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FAB FIVE for the Weekend

Singing in the Rain (Woodminster Amphitheater)

HOIST AN UMBRELLA: Oakland’s outdoor Woodminster Amphitheater is staging “Singin’ in the Rain” at Joaquin Miller Park August 7-16. (Tickets $23-40)

BREAK OUT THE POPCORN: Spread your blanket and kick back for a screening of Jack Black’s hilarious “School of Rock” on Aug. 6 at 8:30 p.m. at Pleasanton’s free Movies in the Park summer series at DeLucchi Park. Or head over to El Cerrito’s Cerrito Vista Park on Aug. 8 at 8:30 p.m. for “Back to the Future.”
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Posted on Wednesday, August 5th, 2009
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SOFI Listens to Daddy-a-Go-Go

Our favorite guest bloggers, Trine Gallegos and soon-to-be second grader Sofi, are back with more CD reviews! Any Daddy-a-Go-Go fans out there?
Daddy-a-Go-GoDaddy A Go Go: When I saw that “The Best of Daddy A Go Go (Volume 1)” featured “Come On, Get Happy” (TV’s “Partridge Family” theme) and “Scooby Doo,” I thought it was going to be a bust. But, no – it turned out to be a bust a move CD instead. The simple, straight ahead tunes hook you fairly quickly. My young music expert digs “Nana Nan Boo Boo” and “A Dog Named Boomer.” And, while “Pink Floyd Saves Hugh Manatee” isn’t the best offering, it most certainly wins song title of the year. This is a good addition to your kid-music pile.

Posted on Tuesday, August 4th, 2009
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WHAT Do You Do With A Tail Like This?

What Do You Do With a Tail Like This? What does one do with a tail like that? Steve Jenkins’ charming books – this one and “Biggest, Strongest, Fastest” – are both being featured by Kohl’s Cares for Kids, which raises millions to support children’s programs. Idea is, you go to a Kohl’s and buy these books for $5 apiece, and Kohl’s not only donates the money to children’s health and education initiatives nationwide, they’ll also give your child a plush toy. They sent us a huge, pale green iguana and it’s fab! We’ve given ours to the local battered women’s shelter for their nursery, but we’re giving away the two books this week – and hoping you swing by Kohl’s and help support this worthy cause too. Meanwhile, if you’d like to win these books, just click comments and tell us, who’s your child’s favorite author? Jenkins? Eric Carle? You tell us.

(Congrats, by the way, to Edward who won last week’s Spongebob DVD!)

Posted on Monday, August 3rd, 2009
Under: Books, Contest | 4 Comments »

PARENT TALKS: Toddlers, Baby Massage & More

Crying baby “Living with Ones & Twos”
Aug. 4 at 7 p.m. at Bananas, Oakland
Speaker: Nurse practitioner Meg Zweiback leads a discussion on toddlers, their developing personalities and stages. (Register here)

“Booties Camp: Baby Massage”
Aug. 5 at 10 a.m. at Bananas, Oakland
A hands-on class teaches massage techniques to help parents comfort their babies. Yoga mats provided. Register here.

“Childhood Matters: Preventing Abuse & Neglect”
Aug. 9 from 7 to 8 a.m. on 98.1 KISS-FM and streamed live on Rona Renner, RN, and guests Chris Stewart, Director of Inpatient Pediatrics at San Francisco General Hospital, and Abigail Stewart-Kahn, MSW, Director of New Programming at the San Francisco
Child Abuse Prevention Center, discuss ways to prevent child abuse and neglect.
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Posted on Monday, August 3rd, 2009
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