200. discoverymuseums.org .
26th Annual Duckling Day Parade. Boston Common (opposite the State House). Sign up at 11 a.m. Parade is at noon. Every Mother's Day, the tiny duckling sculptures inspired by the children's book Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey come out of storage. They return in a parade, designed especially for children, that winds through the Boston Common and the Public Garden. Children dress as their favorite characters from the book and are led by the Harvard University Marching Band. After the parade, swan boats at the garden lake are available. Registered children receive ducky prizes and refreshments. Tickets: $25 per family. Advance tickets: Mail a check made payable to Friends of the Public Garden, 87 Mt. Vernon Street, Boston, MA 02108. Tickets also at the event. 617-723-8144, 617-766-5669 or email email@example.com. friendsofthepublicgarden.org .
Mother's Day. Franklin Park Zoo, Boston and Stone Zoo, Stoneham. Enjoy scavenger hunts, zookeeper encounters and a special surprise unveiling. zoonewengland.com .
Free Garden Admission for Moms. Tower Hill Botanical Gardens, Boylston. See 5/12 listing for details. 508-869-6111. towerhillbg.org .
Mother's Day with A Splash of Blue. Concord Museum, Concord. 12 to 5 p.m. Bring your mothers (or mothers bring your families!) to enjoy the exhibition A Splash of Blue and a special guided tour (2 p.m.) of the Museum with a focus on some fascinating and accomplished women in Concord's history. Reservations: 978-369-9763.
Mother's Day Brunch. Verrill Farm, Concord. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Served outside under the tent. Live music. $20pp, C (Under 10) $10. Reservations and pre-payment by 5/11. 978-369-4494. verrillfarm.com .
Annual Mothers Day Brunch. Fruitlands Museum, Prospect Hill Rd., Harvard. A fun free day. 978- 456-3924 x 239. fruitlands.org .
Bring Your Mom(s) to DeCordova for Free. DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Lincoln. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Explore the 35-acre Sculpture Park and The 2007 DeCordova Annual Exhibition; dine in The Café, and more. Bring your family dog. A$9, Y (6-12)$6, C 5 and under free. 781-259- 8355. decordova.org .
30th Annual Birds and Breakfast. Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary, 280 Eliot St., Natick. 7 to 8:30 a.m. Learn bird identification tips from an expert during a 90-minute guided walk, then return to the nature center for homemade pancakes and real maple syrup from Natick Community Organic Farm. A $15, C$8 NM. Register: 508-655- 2296 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org .
Mother's Day Brunch. Plymouth Plantation, Plimoth. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Brunch and hands-on workshop to create a handmade Mother's Day present, or simple memento of your visit to the museum. A $27.95; C $16.95 NM. RSVP by 5/5: 508-746-1622. plimoth.org .
Meet Our Moms Day. Roger Williams Park Zoo, Providence, RI. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. All mothers, grandmothers, stepmothers and honorary mothers for half price on Mother's Day, when accompanied by a child. Special activities planned. A$12, C (3-12) $6, Under 3 free. 401-785-3510. rogerwilliamsparkzoo.org .
Mother's Day. Providence Children's Museum, Providence, RI. Free admission for moms and grandmoms all day. Ages 3 - 11 can make special cards with creative materials from 1 to 3 p.m. 401-273-KIDS. childrenmuseum.org .
Moms are Free at Davis' Farmland. Sterling. 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Other admission: Ages 2 - 59 $12.95. Under 2 free. 978-422-MOOO. davisfarmland.com .
Mother's Day at Old Sturbridge Village. Sturbridge. Published 19th-century author Lydia Maria Child shares her advice to mothers upon the subject of child rearing and other domestic practices. Half-price admission for Mom. Heirloom bulbs in bloom in Village gardens and baby animals at the farm. A$20, C (3-17)$6, C under 3 free. 800- SEE-1830. osv.org .
A Mother's Day Tea in the mansion at Gore Place. 52 Gore St., Waltham. 3 p.m. Enjoy a traditional English tea in the beautiful surroundings of the Governor Gore estate in Waltham plus an assortment of sweets and savories served in the Great Hall and Oval Parlor of this beautiful 1806 mansion. Music by guitarist David Newsam. $20pp. Reservations: 781-894-2798. goreplace.org.
Tuesday, May 8, 2007
In addition, free equipment will be provided by the instructors for use during the instruction. Lessons will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Corporal Burns Park on the corner of Memorial Drive and Flagg Street in Cambridge.
To sign up for a free skate lesson, visit www.freeskatelesson.com.
