As the school year ends, many children fall victim to the
'summer slide', a term used to describe how kids lose some of the
information they learned during the school year as they spend
summer months away from the classroom.
In order to ensure kids stay engaged in literacy activities
during their break away from school, the Children's Reading
Foundation of the Mid-Columbia is proud to once again provide
children with story time through the McDonald's Summer Reading
Program. The program begins in June and features weekly themes.
This year, additional sites outside McDonald's Restaurants will
also participate so that all children have the ability to attend
and engage in reading activities.
The McDonald's Summer Reading Program operates on Tuesdays at
the Kennewick McDonald's off of Highway 395, Wednesdays at the
Court Street McDonald's in Pasco and Thursdays at the Prosser
McDonald's with story time starting at 10 am. The program is
supported by our friends at McDonald's, as well as grant from the
Three Rivers Community Foundation which provided $5,000 to fund the
literacy activity throughout the summer. Come join the
fun, children receive a free book for
McDonald Restaurant Weekly themes are:
June 19-Meet Ronald McDonald
June 26-Mid-Columbia Libraries
July 3-America the Beautiful *No Pasco
July 10-Law Enforcement
July 17-Oh, What Do You Do in the Summer?
July 24-Our Amazing Earth
August 1-Around the World *No Kennewick or Prosser
Additional Summer Reading Program
Jefferson Park Picnic Area, 1340 George Wa. Way, Richland,
WEDNESDAYS 1-2 pm, July 11-August 15
Quail Ridge Apartments, 1026 W. 10th Avenue,
Kennewick,THURSDAYS 10-11 am, June 21-July 26
Tepeyac Haven Apartments, 801 N. 22nd Avenue, Pasco,
TUESDAYS 10-11 am, June 26-July 31
YMCA Martin Luther King Center, 205 S. Wehe, Pasco,
MONDAYS 3-4 pm, June 18-July 9
Collegium Cafe, 3525 East A Street, Pasco, MONDAYS 3-4 pm,
July 16-August 6
When I first bring up the idea of whole life insurance for
children, many mothers get upset. No parent wants to imagine
outliving their child and it may seem like just another burden on
the family budget for something that's very unlikely to happen.
But when I show them the benefits of locking into a low monthly
premium now and what that will mean many years into their child's
future, most parents are very interested. I first got
interested in these types of policies when an elderly woman came
into my training office some years ago to pay a premium of about
$8. What could cost just $8, I wondered. When I pulled
up her account, I saw that her parents had purchased a small whole
life policy for her many years before. How thankful she was
for this gift from her loving mom and dad!
What are the advantages of whole life insurance for a child?
There are also options that allow the parent to pay off the
entire policy in 10, 15, or 20 years or even in one single
payment. I should also mention that State Farm's financial
strength is an important reason to consider our company.
We've been around for 90 years and that's important when
considering a policy for someone that may not be used until the
At a minimum, a review of your policy and your needs annually is
a good idea. It's surprising to many how much life has
changed each year. It's one of the pieces of the job that I
most enjoy - meeting your family and learning about your
Do you have a budding artist? Or are you just looking for a fun
activity for your MOPS group? Head over to your local Gymboree and
pick up a form for the company's Design-a-Bag Contest. Have your
little artist color a special holiday-themed place, scene, memory
or anything that inspires them about the holiday season. This
contest is open to kids up to 12 years old The winner will receive
a $500 Gymboree gift card and have their artwork turned into a
Holiday shopping bag! Artwork must be turned in 6/16/12. You can
also visit the Gymboree web site for contest rules and information
* Summer Reading Program - Volunteers assist
with summer reading program registration, guest entertainers and
performers, reading to children, and most importantly, helping us
get kids excited about reading! June through August.
Great for High School students, seniors, anyone! Contact
your local branch if you'd like to get involved.
* Paws To Read Program - This is an animal
assisted program. Children practice their reading skills by
reading to registered therapy dogs. Children struggling to
read or who are self conscious reading aloud grow more confident
while reading to a nonjudgmental audience. So, if you just happen
to have a registered therapy dog at home…..call your library!
* Newspaper Indexer - This volunteer position
indexes obituaries from back issues of the local Tri-City
newspapers housed at the Kennewick and Pasco Branches. It requires
reading the newspapers in both microform and print formats and
creating an alphabetical index by last name in an electronic
format. If you enjoy history and reading old newspapers this
could be for you!
* Afterschool Zone/Teen Zone - Volunteers
assist children in the library afterschool or during
lunch with structured programs including snacks, games,
community presentations, and homework assistance. Children
are generally in middle school or high school. This
program is held at the Pasco and Keewaydin Park libraries
and may be available at Prosser library. If you have a
passion for helping children learn and have fun, this might be the
opportunity for you.
