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Fremont Teen on ‘Jeopardy’

Jeopardy (MCT Direct Illustration) A Fremont teen is hitting the small screen – as a competitor on the “Jeopardy! Teen Challenge” preliminary round, which airs Wednesday at 7 p.m. on KGO-TV Channel 7. Sixteen-year-old Nikhil Desai, a junior at San Jose’s Bellarmine College Prep and California’s 2008 Geography Bee champ, is keeping mum on the outcome, although he did say it was a pretty incredible experience.

The self-styled nerd said he was handicapped by his lack of interest in pop culture – he loves robotics, interned last summer at the NASA Ames Research Center, and favors books on biochemistry. So when Jeopardy producers asked him to name the girlfriend of New Orleans Saints running back Reggie Bush, during the qualifying round, Desai didn’t know who Bush was, let alone his sweetie, Kim Kardashian.

“I know nothing about video games,” he told the Bay Area News Group’s Matthew Artz . “I do not understand rap music at all. I cannot understand sports at all except cricket, and ‘Jeopardy!’ is never going to ask about cricket.”

Aww, that’s OK. We find that even more charming.

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Posted on Tuesday, February 15th, 2011
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Family Fun for the Weekend

San Francisco Opera's "Elixir of Love"
Between the foreign languages and multiple-hour length, opera can be an intimidating thing for a newbie, especially when that first-timer is, say, six. So the San Francisco Opera launched a series of special, shorter, kid-friendly productions — first “The Magic Flute for Families” and then “The Elixir of Love.” Then they trumped that brilliant idea by turning the operas into movies, suitable for ages 4-12 (plus doting parents or grandparents). Now, families can catch the sheer, operatic spectacle of Donizetti’s “Elixir of Love – For Families” — set at a Napa Valley country fair in 1915 and sung in English — on the Herbst Theater’s silver screen at 11 a.m., 1:30 and 4 p.m. on Jan. 23 and 30. Tickets are free, but you’ll need to register.

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Posted on Thursday, January 20th, 2011
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PARENT TALKS: Special Needs

Advocating for Your Child’s Special Needs
December 26 from 7 to 8 a.m. on 98.1 KISS-FM and streamed live on Childhoodmatters.org
Join nurse Rona Renner, parent advocate Wendy Byrnes, outreach coordinator for College Living Experience, and Eileen Crumm, executive director of Family Resource Network, as they discuss this very important issue for families with special needs kids.

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Posted on Monday, December 20th, 2010
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FAB Five for the Weekend

Miss Nelson is Missing (Photo courtesy of the Bay Area Children's Theater)
Oh, Viola Swamp: When a sweet-tempered teacher goes awol and the worst substitute ever arrives in Harry Allard’s classic children’s book, it’s up to the rowdy schoolchildren to figure out what happened. Now “Miss Nelson is Missing” (pictured) is going theatrical with a zany musical at Berkeley’s Freight and Salvage, staged by the Bay Area Children’s Theatre Oct. 2-24. Tickets $14-$20; www.bactheatre.org.

Catch the beat: Oakland’s family-friendly Sunday in the Redwoods series continues this weekend with a 2 p.m. performance of The Rhythm Section — featuring Baby Jaymes, Martin Luther and Angie Stone — on Oct. 3 at the Woodminster Amphitheater. Tickets $5; www.sundaysintheredwoods.com. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on Wednesday, September 29th, 2010
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PARENT TALKS

Building Healthy, Safe Communities
May 23 from 7 to 8 a.m. on 98.1 KISS-FM and streamed live on Childhoodmatters.org.
Join Nurse Rona and Joan Davis, president and CEO of the
Richmond Children’s Foundation, April Suwalsky, youth coordinator for the Richmond Children’s Foundation, and James Johnson of the Richmond Youth Council for this discussion on building healthy, safe communities.

