Monday, December 29, 2008

Beech-Nut Offers Free Food for Babies Born on January 1, 2009

/PRNewswire/ -- Every day in the United States, approximately 10,000 babies are born. On January, 1 2009, Beech-Nut will help thousands of these growing families across the country welcome their babies into the world by offering coupons for free baby food to ring in the New Year. Parents of 2009 New Year's babies can go to http://www.beechnut.com/ for more information on how to get their New Year's Baby coupons for free Beech-Nut foods.

"Beech-Nut is excited to help families kick off an all-natural New Year," said Christoph Rudolf, president and CEO of Beech-Nut Nutrition Corporation. "We know the real gift is the new addition to the family, and giving parents a head start on their New Year's Resolution to feed their baby right is our part in their celebration."

In addition to Beech-Nut's offer to all babies born in the United States this New Year's Day, the first baby born in the following 17 cities will receive free Beech-Nut products, from infant through toddler-hood, a $500 value: Seattle, Chicago, St. Louis, Houston, San Antonio, Indianapolis, Cincinnati, Atlanta, Charlotte, Tampa, Albany, Philadelphia, Minneapolis, Orlando, Raleigh, San Francisco, and Sacramento.

Babies Need Good Nutrition Habits Too!

Moms may also consider "providing good baby nutrition" on their New Year's resolutions list this year. To help meet her resolution, the Beech-Nut Corporation has pledged to provide mom with the most nutritious foods to support the healthy development of infants and toddlers through its new platform "Beech-Nut Advancing Nutrition."

"With their baby's diet being on the forefront of mom's minds," said Rudolf. "Beech-Nut can proudly say we already provide the right nutrition for baby so we can ease that extra worry in mom's day."

Beech-Nut(R) Advancing Nutrition

The "Beech-Nut(R) Advancing Nutrition" initiative involves new product innovations and nutrition education as well as strict standards for infant and toddler food, including the following three pillars:

-- All natural: all natural ingredients, no added refined sugar, no artificial colors or flavors, no artificial preservatives, no trans fats, no modified starches, and no harsh spices.

-- Essential nutrition: A balanced ratio of protein, carbohydrates and fats for optimum nutrition, along with the enrichment of vitamins and minerals as needed for healthy development.

-- Proactive nutrition: Enhanced benefits to support brain and eye development, and digestive health, including nutrients such as DHA omega-3 and prebiotics.

Nutrition Education

The Beech-Nut Institute for Infant Nutrition has a mission of researching science and educating on Nutrition. It is supported by an Advisory Board composed of leaders in the fields of pediatric nutrition research, food science, infant and toddler dietetics, and pediatrics. They advise Beech-Nut on new developments in nutrition and the best practices for feeding infants and toddlers.

The launch of Beech-Nut Advancing Nutrition is part of the company's historic and ongoing commitment to innovation in infant and toddler nutrition. More information can be found at http://www.beechnut.com/.

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Monday, December 22, 2008

Surviving Holiday Shopping with Small Children

Tips to help you and your children enjoy shopping for the holidays

Crowded stores, long checkout lines and overworked clerks can make holiday shopping stressful. Add a screaming 2-year-old, a heavy diaper bag and an occasional temper tantrum and shopping becomes nearly impossible. Before calling it quits or hiring a babysitter, consider another approach. With the right plan and mindset, shopping with children is not only "doable" but fun and rewarding, too.

According to Judy McCraw at the Primrose School of Peachtree City taking your child holiday shopping can be a rewarding experience and should be seen as an opportunity to teach and share the spirit of giving.

McCraw offers these tips for holiday shopping with your child:

· Create a plan and stick to it.
Before you leave, make a list of people you plan to buy for and some gift ideas. Don’t get sidetracked and try to do too much at once. Young children have short attention spans and will surely have a meltdown if you take on the whole list in one day. Explain to your child that today, you’re focusing on buying gifts for others. To avoid tantrums, bring paper and a pen to create a “wish list” of things your child may request.

· Be prepared.
Shop early in the morning to avoid crowds and make sure your child is fully rested, clean and well fed before you venture out. Bring a change of clothes, a portable snack and drink, and a small toy to keep them occupied. Never feed your child sugary sweets before shopping. And don’t forget your stroller—it is a good place for tired children to rest. Try to keep trips short and choose stores where you can quickly put a dent into your shopping list.

