Are We There Yet? (July 2011)

Are We There Yet? (July 2011)

Family Picks: Meet me at the fair (or inside)

OK, I know it’s hotter than blazes outside, but it’s county fair season and that just goes with the territory.  You’ve got your pick of fairs this weekend, from the Champaign County Fair to Mattoon's Bagelfest. Or beat the heat with some “Christmas in July” improv, or take in some fun (indoor) youth theater.  Stay cool!

Childhood transitions: Letting go of the training wheels

Fourth of July has come and gone, which means only one thing: back-to-school sales.

Please no. I am not ready.

But as our 10 weeks of summer (by the school calendar) is officially half over, it’s time to do a midterm assessment.

What have I accomplished?

Family Picks, midsummer-style

The summer fun continues with a "Camp Rock!" musical, outdoor markets, fairs and music. Or get an up-close look at some birds of prey, learn about cartooning or superhero science, or take a look back at life on the frontier in the 1700s. Enjoy!

Grandkids far away? This tech-savvy grandma can help

Mary Bach is not what you’d call an absentee grandma.

Her four grandchildren live in other towns — up to three hours away — a fact of life for modern grandparents.

But when her oldest grandchild was born in St. Louis eight years ago, Bach took a vow not to be a long-distance grandmother.

Family Picks: Extended 4th of July edition

We all know the big event this Fourth of July weekend, and there are lots of choices for parades, food, festivals and fireworks! We’ve highlighted a few holiday celebrations, but for a full list see our online News-Gazette guide.