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Warm-Up with Cool Books


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Each year the Regional Service Corps-AmeriCorps program provides literacy programs for elementary students throughout the Tri-Cities. The Regional Service C

orps-Americorps program strives to provide a safe, positive, and interactive learning environment and hope to encourage a sense of community through the experiences the children and families have during the event.

Warm-Up with Cool Books winter literacy event will be providing children with fun and interesting books, activities, arts, crafts and games. During this 
event they will also have guest speakers with unique, fun presentations. Warm-Up with Cool Books will be held December 27th, 28th, and 29th from 1pm-4pm at the Mid-Columbia Libraries and Richland Library.

The main goal of the event is to provide a fun learning environment for children and to encourage reading during school breaks. Come to learn about the environment, participate in fun games and activities, and more! Children of any age are welcome, and families are encouraged to join in on the fun.

Regional Service Corps is a part of AmeriCorps, a network of local, state, and national service programs that unite more than 70,000 Americans each year in service to serve our communities and make our country safer, smarter, and healthier. AmeriCorps is a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service, an independent federal agency created to connect Americans of all ages and backgrounds with opportunities to serve in their communities.



Tri-Cities Family Expo 2017 SuperDAD

My cousin Jason is beyond a SuperDad. After serving his country, obtaining a masters degree, performing in New York City and teaching children with special needs, he put all of that aside to be a full-time stay-at home dad. He and his spouse adopted two beautiful children: Luke, age 6 and Sylvia, age 11 months. Jason devotes his life to these children while staying very active in his community. If Jason is not showing his children the importance of volunteering he can be found at his local library's story time etc. We need more men like him in this world.

SuperDad Jason Galvez was nominated by his cousin through the 2017 Family Expo nomination drive.


The TCSBA Family


It's 4:30pm and I'm late, as usual.  I rush into the studio amongst a gaggle of adolescent band members who are also whooshing in from volleyball practice, drama practice, or some other event that filled their afternoon.  As the kids hustle into their weekly band practice, the music director gets them focused on the task at hand.

While the kids are downstairs in studio rehearsing their various pieces of music, a team of parents gather to go over the endless details for our association's biggest event, the annual Christmas concert. This event features not only two-hours of music, but also a bake sale and a silent auction, for an audience of 1200 people.  It takes weeks of planning, coordinating, and practicing to pull off a gig of this size.  All ninety families who are a part of Tri-Cities Steel Band Association (TCSBA) work to support this event in some way, from helping with advertising and promotion, to creating gifts for the auction and baking for the bake sale.

For the last 22 years, TCSBA has produced a spectacular Christmas concert featuring four bands (two steel drum and two marimba) playing a mix of cover tunes and Christmas music for the community.  Founded by a group of parents hoping their kids could continue to play steel drums introduced to them by their school music teacher (Ben Leggett), TCSBA continues to be run by parents who are devoted to maintaining the same environment: one where kids can come together to experience the magic of music while creating friendships that last a lifetime.  Each band's fun-filled culture is inspired by amazing music directors, Ben Leggett and Walt Hampton, who have devoted their lives to fostering a love of music.  The children thrive in this environment, and their performances are far more than just great music.

So, if you're looking for something special to do this holiday season with your family, please join our family for an amazing evening of entertainment that celebrates the joy of music during the most wonderful time of the year!  Our concert is Saturday, December 16th at Bethel Church, 600 Shockley Road, Richland.  Doors open at 5:30pm, show starts at 6:30pm. Tickets are $7.50 and can be purchased at  You can follow us on Facebook at -


Shannon Davis

Mother of Jakob and Meghan, and TCSBA family member since 2014.

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Mom goes back to school online

Laura Kaspers, mom and iLearn online student, shares her experience of going back to school after years as a stay-at-home mom.
Returning to the workforce after a 15 year hiatus can be scary, especially if your skills need to be refreshed in order to compete for a job in the field you want. Ask Laura Kasper, she knows.

Laura graduated from OSU in 1991 with a bachelor's in Spanish and additional emphasis on International Business and Finance. After a few years in the workforce, she decided to raise her children as a stay-at-home mom. Her children are now teenagers and Laura is ready to go back to work.

But, times have changed and so have her interests; Laura now wants to be an Accounting Clerk. In order to get the training and credentials she needs, she began to look for schools and found LB iLearn Online.

At first, she wasn't sure about enrolling in an online program, but she knew juggling parental duties and student duties would be a challenge with traditional on-campus classes. LB iLearn allowed her to enroll when she was ready, any Wednesday of the year, and allowed her to work at her own pace. She found with a little planning she could arrange her days to allow time for both family and coursework.

"Some days I am able to get a lot of studying in and others, not so much," she said. "I try and set aside blocks of time each day to study and take the weekends off for family time."

With the support of her family, Laura completed her Accounting Clerk Certificate in May 2017. She is now a believer in the distance learning format.

"I've never experienced online education, but I must say, I love the iLearn program," she said. "I have told many of my friends about it."

To find out how you can start earning a certificate or degree online, visit or call 541-917-4887.

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The April May issue of MOM Magazine is here featuring Cover MOM, Dawn Brooks, plus easy recipes with a spicy kick, design trends for your home and much more.

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