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 Title   Date   Author   Host 

thepinetree.net

April 24, 2016

Now in its 48th year, the Bear Valley Music Festival begins on Friday, July 22 and runs through Sunday, August 7 with a total 15 concerts including a special free family matinee on Saturday, July 30.

The festival showcases a wide selection of artists and genres including rock, classical, bluegrass and jazz. A mere 3.5-hour drive from San Francisco, Bear Valley is known primarily as a ski resort.

npr.org

by Merrit Kennedy

April 18, 2016

Joseph Medicine Crow, a Native American historian and the last war chief of the Crow Tribe of Montana, has died. He was 102.

Medicine Crow earned the title war chief "for his deeds in Europe in World War II, which included stealing enemy horses and showing mercy on a German soldier he could have killed," Montana Public Radio's Eric Whitney reports. He was also a living link to the 1876 Battle of the Little Bighorn, having heard direct testimony from someone who took part in the battle and later chronicling it as a historian.

foodmatters.tv

April 18, 2016

Did you know that the average American home is filled with thousands of artificial chemicals? Only a small percentage of these chemicals have been thoroughly tested for safety! It's crazy considering how often we're exposed to these chemicals.

Of those that have been studied, at least 150 common household chemicals have been associated with cancer, psychological disturbances, allergies, gastrointestinal disorders and various health issues. Shocking right?! Cleaning agents contribute a substantial amount to the toxic chemical load in our home. Many top brand cleaners are filled with known toxins such as solvents, ammonia, formaldehyde, phthalates and ethanolamine.

uniondemocrat.com

by Guy McCarthy

April 11, 2016

For the first time in recent memory and perhaps the first time ever, entrance fees will be waived at Yosemite National Park for nine days, April 16 to April 24, to celebrate 100 years of the National Park Service.

Typical entrance fees at Yosemite are $15 per person on foot, bicycle, horse, or non-commercial bus or van with more than 15 passenger seats, $20 per motorcycle, and $30 per non-commercial car, pickup truck, RV or van with 15 or fewer passenger seats.

the-informer.net

April 9, 2016

Christiana Figueres, the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, recently stated in an interview that the Earth is already over burdened with people and that we should look at depopulating the planet.

realfarmacy.com

by Michele Miller

April 3, 2016

Palm oil is used in many things from chips and baked goods to shampoo and cleaning products to an oil used for cooking. It is the most widley used vegetable oil in the world.

It even sounds healthier because it's different from GMO vegetable oil like canola. It comes from a palm fruit grown on an African oil palm tree so what could be unhealthy, harmful, or unsustainable about that? Well it's contributing to the death of thousands of orangutans and many other animals who live in the forests. Not to mention, it's affecting the indigenous people and the environment.

angela-mills.com

by Angela Mills

April 3, 2016

A while back, I saw a photo on Pinterest that said, Stop doing things for your children that they can do for themselves. With it was a picture of a girl having her hair and teeth brushed by her mom.

Being the naturally insecure, everything I do is probably wrong woman that I am, I shuddered a little. I brush my ten year old's hair. Like, almost every night. She can do it herself, but often times she brings me her brush and asks me to. At bedtime, she'll hop on my bed, or I'll hop on hers, and I'll brush out the knots out while we chat and giggle.

theatlantic.com

by Jaweed Kaleem

March 30, 2016

Non-religious families often find it difficult to educate their children without relying on conservative Christian curricula and communities.

Today, there are more than 1.7 million homeschooled kids in the U.S., roughly double the number of those at the turn of 21st century. Religious families, nearly exclusively Christians, make up more than two-thirds of them, and religious curricula and social groups dominate the community. In states where homeschoolers are required to be part of a larger "umbrella school" to meet government learning standards, those networks are frequently organized by churches.

asouthernmom.com

by Heather

March 29, 2016

When I realized Teacher Appreciation Week was coming up, I knew I wanted to make something for my kiddos teachers that would be functional and fun! I also knew I wanted the kids to be able to participate.

So when this adorable Owl Tutorial popped up in one of my sewing Facebook groups, I knew I had to show it to the kids! They both said YES! They wanted us to gift their teachers these cute little owls. The great part about this project is that it requires VERY little fabric so it's a great stash buster! The most expensive piece of this project was the fusible fleece. You need so little though that it's not really a big expense. Everything else I already had on hand. They are filled with rice and regular stuffing. The kids did all of the stuffing for me!

kqed.org

by Almetria Vaba

March 29, 2016

From virtual trips to outdoor exploring, PBS LearningMedia offers activities for fun, engaged learning during Spring Break. These games and activities can keep students minds active during this and other school breaks.

Invite kids on virtual trips around the United States to explore the sights, sounds, people, and places that have helped to shape our nation's cultural heritage.