Author - Joy Peters

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Twin Cities Summer Reading Programs – 2017
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Twin Cities Vacation Bible School Opportunities
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Universe in the Park 2017
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Green Card Youth Voices – Review
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Fanny’s Journey – Film Review
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Fortune Favors the Brave – Movie Review
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Mr. Frog – Film Review
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Tesoros – Movie Review
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How to Steal A Dog – Review
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Belle and Sebastian, The Adventure Continues – Review

Twin Cities Summer Reading Programs – 2017

A couple years ago, I did some research on the reality of the income-based achievement gap and how parents can Increase their Child’s Chances in School with a few Simple, Budget-Friendly Habits. Summer reading is another place where the achievement gap grows. However, the fix is offering your kids easy access to a lot of books and empowering them to select their own reading materials.This is where summer reading programs can come in handy.

2017 Summer Reading Programs

Where do your kids fall in the summer reading spectrum? Whether they love to read or hate it or are somewhere in between, there is probably a program out there for them. If they are ambitious, they can participate in several. There is no rule that kids can’t use the same books for several programs.

The following are few programs we found plus our own:

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Twin Cities Vacation Bible School Opportunities

Vacation Bible School seems to be a little like scouts or sleep-away camps in that some parents did it when they were kids and consider a childhood rite of passage. I am not one of those parents. I don’t even know if Catholic VBS programs existed when I was a kid. I have very little experience with VBS, so this list is merely a collection of churches that have submitted VBS programs to us. I can’t personally endorse any.

Faith formation of our children is such a personal matter, that I recommend visiting the websites of these churches and possibly attending a service to decide for yourself if the program is a good fit for your family. Follow the links to explore and register for programs.

June Vacation Bible School Programs

6/5-6/9 • Calvary Lutheran Church Session • Deep Sea Discovery • 9:30-11:30 am • Ages 3½-Kindergarten • $15/child.

6/12-6/16 • Calvary Lutheran Church Session • Deep Sea Discovery • 9:15 am-12:15 pm • Ages 4½-completed grade 5 • $15/child.

6/12-6/15 • King of Grace Lutheran Church • Mighty Fortress • 9 am-11:30 am • Ages 3+ (3-year-olds require a parent to be present) • FREE.

August Vacation Bible School Programs

8/7-8/11 • Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church • Maker Fun Factory • 9 am-12 pm • Age 4 – 6th Grade • FREE!


Do you have a VBS submittal? I’ll continue to add them throughout the summer. Submit them to Joy  

Universe in the Park 2017

Universe in the Park

Looking for an astronomy fix? During the summer months, we don’t have the Friday night Public Viewings at the UofM’s Institute for Astrophysics, instead there is the Universe in the Park program on Friday and Saturday nights throughout the summer. These events are held in various parks — some close, some not so close. The program starts with a 20-30 minute presentation at 8:30 p.m. and then, weather permitting, an opportunity to view the sky through telescopes until 10 or 11 p.m. Participants can learn how to use a star map and go home with a free one. This program is free, but a vehicle permit may be required ($25 annual/$5 daily). Don’t forget to dress appropriately for Minnesota summer evenings (You know the drill — layers and insect repellent.) Since it IS a park, and you are paying for a days worth of parking, you might as well arrive early with a picnic and have some playtime.

Participating parks are listed below:

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Green Card Youth Voices – Review

I recently stumbled on the book, Green Card Youth Voices: Immigration Stories from a Minneapolis High School (affiliate link*). It looked interesting, so I checked it out for myself, but after reading it, I plan to share the stories with my middle schooler. With immigrants and refugees frequently in the news, these stories are a way to introduce the subject from the point of view of someone close to their own age who has experienced these issues first hand.

Green Card Youth Voices

Green Card Youth Voices

Each essay in this book is written by a student of Wellstone International High School and tells their personal immigration story. The stories are told in a very matter-of-fact style that makes the stories that much more compelling. There is so much we take for granted in our own lives. This book will introduce you to 20 young people, many of whom have overcome poverty and language barriers to find their place in Minnesota. Each essay is a couple of pages and an easy read. This is a really good book to pick up, put down and discuss as you have a few minutes to read and talk together.


Green Card Youth Voices

Each essay has a photo of the writer and usually only a couple pages.

Now we can top off our reading of the book with a visit to the exhibit. Over the summer the Green Card Voices Exhibit will travel between three Ramsey County Library branches – Roseville in June, Maplewood in July and Shoreview in August. The exhibit will include the stories and photos, but also a QR code to see the story told by the author on video.

Green Card Voices began in 2013 and is an initiative crated to record and share the stories of American immigrants – regardless of status.

*The book link is an affiliate link to FFTC’s Amazon Store. We receive a small portion of any sales.

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Fanny’s Journey – Film Review

Fanny’s Journey is based on the true story of Fanny Ben Ami, who was 11 years old when she and several other Jewish children had to flee to Switzerland to escape the Nazis. When the adults who are leading their flight do not make a rendezvous, she is forced to take responsibility for the safety of her group.

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Fanny’s Journey – Image courtesy of the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival

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Fortune Favors the Brave – Movie Review

Continuing on our whirlwind review storm through the Childish Film series of the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival we saw Fortune Favors the Brave on Sunday morning. This is a German film that explores the very different worlds of the average middle class child and children of immigrants.

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Fortune Favors the Brave. Image courtesy Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival.

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Mr. Frog – Film Review

Mr. Frog is one of the seven films in the Childish Films series of the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival. It is a Dutch film that places a fairy tail element within an otherwise everyday world. What happens when your teacher sometimes turns into a frog? Deborah Girdwood, who is the lead programmer for Childish Films, compares it to a Roald Dahl story. So if you like The BFG, Matilda, or Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, you may find some common elements.

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Mr. Frog – Image courtesy of the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival

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Tesoros – Movie Review

Continuing on our tour through the Childish Films offerings at the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival, we watched Tesoros this weekend. Tesoros is Spanish for treasure. The movie follows a group of children searching for lost pirate treasure. This Mexican film was shot on location in the small village of Barra de Potosi on the Mexican Pacific Coast.

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Tesoros – Image courtesy of the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival

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How to Steal A Dog – Review

How to Steal A Dog is a Korean film based on the American book of the same title by Barbara O’Connor. The book is based in a small North Carolina town. While the film occurs in a busy metropolitan area on Jeju Island, South Korea.

How to Steal A Dog at the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival

Image courtesy of the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival

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Belle and Sebastian, The Adventure Continues – Review

Belle and Sebastian, The Adventure Continues is the sequel to the 2013 French film Belle and Sebastian. The original movie was dubbed into English in 2015. The sequel is being screened at the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival in French with English subtitles. Because I loved the original version, I was hopeful but cautious going into this film.

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Image courtesy of the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival

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