Every week during the program, children bring home red Raising A Reader bags filled with four developmentally appropriate multicultural books to share with their parents. The program develops literacy skills and establishes a connection between families and the local library. After graduating the program, each child receives a blue library bag with a custom nametag and an included book to take home. Children can use the blue bags when returning to the library, cueing librarians to help them find appropriate books that build reading skills.
Shop at your nearest Discovery Shop. American Cancer Society Discovery Shops help support the fight against cancer through the sale of high quality, gently used, donated merchandise. For over 40 years, the Society has owned and operated these specialty resale stores, featuring items such as clothing, bric a brac and jewelry
Squeals fill the room as children uncover beetles and worms. Although digging through mud isn't a standard classroom activity, this class is learning about microelements at the bottom of the food chain. And the kids get to get their hands dirty. In an interview with Palo Alto Online, Environmental Volunteers' Executive Director Allan Berkowitz explained that classroom lessons should move away from traditional lectures. Instead, he wants “kids to touch and taste and smell their way to science education."
To that end, Environmental Volunteers leads hands-on activities in nine natural-science subjects including Baylands ecology, energy and natural resources, and Nature in your Neighborhood. Every year, Environmental Volunteers conducts 90-minute classroom programs—where kids learn how Native Americans respected the environment or simulate earthquakes with an electric shake table—lead two-hour follow-up field trips, and host summer day camps to teach 10,000 children across the region. The organization also runs a nature center for the public that teaches about the natural world from its location in the Baylands Nature Preserve. For those who can’t make it, a webcam shows a 24/7 view of the marshes outside the center on San Francisco Bay.
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Local Arts for Healthy Hearts raises funds for a trio of art- and heart-loving groups—the American Heart Association, the Triton Museum of Art, and local artists—with live music, tasty eats, and an auction of more than 40 original creative works. General-admission guests enjoy complimentary sustenance, frolicking at the wine, cheese, and dessert stations as they mingle and tingle with artistic inspiration. Aspiring starlets can pose for glamorous headshots in the red-carpet photo booth or study the poise and polish of real live celebrities in attendance. James Bond lookalikes and Liberace stunt doubles can also sip fancy drinks—available for an additional charge—at the bar.
With a staff of trainers made up of former professional and collegiate athletes, Extreme Fitness Boot Camp motivates both men and women to take on healthy habits for life. Every Monday and Wednesday, the troupe hosts rigorous boot-camp classes. During the sessions, these experienced trainers push boot-camp attendees of all fitness levels through plyometric circuits, strength and agility drills, and plenty of cardio exercises. The company can also provide nutritional tips that?when coupled with these vigorous workouts?can help clients shed fat on tummies, sculpt muscles in arms, and sprout smart second heads from necks.
More than 13,000 square feet of fitness splendor greets each prospective corpus contortionist at the India Community Center's welcoming health club. Dozens of modern cardio-equipment machines await the lovable limbs and torsos of hopeful hardbodies, including ellipticals, treadmills, rowing machines, life-sized Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots, and exercise bicycles. Each apparatus features its own personal television and coin-operated hugging device. If the support of fellow flexers is desired for muscular motivation, the center hosts more than 50 group classes per week for exercisers four and up, including yoga, Zumba, group cycling, step aerobics, and Bollywood CardioDance. Before a session in the free-weight area, bodybuilding parents can feel free to drop off kids aged three months to 12 years ($3.50 per session or $15 per month) at the Play Care area for controlled Tonka truck lifting and stationary cycles with training wheels.