Based in New Jersey, Rollerblade is the founder and leader of the in-line skate industry, with over 250 patented innovations, serving as the premier manufacturer of in-line skates, related accessories and protective gear. For more information visit www.rollerblade.com
The Farm is located at 89 Pleasant Street in Natick. Belkin Family Lookout Farm is one of the oldest continuously operating farms in the United States, since 1651. Joan and Steve Belkin purchased the 180-acre farm in 2005, and their family is dedicated to continuing 350 years of farm tradition for future generations.
Friday, May 4, 2007
The Photography by Teya studio in North Oxford will be open throughout Mother’s Day weekend for “Portraits for Progress.”
For just $20, daughters, mothers, and grandmothers are invited to stop by for a portrait session and receive a professional 5x7 print. Additional 5x7” prints will be available for $10 -- half off their normal price.
“Mothers and daughters share a special bond,” said photographer Teomara (Teya) Rutherford. “Having dealt with breast cancer in my family, I understand how important it is to fight this disease, and to celebrate the bonds between women.”
All proceeds from this event will benefit Komen Massachusetts, the local affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, and will fund breast cancer research, education, screening and testing.
Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are encouraged.
To reserve time for a photo session on either Saturday, May 12 or Sunday, May 13 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. contact contact Photography by Teya at by calling 508-892-0107 or 617-480-6153 or e-mailing email@example.com
To view some of Teya's beautiful photographs visit www.teyaphoto.com/
Consider attending the Ben Rudnick & Friends Children's Show tomorrow at 11 a.m. at the Amazing Things Arts Center, 55 Nicholas Road, in Framingham.
Ben Rudnick and Friends play upbeat, blue grassy music for kids of all ages, including parents and grandparents. Drawing on the original and traditional material from their current and forthcoming "Emily Songs" children’s recordings, as well as performing songs learned from their parents and grandparents as kids, an environment is created where everyone smiles. An acoustic, bluegrass-flavored affair, performances tend to be a slice of time where families can relax, enjoying the music and each other. Dancing shoes are optional.
For tickets visit, www.amazingthings.org/
Thursday, May 3, 2007
Children bring a lot of energy and curiosity to everyday activities - they don't need exercise equipment or organized sports to get moving, says Dr. McLaughlin. Age-appropriate activities that give them a chance to get moving are the goal: and they carry the same benefits of increased physical activity, she says. "In other words, just running around counts," said Dr. McLaughlin, who is a pediatrician and internist at UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester.
Pick up a copy of the May issue of Bay State Parent magazine or read her article and fitness tips online at: www.baystateparent.com/news/2007/0501/Articles/011.html
That is the key message the National Association for Sport and Physical Education wants to express in honor of May: National Physical Fitness and Sports Month. To achieve that goal, the Association urges parents, schools and communities to work together to help children become more physically active by creating “physical activity friendly” environments.
“Children and adolescents should spend at least 60 minutes every day in a variety of moderate to vigorous physical activities,” says Association President Craig Buschner of California State University at Chico. “In order to achieve that level of activity, we need to find more opportunities for children to be physically active throughout the entire day. Maintaining healthy bodies is not only vital for physical well-being, but for mental and emotional development as well.”
The Association has a number of tools for parents to help them in evaluating their children’s physical education and sport programs. Visit
School physical education is the cornerstone to developing an active lifestyle. Physical education can help students to be more active, more fit, and achieve better academically. In addition to physical education, a physical activity friendly environment for kids includes school and community physical activity programs, that feature a diverse selection of competitive and noncompetitive, structured and unstructured activities, are inclusive and meet the needs and interests of all youth with a wide range of abilities, particularly those with limited interests or skills in traditional athletic activities, and emphasize participation and enjoyment without pressure. In addition, walking and biking to school, recess, and physical activity breaks should be a part of the school environment.
Parents and other significant adults (teachers, coaches, etc) should model physically active lifestyles. Parents/guardians need to be aware of the school and community resources that they can choose from to assist children in learning to lead healthy, active lifestyles. Extended day and after school programs also provide an important opportunity to incorporate physical activity into programs that typically focus on crafts, movies, board games and homework. By allowing the kids to participate and hone their skills in active games, they not only gain the opportunity to succeed and get fit, but practice the skills that can help them succeed in organized sports and activities that encourage interest in regular participation outside of the program. All of us must advocate for, take responsibility and seek accountability for physical activity in the education of ALL children and youth.
In summary, to get children more physically active, parents, schools and communities must establish a “physical activity friendly” environment that includes:
1. quality physical education programs in all schools.
2. recess for elementary school age children, and physical activity breaks for students of all ages
3. before school and after school programs that include physical activity
4. school facilities available during the non-school hours
5. positive sport opportunities for all youth
6. safe and well-lit walking paths and physical activity spaces/fields on school grounds and other public areas
7. family activities that involve physical activity (e.g. in-line skating, bike riding, family fitness nights)
8. restrictions on sedentary activities such as television, movies, web surfing and computer games.
