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2012-05-03

What To do this Weekend - So Much to Celebrate!

EDIT: In case you missed the links above, visit these two posts for some late additions to the activities of May 5-6th 2012: here and here
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Oh my, the weather this week, right? Hard to believe only a few weeks ago we were out in t-shirts - I even saw kids in shorts!

There is hope for us all though: the weather network indicates today's temp of 3 will triple by Saturday (albeit with rain) and forecasts SUN and double digits come Sunday! Woot!!

So, I suspect on Sunday you'll all be outside for a walk in the park or a game of soccer with the kids.... (you might want to check out the new yoga wear store, Chasing Rainbows, that is opening on Stavanger this Saturday, just to get something cute to wear ;-)....Here are a few other things you might want to take in:-)

  • The TD Canadian Children’s Book Week  launches this weekend (it occurs from Saturday, May 5 to Saturday, May 12). Twenty-nine English-speaking authors, illustrators and storytellers will be visiting schools, libraries, bookstores and community centres in every province and territory across the country. As part of this initiative, next Thursday (May 10th), children's author Joan Marie Galat will visit The Ross King Memorial Public Library at 10:45 AM and will introduce astronomy using storytelling to young children.  And check back here on the blog next week for some special posts in honour of the National event! 
  • Sunday marks the start of International Composting Week (yes, yes, there is such a thing!). Learn more about composting at the Three Cheers for Composting Family ProgramMay 6 10-4 at MUN Botanical Garden. In addition to exhibits and information there will be compost crafts, story time, discovery trail, garden tours, face painting and nature hikes to Oxen Pond with duck feeding.
  • That afternoon, pop into The Rooms for this week's Family Fun: Letters & Art (2-4 PM). Children will create with words, paint, paper and poems in this family fun program that will inspire everyone.
  • And let's not forget the Fluvarium Kid's Program (Saturdays and Sundays at 1:30). The theme for May is The 3R's in Nature. Children will learn how there is no such thing as garbage in the plant and animal world: this is a great tie in to the International Composting week actually as one of the topics being covered is how worms turn plants into soil! 
And here is an opportunity to make your own party: Saturday is also Cinco de Mayo (celebrated regionally in Mexico - and some parts of the US -to mark the victory of the Mexicans over the French in the Battle of Puebla... It has become associated globally with pride in the Mexican heritage.) Soooooo....why not have a Mexican Fiesta for supper on Saturday night! Wear a sombrero (available at the dollar store), dress in the colours of the Mexican flag (Red, White & Green) - or set the table with them... and dig out the souvenirs if you have ever been to Mexico! Head over to Bulk Barn and pick out a pinata and bring it out as a festive treat in lieu of a dessert....kids LOVE pinatas!!  If your children are younger, dig out the Dora books and videos (there may even be one on Cinco de Mayo!).
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Whatever you do....
Have a good one!

PS: For more information and ideas on Cinco de Mayo, visit wikipedia or apples4theteacher 


For details on events in & around town, check my events calendar regularly - it is on the bottom of EVERY page :-) The Tely Go Guide published in Arts & Life section every Thursday is also a good source. 

If you have something to add to the Calendar, please let me know! Complete details can be found here and I welcome being added to any "Events Distribution list" your facility might have :-)
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