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New National Contest Calls on Teens to Promote Safe Driving

 

“Friends Don’t Let Friends Drive Distracted” Video and Meme Contest Winner to be Announced for National Distracted Driving Awareness Month

 

WASHINGTON, DC—The American Association for Justice is teaming up with SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions), End Distracted Driving (EndDD.org) and the Anapol Weiss law firm to sponsor a national “Friends Don’t Let Friends Drive Distracted” video and meme contest for teens. The deadline for entries is March 30, 2017.

 

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), crash fatalities increased in 2015, reversing what had been a generally downward trend in crash fatalities since 2007. Distraction is now believed to be responsible for more than 50 percent of serious teen crashes. In 2015, distraction-related fatal crashes increased more than drunk, drugged or drowsy driving crashes. Preliminary fatality estimates for 2016 look even worse than 2015.

 

“Teens can really be catalysts in changing driving behavior and making distracted driving socially unacceptable,” said Joel Feldman, Co-founder of EndDD.org and Partner at Anapol Weiss. “By engaging young people in the distracted driving conversation, they can help craft messages that will resonate with peers and ultimately change the landscape of driving culture.”

 

Submissions for videos and memes should focus on any of the following categories:

  • Friends don’t let friends drive distracted
  • Caring friends will speak up even if it may be uncomfortable to do so
  • It’s not cool to drive distracted
  • Distracted driving is selfish, disrespectful and inconsiderate
  • Even though our parents drive distracted, we will not
  • Big brothers and sisters should model distraction-free driving for younger siblings

 

“SADD was started on the premise that young people can and will make a difference – and this contest provides a platform for them to do just that and reverse alarming

distracted driving trends on our roadways,” said Dawn Teixeira, President and CEO of SADD.

 

“As trial lawyers, we see first-hand the tragic effects of distracted driving on the families of accident victims,” said Julie Braman Kane, President of the American Association for Justice. “We hope this contest will encourage creativity, compassion and greater awareness among teens – only then will behavior truly change.”

 

There will be six winners total – three meme winners and three video winners. First place prize winners will be awarded $5,000; second place will receive $2,500 and third place will receive $1,000. First place winners will also receive four tickets (per winning group) to the 2017 concert of their choice, including acts like Lady Gaga, John Mayer, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Ariana Grande and more – compliments of RD Music

 

All entries must be submitted by 11:59 pm EST on March 30. All winners will be announced April 14. April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month.

 

Contest judges will include: Brent Celek, professional football player for the Philadelphia Eagles and founder of Brent Celek’s Take Flight Foundation; Nikky Williams, television host and ESPN reporter; Deborah Hersman, President and CEO of the National Safety Council; Jonathan Adkins, Executive Director of the Governors Highway Safety Association; Kirtana Choragudi, SADD National Student of the Year; Sol H. Weiss, Esq., President of Anapol Weiss; and Julie Braman Kane, Esq., President of the American Association for Justice.

 

For contest details and information, please click here.

 

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The American Association for Justice works to preserve the constitutional right to trial by jury and to make sure people have a fair chance to receive justice through the legal system when they are injured by the negligence or misconduct of others—even when it means taking on the most powerful corporations. Visit http://www.justice.org.

