Summer reading roundup

With the kids out of school and long, sunny evenings to fill, there’s no better time to attack your mounting “to read” list. Kids and adults alike can benefit from these fun programs and book clubs offered by North Central Regional Libraries. WENATCHEE Libraries Rock: First Day of the Summer Reading Program! Stop by the […]

What’s happening? Your weekly events post

Happy Thursday! Read on for our big list of local happenings. (Did we miss your event? Let us know and we’ll add it!) The Leavenworth Community Farmers Market returns for the season today! (The Wenatchee Valley Farmers Market is Saturday in the Pybus parking lot.) The AppleSox play at home tonight. Big fun in Leavenworth on Friday: […]

Exploring wild (and not-so-wild) places with kids

Earlier this month, my co-worker was talking about how much fun her kids had on the Sauer’s Mountain Trail the previous weekend. I was surprised — that trail is beautiful, but it’s a steep climb. Sometimes I turn whiny on that trail, and I am a full-fledged adult. Her kids are 6 and 9 years old. […]

It takes a village to love a child

Kari DeMarco had long wanted to adopt a child. Her husband, Andy, wasn’t on board. “He’d say, ‘Let’s just try not to screw up the two we already have.’” The DeMarcos’ two biological children, a boy and girl who are now grown, were still very young at the time, more than a decade ago. Life was busy for […]

Three: It’s a magic number

“Three, it’s a magic number.” As in, the age your kids should be before you let them have some screen time? When I was pregnant with my daughter Genevieve, I read articles that said no screen time for kids 2 and under. Well, I learned pretty quickly that a five-hour road trip with no tablet […]

My son, the college graduate

I wish I could describe the emotion but I can’t put a name to it. My son graduated college yesterday. I took him to the zoo this morning. Although he’s been a couple times with friends, it’s the first time I’ve been to a zoo since he was 7 or 8. Absolutely, graduation from a four-year […]