2018 Performances

2018 Performances

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January 11       Galt Library

10am       Preschool Storytime

Singing and talking are two important pre-literacy skills.  Young children will contribute to the creation of stories and songs, and enjoy singing and laughing with folk  songs, storytelling, and original tunes.  Pantomime and puppetry may be included, but compulsory silliness is mandatory.

January 13      California Kindergarten Association Conference

1:45pm-3:00pm   Rescuing Young Minds From Electronic Screens

Children spend eight hours per day with electronic screens!  The sheer volume of time spent in front of screens supplants opportunities for children to grow, learn, explore, and create.  Candee will share how unstructured play, music, exercise and engagement with children’s environments benefit children.

 

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February 10     Georgetown Library

1:00 pm     Adult Program:  Rescuing Children From Their Electronic Screens

Adult conversation about the need to minimize children’s exposure to electronic screens.  Content, physiological dangers and cognitive impairment from a stolen childhood are discussed.

 

February 28    Contra Costa Library, Danville Branch

3:30 pm     School-age program:  A Musical Journey Through American History

Sing along with familiar songs you didn’t know were hundreds of years old, and learn the history behind them. Kindergartners and first graders will sing, laugh, and learn!

 

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March 7     Northside School, Cool, California

6:00pm-8:00pm     Northside Family Night

Celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday with reading games and activities.  We will have our “wrench-a-phone”, comb kazoos, musical bottles, percussive spoons, and information for parents on limiting screen-time.

 

March 8       Galt Library

10:00 am      Preschool Story-time

Singing and talking are two important pre-literacy skills.  Young children will contribute to the creation of stories and songs, and enjoy singing and laughing with folk  songs, storytelling, and original tunes.  Pantomime and puppetry may be included, but compulsory silliness is mandatory.

 

March 10      Sacramento Adventure Playground

11:00am-4:00pm    Community Day at the Playground

All ages welcome at the playground at the Maple Community Center, 37th Avenue and Franklin Boulevard, Sacramento.  Usually limited to 7-15 year olds, Community Days allow parents and younger siblings to attend.  Wear clothes to get dirty in because there is a mud pit, painting, tree-climbing, and more.  We’ll be making bottle cap musical shakers and providing screen-free information to parents.  The event is free!

 

March 13         Walnut Grove Library

10:00 am      Preschool Story-time

Singing and talking are two important pre-literacy skills.  Young children will contribute to the creation of stories and songs, and enjoy singing and laughing with folk  songs, storytelling, and original tunes.  Pantomime and puppetry may be included, but compulsory silliness is mandatory.

 

March 14         Sacramento Adventure Playground (Event for registered home-schoolers)

 12:00 pm         Introduction to Rocks & Minerals

Students will learn different ways to identify and classify rocks, handle a variety of stones–including “coprulate” (Look it up!),  Some may be inspired to carry the rock-hunting bug with them as a lifetime hobby.

 

March 18        Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento

 2:00 pm          Screen-Time Savvy  (Art of Parenting Series)

Children spend eight hours per day with electronic screens!  The sheer volume of time spent in front of screens supplants opportunities for children to grow, learn, exlpore, and create.  Candee will share how unstructured play, music, exercise and engagement with children’s environments benefit children. (Register online with the Crocker Art Museum for this FREE program.  Children ages 4-10 can participate in a FREE art experience concurrently.  Snacks provided.)

 

March 21         Anderson Elementary School, Dixon, California

8:30am-11:45am     Musical Fun with Kindergarten and TK Classes

Alan will bring a variety of musical instruments, share the physics of music, sing songs with the students and tell a story or two.

 

April 2018    

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April 19     Galt Library

10am       Preschool Storytime

Singing and talking are two important pre-literacy skills.  Young children will contribute to the creation of stories and songs, and enjoy singing and laughing with folk  songs, storytelling, and original tunes.  Pantomime and puppetry may be included, but compulsory silliness is mandatory.