· Engage children in the process and help them understand the importance of giving.
Talk to your children about what you plan on accomplishing on your shopping trip. Tell them that you’re shopping to find special gifts for people who you love. Share the list of people who you plan to shop for and engage children by allowing them to choose one item, among two or three that you pre-select, to give to that person. Talk to your child about why giving is important and try to find thoughtful gifts that will bring your friends and family joy.

· Keep them safe.
Before heading out to the mall, talk to your child about safety. Carry a cell phone and put the number of the cell phone in the child’s pocket and instruct them to hand the number to a clerk if they are separated from you. Parking lots can be especially congested and dangerous around the holidays, so make sure all small children exit your vehicle on the same side so you can keep a watchful eye. Secure a smaller child in a stroller before getting the other child out. Inside, keep your children close by at all times. Small children are easily distracted by the lights, sounds and excitement of the holiday season.

· Help children experience the season.
Remember the joy and excitement that the holiday season brings to children. Help them fully experience it by finding sidewalk shops where you can hold hands, sing songs and enjoy the decorations, lights and tinsel. Make it truly meaningful by sharing your favorite childhood memories and building in some fun family traditions along the way.

McCraw suggests you bring your camera so you can capture your favorite moments on film. Children won’t remember the presents they received each year but memories of these special times with you will last forever.

About Primrose Schools
Primrose School Franchising Company, Acworth, GA, is the country’s leader in early childhood education. The company currently operates more than 170 schools in 15 states and is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2007. The Primrose Balanced Learning® curriculum combines the two leading philosophies in early childhood education – teacher-directed and child-initiated – with a balance of learning, character development and play. Primrose was named No. 1 in growth for 2002 by Child Care Business, has twice been named the top child care franchise by Entrepreneur magazine and was featured by that publication in a 2003 article. Primrose is the first educational child care franchise to receive accreditation from the Commission on International Trans-Regional Accreditation, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement or the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement. For more information on Primrose Schools, visit www.primroseschools.com.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

An Evening of Stop-Motion Puppet Films

Come enjoy the end result of countless hours of painstaking puppet manipulation captured on film one frame at a time as we celebrate an evening of stop-motion puppet animation. The evening includes Adam Elliot’s Academy Award-winning Harvie Krumpet from Australia, Haunted Hogmanay from Ko-Lik Films of Scotland, as well as gems from Ray Harryhausen and Screen Novelties International, Barry Purves, Art Clokey and Corky Quakenbush... Click to read: An Evening of Stop-Motion Puppet Films

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Fun, Easy Ways for Kids to Stay Fit During the Holidays

FPK Note: The holidays are here. Households all over Fayette County and Georgia are gearing up for the long anticipated holiday break from school. Give the kids a day or so to become sloths, and then get them moving. We live to "move it" so be sure to give your kids a holiday treat by "moving it" with them!

(BUSINESS WIRE)--Staying fit and eating healthy during the holidays is no easy chore for us. And it's no different for youngsters who become less active and eat more treats during their holiday break.

My Gym Vice President and Fitness Expert Monique Vranesh says the key to keeping local children active is a matter of working physical activity into their daily chores and routines:

1. Take a walk. Even small increments of activity add up over the course of a week.

2. Yard work and cleaning the house can be fun for you and your kids. For example, wash or put away the dishes, fold laundry, sweep or vacuum the house and even use the mop.

3. Go to the park, walk the dog and play with him, and play catch or plan trips with family and friends that involve activities such as biking, paddle-boating, hiking, swimming, skiing – or even just walking to a museum.

4. Walk while you shop. It's gift-giving season, so when you're at the mall, make sure your child is walking everywhere; eliminate the stroller if your child is old enough to walk.

5. Play with your child. Most kids are on holiday break so take them outside to a playground or in your backyard where they can get active. Build a sand castle or a snowman.

6. Exercise with your kids. Studies have proven that if your children see you keeping fit, they'll want to do the same.

7. It's cold outside, so build a fire and make it a family activity by having the kids stack or carry in wood.

8. Marketing and cooking is a must during the holidays. Have kids help carry the groceries, from the car to the house. While you're cooking, ask your kids to get involved.

