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(BPT) - The holidays are here and parties are in full swing. At this time of year, there can be a lot of pressure to throw memorable parties that will keep people talking into the new year. Many people forget that the real cheer in holiday entertaining is spending time with family and friends.
(BPT) - If your boss hands you a new assignment and tells you to take your time, and you think "What’s the catch?", congratulations - you are officially part of the 21st century workforce. Today’s work environment is go-go-go all the time, and phrases like “take a break” or “slow down” seem to have been left behind.
(Family Features) During this hectic holiday shopping season, the best gifts for friends and family are not only wonderful to receive, but also give back to children who need help.
Most of us remember Michael Keaton’s successful string of comedies in the early 1980s that started off with “Night Shift” and “Mr. Mom”. Afterwards, he starred in Tim Burton’s highly anticipated “Batman” in 1989. By 1992, he once again played the caped crusader in “Batman Returns”, earning Keaton widespread acclaim. Then something happened; Keaton’s movies were more “misses” than “hits” until he seemed to disappear from cinema screens overnight. Keaton’s career had fallen into the category of insignificance. He missed out on meatier roles and blockbuster box office winners. Years later, even as he found himself providing voices to successful animated films (“Cars”, “Toy Story 3”), Keaton was never handed that potential Academy Award acting part or movie. Until now.
(Family Features) Though it may seem that all of the high-demand gift items this season require batteries and a level of tech savvy only the younger generation can boast, there are actually many great options that let you encourage the kids on your list to get back to basics and get unplugged.
Bright-eyed and brimming is a great way to describe Teddy. But the poodle mix hasn’t always been this way.
(Family Features) Whether it’s sharp or dull, off and on or constant, pain can be a real pain at times. With the ability to interrupt time with family, lessen productivity at work and create many sleepless nights, understanding the source of your pain is essential for relief.
The cast returns in this sequel to the 2010 “How to Train Your Dragon” movie, providing viewers with a hard-edged storyline. Very quickly in the film it’s apparent that “Dragon 2” is at least on par, if not better, than the original journey. Writer and director Dean DeBlois establishes all the familiar characters for moviegoers to pick-up right where they left off in the previous film. The most significant ploy by DeBlois, though, is his masterful narrative that makes this animated movie enjoyable for adults and children alike.
(BPT) - Summer vacation means children, teens and in-betweens are spending more time at home, resulting in more messes, mud and madness. By tackling a few projects around the home now, you’ll be able to sit back, relax and enjoy the beautiful weather and carefree days ahead.
When one of Katie Woodall’s students at Copper Creek Early Learning Center found a piece of honeycomb on the classroom patio, she encouraged all the children to study it with magnifying glasses, describe the colors and textures, draw it, and consider how the bees used it in their hive.
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(BPT) - Swimming is a popular summer activity and if you have a pool or spa, your backyard just may be this summer’s most popular retreat for friends, neighbors and all of the children that come with them. Adding as many water safety steps as possible is the best way to assure a safer and fun experience this summer.
(BPT) - Albert Einstein once said, “Imagination is more important than knowledge.” It’s a pretty amazing statement when you consider just how much knowledge Einstein possessed. Today’s world always has a spot for creative, imaginative people. Whether they are designing the next dot com or the latest menu sensation, imaginative people are thriving everywhere.
Looking for a fun and unique way to celebrate your child’s birthday? The Humane Society of Southern Arizona’s Education Department is now offering monthly kids birthday parties. What better way to celebrate your child’s birthday than with animal friends, all while making a difference in the lives of Southern Arizona’s Homeless Pets.
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With 47 years in the business, the Arizona Theatre Company (ATC) has become accustomed to bringing dynamic and stimulating stories to the stage of Tucson’s historic Temple of Music and Art. Naturally, as seasoned storytellers, the ATC is always an organization that pushes itself to the pinnacle of quality, so what better classical imagination to bring to life than that of fantastic French visionary, Jules Verne? Through March 22, the ATC is bringing one of its most challenging tales to Tucson as the group performs the fantastic voyage depicted in “Around the World in 80 Days”.
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Many adults complain that today’s youth is dominated by video games and iPads. But no matter how advanced technology becomes, Lego will always be there to provide the building blocks for good, old-fashion fun. Every Lego box is a treasure chest of infinite possibilities, allowing us to construct castles, cars, and entire cities. Lego has fueled our imaginations ever since 1949. Sixty-five years and 560 billion Lego pieces later, we get “The Lego Movie.”
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The Walt Disney Company has been responsible for some of the most timeless classics to grace our theaters and TV screens since the company’s inception in 1923. The multinational mass media conglomerate is one of the largest companies in the world and has established itself as a leader in the American animation industry as well as live-action film, television, travel, and theme parks. The Disney train has been going strong for decades now and there seems to be nothing stopping its momentum in the coming years.
It’s official: the elf is back. Yes, ours is one of those households tormented by the infamous elf on the shelf. For those of you who don’t know the premise, the elf on the shelf is a cute little stuffed elf who is reported to spy for Santa, keeping a close eye on who is naughty and who is nice. Ours happens to be a household in which Santa is known to be a fictional character, but still we enjoy the whimsy our elf, Doogan, brings to the household each year. More than just a jolly decoration that sits stagnant on the shelf, Doogan is known to move to a different spot overnight. The kids have fun seeking out his new hiding place each morning.
In 2005 I reluctantly went shopping with my husband on Black Friday. I remember getting up at 4 a.m. thinking he was crazy to be going out this early in the morning for some piece of electronics on sale at Best Buy. But, I did it.
A look into this week's events and happenings.