 

April 30-May 6    National Screen-Free Week

 

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May 18     Carriage Elementary School, Citrus Heights

1:30pm      Rocks and Minerals From Around the World                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       “Rock-hunting? Doesn’t sound very sporting. Do they move?” Join long-time rockhound, Alan Candee, to learn about the rock-collecting hobby.  Kids will handle Coprulite and learn to identify some common rocks. Children will take home a “pet rock”.

 

May 25     Carriage Elementary School, Citrus Heights

1:30pm         Days of Gold                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Re-live and experience history through the eyes of the most successful gold rush musician:  John Stone.  View demonstrations of musical instruments derived from simple, portable, commonplace items found in a forty-niner’s knapsack.  Children will sing along and learn to play and take home a comb kazoo.  Alan Candee reprises the role of John Stone, a.k.a.”Old Put”, as he performed it at the World Gold-panning Championships in 2016.  The science of music is also briefly presented in this performance.

 

June 2018

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June 6     Courtland Library, Sacramento County

11:00am     Music is Everywhere (School-age)

This science-of-music program allows children to use musical instruments to discover how sounds are produced.  Make and take a comb-kazoo and a percussion instrument from everyday materials.  (Space may be limited.  Check with Courtland Library.)
  
“The program was exactly what we were looking for at the Placerville Library.  We wanted the kids to engage in the Science of Sound and why instruments make the sounds they do.  Alan did a fantastic job demonstrating sound and gave the kids plenty of time to experiment themselves!”  -Christina Roseli, Early Childhood Literacy Specialist, El Dorado County Library

June 14    Mary Stephens Library, Davis, California

2:00pm     Days of Gold                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Re-live and experience history through the eyes of the most successful gold rush musician:  John Stone.  View demonstrations of musical instruments derived from simple, portable, commonplace items found in a forty-niner’s knapsack.  Children will sing along and learn to play and take home a comb kazoo.  Alan Candee reprises the role of John Stone, a.k.a.”Old Put”, as he performed it at the World Gold-panning Championships in 2016.  The science of music is also briefly presented in this performance.

 

June 18    Cameron Park Library, El Dorado County 

2:00pm      Rocks Everywhere: Make a Gemstone Wire-wrap Necklace (Teens)

“Rock-hunting?  Doesn’t sound very sporting.  Do they move?”  Join long-time rockhound, Alan Candee, to learn about the rock-collecting hobby and make a gemstone wire-wrap jewelry necklace.  Program lasts 60-90 minutes.  All supplies included.  (Limit: 20 participants)

June 22     Courtland Library, Sacramento County

10:30am    Rocks Everywhere:  Make a Gemstone Wire-wrap Necklace (Adults)

“Rock-hunting?  Doesn’t sound very sporting.  Do they move?”  Join long-time rockhound, Alan Candee, to learn about the rock-collecting hobby and make a gemstone wire-wrap jewelry necklace.  Mindful Media’s most popular program in 2016 and 2017.  Expect this program to last 90 minutes.  All supplies included.  Space may be limited.  Please check with Courtland Library.

“Alan and Nancy’s program on jewelry making with natural stones was a hit.  Not only did Nancy present how to make beautiful wire-wrapped jewelry, Alan gave a wonderful presentation about Geology and brought in many examples to tempt anyone to go outside and explore.  Our patrons loved it!”
-Berta Goegel, Branch Supervisor, Carmichael Library

July 2018

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July 3     Placerville Library, El Dorado County

11:00am    Make It and Shake It!  (school-age)

Children will create musical percussion instruments to take home.  Children will perform call and response pieces, and feature individual groups of instruments as well as ensemble playing together. Instruments will include drums, tambourines, rain sticks, and maracas.  Solo opportunities will be encouraged.