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Recent data from the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and British Medical Journal (BMJ) shows that 90% of adults suffer from gingivitis and 47% from periodontitis – both caused by plaque build-up.  In fact, researchers believe that 90% of systemic diseases (heart disease, arthritis, ulcerative colitis) correlate with oral diseases such as swollen gums, mouth ulcers, dry mouth or excessive gum problems.
Traditional toothpastes all rely on the use of abrasives, detergents and antimicrobials to rid the mouth of plaque-causing bacteria. Swallowing too much of it can cause stomach discomfort and intestinal obstruction, among other problems.  While they may be made for children, even children’s toothpastes are loaded with fluoride, detergents, antimicrobials, and abrasives that can be harmful. A company named Livionex has taken a different approach by focusing on plaque removal technology that’s never been seen before in the history of oral care products.  Livionex claims that their powerful dental gel line has been shown to clean teeth 250% better than leading toothpaste brands.
Livionex uses edathamil, a food-grade preservative. The company’s patent pending technology activates edathamil, which then has been shown to break up the bond between bacterial biofilm and teeth, thereby interfering with the ability of the plaque to stick to the teeth. It is also able to reach plaque in gum margins and between teeth.
The company has spent the last 12 years developing this plaque-disrupting technology in conjunction with researchers at the University of Texas, Galveston and the University of California, Irvine.
“With the debut of LIVFREE, anyone with color and flavor sensitivities can now get the same plaque reducing benefits as those who use our original Livionex formula.  The Livionex formulas do not contain fluoride. Additionally, Livionex meets all necessary FDA guidelines for a dental gel that is incredibly effective in the removal of dental plaque.
Livionex offers its original blue dental gel under the Livionex Dental Gel brand, and Livionex LIVFREE, its new mild tasting color-free formula.  For more information about Livfree, visit www.livionexdental.com
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The dental pulp in a child’s baby teeth and wisdom teeth is an excellent source of mesenchymal stem cells.  Dental stem cell banking offers a simple and non-invasive source for harnessing  stem cells for your child’s future well-being and quality of life.
For decades, doctors have harnessed the unique ability of stem cells to treat cancer and genetic blood diseases using therapies such as bone marrow transplants. Today, over 1,700 clinical trials have been completed or are under way, demonstrating the use of stem cells to treat diseases, to heal injuries, and to grow replacement tissues like bone, cartilage, nerve, skin, muscles, and blood vessels.
Banking mesenchymal stem cells from your child’s teeth is less invasive than harvesting them from other sources. Stem cells can be collected from baby teeth as they naturally loosen, from wisdom teeth being extracted, or from teeth extracted for orthodontic reasons.
At this time, the procedure of preserving the stem cells is an expensive process, but as doctors and scientists make new discoveries in banking and using stem cells, it may become more cost-effective and available to most.
For more information, please visit – www.storeatooth.com.
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Stay Healthily Hydrated This Winter (Family Features) When the mercury drops, it’s more important than ever to stay properly hydrated. During the winter, people may not seem to sweat as much as in the summer, but that doesn’t lessen one’s risk of dehydration.
“As a hospital physician, I’ve seen far too many people succumb to dehydration-related health scares, stemming from high-elevation ski trips to travel to simply forgetting to drink water because it’s cold outside,” says Dr. Ralph E. Holsworth, director of clinical and scientific research for Essentia Water and medical physician at Southeast Colorado Hospital. “Staying properly hydrated can help ensure good health through the winter, reduce dry skin and even help you flush toxins out of your body to reduce the chances of getting a winter cold or flu.”
Boost your body’s hydration

Roughly 75 percent of the North American population is chronically dehydrated. By the time you feel thirsty (and sometimes when you don’t) you may already be getting dehydrated. Whether you’re skiing or just taking a walk on a brisk day, the experts at Essentia Water provide these simple tips to help you stay hydrated throughout the winter season and beyond.

  • Set a daily water intake goal. A good rule of thumb for daily water intake from food and fluids is 2 liters for females and 2.5 liters for males with moderate physical activity levels. Adjust your personal goal to account for climate and activity level. Start your day by filling a tumbler or setting out bottles of your favorite water totaling your goal. Supplement with healthy foods that have high water content like soup, salad and pears.
  • Winter it up. During cooler weather, chilled water isn’t very enticing. To make it more appealing, warm a mug of water or add a burst of flavor from your favorite winter fruit like oranges, tangerines or cranberries. Drop in a cinnamon stick for an added flavor kick and enticing aroma.
  • Check the mirror. A tried and true way to know if you’re getting enough water is to check your mirror. If your skin appears dry and flaky, it’s time to drink more fluids.
  • Drink electrolyte-enhanced alkaline water (also called functional water). Wellness experts agree that disease and infection have a hard time thriving in an alkaline environment. High-pH water can help neutralize acid levels and restore your body to a natural state. Functional water, such as Essentia Water, the top selling alkaline water, can help you avoid or fight winter colds and flu, hydrate your skin and re-hydrate someone who is showing signs of dehydration.
  • Pack the H20. From carrying a backpack to wearing a special hydration pack – it’s important to bring water with you during winter outings. If you simply can’t bring it with you, be sure you have a list of stores that offer bottled water, and keep a supply of it in your car’s trunk for emergencies.

While you may not feel it, your body is in need of proper hydration even on the coldest winter days. For more tips for staying well, visit www.essentiawater.com.

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5 Behaviors That Help Teens Learn To Bounce Back Young People Grow In Confidence Through Risks
And Responsibilities, Says Expert On Adolescent Behavior

It’s no secret that adolescence is a time of high stress for many teens.

Although some young people navigate these difficult years with reasonable aplomb, many struggle and are unable to cope as they run into troubles in school, at home or in their neighborhoods.

That’s where adults can step in and aid them in cultivating the mental tools they need to bounce back from life’s most trying moments.

