Literacy Squared Will Discuss Bilingual Education at Chautauqua Wednesday

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Photo courtesy of Literacy Squared
Ten years ago, bilingual educator Kathy Escamilla noticed that schools weren't tailoring education to the population of bilingual children who were entering the system. So she founded Literacy Squared, a research-based biliteracy program. "We created Literacy Squared specifically for kids who were coming to school with the potential of having two languages developed well, and with the idea that a good bilingual education program at the school level could develop both of those skill sets in kids," she says.

On January 21, Escamilla and fellow University of Colorado at Boulder professors Sue Hopewell and Lucinda Soltero-González will be discuss the program at "Literacy Squared: Valuing Bilingualism", hosted by Chautauqua.

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Hello Kitty Turns 40 with a New Book to Celebrate

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Courtesy VIZ Media
Hello Kitty celebrates 40 with a new book of comics.

People marking a 40th birthday are usually dealing with wider hips, wrinkles and gray hair. But there's one gal who still looks puuuurfect: Hello Kitty.

The cartoon powerhouse first hit the streets of Japan in 1974. Now she's celebrating her birthday in style with a new book called Hello Kitty, Hello 40: A 40th Anniversary Tribute, put out by VIZ Media. It's filled with forty comics, plus one for good luck, featuring the pussycat going to parties, playing dress up, exploring outer space, hanging with dinosaurs and having adventures with her gang of friends.

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Disney on Ice Skater Robin Johnstone Talks About Kids, Glitz and Playing Jasmine

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Disney on Ice comes to Denver this week, celebrating holidays throughout the year.
Playing a Disney character is no easy feat. There's a lot of pressure to keep the dream alive for kids. It's even harder on ice skates. But Disney on Ice is a favorite childhood pastime. This week, catch Disney on Ice Let's Celebrate at the Pepsi Center, where more than fifty characters will celebrate holidays through the year.

Skater Robin Johnstone has been with the company for eighteen years and has played several characters, including Mulan and Jane from Tarzan. For Let's Celebrate, she'll be reprising her favorite roll as Princess Jasmine.

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History Colorado Storytime Shares Tales With Kids Tomorrow

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History Colorado's Facebook page
So, you've got a kid? Whether it's your own rambunctious preschooler or the bratty nephew you've been charged with keeping alive for the next five hours, the most important thing is leaving your house where valuables are liable to be destroyed and seeking refuge on somebody else's property. In this series, we'll be exploring fun, local, and quirky spots that are kid-tastic and adult-friendly, too.

Learning to read begins long before a child enrolls in school. It begins at birth, if you want to get technical, and it's first fostered by parents and caregivers sharing books with their kids. That's why the History Colorado Center, as part of its mission to build a better Colorado, hosts special story-telling times for children ages two through five.

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Twenty of the Best Kid-Friendly Halloween Celebrations

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Children's Museum of Denver.
Join the Children's Museum of Denver this weekend for its popular annual Trick or Treat Street.
Halloween is a holiday celebrated by all ages, but being a kid this time of year is something special. And from costume contests to magical worlds that only appear during the spooky season, the city is packed with places where hardcore candy seekers can get their sugar fix, little ones will find fun and games and older kids might discover more haunting experiences. Check the Westword calendar for a full listing of events throughout October, and keep reading for the best kid-friendly parties and events that everyone from toddlers to teens can enjoy.

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Bob Saget on Riffing, Self-Awareness and Dirty Daddy, His New Book

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Natalie Brasington
Bob Saget has a famously dichotomous public image: While he's still widely recognized for his '90s television ubiquity, Saget was a standup long before he became a huggy surrogate father to a generation of Full House viewers. The ribald nature of Saget's act is less shocking to today's comedy audiences, thanks to his appearance in The Aristocrats and a role that subverted his family-friendly image on Entourage; still, what stands out about Saget's humor is how defiantly strange it can be. Saget's penchant for the absurd shines through, whether he's onstage or behind the camera for the underrated cult comedy Dirty Work. With his first book, Dirty Daddy, due out in paperback this month, Saget is really hitting his stride. In advance of his run at Comedy Works South this weekend, Westword caught up with Saget for a rambly and digressive phone conversation covering Dirty Daddy, his dichotomous public image and why you shouldn't have sex with things.

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Revisit Your Childhood at the Toy & Doll Collectors Supershow

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The Toy & Doll Collectors Supershow features a variety of vintage toys.
Toys have a magical way of transporting us back to childhood, no matter what age we are. Re-encountering that one toy can instantly bring back memories of Christmas mornings or summer vacations. This Sunday, October 12, ride the nostalgia wave down to the Toy & Doll Collectors Supershow and see if you can find that one special item that sparks those fuzzy feelings. Founder Dana Cain says the show is a great place to forget about the stresses of the world and get back in touch with your inner child. Here are five of the collections at the show that could do just that.

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HOOTenanny Lands at Audubon Center at Chatfield Saturday

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Audubon Society of Greater Denver's Facebook page
The Audubon Center at Chatfield

So, you've got a kid, huh? Whether it's your own rambunctious preschooler or the bratty nephew you've been charged with keeping alive for the next five hours, the most important thing is leaving your house where valuables are liable to be destroyed and seeking refuge on somebody else's property. In this series, we'll be exploring fun, local, and quirky spots that are kid-tastic and adult-friendly, too.

"Owls," says Karl Brummert, executive director of the Audubon Society of Greater Denver, "are fascinating, mystifying and intriguing to all ages." At this year's fourth annual HOOTenanny -- which runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, September 27 at the Audubon Center at Chatfield -- parents and their kiddos will get up close and personal with real Colorado owls from Wild Wings Environmental Education. Sounds like a hoot!

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Photos: Summer Scream's Retro Rides and Neon Lights at Lakeside Amusement Park

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The Denver Film Society's Reel Social Club took over Lakeside Amusement Park last Thursday for an evening of kidstuff with a sophisticated edge, which included a live DJ and an open bar (oh, and no kids allowed...). But Lakeside's retro vibe, streamlined neon and old-school rides were the hits of the evening. Ken Hamblin shot these views of the old-fashioned fun, which you can enjoy for a few more days in September before Lakeside closes for the season.

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Photos: The Amazing Acro-Cats Rock and Roll at the Bug Theatre

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Feline-o-philes of all ages purr with joy whenever the Amazing Acro-Cats slink into town because, you know -- cats playing guitars and riding skateboards and stuff. Animal trainer Samantha Martin has parked her cat bus in front of the Bug Theatre for a run of performances inside, continuing Thursdays through Sundays through August 10. Here's a taste of what to expect if you go, courtesy of photographer Ken Hamblin.

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