 

July 13     Courtland Library, Sacramento County

2:00 pm    Rocks Everywhere: Make a Gemstone Wire-wrap Necklace  (Teens)

“Rock-hunting?  Doesn’t sound very sporting.  Do they move?”  Join long-time rockhound, Alan Candee, to learn about the rock-collecting hobby and make a gemstone wire-wrap jewelry necklace.  Mindful Media’s most popular program in 2016 and 2017.  Expect this program to last 90 minutes.  All supplies included. (Space may be limited.  Please check with Courtland Library)
“Alan and Nancy’s program on jewelry making with natural stones was a hit.  Not only did Nancy present how to make beautiful wire-wrapped jewelry, Alan gave a wonderful presentation about Geology and brought in many examples to tempt anyone to go outside and explore.  Our patrons loved it!”
-Berta Goegel, Branch Supervisor, Carmichael Library

 

July 15        St. Joseph Catholic Church, Auburn, CA (adults, with Spanish language interpreter)

1:45-2:45pm     Managing Electronic Screens at Home          

Children exposed to unlimited amounts of video games, television, movies, and computer screens are more likely to exhibit symptoms of ADD, obesity, diabetes, nearsightedness, poor social skills, and limited academic performance. Learn simple tips to eliminate battles, put parents in control, and promote quality family time. Mindful Media Management’s Alan Candee provides insights.

 

July 17         Solano County Library, Vacaville Town Square

6:30 pm      Design and Create a Gemstone Wire-Wrap Necklace 

Adult Program (age 16 and up) “Rock-hunting? Doesn’t sound very sporting.  Do they move?”  Join long-time rock-hound, Alan Candee, to learn about the rock-collecting hobby and make a gemstone wire-wrap jewelry necklace. (Registration required)

 

July 18      Colonial Heights Library, Sacramento

10:00am-2:00pm  Pop-Up Adventure Play Day

Join us for an extended opportunity to play with cardboard forts, mud play, craft projects, painting, bubbles, chalk art, music and more!  All ages of children are welcome.  (In conjunction with the Sacramento Adventure Playground and Fairytale Town.)

 

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 August 4       Walnut Grove Library,  Sacramento County

10:00 am      Rocks Everywhere:  Making a Gemstone Wire-wrap Necklace                

“Rock-hunting? Doesn’t sound very sporting. Do they move?” Join long-time rockhound, Alan Candee, to learn about the rock-collecting hobby and make a gemstone wire-wrap jewelry necklace.   Program lasts 60-90 minutes. Supplies included.  (Limit: 20 participants)

 

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September  20    North Natomas Library, Sacramento

4:00 pm- 8:00 pm    Pop-Up Adventure Play Day

Join us for an extended opportunity to play with cardboard forts, mud play, craft projects, painting, bubbles, chalk art, music and more!  All ages of children are welcome.  (In conjunction with the Sacramento Adventure Playground and Fairytale Town.)

 

September  22    South Natomas Library, Sacramento

10:00 am- 2:00 pm    Pop-Up Adventure Play Day

Join us for an extended opportunity to play with cardboard forts, mud play, craft projects, painting, bubbles, chalk art, music and more!  All ages of children are welcome.  (In conjunction with the Sacramento Adventure Playground and Fairytale Town.)

  

September  28    McKinley Library, Sacramento

3:30 pm- 7:30 pm    Pop-Up Adventure Play Day

Join us for an extended opportunity to play with cardboard forts, mud play, craft projects, painting, bubbles, chalk art, music and more!  All ages of children are welcome.  (In conjunction with the Sacramento Adventure Playground and Fairytale Town.)

 

September 28-29   Fairytale Town, Sacramento

10:00 am-4:00 pm    Scholar Share Book Festival

Enjoy FREE ADMISSION to Fairytale Town Saturday and Sunday, and special activities, including music-making, at the Mindful Media booth!

    

 October  2018                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               ************************************************************************************************************************************  October 3       Sacramento Adventure Playground (Event for registered home-schoolers)

 12:00 pm         The Science of Music

Learn how musical sounds are made with a variety of instruments.  How do vibrations make musical sounds?  Make and take home a comb-kazoo and a percussion instrument from everyday materials.  Learn ways your body can make music without any external instrument.