“It’s our job as parents and educators to help our young people develop the flexibility and resiliency to withstand the challenges they face on their path to adulthood,” says Linda Mornell (www.Lindamornell.com), an adolescent therapist and author of the book “Forever Changed: How Summer Programs and Insight Mentoring Challenge Adolescents and Transform Lives.”

Mornell has worked with teenagers for almost 45 years, both through her private counseling practice and as founder of the highly effective nonprofit organization Summer Search, which provides disadvantaged young people with challenging and even life changing mentoring and summer opportunities.

She says that encouraging the following five behaviors can help teens learn to bounce back rather than fold under the stresses of the adolescent years.

  • Reach out rather than retreat. Recent research tells us that the adolescent brain is flexible and highly sensitive to stress, Mornell says. “Many teens withdraw into themselves when they are stressed, rather than reaching out to others,” she says. “When they do that, they miss out on learning different ways of handling and relieving those stresses, as well as diffusing intense feeling in more positive ways.” As parents try to address this, they need to understand that adolescents routinely say the opposite of what they feel. “‘Go away’ often means ‘please stay,’ ” Mornell says. “Parents should not leave but sit down and wait.”
  • Tell their story. The ability to put their story into coherent words gives teens the chance to see it from a distance and gain perspective, Mornell says. They also can compare their story to the stories of others, and that creates a sense of community. She says parents should avoid interrupting and be willing to listen when an adolescent feels like talking.
  • Separate from home and parents. For adolescents to gain autonomy and confidence, it’s essential that they sometimes separate themselves physically and psychologically from their parents, Mornell says. That’s becoming harder and harder to do in today’s world where cell phones give people instant and constant communication. “For teenagers, this over communication reinforces the idea that the world is a challenging and even dangerous place, and that they aren’t capable of learning to handle those challenges and dangers on their own.” Mornell suggests that parents avoid constant texting and connection, and give their teens room to make their own decisions.”
  • Engage in exploration and positive risk-taking. It’s hard for teens to learn how to bounce back from challenges if they’ve been protected from encountering any significant difficulties to bounce back from. “Parents should encourage teens to reach out of their familiar and safe comfort zones and take positive risks like meeting new people, exploring different activities and participating in scary sounding summer opportunities like wilderness expeditions,” Mornell says.

• Take responsibility for others. Caretaking is one of the best ways to increase resiliency, whether you are babysitting, volunteering in a home for elders, or standing up for kids who are bullied, Mornell says. “When teens lend a hand to help others, they experience and support eternal values and enhance the sense of their own worth. Parents should spend time talking with teens about their family values for helping others.”

Linda Mornell (www.Lindamornell.com) is the founder of Summer Search, a nonprofit organization that provides disadvantaged young people with challenging summer opportunities and life-changing mentoring. She is also the author of the book “Forever Changed: How Summer Programs and Insight Mentoring Challenge Adolescents and Transform Lives.” Mornell was born on a farm in Muncie, Ind. After getting her RN and bachelor’s degrees from Methodist Hospital and DePauw University, she headed west on a Greyhound bus. She received psychiatric training from Langley Porter at the University of California in San Francisco and married a psychiatric resident, Pierre Mornell. She has three adult children and seven grandchildren. Mornell divides her time among family, writing and consulting. In 2014, she was blessed by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama for her efforts to empower disadvantaged youth.

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Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is more commonly known as the Winter Blues.  SAD affects 62 million Americans, according to Michael Terman, director of the Center for Light Treatment and Biological Rhythms at Columbia University.

Symptoms include:

  • mood changes
  • fatigue
  • depression
  • irritability
  • difficulty concentrating
  • sadness
  • difficulty with relationships
  • and feeling hopeless

These symptoms are real and the reason is because you have decreased exposure to the sun – days are shorter, cloudy days block the sunlight, colder temperatures keep you inside. The lack of sunlight and activity level affects the body’s ability to produce energy. Know your body, know what is normal for you.

HOW TO BEAT THE WINTER BLUES:
  • Stay active. Here are some suggestions: walk, jump rope, weight training, workout DVD, join a gym or class.
  • Maintain social activity.
  • Maintain diet.
  • Maintain hydration,
  • Take on a new hobby.
  • Open your blinds or curtains and let natural sunlight in.
  • Reduce your stress level.
  • Bundle up and go outside (See our Winter Activity list below).

As the days get cooler and become shorter, you may find yourself hibernating inside. Staying inside too long can result in cabin fever, winter blues, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), or even depression. Don’t let winter keep you from enjoying family time together.