The preeminent national authority on physical education and a recognized leader in sport and physical activity, the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) is a non-profit professional membership association that sets the standard for practice in physical education and sport. NASPE’s 17,000 members include: K-12 physical education teachers, coaches, athletic directors, athletic trainers, sport management professionals, researchers, and college/university faculty who prepare physical activity professionals. NASPE seeks to enhance knowledge, improve professional practice, and increase support for high quality physical education, sport and physical activity programs through research, development of standards, and dissemination of information. It is the largest of the five national associations that make the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance (AAHPERD). To assess whether your child is receiving a quality physical education program, visit www.naspeinfo.org/observePE for an observation assessment tool.
But if you are looking for something to do with your child(ren), Saturday or Sunday morning check out the Kidtoons movie at National Amusements theatres, including the Blackstone Valley 14: Cinema de Lux in Millbury.
Kidtoons runs every Saturday and Sunday mornings at 10:00 a.m., with a different feature every month. May's feature film is Eloise in Hollywood.
Movie summary: A big time movie producer invites Eloise and Nanny to Hollywood, and the Plaza Hotel’s most famous six-year-old is instantly overcome by visions of overnight stardom and red carpet premieres. But Eloise soon discovers making a movie isn’t always as exciting as it seems.
All tickets for Kidtoons are $3.50. Kidtoon patrons also receive a coupon for a special value kid’s concession combo – small popcorn & small soft drink for another $3.50
For more information, visit www.nationalamusements.com/programs/
These wooden toys, for children ages “18+ months,” are shaped like houses measuring 8.5 inches high by about 4.5 inches wide. They have nine pieces that children can disassemble and reassemble. Each house has a green chimney and a blue and yellow striped pillar with a purple base at each corner. The sides of the house have four removable panels of different shapes with red knobs that children use to pull the panels off. “IQ Preschool™” appears on the side of the house below the blue and green rectangular panel. Model number 2408808 appears on the packaging. The toy was sold at toy stores and various other retailers nationwide and through catalogs from December 2004 through February 2007 for about $21.
Take these toys away from children immediately and contact the firm to obtain a free replacement product. For additional information, contact Small World Toys at 800-421-4153 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Pacific timeMonday through Friday, visit their Web site at http://www.smallworldtoys.com/recallsafety.asp or e-mail the firm at firstname.lastname@example.org
Consumers should take these toy cell phones away from young children immediately and contact Battat to receive a replacement product or refund. For additional information, call Battat, Inc. at 800- 247-6144 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, or e-mail the firm at email@example.com
Join friends and families at New England’s Largest Festival Celebrating Israeli Culture.
This free-to-the-public event, brings together 5,000 to 7,000 families and individuals of all ages and backgrounds. Visitors will have the opportunity to learn about an Israel they rarely see today – a country with creative expression that has many different cultural and social influences, as it continually blends tradition and innovation.
*A festival of Israeli culture, music and dance – enjoy the best entertainment Israel and New England have to offer.
* Kids’ zone – ride a camel, dig for artifacts, participate in Patriots’ sports activities and shop in a virtual Israeli supermarket.
* Sports and activities – Israeli professional flag football teams will play an exhibition game and be available to lead drills with children during the day.
* Israeli food and wine pavilion – sample falafel, kabobs and sip on tasty kosher wine. All food is kosher and will be prepared and sold by Gillette Stadium in cooperation with Catering by Andrew.
* Israeli technology and tourism – learn about high-tech Israeli innovation and travel connections to Israel.
* Shop Israel – experience the culture and art of Israel through shopping for traditional and contemporary Judaica, art, jewelry and much more.
* Community showcase – Agencies, synagogues, day schools and Jewish organizations will showcase their connections to Israel.
Sponsored by the Combined Jewish Philanthropies, Gillette Stadium and the Greater Boston Jewish Community, for more information and directions to Gillette Stadium by car, visit: www.celebrateisrael.org Parking is free, too.
Combined Jewish Philanthropies is the oldest federated charity in the United States. Founded in 1895, it is the central planning and fundraising arm of Boston’s Jewish community, representing almost 210,000 people and supporting a network of more than 200 agencies, schools, synagogues and programs in Greater Boston, Israel and abroad. To learn more about CJP, call 617-457- 8500 or visit www.cjp.org.
