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Phineas and Ferb CD Giveaway

Phineas and Ferb (Courtesy Disney) It’s been awhile since I surfed the Disney Channel but when this CD from the Phineas and Ferb animated series popped up on our desk, courtesy of Disney, we couldn’t resist taking a peek. For those of you who don’t watch, P&F is a cartoon series about a pair of young stepbrothers, a pet platypus/secret agent and their mischievous adventures in suburbia. What the show’s really known for, though, are the songs. The show’s music was nominated for two Emmys in 2008. And this CD, “Phineas and Ferb: Songs from the Hit Disney TV Series,” includes 26 of those catchy tunes. Big fun. And it can be yours! All you have to do is click comments and tell us, what’s your favorite childhood theme song? (We only ask because we’ve got the Scooby Doo song stuck in our head.)

(Congrats, by the way, to Cathy, who won last week’s Strawberry Shortcake DVD!)

Posted on Monday, October 12th, 2009
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PARENT TALKS: The Triple Bind

"The Triple Bind" by Stephen Hinshaw “Teens, Stress, Perfection and Mental Health: The Current Crisis for Girls (and Boys)”
Oct. 13 from 7 to 9 p.m. Miramonte High School Theater, Orinda
Speaker: UC Berkeley psychology professor Stephen Hinshaw, author of “The Triple Bind.” Free.

“Closing the Achievement Gap”
Oct. 18 from 7 to 8 a.m. on 98.1 KISS-FM and streamed live on Childhoodmatters.org. Rona Renner, RN, and panelists
discuss ways parents can help close the achievement gap and do something about California’s appalling dropout rate (1 in 4 high school kids drops out of school).
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Posted on Monday, October 12th, 2009
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FAB Five for the Weekend

Aquarium of the BayFive ideas for weekend family fun:

Fin Fest: It’s Sharktober time over at Pier 39’s Aquarium of the Bay. Take a shark-y scavenger hunt, touch live sharks, and watch a shark feeding presentation (Thursdays and Sundays at 1:30 p.m.; free with museum admission). Then, come back on Oct. 17 for a shark film fest ($17) and family sleepover ($60).

Good Witch: One of Tomie de Paola’s most popular characters steals the limelight at San Ramon’s Front Row Theater this weekend in “Strega Nona.” Oct. 10-18; $15-$19.

Family Fair: Pony rides, bouncy houses and carnival games abound at First 5 Contra Costa’s eighth annual Super Saturday Family Fest for kids, ages five and under, and their parents. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 10; John F. Kennedy Park, 350 South 41st St., Richmond.
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Posted on Wednesday, October 7th, 2009
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Volunteers Get a Free Disney Day

Disney Volunteers (AP Photo/Disney, Matt Stroshane)
In the mood for a little free Disney fun? Roll up your sleeves and don your mouse ears. Disneyland’s “Give a Day, Get a Disney Day” program will give 1 million volunteers a free day to play in any Disney park in Anaheim or Orlando in 2010. Disney is working with the HandsOn Network, a clearinghouse for volunteer opportunities, to connect people with projects at 70,000 agencies, including Habitat for Humanity and county food banks. As soon as the volunteers’ work is done and they’ve got the HandsOn OK, they get a certificate good for admission to Disneyland or Disneyworld. Volunteers must register online with Disney – and kids ages 6-17 can join in the fun and earn a free ticket, as long as they do their volunteer work with a grown-up helper.

Posted on Wednesday, October 7th, 2009
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A New Winnie-the-Pooh??

Return to the Hundred Acre WoodRumors are blazing through the Hundred Acre Wood. Piglet told Rabbit and Rabbit told Owl and… well, seems Christopher Robin’s coming back! And not as some cheesy Hollywood sequel either. The new book, “Return to the Hundred Acre Wood” by David Benedictus, went on sale yesterday, with the approval of the Trustees of Pooh Properties, which oversees A.A. Milnes and illustrator E.H. Shepard’s estates. The Associated Press’ Jennifer Quinn says this is “a classic-looking Pooh.” Christopher Robin looks a little older, but everyone else looks exactly the same – and they’ve got a new buddy, Lottie the Otter, a cricket fan and etiquette maven. What do you think of a new Pooh?

Posted on Tuesday, October 6th, 2009
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STRAWBERRY Shortcake DVD Giveaway

Strawberry Shortcake (Courtesy Fox) Happy Monday! And here’s wishing you a berry, berry nice week. Can you tell we’re in a Strawberry Shortcake mood? Yep, we’re giving away “The Strawberry Shortcake Movie: Sky’s the Limit,” the new full-length DVD that tells the tale of Strawberry, her new smoothie recipe and the latest peril to hit Berry Bitty City. No word on whether the Purple Pieman figures in this plot – he must, right? He’s inspiring this week’s challenge question anyway. Want a shot at the DVD? Click “comments” and tell us, who’s your favorite cartoon villain of all time? We’ll draw a winner’s name next Monday.

Meanwhile, congrats are due to Jonas Brothers fan Kimberly (aka NickJLover) Morales, who won the Disney Channel Playlist CD of tunes by the Jonas Brothers, Demi Lovato and other Disney stars!

Posted on Monday, October 5th, 2009
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PARENT TALKS: Wedded Bliss, Tween Stress

Bird bee “Art and Skill of a Happy Marriage”
Oct. 10 from 1 to 5 p.m. Founders Grove, Lafayette
A couples workshop to revitalize your relationship and rediscover the joy of marriage, led by Catherine Freemire, LCSW, and Steven Freemire, MFT. ($169 per couple by Sept. 19, $199 after)

“Community Response to Emergencies”
Oct. 11 from 7 to 8 a.m. on 98.1 KISS-FM and streamed live on Childhoodmatters.org. Rona Renner, RN, and Ana-Marie Jones, executive director of Collaborating Agencies Responding to Disasters, and Kathy Dervin, Berkeley’s public health preparedness coordinator, discuss family and neighborhood emergency prep, as well as the swine flu.

“Teens, Stress, Perfection and Mental Health: The Current Crisis for Girls (and Boys)”
Oct. 13 from 7 to 9 p.m. Miramonte High School Theater, Orinda
Speaker: UC Berkeley psychology professor Stephen Hinshaw, author of “The Triple Bind.” Free.

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Posted on Monday, October 5th, 2009
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