There are many winter activities your family can enjoy. Fresh air, sunshine, and physical activity can help you conquer this winter.
  • Take a drive and look at the snowy scenery.
  • Have an indoor campout. Put up a tent or build one with blankets.
  • Make a birdfeeder for feathered friends who stay the winter.
  • Bundle up and go for a walk in the snow.
  • Create a snowman or snow sculpture. Make sure the snow is packable for best results.
  • Build a winter bon fire and have smores and hot chocolate.
  • Paint the snow rainbow colors. All you need is a spray bottle, food dye, and water.
  • Make a snow maze or obstacle course and have timed relay races.
  • Have a snowball battle.
  • Try one of these Indoor Activities: bowling, rock climbing, swimming, take an art or music class, roller skating, join a gym, walk on an indoor track.
  • Some geographical locations offer these fun winter activities: Snow Tubing, Down Hill Skiing, Cross-country Skiing, Snowshoeing, Snowboarding, Sleigh Rides, Ice-skating, Snowmobile Tours, Snowcat Tours, and Off Road Adventure Tours.

If you recognize symptoms of SAD in yourself ask for help, or if you recognize symptoms in someone else – offer to help.

Talk to your doctor.  A doctor who knows your history will be best able to prescribe a plan for you. Some patients may experience cases that require light therapy, vitamin supplements, counseling, or anti-depressants.

Share this article with friends and family to help them understand why they are affected by the winter blues and what they can do.

How about you?  Do you become affected each winter by the winter blues?  Do you have any tips to share for making it through winter blues?  We would love to hear about them. 

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Even at this young age, newborns are ready to learn about the world around them.  Play is the chief way that infants learn how to move, communicate, socialize, and understand their surroundings. And during the first month of life, your baby will learn by interacting with you.

The first thing your baby will learn is to associate the feel of your touch, the sound of your voice, and the sight of your face with getting his or her needs for comfort and food met. You can encourage your newborn to learn by stimulating your newborn’s senses in positive ways — with smiles, smoothing sounds, and gentle caresses.
During the first month of life, your newborn will spend much of the day sleeping or seeming drowsy. Over the next several weeks to months, your baby will mature and be awake or alert for longer periods of time.
It’s important to recognize when your baby is alert and ready to learn and play and when your little one would rather be left alone:
A baby who is quiet and alert will be attentive and responsive, and interested in surroundings.
A baby who is awake but active (squirming, flapping arms, or kicking legs) or fussing will be less able to focus on you. The baby may seem agitated or start to cry when you try to get his or her attention. These are signs that your baby may be getting overstimulated.
As you care for your newborn, he or she is learning to recognize your touch, the sound of your voice, and the sight of your face.
In the first few weeks you may want to introduce some simple, age-appropriate toys that appeal to the senses of sight, hearing, and touch, such as:  rattles, textured toys, musical toys, and unbreakable crib mirrors.
Try toys and mobiles with contrasting colors and patterns. Strong contrasts (such as red, white, and black), curves, and symmetry stimulate an infant’s developing vision. As vision improves and babies gain more control over their movements, they’ll interact more and more with their environment.
Here are some other ideas for encouraging your newborn to learn and play:
  • Put on soothing music and hold your baby, gently swaying to the tune.
  • Pick a soothing song or lullaby and softly sing it often to your baby. The familiarity of the sound and words will have a soothing effect, particularly during fussy times.
  •  Smile, stick out your tongue, and make other expressions for your infant to study, learn, and imitate.
  • Use a favorite toy for your newborn to focus on and follow, or shake a rattle for your infant to find.
  • Let your baby spend some awake time on his or her tummy to help strengthen the neck and shoulders. Always supervise your infant during “tummy time” and be ready to help if he or she gets tired or frustrated in this position. Never put an infant to sleep on his or her stomach — babies should sleep on their backs to reduce the risk of SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome).
  • Talk to your baby.
Keep in mind that babies develop at different rates, and there is a wide range of normal development. If you have any concerns about your newborn’s ability to see or hear, or your baby doesn’t seem to be developing well in other ways, talk with your doctor. 
Printed with permission by KidsHealth.  KidsHealth is the most-visited site on the Web for information about health, behavior, and development from before birth through the teen years.
Reviewed by: Mary L. Gavin, MD
Date reviewed: January 2015
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Friendly Advice to Fight Cold and Flu

(Family Features) Even a mild case of the flu or a powerful cold can leave you feeling run down and out of sorts for days or even weeks. While many ailments must simply run their course, there are many steps you can take to fight your way back to good health.

