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!

APRIL 2017          ******************************************************************************************************************************

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  2016 **********************************************************************************************************************

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  2016 **********************************************************************************************************************

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  2016 **********************************************************************************************************************

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 2016 **********************************************************************************************************************

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/

Children need LIMITS on screen time

Children need LIMITS on screen time

 

The following letter was submitted by Alan and published in the West Sacramento News-Ledger on May 6, 2015, and in the Georgetown Gazette on May 7, 2015:

 

Dear Editor,

 

National Screen-Free Week is May 4-10. Going screen-free for one week is a good start, but parents need to set regular limits on electronic screens for the sake of their children’s overall health. The American Academy of Pediatrics says no amount of screen-time should be allowed for children under the age of two, and children aged 3-18 should have no more than 1-2 hours of quality screen-time per day. Why? Screens are stealing children’s lives! The average child spends nearly eight hours a day in front of a screen compared to just twelve minutes a day of unstructured, outdoor play.   And if the vast amount of time spent with screens doesn’t concern you, 99.5% of the nearly 4,000 studies on violence related to screen-time show a directly proportional link to aggressive behavior in children. Also, the more TV a child watches the more likely s/he is to fall victim to obesity and diabetes, and for each hour a preschooler watches television s/he is 10% more likely to exhibit symptoms of attention-deficit-disorder.

 

Parents who set limits on children’s screen-time understand the dangers. For parents that allow limitless access to videogames and television, consider what Steve Jobs said when asked what his children thought of the I-pad: “They haven’t used it,” he said. “We limit how much technology our kids use at home.” And Chris Anderson, the former editor of Wired and chief executive of 3D Robotics, instituted time limits and parental controls on every device in his home. “My kids accuse me and my wife of being overly concerned about tech, and they say that none of their friends have the same rules,” he said of his five children, 6 to 17. “That’s because we have seen the dangers of technology firsthand. I’ve seen it in myself; I don’t want to see that happen to my kids.” For more, check out: www.allianceforchildhood.org and www.commercialfreechildhood.org

 

 

Alan Candee

 

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