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Cherrity Pie Festival- this Saturday!

[ Thursday, September 24, 2015 | 0 comments ]

Come support the Anchor Center for Blind Children – this Saturday, September 26 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.!  The event features family activities and of course, all things PIE, including:

Pie Bake-Off (now accepting entries!) | Pie Eating Contest | Pie Walk | Pie Demonstrations by Four Seasons Denver Pastry Chef | Bounce House | Hamster balls | Mini train | Games | Face Painting | Balloon Animals | BBQ Picnic & Pies | Silent Auction | Caribbean Vacation Giveaway | Pony Rides | Antique race car | Music…and more!

Get tickets here:  http://bit.ly/cherritytickets15

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Etai's Celebrates 10 Years in the Neighborhood this weekend!

[ Wednesday, August 26, 2015 | 0 comments ]
By Courtney Drake-McDonough

Etai's Cafe is celebrating 10 years in Stapleton. To celebrate, Etai’s is doing it up big all weekend, August 29-30 for everyone, whether you live in Stapleton or not! There will be giveaways, fun activities for kids, complimentary food and free beer from Crazy Mountain Brewing Company plus a few other surprises. All month long, Etai’s Cafe will be serving from a special menu of nostalgic dishes plus free cookies all month long.

 Enter for your chance to win a sandwich or salad each week for an entire year by liking Etai’s on Facebook. The contest runs through September and the prize can be used at any Etai’s location except for DIA. For more information, go here. 

For a full review of Etai's and to check out Courtney's Blog, click here
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Keeping Children Safe from Cyberbullying

[ Monday, July 27, 2015 | 0 comments ]

By Amy Williams

No one promised that raising teenagers would be easy.

The unpredictable mood swings, hormones, brain developments, and peer pressures are common complaints overheard from parents. Unfortunately, there are a lot of other factors like illness or trauma that can influence a teen’s well being and impact the role of a parent. One common problem facing our youth today is cyberbullying.

Cyberbullying Defined

Victims are unable to escape the barrage of comments and mean posts hurled online or by text message. The advent of constant connectivity has taken bullying to a new level using digital means.

Bullying used to be contained to certain places or events away from the home. This allowed a victim access to safe retreats like home, friends’ houses, and more. Unfortunately, technology has banished these barricades- allowing bullies constant access to their targets.

Peers often “like” or add comments to increase the misery which often causes the underdog to feel that the world is against them. This “pile up” mentality eventually wears down a child and soon they feel isolated and depressed.

Cyberbullying Statistics

Evidence is mounting that something needs to be done to contain cyberbullying:
● According to recent bullying statistics, over 55% of all teens who participate in social media have witnessed cyberbullying

● 52% report being victims with 33% of them being threatened online

● 90% of children will not tell their parents or an adult when cyberbullying occurs

● 70% of teens have taken some form of action to hide online activity from parents

15% of high school students were electronically bullied in the past year

● 80% of teens regularly use cell phones which make them a common medium for cyberbullying

8 Strategies For Parents

The anonymity offered from technology, like Social Media or cell phones, is favored by bullies to harass or insult a victim. This might not seem like a big deal, but when you consider that there are over 23 million children between the ages of 8-17 using Facebook or 17 million connected with mobile devices you can see the larger picture.

Studies have found “only one out of every six pa
rents of adolescents and teens are even aware of the scope and intensity involved with cyberbullying”. That means that parental involvement can be the key to stopping the vicious cycle of aggressors and victims.

Listed below are strategies parents can utilize:

Know which social media sites and apps a child enjoys using.

Review social media etiquette.

● Know a child’s password and “friend” them on social media. Bullying behaviors might be deterred if Mom is watching. If cyberbullying is a problem, open and read messages together.

● Encourage your son or daughter to notify someone if they witness cyberbullying.

● Inform your child not to volunteer personal information online and be careful what images

they send.

● Document acts of cyberbullying. This will help families communicate with schools or officials regarding the problem. Save threatening emails, take a quick screenshot, and keep a log of
cyberbullying behaviors. It will help build a solid case if further intervention is needed.

