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Brooklyn Restaurateur Hosts Etiquette Lessons for Local Kids

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The owner of Miriam Restaurant in Park Slope, Brooklyn, has paired with public schools to teach manners

Rafael "Rafi" Hasid, owner of the Park Slope, Brooklyn's Miriam Restaurant & Wine Bar, has begun to host etiquette classes for local schoolchildren.

Hasid is especially interested in working with kids in kindergarten through second grade for whom eating out is a rare occasion. "It’s not just to learn how to eat with a fork and a knife, but to learn about other people and other cultures, about other foods that they don’t normally eat," he said over the phone.

The idea for the classes came from a conversation Hasid had with an assistant principle of Public School 221 in Crown Heights, Barbara Strum-Downes, who was dining at Miriam. Many of the children who attend P.S. 221 come from families that "don’t have time to go out for dinner or to teach their children about sitting with napkins on their laps," she told the New York Daily News.

Strum-Downes started a program called "Fork, Knife, and Spoon" that teaches the basics of dinner manners. "Fork, Knife, and Spoon" concludes with a visit to Miriam, at which point Hasid steps in to talk to the children and teach them about the Israeli-Mediterranean cuisine he cooks and about how to serve and eat meat and falafel.

Following their meal with Hasid, the children write thank-you notes to Hasid and the restaurant as a last display of the politesse they’ve learned.

"We think it’s a blessing," Hasid said over the phone about the program and its effects on the children it reaches. "When you give to young children — when you open their minds to more different things, you’re making them better in the end. And that’s why we’re doing it."


Etiquette Classes For Kids In NY, NJ, Conn.


I have always believed a big part of my job as a parent is to turn my sometimes wild, willful preschoolers into courteous, civilized humans over the course of their childhoods. It starts with the little things like &ldquoplease&rdquo and &ldquothank you,” but over the years each little lesson hopefully leads to a polite, well-mannered, respectful adult that is well-liked by his or her peers. However, this can be a really tall order for any parent! Fortunately, we live in New York where experts can help us with etiquette necessities. Check out these classes all over the tri-state area. By Carolyn Pravda.

Socialskilz


24 Union Square East
New York, New York 10003
(212)579-5300
[email protected]
socialsklz.com

One of the coolest programs in the area, Socialskilz offers programs for ages four through adults. Children learn the basics of good social skills through interactive games, role-playing, and mini-excursions. They have programs in Union Square, the Upper East Side and Westchester.

The Metropolitan Center for Etiquette and Protocol

84-17 Homelawn street
Jamaica, NY 11432
(718)297-7557
nyfrenchsummercamp.com/default.html

The program focuses on socialization and is designed to increase confidence and self-esteem. Students will learn Proper Introductions, Correct Handshakes, Eye contact, Dining skills, Telephone Etiquette, Thank You Notes, Conversation skills, Posture, Interview skills, What to wear, Fashion Tips and so much more.

Truly Refined

This program teaches both children and adults the fundamentals of social etiquette and dining skills. Fun-filled interactive sessions utilize an updated approach to re-introduce the importance of proper conduct for all in any and every situation.

The Development and Finishing Institute


(212) 426-3209
thedfinstitute.com

This is an etiquette and finishing school for girls and young women ages 5 to 18 years old. The program is a not-for-profit foundation that focuses on bringing etiquette to everyone across the city. Classes are held at Columbia University.

The Image & Etiquette Institute of New Jersey

1275 15th Street
Fort Lee, New Jersey 07024
(201) 886-2513
[email protected]
imageandetiquette.com

The institute offers an extensive range of classes that include charm classes, beauty pageant training as well as etiquette classes. Programs begin accepting kids when they are eleven years old.

The New York School of Etiquette & Protocol

520 White Plains Road
Suite 500
Tarrytown, NY 10591
(888) 487-1562
teachmetosucceed.org

The school offers interactive programs that focus on more than etiquette&mdashstudents learn the essential life and social skills that build self-esteem, self-respect, and respect for others. Programs are available for young children, teenagers, and adults in an individual or group environment.

Alice Austin House


2 Hylan Boulevard
Staten Island, NY 10305
(718) 816-4506 x 10
[email protected]
aliceausten.org

At a time when children spend more time with computers than with people, the museum offers classes in social etiquette, communications skills, and table manners. Students learn such basic skills as introductions, common courtesies, telephone etiquette, and how to set a table.