The first step is identifying whether you’re fighting a cold or the flu, which can be tricky because many of the symptoms are similar. However, colds tend to come on more slowly, while the flu hits rather quickly. Often cold symptoms stay limited to your head (runny nose, sneezing, sore throat), while a flu affects other areas of your body with aches, fatigue and sometimes digestive irritation such as nausea or diarrhea. Generally, flu symptoms are more intense than cold symptoms. Sometimes, but not always, the flu brings a fever or 100°F or more, along with chills and sweats.

Follow this advice to help fight cold and flu, and get you back on your feet:

  • Stay home and rest, and avoid contact with other people. Also wash your hands frequently to prevent infecting others or re-infecting yourself.
  • If you are at risk of developing flu-related complications, consult a doctor about whether prescription antiviral drugs are advisable. Typically, these prescriptions are most effective when taken within the first 48 hours that you become ill.
  • Use over-the-counter remedies to ease symptoms and make yourself more comfortable. For example, treat cold symptoms, such as a sore throat, with a medicated lozenge such as all natural Fisherman’s Friend, which provide quick relief of sore throats, coughs and congestion with the maximum dosage of menthol per lozenge. The cherry and sugar-free formulas are GMO- and gluten-free and contain no artificial coloring or flavors.
  • Over-the-counter pain relievers and decongestants can also be helpful in managing symptoms; a pharmacist can guide you to the products best suited to your needs, and also help you avoid medications that may conflict with prescriptions you take on a regular basis.
  • Avoid becoming dehydrated, which can exacerbate your symptoms and lead to more serious health risks. Water, juice and warm soups or broths are good options to keep fluids in your system.
  • Adjust your climate. Opt for a temperature that is warm but not hot, and if air is overly dry, add moisture with a cool mist humidifier or vaporizer.

Even the healthiest people encounter germs and get sick from time to time. Taking care of yourself and giving your body the chance to heal is the best treatment. Learn more about treating your cold and flu symptoms at fishermansfriend.com.

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ONGOING

WVU Community Music Program ongoing registration. Morgantown, WV. Group classes and private music lessons, community music events, summer camps, and more. 304-293-6946. http://music.wvu.edu/community_music_program.

Horseback Riding – Open Year Round – Mountain Trail Rides 255 Freeland , Davis, WV. Horseback riding in the beautiful mountains of Canaan Valley, WV. 304-866-4652 www.mountaintrailrides.com.

Morgantown Ice Arena Skating Rink 1001 Mississippi St., Morgantown, WV. Public skate sessions, lessons offered – beginner and advanced, figure skating, ice hockey, locker room parties. 304-296-8356 http://www.boparc.org/ice-arena.html

P.U.R.R. WV Adoption Events are ongoing at various locations around North Central WV. P.U.R.R. WV is a no-kill cat rescue Please go to http://www.purrwv.org/html/events.html for dates and locations.

Train Rides at Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad Elkins, WV. Mountain rail adventures any time of the year. Mtn-rail.com or call 866-874-7653.

Monongalia County Health Department WIC (Women, Infants, and Children Program) 1000 Elmer Prince Drive, Morgantown, WV. Monday-Friday 8:30-4:30. Evening appointments available. 304-598-5181.

Ice-skate Arenas in WV. See our list of at – http://wvfamilyonline.com/ice-skating-arenas-in-wv/

Winter Activities Guide – Go to: http://wvfamilyonline.com/winter-activities-guide/ for great outdoor and indoor activities to help you enjoy family time together during the winter months.

Longest Sled Run on the East Coast – Blackwater Falls State Park – Davis, WV.  Sled run includes the new Wonder Carpet conveyor system to take sledders effortlessly back to the top.  www.blackwaterfalls.com.

Penguins on Parade – Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium, 1 Wild Place, Pittsburgh, PA.  11:30 Saturdays and Sundays in January and February.  See our penguins strut their stuff along the pathway at 11:30 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays throughout the winter months, weather permitting. Call 412-665-3640 for more information or to see if the penguins will be out on a given day.  http://www.pittsburghzoo.org

 

JANUARY

January is “GO” Month – Get Organized.

January 1 Happy New Year 2017!

Jan 7   Annual Little Princess Ball North Bend State Park Cairo, WV. Bring your little princess to this father – daughter weekend. Celebrate with dancing, music, arts and crafts, and more. 304-643-2931. www.northbendsp.com.

January 3 Spring term registration begins at WVU Community Music Program. Classes start Jan. 17.  304-293-6946. http://music.wvu.edu/cmp

Janaury 4 Spring classes begin at Morgantown Dance Studio, Morgantown, WV. New Foundations for ages 2-6.  Ballet, modern, tap, and more.  Children and adult.  All levels.  304-292-3266.  www.morgantowndance.org

January 16 Martin Luther King Jr. Day Observed on the third Monday in January.

