445 Stephens Avenue Ortonville, MN 56278 The Ortonville Early Childhood Initiative commits to Look for us on Summer 2011 Contributing Authors: building community partnerships that enhance child care, Kari Dorry educational opportunities and family support Kerry Klepel for children birth to age 5. Laura Lamb Ruth Strong Tot Swim Bring the whole family to Central Park to enjoy Music in the Park on the following Lynette Wellendorf Tot Swim will be held at the Friday evenings at 7pm: Ortonville Swimming Pool June 17 July 1, 15, 29 August 12, 26 June 16, July 7, and August 18 from 5:30-6:30. Music in the Park will be in the upper area of Central Park at the corner of 3rd and Tot Swim is FREE and open to Washington, on the hill by the Ortonville families with children ages 0-5. Public Library. Older siblings are welcome to attend. Schwan’s ice cream will be available with a free will offering. Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy! Sponsored by Central Park Upper Central Park Restoration. Children’s Summer Reading Program Join the Ortonville Public Library Summer Reading Program to take a trip around the world this summer- through books! Children will listen to stories from around the globe, and participate in fun, hand-on activities to learn more about other cultures, including: Make sure to bring your little ones to clothing, buildings, instruments, flags, and languages used throughout the world. This program is FREE, and children will earn prizes! the Ortonville Farmer's Market this summer. Use this opportunity to Register at the library June 13-18th; the program will take place on six Wednesdays, beginning June 22 teach your children about growing, Preschool-Kindergarten: 2:30-3:30 p.m. 1st-4th Grade: 1:00-2:00 p.m. 5th Grade and up: 4:00-5:00 p.m. selecting, and preparing healthy, locally grown fruits and vegeta- There will be a special Summer Reading Kick-Off program on Friday, June 24th at the Library beginning at 1:30 p.m., featuring magician bles. The Farmer's Market will be Star Michaelina. Adults should accompany children at this family event. For questions about Library events, contact Vicki at 839-2494. ffi ns berry Mu held at Lakeside Park on Saturday Straw mornings beginning in June. 21st Century Tools for Parents of Young Children, Ages 0-5 Parenting experts will be hosting quarterly online live chats on specific parenting topics and you are in- vited to attend! A brief overview of each topic will be presented, then for the remainder of the hour he or Fair Fun! she will respond to your questions and comments. Questions can be submitted ahead of time at par- The Big Stone County Fair ilk 3/4 cup m table oil email@example.com. Pre-Registration is required at www.workingfamilyresourcecenter.org. Sessions are will be held Thursday 1/2 cup v ege through Sunday, July 14-17 recorded and archived for future listening. 1 egg ur in Clinton, MN. Kids will urpose flo Jun. 14 Earthrise Farm visit 6 PM (leave school at 5:15) Cut and hang in a convenient location! 2 cups all-p r Jun. 16 Tot Swim, Ortonville Pool, 5:30-6:30 PM enjoy the pedal tractor pull, ga 1/3 cup su baking powder 1 tab lespoon on salt Jun. 17 Music in the Park, Central Park, 7 PM Jun. 22 Age 3-K Summer reading program starts, Library, 2:30 Earthrise Farm Visit Diaper Derby baby crawling and toddler races, coin dig, 1/4 teaspo d strawberries Jun. 24 Magician “Star Michaelina”, Library, 1:30 PM free kid’s bingo, animals, 1 cup cho ppe lend in experience ~ explore ~ enjoy kid’s karaoke, carnival rides, and egg. B l Jul. 1 Music in the Park, Central Park, 7 PM bin e milk, oil unti and much more! View the bowl com der. Blend Jul. 7 Tot Swim, Ortonville Pool, 5:30-6:30 PM In mixing salt and baking pow in chopped Jul. 14 to 17 Big Stone County Fair, Clinton, MN The Ortonville Early Childhood Initiative is excited to visit Earthrise Farm on Tuesday, June 14 at 6:00 schedule at www.bscfair.org r, dd flour, suga by hand or gently a Jul. 15 Music in the Park, Central Park, 7 PM PM. We had such fun last year and are sure more interesting sights, smells and tastes await us again! smoo th. Stir Earthrise has had some wonderful additions since our last visit. This year we will be able to enjoy new- s. Jul. 29 Music in the Park, Central Park, 7 PM strawberrie ffin pans. born goat triplets as well as two new dogs. We're hoping the strawberries will be ready and you can ners to mu Aug. 2 Carson & Barnes Circus, Fair Grounds Clinton 4:30/7:30 or regula r muffin li ffin liners. Bake at Aug. 4 Playground Party w/meal, Lakeside Park, 5:30 PM already smell the herb plants in the garden. There's a new Earth Story walking path we hope you'll en- Add mini u ugh into m joy with beautiful pictures to read and talk about on the way. Older siblings are welcome as well. A dd spoo nfuls of do en brown. Aug. 12 Music in the Park, Central Park, 7 PM _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ ld es until go Aug. 18 Tot Swim, Ortonville Pool, 5:30-6:30 PM If you would like to caravan to Earthrise farms, please meet in the Ortonville School parking lot by 400 degre Aug. 19 to 21 Cornfest, Ortonville, MN 5:15 PM. Earthrise farm is located at 2580 250th St., Madison, MN. RSVP's are appreciated but not Aug. 26 Music in the Park, Central Park, 7 PM required by contacting Kari Dorry at 839-6229 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Pop-in and Play Ortonville Early Childhood Initiative Come join us at Lake- There are several opportunities for young children to participate in the Ortonville Summer Recreation program this