Always Gracious &ndash The Academy of Etiquette and Charm


Long Island, NY
(516) 593-3817
[email protected]
alwaysgracious.com

The academy is a bilingual (English/Spanish) institution that offers general etiquette, table manners and image & style classes to children, teens and adults.


These Life-Saving Pool Safety Tips Are More Important Than Ever This Summer

Pool season is coming up, but it’s going to be quite different this year. In fact, the current school closures have experts and educators more worried than ever.

&ldquoTypically, spring is the time when families participate in swim lessons in preparation for the summer months,&rdquo Lisa Zarda, executive director of the United States Swim School Association (USSSA), tells SheKnows in an emailed statement. &ldquoWe are extremely concerned that without swim lessons, there may be an increase in drowning incidences.&rdquo She adds that nine out of 10 drowning deaths, in kids, happen when an adult is “supervising” &mdash but not really paying attention.

Hmm, supervising but not really paying attention? Sound at all familiar? Yeah, us too these days.

&ldquoThere is a particular concern as many parents are trying to juggle working from home and supervising their children at the same time,&rdquo added John Kirk, president of the USSSA, in the same released statement. So what can parents do to stay vigilant? SheKnows spoke with YMCA aquatics director Jojo Pope to get the down-low on how to keep kids safe in the pool now, and well after social distancing is over.

1. Teach kids how to swim

Normally the first thing you’d consider is enrolling your child in swim lessons. After all, drowning is a real concern according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 1 in 5 people who die from drowning are children 14 and younger. But with public pools currently closed, now is not the time to dive, literally, into this new skill set for kids who are swimming newbs. That is, unless you or a family member you’re quarantining with is trained as a lifeguard (those high school job skills do come in handy!) or swim instructor in that case, hit the pool and get teaching!

When pools do reopen in the coming months, there are options when it comes to swim lessons: local parks and rec centers, the USA Swimming Foundation and private sessions are a few choices. The YMCA offers group swim lessons as well as the free Safety Around the Water program. In this program, kids learn skills like how to safely reach a pool’s edge and exit a body of water. “These skills are vital to help prevent drowning &mdash [more so] than swimming stroke development,” says Pope.

2. Supervise at all times

When little ones head to the pool, be sure to apply sunscreen and remind them not to run. The most important pool safety factor? We’ll say it again: Supervision.

“One of the easiest things parents can remember in the pool is to always have adult supervision,” says Pope, “and have ‘reach supervision’ for younger children &mdash particularly those who cannot swim.” Pope says if there’s no lifeguard, at least one adult should be the designated “water watcher” who keeps an eye on children.

Having someone on hand who has CPR/first-aid knowledge is also important in case of emergencies. Training can be obtained via classes at your local hospital or YMCA or through the Red Cross, to name a few options. A Red Cross CPR class can be done online for only $25. For a hands-on experience, in-person first-aid/CPR class options can be found online at a cost of around $70 to $110. To find out about getting first-aid/CPR certified through Red Cross, call 1-800-REDCROSS.

3. Ramp up pool party security

When and if pool parties re-start this summer, YMCA of San Diego County’s Courtney Pendleton says that hiring a lifeguard can add a layer of safety.

“Many children know how to swim, which tends to make parents not watch as closely as they should,” she notes. “Pool emergencies can happen in the blink of an eye. Close supervision is key, but swim lessons and water safety should begin at a young age.”

A lifeguard can make up for that reduced caution. To find one for hire, inquire at your local community pool or call a private lifeguard company like Happy Swimmers.

4. Know the facts about flotation devices

Flotation devices can help kids’ mobility in the pool and give parents peace of mind, but they don’t ensure safety, so be sure to remain watchful. Some swim experts even discourage the use of “floaties,” noting that they may give children false confidence. Water wings and other floatation devices can be dangerous, writes Water Safety Magazine‘s Jenelle Lockard. “Because water wings are used on the upper arms, they prevent a child from using the correct swimming stroke or motion to move themselves through the water,” she explains in her column, Just Add Water. “Plus, if a child raises their arms above their head, their head can sink down below the water’s surface, causing panic and… drowning if not watched.”

