There has been a lot of press about the current health of
Americans. As we experience the impact of our sedentary
culture we have learned regular exercise needs to become an
important part of our daily activities. People are looking for fun
reasons to get off the couch and get moving. Some people have
the ability to get out and run Marathons, half marathons, 10k or 5k
all on their own. Some of us need more motivation! There
is a new fad sweeping across our county and the Tri-Cities is
excited to be part of it.
A Color Run is a 5k (3.1 miles) where the participants wear as
much white as possible. At each kilometer along the way there
are color stations where people throw powder paint on all the
participants as they go by. This will ensure everyone crosses
the finish line in full color! As a participant you can run
the distance and see what your time is or you can jog, walk, or
crawl to the finish line. This is fun to do alone and even
more fun with a group of people you love and enjoy spending time
On June 22nd
Kingspoint Christian School is excited to be hosting a family
friendly5k "KOLOR RUN" which will be held at the Fingernail
Building in Howard Amon Park. It is important for children to
get out and participate in healthy activities over the summer and
this is a great opportunity for families to have some fun and be
Requirements for this event:
PRIZES for both male and
in each age
Early Registration Fees:
Individual Registration $35 ($45 after June
Child Registration (ages 6-12) - with paid adult
$20 ($30 after June 1st)
Child ages 0-5 - with paid adult
Kingspoint Kolor Run T-shirt (not available to order after
June 1st) $15
Team Registration (min. 5 people) $30 per
person ($40 after June 1st)
Family Registration (up to 5 participants) $100
($125 after June 1st)
Registration sheets available for download at http://3rrr.org/event/kingspoint-kolor-run-3/
Mail or drop off your registration with payment at Kingspoint
Christian School, 7900 West Court Street, Pasco WA 99301 or
register on line at www.KingspointKolorRun.eventbrite.com
COMMENT with the
name of the last run you participated in OR your favorite Kolor to
be entered to win 1 free registration to the Kingspoint Kolor Run
($35 value)! (some restrictions may apply.) Winner will be
announced on June 1! Good LUCK!
Oh my gosh - Summer is here early and I'll take it. I just need
a delicious glass of ice tea to cool off with. Do you have a
favorite ice tea recipe?
The air is getting warmer, days are getting longer, the
kids are getting restless- there's no denying it, summer is just
around the corner! Whether your family embraces the
flexibility of a summer schedule or you cringe at the thought of
making arrangements to keep your kids occupied for 11 weeks,
deciding how they will spend their summer is often a stressful time
for families. While many parents of elementary aged children
aren't quite ready to send their young ones off to overnight camp
for week, summer camp programs have huge benefits for
Luckily, there are options for families to keep kids
closer to home while still reaping the benefits that summer camp
programs have to offer. Day camps are a time for kids to
expand their horizons and learn new skills that schools just aren't
able to provide. During the YMCA of the Greater Tri-Cities'
Spring Break Adventure Camp, children were given the opportunity to
explore their world through bird watching, fishing, and hikes in
our community. Through partnering with several organizations,
this week off from school was not a week off from learning, rather
kids were empowered to ask questions and search for answers outside
of the school setting. Campers in the program reported that,
"It was the best week ever!" and, "We had a fun time getting
to know each other and volunteers."
But is it worth it? Some parents feel that kids need
a break from structure during the summer, or that it's easier to
have a family member care for them rather than paying for
camp. While those are valid reasons to keep
your children home, the value of even one week in a summer
camp program that encourages an active lifestyle, outdoor play, new
friendships, and exposure to a variety of activities is
priceless. Many programs also offer partial scholarships to
families in need of assistance.
Summer day camp registration opens in the spring and some
programs fill quickly. Find out more about YMCA of the Greater Tri-Cities
ENTER TO WIN!!!
COMMENT with your favorite camp activity to be
entered to win a $100 voucher for any 2013 YMCA Summer Camp ...
there are 4 to choose from! (some restrictions may apply.)
Winner will be announced on June 1! Good
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When Elmo gets his furry fingers on Abby Cadabby's magic wand,
there's something in the air - and Sesame Street becomes a nonstop,
all-singing, all-dancing musical montage! Grover and Baby Bear sing
their highs and lows, Cookie Monster sings fast and slow, Bert and
Ernie converse in song and Murray makes mouth music for all to sing
along! Learn why it feels good to sing a song, but why it feels
good to stop, too! What will Elmo learn about the power of musical
magic? Join the conga line of fun to find out!
Sesame Street Live is a larger-than-life, musical touring
stage production featuring Big Bird, Elmo, Cookie Monster, Bert and
Ernie…and more. Each performance is 90 minutes of singing,
dancing and audience participation, including a 15-minute
intermission. The perfect length for very young
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The Apr/May 2013 issue of MOM Magazine is out in the Tri-Cities!
