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Class Notes

high school teacher

I was supposed to listen to our class president give her speech. I was supposed to hear our valedictorian commemorate a traditional rite of passage. I was supposed to hear a board member confer degrees on our graduates. I was supposed to have one final opportunity to say each student’s …

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Healing Gardens

healing gardens

Admit it. We could all use a little mental health boost right now. Forced isolation, uncertain finances, disrupted routines, increased responsibility of homeschooling with no childcare. It’s enough to make even the most optimistic and cheerful among us feel downright gloomy. The list of remedies that experts recommend to combat …

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Best Podcasts to Binge Right Now


We’re bored.  We’ve caught up on our favorite tv shows, spent more time on social media and discovered some new books to read. How else can we occupy our time while in quarantine?  Podcasts. Because sometimes we need a friend in our ear.  And, what’s better than enjoying a podcast …

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Prepping Kids for Phase 1

Phase 1

Tonight at 5 p.m., the state’s stay-at-home order will be lifted in most of the state and we will move into Phase 1 of recovery. In our readership area, the order will remain in effect in Baltimore City. In other counties, it will be lifted but many restrictions remain in …

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Weekend Family Fun: May 14-17

Weekend Family Fun: may 14-17

Good morning and happy Thursday! This week, our Weekend Family Fun for May 14-17 is divided into three categories—Any Day Fun, events scheduled for specific days and activities just for grownups. Gov. Larry Hogan announced the lifting of the stay-at-home order starting Friday at 5 p.m. Some stores, salons and …

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How Do We Plan for Summer?

How Do We Plan for Summer

Summer’s almost upon us and there are still so many questions for families as we face the COIVD-19 pandemic: Will there be camp this summer? Will we be able to travel? Has flying been ruled out? What about a trip to the beach? It’s tempting to reassure our kids that …

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5 Ways to Help Kids Connect with Nature

connect with nature

A few months ago, we couldn’t imagine that our children wouldn’t be able to go to parks, playgrounds or nature centers. And yet, here we are. No time like the present to find new ways for them to connect with nature. The benefits of playing outside have been widely studied; …

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Party in Place

party in place

As we have adjusted to life in lockdown, plenty of families have been celebrating birthdays in their households without parties. More common than candle blowing this year are shouts of “I love you” across the lawn or renditions of “Happy Birthday” over FaceTime. Despite these adjustments, people are still finding …

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This Mother’s Day, Get Lost in a Book

Get Lost in a Book

This weekend, squeeze in some time to get lost in a book. Absent a family outing or day trip on Mother’s Day, reading is the best and easiest way to leave the confines of your home during a public health crisis. “So many of us right now have this ambient …

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Plan Your Best Party Now

Planning a party is no easy task! There are so many amazing options that today’s parents never dreamed of as kids. Our Party Guide is your one stop shop to finding everything you need to help your little ones feel extra special on their big day. Whether artsy or active, …

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From Our Partners

Pandemic can’t keep this community apart

It’s not an understatement to say that the COVID-19 pandemic has drastically changed the Americans’ lives. People are living and working from home under shelter-in-place orders and small businesses are doing what they can to survive. The U.S. Kuo Shu Academy (USKSA) is overcoming both plights by offering its classes …

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Confident Kids

Not every child wants to participate in a team sport. Many like to be active and learn new things, but at their own pace. Martial arts is often an activity that appeals to these kids, and for more than just its physical workout. “Martial arts has been around for thousands …

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June 1, 2020

Nightly comedy shows by Baltimore Improv Group
at Baltimore Improv Group in Baltimore

Monday Night Comedy Shows by Baltimore Improv Group
at Baltimore Improv Group in Baltimore

June 2, 2020

Tot Time Tuesday with Beth Shalom Congregation in Columbia, Maryland
at Beth Shalom Congregation in Columbia

10th Annual Taste of 3 Cities at the B&O Railroad Museum
at B&O Railroad Museum in Baltimore

Audition for the Children’s Chorus of Maryland!
at Children’s Chorus of Maryland in Towson