2017 Performances

2017 Performances

FEBRUARY 2017 ******************************************************************************************************************

February 7   Sacramento  Public Library, Courtland Branch

3pm            School-age Program: Express Yourself Through Story & Song             How do you communicate best? Are you a master of the written word? Do you sing? Write? Create visual art? Language  development is highly driven by singing and speaking.  School-age children will sing along and contribute to the creation of song lyrics.  Children will contribute to making up stories.  Stories told may include puppetry, pantomime, humor, and other modes of entertainment.  No exams here–Plan to have fun!

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February 15   Sacramento  Public Library, Walnut Grove Branch

3pm            School-age Program: Express Yourself Through Story & Song             How do you communicate best? Are you a master of the written word? Do you sing? Write? Create visual art? Language  development is highly driven by singing and speaking.  School-age children will sing along and contribute to the creation of song lyrics.  Children will contribute to making up stories.  Stories told may include puppetry, pantomime, humor, and other modes of entertainment.  No exams here–Plan to have fun!

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April 5    Sacramento  Public Library,   Rancho Cordova Branch

13:30 am     Preschool Program: Singing Their Way to Literacy Success

Consuming Kids-A “Must-See”Video

Consuming Kids-A “Must-See”Video

I recently watched a riveting video titled “Consuming Kids – The Commercialization of Childhood”.   I highly recommend this video, released in 2008 by the Media Education Foundation.

It is available in U-Tube format.  Click on the links below for the main video (67 minutes), and an excellent extra section titled “What Parents Can Do” (9:34 min)

Consuming Kids- The Commercialization of Childhood

 

What Parents Can Do

2016 Performances

SEPTEMBER-DECEMBER 2016

SEPTEMBER 2016 ****************************************************************

September 10     SACRAMENTO PLAY SUMMIT  Central Library, 821 I Street, Sacramento, CA

9am-4pm      Alan presents a breakout session on: “Engaging Children without the Use of Electronic Screen Media”

Conference registration is mandatory. More information about this event and registration at Fairytale Town Events

September 12-18    WORLD GOLD-PANNING CHAMPIONSHIPS         Free Admission!

11am      Alan performs as “Old Put” on Thursday, September 15th, at El Dorado County Fairgrounds as part of a week of Gold-Rush living history experiences.

(http://www.eldorado2016.com/calendar)

September 24-25    FAIRYTALE TOWN’S CHILDREN’S BOOK FESTIVAL        Free Admission!

10am-4pm both days      Alan and his wife Nancy will have a booth at this event.  Please visit and play music with us, and we will give you a musical instrument to take home.

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October 14-16     INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN’S MUSIC NETWORK CONFERENCE   The Conference Center, Los Gatos, CA

Alan presents “Singing and Moving Away From Electronic Screens”

(More information about this event and registration at  http://childrensmusic.org/)

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October 20   Sacramento  Public Library, Arcade Branch

4pm            School-age Program: Express Yourself Through Story & Song             How do you communicate best? Are you a master of the written word? Do you sing? Write? Create visual art? Language  development is highly driven by singing and speaking.  School-age children will sing along and contribute to the creation of song lyrics.  Children will contribute to making up stories.  Stories told may include puppetry, pantomime, humor, and other modes of entertainment.  No exams here–Plan to have fun!

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October 22  Sacramento  Public Library, Rancho Cordova Branch

11 am            School-age Program: Rock-Hunting Fun!            Join long-time rockhound, Alan Candee, to learn about the rock-collecting hobby.  Informative and fun, children will see and hold fossilized rocks from around the world.  Be forewarned: children will be given  a semi-precious gemstone to keep and may begin picking up rocks wherever they go!

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JANUARY-AUGUST 2016

March 5        Sacramento Public Library, Galt Branch

2 pm           Adult/Teen Program: Rock-hunting? Doesn’t sound very sporting–Do they move?  Join retired librarian and longtime rockhound Alan Candee and his wife Nancy,  to explore the hobby and to make a gemstone wire-wrap necklace. Registration required. Please contact Galt Library.

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March 7    El Dorado County Public Library, Cameron Park Branch

10:30 am           Pre-School Program: Music and More:  Alan entertains with songs and humorous and engaging stories.  Opportunities to sing along, move to the rhythms, and

contribute imagination to the outcomes of musical selections.

