Show•Me Adventure Trail Mix
Mix up a batch to take on the road to Grandma's house this Thanksgiving!
1 c. mixed nuts (peanuts, cashew halves, hazelnuts, almonds)
1/4 c. raisins
1/4 c. dried pineapple tidbits
1/4 c. chocolate chips
1/2 c. mini pretzels
Stir together in bowl. Makes about 4 1/4-cup servings (perfect for a snack-size zip bag)
November is National Family Literacy Month. Many libraries and schools across Missouri are observing this with events and learning opportunities. I kicked off the month by attending the St. Louis Indie Book Fair where I met several Missouri-based children’s authors.
It’s important adults encourage children to read every day, not just when a calendar instructs us to do so. And by introducing children to a local author, I think that shows a child the goal of publishing is within reach for those who have a talent and desire to do so. While your child may enjoy reading classic books by Beverly Cleary (now 102 years old), it’s a good chance they will not meet her.
Local authors are not only accessible to libraries and schools, every one of them I’ve met search for opportunities to speak to young readers to share their talents. Yes, authors hope to sell copies of their book, but it is much more than a marketing strategy. Many kidlit authors — myself included — are parents, so they know the importance of encouraging kids to read. Writing also can be a solitary occupation, so getting out into the community is critical for an author to interact with his/her audience; this often provides important feedback for the author, who then might apply that information to the next project.
And, perhaps most importantly, we come back to the original point: Supporting local authors connects children to published writers, thus encouraging creativity within that child.
You’ve (happily) found Show•Me Adventure Kids books, but allow me to do brief introductions to a few Missouri-based children’s authors.
The folks at Keep America Beautiful remind us for #AmericaRecycles Day that we can all do our part to help our planet and reduce the greenhouse gas effect. Visit the America Recycles Day website to learn more.
Next week, we observe America Recycles Day. Did you know Americans create more than four pounds A DAY in trash? That ads up to more than 250 million TONS per year. But it's easy to start a recycling program at your home. Here's a helpful poster with good room-by-room tips and ideas.
In Show Me Adventure Kids: Making Friends at the Zoo, Olivia encouraged her family to start recycling plastic bottles and launched a similar program at her school. Here are resources from St. Louis City and County to help families in the region get started recycling.
For residents of the City of St. Louis, find information at www.stlouis-mo.gov by typing “recycling” in the search field at the top of the page. St. Louis County recycling information is online at www.stlouisco.com. Click on the “health and wellness” tab at the top of the page and then the “environmental services” link. If your family lives in a municipality within St. Louis County, such as Brentwood, contact your local city hall for information about recycling programs offered.
On a typical autumn weekend, the cobbled streets of St. Charles, Mo., might welcome shoppers and diners strolling amid blowing leaves and peering into cheery store windows. But in October, this historical city that once was home to Missouri’s State Capitol is home to weird and slightly creepy characters who roam the streets and lurk in corners – but it’s all in good fun. Because this is the city’s Legends & Lanterns fest, “a spirited journey through Halloween history.”
Beginning Oct. 20, you can interact with Icabod Crane, Edgar Allen Poe, Lizzie Borden, witches, and Vlad the Impaler – if we may name drop for a moment.
A mob of angry villagers provides music at the gazebo, and ghost stories are shared throughout the festival. Learn about funerary customs, hop on a hayride, or get a face-painting to reflect the Day of the Dead.
When evening befalls Oct. 26 and 27, visitors can also enjoy the Pumpkin Glow along Historic Main Street. Shopkeepers set the impressive jack-o-lanterns outside their businesses to welcome late-hour shoppers. The street magically glows, so be sure to bring the camera.
For more information, visit https://www.discoverstcharles.com/events/legends-and-lanterns/
Photo courtesy St. Charles Convention & Visitors Bureau
Halloween is just around the corner, and – depending on your neighborhood – large numbers of trick-or-treaters will be out after the sun goes down. Here are 10 safety tips from AAA for your family to keep the little hobgoblins safe.
• Be bright (not talking smart), be seen. Carry a flashlight so you can see uneven pavements and cars will see you. Use reflective stickers on costumes or treat bags.
• Masks can block your vision; chose face paint instead.
• Shoes and costumes should fit well and be the proper length to prevent trips or falls.
• Accessories shouldn’t be sharp or have potentially dangerous points.
• Look and LISTEN for traffic before crossing a street.
• Cross at corners and never between parked cars.
• If your neighborhood doesn’t have sidewalks, walk on the left side of the road facing the traffic.
• Walk, don’t run, and obey traffic signals.
• Remember to use caution when crossing driveways, too.
• Go out with a group and bring a trusted adult, even if you’re staying within your neighborhood.