Governor Bullock, Sesame Street and healthy habits

How did I miss this?

A 45-second video of Montana’s own Governor Steve Bullock talking about healthy habits with Sesame Street’s Abby and Rosita?

Yes, please!

 

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Jeff Bridges in Montana to fight childhood hunger

No, for reals.

Jeff Bridges – The Dude himself – will be in Montana – Darby and Billings, of all places – to help draw the spotlight to a national program that fights childhood hunger.

The Governor and First Lady will be there too, along with the founder of the D.C.-based program, Share Our Strength.

Read on for the details:

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Young filmmakers can enter Polson’s FLIC Jr. competition

Got a budding young filmmaker in the family?

Then hand over the expensive electronics and circle Dec. 1 on the calendar.

That’s the submission deadline for the Flathead Lake International Cinemafest‘s junior competition. Young filmmakers – those 18 years old and younger – are invited to compete in FLIC Jr. after checking out the submission guidelines, legal info, fees and other details.

The film festival in Polson will run from Jan. 24-26, 2014. According to festival organizers, “All submitted films will be juried by a panel of judges made up of experts within the field of film and local community members. Films selected to be part of the festival will be shown during the festival and are eligible to receive ‘Best Of’ awards in several categories.”

Also: “FLIC’s mission is to provide makers of all film genres a venue through which they enrich themselves and their audiences by engaging with film.”

For more information call (406) 274-0181 or send an email to flic@montanasky.net.

 

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Take a flashlight tour through ‘Haunted Hollow’

This Thursday, Oct. 18, the little playground in downtown Missoula will be haunted.
How do I know? A Carousel for Missoula told me so. In fact, they’re looking for volunteers to help with the haunting.
That involves turning Dragon Hollow into Haunted Hollow and giving guided flashlight tours through spooky mad science labs, an obstacle course and a dragon’s lair (apparently the dragons of Dragon Hollow are sticking around for this!).
The transformation promises to be good fun, and it’s for a good cause – a fundraiser for A Carousel for Missoula. Kids 12 and younger can get in for $4 and older kids can check it out for $6.
The haunted flashlight tours will take place on Oct. 18-20, and Oct. 25-29. Each evening will be broken into two segments, with the earlier one (from 6-8 p.m.) offering a less-spooky version of Haunted Hollow for younger kiddos to enjoy, and the later time (from 8-10 p.m.) getting full-on scary!
Interested in volunteering to help out? Call volunteer coordinator Ray Davis at 523-9803.
For more information about A Carousel for Missoula, go to www.carouselformissoula.com or call 549-8382.

This Thursday, Oct. 18, the little playground in downtown Missoula will be haunted.

How do I know? A Carousel for Missoula told me so. In fact, they’re looking for volunteers to help with the haunting.

That involves turning Dragon Hollow into Haunted Hollow and giving guided flashlight tours through spooky mad science labs, an obstacle course and a dragon’s lair (apparently the dragons of Dragon Hollow are sticking around for this!).

The transformation promises to be good fun, and it’s for a good cause – a fundraiser for A Carousel for Missoula. Kids 12 and younger can get in for $4 and older kids can check it out for $6.

The haunted flashlight tours will take place on Oct. 18-20, and Oct. 25-29. Each evening will be broken into two segments, with the earlier one (from 6-8 p.m.) offering a less-spooky version of Haunted Hollow for younger kiddos to enjoy, and the later time (from 8-10 p.m.) getting full-on scary!

Interested in volunteering to help out? Call volunteer coordinator Ray Davis at 523-9803.

For more information about A Carousel for Missoula, go to www.carouselformissoula.com or call 549-8382.

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Free carousel rides in Missoula all day Saturday

Here’s the press release from A Carousel for Missoula:

Happy Birthday to the Carousel, Dragon Hollow AND YOU!

A Carousel for Missoula is celebrating its 17th birthday, and the 11th birthday of Dragon Hollow Playarea, by giving free rides to all this Saturday, May 26, from 11am to 7pm.

Each year, the Carousel gives free rides on Kids’ Day, the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend, to memorialize the wonderful gifts this community gave to itself by creating the Carousel and Dragon Hollow. The free rides are a thank you for the support and generosity enjoyed by these two community-built treasures.

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Tickets go on sale today for Families First fundraiser

Starting today, families can buy tickets to an ultra-family-friendly summer concert coming up on August 20.

The concert will feature Aaron Nigel Smith – of PBS’s “Between the Lions” – and Missoula’s own special guests Tangled Tones and Friends.

If that’s not family-friendly enough for you, consider that the concert doubles as Families First‘s annual fundraiser. The Saturday event at the University Theater will kick off at 3:30 p.m. – but please note that the doors will open an hour earlier, at 2:30 p.m.

The slate of available activities includes beading, face painting, tie dying and more. Tangled Tones will warm up the stage at 4:45, and Aaron Nigel Smith will take over at 5:30, with the whole thing scheduled to wrap up at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets are free for kids under the age of 1. For kids 1-12 years old, tickets are $12 each, and anyone older than 12 will pay $15 for a ticket. Buy tickets at the official ticket outlet – the new MSO Hub Box Office located downtown at 140 N. Higgins Ave. Or, buy them at the Families First Children’s Museum – also located downtown – or by phone by calling 543-3300.