Interested? Apply to volunteer
Adult Volunteers: Volunteer
Youth Volunteers: Volunteer
If you're like a lot of moms these days, including me, you're
working from home. You may be a home-based business, a mom who
telecommutes from a large corporation, or you are involved-maybe
it's the PTA, church, or your Homeowner's Association. Maybe you
coordinate the neighborhood yard sale. Whatever you're involved in,
we can help.
Secret Print Source is a website, www.secretprintsource.com,
where you can order full color printed products at a HUGE
Dedicated moms give of their time and talent everywhere-to their
families, on the job, and serving on the committee. We moms use
fliers, yard signs, banners, punch cards, door hangers and
save-the-date magnets. We're smart moms, and we appreciate a good
deal. We're always looking for ways to save money while at the same
time, making the biggest splash possible while promoting our
efforts. One of the easiest ways to do this is to cut printing
Printing for less can be tricky, and something that most people
really do not understand. There are several kinds of printing, and
whether or not you know it, you've been exposed to most of
Digital-This means "direct from your computer
to the machine that prints." Think inkjet printers, color laser
prints, or color copies. It can be done at home, through a copy
shop, or even at a commercial printer. This is nearly always the
most expensive way to do things, per piece. Digital
printing is best for very small quantities or under very tight
Offset-This is traditional, commercial
printing. A pressman puts either mixed inks (Pantone or spot color
inks) or process colors that make up the majority of most printed
colors-cyan, magenta, yellow and black. With offset printing, the
printer cuts your paper, loads it on the press, and prints your
project. Occasionally, the printer might combine your projects on
one press run to save you money. Combining projects is the key to
Web-Not the internet, but web printing. This is
how your newspaper is printed, along with many catalogs and
magazines. MOM Magazine is printed on a web press. This is the most
cost-effective way of printing a multipage document in large
Gang Printing-This is offset printing, as
described above, but with one giant difference. Where some printers
will combine YOUR projects, gang printers-like Secret Print
Source-combine your project with many others. Think of it as
selling small sections of a sheet of paper, a little like selling
advertising. The more of the sheet you buy, the more it costs. If
you buy the whole sheet, it costs a lot more. This is how our
customers save money.
Not only are there amazing cost savings with gang-printing, but
we print almost exclusively in full color. That means that for
typically less than you can purchase a one sided flyer in black and
white, you can get the same flyer printed in full color on both
sides. Color SELLS. It attracts attention. Color is important.
Since you are already a creative multi-tasking mom, we know you
can think of lots of uses for this amazing technology. Posters for
school events, punch cards for a fundraiser (think "1,000 business
cards = $38"); or trading cards for the Little League
Secret Print Source is owned by a Tri-Cities multi-tasking mom.
Like many of you, I volunteer for my childrens' schools, church,
Scout activities and find myself juggling the demands of way too
many committees. I use Secret Print Source to help those
organizations pay less for printing, and I print client work there
Follow us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/SecretPrintSource
and "Like" us to hear about monthly specials and Facebook offers.
Post questions, leave a comment, or brainstorm ideas for your next
event. I'd love to help you.
Washington State University is offering 8 programs to turn poor
readers into good readers and good readers into great readers.
Classes start mid-June and the programs meet in Pasco at the
Riverview United Methodist Church once a week.
Program R: 4-year-olds & entering Kindergarteners * Tuesday,
June 19-July 17, 10:30-11:45 am
Program I: Entering 1st Graders * Tuesday, June
19-July 17, 12:30-2:30 pm
Program 2: Entering 2nd Graders * Tuesday, June
19-July 17, 3:15-5:15 pm
Program 3: Entering 3rd Graders * Friday, June
22-July 20, 9:30-11:30 am
Program 4: Entering 4th and 5th Graders *
Monday, June 18-July 16, 4:00-6:15 pm
Program 5: Entering 6th-8th Graders *
Friday, June 22-July 20, 3:00-5:30 pm
Program 7: Entering 12th Graders-Adults * Monday,
June 18-July 16, 7:00-9:30 pm
The programs are designed to help make significant gains in
phonics, sight vocabulary, fluency and comprehension. Older
students and adults will focus on speed reading, concentration and
For more information, call 800-978-3532 or visit:
There's no doubt homes and restaurants will be packed with
families tomorrow in celebration of Mother's Day. However you
celebrate, from all of us at MOM Magazine, we tip our hats to
mothers around the world for their support, love, encouragement and
everything in between!
How will your family celebrate Mother's Day this year?
