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PICNICS, PARADES, & PATRIOTISM

Americans will soon be throwing a big birthday party, complete with picnics, parades, and fireworks. Fourth of July festivities are scheduled all across the nation, in rural communities, small towns, and large cities. No invitations are necessary for the red, white, and blue holiday. Just show up ready to celebrate the “land of liberty.” Here [...]

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PICTURE-PERFECT JUNE

Glowing brides, beaming graduates, proud fathers, and excited school-aged children are some of the people who will be in the limelight in June. Photographers, both professional and amateur, will be busy capturing lots of special moments for families during the month. Invite your group to usher in summer with some activities and images that reflect [...]

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BARGAIN HUNTING

The birds are chirping, the flowers are blooming, the days are longer and warmer. Yes, spring has finally arrived. Yet there is another telltale sign that a new season has begun – neighborhood yard sales. Early spring marks the beginning of yard sale season. It’s a good time for families to clean out closets, attics, [...]

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FUNNY DAYS

Watch out! April is National Humor Month, and you might just hear peals of laughter, a fit of the giggles, or a few begrudging snickers – maybe even a “Gotcha!” on April Fools Day. It’s time to load up on the fun! Your group might enjoy some of the activities suggested below. We have included [...]

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WINTER, BE GONE!

If snow is still blanketing your landscape, take heart. Slowly, but surely, winter is beginning to relax its grip. Signs of spring are beginning to emerge – the days are getting longer, frozen ponds are melting, tree sap is running, the birds are returning, snowdrops are blooming. While your group is patiently waiting for the [...]

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CHOCOLATE LOVE

Just when you’ve finished off the last morsel of Christmas fudge, out come the Valentine truffles – rich, decadent, mouth-watering chocolates. The sweet taste of chocolate appeals to both kids and adults, making it a popular gift for many occasions. February is a great month to celebrate the love of chocolate with your group. Here [...]

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MIND YOUR MANNERS

If you grew up saying “please,” “thank you,” “yes, ma’am,” “no, sir,” and “excuse me,” chances are that someone in your family was a stickler for good manners! Grandma may have taught you basic manners that have stood the test of time, but in this age of cell phones, computers, and electronic devices, you may [...]

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DECEMBER, THE TWELFTH MONTH

How time flies! We’ll soon be entering the twelfth and last month of the year. Winter officially arrives during December, just as the holiday season is in full swing. The month is associated with family gatherings, special meals, festive music, and gift-giving – the perfect combination for creating lasting memories. Engage your group of older [...]

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AUTUMN LEAVES

Autumn has arrived, and the trees are ready to put on their annual show. From maple to ash, oak, beech, poplar, birch, and hickory – the landscape is about to become draped in vibrant hues of red, yellow, and orange. “Leaf peepers” will hit the road in search of the blazing colors of fall foliage. [...]

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BOOKS AND NOOKS

Nancy Drew, the Hardy Boys, Tom Swift, the Bobbsey Twins. As a youngster, did you ever stay up past your bedtime reading a mystery under the covers? Generations of readers know how easy it is to become totally engrossed in a new book. What’s on your list of “good reads”? And what’s the best place [...]

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