5. Get the facts about “dry” or secondary drowning

In recent years, there’s been a push in awareness of “dry drowning” and secondary drowning &mdash which supposedly happen on a delay, after a child has inhaled water. But, according to a member of the American Red Cross Scientific Advisory Council, there’s no such thing as dry drowning.

“Everyone needs to calm down,” American Red Cross Scientific Advisory Council member Dr. Peter Wernicki recently told the Chicago Tribune. “This whole thing has totally been over-hyped by social media and people who are not knowledgeable on the subject… That just doesn&rsquot happen,” he said. “A child doesn&rsquot [act fine] for eight hours and then die [from drowning].”

The supposed symptoms of both dry and secondary drowning are the same, according to the American Osteopathic Association: coughing, vomiting, irritability, chest pain, trouble breathing and sleepiness. Of course, you should get medical help if your child is swimming and experiences these symptoms &mdash but remember that “dry drowning” may indeed be a myth. If your child has taken swim lessons and there’s an adult supervising their pool time, never fear &mdash they’re ready for some fun in the sun.

A version of this article was originally published in June 2017.

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Language Etiquette. Say What?

AS if table manners were not enough, now come language manners. In the United States, where the right to speak a language other than English is a touchy subject, at times regulated by law, the new field of language etiquette has caught the impeccable eye of people who worry about how to decline a Maori wedding invitation or how to eat barbecued ribs.

'ɺmericans have not paid attention to the need to learn other languages as much as other people have,'' said Janet Nixon, a New York City etiquette consultant who has worked at American embassies around the world. 'ɺnd now we are paying the price. We are surrounded by people whom we do not understand and who do not understand us and, somehow, we all need to get along.''

Good language etiquette is one way. Interest in it is gaining popularity, especially among foreign business people in this country. The etiquette issue brings up some of Americans' most deeply rooted anxieties about language. The chief one: that someone is saying something about them in a language they do not understand and that it is not very nice.

In New York City, where nearly 3 million people claimed in the 1990 Census a native language that was not English, the potential for friction is everywhere, from the supermarket checkout line to the playground and even the elevator.

De Que Color Son Sus Shorts?

Consider the elevator. You are heading to the laundry room with your curious 2-year-old, who points to a woman in hot pink shorts and asks loudly, ''What color are her shorts, Mom?'' But in Spanish.

What to do? Answer the child in Spanish and the lady in pink may turn red? Attempt simultaneous translation for everybody? Or pretend you did not hear and hope the elevator gets to the basement soon?

It depends. To be polite, etiquette experts say, translate the child's question, answer it out loud and hope Hot Pants will chuckle. To be really nice, explain that your child is learning colors and, even more generous, throw in a comment about how you want him to be bilingual, which is why he is learning Spanish at home first. By the time you reach the basement, you should be exhausted.

Being polite is hard work.

''Nobody said it would be easier,'' said Lietty Pubillones, who runs the International Etiquette School of America in Coral Gables, Fla. '➾having well is never easy. But to get along, we must learn some basic dos and don'ts.''

Ms. Pubillones's advice: Try to speak the language of the country you are in. Be tolerant of those who cannot speak your language. Do not ask people where they are from the moment you hear an accent. Refrain from asking people with unusual names, ''What kind of a name is that?'' Offer to switch languages if it would make the other person more comfortable. Do not talk about others assuming they will not understand (especially in an international city like New York). But use your own language in a private conversation if you wish.

The etiquette gets more complicated, though, when language is used -- or people perceive its use -- as a secret code.

Not long ago, many first-generation Americans were encouraged by their immigrant parents to learn English even if that meant forgetting, or never learning, their parents' tongue. But while the children spoke English, their wily parents used the first language to keep things from them. That has changed somewhat as Americans have discovered the joys and economic benefits of bilingualism. Still, some Americans can't shake the feeling that a conversation in another language means that something sneaky is going on.

These days exercising a foreign tongue might get you fired. In Houston, a teacher in a bilingual education program was reprimanded by her supervisors for speaking Spanish with her assistant outside the classroom. In Brooklyn, two co-workers were fired for speaking Spanish on the street outside their office. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed a lawsuit against the women's former employer for violating Federal laws that prohibit discrimination on the basis of nationality.

But laws cannot govern daily behavior, etiquette experts say. Common sense and good manners can help bridge differences before the lawyers are called in.

Say two co-workers and you are at the office water cooler and they start chatting away in Russian. They are laughing uncontrollably. And, you think, they must be making fun of your new haircut.

