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아메리칸 룰렛Sign Up for the Avalon Performing Art Programs

Spots are still available for all of these wonderful Performing Arts Programs for children - grades K through 12. Tuition Assistance is available. Please contact the Avalon Box Office at 410.822.7299  Tuesday - Saturday, between the hours of 9am to 2pm to sign up your young star(s)!

CurtainCallCurtain Call - This one week theatre program gives children, entering grades 3 through 8, a fun introduction to acting and stagecraft, through acting exercises, theatre games, scene writing, and finally, mounting a performance for an audience of family and friends at the end of the week. This program is flexibly designed to accommodate beginners and experienced young actors as well.
PerfArts1Lights! Camera! Action! - An introduction to Television Production in the newly refurbished MCTV Studio in the basement of the Avalon Theatre. Participants will have hands on experience in all aspects of TV production - writing, directing, camera and sound operation, acting and editing. This program will be open to children entering grades 7 through 11.  Each participant will receive a DVD of the shows they produce during the program.


Postcards from Mr. Pish Adventure Begins in Cambridge

Cambridge Books has just released Postcards from Mr. Pish, a new children’s book by K. S. Brooks.  It is currently available on Amazon.com and will become available through bookstores and other online venues soon.

Postcards from Mr. Pish is a unique children’s book about an adorable Jack Russell Terrier, Mr. Pish, as he travels cross-country.  The book features full-color photographs, documenting Mr. Pish’s grand adventure in postcards written to entertain and teach children about the United States and Canada.  Mr. Pish’s trip begins on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, which is highlighted in photographs as well as text. 

“As we drove across the country, we discovered so many amazing things; it was like being a kid again, ” K. S. Brooks said.  “The Eastern Shore is home to so many truly extraordinary places I wanted to share.”

Teachers across the country are hailing Postcards from Mr. Pish as a valuable educational tool.  Elementary School Teacher Lynn Drayzen comments “Kids...and adults...will learn important details about each state as they join Mr. Pish on his cross country travels.”

Paper Plates-- the Difference between “Old age and Elderly”

by Carolyn Kennedy

What is the definition of “old age”?  What about “elderly”?   Like many other subjects, you can do a search on the Internet and find all kinds of theories and answers.  According to the World Health Organization (WHO), most developed countries have accepted the chronological age of 65 years as a definition of ‘elderly’ or older person.

Various entities use other ages to define older.  For example, I live in an “over 55 community”.  Most of these communities have explicit descriptive names such as “Legacy”, “Del Web”, etc.  Others use more generic titles such as “age restricted”, “active adult”, 55+ or lifestyle communities.  As far as I can tell, the benefit of living in these communities is no kids, no bicycles lying on the pavement, no playgrounds, less noise.  There is also more opportunity for lunches out and bus trips.

Moreover, there are other benefits to getting older such as the “senior discount” at movies, coffee shoppes, McDonalds and elsewhere.  I believe these offers target the older person not the elderly.  Of course, although I am getting older, I’m not yet elderly!!

It is a proven thought that the older people get, the longer they think it takes for a person to reach “old age”.  Heaven forbid that old age should begin at 55.  According to a study done recently most women say old age begins at age 70, while men, on average, say that old age begins at 66.

Free Outdoor Movie in Easton

Do you remember the excitement of going to the movies at the drive-in? There's magic in the notion of seeing a movie outside, under the stars…and it’s happening in Easton this summer!

In its fourth season, Cinema by Starlight has lined up eight great flicks that will be shown outdoors on an inflatable Moonflicks screen.  The fun is happening on Friday nights in July & August, on the grassy knoll between the County building and Brewers Lane on N. Harrison St. (across from the parking lot used for Easton Farmers Market).  Come early and bring a picnic dinner.  Movies begin at sunset and are FREE and open to the public!

You bring the lawn chair or blanket to spread out on the grassy hill, and we'll bring back those memories.  Children are invited and welcome with adult supervision. In case of inclement weather, the movie will be shown in the Avalon Theatre, at no charge. www.theavalonfoundation.com; 410-822-7299. No alcohol allowed. Plenty of free parking available in the area.

Generous community-minded businesses and the Talbot County Arts Council help to sponsor these movies.  Please be sure to visit and thank them.  Cinema by Starlight is the work of the Avalon Foundation.

Cinema by Starlight 2010 Line-up:
07/02/10, Jurassic Park, Sponsored by Easton Market Square

07/09/10, Pink Panther (1963)

07/16/10, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Sponsored by Candlelight Cove

07/30/10, Shrek

Summer Performing Arts Programs for Grades K - 12

Avalon Theatre  ~  Summer  2010

Curtain Call  ~   Acting camp for children entering grades 3 – 8 ,  $275 per week.

                                    CC Session 1: June 21 – 25. Final performance June 25 at 7 P.M.

                                    CC Session 2: June 28 – July 2.  Final Performance July 2 at 7 P.M.

SummerFame ~  Teens: Acting, singing, and dancing; students entering grades 7 – 12,  $380 for 2 weeks.

                                     SF Teens: July 26 – August 6. Final Performance August 6 at 7 P.M.

SummerFame ~  Pre-teens: Acting, singing, and dancing; for students entering grades 4 – 7,   $275

                                     SF Pre-teens: July 12 – 16, Final Performance July 16 at 7 P.M.

