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Best of RVA! Staycation Adventures

Funny story. Not funny ha-ha, funny stupid. For years, I lived about fifty minutes from the Golden Gate Bridge. I walked the wide, inviting paths overlooking the sparkling San Francisco Bay twice. I toured Alcatraz once. I might have ridden…

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Challenges of Immigration

Immigration is in the news frequently, but some of the information can be confusing or contradictory. Let’s explore some of the terminology that’s being used as we continue to evaluate a system that is affecting so many families and businesses…

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When It’s Time for Media Control

Let’s start with a challenge. For the next week, informally log how much time you spend on screens at home and at work. For the purpose of this challenge, let’s categorize screens as televisions, computers, phones, and tablets (iPads, etc.). During…

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When It’s Drive Time for Teens

My introduction into the world of teaching teens to drive was purely fateful. I first attended a driver improvement class with my then-17-year-old son. He had a heavy foot at first, until reality set in, and the high cost of…

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Jazz to the World! Meet Charles Overton

Virtuoso Charles Overton didn’t find the harp. It found him. It’s such a warm instrument. You can feel the vibrations as you play. They reverberate through you,” says the talented 23-year-old, explaining his interest in the harp. “It’s one of…

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Do the Library Like a Pro!

Have you ever wondered how to ensure your children understand the importance of lifelong learning? I started by showing my daughters, ages four and two, where it can take place – at the library. Not only is the library a…

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It’s a New Way to Bubble!

Get artsy with an activity that blends every kid’s favorite activity – bubbles! – with painting! With a few simple supplies, young artists can create their own abstract bubble paintings. Families can frame the artwork, turn it into notecards to…

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What Cheering Up Looks Like!

The eager glint in their eyes and enthusiastic smiles are what you first notice when the River City Stars bound onto the stage. Dressed in navy, silver, and Carolina blue uniforms with their hair-bows bobbing, the squad members tumble, dance,…

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