You can always ignore it. If you can't, here's what to do: ''Walk up to them,'' Ms. Pubillones said, 'ɺnd tell them in a very nice way, 'You know, you seem to be having such a good time with that joke. Would you please share it with me, so I can laugh too?' That ought to put an end to it.''


Spring Swim Program Details

The Parks Department offers free swim lessons at indoor city pools, with classes for toddlers ages 1.5 to 5, for kids ages 6 to 17, and adults. The full list of participating pools by borough is available on the Parks Department's website. Important note: If your child is age 1.5 to 5, you are required to be in the water with them during lessons (one caregiver per kid). Children who miss more than two consecutive lessons are dropped from the class.

The spring swim session runs from March 21 through June 11, with a mandatory water test on Saturday, March 21. Registration opens at noon on Monday, March 2 and runs through Monday, March 9 at noon.


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Relocating to Kenya and Expat Advice

If you plan to relocate to Kenya, you need to invest time in extensive research. For instance, you will need to identify an appropriate place to stay, advice on tax, work related matters, property, and health insurance, among others.

Before travelling to Kenya, ensure you get the appropriate visa in advance. Several visa types apply depending on the length of your stay. Tanzanian and Ugandan nationals, however, do not require a visa if they are visiting for less than three months.

The requisite documents you need before making a visa application include:

  • An official application form
  • Passport with at least one blank page and valid for at least the next six months
  • Recent passport-sized photographs
  • Confirmation of booking

Prospective visitors looking to stay longer may need either a residence or work permit. Moreover, visitors over the age of 18 years who plan to stay for more than three months must register with the Kenya Police before the 90 days elapse. This process requires:

Kenyan income tax starts at 10% and caps out at 30%. For foreigners that own property in Kenya and reside here for any period during a tax year, they are classed as residents for taxation purposes. Foreigners who do not own permanent homes but stay for 183 days or more in a tax year or 122 days each year in two consecutive tax years are also considered residents for tax purposes. Such individuals are required to pay tax on their worldwide income.

Most regions of Kenya are malaria zones and visitors are encouraged to take prophylaxis. Also recommended are routine vaccines such as measles, mumps and rubella vaccine, polio vaccine and the annual flu shots. It also is advisable to get private health insurance as this may help cut healthcare costs.


Summer Classes

Learn, play, craft, and explore this summer with Children’s Garden drop-off programs. These four-day sessions focus on nature-based themes and allow children to get their hands dirty with friends.

Programs are open to children entering kindergarten through 5th grade. Two sections also have slots for young people entering grades 6–8. Content will repeat, so please register for one section of each theme if you would like your child to attend two weeks.

In accordance with COVID restrictions, groups consist of a maximum of 10 children, with four groups running per week. Face coverings are mandatory and there is no indoor programming. Learn about our safety protocols and requirements for participation.

Programs run Tuesday–Friday | 9 a.m.–1 p.m.

Eco-Explorers

Let’s go green! In this program, participants get their hands dirty as they become farmers and stewards of the land. With planting, harvesting, science experimentation, and sustainability projects, this program is full of eco-explorations and horticulture projects. Groups take home fresh veggies and share their harvest with their community, too.

Section A: July 6–9 (K–5th grade)
Section B: July 20–23 (K–8th grade)
Section C: Aug 3–6 (K–5th grade)

Registration opens at 9 a.m. on Monday, April 5.

Garden Arts

Garden and create all week! This program allows participants to get creative with natural materials. Make plant-based dyes, natural potions, and foliage fashion. Create take-home projects as well as projects to decorate the garden. There is plenty of planting, digging, and harvesting, too!

Section A: July 13–16 (K–5th grade)
Section B: July 27–30 (K–5th grade)
Section C: Aug 10–13 (K–8th grade)

Registration opens at 9 a.m. on Monday, April 5.

Basic Program Guidelines:

  • All activities are facilitated entirely outdoors.
  • Each parent must complete a daily health screening for their child in advance of arrival.
  • Participants should maintain 6 feet of distance from each other and staff.
  • As reminders, social distancing markers are placed around commonly used areas.
  • All participants and staff must wear face coverings for the duration of the program, except for eating and drinking breaks.
  • Sanitizing and hand-washing stations are placed throughout the garden (at entrances and activity tables and in field spaces).
  • If your child is showing signs of illness, they should not attend the program.
  • The on-site Children’s Garden coordinator oversees program logistics and space coordination, ensuring a safe environment across the garden.