아메리칸 룰렛Boobs, Babes and other Natural Disasters

part of the Fountain of Neptune in Bologna, Italyby Cyndi Paxton Johnson

Let's hear it for nursing mothers! We who bare all {grin} for the sake of our children! While my ta-tas are now retired from public domain (and insured by the post-nursing necessity of industrial strength ta-ta holders), I fondly remember the seven years of Godiva-ish freedom nursing provided.

I'm sure experts' question the transformation of shy girl guarding her budding bosom to relaxed Earth Mama, indifferently plopping her babe's dinner onto a table in a busy restaurant.  Turns out there is a natural transistion - although not all mamas experience all stages!

The Turtle: This one's easy to recognize - she's purchased the pastel tent that hides everything from the neck down, fiercely shouting to distant passer-bys "I'M NURSING BUT YOU WON'T SEE ANYTHING!"  She might be found hiding in a rest room, perched uncomfortably on the handi-capped sink as she feeds her wee babe. The $35 Hooter-Hider (aka - tent with a view) is perfect for those in the Turtle stage!

Fortunately, by the time child #2 comes along, the turtle emerges and finds less bulky ways to care for her young!

Spanking Unleashed

by Cyndi Paxton Johnson

It’s back – that unsightly elephant in the living room.  Should – or shouldn’t we – spank our children.   The debate was re-sparked this week by a Tulane University study of 2,500 children, published in the journal Pediatrics.  Study results indicated that when children under three-years-old are spanked frequently, there's a 50% greater chance that they'll become more aggressive by the time they reach kindergarten. 

Well, Duh!

Our job, as parents, is to create a safe environment for young children – so they can explore without danger. As they mature and become aware of cause and effect the barriers are gradually lifted.  A friend once advised me – strongly – to spank my 18 month old because she wanted to splash in the bucket of toxic household chemicals that the friend had in the middle of the floor.  I moved the toxic bucket to another room and closed the door.  Simple.

My husband and did agree (in theory) that a short spanking would be in order if our toddler ever pulled away and ran into the road, not heeding our call.  We felt that physical punishment – since it had never been used before – would help them realize the potential danger of running into streets.  I don’t know if we were correct – and the situation never arose.   But once you’ve agreed that corporal punishment is acceptable in danger situations – you’ve opened Pandora’s Box.  A LOT of situations could be potentially dangerous – hence the need for gates and safety measures.  Even the road scenario – if our toddler was NOT under voice control and I had no available hands to restrain her – I would have used a harness and tether.  It would have solved the problem without showing the child that bigger and stronger wins.

Because really, if young children are taught that being able to physically conquer someone smaller is how you win – why wouldn’t they then demonstrate those learned skills when they are the “bigger kid”?

What’s in a Name?

by Carolyn Kennedy

When caring for an elderly loved one, it is important to understand their medicines both prescribed and over the counter.  According to an article at http://www.medicinenet.com , pain is the number one complaint of older Americans, and one in five older Americans takes a painkiller regularly. In 1998 the American Geriatrics Study (AGS) issued guidelines for the management of pain in older people.

AGS panel members recommend that, whenever possible, patients use alternatives to aspirin, ibuprofen and other NSAIDS due to side effects of those particular drugs, including stomach irritation and gastrointestinal bleeding.  For older adults, acetaminophen is the first-line treatment for mild-to-moderate pain. 

Acetaminophen has been available for pain relief since 1951.  It is used for the relief of fever as well as aches and pains associated with many conditions.  If you research acetaminophen on the Internet, you will read that although it relieves pain, it has no effect on the underlying inflammation, redness and swelling of the joint.

Til Death Do Us Part

by Cyndi Paxton Johnson

I'm feeling a bit weepy and sentimental, today. We attended the funeral of my 92 year old great-aunt - and saw friends and family members you only see once in a great while - every ten years or so. This group, however, was familiar. We had gathered less than a month ago to bury my 91 year old great-uncle. Yup - my aunt and uncle had been married 63 years - and were living independantly until 6 weeks ago. Now they're both gone.

My uncle had several serious health issues - his death was not unexpected. His wife, however, was fine. I think she had neither the will nor the desire to continue without her rock and protector. So...she stopped.

And so today the same people gathered, at the same place, to set her beside her beloved husband.

My aunt and uncle are not unique. Many older couples simply wind down together as naturally as they lived beside each other for decades. They're in sync.

My tears are not simply for my loved ones - they're for little old couples everywhere, puttering through their day, secure in the love they share. If you know of such a couple - please go out of your way this week to do something nice for them - bring them some home-made food, fresh vegetables, or old pictures.

Or simply sit and listen to their story - a story of a love that has lasted two lifetimes, and will continue to bless the world long after they are gone.


Homeschool Curriculum Book Fair

First Class Homeschool Co-op of Dorchester will be holding our first annual used curriculum and book sale.

When: Saturday, May 1, 2010

            9am - 2 pm

Where: Sunnyside Alliance Church

            6010 Sunnyside Ct.

            Secretary, MD 21664

A bake sale table, Hot Dogs, Chips and sodas will also be available for purchase.

If you are interested in setting up to sell your homeschool curriculum there are spaces available for $5 and $10.

For more information please contact Valorie Thomas at: 410-943-4480

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