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CentCalParentMag_Jun.. - Central California Parent Magazine

CentCalParentMag_Jun.. - Central California Parent Magazine

FastFacts News Briefs

FastFacts News Briefs Water conservation on tap for kids Water is more than just something to add Cool-aide to or make ice cubes with—It’s one of Earth’s most vital resources, especially in the Central Valley, where there’s nary a rain cloud in sight during the summer months. So Thursday, June 21, City of Fresno residents ages 8 and 9 are invited to a FREE morning of water-related activities designed to help them understand the importance water conservation and how they can help. Between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. at Woodward Park participants will have the opportunity to observe an ice-cream aquifer being built, plant water-friendly plants, learn about water safety from the Fresno Fire Department, and more! Sponsored by the City of Fresno Department of Public Utilities Water Division, the session includes lunch, snack and goody bag. Find out more information at www.fresno.gov/water or call 559-621-5480. It’s time to use watersense! It’s hot! The summer months are beginning and with them comes the scorching heat and increased water usage to stay cool. Our growing population is putting stress on available water supplies. Public demand for water has tripled over the last 50 years. Americans now use an average of 100 gallons of water each day—enough to fill 1,600 drinking glasses. The EPA encourages families to cut down on water consumption with these tips: 1. Fix leaky faucets, toilets and showers 2. Take showers instead of baths—it can save up to 50-60 gallons of water. 3. Wash only full loads of laundry or use the appropriate load size selection on your washing machine. 4. Save up to 8 gallons of water a day by turning off the faucet while brushing your teeth—that’s 240 gallons saved each month per person! 5. Avoid overwatering your lawn and garden. For more information visit www.epa.gov/watersense. Reading is cool this summer! This summer the Fresno County Public Library wants our community to “Dream Big.” The Fresno County Public Library’s 2012 Summer Reading Program kicks off on June 16 and runs through July 22. They are “dreaming big” by partnering with a variety of local businesses to host a kick-off party on Saturday, June 16, from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Community members are invited to come out to the Sierra Vista Mall’s community park area to have fun browsing the bookmobile, watching a Reptile Family show or magic show, participate in craft activities, a raffle and more. It is also a great opportunity to sign-up for the Summer Reading Program! You may pick up a bookmark at your local library as a reminder to “Save the Date!” The Fresno County Public Library is also dreaming big by asking youth to read eight books this year to further prevent summer reading loss. Participants will receive incentive prizes as a reward for reaching the goal. Prizes include fun toys, a fee waiver worth $2.00 off an existing fine on a youth’s card, and food coupons from generous sponsors. In addition, participants who complete their reading log and return it to their local branch will be entered into the eReader Contest sponsored by the Educational Employees Credit Union. Six eReaders have been provided for the contest and winners will be notified by July 27, 2012. It is a great incentive to read this summer! • Central California PARENT • June 2012 Defend your kids from ‘cramming’ It’s important to understand how easy it can be to accidentally incur unwanted cell charges. Surveys, sweepstakes entry forms or 800 number calls to psychics or date lines can make a phone number vulnerable. There is also the possibility that your child’s phone could be a victim of “cramming”— a type of fraud in which third-party businesses sneak unauthorized charges onto a cell phone bill hoping they go unnoticed. These fees are often small charges—$2 or $3—and are added to thousands of statements. Go over each line of your cell phone bill every month and identify fees you don’t understand. Then follow these steps to protect your family. • Keep cell numbers private. Kids may be tempted to give out their cell numbers to vendors who send texts about special sales or coupons, but they should avoid including their cell phone number on retail forms and contest entries. • Use parental controls. All of the major mobile carriers offer some type of free parental management tools, including content filtering, blocking, time and text limits. • Contact customer care. Block unwanted calls or text messages to your phones with a simple call to customer care or by accessing your account online. Some carriers allow you to block subscription services and phone numbers through your phone with an easy text message. • Register for Do Not Call. Placing your phone numbers on the National Do Not Call Registry can help curb unsolicited marketing calls and reduce your chance of becoming a fraud victim. To register, visit donotcall.gov or call (888) 382-1222 from the phone number you want to register. Once registered, telemarketers have 31 days to remove you from their call list. • Report suspicious charges. If you feel you have been targeted for nontelephonerelated fees, contact the Federal Trade Commission at (877) FTC-HELP. Even Faster Facts Food for thought: National Hunger Awareness Day is June 7, 2012. You may be surprised to know how many adults and children go hungry every day in our community. Visit www.hungerday.org...Hip, Hip Hurrah for the Red, White and Blue! Flag Day is Thursday, June 14th, and families can learn everything from its origins to the proper etiquette for handling this symbol of our great country at www.usflag.org...Summer officially begins June 21st. You and the kids can learn the dangers of sun exposure and ways to prevent them at www.avoidskincancer.org...Art Hop Reception View works of art by California Art Academy’s students free on Thursday, June 7th from 5-8 p.m. at 1401 N. Wishon Avenue, Fresno.....Use extra care with car seats this summer! Hot temperatures make metal buckles hot enough to burn little ones. You can prevent this by covering your car seat with a towel or sheet when parking, or buy a reflective car seat cover that keeps the entire seat cooler...Drains in hot tubs and pools pose the threat of severe injury or death to even the most accomplished of young swimmers if hair, clothing or skin is entrapped by the drain’s suction. Make sure a Safety Valve Release System (SVRS) is installed, which automatically releases the vacuum when the drain becomes blocked. The SVRS will work whether or not there is a cover on the drain and won’t interfere with the pump. Visit www.safekids.org...Empowering your child against predators Joan Newcomb, former instructor at Fresno City College and CSUF with over 30 years of experience teaching Child Development and Victimology, will be presenting a program to provide parents and other interested adults with timely information on how to talk to kids in an age-appropriate way regarding good touch/bad touch issues and stranger-danger. Her presentation, “How to Protect Your Kids from Child Predators,” is scheduled for Wednesday, June 27th, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Fig Garden Library, 3071 W. Bullard at Marks Avenue, Fresno. Preregister by calling 438-4071...Parents can get expert advice and fresh ideas on how to keep kids reading over the summer in a special section of new resources on ReadingRockets.org...FREE bowling for kids 15 and under! Free bowling vouchers for two games per day throughout the summer at AMF Bowling Centers are available online at freebowling.amf. com...Calling all talented youth! If your child can sing, dance or play an instrument, then don’t let him/her miss the local idol talent show and celebration to be held at the Mosqueda Community Center from 7-10 p.m. Friday, June 8th. Mandatory dress rehearsal the night before. 4670 E. Butler, Fresno. Call 621-7704 for more information.

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