Garden Groups:

  • Summer garden groups consist of a maximum of 10 children and 1 staff member.
  • Participants and their instructor will stay in one group for their full week of the program.
  • Participants will only engage and interact within their own small groups.
  • Each group has their own area of the garden for activities, lunch, and storing bags.
  • All tools and materials are sanitized before and after use there is no sharing of tools or materials.

Drop-Off/Pick-Up:

  • For quick drop-off, please have your health screening filled out in advance.
  • Groups will have two designated drop-off and pick-up gates at the Children’s Garden to prevent crowding.
  • Only one adult should approach the group for drop-off and pick-up.
  • Participants and their authorized adult will need to remain 6 feet away from the group until the drop-off/pick-up process is complete.

Bathrooms:

  • Participants should use Flatbush Avenue entrance bathrooms before the program starts each day (just a 3-minute walk from the Children’s Garden).
  • Children needing to use restrooms during the program will be supervised, and will queue outside the facilities maintaining 6 feet from one another.

Snack/Lunch Breaks:

  • Children will bring lunch and snack from home no food sharing please.
  • Participants will use alcohol-based hand sanitizer before and after meals.
  • All lunches and snacks will be eaten picnic-style outdoors children will be seated at least 6 feet apart.

Staff Safety:

  • All staff members complete a daily health questionnaire and have been trained in COVID-19 safety procedures.

In Event of Confirmed COVID-19 Case:

  • Parents and caregivers must notify BBG if their child or a close contact has a positive COVID-19 diagnosis. (add our contact info here)
  • In the event of a reported COVID-19 diagnosis, BBG will contact all individuals deemed to have been in contact and inform them of the need to quarantine per New York State instructions.
  • If a participant cannot attend or we cancel due to COVID-19 related issues, parents will receive a prorated refund for canceled days.

Cancellation Policy: Programs are completely outdoors and take place rain or shine! Please come prepared for the weather. If the weather is severe, we will notify you 24 hours in advance of your program and issue a refund for that day.

If we have to cancel or a participant cannot attend due to COVID-19-related issues, parents will receive a prorated refund for the canceled days.


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The SuperChefs Cookery empowers children in the battle against childhood obesity by teaching the essentials of balanced nutrition, food preparation, and social etiquette toward inspiring lifelong habits of physical and social well-being.

Under the direction of world class professional chefs and educators, students learn in an enriched setting focussed upon the joy of cooking while engaging in a residential program featuring team-building, athletic and artistic pursuits.


Free 30-Day Health Challenge Begins April 22

NY, NJ, CT - With so many of us home-bound this past year due to the coronavirus, Foodtown Supermarkets, as an integral member of the community, wants to do its part in helping us get back on track to healthier living this spring. To do so, the supermarket is sponsoring a FREE 30-Day Health Challenge. The Challenge is set to officially launch on Thursday, April 22, and will feature Foodtown’s own dynamic registered dietitian and nutritionist Jacqueline Gomes, who will lead the way in providing weekly tips, healthy recipes, and motivation.

Exciting features of the Health Challenge will include tips on meal prep, food logging, and giveaways of highly acclaimed books on food such as signed copies of leading author and food journalist Jeff Gordinier’s book Hungry: Eating, Road-Tripping, and Risking It All with the Greatest Chef in the World. And books he has recommended by leading New York area chefs such as signed copies of The Third Plate by Dan Barber of Blue Hill at Stone Barns, and cookbooks including: Chasing Flavor by Dan Kluger, Ruffage by Abra Berens, How to Dress an Egg by Ned Baldwin and Peter Kaminsky, In Bibi’s Kitchen by Hawa Hassan and Julia Turshen, and Vegetable Kingdom by Bryant Terry.

Participation in the 30-Day Health Challenge is via Facebook Live and will be led by Foodtown’s RDN Jacqueline Gomes, who will explain The Challenge, how it will work, check-ins, where to find healthy recipes and more beginning Thursday, April 22 at 1 PM (EST). For more details, participation information, and entry to win prizes visit https://www.foodtown.com/30-day-challenge.

