Wheezing Toddlers Prone to Food Allergies

wheezing-toddler-food-allergies-bd014a7eResearchers in Singapore studied the relationship between eczema and wheezing in babies and food allergies in toddlers. They collected data from 849 children that had completed skin prick testing for inhalant and food allergies, including eggs, peanuts and cow’s milk at 18 months and 36 months of age. The resulting data were compared to information obtained from questionnaires administered to the children’s mothers at several intervals throughout their first three years of life to determine the prevalence of allergic diseases such as eczema and rhinitis, along with wheezing.

The researchers found children that experienced eczema or wheezing within their first 18 months were more likely to have an allergy at 36 months. Occurrences of eczema or wheezing after youngsters were 18 months old appeared to have no notable impact on the later allergy skin test results.

Get Colorful in Old Town Lewisville

showimageColorPalooza, with a wide variety of exhibits and interactive events, will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., April 8, at Old Town Lewisville. Visitors get to show off their artistic abilities, watch skilled artists create one-of-a kind sculptures and paintings, marvel at colorful sidewalk chalk art and learn how to better care for the Earth and make their homes more environmentally friendly.

Amateur and professional chalk art will be featured, as well as a chalk art scholarship contest. Other events include the DIY Tie-Dye Station ($5). Buckets of water and colorful dye will be provided.

Admission is free. For more information, call 972-219- 3401 or visit Tinyurl.com/LewisvilleColorpalooza and ChalkThisWay.org about the scholarship contest.

Become Familiar with Birds of Prey

nb_bprc-raptor-hawk-rthabackkb_rzdup-adjThe Blackland Prairie Raptor Center (BPRC) has many years of experience introducing children and adults to the world of raptors. These hawks, owls and falcons are well trained, and with the assistance of BPRC education specialists, show what makes them an important part of our environment.

BPRC presentations, approximately 45 minutes long, are available to be booked at schools, home school groups, youth organizations, libraries, scouts and more. Each year, they educate and entertain more than more than 30,000 people all over North Texas and Oklahoma. Group size can range from a few to a classroom to a whole school. For schools, they recommend no more than 150 at a time and can do back-to-back programs as requested.

At their home location on Lavon Lake, which an accommodate up to 300, there is a park with pavilions, an amphitheater, restrooms, trails and a full schedule of activities for all ages.

For more information, call 469-964-9696 or visit BPRaptorCenter.org.

Heart-Centered Alternative to K-12 Education

nb_living-ethics-drumming-1-adjVicki Johnston, founder of Living Ethics School and Center for Living Ethics, is dedicated to restoring childhood through natural learning. Each month, Johnston and the Living Ethics School host an open house event, Tea, Talk and Tour, where families of current and prospective students can learn more about the philosophy, curriculum and relationships, tour the facility and grounds and connect with other like-minded parents and families.

Johnston says, “We’ll discuss your child and the importance of learning that cultivates the imagination, heart and creativity in sync with academics; relationships that are heart-centered; supportive community; and daily access to gardening and wild nature.”
Johnston believes that the full stature of intelligent, competent, adulthood emerges from the fullest expression of childhood, and that is the goal and essence of the Living Ethics School.

Location: 340 Country Club Rd., Fairview. For more information, call 214-544-8338 or visit CenterForLivingEthics.org.

DHA Boosts Elder Brain Function

dha-brain-function-5583f466Researchers from Tianjin Medical University, in China, have discovered that regularly taking docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) improves brain function in older adults with mild cognitive impairment. A total of 219 adults over the age of 65 participated in the randomized, double-blind, 12-month trial. Half of the subjects were given two grams of this omega-3 fatty acid daily, while the others received a placebo.

The researchers measured cognitive function, including a full-scale intelligence quotient (IQ) test and two IQ subtests which serve as indicators of both short and long-term memory. The tests were administered after six months and again after 12 months. The DHA group showed a 10 percent higher IQ than the placebo group. There were also significant increases in both IQ subtests and brain hippocampus volume in the DHA group. Decreased hippocampus volume is a primary indicator of Alzheimer’s disease.

Enjoy the Real Stars of the Prairie

kidsNature admirers age 5 and up can join the Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area (LLELA) team from 7:45 to 9:45 p.m., March 25, for a fascinating evening trekking to their prairie restoration area to view the wonders of the night sky. Constellations both familiar and unusual, satellites, and sometimes planets and the moon are features of the ever-changing night sky.

If it’s cloudy, there will be a night hike instead. Participants need to dress appropriately for the weather and walking. Long pants and closed-toe shoes are recommended. Due to security concerns, attendees must arrive by the start time and stay until the end. Also, bring a full (and refillable) water bottle and a blanket or chair. There are clean portable toilets close to parking areas.

Guests are asked to respect wildlife, animals, plants, other visitors and facilities at all times; remember that LLELA is a nature preserve.

Cost is $10 per person. Registration required by Mar. 24. Location: 201 E. Jones St., Lewisville. For more information, visit llela.org.

Attend The Garden Show for a Beautiful Yard

nb_-cc-garden-show-adjThe annual Garden Show, presented by the Collin County Master Gardeners Association, will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., March 18, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., March 19, at Myers Park and Event Center, in McKinney. The event will be blooming with new and creative ideas, classes, vendors and activities for the whole family.

Guests will discover new plants and design, and receive practical tips and Earth-kind gardening principles from some of the state’s top horticulture experts. Collin County Master Gardeners, with decades of collective experience, will be on hand to answer questions and offer ideas for more successful gardening experiences.

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Free Intro to Permaculture Class in Plano

nb_sop-class-photo-fun-adjThe School of Permaculture (SOP) is offering an introduction to permaculture class from 7 to 9 p.m., March 10, in Plano. SOP educates and offers consultations on to how design and install permaculture systems on patios, in backyards or on a larger scale, utilizing ancient wisdom, design and technology in ways that harmonize with natural systems to provide for everyday living needs including housing, food, clean water and energy.

SOP founders Nicholas and Kristi Burtner say, “People have awakened and realize that they need a change and desire to be more connected to their food and natural resources. They see the problems we face in the world and our economies and know they need to change, but are not certain how to exactly do that. We train students to become producers of their resources and lessen their addiction to consumerism through sustainable and regenerative living.”

Other SOP events in March include Climatic Factors Day; Trees and Their Energy Transactions Day; and a Local Wild Edibles class.

Reservation for the free intro class is requested. Other March events range from $40 to $75 each. For more information, or to reserve your seat, call 214-856- 8477 or visit SchoolOfPermaculture.com.

Tall Tales and Sprightly Stories

TSA Logo-Trans BackgroundThe 32nd annual Texas Storytelling Festival—Ear Candy: Sweet Sound of Story—will take place from March 9 through 12 at the Denton Civic Center.

Event includes storyteller concerts, music, a liar’s contest, story swaps, a story slam and workshops. Free storytelling concerts and activities cover ghost stories, sacred tales concert, saturday family concert and kids’ activities.

2017 featured tellers include Yvonne Healy, an award-winning raconteur who grew up with Irish stories; Dolores Hydock, an actress and story performer whose vivacious style fills the stage; Don White, a storyteller, comedian, author, troubadour, folk singer, and songwriter; and Carolina Quiroga-Stultz, whose storytelling repertoire embraces the myths, legends and mysteries of Central and South America.

The nonprofit Tejas Storytelling Association is dedicated to fostering the appreciation of storytelling as an oral tradition, a performing art and an educational tool.

Location: 321 E. McKinney St., Denton. For more information, call 940-380- 9320 or visit TejasStorytelling.com.

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