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Archive for July, 2009

STAR WARS Giveaway

Star Wars: Punch Out & Play Luke… I am your “Star Wars” punch-out book.

This fun book/toy/thing by Michael and Karan Feder features punch-out, ready-to-play characters, including Darth, R2D2, Luke, Leia and, of course, Yoda. And it can be yours! All you have to do is punch the “Comments” button and tell us, which was your favorite “Star Wars” character? (We deduct points for Jar Jar Binks references.)

Posted on Monday, July 20th, 2009
Under: Contest | 15 Comments »

PARENT TALKS: Baby Yoga & More

Baby Yoga (MCT Direct Photo) “Booties Camp: Baby Yoga”
July 22 at 10 a.m. at Bananas, Oakland
This week’s Baby Booties Camp focuses on yoga with baby. Yoga mats provided. Register here.

“Childhood Matters: Road to Recovery”
July 26 from 7 to 8 a.m. on 98.1 KISS-FM and streamed live on Rona Renner, RN, and community advocates discuss Bay Area resources for families in need.

Something to add to the list? E-mail us the details or click “comments” and add it right here.

Posted on Monday, July 20th, 2009
Under: Parenting Issues | 1 Comment »

TOY RECALL: Switch-a-Roo Phones

Recalled toy phone Evenflo and the Consumer Product Safety Commission just recalled 25,000 of these Switch-a-Roo Telephone Toys. The mirror decal on the front can come off, thereby posing a possible choking hazard. Just peel the dang thing off and throw it away. The rest of the phone seems to be fine.

Posted on Friday, July 17th, 2009
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FAB FIVE for the Weekend

Peter Pan at Woodminster Amphitheater
1. Second star to the right … Oakland’s outdoor Woodminster Amphitheater hosts those famous pirates, fairies, mermaids and, of course, the star of them all, “Peter Pan,” now through July 19 at Joaquin Miller Park. (Tickets $23-$40, but two kids get in free with each paid adult ticket)

2. Movies at the museum … Grab a blanket and head over to Stanford University’s Cantor Arts Center on July 17 at 8:30 p.m. They’re screening that Disney classic “Swiss Family Robinson” on the South Lawn. Pack a picnic or buy a box dinner on the spot. (Free admission and parking; food for sale.)
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Posted on Wednesday, July 15th, 2009
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SOLD OUT: 2,500 Harry Potter Midnight Screenings!

Harry PotterFandango is reporting that more than 2,500 midnight showings of “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” have sold out, and tickets for remaining shows are disappearing at a rate of 8 Potter tix per second. Wow.

  • Locally, Berkeley’s UA7 has sold out its screenings at 12:01, 12:02, 12:03 and 12:04 a.m. A new show at 3:10 a.m. has been added to accommodate Harry Potterphiles.
  • Walnut Creek’s Century 14 theater has sold out all four midnight shows.
  • Regal Crow Canyon has sold out all three, and added a fourth show at 3:10 a.m.
  • All five midnight shows at Pleasant Hill’s Century 16 are completely sold out.
  • Ditto for Blackhawk’s theater.
  • And in Dublin, all 15 (!!) midnight shows at the Regal Hacienda Crossings theater are gone, gone, gone, but you can still get in at 3:10 a.m.
  • Across the Bay in San Francisco, Metreon has sold out four of its midnight shows, ditto for Daly City’s Century 20. The Century at Tanforan has sold out two midnight screenings, and Cinearts @Empire has sold out its one and only midnight showing.

If you’re catching a show tonight and don’t already have tickets, check with the theater before you go! And afterward… come back here, click “comments” and tell us how it was.

Posted on Tuesday, July 14th, 2009
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TOY RECALL: Leaded Sports Balls

Recalled mini sports balls The Consumer Product Safety folks just recalled 90,000 packages of these mini sports balls, because the decorative coating contains excessive levels of lead. You’re looking for small sports toys that come packaged as a basketball, football, baseball and soccer ball quartet. Got ’em? Take them away from your kids and contact the company for details on how to get a replacement toy.

Posted on Tuesday, July 14th, 2009
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HARRY Potter Does the Morning Shows

Daniel Radcliffe on the "Today" Show (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
Daniel Radcliffe and the rest of the Harry Potter gang have been making the rounds of the morning shows, including NBC’s “Today” show (pictured), answering questions and pausing to sign a few … arms? Enjoy this pic, then cruise on over to the Times’ latest slide show from the “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” premieres and the cast’s TV appearances. Big fun. Plus, Draco looks dreamy. :-) Shhh, don’t tell anyone we said that.

Posted on Monday, July 13th, 2009
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JUNIE B.’s Essential Guide Giveaway

Junie B's Essential Survival Guide to School (Courtesy Random House) Junie B., that irrepressible grade schooler, is back! Barbara Park’s brand new “Junie B.’s Essential Survival Guide to School” has hilarious tips on everything from “bossy bosses who will boss you” to names you should never ever call classmates. Among them: “You stinky stinkbomb” and “You dirty rotten ratty pants.” Instead, she suggests, try “You person who I don’t want to smell at this particular time” and “You teensy little hamster pants.” In other words, invaluable back-to-school advice for the K-3 crowd! And it can be yours. Just click “comments” and tell us, does your family have a favorite back-to-school ritual? Tell us all about it, and we’ll draw a winner’s name next Monday.

(P.S. Congrats to Celia – Cecilia Bedelia blogger – who won last week’s “Petit Appetite” cookbook giveaway!)

Posted on Monday, July 13th, 2009
Under: Books | 4 Comments »

PARENT TALKS: Tots & Tweens

Tot by Rick Nease, MCT “Living with Threes and Fours”
July 15 at 7 p.m. at Bananas, Oakland
Speaker: Meg Zweiback, RN, discusses the challenges and joys of those preschool years, and how to encourage and preserve spontaneity and curiosity while teaching cooperation.

“Childhood Matters: Encouraging Girls to be Strong from the Start”
July 19 from 7 to 8 a.m. on 98.1 KISS-FM and streamed live on Rona Renner, RN, and panelists discuss girls, individuality and the media.
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Posted on Monday, July 13th, 2009
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HARRY POTTER: We Are Wizards

We Are Wizards documentary art
OK, so more than 500 showings of “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” have already sold out nationwide, and Fandango reports tickets are flying out the door – well, out the online door, anyway. Not surprising. But if you’re looking for ways to pass the time till 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, when the first frames of the latest Hogwarts flick flicker onto the screen, here’s an excellent one. Remember our wizard wrock discussion yesterday? It’s the musical genre that began as a passing mention in Rowling’s books — and a cameo by members of Radiohead and Pulp as a wizard band in the fourth movie.

But to really see the wizard wrock phenomenon in action, check out “We Are Wizards,” a documentary that debuted at SXSW last summer. At the time director Josh Koury began filming in 2006, there were 79 wizard wrock bands out there, including the Hungarian Horntails, two brothers, ages 5 and 8, who play punk Potter. Now there are 592. Catch a glimpse of the littlest musicians at the 0:59 mark on the film’s trailer. Or get comfy and watch the whole thing for free on Hulu.

Posted on Friday, July 10th, 2009
Under: Movies | No Comments »