At 7 Notes, musical mentors come in many different forms. Formal instructors share the responsibility of teaching with parents, who attend music lessons alongside their children per the Yamaha method. The Yamaha method focuses just as much on classroom environment as it does on the actual skills being taught. Children's parents are encouraged to actively participate at the group lessons which, instead of sticking to one instrument, explore a wide range beginning with the keyboard and children's own vocal cords. Along with seven or nine other students, the kids learn solfège, a musical language that helps them internalize pitch. Once they've matured enough to understand musical basics and jive well in an ensemble setting, they can decide on which instrument they'd like to explore in depth.
A similar approach called the Suzuki method guides piano and violin lessons. This blend of ear training and note reading also requires parents take an active role, mandating their presence at each lesson and mastering classes just for adults. The method also approaches music as a language, one that can be learned organically when teachers tweak lesson content to fit each child.
Sometimes, the emphasis on a global-scale charity can overshadow the smaller needs found within a community, such as stocking a local food pantry or funding physical activities for underprivileged youth. Punch Buggy Productions aims to fill that void by putting on not-for-profit events throughout the greater-Dallas area. While catering to families with fun and physical activities, the organization bolsters the local economy by enlisting the help of small businesses.
Hosted by former Dallas Cowboys Jay Novacek and Kevin Smith, Sportz Partnerz's ESPN "Lunch with a Legend" events invite fans to meet, greet, and eat with a selection of NFL players and veterans in private luncheons with no more than 100 attendees. Rudy's chefs barbecue infinite amounts of brisket, sausage, and chicken to fuel mingling among fans and football stars. The intimate event allows lunchers to get close enough to smell the fame for 90 minutes of posing for photographs, listening to NFL stories, and snagging barbecue-sauce-smeared autographs. The roster of NFL guests will vary by day and location, and a complete list will be available upon registration.
Project Mom grants mothers of all stages and ages a mini break from the frenzies of home during a relaxing day convention. Saturday's festivities put the spotlight on several experts in maternal matters, from Lilian Hopes Designs to Kara Abrahamson and Jennifer Brandt of Planting Seeds Christian Counseling. Relaxation stations throughout the convention melt away stress between breakout discussions on a variety of topics, including frugal nutrition, wrangling teens and tweens, party planning, and managing toddler during those pre-hours before preschool time. Free giveaways reward guests with luxurious prizes, such as spa passes, and complimentary swag bags send moms home with gift cards, beauty products, and fly swatters for disciplining mischievous imaginary friends.
With more than three decades of service in canine cosmetics, Stadium Dog Grooming bathes and primps doggie divas in a friendly, caring environment. The dog-friendly groomers bathe, dry, and brush dogs that range from tiny toy poodles to more than 80-pound behemoths, and they also handle trickier tasks such as ear cleaning and nail trimming. In addition, Stadium Dog Grooming offers dog daycare services, during which canine guests enjoy their own mats for lounging and short walks to stretch their legs.