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Dad Combines Love of Reading, Parenting, and Sports

Imagine a moment of low-grade, but daily, agony. It is time to put your child to bed. This is supposed to be a moment to bond, a moment to read a story, to support future literacy and your relationship. You believe in all that.

What Every Pet Owner Should Know

Dr. Karen Halligan, devoted pet owner and respected veterinarian, has developed a distinguished veterinary medical career while gaining acclaim as a national spokesperson for animals.

Rhapsody in Yellow

I remember watching the first-ever episode of The Simpsons. Titled “Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire,” this Christmas-themed pilot aired December 17, 1989-at a time when I doubt my seven-year-old brain understood most of the jokes or could have expected how this bug-eyed, surreally yellow family would figure so largely into my life. I know, I know-it’s The Simpsons, for god’s sake, but here I am making a case for the value of this TV show.

Music for your Eyes

As a child prodigy violinist, Endre Balogh remembers playing solos onstage at the Lobero with the Santa Barbara Symphony when he was eight years old. He then became an acclaimed chamber musician and accomplished soloist, but now he’s a fine-art photographer. Now’s your chance to see his work, which hangs all summer at the Karpeles Manuscript Library on Anapamu Street. The museum is free, so check it out today.

Dr. Mac’s Music

Although she was playing it cool, my friend was panicking when I went to see her the other day. Many people might not have noticed, but we mothers pick up on this panic in each other right away. It’s that I’m-afraid-my-kid-isn’t-going-to-get-something-I-want-them-to-have panic. It’s the kind of panic that fuels viciousness about preschool admissions and fist-fights over Tickle Me Elmos.

The Dangerous Book for Boys

Conn and Hal Iggulden have come up with an idea so great and obvious it’s hard to imagine why no one thought of it before. The Dangerous Book for Boys is a big red hardback full of information about the sorts of things 10-year-old boys obsess over, from building a tree house, a really good paper airplane, and a homemade bow with arrows, to reading a compass, identifying constellations in the night sky, and even knowing basic English grammar.

A Look at Santa Barbara’s Unsung Musicians

It’s a classic scene. The kid, acne-ridden and unapologetically angsty, sits in his room cradling a guitar, seeking six-string solace from the throes of puberty. Perhaps it’s a picturesque cliche, but have no illusions-the wild-eyed appetence of the teenage musician is not something to be marginalized.

School of Hip-Hop

Fusion Dance Company will host four days of intense hip-hop training next Monday-Thursday, July 16-19. Guest teachers will include Misty Rasconsmith and Rick Ligon, who’ve worked with artists including Britney Spears, Omarion, Christina Aguilera, Ashley Tindale, 3LW, OutKast, Kirk Franklin, and Snoop Dogg; and local dance instructors Beth Deopante, Shawn Henry, Cynthia Norton, and Kara Stewart.

Read All About It

Jan Baross has been a painter, teacher, filmmaker, playwright, film critic, travel writer, cartoonist, and photographer; now, the Oregon-based Jill-of-all-trades is trying her hand at fiction writing.

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