this weekend… NW & downtown
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DOWNTOWN   Kwanzza Celebration Saturday, December 28th 11am-4pm & Sunday, December 29th 12pm-4pm African American Museum in Philadelphia  Kwanzza (First Fruits of the Harvest) is a seven-day celebration of African culture and heritage that acts as time for reflection and recommitment to best practices of African Diaspora families and communities.  Join the lighting of the […]

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homework tips… for teachers
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Though we established the spotty record of homework, the reality is that most schoolchildren have homework.  And although our focus is primarily on parenting, homework has such a huge impact on family life that offering tips for teachers might spark ideas that address home-school workflow issues.  This list provides a variety of starting points for […]

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chestnut hill soccer hosts alex’s lemonade stand this saturday
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  October is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, and this Saturday September 21, from 11am-2pm, some of the youngest Chestnut Hill Youth Soccer Club members will host an Alex’s Lemonade Stand.  The stand will help to raise money to find cures for childhood cancer.  The stand will also honor one little girl, currently battling cancer right […]

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mother’s day wish list…

We here at GAP wish all of our readers a Happy Mother’s Day. I struggled with what to write about and what to “ask for” on this well-celebrated Hallmark Holiday.  And while I enjoy gifts as much as the next person, I’m always drawn to the original intent of the day… PEACE.  That word sums up […]

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weekend family fun: run, gaze, and celebrate!

Downtown     Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts April 27th 11a.m.-7p.m. Free Broad-Chestnut to South Streets Come out for an 8 hour extravaganza! Filled with street musicians, performances, food vendors, exhibitors, Ferris wheels, petting zoo and jungle gym. www.pifa.org   The Penn Relays April 25-27th Franklins Field 235 S. 33rd Street $18-24 www.thepennrelays.com   International […]

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parenting after tragedy: a retrospective

Today was a sad and scary day. My heart is grieving for those hurt and killed in Boston.  Aching for their families and friends, heavy for the locals in Boston, and heavy for our country as well.  And just heavy for all of us as we grapple with yet another national tragedy. For most parents, […]

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it’s time to wage autism ACCEPTANCE month
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  So it’s April.  The month where we will see the ‘Light it Blue’ campaign in full effect.  The month where we will see the newly reported autism numbers (1 in 50) more times than we’ll be able to count.  The month where organizations such as Autism Speaks will attempt to raise awareness about the […]

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hunting for eggs in philadelphia 2013
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Here’s a quick cheat sheet so you can spend your time hunting for eggs instead of hunting for hunts! Easter Egg Hunt in Narberth Park Saturday March 23 at 12:45. They even have a “Little Hunt” for the little hunters! Be sure to arrive early! West Laurel Hill Cemetery Egg Hunt Saturday March 23 at 10am. Prizes, […]

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dear onion… leave that little girl alone.
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Dear Onion, I’m not sure whether to scream at you or thank you.  I am completely appalled by the tweet you sent out about Quvenzhané Wallis, the 9-year-old actress nominated for an Academy Award for her work in “Beasts of the Southern Wild.”  While I am outraged at the dignity and honor you tried to […]

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sphinx and more this weekend…
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Northwest Philly Saturdays at Schuylkill Environmental Center (SCEE) 10:30-11:30a.m 8480 Hagys Mill Road Enjoy a nature walk, stories and games Free! Rag Doll Tales Book Signing 1p.m.Saturday Janurary 26 Join Rag Doll Eugene on her personal narrative of slavery and civil rights. Color Book Gallery 6353 Germantown Avenue Free! Beginner Indoor Rock Climbing Trip Ages […]

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miquon honors MLK
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Like thousands of others across the nation, families at The Miquon School marked the anniversary of Dr. King’s birthday with song and service. “MLK Day”, always a moving occasion, was made especially poignant this year by two concurrent celebrations: the inauguration of the nation’s first black President for a second term in office, and the […]

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AMBER ALERT: cancelled… little girl has been found

A woman walked in to a kindergarten classroom in the Bryant Elementary School at just before 9am this morning and told the subsitute teacher she was Nailla Robinson’s mother.  She then reported that she had “signed the child out” in the office and was taking her out to breakfast.  The woman then walked out of the […]

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sesame place spooktacular!
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  Ok, the weather is perfect.  It’s a beautiful fall weekend, and you’re trying to decide what to do.  Why not head out to Sesame Place for the Count’s Spooktacular Celebration?  We went two weekends ago, and my crew (ages 5. 6 x 2, and 9, ) all had a blast.  It’s so nice to […]

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applying to SDP schools outside your neighborhood
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Every student resident of Philadelphia has a neighborhood public school that is determined by attendance boundaries.  Students may enroll in those schools after providing proof of residency, but there are other public school options that some city residents might want to consider.   One of these options is to apply for the School District of Philadelphia’s […]

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what do you tell your kids about columbus?
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Many students and their grownups have today off in honor of Columbus Day.  We live in a city with a Columbus Boulevard, an annual Columbus Day Parade, and a Columbus Memorial Statue.  Columbus is revered by many Philadelphians.  Yet, celebrating Columbus as a hero offers a skewed view of history.  I’ve worked with undergraduate and […]

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trains, smurfs, and tomatoes top our weekend picks
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Friday Night:   Go watch The Smurfs outside at Miles Park in Germantown Avenue.  The movie starts at dusk/9pm, bring your own seating.  Or take the kids over to the Wyck Farm Market to feast on some end of the summer goodies: fresh off the vine tomatoes, summer squash and more!   Saturday and Sunday:   The storybooks meet […]

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