9. Holidays are a happy time so take advantage and laugh a lot – it burns calories and builds stomach muscles!

10. Eat smart. Let your child help in making meals while teaching him or her about healthy eating.

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Sunday, December 14, 2008

Birthday Party for Jesus

All children in the community are invited to attend a birthday Party for Jesus on Sunday Dec. 21st at 2:00 at the Windgate Campus at the Peachtree City United Methodist Church located at the corner of Peachtree Parkway and Windgate Road. This event is for toddlers through 5th grade and includes singing, face painting, ice cream, cake and a special guest from the North Pole! Bring a new, unwrapped toy for our Toys for Tots donation. For more information contact Bob Argumosa at 770 486 8204 or visit www.ptcumc.org.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

It’s Meteorology with a Musical Twist!

Who Knew Learning about the Weather Could be so en “Lightning?”

Jon Ludwig ignites the skies in Weather Rocks!, a musical revue back by popular demand! Don’t miss this sun-rockin,’ thunder-rollin,’ twister-tappin,’ cloud-coverin’ good time! It’s an exploration of the elements that any science teacher would approve. Weather Rocks! is presented as part of our 2008-09 Family Series, January 8 – March 22, 2009.

With original music ranging from gospel and jazz to bluegrass and rock, five lively meteorologists and over 20 engaging string, rod, and full-body puppets explain the mysteries of Mother Nature. The Sun explains how he sets the weather in motion, Tommy the Talking Thermometer reveals secrets about temperature, and cloud-lounging angels share the glory of the sky.

Written and directed by Jon Ludwig, Weather Rocks! features puppeteers Denise Arribas, Bryan Mercer, Julie Dansby Scarborough, Spencer Stephens, and Clint Thornton. The music is composed by Klimchak & directed by Bryan Mercer. The sound is designed by Mimi Epstein and lighting is designed by Liz Lee. Costumes are by Stephanie Kaskel Bogle.

With puppets created by Ronald Binion, Jason von Hinezmeyer, and Jon Ludwig, Weather Rocks! is a Center favorite and will be presented in the Mainstage Theater. Showtimes are as follows: Jan 8 – Feb 15, 2009: Tues-Fri @ 10am & 11:30am; Sat @ 11am, 1pm & 3pm; Sun @ 1pm & 3pm. Feb 17 – Mar 20, 2009: Tues-Fri @ 10am & 11:30am; Sat @ 12pm & 2pm; Sun @ 2pm.

Mar 21 – Mar 22, 2009: Sat @ 11am, 1pm, & 3pm; Sun @ 1pm & 3pm
Tickets for patrons ages 2 and older are $14.82 + tax for the general public and $8.33 + tax for Members. The ticket price includes a performance, the Create-A-Puppet Workshop, and admission into the permanent Museum exhibit Puppets: The Power of Wonder and special exhibits including Jim Henson: Wonders from His Workshop. Please visit www.puppet.org/museum/index.shtml for more information on the Museum.

Order your tickets “FEE-FREE” online at www.puppet.org or call the Ticket Sales Office at 404.873.3391. The Ticket Sales Office is open Monday through Saturday from 9am – 5pm and Sunday 11am – 5pm, with extended hours during evening performances. The Center is located in Midtown Atlanta, across the bridge from Atlantic Station, is accessible from MARTA, and has limited free parking.
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Monday, December 8, 2008

Rite Aid to Spread Holiday Cheer to Patients at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta

Associates Bearing Toys, Games & Holiday Happiness Visit Children’s as Part of Rite Aid's Commitment to Children's Miracle Network

A team of Rite Aid elves from the Atlanta area will visit Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston, to bring the magic of the holidays to children who may not be able to celebrate the season at home with their families and friends. The Rite Aid elves will festively frolic to Children’s at 1 p.m. Friday, December 12, to give gifts of toys and games to every child.

“Children love the magic of the holidays, and every child deserves to have fun and enjoy the season. Rite Aid associates support Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta year round, but it’s especially important for us to make the holiday season as special as possible for children who may have to be in the hospital during this time of the year,” said Toni Bowen, Rite Aid Regional Pharmacy Vice President.

"We are so pleased that Rite Aid will help bring holiday cheer to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta,” said Terilyn Walton, Program Coordinator at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. “Representatives of Rite Aid stores in the area will visit the children and give them gifts, but they will receive the greatest gifts of all in return when they see the children’s faces light up!"