January 29  French Cooking Class MyKitchenWV, 3391 Grafton Road, Morgantown, WV.  5-8 p.m. Make some crepes, cook with wine and throw in some butter and eggs. This class will cover classic French recipes with names that are hard to pronounce but fun, delicious; and, here’s the secret, its not hard to do. We will make some desserts, appetizers and entrees that are sure to please your family.  304-241-4901. www.mykitchenwv.com.

FEBUARY

February is American Heart Month. It is a good time to remember that heart disease affects men and women alike.

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month. Healthy gums can greatly affect your heart health. For children dental health tips, please see our page “Keeping Your Child’s Teeth Healthy” at  http://wvfamilyonline.com/keeping-your-childs-teeth-healthy/

February 2 is Groundhog Day

February 3  National Wear Red Day  Heart disease and stroke do not just affect men.  Heart disease and stroke kill 1 in 3 women, yet it is preventable.  Wear red to show your support for saving women’s lives.  Show your support on social media by using #GoRed.  https://www.goredforwomen.org/wearredday/

February 3-4  Monster Jam 2017  Charleston Civic Center Coliseum, Charleston, WV.  http://www.charlestonwvciviccenter.com for info and tickets.

February 5   2016 Super Bowl Sunday

February 14 Valentine’s Day. Don’t forget to tell those who are special in your life just how special they are.

February 17 Random Acts of Kindness Day

Feb 17-18   48th Annual WV Outdoor Show Charleston Civic Center, Charleston, WV. the area’s largest indoor displays of new RVs, fifth wheels, Class A, B & C motorhomes, trailers, toy haulers, and pop-ups, along with recreational vehicles, personal water crafts, and ATV’s. http://www.charlestonwvciviccenter.com

February 18  Bridal Fair  Morgantown Mall, Morgantown, WV.  10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Annual bridal show with vendors to start planning your big day.  First 50 brides to sign up at the registry table will receive a free bridal goody bag.  Sign up for door prizes.

February 20 President’s Day

February 20 Love Your Pet Day A day to love and pamper your pet, after all – pets are good for your health! If you don’t have a pet, contact a local animal shelter and volunteer (or adopt).

February 24-26 Disney on Ice: Dare to Dream  Nothing can stop a princess from a courageous adventure when Disney On Ice presents Dare to Dream skates into to your hometown. Join your hosts Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse as they share the heroic stories of four of your favorite Disney Princesses. Laugh along with Disney’s hair-raising escapade, Tangled, as Rapunzel, Flynn and Maximus embark on an uproarious expedition that soars to new heights! Travel to the enchanted forest with Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs as she escapes from the Evil Queen. Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo! Watch as Cinderella’s dreams come true with a little help from her animal friends and the Fairy Godmother. Boogie to the beat of the bayou with Princess Tiana and Prince Naveen from Disney’s The Princess and the Frog, in a magical, musical journey. Make memories your whole family will treasure for a lifetime, while dancing and singing along, as the Disney Princesses inspire you to Dream Big!  http://www.charlestonwvciviccenter.com for info and tickets.

Feb 25  5th Annual Cardboard and Duct Tape Sled Racing – Blackwater Falls State Park, Davis, WV.  Every tool box has it! Duct Tape. Make a sled of cardboard and duct tape and bring to the Blackwater Falls for the second annual Duct Tape and Cardboard Sled Race. Design and construct a person powered, corrugated cardboard sled able to withstand the down hill fun on the Blackwater Falls sled run. Awards for best design and team spirit.  304-259-5216.  http://www.blackwaterfalls.com/special.htm.

February 28  Spay Day USA This is an annual observance to bring attention to the pet overpopulation problem in the US. According to American Humane Society, 5 million companion animals enter animal shelters nationwide every year. 60% of dogs and 70% of cats from animal shelters are euthanized every year because there is no space in these shelters. Spay or neuter your pet, and donate to help spay and neuter shelters animals who are waiting for a furrever home.

March 14  Deadline to reserve your camp ad in the 2017 Summer Camps & Programs Guide and Directory in the WVKIDS issue of WV Family. Camps advertising in the WVKIDS 2017 issue will also be listed in our Online Camp Fair. Call today! 304-472-4528.  See our ONLINE CAMP FAIR here – http://wvfamilyonline.com/online-camp-fair/

*Information about events is subject to change. Please use the listed contact information for more details on events.

