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See dragon boats race, find fossils, more family fun, April 30-May 6

See dragon boats race, find fossils, more family fun, April 30-May 6

Events Dragon Boat Festival. See the dragon boats race in this 2,000-year-old Chinese tradition. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday. Festival Beach, 2101 Jesse E. Segovia St. asianamericancc.com. “Never Grow Up: A Disney Art Show.” Mondo Gallery presents this show through May 13. Mondo Gallery, 4115 Guadalupe St. MondoTees.com. Domain Northside Kids. Come to the lawn at...
Could that diet soda you’re drinking lead to a stroke, Alzheimer’s?

Could that diet soda you’re drinking lead to a stroke, Alzheimer’s?

It’s a big, longtime question: Are the side effects that come with artificial sweetners in diet sodas worth saving the calories? A new study published in Stroke looked at 2,888 people in Framingham, Mass., who were are part of a study that originally began in 1971. It compared dietary intake and incidents of stroke and dementia and found those who drank diet drinks were almost three times at...
“JJ’s Arcade” from Zach Theatre, Teatro Vivo among best family theater

“JJ’s Arcade” from Zach Theatre, Teatro Vivo among best family theater

“JJ’s Arcade” again confirms why Zach Theatre’s education department is doing the most innovative theater for families in town. Teamed up with Teatro Vivo and playwright and University of Texas alum José Casas, Zach reaffirms it’s commitment to doing bilingual theater that all children in Central Texas can see themselves within and can be understood by Spanish...
Austin teen heads back to school after New Year’s Day heart transplant

Austin teen heads back to school after New Year’s Day heart transplant

On Monday, 13-year-old Rome Henderson walked into her middle school for the first time since December. It was a milestone that seemed impossible at the end of 2016. Rome was admitted into Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas on Dec. 11. She was having chest pains and difficulty breathing. She was nauseated and didn’t want to eat. “I had never had anything like this before...
Another batch of triplet adventure from Austin author Jennifer Ziegler

Another batch of triplet adventure from Austin author Jennifer Ziegler

Darby, Delaney and Dawn are having a devil of a time. The smart, spunky triplets have been dispatched to the campground at Lake Lewis with their aunt for three weeks’ worth of outdoor fun. But so far, Dawn has been dunked in creek water and been bitten by fire ants. Even worse, the triplets may have met their camping match — a trio of brothers every bit as competitive as they are. So begins...
What are 8 things moms should know about braces? Orthodontist tells you

What are 8 things moms should know about braces? Orthodontist tells you

Round 2 of braces for Ava Villalpando has just begun. Nicole Villalpando/American-Statesman This advice came into my inbox, and as a mom who has managed to get one kid through braces and is just starting a second round of braces with the second kid, I thought it was some good advice.
FDA warns codeine and tramadol are not for kids

FDA warns codeine and tramadol are not for kids

The Food & Drug Administration campus in Silver Spring, Md. On Thursday, April 20, 2017, the Food and Drug Administration said they are strengthening warnings about the dangers of two types of powerful painkiller.
We all win when “Sesame Street” invites Muppet with autism to play

We all win when “Sesame Street” invites Muppet with autism to play

This month, which is National Autism Awareness Month, the first episodes of “Sesame Street” with Julia, a new Muppet who has autism, began airing on HBO. They’ll air on PBS next year. Austin mom Catherine Bills and her daughter Ava, 6, who has autism, says, it “warms my heart” to see Julia in the show. Ava still watches “Sesame Street” because she has a 3-year-old...
Is your playground safe? Look for these things before you play

Is your playground safe? Look for these things before you play

This week is National Playground Safety week. We should all celebrate by finding our favorite playground and going out to play. And then there are these scary statistics: The Centers for Disease Control estimates that about 200,000 children a year are treated for playground injuries and about 20,000 of those have some sort of traumatic brain injury. I should also tell you that between 2001 and 2008...
Meet the man who wants to find an advocate for every child in CPS

Meet the man who wants to find an advocate for every child in CPS

At a charity dinner earlier this year, David Rubin set what seemed like an outrageously aggressive goal for Court Appointed Special Advocates of Travis County, the nonprofit group that trains and oversees volunteers for children and teenagers marooned in the Child Protective Services system. “We will be the first urban CASA chapter in the country to cover all the kids,” stated the magnetic...
The dragon boats take off and more family events, April 23-29

The dragon boats take off and more family events, April 23-29

Events Afternoon in the Garden: Faeries, pollinators and their wildflowers. Learn about pollinators, wildflowers and magical faeries. $2 adults, $1 children 3-12. 1-4 p.m. Sunday. 2220 Barton Springs Road. zilkergarden.org Monster Jam. Seriously big trucks crush other trucks.1 p.m. Sunday. $15-$35. Erwin Center, 1701 Red River St. uterwincenter.com Dragon Boat Festival. ...
What are girls thinking? GEN survey tries to answer this question

What are girls thinking? GEN survey tries to answer this question

As it hit its 20th anniversary of supporting girls last year, Girls Empowerment Network set out to get some more qualitative answers about what is going on in the lives of girls in Texas. It did an in-depth online survey of 28 girls ages 11 to 17 that were across socioeconomic lines. What it found in that survey were some surprises, but also some things its leaders and parents probably...
Parents, brace yourselves. Shopkins, the show, is coming to the Long Center

Parents, brace yourselves. Shopkins, the show, is coming to the Long Center

  Yes, you read that right. Your child’s favorite toy — the one that you cringe over because of all the little pieces and the fact that your children are probably trading one right now with their friends and not getting a good deal — is coming to the Long Center. Shopkins has been turned into a live-action show with music and dancing. It arrives Oct. 21 to the...
Raising a multicultural child? New book from MixedNation could help

Raising a multicultural child? New book from MixedNation could help

Sixteen years ago, my husband and I wrote a column in the Statesman for a year about raising a multicultural child. We worried about a lot of things. What box would our son check on the U.S. Census form? Would he identify more with his Mexican-American roots or his Jewish-American roots? Or both? How would our two families come together over rituals and holidays? By the time our daughter came along...
Prevent child abuse with these tips on keeping your cool, being aware

Prevent child abuse with these tips on keeping your cool, being aware

It’s so easy to lose your cool with your kids. We know that, right? We all have regrets about the time we yelled too much or we grabbed an arm just a little bit harder than we intended to get a child to move where we needed her to go. April is child abuse prevention month, but really every month should be child abuse prevention month, every day child abuse prevention day. The Children&rsquo...
Your child and sex: Know this on National Youth HIV and AIDS Awareness Day

Your child and sex: Know this on National Youth HIV and AIDS Awareness Day

It’s National Youth HIV and AIDS Awareness Day. (I know you marked your calendar for this one.) The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention studied behaviors of teens and found that the good news is that high school students are less sexually active and engaging in less risky sexual behaviors, but here’s one statistic that will startle you: 40 percent of sexually active high school...
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