“The Health Challenge is designed to fit everyone’s needs,” explains Gomes. “It will include weekly tips on preparing healthy meals and snacks, food logging, healthier food choices, facilitating change over time, easy ways to incorporate vegetables, and personal rewards for making better choices that are not food-based. We will also have a weekly support and accountability meeting via Facebook Live for those interested.”

Foodtowns welcome you to join them in this Health Challenge and share the following message, “Let’s take this journey together.”


11 Things You Didn't Know About Nadia G. — Chopped All-Stars

Chef Nadia Giosa and basket, as seen on Food Network’s Chopped All Stars, Season 14.

Photo by: Janet Rhodes ©2012, Television Food Network, G.P.

Janet Rhodes, 2012, Television Food Network, G.P.

FN Dish is counting down to the Season 3 premiere of Chopped All-Stars by introducing a competitor every day. Sixteen competitors including Food Network and Cooking Channel talent, renowned chefs, Chopped judges and celebrities are competing for a chance to win the title of All-Stars Champion and a $50,000 donation to charity. Watch the premiere on Sunday, April 7, at 9pm/8c and keep coming back to FN Dish for exclusive interviews and behind-the-scenes content.

Nadia G. hosts Nadia G.'s Bitchin' Kitchen on Cooking Channel. Trained at the Culinary Institute of Hard Wooden Spoon Whacks, Nadia G. grew up in a boisterous Italian family that never quite gave up the belief that Casalinga-style cuisine is the center of the universe. Her recipes are influenced by the food she grew up eating and the local cuisine of her hometown, Montreal, Canada. But did you know that she can't live without a certain appliance in the kitchen? In fact, it even contributes to her personality. Find out more about Nadia in her Q&A below.

What’s your Achilles’ heel ingredient, one that you hate to work with or encounter in someone else’s dish?

What dish or ingredient will we never catch you eating?

NG: Gizzards of any kind. My family emigrated from Italy specifically so we didn’t have to dine on goat testicles, so….

What was your most memorable meal? What, Where, Who? Details, please.

NG: I recently ate at Yardbird (in Miami) with my mom. Highlights included mini fried chicken and biscuits drizzled with Tabasco honey, fried green tomato BLT and a chocolate-mint sundae.

NG: Buffalo jerky. Sure it’s high in protein and low in fat, but it’s also a freakin’ salt lick. One time I ate so much jerky I couldn’t get my rings off. Oh, the shame.

Is there one dish that you always order out and never make at home?

NG: Vegan food — I love it, but couldn’t be bothered to learn how to make it properly.

NG: A good chef’s knife is all I really need. When it comes to contraptions though, I can’t live without my touch espresso machine. Those easy espressos keep me sprightly (and extremely neurotic).

If you weren’t in food, what career would you have liked to have tried?

NG: Straight-up comedy or a singer in a rock band. I live out my fantasy by writing comedy songs, such as “I’m Never Drinking Like That Again,” “B1tch, Nobody Cares About Your Wedding Blog” and “Die Brooklyn Hipster, Die.”

NG: I don’t have just one, but if I really had to choose, I’d say it’s a tie between New York City and Los Angeles.

NG: I love me some Chicago mix – caramel and cheddar popcorn TOGETHER. Since it’s hard to find I make my own by mixing a bag each of cheddar and caramel popcorn.

NG: Candied bacon and a bottle of Radikon 2001 amber wine. Make that two bottles — dying sucks.

NG: I love cooking with Manouschka Guerrier (from Private Chefs of Beverly Hills) she helped me practice for Chopped — brought me a secret ingredient basket and everything. Warning: Whatever you do, DO NOT make abalone Paste’ Fazul. Ever.

Sprinkles or jimmies? Sprinkles jimmies can never be trusted.


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Music Lecture Series Online (ages 11+): Are you fascinated by all things musical? Go deep exploring different music genres in this breezy lecture series given by masterful instructors.

Music Lecture Series - American Music Roots

Music Lecture Series - World Music

Music Lecture Series - Children’s Music

Creative Movement Online (ages 3-5): Celebrate the joy of movement with your toddler.

Early Movers and Shakers Online (ages 0-4): Keep your toddler busy as they learn and grow with this singalong and movement course for the budding superstar! This class builds fundamental music skills through music games, movement activities, reading and rhythm exercises, singing, and music appreciation/listening skill-building.


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