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Posts by Tracy Fisher

Handsmith.org Summer Camps & Programs

The new Digital Manufacturing Camp at the Handsmith micro-factory in downtown Roanoke is where your child will learn electronic circuit design, multiple programming languages and design software, and create their own 3D printed projects. Handsmith is a local organization that works to create programmable artifical limbs. For $1000 your child will have an unbelievable two…

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Food Additives to Avoid

With the recent food and nutrition movements encouraging us to buy from local farms, grow our own produce, and lessen our processed food intake, most of us have heard something about preservatives and other food additives. Growing Up in the Valley decided to take a look at some of the more common chemical additives. We…

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Michael Phelps: A Redeemed Role Model

The Olympics took over hours of my life last month. I would stay up until midnight watching, especially if swimming, gymnastics or volleyball were on. I would cut it on whenever I was home and procrastinate on work for the upcoming school year. Most of the time, especially in the evenings, my family was there…

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Skater Moms of The Star City Roller Girls

International Sales Rep for Optical Cable Corporation and mom of two boys, Vivian De Los Santos, was speaking with her boss one day when he suggested that she should try roller derby. Vivian did not know much about the sport, although she remembered back to when she was 13 years old growing up in Panama,…

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Emergency Preparedness in Southwest Virginia

By definition “emergencies” are a serious, unexpected and often dangerous situation that requires immediate action. Dr. Stephanie Harper, Director of the Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Departments wants families and businesses to proactively prepare for a wide variety of potential emergencies by taking some simple, proactive steps.   Too often, emergencies catch us off guard and…

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So, What is Montessori Anyway?

Maria Montessori was born in 1870 in Chiaravalle, Italy.  She graduated from the University of Rome as one of Italy’s first female physicians at a time when many women never made it past grade school.  She became the director of the Orthophrenic School for developmentally disabled children in 1900, where she began to extensively research…

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Zika Virus: Explained

Zika virus was reported in Africa and South East Asia as early as 1947 but it has increased in prevalence around the globe. In February of 2016, the World Health Organization declared Zika a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC). Dr. Stephanie Harper, Director of the Roanoke City & Alleghany Health Departments of Virginia’s…

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Star Games 2016: a Mother & Son Adventure

Tickets | Check In | Teams | Events | Scoring | Location & Parking | Misc Tickets I want to attend Star Games! How do I get tickets? Yay! We’re happy to have you! Tickets are available on eventbrite here. We will stop selling tickets on July 13 so we can insure that we’ll have enough supplies for…

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7 ways to keep your child learning this summer

(BPT) – When school dismisses for the summer, parents across the country worry about how much their children will forget over the vacation months. Will all those hours helping them with math and reading dissolve with the carefree hours spent at the pool or playground? “While a break from the long days of school is…

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Surprisingly simple potty training tips

(BPT) – Your toddler sits in unusually quiet concentration as you smile and give two thumbs up, the universal sign of encouragement between parent and child. After what seems like an eternity, when you’re about to give up hope, you suddenly hear the long-awaited sound of victory – that little tinkle that signifies potty training…

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