Nepal Earthquake

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When a natural disaster strikes on such a large scale as the earth quake this weekend in Nepal, it can upset not just us, but also our children. Whether they hear about it from you, from the media or at school, there is a decent chance that many of our children will be aware of it and have questions or concerns. The experts in various fields have come up with some good tips on how to support your child through understanding and reconciling their feelings and fears.

  • Be reassuring, but honest. Many kids will fear that we will be hit by an earth quake (or flood, fire, hurricane, tornado, tsunami, etc). Reassure them that the likelihood of such a thing happening here, in London, is slim and explain why. Be honest about the chances that some of these things may actually happen here.
  • Let them know that their family is safe (assuming they are) and not near the location of the earth quake.
  • Let them know that their fears are valid and their questions are important to you. Be patient and give them time to express themselves.
  • Limit their access to pictures and videos of the disaster scenes. Most of what they see will be too much for them to understand.

For more information or guidance, see:

https://www.aacap.org/App_Themes/AACAP/Docs/resource_centers/disaster/talking_to_kids_about_earthquakes_and_natural_disasters.pdf

http://www.psychiatry.org/mental-health/talking-to-children-about-disasters

https://www.aap.org/en-us/advocacy-and-policy/aap-health-initiatives/Children-and-Disasters/Pages/Talking-to-Children-About-Disasters.aspx

http://www.handinhandparenting.org/article/talking-to-your-child-about-natural-disasters/

http://nspt4kids.com/parenting/8-tips-for-talking-to-young-children-about-natural-disasters/

HOW TO HELP

CTV News has summarized the main ways that Canadians can provide help to those in Nepal. For outlets and ways that they work, see HERE.

The Nutcracker Ballet

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Attending the Nutcracker Ballet is a treasured family holiday tradition for many families and this year it can be a part of your festivities. Canada’s celebrated Ballet Jorgen is coming to Centennial Hall in downtown London!

The classic Christmas story of the Nutcracker will light up the imagination of every boy and girl. From the Sugar Plum Fairy to the battle with the Mouse King to the magic of the Nutcracker Prince finding his courage and of course Clara, who is brave and full of adventure, the magic will stay with your children long after the last step.  The beautiful music of Tchaikovsky that accompany’s the story is immediately recognizable and will draw your children in to the beauty of the instruments. The Ballet Jorgen has incredibly talented dancers and the opportunity to see such talent here in London should not be missed. Come see why this production has been anticipated year after year during the holiday season. Discover it for yourself and get lost in the magic that Tchaikovsky envisioned so long ago.  Continue reading

PA Day Fun for November 21

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Looking for something fun for the kids to do this Friday, November 21 while they’re home from school? We have a few ideas!

Mad Science at White Oaks Mall

Head to the Jalna North Court from 11:00am to 12:30pm to learn about Optical Illusions and again from 1:00pm to 2:30pm for Fun-damental Forces.

Children’s Museum Day Camp

Drop the kids off for a full day of fun from 8:30am to 5:00pm where they will be learning about becoming a zoologist with Amazing Animals! Pizza lunch is offered at an additional cost. Email info@londonchildrensmuseum.ca or call 519-434-5726 for more information.

Museum London: A Story of Canadian Art

Museum London has an exciting and educational day planned for children ages 6 through 12, from 8:30am to 4:30pm. Kids will be exploring the museum and getting hands on as they create their own art inspired by Emily Carr, Group of Seven, and David Milne. Cost is $45 per child. Register HERE.

Stoney Creek YMCA Day Camp

The Stoney Creek YMCA has an all-day camp for children 3-12 years old. Find the registration form HERE or call 519-453-8858 for more information.

London Public Libraries

Byron Library (auditorium), 2:30pm to 4:00pm: Family Movie, drop-in for families

Byron Library, 2:30pm to 3:30pm: Button making, drop-in, ages 5+

Carson Library (meeting room), 2:30pm to 4:00pm: Family Movie, drop-in for families

Central Library (children’s section), 10:00am to 4:00pm: Project Art Day, drop-in for families

Central Library (TDCT children’s program room), 1:00pm to 2:00pm (English), 2:00pm to 3:00pm (French): NFB of Canada’s short films for children, drop-in for families

Cherryhill Library (Sam Katz Room), 2:30pm to 4:00pm: Family Movie, TICKETS REQUIRED available at the branch now

Crouch Library, 10:30 to 11:30am: Family and Friends Puppet Show,drop-in, children with caregiver