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Open kids’ eyes to wonders of wildlife with family friendly films

If the heat is getting to you but you can’t bear to keep the kids inside, take the family down to the Roxy Theatre tomorrow morning for some Wildlife Film Festival fun. It’s the next best thing to being outdoors yourself.

The International Wildlife Film Festival and Media Center has started up its Wild Theater Thursdays once again, so starting July 7 and continuing through August 18, the Roxy will screen wildlife films specifically aimed at enthralling and educating kiddos. It’s every Thursday at 10:30 a.m., and tickets cost $3.

Check out what’s showing at http://www.wildlifefilms.org/showing.html.

The Roxy is located at 718 S. Higgins Avenue here in Missoula. For more information call 728-9380.

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LUNAFEST to include ‘Mother of Many,’ a movie about midwives

When the annual LUNAFEST comes to Missoula this year, it will, as it always does, bring a slate of short films “by, for and about women.” And among these films, as usual, is one of particular interest to moms and anyone interested in the birthing industry, specifically midwives: “Mother of Many.”

The festival begins in mid-March and will hold its showings at the Wilma Theatre. The first film will start at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 16.

Tickets cost $10 ($5 for students); buy them by calling 543-6691, and do so with the knowledge that ticket proceeds will help fund the YWCA‘s GUTS! (Girls Using Their Strengths) leadership program for girls ages 11 to 18, as well as the national Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

Here’s the full list of films, provided by the Missoula YWCA:

  • “The Translator,”directed by Sonya Di Rienzo (Toronto, Canada). A foreign film translator finds her story on a subway line.
  • “Getting a Grip,”directed by Rosa Maria Ruvalcaba and Sarah Jun (San Fernando, Calif., and New York, NY). Meet Fannie Barnes, who became the first female cable car operator in January 1998–at age 52.
  • “Touch,” directed by Jen McGowan (Venica, Calif.). Two women make an unusual connection while waiting for a train.
  • “Tightly Knit,” directed by Jenni Nelson (Palo Alto, Calif.). A new generation of yarn bombers and social knitters discover that the ties that bind are sometimes made of wool.
  • “Top Spin,” directed by Sara Newans and Mina T. Son (New York, NY, and Los Angeles, Calif.). With hard work and family sacrifice, a young table tennis champion works toward becoming one of the top players in the world.
  • “Thembi’s Diary,” directed by Jisoo Kim (Valencia, Calif.). Nineteen year old Thembi records an auto diary of her struggle living with AIDS.
  • “Mother of Many,” directed by Emma Lazen (Bristol, UK). The most dangerous journey sometimes needs a helping hand – a midwife.
  • “Irene,” directed by Lindsay Goodall (Glasgow, UK). Ninety-two-year-old Irene suffers from Alzheimer’s, but struggles to keep her independence.
  • “Miracle Lady,” directed by Moran Somer and Michal Abulafia (Jerusalem, Israel). A tale of two old women who spend their days waiting.
  • “Love on the Line,” directed by G. Melissa Graziano (Los Angeles, Calif.). Follow the dots and dashes when star-crossed lovers curbed their raging hormones via the quickest form of communication available: the telegraph.

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New mothers, prepare for a visit from Disney

It comes as no surprise to me that the Disney empire includes a line of baby products. This New York Times article about Disney representatives pushing those products in hospital maternity wards did come as a surprise, however.

As the article states, “in 580 maternity hospitals in the United States,” in exchange for the free stuff, mothers are getting bedside demonstrations of Disney Baby products and asked to sign up for e-mail alerts. Does this differ so much from the “free bags” of formula samples, diaper coupons and advertisements moms are already getting during their stay in the maternity ward?

Free clothes for newborns are great, I guess, but as the article notes, Disney has trod on sensitive territory in the past with its marketing of products for newborns and infants. “Baby Einstein,” for instance, was marketed with words like “developmental” and “educational,” even as most experts agreed that the best thing for baby’s development is to keep the TV turned off.

Time will tell whether this turns out to be a winning move for Disney – and for these moms and their babies.

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More than half of US kids subject to TV rules

It’s time for more fun with statistics, courtesy of the U.S. Census Bureau!

For starters, there’s the fun fact highlighted in the headline. The details: At last count, 56 percent of children in the United States reported having some sort of rules in place governing their television viewing, whether it was rules limiting their hours, the type of programming or whatnot. Whether these rules were actually followed or how much arguing about them contributed to overall lack of parental productivity, the census doesn’t say.

Some good news: 84 percent of children eat dinner with at least one of their parents at least five times a week.

Not-so-good news: Less than 60 percent of children age 6 to 11 are considered “highly engaged” in school, according to a measurement of their interest in schoolwork, whether they actually like school, and other factors.

Kids ages 6 to 17 participate in sports at a rate of 42 percent and in other extracurricular activities at a rate of 33 percent, although I’m sure there is at least some overlap.

And outside of school, an estimated 5.3 million parents reported being “stay-at-home” parents last year. The vast majority – 5.1 million – are moms. The rest – 158,000 – are dads.

– MM

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