Potty Training and Nighttime Dryness
May 30 from 7 to 8 a.m. on 98.1 KISS-FM and streamed live on Childhoodmatters.org.
Join Nurse Rona and guests, Renee Mercer, a pediatric nurse practitioner and the author of “Seven Steps to Nighttime Dryness,” and Helen Neville, a pediatric nurse, parent educator and author, as they discuss potty training.

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Posted on Monday, May 17th, 2010
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PARENT Talks: College Fairs, Potties & More

East Bay College Connection Fair
May 8 from 1 to 4:30 p.m., St. Mary’s College, Moraga
Hundreds of college representatives are available at the fair as well as workshops on the application process, financial aid,and being a student-athlete. Free.

Nurse Rona’s Book Club: Pregnancy
May 9 from 7 to 8 a.m. on 98.1 KISS-FM and streamed live on Childhoodmatters.org.
Join Nurse Rona for a book discussion with Tori Kropp, a perinatal nurse and the author of “The Joy of Pregnancy: The Complete, Candid, and Reassuring Companion for Parents-To-Be.”
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Posted on Monday, May 3rd, 2010
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PARENT TALKS:

Community Forum on Underage Drinking
April 29 from 6 to 8 p.m. JFK University, 100 Ellinwood Way, Pleasant Hill
An interactive panel discussion presented by the Center For Human Development. Space is limited, so register now.

Children & Mental Health Awareness
May 2 from 7 to 8 a.m. on 98.1 KISS-FM and streamed live on Childhoodmatters.org.
Join Nurse Rona and Deborrah Bremond, PhD, MPH, director of Family Support and Services at Every Child Counts, First 5 Alameda County,
as they discuss children, parenting and mental health awareness.

East Bay College Connection Fair
May 8 from 1 to 4:30 p.m., St. Mary’s College, Moraga
Hundreds of college representatives are available at the fair as well as workshops on the application process, financial aid,and being a student-athlete. Free.
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Posted on Monday, April 26th, 2010
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FAB Five for the Weekend

Big BIrd (Howard Gale Ford/Bay Area News Group Photo) Lions, Tigers & Grover: Sesame Street LIVE is heading for Oakland’s Oracle Arena in June, but Bert, Ernie and Grover are popping in for a little quality time at the San Francisco Zoo this weekend. Pose for pics, give Ernie a hug and enter contests to win Sesame Street LIVE tickets during the festivities, which from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 17 and 18. Tickets: $9-$15.

Puppets Ole: Oakland’s Children’s Fairyland puppets celebrate Cinco de Mayo a little early with a fiesta show at 11 a.m. and 2 and 4 p.m. April 17 and 18. Stroll around the park, ride the toddler-friendly rides and catch the puppet action when Mondinga the Cockroach tries to choose between her many suitors. Tickets: $7, including rides and entertainment. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on Wednesday, April 14th, 2010
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PARENT TALKS…

Inborn Temperament: Understanding Differences
April 13 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Bananas, Oakland
Temperament expert Helen Neville helps parents see and appreciate their baby or young child’s (ages 0-5) particular combination of inborn traits.

Your Adolescent and Drugs: Communication and the Brain
April 14 at 7 p.m., Campolindo High Library, Moraga
A talk for parents by Ralph Cantor, sponsored by Acalanes Adult Ed.
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Posted on Monday, April 12th, 2010
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PARENT TALKS: Sexting, Autism & Other Topics

text Internet & Teens: Parenting in the Age of Sexting, Gaming & Facebook
April 1 from 7 to 9 p.m. Children’s Health Council, Palo Alto
A panel of psychiatrists and youth leaders discuss teens, preteens and parenting in the Internet age. This parenting class is free, but pre-registration is required. Call 650.688.3675 or e-mail parented@chconline.org.

Childhood Matters: Mindful Parenting
April 4 from 7 to 8 a.m. on 98.1 KISS-FM and streamed live on Childhoodmatters.org. Nurse Rona and panelists discuss parenting issues.
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Posted on Monday, March 29th, 2010
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