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Get ready for summer
I have been teaching summer art classes the last four years at
my home studio in West Richland. Previously I taught at the Allied
Arts Summer program. I feel the arts are very important in a
child's intellectual and educational development.
Arts are needed by our young people as a forum for safe
expression, communication, exploration and imagination. With the
arts students learn skills in problem solving, decision making
along with developing cognitive and creative skills and develop
Homemade snow globes are always a fun project whether it is for
the holiday season or a rainy day project. Homemade snow globes
allow you to create a wintry scene out of your imagination. You can
access: www. marthastewart.com/273254/snow-globes or check out
other tutorials on Pinterest.com.
Here is a tutorial for making Snow Globes at home.
Martha Stewart Living, December/January1998/1999
1. Sand the inside of the lid of the jar. Glue your figurine to
the jar. I have used E-6000 also Epoxy. Make sure that the glue is
2. Fill the jar with distilled water
3. Add glitter
4. Add 3-4 drops of glycerin.
5. Screw the lid on tight. Optional: Paint the lid before hand
with spray paint
6. Check to make sure you have enough water and that everything
fits. You can then glue the lid on.
Summer 2013 Classes
This year I will be teaching 3 clay arts class, 2 jewelry
classes and 1 Craftapaloosa class.
The clay arts class has been popular with girls as well as boys.
We will be working with ceramic clay, making magical creature,
small pots, figurines, sculpture, masks and decorating tiles.
In the jewelry class we will be making out own beads. We will
incorporate these with glass, wood and metal beads to make pins,
necklaces, earrings and bracelets. We will work with Shrinky-dink
and make altered domino necklaces.
In Craftapaloosa we work with paper mache, making masks and
sculptures, Mardi gras masks, painting tiles and making snow
ENTER TO WIN!
Comment with your favorite spring or summer craft
project to be entered to win a one week class for one child from
Lisa Day (some restrictions may apply.) Winner will be
announced on April 30! Good LUCK!
What do your children want to be when they grow up? Chances are
the careers they ultimately choose will require some form of
post-secondary education. College is a big expense - one that gets
larger every year. In fact, tuition at our state's public
universities is more than double what it was ten years ago! So
what's the best way to plan for this expense?
Local families look to Washington's Guaranteed Education Tuition
(GET) Program as a secure and predictable way to save
for their children's future college costs. As the name
implies, GET accounts are guaranteed by
law to keep pace with rising tuition. The formula is
simple: put away what you can - as early as possible - and watch
your account grow.
GET seems like a great deal, but how does it
actually work for local families? Jackie Ferrado,
GET's Community Relations Manager, sat down with GET account owner
Tony Valdez of Richland to learn how GET helps them
plan for this major expense.
Photo by Aga O'Neil
What has motivated you to save for your kids' college
Tony: April and I are committed to
preparing for all aspects of our life so this was naturally one of
the areas that we needed to save for - the kids' college.
What about GET stood out to you?
Tony: The guarantee, definitely. We also
loved that the kids could select a college out of state or
even a private school, so choices were
Photo by Aga O'Neil Photography
Have you any other thoughts to share with parents?
Tony: We are so glad we researched the
information, learned more about GET and other ways of saving, and
that we started when our kids were young.
Tony talked about how valuable it was that both he and April
supported each other in saving for college. GET also encourages
parents to show their children what they're doing to save. Kids who
are aware they have a college savings account in their name are six
times more likely to go to college. Save a little, GET a lot. The
dollars you set aside now are worth so much more in the future.
GET is Washington's 529 prepaid college tuition plan, celebrating
15 years of helping families save for their children's college
education. One of GET's key objectives is to reach out to
Washington families and reinforce the importance saving
early. GET proudly partners with local organizations,
including the Kennewick
School District Community Education Program, to
connect with Tri-Cities families. To learn more about GET or enroll
today, visit www.get.wa.gov.
So you're planning your child's big day and you want everything
perfect for their birthday party. You've decided on a theme, picked
the day, and now you're deliberating how to make this the most
memorable birthday ever. How about hiring some entertainment? But
where do you begin? Here are a few suggestions to help you navigate
your way through the maze of decisions and questions you may
What type of entertainment should you
There's clowns, magicians, balloon artists, face painters,
ventriloquists, character actors, puppet shows, circus acts,
caricature artists, and many other options. The age of the birthday
child and/or party guests should dictate who is going to fit your
needs the best. Ask your potential entertainer which age groups are
best suited for their show. Do they offer a variety of skills for
an audience of all ages? How long is the show? Attention spans vary
according to age and the length of the entertainment will test
their mental endurance. A well seasoned performer will know exactly
what the limits of his/her audience is. Just ask them. They're a
wealth of knowledge.