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April 6             Sacramento Public Library, Rancho Cordova Branch

10:30 am         Pre-School Program: Music and More:  Alan entertains with songs and humorous and engaging stories.  Opportunities to sing along, move to the rhythms, and

contribute imagination to the outcomes of musical selections.

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April 23           Stop by Alan’s booth at the Sutter Children’s Center Wellness Festival at Fairytale Town, Sacramento, CA

11am-3pm          You can play with his musical instrument collection and  make a kazoo! FREE ADMISSION!

http://www.fairytaletown.org/events/sutter-childrens-center-wellness-festival-3/

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May 6-8      Stop by Alan’s booth at the Whole Earth Festival on the UC Davis campus quad area, near the student union.  He is located in the northwest section of the quad, near the children’s play area. 10 am to 5 pm

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June 8       Sacramento  Public Library, Southgate Branch

11 am          Pre-School Program: Singing Their Way to Literacy Success       
Singing and talking are two important pre-literacy skills.  Young children will contribute to the creation of stories and songs, and enjoy singing and laughing with folk  songs, storytelling, and original tunes.  Expect pantomime, puppetry, and compulsory silliness.

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June 11     Stop by Alan’s booth at FAMILY DAY at Safetyville USA, 3909 Bradshaw Road, Sacramento, CA

10 am to 5 pm    Mindful Media information table and musical play

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June 16       El Dorado County  Public Library, Georgetown Branch

1  pm          Teen Program:  Create a Gemstone Wire-Wrap Necklace 
“Rock-hunting? Doesn’t sound very sporting. Do they move?” Join long-time rockhound, Alan Candee and his wife Nancy, to learn about the rock-collecting hobby and make a gemstone wire-wrap jewelry necklace. Expect this program to last 60-90 minutes. Registration  required.

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June 18      Sacramento  Public Library, lsleton Branch

10:30 am          Adult/Teen Program: Take Home the Prize – Create a Gemstone Wire-Wrap Necklace 
“Rock-hunting? Doesn’t sound very sporting. Do they move?” Join long-time rockhound, Alan Candee and his wife Nancy, to learn about the rock-collecting hobby and make a gemstone wire-wrap jewelry necklace. Expect this program to last 60-90 minutes.Check with Isleton Library for pre-registration  requirements.

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June 18      Sacramento  Public Library, Walnut Grove Branch

2 pm          Adult/Teen Program: Take Home the Prize – Create a Gemstone Wire-Wrap Necklace 
“Rock-hunting? Doesn’t sound very sporting. Do they move?” Join long-time rockhound, Alan Candee and his wife Nancy, to learn about the rock-collecting hobby and make a gemstone wire-wrap jewelry necklace. Expect this program to last 60-90 minutes.Check with Walnut Grove Library for pre-registration  requirements.

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June 21       El Dorado County  Public Library, Cameron Park Branch

1 pm          Pre-School Program: Singing Their Way to Literacy Success       
Singing and talking are two important pre-literacy skills.  Young children will contribute to the creation of stories and songs, and enjoy singing and laughing with folk  songs, storytelling, and original tunes.  Expect pantomime, puppetry, and compulsory silliness.

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June 21       Sacramento  Public Library, North Highlands Branch

4pm            School-age Program: Express Yourself Through Story & Song                                                                                                                                                           How do you communicate best? Are you a master of the written word? Do you sing? Write? Create visual art? Language  development is highly driven by singing and speaking.  School-age children will sing along and contribute to the creation of song lyrics.  Children will contribute to making up stories.  Stories told may include puppetry, pantomime, humor, and other modes of entertainment.  No exams here–Plan to have fun!

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June 22      El Dorado County Public Library Pollock Pines Branch

11 am            School-age Program: Express Yourself Through Story & Song                                                                                                                                                           How do you communicate best? Are you a master of the written word? Do you sing? Write? Create visual art? Language  development is highly driven by singing and speaking.  School-age children will sing along and contribute to the creation of song lyrics.  Children will contribute to making up stories.  Stories told may include puppetry, pantomime, humor, and other modes of entertainment.  No exams here–Plan to have fun!