Seek support from the school or community to help children who are involved in bullying. Working as a group will open up communications and draw attention to the negative consequences surrounding cyberbullying.

Monitor your child’s activity with an app on their smart phones and parental controls for the Internet.

Forging Ahead

Parents and teens are now armed with information to stop this epidemic of digital aggression. Our job as parents is still difficult and daunting as our children develop into adults. Thankfully, society has been raising awareness regarding the frightening aspects of cyberbullying.

With a little guidance and involvement, the potential impact cyberbullying has on our children can be greatly diminished.

Amy Williams, and I am a freelance journalist and mother of two teenagers. I am part of a parent advocacy group in southern California that helps parents struggling with raising troubled teenagers.

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Come Shop Designer Styles at Outrageously Low Prices to Support Dress for Success!

[ Sunday, July 12, 2015 | 0 comments ]

By Stapleton Moms

The Summer is about to get Hotter!  For the first time, Dress for Success Denver's (DFSD) sixth annual BYOB (bring your own bag) sale is coming to Stapleton! The sale takes place on Friday, July 24th and Saturday, July 25th with proceeds benefitting at-risk, underserved women seeking jobs and job retention. Shoppers will view thousands of affordable designer clothing items and accessories, generously donated by local boutiques. Sale items are sold to raise funds for DFSD’s programs, which provides job training and other services to women, and to purchase appropriate interview and career attire for clients.

Boutique-quality clothing, jewelry, handbags (Coach, Michael Kors, Burberry and many more), shoes, boots, jewelry and accessories have been donated from retailers like Wild Blue Boutique, A Line, Steve Madden, Evereve, Bella Bridesmaids, Two Sole Sisters, Rags Consignments, Eccentricity, Inspyre, Semplice, Wish, 5 Green Boxes, Birds and Belles and White House Black Market. Donated retail items are marked up to 75% off and range from $2 - $200.

Grab a friend (or two!) and come shop to support this great local non-profit.

Friday, July 24 guests are invited to a VIP cocktail and preview party ($50) from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm, $35 General Admission (7:00 pm) and $40 tickets at the door. Saturday, July 25 is free and open to the public from 10:00 am - 6:00 pm. Tickets can be purchased via at www.denver.dressforsuccess.org

WHERE: Northfield Stapleton
8316 Northfield Blvd., Denver, 80238.

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Cirque Du Soleil: No Scary Clowns!

[ Sunday, June 21, 2015 | 0 comments ]
By Jaime Travis

As we were making our way to the great circus tent that had risen up high over the Pepsi Center parking lot, I did my best to convince our 8 year old son, Jack, that no run of the mill "scary or creepy clowns" (my apologies to the clown lovers in the crowd) would be allowed to traipse unencumbered amongst the crowd. I did, however, neglect to mention to him that there would in fact be- a whole lot of French-Canadian acrobats decked out in their Steampunk finest- twisting and contorting in only the way a Cirque du Soleil performer can do. Added up, it promised to be a winning afternoon!

And it was. Cirque Du Soleil's newest show, Kurios, is one of the best incarnations of the storied franchise, and is absolutely an enchanting and charming romp. My 5 year old daughter, Lucca, could not contain her enthusiasm and stood and danced along to much of the show.  The music is reminiscent of 1930's French cabaret and the musicians, who perform live, are top-notch.  But, truly any Cirque show is marked by the mind-bogglingly talented acrobats whose death-defying feats never fail to thrill.  In particular, the a host of astonishingly high leapers that open the second act, who seem to defy gravity in their fishing-net like trampoline.  There is also a wonderfully simple "Theater of Hands" which consists of live video, projected onto an old-fashioned hot-air balloon, of the exquisitely adept and dancerly hands of members of the troop performing with props and on an audience member’s head.  Kurios is playing at the Big Top through July 26th.  Tickets start at just $40.  It promises to be a joyful and entertaining show and guarantees to please.  

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