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Welcome to Families First Monthly

A resource for parents

With this issue Families First Monthly enters17 years of being. There have been many changes during this time. Our first Teen Talk columnist is now our Musings of a Young Mother columnist. And we had another Teen Talk writer before our current teen Annaka Hansen. Kids tend to grow up. When I started the paper my boys were in their teens. Now in their thirties, one son has a family and two sons of his own. I have had the pleasure to meet many writers and to share their stories with our readers. One of the biggest (and best, I think) changes with this publication was bringing Joe Thatcher on board as Associate Editor. I am happy I met a wonderful man (my husband) who enjoys publishing as much as I do. His help is immeasurable.

I am constantly reminded there are many kinds of families and sometimes things can be tough. In this issue we have a story about a single mom who started her own business. There is a mom who wrote a book about her childhood and her journey – which started with having a mom who was not safe to be around – as a foster child. There is a story on page 5 about becoming a refugee and how the life you know changes forever. One of my favorite columns in this issue is about a mom who talks with her young son about a dandelion he just picked.

Thank you for reading and have a happy spring.

Laura Lee Kalchik

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Downtown TC Celebrates Young Children – Saturday, April 30
Activities, Entertainment, Exhibits for Little Ones – 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Downtown Traverse City joins with the Grand Traverse Association for the Education of Young Children for the 22nd Annual Celebration for Young Children on Saturday, April 30, 2016. Little ones and their families are invited to join the fun at this popular annual event, which promises a full slate of entertainment, exhibits and hands on activities at locations throughout Downtown Traverse City. Early childhood educators and various community organizations will host hands-on activity tables at Ecco, 121 E. Front Street from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Activities will feature a range of learning activities and arts and crafts especially geared for preschoolers and early elementary age children. The State Theatre will feature Chicken Run at 10 a.m.
Horizon Books will host the ever so popular, Wings of Wonder at 11 am in the lower level. The mission of Wings of Wonder is to educate the public about wildlife, conservation, ecology, and current environmental issues, with a focus on raptors. The charitable organization works on the rehabilitation of sick, injured and orphaned raptors with the goal of releasing healthy individuals back into the wild. Always a big hit with young children and adults, Wings of Wonder is increasing the over all knowledge of wildlife rehabilitation, regulations, and education methods through fieldwork, networking and research right here in Northern Michigan.
Several stores will be featuring children’s activities including Brilliant Books, The Cheese Lady, Cherry Republic, Espresso Bay, Grand Traverse Pie Co., Great Lakes Bath & Body, Harbor Wear, Kilwin’s, Miner’s North Jewelers, Morsels Espresso + Edibles, Suhm Thing, and Toy Harbor.
The Celebration for Young Children will be promoting the importance of art at an early age by featuring artwork created by our local youth in stores throughout Downtown. Almost 150 pieces of art will adorn the storefronts on Saturday, April 30.
The Celebration for Young Children is sponsored by Grand Traverse Association for the Education of Young Children and the over 200 merchants, restaurants and businesses who are members of the Downtown Traverse City Association. For more information, call the DTCA office at (231) 922-2050.
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