Consumers should immediately remove the Soft Blocks toy from the activity center and contact Graco for a free replacement Tower toy without the plastic film. Consumers can continue to use the activity center after the soft block tower has been removed. For additional information, contact Graco at 800-345-4109 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, or log on to http://www.gracobaby.com/customerservice/recall.aspx?categoryID=7
Wednesday, May 2, 2007
Consumers should immediately take the game away from children and return them to the nearest Target store for full refund, including applicable sales tax. For additional information, call Target at 800-440-0680 between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. Central time Monday through Friday, or visit www.target.com
Some vinyl materials, including those used as the front or back of baby bibs, contain lead (Pb) compounds as part of their formulation. Acting on information provided by and in cooperation with the New York and Illinois Attorney Generals’ Offices, CPSC recently tested a wide range of bibs from various retailers nationwide.
The CPSC staff’s risk assessment concludes that none of the bibs that were tested at CPSC’s laboratory would pose a risk of substantial illness to children from mouthing. However, if the condition of a vinyl bib deteriorates to the point that a baby could pull or bite off and swallow a piece of vinyl containing lead, then the amounts of lead consumed could approach levels of concern.
CPSC staff therefore advises parents and caregivers to stop using vinyl bibs in such condition. In the CPSC staff’s view, this step could effectively prevent any significant risk of exposure to lead from these products. This precaution would also protect infants from the risk of choking on loose pieces of vinyl.
CPSC takes the issue of lead exposure very seriously, as lead is toxic and if ingested by young children can cause adverse health effects, such as learning disabilities, behavioral problems, growth retardation and hearing problems. There have been no reported injuries involving these bibs.
Vinyl baby bibs have been sold through major retailers since at least 2004. They range in price from $2 to $7 and come in packs of up to ten. The bibs come in colorful designs and have either a vinyl front with a cloth backing or a cloth front with vinyl backing.
Manufacturers and retailers, in cooperation with the CPSC and the New York and Illinois Attorneys General, plan to develop clear and effective guidelines addressing the use of vinyl in children’s products.
Consumers should take the shoes away from young children immediately and return them to the store where purchased for a refund or exchange. For additional information, call Payless at 800-654-0697 between 7:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Central Time Monday through Saturday, 9:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday. Consumers also can visit http://www.payless.com/
Consumers should immediately take the recalled necklaces away from children and discard it and contact Oriental Trading Company Inc. for information on how to receive a full refund or credit. For additional information, contact Oriental Trading Company Inc. at 800-723-6155 anytime or visit www.orientaltrading.com
Tickets are $15 (with $5 of each ticket benefiting C2 Mission Foundation, a charity).
The ticket price includes an 8x10 colored glossy photo, autograph opportunity, photo opportunity, and a chance to participate in a special Q&A with Mosi Tatupu.
Tickets are limited to 200 to ensure intimacy of this special event.
Interested families, can purchase ($25) an old logo Patriots mini helmets for Tatupu to autograph, also.
The event benefits C2 Mission (www.c2mission.org). C2 Mission is a Foundation that benefits children and families affected by Cerebral Palsy and Cystic Fibrosis. Run and operated by Jon & Lauren Goode, it was started because Alison Thomas (niece of Jon & Lauren Goode) suffers from Cystic Fibrosis and Jon overcame Cerebral Palsy. A native of Natick, Jon is the Director of Corporate Communications for the Lowell Spinners, Class A Affiliate of the Boston Red Sox.
For information or to order tickets please call Jon at 978-805-5106 or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org
The school’s gym will be transformed into an Art Gallery and will feature art creations of various media types, all created by the students throughout the school year.
Works from the show will also be chosen to be reformatted and showcased in a calendar, which will be published and sold in the fall.
The art show is under the artistic direction of Karen Rousseau, artist and full time art teacher at St. Anna. The public is invited. For more information, call 978-534-4770, or visit the school's Web site at www.stannaschool.com
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The event was one of many taking place across the country promoting bilingual literacy, bridge cultures, and highlight the vital role our nation’s libraries and books play in helping new Americans find the resources they need to better their lives.
“Día will provide children and families with an opportunity to explore new worlds,” said Kathleen T. Horning, president of the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association. “Libraries are the perfect family destination, offering parents and children an opportunity to explore the world through multicultural book collections, diverse cultural programs and free access to the Web.”
Rainbow Celebrates Children’s Day - El día de los niños/El día de los libros is an enhancement of Children’s Day, which began in 1925. Children’s Day was designated as a day to bring attention to the importance and well being of children. In 1996, nationally acclaimed children’s book author Pat Mora proposed linking the celebration of childhood and children with literacy.
Rainbow Child Development Center provides care, education, and therapeutic services to over 290 children – ages 6 weeks to 13 years – from families in the Worcester area. Now located at 10 Edward Street, Rainbow is able to provide even more children and their families the support they need. A Capital Campaign is currently underway to enable Rainbow to better support its children, and to extend its programs and services to additional children and their families. For more information about Rainbow’s programs and services, visit www.rainbowcdc.com or call Barbara Guthrie or Martha Pardo-Testa at 508.791.6849