summer. Please side Park every Tuesday contact the Ortonville City Office at 839-3428 to register your child at 10 a.m. this summer! This will Playground Party! (late fees will be waived). be an unstructured play time where Join us in celebrating the new your children will have the oppor- Youth Soccer birth-to-5 playground at tunity to play with other kids. The A fun time for kids to get together and learn a little about soccer. Lakeside Park on Thursday, park is always open but if you Location: Big Stone School playground August 4th beginning at 5:30. looking for a play- Days: Monday-Thursday Dates: June 20-30 date, this is the time Bring your family for an Time: 3:00-4:00 pm OR 4:00-5:00 pm to come. There will evening of playtime and a Ages: 4-6 years old Cost: $10 even be a Tuesday FREE meal, sponsored Story Stretchers or two when snacks by the Ortonville Early This class allows kids to listen to stories and engage in exciting hands Tickets $10 and/or books will Childhood Initiative. -on activities! For children age 4 years-2nd grade next year. be available! See In case of inclement weather, Location: OHS Commons Area you Tuesdays at it will be postponed Days: Monday-Thursday Dates: June 13-16 the park! until August 11 at 5:30. Only 500 tickets Time: T-Ball 9:00-10:30am Cost: $15 will be sold Local Men Reflect... This league emphasizes teamwork, sportsmanship, and fun; children In honor of Father’s Day (June 19th), here are will participate in practices only. T-ball is open to girls and boys ages Tickets available at some comments given during our FRED event this 5-6 years (and have completed kindergarten). Locations: Northside fields Hardware Hank & Java Jules winter. We asked: What is the best part about be- ing a dad/grandpa/uncle/big brother? Days: Monday-Thursday Dates: July 5-21 Times: 4:30-5:30pm Cost: $20 The best part of being a dad is experiencing grow- ing up all over again, through a different set of eyes, to be able to T HEWINNING TICKET WILL BE express awe over the littlest things, to see them become overcome DRAWN AFTER C ORNFEST . with excitement over learning something new. Being able to read to my kids and as they grow watch them learn All proceeds go to the new skills and to see them understand more every day. Ortonville Early Best part of being a grandparent- hopefully you’ve learned things from raising your kids and can help the grandkids (and parents) Childhood Fund, to through your experience. Carson and Barnes sought out a stop between Sioux Falls and Fargo and we are excited to have The best thing about being a dad is when my child wakes up in the benefit the work of the morning and calls out “Daddy, come get me!” I’m always greeted them select our area! America's largest traveling Big Top Circus will be at the Big Stone County Ortonville Early with a big smile and a huge hug. I like being a brother because I sometimes learn things from my little Fair Grounds on Tuesday, Aug. 2 for two performances: 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. > Childhood Initiative. brother. The public is invited to a free show at 10 a.m. to Imagination Library in Ortonville School I like seeing my daughter learn things that I taught her. I like being watch the huge tent being raised, hear about the District and Big Stone County able to help her when she needs help. history of the circus tradition and see the animals. My favorite part about being a dad is the way the kids look at me The tent holds an audience of 2,000 and is built to Thank you to our playhouse sponsors: Childcare Appreciation Activities when they do something good, figure something out, or are just plain give everyone a close-up view of the acts. FRED Program happy in general. Carson and Barnes has the largest traveling circus Outdoor activities (Tot Swim, parks, etc) I like being a dad because it is fun to play with my kids and do things menagerie with more than two dozen types of Musicians with them. exotic and domestic animals on display before the shows. Camel, elephant and pony rides are also Cornfest Activities Best part of being a dad is tucking my daughter in at night. Platinum Sponsor Gold Sponsor Silver Sponsor Bronze Sponsor offered for a fee. Circus acts consist of aerial Big Toy Expo The best part of being a parent is being able to mold our children trapeze, high wire, motorcycle acrobatic teams, into somebody we will be proud of when they mature and grow in jugglers and clowns, along with performing Newborn Gift Bags society. elephants, camels, dogs and horses. . “When we invest wisely in children and families, the next generation will pay Professional Development Opportunities Best thing about being a dad is seeing the milestones and hearing Tickets will be available at local stores, online at that back through a lifetime of productivity and responsible citizenship.” Coordination of these events and services those belly laughs. www.carsonbarnescircus.com and during the Big —Center on the Developing Child, Stone County Fair July 14-17. Advance tickets are And much, much more! My favorite part of being a father is helping them to learn and grow emotionally. Adults $12; Kids (2-11) $6. Day of show tickets are Adults $18; Kids (2-11) $10. This is a Knowing, seeing and feeling that no matter how tough a day I may fundraiser for the Big Stone County Fair. The Fiscal Host for the Ortonville Early Childhood Initiative is Big Stone Area Growth have had, when I am home or with my kids I’m their HERO and DAD. Many times my daughter has come to me and given me the 3 best, most important words- I love you.