Registration is now open!
Discovery Camp (grades K-3)
Learning Meets Fun
Kids create, learn and play throughout the summer with hands-on,
structured activities in art, science, storytelling, plus outdoor
play and field trips.
Explorer Camp (grades 3-6)
Everyday is an Adventure
The fun and freedom of being outdoors, learning new skills and
making new friends. Each week offers adventures that provide
physical activity and time spent outdoors that teach campers to
respect and enjoy nature while having fun hiking, exploring, arts
and crafts, swimming, camp songs, field trips and much more.
Specialty Camp (grades 3-6)
Join our specialty camps where each week is a new opportunity to
explore a specific interest area all week long. With a full
range of activities through the summer, your camper can do it
all. No prior experience required; just a can-do attitude and
a desire to have FUN!
Visit www.ymcatricities.org for details on themes,
locations and fees.
by Richard Lorenzo, D.O. board certified OB/GYN and Kerry
Lorenzo, M.S. Licensed Genetic Counselor
Pregnancy is a very exciting time in a family's life. It
is also a time of great expectation and sometimes anxiety.
Early screening for genetic abnormalities is an option that every
mother could consider. The ways to investigate and try to
ensure the health of a baby are vast and can be overwhelming.
Here we briefly summarize the options available. The decision
to pursue this type of testing is a very personal one that can only
be made by each parent utilizing advice from your
obstetrician/gynecologist, genetic counselor or other qualified
The chance for most people to have a child with a health problem
is 3-5%. Additional factors that influence this risk include
family history, parental age, ethnicity, and certain environmental
exposures. A family history of intellectual disability,
autism, birth defects, chromosome or other genetic disorders should
be discussed with your doctor.
There are several ways to screen a pregnancy for potential
health problems. The earliest test involves both a blood test
and an ultrasound at approximately 11-13 weeks. This is
called the First Trimester Nuchal Translucency Screen because the
ultrasound measures the fluid under the skin at the back of the
baby's neck. This test is one of the most sensitive tests to
determine if the risk for a baby to have Trisomy 18 or Down
syndrome is increased.
The Quadruple (Quad) Screen is a test in which the mother has
her blood drawn to determine the chance for her baby to have Down
syndrome, Trisomy 18 or an Open Neural Tube Defects (i.e. spina
bifida). It is performed between 15 and 21 weeks of
Newer testing involves isolating the baby's DNA from a blood
sample from the mother. This test is called Materni21 and it
tests for the presence of chromosome problems including Trisomy's
13, 18, and 21.
All mothers have the option to test their pregnancy for a
chromosome problem through chorionic villus sampling (CVS) or
amniocentesis. These tests are usually reserved for mothers
who have abnormal screening tests or a family history of a genetic
condition due to the risk associated with the procedures. CVS
is done between 10-13 weeks and amniocentesis is performed after
16+ weeks. Both of these tests are very accurate (99.5%) but
also incur a risk for a complication that could potentially lead to
the loss of the pregnancy (0.5%).
All of these tests can offer valuable information to an
expectant couple. However, caution should be utilized when
making the decision to pursue or decline these tests. Parents
should contemplate what they would potentially do with the
I got to check off an item from my bucket list this week- Cirque
du Soleil had been something I long-dreamed of seeing, and the
surprises it held reached farther than the stage under the big
a show that channels color, energy and strength to beautifully
convey a story about love and life from the perspective of insects,
will take you on a ride you'll never forget. From the beautiful
rope duet of the butterflies, to the quirky juggling ants, to (my
favorite) the crickets' trampoline act, don't be surprised if you
catch yourself sitting on the edge of your seat, grinning like an
idiot and wondering if it's too late to join the circus
In addition to the show, we had some time beforehand to talk
with Sebastien Savard, who transforms into a violin-playing
cockroach at show time. Sebastien's wife and two children travel
with him for the 300 shows per year he performs all over the world.
I was surprised and impressed to learn what an amazing life Cirque
du Soleil offers families (and again pondered whether there was any
way I could master a trick that would land me a gig). With about 25
children on tour, they do all of their schooling on the road.
Sebastien's seven-year-old daughter was born in New Zealand; his
four-year-old in Portugal, and although the constant change in
location may seem hectic, he and his wife ensure a tight routine is
kept for the kids. And best of all, he is able to spend more hours
a week with his kids than most full-time working dads. Pretty cool,
and knowing what a solid operation Cirque du Soleil is behind the
scenes made the show that much more wonderful.
Ovo is deemed "the most kid-friendly" Cirque du Soleil show, and
I would encourage you all to take your families to see it before it
leaves Portland for Australia on May 20th - you won't
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