Crouch Library, 2:00pm to 5:00pm: Get Your Game On, drop-in, ages 7+

East London (Rotary Meeting Room), 2:30pm to 4:00pm: LEGO Creation Station, drop-in, ages 4-12 with caregiver

Pond Mills (meeting room A&B), 2:30pm to 4:00pm: LEGO Creation Station, drop-in, ages 4-12 with caregiver

Stoney Creek Library, 10:00am to 4:00pm: Rhyming and Finding Scavenger Hunt, drop-in for families

Westmount Library, 2:30pm to 3:30pm: Craft Time, drop-in for families

** See branches for more information

Tons of Free Programs Taking Place this Fall/Winter at London Libraries

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We recently posted about the Spectrum Fall/Winter 2014 Guide now being available. This guide offers hundreds and hundreds of programs taking place throughout the city for people of all ages, along with a simple way of registering. Similarly, the London Public Library recently released Access, a library magazine also listing tons of awesome programs and events for people of all ages that are taking place this fall and winter. With London being home to 16 different libraries, you can only imagine how many programs there are to choose from. What’s great about many of the programs and events put on by the public library is that they are drop in, meaning you don’t have to register in advance. Another great thing about the programs is that many are based on reading or educating. As if these aspects aren’t great enough, one last pro to these programs is that most of them are absolutely free!

This magazine can be viewed online by clicking here. Check out page 10 and onwards for a list of the programs. If you would like to search for the programs being held at a specific library, make note that the libraries are listed in alphabetical order. If you’re not sure which library is closest to you, all 16 are listed below.

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President’s Choice Cooking Classes in London

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Are you looking to learn some new cooking techniques, try some new recipes, meet some new people, or just spend some quality kitchen time in an exciting new setting with your child? Presidents Choice cooking classes are a fun way to do all these things. Next time you want to put a fun and interactive spin on going out to dinner, check out the many cooking classes held at London Loblaws and Real Canadian Superstore locations. You’re sure to leave the classes with a tasty new recipe and a full stomach.

You can choose from various categories including teen classes (ages 11 to 17), kids classes (ages 3 to 11) and adult classes. There is sure to be a class for everyone with ones like Strawberry Treats, Sushi 101, Campefire Grill, Crazy About Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, Pasta-Palooza, and more.

You can find class schedules and register online here. The classes vary in price from $9.00 to $20.00 per person. Classes are anywhere between 1 hour and 3 hours long.

Classes are available at the following locations:

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Suit Drive at Moores

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Does your son or husband have an old suit gathering dust in the closet? Well, you can put it to good use and help change someone’s life! Moores is collecting gently-worn suits until July 31st. These suits will benefit at-risk men transitioning into the work force who may not own any professional attire. All you have to do is drop the suit off at a local Moores store. The suits will be directed to local recipient organizations. For London, this would be the London Employment Help Centre, a community based, not for profit charitable organization that provides career counseling, employment adjustment and placement services to displaced workers as well as advocacy services to individuals who have lost their social benefits. Moores hopes to collect 50 000 items by July 31st. Currently, they are sitting at just under 5000, so they could definitely use your help!

As a token of their appreciation, Moores will present you with a coupon for 50% off your next Moores purchase!

Although suits are the focus of the drive, Moores is also accepting the following other gently-used items:

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Power Stroller Class for a Cause

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How many of you have tried Power Stroller? Power Stroller is a progressive mom and baby fitness company that specializes in stroller group training. This program accommodates to all fitness and postpartum levels and is progressive in nature. The classes include intense bursts of exercise that are designed to increase heart rate to burn fat from calories. Their goal is to empower mothers in fitness and overall health and wellness. Along the way, you will receive informative nutrition tips for you and your family. The best part about Power Stroller is that it works alongside The Children’s Nutrition Network, an organization that helps fund schools with nutrition programs. A portion of Power Stroller’s proceeds goes towards funding this organization and ensuring that children are getting the nutrition they need.

On Monday, July the 14th, Power Stroller is holding a class for a cause in which your minimum $5 donation will support the nutrition programs of nearby schools. Additionally, this class will give you a chance to try out Power Stroller without actually registering. You can give the program a try and see and feel the benefits for yourself! The one-hour class will be a condensed version of the typical 90 minute class.

The class will be held at Springbank Park from 9:30am to 10:30am. Participants will meet up 15 minutes before the class begins in the parking lot directly across from the Shoppers Drug Mart on Commissioners Road. Remember to wear comfy running shoes, bring some water to stay hyrdrated, and bring one 3-5lb hand weight.

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