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June 23       Sacramento  Public Library, Courtland Branch

12:45 pm            School-age Program: Express Yourself Through Story & Song                                                                                                                                                           How do you communicate best? Are you a master of the written word? Do you sing? Write? Create visual art? Language  development is highly driven by singing and speaking.  School-age children will sing along and contribute to the creation of song lyrics.  Children will contribute to making up stories.  Stories told may include puppetry, pantomime, humor, and other modes of entertainment.  No exams here–Plan to have fun!

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June 28       El Dorado County  Public Library, Placerville Branch

2  pm          Adult/Teen Program: Take Home the Prize – Create a Gemstone Wire-Wrap Necklace 
“Rock-hunting? Doesn’t sound very sporting. Do they move?” Join long-time rockhound, Alan Candee and his wife Nancy, to learn about the rock-collecting hobby and make a gemstone wire-wrap jewelry necklace. Expect this program to last 60-90 minutes. (Limit: 20 participants)  Check with Placerville Library for pre-registration  requirements.

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June 30       Sacramento  Public Library, Isleton Branch

3  pm            School-age Program: Express Yourself Through Story & Song                                                                                                                                                           How do you communicate best? Are you a master of the written word? Do you sing? Write? Create visual art? Language  development is highly driven by singing and speaking.  School-age children will sing along and contribute to the creation of song lyrics.  Children will contribute to making up stories.  Stories told may include puppetry, pantomime, humor, and other modes of entertainment.  No exams here–Plan to have fun!

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July 20      Nevada County Public Library, Truckee Branch

4pm            School-age Program: Express Yourself Through Story &  Song      How do you communicate best? Are you a master of the written word? Do you sing? Write? Create visual art? Language  development is highly driven by singing and speaking.  School-age children will sing along and contribute to the creation of song lyrics.  Children will contribute to making up stories.  Stories told may include puppetry, pantomime, humor, and other modes of entertainment.  No exams here–Plan to have fun!

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July 21       El Dorado County  Public Library, Cameron Park Branch

1  pm          Teen Program: Take Home the Prize – Create a Gemstone Wire-Wrap Necklace 
“Rock-hunting? Doesn’t sound very sporting. Do they move?” Join long-time rockhound, Alan Candee and his wife Nancy, to learn about the rock-collecting hobby and make a gemstone wire-wrap jewelry necklace. Expect this program to last 60-90 minutes.  Check with Cameron Park Library for pre-registration  requirements.

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August 24  Sacramento County  Public Library, Franklin Branch

3:30 pm     Adult/Teen Program: Take Home the Prize – Create a Gemstone Wire-Wrap Necklace 
“Rock-hunting? Doesn’t sound very sporting. Do they move?” Join long-time rockhound, Alan Candee and his wife Nancy, to learn about the rock-collecting hobby and make a gemstone wire-wrap jewelry necklace. Expect this program to last 60-90 minutes. (Limit: 20 participants)

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Rediscover Nature

Rediscover Nature

Between 1995 to 2015, I noticed a dramatic change in what children claim to be their favorite activities. Children used to routinely share activities such as bicycling, swimming and street games with their friends. With children’s time so dominated by screens today, almost all of their activities involve screen media. And if children only interact with electronic screens, who will be left to live in the real world?  Please watch  Rediscover Nature

NYTimes: Screen Addiction Is Taking a Toll on Children

NYTimes: Screen Addiction Is Taking a Toll on Children

Young people are plugged in and tuned out from the real world for many more hours than experts consider healthy.

Follow the links below to access an important two-part article

Part 1:  Screen Addiction Is Taking a Toll on Children

http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/07/06/screen-addiction-is-taking-a-toll-on-children/

Part 2: How to Cut Children’s Screen Time? Say No to Yourself First.

http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/07/13/how-to-cut-childrens-screen-time-say-no-to-yourself-first/