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Explore World Cultures This Summer

Explore World Cultures This Summer

| June 26, 2014 | 0 Comments

“Mom, what can I do?” “Are we going somewhere today?” “I’m bored!” Sound familiar? Instead of turning on the TV or video games when kids get antsy this summer, why not take a trip around the world? Traveling internationally might not be in your budget, but when it’s too hot to go outside, you can […]

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To Kid, or Not to Kid….

To Kid, or Not to Kid….

A light wind fluttered the Elizabethan-crested banners. We held our breaths as we approached the imposing wooden gate. The sun, still at an evening high, fueled our excitement, not to mention our impatience, as we waited for the ticket-taker to check us through. When we reached her, she paused, staring at my son. “How old […]

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Arts and Achievement at Northwest Academy

Arts and Achievement at Northwest Academy

The editor of Portland Family asked Northwest Academy for a few reflections from some of our seniors. We decided to have one of our journalism students take on this task for a class assignment. Her interviews with some of our soon-to-be graduates provide a glimpse into our downtown school and its art-based, college-preparatory curriculum. Northwest […]

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It’s All Nature, Charlie Brown

It’s All Nature, Charlie Brown

| March 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

Before Netflix, before cable and long before YouTube, there was a simple and coveted ritual of waiting for and watching special animated holiday TV shows. The annual airings of “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” and “A Charlie Brown Christmas” on primetime television were cause for celebration. Gathering to see the whole gang — Charlie […]

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Pride & Adorable Prejudice

Pride & Adorable Prejudice

| February 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

There is nothing more adorable than kittens — unless of course, they are big, flouncy, oversized kittens. The Oregon Zoo was pleased to share in the joy and celebration of the birth of perhaps the cutest big kittens ever: lion cubs Kamali, Zalika and Angalia, on Sept. 7, 2013. The parents are the zoo’s 6-year-old […]

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Reconnecting with Rebecca

Reconnecting with Rebecca

| January 31, 2014 | 0 Comments

A father writes about how a reestablished connection with his suddenly sick daughter changed his life. You hear all the time that parents must maximize the little time they have with their children while the kids are still young. This concept eventually becomes reality for every parent who is given the luxury of watching his […]

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Breaking through Sensory Sensitivity: <br />Northwest Children’s Theater’s “Goodnight Moon”

Breaking through Sensory Sensitivity:
Northwest Children’s Theater’s “Goodnight Moon”

| January 31, 2014 | 0 Comments

For children, seeing their first live theater or dance performance can be an exhilarating experience. But for those with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), going to the theater can be uncomfortable. This has led theaters across the country to start producing “sensory-friendly” performances geared towards children with ASD. Starting in February, the Northwest Children’s Theater (NWCT) […]

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Young Artists Debut Concerts Give Lifetime Gifts

Young Artists Debut Concerts Give Lifetime Gifts

In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Young Artists Debut! Concerto Competition, we caught up with a few of our former winners to see where their lives have taken them and how music currently plays a part in those lives. The deadline for the 20th anniversary of the YAD Concerto Competition was in November […]

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Have a Haiku Holiday

Have a Haiku Holiday

Holidays give us permission to overdo everything, from food to gifts to social commitments. But all that extra stuff can drain your energy and your bank account. In The Power of Less, author Leo Babauta, known for his popular Zen Habits blog, encourages us to find abundance by setting limits. Japanese poems called haiku — […]

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Local Mom Sparkles On A&E’s Rodeo Girl

Local Mom Sparkles On A&E’s Rodeo Girl

| November 30, 2013 | 0 Comments

Darcy La Pier may be a model, actress, producer and the star of A&E’s hotly anticipated show “Rodeo Girls,” but that doesn’t mean she’s forgotten where she came from. This award-winning barrel racer and former Hollywood it-girl is still an Oregon girl at heart. Growing up in a small town in Clackamas County, Darcy learned […]

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