The holiday visit is part of Rite Aid’s corporate sponsorship and ongoing commitment to Children’s Miracle Network, a non-profit organization helping to raise funds and awareness for 170 hospitals caring for children in North America. Rite Aid has raised more than $35 million since 1994 for pediatric hospitals supported by the Children’s Miracle Network. One hundred percent of funds raised at Rite Aid stores go directly to the local hospitals. Rite Aid associates across the country will be visiting 18 different pediatric hospitals during the holidays.

Rite Aid Corporation is one of the nation’s leading drugstore chains with more than 4,900 stores in 31 states and the District of Columbia with fiscal 2008 annual sales of more than $24.3 billion. Information about Rite Aid, including corporate background and press releases, is available through the company’s website at http://www.riteaid.com.

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, a not-for-profit organization, is committed to enhancing the lives of children through excellence in patient care, research and education. Managing more than half a million patient visits annually at three hospitals and 15 satellite locations, Children’s is one of the largest clinical care providers for children in the country. Children’s offers access to more than 30 pediatric specialties, and has been consistently ranked among the top children’s hospitals by Child magazine and U.S.News & World Report. With generous philanthropic and volunteer support, Children’s has made an impact in the lives of children in Georgia, the United States and throughout the world. Visit www.choa.org or call 404-250-KIDS for more information.
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Art Projects Help Kids Beat Indoor Winter Blues

(SPM Wire) Help your kids avoid cabin fever and winter blues by honing their creative energies into art projects.

These "simple cures" can draw children away from TVs and videogames by actively engaging their creative minds, says children's art expert Shell Herman.

"Getting children involved in creative projects can be energizing and can serve as a great alternative to the non-interactive activities that kids gravitate toward in the winter," says Herman, CEO and co-founder of KidzArt, a national art enrichment franchise.

Herman offers the following art ideas to beat the indoor blues:

* Group Creativity: Gather together the neighborhood kids and have an art party. Give them a theme and numerous art mediums (markers, paints, clay, etc.) and watch their creative flow.

* Let It Snow, Even Without Snow: If it snows, get the family together and make a snow sculpture. No, not only generic snowmen! Bring out the gardening tools and try something new, such as carving a snow castle, polar bear or an igloo. If you don't have real snow, try using white pastels on black paper to create unusual snow scenes.

* Art Workshops: Whether it's for a week, a day or just an evening, art camps and workshops give kids an experience that's full of challenging design projects and fun surprises. Alleviate boredom by allowing kids to explore their creative potential.

For more ideas on stimulating kids' imaginations or for details on art workshops nationwide, visit www.kidzart.com.

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Saturday, December 6, 2008

Who Wants To Be The Next Disney Channel Star! Disney Channel Talent Search

/24-7/ -- The show would tour America in search of the next person to become a star on the Disney Channel. Contestants would perform acting, singing, and dancing routines. They would then be narrowed down to finalists who would come to Burbank, California to compete in a reality show in which the winner would receive a contract to star in a Disney Channel Television Show or Feature Film.

The talent search phase could also include possible dates and locations in the UK, Australia, and Canada. This decision would be up the the studio, however Baltes would love to see the show travel to these areas. He said that the dates and locations for the show have not been determined, but said that issue would also be a studio decision.

Kids under 18 years of age would need a legal guardian or parents signed consent, and they would have to accompany the minor child or teen throughout the production.

"The response to this new Disney Channel Original Programming idea has been fantastic to say the least. Thank you to everyone who has written, and I continue to welcome any new input regarding the show.

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Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Santa Claus is coming to Peachtree City!

Santa Claus will be handing out candy canes and making his list on Saturday, December 6th at The Clothes Less Traveled in Peachtree City. Santa will be at the store from 10 a.m. - Noon.

The Clothes Less Traveled Thrift Shop is a not-for-profit thrift store, serving the needs of south Atlanta and providing an opportunity for people to have a place to volunteer and perform community service in a positive and productive way. They resell gently used clothing and household items at a fair and reasonable price. Profits, after expenses, are disbursed to needy organizations in the community.

The Clothes Less Traveled is located at 459 Hwy 74 South, Peachtree City next to Gil-Roys.