Where do I find amazing
Most entertainment businesses have relatively small advertising
budgets so you may not find them in the usual places like phone
books. You could start your search on the internet, but that's not
always going to simplify things. Just because your internet search
doesn't turn up any local leads doesn't mean that your town is an
entertainment black hole. Consider talking to people you know. Word
of mouth can be a goldmine of information. Post an inquiry on your
favorite social network. Stop by your local party supply store for
decorations and party favors and while you're there inquire about
local entertainers. They may even have a business card to give you.
When you finally decide, book your entertainer as early as
possible. This will ensure that you get the day you want. Calendars
fill up quickly, especially weekends. It's not uncommon to book a
performance 3-6 months in advance. I highly recommend it.
What should I expect?
Entertainers are contractors just like the people who mow
your lawn or clean your house. A high level of
professionalism should always be expected. Arrival in a
timely manner, well groomedl of
, and prepared. When you're asking about their rates please take
in to consideration the amount of training, personal investment in
costumes and props, and dedicati
on to their art form. Prices will vary depending on travel
distance, length of show, and services rendered. A common
ke people make is assuming that it will always be an hourly rate.
Strolling entertainment for example is usually an hourly rate
versus shows which are based on package prices. Although tips are
never expected, they are certainly appreciated. A great entertainer
always pours their heart and soul in to every performance and a
gratuity is a fantastic way to show your appreciation.
How do I prepare for the big day?
Most variety artists are self contained and will bring all the
necessary equipment. Ask them how much room they will require. I
highly recommend doing any formal presentation indoors. There are a
million distractions ranging from the weather to your neighbor's
barking dog that can ruin a great performance. Acoustics also play
a very important role. A ventriloquist for example may be very
difficult to hear outside but can entertain a living room full of
family members easily. An area should be selected where the
audience will gather for the show. Children can always sit on the
floor leaving available seating for the adults. You may need to
move a coffee table but remember to keep it simple. We're there to
make things easier for you, not to complicate your busy day.
Sit back and enjoy the show!
Here are some tips to maximize your event planning.
1. Avoid food or drink during the performance. Many acts
require a lot of physical participation from the kids. This could
very well save you from some carpet disasters.
2. Always have at least one adult present during the show
to monitor and intervene if necessary. A good performer will be
skilled at audience control. However, it only takes one unruly
guest to derail a perfect party.
3. Limit distractions by turning off the television,
locking up pets, and asking adults to take their conversation
4. Consider having your entertainment at the very
beginning of the party. This allows your performer to start and end
on time which gives you more flexibility for the remainder of the
5. Most of all, have fun! Variety artists all have one
thing in common. We love to entertain. Our job is to help you and
all your guests remember your special day forever.
Keith Ramsay is a Richland firefighter, father of 3, and
owner/operator of Fired Up Magic Entertainment Services based in
Kennewick, Washington. He's been wowing audiences with his variety
arts skills for over 20 years. His award winning talents have
earned him accolades from performers all over the world and he was
recently chosen as a finalist on AMC Networks newest reality show
called "Showville" which premieres this spring. To discuss the
details of hiring world class entertainment for your special event
please visit www.firedupmagic.com or
Comment with your questions for our Birthday Party expert OR
your best birthday party idea to be entered to win a birthday party
package from Fired Up Magic (some restrictions may apply.)
Winner will be announced on March 31! Good LUCK!
PORTLAND, Ore. - Feb. 5, 2013 - The
sixth annual Better
Living Home, Garden & Lifestyle Show returns to the
Portland Expo Center Friday, March 22 through Sunday, March 24,
2013. This year, Radio Disney AM1640, part of the #1 radio network
for kids, tweens and families, will present the Radio Disney Team
Green Interactive Zone, showcasing for local families ways they can
take action and conserve the earth's natural resources.
The Radio Disney Team Green Interactive Zone will offer the
following for kids and parents to enjoy together:
About Better Living Show
Free to the public, the Better Living Show, the Northwest's
largest sustainable lifestyle show, takes place Friday, March 22
from noon - 8 p.m.; Saturday, March 23 from 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.; and
Sunday, March 24 from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. at the Portland Expo Center.
Official show sponsors include Energy Trust of Oregon, NW Natural,
Portland General Electric, Schnitzer Steel, Oregon State
University, The Portland Clinic, Natural Awakenings
Magazine, Frontier Food Coop, Amour Vert, Drive
Oregon and The Portland Tribune.
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