Friday, October 24, 2014

Preparing for the unthinkable @SaveTheChildren #Lassie #disaster

With all that's going on lately, I thought this would be something good to share.  This gives you the weekend to start thinking about it and what you can do.

-          Save the Children’s recent poll shows that 49% of U.S. parents don’t feel the very prepared to protect their children from disaster.

-          51% don’t think their child’s school or child care center is very prepared either. 

-          A whopping 74% of parents don’t think the federal government is prepared to protect their kids should disaster strike!

See how our state does in protecting children from disaster while they’re in school or child care. -           check the map:  (I think you'll be surprised.)

Look and find out if you're prepared:

Thursday, October 23, 2014

PSA: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Lights Up Atlanta, November 13-December 28 @CtrPuppetryArts #puppets #PSA

ATLANTA (October 22, 2014)You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen, Comet and Cupid and Donner and Blitzen, but do you recall – the most famous reindeer of all? Celebrate the season with the return of a holiday tradition, Rudolph the Red-Nosed ReindeerTM at Center for Puppetry Arts, November 13-December 28. Directed by Jon Ludwig and based on the beloved 1964 stop-motion animated special, the festive family classic rings in the most wonderful time of the year with an unforgettable holiday adventure! 

Hermey the Elf, Yukon Cornelius, the Abominable Snow Monster and all the other merry misfits join Rudolph and Santa for a seasonal spectacular that can’t be missed. Through the use of rod and body puppets, skilled puppeteers present the timeless tale of acceptance that has inspired audiences and become an Atlanta tradition. 

This year marks the 5th anniversary of the Center’s production of the favorite holiday adventure, as well as the 50th anniversary of the classic TV special. “I saw the first TV broadcast in 1964 and thought they had created it just for me. Here they were showing a couple of misfits making it through the world. I felt, ’There are other misfits like me.  I’m not alone!’” reflected Jon Ludwig. He continued, “I have always loved this story. Apparently, there are a lot of others who love it too, but that makes sense as the story is about Rudolph and Hermey finding their place in the world, and realizing that everyone has a purpose. That’s what the holidays are about: family and community.”

New this year, the production will tie in with the national #ShineBright social media campaign, which is a celebration of uniqueness. Led by PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center, the campaign unites the Center for Puppetry Arts with other nationwide partners, who are using the Rudolph story as a platform for teaching important lessons about diversity and tolerance.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is recommended for ages four and up and will be performed in the Mainstage Theater, November 13- December 28. Half-price previews will be offered November 11-12, 10 a.m. & 11:30 a.m..

The show schedule is as follows:
·         November 11-25
o    Tuesday- Friday: 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.
o    Saturday: 12 p.m. and 2 p.m.
o    Sunday: 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
·         November 26-30
o    Wednesday: 10 a.m., 12 p.m. and 2 p.m.
o    Friday- Saturday: 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
o    Sunday: 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
*The Center will be closed on Thursday, November 27 in observance of Thanksgiving Day
·         December 2-14
o    Tuesday- Friday: 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.
o    Saturday: 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
o    Sunday: 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
*Sunday, December 14 will include an additional 5 p.m. performance
·         December 16-21
o    Tuesday- Wednesday: 10 a.m. and 12 p.m.
o    Thursday- Friday: 10 a.m., 12 p.m. and 2 p.m.
o    Saturday: 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
o    Sunday: 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
·         December 23-28
o    Tuesday- Wednesday: 10 a.m., 12 p.m. and 2 p.m.
o    Friday- Saturday: 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
o    Sunday: 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
*The Center will be closed on Thursday, December 25 in observance of Christmas Day

Tickets include Museum admission and entrance to the Create-A-Puppet Workshop (or To-Go Kit), where children can create their own King Moonracer rod and string puppet to take home for the holidays.


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Rocks and Windshields #WW #nothappy

In all the years of owning a car, I've never had this happen.. until yesterday. Not the way I wanted the day to go.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

I've achieved wings! #diy #maker #Halloween #craft

I don't remember if I got this idea from pinterest or youtube.  My daughter has already challenged me to the next stage, though that one won't happen before Halloween.  The frame is crudely bent metal coat hangers.  I did my best to match them up as I was bending them.  There is electrical tape covering the sharp edges at the end and holding the pieces together.

The material covering the frame is from Hobby Lobby's scrap material area.  It has cool spider webs on it for the Halloween theme and only cost about $2 total.  I tried to get a shot of the material up in front of the window, but my camera wasn't sure where it was focusing and tried to get the trees through the wing.  The material covers both sides and is hot glued on.  I used ribbon around the edge to clean up the edges.

The strings to hold it together to the body are extra shoe laces.  I took an extra bit of coat hanger to the middle of each to give it support/structure, then glued them on.  I'll go back at some point and may use thread to reinforce it.

VOILA! Black spider webbed wings.  Not sure what I'm going to use them for, but they look cool to me.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Halloween Cauldron #DIY #Maker

I got the idea for this from Pinterest.  I changed it a little, but not hugely.  The equipment needed was a plastic cauldron, piece of cardboard cut to fit the top of the cauldron, hot glue gun, expanding foam insulation and a wire basket.  Optional is a light set to put into the foam for extra effect.

Step 1: put cardboard circle into mouth of cauldron.  This took some work for me as I cut the cardboard to fit exactly.  After some play and the use of a coat hanger slightly bent, I got it into place.  I then used hot glue to make sure it stayed there.

I moved outside for the rest as I most assuredly make a mess, despite my attempts otherwise.  Instead, I now plan to minimize what mess I make to make clean-up easier.

Coat the top of the cauldron with the expanding foam.  As much or as little as you think makes a good bubble.  While it's still wet, you can embed the lighting into the foam.  Try to keep the lights outside of the foam but the cord in. You can add more foam as necessary.

VOILA!  A bubbling cauldron.  The original post used a tripod they built to hang the cauldron.  I found a metal plant hanger for less than $2 at a local shop.  I already had the hook in the yard with a bird feeder on it. I just took down the feeder and swapped out for the holiday.