Deadline for calendar events in our next calendar edition is March 1, 2017.

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Nov 18 Holiday Meal Baking Class My Kitchen, Morgantown, WV.   6-9 p.m.  Whatever the special holiday may be Thanksgiving, Christmas or Easter. This meal is a must with all the trimmings. It includes: Turkey, Stuffing, Green Bean Casserole, Cranberry Sauce, Sweet Potato Casserole, Mashed Potatoes w/Gravy, Yeast Rolls and a Cream Pie. We will knock this out in a little over 2 hours, (including Turkey) from scratch. Hands-on cooking. 304-241-4901 www.mykitchenwv.com

Nov 13  Magical Night of Giving Morgantown Mall, Morgantown, WV. Sunday – 6pm to 9pm. Special shopping hours, discounts, and prizes for ticket holders. Ticket purchase is a donation to a local non-profit organization of your choice. 304-983-6255 www.morgantownmall.com.

Nov 19  The 3rd Annual Holly Jolly Christmas Craft & Vendor Show 929 Brushy Fork Road, Buckhannon, WV.   This annual event will be 2 days this year!! Saturday from 11-4 and Sunday from 12-5!! The holidays are right around the corner and what better way to get your shop on than at a “One-Stop Shop” event!!!   JAWS BBQ who will be serving their amazing pulled pork BBQ sandwiches and UNKS Lemon Shake Ups!!  Old Goat Kettle Corn will be set up right outside the front doors! Who doesn’t LOVE kettle corn???  There’s fun for the kids too!! There will be face painting & balloon twisting by Paint Misbehavin!!  Magical Moments, LLC will be doing a Meet and Greet with Christmas Mickey and Minnie Mouse!! Family photos will be $10 and will be sent via email or Facebook. Sessions will be every 30 min.   Something for everyone!  https://www.facebook.com/events/448566145268723/

Nov 20  18th Annual Candyland Christmas Pageant   Beckley Raleigh Convention Center, 200 Armory Drive, Beckley, WV.   WELCOME TO THE 18th ANNUAL CLASSIC CANDYLAND CHRISTMAS PAGEANT! This will be a “BEARY SPECIAL” start to your holiday season! Special Guests, theme crowns, Kids Candy Cane tree, 2016 End of the Year awards and so much more!  https://www.facebook.com/events/1730552213871514/

Photo by Oglebay Resort

WV’s Best Christmas Light ShowsSee our list here!

Nov 24  Thanksgiving Day

Nov 27 Santa Arrives at Middletown Mall Fairmont, WV. 1:00 p.m. Santa hours Nov 28-Dec 23: Mon-Fri 4-7, Sat 1-7, Sun 1-4, Dec 22 and 23 1-7, Dec 24 11-3. 304-363-3230.

Christmas Tree Farms in WV. See our list here!

DECEMBER

Dec 3  Christmas Trees, Cupcakes, and Santa  French Creek Christmas Tree Farm, 943 Beechtown Road, French Creek, WV. 1-4 p.m.  Visit with Santa and “Frosty the Snowman.” Tour a firetruck and talk with a fireman while waiting to have a special balloon made by that very special and talented “Wuzzy the Elf.” Gloria, with “Almost Heaven Cupcakes”, will be returning with delicious samples of her heavenly cupcakes and a drawing for some sweet Christmas treats.  The SUBA Christmas Parade at 1:00 p.m. and Rock Cave Elementary School Craft Show at the Rock Cave Fire Department from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. For information on the craft show and/or reserving a table, please call the school at: 304-924-6969.   Santa will hand out candy canes and coloring books to children. His elf will make balloon animals for children. Community organizations will be holding sales each day. 304-924-5584/304-516-0278. Email: wvchristmastrees@gmail.com. www.wvchristmastrees.com

Dec 3-4, 10-11, 17-18  Breakfast or Lunch with Santa  Pittsburgh Zoo, 1 Wild Place, Pittsburgh, PA. Breakfast 9:30 a.m to 1:30 p.m.  Santa Claus is coming to town and he’s making a stop at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium.  Join us for our family-fun Breakfast or Lunch with Santa and enjoy a delicious buffet as the children decorate a Christmas cookie, meet our education animals, and write a letter to Santa followed by a visit from the big man himself!  See Santa lead the Penguins on Parade at 11:30am!. Visit with Santa and don’t forget to bring your camera to take a picture with him. www.pittsburghzoo.org.

