Week in Preview January 6, 2014- January 12, 2014

I feel like this is the first week that “normal” life is really back.  Our Christmas decorations are put away, our tree made a lovely bonfire to roast marshmallows and make tin foil meals in the snow, and now, with classes and activities back on a normal schedule, life goes on!

I want to issue a quick reminder that while I try to tell you guys as soon as I hear a cancellation of an event or activity on our calendar, sometimes businesses don’t remember to let me know, and/or don’t update their Facebook pages.  If there’s inclement weather, please call first, and, ultimately, use your best judgement.  Getting out of the house to burn energy isn’t worth getting in a car accident if the roads are bad!

So, on with the show!

RSVP/Pre-Register For
We’ll be having our next reader meetup on Monday, January 20th from 11am-1pm.  Mateo’s Santa Fe Cafe in Montclair will be hosting us along with Animated Child.  The full lunch menu will be available, or come and enjoy $5 appetizers and $3 Sangria.  Since this is a holiday (MLK Day) for many of you, if you’d like to bring your hubby/significant other along, you’re more than welcome.  If you need childcare to join us, Animated Child is offering an amazing deal.  Their Parents Night Out programs are typically $35/child, but on this day, they’ll be just $10.  Ages 3-12, potty trained only, please, and be sure to feed your child an early lunch or big snack before they come so that we don’t have to worry about food allergies at the center. 
EMAIL ME to reserve your spot, and please indicate whether you’re just coming for lunch or require childcare.
Ages 3-5 Art and Open Exploration
Ages 5-8 Science Activity and Open Exploration
Ages 8-12 Mini Minecraft Camp

Book Babies at Potomac Library
Tuesday, January 21, 10:30 a.m.
Babies need books, too! Join us for stories, songs and play. Limited to 10 infants and their care-givers. Ages 6–24 months Register online, in person or by phone beginning December 3


Snow and Story at Prince William Ice Arena will be held this week on January 8th.  Reserve your spot by emailing mbrennan@pwice.com or call 703-730-8423.  $7/child includes a safe and fun time playing on the ice with snow and toys, followed by cookies, hot chocolate, and a story.

Homework: A Parent’s Survival Guide
Monday, January 13, 7:00 p.m.
A pratical workshop offering parents the advice they need to tackle common homework problems. Representatives from Huntington Learning Center will discuss common homework problems and offer suggestions on how to overcome some obstacles. Registration online, by phone, or in person, is not required but recommended beginning Monday, December 30.

Highlights this Week:
Wednesday
In January, Wednesday nights from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. are free. Hours vary, check www.harrispavilion.com for details.

Thursday from 6-8pm
Birth Matters of Prince William County presents Preparing for Postpartum
Please join us for our monthly Birth Matters meeting: Preparing for Postpartum.  We will have a guest speaker Elizabeth Wilkins-Mckee, LCSW.  Postpartum mood and anxiety disorders are becoming more and more prevalent in our society. The stresses of a new mother or even a second, third, etc time mother are real and it’s imperative that we prepare for this period with patience, love and nurturing.  Come out and talk about how you managed your postpartum period, problems you had or are having and get some expert advice on how to prepare yourself for this delicate and precious time.  As always, please bring a dish to share for our potluck style meeting.
Hope to see you there!

Saturday
There is a great deal on the calendar this Saturday, but I do hope you’ll stop by Edgemoor Art Studio’s open house.  Mrs. Johnsen will have a collaborative sculpture, spin art, and watercolors out for children to enjoy while parents learn more about her award-winning art programs and very popular summer camps.  I’ll drop by as well, and will be giving away a FREE week of summer camp to a lucky family who stops by! Edgemoor is located across from Tackett’s Mill- 12616 Lake Ridge Drive Woodbridge VA near Brite Stars Pediatric Dentistry.  The open house will run from 12:30-5pm.  See you there!