Dec 4  Sensitive Santa at Morgantown Mall, Morgantown, WV.   Sunday – 9-11 a.m.  This is a special time with Santa reserved for children with Autism or those on the Autism spectrum.  We make Santa’s Workshop sensory-friendly and have activities for the children to do while they wait to sit on Santa’s lap. If you have any questions or to let us know you’ll be bringing your child, just email sarah.shaffer@washingtonprime.com.  304-983-6255 www.morgantownmall.com.

Dec 7  Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker WVU Creative Arts Center, Morgantown, WV. 7:30 p.m.  Direct from Russia, experience the biggest holiday event of the year! Moscow Ballet, now in its 24th consecutive year touring North America, returns to the Creative Arts Center with the Great Russian Nutcracker. Witness the exquisite artistry of this world-class company that numbers nearly 40 classically trained dancers and revel in the unmatched splendor of the breathtaking hand-painted sets and luxurious hand-made costumes. The Moscow Ballet continues to garner critical acclaim. “Bravura expertise,” raves the Los Angeles Times! Bring the entire family to usher in the holiday season with the magic of the 60-foot “growing” Christmas tree and the stunning Dove of Peace. Get your tickets early because this event is always a sell-out!  www.events.wvu.edu.

Dec 10-11  The Nutcracker presented by Morgantown Dance & Morgantown Ballet Company Metropolitan Theatre, High Street,  Morgantown, WV. 304-292-3266. info@morgantowndance.org. www.morgantowndance.org

Dec 10 Christmas Brunch in Whoville featuring The Grinch and Cindy Lou Who  88Restaurant & Lounge, 88 E. Main Street, Buckhannon, WV.  10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Bring the family and come have brunch with the Grinch and Cindy Lou Who. Our talented culinary staff will be cooking up a fantastic brunch as outstanding as any feast in Whoville. A magical experience for the young and young at heart. Make your reservations today call 304-473-1988.  https://www.facebook.com/events/1509810539316970/

Dec 14-21  A Christmas Carol  WV Public Theatre Holiday Show, 369 High Street, Morgantown, WV. Public performances and school matinees.   Please check website for dates, times, and ticket prices. For more information call (304) 381-2382 or visit www.wvpublictheatre.org.

Dec 17  Breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus  North Bend State Park, Cairo, WV. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be stopping at North Bend State Park for breakfast on their way to the North Pole. Check in with the jolly old elf and have your picture taken. Contact: 304-643-2931. www.northbendsp.com.

Dec 24 Hanukkah Begins (ends at nightfall on Jan. 1).

Dec 18 Brunch with Santa Blackwater Falls State Park, Davis, WV. Ho! Ho! Ho! Santa stops at Blackwater Falls State Park before returning to the North Pole with his naughty and nice list. A visit with Santa is free with buffet fee. 10:30am until noon.  Contact: 304-259-5216  www.blackwaterfalls.com.

Dec 21 Winter Solstice (Winter begins)   See our Winter Activities Guide for fun activities to help fight the Winter Blues.

Dec 25 Christmas Day

Dec 26 Kwanzaa begins (ends Jan. 1)

Dec 31 New Years Eve

JANUARY

Jan 7   Annual Little Princess Ball North Bend State Park Cairo, WV. Bring your little princess (ages 5 – 12) to North Bend State Park’s 8th Annual Little Princess Ball. Celebrate with dinner, a father / daughter dance, arts and crafts, and much more! Dress your daughter in her favorite party dress and be prepared to make some special memories. Photos will be taken of fathers and daughters.   Radio personality and DJ, Jack Horton from V96.9 in Parkersburg will be playing all your favorite hits. Stop by his booth and request your special song as you dance into the night.
There will be a special arts and crafts room open during the evening. Stop in for games, activities, and arts and crafts for girls of all ages.  The North Bend Restaurant will be preparing a special menu for princesses and their fathers. Take a break from the dance and make your own smoothie, choosing your favorite fruits to create a sweet treat!  Back by popular demand! After the dance, come down to the lobby for a family friendly movie. Popcorn and drinks will be provided. Movie rated G – PG. 304-643-2931. www.northbendsp.com.

Jan 20-22 Winter Wonderland Weekend – North Bend Park, Cairo, WV. Come for a weekend filled with activities for all ages. There will be hikes, games, contests, arts and crafts, and much more.    Contact: Wendy Greene, 304-558-2754. http://www.northbendsp.com

*Information about events is subject to change. Please use the listed contact information for more details on events.

Deadline for calendar events in our next print issue is Dec. 1, 2014 – which will be on shelves January/February
and is our ANNUAL HEALTH ISSUE. Send us your family-friendly calendar event or health event.
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